Metro East briefs for Dec. 12, 2012

Posted Online: Dec. 11, 2012, 9:17 am
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Silvis businesses raise $1,600 for Toys for Tots
The Silvis Business Association raised more than $1,600 for Toys for Tots during the 11th annual Christmas in Silvis celebration Dec. 1, in addition to the unknown amount collected in the US Marine's donation box.
Part of the money collected came from gift baskets donated by local businesses and wreaths decorated by city officials.

Colona group seeks Giving Tree donations
The Colona School Builders Club, a junior-high student volunteer group sponsored by the East Moline/Silvis Kiwanis Club, is organizing the Giving Tree again this year in an effort to help 138 local children ranging in age from 4 months to 17 years, with a new outfit, shoes, socks, underwear, books and an age-appropriate wish.
People can pick a tag off the tree at the school, BJs Fast Stop, Colona Dollar General, Colona Bank or the Colona Branch of Black Hawk State Bank. People also can contact Janna Miller at (309) 721-8823 or for information about a child. Cash donations can be sent to Colona Grade School, 700 1st St., Colona, IL 61241.

Cookie walk slated for Saturday in Port Byron
The Church of the Cross, 22621 Illinois 2 and 92, Port Byron, will hold its annual cookie walk from 9 a.m. until sold out, or 1 p.m. (whichever is later) on Saturday. Cookies and candy will be available for $7 a pound, and there will be crafts, including tied blankets, for sale. For more information, call Diana O'Hara at (309) 235-4623.

All invited to Christmas program, potluck at First Baptist in Colona
First Baptist Church of Colona, 305 1st St., will hold a Christmas program at 10:45 a.m. on Sunday. It will be followed by a potluck. All are invited.

Join Civil War Roundtable at River Valley Library
Learn about the battles of Fredericksburg and Stone River at the River Valley 150th Anniversary Civil War Roundtable at 6 p.m. on Monday, at the River Valley Library, 214 S. Main St., Port Byron. Every month they meet to discuss Civil War events in that month 150 years ago.
They will discuss the failed beginning of the Vicksburg Campaign and General Grant's infamous order expelling all Jews. Everyone is invited. For more information, call Lawrence Bay at (309) 523-2046.

Santa stopping at Colona Library
The Colona Library, 911 1st St., Colona, will host Santa Claus from 6:30 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 20. During the month of December, the library will accept donations of nonperishable food items in lieu of fines for overdue Colona Library materials. All donations will go to the Colona Food Pantry.

The Friends of the River Valley Library will host a Christmas potluck and movie at noon Thursday, Dec. 20, in the Community Room at the River Valley Library, 214 S. Main St, Port Byron. Please sign up at the library. Turkey, ham, mashed potatoes and gravy, and beverages will be provided. For more information, call the library at (309) 523-3440.

Ann's seeks items for those in need
Ann's Helping Hands, 805 S. High St., Port Byron, still has "angels" who can be adopted for Christmas. For information, call Ann at (309) 314-5226.
Ann's also is seeking a refrigerator, size 6 toddler shoes for boys and girls, size 4T clothes for boys and girls, size 10 women's winter boots, twin beds and sheets, blankets, sleeping bags for kids, games, dressers, bookshelves, golf balls and tees, food items and toiletries.
Store hours are 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday and Friday, 8 a.m. to noon Wednesday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Saturday.

Our Lady of Guadalupe Men's Club's to host New Year's Eve Party
Los Mocambos will play at the Our Lady of Guadalupe Men's Club's New Year's Eve Party at the parish center, 750 17th St., Silvis. For more information, call Jim Nelson at (309) 236-1396.

American war sacrifices seen by Europe topic of historical society
Bruce Peterson will show pictures and discuss how Europeans honored American sacrifices in World War I and World War II at the Port Byron Historical Society meeting at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 9, on the second floor of the River Valley District, 214 S. Main St, Port Byron.
Mr. Peterson will show pictures of the Vietnam and WWII memorials in Washington, D.C., and pictures of the Vietnam War, where he served in 1968 and 1969.
The meeting is free and open to the public.

Trivia night Saturday at Our Lady of Grace
Our Lady of Grace is hosting a St. Mary's, St. Anne and Our Lady of Grace trivia night Saturday, Jan. 19, in Cleary Hall at Our Lady of Grace Catholic Academy, 1705 6th St., East Moline. Doors open at 5 p.m. and trivia begins at 6 p.m. The cost is $10 a person, with up to eight people on a team. Prices will be awarded for first, second and third place. Bring your own snacks and soft drinks. Beer and wine will be available. Reservations are required. Call (309) 755-9771 or email

Quilting Club raffling themed quilts
The Quilting Club of the East Moline Library is raffling Elvis-themed, military-themed and East Moline-themed quilts. Tickets are $5 or three for $10 and are available at the library. Proceeds will go to the library foundation fund.

Buy discount dining book and help library
The Friends of the East Moline Library are selling QC Dining Tour Books for a fundraiser. The books are $35 and include more than 300 coupons for local restaurants. The books are available at the library.

Get dining-tour books at Colona Library
Friends of the Colona Public Library are selling Quad Cities Dining Tour Books as a fundraiser for library programs. The $35 books include more than 300 buy-one-get-one-free coupons for area restaurants. They are available at the library, 911 1st St. The library is open from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday to Friday, and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday. Call (309) 792-0548.

Take a tour of River Valley District Library
River Valley District Library, 214 S. Main St., Port Byron, is offering library tours at 6 p.m. the first Wednesday of every month. People should meet at the main lobby circulation desk.
During the tour, people will learn how to become a card member of the library, how to check out materials and the rules of the library. They also will observe some activities at the library. This is an all-ages tour. For information, call the library at (309) 523-3440.

Yoga offered 2 days each week in Port Byron
River Valley District Library, 214 S. Main St., Port Byron, hosts yoga classes at 9 a.m. Saturdays and 5:30 p.m. Tuesdays. The cost for each class is $8. All skill levels are welcome.
For more information or to sign up, check the event calendar at or call the library at (309) 523-3440.

Learn to crochet, knit or cross-stitch
Stitching & More meets from 5 to 8 p.m. Wednesdays (except the second Wednesday of each month) in the community room at River Valley Library, 214 S. Main St., Port Byron. For more information, call Bev Skelton at (309) 523-2516.

Zumba classes offered at River Valley Library
Zumba classes are offered upstairs at River Valley District Library from 6:45 to 7:45 p.m. Tuesdays for people 16 and older. Classes are $8. Bring a towel and wear tennis shoes, loose-fitting clothing, shorts, T-shirts and tanks — no sweats.

Stamping Club meets in Port Byron
Stamping Club meets from 9 to 11 a.m. the first Friday of each month at River Valley Library, 214 S. Main St., Port Byron.
Share your own creations and learn new techniques. For more information, call Bev Skelton at (309) 523-2516.

Christian Motorcyclists gather monthly
Quad Cities Victory Riders No. 421 of the Christian Motorcyclists Association meets at 7 p.m. the fourth Tuesday of every month at Denny's, 2601 52nd Ave., Moline.
For more information, call Darrell and Sue Abney at (309) 949-2040.

Storytime returns to East Moline Library
Visit the East Moline Library on Tuesdays from 10:30 to 11 a.m. for Storytime. The events are for all preschoolers. Read a book, make a craft and meet some new friends. For more information, call the library at (309) 755-9614.


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