Metro East briefs for March 20, 2013

Posted Online: March 19, 2013, 1:10 pm
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Education foundation to meet Monday
The United Education Foundation's next monthly board meeting will be at 6 p.m. Monday in the UTHS administrative center. The UEF is comprised of officials from Carbon Cliff/Barstow, Colona, East Moline, Hampton, Silvis and United Township High schools.
Its mission is to enhance the student educational experience and fund academic-achievement awards for graduating seniors in eight academic areas, one eighth-grader from each partner school and minigrants to teachers for enrichment activities.

Civil War Roundtable sets next discussion
The River Valley 150th Anniversary Civil War Roundtable will meet at 6 p.m. Monday at the River Valley Library, 214 S. Main St., Port Byron, to hear about the outrageous stunts performed by John Mosby and how a new draft law made the Civil War "A rich man's war and a poor man's fight." Other events from March of 1863 will be covered, including the deteriorating morale and high desertion rate in the Union Army. Everyone is invited. For more information, call Lawrence Bay at 309-523-2046.

Wear your pajamas to storytime
The Friends of the River Valley Library will host Pajama Storytime for children at 6:30 p.m. Friday in the Community Room of the library, 214 S. Main St., Port Byron. All children attending will receive a free book. Pajamas are optional. For more information, call the library at 309-523-3440.

Hampton sets deadline for coed softball signup
The deadline to sign up for Hampton Youth CommitteeCoed Softball for ages 6-17 is April 1.Games are played at Illiniwek Park in Hampton. For more information or a signup form, callKelly Rogers at309-794-1100, ext. 114.

Silvis residents can drop off their e-waste
The city of Silvis will host an e-waste drop-off from 8 to 10 a.m. Saturdayin the Public Works parking lot at 12th Street and 1st Avenue North. Silvis residents can bring electronic devices for disposal.

Give your input on EM Library building program
The East Moline Public Library, 740 16th Ave., will host a Building Program Public Forum at 9:30 a.m. today in the basement meeting room. Anyone with a suggestion or idea about the building program is invited. For more information, call the library at 309-755-9614.

Learn computer basics at library class
River Valley District Library, 214 S. Main St., Port Byron, is offering Computers Basics classes at 2 p.m. today and 6 p.m. Thursday.The classes are for people with little or no computer experience. They will learn basic computer, including internal components, mouse, monitor and keyboard. The class is limited to 25 people. Registration is required. Sign up at the library or call 309-523-3440.

Neighborhood Watch group cancels meeting
The East Moline Northeast Neighborhood Watch Meetings no longer will be held because of lack of community participation. Anyone with questions can call Larry at 309-738-0188.

Discussion will focus on butterflies
Barb Hagenson, of Clinton, will discuss butterflies at 9 a.m. today, at the Windmill Cultural Center in Fulton. Refreshments will be served before the program. The event is free and easily accessible. Ms.Hagenson has been raising monarchs for about 50 years.

Trivia night will aid scholarship fund
The Alvin C. Tingle Scholarship Trivia Night will be held at 7 p.m. Saturday at the East Moline American Legion, 823 16th Ave., East Moline. Doors open at 6 p.m. The cost is $10 per person with eight people per table. Tacos and nachos will be sold. There will be a cash bar and teams can bring snacks, but no beverages.
There will be prizes for first through third place, 50/50 raffles and a silent auction. Proceeds will go to the Alvin C Tingle Scholarship Fund. For more information, contact Luis Puentes at 309-269-8650 or bombero@qconline.

EM Little League taking registrations
Registrations still are being accepted for East Moline Little League. Register online at or call Jerri Thompson at 309-716-7934.

Catch a Cubs game with library friends
Friends of the East Moline Library are sponsoring a bus trip to see the Chicago Cubs vs. Cincinnati Reds on Aug. 14. The cost is $75 and includes transportation and a game ticket for infield terrace reserved seats. The game is at 1:20 p.m. To reserve a seat, stop by the library at 740 16th Ave., or call the library at 309-755-9614.

Take a bus trip to see 'South Pacific'
Friends of the East Moline Library are sponsoring a bus trip to see "South Pacific" at the Lincolnshire Mariott on April 28. The cost is $100, which includes transportation, show ticket and a champagne brunch. To reserve a seat, stop by the library at 740 16th Ave., or call the library at 309-755-9614.

Share your poems, music at library event
The River Valley District Library, 214 S. Main St., Port Byron, will hold an Open Mike Night from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. April 5 for ages 13 and older. Present your poetry or music to other local artists and musicians.
Appetizers and refreshments will be available for purchase. For more information or to sign up, visit the library or call 309-523-3440.

Safe Boating Class offered in Cordova
The Cordova Library will sponsor a Safe Boating Class from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. April 6. It will cover the basics of boating safety, equipment and requirements, navigation, motorboat, registration and titling, emergency measures and the Illinois boating laws.
People who complete the class and final exam will receive a U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary certificate that meets Illinois state requirements.
The class is available to those 12 and older. Children younger than 16 must be accompanied by an adult. Class size is limited to 30. The cost is $10. To sign up, call the library at 309-654-2330.

Bus trip to Lincoln Museum is April 12
The Cordova Library is hosting a trip to the Lincoln Museum on April 12. The bus will leave the library parking lot at 7 a.m. Participants are on their own from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. to tour and eat lunch. The bus will return to the library by 5:30 p.m. The cost is $40, which includes museum admission. For more information, or to sign up, call the library at 309-654-2330.

River Valley Library offers new database
The River Valley District Library, 214 S. Main St., Port Byron, now offers a Chilton Online Auto Repair Manuals Database. Library patrons can access the manuals from home through the library's website, For the online password, stop by the library or call 309-523-3440.

Craft and Vendor Show set in Port Byron
The Friends of the River Valley Library, 214 S. Main St., Port Byron, will host a Craft and Vendor Show from 4 to 7:30 p.m. April 19 and 9 a.m. to noon April 20 at the library. Cost of a table is $10 for one day or $15 for both. Interested crafters or vendors should call Norine at 309-721-6972.

Ann's needs a helping hand with items
Ann's Helping Hand, 805 S. High St., Port Byron, is seeking infant clothing, twin and king sheets, size 5 boys and girls clothing and Easter decorations.
A fundraiser bake sale will be held from 9 to 11:30 a.m. Saturday at First Savings Bank, Hillsdale. Donations can be dropped off at Ann's from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday or at the bank by 9 a.m. Saturday.
Easter basket pick-up is from 9 a.m. to noon Tuesday, March 26, at the Port Byron Public Works Building. Anyone who needs assistance should call Ann at 309-314-5226.
Ann's 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. For more information, call Ann at 309-314-5226.

Hear former Bandits GM at windmill center
Stephanie Brown, former general manager of the Quad Cities River Bandits, will speak at 9:20 a.m. Wednesday, March 27, at the Windmill Cultural Center in Fulton.
In February, Ms. Brown became executive director of Modern Woodmen Park. Her presentation will focus on the history of baseball in Davenport and plans for added attractions.
The event will start with coffee, tea and a treat at 9 a.m. The event is free and open to the public, and the facility is handicapped accessible.

Kindergarten roundup at Riverdale schools
The Riverdale School District, Port Byron, will hold a kindergarten roundup from 6 to 8 p.m. April 18 in the elementary school gym for all incoming kindergarten students and their parents. Children who turn 5 by September are eligible to attend. Parents will be able to register their child for school, meet the kindergarten staff and ask questions. Parents should bring the child's original birth certificate and Social Security number. Register for the event by calling the school at 309-523-3186.

Learn about boat safety at class
The USCG Auxiliary, a community service organization working in water and vessel safety, invites people interested in boating to its monthly meetings from 7 to 9 p.m. the second Tuesday of each month.
Boating safety courses will be from 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesdays, through March 26, at Immanuel Lutheran Church, 356 16th Ave., East Moline.
To register, email, or call 309-755-3537.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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 through 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.

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.


Colona to train citizens on emergency response
The city of Colona will offer Citizen's Emergency Response Training to teach people how to protect themselves and those around them until police and fire arrive at an emergency. Training includes first aid and CPR. Anyone interested in classes should call Steve Mascaro at 309-314-6746 or send him a message on Facebook.


Local events heading

  Today is Monday, Oct. 20, the 293rd day of 2014. There are 72 days left in the year.

1864 -- 150 years ago: The store of Devoe and Crampton was entered and robbed of about $500 worth of gold pens and pocket cutlery last night.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Michael Malloy was named president of the Tri-City Stone Cutters Union.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Dewitte C. Poole, former Moline newspaperman serving as vice consul general for the United States government in Paris, declared in a letter to friends that the once gay Paris is a city of sadness and desolation.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Plans for the construction of an $80,000 wholesale bakery at 2011 4th Ave. were announced by Harry and Nick Coin, of Rock Island. It is to be known as the Banquet Bakery.
1964 -- 50 years ago: An application has been filed for a state permit to organize a savings and loan association in Moline, it was announced. The applicants are Ben Butterworth, A.B. Lundahl, C. Richard Evans, John Harris, George Crampton and William Getz, all of Moline, Charles Roberts, Rock Island, and Charles Johnson, of Hampton.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Indian summer is quickly disappearing as temperatures slide into the 40s and 50s this week. Last week, highs were in the 80s.

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