Metro East briefs for May 15, 2013

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Learn about the year Hampton was platted
The Hampton Historical Society will host a program on the year Hampton was platted at 7 p.m. tonight at Hampton United Methodist Church, 400 2nd Ave.
Stephen Warren, associate professor of history at Augustana College, will offer a brief look at the United States and Illinois 175 years ago, including a glimpse of Hampton in 1838.
The public is invited. Refreshments will be served.

Hampton to celebrate 175th anniversary
The village Hampton will celebrate its 175th anniversary of the platting of the village at Heritage Park on May 25. There will be bounce houses for the kids, roving clowns, food vendors, raffles, prizes and awards. The Heritage Center exhibits will be open for viewing.
Activities include:
7 a.m.: Catfish tournament, registration starts at 6 p.m. Weigh-in is at 1:30 p.m. $15 per person. Cash prizes.
7 to 11 a.m.: Fire department pancake donation. Cost is by donation.
8 a.m. to noon: Registration for Cruise-in Car and Motorcycle Show, judging at 3 p.m. $10 per car. Music by DJ 3D Sound. Dash plaques and can koozies.
10 to 11:30 a.m.: Free kids fishing derby. Bring your own poles and parent.
Noon: Magic by Ricky Eugene on stage.
Noon: Bags tournament. $5 per person.
1 p.m.: Patty from Twisted Bouquet, balloon stage show followed by clown "Daisy Dee."
4 to 6 p.m.: Chuck Murphy Live! acoustical guitar and songs.
7 to 11 p.m.: Live music from Dirt Road Rockers, with dancing.
Two free bounce houses for the kids, roving clown greeters.

United Township band concert Thursday
The United Township High School Music Department will hold its free Spring Band Concert at 7 p.m. Thursday in the school auditorium. The public is invited to hear works by composers such as von Suppe, Ticheli and Sheldon. It also will be Senior Recognition Night. For more information, call 309-752-1646.

Get new books, other items at library sale
The Friends of the River Valley Library will hold its annual spring book sale from 3 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, 9 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Friday and 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday in the community room at the library, 214 S. Main St., Port Byron. Paperbacks are a quarter, hardcovers are 50 cents, CDs and audiobooks are $1, DVDs are $2 or fill a box with books for $5. For more information, call the library at 309-523-3440.

Take a cooking class in Silvis
The Silvis Public Library, 105 8th St., will host Cooking with Catalina from 5 to 7 p.m. May 22. She will make green mole, green spaghetti and refreshing cucumberwater. The cost to attend is $3, which is due by Friday. Children 12 and older are welcome. To reserve a spot, visit the library or call 309-755-3933.

Learn to attract butterflies to your garden
The Colona Public Library, 911 1st St., will host Flying Flowers In Your Garden at 6 p.m. May 21. Learn about some of the butterflies in our area and the plants they prefer. Learn how to attract butterflies. Handouts will be available to assist in planning and planting.
The program is free and open to the public.

Villagewide yardsales May 17-18 in Cordova
Cordova villagewide yard sales will be May 17 and 18. To get on a map of sales, sign up at the Cordova Library at 309-654-2330. Maps will be available at the library on May 16.

Donated items sought for annual sale
Friends of the River Valley Library, 214 S. Main St., Port Byron, are accepting used books, CDs and DVDS for the group's Spring Book Sale May 16-18. Items can be brought in during regular library hours. For more information, call the library at 309-523-3440.

All Town Garage Sale set in Port Byron
Port Byron is hosting its annual All Town Garage Sale Thursday through Saturday, and Friends of the River Valley Library, 214 S. Main St., Port Byron, is renting 10-by-10 feet spaces all three days for $5 per day. For more information or to reserve a space, call Patty Lindley at 309-737-9948.
Port Byron residents who want to participate in the sale can get their house listed on a map being compiled at the the library. Information must be submitted by May 11. Stop in the library or call 309-523-3440. Maps will be available at the library.

Walmart begins campaign to build hospital
Walmart in Silvis is holding its 2013 Children's Miracle Network fundraising campaign through June 21. It will supportefforts to build a 14-story, 195-bed University of Iowa Children's Hospital, with a state-of-the-art playroom. The campaign includes the sale of popcorn, root beer floats, crafts, a bake sale, hot dogs and bracelet sales.

Attend memorial service at EM VFW
VFW 8890 post and ladies auxiliary, 1810 1st St., East Moline, will hold a memorial service at 6 p.m. May 21.There will be a short prayer service with the roll call of the deceased veterans and auxiliary members and finish with a MIA/POW service. A light supperwill be served afterward. All are welcome.

Volunteers needed for Tug Fest
The Port Byron Tug Fest Committee is seeking volunteers for the annual tug fest on the second weekend in August., call Tammy Knapp at 309-523-2500 or email

Suicide support group now offered
Christian Care now offers a twice monthly support group, "Understanding Suicide: ASAP (Awareness, Support, Action, Prevention),"for people who havecontemplated or attempted suicide, those coping with the suicide of a loved one and those concerned about a loved one.
The meetings are from4 to 5:30 p.m. the first and third Wednesdays of the month at the Christian Care Rescue Mission, 2209 3rd Ave., Rock Island.
The group's goal is to provide education, resources, support and a chance to share and process thoughts and feelings related to suicide.
For more information, call Sharon De Frieze at 309-737-4658, or visit For those in danger, call Christian Care's Crisis Hotline at 309-788-2273.
The nonprofit Christian Care also offers shelter for homeless men and for women and children who have experienced domestic violence.

Grant will help fund wall mural
The Silvis Public Library has received a $900 Quad Cities Arts Dollar$ grant, which will be used to paint a wall mural in the children's department. Young library patrons will work with art teacher Sheryl Schluenz to add a personal touch to the mural.

Jacob's Northeast Park gets upgrades
Jacob's Northeast Park in East Moline has undergone renovations, thanks to a $900,000 Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity grant. Updates include stadium lights for seven fields (10 fields now lighted), dugout covers, concrete bleacher slabs and parking-lot improvements. The renovations are the first phase of a three-phase plan to make the park a sports facility for baseball, softball, soccer and cricket.
Sheet Metal Works Union 91 and the Carpenters' Training Center donated labor for dugout roofs.
More than 600 boys and girls play in East Moline Youth Baseball and ASA Softball leagues at the park, which currently has 13 weekend tournaments scheduled.

Enrollments being taken at Our Lady of Grace
Our Lady of Grace Catholic Academy, 603 18th Ave., East Moline, is accepting enrollment for the 2013-2014 school year. For more information, call 309-755-9771, or email Tours can be arranged. The school website is

See Rockford's Japanese Gardens on trip
The Geneseo Garden Club will host a bus trip to Rockford to visit Anderson Japanese Gardens and Klehm Arboretum on June 17. The cost is $45, which includes bus, entrance to both gardens, lunch and snacks. To reserve a spot, email, or call 309-944-3958.

Vendors needed for Pickers Paradise sale
Vendors are being sought for a Pickers Paradise sale from 7:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. June 8, in downtown East Moline. To reserve a space, or for more information, call 309-281-9498.

Neighborhood Watch still active in Watertown
The Watertown Neighborhood Watch group still is active and meets at 6:30 p.m. the second Monday of the month at the East Moline Fire Station at 1523 Morton Drive. There has been some confusion with another organization that recently disbanded. For more information, call 309-752-7115.

Windmill center ready to begin youth tours
Volunteer educators at Fulton's Windmill Cultural Center begin youth tours. This year's theme is "Wheels Around the World." Visitors will learn about traveling across Europe using different modes of transportation, with a cultural and science emphasis adapted to each grade level.
The curriculum is adaptable to ages 6 through adulthood and is open to school groups and other youth organizations. Groups should have one adult sponsor for every 10 children. Tours will be offered weekdays at 10 a.m., 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. through October. A suggested donation of $1 per student is requested. For a reservation, call Heather Bennett at 815-589-4545, or visit

Ann's seeks highchairs, other household items
Ann's Helping Hand, 805 S. High St., Port Byron, needs beds, sheets, baby boy clothes sizes newborn to 2T, microwaves, a dryer, lawn furniture, an electric wheelchair, XL scrubs, fans, air conditioners, baseball uniforms, cleats and children's outdoor toys.
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 4 p.m. Saturday. For more information, call Ann at 309-314-5226.
Ann's is a participating charity in the John Deere Classic and Birdies for Charity. Forms are available at the store.
Ann's also is participating in the villagewide yard sales Thursday through Saturday. Hot dogs will be available from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday and biscuits and gravy from 8 to 10 a.m. Friday and Saturday, along with bake sale items.

Hampton plans Memorial Day service
A Memorial Day service for veterans of all wars will be held at 10 a.m. May 27 in front of the soldiers' monument at Hampton Village Hall on 1st Avenue and 6th Street. All veterans are invited. After a veteran roll call, there will be refreshments at the Brettum & Black Museum. The event also will mark the season opening of the museum. For more information, call Bev Coder at 309-755-6265.

Memorial Day ceremony set in East Moline
East Moline American Legion Post 227 will host a Memorial Day Ceremony at the 9th Street Commons, 9th Street and 15th Avenue, East Moline, at 1 p.m. May 27. Guest speaker will be William Albracht, a highly decorated Vietnam War veteran. He has received three silver stars, three purple hearts, five bronze stars and other awards for combat valor.
For more information, call Robert J. Baecke at 309-755-3111.

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.

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.

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.

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.


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