Hampton to celebrate 175th anniversary The village Hampton will celebrate its 175th anniversary of the platting of the village at Heritage Park on Saturday. 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! acoustic 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. The GMC Illini Auxiliary is looking for people to set up at a Sept. 20 craft fair, from 9 a.m. to noon atthe Larson Center next to Illini Hospital, Silvis. Homemade items only. The cost of a 2-by-8 feet table and two chairs is $15. For more information,callChristie Brown at 309-755-3461 or Cheryl Henry at 309-755-3550.
UT to present Spring Choir Pops Concert The United Township High School Fine Arts Department will host the Spring Choir Pops Concert on Thursday in the school auditorium. The program will begin at 6:40 p.m. with a preshow highlighting student soloists, followed by a full program with all choir students at 7. Admission is free and open to the public. It's also Senior Recognition Night, so an awards program and dessert banquet will follow the concert.
Veterans to be honored on Memorial Day Port Byron will host a veterans' ceremony at 10 a.m. on Memorial Day at Memorial Park at Oak Street and Main Street.The deputy commander general at the Arsenal, Brig Gen D A Gamble, will speak, and the Riverdale band will play.
Get clothes, plants at Colona church sale The Youth Fellowship of Colona United Methodist Church, 1709 Cleveland Road, will hold a clothing and plant sale from 4 to 7 p.m. Friday and 8 a.m. to noon Saturday, and host a breakfast from 7 to 11 a.m. Monday. Pancakes, sausage, biscuits and gravy, scrambled eggs, juice and coffee will be served for a freewill donation. Proceeds from both events will go toward youth-group activities, including an upcoming mission trip to Garnett, Kan., where they will be doing home repair.
School boards to discuss special education The East Moline and United Township High School district boards will meet at 6 p.m. Wednesday, May 29, at 3555 19th St., East Moline, to discuss special-education services for students with disabilities who attend private and home schools in either district. Parents of a home-schooled student who has been, or may be identified with a disability who live in the grade school or high school district are urged to attend. For more information, call Angie Ashcraft at (309) 752-1658.
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.
Learn to make cards at Geneseo Library The Geneseo Public Library, 805 N. Chicago St., will host a card-making class at 5:30 p.m. the second Monday of the month. Anyone 16 or older is invited. Register by the Friday before the class to ensure adequate supplies are available. Call 309-944-6452. A fee of $2 per card will be charged.
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. Visittugfest.org, call Tammy Knapp at 309-523-2500 or email email@example.com.
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 christiancareqc.org. 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 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. Tours can be arranged. The school website is olgca.org.
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 email@example.com, 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 scientific 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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, rivervalleylibrary.org. 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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Today is Sunday, Dec. 8, the 342nd day of 2013. There are 23 days left in the year. 1863 -- 150 years ago: For the whole of last week we have been favored with the most delightful Indian summer weather, and mercury ranging from 40 to 65 above zero. The river is entirely clear of ice and looks as mild and soft as summer. 1888 -- 125 years ago: Albert Johnson was appointed a deputy in the circuit clerk's office. 1913 -- 100 years ago: 800 or more tons of earth in six landslides covered 38th Street for a distance of 200 feet near 7th Avenue and destroyed much property. 1938 -- 75 years ago: One of the 350-foot towers, which with a new transmitter will increase the power of WHBF to 1,000 watts day and night, has been completed on a 20-acre tract at 23rd Avenue and 51st Street, Moline. 1963 -- 50 years ago: In cooperation with The Associated Press, The Argus presents to its readers a complete, beginning-to-end account of one of the most tragic and dreadful chapters in American history, the assassination of President Kennedy, available in book form, and now in preparation. The book is entitled "The Torch is Passed." 1988 -- 25 years ago: Deere & Co. stockholders received good news of a boost in their quarterly dividends from 20 to 30 cents per share of common stock. The dividend, made to stockholders of record on Dec. 30, will be payable on Feb. 1, 1989.