Metro East briefs for July 10, 2013

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Vacation Bible school set at Colona church
Green Rock Free Will Baptist Church, Colona, will hold vacation Bible school for kids ages 4 to 12, from 10 a.m. to noon July 15-19 in the park at 6th Street and the Hennepin Canal.
The theme is"Over the Top -- Playing in the Park." There are no fees,but there is a daily mission's offering challenge, boys versus girls. Proceeds go to Colona School's First Day Fund.
For more information, callPastor Sam Henderson at 309-792-0078 or 309-737-9453.

'America's Got Talent' finalist at Colona library
Serengeti Steve will entertain with animals and reptiles at 6:30 p.m. Thursday at Colona Public Library, 911 1st St.Serengeti Steve was a finalist on America's Got Talent and a Guiness World Record holder. The show is free.

Port Byron church plans vacation Bible school
Bethel Baptist Church, Port Byron, will hold vacation Bible school with lessons, games, songs and other activities from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Monday through Friday, July 15-19. A supper will be served at 5:30 p.m. For more information, callGlenda DeDoncker at 309-721-0196.

Ashdown family plans 87th reunion
The 87th annual Ashdown Reunion for descendants of Mark, Alex and Henry Ashdown will be at noon Sunday at Church of the Cross, Port Byron. Iced tea and lemonade will be provided.

Registrations taken for Little Lambs Preschool
Little Lambs Preschool is taking registration for the 2013-2014 school year. For more information, call the preschool at 309-496-3512.

Take in an evening with Mr. and Mrs. Lincoln
River Valley District Library, 214 S. Main St., Port Byron, will host "An Evening with Mr. and Mrs. Lincoln" from 6 to 7 p.m. July 23. Max and Donna Daniels, of Wheaton, will portray the Lincolns.
The free program is suitable for students in fifth grade and up and adults. The program will be followed by a question-and-answer period. Seating is limited. To reserve a spot, call the library at 309-523-3440 or stop by.

Educators can get field-trip packs from library
River Valley District Library, 214 S. Main St., Port Byron, has field-trip packs available for loan for educators grades pre-K to third grade.
The packs -- made available through the state -- help educators teach kids about the outdoors. They include magnifying glasses, field guides, insect observation chambers, binoculars, a compass, a plant press, a sieve, other hands-on items and suggestions for incorporating natural resources related topics into the curriculum. A complete content list is available at For more information, call 309-523-3440 or email to make a reservation.

EM-Silvis Soccer Club sets registration deadline
The East Moline Silvis Soccer Club's deadline for fall registration is July 12 for kids who will be 4 by July 31, 2014, to those 14 by July 31, 2014. The $100 cost includes a $30 fundraiser. This cost is for fall and spring soccer seasons. Players receive a jersey, shorts and socks.
Scholarships are available for those in need. A rec registration scholarship open to all rec players from U-4 to U-14 covers registration, a soccer ball, shoes and shin guards. New this year is a scholarship for travel and/or rec soccer players in need between the ages of 10 and 14.
Register in person at Jacobs Park soccer garage from 5:30 to 7 p.m. July 9 to 12, or call 309-912-7881.

Port Byron Historical Society to discuss the Civil War
The Port Byron Historical Society will host "Port Byron in the Civil War," at 6:30 p.m. July 10 at the River Valley Library, 214 S. Main. Historical Society president Lawrence Bay will discuss Port Byron men who served in the Civil War. The public is invited. For more information, call 309-523-2046.

Moore Memorial Library starts summer reading program
Hillsdale's Moore Memorial Library is holding its summer reading program through July 30 for kids ages 2 to 12. The theme is "Have Book Will Travel."
Reading logs are available at the library and each participant will receive a backpack with assorted goodies inside when they sign up, plus a chance to win additional prizes for every five hours of reading time logged.
Special programs will be held at the library from 10:30 a.m. to noon Tuesdays. For more information, call the library at 309-658-2666.

Riverdale Alumni Crawl to be held Friday
The 5th annual Riverdale Alumni Crawl will be held from 5 to 11 p.m., Friday, July 12, on Main Street in Port Byron. The $10 participation fee will be donated to the Riverdale Education Foundation in support of the Riverdale Track Refurbishment project. Participants completing the "crawl" will be entered into a prize drawing at 11 p.m.
New this year is an Alumni Car-Truck-Motorcycle show and a $1,000 cash raffle. Anyone interested in donating, volunteering or entering the Alumni Car-Truck-Motorcycle show should email

Fishing clinic for kids on July 15
East Moline is hosting two free kids' fishing clinics from 9 to 11 a.m. and 1 to 3 p.m. on Monday, July 15, at the Butterworth Park pond, 220 block of Archer Drive in East Moline.
The clinics will be run by the Illinois Department of Natural Resources and teach kids the basics of fishing. All fishing equipment will be provided.
Registration is required, and space is limited. To sign up, call Amy or Theresa at 309-752-1599, stop by the East Moline City Hall annex at 912 16th Ave., or register online at

Six graduate from Our Lady of Grace
Our Lady of Grace Catholic Academy in East Moline held graduation on May 29. Graduates were Seth Hernandez, Miguela David, Xavier Hernandez, Tori Muhleman, Miranda Zinke and Mary Hart.

E.M. Music in the Park on July 17
East Moline's Music in the Park series continues with a free concert by Tangent at 7 p.m. July 17 at The Quarter in East Moline. Tangent plays at R&B, soul, rock and jazz.
Parking for the concert is at John Deere Harvester, 1100 13th Ave., East Moline. Free trolleys will begin shuttling concert-goers at 6 p.m. Concessions will be available for purchase.
For more information, visit, or call 309-796-0170.

Ann's Helping Hands seeks helping hand
Ann's Helping Hand, 805 S. High St., Port Byron, is seeking fishing poles, gas stove, electric dryer, kitchen stools, computer desk, bathroom nonskid rugs, laptop computer and baby boy summer clothes 12 monts to 2T.
Ann's is a 501(3)C and is eligible for Birdies for Charity through the John Deere Classic. Forms are available at Ann's store and will be accepted until Friday.
Needs: gas stove, 10-speed bicycle, two sets of bunkbeds, crib, toddler bed, crib sheets, loveseat, riding and push toys.

Colona summer park program planned
The Colona Park District summer park program for kids ages 5 to 14 will be from 9 a.m. to noon weekdays through July 31. Activities include recreation, safety programs and field trips. There will be free snacks and drinks. Signup will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, June 28, at Gailliaerts Park. For more information, call Linda at 309-792-2340 or 309-714-8027.

New GED session begins in August
A new session of GED and Optional Education classes will begin in August. Most classes will start Monday, Aug. 5.
GED classes are free and are held in a variety of places including churches, businesses, schools, libraries and housing projects. Call or visit a learning site listed below for information.
Outreach Center, 301 Avenue of the Cities, East Moline, 309-796-8216.
Illinois workNet Center, 4703 16th St., Suite G, Moline, 309-796-5701.
Adult Learning Center Watchtower Plaza, 3930 11th St., Rock Island, 309-794-1072.
Community Education Center, 404 E. Third St., Kewanee, 309-854-1875.
High Roads Advantage, 2004 S.E. Third St., Aledo, 309-582-8181.

Movie days at the East Moline Library
The East Moline Public Library, 740 16th Ave., will hold movie matinee days from 2 to 4 p.m. Tuesdays in July. No registration is needed for the family-oriented movies. For movie titles and any other information, please call the library at 309-755-9614.

See 'Wicked' performance in Chicago
Friends of the East Moline Library is organizing a bus trip to see "Wicked" in Chicago on Sunday, Nov. 10. Tickets will be $100 for lower balcony seats and transportation. For more information, or to register, call Tami at the library at 309-755-9614.

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 event on the second weekend in August. Visit, 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 have contemplated or attempted suicide, those coping with the suicide of a loved one and those concerned about a loved one.
The meetings are from 4 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.

Enrollments taken at Our Lady of Grace
Our Lady of Grace Catholic Academy, 603 18th Ave., East Moline, is accepting enrollment for the 2013-14 school year. For more information, call 309-755-9771, or email Tours can be arranged. The school website is

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 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 for 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

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.


Local events heading

  Today is Tuesday, Oct. 21, the 294th day of 2014. There are 71 days left in the year.

1864 -- 150 years ago: The weather is discouraging for our great Democratic rally tomorrow, but never mind that. Let our Rock Island people show they can make a big procession themselves, rain or shine.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Apparatus arrived for drilling an artesian well on the premises of George Warner's Atlantic Brewery.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The German army continued its attacks on the allies line near the Belgian coast.
1939 -- 75 years ago: The farm home of Mr. and Mrs. Gus Zachert northwest of Buffalo Prairie, burned to the ground.
1964 -- 50 years ago: WVIK-FM, noncommercial educational radio station at Augustana College, will return to the air tomorrow. The station operates at a power of 10 watts at 90.9 megacycles on the frequency modulation band. The station is operated with a staff of 92 students.
1989 -- 25 years ago: An avenue of lights, 13 Christmas trees strung with more than 44,000 sparkling lights, will expand the Festival of Trees beyond the walls of RiverCenter in downtown Davenport in mid-November.

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