Metro East briefs for Feb. 19, 2014

Posted Online: Feb. 18, 2014, 1:50 pm
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Sign-up set for Carbon Cliff Little League
The Carbon Cliff Sports Club is holding Little League sign-ups for girls and boys ages 4 to 18 from noon to 2 p.m. this Saturday and 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. March 1 at the Carbon Cliff Barstow Fire Station, 305 2nd Ave., Carbon Cliff; and from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, March 13, at the Mansur Wood Club House, 900 Crampton Ave., Carbon Cliff.
The registration fee starts at $40. Players will have the option to sell cookie dough to get a reduced fee. Volunteers are needed for the program. To volunteer, to bea team sponsor or for more information, call Alma Neels at 309-235-1241. Registration forms can be downloaded at Carbon-Cliff.com.

Glenview fundraiser will help sixth-grade class
Glenview Middle School will hold a fundraiser for the sixth-grade class today in the school cafeteria. Pizza, drinks and snacks will be available for purchase starting at 5:30 p.m.; Comedy Sportz will perform at 6:30, with tickets at $3 per person or $10 for a family. All proceeds will go toward the sixth-grade class trip to Medieval Times in Chicago.

School offers chance to win $10,000
Our Lady of Grace Catholic Academy, 603 18th Ave., East Moline, is holding its 4th annual Mardi Gras Magic Raffle. Tickets are $100 and available at the school office or by calling 309-755-9771. First prize is $10,000; second is $5,000; third is three prizes of $2,500, fourth is five prizes of $1,199.
Revenue left after the prize awards will go to the school's building fund. The drawing will be at the March 1 Mardi Gras at Cleary Hall. Participants do not need to be present to win.

Trivia night will pay for class trip
The Hampton eighth grade is hosting a trivia night at the school on Friday. Doors open at 5 p.m., and the game begins at 6. Cost for a table of up to eight players is $80. The first-place team wins $160, second place wins $100 and third place, $80. Revenue will be used for a class trip to St. Louis, and a class dinner and dance. To reserve a table, call the school at 309-755- 0693.

Civil War Roundtable to discuss prison, sinking
The River Valley 150th Anniversary Civil War Roundtable will meet at 6 p.m. Monday at River Valley District Library, 214 S. Main St., Port Byron, to discuss war events in February 1864, including the first sinking of a ship by a submarine and the opening of Andersonville Prison. The public is invited. For more information, call Lawrence Bay at 309-523-2046.

Northeast Pony League sets registration dates
The Northeast Pony League, formerly the East Moline Little League, is a recreation program that will be run similar to Junior Panther Basketball, allowing kids to play with schoolmates. It is not a travel program. Registration will be from 1 to 4 p.m. Feb. 23 at the East Moline Jewel and 5 to 8 p.m. March 7 at a chili supper at Christ United Methodist Church in East Moline.
For more information, visit northeastponyleague.com. Financial assistance is available for those who qualify. It also is on Facebook under Northeast Pony League.

Kiwanis Club looking for new members
The East Moline-Silvis Kiwanis Club is seeking new members. The club meets at 6 p.m. each Monday at Genesis Medical Center, Silvis Campus, 801 Illini Drive, Silvis. To join or to learn more about the club, contact Mike Laufenberg at malaufenberg@mchsi.com. For information on Kiwanis, visit kiwanis.org.

Test your knowledge with Kiwanis Club
The East Moline-Silvis Kiwanis Club will host its annual trivia night on March 15 at the East Moline American Legion, 829 16th Ave. Doors open at 6 p.m., and the game starts at 7. The cost is $10 per person, with tables of up to eight people. Mulligans and double downs will be available. People can bring their own food, but no outside beverages are allowed. For reservations, contact Bob Lee at bobcarollee@qconline.com. Proceeds will go toward local children's projects.

Gentle yoga at Colona Activity Center
The Colona Activity Center, 617 8th St., is hosting A gentle yoga class from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Thursdays. Cost is $5. Bring a mat, blanket, towel and water. To reserve a spot, call Deb at 309-737-5143.

Ann's seeking items for needy
Ann's Helping Hand, 805 S. High St., Port Byron, needs size 10 men's winter boots, a recliner, beds and bedding, towels, kids spring clothes, laptop computer, kitchen table and chairs.
Ann's also is seeking land along Illinois 84 to erect a Morton building and move the store.

Registration open for new EMSSC players
Registration for the East Moline Silvis Soccer Club's spring session is open to new players through March 1. Children who will be 4 before July 31, up to age 14, are eligible to register. The cost is $70, with a family maximum of $140, and includes a uniform, six games and participation medals. Children who played in the fall do not need to register. Visit emssc.org to register. For more information, call 309-912-7881, or email rec@emssc.org

River Valley Library plans events
The River Valley District Library, 214 S. Main St., Port Byron, has several activities planned. For more information or to sign up, call the library at 309-523-3440.
Thursday: 12:30 p.m. Brown Bag Lunch and a movie, "Paint Your Wagon." Popcorn and drinks provided.
Friday: Noon, Brown Bag Lunch and a movie, "Lincoln." It will be followed by a discussion until 3:30 p.m. You may bring a dessert to share. Popcorn and drinks provided.
Ongoing activities:
Fridays: 6:30-7:30 p.m., Friends of the Library Pajama Story Time for children of all ages.
Mondays: 10-10:45 a.m., Story Time for 4- and 5-year-olds in upstairs community room.
Wednesdays: 10-10:30 a.m., Mommy & Me Story Time in upstairs community room.
Thursdays: 10-10:45 p.m., 2 & 3 Year Old Story Time in upstairs community room.

Us Too prostate cancer support group meets
Us Too, a prostate cancer support group, meets at 7 p.m. the third Thursday of the month in the Jardine Conference Room at Trinity Medical West Campus, Rock Island, except for February and July, when meetings are at the Adler Heart Center at Genesis East in Davenport.
The group provides a forum for men with prostate cancer and their loved ones. For more information, visit ustoogqc.org, or call Larry at 309-738-0188.

Pushing the Limits series coming
The Geneseo Public Library, 805 N. Chicago St., will host a four-part reading, viewing and discussion series for adults called Pushing the Limits from Feb. 20 to May 15. It's one of 74 rural public libraries nationwide, and one of three in Illinois, receiving grants to host the series.
The program explores pushing the limits with real people, stories and science. Each book discussion will include a 5-minute video interview with the author and short video that tells of an individual using science to solve problems in their everyday lives, at work and at play.
Books to be discussed from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Thursdays:
Thursday: "Survival -- Arctic Drift" by Clive Cussler
March 13: "Connection -- Thunderstruck" by Erik Larson
April 17: "Knowledge -- The Land of Painted Caves" by Jean Auel
May 15: "Nature -- When the Killing's Done" by T. C. Boyle
To register for the program, call the library at 309-944-6452, or email dmurray@geneseo.lib.il.us. The book for the Feb. 20 discussion is available for pickup.

Road trip to see 'Mamma Mia' planned
The Friends of the East Moline Library are hosting a bus trip to see "Mamma Mia" on May 18. Cost of the trip is $100 and includes transportation and a ticket to the show. To reserve a spot, call the library at 309-755-9614.

Library friends start winter movie days
Friends of the River Valley Library, 214 S. Main St., Port Byron, are hosting free movie showings in the library community room at 1 p.m. the first and third Thursdays during winter months. The first Thursday of the month movie will be an older classic, and the third Thursday will be a new release. For more information, call the library at 309-523-3440.

Group grants grievers comfort, healing
Gibson-Bode Funeral Homes and Hillsdale United Methodist Church are co-sponsoring a support group for people experiencing grief from the death of a loved one, job loss, divorce or any other kind of serious personal loss.
Elizabeth Saelens, a pre-planning consultant/after-care coordinator with Gibson-Bode Funeral Homes, and the Rev. Randy Rutledge will host the group at 9 a.m. the first and third Thursdays of each month at the church, 124 Butzer St., Hillsdale.
For information, call 309-523-3151 or 309-256-9685.

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. For more information, call 309-752-7115.

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.

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 Don Curtis at 309-797-1832.


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