Metro East briefs for July 16, 2014

Posted Online: July 15, 2014, 10:00 am
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Ellis Kell in concert tonight at The Quarter
The Ellis Kell Band will play a free concert at 7 p.m. tonight at The Quarter in East Moline. Parking is at John Deere Harvester, 1100 13th Ave., East Moline. Free trolleys will begin shuttling concert-goers at 6 p.m. For more information, visit or call 309-796-0170.

Briar Bluff school reunion Saturday
A potluck picnic for Briar Bluff School alumni and families will be held Saturday in the large pavilion at Hillcrest Resort, 16210 E. 350th St., Orion.
Bring your own beverages and place settings. Serving will be at 1 p.m., but come about 11 a.m. for visiting, volleyball, horse shoes, swimming and golf. Camping is available.
For directions to Hillcrest, call 309-755-6550, or visit

Bark in the Park on Saturday
The sixth annual Geneseo Bark in the Park 5K run/walk, 1-mile walk (with or without dogs), will be held Saturday in Geneseo City Park at State and Main streets. Separate races for kids will be held in City Park.
For more information, visit, or call Bonnie at 309-944-6742. Proceeds will benefit the Henry County Humane Society. To register, go online to through Thursday. Late registrations will be taken from 4 to 7 p.m. Friday at the Geneseo Chamber Office, or from 6 to 7:30 a.m. Saturday in the Geneseo City Park pavilion. The registration fee is $25, with special rates for kids and families.

Colona library offering free technology courses
Colona Public Library is offering free six-week technology courses to residents in the Colona library district beginning tonight, thanks to a state grant.
Courses will be offered in a variety of technology-related subjects, from basic keyboarding and computer skills to training in various Microsoft Office applications, such as Word and Excel.
The schedule is designed to be flexible to accommodate an individual's home and work obligations. Preference is given to people who are unemployed or underemployed. Applicants for training must be 18 or older.
For more information, visit, email or call 309-792-0548.

Registration for EMSSC through Saturday
Saturday is the deadline to register for the 2014-15 EMSSC Rec Season, which is open to U-4 to U-14 levels. Players must be 4 years old by July 31, 2015, to register. The fee is $70 plus a $30 fundraiser, with a maximum rate of $140 per family. The fee covers six games in the fall and six in the spring season and includes a jersey, shorts and socks.
To register, visit For more information, contact Jason Diekman at or 309-912-7881.
Scholarships are available for the registration cost, shoes, shin guards and a ball for any player who qualifies, with proper documentation. All information is confidential.
For a scholarship application, contact or call 309-912-7881.

River Valley Library upcoming events
The River Valley District Library, 214 S. Main St., Port Byron, has several activities planned. To reserve a spot or for more information, call the library at 309-523-3440.
- Today: 1-4 p.m., Quilting by the River will teach kids how to make a pet bed for a real or stuffed pet. Geared for children grades 3 and older. Call library for a list of supplies and to sign up.
- Thursday: 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Charlie's Heroes Puppet Show and Craft Time with snack, presented by Mississippi Valley Regional Blood Center. Bring a sock to use for puppet.
- Friday: 2-4 p.m., teen video and board game day. Popcorn and drinks provided. For students in grades 6-12.
- Monday: 10-11 a.m., Animal Story Time with Ms. Cathy. Children will be able to make and decorate their own cupcakes. Registration required.
- Monday: 5:30-7:30 p.m., library board meeting in upstairs Community Room.
- Tuesday: 1:30-3 p.m., write a poem about your favorite pet and create a background page to display it. For students in grades 6-12.
- Wednesday, July 23: 5-6 p.m., Music Round Table. First meeting will look at The Beatles and their impact on music, fashion and culture.

Civil War Roundtable meets July 28
The River Valley 150th Anniversary Civil War Roundtable will meet at 6 p.m. Monday, July 28, at River Valley District Library, 216 S. Main St., Port Byron, to discuss events in July of 1864, 150 years ago.
Battles in the east, the 1864 presidential campaign, charter of the Northern Pacific Railroad, a peace conference at Niagara Falls and other events will be discussed.
The meeting is open to the public. For more information, call Lawrence Bay at 309-523-2046.

Ann's Helping Hand seeking items
Ann's Helping Hand, 805 S. High St., Port Byron, is seeking an electric dryer, washer, size 5 and 7 boys clothes, twin and full beds, a dorm fridge, computers and televisions.
Ann's also is seeking school supplies for needy Riverdale students, including pencils, Crayola watercolors and 12-count crayons, and 1-inch binders.
Store hours are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday, and from 9 a.m. to noon Wednesday.

BHASE Center collecting cans, bottles, box tops
Black Hawk Area Special Education Center, a school for special-needs students at 4680 11th St., East Moline, is accepting donations of cans, plastic bottles, Box Tops for Education and Labels for Education. For more information or to arrange for pickup, call 309-743-1466. All proceeds benefit the vocational-education programs at the school.

Our Lady of Grace taking registrations
Our Lady of Grace Academy in East Moline is accepting registration for the 2014-15 school year.
For more information or to schedule a tour/appointment, call the school office at 309-755-9771. You also can visit

Little Lambs taking registrations
Little Lambs Preschool is taking registration for the 2014-15 school year. For more information, call the preschool at 309-496-3512.

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, 801 Illini Drive. To join or to learn more about the club, contact Mike Laufenberg at For information on Kiwanis, visit

Yoga at Colona Activity Center
The Colona Activity Center, 617 8th St., offers a gentle-yoga class from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Thursdays and 5:30 p.m. Mondays. The cost is $5. Bring a mat, blanket, towel and water. To reserve a spot, call Deb at 309-737-5143.
Insanity classes are held at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday and 7 p.m. Thursday at the center. The cost is $8 per class or $60 for 6 weeks.

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 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, or call Larry at 309-738-0188.

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.
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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  Today is Wednesday, Sept. 17, the 260th day of 2014. There are 105 days left in the year.
1864 -- 150 years ago: We are told league merchants have paid no attention to the prohibition on selling ammunition, but continue to sell just as before the order was issued.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The Rev. R.F. Sweet, rector of Trinity Episcopal Parish, left for the East to visit his boyhood home in Boston before attending the general convention of the Episcopal Church in New York.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Dr. E.A. Anderson was named to succeed Dr. E.L. Kerns as head physician of the Modern Woodmen of America, and moved to Rock Island from Holdingford, Minn.
1939 -- 75 years ago: One week late, because of the outbreak of war, Dr. E.L. Beyer resumed his work as professor of romance languages at Augustana College. Dr. and Mrs. Beyer left Germany on the last train to the Belgian border.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Employees in Turnstyle stores in Moline and Davenport will vote Oct. 2 in an election set up by the Chicago regional office of the National Labor Relations Board. Employees will vote either for the Retail Clerk International or for no union.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Rock Island High School is considering a step to help teen moms stay in school and get their diploma. The school board is expected to vote tonight on instituting an on-site child care center.

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