Posted Online: Oct. 01, 2012, 2:21 pm

Metro East briefs for Oct. 3, 2012

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Adam, Hollie and Nolan Meuser anxiously await Fright Night in downtown East Moline, set for 4 to 7 p.m. on Friday. They are joined by EM, The Pink Gorilla. There will be treats, a walking parade, trolley rides, costume judging and more. Photos with a fall background will be taken for a donation of two canned goods to the United Township High School food drive. For more information, call Marcia at (309) 236-4751.
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Silvis United Methodist Church, 1301 2nd Ave., Silvis, will host a pancake breakfast from 7:30 to 11 a.m. Saturday. The cost is $6 for adults, $3 for children ages 3-10, and free for children younger than 3. Pictured are Paul Mattison and Mary Ann Quin.
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Brandy Dalessandro and Scott Schultz, of Silvis, attended the Skellington Manor Monster Costume Ball Saturday night.
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Wells Elementary School teacher Monica Young hugs principal Patrick Versluis Friday morning during an assembly in the school gymnasium where 20 teachers at the school in East Moline each received a $50 reward card for classroom supplies as part of the Walmart Teacher Rewards Program. In its fourth year since inception, the program has given $4.5 million to 95,000 teachers across the United States. 'It helps offset the money teachers spend of their own on students,' said Walmart personnel manager Diana Sandoval. Walmart training coordinator Nancy Walsten, right, presented flowers to the teachers.
Get dining-tour books at Colona Library

Friends of the Colona Public Library are selling Quad Cities Dining Tour Books as a fundraiser for library programs. The $35 books include more than 300 buy-one, get-one free coupons for area restaurants. They are available at the library, 911 1st St., Colona. The library is open from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday to Friday, and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday. Call (309) 792-0548.

Silvis doing hyrdrant flushing until Friday

The city of Silvis will be flushing hydrants throughout the city through Friday. Watch for the hydrant flushing in your area.

Euchre tournament will help Silvis Little League

The Silvis Little League will host a euchre tournament fundraiser at 6 p.m. Saturday at Our Lady of Guadalupe Hall, 800 17th St., Silvis. Doors open at 5:30.

The cost is $10 per person. Bring your own food, but no outside beverages will be allowed. A cash bar will be available.

Reservations, with a check payable to SAY, along with all names of participants, should be mailed to PO Box 16, Silvis, IL 61282, by today. Registration also can be done at the door.

For more information, call (563) 370-1937 or visit

Fulton hosting fall arts and crafts show

The Fulton Fall Festival Arts & Crafts Show will be held Saturday in downtown Fulton, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The cost to participate is $25 and includes a 10-foot by 10-foot space. The registration deadline is Friday. After this date, the fee will increase to $35. For an application, visit or contact the Fulton Chamber of Commerce at (815) 589-4545 or

Colona boosters hosting fundraisers

The Colona School Booster club will host a trivia night and taco dinner at 7 p.m. Saturday. Doors open at 6. The cost is $10 per player, with up to eight players per team and no age requirements. Teams can sign up at the school until Friday. For more information, contact Ian Malmstrom at (309) 792-1232 or

Silvis Senior Citizens meet for lunch

Silvis Senior Citizens will meet at 12:30 p.m. Oct. 12 at Silvis United Methodist Church, 1301 2nd Ave., Silvis. There will be a catered chicken dinner for $7. Reservations are due by Monday. Call Jean Neely at (309) 792-1545. Dan Thorngren will talk about the Silvis Community Garden and how donations are made to a local food bank.

Schools hosting meeting on special-ed services

The East Moline and United Township school districts will hold a meeting at 6 p.m. Oct. 9 at 3555 19th St., East Moline, to discuss plans for providing special-education services to students with disabilities who attend private schools and home schools in the districts.

Parents of a home-schooled student who live in the districts and have been, or may be identified with, a disability, are urged to attend.

For more information, call Kristin Taylor, associate superintendent of special services, at (309) 792-2887, ext. 3.

Vietnam vets to share stories at roundtable

The Port Byron Historical Society's Oct. 10 program will be a Vietnam Veteran's "roundtable" with vets discussing their branch of service, places they served and interesting and humorous experiences during the Vietnam War era.

The meeting will be at 7 p.m. on the second floor of the River Valley District Library, 214 S. Main St., Port Byron. The public is invited.

Get antiques appraised at Silvis Library

The Silvis Public Library, 105 8th St., will host free antique appraisals by certified appraiser Terri Applegate from 10 a.m. to noon Oct. 10. People can bring in anything but weapons. Each person will be limited to three items to begin with, but more may be allowed if time permits. For more information, call the library at (309) 755-3393.

Elections set for Carbon Cliff Sports Club

The Carbon Cliff Sports Club will hold elections from 6 to 8 p.m. Oct. 11 at the Carbon Cliff concession stand on 1st Avenue. Elected positions, current officers and candidates are listed on the blog at Anyone who would like to run for any of these seats should contact Tony Fauser at (309) 792-3122 or by Monday.

EM Little League sets officer elections

The East Moline Little League will elect officers for the 2013 season at 7 p.m. Oct. 11 at East Moline City Hall, 915 16th Ave.

Anyone interested in becoming a board member or getting involved in other ways is encouraged to attend. For more information, call Jon Danley at (309) 721-6308.

Also, register before the first of the year for the 2013 season to receive $20 off the registration fee.

NAACP seeks vendors for Harvest Festival

The Rock Island County NAACP is seeking people interested in singing, selling crafts or setting up community organization and ethnic club booths at the annual Harvest Festival, to be from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 13 at Hereford Park, 13th Street and 4th Avenue, East Moline.

The multicultural event will include family activities such as Celtic sports, a community choir, ethnic song and dance and various ethnic craft and food booths. Admission is free.

The goal is to get 100 people to sing in a community choir. The songs for this year are "We Are the World," and "Let it Be."

Community groups and ethnic clubs can set up informational booths for free. Businesses and people wishing to sell crafts should sign up by the Oct. 6 deadline. For more information, call Ray Smith at (309) 236-2581 or Yancy Bolden at (309) 788-6573.

Hampton clinic offering flu shots

The Hampton Township Health Clinic, 209 19th St., East Moline, is offering free flu shots to Hampton Township residents 50 and older and residents with health complications, from 9 to 11 a.m. and noon to 4:30 p.m. Tuesdays, and 9 a.m. to noon and 1 to 4:30 p.m. Wednesdays. For more information, call (309) 755-2944.

Craft, product show returns to Colona school

Colona PTA will sponsor its 11th annual Craft and Product Show from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Oct. 20 at Colona Grade School. Crafters and product sellers are sought to rent a booth at the event. A 10-by-8 feet booth is available for $20, and a 6-by-4 feet booth is $10. A limited number of tables with electricity are available for an additional $5. For more information or to reserve a spot, call Judy Smith at (309) 792-2535.

Ann's holding bingo fundraiser

Ann's Helping Hand, 805 S. High St., Port Byron, will hold a bingo fundraiser at 5 p.m. Oct. 21, at the Blu Shamrock in Cordova, with prizes such as wine, jewelry, ice cream, pizza, Avon and gift certificates. Burger baskets are $5, and desserts will be available, with free dessert to anyone who wears a Halloween costume. Bring food items for extra bingo cards. Proceeds will be used for Thanksgiving baskets.

Ann's also is seeking a wash machine and dryer, refrigerator, Halloween costumes, twin beds and bunk beds.

Shop 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 1 p.m. Saturday.

Port Byron to rededicate historic rifle

The 1862 3-inch Griffen Ordnance Rifle, which used to stand in front of Port Byron's American Legion Hall, will be rededicated at a new, as yet unnamed location on Main Street in Port Byron on Nov. 11. The Legion hall recently was torn down to make way for a parking lot.

Anyone wishing to participate should call Lawrence Bay at (309) 523-2046. All Veteran's organizations, school groups, Scout units, historical societies or Civil War re-enactors and enthusiasts are welcome.

Go on a shopping bus trip to Schaumburg

The Friends of the East Moline Library are sponsoring a shopping bus trip on Nov. 18 to Woodfield Mall and IKEA. Cost for this bus trip will be $25. Call the library to reserve your spot at (309) 755-9614. Spots are filling fast.

Library board has openings

The River Valley District Library Board will have five seats open in the April election -- four four-year terms and one two-year seat. Anyone who is at least 18 years old who lives in the library district is eligible to run. Pick up an election packet at the library, 214 S. Main St., Port Byron, during regular library hours. For more information, call library director Shelli Fehr at (309) 523-3440.

Lighted Christmas Parade returning

The East Moline Main Street Business Association will hold its second downtown Lighted Christmas Parade at 6 p.m. Nov. 27, followed by a lighting of the 9th Street Commons.

Santa and Mrs. Claus will meet with children and pose with them for pictures at the American Legion, where Frosty's Chili Supper will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Donations will be accepted, with proceeds going toward new downtown holiday/Christmas decorations. For information on sponsorships or participation, contact Brian Wagner at (309) 314-3730 or, visit or search Facebook for East Moline Lighted Christmas Parade.

Take a tour of River Valley District Library

River Valley District Library, 214 S. Main St., Port Byron is offering library tours at 6 p.m. the first Wednesday of every month. People should meet at the main lobby circulation desk.

During the tour, people will learn how to become a card member of the library, how to check out materials and the rules of the library. They also will observe some activities at the library. This is an all-ages tour. For information, call the library at (309) 523-3440.

Yoga offered 2 days each week in Port Byron

River Valley District Library, 214 S. Main St., Port Byron, hosts yoga classes at 9 a.m. Saturdays and 5:30 p.m. Tuesdays. The cost for each class is $8. All skill levels are welcome.

For more information or to sign up, check the event calendar at or call the library at (309) 523-3440.

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.

Zumba classes offered at River Valley Library

Zumba classes are offered upstairs at River Valley District Library from 6:45 to 7:45 p.m. Tuesdays for people 16 and older. Classes are $8. Bring a towel and wear tennis shoes, loose-fitting clothing, shorts, T-shirts and tanks — no sweats.

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 Darrell and Sue Abney at (309) 949-2040.

Take a bus trip to see 'Dreamgirls'

Friends of the East Moline Library is sponsoring a bus trip to see "Dreamgirls" at the Lincolnshire Marriott in Chicago on Sunday.

The cost of the trip is $100, which includes transportation, show and a champagne brunch. Call the library at (309) 755-9614 to reserve your spot.

Storytime returns at the East Moline Library

Visit the East Moline Library on Tuesdays from 10:30-11 a.m. for Storytime. The events are for all preschoolers. Read a book, make a craft and meet some new friends. For more information, call the library at (309) 755-9614.