Posted Online: Oct. 09, 2012, 7:33 am

Metro East briefs for Oct. 10, 2012

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Aspen Rehab and Health Care, on 17th Street, two blocks from Crosstown Avenue in Silvis, will host its annual Fall Festival and Craft Sale from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday, Oct. 12, followed by Music by MJAM. Lunch will be available for purchase for $3. There will be seasonal crafts and white-elephant items, a bake sale, raffle, 50/50 drawing and Alzheimer’s Association cookbooks. Pictured, from left, are activities director Amy Keegan, residents Lois Meredith and Virginia Vercautren, and activities aide Morris Pratt.
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Hillsdale United Methodist Church will host its annual fall fest "Soup for the Soul," from 11 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 13, with five homemade soups - potato/corn chowder, vegetable beef, chili, ham and bean, and chicken noodle. There also will be cornbread, pies, brownies and beverages. Bowls will be available for $3.50 and take-home quarts for $6. Other items are ala-cart and beverages are free. There will be a bake sale and handmade rag rugs for sale. Shown are Pastor Randy and Mary Rutledge.
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Fall colors start to show on the trees in Port Byron.
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Students of Rosalie VanSpeybroeck's piano class gave their fall recital on Oct. 1 at the Butterworth Center in Moline. Students are, from left, Margaret VanSpeybroeck, Madison Jacobs, Norah Harson, Nadya Herrera and Theodore Ahern
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Brothers Preacher, Frank and Ernie Colchasure participated in a birthday party Saturday along with other residents at Hope Creek Care Center in East Moline. The Moline Rotary sponsored the birthday party for residents of the nursing and rehabilitation facility. The event featured cake, punch and party favors.
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Linda Schmidt, Ireta Watson and Phyllis Shrader celebrated the birthday of Ms. Schmidt Saturday along with other residents at Hope Creek Care Center in East Moline. The Moline Rotary sponsored the birthday party for residents of the nursing and rehabilitation facility. The event featured cake, punch and party favors.
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Historic manuscripts of the works of Samuel L. Clemens, who wrote under the pen name Mark Twain, are on display in individual display cases at the recently-opened Karpeles Manuscript Library in Rock Island.
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Hundreds of walkers take foot along the Mississippi River behind Modern Woodmen Park in Davenport during the 41st Annual Quad City CROP Hunger Walk on Sunday.
Trivia night will help Honor Flight

The Colona Park District is hosting a trivia-night fundraiser to raise money for Honor Flight of the Quad-Cities on Oct. 20, at Indian Trails Resort in Colona. Doors open at 5 p.m. and the games start at 6.

The fee is $80 per table. People can bring their own food and drinks. There will be a 50/50 drawing and a silent auction. For reservations, call (309)792-2340 or (309)714-8027.

Professor to discuss book in Geneseo

Bill Griffin will discuss and sign his book, "Voices of the Hennepin Canal" at 2 p.m. Oct. 18 at the Geneseo Public Library. Mr. Griffin is professor emeritus of Western Illinois University's Geography Department. After his presentation, a representative of Friends of the Hennepin will discuss the Renaissance Hennepin Canal project. The event is free and open to the public.

Port Byron postpones rededication ceremony

Because of a delay in mounting Port Byron's 1862 3-inch Griffen Ordnance Rifle at its new location at Cherry and Main Streets in Port Byron, the rededication ceremony has been postponed to next spring.

When the village and American Legion complete mounting the cannon, there will be a rededication ceremony in which all veterans organizations, school groups, Scout units, historical societies or Civil War re-enactors and enthusiasts will be welcome to participate. For more information, call Lawrence Bay at (309) 523-2046.

Awareness Day event returns to church

The Rock Island County Home and Community Education Assn. will host its annual Awareness Day on Saturday at Christ Episcopal Church, 1717 8th Ave., Moline. There will be a Cultural Enrichment Show from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., followed by a gourd presentation and a salad luncheon for a freewill donation.

Pick up some books at library sale

The Friends of the River Valley Library will hold their annual fall book sale Thursday through Saturday in the community room at the library, 214 S. Main St, Port Byron. Hours are 3 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday; 9 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Friday; and 9 a.m. to noon Saturday.

Paperbacks are a quarter, hardbacks are 50 cents and audiobooks are $1. Friends will have boxes available that can be filled with hard and soft cover books for only $5. For more information, call the library at (309) 523-3440.

Library hosting vendor/craft show

The Friends of the River Valley District Library, 214 S. Main St., Port Byron, will host the second annual Home Vendor/Crafter Show and Shop, from 4 to 7:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 2, and 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 3.

It will feature home vendor products and local handmade crafts. For more information or to rent a space, call Norine Daw at (309) 721-6972 or the library (309) 523-3440.

Children invited to Halloween party

Friends of the River Valley District Library, 214 S. Main St., Port Byron, will host a children's Halloween party at 5:30 p.m. Oct. 26. There will be food, music and fun. Children should wear costumes. Pictures will be taken. Call the library at (309) 523-3440 to reserve a spot, to ensure that enough food is available.



Vietnam vets to share stories at roundtable

The Port Byron Historical Society's program tonight 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 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.

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 today. 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 CarbonCliffLittleLeague.blogspot.com. Anyone who would like to run for any of these seats should contact Tony Fauser at (309) 792-3122 or TonyFauser@yahoo.com 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. Saturday 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 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 tall-backed couch, wash machine, refrigerator, twin beds, a nightstand, size 10 and 18 husky jeans, 18-month-old boys' clothes, boys long sleeved shirts, sizes 10/12, snow pants of all sizes, king sheets, piccolo trumpet, restaurant-style trolley, and pillows. .

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.

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 4-year terms and one 2-year seat. Anyone who is at least 18 years old and 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 emlightedchristmasparade@yahoo.com, visit eastmoline.com/AssociationEMBusinesses.cfm 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 rivervalleylibrary.org 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.