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Metro East briefs for Feb. 20, 2013

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A red-tailed hawk takes flight into the wind after resting on top of a power pole at 27th Street and 36th Avenue in Moline on Monday, Feb. 11, 2013. The forecast for the rest of the day calls for windy and overcast conditions with a 40 percent chance of snow. Winds are from the west at 25 to 30 mph. The high temperature is expected to be 36F with a wind chill as low as 18F.
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Donna Fitch, of East Moline Floral Designer at Miller's Florist in Moline, makes a dozen roses arrangement for a Valentine Day customer at the shop on Wednesday, Feb 13, 2013.
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The RoboGators from Ridgewood and Glenview schools in East Moline received the Award for Gracious Professionalism at the recent First Lego League Robotic Competition at Putnam Museum. Pictured in front from left are Gracie Forret and Hailey Pappas; second row, Krisham Prasai, Joe Ross, Tyler Belan, Jordan Wells, Collin Antolik and Emma Browne; back row, Nolan Filby and coach Sanchia Sommer. Missing from the picture are Doaa Maanaoui, coach Dave Mueller, Mike Downey, Jose Cantu (John Deere Engineers) and engineer Bob Windt.
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Wells Elementary School second-grader Nevaeh Robinson-Cunningham raises her hand while 104-year-old Pearl Winter, Bettendorf, looks at Winter's birthday card on Friday, Feb. 15, 2013. The card read "I hope you have a great birthday, it's cool you're 104 years old, happy birthday."
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Nate Miller walks his dogs, Ocsar and Mayer, during the IceStravaganza on Sunday, Feb. 17, 2013, in downtown Davenport. There also was ice-sculpture carving, an outdoor ice rink, horse-drawn carriage rides, ice-science activities from the Putnam Museum and shopping on the Skybridge with Handmade City.
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United Township cheerleaders Jessica Allen, left, and Zoe Lindskog, both juniors, cheer on their team as the boy's basketball team takes on Galesburg on Friday, Feb 15, 2013 at the Panther gym.
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United Township High School students Alonso Ochoa, left, Sengchanh Seuam, Mico Lopez, Tireni Ajibola and Lucas Blea spell out the schools initials on their chest as they cheer on the UTHS boys basketball team as the go up against Galesburg Friday Feb 15, 2013.
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United Township High School students cheer on the boys' basketball team as the playt Galesburg on Friday Feb 15, 2013.
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Little Lambs Preschool will host a trivia night on March 3 at Zion Lutheran Church, 17628 Hubbard Road, East Moline. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. and trivia starts at 6. The cost is $80 per table, with eight people to a table. To register, call 309-496-2186 or 309-496-3512. Hot dogs, chips, soft drinks, popcorn, baked goods and candy will be available for purchase. Proceeds will benefit Little Lambs Preschool. Pictured from left are Addison Mink, Willow Eberhardt and Cole Barrett.
Build a bridge to contest prize
A bridge-building contest, featuring Rocket Bob Windt, will begin at 9 a.m. Saturday at the Hampton Heritage Center off Illinois 84 in Hampton. Construction of bridges will be from 9 to 11 a.m., and bridge strength testing will be at noon.
There will be three groups -- family teams, grades 6-8 and grades 9-12. Pre-registration is preferred. Call Sarah Ford at 309-269-8705 or Mr. Windt at 309-654-2588. Rules will be provided the day of the event. Prizes will be awarded.
For more information about Rocket Bob, visit or

Northeast Neighborhood Watch plans meeting
A Northeast Neighborhood Watch meeting will be held at 7 p.m. Monday in the training room of the fire station at 19th Street and Morton Drive. Meetings are held the fourth Monday of every month. Everyone is invited.
A representative from the East Moline Police Department and Ald. Gary Westbrook will attend. Anyone with comments, concerns and/or problems can bring them up at the meeting.
For more information, call Larry at 309-738-0188 or Shirley at 309-792-1057.

Learn about what you eat at class
Lesson for Living Class will be at 10 a.m. Thursdayat the University of Illinois Extension Office, 321 W. 2nd Ave., Milan. "Food Supplements? What is the Answer?" is being presented by the Rock Island Co. Home & Community Education Association.
You are invited to learn about some of the substances found in the food we eat, FDA regulations of the same and interaction of these substances with medications and over-the-counter preparations.

Program will focus on edible mushrooms
At 9 a.m. Feb. 28,, Mitch Gravert, of Green Island, Iowa, will present the program "Iowa's Edible Mushrooms." These Wild Winter Wednesday programs are held each Wednesday in January, February and March at the Windmill Cultural Center. The costs of the program are supported by a FACE grant and thus are free to guests. The building is easily accessible.
Gravert's talk will cover not only the familiar morels but will go into detail about six additional types of mushrooms that are common edible wild mushrooms found locally. He will give tips on where and when to hunt them, how to identify them and how to cook and store them.
Gravert has been hunting and eating mushrooms all his life. He is growing six different types of mushrooms in a variety of media.

Hear about Civil War embalming in Geneseo
Illinois Road Scholar Jon Austin will discuss "Civil War Field Embalming: A Demonstration of Period Technique" at 3 p.m. Saturday at the Geneseo Public Library, 805 N. Chicago St.
Mr. Austin will re-enact a 19th century medical school lecture by Dr. Benjamin F. Lyford following the Battle of Gettysburg. Topics will include verification of death, period medicine and chemistry, how dead soldiers were prepared for shipping and burial, 19th century mourning rituals and Lincoln's funeral.
Mr. Austin is executive director of the former Museum of Funeral Customs in Springfield.

Civil War Roundtable talk will be Monday
The River Valley 150th anniversary Civil War Roundtable will meet at 6 p.m. Monday at River Valley Library, 214 S. Main St., Port Byron, to discuss Civil War events in February of 1863, 150 years ago.
Everyone is invited to briefly give their views on Abraham Lincoln as Lincoln's effect on the Civil War is discussed. Opinions can be from a historical book, film or even fiction.
For more information, call Lawrence Bay at 309-523-2046.

Carbon Cliff Little League signup planned
Signup for Carbon Cliff Little League will be held from noon to 2 p.m. Saturday, and March 9, at the Carbon Cliff Fire Station.The league will offer fundraising to offset the $30 sign-up costs. For more information,

Lodge serving ham and bean dinner in Colona
Clement Masonic Lodge 680, 630 Water St., Colona, will host an all-you-can-eat ham and bean dinner from 4 to 7 p.m. Saturday. There also will be cornbread, homemade vegetable soup, coffee and milk. The cost is $6 for adults and $3 for children ages 6 to 12. Carryouts will be available.

Ann's needs a helping hand with items
Ann's Helping Hand, 805 S. High St., Port Byron, is seeking curtains, beds, dressers, a gas stove, converter boxes, size 15 junior jeans, tennis shoes, hoodies and school supplies such as watercolors, folders, paper towels, tissues, and items for Easter baskets, such as kites, individually wrapped candies, toothbrushes, toothpaste, floss and bubbles. .
Store 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. For more information, call Ann at 309-314-5226.

Help youth group with your trivia knowledge
The youth group at Colona United Methodist Church, 1709 Cleveland Road, will hold a trivia night at 6:30 p.m. March 2. The cost is $10 per person, with tables of eight. Doors open at 5 p.m. Sandwiches, chips and beverages will be sold, but people can bring their own snacks.
First place will win $80, second place $40. There will be a silent auction. For more information or to register your team, call Judy Smith at 309-792-2535 or the church office at 309-792-1661.
Proceeds will go toward youth-group activities, including a July work camp mission to Kansas.

Riverdale schools hosting child screenings
The Riverdale School District in Port Byron will host the annual districtwide free developmental screening on March 11. Parents of children ages 3 to 5 who haven't been screened at another facility should call the elementary school at 309-523-3186 to set up an appointment.
The screening includes vision, hearing and development in cognitive, language and motor skills, and a parent questionnaire. The process takes 30 to 40 minutes.
The prekindergarten staff will be available to answer questions. Screening results help determine eligibility for the at-risk component of the prekindergarten program.
Students entering kindergarten who have never been screened are encouraged to set up an appointment.
A free early learning screening for children ages 0 to 3 will be held on March 12 to test developmental milestones. Call the Early Childhood Coalition at 309-736-1111 for an appointment.

Kindergarten roundup at Riverdale schools
The Riverdale School District, Port Byron, will hold a kindergarten roundup from 6 to 8 p.m. April 18 in the elementary school gym for all incoming kindergarten students and their parents. Children who turn 5 by September are eligible to attend. Parents will be able to register their child for school, meet the kindergarten staff and ask questions. Parents should bring the child's original birth certificate and Social Security number. Register for the event by calling the school at 309-523-3186.

Taste and See at Christ United Methodist
Christ United Methodist Church, 3801 7th St., East Moline, will hold a free Taste and See Coffeehouse event from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Feb. 23 in the Fellowship Hall. There will be music and poetry readings, and people are invited to share their talents. There will be refreshments. Anyone who wants to perform is asked to call Carl or Maureen Dittmar at 309-792-2732 to reserve a spot.

Colona to train citizens on emergency response
The city of Colona will offer Citizen's Emergency Response Training to teach people how to protect themselves and those around them until police and fire arrive at an emergency.Training includes first aid and CPR. Anyone interested in classes should call Steve Mascaro at 309-314-6746 or send him a message on Facebook.

Register new players for soccer club
The East Moline Silvis Soccer Club is taking spring registration for new players only. Anyone who played last fall does not need to register again. New players must be ages 5 (before July 31) to 14 to play this spring. The cost is $70, with a family maximum of $140.
Registration deadline is Feb. 27. A last-chance registration will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Feb. 21 in the UTHS cafeteria. To register or for more information, visit or call 309-912-7881.

Trivia night will help Kiwanis Club
The East Moline/Silvis Kiwanis Club is hosting a trivia fundraiser on March 9 at the East Moline American Legion, 829 16th Ave.Doors open at 6 p.m., and trivia starts at 7. The cost is $10 person with up to eight people per table. People can bring food but no drinks.
Proceeds will go toward food baskets, the Children's Therapy Center, area food pantries, the Carbon Cliff meal site, East Moline and Silvis libraries and theELIMINATE Project.
For more Information or to register, contact Bob Lee at 309-792-2373 or

Trivia night will help send kids to camp
A Child Evangelism Fellowship Trivia Night will be from 6 to 9 p.m. March 1 at Glenview Middle School, 3000 7th St., East Moline. The entry fee is $10 per person. There will be a silent auction, mulligans and 50/50 drawing. Bring your own snacks. Pop and water will be available for purchase. All proceeds will help area kids attend Camp Good News this summer. For reservations, call Dawn Wassell at 309-235-7044 or Glenda DeDoncker at 309-721-0196.

Learn about boat safety at class
The USCG Auxiliary, a community service organization working in water and vessel safety, invites people interested in boating to its monthly meetings from 7 to 9 p.m. the second Tuesday of each month.
Boating safety courses will be from 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesdays, through March 26, at Immanuel Lutheran Church, 356 16th Ave., East Moline.
To register, email, or call 309-755-3537.

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.

Storytime returns to East Moline Library
Visit the East Moline Library on Tuesdays from 10:30 to 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.

Buy discount dining book and help library
The Friends of the East Moline Library are selling QC Dining Tour Books for a fundraiser. The books are $35 and include more than 300 coupons for local restaurants. They are available at the library.

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. The library is open from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday. Call 309-792-0548.

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.

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 'South Pacific'
The Friends of the East Moline Library are sponsoring a bus trip to see the show "South Pacific" on April 28 at the Lincolnshire Mariott. The cost is $100, which includes transportation, show ticket and a champagne brunch. To reserve a spot, call the library at 309-755-9614.