Posted Online: Oct. 29, 2013, 1:00 pm

Metro East briefs for Oct. 30, 2013

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East Moline American Legion Post 227 will sponsor a Taco Dinner on Wednesday, Nov. 6, at the post, 829 16th Ave., East Moline. Serving will be from 4:30 to 7 p.m. Cost is $6 for tacos and desert. From left are Fred Immesoete and Mike Gant, committee members.
A fundraiser taco dinner will be held for Elias Riojas from noon to 5 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 3 at The Edge, 1802 2nd Ave.(Ill. 84), Rapids City. Elias is a 7th grade student at Northeast Jr. High, awaiting a heart transplant. He already has had four open heart surgeries. All proceeds will go to help Elias and his family with medical expenses. Children are welcome to attend with their families.
Eighth graders of Our Lady of Grace are hosting their annual bingo fundraiser on Wednesday, Nov.6,in Cleary Hall, 1705 6th St., East Moline. Prizes include baskets, pottery and items from Longaberger, Scentsy Candles and Thirty One. Doors open at 4:30 and games begin 6 p.m. Tickets are $20 and include 17 games of six cards, dinner and a dauber. For tickets contact the school office at 309-755- 9771 or There also will be raffles and a special 18th game. All proceeds are used for class field trips, graduation expenses and the class gift to the school. Pictured, from left, are Adrianna Miranda, Alysia Valenzuela and Julia Hughes..
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Silvis School superintendent Ray Bergles congratulates 6th grader Roger Clayton for being named Northeast Junior High School Student of the Week.
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Fourth grader Ella Schneider was named George O. Barr Student of the Week by Silvis school superintendent Ray Bergles.
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George O. Barr Student of the Week runners-up were kindergarten students Deanthony Simpson (left) and Tristan Wallerab. The two boys on their own comforted and helped a preschool student who was crying while waiting for his bus.
Eniwre Hampton and Kamara Summers trick or treat at Hope Creek Care Center, 4343 Kennedy Drive, East Moline, and receive treats from resident Phyllis Shrader. The community is invited to trick or treat at the nursing home and go through the haunted house from 5 to 9 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 31. Costumed children must be accompanied by an adult.
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Isabell Kohrt, 4, Port Byron, waits for some candy during Port Byron's Halloween Parade Wednesday, Oct. 23, 2013.
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Christopher Carey, Port Byron, sits on his grandpa, Port Byron Fire Chief Don Carey's lap before the start of the Port Byron Halloween parade, Wednesday, Oct. 23, 2013.
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Langdon Lueth, 2, Cordova, is ready for some Halloween parade fun in his Thomas the Train costume in Port Byron Wednesday, Oct. 23, 2013.
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Charlie Berk, 5, and Julia Berk, 2, Port Byron, wait for some candy during Port Byron's Halloween Parade Wednesday, Oct. 23, 2013.
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Brian and Amy Schubert, a.ka. Batman and Batgirl at the tail end of the Port Byron's Halloween Parade Wednesday, Oct. 23, 2013.
Today is deadline to buy Christmas wreath and help UTHS FCA
Members of United Township High School's chapter of Fellowship of Christian Athletes are holding a Christmas wreath fundraiser through today. The 25-inch wreaths with velvet bows cost $16 and can be ordered through participating fellowship students or by contacting Steve Russell at 309-373-3622 or Larger wreaths and wreath stands also are available. Orders can be picked up Nov. 24 and 25.

Builders Club trick-or-treating for UNICEF
Colona School Builders Club students will be out Halloween night raising money for this year's worldwide service project, Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF. The Builders Club, sponsored by the East Moline/Silvis Kiwanis Club, hopes to raise more than $100 to help provide vaccinations for children in developing countries.

Chess tournament Saturday at Colona school
Colona school will host a chess tournament at 10 a.m. Saturday. There will be an elementary division for kindergarten through fifth grade and a middle school division for sixth through eighth grade. Cost is $10 per player. For more information, visit, or contact athletic director Ian Malmstrom at

Vendor and craft sale Friday and Saturday at Port Byron library
Friends of the River Valley District Library, 216 S. Main St., Port Byron, will hold a Home Vendor & Crafter Sale from 4 to 7:30 p.m. Friday and from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday. For more information, call Norine Daw at 309-721-6972.

Masonic Lodge to host ham dinner Saturday
Clement Masonic Lodge 680 will host an all-you-can-eat ham dinner from 4 to 7 p.m. Saturday at the lodge, 630 Water St., Colona. The cost is $9 for adults and $4 for children ages 6 to 12. Carry-outs will be available.

Our Lady of Grace hosts military Mass on Nov. 7
Our Lady of Grace Catholic Academy will host its annual Mass to honor current military members and veterans at 9 a.m. Nov. 7 at St. Anne Church. Before Mass, there will be a Pledge of Allegiance, Color Guard ceremony, singing of the National Anthem by school alumnus Elisabeth Gonzalez and the playing of taps.
After the Mass, Brian Munos will discuss Heroes of Hero Street in Cleary Hall, followed by coffee and cookies.

Silvis Seniors to meet Nov. 8
Silvis Senior Citizens will meet at 12:30 p.m. Nov. 8 at Silvis United Methodist Church, 1301 2nd Ave., Silvis. There will be a ham loaf dinner for $7, followed by a short film on FEMA disasters. Reservations are due by Monday. Call Jean Neely at 309-792-1545.

Friends of Colona Library selling candy and nuts
Friends of the Colona Library are selling 48 varieties of candy and nuts as a fundraising project for programs at the library, 911 1st St., Colona. The cost starts at $5 per pound. Orders and payment must be received by Dec. 10. The library is open from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday.

Silvis Public Library hosting beaded-jewelry class
The Silvis Public Library, 105 8th St., will host a beginner's beaded-jewelry class from 1 to 3 p.m. Nov. 9 with an instructor from Your Design Ltd. Those interested should pre-register at the library and pay the $5 fee for materials at that time. To cancel registration, call before class day. Adults and children 12 and older are invited. For more information, call 309-755-3393.

Silvis residents can compete for 'Best Decorated' honors
Decorate your home for the Christmas in Silvis Celebration and compete for a Griswold Christmas "Best Decorated House in Silvis" award as Silvis Main Street presents Christmas in Silvis on Dec. 7. Any Silvis resident wishing to compete in the Best Decorated Home can get an application at city hall or online at

American Legion hosts Veterans Day program
A Veterans Day program will be held at 11 a.m. Nov. 11 at the East Moline American Legion Post 227, 829 16th Ave., East Moline. Featured speaker will be Command Sgt. Maj. James Spencer. For more information, call Robert J. Baecke at 309-755-6072.

Seevers to share antique tools at libraries
Stan Seevers, of Platt County, will give three presentations at local libraries on Nov. 8 and 9. His program is "Stan's What's It?", and he brings about 30 antique tools for people to guess, then identifies tools and describes their use.
There is no cost to attend, but Mr. Seevers would appreciate donations for Faith in Action, a ramp-building organization.
The programs will be held at 1 p.m. Nov. 8 at the AARP Senior Center, 541 E. North St., Geneseo; 6:30 p.m. Nov. 8 at the Colona Public Library, 911 1st St., Colona; and at 2 p.m. Nov. 9, at the Geneseo Public Library, 805 N. Chicago St.

Friends of East Moline Library host shopping bus trip
Friends of the East Moline Library will host a bus trip to Woodfield Mall and IKEA on Nov. 24. The cost is $30 per person, which covers transportation only. For more information or to sign up, call the library at 309-755-9614. Payments are due by Nov. 13.

Craft donations needed for library fundraiser
The East Moline Library, 740 16th Ave., will hold a craft sale from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Dec. 7. Revenue will go to the library building fund. The library also is seeking donations of crafts. For more information or to donate an item, call the library at 309-755-9614.

Ann's Helping Hand seeks helping hand
Ann's Helping Hand, 805 S. High St., Port Byron, is seeking donations of dressers, microwaves, beds, towels, comforters, children's winter coats and boots, sleds and size 4 and 5 boys and girls clothes.
For anyone who buys a new mattress from Price Busters Mattress in Davenport and mentions Ann's, 10 percent of the sale will go to Ann's Helping Hand.
Ann's is collecting non-perishable food items for Thanksgiving food baskets for needy families in the Riverdale School District. Items can be dropped off at Ann's, the library, any of the three schools or Dollar General.
Angels can be adopted for Christmas at Ann's, the Port Byron State Bank, River Valley Library, St. John's Catholic Church, Cordova Library and Peace Lutheran Church. For special requests to adopt a child, children or a family, call Ann at 309-314-5226. Any kind or amount of gift certificates are welcome, especially family nights out to eatery, movie, bowling or skating.

Flu shots available at Hampton Township Clinic
The Hampton Township Clinic is offering flu shots to people 50 and older or those with compromised health issues. People must live in Hampton Township. For more information, call 309-755-2944.

Get Dining Tour books at EM Library
Friends of the East Moline Library are selling Quad Cities Dining Tour booklets for $35. They contain more than 300 coupons for 125 local restaurants. The booklets are available at the library, 740 16th Ave. For more information, call the library at 309-755-9614.

Colona Library selling Dining Tour books
Friends of the Colona Public Library are selling Quad Cities Dining Tour books to raise money for library programs. The books include more than 300 buy-one, get-one-free coupons for area restaurants. They cost $35 and are available at the library, 911 1st St. For more information, call the library at 309-792-0548.

Suicide support group now offered
Christian Care now offers a twice monthly support group, "Understanding Suicide: ASAP (Awareness, Support, Action, Prevention)" for people who have contemplated or attempted suicide, those coping with the suicide of a loved one and those concerned about a loved one.
The meetings are from 4 to 5:30 p.m. the first and third Wednesdays of the month at the Christian Care Rescue Mission, 2209 3rd Ave., Rock Island.
The group's goal is to provide education, resources, support and a chance to share and process thoughts and feelings related to suicide.
For more information, call Sharon De Frieze at 309-737-4658, or visit For those in danger, call Christian Care's Crisis Hotline at 309-788-2273.
The nonprofit organization also offers shelter for homeless men and for women and children who have experienced domestic violence.

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 Darrell and Sue Abney at 309-949-2040.