Posted Online: Aug. 12, 2014, 9:28 am

Metro East briefs for August 13, 2014

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Meeting will focus on Port Byron in WWII
The Port Byron Historical Society will meet at 6:30 p.m. today at River Valley District Library, 214 S. Main St. in Port Byron. The program is "Port Byron In World War II," with a remembrance of Port Byron area men who served in the military, and discussion of life on the homefront. Everyone is welcome to attend and share a family memory. Refreshments will be served. For more information, call Lawrence Bay, 309-523-2046.

Sign-up deadline today for Carbon Cliff co-ed tournament
Today is the sign-up deadline for the Carbon Cliff Sports Club's co-ed slow pitch softball tournament and fundraiser Saturday. The cost is $60 per team for up to 10 players. Four females must be on the field. Pairings will be held at 7 tonight in the Carbon Cliff Park
For More Information, call Alma Neels at 309-235-1241.

Learn about BHC's professional, continuing ed programs Thursday
The 6th annual Black Hawk College Professional and Continuing Education (PaCE) Open House will be from 5 to 6:30 p.m. Thursday, at the Quad-Cities Campus, 6600 34th Ave., Moline.
The free event, in the Sustainable Technologies Building, which is accessible from Lot 1 off 70th Street, will highlight several programs offered by PaCE, and people will be able to talk with PaCE instructors about classes.
Fall schedules will be available and registration will be open during this event. For information on PaCE, visit

Colona activity and senior centers host Saturday open houses
The Colona Activity Center, at 617 8th St., and Senior Center, at 703 6th St., are holding health open houses from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday. The activity center hosts exercise and hobby classes, and housing for Colona's Clothing Closet and food pantry.
The senior center will offer blood pressure checks, foot checks and health info. Free "File of Life" packets will be available. Visitors will be asked to fill out a survey to assist the senior center with planning activities throughout the year.
Refreshments will be served.

Science Alliance Saturday at Geneseo library
The Science Alliance, a science edu-tainment company, will host "Close Encounters of the Chemical Kind" at 2 p.m. Saturday at the Geneseo Public Library, 805 N. Chicago St.. There will be displays of fire and liquid nitrogen, and kids can participate in some experiments.
The event is free.

East Moline Main Drag Car Show
The 8th annual East Moline Main Drag Car Show will be from 5 to 9 p.m. Aug. 23, on 15th Avenue between 7th and 13th streets in downtown East Moline. Registration begins at 3:30 p.m. Participants must enter from 12th and 13th streets. Gate registration costs $10. Dash plaques to the first 100 vehicles. Spectators get in free. There will be 50/50 and door prizes. Food will be available. Proceeds benefit Main Street projects.

Sign up for Colona sale days
Colona community sale days will be held Friday and Saturday, Sept. 5 and 6. Sign-up forms are available at BJs Fast Stop in Colona. There is a $5 registration fee for each sale. For more information, contact Janna Miller at 309-714-3406 or

Crafters sought for Sept. 5 show
The GMC Auxiliary will hold a craft fair from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sept. 5 at the Larson Center, next to Illini Hospital, Silvis. The auxiliary is seeking crafters interested in setting up a booth at the event. Tables cost $17 and setup begins at 8 a.m. Handmade craft items only. To reserve a spot, or for more information, call Christie Brown at 309-755-3461 or Cheryl Henry at 309-755-3550.

River Valley Library seeking trustee
The River Valley District Library in Port Byron is seeking someone to fill an open trustee position on its board. Interested people must live in the library's taxing district. Contact board president Bob Simmons at 309-658-2022, or

Ann's Helping Hand seeking items
Ann's Helping Hand, 805 S. High St., Port Byron, is seeking a refrigerator, twin beds, junior clothes, jeans size 42/32 and 44/32 jeans, stuffed animals, Beanie Babies, and small toys and advertising items appropriate for prizes and take-home bags.
Store hours are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday, and from 9 a.m. to noon Wednesday.

Cordova Library to host bus trip to Des Moines on Oct. 3
The Cordova Library will host a bus trip to the Iowa Events Center in Des Moines for the American Quilter's Society Quilt Expo on October 3. The bus will leave the library at 7 a.m. and return in late evening.
The cost is $40 per person, which includes bus fare, treats on the bus and show admission. To reserve a spot, call the library at 309-654-2330.

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, Labels for Education, and Prairie Farm Milk Caps. For more information or to arrange for pickup, call 309-743-1466. All proceeds benefit the vocational-education programs at the school.

Colona Library offers free technology courses
The Colona Public Library is offering free six-week technology courses to library district residents.
Courses are being 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 flexible to accommodate people'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 informaton, visit, email or call 309-792-0548.

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., now offers Zumba classes from 6 to 7 p.m. Wednesdays. The cost is $6 per class or $25 for five classes.
A gentle-yoga class is held at 5:30 p.m. Mondays and Thursdays. The cost is $5. Bring a mat, blanket, towel and water. For more information, call Deb at 309-737-5143.
Insanity classes are held from 7 to 8 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays. The cost is $8 per class or $60 for 6 weeks. For more information, call Katie at 309-502-1075.

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.