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Marco Soliz-Acoustic Guitar


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Jack Hendrix and Kevin Cox from Sound Investment

Bass Guitar and Keyboards 

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News Release
For Immediate Release
Date:  July 5, 2006
Contact: Jared W. Johnson
Nehlsen Communications
Email:  jared@ncpr.com
Phone:  517-374-1071
Fax:  309-736-1073


MOLINE, IL–This summer hundreds of girls under ten, and thousands of their parents, will journey to Green Valley Park in Moline, IL to compete in the A.S.A National Junior Olympic Fast Pitch Softball Tournament.   The Moline Park and Recreation Board has done a lot to prepare for their arrival, but one addition has taken on a special meaning.  Harlon Wheatly, who during his lifetime served both as the President of the Plumbers and Pipefitters Local Union 25 and the Quint Cities' Metro Umpires' Association, will be honored this summer as Local 25 donates the plumbing supplies and labor necessary to construct a new umpires locker room.

When the Park and Recreations Board began to prepare for the tournament, one of the things Green Valley Park lacked according to ASA regulations was a locker room facility for the umpires.  One option was to erect tents for the duration of the tournament.  However, the recent construction of two new concessions stands had left the old concessions stand available for demolition or renovation.  Moline Park Director Milt Hand decided that this was the perfect opportunity to create a more permanent solution by turning the old concessions stand into a public restroom and permanent umpire's locker room.

Getting the Plumbers and Pipefitters Local Union 25 involved was a natural next step, since both the current Umpire's Association president, Dennis Mesick, and its previous president, Harlon Wheatly, were members of the union.  "Harlon was a good friend," Dennis said, reminiscing about how Harlon had gotten him started with both his vocation and his avocation.  "I did my apprenticeship under him at the Local 25, and he got me into umpiring softball."  As a result of this relationship between Local 25 and the Umpires' Association, and in honor of Harlon Wheatly who passed away in 1999, the Plumbers and Pipefitters of Local 25 are donating the plumbing materials and labor necessary for the renovation.  The labor will be provided by volunteer Local 25 apprentices working at the ballpark during their off-hours and overseen by Dennis Mesick.  "They will be installing all new automatic toilets and handicapped accessible toilets in the restroom area and then also the showering facilities in the umpire's changing area," explained Park Director Milt Hand.

This project is slated to be done and available for use during the 2006 USA/ASA Girls' Class A 10-Under Fast Pitch National Tournament which begins on July 31st.  The new umpire's locker room will be an exciting upgrade for Moline's Green Valley Park, and a fitting way for the Plumbers and Pipefitters of Local 25 to honor their former president.

For photographs of the construction process, please visit www.ncpr.com/greenvalley.  If you would like to schedule your own photo shoot or request interviews, please contact Jared Johnson at (309) 736-1071.

LONG GROVE, IA JUNE 28, 2006 - The Grove to Grove Lower Wapsipinicon River Cleanup Project is seeking volunteers ages 10 and up (under 18 must be accompanied by an adult) to participate in a canoe trip to clean up 22 miles of the Wapsi, the majority of it in Clinton County, from Walnut Grove Park in Toronto, Iowa, to Allen's Grove Park north of Donahue, Iowa. The event will take place August 25-27, 2006.

Base camp is at Sherman Park in Clinton County. The Friday night stay is optional. The cleanup will begin early Saturday morning, and end Sunday afternoon. Single-day participation is permitted. Participants will remove pop cans, plastic sacks, tires, barrels and other pieces of trash they find in the river's waters and banks. Participants should dress for the weather, bring work gloves and wear closed-toe shoes. PFDs are required to be worn at all times while on the river. Organizers will provide free camping (including shower facilities), and canoes, paddles and PFDs for those who need them. Catered meals and t-shirts are available for purchase. The Clinton County Conservation Board naturalists will offer some interesting, fun, and free evening environmental education programs about the river and the land around it.

"This is an opportunity for people to experience the unique camaraderie and feelings of accomplishment that accompany a canoeing- and camping-based river cleanup," state coordinators Melisa Petersen and KJ Rebarcak. "We want to bring people together, get them involved, and let them know they can do something to improve the health and beauty of the river."

Sponsors for this event include : Clinton County Conservation Board; Friends of the Wapsi Center, Inc., Dixon, IA; Clinton County Pheasants Forever; Paul's Discount, Clinton, IA; G. Baker Distributing, Clinton, IA; Allied Waste Services, Clinton, IA; Clinton County Area Solid Waste Agency; KLJB-TV, Davenport, IA; Wapsi River Environmental Education Center, Dixon, IA; Jewel, Clinton, IA; Bonnie's Scenic Tavern, Clinton, IA; Hill Chiropractic Office, P.C., DeWitt, IA; MidAmerican Energy Company; Kimberly Crest Veterinary Hospital, P.C., Davenport, IA; Target, Clinton, IA; Soaring Eagle Nature Center, Clinton, IA; Mercy Medical Center, Clinton, IA; and Alliant Energy. The project also received funding from the Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR). This May, cleanup organizers secured a CLEAR (Community Leaders Enhancing Area Rivers) mini-grant given out by the DNR. Worth up to $1,000 apiece, the grants encourage communities to take responsibility for cleaning their waterways. Organizers of the DNR's annual river cleanup "Project AWARE (A Watershed Awareness River Expedition)" created the CLEAR mini-grants in response to public demand. For details, visit: iowaprojectaware.com.

The Lower Wapsipinicon River Cleanup Project is a grassroots organization with a twofold purpose: To remove trash from the river and dispose of it in an environmentally responsible manner; and to educate the public about the environment and the importance of caring for natural resources.

Registrations should be postmarked by July 17 to take advantage of all the extras offered; however, they will still be accepted after that date. For further information, contact Melisa Petersen at 309-737-9016 or KJ Rebarcak at rebar@netins.net; write to LWRCP, PO Box 333, Long Grove, IA 52756; or visit the website at http://showcase.netins.net/web/kjr/cleanup.html.




For more information, please contact:
Anne Canfield, 816-802-3426
or acanfield@kcai.edu

For immediate release

Kansas City Art Institute announces newest graduate

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (June 21, 2006) – The following student from the Davenport area participated in commencement ceremonies May 13 at the Kansas City Art Institute, a four-year college of art and design:

Timothy Dalton of Bettendorf, Iowa, majored in illustration.

The Kansas City Art Institute offers the Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in animation, art history, ceramics, fiber, graphic design, interdisciplinary arts, new media, painting, photography, print making, sculpture and studio art with an emphasis in creative writing. Accredited by the North Central Association of the Higher Learning Commission and by the National Association of Schools of Art and Design, KCAI was founded in 1885. Notables who have studied at KCAI include painter Robert Rauschenberg, ceramist Akio Takamori and graphic designers April Greiman and Keith Jacobshagen. For more information, visit KCAI on the Web at www.kcai.edu.



4415 Warwick Blvd., Kansas City, MO 64111



Rude Punch Show Dates

Rude Punch, original Reggae/Ska/Dub music will be performing live at the following venues.  Come ready to dance and have a good time.


June 30-Paddlewheel Lounge-Bettendorf, Iowa-7:00 P.M.-?

July 1-Mound Street Landing-Village of East Davenport-with special guests Roadless Traveler and Nathan Taylor-9:00 P.M.-1:00 A.M.

July 8-Hal's Wagon Wheel-Bettendorf, Iowa-9:00 P.M.-1:00 A.M.

For additional show dates, please visit Rude Punch's website at www.myspace.com/riversidereggae

{mosimage}Calvary Church of the Quad Cities is hosting "Celebrate America" on Sunday, July 2nd beginning at 6:00pm at 4700 - 53rd Street in Moline.  Come and enjoy games and entertainment for free!  Inexpensive festival food - hot dogs, nachos, frozen treats, etc - will be available.  Sounds of Victory, a country-gospel vocal group and other CCQC musicians will be performing thoughout the evening.  This event is open to the public and will close with a massive fireworks display at 9:15pm.  For more info, please call Nina at 309-762-4166.

The City of Rock Island is pleased to announce there is now wireless Internet access in The District. Adding this access provides another amenity for downtown, one that will be attractive to young professionals and technologically savvy individuals.

Jennifer Fowler, Community Marketing Director, commented, “People can now come to The District, have a beverage of their choice in our of our outdoor cafes, and surf the Internet or conduct business on their laptop.

City Council set a priority to add wireless Internet access via Wi-Fi technology and security cameras to enchance downtown. During the design of the camera system, additional fiber optic cable was installed to support both initiatives.

The area of service is the Great River Plaza, or Second Avenue, from 17th to 19th Streets. Currently, there is no charge to access the system. The Service Set Identifier (SSID) for the network is RIFI. Users will see this name when accessing the wireless network in The District.

Tip for using RIFI:

  • Your laptop computer must have a Wi-Fi network card in it. Most newer laptops have this built-in. If not, computer retailers offer several choices for less than $100.

  • Once installed, depending on the operating system (the most popular is Microsoft Windows XP), the laptop will pop-up usually with a message indicating that a Wireless Network is available, and provide a list.

  • Select RIFI, and click connect.

  • Open the Internet browser of your choice.

Two 802.11g wireless access points have been installed outdoors; these units are interconnected to City Hall, and then on to the Internet. Current back-end bandwith is set at three megabits per second.

{mosimage}Joshua Inayat, recent transplant to the QCA and creator of Eternal Touch Studios; is taking the town by storm. His surreal artwork is both vibrant and alive, deep and emotional. With spectacular photography in cemeteries and cunning computer graphic manipulation, the works coming out of Eternal Touch Studios are adding beauty to all of the lives it touches.
{mosimage}Extend your 4th of July plans through the end of the week at "QC First Fridays!"