{mosimage}"The Cider House Rules" by John Irving will be discussed.
{mosimage}Rock Island Public Library Hosts 75th Anniversary Celebration of Talking Books: An Intergenerational Event  Rock Island, Illinois - Childhood memories last a lifetime. A program at the Rock Island Public Library in downtown Rock Island is designed to help the memories last longer.  The Rock Island Public Library, in cooperation with the Mid-Illinois Talking Book Center, will host a multi-generational program designed to capture the imaginations of 8- to 80-year-olds on Thursday, July 20 from 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. at the Rock Island Public Library, 401-19th Street, Rock Island, IL

Voyage to "Book Island" this Summer with the

Rock Island Public Library!


Summer is here, and there's no better place for cool (and free) family fun than the activities of the Rock Island Public Library's "Voyage to Book Island" Summer Reading program. The library is running reading incentive programs for all ages - children, teens and adults - and hosting special programs, workshops and performances.


Rude Punch will be appearing at Blueport Junction on June 17th.  Show starts at 9:00 P.M. and goes until 1:00 A.M.


Also, Rude Punch will be appearing at the Sturgis on the River Festival Thusday the 15th of June.  Their set begins at 3:30 P. M. on the Scooter's stage.


For additional show dates, please go to the Rude Punch website at www.myspace.com/riversidereggae.

{mosimage}Operation Medicine Cabinet, a three-day event allowing residents the opportunity to safely dispose of medications, sharps, and mercury thermometers, generated over 1,200 pounds of material.

Have you been thinking about all the things you have to do this summer?  Do you wish you could go back to a simpler time, when life moved at a slower pace?

For at least one day, you can do that at a free all-day shape note singing.  Join us on June 10th in Maquoketa, Iowa, at the Salvation Army Citadel, next to Horseshoe Pond Park on S. Main, where we'll be singing between 10 and 3:30 (with a free and bountiful lunch provided).

This style of singing in 4-part harmony was very popular in Colonial and pioneer America.  Back then, people sang together as a regular part of their daily lives.  Today's singers keep that tradition alive by welcoming everyone who wants to sing hymns and patriotic songs, no matter whether they can read music or sing well.

Shape note singing gets its name from the way the music is written, as the note "heads" are printed in various shapes.  If you can read traditional music, you can read shape note music.  And if you can't read music, the other singers will carry you along until you figure out what's going on.

The singing is loud and passionate, the folks are friendly, and you are more than welcome to join in the singing.  Admission is free, and books are provided for use.  For more information about shape note singing in general, visit www.fasola.org.  For more information about the Maquoketa  River All-Day Singing, contact Annie Grieshop at 563-926-2353 or 563-920-4568.  We hope to see you there!

For more information about shape note singing in general, visit the Fasola website.

{mosimage} PRESS RELEASE Hamilton Technical College expands its Electronics Engineering Technology facility and is offering a new program in Medical Insurance/Coding. DAVENPORT, IOWA - May 31, 2006 - Hamilton Technical College announces today the expansion of the Electronics Engineering Technology Program with the addition of a new Advanced Electronics Training Center on the campus at 1011 East 53rd Street in Davenport.

The foundation of Hamilton Technical College for the last 37 years has been the Electronics Engineering Technology Program. Through the years the Electronics program has grown from an Associates Degree to offering a Bachelors degree. This fall Hamilton Technical College is unveiling the new Advanced Electronics Training Center on campus. This center will house the digital and industrial electronics laboratories and classrooms with the addition of two new Fanuc robots and a 3 dimensional lathe. This center will bring newer technology and learning resources to our Associates and Bachelor students.

In addition to the expansion of the Electronics program facilities, Hamilton Technical College is pleased to announce the addition of the Medical/Insurance Coding Specialist Program along side our highly successful Medical Assisting Program. The first class for the Medical/Insurance Coding Specialist Program begins on June 29, 2006.

Hamilton Technical College is proud to have been part of so many people's lives in the Quad Cities and surrounding area. As we celebrate our accomplishments for the last 37 years, we are keeping our eyes keenly on the future educational needs of our community.

To find out more about the Electronics Engineering Technology Program, Medical Assisting Program or the NEW Medical/ Insurance Coding Specialist Program at Hamilton Technical College please call 563-386-3570 or visit us on the web at: www.hamiltontechcollege.com

Hamilton Technical College in Davenport, Iowa has been serving the Quad Cities and surrounding area since 1969. Hamilton Technical College is an educational institution which:

  • Strives for excellence in technical training programs.
  • Is committed to providing equal access to all students, faculty, staff, and visitors to the rights, privileges, programs, opportunities, and facilities generally available at the college.
  • Does not discriminate against academically qualified students in admissions or the administration of any of its educational policies or programs on the basis of : sex, age, race, color, national or ethnic origin, religion, creed, or disability.
  • Is an equal opportunity Affirmative Action Employer and complies with all applicable laws and regulations, including Title IX Educational Amendments of 1972, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and Titles I and III of the Americans with Disabilities Act.

Hamilton Technical College

1011 East 53rd Street

Davenport, IA 52807

Phone: 563-386-3570

Fax: 563-386-6756

Email: bbeert@hamiltontechcollege.com

CLINTON, IOWA (February 3, 2005) - Jeff Barrie, producer of "Arctic Quest: A Search for Truth" and cross-country cyclist, will speak on Tuesday, Feb. 8 at noon in Collis Hall (Durgin Educational Center) at The Franciscan University of the Prairies in Clinton. Barrie's appearance in Clinton is being sponsored by the Alaska Coalition of Iowa.

In Barrie's words, "We're being told that the Arctic Refuge is a solution to our dependence on foreign oil, but in fact it's merely a speculative six month supply of oil that won't be available for ten years and will require destroying one of our nation's last truly great wilderness areas."

The 100-mile stretch of arctic coastal plain in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge is the only fragment of the United States' total 1,100-mile arctic coastline not already open to oil and gas development. Now, oil industry officials are pushing for access to this fragile heartland of this last complete eco-system in North America. According to the United States Geological Survey, the most likely amount of oil to be found under the Arctic Refuge is roughly the same amount that the United States consumes in six months. Even at peak production, government experts estimate that the U.S. will still need to import a whopping two-thirds of all of its oil. Were oil and gas development to occur, the U.S. Department of Interior estimates up to a 40% loss (70,000 animals) to the Porcupine Caribou herd (129,000 animals).

"It is puzzling that people and the government would be willing to sacrifice a renewable resource, such as the herd, and the lives of the Gwich'in Indian people, who depend upon it, for merely the possibility of the short term benefits we could gain by extracting a small amount of petroleum, a non-renewable resource," Barrie said.

Barrie will be joined on this two-week tour of Nebraska and Iowa by Robert Thompson, an Inupiat Eskimo, who is a wilderness guide, specializing in winter excursions, river rafting, and kayaking in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. He and Subhankar Banerjee traveled 4,000 miles within the refuge, over the course of 14 months in 2001 and 2002, documenting the area and its inhabitants through each change of season. Thompson and his wife, Jane Akootchook Thompson, live in Kaktovik, Alaska.

In his public presentations, Thompson shares his thoughtful views on the environment, development, and his worries about global warming.

During the past three years, despite tremendous pressure from special interests, a bi-partisan majority in the US Senate has twice voted with the will of the American people and rejected proposals to allow drilling in the calving grounds of the Arctic Refuge.

Cindy Shogan, executive director of the Alaska Wilderness League said, " I must admit I was skeptical at first at the idea that a couple of people showing slides in church basements could compete with the sophisticated multi-pronged PR campaigns launched by a half a dozen of the world's largest oil companies. But I've become a believer since I've seen the results."

For more information about the program that is free and open to the public, please contact David Sharkey, Coordinator of Student Activities, at 563-242-4023, ext. 3511.

The Alaska Wilderness League has been helping to bring the message of protection for our Arctic costal plain all over the country during the past 11 years, and Jeff Barrie and Robert Thompson will be in Clinton on Tuesday, Feb. 8 and will be available for in-person or phone interviews by members of the press at various times during the period of January 31 through February 11.

For further information contact: Scott Hed, Alaska Coalition, 605-336-6738 Jeff Barrie, Last Great Wilderness Project, 615-438-5060.

(Rock Island, IL)?Royal Neighbors of America, headquartered in Rock Island, will expand its distribution in October 2006 with a new office in Austin, Texas. The Austin office will be responsible for offering life insurance and annuities through independent general agents and will be led by Mike Pinkham, a veteran insurance executive. This new sales operation represents an addition to the current captive sales force and will sell Royal Neighbors' products and services to new members, thus allowing the organization to continue to successfully carry out its social mission. Cynthia Tidwell, President and CEO of Royal Neighbors, said, "We are excited about the opening of this new office and having an executive with an impressive track record such as Mr. Pinkham join the Royal Neighbors family. It is a natural fit for us as we are looking to expand and grow our life insurance and annuity operations." Royal Neighbors of America offers its members value-added benefits such as scholarships, disaster aid, and a variety of volunteer opportunities within their communities. Distinguished by its 100-plus-year commitment to helping women help themselves, Royal Neighbors, through its insurance products and services, addresses a wide range of today's women's issues and concerns.
Headquartered in Rock Island, Royal Neighbors serves more than 232,000 insurance certificate holders and members, and is licensed to do business in 41 states and the District of Columbia. With $2.2 billion of insurance in force, it has members in 400 active chapters across the nation.

Davenport, IA - On Tuesday, May 23rd at 6:45 PM, the Davenport Area SoundReach Choir, a community choir for adults with developmental disabilities, will hold its Spring Concert at All Saints Lutheran Church (5002 Jersey Ridge Road; Davenport, IA).

SoundReach highlights the talents and successes of area teens and adults with special needs through song and dance. Sponsored by West Music Company, SoundReach meets weekly to rehearse a variety of songs popular throughout the ages. From oldies to Green Day, this choir sings it all. The choir performs in front of a packed house of family and friends in the sanctuary of All Saints Lutheran Church at the end of several months of rehearsal. A unique experience is always promised to those who attend, and hardly a dry eye will remain at the end of the concert, as these individuals do what many people have told them they can't do.

The choir is co-directed by Emilia Martin, MT-BC and Lorna Johnson, MT-BC, both music therapists for West Music Company. The directors work with the choir to create a successful experience for each member. Whether members can sing perfectly on pitch, dance to the music, or simply play an adaptive instrument, there's room for everyone in SoundReach.

Admission is free!

West Music Company Contact: Emilia Martin or Lorna Johnson (563) 388-1519 All Saints Lutheran Church Contact: Al Reagan (563) 332-9870