The Moline Foundation has a new grant opportunity through a fund called Karen's Summertime FUNd in honor of Karen Getz. Through the Karen's Summertime FUNd, The Moline Foundation is offering mini-grants between $300 and $1,000. The object of this special opportunity is to provide non-profit organizations extra funds to develop creative, educational, and fun-filled activities for kids during the summer months. Non-profit organizations are encouraged to apply if they serve the citizens of Moline and the surrounding region, including the Quad Cities.

Karen's Summertime FUNd grants are made possible by Tom Getz, the Getz family and friends and many generous donors to The Moline Foundation. In establishing Karen's Summertime FUNd program, the Moline Foundation honors the life of a woman who gave to so many others. This special program will help us remember the many ways Karen Getz reached out to children with her sparkling personality and tireless spirit.

All materials necessary to receive funds are due in The Moline Foundation offices by 4:00 p.m. on Friday, May 1, 2009 or must be postmarked by or on Friday, May 1, 2009. Please call The Moline Foundation at (309) 764-4193 to request a Grant Application.

Any child oriented non-profit, 501(c)(3) organization, including those who have never received Moline Foundation funding in the past, is welcome to apply.

The Moline Community Foundation offices are located at the Deere-Wiman House, 817 11th Avenue, Moline.

The Moline Foundation, founded in 1953, is a community foundation which provides grants to health, human services, education, community development, the arts and other charitable organizations. The Moline Foundation receives and administers charitable gifts for the benefit of citizens in Scott County, Iowa and Rock Island, Mercer, Henry, Warren, Henderson, and McDonough counties in Illinois.

The Machine Shed in Davenport will host a kids cooking class at the restaurant on Wednesday, April 22nd at 6PM. Chef Bryan Tyler will lead a cooking class in which the parents/guardians and the children will be making kid friendly recipes. Kids get to experience real cooking: measure and mix ingredients, use kitchen gadgets, follow recipes, learn etiquette, safety, and nutrition! Each participant receives a certificate of excellence at the end of class. The certificates can be redeemed for a complimentary kids meal on the next visit. This is a great idea for play groups, scouts, and church activities.

The cooking class is free to the public and an adult must attend with their child.This class will be offered monthly, the last Wednesday of each month at 6pm. For more information or to sign up, please stop in The Machine Shed located off of I80 on Northwest Blvd or call at 563-391-2427.

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Davenport, IA - The ninth annual Quad City Symphony Orchestra Association music education program Listening Olympics will be held on Friday, April 24 at Asbury United Methodist Church, 1809 Mississippi Blvd., Bettendorf. Registration begins at 3:30 PM with preliminary rounds at 4:00 PM and final competition at 5:30 PM. More than 40 fifth-grade students, in teams of three, from Quad City area schools will compete for gold, silver and bronze medals at this friendly competition challenging students' knowledge of classical music.

Playing on the theme of Are You Smarter Than A 5th Grader, the QCSO will be fronting three adult teams to compete against the students in the final round. Three teams will represent the Orchestra members, the Board of Trustees and Volunteers for Symphony respectively. These exhibition teams cannot take home medals, but it should be great sport to watch them play.

Listening Olympics is a fun and interactive competition testing students' knowledge of classical music elements, including titles, composers, families of instruments, and style. Student participants have been studying music examples and answering questions like, "Who is the composer?" or "Is this music from the classical or romantic period?"

"Listening Olympics is a fun and wonderful way for fifth graders to become further acquainted with symphonic music!" said Laurie Skjerseth, QCSO Education Coordinator. "We're so excited to have these schools joining the competition." Currently confirmed participants at this year's competition include : Butterworth, Hamilton, Franklin, and Jane Addams from Moline; and Colorado and Madison from Muscatine.

Listening Olympics is offered at no cost to schools and participants through support and funding from Volunteers for Symphony. Photos and interviews can be arranged by calling the Symphony office, 563-322-0931.

Making Musicians Leaders - that is the goal of a new group being formed by local high schoolers. A Kick Off Concert is scheduled for Saturday, April 18th at Mojo's Café in Davenport to raise money for the group which will help local bands find venues to perform

A handful of local teens have teamed up to create "J & J Musician Corporation". The group, spearheaded by 17 year-old Jake Dopler, plans to raise money through concerts and then use the money to help foster local arts programs. Dopler, a junior at United Township in East Moline, has been playing music since the 6th grade and feels there is a big void in the community when it comes to promoting local musicians.

The newly formed "J & J Musician Corporation" has a two fold mission. First it will advertise, promote and publicize local bands; help struggling bands find venues to perform. Secondly, the six member group will raise money and use the dollars to create school music programs. Dopler says musicians have a high status in our society?setting trends with hair and clothes, creating lyrics that can change thinking?and the power of musicians should be put to good use. Dopler says the goal of the new organizations is to make musicians leaders.

Dopler also says the group plans to volunteer in local environmental efforts?such as cleaning up local rivers?and other community needs.

The kick off concert and fundraising campaign begins Saturday, April 18th beginning at noon at Mojo's Café in downtown Davenport. Four local bands will perform at the café, located at 131 W. 2nd Street, and donations will be accepted.

For an interview with Dopler, please call Mary McNeil at 309-236-7317 or 309-277-0062 to set up an interview time.

April 22 is Earth Day and a time when people in Iowa and across the nation take time to promote environmental citizenship. Earth Day began when a pioneering Midwestern Senator named Gaylord Nelson proclaimed that we had an environmental crisis in the United States. Since then, the day has helped to bring our nation's concerns over a cleaner environment and conserving resources to the forefront of American ideals.

Thirty-nine years have passed and in that time we have promoted landmark protections such as the Clean Water Act and the Clean Air Act. We have made great strides but we still have many challenges ahead. Iowans have a strong attachment to the land with an appreciation for the environment, which surely has a lot to do with our agricultural heritage.  Now there is even more we can do with simple actions to combat the policies and failed habits of the past, and preserve our planet for generations to come.

One of the fundamentals of becoming environmentally friendly is the act of recycling. Not only can you recycle basic materials such as glass jars, bottles, aluminum cans and paper but items such home appliances, eye glasses, cell phones, computers and other electronics can also be recycled. These efforts will help keep our landfills clean and drive down the cost of raw materials. For more information on where and how to recycle in your community please visit or call 1-800-CleanUp.

Conserving energy is another way to celebrate Earth Day. Simple actions such as turning off the lights when you leave a room, buying energy efficient appliances and light bulbs and unplugging unneeded accessories have a big impact on the amount of electricity Iowans use. Not only do these efforts reduce our carbon footprint, but they are also an excellent way to save money. For example, switching just one traditional light bulb to an energy efficient bulb can save a family up to $30 over the life of a single bulb. With the average American household having 30 light fixtures, this change could mean an average savings of $900 per family.

Iowa's farmers are also doing their part by being good stewards of the land. In the 2002 farm bill, I created the Conservation Security Program (CSP), which pays farmers for maintaining and installing new conservation practices that protect our land and water. In the 2008 farm bill, we were able to make even greater investments in such programs.  These initiatives are a new direction in agriculture policy because they reward farmers for how they grow and produce crops and livestock rather than for what they grow.

Additionally, Iowans are helping to protect our planet as leaders in the production of clean, renewable home-grown sources of energy. We have already seen the benefits of biofuel production and now Iowa is second in the nation for the production of wind power. These sources of energy are not only good for the environment, they also wean us off our dependence on foreign oil and create new 'green' jobs in our state and across the country.

So while we have made steps in the right direction, there is still much that we can do to protect our planet and preserve our natural resources. I encourage all Iowans to do their part to celebrate Earth Day both on April 22 and all year long.


MOLINE, ILLINOIS - Do you enjoy Public Television? Do you like to volunteer? Do you like new and exciting experiences? Then consider becoming a WQPT/PBS Ambassador.

WQPT is seeking energetic college students for an exciting volunteer opportunity. Entering its fifth year, the WQPT/PBS Ambassador program is an opportunity for college students to represent public television at a variety of events throughout eastern Iowa and western Illinois. Ambassadors are a more highly trained extension of the WQPT volunteer force representing the station at fairs, community and fundraising events and on television.

Ambassadors have come from Black Hawk College, St. Ambrose University, Illinois College, University of Iowa, Illinois State University, Kaplan University, Northern Illinois and Western Illinois University.

Former Ambassadors have said:

"The most rewarding part about being an Ambassador is seeing the smiles and joy on the kid's faces at the events. In all honesty, I feel as if I have just as much fun as the kids do - if not more!" Stephanie Regan from St. Ambrose University

"As I teach the kids, I feel as if they are teaching me something at the same moment. I learn from the kids that the simple things in life can sometimes be the most amazing ones!" Troy Keegan from Black Hawk College

"Being around kids makes me feel like I'm a kid again. Being a WQPT Ambassador is priceless--I know because I've been one for 3 years." Jessica Chen from University of Iowa

For more information and an application log on to Application deadline is May 1, 2009. You may also mail applications to Quad Cities PBS, Attn: Ambassador Program, 6600 34th Avenue, Moline, IL 61265. Inquiries can be made at (309) 796-2424.

Rock Island, Illinois - The University of Iowa School of Social Work, in cooperation with the GradCenter, is providing an information session for those interested in applying to the next cohort or students interested in taking elective courses prior to admission. The information session will be held on Wednesday, April 29 at the GradCenter, 639 38th Street, Rock Island, IL from 5:00-6:00 p.m. The information session will be conducted by Bob Jackson, Distance Education Coordinator, and Mary Newcomb, Quad City Practicum Administrator. For more information contact Bob Jackson at 319-335-1331 (, Mary Newcomb at 309-794-7619 (, visit the web site at, contact the GradCenter at (309) 794-7376, or visit the website at

The University of Iowa School of Social Work had been offering the MSW in the Quad-Cities for over 35 years. Since 1988, the Quad Cities program has been a part-time program for a cohort that is admitted once every three years. Students can complete all the requirements for the degree through the University of Iowa Quad City program.

The Quad-Cities Graduate Study Center, through its member institutions, facilitates access to local graduate degree and certificate programs. Students are able to choose from a diverse selection of over 80 graduate degree programs and certificate programs offered in convenient locations during evening and weekend hours and via the Internet. For more information, visit the website at

Oberammergau Passion Play and the Bavarian Alps: A look into the 375 year old play and its region,19 April 2009 at 2:00 p.m. at the German American Heritage Center, 712 W 2nd Street, Davenport, IA.

On Sunday, April 19, 2009 at 2:00 p.m. the German American Heritage Center will host a program on the Oberammergau Passion Play and the Bavarian Alps, with guest speaker Werner Schafer-Junger.

The history of the Oberammergau Passion Play began when the people of Oberammergau, a village located in Bavaria, Germany, made an oath in 1633 to perform the play every ten years. The oath came about after months of suffering and death in the middle of the Thirty Years War, one of the most destructive conflicts in European history, while the worst pandemic in human history, the "Black Death" plague, was running its course. In 1633, the village of Oberammergau, swore that they would perform the "Play of the Suffering, Death and Resurrection of Our Lord Jesus Christ" every ten years if they were spared from the plague. At Pentecost 1634, the villagers kept their promise for the first time on a stage built over the fresh graves of the plague victims. In the year 2010 the Oberammergau Passion Play will once more be performed by more than 2,000 Oberammergauers, lasting six hours.

Do not miss the chance to learn about the extraordinary Oberammergau Passion Play and its regional history at the German American Heritage Center, April 19 at 2:00 p.m.

Native born German woman to give talk at the German American Heritage Center.

Don't miss this eye opening program on the history, politics, and emotions behind the Berlin Wall by a native born German, Anette Isaacs, and her work with Elderhostels on Sunday,April 26th at 1:00 p.m.

This year marks the 20th Anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall. Hear an exciting lecture that presents a historical and political overview of this very painful, but also miraculous period in Berlin's captivating history. Also find out about the world's largest non-profit educational travel organization for adults, Elderhostels.

Instructor: German born and raised, Anette Isaacs did her graduate work at Emory University, Georgia, the University of Vienna and at the Free University in Berlin. She holds a Master´s Degree in American Studies, Political Science, and History. Her vast knowledge about her native country's history, culture, society, and politics will undoubtedly be insightful for anyone interested in Germany.

Reg (guitar, ukulele) and Linda Shoesmith (hammered dulcimer, bowed psaltery) have been playing as a duo for over 4 years. They will perform a variety of music, including Celtic, Scandinavian, American traditional and maybe even a 60's tune.

The hammered dulcimer is a trapezoidal shaped instrument with about 80 strings, played by striking the strings with hammers (small wooden mallets). From the 14th to the 18th centuries, it was popular in Europe and the British Isles . It is considered a classical instrument in the Far East . The Celts, Germans and Scandinavians brought their instruments to the US . Once known as the poor man's piano, it is the forerunner of the harpsichord and piano. In recent years it has been experiencing a revival in Western Europe and the United States .

Reggie Shoesmith retired as an Assistant Principal at Central High School, Davenport and is now in part-time administration at Scott Community College. Linda Shoesmith retired from Scott Community College as a mathematics professor.
Tickets for the show: $5.00/person
The Moline Commercial Club 2nd. floor
513 - 16th Street, Moline, IL
Social Hour @ 5:30p.m.
Dinner @ 6:30p.m. • Show @ 7:30p.m.

The Moline Commercial Clubs' Chef Lisa, will be serving a magnificent dinner prior to the show, by reservation only. Please call 309-762-8547 to make reservation.

Tickets for Dinner & Show: $25.00/person
Tickets for the show: $5.00/person
*This event is open to the public and the audience can attend the show without dinner.
Priority seating is given to guests who make dinner reservations.