Q-C Family Entertainment has opened at 4401 44th Ave., Moline, basically at the corner of 41st and John Deere Road.

Frank Miroballi is the owner. He previously owned Town & Country Bowling Alley in Rock Island. That property burned down more than a year ago, and he decided to rebuild in the former Cohen’s Furniture store in Moline.

There are 32 lanes of bowling, with some set up as a private boutique-style alley for private parties. There are three private party rooms, a game area with 67 different games and a two-level laser tag area.

In addition, it features a restaurant featuring pizza, pasta and sandwiches.

Jobless benefits claims on the rise

Applications for U.S. jobless benefits rose by 4,000 to a seasonally adjusted 372,000. The numbers are based by what the U.S. Department of Labor released recently, reported the American Staffing Association.

The median forecast of 41 economists surveyed by Bloomberg called for 365,000. Initial claims from two weeks earlier were revised up to 368,000 from an original reading of 366,000, based on more complete data collected at the state level. The average of new claims over the past month climbed by 3,750 to 368,000.

The American Staffing Association is the voice of the U.S. staffing industry. The association and its affiliated chapters advance the interests of staffing and recruiting firms of all sizes and across all sectors through legal and legislative advocacy, public relations, education and the promotion of high standards of legal, ethical and professional practices.

Kirlin’s helps troops

Kirlin’s Hallmark is participating in its ninth year of the Sentiments for Soldiers program.

Kirlin’s Hallmark stores are accepting donations to help purchase boxes of Christmas and holiday cards for U.S. troops. The assorted boxes regularly retail for $9.99 but will be sold for a $5 tax-free donation when purchased for Sentiments for Soldiers. The program runs through Sept. 30.

Through donations, Kirlin’s has collected more than 2.75 million Christmas cards that have been sent to troops serving in Iraq, Afghanistan and around the world.

Kirlin’s Hallmark also partnered with Operation Support Our Troops to help members of the military serving overseas be a part of their families’ Christmas celebrations.

Donations were accepted at each Kirlin’s location through August to help send “The Night Before Christmas” and “Charlie Brown Christmas” recordable storybooks to soldiers. They record their own voice reading the classic Christmas stories and send them back to their families.

Locally, Kirlin’s has stores at NorthPark Mall, Davenport, and SouthPark Mall, Moline.

For more information, visit kirlinshallmark.com.