New Orleans jazz band to play in Davenport: The city of Davenport, as part of the Living with Floods initiative, will host the New Orleans Preservation Hall Jazz Band at 6:30 p.m. Friday, June 14, at the LeClaire Park bandshell, 400 W. Beiderbecke Drive, Davenport. The concert is free, with concessions available for purchase. The traditional jazz band has been playing since 1961. The Williams Intermediate Hornet Band will open for the group. The Living With Floods initiative seeks to commemorate recent flood events across the state of Iowa, celebrate recovery and raise awareness of flood strategies. For more information, go to www.iihr.uiowa.ed/livingwithfloods.
Davenport awarded for kids pass: The city of Davenport has been recognized by the Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation at Harvard Kennedy School for its Discover Davenport summer kids pass, which was selected as a “bright idea.” The pass allows children to visit events and facilities throughout Davenport and is good at all baseball games at Modern Woodmen Park, any YMCA, Figge Art Museum, Putnam Museum and for free rides on the Citibus transit system. For more information about this year's passes, go two www.cityofdavenportiowa.org.
Clinton receives grant approval: The Iowa Transportation Commission has approved a Revitalize Iowa’s Sound Economy Immediate Opportunity grant for roadwork in the city of Clinton. Up to $274,450 will be used for construction of 525 feet of roadway north from 44th Avenue South and the Lincolnway Industrial Rail and Air Park. The project is expected to be completed by September to provide access to RAIL ONE USA Corp., which will create 62 new jobs and more than $36 million in capital investment. The company manufactures concrete, main track and turnout railroad ties.
Muscatine woman donates car, scooter to veteran: Norma Rogers, 79, of Muscatine recently donated her 1995 Cutlass Supreme and her motorized wheelchair to a Navy veteran residing at Christian Care’s rescue mission in Rock Island. Rogers, now living in a retirement home, decided she had little use for her car or wheelchair and wanted to donate both to one veteran. The veteran who received the donation said "something like this gives you a little perk in life.” Lynette Burns, Rogers’ daughter, and her husband Brian contributed to an oil and antifreeze change, jumper cables, a water pump, tools, a small air compressor and a fire extinguisher to accompany the car. Christian Care is a nonprofit organization that serves homeless individuals, victims of domestic violence, veterans, those coming out of prison and those with mental illness.
River Bend Foodbank receives funding: Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan announced her office will distribute $10,570.05 to River Bend Foodbank, Moline. The food bank is one of eight across Illinois to receive a total of $500,000 in funding from several legal settlements to help feed families and people in need. Madigan made the announcement at an awards ceremony for Lawyers Feeding Illinois, a statewide food and fundraising campaign conducted by the Illinois State Bar Association. The River Bend Foodbank is a nonprofit organization that serves 17 counties in eastern Iowa and western Illinois.
Black Hawk College to hold jazz workshop: Black Hawk College will offer a summer jazz workshop for high school, college and community musicians. The two-week workshop will be from 4-8 p.m. June 3-7 and June 10-14 at the Quad-Cities Campus, 6600 34th Ave., Moline. The workshop will teach improvisation, jazz history, jazz theory, ear training, jazz standards and many jazz styles.
Participants will attend a live concert in week one and perform a live concert in week two. The workshop is open to any musicians in high school or older. The cost is $125. To register, call Black Hawk College Professional and Continuing Education at 309-796-8223. Black Hawk College students can register online at www.bhc.edu/register. For more information, contact Dr. Edgar Crockett at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Augustana to assess Special Collections: Augustana College’s Thomas Tredway Library has been accepted as one of the initial participants in the Association of College and Research Libraries’ Assessment in Action program. Augustana is one of 74 other institutions participating in this program. The program’s goals include creating approaches, strategies and practices that document the contribution of academic libraries to the overall mission of the institution.
Participants will be part of a one-year professional development program and carry out assessment activities on their campus. The Augustana team consisting of Special Collections Librarian Sarah Horowitz, Director of Assessment and Institutional Research Mark Salisbury and Interim Director of the Community Engagement Center and Professor of Communication Studies Dr. Ellen Hay will explore how students’ work with special collections materials affects their ability to think critically and develop intellectual curiosity.
The project will help tie assessment in the library, specifically in Special Collections, to the college’s learning outcomes for students. Special Collections consists of Augustana’s collections of rare books and manuscripts, as well as the college archives.
WQPT receives grant: WQPT-TV, the Quad-Cities' PBS station, has received a grant from the PBS Warning Alert and Response Network program to fund a power backup and hardening project for its studios and transmitters. WQPT will purchase, install and test back-up equipment to maintain the station’s broadcast of wireless emergency alerts. WQPT will have the system installed by Aug. 31. For more information, go to www.pbs.org/about/WARN.
Deadline set for grant application: The North Scott Rotary Club has set a deadline of June 1 for community nonprofits to apply for grants. Groups should download a funding request form at www.northscottrotary.org. Grants are not awarded to groups for annual fundraising, organizational endowment funds, deficit financing, individuals, scholarship funds or political activities. Applications are reviewed and awarded by the North Scott Rotary Community Needs Committee.