Pregracke nominated as CNN hero: Chad Pregracke, Quad-City area native and founder of Living Lands & Waters, has been nominated as a CNN hero. CNN will highlight the work the organization has done over the past 15 years and most recently its cleanup efforts in Memphis. The coverage will be available online at For more information on Pregracke, or on Living Lands & Waters, go to


Transportation education session: The Western Illinois Area Agency on Aging will sponsor a free educational session, “Transportation Options for Seniors,” from 9-11 a.m. Friday at the agency’s building, 729 34th Ave., Rock Island. The session is part of the Living and Learning series of free educational sessions covering topics designed for senior citizens and caregivers. Craig Harper will discuss how to use various transportation options available in the area. After the presentation, participants may participate in a ride-along to help familiarize themselves with the options available to them. To register or for more information, contact the agency at 309-793-6800.

Bus trip to Picasso exhibit in Chicago: The Friends of the Muscatine Art Center will host a bus trip to the Art Institute of Chicago for the “Picasso and Chicago” exhibition on Thursday, May 9. The bus will begin boarding at 6:45 a.m. from the soccer complex on Houser Street and will return back to Muscatine at 7 p.m.

The exhibition celebrates the 100-year relationship between Pablo Picasso and Chicago by bringing together more than 250 pieces of Picasso’s artwork for display. The trip will cost $85 for nonmembers and $75 for members of the Friends of the Muscatine Art Center. The cost includes transportation and a ticket to the exhibition.

The bus will arrive in Chicago at 10:30 a.m. and the group is free to visit the museum and lunch on their own. The bus will leave Chicago at 3:30 p.m. Reservations must be made and paid for by Tuesday, April 23. To make a reservation call 563-263-8282. Make checks payable to Friends of the Muscatine Art Center.

Sawmill Museum's new director to remember Armenian Genocide: The Sawmill Museum will commemorate the Armenian Genocide through a short presentation given by Matt Parbs, the museum’s new executive director from 6-7 p.m. Wednesday at the museum, 2231 Grant St., Clinton. Reservations are not required, but may be made by emailing

Parbs is the former assistant director of the National Museum of Surveying and joined the Sawmill Museum in mid-March. Parbs graduated summa cum laude from the University of Illinois in Springfield in 2010.

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For more information about the event or the museum, call 563-242-0343.

Disabled American Veterans needs volunteer drivers: The Disabled American Veterans Transportation program is in need of voluntary drivers to drive the local DAV van. The van carries veterans to the Iowa City VA Medical Center for Medical Appointments and Compensation Examination. Drivers should expect to spend the entire day performing this service. Those interested should call the Q-C chapter at 563-391-1760 or 563-386-3533.


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