Rock Island public services celebrate Special Olympics Day: The Rock Island County Police and Fire departments will hold the Salute to Special Olympians to raise funds for Special Olympics Illinois Western Area 4 from 5-8 p.m. Friday at Plumbers and Pipefitters Hall, 4600 Blackhawk Road, Rock Island. Admission is $10 for adults and children 12 and under are free. There will be food, a silent auction, games, 50/50 drawings and an art table. Entertainment will be provided by ABC Squared Karaoke and DJ Services. RSVP or send a donation to Salute to Special Olympians, C/O 1527 11th Ave., Moline, IL 61265. Checks should be payable to Special Olympics Illinois. For more information, call 309-764-3860 or email

Boxing exhibition and movie night at community center: The Martin Luther King Jr. Community Center will hold a Boxing Club exhibition and movie night at 5:30 p.m. today in the Ida Robinson Banquet Room at the center, 630 9th St., Rock Island. The event will showcase the commitment of the participants and coaches of the center’s Rock Island Boxing Club and provide an overview of the program, a sparring session and remarks from the club director. The motion picture “Ali” also will be shown. For more information, call 309-732-2999 or go to

YMCA to hold rowing open house: YMCA Quad-Cities will hold a rowing open house from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday at the Sylvan Boathouse, 1701 1st Ave., Moline. The open house will introduce people to rowing on the Mississippi River. Visitors will tour the boathouse, take lessons on rowing machines and on the water, meet rowers and get more information on rowing programs. For more information, contact Two Rivers YMCA at 309-762-6030.

Moline offers Touch-a-Truck event: The city of Moline will observe National Public Works Week with Touch-a-Truck Day  from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday at the Moline Public Works Facility, 3635 4th Ave., Moline. Participants will be able to sit in the trucks and learn about the controls. The event is free, but registration is required. To make reservations, call the Moline Parks and Recreation at 309-524-2424.


Special interest 4-H clubs available: The University of Illinois Extension Rock Island County will offer 4-H special interest clubs over the summer. Each club will meet six times over the course of the summer. An annual program fee of $20 for nonmembers allows youths to participate in multiple clubs. Some clubs require additional supply fees. Most meetings will take place at 321 W. 2nd Ave., Milan. Clubs offered include sewing, aquarium, rocketry and shotgun skeet. To register, go to or call 309-756-9978.

Read Local program to feature area poet: The Bettendorf Public Library will feature author Salvatore Marici as he performs poems from his book “Mortals, Nature and Their Spirits” at 7 p.m. Wednesday, June 5, at the library, 2950 Learning Campus Drive, Bettendorf. The event is part of the Read Local program by the Bettendorf Public Library and Midwest Writing Center Marici served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Guatemala and is a civil servant retiree who worked for the Army. He was the 2010 Midwest Writing Center’s poet-in-residence and is a featured poet in the Bucktown Revue.

 Concealed carry permit classes offered in Cordova: Rep. Mike Smiddy, D-Hillsdale, will host two concealed-carry permit classes from 8 a.m. to noon and 1-5 p.m. Sunday, June 2, at the Cordova Civic Center, 910 3rd Ave. S., Cordova. The class is taught by SAFE Gun Permits LLC, which will take the necessary photographs, fingerprint students and mail the applications after the course is completed. Students will be eligible for a concealed-carry license through the state of Utah, recognized in Utah in 30 other states, including every state that borders Illinois.

The class fee is $100 plus a $51 processing fee. Residents can sign up at For more information, contact, call 309-848-9098 or 855-243-4988.

Help support Humane Society of Scott County: Purina Cat Chow has donated a $1,000 care package to the Humane Society of Scott County. Purina’s “50 years, 50 shelters” program allows the community to vote for their area shelter once a day at through Friday, June 14. By voting, people can help raise a total of $50,000 for 50 participating shelters. The company will make over four shelters and provide cat care packages for each of the participating shelters. The program will donate $1 per vote, up to $1,000 per shelter. To learn more, visit

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Cemetery to dedicate wood carvings: Pine Hill Cemetery will dedicate its Praying Hand carvings at 10:30 a.m. Friday, June 14, at 1530 E. 39th St., Davenport. The carvings were created by Thom Gleich, made possible by donations and investments of Pine Hill Cemetery. For more information, go to

Ceremony to honor elected officials: The Rock Island County Democratic Black Caucus and the Rock Island County Democratic Hispanic Caucus will host a reception honoring newly elected officials of color in Rock Island County from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 21, at East Moline American Legion, 829 16th Ave., East Moline. Honorees include Hampton Township Supervisor Gail McIntyre; East Moline's 5th Ward Alderman Humberto Aguilar and Rock Island's 1st Ward Alderman Ivory Clark.

Events benefit Handicapped Development Center: HANDS Auxiliary is accepting reservations for its annual cocktail party, auction and golf outing. The events benefit individuals with disabilities at the Handicapped Development Center. The cocktail party and auction will be held at 5 p.m. Sunday, June 2, at Steeplegate Inn, 100 W. 76th St., Davenport. Complimentary drinks and appetizers will be available during the live and silent auction. Cost is $30.

The golf outing will be held Monday, June 3, at Crow Valley Golf Course, 4315 E. 60th St., Davenport. At 8 a.m., foursomes can play an 18-hole scramble, at 9:30 a.m. foursomes can play a 9-hole scramble, at 12:30 p.m. foursomes will play their own ball. Cost is $200 for 18 holes, $100 for 9 holes. Registration includes admission to the cocktail party, beverages on the course, lunch and dinner. For more information, go to or call 563-391-4834.