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What's going on in Bettendorf, LeClaire, Pleasant Valley and Riverdale

What's going on in Bettendorf, LeClaire, Pleasant Valley and Riverdale

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PVJH sets dates for 2022-23 course selection

Pleasant Valley Junior High School has begun preparations for course selection for the 2022-2023 school year. Dates and details about selection are as follows.

* Incoming 7th grade students

Parents of 6th grade students who will be entering 7th grade this fall are invited to attend a meeting in the JH "A" gym on Wednesday, Feb. 23 at the times listed below. Students are encouraged to attend this overview of the junior high offerings. Due to space restrictions, attendance will be limited to two members per family. Either two adults or one adult and one student.

Course selection and course information will be provided to all 6th grade students at the elementary conferences.

Times include:

* 5:30-6:15 p.m. for students currently attending Hopewell, Bridgeview, Cody and Forest Grove Elementary schools.

* 7-7:45 p.m. for students currently attending Pleasant View and Riverdale Heights Elementary schools.

* Incoming 8th grade students

Students currently in 7th grade will receive course selection materials during the school day on Thursday, March 3. Counselors will discuss the course selection process with the students at that time.

* Incoming 9th grade students

Students currently in 8th grade are invited to attend the PVHS 2022-2023 incoming freshman parent/student meetings. Both meetings will be held in the PVHS Theatre.

Dates are as follows:

Tuesday, Feb. 15 at 7 p.m. for last names beginning with A-L.

Wednesday, Feb. 16 at 7 p.m. for last names beginning with M-Z.

Parents and students should make every effort to attend the assigned meeting date and time. Please limit parent attendance to one per child.

At the meeting high school course registration, four-year academic plans, available courses and 8th period resource will be discussed.

Students currently in 8th grade will receive high school course selection materials during the school day on Thursday, Feb. 17. Counselors will discuss the course selection process with the students at that time.

* New students to the PV district

If students are currently enrolled in another school district, but plan to enroll at Pleasant Valley Junior High School for the 2022-2023 school year, please contact the JH counseling office at 563-332-0202 to begin registration and course selection. 

Library offers free virtual music series throughout January

Throughout the month of January, the Bettendorf Public Library will offer a perfect lunchtime accompaniment with the popular Brown Bag Lunch series.

Exclusive access to the music of Tray Rangel and Nervous Neal Smith will be provided via the library's YouTube channel throughout the entire month. A link to the concert also will be available through the library's website at

Rangel is a local musician who started playing professionally at age 14. He recently released an album influenced by early instrumental rock bands like The Ventures and The Champs. Rangel will be accompanied by local saxophonist, Nervous Neal Smith, and the concert will feature original songs by both artists. 

No registration is required to view this free event.

For more information, visit or call 563-344-4179.

Bettendorf Public Library seeks ambassadors

The Bettendorf Public Library has opened up spots for volunteers who are willing to share what they love about the library within their influence and/or on social media circles as acting BPL Ambassadors. These ambassadors will receive exclusive backstage previews to new library offerings, including the new 2nd floor makerspace. Patrons who are interested in becoming an ambassador for the library can sign up by visiting

For more information, call 563-344-4170 or visit or by calling 563-344-4179.

Ascentra vocational and trades to annual scholarship competition

Ascentra has announced the addition of five, $1,000 scholarships dedicated to members who are planning on entering a vocational or trade school program to its 2021-2022 scholarship competition.

The Ascentra Credit Union Scholarship Competition is currently underway for the 2021-2022 school year. A total of $15,000 in scholarships will be awarded to 15 Ascentra members to help offset the costs of attending postsecondary education whether through a college, university or trade program. Members can apply every year they are enrolled in an accredited institution of higher learning and/or trade.

Ascentra scholarships will be awarded as follows:

* Five $1,000 scholarships will be awarded to high school students planning to enter college

* Five $1,000 scholarships will be awarded to non-traditional students age 19 or over planning to attend higher education

* Five $1,000 scholarships will be awarded to any member entering a vocational school or college with trade program.

All applicants are judged on an essay, resume, awards, extracurricular activities, volunteer services and work experience. This year's 500-word essay question is, "How can credit unions best assist individuals or businesses that were most impacted by the pandemic?"

For the official rules and an application, visit or any Ascentra branch location. All entries must be postmarked no later than March 1, 2022.

Bettendorf to host City Citizen Academy in 2022

Bettendorf residents are invited to take part in the Bettendorf 101: City Citizen Academy, an informative, interactive program that looks into the philosophy and operations of the city. Residents will be able to gain knowledge and insight through discussions, demonstrations and site visits.

The academy is scheduled to begin on Thursday, April 7, 2022, and will run for seven weeks. Each session will last approximately three hours, 6-9 p.m. Classes will be held on Thursday nights at different locations throughout the city.

There also will be a bus tour, which will be scheduled on a Friday from 7:15 a.m. until 3:15 p.m. The tour will visit the waste water plant, compost facility, landfill, recycling center, water company and the Scott Emergency Communication Center. A class schedule will be available closer to the start of the academy.

Participants must be at least 18 years of age and be a resident of the City of Bettendorf. During the academy, attendees may be asked to climb stairs, take part in walking tours or sit for an extended period of time.

There is no fee to participate in the academy and it is requested that participants not miss more than two sessions.

For more information about 2022 Bettendorf 101: City Citizen Academy, please send name, address, email address and phone number to or call 563-344-4033.


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