There’s always plenty of positive news in the Quad-Cities, and we here at QuadCities.com are always happy to put a spotlight on it!

Every month I present this column, What’s The Good News?, in which I highlight some of the awesome things going on in and around the area. I also talk about these things on my regular spot the first Wednesday of each month on KWQC-TV6’s “Paula Sands Live.”

So, what’s the good news for this month? Let’s find out…

 

Ballet Quad Cities Goes Nuts For Helping Students

Ballet Quad Cities is helping out Davenport third grade students in their goal of becoming more artistically diverse and educated! BQC is doing free Nutcracker outreach programs Nov. 13-15 in Davenport grade schools to acquaint kids with the classic ballet, which will be performed by Ballet Quad Cities Dec. 8-9 at the Adler Theater.

For more info, see www.balletquadcities.com.

 

Pooch Pics For Pets In Need

Want to get your pet pics taken and help pooches in need?

Pet picture sessions for the holidays will be held Saturday at Francescon Portraiture, 2711 13th St Ct, Moline, with the proceeds benefiting the Rescued Pet Rescue!

You can check out “Treat time with Santa” on Saturday when Santa will be at the studio, or “Waiting for Santa” on Sunday for those who did not wish to have their session with Santa. Pet Session fee is $25  (donated to Rescued), and Holiday Packages start at $96 ( a percentage of sales will also be donated to Rescued). Custom designed cards are available.

Sessions are approximately 1/2 hour and you will have 7- 10 images to select from. Viewing and ordering appointments will be scheduled for mid-November.

Call Lisa at (309) 269-5013 for more information and to reserve your session.

 

C’Mon Get Happy… Joes

Happy Joe’s 5th Annual Precious Ladies Lunch will be held this Friday, Nov. 9, at the Waterfront Convention Center in Bettendorf. Doors open at 10 a.m. for a wonderful pre- holiday shopping boutique with close to 20 unique venders, followed by lunch, and our guest speakers from the Miracle Field of the Quad Cities. This field will allow children with disabilities to get off the sidelines and enjoy the opportunity to play sports they enjoy in a safe supportive environment made just for them. Special guest, Kate Holsen, one of our champions for more opportunities for individuals with special needs will sing the National Anthem.

The Happy Joe’s Kids Foundation, (HJKF), is dedicated to improving the lives of children with special needs and their families.

Happy Joe Whitty will be in attendance. Happy Joe has been a long-standing supporter of children of all abilities, and he has made it his mission to ensure he does his part to shine the light on the wonderful contributions individuals with special needs can offer to our community.

He said, “They are amazing people who are tougher than most of us and their parents are like super heroes. Happy Joe’s just wanted to do our part to make sure they know they are always welcome in our communities and that they have opportunities to live happy lives here.” I would like to personally invite you to be part of this very special day dedicated to some very special people.”

 

Dancing With The QC Stars

I, and other local “stars” will be dancing for charity 6-10 p.m. Nov. 30 at Jumers, 777 Jumer Drive, Rock Island for Dancing with the QC Stars. pic attached, link is facebook.com/dancingwiththeqcstars

I’ll be dancing for my two local charities, Dress For Success, and The Goal Foundation. Tickets are $65 and include open bar, food and show, and you can order them from me by contacting me at seanleary@seanleary.com or if you have paypal, by sending $65 per ticket to seanleary@seanleary.com. You can also sponsor a table for $480 for your business and get your logo and sponsorship included in the program book for the show!

 

Goal Foundation Scores For At-Risk Youth

A new charity, the GOAL Foundation, has been started to help out area at-risk kids pay for the expenses of being a part of traveling soccer. The foundation is part of the not-for-profit Midwest Elite Dragons Soccer Club, and will be raising money this winter to help out scholarship athletes in need. For more information, contact me at seanleary@seanleary.com.

 

Pete Battles Bullying

Pete the Purple Bull is delivering his anti-bullying message in two new ways, through a book and a musical. The musical, Pete’s Grand Plan, debuted earlier this month and will be presented at different venues over the winter, and the book Pete’s Grand Plan, which is available in local bookstores and online. For more information, visit http://www.petethepurplebull.org

 

QC Storm Helps The Veterans

Friday night the Storm will unveil camo jerseys sponsored by VFW Post 1303. These will become warm-up jerseys for the rest of the season and be auctioned off at our April 5th game. Friday’s game also features $2 hotdogs.

BIG GAME #2 is on Saturday night as the Storm seeks to pack the house to raise money for the Trinity Foundation’s Military Services Fund. The Storm will donate part of their ticket revenue, chuck-a-puck proceeds and auction off the special military jerseys worn by the team. The first 1000 people through the door receive a Storm water bottle.

Friday night the Storm will unveil camo jerseys sponsored by VFW Post 1303. These will become warm-up jerseys for the rest of the season and be auctioned off at our April 5th game. Friday’s game also features $2 hotdogs.

BIG GAME #2 is on Saturday night as we pack the house to raise money for the Trinity Foundation’s Military Services Fund. The Storm will donate part of their ticket revenue, chuck-a-puck proceeds and auction off the special military jerseys worn by the team. The first 1000 people through the door receive a Storm water bottle.

 

Something With A Little A-Teal

The Current Iowa Hotel in Davenport will be lighting up teal on Nov. 8 to raise Alzheimer’s awareness as part of the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America’s (AFA) Light the World in Teal program.

The annual program, held in November as part of Alzheimer’s Awareness Month, aims to literally shine a spotlight on Alzheimer’s disease and show support for the millions of people affected by it.

“We thank the Current Iowa Hotel for helping to bring the battle against Alzheimer’s disease to the forefront and inspiring others to join the fight,” said Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr., AFA’s President and CEO.  “From the most iconic buildings to those in small towns throughout the country, every site that is going teal for Alzheimer’s awareness on November 8 is helping to enlighten people about this growing health epidemic which is affecting millions of families.”

The Davenport landmark will be joined by nearly 300 other sites across the country and around the world in “going teal” for Alzheimer’s awareness on November 8th.  This is the fifth year of AFA’s Light the World in Teal campaign and the largest number of participating landmarks since the program’s inception.

For more information about AFA’s Light the World program, including a list of participating landmarks, visit www.alzfdn.org/lighttheworldinteal.

 

Sean Leary is an author, director, artist, musician, producer and entrepreneur who has been writing professionally since debuting at age 11 in the pages of the Comics Buyers Guide. An honors graduate of the University of Southern California masters program, he has written over 50 books including the best-sellers The Arimathean, Every Number is Lucky to Someone and We Are All Characters.