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Posted on: November 16, 2022

[ARCHIVED] Update Rock Island - November 14, 2022

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Update Rock Island is a segment at City Council meetings given by Mayor Mike Thoms focusing on news in Rock Island. The video segment from the meeting is available on YouTube.

Coffee with a Cop will be held this Thursday

The public is welcome to have a cup of coffee and conversation with Rock Island police officers on Thursday, November 17 at Nest Café, 1524 4th Ave., from 11 a.m. to noon.


The community is invited to enjoy free, delicious Thanksgiving meals

The Martin Luther King Jr. Community Center is welcoming the Quad-City community to its 33rd Annual Thanksgiving meal event. All are welcome to enjoy Thanksgiving meals at no cost. Meals may be delivered or picked up from the MLK Center from Friday, November 18 through Sunday, November 20. 


Volunteers are welcome, but must sign up in advance.


Pay it forward with Rock Island Public Library’s Community Comforts Drive
The Rock Island Public Library is collecting comfort items for Heart of Hope 

Ministries and Rock Island High School’s Rocky Resource Room, which helps support teenagers in need of basic items. Donations of household supplies or personal care items can be dropped off at any Rock Island Public Library location. 


Get ready for a Swedish feast!

The annual Julbord dinner, hosted by the Swenson Swedish Center at Augustana College, will take place Monday, December 5 in the Gerber Center from 5 to 6:30 p.m. Gather for traditional Swedish-American holiday foods and companionship and stay for the Sankta Lucia festival afterward. 

Deck the Downtowns!

Downtown Rock Island in partnership with the Downtown Davenport Partnership and Downtown Bettendorf Organization presents Deck the Downtowns, a series of holiday promotions starting November. 18, encouraging people to eat, drink, shop and be merry downtown. All three downtowns will host a scavenger hunt for a holiday ornament in businesses November 18 through January 1. 

In downtown Rock Island, hunt for the holiday train ornament. Hunt for custom-crafted train ornaments created by Crawford Company and decorated by Jackson Autobody & Custom Paint at 40 plus businesses in downtown Rock Island. Find 10 holiday trains and turn in the completed card at the Rock Island Library, Quad City Arts or Quad City Botanical Center and win the custom train ornament for your own tree. Participants will also be entered to win gift cards and a grand prize basket. Visit or downtown Rock Island social media this week for a list of participating businesses.

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