Miles Legion to host fundraiser

MILES – The Miles American Legion Post 677 will host a smoked pork chop supper and corn boil from 4 to 7:30 p.m. Friday at the Legion Hall in Miles. 

The menu will feature charbroiled pork chops, mashed potatoes, gravy, sweet corn, salad, roll and drinks. 

Cost is $11 per person. A bake sale also will be held during the dinner.

Proceeds from this event will continue to go toward Legion building improvements.

Doyle reunion set

DEWITT — The Doyle family reunion will be held Saturday at the DeWitt American Legion. 

A Mass will begin at 11 a.m. followed by dinner and bingo.

For more information, contact Teresa Yegge at (563) 219-2480 or (563) 212-0093.

Community party to be held

CLINTON — The Salvation Army will host a community party today.

The event will be held from 3 to 7 p.m. Thursday at the Salvation Army building, 219 First Ave. The event will feature food, games, face-painting, drawings and crafts. 

This party is for the community to get acquainted with the Salvation Army and the services it provides. There is no cost to attend and the public is invited.

Film series to preview issues

CLINTON — Clinton County Democrats are showing a documentary film series at a Clinton community center this fall.

The series, “Issues that Matter,” will be shown the third Monday of each month from August through October at Prairie Village Community Center, 1141 13th Ave. North, in Clinton. Each of the films will look at issues for the upcoming election. 

The first film on Aug. 18 is “The 11th Hour,” and discussion will follow the screening regarding climate change. “The Koch Brothers Exposed” will be shown on Sept. 15 and a discussion will follow that screening on political control, buying influence, voter suppression and empowerment. The series will conclude Oct. 20 with “Heist: Who Stole the American Dream?”

The series is open to the public. There is no admission charge and refreshments will be provided for free. Each film is less than 90 minutes leaving about 30 minutes for discussion following each film.

Fishing day for youth

THOMSON, Ill. — A Kids Fishing Day will be held in September.

The fishing day will be held from 9 a.m. to noon Sept. 6 at the Upper Mississippi River National Wildlife and Fish Refuge. Children ages 5 to 12 can participate in the youth fishing clinic to be held at Frog Pond, located approximately 1 1/2 miles south of Savanna, Illinois. Children 6 and younger must be accompanied by a parent or guardian during the day.

Poles will be provided for those who do not have one. Bait and lessons also will be provided. A “shore lunch,” featuring a hot dog cookout, will be held following the fishing. Contact the District Office at (815) 273-2732 to register a child or volunteer to help. Registration ends at 4 p.m. Sept. 4. Participants are asked to bring their own poles if they have one. 

New exhibit at River Arts Center

CLINTON — A new exhibit is being showcased at the River Arts Center.

Charles Knudsen’s art will be displayed through Sunday, Sept. 14, at the center, 229 Fifth Ave. South.

A reception to meet Knudsen will be held from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Saturday and is open to the public. He will speak about his work and career at 7 p.m. The exhibit includes sculptures, folk art, paintings and collage. Gallery hours are from 1 to 4 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday.

Born in Rock Island, Illinois, Knudsen’s career spans almost his entire life, having won his first art competition at age 7. While attending Blackburn University in Southern Illinois, he wanted to learn the techniques of painting, but during the 1970s, the style was more to express feelings. 

He then turned to PBS and Bob Ross to learn the techniques he needed. Living in Texas,  he met John Jamison, a one-armed potter, from whom he learned to include ceramics, fabric and other objects into his art.

He returned to Rock Island and taught at the Family Museum in Bettendorf for eight years and opened a gallery in Davenport.

He then headed to California to work at Disneyland, painting children’s faces. He now owns Ravencrest Studio near the Rock Island District and has work on display at Mama Compton’s where he currently works.

His varied career has resulted in his work being shown at Sharvel Guitar World Headquarters in Tokyo and many private collections in San Antonio, New York, Chicago, New Orleans, and Boston. He has had work at Bucktown, The Artery, and Rozztox in the Quad-Cities area, and was voted Quad-City Artist of the Year. 

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