Mayor Mike Thoms gives an update at the June 5 City Council Meeting on upcoming events in Rock Island.
Downtown Streetscapes – DIY Downtown is a new series of events that will kick off this Wednesday, June 7, 2017 from 6:00 pm to 7:30 pm. The first topic for discussion will be about downtown’s streetscapes and how they can be improved. Alderman Dylan Parker will be a part of the conversation and will work towards realistic solutions. Over the next several months, other topics for discussion will include downtown housing, food, health, entrepreneurship, education, arts, and much more. This series was created by Erik Reader, the new Downtown Partnership Executive Director, and will be held in his office at 1821 2nd Avenue.
2017 Citizen of the Year – Do you have your nominations in for Rock Island’s Citizen of the Year? If not, you will have until Friday, June 9, 2017 to nominate someone that you think deserves to be recognized for what they do for the community. You can nominate businesses, professionals, education, individuals, city employees and other categories. We now have an easy to use online nomination form, which can be submitted by visiting www.rigov.org under the Popular Links section of the City’s homepage. If you have any questions, please contact the City Clerk, Judith Gilbert, at (309)732-2010.
Walk for Freedom & Cultural Festival – The Walk of Freedom celebrating World Refugee Day will take place Saturday, June 17, 2017 from 11:00 am to 12:00 noon at Black Hawk State Historic Site, 1510 46th Avenue. The start of the walk will be at the Singing Bird Center and will wind its way through 1 mile of the Black Hawk Forest trail. Following the walk, there will be a Cultural Festival from 12:00 noon to 2:00 pm with food, games and a chance to learn about other cultures. For more information please call (309) 764-2279.
Ward Meeting - Virgil Mayberry, 2nd Ward Alderman, will hold a meeting this Thursday, June 8, 2017 from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at Jumer’s Casino and Hotel, 777 Jumers Drive. The focus of the meeting will be on senior scams and fraud with Bernice Martinez presenting. She is the Community Outreach Liaison, Attorney General’s Office will also be attending, along with City staff members. The meeting is open to the public. If you have additional questions, please contact Alderman Mayberry at (309) 230-8081.
Habitat for Humanity – Habitat for Humanity is celebrating the opening of its 102nd home and 24th home in Rock Island at 1004 24th Avenue. There is an invitation to dedicate the home to its new family this Saturday, June 10, 2017 at 10:00 am.
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