Iowa City – The Diocese of Davenport invites pastoral leaders to the 2013 August Gathering, “Building Bridges,” at St. Patrick Church Aug. 16. The event will explore how to engage people in living the faith, coach parents and form the family. Guest speaker will be Leisa Anslinger. Registration begins at 9:45 a.m., and the first session begins at 10 a.m. Closing is at 2:45 p.m. Cost is $25 (includes lunch). Registration deadline is Aug. 9. For more information, contact Mary Wieser at firstname.lastname@example.org or (563) 888-4241.
Wheatland — Our Lady of the Prairie Retreat invites people to the following events. On Aug. 4 at 5 p.m. is a Taize Vigil Service. Taize is an ecumenical movement, drawing Christians of all denominations together in prayer. Supper follows. Free will offering. On Aug. 7 from 10 a.m. to noon is a mini-retreat with Mass at 10 a.m. and a variety of programs. Come early, stay late, and enjoy lunch from the Prairie garden. Fee: $8. On Aug. 8 from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. is Knit One, Pray Too! Bring yarn. Fee: $20, includes lunch. From Aug. 11-17 is a retreat for Sisters or Brothers: “Continuing Growth in Our Vocation” with Marty Pable, OFM Cap. Fee: $350. For more information or to register for these events, call (563) 336-8414 or email email@example.com.
Bettendorf – The Women’s Choice Center of the Quad-Cities is inviting families to a Summer Family Celebration and Movie Night on Saturday, Aug. 10, at the Bill Bowe Bandshell at Veterans Memorial Park. People will watch the 2013 animated comedy “Escape from Planet Earth.” Festivities will begin at 8 p.m., with the movie starting at 9 p.m. A bounce house and playground will be available for children. Popcorn, lemonade and ice water will be served.
Brighton – The Polishville annual bazaar will take place at the Polishville Community Center Aug. 4. Hot sandwiches and a salad bar will be available from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Cost is $5 for adults and $2.50 for children. A raffle is at 1:30 p.m. with three quilts and cash prizes.
Clinton – The annual Mercy Hospice Service of Remembrance is Saturday, Aug. 3 at 10 a.m. at the Bickelhaupt Arboretum. The service remembers those who have died during the year. There will be a brief spiritual dedication followed by the release of several monarch butterflies. The service is open to the public. For more information, call (563) 244-5496. Reservations are not required but appreciated.
Clinton – Knights of Columbus St. Edwards Council 707 invites people to a corn boil on Sunday, July 28, at St. Boniface Hall, 2520 Pershing Blvd., from 3:30—7:30 p.m. Menu includes pulled pork sandwiches and hot dogs. A bake sale will be hosted by the Knights of Columbus Ladies Auxiliary. Cost is $7 for adults and $4 for children ages 4-10. Kids younger than 3 eat free. Carry-outs are available.
Davenport – A raffle to support youth scholarships and education programs, continued education, mission trips and youth ministry is under way at St. Anthony Parish. The drawing will be Aug. 25 with the grand prize being a 2013 SRT Viper coupe or $100,000 cash. Tickets are $125 each or three for $300. For more information or to get an order form visit www.stanthonysdavenportiowa.org. Deadline is noon Aug. 23.
Davenport – The 2013 Fr. Ken Martin Golf Outing & Dinner will be held Aug. 28 at Emeis Golf Course at 12:30 p.m., followed by dinner at the Knights of Columbus Hall. Proceeds go to the Assumption Foundation for K-12 Catholic Schools to provide an emergency scholarship fund for families in crisis situations. For a registration form, email JTiedje@qcbt.com or call Jim Tiedje at (563) 391-2820.
Davenport — St. Ambrose University invites high school and transfer students and their families to Iowa Private College Week, Aug. 5-9. Campus tours and free informational sessions about the admissions process and financial aid will be held twice daily, beginning at 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. Current students, faculty and staff will share insights about academic programs and campus life. A free cookout lunch is from 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. For more information or to register, contact the admissions office at (800) 383-2627 or (563) 333-6300, or go to www.sau.edu.