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May 26, 2010 09:54AM

the grapevine: Everything you need to know about the 2010 Healthy Living Fair

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The fourth annual Healthy Living Fair kicks off at 8 a.m. on Saturday, June 19, and will run until 3 p.m. that day. Come find us next to the Freight House Farmers' Market, 421 W. River Drive, Davenport, where we will be celebrating the best the area has to offer in local and natural foods, health and fitness, nutrition and the environment. This year's fair is free to the public, as always, and will feature an expanded exhibitor area. For a complete list of all the great things to see and do, check out the guide to the fair on pages 42-48.

On the road with Radish

Stop by and say hi to representatives of Radish June 2 from 10-11 a.m. at the Quad Cities Fruit & Vegetable Growers Association East Moline Farmers' Market in the Skate City parking lot, 1112 Avenue of the Cities. Market hours are 8 a.m. to noon. You also can find us at Darrin Nordahl's presentation, "Urban Agriculture: A Quiet Revolution," June 8 at 7 p.m. at the Moline Public Library, 3210 41st St. Pick up a free copy of the latest issue at either event and enter to win a Radish farmers' market bag.

On the Road with Radish is made possible by The Friends of Radish: Humana, Metro, Trinity Regional Health System, WQAD News Channel 8 and WQPT.

From our readers

On behalf of Western Illinois University, I would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to Dan McNeil at the Figge Art Museum and to Rachel Griffiths of your publication. Dan's efforts to assist in extending the WIU Environmental Summit to the QCA have been tremendous and I am most grateful for his support. And as for Rachel... you are a gem and an inspiration to all of us who give our time and passions to environmental issues.

--Mindy Pheiffer, Western Illinois University, Macomb

What a special twelve months it has been for my very special dog, Bear, the reigning Radish magazine Healthy Dog of the Year! All over his home town of Bettendorf Bear has been recognized by loyal Radish readers, from runners and fellow dog walkers to the bank tellers at the drive-thru who spotted Bear's familiar face watching them through the window.

Seldom does a day pass that I do not field a kind inquiry about Bear and his unique appearance, and I always mention that Bear's August 2009 cover story can be viewed online at RadishMagazine.com

This past April 18 marked six years to the day that I borrowed Colonel Bob Fite (one of Bear's three adoption reference uncles) from his family and took an all day Sunday drive to Dowagiac, Michigan where I adopted Bear from Lois Karasek's Animal Service League farm/shelter. To celebrate I phoned Lois and enjoyed recounting how Lois said to me that day, "Last night I told Bear that if he plays his cards right, that he might have himself a pretty good deal." It seems just like yesterday that I gave bear a big 'welcome home forever' hug!

Bear is doing quite well and has just visited Dr. Klein's clinic for his annual heartworm test. Bear is a heartworm survivor, a result of his original and unfit owners who Lois described as "lower than a snake's belly."

This fourth of July bear will be celebrating his tenth birthday, and after six years (sixteen for me) of participating in the neighboring Riverdale parade we will be entered for the first time in our home town Bettendorf parade where larger crowds can appreciate my dog of the year, and television viewers can watch live and ensuing replays on cable channel 9!

Bear and I are looking forward to attending this year's Healthy Living Fair, and the Radish "Dog of the Year" contest, and to hearing from so many like-minded pet parents. There is always more to learn about keeping our pets healthy! A new "Dog of the Year" will be selected, but like I tell Bear—once dog of the year, forever dog of the year!"

-- Craig A. Nemecek, Bettendorf, IA

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