This week's book giveaway is in the OCPJP forum. We're giving away four copies of OCA/OCP Java SE 7 Programmer I & II Study Guide and have Kathy Sierra & Bert Bates on-line! See this thread for details.
if you can use JEE 6 / EJB 3.1 you could simply resort to the built-in Timer Service. It has a lot of features similar to Quartz (for example calendars and a Cron-like syntax) and it's very easy to use. Just have a look at the examples from Oracle's JEE tutorial ;-)