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2nd Fiddle Sale opens for business PDF Print E-mail
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Written by QCSO   
Friday, 21 June 2013 10:24


For 30 years, Volunteers for Symphony has hosted the area's largest sale of gently used items to support the education programs of the Quad City Symphony Orchestra. This year's sale has found a new home in Rock Island, in the former Rock Island Country Market/Eagle Country Market at 2252 24th Street.


The sale then continues on Friday, June 21, 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., and Saturday, June 22, 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Both days are FREE ADMISSION. Prices are slashed to half-price on Saturday and features a $5 bag sale beginning at noon.


Materials for PatriART Week PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Lynn Bartenhagen   
Friday, 21 June 2013 10:05
June 30th – July 4th

Color in PatriART Week with Red, White & Blue


“Chalk-the-Walk” is one of several new events added to this year’s PatriART week. The 7th annual PatriART week is a celebration of Muscatine’s art, history, and culture culminating with the fireworks display on July 4th.  All events are free and fun for the whole family.

PatriART week kicks off on Sunday, June 30th with a family bike ride departing from Discovery Park at 1 p.m. Participants will stop by the Muscatine Art Center for tasty treats at the Friends of the Muscatine Art Center’s Annual Ice Cream Social. The Ice Cream Social will be held from 1 to 5 p.m. Highlights include live music, a book sale, an art fair, “fun with fruit”, kids games, and family activities. The Muscatine Art Center will also hold a dedication of the E. Bradford Burns Performing Arts Park at 1 p.m.

One of the new events, Chalk-the-Walk, will be held on Monday, July 1st from 5 p.m. to dusk on the riverfront in the parking lot by the Riverview Center. During the event, kids are encouraged to use sidewalk chalk to color in cartoon characters recreated by Flynn Collier and other local artists. Chalk is provided by the Muscatine Art Center. The Muscatine Civil War Roundtable will also present the lecture, “Muscatine & Vicksburg” on July 1st at 6:30 p.m. inside the Riverview Center.

Tuesday, July 2nd features two events – the opening of the exhibit, “Rollin' on the River,” a collection of Oscar Grossheim's photographs of the Mississippi River and Concert Night at Weed Park. The exhibition is sponsored by the Musser Public Library and River’s Edge Gallery. The reception is from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. at River's Edge Gallery, 216 W. Third Street. The exhibition will be on view at River’s Edge Gallery throughout the month of July. Concert Night at Weed Park begins at 7 p.m. in the band shell with a performance by “Fun with Brass”. Following the band’s one hour performance, the Muscatine Civic Chorale will take the stage.

Noon on Wednesday, July 3rd brings the return of music on the lawn of City Hall. Mayor Hopkins has arranged for the “Vineyard Café After Hours” band to play. Residents of Muscatine will not want to miss this as Mayor Hopkins will take a seat behind the drums. Later in the day, families will want to catch all of the activities at Discovery Park for Family Night. The Environmental Learning Center will open a new temporary exhibition about snakes and let kids get up close with the slithery creatures. Friends of the Old Barn will offer tours and crafts from salvaged wood. The Friends of the Pine Creek Grist Mill will provide hands-on demonstrations and exhibits. Family Night will be from 5 to 8 p.m. with Grave Witching, a method for locating unmarked graves, offered from 6 to 7 p.m. in the Muscatine County Home Cemetery in Discovery Park.

The week wraps up with activities on July 4th. The Fourth of July Parade begins at 5:00 p.m. in downtown Muscatine. At 8 p.m., the Muscatine Symphony Orchestra will perform. The fireworks at dusk will mark the finale of the week’s activities.


Sunday, June 30

Family Bike Ride (1-2 p.m.)

Meet at Discovery Park and depart at 1 p.m. for a family bike ride of either 3 or 10 miles. Both rides stop at the Muscatine Art Center for free ice cream. Participants who decorate their bike will also receive a coupon for another sweet treat.

Contact: Greg Harper (563) 263-4043/ This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Ice Cream Social (1-5 p.m.)

Come to the Muscatine Art Center to enjoy ice cream, assorted desserts, family friendly fun, and live music. This year there will also be an art fair and the dedication of the E. Bradford Burns performing Arts Park at 1 p.m.

Contact: Melanie Alexander (563) 263-8282/ This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Monday, July 1


Bring the family to the Riverfront where local artist, Flynn Collier will outline cartoon characters for kids to color in with chalk. Activities will take place on the riverfront in the parking lot of the Riverview Center. Chalk is provided.

Contact: Melanie Alexander (563) 263-8282/Melanie@muscatineiowa.gov

Muscatine Civil War Roundtable’s “Muscatine & Vicksburg” (6:30 p.m.)

Listen to this exciting lecture at the Riverview Center.

Contact: Dan Clark (563)264-5990 / This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Tuesday, July 2

Opening Reception for ““Rollin' on the River,” Oscar Grossheim's photographs of the Mississippi River from the Collection of the Musser Public Library

Exhibition and Reception at River’s Edge Gallery, 216 W 3rd Street, from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m.

Contact: Pam Collins at Musser Public Library – (563)263-3065/ This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or Joel Smyers at River’s Edge Gallery – (563)263-3176

Concert Night (7-9 p.m.)

Fun with Brass and Muscatine Civic Chorale at Weed Park Band Shell

Contact: Fun with Brass – Carolyn Airola (563) 264-2071/ This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , Muscatine Civic Chorale: Jan Phillips-   This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Wednesday, July 3

Concert on the Lawn of City Hall (12 p.m.)

“Vineyard Café After Hours” Band

Contact: Mayor Hopkins (563)264-1550

Discovery Park Family Night (5-8 p.m.)

Learn about snakes when the Environmental Center opens its traveling exhibit on snakes - Contact: Curt Weiss (563) 264-5922/ This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Old Barn Tours and Crafts- Contact: David Metz (563) 263-4222/ This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Hands on Demonstration and Exhibits of the Friends of the Pine Creek Grist Mill-Contact: Tom Hanifan This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Thursday, July 4

4th of July Parade (5 p.m.) - Contact: GMCCI (563) 263-8895

Muscatine Symphony Orchestra (8 p.m.) On the Pearl City Station’s West Patio -Contact: Carolyn Airola (563) 264-2071/ This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Fireworks (Dusk)- Contact: GMCCI (563) 263-8895

Red, White and Boom Featuring Computer Fired Fireworks Display PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Jason Gilliland   
Thursday, 20 June 2013 14:33

(Quad Cities) -- Red, White & Boom will be raising the bar once again on the July 3rd independence celebration. From one of the largest fireworks displays from Omaha to Chicago, to live music by Smooth Groove and the Spirit of the USO Band, Red, White & Boom – America’s Birthday Party – promises to deliver plenty of patriotic family fun.

This year, Red, White & Boom will feature a fireworks display that is choreographed to a music soundtrack. A computer controlled launching system will be used to pair specific types and colors of fireworks to be fired during the musical broadcast. This allows the fireworks to be launched at specific times to accentuate the musical dynamics and feel throughout the display.

Events for Red White and Boom will open at 6 p.m. in LeClaire Park in Davenport and Schwiebert Park in Rock Island. Both riverfronts will have live music, thank you notes for our troops, food, beer gardens, and of course, the largest fireworks display on the Mississippi River beginning at 9:30 p.m.

Both Davenport and Rock Island will have ceremonies with a proclamation read by the Quad Cities mayors highlighting the Rock Island Arsenal and those who are serving ,or have served, in our nations military.

The Quad Cities Chamber of Commerce also presents ” Hooah! Quad Cities,” a military appreciation and community goodwill campaign. The “Hooah! Quad Cities” website serves as a resource for military members, veterans and military families. Civilians are also encouraged to use the site to find out how they can support our soldiers. “Hooah! Quad Cities” is also the channel through which the community can connect veterans with employment, education and reintegration services, working with business and community partners to ensure that veterans are a vibrant, respected and well-served part of the Quad Cities.

Red,White & Boom is generously hosted by Genesis Health System and Riverboat Development Authority.

This event would not be possible without all of our additional sponsors including St. Ambrose University, Wells Fargo,, Iowa American Water, Quad-City Times, KWQC TV-6, B100, Lunardi’s Italian Restaurant, Nerd Werx, Kehl Development, City of Davenport, City of Rock Island, Downtown Davenport Partnership, Davenport Parks & Recreation Dept, Rock Island Parks & Recreation, Swiss Valley Farms, Davenport Levee Improvement Commission, and Quad Cities Chamber of Commerce.

Supporting sponsors include Mutual Medical Inc, Platinum Information Services, Riverview Dental, LPI Loans, Pepsi-Cola Bottling Company, Happy Joes, Mississippi Fleeting LLC, Acsentra Credit Union and Davenport Fire & Police Departments.

For more details, please visit www.RedWhiteBoom.org

Summer Fun for QC Students PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Brittany Marietta   
Wednesday, 19 June 2013 08:20

With summer in full swing, parents have likely heard the dreaded words from their children, “I’m bored.”  Keep young minds sharp and active at Rivermont Summer Camp!  Week-long classes are offered through August 2nd for preschool through high school.  Classes are open to the entire Quad City community.  Registrations are still being accepted but don’t delay – classes are filling up!


What: Rivermont Summer Camp 2013

Where: Rivermont Collegiate – 1821 Sunset Drive, Bettendorf

When: Week-long classes offered now through August 2nd

Who: All Quad City students, preschool through high school

More Info & Registration: www.RivermontCollegiate.org or (563) 359-1366

June 17-21: Video Production (Grades 6-9, 12:30-3:30 p.m.)

June 24-28: Spy Camp (Grades K-1, 12:30-3:30 p.m.)

July 8-12: Locomotion (PreSchool-Junior Kindergarten, 8:30-11:30 a.m.)

July 15-19: CSI Crime Scene Investigator (Grades 2-3, 12:30-3:30 p.m.)

July 22-26: Robotics (Grades 4-6, 12:30-3:30 p.m.)

July 22-26: Lego Robotics (Grades 2-3, 8:30-11:30 a.m.)

July 22-26: Young Actors’ Studio (Grades 4-6, 8:30-11:30 a.m.)

July 29-Aug 2: Around the World (Grades 2-3, 12:30-3:30 p.m.)

Spend this summer in nature with Davenport Parks and Recreation PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Davenport Parks & Recreation   
Wednesday, 19 June 2013 07:52
Bow Fishing Class - Thursday, June 20 - 6pm - 7pm
This class will involve one hour of class room instruction on the techniques of bow fishing, places, and best time of the year to fish. It will also include information on the equipment such as where to obtain it, as well as how it works. After the class room instruction there will be a demonstration at Nahant Marsh using under water targets at different depths. Followed by a question answer session at the end of the class.
Family Learn How to Fish Day - Saturday, June 22- 9am - 12pm
Fishing is a popular sport for many people, but do you know how to fish? Do you really know the techniques of fishing? Bring your entire family with your poles or borrow a few from the Davenport  Parks and Recreation and "Learn-How-To-Fish". The event will discuss basics about fishing, which will include fish identification, parts of the fishing pole, baiting your hook and much more. Sign up for door prizes at the event. We will provide the worms and you have fun fishing!

Kindernature - Every Tuesday - 10:00am

Kindernature (ages 3-5) which have a variety of topics every Tuesday this summer $6 per child. Drop-ins are welcomed!


Click here for a list of programs



Toddling on the Wild Side - Every Thursday - 10:30am

Toddling on the Wild side (ages 18 months-2) every Thursday at 10:30am at Fejervary Learning Center $2 class fee. Drop-ins are welcomed!


Click here for a list of programs


Other upcoming nature programs

6/19/13: My Little Wheelbarrow 10-11am

6/20/13: How to Draw Plants (Youth Program) 10-11am

6/22/13: Rotary Event @ Fairgrounds 11am-4pm

6/23/13: Cream of the Crop Tour @ Triple Creek Dairy 1-2pm

6/24/13: Mobile Garden @ Goosecreek Park 10:30-11:30am

6/26/13: My Little Wheelbarrow 10-11am

6/27/13: How to Draw Plants (Youth program) 10-11am

6/27/13: Minty Concoctions (Adult Programming) 5:30-6:30

6/29/13: Mobile Garden @ 53rd Street Hy-Vee 10am-12pm

6/30/13: Cream of the Crop Tour @ Miss Effie's Flowers 1-2pm

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