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Friday, 13 December 2013 09:25

Lucia Nights

Bishop Hill invites you to join in the Lucia Nights celebration on Friday, December 13 and Saturday, December 14 from 6-9 p.m. Attractions include free musical performances in various locations in town. Businesses and museums will have a Lucia girl serving cookies. Around the village, each building will have a single candle in each window, and sidewalks will be illuminated.   On Friday, December 13, the Lucia Nights begin at 6 p.m. with the Lighting of the Park Christmas tree.  On Saturday, December 14, there will be an Old Fashioned Barn Dance at the Colony School beginning at 7 p.m. The Rusty Pickup Band will be performing.  Admission is $5 per person, and beginners are welcome. No partner is necessary. Both Friday and Saturday night, the Bishop Hill Community United Methodist Church will host the annual Soup and Chili Supper beginning at 4:30 p.m. until they run out. www.bishophill.com

The Nutcracker

Join Ballet Quad Cities for a magical holiday adventure as Clara and her Nutcracker Prince battle the evil Rat King, journey through an icy winter wonderland and are treated like royalty in the Kingdom of the Sweets.  You won't find a more entertaining Nutcracker anywhere. Continue a family tradition or begin a new one this year at a performance of The Nutcracker featuring live music by Orchestra Iowa! Performances are Saturday, December 14 at 1:30pm & 7:30pm and Sunday, December 15 at 1:30pm at the Adler Theatre, 136 E. 3rd St. in Davenport. Tickets are available in person at the Adler Theatre Box Office, online at Ticketmaster.com, charge by phone at 800-745-3000, and at all Ticketmaster outlets.

Prior to the matinee performances of The Nutcracker, join Clara at 11:30 a.m. and hear the story of The Nutcracker and how she has confidence and courage to overcome adversity in the face of the evil Rat King to save the Nutcracker Prince!  Enjoy a light lunch and cupcakes, storyteller, meet some of the professional dancers and take advantage of photo opportunities. Call Ballet Quad Cities at 309-786-3779 for $15 tickets.

Sausage Saturday

On Saturday, Dec. 14th, enjoy samples from Jerry's Market from Moline! From now until Dec. 22, the German American Heritage Center in Davenport will have products from Bavaria Sausage Company in Madison, WI. While you are here, shop our Christkindlmarkt for great gifts for the entire family! www.gahc.org

Holiday Bazaar

Create a handmade gift and card to give to someone special on Saturday, December 14th from 10 am-noon and 1-3 pm at the Family Museum in Bettendorf. www.familymuseum.org

Posada Navidena

The Quad City Botanical Center, 2525 4th Ave. in Rock Island, Ill., hosts Posada Navideña, a traditional Mexican Holiday Celebration, on Sunday, December 15th at 1:00 p.m.  This free event is open to all.  Enjoy free customary food, hot chocolate, music and the breaking of Piñatas sponsored by Hola America English/Spanish newspaper.  www.qcgardens.com

River Bandits FREE Frost Fest

The QC River Bandits invite fans, families & friends inside for a day of holiday savings and fun activities at the sixth annual indoor Frost Fest, a free open house on Sunday, December 15th from 11 am-2 pm.  The family fun will include games, arts, and crafts, holiday cooking, a movie showing, and a visit from Rascal the River Bandit.  Admission is free to the indoor Frost Fest, although the River Bandits encourage donations, all of which benefit the Bandit Scholars Program, which pays the entire first year of college tuition for two QC area students. www.riverbandits.com
Sunday Advent Tour

The Figge Art Museum in Davenport will be offering Advent Tours on Sundays at 1:30 p.m. through December 22. Each week a different docent will be giving a themed tour of specially selected artworks from the permanent collection related to Advent. No reservations are required and the tours are free with paid admission or membership. www.figgeartmuseum.org

It's a Wonderful Life

A beloved American holiday classic comes to life as a live 1940s radio broadcast on Sunday, December 15th in The Historic Gold Room at Hotel Blackhawk, 200 E. 3rd St. in Davenport.  Enjoy brunch at 12:30 p.m. with the show at 2 p.m.  Cost is $40 for adults * $28 Children 12 and under *pricing includes tax and gratuity.  Reservations:  (563) 484.5905 or www.hotelblackhawk.com

Pet Photo Night with Santa

Fido, Princess and Fluffy want a memorable photo this holiday season! Dress them up in holiday outfits for photos with Santa on Monday, December 16th from 6-9 p.m. at NorthPark Mall in Davenport. Santa's pet friendly outlook is the perfect combination for fun and festive photos. Santa's winter home is located in Von Maur Court. All pets are welcome, but we ask that they are potty trained prior to taking photos.

2 Broadway Shows at the Adler Theatre

Over 45 million people all around the world have fallen in love with the characters, the story and the music that make MAMMA MIA! the ultimate feel-good show! Tickets on sale now for the December 17 show at 7:30 p.m.  AND With the mantra "Retro never sounded so now," the dreamy voices of the four lead singers of pop quartet, Under The Streetlamp breathe fresh new life into the world of music and prove that great music is timeless. Tickets ($29.50, $39.50 & $49.50) are on sale now for the December 19 show at  7:30 p.m. www.adlertheatre.com
Polar Express Pajama Party
The event will take place on December 20 and 21 between 5:30 p.m. and 9 p.m. and will feature a screening of The Polar Express 3D on the Putnam's GIANT Screen, hot chocolate, a lights-out-visit to exhibits, face painting and other Holiday activities. The event price is $12 for youth and $9 for adults. To purchase tickets call 563-324-1933. ext 242. (Visitors can choose from either a 6 p.m. or 8:15 p.m. showing each day. Please note - Diana: A Celebration will not be available for the lights-out-visit to exhibits.) www.putnam.org

Final Friday Party at Bucktown

Final Friday at Bucktown Center for the Arts on Friday, December 20th from 6-9 p.m.  Get some great last minute shopping specials. Free Gift Wrapping! www.bucktownarts.com

Mallards Game on Saturday

On Saturday, December 21st at 7:05 p.m., the Quad City Mallards take on the St. Charles Chill.  To keep away the chill, the first 1,000 fans through the doors at the iWireless Center in Moline will receive free Mallards knit caps courtesy of CBS 4 and Bierstube. www.myqcmallards.com

A Christmas Story Movie Showing

A special 30th anniversary screening of "A Christmas Story" will be featured at the Adler Theatre on Saturday, December 21 at 2:00 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.  Don't miss the chance to see this holiday classic on the big screen.  The film will be hosted by Ian Petrella.  Ian Petrella protrayed Randy Parker, Ralphie's little brother in the 1983 film.  Petrella will be available for a question and answer session, meet & greet opportunity and autograph signing following both screenings.  In addition, he will provide a cast commentary during the 7:30 p.m. showing. Reserved seat tickets are now on sale for the December 21 showing.  Tickets are available at the Adler Theatre Box Office, Ticketmaster.com, charge by phone at 800-745-3000, and Ticketmaster outlets.  Tickets are $5.00 for children 14 years old and younger. Adult tickets are $10.00.

Theatre - A Christmas Story

Circa '21 Dinner Playhouse in Rock Island will present the area premiere of a current Broadway hit, Tony Award nominee for Best Musical, and an adaptation of a beloved holiday movie - all in one show! A CHRISTMAS STORY: THE MUSICAL will be playing at Circa '21 now through January 5th. For reservations, contact the Circa '21 ticket office at 1828 Third Avenue, Rock Island or by calling (309)786-7733.  Reservations may also be made online by going to www.circa21.com and clicking on "order tickets now."
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