River Action's Channel Cat Talks, July 7 through July 30.

Wrapping up the annually popular outdoor programs that have provided Quad Citians with entertainment and education for years, topics such as flood preparation, downtown Rock Island, and construction of the I-74 Bridge will be explored in River Action's season-ending presentations of Channel Cat Talks and Riverine Walks – “Explore the River Series” celebrations of the Quad Cities' unique culture and landscape taking place several times weekly from August 4 through 29.

Praised by the Washington Post for her “astonishing voice” and “undeniable ingenuity,” lauded jazz singer and music educator Lenora Zenzalai Helm and her ensemble headline a special, virtual concert hosted by the Polyrhythms Third Sunday Jazz Series, the July 26 evening with the Lenora Zenzalai Helm Tribe & Jazz Orchestra showcasing a performer who, according to the New York Daily News, “has a fistful of jazz and world rhythms in her pocket and some glorious songs in her soul.”

Appearing in a virtual July 30 Curator Talk hosted by Davenport's Figge Art Museum, the Figge's Assistant Curator Vanessa Sage offers insights into her curatorial process regarding the venue's current exhibition Seen & Heard: The Art of Empowerment – a celebration of women artists on display through May 2.

A longstanding, art-themed Quad Cities tradition continues into 2020 as Rock Island's Quad City Botanical Center, on August 1, presents its latest iteration of the community celebration Art in the Garden – a day filled with local arts and crafts, demonstrations, live music, and, as always, lots of extravagantly designed pink flamingos.

The in-person concerts and workshops for this year's celebration may be canceled due to COVID-19, but the jazz music, on July 31 and August 1, will most certainly go on in the 49th-Annual Bix Beiderbecke Memorial Jazz Festival, with six national and local bands performing in the virtual event held in tribute to the legendary cornet player and Davenport native.

Fans of America's Founding Fathers and recent musical-theatre smashes can all be in “the room where it happens” on July 23, as Bettendorf's Crawford Brew Works hosts an 8 p.m. Hamilton Trivia Night, with “house cash” and other prizes awarded and all the evening's questions concerning either Alexander Hamilton himself or the Broadway smash that bears his name.

On July 20, the Davenport Public Library will be hosting a virtual M.E.S.S. – an hour of Music, Education, Stories, and Science – when a noted children's entertainer and popular storyteller appears in the Facebook Live presentation The Figment Follies with Will Stuck, an online program designed in conjunction with the library's 2020 Summer Reading theme “Imagine Your Story.”

Appearing in a virtual July 23 Artist Talk hosted by Davenport's Figge Art Museum, a lauded Midwestern photojournalist discusses the images he shot for the venue's current exhibition QC Pride Photographs by Andy Abeyta – a celebration of Quad Cities Unity Pride's 2019 Pridefest, and the beautiful faces and sights Abeyta captured, on display through August 2.

Whatever your outdoor wants and needs, our area's many parks and recreation facilities can provide. The following is your guide to more than 120 great places to get some much-needed and much-deserved outdoor time in the Quad Cities, with the locations delineated by city and mentions of specific amenities included.

Appearing in a virtual July 16 Curator Talk hosted by Davenport's Figge Art Museum, Dr. Jennifer Jankauskas, Curator of Art at the Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts, discusses works in the venue's current exhibition About Face: Contemporary Ceramic Sculpture a celebration of the beauty of hand-crafted objects on view through August 30.

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