One of the Quad Cities' most eagerly anticipated sales events returns to Rock Island's QCCA Expo Center March 2 through 4, as Melting Pot Productions presents the 24th Annual Spring Antique Spectacular Vintage Market, allowing hunters of vintage goods an all-weekend opportunity to shop for a wide range of quality antiques.

More than a dozel local, regional, and national speakers will deliver live and video presentations in the March 7 TEDxDavenport Conference at the Figge Art Museum, a networking event themed “Limitless” that will join open-minded idea-seekers in a half-day exploration of unique experiences designed to inspire, inform, and challenge.

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Global issues of gender oppression, shifting roles, social justice, and more will be explored in the Bettendorf Public Library's latest presentation by the World Affairs Council of the Quad Cities, with the February 27 lecture “Between the Covers: Shaping Feminism in Bangladesh & India” delivered by Augustana College's Associate Professor of English Umme Al-Wazedi.

One of the nation's most admired storytellers serves as the latest Quad City Arts Visiting Artist when Moline's Buuterworth Center hosts a February 23 public performance with Charlotte Blake Alston, whose talents have been enjoyed worldwide at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, the Smithsonian Institution, and the Women of the World Festival in Cape Town, South Africa.

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The Quad City Hash House Harriers' Dirty Pirate Chapter – part of the loosely affiliated international organization and a self-described “Drinking Club with a Running Problem” – hosts its 8th Annual Red Dress Run on February 17, with all participants, female and make alike, donning red dresses to show their spirit and draw attention to this charity event.

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