The literary gifts of more than a dozen area teens will be both celebrated and showcased in a special outdoor event on July 22, with the Rock Island venue Rozz-Tox hosting the Midwest Writing Center's latest edition of literary journal THE ATLAS, a night boasting performances of original work by 17 gifted and burgeoning talents.

Returning to downtown Davenport for the 47th time after an unplanned year off, the Quad-City Times Bix 7 will find runners and walkers taking on a seven-mile foot race alongside live bands and cheering crowds, with the July 23 and 24 weekend also featuring numerous block parties – hosted by more than 20 downtown-Davenport businesses – between the Rock Island Arsenal Bridge on the east to the Centennial Bridge on the west.

Five days of outdoor fun will be on hand when East Moline's Rock Island Country Fairgrounds hosts the annual Rock Island County Fair July 20 through 24, offering patrons mornings, afternoons, and evenings filled with carnival rides, games, food vendors, animal shows, racing tournaments, 4-H events, and exciting happenings scheduled for the nights' grandstand entertainment.

Currently enjoying a nationwide tour mere months after the debut of his Netflix comedy special On the Rocks, standup sensation Brian Regan brings his quick-witted talents to Davenport's Adler Theatre on July 14, headlining a night that's sure to prove why Vanity Fair proclaimed him “the funniest standup alive,” and Entertainment Weekly deemed him “your favorite comedian's favorite comedian.”

Delivered as part of the Davenport Public Library's virtual 3rd Thursday at Hoover's Presidential Library & Museum programming, the July 15 Zoom webinar Nutritional Inequality in Vienna: 1919 to 1922 will find a rarely discussed chapter of European history explored by presenter Dr. Mary E. Cox, an Assistant Professor of International Relations at Central European University.

Making its eagerly awaited July 8 through 10 return after an unanticipated summer off, the 41st Walcott Truckers Jamboree at the Iowa 80 Truck Stop will showcase exhibits, displays, games, cookouts, fireworks, local and national country musicians, and even a beauty contest for trucks in celebration of America's big rigs and those who drive them.

A massively successful book that became a massively successful movie will be the subject of the latest evening of factoids at the Tangled Wood, with the Bettendorf venue, on July 6, inviting Hogwarts-minded Muggles to share their knowledge of All Things Potter during its Harry Potter & the Order of the Phoenix Trivia Night.

Designed to bring some serious swing into the summer, the John Deere Classic, from July 7 through 11, returns to Silvis' TPC at Deere Run after its forced cancellation in 2020, with this professional golf tournament on the PGA Tour an again-annual thrill for golf fans that concludes on the first day of the 2021 British Open.

Dancers from one of the country's most prestigious professional companies are set to celebrate the Fourth of July on the lawn of Iowa City's Hancher Auditorium, with the Hancher Green hosting the outdoor presentation ACT Across America, a brand-new concert event boasting the exquisite talents and choreography of the American Ballet Theatre.

One of the most familiar voices in area-sports radio can be heard again, in a different context, when the Davenport Public Library hosts the virtual presentation Inside Iowa Sports, an online June 26 event boasting decades worth of anecdotes delivered by Gary “Dolph” Dolphin, the longtime play-by-play broadcaster for the University of Iowa Hawkeyes football and men's-basketball teams.

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