Those who love dinosaurs and all things Mesozoic will be in Putnam Museum paradise when the venue welcomes families to the August 10 through 12 celebration Dino Days – three afternoons of dinosaur-related information and entertainment that are sure to delight even those who can't distinguish a triceratops from a T. rex.

Described by Broadway World as “a very unique and original concept devised by a very creative imagination,” YouTube sensation Miranda Sings – the fictional creation of actor/comedian Colleen Balinger – strides upon the Adler Theatre stage in the August 4 touring presentation Miranda Sings Live, a blend of gut-busting comedy and intentionally terrible singing that Real Detroit Weekly called “delightfully hilarious” and that the Irish Independent praised for its “endearing sweetness.”

Chart-toppers, multi-platinum sellers, multiple-award winners, and more are set to electrify crowds as the grandstand entertainment for the July 31 through August 31 Mississippi Valley Fair, the eagerly awaited six-day festival boasting games, competitions, vendors, and concert sets by more than two dozen national and local acts.

Two eagerly awaited outdoor events are set to take place in downtown Davenport July 27 and 28, with the 47th Annual Street Fest energizing crowds on Friday and Saturday, and Saturday morning bringing with it the 44th Annual Quad-City Times Bix 7, the challenging summertime foot race that has captivated runners from all over the world.

Hidden treasures of the Quad Cities, and those who posses them, will be celebrated July 28 through 30 at the Putnam Museum & Science Center, the Davenport venue's interactive exhibition The Great Collectors & YOU allowing families to look at, learn about, and potentially trade personal artifacts encompassing everything from geodes to wood samples to priceless findings from famous Quad Cities families.

The life and times of one of Iowa's most celebrated sports heroes and evangelists will be explored in a July 28 presentation at the German American Heritage Center, the Davenport venue's Billy Sunday: The Baseball Evangelist acquainting guests with the two-time National League Pennant recipient who went on to preach roughly 20,000 sermons throughout his 40-year evangelical career.

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 17 through 21, offering patrons mornings, afternoons, and evenings filled with carnival rides, games, food vendors, animal shows, racing tournaments, and exciting events scheduled for the nights' grandstand entertainment.

On July 25, the public and private personas of one of the 20th Century's most famous individuals will be explored when Orion's Western District Library hosts a one-woman performance with Leslie Goddard, the acclaimed, Chicago-based actor/writer whose touring impersonations include Eleanor Roosevelt, Amelia Earhart, Georgia O'Keeffe, Louisa May Alcott, and – in her library presentation – Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy.

Appearing locally in a pair of events sponsored by the Midwest Writing Center, award-winning author Marcus Wicker will be the guest at the Rock Island Public Library's July 18 poetry workshop and the Figge Art Museum's July 19 poetry readings. The internationally lauded author has received great praise by outlets worldwide, including the Paris Review, which wrote, “His poems find joy in language and nature, comfort in religion, and express both pride and vulnerability – often all in the same poem.”

Exhibits, displays, games, cookouts, fireworks, local and national country musicians, and even a beauty contest for trucks will be on hand in the 39th Annual Walcott Truckers Jamboree, the July 12 through 14 event held at the Iowa 80 Truck Stop in celebration of America's big rigs and those who drive them.

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