Playcrafters New Show, Liz At Raccoon, Festival Of Trees And More In This Week’s FUN10
Every Sunday, we drop a new Fun10, to give you a head start on your week and a heads up on what’s going on over the coming seven days. Check out Fun10 every Sunday for the details on ten awesome events happening around town. It’s a cool read, and a great way to get started planning your entertainment for the week.
So what’s on the Fun10 for this week? Read on …
Playcrafters Presenting ‘You Can’t Take It With You’
Check out Some Classic Movies At The Library
Join 224 Public Library every third Wednesday, through December 15th at 2:00 pm at Eastern (6000 Eastern Ave.) as we watch classic movies starring your favorite actors and actresses! For your safety, we will not be serving popcorn or refreshments. However, you are welcome to bring your movie snacks and covered beverages! Space is limited so registration is required at: https://bit.ly/dpl-afternoonclassics.
This event is FREE and open to the public. For more information visit www.davenportlibrary.com or call the library at (563) 326-7832.
Liz Cooper Coming To Raccoon Motel
Quad City Arts Presenting ‘Art On Lockdown’
Through December 3, Quad City Arts presents “Art on Lockdown.” This diverse exhibition features 80 works of art by 67 regional artists. The public is invited to celebrate creativity at the opening reception on October 15 from 6-9 pm where most artists will be present, and refreshments will be served.
As “Shelter in Place” began in March 2020, Quad City Arts’ staff searched for different ways to connect with the community and for a way to encourage artists to keep creating at a confusing time. As most non-essential workers found themselves working from home or not working at all, they needed something constructive to fill their time. Creativity helps people cope with isolation, anxiety, and boredom by refocusing the brain. In 2020, creativity showed up in many ways as people learned how to bake bread, speak a new language, play an instrument, or create visual art.
To motivate artists, Quad City Arts decided to hold a no-fee competition with the goal of showing selected works in the Rock Island Gallery. Artists could continue working as they had before the pandemic or try something completely different. The plan proved to be successful since 187 entries were received, many by artists unknown to us previously. Some of the selected artists had never shown work in an art gallery before, so this challenge represents an exciting breakthrough for them.
The artwork was not required to reflect the pandemic, but since it was top of mind, artists did react to the events of 2020. Many of the artists wrote about what inspired them to create their entries and those words are on display next to their art. Painter Caitlyn Doran wrote, “Goro goro is the Japanese onomatopoeia for lazing about. I just moved back to the states from Japan, and I never imagined this idle a life was waiting for me.”
All of the artist’s works can be viewed and purchased online at https://www.quadcityarts.com/
Bettendorf Public Library Looking At World War II History
The 223 Public Library is offering a look at World War II history through radio with host Steve Darnall. The Community Connections presentation will virtually host the radio historian on Tuesday, November 16th at 7:00 PM. World War II was the first war in history to receive almost continuous coverage on radio. The presentation examines how radio rose to the challenge of life during wartime with sound clips from news broadcasts, presidential speeches, entertainment shows, and more. The virtual talk will take place via GoToMeeting. Admission is free but advance registration is required to receive an invitation and password to join the event. Registrations can be made by visiting http://events.bettendorflibrary.com/event/5588196 or by calling 563-344-4179.
Steve Darnall is the host of the weekly radio show Those Were the Days and the publisher of Nostalgia Digest. His writing credits include Marvel and DC Comics, the Chicago Tribune, and the National Radio Hall of Fame. More information on this and other events can be found at the 223 Public Library’s website at www.bettendorflibrary.com or by calling 563-344-4179. Community Connections is sponsored by the Friends of the 223 Public Library.
ABOUT the 223 Public Library Information Center: Located at 2950 Learning Campus Drive, 223, Iowa 52722, the Library’s mission is “Committed to providing access to information and ideas for all.” For more information, visit www.bettendorflibrary.com or call 563-344-4175.
ABOUT the Friends of the 223 Public Library: The Friends are members of a nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting and promoting the 223 Public Library. More information about the Friends can be found by visiting www.bettendorflibrary.com/contribute/friends.
Winter Nights Winter Lights Lighting Up Rock Island
The 226 Botanical Center is proud to announce MidAmerican Energy Company as the presenting sponsor of the fifth annual Winter Nights Winter Lights.
The outdoor gardens will be in winter bloom with over 160,000 glowing lights, showcasing our largest light display yet. Explore the Sun Garden, Children’s Garden, lawns, pond and pocket gardens of our outdoor light exhibit as you experience our largest fundraiser of the year.
Bundle up, stroll the gardens at night and visit the outdoor events canopy for hot cocoa and treats for purchase by Taste Buds, a Downtown 219 business we are proud to partner with.
Bring the kids for free crafts to make and take or plan your visit on one of our special event nights.
New this year, Botanical Center members and FunBundle members will enjoy free admission Wednesday nights during the exhibit. Memberships can be purchased on qcgardens.com.
EXHIBIT DATES AND TIMES
Nov 17 – Dec 12, Wed – Sun, 5-9PM
Dec 15 – Jan 2, Daily*, 5-9PM
Open New Year’s Eve and the night of New Year’s Day.
Closed Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve and Christmas.
$8 Adults, $4 Youth 2-15, Under 2 Free
236 Botanical Center Members and FunBundle Members
receive $2 off Admission
226 Botanical Center members and FunBundle members enjoy free admission Wednesday nights throughout the exhibit duration. Members must show membership card upon entry.
Tickets available on qcgardens.com.
OPENING NIGHT LIGHTING OF THE EXHIBIT
11/17 WED, 5:30PM LIGHTING, 5-9PM
After a short introduction of our presenting sponsor, MidAmerican Energy Company, guests can gather around the pond as the lights are turned on then browse the displays. Advanced ticket purchase highly recommended.
MEMBERS FREE ADMISSION NIGHTS
WEDNESDAYS, 11/17-1/2, 5-9PM
Members must show membership card upon entry. Advanced tickets not required. Free for Botanical Center Members and FunBundle Members
12/2, 12/16, 12/30 THURS, 6-9PM
Enjoy live music by Roger Carlson and seasonal cocktails indoors at the cash bar. Snacks and hot cocoa provided.
$20 couple, $10 individual
SANTA AND THE MRS. VISIT
12/10 FRI, 12/11 SAT, 5-8PM
Visit Santa and Mrs. Claus and take your own photos. Advanced ticket purchase highly recommended.
IMPACTLIFE BLOOD DRIVE
11/24, 12/15, WED, 4-7:30PM
Donate blood at the donor bus in our parking lot on select dates to receive two free tickets to the light exhibit. Masks and appointments are required. Schedule an appointment at bloodcenter.org or call 800-747-5401. Hosted in collaboration with Visit 221.
Davenport Public Library Holding Teen Events
The Davenport Public Library invites all teens ages 11-19 to DIY Teen!
Origami Kawaii Tissue Box – Friday, November 19th at 4:00 pm at Main: Create itty bitty kawaii tissue boxes that are fun to make and perfect as gifts for those friends who have adorable tiny sneezes. Registration is required at: bit.ly/dpl-teenorigamikawaiitissuebox.
Clay Agate Ornaments – Tuesday, November 23rd at 6:00 pm at Fairmount: Have some FIMO Clay fun as we learn to make stunning faux agate ornaments. Registration is required at: bit.ly/dpl-teenclayagateornaments.
These programs are hosted indoors. Your family’s safety is important to us. Masks are recommended for teen attendees. Please observe social distancing and follow local COVID-19 safety recommendations. These programs are subject to COVID-19 safety protocol updates. Check our Facebook page for updates.
These events are FREE and open to the public. For more information visit www.davenportlibrary.com or call the library at (563) 326-7832.
Live On Tuesday Night, It’s Trivia Night Live!
Trivia Night Live is rolling into The Tangled Wood in Bettendorf every Tuesday at 7 p.m.!
It’s Free To Play, with up to eight people per team playing in various categories.
What is Trivia Night Live?
Trivia Night Live is a live interactive team trivia game played at your favorite restaurants and bars. The game consists of four rounds of questions of increasing difficulty and point values. Categories range from current events, history, geography, science, sports, and more….
Trivia Night Live is free to play, and you can have up to 8 members on a team.
Prizes are awarded for the winner of the 1st half and the overall winners win a $25 gift card for 1st Place, $10 for 2nd Place (cannot be used the same night).
We ask a question, and then play a song. Your team has the duration of that song to turn in your answer. No cell phones. web devices or smart watches can be used, just the useless trivial knowledge contained between your ears.
presented by Think & Drink Entertainment.
Bootleg Hill Open Mic Every Thursday
Looking for a spot to showcase your talents?
How about the Bootleg Hill open mic night?
The musical open mic night is back. Happening weekly at Bootleg Hill Honey Meads in downtown Davenport. All are welcome. Hosted by Dan Fennesy and starts at 8 p.m.
Festival Of Trees Is BACK This Week!
Oh, What Fun! The Kwik Star Festival of Trees is BACK in person this year! Returning to the River Center, November 20 – November 28, this year’s Festival brings the magic of the holiday season to life in our NEWLY designed Festival Village, complete with the Tree of Lights as the focal point of the main town square.
In its’ 36th year as the annual fundraiser for Quad City Arts, over 30,000 people experience the 10-day Festival of Trees each year and an additional 45,000 watch the Holiday Parade, making this event one of the largest attractions in the Quad Cities. Festival of Trees features a spectacular display of over 150 designer trees, rooms, hearth & homes, wreaths, gingerbread creations and other holiday gift shop items that are all sold to raise money for Quad City Arts in support of local arts programs through the Quad Cities. This fun-filled event for all ages, will continue to feature all the familiar attractions and special events that many have come to know and love with some new twists, including designer selfie stations throughout the event, online bidding for designer displays, a silent disco after party and a new Mad-Hatter style Sunday brunch.
NEW this year, Festival of Trees is going cashless and general admission tickets are now available for purchase online at: www.qcfestivaloftrees.com
To streamline admission gates there will be a FAST PASS lane for all prepaid admission. Discounted general admission tickets are available for purchase at all area Kwik Star locations November 1-15. Tickets can still be purchased at the door with credit/debit card during Festival hours including IHMVCU BOGO offer.
The 29th Annual Holiday Parade will take place in downtown Davenport, Saturday, November 20th at 10:00am. Broadcast live by KWQC-TV6, this FREE event features giant helium character balloons, including the debut of Optimus Prime, Animal from the Muppets, the Cheshire Cat and more, along with pageant queens, dance groups, floats, marching bands and of course your chance to see Santa! The procession will begin at 3rd Street & Pershing Ave. going west to Scott Street, then turning left to make its way back east on 2nd Street, finishing at 2nd Street and Iowa Ave. Don’t forget to stop by the free Hot Cocoa and Coffee tent sponsored by MetroNet before you make your way down the parade route! Co-title sponsors of the holiday parade are: Arconic, John Deere, Regional Development Authority and KWQC-TV6.
It takes a village of over 2,000 volunteers to bring the magic of Festival to our community each year and we are thankful for all who donate their time to make it a success. Sign-up for a shift and receive FREE admission to come back and visit us again. To register visit: www.qcfestivaloftrees.com/volunteer
General Admission Days and Hours
November 18 • Santa’s Special Stars Private Tours
November 19 • Silver Bell Social Senior Event, 9 a.m.-12 p.m.
November 20 • Festival Opens to Public 9 a.m.-8 p.m.
November 21 • 10 a.m.-8p.m. Military Day $2 off all admission tickets for military families with military ID (Immediate family of military member only)
November 22 • 9 a.m.-8 p.m.
November 23 • 9 a.m.-8 p.m.
November 24 • 9 a.m.-8 p.m.
November 25 • CLOSED Thanksgiving Day
November 26 • 9 a.m.-8 p.m.
November 27 • 9 a.m.-8 p.m., Family Day $1 off all admission / Festival After Dark 8 p.m. – 10 p.m. ($10 upcharge with paid admission)
November 28 • 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Santa’s hours differ from regular general admission and will be available at: www.qcfestivaloftrees.com
Tickets available for purchase at the doors during Festival hours.
$3 Children (2-10)
$6 Seniors (60+)
Discounted adult general admission tickets available at all Quad City area Kwik Star locations, November 1-15th.
Enjoy BOGO General Admission for all IHMVCU Members!
November 19 • Premiere Party
November 20 • FREE Holiday Parade
November 21 • NEW! A Rather Curious Brunch / Teddy Bear Tea
November 23 • SugarPlum Ball
November 24 • Celebrity Lunch
For more information or to purchase tickets visit: www.qcfestivaloftrees.com or call 309.793.1213. You can also check out the latest Insider’s Guide to Festival blog at: https://www.quadcityarts.com/blog/november-01st-2021