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Moline Public Art Plan Aims to Bring More Joy, Color to Life

April 3rd, 2021

Saturday in the Arts is a weekly feature covering a trend, subject, event or personality of local interest. It runs every Saturday morning on your site for the best entertainment and arts coverage in the area, QuadCities.com! Especially after this past year, we could all use more joy, color, light and life in our lives, and backers of a new public art plan for Moline want that all for downtown. This past week, Moline Mayor Stephanie Acri and the City Council heard a presentation on the new 102-page Public Art and Placemaking Plan, commissioned by Renew Moline and the city. A nine-member Public... Read More

Quad City Arts Presents $6,000 to Area High School Students and Teachers

April 2nd, 2021

Quad City Arts on Friday announced the winners of the 44th Annual High School Art Invitational. It presented $6,000 in cash prizes and scholarships to area high school students and teachers for excellence in fine art. The awards are as follows: Senior Scholarship sponsored by Morency Family Foundation and Quad City Arts’ board members: Sophia Utsinger, Bettendorf High School Senior Scholarship sponsored by Deere Employee Credit Union and Quad City Arts’ board members: Jaide Logsdon, Bereskin Gallery and Art Academy Best of Show sponsored by Butterworth Center/Deere Wiman House Laurel Hynes,... Read More

New John Deere Foundation President Oversees New $200 Million Pledge

April 2nd, 2021

John Deere is known the world over for its signature green – in its iconic deer logo; its gleaming ag equipment, and literal link to the land. But another kind of green is playing a larger role in the Moline-based institution as it continues a long tradition to devoting time and treasure to communities it serves, through corporate citizenship and charitable contributions. This week, the John Deere Foundation announced it will invest $200 million over the next 10 years in initiatives that will bring to life John Deere’s higher purpose: “We run so life can leap forward.” That recalls the... Read More

Realty Group, Bettendorf Brewery Present April 6 Celebration of Three Great Quad-Cities Musicians

April 1st, 2021

Being a full-time professional musician is hard enough. The Covid pandemic has made that a million times harder, as Davenport’s Lojo Russo learned over the past year. An ovarian cancer survivor, the popular singer-songwriter (unlike many Q-C bands and musicians) decided not to perform public gigs indoors. For St. Patrick’s Day this year, Russo did a private event at a company’s break room, while wearing a mask, and it was awkward. On Tuesday night, April 6, Russo will return for the first time playing in public since October, at a special event. The “You First Music Celebration” – starting... Read More

Quad-Cities Airport Director Confident to Get Federal Support For Major Facelift

March 31st, 2021

The timing of the Quad Cities International Airport (QCIA) announcing its ambitious, sleek renovation plans Tuesday was no coincidence. The public unveiling of more than $20 million in passenger terminal improvements came the day before President Joe Biden today announced his ambitious $2-trillion infrastructure plans, dubbed “The American Jobs Plan” – which includes $25 billion for airport improvements nationwide. “A lot of the funds we get, we pull in federally into the community. So we’re not big on pulling taxes from our neighbors,” QCIA executive director Benjamin Leischner... Read More

German Center in Davenport and Rozz-Tox in Rock Island Partner for New Film Series

March 31st, 2021

Davenport’s German American Heritage Center and Rock Island’s Rozz-Tox are partnering for a new monthly German film series, on the first Friday each month at Rozz-Tox (2108 3rd Ave.) To be streamed outside in the Rozz-Tox “Kinogarten” (German for “film garden”), the first flick is April 2 with “The Edukators” (2004), directed by Hans Weingartner, rated R. Each film is free and features English subtitles (no registration needed). The films will start at 8 p.m. or sundown, and to keep audiences safe, film streaming will be socially distanced and guests are required to wear a mask. Food... Read More

Renwick Mansion Opens Registration for 3rd Witchcraft & Wizardry Camp

March 31st, 2021

The Renwick Mansion, 901 Tremont Ave., Davenport, is already a pretty magical place. But for up to 20 lucky 8-to-12-year-old local kids, the dramatic 1877 landmark will be home to a four-day Witchcraft & Wizardry Camp July 26-29, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day. Registration ($175 per camper) opens on Thursday, April 1 – on a first-come, first-served basis. Renwick co-owners Dane and Sarah Moulton started the fun activities in summer 2019, over two separate weeks, but Covid scaled the camp back last year to one week in late July with 17 students, and mostly outdoor activities. “Whether kids are... Read More

Quad Cities International Airport To Get Major $20-Million Overhaul

March 30th, 2021

The Quad Cities International Airport in Moline will be getting a dramatic, $20-million-plus facelift. Several concepts and images were unveiled Tuesday by airport officials that include added amenities for passengers and represent the first major investment in the aging facility since 2001. The landside terminal, which includes ticketing and baggage claim, has not been updated since 1985. “The travel industry has changed dramatically since 1985 but our airport has had to take a patchwork approach to keep up,” QCIA executive director Benjamin Leischner said Tuesday. “With the work being done... Read More

Rock Island-Milan Education Foundation Starts New “Heart of a Rock” Scholarship

March 30th, 2021

The Rock Island-Milan Education Foundation (RIMEF) has a new scholarship for any Rock Island High School senior having a parent who has or has had a significant illness. The new “Heart of a Rock” scholarship was established by Megan Wilson and Triona Roberts, 2010 RIHS graduates, in honor and memory of their mothers (Terri Wilson and Yolanda Roberts) who both fought a battle with breast cancer. They want to support seniors who have undergone the unforeseen challenges that happen when parents are fighting illnesses, according to RIMEF. The $1,000 award will be given to one special student with... Read More

Quad-Cities’ River Bend Food Bank to Open a New Branch in Galesburg

March 30th, 2021

The Davenport-based River Bend Food Bank and Galesburg Community Foundation are partnering to bring a new regional food bank branch to Galesburg. The branch will provide greater access to more nutritious and perishable foods for more than 50 food pantries in eight Illinois counties. It will supply food for not only the Community Foundation’s service area of Knox and Warren counties, but also Fulton, Hancock, Henderson, Henry, McDonough and Stark counties. In addition to the River Bend Food Bank, Galesburg Branch, FISH of Galesburg will re-locate to the space, allowing for greater guest access... Read More