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WQPT Invites Public To Preview New Ken Burns Documentary

September 18th, 2018

WQPT, PBS for the Quad-Cities, invites the public to preview screenings of a new Ken Burns documentary “THE MAYO CLINIC: FAITH – HOPE – SCIENCE.”   Each screening event will include a 36-minute preview of the Ken Burns documentary about the Mayo Clinic, and a panel discussion of the film.   A “Science” themed screening – featuring a panel discussion with local doctors who trained at Mayo – will take place on Wednesday, September 19th at 6:00pm in the Putnam Museum’s Giant Screen Theater.   A “Faith” themed screening – featuring two of the leaders of the Rochester... Read More

KinderNature All About Monarchs this Month!

September 9th, 2018

Looking for something fun and educational to do with your little one during the day? Check out the Quad City Botanical Center’s (2525 4th Ave Rock Island) monthly installment of KinderNature this Tuesday Sep 11 from 10:30 – 11:30 a.m. This month’s program is all about monarch butterflies! For children ages 3-5 and their parents. Come enjoy a morning of crafts, story time, activities and learning. Themed snack included! Cost is $8 per child/adult pair and additional children are $4. General admission applies to all other adults who wish to join. Reservations can be made online at,... Read More

USS LST 325 Making a Stop in the Quad Cities!

August 28th, 2018

Living history is heading to the Quad Cities! USS LST 325 is the only WWII Landing Ship Tank in the United States that is fully operational and has been restored to its original condition, and it will be temporarily docking at the Isle Casino Hotel (1777 Isle Pkwy Bettendorf) this Thursday Aug 30 through Monday Sep 3! This particular LST was originally known as LST-325 during the second World War, USNS LST-325 during its arctic operations in the 1950’s, and later L-144 (A/G Syros) while it was in the service of the Greek Navy. It was acquired by The USS LST Ship Memorial, Inc., in 2000, and caught... Read More

Shore Up On Your Reef Knowledge

February 23rd, 2018

Whether you are a saltwater tank novice or expert, the Greater Iowa Reef Society has an event for you! This Saturday Feb 24, the Greater Iowa Reef Society (GIRS) will be hosting a special event with renowned speaker, Austin Lefevre! This event will be held at the Hilton Garden Inn, located at 959 Middle Road Bettendorf, from 1-3:30 p.m. Austin will present on two separate subjects. From 1-2 p.m. he will focus on Bulletproof Reefkeeping. A 30-minute break will follow. The next presentation going from 2:30-3:30 will focus on Ditching the “Dump and Hope” approach with livestock. Admission is free... Read More

Ever Think Of Writing Your Legacy Letter?

November 4th, 2017

Sharing your legacy with those you love. This is something most of us hope to accomplish, but may not know exactly how to go about it. Midwest Writing Center is hosting a ‘Writing Your Legacy Letter’ Workshop this Saturday Nov 4 from 2-4 p.m. at the Midwest Writing Center (401 19th Street Rock Island). A legacy letter is a perfect way to convey your wishes, values, beliefs and desires with your surviving family members. These ‘ethical wills’ can be documented and preserved to share with your descendants for decades to come. And while these moral communications are perfect to pass on, you... Read More

RIPL Offering Technology Help

November 1st, 2017

Rock Island Library offers free, one-on-one drop-in technology help from 9:00 am to 10:30 am on three Fridays per month. Due to the Thanksgiving holiday, November labs will be offered: Friday, Nov. 3 at the Rock Island Downtown Library Reference Desk, 401 19th Street; Friday, Nov. 10 at the 30/31 Library, 3059 30th Street; and Friday, Nov. 17 at the Southwest Library, 9010 Ridgewood Road. The open technology labs are a free way to ask questions about using personal devices, online library services, downloading apps, setting up or using email, Internet questions, and more. Help is available on... Read More

Want To Learn More About Weather?

October 19th, 2017

Living in the Midwest, keeping an eye on the weather forecast is a daily necessity. We live in one of the few areas that you can utilize both your heat and air conditioning in the same day. But how often do you think about the creation and conveying of that forecast? This Saturday, Oct 21 the National Weather Service Quad Cities, IA/IL is hosting an Open House at their brand-new location at 9040 Harrison St. Davenport Municipal Airport.  From 2-6 p.m. the public is invited to check out the new facility while learning about what the NWS QC does for us on a daily basis. While the NWS QC crew has... Read More

Get With The Hoopla At Hennepin

August 11th, 2017

Are you looking for a free family friendly activity to enjoy outdoors this weekend? Then look no further than the Hennepin Canal! Hennepin Hoopla 2017 will be happening on Saturday Aug 12 from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. This enjoyable and educational celebration will be happening along the Hennepin Canal in Milan. Activities will be set up on Locks 30, 31 and 32. There is no admission charge. Whether you are hiking, biking or fishing there will be no shortage of activities. Lock 30 will be hosting a River and Nature Station. Free ice cream will be provided by Vibrant Credit Union. You will have an opportunity... Read More

Society of Women Engineers awards scholarship to local engineering student

August 9th, 2017

The Society of Women Engineers – QuadCities/Muscatine awarded Colleen Gannon from DeWitt, IA a $1000 scholarship for her outstanding academic performance in engineering and her passion the help better the lives of others. Colleen is entering her senior year at the University of Iowa majoring in electrical and computer engineering with minors in mathematics and computer science. At school, she is involved in the Society of Women Engineers, Dance Marathon, Running Club, and the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics volunteer program. Colleen said she “wants to be an engineer to change the... Read More

The Wall That Heals Coming To WQPT

July 26th, 2017

The Wall That Heals, a 250-foot replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, along with a mobile Education Center, is coming to on at WQPT on the campus of Western Illinois University – Quad Cities and will be open 24 hours a day and free to the public.  The Wall That Heals honors the more than three million Americans who served in the U.S. Armed forces in the Vietnam War and it bears the names of the more than 58,000 men and women who made the ultimate sacrifice in Vietnam. “We are honored to have The Wall visit at this time as WQPT gets ready to air Ken Burns’ new documentary ‘The Vietnam... Read More