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WQPT Features Quad-Cities Kids On PBS Kids Spot

April 30th, 2020
WQPT Features Quad-Cities Kids On PBS Kids Spot

Along with the usual characters like Thomas the Train Engine, Elmo and Blue, you might see some familiar faces on PBS Kids this week. Local PBS station WQPT has debuted a new commercial playing between shows (technically called an interstitial) featuring a number of Quad-Cities kids doing a variety of activities during the past few weeks of coronavirus quarantine. “The idea for the spot came watching my neighbors’ sons riding their bikes on our frontage road,” said Lora Adams of WQPT. “They’re the only kids around and I saw them making their own fun as they played on their own.” With... Read More

Quad Cities Disaster Recovery Fund Surpasses $1 Million In Contributions

April 30th, 2020
Quad Cities Disaster Recovery Fund Surpasses $1 Million In Contributions

The Quad-Cities Disaster Recovery Fund has now surpassed $1 million in contributions to support the community’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The fund was activated by the Quad Cities Community Foundation six weeks ago with lead contributions from the Community Foundation, United Way of the Quad Cities, and Regional Development Authority. In the first week of the fund’s activation, United Way of the Quad-Cities Board Chairperson Linda Bowers stepped up with a $50,000 challenge gift to spur local, individual, and business giving to the fund. Now, she is gifting another $50,000 challenge... Read More

Freight House Farmers Market Faces Test Saturday

April 29th, 2020
Freight House Farmers Market Faces Test Saturday

An outdoor summer tradition in the Quad-Cities will go on as planned, as the Freight House Farmers Market will expand Saturday in its operating hours and vendors, but with public-safety restrictions. From 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at 421 W. River Drive, Davenport, the market will have its first May day under the Covid-19 crisis. Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds on April 24 allowed farmers markets to open, despite a ban on large gatherings due to the coronavirus pandemic, with restrictions. Only farm products or food can be sold (including prepared hot food and baked goods) at such markets, and other goods... Read More

The Friends of Vander Veer Plant Sale

April 28th, 2020
The Friends of Vander Veer Plant Sale

Finding a bit of extra time while in isolation to work on the yard and looking to add to your collection? Feeling like some beautiful live plants would make an uplifting addition to your home? The Friends of Vander Veer’s Plant Sale will take place this Friday May 1 through Sunday May 3 at Vander Veer Conservatory (215 W Central Park Davenport). While the Plant Sale is go, social distancing measurers will be put into place. Eight people will be allowed to shop at one time. Each shopper will have their own cart and shopping times will be limited to 30 minutes.  All shoppers are asked to WEAR... Read More

‘Jason’ C.J. Graham Coming To East Moline’s Midwest Monster Fest

April 28th, 2020
'Jason' C.J. Graham Coming To East Moline's Midwest Monster Fest

Midwest Monster Fest 2020 is proud to announce it will be hosting C.J. Graham, who played Jason Vorhees in fan fav Friday the 13th Part 6: Jason Lives, during the fest this Sept. 5-6 at The Rust Belt in East Moline! A 6’3″ former nightclub General Manager in the Los Angeles, CA market, C.J. Graham was spotted as a potential Jason Voorhees for Friday the 13th Part VI: Jason Lives when he was playing Jason in a night club act, impressing the casting people from Reel Effects who were in search of a new Jason since the stuntman wasn’t coming across as imposing or powerful as they... Read More

10 Fun Things To Do Week of April 26th: Escape Room, Dance Party, Plant Sale and MORE!

April 26th, 2020
10 Fun Things To Do Week of April 26th: Escape Room, Dance Party, Plant Sale and MORE!

QuadCities.com proudly presents FUN10, a list of the top 10 things to do in the Quad Cities this week, and every week! Every Sunday, we’ll 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. As the current health situation in our country continues to force the cancellation of so many regularly scheduled events in the Quad Cities, we are once again... Read More

Quad-Cities Arts Groups Seek Financial Assistance To Survive

April 26th, 2020
Quad-Cities Arts Groups Seek Financial Assistance To Survive

Like most others during this crazy Covid crisis, arts organizations locally and nationally are struggling to find financial help. Though four individual artists recently got some funding, no Quad-Cities arts groups – all reeling from the financial impact of the coronavirus pandemic — were helped in the first round of $191,000 from the Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs (IDCA). The first relief grants this month were limited to artists and very small nonprofits, including Q-C artists Courtney Lyon (dance), Lojo Russo (music), Matthew Terry (visual art) and Pat Bereskin (art and art education). In... Read More

Quad-Cities Spring Beaux Arts Fair Going Virtual

April 25th, 2020
Quad-Cities Spring Beaux Arts Fair Going Virtual

DAVENPORT – In this world of virtual reality we’re all living, this year’s Spring Beaux Arts Fair on May 9-10 is also entering cyberspace. For the first time in its 67-year history, the fair’s 114 local and regional artists will feature their handmade creations online at beauxartsfair.com. Shoppers are asked to visit the “Meet the Artists” page, where they can peruse and purchase directly from vendors. “This will be the first time the fair has gone virtual, but it is necessary given the current situation with Covid-19,” says Beaux Arts organizer Vicki Rocker. “It’s important... Read More

Project Quad-Cities Hosting Online LGBTQ Book Club

April 25th, 2020
Project Quad-Cities Hosting Online LGBTQ Book Club

Are you an LGBTQ+ adult in the Quad Cities looking to stay connected to your community during COVID-19? Join The Project Quad Cities for a FREE virtual book club! Just fill out a quick RSVP form so The Project can collect an address to ship the book to. Reserve your spot by April 28. Please note there are only have ten (10) spots available. They will take registrations on a first come first serve basis. If they cannot accept your registration, they will inform you via email. Virtual meeting information will be shared with those who RSVP via email. Discussion Date: Monday, May 18 Discussion Time:... Read More

Return To The Cornchip Days With DJ Shane Brown’s Stage 2 Mix!

April 24th, 2020
Return To The Cornchip Days With DJ Shane Brown's Stage 2 Mix!

Remember the “cornchip” days? Recall those halcyon times of the ’80s when goth, new wave, synth pop, indie pop and other outlier music mixed with outsider status, skinny ties, funky haircuts, long coats and lots and lots of black? You wore black on the outside because black is how you felt on the inside, and life was as heavy as your thoughts you scrawled in your specially designed journal. And, if you lived in and around the Quad-Cities, you hung out at a little spot called Stage 2. If you still recall those days, you’re going to want to check out DJ Shane Brown’s... Read More