QuadCities.com once again 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.

Due to the cancellation of so many regularly scheduled events in the Quad Cities – with more coming in every hour – we are once again focusing this week’s edition of Fun10QC on fun entertainment you can enjoy in the safety of your own home or while practicing safe ‘social distancing’.

 

FUN10 — ten ways for you to have fun in the Quad-Cities, this week and every week, running every Sunday, only on your site for fun, free, local entertainment, QuadCities.com!

 

So what’s on the FUN10 for this week? Read on …

 

Quarantine Cook Off

Do you like to cook? Are you up for a challenge to get creative in the kitchen? Participate in University of Illinois Extension’s Quarantine Cook-off!

Each week there will be a new challenge. Participants will post a photo under the post each week in the Facebook event to share their creations! New challenges will be posted on Friday and run through the next week.

Share your experience in your post. What was the easiest part of this challenge? What was most difficult? What other ingredients would work in your recipe?

This week’s (Apr 20-26) challenge is SALAD! Must include a plant protein. Add your photos to this post as you create your beautiful salads. Ex: beans, seeds, nuts, lentils, etc.

Let’s get cooking!

Live Virtual Events with Indigo Wellness Studios

Although most community members of the Quad Cities are currently practicing safe social distancing, that is no reason not to enjoy some daily meditation, yoga and more!

While current health concerns have forced Indigo Wellness Studios (4701 41st Street Moline) to temporarily close their doors to customers, they continue to provide free resources, yoga and meditation online!

Whether you are in need of some gentle relaxation or some Vinyasa Flow, Indigo Wellness Studios has just the class for you. To check out this upcoming week’s schedule, visit https://clients.mindbodyonline.com/classic/mainclass. Check out their Facebook page for new events and daily meditation, as well!

 

Earth Day for Kids with Stable Vibes Yoga

Looking for a fun way to incorporate an Earth Day celebration this Wednesday while remote learning?
Join Stable Vibes Yoga online for Kids’ Earth Day Music/Yoga this Wednesday Apr 22 at 2 p.m. This interactive event with live music and yoga will provide a fun way to celebrate our planet!

The cost for this experience is only $10/household and will give your kiddos 45 minutes to play, laugh, and learn with Country Music Artist/Yoga Teacher, Angela Meyer! Angela will be playing some music with her guitar and leading the kiddos through a fun yoga flow perfect for Earth Day!

Register here and watch it LIVE on Apr 22 (or catch the playback at any time!) You will be sent a private Facebook group link once you purchase your ticket.

 

Jersey 4 Jersey Benefit Show

The New Jersey Pandemic Relief Fund (NJPRF) proudly presents JERSEY 4 JERSEY – a one-night broadcast fundraiser to fight the medical, social and economic impact of COVID-19 on New Jersey’s most vulnerable communities.

The one-night event featuring Bruce Springsteen, Saquon Barkley, Tony Bennett, Jon Bon Jovi, Danny DeVito, Whoopi Goldberg, Halsey, Chelsea Handler, Charlie Puth, Kelly Ripa, Jon Stewart and SZA, will raise funds to fight the impact of COVID-19.

This special evening will feature New Jersey’s biggest champions and celebrities participating from their homes. This recognition of New Jersey’s strength and character will also include first-hand accounts from front-line workers and citizens impacted by the pandemic.

Jersey 4 Jersey will be broadcast at 7 PM EST on Wednesday, April 22, on Apple Music and AppleTV apps, worldwide. It will also be broadcast live and rebroadcast on SiriusXM E Street Radio and carried on a variety of television and radio stations.

“New Jersey is on the front lines of this pandemic, making it more important than ever for us to do what Jersey does best – take care of one another,” said New Jersey First Lady Tammy Murphy. “That’s why we’re asking everyone in our state to join the NJPRF and some of New Jersey’s finest for some much-needed musical entertainment, levity and Jersey Pride during these unprecedented times.”

Besides raising funds for NJPRF.org, JERSEY 4 JERSEY will honor those on New Jersey’s front lines, including healthcare workers, first responders and other essential employees. The event also will remind all those tuning in about how they can help stop the spread.

JERSEY 4 JERSEY will be produced by Joel Gallen, who recently produced the iHeart Living Room Concert Benefit for Fox, in addition to numerous other fundraising television events including the award-winning telethon that immediately followed September 11.

For additional information please visit: https://njprf.org/

Little Rock and Gem Shop Goes Online

Has spending more time at home given you the desire to shop for some new additions to your décor?
While the Little Rock and Gem Shop (3002 Brady Street Davenport) is currently closed for in-store shopping, they are now providing Live Shows online!

Customers, new and old, are now provided with the opportunity to access and purchase items they love from the safety of home! The shop offers a wide variety of stones, jewelry, beads, and fossils to try to meet the needs of a variety of rock interests including lapidary, jewelry making, metaphysical, and rock hounders alike.

Live shows will be broadcasted on Facebook Live on Fridays and Saturdays at 6 p.m. and Sundays at 1 p.m. until further notice. Visit Little Rock and Gem Shop on Facebook for more information. To view items available for purchase, including incense, lotions, jewelry, minerals, stones and more, visit their website at http://littlerockandgemshop.com/.

 

Mercado Virtual Storytime with Rosi

Mercado on Fifth misses their Mercado Familia and has been thinking of ways to connect with all of them virtually! One way they have found to achieve this, is by creating a series of events online until everyone can be together again. Enjoy cooking videos, live music and more story-times!

Experience “Story Time With Rosi” this Friday Apr 24 at 2 p.m. on Facebook. Rosalva Portillo will share favorite children’s books, in Spanish and English.

Rosalva, a Quad Cities native, is the principal at Lincoln Irving Elementary School, one of the few dual language schools in the Quad Cities. Her educational journey began in high school when she worked as an ESL tutor and interpreter for her parents, the late Jesus and Audelia Gonzalez. From 1998 – 2007, she taught in the bilingual program at East Moline School District 37; then in 2007, she joined the Moline – Coal Valley School District 40 bilingual team. Before becoming the principal of Lincoln Irving in 2019, Rosalva served as the Director of English Learner Services for East Moline School District 37 for 5 years (2014-2019).

Rosalva is highly involved with LULAC 5285, Moline as she has been the Education Chair for the last 3 years. She lives in Moline with her husband, Ruben Portillo, and their 4 children: Luis, Diego, Jessamyn, and Ema. Mercado is also proud to have her serve on their Board of Directors.

Tune in Friday Apr 24 at 2 p.m.!

 

The Virtual Catalyst Awards and On-Line Auction

The Arc of the Quad Cities Area is igniting a passion for inclusion at the Virtual Catalyst Awards & On-Line Auction.

In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, The Arc of the Quad Cities is turning the Catalyst Awards event into an online, virtual event. Although this may seem a very creative solution to a modern problem, this isn’t the first time that The Arc has had a virtual event. In fact, The Arc had a Phantom Ball in the 1960s where no refreshments were served, no music was heard, and no drinks were poured. The invitation asked attendees to an evening “in your own home,” or on Cloud 9. The cost to attend – whatever it is worth for you not to go. No dress recommendations were made except for “no tie.”

Following in line with that tradition they will be recognizing our honorable slate of honorees through a variety of outlets including their Facebook Live event on Friday April 24 starting at 5:30 p.m.

Community Partner – IA/IL Center for Independent Living
Business Partner – Group O
Lifetime Advocate Award – Mark & Vinnie Smith from Hand in Hand
Lifetime Service Award – Knights of Columbus, IA Quad Cities

“Attendees” can participate in an on-line auction at https://www.biddingforgood.com/thearcqca/.

 

Quarantine 90’s Music Bingo with Public House

Looking for a little online fun while supporting a local business this Saturday night? How about some Quarantine “I love the 90’s” Music Bingo?

Public House Davenport (5260 Northwest Blvd Davenport), in partnership with Think & Drink Entertainment, is hosting an online Quarantine Music Bingo FUNdraiser this Saturday Apr 25at 7 p.m.
This is a FREE and ALL AGES online event, but you can donate to the Public House staff: Venmo@Public-House-1

If money is tight during this time, you are still welcome to play along and have some FUN! But if you can help out, it would be very much appreciated!

You can get cards at Public House on Saturday Apr 25 from 12 – 4 p.m. And you can also pick up swag/merchandise, mixed drinks, bring your own growler in for a refill, gift cards, and select bottles of liquor are for sale.

Or you can just send Think & Drink Entertainment a message on Facebook Messenger the day of the event, and let them know how many people you will have playing, and they will send you cards!

Don’t miss this fun-filled evening with Public House Davenport!

 

GiGi’s Playhouse Quad Cities’ 2020 “i have a Voice Gala” Goes Virtual

GiGi’s Playhouse Quad Cities’ “i have a Voice” gala committee and board of managers have been faced with a very difficult decision, recently. Due to COVID 19 and the recent restrictions for gatherings, they were faced with cancelling and/or rescheduling their upcoming annual gala. They then decided to think outside of the box.

The gala will go on…. same day, same time, only now online!

The 2020 “i have a Voice” Gala will be held virtually!

The tagline for this year’s event is “A Voice for All Seasons.” When they chose that tagline, they had no idea they would be entering a season and time of pandemic and crisis. They hope that you will join them for the first (and hopefully last) virtual gala! Same time, same date, different format although it will be more alike than different which is a saying GiGi’s Playhouse hears and says often!

While the look of the 2020 Gala has changed, the purpose has not! Friends are coming together to celebrate the achievements of local individuals with Down syndrome and the volunteers that make GiGi’s programs possible!

Invite your friends, family, coworkers and others to join you!

This event made possible by generous sponsors:
*Gold Sponsors*
United Healthcare and Isle Casino Hotel Bettendorf
*Silver Sponsors*
Modern Woodmen of America and Regional Development Authority
*Bronze Sponsors*
UnityPoint Health – Quad Cities Muscatine and GreenState Credit Union
Obstetrics and Gynecology Specialists P.C.

 

Online Concert “All Together Now!”

Rock Cellar Productions presents “ALL TOGETHER NOW!”, an online COVID-19 relief fundraising concert for the City of L.A. on Saturday Apr 25. More here: www.alltogethernowla.org

Participation includes:
Jeff Bridges
Smokey Robinson
Carole King
Mike Love (The Beach Boys)
Melissa Manchester
Joe Bonamassa
Lisa Loeb Official
Steve Lukather (Toto)
Vonda Shepard
Mary Wilson (The Supremes)
Peter Beckett/the Voice of Player
Alan Parsons Live Project
Mickey Thomas
Jesse Colin Young
Ellis Hall Music (Ambassador of Soul)
Mindi Abair
Matthew Wilder
Burleigh Drummond & Mary Harris (Ambrosia)
Walter Egan
Elliot Lurie (Looking Glass)
Robbie Dupree & the Yacht Rock Revue
Micky Dolenz
Peter Asher
Don Randi (The Wrecking Crew)
The Immediate Family
Rob Morrow (actor Northern Exposure)
The Strawberry Alarm Clock
Frank Stallone Official
Richie Sambora
Harry Shearer
Judith Owen
Marc Bonilla
Carl Verheyen
Steve Ferrone
T Bone Burnett
Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis
David Garfield “Karizma & Los Lobotmys”
Ken Stacey
Marcella Detroit
Mark Goldenberg
Will Lee
Venice, the Band
The Delgado Brothers Band
The Honeys
David Marks (The Beach Boys)
Stephen Kalinich (spoken word)
Lamont Dozier Jr.
Kiki Ebsen
Jason Sinay
Carly Smithson
Rob Bonfiglio
Coco Dolenz
Adam Daniel
Gary Stockdale
John Pratt
Dan Navarro
Steve Postell
Wendy Waldman
Cindy Alexander
Tommy Roe
and many many more! (More being added every day!)

Rock Cellar Productions, in association with the Get Together Foundation, presents ALL TOGETHER NOW! – an online concert event helping the City of Los Angeles during the coronavirus pandemic. This concert is set to be a major and significant relief effort to help Angelenos cope with the severe restrictions imposed on everyone during this dangerous and uncertain time of the novel coronavirus crisis.

Keeping with the strict “stay at home” regulations of health authorities and the guidance of local, state, and federal government officials, this virtual once-in-a-lifetime streaming event will give fans their music fix in the comfort of their own homes. The concert will feature an array of talented singers, songwriters, musicians, actors, authors, comedians, and celebrities of all sorts “coming together” to entertain you and send out positive messages to the City of Angeles and the world. All Together Now! will be broadcast through Alert the Globe and available free to anyone who wants to see it.
Viewers will donate to the L.A. City Coronavirus Relief Fund through a direct donation button or a text message appeal.

100% of the money raised will go directly to this relief fund to help Los Angeles support families and small businesses, relieve healthcare workers, provide critical medical resources, provide services to the unhoused, and fund research for COVID-19. https://mayorsfundla.org/covid19

Supporters will enjoy not only a concert of immense talent, but one that includes being part of the bigger picture – one that embraces Los Angeles and a cross section of our community, which includes all those who have lost their jobs and have limited or no means of income until this pandemic passes.

 

Stay tuned to QuadCities.com, your site for fun, free, local entertainment for upcoming events in our weekly column, FUN10, every Sunday!

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Tess Abney was born and raised in the Quad Cities. Her passion for writing and entertainment was apparent at a very young age. Whether it is sharing local events and businesses with readers or sharing her thoughts on life, she finds comfort in the way words can bring people together.