10 Fun Things To Do Week of March 8th: Foreigner, Dancing, Chocolate and More!
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.
Whether you’re visiting from out of town or looking for some entertainment in your own backyard, the Quad-Cities is full of fun activities this week and every week!
Live concerts? Local theater? Comedy? Art? We’ve got it all!
So what’s on the FUN10 for this week? Read on …
Tuesday Mar 10 at 7:30 p.m.
Adler Theatre (136 E 3rd Street Davenport)
With ten multi-platinum albums and 16 Top 30 hits, FOREIGNER is universally hailed as one of the most popular rock acts in the world with a formidable musical arsenal that continues to propel sold-out tours and album sales.
Responsible for some of rock and roll’s most enduring anthems including “Juke Box Hero,” “Cold As Ice,” “Hot Blooded,” “Waiting For A Girl Like You,” “Feels Like The First Time,” “Urgent,” “Head Games,” “Say You Will,” “Dirty White Boy,” “Long, Long Way From Home” and the worldwide #1 hit, “I Want To Know What Love Is,” FOREIGNER still rocks the charts more than 40 years into the game with massive airplay and continued Billboard Top 200 album success.
GET TICKETS here at TICKETMASTER.COM and in person at the Adler Theatre Box Office (136 E. 3rd St.). Tickets are $69.50, $89.50 & $115.
Thursday Mar 12 at 7:30 p.m.
Adler Theatre (136 E 3rd Street Davenport)
The all-new production will feature fan-favorite professional dancers wowing audiences with every type of dance style as seen on ABC’s hit show Dancing with the Stars.
The tour delivers a spectacular night of show-stopping performances from world-renowned dancers including Brandon Armstrong, Lindsay Arnold, Alan Bersten, Witney Carson, Val Chmerkovskiy, Sasha Farber, Jenna Johnson, Gleb Savchenko, and Emma Slater. Special guest Sailor Brinkley-Cook will be joining the live show on the longest tour to date.
Thursday Mar 12 through Sunday Mar 15
TaxSlayer Center (1201 River Drive Moline)
The Missouri Valley Conference (MVC) Women’s Basketball Tournament returns to the TaxSlayer Center, 1201 River Dr. in downtown Moline, Illinois, for its fourth year on March 12-15, 2020.
Tickets for the 2019 tournament are on sale now and are available at the TaxSlayer Center box office or online at Ticketmaster.com. Group Rates are available for group of 10+, order today by calling 309-277-1356.
Ten universities compete in the MVC Women’s Basketball Tournament and include: Bradley, Drake, Evansville, Illinois State, Indiana State, Loyola, Missouri State, Northern Iowa, Southern Illinois, and Valparaiso.
For tournament information, go to www.mvcquadcities.com.
5 Sessions: March 12 – March 15
*Doors open 1 hr. before game time.
Opening Round Session – Thursday, March 12
- 8 seed vs 9 seed at 4:05 pm
- 7 vs 10 at 7:05 pm
Quarterfinal Session #1 – Friday, March 13
- 1 vs 8/9 at 12:05 pm
- 4 vs 5 at 2:35 pm
Quarterfinal Session #2 – Friday, March 13
- 2 vs 7/10 at 6:05 pm
- 3 vs 6 at 8:35 pm
Semifinal Session – Saturday, March 14
- 1/8/9 vs 4/5 at 1:35 pm
- 2/7/10 vs 3/6 at 4:05 pm
Championship Game – Sunday, March 15
- 2:05 pm
Special Game Events:
Thursday, March 12 – Sunday, March 15
- Kids 8th grade and younger get in 1/2 price when they wear their favorite team t-shirt, jersey or sweatshirt!
Thursday, March 12
- $2 beers during the games
Friday, March 13
- Bingo games for the fans with great prizes
- $2 sodas during the games
- Senior Day – $5 admission for ages 60+
Saturday, March 14
- $1 popcorn during the games
- Fan Fun Zone – inflatables, interactive activities, games, and an opportunity to take pictures with the MVC championship trophy on Saturday
Sunday, March 15
- Fan Fun Zone – Inflatables, interactive activities, and games
- Other Ways to Buy Tickets
- TaxSlayer Center Box Office
- Monday through Friday 10:00am – 5:30pm
- Saturday 10:00am – 2:00pm
On days of a ticketed event, the box office opens at 10:00am and closes 30 minutes after the scheduled event time.
Friday Mar 13 at 6 p.m.
The Circa 21 Speakeasy (1818 3rd Avenue Rock Island)
Manny Lopez and his 13-piece big band will be performing all your favorites from such legendary artists as Glenn Miller, Duke Ellington, Count Basie, Henry Mancini, and Stan Kenton, just to name a few! This band includes musicians from the Quad Cities area in addition to others from across the Midwest! You’ll hear some of the greatest hits from the big band era during this two-hour show!
Lighter fare menu options available for purchase, such as sandwich baskets and appetizers.
Doors open at 5 p.m. and concert begins at 6 p.m. Tickets are $15 in advance and $18 the day of the show. You can purchase tickets online at thecirca21speakeasy.com or by calling the
Circa ’21 ticket office at 309-786-7733, ext. 2. The Speakeasy is located at 1818 3rd Avenue in Rock Island.
Show is open to music fans of all ages.
Saturday Mar 14 at 9 – 11 a.m. and 12 – 2 p.m.
Western Illinois University – Quad Cities
Join the fun at this family-friendly event that will feature “PBS Program Stations” for the whole family. The event takes place on the beautiful campus of Western Illinois University-Quad Cities and is FREE to the public.
Imagination Station brings PBS KIDS characters to life—creating a bridge between our outstanding programs and active learning in a fun & exciting environment for kids.
There will be approximately 18 stations (classrooms) that may include:
- PBS Live Character
- Make and Take Art Activity
- Skill Building Activities based on STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts & Math)
- Musical Entertainment
Come and visit your favorite characters like Daniel Tiger, Arthur, Curious George, Nature Cat, and many more!
This event is FREE but a ticket is required. There are two different times slots in which you can participate. They are 9 – 11 a.m. and 12 – 2 p.m. Register for your tickets today, at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/imagination-station-2020-tickets-94028950121.
Saturday Mar 14
Bi-State Parade through Davenport and Rock Island
The Grand Parade XXXV takes place Saturday Mar 14. The parade begins at 11:30 a.m. at the corner of 4th Avenue and 23rd Street in Rock Island. It will then wind its way west through downtown Rock Island following 4th Avenue to 20th Street, then to 3rd Avenue to 17th Street and finally to 2nd Avenue to the Centennial Bridge. The parade then crosses the Mississippi River to Gaines Street in Davenport. From there, it will go north to 3rd Street and then east on 3rd to the River Center. A map of the parade route can also be found at http://www.stpatsqc.com/images/ParadeMap.jpg.
After the Grand Parade, the St. Patrick Society of the Quad Cities also sponsors the Post Parade Bash at the RiverCenter/Adler Theater (136 E 3rd Street Davenport). The Bash kicks off at 1 p.m. and entry is membership only. Memberships can be purchased at the door for $15. You do not need to be Irish to join the St. Patrick’s Society. Children 15 and younger need to be accompanied by a paying adult but will be admitted at no charge. The Post Parade Bash will feature the presentation of parade trophy winners, food, drink, memorabilia, and 50/50 raffle, and Irish music and dancers! You can find more information regarding the Bash at https://www.stpatsqc.com/PostParadeBash.html.
Entertainment for the Bash includes:
- Don’t Be Brothers
- Mayer Irish Dance QC
- Derek Grant, Piper
Darci Lynne & Friends
Saturday Mar 14at 7 p.m.
Adler Theatre (136 E 3rd Street Davenport)
Singer/ventriloquist Darci Lynne Farmer is bringing her Fresh Out of the Box Tour to the Adler Theatre!
Winning NBC’s “America’s Got Talent” at just 12-years old by the most votes for a final performance in the history of the show, singer/ventriloquist Darci Lynne Farmer continues to impress audiences across the country with her sweetheart disposition and undeniable, show-stopping talent beyond her years. Darci is accompanied by her musical friends including a divaesque rabbit: Petunia, a shy and soulful mouse: Oscar, and a sarcastic old woman: Edna. Singing through her friends has helped the young entertainer find a voice inside she didn’t know she had, and has assisted her in overcoming a lifelong struggle with shyness. An Oklahoma native, Darci began participating in talent-based pageants at a young age, and picked up ventriloquism shortly after.
Following her big win on NBC’s “America’s Got Talent,” she has been featured on NBC’s “Little Big Shots,” Food Network’s “Kids Baking Championship,” “Ellen” and “TODAY.” Her first Christmas special “Darci Lynne: My Hometown Christmas” aired on NBC on December 11, 2018 and, in January 2019, Darci returned to the America’s Got Talent stage for AGT “The Champions” and won second place.
Get TICKETS here at TICKETMASTER.COM and in person at the Adler Theatre Box Office (136 E. 3rd St.). Tickets are $29.75, $49.75 & $99.75 VIP.
Quiet Riot with The Sweet & Blackfoot
Saturday Mar 14 at 8 p.m.
The Rust Belt (533 12th Avenue East Moline)
Experience Quiet Riot, The Sweet and Blackfoot LIVE at this all-ages show. Doors open at 7 p.m. and the music begins at 8 p.m. Tickets are just $35 and can be purchased online now.
Quiet Riot is a rock & roll phenomenon. Famously described as the first heavy metal band to top the pop charts, the Los Angeles quartet became an overnight sensation thanks to their monster 1983 smash album Metal Health. Their followup album Condition Critical went double platinum and the band continued to record and tour throughout their 25 + year history.
Legendary rock band Sweet (aka The Sweet) shot to the top of the charts in the 1970s, selling over forty million records with such hits as “Ballroom Blitz,” “Fox on the Run,” “Love is Like Oxygen,” “Little Willy,” “Blockbuster,” “Hellraiser,” “Action,” and many others. Even during that decade of excess, Sweet stood out with a charismatic stage presence and a relentless, innovative fusion of grinding hard rock and melodic vocal harmonies that was far ahead of its time.
Blackfoot was originally formed in 1970’s by Rickey Medlocke, current lead guitarist of Lynyrd Skynyrd. Blackfoot has always been defined by their hard rock edge, evident on their most successful singles “Train, Train” and “Highway Song.” In 2012, Medlocke recruited a completely new line-up of the band to continue the music of Blackfoot for new generations.
Sunday Mar 15 from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Quad City Botanical Center (2525 4th Avenue Rock Island)
Satisfy your sweet tooth with a decadent chocolate experience at the Quad City Botanical Center. Chocolatiers, sweet treat shops and non-edible chocolate vendors will be offering free samples and sharing their chocolate knowledge. Chocolate products will also be sold by the vendors for filling your Easter baskets or giving as gifts for Mother’s Day.
Make s’mores outside and indulge at the hot chocolate bar. Hands-on activities for the kids and a scavenger hunt are included at no extra charge.
Learn about chocolate and other wonders that come from the tropics on a free sun garden tour. The indoor and outdoor gardens are open for your enjoyment with admission to Chocolate Experience.
Three time slots for visiting are offered and tickets are only good for a single time slot to help manage the guest flow and ensure vendors have time to restock their booths. Names will be held at the door, no paper tickets will be issued.
- 9 -11 a.m.
- 12 – 2 p.m.
- 3 – 5 p.m.
Ticket Types and Prices:
- $10 adults
- $8 adult members
- $4 youth 3-15
- $2 youth members 2-15
- Free for kids under 2
To register: Select your membership status, choose a ticket type, pick a time, enter names and quantity then click add to cart. You will be allowed to continue with your next ticket type in your order. https://bit.ly/3bTzW3P
Sunday Mar 15 at 2 p.m.
Wick’s Lake at Jumer’s Casino (777 Jumer Drive Rock Island)
The Polar Plunge, presented by Law Enforcement Torch Run and GEICO, is a unique opportunity to support Special Olympics athletes by taking a flying leap – a leap into the frigid waters of Wick’s Lake. Participants must raise $100 in donations from friends, family and co-workers in exchange for jumping into the icy waters.
The plunge will take place Sunday Mar 15 at Wick’s Lake located at 777 Jumer Drive at the Jumer’s Casino in Rock Island. Plunger registration will begin at 12:30 pm with the Plunge itself taking place at 2:00 pm.
Each year, the Polar Plunge challenges thousands of warm-hearted individuals at numerous locations across the state. It’s a great way for everyone – individuals, organizations and businesses – to support Special Olympics Illinois. All funds raised go to provide programing and events for more than 23,000 traditional athletes and 17,000 Young Athletes participating in Illinois.
For more information, please visit http://www.soill.org/polar-plunge.
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