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Quad City Botanical Center Executive Director Ami Porter To Retire

January 23rd, 2021
Quad City Botanical Center Executive Director Ami Porter To Retire

The board of directors of the Quad City Botanical Center announced the upcoming retirement of Executive Director Ami Porter effective in May. Porter has led the organization since 2010 and started at the Center in 1998. “It has been such an honor to serve the Botanical Center and this community. I am very proud of what our team has accomplished, and I will be leaving the Botanical Center in a great position to propel forward, despite the difficulties we endured in 2020 due to the pandemic. I am humbled to have so many volunteers help us year after year, including board members,” stated Porter.... Read More

March for Equality, Justice Continues at Annual MLK Service in Rock Island

January 18th, 2021
March for Equality, Justice Continues at Annual MLK Service in Rock Island

In a bitter, divisive time – just two days before inauguration of the 46th U.S. President – the 38th-annual memorial service honoring Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. on Monday held special resonance. Livestreamed on YouTube from Rock Island’s Martin Luther King,. Jr. Community Center, the nearly hour-long service spoke to the ideals of the late civil-rights leader (who was assassinated in 1968) and how far the nation still has to go to achieve his dream of peace, unity and justice. MLK Center executive director Jerry Jones noted at the outset that theme of the service was King’s quote,... Read More

Rock Island’s Circa ’21 Offering ‘Rising Stars’ Performing Classes For Kids

January 18th, 2021
Rock Island's Circa '21 Offering 'Rising Stars' Performing Classes For Kids

Circa ’21 Dinner Playhouse is thrilled to be working with the talented Bobby and Ashley Becher and their company “Rising Stars” to announce all new Winter classes.  All classes will take place at Circa ’21 or it’s secondary theater, The Speakeasy. “We are thrilled to be working with Ashley and Bobby again” said Denny Hitchcock Circa ’21’s owner/producer.  “They have done a wonderful job with their classes over the last year and we get such positive feedback from all the students who have taking the classes and their parents.  I encourage you to consider this for you child! ... Read More

Quad City Arts Exhibit Features Drew Morton And Peter Mauney

January 17th, 2021
Quad City Arts Exhibit Features Drew Morton And Peter Mauney

Through March 1, 2021, Quad City Arts’ Art at the Airport presents “A Trip Back in Time” with Drew Morton’s digital drawings of airport runways, Peter Mauney’s time lapse photographs of airplane arrivals and departures along with a selection of Mid-Century Modern artifacts on loan from Fred and Ethel’s 50’s antiques, the Putnam Museum and Science Center and private collections. Drew Morton explains, “This series of airport runways emerged from a larger series called my ‘everydays’ where I created a piece of digital art every day for eight years. It allowed me to fall into and... Read More

‘Big Rock Candy Mountain’ Coming To You, Online, From Rock Island’s Circa ’21

January 12th, 2021
'Big Rock Candy Mountain' Coming To You, Online, From Rock Island's Circa '21

Coming to your homes on February 6 is the bluegrass musical BIG ROCK CANDY MOUNTAIN! If you’re a fan of the film   O’ Brother Where Art Thou   and   the Circa ‘21 favorite   Southern Crossroads,   you’re going to love this show. A merry band of misfits sneak into a theatre hoping to stay out of trouble, but instead find themselves front and center in this story about the power of music and seconds chances. Add a down on her luck theatre owner and her wacky assistant, a clueless town mayor, his scheming wife and bumbling sheriff and you’ve got yourself an evening of music and... Read More

Join the Best Sellers Club, and Jump the (Holds) Line At Rock Island Public Library!

January 9th, 2021
Join the Best Sellers Club, and Jump the (Holds) Line At Rock Island Public Library!

If you just can’t wait for new releases from your favorite fiction authors, good news! The new Best Sellers Club at Rock Island Public Library could help you read those new titles earlier. The new service allows library patrons to sign up for automatic holds on new titles from their favorite adult fiction authors. Signing up is simple, and available to anyone with a valid library card from a PrairieCat member library. You choose the authors you want to follow from the list. When new titles arrive, Rock Island Library staff will place a hold for you. Members will receive a courtesy notice... Read More

Last Chance To Check Out Winter Nights Winter Lights In Rock Island This Week

January 7th, 2021
Last Chance To Check Out Winter Nights Winter Lights In Rock Island This Week

You’ve still got a few days to enjoy the holiday lights illuminating one of the most beautiful spots in the Quad-Cities! Since last fall, Winter Nights Winter Lights has been lighting up the Quad City Botanical Center, 2525 4th Ave., Rock Island, but it’s only running through this Sunday, Jan. 10. So take your last chance to check it out! From now to Jan. 10, every night from 4 to 9 p.m. the outdoor gardens will be in winter bloom with over 130,000 glowing lights. Showcasing our largest light display yet, new areas of our outdoor gardens will be lit, including the Children’s Garden. Explore... Read More

Quad-Cities’ Folks Can Still Get That Holiday Feeling At Lighting Displays Up Around The Area

January 2nd, 2021
Quad-Cities' Folks Can Still Get That Holiday Feeling At Lighting Displays Up Around The Area

The holidays are over, but you can still get that fun feeling by checking out the beautiful light displays around the area! Winter Nights Winter Lights is lighting up the Quad City Botanical Center, 2525 4th Ave., Rock Island! From now to Jan. 10, every night from 4 to 9 p.m. the outdoor gardens will be in winter bloom with over 130,000 glowing lights. Showcasing our largest light display yet, new areas of our outdoor gardens will be lit, including the Children’s Garden. Explore the lawns, pond and pocket gardens of our outdoor light exhibit. Open Christmas Eve, New Year’s Eve and the night... Read More

BREAKING: Chick-Fil-A Coming To Rock Island In 2021?

December 23rd, 2020
BREAKING: Chick-Fil-A Coming To Rock Island In 2021?

BREAKING: Chick-Fil-A may be coming to Rock Island in 2021, according to a source who asked not to be named, but who has knowledge of the situation. The source mentioned that the popular chicken chain was looking at at least two locations in Rock Island, one on the corner of 38th Street and 18th Avenue, across from Aldi, and the other one on 24th Street next to the new Dollar Tree store at 2252 24th Street. The franchise is seriously looking at the city for a new spot due to the massive, and somewhat unexpected, success of their pop-up stands they ran in the city over the summer, most notably in... Read More

Eleven Quad-Cities Cultural Groups Get $500K in New Iowa Funding

December 22nd, 2020
Eleven Quad-Cities Cultural Groups Get $500K in New Iowa Funding

Eleven cultural organizations and three artists in the Quad-Cities were among those to receive a share of $7 million in new grants announced Tuesday by the Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs. A total of 267 cultural organizations and 152 artists serving 118 Iowa communities will get funding, made possible by the Coronavirus, Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act, on Dec. 2. The department launched the Iowa Arts & Culture Recovery Program the same day and received more than 550 requests totaling more than $36 million by the Dec. 11 deadline. The list of recipients includes some of Iowa’s... Read More