Be of good cheer: Weekend activities to warm the heart


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Posted Online: Dec. 12, 2012, 12:25 pm
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By Laura Anderson Shaw, landerson@qconline.com
Shopping. Baking. Christmas cards. Shopping. Decorating. Cleaning. Shopping. How is Christmas a mere two weeks away? Sometimes I think if I hear another rendition of "All I Want For Christmas is You," I'm going to lose my mind!

Now, I'm no Grinch -- I just need a break! A break from the hustle and bustle of the holidays and a chance to have fun with my family!

If you're with me, check out some of these events going on this weekend. Hopefully, they'll help you relax and enjoy the holiday season!

Under the stars
Find out how the seasons and holiday traditions are connected to the sky at the annual Season of Light planetarium show Friday in the John Deere Planetarium at Augustana College, 820 38th St., Rock Island.

Lead by planetarium director and physics professor Dr. Lee Carkner, this multimedia planetarium show uses the planetarium's sky projector, astronomical images, music and narration to "tell the story of how our holiday traditions are connected to the sky," Carkner said in a press release.

The show, for ages 8 and older, will begin at 7 p.m. Friday.Doors will open at 6:45 p.m., and latecomers will not be admitted.

To make a reservation, call (309) 794-7327 during business hours. Admission is free.

Eat, drink and be merry
Bundle up and head to the Woodhull Christmas Walk going on Friday from 4 to 7 p.m.

Revel in the season withhorse and buggy rides; an angel display at The United Church of Woodhull, 150 W. 3rd Ave.; a soup supper hosted by The Clover Fire Department; and refreshments and prizes from Woodhull merchants. A closing ceremony at AlWood Middle/High School,301 E. 5th Ave. will feature two church choirs.

And, if you've been good this year, Santa will be on hand at the Clover Public Library, 440 N. Division St., from 5 to 7 p.m.

Magic -- on Ice
Princesses, fish, cowboys, heroes, superheroes and heroines. Catch them all on the ice this weekend at "Disney on Ice: 100 Years of Magic" at the i wireless Center, 1201 River Drive, Moline.

Show times are 7 p.m. today and Friday; 11 a.m., 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. Saturday; 1 p.m. and 5 p.m. on Sunday. Ticket prices vary, call (800) 745-3000 for details.

In the wide-ranging Disney variety show (which includes characters from Pixar films like "Toy Story" and "Finding Nemo"), there are 65 characters from 18 screen stories on the ice, portrayed by 47 skaters from 10 countries, performance director Cory Obst said last month.

My mom took my grandmother, brother and I to Disney on Ice every year growing up. I think the "Beauty and The Beast" show was my favorite. I really liked the tiny teacup in the movie, Chip, and I even have a commemorative Chip cup. (Yes, I still have it!)

As a child, my eyes grew wide as I watched my favorite characters sing, twirl and sing. Now, I watch with that same wonderment, but sometimes for different reasons. Like, how on EARTH can they skate wearing those costumes? How can they see?! I couldn't even skate in a circle around the rink if you offered me 20 bucks, and that's without a mask!

Attention, kids!
There are several holiday-themed crafty activities for kids going on this weekend. Get the kids out of the house Saturday and get their hands busy!

Visitors to the Family Museum, 2900 Learning Campus Drive, Bettendorf, can participate in the Handmade Gift Day from 10 a.m. to noon and 1 to 3 p.m. Kids can make and decorate a picture frame, a macaroni snowflake ornament or a recycled paper notepad.

The event is free with museum admission; $7; $4 for those ages 60 and older, 2 and younger, active military families; and free for those under age 1. For more information, call(563) 344-4106 or visit familymuseum.org.

Or, head over to the John Deere Pavilion, 1400 River Drive, for Kids' Craft Day from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Kids can make tree picture frames for free. For more information, call (309) 765-1000.

Finally, the Rock Island Library, 3059 30th St., will host a Kids' STEM-tivity event Saturday. STEM stands for "science, technology, engineering, and math." At this event, Lego building will be held at 10:30 a.m., and kids can make marbled wrapping paper at 11:30 a.m. For more information, call (309) 732-7323.

Honor the fallen
Even during the holiday rush, it's important to remember those who sacrificed for our country.A Wreaths Across America ceremony to honor fallen heroes will begin at 11 a.m. Saturday at the main flagpole, Rock Island National Cemetery on the Rock Island Arsenal.

Maj. Gen. Kendall Penn, the First Army deputy commanding general of operations, will be the keynote speaker.

Those ages 16 and older must have current photo ID to get onto the Island, and vehicles may be subject to search

Jingle all the way
Celebrate the cold weather inside where it's warm Sunday at theQuad Cities River Bandits Frost Fest from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday at Modern Woodmen Park, 209 S. Gaines St., Davenport.

The free fest will include crafts, games, movies, Miss Snowflake and Mr. Frost contests for kids ages 10 and younger to benefit the Bandit Scholars Program, and of course, a visit with Santa and Mrs. Claus.

For more information, call (563) 333-2735.



The itinerary: Dec. 13-16

-- Season of Light planetarium show, 7 p.m. Friday, John Deere Planetarium at Augustana College, 820 38th St., Rock Island. Free. To make a reservation, call (309) 794-7327.

-- Woodhull Christmas Walk, 4-7 p.m. Friday, Woodhull. 

-- Disney on Ice: 100 Years of Magic, 7 p.m. today and Friday; 11 a.m., 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. Saturday; 1 p.m. and 5 p.m. on Sunday, i wireless Center, 1201 River Drive, Moline. Ticket prices vary. (800) 745-3000.

-- Handmade Gift Day, 10 a.m.- noon and 1-3 p.m. Saturday, the Family Museum, 2900 Learning Campus Drive, Bettendorf. Free with museum admission; $7; $4 for those ages 60 and older, 2 and younger, active military families; and free for those under age 1. (563) 344-4106, familymuseum.org.

-- Kids' Craft Day, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, John Deere Pavilion, 1400 River Drive, Moline. Free. (309) 765-1000.

-- Kids' STEM-tivity, 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Rock Island Library, 3059 30th St., Rock Island. Free. (309) 732-7323.

-- Wreaths Across America ceremony, 11 a.m. Saturday, main flagpole, Rock Island National Cemetery, Rock Island Arsenal.

-- Quad Cities River Bandits Frost Fest, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday, Modern Woodmen Park, 209 S. Gaines St., Davenport. Free. (563) 333-2735.









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