So long, cabin fever! Get up and get out this weekend


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Posted Online: Jan. 16, 2013, 11:56 am
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john marx, jmarx@qconline.com
I'm playing bags this weekend.

I am not good, but I have learned there are lots of great bags players on the local landscape. Maybe I can partner with someone with some ability and hang around long enough to feel good about my lack of bag-tossing ability.

I'm playing Saturday to raise funds for the Quad City Hitmen 9-U baseball team and the Children's Therapy Center of the Quad-Cities.

Action begins at 10 a.m. (registration starts at 9) at the Stern Center, 1713 3rd Ave, Rock Island. First-place is $250, second is $125 and third will merit $100. Skill level does not matter, there will be players of all abilities. Cost is $40 per team of two.

Food and beverages will be available for purchase. Raffles and silent-auction items also will be up for bid. St. Louis Cardinals and Chicago Cubs tickets will be up for auction, as will suites to a Quad City Mallards and a Quad-Cities River Bandits game. E-mail QCbaseball24@gmail.com for more information or call 309 737-2439.

If my tastes fail to align with yours, here are some other options you might like.

Ready, set, wrestle

Insert arm-wrestling joke here. Not a fan, but I believe -- in some wild way -- an arm-wrestling competition for a reality TV show might be interesting.

The show, "American Arm Wrestling'' gets a start tonight at The Clubhouse, 2501 53rd Ave., Bettendorf. Registration, weigh-in and interviews begin at 6 p.m.; competition starts at 8 p.m. There is a $10 entry fee, but there is no admission charge. There are cash prizes for three men's weight classes, and awards for women competitors. Call (563) 332-1561 for more details.

I am of the belief craziness is lurking just around the corner with this.

Learn how to self-publish your novel

Enjoy cocktails with author Tracey Garvis Graves and learn how her self-published novel "On the Island'' made the New York Times best-sellers list, helped her find an agent, and led to a two-book deal. The event is at 6 p.m. Friday at The Outing Club, 2109 Brady St., Davenport. Hors d'oeuvres will be served, and there will be a cash bar. Tickets are $25. Call (563) 324-1410 for details.

A perfect night for those who believe they have the next best-selling novel in them.

Gotta have my Bucktown fix

The Bucktown Revue, an old-fashioned webcast radio program featuring music, poetry and humor, will begin at 7 p.m. Friday at the Mary Fluhrer Nighswander Theatre, Annie Wittenmyer complex, 2822 Eastern Ave., Davenport. Scott Tunnicliff is the host, and The Barley House Band (I'm a big, big fan) and Milltown are the house bands. This is a great time and reasonably priced for the amount of foot-stompin' fun offered. Admission is $12. Call (563) 940-0508 for details.

Vittles for a good cause

I have seen a variety of projects brought to life by the Interact Club at United Township High School. Friday, the UTHS Interact Club will holds its annual chili dinner in the cafeteria before the UTHS-Moline basketball game 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. Cost is $5. UTHS is located at 1275 Avenue of the Cities, East Moline. Enjoy some warm grub for a good cause.

Soaring in our back yard

Saturday, the Army Corps of Engineers offers Clock Tower and Eagle Watch tours from 9 to10:30 a.m. and 12:30 to 2 p.m. Tours are conducted from the Mississippi River Visitor Center at Locks and Dam 15, on the west end of the Rock Island Arsenal. Visitors must be able to climb several flights of stairs. An adult must accompany ages 11 and younger. Visitors should allow 15 minutes extra for vehicle security checks; those 17 and up must show a photo ID. Reservations are recommended. Call (309) 794-5338 for details.

It's eagles, folks. We live in an area that delivers these majestic birds to our doorstep. This is a great family opportunity.

Celebrate Dr. King

Saturday, the annual Martin Luther King Celebration will begin at 6 p.m. at Centennial Hall, Augustana College, 3703 7th Ave., Rock Island. It will focus on Dr. King's quote, "Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere." The Rev. Dwight Ford will speak. Performers will include The Community Gospel Chorus, The Westbrook Singers, Augustana's Gospel Choir and the Truth Temple and Pentecostal Church of God Praise Dancers. Call (309) 794-7721 for details.

Dr. King's message is much more than a Monday off in January for schoolchildren.

Making a Difference

The 20th annual Red Ribbon Dinner and Great Art Auction for The Project Quad Cities will be Saturday at 5 p.m. at the RiverCenter, 136 E. 3rd St., Davenport. Tickets are $70. Proceeds will benefit The Project Quad Cities. Call (309) 762-5433 for details.

Tractors, combines and cornpickers, oh my!

The annual Quad Cities Farm and Equipment Show will be held at the QCCA Expo Center, 2621 4th Ave., Rock Island, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Check out what's new in the world of farming and farm equipment. It's free. Call (309) 788-5912 for details.

Now go and do.







Jan. 10-13: The Itinerary

American Arm Wrestling competition, 6 p.m. Thursday, The Clubhouse, 2501 53rd Ave., Bettendorf. $10. (563) 332-156

Author Tracey Garvis Graves, 6 p.m. Friday, The Outing Club, 2109 Brady St., Davenport. $25. (563) 324-1410

The Bucktown Reveue, 7 p.m. Friday, Mary Fluhrer Nighswander Theatre, Annie Wittenmyer complex, 2822 Eastern Ave., Davenport. $12. (563) 940-0508

UTHS Interact Club chili dinner, 4:30-7:30 p.m. Friday,  United Township High School Cafeteria, UTHS, 1275 Avenue of the Cities, East Moline. $5. (309) 752-1658; (309) 752-1648

Quad City Hitmen bags tournament, 10 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 19, Stern Center, (registration starts at 9) at the Stern Center,1713 3rd Ave, Rock Island. $40 per team. (309) 737-2439.

Clock Tower and Eagle Watch tours, 9-10:30 a.m. and 12:30-2 p.m. Saturday, Mississippi River Visitor Center at Locks and Dam 15 on the west end of the Rock Island Arsenal. Free; reservations recommended. (309) 794-5338

Martin Luther King Celebration, 6 p.m. Saturday, Centennial Hall, Augustana College, 3703 7th Ave., Rock Island. (309) 794-7721

Red Ribbon Dinner and Great Art Auction, 5 p.m. Saturday, RiverCenter, 136 E. 3rd St., Davenport. $70 to benefit The Project Quad Cities. (309) 762-5433

Quad Cities Farm and Equipment Show, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday; 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday; 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Tuesday; QCCA Expo Center, 2621 4th Ave., Rock Island. Free. (309) 788-5912













 



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  Today is Thursday, April 24, the 114th day of 2014. There are 251 days left in the year.

1864 -- 150 years ago: We learn that it is a contemplation to start a paper mill in Rock Island during the summer by a gentleman from the East.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The gates of Oklahoma were swung open at noon today, and a throng of more than 30,000 settlers started over its soil.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The Iowa Coliseum Co. was incorporated with $40,000 capital and planned a building on 4th Street between Warren and Green streets in Davenport.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Plans are being discussed for resurfacing the streets in the entire downtown district of Rock Island.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Some 45 jobs will be created at J.I. Case Co.'s Rock Island plant in a expansion of operations announced yesterday afternoon at the firm's headquarters in Racine, Wis.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Gardeners and farmers cheered, but not all Quad-Citians found joy Saturday as more than an inch of rain fell on the area. Motorists faced dangerous, rain-slick roads as the water activated grease and grime that had built up during dry weather.








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