I am not the outdoor type and do not try to fit in with those who enjoy camping, fishing, bugs and no room service. But the Outdoor Show -- a Quad-Cities wintertime fixture -- is a good time.
Together we can catch the Outdoor Show today through Sunday, at the QCCA Expo Center, 2621 4th Ave., Rock Island. There will be vendors, exhibits, seminars and presentations. The Kids' Kamp will include a trout pond, minnow races and archery. The archery part is way cool.
Hours are 4 to 8 p.m. today; noon to 8 p.m. Friday; 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday; 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday. Adult admission is a little pricey at $7 (my opinion), but $1 for ages 6 to 16 is an amazing deal. Kids 5 and younger are free. Call 309-788-5912 for more information.
Enjoy a classic
Anyone who calls themselves a classic movie buff, should spend Valentine's night at the The National Geographic Giant Screen Theater at the Putnam Museum, 1717 W. 12th St, Davenport.
Tonight's Theater Throwbacks flick is "The Sting," starring Paul Newman and Robert Redford, showing at 6 p.m. and 8:45 p.m. On a big screen, it's sure to rock.
Each film in the Theater Throwbacks series--which runs Thursdays through the end of March--may feature dancing, trivia or themed food, so be prepared. Tickets are $8.50; $7.50 for seniors, students and military; $6.50 for youth; $1 off for members. Call 563-324-1933 for more information.
Good man, good music
Any chance I get to spend with Ellis Kell is a treat, and music doesn't have to be involved. The bonus is music, especially if Mr. Kell is performing.
Friday, you can have a "Live Lunch with Ellis Kell,'' at noon on the Community Stage, River Music Experience, 129 Main St., Davenport. Donations will be accepted to support educational programming at RME. Call 563-326-1333 for more information. This lunch will brighten your day.
On the subject of good music
The performing schedule has slowed in recent years for Phyllis and The Sharks, which is why Friday's gig at Martini's on the Rock, 4619 34th St., Rock Island, is a must-see.
You can catch dinner and then some great rock-n-roll. Be careful, you will wind up staying out way past your bedtime. The show starts at 8 p.m. Call 309-732-1631 for more details.
Diggin' the River City Radio Hour
You can -- and will -- enjoy the musical stylings of Joshua Forbes, Jon Moss and Zach Johnson at The River City Radio Hour, Friday at the Moline Commercial Club, 1530 5th Ave.
Glorie Iaccarino is the shindig's emcee, and will present an essay about life along the Mississippi. Social hour is 5:30 p.m.; dinner at 6:30 p.m.
While there, view the art exhibit at The Phoenix Art Gallery on the first floor, with works by Bill Marsoun. The work of Mr. Marsoun -- as gifted an artist as you will find on the local landscape who once was the coolest junior high art teacher -- is worth the price of admission.
Cost is $5 for the show; $25 for the show and dinner. Reservations are required for dinner and can be made calling 309-762-8547.
A Valentine's hike, anyone?
Of all the Valentine's Day options locally, The Watch Tower Lodge's Valentine Indoor Music and Moonlight Walk is the most romantic. But that is one man's opinion.
There's a luminary-lit trail to serve hikers. Indoors by the fire there will be donuts, cider, cocoa and music by Just 4 Fun. It's cool for singles, couples and families. It's also free, and free always is good.
It's from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. today at the Watch Tower Lodge, Black Hawk State Historic Site, 1900 46th Ave., Rock Island. Call 309-788-9536 for more information.
Good people doing good work
Saturday, the eighth annual Sherrard Volunteer Fire Department all-you-can eat taco supper will be served from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Sherrard Fire Station, 101 1st Ave.
Cost is by donation. Proceeds will go toward fire-extinguisher training equipment for public training. Sherrard, like so many smaller communities in our area, relies heavily on volunteer fire fighters. It's a great way to get your fill of tacos, support a great cause and show appreciation of some amazing volunteers. Call 309-236-6072.
"A Fifty Shades of Clay '' day
Make your own pottery scene from the movie "Ghost" from 6 to 9 p.m. Saturday at the Bucktown Center for the Arts, 225 E. 2nd St., Davenport. Play with papier-mache clay, and create Valentine's Day cards for each other.
Photographers will document each couple's turn on the wheel (times will be assigned in advance). Hors d'oeuvres, beverages and desserts will be served, and there will be a silent auction. Each couple also will receive a clay fortune cookie with love notes inside. Cost is $50 per couple. Registration is required. Call 563-424-1210 for the amorous details.
Back the birds
Saturday, a much-improved Quad City Mallards hockey club plays the Arizona Sundogs at 7 p.m. at the i wireless Center, 1201 River Drive, Moline. Tickets are available at the iwireless box office, ranging in price from $7-$25.
The club is in the backstretch of an up-and-down season, but has a solid chance to secure a Colonial League playoff berth. It's the CHL, go for the hockey, stay for the fights.
Talk about cool in so many ways. Davenport's IceStravaganza will take place from noon to 6 p.m. on Sunday on 2nd Street between Main Street and Brady Street.
It includes ice sculpture carving, outdoor ice skating (weather permitting), horse-drawn carriage rides, ice-science activities from the Putnam Museum, shopping on the Skybridge with Handmade City, live music and storytelling in the River Music Experience cafe, art displays from Bucktown, art activities by the Figge Museum, and more.
It's the one day this winter I'm hoping is cold enough to make a unique event come to life. For more information, visit downtowndavenport.com.
The Outdoor Show, 4-8 p.m. Thursday, noon-8 p.m. Friday, 9 a.m.-8 p.m. Saturday, and 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday, QCCA Expo Center, 2621, 4th Ave., Rock Island. $7 adults, $1 ages 6-16, ages 5 and under free. 309-788-5912
Throwback Theater presents "The Sting," 6 p.m. and 8:45 p.m. Thursday, The National Geographic Giant Screen Theater, Putnam Museum, 1717 W. 12th St, Davenport. $8.50 adults; $7.50 for seniors, students, and military; $6.50 for youth; $1 off for members. 563-324-1933
Live Lunch with Ellis Kell, noon Friday, the Community Stage, River Music Experience, 129 Main St., Davenport. Donations accepted. 563-326-1333
Phyllis and The Sharks, 8 p.m. Friday, Martini's on the Rock, 4619 34th St., Rock Island. 309-732-1631
The River City Radio Hour, 5:30 social hour, 6:30 dinner, Friday at the Moline Commercial Club, 1530 5th Ave. $5 show, $25 show/dinner. Reservations required. 309-762-8547
Valentine Indoor Music and Moonlight Walk, 6:30-8:30 p.m. today, Watch Tower Lodge, Black Hawk State Historic Site, 1900 46th Ave., Rock Island. Free. 309-788-9536, blackhawkpark.org
Sherrard Volunteer Fire Department Taco Supper, 4-7 p.m. Saturday, Sherrard Fire Station, 101 1st Ave., Sherrard. Donations. 309-593-2412.
The Quad City Mallards, 7 p.m. Saturday, i wireless Center, 1201 River Drive, Moline. $7-$25. myqcmallards.com
Fifty Shades of Clay, 6-9 p.m. Saturday, Bucktown Center for the Arts, 225 E. 2nd St., Davenport. $50 per couple. Registration required. 563-424-1210.
IceStravaganza, noon-6 p.m. Sunday, 2nd Street between Main Street and Brady Street, Davenport. downtowndavenport.com
Today is Wednesday, July 30, the 211th day of 2014. There are 154 days left in the year. 1864 -- 150 years ago: After Sept. 1, every small box of matches will be required to have a 3 cent duty Lincoln stamp on it, and every large box will be one cent for every 100 matches. 1889 -- 125 years ago: Rock Island residents had contributed a total of $1,293 to the American Red Cross for the Johnstown flood relief fund. 1914 -- 100 years ago: Capt. Clark Means, new darkhorse twirler for the ARGUS staff, was in great form in his initial contest as a mound laborer. The result was that THE ARGUS trimmed the Union 6-5. 1939 -- 75 years ago: Hunter and Humprey Moody, young Decatur, Ill, brothers, lack only a few hours of establishing a new world light plane endurance record. 1964 -- 50 years ago: Gates of the 110th annual Mercer County Fair swing open tonight at Aledo for a full week of day and night activity. More that $36,000 will be paid in premiums and race purses. 1989 -- 25 years ago: The baseball field carved out of the cornfield near Dyersville, Iowa, continues to keep dreams alive for hundreds of visitors. Tourists from 26 state and France have visited Dan Lansing's farm to see the baseball diamond seen in the hit movie "Field of Dreams."