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The highlight of the Quad City Botanical Center, 2525 4th Ave., Rock Island, is its 6,444-square-foot tropical Sun Garden conservatory with a 14-foot waterfall, reflecting pools, and a 70-foot skylight peak. The center also has extensive outdoor displays, including a Conifer Garden, a Physically Challenged Garden, a Scrambled Alphabet Garden, and perennial gardens. It has a gift shop, and works by local artists are on display. See the website for special events. Hours are 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Saturday (until 8 p.m. Tuesday); noon-5 p.m. Sunday (April-Oct.); 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday-Saturday; noon-4 p.m. Sunday (Nov.-March). See the website for holiday hours. Admission is $6; $5 for ages 60 and up; $4 for ages 6-15; $2 for ages 2-5; free for under age 2. Call 309-794-0991 or email for details.

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  Today is Wednesday, April 16, the 106th day of 2014. There are 259 days left in the year.
1864 -- 150 years ago: Yesterday some bold thief stole a full bolt of calico from a box in front of Wadsworth's store, where it was on exhibition.
1889 -- 125 years ago: A team belonging to Peter Priese got away from its driver and made a mad run across the Rock Island Bridge. The driver was thrown from his seat but not hurt.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Carlton Taylor was appointed district deputy grand master for the 14th
Masonic District of Illinois.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Moline's million dollar municipal airport was dedicated to air transportation and the national defense by Lt. Gov. John Stelle.
1964 -- 50 years ago: THE ARGUS will be election headquarters for Rock Island County tomorrow night, and the public is invited to watch the operation. The closing of the polls at 6 p.m. will mark the start of open house in the newsroom. Visitors will see staff members receiving, tabulating and posting returns.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Few bricks actually tumbled, but no one seemed to mind as about 1,000 people gathered to celebrate the formal start of demolition at the site of a downtown civic center.




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