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Posted: Sunday, September 13, 1998 1:00 am

Presentations, activities slated at Botanical Center

The Quad City Botanical Center, Rock Island, has slated several presentations and events for fall:

On Oct. 1, from noon to 2 p.m., Illinois state forester Steve Feld presents ``Getting to Know the Midwest Favorites: Trees.'' A buffet dinner is included. The cost is $15, $12 for Botanical Center and Plus 60 Club members.

The exhibition ``Women of Flowers: A Tribute to Victorian Women Illustrators'' will be on view Oct. 3 through Nov. 3. The display includes more than 40 framed botanical prints and autobiographies. Admission is $3.50 for adults, $3 for seniors and $1 for youth ages 8-17.

Celebrate the garden during the Grand Opening of the Botanical Center from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Oct. 3. Enjoy live music, food by Planted Earth Cafe, booths by the Left Bank Art League, garden and floral displays, a Speaker's Tent with ongoing programs, over 20 different fall table settings and an art display of botanical prints from the Victorian era. Admission is $3.50 for adults, $3 for seniors and $1 for youth ages 8-17.

Join artist Sandy Winborn for a watercolor class from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Oct. 29. Participants will explore the color, texture and light of the plants in the Sun Garden conservatory. Make sketeches in the morning, enjoy a boxed lunch and work on your watercolor painting in the afternoon. Participants are to furnish their own supplies, which should include a sketchpad and pencils as well as their preferred watercolor tools. The cost is $35 for non-members and $30 for members.

For more information, call 794-0991. Registration is complete with receipt of payment. Mail checks to QCBC, P.O. Box 3413, Rock Island, Ill. 61204-3413.

Motown greats reunite for show at The Mark

The Temptations, The Four Tops, Martha Reeves and the Vandellas and the Marvelettes will reunite at The Mark at 8 p.m. Sept. 18 to perform all of their greatest hits.

Tickets are on sale now at The Mark box office and all Ticketmaster outlets including Younkers, select Hy-Vee's and Mailboxes and Parcel Depot. Tickets can be charged by phone at 326-1111.

Hits of the Temptations include ``My Girl''``The Way You Do The Things You Do'' and ``Ain't Too Proud to Beg.'' Levi Stubbs will lead The Four Tops in their hits, including ``I Can't Help Myself (Sugar Pie, Honey Bunch),'' ``Reach Out I'll Be There'' and ``Baby I Need Your Loving.'' Martha Reeves and the Vandellas are known for ``Jimmy Mack,'' ``Dancing in the Street,'' and ``Heat Wave.'' The Marvelettes have had eight to 10 hits.

Jumer's hosts `Wunderbar' celebration

The annual Oktoberfest, ``It's Wunderbar,'' will be held from 4 to 11 p.m. Sept. 25 and from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Sept. 26 at Jumer's Castle Lodge, Bettendorf (Near I-74 and Spruce Hills Drive). The schedule is as follows:

Friday, Sept. 25:

5 to 6:30 p.m., Rudy Hodnick

6:30 to 7 p.m.., ASHHS Choir

7 to 11 p.m., Gary and The Ridgeland Dutchmen

Saturday, Sept. 26:

Noon to 1 p.m., free dance lessons (with paid admission)

1 to 2:30 p.m., John Resetich Band

2:30 to 6:30 p.m., Becky and The Ivanhoe Dutchmen

6:30 to 7 p.m., ASHHS Choir

7 to 11 p.m., Karl and The Country Dutchmen

Admission is $3 per person per day. Children 12 and under are free.

Lodging packages are available by calling 359-7141.

Horticulture Club slates plant sale

On Sept. 26, from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., the Rock Island Horticulture Club will be having its biannual plant sale at the Longview Park Conservatory, 1300 17th St., Rock Island. They are seeking donations of plants -- indoor and outdoor -- as well as clean pots. Donations are being accepted beginning Sept. 21. To donate a plant, call Bob Towler at 786-0443. The Botanical Center is also seeking volunteers to help with the sale. If interested, call 794-0991. The horticulture club donates one-third of the proceeds to the Quad City Botanical Center.

Cassandra Manning changes name, pro status

Beginning with the 1998-99 dance season, the not-for-profit CMBT (formerly Cassandra Manning Ballet Theater) will become a professional ballet company based in the Quad-Cities.

``The Quad Cities needs to expand its artistic base,'' said Joedy Cook, executive director of CMBT. ``We already have a wonderful symphony orchestra and outstanding local theatrical and musical productions. Now is the time for CMBT to bring professional ballet to the Quad-Cities and surrounding communities.''

For this season, three paid ballet dancers will form the core of the professional company. Recruited as part of a nationwide search, these dancers will be joined by several trainees who will gain extensive performing experience while perfecting their ballet technique.

A youth ensemble of talented area dancers will also be associated with CMBT.

CMBT's professional quality will add to the enjoyment of local audiences. In addition, the company's professional status will mean that area dancers will be exposed to role models trained in different ballet schools and companies from around the country.

Fall Pub Crawl set for Oct. 1

Mark your calendars for Oct. 1 for the Fall Pub Crawl '98 in downtown Davenport. Festivities begin at 4 p.m. and continue until 11 p.m. Pub Crawl buttons will be on sale starting Sept. 15 at either the Downtown Davenport Association or participating crawl establishments: Don's Big 10, Mac's Tavern, The Club Sports Bar and Grille, Front Street Brewery, The Starting Line, Boozies Bar and Grill, Quad City Plaza Radisson, Riverview Inn, America's Pub, Theo's Java Hut, Chet's Tavern and Bix Lounge.

Leslie Bell works showing in Cedar Rapids

An exhibit by Leslie Bell, St. Ambrose University professor of art, will be on display until Oct. 11 at the Cedar Rapids Museum of Art. The show, ``Love's Compass,'' features paintings of contemporary nudes.

Mr. Bell earned his master in fine arts degree from Northern Illinois University in 1976. His award-winning works have been exhibited widely, particularly in the Midwest in the past 20 years. He is married to painter Sara Bell.

The museum is at 410 3rd Ave. SE, Cedar Rapids, (319) 366-7503.

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