Branson holiday tour: Begin your holiday season by treating yourself to four days of fun and music in wonderful ``Ozark Country,'' Branson, Mo., Nov. 11-14. Tour highlights include: seven shows -- Branson City Lights, Jim Owen, Andy Williams, Bobby Vinton, Doug Gabriel, Radio City Rockettes and Shoji Tabuchi and a guided tour of Branson. Lodging at the Hall of Fame Motel. three dinners and three breakfasts are included. For details and availability, call 797-0789.
``Shenandoah'': Join the Moline Park and Recreation Department on Aug. 20 as we travel to Drury Lane Theatre in Oakbrook to see ``Shenandoah.'' This homespun, Tony Award-winning musical is set during the Civil War in the Shenandoah Valley. Country life and farmland imagery make for a tuneful, thoughtful and sentimental performance. Depart at 8:30 a.m. and return at 8 p.m. Tour price is $55 and includes transportation, the luncheon, show, coffee, juice and doughnuts served en route, taxes and gratuities. A $5 discount is available to senior members of the Moline Activity Center. For additional information, call 797-0789.
Fall softball leagues: Fall softball leagues are a wonderful opportunity to enjoy Greenvalley Sports Complex as the weather cools and temperatures are mild. The men's and coed leagues play eight weeks and end with a single-elimination tournament. Informational packets are available Leagues start in mid-August. Call 736-5716 for information.
Flag football: The Moline Park and Recreation's flag football program offers an opportunity for third- and fourth-grade boys and girls to learn the fundamentals of flag football while having fun in a safe and supervised environment. Efforts will be made to compose the teams by schools, but if there are not enough participants from a school, players will be combined with another school. League director is Don Franks. Games will be played at Jefferson School/Park, 3010 26th Ave. Court beginning Sept. 12. Coaches will contact the participants a few weeks prior to the season for practices. The fee is $25. Register at the Moline Park Office, 3300 5th Ave. You may register by phone or fax using a Visa or Mastercard. Call 797-0785 for details.
Horse lovers mini camp: This class is three days filled with everything about horses. Students 6 to 16 will learn to ride, groom, lead and care for a horse and much more. Classes will be 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Wright-Way Equestrian Center, Route 2, East Moline (by Black Hawk College). Students should bring a sack lunch; beverages and snacks will be provided. Handouts and certificates will be awarded. Classes will be Monday through Wednesday, Aug. 10-12. The fee is $160. For more information, call 736-5716; for class availability call 736-5714.
Dog obedience classes: Teach your dogs (16 weeks and older) to be the best they can be. Obedience topics will include walk on leash, heel, sit, down, stay and come. Social/behavioral topics will be housebreaking, health, food, grooming, chewing, biting, jumping and barking. Classes meet at the large, two-story shelter in Prospect Park. Training is done using positive, praise-oriented techniques. This one-hour class has a minimum of four students and a maximum of eight. Proof of rabies and other vaccinations required. Classes are taught by Contented Canines Dog Training Services. The fee is $50.
Session 7: 6 p.m. Aug. 20 and 27 and Sept. 3, 10 and 17.
Session 8: 7 p.m. Aug. 20 and 27 and Sept. 3, 10 and 17.
Session 9: 7 p.m. Aug. 22 and 29 and Sept. 5, 12 and 19.
Children and their dogs: Kids 8 to 16 can train their pets by participating in these fun classes designed just for them. Obedience topics include walk on leash, sit, down, stay and come. Social/behavorial topics will be housebreaking, food, grooming, chewing, biting and jumping. And tricks will include shake, roll over, catch a treat off nose, fetch and jump through hoop. Classes last 45 minutes and will be held Saturdays, Aug. 22 and 29 and Sept. 5, 12 and 19 at 6 p.m. The fee is $50. For additional information, call 736-5716.
And the bands played on...: Bring your lawn chairs or a blanket to Stephens Square, at the corner of 7th Avenue and 19th Street, and join us for this free concert series. Concerts will be Monday evenings through Aug. 31. The music starts at 7 p.m.
Aug. 3 -- The John O'Meara Band, Jazz and Easy Listening
Aug. 10 -- The Freddie Steenbock Band, Variety
Aug. 24 -- Quad City Kix Orchestra, Big Band
Aug. 31 -- Los Mocambos, Latin and American Music
A cook-out will begin at 5:30 p.m. Aug. 24. Desserts and beverages will be available every Monday. Questions? Call 797-0789.
Rules of the Road: Come review good driving procedures in preparation for the written exam. A class will be held 9 a.m. Aug. 5 at the Moline Activity Center, 620 18th St. This class is free and registration is not necessary.