Armored Gardens – BBQ, Brews, Fun!

Armored Gardens, located at 315 Pershing Ave, opened up in downtown Davenport in late October of 2017. After being open almost a year, it has quickly become a fun hotspot for all types of people, for many reasons.  Armored Gardens features craft brews, with over 100 beers on tap, and BBQ but with a few delicious twists. The bar holds the most tap handles over any other business in the Quad Cities Area. To keep up with their ever-changing list, one can download an app called “Digital Pour”, that shows just what they have on tap and how much is left, as well as various other little tidbits relating to each beer. Customers order their beers at the bar by number.

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Pee Wee’s Restaurant. It’s Good for your Soul.

There’s a new (well, new to me) MUST-TRY eatery in Rock Island and it’s called Pee Wee’s Restaurant. This family affair is run by Rock Island native, Will Clay, and named after his father. His mother greeted us while we were there and was a lovely woman. Even though it opened in Spring 2017 we just recently had a chance to try it out. Boy, are we glad we didn’t put it off any longer!

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The East Moline Paletero Project

As a teacher, pride for your students never ceases to fail. Whether a homework assignment, an extracurricular, a service activity, or something different altogether — it’s an indescribable feeling. It bubbles up inside of you, and you are bursting to the seams with joy. When they get the idea to start a business to make money for a school trip, so they can further their education, and manage to present their concepts in front of the Quad Cities Chamber, you can’t help but smile. This is exactly what my former students, Sergio Garcia, 12, and Jesús Gutierrez, 13, from my time student teaching 7th and 8th grade ESL English/Language Arts at Glenview have done to “keep their eyes on the prize” and succeed in furthering their education. 

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The Black Box Theatre: Expect An Intimate Encounter

In June my friends and I attended a production at The Black Box Theatre. The theatre, which opened in 2016, is located in downtown Moline, Illinois. It is within walking distance to many locally owned restaurants, drinking establishments, and hotels. This makes for a good mix of dinner and theatre for both residents and visitors to the Quad Cities.

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Come to the great Mississippi Valley Fair

The warm summer breeze, sand in your feet, a drink of choice in your hand, and your voice is hoarse after singing every known lyric as the sound of music devours the arena. But that concert wasn’t the start of all the fun, it was the second part of an evening first spent eating the best of fair foods, previewing livestock and adorable animals, and spinning round and round on rides where your legs shook for several minutes after it ended.

This scenario could be anywhere, but nothing quite fits it like the annual Mississippi Valley Fair. It’s one of the times that almost everyone in the Quad Cities finds themselves in the same place. With 6 concerts and admission to the fair itself, the $55-$60 Fun Card proves to be a smart and money-savvy opportunity to have a week’s worth of fun and entertainment.
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Carolyn Krueger and The ARTery

Over the past several years I have had the pleasure of meeting and getting to know Carolyn Krueger, local artist and owner of The ARTery, located at 1629 2nd Ave in Downtown Rock Island, Illinois.  The ARTery is an artist co-op, allowing artists to display and sell their works in exchange for a small rental free with the option to volunteer and run the space. There are about a dozen artists running the space currently.

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New I-74 Bridge 360 Virtual Reality is MUST SEE

“This was the most amazing experience! I thought it was kind of silly you were making me go to see the new I-74 bridge, but I’m so glad you did!” said my brother who was in town visiting from the Chicago suburbs. We also took our 15-year-old nephew who thought it was “so cool”. My in-laws were really impressed, too. Even our 2 year old had fun!

What is the I-74 Bridge 360 Virtual Reality (VR) Experience?
It’s a highly interactive technology experience that allows you to see what the new I-74 bridge will look like, what driving on it will be like and what the views from the new bridge will show.

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Family Museum promotes importance of literacy, interdisciplinary and exploratory learning through Eric Carle exhibit

If there’s one thing you all have figured by my posts over the last several years, I find extreme importance in children’s literacy. As a teacher who has watched literacy develop in Pre-K through 8th grade, you often wonder where does it all began in the lives of your students. Maybe their parent read to their child during their pregnancy, or right after they began their journey in this world — but the real question is, what book did it start with?

I couldn’t even begin to name the books my parents probably read me by the time I was born, or even a month old — the list was that large. But what is common about these lists? They often contain similar books, and several written by Eric Carle.

Author of the childhood classic, A Very Hungry Caterpillar (and more!), Eric Carle’s stories and illustrations have become a favorite part of family libraries. Bettendorf’s Family Museum has placed emphasis on this sentiment through their latest summer exhibition, “A Very Eric Carle: A Very Hungry, Quiet, Lonely, Clumsy, Busy Exhibit.” 

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