Monthly Archives: January 2016

Playcrafters Barn Theatre

Baby It’s Cold Outside, But It’s Warm In Playcrafters: Barn Theatre!

My friends and I (all retired from Black Hawk College) like to support local theatre so our most recent visit was to see Arsenic and Old Lace at Playcrafters Barn Theatre in Moline, Ill. Located in the middle of an upscale neighborhood , the theatre was established in 1929 and provides live entertainment throughout the year.

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Hot Chocolate Recipe

Ingredients: Chocolate syrup, canned whipped cream, milk of choice

Steps

1. Put 4 tablespoons (or to taste) of Lagomarcino’s hot fudge sauce in a cup.

2. Squirt whipped cream to about halfway up the cup. (If there is no whipped cream available, use powdered sugar and vanilla extract.)

3. Mix whipped cream and chocolate together with a spoon.

4. Add hot milk of your choice.

5. Stir thoroughly.

6. Top with whipped cream and a drizzle of hot fudge sauce.

Source: WikiHow

 

Champagne on the Rocks

With class and a bit of champagne, WQPT holds its annual gala for the fifteenth year in a row. One of the largest and most elegant fundraisers in the area, the money raised goes to support the local PBS affiliate, whose missions include educational programming that includes programs such as First Book, Imagination Station and PBS Learning Media.

The night includes cocktails as well as dinner and a live auction that includes trips to Jamaica, wine tours, cooking classes, grand hotels, jewelry giveaways and so much more. Check out the auction listing before the event on Friday, January 29th.

The event takes place at the Outing Club in Davenport. Tickets are $100/person. Cocktail hour begins at 6 P.M., with dinner and the live auction at 7 P.M.

Spend the night supporting educational outreach, enjoying friends and basking in Downtown Abbey-like elegance. You can contact WQPT at 309-764-2400 or visit the site for more details.

Midwest Writing Center opens new workshop for teens

The Quad Cities is known for its arts community — a community full of life, music, writing, theatre and impeccable talent. And what makes our community more special would be the opportunities we provide for young artists to learn, grow, foster and develop the skills they have.

As a writer, I’ve been granted amazing opportunities to learn–one of which included a Young Emerging Writers Internship & Workshop at age 17 at the Midwest Writing Center.

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Modern Dance Class for Adults

Beginning next month at the Davenport location of Indigo Wellness is a new class called “Modern Dance, Mindful Movement”. The class starts Wednesday, February 3, goes from 5:30-6:30pm, and will meet once a week for 6 weeks.

As an avid fan of yoga and dancing in the name of fitness (I’ve been doing Zumba for years.), I was intrigued.  I reached out to the instructor, Nikki Jones, who also happens to be a friend of mine. I invited her to show me what she’s working on and to hear all about her next adventure.

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QC Family Fun

12 months of QC family fun

It’s a new year, which means it’s also the time for resolutions!

Forget the healthy eating and exercise (at least for the duration of this post). I have a suggestion for a great resolution for your entire family – a year of family fun right here in the Quad Cities!

This year, resolve to do something each month with your family in the Quad Cities. These mini adventures will be a great way to try new things and have lots of fun along the way!

Here are a few suggestions of activities my family is going to try each month of the year! (And be sure to add your own suggestions in the comments!)

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Analog Arcade Bar

On a recent cold and soggy Monday evening, the rain was pouring down and threatened to turn to snow. The area weathermen and women were warning us all to stay off the roads and indoors, for this winter storm was only going to get worse.

I was sitting in the kitchen of a friend of mine who happens to own a 4-wheel truck. I suggest that it’s the perfect night to finally check out the new arcade bar in downtown Davenport, because surely no one will be there.

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Figge Art Museum: Sharing World Views & Stories Through Art

When my family was in town for the holidays, I asked what they wanted to do. Since I come from an artistic family, my brother and his family wanted to see the Figge Art Museum. We had visited them in Cincinnati last month and had gone to the Cincinnati Art Museum. So seven of my family members met at the Figge for the afternoon before going to see Star Wars. I was excited to share the Quad Cities stellar art museum. It is a show place!

Designed by internationally known architect, Sir David Chipperfield, with a Sol LeWitt sculpture in the front plaza area, the Figge is a place I am proud to share with visitors.

Fire & Water, 2014 by Yuriko Yamaguchi Hand cast and pigmented resin, steel wire
Fire & Water, 2014 by Yuriko Yamaguchi
Hand cast and pigmented resin, steel wire

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