Monthly Archives: April 2016

Quad Cities Craft Beer Week

Monday, May 16th kicks off the 4th annual Quad Cities Beer Week (QCBW), and will run through to Saturday, May 21st. QCBW is put on by a group of local beer fanatics that use the week to recognize all the cool craft beer on-goings of the Quad Cities. Whether its beer from local or home brewers, delivered to us via distributors, or paired alongside a delicious meal, craft beer can be reveled with in many ways.QC Craft Beer Week Logo

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Not Overwhelming Wine and Spirits Class

Jamie Watters, the manager of Wine and Spirits at the Rock Island Hy-Vee, located at 2930 18th Avenue, is doing some neat things at their store. Earlier this year he began hosting educational classes in order to not only promote different products available, but also to inform customers of their options in an ever-growing craft-centric market. It can be very overwhelming these days to walk into a craft beer and spirits section of a store. Mr. Watters is providing fun ways to try out a variety of different things.

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Stop, relax and de-stress with the kids

We all need a moment to relax.

In a world where we are always on-the-go, trying to balance a life that can consists of school, kids, cleaning, work, trying to hit the gym to keep up with a healthy lifestyle, and backed-up construction-filled bridges when we just want to get somewhere, we break down in the stress of it all.

And sometimes we fail to realize that the little ones around us feed off that stress and it impacts their health as well.

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Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat was pure magic

There’s a reason that Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat is a show that has attracted crowds for decades (and continues to be one of my personal favorites). The family musical highlights the trials and triumphs of Joseph, Israel’s favorite son. And it’s just plain fun.

While enjoying the national tour of the show at the Adler Theatre on April 4, I was swept away in the magic once again.

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Spring Plant Sales Abound in the Quad Cities

I started planting the large empty spaces of my property in town when I first purchased my house which has a large extra lot. The extra lot which was once a lawn is now wooded and full of flowers and ground cover along with deer, rabbits, squirrels, many species of birds, opossums, raccoons, chip monks, ground hogs, and an occasional fox. I have also heard the howling of coyotes in the ravines.

All the spring bulbs and early spring plants have begun to pop up all over my garden spaces…daffodils, hyacinths, bluebells, snow on the mountain, grape hyacinth, tulips, and blood root. With the first flowers I become anxious for the many opportunities in the Quad Cities to go shopping at spring plant sales that are scattered through out the spring months, as well as a few in the fall.

Being an avid gardener with several Master Gardner friends and being from three known generations of gardening addicts, my car should have a bumper sticker that states, “Stops for Plant Sales”! My trunk is always ready with boxes, plastic sheeting and a small shovel just in case a plant alert catches my eye.

There are many plant sales through out the surrounding area. Here are some of my favorite plant sale events in the Quad Cities. I hope that they entice you to start your gardening plans for this year:

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