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Harry Potter and Quad City Symphony make music together

The Adler Theatre was full of Harry Potter fans and symphony aficionados on Saturday for the Quad City Symphony Orchestra‘s live performance accompanying the entire film Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone.

It was fabulous and amazing and delightful. As 10-year-old Anora put it: “I don’t know if I can ever watch the movie without thinking about this experience!” Her 8-year-old brother was even more impressed, “This was a life changer!”

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Come explore at Bettendorf Public Library!

Imagination, creativity and expression are key elements in letting a child grow and prosper in life. Literacy is an essential building block in life that can easily incorporate those expressive components important to childhood. We’ve incorporated these important ideas into early childhood classrooms,  playgrounds and activities — which often transfers into the homes – but beyond those two places, exploration for young children can be limited.

Bettendorf Public Library (BPL) has made it their mission to ensure that even in the world outside the classroom–the home or the playground–a child can continue to explore, create, dream, grow and prosper through their Child’s Play: Create, Explore and Experience program.

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Taqueria El Pendiente (Restaurant) – Get a taco, Give a taco

“You can’t change the world, but maybe you can make a difference for one person,” José Martinez explains. He and his family are hoping to make a difference right here in the Quad Cities, one taco at a time.

Loosely located across from the Quad City Expo Center (on the opposite side of the curve) at 2700 5th Ave. in Rock Island, Taqueria El Pendiente is owned by Hortencia Gonzalez and Agustin Martinez.

The mission behind the restaurant (besides good food) is Gonzalez’s dream – a taco pendiente.

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Holiday Downtown Celebrations 2017

This is a magical time leading up to the holidays.  In the Quad Cities and surrounding communities, many of the historic downtown districts decorate for the season and celebrate with events, parades, shopping, fireworks, living windows, and Christmas walks.  Thousands of people come to ring in the holiday season at these events.

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Art Outdoors – Self-Guided Tour of Public Sculpture

When the leaves start to turn and the weather gets cooler, it is a good time to get in your car or jump on your bike and visit various sculptures located across the Quad Cities. I take advantage of the weekly adult clay studio on Monday nights at the Bettendorf Family Museum so I often enjoy the sculptures at Faye’s Field which is just south of the museum.

Quad City Arts, a local nonprofit arts organization, has done a wonderful job of introducing public art to the area through the Public Sculpture Program. Quad City Arts has been coordinating the process of bringing outdoor sculpture to the area for 14 years. Their public sculpture program “allows cities, organizations, or businesses to have the opportunity to lease sculptures for a one-year period. All sculptures are for sale.” The 2017-2018 sculptures are located in Rock Island and Bettendorf.

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Sunny Trails Provides Great Horseback Riding Experience

It was a delightful and sunny day horseback riding at Sunny Trails in Sherrard, IL! For the past couple of years I’ve been searching for a place to take our kids horseback riding. Most of the stables I’ve contacted either have a regular lesson requirement or a minimum age well past our 3, 6, and 8 year olds. How happy were we to find Sunny Trails!

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