Learning, understanding, inquiring and exploring begin the minute a child is born. From the first day of their life, they’re looking at everything, wondering about the world and the people around them. As children grow into toddlers and preschoolers, they are into everything — literally. Pulling out the brooms, towels, make-up bags and hair-bands, and piling up everything on the floor they for someone to notice as they count out the objects. Soaked in mud, children run back into the house, beaming in pride at their family members because they found an insect.
The exploration never stops, and the learning does not either. It’s the perfect combination that Nahant Marsh Education Center wants to continue to foster during childhood development through their early childhood programs.
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Going through winter and the back/forth in temperatures before spring finally decides to stay, it’s important to remember the beauty on the other side of winter when we’re feeling that the snowfall and cold temperatures will never end. Think of the sunshine and outdoor adventures. Think of taking the ones you love, your favorite kiddos, or just yourself on an adventure to the local zoo.
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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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I’m a woman who thrives for days on chocolate, a little bit of coffee, de-stressing, and running. It is the perfect balance to creating a healthy lifestyle balanced with some moderation. Personally, I know a lot of people feel the same. How would we get along in our crazy lifestyles without taking a break to embrace our active java and chocolate junkie lifestyles?
Continue reading Cocoa Beano Race: Running for Chocolate and giving back to children
Sunday, October 15th, 2017, brought the 3rd Annual 1920’s Vintage Football Game to the lawn of Hauberg Estate in Rock Island, Illinois. It is the yearly celebration of Quad Cities football heritage, with the Rock Island Independents playing the Moline Universal Tractors.
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Last summer when my 38-year-old my husband told me he was looking into playing football again, I was a bit concerned. When he clarified it was a flag football game in Rock Island’s Douglas Park commemorating the first NFL game, I was intrigued.
Continue reading Vintage Football in Rock Island – Where it all began!
Labor Day Weekend in the Quad Cities is always filled with fun festivities, picnics, last minute pool splashes and (hopefully) great weather. But, of course, none of it would be complete without the annual parades in Rock Island and East Moline.
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Recently I took a Sunday afternoon drive to visit Miss Effie’s Country Flowers and Garden Stuff, located just outside of the Quad Cities in Donahue, Iowa. Nestled in the rolling hills of farm country, off a gravel road, is one of the most beautiful places you can visit.
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When I saw the information for the first OMG BeckyFest, I knew it would be outstanding because the folks from Crafted Quad Cities are organizing it. Everyone knows that they have the scoop on what is “on trend” in the makers market.
Continue reading OMG BeckyFest: It’s Going To Be Artfully Amazing!
It’s the last hurrah of summer! What are your plans for Labor Day Weekend? We have some ideas for you.
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