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Chocolate Experience at the Quad Cities Botanical Center

There are few people around the area that don’t love chocolate in some form. Whether indulging in a box of store-bought chocolates or making your way downtown to the local excellence of Lagomarcino’s, chocolate is something familiar to know and love. But when the local delicacies are available, the community will often unite together to savor every moment of the event.

On Saturday, April 6, the Quad Cities Botanical Center will house local chocolate shops and bakeries for the day. Dubbed the “Chocolate Experience,” tasty treats will grace the booths at the event along with other local vendors. Tickets must be purchased in order to secure a specific time slot in the two-hour tasting window, which runs 9AM-11PM, 12PM-2PM and 3PM-5PM. Sampling tickets may be limited to purchase at the door. The time is capped to ensure all vendors are able to give guests a “memorable chocolate experience” and have the ability to restock the supply during the off-hour.

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Local Special Olympics Polar Plunge March 24

Taking an oath and making a promise is nothing short of the definition of dedication and commitment. But what you put your energy and commitment into is the key to unlocking a sense of hope and passion. This concept is a significant part of what Special Olympics Illinois sets out to do in their journey to “unleash the human spirit through the transformative power and joy of sport, every day around the world.”

A non-profit organization, the Special Olympics Illinois chapter has provided opportunities for more than 23,000 athletes with intellectual disabilities and nearly 20,000 young athletes, ages 2-7, with and without intellectual disabilities since 1968. Each spring the organization hosts the Law Enforcement Torch Run and Polar Plunge in multiple areas with the intention of raising awareness and funds for the athletes and families involved in Special Olympics.

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Top 10 Places for a Cocktail in the Quad Cities

Being a bartender for over a decade now, it has become not just a profession of mine but also a passion. I enjoy the art and act of mixology. I also enjoy experiencing what my peers are doing in the community and learning from them. They have inspired me to share what I believe to be the top ten places to have a drink in the Quad Cities.

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“Master Chef-like” Battle Cooking on Feb. 24

Gordon Ramsay’s spirit is gracing the Quad Cities with his presence — or should I say, spirit of competition? No, the world-renowned chef and television personality is not coming to our Midwestern town, but the essence of the battles seen on his MasterChef television series will be headed towards Rock Island in late February.

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A Novel Naptime: A Book Club for Parents while Kids Play

The Moline Public Library is offering a new book club program for parents with young children called A Novel Naptime. Parents will engage in a casual discussion about the novel and are encouraged to bring their kids along (preschool and under). Toys and activities will be available and everyone fully expects kids to be kids while parents talk around them. The event is hosted in the 2nd floor program room where they can close the door and allow the natural rustling and interruptions of youth to fill the space.

Becca Bacon from the Library explains, “We were looking for a way to include another demographic in our book groups and realized if we made children welcome, parents would be able to join. The idea was launched and so far the interest has been good! We’re very excited to start this book club as a way for parents to get together.”

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