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Celebrate diversity with ¡VIVA! Quad Cities

Celebrating who we are as individuals is an important part of our lives.  Every day this semester I have planned on how best to teach my students about human rights.  The curriculum mandates several lessons on the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.  There are so many important aspects of that document, but the main item I want my students to take away is to be proud of who you are — your heritage, your language, your culture, and you as an individual. 

¡VIVA! Quad Cities allows that dream of being proud of who you are, and the family you come from to come true for many as they host their 25th annual ¡VIVA! Quad Cities Fiesta on Saturday, September 8.  It’s the Quad Cities largest celebration of Hispanic culture.

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QC take on the great Mississippi Valley Fair

The smell of fried food hits the Midwestern air, and you can’t help but think one thing — it’s fair season! That one time of year you ditch those healthy eating habits and spend all night singing along to catchy music. Add in some cool rides and livestock it’s the essence of the Midwest on a sole property. The Mississippi Valley Fair did what it does best once again — bringing the food and the fun all into one venue.
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The East Moline Paletero Project

As a teacher, pride for your students never ceases to fail. Whether a homework assignment, an extracurricular, a service activity, or something different altogether — it’s an indescribable feeling. It bubbles up inside of you, and you are bursting to the seams with joy. When they get the idea to start a business to make money for a school trip, so they can further their education, and manage to present their concepts in front of the Quad Cities Chamber, you can’t help but smile. This is exactly what my former students, Sergio Garcia, 12, and Jesús Gutierrez, 13, from my time student teaching 7th and 8th grade ESL English/Language Arts at Glenview have done to “keep their eyes on the prize” and succeed in furthering their education. 

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Come to the great Mississippi Valley Fair

The warm summer breeze, sand in your feet, a drink of choice in your hand, and your voice is hoarse after singing every known lyric as the sound of music devours the arena. But that concert wasn’t the start of all the fun, it was the second part of an evening first spent eating the best of fair foods, previewing livestock and adorable animals, and spinning round and round on rides where your legs shook for several minutes after it ended.

This scenario could be anywhere, but nothing quite fits it like the annual Mississippi Valley Fair. It’s one of the times that almost everyone in the Quad Cities finds themselves in the same place. With 6 concerts and admission to the fair itself, the $55-$60 Fun Card proves to be a smart and money-savvy opportunity to have a week’s worth of fun and entertainment.
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Moline Library sets sail with summer fun through family STEM challenges

There’s two and a half months worth of summer vacation from school, and there’s a hundred different ways to spend it. Whether you spend it enjoying lazy days at the pool, running around outside, relaxing in the cool breeze of the air conditioning, or participating in fun STEM activities, the possibilities are endless. This summer the Moline Public Library is encouraging families to come on in, and dive into a world of literacy, engineering, history and other related STEM activities through their World Monument Building Challenge that started June 11th and ends June 30th.

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Niabi Zoo set to open April 14th

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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Dr. Seuss comes alive at the German-American Heritage Center!

There are few things more hilarious than the beloved comedic writing of the late Dr. Seuss. From our first exposure to stories as an infant to laughing hysterically at the charm that the stories provide in our first early reading steps to a smile of reminiscence at the silly-yet-poetic rhymes of Dr. Seuss fill all of us with a sense of child-like splendor.

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Hot Hot Chocolate! Polar Express Pajama Party returns to the Putnam

As you look out the frost covered windows during this month, many of us dwell on what the holiday season means to us. Every person you meet will answer that question differently — but most will note the importance of family, giving, holiday decor, and cheer.

During this busy time, most families are constantly on the go with little time to spend together until the holidays arrive. However, in those open pockets of time, the Putnam Museum has their 4-day annual Polar Express Pajama Party, giving an opportunity to spend quality family time together.

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