Dance is the rhythmic and expressive movement of the human body. It is beautifully performed and staged 30 times during the year by the 22-year old Ballet Quad Cities. This month I was excited and honored to attend Ballet Quad Cities, Dracula, a classic tale “of love, lust and horror.” The return of this dramatic piece was staged in a new venue at the Spotlight Theatre and Event Center in downtown Moline, Illinois. Formerly the Scottish Rite Cathedral, the theatre is a worthy venue for professional dance.
In June my friends and I attended a production at The Black Box Theatre. The theatre, which opened in 2016, is located in downtown Moline, Illinois. It is within walking distance to many locally owned restaurants, drinking establishments, and hotels. This makes for a good mix of dinner and theatre for both residents and visitors to the Quad Cities.
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.
It isn’t always easy to making healthy choices while dining out. For those with allergies or dietary restrictions, it can seem near impossible finding a restaurant that can cater towards specialty needs. It can be done, though! There are several places locally that provide good, healthy, food and can accommodate for most restrictions you might have when ordering out.
Here is a list of my top 5 favorite healthy eateries in the Quad Cities.
Summer fun can easily include watching movies and the Quad Cities have some great options for you this summer! So, whether you want to enjoy being outside and see a movie on a big screen, or cool down indoors, check out these 6 Quad Cities Summer Movie Location Favorites:
Ming Wah Chinese Restaurant, a family owned business, has been a staple restaurant for me for over 15 years. I remember going to their first restaurant, The Golden Wok, in East Moline. From there Poi and her husband moved to the present location in Moline. The restaurant is in close proximity to many businesses and residential neighborhoods. The thing that keeps me returning to Ming Wah is the use of less oil and fresh and healthy ingredients in their dishes.
When I am running errands in downtown Moline, Illinois, my place to go is Cup A Jo Cafe. Open for over 12 years, Cup A Jo serves breakfast, lunch, and bakery items with coffee and tea specialties as well as Italian soda, hot chocolate, and organic Oregon black Chai tea. Their menu offers fresh salads, 14 sandwiches, soup, and various hot and cold breakfast/bakery items.
Jimmy’s Pancake House in both Moline, Illinois, and Bettendorf, Iowa, are family owned restaurants where “everything is made to order with fresh, quality ingredients using Jimmy’s perfected recipes.” My artists breakfast group likes to go monthly to the Moline location to enjoy lively conversation, new idea exchanges, and the delicious food.
We LOVE PBS shows in our house of 4 boys ages 1-9 yrs. from old favorites like Cat in the Hat to new friends like Jet Propulsion. There’s no better way to have fun with our favorite KIDS show characters than Imagination Station presented by WQPT Quad Cities PBS.
My feeling is that it is important to explore the past to understand the present and to prepare for the future. With this in mind, I went with my antique club to take a tour of the Rock Island County Historical Society. Located since 1962 in the historical area of Moline, Illinois, across from the Deere-Wiman Home and Butterworth Center, the volunteer-run historical society has been in existence since 1905. In the past decade, there have been many changes and additions to the museum and research facilities.