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Mississippi Valley Fair Celebrates 100th Anniversary

History and heritage are two important components of the Quad Cities. We pride ourselves in the growth and redevelopment of the beautiful community, but we never forget our roots.

It’s a history full of twists and turns and many prized contributions — one of which we will celebrate this summer. The Mississippi Valley Fair (MVF) is 100 years old this year, and we’re all ready to party during Fair Week–July 30th through August 4th.

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Chic Soiree Bakery: Hidden Gem for Gluten-Free Bride

Being gluten-intolerant is far from fun. So many things that were once a delectable treat become outlawed in your daily diet. While the amount of gluten-free items at restaurants, grocery stores and bakeries have increased, the ability to cough down $5 for an item that would usually cost $2 is difficult. It’s a struggle I faced while wedding planning. I found that most of the gluten free cupcakes and cakes I could find we’re going to cost us well over $1000. Because of that, I put my research cap on and started scouring for local places that wouldn’t break our budget. After looking through downtown, I came across a hidden shop in the West End of Davenport that sold gluten-free and vegan friendly options called, Chic Soiree

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Quad Cities Welcomes Portillo’s

When you travel the world, it’s no secret that people will ask you where you’re from. If you say Moline, Davenport, Rock Island, Silvis, East Moline, or Bettendorf or anything beyond the Midwest, the natural response you will get is, “Oh, is that near Chicago?” As you attempt to explain that you live nearly three hours from the city, you finally just give in and respond that it is close to Chicago. While we face these travel frustrations and own where we’re from, we can’t help but wish that a little bit of Chicago cuisine could move just a little bit closer to home. Dish-deep pizzas, Italian beef, Chicago dogs and more. But what if our wishes had finally come true? The long-awaited Portillo’s has been packed in Davenport. 

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Hamilton’s Story at Moline Library

Most of us have heard of Alexander Hamilton, whether it was in history class or from the very popular Broadway musical. He was a U.S. founding father and the first Secretary of the Treasury in the country. Admittedly, our current interest in him was pretty much non-existent until Lin-Manuel Miranda’s musical on the historical figure became a great obsession. But while we’re singing along and watching the story play out on the stage, it’s important to differentiate the fact versus fiction portions of the show — something Miranda notes himself in his own reflections of his masterpiece. The truth in history and the passion for Hamilton’s life is coming to Moline Public Library this summer.

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Find physical, mental and emotional wellness this March through QC Yoga Classes

The new year and the spring temperatures often start a health and wellness journey for many individuals in the Quad Cities area. Gym memberships are up, the river walkway is flooded with runners, walkers and bikers, and the number of people signing up for the latest cardio revolution class is astronomical. While I love almost all types of exercise that omits the dreaded burpees and planks, there’s an important mental and emotional wellness that should come along with exercise as well. This can be done through whatever form of exercise fits you best, but is most notably famed for being an essential part of Yoga class. During the month of March, the Quad Cities is full of inexpensive and free Yoga opportunities for those looking to find inner peace during their daily exercise routine. Whether you’re a teen, young adult, expecting parent, mother or father of 5, or grandparent, the Quad Cities has Yoga for everyone! Continue reading Find physical, mental and emotional wellness this March through QC Yoga Classes

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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Geneseo creates nostalgia with Christmas at the Red Barn

It’s a beautiful time of year as we watch snow fall softly. The holiday lights twinkle in the dark skies and Christmas songs play in homes across the Quad Cities’ area. However, in an age of electronic devices, fast-paced lifestyles and brisk temperatures, it seems that many aging holiday traditions have become obsolete. This season Geneseo’s Red Barn recreates the dreams equated with Christmases past to create a winter wonderland perfect for all ages.

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After school workout at Elevate Trampoline Park

While most of us want to get in a nap after work, the younger loved ones in our lives are still a bubbling and bursting ball of energy. A trip to the park or playing in the backyard works most of the time, but every so often a special trip is in order to bounce out the energy before and/or after homework and dinner time. Elevate Trampoline Park in Milan has just the right “after school energy burn” special that will delight children and their parents and guardians.

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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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