Comic Books and accessories have always been something that “collectors” have loved hunting down–seeking out the newest release or digging for a rare gem in a sea of cardboard boxes. This alongside the booming popularity of superhero films and television shows, the art of comic is alive and well in the Quad Cities.
I recently set out and explored the local fan favorites and have a great time in doing so!
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One year for Christmas we gave my in-laws an Eagle Watching Adventure with local naturalist, Bob Motz. Mr. Motz, formerly a high school biology teacher, takes people to his favorite eagle watching locations and shares his knowledge of our nation’s majestic bird.
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Inspiredesign Jewelry is a creative and reasonably priced custom jewelry shop in Rock Island that opened in 2008. Consider stopping by for a one-of-a-kind item or some enhancements to your current pieces. The lovely little shop will serve you well.
With over 30 year of experience, shop owner and artist Mindy Diaz and her team offer spectacular designs and custom jewelry along with standard jewelry services like cleaning and resizing.
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Augustana College’s John Deere Planetarium hosts its annual holiday show “Season of Light”. Have you ever wondered how the night sky has influenced holiday traditions? Was it astrologically possible for the Star of Bethlehem to shine all day and night? What might the movement of stars and other historical astrology tell us about what took place years ago?
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WAKE Brewing opened for business on Saturday. This has been a long time coming and has many people in the Quad Cities craft beer community very excited. I had to opportunity to get a sneak peak of the new place and sit down with the owners to hear all about our community’s next brewery.
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These places are open for Thanksgiving dinner so you don’t have to cook on Thursday, November 23, 2017!
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“You can’t change the world, but maybe you can make a difference for one person,” José Martinez explains. He and his family are hoping to make a difference right here in the Quad Cities, one taco at a time.
Loosely located across from the Quad City Expo Center (on the opposite side of the curve) at 2700 5th Ave. in Rock Island, Taqueria El Pendiente is owned by Hortencia Gonzalez and Agustin Martinez.
The mission behind the restaurant (besides good food) is Gonzalez’s dream – a taco pendiente.
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This is a magical time leading up to the holidays. In the Quad Cities and surrounding communities, many of the historic downtown districts decorate for the season and celebrate with events, parades, shopping, fireworks, living windows, and Christmas walks. Thousands of people come to ring in the holiday season at these events.
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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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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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