‘Tis the season for great craft fairs in the Quad Cities. From vendor fairs to small church sales to big ones at the Expo Center and RiverCenter…I love a good craft fair. I love local, hand-made, creative, fun, unique gifts. I love the giveaways, the camaraderie, and okay…I love to shop!
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Meet the Unhuggables of the Forest is a fabulous family event hosted by Citizens to Preserve Black Hawk Park Foundation and co-sponsored by the Sierra Club Eagle View Group. The annual event is an absolute delight featuring a variety of forest animals and the qualities that make them unhuggable/huggable and lovable/unlovable. My family attended for the first time this year and WOW! I was impressed. So were the three of my sons (ages 7, 4 and 2) that joined me.
For our recent wedding anniversary my husband, Luke, and I spent time wheel throwing pottery with Carolyn Krueger in the Clay Lab at QC Co-Lab in Davenport. IT WAS AMAZING!! Carolyn Krueger is a fabulous local artist who really cares about bringing art into the lives of Quad Citizens. You can learn more about her from Deborah Davis’ post titled Carolyn Krueger and The ARTery. What I found especially fantastic was that while she was clearly a very talented artist, her greatest gift might actually be patience. She was an excellent teacher and well worth the time and money we spent with her.
With 400,000 people in the Quad Cities area, we offer a unique location to go to college. We aren’t a typical “college town” but we also aren’t a “small town in the middle of a cornfield.” Instead we offer college students some great benefits: opportunities for job shadowing and internships, a limited pool of competitors for those opportunities (unlike large cities or college towns with a glut of youth looking for experience), affordable sports and arts events, a fun nightlife with a variety of downtowns, and a safe place to grow to adulthood.
If you have (or are) a student searching for colleges, I highly recommend putting the Quad Cities colleges on your list of places to stop.
BluJaket is my new favorite coupon app. Download it today for great deals as you’re driving around the area!
How does it work: After I’ve downloaded the app…We leave church and are thinking about where to take our family to lunch. We’re driving in Rock Island. As we approach City Limits in Rock Island, I get a notification on my phone that “I’ve been stung.” I see there’s a coupon for buy one entree, get one half off at City Limits. We pull into the parking lot and have a great meal!
As our kids are getting older (we have four boys ages 9, 7, 4, and 2) we are on the lookout for great races for them in which to participate. It’s a bonus, of course, if Dad can run as well. We’ve identified a few races and walks around the Quad Cities that offer great experiences for kids and families.
There’s a new (well, new to me) MUST-TRY eatery in Rock Island and it’s called Pee Wee’s Restaurant. This family affair is run by Rock Island native, Will Clay, and named after his father. His mother greeted us while we were there and was a lovely woman. Even though it opened in Spring 2017 we just recently had a chance to try it out. Boy, are we glad we didn’t put it off any longer!
“This was the most amazing experience! I thought it was kind of silly you were making me go to see the new I-74 bridge, but I’m so glad you did!” said my brother who was in town visiting from the Chicago suburbs. We also took our 15-year-old nephew who thought it was “so cool”. My in-laws were really impressed, too. Even our 2 year old had fun!
What is the I-74 Bridge 360 Virtual Reality (VR) Experience?
It’s a highly interactive technology experience that allows you to see what the new I-74 bridge will look like, what driving on it will be like and what the views from the new bridge will show.
The Moonlight Chase in Eldridge, Iowa, is a fun race you won’t want to miss. If you’re a longtime road racer, a running newbie, or a race fan – this one is unique and…of all things…lovely.
Summer to our family (and, apparently, our friends, too) means sunshine, water play, grilling, and cold, ice-creamy treats!
Check out these Quad Cities favorite summer ice cream shops: