PLAN AHEAD: QC Anime-zing! returns to the Davenport RiverCenter next weekend for three days of Japanese animation, magna and cosplay.

The convention will feature events, workshops, a formal ball, question-and-answer sessions, and appearances by actors and comic book writers. Notable guests include "Mighty Morphin Power Rangers" actors Johnny Yong Bosh, who played the Black Ranger, and Robert Axelrod, who provided the voice for Lord Zedd. Sonny Strait, better known as the voice of Krillin on "Dragon Ball Z," and comic book writers Russell Lissau and Trevor Mueller also will be in attendance.

The event begins at 3 p.m. Friday, June 17, and ends Sunday, June 19. Attendees can register at the door for $45 for the entire weekend or $35 for one day. The RiverCenter is at 136 E. 3rd St., Davenport. For more information, visit qcanimezing.com.

FOR THE FAMILY: Parents and caregivers of infants up to 18 months old can bring their children to Book Babies at the Davenport Public Library-Eastern Avenue, 6000 Eastern.

The new program teaches caregivers and children Mother Goose rhymes through repetition to help prepare youngsters to read in the future.

The library staff recommends leaving time to select books to be checked out after the free program is over so as to continue literacy skills at home.

The program begins at 10 a.m. Friday, June 10, and will be held each Friday through July 29. For more information about this and other summer reading programs, visit davenportlibrary.com.

SHOW TO SEE: The Redstone Room is beginning a free concert series called Friday Live at Five.

This week features Orangadang, a Quad-City band that performs originals as well as covers of the Talking Heads, Cracker, Cake, the Grateful Dead and others.

The show will begin at 5 p.m. in the RME courtyard next to the River Music Experience, 129 N. Main St., Davenport. For more information, visit redstoneroom.com or myspace.com/orangadangmusic.

SHE SAID WHAT?: Country singer Crystal Gayle said her visual trademark of waist- to knee-length hair was purely unintentional, and opposed by her older sister, Loretta Lynn:

"I couldn't fix my hair. She would all the time tell me, ‘Cut your hair, curl it, do this.' But I couldn't fix it. I'm on the road. I said, ‘I can wash it.' That wasn't meant to be a trademark ... but it happened to be my look because I couldn't fix it."

 

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