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MUSCATINE \u2014 Senior Resources is gearing up for its fourth annual Pearl City Picnic, which starts at 11:45 a.m. Saturday, May 6, in the 200 block of E. 3rd St., in front of City Hall.

People\u2019s Choice tickets are $10 and can be purchased in advanced at Senior Resources or at the event.

Competitor information

There is a $100 registration fee for competitors, which includes entries into four different categories or all categories. There are four categories; pork ribs, chicken, sauce, Peoples Choice. Prizes will be awarded for five places for each category.

Visit www.muscatineseniorresources.com/picnic to register or contact Todd Poci at (563) 263-7292, for more information.\u00a0

The event is sanctioned by the Kansas City Barbeque Society and is a competitor\u2019s series event, which means there are no National point scores awarded.

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It was the Rev. Michael Pica's idea: Pedal across Illinois, raise awareness and spiritual support for vocations in the Diocese of Peoria.

Pica enlisted the help of two priest friends, Adam Cesarek and Tom Otto, and planning began for a 320-mile ride, while making regular stops along the way to explain their goals.

It's described as a prayer-raiser, rather than a fundraiser.

On Monday, the trio \u2014 who had met in seminary school \u2014\u00a0dipped their wheels in the Mississippi River in East Moline, left from Our Lady of Grace Church and pedaled over to Jordan Catholic School in Rock Island.

They were met by priests and sisters and all of Jordan's students who assembled in two sessions in the school gym.

The priests wore special bike jerseys that not only displayed their purpose, \"Priests Pedaling for Prayers,\" but also resemble a cleric's collar at the top.

They have prepared for this week's trip, Cesarek said, even biking in the rain and in a hail storm. \"I just put my head down and let the hail bounce off the helmet,\" he said.

Pica, who practices his faith in Bloomington, Illinois, chose a route that goes from west to east, mindful of head winds. They are scheduled to finish their ride at noon Friday with a stop at Schlarman Academy in Danville, Illinois.

The aim, Cesarek said, is to show youths, especially, that a priest's job is joyful and how valuable it is to share the word of Jesus Christ.

Otto, from Monmouth, Illinois, revved up the Jordan crowd of about 100 5th- to 8th-grade students. He cycled inside the gym as the students did the \"wave,\" urged on by Cesarek.

The students whooped and hollered at the sights. Pica's message was about the need for priests and sisters in Catholic vocations. Vocations, he said, involve work that matters.

Otto was ordained four years ago but said he had no plans to become a priest until he went on a retreat in high school. He is drawn to the work, which he described as being \"at the extremes of life, from birth, or baptism, to one's final days.\"

The priest said he listened to God's plan for him, and he urged the students to be just as open.

\"I've had the happiest four years of my life,\" Otto said.

Cesarek led a question-and-answer session, in which the prizes were the black-and-white \"Priests Pedaling For Prayers\" T-shirt. He explained the seminary process to the youths, noting that when he was in seminary school, he was in \"23rd grade\" and was ready to finish up the studies and actually be a priest.

Cesarek led the students in prayers and ended up with \"Bless Us Our Lord, and these thy gifts,\" or the prayer Catholics say before eating.

\"Now you're ready to go eat,\" he said, and the students left for lunch.

Students were impressed by the event. Ryan Dockery-Jackson, 14, of Rock Island was among the eighth-graders at the assembly.

\"It was really a fun and interesting idea to have this event to pray for vocations,\" he said.

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Moline High School announces National Honor Society

The Harold P. Griffith Chapter, Moline High School National Honor Society inducted 96 seniors and 106 juniors during a ceremony April 20.

Scholarships of $150 each were awarded to all senior members. Special recognition was given to students with straight A\u2019s, those with only one B and those with only two B\u2019s.

Senior Anna Finch\u00a0received the fourth annual Harold P. Griffith Scholar Award, a $1,000 award renewable for four years. The scholarship criteria emphasize the four qualities of the National Honor Society: scholarship, service, leadership and character.

Seniors: Amelia Adams, Harrison Allers, Rodrigo Almanza, Emma Anderson, Katie Anderson, Ashley Barker, Micaela Beam, Sydney Biscontine, Alexa Bishop, Saneha Borisuth, Nam-Phuong Brennan, Allie Buckwalter, Cassandra Carlson, Grafton Carlson, Leslie Casiano, Benjamin Castro, Kara Christiansen, Kier Cook, Connor Dessert, Elijah DeWilde, Abdoulaye Diawara, Ryan Dosch, Katherine Douglas, Kelsey Eilers, Kaylin Ellis, Rocio Enriquez, Grant Estes, Javeria Fatima, Nathan Fields, Anna Finch, Camryn Flippo, Alexis Ford, Matthew Fournier, Erin Geyer, Lindsay Golden, Ava Gomez, Gavin Graham, Hannah Grigsby, Cristal Guzman, Alexander Hansen, Peyton Hansen, Katherine Helms, Valeria Hernandez, Jamie Hogeboom, Daisy Hoyt, Carla Islas, Christian Jones, Pranjal Kadwe, Emma Kindred, Tyler King, Annie Knobloch, Dasirea Leslie, Jessika Lobb, Greta Long, Emily Mack, Jenna Martel, Essence McGrew, Luke McMillan, Matthew McNaught, Julie Metot, Julia Miesner, William Mihalopoulos, Aaron Miller, Mckenzi Mitchell, Fatimata Ndiaye, Ryan Newberg, Megan Olson, Riya Patel, Logan Pauley, Mason Pedersen, Madilyn Perez, Lucas Petre, Dana Plagenz, Isabel Potter, Karthik Prakash, Lauren Puig, Alec Quick, Rebecca Quick, Ryan Reed, Daniela Rios De Santiago, Ashley Romeo, Adriana Sanchez, Rebecca Schaechter, Elizabeth Schimmel, Tatyana Simmons, Ella Specht, Eric Spurgetis, Emilee Tingley, Katie Tran, Lucas Verstraete, Anna Vinzant, Noah Vyncke, Lauren Welvaert, Omar Wilson, Caden Wright and Isabel Zimmerman.

Juniors: Gofran Ali, Kenya Alston, Daniel Anderson, Heather Anderson, Gabriella Armentrout, Amadou Bah, Samuel Baker, Lauren Benson, Letecia Billups, Allisyn Blaser, Ian Brown, Garrett Brown, Mikayla Carlson, Katherine Christensen, Natalie Christenson, Kennedy Cook, Haylie Covemaker, Megan Cox, Samantha Cramer, Alannah Crompton, Ellie Cruse, Madelyn Cunningham, Alexandra Dessert, Kameron Dickerson, Alexandria Diehl, Tamera Dixon, Nicholas Drobushevich, Madeleine Eaton, Jason Fly, Shannon Fowler, Cecilia Franklin, Lillian Glackin, Martin Gonzalez, Nolan Griffin, Madison Guthrie, Savannah Hampton, Daphne Hancks, Ayah Hasan, Gabriellia Howard, Hannah Hutton, Riya Jain, Siddhi Kapur, Mandeep Kaur, Hannah Keith, Shaddy Khalafallah, Alexander Klumb, Laney Krebs, Justin Kuffler, Joseph Lavin, Gregory Layer, William Lerschen, Ryan Lewis, Trevonte Lockhart Frazer, Ryan Lodico, Ethan Luong, Jasmyn Madden-Whitehead, Eric Maffie, Riley Maidlow, Katherine Maloney, Emily Massey, McKena Mathews, Madison McCloud, Elizabeth McDermott, Lacey McMillion, Luke Melton, Emily Menke, Megan Meyer, Kaitlyn Miner, Jonathan Moore, Kaleb Mota, Elexus Mowery, Hailey Neels, Hannah O'Donnell, Grant Ohlsen, Zoe Page, Olivia Pauley, Zamone Perez, Jared Phillips, Julia Piehl, Jacob Powell, Joshua Powell, Shiv Puri, Caleb Rapsilber, Kiya Ritchie, Fiona Roehrs, Edgar Rosales, Cathy Rosas, Kacper Ryba, Nayeli Sanchez, Addison Sanders, Carter Schierbrock, Russell Schmidt, Emme Schwabe, Abhinav Sodhani, Kylie Spiegel, Noah Stivers, Elizabeth Swank, Hannah Thiele, Jack Thompson, Skylar Thompson, Nicole Tillberg, Truman VanVooren, William VanVooren, Olesia Walas, Alexis Wolf and Zachary Zelnio.

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\u201cUse it or lose it.\u2019\u2019

This admonition we have all heard can apply to our lack of movement as we age.

AARP reports that 40 percent of people between the ages of 45 and 64 are considered physically inactive. The figure jumps to 60 percent after age 64.

And, as the saying suggests, function can be lost with inactivity. With activity, function can improve or loss of function can be slowed.

The benefits of physical activity extend far beyond better heart health, improved flexibility and improved joint and bone health. By exercising, blood flows to your brain and you are sharper mentally. Your appearance can be healthier.

That feeling of \u201cwell being\u2019\u2019 or the \u201cexercise high\u2019\u2019 develops when endorphins are released by the brain during exercise and immediately after. The brain considers exercise to be a form of pain, or stress, which results in the release of the endorphins, the body\u2019s natural pain relief mechanism.

An exercise high improves both body and brain function.

So, how do you get that pleasurable feeling? Get up and move.

Even if you have physical limitations that prevent one type of exercise, you may be able to pursue a different form of exercise. Here are a few we suggest:

Walking. Start out at 10 minutes if that is all you can do without pain. Gradually work up to 30 minutes or longer per day and try to pick up the pace. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends a total of 250 minutes of aerobic activity a week. Walking is also a very accessible exercise.

Swimming. This activity is less accessible if you don\u2019t have a club membership or another pool to use. If you have pool access, swimming is an excellent full body workout. If you are less capable as a swimmer, try walking in the water or sign up for a water aerobics class.

Biking.\u00a0This is another low-impact option, but weather can be a factor. Biking is great for your legs, your behind and your heart and lungs. Biking can be more dangerous than other activities. Wear a helmet and be aware of surroundings and changes in the surface. Turn it into a social activity with other bikers.

Gardening.\u00a0This is surprisingly good exercise and relatively low-impact. Push the mower, rake the leaves, put in new plants, move old ones and you\u2019ll be exercising without realizing you are. Added bonus: your property will look better and so will you.

Just do it. Sexual activity is another beneficial and enjoyable form of exercise. Sexual activity has a number of benefits, including burning calories, lowering blood pressure, and maintaining closeness with a partner, which improves outlook and overall health.

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Christina McDonough, staff resident at the Scott County Health Department, has been awarded an Iowa Walking College Fellowship.\u00a0

She will participate in a six-month program with 14 other fellows across the state.

McDonough will design a health/walking-related community engagement project that will strengthen local efforts to make Scott County more walkable and livable.\u00a0

The Walking College will kick off on May 3 in Ames, with a daylong interactive session with experts in transportation and public health.

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Sink the pans into the ground so the rim is even with the soil surface.\u00a0 Empty the pans at least twice a week. Pesticides (molluscicides) will likely be necessary to control large slug populations. 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Hostas are a popular\u00a0landscaping plant and\u00a0easy to grow, but certain steps in planting and dividing\u00a0must be followed\u00a0to ensure optimal performance, including watering and pest control.

Here are some questions about hostas with answers from horticulturists at Iowa State University Extension and Outreach.

Q: When is the best time to divide hostas?

A: Spring. Dig up the entire clump as soon as the leaves begin to emerge. (The emerging leaves are bullet-shaped and are often referred to as points or noses.)\u00a0 Carefully divide the clump into sections with a sharp knife. Each section should have at least two or three points (leaves) and a good portion of the crown and root system. Replant immediately.\u00a0

While spring is the best time, plants can be divided anytime into\u00a0late summer. Hostas divided in late summer should be mulched with several inches of straw, pine needles or other materials in late fall. Mulching helps prevent repeated freezing and thawing of the soil during the winter months that could heave late summer divisions up out of the soil and damage or destroy them.

Q: Where should hostas be planted?

A: Most hosta cultivars perform best in partial to full shade. A site that receives between two to four hours of direct sun per day is partial shade, while a site that receives less than two hours of direct sun per day is full shade. Most of the yellow and gold leafed hosta cultivars develop their best leaf color in areas that receive four to five hours of direct sun.\u00a0\u00a0

Hostas prefer well-drained, fertile soils that contain high levels of organic matter. Soils that contain high levels of clay or sand can be improved by incorporating organic matter (compost, sphagnum peat moss, shredded oak leaves, etc.). In poorly drained sites, the best solution may be to construct a raised bed.

Q: Do hostas need to be watered during the growing season?

A: For best performance, hostas need a consistent supply of moisture. Dry conditions inhibit plant growth and may lead to scorching (browning) of leaf margins. To help conserve soil moisture, apply a 2- to 3-inch-layer of wood chips, shredded bark or other mulch around hostas. Also, water plants weekly during prolonged dry periods.

Q: Should I fertilize my hostas?

A: Hostas do not require heavy fertilization. A single application of an all-purpose garden fertilizer, such as 10-10-10, in spring as growth begins to emerge is usually sufficient.

Q: How do I control slugs on my hostas?

A: Several strategies can be used to control slugs. Small numbers can be controlled by handpicking. Handpicking is best done at night with a flashlight as slugs are most active at night. Traps can also be used to control slugs. A trap can be a piece of wood or asphalt shingle. Place the object on the ground where slugs have been feeding.

Lift up the trap after one to two days and destroy any slugs hiding beneath it. Shallow pans of beer also attract slugs. Sink the pans into the ground so the rim is even with the soil surface.\u00a0 Empty the pans at least twice a week. Pesticides (molluscicides) will likely be necessary to control large slug populations. Slug baits typically contain metaldehyde or ferric (iron) phosphate. \u00a0
\u00a0

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Q:\u00a0My neighbor is growing a plant he calls 'cat thyme' and insists that his cats like it better than catnip. He has planted some around the foundation of his house and says it is easy to grow. He has offered to give me some for my cat, but I\u00a0want to make sure it\u2019s not dangerous although most\u00a0everything I have read suggests it\u2019s safe!

A. Both catnip and cat thyme are safe for cats although, as with people, there can be\u00a0individual sensitivities to certain plants and foods. Both also can\u00a0cause\u00a0minor euphoria in some cats;\u00a0affected cats may roll in the plants, purr or even drool to express their satisfaction. Eating\u00a0the plant may induce sedation or a different sensation/reaction than from\u00a0what happens when a cat rubs\u00a0against it.

Cat thyme is actually not in the thyme family at all but belongs to a group of small woody plants originating in Spain. It resembles thyme but has a different requirement for planting and growing and certainly shouldn\u2019t be used in the same way as the more common herb.

Like any new food or treat,\u00a0offer only small amounts to your cat to assess his or her response and to make sure that your cat doesn\u2019t have a skin or taste sensitivity to it. While not as attractive as fresh cat thyme, dried leaves could be rubbed on scratching posts or sewn into toys.

If your cat enjoys fresh plants, you might also want to consider growing a small container of veterinarian-approved plants, including various grasses and grains such as\u00a0wheat or oats. While these plants may not induce the euphoria that catnip or cat thyme seem to initiate, they will be safe\u00a0and insecticide- and pesticide-free.

Questions? Send them to Dr. Sandeman, Home & Garden, Quad-City Times, 500 E. 3rd St., Davenport, IA 52801. Or, email to papertrained@mchsi.com. Dr. Sandeman cannot answer letters or email personally, but questions of general interest will be answered in this column.

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Here are plant sales by nonprofit groups in the Quad-Cities this week:

Friday-Saturday, April 28-29

Quad-City Botanical Center, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday-Saturday, April 28 and 29, 2525 4th Ave., Rock Island.

Annuals with the word \"chocolate\" in their names, vegetables, heirloom tomatoes and unusual tropicals, all nurtured locally.

Friday-Sunday, April 28-30

Friends of Vander Veer, 1-6 p.m. Friday, April 28, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, April 29, and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday, April 30, at the conservatory, 215 West Central Park Ave., Davenport.

Hundreds of plants with a wide selection of annuals, perennials, and tropicals.

The Friends of Vander Veer is a non-profit organization that supports beauty, education, and restoration at Vander Veer Botanical Park.

Today- June 1

The Silvis Garden Club has opened its greenhouse for sales from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays and 1-4 p.m. Sundays. The greenhouse is at 651 1st Ave. N., Silvis, behind Schroder\u2019s Mortuary. Cash and checks are accepted, no credit cards.

Annuals, hanging baskets, vines, herbs, tomatoes and peppers. This includes 25 varieties of one-gallon tomato plants grown by members of the club.

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A four-bedroom, ranch-style house with zero-step entries and a three-car garage built by high school students\u00a0will be among the 25 homes\u00a0in this year's Spring Preview of Homes.

The home at 1236 W. 63rd St., Davenport, is the 21st home built over an 18-year period through a partnership among the Quad-City Builders and Remodelers Association, the Quad-City Area Realtor Association and area high schools.

Working under the guidance of instructor Craig Peckenschneider and with help from professional trades people, students learn \"everything you need to know to build a house,\" Kerry Moeller, 18, of Davenport West High School said one recent day while working at\u00a0the home.

Along with\u00a0Anthony Stock, 18, also of West, and Cameron Butler, 17, of Davenport North, Moeller\u00a0was\u00a0assembling ceiling fans in preparation for a visit by an electrician to hook them up.

All three said they signed up\u00a0because they want to go into the building trades.

This year's class ended up with only five students total after some students withdrew for various reasons, including moving from the district or not having access to transportation, Lynn Figg, who directs the program for North, said. But\u00a026 are signed up for next year, indicating that interest remains strong, she said.

This year's home is set up for single-floor living \u2014 one side of the\u00a0main level includes the great room with a vaulted ceiling and\u00a0kitchen, dining and living areas. There's also a laundry room and \"mud\" area between the kitchen and the garage and stairs to the lower level where there is a finished bedroom and bathroom, rec room and much unfinished storage space.

The other side of the house contains the master suite with its own bath and walk-in closet and the two secondary bedrooms with a common bath.

All the finishes \u2014 paint, siding, light fixtures, cabinets, countertops, backsplash, hardware, mirrors, flooring and appliances \u2014 were selected by a graduate of the program, Andrea Figg.

Figg filled the same role last year when she was a senior at North, and she volunteered to do it again this year.

The kitchen cabinets are white with a tan subway tile backsplash and the countertops are quartz, incorporating many swirling shades, including white, gray, tan, black and silver.

Figg is a student at Scott Community College, transferring next year to Iowa State University, Ames, to pursue a degree in home economics.

The asking price of the home is $325,000.

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Stare at the\u00a0front of the new, two-story\u00a0house built by Robert and Kristin Schumacher\u00a0in Eldridge, and it takes awhile to absorb everything that's going on.

There's a dormer window, a round window, two roof peaks, vertical siding and horizontal siding, rough-sawn cedar pillars, a brick half-wall, galvanized metal light fixtures.

Very busy. But that's intentional.

\"The more aspects you can bring into a home the better,\" Schumacher said. \"We try to have at least four different details. You get that contrast of all the different elements that brings it to life. Those little details are what we focus on. It really pops.\"

The Schumacher house will be one of 25 open for public tours today, Wednesday and next Saturday-Sunday during the Spring Preview of Homes sponsored by the Quad-City Builders and Remodelers Association.

Step inside the house, and your the first\u00a0thought may be, \"Wow, this is different.\"

That's because\u00a0ahead and to your right is a room whose back wall is floor-to-ceiling dark gray shiplap. It draws your eyes immediately.

Shiplap is the rough-sawn,\u00a0pine paneling with one-fourth-inch gaps between the boards\u00a0popularized by Chip and Joanna Gaines on HGTV's \"Fixer Upper.\"

The\u00a0Schumachers love it and have been using it for about a year. You'll see it in seven different places throughout the house, including\u00a0the ceiling of a half bath and the\u00a0wall of a staircase landing.

The\u00a0sense that this house is a little\u00a0different\u00a0\"is the point,\" Kristin said.

The shiplap room\u00a0is\u00a0an office; the opposite wall contains a window surrounded by\u00a0floor-to-ceiling bookshelves painted in the same dark gray as the shiplap. The other walls are \"decorator white.\" This gray and white color scheme is carried out throughout the house, including gray single-panel doors.

And\u00a0carried out through the entire first level is seven-inch hickory plank flooring.

Beyond the office, the home opens\u00a0to the great room, with family, dining and kitchen areas.\u00a0

Like the exterior,\u00a0the kitchen takes time\u00a0to absorb, too.

The cabinets are gray, with simple, brushed nickel hardware, and four are finished with\u00a0glass fronts. The countertops are white quartz; the backsplash is white subway tile with charcoal grout for contrast.

Above the three-foot by five-foot island hang two industrial-looking black metal pendant lights with old-fashioned-looking light bulbs.

A signature touch is\u00a0Schumacher's use of Adorne brand electrical outlet plates that are made so the screws don't show. \"It makes a statement,\" he said.

Elsewhere in the home, outlets are placed in the baseboards,\u00a0another signature touch. \"It cleans up the sight line of the walls,\" he said.

A staircase off the living area features Craftsman-style newel posts painted gray with square\u00a0white spindles. In addition to the surprise of a window at the landing \u2014 a look reminiscent of Victorian-era\u00a0homes \u2014 there is a large, roundish sitting room area at the top of the stairs.

Emanating off this room are six doors \u2014 four lead to bedrooms, one opens to a linen closet and the sixth is for the laundry. This room\u00a0contains the round window one saw when studying the outside.

The master suite has a tray ceiling with rope lighting and a bath containing a tub, shower, vanity with two sinks and the toilet in a separate room. The white-tiled shower might be considered \"different\" too, in that it has no doors. Won't water splash all over the room?

Schumacher explains that rather than try to second-guess what a buyer might like in the way of doors and dividers, he\u00a0chose to leave it open with a \"book of options\" so that it can be finished at the time of purchase.

Beyond the bath is a walk-in closet with wire shelving.

One of the secondary bedrooms has its own bath with shower, and the two others share a \"jack and jill\" bath built between the two rooms, accessible to each.

The home's lower level is unfinished but could accommodate a rec room, bathroom (there is a rough-in for plumbing) and a fifth bedroom with what's called a \"daylight\" window in that it is full-sized.

The\u00a0home is located at 612 St. Andrews Circle, Eldridge. It is 2,600 square feet, and the\u00a0asking price\u00a0is $439,900.

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