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The day after Cinnamon-N-Sage opened last week, Davey Brown shared the restaurant's origin story in a lengthy Facebook post.\u00a0

\u201cPlease bear with me and let me tell you a story,\" he wrote.\u00a0\u00a0

It began with his father's heart attack in 2014 that\u00a0\u201cbrought my family to their knees.\"

His father, Brown said, went to fast-food restaurants for almost every meal. While his dad was in the hospital, Brown and several of his family members talked about the lack of healthy fast-food options in the area.

\u201cAt that moment we decided that would change,\u201d Brown said. \u201cWe said there can be a place like that. Why don\u2019t we create it?\u201d

A few months later, Brown teamed up with his mother, Robin, an experienced chef, and her girlfriend Tracey McGinn, who recently graduated from culinary school, to open a Cinnamon-N-Sage, a food truck specializing in speedy, healthy meals.

\u201cWe soon realized starting a restaurant is insanely expensive,\u201d he said. \u201cWe worked slow and steady for a long time. We wanted to build a base.\u201d

After three years of operating the food truck at the Freight House Farmers Market and other pop-up locations, the crew was ready to take on the next phase of their dream: opening a restaurant.

Cinnamon-N-Sage, held its grand opening last Wednesday at at 1115 W. 2nd St Suite D, Davenport.

\u201cLiterally blood, sweat, tears and extreme hours have gone into getting these doors open,\u201d Brown wrote near the end of the Facebook post. \u201cAnd today is finally the day.\u201d

On the menu

During their three seasons at the farmers market, Robin Brown and McGinn got to know their customers. They helped those who wanted to lose weight. They helped those who wanted to try eating vegan, vegetarian or start a new diet. Plenty of customers came back every weekend.

Those encounters gave the pair confidence in opening Cinnamon-N-Sage at the corner of Myrtle and 2nd Streets, in the space that was formerly Charley Biggs Chicken n' Sauce.

They developed the Cinnamon-N-Sage menu with those customers in mind and with the mission to \u201cprovide healthy alternatives for normal lifestyles.\u201d

\u201cWe know what it\u2019s like for the soccer mom to be running from thing to thing and only have time to grab McDonald\u2019s,\u201d McGinn, 48, said. \u201cWe want to be that other option.\u201d

\u201cThere\u2019s not much like us here,\u201d Brown added.

The pair work with whole and fresh foods and lean proteins such as bison, chicken and shrimp and also serve vegetarian dishes.

\u201cWhen you\u2019re trying to eat healthy, there are some misconceptions,\u201d McGinn said. \u201cYou can do more than a chicken breast, side of rice and broccoli.\u201d

In fact, she said, the menu includes familiar dishes made fast, flavorful and healthy.

For example, breakfast options include an omelette, bison steak and eggs or a veggie scramble waffle bowl. Starters include roasted brussel sprouts, a hummus platter and veggie chips. Main dishes include bison-based chili, shepherd's pie, steak, shrimp scampi pasta, chicken pot pie, apple bourbon chicken. For vegetable dishes, try a tomato basil melt, eggplant lasagna or ratatouille.

As they did at the farmers market, Cinnamon-N-Sage gets meat and produce from local farms and vendors such as Winter Bison in Blue Grass, Iowa; Hartz Produce in Wyoming, Illinois; Gilbert\u2019s Grapes, Healthy Harvest Urban Farms in Rock Island; and Hollow Maple Farms in Bennett, Iowa.

Farewell, food truck

The family members behind Cinnamon-N-Sage are happy their food truck days are behind them.

\u201cFood trucks are really hard,\u201d McGinn said. \u201cYou\u2019re at the mercy of the weather and have limited space.\u201d

\u201cIt\u2019s nice to have an actual kitchen,\u201d Robin Brown, 52, said. \u201cEspecially with Iowa weather, this time of year we\u2019d basically be shut down.\u201d

More so, it\u2019s nice to be open full-time. The mobile version of Cinnamon-N-Sage could only operate May through October. Last summer, they launched online ordering to help keep business going during the winter.

Nothing beats having a roof, said Brown\u2019s son, Davey, who acts at the business\u2019 general manager.

\u201cWith this, we can do a lot more,\u201d he said. \u201cWe can do what we set out to do.\u201d

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1. 'Rudolph the Musical'

A TV classic is coming to the stage this weekend. Celebrate the holiday season by seeing \"Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer: The Musical\" this week at the Adler Theatre, 136 E. 3rd St., Davenport, and see characters such as Santa and Mrs. Claus, Hermey the Elf, the Abominable Snow Monster, Clarice, Yukon Cornelius and, of course, Rudolph. Tickets, $38, $50.50, $63, are available at Ticketmaster.com, the Adler Theatre Box Office and by phone 800-745-0000.

7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Adler Theatre, $38, $50.50, $63

2. Holiday wine walk

The artists of Bucktown Center for the Arts host their annual Wine Walk this week at 225 E. 2nd St., Davenport. Admission is free. Attendees may\u00a0purchase a hand-painted wine glass for $20 for wine tastings and light snacks. Other festivities include strolling carolers from the Black Hawk College Community Chorale.\u00a0A percentage of wine glass sales will support the National Alliance on Mental Illness Greater Mississippi Valley. Local comedians Jessica Gordon and Joshua Kahn from Open Source Improv are also supporting the\u00a0 \u201cShop for NAMI\u201d social media campaign that culminates in the Wine Walk.\u00a0

6-9 p.m. Friday, Bucktown Center for the Arts. Free

3. 'Polar Express' pajama parties

This weekend, the Putnam Museum & Science Center is hosting a series of pajama parties centered around the holiday movie, \"Polar Express\" and activities. Non sold-out show times include 3:45 p.m. and 8:15 p.m. Friday and 5:30 p.m. Sunday at the museum, 1717 W. 12th St., Davenport. For adults, tickets cost $10 and include a souvenir ornament, hot chocolate and a seat in the movie theater. Youth tickets are $13 and include a souvenir ornament, sleigh bell, a seat in the movie theater and holiday activities. Tickets can be purchased at putnam.org or by calling 563-324-1933.

Multiple show times, Putnam Museum, $10 for adults and $13 for kids

4.\u00a0Winter nights, winter lights

The Quad-City Botanical Center is hosting its inaugural Winter Garden Light Display this month. The outdoor gardens will be decorated with thousands of glowing lights during Winter Nights, Winter Lights. After a stroll through the gardens, you can go inside the center to warm up with a hot chocolate bar. Admission is $8 for adults, $4 for kids ages 3-7 and free for ages under 2. The displays are open to the public from 4:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Monday-Wednesday as well as Dec. 16-20, 22-24 and 26-30 at\u00a02525 4th Ave., Rock Island.

4:30 p.m.-8 p.m. multiple dates, Quad-City Botanical Center, $4-8

5. Grateful Dead tribute

See the Schwag, a St. Louis band that covers the Grateful Dead songs, this week at the Rock Island Brewing Company, 1815 2nd Ave., Rock Island. Tickets are $10 at the door. For more info, visit ribco.com.\u00a0

9 p.m. Friday, RIBCO, $10 at the door

6. Nu Gruv Showcase

The last Nu Gruv Showcase of the year is slated for this weekend. Area artists, musicians and poets will share their talents starting at 8 p.m. Friday at Rozz-Tox, 2108 3rd Ave, Rock Island.\u00a0For more info on the free event, visit rozztox.com.\u00a0

8 p.m. Friday, Rozz-Tox. Free\u00a0

7. Dueling pianos party\u00a0

The Speakeasy in downtown Rock Island is again hosting the Windy City Dueling Pianos, a popular act from Chicago. During the show, audience members can decide what songs are played, from a variety of genres. Doors open at 7 p.m. and the show starts at 8 p.m. Friday at the Circa '21 Speakeasy, 1818 3rd Ave., Rock Island. They are also scheduled to return Jan. 19, Feb. 16 and March 16. For tickets, call 309-786-7733 or visit thecirca21speakeasy.com.

8 p.m. Friday, The Circa '21 Speakeasy, $12 in advance and $15 same day

8. The Dawn at Raccoon Motel

Quad-City based musical group The Dawn is taking over the Triple Crown Whiskey Bar & Raccoon Motel, 304 E. 3rd St., Davenport this week. See the jam band on Saturday. For more info and tickets, visit raccoonmotel.com.\u00a0

8 p.m. Saturday, Triple Crown Whiskey Bar & Raccoon Motel, $10

9. Remember 2017 via music videos\u00a0

This Wednesday Night Video Jam features a collection of music videos with the theme of remembering the songs and events that defined 2017. The free event is set for 4:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Redstone Room, 129 N. Main St., Davenport. For more info, visit rivermusicexperience.org.\u00a0

4:30 p.m. Wednesday, Redstone Room. Free\u00a0

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1. Christmas with Elvis

If you're an Elvis fan, this Christmas concert is for you. \"Blue Christmas: A Rock 'n' Roll Holiday Extravaganza,\" featuring\u00a0Robert Shaw and the Lonely Street Band, is set for this week at the Circa '21 Dinner Playhouse, 1828 3rd Ave., Rock Island. Hear holiday tunes and other top hits made famous by Elvis Presley. For the matinee, lunch will be served at noon and the show will start at 1 p.m. For the evening performance, the buffet will be served at 6 p.m. and the show will start at 7:15 p.m. For tickets, call\u00a0309-786-7733. Tickets cost\u00a0$46.50-52.25.\u00a0

2.\u00a0Bob Dorr and the Blue Band

Bob Dorr and the Blue Band will play their final show in the Quad-Cities this week. Dorr, a\u00a0Iowa rock \u2018n\u2019 roll hall of famer based in Cedar Falls, has been performing the blues for 36 years. The\u00a0Mississippi Valley Blues Society and the River Music Experience are partnering to bring Dorr and his backing band here for the last time, as the frontman has announced the end of the band's touring schedule. The show is set for 8 p.m. Saturday at the Redstone Room, 129 Main St., Davenport. Tickets are $12 in advance of the $15 day of.\u00a0

3. Gallery Hop in RI\u00a0

Hop from different downtown Rock Island businesses to look at local art, just in time for the holiday shopping season. The free Gallery Hop, presented by MidCoast Fine Arts and Downtown Rock Island, is slated for 6-9 p.m. Friday. For more info, visit\u00a0downtownrockisland.org.
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4. Comedy and music
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It's a night of music and comedy at the Raccoon Motel in downtown D-port. First up, see High Up, a rock duo made up of sisters Christine and Orenda Fink based in Omaha, Nebraska, with opener Karen Meat starting at 7 p.m. and stay after for Triple Crown Comedy starting at 9 p.m. tonight at the Triple Crown Whiskey Bar & Raccoon Motel, 304 E. 3rd St., Davenport. For tickets, visit raccoonmotel.com.\u00a0
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5.\u00a0Family holiday workshop at the Figge

Bring the whole family to the Figge Art Museum for a holiday workshop, featuring activities from 6-8 p.m. Thursday at 225 W. 2nd St., Davenport. Admission costs $15 for a family of four Figge members and $20 for a non-member family of four and $3 for each extra person. Admission is free for children 3 and younger. To register, contact Heather Aaronson at\u00a0haaronson@figgeartmuseum.org\u00a0or 563-345-6630.\u00a0

6. Q-C Holiday Shopping Expo\u00a0
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Attention holiday shoppers, this is an event to put on your list. The fourth annual Q-C Holiday Shopping Expo is scheduled for 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at the Rock Island Center for Math & Science,\u00a02101 16th Ave.,\u00a0Rock Island. Admission is free. For more info, visit\u00a0ricms.rimsd41.org.
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As is the case for most professional dancers, \u201cThe Nutcracker\u201d was the first ballet Courtney Lyon laid her eyes on.

According to her mother, Lyon looked up at the stage in awe and later announced her dream to be up there dancing. Back then, she wanted to be one of the rats. They were \u201cthe most dramatic.\u201d

\u201cYou can look up there and get an idea of what ballet is,\u201d she said. \u201cYou can say, \u2018I want to do that one day.\u2019\u201d

Lyon has danced in \u201cThe Nutcracker\u201d plenty of times since as a member of Ballet Quad-Cities. In her role of artistic director, she has also choreographed the holiday-themed show each season since 2009.

\u201cThe Nutcracker\u201d is by far the company\u2019s longest-running tradition.

Ballet Quad-Cities has performed \u201cThe Nutcracker\u201d every year since the company started in 1996. It is also, by far, the company\u2019s biggest production and was coined in promotions as the \u201cmost iconic ballet of all time\u201d ahead of the group\u2019s performances in Cedar Rapids last weekend.

It includes a cast of over 40 dancers\u00a0\u2014 11 of which are company dancers and the rest are students ages 7 to 18\u00a0\u2014 and hundreds of costumes and props. Plus, the dancers perform with live music by Orchestra Iowa.

This weekend, Ballet Quad-Cities will present \u201cThe Nutcracker\u201d three times at the Adler Theatre, and if tradition continues, they will together draw the company\u2019s largest audience of the season.

Because of that, Lyon doesn\u2019t often make big changes to her choreography.

Four years ago, she overhauled the entire production except for one section: the iconic \u201cWaltz of the Flowers,\u201d a seven-minute scene near the end of the second act of the 1892 score composed by Tchaikovsky.

This year, however, the ballet\u2019s longest and most \u201cintense\u201d scene got a major update.

\u201cIt was like, OK, time for a new one,\u201d Lyon said. \u201cJust because you want to challenge yourself and want to make it better.\u201d

In the \u201cWaltz,\u201d Lyon cast a lead dancer\u00a0\u2014 Marie Buser\u00a0\u2014 as a butterfly and a core of other female dancers as a flower garden moving around her.

\u201cIt\u2019s an idea I\u2019ve had for a long time,\u201d she said. \u201cThis year, I said, \u2018I\u2019m ready to do it.\u201d

It\u2019s important to change parts of the choreography, Lyon said, in part because she has changed and grown in her role. Nearly 10 years into choreographing this piece, \u201cI\u2019m better at the actual craft. It\u2019s not just about having the instincts. It\u2019s knowing what to do with those instincts.\u201d

It\u2019s also important to Ballet Quad-Cities founder Joedy Cook that \u201cevery single year, our \u2018Nutcracker\u2019 is fresh and unique.\u201d

\u201cCourtney\u2019s choreography brings an element of unpredictability,\u201d Cook said. \u201cEverybody knows that music. It\u2019s a very repetitious waltz. It could get mundane. But this one does not.\u201d

She added that even if choreography or costuming didn\u2019t alter, the company\u2019s five new professional dancers provide their own \u201cdifferent look to the stage.\u201d

\u201cIt\u2019s always new,\u201d Cook said. \u201cWith live performance, you\u2019ll never see the same one twice.\u201d

And Lyon expects the changes won't just fly by some audience members who have seen each \u201cNutcracker\u201d performed here.

\u201cSometimes they\u2019ll say to me, \u2018You changed this or changed that,\u2019\u201d she said. \u201cThey have a connection to it. They\u2019ll know if I change one little thing and they\u2019ll tell me.\u201d

The artistic director has a similar connection. Lyon knows every step of \u201cThe Nutcracker\u201d by memory. She acts and dances through the scenes with each member of the cast during a three-month stretch of rehearsals.

This weekend, she\u2019ll stand in the very back of the Alder Theatre's lower level, calling instructions to the orchestra, the dancers and the crew. She\u2019ll ask herself a dozen times, \u201cAre we telling the story in the most effective way?\u201d

Later, she\u2019ll rewatch the performance video on her laptop, searching for mistakes or ways to improve in the same manner a football coach watches game tape.

\u201cIt\u2019s a lot of steps, a lot of dancers and you know a huge audience is going to see it,\u201d Lyon said. \u201cYou could potentially put a lot of pressure on yourself to create this magical, perfect holiday experience.\u201d

For her, it\u2019s not about perfection. The pressure comes from creating a \u201cNutcracker\u201d that was better than the last.

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Happy December, foodies! This month's calendar is full of holiday-themed food and drink to-dos and I rounded up a few of them for you (hint: there's a few chances to decorate cookies for Santa).\u00a0Read on for six foodie things to do in December around the Quad-Cities and get in the festive spirit via festive eats.\u00a0\u00a0

1. Vanilla Porter tapping

Great River Brewery is tapping one of its exclusive brews this weekend. Head out to the brewery, 332 E. 2nd St., Davenport, for a sample of the Vanilla Porter, described as a full-bodied porter with hints of coffee, cocoa and caramel. Food will be available, courtesy of The Cushman Collective, a Davenport-based vendor. Also, the tapping party will feature a cookie contest. Bake and bring your favorite cookies and the winner receive a free growler of Vanilla Porter. The event starts at 1 p.m. Saturday.\u00a0

2. Holiday cookie decorating class

If you've walked in Oh So Sweet by Tiphanie recently, then you've seen an array of cookies decorated to look like snow globes, Santa's full belly, festive sweaters or an overflowing mug of hot cocoa. This week, you can learn how to decorate cookies just like that. The bakery in downtown Davenport is hosting a holiday cookie decorating class starting at 6 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 7\u00a0 at 14 N. Main St., Davenport, featuring step-by-step instructions from bakery owner Tiphanie Cannon. Tickets for the two-hour course cost $50 and are available at Eventbrite.com. For more info and to register, visit\u00a0ohsosweetbytiphanie.com.\u00a0

3. Yoga, beer, pajamas

Tippi Yogis, a yoga practice that travels to area pubs, is holding its second annual holiday pajama party later this month. So, don your coziest pajamas and get ready for yoga with beer or wine nearby. The event starts at\u00a05:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 21 at Front Street Taproom, 421 W. River Drive, Davenport. Cost is\u00a0$10.\u00a0

4. Breakfast with Santa

Ever wanted to dine with Santa Claus? The Hy-Vee stores at\u00a04064 E 53rd St, Davenport,\u00a0and\u00a02200 W Kimberly Rd. Davenport, are hosting breakfast with Santa events from 8 a.m.-11 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 16. Children eat free with the purchase of an adult entree. The buffet includes pancakes, eggs, sausage, bacon, fresh fruit and more. Plus, you get to hang out with Santa and take photos with him while you're at it.\u00a0

5. Cookie decorating with Santa

Santa is staying in the neighborhood for activities from 2 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 16 at the North Family Branch YMCA, 624 W 53rd St., Davenport. Festivities include cookie decorating, cocoa drinking and board games. Plus, a holiday movie will play at 3 p.m. Cost is $15 per family (for members) and $35 for family (non-members). Registrations accepted online or at the YMCA welcome center.\u00a0

6. Gingerbread decorating\u00a0

Another holiday foodie tradition? Decorating (and eating) a gingerbread house. Area Hy-Vee stores are hosting gingerbread house decorating parties for kids ages 5-11. Along with building your perfect gingerbread home, there will be festive music playing and snacks available. Join the party at 1 p.m. or 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 16 at the Hy-Vee at 2351 W. Locust St., Davenport. Registration is required. The cost is $12 per child. Online registration is available at hy-vee.com/store.

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The Quad-City Air Show is scheduled to return in 2019, following a two-year hiatus for the popular event held for 30 years at the Davenport Municipal Airport.

It is scheduled for June 29-30, 2019 in Davenport and will feature the\u00a0United States Navy Blue Angels, according to an announcement made Monday on\u00a0the Quad-City Air Show's Facebook page.

Ahead of the 30th annual air show in June 2016, event president Kenneth Hopper announced the event would not take to the skies in 2017, because the city of Davenport no longer provided access to a hangar to store the show\u2019s collection of aircrafts at the city-owned airport.

At that time, Hopper said he would consider moving the air show to another Midwest airport. The two-day event typically drew about 100,000 people.

The 2019 air show schedule was also announced earlier this week via several air-show related websites such as airshowstuff.com.

According to the Facebook post, more information will be available soon.\u00a0

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If you\u2019ve driven down Harrison Street toward downtown Davenport lately, you may have noticed the return of gyros.

Flanked by two large yellow signs reading, \u201cHot dogs\u201d and \u201cGyros,\u201d and overlooking the road, Lendi\u2019s Gyros opened in September.

Afrim and Majlinda Goxhufi were eager to bring a Chicago-style Greek restaurant back to the neighborhood that includes Central High School and limited food options.

For nearly a decade, the property at 1008 N. Harrison St. previously housed Jimmy's King Gyros, which closed in June.

Shortly after closing on Harrison Street, Jimmy\u2019s changed its operating name to Uptown Gyros and announced via Facebook it would move to a new location. Uptown Gyros is due to open its doors soon at 311 E. Locust St., Davenport.

The building\u2019s owner Jeff Weindruch of Weindruch, Meade Inc., said business at Jimmy\u2019s suffered after Harrison Street, which is a one-way, was closed for a few months in 2015.

\u201cWhen the city shut down the road, they never recovered,\u201d he said.

Afrim Goxhufi, who is originally from Kosovo, came to America in 1999 and worked as a truck driver for many years. After he got injured and could no longer drive for long stretches of time, he and his wife, who is originally from Albania, started thinking about opening their own restaurant.

They asked their real estate agent for help. At first, Weindruch \u201cdiscouraged\u201d the couple from the site of Jimmy\u2019s King Gyros, where Afrim had previously worked off and on.

\u201cI thought they would want something fresh and new,\u201d he said.

After the couple renovated it, however, Weindruch says the building he bought about 30 years ago is \u201cnicer than I\u2019ve ever seen it.\u201d

A big gamble

It was a risk, Weindruch said, for the Goxhufi family to open Lendi\u2019s.

\u201cIt\u2019s a big gamble,\u201d he said. \u201cThis is a tough business. But here\u2019s a couple who has worked hard and at some point they had a dream to open a restaurant. It just makes you smile to see it happen.\u201d

The couple and their two children, Jada and Lendi (who the restaurant is named after), moved from their house into an apartment in Bettendorf to save money.

To help with the transition, they hired Jennifer Jordan, who formerly worked at Jimmy\u2019s King Gyros.

\u201cThey\u2019re first time restaurateurs and first-time business owners,\u201d Jordan said. \u201cI\u2019m more than happy to help them in that process.\u201d

Jordan, the restaurant's manager, also helps translate for the couple, who both primarily speak Albanian.

\u201cWe love her,\u201d Majlinda said. \u201cShe\u2019s the best for us.\u201d

Four months into the business, the trio has established a \u201cgood amount of regulars,\u201d Jordan said, including faculty and students from the nearby high school as well as St. Ambrose University and Palmer College of Chiropractic. Lendi\u2019s hosts \u201cBlue Devil Wednesday,\u201d which features a 10 percent discount for the Central High School community.

It\u2019s also helped, Weindruch said, that the area has been craving a new restaurant.

\u201cThat community needed something there,\u201d he said.

After all, the property has been a restaurant since he has owned it. Early on, Weindruch opened a hot dog shop there and it later operated as seafood and barbecue joints before Jimmy\u2019s King opened.

\u201cIt\u2019s almost like a business incubator,\u201d he said. \u201cSome haven\u2019t lasted and some have done very surprisingly well.\u201d

He wants Lendi\u2019s to do well. He keeps a stack of menus in his car to pass out to anyone he meets.

\u201cI pass them out and say, \u2018This is a real small business,\u2019\u201d Weindruch said. \u201cYou\u2019re supporting a family.\u201d

At Lendi\u2019s, the signature item is, fittingly, the gyro, a Greek dish made with meat (pork, chicken, beef or lamb) wrapped in a flatbread with tomato, onion and tzatziki sauce.

You can also order a Philly steak, polish sausage, hamburger, shrimp and fries, hot dog or chili dog with sides such onion rings, mozzarella sticks, chili-cheese fries and in-house hand-cut fries. Or, try the Jimmy Shoe, a legendary Chicago-style sandwich piled with corned and roast beef, gyro meat, onions and cheese on a roll and topped with vegetables and sauces.

The menu and small indoor space reminds Jordan, who grew up on the East Coast, of \u201can old corner gyro stand from 20 years ago in New York or Chicago.\u201d

It\u2019s also a modern version of the American dream for Afrim, who is in the process of becoming a U.S. citizen and Majlinda, who is a green card holder.

\u201cThis is what America is based on,\u201d Jordan said. \u201cLiving for our dreams. We put our hearts into everything everyday.\u201d

On a recent Friday afternoon inside Lendi\u2019s, as high schoolers were let out for the weekend, a student walked in. He didn\u2019t have to say anything before Jordan asked, \u201cWant the cheesy fries today?\u201d

The customer nodded.

\u201cI don\u2019t know their last names,\u201d she said. \u201cBut I can give you plenty of first names and what kind of food they like.\u201d\u00a0

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1. Ballet Q-C's 'The Nutcracker'

Ballet Quad-Cities is again bringing a holiday classic to the stage. See \"The Nutcracker\" with live music provided by Orchestra Iowa at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. Saturday at the Adler Theatre, 136 E. 3rd St., Davenport. Tickets are available at ticketmaster.com, the Adler Theatre Box Office and by phone at 800-745-3000. Ticket prices are $18, $30, $36 for adults; $10.50, $16.50, $19.50 for children 12 and under and $13, $25, $31 for seniors ages 60 and over. 

2 p.m. and 8 p.m. Saturday, Adler Theatre, $18-36

2. Rock 'n' roll holiday extravaganza

\"Blue Christmas: A Rock 'n' Roll Holiday Extravaganza\" is set for this week at the Circa '21 Dinner Playhouse, 1828 3rd Ave., Rock Island. The show features Robert Shaw and the Lonely Street Band taking on a collection of holiday tunes and other top hits made famous by Elvis Presley. For the matinee, lunch will be served at noon and the show will start at 1 p.m. For the evening performance, the buffet will be served at 6 p.m. and the show will start at 7:15 p.m. For tickets, call\u00a0309-786-7733.

1 p.m. and 7:15 p.m. Thursday, Circa '21 Dinner Playhouse, $46.50-52.25

3. Bob Dorr and the Blue Band

Bob Dorr and the Blue Band, a longtime staple in the Iowa blues and rock scene, are slated to play their final show in the Quad-Cities this week. Dorr, a\u00a0Iowa rock \u2018n\u2019 roll hall of famer based in Cedar Falls, has been performing the blues for 36 years. The\u00a0Mississippi Valley Blues Society and the River Music Experience are partnering in bringing Dorr and his backing band here for the last time, as the frontman has announced the end of the band's touring schedule. The show is set for 8 p.m. Saturday at the Redstone Room, 129 Main St., Davenport. Tickets are $12 in advance of the $15 day of.\u00a0

8 p.m. Saturday, Redstone Room, $12 in advance; $15 day of event\u00a0

4. Gallery Hop\u00a0

It's time for the Gallery Hop. Hop from different downtown Rock Island businesses to look at local art, just in time for the holiday shopping season. The free Gallery Hop, presented by MidCoast Fine Arts and Downtown Rock Island, is slated for 6-9 p.m. Friday. For more info, visit downtownrockisland.org.

6-9 p.m. Friday, downtown Rock Island. Free

5. Wednesday Night Video Jam

Enjoy this Wednesday Night Video Jam, featuring a collection of music videos that changes themes each week. This Wednesday, the theme is jam bands. The festivities are set for 4:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Redstone Room, 129 N. Main St., Davenport.\u00a0

4:30 p.m. Wednesday, Redstone Room. Free

6.\u00a0Katy Guillen and the Girls\u00a0

Katy Guillen and the Girls, a band out of Kansas City, is slated to perform Saturday at the Triple Crown Whiskey Bar & Raccoon Motel, 304 E. 3rd St., Davenport.\u00a0

7 p.m. Saturday, Triple Crown Whiskey Bar & Raccoon Motel, $8\u00a0

7. Ugly sweater party\u00a0

Do you have an ugly Christmas sweater party coming up? The Rock Island Public Library is hosting a sweater making party this week. Bring your sweater and the library will provide supplies to help you decorate it ugly-style.\u00a0

6 p.m. Thursday, Rock Island Public Library. Free

8.\u00a0Family holiday workshop at the Figge

Bring the whole family to the Figge Art Museum for a holiday workshop, featuring arts and crafts and family-friendly holiday activities. Admission costs $15 for a family of four Figge members and $20 for a non-member family of four and $3 for each extra person. Admission is free for children 3 and under. To register, contact Heather Aaronson at\u00a0haaronson@figgeartmuseum.org\u00a0or 563-345-6630.\u00a0

6-8 p.m. Thursday, Figge Art Museum, $15-20 for family of four
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1. Disney on Ice

\u00a0\"Disney on Ice presents Reach for the Stars\" is coming to the TaxSlayer Center, formerly the iWireless Center, 1201 River Drive, Moline. Seven performances are scheduled, starting with Thursday and running through Sunday. Show times include 7 p.m. Thursday-Friday, 11 a.m., 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. Sunday. Tickets, $15-112, are available at the TaxSlayer Center Box Office, at\u00a0Ticketmaster.com and by calling\u00a01-800-745-3000

2. QCSO's Masterworks series\u00a0

The Quad-City Symphony Orchestra presents the third edition of its Masterworks series, called \"Postcards from Scandinavia\" this weekend at the Adler Theatre, 136 E. 3rd St., Davenport. The program includes Nielsen's \"Maskarade Overture,\" Grieg's \"Piano Concerto\" and Sibelius' \"Symphony No. 2.\" The performance features special guest pianist Charlie Albright. In addition, a performance is slated for 2 p.m. Sunday at Augustana College's Centennial Hall. For tickets, $8-62,\u00a0visit\u00a0qcso.org, the Quad City Symphony Orchestra Box Office or call 563-322-7276.\u00a0

3. Holiday pub crawl\u00a0

Looking to celebrate the holidays by stopping at a few bars? The Twin Rivers Jingle Jaunt Pub Crawl is on tap for 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Thursday in downtown Moline. Grab your favorite ugly Christmas sweater and check out the stops, starting with Barrel House at 6 p.m. and ending with the River House at 8 p.m. Tickets, $15, are available on eventbrite.com.\u00a0Proceeds will benefit Miracle Field of the Quad Cities.

4.\u00a0Quad-Cities Saxophone Christmas

On tap this weekend is an annual opportunity for saxophone players to get together and play. The Quad-Cities Saxophone Christmas is slated for 1 p.m. Saturday in Dillard's Court at NorthPark Mall, 320 W Kimberly Rd., Davenport. For more information, visit qcsaxmas.com

5. 'Annie'

The Quad-City Music Guild opens its production of \"Annie\" opens this week at Prospect Park Auditorium,\u00a030th Ave., Moline. Show times include 7:30 p.m. Wednesday-Saturday and 2 p.m. Saturday-Sunday. Tickets cost $16 for adults and $11 for kids. For tickets, call\u00a0309-7-62-6610.\u00a0

6.\u00a0Christmas in LeClaire

It's almost December, which means it's officially time to celebrate Christmas. Christmas in LeClaire, a free three-day event featuring kids activities, trolley rides, silent auctions, bake sales, an open house at Mississippi River Distilling Company, strolling Santas and more, is set for tor this weekend. Plus, the Ugly Christmas Sweater 5k race is set for 10 a.m. Saturday. More information can be found at\u00a0visitleclaire.com.\u00a0

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If you\u2019re in on the joke, Mary Talbert hypothesizes you\u2019ll enter her handmade and vintage arts fair on Saturday and say, \u201cOMG Becky, look at all those crafts.\u201d

\u201cBecause how could you not?\u201d Talbert said.

Talbert, who owns a makerspace and store called Crafted Quad-Cities in downtown Davenport, first held OMG BeckyFest featuring 40 arts and crafts vendors during the inaugural Alternating Currents on Aug. 25-26.

It was such a hit that Talbert is bringing it back this weekend at the RiverCenter. It's also bigger this round with 70 vendors on tap.\u00a0

The fall installment was a daunting task for Talbert, who had never put on her own fair before. One of the challenges, she said, was deciding what to call it.

The festival\u2019s name is inspired loosely by the 1992 Sir Mix A Lot song \u201cBaby Got Back,\u201d and Talbert said she stuck with it because \u201cnothing else sounded better.\u201d

It also sets the tone for the array of products \u2014 some funky and funny and some serious \u2014 that will be on display Saturday.

\u201cThey are completely different goods than you\u2019re going to find anywhere else,\u201d Talbert said.

The items range from fine art to glass work to Christmas decor to stocking stuffers.

Behind every one of them, Talbert says, is a dream.

\u201cThere are so many makers that need an outlet to get their work out there,\u201d she said. \u201cSome of the applications that came in, I had no idea these people were here making this. People are coming out of the woodwork.\u201d

One of those is Rachel Benz, who after having twins last year said she needed something to do to still \u201cbe me\u201d and not just be \u201cmama.\u201d She started creating handmade signs to put around her house under the name Chalk + Tree, and, by the way, considers herself a #momboss and #girlboss.

Another vendor is Tom Hoskins, a retired teacher, who makes handcrafted trout fishing nets using a variety of woods, such as cherry, walnut, ash, maple, honey locust, birch, aspen, hickory and coffee wood. After watching the movie, \u201cA River Runs Through It,\u201d he took up fly fishing but couldn\u2019t find a net that suited him. So he started Hoskins Nets.

Tammy Mutka takes photos of the scenes around the Quad-Cities, specifically the area\u2019s bridges and the Mississippi River. Her photography business name \u2014 Raw Images Art & Photography \u2014 is inspired by her strict non use of color correction and photo editing software.

Plus, there are 10 child vendors, ranging in ages from 4 to 14, participating in OMG Beckyfest. One of those is Payton McGuire, whose mom, Molly, taught her how to sew last year.

\u201cShe always wanted to learn how to sew, but it was just kind of this someday idea in the back of her head,\u201d Molly McGuire said. \u201cWhen she heard about Beckyfest it was like she was set on fire. It gave her a reason to make stuff and she took right off.\u201d

For BeckyFest, the 9-year-old sewed a collection of cat toys using felt made out of recycled water bottles. Her parents are both artists, so Payton has been to plenty of crafts shows. But she has never been able to participate.

\u201cThe indie craft community places a lot of emphasis on building each other up, so how perfect is it that Mary decided to also build up crafty children?\u201d McGuire said.

As someone who travels to craft fairs that are two hours away or more, McGuire is happy the Quad-City area is home to such a great one.

\u201cIt's like getting to see all the best crafty stuff you share in your Instagram feed in person,\u201d she said. \u201cThere's lots of really high quality stuff from vendors who are good at knowing what's currently popular and unique things you didn't even know you needed in your life until you saw them.\u201d

Talbert says her love for the indie craft community was the inspiration behind\u00a0 Crafted Q-C, which she opened nearly three years ago.

In her shop at 217 E 2nd St., Davenport, more than 100 makers are represented and she estimates 90 percent of those are local. The shop hosts weekly crafting classes, from how to start handlettering to how to make an ornament.

\u201cYou bring all of this artwork together that\u2019s handmade and it creates a culture,\u201d she said. \u201cIt creates a creative energy.\u201d

It\u2019s also very personal.

\u201cWhen I make something, I consciously think about the person who might buy it and put it in their home,\u201d Talbert, who sews and makes jewelry, said. \u201cYou put so much of your heart and soul into it.\u201d

Talbert also wanted to hold the fair, which features live music provided by the River Music Experience, food vendors and concessions, because a similar event \u2014 Handmade City, which is traditionally held in December at the Figge Art Museum \u2014 isn\u2019t happening this year.

\u201cIt\u2019s the same way I feel about small businesses,\u201d she said. \u201cThese kinds of things give a community its color and character. Without that, it would be pretty bland.\u201d

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