Class offers 'lighten up' help

A class on the importance of laughter in balancing your well-being will be offered from 6-7:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 18, at the Black Hawk College's Outreach Center in East Moline. The cost for "Loosen Up and Lighten Up" is  $19.

Continuing education credits are available for social workers, nursing home administrators and massage therapists.

To register, call 309-796-8223 or go to

Library hosts chicken program

If you're interested in raising chickens in your backyard, you need a plan and a permit.

A free program with information on both will be offered at 6 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 18, at the Fairmount Branch of the Davenport Public Library, 3000 Fairmount St.

Presenters are Davenport residents and certified trainers who will be able to answer questions if you are interested in seeking a permit.

For more information, visit or call 563-326-7832.

Wallace's begins winter lectures

Wallace's Garden Center and Greenhouses, Bettendorf, is beginning its winter lecture series at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 20, with a question-and-answer session on fruit growing by Ron Fischer, the store's orchard and bee expert.

Other sessions in the next month are:

Jan. 27, Prune, mulch, feed: Landscape basics.

Feb. 3, To be announced.

Feb. 10, Critter control: Deer, rabbits, moles and the EAB.

Feb. 17, The buzz on bees and pollinator safety.

Feb. 24, Forever flowers: Plant it once, love it for years.

Botanical center celebrates chocolate

A Chocolate Experience event will be 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 3, at the Quad-City Botanical Center, 2525 4th Ave., Rock Island, featuring vendors offering samples of all things chocolate, as well as the opportunity to make purchases.

Roger Carlson will provide live music and there will be an opportunity to purchase $5 raffle tickets for the opportunity to win one of two $500 gift cards to Necker's Jewelers.

Guests also can stop in the Sun Garden to learn about the history of chocolate and view the center's cacao tree.

Advance tickets through Jan. 27 are $10 for adults ($8 for members), $4 for youth ages 3-15 and free for those under 3. After that, and at the door, the adult cost goes to $15.