Talk discusses landscape pests

A free presentation titled "Critter Control: Deer, rabbits, moles and the EAB" will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 10, at Wallace's Garden Center, Bettendorf.

Staff will discuss the latest techniques, garden products and information dealing with these landscape pests.

Forestry conference is March 10

The Tri-State Forest Stewardship Conference will be Saturday, March 10, at the Sinsinawa Mound Center in Sinsinawa, Wisconsin, aimed at woodland landowners and tree enthusiasts.

Hosted by University of Illinois Extension and Iowa State University Extension, the 24th annual conference will feature 16 guest speakers with a slate of 20 forestry, conservation, and wildlife-related presentations.

Registration is $55 and must be made by March 2. To register online and to view the conference agenda, please visit

BHC offers arts classes

Black Hawk College is offering the following community education classes in the arts:

• Techniques and Tips in Watercolor for Beginners, noon to 2 p.m. Tuesdays, Feb. 6-27. The cost is $39.

• Stained Glass - Beginning, Copper Foil, 6-8 p.m. Tuesdays, Feb. 6 to March 6. The cost is $65.

• Basics of Drawing for Beginners, 10 a.m. to noon Wednesdays, Feb. 7-28. The cost is $39.

• Creations with Clay, 6-8 p.m. Wednesdays, Feb. 7 to March 14. The cost is $99.

Class locations vary. For details, visit To register, call 309-796-8223 or visit

Bishop Hill receives grants 

The Bishop Hill Heritage Association has received a $24,886 grant from the King Gustaf VI Adolf's Foundation for Swedish Culture that it will use to help restore the exterior of the carpenter shop in the historic Henry County, Illinois, town.

The association also received $1,000 from the Bill and Susan Sherrard Foundation that it will use for educational programming and $1,000 from the Swedish Women's Educational Association Inc. that will go towards the 2018 Midsommar Music Festival.