Bloom studio will be open

The Isabel Bloom studio and showroom, 736 Federal St., Davenport, will be open from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 16, for free crafts and other activities as an ovarian cancer awareness and education effort. There also will be ice cream courtesy of Vibrant Credit Union and raffles.

The day is a collaboration between the NormaLeah Ovarian Cancer Initiative, based in Rock Island, and Donna Young, artist and an owner of Isabel Bloom Inc.

Earlier this year, Young created the teal Winged Beauty butterfly sculpture to support NormaLeah’s education programs.

Bishop Hill seeks collectors, diners

The Bishop Hill Heritage Association is organizing its 4th annual Collectors Weekend on Saturday-Sunday, Oct. 14-15, an opportunity for local collectors to show off their treasures.

If you are interested, call 309 927-3899 or email for more information. Items are for display only, not for sale.

In addition, the association is hosting a Dinner and Drama event on the evening of Oct. 14 at the Dairy Building, 410 N. Erickson St., featuring a Swedish meatball dinner and a historical drama.

Following dinner, attendees will travel around Bishop Hill in people movers, provided by the Galva American Legion, and hear stories from colony days. The historic town was founded as a utopian community by Swedish immigrants.

The cost of the dinner/drama is $25. Dinner times are 5:30 and 7 p.m. For tickets, call 309 927-3899 or email to

Want to make an ornament?

Friends of the Muscatine Art Center, 1314 Mulberry Ave., is sponsoring a handmade ornament competition as a fundraiser.

Cash prizes will be award in two categories, one for adults and one for ages 18 and under. All ornaments must be delivered to the center by 5 p.m. Nov. 12.

They will then be on display at the center from Nov. 18-Dec. 14, and will be sold or auctioned.

Those contributing an ornament will receive a complimentary ticket for the Norman Rockwell’s Home for the Holiday event on the evening of Nov. 18th, featuring catered hors d’oeuvres, musical entertainment and the opportunity to purchase ornaments.

To spark ideas, the center is offering two ornament making classes. Local artist Carol Steinmetz will teach the adult class on Oct. 26, and Julie Lear will teach the children’s class on Nov. Participants will be able to make multiple ornaments in class and in lieu of a class fee, participants will be asked to either donate one of their ornaments to the competition or make a small donation.

Friends of the Muscatine Art Center is a non-profit organization supporting educational programs at the center.

To request an entry form for the ornament competition, contact Melanie Alexander at 563-263-8282 or email