Class teaches DIY compost bin

You can learn the benefits of composting and how to make a walk-in bin for less than $10 during a free presentation beginning at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 23, at the Davenport Public Library-Eastern Avenue Branch, 6000 Eastern Ave.

Amy Kay, clean water manager for the city of Davenport, will be the speaker.

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

Classes explore watercolor, stained glass, clay

Black Hawk College is offering the following classes in art:

• Techniques and tips in watercolor for beginners, noon to 2 p.m. Tuesdays, Sept. 5-26. The cost is $39.

• Stained glass, beginning, copper foil, 6-8 p.m. Tuesdays, Sept. 5 to Oct. 3. The cost is $65.

• Creations with clay, 6-8 p.m. Wednesdays, Sept. 6 to Oct. 11. The cost is $99. 

Class locations vary. For details, visit; to register, call 309-796-8223.

Botanical center welcomes dogs (once)

The Quad-City Botanical Center, 2525 4th Ave, Rock Island, has announced the following special programs, including "the dog days of summer" on Sunday, Aug. 20, when dogs will be welcome.

Dog days of summer, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Sunday, Aug. 20. For this one day only, the center is allowing patrons to bring their dogs to enjoy the gardens. There also will be dog-related vendors and a  "garden costume" contest for canines.

Dogs must be on leashes and trained and any dogs showing aggression will be asked to leave. Owners will be responsible for picking up their own dog's waste, although bags will be provided.

Little conductor's day, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 27. In partnership with the Heartland Central Railroad Club, there will be crafts and activities in the Garden Railroad Exhibit from 1-3 p.m.

Also on Aug. 27, Chicago area garden expert Lynn Bement will give a presentation from 1-2 p.m. titled "Sustainable Gardening." She will discuss how to plant and maintain a garden that has the capacity to endure and replenish, touching on water usage, irrigation techniques, plant choices and composting.

Bement has worked at the Morton Arboretum and Chicago Botanic Garden.

Throughout August, a photographic exhibit titled "Cascades" by Christopher Legel will be on display. The series of photos springs from a picture he took in 2015 in Clinton's Eagle Point Park of the scar on the side of an oak tree where a branch had torn away.

Fall garden conference is Sept. 30

Rick Darke, acclaimed landscape designer, consultant, and author, will be the keynote speaker at the fall garden conference on Saturday, Sept. 30, sponsored by the Master Gardeners of Iowa State University Extension-Scott County.

The event will be 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Scott Community College, 500 Belmont Road, Bettendorf. In addition to two presentations by Darke, there will be four breakout sessions, allowing participants to choose from 16 additional gardening topics presented by professors, horticulturalists, and Quad-City  experts. Lunch from Panera Bread is included in the $40 registration fee.

Complete conference information and registration is online at, or call 563-359-7577 for more information.

More information also will be included in the Sept. 10 Home & Garden section of the Times.

Q-C quilter semifinalist in show

Rosalie Baker, of Davenport, is a semifinalist for the 2017 American Quilter's Society Quilt Week show to be held Oct. 4-7 at the Iowa Events Center, Des Moines.

Her quilt, Lady of Freedom, is among 215 selected.

Moline hosts genealogical event

The fall conference of the Illinois Genealogical Society will be Friday-Saturday, Oct. 27-28, at the iWireless Center, Moline, co-hosted by the Rock Island County Illinois Genealogical Society.

With the theme of “Build Your Family Tree: DNA, Research, & Writing,” the two day event will offer genealogical education for beginners through expert researchers with nationally known speakers, door prizes, and opportunities to network with other genealogists and family historians.

The event is open to the public; one or two-day registrations are available. For details, go to