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1. Cross-country skiing/snowshoeing

WHEN: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday

WHERE: Rock Creek Marina and Campground, 3942 291st St, Camanche

DETAILS: Test out snowshoeing or Nordic skiing on the flat trails near the Mississippi River Eco Tourism Center. Rent one set of skis for $5, and get an additional set free. Snowshoe rentals cost $5/hour. Call 563-259-1876 for snow conditions. Go to for more information about cross-country skiing in the Quad-Cities. 

2. Clock Tower/Eagle watching tours

WHEN: 10 a.m. and noon Saturday and Sunday, Feb. 11

WHERE: Mississippi River Visitor Center, 328 Rodman Ave., Rock Island

DETAILS: The corps will set up telescopes on the fifth floor of the 150-year-old Clock Tower, where participants may view birds to the west. Those interested in attending one of the tours on Arsenal Island must first stop at the Visitor Control Center at the Moline gate, where they will be asked for a driver's license or other approved identification. They also will undergo a screening process. For reservations, call 309-794-5338. Visit for more information.

3. Hike No. 2,594

WHEN: 2:30 p.m. Saturday

WHERE: Illiniwek Forest Preserve, 836 State Ave., Hampton

DETAILS: Hike along bluffs and ravines in this park near the Mississippi River with members of the Black Hawk Hiking Club. Water provided. Bring your own cup. For more details, go to

4. Moonlight Walk

WHEN: 6:30-8:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 15

WHERE: Black Hawk State Historic Site, 1520 46th Ave., Rock Island

DETAILS: Celebrate Valentine’s Day with a stroll outside on a luminary-lit trail. Guests also may keep warm inside the Watch Tower Lodge by the fire with fresh donuts, refreshments and live music. For more information about this free event, go to

5. Crappie University

WHEN: 7:30-9:30 p.m. Feb. 15, 21, 28 and March 7

WHERE: Black Hawk College, 6600 34th Ave., Moline

DETAILS: Learn cutting-edge techniques to catch more crappie in area waters. Expert anglers will teach the sessions. Cost is $89, which covers course materials, including samples of crappie lures and jig heads. Go to for more information about the course. Call 309-796-8223 to register.

6. QCCA Outdoor Show

WHEN: Thursday, Feb. 15-Sunday, Feb. 18

WHERE: QCCA Expo Center, 2621 4th Ave., Rock Island

DETAILS: Go to for more information about this hunting and fishing show.

7. Great Backyard Bird Count

WHEN: 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 17

WHERE: Wapsi River Center, 31555 52nd Ave., Dixon

DETAILS: Learn about this global Citizen Science Project (Feb. 16-19) organized by the Cornell Lab of Ornithology and the National Audubon Society. Naturalist Becky Horton will teach participants how to conduct their own backyard bird counts at home on Feb. 18 and Feb. 19. Take home a bird feeder to attract birds to your property. Call 563-328-3286 to register in advance.

8. Hike No. 2,595

WHEN: 2:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 17

WHERE: Tampico, Illinois, birthplace of 40th U.S. President Ronald Reagan

DETAILS: Walk the streets of this small town with members of the Black Hawk Hiking Club. The tour will include a visit to a museum and a church. Water provided. Bring your own cup. For more details, go to

9. Chili Chase 4-mile run/walk

WHEN: 1 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 18

WHERE: Duck Creek Park, 3000 E. Locust St., Davenport

DETAILS: Hosted by the Cornbelt Running Club. Register by Feb. 16 for $26. Go to for more information.

10. Cardboard Sled Race

WHEN: 9-10:30 a.m. Monday, Feb. 19

WHERE: Snowstar Winter Park, 9500 126th West, Andalusia

DETAILS: Interested participants may construct a sled out of cardboard, duct tape and paint. Register by noon Saturday, Feb. 17. Go to for more information. 

11. Boating safety course

WHEN: 6 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 20

WHERE: Silvis Fire Department, 2010 10th St., Silvis

DETAILS: This comprehensive course led by Steve Bein, a United States Coast Guard Auxilary instructor, will be held every Tuesday and Thursday through March 6. It is designed for both novice and experienced boaters. Cost, including textbook, is $30. Family members may join the course and share the book for an additional $5. Call 309-792-2370 for more information.

12. Winter Iowa Senior Games 

WHEN: Friday, Feb. 23-Sunday, Feb. 25

WHERE: Bettendorf, Davenport and Rock Island

DETAILS: Go to for more details, including registration information. 

13. Maple Syruping

WHEN: 1 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 24

WHERE: Wapsi River Center, 31555 52nd Ave., Dixon

DETAILS: Lean about the history of syruping and tree identification. Participants at this free, family-friendly event also will make maple candy. Call 563-328-3286 to pre-register.