Trout release

The Iowa DNR released 1,800 rainbow trout and 200 brook trout Friday into Lake of the Hills at West Lake Park in Davenport. A DNR official said a majority of the trout measure 11-14 inches long and weigh about half a pound. 

Fall colors

WHEN: This weekend

WHERE: Northeast Iowa

DETAILS: Oak trees began turning bronze and red earlier this week, the Iowa Department of Natural Resources reports. Many of the maple trees still have their red, orange and yellow leaves. Aspen trees are golden yellow and silver maples along the Mississippi River are just beginning to turn. For more information, go to

Trout season

WHEN: 5 a.m. today

WHERE: Prospect Park, 30th Ave., Moline

DETAILS: Each fall, the Illinois Department of Natural Resources stocks 53 ponds, lakes and streams, including the two-acre pond at Prospect Park, with about 80,000 rainbow trout. All anglers must have a valid fishing license and an Inland Trout Stamp. Illinois' trout program is funded entirely by those who use the program through the sale of Inland Trout Stamps, which may be purchased online at At 10 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 28, the Iowa DNR will release 1,000 rainbow trout into the pond at Discovery Park in Muscatine. 

Black Hawk Hiking Club

WHEN: 2:30 p.m. today 

WHERE: Eagle Point Park, 3923 N. 3rd St., Clinton, Iowa

DETAILS: Meet at the park's north overlook. For more information, including directions, go to

Zombie archery 

WHEN: 1-3 p.m. today

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

DETAILS: Learn how to use a bow and arrow during this Halloween-themed class. Attendees will learn proper safety and archery techniques, outlined by the National Archery in the Schools Program. Children must be in the fourth grade or above to participate. They also must be accompanied by an adult. Call 563-328-3286 to pre-register.

Great Atlatl Pumpkin Hunt

WHEN: 3-5 p.m. today

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

DETAILS: Learn how to use an atlatl, a primitive hunting weapon that predates the bow and arrow. Naturalist Michael Granger will lead the event. Call 563-328-3286 to pre-register.

Halloween Hike

WHEN: 5 p.m. today

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

DETAILS: Join naturalist Michael Granger for a spooky hike through the Wapsi woods. Learn about "mysterious" and "misunderstood" creatures. Campfire and grilling begin at 5 p.m.; hike and scavenger hunt begin at 6 p.m. Call 563-328-3286 to pre-register.

Cornbelt Running Club Pumpkin Dash

WHEN: 9 a.m. Sunday, Oct. 22

WHERE: Credit Island Park, 2200 W. River Drive, Davenport

DETAILS: 8K; 4K; 1-mile; 1/4-mile; for more information, go to

Runners' Educational Evening

WHEN: 7-9 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 25

WHERE: Fleet Feet Sports, 4257 Elmore Ave., Davenport

DETAILS: A panel of medical experts will discuss common running injuries, how to prevent them and how to manage them when the unfortunate situation arises. For more information, go to


Jack Cullen uncovers different slices of life for the Quad-City Times. He previously covered the city of Bettendorf. When he's not reporting, Jack enjoys coaching tennis and exploring the outdoors.