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Best Deer Photo Contest

WHEN: Now through Jan. 10

WHERE: Iowa and Illinois

DETAILS: Successful archery, muzzleloader and shotgun hunters in Iowa and Illinois may register for the competition at Participants must submit their name, contact information, 9-digit harvest registration number and a photo of themselves with their deer. There is no registration fee. Readers may vote for their favorite photo between Jan. 11 and Jan. 17, and the winning hunter will be featured Saturday, Jan. 20, in the Outdoors section of the Quad-City Times. The victor also will receive a $500 gift certificate to R&R Sports in Bettendorf.

Snowstar now open

WHEN: 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday-Thursday, Sunday; 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Friday-Saturday

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

DETAILS: For more information, including an updated snow report, go to

Rock Island Indoor BMX

WHEN: 12:30 p.m. Monday, Jan. 1

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

DETAILS: There is no cost to watch the races. For more information about the only indoor concrete BMX race track in the U.S., go to

First Day Hike

WHEN: 1-2 p.m. Monday, Jan. 1

WHERE: Illiniwek Forest Preserve, 1201 State Ave., Hampton

DETAILS: Assistant Park Ranger Ross Smith will lead the hike as well as share facts about tree and wildlife identification. 

Resolution Run

WHEN: 1-3 p.m. Monday, Jan. 1

WHERE: YouthHope, 3928 12th Ave., Moline

DETAILS: Registration for the 5K costs $35. To sign up, go to

Hike No. 2,588

WHEN: 7 p.m. Monday, Jan. 1

WHERE: Deere-Wiman House, 817 11th Ave., Moline 

DETAILS: Join members of the Black Hawk Hiking Club on this New Year's Day stroll around the historic neighborhood surrounding the Deere-Wiman Estate. After the walk, participants will share snacks and holiday treats. Bring a flashlight for safety in the darkness and dress for the weather. Also bring snacks to share and a cup. Hot beverages will be provided.

Bald Eagle Days 

WHEN: 4-8 p.m. Friday, Jan. 5; 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 6; and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 7.

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

DETAILS: Adults $6, kids 6-15 $1, under 6 free. On Friday, Jan. 5, free for kids 15 and under; $5 for individuals 65+. For more information, go to