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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

Hike No. 2,589

WHEN: 2:30 p.m. today

WHERE: Devils Glen Park, 1101 Devils Glen Road, Bettendorf

DETAILS: Join members of the Black Hawk Hiking Club on this walk through the woods along the oldest recreational trail in the Quad-Cities. Water provided. Bring your own cup.

Bald Eagle Days

WHEN: 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. today; 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. For more information, go to

Frostbite Foot Race 5K

WHEN: 1 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 13

WHERE: Scott County Park, 18850 270th St., Eldridge

DETAILS: To register, go to

Clock Tower/Eagle watching tours

WHEN: 10 a.m. and noon Jan. 13, 14, 20, 21, 27, 28; Feb. 3, 4, 10, 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.

Hike No. 2,590

WHEN: 2:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 13

WHERE: Credit Island (2200 W. River Drive, Davenport) and Nahant Marsh (4220 Wapello Ave., Davenport)

DETAILS: Join members of the Black Hawk Hiking Club on this walk around Credit Island, a 420-acre park and popular eagle watching destination along the Mississippi River. From there, participants will cross over the pedestrian bridge to Nahant Marsh, a 265-acre urban wetland. Water provided. Bring your own cup.