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Clock Tower/Eagle watching tours

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

Potato soup hike

WHEN: 2:30 p.m. today

WHERE: Duck Creek Parkway, 524 E. George Washington Blvd., Davenport

DETAILS: Join members of the Black Hawk Hiking Club on their walk along the oldest recreational trail in the Quad-Cities. Following the hike, organizers will provide bowls of potato soup, utensils, crackers, coffee and hot cocoa. Bring your own cup. Go to for more information about the group's annual potato soup hike. 

Winter Carnival

WHEN: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. today

WHERE: Faye's Field, Learning Campus Drive, Bettendorf

DETAILS: The city's second annual Winter Carnival includes free outdoor ice painting and snow games at Faye's Field, as well as several other indoor activities at Bettendorf Public Library, Family Museum and Life Fitness Center. Weather permitting, there also will be cross-country skiing at Palmer Hills Golf Course and ice skating at Frozen Landing. A shuttle service will stop at those spots and Crow Creek Park about every 15 minutes.

Snowbird Softball

WHEN: Jan. 26-28; Feb. 2-3

WHERE: The Dugout Sports Complex, 3504 Hickory Grove Road, Davenport

DETAILS: Men's tournament is Jan. 26-28. Entry deadline is 7 p.m. Wed., Jan. 24. Co-ed tournament is Feb. 2-3. Entry deadline is 7 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 31. Go to for more information.

Fargin Icehole Competition

WHEN: 6 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 27

WHERE: Lost Grove Lake, Scott County

DETAILS: Princeton Outdoor Adventures is hosting its annual ice fishing tournament. Go to or call 563-289-5445 for more information, including registration details.

Winter Fishing Tournament

WHEN: 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 27

WHERE: Rock Island Conservation Club, 2421 Big Island Road, Milan

DETAILS: This tournament is open to club members and their guests. Non-members also may join the club the morning of the event to participate. Registration costs $10. Competitors will fish on ice or from shore if there is open water. Go to for further details.

Frozen Fat Fondo Fest

WHEN: 8 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 27

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

DETAILS: Find a bike with at least 3.5-inch-thick tires and race through the thick lowland forest and chunky Mississippi River shoreline. Friends of Off-Road Cycling is hosting a three-hour endurance relay. Riders will participate as a three-person relay team or solo on fat bikes. The fourth annual event will happen regardless of weather conditions. Following the relay, stick around for music, food and a bonfire. Cost is $25. Register online at:

Hike No. 2592

WHEN: 2:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 27

WHERE: Riverside Park, 101 W. Mississippi Drive, Muscatine

DETAILS: Walk along the Mississippi River with members of the Black Hawk Hiking Club. Water provided. Bring your own cup. For more details, go to