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QCCA Outdoor Show

WHEN: 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. today; 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday

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

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

Great Backyard Bird Count

WHEN: 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. today

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.

Hike No. 2,595

WHEN: 2:30 p.m. today

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

Chili Chase 4-mile run/walk

WHEN: 1 p.m. Sunday

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.

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 today. Go to for more information. 

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.

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. 

Winter Fishing Tournament

WHEN: 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. Saturday, March 3

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.

Maple Syruping

WHEN: 1 p.m. Saturday, March 3

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.


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.