Cecilia Graf and Gloria Garrett, both with the Saukenuk Paddlers Canoe and Kayak Club, look downstream last November at the Interstate 280 bridge as they paddle the Mississippi River back to Sunset Marina.

1. Upriver hike

Join members of the Black Hawk Hiking Club this weekend for an outing at Thomson Causeway, a recreational area managed by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. The hike will begin at 2:30 p.m. Saturday in Thomson, Illinois. The Mississippi River is 3½-miles wide at this spot, located about an hour upriver from the Quad-Cities. For more information and driving directions, go to blackhawkhikingclub.org

2. Extreme shooting show

The Bettendorf Bulldogs Trap Team is hosting a fundraiser this weekend featuring nine-time world-record holding sport shooter, Patrick Flanigan. The sharp shooter has been featured on several TV shows and performs dozens of live shows a year. Gates open at 1 p.m. Sunday and the show starts at 2 p.m. at the Clinton County Sportsmans Club, 2860 270th St., DeWitt. Tickets are $10 and can be purchased from any team member or by calling 563-370-3019 or 563-579-4743. Tickets are also available at the gate.

3. Voyageur canoe christening

Clinton County Conservation staff will unveil its two new 29-foot voyageur-style canoes coined, "The Marquette," and "The Joliet," to the public next weekend. The event begins at 10 a.m. Saturday, April 15, at Rock Creek Marina and Campground, 3942 291st St., Camanche. Following a presentation about the history of the boats they represent, experienced paddlers will guide free hour-long excursions throughout the day. Participants also can bring their own watercraft or rent a canoe, kayak or stand-up paddleboard on site. People are encouraged to dress in period-appropriate clothing. 

4. In-Fisherman Swap Meet

Looking to buy, sell or trade new or used hunting, fishing or camping equipment? Head to the Quad-City In-Fisherman Club's event next Saturday, April 15, at the QCCA Expo Center, 2621 4th Ave., Rock Island. Doors open for vendors at 7 a.m. and the swap runs from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. Free admission and tables. No guns or ammo. A $3 biscuits and gravy breakfast will be available. 

5. Disc golf tournament

Disc golf players of all levels will flood multiple Quad-City parks April 15-16 for The Rumble, a tournament organized by Iron Lion Disc Golf Supply in Moline. Professional players can register for the competition until April 12, but registration for intermediate and recreational divisions has closed. For more information, go to ironliondgs.com/tourney-registration/tourney-registration-for-rumble

6. Kayak at West Lake Park 

Learn the basics of kayaking during an adventure with a naturalist, who will provide equipment and tips on safety and technique. The two-hour outing will begin at 1 p.m. Wednesday, April 19 at West Lake Park, 14910 110th Ave., Davenport. Call 563-328-3286 to reserve a kayak seat for the tour of Lake of the Hills, 14910 110th Ave., Davenport. Participants may bring their own vessels and life jackets. 

7. Spring Cleanup in Davenport

Prepare to get your hands dirty with a crew from the Nahant Marsh Education Center during their annual spring cleanup day on Earth Day, part of this year's Xstream Cleanup. Volunteers will work from 8:30-11:30 a.m. Saturday, April 22. They will pick up litter along South Concord Street and Wapello Avenue in southwest Davenport, and remove garlic mustard, an invasive plant, from Nahant's property. Gloves, tongs and safety gear will be provided, along with water and light snacks. Register online at nahantmarsh.org/event/spring-cleanup-3.

8. River Action Day 

Celebrate Earth Day with the folks from River Action. Volunteers will meet at 9 a.m. Saturday, April 22, at Pigeon Creek Park, 6729 Shutters Lane, Bettendorf. Workers will pick up trash and remove invasive species until noon. Snacks, gloves and bags will be provided. Bring your own gardening tools if you've got them. For more information, call 563-322-2969.

9. Hike Mattheisen State Park

Explore Mattheisen State Park, which neighbors the more-famous Starved Rock State Park, with members of the Black Hawk Hiking Club. The hike will begin at 2:30 p.m. Saturday, April 22. The 1,700-acre park, located near Oglesby, Illinois, is about 90 miles east of the metro Quad-Cities. Be prepared for wet or muddy conditions on the trail, which features stairs and wooden walkways. For more information and complete driving directions, go to blackhawkhikingclub.org

10. Q-C Thursday Nite Ride

Don your favorite flannel shirt and hop on a bike for a night ride around the Quad-Cities. The group, which is open to the public, will meet for its first monthly ride at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, April 27, at Schwiebert Riverfront Park, Rock Island. Cyclists, who should strap lights to their bikes, will roll by 7 p.m. and wrap up by 9:30 p.m. Organizers of the family-friendly event hope these Thursday night rides at the end of each month help grow a positive bike culture in the area. For more information, join the Facebook group at bit.ly/2nQKRSA.


Jack Cullen writes about various sides of life across the Quad-City area in his Notes @ Noon column, which appears online at noon on Tuesday, Thursday and Friday. He also covers the outdoors for a weekly section that runs in Saturday's print edition of the Quad-City Times and online at qctimes.com. Outside of work, you can find Jack on the tennis court, where he serves as a coach at Augustana College in Rock Island, his alma mater.