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Sixth-grade students from Bettendorf Middle School watch a presentation on the dome of the Donald A. Schaefer Planetarium inside Bettendorf High School.

Registration Open for LeClaire Youth Baseball and Softball

Registration has opened for LeClaire Youth Baseball and Softball. Children in preschool to Grade 12 are eligible to join.

  • T-Ball for ages 4-6
  • Softball for girls in LeClaire and Princeton in grades 1-12
  • Baseball for boys in grades 1-5, Coach Pitch grades 1-2, Kid Pitch grades 3-5)

Register online at or in person at the LeClaire Park & Rec Open House, LeClaire Rec Center, from 4-6 p.m., Feb. 24. Registration forms are available at LeClaire Community Library and LeClaire City Hall. They can be mailed with a payment to the address on the form. Financial aid is available. Sponsorships and service hours are available.

A Rock and Roll Bingo Fundraiser for the league will be held April 14 at LeClaire Fire Station.

For more information, visit or contact Sara Gravert at 563-210-8382.

Celebrate Buffalo Bill's birthday in LeClaire Feb. 25

The public is invited to celebrate Buffalo Bill’s birthday noon-4 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 25, at the Buffalo Bill Museum, LeClaire. Admission is free.

"Buffalo Bill" Cody was born Feb. 26, 1846, in Scott County. He was a Pony Express rider and a Civil War hero before starring in his own Wild West Show.

Visitors also can visit the other exhibits at the museum such as the Lone Star, a wooden-hull steam-powered paddle wheel, Native American artifacts and exhibits featuring 1900s women's fashion, life on Mississippi, riverboat pilots and more.

Buffalo Bill himself (impersonator, John Giovanazzi) will be on hand. Birthday refreshments and live music will be featured.

Bettendorf High School planetarium releases show schedule

Bettendorf High School will host public shows in the Donald A. Schaefer Planetarium. Seating is limited. To reserve seats, call the BHS Activities Office at 563-332-4516.

The planetarium will present the following shows at 7 p.m.:

Feb. 27

  • Phantom of the Universe, ages 14-adult: A discussion of the most intriguing questions of the 21st century including: What makes up the fundamental particles of the universe? and what are we all made of? 

March 20

  • Oasis in Space, all-ages: Begins in the farthest reaches of space to explain how Earth is an oasis in the vast cosmos.
  • Renaissance, all-ages: Details the beginning of modern science in a time called the Renaissance.

May 1

  • From Earth to Universe, all-ages: The newest breakthroughs in astronomy and cosmology taking viewers to the edges of the known universe.
  • The Works of Walt Whitman, all-ages: A showcase of the works of the transcendental poet Walt Whitman.

The planetarium’s new Spitz digital full-dome projection system can project immersive 360-degree images and video using two projectors designed for the planetarium dome.

Rivermont Collegiate Technology Fair set for April 7

Rivermont Collegiate will host its Technology Fair Saturday, April 7 at the school’s Becherer Hall, 1821 Sunset Drive, Bettendorf. The competition is open to all area students in kindergarten through 12th grade.

Deadline to register is March 22. Entry fee is $10 per student project and $20 per group project with a maximum of three students per group. Registration is first come, first served.

The fair includes student technology projects and a technology career fair that will feature area businesses. Projects are judged using the Iowa Technology and Education Connection technology fair categories and rubrics.

For more information and to register, visit For questions, email