BHS Child Development class seeks preschool participants

The Child Development class at Bettendorf High School invites children ages 2-4 years and their parents/guardians to attend classes on Thursdays in December. The visits allow high school students to learn about children at various developmental stages. Planned activities will feature free play, and student-child and student-parent/guardian interaction. Younger siblings are invited. Snacks will be provided.

Visit times are 10-11 a.m. Dec. 14 and 21. Visitors must check-in at the attendance office. To register, contact Family and Consumer Science teacher Beth Kieffer at or 563-332-7001.

Bettendorf to collect yard waste through Dec. 8

The City of Bettendorf will continue collecting yard waste on regular collection day through Friday, Dec. 8. All yard waste bags must have stickers.

For more information, contact the Public Works Department at 563-344-4088 or

Holiday movie night at Life Fitness Center

Bettendorf Parks and Recreation will screen "Arthur Christmas" at 6 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 8 at Life Fitness Center, Bettendorf. There will be holiday-themed activities prior to the movie.

Rivermont Collegiate offers tours of Bettendorf Mansion Dec. 9

Rivermont Collegiate will host the public for a holiday open house at the Bettendorf Mansion on its campus. The event will be 1-4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 9, at 1821 Sunset Drive.

The mansion will be decorated for the holidays and tours will be offered. Light refreshments will be served.

For more information, contact Jill Weitzel at 563-359-1366 ext. 308 or

Bettendorf Police Department sponsors Angel Tree for seniors

In a partnership with CASI, the Bettendorf Police Department will assist home-bound seniors through an Angel Tree program. Participants may visit the Bettendorf Police Department, 1609 State St., to choose an ornament from the tree that includes the name of a senior and an item that person needs.

Unwrapped gifts should be returned with the ornament to the Police Department by Saturday, Dec. 9. Bettendorf police officers will deliver each gift before Christmas.

For more information, email or

Life Fitness Center offers girl’s self-defense classes

Life Fitness Center will offer self-defense classes for girls in December. Participants will learn how to avoid conflict, protect personal information, date safely and deal with bullying. Physical defense will be taught as a last resort option.

Classes available are:

Princess Power, ages 9-12, 2:30-4:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 9, $20

Miss Independent, ages 13-15, 2:30-4:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 16, $20

To register, visit the center at 2222 Middle Road or website at

For more information, call 563-344-4119.

BHS fine arts booster club hosts carnival Dec. 9

Bettendorf High School Fine Arts Boosters will host a carnival fundraiser from 4 to 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 9, in the school gym. The event will feature carnival games, inflatables, prizes and food.

The carnival will raise money to offset the cost of the fine arts trip to Florida in the spring, said Niki Jeffery, BHS Fine Arts Boosters.

Tickets costs $10 for 20 game tickets; wristbands for unlimited access to inflatables are $12 at the door.

'Tis the Season is set for Dec. 10

The City of Bettendorf will host the eighth annual 'Tis the Season senior holiday celebration at 1:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 10, at the Waterfront Convention Center, 2021 State St., Bettendorf. Doors open at 1 p.m.

The evening will include an opening greeting from Mayor Bob Gallagher, holiday music, refreshments and feature performances by Family Museum Dancers, Quad-City Ukulele Club, magician David Casas, Bettendorf High School Chamber Choir and Swinney Family Band.

City Administrator Decker Ploehn will host the event and members of the City Council and city staff will serve.

The event is free and open to all Quad-Cities seniors 60 years or older.

Live Nativity to be held Dec. 16

St. James Lutheran Church will hold its annual Live Nativity Event from 4 to 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 16. The free event tells the Nativity story and features actors, live animals and carolers. Visitors are also welcome to attend a free soup and dessert supper and crafts event inside the fellowship hall. Donations of canned goods for the St. James food pantry will be accepted, as will hats, mittens and coats for its sister parish, All Saints of Davenport.

The church is located at 1705 Oak St., Bettendorf. For more information, call 563-355-4161, visit or search Facebook for St. James Bettendorf.

LeClaire Chamber of Commerce events

  • Dec. 9: Free screening of "Boss Baby," 6-8 p.m., Riverside Church, 302 N. Cody Road.
  • Dec. 12: Chamber networking event, noon, Hungry Hobo, LeClaire.
  • Jan. 12-15: Be a Tourist in Your Own Backyard,
  • Jan. 14: Bald Eagle Day, 2 p.m., LeClaire Civic Center, 127 S. Cody Road. Photo and video presentation by local wildlife photographer Burt Gearhart. Free and open to the public.
  • Jan. 14: Taste of LeClaire, 1-4 p.m.

Black Hawk Hiking Club events

For more information and complete driving directions, visit Facebook (Black Hawk Hiking Club of the QC) or

Saturday, Dec. 9: 2:30 p.m., Johnson-Sauk Trail State Recreation Area - Illinois Route 78 between Interstate 80 and Kewanee, Illinois. Located on a glacial moraine which created the rolling hills of Henry County in North-central Illinois, Johnson Sauk Trail Park was part of a trail that led Native Americans from lake Michigan to the confluence of the Mississippi and Rock Rivers. It's also the location of the Ryan Round Barn built in 1910.

Saturday, Dec. 16: 2:30 p.m., Paul Skeffington Memorial Trail - 11th Street and Westbrook Drive, DeWitt, Iowa. This well maintained trail is 10 feet wide and covers five miles. Much of the trails is through scenic wooded areas in addition to adjoining Westbrook Park. Part of the trail runs along train tracks and there are three bridges to cross. Use Exit 311B from State Highway 61 North into DeWitt.


City Editor/Bettendorf News Editor

Liz Boardman is the Quad-City Times City Editor, manages the Economy section and Bettendorf News, and is the house Freedom of Information Act geek. A Rock Island native, she joined the Times in 2016.