IPTV pajama party at the Family Museum set for Dec. 1

Iowa Public Television will host free family pajama parties across Iowa on Friday, Dec. 1, to coincide with the launch of IPTV KIDS .2, a new channel devoted entirely to children's programming.

The local party will be 6:30-8 p.m. at the Family Museum, Bettendorf, and will include a screening of PBS KIDS Family Night programs, a “bedtime” snack of milk and cookies and a souvenir for families to take home. Families are encouraged to wear pajamas and slippers.

The party also will include time to meet and greet Dan Wardell, host of IPTV KIDS Clubhouse.

To register, visit iptv.org/events or call 800-728-2828.

Families who can’t attend are encouraged to host a party of their own. A party planning kit is available for download at iptv.org/families.

The Family Museum presents WinterFest Dec. 3

WinterFest at the Family Museum will be from noon to 5 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 3, at 2900 Learning Campus Drive, Bettendorf. Admission is free with a donation of a nonperishable food item or monetary donation to a local food pantry.

Activities include:

• Crafts including sparkling ornament, kindness catcher, and glowing snowman in the ThinkShop

• Ice Follies experiments

• Free photo with Santa courtesy of Walgreens on Devils Glen in Bettendorf

Music by area schools: Pleasant Valley High School Band, 12:30 p.m.; Bettendorf High School Choir, 2 p.m.; Rock Island High School Orchestra, 4 p.m.

• Performances by the Family Museum Dance Company at 1:30 p.m. and 3 p.m.

• Snowball Fight Dance Party at 1:45 p.m.

The event also will feature holiday displays including the 300-square foot train set and a holiday scene designed by Silvestri Art Manufacturing Company and displayed in the former Petersen Harden Von Maur store windows in Davenport.

Refreshments also will be served. For more information, call 563-344-4106 or visit familymuseum.org.

Holiday Dog Walk planned for Dec. 3

Bettendorf Parks and Recreation Department will host a Holiday Dog Walk at 1 p.m., Sunday, December 3. The walk begins at Crow Creek Dog Park, in the SPOTT area for old and timid dogs. The 2.5 mile walk will continue along Crow Creek Trail past the quarry to Middle Road, and back.

Water will be available at the Middle Road turn-around point, and coffee, cider and hot chocolate, along with music and refreshments, will be available at the end of the walk.

The event is free and open to the public, but will be canceled in the case of inclement weather.

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.

Bettendorf Police Department sponsors Angel Tree for seniors

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

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

For more information, email cthomas@bettendorf.org or cdavis@bettendorf.org.

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.

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 apm.activecommunities.com/bettendorf/home.

For more information, call 563-344-4119.

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.

Registration begins Monday, Nov. 13 and ends Friday, Dec. 1 or when the event is full. No early registrations will be accepted. To register, call 563-344-4000.

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 and older.

LeClaire Chamber of Commerce events

  • Nov. 25: Small Business Saturday
  • Dec. 1-3: Christmas in LeClaire
  • Dec. 2: Ugly Christmas Sweater 5K Run/Walk
  • Dec. 12: Chamber networking event, noon, Hungry Hobo, LeClaire.

Black Hawk Hiking Club events

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

Saturday, Dec. 2: 2:30 p.m., Black Hawk State Historic Site - 1510 46th Ave., Rock Island. Black Hawk State Historic Site has six miles of well marked woodland trails and is an Illinois Nature Preserve. Some have slopes and other areas a easy hiking.

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.