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Tim and Penny Hansen of Geneseo walk through a Native American exhibit at the Buffalo Bill Museum in LeClaire on Sunday.

Andy Abeyta

BHS to host trivia night benefit for suicide prevention

Bettendorf High School Student Council will host a community trivia night to benefit the suicide prevention organization Foster's Voice at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 15 in the BHS Commons. Cost is $5, with a maximum of eight players per team. For more information or to register, visit bhs.bettendorf.k12.ia.us.

BHS began supporting Foster's Voice to raise awareness after the loss of a BHS student in early December.

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 leclaireyouthball.com 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 www.leclaireyouthball.com or contact Sara Gravert at 563-210-8382.

Bettendorf artist featured at Quad-City Arts gallery

Bettendorf artist Jay Stratton is featured in the new exhibition at the Quad-City Arts Gallery, Rock Island, through March 23.

Stratton is a woodworker with sculptures up to six feet tall on display in the exhibit. He also creates artistic furniture and uses his skills in other project work that includes local churches, homes and offices.

The exhibit that opened Feb. 2 highlights local artists including Stratton, Holly Kimball of Galesburg, Illinois, and Brad Bisbey of Moline. Gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday-Friday and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday

Quad-City Arts will host an opportunity to meet the artists from 7-9 p.m., Feb. 17, at 1715 2nd Ave., Rock Island.

For more information, contact Dawn Wohlford-Metallo at 309-793-1213 ext. 108 or dwmetallo@quadcityarts.com.

Palmer Hills Golf Course is open for cross country skiing

Palmer Hills Golf Course, 2999 Middle Road, now offers groomed cross country skiing trails and a sledding hill, weather permitting.

Equipment rental hours are:

9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday-Friday

10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday

11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday

Ski rentals are $5 per hour or $12 daily maximum.

To find out if the trails are open, call 563-332-8296 or 563-344-7169.

Palmer Grill, located at Palmer Hills Golf Course, also will be open from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday-Saturday during winter months.

Frozen Landing announces holiday hours

The following regular hours of operation, weather permitting:

  • Noon to 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday
  • Noon to 10 p.m. Friday
  • 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday
  • Noon to 6 p.m. Sunday

For more information and schedules, call 563-549-0587 or visit bettendorf.org.

PV registration begins in February

Pleasant Valley Junior High School registration begins Feb. 13.

Current and incoming junior high students will receive information about registration for the 2018-2019 school year on the following dates:

  • Feb. 15: High school forum for current eighth-grade students with last names K-Z and their parents, 7 p.m., PVHS theater.
  • Feb. 27 and March 1: Registration and course information for incoming seventh-grade students will be provided during elementary school conferences.

Junior high students who are new to the Pleasant Valley School District should contact the Guidance Office at 563-332-0202 for registration and course selection.

Current and incoming high school students will receive information about registration for the 2018-2019 school year on the following dates:

  • Feb. 15: Informational meeting for incoming ninth-grade students with last names K-Z and their parents, 7 p.m., PVHS theater.

Prior to registration, students and parents are encouraged to view the 2018-2019 Course Registration booklet. The booklet is available at pleasval.org by selecting the high school link followed by Course Registration Book 2018-2019.

Bettendorf accepts preschool applications

Bettendorf Community School District is accepting preschool applications for the 2018-2019 school year.

Children who will be 4 years old on or before Sept. 15 are eligible.

Funding provided by the State of Iowa in support of the Statewide Voluntary Preschool Program allows placement of children 4 years of age in local preschool programs. Families of preschoolers can receive preschool education at no charge for 10 hours per week with parents paying for the balance of the attendance time.

Preschools participating include Ready Set Grow Preschool, KinderCare Learning Center, Lourdes Preschool, Redeemer Preschool, St. John Vianney Preschool and Skip-A-Long Child Development Services.

Bettendorf Community School District provides preschool classrooms at Grant Wood Elementary School, Mark Twain Elementary School, Neil Armstrong Elementary School, and Thomas Jefferson Elementary School. Children who meet economic eligibility criteria are given preference in the public school preschool classes.

For an application, visit http://bit.ly/BCSD-Preschool. For more information or to request an application, contact Joyce Meyer at 563-359-3681 or jmeyer@bettendorf.k12.ia.us.

PV youth basketball teams compete in region playoffs

Pleasant Valley sixth grade girls’ and eighth grade boys’ basketball teams will play in the Iowa Youth Basketball Region Playoffs Saturday, March 3, in Pella, Iowa. The fifth grade boys’ team will play Saturday, Feb. 24, in Cedar Falls.

Iowa’s fourth-ninth grade basketball teams were invited to play in the North and South Region Championships. North Region playoffs will be Feb. 24-25 at University of Northern Iowa in Cedar Falls, and Waterloo Columbus High School. South Region playoffs will be March 3 at Pella schools.

The top two teams from each region will go on to play in the Iowa State Championship April 7-8 at Kingdom Hoops Basketball Complex in Des Moines.

Following the state championship, the top two teams will play in an “elite eight” style Great Five-State Championship at the Target Center, Minneapolis, Minnesota.

More information and registration is available at pacesettersports.net.

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 rivermontcollegiate.org. For questions, email techfair@rvmt.org.

LeClaire Chamber of Commerce events

Feb. 25: Buffalo Bill Cody birthday event, noon to 4 p.m., Buffalo Bill Museum, free.

Black Hawk Hiking Club events

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

Feb. 17: 2:30 p.m., Tampico, Illinois, Ronald Reagan Birthplace - The hike will cover the streets of Tampico, stopping at the museum, church and the birthplace of Ronald Reagan (our 40th President). Water provided; bring your own cup. Entering Tampico on IL172, carefully watch for HIKE signs.

Feb. 23: 7 p.m., Annual Picture Presentation, Deere-Wiman House, 1105 8th St., Moline - Club members’ photos will be judged in five categories by Paul Riewerts. Refreshments will be served following the presentation.

Feb. 24: 2:30 p.m., Lake Story, Galesburg, Illinois - The Cabeen Hiking and Biking Trail is a flat, paved trail, approximately five miles round trip. From Illinois 150 South at the Illinois 6 and 150 intersection, Lake Story is about 40 miles south. Continue past the Lake Story sign to the next right which is marked with a green sign that says "Cabeen Hiking & Biking Trail" and turn right.

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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.