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Bettendorf-Pleasant Valley youth baseball players may now register for the season that begins March 24. Pictured are the 2017 Bettendorf-Pleasant Valley Youth Baseball scholarship winners from left: Michael Tappa, Nick Mulholland and Thomas Crowley.

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New American Family Insurance office is open in LeClaire

An additional location for American Family Insurance agent Pat Haffarnan is now open in LeClaire. The new location opened Feb. 1 at 322 N. Cody Road. It is the second office opened by Haffarnan. The Pat Haffarnan Agency in Davenport is located at 2207 E. 52nd St., Suite 2.

Haffarnan said in a news release, “My staff and I are so pleased to now offer insurance protection to customers in both Davenport and LeClaire.” Haffarnan has been an American Family Insurance agent since 1978.

Office hours are:


8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday-Friday


9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday-Friday

Davenport customers may call 563-386-2448 and the LeClaire customers may call 563-635-7000.

Registration open for Bettendorf-PV youth baseball

Bettendorf-Pleasant Valley youth baseball players may now register for the season that begins March 24. Players excluding the oldest and youngest divisions will try-out to be placed on a team. All players will be placed on a team.

To register online or for more information, visit Check payments also may be mailed to: BPV, P.O. Box 215, Bettendorf, Iowa 52722.

Bettendorf Lions Club to celebrate 75th anniversary

The Bettendorf Lions Club will hold a 75th anniversary celebration on Saturday, April 7, 2018, at Tanglewood Hills Pavilion, 4250 Middle Road, Bettendorf. The event will include a program, dinner and dance. Tickets cost $20 and reservations are required by March 24. For more information, call 563-355-6624.

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

LeClaire Youth Baseball and Softball to hold bingo fundraiser

LeClaire Youth Baseball and Softball will hold a Rock and Roll Bingo Fundraiser to benefit the league on April 14 at LeClaire Fire Station.

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

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 For more information or to request an application, contact Joyce Meyer at 563-359-3681 or

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.:

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.

Black Hawk Hiking Club events

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

March 3: 2:30 p.m., Big Island Trail, Milan - The hike will include the Milan section of the Hennepin Canal Parkway that follows along both sides of the historic 1907 canal and joins locks 30-32. Big Island is a delta at the confluence of the Mississippi and Rock Rivers. Parking and access to the trail is along the Big Island Road.

March 10: 2:30 p.m., Albany Mounds, Albany, Illinois - The hike will follow more than two miles of trails through the 200-acre Albany Mounds State Historic Site that features burial mounds and interpretive signs. The hike continue along the Great River Trail.

March 17: 2:30 p.m., Wapsi River Environmental Education Center, 31555 52nd Ave., Dixon, Illinois - This is a great chance for premium wildlife viewing while hiking the scenic trails through prairie and forest. The Center has approximately 30 acres of bottomland forest along the Wapsipinicon River and about 120 acres of timber as well as prairie.

March 24: 5 p.m., Annual Banquet, Rock Island - The annual Hiking Club buffet banquet will be held in the upstairs banquet room of the Rock Island Hy-Vee Store located at 2930 18th Avenue, Rock Island, on the corner of 30th Street. The dinner will be served buffet style at 5:30 p.m. The cost is $14 per person and reservations must be made and paid in full by March 17th to attend. Following dinner Dave Murcia, a naturalist from the Wapsi Environmental Education Center will speak about the Wapsi Center, Friends of the Wapsi, and the ecology and geology of our local rivers.