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

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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 death of a BHS student in early December.

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 6 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.

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. 12: Current eighth-grade students will receive high school registration materials. Junior high and high school counselors will discuss the registration process.
  • Feb. 13: High school forum for current eighth-grade students with last names A-J and their parents, 7 p.m., PVHS theater.
  • Feb. 13: Informational meeting about the junior high for incoming seventh-grade students and their parents, 6:30 p.m., PVJH gym A.
  • Feb. 13 and 14: Current seventh-grade students will receive registration materials and school counselors will discuss the registration process.
  • 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. 13: Informational meeting for incoming ninth-grade students with last names A-J and their parents, 7 p.m., PVHS theater.
  • 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 accepting 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.

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. 10: LeClaire Cocoa Crawl, 2-5 p.m.

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. 10: 2:30 p.m., Illiniwek Forest Preserve, Hampton, Illinois - The preserve features bluffs and ravines along Illinois 84 with views of the Mississippi River. The group may join the short hikers on the bike path, weather permitting.

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.