Girl Scouts Isabelle Ryan and Katelyn Morris improved the flower pots at Pleasant View Elementary School to earn their Bronze Awards.

PVHS marching band holds fruit, cheese fundraiser through November

The Pleasant Valley High School marching band members will be selling fruit, cheese, meat, candy and nuts to raise money for the band through Nov. 7. Orders will be delivered after Dec. 9. Individuals wanting to place an order but do not know a marching band member may contact Charlene Ruccolo at 563-271-1429.

Bettendorf Park Band begins 50th season

with international music

The Bettendorf Park Band will celebrate its 50th season with songs from around the world at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 3.

The free concert will be at the Herbert D. Goettsch Community Center, 2204 Grant St., Bettendorf.

Featured songs include “Danza Espagnola” from Spain, “II Bersagliere” (Italian Rifleman) from Italy, “Marche Triomphale” from France and “From Tropic to Tropic” by Russel Alexander. The program also will include music from England, Scotland, Ireland, Norway, Russia and Hungary.

Under the direction of Conductor Dr. Brian Hughes and Associate Conductor Sean Talbot the band is open to adult musicians from throughout the Quad-Cities. The Bettendorf Parks and Recreation Department sponsors the band and provides rehearsal and library space. Funding support comes from the Bettendorf Park Band Foundation and donations.

Rehearsals are Thursday evenings at 7 p.m. at the community center.

Bettendorf Girl Scout troop earns Bronze Award

Troop 8690 of Bettendorf earned the Bronze Award, the highest award Girl Scouts in fourth and fifth grades can achieve, for improving the garden at Pleasant View Elementary School.

Troop members Isabelle Ryan and Katelyn Morris created a plan to partner with the school and Lowe’s Home Improvement in Davenport, and used donated supplies to refurbish the pots.

The scouts spent 21 hours on the project and plan to work with the school’s garden club to plant new flowers in the spring.

Black Hawk Hiking Club events

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

Saturday, Nov. 4: 2:30 p.m., The 101 Ranch, rural Blue Grass. This hike is on a privately owned, 250-acre property that has six miles of hiking trails.

Saturday, Nov. 11: 2:30 p.m., Hennepin Canal Parkway Trail - Wyanet, Illinois. Hiking east from near Wyanet along the Hennepin Canal Parkway Trail. The Hennepin Canal cascades down the eastern slope of the Bloomington Moraine towards Bureau and the Illinois River.

Saturday, Nov. 18: 2:30 p.m., The Hauberg Trail - Loud Thunder Forest Preserve, 19406 Loud Thunder Road, Illinois City. A hike along the Mississippi River and the old Sac Fox Trail on the ridge above the river. We will view the large boulder and memorial placed by the Black Hawk Hiking Club and dedicated to the memory of John Hauberg (club founder) on Nov. 22, 1956. Be prepared to eat birthday cake and drink hot chocolate, celebrating John Hauberg's birthday. Bring your lawn chair and your own cup. 

Le Claire Chamber of Commerce events

  • Nov. 14: Chamber networking event, noon, Riverview Roadhouse.
  • Nov. 18: Trivia at the Civic Center
  • Nov. 25: Small Business Saturday
  • Dec. 1-3: Christmas in Le Claire
  • Dec. 2: Ugly Christmas Sweater 5K Run/Walk
  • Dec. 12: Chamber networking event, noon, Hungry Hobo, Le Claire.

City 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.