Bettendorf Library to screen Oscar-nominated films: The Bettendorf Public Library, 2950 Learning Campus Drive, will be screening four Oscar-nominated films from Jan. 29 to Feb. 19. Showings will take place from 6-8 p.m. Tuesdays. Refreshments are provided by the Friends of the Bettendorf Library. More information can be found at bettendorflibrary.com or 563-344-4175. Red Carpet Review is funded by the Friends of the Bettendorf Library.
Family Resources seeks art to benefit children and families in crisis: Artists in the Quad-Cities area are invited to participate in an art awareness project in conjunction with Family Resources’ Opening Doors Gala to be held April 12 at the Quad-Cities Waterfront Convention Center in Bettendorf. The deadline for entries is April 1.
Artists are asked to submit works in any medium that bring awareness to the issue of family crisis, children in crisis, domestic violence and family violence using the central themes of opening doors, safe places, hope or new beginnings. Art works must be delivered to Family Resources by April 1 for display at the Opening Doors Gala. The art will be displayed publicly at the gala and also at the Venus Envy event at the Bucktown Center on May 3-4. The art will be part of a traveling exhibit to various places in the community for the following year. At the end of the year, the art may be returned to the artist or auctioned at the gala event in 2014.
For more information, call 563-468-2140.
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Karpeles Museum debuts Darwin exhibit: The Karpeles Manuscript Library Museum, 700 22nd St., Rock Island, has opened an exhibit featuring the writings of renowned scientist Charles Darwin. The exhibit, which includes over 20 handwritten manuscripts related to the research of Darwin, will be open to the public from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesdays through Sundays through April.
Charles Darwin was born on Feb. 12, 1809, in Shrewsbury, England. In 1828, he began his studies at the University of Cambridge to prepare for a career as a clergyman. It was in Cambridge that he met Adam Sedgwick and naturalist John Stevens Henslo, who set him on the path to becoming a naturalist. In 1859, Darwin published “On the Origin of Species,” which contained the results of his studies abroad and soon became the foundation for the theory of evolution. Darwin continued to expand on different aspects of his theories in “The Variation of Animals and Plants Under Domestication” in 1868, “The Descent of Man” in 1871 and “The Expression of Emotion in Man and Animals” in 1872. Charles Darwin suffered a heart attack and died on April 19, 1882. For more information about the exhibit, visit karpeles.org.