Poker tournament to benefit United Way: The city of Bettendorf and Scott County are working together to raise money for the United Way of the Quad-City Area by hosting a Texas Hold ’Em Tournament on Feb. 22 at the Quad-Cities Waterfront Convention Center, 2021 State St., Bettendorf. Doors open at 5 p.m., and the tournament starts at 6 p.m. Tickets are $30; re-buys (limit one) are $20. Tickets can be purchased at either Bettendorf City Hall, 1609 State St., or the Scott County Administration Center, 600 W. 4th St., Davenport. Tickets are available at the door as well.

Davenport winter program rescheduled: Icestravaganza has been rescheduled for Feb. 17 in downtown Davenport. The family event was postponed because of severe weather Jan. 27. The free event, which will be in the courtyard on 2nd Street between Brady and Main streets, will include horse-drawn carriages, an ice skating rink, live music, a “Diamond in the Ice” competition, children’s stories and art stations. The event will be from noon to 6 p.m. Feb. 17. For more information, visit DowntownDavenport.com.

Author to speak in Muscatine: The Alexander Clark Cultural Series will host author Thomas DeWolf for a presentation, question and answer and book signing at

5 p.m. Feb. 17 at Muscatine Community College. The event is free of charge and will be held in the college’s student center, 152 Colorado Blvd. The Clark Cultural Series is a joint program between Muscatine Community College, the Muscatine Community College Foundation and the Alexander Clark Project. DeWolf will read from his books “Inheriting the Trade” and “Gather at the Table” and discuss his journeys, the legacy of slavery and its impact today. The presentation is open to the public.

Toddler nature program starts at Nahant: Toddler Tales has resumed at Nahant Marsh with nature-themed stories, crafts and outdoor adventures. The program is designed for children 3-5 years old with an accompanying adult. Toddler Tales are held from 10-11 a.m. and 2-3 p.m. at the Nahant Marsh Education Center. Cost is $3 per child. For more information or to register, email nahantmarsh@eicc.edu or call 563-323-5196.

Bettendorf plans kindergarten round-up: Children in the Bettendorf Community School District who will be 5 years old on or before Sept. 15, 2013, should plan to attend Kindergarten Round-Up at their neighborhood school on March 1. Kindergarten Round-Up provides an opportunity for parents and students to meet the building principal and kindergarten teachers. A brief overview of the kindergarten program and its academic/social expectations will be shared. Registration materials are available at

bettendorf.k12.ia.us/Parents/Registration/k-roundup. The website includes information about documents parents should bring.

Family Enrichment Center gets grant: The Terracon Foundation has awarded a $2,500 grant to the Family Enrichment Center of Davenport. Awarded annually, the Terracon Foundation community grant supports local, nonprofit programs with active engagement of employees in communities where Terracon employees live and work. FEC aims to transform the lives of families and individuals in the Goose Creek Heights neighborhood by providing intensive educational, social and recreational programming. Terracon is an employee-owned engineering consulting firm with more than 130 offices in 39 states nationwide, including Bettendorf. For additional information about Terracon, visit terracon.com.

WIU, Black Hawk College start new transfer agreement: Western Illinois University has announced a new agreement with Black Hawk College in Moline that will allow students to earn a bachelor’s degree in law enforcement and justice administration from WIU after starting their degree at the community college. Students will complete an associate of science in law enforcement from Black Hawk College after their first two years and complete their junior and senior years at Western. For the Western portion of the degree, students would be able to take classes at either the Macomb or Quad-Cities campuses. For specific information about the new agreement, contact the WIU Transfer Center at 309-298-3120 or the Black Hawk College Advising Services Center at 309-796-5163.

Build your own fishing rod: Participants can create their own custom six-foot spinning rod at a workshop on April 13 at the Hurstville Interpretive Center. Experienced rod-builder Francis Fischer will provide all the materials necessary and provide step-by-step instruction. The class is for adults and youth ages 13 and older and runs from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. April 13 with a follow-up session from 1-2 p.m. April 20. The $30 registration fee covers all materials. Class size is limited to the first 10 registrants. Call the Jackson County Conservation office at 563-652-3783 to sign up or with any questions. The Hurstville Center is one mile north of Maquoketa on U.S. 61.

St. Pat Society to award scholarship: Applications are due March 1 for a $1,000 scholarship from the St. Patrick Society, Quad-Cities U.S.A. The scholarship will be awarded at the annual Gathering of the Clan luncheon on March 15 at the RiverCenter in Davenport. Applications and requirements are available from high school counselors or from Matt Wissing at wissingm@yahoo.com or at 563-265-9353. Applicants must be related to a current St. Patrick Society member. The Clan Luncheon is open to the public; cost is $15 with advance reservations or $20 at the door. For reservations or more information, please contact Vic or Kathy Quinn at vkequinn@aol.com or call

563-322-7505.

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For information on St. Patrick Society activities, visit stpatsqc.com.

Rotary scholarships available to students: Scholarship applications are now being accepted by the Rotary Club of Davenport. Four $10,000 scholarships and one $16,000 scholarship will be awarded to five students graduating from the four high schools in Davenport. Selection is based on grade point average, test scores, community service, interview and recommendations. Applications can be downloaded at davenportrotary.org.

Completed requests must be postmarked by March 1 and sent to: Rotary Club of Davenport, 1910 E. Kimberly Road, Suite 310, Davenport, IA 52807. For more information, call 563-322-3567.

Churches United involved in hunger challenge: Churches United of the Quad-City Area again will participate in the Feinstein Foundation Hunger Challenge. The Feinstein Foundation will donate $1 million proportionately to hunger agencies that participate between the challenge dates of March 1 and April 30. Last year, area residents as well as the faith community donated more than $12,000 in this 60-day period. The goal this year is to raise $13,000 in 60 days. For more information, contact Anne Wachal at Churches United at 563-332-5002 or awachal@cuqca.org. More information on the challenge is available at cuqca.org and feinsteinfoundation.org.

 

Kennedi’s Kisses poker tournament scheduled: The third annual Kennedi’s Kisses Poker Tournament, a keystone fundraiser for the young organization, will take place on March 8 at Modern Woodmen Park, Davenport. Buy-in is $40 with one $20 rebuy. First hand will be dealt at 6 p.m., with doors to open at 5 p.m. Pre-registration is recommended at kennediskisses.org. Registration also will take place the night of the event until all seats are sold. For more information, contact Kennedi’s Kisses, 120 Crestview Drive, Eldridge, IA, 52748, or call Matt Sherwood at 563-529-4623 or email kennediskisses@yahoo.com. Kennedi’s Kisses is a nonprofit organization founded in 2010 to assist families suffering the loss of a child with the financial burden of burying their child.