Friday, Dec. 08

Moline Township Activity Center: Holiday Cookie Walk and Craft Bazaar: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Moline Township Activity Center, 620 18th St., Moline. Featuring homemade cookies sold by the pound as well as unique handmade gifts. All proceeds help fund future programs for the senior center.

Senior Coffee: 10 a.m. to noon, Vander Veer Botanical Park, 215 W. Central Park Ave., Davenport. Featuring refreshments, activities and a musical performance by third grader students from Trinity Lutheran School. $1.

Muscatine VFW Chili Cook-off: 5 p.m., VFW Hall, 1415 Grandview Ave., Muscatine. The Muscatine VFW will hold this annual chili cook-off where participants can enter or be a taster for free. There also will be karaoke, prizes and visits with Miss Corridor 2018. Donations will be accepted for the VFW.

Rock-n-Roll Bingo: 6:30-9:30 p.m., Col Ballroom, 1012 W. 4th St., Davenport. This event will include music and prizes after each game. Participants may bring snacks with beverages available for purchase. All proceeds will benefit the family of Brantley Francis who is fighting cancer. For more information or to reserve a spot, email BingoForBrantley@gmail.com. $10 for a bag of bingo chips, $5 each additional bag.

Don's Country Music Dance: 7-10:30 p.m., CASI, 1035 W. Kimberly Road, Davenport. Deejay Don will play music for dancing to couples, line and free style steps. $7.

Open Mic Coffeehouse: 7 p.m., First Lutheran Church, 1600 20th St., Rock Island. Musicians, poets and storytellers are welcome at this monthly event. Refreshments served. Donations benefit St. Joe's evening meal at Rock Island Township.

Christmas a la Mode: 7 p.m., Wesley United Methodist Church, 400 Iowa Ave., Muscatine. Featuring the Josh Duffee Orchestra performing with the Muscatine Civic Chorale and the Muscatine Community College Jazz Choir. Free-will donation.

Country Western Dance: 7-11 p.m., Silver Spur Dance Hall, 1230 15th Ave., East Moline. Featuring deejay music for dancing. $7.

Messiah Sing-In: 7:30-9 p.m., Trinity Episcopal Cathedral, 121 W. 12th St., Davenport. Trinity Cathedral will host this 90-minute version including the entire Nativity portion and parts of the, "Passion" and "Triumph," sections. Donations will be accepted for Community Health Care of the Quad-Cities to support children's health needs during the Holiday Season. For more information, email rmay2000@aol.com. Donations accepted.

Greg and Rich: 8-11 p.m., Sergeant Major's, 213 6th Ave. W, Andalusia. Free.

Wild Oatz Band: 9 p.m. to 1 a.m., Harley Corin's, 1708 State St., Bettendorf. Free.

Shakespeared!: 9:30-10:45 p.m., The Establishment, 220 19th St., Rock Island. Improvisers present this all-new "lost" play by Shakespeare. Blending classic iambic pentameter and vernacular vulgarity, this show will be hilarious, not high brow. Rated R. $7.

Saturday, Dec. 09

Christ Church United Methodist Women: Christmas Cookie Walk: 7:30-9:30 a.m., Christ United Methodist Church, 2330 W. 41st St., Davenport. Featuring cookies and candy. Proceeds will benefit missions for women and children.

Friends of the Eldridge Library: Christmas Bake and Craft Sale: 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Scott County Library, 200 N. 6th Ave., Eldridge. Featuring homemade baked items and candies, Santas, snowmen, ornaments, other Christmas decor and gifts. Proceeds benefit the activities and programs at the library.

Disciples Women Fellowship of First Christian Church: Snowflake Cookie Walk: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., First Christian Church, 510 E. 15th St., Davenport. Featuring cookies by the pound ($6), candies, peanut brittle, fudges, nuts and more. All proceeds go to local charitable organizations and global missions. Free.

New Hope Presbyterian Church: annual Cookie Walk: 9-11 a.m., New Hope Presbyterian Church, 4209 W. Locust St., Davenport. Featuring homemade cookies, specialty cookies and other sweets. Cookies $6 a pound with other treats individually priced.

Assumption Greek Orthodox Church: Holiday Bake Sale: 9 a.m. to noon, Assumption Greek Orthodox Church, 4900 Kennedy Drive, East Moline. The sale will feature traditional ethnic dessert favorites such as Baklava, Koulourakia (butter twist cookies), Kourambiethes (powdered sugar cookies), Melomacarona (honey-dipped spice cookies) and Paximathia (Greek biscott). Ever popular Tiropitakia (cheese puffs) and Spanakopitakia (spinach puffs) will also be for sale as well as gift box assortment packages.

Grace City Church: Holiday Bazaar: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Grace City Church, 1925 5th Ave., Rock Island. Grace City Church Mission Team will host the holiday bazaar featuring crafts, food, clothes, pies, jewelry, art, baked good, bath and body products as well as various vendors. Free.

Quad-City Animal Welfare Center: Holiday Open House: noon to 3 p.m., Quad-City Animal Welfare Center, 724 W. 2nd Ave., Milan. Featuring a silent auction, bake sale, vendors and an adoption special. The adoption special will be half price adoptions for all dogs and cats six months and older ($50 dogs, $20 cats). Free.

Angela Meyer: 2 p.m., Davenport Public Library, 321 Main St. Featuring Iowa native and country music artist Angela Meyer performing holiday music. For more information, visit davenportlibrary.com. Free.

Greg and Rich: 7-10 p.m., Geneseo Brewing Co., 102 S. State St., Geneseo. Part of the annual Geneseo Christmas Walk. Free.

USA Dance: 7-10:30 p.m., Silver Spur Dance Hall, 1230 15th Ave., East Moline. Enjoy DJ music and dance the night away at this dance. There will be bachata dance lessons from 7-8 p.m. $10 non-members, $7 members.

Mass in Time of War: 7:30 -8:45 p.m., First Lutheran Church, 364 Waters St., Galesburg. The Galesburg Community Chorus will present Joseph Haydn's, "Mass in Time of War," a work for chorus, a quartet of soloists and a virtuosic orchestra. The program's second half will celebrate the season through a variety of holiday selections, including Ralph Vaughan Williams', "Fantasia on Christmas Carols." $12 adults, $10 senior citizens, free for students.

Whoozdads: 7:30 p.m., The Grape Life, 3402 Elmore Ave., Davenport. $10 minimum purchase per person.

Bob Door and the Blue Band: 8 p.m., Redstone Room, 129 Main St., Davenport. The Mississippi Valley Blues Society and the River Music Experience will co-sponsor the band's final Quad-Cities performance. $15 day of show, $12 in advance.

True Story: 9:30-10:45 p.m., The Establishment, 220 19th St., Rock Island. Featuring an honest blend of storytelling and improv where true stories from the comedians lives become the ammunition for new hilarious improvised scenes. $7.

Sunday, Dec. 10

Fill the Bowl: 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., River Bend Foodbank, 4010 Kimmel Drive, Davenport. This family friendly event features a meal with others from the community, participation in a volunteer event and learning about the hunger issue. Each family attending will receive an Isabel Bloom Friendship Bowl. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit riverbendfoodbank.org/fill-the-bowl. $25 for a family of 4 ($5 each additional person), free for children 2 years and younger.

Q-C Paws Holiday Open House: noon to 3 p.m., Rock Island County Animal Care and Control, 4001 78th Ave., Moline. Featuring photos with Santa ($5) as well as special gifts for all pets visiting with Santa. There also will be light refreshments and a limited supply of Q-C Paws holiday t-shirts available for purchase. Donations accepted (cash or item from the Wishlist).

Christmas Tea: noon to 5 p.m., Quarters One, Rock Island Arsenal, Rock Island. Quarters One on Arsenal Island will open for this Christmas Tea and Tour hosted by the Colonel Davenport Historical Foundation. There will be seatings at noon and 3 p.m. Participants can enjoy savory and sweet delights, several types of teas and a guided tour of the historic Quarters One mansion decorated for the holidays. For more information or to purchase tickets, call 309-786-5980 or visit davenporthouse.org. $25.

Christmas Hymn Sing: 2-4 p.m., Pleasant View Baptist Church, 6400 Crow Creek Road, Bettendorf. Participants can sing some traditional Christmas hymns and carols as well as enjoy special Christmas music presented from the congregation. After the singing, there will be fellowship with cookies and hot cocoa or coffee. Free.

Quad-City Wind Ensemble and Big River Brass Band Holiday Concert: 3 p.m., Galvin Fine Arts Center, 518 Locust St., Davenport. Featuring familiar favorites as well as some new pieces. Free.

Monday, Dec. 11

Rock Island High School Orchestra Soup and Symphony: 6-8 p.m., Good Shepherd Presbyterian Church, 2324 18th Ave., Rock Island. Featuring a wide selection of soups, bread and cookies as well as a performance by the Rock Island High School Rock Orchestra. Dinner starts at 6 p.m. with the musical performance from 7-8 p.m. Proceeds will help provide enrichment opportunities to students, including travel to regional performances and workshops with national musical artists. Freewill donation.

Wednesday, Dec. 13

DecemberFest: 4:30-6:30 p.m., Davenport West High School, 3505 W. Locust St., Davenport. Elementary school students can join in holiday fun during this event in the school's cafeteria. There will be holiday games and crafts as well as treats and drinks being sold for $1. $5.

Thursday, Dec. 14

Polar Express Pajama Party: 5-7 p.m., Putnam Museum, 1717 W. 12th St., Davenport. Families of all ages can enjoy a showing of, "The Polar Express 3D," at 6 p.m. as well as holiday activities including face painting, a hot chocolate station, a make-n-take sleigh bell station, holiday tic-tac-toe, a souvenir Putnam ornament and a lights-out adventure through the museum exhibits. Pajamas and flashlights encouraged. Adult price includes a souvenir mug, hot chocolate and a seat in the movie theater. Youth tickets include a souvenir mug, sleigh bell, a seat in the movie theater and all of the holiday activities. $13 youth, $10 adult.

Friday, Dec. 15

Polar Express Pajama Party: 3-9 p.m., Putnam Museum, 1717 W. 12th St., Davenport. Families of all ages can enjoy a showing of, "The Polar Express 3D," at 3:45, 6:45 and 8:15 p.m. as well as holiday activities including face painting, a hot chocolate station, a make-n-take sleigh bell station, holiday tic-tac-toe, a souvenir Putnam ornament and a lights-out adventure through the museum exhibits. Pajamas and flashlights encouraged. Adult price includes a souvenir mug, hot chocolate and a seat in the movie theater. Youth tickets include a souvenir mug, sleigh bell, a seat in the movie theater and all of the holiday activities. $13 youth, $10 adult.

Supper with Santa: 6-7:30 p.m., Moline Garden Center, 3400 5th Ave., Moline. Featuring an evening with everyone's favorite man in the red suit. Participants can bring a wish list and a camera (no official photos taken) and visit and take a picture with Santa after dinner. Pizza, refreshments and more will be provided. Space is limited. For more information or to register (required), visit molineparks.com. $5 per person.

Kahl Home Nativity Scene: 6-8 p.m., Kahl Home, 6701 Jersey Ridge Road, Davenport. Featuring a live Christmas Nativity Scene with goats, miniature horse and more. Santa also will be handing out candy canes and refreshments will be serviced during the event. Free.

Country Western Dance: 7-11 p.m., Silver Spur Dance Hall, 1230 15th Ave., East Moline. Featuring deejay music for dancing. $7.

Wheel 'n' Steppers Square Dance: 7-9:30 p.m., Square and Round Dance Hall, 323 1/2 17th St., Bettendorf. Featuring mainstream and two plus tips with local caller Tommy Russell. Round dancing also will be provided. $7, free for spectators.

Greg and Rich: 8-11 p.m., The Phoenix, 111 W. 2nd St., Davenport. Free.

Davy Knowles with the Travis Ried Band: 8 p.m., Redstone Room, 129 Main St., Davenport. $15 day of show, $12 in advance.

Survivor: 9:30-10:45 p.m., The Establishment, 220 19th St., Rock Island. Comedians stranded on improv island must compete until only one survives. Voted off by a tribal council, alliances will be made and hearts will be broken. $7.

Saturday, Dec. 16

Saint Mark's Church: Cookie Walk: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Saint Mark's Church, 1550 7th Ave., Silvis. Featuring a variety of hand-made cookies, candies and cakes for sale. Free.

Christkindlmarkt Craft Fair: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., German American Heritage Center, 712 W. 2nd St., Davenport. Featuring a collection of vendors selling crafts, delectibles and other holiday goodies. Free.

Holiday Tabletop Game Day: 10 a.m. to noon, Davenport Public Library, 6000 Eastern Ave. Featuring adult tabletop games. Free.

Polar Express Pajama Party: 3-9 p.m., Putnam Museum, 1717 W. 12th St., Davenport. Families of all ages can enjoy a showing of, "The Polar Express 3D," at 3:45, 6:45 and 8:15 p.m. as well as holiday activities including face painting, a hot chocolate station, a make-n-take sleigh bell station, holiday tic-tac-toe, a souvenir Putnam ornament and a lights-out adventure through the museum exhibits. Pajamas and flashlights encouraged. Adult price includes a souvenir mug, hot chocolate and a seat in the movie theater. Youth tickets include a souvenir mug, sleigh bell, a seat in the movie theater and all of the holiday activities. $13 youth, $10 adult.

Annual Live Nativity: 4-7 p.m., St. James Lutheran Church, 1705 Oak St., Bettendorf. St James Lutheran Church will host this outdoor event featuring the retelling of the Nativity story complete with actors, live animals and carolers. There also will be a free soup and dessert supper and crafts inside the fellowship hall. Canned goods for the St. James food pantry as well as hats, mittens and coats for a sister parish, All Saints of Davenport, willl be accepted. Free.

Greg and Rich: 8:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m., Jim's Knoxville Tap, 8716 Knoxville Road, Milan. Free.

Wild Oatz Band: 8:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m., Bushy's Bar and Grill, 407 1st Ave., Lyndon. Free.

309: 9:30-10:45 p.m., The Establishment, 220 19th St., Rock Island. Romper Room, Paula Sands Live, Lion's Den, Avenue of the Cities, A Night In Rock Island none of these are safe and nothing is sacred during this show that features Jeff DeLeon, Patrick Adamson and Big G being short form monsters and stomping mud holes in the things the Q-C holds dear. $7.

Sunday, Dec. 17

Polar Express Pajama Party: noon to 6:30 p.m., Putnam Museum, 1717 W. 12th St., Davenport. Families of all ages can enjoy a showing of, "The Polar Express 3D," at 12:30, 3 and 5:30 p.m. as well as holiday activities including face painting, a hot chocolate station, a make-n-take sleigh bell station, holiday tic-tac-toe, a souvenir Putnam ornament and a lights-out adventure through the museum exhibits. Pajamas and flashlights encouraged. Adult price includes a souvenir mug, hot chocolate and a seat in the movie theater. Youth tickets include a souvenir mug, sleigh bell, a seat in the movie theater and all of the holiday activities. $13 youth, $10 adult.

Nat King Cole: The Trio Years: 6-8 p.m., Redstone Room, 129 Main St., Davenport. Featuring Tony Sconyers and the Ron Tegeler Fourtet. Part of the Third Sunday Jazz Matinee and Workshop series. $15 reserved, $10 general.

Multi-date Events

1917 Anti-German Sentiment: The War Between Neighbors: Through Jan. 14. German American Heritage Center, 712 W. 2nd St., Davenport. This exhibit is the third part of a three part, year-long exhibit, "1917," featuring different aspects of World War I. Accompanying the exhibit will be an updating timeline, as well as real time news coverage of the year 1917 on the center's social media so participants can follow the war as it would have happened. Hours: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesdays-Saturdays and noon to 4 p.m. Sundays. Admission: $5 adults, $4 senior citizens, $3 children 5-17 years, free for children younger than 5 years/members.

A Look in the Toy Chest: Toys Through Time: Through Jan. 7. German American Heritage Center, 712 W. 2nd St., Davenport. Imagined, designed and created by over 50 seventh grade students at the Creative Arts Academy this exhibit will explore the evolution of play and the toys that defined each decade. From the early 1900's to now, see how toys have captivated the imagination of generations of kids and adults. Hours: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesdays-Saturdays and noon to 4 p.m. Sundays. Admission: $5 adults, $4 senior citizens, $3 children 5-17 years, free for children younger than 5 years/members.

Celebrating 50 Years of Art and Local History: Musser Museum Anniversary Exhibition: Through Jan. 3. Muscatine Art Center, 1314 Mulberry Ave. Featuring special exhibitions throughout the facility including rooms throughout the Musser Mansion with displays of elegant gowns, handsome suits, domestic servants' uniforms, colorful day dresses and intricate accessories. Laura Musser's wedding dress will be on view in the master bedroom and display cases will feature Musser/McColm personal items, belongings of Laura's mother and father and other family memorabilia. Center hours: 10 am. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Thursdays and 1-5 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. Free.

Edouard Duval-Carrié: Endless Flight: Through Feb. 4. Figge Art Museum, 225 W. 2nd St., Davenport. This exhibition features one of the foremost Haitian artists working today, Edouard Duval-Carrié, who makes paintings and sculptures that translate Haitian culture into modern terms. This multi-part altarpiece, created at the time of increased migration of Haitians to the United States, casts central Voudou deities, or Iwa, as modern figures such as a superhero, a stripper and a GI. The central wall of the altarpiece, whose form echoes that of a Catholic church, will be accompanied by seven freestanding or floating assemblages referring both to the migration of colonists and slaves to Haiti and to the migration of Haitians to the United States and other countries. This exhibit also will include a selection of recent paintings by Duval-Carrié that continue the dialogue on the history of colonialism in the Americas. Museum hours: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays-Saturdays, Thursday evenings until 9 p.m. and noon to 5 p.m. Sundays. Admission: $7 adults, $6 senior citizens, $4 children ages 4-12 years, free for children younger than 4 years/active military members, spouses and children/museum members/after 5 p.m. Thursdays.

Accumulation: Through Dec. 13. Catich Gallery, St. Ambrose University, Davenport. Featuring new work by Greta Songe. Gallery hours: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays-Fridays and noon to 4 p.m. Saturdays. Free.

Art of the Political: Through Dec. 19. Clinton Community College, Library Art Gallery, 1000 Lincoln Blvd., Clinton. This exhibit features pieces highlighting the elections of years gone by. There will be an artist's reception 4:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 30. Library hours: 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Mondays-Thursdays and 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Fridays. Free.

Giant Advent Calendar: Through Jan. 7. German American Heritage Center, 712 W. 2nd St., Davenport. Every night until Christmas one of the southern windows will light up with a brand new design for Iowa's largest Advent Calendar. The calendar will feature art from seventh grade students at Davenport's Creative Arts Academy. Center hours: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesdays-Saturdays and noon to 4 p.m. Sundays. Free.

Chicago the Musical: Dec. 7-9, 7 p.m., Moline High School, 3600 Avenue of the Cities, Moline. $8, $6 students.

Winter Nights, Winter Lights: 4:30-8:30 p.m. on select nights through Dec. 30. Quad-City Botanical Center, 2525 4th Ave., Rock Island. The outdoor gardens will be in winter bloom with thousands of glowing lights during this event where visitors can stroll the gardens at night then warm up inside at the hot chocolate bar. Members will receive $2 off admission: $8 adults, $4 youth, free for children younger than 2 years.

Elf: The Musical: Through Dec. 30. Circa '21 Dinner Playhouse, 1828 3rd Ave., Rock Island. Performances at 1:30 p.m. on Wednesdays; 7:45 p.m. on Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays and 5:45 p.m. on Sundays. $29.40 to $51.98.

Lucia Nights: Dec. 8-9, 6-9 p.m., Bishop Hill. This Swedish tradition based on a legend of Saint Lucia, Queen of Light, will kickoff with the lighting of the park Christmas tree at 6 p.m. on Friday. Participants can bring edible ornaments to hang on the tree. Both evenings other attractions will include musical performances, storytellers, Lucia girls serving cookies, special Christmas gifts available for sale and more. The event will conclude on Saturday with a barn dance featuring the Rusty Pickup String Band. All dances will be taught and called by Gail Hintze and Jim Hicks ($5 per person). Free with charge for some activities.

ComedySportz: Dec. 8-9 and 15-16, 7-9:05 p.m., The Establishment, 220 19th St., Rock Island. Featuring improv comedy played as a sport every Friday and Saturday. Suitable for all ages. $12.

Ho Ho Ho! The Santa Claus Chronicles: Dec. 9-10, 2 p.m., Assumption High School, 1020 W. Central Park Ave., Davenport. Presented by the Assumption Knight Players. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit assumptionhigh.org.

Trinity Episcopal Cathedral: Alternative Gift Market: Dec. 10 and 17, 9:15-10:15 a.m. and 11:45 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Trinity Episcopal Cathedral, 121 W. 12th St., Davenport. Featuring many life-sustaining global projects that participants can choose as an alternative gift by donating to these causes. Attendees also may make ornaments that reflect global cultures, using recycled materials. Free. Esther Smith, ebsiniowa@msn.com, 565 381 5070.

Annual Christmas Star Program: Dec. 15-22, 7 p.m., Donald A Schaefer Planetarium, 333 18th St., Bettendorf. Featuring the Bettendorf High School Christmas Star program. This year's show has been digitally remastered and fitted to the newly renovated projection system that will immerse the audience in a 360 experience like never before. Seating is limited. For more information or to reserve a seat, call 563-332-4516. Free.

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