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Avery Cannon, 3, from Rapids City, plays in the Spider Web Balloon Bounce room during last year's Scarecrow Shenanigans at the Family Museum in Bettendorf.

Musician Sarah Allner to perform at

Bettendorf Public Library’s Brown Bag Lunch

The Bettendorf Public Library’s monthly Brown Bag Lunch will feature local artist Sarah Allner. Originally from Orion, Sarah has played her guitar and sang for as long as she can remember. She records and performs original music as well as traditional songs and spirituals.

The event begins at noon, Friday, Oct. 12 at the library. No registration is required to attend this free concert and all ages are welcome. Attendees may bring lunch, free beverages are provided by Friends of the Bettendorf Library.

Thomas Jefferson PTA to hold 3rd annual Trivia Night

Thomas Jefferson PTA will hold its annual trivia night at the Knights of Columbus, 1111 W. 35th St., Davenport on Saturday Oct. 13. The evening will feature teams of up to eight players, and proceeds will benefit Bettendorf Community Outreach. 

Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and play begins at 7 p.m. Participants may bring food; drinks are available for purchase. Tickets to play cost $10. For more information or to register, contact Molly at

Kooky, spooky and all-together ooky activities

fill the Family Museum for Scarecrow Shenanigans

During Scarecrow Shenanigans, almost every gallery in the Family Museum will  have Halloween-themed art activities, games and science projects, including a Scarecrow Creation Station, Pinecone Bats, Ghostly Bobbleheads, an Indiana Bones Skeleton Search, Glow Games, Dr. B’s Mad Science Show and more. 

The event will be noon to 5 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 21.

David Casas will perform magic shows at 1:30 and 3:30 p.m., with a meet and greet after the 3:30 p.m. show and more.

Participants may come in costume.

Admission is free for Family Museum members and $9 for the general public. For more information, call 563-344-4106, or visit

New SCALE Room featured at Bettendorf Middle School

Bettendorf Middle School is now host to a new SCALE Room. The room is based on the TILE room concept used at the University of Iowa, Iowa City, and similar setups around the country. The room is arranged to provide multiple levels of collaborative opportunities, ranging from mobile desks and flexible seating to multiple whiteboard spaces including four interactive whiteboards designed for students to have a hands-on experience. When the room is fully completed, it also will include accessibility features like a throwable microphone to amplify voices and two television screens to allow students to see presentations from any space in the room.

This room was funded through a Scott County Regional Authority Grant.

Bettendorf High School to hold Child Development Classes

Bettendorf High School will hold child development classes from 10-11 a.m. on multiple dates throughout the year. This class for children 2-4 years will give high school students a chance to observe children at various stages of development. There will be planned activities as well as free play to observe student-child, student-caregiver and parent interaction. Activities and snacks will be provided. The caregiver/parent needs to be present during play time and younger siblings also may attend.

Dates are as follows:

October 11 and 18

December 6, 13 and 20

February 21 and 28, March 7

May 9, 16 and 23

For more information, contact Elizabeth Kieffer at


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