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The Bettendorf Public Library and the Figge Art Museum

team up for book discussion

Bettendorf Public Library and Figge Art Museum feature a book discussion of Susan Vreeland's, "Life Studies: Stories," and a docent-led tour of the French Modern exhibition prior to the book discussion. This event will take place at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 3. at the Figge, 225 W. 2nd St., Davenport. For more information or to register, call 563-344-4175 or visit Free.

Bettendorf Native Barry Sharp to offer

Band of Brothers Travelogue For Veterans Day

In honor of Veterans Day, Bereskin Gallery and Art Academy will offer a slideshow tour led by landscape photographer Barry Sharp of four European countries and locations familiar to World War II veterans. This special presentation that contrasts historical and contemporary photos will take place at 4:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 9 in Bereskin Gallery and Art Academy, 2967 State St., Bettendorf. There will be a reception following the presentation. 

A Bettendorf native, Sharp retired as director of the Iowa City Veterans Affairs Medical Center. He is a Vietnam-era veteran and lives in Solon, Iowa. He continues to support others by volunteering annually for the National Disabled Veterans Winter Sports Clinic in Colorado.

Sharp’s photography frequently focuses on the contrast between sky, earth and sometimes water. His private photos from a European tour illustrate the natural beauty found even in such eventful places as former battlefields.

BHS Students To Host Pancake Breakfast for March of Dimes

The Bettendorf High School FBLA (Future Business Leaders of America) Club will host a March of Dimes pancake breakfast 8-11 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 17 in the commons. The breakfast will benefit the March of Dimes, a nonprofit organization that works to improve the health of mothers and babies. Tickets will be $5.

Friends of Bettendorf Parks Foundation

to hold family fun nights

The Friends of Bettendorf Parks Foundation will host the 2nd annual Mel Foster Co. Mother/Son Night of Fun 5-7:30 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 18 at the Life Fitness Center in Bettendorf. Additionally this year, a Father/Daughter Day of Fun has been added from 1-3:30 p.m.

These events will be filled with games and activities where moms and sons and dads and daughters can work together to compete for various prizes. This is a great opportunity for families to experience a night out while raising funds for the Friends of Bettendorf Parks Foundation.

LST 325 announces Quad-Cities Area 2019 calendar photograph winners

During the late summer local residents had the opportunity to tour a piece of living American history when USS LST, or Landing Ship Tank, 325, a vessel about as long as a football field designed to land battle-ready tanks, troops and supplies directly onto enemy shores was docked at the Isle Casino Hotel. LST was a World War II ship that participated in the D-Day invasion of France nearly 75 years ago.

While the ship was in Bettendorf the LST Ship Memorial organization solicited photographs or original art from visitors for its  2019 calendar contest.

From all the contributions two Quad-Cities area winners were chosen. Each winner will receive a copy of the calendar and an LST 325 ball cap.

The winners are:

* Best photograph/original artwork from Bettendorf including LST 325: Connie Inskeep, Moline.

* Grand Prize Winner: David Scharenberg III, Sandwich.

Calendars, which will be available for shipment in early November, are available for purchase for $8 plus shipping by calling 812-435-8678 or directly from the web site at

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:

December 6, 13 and 20

February 21 and 28, March 7

May 9, 16 and 23

For more information, contact Elizabeth Kieffer at

Local Artist to Take Up Residency

in the Bettendorf Public Library’s Creation Studio

Pat Bereskin, local artist and owner of Beréskin Gallery in Bettendorf, will be at the Bettendorf Public Library’s Creation Studio 1-4 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 10. Library visitors may drop by the Studio to watch Bereskin painting and demonstrating skills inspired by the French Moderns exhibit at the Figge Museum. This Creation Studio Residency program is being offered in collaboration with the Figge's, "French Moderns: Monet to Matisse, 1850-1950," exhibit.

Pat Bradley Bereskin, a native of Bettendorf, was an art teacher for many years and now operates the Bereskin Art Gallery in downtown Bettendorf. The gallery features Midwestern artists and regional works.

Holiday Bazaar set for Nov. 3

The Friends of the Bettendorf Library will host a Holiday Bazaar at the library on Saturday, Nov. 3, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Vendors offer variety of handmade and prepackaged products such as holiday gifts, jewelry, floral arrangements, cross-stitched items, pillows, candles, scented items, packaged edibles, beauty products, fleece blankets, decorative items, and more. Proceeds from the sale of vendor tables help fund activities at the library.

BHS Students Host Pancake Breakfast for March of Dimes

Bettendorf High School FBLA (Future Business Leaders of America) Club will host a March of Dimes pancake breakfast 8-11 a.m. Saturday, Nov.17 in the commons at the school. Tickets are $5.

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