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What's going on in Bettendorf, LeClaire, Pleasant Valley and Riverdale

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Family Museum to offer $5 admission on Friday afternoons

The Family Museum is excited to offer $5 admission every Friday afternoon through Oct. 29. This special price is only good on Fridays in October from noon to 5 p.m. No other discounts may apply. For more information, call 563-344-4106.

The Rotary Club of Bettendorf hosts a Blanket Drive

The Bettendorf Rotary will hold a blanket drive for the homeless during the month of October.

During the Acre of Warmth project Rotarians are asking for gently used and clean or new blankets to be donated. The size that is most requested is twin, but all sizes are welcome. The goal is to have 800 blankets donated which would be enough to cover the size of a football field, approximately an acre.

Participants can donate gently used, clean blankets or new blankets at the drop off sites including:

* K & K Hardware, 1818 Grant St.

* Bettendorf Public Library, 2950 Learning Campus Drive

* Duck Creek Tire & Service, 4000 Middle Road

* Bettendorf City Hall, 1609 State St.

Donations, via check or Venmo, also can be sent and Rotarians will purchase the blankets. Checks can be made payable to Bettendorf Rotary-Blanket Drive and sent to P.O. Box 133 Bettendorf, IA 52722.

For more information call, Joe Campion at 563-343-7861.

Pick up a Global Gathering Spice Kit at the library

Taste the flavors of the world with a Bettendorf Public Library take-home Spice Kit. Stop in the library while supplies last to grab a kit containing cumin and take your taste buds on a world tour.

Each Global Gathering Spice Kit will contain a sample of a spice, a recipe and more information and resources about a world culture that uses the spice.

For more information, call 563-344-4175.

PVHS students to provide desserts for culinary event

Pleasant Valley High School's Taste Buds program will prepare the dessert salon on Thursday, Oct. 21 when ProStart culinary students from Burlington High School and the Davenport Community schools face-off in a Top Chef-style competition at the Quad-Cities Waterfront Convention Center, 2021 State St., Bettendorf.

These Pleasant Valley High School students with disabilities, who work and learn in the culinary arts kitchens of Scott Community College beside instructors and student mentor helpers, will prepare the desserts for the competition.

During the main event, the student teams will have just one hour on the clock to work with a professional chef and create an appetizer and entrée for judging. Teams will compete for cash prizes to enhance their culinary classrooms.

A new twist added to this year's event will challenge students to exhibit culinary knowledge and creativity to create a tofu beverage.

The public is encouraged to come and watch the students in action from 5:30-8:30 p.m. The evening will be co-emceed by Greg Dwyer from the Dwyer and Michaels Morning Show and Chef Shawn Timmerman from Tigerhawk Hospitality in Bettendorf.

Tickets are $20 per person or $300 for a table of ten and include a pizza and salad buffet, dessert salon and cash bar.

For more information or to purchase tickets, visit iraef.org.

Bettendorf Library to host Adult Chess Club

Adult chess players will have a chance to hone their skills during the Bettendorf Public Library's adult chess club held on Saturday, Oct. 23 from 10 a.m. to noon. Players from around the community can match up against other players in casual games.

Library staff members who are well versed in the game of chess will be on hand to host these casual games. The club seeks to provide an enjoyable, relaxing atmosphere where players of all levels can practice.

The Bettendorf Adult Chess Club meets at the library located at 2950 Learning Campus Drive. No registration is required to attend this free program.

For more information, call Cody at 563-344-4187 or email cnoble@bettendorf.org.

Senior citizens invited to 'Urinetown' dress rehearsal

The Pleasant Valley High School drama department will present an open dress rehearsal of the fall musical, "Urinetown," for all senior citizens.

Rehearsal will begin at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 3, in the Pleasant Valley High School Theater. Doors will open at 1 p.m. There is no charge for admission and refreshments will be served at intermission.

Parking and drop off will be available in the school parking lot beginning at 12:45 p.m. after students and the school buses have departed for the day.

To help determine the number of guests, participants should RSVP to Melissa Clark at sunshine121600@msn.com or 563-210-5371.

Bridge construction traffic delays

For approximately one month, weather permitting, contractors will be working on the new detention pond which will cause intermittent daytime 5-10 minute traffic stops on Grant St/US 67 and Kimberly Road.

These intermittent traffic stops will take place on Grant St/US 67 between 12th St./Kimberly Road and the Iowa-bound (westbound) I-74 on-ramp. And on Kimberly Road between Mississippi Blvd. and Grant St.

Motorists should drive with caution and expect delays.

For more information about the I-74 Project, call the project hotline at 866-474-4255.

No Sticker yard waste weeks to be held

The City of Bettendorf will once again offer residents No Sticker yard waste weeks. During this time, residents do not need to put yard waste stickers on paper yard waste bags. The remaining two No Sticker yard waste weeks for 2021 will be the week of Oct. 25 and the week of Dec. 3.

For more information, call Public Works at 563-344-4088.

During these two weeks, residents also may take yard waste to the Davenport Compost Facility, 2707 Railroad Ave., for no charge.

For more information, visit cityofdavenportiowa.com/compost or call 563-328-7225.

Bettendorf announces Halloween event dates

The City of Bettendorf has announced that from 9:30-11 a.m. on Thursday, Oct. 28 there will be a special trick-or-treat event at City Hall, 1609 State St.

City Hall will be decorated and open its doors for little ghosts and ghoublins. Staff will be on hand to pass out treats. All costumed children 5 years and younger are welcome to participate in this free event.

In addition, the 2021 Halloween Parade will begin at 6 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 30. The parade will begin at the intersection of 23rd Street and Middle Road, then continue onto Spruce Hills Drive. The procession will travel to 18th Street, turning left onto 18th Street, continuing to Middle Road, turning left on Middle Road, and finishing at the entrance of the Life Fitness/ Splash Landing parking lot.

Entry forms to participate in the parade are now available at City Hall, 1609 State St. or at bettendorf.org/register with keyword Parade.

For more information about the parade, call Family Museum Director Kim Kidwell at 563-344-4106.

The city's annual trick-or-treat will take place 5-7:30 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 31.

BHS hosts Student Hunger Drive events

The Bettendorf High School Student Council is once again working to raise funds and collect food for the Riverbend Food Bank as the part of the Student Hunger Drive. The drive raises thousands of pounds of food and provides meals for families in need within the local community.

Students have held several events during the month of October to collect food and funds.

For the final event in October, BHS will host a Harvest Fest from 5-8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 29 in the high school gym. There will be pumpkin painting, games, a cakewalk, face painting and more with proceeds going to Riverbend.

This year, donors also can give online at https://riverbendfoodbank.org/studenthungerdrive. Click on the BHS link to donate. Participants can choose to shop for specific items or donate without shopping.

LFC to offer tennis camps in November

The Life Fitness Center will offer tennis camps over Thanksgiving break. The camps will be held Friday-Sunday, Nov. 26-28.

Camps for youth 5-9 years will be from 9-10:30 a.m. while youth 10-14 years will attend from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. The final camp will be for players 15-18 years from 12:30-2:30 p.m.

Registration for all camps is now open at bettendorf.org/register.

For more information, call 563-344-4119.

Bettendorf to host City Citizen Academy in 2022

Bettendorf residents are invited to take part in the Bettendorf 101: City Citizen Academy, an informative, interactive program that looks into the philosophy and operations of the city. Residents will be able to gain knowledge and insight through discussions, demonstrations and site visits.

The academy is scheduled to begin on Thursday, April 7, 2022, and will run for seven weeks. Each session will last approximately three hours, 6-9 p.m. Classes will be held on Thursday nights at different locations throughout the city.

There also will be a bus tour, which will be scheduled on a Friday from 7:15 a.m. until 3:15 p.m. The tour will visit the waste water plant, compost facility, landfill, recycling center, water company and the Scott Emergency Communication Center. A class schedule will be available closer to the start of the academy.

Participants must be at least 18 years of age and be a resident of the City of Bettendorf. During the academy, attendees may be asked to climb stairs, take part in walking tours or sit for an extended period of time.

There is no fee to participate in the academy and it is requested that participants not miss more than two sessions.

For more information about 2022 Bettendorf 101: City Citizen Academy, please send name, address, email address and phone number to lhaldeman@bettendorf.org or call 563-344-4033.

Area libraries offer TeenTober Reading and Video Challenge

Several local libraries have dubbed October as TeenTober, a celebration of area young adult services available to teens.

During this time, the Bettendorf Public Library and other local libraries are asking tweens and teens 11–19 years to participate by reading and creating videos and submitting them for the community-wide TeenTober challenge.

The challenge will run through Oct. 31 with the local library garnering the most reading minutes crowned the winner. Participation is free and reading minutes can be tallied through a form available at the Bettendorf Public Library, 2950 Learning Campus Drive, or through the library's Beanstack app.

Video creators can submit films such as documentaries, animation, how-to or DIY videos, alternate endings, book trailers or interpretive dance. The short film category includes TikTok sized videos which should be 30-60 seconds long whereas the long form category films should be 3-5 minutes. Teens can enter one video per category and can work by themselves or in teams of up to five members.

All videos should be uploaded to bit.ly/2021teenvideocontest. Video submissions will be awarded prizes according to film category.

For more information, call 563-344-4188 or email jgillette@bettendorf.org.

Library to offer exclusive access to World Tour Video series

The Bettendorf Public Library will offer the community a month of exclusive access to virtual travel with a link to, Sites for Your Eyes. The link will be available through the library’s website throughout the month of October.

The viewing series focuses on destinations chosen for their beauty, authenticity and richness. Sites for Your Eyes casts an original eye to locations such as Puglia, Quebec, Senegal and more. No registration is required to watch this free series which will be available until Oct. 31.

For more information, call 563-344-4175 or visit bettendorflibrary.com.

Virtual Brown Bag Lunch will showcase global music

The Bettendorf Public Library will once again collaborate with the Robert E. Brown Center for World Music to present virtual performances by campus and community based global artists from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign area.

Throughout the month of October, the library's YouTube channel will host Brown Bag Lunch: Robert E. Brown Center for World Music, Part 2. A link to the video also will be available on the library's website bettendorflibrary.com.

No registration is required to view this free event which is a part of the library's 2021 Global Gathering: World Tour program series.

The Robert E. Brown Center for World Music is a program of the School of Music at Illinois which promotes understanding and appreciation of global music and dance. Established with a focus on active study of performance with tradition-bearing, folkloric artists, the center has emerged as a program embracing contemporary extensions of these forms and more.

For more information about the center, visit cwm.illinois.edu

Bettendorf Rotary seeks grant applications

The Rotary Club of Bettendorf is seeking applications for grants of up to $2,500 from qualified non-profit organizations in the Quad-Cities.

The grants' committee accepts applications once a year from non-profit organizations that provide basic human services, serve youth or meet local community needs. Previous grantees are encouraged to apply, as well as those who have not received a grant previously.

The rotary generated funds for philanthropic purposes primarily from the recent, "Lobster Rock 'n' Roll," fundraising event. Local not-for-profit organizations have received more than $275,000 in grants thanks to the generous support of sponsors, donors and attendees of the club’s annual fundraising activities.

To be considered for a grant, an organization must complete the online application form by Nov. 1, 2021. The form can be found by visiting bettendorfrotary.com.

Grants are not awarded to groups for annual fundraising, organizational endowments, deficit financing, grants to individuals, scholarship funds, political groups or activities, Rotarians and their families, or for sectarian purposes.

The Bettendorf Rotary Club was chartered on May 22, 1957 and now has approximately 100 members. The club lives the Rotary motto of, "Service above Self," by funding and participating in projects locally, nationally and internationally. The club meets at noon every Wednesday at the Tanglewood Pavilion, 4250 Middle Road, Bettendorf.

To learn more about Bettendorf Rotary, visit bettendorfrotary.com.

Bettendorf seeks proposals for the Herbert Goettsch Community Center and Sunnycrest Park site

Bettendorf has issued a RFP for a development and implementation plan for the Herbert D. Goettsch Community Center and Sunnycrest Park.

The City of Bettendorf is seeking proposals from qualified bidders for the redevelopment of the property located at 2204 Grant Street. The site is 4.48 acres in total. Future development of this site should be indicative of what is traditionally found in a high traffic urban setting. Only qualified submissions from local developers with an established business entity in the Quad-Cities metropolitan area will be considered.

All submissions shall be addressed as specified in the RFP and received no later than 9 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 21, 2021.

City offices are open Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., excluding holidays.

The RFP is available at www.bettendorf.org.

For more information, contact Jeff Reiter at 563-344-4060 or jreiter@bettendorf.org.

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