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1. Bill Bell Jazz Festival

The fifth annual Bill Bell Jazz Festival, a three-day fest presented by\u00a0Polyrhythms, is set for this weekend. It's named in honor of the legendary East Moline-born jazz musician and teacher, Bill Bell, who was known simply as \"The Jazz Professor.\" He died in March 2017. Festivities are set for 5 to 10 p.m. Friday and noon to 10 p.m. Saturday at the Martin Luther King Jr. Community Center, 630 9th St., Rock Island and 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday at the Redstone Room, 129 N. Main St., Davenport. The free fest will feature food and drinks, drum circles, kids' activities and performances by acts such as The Curtis Hawkins Band, Funktastic 5, Songbird Jazz Quartet and more. For more info, visit\u00a0facebook.com/polyjazzheritagefest.

2. La Sombra at Mercado on Fifth

This Friday is a special one for Mercado on Fifth, the open-air night market held weekly at 5th Avenue and 12th Street in Moline. Mercado on Fifth will host its annual fundraiser concert, featuring the popular Tejano band, La Sombra. The group, fronted by Tony Guerrero, originally formed in Aurora, Illinois, and is now based in San Antonio. It has released over 20 full-length studio albums featuring tunes in Spanish and English. The fundraiser runs from 5-10 p.m. Friday and La Sombra will begin playing at 8 p.m. Tickets cost $12. Money raised will go toward Mercado on Fifth. For more info, visit\u00a0mercadoonfifth.com\u00a0or\u00a0facebook.com/mercadoonfifth.\u00a0

3. 'Next to Normal' at the Black Box Theatre

This weekend marks the final performances of the rock musical, \"Next to Normal\" at\u00a0The Black Box Theatre\u00a01623 5th Ave.,\u00a0Moline. Showtimes include 7:30 p.m. Thursday-Saturday. For more info and to purchase tickets, $16, visit\u00a0theblackboxtheatre.com.

4. Tomfoolery on Tremont

Tomfoolery on Tremont, an occasional comedy show series held at The Renwick Mansion, 901 Tremont Ave.,\u00a0Davenport, is back on Sunday. Check out a show featuring sets by touring comic Richard Reese as well as Quad-City based comedians Jesse Tuttle, Lauren Alexis Wood, Andrew Cline and Luke Swanson as well as emcee Chris Schlichting. Doors open at 7 p.m. and the show starts at 8 p.m. To purchase tickets in advance, $7, visit eventbrite.com.\u00a0

5. East Village Wine Walk\u00a0

Want to sip wine while raising money for a good cause? The Village of East Davenport Wine Walk, benefiting the Gilda's Club of the Quad-Cities, is slated for 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday. Along with a variety of 25 wines to sample, there will also be live music throughout the afternoon. To join the Wine Walk, visit one of the\u00a0Gilda's Club tents on Saturday to make a $25 donation and receive a commemorative wine glass and wristband. For more info, visit\u00a0gildasclubqc.org\u00a0or\u00a0villageofeastdavenport.com.

6. Timmy the Teeth at the Raccoon Motel

Timmy the Teeth,\u00a0a country/folk singer from American Fork, Utah, will play Thursday at the Triple Crown Whiskey Bar & Raccoon Motel, 304 E. 3rd St., Davenport. Special guest Kari Arnett will open up the night of tunes at 7 p.m. Doors open at 6 p.m. Tickets cost $8 in advance at raccoonmotel.com and go up on the day of the show.\u00a0

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When the gates open at LeClaire Park on Saturday, if things go like they have in past years, Patricia Cummings and her husband, George, will be second or third in line.

\u201cWe\u2019ve never been first,\u201d Patricia Cummings, 66, said, adding she typically arrives two hours before the gates open. \u00a0

That\u2019s OK by her. As long as, when 4 p.m. hits, she\u2019s near enough to rush to the front of the Davenport park and rope off a preferred section for her group, which will include 30 people by show time.

\u201cWe have to stake out a good spot,\u201d she said. \u201cIt\u2019s important to us.\u201d

As the hours go by, thousands of people will fill the park ahead of the 36th annual Quad-City Bank & Trust Riverfront Pops, in which members of the Quad-City Symphony Orchestra will play songs from The Beach Boys\u2019 album, \u201cPet Sounds.\u201d

However unlikely, the occasion has turned into, in Cummings\u2019 words, the \u201cParty of the summer.\u201d

And the party starts well before the music kicks off.

\u201cI had heard about the tailgating atmosphere and how it\u2019s super serious, but I didn\u2019t quite believe it until I saw it,\u201d said Marc Zyla, a horn player who joined the orchestra in 2010 and now serves as its director of education and community engagement. \u201cIt\u2019s always surprising and really exciting to see.\u201d

The crowd is full of people sipping on wine or crafted cocktails and dining on everything from chicken wings or Subway sandwiches to homemade feasts, like the broiled chicken breasts someone in Cummings\u2019 group typically brings. They display snacks and desserts\u00a0\u2014 \u201cthere\u2019s always a ton of cookies, \u201c Cummings said\u00a0\u2014 on a eight-foot table and bring folding chairs. Others in the crowd spread out on blankets or dine at cloth-covered tables with candelabras. Boaters in the nearby Mississippi River often join the fun, too, getting close enough to listen to the symphonic sounds from LeClaire Park.\u00a0

Along with plenty of wine and a dozen wine glasses, Cummings, who will dress for the occasion in a Hawaiian shirt, plans to bring caprese salad skewers, with layers of mozzarella cheese, tomatoes, basil and balsamic vinegar.

She always makes extra.

\u201cYou talk to people around you and say, \u2018What did you bring? Do you want to try this wine or food?\u201d she said. \u201cIt\u2019s a big sharing event.\u201d

Cummings, a Chicago native who moved to the Quad-Cities 40 years ago, went to her first Quad-City Symphony Orchestra concert 10 years ago with her husband for a date night.

\u201cThere\u2019s nothing like it,\u201d she said. \u201c\u201cPeople think the symphony is stuffy. It\u2019s not stuffy at all.\u201d

When the season ticket holders attended their first Riverfront Pops in 2011, they didn\u2019t bring any food or drinks or chairs. They sat in the provided seats at LeClaire Park.

\u201cWhen we got here, I said, \u2018Holy smokes,\u2019\u201d she said. \u201cIt\u2019s just unbelievable. It\u2019s a wonderful evening with friends sitting by the river.\u201d

It\u2019s also wonderful from where the musicians are sitting.

\u201cDuring my first Riverfront Pops, I was blown away by the amount of people who showed up,\u201d Zyla said. \u201cI think every musician has a story of our first one like that, where we\u2019re looking out at the crowd and thinking, \u2018Wow.\u2019\u201d

Last year\u2019s concert, featuring the Beatles\u2019 greatest hits in honor of the 50th anniversary of the band\u2019s \u201cSgt. Pepper\u2019s Lonely Hearts Club Band,\u201d attendance was just shy of 10,000 people, which marked one of the event\u2019s best years to date.

During \u201cHey Jude,\u201d Zyla remembers seeing musicians around him stop playing momentarily to take a quick video of the crowd singing along. \u00a0

\u201cAs a classical musician, I rarely get to feel like a rockstar,\u201d he said. \u201cThat\u2019s kind of what it feels like, though.\u201d

Previous pops concerts have presented tributes to Michael Jackson, ABBA, Broadway musicals. Last year\u2019s concert, featuring the Beatles\u2019 greatest hits in honor of the 50th anniversary of the band\u2019s \u201cSgt. Pepper\u2019s Lonely Hearts Club Band,\u201d attendance was just shy of 10,000 people, which marked one of the event\u2019s best years to date.

\u201cI love seeing people have a good time,\u201d he said. \u201cThat\u2019s what music is about.\u201d

No matter the genre of music, Cummings said her group\u00a0\u2014 and the crowd\u00a0\u2014 has come to expect a good time.

\u201cIf the music\u2019s not your cup of tea, that\u2019s OK,\u201d she said. \u201cThe more you drink, the more you sing along.\u201d

And each year, more memories are made.

\u201cIf you haven\u2019t made friends by the time you leave,\u201d Cummings said, \u201cYou\u2019re not doing your job.\u201d

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Tuning into tonight\u2019s episode of \u201cAmerica\u2019s Got Talent\u201d?

Look out for a Quad-City native, who is competing in the live quarterfinals of the reality TV show, airing at 7 p.m. Tuesday on NBC.

Melissa Mooney, who graduated from Bettendorf High School in 2000, is a member of the Angel City Chorale, the Los Angeles-based 160-person choir that\u2019s one of 36 acts competing in the quarterfinal round over three live shows.

During their second appearance on \u201cAmerica\u2019s Got Talent,\u201d that aired in late July, they performed a rendition of \u201cBaba Yetu,\u201d known for serving as the theme song of the video game, \u201cCivilization IV.\u201d The act received a golden buzzer from guest judge Olivia Munn, which sent Angel City Chorale straight to the live show round.

Mooney, who had never watched the show before auditioning, said via email that the experience has, so far, been \u201cawesome.\"

\u201cWe have been so thrilled to spread our joy and message of building community one song at a time\u00a0\u2014 to share music which unites us all,\u201d she said.

Sharing music\u2014 and singing\u00a0\u2014 has been Mooney\u2019s passion since she was a little kid.

She was heavily involved in choir during high school and joined the Bootleggers, Circa \u201821 Dinner Playhouse\u2019s performing wait staff.

Mooney moved away from the Quad-City area to study voice performance at Indiana University and later landed in Los Angeles with a job in the advertising industry.

Still, she worked with a vocal coach, Sue Fink, who founded Angel City Chorale in 1993 and serves as the group\u2019s artistic director.

Fink encouraged Mooney to audition for the choir. And in 2015, after leaving her advertising job, the Bettendorf native did.

\u201cSue is a powerful force,\u201d Mooney said. \u201cShe tells it like it is, but in a hilarious way, and I loved that energy.\u201d

Mooney, who has called L.A. home since 2011, also wanted to join the group, because she \u201cwanted to feel a sense of community\u201d in the big city.

\u201cAmerica\u2019s Got Talent\u201d judge Simon Cowell pointed out Fink\u2019s energy, calling the choir director a \u201cLittle dynamo,\u201d in response to her brief introduction of the group and their \u201cBaba Yetu\u201d performance.

\u201cI wanted to start something to give back to the community,\u201d Sue Fink said on the show. \u201cWe try to represent diversity, different religions, different ages. We\u2019re black, white, rich, poor, gay, straight. Even the Republicans and Democrats can sit next to each other.\u201d

Along with moving on to the semifinals, Mooney said the group, a nonprofit, has other goals for their time on \u201cAmerica\u2019s Got Talent.\u201d

\u201cWe\u2019re hoping it leads to more exposure for our philanthropic efforts, that we\u2019re able to raise more for our various causes and that people are inspired to join or form their own community choirs,\u201d she said.

For more information on how to vote for Angel City Chorale following their Tuesday performance, visit www.nbc.com/americas-got-talent.

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Earlier this summer, a Port Byron farmer dropped off a truckload of sweet corn on the doorstep of Here\u2019s The Scoop in the Village of East Davenport.

And by mid-September, probably, the shop\u2019s crop of sweet corn ice cream will run out.

Yes, sweet corn ice cream, which tastes just like its source, has proved popular.

Here\u2019s The Scoop owner and ice cream maker Chevelle Sampson has fielded plenty of curious questions about the flavor.

\u201cPeople can\u2019t believe it is what it is,\u201d she said. \u201cThey say, \u2018Is it really corn?\u2019\u201d

Sweet corn was on the menu when Sampson and her husband of 12 years, Rich, opened Here\u2019s The Scoop in April 2017.

Why?

\u201cIt\u2019s Iowa,\u201d she said. \u201cYou can\u2019t find (the flavor) anywhere else.\u201d

But it\u2019s not the only unexpected offering at Here\u2019s The Scoop, where 18 flavors of hard-packed ice cream are on tap at a time, including Dark Chocolate Praline, Watermelon Sorbet, Lavender to Key Lime Pie to Goat Cheese & Roasted Cherries.

Sampson gets ingredients from grocery stores, farmers, area vegetable and fruit stands and, in the case of the Coffee Toffee flavor, Davenport\u2019s Redband Coffee Company,

\u201cI try to buy fresh and local,\u201d she said.

Sampson also makes her own versions of staples like Thin Mint and Cake Batter, but she prefers to mix it up, saying, \u201cWhy offer something you can find at the store?\u201d

She finds inspiration from whatever\u2019s in season, favorite foods and, in some cases, customer requests.

\u201cI always say, if you can cook it, it can be turned into ice cream,\u201d Sampson said. \u201cIf it\u2019s food, we can make it ice cream.\u201d

That goes for the PB&J flavor.

\u201cIt tastes like an Uncrustable,\u201d Sampson said, referring to the crustless sandwich made by Smucker\u2019s.

Some tastes, Sampson said, work out better than others in ice cream form.

Papaya was a fail. A honeydew-inspired flavor, though, will be unveiled soon.

Another one that hasn\u2019t worked, yet, is a flavor using Gardetto's, the snack mix consisting of pretzels, crunchy breadsticks and rye chips.

\u201cI can always say, \u2018Well, I tried,\u2019\u201d she said. \u201cIt\u2019s always worth trying and seeing what people think.\u201d

This week, Sampson plans to use raspberry wine from Wide River Winery, which has a tasting room just up Mound Street, to make a White Chocolate Raspberry Wine ice cream. It will be served on Saturday, during the East Village of Davenport Wine Walk, benefiting Gilda\u2019s Club of the Quad-Cities.

Prior to owning Here\u2019s The Scoop, Sampson had never made ice cream before. Looking back, she says, \u201cI was a horrible baker.\u201d

She spent most of her career in the classroom, teaching kindergarten and first grade in the North Scott Community School District for 18 years.

\u201cIt was just time to do something new,\u201d she said. \u201cI was ready to do something on my own.\u201d

Rich Sampson, who runs the Bettendorf-based construction company, Sampsons Builders, previously co-owned Parkside Grill & Lounge in Moline.

The couple considered returning to the restaurant business. Instead, they settled on something simpler.

\u201cWith ice cream, it\u2019s all smiles,\u201d Rich Sampson said. \u201cYou get to make people happy.\u201d

It\u2019s a lot of work, too.

Along with making what she calls \u201chandcrafted gourmet ice cream,\u201d Chevelle Sampson bakes (sometimes oversized) chocolate chip or sugar cookies for ice cream sandwiches. She also makes her own marshmallows, sauces, hot fudge, graham crackers and waffle cones.

To keep up with steady summer business and to keep a case of to-go pints stocked, Sampson often stays in the Here\u2019s The Scoop kitchen until the late hours of the night and into early morning.

\u201cIt\u2019s really fun to experiment with different things,\u201d she said. \u201cIt keeps me very busy.\u201d

Things are even busier now that Here's The Scoop launched its food truck in June. The owners of the Village of East Davenport ice cream shop bought the truck from Smilee's Ice Cream in DeWitt, Iowa.

\u201cIt seemed like the next logical step,\u201d Sampson said, adding that she typically posts where on-wheels ice cream shop will be on Facebook.\u00a0

As fall approaches, options at Here's The Scoop will follow suit with the season. The ice cream case, Sampson hints, will feature flavors incorporating apple cider, pumpkin and sweet potatoes.

Then, in December, the shop will close its doors until March, when Sampson says business picks up again.\u00a0

Although, for some customers, it's never not ice cream season.

\"If ice cream is your lunch of dinner, that's OK by us,\" Sampson said. \u201cWe don\u2019t judge.\"\u00a0\u00a0

Photos: Here's the Scoop
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1. A Beach Boys celebration\u00a0

For this year's Quad-City Bank & Trust Riverfront Pops, the Quad-City Symphony Orchestra is taking on the sounds of the Beach Boys. More specifically, the set list comprises of the entire 1966 album, \"Pet Sounds,\" including hits such as \"God Only Knows\" and \"Wouldn't It Be Nice\" and other popular tunes made famous by the Beach Boys. Riverfront Pops will kick off at 6:30 p.m. Saturday with a performance by the Youth Symphony Orchestra and \"Pet Sounds Live\" will begin at 7:30 p.m. at LeClaire Park, 400 W. Beiderbecke Drive, Davenport. The evening will conclude, as is tradition, with Tchaikovsky\u2019s \"1812 Overture\" and Sousa\u2019s \"Stars and Stripes Forever\" and a fireworks display. Tickets cost $20 for adults and $5 for kids ages 12 and under. Adult prices increase by $5 on Friday. For more info, visit qcso.org.\u00a0

6:30 p.m. Saturday, LeClaire Park, $20 for adults and $5 for kids

2. Jim Gaffigan at the TaxSlayer\u00a0

One day after a planned gig at the Iowa State Fair in Des Moines, comedian Jim Gaffigan is slated to perform at the TaxSlayer Center, 1201 River Drive, Moline. See Gaffigan, currently on his \"Fixer Upper\" tour at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday.\u00a0Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Tickets, $35.75,\u00a0$49.75 and\u00a0$59.75, are available at Ticketmaster.com, the TaxSlayer Center Box Office and by calling\u00a01-800-745-3000. For more info, visit taxslayercenter.com.

7:30 p.m. Wednesday, TaxSlayer Center, $35.75-$59.75

3. Fifth annual Bill Bell Jazz Festival

The fifth annual Bill Bell Jazz Festival, presented by\u00a0Polyrhythms, is a three-day event featuring 10 musical acts at two locations. The festival, named after the legendary East Moline-born jazz musician and teacher known as \"The Jazz Professor\" who died in March 2017,\u00a0is set for 5-10 p.m. Friday and noon to 10 p.m. Saturday at the Martin Luther King Jr. Community Center, 630 9th St., Rock Island and 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday at the Redstone Room, 129 N. Main St., Davenport. The free fest will feature food and drinks, drum circles, kids activities and performances by acts such as The Curtis Hawkins Band, Funktastic 5, Songbird Jazz Quartet and more. For more info, visit\u00a0facebook.com/polyjazzheritagefest.

Friday-Sunday, Martin Luther King Jr. Center and Redstone Room. Free

4. La Sombra at Mercado on Fifth

Mercado on Fifth, the open-air night market held weekly at 5th Avenue and 12th Street in Moline, is holding its annual fundraiser concert on Friday. The concert features the popular Tejano (or Tex-Mex) band, La Sombra. The group, fronted by Tony Guerrero, originally formed in Aurora, Illinois and is now based in San Antonio, Texas. It has released over 20 full-length studio albums featuring tunes in Spanish and English. The fundraiser runs from 5-10 p.m. Friday and La Sombra will begin playing at 8 p.m. Tickets cost $12. Money raised will go toward Mercado on Fifth. For more info, visit mercadoonfifth.com or facebook.com/mercadoonfifth

5 p.m. Friday, downtown Moline, $12

5. Michael Jackson tribute

All Sweat Productions, super-group\u00a0of Quad-City area musicians, is bringing back their tribute to the tunes of Michael Jackson, a show they first performed in June. See their encore performance this week at the Redstone Room, 129 N. Main St., Davenport. Doors open at 6 p.m. and music is set for 7 p.m. Tuesday. Tickets cost $15 in advance at rivermusicexperience.org and go up to $18 on the day of the show.\u00a0

7 p.m. Tuesday, Redstone Room, $15-$18

6. East Village Wine Walk\u00a0

The Village of East Davenport Wine Walks offers Quad-Citians the opportunity to raise some money — and a glass— for the Gilda's Club of the Quad-Cities, an organization with the mission of supporting local cancer patients as well as their family and friends. Stroll through participating Village of East Davenport shops on Saturday and sample from a variety of 25 types of wine as well as beer samples made by Quad-City area homebrewers. There will also be live music throughout the afternoon. To join the Wine Walk, visit one of the Gilda's Club tents on Saturday to make a $25 donation and receive a commemorative wine glass and wristband. For more info, visit gildasclubqc.org or villageofeastdavenport.com.

3 p.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, Village of East Davenport, $25

7. Two shows in one night at the Raccoon Motel

Friday is lining up to be a busy night at the Triple Crown Whiskey Bar & Raccoon Motel, 304 E. 3rd St., Davenport. Things kick off with an early show featuring The Shacks, an indie group from New York City, at 7 p.m. Tickets cost $10 in advance at raccoonmotel.com and $15 at the door. After that, a late show is set for 9:30 p.m. with music from Amasa Hines and Alysha Monique. Tickets cost $12 in advance at raccoonmotel.com\u00a0and $17 at the door.\u00a0

First show at 7 p.m. Friday, Raccoon Motel, $10-$12\u00a0

8. 'Next to Normal' at the Black Box Theatre

The Black Box Theatre\u00a01623 5th Ave.,\u00a0Moline, wraps up its run of \"Next to Normal\" this weekend. The powerhouse play won three Tony Awards in 2009 and one of those recognized\u00a0the show's energetic pop/rock music as the year's best musical score. You can see it at 7:30 p.m. Thursday-Saturday. For more info and to purchase tickets, $16, visit\u00a0theblackboxtheatre.com.

7:30 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, Black Box Theatre, $16

9. Live@Five outside RME

This week's Live@Five concert features live music by the Jason Carol Band starting at 5 p.m. Friday outside the River Music Experience, or RME, 129 N. Main St., Davenport. The RME hosts the free concerts every Friday through Sept. 28. For more info, visit rivermusicexperience.org.

5 p.m. Friday, outside RME. Free

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One morning earlier this month, Cassidy Glynn woke up extra early before work and made the 15-minute walk to her local Target store in downtown Minneapolis.

The clothing brand she designed had just dropped and the 23-year-old couldn\u2019t wait to get her eyes on how it all looked.

When she saw the clothes and the brand\u2019s name, Wild Fable, on display, a couple of \u201coverwhelming\u201d feelings came over her: Excitement. Pride.

And, then, relief. Glynn could finally share what she and a small of team of female designers at Target had been working on for the past year.

\u201cIt\u2019s going to sound so cliche, but it was the most surreal feeling,\u201d she said. \u201cI was so excited to see everything. And I was just excited for everyone else to see it.\u201d

Following two \u201cnerve wracking\u201d months of post-college job searching, Glynn, a Bettendorf native and Bettendorf High School graduate, landed a dream gig as an associate designer at Target Corporation, which is headquartered in Minneapolis.

At her interview, she was told, \u201cWe\u2019re working on this new brand. You\u2019re not allowed to know about it, but it\u2019s a youthful collection.\u201d

That\u2019s basically all she could tell her family and closest friends when they asked how her new job was going.

Glynn kept the secret until Aug. 3 when Wild Fable launched at Target\u2019s 1,835 stores across the country.

Passion for art and fashion

Art has been part of Glynn\u2019s life for as long as she can remember.

When she was in kindergarten, her family turned a small storage closet underneath the staircase into Glynn\u2019s drawing room. She covered the walls with color.

Around that same time, she began taking classes and attending art camps with Pat Bereskin, or Mrs. B, a Bettendorf-based artist and teacher who now owns Bereskin Gallery and Art Academy. Glynn took weekly classes with Mrs. B until she started at Iowa State University in 2013.

\u201cWith her artwork, she always had her own voice and style,\u201d Bereskin said. \u201cI could always pick her art out from all the others.\u201d

Bereskin felt the same way after getting her first look at Wild Fable on Target's website.

\u201cWhen you look at it, you can just tell it\u2019s Cassidy,\u201d she said. \u201cIt\u2019s pretty amazing.\u201d

Bereskin sent her former student a congratulatory text and shared the news on social media, telling her Facebook friends this: \u201cEvery time you go in Target, look at that line of clothing and say, \u2018She is from Bettendorf, she grew up here, and with hard work, she is living the dream!\u2019\u201d

Glynn has long categorized art\u00a0\u2014 and fashion \u2014as much more than a hobby.

\u201cIt was my way of expressing myself,\u201d she said. \u201cIt was just something I always wanted to be going and I couldn\u2019t get enough of.\u201d

As Glynn said, her life\u2019s circumstances sort of pushed her in that direction.

Because of a heart defect she was born with, Glynn, who had open-heart surgery when was 2, couldn\u2019t participate in sports or most gym classes. But she found plenty else for her at Bettendorf High School.

\u201cI couldn\u2019t run fast or do other things like my friends could, but that freed me up to take every art class that was offered,\u201d Glynn aid. \u201cIt really was a blessing in disguise.\u201d

She spent her free time sketching and getting inspiration from fashion magazines and would often remodel her clothes, adding jewels to plain shirts, for example, to make them her own.

\u201cI thought it was so cool that I was wearing something no one would else had,\u201d she said. \u201cIt probably wasn\u2019t the cutest, but I was really proud of it.\u201d

At Iowa State University, Glynn\u2019s passion and eye for fashion flourished. She was accepted into the school\u2019s revered apparel, merchandising and design program and she spent a summer studying abroad in London, where she took classes at the London College of Fashion.

\u201cIt was a lot of hard work, but I learned so much,\u201d Glynn said of her college years. \u201cI was figuring out who I wanted to become as a designer.\u201d

A brand for 'every girl'

Glynn and her team\u2019s work on Wild Fable started with finding inspiration\u00a0\u2014 in part on Instagram\u00a0\u2014 for current and upcoming apparel trends for young women, specifically teenagers and those in their early 20s.

\u201cWe\u2019re trying to get young people and new people to shop at Target,\u201d she said. \u201cThat\u2019s the goal. So we did a lot of research and we asked young women, \u2018What do you want to wear?\u2019\u201d

The result is, as described by Target, a \u201ctrendy, mix-and-match brand that allows young women to make each look their own.\u201d

\u201cThe hope is that this brand will be around forever,\u201d Glynn said. \"We just want to keep it going from here.\"\u00a0

At the Target store on Elmore Avenue in Davenport, the Wild Fable section is\u00a0 placed near the front right of the building. It has the look and scope of a store within a store.

The retro-inspired line is comprised of hundreds of items, each costing less than $40, such as eclectic denim, an oversized yellow rain coat, a red leather-looking jacket, basic tops, patterned sweaters and mini-skirts, floral dresses, sweatpants, rompers and accessories such as scrunchies, a cheetah print backpack and hoop earrings. Sizes range from 0 to 26W.

That last point is something Glynn is \u201creally proud of.\u201d

\u201cIt was really important for us to be all inclusive,\u201d she said. \u201cThis is a brand that\u2019s new, cool, creative and for every girl. We feel like that\u2019s really needed and unique.\u201d

And, by every girl, Glynn includes herself.

Glynn can \u201cshamelessly\u201d say that she has been to Target\u00a0\u2014 luckily there\u2019s a retail store inside the corporate office\u00a0\u2014 each day since Wild Fable hit stores.

Her family members, friends from high school and college have visited too, and sent texts Glynn\u2019s way detailing their favorite looks.

Glynn said she\u2019s planning a trip to the Quad-Cities to see Wild Fable in her hometown Target.

\u201cI grew up going to Target with my friends, and I\u2019m still obsessed with it,\u201d she said. \u201cWhen I see (the Wild Fable) clothes there, I\u2019m just speechless.\u201d

To celebrate the line's launch, Glynn went out for drinks with her friends, wearing a Wild Fable outfit she designed and purchased earlier that day at Target.

Has she bought more since?

\u201cYes,\u201d she said. \u201cLiterally so much.\u201d

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Since then, musical acts such as Liz Moen, Lissie, Yes You Are and Esme Patterson have performed short acoustic sets near the front of our newsroom. We've hosted local bands such as Condor and Jaybird and bands coming from all over the country, including Frances Cone, an indie pop band from Brooklyn, New York, and based in Nashville that played in our newsroom on Friday.

To catch a Paper Jams live, follow the Quad-City Times Facebook page at facebook.com/qctimes.

You can also listen to the stripped-back tunes by watching the videos, which each typically run less than 15 minutes, below.\u00a0

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Art is seemingly all around in downtown Rock Island.

A stroll through 2nd Avenue alone displays colorful benches, murals covering sides of old buildings, sculptures and statues\u00a0\u2014 including one resembling the dressed-up Blues Brothers near 18th Street.

Another form of public art has recently been added to the mix: Parking meters.

Don\u2019t be alarmed: These meters are of the friendliest kind.

A dozen unused parking meters have been painted by area artists and are now sprinkled around Rock Island inside businesses and organizations.

Four of the colorful meters can be permanently seen in an outdoor \u201cMeter Garden,\u201d built earlier this summer at Arts Alley, a space next to Quad City Arts, 1715 2nd Ave.

In addition to creative paint jobs, the meters were re-engineered to read, \u201cPlease Donate\u201d instead of \u201cExpired.\u201d When a coin is entered, the message switches to, \u201cThank you.\u201d

Any money collected will go toward Rock Island\u2019s city-wide public arts initiative.

\u201cWe don\u2019t see it as a massive money maker,\u201d Chandler Poole, the city\u2019s community and economic development director, said. \u201cWe want to get the word out about public art.\u201d

The project comes from the Rock Island Arts Advisory Committee and, according to Poole, falls in line with the city\u2019s 2015 Arts Plan, which outlines the goal of expanding the arts program beyond the downtown area.

The committee was inspired by a similar project launched in 2013 in San Mateo, California.

\u201cWe said, \u2018This is really neat and interesting,\u201d Poole said. \u201cCan we do this here?\u201d

At every step, the answer was \u201cYes.\u201d

The Public Works Department had plenty of old parking meters, which Rock Island began removing in early 2016, on hand to donate to the project.

The Q2030 Grants Program at the Community Foundation of the Great River Bend offered a $2,000 grant.

A call on social media to area artists was met with \u201coverwhelming\u201d interest.

The completed meters were unveiled during an April Rock Island City Council meeting and the meters began finding homes in May.

\u201cHopefully it catches people\u2019s eye,\u201d Poole said. \u201cI think people will see them and be entertained by them and maybe want to know more.\u201d

In addition to an outdoor garden at Arts Alley, art meters are displayed at the following locations during business hours:

The meters, according to Erik Reader, executive director of the Downtown Rock Island Partnership, serve as \u201canother great initiative to make Rock Island the hub of arts activities in the Quad-Cities.\"

Next week, the outdoor Meter Garden is expected to be added to a map with locations of studios and public art that\u2019s displayed on several outdoor kiosks in Rock Island.

The map is updated a couple times per year, according to Poole.

An online photo gallery of public art, on the city\u2019s website, is updated more frequently. As of this writing, the gallery features 55 pieces of public artwork.

And, Poole said, \u201cWe\u2019ll keep adding to that.\u201d

Photos: Fine art without fines
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1. Susto fest at Codfish Hollow

The five-piece indie rock band Susto is throwing a two-day festival at Codfish Hollow in Maquoketa, Iowa, and they're bringing a bunch of their favorite bands from their hometown, Charleston, South Carolina, with them. Susto chose the barn/music venue as the site to host a first-of-its-kind festival, called Fine 2Day, to celebrate the end of touring in support of their album, called \"& I'm Fine Today.\"  The fest kicks off at 8 p.m. Friday and 7 p.m. Saturday. Tickets cost $20 per day and are available in advance at codfishhollowbarnstormers.com.

2.\u00a0Q-C Music Guild presents 'Shrek: The Musical'\u00a0

Quad-City Music Guild continues its run of \"Shrek: The Musical,\" this weekend at Prospect Park Auditorium, 1584 34th Ave., Moline. See it at 7:30 p.m. Thursday-Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday. Tickets cost $11 for kids and $16 for adults. During performances, limited handicapped parking is available at Prospect Park. Patrons are encouraged to use the Quad-City Music Guild's free MetroLINK bus shuttle service from SouthPark Mall for transportation to the theater. Shuttles begin an hour before each performance and end 10 minutes before curtain time. For more info, visit qcmusicguild.com.

3. 'Next to Normal' 

The Black Box Theatre in Moline opens its run of \"Next to Normal\" at 7:30 p.m. Thursday at 1623 5th Ave., Moline.  \"Next to Normal\" is about how one suburban family deals with with crisis and mental illness. The powerful play won three Tony Awards in 2009 and one of those recognized the show's energetic pop/rock music as the year's best musical score. You can also see it next week, Aug. 16-18. For more info and to purchase tickets, $16, visit theblackboxtheatre.com.

4. 'Beginner's Luck' 

This weekend marks your final opportunities to see the Mississippi Bend Players' presentation of \"Beginner's Luck,\" a comedy written by PJ Lasker, producer of \"The Golden Girls.\" Show times include 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday at Augustana College’s Brunner Theatre Center, 3750 7th Ave.,Rock Island. For tickets, $15-$20, and more info, visit mississippibendplayers.com.

5.  Ya Maka My Weekend

Downtown Rock Island's longest-running festival, Ya Maka My Weekend is back this weekend and promises to bring plenty of Caribbean-themed food, music and more. Festivities starts at 4 p.m. Saturday along 2nd Avenue in downtown Rock Island. Tickets cost $9. For more info, visit downtownrockisland.org

6. Tristen at the Raccoon Motel

Closing out a busy week at the Triple Crown Whiskey Bar & Raccoon Motel, 304 E. 3rd St., Davenport, which featured a schedule of six concerts and 12 musical acts in a total of five days, is a show from Nashville-based singer/songwriter Tristen on Sunday. Doors open at 6 p.m. and music starts at 7 p.m. For tickets, which cost $12 in advance, visit raccoonmotel.com.

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It happens about 120 times per day at Tap 22 in Silvis, Illinois.

The order comes in and someone in the kitchen yells, \u201cTin Can!\u201d A chef grabs a plate and stainless steel tin can (without a top or bottom) and piles in layers of homemade tortilla chips, cheese and smoked brisket and toppings such as cilantro, onions, tomatoes and jalapenos. Less than three minutes later, the almost-overflowing order\u2019s up.

That\u2019s when the fun begins.

The plate carefully arrives and its handler just as cautiously lifts off the tin to reveal a mountain (or sometimes an avalanche) of nachos held together by queso, a special \u201c22\u201d sauce and two types of melted shredded cheese.

Though eating the Tin Can Nachos presents a Jenga-like experience, the appetizer is by far the most popular item at Tap 22, which opened in February off of 1st Street in the building formerly housed by restaurants such as Olympic Flame and PK Dugan\u2019s.

And, according to owner, Mitch Kadriu, the dish\u2019s draw has spread well beyond the town of Silvis, which has a population of about 7,500. In the 25-year-old\u2019s words, it has \u201cblown up\u201d on social media.

\u201cIt gets people talking,\u201d Kadiru said. \u201cIt\u2019s something trendy. It\u2019s something everyone takes photos of and posts on Instagram.\u201d

When the eatery opened, Tin Can Nachos were ordered about 30 times per day. That number has quadrupled in just six months.

\u201cWhen people order it, they don\u2019t know what they\u2019re getting into,\u201d Kadriu said. \u201cAnd then they see how big it is \u2026 and they realize they might be taking some home with them.\"\u00a0

This kind of buzz, which regularly brings visitors from the metro Quad-Cities and further away to Tap 22, is exactly what Kadriu hoped for when planning his first-ever restaurant.

Kadriu, whose family moved from Albania to Alaska when he was 3, has worked in restaurants since he was 13, including several years at the Welcome Inn, the Milan, Illinois, restaurant his family has owned since moving to the Quad-City area in 2009.

When his father bought the Tap 22 building, Kadriu saw an opportunity to bring a new concept to Silvis. He and a small crew of family and friends spent seven months remodeling.

\u201cI wanted a restaurant that I would proud to bring my friends to,\u201d he said. \u201cJust something different and unique.\u201d

To use one word, Kadriu said, his concept is all about quality.

And that applies to the whole menu at Tap 22.

Appetizers besides the Tin Can Nachos, for example, are not an afterthought.

Make room for cheese logs, the restaurant\u2019s take on mozzarella sticks, fried corn and a trio of sliders topped with beef brisket, spicy chicken and pulled pork.

Main dishes range from hand-tossed pizzas to a selection of eight burgers (which are adorned with a Tap 22 stamp atop the bun) to a Sloppy Joe Grilled Cheese sandwich.

Oh, and then there\u2019s the restaurant\u2019s namesake: A bar with 22 beer taps.

The selection of craft brews changes every day, and on a recent day it represented breweries from Sawyer, Michigan, to Boulder, Colorado, to Atlanta to Milton, Delaware. Options included the Kentucky Vanilla Barrel Cream Ale, made in Lexington, Kentucky, Great River Brewery's Dirty Blonde and an IPA called I Before Y from\u00a0Triptych Brewing in Savoy, Illinois.\u00a0

\"It's literally never the same,\" Kadriu said. \"We want to keep that really different.\"

There's one beer that's typically available, though, called the Tap 22 Brew, a lager made at\u00a0Capital Brewery\u00a0in Middleton, Wisconsin, that's on draft in place of something like a Coors Light, Kadriu said.\u00a0

Patrons can keep up with Tap 22's brews by visiting its Facebook page or\u00a0untappd.com, where a description of each beer is listed.\u00a0

Something worth noting about that ever-changing beer list? Most brews pair well with a pile of Tin Can Nachos.\u00a0

Photos: Tap 22 and Tin Can Nachos
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