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Program explores infamous Bucktown

A program on Davenport's infamous Bucktown neighborhood of the late 1800s/early 1900s will begin at 7 p.m. Monday, Nov. 6, at the Butterworth Center, 1105 8th St., Moline.

Davenport historian Karen Anderson will assume the persona of Madam Karen Rose as she recounts stories about the floating brothels that were tethered on the Davenport levee and how the city council considered a "sin tax" on the brothel practitioners and saloon keepers.

The talk is part of the regular meeting of the Moline Preservation Society, but the public is welcome.

Big farm toy show is Nov. 3-5

The 40th annual National Farm Toy Show & Auction will be Friday-Sunday, Nov. 3-5, in Dyersville, Iowa.

More than 200 exhibitors from 45 states will sell toys and collectibles in various locations, including Beckman High School, the National Farm Toy Museum, two outdoor sales areas and the Commercial Club Park.

 Scratch-built displays of farms and toys also will be on view.

Hours are 5-8 p.m. Friday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday.

For more information, call 800-533-8293 or go to

Admission is $10; children 12 and under are free if accompanied by an adult.

Seminars help with pretty landscape

Meyer Landscape & Design, Moline, is offering three seminars from 3-5 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 4. In addition, hot beverages will be served, and there will be a free gift at the door.

The seminars, costing $5 each, are:

• Create an autumn rainbow with nature's colorful palette. Peggy "the plant lady" Burrows will discuss the best perennials, shrubs and trees to plant for color.

• A beautifully landscaped yard doesn't happen by itself. Meyers designers will discuss design tips and plant selection and care, particularly proper pruning and nutrient feedings. The latter will include organics and their benefit to Earth, plants and ecology.

• Winter has never been so beautiful. Participants can tour the property of Kurt Meyer, owner of the landscape business, to see how to decorate with light.

Classes appeal to creative side

Black Hawk College is offering classes in knitting, drawing, crocheting, publishing, painting and clay:

• Knitting hats, 6-8 p.m. Wednesdays, Nov. 1 to Dec. 6. The cost is $55.

• Drawing the face:Creating self-portraits/portraits, 10 a.m. to noon Wednesdays, Nov. 1-22. The cost is $39.

• Crocheting a gift, 5:30-7:30 p.m. Thursdays, Nov. 2-9. The cost is $28.

• How to self-publish your book, 6-8 p.m. Thursdays, Nov. 2-16. The cost is $39.

• Watercolor painting: Reflections, shadows, puddles and other techniques, noon to 2 p.m. Tuesdays, Nov. 7-28. The cost is $39.

• Air-dry clay (youth class for child with an adult), 6-7:30 p.m Tuesdays, Nov. 7-14. The cost is $30/pair.

Class locations vary. For details, visit To register, call 309-796-8223.

BHC hosts foodie trip to Chicago

Food enthusiasts are invited to visit Chicago’s hidden gourmet shops on Thursday, Nov. 16, during a Gourmet Shopping for the Holidays Bus Trip hosted by Black Hawk College.

The bus will leave at 7 a.m. from the BHC Outreach Center in East Moline and return around 8 p.m. The cost is $90, and the registration deadline is Wednesday, Nov. 8.

For trip details, visit To register, call 309-796-8223.

Garden receives teamwork award

The Mercer County, Illinois, Pollinator Garden received the 2017 Master Gardener State Teamwork Award during the State Master Conference Sept. 8 in Normal, Illinois.

The award was established to honor projects that have made a difference in the community or Extension unit. Team members were Sue Atkinson, Lynn Borg, Mary Pat Rush, and Elaine Wheeler.

The garden is at the Mercer County Fairgrounds in Aledo.

You can ripen tomatoes indoors

If you have tomatoes still growing in your garden, you can ripen them before frost by removing all that are mature, light green, solid and free of defects. (Immature, dark green tomatoes will not ripen off the vine.) Remove the stems, then wash and dry the fruit.

Tomatoes that are starting to turn color (have a pink blush) can be placed on the kitchen counter or a shelf to ripen. Individually wrap tomatoes that are completely green in a piece of newspaper. Place the wrapped tomatoes in a single layer in a box and store in a cool (60 to 70 degrees) location.

Inspect the tomatoes frequently and discard any which show signs of decay. When the tomatoes begin to color, remove the newspaper and place the tomatoes on a countertop or shelf to ripen fully.

Preston gets grant for trail

The city of Preston in Jackson County will receive a grant from the Iowa Department of Natural Resources for the creation of a walking path in its Westside Park.

The trail is intended to connect to the Copper Creek Trail north of town, a part of a six-mile trail system providing striking views of the river valley and its limestone bluffs.