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Bishop Hill celebrates Lucia

The historic Henry County village of Bishop Hill, Illinois, invites you to join its Lucia Nights celebration from 6-9 p.m. on Friday-Saturday, Dec. 8-9.

This Swedish tradition is based on a legend of Saint Lucia, Queen of Light. Girls in Sweden wake their families on Dec. 13 carrying a tray of Lucia buns while dressed in a white robe and wearing a crown of candles.

Lucia Nights in Bishop Hill will begin with the Lighting of the Park Christmas tree at 6 p.m. Dec. 8. Attractions include musical performances, Lucia girls serving cookies in businesses and single candles in the windows of village windows.

Restaurants will be open and the Bishop Hill Community United Methodist Church will host its annual soup and chili supper beginning at 4 p.m. until supplies last both days.

Beginning at 7 p.m. Dec. 9 only, a barn dance will be held in the Colony School. Admission is $5. No partner is necessary.

For more information, call 309-927-3899 or visit

Muscatine center hosts holiday fun

The Muscatine Art Center will host its Sunday with Santa event from 1:30-3:30 p.m. today with photos, crafts, refreshments and current exhibitions including Norman Rockwell: Home for the Holidays, the Peter Norton Family Christmas Project, and the Heartfelt & Handmade Ornament Competition.

Other holiday events:

• Gingerbread house workshop will be 1:30-2:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 9. The cost is $10, including all materials. Register by calling 563-263-8282 by Dec. 5.

• Kids pajama party, 5:15-6:45 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 14, including stories, two crafts and a snack. The cost is $5 per child. Registration is through Dec. 12.

The center is at 1314 Mulberry Ave. For more information, go to or call 563-263-8282.

Christkindlmarkt will be Dec. 16

Vendors will sell crafts and holiday goodies from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 16, at a Christkindlmarkt at the German American Heritage Center, 712 W. 2nd St., Davenport.

For more information, call 563-322-8844 or go to

Class teaches holiday centerpiece

You can design a centerpiece with flowers and candles in a class that will be 5:45-8 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 20, at the Black Hawk College Quad-Cities Campus, Moline. The cost is $55.

To register, call 309-796-8223.

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