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You can make scarecrows at center

You (and your friends and family) can build a scarecrow from 12:30-3 p.m. today at the Quad-City Botanical Center, 2525 4th Ave., as part of its Pumpkin Extravaganza.

All materials will be provided with the cost of general admission, but you can bring any old clothing or embellishments to make your scarecrow unique.  Scarecrows will be named, labeled by family name and put on display until Oct. 27, when you're ask to pick them up.

Admission is $7 for adults, $4 for youth and free for those under 2.

Program examines plant pathogens

An examination of plant pathogenic viruses will be the final program in the University of Illinois Extension’s Four Seasons Gardening program, offered at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 9, or 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 11.

Diane Plewa will discuss symptoms, virus diseases, and management for these tiny pathogens.

The webinar is free, and when you attend the live sessions online you can ask questions of the presenters. All webinars may be viewed from your own computer when you pre-register at Recorded videos of these sessions can be viewed following the program at

For more information, call 309-756-9978.

Hauberg hosts Halloween party

A creepy, crawly Halloween party with a scavenger hunt, food and a cash bar will be 6-11 p.m. Friday and 6-11 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 12-13, at the Hauberg Civic Center, 1300 24th St., Rock Island.

Each year in October, the stately Hauberg mansion undergoes a drastic transformation, decorated for Halloween.

Costumes are encouraged. Children under 16 must be accompanied by an adult. All proceeds support restoration efforts and operations for the historic Hauberg Estate.

For tickets, go to or call 563-265-2753.

African violets will be for sale

The fall sale of the Quad-Cities African Violet Society will be 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 13, at Wallace's Garden Center, 2605 Devils Glen Road, Bettendorf.

African violets as well as episcias, streptocarpus and other gesneriads will be available, and members of the society will be on hand to answer any questions you have about growing this houseplant.

Talk discusses Impressionist painter

A free presentation on the life and artistic style of Berthe Morisot will begin at 3 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 21, at the Butterworth Center, 1105 8th St., Moline.

Morisot (1841-1895) was a lesser known Impressionist painter who first exhibited her work at the esteemed Paris Salon at the age of 23. She formed lasting friendships with other Impressionist artists, which led to her inclusion in the first independent show of Impressionists paintings alongside Degas, Pissarro, Cezanne, Renoir, Monet and Sisley in 1874.

The presentation by Carol Ehlers, art historian and docent at the Figge Art Museum, Davenport, coincides with the Figge's exhibit “French Moderns: Monet to Matisse, 1850-1950," featuring 59 works from the collection of the Brooklyn Museum.

For more information, call 309-743-2701, or go to

Augie students become 'critters'

Looking for a Halloween activity aimed at all ages?

From 6:30-7:30 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 23, Black Hawk State Historic Site in Rock Island will celebrate Halloween with a short walk in the moonlight to meet some of the site's special "critters", such as chipmunks, foxes, spiders, snakes and bats, portrayed by Augustana College drama students.

The students will tell the story about the animals living in the forest. Inside Singing Bird Center, there will be a “show and tell” by site naturalist Chuck Wester and refreshments.

Nazi-looted art is program topic

A program on Nazi looted art will begin at 6:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 22, at the German American Heritage Center, 712 W. 2nd St., Davenport.

The full title is "Culture, Barbarism, and Justice: Recent Developments Concerning Nazi Art Looting and Postwar Restitution," and it will be presented by Jonathan Petropoulos, professor of European history at Claremont McKenna College in California and author of four books.

Admission is $25 ($20 for members).

The talk is a partnership with the Jewish Federation of the Quad Cities, the Jewish Federation of Peoria, and the Figge Art Museum, Davenport, coinciding with the exhibit "French Moderns: Monet to Matisse, 1850-1950."

Recovering the property the Nazis stole and returning it to the rightful owners continues more than 70 years after the end of World War II.

A look at Civil War gender imagery

A lecture on gender imagery during the Civil War will be 2-4 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 28, at the German American Heritage Center, 712 W. 2nd St. Davenport.

Jane Simonsen, professor of history and gender studies at Augustana College, Rock Island, will present "Beyond Chivalrous Men and Hoop-Skirted Women: Gender in Civil War Imagery."

In conjunction with the talk, visitors can see the center's new exhibit "The Civil War: Seen Through the Eyes of German-American Caricaturists" that will continue to Feb. 4.

The lecture is free with admission. For more information, call 563-322-8844, or go to

Workshop teaches felted ornaments

A workshop on making felted ornaments will be 1-2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 4, at the German American Heritage Center, 712 W. 2nd St., Davenport, taught by Gisela McDonald, Davenport.

You will get hands-on instruction on wet-felting wool around Styrofoam to create homemade and beautiful Christmas ornaments.

The cost is $20 ($15 for members).

To RSVP, call 563-322-8844 or go to

RI high school is subject of talk

A talk titled "The History of Rock Island High School" will be 7-8 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 8, at the Hauberg Civic Center, 1300 24th St., Rock Island.

The presenter is David Sebben; admission is $5, or free to members of the Friends of Hauberg or Rock Island Preservation Society.


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