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Presentation IDs winter birds

Quad-City naturalist Bob Motz will give a free presentation on winter birds at 9:30-11 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 18, at Singing Bird Center of Black Hawk Historic Site, Rock Island.

He will identify birds common to winter feeders and show the types of foods that attract a variety of winter birds. Binoculars will be provided.

To reach Singing Bird, turn north from Blackhawk Road/Illinois 5 onto 15th Street. For more information, call 309-788-9536 or email

Muscatine Art Center hosts ornament party

An opening reception for the "heartfelt and handmade" ornament competition sponsored by the Friends of the Muscatine Art Center will be from 5-7:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 18, at the center, 1314 Mulberry Ave.

The event will include piano and violin duets, appetizers, a silent auction and the opportunity to purchase or bid on ornaments. Ornaments will be on display through Dec. 14.

Admission is $15 at the door or $10 in advance.

For more information, go to

Discovery Shop sells holiday items

A sale of holiday-related items, including clothing, jewelry, art work, Department 56 village pieces, ornaments, trees, wreaths, holiday dishes, collectibles and gift items will begin at noon Sunday, Nov. 19, at the American Cancer Society Discovery Shop, 2397 Cumberland Square Dive, Bettendorf.

The annual holiday open house will continue until 4 p.m.

For a sneak peak of items, go to the store's Facebook page at

The Discovery Shop is an upscale resale shop with all proceeds go to the American Cancer Society to fund cancer research, patient services, education and advocacy.

The shop will be closed Saturday, Nov. 18, to prepare for this event.

If you have items that you would like to donate for this event, donations are accepted anytime the shop is open and a tax receipt is always available. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday, from 10 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Thursday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday.

For questions, call 563-355-0824.

Gardener training begins in January

University of Illinois Extension for Henry, Mercer, Rock Island and Stark counties will begin Jan. 22, either in-person or online.

In-person classes will be held at the Rock Island County office at 321 W. 2nd Ave., Milan, from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Fridays, Jan. 19-April 20.Topics include botany, landscaping, soils, fertilizer and composting, trees, shrubs and woody vines, insects, diseases, lawns, small fruits and tree fruits, vegetables and nuts, organic gardening, living with wildlife, annuals, perennials and integrated pest management.

Once training is complete, you'll work with a Master Gardener mentor and other volunteers on a variety of community horticulture education projects.

The cost is $225, including a comprehensive horticulture textbook. You will receive a $50 refund once your internship is completed.

Online training will begin Jan. 22, too, with modules available until June 15. Training is self-paced and trainees can take classes (modules) in any order once they have completed the introduction. Each module includes an online quiz and there will be a final exam.The online training cost is $300 if you volunteer. There is a non-volunteer option with the online training which costs $600.

Register for either of the trainings by going to Call Tracy Jo Mulliken at 309-756-9978 for any questions.

Museum hosts White House Christmas display

You can see how four different presidents celebrated Christmas with a new exhibit opening Nov. 17 at Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum in Springfield.

 The exhibit running through Jan. 7 features photos and original artifacts from Dwight Eisenhower, John F. Kennedy, Bill Clinton and George W. Bush. Items include Lincoln-themed decorations, family photos, gifts received by the presidents and official Christmas cards.