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Moonlight walk is Thursday

The annual Valentine's Day moonlight walk at Rock Island's Black Hawk State Historic Site will be 6:30-8:30 p.m. Thursday. Although usually held on Valentine's Day, the date was changed this year because Valentine's Day falls on Ash Wednesday.

Participants can meet at Watch Tower Lodge, 1510 46th Ave./Blackhawk Road, for a leisurely, self-guiding stroll outside on a luminary-lighted path and nearly full moon.

And no matter what the weather, everyone is invited inside to enjoy the fire, freshly made doughnuts (volunteers made 1,000 last year), juice/cider or hot cocoa and music will be provided by Just4Fun. Drew Nagle will call the contra-dancing.

This event is free and aimed at all ages — singles, couples and families.

For more information, call 309-788-9536.

Bees are the buzz at Wallace's

A free presentation on bees and pollinator safety will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 17, at Wallace's Garden Center, Devils Glen Road, Bettendorf.

Bees and plants have a pact: The insects help themselves to as much sweet nectar as they like and in return, they distribute pollen for their blooming providers. Along with flies, butterflies and beetles, bees thereby help secure much of our basic food supply.

Ron Fischer, Wallace's resident "bee man" will share his expertise and insights after more than 50 years of keeping bees.

Wapsi Center invites you to bird event

A free Great Backyard Bird Count Workshop will be 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, Feb. 17, at the Wapsi River Environmental Education Center, in Dixon, Iowa.

Naturalist Becky Horton will explain a global "citizen scientist" project called the Great Backyard Bird Count, an annual event that occurs from Feb. 16-19, sponsored by the Cornell Lab of Ornithology in Ithaca, New York, and the National Audubon Society.

You will learn how to conduct your own count and you will make take-home bird feeder.

Registration is required; call 563-328-3286.

The center is six miles south of Wheatland or one mile northwest of Dixon by taking County Road Y4E. Then turn north at 52nd Avenue and follow the signs for about one mile.

Classes teach astrology, bees, genealogy

Black Hawk College is offering the following community education classes:

• Astrology 101, 5:30-7:30 p.m. Tuesdays, Feb. 20 to March 27. The cost is $55.

• Beginning Backyard Beekeeping, 5:30-8 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 20. The cost is $19.

• Advanced Genealogical Research, 1:30-3:30 p.m., Thursdays, March 1-29. The cost is $50.

Class locations vary. For details, visit www.bhc.edu/pace. To register, call 309-796-8223.

Want to play bridge?

Black Hawk College is offering an interactive class for those who have never played bridge and those who want to improve their bidding skills. Instruction includes hand techniques and basic defensive strategies.

Bridge: Bidding in the 21st Century will be 5:30-8 p.m. Mondays, Feb. 26 to April 23, at the college’s Quad-Cities Campus in Moline.

The cost is $69 with a book available on the first day of class for an additional $15.

To register, call 309-796-8223 or visit www.bhc.edu/pace.

German center hosts crafts

The German American Heritage Center, 712 W. 2nd St., Davenport, is hosting the following spring craft classes; pre-payment is required for all:

• Pysanky Ukranian Egg Workshop, 9 a.m. to noon OR 1-4 Saturday, March 3. The cost is $25 ($20 for members).

• Tote Basket Weaving Class, noon to 3:30 p.m. Sunday, March 11. The cost is $45 ($40 for members).

• Easter Scherenschnitte, two-dimensional paper cutting, will be 1-2 p.m. Saturday, March 17, and a three-dimensional class will be 2:30-4 p.m. Saturday, March 17.

The cost is $20 ($15 for members, or $25 for both).

Call 563-322-8844 or email to info@gahc.org to register.

Lunch topics focus on RI history

Three Rock Island history topics will be featured this spring at the Lifelong Learner Lunches sponsored by Black Hawk College. Although the lunches are designed for those ages 55 and older, learners of all ages are welcome.

All programs include lunch at 11:30 a.m. with the program at 12:15 p.m. The cost is $23 per event. To register, call 309-796-8223 or visit www.bhc.edu/pace. Lunches are:

• A Look Back at the Rock Island Poor Farm, Thursday, March 15, at the Quad-City Botanical Center, 2525 4th Ave., Rock Island. March 8 is the last day to register.

• Swedish Heritage/History, Wednesday, April 11, at First Lutheran Church, 1230 5th Ave., Moline. April 4 is the last day to register.

• Asylums, Sanitariums and Hospitals: Early Health Care Institutions of Rock Island County, Thursday, May 10, at the Quad-City Botanical Center, 2525 4th Ave., Rock Island. May 3 is the last day to register.

Master Conservationist training offered

Master Conservationist training will be offered this spring at Nahant Marsh Education Center, with 32 hours of online and outdoor, hands-on education led by professionals in their field.

Topics include physical environment, wildlife diversity, prairies and grasslands, woodlands, waterways, conservation practices and planting the seeds of conservation.

Information learned can be useful in service to the community or in your own backyard. Doing volunteer work is encouraged, but not required by the program.

Dates are March 21, April 11, April 28, May 16, June 9, July 11 and Aug. 1.

The cost is $175 ($130 for members of Nahant Marsh). To register, go to nahantmarsh.org; for more information, contact eschramm@eicc.edu. Registration deadline is March 9.

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