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Kwik Star Criterium

Spectators at a home on East 11th Street watch cyclists in the women's pro race pass by during the 2017 Kwik Star Criterium in the Village of East Davenport. Formerly known as the Quad-Cities Criterium, Monday's gathering of cyclists marks the 53rd running of the event.

To submit an event for the Outdoors calendar, contact Quad-City Times reporter Jack Cullen at

Rooftop yoga

WHEN: 9-10 a.m. Saturdays through Sept. 29

WHERE: UP Skybar, The Current Iowa, 215 N. Main St., Davenport

DETAILS: Class size limited to 40. $15 per person, $3 mat rentals. Go to for more information.

Archery Basics

WHEN: 10 a.m. Saturday, May 26

WHERE: Wapsi River Environmental Education Center, 31555 52nd Ave., Dixon

DETAILS: Participants will learn how to use a bow and arrow in this hands-on class. Attendees must be in the fourth grade or above to join. Call 563-328-3286 to register.

Free Community Yoga

WHEN: 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, May 26

WHERE: Bass Street Landing Plaza, 17th Street, Moline

DETAILS: All levels are welcome. Go to for more information.

Superhero Ride

WHEN: 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, May 26

WHERE: Freight House, 421 W. River Drive, Davenport

DETAILS: Hosted by the River Benders Cycling Group. Go to for more information.

Campfire Meeting

WHEN: 5-7:30 p.m. Saturday, May 26

WHERE: Black Hawk State Historic Site, 1510 46th Ave., Rock Island

DETAILS: "Food, fun and fellowship." Food at 5 p.m.; open meeting at 6:30 p.m. Hot dogs are provided, but bring a dish to pass. Pop and water costs $0.50. Contact Marty at 309-236-8041 or go to for more information.

Kwik Star Criterium

WHEN: 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday, May 28

WHERE: Village of East Davenport

DETAILS: Male and female cyclists from across the U.S., Canada and Europe will compete in 12 races throughout the day. Go to for more information. Volunteers needed to help with recycling. Those interested should contact Dean "Bareback" Mathias of the Quad-Cities Bicycle Club at or 309-737-8429.

Channel Cat Talks

WHEN: 9-10:45 a.m. Tuesday, May 29, and Thursday, May 31

WHERE: Riverbend Commons, 2951 E. River Drive, Moline

DETAILS: Hop aboard the Channel Cat Water Taxi for a ride on the Mississippi River. Jack Tumbleson of the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary will discuss the history of the river. Go to for more information.

Full Flower Moon Bike Ride 

WHEN: 6:30-8:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 29

WHERE: Illiniwek Forest Preserve, 836 State Ave., Hampton

DETAILS: Meet members of the Quad-Cities Women's Outdoor Club at the campground for a 75- to 90-minute bike ride and post-cruise bonfire. Contact event coordinator Chris Ciasto at to register. Go to for more information.

Taco Ride

WHEN: 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 30

WHERE: Ben Butterworth Parkway near the Celebration Belle, 2501 River Drive, Moline

DETAILS: Ride the Great River Trail to The Edge Eatery & Drinkatorium, 1802 2nd Ave., Rapids City. Tacos cost $1.75 each. Ride spans 10 miles each way. Hosted by the River Benders Cycling Group. Go to for more information.

Riverine Walks

WHEN: 6:30-8 p.m. Wednesday, May 30; 9-10:30 a.m. Saturday, June 2

WHERE: North side of Credit Island, 2200 West River Drive, Davenport

DETAILS: Walk while learning about plants and ecology of the Mississippi River and its floodplain with retired naturalist and plant enthusiast Bob Bryant of the Native Plant Society. Go to for more information.

Free Fishing Weekend

WHEN: Friday-Sunday, June 1-3


DETAILS: Iowa residents may fish and possess fish without a DNR fishing license. 

Leisure/Social Bike Ride

WHEN: 8 a.m. Saturday, June 2

WHERE: Boat launch parking lot along Great River Trail, Illinois 84/12th Street, Rapids City

DETAILS: Flat trails and road route with a few gentle hill climbs and great scenery. Contact Kathy Storm at or go to for more information.


WHEN: 8 a.m. Saturday, June 2

WHERE: Trinity Lutheran Church, Moline

DETAILS: 5K, 1-mile walk and children's 100-yard dash; Go to for more information. 

Fishing Has No Boundaries

WHEN: 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, June 2

WHERE: Rock Creek Marina, 3942 291st St., Camanche

DETAILS: Clinton County Conservation is hosting this 5th annual event, providing fishing opportunities on the backwaters of the Mississippi River for people with disabilities. To volunteer, contact Jill Schmidt at 563-847-7202. 

Free Fishing Clinic

WHEN: 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, June 2

WHERE: Gate 1, West Lake Park, 14910 110th Ave., Davenport

DETAILS: Registration for the clinic, part of the Fish Iowa! angler education program, begins at 8 a.m. All poles and tackle are provided. Open to Scott County residents, grades K-6. Children under 9 years of age must be accompanied by an adult. All participants will receive a free gift and a certificate upon completion of the clinic. Parents are encouraged to attend. Class covers fish identification, fish care and cleaning, casting instruction, fishing laws and ethics, lures and tackle. Sponsored by Quad-City In-Fisherman Club. Call 563-328-3281 for more information. 

Guided Nature Hike

WHEN: 9-10 a.m. Saturday, June 2

WHERE: Nahant Marsh, 4220 Wapello Ave., Davenport

DETAILS: Participants will join a Naturalist for a guided hike along the trails at the Marsh. Hikes are offered on the first Saturday of the month and give visitors an opportunity to experience the environmental changes as the plants and wildlife adapt to the seasons. Suggested $5 donation. Call 563-336-3373 for more information.

Milkweed Plant Volunteer Day

WHEN: 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, June 2 

WHERE: Illiniwek Forest Preserve, 1201 State Ave., Hampton

DETAILS: Help plant milkweed plugs to support monarchs and their migration. Monarchs cannot survive without milkweed. Their caterpillars only eat milkweed plants and monarch butterflies need milkweed to lay their eggs. Volunteers will receive three milkweed plugs to plant in their own gardens. Coffee and donuts also will be provided. Go to for more information. 

Leisure/Social Bike Ride

WHEN: 8 a.m. Sunday, June 3

WHERE: Schwiebert Riverfront Park, 1800 1st Ave, Rock Island

DETAILS: Ride the Great River Trail to Sunset Park, then take city streets to Milan and ride trails along the Rock River. Optional breakfast stop at City Limits Saloon & Grill on return. 20 miles. Go to or contact Kathy Storm at for more information.

Beginning Birding

WHEN: 6:30-9 a.m. Wednesday, June 6

WHERE: Nahant Marsh Education Center, 4220 Wapello Ave., Davenport

DETAILS: Participants will learn how to identify birds and their habitats with ornithologist Kelly McKay, who will lead tours around the Marsh. Sponsored by the Quad-City Audubon Society. Cost is $6 for Nahant members; $12 for guests. Go to or call 563-336-3370 for more information.

The Big Run

WHEN: 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, June 6

WHERE: Crow Creek Park, Bettendorf

DETAILS: Timed USA Track & Field-certified 5K and children's run presented by Fleet Feet Sports, Davenport; Go to to learn more about this National Running Day event.

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Jack Cullen covers health and the outdoors for the Quad-City Times.