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Best Deer Photo Contest

WHEN: Now through Jan. 17

WHERE: Iowa and Illinois

DETAILS: At least three dozen successful hunters this season have submitted photos of themselves with their deer. Readers may vote for their favorite photo now through Jan. 17 at The winning hunter will be featured Saturday, Jan. 20, in the Outdoors section of the Quad-City Times. That individual also will receive a $500 gift certificate to R&R Sports in Bettendorf.

Clock Tower/Eagle watching tours

WHEN: 10 a.m. and noon today, Jan. 14, 20, 21, 27, 28; Feb. 3, 4, 10, 11.

WHERE: Mississippi River Visitor Center, 328 Rodman Ave., Rock Island

DETAILS: The corps will set up telescopes on the fifth floor of the 150-year-old Clock Tower, where participants may view birds to the west. Those interested in attending one of the tours on Arsenal Island must first stop at the Visitor Control Center at the Moline gate, where they will be asked for a driver's license or other approved identification. They also will undergo a screening process. For reservations, call 309-794-5338. Visit for more information.

Frostbite Foot Race 5K

WHEN: 1 p.m. today

WHERE: Scott County Park, 18850 270th St., Eldridge

DETAILS: To register, go to

Hike No. 2,590

WHEN: 2:30 p.m. today

WHERE: Credit Island (2200 W. River Drive, Davenport) and Nahant Marsh (4220 Wapello Ave., Davenport)

DETAILS: Join members of the Black Hawk Hiking Club on this walk around Credit Island, a 420-acre park and popular eagle watching destination along the Mississippi River. From there, participants will cross over the pedestrian bridge to Nahant Marsh, a 265-acre urban wetland. Water provided. Bring your own cup.

Snowstar open

WHEN: 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday-Thursday, Sunday; 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Friday-Saturday

WHERE: Snowstar Winter Park, 9500 126th West, Andalusia

DETAILS: For more information, including an updated snow report, go to 

Winter Carnival 

WHEN: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 20

WHERE: Faye's Field, Learning Campus Drive, Bettendorf

DETAILS: The city's second annual Winter Carnival includes free outdoor ice painting and snow games at Faye's Field, as well as several other indoor activities at Bettendorf Public Library, Family Museum and Life Fitness Center. Weather permitting, there also will be cross-country skiing at Palmer Hills Golf Course and ice skating at Frozen Landing. A shuttle service will stop at those spots and Crow Creek Park about every 15 minutes.

Fargin Icehole Competition

WHEN: 6 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 27

WHERE: Lost Grove Lake, Scott County

DETAILS: Princeton Outdoor Adventures is hosting its annual ice fishing tournament. Go to or call 563-289-5445 for more information, including registration information.

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