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First-grader Olivia Uhlenkamp waits for her project to be judged during last year's Block Kids Building Contest at the Community Center in Bettendorf, Saturday. The National Association of Women in Construction Quad-Cities Chapter No. 50 sponsored the event, which encourages construction industry skills.

Palmer Hills Golf Course offers cross country skiing

Palmer Hills Golf Course, 2999 Middle Road, offers groomed cross country skiing trails and a sledding hill, depending on weather conditions.

For trail status, call 563-332-8296 or 563-344-7169.

Ski equipment may be rented. Rental hours are:

  • Monday-Friday 9 a.m.-4 pm.
  • Saturday 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
  • Sunday 11 a.m.-5 p.m.

Ski rental fees are $5 per hour seven days a week, with a $12 daily maximum.

Rules are as following:

  • 4-inch minimum snowpack is required to groom trails
  • Ski only on groomed trails
  • No snowmobiles allowed on golf course
  • Ski and sled at your own risk
  • No ramp building on sledding hill
  • Cross country skiing may not be offered if raining, if temperatures are above 50 degrees, 5 degrees or below, or if the wind chill is -15 degrees.

NAWIC sponsors children’s building contest Jan. 27

Quad-City Chapter 50 of the National Association of Women in Construction (NAWIC) will hold its annual Block Kids Building Contest for children in first through sixth grades from 9-11:30 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 27, at the Bettendorf Community Center, 2204 Grant Street.

The contest is free and registration is required. Pre-registration closes Wednesday, Jan. 24, and is recommended as applicants will be limited to 40. Entry forms are available at

Registrations will be accepted by 8:30 a.m. the morning of the event if there are any openings or cancellations. All participants must arrive by 8:45 a.m.

Members of the Quad-Cities building community will judge the contest and award prizes to the top three projects. The most noteworthy project will be entered into the region contest. Entrants may not receive outside assistance to complete projects.

The Block Kids Building Program is a national building competition sponsored by local level NAWIC chapters. The program introduces children to the construction industry to create an awareness of and to promote an interest in future careers.

For more information, call Mary Buczek at 563-391-8100.

Frozen Landing is open

The following regular hours of operation, weather permitting:

  • Noon to 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday
  • Noon to 10 p.m. Friday
  • 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday
  • Noon to 6 p.m. Sunday

For more information and schedules, call 563-549-0587 or visit

LeClaire Chamber of Commerce events

  • Jan. 12-15: Be a Tourist in Your Own Backyard,
  • Jan. 14: Bald Eagle Day, 2 p.m., LeClaire Civic Center, 127 S. Cody Road. Photo and video presentation by local wildlife photographer Burt Gearhart. Free and open to the public.
  • Jan. 14: Taste of LeClaire, 1-4 p.m.
  • Jan. 27: LeClaire Chamber of Commerce annual Awards Dinner, Davenport Country Club.

Black Hawk Hiking Club events

For more information and complete driving directions, visit Facebook (Black Hawk Hiking Club of the QC) or

Saturday, Jan. 13: 2:30 p.m., Credit Island and Nahant Marsh, Southwest Davenport – The 420-acre park is alongside the Mississippi River and a popular place for Bald Eagle watching. The hike will also cover Nahant Marsh.

Saturday, Jan. 20: 2:30 p.m., Potato Soup Hike – 524 E. George Washington Blvd., Davenport. The annual hike will be along the Duck Creek Recreational Trail. Soup will be served following the hike.

Saturday, Jan. 27: 2:30 p.m., Riverside Park, Muscatine. The group will meet at the shelter located directly across from Iowa Avenue and the old Hotel Muscatine and diagonally across from the Pearl City State Building. The walk will follow the riverfront to Weed Park.

Saturday, Feb. 3: 2:30 p.m., Scott County Park, 18850 270th St., Eldridge - The group will meet at the Indian Hills Shelter prior to the start of the hike along easy trails through the woods.

Saturday, Feb. 10: 2:30 p.m., Illiniwek Forest Preserve, Hampton, Illinois - The preserve features bluffs and ravines along Illinois 84 with views of the Mississippi River. The group may join the short hikers on the bike path, weather permitting.

Saturday, Feb. 17: 2:30 p.m., Tampico, Illinois, Ronald Reagan Birthplace - The hike will cover the streets of Tampico, stopping at the museum, church and the birthplace of Ronald Reagan (our 40th President). Water provided; bring your own cup. Entering Tampico on IL172, carefully watch for HIKE signs.

Friday, Feb. 23: 7 p.m., Annual Picture Presentation, Deere-Wiman House, 1105 8th St., Moline - Club members’ photos will be judged in five categories by Paul Riewerts. Refreshments will be served following the presentation.

Saturday, Feb. 24: 2:30 p.m., Lake Story, Galesburg, Illinois - The Cabeen Hiking and Biking Trail is a flat, paved trail, approximately five miles round trip. From Illinois 150 South at the Illinois 6 and 150 intersection, Lake Story is about 40 miles south. Continue past the Lake Story sign to the next right which is marked with a green sign that says "Cabeen Hiking & Biking Trail" and turn right.


City Editor/Bettendorf News Editor

Liz Boardman is the Quad-City Times City Editor, manages the Economy section and Bettendorf News, and is the house Freedom of Information Act geek. A Rock Island native, she joined the Times in 2016.