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Leland Morrison

Leland Morrison, superintendent of schools for the Diocese of Davenport, at Assumption High School in Davenport. He was recently named to Iowa's non-public school advisory committee.

Library to host school voucher discussion

A panel discussion about school vouchers, private education tax credits and education savings grant programs will be 6:30-8 p.m. Thursday, March 8, at Bettendorf Public Library.

Panel members will include Art Tate, superintendent, Davenport Community Schools; Leland Morrison, superintendent of schools for the Diocese of Davenport; and parents with children in various school environments.

The event is free and open to the public. Those attending are encouraged to share questions and concerns. The event is sponsored by the local branch of the American Association of University Women.

LeClaire Youth Baseball and Softball to hold bingo fundraiser

LeClaire Youth Baseball and Softball will hold a Rock and Roll Bingo Fundraiser to benefit the league on April 14 at LeClaire Fire Station.

For more information, visit or contact Sara Gravert at 563-210-8382.

Registration open for Bettendorf-PV youth baseball

Bettendorf-Pleasant Valley youth baseball players may now register for the season that begins March 24. Players excluding the oldest and youngest divisions will try-out to be placed on a team. All players will be placed on a team.

To register online or for more information, visit Check payments also may be mailed to: BPV, P.O. Box 215, Bettendorf, Iowa 52722.

Bettendorf High School planetarium releases show schedule

Bettendorf High School will host public shows in the Donald A. Schaefer Planetarium. Seating is limited. To reserve seats, call the BHS Activities Office at 563-332-4516.

The planetarium will present the following shows at 7 p.m.:

March 20

  • Oasis in Space, all-ages: Begins in the farthest reaches of space to explain how Earth is an oasis in the vast cosmos.
  • Renaissance, all-ages: Details the beginning of modern science in a time called the Renaissance.

May 1

  • From Earth to Universe, all-ages: The newest breakthroughs in astronomy and cosmology taking viewers to the edges of the known universe.
  • The Works of Walt Whitman, all-ages: A showcase of the works of the transcendental poet Walt Whitman.

The planetarium’s new Spitz digital full-dome projection system can project immersive 360-degree images and video using two projectors designed for the planetarium dome.

Rivermont Collegiate Technology Fair set for April 7

Rivermont Collegiate will host its Technology Fair Saturday, April 7 at the school’s Becherer Hall, 1821 Sunset Drive, Bettendorf. The competition is open to all area students in kindergarten through 12th grade.

Deadline to register is March 22. Entry fee is $10 per student project and $20 per group project with a maximum of three students per group. Registration is first come, first served.

The fair includes student technology projects and a technology career fair that will feature area businesses. Projects are judged using the Iowa Technology and Education Connection technology fair categories and rubrics.

For more information and to register, visit For questions, email

LeClaire Chamber of Commerce events

May 19: LIVEFIT with Lupus Race and Festival, Black Watch Room, Pebble Creek Golf Course. Includes half-marathon, 10K, 5K, one-mile race. To register, visit

Black Hawk Hiking Club events

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

March 10: 2:30 p.m., Albany Mounds, Albany, Illinois - The hike will follow more than two miles of trails through the 200-acre Albany Mounds State Historic Site that features burial mounds and interpretive signs. The hike continue along the Great River Trail.

March 17: 2:30 p.m., Wapsi River Environmental Education Center, 31555 52nd Ave., Dixon, Illinois - This is a great chance for premium wildlife viewing while hiking the scenic trails through prairie and forest. The Center has approximately 30 acres of bottomland forest along the Wapsipinicon River and about 120 acres of timber as well as prairie.

March 24: 5 p.m., Annual Banquet, Rock Island - The annual Hiking Club buffet banquet will be held in the upstairs banquet room of the Rock Island Hy-Vee Store located at 2930 18th Avenue, Rock Island, on the corner of 30th Street. The dinner will be served buffet style at 5:30 p.m. The cost is $14 per person and reservations must be made and paid in full by March 17th to attend. Following dinner Dave Murcia, a naturalist from the Wapsi Environmental Education Center will speak about the Wapsi Center, Friends of the Wapsi, and the ecology and geology of our local rivers.