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Volunteers plant trees in Bettendorf parks

Local volunteers recently planted 28 trees in Edgewood Park and eight more trees along 23rd Street in Veterans Memorial Park.

Nearly 35 volunteers, led by volunteers from Bettendorf's Trees Are Us Committee, helped plant, mulch, stake and water the trees. Tree wrap protection was also installed. Trees Are Us members demonstrated the proper techniques of all processes involved in planting the trees.

Volunteers represented local scout troops and high schools, and the Bettendorf Kiwanis and Rotary clubs. Rotary Club President Tim Lane presented a $500 check from the club to help fund the tree planting.

The Trees Are Us Committee is sponsored by the City of Bettendorf and meets at 4 p.m. the second Wednesday of every month at City Hall.

For more information on the Trees Are Us Committee or volunteering for tree planting projects, contact the Bettendorf Parks and Recreation Department at 563-344-4113.

New Community Connections series at the library starts Thursday

Paranormal research group Rock Island Paranormal will discuss its investigations and how they conduct them during the Community Connections series at 1:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 16, at the Bettendorf Public Library, 2950 Learning Campus Drive. The program is funded by the Friends of the Bettendorf Public Library.

Community Connections is a monthly series through May focusing on local history, interest and people, and will include lectures, travelogues, music performances, films and other presentations. Upcoming programs include Christmas with the Ukulele Connection at 1:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 14, a presentation on Native American archeological sites in Iowa with PhD candidate Addison Kimmel at 1:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 4, and a showing of Fourth Wall Films’ documentary “Barn Raisers” at 1:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 22.

Mother/Son Night of Fun returns to Life Fitness Center

The second annual Mother/Son Night of Fun will be held from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Nov. 19 at the Life Fitness Center, Bettendorf. Mothers and sons participate in games and activities and compete for prizes during this fundraiser for the Friends of Bettendorf Parks Foundation. For more information, visit, or call 563-344-4113.

Bettendorf Discovery Shop annual open house benefits American Cancer Society Nov. 19

The Bettendorf Discovery Shop in Cumberland Square will hold its annual Holiday Open House from noon to 4 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 19.

The resale shop will feature holiday clothing, jewelry, art work, Department 56 village pieces, ornaments, trees, wreaths, holiday dishes, collectibles and other gift items. For more information on available items, visit

All proceeds from the open house will go to the American Cancer Society to fund cancer research, patient services, education and advocacy.

The shop will be closed Saturday, Nov. 18 to prepare for the event.

Donations are accepted anytime and tax receipts are available. Shop hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday, 10 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Thursday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday.

Frozen Landing opens Nov. 22

The Frozen Landing ice rink will officially open for the season following a tree lighting ceremony at 5 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 22, at Middle Road and 23rd Street in Bettendorf.

The rink is free, and open to all ages and ability levels. Skates for children and adults are available for rent for $2. Hockey skates may be used, but hockey sticks and pucks are not allowed. Concessions also are available for purchase.

Frozen Landing will be open the following hours:

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

Hours are weather dependent. The rink will be closed for rain, snow accumulation of 2 inches or more until the rink is cleared, temperatures above 50 degrees or below 5 degrees and wind chill of -15 degrees.

For more information, visit or call Frozen Landing at 563-549-0587.

IPTV pajama party at the Family Museum set for Dec. 1

Iowa Public Television will host free family pajama parties across Iowa on Friday, Dec. 1, to coincide with the launch of IPTV KIDS .2, a new channel devoted entirely to children's programming.

The local party will be 6:30-8 p.m. at the Family Museum, Bettendorf, and will include a screening of PBS KIDS Family Night programs, a “bedtime” snack of milk and cookies and a souvenir for families to take home. Families are encouraged to wear pajamas and slippers.

The party also will include time to meet and greet Dan Wardell, host of IPTV KIDS Clubhouse.

To register, visit or call 800-728-2828.

Families who can’t attend are encouraged to host a party of their own. A party planning kit is available for download at

Pack-a-Police-Car Toy Drive to be held Dec. 2

The Bettendorf Police Department will host its third annual Pack-a-Police-Car Toy Drive from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 2 in the Bettendorf City Hall parking lot, 1609 State Street.

Donations will go to Operation Toy Soldier to be distributed to children of local active and non-active duty military families in need.

The police hope to beat last year's record of gathering four squad cars full of toys. Donations should be new and unwrapped toys or books. Donations may also be dropped off at the Bettendorf Police Department or Pita Pit by Dec. 2.

Trimble Funeral Home is the event partner, and food and beverages will be provided by donations from Dunn Brothers, Hy-Vee, K&K Hardware and Pita Pit.

For more information, call 563-344-4015, ext. 6114, or 309-764-1144.

Holiday Dog Walk planned for Dec. 3

Bettendorf Parks and Recreation Department will host a Holiday Dog Walk at 1 p.m., Sunday, December 3. The walk begins at Crow Creek Dog Park, in the SPOTT area for old and timid dogs. The 2.5 mile walk will continue along Crow Creek Trail past the quarry to Middle Road, and back.

Water will be available at the Middle Road turn-around point, and coffee, cider and hot chocolate, along with music and refreshments, will be available at the end of the walk.

The event is free and open to the public, but will be canceled in the case of inclement weather.

Holiday movie night at Life Fitness Center

Bettendorf Parks and Recreation will screen "Arthur Christmas" at 6 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 8 at Life Fitness Center, Bettendorf. There will be holiday-themed activities prior to the movie.

Tis the Season is set for Dec. 10

The City of Bettendorf will host the eighth annual Tis the Season senior holiday celebration at 1:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 10, at the Waterfront Convention Center, 2021 State St., Bettendorf. Doors open at 1 p.m.

Registration begins Monday, Nov. 13 and ends Friday, Dec. 1 or when the event is full. No early registrations will be accepted. To register, call 563-344-4000.

The evening will include an opening greeting from Mayor Bob Gallagher, holiday music, refreshments and feature performances by Family Museum Dancers, Quad-City Ukulele Club, magician David Casas, Bettendorf High School Chamber Choir and Swinney Family Band.

City Administrator Decker Ploehn will host the event and members of the City Council and city staff will serve.

The event is free and open to all Quad-Cities seniors 60 years and older.

Le Claire Chamber of Commerce events

  • Nov. 18: Trivia at the Civic Center
  • Nov. 25: Small Business Saturday
  • Dec. 1-3: Christmas in Le Claire
  • Dec. 2: Ugly Christmas Sweater 5K Run/Walk
  • Dec. 12: Chamber networking event, noon, Hungry Hobo, Le Claire.

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.