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Anna Villareal

the Director of the Harlan-Lincoln House will delve into the stories of the building’s use as the Iowa Wesleyan Art Department from 1946 to 1959; an event in the Annual Friends of the Harlan-Lincoln House Brown Bag Lecture Series; held in the Social Hall of the Howe Student Activity Center; pre-registration required; for information, e-mail hlhouse@iw.edu. Event Title: Anna Villareal. Venue: Iowa Wesleyan University. Tuesday, March 2, 2021, 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM. Iowa Wesleyan University. For more info visit www.iw.edu.

Virtual Presentation -- Louise Burtis & Matilda Hilbring: Biracial Women in Early Quad Cities History

presented by Jane Simonsen, Professor of History and Women’s, Gender, & Sexuality Studies at Augustana College; this talk will explore the complicated landscape of race, property, and power in the antebellum Quad Cities by looking at the lives of Burtis, who attempted to secure a place for herself in 1830-50s Iowa through her land claims and a series of strategic marriages, and Hilbring, who lived in the household of Rock Island mayor Bailey Davenport and married a white man after giving birth to Davenport’s son; their lives expose both the limited choices and power available to women of color in different circumstances as well as their efforts to survive and provide in a white man’s world; registration is required to receive Zoom meeting details; free; for information, call 563-326-7832. Event Title: Virtual Presentation -- Louise Burtis & Matilda Hilbring: Biracial Women in Early Quad Cities History. Venue: Davenport Public Library - Main Branch. Tuesday, March 2, 2021, 6:30 PM – 7:30 PM. Davenport Public Library - Main Branch. For more info visit www.davenportlibrary.com.

Virtual Presentation: Criminal Record Expungement with Prairie State Legal Services

join us for a virtual presentation by Kevin Hempy, the Equal Justice Works Fellow for Prairie State legal Services; Hempy will give a brief overview of Prairie State's services area and the types of cases they take, as well as share information on how to apply for their services; attendees will learn about record expungement, sealing of criminal records in Illinois, and other forms of criminal records relief; this presentation is great for those with older criminal records in the state of Illinois who are interested in improving their employment options; free; for information, call 309-732-7323. Event Title: Virtual Presentation: Criminal Record Expungement with Prairie State Legal Services. Venue: Rock Island Public Library - Downtown Library. Wednesday, March 3, 2021, 5:30 PM – 6:30 PM. Rock Island Public Library - Downtown Library. For more info visit rockislandlibrary.org.

Virtual Event: Industrial Hemp in Iowa

join our Zoom with instructor Shane Mairet to learn more about the fascinating possibilities in the re-legalization of industrial hemp in Iowa; for information, call 563-326-7832. Event Title: Virtual Event: Industrial Hemp in Iowa. Venue: Davenport Public Library - Main Branch. Thursday, March 4, 2021, 6:00 PM – 7:00 PM. Davenport Public Library - Main Branch. For more info visit www.davenportlibrary.com.

Virtual Conference: Women Changing the Face of Agriculture

featuring online career exploration videos for you to explore and learn about the opportunities in the areas of agriculture and food production; with sessions on "Sow Hope, Grow Hope," "Understanding your Strengths," "What I Planned vs. What Happened: Embracing a Flexible Journey," and "Illinois FFA State Officer Team - Reflections". Event Title: Virtual Conference: Women Changing the Face of Agriculture. Friday, March 5, 2021. For more info visit womenchangingthefaceofagriculture.com.

Virtual Event: Reorganize your Space

it is overwhelming and emotional dealing with accumulated papers, mementos and general household items in times of transition; Lean on Me is a certified senior move manager and organizing coach in the Quad Cities and Chicago; come hear their downsizing/rightsizing solutions one step at a time; for information, call 563-326-7832. Event Title: Virtual Event: Reorganize your Space. Venue: Davenport Public Library - Main Branch. Saturday, March 6, 2021, 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM. Davenport Public Library - Main Branch. For more info visit www.davenportlibrary.com.

Virtual Presentation -- The Norm of Greatness: A Tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

with Darryl Van Leer; based on the essential writings of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. this stirring performance opens with narration describing the tribulations of the Montgomery bus boycott; Dr. King’s testimony of these events is given in his passionate sermon “Early Days"; the audience is then transported to 1963 to witness Dr. King’s historical speech “I Have A Dream" also includes “The Drum Major Instinct,” “The Eulogy,” and “I See the Promised Land"; $10-15. Event Title: Virtual Presentation -- The Norm of Greatness: A Tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Venue: University of Dubuque's Heritage Center. Monday, March 8, 2021, 7:30 PM – 8:30 PM. University of Dubuque Heritage Center. For more info visit www.dbq.edu.

Pat White

the historian will explore the deep connections between Mount Pleasant, Iowa, and Greencastle, Indiana -- two rural university communities with links through well-known individuals such as Senator James Harlan, Belle Babb Mansfield, the Coles, and the Saunders; an event in the Annual Friends of the Harlan-Lincoln House Brown Bag Lecture Series; held in the Social Hall of the Howe Student Activity Center; pre-registration required; for information, e-mail hlhouse@iw.edu. Event Title: Pat White. Venue: Iowa Wesleyan University. Tuesday, March 9, 2021, 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM. Iowa Wesleyan University. For more info visit www.iw.edu.

Virtual Presentation -- Exploring Intersections: Gender Equity

a live-streamed conversation series in the "Catholic Sisters on Racism, Migration and Climate" series on the leading social-justice issues of our time; each month, this series will focus on a different social issue and explore how it intersects with racism, migration and climate in a thought provoking and engaging conversation; three panelists from different walks of life, including Catholic Sisters, will bring unique perspectives to each session; free. Event Title: Virtual Presentation -- Exploring Intersections: Gender Equity. Venue: Humility of Mary Center. Wednesday, March 10, 2021, 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM. Humility of Mary Center. For more info visit exploringintersections.org.

Virtual Presentation: Resume Reboot with Ashley Watkins

a workshop in collaboration with Brainfuse JobNow and Ashley Watkins, a Job Search Coach, Nationally Certified Résumé Writer (NCRW), and Nationally Certified Online Profile Expert (NCOPE) with Write Step Résumés; free; for information, call 309-732-7323. Event Title: Virtual Presentation: Resume Reboot with Ashley Watkins. Venue: Rock Island Public Library - Downtown Library. Wednesday, March 10, 2021, 4:00 PM – 5:00 PM. Rock Island Public Library - Downtown Library. For more info visit rockislandlibrary.org.

Virtual WWI Lecture Series: Mobilizing and Training for War

join Kevin Braafladt, the Army Sustainment Command Deputy Historian at the Rock Island Arsenal, and the Army Sustainment Command History Office in exploring the history of WWI through a discussion of the United States mobilization and training for the war; delve deeper into First World War history by learning about Quad Cities and Rock Island Arsenal historical ties; for information, call 563-326-7832. Event Title: Virtual WWI Lecture Series: Mobilizing and Training for War. Venue: Davenport Public Library - Main Branch. Wednesday, March 10, 2021, 6:00 PM – 7:00 PM. Davenport Public Library - Main Branch. For more info visit www.davenportlibrary.com.

Virtual Presentation -- Pre-Civil War Quilts: Secret Codes to Freedom on the Underground Railroad

a Zoom presentation exploring the origins of slave routes passing through Illinois and the secret codes sewn into quilts that were used to navigate the Underground Railroad; presenter Connie Martin will share her family Bible dated from 1865 and the secrecy, codes, and fugitive slave escape routes that were revealed in it; we’ll also learn about the origins of the Underground Railroad, slave routes passing through Illinois, and the quilt codes used to navigate the Underground Railroad with replicas made by Connie’s mother; free; for information and to register, contact Celeste McKay at celeste@rivervalleylibrary.org or 309-523-3440. Event Title: Virtual Presentation -- Pre-Civil War Quilts: Secret Codes to Freedom on the Underground Railroad. Venue: River Valley District Library. Thursday, March 11, 2021, 6:00 PM – 7:00 PM. River Valley District Library. For more info visit www.rivervalleylibrary.org.

Virtual Presentation: Seed Starting Introduction

a program in the "Vegetable Gardening Made Easy" series hosted by a local Illinois Extension Master Gardeners via Zoom; featuring a pre-recorded, “how-to” gardening video on the topic of the day from University of Illinois horticulture experts, followed by live Q & A with the Master Gardener; free; for information, call 309-732-7323. Event Title: Virtual Presentation: Seed Starting Introduction. Venue: Rock Island Public Library - Downtown Library. Monday, March 15, 2021, 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM. Rock Island Public Library - Downtown Library. For more info visit rockislandlibrary.org.

Remembering the Orphan Train

historian and retired Canadian Pacific Railroad conductor Dennis Wilson discusses the placement of orphaned children in every state of the Union, including Iowa from 1854 to 1929; an event in the Annual Friends of the Harlan-Lincoln House Brown Bag Lecture Series; held in the Social Hall of the Howe Student Activity Center; pre-registration required; for information, e-mail hlhouse@iw.edu. Event Title: Remembering the Orphan Train. Venue: Iowa Wesleyan University. Tuesday, March 16, 2021, 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM. Iowa Wesleyan University. For more info visit www.iw.edu.

Virtual Presentation: Germination & Seedling Growth

a program in the "Vegetable Gardening Made Easy" series hosted by a local Illinois Extension Master Gardeners via Zoom; featuring a pre-recorded, “how-to” gardening video on the topic of the day from University of Illinois horticulture experts, followed by live Q & A with the Master Gardener; free; for information, call 309-732-7323. Event Title: Virtual Presentation: Germination & Seedling Growth. Venue: Rock Island Public Library - Downtown Library. Wednesday, March 17, 2021, 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM. Rock Island Public Library - Downtown Library. For more info visit rockislandlibrary.org.

Virtual Presentation -- A Woman of Achievement: Stories from the Life of Lou Henry Hoover

learn about the achievements of a First Lady whose legacy has been largely forgotten, but whose impact can still be felt today; a presentation in the 3rd Thursday at Hoover's Presidential Library & Museum series; free; for information, call 563-326-7832. Event Title: Virtual Presentation -- A Woman of Achievement: Stories from the Life of Lou Henry Hoover. Venue: Davenport Public Library - Main Branch. Thursday, March 18, 2021, 6:00 PM – 7:00 PM. Davenport Public Library - Main Branch. For more info visit www.davenportlibrary.com.

Virtual Community Connections: Life on the Mississippi River with John Lynn

John will share the story of America's great river -- its course, character, and general river life as experienced by a modern-day Huck Finn while canoeing solo down all 2300 miles of the Mighty Mississippi, from its source at Lake Itasca, Minnesota to the Gulf of Mexico; free; for information, call 563-344-4175. Event Title: Virtual Community Connections: Life on the Mississippi River with John Lynn. Venue: Bettendorf Public Library. Thursday, March 18, 2021, 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM. Bettendorf Public Library. For more info visit www.bettendorflibrary.com.

Virtual Presentation: Blueprint to Gardening & Planning & Prepping

a program in the "Vegetable Gardening Made Easy" series hosted by a local Illinois Extension Master Gardeners via Zoom; featuring a pre-recorded, “how-to” gardening video on the topic of the day from University of Illinois horticulture experts, followed by live Q & A with the Master Gardener; free; for information, call 309-732-7323. Event Title: Virtual Presentation: Blueprint to Gardening & Planning & Prepping. Venue: Rock Island Public Library - Downtown Library. Monday, March 22, 2021, 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM. Rock Island Public Library - Downtown Library. For more info visit rockislandlibrary.org.

William Sherman

renowned Iowa historian and author William Sherman will highlight the important dates and dynamic people who established Iowa as the country school capital of America; an event in the Annual Friends of the Harlan-Lincoln House Brown Bag Lecture Series; held in the Social Hall of the Howe Student Activity Center; pre-registration required; for information, e-mail hlhouse@iw.edu. Event Title: William Sherman. Venue: Iowa Wesleyan University. Tuesday, March 23, 2021, 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM. Iowa Wesleyan University. For more info visit www.iw.edu.

Virtual Presentation: Cool Season Vegetables & Warm Season Vegetables

a program in the "Vegetable Gardening Made Easy" series hosted by a local Illinois Extension Master Gardeners via Zoom; featuring a pre-recorded, “how-to” gardening video on the topic of the day from University of Illinois horticulture experts, followed by live Q & A with the Master Gardener; free; for information, call 309-732-7323. Event Title: Virtual Presentation: Cool Season Vegetables & Warm Season Vegetables. Venue: Rock Island Public Library - Downtown Library. Wednesday, March 24, 2021, 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM. Rock Island Public Library - Downtown Library. For more info visit rockislandlibrary.org.

Virtual Presentation: Gambling Awareness

join prevention staff from the Center for Alcohol & Drug Services, Inc. to learn about the hidden addiction of gambling; we will discuss why being aware of problem gambling behaviors is important, how to identify signs of problem gambling, how to access help, and how to gamble responsibly; free; for information, call 563-326-7832. Event Title: Virtual Presentation: Gambling Awareness. Venue: Davenport Public Library - Main Branch. Wednesday, March 24, 2021, 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM. Davenport Public Library - Main Branch. For more info visit www.davenportlibrary.com.

Virtual Presentation -- President Harry Truman: A Grandson’s Portrait

a one-hour play/lecture where President Truman’s grandson Clifton Truman Daniel portrays his grandfather and himself, stepping in and out of character to create a portrait of his life and career from a family perspective; source material includes President Truman’s memoirs and letters as well as family stories and books by Clifton’s late mother, Margaret Truman; "A Grandson’s Portrait" remembers a man who regarded the highest office in the land as second only to that of the American citizen; $15-20. Event Title: Virtual Presentation -- President Harry Truman: A Grandson’s Portrait. Venue: University of Dubuque's Heritage Center. Thursday, March 25, 2021, 7:30 PM – 8:30 PM. University of Dubuque Heritage Center. For more info visit www.dbq.edu.

Virtual Presentation -- President Harry Truman: A Grandson’s Portrait

a one-hour play/lecture where President Truman’s grandson Clifton Truman Daniel portrays his grandfather and himself, stepping in and out of character to create a portrait of his life and career from a family perspective; source material includes President Truman’s memoirs and letters as well as family stories and books by Clifton’s late mother, Margaret Truman; "A Grandson’s Portrait" remembers a man who regarded the highest office in the land as second only to that of the American citizen; $15-20. Event Title: Virtual Presentation -- President Harry Truman: A Grandson’s Portrait. Venue: University of Dubuque's Heritage Center. Thursday, March 25, 2021, 7:30 PM – 8:30 PM. University of Dubuque Heritage Center. For more info visit www.dbq.edu.

Virtual Presentation: Hardening off and Transplanting & General Care

a program in the "Vegetable Gardening Made Easy" series hosted by a local Illinois Extension Master Gardeners via Zoom; featuring a pre-recorded, “how-to” gardening video on the topic of the day from University of Illinois horticulture experts, followed by live Q & A with the Master Gardener; free; for information, call 309-732-7323. Event Title: Virtual Presentation: Hardening off and Transplanting & General Care. Venue: Rock Island Public Library - Downtown Library. Monday, March 29, 2021, 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM. Rock Island Public Library - Downtown Library. For more info visit rockislandlibrary.org.

Virtual Presentation -- Lou Henry Hoover: A Life of Adventure

join us for a special event in honor of First Lady Lou Henry Hoover’s birthday; Leslie Hoover-Lauble, President Hoover’s great-granddaughter, and Hoover Library Archives Technician, Spencer Howard, will share stories and photos illustrating the amazing life of Lou Henry Hoover from an independent girl, to scientist and world traveler, to First Lady; this event is a "bonus" program of the 3rd Thursdays at Hoover's Presidential Library & Museum series; free; for information, call 563-326-7832. Event Title: Virtual Presentation -- Lou Henry Hoover: A Life of Adventure. Venue: Davenport Public Library - Main Branch. Monday, March 29, 2021, 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM. Davenport Public Library - Main Branch. For more info visit www.davenportlibrary.com.

Nancy Drew and the Ghost of Ladora

historian and Iowa Wesleyan alum Patricia Essick will unravel the mystery of how one Iowa writer took on the pen name “Carolyn Keene” and become the first author of the iconic Nancy Drew Mystery Series; an event in the Annual Friends of the Harlan-Lincoln House Brown Bag Lecture Series; held in the Social Hall of the Howe Student Activity Center; pre-registration required; for information, e-mail hlhouse@iw.edu. Event Title: Nancy Drew and the Ghost of Ladora. Venue: Iowa Wesleyan University. Tuesday, March 30, 2021, 6:00 PM – 7:00 PM. Iowa Wesleyan University. For more info visit www.iw.edu.

Virtual Presentation: Pest Control Considerations and Tips to Garden Safely

a program in the "Vegetable Gardening Made Easy" series hosted by a local Illinois Extension Master Gardeners via Zoom; featuring a pre-recorded, “how-to” gardening video on the topic of the day from University of Illinois horticulture experts, followed by live Q & A with the Master Gardener; free; for information, call 309-732-7323. Event Title: Virtual Presentation: Pest Control Considerations and Tips to Garden Safely. Venue: Rock Island Public Library - Downtown Library. Wednesday, March 31, 2021, 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM. Rock Island Public Library - Downtown Library. For more info visit rockislandlibrary.org.

Virtual Presentation: Asian Carp

Asian Carp are literally jumping into Midwestern boats; join our Zoom with Illinois DNR to learn about the culinary possibilities for this unlimited fish; free; for information, call 563-326-7832. Event Title: Virtual Presentation: Asian Carp. Venue: Davenport Public Library - Main Branch. Saturday, April 3, 2021, 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM. Davenport Public Library - Main Branch. For more info visit www.davenportlibrary.com.

Virtual Presentation: Alcohol Awareness

join prevention staff from the Center for Alcohol & Drug Services, Inc. to learn about “What You Throw Away” media campaign and how you can address the dangers of underage drinking with the youth in your life; free; for information, call 563-326-7832. Event Title: Virtual Presentation: Alcohol Awareness. Venue: Davenport Public Library - Main Branch. Wednesday, April 7, 2021, 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM. Davenport Public Library - Main Branch. For more info visit www.davenportlibrary.com.

Virtual Presentation: Estate Planning

join Jaime Ragins and Ray Kozicki from the Society of Financial Awareness as they discuss different aspects of estate planning including distribution of estate, wills, and trusts, specific estate planning strategies, the purpose of estate planning, and avoiding probate; free; for information, call 563-326-7832. Event Title: Virtual Presentation: Estate Planning. Venue: Davenport Public Library - Main Branch. Wednesday, April 7, 2021, 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM. Davenport Public Library - Main Branch. For more info visit www.davenportlibrary.com.

Virtual Presentation: Downsizing Tips & Tricks

presenter Abigail Hays of Dreamt by Design: Art and Organizing will kickstart your downsizing and organizing efforts with this live, virtual presentation; free; for information, call 563-344-4175. Event Title: Virtual Presentation: Downsizing Tips & Tricks. Venue: Bettendorf Public Library. Wednesday, April 7, 2021, 7:00 PM – 8:00 PM. Bettendorf Public Library. For more info visit www.bettendorflibrary.com.

Virtual Presentation: Decoding the Weather Machine Documentary Discussion

in time for Earth Day 2021, let's talk climate change with a discussion of "Decoding the Weather Machine"; be sure to view the stream of the NOVA episode online or check out our copy of the DVD and bring your thoughts; free; for information, call 563-326-7832. Event Title: Virtual Presentation: Decoding the Weather Machine Documentary Discussion. Venue: Davenport Public Library - Main Branch. Thursday, April 8, 2021, 6:00 PM – 7:00 PM. Davenport Public Library - Main Branch. For more info visit www.davenportlibrary.com.

Virtual Presentation: The Last Gasp: Opera and Epidemics

featuring Dr. Karen Wachsmuth and Emeritus Professor of Global Health Studies Dr. Christopher Squire discussing both the musical and scientific aspects of disease as portrayed in opera. Event Title: Virtual Presentation: The Last Gasp: Opera and Epidemics. Venue: Cedar Rapids Opera Theatre. Thursday, April 8, 2021, 7:00 PM – 8:00 PM. Cedar Rapids Opera Theatre. For more info visit www.cropera.org.

Virtual Presentation -- Exploring Intersections: Care of Creation

a live-streamed conversation series in the "Catholic Sisters on Racism, Migration and Climate" series on the leading social-justice issues of our time; each month, this series will focus on a different social issue and explore how it intersects with racism, migration and climate in a thought provoking and engaging conversation; three panelists from different walks of life, including Catholic Sisters, will bring unique perspectives to each session; free. Event Title: Virtual Presentation -- Exploring Intersections: Care of Creation. Venue: Humility of Mary Center. Wednesday, April 14, 2021, 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM. Humility of Mary Center. For more info visit exploringintersections.org.

Virtual Presentation -- Exploring Intersections: Migration

a live-streamed conversation series in the "Catholic Sisters on Racism, Migration and Climate" series on the leading social-justice issues of our time; each month, this series will focus on a different social issue and explore how it intersects with racism, migration and climate in a thought provoking and engaging conversation; three panelists from different walks of life, including Catholic Sisters, will bring unique perspectives to each session; free. Event Title: Virtual Presentation -- Exploring Intersections: Migration. Venue: Humility of Mary Center. Wednesday, May 12, 2021, 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM. Humility of Mary Center. For more info visit exploringintersections.org.