• “Dream Big: Read,” this year’s summer reading program, is hosted by the Clinton County Association of Public Libraries. Programs are free and open to the public. Programs will be at the Ericksen Community Center, 1401 11th Ave. North, Calamus-Wheatland High School, 110 E. Park Road, Lost Nation Public Library, 410 Main St., DeWitt Community Center, 716 Sixth Ave., and the Clinton County Fairgrounds in DeWitt.
• The Clintonish Knitters meet from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. every Thursday and from 9 a.m. to noon every Saturday at St. Paul Lutheran Church. Enter the east entrance from the parking lot and go upstairs, follow the signs.
• Weekly tours of Lock and Dam 13 in Fulton, Ill., are under way. The weekly Lock and Dam tours will take place every Sunday from Memorial Day through Labor Day weekend at 1 p.m. The tours will cover a brief history of the Mississippi River and the purpose of Locks and Dams along the river. All participants must wear closed-toed shoes to attend the full lock tour.
• A new temporary display is now available at the Windmill Cultural Center for public viewing. In keeping with the Tourism Committee's theme of River Connections and the Windmill Cultural Center's Educational Committee's theme of “Water, Water Everywhere,” the new display contains tools of the trade of a commercial fisherman. Ron Brown from Thomson, Ill., has created an interesting and unique display of various tools, nets, grab hooks, buoys and floats that he uses plus numerous pictures and articles. Brown has been fishing on the Mississippi River and in this area since he was a young boy. Brown is one of the nine fishermen who are hired to fish in the Chicago area for Asian carp. He is the only fisherman to catch an Asian carp past the electronic barrier. The display will be at the cultural center for six weeks. The Windmill Cultural Center is located at 111 10th Ave., Fulton, and is open Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from 1 to 5 p.m.
• Each Saturday at noon, the Clinton Area Showboat Theatre interns will perform one of the following Children’s Theatre productions: Ivan the Terrier by Peter Catalanotto and adapted to the stage by Kristin Katsu, The Dream Eater by Christian Garrison and also adapted by Katsu, and The City Mouse and the Country Mouse by Aesop and adapted by Charmaine Spencer.
The City Mouse and the Country Mouse will be presented July 7. For more information about the productions, contact the Clinton Area Showboat Theatre box office at 242-6760 or at www.clintonshowboat.org.
• Sunset Cruise, 7 p.m., Rock Creek Marina & Campground, Camanche. Every Thursday evening through October, the conservation board will be offering naturalist-guided eco cruises aboard the Blue Heron pontoon boat on the Mississippi River. Call 259-1876 to reserve a spot.
• Johnsmith Concert, 7:30 p.m., Central Performing Arts Center, DeWitt. Tickets are $20 and are available at DeWitt City Hall or MidwestTix.com. Tickets also will be available at door, one hour before showtime. The event is sponsored by the DeWitt Area Fine Arts Foundation.
• “And They're Off! Turtle Races.” 1 p.m., Rock Creek. Bring your own or borrow a turtle. Meet near the east playground for an exciting evening of racing! Depending on the number of racers, there will be prelims and a final. The grand prize winner will win a free night of camping!
• Nature Center Open; 1-4 p.m., Eden Valley Refuge, Baldwin. The Nature Center will be open by volunteer hosts. The center features live local reptiles, rocks and minerals, Iowa habitats and artifacts.
• Fish Boil; 4-7 p.m. at Rock Creek. Enjoy a Door County-style fish boil with all the trimmings.
• Arts at the Arb, 7 p.m., String Quartrio. Bring a lawn chair and enjoy the free outdoor concert at Bickelhaupt Arboretum, 340 S. 14th St.
• The Clinton Area Showboat Theatre will host a comedy night at 7:30 p.m. Guys in Ties, a comedy improv group from the Quad-Cities, will perform a family friendly evening of humor aboard the Clinton Area Showboat Theatre. Tickets are $10 and are available at the Showboat box office or by calling 242-6760. Advance reservations are preferred.
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