• The Clintonish Knitters meet at St. Paul Lutheran Church from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. every Thursday and every Saturday from 9 a.m. to noon. Knitters drop in as their schedules permit. Stitchers work on various charity projects and personal knitting. Beginners can get assistance and everyone receives encouragement.
There are no charges for belonging to this group. Enter the east entrance from the parking lot and go upstairs, follow the signs.
• Sunset Cruise at 7 p.m. at Rock Creek Marina and Campground, Camanche. Every Thursday evening through October, naturalist-guided eco cruises aboard the Blue Heron pontoon boat will be offered on the Mississippi River. Call (563) 259-1876 to reserve a spot.
• Birds of Prey program at 6 p.m. at Walnut Grove Park Campground, Toronto. Relax at the shelter to meet some of Iowa's resident raptors. It will be a presentation with mounts, hands-on visuals and live birds. Participants should bring their cameras.
• Birds of Prey program at 8 p.m. at Eden Valley Refuge, Baldwin. Bring camp chairs or blankets to the outdoor movie screen to meet some of Iowa's resident raptors. It will a fun presentation with mounts, hands-on visuals and live birds. The group will try to call owls at the end of the program.
• Lyons Farmers Market from 8 a.m. to noon. Wednesday’s Farmers Market will begin May 30 and will be from 4 to 6:30 p.m. The market will run through the second week in November.
• Early Bird Cruise at 9 a.m. at Rock Creek Marina and Campground, Camanche. Call (563) 259-1876 to reserve a spot.
• Nature Center Open from 1 to 4 p.m. at 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.
• Birds of Prey at 1 p.m. at Rock Creek Marina and Campground, Camanche. Relax at the shelter to meet some of Iowa's resident raptors. It will be a presentation with mounts, hands-on visuals and live birds. Participants should bring their cameras.
• Fish Boil from 5 to 8 p.m. at Rock Creek Marina and Campground, Camanche. Enjoy a county-style fish boil dinner with all the trimmings.
• Public Open House, Jens-Wendt Observatory at dusk at Sherman Park, Calamus. Join the Quad-Cities Astronomical Society at Sherman Park's north end to explore the night sky. Star parties are dependent on the weather.
To confirm a party will be held, check www.qcas.org after 4 p.m. on the day of the party.
• The third annual Vern Worley Helping Hand Foundation Poker Run will start in the parking lot of the Rodeo Bar and Grill in Clinton and end at Stalkers in Miles.
Sign up for the Poker Run is 10 to 11:30 a.m. with the run starting at noon. The entry fee is $10 and $5 per rider/passenger and is open to the public and any form of transportation. This year the ride is for a fundraiser to honor Donna Christiansen, who was exposed to high levels of carbon monoxide leaving her with severe complications, and the loss of her husband. At the end of the ride there will be a hog roast for $5 and a live auction and 50/50 raffle drawings.
The event is open to the public. For more information go to Vernworleyhelpinghandfoundation.com or email Vernworleryhelpinghand@gmail.com
• Free canoeing from 8 a.m. to noon at Rock Creek Marina and Campground, Camanche. Rock Creek's 10 canoes will be available to use, free of charge, in the Mississippi River backwaters surrounding the park.
• The Mount Carroll Ministerial Association will sponsor the Mayfest Community Worship Service, to be held at the Campbell Center bandstand in Mount Carroll on May 27 at 11 am. Special praise hymns and bluegrass music will be provided by the Glad Morning Gospel Singers.
• The 2012 Clinton Area Showboat Theatre’s season will begin at 7:30 p.m. with the Follies dedicated to the memory of Al King who died last October.
The Follies will include several songs from Al’s favorite musical, “Showboat” as well as a number of other musical theater classics. The Follies is a review highlighting some of the upcoming season’s music as well as introducing the community to the professionals of this summer's company.
Tickets for the Follies are $20 and may be purchased at the box office, Tuesday and Wednesday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Thursday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m, Sunday from noon to 2:30 p.m. or online at www.clintonshowboat.org. For more information, call 242-6760.
• Insect Safari at 10 a.m. at Rock Creek Marina and Campground, Camanche. This is a hands-on nature class designed for children 3 to 5 years old while accompanied by an adult. For the hour, participants will read a story, find out what makes these six-legged creatures special and then use bug catching kits to find some outdoor friends.
Be prepared with outdoor clothing, sunscreen and bug repellent.
• Sunset Cruise at 7 p.m. at Rock Creek Marina and Campground, Camanche. Call (563) 259-1876 to reserve a spot.
• Music in the Moonlight at 9 p.m. at Rock Creek Marina and Campground, Camanche. Enjoy an evening of homespun music beneath the "Budding Moon" aboard the Blue Heron pontoon boat.
Make reservations early by calling (563) 259-1876.
• Victory Center and LumberKings Tee-Up golf outing. The Victory Center is sponsoring a fan/player golf tournament in conjunction with the Clinton LumberKings to be played on June 5 at the Morrison, Ill., Country Club. Fans will have the opportunity to golf with players, coaches and front office members of the Clinton LumberKings, the Class-A affiliate of the Seattle Mariners.
The cost of the event is $50, which includes 18 holes of golf, a cart and soft drinks. The event is scheduled to tee-off at 9 a.m. Space is limited. Fans can sign up at Ashford University Field or by calling the LumberKings offices at 242-0727.
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