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• 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.

• The 142nd annual Whiteside County Fair runs through the Saturday, Aug. 18, grand finale. LogHoggers Chainsaw Sculpting will be making carvings daily through Saturday with the auction on Saturday at 4 p.m.  Next-Level Pro-Bullriding will be showing the crowd some exciting bull riding tonight. Wilson Family Rides will provide the midway entertainment that will delight fair-goers this year. Mega Pass is back again this year. Once the fair starts on Tuesday the cost is $50.  This will let you ride any of the Wilson Family Rides when the carnival is open.  If you are looking for a deal for one day at the fair during the week here are some other options: $15 gets a rider unlimited rides from 2-6 p.m. on “wristband days”— Thursday and Friday.  “Midway Madness” takes over Wednesday from 1-9 p.m. when a rider can ride to his or her content with the purchase of a $25 wristband. For more information about fair events, check out the fair’s website at

Aug. 16

• Sunset Cruise, 7 p.m., Mississippi River Eco Tourism Center, Rock Creek. Call (563) 259-1876 to reserve a spot.

Aug. 17

• 6-9 p.m.: Finally Friday at the River featuring Down 24

• 7 p.m.: Family Flicks. Pre-movie fun at Ashford University Field. "Puss in Boots" begins at dusk.

Aug. 19

• From 3 to 5 p.m. join the Sisters of Humility for a spirit-filled afternoon at Our Lady of the Prairie Retreat, 2664 145th Ave., near Wheatland.

The Spirit of the Prairie event will feature locally raised and prepared food, locally made wines and beers, and local entertainment in the beautiful Iowa countryside. All proceeds will benefit the Prairie Retreat ministries. Tours of the retreat center and the grounds will be conducted throughout the afternoon. Guests will depart feeling relaxed, renewed and ready to return.

Cost is $35 per person.

Our Lady of the Prairie Retreat, a ministry of the Sisters of Humility, is located in rural east central Iowa on 200 acres of native grass prairie woodland along the Wapsipinicon River.

The Prairie Retreat provides hospitality and service in a sacred space of peace and beauty that promotes respect for all creation in the tradition of the Sisters of Humility.

Driving directions and more information about the Prairie Retreat may be found at

Parking and shuttle service will be available at the Humility of Mary Center, 820 W. Central Park Ave., Davenport. Call (563) 323-9466 for additional party information and to make reservations.

• Clinton County Republicans will hold a Burger Blast from 4:30 - 6:30 in the Agricultural Center at the Clinton County Fair Grounds in DeWitt.  Featured speakers will be Brian Kennedy, Iowa Chairman of Romney for President;  Representative Steve Olson, H.D. 97;  Andrew Naeve, candidate for S. D. 48;  and Tom Determann, candidate for Clinton County Supervisor. Tickets for the event are $10 each.  Children ages 5 to 10 are $5, and younger than age 5 are free. Tickets may be purchased from elected officials, central committee members, or by calling Jane at (563) 674-4652, Edith at 243-7751 or Carolyn at 243-1193.

Checks for tickets may be sent to Clinton County Republican Central Committee, Box 455, Clinton, IA 52733-0455.  Reservations are requested by Aug. 17.

Aug. 25

• Sawmill Museum, Preserving the Harvest, 1–2 p.m; The Sawmill Museum, 2231 Grant St., Clinton,  is hosting a workshop about ways to can, dry and freeze your garden crop from Iowa Extension Service Specialist Vera Stokes. Learn the up-to-date techniques to preserve your harvest and enjoy the bounty for months to come. For more information call 242-0343.

• Bon Voyage party for the “Exploring Trees” exhibit, 1 1 a.m. – 4 p.m. It’s the last day for the “Exploring Trees Inside and Out” exhibit from the Arbor Day Foundation. The sawmill will host a party to celebrate this exhibit. Bring a non-perishable food item donation for a $2 discount to the Sawmill Museum, 2231 Grant St., Clinton. For more information, call 242-0343.

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