THINGS TO DO: Music in the Barn offered

CLINTON — A "Music in the Barn" session will begin at 6:30 p.m. Thursday in the Soaring Eagle Nature Center's Nature Barn at 3923 N. Third St., Clinton.

This is a chance for area musicians to brush up on some of those holiday classics and for other guests to enjoy the tunes of the holiday season.

'Plant Yourself in STEM' is Dec. 8

DAVENPORT — Eastern Iowa Community Colleges will again this year host its popular "Plant Yourself in STEM" event. This will be the fifth year of the event that has filled to capacity the last four years.

This year’s event will be at Scott Community College’s new Urban Campus, 101 W. Third St. in downtown Davenport. Scheduled for Dec. 8 from 9 a.m. to noon, "Plant Yourself in STEM" is free of charge and open to everyone from fifth grade through adults.

“We started it as a way for us to participate in the national effort to introduce every student in the country to computer science,” said SCC Information Technology instructor Roberta Osmers. “Technology plays a big role in our lives today, and will be a key part of the future for young people. This is just a fun way to give them a little taste in what it’s about.”

Participants will tear apart computers just to see what’s on the inside, enter Virtual Reality environments with Occulus, play around with Spheros and Pi, have a little friendly competition in picking locks in Locksport and decode combinations on boxes to reveal prizes in Breakout.

Osmers pointed out that no experience or specific knowledge is necessary. The emphasis is on giving students a taste of what some of these fields are about.

Registration has filled up early in past years. To register, go to For more information, call 1-888-336-3807.

JCHS Holiday soup supper, cookie walk is Dec. 11

MAQUOKETA — The Jackson County Historical Society will host its annual holiday fundraiser Dec. 11 at the Clinton Engines Building, at the corner of Maple and Clark in Maquoketa.

The traditional ​soup supper​​ will feature four homemade varieties: chili, chicken noodle, beef barley and baked potato-bacon.

There will be relishes, freshly baked rolls and beverages, with ice cream for dessert. Serving will be from 5 to 7 p.m. and the cost is $6 ($1 for each additional bowl.)

The event also will feature a cookie walk. ​​A large variety of festive holiday cookies and candies will be available for purchase at $6 per pound. The cookie walk will begin at 1 p.m. and continue throughout the soup supper.

An additional feature is a ​silent auction ​​for one-of-a-kind Christmas confections. Place your bid to win one of the handcrafted baskets containing a homemade pie, a tin of special fudge or toffee, perhaps a cheesecake or even a gingerbread house.