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John Deere Historic Site

A man who played a key role in the history of farming and the Quad Cities will be celebrated this weekend. On Saturday and Sunday, the John Deere Historic site in Grand Detour, Illinois will host "Hammer In," featuring 30 blacksmiths from across the country.

Site manager Kristen Veto says Deere was a blacksmith who moved from Vermont to  northern Illinois in 1836. One year later, at his forge in Grand Detour in Ogle County, he made his first commercially successful product, the self-scouring steel plow.

For the 45th year, musicians and fans from across the country and around the world will gather in the Quad Cities to honor Bix Beiderbecke. The jazz legend was born in Davenport, and the four-day festival in his honor opens Thursday night.

Josh Duffee is president and music director for the Bix Beiderbecke Memorial Society, and will play with several bands during the festival, that'll feature music from the 1920's and 30's.

The founder of Daytrotter is leaving the independent music website that's based in Davenport. Wednesday afternoon the Quad City Times reported Sean Moeller resigned. 

He founded the site about ten years ago in downtown Rock Island, and just recently moved across the river to downtown Davenport. 

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colorful screenshot from the home page of Hospital Art Foundation showing six rectangles that form a mural of a peacock and flowers / Foundation of Hospital Art

For at least a couple of hours, cancer patients in the Quad Cities will have fun working together to create art. Tomorrow morning, the Foundation for Hospital Art will host "Paintfest America" at Genesis Cancer Care Institute in Davenport.

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Instead of mowing lawns or cooking hamburgers, some local young people are learning filmmaking this summer. They've been hired by a production company called Fresh Films to help film episodes of a kids show, "Detectives Club."

Friday morning they were jammed together between racks in the Augustana College costume shop, helping a professional crew. The setting today is supposed to be a thrift shop.


Works from this year's Quad City Arts Metro Arts Youth Apprenticeship Program will go on display Thursday in Davenport. As in past years, the 17 young apprentices worked with professional artists for the past five weeks.