On a date

Tom Christopher

Reflections of the Iowa Landscape – Tom Christopher/Solo Exhibition" will be an online showcase at Bereskin gallery showcase, opening April 3.

The Beréskin Gallery & Art Academy in Bettendorf will feature its first online showcase beginning Friday on its website, bereskinartgallery.com.

Reflections of the Iowa Landscape will feature the works of master pastel artist Tom Christopher, according to a news release. It will include a few videos from the artist, as well as an online guestbook.

For more information, call 563-508-4630, email bereskinartgallery@gmail.com, or visit the website.

Just for fun

Q-C embroidery

This Quad-Cities embroidery was designed by Crafted QC's owner, Mary. 

Trolling for a craft project? Try your hand at embroidery with kits from Crafted QC, Davenport. While the shop is closed, plenty of craft projects are available on its website.

The Quad-Cities project, for instance, runs $8-14, depending on whether you have thread and materials on hand and need only the printed fabric ($8), or you’re starting from scratch and need the fabric, hoop, needle and thread ($14).

If you’re an embroidery newbie, tutorials abound on YouTube. (They also can be super soothing to watch!)

Find the Quad-Cities kit and fabric here: tinyurl.com/upngmph. Find other embroidery kits from Crafted QC here: tinyurl.com/sxwld2u.

With the family

O Baby Lapsit from Musser

Julie Lear, Katie Roquet and Andrea Cassidy from Musser Public Library used Facebook last Saturday to continue their O Baby Lapsit program for Muscatine families. Other Musser programs, such as Preschool Storytime and Tai Chi, can also be found both through Facebook and on Cable Channel 5.

Looking to change up story time? The folks over at We Are Teachers put together a list of children’s authors who are hosting online read-alouds and other activities. Check out tinyurl.com/rql4ex2 for a list with links to participating authors’ social media sites and more information. Some area libraries, like the Musser Public Library in Muscatine, are holding storytime via Facebook Live, too.

Dine & drink 

Country Style's new energy drinks

Country Style Ice Cream recently released fruity, plant-based energy drinks made with cascara, the fruit that surrounds coffee beans, according to a news release. They are available in several flavors, including Sour Green Apple, Sunrise, Country Style and Fields of Fruit. 

In need of caffeine while also daydreaming of escaping to an island? Country Style Ice Cream recently released colorful, fruity energy drinks in the flavors Fields of Fruit, Sour Green Apple, Pitchfork, Country Style and Sunrise.

Each drink is a cocktail of flavor syrups, fruit fusions and plant-based Lotus energy drinks, which are made with cascara, the fruit that surrounds coffee beans, according to a news release.

While the dine-in portions of Country Style are closed, these drinks and more are available through its drive-thru locations at: 4115 Kennedy Drive, East Moline; 1640 W. 53rd St., Davenport; and 314 W. 1st Ave., Coal Valley.

In real time

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Ryan Burchett co-owner of the Mississippi River Distilling Company & Cody Road Cocktail House talks to the nearly 1600 people that logged online for the Virtual Happy Hour Thursday March 19, 2020. Burchett said they started the event on Tuesday March 17th after the state of Iowa mandated closing of bars and restaurant's because of the coronavirus pandemic.

Just because happy hour has moved from your favorite bar to your living room doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy unwinding after work with friends! The Mississippi River Distilling Company in LeClaire, among other local spots, are orchestrating Virtual Happy Hours via Facebook around 4 p.m. on weekdays: facebook.com/mrdistilling.

If your favorite bar isn’t doing the same, arrange a time to video chat with friends or family and have a drink or a cup of coffee. Just because you're social distancing doesn't mean you cannot be social virtually! 

ABOUT TOWN: Bored? Have fun without leaving the house

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The Beréskin Gallery & Art Academy in Bettendorf will feature its first online showcase beginning Friday on its website, bereskinartgallery.com.

  • Updated

Trolling for a craft project? Try your hand at embroidery with kits from Crafted QC, Davenport. While the shop is closed, plenty of craft projects are available on its website.

  • Updated

Looking to change up story time? The folks over at We Are Teachers put together a list of children’s authors who are hosting online read-alouds and other activities. Check out tinyurl.com/rql4ex2 for a list with links to participating authors’ social media sites and more information. Some area libraries, like the Musser Public Library in Muscatine, are holding storytime via Facebook Live, too.

  • Updated

In need of caffeine while also daydreaming of escaping to an island? Country Style Ice Cream recently released colorful, fruity energy drinks in the flavors Fields of Fruit, Sour Green Apple, Pitchfork, Country Style and Sunrise.

  • Updated

Just because happy hour has moved from your favorite bar to your living room doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy unwinding after work with friends! The Mississippi River Distilling Company in LeClaire, among other local spots, are orchestrating Virtual Happy Hours via Facebook around 4 p.m. on weekdays: facebook.com/mrdistilling.