Quad City Botanical Center July events and programs

Posted Online: July 05, 2013, 11:46 am
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Quad City Botanical Center
July-Events & Programs
Flamingos/ Children's Art Programming/ Summer Camp
Quad City Botanical Center Summer Hours
Monday- Saturday 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Open late on Tuesday Nights until 8 p.m.
July 4 Holiday Hours 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.

Flamingo Follies
July 4 - August 1, 2013 - Flamingo Follies (a wacky-tacky lawn art exhibit). The flock returns to the Quad City Botanical Center this summer. Area artists have artistically altered plastic pink lawn flamingos into works of art. The exhibit is open during regular Botanical Center hours. Join us for Flamingo Fun Family Programming every Sunday in July (additional fee may apply). Visit qcgardens.com for more information. *Ongoing event: Flamingo scavenger hunt with cool tropical prizes. Admission fees: Adults - $6, Seniors (60+) - $5, Youth (5-12) - $4, Kids (2-4) - $2. Members and children under 2 are always free.

Art Lecture
Sunday, July 7, 2013 - Art lecture: Claude Monet's Later Life: an Artist's Obsession with Gardening: 1 pm. Carol Ehlers will kick off "Art Month" with a talk on the impressionist artist Claude Monet's later life. The 45 minute art talk, Claude Monet's Later Life: an Artist's Obsession with Gardening, will offer images of his artwork enabling visitors to gain an understanding of Monet's personal life and garden at Giverny. Later in life, Monet is less concerned with the modernity of Paris in his works and he becomes concerned with atmosphere and reflections on the environment. His series of Haystacks, Poplars, Rouen Cathedral, London Fog and Mornings on the Seine enable him to become financially secure so he can focus on his gardens. After painting, Monet's chief recreation is gardening. This program is included with admission to the Botanical Center. Adults - $6, Seniors (60+) - $5, Youth (5-12) - $4, Kids (2-4) - $2. Members and children under 2 are always free.

Children's Art Program
Sunday, July 7, 2013 - Children's Art Program: Nature's Art: 2pm. Families are invited to come embrace your inner transcendentalist at the Botanical Center. Children will be using natural materials to create art. They will make Mini dragonflies, nature crowns, dream catchers, vases and more from backyard materials! Also learn about Japanese Haiku poems and create some of your own! Embrace nature and art on this fun-filled day. Cost is included in admission to the Botanical Center Adults - $6, Seniors (60+) - $5, Youth (5-12) - $4, Kids (2-4) - $2. Members and children under 2 are always free.

Artists' Reception

Sunday, July 14, 2013 - Artist Reception: Belinda Grace & Margery Franklin. 2-4pm.

Artwork will be on display July - August at the Quad City Botanical Center.

Children's Art Program
Sunday, July 14, 2013- Program Eric Carle: at 1 p.m. Come listen to Eric Carle stories and then create crafts based on some of his most beloved books. Learn about how he creates the beautiful illustrations of The Very Quiet Cricket, The Very Hungry Caterpillar, The Very Busy Spider and The Tiny Seed. This program is included with admission to the Botanical Center. Adults - $6, Seniors (60+) - $5, Youth (5-12) - $4, Kids (2-4) - $2. Members of the QCBC and children under 2 are always free.

Third Thirsty Thursday
Thursday, July 18, 2013- 6-8pm: Third Thirsty Thursday. Join us for live music and drinks in the Gardens! Lawn games and music provided for your entertainment. Cost: Adults $6.00 Quad City Botanical Center Members Free

Children's Art Program
Sunday, July 21, 2013 - Program Recycled Art 1 p.m. Give back to the earth and learn how to repurpose and recycle household items into beautiful creations. Turn soda bottles into planters, extra art supplies into string art, t-shirts into reusable bags and egg cartons into whimsical insects! This program is included with admission to the Botanical Center. Adults - $6, Seniors (60+) - $5, Youth (5-12) - $4, Kids (2-4) - $2. Members of the Quad City Botanical Center and children under 2 are always free.

Summer Camp
July 22 -26, 2013- Environmental Exploration Camp 9:00-3:00 each day. Cost: Free This camp is brought to you by HAVlife Hunter Aaron Vondran Foundation. This free week-long camp will give 12-15 year olds the opportunity to learn about themselves and the natural world. Campers will make recycled planters, natural art and other exciting things to take home. Participants will also gain an understanding of ecology and environmentalism. Space is limited, so contact Ellen ASAP. 309-794-0991 x 208. edu@qcgardens.com.

Children's Art Program
Sunday, July 28, 2013 - Program Veggie Art 1 p.m. Use your favorite fruits and vegetables to create a stamped masterpiece! Create a paper flower bouquet and even make a decorative coffee can compositor (supplies are limited, so please rsvp to 309-794-0991 x 208). This program is included with admission to the Botanical Center. Adults - $6, Seniors (60+) - $5, Youth (5-12) - $4, Kids (2-4) - $2. Members of the QCBC and children under 2 are always free.

Rent the Flock!
Rent the Flock! Have you ever seen a flock of flamingos in a front yard? How would you like to be the one responsible for flocking a friend's yard with flamingos? The Quad City Botanical Center will do just that as part of our Flamingo Follies celebration! The Quad City Botanical Center has FOUR flocks of flamingos! For a fee, the QCBC's very own "Flocking Crew" will put 50 plastic flamingos in the yard of a friend, relative or neighbor. They will stay there for 48 hours before they "fly" to their next location. This fun opportunity will last until Wednesday, July 31. Pricing: $50.00 for a flock of 50 pink, plastic yard flamingos. Delivered and installed in the yard of your neighbor, relative or friend. You can rent multiple flocks for one yard if desired. Call Now to flock a friend! Quad City Botanical Center (309) 794-0991 x 210. Flocks are available on a first come, first serve basis. Yard flocking runs until July 31. E-mail questions to: qcbotanicalcenter@gmail.com.

Mark your calendars!

Friday, August 2, 2013 - Flamingo Fling

(art auction and summer party)

Doors open at 6:00pm - auction starts at 7:00.

Cost $15.00 per adult guest / kids 15years and under $10.00.

You saw the art exhibit Flamingo Follies and said to yourself. " Boy, I would love one of those for my own yard!" Well here's your chance. The very same flamingos that have been on exhibit in the gardens of the Botanical Center for the month of July will be auctioned off at the Flamingo Fling Friday, August 2 featuring a live art auction and entertainment. The tropical party includes: live band, live auction, cash bar, light appetizers, best dressed flamingo guest, raffle and much more. Purchase your party ticket at www.qcgardens.com or by calling 309-794-0991 x 203


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