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The highlight of the Quad City Botanical Center, 2525 4th Ave., Rock Island, is its 6,444-square-foot tropical Sun Garden conservatory with a 14-foot waterfall, reflecting pools, and a 70-foot skylight peak. The center also has extensive outdoor displays, including a Conifer Garden, a Physically Challenged Garden, a Scrambled Alphabet Garden, and perennial gardens. It has a gift shop, and works by local artists are on display. See the website for special events. Hours are 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Saturday (until 8 p.m. Tuesday); noon-5 p.m. Sunday (April-Oct.); 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday-Saturday; noon-4 p.m. Sunday (Nov.-March). See the website for holiday hours. Admission is $6; $5 for ages 60 and up; $4 for ages 6-15; $2 for ages 2-5; free for under age 2. Call 309-794-0991 or email for details.

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  Today is Sunday, July 27, the 208th day of 2014. There are 157 days left in the year.

1864 -- 150 years ago: The Rock Island Paper Mill is now operating. It is an establishment which our people ought to encourage by saving all rags for the mill, where you can get cash and the highest prices for them.
1889 -- 125 years ago: E. W. Robinson purchased from J.T. Miller the livery stable on the triangle south of Market Square.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Henry Kramer was elected president of the Tri-City Typothetae Franklin Club, which took the place of the Tri-City Ben Franklin Club.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Mrs. Floyd Furh, Illinois City, was first-place winner in the second annual Gov. Horner Farm floral contest.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Nearly 4,000 people are expected to attend weekend sessions of the Jehovah's Witnesses Assembly being held at the Masonic Temple.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The B-29 Super-Fortress bomber is impressive looking, and it did the job during World War II. Its claim to fame is dropping the atomic bombs in Japan to end the war. Only one B-29 is operational in the world today. It is on display at the Quad City Airport in Moline until Friday.






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