The Quad City Symphony Orchestra tickles ears with beautiful melodies and spectacular performances during its annual "Holiday Pops" concerts. Guest conductor Michael Butterman takes charge of an all-star cast that features six-time U.S. figure-skating champion Todd Eldredge as he shows off his moves and carves his version of a perfect tumbleweed into the ice. Actor and Quad Cities native John Getz lends his vocal talents to festive proceedings, and internationally acclaimed trumpeter Jon Faddis jazzes up orchestral pieces with fiery improvisation. The show takes place at the i wireless Center, with guests choosing from lower-bowl seats for straight-ahead sightlines or upper-bowl perches for enviable views of conductor stage dives.
The lunch menu at Guido's Deli fields a reliable squad of fresh sandwiches and paninis. The American Dream sandwich celebrates life, liberty, and hungriness with roast beef, ham, smoked turkey, and a choice of cheese ($3.50–$7). Eight paninis populate the menu, one for each president who could pat his head while rubbing his stomach. The Naturalist unites portobello mushrooms and roasted red peppers with caramelized onions, artichoke spread, and tomatoes on a whole-wheat platform, and the Italian brings together disparate deliciousness in the form of capicola, salami, mortadella, provolone, and roasted red peppers ($3.50–$7). The caprese panini, like the first Roman recipe books, binds volumes of fresh mozzarella, roma tomatoes, and a fresh basil or spinach pesto spread ($3.75 small/$7.50 large) and makes a fine companion for a glass of freshly brewed iced tea ($1.50).
New Life Fitness World motivates calories crusaders with personal trainers and more than 140 hours of group classes. Launch fitness plans in a one-on-one training session before bounding into any of the four locations' exercise courses, such as cycling, Zumba, and Piyo, a combination of yoga, Pilates, and trick yo-yoing. After land-based laps around the indoor tracks, or the aquatic equivalent in the indoor heated pools, fit fiddles can indulge in a sauna steam, a hot-tub soak, or a tanning session. Towel service and locker rooms facilitate transitions out of the gym, while childcare frees parents from the stress of pushing strollers while jogging on the treadmill.
At Core Fitness, muscle-makers can utilize and experience free weights, cardio classes, workout machines, and more. Over 145 classes per week range in level to suit fledgling fitness fans and experienced exercisers alike. Both locations are open 24 hours every day, ensuring even the busiest beekeepers have the opportunity to put down their apiary aprons and get fit. Choose from slimming, heart-pumping sessions like the Bodypump class, where muscle mavens can tone and define muscle without building bulk, or relax and revitalize mind and body with Warm Yoga Flow. Other choices include spin class, kickboxing and Zumba; all classes are lead by certified and sculpted instructors. Each facility also boasts saunas and steam rooms, as well as free parking to match their perpetual operating hours.
With more than 20 years of ivory-tickling experience, Simple Gifts Studio's Marilyn Van Roekel cultivates piano-savvy students with innovative instruction for anyone from 7-year-olds to senior citizens. The Simply Music method, a hands-on, Australian-developed technique that focuses on actual playing time, allows students to bond and connect with the keyboard and its major and minor attributes before delving into music reading.
Rachel, the eponymous owner of Rachel Klapper Movement Arts, grew up in a family that valued artistic expression. Her parents encourage her to pursue her passion for dance as a child, but, in time, her life turned away from the performing arts. Until she discovered BeMoved dance fitness. The exercise system rekindled her dormant love of dance, and, as she says, restored a part of herself she felt was missing. Rachel became an Artistry BeMoved certified instructor, licensed by the program's founder to teach all 16 styles of dance encompassed by the workout. She mixes and matches these styles to keep things fresh and exciting for regular attendees, and even combines dance fitness with yoga, something she's been practicing since 1997 and teaching since 2007, the year touching your toes was finally decriminalized.