Update Rock Island is a segment at City Council meetings given by Mayor Mike Thoms focusing on news in Rock Island. The video segment from the meeting is available on YouTube.
- The City of Rock Island’s Beautification Commission is sponsoring the 32nd Annual Holiday Lighting Contest. To nominate a residential or commercial light display, send the name and address of the display via e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org or call (309) 732-2905 by 5:00 pm on Wednesday, December 6, 2017. Judging will take place on the evening of December 11, when all displays should be illuminated by 5:30 pm. Winners of the 2015 and 2016 Holiday Lighting Contest are not eligible.
College District Christmas Walk - Join the annual family friendly Christmas walk through the College Hill Districts antique shops on Thursday, December 7, 2017 from 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm. Santa will be there to greet the children of all ages, Rock Island High School carolers will be traveling the streets and singing songs of the season, the shops will be loaded with Christmas cheer and decorations galore, AND prizes will be had for passport winners.
Gallery Hop - Gallery Hop in Downtown Rock Island District is the foremost winter-time event of the Rock Island Arts & Entertainment District. Local and regional artists will have their artwork on display, Friday, December 8, 2017 from 6:00 pm to 10:00 pm. The “Hop Stops” stretch all the way from 16th Street to 25th Street and from 1st Avenue to 5th Avenue and a map will guide “Hoppers” to each venue. These locations are not limited to art galleries; artists will exhibit in coffee shops, restaurants, retail shops, and entertainment venues. This is a perfect event to take care of some holiday shopping, all while supporting local businesses and artists.