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Uproar at the Zoo PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Marc Heinzman   
Friday, 21 December 2012 15:38


Reindeer travel up to 3,000 miles each year. Santa's reindeer travel far more!

Reindeer eat grass, moss and lichen. Leave a little lettuce or carrots for them
with Santa's cookies and milk.

Reindeer populations are declining due to climate change. Do your part in 2013 to
recycle, reduce your carbon footprint and help global conservation efforts.



Even our animals have a wish list!

Towels, Plastic Food Containers, Unsalted Peanuts, Large Pet Carrier, Small Bird Cage, Frisbee.

Drop off donations M-F 8:30-4 (closed Dec 24, 25, 31, Jan 1) or mail to:

Niabi Zoo

Attn: Mandy Turnbull

13010 Niabi Zoo Rd

Coal Valley, IL 61240

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The calendar has been set and sponsorship opportunities are available for popular
events like Boo at the Zoo and Pints for Pachyderms.

Be among the first to see the entire list of events and select the personal or corporate
sponsorship opportunity that aligns with your charitable giving initiatives.

Opportunities start at $250.
GET THE GUIDE [mailto: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ]


Mark your calendar to visit Niabi Zoo during opening week in March and see your
favorite animals after the winter break.
Keep your membership active to join us for the Members Only Egg Hunt on Saturday,
March 30 and a Members Only Breakfast with the Animals on Saturday, March 23.

Click here [] to contact the membership coordinator.


What's happening at the Putnam Museum... PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Putnam Museum   
Thursday, 20 December 2012 12:57
U P C O M I N G  E V E N T S

Fun For All

Free with the purchase of a Museum exhibit hall ticket

Have fun each day with themed activities, all while exploring the Putnam Museum's Exhibit Halls

Wednesday, December 26 -  Winter Wonderland Wednesday

Thursday, December 27 - Think Tank Thursday

Friday, December 28 - Fun Flight Friday

Saturday, December 29 - Save a Life Saturday

Sunday, December 30 - Build a Structure Sunday

Monday, December 31 - Mad Science Monday

Explorers Jr.!

Let Putnam Explorers Jr. program take your young scientist on an adventure in science through stories, songs and exciting hands-on activities that are sure to spark curiosity and engage the imagination. Each month we'll dabble in a different dimension to bring science to life with engaging experiments, fun activities, games and surprises!
Putnam Explorers Jr. is a once-a-month science club for kids Pre-K through 1st Grade (must be age 4 by September 30). We'll meet one Saturday each month from 9 - 10:30 a.m., October through April. 

Spring Season:
Saturday, January 5: Build it Bash! Jr.

Saturday, February 2: Blast Off! Jr.

Saturday, March 2: The Universe Within! Jr.

Saturday, April 6: Eggstravaganza Jr.

Purchase the spring season package of four classes for $28. Individual class sessions may be purchased for $8. Putnam members pay $6/class session or $20/season package.

Call 563.324.1933, ext. 266 to register today or visit for a registration form!


Celebrate the Noon Year at the Family Museum PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Elly Gerdts   
Wednesday, 19 December 2012 15:16

Bettendorf — The grownups get to have their New Year’s Eve fun at night, so the Family Museum offers kids a chance to celebrate the arrival of 2013 during the daylight hours with a countdown to 12:00 noon! This event will be on Monday, December 31 from 9:30 AM through 12:30 PM with a countdown at 12:00 noon. Festivities include art activities for the whole family, live music performed by the Meyers Brothers from 11:00 AM – 12:30 PM, a countdown to 12:00 PM with noisemakers, party hats, and lots of confetti! Event is included with membership or paid admission.


Brucemore Hosts Civil War Sesquicentennial Concert Red Cedar Chamber Music Performs Seven Score and Ten PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Tara Richards   
Tuesday, 18 December 2012 16:04

Red Cedar Chamber Music presents Seven Score and Ten on Saturday, February 23 at 8:00 p.m. at Brucemore. The intimate wintertime concert marks the sesquicentennial of the American Civil War, featuring American music that inspired the troops, supported the war effort, and entertained those at home. Red Cedar Chamber Music’s flutist Jan Boland and guitarist John Dowdall will be joined by soprano Karla Goettel. A champagne and dessert reception will be held during intermission. Tickets are $35 per person or $30 per Brucemore member. Space is limited; purchase tickets online at, by telephone at (319) 362-7375, or by visiting the Brucemore Store.

The concert presents poignant ballads like Aura Lee and Stephen Foster’s Gentle Annie, lively dance tunes like Governor’s Grays Schottisch and The Cruel War Quickstep, battle-inspired melodies like Ellsworth’s Funeral March and Sherman’s March to the Sea, and nostalgic tunes sung by soldiers both North and South like Auld Lang Syne. The artists bring an Iowa perspective to the Civil War era, interspersing the music with conversation about the impact of the war, readings from Iowa diaries and letters, and some of the earliest tunes published in Iowa.

Karla Goettel’s soprano voice serves her in a career of extraordinary range. She has toured the United States, singing opera, musical theater, concerts with orchestras, and solo recitals. Karla has been a frequent soloist with Cedar Rapids Concert Chorale and Orchestra Iowa, including the 2008 Brucemorechestra concert on Brucemore’s lawn. She held a 12-week contract with Old Creamery Theatre and has sung two principal roles with the Cedar Rapids Opera Theatre. She has also performed with the Omaha, Waterloo/Cedar Falls, Clinton, Dubuque, Wartburg, and Northwest Iowa Symphony Orchestras. Karla was a National Opera Association finalist and was named an Outstanding Young Woman of America twice. She was selected to sing for the National Governor’s convention in July 2005. Her CD, "Just Great Songs," was released in December 2007 to glowing reviews.

The Seven Score and Ten concert provides a natural partnership between two local cultural organizations—nineteenth-century chamber music in a nineteenth-century parlor. As artists in residence at Brucemore in 1983, Jan Boland and John Dowdall began performing nineteenth-century music on period instruments—an 1830 wooden flute and an 1830 gut-strung guitar. Currently celebrating its sixteenth season, Red Cedar Chamber Music continually strives to reach, challenge, and expand audiences that rarely have the opportunity to attend chamber music performances. Red Cedar Chamber musicians inform and entertain audiences, engaging them with lively commentary about the music, composers, and instruments. Their first recording, Czech Chamber Music, received a Critics' Choice award from the American Record Guide, which stated, "Chamber music should be just like this—intimate, bonding, and conversational." Red Cedar Chamber Music returned home to Brucemore in 2009, 2011, and 2012. For more information about Red Cedar Chamber Music or other Seven Score and Ten performances, visit or call (319) 377-8028.

Experience Brucemore, an unparalleled blend of tradition and culture, located at 2160 Linden Drive SE, Cedar Rapids, Iowa. At the heart of the historic 26-acre estate stands a nineteenth-century mansion filled with the stories of three Cedar Rapids families.  Concerts, theater, programs, and tours enliven the site and celebrate the heritage of a community.  For more information, call (319) 362-7375 or visit


German American Heritage Center’s Open House with Free Admission PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Kelly Lao   
Tuesday, 18 December 2012 16:00
Davenport, IA- The German American Heritage Center will be hosting its first Open House on Sunday January 6th, 2013 from 12-4pm. We are offering free admission for visitors to come explore the museum and its offerings while we celebrate Three Kings Day! As a special offer for the 6th only, we are featuring half price memberships for new or returning members! Join us for music, food, and fun!

The German American Heritage Center is located at 712 W 2nd St. Davenport, IA. For more information contact Kelly at 563-322-8844 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

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