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The Spring Mississippi River Valley Art Drive Spring 2013 PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Diane Volrath   
Tuesday, 19 March 2013 10:36
May 4 & 5, 2013

The 6th MRVAD self-guided art drive

The artisans of MRVAD invite you to join them in their home studios and special galleries for this artist supported and created event. 

An opportunity to interact with the artist during the creative process, to experience personally their inspirational setting, or to peer behind the final product and look into their work space where it all happened, is an experience not frequently available to the public.

This spring art drive boasts additional artist venues and wider diversification of art expression and creativity.  Go to www.MRVAD.com to research each artist in more detail, hours of availability, print a map, and locate a possible trip plan that fascinates your art desires!

 
Program on 48ers, Revolutionary immigrants in Davenport PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Kelly Lao   
Monday, 18 March 2013 07:29
Davenport, IA- Some of the most influential people in early Davenport were the German 1848’ers; they came and prospered in this once small river town. Join Dr. Joachim (Yogi) Reppmann for a historical perspective on these important immigrants on Sunday, March 24th at the German American Heritage Center. A social begins the program at 1:30pm with Dr. Reppmann speaking at 2pm. Join us for a Wreath Ceremony to follow the event on Gaines Street.

Admission is $5 Adults, $4 Seniors, $3 Kids, and free for members. The German American Heritage Center is located at 712 W 2nd St. Davenport, IA. For more information on this event and other programming call 563-322-8844 or visit gahc.org.

 
Loebsack Announces 2013 Congressional High School Art Competition PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Joe Hand   
Friday, 15 March 2013 14:35

Original works by local high school students due April 26th

Washington, D.C. – Congressman Dave Loebsack announced today that high school students in the Second Congressional District may now submit their original artwork to his Davenport office to be considered for the Congressional Art Competition.  The annual competition is hosted by the United States House of Representatives to recognize talented young artists from across the nation. The winning student from each district is invited to Washington, D.C. to attend a reception held in their honor and will have his or her artwork displayed in the U.S. Capitol for one year. The deadline for artwork to be received in Loebsack’s Davenport office is April 26th

“The creativity of our talented young artists demonstrates that the arts are thriving in Iowa.  Each year that I have hosted this contest, I have been amazed by the talent of these students,” said Loebsack. “For a young artist, having your artwork displayed in the U.S. Capitol is quite a remarkable accomplishment. Judging this competition is always difficult, but I look forward to seeing this year’s entries and meeting with the artists.”

All entries should be sent to Loebsack’s Davenport office at 209 West 4th Street, no later than Friday, April, 26th.  Loebsack will also host a reception to honor all students who submit artwork on Saturday, May 4th at 11:00am at St. Ambrose University. For additional details about the competition, students should contact Dave Leshtz at 319-351-0789 or by email at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

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Spring Break Events at the Family Museum PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Elly Gerdts   
Friday, 15 March 2013 14:06

Family Museum Announces 2013 Spring Break Spectacular Lineup

Bettendorf — With a week off from school, area parents and kids are looking for fun and exciting activities during spring break. From March 21 - March 30 the Family Museum is offering ten days of just that: programs ranging from live music, live animals, science, and performance art. Events and performances are included with paid admission or Family Museum membership.

 

THURSDAY, MARCH 21 – SATURDAY, MARCH 23

Kinetic King

Daily Detonations at 4:00 PM

Whoo-Hoo! Your favorite science geek from America’s Got Talent will be back building more of his super cool kinetic structures! Come check it out! He will set off a chain reaction collapse each day at 4:00 pm with a final detonation on Saturday at 4:00 pm! You Betcha!

SUNDAY, MARCH 24

Jim Gill

Performance at 2:00 PM

Jim Gill, an award-winning musician and author, offers more than a show to watch.  Each concert is an opportunity for family play! In concert, Jim strums energetic rhythms on his banjo while everyone claps, sings, dances, and even sneezes along to the silly and inspiring musical games. This year's Family Room Tour celebrates Jim’s five awards, in over 20 years, from the American Library Association (the same organization that famously grants the Caldecott and Newberry awards for books).  This unprecedented string of awards includes a 2012 honor for his most recent release Music Play for Folks of All Stripes. Come and join in the fun!

 

MONDAY, MARCH 25

Niabi Zoo

Presentation at 10:00 AM

Meet some friendly critters from the Niabi Zoo!  A Zookeeper will bring a variety of animals to share with us, and they will teach us about the featured creatures and the zoo’s role in animal conservation.

Insect Zoo

2:00-4:00 PM with a formal presentation at 3:00 PM

Do you love bugs?  Come see, touch, and learn about all kinds of awesome insects with the Iowa State University Department of Entomology Insect Zoo!  You’ll meet insects found in Iowa and throughout the world. Participants can view and interact with live insects and other arthropods.  The Insect Zoo emphasizes the diversity, ecology, and behavior of arthropods while participants are exposed to many basic concepts of biology. Visitors will learn about interrelationships among diverse insect groups and their important role in life on Earth.

TUESDAY, MARCH 26

West Music’s Instrument Petting Zoo

2:00-4:00 PM

Get ready to roll up your sleeves and pet some...instruments! Our friends from West Music are bringing along a sampling of instruments kids can try for themselves.  It’s a great way to pique a musical interest in young children.  Prizes too!

Insect Zoo

10:00 AM – Noon with a formal presentation at 11:00 AM

Do you love bugs?  Come see, touch, and learn about all kinds of awesome insects with the Iowa State University Department of Entomology Insect Zoo!  You’ll meet insects found in Iowa and throughout the world. Participants can view and interact with live insects and other arthropods.  The Insect Zoo emphasizes the diversity, ecology, and behavior of arthropods while participants are exposed to many basic concepts of biology. Visitors will learn about interrelationships among diverse insect groups and their important role in life on Earth.

 

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 27

Comedy Sportz

10:00 AM

Get ready for some laughs!  The Comedy Sportz team from right here in the Quad Cities will take the stage at the Family Museum!  The “act-letes” hilarious improvisation skits will have kids giggling!  The audience-involved show is appropriate for the entire family.

60 Second Caricatures with Adam Pate

1:00 – 4:00 PM

Bring the whole family for this fun-filled afternoon of caricatures!  Adam Pate is a nationally known caricature artist able to draw you in just one minute!  He is also bringing his iPad for some digital drawings.

 

THURSDAY, MARCH 28

Bubble Wonders: Anything Is Possible!

10:00 AM

Don’t miss this fun, inspiring, sticky, and educational show!  Bubble Wonders is full of amazing tricks including the bubble caterpillar, bubble volcano, the dancing bubble, a bubble merry-go-round, and much more!  The amazing bubble-ologist Geoff Akins will even put a child inside a bubble!  Fun for the entire family!  Show lasts approximately one hour.

 

FRIDAY, MARCH 29

ScribbleMonster

Performance at 10:00 AM

ScribbleJim and ScribbleJayne will be here for some musical Family Fun! ScribbleMonster can be heard nationally on children’s radio, and their latest release was named one of the Top 5 Kids & Family Albums of the Year by NPR. Their “draw outside the lines” approach to music for the family has earned raves from parents and Parenting Magazine alike. Come sing, think, play, dance, and get creative with ScribbleMonster!

 

SATURDAY, MARCH 30

CoMotion Dance Theater

Performance at 10:00 AM with workshop following

Valerie Williams Co|Motion Dance Theater is a professional modern dance company which has been performing throughout the Midwest since 1978. Located in Ames, Iowa, they are committed to build awareness of and appreciation for modern dance through education and outreach.

 

Sponsored by the Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs

 
America’s Favorite Geek, the Kinetic King, Returns to the Family Museum PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Elly Gerdts   
Friday, 15 March 2013 14:05

Bettendorf — NBC’s America’s Got Talent introduced the nation to the self-proclaimed “greatest purveyor of chain reaction gadgets in this and the 17 known universes,” the Kinetic King. Viewers fell in love with the Minnesota charm (“you betcha” / “whoo hoo”) and the impressive chain reactions made from tongue depressors, ping pong balls, plastic cups, and more. View his debut appearance on YouTube. The King will be packing his gadgets and heading to the Quad Cities to build several super-cool kinetic structures at the Family Museum in Bettendorf, Iowa. He will host daily detonations Thursday, March 21 – Saturday, March 23 at 4:00pm.

Last year at the Family Museum, the Kinetic King broke the world record for Clever Levers with a total of 728 – watch the YouTube video here.

The Kinetic King, aka Tim Fort, holds the Guinness World Record for the “Largest Stick Bomb” using 3,864 tongue depressors. It was detonated on June 20, 2010 at the Science Museum of Minnesota. Fort creates displays all over the country (some successful and some not). Many of these attempts he posts to his YouTube page (username LunaTim). The Kinetic King placed 13th overall in season 6 of America’s Got Talent.

“Oh wow!” –Howie Mandel, Season 6 America’s Got Talent

“Wow!” –Nick Cannon, Season 6 America’s Got Talent

“Do it again!” –Nick Cannon, Season 6 America’s Got Talent

“Weird, but interesting.” –Sharon Osbourne, Season 6 America’s Got Talent

“Whoo hoo!” –The Kinetic King, Season 6 America’s Got Talent

Find out what the buzz is about March 21-23 at the Family Museum. “It’s way beyond your grandma’s domino tumbling!” –The Kinetic King

Sponsored by the Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs

 
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