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Riverside Theatre & MidwestOne Bank proudly present: Will Power Poetry Contest PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Sarah Burnett   
Wednesday, 14 March 2012 13:13

Iowa City, IA – Aspiring teenage poets are invited to write an original poem for Riverside Theatre’s annual Will Power Poetry Contest.

Words Out of the Box (Sonnet If You Want It) is open to area students in 7-12 grades, with submissions due April 10.

This year, Riverside Theatre is expanding its Will Power Poetry Contest to include poetry of all kinds—from hip-hop to punk rock, Shakespearean to Langston Hughes.

Whether it be slam-style, sonnets or Robert Frost, it all comes down to The Word! We want to hear what you have to say.

Contest winners – in both junior high and high school categories – will receive 2 free tickets to the special Will Power Performance of As You Like It on June 14 at the Festival Stage in Iowa City’s Lower City Park, have their work printed in the summer playbill, and displayed at the Iowa City Public Library and MidwestOne Bank.

Entries are due April 10, 2012. Full contest details and entry forms are available at www.riversidetheatre.org.

All winners will be notified, and the winning entries will be listed on Riverside Theatre’s website www.riversidetheatre.org.

Will Power is an education outreach program of Riverside Theatre, sponsored by MidwestOne Bank with additional support from Rockwell Collins.


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Written by Ken Reese   
Wednesday, 14 March 2012 08:10
(Davenport, Iowa) – The “Gathering of the Green” 2012 will be held at the RiverCenter, 136 E. 3rd St., Davenport,IA on
March 14-17, 2012. Over the past 12 years, thousands of John Deere admirers have traveled to Moline, Illinois and
Davenport, Iowa for workshops and drop-in sessions presented over three days (Thursday, Friday and Saturday) and 70+
vendors offering services; new, used, and reproduction parts; manuals; books; tires; signs; JD decals; art; clothing; and

RiverCenter, 136 E. 3rd St., Davenport, IA 52801
March 15, 16 & 17
8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Vendor Hours: March 15 & 16
8:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.
March 17
8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Register at the door for the Full Conference or attend one or more of the days on a register and pay-at-the-door basis as

Thursday, March 15 - $10 per person
Friday, March 16 - $10 per person
Saturday, March 17 - $10 per person
Full Conference Fee (March 14, 15, 16 & 17) - $35 per person

For the most up-to-date information including a listing of workshops and vendors and directions, go to the web site:


or call Ken Reese at 815-578-8635

Fundraiser for Jim Lentz PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Shelley Klimes   
Wednesday, 14 March 2012 07:55
Amana – The family and friends of Jim Lentz will be hosting a silent auction and dinner on Saturday, April 28th from 6 to 8 pm. The event will be held in the RV Park in Amana in the Morton building next to the RV Park offices. Doors will open and bidding will begin at 5 p.m.

Cost for the dinner will be a free will donation.

Jim, who owns Lentz Construction, was at work on Nov. 29 when the ladder he was on was knocked out from under him. He was airlifted to the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics. His fall resulted in a broken right wrist, broken left arm, shattered left wrist and  an incomplete spinal cord injury. Initially Jim was unable to walk or move his hands and fingers. He spent nine days at the UI Hospitals before being transferred to St.Luke's Rehab where he regained his ability to walk and partial use of his hands.

Now home, Jim continues to recover with daily therapy. He has the goal of returning to work full time at some point. While his spinal cord and wrists continue to heal, doctors are uncertain if and when he will be able to return to work. Jim has no disability insurance; so all proceeds will go directly to Jim and his family.

Please plan to attend. Many nice items and package will be up for bidding. Professional photographer Dawn Ball will be taking family photos for donations at the event as well.

For more information, e-mail This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or call 319-310-7526.

Donations are also being accepted to the Jim Lentz Fund at Fairfax State Bank, 409 Vanderbilt Street, Fairfax IA 52228.

Kelly's adds Friday events, second tent, VIP package; expects more than 15,000 to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day, Saturday, March 17, 2012. PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Dan Kelly   
Tuesday, 06 March 2012 07:58
DAVENPORT, IOWA — Kelly's Irish Pub and Eatery, located at 2222 E. 53rd, Avenue, Davenport, IA, since 2004, will host its eighth annual St. Patrick's Day Festival, Friday March 16, and Saturday, March 17.

The weekend’s festivities will kick off with a concert Friday night, featuring CMT’s The Singing Bee star Beau Davidson. Then Saturday, the doors open at six o'clock in the morning, where over one ton of corned beef and two hundred kegs of beer will be served alongside all-day entertainment. Kelly's has established what it believes to be the largest St. Patrick's Day celebration in Iowa.

Friday’s St. Pat’s Weekend Kickoff concert, with tickets being sold in advance at Kelly’s for $8, or the day of the show for $10, will also include Irish Dancers and three local opening acts before Nashville recording artist and CMT star Beau Davidson takes the stage.

Saturday, the main celebration gets started at 6:00am, and to fit the annual Skydiving Leprechauns, the Mullane Healy Godley Irish Dancers, a magician, a juggler, and live music (complete lineup below], Kelly's has added a second tent, for a total of 11,000 square feet of heated tent space. The added space will allow Kelly’s St. Patrick’s Day Festival to include games, and TVs for NCAA Basketball Tournament viewing, as well as a VIP Package that includes a raised area, limited to 100 VIPs, with VIP snacks, a gift bag, and special services. 2012 will also find the return of Mississippi River Distilling Company's River Baron Vodka - made in LeClaire, Iowa. This locally produced small-batch vodka will be featured in a Kelly's Irish Pub & Eatery Signature Drink called the "Flying Leprechaun."

Owner Dan Kelly says, “Partnering with local businesses and organizations is important to our goal of making this a community event. We expect this celebration to continue to grow and be a fun, safe, friendly event, and those partnerships serve to enhance that goal. Partners include this year's stage sponsors, Wieblers' Harley Davdison, as well as the River Cities’ Reader, Knilan's Furniture and Radon Solutions. All of Kelly’s partners, along with, Per Mar, sponsor of Mullane Healy Godley Irish Dancers at Kelly's help keep admission free for this annual celebration."

In that same spirit of community, and to continue an eight year tradition of safe, fun St. Patrick's Day celebrations, Kelly's will be offering a shuttle service to make sure people get home safely. Details can be found posted at either end of the tent on Saturday.

Great food has always been great tradition at Kelly's and in less than twenty four hours, the Kelly's team will serve up over two thousand pounds of slow-cooked corned beef, either as a sandwich or as a traditional corned beef and cabbage dinner, complete with roasted red potatoes.
The event has consistently been growing since 2005 and Kelly's owner Dan Kelly says he is expecting more than 15,000 attendees. ”There is no fee for admission Saturday, with plenty of nearby parking.” Says Kelly, “We are seeing folks coming in from Des Moines, Dubuque and Iowa City. It's become a regional draw to the Quad Cities.”

Event Schedule - Live Entertainment in the tent on the Wieblers Harley Davidson Stage:
Friday in the tent
Tickets for Friday $8 in advance (available at Kelly’s)/$10 at the door
4:00pm      Tent Opens
5:00pm      Mullane Healy Godley Irish Dancers
6:00pm      Superfly Samurai
7:15pm      North of 40
8:45pm      Corey Booth Project
10:15pm     Beau Davidson

Saturday Mainstage entertainment (FREE admission Saturday)
6:00am    Doors open
11:00am     Mullane Healy Godley Irish Dancers
11:45am     Bagpiper Rich Watt
1:00pm      Acoustic music by Jason Carl
2:15pm      Myers Brothers
4:00pm      Mullane Healy Godley Irish Dancers
5:00pm      bagpiper Rich Watt
5:10pm      Wicked Liz & the Bellyswirls
6:30pm      Tronicity
7:45pm      Cosmic
9:00pm      Third Rail
10:45pm     Spatterdash

Other Saturday entertainment
11:00am     Rock 104 Dave & Darren
1:00pm      Dean Franzen
2:00pm      Magician Mark Yeager
4:00pm      Skydiving Leprechauns (weather dependent)

Note: Live entertainment start times are an estimate only and subject to change. The Skydiving Leprechauns will not jump if weather conditions are not optimal.

About Kelly's: Opened in 2004, Kelly's has always been proud of its tradition of great food and great service by a friendly staff in a comfortable atmosphere. With a diverse menu ranging from burgers and pub food to salmon and salads, fried items are hand battered and breaded to order, queso dip and soups are made from scratch, in-house. With 12 flat-screen TV's and a 106-inch big screen, this Irish pub is perfect for watching all the sports action in a family-friendly atmosphere.

Like everyone says: "Kelly's IS Patrick's Day!"


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Written by Jessica Hadaud   
Tuesday, 06 March 2012 07:42

--Receive a complimentary bra fitting while helping find a cure for breast cancer--

WHAT: Step into the ring with Wacoal to help knockout breast cancer with Fi(GH)t for the Cure™! Participate in any Fit for the Cure event to receive a complimentary bra fitting, in Wacoal or b.tempt’d intimate apparel, from a Wacoal fit specialist and sign up to receive a monthly email reminder to do a self breast exam. For every woman that participates, Wacoal will donate $2 to Susan G. Komen for the Cure for breast cancer research and community health programs. Wacoal will also donate an additional $2 for every Wacoal bra, shapewear piece or b.tempt’d bra purchased at these events.

For  over 10 years, Wacoal has swept the nation educating and fitting almost 500,000 women across 411 cities about the importance of bra fit, foundation and breast health. To date, through Fi(GH)t for the Cure™, Wacoal has donated more than $3MM to Susan G. Komen for the Cure®.


WHY: Research shows that 8 out of 10 women are wearing the wrong sized bra. Women should be professionally fitted for a bra once a year to ensure their bra size has not changed as a result of fluctuations in their body.

Breast cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death in American women and accounts for 26% of all cancers among women.  Conducting monthly breast self-examination is an important way to detect abnormalities at an early stage. By keeping women on track through monthly breast exam reminders, the “Wacoal Promise” is an amendment to helping women stay committed to their health. Take 15 minutes to meet with a Wacoal fit expert while contributing to an important cause and sign up for a reminder that could ultimately save your life.


WHEN: March 9, 2012 


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320 W. Kimberly Rd

Davenport, IA


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