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WHAT’S ALL THE BUZZ ABOUT? AN INTERVIEW WITH YOUNG LOCAL AUTHOR & ILLUSTRATOR PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Richard Martin   
Friday, 14 October 2011 10:22

What is a bee garden?  How do I make one?  Why would I want to make one?  Two Rivermont seniors would like to answer these questions for you (and for children throughout the Quad City community!) – and they’d like to do it with a loveable bee named Buzzie!  Pavane Gorrepati and Ramya Prabhu, seniors at Rivermont Collegiate, are presenters at the 2011 David R. Collins Children’s Literature Festival, to be held October 25th at the River Center. Pavane and Ramya are the author and illustrator of A Buzzie Bee Tale, a picture book about Buzzie Bee, his friend Lily Lilliput, and their efforts to help Buzzie Bee’s friends and family, whose environment has been affected by climate change.

Pavane and Ramya are dedicated, passionate students balancing a rigorous academic class load with a variety of extracurricular pursuits.  Pavane, daughter of Dr. and Mrs. Krishnarao Gorrepati of Davenport, founded the Rivermont Environmental Club, has earned the title of “Eco-Ambassador” from the Weather Channel, and was awarded the President’s Environmental Youth Award.  Pavane was recently named a Commended Student in the 2012 National Merit Scholarship Program and spent the summer doing research in China on a 2-month World Food Prize Borlaug-Ruan International Internship.  Ramya, daughter of Dr. & Mrs. N.V. Rama Prabhu of Moline, serves as secretary and treasurer of the Rivermont Environmental Club and is a member of the National Honor Society and Student Council.  In addition, Ramya is a gifted artist and accomplished violinist.

Given the variety of other pursuits you both have, what inspired you to add another project to your plate with A Buzzie Bee Tale? Pavane, an avid proponent for the environment, feels that education is one of the most important aspects of environmental conservation, particularly at a young age.  Her goal was to start with educating children in her own community and grow from there.  Inspiration for character and setting illustrations came to life for Ramya as she read Pavane’s story.

What are some favorite reactions to the book? Pavane knew she had worked with the right illustrator when one child decided they wanted Buzzie Bee as their friend!  Another favorite reaction, of course, is when children decide they want to build their own bee garden after reading the story.

How did you get started writing and illustrating? Pavane remembers writing books and sharing them with her class as early as second grade.  Ramya collaborated with fellow Rivermont student Christopher Mbakwe (Class of 2011) on illustrations for the 2011 comic-book-themed yearbook.  Her illustrations are also used in media for several groups she’s involved in, including Rivermont’s Student Council, National Honor Society, and Environmental Club.

What advice do you have for other students interested in writing and illustrating? Pavane recommends young writers pick their passion, because it will truly shine through in their pages.  Ramya urges illustrators to try out different styles and move beyond their comfort zone - not always stick with what they’ve done before – she herself is now doing just that!

What will you be doing at The David R. Collins Children’s Literature Festival later this month? Pavane and Ramya will be explaining to students their writing, illustrating, and publishing process for A Buzzie Bee Tale, as well as reading parts of the book aloud.

 

Where can A Buzzie Bee Tale be purchased? The book is available for sale at www.lulu.com and copies will be available for sale at the festival.  In addition, Pavane and Ramya are in the process of getting the book for sale on Amazon.com.

The David R. Collins Children’s Literature Festival, presented by the Midwest Writing Center and the Davenport Public Library, will feature Newbery Award winner Clare Vanderpool, author of Moon Over Manifest, as well as a variety of other exciting authors and illustrators.  The festival is named after its founder, a beloved author and Moline teacher who passed away in 2001.  David founded the festival in 1978 to encourage future generations of readers and writers by exposing them to the authors and illustrators behind the books they read.

Rivermont Collegiate, located in Bettendorf, is the Quad Cities’ only private, independent, nonsectarian college prep school for students in preschool through 12th grade.

For additional information on Rivermont Collegiate, contact Brittany Marietta at (563) 359-1366 ext. 302 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it and visit us on the web at www.rvmt.org!

For additional information on the David R. Collins Children’s Literature Festival, visit www.midwestwritingcenter.org.

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Senior Coffee to be held at Vander Veer Botanical Park PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Ron Summers   
Tuesday, 11 October 2011 13:51

Are you looking for a beautiful way to spend a Wednesday morning? Join Davenport Parks and Recreation at the Conservatory in Vander Veer Botanical park for our Senior Coffee. This informal program is designed to encourage senior citizens to visit the warmth of the conservatory during the colder months and enjoy the color and fragrance of beautiful flowers.

On October 12, participants will be able to enjoy the Fall Color Show from 10 am - Noon. The cost for the program is $1 and each participant will have the opportunity to experience the sights, sounds and fragrances of the colorful and vibrant plants.

Preregistration is not required, for further information, please call, 326-7812.

 
IP Seance with Dr. Alfred Egan PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Nathan Porteshawver   
Tuesday, 11 October 2011 13:32
Location: Haunted Hibernian Hall, 421 Brady St.
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Dr. Alfred Egan, leading spiritualist of the Arkham Theosophical Society in Massachusetts has halted The Internet Players production of their Haunted House due to apparent paranormal activity and concerns for the safety of their student volunteers.

Dr. Egan’s investigations will include a series of public séances expected to determine the magnitude of activity currently present in historic Hibernian Hall. The séances will be open to all interested as a way to compensate for lost revenue.

Curator Ron Bellamy has agreed to host guided tours of the Haunted Hibernian Hall for a first-time ever glimpse into the secrets harbored in this historic building. The tour will last approximately 30 minutes.

Tickets will be extremely limited, so get yours now! Tickets may still be available at the door.

DATES & TIMES

Thursday October 20th- Sunday, October 23rd, 8pm to 11pm

Thursday, October 27th- Monday, October 31st, 8pm to 11pm

PRICE

$10
Buy your tickets ONLINE at: www.theinternetplayers.com

Spread the word about our upcoming event!

 
Halloween Costume Contest PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Ron Summers   
Tuesday, 11 October 2011 11:29

Halloween Costume Contest at the River's Edge.

Sunday, October 30th. Free trick-or-treating: 2:15pm until 4:15pm. Ice Skating from 3:15pm until 4:15pm. Public skate fees apply. Come for the public skate in your costume and treat-or-treat throughout the facility.

Prizes awareded for custest, most creative, and scariest costumes for children ages 4 through 10.

The River's Edge, part of the City of Davenport's Parks and Recreation Department, is located at 700 West River Drive (across from Modern Woodmen Park). For questions, please call 563-328-PARK (7275).

 
Kooky, Spooky, and All-Together Ooky Activities Fill the Family Museum for Scarecrow Shenanigans PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Elly Gerdts   
Monday, 10 October 2011 15:48

Bettendorf — Come in costume and celebrate the fall season! On Sunday, October 23, from noon – 5:00 PM the Family Museum’s annual event, Scarecrow Shenanigans, returns this year with even more kooky, spooky, and ooky activities. Almost every gallery and room in the Museum will be filled with art activities, games, and science projects.

In the Museum’s Great Hall visitors will construct haunted houses, play Halloween games, and grab a quick snack. The Family Museum Gallery will get a spooky make-over, including a one-day-only spooky change to the virtual pond in the PlayHouse area. Inside the Gallery there will be monster crafts, masks, and human “body parts” to touch. Visitors are also invited upstairs to make snot out of common household items and to dissect real eyeballs. And new this year: there will be horse drawn hayrack rides!

Tickets are free for Family Museum members and $8.00 each for the general public.  Tickets are limited and going fast, so get yours today.  Everyone must have a ticket to enter – even Museum members. For more information please call (563) 344-4106, or visit www.familymuseum.org.  Scarecrow Shenanigans is sponsored by The Family Credit Union.

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