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Final River Reading at Augustana College for 2012-2013 Year PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Emily Timmons   
Tuesday, 23 April 2013 09:53

Rock Island, IL/April 23, 2013 – Augustana College closes its 2012-2013 River Readings series this Thursday, April 25 with fiction writer Donald Ray Pollock. The event will be held at7 p.m. in Wallenberg Hall inside Denkmann Hall (3520 7th Ave). Every reading is open to the public and the campus community alike.

Donald Ray Pollock found fiction writing late in life, spending thirty-two years employed in a paper mill before enrolling in Ohio State University’s MFA program at age 50.  After graduating in 2009, Anchor Books published Pollock’s first book, Knockemstiff, which won the 2009 PEN/Robert Bingham Fellowship.  His work has appeared in The New York TimesThird CoastChiron ReviewBoulevardWashington Square, and the Berkeley Fiction Review, to name a few.  Pollock’s second book, The Devil All the Time (Doubleday, 2011) has been listed by Publisher’s Weekly as one of the top ten books of the year and was released last summer to rave reviews.

The River Readings at Augustana is an annual literary reading series featuring authors from around the country and beyond, working in a variety of genres.


LeClaire, Iowa Plans New Events and Continues Successful Ones for 2013 PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Cindy Bruhn   
Tuesday, 23 April 2013 09:42
Historical LeClaire, Iowa has a penchant for fun times and is always coming up with new events to attract people to town. Many people who are aware of the fun to be had in LeClaire return year after year; while others are looking forward to attending LeClaire’s events for their first time.

“We often hear how much people love LeClaire or that they need to come visit LeClaire, because they have heard so many great things,” stated Cindy Bruhn, LeClaire Tourism Manager. “We think the events sometimes are what first attracts a person to our town, and we like to keep fresh, new things happening to bring people back who have visited before.”

A new event that is a spin-off from an event LeClaire has traditionally had is “French Market Days”. In years past, LeClaire hosted “May Market Days” that included sidewalk sales, artists and musicians. “French Market Days” will be an extension of that event with a French twist. It will include a parasol decorating contest for the businesses, “Tour de LeClaire” Big Wheel races for the kids, Rue du Marche – vendors in the alley just off Cody Road, plant sales, an afternoon tea, art and craft classes, and much more. Organizer, Terri Applegate says, “French Market Days includes something for everyone – all ages and interests. We are having a plant sale put on by our Rec Board. The plants are extras from our parks and the proceeds will go back into improving our parks, so it is a win-win.” French Market Days take place on May 17 and 18. Details and pre-registration for the afternoon tea and craft classes can be found at www.visitleclaire.com

Another fun event that it is scheduled in June is the 3rd Annual “Girls’ Getaway Weekend” on June 21 and 22. This event has attracted local women and visitors from out-of-town who stay overnight to enjoy the many exciting Friday and Saturday activities. This year’s event is bigger and better than ever. Saturday evening, special guest Anthony Ryan Auld, winner of the 2013 Project Runway All Stars, will speak about becoming a Top Fashion Designer and what it's like being on a reality TV show. Complete details and registration can be found at www.leclairegirlsgetaway.com.

A popular event with many local residents and visitors is “LeClaire Garage Sale Days” on June 7 and 8. If you enjoy “picking” in your own back yard, LeClaire is a great place to find elusive treasures. You can always stop by Antique Archaeology – home of the American Pickers – and see what fresh picks they have, too.

On the “First Friday” of each month, LeClaire has a mini-festival of sorts from 5:30 - 8:00 pm with stores staying open late, restaurants offering specials, and Mississippi River Distilling Co. and Wide Rivery Winery offering food and drink sampling. Details can be found at www.visitleclaire.com

Monthly “Trivia Nights” are scheduled through July and a car show or two is also in the works for this summer. On August 3rd, the Heartland British Auto Fest will be taking place on the LeClaire riverfront. Also coming up in August is the world famous “Tug Fest” and in October LeClaire will have the annual “Apple Fest”, “Dogtober Fest”, “Hallowine” and “Witches’ Walk”. “Christmas in LeClaire” in December is always a popular tradition among visitors and LeClaire residents.

A complete list of LeClaire events can be found at http://www.visitleclaire.com/events.html

LeClaire, Iowa is located at a point where the Mississippi River makes a sharp bend to the southwest. LeClaire's historic bond with the river and the bold men who tamed the Upper Rapids is still visible in the homes and buildings they left behind. On May 7, 1979, their homes were recognized as part of the nine-block Cody Road Historic District listed on the National Register of Historic Places. LeClaire’s other attractions include the Buffalo Bill Museum/Lone Star Stern Wheeler, Mississippi River Distilling Co., and Antique Archaeology, home of the American Pickers.

For more information on LeClaire visit www.visitleclaire.com.

Herbert Hoover Presentation at CASI PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Sarah Arp   
Tuesday, 23 April 2013 09:40
Archivist Craig Wright from the Hoover Library in West Branch Iowa travels to the Center for Active Seniors, Inc. (CASI) today to share about the lives of Lou and Herbert Hoover from 12:00-1:30 p.m. He will also talk about the Presidential Library.

Come learn more about one of our outstanding presidents! Members are free and non-members are just $2.00! We’ll see you and your friends at 12:00 p.m. today!

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Derby Day is Racing Down the Track PDF Print E-mail
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Written by QCSO   
Tuesday, 23 April 2013 09:21

Reserve your table for Derby Day today

On May 4 you can experience the grace and excitement of Churchill Downs right here in the Quad Cities. You'll love the horse races, the buffet loaded with authentic Derby favorites, the live auction, elegant hats, mint juleps, and happy winners - all to benefit youth music education!

This afternoon of food, fun, and live music at the Arsenal Island Golf Club begins at 2:30 p.m. and includes a bourbon tasting, entry into three horse race contests, a commemorative Derby Day mint julep glass, and a buffet overflowing with traditional Derby cuisine like hot browns and Derby pie.

This year's party also features a blue grass band led by Ben Lorentzen and featuring members of the Quad City Symphony Orchestra and the Quad City Symphony Youth Orchestras performing side-by-side.


Reservations can be made today by clicking here.

April 25th. 2013 The Art of Bill Marsoun: Closing Event. PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Narveen Aryaputri   
Tuesday, 23 April 2013 09:20
The Art of Bill Marsoun.

Closing event.

Bill will be present to close his show at The Phoenix for this current year.

He will address the group at 7.00 for a short time...

On : 
His Art.  What Art means to him.
Bill will discuss the following topics:

  • Which artists influence him the most today, and which artists have influenced him the most over this most formative years in his art career.
  • Technique.  How he learnt his technique.*
  • His painting habits and routine.
  • American  Midwest art as a genre. Its importance and reach.
  • His message to other artists.
  • The places and galleries he has shown, and how he feels about them.

At the Phoenix Fine Art Gallery:
1530 Fifth Avenue. Moline. Illinois 309-762-9202 or 762-8547

Cocktails and Hor’s Devours

Doors open at 6.00 p.m.
Free and open to the public.
Dress code: business casual.

The Phoenix Fine Art Gallery specializes in



CONTEMPORARY CULTURAL CONTINUATION IN AMERICAN MIDWEST ART: Please visit the Phoenix Art Gallery on line gallery:  www.atthephoenix.com


Please stop by to see the work of  the artists represented by The Phoenix Fine Art Gallery:

Photography by DARREN MILLER at the Dragon, adjacent to the Phoenix. 

Artist showing at the Moline Commercial Club on the 2nd floor and in the Artisan Adventure are:
ANNA ENGELBRECHT: Midwest scenes: photography, gauche on canvas.
AMBER WILLIAMS: mixed media Midwest scenes
EKKEHARD STOEVESAND: The Mississippi river in our area. Tractors. Oil on canvas. Genre: German Expressionist Abstract.

ELSA ROMERO :  Bolero Unique jewelry.
HUGH LIFSON: mixed media
ROBERT KAMECZURA: photography, ink and pencil on paper, and giclee.

The galleries will be open at 6.00 p.m. to 9. 00 p.m.

The Institute for Cultural and Healing Traditions, LTD is a 501(c)3 at State and Federal level organization under US laws since 1996. Please visit
www.qcinstitute.org to see our archives.

Contributions may be sent  to:
The Institute for Cultural and Healing Traditions, Ltd.
1530 Fifth. Avenue. Moline. IL 61265

Contributions are tax deductible up to the limits of  the law.

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