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NATIONAL MOVEMENT I AM LOVE CAMPAIGN LAUNCHES IN DUBUQUE PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Brandon Williams   
Tuesday, 30 July 2013 10:19
July 29, 2013, DUBUQUE, IA – Better Together Dubuque, Sustainable Dubuque, and 108 Productions announced details of the premiere launch of the I AM Love Campaign’s National Tour at Five Flags Theater and Mindframe Theaters Sept 2-8, 2013.  The week-long Campaign events include performances of 108 Productions’ internationally acclaimed production of Terrence McNally’s CORPUS CHRISTI, screenings of their new documentary CORPUS CHRISTI: PLAYING WITH REDEMPTION, Dubuque Diversity Dialogue open-forum with local leaders, and the I AM Love Awards.

Through a combination screening of the film, performances of the play, and educational outreach, The I AM Love Campaign's Vision is to facilitate a conversation on acceptance and tolerance of all creeds, ages, races, orientations, and genders by allowing a deeper connection to self-love, knowing from this place of awareness real change will manifest.  Said McNally: “Fifteen years after CORPUS CHRISTI premiered in New York, I am thrilled that 108 Productions continues to perform the piece all over the world.  PLAYING WITH REDEMPTION and the I AM Love Campaign add a new dimension to the conversation that my play continues to provoke, and I look forward to CORPUS CHRISTI starting many more conversations around the country."

Said Nic Arnzen and James Brandon, Co-Founders of 108 Productions and the I AM Love Campaign:  “Our tour aims to bridge differences and diversity to empower community collaboration, knowing that through connection, we can learn to become more tolerant and ultimately celebrate, that which we may not understand.  As the voices of intolerance around the world continue preaching ignorance and hate, we will keep raising our voices from a place of Love.”

CORPUS CHRISTI conceived as a modern passion play by McNally (Kiss of the Spider Woman, Master Class, Ragtime), which imagines Jesus as a gay man living in modern-day Texas, ignited a firestorm of unintended controversy upon its debut in 1998. Beginning in 2006, 108 Productions launched a resoundingly successful revival production directed by Nic Arnzen and was lauded by critics, continued to sell out for months at Los Angeles’ Zephyr Theatre, and went on to tour across America. In Europe, the play was an Amnesty International Freedom of Expression nominee at the 2007 Edinburgh Fringe Festival, and was awarded the Intercultural Dialogue Award at the International Dublin Gay Theatre Festival in 2008.  After, the company celebrated the show’s 10th anniversary Off-Broadway at the Rattlestick Theatre, benefiting the Matthew Shepard Foundation and New York’s Gay Community Center.  The show continued to tour through 2011 nationally and internationally, while a documentary crew followed their travels to less tolerant communities.

Now, seven years later, CORPUS CHRISTI: PLAYING WITH REDEMPTION will begin a tour across the country. The Religious Right meets the 'gay Jesus play' in this documentary film inspired by the play, which continues to face censorship, protests, bomb threats and religious condemnation.  Mirroring the reflections of change in society today in regards to freedom of speech, civil rights, marriage equality and separation of church and state, this production has become a vehicle for a community struggling to find its voice. Meanwhile, the company of actors finds itself on a journey that would forever change their lives.

The I AM Love Awards honors notable advocates who have helped shape the positive dialogue in the LGBT and allied community.  The I AM Love Awards shine a light on local individuals and organizations that use their own love and light to help the community find a clearer path of respectful dialogue and understanding in the face of diversity and fear.  Leading up to the weekend, Dubuquers will have a chance to nominate locals they think should be recognized for embracing diversity, encouraging dialogue, and challenging progressive movement.  Submissions will be taken via Facebook, the campaign/film website, as well as a team of committee members made up of Dubuque residents.  Official announcement of recipients will be August 19, 2013.

Dubuque Diversity Dialogue, facilitated by Better Together Dubuque and 108 Productions, is our community symposium that will give voice to diverse viewpoints and explore peaceful solutions. This dialogue explores issues affecting the community, filtered through themes addressed in the play such as bullying, marriage equality, racial discourse and civil rights.  These leaders, who serve as resources and mentors, are catalysts in assuring the dialogue continues after the Campaign leaves.  The community dialogues are filmed and shared on website and social media forums to strengthen local and national outreach.  Panel members will be announced throughout the month on the campaign/film website.

Praise for 108 Productions’ Tour of CORPUS CHRISTI:

●   "Without the noise of controversy, the play can finally be heard. Staged with admirable delicacy, this 108 Productions revival has moments of hard-won sentiment that will win over the biggest skeptic."  -New York Times

●   "Recommended!  In director Nic Arnzen's heartfelt take, a multiracial, gender-bent ensemble lands its core message ..."–Los Angeles Times

●   "The performances are remarkable... it is undeniably moving."  -The Advocate

●   "GO!  The entire cast gives great performances… creating an ending that is almost cinematic in its scope." -LA Weekly

●   “This film is not an attack on any organization or organized religion. Rather, It invites the viewer to embrace spirituality This film will have an impact on everyone that sees it, not just on people who are gay.”  -Christine Brown, Bijou Theatre, Bridgeport

●   “The documentary affirms a deeply profound and spiritual truth that love conquers hatred, even homohatred. As a Pastor of a Christian Church this is a must see for those who wish to teach God's unconditional Love for all.”  -Rev. Joseph Shore-Goss, Metropolitan Community Churches

 

Schedule of Events:

Monday, September 2- Sunday, September 8- various times TBA:  Screenings of CORPUS CHRISTI PLAYING WITH REDEMPTION at MindFrame Theaters

Thursday, Sept 5- 7:00pm- VIP/Sponsor Reception Gala at Eronel on Main St.

8:00pm-  the I AM Love Awards at Eronel on Main St.

Friday, Sept 6- 8:00pm- CORPUS CHRISTI play performance at Five Flags Theater

Sunday, Sept 8- 1:00pm- CORPUS CHRISTI play performance at Five Flags Theater

3:30pm- Dubuque Diversity Dialogue- Free Open Forum at Five Flags Theater

Suggested Donation Tickets, Reservations, and more info can be found at

www.corpuschristi-themovie.com

The I AM Love Campaign in Dubuque is partnered with Better Together Dubuque and sponsored by Sustainable Dubuque, Five Flags Center, Mindframe Theaters, Radio Dubuque, Dubuque 365, Holiday Inn, and Eronel.

 
Ice Cream Social at First Lutheran Church PDF Print E-mail
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Written by First Lutheran Church   
Monday, 29 July 2013 09:49

ICE CREAM SOCIAL

First Lutheran Church, Rock Island

Sunday, August 4, 2013

12:00 Noon until 2:00 pm

in the Fellowhip Hall.

Come for lunch! Have dessert, too.

Sandwiches   chips   lemonade   coffee

cookies   brownies   cake   pie   and

of course, ICE CREAM with toppings!

Free will donation to support charities such as:

theplace2b

Churches United's CareLINK

Christian Care Shelters

IGNITE Youth Program

Church Women United

Douglas Park Place

Youth Hope

First Lutheran Church is located at 1600 - 20th Stree (18th Ave & 20th St) in Rock Island. For more information contact us at 309-788-9661 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

 
Come and enjoy both the race and the Market until 1pm! PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Freight House Farmers Market   
Friday, 26 July 2013 14:33

Going to the Bix 7 to cheer on your favorite runner, or running yourself? Be sure to stop at the market after the race.  We are open from 8am until 1pm so plenty of time to shop and enjoy the fresh air, food and fun.  We have plenty of great ideas for you and your family.  Make it a Market Day!

Kids love the playground and bounce house, and the clowns love to make the kids smile.

Seedless watermelons melt in your mouth! Take one home and enjoy.

Eggplant, summer squash and zucchini make great additions to your stews, soups and baked dishes.They are fresh, nutritious and bountiful...

Fresh sliced tomatoes are nutritious and tasty. Add a vinaigrette as a salad. Buy extra and dice some, place in a freezer bag and freeze.  They make great soups, stews and salsa during the cold winter months..

Come and enjoy Pat Willis and Rich Wilcox at the market from 10:30-12:30 on the main stage.

Parking during the Bix 7 race.

The Freight House west parking lots can be accessed by taking River Drive to Western, or Gains from either the east or west, or you may also park directly North of the Freight House in the Community Health lot.

 
26th ANNUAL BIX PORCH PARTY AT THE MAIN STREET LIBRARY PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Steve Hart   
Friday, 26 July 2013 14:27

Head downtown on Thursday, August 1, from 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM where folks will be dancin’ in the street! Don Estes and the Prairie Ramblers, with sound provided by Bos Sound, will be playing live jazz for our 26th annual Bix Porch Party at the Main Street Library (321 Main Street). Be sure to bring your lawn chairs and blankets as we block off Main Street for some good old-fashioned fun.

While you are enjoying the live music, the Teen Volunteer Council will be providing hot dogs, potato chips, and soda at bargain prices, and the proceeds will go toward enriching the teen experience at the Davenport Public Library.

This FREE event is for people of all ages! For more information, call (563) 326-7832.

 
LeClaire Chamber of Commerce Announcements - 7/26/13 PDF Print E-mail
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Written by LeClaire Chamber of Commerce   
Friday, 26 July 2013 14:10

ANNOUNCEMENTS - Friday 07/26/2013

WELCOMING NEW MEMBERS!

Dr. Crystal's Chiropractic Care is a newly formed chiropractic clinic located in the Old Mill House at 419 N. Cody Rd.  It is owned and operated by Dr. Crystal Buesing, a 2008 graduate of Palmer College.  Dr. Crystal provides non-invasive treatments to restore communication and equilibrium throughout the body so it can heal itself.  Clinic hours: M-F 9am-5pm, Sat 9am-2pm. Walk-Ins Welcome! Appointments available after hours. Phone: (563) 271-0226, Website: drcrystalschiropracticcare.com

CALENDAR

July 26th - Night Golf Outing at Olathea Golf Course 8:15 pm. Cost is 20 dollars per person. 3 clubs and a cocktail is the format.  9 hole (short course). Call Olathea for more info – 563-289-golf. Check out laserglowgolf.com to see what the fun is all about!

 

July 28th – Faithful Pilot Wine Tasting 3:00-5:00 p.m. - $15.00 per person. www.faithfulpilot.com 563.289.4156

 

August 2nd – First Friday in LeClaire! 5-8 p.m.
Mississippi River Distilling Company – signature cocktails and spirited food items!
Wide River Winery - Live Music - Patchy Fog - 5-8pm
Faithful Pilot - The Matriarchs, live music - 7:30-9:00pm
Aunt Hatties – Come in for a red velvet cupcake!
Razzleberries – Booze cake while it lasts!

LeClaire Antiques and Appraisals - 'First Friday's Free Appraisals' 5-7 p.m.

Grasshoppers - Live Music - Acoustic Friends on "The Porch" - 6-8 p.m.
Restaurants and many other shops open late!

 

August 3rd - Heartland British Auto Fest 9am-3pm on the LeClaire Levee

 

August 3rd - Craft Show and Food 9am-3pm at the LeClaire Civic Center

 

August 4th – Live Music at Wide River Winery 2-5 p.m. featuring Jordan Danielson 106 N. Cody Road www.wideriverwinery.com

 

August 8th – Workshop - Bond Snapshot with Kathy Jones 3:00 p.m. Eric Johannes, Charles Schwab, 5345 Elmore Ave #300, Davenport, IA 52807. Please R.S.V.P 563-275-3659.

August 8-10 – Tugfest!!!!!! Live bands all 3 nights. Thursday Wristband Night 5-11. Friday parade, fireworks, tug pit dedication.  Saturday Kid’s Tug and Big Tug!  Advance purchase weekend wristbands for $8 available at Slagle’s Grocery from June 15-August 1.  Get ready to TUG!!!!!!

August 9th - Live Music at Wide River Winery 5-8pm featuring "The Whoozdads" 106 N. Cody Road www.wideriverwinery.com
 
August 12th – Economic Development Meeting – Great River Financial Services, 8:00 a.m.
 
August 13th – Chamber Networking Lunch - Big Dave and Holly's – noon - everyone welcome!

 

August 16th - Live Music at Wide River Winery 5-8pm featuring "Pieces of Candy" 106 N. Cody Road www.wideriverwinery.com

August 18th - Sunday Brunch at the Faithful Pilot Cafe & Spirits Seatings at 10:00 and 12:30 - Reservations 563.289.4156 www.faithfulpilot.com

 

August 21st – Workshop - Behavioral Finance: How Emotions Impact Financial Decisions 12:00p.m. Eric Johannes, Charles Schwab, 5345 Elmore Ave #300, Davenport, IA 52807. Please R.S.V.P 563-275-3659


August 23rd - Live Music at Wide River Winery 5-8pm featuring Dan Peart 106 N. Cody Road  www.wideriverwinery.com

 

August 24th - Pleasant Valley Wrestling 2nd Annual "Grapple on the Greens" Golf tournament at Olathea Golf Course To be a sponsor, to donate prizes or to participate as a team, please contact This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it for more information.

August 30th - Live Music at Wide River Winery 5-8pm featuring Mississippi River Distilling Company’s "Ryan Burchett and the Moonshiners”! 106 N. Cody Road  www.wideriverwinery.com

 

Save the Date

 

September 6 – First Friday in LeClaire! 5-8 p.m.

 

FYI

LeClaire Lions Club presents "Apple Fest on the River" Sunday, October 13th 11:00am-4:00pm Apple Orchards Welcome! Vendor Sign Up! NOW is the time! For more information: Email:  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it Phone:  563-340-6332 (Bonnie)

First Presbyterian Church of LeClaire FREE LUNCH at the Civic Center, 11:30 a.m. -12:30 p.m. Third Tuesday of the month: June 18, July 16, August 20: Come to eat and stay for the conversation! 

LeClaire Antiques is hosting an on going Plant Sale benefiting LeClaire Parks. Go by and see the beautiful plants for sale – great prices!

Please volunteer or help recruit volunteers for the LeClaire Information Center! We get a lot of great comments about the LIC, and we help promote all of LeClaire:

1. Through telling visitors about our great attractions, shops, restaurants, parks, schools, housing developments, etc.,

2. By mailing out information to individuals, small groups and bus tours who want to come find out what LeClaire is all about, and

3. Through providing nice, convenient public restrooms to shoppers, diners, people checking out our attractions, families, LeClaire residents who are just out for a walk - everyone appreciates the restrooms!

Almost everyone knows at least one person who loves to talk and meet new people - a retired neighbor or stay-at-home mom, a relative, a friend, a person from church, a person from your civic club, a person from exercise class... Please contact Cindy at 563-650-7963 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it Volunteers are trained and there is lots of brochures and information to share with visitors.

Let's make downtown LeClaire and the LeClaire Information Center the best it can possibly be!

 

Buffalo Bill Museum is open until 5pm daily. Hours are 9am to 5pm Monday

through Saturday, and on Sundays 12noon to 5pm. A reminder: group discounts are available for tour groups, clubs/reunions, and school groups. Call the museum at 563-289-5580 for details!

“LIKE” the LeClaire Chamber of Commerce on FaceBook Visit the chamber’s Face Book page and discover a great source of news, business announcements, events, and other information that is updated frequently. It’s a useful source of updated information for all members and non-members!

 

Chamber 2013 Networking Events – Everyone welcome to attend!

August 13 - Big Dave and Holly's - lunch -noon

September 10 - Steventon's - after hours - 5-8pm

October 8 - Hungry Hobo - lunch - noon

November 12 – Subway – lunch - noon

December 10 - Happy Joes - lunch –noon

 

SERVING THE COMMUNITY AND BEYOND

 

Meet and greet Pastor Melody any Wednesday from 1-3 pm at Happy Joe's. Pastor Melody from First Presbyterian Church of LeClaire, will be at Happy Joe's in LeClaire, every Wednesday, from 1-3 pm, sipping on a soda, reading and waiting to visit with you and your friends. Stop by and say hi. Or, if you have a prayer request or a question, just let her know. Meals for Seniors at the church every Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 12 noon. Good food and a time to visit with others. Please call 563-289-3646 and make a reservation 2 days in

advance.

Asbury United Methodist Church is hosting a "Partnering to EmPOWER" fundraising event for Winnie's Place on Tuesday, October 15th.  The team putting together the event is looking for vendors who would be interested in participating in this worthy cause. Booth fees are $15 for sales people and $25 for those providing a service (ALL booth fees will go to Winnie's Place). Vendors will also agree to donate 9% of their sales to Winnies Place, which corresponds to the statistic that every 9 seconds, a woman is abused. Interested vendors are asked to contact Heidi Lubben at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it for more details. Marketing packets for vendors will be available June 15th. The deadline for returning a signed vendor agreement is August 20th.

LeClaire 2013 Events Calendar:

First Fridays each month 5:00-8:00 P.M.

August 8th-10th Tugfest

October 6th - Dogtoberfest at Bier Stube

October 13th - AppleFest

October 24th - HalloWine

October 26th - Witches Walk Costume Contest and Parade

December 6-8 - Christmas in LeClaire

Family Nights at the LeClaire Rec Center: Details at www.leclairereccenter.com

www.LeClaireChamber.com and visit the Chamber on FaceBook!

 
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