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Iowa Arts Council and Humanities Iowa to Fund Mississippi Valley Blues Festival PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Karen McFarland   
Monday, 25 June 2012 07:25

The Mississippi Valley Blues Society has received a major grant from the Iowa Arts Council to help fund the 2012 Blues Festival as well as the MVBS Blues in the Schools residencies for 2012-2013.  In addition, Humanities Iowa has granted the MVBS funds to help support the free workshops to be held in the Freight House across the tracks from LeClaire Park on June 30 and July 1.

The 28th annual Mississippi Valley Blues Festival takes place on June 29, June 30, and July 1 in Davenport’s LeClaire Park.  The event features 24 acts on two stages over three days.  Advance tickets at only $12.50 per day until Thursday June 28 are available at Hy-Vee stores in the Quad Cities, Clinton, and Muscatine, as well as at the Muddy Waters in Bettendorf, Rascals in Moline, and Martinis on the rock in Rock Island.  They are available until Thursday June 28.

This is the first time that the Blues Festival has been underwritten by support from the Iowa Arts Council and Humanities Iowa.  The Humanities Iowa grant helps to fund the six free workshops associated with the festival.  On Saturday, the workshops feature David Horwitz—Blues Photography, Donna Herula—Slide Guitar, and Doug MacLeod—National Resonator Slide Guitar.  Sunday’s workshops feature Paul Geremia—6 and 12-String Country Blues Guitar, Liz Mandeville—Women in the Blues, and Hawkeye Herman—Stories of the Blues.

Other major sponsors of the blues Festival include the Riverboat Development Authority, KWQC-HD TV6, The River Cities’ Reader, The Lodge, KALA Radio, and Alcoa.

For more information about the Blues Festival, visit www.mvbs.org.

 
Christian Care Announces Award PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Ann Ring   
Wednesday, 20 June 2012 14:06
The Junior Board of Rock Island Supports Children’s Program

Rock Island, IL – The Junior Board of Rock Island has awarded a $1,000 grant to lend financial support to Christian Care’s Children’s Advocacy Program. “We are thankful that the Junior Board of Rock Island has made it possible for Christian Care to provide therapeutic services for children,” said Dr. Elaine Winter, the organization’s executive director. “Children who come to our domestic violent shelter with their mothers need our help if they are to grow up to be happy and healthy with prospects for a bright future ahead. We are very grateful that the Junior Board of Rock Island shares our vision to help the 50 or more children who will reside at Christian Care this year.”

Christian Care is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization operating two facilities—a domestic violence shelter for women and children and a rescue mission for homeless men. It serves homeless individuals, victims of domestic violence, veterans, men and women coming out of prison, and those with mental illnesses.

For all those who need a meal, Christian Care's Community Meal Site is located at its Rescue Mission, 2209 3rd Avenue, Rock Island. It is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner on weekdays Monday through Friday, and for breakfast and dinner on Saturday and Sunday. Breakfast is served at 6:30 a.m., lunch at 12:15 p.m., and dinner at 6:30 p.m. If you know of someone in need, call the Christian Care Crisis Hotline any hour of the day at (309) 788-2273 or visit online at christiancareqc.org.

 
QUAD CITY SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA ANNOUNCES SEARCH FOR EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Jared Johnson   
Wednesday, 20 June 2012 13:57
The Quad City Symphony Orchestra Association’s Board of Trustees is seeking candidates for the position of Executive Director.

The Executive Director is the chief executive officer of the Quad City Symphony Orchestra Association and reports to the Board of Trustees through the President. S/he is responsible for managing the human and financial resources of the Association. The Executive Director provides leadership and vision to the Association. S/he implements the policies of the Board of Trustees and advises the Board on matters that will contribute to the Association's success.

The ideal candidate will be an experienced orchestra or not-for-profit arts executive with proven leadership ability, excellent management skills, and a record of success with audience development, fund raising, and community engagement. S/he will have a strong working knowledge of music, orchestra operations, production, general office management, and budgeting. Experience working on the staff of a larger professional orchestra will be considered an asset.

The mission of the Quad City Symphony Orchestra Association is to enrich the cultural life of the Quad City region by presenting and maintaining symphonic music of the highest artistic quality and by providing comprehensive music education. The Association presents 17 professional performances each year, including symphonic, chamber, and pops concerts; maintains several education programs and 4 youth ensembles; employs 14 full- and part-time staff as well as 86 musicians; and has an annual operating budget of approximately $1.6 million. The Quad City Symphony Orchestra gave its first performance in 1916 and is a founding member of the League of American Orchestras.

The Quad Cities area comprises communities located in both Iowa and Illinois straddling the Mississippi River. The executive office is located in Davenport, IA. For more information about the Quad City Symphony Orchestra and the Quad City area, go to www.qcsymphony.com.

Please send a letter of application that describes both interest and qualifications. Include a resume, contact information for at least three references, and salary history or requirements. All applications will be confidential and references will not be contacted without the candidate's consent. Please send materials to:

Quad City Symphony Orchestra
ATTN: Executive Director Search
327 Brady Street
Davenport, IA 52803

 
CHRISTIAN CARE RECEIVES GRANT PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Ann Ring   
Wednesday, 20 June 2012 13:50
Scott County Regional Authority Supports Rescue Mission

Rock Island – The Scott County Regional Authority has awarded a $7,000 grant that will help Christian Care make needed improvements at its rescue mission and domestic violence shelter in Rock Island by enhancing residents’ safety, comfort, immediate environment, and confidentiality.

“This grant will enable us to not only protect the safety of residents and those who take meals at the rescue mission, but will provide comfortable seating and an improved environment for them, as well as for other visitors,” said Dr. Elaine Winter, the organization’s executive director. “We are especially grateful to the Scott County Regional Authority for selecting Christian Care as a grant recipient during this spring grant cycle, and sharing our desire to empower both the homeless and survivors of domestic violence to make positive changes in every aspect of their lives.”

Christian Care is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization operating two facilities—a domestic violence shelter for women and children and a rescue mission for homeless men. It serves homeless individuals, victims of domestic violence, veterans, men and women coming out of prison, and those with mental illnesses.

For all those who need a meal, Christian Care's Community Meal Site is located at its Rescue Mission, 2209 3rd Avenue, Rock Island. It is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner on weekdays Monday through Friday, and for breakfast and dinner on Saturday and Sunday. Breakfast is served at 6:30 a.m., lunch at 12:15 p.m., and dinner at 6:30 p.m. If you know of someone in need, call the Christian Care Crisis Hotline any hour of the day at (309) 788-2273 or visit online at christiancareqc.org.

 
Summit of Hope Project to be held Wednesday, June 27, 2012 PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Stephanie Carmichael   
Wednesday, 20 June 2012 13:48

The Summit of Hope is designed to provide a “one-stop” environment for the local parolee to obtain the necessary assistance to move past barriers which may be preventing him or her from leading a successful life.

A crime-free, productive life for the recently released translates into a safer community for everyone!

This community expo will provide the necessary services to guide and assist the recently released population with needed services.  These are individuals who are trying to put their lives back together and are struggling every day to locate the services they need, in order to be a productive part of our communities.

The Project of the Quad Cities and Illinois Department of Corrections (IDOC) are collaborating to put on a Summit of Hope event in Rock Island. The goal of the Summit of Hope is to increase public safety through reduced recidivism. Our Mission is: To give those Hope that have lost their Hope.

The event is Wednesday, June 27 from 8:30 am - 3:30 pm, at the Stern Center, 1703 3rd Avenue, Rock Island, Illinois.

Services that will be offered include:  State identification, counseling, transportation, food, clothing, shelter, primary health care referrals, screening for blood pressure, diabetes, HIV testing and care, veterans’ information, employment services, and a variety of other social service agencies.  Numerous faith-based organizations also are lending a helping hand to assist this group to get back on the right track and to stay there.

Local Parole Offices have invited parolees to attend. Reaching out to this group will help eliminate the obstacles and expedite each individual’s chance to become a positive member of their community.

By the end of the day, the participants should be well equipped with the many needed resources, referrals and materials to be well on their way to a successful life!

For more information on the Summit of Hope, contact Stephanie Carmichael with The Project of the Quad Cities at (309) 762-5433. The Summit of Hope website is www.summitofhope.org.

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