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Niabi Zoo Hosts Wine Tasting and Art Expo to Raise Money for Elephants PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Marc Heinzman   
Monday, 03 October 2011 08:05

Coal Valley, IL – September 23, 2011 – Niabi Zoo has announced an all-new and fun event to benefit the construction of a larger and more modern elephant exhibit. The new event, titled Wines for Wildlife & Art Expo: Presented by the Grape Life, is an after-hours wine tasting that offers attendees the chance to sample a variety of wines for a good cause. Attendees will enjoy music and appetizers in a fun and casual atmosphere. Wines for Wildlife & Art Expo: Presented by The Grape Life takes place on zoo grounds on Saturday, October 1, 2011, from 6:00 pm to 10:00pm.

“Niabi Zoo is extremely proud to be the only zoo in the state of Illinois to feature elephants as part of its collection,” says Assistant Zoo Director Marc Heinzman. “Our two Asian elephants, Babe and Sophie, are the biggest stars of the Zoo, both figuratively and literally. They deserve a larger and more modern habitat, and we hope to add a third elephant sometime after construction is completed.”

The estimated exhibit cost is close to $4 million, and Niabi Zoo is hoping to offset some of that cost with a variety of fundraising activities, such as Wines for Wildlife & Art Expo: Presented by The Grape Life. In addition to the wine tasting, the event will also feature an art gallery consisting of masterpieces from local artists and even zoo animals such as elephants, lions, snakes, and birds. “We have a lot of artists here at Niabi Zoo,” says Heinzman, “and they love to paint.”

Tickets for the event are $40 for zoo members and $45 for non-members in advance, or $50 for all at the gate. The Zoo is also selling Double Mangnum 4- packs of tickets at $150 for members and $170 for non-members. Call 309-799-3482 ext. 242 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it to purchase tickets.

Monticello native releases book, portions of proceeds to benefit Camp Courageous PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Charlie Becker   
Thursday, 22 September 2011 08:37
MT. PLEASANT, MICH. – A 1991 Monticello High School graduate and his wife have released a book of blog-inspired essays about their life with multiple sclerosis, and portions of the book’s proceeds will benefit Camp Courageous.

In their publishing debut, “Despite MS, to Spite MS,” Dan and Jennifer Digmann share personal stories of their journey—alone and together—coping with and rising above a disease for which there currently is no cure. 

Dan is the son of Monticello residents Roger and Nancy Digmann, and he currently lives with Jennifer in Mount Pleasant, Mich.

“We were quite overwhelmed when it first was suggested that we publish a book of our stories, but the more we thought about it we realized it was a needed step for us to take to increase MS awareness and help people to move forward with their lives,” Dan Digmann said. “We wanted to give back to Camp Courageous for everything it’s done for us and for everything it continues to do for the community and for the countless individuals with disabilities it serves year-round.” 

Combined Dan and Jennifer Digmann have taken on MS for nearly 25 years and together they demonstrate the extremes of how this disease impacts people so differently. Jennifer was diagnosed in 1997; Dan was diagnosed two years later. She has secondary-progressive MS, while his is relapsing-remitting. The couple was married in 2005. 

“While our life isn’t easy and we are always aware of our multiple sclerosis, we hope by sharing our stories we can comfort, educate and inspire you no matter what challenges you are facing,” Jennifer writes in the book’s foreword.

“Despite MS, to Spite MS,” will be sold locally at the Camp Courageous Gift Shop, which will be open during the annual Camp Courageous of Iowa Pancake Breakfast and Open House scheduled for 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 25.

According to the National MS Society, more than 400,000 Americans have MS. Knowing these numbers makes it so much more amazing that Dan and Jennifer found each other in Michigan and continue to defy the odds they face together. 

In addition to maintaining a personal blog at, the Digmanns are regular contributors HealthCentral’s more than 35 sites provide clinical resources and real-life support to those with life-changing conditions and serves more than 16.4 million visitors each month.

“Despite MS, to Spite MS” also is available online at
In addition to Camp Courageous, portions of the book proceeds will benefit the National Multiple Sclerosis Society (see

Addition to our Advisory Board: Attorney Douglas Cannon PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Narveen Aryaputri   
Thursday, 22 September 2011 08:09
We are proud to announce the addition to The Institutes's Advisory Board of Douglas Cannon:
Attorney Douglas Cannon specializes in the area of  Entertainment law, and will be able to advise our Independent Scholars and Artists about the nuances of  publishing, the publicity of  originals works of Art, Intellectual Property Rights and any allied questions in the area of  Independent and original work. A member of  the prestigious Chicago Literary Club, Douglas has an extensive practice in law and is a writer himself, presenting his work frequently at the Chicago Literary Club.
Additionally, as we are growing, we have added a new email account which is linked to a Facebook and Twitter dedicated to The Institute. Scott Klarkowski, our Social Media and Public Relations Executive, whose addition to The Institute you are familiar with, is actively working on the Internet and social networking and of The Institute.
The added email is This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
We will be sending emails for our weekly and other announcements from this new email.  The email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it is still active, and will continue to be used by me.
Its exciting to see the unfolding of  The Institute occurring with all our joint support, good wishes and endorsements.

Girl Scouts Workshops offered at Figge PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Susan Horan   
Tuesday, 20 September 2011 11:51
Art workshops earn Area Girl Scouts New Patch

Davenport, Iowa - September 2011 – In collaboration with the Girl Scouts of Eastern Iowa and Western Illinois, the Figge is hosting several art workshops and introducing a new FUN patch for area Girl Scouts.  The FUN patch program was designed as an alternative to the longer badge programs currently available through the Figge.  “We worked with the Girl Scout leadership experience coordinator to revamp the long badge programs,” said Lynn Gingras-Taylor, Creative Arts Coordinator at the Figge.

Girl Scouts earn badges by participating in events that can sometimes last up to four hours. The FUN patch workshops are just two hours, with the first half hour spent on a docent-led tour of the museum’s permanent collections. Tours are highlighted by art works that relate to the workshop’s accompanying activity.  There are four FUN patch workshops currently available, one each for Daisy Scout, Brownie, Junior and Cadette/Senior/Ambassador levels.  Each workshop has a unique focus with studio activities that enhance and support the workshop theme.

In addition to the FUN patch workshops, the Figge offers longer workshops that Girl Scouts can participate in for badges. These workshops are 90 minutes to 3 hours long depending on the ages of the Girl Scouts and can be arranged at anytime throughout the year.  “Art helps you look at the world in a new way, it let’s your mind breathe, “ said Gingras-Taylor, underscoring the importance of the Girl Scouts programs at the Figge.

To learn more about Girl Scouts activities offered by the Figge and workshop registration, please contact the GSEIWI website ( or the Figge website (

The Figge Art Museum is located on the riverfront in Downtown Davenport at 225 West Second Street. Hours are from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday, Sunday’s noon to 5 p.m. and Thursdays 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.  To contact the museum, please call 563-326-7804, or visit


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Written by Charlie Becker   
Tuesday, 20 September 2011 11:19
MONTICELLO, IA --The annual Camp Courageous of Iowa Pancake Breakfast and Open House is set for Sunday, September 25, 2011  from 7:00 A.M. to 1:00 P.M.

Camp Courageous began serving individuals with disabilities during the summer of 1974 with campers totaling 211. Camp Courageous is run on donations, without government support, without paid fund raisers, and without formal sponsorship. Today the camp is open year-round and the campers number nearly 6,000!

Camp Courageous is celebrating their 38th anniversary. A DVD presentation about the camp, as well as new camp merchandise can be found in the camp store in the main office.

In the lodge, pancakes will be prepared on six pancake grills to get everyone through the line quickly. The cost is $5.00 for adults and $3.00 for children under 12 for pancakes and sausage. Other events during the open house include a Live WMT Broadcast from the camp's main lodge. Leo Greco CDs and DVDs will be available and we will be featuring Leo's Marconi Award and Leo's accordion at the WMT table.

See the progress being made at Lake Todd, just west of base camp. Take a free train ride and be a part of a live reenactment of a train robbery by Red Cedar Regulators at the Train Depot at 9:00 AM, 9:45 AM, 10:45 AM, and 11:45 AM.  And in the Sill Barn at base camp, camp will be featuring the talents the Dixie-Notes-Plus performing free at 9:30, 10:30, and 11:30 AM.

The Pancake Breakfast is also kick-off for sales of the Camp Courageous Fruitcakes. The fresh baked Fruitcakes are $10.00 each.

The camp is located five miles southeast of Monticello off Highway 38 and 151 - Exit 65. You can go online to for more details.

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