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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.

Volunteers Needed to Help With Tallgrass Prairie Reconstruction PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Adam Prato   
Tuesday, 20 September 2011 11:16
WEST BRANCH, IOWA—On Saturday, September 24, more than 180,000 volunteers will visit their favorite parks, beaches, wildlife preserves, or forests and chip in to help improve these treasured places. They’ll be taking part in National Public Lands Day (NPLD), the largest, single-day volunteer event for public lands in our country.

This year marks the 18th annual National Public Lands Day, an event that brings together thousands of volunteers from coast to coast to improve and restore the lands and facilities that Americans use for recreation, education, exercise and just plain enjoyment. Last year more than 170,000 Americans participated at more than 2,000 sites in all 50 states, Guam, Puerto Rico and Washington, DC. More information about nationwide National Public Lands Day events can be found at

On Saturday, September 24, Herbert Hoover National Historic Site will participate in National Public Lands Day with a volunteer project in the 81-acre tallgrass prairie. Volunteers are needed to help remove trees, shrubs, and weeds from the grassland, or with other projects to improve the park landscape. Volunteers interested in helping on September 24 may contact Adam Prato at (319) 643-7855. Work in the prairie will be from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Meet at the Visitor Center at 8:30 a.m. for an orientation and to get signed up. Dress for the weather and wear comfortable work clothes. Water, sunscreen, sunglasses, hats, and insect repellent are recommended. Long pants and closed-toe footwear are required. “Volunteers who participate will be rewarded with coupons for free entry into their favorite federal public land areas that have entrance fees,” said park superintendent Pete Swisher.

Herbert Hoover National Historic Site and the Herbert Hoover Presidential Library and Museum are in West Branch, Iowa at exit 254 off I-80. Both are open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Central Time. Parking is limited so please allow extra time to find a parking space. For more information go online to or call (319) 643-2541.

Herbert Hoover National Historic Site
110 Parkside Drive
PO Box 607
West Branch, Iowa  52358

319 643-2541 phone
319 643-7864 fax

Brucemore’s Historic Neighborhood Walk PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Tara Richards   
Friday, 16 September 2011 13:24

Did you know the land surrounding Brucemore was originally developed as the first golf course in Cedar Rapids? Or that the world famous Iowa artist Grant Wood designed windows, murals, and woodwork, leaving his mark on the interiors of several Cedar Rapids homes?  Listen to fascinating stories about the various homes in this third edition of the tour and discover the rich history and architecture of the Cedar Rapids’ neighborhood just outside the estate’s gates on Brucemore’s Historic Neighborhood Walk—Tuesday, October 4 and Thursday, October 6 at 6 p.m.

Admission is $15 per person and $12 per Brucemore member and includes a Historic Neighborhood Tour flipbook. Space is limited. Advance ticket purchase required. Call (319) 362-7375 or visit the Brucemore Store to purchase tickets. Self-guided Historic Neighborhood Tour flipbooks are available for purchase in the Brucemore Store, including homes from all three years of this specialty neighborhood tour.

Brucemore, Iowa’s only National Trust for Historic Preservation site, is located at 2160 Linden Drive S.E., Cedar Rapids, Iowa.


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