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Written by Linda Martin   
Thursday, 03 December 2009 08:58
A grants submission deadline has been announced by the Moline Community Foundation. Non-profit organizations are encouraged to apply if they serve the citizens of Moline and the surrounding region, including the Quad Cities.

All materials necessary to receive funds are due in The Moline Foundation offices by 4:00 p.m. on Friday, January 29, 2010 or must be postmarked by or on Friday, January 29, 2010.

Any non-profit, 501(c)(3) organization, including those who have never received Moline Foundation funding in the past, is welcome to apply.

For more information, please refer to The Moline Foundation’s web site at www.

An application should consist of a written request stating the name and address of the organization, its mission, names and addresses of Board members, financial statement, balance sheet, and the specific purpose for which any money received would be used including a project budget.  The name, telephone number, and email of a contact person must also be included.  The requested materials should be mailed according to the above deadline.  Other important information about grant submission is available at The Moline Foundation’s web site.

The Moline Community Foundation offices are located at the Deere-Wiman House, 817 11th Avenue, Moline.

The Moline Foundation, founded in 1953, is a community foundation which provides grants to health, human services, education, workforce development, the arts and other charitable organizations which benefit the citizens of Moline and the surrounding area, including the Quad Cities region in both Iowa and Illinois.  The Moline Foundation receives and administers charitable gifts and works with citizens to achieve their dreams to improve the community.


“Iowa’s Own Pianist” Jim McDonough Kicks-Off Annual Holiday Concert Tour to Benefit Camp Courageous of Iowa PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Charlie Becker   
Monday, 30 November 2009 08:53
MONTICELLO, IA (November 27, 2009) — Once again this year, Iowans can ring in the Christmas season with “Iowa’s Own Pianist” Jim McDonough and his orchestra and singers. Tickets for his annual “Holiday Grande” concert tour for Camp Courageous of Iowa are on sale now.

The spectacular holiday stage production -- all-new for 2009 -- includes McDonough at the concert grand piano, his 15-piece orchestra, a cast of singers and dancers, elaborate sets and costumes and the true spirit of the season.

The tour will deliver the message of Christmas in a sincere, rich and meaningful production perfect for the entire family. “We’ve put together the grandest ‘Holiday Grande’ yet,” McDonough says. “It’s elegant, it’s exciting, it’s touching, and it benefits a wonderful organization.”

For the fifth consecutive year, the tour will benefit Camp Courageous in Iowa, a year-round respite care and recreational facility for individuals of all ages with disabilities. The camp is run on donations, without formal sponsorships, without government assistance, and without any paid fund-raisers.  Tour stops include:

Des Moines – Saturday, December 5, at 2:30 p.m. at Hoyt Sherman Place. Tickets: $28 - $33. Charge by phone at (800) 745-3000, visit, or in person at the Hoyt Sherman Place Box Office.

Marion – Sunday, December 6, at 2:30 p.m. & 7:00 p.m. at Linn-Mar High School Auditorium. Tickets: $28 - $33. Charge by phone at (800) 375-7095, or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Dubuque – Saturday, December 12, at 2:30 p.m. & 7:30 p.m. at the Five Flags Theater. Tickets: $28 - $33. Charge by phone at (800) 745-3000, visit, or in person at the Five Flags Box Office.

Cedar Falls – Sunday, December 13, at 2:30 p.m. at the Gallagher-Bluedorn Performing Arts Center. Tickets: $28 - $33. Charge by phone at (800) 549-SHOW (7469), visit, or in person at the Gallagher-Bluedorn Box Office.

Jim McDonough’s 11 CDs – including his brand new album Rat Pack Remembered – are available at gift shops across the country and via his Web site,

After stints as a high school band director, cruise ship entertainer and air-traffic controller, Jim McDonough began selling his distinctive brand of soothing piano music in gift shops in eastern Iowa. Today, his CDs are available in nearly 1,000 stores across the country and via his Web site, Jim’s independent record label, Jim McDonough Productions, Inc., has already sold more than 125,000 of his CDs.

The road to success, though, has been paved with detours. In eighth grade, an accident nearly ended his musical career. A falling piano crushed three fingers on his right hand – and nearly crushed his dreams in the process. Jim emerged from two hours of surgery with pins in his fingers and tiny fractures across his hand. But throughout more than a year of physical therapy, Jim kept playing – with a cast on his right hand – and concentrated on improving his performance with his left hand. “Playing the piano defined me,” McDonough says. “It was my life, and I was determined to play again.” He devoted nearly every spare moment to working to get back the dexterity in his right hand, and the rigorous rehearsing paid off. In ninth grade, instead of a car, Jim bought a Steinway grand piano to celebrate how far he’d come.

His debut CD Requests, released in 2002, features timeless solo piano music, including favorites such as My Heart Will Go On (from Titanic), Time to Say Goodbye, and All I Ask of You (from Phantom of the Opera). Jim’s original holiday CD, Home for Christmas, is filled with classic Christmas favorites including O Holy Night, Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas, Christmas Time is Here (from A Charlie Brown Christmas) and The Prayer. His collection of movie themes, Projections: Songs from the Silver Screen, features familiar music from films, including Theme from On Golden Pond, Brian’s Song and Through The Eyes Of Love (from Ice Castles). An Ivory Christmas is a taste of Jim’s live holiday show, and features a combination of solo piano pieces and holiday tunes with vocals and full orchestrations, including We Need a Little Christmas, My Favorite Things and Ave Maria. Music of the Night is a collection of sophisticated, relaxing and romantic evening-inspired melodies including Some Enchanted Evening, Moon River and Somewhere Out There. Simple Gifts features 14 songs of faith and inspiration, including On Eagle’s Wings, You Raise Me Up and How Great Thou Art. With Love is filled with timeless, most-often-requested love songs, including Unchained Melody, Unforgettable, and Somewhere My Love. Homeward Bound features melodies designed to accompany us on the many stages of our journeys through life, including You’ll Never Walk Alone, Climb Ev’ry Mountain and Danny Boy. New in 2008, Country Dreaming, features 16 classic country melodies, including Crazy, Always on My Mind and Tennessee Waltz. A follow-up to his original holiday release, A Christmas to Remember, is filled with seasonal favorites, including Mary Did You Know?, Silver Bells and Joy to the World. And his most recent release, Rat Pack Remembered, is filled with Jim’s distinctive arrangements of the most beloved hits from the trio of Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin and Sammy Davis, Jr.

For more information, visit Jim McDonough’s web site at or call (800) 375-7095. For additional information about Camp Courageous go to or call (319) 465-5916.

Vander Veer Botanical Park and Park Store Open House Weekend PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Kenmeth Asta   
Wednesday, 25 November 2009 08:26

Vander Veer Conservatory

Saturday and Sunday, December 5th & 6th, 2009

Free admission for all

Special events include:

Northwoods Christmas Conservatory and Pointsettia Display

Christmas Fern and Orchid Display

Saturday, Dec 5th from 10am-2pm "Canine Christmas"

Enjoy a free photography sitting with your family and/or pet in the Conservatory. Photos may be purchased through Studio D Photography for your holiday gift giving.

Sunday, Dec 6th from 2pm-4pm "Snowflake Making Demonstration"

"Mr. Snowflake" Keith Bonnstetter demonstrates that art of paper snowflake cutting. Enjoy his snowflake art in our Northwoods Christmas Display.

Sunday, Dec 6th from 2pm-6pm "Illowa Orchid Society - Orchid Clinic"

Stop in and enjoy the Orchid Display and ask the experts your Orchid questions.

Scott County Regional Authority Awards Winnie’s Place PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Jo Cohrs   
Thursday, 19 November 2009 14:34

Winnie’s Place received a grant award in the amount of $10,885 to help the shelter with emergency plumbing and structural repairs to its six bathrooms. THANK YOU SCRA!

Winnie’s Place opened its doors in December 2006 and has been at or near capacity ever since.  It provides basic necessities and extensive professional Case Management in a space accommodating up to ten women with or without children who are homeless or victim of domestic violence.

Winnie’s Place is open 24/7 – including the holidays.  If you have someone that needs shelter, call 309/764-winn (9466).  The staff & team of volunteers are busy arranging for their Santa party and adoption of families.  Call the above number if you are willing to help.

PMCI 29th Annual Cent-A-Gallon Day for Camp Courageous PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Charlie Becker   
Friday, 13 November 2009 13:06
The Petroleum Marketers and Convenience Stores of Iowa are launching their twenty-ninth annual Cent-A-Gallon Day for Camp Courageous Wednesday, November 25, 2009.  One-cent out of every gallon of petroleum products sold on the day before Thanksgiving, by participating marketers, will go to Camp Courageous.

Camp Courageous of Iowa is a year-round recreation and respite care facility for individuals with disabilities.  Run on donations, over 5,000 campers are served annually.

On this day, participating Petroleum Marketers and Convenience Stores will give thanks by contributing one-cent from every gallon of petroleum product sold to Camp Courageous.  “The day before Thanksgiving was picked 29 years ago,” according to Charlie Becker, the camp’s director, “because both Camp Courageous and the Petroleum Marketers and Convenience Stores have felt we have an awful lot to be thankful for and it was the perfect time to give thanks for all our blessings.”

Posters will be displayed in the windows of participating Petroleum Marketers and Convenience Stores to distinguish them as participants.  The Petroleum Marketers and Convenience Stores of Iowa encourage everyone to join with their local petroleum marketer to give thanks this Thanksgiving, by helping Camp Courageous on the day before.


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