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Openings on the LeClaire Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors PDF Print E-mail
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Written by LeClaire Chamber of Commerce   
Wednesday, 12 November 2014 14:50
The LeClaire Chamber of Commerce is now accepting candidates for upcoming openings on our Board of Directors.  All who are current Members of the LeClaire Chamber of Commerce are welcome to submit a brief letter of interest. All candidates will be added to the ballot that will go out in December, 2014, along with the ballot for Annual Award Winners to be voted upon by Chamber membership. Please submit a brief letter of interest to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , or send the same to:
LeClaire Chamber of Commerce
PO Box 35
LeClaire, IA 52753
For more information, please contact the LeClaire Chamber of Commerce.
Thank you,
LeClaire Chamber of Commerce
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6 Must-Know Facts About Obamacare Open Enrollment PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Jason Alderman   
Tuesday, 11 November 2014 14:30

If you buy your own health insurance, add this important date to your yearend to-do list: November 15.

That's the date open enrollment is available for individual healthcare plans offered through the site, your respective health insurance marketplace ( or independent agents in your community.

If you're working for a company that provides your health insurance, chances are your open enrollment period has already begun. The SHOP insurance marketplace, open to small businesses and nonprofits with 50 or fewer full-time employees, also begins taking online applications November 15.

If you buy your own personal or family coverage, don't wait until November 15 to start planning your 2015 coverage decisions – do it now.

Here are six things you should know to get started:

1. Timing is tight. Last year's health insurance enrollment process lasted six months. This year, it's only three – November 15 to February 15. You may be able to enroll outside of those dates if you're facing a major life change like a divorce, birth of a child or marriage; otherwise, that's your window.

2. Sticker shock is a possibility. Obamacare didn't guarantee cheap healthcare coverage; it guaranteed available healthcare coverage. Keep in mind that if you bought health coverage last year, your insurer will automatically re-enroll you on December 15 for new coverage effective January 1. However, that's no guarantee that your monthly premium will stay the same. Some experts are predicting only modest increases (, but depending on where you live, your premiums might go up or down. And if your 2013 carrier grandfathered your 2014 coverage, those changes may go well beyond price.

3. Your doctors and hospitals might change. Hospitals and physician practices scrutinize the state of the health insurance market very closely. Their income depends on it. In 2013, some medical practices made news by dropping insurance plans altogether and accepting only cash or credit; others changed the insurance plans they would honor. Something to keep in mind: the best way to confirm that you'll still have access to your favorite doctor and hospital choice is to pick up the phone. Your doctor's website may list the particular insurance plans his or her practice may accept, but don't expect the list to be current. Call your practitioner or their business office to confirm they're sticking with your plan or any you've chosen to use instead. You don't want to be surprised with enormous out-of-network costs later.

4. Planning future health needs is important. If in the next year you're planning to expand your family, undergo elective surgery or other factors that could affect how you'll use the healthcare system, query the plans about specialists, prescriptions and other specific services before you sign up. It could save you thousands in potential out-of-pocket costs.

5. Coverage isn't immediate. Depending on when you enroll during the open enrollment period, your actual coverage may not start until two to six weeks later. Check effective dates of coverage for every plan you're evaluating to make sure the timing addresses your particular needs.

6. You can get help. Personal referrals from friends and fellow professionals to particular plans and agents are always a good way to start your enrollment search. There may also be nonprofit assistance within your community or state to help you evaluate individual plans. On the national level, nonprofit Enroll America runs a nationwide site ( with specific tools and resources for help in your search.

Start now to build a good toolbox full of online and personal resources to help you with your 2015 health insurance search.

Tribute To Bing At The Old Creamery Theatre on November 15! PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Lily Allen-Duenas   
Tuesday, 11 November 2014 14:00

A Tribute to Bing starring Bob Pasch is heading to the Old Creamery Theatre for one show only on Saturday, November 15 at 2:00 pm! A Dean Martin Tribute was originally scheduled at this time, however due to an emergency surgery he has had to cancel the show. The Old Creamery Theatre wishes him a speedy recovery. Lucky for you, we found an incredible Tribute to Bing Crosby to come to the Old Creamery Theatre!

Bob Pasch has delighted audiences for over 30 years with his good, clean humor and his remarkable likeness in sound, appearance, and mannerisms to Bing Crosby. His tribute shows are endorsed by Kathryn Crosby, Bing’s widow, as well as all the major Bing Crosby fan clubs.

Tickets are $25 for adults and $18 for students. Reservations are recommended. Call the box office for tickets and information 319-622-6262 or visit us online at

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Written by Christina A. Patramanis   
Tuesday, 11 November 2014 09:57


November 7, 2014 – Iowa City, Iowa – This holiday season actor Tim Budd will perform Paul Morella's solo adaptation of Charles Dickens' "A Christmas Carol", November 28 to December 14 at Riverside Theatre.   Ron Clark will direct. Audiences will get to experience the unforgettable characters and vivid imagery of this ghost story through Dickens’ own words in the style that was originally intended. The experience will be made complete with live music by fiddler Tara McGovern (of The Beggarmen).

A CHRISTMAS CAROL runs Thursday–Sunday, November 28 – December 14, 2014.  Tickets: Adults, $28-30; Riverdog Pass Holders, $25; Youth, $18; Student Rush, $20.   Details at, or by phone at 319-338-7672.   Riverside Theatre is located at 213 N. Gilbert Street, Iowa City, Iowa.

A CHRISTMAS CAROL is the fourth show of Riverside’s 34th season of professional theatre.


Tim Budd, who performed the solo show “The Santaland Diaries” at Riverside Theatre in 2012, takes on the role of Dickens and the voices of his characters from Scrooge to Tiny Tim.

Live music by fiddler Tara McGovern adds an extra richness to the experience. Tara McGovern has been performing across the Midwest with the traditional Irish band The Beggarmen since 2004 and holds a degree in music therapy.

Lighting design for A Christmas Carol is by Jessica Fialko, with period costume design by Osean Perez.  Violet Virnig is the scenic coordinator.


Originally Dickens published “A Christmas Carol” as a novella in 1843, during Victorian era Britain in a time that Christmas tradition nostalgia was strong and new customs, such as Christmas trees and holiday greeting cards, were being introduced.

The story centers around a bitter miser, Ebenezer Scrooge and his change into a warm, generous man after being visited by the ghost of his old business partner Jacob Marley, and three spirits: the Ghosts of Christmases Past, Present, and Yet to Come.

The story is so popular that it has never been out of print, and has been adapted to film, stage, opera and other media.  The book was adapted to the stage almost immediately, with 3 productions opening in 1844.  Dickens decided that the best way to reach audiences with the story was through public readings and he prepared an abbreviated version of the tale for that purpose.  His very first public reading of any story was of “A Christmas Carol” in 1853.  The public readings were incredibly successful and he performed the story 127 times, until the year of his death in 1870.  “A Christmas Carol” was also his final performance.

Contemporary actor Paul Morella, in a desire to take “A Christmas Carol” back to its public performance roots, adapted the story to a one-person show using Dickens’ own language. Morella himself performs the show at Olney Theatre Center in Maryland.


Tim Budd most recently performed the role of Buddy in Kimberly Akimbo.  Last season he played Iago in RTP’s Othello and acted in Riverside’s Gilbert Street productions of Walking the Wire:  Merge, Good People, and Birth Witches, as well as directing Coming of Age in Chore Boots.  Other recent work includes acting in Hancher's production of Working Group Theatre's new play Out of Bounds. An Iowa native, Tim finished his studies towards an MFA in acting at the University of Iowa and works full-time at Prairie Lights Books.




Fri 11/28, 7:30pm

Sat 11/29, 7:30pm

Sun 11/30, 2:00pm


Thurs 12/4, 7:30pm

Fri 12/5, 7:30pm

Sat 12/6, 7:30pm

Sun 12/7, 2:00pm


Thurs 12/11, 7:30pm

Fri 12/12, 7:30pm

Sat 12/13, 7:30pm

Sun 12/14, 2:00pm


Thursday Theatre Talk: November 20, 5:30pm at Riverside Theatre with host Miriam Gilbert and special guest Professor Garrett Stewart.  The theatre talk is free & open to the public. 

Post-performance Talkbacks:  Sunday, November 30 & Friday, December 5.  Stay after the show on these dates to discuss the play with the actors.


Countryside Community Theatre announces its 2015 Season “Something Old, Something New” PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Christina Myatt   
Tuesday, 11 November 2014 09:55

Countryside Community Theatre is excited to announce that it will be returning to its home theater, North Scott High School in Eldridge, for the 2015 season.  Christina Myatt, board president, said, “We thought a lot about the future of CCT.  North Scott has been our home for 30 years.  We want to celebrate that history and that partnership.  We delayed announcing a season as we wanted to make sure that construction and improvements being made to the physical building would not impede our presentation or our patrons’ enjoyment of this our 32nd season.”

Countryside will also return to a two show season hoping to utilize more of the talent seen each year at auditions.  “We have really seen our numbers grow in the past years as we have presented area premieres of Les Miserables and Shrek.   We see a niche for ourselves in presenting larger than life, family-friendly entertainment that features a multi-generational cast of local talent, ” Myatt said.

To that end, CCT will present “Something Old, Something New” for 2015- a classic piece of musical theatre that has stood the test of time and an area premiere of a more recent work.  The season will begin with Jesus Christ Superstar in June and conclude with Big Fish in July.  Directors will be announced closer to the end of the month.

Jesus Christ Superstar, with lyrics by Tim Rice and music by Andrew Lloyd Webber, is a retelling of the Christ’s final days on earth. Propelled by a stirring score, by turns that are driving and majestic, satirical and tender, it illuminates the transcendent power of the human spirit with a passion that goes straight to the heart.

"For a 2,000-year-old story set to 30-year-old music, JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR still has a fresh, timeless appeal. Andrew Lloyd Webber's music is haunting, snappy and touching... Tim Rice's lyrics are too good to miss a word." — Sue Merrell, Grand Rapids Press, January 01, 2003

Big Fish is a new Broadway musical featuring music and lyrics by Tony nominee Andrew Lippa (The Addams Family, The Wild Party) and a new book by esteemed screenwriter John August (Big Fish, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory).

Based on the celebrated novel by Daniel Wallace and the acclaimed film directed by Tim Burton, Big Fish centers on Edward Bloom, a traveling salesman who lives life to its fullest… and then some! Edward's incredible, larger-than-life stories thrill everyone around him – most of all, his devoted wife Sandra. But their son Will, about to have a child of his own, is determined to find the truth behind his father’s epic tales.
Overflowing with heart, humor and spectacular stagecraft, Big Fish is an extraordinary new Broadway musical that reminds us why we love going to the theatre – for an experience that's richer, funnier and BIGGER than life itself.



Auditions for both shows will be held January 10 and 11 at North Scott HS in Eldridge.  Information on audition specifics will be released in early December via the company’s website and Facebook page.

For more information or to volunteer to assist with either production, contact CCT at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or call 563-285-6228.


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