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Simon applauds passage of bill to improve emergency medical services PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Annie Thompson   
Thursday, 24 October 2013 08:07

House Bill 2778 heads to governor’s desk

SPRINGFIELD – October 23, 2013. Continuing her work to improve rural health care, Lt. Governor Sheila Simon today applauded the Illinois General Assembly for passing House Bill 2778. The legislation sponsored by Rep. Don Moffitt (R-Gilson) and Sen. Chapin Rose (R-Champaign) will enable emergency medical technicians (EMTs) to provide more patient services.

“Seconds can mean the difference between life and death in an emergency, and EMTs need to able to use all of their skills and training to aid patients,” said Simon, chair of the Governor’s Rural Affairs Council. “I would like to thank Rep. Moffitt and Sen. Rose for their leadership, and the EMS Task Force for its work on this important legislation, and I encourage the governor to sign this bill.”

The legislation is a result of recommendations released last by the House Emergency Medical Services Task Force. Simon testified in support of streamlining regulations for EMTs and recently hosted an EMS Summit in Springfield. A number of providers gathered to discuss ways to further improve EMS delivery in Illinois.

Rep. Moffitt co-chaired the House Emergency Medical Services Task Force and served as the House sponsor for HB 2778.

“This bill is the result of a lot of hard work, and I thank those who participated in the hearings our EMS Task Force held throughout the state,” said Moffitt. “This legislation is important because it allows the EMTs staffing the ambulance to perform medical treatment at the highest level for which they are licensed and trained, instead of being limited only to the basic skills of an ambulance licensed as a basic ambulance service.”

“This legislation can help save lives, and I hope the governor will sign it quickly,” said Sen. Rose, who sponsored the bill in the Senate. “The men and women staffing ambulances throughout the state should be able to use all of their skills, which can make all the difference in an emergency.

Ambulance services can be delivered at various levels, ranging from basic life support to advanced life support and specialty care transport. Currently, EMTs may provide services only at their assigned ambulance level, even though they may have training to provide a higher level of service.  Under HB 2778, a licensed EMT may perform medical services compliant with his or her level of education or training, regardless of the level of their ambulances.

Lt. Governor Simon is the chair of the Governor’s Rural Affairs Council, and enhancing emergency medical services is a part of the council’s strategic plan for rural Illinois. HB 2778 passed both chambers and now heads to the governor for signature.

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November events at the Coralville Center for the Performing Arts PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Megan Flanagan   
Wednesday, 23 October 2013 14:55

SPAMALOT, ANGELINA BALLERINA, LORIE LINE AND MORE AT THE CCPA IN NOVEMBER

The Coralville Center for the Performing Arts will welcome local, national, and international talent for a variety of November events.

The schedule includes:

·        City Circle Acting Company’s production of Monty Python’s SPAMALOT (October 25-November 1, performances Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30pm, Sundays at 2pm).  This Tony-Award winning  musical is “lovingly ripped off” from the film Monty Python and the Holy Grail. Tickets are $12-$27.

·        Flutes for Food (November 6 at 6:30pm) Students of West Conservatory teachers Megan Hofeldt, Beth Ramsey, Shivhan Dohse, and Sarah Beland perform in solos, duets, and small group ensembles.  The program concludes with the West Music Flute Choir of over 40 flutists performing Simple Gifts. The price of admission is a non-perishable food item to benefit the Johnson County Crisis Center, North Liberty Food Pantry, and Coralville Ecumenical Food Pantry.

·        Vital Theatre Company’s national tour of Angelina Ballerina The Musical (November 10 at 1pm and 4pm

).  This fun-filled family musical has delighted audiences across the country!  Based on the beloved books and the PBS Kids® animated series, this production features Angelina and her friends Alice, Gracie, AZ, Viki, and their teacher Ms. Mimi.  Everyone is aflutter because a special guest is coming to visit Camembert Academy.  Angelina is the most excited of all, but will she get the starring moment she hopes for?  Tickets are $15.

·        The Alejandro Ziegler Tango Orchestra (November 12 at 6:30pm).  Directly from Buenos Aries, the Alejandro Ziegler quartet will perform classical tango, mixed with their own compositions.  Ziegler’s style of tango music reflects both innovation and tradition.  Audience members are invited to dance on the stage during the concert.  Tickets are $12-$23; patrons have the option of adding on a special reception with the artist at Mendoza Wine Bar for an additional $8.

·        Lorie Line: Born in Bethlehem (November 14 at 7:30pm).  Lorie Line’s 2013 Holiday Tour begins in Coralville and will feature favorites and brand new seasonal songs.  Expect all the elements that make a Lorie Line show successful: signature musical arrangements with her Fab Five, colorful costumes, stories, world-class musicians, and most importantly, bells!  Tickets are $48.

·        Kirkwood Instrumental Jazz Ensembles featuring Gabe Medd (November 22 at 7:30pm) Kirkwood Community College presents the Kirkwood Jazz Ensemble and the CR Jazz Big Band in concert under the direction of Kirkwood’s Director of Instrumental Jazz Studies and Jazz Educators Hall of Famer Al Naylor.  Guest artist Gabe Medd is a Coralville native who is finishing his degree at Julliard.  Tickets are $7-$12.

·        City Ballet of Iowa: Winter Dances (November 24 at 2pm).  This dance performance features City Ballet, Edith Ballet Academy, and Movment Dance Co.  Tickets $6-$10.

·        2013 Generations of Jazz (November 25 at 7pm) features the Silver Swing Big Band, a subset of the Iowa City/Johnson County Senior Center New Horizons Band, with Iowa City High School Jazz Ensemble, West Brand High School Jazz Band, West Liberty High School Jazz One Ensemble, Lin-Mar’s Colton Center Jazz Ensemble, and Moline High School Jazz Ensemble.  This event is free and open to the public.

Further information on these events and details on other upcoming events are available at CoralvilleArts.org.

Tickets for most CCPA events are available by phone at 319.248.9370, online at CoralvilleArts.org, and in person at the CCPA box office at 1301 5th Street and Coralville Recreation Center at 1506 8th Street.

Owned and operated by the City of Coralville, the Coralville Center for the Performing Arts is dedicated to enriching the community and contributing to the vitality of Coralville by offering an accessible, affordable venue for a variety of performances, presentations, and public and private events.  The 472 seat theater opened August 26, 2011 and has hosted performances from City Circle Acting Company, Orchestra Iowa, Cedar Rapids Opera Theatre, Dan Knight, Lola Astanova, Lorie Line, Judy Carmichael, Jim McDonough, Nolte Academy of Dance, and many others.  Coralville schools are also able to use the Center free of charge up to three times per year; 16 school events took place at the Center in the 2012-2013 school year. The Center was named 2012 Member of the Year by the Iowa City/Coralville Area Convention and Visitors Bureau.

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The Old Creamery Theatre Board of Directors exceeds challenge grant! PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Shelly Klimes   
Tuesday, 22 October 2013 15:34
Amana - The Old Creamery Theatre is pleased to announce that its board of directors recently exceeded a generous $35,000 challenge grant from The Gethmann Foundation to net the non-profit professional theatre a total of $56,000. The board was challenged by Jack Gethmann of The Gethmann Foundation to raise $17,000. Exceeding the challenge, board members were able to secure a total of $21,000.

Peter Teahen, President of The Old Creamery Theatre Board of Directors, said “With the commitment from the Gethmann Foundation and the threatre board, we will be able to upgrade our facilities to address the needs of theatre guests with disabilities to include expanded theatre seating and a handicap accessible companion restroom.”

While The Old Creamery Theatre offers performances for over 35,000 theatergoers each year, it cannot thrive on ticket sales alone. Ticket sales cover approximately 60% of the theatre’s yearly expenses. Because programming has grown significantly in the last five years to bring community members a wider variety of performances to enjoy, donations must fill in the financial gap for the professional theatre. The success and longevity of The Old Creamery Theatre depends on generous donors such as The Gethmann Foundation.

Different than other local theatres, The Old Creamery Theatre is a live, professional theatre. Everyone on staff and on stage is a paid professional. Donations to support the theatre not only keep the arts alive in Iowa and offer community members a chance to experience live theatre, but also keep jobs alive and in Iowa.

Established in 1959, The Gethmann Foundation is a private, not-for-profit grant making organization.

The Old Creamery Theatre is a not-for-profit professional theatre founded in 1971 in Garrison, Iowa. The company is celebrating 42 years of bringing live, professional theatre to the people of Iowa and the Midwest.
With truly something for everyone, The Old Creamery Theatre brings productions to its 300 seat Main Stage and its 70 seat Studio Stage and produces a yearly comic murder mystery. In addition, The Old Creamery Theatre for Young Audiences offers children’s shows on the Main Stage and its school tour travels throughout Iowa each spring with shows that incorporate positive messages. The Old Creamery also offers summer camps for children at various locations each year. The Old Creamery Theatre is proud to be the oldest professional theatre company in Iowa.

 
Iowa Insurance Division Uses Theatre to Inspire Students to Create Good Money Habits PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Katie Miesen   
Monday, 21 October 2013 12:13
Making Financial Literacy Fun

Iowa Insurance Division Continues to Inspire Students to Create Good Money Habits

Minneapolis, MN (October 18, 2013) – For the seventh year in a row, the Iowa Insurance Division will sponsor a unique, theatre-based program for middle schools throughout the state that will entertain and educate tens of thousands of students on the ways they can create good personal money habits.  Mad About Money II: Pay Yourself First! opens on October 21 and will play to 100 Iowa middle schools at no cost to the individual schools.  It is an entertaining and inspiring program – featuring live, educational theatre performances by professional actors – that also includes print and Internet curriculum for use in the classroom and at home.

All the characters in Mad About Money II: Pay Yourself First are play by two experienced improvisational actors who play eight different characters in the 40-minute program that’s performed for the entire school.  Students learn important lessons about their money management and buying habits through four comical and informative sketches, including:

  • Wages minus deductions equals take-home pay
  • Saving and investing always have some risk involved
  • Don’t let advertisers make your decisions for you
  • What is “opportunity cost?”

The program is produced by The National Theatre for Children (NTC), and while performances and educational content are completely scripted, the shows themselves are built to incorporate moments of improvisation.  At the beginning of each scene, actors solicit information from the audience that is then humorously integrated into the show.  “Using humor to illustrate a particular point about money management is really powerful with this age group,” says Craig Goettsch of the Iowa Insurance Division. “That’s why we keep bringing these NTC programs back year after year.  It’s never too soon to begin good money habits, and we want to expose these ideas to as many Iowa students as possible.”

But the financial education doesn’t stop with the end of the audience applause.  Following the performances, students return to their classrooms to complete print activities and digital classroom games that further reinforce the financial literacy concepts from the show. Combining live, educational theatre with interactive classroom activities and homework assignments enhances retention of the important lessons.  “Our goal is to help educate the future generation of earners, savers, spenders and investors,” continues Mr. Goettsch.  “That’s why we’re offering Mad About Money free-of-charge to the schools.  The smarter they are with their money today, the better off we’ll all be in the future.”

The Mad About Money program and format was the focus of a study conducted by financial literacy researcher Dr. Lewis Mandell.  His study provided empirical evidence that NTC-style productions—live educational theatre combined with print and classroom activities – positively influence student attitudes on personal finance.  For a copy of Dr. Mandell’s study, please contact NTC.

About the Iowa Insurance Division (IID)
The Iowa Insurance Division’s mission is to protect consumers through consumer education and by effectively and efficiently providing a fair, flexible and positive regulatory environment.   This financial education program is funded not from tax revenues, but rather from investor education fund created with settlements between regulators and large brokerages houses, as well as a part of license fees for securities agents.  Additionally, the IID supervises all insurance business transacted in the state. The insurance commissioner grants permission to companies wishing to sell insurance in Iowa and has general control over all aspects of their business, from the forms they use to the rates they charge. The commissioner also serves as the administrator of the securities act which involves the licensing of brokerage firms and their agents, examining new securities offerings and investigating investment fraud cases:  www.iid.state.ia.us
About The National Theatre for Children
NTC is the largest touring educational theatre company in the world. Since 1978, NTC has successfully tackled one important issue after another including: financial literacy, electrical safety, water conservation, health care, smoking prevention, recycling, wise energy use, renewable energy, nutrition, and bullying prevention, (to name a few). Our educational outreach programs are entirely underwritten by corporate, non-profit and governmental sponsors who want to be associated with delivering healthy-living messages to students and their families. NTC performs approximately 7,000 times a year throughout the country, actively engaging 2.8 million students and parents through its programming: www.nationaltheatre.com
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The Old Creamery Theatre announces 2014 season line-up PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Shelly Klimes   
Monday, 21 October 2013 12:03

Season tickets are now on sale at The Old Creamery Theatre. See our lineup of all the fun to be had in 2014! Please take note that starting with the 2014 season, all matinees will be at 2 p.m. Call the box office at 319-622-6262 or visit our web site at www.oldcreamery.com for more information or to order individual or season tickets. It’s never to early to reserve your seats or to buy your season tickets for 2014!

*Season ticket packages can not be used for special events.

Special Events
Frankly Scarlett, You’re Dead
Feb. 14 - March 15, 2014
Friday and Saturday nights. Seating starts at 5:30 p.m.; show at 6 p.m.
Now at an exciting new Cedar Rapids location!
The Clarion Hotel and Convention Center
525 33rd Ave. SW Cedar Rapids
Tickets: $47 for dinner and the show. Includes tax and gratuity.
Call: 319-622-6262 or oldcreamery.com
The fun at The Old Creamery Theatre starts Feb. 14 when the comic murder mystery dinner theatre takes a southern turn toward the land of Dixie for Frankly Scarlett, You're Dead, by James Daab.
While the Civil War is looming at Sassafras, the ancestral home of the Simpson family, Colonel Simpson tries to marry off his daughters Scarlett and Melody. But, fiddle-dee-dee, there are no respectable southern gentlemen to be found with all this talk of war, war, war! To make matters worse, somebody is a Yankee spy. Come be part of the mystery and enjoy a delicious meal. You will be able to choose your entree when you order tickets online or by phone.

Branson on the Road
March 13, 14, and 15, 2014
All shows at 2 p.m. on the Main Stage.
Tickets: $30 for adults; $18 for students.
Call: 319-622-6262 or oldcreamery.com
The Old Creamery Theatre brings Branson to you this spring! This high energy, non-stop show features Debbie Horton, the only woman to have played lead guitar with Johnny Cash, Donnie Wright, an expert musician who has performed at Nashville’s Grand Old Opry, and Brian Capps, master upright bass player and singer. Group rates are available.
Live, Professional Theatre
39 38th Ave.
Amana IA 52203
oldcreamery.com 319-622-6262

Let Us Entertain You!
2014 Main Stage
Tickets $28 for adults; $18.50 for students
Ring of Fire: The Music of Johnny Cash
April 24- May 25, 2014
Created by Richard Maltby, Jr. Conceived by William Meade. Orchestrations by Steven Bishop and Jeff Lisenby
Additional arrangements by David Abbinanti.
He started out as a “Country Boy” who against all odds became one of the greatest country music legends of all time. From “Daddy Sang Bass” to “Folsom Prison Blues,” “I Walk the Line,” and “A Boy Named Sue,” you’ll hear Johnny Cash’s life through his lyrics in this non-stop musical biography of the “Man in Black.”
Rated Theatre PG.

The Sunshine Boys
June 5 - 29, 2014
A comedy by Neil Simon
Al Lewis and Willy Clark, once a famous comedy team, haven’t spoken in more than a decade. When Willy’s nephew, a variety show producer, promises big bucks to bring them together one more time, it turns out to be easier said than done as Al and Willy give new meaning to the words “cranky old men.” Rated Theatre PG.

Snoopy!!! The Musical
July 17 - Aug. 10, 2014
Based on the comic strip “Peanuts” by Charles M. Schulz
Book by Charles M. Schulz Creative Associates, Warren Lockhart, Arthur Whitelaw and Michael L. Grace
Music by Larry Grossman, lyrics by Hal Hackady. Originally produced by Arthur Whitelaw, Michael L. Grace and Susan Bloom. Originally directed by Arthur Whitelaw.
It’s the world according to Snoopy! Come join Charlie Brown, Lucy, Peppermint Patty, Linus and Sally as they celebrate the wisdom of Charles Schultz and the world’s most famous Beagle in this delightful musical that’s fun for the whole family. Rated Theatre G.

Cash on Delivery
Sept. 4 – 28, 2014
By Michael Cooney
When con man Eric decides to get out of the scam business, things come unglued as the tenants he made up in order to collect government money, take on a life of their own. Throw in a social worker, a couple’s therapist, a grief counselor, a mortician, an unknowing fiancée and a worried wife and you have the perfect formula for hilarity in this fast-paced comedy full of BIG laughs! Rated Theatre PG.

The Church Basement Ladies In: A Mighty Fortress is Our Basement
Oct. 9 – Nov. 9, 2014
Inspired by the books of Janet Letnes Martin and Suzann Nelson, including the best seller “Growing Up Lutheran.” Written by Greta Grosch. Music and lyrics by Drew Jansen.
Those lovable Church Basement Ladies are back in this all-new musical! Join the fun as they run a food booth at the county fair, teach one of their own how to drive and help their very nervous Pastor make it to the alter on time for his wedding! Whether you’ve seen them before or are brand new to the basement kitchen, you’ll have fun watching the ladies dish it out! Rated Theatre G.

1940s Radio Christmas Carol
Nov. 20 - Dec. 14, 2014
A comedy by Walton Jones, David Wohl and Faye Greenberg.
It’s Christmas Eve in 1943 and listeners to WOV Radio out of Newark, New Jersey settle in for a one-of-a-kind
telling of the classic Dicken’s story A Christmas Carol. Come see what happens behind the scenes as the Feddington Players try to save the show from one disaster after another in this delightful holiday comedy filled with the music and the spirit of Christmas. Rated Theatre G.

2014 Studio Stage
Tickets: $28 for adults; $18.50 for students

Private Lives
March 27 – April 13, 2014
By Noel Coward
A turbulent marriage filled with bitter arguments has left Elyot and Amanda sure they’ve had quite enough of one another, until fate brings them together on their respective honeymoons no less. How could this happen five years after their divorce, when each has moved on to a more peaceful existence with a brand new spouse? Come watch the sparks fly in this classic comedy. Rated Theatre PG.

The Price
May 29 – June 15, 2014
By Arthur Miller
While haggling with an antique dealer over an attic full of their father’s belongings, brothers Walter and Victor come to realize it’s not the price to be paid for old furnishings that is the issue, but rather the price past decisions have cost them. A gripping drama, about family dynamics and the choices we leave behind. Rated Theatre PG.

Tuna Does Vegas
August 14 - 31
By Jaston Williams, Joe Sears and Ed Howard
Join the residents of little Tuna, Texas as they turn the Vegas strip upside down in this all-new comedy filled with unforgettably funny characters, all played by two actors. You may never know what they'll do next, but it’s a sure bet you’ll be laughing!

Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike
Oct. 30 - Nov. 16, 2014
By Christopher Durang
Winner of the 2013 Tony for Best Play, the master of contemporary absurd comedy tells the tale of comically dysfunctional siblings who wait….and wait, for something exciting to happen. Enter their movie star sister and her much younger boy toy, ready for a costume party that could change their lives forever.
2014 Theatre for Young Audiences

Stuart Little
April 5-19, 2014
Adapted by Joseph Robinette from the book by E.B.White.
Stuart, the second son of Mr. and Mrs. Frederick C. Little, navigates the world with warmth and humor in this classic story by E.B. White, author of “Charlotte’s Web.” Join Stuart as he drives, sails, and explores life with his friend Margalo the bird and his furry nemesis, Snowbell the cat. Rated Theatre G.
Tickets: $9 for reserved seating.

How I Became a Pirate
June 14 – 28, 2014
Book, music and lyrics by Janet Yates Vogt and Mark Friedman.
Based on the book by Melinda Long with Illustrations by David Shannon.
A wrong turn at Bora Bora lands Capt’n Braid Beard and his crew on Jeremy Jacob’s beach. Come along as Jeremy and the pirates search for the perfect place to bury a treasure chest, in this musical adventure on the high seas. Argh! Rated Theatre G.

Cinderella
Sept. 20 – Oct. 4, 2014
Book and lyrics by Jim Eiler. Music by Jim Eiler and Jeanne Bargy
All of the fantasy of the classic Cinderella story, with a few twists and turns. Sure to tickle your funny bone, this musical version will keep you laughing from the first wave of the Fairy Godmother’s magic wand up until the last stroke of midnight. Rated Theatre G.

Junie B. Jones in Jingle Bells Batman Smells
Nov. 29 – Dec. 14, 2014
Adapted by Allison Gregory from the book by Barbara Park
It’s time for the holiday party and Secret Santa gift exchange in Junie B. Jones’ first grade classroom. But Junie can’t seem to find the spirit of giving anywhere. Find out what happens in this holiday treat for the entire family! Rated Theatre G.

The Old Creamery Theatre is a not-for-profit professional theatre founded in 1971 in Garrison, Iowa. In 2014, the company will be celebrating 43 years of bringing live, professional theatre to the people of Iowa and the
Midwest.

 
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