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Written by Christina A. Patramanis   
Friday, 31 October 2014 09:14
October 29, 2014 – Iowa City, Iowa – Rick Williams & Ron Clark, natives of Columbus Junction, Iowa, will premier A GRATEFUL NATION at Riverside Theatre, a new play about how World War II affected their town, parents, community, and lives.

The script-in-hand performance will run for 2 shows only at Riverside Theatre, 213 N. Gilbert Street on Saturday, November 15, 7:30PM and Sunday, November 16 at 2:00pm. Ron Clark is also directing the play.  More information at or 319-338-7672

Tickets: $20 adults, $15 Riverdog Season Pass holders. Veterans, military personnel and their immediate family receive a 20% discount off of regular adult-priced tickets as part of Riverside’s Blue Star Theatre Program.

“A Grateful Nation” is sponsored by River Products Company, Inc.

About the Play

“A Grateful Nation” recreates what life was like in small Midwestern towns during the World War II years using stories from interviews, old letters, family lore, and wartime editions of The Columbus Gazette.  Projections of local wartime photos will be shown throughout the play, giving faces and context to the stories with period music completing the mood.

The events and anecdotes in the play are centered on stories and people from Columbus Junction, Iowa - a town about 35 miles southeast of Iowa City where authors Rick Williams and Ron Clark grew up.  "Though the majority of the stories we tell are about people in our town," says Clark, "anyone from any town could do the research and uncover similar tales." Adds Williams, "It would be a stretch to say these stories are universal, but they are certainly national.  Every American living in the early 1940s was affected by the events of the war--and so were those of us who came after them."

Professional actors reading from the script will play multiple characters.  The cast includes Jody Hovland, Sean DeMers, Jack Sharkey and Katherine Slaven. Drew Bielinski will complete the show with lighting and projection design.

About the Playwrights 

Ron Clark and Rick Williams were childhood classmates in Columbus Junction, Iowa.  Both eventually migrated to Iowa City where they have lived for more than 30 years. Family obligations and work commitments limited their time together, however about a year ago Williams and Clark were inspired to collaborate on “A Grateful Nation”.

Writing for theater is nothing new for Clark.  He and his wife, Jody Hovland are two of the co-founders of Riverside Theatre.  Ron has authored three previous plays, including two about small town Iowa life.

Rick Williams is a newcomer to playwriting but is a historian with a journalism background, working as a newspaper reporter before becoming an ACT test editor, where he spent 29 years before retiring.




Sat 11/15, 7:30pm

Sun 11/16, 2:00pm


There will be post-performance talkbacks after both shows with the writers and actors. 



Local Professional to Compete for $20,000 Educational Package PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Jennifer Naeve   
Wednesday, 29 October 2014 13:00

Alvaro Macias from Ascentra Credit Union to Compete for CUES® Next Top Credit Union Exec Challenge

Public May Vote for Alvaro Online this Monday and Tuesday

BETTENDORF — Alvaro Macias, Community Development Manager with Ascentra Credit Union in Bettendorf, is one of the five finalists in the 2014 CUES Next Top Credit Union Exec challenge that will compete on Monday, November 3rd for an educational package valued at $20,000.

CUES Next Top Credit Union Exec applicants are age 35 or under, employed by a credit union, and create a short video outlining the details of an innovative project they’re working on at their credit union. The online public voted for their favorite, and along with a judging panel, narrowed the field to the top 15. From there, a second judging panel selected five finalists. Macias, 35, submitted details of his credit union’s New Iowans Initiative, which helps immigrants and refugees in Iowa establish credit to pay for their immigration services, and won one of the coveted finalists’ spots.

Macias wins a $6,000 prize package, including coaching sessions from challenge sponsor DDJ Myers, Phoenix and registration, accommodation and airfare to CUES' CEO/Executive Team Network™ in Amelia Island, Fla., November 2-5, 2014.

While in Florida, Macias will compete against the other four finalists for the grand prize, a CUES educational package valued at $20,000, and the honor of being named the 2014 CUES Next Top Credit Union Exec on November 5.

Updates on the finalists’ progress will be featured on the website including video of their final presentation at CEO/Executive Team Network in November.

To vote for Alvaro Macias, go to during the online voting window. The vote period begins at 1:00 p.m. CST on November 3, 2014 and ends at 4:00 p.m. CST time on November 4, 2014.

The public may vote for their favorite candidate, with the public vote forming part of the candidate’s overall final score in the challenge.

About us:

Founded in 1950, Ascentra Credit Union, is Iowa's premier credit union with more than $340 million in assets and 10 branches serving the communities of Bettendorf, Clinton, Davenport, Le Claire, Muscatine, Iowa and Moline, Ill. Learn more about Ascentra Credit Union at Follow Ascentra on Facebook and on Twitter @ascentra.

Special City Council Meeting October 29th at 5:00 PM PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Jackie E. Holecek   
Wednesday, 29 October 2014 12:46

The agenda for the Special City Council Meeting October 29th at 5:00 p.m. is available at the following link:

Just a reminder that there is also a Special City Council Meeting October 29th at 5:30 pm  and that agenda is available at:

Murder Party: Film Screening and Fundraiser PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Dubuque Area Arts Collective   
Tuesday, 28 October 2014 15:18
Murder Party I & II

Premiere screening of the locally produced action/suspense film series, and fundraiser for the Dubuque Area Arts Collective

OCTOBER 29, 6pm - 9pm

Eronel, 285 Main St., Dubuque, IA

ADMISSION: $5 (Profits will be donated to the Dubuque Area Arts Collective, a local arts non-profit)

Join the cast and crew for the official premiere of Murder Party 2, preceded by a screening of the first film in the series. Featuring a cast of local talent, over-the-top thrills and chills await as you, too, are invited to experience the Murder Party!
In the film, Leonard “Whiskers” St. Elliott barely escapes the first night of mayhem, but the sinister forces behind the Murder Party aren’t through with him yet.  Framed for crimes he didn’t commit, Whiskers must fight to clear his name, all while trying to survive another night of mayhem within the haunted walls of the Kirby Building.

Meet the cast during the opening cocktail hour while receiving a recap of the first film. Then settle in for a second helping with the premiere of Murder Party 2. The evening will conclude with a short Q&A following the feature.

The films are rated R. Minors are to be accompanied by adult. Unaccompanied minors must bring a signed form to the event. Contact This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it to receive form.

News Releases - Stage & Theatre
Written by Barb McBreen   
Thursday, 23 October 2014 14:28

AMES, Iowa (October 21, 2014) - The College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at Iowa State University recognized its scholarship recipients for the 2014-15 academic year.

The college and its departments award more than $2 million in scholarships each year. Students interested in enrolling in the college and applying for scholarships should go to to view deadline applications.

Along with scholarship support for students, the college continues to attract a record number of students and maintain high placement rates for graduates.

For a third year in a row the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences reached record enrollments. This year the college has 4,475 undergraduate students and 730 graduate students for a total of 5,205.

Employers nationwide attend the largest annual Ag Career Day in the nation in October, which attracted a record number of employers with 269 companies and organizations. Placement of graduates has been 97 percent for 17 consecutive years.

The College also:
* ranks as one of the top five colleges in the world.
* has award winning faculty - eight professors have received the USDA Excellence in Teaching Award since 2006.
* has a study abroad program that will send students to study on all seven continents this year.
* has award winning student clubs that help develop global leaders.

Scholarship awards for this academic year were presented to:

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Bettendorf, IA

Jennifer Klindt, Fejervary Trust Scholarship
Catherine Mullen, Ag General Scholarship
Scott Payne, Wise Scholarships in Agriculture
Emily Schwake, Fejervary Trust Scholarship
Amrinder Singh, Kenneth M. & Ruth I. Wagner Agricultural Memorial Scholarships

Davenport, IA

Abigail Clevenger, Fejervary Trust Scholarship
Emily Forrest, Fejervary Trust Scholarship
Madison Walker, Fejervary Trust Scholarship

Moline, IL

Aubrey Foulk, Monsanto Nick Reding Agriculture Scholarship

Rock Island, IL

Julianna Jespersen, Scholarship for Excellence in Agriculture

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