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Grassley Receives Award for Work to Develop Ethanol PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Grassley Press   
Wednesday, 11 September 2013 14:55

WASHINGTON – Sen. Chuck Grassley of Iowa today received the 2013 Fueling Growth Award from Growth Energy for his work to develop clean-burning, domestically produced ethanol.  The award acknowledges that Grassley’s “hard work in Congress has made a significant contribution to the viability of the biofuels industry,” according to Growth Energy.

“I’m honored to receive this award today,” Grassley said.  “I’ve long been a supporter of renewable fuels, starting with ethanol.  Alternative energy sources reduce our dependence on foreign oil, increase national security, and create jobs for American workers in addition to extending our fuel supply and lowering prices at the pump.”

The award is given annually by Growth Energy to members of Congress who support ethanol advancement and work to craft consistent and fair federal policy for the industry.

Grassley has worked for many years to promote favorable federal policies in order to establish renewable fuels as a strong alternative to finite fossil fuels.  Grassley vigorously advocates for the maintenance of the Renewable Fuel Standard.  In August 2013, Grassley, along with Sen. Amy Klobuchar, urged the Federal Trade Commission to investigate possible anti-competitive practices by oil companies that may be limiting the competitiveness of renewable fuels.

Nationally, the U.S. Department of Energy estimates that for every one billion gallons of ethanol produced, 10,000 jobs to 20,000 jobs are added to the economy.  In 2011, more than 400,000 jobs were created and supported by the ethanol industry and production of ethanol contributed $42.4 billion to the national Gross Domestic Product, according to the Energy Department.

The Iowa Renewable Fuels Association reported that with 41 ethanol plants and 3.7 billion gallons produced in 2012, Iowa is the largest producer of ethanol in the country.  According to the Iowa Corn Growers Association, Iowa’s ethanol industry supports 55,000 jobs and accounts for $5.4 billion of the state’s total economy.

Comprising many American ethanol producers and other organizations within the industry, Growth Energy represents producers and promotes ethanol production to “fuel America in ways that achieve energy independence, improve economic well-being and create a healthier environment for all Americans today.”

Grassley will receive the award this evening at the Growth Energy Advocacy Conference congressional reception.


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Written by Megan Flanagan   
Tuesday, 10 September 2013 16:02

Performance Features Seven 10-Minute Plays Written and Rehearsed in Just 24 Hours

The Coralville Center for the Performing Arts, City Circle Acting Company of Coralville, and Dreamwell Theatre announce the sixth annual All in a Day Play Festival, Saturday, September 21 at 7:30pm at the Coralville Center for the Performing Arts, 1301 5th Street, Coralville.

Dreamwell Theatre board president Matt Falduto notes, “The All in a Day Play Festival is a great example of the amazing things theater groups can accomplish when they work together.”  At 7:30pm on Friday, September 20, seven writers, seven directors, and 30+ actors will come together to create seven original plays.  Writers will be randomly assigned a location, a genre, and one other dramatic detail they must include in their script.  Directors and actors will be randomly assigned to each playwright.  The playwrights will deliver their script to the directors and cast by 8am the next morning; the directors and actors then have the day to rehearse.

24 hours from the start of the process, audience members will be treated to a variety of new and unique shows.  Plays and performers will be adjudicated by a panel including Coralville Mayor Jim Fausett, CCPA Managing Director Megan Flanagan, and director/producer Christopher Okiishi, with awards presented for performers, playwrights, and directors.

Event co-organizer Brian Tanner of Dreamwell says, “This is one of my favorite events of the year.  I always look forward to seeing what everyone comes up with and it amazes me that everything was accomplished in such a short time!”  Liz Tracey of City Circle adds, “It is a thoroughly entertaining and original evening – and one made for the digital age.  I enjoyed myself so much last year that I signed up to direct this year.”

This year’s participating playwrights are Matt Falduto, Brian Tanner, Joe Jennison, Amy White, Mike Moran, Tony Craine, and Andrew Juhl.  The directors are James Trainor, Meg Dobbs, Barbara Lau, Liz Tracey, Adeara Jean Maurice, Bev Mead, and Paul Freese.

City Circle Acting Company of Coralville is Coralville’s community theater and the CCPA’s resident theater company.  City Circle’s mission is to present professional caliber theatrical productions and provide performing and educational opportunities to people of all ages.  Upcoming productions include Monty Python’s Spamalot (October 25-November 3) and A Christmas Carol (December 13-22).

Dreamwell Theatre is an award-winning theater company that creates challenging, innovative, and inclusive theatrical experiences as a “theatre of exploration.”  Upcoming productions include Fictional Murders (October 11-19) and Clybourne Park (November 15-23).

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.


Ian Sodawasser to perform in Culver-Stockton's annual musical PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Heidi Lanier   
Tuesday, 10 September 2013 15:36

CANTON, MO (09/10/2013)(readMedia)-- Ian Sodawasser, junior musical theatre major from Davenport, Iowa has been cast in Culver-Stockton's production of "You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown." Sodawasser will appear as Schroeder. Performances will be in the Mabee Little Theatre, located in the Robert W. Brown Performing Arts Center and are scheduled for Sept. 19-21 at 7:30 p.m., with a matinee Sept. 22 at 3 p.m.

Tickets are $8 for adults and $6 for students. "You're A Good Man, Charlie Brown" is presented as part of Culver-Stockton College Family Weekend activities and is part of the college's Academic and Cultural Affairs program. The musical is suitable for audiences of all ages.For ticket information and reservations, call the C-SC Fine Arts Office at 573-288-6346.

Culver-Stockton College, located in Canton, Mo., is a four-year residential institution in affiliation with the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ). C-SC specializes in experiential education and is one of only two colleges in the nation to offer the 12/3 semester calendar, where the typical 15 week semester is divided into two terms, a 12-week term and a 3-week term.

Lombardi opens Sept. 19 on The Old Creamery’s Studio Stage PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Shelly Klimes   
Friday, 06 September 2013 15:16

Amana – 1958 begins a whole new era for the Green Bay Packers when Vince Lombardi is named head coach for a team that has not had a winning season for more than a decade.

Who could have known that Lombardi’s reign would take the Packers to new heights and their coach would become a legend? A look into the real life of famed coach Vince Lombardi and how he inspired all those he met. You don’t have to like football to love this play!

Written by Eric Simonson, Lombardi is based on the book “When Pride Still Mattered – A Life of Vince Lombardi,” by David Maraniss. Directed by Angie Toomsen of Cedar Rapids, the cast of Lombardi consists of, Tyler Brown of Nashville, Tenn., William Groth of New York City, Kevin Moore of Coralville, Justin Reid of Coral Springs, Florida, Marquetta Senters of South Amana and Alexander Volpi of Maysville, North Carolina.

Tickets are $27.50 for adults and $18 for students. Show times are Thursdays and Sundays at 3 p.m. and Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. Group rates for 15 people or more are available. Lombardi is rated Theatre R and runs through Oct. 6.

Lombardi is sponsored by The Gethmann Foundation with media sponsor WMT-AM.

Call the box office 319-622-6262 or visit the website at for tickets or more information. Walk-ins are always welcome if seats are available.

Reservations are highly recommended.

The Old Creamery Theatre Company 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.

"How I Learned To Drive" Opens Tonight PDF Print E-mail
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Written by QC Theatre Workshop   
Friday, 06 September 2013 15:13
Season 2 begins tonight with "How I Learned to Drive"!

Don't miss this powerful, funny, devastating, Pulitzer Prize-winning play, which features an incredible cast of local actors!

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