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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 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
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
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 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.

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

Branstad signs Executive Order 83 to ensure local control in the development of Iowa Core standards and assessments PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Tim Albrecht   
Thursday, 17 October 2013 07:38

(DES MOINES) – Gov. Terry E. Branstad yesterday signed Executive Order 83, ensuring local control in determining Iowa Core’s state academic standards and assessments. The executive order reads as follows:

Executive Order Number Eighty-three

WHEREAS, the Iowa Constitution encourages a strong educational foundation by providing that, “[t]he General Assembly shall encourage, by all suitable means, the promotion of intellectual, scientific, moral, and agricultural improvement” (Iowa Const. art. IX, 2d, § 3); and

WHEREAS, rigorous state standards detailing expected academic achievement are essential to provide a high-quality education, which is key to students’ futures and the future of this state; and

WHEREAS, the adoption of state standards should be done in an open, transparent way that

includes opportunities for Iowans to review and offer input; and

WHEREAS, it is the responsibility of local school districts to make decisions related to

curricula, instruction, and learning materials consistent with state academic

standards; and

WHEREAS, it is inappropriate for the federal government to require as a condition of

application of federal grants the adoption of any federally developed standards; and

WHEREAS, the protection of student and family privacy is paramount and Iowa must protect its citizens against intrusive, unnecessary data collection and tracking.

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Terry E. Branstad, Governor of the State of Iowa, declare the following:


The State of Iowa, not the federal government or any other organization, shall determine the content of Iowa’s state academic standards, which are known as the Iowa Core.  The Iowa Department of Education shall develop a regular review cycle for the Iowa Core, including public comment, to determine the contents of and to continually improve state academic standards.

The State of Iowa, not the federal government or any other organization, shall choose the statewide assessments that will measure how well students have mastered the Iowa Core.  School districts may also choose to use additional assessments to measure student academic progress.

The collection of student data by school districts and the Iowa Department of Education shall be done in a manner consistent with state and federal laws intended to protect student and family privacy.  Only aggregate student data shall be provided to the federal government to comply with federal laws.

No Constitutional right of Iowa children and their families shall be violated through an overreach by the federal government into Iowa’s educational system.









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15th Annual Noogiefest PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Gilda's Club QC   
Tuesday, 15 October 2013 15:17

Gilda's Club Quad Cities

Saturday, October 19, 2013 - 4:00pm until 6:00pm.

Come join us for a hauntingly good time with themed rooms, games, crafts, door prizes and more ! Themed rooms featuring QC Raiders, QC River Bandits, QC Family Entertainment Center and many more!

Family Fun for all ages!

Children must be accompanied by an adult. Costumes encouraged. Free family event open to the community. For questions about this event, please call Anita at 563-326-7504.

Gilda's Club Quad Cities, 1234 East River Drive, Davenport.  For directions, visit

A Special Thanks to our Donors:

  • Lynn & Craig Allen
  • Bettendorf High School Key Club
  • Casey's General Stores
  • Cookies by Design
  • Davenport Central Key Club
  • Davenport Evening Optimists
  • Andrea Diercks
  • Domino's Pizza @ Utica Ridge
  • JoAnn Ehrecke & Family
  • Godfather's Pizza
  • HyVee (all stores)
  • Marco's Pizza
  • Modern Woodmen
  • Denise Mohr
  • QC Family Entertainment Center
  • QC Raiders
  • QC River Bandits
  • Carol Shudder & Family
  • Roxanne Steffens & Linda Harkey
  • Wise Guys Pizza & More

"Steampunk" Romeo and Juliet in Moline! PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Richard Martin   
Monday, 14 October 2013 13:28
Moline High School students are adding a little STEAM to the classic Romeo and Juliet…STEAMPUNK, that is.  PREVIEW THIS WEEK!

(Moline, IL)  Moline High School is presenting its fall play, Romeo and Juliet,  next weekend, but it is not going to be your typical Romeo and Juliet.  First of all, the school has hired Tristan Tapscott, Director of District Theatre in Rock Island, to run the show.  Typically the plays are produced by high school English teachers, but the teacher who usually directs the fall play left this summer to take a job in Libertyville, Illinois. MHS hired Tapscott as a guest director and the students are enjoying being directed by a working professional.

Secondly, Tapscott is producing the play in what is known as "Steampunk" style so you will see lots of metal and funky stuff on the set and part of the costumes. Here is an explanation of steampunk : Steampunk is a subgenre of speculative fiction, usually set in an anachronistic Victorian or quasi-Victorian alternate history setting. It could be described by the slogan "What the past would look like if the future had happened sooner".

Thirdly, Romeo and Juliet are dating in real life.  Christian Frieden is a junior boy who is dating a sophomore girl, Carolyn Wehr who is playing Juliet.
***The media is invited to a preview of the play on Tuesday, October 15th at 7:00 pm. in the school auditorium. The director will be available for interviews as will the students actors.

WHO:  Moline High School Students
WHAT:  Media Preview of fall play Romeo and Juliet—Steampunk version
WHEN:  Tuesday, October 15th, 7:00 pm
WHERE:  MHS Auditorium   3600 Avenue of the Cities


October Classes, Trivia, New Services & More from Your Library... PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Rock Island Public Library   
Monday, 14 October 2013 12:38
Monday: The Imagination of Edgar Allen Poe!

Actor Dan Haughey in EA Poe E. A. POE: Edgar Allan Poe's Imagination!, a one-man show on the work of Edgar Allen Poe with Dan Haughey is Monday, Oct. 14, 6:00 pm at the Rock Island Main Library Community Room, 401 19th Street.


Actor Dan Haughey becomes a modern literary critic for a Edgar Allen Poe prominent newspaper as he interprets excerpts from some of Poe's most entertaining and creative works. In this 45-minute drama some of Poe's greatest poems, short stories, and satires, including   The Raven, Annabel Lee, The Bells, and The Tell Tale Heart  Haughey both performs and critiques Poe's work in the guise of a skeptical critic.


The program is free and open to the public.

Questions about signing up for Health Care Act coverage?

Enroll now logo Rock Island Public Library will provide space to two community agencies to assist people in signing up for health insurance coverage. All questions answered by trained representatives of the participating agencies. The service is available on a walk-in basis.


No appointments  necessary.


Rock Island County Health Department counselors will help members of the public sign up for coverage under the Affordable Care Act. Health Department representatives will be available at the Rock Island Southwest Branch library on Tuesday, Oct. 15 from 1:00 pm to 7:00 pm and at the Rock Island Main Library on Thurs. Oct. 17,from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm.


Also starting Oct. 15, health insurance navigators from the Enroll Quad Cities project of Genesis Health System will be at the Rock Island Main Library on Tuesday mornings and Thursday afternoons, and at the library's Southwest Branch on Wednesday afternoons. Dates and times include:


Rock Island Main Library

401 19th Street, Rock Island, 2nd Floor rotunda area

  • Tuesdays, Oct. 15, 22 and 28, from 9:00 am to noon
  • Thursdays, Oct. 17, 24 and 31, from 2:00 pm to 5:00 pm

Rock Island Southwest Branch Library -9010 Ridgewood Road, Rock Island

Community Room  -

Wednesdays, Oct. 16, 23 and 30, from noon to 3 pm.


The enrollment period for the Affordable Care Act is Oct. 1, 2013 through March 31, 2014.The weekly drop-in sessions will continue as long as there is adequate demand. For more information, visit or call (563) 421-ENRL (3675) to speak with a Genesis navigator.


More Ways to Learn at Your Library!

Getting Started with the Internet, Tuesday, Oct. 15th, 11:00 am to noon, Rock Island Main Library, 401 19th Street. This class will help you to use the Internet more effectively. Learn about some of the Library's databases, search engines, and how to move around online. Reservation is required - space is limited. Call the Rock Island Library's Reference Desk, 309-732-7341, to register. Keyboarding and mouse skills required.


Getting Started with Email, Monday, Oct. 21st, 11:00am to noon, Rock Island Main Library, 401 19th Street.  Need help setting up an email account or learning how to use yours?  This class should help!  Learn how to send email, attach files, and more!  Registration required - space is limited.  Call the Rock Island Library's Reference desk, 309-732-7341, to register.  Keyboarding and mouse skills required.


Getting Started with Microsoft Word, Monday, Oct. 28th, 11:00am to noon, Rock Island Main Library, 401 19th Street. Want to learn more about Microsoft Word?  Learn how to create letters, papers, and work on your resume.  Registration is required - space is limited.  Call the Rock Island Library's Reference desk, 309-732-7341, to register.  Keyboarding and mouse skills required.


Library How-To: Download Books, Tuesday, Oct. 29th, 6:30 to 7:30 pm, Southwest Branch, Learn how to use the Library's ebook and eaudiobook service OverDrive, to download books to your personal devices and computer.

Still Time to Sign Up! Trivia for a Good (Library) Cause

Books for Kids Trivia Night, Wednesday, Oct. 16, 6:30 to 9:30 pm, Quad City Botanical Center, 2525 4th Avenue, Rock Island. Event is an annual fundraiser for the Rock Island Library Foundation's Lorene Evans Watts fund for children's books, materials and supplies at the Rock Island Public Library.  $10 per per player; teams of eight. Light snacks may be brought in; beverages must be purchased at cash bar. To sign up for a table, call the library at 309-732-7305 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it


More Events for Teens

Teen Iron Chef contest: Tues, Oct. 15, 6:00 to 7:00 pm, Rock Island Main Library, 401 19th Street.  Teens ages 12 to 18 can take part in a monthly Iron Chef competition. Choose your ingredients and test your culinary skills against other teens for the next Iron Chef crown. Ages 12-18 only.


Teen Allegiant Party, Tues, Oct. 22, 6:00 to 7:30 pm, Rock Island Main Library, 401 19th Street. Celebrate the release of the final book in the popular "Divergent" teen book trilogy by Veronica Roth. Snacks, trivia, plus a movie, for ages 12 to 18.


happy-halloween2.jpg Teen Halloween Party, Thurs., Oct. 31, 6:00 to 7:30 pm, Rock Island Main Library, 401 19th Street.  Celebrate Halloween at the Rock Island Public Library. Snacks, scary movie, costume contest & games for ages 12 to 18.

Art by Dee Schricker at Main Library

Works by Dee Schricker will be on display at the Main Library from Oct. 2-31.


Entitled "Unique Techniques," the show is open for viewing during regular library hours.  Works include paint, raku clay work, fabric and metal. Ms. Schricker is a partner in the Boho Chic Fine Arts gallery at Bucktown Center for the Arts,  225 E 2nd Street, Davenport.


"Creating, whether it is clay, painting, fabric art or even a new glaze recipe, is my daily passion.  To make something beautiful out of a lump of clay, a blank canvas, odd pieces of cloth or found objects, gives a satisfaction I cannot find anywhere else.  When someone purchases a piece of my art to display in their home, to me it is an honor like no other," Dee Schricker.



Frieze Lectures Explore Global Connections

Lectures on "It IS a Small World After All: Globalism's Impact on Literature, Art and Culture" will be offered in the Rock Island Main Library Community Room, 401 19th Street, at 2:00 pm on Tuesdays, October 22, 29, November 5 and 12.

Join us in October for:


Tuesday, October 22: Dr. Peter Kivisto, who holds Augustana's Richard A. Swanson Chair in Social Thought and was this year named Distinguished Professor at Finland's University of Turku, will speak on the role of ethnicity in the 21st century, setting the stage for a series that explores the gradual erosion of racial and societal dividing lines.


Tuesday, October 29: Dr. Margaret Morse, a member of Augustana's Department of Art History, will provide an overview of African Art from the College's collection, examining these works in their original contexts while discussing how Western perceptions of African masks and sculpture have influenced traditional and current artistic production on the continent.


The fall partnership has brought Augustana College professors into the Rock Island Main Library since 1998 for college-level lectures on literature, art, music and the sciences with no tests or grades. This year's series is dedicated to the memory of late library board member Ruth Evelyn Katz, who created the series as part of the Library's 125th anniversary. (The name refers to an architectural feature surrounding the top of the Main Library building.)

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