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Auditions for Brucemore Outdoor Children’s Theater: The Amazing Story Machine PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Tara Richards   
Thursday, 09 May 2013 14:33

Auditions for Brucemore Outdoor Children’s Theater production of The Amazing Story Machine will be held on Sunday, May 12 from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. and Monday, May 13 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. in the Bookbindery/Squash Court located near the Brucemore Visitor Center, 2160 Linden Dr. SE. Various roles are available for males and females at least 18 years of age and prepared to interact with young audiences.  This is a cold-reading audition; no advance preparation required.

The Amazing Story Machine will pull audiences out of their seats and into the action as Arthur and his pet mouse, Rusty, bring well-known fairytales and favorite stories to life with the amazing story machine.  With just the right turn of a knob or pull of a lever, the machine will transform individuals into Cinderella, Hansel, Gretel, or original characters right on the spot.

Directed by Nathan Nelson, the performances will be Wednesday, July 24, through Saturday, July 27, at 5:30 and 7:30 p.m.  Rehearsals will begin mid-June.  For further information on auditions, contact Brucemore at (319) 362-7375 or Artistic Director Nathan Nelson at (415) 226-9319.

About Brucemore Outdoor Children’s Theater

Since 2003, people of all ages have enjoyed the annual production of Brucemore Outdoor Children's Theater, a premier family event in Eastern Iowa. Characters from the show often seek help from the audience, creating an evening of hilarious and interactive fun.

About Brucemore

Experience Brucemore, an unparalleled blend of tradition and culture, located at 2160 Linden Drive SE, Cedar Rapids, Iowa. At the heart of the historic 26-acre estate stands a nineteenth-century mansion filled with the stories of three Cedar Rapids families.  Concerts, theater, programs, and tours enliven the site and celebrate the heritage of a community.  For more information, call (319) 362-7375 or visit www.brucemore.org.


 
Students perform in "The Pirates of Penzance" at Augustana PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Keri Rursch   
Tuesday, 07 May 2013 13:51

ROCK ISLAND, IL (05/07/2013)(readMedia)-- Opera @ Augustana will present Gilbert and Sullivan's

Performing in this show include:

Rowan Crow, a first year from Coal Valley, Ill., majoring in history education. Crow will play the role of Maiden.

Ely Powers, a sophomore from Silvis, Ill., majoring in psychology. Powers will play the role of Pirate.

The daring, yet tenderhearted Pirates of Penzance are sure to take you on a hilarious adventure where you will encounter an unconventional major general, his doe-eyed daughters and a group of blundering policemen. As the pirates attempt to retain Frederic, their formerly apprenticed pirate, this cackle of sidesplitting characters battle the principles of honor and duty.

Brian Jozwiak, a sophomore music education major from Vernon Hills, Ill., who plays the Pirate King, is looking forward to sharing Gilbert and Sullivan's unique British humor with the audience. "The rehearsal process for this production has been extremely rewarding. Each of the cast members brings a unique perspective and together, we know how to have a really good time. We have worked hard for the past two months and are looking forward to finally presenting our finished product!"

Tickets for The Pirates of Penzance can be purchased through the Augustana Ticket Office at (309) 794-7306 or by visiting www.augustana.edu/tickets. For more information, contact Sam Schlouch, manager of arts events and communication, at (309) 794-7833 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

 
Tickets now on sale for TCR's "Our Town" PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Theatre Cedar Rapids   
Tuesday, 07 May 2013 08:57
Described by Edward Albee as "...the greatest American play ever written," the story follows the small town of Grover's Corners through three acts: Daily Life, Love and Marriage, and Death and Eternity. Tickets for this special production are now available.

This unique production will be a "staged reading" with script in hand while narrated by a stage manager and performed with minimal props and sets. Audiences will follow the Webb and Gibbs families as their children fall in love, marry, and eventually-in one of the most famous scenes in American theatre-die. Our Town won the Pulitzer Prize for Drama in 1938.

A limited-run engagement at Theatre Cedar Rapids opening on June 6, 2013, and running in TCR's Grandon Studio through June 16, 2013. Tickets are $15-$12.50 for adults, $10 for students, and may be purchased online at www.theatrecr.org [http://r20.rs6.net/tn.jsp?e=001ic458bJ9jaipeeitRb9TowE9ETzzTjkJIyHNtiKt0gKzu_2sT9pzRHsWt-ZPpdY5vFwN0UTc7sNYUp6utqyv-VXqjQBqrBxldIDWWIi7QHn24b7KCLrB6Q==] or via the TCR Box Office in person or (319) 366-8591 Monday-Friday 11am-5pm.

Our Town is part of TCR's Grandon Series, and is Directed by TCR Artistic Director, Leslie Charipar.  Cast includes local performers both returning and new to Theatre Cedar Rapids: Katie Andreasen, Mary Crandall, Lyle Fisher, Seth Friedman, Alisa Gerhold, Duane Larson, Basilio Light, Mary Locher, Max Locher, Marnie Marshall, Ben Schmidt, Philip Schramp, Brian Smith, Susan Streit, Rick Titus, Mike Wilhelm and Bonnie Williams.

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LeClaire Chamber Announcements - 05/03/13 PDF Print E-mail
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Written by LeClaire Chamber   
Friday, 03 May 2013 14:24

The June 2013 Chamber Newsletter will soon be in production to be delivered to Every Business and Home within the 52753 zipcode area!!

 Advertising rates remain: 1/8 page: $75; ¼ page: $100; ½ page: $125; full page: $250. Just send your ad information to  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it and we will forward it on to House of Print for you. No cost assistance in developing an advertisement is available through House of Print. If you would rather work with House of Print directly, call 563-388-7701. You can send your ad to  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , or fax 563-388-7934 and please copy This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it Deadline May 15!

 

CALENDAR

 

May 3rd - First Friday, 5:00 - 8:00pm, Downtown LeClaire.

Food and Beverage Samples at Mississippi River Distilling Companywww.mrdistilling.com 5:30-8:00 p.m.On the eve of the Kentucky Derby, the gang at Mississippi River Distilling Company will be preparing Derby themed cocktails and appetizers for the May First Friday, May 3, 5:30-8 p.m.   In the bar a Cody Road Whiskey infused mint julep will be served along with Baron Beer Garitas. Chef Steph is also honoring the Derby with Derby Day Bourbon BBQ Sauce served over rib tips and Dry Dock “Sorghrum” Coconut Cookie Bars. As a First Friday bonus, you’ll receive a free rocks glass with each bottle of spirits purchased.

 

Wide River Winery www.wideriverwinery.com Kentucky Derby theme-hat parade, samples of wine mint juleps paired with appetizers from Crane & Pelican

Aunt Hatties will have red velvet cupcakes!

 

Free appraisals at LeClaire Antiques and Appraisals until 7 p.m.

 

Restaurants and several other shops will be open late, too!

May 3rd – Expressions in Threads – “Civil War Quilts Lecture and Luncheon with Becki Wright”. Becky Wright of Mount Pleasant, IA, quilter, designer, owner of Orphans of War patterns. Her love of the Civil War Era has led her to reseach and share her knowledge of this time in our country's history. She will give 2 lectures, the first starting at 11 am on Friday May 3rd at the Holiday Inn, Leclaire, Ia. Her first lecture is "The Importance of Civil War Quilts and Textiles". Starting with the facts of the history of textiles and sewing in the 1800's, she leads the audience to the beginning of the Civil War, how the textile industry was affected and the role it played in the war. At noon, lunch will be served by Big Dave and Holly's of Leclaire. After lunch, we will resume with the second lecture, "Christain Staffinger: A Soldier and His Quilts." This lecture tells the story of a young soldier who went to war and the quilts in his life. Lecture and Lunch- $45; www.expressionsinthreads.com Seating is limited, so don't delay. Call the shop or send a a check to insure your spot. www.expressionsinthreads.com Phone: 563-289-1447Phone:563-289-1447

May 4th – Expressions in Threads Workshop – “Hardtack & Coffee”Becky Wright, quilter, designer, and owner of Orphans of War patterns, will present a workshop titled "Hardtack and Coffee" using her pattern by the same name. The workshop will be held at the Holiday Inn in Leclaire, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. The $50 cost includes the pattern. Kits will also be available from Expressions in Threads. Seating is limited, so don't delay. Call the shop or send a a check to insure your spot. www.expressionsinthreads.comPhone: 563-289-1447

May 4th - Trivia Night at the LeClaire Civic Center benefiting the LeClaire Lions Doors open at 6:30 p.m. with trivia starting at 7 p.m. Participants may bring beer, wine, snacks and soda. Water and snacks will also be for sale. Up to eight people per table. $10 per person with a $50 table minimum. Everyone will be entered into a drawing for door prizes. Contact Chris at  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or 563-505-6703 for reservations or information. Don't have enough for a full table? Come anyway and we can put you on a table that needs people!

May 5th - Cinco de Mayo in LeClaire Samples of "Wine-A-Ritas" at Wide River Winery's Tasting Room, 106 N. Cody Road www.wideriverwinery.com

May 11th - Silver Creek O.E.S. Annual Spring Country BreakfastMasonic Center -113 S. Cody Rd., LeClaire. Serving from 7:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

Breakfast includes, eggs, biscuits & gravy, sausage, pancakes, juice, coffee, milk. Donation of $7.00 for adults - $3.00 for children 3-10 yrs. of age. Under 3 free. Sponsored by the Order of the Eastern Star.

May 12th - Mothers Day Brunch at the Bier Stube. 1001 Canal Shore Dr., LeClaire. Seating's begin on the hour. Price $13.99 for buffet or $19.99 per person with unlimited Bloody Mary's and Mimosas. 563-289-2121

May 12th – The Blackwatch Room Mother’s Day Brunch 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Chef Beau will be offering a huge Holiday Brunch including his famous creme brulee french toast and personalized omelettes. Pork Tenderloin with cornbread stuffing, chopped salad and our homemade desserts and danishes plus much more. Brunch is $21.00 for adults and $10.00 for children under ten. First seating is at 9:00 a.m. Please make your reservations early as seating is very limited and fills up quickly. Please call Kelle at 563-332-5072 or email  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

May 14th – Chamber Networking Event - Great River Financial – after hours gathering - 5-7 p.m.

May 17th-18th - French Market Days, 10:00am - 4:00pm LeClaire Passport Collecting - Pick up a LeClaire Passport from participating stores and the LeClaire Information Center. Each store will offer a different French stamp. A completed passport will qualify for one entry for a free drawing at the LeClaire Information Center (122 North Cody Road). Shoppers can collect stamps May 17th and 18th only. Other activities include a Jewelry Making Class, Wine Garden Event, Terrarium Class, Afternoon Tea, Glass Garden Crafts, Fashion Plate Pet Contest, Rue de Marche - Vendors on the Alley - furniture, crafters, antiques, Tour de LeClaire - Big Wheel races, Special Exhibit about Antoine LeClaire at the Buffalo Bill Museum, Parasol Art Contest, Plant Exchange, Library Book Sale, Build the Eiffel Tower and Market Bag Classes at Reusable Usables Creative Arts Center, and much more! *Activities subject to Change.

 

May 20th - Economic Development Meeting – Great River Financial – 8 a.m.

 

Save the Date

June 16th - Asbury Methodist Church "WORSHIP IN THE PARK" andPotluck Service 10:30 a.m. It will be held at Veterans Memorial Park, 1645 23rd Street, Bettendorf. More details will be available soon.

 

June 21st – 22nd THE LeCLAIRE GIRLS’ GET AWAY WEEKEND! On the evening of Friday, June 21, and all day Saturday, June 22, 2013, TUGFEST hosts the Girls’s Getaway Weekend in LeClaire, Iowa! Sign up today for this amazing event featuring give aways, coupons, music, games and delicious food. MEET Anthony Ryan Auld the Winner of this year's "Project Runway All Stars" at the Girls Get Away Fashion Show & Cocktail Party on Saturday evening. No other contestant has had more wins beating the best designers in a single season of the show. Anthony Ryan will be speaking about his journey to becoming a top fashion designer and winning Project Runway All Stars. KWQC's anchor and on-air reporter Bailey Deitz will be the mistress of ceremonies for this special event. The LeClaire Girls’ Get Away will start on Friday evening, June 21, at the Wide River Winery, where you will taste award-winning wines and pick up your GIRLS GET AWAY passport to LeClaire with your goody bags.

On Saturday, June 22, LECLAIRE GIRLS GET AWAY events include:

* Grasshoppers will host music and wine tasting on their beautiful lawn.

* Win Prizes every hour on the hour at Aunt Hattie's Fanciful Emporium.

* Dwellings will be hosting Margarita Man.

* Zaruba's will host mini make overs.

* Free Tours at the Mississippi River Distilling Company.

* Expert Tammy Allen will teach a FREE Class in "Punch Needle" at Primitive Cottage.

* The Buffalo Bill Museum will offer a Quilt Making Class.

Cost to participate in the LeClaire Girls Get Away are $65 per person. Go to Leclairegirlgetaway.com

 

July 1st - Friends of the LeClaire Community Library is planning an Open House to celebrate our 9th anniversary! Details are forthcoming!

 

FYI

 

Please volunteer or help recruit volunteers for the LeClaire Information Center!
We get a lot of great comments about the LIC, and we help promote all of LeClaire:
1. Through telling visitors about our great attractions, shops, restaurants, parks, schools, housing developments, etc.,
2. By mailing out information to individuals, small groups and bus tours who want to come find out what LeClaire is all about, and
3. Through providing nice, convenient public restrooms to shoppers, diners, people checking out our attractions, families, LeClaire residents who are just out for a walk - everyone appreciates the restrooms!
Almost everyone knows at least one person who loves to talk and meet new people - a retired neighbor or stay-at-home mom, a relative, a friend, a person from church, a person from your civic club, a person from exercise class... Please contact Cindy at 563-650-7963 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it Volunteers are trained and there is lots of brochures and information to share with visitors.
Let's make downtown LeClaire and the LeClaire Information Center the best it can possibly be!

Wide River Winery now open in their new location! On March 27, we opened the new tasting room in LeClaire, IA. After months of construction and renovation, the new room is transformed. We are located at 106 N. Cody Rd. (Hwy 67), a few blocks from Antique Archaeology, home of the American Pickers. Thank you to all of our neighbors and friends in LeClaire and to all of our loyal customers for the warm reception and continued support. Coming soon, the new wine garden. Whatever the occasion Wide River Winery is the perfect place to enjoy your special day. Bridal showers, birthday parties, graduation, Mother's Day and Father's Day - everybody has fun at the winery! Contact Martha O'Brien for details  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

 

Buffalo Bill Museum is now open until 5pm daily. As of April 1st, the museum is open 9am to 5pm Monday through Saturday, and on Sundays 12noon to 5pm. A reminder: group discounts are available for tour groups, clubs/reunions, and school groups. Call the museum at 563-289-5580 for details!

“LIKE” the LeClaire Chamber of Commerce on FaceBook Visit the chamber’s Face Book page and discover a great source of news, business announcements, events, and other information that is updated frequently. It’s a useful source of updated information for all members and non-members!

 

Chamber 2013 Networking Events – Everyone welcome to attend!

May 14 - Great River Financial – after hours – 5-7 p.m.

June 6 - Black Watch Room - after hours - 5-8pm (1st Thursday)

July 9 - Blue Iguana - Lunch -noon

August 13 - Big Dave and Holly's - lunch -noon

September 10 - Steventon's - after hours - 5-8pm

October 8 - Hungry Hobo - lunch - noon

November 12 - Faithful Pilot - after hours -5-8pm

December 10 - Happy Joes - lunch -noon

 

SERVING THE COMMUNITY AND BEYOND

Meet and greet Pastor Melody any Wednesday from 1-3 pm at Happy Joe's. Pastor Melody from First Presbyterian Church of LeClaire, will be at Happy Joe's in LeClaire, every Wednesday, from 1-3 pm, sipping on a soda, reading and waiting to visit with you and your friends. Stop by and say hi. Or, if you have a prayer request or a question, just let her know. Meals for Seniors at the church every Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 12 noon. Good food and a time to visit with others. Please call 563-289-3646 and make a reservation 2 days in advance.

 

Trivia Nights in LeClaire at the LeClaire Civic Center -

2013 Trivia Nights:

May 4 - LeClaire Lions

June 8 - Buffalo Bill Museum

July 13 - Hosted by First Presbyterian Church - Hurricane Sandy Victims

LeClaire Trivia Nights have raised over $95,000 for local non-profit organizations! Thank you for your continued support!

LeClaire 2013 Events Calendar:

First Fridays each month 5:00-8:00 P.M.

May 5th - Cinco de Mayo

May 17th-18th French Market Days

June 7th-8th LeClaire City-Wide Garage Sales

June 21st-22nd – Girls’ Getaway Weekend

Summer 2013 - City-Wide Water Explosion (Hollyhock Park)

Summer 2013 - Bike Parade & Decorating

August 8th-10th Tugfest

October 6th - Dogtoberfest at Bier Stube

October 13th - AppleFest

October 24th - HalloWine

October 26th - Witches Walk Costume Contest and Parade

December 6-8, 2013: Christmas in LeClaire

Family Nights at the LeClaire Rec Center: Details atwww.leclairereccenter.com

 

www.LeClaireChamber.com and visit the Chamber on FaceBook!

 

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May: National Foster Care Month PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Ginny Grimsley   
Friday, 03 May 2013 13:39

Former State Ward Observes National Foster Care Month in May

She’s Helping Launch a Program to Replace Trash Bags with New Duffel Bags

We have some positive changes to applaud as the nation observes National Foster Care Month in May, says former foster child Margaret Iuculano.

“In Ohio, $3 million from a mortgage settlement the state won will help foster kids pursue higher education and expand court-appointed advocates. And in Florida, a new law is going to make it much easier for foster kids to do normal things like sleepovers with their friends and school field trips,” she says.

“In Nebraska, they’re close to boosting the pay for foster parents, which will mean the state can retain and attract more and better foster parents.”

But Iuculano, spokeswoman for Duffels for Kids (www.floridafapa.org/duffelsforkids), and founder of Angels for Foster Kids, says that sometimes, it’s the smallest things foster children remember most.

“I was in foster care from age 11 to 16, when I aged out, and I was moved to 15 different homes in that time,” she says. “Every time I moved, I had to pack my few belongings in a black trash bag.

“When you’re already feeling abandoned, wondering whether anyone will ever want you or care about you, that trash bag seals it: No, they won’t. You’re a throwaway.”

While workplace groups and communities have banded together and charities have sprung up across the country to address this problem, more foster care children than not continue to cart their belongings in trash bags.

“There just hasn’t been enough,” Iuculano says. “And often, the organizations gather used luggage. I know the intention is good, but we’d like to give these children something brand new; something all their own.”

To that end, another positive to celebrate will be the first Duffels for Kids Walk, sponsored by the Florida State Foster/Adoptive Parent Association on May 18 in Miami.

It’s the kickoff to the association’s drive to provide new duffel bags to every child in that state’s foster care system. As the program grows, its leaders hope to have new duffel bags for each child entering the system, Iuculano says.

Duffels for Kids will initially focus on Florida, but organizer LaShaun Wallace, who’s on the board of the National Foster Parents Association, hopes it will eventually go nationwide.

It’s in everyone’s best interests to protect the most vulnerable in our society, children without the protection of loving, caring families, Iuculano says.

“When you look at the numbers, you quickly see why we desperately need more positive changes to applaud,” she says.

These were compiled from various sources:

In recent years, there have been more than 500,000 children in foster care nationally; per one annual count, 22 percent were available for adoption.
In that year, 18 percent of children were adopted after waiting an average 42 months in foster care.
More than half of the children who age out of foster care will be unemployed adults.
Almost a third will be homeless.
One in five will be incarcerated within two years.

To support Duffels for Kids by attending the walk or making a donation, visit the website.

Some of the supporters scheduled to participate in the May 18 walk include Esther Jacobo, regional director for Miami–Dade and Monroe counties for the Florida Department of Children and Families and Children's Trust board member; Dr. Kalyani Gopal, licensed clinical psychologist and author of "Foster Parenting Step-by-Step,” to be released in May, which tackles the day-to-day issues in raising foster children; and Sidarth Singh and Shifali Singh, siblings who founded the former Duffels for Angels – renamed Duffels for Kids -- and Aid for Change to provide duffel bags for foster children in Indiana.

About Duffels for Kids

Duffels for Kids is a new program coordinated by the Florida State Foster/Adoptive Parent Association, which will coordinate distribution of new duffel bags with the help of the Department of Children and Families, private investigators, guardian ad litems and local foster parent groups. Caregivers will be able to request a duffel bag for a child by calling the state foster parent associations 800 line or request an online form.

 
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