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Tom Jones meets Elvis at The Old Creamery Theatre PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Shelly Klimes   
Friday, 13 September 2013 07:55
Amana – The energy, charisma and music of Tom Jones and Elvis all come together for one spectacular tribute show at The Old Creamery Theatre on Saturday, Nov. 9 at 3 p.m. on the Main Stage.

Starring tribute artist, Irv Cass, who has spent many years perfecting his Elvis performances. He has worked with the famous show “Legends in Concert,” in four different states, as well as performed live in many countries and on dozens of cruise ships. Irv is proud to carry the world champion title from the “Images of Elvis” competition in Memphis, TN as well as winning many other competitions and awards throughout his career. Irv has also appeared in the movie “Almost Elvis” as well as TLC’s “The Men Who Would Be King,” and a special for 20/20 among other TV specials. He’s shared the stage with celebrities DJ Fontana, The Jordanaires and Willie Nelson, just to name a few.

Irv is also an accomplished Tom Jones impersonator and is credited for convincing many others to pay tribute to a variety of artists. Irv’s favorite part of performing or emceeing at Elvis themed events is making friends with all those he meets.

The event will be emceed by the multitalented Ronny Craig, formally of Tama, Iowa. Ronny worked for 10 years as a professional Elvis Tribute artist and opened his own show in Branson, MO, which had a successful five year run. He is also the producer of the Elvis Explosion, a highly popular contest in LaCrosse, WI and has appeared on numerous TV and radio shows.

Call the box office at 319-622-6262 or visit the website at www.oldcreamery.com for more information, ticket prices or to reserve your seats. Walk-ins are always welcome if seats are available. Reservations are highly recommended for this one day only special event.

 
Great Need for BATH TOWELS PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Holly Nomura   
Thursday, 12 September 2013 09:38
Homeless Family Shelter in Dire Need

Quad Cities, USA:  The Salvation Army Family Service Center, 301 W. 6th Street, Davenport, is in desperate need of new or gently used bath towels and wash clothes.

People often come to The Salvation Army with just the clothes on their backs and the towels are given to new residents and their children (60% of the shelter’s residents are children) as they enter the program.

Approximately 100 people reside at the Family Service Center every night receiving shelter, food and case management.  This homeless family shelter provides all the basic needs to the residents who are without.

The towels and monetary donations can be dropped off any time at The Salvation Army, 301 W. 6th Street, Davenport – on the corner of Harrison and 6th Streets.

If you wish to make a donation by credit card, please call 1-800-SAL-ARMY (725-2769).

 
“Save the Hardacre Theater” public meeting set for Sept. 25 PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Greg Brown   
Wednesday, 11 September 2013 16:02

TIPTON, Iowa—The Hardacre Theater Preservation Association (HTPA) will host a town hall–style informational meeting, open to the public, at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 25 at the Hardacre Theater in Tipton. The meeting will offer an open panel discussion to provide an update on steps being taken to save Tipton’s Hardacre Theater and an opportunity for the public to voice questions and concerns regarding the future of the theater.

Currently, the HTPA is awaiting approval of its 501(c)3 tax-exempt status application, in order  to operate as a nonprofit organization. This will help the HTPA apply for grants to supplement donations from the community as it prepares to purchase and renovate the building. Also, 501(c)3 status would give the HTPA the ability to provide tax deductions for donations. Contributors who do not require a tax deduction for their donation are encouraged to donate at any time.

“While the HTPA is made up of a small group of organizers, we’d like to remind residents of Tipton and surrounding areas that this is a community-wide effort and it cannot be done without the support of the community,” said Greg Brown, HTPA president. “Completion of a successful campaign would not only ensure the future of the Hardacre Theater but also a downtown location for all types of performing arts—filmed entertainment and live performances—that would culturally enhance the area for generations to come. The HTPA invites the community to join in on this mission to bring this vision to reality.”

To find out how you can help or to make a commitment to save the Hardacre, please visit the HTPA website: www.thehardacre.org. An online pledge form is available on the website, as well as a printable form that can be mailed to: Hardacre Theater Preservation Association, P.O. Box 344, Tipton, Iowa, 52772.

Contact the HTPA at (563) 299-4985 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it with any questions.

 
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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THE SIXTH ANNUAL ALL IN A DAY PLAY FESTIVAL RETURNS TO THE CCPA SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 21 AT 7:30PM PDF Print E-mail
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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.

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