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St. Mark Evangelical Lutheran Church Celebrates Newest Seminary Student PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Lisa Willey   
Thursday, 30 May 2013 07:29

St. Mark Evangelical Lutheran Church (ELCA), 2363 W. 3rd. St., Davenport , celebrates Emily Martin, ’08 Davenport West High Graduate, its 17th member going to Seminary to become a Pastor. Emily has been accepted into the Master of Divinity program and also has received a Trustee scholarship from Luther Seminary in St. Paul, MN.

“St. Mark has been a formative place for many people who have felt God’s Call to ministry”, said Senior Pastor Travis Fisher, of St. Mark. “We are an encouraging community of faith, who believes strongly that we are to raise up leaders in all vocations, St. Mark has been particularly strong in raising up those who feel passionately about sharing faith though Word and Sacrament Ministry. We are delighted that Emily is pursuing a vocation of ordained ministry. She holds the gifts of a passionate leader, and compassion needed to be a pastor”.

Before moving to St. Paul and beginning her seminary education, Emily will be preaching at St. Mark Ev. Lutheran Church, Davenport, during the weekend worship services June 8th at 5PM and June 9th at 8 and 10AM – All Are Welcome!

For more information, Contact St. Mark 563.322.5318 from 8AM-4PM week days or visit

St. Mark Cares…Welcome, Worship, Witness.

St. Mark, established in 1922, is a member church of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. It houses a Churches United Food Pantry, Participates in Share-a-Meal Program, and supports the St. Mark Preschool which was established in 1987.

Luther Seminary educates leaders for Christian communities, called and sent by the Holy Spirit, to witness to salvation through Jesus Christ and to serve in God’s World.

Land & Water exhibit at GAHC! PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Kelly Lao   
Wednesday, 29 May 2013 14:47

The German American Heritage Center announces the opening for its new exhibit, Land & Water. We will host Daryl Smith, Director of the Tallgrass Prairie Center at UNI for a presentation on "Our Prairie Heritage." Hear Smith speak about what made the prairie landscape so special for our ancestors and for Jens Jensen on Sunday, June 2nd at 2pm.

Land and Water is an exhibition about two figureheads in the conservation and preservation movement. These two individuals took their fields to new heights with their love of the natural world and cherished the beauty of their surroundings.  Jens Jensen and Ernest Oberholtzer, secured the beauty, power, and grandeur of the Midwest prairie and the Boundary Waters Canoe Area to their own generation and to those that followed. These two men and the landscapes they loved still inspire us today!

About our speaker: Daryl Smith

Smith has served as head of UNI Department of Biology, president of the Iowa Academy of Science, board member of the Iowa Chapter of The Nature Conservancy and National Association of Biology Teachers, director of the Twelfth and Twenty Second North American Prairie Conferences, and director of Iowa Prairie Conferences 1991-01. A native Iowan, Smith has been involved in prairie preservation, management, and restoration for 40 years.  His former students are active in prairie restoration and management, natural area assessment, resource management, secondary and collegiate teaching and natural history interpretation.  He founded the Tallgrass Prairie Center and serves as the Director.  The Center most recent project involves the utilization of mixtures of prairie plants as biomass feedstock.  Smith was also executive director and co-producer of the documentary film, America's Lost Landscape: The Tallgrass Prairie, winner of the Pare Lorentz Award from International Documentary Association and the Cine Golden Eagle Award.

More about Jensen & Ober:

Jens Jensen (1860-1951) organized and inspired the early conservation movements that led to the creation of the Cook County Forest Preserve District, the Illinois state park system, the Indiana Dunes State Park and National Lakeshore, among many more projects. Everywhere he championed his core conviction: people must have some contact with the "living green," - flowers and plants native to their home. To Jensen, landscape architecture was not just a profession, nor was the use of native plants just one style among many - they expressed his near-mystical belief in the renewing and civilizing powers of nature. He was a reformer with his practice and passion taking him from Schleswig to Berlin and Florida to Decorah.

He believed that beauty does not have to come from a tulip in Holland or a maple in Japan; it can come from the wild reaches of our backyards or state parks.

"Every Plant has fitness and must be placed in its proper surroundings so as to bring out its full beauty. Therein lies the art of landscaping".

-Jens Jensen

Ernest Oberholtzer (1884-1977) is one of the great unsung heroes of the American conservation movement of the twentieth century. A Davenport, Iowa native and one of the founders of the Wilderness Society, "Ober" was best known for his pioneering work to preserve one of the last remaining wilderness areas east of the Rockies - the Quetico-Superior region of northern Minnesota and southern Ontario. The long campaign by Ober and many others to preserve this area made a significant and lasting impression on conservation and wilderness preservation efforts around the world. This exhibit looks to explore the life of the man who led the fight to save the area that eventually became Voyageurs National Park and the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness (today the most visited wilderness area in the United States).

"We gain inspiration and take heart from Oberholtzer, a leader of the nation's wilderness movement for much of the twentieth century, and his philosophy of action, an acknowledgment that 'we never know our powers until we put them to the test.' His story continues to inspire wilderness activists."

-William H. Meadows, President of The Wilderness Society
Other Land and Water Events!

Sunday, June 9th 2pm- The Legacy of Jens Jensen presented by  Jens Jensen, of Fitchburg, WI. Life and work of the great prairie landscape architect by his great-great grandson.

Saturday, July 20th 2pm- Double Film Feature! At the Figge Art Museum $5 admission includes both films! Showing- Lost Landscape: The Tallgrass Prairie award winning prairie documentary from UNI & Jens Jensen: Harmonious World. A world premier of this new documentary on world renowned landscape architect and naturalist and meet the filmmakers of Viva Lundin Productions!

Sunday, July 21st 2pm- Jens Jensen: The QC Connection  with Linda Anderson Learn where Rock Island boasts some of this famed landscape architect's work at the Denkmann Hauberg Estate!

Sunday, August 11 2pm- University of the Wilderness- The Legacy of Ernest Oberholtzer with Mary Swalla Holmes of the Oberholtzer Foundation in Minnesota. She will highlight Ober's work to save the Boundary Waters.

Thursday, Sept. 19 7pm- Flutes Unlimited of the QC presents a salute to water and waves in this evening concert.

Contact: Kelly Lao, Assistant Director, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or '; document.write( '' ); document.write( addy_text12410 ); document.write( '<\/a>' ); //--> This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it 563-322-8844

The Second City - Chicago Breaks Summer Camp Record PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Andrew Thorp   
Wednesday, 29 May 2013 13:09

The Second City Training Center opens more Teen/Youth Summer Camps and Adult Summer Immersions for National and International students this year than ever before.

  • 2011 - 400+ Adult students and 40+ Adults Immersion Classes / 590+ Teen/Youth Students

  • 2012 - 500+ Adult Students and 40+ Adult Immersions Classes / 660+ Teen/Youth Students

  • 2013 - 700+ Adult Students and 50+ Adult Immersions Classes / 700+ Teen/Youth Students

Chicago is the world capital of Improvisation and Sketch Comedy and The Second City is in the heart of it. For over fifty years The Second City has created a wealth of comedic material from a legendary group of performers and this summer is opening it's doors to more students from around the world than ever before.

With alum's like Stephen Colbert, Amy Sedaris, Chris Farley and Steve Carrell, The Second City Training Center attracts an ever-increasing student body looking to learn the art of comedy. Normal 8-week programming does not lend itself easily to the hungry student living beyond the city and suburban boundaries, however. So, each summer, Chicago's Training Center offers a variety of week-long adult immersions and 2-week teen camps in the performance arts for students at any level of experience and zip code. From entrepreneurs looking to ignite a little creativity using improv techniques to professional ‘on-tour’ actors searching to deepen their resume with an advanced immersion, The Second City builds it’s summer classes to satisfy each ambitious student.

Adult Offerings:

Improv Levels 1-4 From June 3 to August 30 2013 (10am-1pm)

Comedy Writing 1-4 From June 3 to Audtust 30 2013 (2pm-5pm)

Process with Michael Gellman - From June 17, 2013 to June 21, 2013 and August 12, 2013 to August 16, 2013 (10am-5pm) taught by Michael Gellman

500 Clown - From July 22nd-July 26th (10am-6pm) taught by Adrian Danzig

Solo Improv and Sketch with Andy Eninger - From August 12, 2013 to August 16, 2013 (10am-5pm) taught by Andy Eninger

Long Form Immersion - From July 8 to July 12 (10am-5pm) taught by Susan Messing and Rachael Mason

Music Improv Full Day Immersion - July 8-July 12, 2013 (10am-5pm) taught by Jeff Bouthiette

Music Improv Full Day Immersion - August 5-August 9, 2013 (10am-5pm) taught by Jeff Bouthiette

Clown and Physical Comedy - From August 26, 2013 to August 30, 2013 (10am-5pm) taught by Dean Evans

Teen/Youth Offerings

2-week classes in Improv and Sketch Writing - June 10th to August 30th - Ages 11-18
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A Tribute to Neil Diamond and Willie Nelson at The Old Creamery Theatre PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Shelley Klimes   
Tuesday, 28 May 2013 14:11

Amana – The Old Creamery Theatre welcomes back Keith Allynn, winner of the 2009 and 2010 Tribute Artist of the Year and the 2010 and 2011 Tribute Show of the Year. Direct from Branson Mo, Allynn will perform two great shows on The Old Creamery’s Main Stage, Saturday July 6

In A Tribute to Neil Diamond, you’ll experience the “Feel of Neil” in this non-stop show that tells Neil Diamond’s life through his songs. You’ll hear favorites from the 60’s, 70’s and 80’s such as Cherry Cherry, Cracklin’ Rosie, America, Solitary Man, Play Me, Song Sung Blue, Sweet Caroline and many more. Don’t miss A Tribute to Neil Diamond on Saturday, July 6 p.m.

At 8 p.m, Allynn takes to the stage again for On the Road Again with Willie Nelson and Other Outlaws, where he will showcase not only Willie Nelson, but also Waylon Jennings, Joe Cocker, Roger Miller, Elvis and many others.

Tickets to each show are $25 per person or come to both shows for just $40 per person!

Call The Old Creamery box office at 800-35-AMANA (800-352-6262) online at

This special event is not included as part of any Season Ticket or Discount Ticket Package.

Coupons, gift certificates, complimentary tickets or $20 ticket vouchers will not be accepted to purchase tickets to this special event.

The Old Creamery Theatre is a not-for-profit live, 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.

The Brett Family Singers to perform at The Old Creamery Theatre! PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Shelley Klimes   
Friday, 24 May 2013 12:30
Amana – The Old Creamery Theatre is pleased to bring you The Brett Family Singers, direct from Branson Mo., for three exciting shows, July 16, 17 and 18 at 3 p.m.

From an amateur family act, to an internationally known group of seasoned professionals, The Bretts have appeared on worldwide television and in more than 3000 live performances around the globe. The Bretts deliver high energy, high-caliber professional entertainment to audiences of all ages. Voted Best Morning Show in Branson, The Bretts consistently make their daytime performance the place to be on the Strip in Branson and now you can see them without leaving the state!

Tickets to see The Bretts are $29.50 for adults and $19.50 for students. Group rates for 15 or more are available.  

Call The Old Creamery Theatre box office at 800-35-AMANA (800-352-6262) or go online at to reserve your seats today!

The Bretts are celebrating their 15th anniversary with this all-new show in 2013. This special event is not included as part of any Season Ticket or Discount Ticket package. Coupons, gift certificates, complimentary tickets and $20 gift vouchers will not be accepted to purchase tickets to this event.

The Old Creamery Theatre 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.

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