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The Classics at Brucemore Presents Cyrano de Bergerac PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Tara Richards   
Tuesday, 11 June 2013 07:16

A genius hero with a ridiculously long nose and a passion for poetry and love will have crowds roaring with laughter during Cyrano de Bergerac, July 11 – 13 and 18 – 20 at 8:00 p.m. The 18th annual production, directed by Richard Barker and starring Jason Alberty, will be one of the largest productions in the history of the Classics at Brucemore. The natural amphitheater near the estate’s pond will provide an encompassing backdrop as sword-wielding brawls erupt amidst the audience and romantic verses gush on stage. The gates will open at 7:00 p.m.; audiences are encouraged to bring lawn chairs, blankets, picnics, and beverages to enjoy pre-show revelry.

Cyrano de Bergerac is an unabashed historical romance set in the 1640s featuring a swashbuckling hero. While first and foremost a passionate love story, the plot develops as a comedy with fast-paced action and a tragic ending. Despite his bravado, Cyrano suffers through unrequited love for Roxanne, whose eyes only see the dashing Christian. Many widely known adaptations have been made, including the film Roxanne, starring Steve Martin.

Advance tickets are $18 for adults and $15 for Brucemore members and students. All tickets at the gate are $20.  Tickets may be purchased online at, by calling (319) 362-7375, or by visiting the Brucemore Store located in the Visitor Center.

Sponsored by Rockwell Collins and media sponsored by The Gazette, KCRG-TV9, and Hoopla, Cyrano de Bergerac features a cast of the area’s finest actors. Ten return to the Classics stage, including Jason Alberty, Angela Meisterling Billman, Andrew Clancey, Brett Engmark, Steve Ginsberg, Larry Hansen, Scott Humeston, Matthew James, Jim Kropa, Bill Lammers, Rob Merritt, David Morton, Marty Norton, Len Struttmann, and Cherryl Thomason. Making their Classics debut are Jon Day, Taylor Foster, Paul Freese, K. Michael Moore, Angie Toomsen, and Steve Worthington. For additional information, please visit the Brucemore website,

The Classics at Brucemore began as collaboration between Torchlight Theatrics and Brucemore in 1996, thus launching outdoor theater in Eastern Iowa. The Classics celebrates a rich history of quality live theater, from Greek tragedy to Shakespearean comedy and twentieth century American drama. Much more than a play performed outdoors, the Classics fully utilizes the site as the natural amphitheater provides a lush backdrop and the outdoor environment is incorporated into the action — actors emerge from the woods, get dunked in the pond, and help themselves to the audience’s picnics.

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

NorthPark and SouthPark Malls Host Safety Fairs PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Aleisha Chiesa   
Monday, 10 June 2013 14:57

Join us for our Safety Fairs at either NorthPark or SouthPark Malls

Who: Safety is a top priority for our guests and retailers, and we strive to maintain a safe, enjoyable shopping environment at all times. This safety fair brings a heightened awareness to child and family safety by incorporating life-saving and family friendly activities for everyone.
Per Mar Security, Farmer’s Insurance, the Chick-fil-A Cow and local Fire Departments will be on hand to talk about summer safety throughout both centers.

What: For more information on either Safety Fair, visit or, or follow us on Twitter @NorthParkMallIA or @SouthParkMallIL, and like us on Facebook at or
For businesses that would like to participate or secure a booth, please contact Amanda at 563.391.6773 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .


NorthPark Mall – June 22, 2013 from 1p-4p
320 West Kimberly Road
Davenport, IA 52806

SouthPark Mall – June 29, 2013 from 1p-4p
4500 16th Street
Moline, IL 61265

Macerich is a fully integrated self-managed and self-administered real estate investment trust, which focuses on the acquisition, leasing, management, development and redevelopment of regional malls throughout the United States. Additional information about Macerich can be obtained from the Company’s website at

Return on Networking – the ROI of Social Media PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Ginny Grimsley   
Monday, 10 June 2013 08:23
By: Marsha Friedman

I was never a fan of the cocktail party-variety networking scene. I will never be one to dart around a room shoving business cards into people’s hands. I prefer meaningful conversations with people, getting to know them and vice versa.

But social media networking? That’s something different altogether. Done right, it’s never a hit-and-run. Rather, it consists of building relationships over months and even years by sharing information – both professional and personal – through posts, comments and responding to questions in various online communities.

What’s the return on investment, the ROI, for putting that kind of time into social media? Actually, it’s called the RON – the “return on networking.”

And for me, it’s huge.

I’ve been on Facebook for five years; I also have Twitter, Google+ and LinkedIn accounts, among others. All totaled, I’m now approaching 100,000 friends, followers and connections. Those followers expose my name and message to their audiences every time they “like” one of my posts or share one of my links. Recently, someone re-tweeted something I’d shared on Twitter – he had 130,000 followers! That’s a potential audience of 130,000 people I likely would have never reached otherwise.

Talk about exposure!

Who knows how many of those people may someday become my clients? Who cares? I’ll still consider the exposure a good return on networking. Here’s why.

The RON of social media isn’t always tangible, not immediately, anyway. By establishing a continued presence online through regularly sharing content of use to my followers, I’m building my platform and my reputation as an expert. That grows in surprising ways – and it lives in surprising places.

A recent case in point: Late last year, I got a call from a prominent New York City hair stylist, the director of a salon in one of that city’s premier department stores. He wanted to talk about some publicity needs and what my company could do to help him.

When I asked how he got my name, he explained he’d written some books over the years with a co-author, and she’d heard me at a speaking engagement.

Well, that made sense. Speaking at conferences is still a great way to get your name out while also building credibility.

But the next thing he said came as a complete surprise.

“So, then I contacted the corporate office (of the department store chain) and asked what PR agency they would recommend.” And they recommended me and my company!

I don’t know a soul in the corporate offices of that high-end retail chain. I can only guess they learned of me through social media.

Just being on Twitter or Google+ isn’t enough, of course. You have to make a diligent effort to regularly post content that people find valuable, including links to informative articles, tips relevant to your topic, and/or informed insights on topics in the news.

You also have to “be a human,” as our lead social media strategist, Jeni Hinojosa, likes to say. She and our other social media producers encourage clients to send photos when they go on vacation, celebrate milestones or engage in hobbies. Posting those photos with a comment adds a personal touch that allows followers to connect on a more emotional level.

Our social media producers also make sure clients’ personalities shine in their posts, showing their sense of humor and letting followers in on the other things they care about, whether it’s victims of a natural disaster or a favorite charity.

Interaction is equally important. Strive to respond to every comment or question posted on your networking sites. Interacting is engaging, and people who are engaged tend to be happy followers. The more you take part in conversations via comments and responses, the more lively and visible your presence becomes.

The RON includes increased traffic to your website; increased trust in your brand and what you’re selling; and greater word of mouth than you could ever hope for by attending a cocktail party or even a speaking engagement.

About Marsha Friedman

Marsha Friedman is a 23-year veteran of the public relations industry. She is the CEO of EMSI Public Relations (, a national firm that provides PR strategy and publicity services to corporations, entertainers, authors and professional firms. Marsha is the author of Celebritize Yourself and she can also be heard weekly on her Blog Talk Radio Show, EMSI’s PR Insider every Thursday at 3:00 PM EST. Follow her on Twitter: @marshafriedman.

Partnering to EMPOWER to assist Winnie's Place PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Heidi Lubben   
Friday, 07 June 2013 12:26
Asbury United Methodist Church is hosting a "Partnering to EmPOWER" fundraising event for Winnie's Place on Tuesday, October 15th.  The team putting together the event is looking for vendors who would be interested in participating in this worthy cause. Booth fees are $15 for sales people and $25 for those providing a service (ALL booth fees will go to Winnie's Place). Vendors will also agree to donate 9% of their sales to Winnies Place, which corresponds to the statistic that every 9 seconds, a woman is abused. Interested vendors are asked to contact Heidi Lubben at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it for more details. Marketing packets for vendors will be available June 15th. The deadline for returning a signed vendor agreement is August 20th.

Announcing Two New Quad City Ballet Board Members! PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Ballet Quad Cities   
Thursday, 06 June 2013 13:38


Tim Heim

Senior VP of  Sales & Marketing, Innkeeper Hospitality Services, LLP


Kristin McDaniel

Chief Marketing Executive, Royal Neighbors of America


They join current Board Members:

Frank Mitvalski, Board President, Califf & Harper


Jane Bahls, Secretary, Freelance Writer


Marty Kurtz, Treasurer, The Planning Center


Linda Bowers, LinguiSystems


Chad Ervin, US Bank


Suni Leinart, Vital Support Systems


Carol Ann Watkins, Arts Supporter

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