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Experience the Magic of Professional Ballet PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Ballet Quad Cities   
Friday, 26 April 2013 09:10
Couldn't attend one of our recent performances?

Don't miss Courtney Lyon's exquisite choreography, as
Iowa Public Television presents
CINDERELLA: A PERFORMANCE BY BALLET QUAD CITIES & ORCHESTRA IOWA

Monday, May 6, 2013 8:00 PM
Sunday, May 19, 2013 3:30 PM

The classic fairytale is brought to life by Ballet Quad Cities and Orchestra Iowa on the stage of the Adler Theatre in Davenport, Iowa.

 

BALLET UNDER THE STARS

Ballet Quad Cities' gift to the community

 

From June 7-9, 2013, Ballet Quad Cities is providing three free ballet performances in the outdoor Classic Theatre in Rock Island's Lincoln Park.  This production, called Ballet Under the Stars, features dances from the company's extensive repertory that appeal to people of all ages.  Residents from throughout the Quad Cities delight in these free performances and the company always performs to "standing-room-only" audiences. The audience's enthusiastic response to Ballet Under the Stars has always been a heartwarming tribute to the dancers and administrative staff of the ballet company and as the sun goes down, the stage lights up with extraordinary dance.

 
The Old Creamery offers summer theatre camps! PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Shelley Klimes   
Tuesday, 23 April 2013 09:15

Amana- Become part of the magic this summer in Camp Creamery’s Merlin’s Apprentice and the Deadly Dragon, The Old Creamery Theatre’s weeklong theatre camp!

Merlin’s Apprentice and the Deadly Dragon is a new musical full of magic and madcap fun. This weeklong workshop is for children ages 7 and up who are interested in exploring the exciting world of theatre. Children work and perform with professional actors from The Old Creamery Theatre Company while they rehearse and present this play.

Merlin’s Apprentice and the Deadly Dragon will be held at The Old Creamery Theatre in Amana July 8 through 12 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. daily. Campers will need to bring a sack lunch each day. Cost is $65 per child and includes the workshop and a T-shirt. No prior experience is needed but the cast is limited to 60 actors and participants must be able to
attend rehearsal every day. Registration is first come, first served and everyone that signs up will be cast in the show. Final performances of the show will be on July 12 at 7 p.m. and July 13 at 11 a.m. on The Old Creamery’s Main Stage.

For more information or to register visit www.oldcreamery.com or contact Jackie McCall at 319- 622-6034 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . Scholarships will be available for those in need thanks to the generosity of this year’s camp sponsor, Transamerica.

The Old Creamery Theatre Company 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.

 

 
Choosing Child Care Class Offered PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Pam Lynch   
Tuesday, 23 April 2013 09:01

Child Care Resource and Referral (CCR&R) provides resources, education, and advocacy about quality child care to Parents, Child Care Programs, Employers, and Community Members.

CCR&R is holding a Choosing Child Care class for anyone wanting information about child care. These short one hour sessions are being held at the local Iowa Hospitals. Want to know more about Quality Child Care?

Thursday, May 9th

Genesis East in the Interconnect Lounge at 10:30 AM or 6:30 PM

Thursday, May 16th

Trinity Bettendorf in Room A/B at 10:30 AM or 6:30 PM

Please call to RSVP 1- 855-CHILD-01 (855-244-5301)

CCR&R is a nonprofit organization that is part of a statewide system and a nationwide network. The local CCR&R office (IA Region 5) is located in Davenport, IA and serves 20 counties in southeast Iowa.

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Luther College Visual and Performing Arts to present 'Arcadia' PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Julie Shockey   
Friday, 19 April 2013 15:05

DECORAH, IA (04/18/2013)(readMedia)-- Tyler Hagy, Luther College senior from Muscatine, Iowa, will star in the upcoming play "Arcadia" presented by Luther College Visual and Performing Arts.

Hagy, son of Mark and Deb Hagy of Muscatine, is a 2009 graduate of Muscatine High School. He is a studying music education and theatre and dance performance at Luther.

Thought by many to be one of the best plays of the 20th century, Tom Stoppard's "Arcadia" will be presented May 1-4 by Luther College's Department of Visual and Performing Arts.

Performances will take place at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday, May 1-4 with an additional matinee performance at 1:30 p.m. Saturday, May 4. All performances will take place in the Jewel Theatre in the Center for the Arts on the Luther campus.

Tickets are $10 and are available at the Luther Box Office, (563)-387-1357 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , Monday, Wednesday and Friday 9-10:30 a.m. and 11 a.m.-3 p.m.; Tuesday, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. with extended hours on Thursdays 9 a.m.-7 p.m.

Premiered in 1993, "Arcadia" is set in Sidley Park, a fictional country estate, and moves back and forth between the year 1809 and the present. The residents of Sidley Park include Thomasina, a 13-year-old girl, her tutor Septimus, her commanding mother Lady Croom and an assortment of other residents and visitors, including "mad, bad and dangerous to know" Lord Byron. In alternating scenes, the 21st century descendants of the 19th century family entertain two rival researchers who are visiting Sidley Park to piece together puzzles of the past.

Stoppard is said to have been inspired to write the play after reading the best-selling book "Chaos" by James Gleick. The play is filled with references to Newtonian physics, mathematics and the second law of thermodynamics. "Arcadia" also delves into landscape architecture, Romantic poetry and the nature of time by juxtaposing past and present, art and science, and order and disorder in a witty and exhilarating theatre piece.

The play is being directed by visiting artist Kristen Underwood, who says, "one of the things that makes the play so entertaining is watching the people from the past puzzle over the future, while the people from the future try to piece together the past."

The cast, comprised of Luther students, includes Anna Murray as Thomasina Coverly, Nelson Schreen as Septimus Hodge, Maxwell Lafontant as Jellaby the butler, Tyler Hagy as Ezra Chater, Lucas Chase as Richard Noakes, Elisabeth Athas as Lady Croom, Josh Harper as Captain Brice, Holly Fusco as Hannah Jarvis, Bryce Muenchow as Bernard Nightingale, Maggie Sulentic as Chloe, Tim Komatsu as Valentine and John Werner appearing as both Gus Coverly and Augustus Coverly.

The production is also made possible by collaboration with Lisa Lantz, Luther assistant professor of theatre, managing costume design and construction; Tom Berger, technical director, managing scenic design and construction; and Jeff Dintaman, Luther professor of theatre, managing lighting for the performance.

Luther students collaborating on the production include Alex Klyn, stage manager; Mim Harries, props; Chelsey O'Connor, lighting and design; Josh Dale, sound and Becca Chapin, hair and makeup.

 
Federal interference in state-level education decisions, Common Core standards PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Grassley Press   
Friday, 19 April 2013 13:58

Grassley works to stop federal interference and restore state-level education decisions

WASHINGTON – Senator Chuck Grassley is leading an effort to ask leading Senate appropriators to restore state-level decision making about academic content in public schools in response to the way federal incentives have interfered and put a heavy hand on states to adopt the Common Core State Standards Initiative.

Grassley said the Common Core program was initially billed as a voluntary effort, and that current federal law makes clear that the U.S. Department of Education may not be involved in setting specific content standards or determining the content of state assessments.

“The reality is that the U.S. Department of Education has made adoption of standards matching those in Common Core a requirement for getting waivers and funds,” Grassley said.  “This violates the structure of our education system, where academic content decisions are made at the state level giving parents a direct line of accountability to those making the decisions.  The federal government should not be allowed to coerce state education decision makers.”

Grassley is inviting senators to join him in a letter to the Chairman and Ranking Member of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee that funds education.  The letter urges appropriators to set clear restrictions on the U.S. Department of Education from setting academic content standards either directly or indirectly when they put together legislation to fund the U.S. Department of Education for the next fiscal year.

Here is the text of the letter that Grassley is inviting senators to sign by April 25.

 

April 26, 2013

 

The Honorable Tom Harkin

Chairman, Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education

Senate Appropriations Committee

 

The Honorable Jerry Moran

Ranking Member, Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education

Senate Appropriations Committee

Dear Chairman Harkin and Ranking Member Moran:

We ask that the Fiscal Year 2014 Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education Appropriations Bill include language to restore state decision-making and accountability with respect to state academic content standards. The decision about what students should be taught and when it should be taught has enormous consequences for our children. Therefore, parents ought to have a straight line of accountability to those who are making such decisions. State legislatures, which are directly accountable to the citizens of their states, are the appropriate place for those decisions to be made, free from any pressure from the U.S. Department of Education.

While the Common Core State Standards Initiative was initially billed as a voluntary effort between states, federal incentives have clouded the picture. Current federal law makes clear that the U.S. Department of Education may not be involved in setting specific content standards or determining the content of state assessments. Nevertheless, the selection criteria designed by the U.S. Department of Education for the Race to the Top Program provided that for a state to have any chance to compete for funding, it must commit to adopting a “common set of K-12 standards” matching the description of the Common Core. The U.S. Department of Education also made adoption of “college- and career-ready standards” meeting the description of the Common Core a condition to receive a state waiver under the Elementary and Secondary Education Act. Race to the Top funds were also used to fund two consortiums to develop assessments aligned to the Common Core and the Department is now in the process of evaluating these assessments.

We ask that you eliminate further interference by the U.S. Department of Education with respect to state decisions on academic content standards by including the following language in the Fiscal Year 2014 Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education Appropriations Bill:

Sec. __. (a) Funds appropriated under this Act or any prior Act shall not be used by the Secretary of Education—

(1) to directly develop, implement, or evaluate multi-State or other specified standards (defined in this section as any set of academic content standards common to multiple States, including the Common Core State Standards developed by the National Governors Association Center for Best Practices and the Council of Chief State School Officers, or any other specified set or type of academic content standards selected by the Secretary) or assessments aligned with such standards;

(2) to award any grant, contract, or cooperative agreement that requires or specifically authorizes the development, implementation, or evaluation of multi-State or other specified standards, or assessments aligned with such standards;

(3) to condition any award of funds to a State on the adoption of multi-State or other specified standards, or to include, as a component of an application for Federal funds, a requirement or preference related to multi-State or other specified standards; or

(4) to enforce any provision of a waiver issued by such Secretary under section 9401 of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 (20 U.S.C. 7861) related to the adoption of multi-State or other specified standards.

(b) Nothing in subsection (a) shall be construed to limit the discretion of an individual State to use funds provided through a grant, contract, or cooperative agreement for any uses that are authorized under the grant, contract, or cooperative agreement, if the State so chooses.

Thank you for your consideration of our request.

Sincerely,

 

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