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Written by Steve Hart   
Tuesday, 18 September 2012 13:31

The FRIENDS of the Davenport Public Library’s annual fall book sale will be Friday, September 21 and Saturday, September 22, at the Main Street Library (321 Main Street) between the hours of 10 AM – 3 PM.  Thousands of great deals are waiting for your arrival!

The FRIENDS also have great deals on books, magazines, puzzles, games, and more at the FRIENDS of the Davenport Public Library bookstores at the Fairmount Branch Library (3000 N. Fairmount Street) and the Eastern Avenue Branch Library (6000 Eastern Avenue), Monday – Saturday every week!  The Fairmount Bookstore is open M, W, F, Sa from 10 AM – 2 PM, and the Eastern Avenue Bookstore is open the same hours as the Eastern Avenue Branch Library.

For more information, visit or call 563-326-7832.

News Releases - Stage & Theatre
Written by TheLink   
Friday, 14 September 2012 14:46

The Iowa Games, Iowa's largest amateur sports festival, provides more than 20,000 athletes with a variety of Olympic-style sports during the Summer and Winter Games. The Games are part of the National Congress of State Games and are open to Iowa residents of all ages and abilities. The Iowa Games is hosted by the Iowa Sports Foundation, a nonprofit organization which has a participation base of over 240,000 Iowans. For a complete listing of all the Iowa Games events and results please visit

Local winners include:

Mary Doerder, Gold, Womens Masters (50 & Over) -- 1 Meter, Diving;
Mary Doerder, Gold, Womens Masters (50 & Over)  --  3 Meter, Diving;
Andrew Hartman, Gold, Doubles -- Beginner -- Male, Badminton;
Andrew Hartman, Silver, Singles -- Beginner -- Male, Badminton;
Elijah Hurt, Gold, K-2 Bracket 5, Wrestling;
Paige Kelly, Silver, Girls 14-15  --  1 Meter, Diving;
Paige Kelly, Silver, Womens Synchronized  --  1 Meter, Diving;
Allison Kling, Bronze, Sparring -- Green-Heavy Weight -- Female 9-11, Taekwondo;
Allison Kling, Gold, Forms -- Green -- Female 9-11, Taekwondo;
Josh Paul, Bronze, Mens A Singles, Racquetball;
Josh Paul, Silver, Men's A Doubles, Racquetball;
Andrew  Rauwolf, Silver, Doubles -- Beginner -- Male, Badminton;
Holly Schroeder, Silver, Womens Synchronized  --  1 Meter, Diving;
Benjamin Van Raalte, Bronze, Men 55-59 50 Meter Breaststroke, Swimming - Masters;
Benjamin Van Raalte, Gold, Men 55-59 200 Meter Breaststroke, Swimming - Masters;
Benjamin Van Raalte, Gold, Men 55-59 200 Meter Freestyle, Swimming - Masters;

Sona  Bedeyan, Bronze, Girls 9U  --  1 Meter Novice, Diving;
Grace Estes, Bronze, Girls 11-12 100M Hurdles Finals, Track & Field Youth;
Isaiah Gibbs, Gold, Boys 13-14 Long Jump, Track & Field Youth;
Alyssa Goldermann, Gold, Female 16-19, Triathlon;
Frank Horvath, Silver, Intermediate Grandmaster Male, Disc Golf;
Ryan Ruwe, Gold, DeWitt  --  16 Yard  --  9-12 Grades, Shooting - Satellite Trapshoot;
Ryan Ruwe, Gold, DeWitt  --  Team  --  9-12 Grades, Shooting - Satellite Trapshoot;
Ryan Ruwe, Silver, DeWitt  --  Handicap  --  9-12 Grades, Shooting - Satellite Trapshoot;
Landon Van Fossen, Bronze, Harlan  --  Handicap  --  6-8 Grades, Shooting - Satellite Trapshoot;
Landon Van Fossen, Gold, DeWitt  --  16 Yard  --  Men 50-57, Shooting - Satellite Trapshoot;
Landon Van Fossen, Gold, DeWitt  --  Handicap  --  Men 50-57, Shooting - Satellite Trapshoot;
Joe Veith, Gold, Freestyle -- Young Adult 15-17 -- Male, Archery;
Molly Veith, Silver, Freestyle -- Adult 18-54 -- Female, Archery;

Panorama Park
Nick Cervantes, Gold, Doubles -- Beginner -- Male, Badminton;
Nick Cervantes, Gold, Singles -- Beginner -- Male, Badminton;

How to Take Your Talent from the Playroom to the Stage PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Ginny Grimsley   
Thursday, 13 September 2012 07:58
Young Phenom Offers Tips for Tweens and Teens
with Big Dreams

If you have a vision and a talent, don’t ignore it. At least that’s what Sydney Rose, 20, has learned.

The singer/songwriter whose debut pop single, “Breaking Rules,” hit No. 23 on the national radio Top 40 chart in Sep, says she tried to put her dream on hold – and couldn’t.

“I’ve been in love with music all my life,” says Rose ( “I’ve learned it’s an important part of who I am and you can’t ignore that, no matter what your age.”

Rose grew up honing her singing skills, then learning guitar (“My first chord was D”) and dancing. She overcame any lingering shyness about performing before audiences by joining two other girls in a pop/dance group called Rosemadayne.

But when it came time to attend college, she decided it was best to put her dream on a back burner.

“I was afraid,” she says. “I wanted to experience college without the pressure of a music career, but I actually felt more pressure without my dream and I knew I had to nurture that passion that is so a part of me.”

That’s when she wrote her newest album, “Rise,” an up-tempo celebration of life. It’s getting airplay on radio stations across the country, a development that never ceases to amaze and delight the rising star.

“Listening to myself on the planet 96.7 right at this moment!!!” she posted recently on Twitter (@itssydneyrose). “This is surreal!!!! #bestdayeverever.”

Rose offers tips for other young people who are determined to follow their dreams:

• Get your support team together: Whether it’s parents, other family members, friends or teachers, you’ll need people who encourage and help guide you. Coaches, mentors or instructors can help you improve – because no matter what your talent and how much of it you’ve got, you can always expand your abilities with help. Depending on your age, that may require financial and transportation support. “I started voice lessons when I was a tween, and to this day I get intensive voice training,” Rose says. “But the more skills you have, the better, so I also started working on dance when I was 13 years old. No matter what type of creative talent you have – singing, acting, writing or painting – if you want to become a professional, you need training.” Anyone who is supportive in your life, including friends, other family members and teachers, are reminders of why dreams matter to you.

• Set realistic goals: You may dream of being in the movies or on TV, but don’t expect to start there! “I happily performed at bar and bat mitzvahs (bonus! – I met my manager through those), book stores, Best Buy stores, and at my vocal school,” Sydney says. “These were great opportunities to get used to being in front of live audiences and learning how to interact with the audience.” The smaller goals are there for you to reach the bigger ones – Rome was not built overnight, she says. Those who are supportive will remind you of the big picture.

• Remember, it’s OK to be scared: Doing something for the first time can be really scary, and it’s perfectly normal to be nervous. But don’t let that stop you from getting out there and trying! “From experience, I know that almost anything that seems scary the first time gets much easier, and less scary, every time you do it,” Sydney says. “Don’t let fear keep you from ever taking the next step.”

• Have fun! “With ‘Rise,’ I wrote songs that are fun and upbeat. I thought, ‘If I’m going to do this for the rest of my life, I have to have an amazing time. Right?’ she says. Part of what has helped the album’s success is that she was genuinely happy and having a good time when she recorded it. No matter what you’re doing, your true emotions tend to color your work – they’re hard to hide, so work with them.

About Sydney Rose

Sydney Rose is a 20-year-old recording artist who has worked toward her success the old-fashioned way – through training, practice and dedication. She credits great coaches for helping her develop her talent for singing, dancing and songwriting, and she has become a rising star on the pop music circuit. Her new album, “Rise,” is now available on iTunes.

Gov. Branstad and Lt. Gov. Reynolds release statements on 9/11 anniversary PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Office of Governor Terry Branstad   
Thursday, 13 September 2012 07:46

(DES MOINES) – Gov. Terry Branstad and Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds released the following statements to commemorate the 11th anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks:

“We must never forget the terrible atrocities of that fateful day, and we must continue to promote this great experiment that is America. Iowans answered the call of duty on 9/11, and have every day since. As our Iowa military service members so bravely responded with their determination, I hope all Iowans will take time today to remember the sacrifices of our service members and their families.” – Gov. Terry E. Branstad

“Today we remember those who perished in the deliberate, violent attack on our nation. The terrorists hoped to tear a hole in the fabric of our ideals, but instead Americans responded with a strengthened resolve as a united country. I encourage all Iowans to take a moment, remember those we lost, and pledge their time and energy to make this country a better place for all who reside within its borders.” – Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds


Auditions at Riverside Theatre Sept. 15 PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Sarah Burnett   
Monday, 10 September 2012 14:06

Iowa City, Iowa - Riverside Theatre will be holding auditions on Saturday, September 15, 1-3 p.m.

The 2012-2013 season has one role available in The Exit Interview (male actor, 20s-35). This raucous comedy by William Missouri Downs is a National New Play Network Rolling World Premiere.

It will begin rehearsals December 19, 2012 and open January 25, 2013.

Actors (either male or female) may also audition for Walking the Wire, which will be cast in November following final selection of monologues.

Those wishing to audition are required to prepare one contemporary monologue (2 minute maximum) and bring a headshot if not already on file.

To schedule an audition please call the Riverside Theatre Box Office at 319-338-7672. Box office hours are Noon to 4 p.m., Monday-Friday.

For more information on the 2012-2013 season, contact Artistic Director Jody Hovland at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .


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