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Branstad, First Lady, Reynolds, students unite for campaign to end bullying in Iowa PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Office of the Governor of the State of Iowa   
Wednesday, 11 February 2015 12:37
(DES MOINES) – Gov. Terry E. Branstad, First Lady Chris Branstad and Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds today rallied with over 100 Iowa students at the Iowa State Capitol to call for passage of the Bully Free Iowa Act of 2015. The students and Sioux City School District Superintendent Dr. Paul Gausman joined the governor and lt. governor for a statehouse press conference, launched a new Bully Free Iowa web video and were scheduled to meet with legislators on the important issue of bullying in schools. The full Bully Free Iowa Act of 2015 can be read here.
“Every Iowa child deserves a safe and respectful learning environment. Together we can send a strong message to our children that bullying – whether it is in the school yard or on social media – is unacceptable,” said Branstad. “The time to act is now, and let’s act while students are still in school to send a message that their voices were heard.”
“As a mother and grandmother, it troubles me to know that students are being bullied in Iowa schools and action hasn’t been taken to prevent it,” said First Lady Chris Branstad. “I was touched by the stories of Iowa students and teachers as we traveled the state on the anti-bullying listening tour. It is my hope that this is the year that we stand up to the bully and pass meaningful anti-bullying legislation in Iowa.”
“Ensuring that Iowa students have access to a world-class education has been a priority of our administration since taking office,” said Reynolds. “But if we are to continue to work to improve our schools, we must also act to provide a safe and secure learning environment that is free of bullying. Let’s work together to give educators, students and school districts the tools to better address bulling in Iowa schools.”

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Written by Rhonda Johnson   
Monday, 09 February 2015 11:34

Churches United of the Quad City Area has received a $500.00 grant from The Wells Fargo Foundation. This award supports the direct services that Churches United provides in the Quad City Area.

Churches United operates 26 food pantries and 3 hot meal sites in the Quad Cities, and Winnie’s Place, a shelter serving women (and their children) who are homeless and/or victims of domestic violence. The success of these services is due, in large part, to the generosity of organizations such as The Wells Fargo Foundation.

Churches United has a 54-year history of reaching out to our community. Its 134 member churches represent 50,000 people from the Quad City Area. For information about services offered, or ways to support Churches United, call 563-332-5002, or visit our website at



Treasurer Fitzgerald has Treasures for Valentine's Day PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Karen Austin   
Friday, 06 February 2015 16:24

DES MOINES, IA (02/05/2015)(readMedia)-- Valentine's Day inspires a day of card and gift giving to those we love. Throughout the years, those cards and keepsake mementos sometimes become lost treasures. State Treasurer Michael L. Fitzgerald wants to reunite Iowans this Valentine's Day with those lost treasures. "In addition to money, we have safe deposit box contents, which include an assortment of valuable items waiting to be reclaimed," said Fitzgerald. "Some of these items may have been gifts from a past Valentine's Day."

Treasurer Fitzgerald encourages all Iowans to check the website for a forgotten treasure. "Check regularly and check often," Fitzgerald advises. New property is uploaded throughout the year, so even if you have claimed property in the past, there is a chance your name could reappear. "Our goal is to keep reminding people to check their names for any unclaimed property."

The Great Iowa Treasure Hunt database contains more than one million accounts for individuals that have lost track of some money or a treasure. The program has returned over $188 million to more than 452,000 individuals since Fitzgerald started it in 1983. Companies and financial institutions in Iowa and from across the nation report millions of dollars in unclaimed property to the state treasurer each year. Common examples of unclaimed property include money in forgotten savings/checking accounts, uncashed insurance benefit and payroll checks, lost stock and dividends, abandoned safe deposit box contents and utility refunds or deposits. Simply visit to begin your search. Be sure to like the Great Iowa Treasure Hunt on Facebook and follow the program on Twitter @GreatIATreasure.


Augustana theatre students present Katrina: the K Word PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Sam Schlouch   
Friday, 06 February 2015 16:23

ROCK ISLAND, IL (02/05/2015)(readMedia)-- Augustana's theatre department continues its season with Katrina: the K Word, a performance presented by a 300-level course focusing on play production. Katrina: the K Word is conceived and created by Lisa S. Brenner and Suzanne M. Trauth and presented by special arrangement with the authors. Katrina: the K Word is an original play inspired by true stories of individuals impacted by Hurricane Katrina a decade ago.

Katrina: the K Word is an original play inspired by true stories of individuals facing one of America's most challenging crises. Both tragically heartbreaking and poignantly uplifting, Katrina chronicles the journeys of New Orleans residents whose lives are forever changed.

The piece is brought to life by the THEA 350: Play Production class in honor of the tragedy's tenth anniversary. Students assume all of the production staff positions and work collaboratively to create the finished piece. They are responsible for auditions and casting, directing, designing scenic and costume elements, and stage management.

Students participating in the production are:

Rowan Crow of Coal Valley

Payton Brasher of Davenport

Founded in 1860, Augustana College is a selective four-year residential college of the liberal arts and sciences. The college is recognized for the innovative program Augie Choice, which provides each student up to $2,000 to pursue a high-impact learning experience such as study abroad, an internship or research with a professor. Current students and alumni include 155 Academic All-Americans, a Nobel laureate, 13 college presidents and other distinguished leaders. The college enrolls 2,500 students and is located along one of the world's most important waterways, the Mississippi River, in a community that reflects the diversity of the United States.

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Written by Megan Flanagan   
Friday, 06 February 2015 12:39

A Double Bill of Hilarious One-Act Comedies Features Tom Stoppard’s The Real Inspector Hound and Peter Shaffer’s Black Comedy

City Circle Acting Company of will present a double-bill of British comedies February 13-15 at the Coralville Center for the Performing Arts.  The program consists of Tom Stoppard’s The Real Inspector Hound and Peter Shaffer’s Black Comedy. Performances of An Evening of Farces are Friday, February 13 and Saturday, February 14 at 7:30pm, and Sunday, February 15 at 2pm.  Tickets ($12-$27) are available online at, by phone at 319.248.9370, and in person at the Coralville Center for the Performing Arts box office and Coralville Recreation Center.  Sponsorship support is provided by Meadowlark Psychiatric Services; TheLuxeZone and Skeffington’s provided furniture and costume support.

On Friday, February 13, ticket buyers are encouraged to stop by TheLuxeZone, 1303 5th Street, for a pre-show reception from 6pm-7pm.  Patrons are invited to arrive early from the Sunday, February 15 performance for an informal pre-show chat at 1:45pm.

In The Real Inspector Hound, two theater critics are reviewing the opening night of a typical drawing-room murder mystery when they unexpectedly become part of the action.  This brilliantly absurd play sends up the typical whodunit trappings of mysterious strangers, a bitter love triangle, and, of course, a madman on the loose!

Black Comedy is staged under a reversed lighting scheme –the action supposedly in the dark is illuminated, while when the lights are to be on, the stage is dark.  Lovesick and desperate “starving artist” Brindsley Miller has “borrowed” furniture and precious objects d’arte from his antique collector neighbor in an attempt to impress his fiancee’s pompous father and a wealthy art dealer.  When the neighbor returns unexpectedly as a blown fuse plunges the apartment building into darkness, Brindsley must attempt to return the purloined items before light is restored – while plagued by unexpected guests, aging spinsters, errant phone cords, his ex-mistress, and other obstacles.

“ So much of the comedy of The Real Inspector Hound is verbal,” says director Krista Neumann.  “I looked for actors who can bring Stoppard’s words to life and really embody the ridiculousness of the play-within-a-play and the critics who become involved.”  Black Comedy is more physical, says director Tara Acton.  “It's amazing to work with actors who can handle physical comedy so brilliantly. A farce can be almost like a choreographed dance--it's all about timing. Seeing all the elements come together is very rewarding!”

The cast of The Real Inspector Hound includes Joseph Dobrian, Ellis Fontana, Kristin Owens, Rip Russell, Josh Sazon, Catherine Shook, Christina Sullivan, and Hank Welter.  Black Comedy features Robyn Calhoun, Christopher Carpenter, Bryant Duffy, Derek Johnson, Elijah Jones, Katy Karas, Larry Newman, and Oli Peters.  Set design is by James Mayfield; set décor by Jan Finlayson; lighting design by Drew Bielinski; and costume design by Rachael Lindhardt.

City Circle Acting Company is the community theater program of the Coralville Center for the Performing Arts.  Since 1997, City Circle’s mission has been the production of high quality dramatic, musical, and performing art pieces for the enjoyment of the public.  Upcoming City Circle productions Black Comedy and The Real Inspector Hound (February 13-15), and Into the Woods (April 24-May 3).

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; 15 school events took place at the Center in the 2013-2014 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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