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Written by Linda Martin   
Tuesday, 17 June 2014 08:23

On October 15, 2011, the East Moline Foundation was officially announced to the community. Since then, the East Moline Foundation Board has initiated several fundraising activities, met with financial advisors, held monthly Board meetings, and added several new Board members. They have also reached their fundraising goal of $250,000 in endowment funds and have actually surpassed the goal by almost $30,000. Members of the East Moline Board include: Doug Reynolds, Chairman; Bob Baecke, Vice Chairman; Bill Phares, Secretary/Treasurer and Board members Pat VanBruwaene, Larry Anderson, and Terry Brahm.

The Board of the East Moline Foundation has now met and approved the following grants to charitable organizations that benefit the citizens of East Moline and the surrounding area.

1. Black Hawk Area Education Center $2,256.00 - support of a handicapped accessible playground

2. Christ United Methodist Church $4,200.00 - fund meat distribution pilot program for 5 months

3. East Moline School District No. 37 $1,800.00 - provide funds for prospective college visits

4. East Moline/Silvis Soccer Club $3,000.00 - construction of a new soccer field

5. Our Lady of Grace Catholic School $2,500.00 - purchase of computers in computer lab

6. Salvation Army $1,600.00 - support summer day camp for low-income families

7. Supplemental Emergency Assistance Program (SEAP) $1,000.00 - assist East Moline households with short-term, emergency needs

8. Two Rivers YMCA $1,000.00 - support low-income kids in East Moline in summer program

9. Watertown Food Pantry $2,644.00 - support of food pantry

Total: $20,000.00

Donations to the East Moline Foundation may be mailed to: Bill Phares, P.O. Box 457, East Moline, Illinois 61244 or call (309)796-0170.

East Moline Foundation Board Chairman Doug Reynolds noted, “Hungry children will be fed, students will be inspired, and the needy clothed, thanks to the gifts that have been received, and those yet to come. We are grateful for the generosity of our neighbors that brings hope and a higher quality of life to many others in our community. ”

The East Moline Foundation, East Moline, Illinois founded in 2011, is affiliated with the Moline Foundation as a community foundation which provides grants to health, human services, education, workforce development, the arts and other charitable organizations which benefit the citizens of East Moline and the surrounding area, including the Quad Cities region. The East Moline Foundation receives and administers charitable gifts & works with citizens to achieve their dreams to improve the community.

Officers and members of the East Moline Foundation include: Doug Reynolds, Chairman, Bob Baecke, Vice Chairman, Bill Phares, Secretary-Treasurer, Pat VanBruwaene, Larry Anderson and Terry Brahm.


Mt. Carroll Rotary Brings Jhoole Shop to ‘An Inspector Calls’ at TLP PDF Print E-mail
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Written by James Beaudry   
Tuesday, 17 June 2014 08:22

MOUNT CARROLL, IL --  Timber Lake Playhouse opens its second production of the summer, An Inspector Calls by J. B. Priestley, on Thursday, June 19. Acclaimed Chicago director Chuck Smith directs the play, which runs through Saturday, June 28. The Mount Carroll Rotary Club will sponsor a Jhoole Shop at the playhouse during the run in a partnership celebrating volunteer and non-profit organizations in the region whose missions “live the story” of each theatre production at the playhouse.

Considered a classic of 20th Century theatre, An Inspector Calls takes place on single night in 1912 in England--the exact week the hit BBC drama Downton Abbey begins its storyline. The Birling family is visited by Inspector Goole--interrupting a party celebrating their daughter’s engagement. The Inspector implicates each person in the apparent suicide of a young working-class woman. But is this inspector really who he claims to be? And is this a whodunnit? or a who didn’t stop it? It’s a thrilling mystery about a prominent family’s secrets and a stranger who knows too much.

The play became an instant hit in 1945 when it was written, and a 1994 Broadway production won numerous Tony Awards and broke the record for long running national tour for a play. The TLP production stars John Chase, Grant Brown, Cody Jolly, Gabriel Brown, Caroline Murrah and Bethany Fay. Chicago actress and three time Jeff Award winner, Danielle Brothers, makes her TLP debut as Sybil in this mystery with social themes.

TLP’s Do Something Spectacular campaign continues with An Inspector Calls through the help of the Mount Carroll Rotary Club. For over 25 years the Mount Carroll Rotary Club has lived the motto of Rotary International, “Service Above Self,” by supporting many local groups:  Girls Scouts, Boy Scouts, Great River Outreach, Friends of the Library, Campbell Center for Historic Preservation, Carroll County Senior Center and Timber Lake Playhouse.  The relatively small club of 28 is also involved with international projects including Carroll County Haiti Mission Project, Polio Plus and Jhoole, an organization living the themes of An Inspector Calls.

Founded by Rockford native Hannah Warren after a photography project took her to India, Jhoole, pronounced “ju-lay,” is a non-profit, pioneering “Humanitarian Enterprise.” Selling handmade scarves and clothing, it is both a mission-motivated lifestyle brand and a manufacturing company, wedding high-tech machines with traditional Indian handicrafts to benefit artisans and their communities. All profits are reinvested in community improvement, education, and training, with a goal of ending the cycle of poverty for working women who cannot afford to own the clothes they make. More information can be found at

The Mount Carroll Rotary Club meets each Tuesday at 12:05 at Land of Oz.  For information about the club call 800-244-5994.

For tickets to An Inspector Calls, call the TLP box office at 815-244-2035 or visit them at 8215 Black Oak Rd. in Mount Carroll. Tickets may also be purchased online at Performances are Tuesday through Saturday at 7:30 pm, with matinees at 2:00 pm on Sundays and Wednesday. A 3:00 pm matinee is offered on the first Saturday after the production opens. Tickets are $23.00, $21.00 for seniors, and students are $17.00. This program is partially sponsored by a grant from the Illinois Arts Council through federal funds from the National Endowment For The Arts.


Gustavus Adolphus College Announces 2014 Spring Semester Dean's List PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Matt Thomas   
Monday, 16 June 2014 08:44

ST. PETER, Minn. (June 12, 2014) - The Spring Semester Dean's List at Gustavus Adolphus College has been released. The list comprises students who have earned a 3.7 grade point average (based on a scale in which 4.0 = A) or higher for the semester ending in May 2014.

The following local student were named to the Dean's List at Gustavus Adolphus College:  Carla DeWit of Bettendorf

Gustavus Adolphus College is a private liberal arts college in St. Peter, Minn., that prepares 2,500 undergraduates for lives of leadership, service, and lifelong learning. The oldest Lutheran college in Minnesota, Gustavus was founded in 1862 by Swedish immigrants and named for Swedish King Gustav II Adolf. At Gustavus, students receive personal attention in small-sized classes and engage in collaborative research with their professors. Fully accredited and known for its strong science, writing, music, athletics, study-abroad, and service-learning programs, Gustavus hosts a chapter of Phi Beta Kappa and is internationally recognized for its annual Nobel Conference.


The Classics at Brucemore Presents Hay Fever PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Tara Richards   
Wednesday, 11 June 2014 09:23

The eccentric and self-absorbed Bliss family will inspire non-stop, sidesplitting laughter to audiences during the Classics at Brucemore production of Hay Fever, July 10 – 12 and 17 – 19 at 8:00 p.m. The 19th annual Classics at Brucemore performance, directed by Jim Kern, will uphold its reputation as one of Brucemore’s signature events. The estate’s natural amphitheater will provide a captivating backdrop as the Bliss family breaks social conventions on and off the stage, interacting with the audience and the surrounding area.  Audiences are encouraged to bring lawn chairs, blankets, picnics, and beverages to the show; the gates will open at 7:00 p.m.  Advance tickets are $15 for Brucemore Members and students and $18 for adults.  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.

Hay Fever, written in 1924 by Noël Coward, takes place on a single weekend in June at the summer home of the wealthy and bohemian Bliss family.  Each family member, without consulting the others, has invited a special guest for the weekend.  However, the family is so egotistical that the needs of their guests (and their overwhelmed household employee Clara) go completely unnoticed.  While the Blisses may be awful people to visit, they are hilarious to watch as they turn what should have been a weekend of intimate leisure into riotous mayhem.

Audiences attend the Classics once and realize that what is in their picnic basket is nearly as important as what is onstage. From carryout pizza or deli-sandwiches to elaborate spreads of antipasto plates and roasted chicken, dining is taken to a new level with Brucemore’s version of dinner and a show. Packing for a Classics picnic just became easier. Brucemore is partnering with The Early Bird to offer patrons the opportunity to have their picnic waiting for them at the show. Select one of three dining options, call Brucemore (319) 362-7375 to place an order, pick it up in the Visitor Center the night of the event, and enjoy the Classics experience. Picnics must be purchased at least 36 hours before the show date by calling (319) 362-7375. A “Classics Package” is also available, including a wine tote, two picnics, and a bottle of wine. A complete list of the picnic options can be found at

Sponsored by Rockwell Collins and media sponsored by The Gazette, KCRG-TV9, and Hoopla, Hay Fever features a cast of the area’s finest actors. Seven return to the Classics stage, including Angela Billman, Matthew James, Jim Kropa, David Morton, Marty Norton, Cherryl Moon Thomason, and Kristen Wilcox. Making their Classics debut are Aaron Murphy and Lindsay Prince. 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 natural amphitheater, incorporating the estate itself 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


The Old Creamery Theatre is holding a week-long theatre camp in Cedar Rapids! PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Lily Allen-Duenas   
Wednesday, 11 June 2014 09:19
Come be a part of an out of this world adventure this summer in The Unknowns Freak Out Roswell.

Who? Children ages 7 and up

Where? Wilson Middle School, Cedar Rapids When? July 28 – August 1 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Campers need to bring a sack lunch.

The final performance will be on August 1, 2014 at 7 pm.

Cost: $85 per child. Includes a show T-shirt.

The Unknowns Freak Out Roswell is a week long workshop for children interested in exploring the exciting world of theatre! The camp is designed to give children ages 7 and up the unique opportunity to work and perform with three professional actors from The Old Creamery Theatre while they rehearse and present a play. The Unknowns Freak Out Roswell is a brand new musical with extraterrestrial appeal! Registration is first come, first served (up to 60

actors) and everyone that signs up will be cast in the show. A great way for boys and girls to have an intergalactic theatrical experience this summer! Visit us online at

Children must commit to attending all rehearsals and final performance in order to participate in Camp Creamery.  Questions? Contact Jackie McCall at 319-622-6034 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Camp Creamery is sponsored by Toyota Financial Services and Alliant Energy Foundation.

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