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Library Lines - Rock Island Public Library - Oct 2012 PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Lisa Lockheart   
Tuesday, 16 October 2012 08:04
Learn More About Your Family Tree: Wednesday, Oct. 17, a program on Computer Genealogy. Main Library Community Room at 401 19th Street. No registration is required.


Thinking of buying a new computer, eReader, tablet or cell phone? The library will offer Technology Basics, a free showcase on what to look for in technology, at 1:30 pm on Tuesday, Oct. 16 in the Rock Island Main Library Community Room, 401 19th Street.


Learn more about social media, with Facebook and Twitter: What You Want to Know, at 6:00 pm on Tuesday, Oct. 23, at the Rock Island Main Library, 401 19th Street. Library employees will answer some common about the features of both Facebook and Twitter, and how people use them to build connections with others.


Magic Workshops with Rick Eugene. Participants have a choice of two dates and locations: Tuesday, Oct. 16 at 6:30 pm, in the Rock Island Main Library Community Room, 401 19th Street or Wednesday, Oct. 17 at 6:30 pm, in the Rock Island Southwest Branch Community Room, 9010 Ridgewood Road. Children from second grades on up will learn how to do magic tricks with professional magician Rick Eugene.


To register for any of the above events, call the Rock Island Library Children's Department at 309-732-7360.


Other events during the school break include:

  • Evening Storytimes: 6:00 pm,  Oct. 15 at the Southwest Branch;
  • Wednesday Lego Time: 4:00 pm, Oct. 17 at the 30/31 Branch;
  • Saturday Lego Time: 10:30 am, Oct. 20, Southwest Branch
  • Saturday "STEM-tivity:" 11:30 am, Oct. 20, Southwest Branch. Why do things float? Explore this topic with a fun, hands-on project around concepts in STEM (science, technology, engineering or math.)
On Oct. 18, the library will celebrate the Teen Read Week theme of "It came from the library!" with a free murder mystery party for ages 12 to 18. The murder mystery party is from 5:30 to 7:00 pm at the Rock Island Main Library, and features chances to play a murder mystery game, enjoy snacks, and win prizes. Teen Read Week dares teens to "read for the fun of it," from Oct. 14-20, 2012.


Learn how to survive a zombie attack with a Teen Zombie party, 5:30 pm at the Rock Island Main Library. Teens ages 12 to 18 will watch a zombie movie, enjoy snacks, and share tips on zombie survival.

The Old Creamery Theatre’s 2013 season announced PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Shelley Klimes   
Wednesday, 10 October 2012 13:53

Amana - The Old Creamery Theatre is pleased to announce the 2013 season. As always, the line-up includes something for everyone from comedies to musicals to dramas and children’s shows.

The 2013 season is as follows:

Special Event
Feb. 14 – March 16, 2013
Death by Disco, a comic, murder mystery by James Daab.

Go back to the 70’s with The Old Creamery Theatre and the Ox Yoke Inn for this year’s thriller murder mystery Death by Disco. Your favorite Old Creamery Theatre performers, platform shoes and all, will take you to the disco contest where someone won’t be “Staying Alive “after all. The evening comes complete with an Ox Yoke Inn dinner fit for any disco king or queen. Held at the Ox Yoke Inn, Amana. Call the Ox Yoke for reservations after Nov. 1, 2012, 800-233-3441.

On the Main Stage:
The Last Romance
April 25 – May 26, 2013
A romantic comedy by Joe DiPietro

Falling in love again was not something Ralph was expecting. Fate, however, had other ideas for this lively widower and a different path home one evening leads him to Carol and changes his life. A funny account about second chances and the surprises life can bring. Rated Theatre PG

Cookin’ With Gus
May 30 – June 30, 2013
A comedy by Jim Brochu

With the chance at her own television show being dangled in front of her like a perfectly glazed carrot, famous cookbook author Gussie Richardson decides to face her fear of the cameras to tape a cooking segment. With a few post hypnotic suggestions and “help” from the tipsy Gypsy next door, Gussie cooks up a recipe for laughter that will have you bubbling like a cheese soufflé. Rated Theatre PG

Lumberjacks in Love
August 1 – September 1, 2013
A musical comedy
Book and lyrics by Fred Alley. Music by James Kaplan. Story by Fred Alley and James Kaplan

Four manly lumberjacks living the bachelor life in their northern Wisconsin camp seem perfectly happy tucked away from civilization - and women. But, when a mail order bride is mistakenly sent for, everything changes. Join Minnesota Slim, Dirty Bob, Muskrat, Moonlight and The Kid, as they tell the wonders and woes of being a lumberjack in love with songs like The Bachelor’s Prayer, Stupid Love and Could It Be Cabin Fever. From the authors of Guys on Ice. Rated Theatre PG

Unnecessary Farce
September 5 – October 6, 2013
A comedy by Paul Slade Smith

Eight doors, two police officers and three criminals add up to one crazy police stakeout! Officers Eric and Billy are supposed to videotape a meeting between the mayor and his accountant during an investigation of missing city funds. However, nothing is as it seems and it becomes impossible to determine who the real criminals might be - or for that matter - what might happen next. This play is so much fun, it should be illegal! Rated Theatre PG-13

Dial M for Murder
October 10 – November 10, 2013
A mystery by Frederick Knott

Everyone knows there’s no such thing as a perfect crime…or is there? When a husband marries for money and then decides to cash in his wife’s chips, chaos follows as everything unravels and suspicion begins to shift. A classic thriller full of suspense that you won’t want to miss. Rated Theatre PG.

Away in the Basement: A Church Basement Ladies Christmas
November 14 – December 22, 2013
A musical comedy inspired by the books of Janet Letnes Martin and Suzann Nelson including the best seller “Growing Up Lutheran” Written by Greta Grosch. Music and lyrics by Drew Jansen.

Come celebrate the holidays with The Church Basement Ladies in this all-new show is filled with their heart-warming humor and wisdom. The year is 1959 and the ladies are putting final touches on the annual Sunday School Christmas program. You can almost smell the cookies baking as these ladies dish out much more than holiday goodies. Away in the Basement is a delightfully funny way to celebrate the holiday season. Rated Theatre G.

On the Studio Stage:

Freud’s Last Session
April 4 - 21, 2013
A comic drama by Mark St. Germain

Be the fly on the wall as legendary psychoanalyst Dr. Sigmund Freud meets with famous author C. S. Lewis to discuss and debate, love, sex, the existence of God and the very meaning of life. Only a few weeks after their meeting, Freud died and Lewis, who in later years wrote The Chronicles of Narnia, was never to forget their historic meeting. A stimulating glimpse into two brilliant minds that you too will not forget. Rated Theatre R

Moonlight and Magnolias
July 11 – 28, 2013
A comedy by Ron Hutchinson
Who’s not familiar with Margaret Mitchell’s Gone With the Wind? One of the screenwriters of the movie, that’s who! This is the hilarious behind-the-scenes account of three men who spent a weekend locked in an office rewriting the screenplay for the
movie, Gone With the Wind, while the cameras were already rolling. See what “really” happened as the producer and director act out key scenes for the screenwriter for what eventually became one of the greatest movies ever made. Rated Theatre R

September 19 – October 6, 2013
A biographical drama by Eric Simonson

Based on the book When Pride Still Mattered – A Life of Vince Lombardi by David Maraniss
1958 begins a whole new era for the Green Bay Packers when Vince Lombardi is named head coach for a team who has not had a winning season for more than a decade. Who could have known that Lombardi’s reign would take the Packers to new heights and their coach would become a legend? A look into the real life of famed coach Vince Lombardi and how he inspired
all those he met. You don’t have to like football to love this play! Rated Theatre R

Dec. 5 – 22, 2013
A dramatic comedy by Jay Presson Allen

Truman Capote, or Tru to his friends, was never one to blend in. Throughout his life the flamboyant writer often stood out in the crowd. His ability to weave truth with fiction led to some of his greatest works, such as Breakfast at Tiffany’s and In Cold Blood. This play gives a glimpse of the man behind the pen, the socially elite and at times outcast Tru, whose impact on literature still runs deep. Rated Theatre R

The Old Creamery Theatre for Young Audiences
On the Main Stage:

The Life and Times of the Three Little Pigs
March 30 – April 13, 2013
By Gene Mackey Original music by Cheryl Benge

Can the little pigs remember their survival skills as they go out into the world to make a living? The Old Creamery Theatre for Young Audiences presents a classic with an imaginative and musical twist in The Life and Times of the Three Little Pigs.

Diary of a Worm, a Spider and a Fly
June 15 – 29, 2013
Book and music by Joan Cushing
Follow the adventures of Worm, Spider and Fly from the first day of school through the last as they learn to dream big in this show filled with music and fun for all!

The Legend of Sleepy Hollow
Oct. 19 – Nov. 2, 2013
Adapted from Washington Irving’s story
The headless horseman is said to haunt the village of Sleepy Hollow, riding his horse at  breakneck speed in the dark of night. Ichabod Crane, the new school master soon comes to know first hand if The Legend of Sleepy Hollow is fact or fiction and you will too! Join us for this fun and spooky classic tale. Just in time for Halloween!

The Velveteen Rabbit
Nov. 30 – Dec. 21, 2013
A musical adaption of the classic story by Margery Williams.
Book and lyrics by George Gray
Music by Chris Talbert
New to the toy chest, the Velveteen Rabbit isn’t quite sure what he’s good for. He can’t spin like the top or float like the boat or talk like the Mechanical Man. But the boy comes to love him and the Skin Horse says once a child really loves a toy, it becomes real. See what happens in this delightful classic set to music.

For more information about any of the shows or about 2013 season ticket packages, (now available) please call the box office at 800-35-AMANA or visit the website at

The Old Creamery Theatre Company is a not-for-profit professional theatre founded in 1971 in Garrison, Iowa. In 2013 the company will be celebrating 42 years of bringing live, professional theatre to the people of Iowa and the Midwest.

"Waves Of Grace" PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Songs for the Planet   
Wednesday, 10 October 2012 13:32
LITA Music’s song, “Waves of Grace” written by David Noble, continues to make “waves” by being the only song included in Nowhere But Up:  The Story Of Justin Bieber’s Mom, a new autobiography by Pattie Mallette with A.J.Gregory.  The book is currently #17 on the New Times Bestseller list.

In her book, Pattie notes the importance of that song to her son and includes those well-crafted lyrics.  LITA Music’s Justin Peters comments, “We are honored to have ‘Waves Of Grace’ included in Pattie’s book and pleased to have played a part in her son’s success.”

Nowhere But Up:  The Story Of Justin Bieber’s Mom looks at Pattie’s sexual abuse as a child as well as her own struggles with drugs and alcohol and her suicide attempt.  She discusses her decision at seventeen not to abort her baby and how she found her way with the help of a Christian counselor.  With strength and courage Pattie eventually found a place of faith and peace filled with “waves of grace” – this is truly an inspirational story for all.

Undoubtedly, Justin Bieber is one of today’s hottest artists and most watched celebs.  His rise to fame came at an early age and one of the songs that helped garner him his first record deal was the song, “Waves Of Grace.”  That song holds a special place in his heart and is often performed during his concert appearances as shown by the numerous videos posted on

Published by Revell (a division of Baker Publishing Group), the book is now available at bookstores everywhere and is being heavily promoted on shows like The View, The Today Show, Ellen, The Huckabee Show, ABC News, CBS News, NBC News, Huffington Post and

“Waves of Grace”

Written by David Noble

The walls are high, the walls are strong
I’ve been locked in this castle
That I’ve built for far too long
You have surrounded me, a sea on every side
The cracks are forming and I’ve got nowhere to hide

Now I see the walls I’ve built are falling
And Your waves of grace are washing over me

Lord please reign in every part
I give my life to You, I open up my heart
I want to be like You, I want to seek Your face
O Lord please wash me in Your awesome waves of grace

(Lyrics as printed in the book)

Copyright 1995. LITA Music (ASCAP). Administered by Justin Peters/Songs for the Planet, Inc..,

P.O. Box 40251, Nashville, TN 37204.  International Copyright Secured. All Rights Reserved.

For Budget-Minded Moves, Try Freight Shipping PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Ginny Grimsley   
Wednesday, 10 October 2012 13:18
Expert Offers Tips to Save Money & Hassles

For most of our household shipping needs, the Post Office, UPS or Fed-Ex delivers. But what do you do when you want to get a motorcycle across the country – without you on it? Antiques from your grandmother’s estate? Or your whole house packed up in boxes?

“That’s where freight shipping comes in as a great, economical alternative,” says Matthew Brosious, president of (, a company that brokers freight-shipping, much like websites such as Expedia broker air travel and hotel stays.

“Freight shippers can handle anything too heavy for the standard package shippers, basically anything from 100 pounds to 8,000 pounds,” he says. “For these items, LTL shipping – which stands for Less-Than-Truckload – is the easiest and most economical way to get your big, bulky item moved.’’

Since, for many people, that might be a once- or twice-in-a-lifetime event, Brosious offers some suggestions to ensure your shipping experience is smooth sailing.

• Pack properly and label each separate package or item. Unless your freight carrier includes packaging in its service, be sure your goods are all carefully and properly packaged, crated or secured to pallets with shrink-wrap or banding. If you’ve never built a crate, there are plenty of companies that will do it for you. If you shrink-wrap your item or boxes to a wooden pallet, start at the base and pull the wrap tightly so it’s secure. Your stack should not wobble when you’re done. “If it’s not packed correctly and something gets damaged, your carrier may not be liable for that,” Brosious warns. “Sometimes, they won’t even transport it.” A sofa wrapped in plastic, for instance, is not considered “packaged.”

• Label each separate bundle or item. Attach a clear, printed label to the top of every box or item in your shipment. The label should include your name and the recipient’s, as well as addresses and telephone numbers for both of you. It should also include the bill of lading number, carrier’s name, and date shipped.

• Provide accurate information about contents, weight, etc. If you guesstimate, you may end up with a bill for more than the price you were quoted! Shipping quotes are based on the information supplied by the customer, but freight companies may choose to weigh your item. If you’re wrong – for instance, if your freight weighs more than you thought – you will likely see a bigger bill.

• Expect to pay more for residential delivery. If you’re in a non-commercial area, residential delivery fees may apply, even if you run a business out of your home. That’s because the streets are usually harder to find and navigate. Residential delivery applies to apartments, farms and houses – and sometimes to schools and churches. You can save money by having your item shipped to an airport terminal and picking it up yourself, if you have a vehicle that can transport it. If you’re having your freight delivered to a limited-access area, such as a military base or a storage unit facility, you might also incur an additional fee.

Freight-shipping is an economical way to move items, Brosious says. He advises people to shop around for quotes, or use a broker to handle that part for you.

About is a third-party freight logistics company that uses web-based tools to help businesses and individuals with their shipping needs. It has garnered numerous awards, including Best Companies to Work For (2011, Florida Trend); Service Industry of the Year (2010, Pasco Economic Development Council) and Top 10 Websites (2010, BtoB marketing news magazine.) Matthew Brosious and his father, James, co-founded American Freight Cos. – the parent company of FreightCenter – in 1998 to facilitate freight-shipping for one-time, occasional, and small-business shippers. The service enables customers to compare carriers’ rates, book online and track paperwork in one location.

TCR Screening Two Important Documentaries in October PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Theatre Cedar Rapids   
Monday, 08 October 2012 13:51

October 5, 2012 - Cedar Rapids, Iowa - Through a collaboration between Theatre Cedar Rapids and The Arc, the acclaimed documentary Wretches and Jabberers will be presented at TCR, 102 3rd St. SE, at 5:30pm on Tuesday, October 16.  The event is free and open to the public. The film will be followed by a panel discussion to be held in the Linge Lounge at the theatre.

Directed by Oscar winner and twice Academy Award-nominated filmmaker Geraldine Wurzburg, the 90-minute film Wretches and Jabberers chronicles the world travels of disability rights advocates, Tracy Thresher and Larry Bissonnette, each of whom learned to break through their world of autism by learning to type as adults.  Tracy, Larry, and their support team, Harvey Lavoy and Pascal Cheng, visit Sri Lanka, Japan, and Finland, giving interviews and presentations and learning about the lives of people with autism in these countries.  The film's portrayal of these travels, which the duo named The World Intelligence Magnified Tour, challenges attitudes about the intelligence and abilities of people with autism.

The panel discussion following the film will feature co-presidents of the East Central Iowa Autism Society, Jennifer Bohn and Cindy Dircks, each of whom parent a child on the autism spectrum.  The panel will also include two speech-language pathologists, Liz Delasandro with the Wendell Johnson Speech Clinic at the University of Iowa, and Jenn Haeger with Virginia Gay Hospital in Vinton.  The panelists will share their experiences working with individuals on the autism spectrum, with a question and answer session to follow.


For more information go to or call the TCR box office at 319-366-8591.  This is a free event, and open to the public.

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