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Help Ensure a Stable Blood Supply for Patients in Need PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Ben Corey   
Wednesday, 02 May 2012 08:53
Every day, patients in local communities are helped by blood donors who give at blood drives coordinated by generous volunteers. Below are just a few examples of patients recently helped by American Red Cross blood donors:

•  A child with sickle cell disease was treated with 10 pints of type B negative red cells. 

•  In just two days, over 100 blood products were needed to treat a child heart transplant patient.

•  A new mother received 2 pints of red cells after delivering her baby

Because of dedicated American Red Cross blood donors, blood products were available for these patients and many others like
them. The need is constant. Approximately every two seconds a patient in the United States needs blood. The American Red Cross encourages eligible donors to donate blood regularly this summer, helping to ensure a stable supply for patients in need.

This summer, the American Red Cross Live Life. Give Life. summer promotion is helping to raise awareness of the constant need for blood and to encourage regular donations. Presenting donors between May 21 and September 5, 2012 will be entered  automatically into the Live Life. Give Life. and the chance to win prize packages to Visit to learn more.

Upcoming Blood Donation Opportunities


5/28/2012, 2:30 pm- 6:30 pm, Northeast Elementary School, 1450 370th Avenue, Goose Lake

5/29/2012, 2:00 pm- 6:00 pm, Clinton Church of Christ, 210 N. 13th Street, Clinton

5/23/2012, 2:00 pm- 6:00 pm, First Christian Church, 105 Dwight St., Kewanee

5/30/2012, 10:00 am- 2:00 pm, Mercer County Hospital, 409 North West 9th Avenue, Aledo

5/16/2012, 2:00 pm- 6:00 pm, Rock Falls Blood Donation Center, 112 W. Second St., Rock Falls

5/16/2012, 4:30 pm- 7:30 pm, Montmorency School, 9415 Hoover Road, Rock Falls

5/18/2012, 10:00 am- 2:00 pm, RRCA Accounts Management, 201 E. Third Street, Sterling

5/22/2012, 1:00 pm- 5:15 pm, Old Fulton Fire Station, 912 4th Street, Fulton

5/23/2012, 10:00 am- 2:00 pm, Rock Falls Blood Donation Center, 112 W. Second St., Rock Falls

5/25/2012, 1:00 pm- 6:00 pm, Prophetstown-Lyndon-Tampico CUSD #3, 79 Grove St., Prophetstown

5/26/2012, 7:00 am-11:00 am, Rock Falls Blood Donation Center, 112 W. Second St., Rock Falls

5/29/2012, 1:00 pm- 7:00 pm, Latin American Social Club, 2708 W. 4th Street, Sterling

5/30/2012, 2:00 pm- 6:00 pm, Rock Falls Blood Donation Center, 112 W. Second St., Rock Falls

How to Donate Blood
Simply call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit to make an appointment or for more information. All blood types are needed to ensure a reliable supply for patients. A blood donor card or driver’s license, or two other forms of identification are required at check-in. Individuals who are 17 years of age (16 with parental permission in some states), weigh at least 110 pounds and are in generally good health may be eligible to donate blood. High school students and other donors 18 years of age and younger also have to meet certain height and weight requirements.

About the American Red Cross
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies more than 40 percent of the nation's blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit or join our blog at

The need is constant. The gratification is instant. Give blood.™


Riverside Theatre in the Park to produce As You Like It and The Merchant of Venice PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Sarah Burnett   
Wednesday, 02 May 2012 08:43

IOWA CITY, IA Riverside Theatre, Iowa City’s resident professional theatre company, will produce Riverside Theatre in the Park from June 15 - July 8, featuring As You Like It by William Shakespeare, directed by Theodore Swetz, and The Merchant of Venice by William Shakespeare, directed by Kristin Horton.

This is the 13th season of the four-week event, formerly called Riverside Theatre Shakespeare Festival.

“Emphasizing the outdoor setting will, we hope, remind people about how magical live theatre in the outdoors can be. As the play begins, night begins to fall, the birds sing, the stars come out. It transports you to another time and place,” said Riverside Theatre Artistic Director Jody Hovland.

Tickets for this summer’s Riverside Theatre in the Park will go on sale on Friday, May 4 at noon.

In As You Like It, Rosalind, Shakespeare's most breathtaking heroine, and her boyfriend Orlando find themselves in the enchanted Forest of Arden, where “all the world's a stage,” and where sudden infatuation is as confusing as it is beautiful. As You Like It has everything people adore about Shakespearean comedy: mistaken identity, cross-dressing, madness, mayhem, lust, laughter, and of course plenty of romance, both heartbreaking and joyous.

“This romantic comedy celebrates the importance of love and has a soothing transformative effect on all who enter its world,” said Swetz.

Arguably one of Shakespeare's most controversial plays, The Merchant of Venice introduces characters rich in complexity, humor and, most of all, flaws. To help Bassanio win the heart of the wealthy heiress Portia, Venetian merchant Antonio borrows money from Shylock, a Jewish moneylender. Amid the blossoming love, romance and comic pursuits of the heart, Shylock's loan goes unpaid. Antonio must suffer the consequences of defaulting on the loan - and therefore pay the penalty: a pound of his own flesh. Post-performance Talkbacks will be held after all performances of The Merchant of Venice.

“Shylock is a man desperately grasping for respect in a world infected with hatred and greed – he is a tragic character who can't escape this infection himself. A more modern play one will not find,” said Swetz, who will be portraying Shylock in The Merchant of Venice in addition to directing As You Like It.

The Merchant of Venice and related audience education and outreach efforts are supported by a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts.

Riverside Theatre in the Park is performed outdoors at the Riverside Festival Stage in Iowa City’s Lower City Park every summer. This Globe-inspired theatre set against a bluff and adjacent to a willow-ringed reflecting pond, seats 472.

“It’s always exciting for us to assemble the summer company -more than 30 actors, directors and designers from New York, Chicago, Milwaukee, Kansas City, as well as right here in Iowa City. Actors play roles in both productions, and often understudy additional roles, so their time here is very full,” said Hovland.

Several returning actors will appear in featured roles this summer: Kelly Gibson (Ah, Wilderness!) as Portia, Kalen Harriman (Mary’s Wedding, Romeo and Juliet, Love’s Labour’s Lost) as Rosalind, Jim Van Valen (A Steady Rain, Ah, Wilderness!) as Jaques and John William Watkins (Guys on Ice) as Gratiano.

Single tickets for Riverside Theatre in the Park range from $17-$39 with discounts available for students, seniors, and youth, as well as those wishing to purchase tickets to both shows. Special pricing is also available for groups of 10 or more.

Four Family Nights will take place on June 17, 24, 26, and July 3. On Family Nights, up to two adults accompanying a youth will receive their tickets at the $17 youth price. Family nights are sponsored by funding from the Johnson County Community Foundation.

Tickets can be ordered by calling the Riverside Theatre Box Office at 319-338-7672. The Riverside Theatre Box Office is open Monday through Friday, noon to 4 p.m. After Memorial Day, the Box Office hours change to Tuesday-Saturday, noon to 4 p.m. Single tickets may also be order online at


Performance Schedule

June 15, 8 p.m. - As You Like It

June 16, 8 p.m. - As You Like It

June 17, 7 p.m. - As You Like It*

June 22, 8 p.m. - The Merchant of Venice

June 23, 8 p.m. - The Merchant of Venice

June 24, 7 p.m. - The Merchant of Venice*

June 26, 7 p.m. - As You Like It*

June 27, 8 p.m. - As You Like It

June 28, 8 p.m. - The Merchant of Venice

June 29, 8 p.m. - The Merchant of Venice

June 30, 8 p.m. - As You Like It

July 1, 7 p.m. - The Merchant of Venice

July 3, 7 p.m. - The Merchant of Venice*

July 5, 8 p.m. - As You Like It

July 6, 8 p.m. - As You Like It

July 7, 8 p.m. - The Merchant of Venice

July 8, 7 p.m. - As You Like It

* Family Night, where up to 2 adults accompanying a youth will receive their tickets at the youth price.

Ballet Quad Cities presents The Sleeping Beauty PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Maggie Woolley   
Wednesday, 02 May 2012 07:29
What: The Sleeping Beauty

Who: Ballet Quad Cities

When: Saturday May 9th 1:00pm & 7:00pm

Where: the Adler Theatre

136 E. 3rd St. Davenport, IA

Ticket Prices: $10, $19, $25, $27 & $32

Ticket Purchase: Tickets are available at the Adler Theatre Box Office, online at, charge by phone at 800-745-3000, and Ticketmaster outlets. Family 4-packs available.

The Ballet Quad Cities season will end with one of the most beloved fairytales of all time, The Sleeping Beauty. A world premiere with all new choreography by Courtney Lyon, artistic director.

Join Ballet Quad Cities for a magical performance filled with princesses, fairies, and beautiful court dancers

For more information about this performance please go to or call 309-786-3779.

Chicago Shakespeare Theater is coming to Moline! PDF Print E-mail
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Written by M. McNeil   
Tuesday, 01 May 2012 14:23
Moline--April 20, 2012--Moline High School will host Chicago Shakespeare Theatre's production of The Taming of the Shrew.  The performance will be held in MHS Auditorium on May 1, 2012 at 1:15pm.  The public is encouraged to attend.  Tickets are $10/person and may be reserved through MHS bookstore at (309)743.8833 or purchased at the door.

Short Shakespeare! The Taming of the Shrew is a 75-minute abridged production of Shakespeare’s lively battle of the sexes adapted and staged by Jeff Award-winning director Rachel Rockwell. Providing the opportunity for adults to give young people in their lives a high-energy introduction to Shakespeare, the cast of Rockwell’s production includes CST favorite Ericka Ratcliff, who performs the role of strong-willed Katherina after appearing in Chicago Shakespeare’s Jeff Award-winning Shakespeare “hip-hoptation” Funk It Up About Nothin’ at CST, Scotland’s Edinburgh Festival Fringe, London and a six-week Australian tour. Performing the role of Katherina’s sparring partner, Petruchio, is Matt Mueller, whose credits include numerous productions at the Utah and Colorado Shakespeare Festivals. Five-time Jeff Award nominee Don Forston returns as Baptista after performing the role of Geppetto in Rockwell’s acclaimed world premiere CST Family musical The Adventures of Pinocchio last summer. Local comedic actor Alex Goodrich returns to CST to perform the role of Tranio.

The wildly spirited Kate and machismo-driven Petruchio scream, fight and woo their way into one another’s heart in Short Shakespeare! The Taming of the Shrew. Drawn together by their strong personalities almost against their will, the unlikely pair ultimately falls in love. Rockwell’s production combines an adaptation of Shakespeare’s original verse and Elizabethan dress with original rock-inspired music to connect young audiences with the characters’ journeys. Immediately following thr performance, actors remain on stage for a discussion with the audience.

For more info: visit the Theater’s website at

This is the 5th consecutive year that Moline High School will be hosting the tour, which offers a unique opportunity for students and community members to experience professional, world-class theatre within our own community.

About Chicago Shakespeare Theater
Celebrating its 25th Anniversary this season, Chicago Shakespeare Theater (CST) is a leading international theater company, known for vibrant productions that reflect Shakespeare’s genius for intricate storytelling, musicality of language and depth of feeling for the human condition. Recipient of the 2008 Regional Theatre Tony Award, Chicago Shakespeare’s work has been recognized internationally with three of London’s prestigious Laurence Olivier Awards, and by the Chicago theater community with 62 Joseph Jefferson Awards for Artistic Excellence. Under the leadership of Artistic Director Barbara Gaines and Executive Director Criss Henderson, CST is dedicated to producing extraordinary classic productions, new works and family fare; unlocking Shakespeare’s work for educators and students; and serving as Chicago’s cultural ambassador through its World’s Stage Series.

Governor Quinn Proclaims “Jay Leno Day” in Illinois PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Andrew Mason   
Tuesday, 01 May 2012 13:44

CHICAGO – April 29, 2012. Governor Pat Quinn proclaimed Sunday, April 29th “Jay Leno Day” Illinois in honor of the late-night comedian’s work on behalf of Omni Youth Services, which is celebrating its 40th anniversary working towards positive change in communities through counseling, mentoring, and substance abuse treatment for at-risk youth and their families. The text of the proclamation is below.


WHEREAS, James “Jay” Douglas Muir Leno was born in humble beginnings in New Rochelle, New York on April 28, 1950 to parents Catherine and Angelo; and,


WHEREAS, Jay Leno grew up in Andover, Massachusetts, the son of a Scottish immigrant mother and first-generation Italian American father; and,


WHEREAS, Jay Leno learned the value of hard work and overcame great adversity, going on to receive a bachelor’s degree in speech therapy from Emerson College in Boston, defying the expectations of his teacher and guidance counselor; and,


WHEREAS, Jay Leno began performing comedy in 1970 and was performing 300 nights a year by 1973; and,


WHEREAS, Jay Leno, after several minor roles in television and film, became a regular substitute for Johnny Carson on “The Tonight Show” in 1987; and,


WHEREAS, Jay Leno eventually replaced Carson on “The Tonight Show” as host, upon Carson’s retirement in 1992; and,


WHEREAS, Jay Leno is the recipient of numerous awards, including an Emmy in 1995, a People’s Choice Award in 2006 and has a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame; and,


WHEREAS, in addition to comedy, Jay Leno is a published author, philanthropist and avid car collector; and,


WHEREAS, for the past forty years, Omni Youth Services has been dedicated to developing youth, strengthening families and serving communities through innovative programs and partnerships in the greater Chicago area; and,


WHEREAS, on April 28th, Jay Leno will appear in Chicago for a special performance to celebrate Omni Youth Services’ fortieth anniversary; and,


WHEREAS, Jay Leno is an extraordinary comedian, celebrated actor, philanthropist, author and husband; and,


THEREFORE, I, Pat Quinn, Governor of the State of Illinois, do hereby proclaim April 29, 2012 as JAY LENO DAY in Illinois, in recognition of his extraordinary contributions to the global community through the arts, and thank him for his partnership with Omni Youth Services.


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