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July 19th - Family Matters PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Narveen Aryaputri   
Friday, 13 July 2012 12:37
July 19th. 2012    7.00. PM
Monica Lacovitch will be addressing the effects of depression and mental illness on friends and family.
Dealing with the stigma.
It’s never easy to see someone you love in so much pain when there is nothing you can do to make them happy, she says. How do you handle someone who is having suicidal thoughts that is close to you?
This is the beginning of  writing an inspirational autobiography.  Monica says:  " I am a whole five pages in!!  My goal is to help people to understand and to give hope to those who are having a hard time.  I feel like I have finally found my purpose"
Monica R. Lacovitch is a Legal Assistant to attorneys Terry Stratton, Brent Bogen and Matthew Hays at Katz, Huntoon, & Fieweger, P.C. Moline, Illinois. Brought up in Kentucky, Monica is the Former Ms. Iowa American Coed 2011, Former Miss Midwest Glamorous Miss 2010, Division Supreme Beauty Winner America’s U.S. Beauties 2011, and Former Miss Kentucky International 2009 among others.  Since turning 30 she has officially decided to retire from competing in pageants but still has a pageant for coaching and judging the competitions.  She now focuses her spare time as an up and coming promotional and print model.
Independent Scholars Evenings. 7.00 pm
2nd fl of The Moline Commercial Club
1530 Fifth Avenue. Moline. Illinois. 61265
beverages and light hors devours are provided.
The Independent Scholars Evenings are sponsored by The Institute For Cultural and Healing Tradition, Ltd. a 501(c)3 at State and Federal levels since 1996.
The Institute for Cultural and Healing Traditions, Ltd.

Nothing Compares to Iowa State Fair's Free Grounds Entertainment PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Lori Chappell   
Thursday, 12 July 2012 14:22

DES MOINES, IA (07/12/2012)(readMedia)-- Iowa State Fair's free grounds entertainment will fill the Fairgrounds with family fun August 9-19. These grounds acts are just part of the more than half a million dollars of entertainment available to Fairgoers free with gate admission. "Nothing Compares" to this mix of art, music, comedy and animals that is sure to provide fun for all ages!

The Kids' Zone will be packed with kid-friendly food, entertainment and activities for the youngest Fairgoers. Located north of the Paul R. Knapp Animal Learning Center, Kids' Zone includes the Blue Ribbon Kids' Club Tent, Little Hands on the Farm, Bengal Tiger Encounter, Butterfly House and Turbo Trampoline.

The Bengal Tiger Encounter is an inspirational program featuring the incredible Bengal tiger and educates the public on the loss of habitat and the killing of tigers for profit in other parts of the world. These tigers are protected and cared for by loving trainers. Tigers are on display all day with shows daily at 10 a.m., 1 and 4 p.m.

Fairgoers won't want to miss the fun and excitement found in the family-friendly entertainment area located west of the Richard O. Jacobson Exhibition Center. This area will feature the Swampmaster's Gator Show and the BMX Pros Trick Team several times daily.

Starring Swampmaster and native Iowan Jeff Quattrocchi and his band of playful alligators, the Swampmaster's Gator Show provides thrills, laughter, fun facts and edge-of-the-seat entertainment for all. Swampmaster's shows are daily at 11 a.m., 1:30 and 3:30 p.m., west of Jacobson Exhibition Center. For those looking for even bigger thrills, the BMX Pros Trick Team is sure to deliver. The show features the world's most extreme bicycle stunt riders in a spectacular, non-stop, action-packed event. The BMX Pros Trick Team presents the same championship talent that competes in the X-Games. BMX Pros Trick Team perform daily at 1, 3 and 6 p.m., west of Jacobson Exhibition Center.

Fairgoers can also enjoy an impressive array of new, fun family shows across the Fairgrounds. The Red Trouser Show is a high-end street theater performance that exceeds expectations. This professional and highly skilled duo is a unique and visible attraction that leaves awe-struck audiences laughing. Using fire, juggling and illusions, the show provides a whole new kind of acrobatics that is sure to entertain audiences of all ages. Shows are daily at noon, 2 and 5 p.m on Expo Hill.

Bandoloni, the one man band, will be strolling the Fairgrounds to impress audiences with his harmonious multitasking. Fairgoers will want to join in the fun as he belts out familiar family favorites while playing guitar, harmonica, tambourine, high-hat, kick-drum, snare and more – all at the same time! Catch Bandoloni strolling around the Fairgrounds daily at 10 a.m., noon, 2 and 4 p.m.

"Back to the Farmer" will be the focus of a sculpture in the Varied Industries Building by Canstruction, Inc., a group that creates art from canned goods before donating their sculpting material to local food banks. Positioned around the main build of a futuristic car will be colorful and engaging sculptures depicting the continuous improvement of Iowa's farmers. Also, chainsaw artists A.J. Lutter and Gary Keenan will be sculpting four different pieces each day at 10 a.m., noon, 3:30 and 5:30 p.m. in Heritage Village. The sculptures will be auctioned off at the end of the Fair.

The Cultural Center atrium will be showcasing The Art of Becoming AWARE sculptures from

9 a.m. to 9 p.m. every day. The sculptures are made from trash pulled from Iowa's rivers in Iowa DNR's Project AWARE cleanup efforts.

Rounding out the free grounds entertainment, Hedrick's Petting Zoo will allow kids of all ages to get up close and personal with many animals that may not be found in the typical Iowa barn. Visit their exhibit from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily. Pella Wildlife Company will also present animal shows featuring bats and wolves and other endangered species at Maytag Family Theaters daily at 10 a.m., noon, 2, 4 and 6 p.m. In addition, an ongoing wildlife education center will run continuously in Homemakers' Theater.

"Nothing Compares" to the 2012 Iowa State Fair, August 9-19. A complete listing and details of free grounds entertainment, as well as all other Iowa State Fair events, is available online. For more information, call 800/545-FAIR or visit

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Governor Quinn Takes Bill Action Monday, July 9, 2012 PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Nafia Khan   
Tuesday, 10 July 2012 07:41

CHICAGO – July 9, 2012. Governor Pat Quinn today took action on the following bills:

Bill No.: HB 4548

An Act Concerning:  Public Health

Law distinguishes Alzheimer’s disease as the most prevalent type of dementia. Will improve treatment options by mandating that starting Jan. 1, 2014, the Illinois Department of Public Health, along with members of the General Assembly and stakeholders shall hold public hearings every three years with the goal of developing a state strategy and response for the Alzheimer's Disease Assistance Plan.

Action: Signed                        

Effective Date:  Jan. 1


RI Library Lines: Week 6 of Summer Fun! PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Rock Island Public Library   
Friday, 06 July 2012 13:33
Rock Island Public Libraries - Main, 30/31 and Southwest
Hungry for More Details?
Ant biting into book illustrationPick up the summer program brochure at any Rock Island Library, or visit the library website. Reading logs and entry forms are available at the Rock Island Main Library, 30/31 Branch and Southwest Branch. You have until July 27 to turn in your reading logs and entry forms!
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Want to know more about what's coming up at your library? Click News or Calendar on our website. You can also print a monthly events calendar. The links below will get you started.


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Reading is So Delicious for Kids

Tasty events this week include:


Storytimes, 10:30 am at 30/31 Branch:Tuesday, July 10; Southwest Branch, Wednesday, July 11; and Main Library: Friday, July 13.


Math Munch Club with Elizabeth: Final week of  tasty math projects, 3:15 pm to 4:00 pm, Tuesday, July 10, Main Library Community Room.


Book Tasting/Book Talk: Ideas for delicious summer reading for kids. 3:00 pm, Wednesday, July 11, 30/31 Branch, 3059 30th Street.


Lego Club: Building fun for kids, right after the book talk. 4:00 pm, Wednesday, July 11, 30/31 Branch.


Reading is so Delicious puppet show posterReading Is So Delicious Puppet Show: Puppets and magic fun with Rob "Mr. E" Erdmann, 6:00 pm, Wednesday, July 11, at the Rock Island Southwest Branch, 9010 Ridgewood Road.


chicken run movie posterFriday Fest Movie: Chicken Run: Free animated movie for families, by Nick Park, the creator of Wallace and Grommit. 1:00 pm, Friday, July 13, Rock Island Main Library Community Room, 401 19th Street.


Gobble Up Those Books! The Reading is So Delicious summer reading menu includes incentives for reaching age-appropriate reading goals at three levels, and an extra chance to win special prize baskets. Logs are due back July 27, so keep reading!


All programs are free. No library card required. Questions, call the Children's Room at 309-732-7360,

Teens: Feed your Mind - READ!

IRead Chef slicing book illustrationThis week, teens can earn Summer Reading points and have fun attending three tasty events:


Teen Iron Chef: Show off your mad chef skills and earn a gift card! 4:00 to 5:30 pm, Monday, July 9, Rock Island Main Library, 401 19th Street.


Teen Game Night: 5:30 to 7:00 pm, Thursday, July 12, Main Library Community Room. Play Wii and board games. Snackage, too.


Ice Cream sundae model in Main Library display caseFood Craft Day; 3:00 to 4:30 pm, Friday, July 13, Rock Island 30/31 Branch, 3059 30th Street. Make a whole bunch of food-themed crafts!


Teens ages 12 to 18 turn in a reading card when they complete at least six hours of reading, or a program card for attending an event.

Keep reading! Each card stands for 6 hours of reading, and you can turn in as many cards as you can finish. You earn a program card every time you attend a teen program. The more you read, the more chances you have to win. You can enter multiple times, and earn more chances to win books, DVDs, gift cards, or the grand prize, an Amazon Kindle® eReader!

Books are Brain Food for Adults

Gobble up some delicious fun just for adults, with these free programs:

Fit for Life! 7:00 pm, Monday, July 9, Main Library Community Room, 401 19th Street. Confused about what to eat? Want more from your workout? Get free diet and fitness tips from personal trainers Mike and Michelle.


OverDrive eBooks demo: Have a Kindle, NOOK, etc.? Learn how to check out eBooks with the library's free service. 6:00 pm, Tuesday, July 10, Southwest Branch, 9010 Ridgewood Road.


Recipe Club Cooking Demo: Bring a recipe to share and sample a delicious slow-cooker recipe demonstrated by chef Rachel. 2:00 pm, Wednesday, July 11, Southwest Branch, 9010 Ridgewood Road.


Remember to enter our Summer Reading Club contest for ages 18 and older! Just drop off an entry form for every book, eBook or audiobook you finish during the contest.

Entry forms and boxes at all Rock Island locations. Top prize is a new Sony® eReader. Entries due by July 27.
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Rock Island Library has added OneClickdigital, a new service that allows you to download thousands of audiobooks for enjoyment on a portable listening device. All books are iPod compatible. To learn how to use it, sign up for a free online webinar in July, or click the link on our website to create a user name and get started. Details:


OneClickdigital subscription made possible by funding from the Milan-Blackhawk Area Public Library District.

Week 5 of Summer Reading

Wonder book illustrationSummer Reading is heating up at all Rock Island Libraries. With themes such as Reading is So Delicious, Feed Your Mind: READ and Books are Brain Food, the library is cooking up a summer stacked high with fun and reading.


Entire list of events: Summer @ Your Library" on the library website.


Summer Reading events and prizes sponsored by Friends of the Rock Island Public Library, Milan-Blackhawk Area Public Library District (Southwest Branch events) and the Rock Island Public Library Foundation (summer art and drama.)

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A Second Helping: The Church Basement Ladies Sequel opens July 26 at The Old Creamery Theatre PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Shelley Klimes   
Friday, 06 July 2012 13:30
Amana – They’re servin it up again in the church basement kitchen of East Cornucopia Lutheran Church of the Prairie. A Second Helping: The Church Basement Ladies Sequel opens July 26 on the Main Stage in Amana.

The year is 1969 and among the Vietnam War protests, the world, Pastor Gunderson and the ladies, are a changin.’ Inspired by the books of Janet Letnes Martin and Suzann Nelson, including the best seller Growing Up Lutheran, this all-new production will be sure to keep you laughing at the over-the-top antics and heartwarming humor that goes on in this rural Minnesota church basement kitchen.

The cast consists of Kamille Zbanek of Ely, Kay Francis of Naples, Florida, Deborah Kennedy of West Amana, Nikki Savitt of Arlington Heights, Ill and Sean McCall of Marengo. Written by Greta Gorsch with music and lyrics by Dennis Curley and Drew Jansen, A Second Helping is directed by Curt Wollen under the musical direction of Becky Barrett-Jones. The show is rated Theatre G and runs through Sept. 2.

Shows are on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Sundays at 3 p.m. and Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $27 for adults and $17.50 for students. Student rush tickets are available for $12. No reservations are accepted for rush tickets. Come to the box office no earlier than 30 minutes before a performance for this special rate. A student ID is required for rush tickets.

The Old Creamery Theatre Company is a not-for-profit professional theatre founded in 1971 in Garrison, Iowa. The company is celebrating 41 years of bringing live, professional theatre to the people of Iowa and the Midwest.

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