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Veterans: What Priority? PDF Print E-mail
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Written by John J. Bury, US Navy/retired/war veteran   
Wednesday, 25 January 2012 13:37
Military service personnel of all branches of service, be it Army, Navy, Marine Corp,  Air Force or Coast Guard.  They serve with pride and honor and are sworn to protect our Country's borders, our Constitution and Bill of Rights.  They serve in peace time and war time, all with one common goal, our Country's Freedom.

We who served and those who now serve, ask only to be cared for by our Government if we have become sick with disease or injured in the line of duty.  We are from all walks of life.  We represent all religious faiths, all races, all political parties.

A bullet, a disease, does not discriminate who we are or what we are in time of war.  A bullet or a disease does not care if we are of any one religious faith, black or white, yellow or red, democrat or republican or independent.  We are all equals.   Some of us are injured by a bullet or explosive device.  Some of us get sick by the use of poisonous herbicides that causes cancer, Hodgkin's disease, and Ischemic heart disease, just to name a few.  Some of us end up with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.  Yes, some of us even end up with a whole deck full of problems.

Some of our Legislators introduce Bills to the House and Senate to care for us who are in need.  We submit claims to Veterans Affairs.  Mountains of paperwork is required for us to prove we have disabling problems during our time in service to our Country.   It can take months, more likely even years for that paperwork to get through the system.  In the meantime those Legislative Bills receive little to no action in a hurry up and wait mode of operation.  Some of our Legislators aren't sitting on their hands, some support us, they are of the minority.  A few can not do the job needed, it takes a majority.

What are the priorities of our Legislative Body?  Do they tax the very wealthy, millionaires and billionaires or give them tax breaks?  To what countries do they give billions of dollars?  To what banks do they give assistance?  To what giant manufactures do they give assistance?  What Pork Barrel projects do they support? Just to name a few top priorities. But our military personnel who are sick and injured, where are they on this priority list?  At what point does the almighty dollar stop to help those who served? It seems to me, if the bureaucracy waits long enough and makes VA claims difficult enough, more of us will just die out, then there are fewer of us to be concerned about.  Sounds like a rotten death sentence?

What say you, The American People, is this what it has come to?  Are those who fought for Freedom to be forsaken?  Ask your Congressional Representatives and your Senators, are those who served to be forgotten?

Great River Show Choir Invitational 2012 PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Tom Stanger   
Monday, 23 January 2012 13:45

Better than Dancing with the Stars and American Idol, on February 17 & 18 the Music Departments of Davenport Central and West high schools proudly present the Great River Show Choir Invitational at the Adler Theater.  The talented teens of Iowa and beyond will be presenting two nights of dazzling dancing, creative costumes, magnificent music, and great family entertainment.  

The middle school show choirs all competing for Grand Champion. What is a Show Choir you ask? All show  choir participants must audition for the opportunity to perform. Once selected, all participants spend endless produced and directed by professional Choreographers.  Costumes are then selected, fitted, and re‐fitted until the finished product is a show choir performance that rivals most area stage performances. These show choirs then travel to many different venues all competing for the chance to become the "Grand Champion”.  

The Great River Show Choir Invitational is unique in many ways. Most importantly, it allows the show choirs to perform on a professional stage, with professional sound and light crews. For many students, performing career. This Invitational is sponsored by two different high schools working together to bring you a weekend of excellent family entertainment at an extremely reasonable price.  

The Great River Show Choir Invitational at the Adler Theater begins Friday at 5:30 PM on February 17, 2012. Ticket prices are $5.00 for the Middle School Competition. High School competition begins Saturday, February 18 at 8:00 AM. Ticket prices are $8.00 for the Saturday competition, $8.00 for the Evening Finals Competition or $14.00 for the entire Saturday and Finals competition. An all weekend pass is available for $16.00.  Student tickets are $5.00 for each session, and there is a $1.00 per ticket discount for seniors.  Awards will be announced approximately 5:00 PM and Finals will begin at 7:30 PM. The Grand Champion will be announced at the conclusion of the Finals competition.  

Come which will begin approximately 7:30 PM.  For more information please visit our website at Please feel free to call Tom Stanger at 322‐3660 if you have any questions, or would like to arrange interviews with the Directors or performers.

We hope you will come support your local high school talents, and enjoy the show!!

Who: High School Show Choirs from 24 regional Junior and Senior High Schools from Omaha to Chicago, hosted by Davenport’s Central and West High Schools.

What:  Usually held in school gymnasiums, the Great River Event is the only one that showcases the choirs in such a large and ornate performance theater.  With over 2400 comfy seats, this is truly the finest class competition in the Midwest

When:  Friday, February 17 and Saturday, February 18th, with the middle school competition beginning Friday night at 5:30.  High school groups compete from 8 AM to 6 PM Saturday, with final competitions starting at 7 PM until 11.

Where:  The Adler Theater in downtown Davenport.

Hosting Sponsored by the The Bechtel Trusts and Foundation and the Riverboat Development Authority, this event will support the expenses of the Central and West Show Choirs.  During the completion season, each of the regional groups take turns hosting events to help lower the costs for participants, and to show off their facilities.

RiverCenter Adler Theatre - Hairball & Other Happenings PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Adler Theatre   
Friday, 13 January 2012 09:32
Hairball - A Celebration of Arena Rock
Saturday, February 4; 8:00 pm
RiverCenter - Great River Hall

On Sale
Friday, January 13; 10:00 am

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Mike Epps & Friends
Friday, January 13; 8:00 pm
Adler Theatre

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Thursday, January 19; 7:30 pm
Adler Theatre

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Ballet Quad Cities presents Love Stories PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Maggie Woolley   
Friday, 13 January 2012 09:07
What: Love Stories – Love on the Run!

Who: Ballet Quad Cities

Where: Augustana College

Wallenburg Hall • Denkman Second Floor

3520 - 7th Ave • Rock Island OF AU

When: February 17th at 8:00pm

February 18th at 2:00pm

February 18th at 8:00pm

Ticket Prices: Adult - $20

Senior - $15

Students & Children - $10

How: Tickets may be purchased at the Augustana Ticket Box Office. 794-7306

For more information call 309 786 3779 or visit our web site

Love Stories 2011 was one of our most popular performances of all time! So it’s back with new choreography by five different choreographers, eclectic music, and both new and old love stories to tell. Lynne Anderson, Johanne Jakhelln, Deanna Carter and Rebekah vonRathonyi bring their own style of dance to this very up close and personal performance, and introducing Kelsee Green as an emerging choreographer.

You won’t want to miss BQC’s version of the Black Swan Pas de Deux.

Grab someone you love and join us for an evening of amazing dance!

“The White Rose: A True Story of Freedom in Nazi Germany” PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Kelly Lao   
Wednesday, 11 January 2012 12:58

Davenport- The reader’s theater play “The White Rose: A True Story of Freedom in Nazi Germany” by Josephine Cripps will be performed on Saturday February 11th at 1:30pm with a second performance at 3:00pm.

The play is directed by Nathan Porteshawver and has a cast of local actors who tell the tale of the White Rose, a resistance group consisting of many young university students that resisted Hitler and paid for it with their lives.

The performance will be held at the German American Heritage Center at 712 West 2nd St. Davenport, IA, in conjunction with the White Rose exhibit running through the 24th of February. Admission is $5 for adults, $4 for seniors, and $3 for children ages 5-17. Free for members and children under age 5.
Refreshments will follow each performance.

Support for the play is provided by the Jewish Federation of the Quad Cities, the Rock Island Community Foundation, the Doris and Victor Day Foundation, and the Rauch Family Foundation II. For more information contact Kelly Lao at GAHC, 563-322-8844 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

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