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Riverside Theatre Now Accepting Submissions for Annual Monologue Festival PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Sarah Burnett   
Monday, 16 July 2012 14:22

Riverside Theatre Announces September 15th Deadline for Monologue Submissions to Walking the Wire: TMI

Iowa City, IA – Riverside Theatre invites playwrights to submit monologues for performance in Walking the Wire. This annual celebration of original work features monologues of ten minutes or less by both established and emerging playwrights. The focus for this season’s monologues is: TMI. Submissions must be emailed as a Word or PDF document and dated by midnight CST September 15, 2012; final selections will be announced on Riverside Theatre’s website ( on November 1, 2012. The monologues will be performed March 1-10, 2013 at Riverside Theatre.

Submission Guidelines

Riverside Theatre is seeking original monologues with the theme of TMI (too much information): moments of startling revelations…wince-worthy weirdness…and hilarious personal habits (that didn’t really need to be shared).

  1. Up to two submissions per author of original, unpublished and unproduced monologues less than ten minutes length (please read it aloud and include the approximate performance time on the first page of your submission; all lengths of up to ten minutes will be considered, with the objective of choosing monologues of varying lengths).
  2. Selection considerations: Monologues should have strong forward action and a clear dramatic event or moment.
  3. Copy requirements: double spaced in a minimum 12 pt. font, and including the playwright's name, mailing address, email address, and phone number.
  4. Simple is best. Since Walking the Wire typically includes 10-12 monologues, it is important that each one require as little production as possible; set-pieces, props or effects needing set-up, strike, or special technical support may disqualify an otherwise excellent submission.
  5. Email submissions (Word or PDF document attachment) must be dated by midnight CST September 15, 2012. Final selections will announced on Riverside Theatre’s website, on November 1, 2012.
  6. Writers will be credited in all marketing and playbill materials; no royalties will be paid. Walking the Wire will be produced March 1-10, 2013. Playwrights are entitled to two complimentary tickets to any single performance; tickets are not transferable.
  7. Submissions should be emailed to: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

For more information about Riverside Theatre, visit


Rock Island Library Lines Week 7 Summer 2012 PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Rock Island Public Library   
Monday, 16 July 2012 13:28
Reading is So Delicious for Kids

Tasty events this week include:


Storytimes, 10:30 am at 30/31 Branch:Tuesday, July 17; Southwest Branch, Wednesday, July 18; and Main Library: Friday, July 20. Stories and fun for ages birth to five.

Book Tasting/Book Talk: Ideas for delicious summer reading for kids. 3:00 pm, Wednesday, July 18, Southwest Branch.


Lego Club: Building fun for kids, right after the book talk. 4:00 pm, Wednesday, July 18, Southwest


Summer Drama Club performance. 2:00 pm, Wednesday, July 18,  Main Library Community Room, 401 19th Street.  Kids will perform short skits and demonstrate some of the theater exercises learned in summer drama.


Rick Eugene with audience helper at Main Library performance, July 2012Magic with Rick Eugene - Magic show for families, 10:00 am, Thursday, July 19, Rock Island Southwest Branch, 9010 Ridgewood Road.


And one more big event coming up that may drive you batty . . . The Incredible Bats Show on July 25. Details here.


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!

This week, teens can earn Summer Reading points and have fun attending 2 tasty events:


Teen Vittles Cooking Demo: Learn how the pioneers cowboys cooking over open firecooked, with an outdoors cooking demo just for teens, ages 12 to 18. 5:00 pm to 6:30 pm, Monday, July 16, Rock Island Main Library.


Food Jeopardy Trivia Game. Compete as a solo player or part of a team. Your food trivia knowledge will earn you prizes! Noon to 1:30 pm, July 18, Southwest Branch. Ages 12 to 18.


IRead Chef slicing book illustrationAfter this week, you have 3 more chances to earn points and prizes for attending teen events! Pizza Tasting (July 24), Teen Movie/Food Event (July 26), Teen Iron Chef (July 30.) Mark your calendars for the Teen summer wrap-up party, July 31!



Keep reading! Each teen summer reading 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

There are still some exciting programs left on the menu for adults. Join us for:

Eat Pray Love movie cover 5:30 pm, Tuesday, July 17, "Dinner and Movie" night. We'll provide the movie ( Eat Pray Love.) You bring dinner to watch it by! Rock Island Main Library Community Room, 401 19th Street.


Superfoods Class, 6:00 pm, Thursday, July 19, Main Library. Learn about the superstars of the food world, and how they can make a difference in your daily diet. Free!


OverDrive eBooks Demo: Learn how to check out and dowload eBooks or eAudiobooks for your NOOK, Sony, iPad, Kindle, smartphone, etc. 1:30 pm, Friday, July 20, Main Library


And don't miss our final Recipe Club event, coming up true love illustration of book plus pie July 23 at 6:00 pm in the Main Library Community Room. Chef Rachel Doumia will demonstrate a dessert and offer chocolate cake samples. Participants are encouraged to bring their favorite dessert recipe to share in the recipe swap portion of the event.


Are you reading to win? Entry forms and boxes at all Rock Island locations for the Adult summer reading club. 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 to be offered on July 24, 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.

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Week 7 of Summer Reading

Summer 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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Written by Anne McVey   
Friday, 13 July 2012 12:51

The City of Davenport required King’s Harvest Ministries to install a $57,000 new fire sprinkler system.

King’s Harvest needed to raise the money for the new system or shut their doors. Through the Capital Campaign called Saving King’s Harvest they raised $110,000 in 6 1/2 weeks. King’s Harvest serves the poor and homeless in the Quad Cities and is located at 824 W. 3rd Street in downtown Davenport.

Anne McVey, Fundraising Coordinator for King’s Harvest, stated “We are wanting to reach out and thank the community for coming to our aid. We had wonderful people who organized fundraisers and many people who just gave as individuals. Many, many people from the community and outlying areas called to help as volunteers. We want to thank them from the bottom of our hearts. It has been an outpouring of love and support from the Quad City community and outlying areas.”

King’s Harvest received an Emergency Grant from SCHC (Scott County Housing Council) for $28,500 and received approximately $81,500 through private donations.

King’s Harvest will use $57,000 for the new fire sprinkler system. Another approximately $20,000 will go towards a new fire alarm system (the panel was donated by Deco Davenport Electric Company), new emergency exit lights and building repairs resulting from the installation of the new fire sprinkler system.

They plan to use the remaining money towards day-to-day operations of the organization and hope to possibly expand some of their services to help more people in need. Anne McVey stated “We hope to use some of the money to help reach more people in need. In the past we have had to turn people away due to limited resources.”

King’s Harvest does not want to leave God out of this endeavor. Anne McVey stated “God loves every person that passes through our doors, no matter how broken. Obviously God wanted to keep King’s Harvest open and so did the community because they gave us the money to save our organization. It has been a beautiful thing to be a part of and we feel very blessed.”

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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