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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.


Davenport Parks and Recreation Programs PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Kenneth Asta   
Tuesday, 01 May 2012 13:07

Recreation Programs

Family Friday Nights all spring and summer

Are you looking for a low cost way to spend QUALITY time with your family?  Davenport Parks and Recreation heard this need and has responded in a way that is sure to appeal to ALL members of the family.  We have developed a rotating schedule of activities at our various facilities to offer families a night full of FUN!  April - August you can count on spending the night with us from 6:00-9:00 and we will take care of everything for $2.50 a person pre-registered (you must register each family member attending over 2yrs old) $4.00 per person at the door.  This is FAMILY FRIDAY, parents or guardians need to accompany and participate with their kids.

  • First Friday of the Month:  Environmental Exploration, Sites vary
  • Second Friday of the Month:  Family Movie Night at Junior Theatre, 2822 Eastern Ave
  • Third Friday of the Month:  Golf at Red Hawk Event Center, 6364 Northwest Blvd
  • Fourth Friday of the Month:  " Around the world" at Roosevelt Community Center, 1220 Minnie Ave

Robin HoodRobin Hood

Robin Hood and his merry band take the stage at Davenport Junior Theatre!  Join us for this timeless classic, as Robin battles the evil Sherriff of Nottingham and wins a maidens heart.

$5.00 for anyone 3 years and up, tickets sold at door


@ 1:00 PM & 4:00 PM /

@ 2:00 PM

Chocolate Candy Making Class

If you like chocolate, you will love learning to make delicious treats for yourself or for gifts.  We will cover holidays, weddings, birthdays, anniversaries, and school treats.  You will go home with the chocolates you create in class.  Please bring:  pencil, waxed pape, and a small bag.  Class will meet Thursday, May 3, 6:30 - 8:30 pm.  Fee is $18.  Register on-line at


Garlic Mustard Challenge

Garlic Mustard is an invasive, noxious plant that threatens our native woodlands, natural areas & wildlife habitat. Help us control it in our community by participating in the Challenge!  Register your family and friends to help fight this plant. Saturday, May 5, 2012, 9 a.m. to noon.  Davenport Parks and Recreation will coordinate Sunderbruch Park pull.


Senior Coffee - Hydrangeas

Come enjoy the sights, sounds, and fragrance of the Conservatory at Vander Veer Botanical Park.  Your $1.00 admission fee includes entertainment, and refreshments.  Entertainment will begin at 10:30 AM, Wednesday, May 9.


Hershey's Track & Field Program

This program was created to provide fun learning experiences for children 9 to 14 years old. This event is FREE to the youth participants, thanks to sponsorships that support youth physical fitness. Join us as we help kids discover their potential, make new friends, and gain newfound self confidence. Every child is a winner with the Hershey's Track & Field Games! Hundreds of athletes make it to the grand finale.  This event will be at Brady St. stadium from on May 12, 10 am - 2 pm.


Urban Rain Garden Workshop

Discover the benefits of urban rain gardens! In addition to improving water quality and reducing flooding, Rain Gardens address drainage problems, reduce mowing, beautify properties and attract birds, butterflies and other beneficial insects.  This workshop will provide participants with all the information they need to plan, design and build a rain garden. Participants will also learn how Scott County Residents can receive free technical assistance and cost share funding for rain gardens through the Scott County Soil and Water Conservation District. The $10 registration fee includes a Rain Garden Resource Packet with plant lists and other resources. The Workshop will be held on May 17th at 6pm in the Duck Creek Lodge.


Tennis Block Party

Let's make some "Raquet" for the 11th annual Tennis Block Party. Come join the neighboorhood and have fun playing and learning the sport of tennis. This grande event is brought to you in partnership by Davenport Parks and Recreation, United Neighbors, Davenports Schools, BI-State and Missouri Valley bring you this community event. The event will be held on the West high school courts and indoors in case of rain.  Saturday, May 19, 9:00 am - 1:00 pm



Splash Bash at Annie Wittenmyer Family Aquatic Center

SPLASH BASH is here!!! We will have fun and enjoy the sun, while sharing all the great things we do at Davenport Parks and Recreation with you. We will have our instructors and camp counselors at the event to offer a sampling of our summer offerings, and so that they can answer any questions you have and enable you to register on the spot.  Friday, May 25, 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm.  Cost is regular evening admission to the pool - $1.50 for youth; $2.00 for adults.


FREE Learn to Swim - try it day

Join us at Annie Wittenmyer Family Aquatic Center on

Saturday, May 26 from 10:00 am - 11:30 am for a FREE try it swim lesson day.  FREE try it sessions will begin at 10, 10:30 and 11:00.  Students will be given a basic swim skills assessment for 10 minutes and then divided into appropriate classes and taught swimming skills for 15 minutes.  A 5 minute free time will end each session.  This will be a great opportunity to see if your child is ready for swim lessons or to see what the appropriate swim level is for them.  Space is limited - register online!


Davenport Municipal Aquatic Facilities opening dates

for 2012 season:

Annie Wittenmyer Family Aquatic Center - Saturday, May 26

Fejervary Family Aquatic Center - Tuesday, May 29

Dohse Pool - Saturday, June 2

Centennial Park Spray Park - Saturday, May 26



This FREE family event is to promote BMX and all types of cycling. We will have a vintage bike show, BMXX and cycling vendors, concessions and more. Race, freestyle, new and old, custom bikes and more are ALL invited. Ride your bike down to the skate park down town to check it out!

Saturday, May 26, 11am - 7pm, Centennial Park Skate Park



At The River's Edge

Parade of Nations Spring Skating Show

2:00pm - 4:00pm Sunday May 6th doors open at 1:30pm

Tickets on sale at The River's Edge Front Desk

$10 for adults $5 students/seniors 3 and under free


Picadilly Circus

Saturday May 12 and Sunday May 13

Saturday Shows at 1:30pm, 4:30pm, and 7:30pm

Sunday Shows at 1:00pm, 3:30pm, and 6:00pm

Advance tickets available at


Kick off Memorial Day weekend on the Ice!

Saturday May 26th Public Sessions from

1:30pm-3:30pm, 3:45pm-5:45pm, and 6:00pm-8:00pm
(The River's Edge will be closed Sunday, May 27 and Monday, May 28 to allow our employees to spend holiday time with their families.)


Military Appreciation Week

Davenport Public Golf Courses will provide free green fees to anyone with a military ID from May 12 - 29, 2012, as a kickoff for Military Appreciation Week in the Quad Cities.  The free green fees apply to the three public courses in Davenport - Emeis, Duck  Creek, and Red Hawk.

"It's our way of honoring the service men and women of our country," said Troy Evans, Superintendent of Revenue Facilities for Davenport Parks and Recreation.  "We hope that the military members of the Quad Cities take full advantage of our three great golf courses".

No increase in golf fees for 2012
We've held the line with no increase in fees for 2012! That's right, green fees and cart fees for this year are the same as 2011. We've also improved our rain check policy for this season.


Davenport Parks and Recreation is dedicated to constantly improving our three courses and keeping costs down to create the best golfing experience for our customers. We've made some great improvements to our courses, added a Player Card and an indoor golf range. So get those clubs shiny and head out to your favorite course.

Player Card
Player Card
Our new Player Card works like a credit card, only with a 10% bonus! Money added in multiples of $100 to the card is good for green fees and cart fees. Minimum purchase is $100, but you'll get $110 to use on the card.


Purchase at the River's Edge, 700 W River Drive in downtown Davenport during normal business hours.  Hurry though, the 10% bonus may not last forever.


Consumer Advocates and Food Safety Inspectors Tell Christie Vilsack to Oppose Privatized Poultry Inspection PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Matt Ohloff   
Tuesday, 01 May 2012 08:53

On Tuesday, May 1, a rally will be held outside the Ames campaign headquarters of Democratic Congressional Candidate Christie Vilsack to demand that she stands up for food safety and oppose the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s proposed privatized poultry inspection program. The proposal has received widespread public criticism and national media attention including an April 18th ABC World News investigation that led the USDA to extend the public comment period until May 26.

Who: Food & Water Watch and the National Joint Council of Food Inspection Local Unions

What: Rally to oppose the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s proposed privatized poultry inspection program.

Where: Outside Christie Vilsack’s campaign headquarters:  600 5th Street, Ames, Iowa 50010

When: Tuesday, May 1, at 9:00 a.m.

Speakers: Trent Berhow, Vice Chair of National Joint Council of Food Inspection Local Unions; Matt Ohloff, Iowa Organizer for Food & Water Watch; other speakers TBD.


Food & Water Watch released an analysis of the USDA’s HACCP-based Inspection Models Project (HIMP) that reveals large numbers of defects are routinely being missed when inspection tasks are performed by company employees instead of USDA inspectors.

The USDA has been running the pilot project with privatized inspection in two-dozen slaughter facilities since 1998. USDA is proposing an expansion of the pilot to all poultry slaughter plants, and forecasts that over three years this change will save $90 million through the elimination over 800 inspector positions. And, since most poultry plants will be able to increase their production line speeds to 175 birds per minute, the industry expects to save an estimated $256.6 million in production costs.

Poultry plants involved in the HIMP pilot have been granted line speed waivers. Some plants in the pilot have operated at line speeds upwards of 200 birds per minute, compared to 35 birds per minute for which each USDA inspector is responsible for in plants receiving conventional inspection.

More information on Food & Water Watch's analysis can be found here:

Food & Water Watch is a non-profit organization working with grassroots organizations around the world to create an economically and environmentally viable future.  Through research, public and policymaker education, media, and lobbying, we advocate policies that guarantee safe, wholesome food produced in a humane and sustainable manner and public, rather than private, control of water resources including oceans, rivers, and groundwater. For more information, visit


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