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State Treasury Invests in Iowa's Economy PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Karen Austin   
Wednesday, 20 August 2014 12:06

DES MOINES, IA (08/19/2014)(readMedia)-- State Treasurer Michael L. Fitzgerald announced that Tuesday's Invest in Iowa online auction was one of the most successful to date. All thirty-six of Iowa's participating financial institutions received money, winning a total of $73.8 million. The state will receive an average rate of return of 0.30% on the invested funds. "We offer quarterly six-month term certificates of deposit (CDs) auctions which allow the state to earn a return on the funds while ensuring local bankers have the money they need to keep the economy moving," Treasurer Fitzgerald said. "In response to growing interest in this program, we decided to offer two one-year term certificates of deposit (CDs) and today we saw great results."

Fitzgerald created the Invest in Iowa program in 1983 as a way to invest state funds in Iowa financial institutions at competitive rates. The financial institutions hold the funds as CDs. The CDs offered quarterly must be held for a six-month term, while those offered biannually must be held for a one-year term. The financial institutions use the money to make loans.

"Demand for funds was great this year," Fitzgerald stated. "This is a reflection of the current market. I am glad this program is available to help stimulate lending around the state."

The Invest in Iowa auction has been conducted online since 2002. "The online process has proven to be an efficient and effective way to invest money in Iowa," Fitzgerald stated. "It ensures fairness while improving competitiveness in the placement of funds in Iowa financial institutions."

Invest in Iowa quarterly auctions are held on the second Tuesday of January, April, July and October. The next auction is scheduled for October 14, 2014 at 10 a.m. Each auction has an established minimum interest rate and a minimum bid. To learn more about the Invest in Iowa program, visit, select "Invest In Iowa" under the "For Businesses" tab or contact the Treasurer's office at 515-281-5368.


Smithsonian Traveling Exhibition Celebrating Sports in American Communities Coming to Rock Island, IL, on September 13 PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Lisa Lockheart   
Wednesday, 20 August 2014 11:21

Rock Island, IL: Baseball. Soccer. Hockey. Bowling. Rowing. People around the country are drawn to compete in these sports and more. Still more gather on the sidelines to cheer for their favorite athletes and teams. Nowhere do Americans more closely connect to sports than in their hometowns. The Rock Island Public Library, in cooperation with the Illinois Humanities Council, will celebrate this connection as it hosts “Hometown Teams: How Sports Shape America,” a traveling exhibition from the Smithsonian’s Museum on Main Street program. “Hometown Teams” will be on view  Saturday, Sept. 13 to Saturday, Oct. 25, 2014 at the Rock Island Library's Main Branch, 401 19th Street, Rock Island.

Rock Island Library and the surrounding community have been expressly chosen by the Illinois Humanities Council to host “Hometown Teams” as part of the Museum on Main Street program—a national/state/local partnership to bring exhibitions and programs to rural cultural organizations. The exhibition's Illinois tour, encompassing six communities, began March 1 and will continue through December 14. The exhibit's final Illinois stop after Rock Island is with the Friends of Hancock County, Carthage, IL, from Nov. 1 to Dec. 14. A short video about the exhibition can be viewed at

“Hometown Teams” will capture the stories that unfold on the neighborhood fields and courts, and the underdog heroics, larger-than-life legends, fierce rivalries and gut-wrenching defeats. For more than 100 years, sports have reflected the trials and triumphs of the American experience and helped shape the national character. Whether it is professional sports or those played on the collegiate or scholastic level, amateur sports or sports played by kids on the local playground, sports are everywhere in America.

“We are very pleased to be able to bring ‘Hometown Teams’ to our area,” said Lisa Lockheart, Rock Island Library spokesperson. “It allows us the opportunity to explore this fascinating aspect of our own region’s sports history, including the role we played in the very beginnings of national sports franchises. We hope that it will inspire many to become even more involved in the cultural life of our community.”

“Allowing all of our state’s residents to have access to the cultural resources of our nation’s premiere museum is a priority of the Illinois Humanities Council," said Matt Meachum, IHC program coordinator for access. “With this special tour, we are pleased to be working with Rock Island Library to help develop local exhibitions and public programs to compliment the Smithsonian exhibition. We've been fascinated to learn about the important developments in sports history that have happened in the Quad Cities, and it's a privilege to collaborate with the library's staff and volunteers."

To officially open the exhibit on Saturday, Sept. 13, the Rock Island Library will offer a celebration of high school sports, featuring an official tape break with area high school athletes, pep bands, and a hot dog "tailgate" celebration in the library's parking lot off 20th Street. The 11:00 amto 1:00 pm opening celebration also includes an 11:00 am baseball story time in the Main Library Children's Room with Rascal the River Bandit. The opening ceremony is free and open to the public.

Other free events include programs at the Rock Island Main Library on the Rock Island Independents NFL and the Tri-Cities Blackhawks NBA teams, a guided tour of historic stadiums, history presentations on Quad City auto racing, women in baseball, professional baseball, and a panel discussion on advances of women in local sports following the advent of Title IX. In a special program, the library will bring in author Neal Rozendaal to speak on the pioneering role of NFL star Frederick "Duke" Slater. The Clinton, Iowa,resident and University of Iowa graduate played for the Rock Island Independents in 1922, making him the first black lineman of the NFL. Slater enjoyed a stellar career both in football, and in later life as a Chicago judge.

Rock Island Library is also partnering with other cultural organizations during the six-week run of Hometown Teams. Moline Public Library will offer a display and program on the rise of professional golf in the Quad Cities, while Karpeles Manuscript Museum and the Rock Island County Historical Society will offer displays on professional baseball. Evenings at Butterworth, a program of the William Butterworth Memorial Trust, is also dedicating its fall series to Hometown Teams. Programs include women in boxing, the Turners Society physical training movement, and a look at sports in art.

Museum on Main Street invites the public to share their local sports stories through the “Stories from Main Street” website at, or through the free mobile app available from the Mac App Store or the Google Play Store. Both platforms record and map the location reflected in the submission and will accept written and audio stories as well as videos and photos. Selected submitted stories to “Stories from Main Street” will be featured on the website and app. The archived stories will serve as a searchable record of the unique experiences of life in American small towns. Each story can be searched via location or by topic.

“Hometown Teams: How Sports Shape America” is part of Museum on Main Street, a unique collaboration between the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service (SITES), state humanities councils across the nation, and local host institutions. To learn more about Museum on Main Street exhibitions, visit

Support for Museum on Main Street has been provided by the United States Congress. Local sponsors include the Illinois Humanities Council, Modern Woodmen of America,  Rock Island Public Library Foundation, and Sedona Staffing, along with media sponsorships from WHBF TV/CBS 4, Townsquare Media  (ESPN Quad Cities 93.5, The HAWK 104.9, 97X WXLP, and B100 ), Mickle Communications, The Dispatch/Rock Island Argus and the River Cities Reader. In kind support has been received from Bill's Moving and Storage, Victory Enterprises, and Midwest Graphics Management.

SITES has been sharing the wealth of Smithsonian collections and research programs with millions of people outside Washington, D.C., for more than 60 years. SITES connects Americans to their shared cultural heritage through a wide range of exhibitions about art, science, and history, which are shown wherever people live, work and play. For exhibition description and tour schedules, visit

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Exhibit Venue: Rock Island Main Library: 401 19th Street, Rock Island, IL 61201, 309-732-READ (7323), Second- floor exhibit space open from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm daily, during all scheduled library programs, and by arrangement with first floor service desk at other times. Exhibits close one-half hour before library closing. General library hours of operation are Monday-Thursday, 9:00 am to 8:00 pm, Friday and Saturday, 9:00 am to 5:00 pm. The library is closed on Sundays.

About Rock Island Public Library: Founded in 1872, the Rock Island Public Library serves the area through three locations, which include the Rock Island Main, 30/31 and Southwest Branches, community outreach efforts, and online opportunities that provide resources to enhance personal achievement and stimulate the imagination.

About the Illinois Humanities Council: The Illinois Humanities Council is an independent, nonprofit state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities, dedicated to fostering a culture in which the humanities are a vital part of the lives of individuals and communities. The IHC creates programs and funds organizations that promote greater understanding of, appreciation for, and involvement in the humanities by all Illinoisans, regardless of their economic resources, cultural background, or geographic location. The IHC is supported by state, federal, and private funds.

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Written by QC Theatre Workshop   
Wednesday, 20 August 2014 11:19

On September 26th, Davenport’s QC Theatre Workshop will hold its first trivia night fundraiser. The evening will feature trivia, raffles, and a silent auction. Doors will open at 6:30pm, and the trivia will begin at 7:00pm. Tables of eight are $80 (or $10 per person). Snacks and sodas will be available, and guests are invited to bring their own refreshments.

Registration is now open, and will continue through the night of the event. Teams can reserve their tables by contacting the QC Theatre Workshop at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or 563-650-2396.

The QC Theatre Workshop began in August of 2012 with acclaimed performances of John Logan’s RED, and is currently presenting its ninth production, the comedy ‘Art’ by Yasmina Reza.

Since its inception, the Workshop has operated entirely under the unique and innovative “Pay What It’s Worth” ticket pricing policy, where audience members are invited to set their own ticket prices after each performance, based on what the show was worth to them. This policy has proven very successful, allowing the Workshop to provide live theatre without financial barriers to everyone in the Quad Cities.

In the spring of this year, the Workshop received its 501(c)(3) nonprofit status, and is beginning its fundraising activities with the fall trivia night. With sights set on the future, the theatre’s Board of Directors and Artistic Director Tyson Danner have high hopes for the growing company.

“The support we have received so far has been incredible,” says Danner. “We are constantly striving to increase both the quality and number of our productions, and our fundraising efforts are key to that effort.”

“We have been blessed with an incredible Board of Directors with a vast wealth of experience,” says Danner. The Workshop’s governing body includes:

·         Lora Adams (Director of Marketing & Local Content, WQPT)

·         Jessi Black (Community Arts Director, Quad City Arts)

·         Norm Bower (Development Director, Davenport Schools Foundation)

·         Steve Jobman (Minister of Music, First Presbyterian Church, Davenport; Artistic Director, the Quad-City Symphony Orchestra’s Holiday Pops)

·         Dr. Corinne Johnson (Theatre professor, St. Ambrose University)

·         Philip Wm. McKinley (Director, Broadway’s The Boy from Oz and Spider Man: Turn off the Dark)

·         Aaron Randolph III (local playwright and composer)

·         Kelly Rundle and Tammy Rundle (local documentary filmmakers).


QC Theatre Workshop

1730 Wilkes Avenue, Davenport, Iowa, 52804



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"Art" Opens Today! PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Mike Schulz   
Friday, 15 August 2014 09:11
Opens today at the QC Theatre Workshop!

In this 90-minute, fast-paced comedy, three friends battle over the acquisition of a white painting...
with white lines...
for $200,000.

Adam Michael Lewis
Aaron Randolph III
Mike Schulz

Click Here to Reserve Your Seats!

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Written by James Beaudry   
Tuesday, 12 August 2014 14:34

Shout! Celebrates the 60s at TLP

Mount Carroll—The summer season at Timber Lake Playhouse comes to a close with Shout! The Mod Musical, opening Thursday, August 14 and performing through Sunday, August 24. This “swinging sixties sensation” features TLP favorites Daryn Harrell, Allison Hunt, Caroline Murrah, Lexie Plath and Melissa Weyn performing songs made famous by Petula Clark, Dusty Springfield, Nancy Sinatra and more.

Featuring terrific new arrangements of such classics as “Those Were The Days,” "To Sir With Love," "Downtown," "Son of a Preacher Man," "Goldfinger," and the title song, Shout! The Mod Musical follows five women through Swinging London. With a shimmy and shake, the songs are tied together by hilarious sound bites from the period -- from 60s advertisements from face creams to The Pill, to letters answered by an advice columnist who thinks every problem can be solved with a "fetching new hair style and a new shade of lipstick.”

The cast includes some of the best talent TLP has had in the last several years. Daryn Harrell (Sweet Charity, Children of Eden) returns after spending the last two years working with Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines. Allison Hunt won the heart of the audience and “the monster” in Young Frankenstein. Caroline Murrah brought her gorgeous voice and charms to all six of TLP’s mainstage shows this year. Lexie Plath is completing her second full summer, and Melissa Weyn is back after blowing audiences away as the narrator in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat.

Courtney Crouse, who helmed last year’s hit ‘SWonderful, directs the show, with musical staging by James Beaudry. While the show takes a lighthearted look at the 1960s, it includes some discussion of the sexual revolution, so parental discretion is advised.

Shout! The Mod Musical performs Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings at 7:30. There is a Saturday matinee at 3:00 p.m. on August 16, Sunday matinees at 2:00 p.m. on August 17 and 24, and a Wednesday matinee at 2:00 p.m. on August 20. Tickets are $17-$23. This program is partially sponsored by a grant from the Illinois Arts Council, a state agency, with federal funds from the National Endowment for the Arts.

To purchase tickets, visit or contact the TLP box office. The box office is open daily 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. through August 24.


Timber Lake Playhouse Announces 2015 Summer Season

Mount Carroll—Timber Lake Playhouse, the professional summer theatre of Northwest Illinois, and Executive Director James Beaudry announced their 54th consecutive summer season for 2015 at on July 19th. The theatre company, which has over 20,000 visitors annually, announced a lineup of six mainstage shows. Two productions for young people will be announced shortly.

The season will be begin June 4, 2015 with the musical Hairspray. Winner of 8 Tony Awards including Best Musical, Hairspray is a family-friendly musical piled bouffant high with laughter, romance, and deliriously tuneful songs. It's 1962 in Baltimore, and the lovable plus-size teen Tracy Turnblad has only one desire—to dance on the popular Corny Collins Show. When her dream comes true, Tracy is transformed from social outcast to sudden star, using her newfound power to dethrone the reigning teen queen, win the affections of heartthrob Link Larkin, and integrate a TV network, all without denting her 'do.

Following Hairspray, is a big-hearted new play called The Big Meal, which premiered in Chicago in 2011 and tells the extraordinary story of an ordinary family. Somewhere in America, in a typical suburban restaurant on a typical night, Sam and Nicole first meet. Sparks fly. And so begins an expansive tale that traverses five generations of a modern family, from first kiss to final goodbye.  Though it premiered in 2011, The Big Meal already feels like a classic. In the spirit of Thornton Wilder's plays (Our Town, The Long Christmas Dinner), The Big Meal is humorous, human and ambitious.  Pulitzer Prize Winner Annie Baker recently called it “The greatest play ever written.”

In July, for the first time ever, TLP will present the Broadway musical Peter Pan. Since 1955, when Mary Martin first took to the air as Peter, the show has become a must-see classic around the world. Beloved by generations, the playhouse will offer additional matinees of the productions to accommodate families.

The fourth show and second play of the season is Greater Tuna, the hilarious comedy about the third smallest town in Texas, where the Lion's Club is too liberal and Patsy Cline never dies. The eclectic band of citizens that make up this town are portrayed by only two performers, making this send-up of life in rural America even more delightful as they depict all of the inhabitants of Tuna -- men, women, children and animals. The action takes place in the early Eighties, though nothing in Tuna has changed since then, anyway.

In 2003, film director Tim Burton transformed the novel Big Fish into a beloved film starring Albert Finney, Ewan McGregor and Jessica Lange. Last year, the story was turned in a glorious new Broadway musical. TLP will present the area premiere of this show in a special production starring long time TLP favorite Karl Hamilton (last seen as Rev. Moore in Footloose) and Elizabeth Haley (who starred as his wife, Vi Moore). The two are also married in real life.

Big Fish tells the story of Edward Bloom, a traveling salesman whose incredible, larger-than-life stories thrill everyone around him – most of all, his adoring wife Sandra. But their son Will is determined to find the truth behind his father’s fantastic tales. Overflowing with heart, humor and spectacular stage magic as Edward’s stories come to life, it is an extraordinary new musical that reminds us why we love going to the theatre – for an experience richer, funnier and bigger than life itself. Executive Director James Beaudry, who brought his inventive style to Joseph and The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, directs and choreographs.

The final production of the 2015 season will be Roger Miller’s Big River: The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. Propelled by an award winning score from Roger Miller, the king of country music, this journey down the mighty Mississippi provides a brilliantly theatrical celebration of pure Americana. Twain's timeless classic is played out by actor-musicians to the sound of country and bluegrass as irrepressible Huck Finn helps his friend Jim, a slave, escape to freedom. Their adventures are hilarious, suspenseful and heartwarming, bringing to life our favorite characters from the novel.

Subscribers may reserve advance tickets to all six productions immediately. Tickets for individual shows will go on sale in 2015. Gold series subscriptions are $105 (30% off the individual ticket price), and are available through Labor Day only. Silver series subscriptions are $119 (20% off the individual ticket price) and will be available following Labor Day.

Audition opportunities for area teens and kids will be announced in March.

To purchase a subscription, visit or contact the TLP box office. The box office is open daily 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. through August 24.


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