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Dr. Seuss with an Odyssey twist PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Mary McNeil   
Thursday, 01 May 2014 15:43
(Rock Island, IL)  The "Lights ON for Learning" Drama Club students at Washington Junior High school are putting a twist on the Odyssey....a Dr. Seuss twist.

The play is called The SeussOdyssey and was written by Don Zollidis.  It is about Odysseus and his adventures, but put to the familiar rhyming of everyone's beloved Doctor Seuss.  It is a play for all ages, with bright colors, props, and scenery.  Admission is free, although donations are always accepted.

The performances are Friday, May 2nd, 2014 at 6:30pm, and Saturday, May 3, 2014 at 6:30pm in the school gym.  The media is invited to both performances to interview the students/director.  For more information contact the director...Jennifer Hoeper cell phone number (563)271-5954.

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Written by Megan Flanagan   
Thursday, 01 May 2014 08:00

Young Footliters presents Vera Morris’s adaptation of the classic fairy tale Hansel and Gretel for 4 performances, May 9-11 at the Coralville Center for the Performing Arts.  The production features 34 local children in 1st through 8th grades and is directed by Dave Helmuth.  Westport Touchless Autowash in the supporting sponsor.

Performances are at the Coralville Center for the Performing Arts Friday, May 9 at 7pm, Saturday, May 10 at 2pm and 7pm, and Sunday, May 11 at 2pm.  Tickets are $7 - $12 and are available online at, by phone at 319.248.9370, and in person at the CCPA box office (1301 5th Street) and Coralville Recreation Center (1506 8th Street).

“When you re-imagine a folk tale like Hansel and Gretel, you want to give performances that feel new and inspired—something you haven’t seen or heard before. The kids in our cast have consistently surprised us with their humor and creative ideas for bringing the characters to life. Familiar characters like the Witch have a new, humorous energy, and new characters like the moving trees make Hansel and Gretel’s world feel more colorful and magical. I’ve been thrilled with the kids’ enthusiasm for making the show funny and entertaining. Every night they have new ideas,” says assistant director Tara Acton.

Director Helmuth says of this production, “The trees are alive.  They sing, dance, and tell jokes.  This is no ordinary fairy tale.  This show will keep you laughing and laughing - fun for the whole family.”

Young Footliters is a program of the Coralville Center for the Performing Arts offering children and teens fun, creative, and educational theater arts opportunities in a safe, positive, and professional environment.  Young Footliters aims to produce quality productions and classes that promote responsibility, confidence, leadership, cooperation, and arts appreciation.


Becoming a Maverick PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Ginny Grimsley   
Tuesday, 29 April 2014 13:26

5 Rules for Becoming an Intellectual Maverick
Life Requires More Than a Whisper of Wisdom, Says Venture Capitalist

No matter how well our lives may be going, many of us seem to be at our wit’s end when it comes to attaining that next level of success, but there is a solution to this challenge, says world-traveling entrepreneur Julian Pencilliah.

Whether we want to improve our relationships, spiritual development, emotional well-being, health or monetary ambitions, we so often find that we’re our own greatest enemies, says Pencilliah, author of “The Jetstream of Success,” (

“You see it time and time again – individuals rise out of the most devastating circumstances and transform their lives into greatness,” he says. “If you’re in a place where you feel that life’s closing in on you, and you have a pressing urgency to transform your misfortune into a positive opportunity, then you must embrace the fact that realizing your potential is a process.”

How does one start this process? Become a student of your own history and become an intellectual maverick, says Pencilliah, who reviews the attributes that must be developed to make progress possible.

•  Irrevocably change your world. Piece together an ever-fuller understanding of yourself with the intention of reinventing yourself a thousand-fold. We should always aim toward exponential achievements, with the wisdom of knowing that we are not chasing the achievement, but rather chasing the consciousness of who we need to become in order to materialize our success.

•  Think with sophistication. This is your capacity to become more strategic in your approach to life. This simply means that you need to become more process-oriented, rather than goal-oriented. Intelligence is knowing what’s required of you. Sophisticated thinking is the process of making successful decisions over a lifetime.

•  Exceed probability amplitudes. Achieving success in any arena of your life is framed within your ability to eliminate innate weaknesses and biases. History tells us that not all greats have off-the-chart IQs, nor are they born with limitless freedom. In fact, it’s the triumph over less-than-favorable circumstances and a determination to achieve that often builds the character necessary for success. Great individuals set out to achieve outstanding results, and make their decisions within intellectual criteria. All the greats have engaged a higher impulse, a higher bandwidth, and an inherent strength.

•  Smile with radiance. Life is beauty in every direction, but we are often unable to see it if we are too consumed with our lives. The simple truth is that you can touch more of the beauty of life only by touching your own beauty. If you look through the lens of love, gratitude and contribution, then you will be able to see and touch more of the infinite beauty that makes life on Earth a heaven. Learn to smile like sunshine every day and brighten up your world.

•  Get lucky. “I would love to tell you that your destiny is written in the stars, but it is actually written within the confines of your interpretation of life,” Pencilliah says. “Luck has more to do with self-engagement than any random twist of fate. Be bold and champion your life to exceed the probability amplitude of any statistic of luck.”

We are all endowed with the ability to achieve success in any facet of our lives; success is framed within the definition of the analytical tools and emotional disciplines necessary to champion your life forward, he says.

“Above all, I live by three simple words: compassion, love and gratitude,” Pencilliah says. “We need to act on these three words daily. Doing so will irrevocably change your world.”

About Julian Pencilliah

Julian Pencilliah, (, is the author of the new book, The Jetstream of Success, (, which is an Amazon Top 10 e-book best sellers in the self-help category. As a venture capitalist, he has taken a bold approach to life, which includes 20 years of accomplished business acumen. Whether it’s going face-to-face on a dive with great white sharks in the depths of the Atlantic, racing Formula One cars throughout the world or being on a game drive with Virgin billionaire Sir Richard Branson, Pencilliah’s lifestyle has served as a platform for him to draw analogies to connect with readers. This allows the reader to stitch together an ever-fuller understanding of their self, enabling progress toward their ambitions.

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Written by MONTA PONSETTO   
Monday, 28 April 2014 15:32

QUAD CITIES – The Epilepsy Foundation announces Illinois Epilepsy Awareness Day on May 14, 2014.  Individuals with epilepsy, parents of children with epilepsy, and supporting family members and friends will join with representatives of the Epilepsy Foundation throughout the state to meet with Illinois State Representatives at the statehouse in Springfield.  Discussed will be issues relevant to those living with Epilepsy including the support of Illinois Senate Bill 2636.  The bill, which adds seizure conditions, including those characteristic of epilepsy, to the list of qualifying medical conditions in Illinois’ Medical Cannabis Program was passed by the Illinois Senate by a vote of 49-5 on April 2, 2014.  The bill has been sent to the House for approval.

The Iowa Senate just recently voted 36-12 to approve their Senate File 2360. The bill creates a licensing system for patients with "intractable" epilepsy and their caregivers to pursue treatment with cannabidiol, an oil derived from marijuana.  Patients or their caregivers who receive a neurologist's recommendation for cannabidiol would be able to apply for a state-issued identification card allowing them to possess and use the oil without fear of prosecution under state marijuana laws.  That bill has been sent to the Iowa House for approval.

The Epilepsy Foundation’s national office issued a press release on 2.20.2014 calling for increased medical marijuana access and research:

  • 1 in 26 have or will have epilepsy at some point in their lives – that means over 14,700 people in the Quad Cities Metro Area currently have or will develop epilepsy, a neurological condition that include recurring seizures.
  • Approximately 1/3 of those will live with uncontrolled seizures.
  • People living with uncontrolled seizures live with the continual risk of serious injury and loss of life.
  • Illinois has a law that lists 35 other conditions for which medical marijuana may be prescribed.
  • Unlike 18 of the other 20 states that permit the use of medical marijuana, epilepsy is not included in the conditions for which marijuana may be prescribed under Illinois law.
  • In vitro and in vivo evidence exists of the impact that cannabidiol (“CBD”) can have on seizures, as well as anecdotal human evidence.
  • For epilepsy, the useful form of marijuana is an oil; it is not smoked.
  • It is high in CBD and low in THC, the hallucinogenic component of marijuana.
  • There is no alternative recreational use for this form of marijuana; it is formulated to treat seizures.
  • It is appropriate to allow patients, parents and physicians the ability to determine collectively if the compassionate use of medical marijuana is reasonable in each individual epilepsy case, including intractable pediatric cases.
  • Illinois residents suffering from seizures should be afforded the same benefits available to those suffering from any of the 35 conditions included in the Illinois medical marijuana law.
  • Illinois families shouldn’t have to split up and move out of state in order to gain access to a viable treatment for intractable seizures.
  • Senate Bill SB2636 Adds “Seizures, including those characteristic of Epilepsy” to the list of qualifying conditions.
  • Senate Bill SB2636 also adds pediatric patients, under the age of 18, suffering from “Seizures, including those characteristic of Epilepsy” as qualifying patients.

For more information contact the Epilepsy Foundation – Quad Cities at 309.373.0377 or email to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Epilepsy affects 65 million people worldwide.  Epilepsy is the fourth most common neurological disorder in the U.S. after migraine, stroke, and Alzheimer's disease. Its prevalence is greater than autism spectrum disorder, cerebral palsy, multiple sclerosis and Parkinson's disease combined. 1 in 26 will develop epilepsy at some point in their lifetime:  that translates to over 14,700 individuals in our Quad Cities region.

Epilepsy Foundation – Quad Cities Office

UnityPoint Health – Trinity / 4th Floor North

2701 – 17th St., Rock Island, IL  61201

309.373.0377 / This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Junior Theatre's Pinocchio Is Here! PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Davenport Parks and Recreation   
Monday, 28 April 2014 09:46
Written by Carlo Collodi
Adapted by Daniel DP Sheridan

Think you know the story of Pinocchio?

Think again!

Join us for our brand-new adaptation of this classic story of self-discovery!

Saturday, April 26th : 1:00pm & 4:00pm
Sunday, April 27th : 2:00pm
Saturday, May 3rd : 1:00pm & 4:00pm
Sunday, May 4th : 2:00pm

...and don't forget to register for our summer programs.

Classes are filling up!

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