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Filmmaker’s Master’s Class at PVHS Friday PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Bev Ricketts   
Thursday, 23 April 2009 12:32

On April 24th, at 11:00 AM, co-producer of the film “Sugar” will be at Pleasant Valley High School. Along with his colleagues, co-producer, Jeremy Walker will speak to approximately 100 Pleasant Valley high school students about careers in film making.

“Movie production is a career that is of high interest to many students. Students who have not had the opportunity to job shadow careers in filmmaking are able to have a first-hand experience, instead of relying on computers to find out information,” says Mary Johnson, Career Advisor from Pleasant Valley High School.

This experience was coordinated through the collaborative efforts of Doug Miller - Motion Pictures Midwest, and the Business Education Partnership program, as a way for students to gain first hand knowledge of opportunities that are available to them in the filmmaking industry. “This is a great opportunity for students to meet and interact with high profile professionals in a career that has not previously been available to them in the Quad City Area,” states School-to-Work Coordinator, Tammy Chelf. “Pleasant Valley is thrilled to have the opportunity to hear first-hand about filmmaking and production. There will also be time allotted for Q & A”.

“Sugar” follows a Dominican player, Miguel “Sugar” Santos, from his dreams of being a player to landing with a minor-league team. Scenes were filmed at the former John O’Donnell Stadium, now Modern Woodmen Park, in Davenport. (The city, in the fictionalized movie, is called “Bridgetown,” and the uniforms and team name are the former Swing of the Quad-Cities.).

Walker, co-producers Jamie Patricof and Paul Mezey, and writers-directors Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck, will all park in the Quad-Cities later this week for the local premiere of “Sugar,” which debuted earlier this month in New York and Los Angeles. It will premier Friday night in Davenport at Showcase Cinemas 53.

WQPT to present “Guy and Ralna in a Salute to Veterans” at Centennial Hall PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Lora Adams   
Tuesday, 21 April 2009 12:30

MOLINE, ILLINOIS - WQPT, Quad Cities PBS is once again bringing "Guy and Ralna” to Centennial Hall on the campus at Augustana in Rock Island Illinois. The concert is scheduled for May 3, 2009 at 2:00 p.m. Guy and Ralna, the most popular singing duo from “The Lawrence Welk Show,” will sing big band, inspirational, country, pop and patriotic music in an 80 minute show titled “A Salute to Veterans” backed by an eleven piece orchestra.

Tickets are $25 each for members of WQPT and Plus 60. Non-members can purchase their tickets for $35 each. For ticket reservations or information call WQPT at 309-796-2424, on line at or contact the Centennial Hall Box Office at 309-794-7306.

“Guy and Ralna were last in the Quad Cities in April 2006 and were a great hit” said WQPT General Manager, Rick Best. "Guy and Ralna" is a fundraising concert with proceeds benefitting WQPT, Quad Cities PBS and was made possible by the sponsorship of Friendship Manor.

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A 375 Year Old Oath Still Being Upheld PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Kathryn Davis   
Friday, 17 April 2009 10:10

Oberammergau Passion Play and the Bavarian Alps: A look into the 375 year old play and its region,19 April 2009 at 2:00 p.m. at the German American Heritage Center, 712 W 2nd Street, Davenport, IA.

On Sunday, April 19, 2009 at 2:00 p.m. the German American Heritage Center will host a program on the Oberammergau Passion Play and the Bavarian Alps, with guest speaker Werner Schafer-Junger.

The history of the Oberammergau Passion Play began when the people of Oberammergau, a village located in Bavaria, Germany, made an oath in 1633 to perform the play every ten years. The oath came about after months of suffering and death in the middle of the Thirty Years War, one of the most destructive conflicts in European history, while the worst pandemic in human history, the “Black Death” plague, was running its course. In 1633, the village of Oberammergau, swore that they would perform the “Play of the Suffering, Death and Resurrection of Our Lord Jesus Christ” every ten years if they were spared from the plague. At Pentecost 1634, the villagers kept their promise for the first time on a stage built over the fresh graves of the plague victims. In the year 2010 the Oberammergau Passion Play will once more be performed by more than 2,000 Oberammergauers, lasting six hours.

Do not miss the chance to learn about the extraordinary Oberammergau Passion Play and its regional history at the German American Heritage Center, April 19 at 2:00 p.m.

ICEA Hosts River to River is Global Youth Services Day in Iowa PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Michael O. Johnston   
Monday, 23 March 2009 15:31

The Iowa Community Education Association (ICEA) will mobilize more than 1000 young people to participate in the 21st Annual Global Youth Service Day (GYSD), Friday, April 24 through Sunday, April 26, 2009, across the state of Iowa.

Millions of youth in the United States and in more than 100 countries will plan simultaneous service events and service learning projects celebrating GYSD.  Spanning three days, GYSD is the largest service event in the world.

At ICEA, we are excited about facilitating opportunities for youth to plan, carry out and celebrate volunteerism. It’s a wonderful way to strengthen communities and learn valuable life lessons.

For more information, please contact: ICEA, Michael O. Johnston, MPA 09' Webmaster, ICEA, 1800 Grand Ave. Apt. 38, West Des Moines, Iowa 50026, Phone: (641) 799-1076, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

New QCSO youth ensemble premieres February 22. PDF Print E-mail
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Monday, 16 February 2009 11:32
The Quad City Youth Prelude Strings will give their first public performance in Augustana College's Centennial Hall on Sunday, February 22, at 3 p.m. as part of the Quad City Youth String Ensemble's nineteenth Annual Concert. The performance will take place at Augustana College's Centennial Hall and features music by Mussorgsky, Mozart, Holst and Caponegro, among others. Both the Quad City Youth Prelude Strings and the Quad City Youth String Ensemble are led by Music Director and Conductor Dortha DeWit.
Prelude Strings was founded this year in response to the high demand for membership in the QCSO's youth ensembles. Prelude Strings is the third and youngest of the QCSO's youth ensembles, which also includes the Quad City Youth String Ensemble and the Quad City Youth Symphony Orchestra. The QCSO's youth ensembles serve approximately 170 area youth.
Tickets are available at the door: $5 for adults, $3 for seniors, and students free. For more information about the Quad City Youth Prelude Strings, String Ensemble, or the QCSO youth ensembles, please visit or call the QCSO office at 563.322.0931.

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