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City Circle Acting Company Presents Hair, August 1-3 PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Robyn Calhoun   
Friday, 25 July 2014 13:41

City Circle Acting Company of Coralville will present the American Tribal Love-Rock Musical Hair August 1-3 at the Coralville Center for the Performing Arts. Performances are August 1 and 2 at 7:30 pm and August 2 and 3 at 2:00 pm.

Hair arose from the hippie counterculture and sexual revolution of the 1960s. It debuted on Broadway in 1968 and had a long and successful run, despite its controversial themes.  The book and lyrics by James Rado and Gerome Ragni don’t shy away from politics, drug use, sexuality or racism.  Many songs from the musical (music by Galt MacDermot), including “Aquarius,” and “Flesh Failures” (Let the Sunshine In) became popular anthems of the protest movement against the Vietnam War.

This version of this classic show is directed by John Cameron of the University of Iowa’s Theatre Arts Department.  Cameron has expressed his conviction that Hair not be treated as a cute and charming period piece, but rather a celebration of a time when a generation of young people took a stand for peace and freedom and affected real change in America.  Such sentiments certainly remain appealing today. Because of language and adult themes, this production is considered rated PG-13.

Hair features fourteen local actors, some of whom have been seen in previous City Circle productions including West Side Story, Shrek, Rent, and this summer’s hit The Mystery of Edwin Drood.

The musical runs one weekend only, August 1, 2 & 3.  Tickets cost $12-$27 and are available at the Coralville Center for the Performing Arts box office, 1301 5th Street, Coralville, IA 52241; by phone at (319) 248-9370 or online at Groups of ten or more receive a 15% discount on tickets.  To arrange a group purchase, call (319) 248-9370.

WQPT and the QC Theatre Workshop present... PDF Print E-mail
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Written by QC Theatre Workshop   
Friday, 25 July 2014 10:10

The Making of A Green River - a WQPT documentary on the creation of this new play.

Special screening Thursday, August 7th at 6:00 p.m. at the QC Theatre Workshop, 1730 Wilkes Ave., Davenport.

Join us for a behind-the-scenes look at the creation of our world premiere! Relive the laughter, love, and heartbreak through this documentary....soon to air on WQPT! 

A panel discussion following the screening will feature:
Aaron Randolph III (playwright)
Daniel DP Sheridan (director)
Thomas Alan Taylor (actor)
David Manning (counselor)

Modern Woodmen displays “Bix” in lights at home office PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Amber O’Brien   
Wednesday, 23 July 2014 12:33

In honor of the 40th anniversary of the Quad City Times Bix 7, Modern Woodmen of America will light the word “Bix” in the windows of its downtown Rock Island headquarters. The building will be lit from 8:30 p.m. to 11 p.m. on Friday, July 25 through Sunday, July 27.

The tradition began in 1988, but is no simple task. Modern Woodmen’s administrative services team will set the lights based on a hand-drawn schematic. The preparations take approximately one day for two people to accomplish; blinds must be closed and lighting must be adjusted on the five-story home office. Approximately 100 of the 252 windows on the north side of the building will be lit to spell out “Bix.”

Modern Woodmen’s location along the Mississippi River provides a perfect opportunity to display “Bix” for  Quad-City residents to enjoy. Modern Woodmen’s mission is to improve the quality of life for its members and their communities. This is one way Modern Woodmen can support its mission and a family-friendly event.

Founded in 1883, Modern Woodmen of America touches lives and secures futures. The fraternal financial services organization offers financial products and fraternal member benefits to individuals and families throughout the United States.


USDA Reminds Farmers of 2014 Farm Bill Conservation Compliance Changes PDF Print E-mail
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Written by USDA Office of Communications   
Wednesday, 23 July 2014 07:34

WASHINGTON, July 22, 2014 — Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today reminded producers that changes mandated through the 2014 Farm Bill require them to have on file a Highly Erodible Land Conservation and Wetland Conservation Certification (AD-1026). The Farm Bill relinked highly erodible land conservation and wetland conservation compliance with eligibility for premium support paid under the federal crop insurance program.

"It's important that farmers and ranchers taking the right steps to conserve valuable farm and natural resources have completed AD-1026 forms on file at their local Farm Service Agency (FSA) office," said Vilsack. "This will ensure they remain eligible for crop insurance support."

For farmers to be eligible for premium support on their federal crop insurance, a completed and signed AD-1026 form must be on file with the FSA. Since many FSA and Natural Resource Conservation (NRCS) programs have this requirement, most producers should already have an AD-1026 on file. If producers have not filed, they must do so by June 1, 2015.

When a farmer completes the AD-1026, FSA and NRCS staff will outline any additional actions that may be required for compliance with the provisions. The Risk Management Agency, through the Federal Crop Insurance Corporation (FCIC), manages the federal crop insurance program that provides the modern farm safety net for American farmers and ranchers.

Since enactment of the 1985 Farm Bill, eligibility for most commodity, disaster, and conservation programs has been linked to compliance with the highly erodible land conservation and wetland conservation provisions. The 2014 Farm Bill continues the requirement that producers adhere to conservation compliance guidelines to be eligible for most programs administered by FSA and NRCS. This includes the new price and revenue protection programs, the Conservation Reserve Program, the Livestock Disaster Assistance programs and Marketing Assistance Loans implemented by FSA. It also includes the Environmental Quality Incentives Program, the Conservation Stewardship Program, and other conservation programs.

FSA recently released a revised form AD-1026, which is available at USDA Service Centers and online USDA will publish a rule later this year that will provide details outlining the connection of conservation compliance with crop insurance premium support. Producers can also contact their local USDA Service Center for information. A listing of service center locations is available at

Today's announcement was made possible by the 2014 Farm Bill. The Farm Bill builds on historic economic gains in rural America over the past five years, while achieving meaningful reform and billions of dollars in savings for taxpayers. Since enactment, USDA has made significant progress to implement each provision of this critical legislation, including providing disaster relief to farmers and ranchers; strengthening risk management tools; expanding access to rural credit; funding critical research; establishing innovative public-private conservation partnerships; developing new markets for rural-made products; and investing in infrastructure, housing and community facilities to help improve quality of life in rural America. For more information, visit:


USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer. To file a complaint of discrimination, write: USDA, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights, Office of Adjudication, 1400 Independence Ave., SW, Washington, DC 20250-9410 or call (866) 632-9992 (Toll-free Customer Service), (800) 877-8339 (Local or Federal relay), (866) 377-8642 (Relay voice users).


CAST to open Wonderful Town July 24th PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Clinton Area Showboat Theatre   
Monday, 21 July 2014 09:00

Wonderful Town is the fourth production being offered at the Clinton Area Showboat Theatre this summer. This Leonard Bernstein musical premiered on Broadway in 1953, winning five Tony Awards. The show follows two sisters who leave their small hometown in Ohio to chase their dreams in New York City. They find adventures (and misadventures) , frustration, career opportunities, and romance in the big city of their dreams.

Coming from all over the country, the visiting artists of this season’s CAST company share their considerable talents with Showboat audiences. Ruth is played by Jenna Haimes (B.F.A. in Music Theatre from Illinois Wesleyan) and Eileen is played by Carly Ann Berg (B.F.A in Musical Theatre from Brenau University, Gainsville GA.) Heather Baisley, a senior musical theatre major at Rider University in NJ, will play Helen. Jenna, Carly and Heather were all seen in The Taffetas, Annie Get Your Gun, and Wizard of Oz.

Nathan McHenry, a senior studying musical theatre at Belmont University (Nashville,TN), will play the role of Robert Baker. He was Frank Butler in Annie Get Your Gun, and the Witch of the West in Wizard of Oz. Caleb Jernigan, who played Chief Sitting Bull and Tin Man and just completed his second cruise contract working for Norwegian Cruise Line as a singer, will portray The Wreck in Wonderful Town. The role of Appopolous will be played by Jalen Lee, a senior BFA musical theatre major at Missouri State University in Springfield, MO. Jalen was seen as Buffalo Bill in Annie Get Your Gun, and Dorothy’s Uncle in Wizard of Oz.

Two local actors will play roles in Wonderful Town. Kris Doss, a graduate of the University of Dubuque (Theatre) will be Chick Clark and Derrick Bertram, a senior Theatre Arts major at University of Northern Iowa, will be Frank.

Members of the ensemble include: Dorothy Farach (retired special education teacher), Jake Hopson (studying performing arts at Iowa State University), Robert Rice (junior at Southeast Missouri State, Scarecrow in Wizard of Oz), Lara Rose (Fulton), Daxx Jayroe Wieser, (a musical theatre student at Oklahoma City University, Tommy Keeler in Annie Get Your Gun). CAST interns performing in Wonderful Town include: Matt Espey (senior at Clinton High), Ireland Knapper (freshman at Northeast), Audrey Simpson (high school junior), Danica Smith (Clinton High), and Cassandra Van Zuiden (sophomore at Fulton High), and Aiden McMinimy (junior at Camanche High).

Wonderful Town is being directed by Producing Artistic Director Tommy Iafrate. The Creative Team includes: Musical Director Laurie Lewis, Choreographer Zachary D'antonio, Scenic Designer Adam Spencer, Lighting Designer Cassie Mings, Costume Designer Nicole Angell, Stage Manager/Sound Designer Nicole Frechette, and Assistant Stage Manager Seth Kieser.

Wonderful Town opens at the Showboat on Thursday, July 24 at 7:30pm followed by a reception in the lobby. Performances continue on July 25, 26, 31, August 1, 2 at 7:30pm and on July 27 and 30 at 3pm. Tickets cost $23, $20 for seniors and $16 for students and children. The CAST box office is open 11am to 4pm on Tuesdays and Wednesdays, 11am to 7pm on Thursdays through Saturdays and noon to 4pm on Sundays. Tickets may also be purchased online at or by calling 563-242-6760.

On Tuesday, July 29th at 7:30pm will be the Follies. This fundraising event is a review showcasing the talents of this summer’s company. Another special event takes place on the Showboat on August 12th at 7pm. Peter J. Grady of Marshalltown, Iowa will present “Unconditional Surrender”. Ulysses S Grant comes to life in this informative, humorous and touching portrayal, written and performed by Grady. Refreshments will be served after the performance in the Showboat Lobby. Tickets for this special event are $10 for adults, $5 for students and are available at the box office, Clinton Printing, Wagner Pharmacies and Sweet Woodruff (Fulton). The last production of the 2014 CAST season will be Alice in Wonderland (August 8-17).

There are still openings available in the second theatre camp for children entering grades 1 to 8. Camp Wonderland is August 4-13th for just $75. Registration is available on line or at the box office.

Every Saturday at noon CAST’s Intern Company offers Theatre for Children. This year’s shows include: A Very Clinton Variety Show, The Beginning of Armadillos, and A Sour Study in Lemonade. Tickets are only $5 and are available at the door.

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