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Announcing Auditions for "The Lion, the Witch, & the Wardrobe" PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Megan Flanagan   
Monday, 30 June 2014 09:14


Youth Entering Grades 4-12 Encouraged to Audition for September Production

Young Footliters invites youth entering grades 4-12 to audition for the September 12-14 production of The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe, adapted by Joseph Robinette from the C.S. Lewis novel and directed by Matt Falduto. Auditions are Wednesday, July 9 and Thursday, July 10 from 6pm-8pm in the lower level of the Coralville Public Library.

Those interested in auditioning should sign up for an audition slot by visiting or  Auditioners may prepare a short monologue or be prepared to do a cold reading from provided scripts.  Auditions are competitive; Young Footliters will cast as many children and teens as feasible but cannot guarantee all will be cast.

Performances are at the Coralville Center for the Performing Arts.  The participation fee will be $40 per actor.


City Circle Announces Addition of Musical Comedy Xanadu to 2015-2016 Season PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Coralville Arts   
Friday, 20 June 2014 15:12

Replaces Around the World in 80 Days Due to Director Conflict

City Circle Acting Company of Coralville announces that it will produce the Iowa-City area premiere of the 2007 musical comedy Xanadu, which is inspired by the 1980s film of the same name.  The production will be directed by Christopher Okiishi.


Xanadu replaces Around the World in 80 Days on the City Circle schedule, with performances October 10-19.  80 Days director Patrick Du Laney was cast in Our Town at Kansas City Repertory Theater, necessitating his withdrawal from this season.  City Circle hopes to have Du Laney direct 80 Days in a future season.

Director Okiishi says of Xanadu, “It's the classic story of a frustrated artist, an ancient Greek goddess of inspiration, and the music of the Electric Light Orchestra.  Taking the best parts of the 1980 movie (meaning--keeping the songs and completely rewriting the script), author Douglas Carter Bean, who also re-wrote the recent smash Cinderella for Broadway, tells the heartwarming story of two souls finding each other in the California 1980s amid scheming evil sisters, greedy developers, and truly awful fashion choices.  Xanadu features some of the best-loved pop-rock songs for the decade including "Evil Woman", "Strange Magic", "Suddenly", and the hit title song.  Song, dance, a limited amount of roller-skates, and plenty of heart!   No leg warmers will be harmed in the making of this production.”

Tickets to the show are $12-$27 and can be purchased online at, by calling 319.248.9370, or in person at the CCPA box office at 1301 5th Street and at the Coralville Recreation Center at 1506 8th Street. Group and subscriber discounts are available.


UnitedHealth Group Acts to Support People in Iowa and Nebraska affected by tornadoes and floods PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Maryann Marino   
Friday, 20 June 2014 09:34
·         Free emotional-support help line from Optum open to anyone
  • Assistance for UnitedHealthcare plan participants whose access to care may have been affected



minnetonka, Minn. (June 19, 2014) – UnitedHealth Group (NYSE: UNH) and its benefits and services businesses, UnitedHealthcare and Optum, are taking immediate action to help people in Iowa and Nebraska affected by the recent tornadoes and floods.  This includes a free emotional-support line to help people in the affected communities and assisting health plan participants who may be affected and need to make alternate arrangements to ensure continuity of care.

  • Free Help Line: Optum, a leading health and behavioral health services company, is offering a free emotional-support help line.

The toll-free number, 866-342-6892, will be open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, for as long as necessary. The service is free of charge and open to anyone. Specially trained Optum mental health specialists help people manage their stress and anxiety so they can continue to address their everyday needs. Callers may also receive referrals to community resources to help them with specific concerns, including financial and legal matters.

Along with the toll-free help line, emotional-support resources and information are available online at

  • Help Finding a Network Care Provider, Early Refills: Plan participants who need help finding a care provider in the UnitedHealthcare network or obtaining early prescription refills can call customer care at the number located on the back of their medical ID card.

For plan participants who cannot locate their medical ID card, call 866-633-2446, 8 a.m.-8 p.m. (in the local time zone), Monday through Friday. People enrolled in employer-sponsored and individual health plans who have a smartphone can download the free Health4Me app, which provides instant access to their ID card, network care providers, their personal health benefits and more. The Health4Me app is available as a free download at the Apple iTunes App Store and the Android Market on Google Play.

About UnitedHealth Group
UnitedHealth Group (NYSE: UNH) is a diversified health and well-being company dedicated to helping people live healthier lives and making health care work better. With headquarters in Minnetonka, Minn., UnitedHealth Group offers a broad spectrum of products and services through two business platforms: UnitedHealthcare, which provides health care coverage and benefits services; and Optum, which provides information and technology-enabled health services. Through its businesses, UnitedHealth Group serves more than 85 million people worldwide. For more information, visit UnitedHealth Group at


Four Local Students on Spring 2014 Dean's List at Mount Mercy University. PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Kelli Sanders   
Tuesday, 17 June 2014 14:42

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (June 17, 2014) - The following student(s) are named to the Spring 2014 Dean's List at Mount Mercy University. Students with a semester grade point average of 3.60 or better, and who are graded (letter grade, not pass/fail) for six or more semester hours, are eligible for inclusion on the Dean's List.

Those honored include Marissa Albracht and Dana Evan from Bettendorf, Matthew Purl from Davenport, and Kelsey Kernan from Rock Island.

Founded in 1928, Mount Mercy University offers students a personal, practical and faith-inspired education that distinctly blends professional career preparation and liberal arts with a strong curriculum grounded in leadership and service. Located in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, Mount Mercy University is sponsored by the Sisters of Mercy and a member of the Conference for Mercy Higher Education.

In more than 85 years, Mount Mercy has grown in size and reputation, adapting to meet the changing educational needs of the Cedar Rapids community. Mount Mercy offers baccalaureate and graduate education to nearly 1,800 students. Popular undergraduate majors include business, nursing, criminal justice, education and social work. Graduate programs are offered in business, education, nursing, marriage and family therapy, strategic leadership and criminal justice. For more information on Mount Mercy, visit

Located in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, Mount Mercy University is the regional Catholic, Mercy University that promises students of diverse backgrounds, ages and faiths a challenging, practical education that inspires them to discover knowledge, build community and lead courageous lives. Mount Mercy offers baccalaureate and graduate education to nearly 1,800 enrolled students and uniquely blends liberal arts education with professional preparation.

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Written by Linda Martin   
Tuesday, 17 June 2014 08:23

On October 15, 2011, the East Moline Foundation was officially announced to the community. Since then, the East Moline Foundation Board has initiated several fundraising activities, met with financial advisors, held monthly Board meetings, and added several new Board members. They have also reached their fundraising goal of $250,000 in endowment funds and have actually surpassed the goal by almost $30,000. Members of the East Moline Board include: Doug Reynolds, Chairman; Bob Baecke, Vice Chairman; Bill Phares, Secretary/Treasurer and Board members Pat VanBruwaene, Larry Anderson, and Terry Brahm.

The Board of the East Moline Foundation has now met and approved the following grants to charitable organizations that benefit the citizens of East Moline and the surrounding area.

1. Black Hawk Area Education Center $2,256.00 - support of a handicapped accessible playground

2. Christ United Methodist Church $4,200.00 - fund meat distribution pilot program for 5 months

3. East Moline School District No. 37 $1,800.00 - provide funds for prospective college visits

4. East Moline/Silvis Soccer Club $3,000.00 - construction of a new soccer field

5. Our Lady of Grace Catholic School $2,500.00 - purchase of computers in computer lab

6. Salvation Army $1,600.00 - support summer day camp for low-income families

7. Supplemental Emergency Assistance Program (SEAP) $1,000.00 - assist East Moline households with short-term, emergency needs

8. Two Rivers YMCA $1,000.00 - support low-income kids in East Moline in summer program

9. Watertown Food Pantry $2,644.00 - support of food pantry

Total: $20,000.00

Donations to the East Moline Foundation may be mailed to: Bill Phares, P.O. Box 457, East Moline, Illinois 61244 or call (309)796-0170.

East Moline Foundation Board Chairman Doug Reynolds noted, “Hungry children will be fed, students will be inspired, and the needy clothed, thanks to the gifts that have been received, and those yet to come. We are grateful for the generosity of our neighbors that brings hope and a higher quality of life to many others in our community. ”

The East Moline Foundation, East Moline, Illinois founded in 2011, is affiliated with the Moline Foundation as a community foundation which provides grants to health, human services, education, workforce development, the arts and other charitable organizations which benefit the citizens of East Moline and the surrounding area, including the Quad Cities region. The East Moline Foundation receives and administers charitable gifts & works with citizens to achieve their dreams to improve the community.

Officers and members of the East Moline Foundation include: Doug Reynolds, Chairman, Bob Baecke, Vice Chairman, Bill Phares, Secretary-Treasurer, Pat VanBruwaene, Larry Anderson and Terry Brahm.


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