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Last Chance! Register to travel to Germany with GAHC by December 1st! PDF Print E-mail
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Written by GAHC   
Monday, 26 November 2012 14:22
Dear Friend,

We would love for you to go to Germany with us here at the German American Heritage Center! But we need your registration by December 1st for our August 2013 trip!

Trip Details
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Travel Agent Contact:
Blue Horizon Travel
Linda Meadors (309) 912-4888

Don't Hesitate! Call Today!

 
See Our CR This Holiday Season PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Jennifer PIckar   
Tuesday, 20 November 2012 08:57

CEDAR RAPIDS, IA – We invite you to see our Cedar Rapids this holiday season! Make a point to visit the area’s newly opened restaurants and attractions including NewBo City Market, Paramount Theatre and the National Czech & Slovak Museum & Library. From theatre to festivals, mansion tours to music, there is truly something for everyone to enjoy with a number of great holiday offerings including:

NewBo City Market Holiday Markets

11/24/2012 - 12/30/2012

NewBo City Market

On Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays, NewBo City Market hosts a variety of seasonal vendors in addition to a great list of full-time anchor merchants.

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Brucemore's Holiday Mansion Tours

11/23/2012 - 12/30/2012

Brucemore

Throughout the mansion, visitors will enjoy the seasonal splendor of glowing trees, a dining room set for Christmas dinner, stunning mantel arrangements, the lush garland adornment of the grand staircase, and other holiday cheer. 
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Meet Me In St. Louis by Theatre Cedar Rapids

11/23/2012 - 12/15/2012
Theatre Cedar Rapids

Join the Smith family at the 1904 World’s Fair, and see how their love and respect for each other is tempered with the genuine humor that can only be generated by such a special family. 
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Old Prague Christmas Market

11/30/2012 - 12/01/2012
Czech Village area

A celebration of Sv. Mikuláš (St. Nicholas) Day! Outdoor holiday shopping, fire juggling, music, hot food, children’s activities and more. This unique event, presented by the National Czech & Slovak Museum & Library brings festive shopping of international treasures and artisan gifts to Cedar Rapids.
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Nature's Noel

12/01/2011 
Indian Creek Nature Center
Centerpieces, wreaths and swags made with fresh greens; frozen soups and appetizers; vendors with various handmade wares; cookie dough and candy; and live music combine to create a festive holiday event. 
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Fire and Ice Festival

12/01/2011 
Downtown Cedar Rapids
A chili challenge in the Armstrong Food Court, lighted holiday parade, carriage rides, Santa Meet and Greet along with the return of the always popular Ugly Holiday Sweater party are just a few of day’s highlights!

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Orchestra Iowa presents The Nutcracker

12/01/2012 - 12/02/2012
Paramount Theatre/Orchestra Iowa

Three performances featuring Ballet Quad Cities at the recently re-opened Paramount Theatre.
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Christmas in the Park and Peppermint Walk

12/07/2011 
City Square Park, Marion

Activities will include the lighting of the Community Peace Tree, live holiday music, horse-drawn carriage rides, and the arrival of Santa and Mrs. Claus by fire engine. 
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Holiday Time in Santa's Workshop

12/08/2011 
Ushers Ferry Historic Village
You'll enjoy breakfast in the Hotel, baking and decorating in the Telephone House, and toy making in the Town Hall. Don't forget to have your photo taken with Santa Claus!

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Find these events and so many more at www.Cedar-Rapids.com.

About the Cedar Rapids Area Convention and Visitors Bureau

The Cedar Rapids Area Convention and Visitors Bureau (CRACVB) is where the experience starts for visitors, residents and organizations. The CRACVB is responsible for attracting new destination events to the community, providing service and support to existing and repeat events, providing comprehensive information to area visitors and helping drive decisions of future visitor product development. Locally the organization encourages community pride and educates the community on the value of visitors, tourism and travel. Tourism resulted in domestic travel spending of $440 million in Linn County in 2011 and employed 5,600 people in Linn County. For more information about the CRACVB visit: www.cedar-rapids.com

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Illinois Approves Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) on Chicago-St. Louis High-Speed Rail Corridor PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Ryan C. Woods   
Friday, 16 November 2012 11:13

Tier 1 EIS Decision Expected in December on Historic Transportation Project

SPRINGFIELD –November 15, 2012. Governor Pat Quinn today announced that the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) and Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) have signed and issued the Tier 1 Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the full build-out of the Chicago-St. Louis high-speed rail corridor. The EIS advances the identification of preferred alternatives, including the Rock Island Corridor as the recommended route between Joliet and Chicago and a Tier 2 project-level evaluation for the Springfield Rail Improvement Project, which recommended a consolidated train route along 10th Street through Springfield. The document will now be available to the public and a potential Record of Decision could be issued at the end of December.

“This historic achievement advances the crucial Chicago-St. Louis high-speed rail project while signifying that all environmental impacts and route alternatives have been analyzed to determine the best option,” Governor Quinn said. “Today’s issuance of the EIS demonstrates Illinois’ steadfast diligence and partnership with the federal government, Senator Dick Durbin, communities along the route, private rail partners and other key supporters to move this project forward as quickly as possible.”

The Tier 1 EIS includes IDOT’s preferred Chicago-Joliet route—the Rock Island Corridor (RIC) instead of the existing route—the Heritage Corridor. The $1 billion estimated cost for upgrading the RIC is $500 million less than for the Heritage, mainly because fewer grade separations would be needed. The EIS also represents significant progress on the next stage of high-speed rail after upgrades to the Dwight-Alton portion of the corridor (expected as early as 2015) and the Dwight-Joliet section (anticipated to be complete in 2017) are finished.

“We are one step closer to the Tenth Street corridor in Springfield,” U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) said.  “Our community-wide efforts and the Springfield meeting we arranged with federal, state and local officials last year put us on the ‘right track’: Tenth Street.”

“I was thrilled to sign this historic document, which represents thousands of hours spent by our staff and contractors researching and using environmental, scientific and engineering evidence along with public input to determine the most logical and effective routes for Chicago-St. Louis high-speed rail passenger service,” Illinois Transportation Secretary Ann L. Schneider said. “Today marks a major milestone in our pursuit to advance the project, and we hope it results with a Record of Decision from the federal government in the next couple of months.”

The Tier 1 EIS focuses on double-tracking the entire line, while the Tier 2 EIS pinpoints two alternatives along the existing 10th Street rail corridor as finalists to carry the high-speed trains through Springfield. A series of statewide public hearings were held by IDOT and the FRA this year to seek comments on the Draft EIS. To view a copy of the EIS online, please visit idothsr.org.

“The approval from IDOT represents a major step forward for the project and indicates we will receive a favorable Record of Decision in December,” Springfield Mayor Mike Houston said.

EIS approval is a process required under the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) for federal projects that might significantly impact the environment. The EIS is required to complete the full build-out of the project, including double-tracking and route improvements between Joliet and Chicago and through the city of Springfield.

“This is welcome news that IDOT and the FRA have approved the final Tier I EIS, which reflects the selection of 10th Street Corridor for high-speed rail through Springfield,” Sangamon County Board Chairman Andy Van Meter said. “We are excited about the opportunities this will bring to our community and wish to thank Senator Durbin, Governor Quinn and Secretary Schneider for their vision and continued support in moving this forward as rapidly as they have.  We look forward to the Record of Decision in December when, with IDOT’s help, we can start the design phase of the project.”

Under the leadership of Governor Quinn, Illinois has received more than $1.4 billion in federal funding to develop high-speed service between Chicago and St. Louis, which is expected to significantly reduce travel times between the two cities and create about 6,200 direct and indirect jobs. The Governor’s Illinois Jobs Now! capital program has contributed $42 million toward construction. The first trains traveling at 110 mph made their successful debut between Dwight and Pontiac during a demonstration run in October.

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Lights, Parade and Magic Will Liven Up Holiday Season in St. Louis PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Donna Andrews   
Friday, 16 November 2012 10:03

ST. LOUIS With several festive and fun events taking prominence on the holiday calendar, the upcoming weeks are going to be a whirlwind of activity in St. Louis.

Lights Will Delight

From 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Friday, Nov. 16, the Macy's Festival of Lights officially kicks off the season at Kiener Plaza in downtown St. Louis. There will be festive performances, fun characters for the kids, the lighting of the huge Christmas tree, downtown lights, a fireworks show and a visit from Santa.

After the lighting of the tree, the fun continues at Macy’s Holiday Open House. Located inside Macy’s Downtown St. Louis, the open house will feature a holiday sing-along with Baker’s Songs for Children, Christmas cookie decorating with Schnucks Bakery, face painters, jugglers, a magician, holiday crafts, giveaways, and, of course, Santa himself!

A Thanksgiving Day Tradition

Celebrating its 28th year, the 2012 Ameren Missouri Thanksgiving Day Parade will step off at 8:45 a.m. on Thursday, November 22 from the corner of Washington Avenue and Fourth Street in downtown St. Louis. The parade will be broadcast live on KMOV-TV Channel 4’s “Great Day St. Louis.”

The annual Ameren Missouri Thanksgiving Day Parade is hosted by Christmas in St. Louis along with presenting sponsor Ameren Missouri. The parade charitable recipients are the Joshua Chamberlain Society www.chamberlainsociety.org and the National Children’s

Cancer Society http://www.thenccs.org/. Honorary grand marshals are Jackie Joyner-Kersee (Olympic champion), Jeffrey P. Bonner (President and CEO of the Saint Louis Zoo) and Adrian E. Bracy (Chief Executive Officer for the YWCA Metro St. Louis).

Magic Time in St. Louis

St. Louis Holiday Magic is a holiday tradition coming to the America’s Center on November 23-25. McDonalds is the presenting sponsor.

Once again, the show will be a popular destination for families in search of shopping and entertainment options such as: hands-on arts and crafts projects; trackless train rides; live music and dance performances; full-scale carnival rides; and photo opportunities with Santa and Snowflake.

Produced by the St. Louis Convention & Visitors Commission, Holiday Magic is a unique shopping and entertainment destination for families throughout the region. For more information, visit www.stlouisholidaymagic.com.

Historic Holiday Kick Off

It will be an historic holiday season as the National Park Service presents a series of festive events starting with two November 23 concerts by the St. Louis Brass Quintet and The Caroling Party.  Other events include The St. Louis Holiday Historic House Tour on November 29, Historic Holiday Noon Concert (every Wednesday, November 28-December 19), the 772 St. Louis Holiday Program December 8, the 1812 St. Louis Holiday Program December 15, the 1862 St. Louis Holiday Program December 22, and the 150th Anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation December 31. All events, except the St. Louis Holiday Historic House Tour, are free. For more information, visit http://www.nps.gov/jeff/planyourvisit/events.htm.

U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree at Dome

In conjunction with the St. Louis Rams vs. New York Jets game, the U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree, en route to Washington, D.C., will be on display outside the Edward Jones Dome from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on November 18. For more information, please visit explorestlouis.com.

Alternative Transportation

With extended hours of operation and additional trains to accommodate holiday events, MetroLink metrostlouis.org is a convenient alternative to driving and allows guests to,avoid the cost of parking and traffic. Metro will continue MetroLink service until the downtown stations are cleared after events.

Media Partners

In addition to KMOV-TV, Christmas in St. Louis events are sponsored by Fresh 102.5, Y98, and KMOX.

About Christmas in St. Louis

Christmas in St. Louis christmasinstlouis.org is a non-profit, all-volunteer organization dedicated to promoting activities that inspire people to show their unique holiday spirit while enhancing the texture and heritage of the St. Louis community.  For more information, follow us on facebook.com/ChristmasInStLouis.

 
Make Missouri Your Holiday-Shopping Destination PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Stephen Foutes   
Friday, 16 November 2012 09:31
Shop Missouri This Holiday Season

Jefferson City, Mo. — Whether you’re looking for unique, hand-made gifts or for big deals and name-brand goods, enjoy your annual holiday shopping trip in Missouri.

During your Missouri shopping getaway, have fun exploring everything from small-town specialty shops to metropolitan locations with abundant options. For information on shopping around Missouri, explore VisitMO.com, which has details on hundreds of retail venues.

For now, here’s a look at our holiday shopping list, broken down into two distinct categories:


About the Missouri Division of Tourism
The Missouri Division of Tourism (MDT) is the official tourism office for the state of Missouri dedicated to marketing Missouri as a premier travel destination. Established in 1967, the Missouri Division of Tourism has worked hard to develop the tourism industry in Missouri to what it is today, an $11.2 billion industry supporting more than 279,000 jobs and generating $627 million in state taxes in Fiscal Year 2011. For every dollar spent on marketing Missouri as a travel destination in FY11, $57.76 was returned in visitor expenditures. For more information on Missouri tourism, go to www.VisitMO.com.

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