DAVENPORT, IOWA (August 5, 2009) The German American Heritage Center offers new facility rental space on the fourth floor of the historic building. The room can seat up to 100 persons, and boasts panoramic views of the Mississippi River. The room is housed with a state of the art surround system, screen, and audio-visual equipment. Please contact us at (563) 322-8844 to reserve your space.

FACILITY RENTAL (GENERAL)
$225 FOR UP TO 3 HOURS (NON-MEMBER RATE)
$175 FOR UP TO 3 HOURS (MEMBER RATE)
$100 PER ADDITIONAL HOUR

(Additional charges apply for audio rental equipment, special set up, etc.)

NON-PROFIT RATE
$25 FOR UP TO 2 HOURS
$10 PER ADDITIONAL HOUR
(GENERAL RATES APPLY FOR NONPROFITS THAT WANT TO RENT THE SPACE 6 PM OR LATER)


German American Heritage Center's plans for the future
In October 2009, GAHC will have a re-grand opening where they will debut their newly expanded space to the community. The space will include a new large permanent exhibit, two traveling exhibit spaces, large program facilities, and an improved parking lot. The GAHC will create new programs based on the new permanent exhibit and two new temporary exhibit spaces. This exhibit is highly interactive, audiovisual and intergenerational.

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WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senator Tom Harkin (D-IA) will be traveling across the state this month on the Building Iowa's Future tour. This future of Iowa includes one where all Iowans will have access to affordable, quality health care and preventive care that can reduce chronic disease and rein in high health care costs; a future where Iowa leads the green economy and where our heroes get the benefits they deserve.

Senator Harkin will post daily entries chronicling his trip on his Senate website at http://harkin.senate.gov/.

Details of events from August 8th through August 14th are below.

Saturday, August 8th - Des Moines

2:00pm: Harkin will visit Des Moines Primary Health Care, Inc., 1200 University Ave, Des Moines.

Harkin will visit Des Moines Primary Health Care to discuss progress being made on health reform in Washington and the important role Community Health Centers play in our state.

Sunday, August 9th - Ottumwa

Noon: Harkin will attend the Groundbreaking Ceremony for the new Job Corps Center with Labor Secretary Solis at the Industrial Airport Complex, Ottumwa.

Senator Tom Harkin will join U.S. Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis at a groundbreaking ceremony for the new Job Corps Center in Ottumwa. Harkin worked to secure $25 million in the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, also known as the Recovery Act, for the completion of the Ottumwa Center.

Monday, August 10th - Waterloo, Cedar Rapids, Iowa City

9:15am: Harkin will visit Peoples Community Health Center, 905 Franklin St, Waterloo.

Harkin will visit Peoples Community Health Center to discuss progress being made on health reform in Washington and the important role Community Health Centers play in our state.

11:30am: Harkin will attend the Grand Opening of Linn Community Care Center, 1201 3rd Avenue SE, Cedar Rapids.

Harkin will attend the grand opening of the Linn Community Care Center. Harkin has been an ardent supporter of Iowa's 13 federally-funded Community Health Centers, obtaining funds for the facilities' construction, equipment purchases, and dental expansions through his work on the Labor, HHS, and Education Appropriations Subcommittee.

2:00pm: Harkin will Present Military Medals to Veterans, American Legion Post #17, 3016 Muscatine Ave, Iowa City.

Harkin, who is a Navy veteran, has been a leader in the Senate in calling on the Department of Defense to improve the process for issuing military medals. These medals are being presented to the families of Kenneth Hein, Harlan Henely, Richard Donegan and Clarence Davis. In 1999 Harkin added an amendment to the Defense Authorization bill that directed the Secretary of Defense to eliminate the backlog in decoration requests. Since then, delays in receiving medals have been greatly reduced.

Monday, August 11th - Bettendorf, Davenport

9:00am: Harkin will visit Eastern Iowa Community College's Nursing Program, 500 Belmont Rd, Bettendorf.

Harkin will visit Eastern Iowa Community College's Nursing Program to discuss how the Senate health reform bill will increase the medical workforce with incentives for more doctors and nurses.

2:00pm: Harkin will Present Military Medals to Veterans at the Center for Active Seniors Inc.(CASI), 1035 W. Kimberly Rd, Davenport

Harkin, who is a Navy veteran, has been a leader in the Senate in calling on the Department of Defense to improve the process for issuing military medals. These medals are being presented to John Bohy, as well as the families of Wayne Simmons and Richard Williamson. In 1999 Harkin added an amendment to the Defense Authorization bill which directed the Secretary of Defense to eliminate the backlog in decoration requests. Since then, delays in receiving medals have been greatly reduced.

Wednesday, August 12th - Storm Lake, Ft. Dodge, Story City

10:30am: Harkin will Attend Ribbon Cutting Ceremony for United Community Health Center, 630 Ontario St., Storm Lake.

Harkin will visit United Community Health Center to discuss progress being made on health reform in Washington and the important role Community Health Centers play in our state.

1:30pm: Harkin will visit Ft. Dodge Community Health Center, 126 N. 10th St., Ft. Dodge.

Harkin will visit Ft. Dodge Community Health Center to discuss progress being made on health reform in Washington and the important role Community Health Centers play in our state.

3:30pm: Main Street Tour, 602 Broad St., Story City

Harkin has secured a total of $55,000 in federal funds to revitalize the Story City Herald Building and the Charlson Buildings. Built in 1898, the Charlson Building, initially known as the Swan Building, has stood as a cornerstone at the center of Story City's downtown district for over 100 years. The funds will be used to renovate the commercial and residential spaces, and put an end to the ongoing deterioration of the building, with a new roof, tuck pointing and the addition of a basement floor. To date, Harkin has secured nearly $4 million for the Main Street Iowa program, which preserves the character and vitality of Iowa's small towns by providing communities with the grants to help revitalize their main streets.

4:00pm: Renewable Energy from the Heartland Event, NextEra Energy Resources, I-35 Business Park (exit 124 off I-35), Story City

Harkin will tour this facility and visit with company and local elected officials about their collaborative work on this project. Harkin will use the opportunity to see the major components of a gear box that generates the power produced in the wind turbines around the state. NextEra Energy Resources, the largest wind and solar energy producer in North America, broke ground on the Generation Repair and Service (GRS) facility in April.

Iowa has been a national leader in renewable energy and green collar jobs. The state currently ranks second in wind energy generation with nearly 3,043 megawatts from 2,136 turbines across the state. Iowa also leads the nation in wind generation as percentage of its total power output at 15 percent.

Thursday, August 13th - Des Moines, Mason City

9:00am: Harkin will attend the Iowa State Fair, State Fairgrounds, Des Moines

Harkin will participate in a number of events at the Iowa State Fair, including serving as a guest chef at the Iowa Pork Producers tent on Grand Avenue at 11 A.M.

5:45pm: Main Street Tour, 7 North Federal Ave., Mason City

Harkin will take a walking tour of Mason City and visit the Parker Opera House, Park Inn Hotel and the Lundberg Building. Harkin has been able to secure a total of $110,000 in federal funds to revitalize the Parker Opera House Building and convert the old Lundberg Building into four residential apartments. Each unit of the Lundberg Building will be equipped with energy efficient equipment, using "green" practices wherever possible for long-term sustainability. To date, Harkin has secured nearly $4 million for the Main Street Iowa program, which preserves the character and vitality of Iowa's small towns by providing communities with the grants to help revitalize their main streets.

In addition to the two Main Street stops, Harkin will visit the Park Inn Hotel and City National Bank site. Harkin secured $393,760 for the rehabilitation of the building, which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and is next to the Park Inn Hotel, the only remaining hotel in America designed by Frank Lloyd Wright.

Friday, August 14th - Mason City

9:00am: Harkin will visit North Iowa Area Community College, 500 College Dr., 104 H McAllister Hall, Mason City.

Harkin will visit North Iowa Area Community College's Nursing Program to discuss how the Senate health reform bill will increase the medical workforce with incentives for more doctors and nurses.

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Rock Island, IL - The Quad Cities GradCenter is pleased to announce the launching of their new website, including a version specially formatted for Internet-enabled cell phones or smart devices. The new mobile site went "live" as part of a complete GradCenter Website redesign. The new site includes features that make it easy for users to access course information, including class schedules, a comprehensive listing of available degrees and certificates, as well as links to and information about member institutions.

"To our knowledge, we are among the first organizations of our kind to provide a seamless website format for mobile users," says GradCenter Director Marti Clyde. "We're excited to be able to share detailed course and schedule information in a way that is so accessible. We think that making interaction so easy is a definite plus for both prospective and current students as well as member institutions."

To access the site, mobile device users simply enter the existing GradCenter address, www.gradcenter.org. The website version formatted specifically for mobile device browsers will appear automatically.

The Quad-Cities Graduate Study Center (GradCenter) is a publicly funded academic consortium of 10 colleges and universities. The GradCenter facilitates graduate degree programs, graduate non-degree courses, and continuing professional education comparable to on-campus programs and courses for the Quad-Cities area. The GradCenter was incorporated in 1969 as a not-for-profit organization and has had the continued support of the Board of Regents-State of Iowa, the Illinois Board of Higher Education, and the Quad-Cities community. Member institutions include Drake University, Illinois State University, Iowa State University, Northern Illinois University, Saint Xavier University, Ambrose University, the University of Illinois, the University of Iowa, the University of Northern Iowa, and Western Illinois University.

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DAVENPORT, IOWA (August 4, 2009) The German American Heritage Center announces upcoming German classes and festivities for August and September.

Sing-A-Long
A free Summer-Sing-A-Long featuring Stan Muller, an Iowa Accordionist Hall of Fame recipient and traditional German Songs this Sunday, August 9 at the German American Heritage Center. Visitors will learn and sing traditional German songs led by conductor by Henry Storjohann. Stan Muller, an Iowa Accordionist Hall of Fame recipient, will also play along with his accordion. Song sheets will be provided. Visit www.gahc.org or call (563) 322-8844 for more information.

INTERACTIVE: Listen to audio clip samples of some of the songs:
Du, du liegst mir im Herzen ("You, you are in my heart"): http://www.stceliascorner.com/herzen.mid
Ach, du lieber Augustin ("O, my dear friend Augustin"): http://www.stceliascorner.com/augustin.mid

German language classes for beginners
Registration is now being accepted for the fall Beginning German Language Class.  The classes are held every Tuesday from September 1 through November 17, 2009 at 7:00 - 8:00 p.m. at the German American Heritage Center. The class is $75 for member and $90 for nonmembers. A manual must be also purchased for $20.

Advanced Genealogy Classes
Registration is now being accepted for the fall Advanced Genealogy Classes.  The class teaches participants about research tools and resources available to for researching their family histories. The class is designed for all heritage backgrounds, and are held every Wednesday from August 26 through October 7 - 6:30 p.m at the German American Heritage Center. The class is $50 for members and $60 for nonmembers.

German American Heritage Center's plans for the future
In October 2009, GAHC will have a re-grand opening where they will debut their newly expanded space to the community. The space will include a new large permanent exhibit, two traveling exhibit spaces, large program facilities, and an improved parking lot. The GAHC will create new programs based on the new permanent exhibit and two new temporary exhibit spaces. This exhibit is highly interactive, audiovisual and intergenerational.

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Des Moines, IA., July, 30, 2009 - Today, the Iowa College Student Aid Commission (Iowa College Aid) released a list of 69 top-ranked Iowa students who were named Robert C. Byrd Scholars. Thomas Harris, high school graduate from Davenport Assumption High School and Austin Laugen, high school graduate from Davenport Central High School in Davenport, Iowa were selected for this prestigious scholarship from among 191 applicants statewide. A comprehensive list of the 2009-2010 Byrd Scholar recipients is available from Iowa College Aid's website at:

http://www.iowacollegeaid.gov/commissioncentral/schgrants/byrdscholars.html.

The Byrd Scholar program rewards students who demonstrate the highest levels of academic achievement and leadership. Each recipient will receive a $1,500 college scholarship for the 2009-2010 academic year. The award is renewable for up to four years, based on federal funding and the student's continued academic performance.

"The Robert C. Byrd Honors Scholarship is one of the most prestigious awards given to college-bound students," said Karen Misjak, executive director of the Iowa College Student Aid Commission. "These are exceptional students who met high standards in education and leadership and all Iowans can be proud of their accomplishments."

In addition to other outstanding credentials, the 2009-2010 Byrd Scholars rank within the top 2% of their graduating class, have an average GPA of 3.99 (based on a 4.0scale) and average 33 on the ACT exam and 2190 on the SAT exam.

About the Robert C. Byrd Scholarship

The Robert C. Byrd Honors Scholarship is a federally-funded program. The Iowa Department of Education is designated to ensure qualified Iowa students receive the scholastic awards and collaborates with the Iowa College Student Aid Commission (Commission) for administration assistance. The Commission's working relationship with high school guidance counselors, as well as college and university administrators, provide a supportive framework for the annual Byrd Scholarship competition. Scholars compete for the top honors by submitting applications that support superior academic credentials, leadership qualities, and service records. To apply, an Iowa high school senior must be in the top 10 percent of his or her graduation class, obtain a minimum score of 28 on the ACT or 1860 on the SAT exam, earn a minimum grade point average of 3.5 (on a 4.0 scale), an must have taken rigorous coursework outlined in the application. Applications are reviewed, and scholars selected, by a panel of academic officials.

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About the Iowa College Student Aid Commission

As the state's designated guaranty agency for the Family Federal Education Loan Program (FFELP), Iowa College Aid guarantees more than $696 million annually in student loans from private lenders to support over 77,000 Iowa students and parents.. In addition, Iowa College Aid administers state scholarship, grant, and loan forgiveness programs totaling over $69.5 million, provides borrowers with assistance to avoid the serious consequences of default, conducts research and distributes higher education data, and offers Iowans assistance in obtaining student financial aid and college-related information. More information is available at www.IowaCollegeAid.gov.



Des Moines, IA., August 3, 2009 - Today, the Iowa College Student Aid Commission (Iowa College Aid) announced the launch of a statewide community web portal that will help students transition through middle school, high school, college and beyond, as well as provide tools for adults seeking education and employment opportunities.

The statewide community portal, www.IHaveaPlanIowa.gov, encompasses career planning features previously offered by Iowa College Aid, along with expanded career and college planning tools and resources; national, state and local scholarships; free access to ACT, SAT and GRE test preparation tools; as well as Iowa employment opportunities.

"The primary objective of the statewide community portal is to provide a streamlined solution for Iowans in every stage of their lives," stated Karen Misjak, Executive Director of the Iowa College Student Aid Commission. "We know that many Iowa families have recently been impacted by layoffs and job loss. Everyone from college-bound students and parents to dislocated workers seeking new skills, employment or education opportunities now have free access to services that will help them plan for their futures."

Free test preparation for the ACT, SAT, and GRE standardized college admissions tests is just one of the new tools available to Iowans at www.IHaveaPlanIowa.gov. "We believe all Iowans should have the same opportunities to prepare for college entrance exams," said Misjak. "Iowa families can potentially save over $1.5 million if every Iowa high school junior and senior takes advantage of the free test preparation at www.IHaveaPlanIowa.gov. It is important that all Iowans have a plan to accomplish their college and employment goals. The State of Iowa is committed to providing tools and resources needed to make that a reality."

Future enhancements to the statewide community portal include :
• One common online application for all state-administered financial aid programs.
• Access to the Iowa Department of Education e-transcript process for Iowa students.
• Convenient online college admission applications to Iowa colleges and universities.
• Ability to connect users to current business and industry openings in Iowa.
• Expanded access to services offered by other state agencies.

Middle school students will be able explore their interests and develop a six-year education course plan. High school and college students, as well as adults looking to return to college, will be able to research colleges, prepare for standardized tests, search for scholarships, apply for state aid programs, access their high school transcripts electronically, and ultimately apply for college admission.  Iowans looking for a career change, or in need of additional skills to reenter the workforce, will be able to match their interests and abilities to career options and search for employment opportunities in Iowa. "The possibilities for future additions and enhancements are virtually endless," explained Misjak.
Iowa College Aid has partnered with the Iowa Department of Education, Iowa Workforce Development, along with other state partners to determine if additional state services can be incorporated into the statewide community web portal in the future.  Stop by Iowa College Aid's booth in the Varied Industries Building at the Iowa State Fair from August 13 - 23, 2009, visit www.IowaCollegeAid.gov , or call the Iowa College Aid Information Service Center at 1-877-272-4456 for more information about the statewide community portal, as well as other products and services offered by Iowa College Aid.

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About the Iowa College Student Aid Commission
As the state's designated guaranty agency for the Family Federal Education Loan Program (FFELP), Iowa College Aid guarantees more than $696 million annually in student loans from private lenders to support over 77,000 Iowa students and parents..  In addition, Iowa College Aid administers state scholarship, grant, and loan forgiveness programs totaling over $69.5 million, provides borrowers with assistance to avoid the serious consequences of default, conducts research and distributes higher education data, and offers Iowans assistance in obtaining student financial aid and college-related information. More information is available at www.IowaCollegeAid.gov.

The Quad City Sports Center is excited to announce that it will be hosting the 2009 Central States Hockey League Junior Showcase December 18-21st. The last time the showcase was held here was in 2007. The showcase brings in 13 teams from across the Midwest, including teams from Missouri, Illinois, Iowa, Ohio, Pennsylvania & Michigan. The four day tournament has a projected economic impact of $600,000 on the Quad Cities. Attendee's include fans, parents, and scouts for Midwest colleges and higher level leagues. This is not the only time these teams will be in the Quad Cities. They will return at varying times over the regular season to face off with the Jr. Flames. Games times will be released this fall as a final schedule is put together. Be sure to come down and support the Jr. Flames on their home ice during this tournament.

The Quad Cities Convention & Visitors Bureau assisted in providing funding through the Iowa Regional Sports Authority grant to win this event for the Quad Cities.

For more information please contact the Quad City Sports at 563-322-5220.

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Moline, IL -New Kingdom Trailriders will kick off a summer fundraising Sell-abration event August 3 -17, 2009.  This fundraiser will consist of selling food and gift items through riders and families as well as an online website in conjunction with Century Resources, a well-know student fundraising company.

"Horses are the backbone of our therapy program," says Barbara Clauson, Executive Director.  "It takes 8-10 horses of various size and temperament to complete the herd.  Feeding and caring for these important players on our team is costly, especially as we deal with health issues related to old age," she added.  "We want to make sure that our horses have the best care as they take such good care of our riders.  This fundraiser will help with the care and feed of the herd over the winter."

To make a purchase through this fundraising event, visit www.centuryresources.com, click on the SHOP NOW button, enter 35201 (NKT's I.D.) and start shopping.  "You can pay for your order and it will be shipped directly to you.  It is that easy, there are some great gift ideas for early Christmas shopping," says Christina Chom, Director of Development.

New Kingdom Trailriders is celebrating its 25th year of offering therapeutic horseback riding to specially challenged individuals in the Quad Cities and its surrounding communities.  The organization is operated mainly by volunteers and holds riding sessions from April - October.   Through riding sessions, riders experience physical, mental and social development.  With the help of some 150+ volunteers each year, the non-profit organization is able to keep its operational costs down.  NKT is supported primarily through donations and local grants, along with fundraisers like an Annual Banquet and Summer Sell-abration.  You can make a donation online at www.NKTriders.org and click on "Just Give".

For additional information on NKT, contact Barb Clauson or email info@nktriders.org. Maps/directions to Schone's Friendship Farm, home of New Kingdom Trailriders riding sessions, are available on their website at www.nktriders.org.

ABOUT New Kingdom Trailriders - A NARHA accredited 501c3 organization offering therapeutic horseback riding to specially challenged individuals of all ages in and around the Quad Cities. The program is open to any person with a disabling condition such as Down's syndrome, Cerebral Palsy, Spina Bifida, autism, visual and hearing impairments, learning disabilities and other, whose doctor has determined horseback riding would be beneficial therapy.

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Living Lands & Waters (LL&W) will host its annual Barge Party at the Lake Davenport Sailing Club on River Drive and Oneida Avenue in Davenport on Thursday, August 13 from 5:30pm until 9:00pm.  Chad Pregracke and his LL&W staff and crew are celebrating twelve years of river cleanups, environmental education workshops, river forest restoration projects, engaging communities in river stewardship.  During these twelve years, Chad has been the recipient of many awards including the Jefferson Award, American Institute for Public Service; Heroes of Conservation Nomination, Field & Stream Magazine and The Alumni Award and Dedication of the Pregracke Center at Heartland Community College in Normal, Illinois.

Attendees will enjoy a true river feast with a fish fry and shrimp boil next to the Mighty Mississippi River.  The LL&W crew will give tours of the house and garbage barges.  There will also be a silent art auction, live music and a few words from Chad and his crew to update you on their progress.  "This event allows us to thank the Quad Cities for all they do to help us continue to make the rivers a cleaner place.  It all makes a difference and everyone should be rewarded," says Chad, founder and president of LL&W.  Tickets for the event are $35 per person.  Reservations can be made by calling the LL&W office at (309) 496-9848 or going to their website at www.livinglandsandwaters.org.

Chad Pregracke started Living Lands & Waters in 1998 as a not-for-profit organization dedicated to the beautification and restoration of America's major rivers and to the education of people about environmental issues.  From its single boat beginning, LL&W has grown to an internationally known organization with a fleet of barges and work-boats, engaging thousands of volunteers each year in river cleanups, hands-on environmental education workshops, Adopt-a-River-Mile programs and now the MillionTrees project.  "This thank you and fundraiser is a perfect example of how much momentum and teamwork has helped this project progress.  We have supporters flying in from all over the country to celebrate what we have accomplished so far," says Chad.

For more information, please contact Natalie Linville-Mass at Media Link, Inc., (309) 785-5142 or natalie@medialinkinc.com.

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First Lutheran Church's 2nd Annual Blessings on the Block will take place on Sunday, August 9th from 4 - 7 PM at 615 13th Street, Erie IL. Music by Southern Grace, The Randy McKay Band and other performers. Bring your lawn chairs & blankets and enjoy evening of Christian entertainment. Free games, crafts & face painting for children (and prizes). Free snacks & beverages. In case of rain, event at EHS Annex, 6th Avenue & 6th Street, Erie.

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