The Quad City Youth Symphony Orchestra concludes its 51st season with it's Spring Concert in Centennial Hall on Sunday, April 26, at 3 PM. Tickets can be purchased at the door for $10, with Seniors entering for $6 and students for $3.

Highlighted on the program is music based on Romeo and Juliet by Prokofiev (The Montagues and the Capulets from Romeo and Juliet), Tchaikovsky (Romeo and Juliet Overture-Fantasy), and Leonard Bernstein (West Side Story Selections). Also on the schedule is the second movement of Rimsky-Korsakov's Scheherazade, The Kalendar Prince.

Featured on this final concert of the season is cellist Bridget Pasker performing Dvorak's Concerto in B Minor for Violoncello and Orchestra. Pasker is a senior at Hempstead High School in Dubuque. She began studying cello at the age of 4. She currently studies with Hans Jensen at Northwestern University and performs with the Dubuque Symphony Orchestra, Quad City Youth Symphony Orchestra, and the Hempstead High School Orchestra.

Finally, at the end of the program this year's annual scholarships will be announced. Nearly 30 deserving Youth Orchestra members will be recognized through the distribution of over $15,000 in scholarships.

Rock Island, Illinois - Saint Xavier University will host an information meeting on the Master of Arts in Teaching and Leadership degree program. This degree program is for practicing teachers who want to expand their teaching repertories and improve their students' achievement. The meeting will be held on Tuesday, April 21, from 4:00-5:00 p.m. at the Quad-Cities Graduate Study Center, 639 38th Street, Rock Island, Illinois. All information meeting attendees who enroll for the next term will receive a $100 discount on tuition. Teachers will be advised about group discounts.

Those who cannot attend may receive a packet of information on the program by calling the GradCenter at (309) 794-7376, toll free 888-331-4723 or by email

The Quad-Cities Graduate Study Center, through its member institutions, facilitates access to local graduate degree and certificate programs. Students are able to choose from a diverse selection of over 80 graduate degree programs and certificate programs offered in convenient locations during evening and weekend hours and via the Internet. For more information visit our website at

Rock Island, Illinois - Illinois State University will host an information meeting on the PhD program in Educational Administration. This program is designed for higher education faculty, staff, or agency personnel with master's degrees who are pursuing careers in higher education administration or research. The meeting will be held on Saturday, April 25, from 10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. at the Quad-Cities Graduate Study Center, 639 38th Street, Rock Island, Illinois.

Those who cannot attend may receive a packet of information on the program by calling the GradCenter at (309) 794-7376, toll free 888-331-4723 or by email

The Quad-Cities Graduate Study Center, through its member institutions, facilitates access to local graduate degree and certificate programs. Students are able to choose from a diverse selection of over 80 graduate degree programs and certificate programs offered in convenient locations during evening and weekend hours and via the Internet. For more information visit our website at

Davenport, April 2009 -  Randy & Amy Johnson of Orion, IL know the heartaches and challenges of being parents to a child with a fatal disease firsthand: their son, Dillon, 15 yrs old, suffers from the devastating disease cystic fibrosis.  "Although to look at Dillon, one would see a very normal, active 15 year old, but the reality is that combating the effects of cystic fibrosis and keeping him healthy involves daily medications and time consuming treatments to break up the mucus in his lungs and fight infections as well as enzyme pills to help him digest his food properly." said Johnson.

CF is a genetic disease that affects tens of thousands of children and adults in the United States.  More than ten million Americans are unknowing, symptomless carriers of one copy of the defective CF gene:  It takes two copies of the gene for a child to be born with CF. The defective gene causes the body to produce a faulty protein that leads to abnormally thick, sticky mucus that clogs the lungs and results in life-threatening lung infections and respiratory problems. The mucus also obstructs the pancreas, causing inability in the body to absorb nutrients in food. The median life expectancy has improved from early childhood in the 1950s to the mid-30s today; however, most individuals with CF must battle lung disease for their entire lives.

"When Dillon was diagnosed with CF at 2 1/2 years, I started to campaign on behalf of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation's GREAT STRIDES Walk in 1998.  I had set a goal of $1,500, but ended up raising over $3,000!  I was amazed at how our family and friends supported us then and continue to do so today.  Many people say that fundraising is hard," said Johnson, "but that's not how parents with a child who has a fatal illness see it.  While we're glad that CF research has increased the life expectancy of CF patients to the mid-thirties, that's not good enough for us!"

The GREAT STRIDES Walk raises millions of dollars nationally each year to fund vital cystic fibrosis (CF) research and care programs and is the CF Foundation's largest and fastest-growing event. The Quad Cities Walk will take place on April 25, 2009 at the Scott County Park - Whispering Pines Shelter.  Registration begins at 9 a.m. and the Walk starts at 10 a.m.  In addition to the walk, there will be food and music, kids activities, and a silent auction.

This year, GREAT STRIDES Quad Cities plans to raise over $40,000 at the Walk to fund the cutting-edge research that has the potential for making a profound impact on the lives of children and young adults with the disease.  More than 90 cents of every dollar raised is used to fund CF research and care programs.

"Although the CF Foundation is proud of its achievements in its 50-year history, lives continue to be lost every day to cystic fibrosis.  The need for financial support is more critical than ever, said Claire Scholl, Director of the Iowa Chapter.  "For the first time in the CF Foundation's history, scientific opportunities are coming at a pace that exceeds the ability to fund them. GREAT STRIDES is a community event, and the community is uniting now to keep the funds coming and the momentum of research advances going."

Call the Iowa Chapter at 515-252-1530 for more information, or visit our website at


Public awareness campaign showcases "Worlds connect @ your library®" theme

CHICAGO - The Moline (Ill.) Public Library is the winner of the 2009 Scholastic Library Publishing National Library Week Grant.

The $3,000 grant, sponsored by Scholastic Library Publishing and administered by the American Library Association's (ALA) Public Awareness Committee, is awarded annually for the best public awareness campaign in support of National Library Week (April 12-18, 2009).   This year, libraries were asked to develop a proposal using the 2009 National Library Week theme, "Worlds connect @ your library."

The Moline Public Library's campaign will be a community "kaleidoscope" of library programs to promote National Library Week, as well as the library's entire year of programming and promotions in 2009. Librarians Lisa Powell Williams and Christina Conklin said the library is like a kaleidoscope, having many different shapes, colors and ideas that connect the community.

Each day will focus on a different "kaleidoscope" themed program such as a visit from Skylab, a traveling planetarium provided by the Rock Island County Regional Office of Education for children and families, author appearances by Chris Crutcher and James Loewen organized through the Quad City Arts' Super Author program for teens and educators, and a jazz appreciation program for adults.

Throughout the spring, the library will advertise on some of the city's Metrolink buses. The library will also create a commercial that will be aired on Moline's local ABC-TV affiliate, WQAD, during the program, "Good Morning, Quad Cities" throughout National Library Week. Outreach to area press is also planned for the weeks leading up to National Library Week.

"Moline Public Library has created a unique program built around the energy of National Library Week but that incorporates a sustainable momentum designed to carry the library into the future," said Lisa R. Rice, chair of the National Library Week Subcommittee.

Members of the 2009 National Library Week Subcommittee are: Lisa R. Rice (chair), Bowling Green (Ky.) Public Library; Elliot L. Appelbaum, Lexington (Ky.) Public Library; Gordon Baker, Clayton State University, Morrow, Ga.; Darlene Basone, school library consultant, Maineville, Ohio, Renee DiPilato, Alexandria (Va.) Public Library - Duncan Library; Susan Kowalski, Pine Grove Junior High School, East Syracuse, N.Y.; Amanda Murphy, Warren-Trumbull County (Ohio) Public Library - Liberty Branch; and Tony Tallent, Boulder (Colo.) Public Library.

The Campaign for America's Libraries ( is ALA's public awareness campaign that promotes the value of libraries and librarians.  Thousands of libraries of all types - across the country and around the globe - use the Campaign's @ your library® brand. The Campaign is made possible in part by ALA's Library Champions (, corporations and foundations who advocate the importance of the library in American society

Scholastic Corporation (NASDAQ: SCHL) is the world's largest publisher and distributor of children's books and a leader in educational technology. Scholastic Library Publishing, a division of Scholastic, creates a multitude of products, both in print and online, for the school and public library market under the imprints of Grolier®, Children's Press®, Franklin Watts®, and Grolier OnlineTM.

(Rock Island, Ill.) - Planning a family gathering can be stressful and time consuming. Adding extra meaning to your event may seem downright impossible - until now. Rock Island's Modern Woodmen of America has created's Gatherings with Purpose tool. With a little forethought, any get-together can touch lives beyond the guest list.

"Helping people achieve quality family life and give back to their community is at the core of everything Modern Woodmen does," said Jill Lain Weaver, manager of corporate communications at Modern Woodmen, a fraternal financial services organization. "Our members gather with purpose through local camp (chapter) and youth service club activities across the U.S. Gatherings with Purpose is designed to help people add a touch of goodwill to their own get-togethers."

The trend toward volunteering in the United States has taken off, and more people are taking time out to help. In 2008, approximately 61.8 million Americans (26.4 percent) volunteered through or for an organization, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics of the U.S. Department of Labor. now offers Gatherings with Purpose as a resource to help families add a touch of charity to their festivities.

  Site visitors can also ease the stress of planning a gathering by navigating through tips, ideas and checklists. The site provides recipes, themes, and location and travel advice, as well as family reunion planning steps. With only a few clicks, the site's Quick Planner will compile a complete shopping list of the supplies needed for party recipes and more.

  To further enhance family gatherings, Modern Woodmen invites visitors to register for its monthly Gatherings Giveaway. Register to win one of these great family prizes worth $350: a Sony camcorder, an Apple iPod Classic with docking station, or an outdoor, family prize pack from Coleman® and Omaha Steaks®. Registrants will also receive a monthly electronic newsletter, full of ideas for great gatherings. To be eligible for the Gatherings Giveaway, entrants must be legal residents of the United States and be 18 years or older. is developed and sponsored by Modern Woodmen of America. Founded in 1883, Modern Woodmen touches lives and secures futures. The fraternal benefit society offers financial services and fraternal member benefits to individuals and families throughout the United States.

Annual event adds undergraduate opportunities

Rock Island, IL - The Quad Cities Graduate Study Center (GradCenter) is pleased to announce the 2009 GradCenter Night, to be held on Tuesday, April 14 from 4:00pm to 6:00pm at the i wireless Center. The i wireless Center is located at 1201 River Drive in Moline.

GradCenter Night is an annual event that allows adults with varied work backgrounds to meet with representatives from member institutions to explore ways to acquire new skills, build on existing skills and learn about ways to make a career change. The event is geared toward working adults who are interested in learning about courses, certificates and programs that can build on their existing education and job experience to create new opportunities for career advancement.

"Having a number of institutions in one place makes it possible for Quad Cities residents to jumpstart the development process," notes Marti Clyde, GradCenter Director. "Our students typically have very full lives, and streamlining discovery can help them chart a clear path very quickly."

According to Clyde, this year's event features a first. "We're very pleased to announce that two additional colleges will be represented for the first time," she says. "Black Hawk College and Trinity College of Nursing and Health Sciences have agreed to participate. This allows us to present information for an expanded selection of undergraduate opportunities at a time when we see additional need."

The complete list of participating institutions includes: Drake University, Northern Illinois University, Saint Xavier University, St. Ambrose University, the University of Illinois, the University of Iowa, the University of Northern Iowa, Western Illinois University, Black Hawk College and Trinity College of Nursing and Health Sciences.

GradCenter Night is open to all adults on a walk-in basis. Questions should be directed to GradCenter Director Marti Clyde at (309) 794-7376 or by email at

The Quad-Cities Graduate Study Center (GradCenter) is a publicly-funded academic consortium of 10 universities incorporated in 1969. The GradCenter supports its members in offering graduate degree programs, graduate non-degree courses, and continuing professional education in the Quad Cities.  Courses are offered at the GradCenter located on the Augustana College campus in Rock Island, Illinois as well as Western Illinois University-Quad Cities, St. Ambrose University, the Kahl Educational Center, the Figge Art Museum, the New Ventures Center, and numerous other convenient locations. Programs include an array of 80+ graduate degree programs, certificate programs, and professional update courses designed for students whose work and family responsibilities make full-time study difficult.


FY 2010 Appropriations requests listed on Braley's website

Washington, DC - Rep. Bruce Braley (D-Iowa) today announced funding requests for job-creating projects in Iowa as part of the FY 2010 Appropriations process. All Braley's funding requests are now posted on his website, increasing the transparency of the appropriations process. The requests will be considered by the Appropriations Committee and the House for inclusion in FY 2010 appropriations bills.

"Each one of these projects will help save or create jobs in Iowa and will directly benefit the people I represent," Braley said. "These programs will help build new roads, redevelop blighted areas, educate workers for new jobs, make healthcare more affordable, and boost renewable energy. At this time of economic crisis, these programs will help spur economic development and grow our local economies. That's why I'm fighting to get these projects funding.

"Transparency and accountability are important to the appropriations process. I've supported the most extensive reforms to this process in history since I was elected to Congress, and that's why I'm posting all my funding requests online for Iowans to review."

Braley used two key criteria to determine his requests:

  • Saving or Creating Jobs: Projects will save or create jobs in Iowa, helping to boost the economy and put Iowans back to work.

  • Meeting Critical Needs: Projects are common-sense programs that help a significant number of Iowans meet a critical need.

A list of Braley's earmark requests can be viewed at or by clicking on "FY10 Appropriations Requests" under the "Issues" menu of Braley's website.

A dvd video presentation from the makers of "What the Bleep do We Know?" will reveal water as you've never seen it.  Afterward, presenter Michael Grady, owner of Atlantispa, will demonstrate how to artificially make healthy spring quality water that you can make at home."

7.00 pm on Thursday April 9th. 2009 @ the Independent Scholars' Evenings, 513 16th St, Moline (2nd. Floor). Doors open at 6.30 pm.

The event is free and open to the public. Light refreshments are served.

Please look into our website:

Independent Scholars' Evenings are sponsored by The Institute for Cultural and Healing Traditions, Ltd a 501(c) 3. The Institute began in 1996.

(Cedar Falls) - Savor the flavor of wines from around the world as Iowa Public Radio presents the 24th annual "An Evening in Celebration of Wine & Tulips" in partnership with the Friends of KUNI/KHKE. This year's celebration will take place on Saturday, May 9 from 6 - 8 p.m. at Park Place Event Centre in Cedar Falls.

Wine enthusiasts and discriminating palates alike - from all over Iowa and beyond - have enjoyed this premier wine event. Good wine, good food and good friends, as well as the ambience of classical and jazz music, make this a very popular and enjoyable experience.

More than two hundred domestic and imported wines are expected to be available for sampling during our celebration, including some unique and lesser known wines from our very own vineyards in Iowa. Reds, whites, blushes, dessert and sparkling wines will be well-represented. Wines from the vineyards of California, Washington, Italy, France, Australia, and Spain are also among those expected to be poured. Also available for sampling is a variety of Midwestern cheeses, plus breads and fruits to cleanse the palate.

Limited edition collectible "Wine & Tulips" posters signed by internationally acclaimed Cedar Falls artist Gary Kelley will be on sale at the event. One lucky individual will also walk away with Kelley's original artwork for this year's poster in our "Wine & Tulips" auction. The silent auction is held in conjunction with the event and will offer a wide variety of gift and art items including special wines, wine accessories, and a whole lot more.

Attendance at the event is limited to 800 guests and tickets are available in advance for $35 per person. Tickets are available for purchase by phone at 800-772-2440, ext. 0 and online at Tickets purchased at the event are $45 per person. The ticket price includes an etched souvenir wine glass and a detailed wine guide. Advance tickets are also available at Indulgence (305 Main St.) and Roots Market (2021 Main St.) in Cedar Falls.

Patron support levels for "An Evening in Celebration of Wine & Tulips" are also available for $150 per couple ($75 for single) and include early admission to the event for a "meet the distributors" pre-party, plus special patron door prizes. Call 800-772-2440, ext. 0 to purchase tickets at a patron level.

Financial support is provided by First National Bank (Cedar Falls); EyeCare Associates (Cedar Falls, Waterloo); UBS Financial Services (Waterloo); Flowerama (Cedar Falls, Waterloo); Sandy Benak, State Farm Insurance (Cedar Falls); Wingate Inn (Cedar Falls) and the Friends of KUNI/KHKE.

  • Iowa Public Radio informs, enriches and engages Iowans through radio programming and other media. Iowa Public Radio includes the WOI Radio Group (Iowa State University, Ames), KUNI-KHKE (University of Northern Iowa, Cedar Falls), and KSUI-WSUI (University of Iowa, Iowa City).