The Wapsi River Environmental Education Center will be closed for a controlled deer hunt from Saturday, December 4 thru Wednesday, December 8.  As a result, the Eagle View Eco Center and its displays will be closed on Saturday, December 4.

The Wapsi River Environmental Education Center can be found 6 miles south of Wheatland or 1 mile northwest of Dixon, Iowa by taking County Road Y4E.  Then turn north at 52nd Avenue and follow the signs for about 1 mile.

"I can't think of a better way to get into the Christmas Spirit."  Patrick Stinson, Showboat Artistic Director and star of It's a Wonderful Life continues, "With all the hustle and bustle of Christmas shopping we get lost in looking for deals and making sure our list is completely checked and we forget about the spirit of the holiday season.  It's A Wonderful Life is a fantastic reminder of why we go through the hassle to find the deals and the right gift for our loved ones.  In fact the first gift one should give is the gift of the Christmas spirit by attending our show."

Before It's a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play begins the audience is welcomed in with Bing Crosby and the Andrews Sisters and as the show starts the applause sign flashes and all are transported to a 1940's radio studio complete with a foley artist creating live sound effects and a children's choir proving background music.

A local cast of over 40 performers fill out the ensemble. "Rehearsals have been going great.  We started working on the show the first week of November and since early in the rehearsal process moments have been coming together and it's like I'm on the set with of a 1940's radio studio." says cast member and the show's music director Doug Kutzli.

Tickets for It's A Wonderful Life: The Live Radio Play are available at the Showboat Box Office, hours are Fridays 4- 7 and Saturdays and Sundays from Noon to 4 or by calling (563) 242-6760, and anytime online at  Tickets are $15.00 and season tickets for the 2011 Summer Season are available at a $20 discount until the show closes.

The Showboat is also kicking off its 2011 fundraising drive with this show.  "Tickets only cover about 70 percent of our operating costs.  Being a non-profit organization with the mission to bring quality professional theatre to Clinton we cannot do this without the community's help."  states Stinson.

The Clinton Area Showboat Theatre has been in residence on the City of Clinton Showboat for over 20 years bringing the area tomorrows stars today.  Many of today's Broadway stars have graced the Showboat's stage in the last 20 years including 2000 and 2001 alum Jill Paice (Broadway's Curtains) and the 2003 alum Bryan Lefeber (Cirque's Love).  The Showboat has several sponsorship levels with many great incentives.  "Anyone can sponsor any amount and it will be used wisely to bring great theatre and arts education to the Showboat."  said Stinson.  The Showboat's website has more information about sponsorships, incentives, and even a link to pledge online as well.

Figge tour focuses on works that are popular with children.

Take a break from the hectic holiday season at the Figge Art Museum, where you can enjoy a special family-oriented tour. "Celebrating Family" is offered the first three Sundays in December at 1:30 pm (Dec. 5, 12, 19).  The tour begins in the Family Gallery with Doris Lee's print Thanksgiving, which depicts women preparing Thanksgiving dinner during the Great Depression. Families will then be introduced to colorful and whimsical works in the College Invitational exhibition, and several paintings and sculptures by famous artists Alexander Calder, Marc Chagall, Joan Miró, and Deborah Butterfield. The works were selected for the "Celebrating Family" tour because they are popular with both children and adults.  After the tour, participants can enjoy free hot chocolate.

Thanksgiving is now up in the Family Gallery, so if you can't wait for the tour, bring your family into the Figge today or anytime through the holiday season and enjoy art activities in the gallery with your loved ones!

Tour is free with price of admission.  Admission is $7 for adults, $6 for seniors, and $4 for children. Open Sundays : Noon-5pm.



MOLINE, ILLINOIS - WQPT premieres a brand new public affairs program on November 25th at 6:30 pm. "The Cities" will be a weekly look at issues, events and newsmakers in and around the Quad Cities. The program will be hosted by Jim Mertens. Guests for the first show includes newly elected Illinois State Representative Bobby Shilling and his wife, and 'Mr. Thanksgiving', Bob Vogelbaugh.

"This show has been the pipeline for some time, but first we had to get through the license transfer and move our offices before we could get it on the air," said WQPT General Manager, Rick Best.  "Now that everything is in place, we are very excited to begin production on "The Cities."  The program is being supported in part by a grant from the Victor and Doris Day Foundation.

"The Cities" joins other new local programs on WQPT including "WIU Presents," an hour long performance program provided by Western Illinois University; the second season of "Get Movin'," a children's exercise and healthy living program hosted by Jennifer Neal and "Out and About"  a weekly look at events coming up in the Quad Cities and surrounding areas.

Host Jim Mertens is known in the Quad Cities as the morning anchor for WQAD.   "I think this type of longer format public affairs programming is missing in the Quad Cities.  We hope the audience will help us form the show so we can showcase the important issues... and great community programs... that we either don't realize exist or simply take for granted," said Mertens. "Not to be Pollyanna about it, but each week we hope to discover not only what is happening in the Quad Cities, but what could happen to make it a better place."

"The Cities" will be taped at Fusion Communications in Davenport, Iowa and will air on WQPT Thursdays at 6:30 pm. Starting in mid December WQPT will also repeat the program on Sundays at 5:30 pm.

WQPT is a media service of Western Illinois University, located in Moline, Illinois.

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Peer support is powerful, especially when it comes to your health.   For example, a recent study published in the Annals of Internal Medicine found people with diabetes who managed their symptoms together had better outcomes than doing so on their own.  And for the increasing number of people living with hypertension, diabetes, arthritis and cancer, the combination of skills development and peer support can make a difference in how they cope with their condition and the pain, anxiety and fatigue that often comes with it

Based on the work of Stanford University researcher Kate Lorig, DrPH, Better Choices, Better Health™, (available at is an online workshop that teaches self-management management skills in the context of a virtual group.  Rigorous studies have demonstrated that this program helps individuals decrease their fatigue, exercise more, expand their self-confidence and improve their health.

The National Council on Aging is currently piloting Better Choices, Better Health in Iowa. While the program is valued at approximately $200 per person, it is now provided free of charge to participants, thanks to pilot funding from The Atlantic Philanthropies.

Better Choices, Better Health:  How It Works

Throughout the six-week workshop, individuals interact with peers and trained facilitators - many of whom have a chronic condition themselves. They come together and set their own goals and build action plans to achieve them.  Participants discuss ways to reduce stress, find and use community resources, and learn better ways to talk to their doctor and families about their health.

Available Online and In the Community

Better Choices, Better Health is the online version of Stanford University's internationally recognized Chronic Disease Self Management Program (CDSMP), which takes place in-person in community-based settings.

Iowa also offers the community-based program, called Iowa Healthy Links available at or (617) 624-5440, which is provided through the state Department of Public Health.  Both Iowa Healthy Links and Better Choices, Better Health programs are effective in addressing a wide range of chronic health conditions.

You can view a video of the community-based version of the program here:

I'd like to put you in touch with Jay Greenberg, SVP of Social Enterprise at NCOA, Kate Lorig, founder of CDSMP and director of the Stanford Patient Education Research Center, or a program instructor or participant to further discuss how Better Choices, Better Health and Iowa Healthy Links are impacting the local community.

The Quad City Symphony Orchestra announces open auditions for four principal positions for the 2011-12 season.

Positions open include Principal Flute, Principal Horn, Principal Bassoon, and Principal Oboe. The audition schedule is as follows:

January 8 - Principal flute
January 9 - Principal bassoon (morning) and Principal horn (afternoon)
January 23 - Principal oboe

All interested persons are encouraged to contact Rich Stodd, Director of Operations, for audition information and required excerpts. A current one-page resume and a $50 deposit check payable to "QCSO" will be required. The deadline for submission is December 29, 2010.


Hersong, the Quad Cities Women's Chorus and St. John's Lutheran Church of Rock Island present the 6th Annual Warm Winter Benefit Concert at 6 o'clock in the evening of Saturday, December 4, 2010 at St. John's Lutheran Church, 4501- 7th Ave in Rock Island.. All are invited. Admission is any donation of cash or new blankets to be distributed by Churches United to the Quad City community and theplace2be, a safe haven for our community's youth.

Hersong, the Quad Cities Women's Chorus, strives to promote and develop women's music as a significant expression of the strength, dignity, and sisterhood of all women, as well as social justice, world peace, cultural diversity, the healing of the environment and community outreach. St. John's Lutheran Church is a place for All people. They are very involved with their community and open their doors to all who walk in. Visit their calendar of events at

Theplace2b, provides a safe haven for our community's youth, The numbers of homeless, displaced and near homeless youth have been steadily increasing in the Quad-Cities. Theplace2b offers a variety of support services to these youth, ranging from house options to counseling services to academic support. They have an ongoing need please check their website

For more information or to donate, please contact Brooke Wilson Clemons by email or 309-737-9898.


Amana - Come celebrate the power of love and friendship this holiday season at the Old Creamery Theatre for Young Audiences production of Hans Christian Anderson' s magical tale, The Snow Queen, opening Dec. 4 at 11 a.m. on the Main Stage in Amana.

The Snow Queen tells of a beautiful but evil Queen who casts a spell on innocent and unsuspecting Kai and takes him to her frozen castle, far away. Kai' s friend Gerda refuses to give up on her dear friend and begins the dangerous search for Kai, meeting many interesting characters along the way. Will Gerda ever find the icy palace and if so, will her love be strong enough to break the Snow Queen' s powerful spell to save her friend?

Directed by Sean McCall, the cast of The Snow Queen includes Ryan Gaffney of Manchester, Kamille Zbanek of Ely, Nicholas Hodge of Marion, Carrie Novell of New York and Jackie McCall of Marengo.

Rated Theatre G, The Snow Queen is sponsored by Scheels of Coralville and Alliant Energy Foundation with Mix 96.5 as the show' s media sponsor. Show times are Saturday, Dec. 4, 11 and 18 at 11 a.m. Tickets are $7.50 per person for general admission seating.

Call the box office at 800-35-AMANA or visit the website at for tickets or more information.

The Old Creamery Theatre Company is a not-for-profit professional theatre founded in 1971 in Garrison, Iowa. The company is celebrating 39 years of  bringing live, professional theatre to the people of Iowa and the Midwest. We thank KGAN and Fox 28, our 2010 season media sponsor.

The annual recital performance of The Arc Holiday Choir will be held Sunday, December 5, 2010, at 7 p.m. with a reception immediately following the concert. The performance will take place at First Lutheran Church, 1230-5th Avenue in Moline.  The recital performance is free of charge and open to the public.

The Arc Holiday Choir is directed by Mary Vande Voorde, LSW, graduate of Augustana College and 21-year member of Hersong, the Quad Cities Women's Chorus. Vande Voorde is Director of Developmental Training for The Arc of Rock Island County and supervises the fine arts elements of The Arc's day programming including The Arc Holiday Choir, Music Therapy, the Spring Art Fair, and visiting artists.

Founded in 1952, The Arc of Rock Island County serves more than 325 individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities daily. Day programs are offered in both Moline and Rock Island. The Arc promotes living and working in partnership with the community to support individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families.


Rivermont alums score big on and off the court!  Rivermont Collegiate will host the annual Alumni Basketball Game on Tuesday, November 23rd at 6:30 p.m. in the gym on the Rivermont campus. This special event gives alumni the opportunity to re-connect and reminisce with classmates and faculty while enjoying some friendly basketball competition - often against former teammates!  Alumni Cheerleaders will be performing and Alumni will have the opportunity to meet the current Rivermont Varsity Basketball team and Varsity Cheerleaders.  Rivermont Alum Kevin Ferris (Class of 1980) and former Assistant Headmaster Ken Ferris will be serving as referees for the night!

With a 126 year tradition, our alumni come from St. Katharine's School (affectionately known as St. Kit's), St. Katharine's - St. Mark's School, and now Rivermont Collegiate.  Alumni are a key piece of the Rivermont community and play many critical roles, from returning to teach and coach to serving on the Board of Trustees.  As an independent college-prep school, Rivermont turns traditional education inside out.  Customized learning ensures students nourish personal talents, while taking risks in academics, leadership, athletics, arts, and service.  A traditional curriculum infused with innovative ideas and technology provides a solid foundation, creating alumni who sustain a path of life-long learning and engage fully in their local, national, and global communities.

Alumni who plan to attend should RSVP to Athletic Director Ed Knupp at

This event will take place on the Rivermont campus, located at 1821 Sunset Drive in Bettendorf (directly off 18th Street behind K&K Hardware).