WHAT:   Quad   City   Arts   Gingerbread   Village   Workshop  

DATE:  August 31, 2011   

TIME:  6:30 pm -  8:00 pm    

WHERE: RiverCenter, South 2nd Floor Arkansas/Platte Rooms   136 East 3rd Street   Davenport ,  IA   52801    

R.S.V.P. by Monday, August 29, to Rebecca (309)793-1213 ext. 100 or rgreen@quadcityarts.com


Please join us for the Quad City Arts Festival of Trees Gingerbread Village Workshop on August 31,  6:30 pm  at the RiverCenter. The workshop will feature an informative session about how to create a Gingerbread House or Ginger Art to enter in Festival of Trees. Guests will learn helpful hints, tried and true techniques and tested recipes demonstrated by professional bakers and sugar artists. Attendees will have the chance to win door prizes, and purchase gingerbread goodies. Don't miss out on being part of this year's 26th Celebration. Let your imagination go wild!  It's FREE, so bring a friend! R.S.V.P. by Monday, August 29th to Rebecca at  309.793.1213  ext. 100 or rgreen@quadcityarts.com.  


Quad City Arts is a nonprofit local arts agency dedicated to the growth and vitality of the Quad City region through the presentation, development, and celebration of the arts and humanities. All Quad City Arts programs are partially supported by Festival of Trees, Quad City Arts Partners and operating grants from the Illinois Arts Council (a state agency) and the Iowa Arts Council, a division of the Department of Cultural Affairs.

STORM LAKE, IA (08/15/2011)(readMedia)-- Buena Vista University junior, Austin Baker from Blue Grass, has been selected as a UPS Scholar and recipient of a scholarship through the Iowa College Foundation, an organization which raises funds for its 23 member independent colleges in Iowa.

The Iowa College Foundation, a Foundation of Independent Higher Education (FIHE) affiliated state association, distributed $62,100 in UPA Scholarship funds to its 23 member colleges in Iowa fro the 2011-2012 academic year.  FIHE awared more tne $1.5 million in scholarships from its UPS Educational Endowment Fund to private institutions of higher learning across the nation.  These scholarships are awarded annually to students selected as UPS Scholars.

The UPS Educational Foundation Endowment Fund, which is held and administered by FIHE, was initiated through endowment gifts from the UPS Foundation totaling $4 million and is now valued at $35 million.  Since its inception, this fund has awarded over $46 million in scholarship support to over 15,000 students nationwide.

In announcing this year's scholarships, Ken Sternad, president of The UPS Foundation, said, "A college degree opens the doors to countless opportunities.  UPS takes great pride in our long-standing partnership with FIHE and in our support of thousands of students over the years who have been able to pursue an education from our nation's private colleges."

Baker is majoring in psychology and criminology and criminal justice at BVU.

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WHEN: 8-20-11

TIME: 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.

WHERE: Theo's Java Club, 213 17th St., Rock Island, IL 61201

WHAT: David W. Dorris, a resident of Davenport, IA, will be available to sign copies of his Personal Growth book,  Life Is Too Short: Life Is What We Make It.

Fear not, for in Life Is Too Short: Life Is What We Make It, author David Dorris shows you how to approach life's problems and that making the right choices is easier than you think. Life is like a baseball game where the pitcher is constantly throwing you curveballs. As this is the case, do you want to simply be a spectator, or do you want to get in the game and face life head-on? Although it may sound simple sometimes, life is not an easy game to play. There are many challenges to overcome and many choices you have to make. None of you have a choice as to how you come into the world; however, you do have a choice as to the kind of life you live. Follow David in Life Is Too Short: Life Is What We Make It, and find out for yourself how you too can knock life's curveballs out of the park.

For more information, contact Megan Palmer at 888-361-9473 or mpalmer@tatepublishing.com

Law Expands Options for Schools in Stocking, Administering Epi-Pens

CHICAGO - August 15, 2011. Governor Pat Quinn today signed legislation to increase access to potentially life-saving medicine for children with severe allergies. House Bill 3294, the School Access to Emergency Epinephrine Act, allows schools to stock and utilize epinephrine auto-injectors (often known as 'epi-pens') in the case of life-threatening allergic reactions.

"When a child suffers a severe allergic reaction, every second counts," Governor Quinn said. "With food allergies on the rise, we take action to help children with dangerous allergies. This law allows our schools to be prepared and for school nurses to take the immediate action that could save a child's life."

Sponsored by Rep. Chris Nybo (R-Elmhurst) and Sen. Jeffrey Schoenberg (D-Evanston), the new law allows schools to keep a supply of emergency epinephrine auto-injectors for students. The supply can be used in an emergency if a child forgets their prescribed epi-pen, or when a severe reaction requires a second dose. In addition, the law allows school nurses to administer epi-pens to any child suspected of having an anaphylactic (life-threatening allergic) reaction, regardless of whether the child has been previously diagnosed with an allergy. The law also protects all school personnel from liability when an epi-pen is administered in good faith. It goes into effect immediately. 

A growing percentage of children in the United States are being diagnosed with food allergies. Recent studies suggest that one in 13 children are affected by food allergies. Nearly 40 percent of children with food allergies have a history of severe reaction, and 30 percent are allergic to multiple foods. The most common food allergen is peanuts, followed by milk and shellfish.

Under current law, students with severe allergies may carry their own personally-prescribed epi-pen at school and may allow specific school personnel to administer it in case of emergency. However, before House Bill 3294 was signed into law, schools were prohibited from administering epinephrine auto-injectors to children that had forgotten their epi-pens or to children that had never been diagnosed with a severe allergy. Schools were instead required to dial 911, potentially losing key moments during a life-threatening reaction.

A quarter of anaphylactic reactions amongst children involved individuals that had not been previously diagnosed with a severe allergy. Twenty-five percent of first-time reactions to peanuts or tree nuts among children occurred in a school setting. In instances of epi-pen administrations at schools, 20 percent involved students whose condition was unknown at the time.

"I keep an epi-pen with me because I have severe allergies," Sen. Schoenberg said. "Quite a few children have food allergies, and many have reactions at school if they are unknowingly exposed to an allergen that triggers an attack. Schools should be able to respond quickly and appropriately to increase the child's chance of survival in the case of a serious allergic reaction."

Symptoms of anaphylaxis include difficulty breathing due to swelling and/or spasm in the airways, loss of consciousness, and loss of heartbeat. Anaphylaxis results in the hospitalization of 300,000 children each year. According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, administering an epinephrine auto-injector is the best response to a child having an anaphylactic reaction.


Moline, IL - State Representative Rich Morthland will announce his re-election campaign for the 71st Illinois House District on Thursday, August 18, 2011. A press conference will be held at the Rock Island County Republican headquarters at 11AM.


Rep. Morthland will formally announce at 1:30PM at Self Help Enterprises in Sterling, IL.  Self Help Enterprises provides rehabilitative programs and services that promote advocacy, empowerment, and the development of independent functioning skills of individuals with developmental disabilities.

WHAT:  State Representative Rich Morthland announces re-election bid

WHEN: 11AM and 1:30PM Thursday, August 13, 2011

WHERE: 11AM at Rock Island County Republican Headquarters, 1721-5th Ave, Suite 100, Moline, IL 61265


1:30PM at Self Help Enterprises, 2330 W LeFevre Road, Sterling, IL.



Pointers and flushers welcome in two divisions for September 25th event to "Reload Iowa"

Riverside, Iowa - August 15, 2011- Calling all bird dogs and their owners! Pheasants Forever is hosting a Fall Fun Trail on Sunday, September 25th at Highland Hideaway Hunting in Riverside, Iowa. The trial is open to pointing and flushing breeds, with all proceeds going to Pheasants Forever's Reload Iowa effort to improve wildlife habitat and carry on Iowa's upland hunting tradition.

Pheasants Forever's Fall Fun Trial will include a singles (one hunter and one dog) and doubles (two hunters and one dog) division. In the singles division, hunter and dog will have 15 minutes to score on three quail, and in the doubles division, hunters and dog will have 20 minutes to score on five quail. The event is limited to the first 50 entries, and individuals and teams may enter multiple times. Prizes will be awarded for the first place winner in each division.

"The success of our Spring Fun Trial demonstrated how passionate hunters are about conservation," said Tom Fuller, Pheasants Forever's Regional Representative in eastern Iowa, "There is no other group more involved with hunting and conservation than bird dog owners, so this initiative is a perfect fit for them to be involved with." One hundred percent of proceeds from Pheasants Forever's Fall Fun Trial will go to the Reload Iowa effort, which is Pheasants Forever's aggressive strategy for establishing and improving 1 million acres of wildlife habitat, increasing the number of upland hunters and increasing hunting-related revenue to local communities.

The singles event is $30 per run and the doubles event is $50 per run. Clay shooting (5 stand) will be available between runs for $10. Lunch will also be available. Visit Highland Hideaway Hunting for directions. For more information about Pheasants Forever's Fall Fun Trial, including full rules, contact Tom at (319) 321-9775Email Tom.

Iowa is home to 101 Pheasants Forever chapters, 2 Quail Forever chapters and more than 20,000 Pheasants Forever and Quail Forever members. For more information on "The Habitat Organization" in Iowa, visit Iowa Pheasants Forever.

Pheasants Forever, including its quail conservation division, Quail Forever, is the nation's largest nonprofit organization dedicated to upland habitat conservation. Pheasants Forever and Quail Forever have more than 130,000 members and 700 local chapters across the United States and Canada. Chapters are empowered to determine how 100 percent of their locally raised conservation funds are spent - the only national conservation organization that operates through this truly grassroots structure.


Items include cameo brooch worn in American Gothic

Davenport, Iowa - August 2011 - Now on view at the Figge Art Museum is a selection of treasured artifacts that once belonged to Grant Wood, the artist of one of America's most famous paintings American Gothic (1930). Included in the new display is the "Persephone" cameo broach, worn by his sister who posed for American Gothic, Wood's trademark glasses along with those belonging to his father, Francis Maryville Wood, a copper picture frame made by Grant Wood containing a photo of Wood in his WWI army uniform, the Wood family bible and Wood's paint brushes and palette, easel, and other artifacts from Wood's life.

In addition to the artifacts from the Grant Wood Archive, a recently re-discovered oil sketch by Wood of an Italian village can be viewed in the Regionalist gallery. The painting, on loan from a private collection, was a gift from Wood to John Naughton, then the WPA administrator for the State of Iowa who oversaw several of Wood's mural commissions.  Earlier this year, the Figge's Andrew Wallace received an inquiry from someone who believed that they might be in possession of a Grant Wood painting. After studying a photograph of Grant Wood's Cedar Rapids studio, it was confirmed that the painting was the same as one visible in the studio photograph.  The atypical oil sketch is thought to have been painted during Wood's visit to Italy in 1923-24 and may, in fact, depict a bordello.  This is the first time this painting has been on view to the public.

The Figge's Grant Wood Archives have been a source of study and research by several Grant Wood scholars including R. Tripp Evans, professor of art history at Wheaton College in Massachusetts, whose Grant Wood: A Life, was published last year and is now on sale in the Figge Art Museum store.

Associate Curator, Rima Girnius along with the Collections Department worked diligently to present these artifacts and the rediscovered painting to the public. The artifacts and the painting join several other Wood's paintings, including his only painted self-portrait on view in the Figge's American Regionalist Gallery.

Nan Wood Graham collected her brother's artwork, ephemera and memorabilia for 60 years. In 1964, the Davenport Museum of Art purchased Grant Wood's personal collection of paintings, drawings, artist materials, family photographs, and a complete set of all 19 of Wood's lithographs from Nan Wood Graham. The Figge is also home to 18 scrapbooks and what is believed to be Wood's last sketch, Iowa Landscape. The Grant Wood Collection and Archives are now comprised of 249 objects from her collection.

For more information, contact the Figge Art Museum at 563.326.7804.  The Figge Art Museum is located on the riverfront in Downtown Davenport at 225 West Second Street. Hours are from 10 am to 5 pm, Tuesday through Saturday, Sunday's noon to 5pm and Thursdays 10 am to 9pm.  To contact the museum, please call 563.326.7804, or visit www.figgeartmuseum.org.


DES MOINES, IA (08/14/2011)(readMedia)-- This evening at the Indiana State Fair there was a weather-related tragedy during the Sugarland concert. As a result, the Sugarland/Sara Bareilles show planned for Sunday, August 14 at the Iowa State Fair will not take place as scheduled. There has been no decision if the concert will be rescheduled so ticketholders should retain their tickets.

Most importantly, our hearts and prayers go out to all people involved in the Indiana State Fair concert tragedy.

The Iowa State Fair will continue to release updates about the status of rescheduling the Sugarland show. Please check the Fair's websitewww.iowastatefair.org for important information.

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DES MOINES, IA (08/12/2011)(readMedia)-- The giant pumpkin grown by Dan Carlson and Marc Peterson of Clinton tipped the scales at 1,295 pounds to claim the top spot and a $1,300 prize in the Big Pumpkin Contest judged Friday at the 2011 Iowa State Fair.

Steve Krug of Amana took second place and $750 with a pumpkin weighing in at 1,163 pounds. While growing large pumpkins for over a decade, this was Krug's first State Fair competition.

Don Young of Des Moines captured third place and $550 with a pumpkin weighing 1,024 pounds.

Fourth place and $350 was won by 78-year-old first-time entrant Teresa Beck of Onawa for her 970 pound pumpkin.

Complete results below:

1) Dan Carlson and Marc Peterson, Clinton; 1,295 pounds

2) Steve Krug, Amana; 1,163 pounds

3) Don Young, Des Moines; 1,024 pounds

4) Teresa Beck, Onawa; 970 pounds

5) John Shepherd, Charlotte, 800 pounds

6) Michael Otto, Newtown, Mo., 727 pounds

7) Patrick Beck, Onawa, 716 pounds

8) Martin Schnicker, Mt. Pleasant, 510 pounds

9) Joe Cristoforo, Mt. Pleasant, 375 pounds

10) Doug Smith, Mt. Pleasant, 247 pounds

"Nothing Compares" to the 2011 Iowa State Fair, celebrating 100 years of the Butter Cow August 11-21. The Fairgrounds are located at East 30th and East University Avenue, just 10 minutes east of downtown Des Moines, and are open 7 a.m. to 1 a.m. each day of the Fair. Exhibit hours may vary. For more information, call 800/545-FAIR or visit iowastatefair.org.

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WASHINGTON, August 12 - On Wednesday, August 17th, the President will travel to Illinois, the third day of his three-day economic bus tour in the Midwest.  The President will host town halls in Atkinson and Alpha, Illinois before returning to Washington.  Air Force One will depart from the Air National Guard Base in Peoria, Illinois.  The departure of Air Force One is open to pre-credentialed members of the media, but closed to the public.

While in the Midwest, the President will discuss ways to grow the economy, strengthen the middle class and accelerate hiring in communities and towns across the nation and hear directly from Americans, including small business owners, local families, private sector leaders, rural organizations, and government officials.  The President knows we must do everything we can to promote economic growth, restore confidence in our nation's future and enhance the sense of optimism for future generations.

Members of the media who wish to cover the President's town hall in Atkinson, IL should RSVP HERE by Saturday, August  13, 2011 at 12:00 p.m. EDT / 11:00 a.m. CDT.

Members of the media who wish to cover the President's town hall in Alpha, IL should RSVP HERE by Saturday, August  13, 2011 at 12:00 p.m. EDT / 11:00 a.m. CDT.

Members of the media who wish to cover the Air Force One departure from Air National Guard Base should RSVP HERE by Saturday, August  13, 2011 at 12:00 p.m. EDT / 11:00 a.m. CDT.


Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Town Hall with President Barack Obama in Atkinson, IL

Wyffels Hybrids Inc.

740 East Henry Street

Atkinson, IL 61235


Live Truck Parking: Parking will be directed on site, off of 740 East Henry Street

Media Pre-set Time: 6:30 a.m. - 7:30 a.m. CDT (All media with heavy equipment must pre-set equipment on site). Live trucks MUST cable-in during this time. Media will not have access to their equipment during the security sweeps from 7:30 a.m. - 9:30 a.m. CDT.

USSS Sweep: 7:30 a.m. - 9:30 a.m. CDT

Media Entrance: Media will be directed on site.

Media Access Time: 9:30 a.m. CDT

Final Access Time: 10:30 a.m. CDT

Event Begins: 11:30 a.m. CDT

Cable Run: 300 feet

Throw: 60 feet

Limited workspace and power are available. Wireless Internet is not available.

Contact for planning and logistical purposes (media only): Valerie Tyburski, 202-757-9534


Ticket Distribution Information:

Members of the general public: The event is free and open to the public.  Tickets are required and will be available at the following ticket distribution location beginning at 8:00 AM CDT, on Monday, August 15, 2011.  Tickets will be limited to two per person and will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis.


Wyffels Hybrids Inc

740 East Henry Street

Atkinson, IL 61235


Town Hall with President Barack Obama in Alpha, IL

Country Corner Farm Market

5333 U.S. Highway 150

Alpha, IL 61413


Live Truck Parking: Parking will be directed on site, off of 5333 U.S. Highway 150

Media Pre-set Time: 10:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. CDT (All media with heavy equipment must pre-set equipment on site). Live trucks MUST cable-in during this time. Media will not have access to their equipment during the security sweeps from 11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. CDT.

USSS Sweep: 11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. CDT

Media Entrance: Media will be directed on site.

Media Access Time: 1:30 p.m. CDT

Final Access Time: 2:30 p.m. CDT

Event Begins: 3:30 p.m. CDT

Cable Run: 300 feet

Throw: 45 feet

Limited workspace and power are available. Wireless Internet is not available.

Contact for planning and logistical purposes (media only): Kristina Broadie, Kristina_T_Broadie@who.eop.gov202-503-5551.


Air Force One Departure

Air National Guard Base  
2416 S. Falcon Blvd.
Peoria, IL 61607

The departure of Air Force One is open to pre-credentialed members of the media, but closed to the public.

Media parking: Media will be directed on site. Media must present a valid drivers license upon entry to the base 

Live truck parking: Directed on site  

Media Pre-set: 2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. CDT (All media with heavy equipment must pre-set equipment on site. Live trucks MUST cable-in during this time. Media will not have access to their equipment during the security sweeps from 3:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. CDT)

Sweep: 3:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. CDT
Media Access: 5:00 p.m. CDT 
Final Access: 5:30 p.m. CDT

Cable run: 250 feet 
Throw: 200 feet 

Air Force One Departure: 6:45 p.m. CDT 

Contact for planning and logistical purposes (media only): Valerie Tyburski, 202-757-9534