AMES, Iowa--Besides providing a summer getaway and fun for youth, the Iowa 4-H Center offers leadership experience opportunities
through counselor-in-training camps and a new Leadership Camp for 15-year-olds.

Leadership Camp is a weeklong camp that provides hands-on training, observation and practice. The camp is designed for 15-year-
olds to gain leadership skills, learn about safety and youth development strategies and camp traditions and operations. Visit the Iowa
4-H Center website to download a brochure and registration form.

The CIT Training Camp, for ages 16-18, is required for teens wanting to participate in counselor-in-training fieldwork. Full-time
professional staff and college-age summer staff lead this program to help participants learn how to supervise, handle behavior and
homesickness and how to lead activities and work as a team.

"I think that the CIT program is a great opportunity for high school students to gain quality leadership skills and have more
responsibilities," said Annie McGuire,a senior at Iowa State University and an Iowa 4-H Center camp counselor. "The program
allows them to lead activities and songs while learning what it is like to be a counselor."

All counselors-in-training must attend one of the following $35 training camp sessions:

May 14 from 1 p.m. to May 15 at 11 a.m.
May 21 from 1 p.m. to May 22 at 11 a.m.
June 9 from 4 p.m. to June 10 at 2 p.m.

The weeklong Counselor-In-Training Fieldwork camps are divided into two levels. CIT 1: Level 1 Fieldwork provides experience
working with 6- to 10-year-old campers. CIT 2: Level 2 Fieldwork provides experience working with 7- to 13-year-olds.

CIT 1: Level 1 Fieldwork participants are required to be 16 years old by June 1, 2011 and must attend a CIT Training Camp session in

CIT 2: Level 2 Fieldwork participants are required to be 17 years old by June 1, 2011 and also must attend a CIT Training Camp
session in 2011.

"My experience working with the CITs has been great because they are so eager to learn and are great role models for the campers, as
well as great help," McGuire said. "They typically have been coming to camp for years and are excited to have a different experience
at camp by seeing more of what it would be like to be a counselor."

To view which weeks offer the Leadership Camp and the CIT 1 and CIT 2 camps, visit the Iowa 4-H Center website to download
the Camp Registration Form. More information about the leadership program and the other summer camps at the Iowa 4-H Center is
available in the 2011 Camp Brochure.

The Iowa 4-H Center is an outdoor learning environment of 1,100 acres located in Boone County just 45 minutes north of Des
Moines. An American Camp Association accredited camp since 1954, the Iowa 4-H Center staff follows the 4-H model of "learning
by doing" and draws on the knowledge base of Iowa State University.


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Visits State Emergency Operations Center

SPRINGFIELD - April 26, 2011. Governor Pat Quinn today activated the Illinois National Guard to support flood-fighting and life safety missions in southern Illinois.  The initial activation includes up to 125 Guardsmen who are deploying to Marion to assist the Illinois Emergency Management Agency (IEMA) with emergency response planning.  Additional troops may be activated if needed.

"The Illinois National Guard is a valuable asset to the state during disasters," said Governor Quinn.  "During the February snow storm, the men and women of the Guard helped save many lives and I am very grateful for their assistance during the flooding."

"The Illinois National Guard fully supports Governor Quinn's activation of our Guardsmen for flood relief," said Maj. Gen. William Enyart, Illinois National Guard Adjutant General. "These Guardsmen are fully trained and motivated to assist in this mission to ensure Illinois citizens are safe from harm's way. As always, we stand ready to answer the call for additional support if needed."

Governor Quinn has received frequent updates on the situation from IEMA Director Jonathon Monken and today visited the State Emergency Operations Center (SEOC) in Springfield where he was briefed on the current flood outlook and the state's assistance efforts.  Representatives from more than a dozen agencies and organizations are working in the SEOC to assure a coordinated response of state assets and personnel to communities affected by flooding.

Also attending the SEOC briefing today were state Reps. Brandon Phelps (D-Harrisburg), Dan Reitz (D-Steeleville) and Mike Bost (R-Murphysboro).

Governor Quinn on Monday issued a disaster proclamation to ensure state resources are readily available to support local governments affected by a series of severe storms that have affected southern Illinois during the past two weeks.

State assistance provided to southern Illinois communities includes more than 210,000 sandbags, 89 rolls of plastic, two inmate crews from the Illinois Department of Corrections, several barricades and generators.  In addition, inmates at four Illinois Department of Corrections facilities filled more than 6,000 sandbags that were transported to communities by trucks from the Illinois Department of Natural Resources and the Illinois Department of Transportation.

On Tuesday, IEMA deployed the agency's Unified Area Command vehicle to Marion, which will enable representatives from several state and local agencies to work together on a coordinated response.

Earlier this spring, IEMA pre-positioned 325,000 sandbags and 200 rolls of plastic at an IDOT facility in Carbondale to facilitate quick deployment if floods threatened.

More information about the state's flood response and flood safety is available on the Ready Illinois website at


For the fifth year, Davenport Parks and Recreation and B100 Radio will sponsor Family Fest on Saturday, May 14th from noon to 3pm, at the River's Edge, 700 W River Dr, in Davenport. The event is free!

Family Fest is an exciting event for family members of all ages designed to get families out and in motion. Families will enjoy games, entertainment, crafts, and a variety of group activities on the indoor turf at the River's Edge. Davenport Parks and Recreation instructors and camp counselors will be at the event to offer a sampling of other summer Parks offerings, and will be available to answer any questions about other Parks programs.

After Family Fest, participants are invited to grab their bikes and join the Parks Director for a "Ride with the Director" bike tour along the riverfront trail to hear about parks projects and other upcoming projects that will be completed this season. Helmets are required.

Family Fest is a free family event kicking off Quad City in Motion Week. Quad Cities in Motion Week is a week of activities, May 14-21 to challenge all adults to get active. Everyone is encouraged to walk, bike or bus to work each day during the week. Free bike and bus transportation will be available all week on Transit, CitiBus and Metro. For more information about Quad City in Motion Week, visit

Amana - To accommodate its growing fan base, The Old Creamery Theatre for Young Audiences will add a performance of Charlotte's Web on Saturday, May 14 at 1 p.m. The show was originally scheduled to end May 7.

A true favorite for so many, Charlotte's Web by E.B. White was dramatized for the stage by Joseph Robinette and is directed by Sean McCall of Marengo. The cast consists of Laura Ambrose of Coon Rapids, Minn.; T.J. Besler of Manchester; Nicholas Hodge of South Amana; Jackie McCall of Marengo; Amber Snyder of Memphis, Tenn.; Ian Zahren of South Amana; and Kamille Zbanek of Ely, IA.

McCall said he doesn't want to turn anyone away who would like to see the show. "There are many things to consider when we think about adding a performance," he said. "But, our audience has spoken loudly with two sold out show, one on opening day. They want to see this show and that is why we are providing them with another opportunity to do that."

Seats are still available for May 7 and May 14 but going fast. Tickets are $8 per person and all seating is reserved.

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

The Old Creamery Theatre Company is a not-for-profit professional theatre founded in 1971 in Garrison, Iowa. The company is celebrating 40 years of bringing live, professional theatre to the people of Iowa and the Midwest. We thank KGAN and Fox 28, our 2011 season media sponsor.

Senator Grassley's Votes in 111th Congress Show His Support for Economic Growth and Job Creation

WASHINGTON, D.C., April 27, 2011 - U.S. Senator Chuck Grassley (R-IA) received the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) Award for Manufacturing Legislative Excellence today in recognition of his consistent support of manufacturers and their employees across the United States. The Award was presented at an event sponsored by NAM member Vermeer Corporation at its facility in Pella, Iowa.

Members of Congress who maintained a voting record of 70 percent or higher during the 111th Congress (2009-2010) received the Award. Senator Grassley received a 77-percent key vote rating.

"On behalf of Vermeer Corporation and our employees, I thank Senator Grassley for championing the causes that will help manufacturers thrive in Iowa and across the United States," said Vermeer President and CEO Mary Andringa. "We're fortunate to have Senator Grassley supporting the efforts of Iowa manufacturers, advocating policies that will enable us to grow, create jobs, expand internationally and stay ahead of our global competition."

"Senator Grassley supports common-sense policies that will enable manufacturers to create and maintain good high-paying jobs in Iowa and throughout America," said NAM President and CEO Jay Timmons.  "A vibrant manufacturing base is vital to getting our economy turned around and ensuring quality of life for all Americans. It is critical to have lawmakers like Senator Grassley whose actions consistently match their words when it comes to a pro-manufacturing agenda for economic growth and job creation."

Each key vote was selected by an NAM member-led advisory committee comprised of executives from small, mid-sized and large manufacturing companies. Members of Congress are notified in advance when key votes are pending and why the key vote designation has been made.

Key manufacturing votes for the 111th Congress included energy policy, taxes, regulations and labor law reform, among others. These policies are important components of the NAM's "Manufacturing Strategy for Jobs and a Competitive America," a comprehensive plan for supporting jobs and the U.S. economy. You can view the Strategy at

"The Award is a non-partisan indicator to help manufacturers and their employees sort out the true allies of manufacturing based on their votes on key issues that affect the manufacturing economy, jobs and U.S. competitiveness," Timmons noted.

Voting records for all members of Congress are available at along with further details about NAM Key Manufacturing Votes.

The National Association of Manufacturers is the largest manufacturing association in the United States, representing manufacturers in every industrial sector and in all 50 states.  Manufacturing has a presence in every single congressional district providing good, high-paying jobs.  For more information about the Manufacturers or to follow us on Shopfloor, Twitter and Facebook, please visit


Tom Weigand and Annette Zapolis Introduce True Coffee at Cool Beanz 

Rock Island, Ill. (April, 27 2011) - Rock Island native, Augustana College graduate (1985) and Trustee Tom Weigand has again brought one of his entrepreneurial ventures to the Quad Cities.  Three years ago the Noodles & Company co-founder opened a restaurant in Davenport, Iowa and this time Weigand is working with fellow Augustana graduate Annette Zapolis (2009), owner and manager of Rock Island's Cool Beanz, to sell True Coffee, from his premium artisan coffee company launched in Madison, Wis. in 2010.  Weigand and four partners founded True Coffee Roasters with a commitment to roasting coffees from the great coffee-producing regions of the world using a small-batch roasting process that ensures premium flavor.  According to Weigand "Once we got up and running, I wanted to make our coffees available in the Quad Cities and preferably near Augustana because of all the requests from family and friends!"  He continued, "I learned about Annette's wonderful coffeehouse near Augustana and it was the perfect fit."

As a student at Augustana, Zapolis also began to study coffee, espresso, restaurant management and the needs of the community.   After finding the right location, applying a year of research and fixing up a 100-year-old building, Zapolis opened Cool Beanz in August 2009.  The goal of Cool Beanz coffeehouse is to provide a comfortable environment for the Quad Cities community, as well as a place for Augustana and Blackhawk College students to study, relax, interact and enjoy high quality products in a warm atmosphere.  On any day, guests include families spending time together by the three sided fireplace, students diligently working in books and laptops and couples and friends enjoying gourmet sandwiches, salads and beverages. On weekends, local talent graces the Cool Beanz stage for toe-tapping entertainment. Entertainment schedule, events and more can be found at

In addition to small batch roasting, True Coffee practices many sustainable initiatives such as purchasing predominantly Fair Trade and Organic coffees.  According to Weigand, "These coffees come at a higher cost, but we know we are making a difference in coffee-producing communities throughout the world and in return our customers get a really well-grown coffee."  To take sustainability one step further, True Coffee has launched a unique Can Refill program for customers who purchase coffee beans to use at home or office.  Rather than selling the coffees solely using the industry-standard disposable bag, which is likely to end up in a landfill, True Coffee offers a 12-ounce, refillable can made from tin, which is the most recycled material in U.S.  When guests return to refill their can, they receive 20% discount on their coffee purchase, each and every refill.  "We wanted a program that allowed customers the ability to purchase the freshest coffee, promote sustainability by using a refillable can and reward them with a 20% discount for doing so," said Weigand.  The program is rapidly expanding in coffee shops where True Coffee is sold throughout the Midwest, and the same program is now available at Cool Beanz.  Find out more about True Coffee Roasters at or follow us on Facebook or Twitter.


April 27, 2011

Washington, DC - Today, Congressman Bruce Braley (IA-01) released the following statement after officials reported that an Iowa National Guard soldier fromDubuque was injured by accidental gunfire in Afghanistan:

"My thoughts and prayers go out to Cody and his family - and I know we're all pulling for him as he begins his recovery at Fort Sam Houston in Texas. This has been an incredibly difficult month for all Iowans and the entire National Guard family. My heart is with all these brave young men and women and their loved ones."

Three Iowans have been killed this month in Afghanistan.

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Purchase the Finest in Plants and Support Vander Veer

The Friends of Vander Veer annual Spring Plant Sale is coming up soon. This year's sale takes place the weekend of April 30th and May 1st with the following schedule:

Friday, April 29th

3:30-7:30 p.m.

Friends Members-Only Preview Sale

Become a Member and get first pick of the outstanding plant selection

Saturday, April 30th

10:00 a.m.-3:30 p.m.

Sale is Open to the Public

Sunday, May 1st

1:00-3:30 p.m.

Sale is Open to the Public

Enjoy the 2011 Potting Party!

Take part in Davenport's largest potting party! Drop in for a 15-minute class; the cost to attend is $5.00. Participants will learn planting secrets, while receiving help from experts in choosing their plants. Please furnish your own pot and soil-less potting mix. Soil will be for sale for a nominal fee.

Call 563-940-8809 for more information! The Friends of Vander Veer is a non-profit organization that supports beauty, education, and restoration at Vander Veer Botanical Park. Proceeds from this sale support the Park.



Ask the Doctor about updates on Lymphoma Treatment Options

Presented by:

Brian K. Link, M.D.

Department of Internal Medicine

The University of Iowa

200 Hawkins Drive

Iowa City, Iowa


Program Overview

  • Lymphoma Overview

  • Treatment Options

  • Research Updates

  • Question and Answer Session


Dinner will be provided for all registered attendees.


Date and Time:

Thursday, May 5, 2011

Networking: 6:00 p.m.

Program: 6:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.



Gilda's Club Quad Cities

1234 East River Drive

Davenport, Iowa 52803


Additional Information:

This program is offered free-of-charge to lymphoma patients, survivors and their loved ones; however, pre-registration is required. To register call (800) 500-9976 or (563) 326-7504. Sponsored by the Lymphoma Research Foundation.

DES MOINES, IA (04/26/2011)(readMedia)-- Tickets for the much-anticipated Iowa State Fair Grandstand shows go on sale Saturday at 10 a.m. through all Ticketmaster outlets. The 2011 line-up is presented by U.S. Cellular.

In addition to the previously-announced star-studded line-up, Gavin DeGraw will open for Train and Maroon 5. DeGraw is known for numerous chart-toppers like "In Love With A Girl" and "I Don't Want To Be."

Print at home discounted admission tickets are on sale now through the Fair's website For the first time, Fairgoers can purchase gate admission tickets online and immediately print their own tickets at no extra charge. Food coupons, Fair Play Packs, midway tickets and 11-day punch cards will also be available to order online beginning Saturday.

Tickets for all concert and track events will go on sale Saturday, April 30 at 10 a.m. through all Ticketmaster outlets, online at or by phone at 1-800-745-3000. All concert events are reserved seating; track events are general admission. Beginning July 11, the Fair's Ticket Office will be open 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Mondays - Fridays and 9 a.m. to Noon on Saturdays for walk-up orders only (no mail, phone or fax orders). Convenience charges will apply to all tickets. Grandstand tickets do not include Fair admission.

A complete listing of event dates, times and ticket prices follows:

2011 Iowa State Fair Grandstand Line-up

presented by U.S. Cellular

Thursday, August 11 Casting Crowns with Sanctus Real, 8 p.m., $30

Friday, August 12 Jason Aldean with special guests Chris Young and Thompson Square, 8 p.m., $45

Saturday, August 13 Def Leppard with very special guest Heart, 8 p.m. $49

Sunday, August 14 The Incredible Machine Tour featuring Sugarland and Sara Bareilles, 8 p.m., $46

Monday, August 15 Deery Brothers Summer Series for Late Models, 5:30 p.m. Hot Laps, 6 p.m. Races, $15 adults, $5 children ages 6-11, free for ages 5 and under

Tuesday, August 16 Lynyrd Skynyrd and Doobie Brothers, 8 p.m., $46

Wednesday, August 17 Grand Outlaw National Tractor and Truck Pull, 2 p.m. $20 Adults, $10 children ages 6-11, free for ages 5 and under

Thursday, August 18 Ronnie Dunn with special guest Steel Magnolia, 8 p.m., $35

Friday, August 19 Train and Maroon 5 with special guest Gavin DeGraw, 8 p.m., $47

Saturday, August 20 Demolition Derby, 11:30 a.m., $12 adults, $5 children ages 6-11, free for ages 5 and under

Saturday, August 20 REBA with special guest Jerrod Niemann, 8 p.m., $45

Sunday, August 21 An Evening with Janet Jackson, 8 p.m., $65 and $55

"Nothing Compares" to the 2011 Iowa State Fair, celebrating 100 years of the Butter Cow August 11-21. For more information, call 800/545-FAIR or visit

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