WHAT:  CDC Director Thomas Frieden, MD, MPH will meet with Scott County Health Department Director Larry Barker and Iowa Department of Public Health Director Tom Newton to discuss how local health and CDC health priorities align, and to tour the Scott County Health Department facilities.

WHERE:  Scott County Administrative Center, Scott County Health Department, 600 West 4th Street, 4th Floor Conference Room, Davenport, IA

WHEN:  Wednesday, August 11, 2010 - 1:15pm to 1:45pm

For more information call the Scott County Health Department at 563-326-8618 or visit

Figge Art Museum executive director, Dr. Sean O'Harrow, accepts position as director of the University of Iowa Museum of Art.

The Figge Art Museum would like to announce that its executive director since 2007, Sean O'Harrow Ph.D., will become the next director of the University of Iowa Museum of Art. Dr O'Harrow will take up his duties in November. Until then, he will help lead the Figge through this transition period. "This move is good for both museums and for our region," said Andrew J. Butler, Figge Board of Trustees President. The Figge Art Museum recently celebrated its fifth anniversary and has hosted a number of popular and well-attended exhibitions, including new galleries dedicated to the work of Frank Lloyd Wright and the John Deere Art Collection. "I am very happy with the current state of the Figge Art Museum. It is a wonderful institution with great art and a strong support base.

People in the Quad Cities are justifiably proud of their museum," stated Dr O'Harrow. Under O'Harrow's leadership, the Figge has seen increases in popularity and media attention, as well as donations, revenue and other forms of support. This year saw record attendance and participation levels at the museum of over 69,000 people. In recognition of its successes, the Figge was recently re-accredited by the American Association of Museums.

A task force will be formed with both members of the Board and the community to conduct a national search for the Figge's next Executive Director as soon as it is feasible.


My Life with Ewa: The Early Years offers readers adventure, romance, international travel and celebrity intrigue.

Des Moines, IA (PRWEB) August 8, 2010 -- My Life with Ewa: The Early Years debuts on August 10, 2010. Library Tales Publishing (out of the literary capitol of New York) is pleased to introduce this true story to the national media. Beginning in his home state of Iowa, Pratt will be available for interviews, podcasts, and local author nights. He is also available for national media conversations and commentary.

My Life with Ewa is immersed with unique sub-story stepping stones. First person narratives, such as an encounter with President Jimmy Carter and the late Pope John Paul II, add to this spell-binding romantic biography. My Life with Ewa provides a voyeuristic view into a husband's courtship of his wife.

Tim Pratt beautifully sets an intriguing atmosphere for his audience. Starting with a simple traffic ticket, his latest work is well traveled against landscapes such as the cold-war of the seventies & Rouen, France. My Life with Ewa appeals to a wide-demographic of literary aficionados. The book is laced with cultural references, including football and barbershop harmonies. Baby boomers will find both Pratt and Ewa especially easy to relate to. A reflection of life, love and the journey to holy matrimony- Library Tales is certain My Life with Ewa will be a contender for a variety of best-seller lists.

Tim Pratt was born and raised in Iowa. Currently, he is Director of Wealth Management for a large accounting firm. Pratt resides in Des Moines, Iowa , with his wife of thirty-two years.

Library Tales is arranging book signings and story-telling events for Tim Pratt. JumpStart Ink has been engaged to credential multi-media requests for My Life with Ewa: The Early Years.

To schedule a book signing or story-telling event for Tim Pratt please contact: Usher Morgan at www.librarytalespublishing.com or www.mylifewith ewa.com,

WEST DES MOINES, IOWA - Aug. 6, 2010 - Iowa Farm Bureau Federation (IFBF) is proud to announce four staff promotions within its Government Relations and Field Service departments.
Joe Johnson becomes IFBF's Director of Field Service, replacing Pat Regan, who retired at the beginning of July following 22 years of service to Farm Bureau. Joining Johnson in Field Service is Tim Prunty, who becomes Regional Manager of six counties in southwest Iowa. Marty Schwager assumes Johnson's previous role as State Policy Advisor for Farm Bureau. With this transition, Megan Ritter has accepted Schwager's former position with Farm Bureau, National Policy Advisor. Ritter comes to Farm Bureau from the Coalition to Support Iowa's Farmers (CSIF), where she worked directly with Iowa's farmers to build and manage their livestock barns responsibly.
As Director of Field Service, Johnson oversees the department, IFBF's leadership development program and the young farmer program. He is responsible for recruiting, supervising and training Farm Bureau's 17 regional managers, directing the annual membership drive and delivering member service programs to county Farm Bureaus. Johnson joined Farm Bureau in 1985 as a regional manager in southeast Iowa, before becoming State Policy Advisor. The Wartburg College graduate lives in Grimes with his wife, Karen.
Prunty will supervise the operation of Farm Bureau's offices in Clarke, Dacatur, Lucas, Madison, Ringgold and Warren counties as Regional Manager. He will also work with county officers and committees to develop and carry out program activities and organize and assist with the annual membership campaign. Prunty joins Farm Bureau after serving eight years as a biology and agriculture teacher for Wayne Community Schools in Corydon, Iowa. A graduate of Northwest Missouri State University, Prunty currently resides near Corydon with his family. Prunty begins Aug. 23.
As State Policy Advisor, Schwager helps coordinate state legislative efforts and promotes Farm Bureau initiatives with the Iowa Legislature. He also works with county Farm Bureau campaign committees and the IFBF Political Action Committee (PAC). Schwager joined Farm Bureau as a regional manager in central Iowa and most recently served as national policy advisor. Before joining Farm Bureau, he spent 12 years working for the Iowa Pork Producers Association; he is also the past president of the Clive Chamber of Commerce. Schwager and his family reside in Clive.

As National Policy Advisor, Ritter will work with Iowa's congressional delegation and federal agencies on issues that affect Iowa's farmers. She will also work with county Farm Bureaus on national issues and coordinate Iowa Farm Bureau's activities with the American Farm Bureau in Washington, D.C. Ritter assumes this role with extensive experience in the national policy arena. Before working as Senior Field Coordinator with CSIF, she served as national legislative counsel for the Michigan Farm Bureau Federation (MFBF). She also assisted in implementing voluntary environmental management programs on farms through partnerships with the Michigan Agriculture Environmental Assurance Program. The Michigan State graduate and her family reside in Bondurant. Ritter begins her role with Farm Bureau in September.


Quad Cities-IA/IL -- Today, Larry Rosmilso, President & General Manager of WQAD and Kathleen DeBoeuf, Assistant General Manager of KLJB are proud to announce that the two stations will partner to bring a more locally-focused newscast to Quad Cities news viewers seven days a week at 9pm.

KLJB's Fox18 Nine O'clock News will be produced by WQAD in their Moline studios beginning Monday, September 6th and will expand Fox's current Sunday - Friday 9pm news to include Saturdays too. The newscast will feature anchor Kim Johnson and a to-be-named male anchor; WQAD Chief Meteorologist James Zahara; and sports with Amy Calderone. The weekend team includes anchor Rebecca Smith; meteorologist Cassie Heiter and sports with Matt Randazzo.

Said DeBoeuf, "We are thrilled with the opportunity to combine our resources with those of proven news leader, WQAD.  We are enthusiastic about the opportunity for growth this partnership will bring to us and our loyal 9PM news viewers."

"Fox is a great brand and KLJB 18 is a great station!" Rosmilso stated. "WQAD is pleased and proud that KLJB chose WQAD as the provider of their news product. This is a great partnership and most importantly, a great benefit for KLJB viewers in and around the Quad Cities."

Chimed in John Bain, Director of Programming for the Grant Group, "We are excited to be partnering with WQAD-TV to bring the best fair, balanced and local news to primetime at 9pm.  We have done a good job these past 10 ½ years and now teaming up with WQAD-TV will allow us to expand our resources and bring even more local news to our viewers."

"We are more than excited about this partnership with Fox 18," stated WQAD News Director Alan Baker. "We've been fortunate enough to be able to maintain a large local newsroom staff. We have the team and the talent and the resources to be able to sustain a partnership of this magnitude. We'll provide Fox 18 more locally focused news stories, and the Quad Cities' most accurate weather forecast with Chief Meteorologist James Zahara, a 20 year veteran of predicting Quad Cities weather."

The 9pm newscast on KLJB will carry the Fox 18 news brand and will feature reporters and news stories from all across the Quad Cities viewing area.


Maquoketa Art Experience will display all paintings and drawings that artists create of scenes along the Grant Wood Scenic Byway and will host a landscape painting workshop focusing on the region presented by renowned pastel artist Ellen Wagener.

Maquoketa , Iowa, July 30, 2010: In conjunction with the return of Ellen Wagener for a weekend landscape workshop, Maquoketa Art Experience (MAE) announces an upcoming exhibition that will consist of paintings and drawings that depict scenes along and near the Grant Wood Scenic Byway.

Exhibition Dates: August 23rd through September 19th, 2010

Location: Maquoketa Art Experience Studio and Gallery, 124 S. Main Street , Maquoketa , IA 52060

Hours: Monday-Thursday: 11-5pm, Friday-Saturday: 11-7pm, Sunday: 12-5pm

Workshop Dates: August 20th, 21st & 22nd, 2010

Location: Maquoketa Art Experience Studio and Gallery, 124 S. Main Street , Maquoketa , IA 52060

Cost: $295 for the weekend, $95 for Saturday the 21st at Tabor Home Winery.

For more information or to register: Call 563-652-9925.

Workshop deposits can be mailed to PO Box 993 , Maquoketa , IA 52060 .

The Grant Wood Scenic Byway Landscape Show will be on display from August 23rd through September 19th in the spacious galleries of Maquoketa Art Experience on Main St. in downtown Maquoketa.  Any and all artists are invited to tour and paint along the Byway from Stone City, the home of Grant Wood's summer art colony, through Anamosa, Maquoketa, the Maquoketa Caves, through Andrew, then Springbrook, and on to the beautiful Mississippi River views at Bellevue.  Paintings depicting scenes along and near the Byway can be brought to Maquoketa Art Experience at the close of Ellen Wagener's landscape workshop, from 5 to 8pm on August 22nd.  Artists, who cannot deliver their works at that time, can call MAE at 563-652-9925 to make arrangements for delivery prior to that time.  Owners of original paintings that show scenes from and near the Byway can also place those works on display.

A map of the Byway is available online at http://www.byways.org/explore/byways/2183.

The paintings and drawings that are brought in for the exhibition do not have to be for sale, but a sales price can be listed if the artist so chooses.  Maquoketa Art Experience will take a 25% commission on any sales.  Only original paintings and drawing will be accepted.  No photography and no prints/reproductions will be accepted for the show.

Ellen Wagener's summer landscape workshop is the third of four seasonal workshops offered by MAE focusing on the natural resources and beauty of Eastern Iowa .  Dewitt native Ellen Wagener is best known for her large pastel landscape paintings of Iowa and Arizona , her new home.  She returns for a second year to MAE to share her masterful skill of the basics and fundamentals of pastel painting, focusing on working processes including sketching, idea-generation, composition, and color palettes.  Special emphasis for this workshop will be given to pastel techniques in the creation of cloudscapes and attention to atmospheric conditions leading up to a final composition.  All of the painting outings will occur along and near the Grant Wood Scenic Byway.

This three-day workshop is well suited for both beginning artists and "seasoned masters" and will also include an optional bonus afternoon on Thursday, August 19, to join Ellen in a trip to the Cedar Rapids Museum of Art's Marvin Cone exhibit, "The Sky's the Limit".  This thirty-work exhibition, tracing Cone's work from the 1910s to the 1940s, will be used later in the workshop to explore and discuss the many ways and styles that Cone used to capture the majestic power of "cloudscapes" and his fascination with the sky that is portrayed in his paintings.  A trip to the studio of Grant Wood, Turner Alley, and dinner in Cedar Rapids will also follow.

In addition, artists who cannot attend the entire weekend workshop are invited to sign up for a single day, Saturday, August 21st.  From 9am to 5pm a plein air painting outing led by Wagener will be held at nearby Tabor Home Winery.  The fee for this single day is $95.

Participants in last summer's first annual MAE Ellen Wagener workshop had this to say:

"She (Ellen) is an excellent teacher. She is unusually willing to be open and sharing with all her techniques and methods that she has worked out for herself over a long period of time...To be able to interact with artists at (her) level of achievement is a real privilege."  - Marcia W.

"As an attendee at the Maquoketa Art Experience Workshop...The learning experiences were interspersed with opportunities abounding for participants to expand their horizons.  It was a truly worthwhile encounter."  - Grace Z.

"The (Maquoketa) Art Experience is a great space for a workshop, and you are most fortunate to have artists of such high caliber and skill to be working in your area - it is indeed exciting."  - Linda F.

Biographic Information:

Ellen Wagener received her B.F.A. from the Corcoran School of Art in Washington , D.C. in 1989.  Her work has been exhibited in numerous galleries and museums including the Des Moines Art Center , Phoenix Art Museum , Tucson Museum of Art, Cedar Rapids Museum of Art, and Art in Embassies, Vilinus , Latvia , and J. Cacciola Gallery, New York City.  Her work can be found in many private and public collections, such as the Figge Art Museum , Davenport , Iowa , Tucson Museum of Art, MasterCard Corporation, New York City , and Iowa State University , Ames , Iowa .

Information about Maquoketa Art Experience:

Maquoketa Art Experience is dedicated to bringing accomplished artists to Maquoketa , Iowa for short- and long-term residencies, workshops, and exhibitions.  Springing up in one of the Grant Wood Scenic Byway communities, Maquoketa Art Experience exists to nurture artists and provide opportunities for developing art-related businesses in the area.  Recognizing what Grant Wood saw in Iowa , Iowans and the surrounding landscapes, the artists and board of Maquoketa Art Experience are dedicated to creating easily accessible resources for Midwest artists.  Similar to the Stone City Art Colony of the last century, Maquoketa Art Experience is committed to supporting arts and artists by creating local opportunities for artists to nurture and expand their talents and skills within the inspiring landscapes of Eastern Iowa .  This project is made possible by the Iowa Community Cultural Grants and the DNRBOG grants.

For more information: www.maquoketa-art.org or phone: 563-652-9925.

Davenport, IA - Russell Construction is pleased to announce that Habitat for Humanity of the Quad Cities was the recipient of the proceeds from the 22nd Annual Charity Golf Outing held on Tuesday, August 3 at the Rock Island Arsenal Golf Club in Rock Island, IL.

Each year, the golf outing is organized in order to assist worthy organizations in surrounding Quad Cities communities. This year, Habitat for Humanity of the Quad Cities (HFHQC) was selected to receive the $15,000 donation that was raised by Russell employees, volunteers, sponsors, raffle contributors and golfers from the event.

"Our event has become so successful thanks to the efforts of everyone involved. It's an event that we look forward to every year," noted Jim Russell, President.

"Habitat for Humanity Quad Cities extends our heartfelt thanks to Russell Construction for raising $15,000 to help us further our mission. We will be using these funds to help build a house at 322 8th Street in Davenport that we will be breaking ground on September 18, 2010. Russell Construction believes in giving back to the community and we can't thank them enough for their continuing support," added Kristi Crafton, Executive Director of HFHQC.

Participants to the golf outing were also invited to sign two separate 2 x 4 wooden beams, which we will used in the building of the home on 8th Street in Davenport. For more information on Habitat for Humanity of the Quad Cities, please visit their website at www.habitatqc.org.

In previous years, donations from Russell's annual charity golf outing have been made to Community Care, Inc. in DeWitt, Iowa ($24,000), American Cancer Society ($47,775) and Scott County Family Y ($20,000). Over the last ten years more than $197,000 has been donated to charitable organizations in the Quad Cities area through the Russell golf outing.

Established in 1983, Russell Construction is a regional provider of Construction Management, Design Build and General Contracting services. For more information on Russell Construction, please visit their corporate website at www.russellco.com.


DAVENPORT, IA- (August 9, 2010)- The German American Heritage Center will be hosting a German-Wends Cultural Festival where visitors can enjoy a full day of Wendish cultural demonstrations, music, dancing and more. The festival will be held on Saturday, August 21st at the German American Heritage Center located at the bottom of Centennial Bridge on 2nd St. in Davenport, IA.  Admittance into the festival is free with museum admission and free for members.

In addition to the festival, visitors can explore the museum's 4,000 square feet of exhibits. Here they will enjoy an interactive experience as they learn about immigrants' journey by sea, train and foot, to their final destination at the German American Heritage Center building which was originally a very busy hotel for thousands of immigrants in the 1860s.

For more information on the museum's exhibits, programs, events, classes, and workshops, visit www.gahc.org or call 563-322-8844.  General Admissions is: Adults: $5; Seniors: $4; Children (5-17 years old): $3; Free for children under 5.  Museums members are free.  Hours are Tuesdays through Saturday open 10 am- 4 pm; Sunday open 12 pm- 4 pm.


Below is a link to some B-roll of members of the 649th Regional Support Group (RSG) greeting loved ones and unloading their gear shortly after arriving home from their mobilization site, concluding a year-long deployment. 



Amana - Whether you're visiting Tuna Texas for the first time or coming back for seconds, you're sure to enjoy The Old Creamery Theatre's production of Red, White & Tuna, opening Aug. 19 on the Studio Stage in Middle Amana. The outrageous residents of the smallest town in the Lone Star state are preparing for the 4th of July and an unforgettable class reunion you will surely want to be a part of!

The cast consists of Sean McCall of Marengo and T.J. Besler of Manchester who will portray all the unforgettable residents of Tuna Texas. McCall, artistic director at The Old Creamery says playing 10 characters in 2 hours can be a bit of a challenge. "It's also a lot of fun and we invite everyone to come out and meet the good folks of Tuna Texas. Marquetta Senters has done a wonderful job with costumes, making each character really unforgettable - to say the least," he said.

Written by Jason Williams, Joe Sears and Ed Howard, Red, White & Tuna is the perfect way to spend a summer afternoon or evening.

Red, White & Tuna runs through Sept. 5 on the Studio Stage at 3023 220th Trail, in Middle Amana and is rated Theatre PG - 13. Tickets are $22.50 for adults and $15.50 for students. Walk-ins are always welcome if seats are available but reservations are recommended. Show times are Thursdays and Sundays at 3 p.m.; and Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. Call the box office or order tickets on line 800-35-AMANA or www.oldcreamery.com.

1600 ESPN is the media sponsor for Red, White & Tuna. The Old Creamery's 2010 season media sponsor is KGAN 2/Fox 28.

The Old Creamery Theatre Company is a not-for-profit professional theatre founded in 1971 in Garrison, Iowa. Voted #1 Theatre Group on the 2010 KCRG A-List, the company is celebrating 39 years of bringing live, professional theatre to the people of Iowa and the Midwest.