Traveling to Germany? Brush up on your German before you go! The German American Heritage Center will be offering German language classes starting in May. Join instructor Kathi Hofmann for a "German for Travelers" language series! The class will feature travel tips, food, hotel, touring basics and typical signage as encountered by the average American tourist.

The classes consist of four 90-minute sessions on May 3rd, 10th, 17th and 24th from 5:30-7pm and the cost is $50, payable by check to GAHC at 712 W 2nd St. Davenport, IA 52802. Register by April 23rd by calling Ruth at 563-322-8844 or emailing

The Phoenix Art Gallery in Moline, IL has had the privilege of exhibiting nationally and internationally known artist Robert Kameczura since November 2011. On March 23, 2012 a closing reception for the artist will be held from 7 PM until Midnight at the Gallery which is located at 1530 5th Ave in Moline, IL. The artist will be available to discuss his artworks as well as personally sign his prints and paintings. Please join us in celebrating Robert Kameczura's work with cocktails, snacks, and music. This is your chance to meet the artist, hear his fascinating stories, as well as buy directly from the artist limited prints and paintings at specially discounted prices.


Who: The Kinetic King: 13th place in last summer's America's Got Talent, real name Tim Fort, already holds Guinness World Record for Largest Stick Bomb.

What: World Record attempt for chain reaction of most "Clever Levers". Previous record of 600 elements was detonated last year on America's Got Talent by the Kinetic King. This year he will attempt 750 elements.

Where: Family Museum, 2900 Learning Campus Drive, Bettendorf, Iowa

When: Saturday, March 24, 2012; detonation at 11:00 AM.


Last summer, NBC's America's Got Talent introduced the nation to the self-proclaimed "greatest purveyor of chain reaction gadgets in this and the 17 known universes," the Kinetic King. Viewers fell in love with the Minnesota charm and the impressive chain reactions made from tongue depressors, ping pong balls, plastic cups, and more. View his debut appearance on YouTube. The King will be packing his gadgets and heading to the Quad Cities to build several super-cool kinetic structures at the Family Museum in Bettendorf, Iowa. He will host daily detonations Tuesday, March 20 - Friday, March 23 at 4:00pm. He will conclude his visit with a final detonation on Saturday, March 24 at 11:00am.

The Kinetic King, aka Tim Fort, holds the Guinness World Record for the "Largest Stick Bomb" using 3,864 tongue depressors. It was detonated on June 20, 2010 at the Science Museum of Minnesota. Fort creates displays all over the country (some successful and some not). Many of these attempts he posts to his YouTube page (user name LunaTim). The Kinetic King placed 13th overall in season 6 of America's Got Talent.

"Oh wow!" -Howie Mandel, Season 6 America's Got Talent

"Wow!" -Nick Cannon, Season 6 America's Got Talent

"Do it again!" -Nick Cannon, Season 6 America's Got Talent

"Weird, but interesting." -Sharon Osbourne, Season 6 America's Got Talent

"Whoo hoo!" -The Kinetic King, Season 6 America's Got Talent

Find out what the buzz is about March 20-24 at the Family Museum. "It's way beyond your grandma's domino tumbling!" -The Kinetic King


Sponsored by the Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs
Davenport, IA- The German American Heritage Center will be hosting an "Eiermarkt" or Egg Market on Saturday March 31st from 10 am until 3pm. Local and regional vendors will be selling their springtime wares including decorated eggs, crafts, baked goods, and much more! Free admission to the Eiermarkt! GAHC is located at 712 W.2nd St. Davenport, IA. Call 563-322-8844, visit, or email for details!
Davenport, IA- The German American Heritage Center has opened its new exhibit "Beetle to
Benz!" There is fun for the whole family in this exhibit highlighting the history of two iconic
German cars! See vintage Volkswagen ads or get your photo behind a classic Mercedes Benz
cutout. The exhibit runs through June 3rd with lots of related programs and activities along the
way! Admission is $5 for adults, $4 for seniors, and $3 for children. GAHC is located at 712 W.
2nd St. Davenport, Iowa. Call 563-322-8844, visit, or email
for details.

Now open - our newest temporary exhibit: "From Beetle to Benz" featuring the history and trivia of two iconic German cars, the Mercedes-Benz and the Volkswagen.  Lots of fun facts and plenty to enjoy for all ages!   Drop in soon to the First Floor Gallery and bring a friend!

Winner will receive two round-trip air tickets to see their artwork displayed in US Capitol


Washington, DC - Rep. Bruce Braley (IA-01) today invited high school students from across Iowa's First Congressional District to submit original artwork for the annual Congressional Art Competition, "An Artistic Discovery."


The Congressional Art Competition, first held in 1982, is a nationwide high school arts competition sponsored by the US House of Representatives.  One winning piece of artwork from each House district will be selected to be displayed in the Cannon Tunnel of the US Capitol Building in Washington for the next year.


"I encourage Iowa high school students to participate in this year's art competition," Braley said.  "There are many gifted young artists in eastern Iowa, and this is a great opportunity for their work to be displayed for thousands of people to see.  It's a great honor to feature the work of an outstanding young artist in the US Capitol."


Any high school student from the First Congressional District of Iowa is eligible to submit their artwork for consideration.  To enter, students must submit a digital image of their artwork via Braley's website.  The submissions will be compiled into an internet gallery for public voting.


The submission deadline is April 23rd, 2012.  There is a limit of one submission per student.  Voting will close on May 1st, 2012, and the winner will be announced.  He or she will receive two round-trip airline tickets to Washington, DC, to see their artwork displayed and attend a winners' reception.


For full details on the 2012 Art Competition, including information on how to enter, please visit Braley's website at


List of Past Iowa First District Art Competition Winners:


2007    Jonathan Welser, Davenport

2008    Stephanie Tarnish, Davenport

2009    Mitch Doll, Davenport

2010    Emily Schroeder, Cedar Falls

2011    Krista Stork, Dubuque


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Dear GAHC Members and Friends,

Please take a moment to check out this link to the German Consulate in Chicago, which was a sponsor for our recent White Rose Exhibit.  They have featured our activities and events on their website - you can be very proud of your GAHC association!

We extend our thanks to Gunnar Christianesen, Vice Consul for Press and Culture at the Consulate  for his help and support.  DANKE!

Janet Brown-Lowe, Administrator
German American Heritage Center

Bettendorf – With a week off from school, area parents and kids are looking for fun and exciting activities during spring break. From March 11 - March 17 the Family Museum is offering seven days of just that: programs ranging from live music, live animals, science, and performance art. Events and performances are included with paid admission or Family Museum membership.



Jim Gill

Performance at 2:00 PM

Jim Gill, an award-winning musician and author, offers more than a show - each concert is an opportunity for family play! In concert, Jim strums energetic rhythms on his banjo while everyone claps, sings, dances and even sneezes along to silly and inspiring musical games!



Comedy Sportz

Performance at 10:00 AM

Get ready for some laughs! The Comedy Sportz team from right here in the Quad Cities will take the stage at the Family Museum! The act-letes' hilarious audience-involved improvisation skits will have kids giggling!

Instrument Petting Zoo

Stop by anytime 1:00 - 3:00 PM

Get ready to roll up your sleeves and pet some instruments! Our friends from West Music are bringing along a sampling of instruments kids can try for themselves. It's a great way to pique a musical interest in young children.




Presentation at 10:00 AM

Are you and your family prepared in case a disaster strikes?  What do you do if a tornado is headed your way? How do your prepare your children without scaring them?  Experts in storm chasing get to the facts to educate you about disaster preparedness.

Niabi Zoo

Presentation at 2:00 PM

Meet some friendly critters from the Niabi Zoo!  A Zookeeper will bring a variety of animals for you to see, and they will share with us the zoo's role in animal conservation.



Insect Zoo

Thursday: Zoo is open from noon - 2:00 PM with a presentation at 1:00 PM

Friday: Zoo is open from 10:00 AM - noon with a presentation at 11:00 AM

Do you love bugs? Come see, touch, and learn about all kinds of awesome insects with the Iowa State University Department of Entomology Insect Zoo! You'll meet insects found in Iowa and throughout the world.



Bubble Wonders: Anything Is Possible!

Performance at 10:00 AM

You won't want to miss this fun, inspiring, sticky, and educational show! Bubble Wonders is full of amazing tricks like the Bubble Caterpillar, the Bubble Volcano, the Dancing Bubble, a Bubble Merry-Go-Round, and much more!




Performances at 10:00 AM and 1:00 PM

Boogers, vomit, urine, sweat, pimples...nothing is off limits with Sylvia! Come prepared for a little bit of gross-out with a lot of education as to why this icky stuff is crucial to human health and well-being.


Sponsored by the Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs

The Family Museum inspires children and families to play and learn together! The Family Museum Foundation is a nonprofit organization that needs and appreciates support for early learning. Donate online at
[DUBUQUE, IA., FEBRUARY 22, 2012] Art Gumbo, a quarterly soup dinner that supports local art projects with community-supported micro-funding, is now accepting applications from arts organizations or creative groups for the Spring funding cycle. Applications for  Art Gumbo mini grants are available now through Thursday, March 15. Applications are available at

Submission guidelines include the separation of individual artists and organizations or groups during funding cycles. Individual artists are not eligible to apply during this cycle. The first seven eligible applications received by 11:59 p.m. on March 15 will qualify to compete for funding.

Art Gumbo is an independent community-based initiative that funds local arts projects using money collected at quarterly soup dinners. During each Art Gumbo funding cycle, artists or arts organizations are invited to submit a brief project proposal that demonstrates an impact on the Dubuque community. The public is invited to attend and vote for their favorite proposal. A $10 donation at the door entitles the attendee to a locally prepared soup dinner and the opportunity to review all submitted proposals and to vote for their favorite. The Art Gumbo fund's nightly proceeds will be awarded to the two proposals that receive the most votes. Art Gumbo sessions will be hosted at new locations each quarter featuring soup by a regional food source. The next Art Gumbo Soup Dinner is scheduled for Thursday, March 22, 6-8 p.m. at St. Mark Community Center, 1201 Locust Street in Dubuque.

For more information visit or contact Paula Neuhaus or Megan Starr at