Oberammergau Passion Play and the Bavarian Alps: A look into the 375 year old play and its region,19 April 2009 at 2:00 p.m. at the German American Heritage Center, 712 W 2nd Street, Davenport, IA.

On Sunday, April 19, 2009 at 2:00 p.m. the German American Heritage Center will host a program on the Oberammergau Passion Play and the Bavarian Alps, with guest speaker Werner Schafer-Junger.

The history of the Oberammergau Passion Play began when the people of Oberammergau, a village located in Bavaria, Germany, made an oath in 1633 to perform the play every ten years. The oath came about after months of suffering and death in the middle of the Thirty Years War, one of the most destructive conflicts in European history, while the worst pandemic in human history, the "Black Death" plague, was running its course. In 1633, the village of Oberammergau, swore that they would perform the "Play of the Suffering, Death and Resurrection of Our Lord Jesus Christ" every ten years if they were spared from the plague. At Pentecost 1634, the villagers kept their promise for the first time on a stage built over the fresh graves of the plague victims. In the year 2010 the Oberammergau Passion Play will once more be performed by more than 2,000 Oberammergauers, lasting six hours.

Do not miss the chance to learn about the extraordinary Oberammergau Passion Play and its regional history at the German American Heritage Center, April 19 at 2:00 p.m.

The Iowa Community Education Association (ICEA) will mobilize more than 1000 young people to participate in the 21st Annual Global Youth Service Day (GYSD), Friday, April 24 through Sunday, April 26, 2009, across the state of Iowa.

Millions of youth in the United States and in more than 100 countries will plan simultaneous service events and service learning projects celebrating GYSD.  Spanning three days, GYSD is the largest service event in the world.

At ICEA, we are excited about facilitating opportunities for youth to plan, carry out and celebrate volunteerism. It’s a wonderful way to strengthen communities and learn valuable life lessons.

For more information, please contact: ICEA, Michael O. Johnston, MPA 09' Webmaster, ICEA, 1800 Grand Ave. Apt. 38, West Des Moines, Iowa 50026, Phone: (641) 799-1076, moj@iastate.edu

The Quad City Youth Prelude Strings will give their first public performance in Augustana College's Centennial Hall on Sunday, February 22, at 3 p.m. as part of the Quad City Youth String Ensemble's nineteenth Annual Concert. The performance will take place at Augustana College's Centennial Hall and features music by Mussorgsky, Mozart, Holst and Caponegro, among others. Both the Quad City Youth Prelude Strings and the Quad City Youth String Ensemble are led by Music Director and Conductor Dortha DeWit.
Prelude Strings was founded this year in response to the high demand for membership in the QCSO's youth ensembles. Prelude Strings is the third and youngest of the QCSO's youth ensembles, which also includes the Quad City Youth String Ensemble and the Quad City Youth Symphony Orchestra. The QCSO's youth ensembles serve approximately 170 area youth.
Tickets are available at the door: $5 for adults, $3 for seniors, and students free. For more information about the Quad City Youth Prelude Strings, String Ensemble, or the QCSO youth ensembles, please visit www.qcsymphony.com or call the QCSO office at 563.322.0931.
Riverside Theatre is holding a hat and mitten drive in conjunction with its current show, Guys on Ice: An Ice Fishing Musical Comedy. The theatre is encouraging community members to bring in a new set of gloves/mittens, a hat or scarf (youth or adult sizes) to the Riverside Theatre box office. All donations will benefit Shelter House. As a thank you, all donors will be entered into a drawing for the chance to win a pair of tickets to a future Gilbert Street production.  The box office is located at 213 N. Gilbert Street and is open Monday-Friday from noon-4 pm.  Donations will be accepted through February 22.


During the run of Guys on Ice, the Riverside Theatre lobby will also feature a photography exhibit by Nancy Hauserman.  The exhibit, titled "Just Folks", features photographs that were chosen as reflections of the same joyful spirit of camaraderie that audience will see and hear during Guys on Ice.  The photographs offer glimpses of people enjoying the simple but grand pleasures of life - friendship, family, sitting, laughing and eating - nothing done for external approval but just for the sheer pleasure of being.  The exhibit features photographs taken in California, Hawaii, North Carolina, Oregon and Iowa.   


Performances of Guys on Ice, a delightful story about two ice fishing buddies from Wisconsin awaiting the opportunity to appear on a cable TV fishing show, continue at Riverside Theatre through February 22.  Thursday, Friday, and Saturday performances are at 7:30 pm, and Sunday performances are at 2 pm.


Tickets for Guys on Ice are $26 with discounts available for seniors and youth. Tickets are available by phone at (319) 338-7672, online at www.riversidetheatre.org or in person at the Riverside Theatre box office, located at 213 N. Gilbert Street, Iowa City, IA.

Riverside Theatre is proud to announce The 2009 Riverside Theatre Shakespeare Festival.  This summer's 10th annual festival will feature Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream and Richard III.  Both shows will run in rotation from June 12 through July 12.  Tickets will be on sale in April.

For Immediate Release: Re. Jeremy Greenberg?Comedian From: Ron Placone, Publicist, Seattle, WA

International-touring comedian and writer JEREMY GREENBERG will be in the Quad Cities area SEPTEMBER 11-13TH at PENGUINS COMEDY CLUB. He will be promoting his new book, RELATIVE DISCOMFORT. He plans to visit surrounding bookstores in the area.

Here is some information about the book, RELATIVE DISCOMFORT:

"Seeing family is like catching a head cold: a temporary discomfort
relieved by a snifter or four of brandy." --Jeremy Greenberg

Relative Discomfort is a sidesplitting, guffaw-inducing guide to
living through and laughing at all of our family encounters. You know
that knot you get in your stomach when you're about to come
face-to-face with your Uncle Drunk and Aunt Enabler, or the
brother-in-law who always wants to show you his gun collection? This
book unties that knot.

*RELATIVE DISCOMFORT also includes a humorous section which addresses dealing with family members with different political leanings. This could be an attractive angle considering the upcoming election.

If your family more closely resembles the Simpsons as opposed to the
Tanner, Keaton, or Huxtable clans, then chances are this book is for
you. International headlining comedian Jeremy Greenberg writes from
the premise that although we love our families, many of us don't
particularly love spending time with those who share our dysfunctional

About the Author:
Jeremy Greenberg is an internationally headlining stand-up comedian
and joke writer. He has written for Comics Unleashed, MSN, Atlantic
Business Magazine, and many other publications. He resides in Seattle,
WA, and maintains a virtual presence at www.jeremygreenberg.com.
For Immediate Release November 16, 2007 Contact: ace@qctheatreweb.com (309) 757-1387
The River City Radio Hour: 3rd. Friday of every month. Show begins at 7.30 p.m. Next session is on Oct. 19th. Tickets for the show: $5.00 Open to the Public. For those who wish to indulge in the luxury of an entire evening: The Moline Commercial Club will be serving dinner. Chef Tim makes a special menu for the evening. Dinner is by reservations only and is prior to the show. Social Hour 5:30 p.m. Dinner at 6:30 p.m. Price for dinner is $ 20.00 per head. *Audience can attend the show without dinner. Price for show ticket is $ 5.00