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February 22, 2012

NEW: Things to do

CLINTON — Ongoing

• Hand-carved duck decoys are featured in "Wooden Feathers," an exhibit in Ashford University's Cortona Art Gallery through Feb 24. A reception for the artist, David Evers of Camanche, is open to the public from 3-5 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 23 in the gallery. The Cortona Art Gallery is located on the second floor of Ashford University's Clare Hall at 400 N. Bluff Blvd. in Clinton. The gallery is open to the public, free of charge, every weekday from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. and for private showings by appointment. For further information, call 242-4023.

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Feb. 23

• Our Lady of the Prairie Retreat, “Lent Come to the Quiet.” 9:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.  Special Lenten Mass at 11 a.m. The day is yours to shape as you will after a brief introduction into the meaning of Lent today. Fee is $20. Or come for a personal day of quiet at the Prairie. Kathleen Storms, SSND is available for spiritual direction.  Call to set up an appointment: (563) 374-1092.  Contact: (563) 336-8414 or

• Learn how to search and select eBooks in a free workshop, “Exploring eBooks”, presented by Clinton Public Library staff at 7 p.m. on the second floor of the Main Library, 306 Eighth Ave. South, Clinton. No registration is necessary. In this workshop, participants will discover types of compatible devices, software needed,  and how to search, select and download eBooks from the NEIBORS (North Eastern Iowa Bridge to Online Resource Sharing) consortium from the Clinton Public Library website,, and other online eBook resource websites. For more information, call the library at 242-8441.

Feb. 24

• Trivia: Collect a team of your friends and put your thinking caps on. The Clinton Area Showboat Theatre will be hosting a trivia night at Gil’s Ballroom in Clinton. Registration begins at 6:30 p.m. and the contest begins at 7 p.m. Teams must consist of 6-8 people and the entry fee is $10/person. “Mulligans” and “doublers” will be available for sale. Gil’s will be offering food and drink specials for trivia contestants.  The Showboat recently announced that new Producing Artistic Director Tommy Iafrate will take over the helm for the 2012 season. With the change of leadership comes a change in format. The revised season includes Little Shop of Horrors, May 31 to June 10; Into the Woods, June 14-24; Bye Bye Birdie, June 28 to July 15; The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, July 19-29; and Love Letters alternating with Hate Mail, August 1-12. CAST-Teen will produce Honk! Jr on July 27-28.  The Showboat will again offer a summer theater camp from July 2-13, with performances on  July 13 and 14.

• More trivia: Unity Christian School is sponsoring the trivia night event- "A Night in Hollywood." Event will be at 711 10th St., Fulton, Ill., at Unity Christian High School. Dinner is available- ribeye steak and chicken sandwiches (for sale) starting at 5:30 p.m. along with a silent pie auction. Trivia starts at 7 p.m. Teams are 5-8 people (no age limit). Cost is $70 per team and that includes 5 mulligans. Winning team gets $250. All proceeds benefit Unity Christian Athletic Boosters. Call (815) 589-3912 to reserve a table for your team.

 Feb. 25

• Sawmill Museum: 1 p.m. Cheryl Lennox will give a barn quilt presentation. Free with admission to museum.

• Ohnward Fine Arts Center presents Joseph Hall's Elvis. Joseph Hall’s resume includes Top 10 on America’s Got Talent 2008 on NBC and he is also recognized as a Top 3 Elvis Tribute Artist by the Elvis Presley Estate. Joseph has also played the Legends in Concert in Las Vegas as well as headlined the Elvis Cruise in 2007. He is the 2010 Branson Male Performer of the Year. 7 p.m. Tickets are $17 (in advance); $20 (at the door); students (18 and under) pay $10 (in advance) and $13 (at the door).

• Magic, youth, and music are all on the program for Saturday's Cliinton Symphony Orchestra concert. The concert at 7:30 p.m. in the Morrison High School auditorium will include a performance by the Symphony's annual Young Artist soloist. Opening with the overture to Mozart's last opera, Alexandria Weets, a senior at Morrison High School, was chosen from the Symphony's annual Young Artist Auditions to perform with the orchestra for this concert. The Symphony and Community State Bank have arranged for bus transportation from Clinton and Fulton to the concert site in Morrison. Information and seat reservations are available from Marianne Jensen at 243-5958, or from the Fulton office of Community State Bank at (815) 589-9090. In honor of all students who auditioned in the Young Artist program, students will be admitted free to this concert. Adult tickets are $12, and available at England Music Center in Clinton, Fitzgerald Pharmacy in Morrison and Grummert's Hardware in Sterling. Tickets will also be available at the door the night of the concert.

• Chicago based Jazz-Rock band Marbin will play at Ray's Timeout in Clinton at 9 p.m. Marbin is the epitome of what jazz is capable of. In 2010, CD Baby chose Marbin as one of 10 artists to look out for from more than 300,000 bands.

Feb. 28

• Our Lady of the Prairie Retreat, “Weaving Prayers & Baskets,” by Kathleen Storms, SSND. In this retreat you will be taught simple basket weaving technique in the context of prayer and meditation. 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Materials provided. No experience necessary. Fee is $30. Contact: (563) 336-8414 or

• Bonnie Lorenzen, of Bettendorf, will present a travelogue at the DeWitt Operahouse Theater.

Her program is titled “How God Has Blessed the USA.” The programs are at 3 and 7 p.m. and admission is a donation of $4, with proceeds going to the DeWitt Lions Club.

March 3

• Horticulture in the Heartland: “Planting Today for Tomorrow.” The annual event will include a keynote speaker at 8 a.m. — Dr. Elwynn Taylor, the extension climatologist at Iowa State University, will talk about food security.  Registration fee is $40.

For more information, call 242-4771.

The event will take place at Clinton Community College.

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