The Clinton Herald, Clinton, Iowa

Lifestyles

March 13, 2013

Things to do

CLINTON — Ongoing

• The Left Bank Art League of East Moline, Ill., will be exhibiting at the River Arts Center in Clinton through April 21. The paintings and raku pottery of these nine  artists, Sheryl Lammers, Pat Halvorsen, Rose Moore, Judy O. Gray, Bonnie Grebner, Karen Stewart Casper, Sharon Hanson, Lori Miller, and Brent Langley, will be shown.

The River Arts Center is located at 229 Fifth Ave. South, in Clinton, and is open Wednesdays through Sundays from 1 to 4 p.m. and by appointment for groups’ programs and tours by calling 243-3300.

Operated by volunteers from the Clinton Art Association, all exhibits and receptions are free and open to the public.

March 24

• The 32nd annual 4-mile Easter Seals/Children’s Therapy Center Run/Fun walk. Run starts at 9 a.m. Kids Run starts at 8:45 a.m. The event takes place at the Masonic Center in Clinton and will support Easter Seals Iowa and the Children’s Therapy Center.

To register, go to getmeregistered.com.

                

March 25

• The Volunteer Millers at de Immigrant windmill in Fulton, Ill., will host their third program in 2013 at 6 p.m. The event will be held at the Windmill Cultural Center at 111 10th Ave. in downtown Fulton, across from Fulton's Dutch windmill. The 2013 program series coordinates with Fulton’s tourism theme: “Lincoln Highway Centennial 1913-2013: Travel & Tribute.”

Guest speaker Mike Hoenig asks attendees to imagine themselves returning from a long walk on the beach in St.  Martin and discovering that your trusted telescopic white cane has leapt from your swim suit pocket and washed out to sea or to picture yourself rappelling into a lake in New Zealand from a 100-foot hill — with your eyes closed. Blind since birth, Davenport resident Mike Hoenig will share these and other travel adventures to Central Asia, Costa Rica, and the Cotswolds as he blends anecdotes with conversation about challenges faced by a blind traveler.

Learn how some tourist attractions, including a Quad City point of interest,  have adapted their programming to accommodate blind visitors.

Hoenig was born in Fort Madison. He has been blind since birth as the result of Leber's Congenital Amaurosis, a rare retinal condition that affects approximately 3,000 Americans. At the age of 5, Mike enrolled as a student at the Iowa Braille and Sight Saving School (IBSSS).

He resided at the school for nine months out of the year, making the three-hour trip to Fort Madison on weekends or holiday vacations.  He graduated from IBSSS and then received a B.A. in psychology from Central College, Pella. He earned an M.A. in rehabilitation counseling from the University of Iowa.

The 2013 Volunteer Millers programs are funded by a grant from the D. S. Flikkema Foundation. The events are free and open to the public, and the facility is accessible to persons with disabilities.

For more information, visit the city’s website at www.cityoffulton.us or contact Heather Bennett at (815) 589-4545.

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