• 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 dedicated 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 1-4 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.
• Clintonish Knitters meet Thursdays from 5:30 -7 p.m. and Saturdays between 9 and noon. There is no fee for this group. Stitchers share techniques and the love of knitting or crocheting. Meetings are at Clinton’s St Paul’s Lutheran Church at the corner of Eighth Avenue South and Third Street. Use the east entrance; an elevator is available.
• Folks who visit the new Mississippi River Eco Tourism Center at Rock Creek Marina & Campground are always asking, “When do you feed the fish? When do you clean the tank?” We typically feed the fish every Monday, Wednesday and Friday over the lunch hour. Cleaning the tank is usually not a scheduled event. This Friday at 10:30 a.m. will be one of the only times people will be able to come out to the Center and see workers deep clean the 8,000-gallon aquarium. One of the park rangers will don a wetsuit and air tank and then will enter the aquarium to give it a super cleaning. It is interesting to watch the fish react to the movements of the scuba diver. Workers also will be talking about the tank, how it was installed, what species are in the tank as well as feeding the fish minnows during the presentation. Addtionally, visitors will be able to view the State Records Fish Replica Collection and get a sneak peak at the 360 degree mural in the Nature Gallery as it nears completion.
Admission to the Center is always free and is open to the public. The presentation will start at 10:30 a.m.
• Whitetail Workshop, 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Mississippi River Eco Tourism Center, Rock Creek. Antler Show & Antler Scoring: Bring in antlers and mounts for scoring and display, smaller racks scored by unofficial scorers, larger racks score by officials. Trail Cam Photo Contest: Print off (5”x7” at least) your best trail cam photo in a for-fun contest. Three categories: Antlered Deer, Anterless Deer and Other Wildlife. Seminars in Community Room: 11 a.m.: “Whitetail: Treasure, Trophy or Trouble? A History Deer in Iowa,” Larry Stone, author, photographer and former outdoor writer for Des Moines Register; 1 p.m.: “State of the Herd Address,” Tom Litchfield, Iowa DNR Chief Deer Biologist; and 2 p.m.: “Special Deer Hunts for Youth & Physically Challenged Hunters at the Lost Mound Unit, Savanna, Ill., Alan Anderson, Lost Mound Site Manager, and Ed Britton, Savanna District Manager.
• The 2nd District of The American Legion of Iowa will host their annual Spring Conference at 9 a.m. The 2nd District Spring Conference is being hosted by June Van Meter Post 190 of Clinton. Legion and Auxiliary members will meet at the Wild Rose Casino and Resort. Speakers will include the state commander Lyle Schaffer. Other speakers will talk about the progress made on legislative, community and children/youth programs.
A ceremony honoring departed veterans will begin at approximately 11:30 a.m. at the flag pole and honor bricks in front of the Wild Rose Casino. Prayers will be offered and a salute fired.
“The American Legion of Iowa, over 55,000 members strong, is divided into nine districts throughout the state,” said Schaffer, of Galva. “Aside from the state convention, this is one of the most important meetings our members can attend, as each Legion Post in the District has the opportunity to gather fresh ideas, and new information to bring back to their community.”
“The American Legion of Iowa is involved in many areas that are of concern to every community in Iowa,” said Schaffer. “Along with fighting for the health and education benefits for all military veterans and today’s soldiers, the American Legion of Iowa hosts a number of programs that most communities don’t even realize we are doing.”
The American Legion is often the first call when a veteran passes away in a community, so that proper military honors are provided. They also are a reliable source for information concerning service-connected injuries/illnesses and claims. The organization further provides emergency funds for our veterans’ families, works to provide scholarship opportunities to the children and youth, and educate schools about the proper respect for our U.S. flag.
For more information about the 2nd District’s Spring Conference, contact Don Arns at (563) 381-1373 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
• The “Let’s Get Moving!” Wellness Fair will be from 8 a.m. to noon at the YWCA. The event is free to the community.
“Let’s Get Moving!” participants will enjoy free fitness classes, with a new class starting every 45 minutes. The Fitness Center will be open with staff available to assist visitors with equipment. Vendor booths will be available to visit with free health screenings including body fat analysis, blood pressure screenings, blood glucose screenings and body postural analysis. Chair massages will be available through Tricia Peterson of Rejuvenation Station, as well as free flavored coffees from Red Rose Coffee.
The YWCA’s action packed program features an array of fitness classes to enjoy including Boot Camp, Athletic Assault, ZUMBA, Yoga, Stretch Fitness, Indoor Cycling and more. The day will also have opportunities to relax and “recharge your batteries” with mini-meditation sessions with Marcia Flory R.N., Usui Reiki Master Teacher. There will also be a “No Way to 5K” running seminar, for those wishing to get started running, offered at 10 am. Visit the Events page of the YWCA website for a complete class listing and schedule of events at www.ywcaclinton.org.
For parents, free babysitting will be available for children 6 months to 12 years while the parent uses the fitness facility. Spring crafts, games and activities are planned for the kids.
During the event, the YWCA will offer a 20 percent discount off a pre-paid six-month membership, saving new members up to $60 off of regular prices. Also during the event, free T-shirts will be given to all new members, and members that refer a friend to join the YWCA will receive one free month of membership. See the YWCA front desk staff for details.
In collaboration with the Clinton School Nurses, a “Walk for Wellness” will be held on the Clinton riverfront at 9 a.m. Those wishing to participate are asked to arrive at 8:45 a.m. for a warm up at the Candlelight Inn. Healthy snacks will be provided to all walk participants following the walk. In the event of inclement weather, listen to KROS 1340AM.
For more information about the Let’s Get Moving event, call YWCA Health & Wellness Director Stephanie Sommers at 242-2110.
• A celebration of German music from the 19th century is on the program for Clinton Symphony Orchestra this weekend.The concert is at 7:30 p.m. in the Vernon Cook Theater at Clinton High School.
The concert marks the end of the Symphony’s 59th indoor concert season, and conductor Brian Dollinger’s sixth season with the orchestra. Composers represented are Ludwig van Beethoven, Richard Wagner and Robert Schumann.
“Each work on this performance has its own story to tell,” Dollinger said. “In fact, the word ‘story’ can be taken quite literally for much of the performance. Whether we are talking about the Shakespearean tragedy Coriolanus, or the birthday gift that Richard Wagner gave to his wife Cosima, stories are woven throughout.”
The major work of the evening will be Schumann’s Rhenish Symphony, and portrays his impressions of scenes along the Rhine River, including a movement dedicated to the recently completed cathedral at Cologne. Although the symphony is numbered “Three,” it was actually the last of the composer’s four symphonies to be completed.
Wagner’s Siegfried Idyll was first played by an ensemble arranged on a staircase outside the couple’s door as his wife, Cosima, awakened on her birthday, a Christmas morning, following the birth of their child Siegfried. The piece has proven to be one of the few non-operatic works by Wagner to have a regular concert presence.
The Coriolan Overture was composed by Beethoven as introductory music to a drama of questionable worth by Joseph von Collin, based on the Shakespearean tragedy Coriolanus. It has survived the failure of the drama and has taken its place in the concert repertoire.
Full program notes by the Symphony’s annotator, William H. Driver, are available on the website at www.clintonsymphony.org.
Advance tickets may be purchased at Wagner Pharmacy on North Second Street in Clinton, Fitzgerald Pharmacy in Morrison, Ill., and Grummert’s Hardware in Sterling, Ill. Adult admission is $15, and high school and college student tickets are $5. Students through eighth grade are admitted free.
Remaining events of the Symphony’s season are the annual benefit dinner and auction on Friday, May 31, and a free outdoor Pops Concert in Clinton’s Riverview Park on June 2.
• Rape, sexual assault, sexual abuse and domestic violence are often labeled “crimes of silence” because of low reporting rates and social discomfort with their public discussion. To address the epidemic of sexual violence, the YWCA Domestic Violence Sexual Assault Resource Center is inviting community members to a “Take Back the Night” March and Rally at 6:30 pm. Sponsored by the Ashford University Student Government Association, the event will be held on the Ashford University Campus and is free to the community.
The Take Back the Night March will be held at Ashford University beginning at 6:30 p.m. Marchers will gather in the Ashford University Student Center for short march through the campus. The TBTN Rally and Program will follow at 7 p.m. in the Ashford Student Center. Keynote speaker Maggie Tinsman will speak on the global and local problems of human trafficking. A former Iowa State Senator of 18 years, Tinsman is the founder of “Breaking Traffic,” an organization dedicated to eradicating sex trafficking in Iowa and Illinois.
The Master of Ceremonies for the event will be Liz Srp, Assistant Attorney General, Child Support Recovery Unit. Others featured in the program include Rebecca K., YWCA Community Educator / Sexual Assault Advocate, Vocalist Steven Powell, and Accompanist Nancy Schmidt. Refreshments will be served following the program.
“Take Back The Night’s supporters have always understood the power of speaking out,” said YWCA Sexual Assault Advocate Rebecca K. “Survivors of sexual assault, rape, domestic violence, and sexual abuse show their strength and courage by speaking out so others will know they are not alone and that these crimes will not be tolerated, and they will not be silent any longer. Together, we can work toward eliminating sexual violence and empowering survivors.”
Throughout its history, Take Back the Night rallies have inspired both men and women to confront a myriad of social ills including sexual violence, violence against children, elder abuse, and domestic violence. The unifying theme throughout these diverse topics is the assertion that all human beings have the right to be free from violence, the right to be heard, and the right to reclaim those rights if they have been violated.
For more information on the “Take Back the Night” event, visit the YWCA website at www.ywcaclinton.org, or call Rebecca at 242-2118, 402.
• Friends of Jackson County Conservation invite the public to their spring business meeting at 7 p.m. at the Hurstville Interpretive Center. Leading up to the meeting, join in on a potluck at 6:30 p.m. Bring a dish to share; beverages will be provided.
At the meeting, members will reports of activities that have taken place since the January meeting; including updates with the Hurstville Outdoor Makeover, a summer internship position, strategic planning committee recommendations, sponsoring a traveling exhibit and the soup supper fundraiser event.
Funds for projects come from membership dues, memorial donations, sales in the Friends Gift Shop at the Hurstville Interpretive Center and various fundraisers throughout the year.
Friends’ membership is open to any area resident interested in supporting the Jackson County Conservation Board in promoting the conservation of natural resources and providing outdoor education and recreation opportunities for area residents. For more information about the organization, contact the Jackson County Conservation office at 652-3783 or visit www.jacksonccb.com.