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Colts La Musique & Masquerade Ball

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The Colts Booster Club, along with their generous title sponsor, Runde Auto Group, present an evening of elegance & mystery Thursday, Oct. 19, with cocktails, dancing, mingling, and a touch of romance. You're invited to attend La Musique & Masquerade Ball, the first-ever event of its kind hosted by the Colts Booster Club with proceeds to benefit the programs and ensembles of the Colts Youth Organization!

The Masquerade Ball, held at the Hotel Julien, will feature music by Ken Kilian and his band with light dinner music during cocktail hour beginning at 6:00 PM, and then the Ken Kilian Swingtet from 7:00-9:00. Doors open for the event at 5:30 PM.

Evening attire is recommended, and masks are required of all guests. Find a mask to accentuate your personality, or choose a couple's set to coordinate with your date. A limited number of masks will be available at the Hotel Julien. All guests must be 21.

Tickets for the evening are $50 and include one free cocktail and heavy hors d'oeuvres. We encourage you to purchase tickets in advance so we can make sure all guests are appropriately accommodated. However, tickets will be sold at the door if your evening suddenly becomes available.

The Hotel Julien has a block of rooms reserved for the evening.

For more information or tickets, visit

La Musique & Masquerade Ball is presented by the Colts Booster Club, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization whose sole purpose is to host fundraising events to support the Colts Youth Organization. The Colts Booster Club sponsors the Colts Car Wash each June to raise money for the summer tours of both the Colts Drum & Bugle Corps and the Colt Cadets.


Workplace Stability Workshop on Oct. 20

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Learn how to achieve workplace stability for entry-level employee retention and performance

A new initiative to support local businesses that employ low-wage and/or employees experiencing personal instability will kick-off with a free breakfast and workshop on Friday, Oct. 20.

Low-wage workers often experience personal instability that leads to absenteeism, health problems, and violations of workplace expectations. These consequences of instability lower workplace morale, decrease employees' attention to work and job performance, and result in increased costs for businesses.

The Dubuque Circles Initiative, a City of Dubuque Housing and Community Development Department program, is coordinating a new Workforce Stability initiative to support local businesses in addressing these issues. The initiative will be launched at a breakfast and workshop on Friday, Oct. 20, 2017. A keynote address by Ruth Weirich, author of "Workplace Stability," will begin at 8 a.m. and will be followed by a workshop from 9 a.m. to noon at the Hotel Julien's Grand Ballroom.

The Workforce Stability initiative can help businesses better understand the obstacles their lower-wage employees face and assist businesses in developing strategies to foster retention, growth, and productivity. It will also provide support to employees who are struggling with daily instability in their personal lives by offering a personal development course called "Getting Ahead in the Workplace." This course will assist participants in the development of goals that will lead them toward stability, while also connecting them to the resources they need to achieve those goals.

City of Dubuque Circles Coordinator Ermina Soler is overseeing the initiative, which she says supports efforts to strengthen Dubuque's workforce. "Employee instability creates business instability. This affects the business' bottom line. Workplace Stability offers tools and solutions that business leaders can implement to help their employees boost their performance and retention."

This event is co-sponsored by Dubuque Works, a Greater Dubuque Development Corporation initiative funded by the City of Dubuque, Dubuque County, and the Q Casino/Dubuque Racing Association, and the Tri-State Human Resource Association. The keynote is designed for CEOs, executives, human resource professionals, and managers and supervisors, with a workshop following to go more in-depth for human resource and other key staff with continuing education credits available.

The event is free and open to the public and will include the Workplace Stability book, breakfast, and refreshments.

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For more information, contact Ermina Soler at or 563.589.6909.


Sports are the leading cause of youth eye injuries

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Active children have the advantage of being in good physical shape and keeping their weight in check. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention say one in five children are considered overweight or obese, but being engaged in a sport or other activity promotes exercise, which can be a good thing for both physical and mental health. 

Although playing sports is beneficial for various reasons, there are some inherent risks to participating in them as well. Physical injuries, such as concussions and broken bones, can result from participating in sports. But perhaps surprisingly, eye injuries are quite common among young athletes. Such injuries often do not get the attention with regard to prevention that statistics suggest they warrant.

According to the National Eye Institute, eye injuries are the leading cause of blindness in children in America. Many eye injuries among school-aged children are attributed to sports. A study published in the journal JAMA Ophthalmology that was based on research from Johns Hopkins University, Harvard and other institutions found about 30,000 sports-related eye injuries are treated each year at emergency rooms participating in the Nationwide Emergency Department sample, which compiles information about millions of emergency room visits to more than 900 hospitals around the country. Data indicates that a large majority of these injuries occurred in people younger than 18, and a sizable number in children younger than 10. The situation is similar in Canada. 

"We believe that sports eye injuries are the largest cause of vision loss in children," said Keith Gordon, vice-president of research at CNIB, a Toronto-based nonprofit that provides support services for the visually impaired.

The NEI states that baseball is the sport responsible for the greatest number of eye injuries in children age 14 and younger. Basketball has the highest number of eye injuries for players between the ages of 15 and 24. Other sports that account for a high rate of eye injuries include softball, soccer and cycling. 

Players, parents and coaches must realize that, according to the Coalition to Prevent Sports Eye Injuries, 90 percent of sports-related eye injuries can be avoided with the use of protective eyewear. Protective eyewear is often made of strong polycarbonate, which is 10 times more impact-resistant than other plastics. All children who play sports should wear protective eyewear, warn sports medicine experts. However, currently many youth sports leagues do not require the use of such protection, making it the responsibility of parents and coaches to enforce this important safety protocol.

Protecting eyes when playing sports is of paramount importance for athletes of all ages. More information about sports-related activities and protective eyewear is available at Vision Council of America ( and Prevent Blindness America (



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The advice by many experts regarding fall pruning is "DON'T DO IT" as it can cause more harm than good.

• Pruning in the fall would stimulate new growth when a plant should be trying to go dormant.

• New growth weakens the plant which is not what a plant needs when it is heading into winter.

• Fall pruning creates a wound that can result in a more severe winterkill.

Good time to prune:

• Middle of winter or early spring if you absolutely can't stop yourself.

• When it is sunny and dry as pruning while it is wet/damp outside will cause diseases to spread. Damp weather promotes mold and bacteria.

• In the spring once a plant has finished flowering.

Most plants don't require pruning. Fruit trees and overgrown shrubs are really the only thing that requires it and helps them to produce more fruits and flowers.

Pruning focus:

• Dead or dying branches

• Low hanging branches

• Prune back to the main stem. Leaving a stub sticking out opens your tree or shrub up to bacteria or gives insects a home.

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Fall Workshop on Dementia

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The Alzheimer's Association will deliver its northeast Iowa annual fall workshop on dementia at Mercy Medical Center, 250 Mercy Drive, Dubuque,Tuesday, October 17. Check-in is at 8 am. Sessions begin at 9 am, and the day concludes at 4 pm.

The workshop is free and open to the public thanks to the generosity of a number of local senior service organizations. CEUs (six contact hours) will be offered for professionals who request them for a total of $15, payable at the event. Lunch will be available at the hospital cafeteria or "on your own."

Morning sessions include an overview of state-of-the-art research suggesting ways to minimize risk of getting Alzheimer's disease presented by seasoned professional, Jerry Schroeder, followed by a vibrant presentation about music therapy and its benefits to people with dementia and caregivers by board certified music therapist, Stephanie Johnson, who has extensive experience presenting on this subject.

After lunch the audience will view the one-hour award-winning PBS documentary, "Alzheimer's: The Caregiver's Perspective." An interactive question and answer session will follow with a small panel of local people living with dementia and their caregivers.

Alzheimer's Association spokesperson and presenter, Jerry Schroeder, MSSW, adds, "We are very proud and excited about the program we've put together and grateful to the many organizations who have made it possible for us to offer this at no charge to attendees. This will be a memorable day of inspiration and education. Seating is limited so I urge people to register right away."

Advanced registration is required by calling 1-800-272-3900. For more information contact Jerry Schroeder at 563-293-8056 or at

About the Alzheimer's Association
The Alzheimer's Association is the world's leading voluntary health organization in Alzheimer's care, support, and research. The Association's mission is to eliminate Alzheimer's disease through the advancement of research, to provide care and support for all affected, and to reduce the risk of dementia through the promotion of brain health.


Housing Department Offering Home Ownership Workshop in October

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The City of Dubuque Housing and Community Development Department will host a "Home Ownership Made Easy" (HOME) workshop in October to provide information on City programs, credit and basic banking/insurance, and energy savings for those who rent or own a home.

The workshop is comprised of four classes that span four consecutive Monday evenings from 5:30-7:30 p.m. The first class begins Monday, Oct. 2.

Workshop courses will be held in Suite 312 on the third floor of the Historic Federal Building, 350 W. Sixth St. Cost is $25 per household for four classes, or free for those already participating in the City's Housing Choice Voucher Program. The HOME workshop is required for those who wish to qualify for any City programs.

The four-week workshop classes are broken down as follows:

Week One: City Programs and Useful Tips, presented by City staff

Week Two: The Keys to Your Home-Spending Plans and Credit, presented by Iowa State University Extension and Outreach of Dubuque County

Week Three: Basic Banking/Insurance, presented by lender/insurance agent

Week Four: The Energy Wise Take a Closer Look, presented by City staff

Pre-registration is required to attend. To register, please call 563-589-4239. For more information, visit


Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program

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Operation: New View Announces Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) Launch for 2017-2018 Winter Season

Applications will be taken starting November 1, 2017 for the 2017-2018 Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program. This program is funded by the Department of Health and Human Services through the Iowa Department of Human Rights/DCAA, and is administered through local community action agencies. It has been established to help qualifying low-income Iowa homeowners and renters pay for a portion of their primary heating costs.

The Operation: New View Community Action Agency offices are located at:

Dubuque County: 1473 Central Ave., Dubuque, (563) 556-5130

Delaware County: 721 S. 5th Street, Suite B, Manchester, (563) 927-4629

Jackson County: 904 E. Quarry Street, Maquoketa, (563) 652-5197

Each county office will be taking applications for resident households from November 1, 2017 through April 30, 2018 (Beginning Monday, October 2, 2017 for households with one or more elderly/disabled members).

Heads of household are asked to call their county office to schedule an appointment to apply for assistance. Households with elderly and/or disabled members may call starting September 28.

Applicants will need to furnish some form of identification, a copy of their most recent heating and electric bill, and proof of all household members' gross income for the past 30 days or for the past calendar year.

The assistance is based on household income, household size, type of fuel, and other factors. Eligibility for participation is established according to the following federal income guidelines:


The following list shows the 30-day gross income followed by annual gross income maximums for various size households, beginning with 1-member up to 8-member households (for households with more than eight members, add $610 / $7,315 for each additional member).

1 member  $1,759 / $21,105

2 members $2,368 / $28,420

3 members $2,978 / $35,735

4 members $3,588 / $43,050 

5 members $4,197 / $50,365 

6 members $4,807 / $57,680 

7 members $5,416 / $64,995 

8 members $6,026 / $72,310




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Elections for Dubuque County Fairgrounds Directors will be held at the Dubuque County Fairgrounds Grand Ballroom on Tuesday, October 17, 2017, from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Eight Directors will be elected for a three-year term. 

Any Dubuque County resident age 18 or over is eligible to vote.


Want healthier kids? Get a pet

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If youngsters have been eyeing fuzzy kittens or boisterous puppies at nearby shelters or pet stores, parents may want to give in to those cries for a family pet. Pets are added responsibilities, but the health benefits associated with pet ownership may be well worth the investment of time and effort.

Caring for a pet is sometimes viewed as a childhood rite of passage, but there's much more to the experience than just learning responsibility. Experts say a child's emotional, cognitive, physical, and social development can be enhanced through interaction with a family pet.

Studies continue, but the effects of family pets on children was heavily researched by developmental psychologist Gail F. Melson in 2003. Melson looked at literature on child-animal relationships and found that children who had pets were better able to understand biology and children who could turn to pets for unconditional emotional support were less anxious and withdrawn than their peers without family pets to turn to.

Data from a small study conducted by researchers at the Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University reported that adolescents who had animal experience were more likely to see themselves as important contributors to communities and more likely to take on leadership roles.

Pets also can help children develop into well-rounded individuals. Playing with a pet requires children to engage in physical activity and can help stimulate motor skills. An English study conducted in 2010 and published in the American Journal of Public Health found that children from dog-owning families spent more time in light or moderate to vigorous physical activity and recorded higher levels of activity counts per minute than kids whose families did not own a dog. 

Pets may help with allergies and respiratory ailments as well. A 2012 study by the American Academy of Pediatrics discovered that children who have early contact with cats and dogs have fewer respiratory infections and ear infections and need shorter courses of antibiotics than children who have not had contact with pets. 

A study from Dennis Ownby, MD, a pediatrician and head of the allergy and immunology department of the Medical College of Georgia, found that having multiple pets decreases a child's risk of developing certain allergies. He found that the children who were exposed to two or more dogs or cats as babies were less than half as likely to develop common allergies as kids who had no pets in the home.

Pets also may foster social interactions, which can benefit children who are shy. Inviting others over to meet pets can help children make friends and find others with similar interests. Children may also confide in pets and develop their self-esteem.

Studies have indicated that the type of pet a family has, whether it's horses, dogs, snakes, etc., does not matter, as all companion animals have the potential to benefit children.


The best ways to cheer on favorite sports teams

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Autumn weather calls to mind sipping warm cider and raking leaves. But for sports fans, fall is all about sports. 

American football, field hockey, ice hockey, and basketball are just a few of the sports that make autumn an exciting time for sports fans.

Even the most ardent fan may have room for improvement when it comes to supporting his or her team. Here are a few ideas to make cheering for a favorite team even more enjoyable.

Attend a game
Fans who never get to see their team play in person may miss out on a unique experience. The atmosphere and energy of sitting in a stadium or arena cannot compete with a television simulcast. Ardent fans can resolve to attend a game in person this season. Enroll in employee entertainment clubs to receive discounts on sports tickets among other types of entertainment.

Host a game watch
Build camaraderie with fellow fans by hosting a game watch. A routine sports night is a great way to get together with friends and family members. Gather a group at your house each week to watch a favorite team battle it out on the big screen. Or get together with fellow fans in the community at a sports bar or restaurant, combining a night out on the town with your passion for sports.

Get the kids involved
Spread the love of fandom to a new generation. Schools and youth organizations can encourage children to support local scholastic teams. Organize field trips to sporting events to involve as many students as possible.

Fall sports are heating up, and fans can do their part to support their favorite teams in various ways.


Dubuque to Host City-Wide Walk for the Healthiest State Annual Walk on Oct. 4

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Iowans encouraged to walk more, connect more every day

Dubuque, among all of Iowa will continue the state's dedication to becoming the healthiest state by joining the 7th Annual Walk on October 4. The Healthiest State strives to inspire Iowans to #GetYourWalkOn not only on October 4, but every day by connecting with friends, family, and one's community.

Dubuque's walk will kick off at 10:45am on October 4 starting from five downtown Dubuque locations including: Intermodal Transportation Center (950 Elm Street), Port of Dubuque (meet at the base of Third Street Bridge), Roshek Building (700 Locust), in between the Prudential Building (500 Main Street) & NICC Downtown (700 Main Street), or City Hall (50 W. 13th Street).

Halfway through the walk, participants will gather inside the Roshek Building (700 Locust) and hear speakers from the Healthiest State Initiative, Delta Dental, and city leaders. After they gather, participants can return to their starting points or walk back to work.

Mayor Roy D. Buol reports that "The City of Dubuque is proud of our community partnerships coming together to host a citywide walk for the Healthiest State's 7th Annual Walk. It's wonderful to see the overwhelming support of making Iowa the healthiest state in the nation, starting with our very own city. "

The Healthiest State Initiative and this year's presenting annual walk sponsor, Delta Dental of Iowa, has the goal to have an organized walk in all 99 Iowa counties again this year. The Annual Walk represents more than just 30 minutes of walking - it demonstrates our dedication to the long-term goal of changing the lives of Iowans by making healthy choices easy. It shows how devoted we are to the future of the communities where we live, work and play.

For more information contact: Michele Malone of UnityPoint Health Finley Hospital at 563.589.2494 or email



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By Pamela Shaw
Social Security District Manager in Dubuque IA

Is Social Security a topic in your conversations these days? Are you familiar with the lingo used to describe Social Security benefits, or does it sound like a new vocabulary to you? 

Social Security employees strive to explain benefits using easy-to-understand, plain language. But if a technical term or acronym (an abbreviation of the first letters of words in a phrase) that you don't know slips into the conversation or appears in written material, you can easily find the meaning in our online glossary at

Social Security acronyms function as verbal shorthand in our financial planning conversations. If you're nearing retirement, you may want to know what PIA (primary insurance amount), FRA (full retirement age), and DRCs (delayed retirement credits) mean. These terms involve your benefit amount based on when you decide to take it.

If you take your retirement benefit at FRA, you'll receive the full PIA (amount payable for a retired worker who starts benefits at full retirement age). So, FRA is an age and PIA is an amount.

What about DRCs? Delayed retirement credits are the incremental increases added to the PIA if you delay taking retirement benefits beyond your full retirement age. If you wait to begin benefits beyond FRA - say, at age 68 or even 70 - your benefit increases.

Once you receive benefits, you get a COLA most years. But don't expect a refreshing drink - a COLA is a Cost of Living Adjustment, and that will usually mean a little extra money in your monthly payment.

Knowing some of these terms can help you fine-tune your conversations about Social Security. If one of those unknown terms or acronyms does come up in conversation, you can be the one to supply the definition using our online glossary. Sometimes learning the lingo can deepen your understanding of how Social Security works for you. Discover more at


Catfish Creek Watershed Authority Board Announces New Soil Quality Restoration Grant Program

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The Catfish Creek Watershed Management Authority (CCWMA) and the City of Dubuque have partnered to create a new cost-share program that offers all Catfish Creek Watershed landowners financial incentives to install conservation practices on their property.

The CCWMA board of directors recently finalized a watershed management plan for the entire 46,000-acre watershed which includes the implementation conservation practices throughout the watershed.

The CCWMA is now accepting applications for Soil Quality Restoration (SQR) project proposals. SQR practices are designed to improve soil health by restoring organic matter and de-compacting tight clay soils. Doing so improves storm water infiltration and allows green spaces to absorb more water. Additionally, SQR eliminates the need for additional fertilizers and chemicals on lawns. In the end, SQR improves water quality and reduces peak flows as more storm water runoff is reduced.

The CCWMA has a total of approximately $100,000 to invest in SQR projects within the watershed. Following review of applications, funding will be awarded on a first-come, first-served basis. SQR projects awarded funding through the program will be eligible for 75 percent of the project cost, up to a maximum of $3,000 per home. The homeowner will be required to hire a certified contractor or become certified themselves (if doing the work themselves). Certification courses will be offered to the public later this fall and in spring 2017.

For more information or to request an application to apply please email or call the Catfish Creek Watershed Administration at 563-690-6116.


Fall Yard Clean Up Tips

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Keep your yard, home, deck and tools looking and working great for years to come. Protect them from the harsh reality of winter by following these helpful tips.


• Rake up any fallen leaves, as these can inhibit grass growth once spring comes.

• Pests often settle in fallen leaves or weeds, so pay special attention to flower beds and vegetable

Mow and feed your lawn

• Using fertilizer with a high phosphorous content in the fall gives your lawn nutrients it needs to flourish in spring.

Protect your cold-sensitive plants

• Add 3-4 inches of mulch to the bases of trees, shrubs and plants to prevent damage from freezing. Keep the mulch an inch from the base of the trunk.

• Cover plants/shrubs with burlap to prevent winter burn. Burlap allows the plant/shrub to breathe, helping air to circulate, not get trapped.

Protect your deck

• Power washing with a pressure washer can prevent mold and mildew growth.

• A weather-proofing stain prevents moisture damage over winter.

Hoses, fountains and irrigation systems

• Drain or blow out all water from hoses, fountains, and irrigation systems with an air compressor, and store them in a dry place, as water left standing over the winter may damage your equipment.

Trim and prune trees and shrubs

• Trimming any large or out of place branches can prevent breakage from snow buildup.

Clean and repair gutters

• Clogged or broken gutters can cause damage to your home or flooding when snow melts.


• Adding a light coat of oil can also prevent rust buildup over the winter.

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Hispanics and Latinos of North America

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National Hispanic Heritage Month begins September 15 and celebrates those people who identify primarily as Hispanic and Latino, as well as their cultures and histories.

Expanded from a week-long celebration to an entire month in 1988, this unique celebration provides a great reason to examine one of the fastest-growing demographics of people.

The following are some key facts about Latino and Hispanic communities within the United States and Canada.

• The Pew Research Center says that the Hispanic population in the United States has now reached 57 million people. Only the Asian community is growing faster than the Hispanic community among racial or ethnic groups in the United States. Today, Hispanics comprise 18 percent of the entire U.S. population.

• The U.S. Census Bureau describes Hispanic or Latino ethnicity as people descending from Cuba, Mexico, Puerto Rico, Central or South America, or another Spanish culture or origin regardless of race.

• California has the largest Hispanic population among states in the United States, with an estimated 15 million Hispanic residents. Texas and Florida are also home to many Hispanics. These three states comprise more than half of the Hispanic population of the United States. A sizable amount of Hispanics also live in Arizona and New Mexico. The New York City area plays home to roughly 27 percent of the country's Puerto Ricans and 21 percent of its Dominicans. 

• Although these states have very high Hispanic populations, between 2000 and 2014, the Latino population in South Dakota grew fastest among the 50 states and the Latino population in District of Columbia nearly tripled.

• As of 2015, West Virginia, Maine and Vermont were the states with the lowest percentage of Hispanic residents.

• Many Hispanics and Latinos who emigrate to Canada settle in the big cities, such as Toronto, Montreal and Vancouver. Ontario is home to the largest segment of Canada's Latino population. Over 90 percent of Latinos in Canada receive university education. 

• While speaking Spanish remains an important part of Hispanic culture, many Hispanic adults say it is not necessary to speak Spanish to be considered Hispanic or Latino. The percentage of Latinos in the United States who speak English has continued to grow thanks to the rise of Latinos born in America.

People of Hispanic and Latino descent make up a remarkable percentage of North America, influencing trends and culture.


A brief history of American football

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According to Nielsen, 111.3 million people tuned in to watch the Super Bowl in early 2017. Almost two-thirds of adults in the United States say they currently watch National Football League games.

But American football is no longer relegated to the boundaries of the United States, as it is becoming a global sport. According to the International Federation of American Football, there are 80 countries with organized federations governing the game. Plus, thousands of youth and adult leagues exist all over the world. Even though soccer has long been a global sport, it seems the other kind of "football" is quickly catching up.

The sport known as American football was borne out of the English sports of association football (soccer) and rugby. During the late 19th century, elite Northeastern colleges took up the sport, playing a soccer-type game with rules adopted from the London Football Association. Intercollegiate matches began to spring up at schools such as Rutgers, Princeton, Harvard, and McGill University. Rugby-type rules became preferential among players and spectators.

Walter Camp, known affectionately as the "Father of American Football," transformed the rugby-style game into the one that resembles American football today. Camp brought two key innovations to the game. The opening "scrummage" was eliminated, and a rule was introduced that required a team to give up the ball after failing to advance down the field a specific yardage. Camp also developed the quarterback position, lines of scrimmage and the scoring scale used in football today.

Early games were controversial because of the high rate of injury. Even President Theodore Roosevelt stepped in to ask collegiate teams to revise regulations to make the game less brutal. The committee overseeing the rules would later become known as the National Collegiate Athletic Association. 

Thanks largely in part to the popularity of college football, professional football began to gain traction with the public. The American Professional Football Association was formed in 1920. That league would later become the National Football League. The first televised NFL game occurred in 1939. Eventually, American football's popularity would explode.

Cheerleaders were introduced to the game in the 1960s. Currently, the Dallas Cowboy Cheerleaders are the most famous squad. Six teams in the NFL do not have cheerleaders: the Chicago Bears, the Cleveland Browns, the Detroit Lions, the New York Giants, the Pittsburgh Steelers, and the Green Bay Packers.

Football games typically last around 3 hours. Average attendance for an NFL game is 66,957 spectators.
American football has become a multibillion-dollar industry. What developed on college campuses has grown into a worldwide phenomenon.


Magic for the Museum 3!

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A popular, all-ages live magic show is back after a three-year hiatus.

The Dubuque Museum of Art (DuMA) announced Magic for the Museum 3! will take place on Saturday, September 30, 2017 at 3 pm at Hempstead High School Auditorium. Doors for the approximately two-hour performance will open at 2:30 pm.

The event will be headlined by the Hanson Family Jugglers and Unicyclists from Kanawha, Iowa. Mark Hanson, a two-time Guinness World Record holder for speed juggling, his national unicycle champion daughter, Christa, and the rest of the Hanson Family have presented their highly-acclaimed program at libraries and community venues across Iowa and the Midwest.

Audiences will enjoy inspiring stories and juggling and unicycle tricks that the Hanson Family has showcased on two occasions for the world-famous Harlem Globetrotters.

For more information about the Hanson Family Jugglers and Unicyclists, visit

Local magician and event emcee Craig "Steven" Beytien and Rick Eugene, who has performed for audiences across Iowa and Illinois, will also perform at the event.

Admission is $10 for adults and $5 for children 12 years of age and younger. Advance tickets may be purchased by calling (563) 557-1851 or by visiting Tickets may also be purchased at the door.

All proceeds from the event will benefit Dubuque Museum of Art programs. Promotional support for Magic for the Museum is provided by TH Media.


Fall lawn care tips

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Spring and summer may be the seasons most often associated with landscaping and lawn care, but tending to lawns and gardens is a year-round job. If lawn and garden responsibilities dip considerably in winter, then fall is the last significant chance before the new year that homeowners will have to address the landscaping around their homes.

Fall lawn care differs from spring and summer lawn care, even if the warm temperatures of summer linger into autumn. Homeowners who want their lawns to thrive year-round can take advantage of the welcoming weather of fall to address any existing or potential issues.

• Keep mowing, but adjust how you mow. It's important that homeowners continue to mow their lawns so long as grass is growing. But as fall transitions into winter, lower the blades so the grass is cut shorter while remaining mindful that no blade of grass should ever be trimmed by more than one-third. Lowering the blades will allow more sunlight to reach the grass in the months ahead.

• Remove leaves as they fall. Much like apple-picking and foliage, raking leaves is synonymous with fall. Some homeowners may wait to pick up a rake until all of the trees on their properties are bare. However, allowing fallen leaves to sit on the ground for extended periods of time can have an adverse effect on grass. Leaves left to sit on the lawn may ultimately suffocate the grass by forming an impenetrable wall that deprives the lawn of sunlight and oxygen. The result is dead grass and possibly even fungal disease. Leaves may not need to be raked every day, but homeowners should periodically rake and remove leaves from their grass, even if there are plenty left to fall still hanging on the trees.

• Repair bald spots. Summer exacts a toll on lawns in various ways, and even homeowners with green thumbs may end up with a lawn filled with bald spots come September. Autumn is a great time to repair these bald spots. Lawn repair mixes like Scotts® PatchMaster contain mulch, seed and fertilizer to repair bald spots, which can begin to recover in as little as seven days. Before applying such products, remove dead grass and loosen the top few inches of soil. Follow any additional manufacturer instructions as well.

• Aerate the turf. Aerating reduces soil compacting, facilitating the delivery of fertilizer and water to a lawn's roots. While many homeowners, and particularly those who take pride in tending to their own lawns, can successfully aerate their own turf, it's best to first have soil tested so you know which amendments to add after the ground has been aerated. Gardening centers and home improvement stores sell soil testing kits that measure the pH of soil, but homeowners who want to test for nutrients or heavy metals in their soil may need to send their samples to a lab for further testing.

Fall lawn care provides a great reason to spend some time in the yard before the arrival of winter.


East Dubuque Lions Club Sponsors Illinois State Historical Society Marker Unveiling

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The East Dubuque Lions Club and Foundation announces the arrival of the State of Illinois Historical Society "Historical Marker" for the East Dubuque Community.

Featured is an important part of this region's history: Sop-ho-kab, our own "Indian Kate" who traveled by canoe with a severely injured (11 bullet wounds to the neck and head) young Sauk (Sac) Indian brave and landed at our doorstep at the Olde Jordon's Landing owned by Thomas and Mary (Whiteside) Jordon after the Bad Axe Massacre on August 2, 1832 at Victory, Wisconsin, to end the Black Hawk War.

2017 is the 185th Anniversary of this event in our history. An unveiling of this great marker for East Dubuque will take place at the East Dubuque District Library on Saturday, September 30, 2017 from 11 am to 1 pm. Exhibits and displays will be shown in the library at the ceremony.

Everyone is welcome to attend, rain or shine. The East Dubuque Lions Club Foundation is still accepting donations (tax deductible) to place an honorable tombstone in the East Dubuque Cemetery at the Probus and Catherine Clare ("Indian Kate") Eberle grave site.

Catherine Clare was adopted by the Jordons and raised with their 14 children. She married Probus Eberle, a prominent Prussian farming immigrant, and they raised eight children. Judy Buss and other direct descendants of "Indian Kate" will be in attendance.



The Grand Opera House presents The Mel Brooks Musical Young Frankenstein

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Catch the "Transylvania Mania" at the Grand Opera House this October when Mel Brooks' hilarious Musical hit "Young Frankenstein" takes the stage! Brought to life by Mel Brooks himself, this stage musical adaptation of his Oscar nominated hit movie brings all your favorite cinematic moments to the stage.

Young Frankenstein is a loving parody of the 1930's Classic Horror film "Frankenstein". It received critical acclaim and achieved box office success in 1974 when it was released. Telling the story of the reluctant grandson of the infamous Dr. Frankenstein, who has inherited the family castle. He travels to Transylvania, leaving his fiancée behind, to claim his inheritance. Once in the family estate he discovers the Frankenstein family legacy is hard to resist, and with the assistance of his very own Igor, a leggy lab assistant named Inga and Frau Blucher(cue the lightning and horses) he creates his very own monster. Surprises wait around each corner, with comedy lurking in the shadows of the castle Frankenstein.

The Grand is excited to welcome back Jeff Tebbe, who directed the successful Shrek the Musical production this past summer. He is joined on the Directing team by Mandy Brosius as choreographer and Tim Durst as Music Director. Together they lead a cast of local performers as they bring this monster of a musical to life in front of a live audience. So, "if you're blue and you don't know where to go to" - The Grand Opera House is "Puttin' on the Ritz" with Young Frankenstein!

*This show contains adult themes and language, parental discretion is advised.

Tickets for Young Frankenstein are $20 for Adults and $12 for children under 18 and can be purchased in person at the Box Office located at 135 W. 8th Street in Dubuque, or by calling (563) 588-1305. Box Office hours are Monday through Friday from Noon until 4:00pm. Tickets can also be purchased on our website at

Dates and Times:
Friday, October 6th at 7:30pm
Saturday, October 7th at 7:30pm
Sunday, October 8th at 2:00pm
Friday, Ocotber 13th at 7:30pm
Saturday, October 14th at 7:30pm
Sunday, October 15th at 2:00pm


The Grand Opera House Announces Auditions for It’s A Wonderful Life

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The Grand Opera House will present It's A Wonderful Life, based on the Liberty Films Motion Picture directed by Frank Capra. Performances are on November 24 & 25 and December 1 & 2 at 7:30pm and November 26 and December 3 at 2:00pm

A stage adaptation of the classic movie starring James Stewart is sure to be the perfect start to the Holiday Season. Director is Michelle Blanchard.


6:00 PM Saturday, September 30th - Kids Audition
7:00 PM Saturday, September 30th
1:00 PM Sunday, October 1st - Kids Audition
2:00 PM Sunday, October 1st, 2017

Call backs:

1:00 PM Saturday, October 7th

*Actors wishing to audition but are unavailable to arrive at the start of the audition time should call the Grand Opera House business office at 563-588-4356 to make appropriate arrangements.

Auditions will be held at the Grand's Rehearsal space in the Arcade Building, 880 Locust St., Suites 222 and 228. Please enter though the alley entrance located between Locust and Main. When you enter go up just past the first hallway and take the stairs on the left to the second floor. The rooms are right at the top of the stairs.

Rehearsals will begin Thursday, October 19th. Those auditioning should be prepared to list all conflict or potential conflicts between October 19th and December 3rd. Availability for evening dress rehearsals November 19th - 22nd and all performances is mandatory. There will not be rehearsal on November 23rd (Thanksgiving). Rehearsals may possibly run anytime from 7-10 pm Monday through Friday and various times on the weekend depending on necessity. NOTE: Rehearsal dates and times are NOT set in stone and will be determined by the availability of the cast!

Actors will be asked to read from the show. Audition sides will be available from the Grand Opera House Business Office in advance, on the audition page of the Grand's website, or the day of the audition. For additional information please contact Executive and Artistic Director, Frank McClain at


George Bailey (20s-30s) A young man filled with big dreams that he sees slipping away until he is faced with a stark future.

Henry Potter (50+) A grounded business man, who runs the town of Bedford Falls with a financial iron fist.

Clarence (200+) Angel, Second Class. An ageless, yet naïve guardian angel.

Mary Hatch-Bailey (20s-30s) The supportive and independent wife of George Bailey. She is the glue that holds his world together.

Mr. Gower (doubles) (40s-50s) The beneficent, if troubled, town druggist.

Bert (doubles) (20s-30s) The local police officer, and George's best friend.

Uncle Billy (doubles) (40s-50s) George's forgetful Uncle and business partner.

Harry Bailey (doubles) (20s) George's bright eyed kid brother, who goes off to save the world, while George holds down the homefront.

Mother Bailey (doubles) (40s-50s) The world weary and put upon mother of George and Harry, who leads them gently down their respective paths.

Violet Bick (doubles) (20s-30s) A friend of George Bailey's since childhood.

Tilly (doubles) (30s-40s) The Bulding and Loan's loyal Secretary

Young George/Peter Bailey II (10-15)

Young Harry/Tommy Bailey (7-12)

Young Violet/ Janie (10-15)

Young Mary (may double) (7-12)

Zuzu (may double) (7-10)


The Grand Opera House is seeking Goblins, Ghouls, and Ghosts of all ages

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Is your favorite holiday Halloween? Do you enjoy scaring people? Want an excuse to wear your Halloween costume for a whole weekend? The Grand Opera House is looking for people to help make their second annual Haunted House a "scary good time"!

Terror At The Grand Opera House, our annual Haunted House, will take place on the following days:

Friday, October 27th: Light Fright 6:00pm-7:30pm, Full Fright 8:00pm-11:00pm

Saturday, October 28th: Light Fright 6:00pm-7:30pm, Full Fright 8:00pm-11:00pm

Sunday, October 29th: Light Fright 5:00pm-7:30pm, Full Fright 8:00pm-10:00pm

Monday, October 30th: Light Fright 5:00pm-7:30pm, Full Fright 8:00pm-10:00pm

Seeking Mayhem Makers

Set up Crew: The Set up crew will begin setting up throughout the Grand Opera House the week of October 16th. These individuals will work with the Grand's Technical Director, Tracey Richardson, to set up all of the various stations. This includes some construction, as well as creative prop building, and costume collection and construction. Work times can be arranged to work with crew members' personal schedules.

Performers: Performers will be needed the nights of the event. Performers will be given specific areas and tasks. Costumes and makeup can be provided by the theater. Performers are not required to be at all 4 days of the event.

Strike Crew: The Strike crew will work with our Technical Director to restore the theater to its original condition. Some work will be done on Monday night after the final tour, additional help will be needed on Tuesday, October 31st and Wednesday, November 1st.

If you are interested in participating in Terror at the Grand Opera House please contact Michelle Blanchard at or by phone at (563)588-1305.


Premier Bank Supports Relief Efforts For Communities Impacted By Hurricane Harvey

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Premier Bank is teaming up with the American Red Cross of Northeast Iowa to provide aid to those impacted by Hurricane Harvey in Texas. Premier Bank is now collecting donations at each of their three branches in Dubuque. The bank will match the first $5,000 raised.

"On behalf of the entire Premier Bank family, our thoughts and well wishes for a strong recovery are with everyone impacted by Hurricane Harvey," said Premier Bank CEO Jeffrey Mozena. "We look forward to partnering with the American Red Cross to help show our community's support. Any donation, no matter how large or small, is greatly appreciated. "

Hurricane Harvey made landfall over the weekend. The category 4 hurricane crashed into the Texas coast, devastating families and businesses. Harvey is now a Tropical Storm and is lingering off the coast, dumping water onto coastal Texas, including the Houston area. As the rain continues, many people are in danger due to flooding while others have lost homes and property.

Premier Bank branches are located at 2625 NW Arterial Rd., 1975 JFK Rd., and at the corner of 9th and Iowa Streets. The bank will accept cash or check donations in any amount. Checks can be made to American Red Cross, with Hurricane Harvey in the memo.

Premier is a community bank committed to providing attractive account options with cutting-edge technology while supporting Dubuque's civic, educational and charitable organizations. Premier Bank has $297 million in assets and three locations in Dubuque.


Mayor Buol’s Statement on Racist Graffiti

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 In response to the recent discovery of racist graffiti on a portion of the floodwall in Dubuque, Mayor Roy D. Buol issued the following statement condemning the act and reasserting Dubuque's commitment to actions that create a safe, equitable, and inclusive community.

"A City of Dubuque employee recently discovered racist graffiti on a portion of the floodwall and reported it to the Police Department. While perspective may vary on the significance of this event, it is important that these messages and such behavior be addressed clearly and explicitly. I want to clearly convey that it will not be tolerated in our community.

In recent months, our nation has witnessed a resurgence of white supremacist violence that has resulted in murders from Oregon to Virginia, and is more threatening with each passing day. This ideology and these acts cannot become normalized in any way. Like many Americans, members of our community have been impacted by the racist language and violence that has taken place across the country.

I am unequivocal in my stand against white supremacy, hate, and bigotry, and recently joined mayors from across the nation in signing the Mayor's Compact to Combat Hate, Extremism, and Bigotry. Furthermore, I proudly and publicly affirm our fundamental commitment to the values of equity, inclusion, and fairness, all of which are critical to our local and national democracy. These are not only values to which we aspire, they are also values we put into action.

In Dubuque, our communities make us strong - people of all races, ethnicities, religions, genders, abilities, and immigration status. Many of our most marginalized communities, however, are facing a larger context of racial inequities across every indicator for success, from education and jobs to housing, criminal justice, health, and wealth. We must continue to work proactively to advance racial equity, developing and implementing policies and practices that work better for all. We must commit time, talent, and treasure to creating new practices and systems to ensure equity and inclusion.

There is an ugly history of racism across the United States that continues to play out at times at the local level. We must acknowledge that history, as a nation and as a community, and work to end racism, bigotry, and hate. I know our continued actions are the truest reflection of our commitment to heal our community and nation and make us whole. I am committed to working in partnership to accelerate an equitable future for all."


Great Deals on Yamaha Instruments

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Every year, the Colts and Colt Cadets purchase new equipment from the Yamaha Corporation of America. Following the seaon, we are able to sell these gently-used brass, percussion, and keyboard instruments at very competitive prices. We currently have baritones, tubas, 4-1/2 octave marimbas, vibraphones, and more available for immediate delivery.

We are also taking reservations now for our full line of brass instruments (trumpets, mellophones, baritones, euphoniums, and tubas) and front ensemble equipment (4-1/2 and 4-1/3 octave marimbas, vibraphones, xylophones, concert toms, and bell sets). These will be available for delivery following the end of our next season in August 2018.

To find out more about available instruments and prices, contact Vicki MacFarlane, Colts Director, via email at



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By Pamela Shaw
Social Security District Manager in Dubuque IA

We know the importance of "familia" in Hispanic culture, and we're proud to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month (Sept. 15 to Oct. 15) by helping build a secure future for you, your family, and your future family.

You can learn more about how Social Security helps secure today and tomorrow for millions of families by visiting

Hispanics make up our nation's largest ethnic minority group with a population of 56.6 million, according to 2015 statistics from the U.S. Census Bureau. Social Security is here to help maintain and improve our economic well-being for generations to come.

Currently, we do this by providing retirement, disability, and other benefits to 61 million people, including nearly 3.5 million Hispanics, who have contributed to the Social Security system through their payroll taxes. Social Security also provides a safety net to the families of American workers who become unable to work due to grave impairments or have died.

We work hard to provide enhanced customer service and to educate millions of Americans about the importance of our programs and benefits. This allows us to connect with the Hispanic community in meaningful and efficient ways.

If Spanish is your primary language, you can visit, our Spanish-language website. It provides hundreds of pages of important information about how to get a Social Security card, plan for retirement, apply for benefits, and manage your benefits once you're receiving them. Many of our offices have staff who speak Spanish, or you can call 1-800-772-1213 from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. weekdays and select the option for Spanish.

Nationwide, our public affairs specialists reach out to thousands of Hispanic Americans each year to raise awareness of the benefits they may qualify for and to learn the advantages of setting up a my Social Security account at

These specialists promote our programs at local events, health fairs, libraries, schools, and community organizations that serve the public, including the Hispanic population. Some of our bilingual staff serve as contributors to Spanish-language television, radio stations, and newspapers. They also visit embassies and consulates in the U.S. representing Latin American countries to educate diplomatic leaders and new immigrants about Social Security programs.

Spanish-speaking individuals wishing to apply for retirement, disability, survivor, and other benefits, as well as Medicare, can now request an appointment online at for an in-person interview or telephone claim with a representative. In many cases, you can make an appointment with a bilingual representative.

We're with you and your family throughout life's journey. To learn more about Social Security programs, visit or


The health benefits of grandparent-grandchild relationships

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In the not-so-distant past, extended families were the norm, with multiple generations residing on the same street if not in the same house. 

Today the family unit is largely an amalgam of different situations. The rise of two-income families has pressured parents into finding childcare situations. Quite often grandparents once again step in to offer guidance and support for youngsters. This can be a good thing for both the grandparents and the grandchildren.

Although a bevy of psychological research focuses on parent-child relationships, new evidence points to the benefits of the grandchild-grandparent relationship as well. Close relationships between these different demographics is often a sign of strong familial ties.

A study from researchers at Boston College discovered that emotionally close ties between grandparents and adult grandchildren reduced depressive symptoms in both groups. Research at the University of Oxford among English children between the ages 11 and 16 found that close grandparent-grandchild relationships were associated with benefits including fewer emotional and behavioral problems and fewer difficulties with peers. 

Adult and grandchildren alike benefit from relationships with their elders. Grandparents can provide a connection and exposure to different ideas while providing a link to family history and knowledge regarding traditions and customs not readily available elsewhere.

Nurturing grandparent-grandchild experiences may be easy for families where grandparents live in the same house or close by. For others, it may take some effort. The following are some ways to facilitate time spent together.

• Schedule regular family reunions or get-togethers. Host or plan multi-generation events that bring the family together and expose children to various members of their family.

• Promote one-on-one time. Have grandchildren spend time with grandparents in intimate settings. Alone time can be good for both and offers each undivided attention. A meal at a restaurant or time spent doing a puzzle or craft can be interesting to both generations involved.

• Video chat when possible. If distance makes frequent visits challenging, use technology to bridge that gap. Send photos, letters and electronic communications. Tech-savvy grandparents can use Skype or Facetime to stay in touch and speak one-on-one with their grandchildren.

• Share skills with each other. Either generation can play teacher to the other. Grandparents may have certain skills, such as baking, sewing or wood crafts, they can impart that may not be readily taught today. Children can help grandparents navigate computers, video games or sports activities.

Grandchildren can help grandparents feel younger, and grandchildren can learn new experiences from their grandparents.



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By Pamela Shaw
Social Security District Manager in Dubuque IA

The men and women who served our country in the military can count on Social Security to be there for them throughout their lives.

Active duty military members earn credits toward Social Security retirement benefits. Wounded Warriors can receive expedited handling of their claims to receive disability benefits. We also provide survivor benefits for young children and spouses of veterans who have died.

You can learn more about how Social Security helps our veterans build a secure financial future for themselves and their families at

Our newest initiative, Journey to Success: Employment Tools for Veterans with Disabilities, is a five-part online guide that helps certain disabled veterans return to fulfilling employment in the American workforce. The guide highlights resources, such as career counseling, job training, employment services, and more.

You can access Journey to Success at

We know some veterans suffered injuries so severe they cannot return to their previous work. However, for those veterans who are interested in testing their ability to find and maintain gainful employment, these resources can help. We thank all members of our military and veterans for their service and sacrifice.

To learn more about our programs and benefits, visit


How to keep grilled foods warm

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Many people prefer the flavor of grilled foods over the flavor of foods cooked in other ways. Grilled foods certainly have distinct flavors, but that uniqueness can be compromised when some foods finish cooking before cooks are ready to serve them.

Grilled foods may lose some flavor if they're served cold or not as hot as cooks would like. But there are a handful of ways to keep grilled foods warm until they're ready to be served.

• Keep a low-heat zone on the grill. As foods finish cooking, move them to a predetermined low-heat zone on the grill where they will stay warm without overcooking. Monitor this area while cooking the foods to ensure it's warm but not hot enough to keep cooking foods once they have been moved.

• Store cooked foods in aluminum foil. Moving foods off the grill and tenting them in aluminum foil is another way to keep them warm until serving time, though this might only work if cooks need to keep foods for just a few minutes.

Create a tin foil tent and place foods inside. The tent can then be placed on a less hot area of the grill or placed into an oven that's not on. Avoid tenting foods that are meant to have crispy skins, as tenting can moisten the skin.

• Use the warming feature on the stove. Many stoves come with warming settings that keep foods warm without cooking them. While this requires cooks to go indoors, it can help keep grilled foods warm while the rest of the meal continues cooking over the open flame.

• Place foods in the slow cooker. If the stove is not an option because other components of the meal are being baked or broiled, grilled foods can be placed in ceramic slow cookers with lids. This can potentially keep foods warm for longer periods of time than aluminum foil tents without sacrificing flavor.

Keeping grilled foods warm until it's time to serve meals can be difficult. But grillmasters can employ various strategies to ensure grilled foods maintain their unique flavor without getting cold.


Make the most of limited space

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Downsizing with regard to living space is a trend that has long been associated with empty nesters and senior citizens. As children move out and start families of their own, many homeowners decide to downsize to less expensive, more manageable properties.

But downsizing is not just for seniors anymore. According to a 2017 survey from the popular real estate website Trulia, among homeowners currently living in homes larger than 2,000 square feet, more would choose a smaller home than a larger one if they decided to move this year (60.6 percent to 39.4 percent).

Homeowners who decided to downsize or those who purchased a small property to begin with may need a few pointers to make the most of their limited space.

• Reconsider your furniture. Furniture can make rooms feel cozy, cramped or spacious. For homeowners with limited space in their homes, furniture that also can be used as storage can save space without sacrificing comfort.

For the bedroom, choose a storage bed if the quarters are cramped and it's difficult to find space for two dressers. Such beds also can be used to store bed linens if closet space is limited. Purchase storage ottomans and/or end tables with storage beneath to make living areas feel less cramped.

• Discard some items. Homeowners who are downsizing from large homes may need to part with some of their furniture to make their transition to smaller homes go more smoothly. For example, homeowners may need to get by with just one bedroom nightstand and may even need to replace their existing nightstands with something more compact. Discarding living room end tables and downsizing to a smaller coffee table also can help homeowners make smaller common areas more welcoming and less cluttered.

• Put paint to work. Paint is another way to make the most of a limited space. Painting certain pieces of furniture the same color as the wall can make the furniture blend in and feel less imposing. The result is a room that feels calm and open, even if there is less space to move around than homeowners might have grown accustomed to in their larger homes.

• Keep surfaces free of clutter. Surfaces such as dining tables, coffee tables and kitchen counters tend to accumulate clutter. While such clutter might not feel overwhelming in a large home, in small spaces crowded surfaces can make it feel as though the walls are closing in. Make an effort to keep surfaces free of clutter, resolving to discard or put items away each night before going to bed.

Many people wish they could live in homes without as much square footage as their existing homes. For those who have downsized, there are many ways to make the most of less living space.


Applicants Sought for City Boards and Commissions

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The City of Dubuque's volunteer board and commission members provide a valuable link to the community and to the various interests within it. They assist in the development of policy recommendations to the City Council, provide leadership and support to City staff, promote the City and its programs, and provide expertise in specialized areas.

Volunteers are needed for current and upcoming vacancies on the following boards and commissions:

Airport Zoning Board of Adjustment

Airport Zoning Commission

Building Code and Advisory Appeals Board (ADA      Representative, Journeyman Carpenter)

Cable TV

Dubuque Community and Police Relations Committee

Electrical Code Board

Housing Commission

Human Rights Commission

Long Range Planning Advisory Commission

Mississippi River Partnership Council

Sister City Relationships Advisory Commission

Transit Advisory Board

Zoning Advisory Commission

Applications can be printed or submitted online from or through the City Clerk's Office. Applications can be submitted at any time for all boards and commissions and are activated as positions become available. Applications remain on file for one year from the date they are submitted. Some positions may require specific applicant qualifications or compliance with the State of Iowa Gender Balance Law.

To apply online or view a complete list of boards and commissions, descriptions, terms and meeting information, please visit or contact the City Clerk's Office at 563-589-4120 or


Get Help to Pay Your Medicare Costs

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Many Iowans, especially those living on a fixed income, may be in need of help paying for their Medicare premiums, deductibles, coinsurance and drug costs. The Medicare Savings Program and Extra Help programs can offer assistance to Iowans in need.

"SHIIP is available to help Iowans participate in these programs which could offer a lot of savings for Iowans," says Kris Gross from the State of Iowa's Senior Health Insurance Information Program (SHIIP).

The Medicare Savings Program is a state program that helps pay for Medicare premiums, deductible and coinsurances. There are three Medicare Savings Programs available to those that qualify. Individuals' income and assets will determine what assistance they may receive. At a minimum, those who qualify will get their Part B premium paid, which could save them as much as $134 a month.

Iowans may qualify for one of the three Medicare Savings Programs if their income is below $1,376.75 (single) or $1,847 (couple) and their assets are less than $7,390 (single) or $11,090 (couple). Call SHIIP for more information or for help applying at 1-800-351-4664 (TTY 800-735-2942).

The Extra Help program assists with Medicare Part D drug costs. Iowans that qualify may get help paying their Part D premium, deductible and co-payments. For Iowans that qualify for Extra Help there is no "donut hole" in the Medicare Part D coverage.

Iowans may qualify for the Extra Help program if their income is below $1,527.50 (single) or $2,050 (couple) and their assets are less than $13,820 (single) or $27,600 (couple). Call SHIIP for more information or help applying at 1-800-351-4664 (TTY 800-735-2942).

Iowans with questions about Medicare may call SHIIP at 800-351-4664 (TTY 800-735-2942) or visit

SHIIP counselors are available in communities across Iowa and are available to help answer questions and assist with problems Iowans have concerning Medicare and related health insurance. SHIIP is a service of the State of Iowa Insurance Division. All services are free, confidential and objective.



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By Pamela Shaw
Social Security District Manager in Dubuque IA

Social Security encourages all Americans to take steps toward ensuring their financial security. Wherever you are in life - starting your first job, beginning a family, or getting ready to retire - it's never too late or too soon to start planning for the years ahead. 

We're here to help, and we offer a suite of online tools you can use to plan for a secure future for you and your family. Your personalized Social Security Statement is among the many resources available to you through your online my Social Security account.

This important planning document allows you to:

• Verify your lifetime earnings history; 

• Estimate the Social Security benefits you'll receive at retirement age;

• See if you qualify to receive disability benefits if you become gravely ill or injured; and

• Learn how your spouse and children may be provided for when you die.

You can open your own my Social Security account at

Another tool you can use to estimate your possible monthly benefit amount is our Retirement Estimator at It shows you how much you may be eligible to receive based on different scenarios, like different future earnings amounts and various retirement dates.

To learn more about your retirement benefits, you can read Your Retirement Benefit: How It's Figured and When to Start Receiving Retirement Benefits at

We also encourage you to review the other online benefit estimates available from Social Security, because responsible planning includes contingency plans.

To learn more about the important safety net Social Security provides if you become disabled or die, visit and

Social Security is with you through life's journey. Get to know us at


Winter plants brighten spaces

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Spring and summer have the colorful blooms and rich greenery that make the great outdoors so lush and inviting. Autumn is awash in vibrant colors that beckon people outdoors to explore. But winter has a poor reputation with regard to natural beauty. While it's true that many plants and wildlife retreat into hibernation come the colder temperatures, some choose the wintertime to bloom. Other plants and shrubs continue to hold on to their leaves and color despite the cold.

Hardy winter plants do more than just survive the snow and ice. Many thrive and have the potential to add that unexpected touch of color to an otherwise dreary landscape.

In addition to berry bushes that can feature bright red, yellow and orange berries perfect for holiday decorating, plenty of other plants are visually appealing through colder temperatures. 

• Mahonia: Some varieties of mahonias bloom in the winter and can be hardy up to USDA Zone 9. The close relative Oregon grape holly will flower in very early spring.

• Camellia: Camellias grow flowers similar in shape and size to roses. They range in shade from light pink to bright red. Camellias can bloom all year long in moderate temperature zones. Even in colder zones, some cold climate hybrids can continue to add welcome color to the garden.

• Daphne: The fragrant flowers of many daphnes appear in mid-winter. The variety Jacqueline Postill is evergreen.

• Evergreen holly: Perhaps the evergreen holly is the quintessential winter plant. Green shiny leaves and bold red berries can be a bright spot in a winter garden. A holly hedge also can serve as a wind and privacy barrier.

• Japanese pieris: Flower buds on this shrub, sometimes called the "Mountain Fire," thrive from fall through winter. This shrub needs moist, well-drained soil and should be placed in a shaded location in warmer climates.

• Hellebore: Also called the "Christmas Rose," hellebores can be delightful in areas of the country where winter flowers tend to be rare. The plant bears pure white flowers that often age to pink.

• Snowdrop: These delicate white blooms often pop out of a layer of snow even before the first crocuses of spring. Snowdrops can wait out harsh weather and even extended snow events before eventually sprouting.

• Crape myrtle: There are around 50 species of these trees and shrubs that are native to parts of Asia and India. The trees bloom beautifully and continue to hold on to their bright colored flowers in warmer climates.

• Winter jasmine: If you want to create a mid-winter color splash, consider the climbing winter jasmine, which is hardy in zones 5 to 10 and blooms in January.

• Jelena witch hazel: These curly, odd-shaped blooms have a rich, copper color and can bloom as early as January. This plant also is an orange-red color in autumn.

• Kaffir lily: Also known as the "Red River lily," these perennials appear in the fall but can still bloom on mild days in the winter. These plants prefer wet conditions.

• Winter vegetables: Planting cabbage, spinach or swiss chard can give you something fresh to eat through late autumn and even into winter if you have a greenhouse or cold frame in the yard.

Winter may be characterized by dreary landscapes, but plenty of plant life thrives in spite of the chill.


Visiting loved ones in assisted living facilities

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For many seniors, a day arrives in their lives when it is no longer safe or practical to live at home alone. Assisted living facilities can help seniors adjust to their new situations. Such facilities typically offer comfortable surroundings, caring staff and all the amenities of home.

Although fellow residents can provide companionship and friendships can develop over the course of time, assisted living facility residents also enjoy regular visits from family and friends. Such visits keep seniors connected with their loved ones and break up routines that, over time, may become monotonous.

Some people may feel anxious or awkward visiting assisted living facilities because it may shed light on the frailties or specialized needs of loved ones. This may be especially true if a loved one has a physical, neurological or mental illness. Rather than avoiding visits, individuals can follow these guidelines.

Time visits right
Many residents have the most energy in the morning or early afternoon right after meals. Call ahead to find out if there are any medical appointments or outings planned. Visiting during meals or activities can be fun because you'll be engaged and will have something to keep both of you busy.

Limit distractions
Find a quiet and comfortable place at the facility where you can spend time with your loved one. This way you can focus most of your attention on the person you are visiting, and he or she can do the same. A sitting room or an outdoor area can be a nice place to spend time away from television or other people's conversations.

Plan an excursion
If you are able to take the resident off of the property, arrange to take them somewhere that would interest them. Do not plan too much, because you want the excursion to be fun, not taxing.

Bring along items
Gifts are not necessary, but photos, books, puzzles, or even keepsakes from home can serve as catalysts for wonderful conversations.

Help the conversation along
If a loved one has dementia, visits can be especially challenging. However, simply being present can be comforting for the person even if conversation is stilted. Be patient and positive. Find topics that stimulate responses, and fill in if things get quiet.

Visiting someone in an assisted living facility can buoy residents' spirits and make for an enjoyable afternoon.


Being prepared makes for a safe trip

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Whether it's just for a day or two or an extended vacation, there are a number of things you can do to have a safe, smooth and enjoyable trip when heading out in your vehicle.

Plan your accommodations in advance

• Do research on any hotels you will be staying at using websites

• Make and confirm reservations

• Consider downloading a travel guide

Choose your transportation wisely

• Travel in a vehicle that is in good condition

• Keep an emergency kit in your vehicle that includes a backup battery for your cell phone, first aid kit, non-perishable foods, blankets, a flashlight, jumper cables and a tire gauge

Create an itinerary and leave it with a friend or family member.

• Include when you are leaving and coming back and anywhere you will be staying

• Try to check in with your emergency contact daily

• Bring necessary documents such as driver's license, passport and a credit or debit card

• Have a list of important phone numbers available such as medical

Secure your home

• Unplug everything except the refrigerator or freezer

• Install timers on lights to make it look like someone is there

• Put motion detectors on your outside lights

• Install a programmable thermostat to regulate the temperature

• Keep valuables secured in a safe deposit box

Above all, keep yourself healthy by filling prescriptions in advance, eating right and getting some appropriate exercise.

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Types of firepits for your backyard oasis

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Outdoor entertaining areas are popular among homeowners, and firepits are one of the most sought-after additions to such spaces. In fact, a 2016 survey from the American Society of Landscape Architects found that fireplaces and firepits were the most popular outdoor design element in 2016.

Various styles are available to homeowners who want to add firepits to their backyards, and choosing the right type may come down to budget, the amount of yard space available or even personal preference.

• Wood firepit: As their name suggests, wood firepits burn wood, which may appeal to homeowners who already have wood-burning fireplaces inside their homes. Because they don't require homeowners to tap into gas lines, wood firepits are generally easy to set up and install, and many homeowners prefer the aesthetic appeal of crackling wood and flames that's synonymous with wood firepits.

• Gas firepit: Gas firepits are touted for their convenience, as they don't require homeowners to carry wood and build fires. Upon being connected to a gas source, gas firepits provide fire at the click of a switch. Gas firepits are also appreciated for their safety, as there is little or no risk that flames from gas firepits will grow too large and become difficult to control.

• Gas fire tables: Gas fire tables might be ideal for those homeowners whose sense of decor favors more modern looks. Gas fire tables come in a variety of shapes and sizes and, like gas firepits, there's no need to struggle with lighting a fire or carrying firewood.

• Tabletop firepits: Homeowners, condominium or apartment dwellers with limited backyard space may want to consider the convenience of tabletop firepits. Restaurants may use tabletop firepits in their outdoor seating areas because they provide warmth and ambiance without taking up much space. Tabletop firepits fueled by gas will not need to be connected to a gas source, which may appeal to consumers who want something that's simple as well as small.

• Fire urns: While they might not technically qualify as firepits, fire urns provide a similar effect as firepits. Fire urns are typically gas-powered and may be an ideal choice for homeowners who are looking for a unique, awe-inspiring feature for their outdoor entertaining areas.


Being charitable when money is tight

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The term "charitable giving" is often associated with financial donations. But charity is not exclusive to donating dollars, and those who want to give back but can't fit donations into their budgets can explore various ways to make an impact without writing a check.

According to the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics, roughly 63 million people volunteered through or for an organization at least once between September 2014 and September 2015.

Volunteering is a popular and rewarding way to give back to one's community. Nonprofits and charitable organizations may fall short of meeting their missions if not for the valuable services provided by volunteers, so pitching in can be just as valuable as writing a check.

Discuss your personal and professional experience with an organization to find a volunteering opportunity that suits you and your skill set. In addition to charitable organizations, schools, hospitals, libraries, and religious institutions may have volunteering opportunities for those who want to give back.

Item donations
Donating time and money may be among the most popular ways to give back, but those are not the only ways to donate to organizations and people in need. Go through your closet and donate clothes you no longer wear. Instead of selling furniture you plan to replace, contact local charitable organizations to see if they would like your furniture, or donate pieces that they can then sell to finance their operations. Some donated items, such as vehicles, may earn donors tax deductions.

Medical donations
Donating money or dropping off canned goods at food banks may be the first things many people think of when mulling charitable donations, but medical donations also present a great way to give back. The American Red Cross notes that blood donations help millions of people and a single blood donation can end up helping more than one person.

The Red Cross also notes that roughly 36,000 units of red blood cells are needed in the United States alone each day, while nearly 7,000 units of platelets and 10,000 units of plasma are needed daily. Donating blood, plasma or platelets can help save lives, and making such donations does not require substantial commitments of time.

Organ donations also present a great way to give back. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services notes that an average of 22 people die each day waiting for transplants that cannot take place because of the shortage of organ donors. Many of those deaths may not happen if more people signed up to be organ donors, an act that may be as simple as checking a box on the back of your driver's license.

Charitable men and women without much room in their budgets to make donations can still make a difference by giving back in other ways.


Contemplating antiques? Here’s how to buy

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Antique furnishings, decor, coins, and toys remain popular among consumers. Unlike the mass-produced merchandise of today, antiques have history, and their endurance through decades, if not centuries, is a testament to the quality craftsmanship and materials used to create these often timeless pieces. 

Antiques also might be more affordable than many shoppers think. Savvy shoppers may find mid-range "brown furniture," which constitutes some antique wood pieces, more affordable than reproductions. Homeowners and apartment dwellers who want their rooms to stand apart often rely on antiques to provide a unique ambiance.
Antique shopping also is a "green" endeavor. Antiquing is an eco-friendly practice, putting to use items that have been recycled and reused.

Antiques also can be a good investment, as they generally retain their value while adding texture, contrast and personality to any room of the house.

Understanding antiques can take time, but even the novice can develop an eye for pieces that strike their fancy. And thanks to the wealth of information about collectibles and antiques available online, shoppers have constant access to information about antiques at their fingertips. Shoppers may even be able to comparison shop on their mobile phones.

Mid-range antiques can be particularly easy to buy thanks to the available inventory. Novices may want to begin by exploring mid-range antiques. As they gain more knowledge and expertise, shoppers who covet antiques can move on to high-end pieces that are more expensive. Some antiques are put in the same category as fine artwork and are considered just as valuable.

Another reason to browse and shop antiques is to learn about the value of similar items homeowners may already own. For those looking to downsize a collection or simply liquidate an estate, antiquing is a great way to get hands-on experience.

Rummaging through antique stores or markets can be a relaxing experience as well. And many antique enthusiasts find shopping for antiques is like a treasure hunt to find that coveted piece and unearth a bit of history in the process.


Let’s Get Canning!

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Canning is a treasured tradition that many people remember their mom or grandmother doing, but is a feat that many people don't feel they have the time or talent for. Here are some helpful tips to help you feel confident enough to start canning and stop wasting the veggies and fruits of your labor.

Necessary Supplies:

• Canning Jars. You must use jars specifically for canning. You cannot use any basic jar as they cannot endure the high temperatures or pressure of canning.

• A big heavy kettle to process the food before it is put in the jar.

• A large pot with a jar rack to process the jars once they are full.

• A lid lifter is needed to pull the lid out of hot water and put it on the jar without damaging the seal of the lid or burning your fingers.

• A set of tongs to lift the jar out of the boiling water.

• A pan to simmer the lids in to soften the sealant making them seal better.

Things to know:

• Make sure your recipe is current and tested.

• Thoroughly clean your work area, utensils and hands.

• Jars should not be cracked or chipped. They should be sterilized in hot water for up to 10 minutes.

• Lids should be new, but you can reuse your rings.

• Set aside enough time to complete your canning project as it can take several hours.

• Cut/chop all foods to similar size so that they all heat at the same rate.

• Water must be boiling before you can start your timer.

• There are so many different foods you can try canning with.

Canning methods:

• Water bath Canning is typically used for high acid foods like jams, jellies, salsa, sauces or tomatoes.

• Pressure Canning for low acid foods such as beef, poultry, pork, vegetables or venison.

Always make sure that you read each recipe and process carefully. Keep the canning tradition Alive! Pass this tradition with your tips and recipes on to your family, friends and neighbors.

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Volunteers Needed In Dubuque to Deliver Meals

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There are more than 1 million older adults in the U.S. and an estimated 77,000 in Iowa who go hungry because they cannot afford to buy food. While low-income older adults suffer more, and often have to make choices between purchasing medication or food, hunger is not just an income issue. It is also a problem of access and care. Many older adults who can afford it lack the mobility to get and prepare their own meals, or don't have other support systems to help.

You can help and make a difference in your community! Northeast Iowa Area Agency on Aging (NEI3A) is looking for volunteers to help deliver meals to home bound seniors in the Dubuque area. Meals are delivered Monday through Friday in Dubuque. Volunteers use their own vehicles to deliver the meals and usually work in pairs, if possible, with one driving and the other taking the meals to the door. Meals are ready for delivery around 10:30 a.m. at St. Matthew Lutheran Church, located at 1780 White Street in Dubuque.

In just one hour you can make an impact on your community and a difference in an older person's day, ensuring they get a hot nutritious meal. Volunteers are always needed no matter how much time they can commit, whether it is once a week or once a month! Call us today and volunteer - 563-543-7065.

Northeast Iowa Area Agency on Aging serves 18 counties in Northeast Iowa and is a one of six Area Agencies on Aging in Iowa. With a mission of enhancing the quality of life for older individuals, caregivers and persons with disabilities in our service area through education, planning, and coordination of services, NEI3A strives to enable them to live safe and independent lives with dignity, purpose and self-determination. Through LifeLong Links, the first call for accessing information and options for aging, disability, veteran or caregiving resources, Iowans are connected to the home and community based services they need. Learn more at


AFP Selects National Philanthropy Day Award Recipients

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The Greater Tri-State Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) has selected its award recipients for National Philanthropy Day 2017. The honorees are:

• Outstanding Philanthropic Organization - R.J. McElroy Trust

• Outstanding Individual Philanthropist - Bob and Marilyn Hoefer

• Outstanding Volunteer Fundraiser - Carolyn Gantz

• Outstanding Youth in Philanthropy - Maddie Tomecek

• Outstanding Professional Fundraiser - Andy Schroeder, Sisters of Charity of the Blessed Virgin Mary

• Judges Award - Dubuque Days of Caring

Recipients of the National Philanthropy Day awards demonstrate the highest standards of philanthropy, using their talents to benefit important non-profit organizations in the Tri-State community. Nominations for the awards were accepted earlier in the year, and a committee of Dubuque-area community leaders selected the awardees.

The awards will be presented at the Annual National Philanthropy Day Awards Luncheon on Wednesday, November 15, at the Grand River Center in Dubuque. Amy Gilligan, executive editor for the Telegraph Herald, will be the keynote speaker.


Dubuque's 10th Annual Sustainability Conference Slated for Oct. 3-4

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The Growing Sustainable Communities Conference will celebrate its 10th anniversary at the Grand River Center in the Port of Dubuque on Oct. 3-4, 2017. Registration is now open on the conference website at

The Growing Sustainable Communities Conference is the largest and longest-standing sustainability conference in the Midwest, according to City of Dubuque officials who have hosted the conference annually since 2008. Sustainable City Network, a Dubuque-based trade magazine, has co-hosted the event with the City since 2011.

The conference includes more than 30 workshops, mobile tours, and keynote presentations on the latest developments in community sustainability and resiliency initiatives.

This year's conference will include workshop speakers with a wide range of expertise, including representatives from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the Government Alliance on Race & Equity, the Arbor Day Foundation, the Iowa Economic Development Authority, the Econservation Institute, Great Plains Institute, Green Iowa AmeriCorps, the Iowa Clean Cities Coalition, the Midwest Renewable Energy Association, the Sustainable Iowa Land Trust, the Nature Conservancy, and businesses such as General Electric, HDR, Shive-Hattery, and many others.

Speakers from municipal governments large and small will also present case studies on the sustainability initiatives in their respective communities, from large cities like Minneapolis, New Orleans, Nashville, Kansas City, Charlotte, and Des Moines, to Broward County, Fla., and the small and mid-sized communities of Brookings, S.D.; Columbia, Mo.; Huntington Beach, Calif.; South Euclid, Ohio; Madison, Wis.; New Lebanon, Ohio; and the Iowa communities of Cedar Rapids, Muscatine, Cedar Falls, and Dubuque. Researchers from numerous universities and nonprofits will also present their findings.

Workshop topics at this year's event include tree canopy projects and programs, watershed and stormwater management, brownfield redevelopment, solar energy, small-town sustainability, biogas conversion, equity, placemaking, livability, climate action planning, education/community partnerships, mobility planning and design, sustainability tools and frameworks, alternative fuel vehicles, green building and sustainable development, local foods, LED streetlight conversions, affordable housing initiatives, green infrastructure, sustainability metrics, training, and community engagement, among others.

Complete workshop descriptions can be found on the conference website.

The conference will feature three mobile tours, two keynote luncheons, a breakfast plenary session, a networking reception, and dozens of vendors and exhibitors. Several hotels are within walking distance of the Grand River Center. See the conference website for contact information and special room rates.

More than 500 people from across the U.S. are expected to attend the event. Attendees annually include elected officials, municipal senior management and staff, as well as private-sector business leaders, university administrators, faculty, and students.

The conference is supported by Crescent Electric Supply Co. and other corporate sponsors.



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This season features 5 Broadway Style Plays and Musicals, 1 Ballet, and a Youth production. Included on the schedule is the Dubuque premier of the newly released Mamma Mia! and Madagascar Jr. as well as the Dubuque based musical The Pajama Game.

The Grand Opera House is excited to announce the 2017/2018 Season. The 600-seat theater will feature 5 Plays and Musicals this year as well as hosting the Dubuque City Youth Ballet's Production of The Nutcracker, and one musical performed by and for students in elementary and middle school. Located at 135 W. 8th street in Downtown Dubuque, The Grand Opera House is a community theater starring local talent all year round.

Young Frankenstein
Book by Mel Brooks and Thomas Meehan
Music and lyrics by Mel Brooks
Original Direction & Choreography by Susan Stroman
October 6, 7, 13 &14 @ 7:30pm, 8 & 15 @ 2pm

Christmas 2017

It's A Wonderful Life
Based on the Liberty Films Motion Picture Directed by Frank Capra
November 24, 25 & December 1, 2 @ 7:30pm
November 26 & December 3 @ 2:00pm

The Dubuque City Youth Ballet Presents: The Nutcracker Ballet
December 9, 15, 16 @ 7:30pm, December 10 & 17 @ 2:00pm

Spring 2018

The Man Who Came To Dinner
By Moss Hart and George S. Kaufman
February 23, 24 & March 2, 3 @ 7:30pm
February 25 & March 4 @ 2:00pm

Summer 2018

Mamma Mia!
Music and Lyrics by Benny Andersson, Björn Ulvaeus
And Some songs with Stig Anderson by Catherine Johnson
Originally conceived by Judy Cramer
June 15, 16, 21, 22, 23 @ 7:30pm June 17 & 24 @ 2:00pm

The Pajama Game
Book by George Abbott and Richard Bissell
Music and Lyrics by Richard Adler and Jerry Ross
Based on the novel "7 1/2 Cents" by Richard Bissell
July 20, 21, 26, 27, 28, 2018 @ 7:30pm
July 22 & 29, 2018 @ 2:00pm


Madagascar Jr
Based on the DreamWorks Animation Motion Picture
Book by Kevin Del Aguila, Original Music and Lyrics by
George Noriega & Joel Someillan
August 17 & 18 @ 7:30pm August 18 & 19 @ 2:00pm

The Grand Extravaganza
August 25 @ 7:30pm & August 26 @ 2:00pm
This is an End of Season celebration highlighting the performers who have graced our stage in the last year, as well as previewing the upcoming season. 

Single tickets for plays and musicals on sale Monday, June 19th.

Broadway Series
(Includes: Young Frankenstein, It's A Wonderful Life, The Man Who Came To Dinner, Mamma Mia! And The Pajama Game)
Early Bird (30% off): adult-$70, Under 18-$42 Through July 31st!
Subscription (25% off): adult-$75, Under 18- $45
(Regular Price: Adults-$100, Under 18-$60)

Broadway Series Plus The Nutcracker Ballet
Early Bird (30% off): Adult-$84, Under 18-$50.40 Through July 31st!
Subscription (25% off): Adult-$90, Under 18- $54
(Regular Price: Adult-$120 Under 18-$72)

Tickets and Subscriptions for the 2017/2018 Season can be purchased in person at the Box Office located at 135 W. 8th Street in Dubuque, or by calling (563) 588-1305. Box Office hours are Monday through Friday from Noon until 4:00pm. Tickets and Subscriptions can also be purchased on our website at


Curb appeal pays off big time

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How attractive a home looks from the outside is often a good indication that a homeowner also takes pride in the interior. You can improve your home's curb appeal with a few minor landscaping upgrades.

Clean and repair - Weed gardens, flower beds and edging, cut back overgrown plants and shrubs that block windows or spill over walkways, trim trees and power-wash paths, sidewalks and porches.

Focus on the front porch - Place potted evergreens or other plants at the base of front steps, hang flowering baskets and replace worn welcome mats.

Block what's ugly - Hide unsightly air conditioning units, meter boxes, propane tanks, rusty sheds and more with plants or accessories.

Add Color - Edge sidewalks and tree bases and add brightly colored flowering annuals.

Rethink walkways - Carve a path to your front entry or seating area near your yard's most attractive spots, using gravel, wood chips or landscape blocks.

Refine foundations - Design landscaping beds closest to the front of your home to look interesting year-round. Combine various types of plants, rocks, mulch and shrubs with flowering annuals when perennials aren't blooming.

Plant a tree - Trees can add much value to your home. They can help prevent erosion, improve air quality and even reduce utility bills with the shade they provide.

Add a structure - Fences, pergolas, arbors and landscape blocks can define and complement different areas and promote year-round curb appeal.

Have a seat - Create a spot that invites people to sit out front. Place an attractive bench beneath a large tree or tuck a bistro table and chairs on a porch or amidst a densely flowered garden.

Light the way - Low-voltage outdoor lights can be used to define a walkway, spotlight a tree, highlight landscaping, showcase shrubs or accent an entry way.

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The Grand Opera House Announces Auditions for Gypsy

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The Grand Opera House will present Gypsy, music by Jule Styne, lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, book by Arthur Laurents, suggested by the memoirs of Gypsy Rose Lee. Performances are on July 21, 22, 27, 28, 29, 2017 at 7:30PM and July 23 and 30, 2017 at 2:00PM. 

Loosely based on the memoirs of the queen of burlesque, Gypsy Rose Lee, Gypsy is the ultimate story about an aggressive stage mother. Hits include Let Me Entertain You, If Momma was Married, All I Need Is the Girl, Everything's Coming up Roses, You Gotta Have a Gimmick and Together Wherever We Go.

Director is Joe Klinebriel, Music Director is Kristen Eby, and Choreographer is Megan MacLeod.

1:00 PM Saturday, April 22, 2017
1:00 PM Sunday, April 23, 2017

Auditions will be held at the Grand's Rehearsal space in the Arcade Building, 880 Locust St., Suites 222 and 228. Please enter though the alley entrance located between Locust and Main. When you enter go up just past the first hallway and take the stairs on the left to the second floor. The rooms are right at the top of the stairs.

Seeking Actors, Singers and Dancers.

Actors wishing to audition but are unavailable to arrive at the start of the audition time should call the Grand Opera House business office at 563-588-4356 to give an approximate arrival time. Rehearsals will begin approximately June 1st. Those auditioning should be prepared to list all conflicts or potential conflicts between June 1 and July 30. Availability for evening dress rehearsals July 17-20 and all performances is mandatory. Rehearsals will typically run from 6:30-9:30.

Adult actors should prepare 32 bars of a musical theatre selection in the style of the show that best shows their vocal range. Young actors (ages 7-12) should be prepared to sing any song of their choice. Please bring sheet music; an accompanist will be provided. Actors will be asked to read non character specific scenes from the script. All auditioning should be prepared to participate in a dance/movement audition.