Going Beyond The Headline, Tackling Tough Topics

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As a journalist, I love to tell stories. As a documentary film producer, I want to explore tough topics. As a dad, I'll do anything to protect my children and give them a healthy, happy life. When a project comes along that offers all three, it's no coincidence. I believe it's meant to be. Two years ago, Mickle Communications took on the topic of teen depression and suicide. We decided to bring awareness after a rash of suicides in our community. Some hit close to home. Two girls from our school district committed suicide within one month of each other. One was a recent graduate who had just begun her college education. The other was a 12 year old child. As a journalist, I wanted to tell the story of those…
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Bettendorf Rotary Lobsterfest Coming June 9th

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This year, as every year, the 12th Annual Bettendorf Rotary Lobsterfest will offer the community an evening of quality dining, friendship and support. But according to Tim Lane, President of the Bettendorf Rotary Club, the event has a unique aspect that is rarely discussed. “What many people do not realize about Lobsterfest’s proceeds,” Lane said, “is that 100 percent goes back to the community.” Lane added that expenses for staging the event do not come out of the proceeds. “Lobsterfest expenses are offset by our generous corporate sponsors,” he said. In addition to ticket sales, event funds are also raised through cash donations, a raffle, live and silent auctions, a Wine Pull, and a ‘Grab for Grub’ competition. Lobsterfest will be held 5:30 to 10 p.m. Sat., June 9, 2018,…
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Quad City Symphony Presents Tchaikovsky This Weekend

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[caption id="attachment_2085" align="alignright" width="234"] 4 T[/caption] This season, the Quad City Symphony Orchestra (QCSO) Masterworks series has provided a global tour of beloved classical works. The series concludes by recognizing the outstanding contributions of Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky to Russian music. On April 7 and 8, music lovers in the Quad-Cities area will enjoy three Tchaikovsky selections when the QCSO presents Masterworks VI: Postcards from Russia. Masterworks VI will be held 8 p.m., April 7, at the Adler Theatre, 136 E. 3rd St., Davenport, IA, and 2 p.m., April 8, at Centennial Hall, Augustana College, 3703 7th Ave., Rock Island, IL. “Tchaikovsky is synonymous with great Russian music,” said Mark Russell Smith, QCSO Music Director and Conductor. “He is arguably the most well-known of Russian composers.” Postcards from Russia will feature…
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Quad City Symphony Orchestra’s ‘Postcards from Venice’ Offers Merriment and Romance

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For centuries, the city of Venice, Italy, has been held in high esteem for its art and architecture. It has also been a source of inspiration for composers, filmmakers, authors, and poets around the world. This highly desirable travel destination receives up to 30 million tourists a year. On February 3 and 4, Postcards from Venice, the fourth entry in the Quad City Symphony Orchestra (QCSO) Masterworks concert series, will allow Quad-Cities area music enthusiasts to sample the musical essence of this celebrated cultural hub.   Masterworks IV: Postcards from Venice will be held 8 p.m., February 3, at the Adler Theatre, 136 E. 3rd St., Davenport, IA, and 2 p.m., February 4, at Centennial Hall, Augustana College, 3703 7th Ave., Rock Island, IL.   The program will feature seven musical selections, starting with Gioachino…
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Quad City Symphony Orchestra Presents Postcards from Scandinavia

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 Scandinavia is a breathtaking region in northern Europe that includes Denmark, Norway, and Finland, among other countries. On December 2 and 3, Postcards from Scandinavia, the third entry in the Quad City Symphony Orchestra (QCSO) Masterworks concert series, will provide Quad-Cities area music lovers with a symphonic tour of that majestic realm. Masterworks III: Postcards from Scandinavia will be held 8 p.m., December 2, at the Adler Theatre, 136 E. 3rd St., Davenport, IA, and 2 p.m., December 3, at Centennial Hall, Augustana College, 3703 7th Ave., Rock Island, IL. The program will feature three musical selections, beginning with Danish composer Carl Nielsen’s Overture to Maskarade, the comedic national opera of Denmark. Next, the Piano Concerto of Norway’s Edvard Grieg will feature piano virtuoso Charlie Albright, who will astound you…
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Small Business Saturday Encourages You To Shop Locally

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Small Business Saturday is the day we celebrate the Shop Small movement to drive shoppers to local merchants all over the Quad Cities region. Did you know that small businesses drive 60-80% of new job growth and employ half of all private sector employees? Studies have shown that 48 percent of purchases made at local independent businesses go right back into the community. When you shop small, your tax dollars stay locally, helping to grow our region. When shopping at small businesses in the region, show your support by using the hashtag #shopsmallqc
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Quad City Symphony Orchestra’s Postcards from the Wild West This Weekend

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The Wild West only lasted three decades – from 1865 to 1895 – but those years will forever be remembered for their boundless energy and rollicking sense of adventure. That time period was known for cowboys, American Indians, gunslingers, pioneers, outlaws, and more. On November 4 and 5, you won’t need a time machine to celebrate that chapter of American history. Tickets are readily available to Postcards from the Wild West, the second concert in the 2017-2018 Masterworks series of the Quad City Symphony Orchestra (QCSO). Masterworks II: Postcards from the Wild West will be held 8 p.m., November 4, at the Adler Theatre, 136 E. 3rd St., Davenport, IA, and 2 p.m., November 5, at Centennial Hall, Augustana College, 3703 7th Ave., Rock Island, IL. The program, conducted by…
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Suicide Documentary To Re-Air Tonight On WQPT

Suicide Documentary To Re-Air Tonight On WQPT

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https://youtu.be/-WupsXh0oYA Tonight you can watch If You Only Knew: The Journey Through Teen Depression & Suicide in its entirety on WQPT-Quad Cities PBS. Later this week join us for a prime time special on Local 4 News WHBF TV on Sept. 10th and the Quad Cities CW on the 11th. "The new prime time television special will be different from the orginal documentary," said Mike Mickle from Mickle Communications. "It will include a more recent story of one family's tragic loss. Plus, mental health specialists from Vera French Foundation will be standing by to take phone calls on both nights." Both specials will air at 9 p.m.
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QC Prime Time Special Explores Teen Depression and Suicide

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Suicide among young people is not easy to discuss, but it is still a topic that cannot be ignored. Suicide is the second leading cause of death for ages 13 to 19, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. “The team at Mickle Communications believes we must come together as a community to battle this epidemic,” said Mike Mickle, President of Mickle Communications. “That’s why we created the prime-time special, If You Only Knew: The Journey Through Teen Depression and Suicide.”   Mickle stated that the new prime-time special is substantially different from their 2016 documentary of the same name. “Much of the content will be new, including a recent story of one family’s tragic loss, as well as startling information on cyberbullying,” he said. “You will learn what…
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Riverfront Pops To Present Symphonic Tribute To The Beatles

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This year, the Quad City Bank & Trust Riverfront Pops will rock out with a symphonic tribute to The Beatles’ Greatest Hits. The Quad City Symphony Orchestra (QCSO) will be led by Guest Conductor Jeffrey Reed, Music Director of Orchestra Kentucky. Quad City Bank & Trust Riverfront Pops will be held Saturday, Aug. 19 at LeClaire Park, Davenport, IA. Gates and handicapped parking open at 3 p.m. The Youth Symphony Orchestra Pre-Show begins at 6:30 p.m., with the The Beatles’ Greatest Hits concert at 7:30 p.m. Adult tickets are $20 each in advance, and children’s tickets are $5 each. Adult prices will increase $5 each after 4:30 p.m. Friday, Aug. 18 and at the gate. During the first half of the Beatles tribute, Quad-Citians can celebrate the 50th Anniversary of…
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