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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Working The Outdoors Into Your Day

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Lately, I’ve become aware of – and somewhat shocked by – how little time I spend outside. On an average day, my outdoor time consists of walking from my car to a building. It makes sense that between school, work, and home responsibilities, I rarely have time to take a walk, go to the park, or simply sit outside. But summer will pass quickly, and then, freezing temperatures and bone-chilling winds will force us all inside for months. To appreciate and enjoy the summer, here are a few things you can do to make sure you get outside, even when you’re busy. Work Outside This one seems simple but can be a hassle at times, particularly on windy days when papers could go flying. Still, if you can avoid the…
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QCSO Private Lesson Program Set to Expand

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During the formative years of all young musicians’ careers, it is vital for them to work with and learn from private lesson instructors. The rapport each will develop with an instructor will become one of the most important professional relationships of his or her life. That’s why a new QCSO program has been developed, in collaboration with Quad City schools, that provides opportunities for students to be instructed by the Symphony’s musicians. Through this program, the students will gain valuable instruction through bi-weekly lessons. The students taking part in this program are serious about developing careers in music. In fact, each one is self-funding half of the cost to receive this valuable program.   According to Marc Zyla, QCSO Director of Education and Community Engagement, the Private Lesson Program started…
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What Social Media Should Job Seekers Use?

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When it comes to searching for a job, there are many options. The vast expansion of the Internet has created many different websites that are used for job searching. monster.com, Indeed.com, and ZipRecruiter.com all give people the option to search for jobs in different departments or categories, while also being able to specify a geographic area. Social media has also become a way for people to search for jobs. Since the main premise of social media is for people to get connected, it has now become very easy for people to also connect with different groups and businesses. Twitter is one way for people to understand a business to which they’d like to apply. The possibility of coming in contact with someone about a specific job position through Twitter may…
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How Using Snapchat Can Help Your Business

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Social media is viewed and used by people on a daily basis. Over the last 10 years, social media applications like Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram have become easily accessible to anyone with a smartphone or tablet. These social media applications have become great platforms for major businesses to advertise and connect with customers and clients. In September of 2011 the social media application Snapchat was launched and soon became very popular. According to the website Social Media Examiner, as of February 2017, Snapchat had 158 million users, with the average number of snaps per day at 2.5 billion. 45% of the daily active users live in North America. Many Snapchat users are young people between the ages of 18 to 35, but as time goes on, the statistics show that…
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Family Music Weekend 2017

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Looking for a family event that will add culture to your weekend – without straining your wallet? On April 29 and 30, the Quad City Symphony Orchestra (QCSO) will hold its Family Music Weekend 2017. The weekend will include a Family Music Carnival, a Family Concert, the Quad City Symphony Youth Ensembles (QCSYEs) Side-by-Side Concert, and the Community Wide Side-by-Side Concert. According to Mark Russell Smith, QCSO Music Director and Conductor, the Side-by-Side performances benefit community participants. “It is a unique opportunity for non-professional musicians to sit side-by-side with the musicians of the Quad City Symphony Orchestra,” he said. “There is so much about music and orchestra playing that can be learned nonverbally, and sitting in the midst of the incredible organism that is the symphony orchestra is a thrilling…
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