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Monthly Archives: May 2019

 

Max Collins Still Having Bloody Good Fun As A Writer

May 26th, 2019

Max Collins has killed hundreds of people over the past four decades.   And, not only has he not been sent to prison, but they’ve given him awards, fame and fortune for it. The Muscatine author, who saw his novel “Road To Perdition” turned into an Oscar-nominated film and who was given the 2017 Grand Master Award for lifetime achievement as a fictional murderer, a maestro of mystery novels, is continuing to charm readers with his bloody fun exploits. MWA’s Grand Master Award represented the pinnacle of achievement in mystery writing and was established to acknowledge... Read More

Get Your Kickins At Rustic Pickins!

May 23rd, 2019

You’ll find quaint, cute, fun and funky products more folksy than a dropped “g” at Rustic Pickin’s, a new store that just moved from its old Park Avenue locale to new digs at 225 E. 2nd St., in Muscatine. The location specializes in the suddenly hot market for repurposed items, furniture, housewares and the like. As owners Jackie Petty and Melissa Lowrey put it on their Facebook page, “We use old, forgotten ‘junk’ in unexpected ways. Come to our next show to see what we’re all about.” So, what are they all about? “We’re all about repurposing different materials into new... Read More

Muscatine A Big Part Of Life’s Puzzle For Ann Brumback

May 22nd, 2019

On her right shoulder blade, Ann Brumback has a tattoo of a puzzle piece. In the middle of it is the name of her late father, John Kennedy, and intertwined within the ink of the skin art are the ashes of her late mentor and greatest influence. To truly grasp the larger picture of her, to put together all of the interconnecting segments of her life, you need to start with that one most significant anchor, she says. “I was really very much a Daddy’s girl, and he meant the world to me,” Brumback said. “He was always there for me and really he was and still is the biggest influence on my life.” Brumback’s... Read More

Get Krazy at Kartoon Karnival!

May 17th, 2019

Spend your Saturday afternoon with some cartoons! Tommy’s Movies for Littles will be transforming Sunrise Galleries (114 E 2nd St. Muscatine) into a Saturday Kartoon Karnival this Saturday May 18. Come enjoy old-fashioned Saturday Kartoon Karnival Matinee with Bugs Bunny, Porky Pig, Superman, Daffy Duck and more! Tommy and his staff will be serving up fresh popcorn, candy and soft drinks. Tickets are just $5 at the door. Showtime is at 2 p.m. and seating is limited. So get there early! For more information, visit https://www.facebook.com/events/2472033686179842/.  Read More

Muscatine Salvation Army’s Annual Dinner Helping Raise Funds for KidZone Day Camp!

May 16th, 2019

Come spend a magical evening filled with fun and memories, while helping raise funds for local children! Muscatine Salvation Army is hosting their Annual Dinner and KidZone Fundraiser this Friday May 17 at Geneva Golf & Country Club (3100 Bidwell Rd. Muscatine). Doors open at 6 p.m. and dinner will be served at 6:30 p.m. This year’s event will include fun and exciting additions that will help ensure Muscatine kiddos have a great summer camp experience. There will be entertainment including illusions and magic from TB Mentalism, information from Camp Director, Eric Yerington as well as testimonials... Read More

YPN Muscatine Kicks Off the Summer This Thursday!

May 15th, 2019

Calling all Young Professionals in Muscatine, it’s time to Kick-Off the Summer! The Young Professionals Network (YPN) will be hosting a Kick-Off the Summer party at Pete’s Tap (1820 Angle Street Muscatine) this Thursday May 16 from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. Come enjoy the outdoors, wings, yard games and of course – networking with other young professionals! YPN will be providing door prizes and every person in attendance receives a drink ticket! In addition to having some outdoor fun, YPN will be collecting items for Flickinger Learning Center. Items needed include Back to School items, office supplies... Read More

As Game of Thrones Ends, Who Will Finally Sit On The Iron Throne?

May 14th, 2019

You might have heard just a little bit about a show called “Game of Thrones” on your social media. Maybe. And, if so, you might be aware that this coming weekend is the series finale. Yup, at long last, fans will get to see who will finally sit on the iron throne, and internet commentators will get to write long article bitching about it and crabbing about how horrible this season has been. That seems to be the general consensus, that this season has been nothing but a crashing disappointment. I can’t say I agree. I do agree that they should’ve stretched it out for more episodes to allow... Read More

It’s No Mystery Why Clemens Slays It As A Best-Selling Author

May 12th, 2019

It was a cold and stormy day. We met at Elly’s. Little coffee joint down by the river. My associate and I walked in, took a look around. Waitress smiled her way over. “Hi. What can I get you?” “Nothing right now, doll, thanks,” I said. “I got business.” He was waiting at a corner table. Back to the hard brick wall, mafia style, eyes on the door, like a guy who doesn’t want to get hit without a chance to go down with some cold steel in his mitts. He wore dark shades. Dark shirt. Drank coffee black as the devil’s heart. Gave us a nod. Yeah. He was the guy we were there to meet. The... Read More

Home Is Where The Heart Is For Jodi Royal Goodwin

May 8th, 2019

They say home is where the heart is, and that’s certainly been the case with Jodi Royal Goodwin. The Housing Administrator for the City of Muscatine has poured her heart and most of her life into the cause of finding affordable and stable housing for people in need. “Stable housing makes a world of difference in peoples’ lives,” she said. “It makes a world of difference in what people can achieve when they have that security of a stable home. I want to be able to be a part of making changes that have a positive impact on peoples’ lives. I want to help people have a place that they can... Read More

Flamingos Offers Colorful Ice-Cold Creations

May 8th, 2019

If you’re drifting through a haze of heat exhausted and you see a painted shack near the side of the road, don’t worry, it isn’t a mirage. It really is nirvana. Nirvana in the form of icy cold refreshment. Nirvana in the form of the Flamingos Tropical Cone stand. For more than five years, Flamingos has been serving up icy cold treats – from smoothies to drinks to Mexican ices to flavored fruit concoctions and more – at its 801 Oregon St. location, and at 1903 Park Ave., right outside Muscatine Mall. Gabby Aguilar, 28, who owns both of the shops, is proud and thrilled to see her dreams... Read More

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