Off-Beat Independent Film – Les Choristes
Davenport Public Library’s Off-Beat Independent (OBI) film series will show the French film, Les Choristes (translated, The Chorus), on Wednesday, October 21, at 6:00 pm, at the Fairmount Street Library (3000 N. Fairmount Street).
Les Choristes is an inspirational story in the spirit of American films, The Music of the Heart and Mr. Holland’s Opus. Nominated for two Academy Awards in 2004 (Best Foreign Language Film & Best Song categories), this film caught the eye of critics everywhere. When he takes a job teaching music at a school for troubled boys, Clement Mathieu is unprepared for its harsh discipline and depressing atmosphere. But with passion and unconventional teaching methods, he’s able to spark his students’ interest in music. Run time, 97 minutes; English subtitles.
OBI meets on the third Wednesday of each month. Attendees of this program will receive free popcorn, refreshments, and great discussion. Registration is not required for this free event. For more information about upcoming OBI movies call (563) 328-6833.
‘Visible Cities’ Poetry Project @ DPL
The Visible Cities is a poetry project developed by Ryan Collins, and sponsored by Quad City Arts, to coincide with a poetry residency he will have in the Quad City area October 19-22, 2009. The theme for this project/residency is: Looking at Place and Identity through Poetry. How do we shape the places around us? How do those places shape us?
The Visible Cities will be an exploration of questions such as these. It encourages everyone to examine the place where we are, places we have been and how place informs who we are, how we behave and how we live.
The Davenport Public Library is proud to host Mr. Collins on Thursday, October 22, at 4:00 p.m. at the Fairmount Branch (3000 N. Fairmount Street) for a special book discussion of his recently published chapbook, Complicated Weather, which complements the Visible Cities project.
If you are interested in reading Ryan Collins’ chapbook and discussing it at the Library, contact Angela at 563-888-3371 to reserve a copy, or register at www.davenportlibrary.com. For more information about the project, visit: http://www.visibleqc.blogspot.com/.
Flu Season Is Here, What Should You Do?
You have probably heard about the Seasonal Flu, Bird Flu, Swine Flu (H1N1). But, what should you do to help prevent the spread of the virus or even worse, catching it yourself? According to the Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH), you should fight the flu with the 3 Cs.
Number one, COVER YOUR COUGH. You should either do this with a tissue or cough into your elbow. Just by coughing into your hands will cause the spread of germs as soon as you touch something.
Number two, CLEAN YOUR HANDS. Use soap and water or hand sanitizer. There are many hand sanitizers on the market and they are very inexpensive. Especially if you consider the cost of being off work for a week. You might even keep a tiny bottle (usually cost $1) in your pocket.
Number three, CONTAIN GERMS. Stay home when you are sick. It doesn’t do anyone any good if you go to work sick. Most likely you will pass your germs on to someone else either in the air or on a surface. That’s how you got it to begin with. Someone else that was sick (they may not have even known at the time) sneezed, coughed, or touched something and transmitted the germs to you. Don’t do the same to someone else!
The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) goes more in depth and offers another word of advise; get a flu vaccine. They have vaccines for the seasonal flu and the H1N1 flu, both flus are easily spread and can make you very sick. In some cases can even cause death! If you are not sure about a vaccine and whether you should get one or not, please contact your health care professional.
For more information about the seasonal flu, swine flu, or any of the flus visit the CDC website or Flu.gov. Or for more local information, visit the Scott County Health Department. It’s better to be safe than sorry!