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Try Yoga at First Street Community Center!

Top left, Devon Olberding, left, Jen Zimmerman Bronder, center, Carol Daly, right, Ann Fleckensteing – Photo by Lisa Lewis from Envisage studios

Did you know you could take Yoga classes at the First Street Community Center?  Elliott’s Uptown Fitness offers Yoga classes in our building and is starting a new session next week.

What sets Yoga at First Street Community Center apart from Yoga at other studios?  The answer is the Elliott’s Uptown Fitness Yoga teachers!

Collectively their teachers, Jen Zimmerman-Bronder, Ann Fleckenstein, Devon Olberding, and Carol Daly, have over 1300 teacher training hours, 10 years of teaching yoga, and experience teaching at local Yoga studios in Iowa City, Solon, North Liberty, and Cedar Rapids and nationally/internationally at Yoga retreats in Colorado, Costa Rica, and Indonesia.

Yoga classes at First Street Community Center range from Kids Yoga to Gentle Yoga to Hatha Yoga for all ability levels. The setting at First Street Community Center is spacious with room for up to a dozen or more students to fit comfortably. Yoga mats and props are provided on site as well.

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Devon Olberding

Devon Olberding – Photo by Lisa Lewis from Envisage Studios

Devon has been a spinning instructor at Elliott’s Uptown Fitness for over five years. She has also taught fitness and dance classes for several years in the Mount Vernon area.

As a mother of four active kids, she is passionate about mindfulness at a young age. Her kids yoga classes focus on movements, postures, and breathing that integrate mind and body in a fun and engaging way. She is certified in KAY Kids Yoga, TRX, and is also nearing completion of her Holistic Nutrition and Health Coach Certification.

Devon loves inspiring people of all ages to live happier, healthier lives.


Jen Zimmerman Bronder, RYT-200

Jen Zimmerman Bronder- Photo by Lisa Lewis from Envisage Studios

Jen teaches Hatha yoga which is influenced by two trainings, one in the Anusara Yoga style and the other in the Para Yoga style.

Her classes blend the physical poses with breath work and meditation. She continues to expand her knowledge by attending workshops and trainings that focus on the healing, therapeutic aspects of yoga.


Ann Fleckenstein, RYT-200

Ann Fleckenstein – Photo by Lisa Lewis from Envisage Studios

Ann specializes in Hatha yoga which focuses on physical exercise for flexibility, strength, balance, concentration and relaxation. Breathing techniques and meditation are also part of her class offerings.

Ann is a registered yoga teacher and completed her yoga instruction through the California based Cloud Nine Yoga Teacher Training (RYT-200). In addition to the practice of hatha yoga, Ann also brings insight and instruction into Patanjali’s eight limb path of yoga which offers guidelines for “yoga as an entire lifestyle”.

Ann enjoys teaching and learning, and being able to bring yoga to the community in a way that makes yoga attainable for all levels of students.


Carol Daly, DPT, RYT-200

Carol Daly – Photo by Lisa Lewis from Envisage Studios

Carol grew up in a home where her mom practiced yoga and meditation. Those early experiences influenced her own personal practice of yoga and established yoga as a life-time strategy for health and well-being.

As a licensed physical therapist, Carol has combined her understanding of movement science with the ancient teachings of yoga to help her clients learn and relearn how to move again. Carol completed yoga teacher training with Fannie Hungerford in 2015 and is a registered yoga teacher (RYT-200). She will complete an additional 300 hours of teacher training and receive her RYT-500 designation at the Himalayan Institute in October.

Carol’s yoga teacher training draws from traditional yoga theory and contemporary knowledge of the mind and body to encompass the complete scope of yoga. Carol’s strongest held belief is that yoga is accessible to all who are interested in giving it a try.

Beaker Brothers’ Halloween Concert

Doors open at the Uptown Theatre Friday, October 26th at 7:00 pm to mix and mingle with your friends and other costumed party goers.  The actual concert will start at 8:00 pm.

Yes you guessed it, costumes are strongly encouraged!  Help spread the word, let your friends know of this great way to enjoy Halloween with some live music.

BYOB if you use an Uptown Theatre cup – Each cup costs only $5.00.   Rumor has it that there will be free popcorn too!

Tickets are $15.

From their Facebook page:

We’re stoked to get back to the First Street Community Center.

This is a great venue for a party.

It’s short notice, we know, so help us spread the word. Costumes encouraged. BYOB, just pour it into a Community Center cup, ($5), and drink right in the theater!

Last time, it turned into a dance party with Beakers Freakers boogying on the stage with us. Fun!

For more info see the Beakers Brothers Band Facebook event page.

2018 Uptown Theatre Honors – Gala Celebrating the Arts

Collage of Johnny Krob, Mickey Woods, James & Catherine Kennedy, Beryl O’Connor and Damon Cole
Johnny Krob, Mickey Woods, James & Catherine Kennedy, Beryl O’Connor and Damon Cole

The A-Go-Gos, a Mount Vernon Volunteer Organization, proudly present the 2018 Uptown Theatre Honors – An Evening Gala Celebrating the Arts on Saturday, October 20, 2018 starting with a 6:30 pm cocktail hour and 7:30 pm for the show.

This year’s honorees are Johnny Krob, Mickey Woods, James & Catherine Kennedy, Beryl O’Connor and Damon Cole.

Tickets are $20 and an be purchased ahead of time at Bauman’s in Mount Vernon, or you call the Reservation Line (319) 895-8060. Tickets are also available at the door.

Come join us to celebrate these wonderful people and their contributions to the arts!


Starmites – A Rock Musical – performing in the Uptown Theatre

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Starmites is a delightfully over the top sci-fi 80’s rock musical that uses a fantasy world to drive home poignant lessons about the awkwardness of growing up when you don’t quite fit in.

Outsider, Eleanor Fairchild has built an imaginary world around the sci-fi comic books she collects. On the same day her Mom convinces her to give up her fantasy of becoming a superhero, Eleanor instead finds herself mysteriously thrust into the world of her favorite comic book, Starmites. She lands in the middle of the battle between evil villain Shak Graa, and the Starmites, guardians of Inner Space. She and the Starmites team up on a quest to keep power out of Shak Graa’s greedy hands.

Along the way they meet a colorful assortment of Bowie-esque villains including the flamboyant Diva, Queen of Inner Space and her Banshee warriors – Destiny’s Childish sirens.

Starmites’ music and lyrics are by Barry Keating.  It was first presented in 1980.  It opened off-Broadway in 1987 and on-Broadway on April 27, 1989, where it ran for 60 performances. It received six Tony Award nominations, including Best Musical.

According to the Starmites website:

With the timeless appeal of THE WIZARD OF OZ and LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS, yet unique, STARMITES is exciting, touching, and great fun for the entire family.

Show Dates:

With multiple show dates you can pick the day and time that best fits your busy schedule:

  • Friday Oct. 5th at 7:30 pm
  • Saturday Oct. 6th at 7:30 pm
  • Sunday Oct. 7th at 2 pm
  • Friday Oct. 12th at 7:30 pm
  • Saturday Oct. 13th at 7:30 pm
  • Sunday Oct. 14th at 2 pm

Come see your favorite local actors!

The Cast of STARMITES, in order of appearance:

  • S’up S’up Sensaboi: Jasper Rood
  • Diggety Razzledazzle: Melissa Caminneci
  • Ack Ack Hackerax: Willa Martin
  • Starmite Ensemble: Irish Valentine
  • Spacepunk: Mia Huxley
  • Eleanor Fairchild / Bizarbara: Nikki Scheel
  • Eleanor’s Mother / Diva: Kami Zbanek Hill
  • Shak Graa / Trinkulus: John Zbanek Hill
  • Shotzi: Kelli Massey
  • Balbraka: Jenna Woodwick
  • Canibelle: Lisa Smith
  • Hollaback: Mimi Vukelich
  • Banshee Ensemble: Sydney Myers

Tickets are available at the performance and online.  Purchase tickets online here.

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Your Art Project Paradise – MY Studio – Made by You

My Studio art sign

MY Studio (Made by You Studio) opened for fun creative projects in June 2018.  It is a cozy little space stocked with an extensive variety of art supplies and materials just for you!

MY Studio has already hosted several birthday parties, ladies nights, creative friend gatherings, couple’s art dates, as well as partnered with Cornell College as part of their new student orientation activities. MY Studio has walk in open studio hours on Tuesdays Wednesdays and Saturdays, and can be reserved any other time for private events.

MY Studio started as a dream of Andi Spencer’s.  She wanted to have an intentional creative space to make art that could be shared with others.  But a seed of an idea/dream is just a seed until it’s planted.  Enter Andi’s friend Braden. When asked by Joe Jennison about what her ideal business would be, she said “Andi’s Art Studio idea!”

The two friends began having a more serious conversation about the possibilities of bringing this vision to life and in late 2017 the seed was “planted”.  With encouragement from family and friends and a newly available space opening up in the First Street Community Center, MY Studio was born!

MY Studio is a Make it Yourself arts and crafts studio with all the tools and supplies you need to make your creative vision a reality.

MY Studio is the place for you IF:

  • You are feeling inspired and looking for a designated space with a good, creative vibe
  • You’d like to try a new craft, but don’t want to buy all of the equipment you need to get started
  • You need a place to make that Pintrest project that you got all the stuff for and but haven’t gotten around to making yet
  • You’d like to make a personalized gift
  • You’d like to have an art-inspired gathering: birthday parties, team bonding, family projects, time with friends, date night
  • Come with an idea, Andi & Braden are ready to help you make it happen…AND take care of the clean up!

MY Studio is located on the basement level near Yoga Studio C and is easily accessed via the entrance via the North Parking lot.  For more information phone: (319) 331-6205.


Andi Spencer

Andi Spencer and kids working on an art project at MY Studio

Andi Spencer has lived in Mount Vernon with her husband Jaime and their two children, Connor and Fiona, for 11 years.

Her love of art started at a very early age. She grew up in Grinnell where she took as many art classes as she could while in school and then as a student at Grinnell College and the University of Iowa. She loved to draw and paint and make things with her dad’s wood working tools.

She was also fortunate to have access to a variety of art experiences with artists in Grinnell who opened their studios to her and encouraged her and helped to develop her artistic abilities. The idea for MY Studio really stems from that experience. Andi’s desire to have an intentional space to make art as well as a space that could be shared so that others could have that experience as well.


Braden JP Rood

Braden Rood at MY Studio in Mount Vernon Iowa

Braden JP Rood hails from Mount Vernon. After graduating from MVHS she went to University of Northern Iowa and majored in Theatre Performance. She lived in New York for four years to pursue an acting career.  In 2002 she moved back to Iowa and married her husband, Anton and they settled in Mount Vernon with their three boys: Jasper, Atticus & Chester.

Along with MY Studio, Braden also works at the University of Iowa as a teacher and Standardized Patient. She is heavily involved with Mount Vernon-Lisbon Community Theatre as well as volunteers for various community groups including: MVL CDG, Mount Vernon Schools, Hallmark and MVAAC. She is proud to call Mount Vernon her home and is thrilled with the prospects of MY Studio.

The Green Door – HUGEGANTIC Downsizing Sale

When: Sale Begins Thursday, September 13 @Noon

Logo for The Green Door thrift boutique

Who: The Green Door

What: Enormous Downsizing SALE!
Antiques, home decor, small furniture and display pieces, pottery, pictures and paintings, AND men’s and women’s End of Season clothing (J Jill, Converse, Eddie Bauer, Nike, Abercrombie, Cabbi, Banana Republic, J Crew, True Religion, Ralph Lauren, Carhart, Coach, Land’s End, Free People, Brooks Brothers, Rag and Bone, etc)

Where: First Street Community Center, Mt. Vernon, on 2nd Floor, around the corner.
Note:  We have devoted one entire room to 50% markdowns

Why: We are DOWNSIZING!!!!!!!

Farmers Market – FREE Live Music – Leah Woosley and Braden Rood

Come out to the Mount Vernon Farmers Market this Thursday the 6th of September from 4:30 – 6:30!

Not only will you get a chance to purchase fresh produce from local farmers you know and trust, but, we will be hosting live music by Leah Woosley & Braden Rood!

Come on out and support your local farmers, get some great fresh produce, and a FREE live music show by two fun local musicians.

Check out the YouTube video below to hear a sample:

Auditions for Starmites – Mount Vernon-Lisbon Community Theatre

Starmites Auditions

Announcing auditions for the MVLCT Fall Show Starmites

When

Sunday, August 5th at 7pm
Monday, August 6th at 7pm

Where

Uptown Theatre in the First Street Community Center

How

Prepare a minute of any song, to be sang acapella or bring a karaoke track if you want! This show is silly and over the top (think comic book come to life), so be ready to have fun! All casting is extremely flexible. See a part you’d like to play? Show us what you got! Can’t make it to auditions? Email gruesomejoe@gmail.com to set something up!


About the Show

Starmites
Written By: Barry Keating and Stuart Ross (Forever Plaid)
Directed By: Joseph Williams
Music Director: Rebecca Fields-Moffitt
Show dates: Oct. 5 – 7th, 12th – 14th

Starmites, a delightfully over the top sci-fi 80’s rock musical, uses a fantasy world to drive home sweet and poignant lessons about the awkwardness of growing up when you don’t quite fit in. Outsider, Eleanor Fairchild has built a an imaginary world around the sci-fi comic books she collects. On the same day her Mom convinces her to give up her fantasy of becoming a superhero, Eleanor instead finds herself mysteriously thrust into the world of her favorite comic book, Starmites. She lands in the middle of the battle between evil villain Shak Graa, and the Starmites, guardians of Inner Space. She and the Starmites team up on a quest to keep power out of Shak Graa’s greedy hands. Along the way they meet a colorful assortment of Bowie-esque villains including the flamboyant Diva, Queen of Inner Space and her Banshee warriors – Destiny’s Childish sirens.

Character Breakdown

On Earth:
Eleanor Fairchild: An outsider who escapes the cruelty of high school by losing herself in the world of her favorite comic book heroes, the Starmites. She dreams of one day becoming a super hero herself. (Also plays Milady and Bizarabra – Must be able to distinguish between all three characters.) Think: Sarah from The Labyrinth mixed with Max from Stranger Things
Gender: Female
Age: 18 – 35
Scripted Vocal Range: Mezzo Soprano

Eleanor’s Mother: An unassuming woman who loves her daughter and awaits the day when she will grow out of her comic book craze. (Also plays Diva.)
Gender: Female or Male (plays female)
Age: 30+

In Inner Space:
Milady: Eleanor’s confident, self possessed alter ego and superhero of Innerspace. This girl could rule the universe, she just doesn’t know it yet. (Also plays Eleanor and Bizarabra). Think: Eleven from Stranger Things
Gender: Female
Age: 18 – 35

The Starmites: The over the top main characters of Eleanor’s favorite comic books. A band of space youths dedicated to fighting the deadly forces of the Universe. They include:

Space Punk: The hero, captain of the Starmites, and the heart throb of the Universe. He’s an 80’s heart throb, but totally a feminist. (Think: A cross between Steve Harrington from Stranger Things and David Bowie).
Gender: Male
Age: 18 – 35

S’up S’up Sensaboi: The organized and methodical member of the group. He/she plays by the rules.
Gender: Male or Female
Age: Any age

Digetty Razzledazzle: The bumbling show-off of the group. Openly expresses his/her feelings. Raps Hamilton style.
Gender: Male or Female
Age: Any age

Ack Ack Hackerax: The tough one. He/she is second in command.
Gender: Male or Female
Age: Any age

Shak Graa: Flamboyantly fabulous High Priest Of Chaos, determined to destroy both Earth and Innerspace. (Also plays Trinkulus)
Gender: Male or Female
Age: Any Age

Trinkulus: A reptilian minstrel, once slave to Shak Graa now serving as guide to the Starmites. (Also plays Shak Graa)
Gender: Male or Female
Age: Any Age

Diva: Imposing and powerful Queen of Innerspace (the name says it all), but also a loving and worried mother of Bizarbra. Think: Tina Turner combined with Winnie from ‘Hocus Pocus.’ (Also plays Eleanor’s Mother.)
Gender: Male or Female (will play female)
Age: 30+

Bizarbara: Awkward and shy daughter of Diva and the mirror opposite of Eleanor, she spends her days getting lost in comic books about earth and day dreaming of leading an ordinary life. (Also plays Eleanor and Milady).
Gender: Female
Age: 18+

The Banshees: These ladies are the Destiny’s Child of Inner Space and henchmen to Diva. Together they rock one of the most epic songs of the show, Ravenous. All Banshees will have lines/solo if the choose. (Think: The Sanderson Sisters from Hocus Pocus).

Gender: Any
Age: Any

Shotzi: Diva’s sergeant of arms.
Balbraka: She delights in terrorizing the Starmites.
Canibelle: She delights in devouring the Starmites.
Maligna: She delights in torturing the Starmites.


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