Host a Theater Student Intern This Summer

Support Way Off Broadway’s summer season 2009 by hosting a student intern.
This year’s group of interns, eighteen of them, will be coming from Iowa and across the United States The interns arrive on or about June 8th and they will be finished with the program on August 17th.  Please help find room for one or more interns in your home or with your family or friends. If taking an intern for the whole summer is not possible, then please consider hosting an intern for a least a couple of weeks.

Anyone hosting an intern for the summer will receive 2 season tickets (per intern) to WOB's summer season and invitations to special events with the interns and the WOB company this summer. These will include picnics and other outings as well as backstage access to the  WOB company and guest stars. WOB will also acknowledge hosts and thank you throughout the summer in our promotional programs and at our performances.

The host families are not responsible for food for the interns, but are welcome to invite them to a meal from time to time if they want to.  WOB will take care of the transportation for the interns. Hosts can request either a male or female intern, and other issues such as whether the person is a vegetarian, non-smoker, etc.
Prospective hosts can send questions or requests to Randy West – or 641-919-0580

THE RHINO CHARGE is one of Kenya’s most exciting events. Troy Van Beek is participating in Car 64. Featuring a grueling 10-hour race, teams compete on an all-terrain course in 4×4 vehicles, for a chance to join the winner’s circle. The Rhino Charge will be celebrating its 21st race on May 31st.  All funds raised by the event are donated to Rhino Ark, Kenya’s charity dedicated to protecting the Aberdare Conservation area, and it’s population of Kenyan Black Rhinos.

“This is literally a vehicle for social change” says Troy,  Team Kenya Kwanza’s Car 64 navigator and Ex-US Navy Seal.

You can read more about the event, the car and the team at and also find out how you can donate to support Troy and his team.  Make a donation at

Fairfield Cultural and Entertainment District

A Walking Tour of Fairfield Cultural and Entertainment District
is available online at  

A brochure is also available from selected merchants. This is project of the Fairfield Cultural Alliance and kudos to Jeff Fitz-Randolph, Mark Shafer, David Thebodo and Denyce Rusch for their contributions.

Artist Ambassador Sought by Fairfield Rotary Club
The Fairfield Rotary Club is now accepting applications for a cultural exchange with Sweden.  Applicants need to be artists, musicians or dancers who will give demonstrations and/or performances, as that is part of this exchange focus.  

The Rotary Club of Fairfield will provide a $1000 travel grant to the selected applicant who will then be responsible for the balance of their airfare. (FF1 has found airfares as low as $657 on

The Kisa Rotary Club in the Kinda Municipality of Sweden will serve as hosts and provide lodging for the exchange.  Kinda is 263km or 3 hours southwest of Stockholm.  The dates for this exchange are being planned around the “American Festival” in Sweden, June 12-21, 2009.  The deadline for applications is May 20th, 2009.  For further information contact Connie Boyer at 472-3161.

Local Economy New
Rising to the Challenge – Entrepreneur Building Living Economies
BALLE Conference
Fairfield First! is part of the Business Alliance for Local Living Economies (BALLE). The national conference will take place in Denver on May 21-23, 2009. for more information and registration links

Farmers Market

Wednesdays and Saturdays
Grimes Street – South of Howard Park

Arthur Lee Land
Thursday, May 14, 2009
Red Rock Tavern
9 p.m.

Aldo Leopold: Writing from his Burlington Roots

Thursday, May 14,  2009 at 7:30 p.m.
Fairfield Public Library

Free public talk and slide show co-sponsored by the local Sierra Club and the Leopold Heritage Group. The speaker is Steve Brower, a National Park Service approved historian.

Leopold, a pioneer in the fields of ecology and wildlife management and author of A Sand County Almana, was born in Burlington and spent his boyhood there. The presentation will feature new research and photographs exploring the influence Leopold’s formative years in Iowa had on his mature writings as a renowned conservationist, and the importance of Iowa in the development of Leopold’s land ethic.

Mike and Amy Finders – Concer
Friday, May 15
Cafe Paradiso

Godscript Contemporary Christian Concert
Friday, May 15, 2009
7:00 p.m.
Sondheim Center for the Performing Arts

How to Plant and Care for Your Fruit Trees
– Free workshop
Hosted by Trees Forever, Sierra Club-Leopold Group and Sustainable Living Coalition
Saturday, May 16 at 1:00 pm at Abundance Ecovillage

If you would like to adopt a tree, but don't have a place for one, let us know and you can be part of a community orchard with picking privileges!  
Info: or calling 469.5600

Only the Good Die Young Concert
Saturday, May 16th
7:30 p.m.
Sondheim Center for the Performing Art
Tickets are $10 adults and $8 students; purchase online (before performance night) at or at the Sondheim Box Office (472-2787), opening at 6:30 p.m. the night of the performance.

Over 30 talented musicians from Southeast Iowa will perform music from Billie Holiday, Jimi Hendrix, Duane Allman, John Lennon, Kurt Cobain and many more. The music reaches back decades and centuries while crossing into an eclectic collection of genres and styles of music.

Steve McClain and the Jefferson County Green Band;
Ingrid Hernandez, who has performed with top jazz musicians around the world;
Joey Del Re, direct from the Seattle music scene;
Robert Reeder and James Moore, co-founders of the band Sage
Rob Steinberg, a renowned concert pianist
Jon Estrin of Bambú
Jeffrey Hedquist
Tom Morgan
Owen Blake
Jonnie Cohen
Jonathan Clifford
Penelope McKeig
Micah Salaberrios
Theo Shier
Max Sloat

A New Way of Synchin
Generation NOW Choir
Friday, May 22, 2009
7:30 p.m.
Sondheim Center

Follywood News
Iowa Motion Picture Association Award Winners
Congratulations to our Iowa “Oscar” winners from Fairfield:

Savannah Quinn – Best Supporting Actress
David Patterson – Best un-produced screenplay
Wormtooth Nation – Geoff Boothby, director and David Murphy, musical score  

Auditions for Iowa Play Festival

Saturday, May 16th
1:30-4:30 p.m.
Sondheim Center for the Performing Arts

For Entrepreneurs and Small Businesses

The Latest Trends in High-Impact, Low-Cost Marketing
Tuesday, May 19th at 1 p.m.
Fairfield Public Library
Internet marketing (including social media marketing)
Email marketing
Effective sales presentations
Phyllis Khare, social networking expert
Lee Leffler, the Newsletter Gal
Ellen Finkelstein, author How to Do Everything with Microsoft PowerPoint

Hong Heyboer Murray Trio

Trios by Haydn, Martinù and Mendelssohn
Saturday, May 23, 2009
7:30 p.m.
Presented by Fairfield Chamber Music Society

The Legend of Min-Li

Presented by Fairfield Art of Dance
May 30 & 31, 2009
Time: 2:00 p.m.
The Legend of Min-Li Presented by Fairfield Art of Dance
Adults $10.50; Children 5-17 $8.50

Iowa Play Festival
July 8, 2009
7:30 p.m.
Sondheim Center for the Performing Arts

Iowa Play Festival is a collection of One Act Plays. Written by Iowa Writers, not only from Fairfield but Dubuque, Des Moines, Iowa City and Mt Vernon. 6-twenty minute plays for the price of one. Directed by and Acted by Iowa Actors. Rated PG-13 for content.

Parking Lot  – Lindsay Tornquist
Ghost Ride – Dave Patterson
Mother Would Have Wanted Me to Have It- Robert Lynn
President in a Glass- Patricia Saunders
April in June – Bill Coleman
The Education of Macoloco – Jen Silverman

Snatam Kaur

Friday, July 24
Sondheim Center
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