DBQ Con is Back for its Second Year!

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What: 2nd Annual DBQ Con comic book and gaming convention
When: Sat-Sun, Oct. 1-2, 2016
Where: Five Flags Center, Dubuque
Cost: $12/one-day pass or $15/two-day pass, Children under 7 admitted free

The second year of DBQ Con is going to be bigger and better this year!

The comic book and all things gaming convention, set for Saturday-Sunday, Oct 1-2, will again be at the Five Flags Center in Dubuque. Show hours are Saturday 10 a.m.-8 p.m. and Sunday 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

More than 1,300 people attended last year’s event.

“The first year was very well received,” said John Ohnesorge, owner of Top Billing Entertainment, who is in charge of the event. “The overall consensus was very good.”

The event will feature comic books and related items, video and table top gaming items for sale, table top gaming tournaments both days, an improved Cosplay contest, and more!

Special guests include David Nykl, who plays Dr. Radek Zelenka in the SyFy series “Stargate Atlantis,” Sean Rogerson, who played Lance Preston in horror films “Grave Encounters” and “Grave Encounters 2,” and actor Erick Avari, who appeared in “Mr. Deeds,” “Stargate,” and “The Mummy.”

Runde Auto Group is a proud sponsor of the theater that will be showing movies and television shows.

Ohnesorge said the event focuses on a niche that has a lot of fans in the area.

“If they like Cosplay, gaming, Sci-Fi, or comic books, it would be of great interest to them,” he said.

Tickets are $12 for a one-day pass and $15 for a two-day pass. Children ages 7 and younger are admitted free of charge. To buy tickets, visit http://fiveflagscenter.com/EventsCalendar/DBQCon.aspx

For more information, visit www.dbqcon.com

Iowa Mission of Mercy Dental Clinic is Sept 23 & 24 in Dubuque

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What: Iowa Mission of Mercy, free dental clinic
When: Sept. 23 & 24
Where: Five Flags Center, Dubuque
Why: To provide free oral health care to people who face barriers to receiving dental care

Iowa Mission of Mercy is going to be held in the Dubuque this year.

The large scale, two-day community dental clinic provides free oral health care to individuals who face barriers to receiving dental care.

Runde Auto Group is proud to be one of the sponsors of the event, which will be held Friday and Saturday, Sept. 23 and 24, at Five Flags Center in Dubuque.

More than 1,000 people will participate, including dental hygienists, dental assistants, and volunteers, all of whom are donating their time. They expect more than 1,200 patients to be seen over two days.

A field dental clinic with over 100 dental chairs, sterilization, x-rays, laboratory, and triage areas will be set up at Five Flags Center for the event.

The clinic opens at 6 a.m. and closes when they have reached their capacity for that day. Treatment is first-come, first-served with no appointments. Patients should expect to wait several hours as there are hundreds of patients each day.

Click here for more patient information.

The event is intended to address immediate, acute oral health needs. Free day care is provided for children while their parents and/or family members receive care.

“I am excited about IMOM coming to Dubuque because I have been a part of this program since the beginning 9 years ago and I have always had to travel outside the area to volunteer in other cities,” said Angela Weig, of Dubuque Dental Associates. “This year in Dubuque, my husband Doug and our daughter Carolyn, along with many family and friends, will be joining me in this massive service project. They will get to see first-hand the how impactful dental service can be.  It can be an emotional journey for patients and providers and I’m glad I get to be a small part of it.”

Since 2008, more than 10,700 patients have received free dental care totaling over $7.5 million from Iowa Mission of Mercy. Almost 50 percent of those people had not been to a dentist in two or more years, and 70 percent had no dental insurance.

Area participants include: Heyo Tjarks, Brett Kilburg, Joe Zuccaro, Crescent Community Health Clinic, Dubuque Endodontists, Melanie Stuntz, Great River Oral Surgeons, Tony Kalb, Kane Family Dental, Dubuque Peds, Pines Family Dental, Schultz Family Dentistry, Wertz and Wertz, Steven Bradley, Elite Dental, Epworth Family Dentistry, Farley Dental Center, Dental Associates of Manchester, Manchester Dental, D’Agostino Family Dentistry, plus many more!

They are also expecting 150 dental students from the University of Iowa, hygiene students from Hawkeye and Kirkwood and assisting students from NICC, as well as dentists from across the state.

Learn more here: http://www.iowadental.org/events_calendar/iowa_mission_of_mercy.cfm

Rountree Branch Trail in Platteville Hosts Grand Opening

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A grand opening ceremony was held tonight for the David Canny Rountree Branch Trail, celebrating the completion of a project that required hundreds of hours of volunteer time and $1.47 million in cash contributions.

20160915_174922Runde Auto Group is proud to have supported the 3-mile paved and lighted trail and we were excited to see our name on a plaque at the beginning of the trail and on the 1-mile marker!

About 100 people attended the grand opening, which included a ribbon-cutting. Speakers noted how important a trail system is to the quality of life for area residents, but also for economic development in the area.

“This is one of the top amenities that people look for when looking to move to a community — is there a trail infrastructure,” said Drew Nussbaum, of the Wisconsin Department of Tourism. “Is there somewhere I can go outside and get some fresh air?”

Along the trail, there are gardens, a gazebo, benches, artistic bike racks, and historical kiosks. Tornado-damaged trees were removed, trail-side invasives were reduced, and the trail connection to Main Street was begun.

State Senator Mark Miller was in attendance, and said he was happy to suppo20160915_173245rt the trail.

“Congratulations on the completion of an outstanding project,” he said. “It’s easy for me to support grant applications like this one where the wind is at our back and the community is rallying behind it.”

A portion of the trail, from the UW-Platteville campus to Mineral Street, was dedicated to
David Canny, whose idea it was to create the trail. He passed away in 2010. His wife, Karen, spoke at the ceremony.

“In David’s own words before he passed away, ‘This is what a wonderful community can do working together toward one man’s dreams,'” Karen said.

A Belmont-to-Platteville trail will connect to this one in the future.

The project was made possible through a team including the Platteville Community Arboretum, Platteville Community Fund, Building Platteville, the City of Platteville, and more than 1,500 donors.