SmART Saturdays at the Dubuque Art Museum encourage creativity and fun

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Looking for a creative outlet for your children? Here’s something fun and educational at the Dubuque Museum of Art!

Perfect for kids ages 6-10, smART Saturdays provide a variety of hands-on art activities in the museum’s remodeled children’s art classroom.

“Participation in art classes can make children smarter, more inventive and confident,” said Margaret Buhr, director of education at the Dubuque Museum of Art. “SmART Saturday classes do that as well as celebrate the joy of discovery. Classes also provide a great bonding opportunity for children and their caregivers. And most importantly, classes are fun, lots of fun!”

The new program will be held one Saturday a month from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., starting on Jan. 27. Runde Auto Group is the proud sponsor of smART Saturdays!

The programs are designed to encourage creativity and thinking outside the box. Instruction and project guidelines will be provided, but individual expression is encouraged.

“Unlike a traditional structured class, smART Saturday’s open-ended projects focus on problem solving and creative thinking,” Buhr said. “Children will explore a variety of mediums and are encouraged to experiment with techniques and ideas in a safe and nurturing place.”

The cost is $10 per child per session ($5 for Dubuque Museum of Art members). Advance registration is required by the Thursday before the Saturday class. Adult caregivers must be in attendance.

The dates include:
Jan. 27: Mini puppets
Materials and instructions will be provided for participating children and their adult caregivers to make their very own unique jointed puppets to take home.
Feb. 17: Stickers, Buttons, and Magnets, Oh My!
Fight off dreary winter days by making bright and colorful pinback badge buttons, refrigerator magnets, and stickers. A hand-operated badge maker will be available for guided use.
March 17: Mini-terrariums
Children and their adult caregivers will design their very own nature-inspired scene using provided materials in the form of a tiny terrarium. Note: No live plants or materials will be used in this project.
April 21: Buggy Bouquets
Celebrate spring flowers and Iowa artist Grant Wood’s birthday by creating your own “Lilies of the Alley.” Children and their adult caregivers will construct a vase “arrangement” of paper flowers, butterflies, caterpillars, bugs, or whatever makes you think of spring.

Here is the Facebook event for the first SmART Saturday on Jan 27:

Rock Out with the Dubuque Symphony Orchestra Jan 19-20


Photos courtesy of the Dubuque Symphony Orchestra

The Dubuque Symphony Orchestra Ultimate Rock Hits Concert continues this year, once again hosting a Friday night and Saturday night performance.

DSCF1696The concerts will be 8 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 19 and Saturday, Jan. 20, 2017. Runde Auto Group is proud to be the exclusive sponsor of this unique event!

“This year’s music has great strength and power behind it,” said Joie Booth, show co-founder, coordinator, and vocalist.

“Music that makes you drive your car a little bit over the speed limit or forces you to run a little farther. Music that lights you on fire and inspires you to reach the next level!”

The Dubuque Symphony Orchestra will present a symphonic rock experience that you won’t see anywhere else.

“We are always excited to bring in new singers, expanding our reach into the wide range of talented rockers in this region, and bringing in their devoted fans as well,” said William Intriligator, Music Director and Conductor of the Dubuque Symphony Orchestra. “Emily Webb from Few Blind Mice and Katie Keoperlich from Boogie Monster join us this year and we also welcome back Joie Booth, Adam Beck and Lexi Parr.”

The concerts will feature chart-topping hits from the 1970s to the present, and include legendary songs that are instantly recognizable.DSCF1942.JPG

“I’m really excited about the mix of songs,” William said. “We have a wide range of styles and time periods represented.   Many favorites by bands like Volbeat, Alice In Chains, Kings of Leon, the Doors,  Bruno Mars and the late great Tom Petty. We have some exciting orchestra features planned, as well!”

Ready to rock? Buy tickets here.

Join Us for Runde Chevrolet’s 4th Annual Holiday Bake Sale


What: Runde Chevrolet’s 4th annual Holiday Bake Sale
When: 8 a.m.-7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 14
Where: Runde Chevrolet, 780 IL Route 35 N, East Dubuque
Why: All proceeds are matched by Runde Auto Group & donated to local families.

Runde Chevrolet is excited to announce its fourth annual Holiday Bake Sale!

Each year, our generous staff members prepare delicious baked goods that we sell in the showroom. All funds raised (PLUS a match by Runde Auto Group) are donated to help a few local families in need have a brighter holiday season.

Last year’s bake sale raised $1,087, which was then matched by Runde Auto Group. The money was donated to help six families in the East Dubuque School District.

We are hoping to continue the momentum this holiday season. Please join us on Thursday, Dec. 14 in the showroom of Runde Chevrolet, 780 IL Route 35 N, in East Dubuque. The sale will run from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. that day.

We will have homemade baked goods, along with apple cider, coffee, and hot chocolate!

See you there!

Visit the Facebook event page HERE