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Jane Bahls

Jane Bahls is First Lady of Augustana College, where her husband Steve Bahls, serves as president.

Dear Quad Citizens:

We’re a lucky bunch. We have more live music, local theater, museums, festivals, semi-pro athletics, brew pubs, coffee shops and eateries than many communities. We have great choices for spending our extra time and money for entertainment, education and relaxation. And we have amazing access to bike paths, parks and views of the Mississippi.

The Quad Cities Chamber's regional plan -- Q2030 -- envisions this community as cool, creative, connected and prosperous. We’re well on our way, thanks to visionaries, entrepreneurs and supporters who love this place.

How can you help make it happen? By taking advantage of what our communities have to offer. Buy tickets, visit museums, see a play, take in a ball game, enjoy a festival, check out a new restaurant, and see what the Quad-Cities have to offer.

As Quad Citizens, let's challenge ourselves to try something new, starting this summer. Let's fall in love with this community, and let's show our support for arts, education and athletes alike. Let's make sure we preserve the many amenities of this community by supporting them.

It's still early June, and I hope you will join me in committing to a bucket list with three or four stretch-your-boundaries activities this summer.

May I suggest a game and a ride on the Ferris wheel at Modern Woodmen Park, a visit to the Putnam Museum and shopping at a farmer’s market?

What about snagging tickets for a live performance of the Mississippi Bend Players, here on the Augustana campus? Their summer season starts next weekend, and it’s a great regional collaboration as well as outstanding professional theater.

Then check out Playcrafters, Music Guild and Circa 21. Come fall, try a performance by Ballet Quad Cities.

Together we can further establish the Quad-Cities a place 400,000 of us are lucky to call home.

 Jane Bahls has lived in the Quad-Cities since 2003, when her husband, Steve, was installed as president of Augustana College. Jane and Steve are avid travelers who love the Arctic and the mountains, but they are happy to return home to the Quad-Cities with all the area has to offer.

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