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Shear Wonders is selling Love Your Melon hats as a fundraiser to help Penny Bockman fight cancer.  Beanie and cuffed hats are $30 with $10 from every hat going to Penny. Also when we place our order with the Love Your Melon company half of our order goes to pediatric cancer.  What an awesome way for us to help both causes!  If you could get this on web I would appreciate it.  Fundraiser ends December 20th. 


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12/04/17
-12/20/17
 


Bring your family and friends, and drive through dozens of sparkling Christmas light displays. SANTA HOURS (Thursdays through Sundays 5:30-8pm). Proceeds benefit Helping Services For Youth & Families.

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12/11/175:00 to 9:00pmDennis Osmundson


3rd and 4th grade students are invited to learn about living sustainably during the holidays! This 3 week program will engage the kids in fun, hands-on educational activiteies! Kids will be picked up via Walking School Bus from Carrie Lee Elementary.

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12/11/173:30-4:30pmAndrea Springmeier


Let's have some holiday fun!

Register as a pair (we can help pair you up too!) We will build teams of 4 or 6 depending on registrations.

Your chance to win $100 in Chamber Dollars:
1 Entry for every spare you get
2 Entries for every strike you get
3 Entries for wearing a holiday item (sweater, necklace, hat, etc.)

Your chance to win $50 in Chamber Dollars
1 Entry for every gutter ball you get

The cost of bowling is $3 per game and $2 for the fashionable shoes.

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12/11/175 p.m. Kristina


Bring your family and friends, and drive through dozens of sparkling Christmas light displays. SANTA HOURS (Thursdays through Sundays 5:30-8pm). Proceeds benefit Helping Services For Youth & Families.

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12/12/175:00 to 9:00pmDennis Osmundson


Join a panel of educators and local professionals for a discussion on Sex Ed and what is being taught in the classroom.  

Let's Talk Decorah hosts parenting topics relevant to today's sexual climate on the 2nd Wednesday of each month (September-May)

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12/13/176-7:30 p.m.


Bring your family and friends, and drive through dozens of sparkling Christmas light displays. SANTA HOURS (Thursdays through Sundays 5:30-8pm). Proceeds benefit Helping Services For Youth & Families.

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12/13/175:00 to 9:00pmDennis Osmundson


Discuss Jesmyn Ward’s “Sing, Unburied, Sing.” Jojo and his toddler sister, Kayla, live with their grandparents, Mam and Pop, and the occasional presence of their drug-addicted mother, Leonie, on a farm on the Gulf Coast of Mississippi. Leonie is simultaneously tormented and comforted by visions of her dead brother, which only come to her when she's high; Mam is dying of cancer; and quiet, steady Pop tries to run the household and teach Jojo how to be a man. When the white father of Leonie's children is released from prison, she packs her kids and a friend into her car and sets out across the state for Parchman farm, the Mississippi State Penitentiary, on a journey rife with danger and promise. “Sing, Unburied, Sing” grapples with the ugly truths at the heart of the American story and the power, and limitations, of the bonds of family. 

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12/13/175:15 pmKristin Torresdal


Bring your family and friends, and drive through dozens of sparkling Christmas light displays. SANTA HOURS (Thursdays through Sundays 5:30-8pm). Proceeds benefit Helping Services For Youth & Families.

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12/14/175:00 to 9:00pmDennis Osmundson


Bring your family and friends, and drive through dozens of sparkling Christmas light displays. SANTA HOURS (Thursdays through Sundays 5:30-8pm). Proceeds benefit Helping Services For Youth & Families.

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12/15/175:00 to 9:00pmDennis Osmundson


Join award winning cheese maker, Dave Sefton, for a morning of cheese creation. In this 3 ½ hour class, you will learn the art of cheese making and help in cooking up 3 kinds of cheese, including a farmer’s cheese, a soft cheese and Colby/Monterey Jack. Take your newly learned skills home to create these wonderful and tasty creations on your stove top. All ingredients will be provided along with suggestions and guidelines as to when you should get ingredients for your future cheese making endeavors.
Preregistration required.

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12/15/179am-12:30pmJennie Dieterman


Life's a gift. Give more of it.
Donate Blood    

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12/15/1712-6 p.m.


Discuss Ann Hood’s “The Book that Matters Most.” Ava’s twenty-five-year marriage has fallen apart, and her two grown children are pursuing their own lives outside of the country. Ava joins a book group, not only for her love of reading but also out of sheer desperation for companionship. The group’s goal throughout the year is for each member to present the book that matters most to them. Ava rediscovers a mysterious book from her childhood—one that helped her through the traumas of the untimely deaths of her sister and mother. Alternating with Ava’s story is that of her troubled daughter Maggie, who, living in Paris, descends into a destructive relationship with an older man. Ava’s mission to find that book and its enigmatic author takes her on a quest that unravels the secrets of her past and offers her and Maggie the chance to remake their lives.

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12/15/172 pmKristin Torresdal


Hot chocolate, cookies, horse drawn rides through the valley… this event is a local favorite. Come join us for Winter on the Farm, no matter the weather* and check out our visitors center’s special holiday sales.

*In the event there is no snow, we will have horse drawn wagon rides

  • Free Event – No Registration Required
  • Horse Drawn Sleigh Rides 11:00am – 3:00pm
  • Heirloom Potato Tasting 11:00am – 3:00pm
  • Visitors Center open from 10:00am – 5:00pm

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12/16/1711:00 amJeanine


Bring your family and friends, and drive through dozens of sparkling Christmas light displays. SANTA HOURS (Thursdays through Sundays 5:30-8pm). Proceeds benefit Helping Services For Youth & Families.

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12/16/175:00 to 9:00pmDennis Osmundson


Ever wondered what it would be like to live without electricity and modern appliances? This is an opportunity to visit an Amish home, get to know your hostess and learn how to bake bread in a wood fired stove. After the bread is baked and the butter made, you will enjoy the freshly made bread and butter with a warm beverage. Take home a loaf of fresh baked bread and get to know our local Amish community. The class meets at Eagle Bluff and travels via Eagle Bluff van to the Amish home.
Note: The Amish do not allow photos to be taken or names to be published. Travel time is included at beginning and end of class.
Preregistration required.

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12/16/179am-12:30pmJennie Dieterman


The art of bead making is one that has been around for thousands of years. Join in this fun history by learning how to create your very own glass beads. How to make glass beads will be demonstrated. Bead designs, colors, tools and safety will be covered. By the end of class you will have 1-2 glass beads that you created! Note: You will need to bring a pair of non-polarized sunglasses for eye protection. Preregistration required.


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12/16/171pm-4:30pmJennie Dieterman


Santa will visit the Spectrum Thrift Store on Saturday, December 16, from 11am-1pm. There will be opportunities for pictures with Santa and a drawing will be held for door prizes.

 

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12/16/1711am-1pmSarah Miller


Join us for a musical celebration of the winter season Saturday, Dec. 16. at First United Methodist Church, 302 W. Broadway, Decorah.

 

Concerts at 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. (earlier times than in years past!), with proceeds benefitting

-- Farmers’ Market Coupon Program, Decorah Community Food Pantry

-- National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) NE Iowa

-- Decorah Power

-- Path to Citizenship

Tickets available at Oneota Community Food Co-op.  Limited numbers may be available at the door.


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12/16/174 p.m. & 7 p.m.Otter Dreaming


Dragonfly Books welcomes one-time Decorah author Philip Freeman for a Coffee Hour & Book Signing with his latest novel in the Sister Deirdre Mysteries, The Gospel of Mary (Pegasus Books 2017). Guests will have the opportunity to chat with Freeman one-on-one, share a cup of coffee, and get their book signed on Sunday, December 17 at 2:00 - 3:30 pm at Dragonfly Books.


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12/17/172:00 - 3:30 PMDragonfly Books


Bring your family and friends, and drive through dozens of sparkling Christmas light displays. SANTA HOURS (Thursdays through Sundays 5:30-8pm). Proceeds benefit Helping Services For Youth & Families.

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12/17/175:00 to 9:00pmDennis Osmundson


Northeast Iowa Area Agency on Aging facilitates a free caregiver support group the 3rd Monday of every month at the Aase Haugen Nursing Home at 10:00 am. These support groups are a free resource for indiciduals caring for an elderly spouse, grandparent, mother, father, relative, or non-relative such as a neighbor. If you are interested in attending these support groups and need more information, please contact Kelly Kuennen at 563.277.6024.

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12/18/1710:00 amKelly Kuennen


Only one week left to bring your family and friends, and drive through dozens of sparkling Christmas light displays. SANTA HOURS (Thursdays through Sundays 5:30-8pm). Proceeds benefit Helping Services For Youth & Families.

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12/18/175:00 to 9:00pmDennis Osmundson


3rd and 4th grade students are invited to learn about living sustainably during the holidays! This 3 week program will engage the kids in fun, hands-on educational activiteies! Kids will be picked up via Walking School Bus from Carrie Lee Elementary.

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12/18/173:30-4:30pmAndrea Springmeier


Vesterheim, the national Norwegian-American museum and heritage center, invites all pre-school-aged children and their parents or caregivers to Barnetimen (Children's Hour) this school year. Join Vesterheim Youth Educator Jennifer Kovarik and Decorah ArtHaus Director and Instructor Shannon Dallenbach Durbin on the third Tuesday of each month to explore art and culture.

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12/19/1710-11 a.m. Jennifer Kovarik


Bring your family and friends, and drive through dozens of sparkling Christmas light displays. SANTA HOURS (Thursdays through Sundays 5:30-8pm). Proceeds benefit Helping Services For Youth & Families.

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12/19/175:00 to 9:00pmDennis Osmundson


Bring your family and friends, and drive through dozens of sparkling Christmas light displays. SANTA HOURS (Thursdays through Sundays 5:30-8pm). Proceeds benefit Helping Services For Youth & Families.

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12/20/175:00 to 9:00pmDennis Osmundson


Ever wondered what it would be like to live without electricity and modern appliances? This is an opportunity to visit an Amish home, get to know your hostess and learn how to bake bread in a wood fired stove. After the bread is baked and the butter made, you will enjoy the freshly made bread and butter with a warm beverage. Take home a loaf of fresh baked bread and get to know our local Amish community. The class meets at Eagle Bluff and travels via Eagle Bluff van to the Amish home.
Note: The Amish do not allow photos to be taken or names to be published. Travel time is included at beginning and end of class.
Preregistration required.

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12/20/179am-12:30pmJennie Dieterman


Bring your family and friends, and drive through dozens of sparkling Christmas light displays. SANTA HOURS (Thursdays through Sundays 5:30-8pm). Proceeds benefit Helping Services For Youth & Families.

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12/21/175:00 to 9:00pmDennis Osmundson


The History Book Group will discuss Charles C. Mann’s “1491". Traditionally, Americans learned in school that the ancestors of the people who inhabited the Western Hemisphere at the time of Columbus’s landing had crossed the Bering Strait 12,000 years ago; existed mainly in small, nomadic bands; and lived so lightly on the land that the Americas were, for all practical purposes, still a vast wilderness. But archaeologists and anthropologists have spent the last thirty years proving these and many other long-held assumptions wrong; Charles C. Mann sheds clarifying light on the methods used to arrive at these new visions of the pre-Columbian Americas and how they have affected our understanding of our history and our thinking about the environment. 

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12/21/176:30 pmCarmen Buss


Bring your family and friends, and drive through dozens of sparkling Christmas light displays. SANTA HOURS (Thursdays through Sundays 5:30-8pm). Proceeds benefit Helping Services For Youth & Families.

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12/22/175:00 to 9:00pmDennis Osmundson


Bring your family and friends, and drive through dozens of sparkling Christmas light displays. Come see Santa on his last night! SANTA HOURS (Thursdays through Sundays 5:30-8pm). Proceeds benefit Helping Services For Youth & Families.

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12/23/175:00 to 9:00pmDennis Osmundson


Bring your family and friends, and drive through dozens of sparkling Christmas light displays.  Proceeds benefit Helping Services For Youth & Families.

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12/24/175:00 to 9:00pmDennis Osmundson


The last night to bring your family and friends, and drive through dozens of sparkling Christmas light displays! Proceeds benefit Helping Services For Youth & Families.

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12/25/175:00 to 9:00pmDennis Osmundson


Northeast Iowa Area Agency on Aging facilitates a free caregiver support group the 3rd Monday of every month at the Aase Haugen Nursing Home at 10:00 am. These support groups are a free resource for indiciduals caring for an elderly spouse, grandparent, mother, father, relative, or non-relative such as a neighbor. If you are interested in attending these support groups and need more information, please contact Kelly Kuennen at 563.277.6024.

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01/15/1810:00 amKelly Kuennen


Vesterheim, the national Norwegian-American museum and heritage center, invites all pre-school-aged children and their parents or caregivers to Barnetimen (Children's Hour) this school year. Join Vesterheim Youth Educator Jennifer Kovarik and Decorah ArtHaus Director and Instructor Shannon Dallenbach Durbin on the third Tuesday of each month to explore art and culture.

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01/16/1810-11 a.m. Jennifer Kovarik


Luther College is pleased to invite chamber members and special guests to the 29th annul Decorah Area Chamber of Commerce Luncheon. 

Lunch will be served from 12-12:30 p.m. and the program will begin at 12:30. 

The keynote speaker is Mike Gerdin, class of 1992. Gerdin is the Chairman and CEO of Heartland Express. 

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01/22/1812 p.m. Sharon Frana



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01/28/1812pm-4pmBreanna


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