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04/03/18
 -04/27/18
'You Promised Me Poems' Art Exhibit

Internationally renowned artist Chris Kienke's exhibit "You Promised Me Poems," will be on display Tuesday, April 3, through Friday, April 27, in the Kristin Wigley-Fleming Fine Arts Gallery in Luther College's Center for the Arts.

There will be an artist's talk at 7 p.m. Thursday, April 26, in the Center for the Arts, Room 203, and a reception at 4 p.m. Friday, April 27, in the Kirstin Wigley-Fleming Fine Arts Gallery in the Center for the Arts. These events are open to the public with no charge for admission.
 

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04/07/18
 -05/19/18
Emerging Artists Exhibition 2018

Qualifications


Artists ages 18-25
 Residents and students within a 150 mile radius from Decorah 
All forms of media (painting, drawing, video, ceramic, jewelry, printmaking, photography, etc.)
 Artwork must be original and have been completed within the last 2 years
May be for sale but not required. 
 
 
Each applicant may submit images of up to 3 artworks. 
Deadline for digital images along with all required application materials and a $20 entry fee is midnight Saturday, March 3, 2018.

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04/10/18
 -05/11/18
'UnNatural History'

"UnNatural History," a series of large-scale photographs depicting the ways humans objectify nature, will be on display in the Center for Faith and Life Gallery April 10-May 27. The artist, Diane Fox, photographs dioramas in Natural History Museums. Using reflection and including items within the diorama meant to be unseen, Fox explores the disconnect within the human/animal relationship.
 

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04/19/18
 -04/22/18
Oneota Film Festival to feature documentaries and short films

Including Academy Award nominated "Heroin(e)," and Luther College Professor Thomas C. Johnson and Luther Director of Visual Media Aaron Lurth's new short film "Marieke," the 2018 Oneota Film Festival will be held April 19-22, on the Luther campus and in downtown Decorah.
 

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04/20/18
Archery

Range Open! In this beginner class, you will learn the safety and proper form to shoot both recurve and compound bows. Hands-on target practice and a variety of games will round out this class. Indoor and outdoor ranges will be utilized depending on weather conditions. All equipment is provided.

Preregistration required.

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04/20/18
Haymarket Spring/Summer Concert

Come down to the Haymarket to enjoy good tunes and dance the night away.

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04/21/18
Amish Experience: Bread Making Demonstration

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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04/21/18
Taxidermy 101

Preparing, stuffing and mounting skins of animals is an ancient art form. In this introduction to the craft you’ll learn basic techniques. After a brief introduction, you’ll prepare a mouse rug or stuffed mouse in an action setting you choose. All equipment and materials are provided, and you get to keep your mouse! Don’t be squeamish; most people find the process far less gruesome than they imagined!

Preregistration required.

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04/21/18
Sustainable Home Tour

Ever wondered what it would be like to live in a more energy efficient home? Are you considering either building a new, more energy efficient home or remodeling your current home to make it more energy efficient? If yes, this tour is designed for you. The tour will consist of touring a deep energy retrofit home that documented a 78% reduction in energy use to become the 9th home in the 1,000 Home Challenge. The tour will also visit other sustainable homes.

Preregistration required.

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04/21/18
Soap Making

Hot processed soap making is an alternative method of making soap from scratch allowing for better utilization of essential oils in the final product. Although considered as advanced soap making class, basics will be covered so that even beginning soap makers can attend and all will be empowered with the knowledge and skills to make their own hot processed soap. You will find this class interactive and open for discussion with questions & answers. The hot process soap making will be demonstrated from start to finish with fun samples to take home.

Preregistration required.

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04/21/18
 -04/22/18
Wood Bowl Turning Workshop

Join instructor Duane Hill, accomplished wood turner for this two day, hands-on workshop. Learn the ins and outs of wood turning and spend the weekend working your way up to turning your very own wood bowls. Saturday will serve as an introduction to the art of wood turning and you will be introduced to the lathe and tools. Topics covered will include tool safety and sharpening, wood selection, and basic rounding wood safety. Sunday will be spent on the lathes, practicing and then turning your wood bowl(s). You will have the opportunity to turn 1-2 bowls. Bowl design will be covered.

Day 1: 8:30am-5:30pm       Day 2: 8am-5pm     Class length on days may vary depending on personal projects.

Note: Wood will be provided, but you are more than welcome to bring you own bowl blanks (6-8” diameter and about 3-4” thick). Wood can be wet or dry. All class participants will need a full face shield. There will be a few to borrow out at class.

Preregistration required.

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04/21/18
Sprang: What Is It?

Find out all about sprang, an ancient textile method that dates as far back as the Bronze Age! Fiber artist Carol James will give the presentation “Sprang—What Is It?” at Vesterheim, the national Norwegian-American museum and heritage center.

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04/21/18
Winneshiek Medical Center Auxiliary holds annual Spring Brunch

The Winneshiek Medical Center Auxiliary will award 2018 Health Career Scholarships at their annual Spring Brunch in the Winneshiek Medical Center lower level conference rooms. 
 
John Kelly, RN, WMC Emergency and Gundersen AIR, will speak at the Spring Brunch.  
 
Brunch tickets are available in the Winneshiek Medical Center Gift Shop for $8.  Advanced ticket purchases are required.  The Auxiliary will serve egg bake, fresh fruit, muffins and coffee/milk. 
 

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04/21/18
Luther College to host screening of 'Heroin(e)

Luther College and the Oneota Film Festival are hosting a screening of the documentary "Heroin(e)" in Valders Hall of Science Room 206 on the Luther campus. A panel, hosted by Helping Services for Youth and Families, will held following the screening and both the panel and screening are open to the public with no charge for admission.
 

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04/21/18
Real Estate Open House

$5000 CASH back to Buyer at closing for any qualified, accepted offer written for attending the open house, Saturday April 21st! Adorable, updated 4 bedroom, 1 3/4 bath home located on the West side of Decorah near Luther College, Bike Trail and walking distance to restaurants, parks, Upper Iowa River, Brewery and much more! A few of the updates include new flooring, interior painting, new light fixtures, kitchen updates, both bathrooms, up & down remodeled, privacy fence, landscaping! 2 of the bedrooms in lower level plus 3/4 bath w/shower with family room, large storage-laundry room. Private, fenced back yard for play, gardening or that favorite pet! 12 x 14 Storage Shed included.
 

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04/21/18
Real Estate Open House

$5000 CASH back to Buyer at closing for any qualified, accepted offer written for attending the open house, Saturday April 21st!! 5 bedroom, 3 bath home and acreage with approximate 2+ acres located just South of Decorah city limits on Highway 52, convenient between Decorah and Calmar. Ranch style house, ready to move into with full finished basement of family and rec room, bonus room, 2 of the bedrooms, full bath with abundant storage!! Brand new flooring throughout most of the home. Access to basement from garage and walk out from lower level to large private back yard!! View of the rolling hills of the countryside and glorious sunsets!!!
 

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04/22/18
Essential Oils 101

Interested in learning about a more natural approach to healthcare? Want to rid your home of harmful chemicals, but don’t know where to start? Curious about essential oils? Wonder what all the buzz is about? Now is your chance to find out! We would love to have you join us at this fun class where we’ll discuss WHAT essential oils are, HOW to use them, WHAT they are good for, WHY choose Young Living oils, and HOW you can get your hands on them! There will be a brief presentation on Young Living’s most popular oils found in their Premium Starter Kit and then we’ll eat some snacks made with the oils and participants will be making two, all natural products containing essential oils: soothing bath salts and a room spray.

There will be door PRIZES! Bring a friend and you’ll get an extra entry! Feel free to share this invite with anyone you think would be interested.

Preregistration required.

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04/22/18
Needle Felting One: Basics and Hedgehog

Come join us for a fun afternoon of learning the basics of needle felting, and take home your very first sculpture, a sweet Hedgehog! Needle Felting is a relaxing and versatile art form that allows you to be creative in both 2-D and 3-D. You will be able to take home a needle felting foam pad and needle so you can continue making sculptures in the comfort of your own home!

Preregistration required.

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04/23/18
Friends of the Decorah Public Library Annual Meeting

A Royal Watcher & Her Editor: a report from the writing trenches with Rachel and David Faldet.

The public is invited to join in conversation and light refreshments at 7 pm, followed by a  brief business meeting and the Faldets' presentation.

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04/24/18
Business Breakfast

Once you have found someone to hire for your business, how do you handle training and an employee handbook and getting new hires to treat customers the way you want customers to be treated? April’s meeting of Decorah Businesses will feature Oneota Community Co-op staffers who will discuss new employee-related questions.

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04/24/18
Luther's Cathedral Choir to perform homecoming concert

The performance, part of Cathedral Choir's annual Midwest Tour, is open to the public with no charge for admission.
           
The 2018 Cathedral Choir tour program includes Ola Gjeillo's "The Ground," Jeffrey Ames's "Let Everything That Hath Breath" and Mozart's "Missa brevis in F" K. 192, accompanied by a string ensemble comprised of members from the Luther College Symphony Orchestra.
           
Cathedral Choir is an ensemble totaling 85 singers selected primarily from the sophomore and junior classes at Luther. The choir participates in Christmas at Luther performances, campus worship, special events and concerts throughout the academic year.
           
The ensemble performed at the 2010 North Central American Choral Directors Association conference in Minneapolis where Eric Whitacre, distinguished conductor broadcaster and public speaker and 2012 Grammy Award winner, conducted the session.
           
Mark Potvin is conductor of Cathedral Choir at Luther College. Potvin also teaches conducting and secondary choral methods, and conducts Norsemen, the first-year bass choir. He holds a Master of Music degree from St. Cloud State University and a Bachelor of Arts from Luther College. Potvin is in the final stages of coursework toward a Doctor of Musical Arts in Music Education through Boston University.
 

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04/25/18
Let's Talk Decorah

Stop by Magpie & join other parents for coffee/lunch and a chance to talk together


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04/25/18
Winneshiek Country Celebration of Life Fundraiser

Winneshiek County Celebration of Life will be having a fundraiser at Pizza Ranch. Members of their board will be helping at Pizza Ranch during this event.

 

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04/25/18
Luther's Philharmonia Concert

The concert is open to the public with no charge for admission.
           
Featured music includes Benjamin Britten's "Simple Symphony," Edvard Grieg's "Prelude from the Holberg Suite" and "Elegiac Melodies," Tchaikovsky's "Andante Cantabile for Strings" and Dvorak/Isaac's "Three Slavonic Dances."
            The Luther College Philharmonia Orchestra is directed by Spencer Martin, professor of music.
 

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04/25/18
Decorah Area Parkinson Support Group

Karla O’Connell RN ADM, the Program Director for Senior Life Solutions, will share information about her program. Looking forward to seeing you there.


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04/26/18
Thursday Night Fixed Route Pilot Program

Go shopping with EARL!
 
EARL Public Transit, a program of Northeast Iowa Community Action, is happy to announce a new pilot route with fixed stops on Thursday evenings in Decorah. The first stop is at the Dahl Centennial Union at Luther College and last stop at First Lutheran Church. During this trial run, other stops will include the Oneota Co-op, and Walmart. The route will begin on Thursday, April 12th, with a $2 fare that allows riders unlimited stops along the route during its service hours.
 
“Since this is a trial run, the times and stops may shift as we determine the best way to deploy the new route,” Sam Castro, Mobility Manager with EARL Public Transit, said. “One of the top responses from the 2017 Community Transportation Needs Assessment was expanded hours. This route is a first step towards addressing needs that are important to the community.” 
 
The timetable with the specific stops, along with future adjustments will be posted on EARL Public Transit’s Facebook page.
 

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04/26/18
Luther College to host Mark Borchardt Biology Colloquium

Luther College presents a biology colloquium by Mark Borchardt titled "Cows or People? Sources of Fecal Contamination in the Karst-like Aquifer in Northeast Wisconsin"

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04/27/18
Smelt Fry at the Odd Fellows Lodge

Menu:
Fish Fry
Potato Salad
Cole Slaw
Baked Beans
Bread
Beverage
 

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04/27/18
Luther College presents Preview Day

Luther College Admissions will hold a Preview Day to give prospective students an introduction to Luther College.
           
The day includes a campus tour, an academic department visit, a student activities and services fair, complimentary lunch in Luther's cafeteria, a financial aid session, a current student Q&A session, and a trolley tour of Decorah.
 

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04/27/18
Celebrate Earth Day with a Poetry Slam featuring Akwi Nji

ArtHaus and Winneshiek Energy District is excited to announce Akwi Nji as the featured poet for the Earth Day Poetry Slam.  This Slam is sponsored by Dragonfly Books and will be held at the Courtyard and Cellar

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04/27/18
Luther College Ringers and Cantorei Spring Concert

Luther College performing ensembles Cantorei and the Luther Ringers will perform a spring concert in the Noble Recital Hall of the Jenson-Noble Hall of Music on Luther's campus.

The concert is open to the public with no charge for admission. Those unable to attend may view the concert live online.

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04/28/18
 -04/29/18
Wine Trail Weekend

Check out local wineries and hop on the Iowa Wine Trail.

Visit Empty Nest and Winneshiek Wildberry Wineries

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04/28/18
Controlled Prairie Burn

Have you ever watched a controlled prairie burn and wondered why and how they do it?  This is your chance to learn about and participate in an actual prairie burn.  We will evaluate the potential burn site and determine how best it can be burnt.  You will learn to use: two different types of drip torches, backpack sprayers, fire rakes and swatters.  Participants will need to wear a long sleeve shirt and pants, hiking boots, gloves and have a hat and bandana along.
Note:  At least six participants are necessary to makes this all work safely – got a friend who would also be interested in participating?  Class is weather dependent.

Preregistration required.

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04/28/18
Song Writing Workshop

Join us for a hands-on workshop for singer/songwriters. You will begin class with a ‘song circle’ where you will perform a recent composition or two. Instructor and artist Steven will outline his creative process including the tools and resources he employs and guitar playing techniques. You will be given a songwriting assignment and time to work on it during class. Steven will be available to provide encouragement and coaching as you work. You will end the workshop with a second song circle where you will play your newly composed song(s) for the group. This class is designed for songwriters of all levels, novice to experienced, this is an opportunity to develop and hone your craft.

Note: Class size is limited to 10. This class is designed for acoustic string instruments (guitars, banjos, etc.), rock ‘n roll artists welcome (no amps). Registration fee covers admission to Steve’s concert Saturday evening. An additional ticket can be purchased for the concert at a discounted price (one guest per class participant), please call to purchase these tickets.

Preregistration required.

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04/28/18
National Drug Take-Back Day

Winneshiek County drop off sites are Walmart parking lot and Thrifty White Pharmacy. It is important to dispose of unused/expired medications safely so they do not fall into the hands of someone who may abuse them. The medications are collected by law enforcement and then incinerated. 

04/28/18
ArtHaus Presents: The Arts Off Campus Series

Professor James Griesheimer, musicologist, presents “Mozart at His Most Personal: The Piano Concerto.”

Can music be a window on biography, politics, and social trends? Come and see.

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04/28/18
Steven J. Schmidt in Concert

Join us for an evening of musical artistry by Steven Schmidt. Steven is ​recipient of the 2017 Sally Irvine Ordway award for Commitment, recognizing lifetime achievement, contribution and leadership in the arts and/or culture. He is a Midwestern singer/songwriter who has written over 200 songs, and each one is like a bottle of fine, bourbon barrel-aged stout.  He performs his rich, full-flavored original tunes, crafted over the last forty years. Steven is a highly skilled guitarist some refer to as “a folkie with chops”. He is noted for his fingerpicking, novel chord voicings, use of alternate tunings, and playing up-the-neck.


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04/28/18
17th Annual Trout Stream Conservation Banquet

Supporting the protection, restoration, and preservation of trout streams in the Driftless Region of Northeast Iowa.

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04/28/18
Hendricks Shares Observations of Religion in China

Join Scotty Hendricks for the presentation “Journey to the East: My Observations of Religion in China.”

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04/28/18
 -04/29/18
Pinters Annual Spring Festival

Join the Pinter family, April 28th and 29th, for their annual Spring Festival featuring DIY gardening classes, a kite decorating contest and flying event, food sampling, and variety of plants to buy.
 

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04/28/18
Dancing with the Luther Stars

Three Luther College staff members paired with three students from Luther's ballroom club go head to head in the annual performance of "Dancing with the Luther Stars."
 

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04/28/18
Emily Dirks performs Brudos Family Opera Prize Recital

Emily Dirks, Luther College senior from Monticello, Iowa, is the 2017-18 recipient of the Alan R. and Sally J. Brudos Family Opera Prize. As part of the award, Dirks will perform a recital in the Noble Recital Hall of the Jenson-Noble Hall of Music on the Luther campus.
 

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04/28/18
2018 Pooch Scooch 5k Fun Run/Walk

The Pooch Scooch has been moved up from Mother's Day to Saturday, April 28th this year.

Check-in and registration starts at 8:15 with registration ending at 8:50 am sharp. Race is at 9am.

There are many new additions and improvements for this year. The course has been altered slightly to start and finish at Wold Park (the skateboard park), there will be a costume contest, ice cream eating contest for dogs as well as bobbing for hotdogs for dogs too! This year we will also have $25 microchipping and also returning is the Stuff The Bus food drive for area food pantries.

Registration is open! TO GUARANTEE A SHIRT, REGISTER BY 4/23! Register now!


It's gonna be a fun one! Woof!

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04/29/18
Peace Brunch Buffet

Let us delight your appetite with our brunch in Peace Dining Room on selected Sundays. Be our guest as you enjoy this delicious event while admiring the view to the west of the beautiful, meandering Upper Iowa River.

Bill of Fare

  • Rotating Crepe Bar/Made to Order Omelets Bar
  • Rotating Waffle/Pancake/French Toast Bar with Toppings
  • Scrambled Eggs & Weekly Specialty Eggs
  • Sausage & Bacon
  • Rotating Carved Meat Station with Accompanying Starch & Vegetable
  • Hash Browns
  • Assorted Cheeses
  • Fresh Fruit
  • Yogurt
  • Assorted Breakfast Pastries
  • Delicious Cakes, Pies & Desserts from the Norse Bakery

Location and Hours

Peace Dining Room
Dahl Centennial Union (2nd Level)
10:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.

Prices

  • Adult $14.50
  • Children 5-10 $6.75
  • Children 1-4 Free
  • Luther Students $12.00

Reservations are encouraged for all Peace Brunch Sundays. Call 563-387-1514 to make reservations. 


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04/29/18
Creating Safe Space in the Music Classroom

Guest lecturer Joshua Palkki will address how gender stereotypes appear in choral classrooms as well as musical and social issues involving LGBTQ students.
 

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04/29/18
The Oneota Valley Community presents Russian Romantics

Oneota Valley Community Orchestra

“Russian Romantics”

At Decorah High School Auditorium

Sunday, April 29th at 3:00 pm

Season Sponsors: The Marion E. Jerome Foundation and The Depot Outlet

The community is invited to join the Oneota Valley Community Orchestra for their Season 4 finale concert on Sunday, April 29th at 3:00 pm.  The OVCO will feature impressive works by famous Russian composers Rimsky-Korsakov, Borodin, and Tchaikovsky. This free concert will take place at Decorah High School Auditorium.

The OVCO begins with Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov’s beautiful Russian Easter Overture. This piece, composed and directed by Rimsky-Korsakov himself in the late 1800s, is based on old Russian Orthodox liturgical themes.  Mixing the solemnity and mystery of these themes with the excitement and joy of Easter, this majestic and expressive piece sets the tone for the finale.

Following are the Polovetsian Dances by Alexander Borodin.  Dividing his energies between composing and his work as a chemist, Borodin composed the opera Prince Igor, which contains this piece.  The story tells of a nomadic tribe that defeats and captures the Russian army, led by Prince Igor. Nonetheless, the leader of the Polovetsy tribe calls on his followers to perform the Polovetsian Dances for their captives.  This lively, exotic tune is sure to be a crowd pleaser.

Following a short intermission, the OVCO concludes with Symphony No. 2, the Little Russian Symphony, by Peter Ilitch Tschaikovsky.  Inspired by folk music in the Ukraine, known as “Little Russia” in the Tzarist days, Tschaikovsky intertwined folk songs in the first, second, and fourth movements.  This energetic and passionate symphony is a brilliant end to a fantastic season.

Founded in 2014 under the direction of Matthew Cody, the Oneota Valley Community Orchestra presents free live classical music to the residents of the Oneota Valley, promotes music education, and provides the opportunity for amateur and professional musicians to perform great masterpieces of music. The fourth season of the OVCO is sponsored by the Marion E. Jerome Foundation and The Depot Outlet.

The OVCO is a 501(c)3 non-profit through the state of Iowa and the federal IRS. All donations are tax deductible.  For more information about the OVCO visit www.ovcorchestra.org.

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04/30/18
Early Bird Registration Deadline Nisse Preschool Summer Programing

Nisse Preschool has a long history of awesome summer programing and this summer is not different. 
3 weeks of fun for your 3 year old through finishing kindergardeners. 
Early bird registration ends April 30th. 
We are based on a first come first serve basis.
   Week 1: June 11 - 15     Week 2: June 18 - 22    Week 3: June 25 - 29

A full week (5 days) of programming is $130 per week from 8:00am - 1:00pm.  Extended care is included with weekly tution from 1:00pm - 5:00pm.

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04/30/18
Metropolis Film Screening Featuring Newly Composed Score

The classic silent film "Metropolis" will spring to life with a newly composed musical score by students at Luther College. Directed by Brooke Joyce, Luther composer-in-residence and associate professor of music, the original film will be shown with their original electronic score.

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05/01/18
Ted Koppel to give Luther College Roslien Distinguished Lecture

"Science and Policy: Communication in the Twenty-First-Century World of Fake News"
 

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05/01/18
Party in the Park with Pete the Cat!


Dragonfly Books is thrilled to celebrate Children’s Book Week and Screen-Free Week with Winneshiek County Conservation! On Tuesday, May 1 at 3:30 pm, children of all ages and families are invited to Phelps Park for stories with Dragonfly Books, outdoor activities with Lilly Jensen from Winneshiek County Conservation, and a special guest -- Pete the Cat!

Children will have the opportunity to meet Pete the Cat, go on a scavenger hunt, make a nature mask, and other fun outdoor activities.

This event is sponsored by Dragonfly Books and Winneshiek County Conservation. It will take place at Phelps Park in Decorah and is free and open to the public. In case of inclement weather, the event will be moved to Dragonfly Books, 112 W. Water St., Decorah.


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05/03/18
Decorah Community Meal

Everyone in the community is invited to enjoy an evening meal at no charge. This is a time for fellowship with old friends and a chance to meet new ones. Delicious entrees are furnished by Sodexo (Luther College food service) and McCaffrey's Dolce Vita. Local churches and organizations provide salads, desserts, and volunteers.

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05/03/18
Cybersecurity Event Presented by Access Systems

Access Systems invites you to join us for an hour-long cybersecurity seminar. Three sessions are available—8am, 10am, 12pm. Come and understand how hacker techniques, like phishing and spamming, can hurt your company. Discover a company’s weakest link when it comes to protecting your data. Please RSVP to the Decorah Chamber of Commerce by April 27, 2018, limited seating is available. It does not matter how big or small your company is, without proper protection you are at risk.

Access Systems is dedicated to keeping you and your data protected through our IT solutions.
 

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05/03/18
Luther College Theatre Department presents 'Marie Antoinette'

The Luther College Theatre Department will present David Adjmi's play "Marie Antoinette" in the Jewel Theatre of Luther's Center for the Arts.


Performances will be:

Thursday, May 3 - 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, May 5 - ​1:30 p.m.
Friday, May 11 - 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, May 12 - 7:30 p.m.
 

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05/03/18
Luther College Jazz Band Presents Concert

The Luther College Jazz Band will perform their spring concert in the Main Hall of Luther's Center for Faith and Life.

The concert is open to the public with no charge for admission. It will also be available via livestream
 

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05/04/18
Friday Night Dinner and Wine Release

First Friday Night open with Prime Rib Sandwiches, cheesy potatoes & dessert.

Simplicity Wine Release (Green Apple & white grape)

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05/04/18
Solar Energy For Non-taxable Entities…Let’s Get Started

Workshop & Vendor Fair

Community leaders and decision makers are invited to attend


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05/04/18
Luther College Dance Department presents 'Soil Turning'

The Luther College Dance Department will present their spring show "Soil Turning"  in Luther's Jewel Theatre in the Center for the Arts.


Performances will be:

Thursday, May 4 - 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, May 5 - ​7:30 p.m.
Friday, May 10 - 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, May 12 - 1:30 p.m.

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05/05/18
Judah & the Lion

With chart topping hits like "Take It All Back" and "Suit and Jacket," bluegrass-hip hop-rock band Judah & the Lion are touring the U.S. and will make a stop in Decorah.

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05/05/18
Haymarket Spring/Summer Concert

Come down to the Haymarket to enjoy good tunes and dance the night away.

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05/05/18
Heirloom Plant Sale

Visit our plant sale to discover rare family heirlooms and historic varieties to plant and grow in your garden. No registration required.

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05/05/18
Illustration for Kids with Katherine Hannigan!

Dragonfly Books is thrilled to celebrate Children’s Book Week with local children’s author and illustrator Katherine Hannigan. Hannigan will lead two free events at Dragonfly Books, including Illustration for Kids at 10:00 AM and a story time at 10:35 AM on Saturday, May 5.

On May 5th, Children ages 5+ are invited to join Dragonfly Books for a morning of illustration and instruction at 10:00 AM. Hannigan will lead kids through simple methods of drawing to create fun illustrations of their own. This event is free and no registration is required.

At 10:35 AM, children of all ages and families are invited for a special story time with Katherine Hannigan. Hannigan will pull children into imaginative worlds with her entertaining stories and vibrant illustrations.

This event is sponsored by Dragonfly Books at 112 W. Water St., Decorah and is free and open to the public. To learn more about this and other events at Dragonfly Books, please visit www.dragonflybooks.com, or contact us at events@dragonflybooks.com or 563-382-4275.


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05/05/18
Story Time with Katherine Hannigan!

Dragonfly Books is thrilled to celebrate Children’s Book Week with local children’s author and illustrator Katherine Hannigan. Hannigan will lead two free events at Dragonfly Books, including Illustration for Kids at 10:00 AM and a story time at 10:35 AM on Saturday, May 5.

On May 5th, Children ages 5+ are invited to join Dragonfly Books for a morning of illustration and instruction at 10:00 AM. Hannigan will lead kids through simple methods of drawing to create fun illustrations of their own. This event is free and no registration is required.

At 10:35 AM, children of all ages and families are invited for a special story time with Katherine Hannigan. Hannigan will pull children into imaginative worlds with her entertaining stories and vibrant illustrations.

This event is sponsored by Dragonfly Books at 112 W. Water St., Decorah and is free and open to the public. To learn more about this and other events at Dragonfly Books, please visit www.dragonflybooks.com, or contact us at events@dragonflybooks.com or 563-382-4275.


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05/05/18
Luther College Theatre Department presents 'Marie Antoinette'

The Luther College Theatre Department will present David Adjmi's play "Marie Antoinette" in the Jewel Theatre of Luther's Center for the Arts.


Performances will be:

Thursday, May 3 - 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, May 5 - ​1:30 p.m.
Friday, May 11 - 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, May 12 - 7:30 p.m.
 

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05/05/18
Luther College Dance Department presents 'Soil Turning'

The Luther College Dance Department will present their spring show "Soil Turning"  in Luther's Jewel Theatre in the Center for the Arts.


Performances will be:

Thursday, May 4 - 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, May 5 - ​7:30 p.m.
Friday, May 10 - 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, May 12 - 1:30 p.m.

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05/06/18
Peace Brunch Buffet

Let us delight your appetite with our brunch in Peace Dining Room on selected Sundays. Be our guest as you enjoy this delicious event while admiring the view to the west of the beautiful, meandering Upper Iowa River.

Bill of Fare

  • Rotating Crepe Bar/Made to Order Omelets Bar
  • Rotating Waffle/Pancake/French Toast Bar with Toppings
  • Scrambled Eggs & Weekly Specialty Eggs
  • Sausage & Bacon
  • Rotating Carved Meat Station with Accompanying Starch & Vegetable
  • Hash Browns
  • Assorted Cheeses
  • Fresh Fruit
  • Yogurt
  • Assorted Breakfast Pastries
  • Delicious Cakes, Pies & Desserts from the Norse Bakery

Location and Hours

Peace Dining Room
Dahl Centennial Union (2nd Level)
10:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.

Prices

  • Adult $14.50
  • Children 5-10 $6.75
  • Children 1-4 Free
  • Luther Students $12.00

Reservations are encouraged for all Peace Brunch Sundays. Call 563-387-1514 to make reservations. 


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05/06/18
Empty Bowls

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05/06/18
Vesterheim Offers Apple Grafting Workshop

Join Dan Bussey, one of America's premier apple experts, for a special Norwegian apple-grafting workshop at Vesterheim, the national Norwegian-American museum and heritage center

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05/10/18
Luther College Dance Department presents 'Soil Turning'

The Luther College Dance Department will present their spring show "Soil Turning"  in Luther's Jewel Theatre in the Center for the Arts.


Performances will be:

Thursday, May 4 - 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, May 5 - ​7:30 p.m.
Friday, May 10 - 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, May 12 - 1:30 p.m.

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05/11/18
Wisconsin Cheddar Cheese Curds

By taking this class, you’ll learn how to amaze your friends & family by serving squeaky fresh Wisconsin Cheese Curds. You’ll also learn how to press the curds into a solid form that can be eaten fresh or aged for that “Sharp Cheddar” flavor. Come with questions and leave with knowledge and tasty cheese! The instructor greatly encourages questions and comments.

Preregistration required

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05/11/18
Beginner Organic Gardening

Designed for the beginner, this class will give you the basics of plant biology in simple terms. We’ll also discuss how to prepare your growing places, and how to choose the best garden for you. Upon completion of this class, you’ll have a list of possible produce to grow tailored to your own particular space and to the amount of time you want to devote to your garden.
Preregistration required

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05/11/18
Fossil Hunting in Fillmore County

Collect fossils older than dinosaurs! At Whispering Winds, Spring Valley, you will tour fossil collections of ancient sea creatures including Gastropods, Cephalopods, Trilobites, Fisherites, Bryozoans and Brachiopods. Then you’ll travel to 2-3 sites to hunt, all within 7 miles of Spring Valley, and collect your own fossils- guaranteed! Bring a bag for carrying your fossils. If you bring a hammer, you must have eye protection. There is always the chance that you could find ice-aged fossils, Native American artifacts, cold water agates, and geodes. The class meets at Eagle Bluff and travels via Eagle Bluff van to Whispering Winds. All ages welcome!

Note: Travel time is included at beginning and end of class. Classes with fewer than 3 participants will be self-driven.

**Schedule a private fossil hunt, tailored to you. For 1 to 10 individuals. Perfect for individuals trying to grow their collection, birthday parties, completion of Boy and Girl Scout Badges, or just a fun day out!

Optional fee: $5 for a laminated fossil site map, several different site maps are available. Cash payable to instructor at class


Preregistration required

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05/11/18
Rags to Rugs

Re-purpose fabric to create rugs using a braided-in technique. This simple method of making a braided rug results in a washable, strong rug. Unlike the traditional method of rug braiding, this braiding technique eliminates the additional step of sewing together the finished braid to complete the rug. Students will be able to complete a small rug or get a good start on a larger project.

Note: You will need to bring 2 cotton sheets (preferably recycled), a scissors, a heavy object (for anchoring your project), and a 9mm M-13 crochet hook.

Optional Fee: $15 for hand carved hooks, available for purchase at class.
Preregistration required


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05/11/18
Luther College Theatre Department presents 'Marie Antoinette'

The Luther College Theatre Department will present David Adjmi's play "Marie Antoinette" in the Jewel Theatre of Luther's Center for the Arts.


Performances will be:

Thursday, May 3 - 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, May 5 - ​1:30 p.m.
Friday, May 11 - 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, May 12 - 7:30 p.m.
 

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05/12/18
Haymarket Spring/Summer Concert

Come down to the Haymarket to enjoy good tunes and dance the night away.

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05/12/18
Winneshiek County Habitat for Humanity 'Blitz Build'

Join in the fun as Winneshiek County Habitat for Humanity holds its “blitz build” to raise the walls of its 31st home on  at 435 Pike Street in Ridgeway, Iowa. Construction will continue after the “blitz build” each Tuesday and Saturday from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm until further notice. The partner family for this home is Rachel Blake (and her three children). Donations of food for volunteers are always welcome and appreciated. 

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05/12/18
Amish Experience: Pie Making Demonstration

Are you a pie lover? If so, then join us and learn the ‘how to’s’ from an experienced Amish baker. Your Amish instructor will expertly whip up several types of pies from scratch. Learn about using a wood stove and sample the results with coffee. Not only will you gain insight into the Amish lifestyle, you’ll create a warm and tasty memory. 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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05/12/18
Amish Experience: Bread Making Demonstration

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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05/12/18
Raku Firing

Raku firing is an exciting ceramics firing technique. It involves quickly heating a piece of pottery, removing it from the kiln when the glaze has melted and placing it in a bucket of wood shavings which can be explosive! Ceramic artist, Laremy Ellsworth, will cover the process of Raku firing from preparing the piece for glazing to cleaning it after the firing. You’ll also cover glazes and how the different glazes, put through this process, result in different effects and the creation of unique pieces. You will leave class with your unique work of art. After participating in this class you are sure to understand why Raku translates to ‘enjoyment’.

Preregistration required


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05/12/18
Learn the Language of Food Drying

This class covers the basics of food drying and emphasizes Indigenous traditions.  Through this class you learn how to become more self-sufficient by simply drying your food. You’ll have the opportunity to taste, touch, feel, and see a wide variety of dried foods. Drying food saves money, can help eliminate food waste, and embraces the concepts of sustainability.  It’s about having access to locally sourced, dried, in season, healthy foods.

Preregistration required


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05/12/18
Wooden Goblet Turning

Learn to turn a wooden goblet suitable for food use or decoration. Various designs, including long stemmed goblets will be discussed. This is hands on course.

Class length may vary depending on personal projects.

Note: Wood will be provided, but you are more than welcome to bring you own. All class participants will need a full face shield. There will be a few to borrow out at class.

Preregistration required


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05/12/18
Nature Art Journaling

This hands-on journaling workshop will inspire creativity of words and art in the wild outdoors. Come explore the natural world and new perspectives with journaling to honor the power of place and seasonal awareness. All nature journal and art supplies will be provided. “Journaling challenges you in the most positive way, by opening up opportunities for you to explore you own creativity and express your own observations and experiences of the world more fully.” – Keeping a Nature Journal by Wright & Roth.

Preregistration required


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05/12/18
Foodies in the Forest

Discover nature’s free grocery store! From fresh and tender fiddleheads to spicy angelica and even stubborn dandelions (if you can’t beat ‘em, eat ‘em), the forests and valleys of Southeastern Minnesota can provide a plethora of palatable plants. After learning how to identify local edible species and exploring their fascinating culinary, medicinal, and natural history, we’ll prepare a delicious meal using plants gathered entirely on-site. It’s fresh, local, organic, and fun! Be prepared to explore off-trail areas.

Preregistration required


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05/12/18
Luther College Theatre Department presents 'Marie Antoinette'

The Luther College Theatre Department will present David Adjmi's play "Marie Antoinette" in the Jewel Theatre of Luther's Center for the Arts.


Performances will be:

Thursday, May 3 - 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, May 5 - ​1:30 p.m.
Friday, May 11 - 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, May 12 - 7:30 p.m.
 

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05/12/18
Luther College Dance Department presents 'Soil Turning'

The Luther College Dance Department will present their spring show "Soil Turning"  in Luther's Jewel Theatre in the Center for the Arts.


Performances will be:

Thursday, May 4 - 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, May 5 - ​7:30 p.m.
Friday, May 10 - 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, May 12 - 1:30 p.m.

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05/13/18
Mother's Day Champagne Brunch

Mother's Day Champagne Brunch

Reservations recommended

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05/13/18
Mother's Day In The Orchard

(Free Event) Celebrate Mother’s Day with a hike to the Seed Savers Exchange Historic Orchard during peak apple blossom time. Enjoy a sweet treat and a guided hike as you learn the history of apples and our Heritage Farm apple collection. (For those who are unable or don't wish to hike, there is a driveway to the orchard.)

Complete your visit with a stop at our visitors center & garden store to pick up your mom’s favorite plants—including ready-to-plant flowers, vegetables, herbs, and grafted apple trees!


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05/13/18
Fossil Hunting in Fillmore County

Collect fossils older than dinosaurs! At Whispering Winds, Spring Valley, you will tour fossil collections of ancient sea creatures including Gastropods, Cephalopods, Trilobites, Fisherites, Bryozoans and Brachiopods. Then you’ll travel to 2-3 sites to hunt, all within 7 miles of Spring Valley, and collect your own fossils- guaranteed! Bring a bag for carrying your fossils. If you bring a hammer, you must have eye protection. There is always the chance that you could find ice-aged fossils, Native American artifacts, cold water agates, and geodes. The class meets at Eagle Bluff and travels via Eagle Bluff van to Whispering Winds. All ages welcome!

Note: Travel time is included at beginning and end of class. Classes with fewer than 3 participants will be self-driven.

**Schedule a private fossil hunt, tailored to you. For 1 to 10 individuals. Perfect for individuals trying to grow their collection, birthday parties, completion of Boy and Girl Scout Badges, or just a fun day out!

Optional fee: $5 for a laminated fossil site map, several different site maps are available. Cash payable to instructor at class


Preregistration required

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05/13/18
Sharpening Woodturning Tools

Learn how to sharpen woodturning tools including scrapers, gouges (spindle and bowl) parting tools and skews. This is a hands on course. Discussion of tools, steels and their use us will be included.

Note: Feel free to bring any wood turning tools you may have. Full face shields are highly recommended. There will be a few available to borrow during class.

Preregistration required


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05/14/18
NAMI Family Support Group

NAMI Northeast Iowa will be holding its monthly family support group, led by trained family members of people with mental health conditions for family members, caregivers, and loved ones of individuals living with a mental health condition.  


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05/17/18
Decorah Community Meal

Everyone in the community is invited to enjoy an evening meal at no charge. This is a time for fellowship with old friends and a chance to meet new ones. Delicious entrees are furnished by Sodexo (Luther College food service) and McCaffrey's Dolce Vita. Local churches and organizations provide salads, desserts, and volunteers.

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05/18/18
Little Charmer Handbag

This mini charmer is 12″x 8″ tall and 2.5 inches deep. This is a great handbag for a beginner to learn some basic techniques. There is a decorative button on the outside pocket and the handbag is closed by a magnetic snap.

Note: This class will meet and take place at Cheryl’s Fabric Garden, in Downtown Lanesboro. You should know how to thread and use a sewing machine. If you do not have a machine of your own, you may rent one from Cheryl for $5 for the day.

Preregistration required


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05/18/18
Handweaving

Join in on the wave of popularity of woven art. Weave with findings from a nature walk (leaves, grasses, feathers, seed pods, etc.)  and/or weave on a small loom exploring techniques that can also be used on other looms. Display your woven works of art proudly as wall hangings. An introduction to inkle, rigid heddle and 4 harness looms will also be given during class. Warped frame looms are available for use and purchase (directly from instructor at class).

Preregistration required


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