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Light Up Water Street!
09/28/17 - 12/31/17
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Visitor Center Volunteer
09/30/17 - 12/31/17
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December YP Bowling Night
12/11/17 - 12/11/17
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Luther College Luncheon
01/22/18 - 01/22/18
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Women's Weekend Out Guest Registration
04/06/18 - 04/08/18
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Women's Weekend Out Sponsorship
04/06/18 - 04/08/18
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Events in the month of April 2017
DateEvent
04/01/17
Cringe Night Returns

What could be better than reading your teenage diary to a room full of strangers?
Dig yours out and come share aloud. Accompanying photos, props, and BYOB welcome. Hosted by local author, June Melby, there will be lots of laughing, a few tears, and hey, it's cheaper than therapy!


$5 / $3 students 

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04/01/17
Salutations & Libations

Come zen with us! T-Bock's Upstairs hosts Salutations and Libations with an all ages & levels yoga class hosted by Laree Schouweiler 10:30 AM - Noon. Class will be followed by a cash bar & 2 complimentary luscious libations! Twenty Five dollar advanced reservations requested. Limited space available. To purchase tickets stop into T-Bock’s today or call 563-382-5970.

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04/01/17
The Bars® Introduction and Gift & Receive

If you have taken the Bars® class, you are welcome to gift and receive with other practitioners. If you have not, come with your interest and questions. If you are coming for an introduction, you will learn and share two or three points and have an opportunity to ask questions. Children are also welcome to learn, try, and participate along with their adult friend or parent.
  • Would you like to gift your body more ease and joy?
  • Would you like to sleep better and wake up feeling refreshed and full of energy?
  • Would you like to dissipate some of the mental, emotional, physical, and energetic blockages that are keeping you stuck?
What are the Bars®? The Bars® is an energetic body process that contains 32 different points on your head that when run, assist you finding more ease and joy with you, your body, your life, and even the Earth.   When you’ve had a Bars® session the worst that can happen is you’ll feel like you’ve had a great massage. The best thing that can happen is that your whole life could change. 
A donation for space is appreciated. If you would like a short Bars® "taster" a $1/minute donation is appreciated.

More information about the Bars® at www.accessthebars.com

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04/01/17
Tony Arata, Casey Beathard at Elks Lodge

Nashville songwriters Tony Arata and Casey Beathard are performing an evening of music and storytelling. The event is a benefit for Winneshiek County Celebration of Life. Proceeds will help supply gas cards for those traveling for cancer treatment. Admission is $20 a ticket. 

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04/01/17
Pheasants Forever Banquet

The 31st annual Pheasants Forever banquet will begin at 5 p.m. with dinner served at 6:30 p.m. (either prim rib, chicken, or pork). As usual the event will included games for prizes, displays of wildlife art, merchandise and guns along with a silent auction and live auction. 

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04/01/17
Fellow Pynins to Perform

Fellow Pynins: An American roots duo weaving whimiscal folk tales will perform  at Lingonberry in Decorah. (218 W. Water Street). Tickets are $5-$25 dollars, pay as you choose. The performance will feature original songs and stories from the group's travels to and from Europe and the UK/Ireland. 

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04/01/17
WWWINERY 10th Annual Chili Cook-off

Register today as an individual or team. $15 entry fee with cash prizes for the top three entrants.  All entries must cut and prepare everything on site to make
at least 1 gallon of chili.

 

If you're more interested in tasting the chili and not cooking you can vote for your favorite in the People's Choice Awards.  Tasting is free and begins in the early afternoon.  

There will be prizes drawn every 1/2 hour beginning at 10:30 a.m. Our lunch menu will be available all day as well.

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Join us for a day of wine, chili, prizes, and good times.

Call 563-735-5809 to register.


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04/01/17
Fattenin' Frogs | The Haymarket

Live band at the Haymart. There will be a cover.

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04/01/17
Handmade Jewelry Showcase at ArtHaus

ArtHaus is hosting a handmade jewelry and accessories showcase and sale during the "Women's Weekend Out". The event is on Saturday at the ArtHaus Gallery. Items include beaded necklaces, gold-smithed rings, handmade hats, and silk dyed scarves. 

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04/01/17
Spring Farm and Machinery Auction

Tractors: ’99 JD 7410 FWA 3 Remote Hyd. & Hyd. Return, New Tires & Rebuilt Hyd. Pump, 2015 JD 3032 w/H130 Loader and 72” Mower Deck, 3pt., remote hyd. only 27 hrs., IH 1086, Cab. 3pt., 540/1000 PTO, JD 50, Farmall B, good paint, ’92, Cab, 7840 Ford Tractor, 3 pt. and Much, Much more!
 

Vehicles: ‘04 Cadillac CTS, ’95 Ford Taurus only 65k miles, ’79 Ford Ranchero, great condition, IH tandem-axle Grain Truck, and Much More!!
 

Outdoors/Tools/Misc: John Deere D140 Riding Mower w/48" deck & 140 hrs.; Manure Spreader, Small Cultivator, 18 ft. Tandem Axle Car Trailer w/dovetail, 8300 JD 15ft. Drill w/15” spaces, 12ft. IH Field Cultivator, newer cyl., Noble 12ft. 3 Bar Harrow/Drag;  Seed Auger, Trash Whips, Grain Drill Parts, Walsh Flair Box w/Westendorf Gear, 4 Row Noble Cultivator, Tub Grinder, New 8500 Watt Generator, Lincoln Welder, Oliver 4340 4-bottom plow w/coulters, Tandem Disc, IH 800 Planter w/ 30” space & dry fert.,  (4) Hesston Long Hyd. Cylinders, JD Field Cultivator Shanks, Wil-Rich Field Cultivator Shanks, Westendorf Running Gear, Campbell Running Gear, MF 14ft. Disc, White 5100 Planter, 275gal Totes w/Cages, (20) 55gal Plastic Drums, Industrial Shop Lights, New Feed Bunks, New Lumber, (1)Hayrack w/Running Gear, (2) Replacement Hayrack Tops; Wagon 6” Seed Auger, 

TREES:  (8) 20" Norway Spruce, (20) 20" Black Hills Spruce, (10) 30" Cannan Fir, (15) 30" Black Hills Spruce; and Much, Much More!!!

Lunch Stand on Site – Lunch available on site

Terms & Conditions:  Announcements the day of the auction take precedence over any printed material. All settlements made day of auction. All items sold “AS IS”. Not responsible for accidents. Cash or good check on day of sale! Now excepting Credit & Debit Cards

redit & Debit Cards


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04/02/17
Wine & Painting Party | Empty Nest

Advanced tickets on Evenbrite. Appetizers and all art supplies with step by step instructions will be provided to paint a 11X14. Drinks available to purchase. 

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04/03/17
Burr Oak Cemetery Association Meeting

The annual meeting of Burr Oak Cemetery Association will take place at the Burr Oak Methodist Church. All lot owners are encouraged to attend. 

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04/03/17
Jerry Johnson with the latest Old Coots book!

Everyone is invited to join Dragonfly Books with local Decorah author Jerry Johnson as he shares his new book in the Old Coots series, A Limit of Coot: A Curmudgeon’s Final Observations. A call to renew our appreciation and respect for the natural world, A Limit of Coot expresses the joy and awe of days spent in the wild places

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04/03/17
Jerry Johnson: A LIMIT OF COOT

Everyone is invited to join Dragonfly Books with local Decorah author Jerry Johnson as he shares his new book in the Old Coots series, A Limit of Coot: A Curmudgeon’s Final Observations. A call to renew our appreciation and respect for the natural world, A Limit of Coot expresses the joy and awe of days spent in the wild places. Jerry Johnson will shares his stories and talk about his Old Coot series on Monday, April 3 at 7:00 pm at Dragonfly Books.

 

If you find that you can't make it to the event but would still like to purchase one of Johnson’s books, just give Dragonfly Books a call at 563-382-4275. One of the Dragonfly Books staff will be glad to reserve a book and have it autographed for you.

 

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04/04/17
100+ Women Who Care

Join 100+ Women Who Care Oneota Valley in raising money for local nonprofit organizations! Each member has a chance to discuss a charity close to their heart and one nonprofit will be chosen to receive $100 from each member. Help us raise $10,000 in 1 hour!

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04/04/17
Osterholm to speak at Luther Colllege

Michael Osterholm, a waukon native and 1975 Luther graduate will present the first Dr. David J. Roslien Distinguished Lecture in Science and Leadership. Osterholm's lecture "Deadliest Enemy: Our War Against Killer Germs" is open to the public with no charge for admission. 

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04/05/17
'Immigration and Unaccompanied Minors: Schmidt, Vang to Host Panel

Speaking on their work with unaccompanied minors entering the United States from Mexico and Central America, Luther College visiting assistant professor of social work Susan Schmidt and immigration lawyer Yer L. Vang will host a panel. The event is open to the public with no charge for admission. 

Drawing on the professional perspectivies of social work and law, the speakers in this panel will consider the United States' treatment of unaccompanied migrant children, the broader policy context, and the current implications for immigrant youth in the U.S. and locally. 

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04/05/17
Concealed Carry Class

Concealed Carry class will take place Upstaris T-Bocks. Eligible to carry in 36 states. Registration is from 5:30-6:30 with class following. $50 class fee and photo ID required. 

 

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04/05/17
Celebrate Global Engineering Day

Join us in celebrating Global Day of the Engineer from 1:30-5:30 PM. Using only paper, we will design and build structures out of paper that will support the weight of several books! We may even design a replica of the Decorah Eagle's nest so we can climb inside and experience its size. All ages are welcome and encouraged. Engineering for everyone!

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04/06/17
'Of Methadone and Men: The Gender of Drug Use in Wartime Ukraine'

Luther College will host lecturer Jennifer Carroll as she delivers a lecture titled, 'Of Methadone and Men: The Gender of Drug Use in Wartime Ukraine'. The lecture is open to the public with no charge for admission. In the lecture, Carroll detials her research on opioid use and abuse, which she has conducted over 10 years on two continents, to illustrate the impact of gendered social experiences on the treatment and preservation of opioid misue, and the socio-political  ramifications of those efforts. 

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04/06/17
Winneshiek Medical Center Auxiliary book sale

The Winneshiek Medical Center Auxiliary is holding a Collective Goods (formerly Books Are Fun) book sale just in time for summer reading!  The book sale takes place in the lower level conference rooms at Winneshiek Medical Center.  The sale features unique books and gifts for all ages.
 
Proceeds from all Auxiliary fund raisers, including profits from the WMC Gift Shop, benefit Winneshiek Medical Center by supporting program and equipment needs, as well as the Auxiliary Health Care Career Scholarship. 
 
To learn more about Auxiliary events, contact the Winneshiek Medical Center Volunteer Services department at 563-387-3036.  

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04/06/17
Adverse Childhood Experiences Training

Everything we do in the life of a youth has an impact!

  • Learn what ACEs are

  • Understand what you can do to help prevent ACEs

  • Better understand how  adverse childhood experiences affect  the health, education, and lives of adults and youth

 

Mentors, Mentors For A Day, parents/guardians, grandparents, aunts, uncles, teachers, religious leaders, medical professionals, and others who work with, interact with, or live with youth will benefit from this training. Help empower youth and adults who are overcoming their ACEs.

Jen Kimber, Community Prevention Specialist and Colinne McCann, IDPH Youth Mentoring AmeriCoros Member will be the presenters.

Please RSVP to Colinne


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04/06/17
New Minowa Players Present 'The Love Song of J. Robert Oppenheimer'

The New Minowa Players will present "The Love Song of J. Robert Oppenheimer with performances April 6th-9th. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for children (12 & under). Tickets are avaiable at Oneota Coop and online at newminowaplayers.org

 

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04/07/17
The Bad Plus

The Bad Plus—bassist Reid Anderson, pianist Ethan Iverson, and drummer David King—have Minnesota roots and a well-earned reputation for pushing the musical limits. Through almost 15 years and 14 albums, they have thrived at the intersection of jazz, indie rock, and iconoclast covers of artists, inspiring Rollin Stone to call them "about as badass as highbrow gets."

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04/07/17
Apple Grafting/Apple School

Learn how to graft and care for apple trees. Discuss apple histories, practice apple propagation, and take home three grafted trees to begin your very own orchard.

Every Apple Grafting School attendee is welcome to attend a free workshop from 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm on the day of their grafting session. This free workshop covers caring for young apple trees, pruning, training, and general tree care.

To register: www.seedsavers.org/apple-grafting-school

 


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04/07/17
Women, Faith, & Finance Seminar

A special, one-day event to educate women of all ages about financial management, retirement and estate planning, and charitable giving.

Keynote presentation by Michelle Janssen, CFRE
"A Report from the Front Lines:  Lessons and Learning
for Women Leaders and Philanthropists in 2017"

Concurrent sessions led by local professionals will also be offered throughout the day on the following topics:

  • Social Security
  • Cost of Elder Care
  • Volunteer Leadership
  • Tips for College Planning and Beyond

Closing Session on Cybersecurity--"Who's Watching Out for You?"


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04/07/17
New Minowa Players Present 'The Love Song of J. Robert Oppenheimer'

The New Minowa Players will present "The Love Song of J. Robert Oppenheimer with performances April 6th-9th. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for children (12 & under). Tickets are avaiable at Oneota Coop and online at newminowaplayers.org

 

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04/08/17
Apple Grafting/Apple School

Register for class: 10am-12pm or 1pm-3pm

Learn how to graft and care for apple trees. Discuss apple histories, practice apple propagation, and take home three grafted trees to begin your very own orchard.

Every Apple Grafting School attendee is welcome to attend a free workshop from 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm on the day of their grafting session. This free workshop covers caring for young apple trees, pruning, training, and general tree care.

To register: www.seedsavers.org/apple-grafting-school

 


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04/08/17
2017 Blessings & Blooms

The Banquet of Blessings Committee is proud to be hosting the "2017 Blessings and Blooms" event held on Saturday, April 8th at Oneota Country Club. 

This year's fun and social format includes a menu of heavy appetizer stations, games, unique live & silent auction packages and a raffle, with DJ Strike Force to follow.

Proceeds go to St. Benedict School towards improving the ever-changing technology, curriculum and infrastructure of the school.

We appreciate the support of our community, families and sponsors in making a difference in the education of our youth.

Follow us on Facebook at 2017 Blessings & Blooms and on Instagram 2017BlessingsBlooms
to see our great prizes, wonderful classroom projects, and up-to-date information!
 

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04/08/17
Eagle crafts

To celebrate our Spring Into Fun Event (and the Decorah eaglet), join us on Saturday, April 8th in creating your own hand-sewn Eagle. While mom & dad shop, kids can sit and sew with Donlon staff. Open to all ages.

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04/08/17
Cringe Night | ArtHaus

Everyone’s favorite night is back! ArtHaus will host Cringe Night! Sponsored by Nordic Chiropractic and hosted by local author June Melby, Cringe Night is sure to make you laugh, cry, and, you guessed it, cringe. Come to hear and read your diary entries from your angsty youth with complete strangers. At $5/$3 for students, it’s definitely cheaper than therapy. Accompanying photos and props are welcome. BYOB for those over 21. Recommended for ages 16 and up.

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04/08/17
New Minowa Players Present 'The Love Song of J. Robert Oppenheimer'

The New Minowa Players will present "The Love Song of J. Robert Oppenheimer with performances April 6th-9th. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for children (12 & under). Tickets are avaiable at Oneota Coop and online at newminowaplayers.org

 

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04/08/17
Winneshiek Medical Center Spring Brunch

The WMC Auxiliary will host the Spring Brunch. Tickets are $8 and can be purchased at the WMC gift shop. The Auxiliary will serve egg bake, fresh fruit, muffins, and coffee/milk. 

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04/09/17
WWWinery 2nd Sunday Brunch

Winneshiek Wildberry Winery welcomes you to our monthly brunch served from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm.  The menu includes quiche, made to order omelets, pancakes or french toast with fruit toppings, two types of meat, potatoes, and dessert table with bread pudding and another dessert.  You can also order Mimosas, wine slush or wine by the glass.

 Reservations appreciated at 563.735.5809.

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04/09/17
New Minowa Players Present 'The Love Song of J. Robert Oppenheimer'

The New Minowa Players will present "The Love Song of J. Robert Oppenheimer with performances April 6th-9th. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for children (12 & under). Tickets are avaiable at Oneota Coop and online at newminowaplayers.org

 

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04/09/17
Luther College Concert Band Performance

The Luther College Concert Band will present a conert in the Center for Faith and Life Main Hall. The performance is open to the public with no charge for admission. 

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04/09/17
Empty Bowls

Empty Bowls will take place at the Hotel Winneshiek, Steyer Opera House. Potters and cookers from across the country have been involved in helping fight hunger since 1991. 

 

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04/10/17
Brace For Impact: Strategies for Resilience in Stressful Times

Way of the SAGE: 4 Paths to Manage Stress and Build Resilience by local author Mary Jorgensen proves the focus for each session to examine the four elements of resilience: spiritually, authenticity, gratitude, and enjoyment. 

Though attendence at all three classes is recommended, it is not required. The class is free with a miniumum $5 donation to Northeast Iowa Peace and Justice Center. 

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04/11/17
NWS Storm Spotter Training in Ossian

The National Weather Service is holding a SKYWARN Severe Weather Spotter Training session at the Ossian Fire Station. Pre-registration is not included required. 

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04/11/17
Luther Collegium Musicum to perform a concert

Luther College Collegium Musicum will perform a concert in the Noble Recital Hall of the Jenson-Noble Hall of Music. The concert is open to the pubic with no charge for admission. It will feature a repertoire of Baroque and Renaissance compissions. 

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04/11/17
Young Professionals Social at Toppling Goliath

Looking to meet area Young Professionals? This is a perfect opportunity to do so! Join the Young Professionals of Northeast Iowa for the monthly Young Professional Social! 

Enjoy a good time with meeting new friends and other business individuals in from the area! 

The event is free of charge. 

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04/11/17
Greer Macallister Author Talk: GIRL IN DISGUISE

Dragonfly Books is pleased to announce the return visit of bestselling author Greer Macallister with her new book Girl in Disguise. Inspired by the true story of Kate Warne, the first female private detective in America, Girl in Disguise follows the detective’s rise during one of the nation’s times of crisis.

 

Macallister will be featured at two events on Tuesday, April 11. At 5:00 pm, Macallister will join the Happy Hour Book Club at Decorah Public Library to discuss Girl in Disguise (Sourcebooks 2017). At 7:00 pm Macallister will give an author talk at Dragonfly Books. Both events are free and open to the public.

 

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04/11/17
Prescription for Change: Ending America's Opioid Crisis

The opioid crisis plaguing the United States presents a problem more far-reaching than many realize. Demends frank conservations to facilitate recovery for individuals and the country, according to a recent document. 

Prescription for Change: Ending America's Opioid Crisis will be screened in the Valders Hall of Science on the campus of Luther College. 

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04/12/17
Eula Thies Estate Auction

Contact Cedar Valley Iowa Realty for more information!

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04/12/17
Luther Brass Ensembles Concert

Luther College's brass ensembles will perform in the Center for Faith and Life Main Hall on Luther's Campus. The concert is open to the public with no charge for admission. 

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04/13/17
Salad Luncheon | St. Benedict

There will be a salad luncheon sponsored by the Catholic Daughters Regina Mundi No. 1737 in the St. Benedict's parish hall. 

Tickets are $8 and are available at the door, the parish office, and from CDA members. Carry outs are available. 

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04/13/17
Decorah Public Library Superhero Bash!

 
Calling all Superheroes…

Get here in a flash for Decorah Public Library’s
Superhero Bash!

children 4 years of age and older are invited to a superhero celebration in the Public Meeting Room of the library!  Wear your favorite costume, cape, or mask and join us for fun stories, crafts, and treats!

Space is limited to 30 children, so don’t forget to RSVP to reserve your space at a table! For additional information, please contact Joan Roach, Children’s and Youth Librarian, at (563)382-3717 or jraoch@decorah.lib.ia.us.

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04/13/17
Family STEM Festival

The Northeast Iowa Family STEM festival will take place at the Luther College Center for the Arts. More than 20 exhibts will feature hands-on, interactive STEM activities for students PreK thought 8th grade. 

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04/14/17
Monthly Breakfast | Wellington Place Assisted Living

Wellington Place Assisted Living will be hosting their monthly breakfast. This breakfast is open to the public for $5 per person. Please RSVP to Katy. 

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04/15/17
B & B on Broadway Open House

Matthew Nahan and Melissa Koch recently bought the B & B on Broadway in downtown Decorah. On Saturday, April 15, they, along with their son, Axel, and Labrador Retieverr, Zoe, invite you to experience the B & B.

Tour the rooms, enjoy the music and refreshments, and relax with friends. Bring your family or just yourself.


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04/15/17
 -04/16/17
Upper Iowa Training hosts Dog Trials

The Upper Iowa Training Club is holding its AKC Obedience and RAlly Trials at the Danan Lansing Building. Anyone is welcome to the watch any part of the trials free of charge. Only entered dogs may be at the trial. 

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04/17/17
Brace For Impact: Strategies for Resilience in Stressful Times

Way of the SAGE: 4 Paths to Manage Stress and Build Resilience by local author Mary Jorgensen proves the focus for each session to examine the four elements of resilience: spiritually, authenticity, gratitude, and enjoyment. 

Though attendence at all three classes is recommended, it is not required. The class is free with a miniumum $5 donation to Northeast Iowa Peace and Justice Center. 

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04/18/17
The Finances of Caregiving program

The Finances of Caregiving program will be offered through a five-week series at the Winneshiek County Extension and Outreach office, Decorah.  An important topic of consideration is the caregiver's retirement if he or she reduces, or gives up, employment to care for another family member. 

The series will be held from 5:30 pm -7:30 pm on April 18 & 25 and May 2, 9, & 11, 2017.  A brochure may be found here.

Pre-registration is required by calling the Winneshiek County Extension and Outreach office at 563-382-2949.  Cost is $35 for the five-week series.


04/18/17
Last Barnetimen (Children’s Hour) of the Season at Vesterheim

Vesterheim, the national Norwegian-American museum and heritage center, welcomes “home” all pre-school-aged children and their parents or caregivers at the last Barnetimen (Children's Hour) of the season.

            Vesterheim means "western home" in Norwegian, and this month children will spend time exploring the homes of Norwegians and Norwegian immigrants, learning about the lives of people long ago. They will also make an art project related to houses and have a snack.

            Meet at Vesterheim Museum, 520 W. Water Street. The program is led by Jennifer Kovarik, Vesterheim Youth Educator, and ArtHaus instructors Jenni and Eric Petersen-Brant. 
          
  Barnetimen is free of charge and meets the third Tuesday of each month from September through April. The program is geared toward 3-5 year olds, but all ages are welcome. No sign-up is necessary—come to one session or all of them. 

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04/18/17
Luther College Woman's Club April meeting

His Divine Comedy ranks among the greatest literary works composed in the Italian language. Who was Dante Alighieri? And what did a group of travelers learn about his life, works, and homeland during a tour offered through Luther College last fall?

Two local couples—Ruth Caldwell and Uwe Rudolf and Cathryn and Russell Baldner—will present “Dante’s Italy: Highlights from a Luther Alumni Tour” at the April meeting of the Luther College Woman’s Club. The meeting will be held Tuesday, April 18, at 1:30 p.m. in Peace Dining Room, Dahl Centennial Union, on the Luther College campus. All women from Decorah and surrounding communities are invited to attend.

Shuttle service from the Decorah Swimming Pool is available and leaves at 1:10 p.m. In addition to the program, a short business meeting, refreshments, and special music by Luther faculty or students are on the afternoon’s agenda.

During their talk, tour leaders Caldwell and Rudolf will join the Baldners, tour participants, to share some of the most meaningful moments of the tour as well as insights about Dante and Italian history and culture. Held in October 2016, the tour kicked off in Ravenna, where Dante spent his last days; advanced to Assisi to ponder Dante’s relation to the Franciscans; and then stopped in his beloved Florence, with side trips to places mentioned in his Divine Comedy.

Ruth Caldwell and Uwe Rudolf have traveled to Italy every year since 2008. Caldwell, Luther College professor emerita of French and Italian, taught in Florence for the Associated Colleges of the Midwest in 2012 and 2014. Rudolf, Luther College professor emeritus of accounting and international management, has led many January Term courses to Europe and Asia, including several in Italy.

Cathryn and Russell Baldner have traveled extensively in Europe, including Spain, England, Austria, Germany, Switzerland, and now Italy; both also studied in Europe. Cathy formerly served as assistant professor in the Luther College Communications Department. Russell taught German, U.S. and Western civilization/world history, and anthropology/sociology in the South Winneshiek Schools and at Northeast Iowa Community College.     
 

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04/18/17
Sons of Norway Meeting

The Sonds of Norway, Valdres Lodge I-503 will meet in the Amdal/Oland Building. There will be a short business meeting followed by the program titled "Why Nordic Studies, Why Now?"

Guests and visitors are welcome to attend. There will be fellowship time after the program and those attending are encouraged to bring finger food for refreshments. 

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04/18/17
Luther College's Philharmonia to Perform

Luther College's Philharmonia to perform in the Center of Faith and Life Main Hall on the campus of Luther College. The event is open to the public with no charge for admission. 

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04/18/17
Auditions held for musical

ArtHaus Gallery is holding auditions for "Snip, Snat, Snute". Auditions will be April 18-19 at the ArtHaus. The performance will take place for an audience of all ages during Nordic Fest. Auditions are open for everyone! 

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04/19/17
 -04/20/17
Access Consciousness Bars® Full day class

“The Access Bars have the capacity to create shifts in your body, shifts in your level of awareness, and shifts in your level of joy.”   Dr. Dain Heer
 
This class will be two evenings, 5:00pm-9:00pm, April 19th and 20th.

The Access Consciousness Bars® are an effective, fast and easy way of releasing limitations keeping you stuck from enjoying your life. This body process involves gently touching 32 points on the head. Everybody can learn - even kids and seniors.
Are you open to inviting more possibilities and joy for yourself, your body, your children, your relationships, your business, your Earth, your life? Discover how gently holding 32 points on the head can open you to a life of ease, joy, and glory.

You will gift and receive two Bars® sessions and learn several useful tools you may choose to use in your daily life. You will receive Practitioner’s Manual, 2 head charts, Practitioner’s Certificate, on-line resources. 
Investment: $300.  Reduced rates for children, teens, and repeating students.    
Snacks included. Bring a water bottle, and a blanket and pillow if you like. Please arrive 4:30pm on Wednesday April 19th to register
(Massage therapists: 8 NCBTMB (Iowa Category B) CE’s are available)
 
Please preregister by April 16th to ensure sufficient materials, massage tables, and zero gravity chairs.  Register Online at  victoriaoestmann.accessconsciousness.com      classes.

More information about the Bars® at www.accessthebars.com

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04/19/17
Midwest Veterans Fundraiser at Pizza Ranch

The Midwest Veterans of America will bus tables during a fundraiser at Pizza Ranch. Anyone who knows a veteran in need of assistance is encourgaged to call 563-568-5275. 

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04/19/17
Auditions held for musical

ArtHaus Gallery is holding auditions for "Snip, Snat, Snute". Auditions will be April 18-19 at the ArtHaus. The performance will take place for an audience of all ages during Nordic Fest. Auditions are open for everyone! 

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04/20/17
Caregiver Conference

Northeast Iowa Area Agency on Aging is hosting a free caregiver
conference featuring three keynote speakers.

Pre-registration is not required but appreciated by calling 866-468-7887. All caregivers are welcome!

1:00 - 2:15 Compassion Fatigue
Presented by Dr. James Coyle
Cedar Memorial Human Relations Director

2:15 - 2:45 Break - Enjoy snacks and visit exhibits

2:45 - 3:00 NEI3A from A-Z
Presented by Laurie Magnus
Benefits Specialist and Options Counselor

3:00 - 3:45 Finances of Caregiving
Presented by Jeannette Mukayisire
Human Sciences Specialist

3:45 - 4:00 Closing and Wrap Up

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04/20/17
Discuss “The Last Tsar”

Join the Decorah Public Library History Book Group to discuss Edvard Radzinsky’s “The Last Tsar” at 6:30 p.m. on the 2nd floor of the library. Call the library to reserve a copy of the book. The group is open to the public and newcomers are encouraged to attend. 
 
Historians have long believed that Lenin personally ordered the murder of Czar Nicholas II and his family in July 1918; this contradicts the official Soviet version, in which Siberian Bolsheviks ordered the executions without Moscow's clearance.
 
Radzinsky, a Russian playwright, adds many valuable pieces to the jigsaw puzzle in an hour-by-hour reconstruction of the slaying, based on royal diaries and newly uncovered eyewitness accounts from the executioners.
 
The author unearthed the testimony of Lenin's bodyguard, who said that Lenin had ordered him to destroy a secret telegram (and its transmittal ribbon), which contained the top Bolshevik's order to carry out the executions. Oral testimony by a soldier who participated in the killings, given decades later to an informant whom Radzinsky interviewed, alleges that two bodies were missing from the truck that took the executed royal family to an unmarked grave; this will fuel speculation that Anastasia and Alexei, heir to the throne, survived the fatal night.
 
Using the diaries of Czar Nicholas and Empress Alexandra, Radzinsky also presents a fragmentary account of Romanov family life, their kidnapping and the abortive plots to save them.
 

 

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04/20/17
Winneshiek County Republicans Meeting

The Winneshiek County Republicans will hold its monthly meeting at Mabe's Pizza. All registrated Rebpublicans are welcome. Pizza will be served to all who attend. 

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04/21/17
Luther Presents: 'An Evening with X Ambassadors"

Luther College presents An Evening with X Ambassadors on the campus of Luther College in the Regents Center. Tickets for the performance are $45 can be purchased online at tickets.luther.edu or via Luther Ticket Office. 

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04/21/17
Discuss “The Gilded Hour”

Join Decorah Public Library’s Friday Book Group to discuss Sara Donati’s historical fiction novel “The Gilded Hour.” The Friday Book Group meets once a month and welcomes new participants.
 
 

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04/21/17
Poetry Slam

The Poetry Slam is a beloved event in Decorah sponsored by Dragonfly Books. Join us at Elks Lodge on April 21 at 8:00 (doors will open at 7:00). Tickets are $5/$3 for students

. If you would like to perform, please call ArtHaus at (563) 382-5440 or sign up online at https://goo.gl/forms/VqDaXJBCiE6vqnW43. For more information, please visit http://arthausdecorah.org/events/


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04/22/17
Prepared Childbirth

Parents learn what to expect during labor and delivery, including: stages of labor, birth plans, labor positions, breathing techniques and relaxation, breast feeding, newborn care and pain control options.  Delivering moms will also learn more about epidural anesthesia which is available at Winneshiek Medical Center 24 hours a day, every day.  The fee for prepared childbirth classes is $30 for 2-3 people.  Participants should dress comfortably.


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04/22/17
City Wide Garage Sales

The Decorah City Wide Garage Sales will take place on Saturday, April 22nd. Contact Decorah News Papers with any questions. 

04/22/17
WWWinery Painting Party

Come join us for a relaxing afternoon painting with friends in a beautiful setting at the Winneshiek Wildberry Winery!  No experience required with step-by-step instructions painting.  You choose your own color palette and add individual style.   With the purchase of your ticket you will supplies for 2 painters-instructions, 2 9"x12" canvases, paint, brushes, aprons, and a glass of wine for both! 


 Please come 20-30 minutes early for check in and to grab a glass of wine!  Your email is your receipt, nothing will be available to download. No need to bring the printed receipt.


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04/22/17
Sports and Rec Auction

Contact Cedar Valley Iowa Realty for more information! 

04/22/17
String Art & Wine Party | Empty Nest

Advanced tickets on Evenbrite. Appetizers and all art supplies with step by step instructions will be provided one of three string art projects. Please bring your own hammer. 

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04/22/17
Mosaic Tabletop with Jeni-Petersen-Brandt

Are you looking for a way to express your creative side and a unique piece of furniture for your home? Look no further! Jenni Petersen-Brandt is leading a two-day class where you can decorate your own mosaic tabletop. Open to teens and adults, this class will be offered Saturday, April 22, from and will continue Sunday, April 23 in the ArtHaus Studio space. The table is provided. $90 + $65 materials fee. For more information, visit http://arthausdecorah.org/classes/adults/

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04/22/17
Spring Luncheon and Bake Sale | Wellington Place

Wellington Place is hosting a spring luncheon and bake sale. Menues include sloppy joes or hot dogs, potato salad, bar and a beverage for $6. 

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04/22/17
Pinter's Open House Weekend

PINTER'S SPRING OPEN HOUSE:  APRIL 22 & 23
 
 -Play "Plinko" for big savings all weekend long! 
-Thousands of hanging baskets, perennials, trees, and shrubs are in stock 
-New Home Art & Decor in stock now and more is arriving daily
-Free samples of our homemade Cookies, Popcorn, & Frosted Nuts
-Plan your garden with helpful tips from our knowledgable staff. 
-Seed potatoes, onion sets in stock and ready to plant
-Taste Pinter's Pantry samples
-Come hungry for a Homestyle lunch served in our Cafe'

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04/22/17
Pancakes for Parks

A free pancake breakfast will be served a the John Cline Elementary School. There will also be a family friendly scavengar hunt, hands on tree planting instruction, and information on emerald ash borer. A free-will offering will be taken at the event to support reforesting the parks through a newly established tree bank. 

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04/22/17
Elliott to present "Arts Off Campus" lecture at Arthaus

Arthaus will present the Arts Off Campus lecture with Kate Elliot of Luther College. Tickets are $4. Elliott will speak about the pair of illustrated beer trays produced in 1902 to advertise in Mankato, Minnesota short-lived Standard Brewing Company. 

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04/22/17
Business Garage Sales

Many businesses are participating in the Spring City Wide Garage Sale promotion! See the full list below. 

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04/22/17
Comfort Zone Meeting

The Comfort Zone Women & Cancer Support Group will meet at Therapy Associates. Call or email Karen for more information. Suggestion of a $5 donation.

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04/22/17
Live Music | Haymart

There will be live music at the Haymart. Performing is the band "The Gambol". There wil be a cover.

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04/23/17
Sip-n-Sign Party

Advanced tickets on Evenbrite. Chose from two designs to paint and personalize your wooden sign!  Appetizers and all art supplies included in the price. 

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04/23/17
Pinter's Open House Weekend

PINTER'S SPRING OPEN HOUSE:  APRIL 22 & 23
 
 -Play "Plinko" for big savings all weekend long! 
-Thousands of hanging baskets, perennials, trees, and shrubs are in stock 
-New Home Art & Decor in stock now and more is arriving daily
-Free samples of our homemade Cookies, Popcorn, & Frosted Nuts
-Plan your garden with helpful tips from our knowledgable staff. 
-Seed potatoes, onion sets in stock and ready to plant
-Taste Pinter's Pantry samples
-Come hungry for a Homestyle lunch served in our Cafe'

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04/23/17
Northern Lights to Present 'Nature Sings'

The Northern Lights will appear in concert at the Decorah Lutheran Church. The Northern Lights will perform five of their best selections from past concerts. A free will donation will be taken up with a portion of the collection to be donated to the Kids Lunch Club. 

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04/23/17
West Side Playground Clean-Up Day

Help us celebrate Earth Day by cleaning up the West Side playground for students and families to enjoy!  All ages are welcome to come work and play.  (Children must be accompanied by an adult)
 

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04/23/17
The Porter House Museum Celebrates 150

The Porter House Museum is celebrating its sesquicentennial at the Upstairs T-Bocks. There will be live music from the Beth Roto and Ann Streufert and Otter Dreaming, as well as a short program, food, and cash bar. Admission is $10 per person and $15 a pair. 

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04/24/17
Brace For Impact: Strategies for Resilience in Stressful Times

Way of the SAGE: 4 Paths to Manage Stress and Build Resilience by local author Mary Jorgensen proves the focus for each session to examine the four elements of resilience: spiritually, authenticity, gratitude, and enjoyment. 

Though attendence at all three classes is recommended, it is not required. The class is free with a miniumum $5 donation to Northeast Iowa Peace and Justice Center. 

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04/24/17
Friends of Decorah Public Library to host author Kathleen Ernst

The Friends of the Decorah Public Library are pleased to announce that their April 24 Annual Meeting will feature award-winning Wisconsin author and historian Kathleen Ernst. The public is invited to come to the 2nd floor of the library for conversation and light refreshments at 6:30 p.m., followed by a brief business meeting and Ernst’s presentation at 7 p.m.  

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04/25/17
The Finances of Caregiving program

The Finances of Caregiving program will be offered through a five-week series at the Winneshiek County Extension and Outreach office, Decorah.  An important topic of consideration is the caregiver's retirement if he or she reduces, or gives up, employment to care for another family member. 

The series will be held from 5:30 pm -7:30 pm on April 18 & 25 and May 2, 9, & 11, 2017.  A brochure may be found here.

Pre-registration is required by calling the Winneshiek County Extension and Outreach office at 563-382-2949.  Cost is $35 for the five-week series.


04/25/17
Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz to give lecture at Luther

Award-winning author Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz will present a lecture titeld "The Doctrine Discovery of U.S. Genocidal History and Policies" in the Valders Hall of Science. The lecture is open to the public with no charge for admission. 

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04/25/17
Sandhorst to Talk about Semester in Tanzania

Rachel Sandhorst will share stories about her families semester in Tazania. Attendees will learn about the amazing wildlife and culture through many stories. This program is free and open to the public. 

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04/25/17
Luther College Cathedral Choir Performance

Luther College's Cathedral Choir presents a concert in the Center of Faith and Life Main Hall. The concert is a culmination of the Cathedral Choir's annual Midwest Tour. The event is free and open to the public. 

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04/26/17
Parkinson Support Group Meeting

For our next meeting on  we will have a presentation by Connie Sjostrom who serves the State of Iowa as an Instructor for the AARP Driver Safety Program. She will discuss safe driving techniques, defensive driving techniques, and how to recognize when driving isn’t safe for you anymore.  We will meet in the Winneshiek Medical Center Conference Room A.


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04/26/17
DHS Students invited to Luther College Ice Cream Social

Decorah High School students are invited to Luther College for an ice cream social with DHS alumni who now attend Luther. There is no charge to attend. The evening will include a student panel and student-led campus tour. 

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04/27/17
Hospitality/Customer Service Training

How in the world can you cut through all the distractions of today’s information-saturated markets to get and keep the attention of your desired customers? With the perceived value of your superior customer service, that’s how. The hospitality and tourism industries have always been about customer service, but we must recognize how to cater to the changing expectations of the modern customer. Join this 2-hour interactive workshop, led by Iowa State University Extension Specialists, to explore best practices and targeted strategies that any hospitality volunteer, employee, business owner, shop manager or community tourism leader can implement immediately and become ambassadors for your community. Seats are limited

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04/27/17
Candidate Class

The Decorah Area Chamber of Commerce, in partnership with Northeast Iowa Community College and Upper Explorerland Regional Planning Commission, are offering a candidate class. Anyone interested in running for an elected office throughout the Northeast Iowa region is invited to attend.

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04/27/17
Garden club's 'Dessert Among the Flowers'

Members of the Town and Country Garden Club are busy planning the club's seminannual fundraising event. The club will decorate 20 unique tables in floral themes. Each person attending will make selection of fancy desserts. David Roslien, retired Luther Professor of biology, will be speaking on 'Some Secrets of Winneshiek Wild Flowers". 

Tickets are $9 and are only available from now until April 15th. Tickets can be purchased from Garden Club members, the Oneota Co-op or by calling 563-382-3091

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04/27/17
Mentor Mingle

Enjoy this informal atmosphere to visit with mentors-ordinary people who take a few hours a month to do simple things that make a life-changing friendship with youth. Hear what it takes to get involved, how big the need is for volunteers, and why you should consider being a mentor. No need to commit; just come, listen, and ask questions-mingle freely!
Hor'Dourves will be available and beverages can be purchased!

If you have questions contact

Kathy Schwartzhoff, Mentoring Coordinator

kathys@helpingservices.org or 563-387-1720

or

Colinne McCann, IDPH Youth Mentoring AmeriCorps Member

cmccann@helpingservices.org or 563-387-1720


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04/27/17
Type 1 Diabetes Focus Group

Winneshiek Medical Center will be hosting a free focus group for individuals living with type 1 diabetes and their support system. The group will meet on the lower level at WMC on April 27 from 6:00 – 7:30 pm. We ask that those attending enter through door E1. Individuals  living with type 1 diabetes will share their stories.

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04/27/17
Water Street Music Series Celebration

Water Street Music Series invites the community to A Water Street Music Series Celebration at three homes on Upper Broadway. A limited number of tickets, for the event, are available at $55, and a portion of each ticket is a tax-deductable donation in support of WSMS' year long artistic programming work. 

Guest will enjoy an event that brings together local music, food, and art lovers. The progressive evening beings at 5:30PM. 

RSVP's are due by April 23rd and tickets may be purchased online at wsmsdecorah.org/celebration or by calling 563-277-7734

04/27/17
Luther College Collegiate Chorale Performance

Luther College's Collegiate Choir presents a concert in the Center of Faith and Life Main Hall. The concert is a culmination of the Cathedral Choir's annual Midwest Tour. The event is free and open to the public. 

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04/27/17
End-of-Life Bill Discussion

The Northeast Iowa Peace & Justice Center will host a two-day program and discussion about SF 215/HF 299, the End of Life Option Act. 
A program will take place Thursday, April 27, at 7 pm., followed by a reception and in-depth discussion Friday, April 28, at 9 a.m., featuring a light breakfast reception for further discussion and socialization. 

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04/28/17
DACC Member Orientation

The DACC is continuing its quarterly orientation series. The program is designed for new members and new employees of existing members looking to obtain a better understanding of the Decorah Area Chamber and the many benefits associated with membership.
The goal of the session will be to insure attendees are utilizing their chamber membership to the fullest by providing a review of DACC programs and benefits. We will walk through goals that have been established by the DACC board of directors. The orientation sessions will allow you to meet and interact with staff, board and ambassador members. Attendees will be able to share information about your business with other attendees.

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04/28/17
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Ossian Citywide Garage Sales

04/28/17
Maasai Singing & Dancing event | Luther College

Oltimbau and Kamaika will perform traditional and contemporary Maasai dancing and singing and will invite the audience to join. They are members of the Maasai tribe in Tanzania and will be in residence at Luther Collge this spring. 

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04/28/17
Trout Fishing Economic Impact

Northeast Iowa RC&D, in partnership with Trout Unlimited will share a new Trout Unlimited report on the economic impact of trout fishing in the Driftless Area. 
The event will recognize the economic importance of trout fishing in the Driftless Area and the role private landowners, and local, regional and state partners play in the success of the trout fishing industry in Iowa. 

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04/28/17
End-of-Life Bill Discussion

The Northeast Iowa Peace & Justice Center will host a two-day program and discussion about SF 215/HF 299, the End of Life Option Act. 
A program will take place Thursday, April 27, at 7 pm., followed by a reception and in-depth discussion Friday, April 28, at 9 a.m., featuring a light breakfast reception for further discussion and socialization. 

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04/28/17
Luther College Choirs Aurora and Norsemen Concert

The Luther College Music Department presents a concert featuring the Aurora and Norsemen choirs. The concert is open to the public with no charge for admission. 
 

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04/28/17
Smelt Fry

Menu consisting of potato salad, cole slaw, baked beans, bread and beverage. 
Carry outs available. Open to hte public. 

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04/29/17
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IA Wine Trail Tropical Spring Fling Weekend

Plan to join the 11 wineries of the Iowa Wine Trail (located in Eastern Iowa) on the weekend of April 23-24, 2016 for our Tropical Spring Fling. Your event tickets give you access to specially prepared food-wine pairings (locally crafted wine paired with food from the tropics), wine tastings, commemorative wine glass, wine information and tours, and gifts shops and vineyard visits, and tons of fun!

Get your EARLY BIRD TICKETS NOW by clicking on the Purchase Tickets tab (http://iowawinetrail.com/events.html ) or by calling 563-557-3727

​Tropical Attire Suggested
Tropical Costume Contest - dress up in your favorite tropical themed outfit, and post a photo yourself on our Iowa Wine Trail Facebook page (tag yourself and include the hashtag #iowawinetrail) and let the “People’s Choice” contest begin. Post by May 1st - the Fall event ticket winner will be announced on May 11th.

More Prizes! With the addition of two new wineries to the winetrail this year, we’re increasing the number of prize winners from 9 to 11! Complete the entire Spring Iowa Wine Trail event (by visiting each winery) and fill out the questionnaire on the back of your ticket. Turn your completed ticket in at the last winery you visit to be entered to win one of eleven $25 gift cer

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04/29/17
Fairy Houses Story Time!

Dragonfly Books is thrilled to host a Fairy House Story Time with special guests and fairy house creators Lauren and Heidi Anderson. Intricately designed using branches and natural materials, these whimsical creations will spark children’s imaginations and inspire the creativity of everyone young and old. 

 

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04/29/17
Decorah's Largest Play Date

Come to Phelp's Park to celebrate Week of the Young Child and all of the amazing teachers, educational programs, children, and families in our community.  Join us for healthy snacks, art projects, play, and a short walk.

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04/29/17
Trout Unlimited Annual Fundraiser

The fundraiser will feature a smoked pork dinner catered by U-2 BBQ, live and silent auction, fly tying and rod building. Proceeds will go toward stream improvements. 

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04/29/17
We the People Rally

The Winneshiek County Republican Party has scheduled a "We the People" rally in support of the accomplishments of the 2017 Iowa Legislature and President Donald Trump's first 100 days in office. 
Republican Iowa Senator Michael Breitbach of Strawberry Point and Republican Iowa Representative Michael Bergan of Decorah will both be speaking, and Republican Chair Tom Hansen will be discussing topics at the federal level. 

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04/30/17
Luther College Chamber Orchestra

The Luther College Chamber Orchestra will perform a concert in the Main Hall in the Center of Faith and Life on the Campus of Luther College. The event is free admission and open to the public. 

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04/30/17
Spring Open House

Join the fun and celebrate spring at the Decorah Greenhouse Spring Open House. 

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04/30/17
Wildflower Walk

Winneshiek County Conservation will host a spring wildflower walk. Join the staff in walking the woods to find and learn about spring ephemeral wildflowers, perennial wildflowers that emerge and bloom early and briefly in spring. 
The event is free and no registration is required. 

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