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Candidate Class
04/27/17 - 04/27/17

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April Member Orientation
04/28/17 - 04/28/17
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Utility Lunch & Learn
05/01/17 - 05/01/17
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Golf Outing Sponsorships
06/26/17 - 06/26/17
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Golf Outing Team Registration
06/26/17 - 06/26/17
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Events in the month of May 2017
DateEvent
05/01/17
Utility Lunch & Learn

If you are feeling confused about what is happening with our local electric utility, you are not alone. Make plans to join us for lunch and take the time to learn about with Decorah Power and Alliant Energy are working on.

Decorah Power:
A new non-profit comprised of Decorah area residents, has been formed to explore the concept of the City of Decorah becoming its own municipal electrical utility (MEU).

Alliant Energy:
After a century of service to Decorah, the way we produce, store and deliver power is changing. Alliant Energy is on the front-line of this evolution for its customers, helping them use less energy, rebuilding systems for two-way power flow and providing more renewables for customers. Alliant Energy’s Director of Customer Operations, Brad Morgan will explain the effort and how it’s helping Decorah advance as a sustainable energy leader.


The event will open at 11:30am for lunch. Followed by:
12pm presentation by Decorah Power
12:30pm presentation by Alliant Energy

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05/02/17
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.

05/02/17
Story Time in the Park!

Dragonfly Books is thrilled to celebrate Children’s Book Week with a special Story Time at Phelps Park on Tuesday, May 2nd at 10:00 am. Children of all ages are invited to Phelps Park for stories, bubbles, sidewalk chalk, crafts, and to meet a special guest -- Curious George! Joined by Joan Roach from Decorah Public Library and Lilly Jensen from the Winneshiek County Conservation, there will be activities and fun for the whole family.


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05/03/17
Breastfeeding Basics

Producing breast milk is natural, yet the art of latching the baby onto the breast is learned. This class is taught by a certified lactation consultant and provides clear, accurate breastfeeding information for the mother. Topics include breastfeeding techniques, various positions, nipple care, tips for successful breastfeeding, breast pumps, and how to know if the baby is getting enough.
Breastfeeding Basics is free with pre-registration. Target audience is expecting moms and partners/support person

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05/03/17
Egg Engineering

All Ages Welcome! Join us from 3:30-4:30 to try your hand at an Egg Engineering task! We can't give too many details as you don't want to look up the solution and spoil the fun! We will supply all eggs and necessary tools-you supply the imagination.

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05/03/17
Dancing with the Luther Stars

Three Luther College faculty members paired with three students from Luther's ballroom club go head to head in the annual "Dancing with the Luther Stars." 
The event is sponsored by Luther College Ballroom and Swing and SAC Special Events. 
Tickets, on sale in Luther's Ticket Office, are $5, and may be purchased online.

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05/04/17
Klammer to Speak About "Children of Fire" non-profit

Marting Klammer will present a program entitled "Blessed Are They Africa's Children of Fire" for the Decorah Lutheran Women in the socail hall. Lunch will follow the meeting. Members of the community are invited to attend. 

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05/04/17
May the Fourth Be With- Star Wars Party

Star Wars, Star Wars, Star Wars! Stop in the Book Shop for a fun filled day of Star Wars, Thursday, May 4th from 9:00am-4:45pm. Luther Communication professor, Derek Sweet will be signing his book, Star Wars in the Public Square: The Clone Wars as Political Dialogue from 3:30pm-4:30pm, Star Wars themed treats, in-store discounts, Star Wars themed games, Star Wars photo shoot, and if you are wearing any Star Wars attire take 25% off any 1 item. May the force be with you!!

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05/05/17
Murder Mystery Dinner Theater | Empty Nest Winery

A three course meal is served between the acts of the Murder Mystery play. We sell out every time! Please call or go to Eventbright for tickets! 

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05/05/17
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May Basket Quilt Shop Hop

Visit 6 beautiful quilt shops plus 1 extra stop thrown in on our fun filled May Basket Shop Hop. 

Millhouse Quilts in Waunakee, WI…a top 10 shop; Quilt Basket in Viroqua, WI; Hidden Quilts in Platteville, WI; All in Stitches in Zumbrota, Mn…a top 10 shop; Bluff View Quilts in Winona,MN and of course, Red-Roxy Quilt Co! Plus, The Village School in Harmony, MN where you will enjoy the largest selection of Amish Quilts in the Midwest! These quilts are made in finest tradition of Old Order Amish.



 

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05/05/17
Church Women United Friendship Day

May Friendship Day is an opportunity to worship together and acknowledge outstanding women in the community. This service also celebrates participation in the Fellowship of the Least Coin, a worldwide movement based on the power of prayer and the willingness to give even the "least Coin" of a country. 
At the gathering, the offering of the least coin will be taken and this year's collection will go to Path to Citizenship. 
Treats and fellowship are at 9 a.m. with the program starting at 9:30 a.m. Ruth Palmer will be this year's speaker. 

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05/05/17
Farm Fun Playdate!

Hutchinson Family Farm Campground is excited to host their 3rd annual "Farm Fun Playdate" as part of Screen Free Week! Families can enjoy FREE mini pony rides, wagon rides, and dairy snacks. Everyone is welcome to pack a lunch for a community picnic afterwards. 

A huge thanks to Winneshiek County Dairy Promoters for donating the dairy snacks again this year!!!

Children must be accompanied by an adult. RSVP's appreciated, but not required.

Contact Hutchinson Family Farm Campground, hutchff.com, with any questions

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05/05/17
Battle of the Badges Blood Drive

The American Red Cross Battle of the Badges Blood Drive will be held. 

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05/06/17
Seed Savers Exchange Annual Plant Sale

Discover rare family heirlooms and historic commercial varieties offered exclusively at Heritage Farm. Seed Savers Exchange Preservation Staff will be on hand to answer questions about Preservation varieties, recommendations, and growing tips.

 


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05/06/17
Spring Garden School

During this half-day workshop, you’ll learn how to start seeds, how to plan your garden for seed saving, and how to get started composting. We’ll also teach you all about saving seeds from tomatoes - a perfect crop for beginning seed savers.

This popular event will be hosted on the same day as our Heritage Plant Sale. Before or after the Spring Garden School, check out scores of rare varieties of transplants that will be available at the Lillian Goldman Visitors Center. Experts from our Preservation Department will be on hand to answer questions you might have about these garden treasures.

To register: seedsavers.org/spring-garden-school

  • 10:00 am – Starting and Transplanting Seeds
  • 11:00 am – Planning your Garden for Seed Saving
  • 12:00 pm – Lunch (vegetarian lunch provided)
  • 1:00 pm – Seed Saving  with tomatoes
  • 2:00 pm – Introduction to Composting

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05/06/17
Decorah Fire Department | Color Run

The annaul Decorah Fire Department Color 5K Run will take place along the Upper Iowa River. Registration forms can be picked up at the Decorah Fire Department. Registration the day of the event is at 9AM. The race will begin at 11AM. 
05/06/17
ArtHaus Gala & Annual Fundraiser

The annual Arthaus Gala & Fundraiser will take place at the Elks Lodge. On tap starting at 7PM will be a Live Art Auction featuring local artists followed by Chris Koza performing from 8-10PM. There will also be a silent auction. Tickets are $10 in advance and $15 at the door. Tickets are available at the Arthaus or at Dragonfly Books or online at arthausdecorah.org

 

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05/06/17
Dinner on the Bluff

Lucie Amundsen joins us from Northern Minnesota to discuss her family's pratfall into chicken farming and the surprising hope they found in the mysterious, little known and poorly named segment of "middle agriculture." Lucie, a writer, marketer and reluctant farmer, co-owns Locally Laid Egg Company with her husband. Locally Laid Egg Company is a farm that provides pasture-raised eggs and partners with a total of seven other mid-level producers. These farms source and sell within their own regions to reduce food miles and strengthen local economies. Lucie uses her Masters in Creative Writing to ghostwrite for a chicken in her recent book Locally Laid, 2016 Midwest Choice Award in Nonfiction.
 

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05/07/17
Murder Mystery Dinner Theater | Empty Nest Winery

A three course meal is served between the acts of the Murder Mystery play. We sell out every time! Please call or go to Eventbright for tickets! 

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05/07/17
Annual Luren/Norsemen Concert

The annual Luren/Norsemen concert will take place at the Decorah Lutheran Church. Also, guest artists from Decorah High School male signers and the Middle School Viking Voices will perform. The concert is a benefit for the Decorah food pantries. 

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05/07/17
May Community Walk: Luther Field Day!

Bring your family and friends to a Luther Field Day and Community Walk, the closing event of "Screen Free Week." We will meet at the Decorah Public Swimming Pool Park at 3:30 PM to enjoy a healthy snack and group walk to the Luther athletic fields. At the fields, kids and adults can play football, volleyball, and soccer with Luther athletes!

 

Thank you to Luther SAAC, Winneshiek County Dairy Promoters, Food and Fitness, Gundersen Health System, and Upper Explorerland Regional Planning Commission for making this event possible!

 

Children must be accompanied by an adult. RSVP's appreciated, but not required.

Contact Safe Routes to School Associate April Bril.

05/07/17
Oneota Valley Community Orch. & Decorah Chorale

The Oneota Valley Community Orchestra is proud to present their Season 3 Finale performance in collaboration with the Decorah Chorale. Each ensemble will perform individual pieces and conclude with Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s Requiem. Sponsored by the Marion E. Jerome Foundation, Inc., Thrivent Financial, T-Bocks Sports Bar & Grill, and The Depot Outlet, this free concert will take place at the Decorah High School Auditorium on Sunday, May 7th at 3:00 pm.

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05/08/17
HistoricPreservation Award Reception

The Decorah Historic Preservation Commission will present its annual Historic Preservation Award to volunteers Norb Bohr and Pete Meyer and to the Decorah Street Department for their ongoing maintenance of the brick paving on Court St. in downtown Decorah.

The brief ceremony will include remarks on the history of downtown Decorah street surfaces by Commission member Judy van der Linden.

Light hors d’oeuvres will be provided, and drinks will be available for purchase. The general public is encouraged to attend.

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05/09/17
Preserving, Enhancing, and Promoting Northeast Iowa's Historical Treasures

Participate in a day of historic workshops. Learn about and discuss: collections management, organization sustainability, economic development, funding opportunities, restoration projects, tourism, photography, genealogy, finding and engaging volunteers, and more! 

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05/09/17
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.

05/10/17
Bible Study Fellowship

Bible Study Fellowship (BSF), an in-depth interdenominational Bible study for women, is studying "The Book of Romans" beginning this fall, continuing through the school year 2017-2018.

All women of the area are invited to a brief presentation and an opportunity to register. 

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05/11/17
Free Car Seat Checks

To promote car seat safety, Winneshiek County Medical Center and Culver's are urging all parents and caregivers to take advantage of free car seat checks held the second Thursday of every other month at the WMC east enterance. For each seat inspected, Culver's of Decorah will donate a coupon for free small ice cream sundae. 

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05/11/17
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.

05/12/17
Peter Oyloe to Perform at Lingonberry

Acclaimed Chicago action, singer, and songwriter Peter Oyloe will perform and intimate concert in support of the EP of orginal material at the Lingonberry. 

Tickets are $10 in advanced and $12 at the door. 

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05/13/17
The Celebration of the Life of Weston Noble

The Celebration of the Life of Weston Noble will be held in the Center for Faith and Life on Luther College Campus in Decorah, Iowa. Mr. Noble left some specific instructions about this celebration, so it will undoubtedly be a very special gathering. Luther College will both live stream the event and provide overflow seating with a video feed. Mark your calendars and get your hotel reservations soon if you plan to attend.

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05/13/17
Pooch Scooch 5k Fun Run/Walk

Join us at the Winneshiek County Fairgrounds for the second annual Pooch Scooch 5k Fun Run/Walk to raise funds for EARL Public Transit and the Humane Society of Northeast Iowa. Bring your dog and run/walk with them, or, scooch with a pooch that needs a loving home! Or, run or walk without a dog! Everyone is welcome and the course is accessible to all mobility levels. Stick around afterwards for music, fun and games at HSNEI's Spring Event, which goes from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Danan Lansing building!

EARL’s Stuff the Bus Food Drive has joined forces with the HSNEI Raffle! Each donation of canned fruit and meat, peanut butter, condiments, dish soap, Kleenex, paper towels, toilet paper, laundry detergent, shampoo, and other non-perishable items gets you a raffle ticket and a chance to win BIG!

https://www.raceentry.com/races/pooch-scooch-5k/2017/register

 


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05/13/17
WCHFH Home Dedication and Vintage Baseball Game

Join Winneshiek County Habitat for Humanity (WCHFH) in Hesper, Iowa, on Saturday, May 13, for two events—the dedication of its 30th home and an entertaining game of vintage baseball.
 
Home dedication, 1 p.m.:
WCHFH will dedicate its latest housing project—the single-family home that was once the Hesper Friends Church—at 1 p.m. at 1890 Co Rd A14 in Hesper. The former church is now a home for WCHFH’s latest partner family, Holly Dahl and her two daughters, Deanna, a junior at Mabel-Canton High School, and Savannah, a third grader at North Winneshiek Elementary School. Dahl has worked full time at DECO Products in Decorah for more than 18 years.
 
Vintage baseball game, 1:30 p.m.:
At 1:30 p.m., following the home dedication ceremony, a vintage baseball game pitting the Decorah Driftless Dodgers against WCHFH board members and friends will begin in an adjacent field. (The game will be played according to 1860s baseball rules.) Spectators should bring lawn chairs. WCHFH will provide refreshments. There is no admission, but freewill donations are welcomed.
 
Founded in 1992, WCHFH has built 30 homes throughout Winneshiek County to date. The organization works in partnership with low-income working families to help them secure decent, affordable housing. WCHFH houses are sold to partner families at no profit and with a 25-year, interest-free mortgage. Each family must make regular mortgage payments and contribute at least 150 hours of “sweat equity” per adult family member to its home and other WCHFH projects.

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05/14/17
Mother's Day Cider and Strudel

Celebrate Mother’s Day with a hike* to the Seed Savers Exchange Historic Orchard during peak apple blossom time. Enjoy apple cider and apple strudel as you learn the history of apples & our Heritage Farm apple collection from Seed Savers Exchange orchardist, Dan Bussey.

Complete your visit with a stop at our visitors center & garden store to pick up your mother’s favorite plants from our transplant sale – flowers, vegetables, and grafted apple trees! To celebrate Mother’s Day: 20% off all Visitors Center sales, all day.

For those are who unable or don’t wish to hike, there is a driveway to the orchard.

  • Visitors Center open 10am-5pm
  • 20% off all purchases all Mother’s Day
  • Guided Orchard Tours at 1pm and 2pm
  • Hike from the Visitors Center Garden Store through the woods to our Historic Orchard – 15 minute walk
  • Cider and Strudel in the Orchard 12pm-3pm
  • Orchard open for self-guided tours throughout the day

For more info: seedsavers.org/events


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05/14/17
WWWinery Mother's Day Brunch

Winneshiek Wildberry Winery welcomes you to our Mother's Day 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 wine slushes, Mimosas or wine by the glass.

 Reservations appreciated at 563.735.5809.

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05/14/17
Mother's Day Peace Brunch

Mother's Day Peace Brunch Buffet.  Sunday, May 14, 2017.  At Luther College Peace Dining Room.  Decorah, Iowa.  Serving 9 am to 2 pm.  Reservations required. Go to tickets.luther.edu/Online or by calling 563-387-1357.

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05/14/17
Mothers Day Brunch at Empty Nest Winery

Advanced reservations recommended. 

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05/14/17
Misseldine in Concert

Tom Misseldine will perform a 45-minute recital of classical guitar music. The concert will include compositions by Bach, Agustin Barrios, Turlough O'Carolan, Francis Kleynjans, and others. 

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05/16/17
Sons of Norway to host Syttende Mai Dinner

Valders 503 Sons of Norway will celebrate Syttende Mai with a dinner at the Washinton Prairie Church. A Norwegian meatball dinner will include lefse, rommegrot, and pastries. Members and guests are invited to attend. $15 per person and a paid reservation. Resevations needs to be sent to Nancy Solomonson by May 9th. 

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05/18/17
Friends of Opportunity Homes Annual Dinner

Opportunity Homes, Inc. would like to invite you to their 11th annual "Friends of Opportunity Homes" Dinner. 
Social hour and silent auction from 5:30-6:30 p.m. Dinner and presentation to follow. 

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