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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 November 2017
DateEvent
11/01/17
Annual Meatball Supper

Burr Oak Lutheran Church will hold its annual meatball  supper. Menu includes meatballs, "real" mashed potatoes, corn, green beans, coleslaw, rolls, pies and beverages. Tickets are $10, tickets for children 6-12 are $5. Children 5 and under eat free. Tickets are available at Letterwerks Sign City, Red Roxy, KVIK, Barney's, or by calling committee member Barb Barth.

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11/02/17
Power of Local Priorities: Cedar Falls Utilities

Erin Buchanan, Energy Services Coordinator at Cedar Falls Utilities, will present, "The Power of Local Priorities:  Energy Efficiency and Community Solar at Cedar Falls Utilities," Thursday, November 2, 2017, at a noon brownbag at City Hall and at 7:00 p.m. at Luther College, Valders Hall of Science, Room 367.

Her presentation is part of a Decorah Power Learning Series designed to investigate the opportunities and challenges involved in a Decorah municipal electric utility—a locally owned, city utility that would provide electricity services in the same way it provides water and sewer services. With the support of the City Council, local citizens group Decorah Power is conducting a feasibility study with privately-raised funds. The study is expected to be completed before the end of the year. For more information about Decorah Power see www.decorahpower.org
 

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11/02/17
 -11/05/17
The Whole Shebang And Then Some

Three one-act plays will be presented by adult actors.

1. THE WHOLE SHEBANG by Rich Orloff is based on the premise that the earth is a science project of a student in a different dimension working for his Master of the Universe degree.

2. LIVES OF THE SAINTS by David Ives portrays two women in a church basement philosophizing as they prepare a funeral lunch.

3. ENIGMA VARIATIONS, also by David Ives, is about a person seeking professional help because she experiences two or more of everything (and so does the audience).

These three short comedies will create a fantastic evening of entertainment!

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11/03/17
NICC Celebrate You!

Let's see...wine? Check. Hors d'oeuvres? Check. Dessert Extravaganza? Check. Amazing women from all over northeast Iowa? Check! This must be Celebrate You, the annual event that offers something for all women, from fashion and beauty, to health and the arts.

Grab a friend, sister, mom, daughter, young or old and join in this celebration of womanhood.

 

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11/03/17
Reception with Curt Meine: The Driftless Reader

Dragonfly Books is pleased to host a reception celebrating The Driftless Reader with editor Curt Meine on Friday, November 3 at 5:30 pm. The Driftless Reader gathers writings that highlight the unique natural and cultural history, landscape, and literature of the Driftless Area. Local contributors include David Faldet, Robert Wolf, Kevin Koch, Lauren Louise Anderson, and Carl Homstad.

 

Everyone is invited to enjoy catered food and wine, hear a formal address from Curt Meine, and take a closer look at The Driftless Reader (University of Wisconsin Press 2017). The reception will begin at 5:30 pm and Curt Meine will give a formal address at 6:00 pm.


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11/04/17
Anat Cohen - Center Stage Series

Clarinetist-saxophonist Anat Cohen has won hearts and minds the world over with her expressive virtuosity and delightful stage presence. As "one of the brightest, most original young instrumentalists in jazz" (Washington Post), Cohen brings to the stage a soulful blend of modern and traditional jazz, classical music, Brazilian choro, Argentine tango, and Afro-Cuban styles.

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11/04/17
Happy Anniversary, Reefuel!

Reefuel is turning FOUR! We're so grateful for your patronage over the last four years. Please join us to shop, sip and mingle:

We're sweetening the pot: all regular priced retail purchases are 20% off + clearance items 50% off!

Snacks, beverages and Beyond the Bar Bakery treats will be served. Grab a friend - it's open to the public!

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11/04/17
Arts Off-Campus Lecture Series: Jane Hawley

This lecture is part of an ongoing series that brings the research of Luther College faculty off campus to downtown Decorah, where the public can gather at ArtHaus in an intimate and casual atmosphere to explore the role of the arts in contemporary society. The event is open to the public; a suggested donation of $3-$10 is encouraged if attending.

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11/04/17
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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11/04/17
The Art of Cheese Making

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

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11/04/17
Clay Hand-Building: Slabs

Hand-building slabs of clay is an exciting way to create shapes that could never be produced using a potter’s wheel or that would be difficult to create with coiling. Instructor and artist Laremy Ellsworth will lead you through the process of slab hand-building and teach you the tricks of the trade. You will be creating a unique hand-built slab pot of your design.

Note: You may take your pot home at the end of class and find a place to fire it for you, or Laremy will take it home to be fired (no additional cost) and then arrange a time for pick up. If you would like your final product glazed, it will be an additional $10 materials fee, payable to instructor at class. Pots take about 1 week to dry, 2 weeks to fire and additional time if glazed.

Preregistration required

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11/04/17
Transformational Sound Experience

Enjoy and partake in a transformational music concert. Crystal Bowls and acoustic instruments that resonate with the body and its energy systems are combined to create relaxation, stillness, energy flow, and awareness to the physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual aspects of our being. No effort is needed, just the opportunity to quiet the mind and open the heart. This allows for greater brain wave activity to reprogram past injuries and bring healing to the physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual aspects of our being. Leave this experience relaxed and rejuvenated.

Note: CD’s will be available for purchase, $5 payable to instructor at class.

Preregistration required

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11/05/17
Luther College Peace Brunch

Brunch Buffet
 

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11/05/17
Waucoma Craft & Vendor Show

46th Annual Waucoma Craft and Vendor Show
Free Admission & Free Door Prizes
Lunch by the Eden Outer Limits 4-H Club

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11/05/17
Homemade Meatball & Lutefisk Supper

Silent auction sponsored by Glenwood lutheran church women. Advance tickets sold Adults $15, 11-under $5, preschool free. Tickets at the door $16. Advance carry-out tickets $10, carry-out at the door $16. 

For advance tickets please contact Waukon State Bank, Farm Bureau Office Decorah, Glenwood Church office.

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11/06/17
Medical Assisting Open House

Open House:  New Program, Medical Assisting. 

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11/06/17
Artist Critique Program

Artist Critique is a monthly gathering of painters, photographers, sculptors, and illustrators all with one purpose in mind, to add perspective to what they are currently creating.  
Cost of the program is $10 per time or one punch on an ArtHaus drop-in punch card.  

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11/06/17
Charting the Course for Algona's Future

John Bilsten, General Manager of Algona Municipal Utilities, will present "Charting the Course of Algona's Future:  Jobs, Stewardship, and Energy Independence," at a 12:00 noon brownbag at City Hall on Monday, November 6.

Bilsten's presentation is part of a Decorah Power Learning Series designed to investigate the opportunities and challenges involved in a Decorah municipal electric utility—a locally owned, city utility that would provide electricity services in the same way it provides water and sewer services. With the support of the City Council, local citizens group Decorah Power is conducting a feasibility study with privately-raised funds. The study is expected to be completed before the end of the year. For more information about Decorah Power see www.decorahpower.org
 

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11/06/17
Rubaiyat's Annual Beer and Wine Tasting Fundraiser

Please join the Decorah Rotary Club at the Rubaiyat Restaurant in downtown Decorah. The restaurant is hosting its Annual Beer and Wine Tasting fundraiser, and this year they have generously selected the Decorah Rotary Club to receive the proceeds from this awesome event.

Doors open at 5:00 pm. A small admission price gets you samples of wine and beer, appetizers, and the ability to bid and win items from a large selection of amazing live and silent auction packages.

Please come support this fun and worthwhile event!

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11/07/17
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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11/07/17
Amish Experience: Homemade Noodles Demonstration

Ever wanted to learn how to make your own pasta? Do you look at your boxed store bought noodles and think “How are these made?” Well here is your chance to learn pasta making skills from an Amish cook! This is an opportunity to visit an Amish home, get to know your hostess and learn how to make your very own pasta noodles. Take home a bag of freshly made noodles 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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11/07/17
November YP Event

Join in a conversation with Keith Christensen at the November YP Social. 
Keith is a graduate of Luther College. While he has had a few turns in his career path, most of it has been spent in higher education including 15 years as Vice President for Development at Luther College (2000 – 2015).  In 2015, he made the transition to health care fundraising, and has now served over 2 years as a Principal Gifts Officer for Mayo Clinic Department of Development.  When he made that move, it was key to be able to negotiate the ability to still live, and work part-time, from the place he continues to care for so deeply: Decorah. Giving is more than financial support, and he believes strongly that we all need to give our time and talents to organizations and boards to make this community thrive. 

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11/08/17
Luther College brass ensembles

The concret is open to the public with no charge for admission and features a performance of Michael Smith's composition "Out of the Depths, I Cry to Thee."

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11/08/17
Cyber Bullying, Sexting & Legal Perspectives

Join Sheriff Marx and Chief Nixon as they discuss cyber bullying and sexting and the legal perspectives around both issues. 

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

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11/09/17
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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11/09/17
 -11/11/17
Shrek the Musical

Decorah High Schiil will present Shrek the Musical. Tickets are $8 for adults and $4 for students K-12. Tickets will also be available at the door one hour before each show.

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11/09/17
Human Trafficking Training

Youth Mentoring will be offering a Human Trafficking training for mentors, Mentors For A Day, parents/guardians, and community members, and the general public. The training will be Thursday November 9,from 6:30-8:00 p.m. at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Cresco.

 

Mariana Vega, Anti- Human Trafficking Specialist, at Cedar Valley Friends of the Family, and Trish Johnson, Bilingual Domestic Abuse Advocate, at Helping Services for Youth & Families, will be our presenters.

Please RSVP to Kathy by November 6


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11/10/17
Viking State Bank & Trust shredding event

Viking State Bank & Trust offers a freee shredding service once a month to help commmunity members safely dispose of their confidential information

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11/10/17
Dorian Keyboard Guest Recital

Luther alumi and professional pianists Jordan Buchholtz and Charles Hoeft will co-headline

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11/10/17
Golden Silo Awards & Barn Party

Celebrate Iowa Agriculture and Heritage with Silos & Smokestacks National Heritage Area. Enjoy a delightful evening at the Hotel Winneshiek & Opera House in Decorah. Feast on a plated meal of all Iowa-style food and sip on Iowa’s finest beer and wine. Help us honor the many people in our heritage area that preserve and tell the story of American agriculture!

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11/10/17
Poetry Slam

Join ArtHaus in welcoming Skylar Alexander, Iowa City poet, writer, teacher and graphic designer on Friday, November 10 at the Courtyard and Cellar. Skylar Alexander is the assistant director of the Young Emerging Writers Program and vice chair of the Iowa Youth Writting Project Community Advisory Council. Her writing has appeared in Forklift, Hobart, ProptPress, Poetry City, USA. She received her BA in English and Entrepreuneurial Management from the University of Iowa in 2015.

The Poetry Slam will be divided into two parts, the Original Voices section and the concluding Slam. Original Voices is a laid-back, encouraging stage for artists to simply share their work, while the Slam is a bit more intense.

The first section, Original Voices, is an opportunity for participants to read up to three minutes of poetry; these works must be original. The Slam creates an atmosphere of excitement, complete with an applause-o-meter and prizes. Judges will score entries based on commitment, performance, and quality of work.

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11/10/17
 -11/18/17
Gingerbread Competition

This fall ArtHaus in Decorah will be hosting Tinker Competitions and the most immediate installation is the Gingerbread Competition sponsored by Vesterheim Norwegian-American Museum. On Saturday, November 18, the competition will be located at the ArtHaus Studio, held from 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Builders should bring their creations of gingerbread and other edibles to ArtHaus between the drop-off times of 10:30-12. Entries will be judged at 1 p.m. and prizes from Vesterheim will be presented at 3 p.m. 
 
Registration is FREE but required to compete. Deadline for registration is November 10. The competition rules state that the build can consist of any type of structure made from any type of edible materials. Each participant may only submit one creation. Winning submissions will be on display in the ArtHaus Studio window until December 9. More information and registration can be found at arthausdecorah.org.

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11/11/17
 -11/12/17
Decorah Greenhouse Christmas Open House

Join us  at our Christmas open house

Saturday 6-8pm
Sunday 10-3

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11/11/17
Release Private Reserve Wine

Empty Nest Winery will be releasing Private Reserve Wine

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11/11/17
Empty Nest Winery Pouring

Empty Nest Winery will have a pouring at Christmas tree fantasy 

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11/11/17
Keith Lesmiester to teach Publishing 101 Workshop

A highly interactive workshop geared toward those writers who feel they have work ready to submit for consideration to be published is set to run Saturday, November 11 at the ArtHaus Gallery. Be it a poem, a short story, a nonfiction piece, a book length manuscript, author, Keith Lesmiester will discuss where and how to send your work. The workshop fee is $45. Students may register at arthausdecorah.org or stop into the ArtHaus galley 1-5 Monday-Saturday. Bringing your own laptop is encouraged. The minimum of 6 are needed for the class to happen.

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11/11/17
Contra dance at Lingonberry

The Western Home String Band will host a contra dance.

Bill Deutsch calls dances regularly in the area, and enjoys teaching simple to intermediate level dances. Walking and swing moves for each dance are taught, and beginners of all ages are welcome.

The Western Home String Band features experienced players and those who are learning the style. Participants will dance to fiddle, mandolin, guitar, bass, banjo, Irish drum and other acoustic instruments playing reels, jigs and a few waltzes.

Admission is $7, with kids 12 and under free. Everyone is asked to wear comfortable shoes and layered clothing. No partner is necessary.

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11/12/17
Luther College Peace Brunch

Brunch Buffet
 

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11/12/17
Big Canoe Lutheran Church Dinner

Big Canoe Lutheran Church annual lutefisk and meatball supper. Tickets are $16 for adults, and $4 for children 6 to 12. Children under 6 eat for free. All sales are final; no refunds.

Menu includes: Lutefisk, Norwegian meatballs, homemade mashed potatoes and gravy, rutabagas, rolls, lefsa, cranberry fluff salad and Norwegian cookies.  

Tickets are available from the following: Big Canoe Lutheran Church office (563-546-7974); Chairperson Rachael Hoffland (563-735-5382) 


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11/13/17
Luther College Registered Chamber group

The Luther College music department presents a group recital consiting of Luther's registered chamber groups . The event is open to the pulbic with no charge for admission.

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11/13/17
Make Decorah a driving destination for electric vehicle owners!

Alliant Energy and the Iowa Economic Development Authority are hosting a “Lunch and Learn” event.

Let’s talk about: .
• Basics of electric vehicle charging stations: the equipment, how it works, installation and options to choose from
• Local and regional interest and plans to expand EV charging
• Future charging locations
• How funding from the settlement with Volkswagen could possibly help pay for charging stations
• Incentive opportunities from Alliant Energy
• Decorah Chevrolet will have an EV at the event

Lunch will be provided. RSVP online or call by 10 a.m. on Monday, November 13th.

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11/14/17
Speaker from American Public Power Association

LeAnn Sinclair, Director of Customer Programs, American Public Power Association, will present, "Municipal Electric Utilities Across the United States:  Trends, Case Studies and Mythbusting" on Tuesday, November 14, at 7 p.m. at Luther College, Valders 362.  She will give the same presentation the following day, Wednesday, November 15, at a noon brownbag at City Hall.

Sinclair's presentation is part of a Decorah Power Learning Series designed to investigate the opportunities and challenges involved in a Decorah municipal electric utility—a locally owned, city utility that would provide electricity services in the same way it provides water and sewer services. With the support of the City Council, local citizens group Decorah Power is conducting a feasibility study with privately-raised funds. The study is expected to be completed before the end of the year. For more information about Decorah Power see www.decorahpower.org
 

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11/14/17
Book Signing with Marvin Slind | Ivy: A Novel

Everyone is invited to join Dragonfly Books for an event with local author Marvin Slind, and his new work of fiction Ivy: A Novel.  Marvin will be at Dragonfly Books on Tuesday, November 14 at 7 pm.  Books are available to be purchased now at Dragonfly Books and will be available the evening of the signing.

 

Marvin Slind’s new novel, Ivy, was recently published. Following the tradition of Kingsley Amis’s Lucky Jim, Richard Russo’s Straight Man, and Jane Smiley’s Moo, Ivy is a light-hearted academic satire that looks at many of the serious problems in academic life—in this case, at a small liberal arts college. In addition to writing, Marvin serves as a destination lecturer on cruise ships in Northern Europe.

 

Marvin Slind is Professor Emeritus of History. He taught in the Luther College History department from 2000 to 2013, focusing on Scandinavian and Modern European history. He also headed a January Term course called "From Mobile to Margaritaville: Human Geography in the Music and Fiction of Jimmy Buffett," in which students examined the musical repertoire and fiction of Jimmy Buffett as a focal point for studying world geography and the human interactions associated with it through the course of history.

 

Join Dragonfly Books and Marvin Slind on Tuesday, November 14 at 7 pm. If you find that you can't make it to the event but would still like to purchase a copy of Ivy: A Novel, 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.

 

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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11/15/17
Panda Planet

"An Introduction to Chinese Science Fiction” 
Are you interested in science fiction and want to expand your reading list? Are you interested in China and want to experience a unique way of understanding its dynamic society? Or are you simply looking for new and exciting stories to read and fuel your imagination? 
 

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11/15/17
West Side Laundry Ribbon Cutting

Join the DACC in welcoming West Side Laundry to the Decorah area. All are welcome to attend a ribbon cutting at their new location. 

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11/15/17
Speaker from American Public Power Association

LeAnn Sinclair, Director of Customer Programs, American Public Power Association, will present, "Municipal Electric Utilities Across the United States:  Trends, Case Studies and Mythbusting,"  Wednesday, November 15, at a noon brownbag at City Hall.

Sinclair's presentation is part of a Decorah Power Learning Series designed to investigate the opportunities and challenges involved in a Decorah municipal electric utility—a locally owned, city utility that would provide electricity services in the same way it provides water and sewer services. With the support of the City Council, local citizens group Decorah Power is conducting a feasibility study with privately-raised funds. The study is expected to be completed before the end of the year. For more information about Decorah Power see www.decorahpower.org
 

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11/15/17
Access Systems Ribbon Cutting

Join the DACC in welcoming Access Systems to the Decorah area. All are welcome to attend a ribbon cutting at their new location. 

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11/16/17
Empty Nest Winery Pouring

Empty Nest Winery will be having a pouring at Ladies Night Out 

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11/16/17
"Out of the Box" Open House

Join us for our "Out of the Box" Open House event on Thursday, November 16th (4:00pm-8:00pm). We are opening toy boxes so grownups can touch and play with the toys.
There will be supervision for the kids (Activities, & snacks. Bouncy house will be up from 6-8). 
We will have our Holiday Gift List , too! Use our Gift List form-Write down what the kids have on their list-Pay for it-We wrap it, and Store it for you for pick up before Christmas.

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11/16/17
Hotel Winneshiek Annual Christmas Tree Lighting

You are invited to the Annual Christmas Tree Lighting at Hotel Winneshiek.

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11/18/17
Thomanerchor - Center Stage Series

Don't miss this rare opportunity to hear J.S. Bach's own choir! Established in 1212 and representing 800 years of musical tradition, this iconic all-boys choir continues to be a strong cultural influence worldwide. With its light, bright, distinctive sound, the St. Thomas Choir delivers an evening of uplifting, transcendent music that hasn't changed since Bach himself directed it.

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11/18/17
Eric Litwin Original Author of Pete the Cat

Eric Litwin, the best-selling author of original four Pete the Cat books, The Nuts, and Groovy Joe, is coming to Decorah! Performance times and registraion details coming soon!

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11/18/17
Hand Tied House Broom

The prerequisite for this class is Hand Tied Corn Brooms.
Using the lessons taught in the Hand Tied Corn Brooms class, you will build a broom to handle daily sweeping duties. You will leave with a large, rustic, and completely usable house broom. The broom may be on a manufactured straight stick, or on a (seasoned natural) stick that you bring in.

Note: Additional supplies for future broom making will be available for purchase directly from instructor at class.

Preregistration required

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11/18/17
Empty Nest Wine Release

Empty Nest Winery will be releasing their Holiday Berrylicious and will have Berrylicious Sangrias available

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11/18/17
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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11/18/17
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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11/18/17
Glass Bead Creation

The art of bead making is one that has been around for thousands of years. Join in this fun history by learning how to create your very own glass beads. How to make glass beads will be demonstrated. Bead designs, colors, tools and safety will be covered. By the end of class you will have 1-2 glass beads that you created!

Note: You will need to bring a pair of non-polarized sunglasses for eye protection.

Preregistration required

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11/18/17
 -11/19/17
Turned Christmas Ornaments for Beginners

Learn how to turn Christmas ornaments. Examples of ornament designs that may be turned during class include a snowman icicle, an old fashion Christmas light bulb, a small Christmas tree and a small candle. We will also work on a Christmas icicle. These ornaments will be using spindle turning tools, specifically skew, spindle gouge and parting tool. You are encouraged to bring your own tools, if you have them. Wood will be supplied, but you may bring your own if you so desire. The best wood for these ornaments are 1” diameter wooden dowels cut to 8-12” long. Wood should be dried.
Note: Class size is limited to 7. All class participants will need a full face shield.

Preregistration required

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11/18/17
 -11/19/17
Advanced Mosaics Workshop

In this two-day workshop we will explore more advanced mosaic techniques, materials and ideas. Delving into Andamento (the LINE), which is king in the advanced mosaic teachings. Concepts of color theory and mosaic history will be covered.
You will be asked to bring an idea/plan for a larger mosaic project, which we will discuss prior to the workshop. It could be something for your outdoor garden, a piece of furniture or an image you want to work on for your home. The workshop will give you a start towards completing a larger piece that you will be proud to own and share. Some possible project ideas … mailbox, house number, birdhouse, gazing ball, etc.
Two weeks prior to the workshop Deb will contact you to discuss your project and both of you can be prepared to make the most of your workshop time together.
Note: A suggested prerequisite for this class is the Mosaic Basics class. Class size is limited to 8. Please bring your design idea, suitable substrate, an open mind and a BIG Smile! Warning: Mosaic Art may be addictive; your life will not be the same!
Day 1 - 9am-5pm
Day 2 - 11am-4pm

Preregistration required

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11/18/17
Agora Arts 25 Years

ONE DAY ONLY! 

~Champagne and snacks
 
~25% Off ALL SILVER JEWELRY 
 
~"25 to 25" Free Effigy Mounds quarters for the first 25 kids through our doors    
 
~25 Amazing Door Prizes including $25 gift cards! 

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11/19/17
Luther College Peace Brunch

Brunch Buffet
 

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11/19/17
Meatball and Ham Dinner

Your are invited to our next meatball and ham dinner!

Menu includes real mashed potatoes and gravy, vegetable, cole slaw, beverage and dessert

Open to Public

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11/20/17
Caregiver Support Group

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

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11/21/17
Barnetimen (Children’s Hour)

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

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11/21/17
Gracie's Boutique Ribbon Cutting

Join the DACC in welcoming Gracie's Boutique to the Decorah business community. All are welcome to join in a ribbon cutting ceremony. 

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11/21/17
Luther College Woman's Club November meeting

Decorah residents Jim Lukes and Marty Grimm will present “Decorah Green Houses: 141 Years Young” at the group’s November meeting, to be held Tuesday, November 21, 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.  

Lukes will trace the history of Decorah Greenhouses, a Decorah mainstay since its founding by the Symonds family in 1876. Grimm will talk about the operation of Upper Iowa Organics—his organic farm and composting operation—as well as the unique breeds of heritage livestock (hogs, sheep, and Wagyu cattle) raised on the farm and their contribution to the farm’s ecosystem.   

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11/21/17
Learn about the Science and Measurement of Climate Change

Join Jim and Phil Iversen at 6:30 p.m. Tues. Nov. 21 at Decorah Public Library to learn about some of the science related to climate change and how it is measured. The focus of the Iversens’ talk will be on carbon dioxide and temperature data collected from the Greenland and Antarctica ice core samples (going back thousands of years), as well as from monitoring stations established in recent decades.
 
Iowa State University Professor Emeritus Jim Iversen has expertise in aerodynamics and micrometeorology. Co-presenter Phil Iversen is a Senior Research Advisor at Eli Lilly & Company, adjunct faculty in the Luther College Math Department, and has expertise in statistics and pharmacology.

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11/22/17
Empty Nest Vendor Show

Vendor Show for all your Holiday needs at Empty Nest Winery

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11/22/17
Sneak-Peak Holiday Lights Walk-Through Night

Here's your chance to get a sneak-peak of Holiday Lights on foot in Decorah, Iowa!  Wednesday, November 22 will be the only night visitors can walk through the lights from 5:00 to 7:30 p.m.  Shuttle buses will transport visitors from the nearby city soccer field parking lot to the Holiday Lights entrance.  Visitors are invited to stroll through the light displays with friends, family, neighbors, and even pets (on leashes!). Donated soups, cookies, hot chocolate and coffee will be available while supplies last.  Get your holiday family photo taken early with Santa!  Weather pending, “Pokey Pete” will have rides for kids.  Make sure to come back for the drive through event that will be open Thanksgiving-Christmas.  Proceeds benefit Helping Services For Youth & Families. 

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11/22/17
Pulpit Rock Brewing Ribbon Cutting

Join the DACC in congratulating Pulpit Rock Brewing on the addition of their event space. All are welcome to join in a ribbon cutting celebration to see the space and plan to stay for a brew!

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11/23/17
Holiday Lights Opening Night

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

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11/24/17
Holiday Lights Magical Nights

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

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11/24/17
 -11/25/17
Murder Mystery Dinner Theater

Production "Almost Full House" Actors perform between 3 course dinner: House Caesar Salad, Smoked Pork Loin, 12 Layer Lasagna, Mushroom Risotto, Corn, Rolls & Garlic Toast, Choice of Dessert.

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11/24/17
Charles Walker Band at Hotel Winneshiek


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11/25/17
Small Business Saturday • Holiday Pop-Up Shop

Join us for a fun day of holiday shopping & celebrating SMALL BUSINESS SATURDAY on November 25th at The Upstairs (above T-Bocks in downtown Decorah)! 

Shop with us & support 5 women-owned businesses on Small Business Saturday:

Nomad Camper Boutique
NEI Architectural Salvage and Skräp Work
Andrea Adams- Indigo Studio
Studio Twenty Six
Matted Ink

Shop local, shop small this holiday season. Find unique holiday gifts or come treat yourself! We'll have snacks, drinks and holiday discounts!

We'll have snacks, drinks and holiday discounts! This event is FREE to attend. Follow us on Facebook for event updates! 

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11/25/17
Holiday Lights Live Fireworks Night

Enjoy spectacular fireworks Saturday after Thanksgiving. This event is in conjunction with the Holiday Lights Drive-Through Displays that benefit Helping Services For Youth & Families.  The show starts around 6 pm.  Cars inside Pulpit Rock campground will be asked to pull over to the side during the display over the night campground skies. 

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11/26/17
Holiday Lights Magical Nights

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

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11/27/17
Holiday Lights Magical Nights

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

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11/27/17
Stewardship, Faith and Community Decision-Making

Susan Hendershot Guy, Executive Director of Iowa Interfaith Power and Light, will present, "Stewardship, Faith and Community Decision-Making:  How Consumer-Owned Utilities Can Reflect Member Values and Priorities," Monday, November 27, at 7:00 p.m. at Luther College, Valders Hall of Science Room 362.

Her presentation is part of a Decorah Power Learning Series designed to investigate the opportunities and challenges involved in a Decorah municipal electric utility—a locally owned, city utility that would provide electricity services in the same way it provides water and sewer services. With the support of the City Council, local citizens group Decorah Power is conducting a feasibility study with privately-raised funds. The study is expected to be completed before the end of the year. For more information about Decorah Power see www.decorahpower.org
 

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11/28/17
Holiday Lights Magical Nights

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

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11/28/17
Free DIY Herbal Vinegars and Oxymels with Gabi

Decorah Public Library, Gabi Masek of Wildcrafted Acupuncture & Herbs, and Pulpit Rock Brewery are teaming up to present an evening of adventurous crafting and craft beer from 6-7:30 p.m. Tuesday Nov. 28 at Pulpit Rock (207 College Dr.). This free do-it-yourself herbal vinegars class is open to the first 15 people to register online at www.decorah.lib.ia.us.
 
Instructor Gabi says “There are so many ways to preserve herbs and enjoy them year round.  In this class we’ll explore the tradition of herbal extraction through vinegar and honey and the different ways we can enjoy the fruits of our labor (and each season)!

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11/29/17
Holiday Lights Magical Nights

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

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11/30/17
Decorah's Lighted Holiday Parade

The 26th Annual Decorah Area Chamber of Commerce lighted holiday parade will celebrate “Hometown Holidays” on Thursday, November 30th at 6 p.m. Please note the new date!

Decorah’s holiday season includes several local events and promotions. The annual Lighted Holiday Parade will take place on Thursday, November 30th at 6 p.m. Following the parade, Santa will be at T-Bock’s Upstairs to greet children and share hot chocolate and cookies. A sweet holiday scene will be set for photos with Santa. T-Bock’s will offer beverage service in the back bar area for accompanying adults. 

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11/30/17
Holiday Lights Magical Nights

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

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11/30/17
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Christmas at Luther

Performances schedule for Christmas at Luther 2017: The Tree of Life My Soul Hath Seen

Thursday, November 30 — 5:45 p.m.
Friday, December 1 — 6:30 p.m.
Friday, December 1 — 9:15 p.m.
Saturday, December 2 — 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, December 3 — 2:30 p.m.

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11/30/17
Vollara’s Active Pure Technology inducted into the Space Hall of Fame

ActivePure Technology is one of only 75 technologies that have been inducted into the Space Technology Hall of Fame (in Colorado Springs, CO) in the past 30 years
 Dr. Troy Sanford is coming to Decorah from Dallas, Texas to speak about the incredible technology and the benefits that our products provide for all homeowners and the occupants.    
Entry fee is an item for the Decorah Area Food Pantry.   All are welcome. 

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11/30/17
 -12/03/17
Holiday Open House

The Decorah business community is preparing for a “Hometown Holiday” season.

Enjoy the feeling and memories of a hometown holiday. The warm glow of shop windows, holiday decorations, and familiar faces. Shop, explore unique gifts and get to know Decorah. Create new hometown holiday memories in Decorah's historic downtown and beyond.

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