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Events in the month of March 2018
DateEvent
03/01/18
Community Job Fair at Luther College

Businesses and job seekers in Northeast Iowa are invited to attend a free Community Job Fair 

Veterans are invited to attend and interact with area businesses and veteran resources from 3:30-4:30 p.m. The Winneshiek County Veteran Affairs office and surrounding area offices will be in attendance.

To register your business to have a booth at the job fair, please send the business name, contact name, phone number and email to katherine.bahl@iwd.iowa.gov by Thursday, Feb. 22. Space is limited. Each business will receive one covered table and electrical service is available.

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03/01/18
Accidental Courtesy - Documentary Screening

Luther College Campus Programming and the Center for Ethics and Public Engagement is hosting the documentary screening of "Accidental Courtesy: Daryl Davis, Race & America" in Valders Hall of Science Room 206 on the Luther campus. Novian Whitsitt, Luther professor of Africana studies and English, will lead a discussion after the screening.
 

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03/01/18
Decorah Community Meal

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

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03/02/18
Chamber Cruise (Gala)

All aboard the Chamber Cruise Ship! Enjoy ports of call at Java John's, Hotel Winneshiek, and Rubaiyat before boarding for our final destination of T-Bock's Upstairs. 

T-Bock's will feature a Cruise Ship inspired buffet, live auction, silent auction, raffle, and Absolute Hoot! 

Enjoy island flavors all night long! 

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03/02/18
National Old Stuff Day - Crafting Event

Adult Upcycling Craft-a-thon  & "It's Electric" Kids Party


The Winneshiek Energy District partners with ArtHaus to celebrate National Old Stuff Day with an adult craft-a-thon featuring projects with wine bottles, light bulbs, fabric, and more.

And while you create your kids can too next door at the ArtHaus studio. It's fun for the whole family.

Cost is $25 for adults; $10 for kids

 

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03/02/18
WoodWired to perform at Luther College

A new electroacoustic duo that uses live looping software and electronics and featuring flute and bass clarinet, WoodWired will rock the Noble Recital Hall of the Jenson-Noble Hall of Music on the Luther campus.

The performance is open to the public with no charge for admission.

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03/02/18
Free Friday Morning Open Gym

Still want a place for you and your little ones to run off some energy this winter? Then you're in luck...the turnout for Free Friday Morning Open Gyms the past few weeks has been so great, that Luther College Wellness has decided to add on three additional dates!
 

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03/02/18
Meet Swedish Woodcraft Artist Jögge Sundqvist at Vesterheim Museum

Meet Swedish woodworker and woodcarving artist Jögge Sundqvist when he shares the presentation "What Is in a Spoon?" at Vesterheim, the national Norwegian-American museum and heritage center. This free, public event will be at  in the museum’s Bethania Church. Rømmegrøt will be served after the presentation in the church basement.
 

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03/03/18
Start with a Seed

Plant the seeds for a successful summer of gardening. This informative workshop will walk you through the basics of seed selection, seed starting, and transplants. End with a behind-the-scenes tour of our seed distribution center and walk home with your very own microgreen garden. Register at seedsavers.org.

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03/03/18
I Wont Back Down! A Benefit For Penny Bockman

In October 2017, Penny Bockman was diagnosed with stage 4 lung cancer. This left the wife and mother of four, two of whom still reside at home, unable to work and beginning regular treatments in LaCrosse, Wisconsin. With your help we can defray some of the expenses associated with her treatment and travel and the family’s decreased income. So, come on out and show your support as we ROCK the night with special guests, Free Fallin, a tribute band to one of Penny’s favorite artists, Tom Petty. The event will also feature drawings with the winners being selected that evening. Your love and support combined with her determination to fight this illness will make a difference! Penny won’t back down!

 

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03/03/18
Luther College Hosts Annual Ethnic Arts Festival

In a celebration of the diverse cultures that come together to make up the Luther College population, the annual Luther Diversity Center's Ethnic Arts Festival is Saturday, March 3. Events include a festival during the day and dance and song performance in the evening.

The Festival, held in the Center for the Arts from 2-5 PM, is open to the public with no charge for admission. The International Culture and Cuisine event coincides with the Festival, offering hors d'oeuvres for purchase throughout the atrium during the event.

Ticket prices for the hors d'oeuvres are $12 for those 14 and older; $6 for anyone between 6-13; and no charge for children under six.

In the evening, there will be performances representing different cultures, beginning at 7 PM in the Center for Faith and Life Main Hall. There is no charge for admission. The performance includes a variety of cultural dances and songs performed by Luther students.
 

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03/04/18
Peace Brunch Buffet

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

Bill of Fare

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

Location and Hours

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

Prices

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

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


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03/04/18
Dorian Band Festival Concert

Two concerts featuring nearly 600 high school student musicians, two Luther College ensembles and one Luther faculty trio, will be held March 4-5 in the Luther's Center for Faith and Life Main Hall.

The Dorian Band Festival Concert include performances by the Luther College Concert Band, The Talus Trio and the Luther College Jazz Orchestra.

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03/04/18
Luther College Balalaika Ensemble

The Luther College Balalaika Ensemble will give an afternoon concert in the Center for the Arts atrium on the Luther campus.

The family-friendly concert, open to the public with no charge for admission, features Ami Hall as special guest vocalist. A 1996 Luther graduate, Hall is a performing artist and educator from Littleton, Colorado.
 

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03/05/18
Dorian Band Grand Concert

The show continues with the Dorian Band Festival Grand Concert, featuring three festival bands.

Both concerts are open to the public with no charge for admission.
 

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03/06/18
Distinguished Lecture - Matthew Boger

As a 14-year-old boy, Matthew Boger was beaten to a near-unrecognizable state and left for dead by a group of teenage Nazi-punks. More than two decades later Boger found himself working with one of the people who attacked him. He will tell his story of hate, hope and forgiveness at Luther College through a documentary screening and lecture.

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03/07/18
Lenten Mini Concert

Craig Hultgren will be performing a Lenten mini concert at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church.

This free, half-hour performance will be held in the church sanctuary. 

Hultgren is a professional cellist who moved to the Decorah area in 2015. He is an advocate for newly created music. Close to 300 works have been written for him. He will perform the complete G Major Suite by Johann Sebastian Bach, Quiet Music by Andrew Rindfleisch, and one of his own improvisations to be accompanied on organ by Brooke Joyce.
 

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03/08/18
Distinguished Lecture - Daryl Davis

Daryl Davis is a blues musician, but he also has what some might call an interesting hobby. For the past 30 years Davis, a black man, has spent time befriending members of the Ku Klux Klan.

He says once the friendship blossoms, the Klansmen realize that their hate may be misguided. Since Davis started talking with these members, he says 200 Klansmen have given up their robes. When that happens, Davis collects the robes and keeps them in his home as a reminder of the dent he has made in racism by simply sitting down and having dinner with people.

His film, Accidental Courtesy, captures Daryl's search for answers to the question, "How can you hate me when you don't know me?"


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03/08/18
Modern Money Theory Explained

Modern Money Theory explains that dollar savings of the private sector and the foreign sector are equal to government deficits. Despite the pervasive thought that governments should run a budget like a household where surpluses equal success, Modern Money Theory shows why that isn't the case. Lyle Luzum, Luther College class of 1970, will explain Modern Money Theory in the Mott Room of Dahl Centennial Union as part of the Luther Emeriti Colloquium series.
 

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03/08/18
Yoga Storytime at the Library

Join us for a yoga adventure! Children 18 months – 5 years old, with a parent or caregiver, are invited to come to the library for a special yoga storytime with Laree Schouweiler, owner of Reefuel indoor cycling and yoga studio. Meshing stories with yoga postures and games, this program is bound to be fun!! 

Yoga and mindfulness have many benefits for children, including flexibility, alertness, and a greater sense of calm. Laree has been teaching NE Iowans full-time since 2013 and looks forward to sharing the yogi-love with you!
 

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03/08/18
The Business Case for a Decorah Municipal Electric Utility

Decorah Power invites all business, institutional, and industry leadership to a special presentation of the Municipal Electric Utility feasibility study at T-Bock's Underground*

Dave Berg, project leader for the NewGen Strategies and Solutions consulting team that conducted the study, will be the principal presenter. He will walk through the study assumptions, the data inventory and analysis, and business model conclusions in a format familiar to those that understand financial analyses and pro-formas.

Dave has been in the electric utility business for over three decades, and worked with dozens of municipal electric utilities during that time. He regularly consults with public power agencies on energy market access and operations.


*If you’d like to order lunch through T-Bock’s for the event, please check out their menu on their website and call 563-382-5970 x2 by 10am to place your order and stop at the bar to pay when you arrive.


 

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03/08/18
TinkerHaus Competition Seeking Leprechaun Trap Creations

ArtHaus is hosting Tinkerhaus Competitions this spring, and the next upcoming one is a Leprechaun Trap creation contest. On Saturday, March 10, this competition will be located at the ArtHaus Studio. Sponsored by Home Factotum LLC, this competition includes creations made out of anything that can trap a Leprechaun. Creators are told to bring their creations from noon-1. Entries will be judged at 1 p.m. and prizes at 3 pm. 1st pace winners will receive $25, 2nd place winners will receive an ArtHaus gift basket. Projects will be on display in the windows of ArtHaus for one month. This competition is suitable for all ages. 

 

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03/09/18
Free Friday Morning Open Gym

Still want a place for you and your little ones to run off some energy this winter? Then you're in luck...the turnout for Free Friday Morning Open Gyms the past few weeks has been so great, that Luther College Wellness has decided to add on three additional dates!
 

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03/09/18
Luther College presents Music Audition Day

The Luther College Music Department will host a Music Audition Day on the Luther campus.

The deadline to register for the event is Sunday, March 4

This visit event is an opportunity for students who have applied to Luther to audition for a music scholarship. Please note that this day marks the last opportunity to earn a music scholarship for the 2018-19 academic year. Students interested in pursuing any major are welcome; it is not necessary to be a music major in order to earn a music scholarship at Luther.

The requirements for the audition vary by instrument, and accompanists are not required.

Additional activities are available as part of the visit event. Students can observe and/or participate in music rehearsals, attend a class, interact with music faculty and current students, take a campus tour and eat lunch in the student cafeteria.


 

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03/09/18
PushPin Show: Final Auction/Closing Reception

A closing reception for the PushPin Photography show with refreshments will take place at ArtHaus, where people may make their final bids and collect their photographs. 
 

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03/10/18
Energy Body Unique Connection

This one day workshop will explore the energetic field that encases your body. This energy, called bio-energy or chi, is responsible for life as it fulfills your need for subtle energy. The vortexes existing in this energetic field are called chakras. The chakras act as points of connection between your physical and non-physical bodies, enabling energies to flow from one of these vehicles of manifestation to the other. They are the means by which we absorb energy from and give energy to the environment, and exchange energy with others; therefore, they form the core system through which we sustain our energy levels, vitality and health. Considering that our chakras are the energetic ‘devices’ through which we exchange and maintain our bioenergetic level and that the energies of our chakras can vary in quality, to have awareness of what is going on in your chakras is vital to your wellbeing. The last part of the class will focus on aligning your energies with positive intentions during an ancient ceremony known as “Despacho”.
Preregistration required.

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03/10/18
Kinderhaus Open Haus!

Wondering what an outdoor-based, Waldorf-inspired preschool is all about?  Come meet our teachers and explore our classrooms to find out! 

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03/10/18
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Turning Natural Edge Bowls and Platters Workshop

Learn how to turn a natural edge bowl and a small platter. Natural edge bowls are winged bowls with the bark still in place. Both projects are more advanced than the beginning bowl class. Some experience with bowl turning is required.
Note: A suggested prerequisite for this class is the Wood Bowl Turning Workshop. Wood will be provided, but you are more than welcome to bring you own. You will need a full face shield.
Preregistration required.

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03/10/18
Amish Experience: Pie Making Demonstration

Are you a pie lover? If so, then join us and learn the ‘how to’s’ from an experienced Amish baker. Your Amish instructor will expertly whip up several types of pies from scratch. Learn about using a wood stove and sample the results with coffee. Not only will you gain insight into the Amish lifestyle, you’ll create a warm and tasty memory. The class meets at Eagle Bluff and travels via Eagle Bluff van to the Amish home.

Note: The Amish do not allow photos to be taken or names to be published. Travel time is included at beginning and end of class.

Preregistration required.

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03/10/18
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.

Preregistration required.

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03/10/18
Kitchen Science Demonstration at Decorah Public Library

Decorah Public Library is excited to host the Grout Museum District's Kitchen Science Demonstration.

Bring the family out for a morning of fun! Get your children excited about science as they watch and participate in experiments using materials found in everyday life.         

This program is free and open to the public. No registration is necessary. 

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03/10/18
1,440 Minute Musical

SPIN Theatre, a Luther College student theatre organization, will perform their annual 1,440-minute musical in Luther's Jewel Theatre.

The family-friendly musical is open to the public, and tickets are $5, available at the door. 
           
SPIN's 1,440-minute musical involves rehearsing and performing the musical in a 24-hour time frame. Luther students audition the weekend before the performance, without knowing what musical will be performed. On Monday, March 5, the cast list will be made public, while still withholding information about the musical. Throughout that week, SPIN Theatre will post hints about the musical on their Facebook page, SPIN Theatre Company. On Friday night, the musical and roles will be revealed to the cast and to the public.
           
ptions for this year's musical are "Jekyll and Hyde: the Musical," "Grease," "Seussical," "Elf: the Musical," "Camp Rock" and "Oklahoma!"
 

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03/10/18
Faculty Artist Series

Philip Borter, Luther College assistant professor of music, will give a faculty recital with collaborative pianist Miko Kominami in the Noble Recital Hall of Luther's Jenson-Noble Hall of Music.
 

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03/11/18
Peace Brunch Buffet

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

Bill of Fare

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

Location and Hours

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

Prices

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

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


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03/11/18
35th Annual Decorah Home, Sport & Garden Show!

The Annual Sunflower ChildCare Pancake Brunch will kick off the morning events at 9:30. The meal, Sunflower's major fund-raiser for the year, is held in the high school cafeteria adjacent to the exhibits.
 
About 80 exhibitors are expected at the show, displaying products and services ranging from home improvements & leisure-time pursuits to lawn and garden tools and machines. The show offers displays of kitchen and bathroom renovation, home design, concrete work, indoor and outdoor furniture, lawn and garden tractors and equipment, bicycles, watercraft, plus financial agencies and food sampling. Outdoor displays in front of the school's auditorium entrance are expected as well.

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03/11/18
Winneshiek Wildberry Winery Brunch

Winneshiek Wildberry Winery hosts its monthly brunch. Quiche, potatoes, two types of meat and bread pudding will all be available as well as seasonal foods.

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03/11/18
Luther College Annual Benefactors Organ Recital

The Luther College Annual Benefactors Organ Recital features Netherlands native Paul Tegels.

The program, open to the public with no charge for admission, includes Prelude and Fugue in G Major, BWV 541 by Bach, Sonata VI by Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy, "Preludio pro organo pleno" by Johann Kittel and "Finale" from Sonata I by Alexandre Guilmant.

The Annual Benefactors Recital showcases international-caliber artists on Luther's renowned Robert L. Sipe Organ in the Center for Faith and Life, and serves to inspire current and prospective students to study organ while attending Luther. The performance is sponsored through the Kathryn Ulvilden Moen Organ Fund and the William B. Kuhlman Endowment for Organ Performance. 
     
A native of the Netherlands, Tegels is an associate professor of music at Pacific Lutheran University in Tacoma, Washington. He also serves as the university organist. Previously, he served as the dean of the Tacoma Chapter of the American Guild of Organists and currently is the president of the Westfield Center, a resource that aims for the advancement of keyboard music. In addition to giving solo and ensemble concerts throughout the United States, Europe, Japan and New Zealand, he performs duet concerts with organist Dana Robinson.

Tegels received a Master of Arts in choral conducting and a Doctor of Musical Arts in organ performance and pedagogy from the University of Iowa. He also received a Master of Music in organ performance from New England Conservatory in Boston and holds teaching and performance degrees from the Stedelijk Conservatorium in Arnhem, Netherlands. He was the recipient of a Fulbright Scholarship from the Netherlands-America Commission for Educational Exchange while he was a student at the New England Conservatory. Prior to joining the faculty at Pacific Lutheran University, he taught at Bethany College in Lindsborg, Kansas.

 

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03/12/18
AmeriCorps: A History of Service

Join us in celebrating AmeriCorps week at our History of Service Talk. This week is set aside to recognize people who serve communities around the country and the work they do. FoodCorps, Green Iowa AmeriCorps, and 4H Outreach AmeriCorps members will be speaking at the Northeast Iowa Peace and Justice Center about the history of our great program and how we serve communities here in Northeast Iowa!

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03/12/18
Amy Weldon Book Launch!

Dragonfly Books is thrilled to launch Decorah author Amy Weldon with the release of her debut book The Hands-On Life: How to Wake Yourself Up and Save the World. A powerful treatise and a call to action, The Hands-On Life is an intelligent guide to creating mindfulness in the digital age.

 

Amy Weldon, a passionate teacher and writer, will read at Dragonfly Books. Join us for this special opportunity to hear Amy’s stories first hand and celebrate the release of The Hands-On Life (Wipf & Stock 2018). Including special guest Rachel Faldet, we’ll commemorate Amy’s book release with wine, refreshments, and friends. Everyone is welcome to join Dragonfly Books as we kick off Amy’s book release.


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03/13/18
Nordic Noir Film Nights

Settle in and get unsettled this winter at Nordic Noir Film Nights! Vesterheim, the national Norwegian-American museum and heritage center, and Luther College's Nordic Studies Program are showing free Scandinavian crime films the second Tuesday of the month from January through April. 

The first film will be the Norwegian version of “Insomnia” (R) on January 9 at 7:00 pm. in the first floor gallery of the museum’s Main Building. 

The film series will continue with “Wallander” (BBC, TV-MA) on February 13, “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo” (American version, R) on March 13, and “Occupied” (Norwegian version, TV-PG) on April 10. Each film will be at 7:00 p.m. and will feature an introduction and discussion led by members of the Nordic Studies Program. Parental guidance is strongly suggested. 
 

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03/13/18
AmeriCorps: Waste Reduction Class

Ever wondered what the best ways to reduce waste going to landfills? Green Iowa AmeriCorps and 4H Outreach AmeriCorps will be hosting Terry Buenzow, of the Winneshiek County Recycling Center at the Northeast Iowa Peace and Justice Center to talk about the best ways to reduce waste and best recycling practices! 
 

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03/13/18
March YP Event

Come and join in conversation with Mike Harman at The Lounge in Hotel Winneshiek!

Mike graduated from Luther College with a degree in business and economics.Mike and his family have a strong love for the Decorah community. "Northeast Iowa is the closest thing to Colorado in the Midwest. We are not only blessed with scenic beauty, but the people are great as well." Mike's involvement includes: Treasurer of Winneshiek County Development and Decorah Jobs, Decorah Betterment Board Member, Chamber member, and St. Ben's Finance Committee member.  Mike has served as President for many of the above and as Chair-Person of the Trout Run Trail Fundraiser.

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03/13/18
Understanding and Nurturing Resiliency

What is resiliency and how can we further develop resiliency both in children as well as adults? Kathleen Brown-Rice, chair of division of counseling and psychology in education and associate professor of counselor education at the University of South Dakota, will discuss the neurological factors of resiliency and how resiliency is developed during a guest lecture in Valders Hall of Science Room 206, on the Luther College campus.
 

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03/14/18
NICC Information Session/Career Event

Northeast Iowa Community College will be hosting an informational session about their upcoming career training program in Advanced Manufacturing in Computer Numerical Control (CNC) Operator and Basic Welding.

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03/14/18
Wellington Place Construction Update

Wellington Place would like to invite interested members of the community to attend an informational meeting and hard hat tour of their new addition.

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03/14/18
Amish Experience: Bread Making Demonstration

Ever wondered what it would be like to live without electricity and modern appliances? This is an opportunity to visit an Amish home, get to know your hostess and learn how to bake bread in a wood fired stove. After the bread is baked and the butter made, you will enjoy the freshly made bread and butter with a warm beverage. Take home a loaf of fresh baked bread and get to know our local Amish community. The class meets at Eagle Bluff and travels via Eagle Bluff van to the Amish home.

Note: The Amish do not allow photos to be taken or names to be published. Travel time is included at beginning and end of class.

Preregistration required.

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03/14/18
Amish Experience: Pie Making Demonstration

Are you a pie lover? If so, then join us and learn the ‘how to’s’ from an experienced Amish baker. Your Amish instructor will expertly whip up several types of pies from scratch. Learn about using a wood stove and sample the results with coffee. Not only will you gain insight into the Amish lifestyle, you’ll create a warm and tasty memory. The class meets at Eagle Bluff and travels via Eagle Bluff van to the Amish home.

Note: The Amish do not allow photos to be taken or names to be published. Travel time is included at beginning and end of class.

Preregistration required.

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03/14/18
Parenting In Today's Sexual Climate: Sexual Health & Safety

Northeast Iowa Community Action Center will be hosting a free event covering the topic of Teen Dating & Violence. These are held the 2nd Wednesday of every month. The presenter this month is Annastacia Cowles, FNP

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03/14/18
Finding Their Voice: Music and Architecture in the Convents of Italy

Considered both a stumbling block on the way to perfection and a dangerous enchantment to male listeners, singing was discouraged for Italian nuns of the 16th and 17th centuries. Craig Monson, professor emeritus of music at Washington University in St. Louis, will explore how Italian nuns worked the restrictive limitations of the church to their advantage in "Finding their Voice: Music and Architecture in the Convents of Italy."

The presentation will include a performance by Luther College's student-led choir, Jubilus. It is open to the public with no charge for admission.


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03/15/18
Out of the Box! Open House Event

Join us for our 2nd "Out of the Box" Open House event! We are opening toy boxes so grownups & kids can touch and play with the toys. Come and check out our new line of STEM toys for ages 8 & up, our new craft section, and puzzles and games for adults.
There will be supervision for the kids (Activities & Bouncy House will be up from 6-8).

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03/15/18
Decorah Community Meal

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

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03/15/18
Yoga Storytime at the Library

Join us for a yoga adventure! Children 18 months – 5 years old, with a parent or caregiver, are invited to come to the library for a special yoga storytime with Laree Schouweiler, owner of Reefuel indoor cycling and yoga studio. Meshing stories with yoga postures and games, this program is bound to be fun!! 

Yoga and mindfulness have many benefits for children, including flexibility, alertness, and a greater sense of calm. Laree has been teaching NE Iowans full-time since 2013 and looks forward to sharing the yogi-love with you!
 

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03/15/18
Faculty Artist Series

Featuring a collection of Scandinavian songs, performed by members of the Luther College vocal coaching studio, Luther faculty member Nicholas Shaneyfelt presents the Faculty Artist Series: Song + 1

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03/15/18
Lunch and Learn: Renewables and Reliability

Learning Lunch: Renewables and Reliability: The Public Power Advantage
 
Learn how public utilities lead the way on issues related to reliability and renewables. Warren McKenna, board member of the Resale Power Group of Iowa and Utilities Director Farmers Electric Cooperative will be hosting a lunch and learn at T-Bocks.
 
*If you’d like to order lunch through T-Bock’s for the event, please check out their menu on their website and call 563-382-5970 x2 by 10 am to place your order and stop at the bar to pay when you arrive.

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03/16/18
Cringe Night - Art Haus

What could be better than reading your teenage diary to a room full of strangers?

Get out your old diary and come share aloud. Poems, stories, songs, diary entries, are all welcome! The more cringe worthy, the better! Accompanying photos and props welcome.

There will be lots of laughing, a few tears, and hey, it's cheaper than therapy!

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03/16/18
Luther College Admitted Student Visit Event

Luther College invites accepted students to come learn more about the college at the Admitted Student Visit Event.

The day will begin at 8:15 a.m. with check-in and breakfast reception, and events will continue throughout the day.
 

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03/17/18
Kinderfolk on Stage

Enjoy live music, poetry, delicious appetizers, and a cash bar at T-Bock's Upstairs. Free-will donations will support Kinderhaus Preschool. This night of fun is for the whole community - ALL are welcome!


 

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03/17/18
Faculty Artist Series

Luther College Piano Quartet will present a program of piano quartets and a piano trio in Luther's Noble Recital Hall of the Jenson-Noble Hall of Music. The program will feature works by Gustav Mahler, Paul Schoenfield, and Schumann.
 

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03/17/18
Center Stage Series

Showcasing traditional African dance mixed with contemporary choreography New York-based dance company EVIDENCE will perform as part of the Luther College Center Stage Series in Luther's Center for Faith and Life Main Hall. The event is co-sponsored by the Luther College Diversity Council.
 

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03/18/18
Peace Brunch Buffet

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

Bill of Fare

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

Location and Hours

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

Prices

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

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


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03/18/18
Faculty Artist Series

Performing works by Claude Debussy, Henri Duparc, Richard Strauss, Gian Carlo Menotti and Samuel Barber, Luther College's Carla Thelen Hanson and her collaborator Ainhoa Urkijo will present a recital in the Noble Recital Hall of Luther's Jenson-Noble Hall of Music.
    

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03/18/18
Luther College Jazz Orchestra to Perform in Elkader

The Luther College Jazz Orchestra will take the stage at the historic Elkader Opera House.

 Tickets for the performance are $10 and can be purchased at the door, by calling 563-873-2378, or at Moser Pharmacy in Elkader.  
 

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03/20/18
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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03/20/18
An Evening with Al Batt

Join writer, speaker, storyteller, and humorist Al Batt for a fun-filled evening at Decorah Public Library.

The talk is free and open to the public.

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03/20/18
Turn and Face the Strange: Creative Activity as a Catalyst for Change

The lyrics of David Bowie say to "turn and face the strange," and in a troubled and violent world there is plenty of strangeness which can be hard to face. David Kamm, Luther College assistant professor of art and art gallery coordinator, and Lise Kildegaard, professor of English, will discuss strangeness and art in the final Paideia Texts and Issues lecture of the 2017-18 series in the Center for Faith and Life Recital Hall on the Luther campus.
 

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03/20/18
Faculty Artist Series

Featuring all original compositions, Jon Ailabouni, Luther College music faculty, will perform a trumpet recital with guest pianist James J. Kaufmann in the Noble Recital Hall of the Jenson-Noble Hall of Music on the Luther campus.

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03/20/18
Luther College Woman's Club March Meeting

Yes, Iceland is cold in winter. But if you like cold weather and enjoy knitting even more, Iceland is the place to be when the days are short and the temperatures are brisk. Learn what Iceland holds for visitors in winter from Philip Iversen, Luther College adjunct faculty in math, during the next meeting of the Luther College Woman’s Club (LCWC).

Iversen will present “Iceland in the Heart of Winter” at the Luther College Woman’s Club March meeting 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 the meeting, Iversen will share photos and stories from the January 2016 trip he took to Iceland with his wife, Sarah (owner of the Blue Heron Knittery in Decorah), to explore the country and its well-established knitting culture.

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03/20/18
Revolutionary: An Etude of African-American Classical Music Composers

In a time when major orchestras, opera houses and art organizations are facing financial struggles, the classical music genre is also struggling to remain relevant with the current generation.
 

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03/20/18
March Energy Breakfast:Electric Vehicles with Decorah Chevrolet Cadillac

Every third Tuesday of the month the Winneshiek Energy District invites you to T-Bocks lower level to talk about energy. 
Join KAR Auto Group to learn why their mechanics are 100% hybrid, Bolt, and Volt certified, the first dealership to have EV certified mechanics in our region.  Discover what electric vehicles are available their Chevrolet, Ford, and Chrysler locations, what rebates exist, and where EV owners can charge in the region. 

The event is free and open to the public. There will be breakfast and coffee available for purchase. Please register by Friday, March 16th

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03/21/18
Ag Appreciation Luncheon

The annual Decorah Area Chamber of Commerce Ag Appreciation Luncheon will take place on Wednesday, March 21 at the Danan Lansing Building at the Winneshiek County Fair Grounds.This luncheon is a celebration of the partnership between the business and ag community in our area.

Food will begin serving at 11:30 AM with a guest speaker beginning at 12 PM and awards to follow. 

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03/21/18
Violinist Dan Auerbach Presents Guest Recital

Recognized for his performances across the U.S., Canada and Israel, visiting concert violinist Dan Auerbach will give a recital in Luther College's Noble Recital Hall of the Jenson-Noble Hall of Music.

The recital is open to the public with no charge for admission.
 

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03/21/18
DDBA Annual Meeting

Downtown Decorah Betterment Association (DDBA) will hold their annual meeting with guest speaker Mike Haluska, Decorah Community School District Superintendent.

Haluska will provide an overview of the recent proposal that was given to the Decorah City Council for site development of the new elementary school. Haluska will address benefits to the downtown location, synergy between the school and community and provide a closer look at the proposed site.

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03/22/18
Yoga Storytime at the Library

Join us for a yoga adventure! Children 18 months – 5 years old, with a parent or caregiver, are invited to come to the library for a special yoga storytime with Laree Schouweiler, owner of Reefuel indoor cycling and yoga studio. Meshing stories with yoga postures and games, this program is bound to be fun!! 

Yoga and mindfulness have many benefits for children, including flexibility, alertness, and a greater sense of calm. Laree has been teaching NE Iowans full-time since 2013 and looks forward to sharing the yogi-love with you!
 

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03/23/18
 -03/24/18
Apple Grafting School

Learn all about grafting and take home three apple trees to start your own orchard!

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03/23/18
Hometown Heroes Basketball Game

Decorah Law Enforcement VS DCSD Staff

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03/23/18
Local Author Book Celebration!

Everyone is invited to Dragonfly Books with local Decorah authors Jennifer and Barrett Gipp for a presentation of their new novel Out of the Shadows. Set on a global stage, Out of the Shadows is a gripping adventure. Jennifer and Barrett will share their stories, talk about their new book, and sign books at this event.

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03/24/18
Winneshiek Idea House: A Local Entrepreneur Forum and Fair

Communities are stronger when diverse local businesses flourish. Winneshiek Idea House is a forum and fair to highlight and support local entrepreneurs and business ideas that contribute to the resilience and sustainability of Winneshiek County. Join us!
 


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03/24/18
Amish Experience: Bread Making Demonstration

Ever wondered what it would be like to live without electricity and modern appliances? This is an opportunity to visit an Amish home, get to know your hostess and learn how to bake bread in a wood fired stove. After the bread is baked and the butter made, you will enjoy the freshly made bread and butter with a warm beverage. Take home a loaf of fresh baked bread and get to know our local Amish community. The class meets at Eagle Bluff and travels via Eagle Bluff van to the Amish home.

Note: The Amish do not allow photos to be taken or names to be published. Travel time is included at beginning and end of class.

Preregistration required.

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03/24/18
Raku Firing

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

Preregistration required.

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03/24/18
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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!

Preregistration required.

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03/24/18
Shiitake Mushroom Cultivation

Are you interested in growing one of the most popular mushrooms consumed world-wide? This class helps you get started and sends you home with knowledge, handouts, and an inoculated shiitake log. You will learn how to select shiitake logs, choose spawn, use equipment, and more! Class begins with a presentation and then relocates to inoculate logs. Growing and marketing considerations will be discussed.

Preregistration required.

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03/24/18
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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03/24/18
Porter House Museum Concert

The Porter House Museum will be hosting a special concert featuring cellist Craig Hultgren and Chicago composer and pianist Lawrence Axelrod.

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03/24/18
Just for Kix - Together We Dance

Mini Kix, Middle Kix, Sr Kix, Mini Hip Hop, and Lyrical will compete at Decorah Together We Dance Competitions at Luther College. Times will be announced once schedule is released.

Approximately 1,400 dancers attending!

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03/24/18
Emmy Award-winning Tonic Sol-fa to Perform at Chatfield Center for the Arts

A ground-breaking a cappella ensemble from Minnesota, Tonic Sol-fa has been in constant development since their formation two decades ago and stands as one of the leading forces in the world of vocal music with Emmy Award winning arrangements and multi-million selling compositions.

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03/25/18
Meatball and Ham Dinner

Palm Sunday Dinner (last of the season) will take place at the Odd Fellow Lodge

Menu includes: Real mashed potatoes and gravy, vegetables, cole slaw, beverage, and dessert

Open to the Public

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03/26/18
Follow the Money: How Locally-Owned Utilities Build Community

John Farrell, director of the Energy Democracy Initiative at the Institute for Local Self-Reliance in Minneapolis, will speak at T-Bock's Underground on Monday evening. The title of his talk is “Follow the Money: How Locally-Owned Utilities Build Community."

Farrell is known as the guru of distributed energy. His presentations of rich data and vivid illustrations explain the economic and environmental benefits of local ownership of decentralized renewable energy.

John’s work appears most regularly on Energy Self-Reliant States, an ILSR blog with timely and compelling analysis of current energy discussions and policy. His work has been featured in the New York Times, Grist, CleanTechnica and beyond, and he’s presented nationally and internationally.

Much of John’s work – and the focus of his presentation in Decorah – revolves around the tremendous economic opportunity presented by the confluence of technology, economics, and stewardship in the 21st century energy world. The corporate-owned, fossil-fueled, centralized energy model of the past century is rapidly being replaced by a distributed, renewable, and potentially locally-owned model.

This transition holds tremendous economic opportunity for innovative and forward-leaning communities to “own their future," according to Farrell, if they’re ready and willing to do so. Farrell’s talk is free and open to the public, and is hosted by Decorah Power. For more information, click on Decorah Power link below.

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03/27/18
Business Round Table - Help Wanted

Decorah business owners are invited to participate in an open discussion on hiring practices with Decorah Manpower's branch manager  Shannon Duncan. Duncan will provide a presentation that will be followed by brainstorming. 

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03/27/18
Employer Brainstorming Session

Having trouble finding employees?

Decorah businesses are gathering to discuss staffing needs. Shannon Duncan, manager of Manpower Decorah, will speak. After the speaker there will be a brainstorming session.

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03/27/18
It's All Fun and Games at Vesterheim Board Game Night

Join Vesterheim Norwegian-American Museum, Decorah’s Games XP, and some future close friends for a Board Game Night.

This event will be held in the comfortable “living room” atmosphere of the new immersive exhibit, “Koselig,” in the museum’s Main Building.

 

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03/28/18
Let's Talk Decorah

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


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03/28/18
Decorah Parkinson Support Group Meeting

LeAnn Uhlenhake a Speech & Language Pathologist at the Medical Center will talk on the Big and Loud Program. Looking forward to seeing you there.


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03/29/18
High Five for CHOICE - 5 Year Anniversary Party

CHOICE has been providing supported employment services in Northeast Iowa for five years! To celebrate this milestone, CHOICE would like to welcome consumers and their families, local communities, our partnering businesses, and stakeholders to join us in celebration!

RSVP to carrie@choiceemploymentservices.com by March 20th

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03/29/18
Ribbon Cutting at CHOICE

Join us cut the ribbon with CHOICE who are celebrating 5 years as well as some new renovations and hang around for their anniversary party from 1-4!

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03/29/18
Raku Firing

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

Preregistration required.

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03/29/18
Collective Goods

Shop for a cause fundraising event.

Sale on books, electronics, home goods, kids' gifts, and more!

Sponsored by the WMC Auxiliary

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03/29/18
The Opioid Crisis: A Local Perspective

This presentation will address the Opioid Crisis and offer a local perspective on the issue.

Presenters: Dr. Jeffrey Hoffman, Robin Esmann RN, and Joan Parker RN

Event sponsored by Iowa Department of Public Health and Northeast Iowa Behavioral Health

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