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ArtHaus, downtown Decorah’s home for the visual, performing, and literary arts, is changing up their annual Holiday Art Fair and instead are putting on a pop-up shop from Dec 1-22.   On Saturday, December 1 the gallery will kick off at 10 am and will feature the work of some of the region's most talented. The gallery at 508 W. Water St. will be filled with artwork for sale.  From Monday- Saturday from 1-5 the shop will be open until Dec 22.  There is no admission to browse the fair; cash, check and charge card are accepted. The Holiday Art Fair is sponsored by Decorah State Bank and Trust.

 

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12/01/18
-12/22/18
1:00 - 5:00 PMArtHaus


Hours are Saturdays 10-5 and Sundays 1-5

Dec. 1 & 2-free chocolate truffle samples 
Dec. 8 & 9-free beer bread & dip samples
Dec. 15 & 16- Wine & Beer Gift Basket blowout sale
Dec. 22 & 23-Buy 4 bottles & get a wine basket 1/2 price
Dec. 24th open 10-3 for last minute holiday buys
Dec. 29 & 30 grab your New Years Eve supplies
Dec. 31 Murder Mystery Dinner Theater-advance tickets only at eventbrite.com
Dec. 31 at 9:30 pm Annual New Years Eve Party open to all 21 & older guests- with games, prizes, food & free champagne at midnight  
 

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12/08/18
-12/09/18
 Empty Nest Winery


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

Note: Wood will be provided, but you are more than welcome to bring your own if you’d prefer. All class participants will need a full face shield. There will be a limited number available to borrow during class.

*if you found this class in the catalog, please note the date has changed to December 9th*


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12/09/189:00 am - 12:30 pmJennie Dieterman


Nov 29 - Dec 2nd - Holiday Open House

Dec 1st - Vendor Show 1-5 pm

Dec 9th - Brunch 10 am

Dec 20th - Amish Chicken Dinner 4-7 pm


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12/09/18 Winneshiek Wildberry Winery


"My God and King"

Gathering Music and Postlude by the Thankful Brass

Free will offering to Houston County Food Shelf and Houston County Care and Share.

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12/09/183:00 PM


Luther College Ministries is holding a Candlelight Service of Lessons and Carols at 9 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 9, in the Main Hall of the Center for Faith and Life on the Luther campus.

The service is open to the community with no charge for admission.
 

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12/09/189:00 PM


The youth group of the First United Methodist Church invites everyone to a "Party with a Purpose" where attendees will have the change to change people's lives through fair trade fashion and home decor.

The mission of Trades of Hope is to give women around the world the opportunity to create a sustainable income in order to lift their families out of extreme poverty. These women become artisans and then are able to sell their crafts through parties and events hosted by women in the US.

Trades of Hope entrepreneur, Kasey Ruff, will be there to share stories of hope, the products made by artisans, and the opportunity to order items for the holidays. 

There will be light craft and meal available as well.

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12/09/1811:00 AM - 1:00 PM


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


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12/10/185:30-6:45 PM


Join us this month to hear from Ben Grimstad, President and CEO of Decorah Bank and Trust Company. 

Learn about Ben's journey in becoming CEO of Decorah Bank and Trust Co., in 2002. How his leadership has led the bank to recently be the winner of the Iowa 2018 Top Workplace Awards. The bank is owned by the Grimstad family and its employees through an Employee Stock Ownership Plan so the decisions we make are long term in nature. There is no need to focus on short term earnings because the bank is not for sale. We believe that by treating our customers and employees fairly and with respect they deserve, the bank will prosper in the long run.


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12/11/185:15 pmRachel Huisman


Our Weight Loss Coach, Kevin, R.N., will share why the program works, success stories, recipes, and answer any questions.

No need to RSVP. Just ask for Kevin at the Pharmacy.

We are an authorized Ideal Protein Clinic.
 

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12/12/185:00 - 5:30 PMDonlon Pharmacy


The Happy Hour Book Group will meet at Rubaiyat on Wed. Dec. 12th at 5:15 p.m. to discuss Delia Owens’ “Where the Crawdads Sing.” For years, rumors of the “Marsh Girl” have haunted Barkley Cove, a quiet town on the North Carolina coast. So in late 1969, when handsome Chase Andrews is found dead, the locals immediately suspect Kya Clark, the so-called Marsh Girl. But Kya is not what they say. Sensitive and intelligent, she has survived for years alone in the marsh that she calls home, finding friends in the gulls and lessons in the sand. When two young men from town become intrigued by her wild beauty, Kya opens herself to a new life.
 

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12/12/185:15 PMDecorah Public Library


Dec 3rd - Wood Art 6 pm

Dec 6th - Painting Party 6:30 pm 

Dec 13th - Chalk Art 6:30 pm

Dec 15th - Wood Art 2 6 pm
 


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12/13/18 Winneshiek Wildberry Winery


Come out to the PJC for a fascinating film. In this documentary, climate activist Ken Ward struggles to follow his conscience. “If a crime is committed in order to prevent a greater crime, is it forgivable? Is it, in fact, necessary?” Attendees are encouraged to bring an open mind and snacks if you so desire!

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12/13/186:30 PM


For the past two years, Luther College adjunct faculty Philip Iverson and Iowa State University professor emeritus Jim Iversen have been compiling information about the science and measurement of climate change and will present a lecture on their research at 3 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 13, in the Mott Room of the Dahl Centennial Union.
           
This event, titled "The Science of Measurement and Climate Change," is open to the public with no charge for admission.
 

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12/13/183:00 PM


Join award-winning cheesemaker Dave Sefton for a morning of cheese creation. In this class, you’ll learn the art of cheese making by working on three different kinds: a farmer’s cheese, a soft cheese, and a Colby/Monterey Jack. Take your newly acquired skills home to recreate these tasty creations on your own stovetop! Ingredients are provided, along with suggestions and guidelines for future cheese-making endeavors.


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12/14/189:00 am - 12:30 pmJennie Dieterman


Exultation! Twenty Years of Burning Bright

Burning Bright, a group of Decorah-area professional and amateur musicians, offer their annual benefit concerts. Kathy Reed and Otter Dreaming co-direct the event. Along with the adult choir, the concert will feature children and youth choirs, other small vocal ensembles, and various instruments, both as accompaniment and as stand-alone groups, including fiddle, guitar, recorder, banjo, piano, bodhrán, and other percussion. 

Each year the musicians donate concert proceeds to various nonprofit organizations. This year's beneficiaries include the Farmers' Market Coupon Program for clients of the Decorah Community Food PantryNeighbors Helping Neighbors, a local effort to assist immigrants and their families; Northeast Iowa Peace and Justice Center's Immigration Working Group, which provides legal consultation for immigrants; Re-Member, which works with the Oglala Lakota Nation on the Pine Ridge Reservation, South Dakota, to improve the quality of reservation life; and New Hope Jeremiah Project, which focuses on programs for children and feeds hundreds of members of its Cape Town, South Africa, community. 

Tickets for both performances are now on sale at the Oneota Community Co-op (415 W. Water St.). Tickets, if available, may also be purchased at the door; but advance purchase is recommended since performances are often sold out.

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12/15/184:00 & 7:00 PMOtter Dreaming


Root vegetables, greens, apples, baked goods, crafts, honey, meats, wine, & gifts!

Come support your local markets and stock up for the winter.

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12/15/188:30 AM - Noon


Hours are Saturdays 10-5 and Sundays 1-5

Dec. 1 & 2-free chocolate truffle samples 
Dec. 8 & 9-free beer bread & dip samples
Dec. 15 & 16- Wine & Beer Gift Basket blowout sale
Dec. 22 & 23-Buy 4 bottles & get a wine basket 1/2 price
Dec. 24th open 10-3 for last minute holiday buys
Dec. 29 & 30 grab your New Years Eve supplies
Dec. 31 Murder Mystery Dinner Theater-advance tickets only at eventbrite.com
Dec. 31 at 9:30 pm Annual New Years Eve Party open to all 21 & older guests- with games, prizes, food & free champagne at midnight  
 

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12/15/18
-12/16/18
 Empty Nest Winery


Decorah will once again play host for a Robotics competition, this time Saturday, Dec. 15, in the Decorah Middle School gymnasium. 

Robotics teams from South Winneshiek, Aplington-Parkersburg, Mason City, Starmont, Wapsie Valley, Jesup, and the two Decorah teams will compete.

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12/15/1810:30 AM - 12:30 PM


Intertwine is an informal time for knitters, spinners, weavers, and other textile enthusiasts to gather, share, learn, and celebrate all things fiber.  Join us the third Sunday of each month from September though April.

This opportunity is for anyone—non-member or member, new to fiber arts or experienced. Bring your ideas or ​fiber project in progress and leave your stress behind. Check out the fun and lively conversation once or several times. No formal classes will be offered.


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12/16/182:00 - 4:00 PMDarlene Fossum-Martin


Dec 3rd - Wood Art 6 pm

Dec 6th - Painting Party 6:30 pm 

Dec 13th - Chalk Art 6:30 pm

Dec 15th - Wood Art 2 6 pm
 


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12/16/18 Winneshiek Wildberry Winery


Open House Holiday Shenanigans + An Evening With Ira Wolf and Lee Henke


 

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12/16/186:00 PM Open house; 8:00 PM music


This Caregiver Support Group is a free resource for individuals caring for an elderly spouse, grandparent, mother, father, relative, non-relative, or neighbor.

Group members receive education on caregiving, share success stores and coping strategies, and discuss useful resources through the caregiver journey.

Held on the 3rd Monday of every month.

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12/17/1810:00 AMLifeLong Links


Sons of Norway Valdres Lodge will hold its annual Christmas party at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church Fellowship Hall.

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12/18/186:00 PMCarol Maki


Our Weight Loss Coach, Kevin, R.N., will share why the program works, success stories, recipes, and answer any questions.

No need to RSVP. Just ask for Kevin at the Pharmacy.

We are an authorized Ideal Protein Clinic.
 

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12/19/185:00 - 5:30 PMDonlon Pharmacy


In this class, you’ll visit an Amish home, meet your hostess, and learn how to bake bread in a wood-fired stove. Once the bread is baked, you’ll enjoy it with a side of homemade butter and a warm beverage. You’ll get to know the local Amish community and take home a freshly baked loaf of bread for yourself! The class meets at Eagle Bluff and travels via Eagle Bluff van to the home.

Note: The Amish do not allow you to take photos or publish names. Travel time is included in the start and end times of the class.    


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12/19/188:30 am - 12:00 pmJennie Dieterman


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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12/20/185:00 - 6:30 PMFirst Lutheran Church


Nov 29 - Dec 2nd - Holiday Open House

Dec 1st - Vendor Show 1-5 pm

Dec 9th - Brunch 10 am

Dec 20th - Amish Chicken Dinner 4-7 pm


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12/20/18 Winneshiek Wildberry Winery


The History Book Group will discuss Barbara Tuchman’s “The Distant Mirror” at 6:30 p.m. Thurs. Dec. 20th on the 2nd floor of the library. The fourteenth century reflects two contradictory images: on the one hand, a glittering age of crusades, cathedrals, and chivalry; on the other, a world plunged into chaos and spiritual agony. Barbara Tuchman examines not only the rhythms of history but the texture of domestic life in this time: what childhood was like, what marriage meant, and how money, taxes, and war dominated the lives of serf, noble, and clergy alike.
 

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12/20/186:30 PMDecorah Public Library


The Friday Book Group will meet at 2:00 p.m. Fri. Dec. 21st on the 2nd floor of the library to discuss Faith Sullivan’s “What a Woman Must Do.” When Celia Canby—Kate’s niece, Bess’s mother, and Harriet’s cousin—is killed in a car accident, it’s up to Kate and Harriet to raise Bess. Ten years later, on the day of the accident, the local newspaper in Harvester, MN, dredges up the story of the accident for a careless “Way Back When” piece, subjecting the women to another round of grief. Headstrong and closed off, Bess yearns to escape Harvester before she “goes bad.” But when she begins to trace the same path of mistakes her mother made—a risky relationship with a local married man—everything seems on the verge of falling apart.
 

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12/21/182:00 PMDecorah Public Library


Hours are Saturdays 10-5 and Sundays 1-5

Dec. 1 & 2-free chocolate truffle samples 
Dec. 8 & 9-free beer bread & dip samples
Dec. 15 & 16- Wine & Beer Gift Basket blowout sale
Dec. 22 & 23-Buy 4 bottles & get a wine basket 1/2 price
Dec. 24th open 10-3 for last minute holiday buys
Dec. 29 & 30 grab your New Years Eve supplies
Dec. 31 Murder Mystery Dinner Theater-advance tickets only at eventbrite.com
Dec. 31 at 9:30 pm Annual New Years Eve Party open to all 21 & older guests- with games, prizes, food & free champagne at midnight  
 

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12/22/18
-12/23/18
 Empty Nest Winery


Hours are Saturdays 10-5 and Sundays 1-5

Dec. 1 & 2-free chocolate truffle samples 
Dec. 8 & 9-free beer bread & dip samples
Dec. 15 & 16- Wine & Beer Gift Basket blowout sale
Dec. 22 & 23-Buy 4 bottles & get a wine basket 1/2 price
Dec. 24th open 10-3 for last minute holiday buys
Dec. 29 & 30 grab your New Years Eve supplies
Dec. 31 Murder Mystery Dinner Theater-advance tickets only at eventbrite.com
Dec. 31 at 9:30 pm Annual New Years Eve Party open to all 21 & older guests- with games, prizes, food & free champagne at midnight  
 

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12/24/18 Empty Nest Winery


The public is invited to attend Christmas dinner at Winneshiek Medical Center on Tuesday, December 25, 2018

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12/25/1811:00 AM - 1:30 PM


Our Weight Loss Coach, Kevin, R.N., will share why the program works, success stories, recipes, and answer any questions.

No need to RSVP. Just ask for Kevin at the Pharmacy.

We are an authorized Ideal Protein Clinic.
 

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12/26/185:00 - 5:30 PMDonlon Pharmacy


Hours are Saturdays 10-5 and Sundays 1-5

Dec. 1 & 2-free chocolate truffle samples 
Dec. 8 & 9-free beer bread & dip samples
Dec. 15 & 16- Wine & Beer Gift Basket blowout sale
Dec. 22 & 23-Buy 4 bottles & get a wine basket 1/2 price
Dec. 24th open 10-3 for last minute holiday buys
Dec. 29 & 30 grab your New Years Eve supplies
Dec. 31 Murder Mystery Dinner Theater-advance tickets only at eventbrite.com
Dec. 31 at 9:30 pm Annual New Years Eve Party open to all 21 & older guests- with games, prizes, food & free champagne at midnight  
 

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12/31/18 Empty Nest Winery


Iowa State University Extension and Outreach – Winneshiek County will offer the Commercial Manure Applicator Certification/Recertification Workshop on Thursday, January 3, 2019, from 9 a.m. to noon at the Winneshiek County Extension and Outreach Office.
 
Please register by Dec. 26, 2018, to our office at 563-382-2949. If you can’t attend the workshop on Jan. 3rd, you have three options to complete your training requirements: 1.) you can contact Winneshiek County office any time after January 3rd to schedule an appointment to watch the training video, 2.) you can view the program online, or 3.) you can contact the local DNR field office to schedule an appointment to take the certification exam.

If you have questions regarding this workshop, please contact the Winneshiek County Office at 563-382-2949.
 

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01/03/199:00 AM - Noon


Interested in organizing your growing library of photos? Looking for a user-friendly program for editing and organizing your photos? Join Nick Chill as he demonstrates some best practices for organizing and editing your photo library using Adobe Lightroom. Adobe Photoshop Lightroom is a powerful photo organization and editing tool. It is pivotal to many of today’s professional photographers’ workflows.

Note: Nick will be demonstrating on a big-screen TV for everyone to view. You may bring your own laptop containing Lightroom to follow along, or simply come with pen and paper to take notes. A computer with Lightroom is not required to attend this class.

Day 1: 4pm-7pm       Day 2: 10am-1pm
Preregistration required


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01/11/19
-01/12/19
Day 1: 4pm-7pm Day 2: 10am-1pmJennie Dieterman


If you love pie, you’ll love learning the how-tos of pie-making from an experienced Amish instructor. Your instructor will whip up several different types of pies from scratch while teaching you about using a wood stove to achieve the perfect bake. Sample the delicious results with fresh coffee and great conversation. Not only will you gain insight into the Amish lifestyle, but you’ll also create warm (and tasty) memories. The class meets at Eagle Bluff and travels via Eagle Bluff van to the home.

Note: The Amish do not allow you to take photos or publish names. Travel time is included in the start and end times of the class.

Preregistration required


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01/12/198:30am-12pmJennie Dieterman


Learn how to turn a natural edge bowl and a small platter. Natural edge bowls are winged bowls with the bark still in place. A platter is essentially a shallow bowl. Both projects are a little more advanced than the beginning bowl class. Some experience with bowl turning is required.

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

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, if so desired. For a natural edge bowl, the wood should be half of a log no bigger than 8” in diameter. Wood can be wet or dry. Bring your bowl gouges and any bowl turning tools you may have. All class participants will need a full face shield. A few will be available to borrow.

Preregistration required


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01/12/19
-01/13/19
Day 1: 8:30am-5:30pm Day 2: 8am-5pmJennie Dieterman


In this class, you’ll visit an Amish home, meet your hostess, and learn how to bake bread in a wood-fired stove. Once the bread is baked, you’ll enjoy it with a side of homemade butter and a warm beverage. You’ll get to know the local Amish community and take home a freshly baked loaf of bread for yourself! The class meets at Eagle Bluff and travels via Eagle Bluff van to the home.

Note: The Amish do not allow you to take photos or publish names. Travel time is included in the start and end times of the class.

Preregistration required


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01/12/1912:30-4pmJennie Dieterman


The art of bead making is one that has been around for thousands of years. From bones to clay to glass, all kinds of beads have been created and enjoyed through the ages. Experience these traditions firsthand by learning how to create your very own glass beads. Instructor and artist, Laremy Ellsworth, will demonstrate how to make a glass bead. Class will cover bead designs, colors, tools, and safety, including how to properly heat up glass. By the end of class, you will have 1-2 glass beads that you created!

Note: This class may take longer than the noted time, as beads need time to cool. You will need to bring a pair of non-polarized sunglasses for eye protection.

Preregistration required


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01/12/199am-12:30pmJennie Dieterman


Stranded on a remote country road. Falling through thin ice while ice fishing. Lost and disoriented during a weekend hunting trip. Winter in Minnesota can be fun and exciting, but it can turn into an emergency very quickly! Over 1,200 people die from cold-related injuries every year! Don’t be a statistic! Through hands-on teaching by an experienced outdoor instructor, participants will learn basic survival strategies, including: emergency shelter-building, fire skills, selecting the best clothing and equipment, how to build an emergency survival kit, and first aid treatment for cold-weather injuries. Have fun, gain important knowledge and skills, and be prepared for the next “Polar Vortex”.

Note: This class will be outside between 2-3 hours.

Preregistration required


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01/12/191-4pmJennie Dieterman


Join award-winning cheesemaker Dave Sefton for a morning of cheese creation. In this class, you’ll learn the art of cheese making by working on three different kinds: a farmer’s cheese, a soft cheese, and a Colby/Monterey Jack. Take your newly acquired skills home to recreate these tasty creations on your own stovetop! Ingredients are provided, along with suggestions and guidelines for future cheese-making endeavors.

Preregistration required


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01/18/199am-12:30pmJennie Dieterman


Get the personal help you need to take your painting to the next level. With artist Joan Finnegan, you’ll focus on developing your own artistic vision and pushing beyond any painter’s block you may be experiencing. The subject focus of this class is lifelike landscapes. Whether you’re new to oil painting or an advanced artist looking to brush up on techniques, this class will provide you with the knowledge and skills you need to elevate your work.

Note: Class will be held outdoors if weather allows. You will need to bring your own supplies. Please email for the complete list of supplies needed.

Preregistration required


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01/19/199:30am-4pmJennie Dieterman


In this class, you’ll visit an Amish home, meet your hostess, and learn how to bake bread in a wood-fired stove. Once the bread is baked, you’ll enjoy it with a side of homemade butter and a warm beverage. You’ll get to know the local Amish community and take home a freshly baked loaf of bread for yourself! The class meets at Eagle Bluff and travels via Eagle Bluff van to the home.

Note: The Amish do not allow you to take photos or publish names. Travel time is included in the start and end times of the class.

Preregistration required


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01/19/198:30am-12pmJennie Dieterman


Ever wanted to learn how to make your own pasta? Have you ever looked at store-bought boxed noodles and wondered how they’re made? In the homemade noodles demonstration, you’ll have a chance to learn expert pasta making skills from an Amish cook! This is an opportunity to visit an Amish home, meet 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 home.

Note: The Amish do not allow you to take photos or publish names. Travel time is included in the start and end times of the class.

Preregistration required


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01/19/1912:30-4pmJennie Dieterman


Intertwine is an informal time for knitters, spinners, weavers, and other textile enthusiasts to gather, share, learn, and celebrate all things fiber.  Join us the third Sunday of each month from September though April.

This opportunity is for anyone—non-member or member, new to fiber arts or experienced. Bring your ideas or ​fiber project in progress and leave your stress behind. Check out the fun and lively conversation once or several times. No formal classes will be offered.


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01/20/192:00 - 4:00 PMDarlene Fossum-Martin


Iowa law requires confinement site manure applicators to meet certification requirements for manure handling and land application. Certification requirements include attending two hours of annual training for each year of the three-year license or passing a certification exam once every three years. Iowa State University Extension and Outreach – Winneshiek County is providing the opportunity along with Allamakee County so you can attend the annual training on January 30, 2019 at 1:30 PM at the Allamakee Extension and Outreach Office in Waukon. Or you can complete the on-line training modules.
 
We encourage you to contact our county Extension office to determine meeting options in the event of bad weather. Registration is not required for this meeting, but you may wish to contact our Extension office at 563-382-2949 to ensure there will be adequate space and training materials available. Please bring your certification card with you or be prepared to share your certification number so we may assist you with paperwork.
 

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01/30/191:30 PM


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