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Flannel Friday (Chamber Gala)
02/28/20 - 02/28/20
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Ag Appreciation Luncheon
03/18/20 - 03/18/20
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Women's Weekend Out Sponsorship
04/03/20 - 04/05/20
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Women's Weekend Out Swag Bags!
04/03/20 - 04/05/20
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Events in the next 30 days...
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01/20/20
 -04/13/20
Northern Lights Womens Chorus Rehearsal starts

All are welcome to sing with the Northern Lights Womens Chorus!

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02/19/20
Photographs and iPhones

Let us help you take high-quality photographs, edit, make collages, add frames and add special effects using your iPhone. 

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02/19/20
Fraud Fighter Seminar

Con artists target people age 60 and older swindling more than 7 million Americans out of almost $3 billion each year. In an effort to prevent these losses, Northeast Iowa Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (NEI RSVP) and the Iowa Insurance Division will be presenting “Iowa Fraud Fighters” seminars throughout northeast Iowa. 

Director of NEI RSVP Deana Hageman says, “We are pleased to present this important fraud-prevention message to people in Northeast Iowa. We hope these presentations will help educate Iowans on common scams and arm them with tools and tips to prevent fraud.”

The seminars teach consumers how to shield their savings from scammers and fraudulent investment offers. Presenters will share tips on recognizing and reporting fraud, explain how to use the “Double-check before you invest” program, and share stories of people who have lost their life savings to fraud.

Iowa Fraud Fighter seminars are being presented by NEI RSVP volunteers with assistance from local sponsors. Northeast Iowa RSVP matches volunteers age 55 and up with opportunities to serve at non-profits in Allamakee, Howard and Winneshiek counties.

Visit www.decorah.lib.ia.us/RSVP for more information about the seminars and links to fraud fighting resources. 

If your business or organization would like to host a Fraud Fighters seminar, please contact Deana Hageman at 563-382-5181 or rsvp@decorah.lib.ia.us.


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02/19/20
Fraud Fighter Seminar

Con artists target people age 60 and older swindling more than 7 million Americans out of almost $3 billion each year. In an effort to prevent these losses, Northeast Iowa Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (NEI RSVP) and the Iowa Insurance Division will be presenting “Iowa Fraud Fighters” seminars throughout northeast Iowa. 

Director of NEI RSVP Deana Hageman says, “We are pleased to present this important fraud-prevention message to people in Northeast Iowa. We hope these presentations will help educate Iowans on common scams and arm them with tools and tips to prevent fraud.”

The seminars teach consumers how to shield their savings from scammers and fraudulent investment offers. Presenters will share tips on recognizing and reporting fraud, explain how to use the “Double-check before you invest” program, and share stories of people who have lost their life savings to fraud.

Iowa Fraud Fighter seminars are being presented by NEI RSVP volunteers with assistance from local sponsors. Northeast Iowa RSVP matches volunteers age 55 and up with opportunities to serve at non-profits in Allamakee, Howard and Winneshiek counties.

Visit www.decorah.lib.ia.us/RSVP for more information about the seminars and links to fraud fighting resources. 

If your business or organization would like to host a Fraud Fighters seminar, please contact Deana Hageman at 563-382-5181 or rsvp@decorah.lib.ia.us.


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02/19/20
Speculative Fiction Book Group

Decorah Public Library staff are hosting four book discussions in February. The groups are open to the public and newcomers are encouraged to attend. Anyone interested should call the library at 382-3717 to learn more or to reserve a book.
 
The Speculative Fiction Book Group will meet Wed. Feb. 19th at 5:15 p.m. on the 2nd floor of the library to discuss Katherine Addison’s “The Goblin Emperor.” The youngest, half-goblin son of the Emperor has lived his entire life in exile, distant from the Imperial Court and the deadly intrigue that suffuses it. But when his father and three sons in line for the throne are killed in an “accident,” he has no choice but to take his place as the only surviving rightful heir. He must quickly adjust to life as the Goblin Emperor, lest he lose his throne—or his life.
 
The History Book Group will meet at 6:00 p.m. Thurs. Feb. 20th on the 2nd floor of the library to discuss David Herbert Donald’s “Lincoln.” Donald depicts Lincoln’s gradual ascent from humble beginnings in rural Kentucky to the ever-expanding political circles in Illinois, and finally to the presidency of a country divided by civil war. He chronicles Lincoln’s tremendous capacity for evolution and growth, thus illustrating what made it possible for a man so inexperienced and so unprepared for the presidency to become a great moral leader.
 
For more information, contact Carmen Buss (Friday Book Group) or Kristin Torresdal (Happy Hour, History, and Speculative Fiction Book Groups) at 563-382-3717.
 
 

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02/21/20
Friday Book Group

Decorah Public Library staff are hosting four book discussions in February. The groups are open to the public and newcomers are encouraged to attend. Anyone interested should call the library at 382-3717 to learn more or to reserve a book.
 
The Friday Book Group will meet at 2:00 p.m. Fri. Feb. 21st on the 2nd floor of the library to discuss Sarah Smarsh’s “Heartland.” Sarah Smarsh was born a fifth generation Kansas wheat farmer on her paternal side and the product of generations of teen mothers on her maternal side. During her turbulent childhood in the 80s and 90s, the forces of cyclical poverty and the country’s changing economic policies solidified her family’s place among the working poor. Through her experiences, Smarsh challenges us to look more closely at the class divide in our country and examine the myths about people thought to be less because they earn less.
 
For more information, contact Carmen Buss (Friday Book Group) or Kristin Torresdal (Happy Hour, History, and Speculative Fiction Book Groups) at 563-382-3717.
 

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02/21/20
Troy Thomas Opening Reception

ArtHaus is happy to welcome artist Troy Thomas to the gallery next week. Troy’s artwork is a mix of impressionism and abstract mixed-media – watercolors, pen and ink, influenced by the dichotomy of our complex society compared to the simplicity of the outdoors and nature.
 
"I intensely embrace our environment as a kayaker, wilderness guide and have become a passionate observer of worldwide issues," says Thomas. "The works presented represent my free flowing ideas using mixed media on paper.  They are a vivid display of my emotions, feelings, desires and reactions to society, occupations and world events.  Through bold bright colored brush strokes and swirling mixed materials I have conveyed my thoughts."
Troy's art will be on display from February 21st to March 21st. his show is sponsored by Decorah Bank and Trust. ArtHaus invites you to join in his opening reception taking place February 21st at 7:00pm at ArtHaus. This event is free to the public.
 
 
 

02/22/20
Luther College Faculty Artist Series

Heather Armstrong will present a woodwind chamber recital in collaboration with music faculty Michael Chesher, clarinet; Thea Groth, bassoon; Carol Hester, flute; and Nicholas Shaneyfelt, piano. The recital will feature work by Alyssa Morris, Andrey Rubtsov, Jean-Michel Damase and William Grant Still.
 

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02/23/20
Boy Scout Pancake Breakfast

ALL YOU CAN EAT BREAKFAST INCLUDES:
Pancakes, Eggs with Toppings,
Sausage, Fruit & Beverage

Adults: $8
Children 5-10: $4


 

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02/23/20
Rossini, Beethoven, Hippen, Tchaikovsky

02/23/20
 -03/15/20
St. Lucas Annual Euchre Card Parties

Come and Play Euchre for a Good Cause!
Sundays, Feb. 23rd, March 1st, 8th, & 15th.
Card parties start at 1:30 pm at the St. Lucas Community Center.
All proceeds benefit the St. Lucas Little League Program!

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02/23/20
Oneota Valley Community Orchestra

The Oneota Valley Community Orchestra (OVCO) continues its 6th season on February 23 at 3:00 p.m. at the Decorah High School Auditorium.  The orchestral program includes: Overture to The Barber of Seville by Gioachina Rossini, Violin Concerto in D Major by Ludwig van Beethoven, American Nocturne by Ben Hippen and Marche Slave by Pyotr llyich Tchaikovsky. Award winning OVCO Music Director Matthew Cody will conduct the orchestra.

 

The Oneota Valley Community Orchestra is sponsored by the Marion E. Jerome Foundation and the Depot Outlet. The performance is free and open to the public.


02/23/20
Luther College to host annual Benefactors Organ Recital

            DECORAH, Iowa – Luther College will host the Annual Benefactors Organ Recital, an annual recital that features organists of international caliber, at 4 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 23 in the Main Hall of the Luther College Center for Faith and Life. It is open to the public with no charge for admission.
            This year's recital will feature Marilyn Brattskar, '78, who is currently serving as musical assistant for spiritual life at the World Council of Churches in Geneva, Switzerland, while on sabbatical from her position as cantor at Holmen Church in Asker, Norway.
"Marilyn is a superb organist of considerable renown, as a soloist, leader of church music, and as a collaborative organist, most notably with the acclaimed Norwegian violinist Arve Tellefsen, and the Nidaros Cathedral Boys' Choir," said Gregory Peterson, Luther College professor of music and college organist. "She is the first Luther alum to be featured on this series since its inception more than 20 years ago. I look forward to hearing her play our beautiful instrument."
            This recital will include a variety of works including Mendelssohn's Sonata in A Major, Op. 65, No. 3, three pieces in B Minor representing three different countries and centuries, Bach's "Pièce d’Orgue," Kjell Mørk Karlsen's Sinfonia Antiqua/Organ Symphony No. 3, Knut Nystedt's "Partita on Hos Gud er Idel Glede (In Heaven is Joy)," "Bryllupsdag på Troldhaugen" from Edvard Grieg's Lyric Pieces among other pieces.
            Brattskar is a frequent soloist in Norway and the United States as well as the organist for the Nidaros Cathedral Boy's Choir in Trondheim, Norway, an ensemble that frequently tours throughout Norway and continental Europe. She holds a bachelor of arts degree from Luther College as well as a D.M.A, M.M.A and K-12 teaching certificate in instrumental and vocal music from Catholic University in Washington D.C.
            The Annual Benefactor Organ Recital features outstanding artists of international caliber exploiting the resources of the Robert Sipe mechanical action organ in the Center for Faith and Life. The intent of this concert is to provide an inspirational role model for current and prospective students who wish to pursue study in the field of organ performance.
Kathryn Ulvilden Moen '41, whose organ fund is a sponsor for this recital, earned a B.A. in music from Luther College and a M.M. degree from Northwestern University, continuing her studies at the Konservatoriet in Oslo, Norway as a Fulbright Scholar in addition to studying in Paris with André Marchal and at the University of Minnesota with Heinrich Fleischer. She taught for many years at the University of Wisconsin, River Falls and at Luther College. William Kuhlman, whose endowment for organ performance also sponsors the event, earned degrees from St. Olaf College and Syracuse University and spent his career as professor of music and college organist at Luther College from 1969 to 2005.
Luther is home to one of the largest collegiate music programs in the nation, with five choirs, three orchestras, three bands, two jazz bands and more than 800 student musicians. Luther students participate in large ensembles, faculty-coached chamber groups, private lessons and master classes. Nearly 275 music majors study music theory, ear training, history, education, composition, jazz, church music and performance.
 

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02/24/20
Generation Rx: Safe Medication Practices for Better Health Seminar

Prescription medications can help us live longer and healthier lives, but any medication has the potential to do harm – especially when misused.  That misuse can include not understanding your medication needs, leaving prescriptions where others can access them, and intentional abuse.

“Generation Rx” seminars will be held this winter and spring in Allamakee, Winneshiek and Howard counties. The seminars, aimed at preventing prescription medication misuse, are presented by volunteers with Northeast Iowa Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (NEI RSVP) and Helping Services for Youth & Families. 

According to Deana Hageman, Director of NEI RSVP, “Whether prescription misuse is intentional or not, it’s a problem that needs to be addressed. We hope these presentations will alert people to potential dangers of misusing prescription medications and promote safe medication practices.”

The seminars, which are geared to an adult audience, will provide attendees with information about safe storage of medications, proper disposal of unused medications and tips for taking your medications as prescribed.    

Northeast Iowa Generation Rx Seminars scheduled to date:

Monday, February 3, 2:00-3:00 pm at Arlin Falck Assisted Living, Barthell Eastern Star, Decorah

Monday, February 24, 6:00-7:00 pm at Fort Atkinson Community Center, Fort Atkinson

Tuesday, February 25, 6:30-7:30 pm at Decorah Public Library, Decorah

Tuesday, March 10, 11:00-11:45 am at Decorah Senior Center, Decorah

Wednesday, March 18, 9:30-10:30 am at Viking State Bank, Decorah

Sunday, March 29, 9:40-10:40 am at Decorah Lutheran Church

Monday, April 6, 1:30-2:30 pm at Cresco Public Library, Cresco

Thursday, May 28, 5:30-6:30 pm at Robey Memorial Library, Waukon

Visit www.decorah.lib.ia.us/RSVP for more information about the seminars and links to Generation Rx resources. 

If your business or organization would like to host a Generation Rx seminar, please contact Deana Hageman at 563-382-5181 or rsvp@decorah.lib.ia.us.

Northeast Iowa RSVP matches volunteers age 55 and up with opportunities to serve at non-profits in Allamakee, Howard and Winneshiek counties.


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02/25/20
Luther College Faculty Artist Series

Mezzo-soprano Beth Ray, joined by fellow Luther faculty members Nicholas Shaneyfelt, piano and Rachel Storlie, soprano will give a recital. The recital will feature pieces by Reynaldo Hahn, Johannes Brahms, Cole Porter and several operatic arias.

 

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02/25/20
Undaunted: A Men's Night

What: A reflective, quiet night aiming to help men experience a moment of peace and recollection. This is done through a guided meditation and time for prayer, reading, learning, and reflection. No ice breakers, no sharing. Come and go as you please.

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02/25/20
Generation Rx: Safe Medication Practices for Better Health Seminar

Prescription medications can help us live longer and healthier lives, but any medication has the potential to do harm – especially when misused.  That misuse can include not understanding your medication needs, leaving prescriptions where others can access them, and intentional abuse.

“Generation Rx” seminars will be held this winter and spring in Allamakee, Winneshiek and Howard counties. The seminars, aimed at preventing prescription medication misuse, are presented by volunteers with Northeast Iowa Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (NEI RSVP) and Helping Services for Youth & Families. 

According to Deana Hageman, Director of NEI RSVP, “Whether prescription misuse is intentional or not, it’s a problem that needs to be addressed. We hope these presentations will alert people to potential dangers of misusing prescription medications and promote safe medication practices.”

The seminars, which are geared to an adult audience, will provide attendees with information about safe storage of medications, proper disposal of unused medications and tips for taking your medications as prescribed.    

Northeast Iowa Generation Rx Seminars scheduled to date:

Monday, February 3, 2:00-3:00 pm at Arlin Falck Assisted Living, Barthell Eastern Star, Decorah

Monday, February 24, 6:00-7:00 pm at Fort Atkinson Community Center, Fort Atkinson

Tuesday, February 25, 6:30-7:30 pm at Decorah Public Library, Decorah

Tuesday, March 10, 11:00-11:45 am at Decorah Senior Center, Decorah

Wednesday, March 18, 9:30-10:30 am at Viking State Bank, Decorah

Sunday, March 29, 9:40-10:40 am at Decorah Lutheran Church

Monday, April 6, 1:30-2:30 pm at Cresco Public Library, Cresco

Thursday, May 28, 5:30-6:30 pm at Robey Memorial Library, Waukon

Visit www.decorah.lib.ia.us/RSVP for more information about the seminars and links to Generation Rx resources. 

If your business or organization would like to host a Generation Rx seminar, please contact Deana Hageman at 563-382-5181 or rsvp@decorah.lib.ia.us.

Northeast Iowa RSVP matches volunteers age 55 and up with opportunities to serve at non-profits in Allamakee, Howard and Winneshiek counties.


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02/26/20
Diet and Parkinsons Presentation

Decorah Area Parkinson Support Group will have a presentation by Jacky Budweg a Registered/Licensed Dietician at Winneshiek Medical Center in conference rooms B2-3.  Jackie will present on diet and Parkinson’s. Looking forward to seeing you there!


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02/27/20
Luther College Faculty Artist Series

Lynne Rothrock’s cabaret performance will feature a variety of musical theatre, cabaret songs and selections from the Great American Songbook. Rothrock will be joined by Julia Andrews on piano and Marita May '14 on violin.

 

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02/27/20
Fraud Fighter Seminar

Con artists target people age 60 and older swindling more than 7 million Americans out of almost $3 billion each year. In an effort to prevent these losses, Northeast Iowa Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (NEI RSVP) and the Iowa Insurance Division will be presenting “Iowa Fraud Fighters” seminars throughout northeast Iowa. 

Director of NEI RSVP Deana Hageman says, “We are pleased to present this important fraud-prevention message to people in Northeast Iowa. We hope these presentations will help educate Iowans on common scams and arm them with tools and tips to prevent fraud.”

The seminars teach consumers how to shield their savings from scammers and fraudulent investment offers. Presenters will share tips on recognizing and reporting fraud, explain how to use the “Double-check before you invest” program, and share stories of people who have lost their life savings to fraud.

Iowa Fraud Fighter seminars are being presented by NEI RSVP volunteers with assistance from local sponsors. Northeast Iowa RSVP matches volunteers age 55 and up with opportunities to serve at non-profits in Allamakee, Howard and Winneshiek counties.

Visit www.decorah.lib.ia.us/RSVP for more information about the seminars and links to fraud fighting resources. 

If your business or organization would like to host a Fraud Fighters seminar, please contact Deana Hageman at 563-382-5181 or rsvp@decorah.lib.ia.us.


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02/27/20
Fraud Fighter Seminar

Con artists target people age 60 and older swindling more than 7 million Americans out of almost $3 billion each year. In an effort to prevent these losses, Northeast Iowa Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (NEI RSVP) and the Iowa Insurance Division will be presenting “Iowa Fraud Fighters” seminars throughout northeast Iowa. 

Director of NEI RSVP Deana Hageman says, “We are pleased to present this important fraud-prevention message to people in Northeast Iowa. We hope these presentations will help educate Iowans on common scams and arm them with tools and tips to prevent fraud.”

The seminars teach consumers how to shield their savings from scammers and fraudulent investment offers. Presenters will share tips on recognizing and reporting fraud, explain how to use the “Double-check before you invest” program, and share stories of people who have lost their life savings to fraud.

Iowa Fraud Fighter seminars are being presented by NEI RSVP volunteers with assistance from local sponsors. Northeast Iowa RSVP matches volunteers age 55 and up with opportunities to serve at non-profits in Allamakee, Howard and Winneshiek counties.

Visit www.decorah.lib.ia.us/RSVP for more information about the seminars and links to fraud fighting resources. 

If your business or organization would like to host a Fraud Fighters seminar, please contact Deana Hageman at 563-382-5181 or rsvp@decorah.lib.ia.us.


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02/28/20
Annual Spaghetti Supper and Live Auction

Please join us for this important annual fundraiser!
 

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02/28/20
Flannel Friday (Chamber Gala)



 
The Chamber Gala is going plaid! Visit flannel parties hosted by The Courtyard & Cellar, Hotel Winneshiek and Rubaiyat. Draw a card at each stop for a chance at the best poker hand. Arrive at T-Bock's Upstairs for more food, fun, and fundraising. And new for 2020 a chance to win some fun local spirits in a raffle!
What's a party without music? Entertainment will be provided by Strike Force.

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02/28/20
Zentangle at Agora Arts

Did your New Year's resolutions include trying something new? Being creative? Alleviating stress? Then this class is for you. Beat the winter blues with this beginners Zentangle class~ no previous experience required.
Jai Dee, a certified Zentangle instructor from Minneapolis, will teach you how. You do NOT have to be an artist to learn how to Zentangle. This is relaxing, meditative doodling that is just plain fun. Both classes will be held in Decorah and are open to all ages. $40 includes all materials and teaching, with pens and supplies to take home with you.

Sign up today by going to our Agora Arts Facebook page, or please contact us for more information!
 

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02/28/20
Luther College Faculty Artist Series

Jon Ailabouni and the Optimism Jazz Sextet will give a recital at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 28, in the Center for Faith and Life Recital Hall. The group dives into diverse repertoires from New Orleans hard bop to the contemporary compositions of New York saxophonist Eric Alexander and drummer T.S. Monk. In addition, the recital will feature original music by members of the group.
 

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02/28/20
Laura Ingalls Wilder Museum Spaghetti Supper


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02/28/20
Grant Information Session


02/28/20
Annual Spaghetti Supper and Live Auction

The Laura Ingalls Wilder Park & Museum Annual Spaghetti Supper, Live Auction and Homemade Pie Auction

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02/29/20
Live Music - Buffalo Galaxy - Bluegrass & Jam

Exploring deep space with light speed bluegrass!

Buffalo Galaxy brings gravity to their songwriting, energy to their live shows and moments of weightlessness with improvisations.

Elements of bluegrass, country, jam and jazz coalesce and Buffalo Galaxy burns bright in the bluegrass universe!
 

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02/29/20
Zentangle at Agora Arts

Did your New Year's resolutions include trying something new? Being creative? Alleviating stress? Then this class is for you. Beat the winter blues with this beginners Zentangle class~ no previous experience required.
Jai Dee, a certified Zentangle instructor from Minneapolis, will teach you how. You do NOT have to be an artist to learn how to Zentangle. This is relaxing, meditative doodling that is just plain fun. Both classes will be held in Decorah and are open to all ages. $40 includes all materials and teaching, with pens and supplies to take home with you.

Sign up today by going to our Agora Arts Facebook page, or please contact us for more information!
 

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02/29/20
St. Wenceslaus Winter Gala

Come out and enjoy Leap Year Day in Spillville!  The 13th Annual St. Wenceslaus Winter Gala will be held on Saturday, February 29th, 2020 at Chihak Hall in Spillville.  Social hour starts at 5:30, a prime rib dinner will be served at 7:00 pm and comedian, Jeff Shaw, will perform at 8:00 pm.  Shake the winter blues by enjoying good company, PG entertainment, games, silent and live auctions and doorprizes throughout the evening.  Tickets are $40 through February 15th ($45 thereafter) and are available at Citizens Savings Bank and Farr Side in Spillville. We look forward to seeing you there! 

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03/01/20
St. Lucas Annual Euchre Card Parties

Come and Play Euchre for a Good Cause!
Sundays, Feb. 23rd, March 1st, 8th, & 15th.
Card parties start at 1:30 pm at the St. Lucas Community Center.
All proceeds benefit the St. Lucas Little League Program!

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03/03/20
Anticipating the Unthinkable - Planning for what happens after a disaster

Everything that was normal changed that day is a quote that Carly weaves into
her rivetng talk about what families go through during and afer a mass casualty
incident. Following Carly’s presentaton, partcipants will have the opportunity to share
about local and regional post disaster planning. First responders, school administrators,
teachers, parents, medical and public health professionals along with community
members are encouraged to atend this free event
 

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03/03/20
Planning Ahead

Iowa State University Extension and Outreach will host a “Planning Ahead” program with two learning sessions.
 
Jeannette Mukayisire, Human Sciences Specialist in Family Finance with ISU Extension and Outreach, will teach the two session program, these sessions are all about planning ahead in case of emergencies and for your future care.
 
“Are you prepared in case of an Emergency Room visit?” Jeannette asks. “Have you talked with your family members and healthcare providers about your future care and what you want?”
 
Jeannette knows that these topics can be difficult to broach, but she shared that the workshop is designed to help individuals prepare an emergency kit and find ways to start the needed conversations about future care.
 
“We will discuss interesting and relevant content, watch a short video, look over helpful resource materials,” Jeannette said. “Participants should leave feeling better prepared and capable to plan ahead and talk with their family, health care providers or other support systems.”
 
Individuals are asked to pre-register by Monday, March 2, 2020. Preregistration is available by calling the ISU Extension & Outreach office at (563) 382-2949.
 

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03/03/20
Remembering "The Legacy of Matthew Shepard" at Luther College

DECORAH, Iowa – Judy Shepard, the mother of Matthew Shepard, will present the first of two "Hope Over Hate" lectures at Luther College at 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 3, in the Main Hall of the Center for Faith and Life.
            In October of 1998, Judy and Dennis Shepard lost their 21-year-old son, Matthew, to a murder motivated by anti-gay hate. His story has been told through film, plays, novels and musical compositions, and led directly to the Hate Crimes Prevention Act, signed into law by President Barack Obama in 2009. It also inspired the Matthew Shepard Foundation, founded by Judy and Dennis Shepard who decided to turn their grief into action. The couple is dedicated to working toward the causes championed by Matthew during his life: social justice, diversity awareness and education, and equality for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people.
"Mrs. Shepard's message resonates with everyone who hears her speak," says Kristen Underwood, director of campus programming. "Whether or not you identify as LGBTQ, erasing hate is a universal cause. Judy Shepard speaks for LGBTQ youth, people of color, religious minorities or anyone who has experienced discrimination."
In connection to Judy Shepard's visit, Luther's Nordic Choir will perform Craig Hella Johnson's "Considering Matthew Shepard" at 6 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. on Friday, May 1, in the Noble Recital Hall of the Jenson-Noble Hall of Music. The 100-minute oratorio explores the life and legacy of Matthew Shepard through passages from his personal journal, interviews and writings from his parents, newspaper reports and additional texts by Johnson and Michael Dennis Browne.
"As I began listening to the work, it immediately transported me back to when I was 23 years old and had just begun my teaching career. All these years later, the story still speaks to me in a very profound way and I knew immediately I wanted to share it with Nordic Choir," said Dr. Andrew Last, director of choral activities and director of Nordic Choir. "I hope the audience will be challenged to think about what happened almost 22 years ago and find purpose and understanding from this story."
The second lecture in the "Hope Over Hate" series is Thursday, March 5 at 7 p.m. in the CFL Recital Hall. Pedro Lopez Vega '17 was a school boy in Postville, Iowa during the 2008 ICE raid, when 900 armed agents arrested 389 undocumented workers, his mother among them. Pedro's personal story is an inspiring one of resilience and triumph over trauma.
"Hope Over Hate" lectures are free and open to the public. The lecture series is sponsored by Campus Programing and the Center for Ethics and Public Engagement at Luther College, with involvement from the student organization, Luther Pride.
Tickets to the Nordic Choir performance "Considering Matthew Shepard" are now on sale at the Luther College Box Office, or online at tickets.luther.edu.
To view all events happening at Luther College visit luther.edu/events.
Luther College is home to more than 1,900 undergraduates who explore big questions and take action to benefit people, communities and society. Our 60+ academic programs, experiential approach to learning and welcoming community inspire students to learn actively, live purposefully and lead courageously for a lifetime of impact. Learn more at luther.edu.
 

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03/04/20
Fraud Fighter Seminar

Con artists target people age 60 and older swindling more than 7 million Americans out of almost $3 billion each year. In an effort to prevent these losses, Northeast Iowa Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (NEI RSVP) and the Iowa Insurance Division will be presenting “Iowa Fraud Fighters” seminars throughout northeast Iowa. 

Director of NEI RSVP Deana Hageman says, “We are pleased to present this important fraud-prevention message to people in Northeast Iowa. We hope these presentations will help educate Iowans on common scams and arm them with tools and tips to prevent fraud.”

The seminars teach consumers how to shield their savings from scammers and fraudulent investment offers. Presenters will share tips on recognizing and reporting fraud, explain how to use the “Double-check before you invest” program, and share stories of people who have lost their life savings to fraud.

Iowa Fraud Fighter seminars are being presented by NEI RSVP volunteers with assistance from local sponsors. Northeast Iowa RSVP matches volunteers age 55 and up with opportunities to serve at non-profits in Allamakee, Howard and Winneshiek counties.

Visit www.decorah.lib.ia.us/RSVP for more information about the seminars and links to fraud fighting resources. 

If your business or organization would like to host a Fraud Fighters seminar, please contact Deana Hageman at 563-382-5181 or rsvp@decorah.lib.ia.us.


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03/06/20
Live Music - OK Factor and Jaerv

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03/07/20
Catapult - Luther College Center Stage Series

You haven’t seen anything like Catapult!

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Featured on America’s Got Talent, this shadow-illusion dance troupe uses teamwork and athleticism to transform human bodies into dragons, flowers, elephants, helicopters, works of architecture, and vast landscapes. In the process, these thrilling artists tell surprising, imaginative stories that themselves have the power to transform the audience.

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03/08/20
St. Lucas Annual Euchre Card Parties

Come and Play Euchre for a Good Cause!
Sundays, Feb. 23rd, March 1st, 8th, & 15th.
Card parties start at 1:30 pm at the St. Lucas Community Center.
All proceeds benefit the St. Lucas Little League Program!

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03/08/20
Madison 4-H Soup Supper Annual Fundraiser

Come enjoy fellowship and your choice of Chili, Vegetable Beef & Dumpling soup or Chicken Noodle soup.
*Take outs are available*

 

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03/10/20
Luther College announces "Texts and Issues Lecture Series" speakers

A Luther College tradition continues this year with the return of "Paideia Texts and Issues Lecture Series." Since 1983, Luther faculty have presented research from a variety of disciplines, centered on a common theme. This year the focus is on "Resistance and Resilience."
            Each year the Paideia Governing Board selects four to five presentation proposals that provide a range of perspectives from the liberal arts.  
"In contemplating responses to oppression, this year's widely varying topics offer us inspiring models of individual courage and creativity, and collective strength," said Kathy Reed, Paideia program director.
            All lectures will take place at 7 p.m. in the Center for Faith and Life Recital Hall with receptions to follow in Qualley Lounge. Sponsored by the Paideia Endowment, these events are always open to the public with no charge for admission.
           Here are the lectures for the 2019-20 academic year. For more information, visit the Luther events calendar at luther.edu/events.
 

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03/10/20
Luther College Faculty Artist Series

Gregory Peterson will present an organ recital titled "Kveldmusikk," meaning evening music in the Sundt Studio of Jenson-Noble Hall of Music. Peterson will perform works related to his recent sabbatical in Scandinavia including music by Dieterich Buxtehude, Johannes Brahms, Johann Gottfried Walther, Emil Sjögren and Johann Sebastian Bach.

 

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03/10/20
Generation Rx: Safe Medication Practices for Better Health Seminar

Prescription medications can help us live longer and healthier lives, but any medication has the potential to do harm – especially when misused.  That misuse can include not understanding your medication needs, leaving prescriptions where others can access them, and intentional abuse.

“Generation Rx” seminars will be held this winter and spring in Allamakee, Winneshiek and Howard counties. The seminars, aimed at preventing prescription medication misuse, are presented by volunteers with Northeast Iowa Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (NEI RSVP) and Helping Services for Youth & Families. 

According to Deana Hageman, Director of NEI RSVP, “Whether prescription misuse is intentional or not, it’s a problem that needs to be addressed. We hope these presentations will alert people to potential dangers of misusing prescription medications and promote safe medication practices.”

The seminars, which are geared to an adult audience, will provide attendees with information about safe storage of medications, proper disposal of unused medications and tips for taking your medications as prescribed.    

Northeast Iowa Generation Rx Seminars scheduled to date:

Monday, February 3, 2:00-3:00 pm at Arlin Falck Assisted Living, Barthell Eastern Star, Decorah

Monday, February 24, 6:00-7:00 pm at Fort Atkinson Community Center, Fort Atkinson

Tuesday, February 25, 6:30-7:30 pm at Decorah Public Library, Decorah

Tuesday, March 10, 11:00-11:45 am at Decorah Senior Center, Decorah

Wednesday, March 18, 9:30-10:30 am at Viking State Bank, Decorah

Sunday, March 29, 9:40-10:40 am at Decorah Lutheran Church

Monday, April 6, 1:30-2:30 pm at Cresco Public Library, Cresco

Thursday, May 28, 5:30-6:30 pm at Robey Memorial Library, Waukon

Visit www.decorah.lib.ia.us/RSVP for more information about the seminars and links to Generation Rx resources. 

If your business or organization would like to host a Generation Rx seminar, please contact Deana Hageman at 563-382-5181 or rsvp@decorah.lib.ia.us.

Northeast Iowa RSVP matches volunteers age 55 and up with opportunities to serve at non-profits in Allamakee, Howard and Winneshiek counties.


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03/10/20
Planning Ahead

Iowa State University Extension and Outreach will host a “Planning Ahead” program with two learning sessions.
 
Jeannette Mukayisire, Human Sciences Specialist in Family Finance with ISU Extension and Outreach, will teach the two session program, these sessions are all about planning ahead in case of emergencies and for your future care.
 
“Are you prepared in case of an Emergency Room visit?” Jeannette asks. “Have you talked with your family members and healthcare providers about your future care and what you want?”
 
Jeannette knows that these topics can be difficult to broach, but she shared that the workshop is designed to help individuals prepare an emergency kit and find ways to start the needed conversations about future care.
 
“We will discuss interesting and relevant content, watch a short video, look over helpful resource materials,” Jeannette said. “Participants should leave feeling better prepared and capable to plan ahead and talk with their family, health care providers or other support systems.”
 
Individuals are asked to pre-register by Monday, March 2, 2020. Preregistration is available by calling the ISU Extension & Outreach office at (563) 382-2949.
 

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03/10/20
No Small Matter - Documentary

Winneshiek County Development and Tourism has joined forces with area childcare representatives, providers and partners to host a special showing of the featured documentary, No Small Matter.
 
This will be a great way to show our support and to learn more about the importance of early childhood education and the economic impact it has on our community. 
 
Video Description:
The featured documentary confronts America's most pressing problems with an unlikely but powerful weapon: babies and young children. From home to childcare to preschool, high-quality early care and education has far-reaching impacts, and groundbreaking science to back it up. With a healthy dose of humor and a surprising edge, NO SMALL MATTER reveals the tragic cost of getting this wrong, and the huge payoff—for our kids, our families, and our country—of getting it right.
 
 

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03/11/20
Happy Hour Book Group

Decorah Public Library staff are hosting four book discussions in March. The groups are open to the public and newcomers are encouraged to attend. Anyone interested should call the library at 382-3717 to learn more or to reserve a book.
 
The Happy Hour Book Group will meet at Rubaiyat on Wed. March 11th at 5:15 p.m. to discuss Margaret Wilkerson Sexton’s “The Revisioners.” In 1925, Josephine is the proud owner of a thriving farm. As a child, she channeled otherworldly power to free herself from slavery. Nearly a century later, Josephine’s descendant, Ava, is a single mother who has just lost her job. She moves in with her white grandmother Martha. But Martha’s behavior soon becomes erratic and threatening, and Ava must escape before her story and Josephine’s converge.
 

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03/14/20
Intertwine

Join us every second Saturday this winter and spring for an informal gathering of fiber folks.  Bring your yard and knitting needles or fiber and spinning wheels - whatever you use to create.  Come with a project or just look for inspiration.  

All levels are welcome.  Stop in once or several times - no committment.  No formal classes will be offered.  

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03/14/20
Second Saturday at Vesterheim

Vesterheim is changing things up for the New Year 2020! The museum is moving it’s free admission day from the first Thursday of the month to the second Saturday. On the second Saturday of each month in 2020, everyone will receive free admission.

On Second Saturdays, Vesterheim is also offering fun family-friendly activities at different times of the day.
 

 

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03/14/20
Luther College Faculty Artist Series

Soprano, Rachel Storlie, along with fellow faculty members, Nicholas Shaneyfelt, piano; Philip Borter, cello; Carol Hester, flute; and Michael Chesher, clarinet, will present a recital of chamber work featuring Croatian art songs by Božidar Kunc and Ivana Lang and "Primavera" by Thea Musgrave.

 

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03/15/20
St. Lucas Annual Euchre Card Parties

Come and Play Euchre for a Good Cause!
Sundays, Feb. 23rd, March 1st, 8th, & 15th.
Card parties start at 1:30 pm at the St. Lucas Community Center.
All proceeds benefit the St. Lucas Little League Program!

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03/17/20
Vesterheim's Barnetimen (Children's Hour) To Set Sail on a New Season

Preschoolers and their caregivers are invited to Barnetimen (Children’s Hour) at Vesterheim, the national Norwegian-American museum and heritage center.

“This month, we’ll use patterns on warm Norwegian sweaters and mittens to inspire our own decorations on festive ornaments to take home,” Jennifer Kovarik, Vesterheim Youth Educator, said. “We’ll also enjoy a tasty holiday snack,” she added. Meet in the lobby of the museum’s Main Building.

The program is free, thanks to sponsors David and Brenda Carlson, Greg and Karen Bruening, Amy and Keith Bruening, and Norwegian Mutual Insurance Association.
 

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03/17/20
Health Cooking: Quick & Easy

Don't have a lot of time but still want to cook healthier meals? We get it.  Join us to learn how the different foods you put in your body affect it and how making small changes will help you feel more energized and ready for each day.  

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03/18/20
Ag Appreciation Luncheon



 
The Decorah Area Chamber of Commerce (DACC) Agriculture Committee will host the annual Ag Appreciation Luncheon. This year’s lunch will feature Hot Beef Sundaes. Serving will begin at 11:30am. Guest speaker Aaron Putze and awards will begin at 12 p.m.

Following Putze’s presentation, The DACC will present two Friend in Agriculture awards. One area business and individual will be recognized for their ongoing efforts toward and support of local agriculture. Two Ag Scholarships will also be presented. One high school senior within Winneshiek County and one NICC Agriculture student will receive $350 toward their agriculture studies.

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03/18/20
Luther College Faculty Artist Series

Duo MemDi was founded by violinist Igor Kalnin and pianist Rochelle Sennet in 2010. The award winning duo performs music that embraces the diversity of world cultures. They will give a recital featuring pieces by H. Leslie Adams, Johannes Brahms, Ilyich Tchaikovsky and Robert Schumann.

 

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03/18/20
Fraud Fighter Seminar

Con artists target people age 60 and older swindling more than 7 million Americans out of almost $3 billion each year. In an effort to prevent these losses, Northeast Iowa Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (NEI RSVP) and the Iowa Insurance Division will be presenting “Iowa Fraud Fighters” seminars throughout northeast Iowa. 

Director of NEI RSVP Deana Hageman says, “We are pleased to present this important fraud-prevention message to people in Northeast Iowa. We hope these presentations will help educate Iowans on common scams and arm them with tools and tips to prevent fraud.”

The seminars teach consumers how to shield their savings from scammers and fraudulent investment offers. Presenters will share tips on recognizing and reporting fraud, explain how to use the “Double-check before you invest” program, and share stories of people who have lost their life savings to fraud.

Iowa Fraud Fighter seminars are being presented by NEI RSVP volunteers with assistance from local sponsors. Northeast Iowa RSVP matches volunteers age 55 and up with opportunities to serve at non-profits in Allamakee, Howard and Winneshiek counties.

Visit www.decorah.lib.ia.us/RSVP for more information about the seminars and links to fraud fighting resources. 

If your business or organization would like to host a Fraud Fighters seminar, please contact Deana Hageman at 563-382-5181 or rsvp@decorah.lib.ia.us.


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03/18/20
Generation Rx: Safe Medication Practices for Better Health Seminar

Prescription medications can help us live longer and healthier lives, but any medication has the potential to do harm – especially when misused.  That misuse can include not understanding your medication needs, leaving prescriptions where others can access them, and intentional abuse.

“Generation Rx” seminars will be held this winter and spring in Allamakee, Winneshiek and Howard counties. The seminars, aimed at preventing prescription medication misuse, are presented by volunteers with Northeast Iowa Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (NEI RSVP) and Helping Services for Youth & Families. 

According to Deana Hageman, Director of NEI RSVP, “Whether prescription misuse is intentional or not, it’s a problem that needs to be addressed. We hope these presentations will alert people to potential dangers of misusing prescription medications and promote safe medication practices.”

The seminars, which are geared to an adult audience, will provide attendees with information about safe storage of medications, proper disposal of unused medications and tips for taking your medications as prescribed.    

Northeast Iowa Generation Rx Seminars scheduled to date:

Monday, February 3, 2:00-3:00 pm at Arlin Falck Assisted Living, Barthell Eastern Star, Decorah

Monday, February 24, 6:00-7:00 pm at Fort Atkinson Community Center, Fort Atkinson

Tuesday, February 25, 6:30-7:30 pm at Decorah Public Library, Decorah

Tuesday, March 10, 11:00-11:45 am at Decorah Senior Center, Decorah

Wednesday, March 18, 9:30-10:30 am at Viking State Bank, Decorah

Sunday, March 29, 9:40-10:40 am at Decorah Lutheran Church

Monday, April 6, 1:30-2:30 pm at Cresco Public Library, Cresco

Thursday, May 28, 5:30-6:30 pm at Robey Memorial Library, Waukon

Visit www.decorah.lib.ia.us/RSVP for more information about the seminars and links to Generation Rx resources. 

If your business or organization would like to host a Generation Rx seminar, please contact Deana Hageman at 563-382-5181 or rsvp@decorah.lib.ia.us.

Northeast Iowa RSVP matches volunteers age 55 and up with opportunities to serve at non-profits in Allamakee, Howard and Winneshiek counties.


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03/19/20
History Book Club

The History Book Group will meet at 6:00 p.m. Thurs. March 19th on the 2nd floor of the library to discuss Gordon Chang’s “The Ghosts of Gold Mountain: The Epic Story of the Chinese Who Built the Transcontinental Railroad.” Chinese migrants spent years building the Transcontinental Railroad. Those who survived would suffer a different kind of death—a historical one, as they were pushed first to the margins of American life and then to the fringes of public memory. Award-winning scholar Gordon H. Chang draws on unprecedented research to recover the Chinese railroad workers’ stories and celebrate their role in remaking America.
 

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03/20/20
Friday Book Club

The Friday Book Group will meet at 2:00 p.m. Fri. March 20th on the 2nd floor of the library to discuss Margaret Atwood’s “The Handmaid’s Tale.” Offred is a Handmaid in the Republic of Gilead. In an age of declining births, Offred and the other Handmaids are valued only if their ovaries are viable. Offred can remember the years before, when she had a husband and daughter, a job, money of her own, and access to knowledge. But all of that is gone now.
 

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