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Business Luncheon with NICC
04/12/19 - 06/03/19
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Teacher Appreciation Week Sponsors
05/06/19 - 05/10/19
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Golf Outing Sponsorships
06/24/19 - 06/24/19
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06/24/19 - 06/24/19
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Events in the month of January 2019
DateEvent
01/01/19
Ryumonji Monastery Open House

Come celebrate New Year’s Day at Ryumonji. Tour the monastery, eat a little, listen to music, and enjoy the beautiful scenery at Ryumonji.

 

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01/03/19
Commercial Manure Applicator Workshop

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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01/03/19
Hotel/Motel Marketing Committee Meeting

The quarterly Hotel/Motel Marketing Committee Meeting will be held. Meeting agenda is linked below. 
 

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01/03/19
Vesterheim Invites Everyone to Opening Reception for The Museum Lab

Put on a lab coat and get experimenting! Vesterheim, the national Norwegian-American museum and heritage center, invites everyone to an opening reception for the exhibit “The Museum Lab” on January 3, 2019, from 3:30-5:30 p.m. The exhibit is sponsored by David and Brenda Carlson, of Decorah.
           
The opening coincides with Free First Thursday and there will be free admission, food, activities, and a gallery talk at 4:30 p.m. by Vesterheim curators.

 

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01/05/19
Boy Scout Tree Pickup

Members of Decorah Boy Scout Troop No. 66 will be doing their annual Christmas tree pick up in Decorah. 
Trees should be clear of all decorations and lights and placed by the curb by 8:30 a.m. 
The trees will be delivered to the Decorah Street Department to be recycled.

01/10/19
Epiphany Fiesta

A benefit event for Neighbors Helping Neighbors. Join for an evening of soup, breaking bread & building community with new and familiar friends. 

Feast with Sopa y Rosca de Reyes (soup and bread of kings)

Suggested donation - $10, kids free, maximum $20 per family

 

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01/10/19
Winneshiek Wildberry Winery Event

Jan 10th - Painting Party 6:30 pm (Downtown)

Jan 13th - Brunch 10-1 pm

Jan 17th - Amish Chicken Dinner 4-7 pm

Jan 27th - Winneshiek Wedding Market 10 am

Feb 10th - Brunch 10-1 pm

Feb 15th - Valentine's Day Dinner

Feb 16th - Comedy Show


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01/11/19
 -01/12/19
Photo Organization and Editing

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
Rotary Chili Supper

The annual Decorah Rotary Chili Supper will feature a chili cook off during the event. The public is invited to attend and vote for their favorite entry. The event is free for the community. Free will donations will be taken.

The Decorah High School girls basketball team takes on Charles City Friday at DHS. The junior varsity game starts at 6:15 p.m. and the varsity plays at 7:30.

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01/11/19
Namoli Brennet, Aidan Spencer at Java John’s

The performance is a special show before Brennet takes off for a Southwest tour and Spencer leaves for France.
Dubbed “among the best folk-rock artists in the country” by the Tucson Weekly, Namoli Brennet has been touring with her own brand of moody and inspiring folk since 2002. She’s a breathtaking and moving performer, and her sweet, road-weary voice is as quick to deliver her wit and humor as it is a turn of phrase. Aidan Spencer is passionate about different types of music, and believes music doesn’t have to be just for performance – it can be used in times of grieving, to promote social justice and to celebrate family time. “Music is for everybody,” she says.

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01/12/19
Amish Experience: Pie Making Demonstration

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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01/12/19
 -01/13/19
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. 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
Amish Experience: Bread Making Demonstration

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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01/12/19
Glass Bead Creation

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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01/12/19
Winter Survival

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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01/12/19
Luther College presents Mid-Winter Community Day

Luther College invites Luther parents, friends and alumni to Luther's Mid-Winter Community Day, featuring swimming and diving, basketball and a pizza party, in the Regents Center on Luther's campus.
           
The annual Mid-Winter Community Day is sponsored by Decorah Bank and Trust, in partnership with Luther College.
           
Registration for the pizza party is requested.
Register at https://www.luther.edu/alumni/events/community_day/registration/, by calling the Alumni Office at (563) 387-1164 or (800) 225-8664, or by email at alumni@luther.edu. There is no charge for admission to Mid-Winter Community Day sporting events. Cost for the pizza party is $2 per adult; there is no cost for children 18 and under.
 

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01/13/19
Winneshiek Wildberry Winery Event

Jan 10th - Painting Party 6:30 pm (Downtown)

Jan 13th - Brunch 10-1 pm

Jan 17th - Amish Chicken Dinner 4-7 pm

Jan 27th - Winneshiek Wedding Market 10 am

Feb 10th - Brunch 10-1 pm

Feb 15th - Valentine's Day Dinner

Feb 16th - Comedy Show


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01/13/19
 -01/14/19
Luther College hosts Dorian Vocal Festival Concerts

The Dorian Vocal Festival Concert and Grand Concert are set for 7 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 13, and Monday, Jan. 14, respectively, in the Center for Faith and Life Main Hall on the Luther College campus.
 

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01/13/19
Bend, Brew, & Books with Reefuel

The Decorah Public Library and Reefuel are teaming up to offer "Bend, Brew, and Books"  at Pulpit Rock Brewing Co.

The program includes a 30-minute all levels yoga flow session led by Reefuel owner Laree Schouweiler; the purchase of beers or other beverages at the main bar; and a conversation about books that inspired people to make a change that could be added to 2019 reading lists.

Attendees are encouraged to wear comfortable clothing that they can move in and bring a yoga mat if possible (if not, there will be a few available to borrow).

The program is free but space is limited to 25 people, so registration is required. Register online at www.decorah.lib.ia.us

Call Decorah Public Library at 563-382-3717 for more information. 

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01/14/19
Women Empowered Presents: Understanding Interpersonal Violence

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01/14/19
Author Talk with E. Eero Johnson: TSU AND THE OUTLIERS

Everyone is invited to Dragonfly Books for a free event with graphic novel author E. Eero Johnson and his new book Tsu and the Outliers. Featuring Tsu, a spunky non-verbal hero, Tsu and the Outliers uses beautiful inky drawings to pull readers into a fantastical world. E. Eero Johnson will share his stories, talk about his experiences with neuro-diversity, and sign books on Monday, January 14 at 7:00 PM at Dragonfly Books.

E. Eero Johnson brings Tsu to life with beautifully detailed, inky style illustrations. Tsu must balance the challenges of two separate worlds: being neuro-diverse and different in a small town, and having unique powers in a treacherous and fantastical world of monsters.


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01/15/19
Sheriff and Police Departments Give Public Talks

The Winneshiek County Sheriff’s Department and the Decorah Police Department have both presented popular library programs for children in recent years; now Library staff have announced that two programs for older audiences will be offered in January. Come to Decorah Public Library Tuesday January 15 at 6:30 p.m. to hear Winneshiek County Sheriff Dan Marx’ presentation “Staying Safe.”
 
Sheriff Marx said “’Staying Safe’ is designed to give attendees tools to avoid an attack before it occurs by being aware of the situation, surroundings, and detecting pre-attack indicators. The program is appropriate for men and women of all ages.” 
 

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01/15/19
Barnetimen (Children’s Hour)

There’s “Snow” Place Like Vesterheim for Barnetimen (Children’s Hour)

There’s “snow” place like Vesterheim, the national Norwegian-American museum and heritage center, at Barnetimen (Children’s Hour) on Tuesday, January 15, from 10-11 a.m.
           
Preschoolers and their caregivers are invited to learn about wintertime activities in Norway, have a “snowball” fight, and make some snow-inspired art. Snacks will be provided. Activities will begin in the museum at 502 W. Water St.
           
Barnetimen is a free program that meets at Vesterheim Museum the third Tuesday of each month, September-April. The program is geared toward 3-5 year olds, but all ages are welcome. No sign-up is necessary—come to one session or all of them.
           
Barnetimen is sponsored by Amy and Keith Bruening, David and Brenda Carlson, and Norwegian Mutual Insurance Association.
 

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01/15/19
Luther College Woman's Club January Meeting

Simulation is a common component of quality nursing programs and one key way that Luther College prepares its nursing students for actual patient care. Learn how Luther uses simulation to educate future nurses during the next meeting of the Luther College Woman’s Club (LCWC).

Angela Kueny, Luther College associate professor of nursing, will present “Luther Nurses Simulation Learning” at the group’s January meeting, to be held Tuesday, January 15, at 1:30 p.m. in Peace Dining Room, Dahl Centennial Union, on the Luther 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, Kueny will provide an overview of Luther’s simulation laboratory and the simulation techniques employed across the nursing curriculum. She will discuss how stimulation positively impacts nursing education, using examples that highlight practice and advocacy for women’s health. Kueny will then lead a tour of the Luther nursing department’s simulation laboratory and demonstrate some of the equipment if weather permits. 
 

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01/15/19
Norwegian Architecture on the American Landscape

The Valdres Lodge 1-503 Sons of Norway meeting will feature speaker Darrell Henning who will share an illustrated prorgam on “Norwegian Architecture on the American Landscape.”
“We are all immigrants in this land as well as the product of our culture, cultural environment and physical enviroment," Henning says. "The program will use the Norwegian experience and examine the building traditions or architecture of this immigrant group -- the origins and development of several building practices and their subsequent manifestations in the New World.”

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01/16/19
Happy Hour Book Group

The Happy Hour Book Group will meet at Rubaiyat on Wed. Jan. 16th at 5:15 p.m. to discuss Heather Morris’ “The Tattooist of Auschwitz.” In April 1942, Lale Sokolov, a Slovakian Jew, is forcibly transported to the concentration camps at Auschwitz-Birkenau. When his captors discover that he speaks several languages, he is put to work as a tattooist, tasked with permanently marking his fellow prisoners. One day, he comforts a young woman waiting in line to have her number tattooed. Her name is Gita, and in that first encounter, Lale vows to somehow survive the camp and marry her.
 

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01/16/19
Wellness Wednesday Club Pinot & Puzzles

Decorah Public Library and Inspire(d) Media invite the public to attend a Wellness Wednesday Club gathering for adults.

Event organizers Kristin Torresdal and Aryn Henning Nichols say the intent of the club is to create a space for some light-hearted fun and relaxation in a social setting: an opportunity for attendees to unwind and have a few laughs with friends and neighbors. The activity for January is puzzling- jigsaw puzzles, that is.
 
Henning Nichols added, “Wellness Wednesdays is all about putting time for yourself on the calendar; scheduling the break and giving yourself permission to do something that isn’t ‘work’. Our first Wellness activity was such a hit that we knew we needed to hurry up and offer a second one!”
 
Registration is required, as space is limited to 30 participants. Visit www.decorah.lib.ia.us to register. Call Decorah Public Library at 563-382-3717 for more information.      
 

 

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01/16/19
Word Salad monthly open mic debut at Courtyard & Cellar

June Melby will be hosting a new monthly open mic at the Courtyard and Cellar.

Every third Wednesday of the month, she invites people to bring in their poetry, or prose, or spoken word and add it to the “Word Salad.”

Unlike the poetry slam, prose or stories are welcome; each person has three minutes onstage. 

Signup is at the door at 6:45 p.m.; the show starts at 7 p.m. The first 20 people to sign up are guaranteed a spot.

There is no cover charge, but one drink or food purchase is suggested.

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01/17/19
Winneshiek Wildberry Winery Event

Jan 10th - Painting Party 6:30 pm (Downtown)

Jan 13th - Brunch 10-1 pm

Jan 17th - Amish Chicken Dinner 4-7 pm

Jan 27th - Winneshiek Wedding Market 10 am

Feb 10th - Brunch 10-1 pm

Feb 15th - Valentine's Day Dinner

Feb 16th - Comedy Show


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01/17/19
History Book Group

The History Book Group will continue their discussion of Barbara Tuchman’s “A Distant Mirror” at 6:30 p.m. Thurs. Jan. 17th 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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01/17/19
 -01/20/19
A Year with Frog and Toad at NMP

Based on Arnold Lobel's well-loved books, and featuring a hummable score by Robert and Willie Reale, this whimsical show follows two great friends – the cheerful, popular Frog and the rather grumpy Toad – through four fun-filled seasons.

Waking from hibernation in the Spring, Frog and Toad plant gardens, swim, rake leaves, go sledding and learn life lessons along the way. The two best friends celebrate and rejoice in the differences that make them unique and special. Part vaudeville, part make believe... all charm, A Year with Frog and Toad tells the story of a friendship that endures throughout the seasons. 

The jazzy, upbeat score of A Year with Frog and Toad bubbles with melody and wit, making it an inventive, exuberant and enchanting musical for the whole family.

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01/17/19
Human Flow: A sneak peek of OFF X

The tenth annual Oneota Film Festival (OFF X) is March 7-9.

A Members-Only sneak-preview screening of Human Flow Thursday, Jan. 17, at T-Bock’s Upstairs, will kick off the season. 

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01/17/19
Book Discussion of Marcher, Walker, Pilgrim by Ed Fallon

The Luther College Center for Ethics and Public Engagement and the Northeast Iowa Peace and Justice Center are sponsoring two book discussions of Marcher, Walker, Pilgrim, by Ed Fallon.

The book describes an eight-month odyssey from L.A. to D.C., where dozens of marchers become a mobile village, sounding the alarm about our climate crisis. How they worked together, butted heads, solved conflicts, risked their lives, and ultimately stayed true to their goal makes for an exciting, multi-layered tale. 

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01/18/19
The Art of Cheese Making

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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01/18/19
Friday Book Group

The Friday Book Group will meet at 2:00 p.m. Fri. Jan. 18th on the 2nd floor of the library to discuss Hillary Jordan’s “Mudbound.” It is 1946, and city-bred Laura McAllan is trying to raise her children on her husband’s Mississippi Delta farm when two young men return from the war to work the land: Jamie McAllan, Laura’s brother-in-law, and Ronsel Jackson, eldest son of the black sharecroppers who live on the McAllan farm. The men and women of each family relate their versions of tragic events. 
 
 

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01/19/19
The Fine Art of Oil Painting

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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01/19/19
Amish Experience: Bread Making Demonstration

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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01/19/19
Amish Experience: Homemade Noodles Demonstration

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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01/19/19
National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) Annual Meeting

The schedule for the day includes a welcome at 10 a.m., followed by the presentation “Getting to Know NAMI” from 10:15 to 11 a.m., when there will be a 15-minute break. The annual meeting will be conducted from 11:15 a.m. to 12:15 p.m., at which time those in attendance will break for lunch until 1 p.m. The afternoon schedule includes a board orientation session from 1 to 2 p.m., the first quarterly board meeting from 2 to 3 p.m., and a committee work session from 3 to 4 p.m. 

NAMI Northeast Iowa members are encouraged to vote for the chapter's Board of Directors candidates during the annual meeting portion of the day, and the public is invited to attend. Lunch, snacks and beverages will be provided by NAMI.


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01/19/19
A & J Petersburg Real Estate Open House

Open House at 111 Lloyd Street, Decorah, Iowa
 

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01/19/19
Western Home String Band Hosting Community Contra Dance

The Western Home String Band welcomes 2019 and will celebrate January thaw with an old-fashioned “community contra” dance.

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01/20/19
Intertwine - Textile Enthusiast Gathering

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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01/20/19
Palomino at the Wildwood Event Center

This is a fund raiser for Quilts of Valor. Come join us for some good country music and a good cause.

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01/20/19
Owl at Home; An Opera for Children

Looking for a chance to shake off the winter blues and enjoy some free live entertainment? Don’t miss this preview performance of an original adaptation of the classic children’s book Owl at Home by Arnold Lobel (author of the Frog and Toad books). Forty-five minutes of fun, laughter, and poignant reminders to appreciate the small joys of life, Owl at Home will be loved by all who are young at heart. 

The performance is FREE!

Featuring Kristen Underwood and Andrew Whitfield. Book by Robert Vrtis. Music by Brooke Joyce. Space is limited. Come early!

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01/21/19
Luther Luncheon

Luther College is pleased to invite Chamber members
and special guests to the 30th annual
Decorah Area Chamber of Commerce Luncheon
Lunch is served from 12 to 12:30 p.m.
Program begins at 12:30 p.m.
Keynote speaker
Reynolds W. Cramer '91
President and CEO, Fareway Stores, Inc.

Decorah Area Chamber of Commerce; Winneshiek County Development Inc.; and United Way award presentations will follow the speaker.

Transportation to campus: Luther vans will be available for transportation at 11:45 a.m. from the Oneota Community Food Co-op parking lot, the Decorah Bank & Trust (main bank) parking lot, and at the Centrum Plaza behind McDonald's. If you prefer to drive to campus, parking is available on the street behind Main Building and behind Preus Library. Location: Luther College, Peace Dining Room, Dahl Centennial Union, 700 College Drive, Decorah, IA 52101

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01/21/19
A 50-year retrospective on Martin Luther King, Jr.'s impact on African American students' presence in higher education

With the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr. in April 1968, students across the country staged sit-ins and challenged discriminatory practices in an attempt to create more minority representation on college campuses. Roger Pulliam, who witnessed the formation of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Student Scholars Academy at Western Michigan University, will give the 2019 Martin Luther King, Jr., Day Lecture at Luther College.

Pulliam's lecture, "A 50-year retrospective on Martin Luther King, Jr.'s impact on African American students' presence in higher education," is 7 p.m. Monday, Jan. 21, in Valders Hall of Science Room 206 on the Luther campus. It is open to the public with no charge for admission.
 

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01/23/19
True Black History Museum

Join NICC for one of the most sought after traveling museums of it's kind in the country! The True Black History Museum will be on campus Wednesday, January 23, 2019.  This is a come and go activity from 8:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. in the Student Center Library Fireplace Area. The public is invited to walk through the exhibits and artifacts anytime while the exhibit is on campus. The curators of the museum will be doing periodic presentations during the event.

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Fred Saffold III is the CEO and Founder of The True Black History Museum – A traveling Black History exhibit with artifacts dating from the late 1700's to the 21st century. The Museum was established to preserve the history of African-American people and to educate others of the many great contributions that African-Americans have made to mankind. The mission is to instill self esteem and pride, and to increase knowledge, awareness, cultural sensitivity and understanding for the historic experience of African-Americans.

The collection takes you on a journey through the African-American experience, and is comprised of over 1000 authentic artifacts, with original documents from historic figures such as Booker T. Washington, Mary McLeod Bethune, George Washington Carver, Rosa Parks, Frederick Douglass, Angela Davis, President Barack Obama, and many other great African-Americans.

The museum has been viewed by over 35,000 people throughout the U.S on college campuses, schools, churches, and corporate events.

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01/24/19
Book Discussion of Marcher, Walker, Pilgrim by Ed Fallon

The Luther College Center for Ethics and Public Engagement and the Northeast Iowa Peace and Justice Center are sponsoring two book discussions of Marcher, Walker, Pilgrim, by Ed Fallon.

The book describes an eight-month odyssey from L.A. to D.C., where dozens of marchers become a mobile village, sounding the alarm about our climate crisis. How they worked together, butted heads, solved conflicts, risked their lives, and ultimately stayed true to their goal makes for an exciting, multi-layered tale. 

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01/25/19
 -01/26/19
A Year with Frog and Toad at NMP

Based on Arnold Lobel's well-loved books, and featuring a hummable score by Robert and Willie Reale, this whimsical show follows two great friends – the cheerful, popular Frog and the rather grumpy Toad – through four fun-filled seasons.

Waking from hibernation in the Spring, Frog and Toad plant gardens, swim, rake leaves, go sledding and learn life lessons along the way. The two best friends celebrate and rejoice in the differences that make them unique and special. Part vaudeville, part make believe... all charm, A Year with Frog and Toad tells the story of a friendship that endures throughout the seasons. 

The jazzy, upbeat score of A Year with Frog and Toad bubbles with melody and wit, making it an inventive, exuberant and enchanting musical for the whole family.

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01/26/19
 -01/27/19
Wedding Open House

Mark your Calendars and join The Country Gardens, Andera Photography and Party Island for a Wedding Open House.  Enjoy lots of samples and set up ideas for your big day.
Join them on Sunday at the Wedding Market at Hotel Winneshiek from 12 until 4. What a fun week end in Decorah!

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01/26/19
Vesterhiem Koselig Cake Break

When days are short and nights are long, it’s time to celebrate community the koselig Norwegian way—with delicious cake, warm drinks, and new and familiar friends—at Vesterheim, the National Norwegian-American Museum and Heritage Center.

This informal gathering is free and open to everyone. Come and go as you wish.

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01/26/19
Local Quilt Shop Day

This Saturday is coined Local Quilt Shop Day and is a worldwide event designed to raise awareness of the importance of independent quilt shops to the local economy. It is a day for consumers and retailers to celebrate the creative pursuits of quilters, sewists, fabric enthusiasts, and crafters everywhere and to support the local quilt shops that make it all possible. Red-Roxy Quilt Co. is so proud to be a staple here in downtown Decorah and love being able to serve and help YOU in your sewing and quilting journey!

Join Red-Roxy Quilt Co. this Saturday and enjoy Impact Coffee, sweet treats from Pinter's and draw for savings & prizes! Check out all of the new 2019 arrivals around the shop plus their upcoming class and event schedule!

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01/26/19
Absolute Science

Families are invited to come to Decorah Public Library on Saturday, January 26, 2019 at 11:00 am for an interactive science program with an emphasis on fun!

Join us for Absolute Science, an exciting educational program aimed at children of all ages to become engaged in the world of science through demonstrations and experiments.

The scientists of Absolute Science LOVE volunteers to help conduct their experiments, so come ready to explore STEM hands-on! Take part in dry ice explorations, fantastic foam experiments, and so much more!

Sponsored by Friends of Decorah Public Library, this program is free and open to the public. Seating is limited, so pre-registration is required.


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01/27/19
Winneshiek Wildberry Winery Event

Jan 10th - Painting Party 6:30 pm (Downtown)

Jan 13th - Brunch 10-1 pm

Jan 17th - Amish Chicken Dinner 4-7 pm

Jan 27th - Winneshiek Wedding Market 10 am

Feb 10th - Brunch 10-1 pm

Feb 15th - Valentine's Day Dinner

Feb 16th - Comedy Show


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01/27/19
Winneshiek Wedding Market

The Winneshiek Wedding Market is your source for all things wedding!

Sample and experience the best wedding products and talk face to face with local and regional vendors who have the knowledge and experience that you are looking for. Enjoy three full floors of wedding and prizes! Individual vendors will have prize drawings throughout the fashion show. All registered brides will be entered into several grand prize drawings including a Romantic Escape Package at the Hotel Winneshiek (must be present to win all prizes). Also, plan to attend the Mara Bridal Fashion Show at 3 PM in the Steyer Opera House.

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01/28/19
Bingo Night in Lime Springs

Bingo on the 1st, 2nd & 4th Mondays of each month.

Support the LS Community Center and the Pool & Parks.

The packet of 25 games is $15. There will be hot dogs, chips and drink available for $5.
There will also be coffee, bars and rolls offered.
First bingo call is at 6:30.

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01/28/19
Northeast Iowa Peace and Justice Center Annual Meeting

This represents an opportunity for community members to be in attendance and share their thoughts and hopes for the Peace and Justice Center as we review organizational achievements in 2018 and look towards our goals, hopes, and ideas for 2019! We encourage all who are interested to attend!
 

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01/29/19
Sheriff and Police Departments Give Public Talks

Come hear Decorah Police Officer Scott Jennings present “Emerging Illegal Drug Trends in Northeast Iowa.” A member of the Northeast Iowa Drug Task Force, Jennings will discuss topics including: recognizing suspected illegal drug activity in your neighborhood, identifying drug use in young adults, drug identification and recognition, and tactics used by local law enforcement to combat the illegal drug trade.
 
A short question and answer session will follow the presentation. The program is open to all; parents and educators are especially encouraged to attend.

 

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01/29/19
Vesterheim Open House Features Luther Student Folk Art

Be inspired by budding folk artists and Scandinavian traditions at Vesterheim, the national Norwegian-American museum and heritage center, during an open house for students from the “Scandinavian Fine Handcraft” January Term course at Luther College. This free community event will be from 4:30-6:30 p.m., Tuesday, January 29, in the museum’s Main Building.
 

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01/29/19
Luther College Student Demonstration and Exhibition of Scandinavian Fine Handcraft

Be inspired by budding folk artists and Scandinavian traditions at Vesterheim! Students from the Scandinavian Fine Handcraft January Term course at Luther College will demonstrate carving and exhibit their class projects in an open house in Vesterheim’s Main Building from 4:30-6:30 p.m., Tuesday, January 29.

Everyone is invited to this free community open house. Refreshments will be served and there will be an outdoor fire to roast marshmallows for s’mores.

The class is taught by Harley Refsal, Luther professor emeritus of Scandinavian studies. Refsal is a Vesterheim Gold Medalist who has taught Scandinavian figure carving throughout the United States and Norway. He was honored by Norway’s King H. M. Harald V with the St. Olav Medal of Honor for his efforts in reinvigorating Scandinavian figure carving in both the United States and Norway.


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01/29/19
From Coffee Beans to Opera Scenes

During this January Term, several Luther College first-year students are participating in the 2019 opera scenes performance course. The course culminates in a performance in the Noble Recital Hall in Jenson-Noble Hall of Music on Luther's campus.

The performance is open to the public with no charge for admission. The performance will also be live-streamed to those outside of a 30-mile radius of Decorah, and available as a delayed stream to all 48 hours after the concert at http://www.stream.luther.edu/music.
 

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01/30/19
Confinement Site Manure Applicator Workshop

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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01/30/19
CANCELLED - Parkinson Support Group Meeting

Kelly Kuennen of the Northeast Iowa Area Agency on Aging will be speaking about the supportive services her agency offers.


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01/30/19
5 Year Anniversary Party

We're celebrating being open for 5 years and would love for you to join us! We'll have food, cake, and giveaways! Everyone is welcome!

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