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Events in the month of February 2019
DateEvent
02/02/19
Barnelopet Ski/Walk Event at Decorah Prairie

Get outside and enjoy the winter at the 20th annual Barneløpet, a non-competitive ski or walk event for the community’s youngest skiers, ages 3-13. This collaborative Vesterheim Museum and Sons of Norway event will be held at the Decorah Community Prairie on Saturday, February 2, at 10:00 a.m., with registration beginning at 9:30 a.m. Skiers must provide their own skis.
 

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02/04/19
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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02/04/19
Come Belong in Song

You are invited to join with women and girls in SongSisters, 8 weeks of playful and heartful singing. It doesn’t matter whether you think of yourself as a ‘singer’ or not, for every voice adds to the beauty of our songs, and we need yours!

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02/06/19
Hotel/Motel Marketing Committee Meeting

The Hotel/Motel Marketing Committee meeting will take place at the Decorah Area Chamber of Commerce. The proposed meeting agenda is linked below. 

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02/07/19
Fiber Klubb

If you would like to learn how to create fabrics using a variety of yarns and tools, please join us for an after-school weaving class. We will learn weaving basics while making bands and braids for belts, friendship bracelets, phone straps, and more. We will also explore different types of fiber and learn something about the history of making fabric along the way.

Past students are welcome to attend.

February 7, 14, 21, 28 and March 7, 14, 2019 (3:15-5:15) Ages 10 to 17. $35 per student.


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02/07/19
Black Students and the Creation of Black Studies

Tiffany Patterson, Vanderbilt University associate professor of African American and diaspora studies, and history, and director of undergraduate studies in African and African diaspora studies, will give the Luther College spring convocation address in the Center for Faith and Life in the Main Hall on the Luther College campus.
 

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02/08/19
Decorah Volunteer Fire Department Gala

Join the Decorah Volunteer Fire Department at the Toppling Goliath taproom for an elegant evening of raffles, silent auctions, hors-d'oeuvres, and world-class beer. Funds raised will benefit the Decorah volunteer fire department’s new training facility.

Tickets will be sold by the Decorah Volunteer Fire Department. All proceeds from ticket sales will go to DVFD.

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02/08/19
 -02/10/19
8th Annual Blind Wine Tasting Event

Everyone that comes gets an official ballot, tastes 6 new wines & 3 ciders, judges them and have the power to decide on the next wines/ciders we make. Hourly prizes are awarded along with grand prizes for the whole event.

$5/taste
$5/go through the food buffet
 

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02/08/19
Luther College Open Gym for Children

An open gym for children will be offered Friday mornings during February at Luther College. 
Luther's east gym will be available with no admission fee. Balls and scooters will be provided. A parent or guardian is required to stay and supervise their children.
Enter through the main doors of the Regents Center. Registration is not required. 

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02/08/19
Fish Fry Dinner

Enjoy the weekly Friday Fish Fry Dinner with choice of sides. 

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02/09/19
Faculty Artist Series - Piano Quartet

Luther College Piano Quartet presents a program of chamber music in Luther's Noble Recital Hall in the Jenson-Noble Hall of Music.
           
The performance is open to the public with no charge for admission.
 

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02/09/19
Magic Show for Kids!

Popular entertainer The Magic of Isaiah will present a brand new magic show for kids of all ages at the Decorah Public Library. 
 
Isaiah’s high energy "Rocket Into Reading" show focuses on reading and space- and contains lots of audience participation, clean family comedy, magic tricks, and illusions.
 

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02/09/19
Chosen Bean Concert Series presents Pushing Chain

Named after the Chosen Bean Coffeehouse once located on Main Street in Chatfield, the Chosen Bean Concerts Series has garnered a reputation for presenting the best in live original acoustic music performed by regional and national musicians who stretch the gamut from legendary icons to emerging talents. The Series 16th run welcomes back the Northern Minnesota guitar and fiddle 'Folky-Tonk' duo Pushing Chain.

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02/09/19
Luther College hosts Scholar Recognition Day

Luther College Admissions will host a Scholar Recognition Day on Saturday, Feb. 9 and Saturday Feb. 23 in order to recognize the highest achieving admitted students at Luther, and allow those students the chance to interact with faculty and current students.

Students who have been awarded the Founder's, President's or Dean's Scholarship, or the Martin Luther Award are invited to attend the event.
 

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02/09/19
Wild Game Feed

Tickets are $15 in advance or at the door. 

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02/09/19
Trout Fishing Workshop

The Iowa Driftless Chapter of Trout Unlimited, Decorah Parks & Recreation, and Winneshiek County Conservation will co-host this workshop on Saturday, February 9, from 9:00 am to noon in the Decorah High School Gym.  Driftless Trout Unlimited members will discuss equipment and demonstrate basic casts with a fly or spinning rod. Participants can watch experts tie their favorite flies and find out how and when to fish them.  Coffee and treats will be available. This workshop is free and open to anglers of all ages and levels of experience. 12 & under must be accompanied by an adult.

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02/09/19
Have a heart Bake Sale & Open House

First Lutheran Church will host a community open house and annual "Have A Heart" bake sale in the historic Carriage House, located behind the church. 
Community members are invited to see and learn about this historic building, owned and recently renovated into an open-plan space by Steve and Alice Runde of Decorah. Elizabeth Lorentzen from the Winneshiek County Historical Society will be present during the open house to speak about the building's history. 
The Carriage House is located behind First Lutheran Church. Event attendees may park in the First Lutheran Church parking lot. This is a free event and all proceeds from the bake sale will benefit the Decorah Community Food Pantry. 
 

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02/10/19
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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02/10/19
Luther College Symphony Orchestra to perform Vienna Homecoming Concert

Upon returning from a 25-day residency in Vienna, Austria, the Luther College Symphony Orchestra will perform a homecoming concert in the Main Hall of the Center for Faith and Life on Luther's campus.

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

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02/10/19
Valentine's Family Folk Dance

Western Home String Band led by dance caller Bill Deutsch. $W5 for adults, kids 12 and under are free. $10 max per family. 

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02/10/19
Sweetheart Ball

Enjoy a Sweetheart Ball with the Palomino Band. $8 cover charge with funds benefiting Honor Flights for veterans. 

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02/10/19
Dorian Chamber Ensemble Intensive Recital

As part of Luther College's Dorian Orchestra Festival weekend, high school string players participating in Luther's Dorian Chamber Ensemble Intensive will present a recital in Luther's Noble Recital Hall in Jenson-Noble Hall of Music.
           
The performance is open to the public with no charge for admission.
 

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02/11/19
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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02/11/19
Women in Ag

Women Empowered (WE) presents speaker Hannah Breckbill from Humble Hands Harvest.

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02/11/19
Luther College hosts Dorian Orchestra Festival Grand Concert

All high school participants involved in the Luther College Dorian Orchestra Festival perform a concert in Luther's Center for Faith and Life, Main Hall.
           
This event is open to the public with no charge for admission.
 

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02/11/19
Come Belong in Song

You are invited to join with women and girls in SongSisters, 8 weeks of playful and heartful singing. It doesn’t matter whether you think of yourself as a ‘singer’ or not, for every voice adds to the beauty of our songs, and we need yours!

more info...
02/11/19
Tweens CONNECT in the Kitchen

Treat yourself to some Valentine fun during Decorah Public Library’s February Connect program. Tweens in fifth through eighth grade are invited to join Rachel Sandhorst and Lilly Jensen Monday February 11 at the Oneota Coop Kitchen Classroom

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02/12/19
Commercial Ag Weed, Insect, Plant Disease Course

Winneshiek County will offer the Commercial Ag Weed, Insect and Plant Disease Management Continuing Instruction Course (CIC) for commercial pesticide applicators Tuesday, February 12, 2019. The program will be shown at locations across Iowa through the Iowa State University Extension and Outreach Pesticide Safety Education Program (PSEP).
 

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02/12/19
Nordic Choir Performance

Luther College Nordic Choir will conclude its 2019 Great Lakes tour with a homecoming performance in the Center Faith and Life on Luther's campus.

The performance by the 80-member Nordic Choir is open to the public with no charge for admission.

Two Decorah-area musicians are members of the Nordic Choir: Garret Baumler, class of 2020; and Parker Fretheim, class of 2019.


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02/12/19
Create a Valentine!

Create your own Valentine Cards with our Faber Castell art products. And, get 10% OFF any purchase Faber Castell products this entire day! We will have supplies for all ages.

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02/12/19
Young Professionals: Women in Leadership Series

Join for casual conversation with area leaders. Our speakers will share their stories and experiences with organizational and community leadership.

Our first presenter for the "Women in Leadership" series is Sherry Alcock, Executive Director of Alumni Relations and Development Services at Luther College. Sherry has spent nearly two decades working in alumni services and has acquired the skills to develop strong connections both with alumni and her team.
 

 


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02/13/19
Digital Marketing Training Series


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02/13/19
Happy Hour Book Group

 The Happy Hour Book Group will meet at Rubaiyat on Wed. Feb. 13th to discuss Esi Edugyan’s “Washington Black.” Washington Black is an eleven-year-old field slave who knows no other life than the Barbados sugar plantation where he was born. When his master’s eccentric brother, Christopher Wilde, chooses him to be his manservant, Wash is terrified of the cruelties he is certain await him. But when a man is killed and a bounty is placed on Washington’s head, Christopher abandons everything to save him.
 

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02/14/19
Healthy Relationship Education Training

Are you a professional working with children and families, and would like additional tools to help couples build healthy relationships?  “We know that children growing up in a home where there is a healthy, stable couple relationship have fewer behavioral and emotional problems and perform better in school”, said Cindy Thompson, a human sciences specialist with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach.  “That is why healthy couple relationships are so important.”

Healthy Relationship Education Training is a one-day program designed for professionals who work with children and families to increase access to relationship education as a strategy to meet the safety, permanency, and well-being needs of children. This program uses a research-based curriculum that is being implemented nationally to professionals that they can use to encourage the development of healthy couple relationships.
 

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02/14/19
Fiber Klubb

If you would like to learn how to create fabrics using a variety of yarns and tools, please join us for an after-school weaving class. We will learn weaving basics while making bands and braids for belts, friendship bracelets, phone straps, and more. We will also explore different types of fiber and learn something about the history of making fabric along the way.

Past students are welcome to attend.

February 7, 14, 21, 28 and March 7, 14, 2019 (3:15-5:15) Ages 10 to 17. $35 per student.


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02/14/19
Healthy Relationship Training

Valentine’s Day is just around the corner and love is in the air!!! Well, not always, and even when it is love might not be enough to sustain healthy and happy relationships that support individual wellness. Did you know children growing up in a home where there is a healthy, stable couple relationship have fewer behavioral and emotional problems and perform better in school?

What: Healthy Relationship and Marriage Education Training
When: Valentine’s Day – February 14, 2019
Where: Elkader
Who: Anyone who interacts with couples – clergy, social works, therapists, family support and parenting education professionals
Register at http://bit.ly/hret11641
 

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02/14/19
The Evolution of Young Adult Spirituality

Having served as a college pastor at Luther College since 1991, Pastor Mike Blair will present a lecture on the topic of "The Evolution of Young Adult Spirituality" at the Emeriti Colloquium at 3 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 14, in the Mott Room of the Dahl Centennial Union on the Luther College Campus.
 

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02/15/19
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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02/15/19
Friday Book Group

The Friday Book Group will meet on the 2nd floor of the library to discuss Tara Westover’s “Educated.” Westover was 17 the first time she set foot in a classroom. Born to survivalists in the mountains of Idaho, she prepared for the end of the world by stockpiling home-canned peaches and sleeping with her “head-for-the-hills bag.” Lacking any formal education, Tara began to educate herself: she taught herself enough mathematics and grammar to be admitted to Brigham Young University, and her quest for knowledge eventually took her to Harvard and Cambridge. Only then would she wonder if she’d traveled too far. 
 

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02/15/19
Luther College Open Gym for Children

An open gym for children will be offered Friday mornings during February at Luther College. 
Luther's east gym will be available with no admission fee. Balls and scooters will be provided. A parent or guardian is required to stay and supervise their children.
Enter through the main doors of the Regents Center. Registration is not required. 

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02/15/19
Center Stage Series: Luther College presents the Westerlies Brass Quartet

Praised as a "rare combination of approachable and unusual," by the NYC Jazz Record, New York based brass quartet, The Westerlies will be coming to Luther College as part of the Center Stage Series.
           
This event will take place in the Main Hall of the Center for Faith and Life.

Tickets are $28 for adults, $26 for seniors 65+ and $15 for youth ages 4-18. Dinner will also be available at 5:30 p.m. before the performance in Peace Dining Room. Tickets for dinner are $20 per person. Tickets may be purchased online at http://www.tickets.luther.edu, or via the Ticket Office at (563) 387-1357 or tickets@luther.edu. Ticket Office hours are Monday, Wednesday and Friday 9 a.m.-10:30 a.m. and 11 a.m.-3 p.m.; Tuesday 9 a.m.-3 p.m.; Thursday 9 a.m.-7 p.m.
 

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02/16/19
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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02/17/19
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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02/18/19
 -02/22/19
The Pet Show Gallery

ArtHaus in Decorah is seeking artists of all types and stripes to cover the gallery with artwork of your pets.    No mats or frames are necessary, each artwork will find a home in the gallery either with a pedestal, pushpin or nail.  Artwork must be original and can be dropped off between 1-5 Monday-Friday until February 1 at the ArtHaus Gallery.  The entry fee is $5 per piece. 
 
Artists are encouraged (but not required) to sell their work with a silent auction bid form with proceeds going to Humane Society of NE Iowa.  A closing reception with refreshments will take place March 29, where people may make their final bids and collect their artwork.  
 
The Pet Show recognizes creative talent throughout Northeast Iowa; artists of all ages are encouraged to participate including beginners, emerging, established professionals, hobbyists, youngsters, college students, and retirees.
 

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02/18/19
Come Belong in Song

You are invited to join with women and girls in SongSisters, 8 weeks of playful and heartful singing. It doesn’t matter whether you think of yourself as a ‘singer’ or not, for every voice adds to the beauty of our songs, and we need yours!

more info...
02/19/19
Luther College Woman's Club February meeting

Emma Big Bear was a revered figure in northeast Iowa for decades before her death at age 99 in August 1968. Learn about her Winnebago Tribe heritage and the handmade baskets for which she is still known during the next meeting of the Luther College Woman’s Club.

Terry Landsgaard, vice president of the Emma Big Bear Foundation, will present “Emma Big Bear and Her Winnebago Heritage” at the group’s February meeting, to be held Tuesday, February 19, 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.
 

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02/19/19
Go Crazy for Color at Vesterheim Barnetimen (Childrens Hour)

Preschoolers will go crazy for color during Barnetimen (Children’s Hour) at Vesterheim, the national Norwegian-American museum and heritage center.

“This month, we will search the museum to seek out vibrant hues in folk art, learn why we see colors, and experiment with blending and making new colors,” Jennifer Kovarik, Vesterheim’s Youth Educator, said. Colorful snacks will be provided. Activities will begin in the Main Building 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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02/19/19
Luther College Woman's Club February Meeting

Emma Big Bear was a revered figure in northeast Iowa for decades before her death at age 99 in August 1968.

Learn about her Winnebago Tribe heritage and the handmade baskets for which she is still known during the next meeting of the Luther College Woman’s Club (LCWC).

Terry Landsgaard, vice president of the Emma Big Bear Foundation, will present “Emma Big Bear and Her Winnebago Heritage” at the group’s February meeting, Tuesday, Feb. 19, at 1:30 p.m. in Peace Dining Room, Dahl Centennial Union, on the Luther campus. 

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02/19/19
 -03/14/19
The Art of the Story Exhibition

Beginning with a digital humanities initiative focused on changing racial and economic demographics, The Welcome Project helps participants look at factors contributing to the de-urbanizing of communities in post-industrial America. Luther College is hosting The Art of the Story exhibit in the Wigley Fleming gallery in the Center for the Arts on the Luther College campus.

This exhibit is available to the public from Feb. 7 to March 14 with no charge for admission.
 

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02/20/19
Achieving the Impossible: Becoming a Catalyst for Change

Teacher, educational activist, and founder of Freedom Writers Foundation, Erin Gruwell will speak at Luther College. The lecture is open to the public with no charge for admission. Gruwell will be available after the lecture for discussion and a book signing.

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02/21/19
Fiber Klubb

If you would like to learn how to create fabrics using a variety of yarns and tools, please join us for an after-school weaving class. We will learn weaving basics while making bands and braids for belts, friendship bracelets, phone straps, and more. We will also explore different types of fiber and learn something about the history of making fabric along the way.

Past students are welcome to attend.

February 7, 14, 21, 28 and March 7, 14, 2019 (3:15-5:15) Ages 10 to 17. $35 per student.


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02/21/19
History Book Group

The History Book Group will discuss of Frederic Morton’s “Thunder at Twilight: Vienna 1913/1914” Thurs. Feb. 21st on the 2nd floor of the library. “Thunder at Twilight” illuminates two crucial years in Vienna. It was during the carnival of 1913 that a young Stalin arrived on a mission that would launch him into the upper echelon of Russian revolutionaries, and it was here that he first collided with Trotsky. It was in Vienna that the failed artist Adolf Hitler kept daubing watercolors and spouting tirades at fellow drifters in a flophouse. And it was here, shortly before his assassination would trigger the Great War, that Archduke Franz Ferdinand had a troubled audience with Emperor Franz Joseph.
 

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02/21/19
Doug Skullery and Nan Sheniggans: Live Music!

Check out our new duo, "Doug Skullery and Nan Sheniggans". A free will donation will be taken to help with the refugee crisis. BYOB!

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02/21/19
Sierra Hull with 10 String Symphony

On Thursday, February 21, Sierra Hull is set for a stop at the Potter Auditorium in Chatfield, Minnesota with her 4-piece band as part of her 2019 Winter Tour. The show will be opened by a special performance by 10 String Symphony.
 

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02/21/19
Ed Fallon: Marcher Walker Pilgrim

Climate activist and former member of the Iowa Legislature Ed Fallon will be speaking at Luther College. The Luther College Center for Ethics and Public Engagement and the Northeast Iowa Peace and Justice Center are sponsoring an educational Ed Fallon presentation/ book signing.

Fallon is the author of Marcher, Walker, Pilgrim. This 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.

Fallon will be holding his presentation in Olin 102.  
How much are you willing to do to avert the climate crisis? 
Meet the man who walked and led a group 3000 miles to connect with Americans about our choices

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02/21/19
Spring 2019 Biology Colloquium

As a part of Luther College's Spring 2019 Biology Colloquium series, Kurayi Mahachi, Luther class of 2015, will present his lecture, "Lyme disease among hunting dogs: field research in public health," in the Valders Hall of Science Room 206 on the Luther campus.

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

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02/21/19
Luther College V-Day to Present Benefit Performances

One out of every three women in the world will be physically or sexually abused in her lifetime, according to information from the United Nations. In today's climate it is apparent that number may be conservative.
           
To raise money and awareness to stop violence against women and girls, 17 Luther College students will present three benefit performances of Eve Ensler's "The Vagina Monologues" in February. Hailed by The New York Times as, "probably the most important piece of political theatre of the last decade," the performances include heartwarming, funny, poignant and at times heartbreaking stories of women across the globe.
           
Performances are at 7 p.m. Thursday and Friday, Feb. 21-22, and 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 24, in Recital Hall of the Center for Faith and Life on Luther's campus.
 

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02/22/19
Laura Ingalls Wilder Annual Spaghetti Supper

This is your chance to support a great cause – The Laura Ingalls Wilder Park & Museum – and have a great meal at the same time! Tickets $10 Adults (sold at the door)

Live Auction – Purchase goods donated by local businesses

Homemade Pie Auction – your chance to purchase a homemade pie from a local kitchen – with proceeds benefiting the Museum!

Raffle – $100 Walmart Gift Card; $100 Fareway Gift Card; $100 Visa Prepaid Card. Tickets $2 a piece


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02/22/19
Luther College Open Gym for Children

An open gym for children will be offered Friday mornings during February at Luther College. 
Luther's east gym will be available with no admission fee. Balls and scooters will be provided. A parent or guardian is required to stay and supervise their children.
Enter through the main doors of the Regents Center. Registration is not required. 

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02/22/19
Blood Drive at Winneshiek Medical Center

Donating blood is safe, simple and it saves lives. It takes just one hour to make a life-saving blood donation, which will impact the lives of up to three different hospital patients. You can make a difference in your community by helping to maintain the local blood supply when you donate blood with LifeServe Blood Center.
 

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02/22/19
Award-winning comedian Eric O'Shea to perform at Luther College

Critically acclaimed stand-up comedian Eric O'Shea is performing at Luther College at Marty's in the lowest level of the Dahl Centennial Union on Luther's campus.

Tickets are $10 and may be purchased online at www.tickets.luther.edu or via the Luther Ticket Office, telephone (563) 387-1357 or tickets@luther.edu. The Ticket Office is open Monday, Wednesday and Friday, 9-10:30 a.m. and 11 a.m.-3 p.m.; Tuesday, 9 a.m.-3 p.m.; with extended hours on Thursdays, 9 a.m.-7 p.m.
 

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02/22/19
Luther College V-Day to Present Benefit Performances

One out of every three women in the world will be physically or sexually abused in her lifetime, according to information from the United Nations. In today's climate it is apparent that number may be conservative.
           
To raise money and awareness to stop violence against women and girls, 17 Luther College students will present three benefit performances of Eve Ensler's "The Vagina Monologues" in February. Hailed by The New York Times as, "probably the most important piece of political theatre of the last decade," the performances include heartwarming, funny, poignant and at times heartbreaking stories of women across the globe.
           
Performances are at 7 p.m. Thursday and Friday, Feb. 21-22, and 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 24, in Recital Hall of the Center for Faith and Life on Luther's campus.
 

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02/23/19
Taxidermy 101

In this introductory class to the ancient art form of taxidermy, you’ll learn basic techniques of preparing, stuffing, and mounting animal skins. A brief introduction will set the stage for you to create your very own mouse rug or stuffed mouse in an action setting of your choice. All equipment and materials are provided, and you get to keep your mouse! Don’t worry if you’re feeling squeamish; most people find the process far less gruesome than they imagined.
Preregistration required.


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02/23/19
St. Wenceslaus Winter Gala

An elegant evening of socializing, food, drink and entertainment hosted by the St. Wenceslaus Parish of Spillville, Iowa.  Enjoy the pre-meal social hour, with games and silent auction available, beginning at 5:30 pm.  A prime rib or chicken dinner by U2 BBQ and Catering of Calmar, Iowa, follows at 7:00 pm.  After dinner entertainment, scheduled for 8:00 pm, will be provided by comedian, Tim Walkoe.  A musician and improvisational actor, Tim's rapid-fire delivery and shoot-from-the-hip style leaves his audience rolling in the aisles.  The evening concludes with a live fundraising auction with auctioneer, Steve Darrington, and a drawing for the grand door prize. 

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02/23/19
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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02/23/19
Murder Mystery Dinner Theater | Empty Nest Winery

Join us for an evening of relaxing laughs, food, and fun to beat the winter blues! "The Princess Bride Died" production will keep you and your table of friends laughing all night long. The actors perform between the 3 course dinner.

Upstage Productions Cast will be here again putting on this comedy murder mystery with the help of a few guests that evening to complete the show; this show is full of heros, villains, wizards, true love & murder. We sell out very fast for all these performances at Empty Nest Winery, so buy your tickets now!

$46/person for the whole evening's entertainment and 3 course dinner, menu is: House Caesar Salad, Sliced Pork Loin, Chicken Condon Bleu, Cheesy Potatoes, Corn, Fresh baked Dinner Rolls, Choice of Dessert. Bar is open serving Wine, Sangria, Craft Beer on tap, Can Domestic Beer & Hard Ciders. We accommodate group seating so let us know if you have a group or are joining a table. Guests must be 13 years or older to attend the Dinner Theater.

Tickets can be transferred to another person but dates cannot be changed or money refunded.

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02/23/19
Luther College hosts Scholar Recognition Day

Luther College Admissions will host a Scholar Recognition Day on Saturday, Feb. 9 and Saturday Feb. 23 in order to recognize the highest achieving admitted students at Luther, and allow those students the chance to interact with faculty and current students.

Students who have been awarded the Founder's, President's or Dean's Scholarship, or the Martin Luther Award are invited to attend the event.
 

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02/23/19
Winneshiek Idea House

Join us for the second annual Winneshiek Idea House! Last year's event was full of energy and excitement, and we're expecting more of the same this year.

This event is for anyone interested in building a more resilient and sustainable Winneshiek County. Our focus this year is on *local impact investing*—how we can use our dollars and time and skills to improve our community & create a secure future for ourselves and our neighbors.

During the *Trout Tank* portion of the evening four fabulous entrepreneurs will present their business ideas and needs. After each five-minute presentation, attendees (you!) will be able to ask clarifying questions. Then we share out loud how we’re willing to support each entrepreneur. Community members may “invest” loans or gifts of money, in-kind offers, expertise, neighborliness, and more to support their favorite local enterprises. Think of it as crowdfunding in real time!

The evening will conclude with a an opportunity for you to meet the entrepreneurs and network with other attendees. We'll also have a *Needs and Offers Wall* that you can peruse. Grab a beverage and stay for a while!

Tickets are available at a sliding scale price ($5–$25). Nobody will be turned away due to lack of funds. Register at winneshiekdevelopment.org/idea-house/

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02/23/19
Faculty Artist Series

Luther College piano faculty members Xiao Hu and Du Huang will present a piano duo recital in Luther’s Noble Recital Hall of the Jenson-Noble Hall of Music.

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

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02/23/19
Water Street Music Presents: Fellas

FELLAS and the Water Street Music will host a night of new musical theater at T-Bock’s Upstairs Saturday, Feb. 23, at 7 and 9 p.m.

Tickets are $7 for students and $13 for general admission and are available at waterst.org or by calling 563-277-7734. 

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02/24/19
Euchre Tournament

Bring your friends or come on your own for a fun, friendly night of Euchre! (Emphasis on the "friendly"). There will be snacks and fun prizes provided!

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02/24/19
The Oneota Valley Community Orchestra Presents: A Czech Influence

Oneota Valley Community Orchestra

A Czech Influence

At Decorah High School Auditorium

Sunday, February 24th at 2:30 pm

Season Sponsor: The Marion E. Jerome Foundation

Everyone is invited to join the Oneota Valley Community Orchestra for their second concert of their fifth season featuring principal cellist Craig Hultgren on Sunday, February 24th at 2:30 pm.  Celebrating their fifth season as the Driftless Region’s foremost orchestral ensemble, the OVCO will perform works by Janacek, Mozart, and Dvorak. This free concert will take place at Decorah High School Auditorium.

The OVCO will begin with Lachian Dances, Movements V and VI.  Written by Czech composer Leos Janacek, Lachian Dances is a collection of instrumental arrangements of Czech folk dances.  Movement V, Celadensky, is a ode to the village of Celandna, from which this lively dance came. Movement VI, Pilky, has its origins in a dance that comes from farmers preparing for the onset of winter.  This three-section piece ends with a climatic finish.

The OVCO continues with Mozart’s Symphony No. 30 in D Major.  This symphony, also known as the Prague symphony, was debuted there in 1787.  One of Mozart’s three-movement symphonies, this piece also included the lavish use of wind instruments.  These two characteristics point to Mozart’s intention to expand what traditional symphonies have been in the past.  This virtuosic piece is sure to be a crowd pleaser.

The OVCO concludes with Cello Concerto in B Minor, Op. 104, by Antonin Dvorak.  This piece, written in 1894, was one of Dvorak’s last solo concertos. Considered one of his innermost works, this piece is one of profound contemplation but also one of expression and liberal proportions.  The OVCO is thrilled to feature their own Craig Hultgren on cello.

Craig Hultgren is active in new music, the newly creative arts, and the avant-garde. Recently leaving Birmingham after more than 30 years as a member of the Alabama Symphony, he now resides on a hobby farm outside of Decorah.  The New York Classical Review commented that he, "…played with impressive poise and sensitivity…" for Dorothy Hindman's 2016 chamber music retrospective at Carnegie Hall. At this point, almost 300 works have been created for him. A recipient of two Artist Fellowships from the Alabama State Council on the Arts, he was a member for many years of Thámyris, a contemporary chamber music ensemble in Atlanta. He is a founding member of Luna Nova, a new music ensemble with a large repertoire of performances available as podcast downloads on iTunes. Hultgren is featured in three solo CD recordings including The Electro-Acoustic Cello Book on Living Artist Recordings. For ten years, he produced the Hultgren Solo Cello Works Biennial, an international competition that highlighted the best new compositions for the instrument. He taught at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, the Alabama School of Fine Arts, Wartburg College, Iowa, and Birmingham-Southern College where he directed the BSC New Music Ensemble. He is a founding member and former President of the Birmingham Art Music Alliance and was on the Board of Directors of the Metropolitan Youth Orchestras of Birmingham and their Scrollworks program. Currently, he is Vice President of the Oneota Valley Community Orchestra Board of Directors, and has recently become Chair of the Board of Directors for the Iowa Composers Forum.

Founded in 2014 under the direction of Matthew Cody, the Oneota Valley Community Orchestra presents free live classical music to the residents of the Oneota Valley, promotes music education, and provides the opportunity for amateur and professional musicians to perform great masterpieces of music. The fifth season of the OVCO is sponsored by the Marion E. Jerome Foundation.

The OVCO is a 501(c)3 non-profit through the state of Iowa and the federal IRS. All donations are tax deductible.  For more information about the OVCO, visit www.ovcorchestra.org.

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02/24/19
Faculty Artist Series

Luther College music faculty Jonathon Struve, baritone, and Nicholas Shaneyfelt, piano, present a voice recital in Luther’s Noble Recital Hall in Jenson-Noble Hall of Music. Carol Hester, flute, will also collaborate on the recital.
           
The performance is open to the public with no charge for admission.
 

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02/24/19
Luther College V-Day to Present Benefit Performances

One out of every three women in the world will be physically or sexually abused in her lifetime, according to information from the United Nations. In today's climate it is apparent that number may be conservative.
           
To raise money and awareness to stop violence against women and girls, 17 Luther College students will present three benefit performances of Eve Ensler's "The Vagina Monologues" in February. Hailed by The New York Times as, "probably the most important piece of political theatre of the last decade," the performances include heartwarming, funny, poignant and at times heartbreaking stories of women across the globe.
           
Performances are at 7 p.m. Thursday and Friday, Feb. 21-22, and 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 24, in Recital Hall of the Center for Faith and Life on Luther's campus.
 

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02/25/19
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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02/25/19
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The Pet Show Gallery

ArtHaus in Decorah is seeking artists of all types and stripes to cover the gallery with artwork of your pets.    No mats or frames are necessary, each artwork will find a home in the gallery either with a pedestal, pushpin or nail.  Artwork must be original and can be dropped off between 1-5 Monday-Friday until February 1 at the ArtHaus Gallery.  The entry fee is $5 per piece. 
 
Artists are encouraged (but not required) to sell their work with a silent auction bid form with proceeds going to Humane Society of NE Iowa.  A closing reception with refreshments will take place March 29, where people may make their final bids and collect their artwork.  
 
The Pet Show recognizes creative talent throughout Northeast Iowa; artists of all ages are encouraged to participate including beginners, emerging, established professionals, hobbyists, youngsters, college students, and retirees.
 

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02/25/19
Come Belong in Song

You are invited to join with women and girls in SongSisters, 8 weeks of playful and heartful singing. It doesn’t matter whether you think of yourself as a ‘singer’ or not, for every voice adds to the beauty of our songs, and we need yours!

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02/26/19
Fruit and Vegetable Farmer Meet Ups

This meet up provides a space for farmers to discuss the upcoming season, challenges, opportunities, ideas, and network with other farmers over a cup of coffee and some breakfast. The event is free and open to all fruit and vegetable growers. You don't have to be a PFI member to attend, but bring a breakfast dish to share! 

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02/26/19
Agents of Change: Presented by Luther College BSU

In 1968, a group of students led the longest campus strike in United States history in search of equality and social justice for the African American community. Today this event is seen as a starting point for the establishment of ethnic studies and social equality. Through the stories of the young men and women who lead the battle for a more relevant and meaningful education for African American students, "Agents of Change" is a film that examines the racial conditions found on college campuses.

As part of their 50-year anniversary commemoration, Luther College's Black Student Union will host a film screening of "Agents of Change" at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 26, in Valders Hall of Science Room 206 on the Luther campus.

Both the screening and discussion to follow are open to the public with no charge for admission.
 

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02/27/19
Digital Marketing Training Series


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02/27/19
Parkinson Support Group

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

If the weather is particularly bad please call the # below and confirm that the meeting is being held. We have had quite a Winter thus far. I will leave a message on my machine. I look forward to seeing you all.


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02/27/19
Seed Treatment Course

Winneshiek County will host a Seed Treatment Continuing Instruction Course (CIC) for commercial pesticide applicators, Wednesday, February 27, 2019. The program will be shown at locations across Iowa through the Iowa State University Extension and Outreach Pesticide Safety Education Program (PSEP).

Registration begins at 8:30 AM.
 
 

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02/28/19
Fiber Klubb

If you would like to learn how to create fabrics using a variety of yarns and tools, please join us for an after-school weaving class. We will learn weaving basics while making bands and braids for belts, friendship bracelets, phone straps, and more. We will also explore different types of fiber and learn something about the history of making fabric along the way.

Past students are welcome to attend.

February 7, 14, 21, 28 and March 7, 14, 2019 (3:15-5:15) Ages 10 to 17. $35 per student.


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02/28/19
Spring 2019 Humanities Distinguished Lecture

Award winning historian, author, professor and founding director of the Antiracist Research and Policy Center at American University, Ibram X. Kendi will present the Humanities Distinguished Lecture in the Main Hall of the Center for Faith and Life on the Luther College campus.
           
This event is open to the public with no charge for admission.
 

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02/28/19
Norse Athletic Association Happy Hour Event

Luther College's Norse Athletic Association invites the Decorah community to Rubiyat restaurant at 5 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 28, for the NAA Happy Hour event.

Open to the public with no charge for admission, the Happy Hour event features many members of the coaching staff and administrators from Luther College’s Athletic Department in attendance. With no formal programming, this is a great chance for the Decorah community to get firsthand information on Norse athletics in a relaxed atmosphere with the coaches.
 

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