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Events in the month of March 2019
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03/01/19
Chamber Gala

Join the DACC for our annual Gala fundraising event. This year's theme is "Tailgating." Wear your favorite sports gear and enjoy a night out. 
We will tailgate from the Hotel Winneshiek, Rubaiyat, and the Courtyard & Cellar. Game time is at 8 p.m. at T-Bock's Upstairs. Entertainment will be provided by Odd Ballz and there will be a tailgate buffet. We will also host a live and silent auction.

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03/01/19
Faculty Artist Series

Luther College faculty members Spencer Martin and Nicholas Shaneyfelt are performing a program titled, "1919: A Viola Centenary," 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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03/02/19
Story Time and Author Talk with Jacqueline Briggs Martin & Larry Day


Kids and adults are all invited to a free story time and author talk with children’s book author Jacqueline Briggs Martin and illustrator Larry Day as they share their new picture book Bim, Bam, Bop...and Oona. A tale about being true to yourself, Bim, Bam, Bop . . . and Oona (Univ. of Minnesota Press 2019) is an irresistible read-aloud picture book in which a little odd-duck-out discovers her unique strengths. Jacqueline and Larry will read and talk about their new book on Saturday, March 2 at 10:00 AM at Dragonfly Books.


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03/02/19
A DIRECTING WORKSHOP

New Minowa Players is excited to present a workshop for anyone who has considered directing a show. Creating opportunities for people to learn new skills, or to improve existing skills, is a joy to us, and we take it seriously. Offering workshops is one of the ways we do that. Please join us for A Directing Workshop. The cost, $10 for members of New Minowa Players and $20 for non-members, includes all materials and lunch. Registration is limited t 20 participants and is open to adults and high school or college age students.

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03/02/19
Faculty Artist Series

Luther College music faculty and pianist Miko Kominami will give a solo piano recital in the Noble Recital Hall of the Jenson-Noble Hall of Music on the Luther campus.
           
The recital, open to the public with no charge of admission, includes three Scarlatti Sonatas, four Liszt-Schubert songs, Haydn Sonata in F Major and concludes with Liszt's "Rhapsodie Espagnole."
 

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03/02/19
Ethnic Arts Festival

In celebration of the diverse cultures that come together to make up the Luther College community, the annual Ethnic Arts Festival held by the Center for Intercultural Engagement and Student Success will take place Saturday, March 2. People who have attended the festival in previous years will notice a new structure to this year’s event, including new activities highlighting cultures found in the local community.
 

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03/03/19
Slow Down with a Mindfulness Workshop at Vesterheim Museum

Slow down with Vesterheim, the National Norwegian-American Museum and Heritage Center, and the work of painter Christian Midjo at a S.L.O.W.A.R.T workshop at the museum on Sunday, March 3.
           
This program combines mindfulness meditation, focused observation, and fine art. “Slowing down reveals complexity we would otherwise miss because of the many distractions we have in our lives,” Zach Row-Heyveld, Vesterheim’s exhibitions manager, said.
 

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03/03/19
Balalaika Ensemble Performance

The Luther College Balalaika Ensemble, featuring special guest Ami Hall, class of 1996, will perform in concert in Shirley Baker Commons on the Luther campus.

The concert is open to the public with no charge for admission. Young children are encouraged to attend.
 

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03/03/19
Concert Band and Brass Quintet Performance

Luther College's Concert Band and the Norse Brass Quintet, which is composed of Luther faculty, will perform during Luther's Dorian Band Festival at 7 p.m. Sunday, March 3, in the Main Hall of the Center for Faith and Life on Luther's campus.
           
The concert is open to the public with no charge for admission.
 

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03/04/19
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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03/04/19
 -03/08/19
Forging Klubb

In this class you will learn basic forging theory, shop safety, and proper use of tools prior to starting up the forges. Once in the shop, each of you will use the forging equipment, including forges, anvils, hammers, and tongs to forge your own key rack or coat hook. You will come away knowing how to taper, bend, rivet, and make scrolls. The class will be tailored to different ages and individual skills. All supplies and materials are included in the registration fee.

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03/04/19
 -03/08/19
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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03/04/19
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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03/04/19
Dorian Band Festival Grand Concert

Over 525 high school musicians from Iowa, Minnesota and Wisconsin will participate in the Dorian Band Festival that will take place on March 3-4. All students participating in the festival will perform in the Grand Concert that will take place at 6:30 p.m. Monday, March 4 in the Main Hall of the Center for Faith and Life on the Luther campus.
           
This event is open to the public with no charge for admission.
 

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03/05/19
Savor the Culinary History of Iowa at the Decorah Public Library

What comes to mind when you think of Iowa food? Everyone has an Iowa food story and Lake City author Darcy Dougherty Maulsby will bring these stories to life in “Adventures in Iowa’s Culinary History” at the Decorah Public Library.

Maulsby’s presentation is free and open to the public thanks to the Friends of Decorah Public Library.
 

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03/05/19
Finding the Hjemland

Luther College professor Kate Elliott to present Paideia Texts and Issues lecture 

Examining the intersection of immigration and art, Luther College associate professor of art history, Kate Elliott will discuss identity formation in "Finding the'Hjemland:' HerbjørnGausta and the Immigrant American Artist Experience" at 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 5, in the Recital Hall of the Center for Faith and Life on Luther's campus.

The event, the third Paideia Texts and Issues lecture of the 2018-19 series "Journeys and Hospitalities," is open to the public with no charge for admission. A reception will follow in Qualley Lounge.


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03/06/19
St. Benedict Pancake Supper

Pancake Supper
Serving Pancakes, Eggs, Applesauce and Beverages
*Take Outs Available*

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03/06/19
Dog Tales at Decorah Public Library

Decorah Public Library staff are continuing to partner with a dedicated group of local volunteers to bring certified therapy dogs to the library for Dog Tales programs. Children ages 5-12 who are reading independently may come to the children’s area of the library and read aloud to the dogs from 6:30-7:15 p.m. on Wed. March 6 and Wed. March 20.
 

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03/06/19
Luther presents guest lecturer Kadra Abdi

Luther College alumna Kadra Abdi, class of 2008, is a strategic consultant who spends her days helping minority businesses and nonprofits craft strategies and counteract the often-negative assumptions that arise between immigrant and mainstream communities. On March 6, she will speak at the Hammarskjold Lounge in the Dahl Centennial Union on the Luther campus.

This event is open to the public with no charge for admission.
 

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03/07/19
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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03/07/19
Opening Night of Oneota Film Festival

Oneota Film Festival X Opening Night will feature the screening Won’t You Be My Neighbor, the award-winning biography of Mr. Rogers, our favorite children's television host.  


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03/07/19
Luther College to host jazz drummer Keith Hall

A joyful performer and consummate drummer, Keith Hall will present a guest jazz artist recital alongside Luther College faculty at 7:30 p.m., Thursday, March 7, in the Main Hall of the Center for Faith and Life on the Luther campus. The performance is open to the public with no charge of admission.
           
The performance titled "Art Blakey at 100: A Musical Celebration of Blakey and the Jazz Messengers," includes music by Benny Golson, Freddie Hubbard, Wayne Shorter, Bobby Timmons and other distinguished alumni of Blakey's Jazz Messengers.
 

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03/07/19
Early Detection Tool for Invasive Silver and Bighead Carp

Emy Monroe, a supervisory geneticist of the Whitney Genetics Laboratory in Onalaska, Wisconsin, is presenting a lecture at Luther College about Asian carp as an invasive species as well as the use of an environmental DNA monitoring program (eDNA) in controlling Asian carp populations. The lecture takes place at 9:40 a.m. Thursday, March 7, in Valders Hall of Science, Room 206 on Luther's campus.

The lecture is part of Luther's spring Biology Colloquium series. All lectures and discussions are open to the public with no charge for admission.
 

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03/08/19
 -03/09/19
Oneota Film Festival X

The Oneota Film Festival celebrates it's tenth year with screening of dozens of  independently produced films on the Luther Campus.

This year's Festival, themed Stories in Community, will include adventures like climbing mountains and kayaking in Norway. People with a passion for sustainability will find several films that speak out about the issues that concern everyone. There are stories of people and their movements, art, and magic around the world. Stories of people and places you know and love will be told in several films. 

Come and share films with your community and with visiting filmmakers who will be there to hear your responses to their work. All films are free, but OFF asks that you register to let them know about your participation in the Festival: https://www.oneotafilmfestival.org/register

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03/08/19
 -03/10/19
Nabotunet Open House

Aase Haugen Senior Services will host an Open house at the new Nabotunet (pronounced Na-boo-TOON-eh) patio home neighborhood on March 8-10. The new homes, built exclusively for people age 50+, will be open for touring each day from 10am to 4pm. Decorah Area Chamber of Commerce will host a ribbon cutting on Friday, March 8 at 10 a.m. Two of the duplex homes are available for immediate occupancy and range in size from 1,690 to 1,998 in finished square feet.


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03/08/19
The Ecological State and Ecological Civilization: Who Will Rise to Meet China's Global Environmental Challenge?

With an intense commitment to building an "Ecological State" and developing "Ecological Civilization," China's central government has built a foundation to lead the world in green development. Bard College professor Christopher Coggins will give a lecture on the development of the global environmental challenge at 8 p.m. on Tuesday, March 5 in Valders Hall of Science Room 206 on the Luther campus.

The lecture is open to the public with no charge for admission. Coggins will be available after the lecture for discussion.
 

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03/08/19
Faculty Artist Series

Jennaya Robison, assistant professor of music at Luther College will give a vocal recital at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, March 8 in the Noble Recital Hall of the Jenson-Noble Hall of Music on the Luther Campus. Robison will be joined by Jared Rogers, tenor, Nicholas Shaneyfelt, collaborative piano, and Diego Piedra, violin.
           
The recital is open to the public with no charge for admission.
 

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03/09/19
So You Want to be a Beekeeper?

So You Want to be a Beekeeper?

Saturday March 9, 2019     9am-4:30pm

What’s all the buzz about? Join this in-depth beekeeping class to find out! You’ll get an extensive look at what it means to be a beekeeper through a presentation and hands-on learning. You’ll have an opportunity to work with hives (minus the bees). The first half of the day will cover beekeeping terminology, biology of bees, pests and diseases, and beekeeping equipment. The second half of the day will include buying bees, hive and pest management, winter preparation, extracting honey, and working with beekeeping equipment. At the end of this class you will have a better understanding of what it takes to be an effective beekeeper.

Instructors: Chris Schad (The Bee Shed) – is a biologist by training, with several peer-reviewed papers published in scientific journals. Several years ago he turned his attention to prairie restoration and other ways to support local pollinators such as honey bees. He manages bees on his rural Rochester, MN property plus on other sites in the region.

John Shonyo (The Bee Shed) – has been beekeeping since 2009 in Oronoco Township. Up until the merger with The Bee Shed he owned and operated Bee’s Knees Honey Farm. He has been a honey bee advocate giving presentations to community groups, schools, and service organizations about how important the honey bee is to our food supply and what people can do to help keep a healthy bee population.

 


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03/09/19
 -03/10/19
Homesteading Weekend Workshop

Whether you live on a city plot or acres of land, learn new homesteading skills and become better stewards of your land. Attend the Eagle Bluff Homesteading Weekend Workshop and learn how to manage a beehive, graft fruit tress, cultivate mushrooms, or start an organic garden. These workshops have something for everyone.

Register for the entire weekend or individual classes.

So You Want to be a Beekeeper?

Saturday March 9, 2019     9am-4:30pm

What’s all the buzz about? Join this in-depth beekeeping class to find out! You’ll get an extensive look at what it means to be a beekeeper through a presentation and hands-on learning. You’ll have an opportunity to work with hives (minus the bees). The first half of the day will cover beekeeping terminology, biology of bees, pests and diseases, and beekeeping equipment. The second half of the day will include buying bees, hive and pest management, winter preparation, extracting honey, and working with beekeeping equipment. At the end of this class you will have a better understanding of what it takes to be an effective beekeeper.

Instructors: Chris Schad (The Bee Shed) – is a biologist by training, with several peer-reviewed papers published in scientific journals. Several years ago he turned his attention to prairie restoration and other ways to support local pollinators such as honey bees. He manages bees on his rural Rochester, MN property plus on other sites in the region.

John Shonyo (The Bee Shed) – has been beekeeping since 2009 in Oronoco Township. Up until the merger with The Bee Shed he owned and operated Bee’s Knees Honey Farm. He has been a honey bee advocate giving presentations to community groups, schools, and service organizations about how important the honey bee is to our food supply and what people can do to help keep a healthy bee population.

Beginning Organic Gardening

Sunday March 10, 2019     9am-1pm

Designed for the beginner, this class will give you the basics of plant biology in simple terms. We’ll also discuss how to prepare your growing places, and how to choose the best garden for you. Upon completion of this class, you’ll have a list of possible produce to grow tailored to your own particular space and to the amount of time you want to devote to your garden.

Instructor: Sarah Hansen – has been married to her best friend and fellow enthusiast for over 20 years. Together they are the parents of 13 healthy and vibrant children. They work, play, learn, grow, eat, camp, and explore together on 13 acres in rural Minnesota. Sarah grew up in the country, learning life skills such as gardening, butchering, preserving, cooking, and living naturally. During her years as a wife and mother, she’s added bee-keeping, herbal medicine and home education to her list of joys. In the second third of her life, she plans to continue her love of music and fitness, and hopes to expand her base of organic gardening practices and experiencing adventures with her husband and kids.

Shiitake Mushroom Cultivation

Sunday March 10, 2019      2-5pm

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

Instructor: Joe Deden is the former Executive Director of Eagle Bluff Environmental Learning Center in Lanesboro Minnesota. As a child he spent time in the woods with his maternal grandfather who shared his love for especially wildflowers.  He even attempted to teach him their Latin names.  He was Hay Creek township’s version of Thoreau. The love for nature stuck and giving that opportunity to other children has been Joe’s life mission. He believes we have to share our passion for nature with others, make it infectious and something everyone wants and does. In his free time he enjoys sustainable living, gardening, biking, wild edibles, ecotourism, Ethnobotony and food preservation.

Fruit Tree Grafting and Orchard Care

Saturday March 9, 2019        9am-12pm & 1-4pm

Sunday March 10, 2019        9am-12pm & 1-4pm

This class will teach you how to graft your own apple tree to take home as well as how to care for your trees from planting till harvest. Topics will include rootstock selection, pruning basics and creating habitat that will insure pollination of your new ‘orchard’. The course will provide semi-dwarf rootstocks, a selection of heirloom apple varieties to choose from as well the materials to make your own grafts. This is a hands-on class for all skill levels.

Instructor: Dan Bussey grew up in the middle of his family’s farm orchard in Wisconsin and has been surrounded by apples all his life. Dan is a past president of the Wisconsin Apple Grower’s Association and had operated Albion Prairie Cyder Orchard and Mill in Edgerton for over 30 years before coming to work as the Orchard Manager at the Seed Savers Exchange from 2012 until 2017. Dan has taught fruit tree grafting for 32 years and lectures on heirloom apple growing, orchard management, cider making and even apple pie baking. Dan is the author of the recently published, 7-volume “The Illustrated History of Apples in the United States and Canada” by the Jakkaw Press of Mt. Horeb, Wisconsin. This book won the 2018 Literature Award given by the Council on Botanical and Horticultural Libraries. Dan currently resides in Ridgeway, Iowa.


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03/09/19
 -03/10/19
Fruit Tree Grafting and Orchard Management

Fruit Tree Grafting and Orchard Care

Saturday March 9, 2019        9am-12pm or 1-4pm

Sunday March 10, 2019        9am-12pm or 1-4pm

This class will teach you how to graft your own apple tree to take home as well as how to care for your trees from planting till harvest. Topics will include rootstock selection, pruning basics and creating habitat that will insure pollination of your new ‘orchard’. The course will provide semi-dwarf rootstocks, a selection of heirloom apple varieties to choose from as well the materials to make your own grafts. This is a hands-on class for all skill levels.

Instructor: Dan Bussey grew up in the middle of his family’s farm orchard in Wisconsin and has been surrounded by apples all his life. Dan is a past president of the Wisconsin Apple Grower’s Association and had operated Albion Prairie Cyder Orchard and Mill in Edgerton for over 30 years before coming to work as the Orchard Manager at the Seed Savers Exchange from 2012 until 2017. Dan has taught fruit tree grafting for 32 years and lectures on heirloom apple growing, orchard management, cider making and even apple pie baking. Dan is the author of the recently published, 7-volume “The Illustrated History of Apples in the United States and Canada” by the Jakkaw Press of Mt. Horeb, Wisconsin. This book won the 2018 Literature Award given by the Council on Botanical and Horticultural Libraries. Dan currently resides in Ridgeway, Iowa.


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03/09/19
Western Home String Band Contra Dance

Join for the "Spring Thaw" contra dance!

No previous experience is necessary and partners are optional. The suggested donation is $7.

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03/09/19
Luther College to present TEDx

In a community filled with a variety of ideas and experiences, Luther College students have organized the campus' first TEDx program. Featuring local voices and stories, TEDxLutherCollege will host a 10 a.m. and a 2 p.m. session Saturday, March 9 in the Recital Hall of the Center for Faith and Life on the Luther campus.

TEDxLutherCollege present discussions about some of the pressing issues that face our community. Tickets are $5 and may be purchased at tickets.luther.edu.


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03/10/19
KDEC Spring Home, Sport & Garden Show

The 36th Annual KDEC Spring Home, Sport & Garden Show returns to Decorah High School Sunday, March 10th. The free-admission show, considered to be one of the best in the region, normally attracts over two-thousand visitors in the 5-hour duration from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
 
 

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03/10/19
Kinderhaus Open Haus

Come meet our teachers, explore our spaces, and learn about our outdoor-based, Waldorf-inspired preschool!

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03/10/19
Madison 4-H Soup Supper Annual Fundraiser

Madison 4-H Soup Supper Annual Fundraiser
 

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03/10/19
Live Music - Free Time!

You asked and they answered - of course they're back! Sunday nights are so cozy down by the fire, and with this talented crew providing your entertainment, you can't go wrong. We'll see you at The Cellar!

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03/10/19
Beginner Organic Gardening

Beginning Organic Gardening

Sunday March 10, 2019     9am-1pm

Designed for the beginner, this class will give you the basics of plant biology in simple terms. We’ll also discuss how to prepare your growing places, and how to choose the best garden for you. Upon completion of this class, you’ll have a list of possible produce to grow tailored to your own particular space and to the amount of time you want to devote to your garden.

Instructor: Sarah Hansen – has been married to her best friend and fellow enthusiast for over 20 years. Together they are the parents of 13 healthy and vibrant children. They work, play, learn, grow, eat, camp, and explore together on 13 acres in rural Minnesota. Sarah grew up in the country, learning life skills such as gardening, butchering, preserving, cooking, and living naturally. During her years as a wife and mother, she’s added bee-keeping, herbal medicine and home education to her list of joys. In the second third of her life, she plans to continue her love of music and fitness, and hopes to expand her base of organic gardening practices and experiencing adventures with her husband and kids.

 


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03/10/19
Shiitake Mushroom Cultivation

Shiitake Mushroom Cultivation

Sunday March 10, 2019      2-5pm

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

Instructor: Joe Deden is the former Executive Director of Eagle Bluff Environmental Learning Center in Lanesboro Minnesota. As a child he spent time in the woods with his maternal grandfather who shared his love for especially wildflowers.  He even attempted to teach him their Latin names.  He was Hay Creek township’s version of Thoreau. The love for nature stuck and giving that opportunity to other children has been Joe’s life mission. He believes we have to share our passion for nature with others, make it infectious and something everyone wants and does. In his free time he enjoys sustainable living, gardening, biking, wild edibles, ecotourism, Ethnobotony and food preservation.


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03/10/19
Serving God and Humanity: The Organ in Liturgical and Ceremonial Context

Luther College will host its annual Benefactor's Organ Recital,  featuring Kimberly Marshall, professor of organ at Arizona State University. The recital will take place in the Main Hall of the Center for Faith and Life on the Luther campus.

The program, titled "Serving God and Humanity: The Organ in Liturgical and Ceremonial Context" will include music by Bach, Brahms, Fanny Mendelssohn-Hensel, Felix Mendelssohn, Ethel Smyth and Margaret Vardell Sandresky.


 

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03/10/19
Bend, Brew, and Books

Decorah Public Library and Reefuel are teaming up to offer “Bend, Brew, and Books” from 3-4:30 p.m. Sunday March 10 at Pulpit Rock Brewing Co. The program is free but space is limited to 25 people, so registration is required (register online at www.decorah.lib.ia.us).
 

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03/10/19
Decoding the Driftless Film Screening

A new adventure documentary film, “Decoding the Driftless,” will be shown at the KDEC Home, Sport and Garden Show in the orchestra room of Decorah High School.

This public screening is open to all and free of charge.
 

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03/11/19
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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03/11/19
 -03/15/19
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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03/11/19
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!

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03/11/19
Tweens CONNECT with India

Tweens in fifth through eighth grade are invited to join Rachel Sandhorst Monday March 11 at The Lingonberry (218 W. Water St.) This month's Connect program features the country of India! Join us for an afternoon of fun as we meet friends from India and learn about their traditions, dress, music and henna. We will learn how to apply henna and practice on each other. We may even learn a few Bollywood moves!

Connect is a program that focuses on disconnecting from technology, building positive friendships, and participating in a variety of healthy and challenging activities.
 

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03/12/19
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.

The second presenter in the Women in Leadership series is Lorraine Borowski. Lorraine was elected as the mayor of Decorah in 2017. Decorah has been her home since she attended Luther College. Lorraine previously worked as the director of the Public Library and filmed city council meetings for the last 10 years. Her work on civic, county and state initiatives, gives her a strong understanding of the city and its government.

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03/13/19
Digital Marketing Training Series


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03/13/19
Happy Hour Book Group

The Happy Hour Book Group will meet at Rubaiyat to discuss Michelle Obama’s memoir “Becoming.” As First Lady of the United States of America, Michelle Obama helped create the most inclusive White House in history, established herself as a powerful advocate for women, and dramatically changed the ways that families pursue healthier and more active lives. In her memoir, she chronicles the experiences that shaped her—from her childhood on the South Side of Chicago to her years as an executive balancing the demands of motherhood and work, to her time spent at the world’s most famous address.
 

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03/13/19
Here's My Story: I Failed

A panel of Luther College faculty and staff are hosting a roundtable discussion about their experiences with failure and the growth that can come from hardship. The panel's discussion begins at 7 p.m. Wednesday, March 13, in the Center for Faith and Life Recital Hall.

Following the event, a reception will be held in the Center for Faith and Life Qualley Lounge. Both the event and the reception are open to the public with no charge for admission.


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03/14/19
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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03/14/19
Growing Older Without Growing Up: The Parrothead Life

Giving a multimedia introduction to Jimmy Buffett's extensive career, Luther College Professor Emeritus of History Marv Slind will present the lecture, "Growing Older Without Growing Up: The 'Parrothead' Life" at Luther's Emeriti Colloquium, at 3 p.m. Thursday, March 14, in the Mott Room of the Dahl Centennial Union.
           
The lecture is open to the public with no charge for admission.
 

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03/14/19
Center Stage Series - Goitse

Award winning quintet Goitse was forged in the creative crucible of Limerick's Irish World Academy and will perform at Luther College on Thursday, March 14.
           
This event will take place in the Main Hall of the Center for Faith and Life at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, March 14 Tickets are $26 for adults, $24 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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03/15/19
Friday Book Group

The Friday Book Group will meet on the 2nd floor of the library to discuss Emma Donoghue’s “The Wonder.” The Irish Midlands, 1859. An English nurse, Lib Wright, is summoned to a tiny village to observe what some are claiming as a medical anomaly or a miracle—a girl said to have survived without food for months. Tourists have flocked to the cabin of eleven-year-old Anna O’Donnell, and a journalist has come down to cover the sensation. “The Wonder” is a tale of two strangers who transform each other’s lives, a psychological thriller, and a story of love pitted against evil.
 

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03/15/19
Author Talk with Tim Johnston: The Current


Dragonfly Books invites everyone to a free author talk with Iowa City author Tim Johnston as he talks about his new literary thriller The Current. Set in a small Minnesota town, The Current weaves through time, families, wounds, and obsessions to create a gripping and heartbreaking story. Johnston will talk about his book, share his stories, and sign copies on Friday, March 15 at 7:00 pm at Dragonfly Books.


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03/15/19
 -03/17/19
Luther College Theatre Department presents: Appropriate

Luther College presents Branden Jacobs-Jenkins' "Appropriate," a story of siblings colliding over a contentious family history while settling the accounts of the newly-dead Lafayette patriarch.

Performances take place in the Jewel Theatre in Luther's Center for the Arts at 7:30 p.m., Friday, March 15; 1:30 p.m. Saturday, March 16; 7:30 p.m. Saturday, March 16; and at 1:30 p.m. Sunday, March 17.


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03/16/19
2nd Annual Great Inflate & Pancake Breakfast

Decorah Parks and Recreation is hosting the Second Annual Great Inflate and Pancake Breakfast Saturday, March 16, from 10am-2pm in the Decorah High School Gyms.  Participants of all ages are invited to bounce, climb, slide, and run through seven oversized inflatables from Kid Again of La Crosse, WI. Inflatables include End Zone Obstacle Course, NASCAR Figure 8, Screamer Slide, Volcano Playground, Safari Toddler Zone, and more!
 

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03/16/19
Kinderfolk on Stage, featuring LISSIE!

Join your friends and neighbors for a night of music and entertainment — all to support Kinderhaus, Decorah’s outdoor preschool. You won’t want to miss the live talent show, delicious appetizers, and cash bar. Best of all, our featured performer will be nationally recognized singer-songwriter, Lissie! This “Kinderfolk on Stage” event is taking place Saturday, March 16th at the Courtyard and Cellar. The fun begins at 7 p.m. with Lissie taking the stage at 9:30. 

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03/17/19
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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03/17/19
Luther College Spring Oratorio Concert

Luther College's music department presents the biennial Spring Oratorio concert, featuring Luther's Symphony Orchestra, Nordic Choir, Collegiate Chorale and Cathedral Choir. The performance includes Francis Poulenc's Gloria and Leonard Bernstein's Chichester Psalms in commemoration of Bernstein's 100th birthday. The concert will take place at 4 p.m. Sunday, March 17, in Luther's Center for Faith and Life Main Hall.

Tickets are $15 for adults, free for individuals under 18, and free for Luther College students, faculty, and staff. Tickets may be purchased online at tickets.luther.edu. Patrons may also purchase tickets through the Luther Ticket Office, telephone (563) 387-1357 or boxoffice@luther.edu, 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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03/18/19
6 Incredible Journeys

Recognize International Women's Month with a talk at the Lingonberry

Six ladies from the Luther College BTQ Sisters will be sharing how they came to Luther and some of the challenges they have faced. The ladies traveled to Decorah from:
Zimbabwe, Sudan, US/Ghana, Burundi, India, and Pakistan

Sure to be an inspiring event!

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03/18/19
 -03/22/19
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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03/18/19
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!

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03/19/19
Forest Talk with Melissa Koch

Have you gone forest bathing recently? Or noticed what trees in the forest are saying to each other? Join author Melissa Koch at the Decorah Public Library as she shares excerpts from her new book “Forest Talk: How Trees Communicate.”

Koch explains, “In ‘Forest Talk,’ scientists from diverse backgrounds and fields reveal what trees are saying to us and to each other. Trees are essential to all life on Earth, yet humans continue to destroy forests to build roads, cities, homes, and farms. Trees need our help. Learn how to listen when trees talk.”
 

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03/19/19
Luther College Woman's Club March meeting

 Winneshiek County’s history is rich, and thanks to the efforts of several local organizations, that history has been and continues to be preserved for generations to come. But with several different groups involved in these efforts, how can the public keep track of who does what, and what local historical resources are available to them? Learn more about the area’s historical organizations—including updates on various projects—during the next meeting of the Luther College Woman’s Club.

Representatives of four local organizations—the Winneshiek County Historical Society, the Winneshiek County Historic Preservation Commission, the Decorah Historic Preservation Commission, and the Decorah Geneology Association—will present “Current News” at the group’s March meeting, to be held Tuesday, March 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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03/19/19
Female Artists and the Life-Changing Song Oh Happy Day

Luther College presents its 2019 Sihler Memorial Lecture featuring guest speaker Deborah Smith Pollard, University of Michigan-Dearborn Professor of English Literature and Humanities. Focusing on iconic performances of the gospel music standard "O Happy Day" by female performers, Pollard will give her lecture titled, "When I Get to Heaven, I'm Gonna Jump and Shout:' Female Artists and the Life-Changing Song 'Oh Happy Day.'"  

The lecture, which is part of the commemorations for the 50th anniversary of the Black Student Union at Luther College, will take place at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 19, in the Recital Hall of the Center for Faith and Life on the Luther campus.


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03/19/19
Learn to Trick Trolls at Barnetimen (Childrens Hour)

Preschoolers and their caregivers are invited to Barnetimen (Children’s Hour) at Vesterheim, the national Norwegian-American museum and heritage center.
           
“This month, we will learn all about trolls, those troublesome Norwegian creatures, and how to trick them,” Jennifer Kovarik, Vesterheim’s Youth Educator, said. Meet at the Main Building at 502 W. Water St. to explore troll tales and traditions, create art, and eat a snack.
 

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03/19/19
March Energy Breakfast: Net Metering Policy is Under Threat

March's Energy Breakfast, hosted by the Winneshiek Energy District, will present information on a recently proposed law that would threaten the continued growth of solar for Iowa's two investor-owned utilities. The bill, HSB 185, was proposed by MidAmerican Energy and would instruct the Iowa Utilities Board to make changes to Iowa's net-metering policy which allows solar owners fair compensation for energy sold back to utilities.

The Breakfast presentation begins at 7:30 am on Tuesday, March 19th at T-Bock’s Underground. Coffee and muffins by T-Bocks will be available for purchase. The presentation will last until 8:30 and will conclude with postcard writing. The event is free and everyone is welcome to attend, please register at energydistrict.org/breakfast/ by Friday, March 15th.

The Winneshiek Energy District is a non-profit organization serving Winneshiek County that works toward 100% clean, locally owned energy by 2050. Learn more about the Energy District at energydistrict.org.


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03/20/19
2019 Ag Appreciation Luncheon




The Decorah Area Chamber of Commerce (DACC) Agriculture Committee will host the annual Ag Appreciation Luncheon on March 20, 2019 at the Danan Lansing Building at the Winneshiek County Fairgrounds. This year’s lunch will include pork and locally grown potatoes. Serving will begin at 11:30am. Guest speaker Jennifer Bentley and awards will begin at 12 p.m.

Jennifer Bentley is a Dairy Specialist with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach. Bentley specializes in calves and heifers, dairy consumer education, dairy herd management, buildings and facilities, and transition cow management. Bentley will discuss the current ag economy and share tips and resources on managing farm stress.

Following Bentley’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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03/20/19
Dog Tales at Decorah Public Library

Decorah Public Library staff are continuing to partner with a dedicated group of local volunteers to bring certified therapy dogs to the library for Dog Tales programs. Children ages 5-12 who are reading independently may come to the children’s area of the library and read aloud to the dogs from 6:30-7:15 p.m. on Wed. March 6 and Wed. March 20.
 

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03/21/19
Decorah Business Workshop

With Decorah’s tight labor market and the high costs of training new employees, it’s more important than ever to keep good employees.
Need tips on inexpensive ways to keep good employees happy? Come to the latest Decorah Businesses Workshop. Share ideas on ways to keep good employees from leaving, with comments from a panel of people in the same situation as you.

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03/21/19
History Book Group

The History Book Group will discuss Ingrid Rowland and Noah Charney’s “The Collector of Lives: Giorgio Vasari and the Invention of Art” at 6:30 p.m. Thurs. March 21st on the 2nd floor of the library. Giorgio Vasari (1511–1574) was a man of many talents—a sculptor, painter, architect, writer, and scholar—but he is best known for “Lives of the Artists,” the classic account that singlehandedly established the canon of Italian Renaissance art. It was through Vasari’s writings that Raphael, Leonardo, and Michelangelo came to be regarded as masters. In “The Collector of Lives,” Rowland and Charney introduce readers to this pivotal figure in art history.
 

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03/21/19
Porter House Lecture Series

The Porter House Museum's 2019 Lecture Series continues this Thursday, March 21st, featuring Luther College Professor of Biology Kirk Larsen! The talk is FREE and open to the public. Talk will be held at the Lingonberry in downtown Decorah.  
 
What happened to that bug splat on my windshield? Larsen will look at the troubling worldwide decline of insect populations, and make the audience question: Why is this important? And what might we be able to do to make a positive difference?  
 
Doors will open at 7:00PM. Seating is first-come, first-served. A reception will follow.
 
The Lecture Series will conclude on April 11th with naturalist and habitat-restoration specialist Scott Leddy.

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03/22/19
Maritza At Java John's

Decorah’s Maritza will present their signature Balkan boogie, Romany romp, and Klezmer kut-ups. Lively soulful tunes from Eastern Europe, Greece, Russia, and the Jewish klezmer tradition, played on accordion, violin, acoustic bass, and percussion.

 

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03/23/19
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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03/23/19
Live Raptor Program for all ages

Kids of all ages are invited to attend a LIVE raptor show featuring a red-tailed hawk and a screech owl at 11 am Saturday March 23 at Decorah Public Library. The show is free thanks to the Friends of Decorah Public Library- but seating is limited, so please register in advance by visiting the library website (www.decorah.lib.ia.us).
 

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03/23/19
Julie Meirick and Nashville Friends Concert - To Benefit The Spectrum Network

Please join us on Saturday, March 23rd for a night of music and fun! The Spectrum Network welcomes Julie Meirick and Nashville Friends, featuring Jonathan Kingham and Jason Sever, along with local music favorites Josh Vorvick and Jeni Grouws, to the Hotel Winneshiek in Decorah, IA. This concert will help raise money to benefit the many programs at The Spectrum Network.


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03/24/19
Literary Open Mic Night

Dragonfly Books invites everyone to Pulpit Rock Brewing Co. for a Literary Open Mic Night on Sunday, March 24 at 7:00 PM! Prose, poetry, fiction, memoir -- all original work is welcome. Emceed by local KDEC radio host Jeni Grouws and featuring MIBA bookseller and author Danny Caine from The Raven Book Store, the Literary Open Mic Night is a high-energy celebration of literary talent.

Performers will have 3 minutes or less to share their original work and can sign up online at www.dragonflybooks.com/event/openmic or at the door. Don’t want to read, but love a good literary performance? Grab a pint of local brew and enjoy the show!


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03/25/19
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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03/25/19
 -03/29/19
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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03/25/19
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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03/26/19
Learn Beekeeping Basics

Join Master Beekeeper Ed St. John to learn about beekeeping in Iowa. The program is free and open to the public.
 
St. John is the District 3 Director of the Iowa Honey Producers Association (IHPA) and has managed backyard honeybee colonies since 2012.  He currently cares for 14 colonies.
 
Part of the IHPA’s mission is to educate the public about beekeeping and to promote the advancement of the beekeeping industry. Honeybees pollinate 80% of the United States’ flowering crops which constitute one third of everything we eat. 
 

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03/27/19
Digital Marketing Training Series


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03/27/19
Decorah Area Parkinson Support Group

Mark Branum, a Board Certified Geriatric Pharmacist, will speak on the latest medications for treatment of Parkinson’s. Looking forward to seeing you there.


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03/28/19
Iver & Jack Ribbon Cutting

Join us in welcoming one of downtown's newest retail business Iver & Jack. 
Iver & Jack is a store for guys. Casual shirts, jackets, name brand jeans and more in sizes small-xxl.

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03/29/19
The Pet Show Art Reception

The public is welcome to attend the closing reception of The Pet Show, an open art show community members entered with artwork of their pets.  Artists, as young as 5 and into adulthood, will be auctioning their pieces off this Friday, March 29 with 100% of the proceeds going to the Humane Society of NEIA.  The event starts at 7 pm at the ArtHaus Gallery.  A silent auction will end at 8 pm.  Refreshments are provided.  The Humane Society will be bringing animals to the show.  The show has been on display in the gallery since Feb 18 due to the generous sponsorship of LuLu and BBs Pet Market.

 

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03/29/19
Let the Mess Out - Stories and Music by Gabriel Andreas

The belated second show. All original music, including the premier unveiling of a musical trilogy I have only recently finished composing. Songs to fortify the spirit and to ignite the sleeping warrior within. Due to adult themes, including some ripe language, I don’t believe this will be suitable for young children, so take that as you may. I am very much looking forward to being with you again, and to share the rowdy stuff that’s been bouncing around my brain.

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03/30/19
TG's Assassin Bottle Release

This barrel-aged stout spends over a year in barrels, sometimes closer to two, notes of bourbon warm each sip, washing over a fudgy chocolate base.
Visit Toppling Goliath's website for details on the release event. 

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03/30/19
Winneshiek Solar Fair

Could it finally be time to invest in solar for your home, farm, or business?  

The Winneshiek Energy District and local partners bring you Winneshiek Solar Fair - an event to showcase local solar contractors, solar workshops, and other resources to help you find out if 2019 is your year to go solar!

2019 is the perfect storm of low solar costs and the last year for high state and high federal and state tax credits (which start decreasing after this year) and the Winneshiek Solar Fair is your place to learn about solar financing, tax credits, area installers, and more.  Talk to local solar contractors, attend workshops, demonstrations and more.


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03/30/19
Real Estate Public Open House

Open House 10AM to Noon on Saturday, March 30th at 
2557 Clay Hill Road, Decorah
$5000 cash back to Buyer for qualified accepted offer written by March 31st!!!!

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03/31/19
Live Music: Michael McElrath!

Michael McElrath is a local performer who primarily plays folk/blues but dabbles in country and rock as well. He plays 6 and 12-string guitar & is influenced (and does songs by) Bob Dylan, Neil Young, James Taylor, John Prine, and Townes Van Zandt to name just a few. 

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03/31/19
Real Estate Open House

Public Open House: Sunday, March 24th from Noon to 2PM

$5000 Cash to Buyer at Closing for Accepted Qualified Offer Written prior to March 31st! 
 

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03/31/19
Waterfowl Viewing at Cardinal Marsh

Winneshiek County Conservation will be hosting a waterfowl viewing field trip to Cardinal Marsh on Sunday, March 31 at 2:00 pm.

Join naturalist Larry Reis in looking for the wide variety of waterfowl and other birds passing through and settling in at Cardinal Marsh.

Please meet at the marsh’s south parking lot off of Madison Road. Directions and a map are available at www.winneshiekwild.com under “Maps and Directions.”

This event is free and no registration is required. Bring binoculars if you have them.

For more information, call Winneshiek County Conservation at (563) 534-7145.


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