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Events in the month of May 2019
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5/1/2019
Progressive Walking Supper

Join us for a free meal and a community walk on Wed May 1. This spring celebration is being held in conjunction with Screen Free Week, an annual event where children, families, schools, and communities are encouraged to rediscover the joys of life beyond the screen. Plan to unplug from digital entertainment and spend all that free time playing, reading, daydreaming, creating, exploring, and connecting with family and friends!
 

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5/1/2019
James Hansen to give Luther College Roslien Distinguished Lecture

In 1988 Dr. James Hansen, then director of the NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies, testified before Congress and brought the issue of climate change to the public eye. Thirty years later, he continues to raise the public alarm about climate change. Hansen will give Luther College's 2019 David J. Roslien Lecture on Science and Leadership at 7 p.m. Wednesday, May 1, in Luther's Center for Faith and Life, Main Hall.

The lecture, "Shape Your Future: Energy, Climate and Human Rights," is open to the public with no charge for admission. A question and answer session and book signing will follow the lecture.


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5/2/2019
National Day of Prayer

The National Day of Prayer is an annual observance held on the first Thursday of May, inviting people of all faiths to pray for the nation. It was created in 1952 by a joint resolution of the United States Congress, and signed into law by President Harry S. Truman.

The public is invited to join in prayer.

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5/2/2019
Escalation Workshop

The Escalation Workshop is a film-based discussion that opens people's eyes to the warning signs of relationship abuse. The workshop consists of a short film, Escalation, followed by a guided discussion led by a trained facilitator from Helping Services. 

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5/3/2019
T-Pain Concert

American rapper, singer, songwriter and record-producer T-Pain will perform in concert on the Luther College campus at 8 p.m. Friday, May 3, in the Regents Center. Doors open at 7:30 p.m.
           
Tickets for the performance are $45 and can be purchased at tickets.luther.edu or via the Luther Ticket Office, (563) 387-1357 or boxoffice@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. The name on the ticket must match the ticketholder’s ID for entry into the concert.
 

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5/3/2019
Friendship Day Friday

Everyone is invited to Church Women United 2019 May Friendship Day Friday at Good Shepard Lutheran Church.

Coffee at 9 am followed by a program at 9:30 am.

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5/3/2019
Poetry with Anders Carlson-Wee and Elijah Burrell

Dragonfly Books is pleased to present an evening of poetry and conversation with Anders Carlson-Wee and Elijah Burrell. Everyone is invited to this free event featuring two midwest poets. Carlson-Wee and Burrell will talk about their new books and share their poetry on Friday, May 3 at 7:00 PM at Dragonfly  Books.

For more information visit https://www.dragonflybooks.com/event/burrellcarlsonwee.


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5/3/2019
Empty Nest Winery Event

May 3 First Friday open with the El Caminos playing & smoked brisket on the buffet
May 3 Release Simplicity wine
May 12 Mothers Day Brunch tickets online at eventbrite.com
Memorial weekend luau party Friday 4-9pm; Sat-Sun- Monday 11-5pm
May 26 Live Music on the Patio 1-5pm
Memorial Weekend hours Friday 4-9pm; Sat. Sun & Monday 11-5  Hot food buffet all weekend, live music on patio Sunday @ 1pm  Release summer wines
May 30th Release Dragonfly Dreams Wine at 4pm
 

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5/3/2019
Luther Ringers Handbell Ensemble

Luther College Ringers Handbell Ensemble will present its annual spring concert at 6:30 p.m. Friday, May 3 in the Noble Recital Hall of Luther's Jenson Noble Hall of Music.
           
The concert is open to the public with no charge for admission.
 

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5/3/2019
Luther College Spring Open House

Luther College Admissions will hold a Spring Open House on Friday, May 3, to give high school sophomores and juniors an introduction to Luther College.
           
The day includes a campus tour, an admissions workshop, complementary lunch, a trolley tour of Decorah and optional student life and music session.
 

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5/4/2019
ArtHaus Kentucky Derby Gala & ArtDash

The annual ArtHaus Gala is here and you’re invited! The gala will be held at the Decorah Elk’s Lodge on Saturday, May 4th from 6:30-10:00 PM. For over 10 years you have been supporting the arts in Decorah. Come celebrate creativity and community through a fun evening of Kentucky Derby racing games, mint juleps, and fancy hats.

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5/4/2019
Story Time in the Park with Elephant and Piggie!

Dragonfly Books is thrilled to celebrate the 100th anniversary of Children’s Book Week with a special Story Time in the Park! On Saturday, May 4 at 10:00 AM, children of all ages and families are invited to Phelps Park for stories with Dragonfly Books, outdoor activities, and special guests Elephant and Piggie!


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5/4/2019
Big Hearts & Barrels Charity Beer Fest

A Beer Fest to raise money for families with children fighting cancer.

Entry will be through the Community building.
 

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5/5/2019
Decoding the Driftless screening in Chatfield, MN

Go on a wild ride of adventure above, on, and below the amazing Driftless Region with the screening of the award-winning documentary, Decoding the Driftless, coming to Potter Auditorium at Chatfield Center for the Arts on Sunday, May 5 at 3pm. The film will soars over ancient, rugged bluffs, skims the surface of primordial rivers, ventures deep underground to secret worlds, marvels at sacred archeological treasures, hangs perilously over massive rock cliffs, and travels across time itself to explore and decipher ancient clues of the unglaciated Driftless Region landscape.

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5/5/2019
Decorah Chorale Spring Concert

Decorah Chorale presents “WON’T YOU BE MY NEIGHBOR?” May 5
 
Community, relationships, peace and understanding are central themes of Decorah Chorale’s spring concert, “Won’t You Be My Neighbor?”
 
The one-hour concert is Sunday, May 5 at 3 p.m. at Decorah Lutheran Church, and features a diverse offering of music, including songs from “Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood” and the movie “The Greatest Showman,”  as well as selections by Iowa composers Elaine Hagenberg and Connor Koppin.
 
The concert is free with no charge for admission. A free-will offering will be taken.
 
“Won’t you be my neighbor?” is a lyric in the opening song of the Public Television show “Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood.” Child advocate, Presbyterian minister and television personality Fred Rogers created the program in 1968. It became a nurturing and beloved show for children and families. Rogers ended each program by saying,"You've made this day a special day, by just your being you. There's no person in the whole world like you; and I like you just the way you are."
 
“The community theme really seems to resonate with the Chorale,” said Artistic Director Jason Rausch. “The group works to be good neighbors by hosting Decorah’s Community Meal twice a year, performing for area events like Music on Water Street, Vesterheim Christmas, singing at care centers, and by donating over $40,000 in proceeds from free-will offerings over the past 20 years to local charities such as Habitat for Humanity and Decorah Music Boosters.”
 
The Decorah Chorale is a mixed choral ensemble with over eighty members from Decorah and eight surrounding Iowa and Minnesota communities. The group rehearses Sunday evenings beginning in late August and continuing through April, with several weeks off around the holidays. Email decorahchoraledirector@gmail.com, or visit www.decorahchorale.org for more information.
 
The Decorah Chorale is led by Rausch, who is completing his fifth season with the choir. Collaborative pianist is Chris Hadley.
 
 
 

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5/5/2019
Faculty Artist Series: Lynne Postudensek Hart

 Luther College adjunct faculty in music, Lynne Postudensek Hart, will present a saxophone recital at 7 p.m. Sunday, May 5, in Luther’s Noble recital Hall of Jenson-Noble Hall of Music.

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

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5/6/2019
Norwegian Expert on Historical Photography and Norwegian Migration

Sigrid Lien from Bergen, Norway, author of “Pictures of Longing—Photography and the Norwegian-American Migration” will visit Vesterheim, the National Norwegian-American museum and heritage center, on May 6. Lien will give a slide show presentation about her research from 7:00-9:00 p.m. in Vesterheim's Amdal-Odland Heritage Center at 523 W. Water St. She will also be available for a book signing in the Museum Store from 2:00-4:00 p.m. on the same day.
 

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5/7/2019
Luther College to host pianist Lei Weng

Steinway artist, frequent concert soloist, avid chamber music performer and dedicated educator, Lei Weng will come to perform at Luther College. He will perform at 7:30 p.m., Tuesday, May 7, in the Noble Recital Hall of the Jensen Noble Hall of Music on the Luther campus.

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

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5/7/2019
Transcending the Human: Technology and the Liberal Arts

Discussing the impact of technology on culture, Yvonne Förster, a research professor at Shanxi University-Taiyuan, China, and a professor of philosophy at Leuphana University-Lüneburg, Germany, will speak at Luther College. She will present the lecture, "Transcending the Human: Technology and the Liberal Arts," at 7 p.m. Tuesday, May 7, in Olin room 102 on Luther's campus.
           
The lecture is open to the public with no charge for admission.
 

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5/8/2019
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5/8/2019
Luther presents LGBT+ Experiences and Identities panel

As part of the "Here's My Story" series, Luther College will present an LGBT+ Experiences and Identities panel. This panel will take place at 7 p.m. Wednesday, May 8, in Valders Hall of Science, Room 206.
           
This event is open to the public with no charge for admission. There will be a reception to follow in the Science Atrium of Valders.
 

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5/9/2019
Author Talk with Nickolas Butler: LITTLE FAITH

Award-winning Wisconsin author Nickolas Butler joins Dragonfly Books for an author talk featuring his new book Little Faith. In this moving novel, a Wisconsin family grapples with the power and limitations of faith when one of their own falls under the influence of a radical church. Everyone is invited to this free event to hear from Butler and learn more about Little Faith on Thursday, April 11 at 7:00 PM at Dragonfly Books.


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5/9/2019
 -5/11/2019
Luther College Dance Performance: What Would Love Do?

"What Would Love Do?" Luther's dance program examines this question through their performances on May 9-11 in the Jewel Theatre in the Center for The Arts on the Luther campus.

The performances will take place at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, May 9 and Friday, May 10 and at 1:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, May 11.
 

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5/9/2019
Luther College to host violinist Naria Kim

New York born violinist and Korea based international violinist and teacher Naria Kim will perform at 7:30 p.m., Thursday, May 9, in the Noble Recital Hall of the Jensen Noble Hall of Music on the Luther campus. The performance is open to the public with no charge of admission.
 

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5/9/2019
Islamophobia & the 2020 Presidential Election

For the past two decades, Islamophobia has increasingly played a prominent role in presidential election cycles, with the 2015-16 cycle exhibiting some fo the most egregious examples of anti-Muslim rhetoric and policy proposals to date. What explains this trend? How have presidents and presidential candidates over the past two decades contributed to or resisted Islamophobia in their campaigns? How have anti-Muslim narratives and stereotypes in presidential politics evolved and adapted in the years since 9/11?

Todd Green, associate professor of religion, will address these questions and will offer reflections on what we can expect in the 2020 election cycle when it comes to the instrumentalization and politicization of Islamophobia. 

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5/9/2019
Winneshiek Medical Center Auxiliary Plant Sale

The Winneshiek Medical Center Auxiliary is holding a perennial plant and flower sale just in time to refresh your flower beds.  The plant sale will take place outside the Winneshiek Medical Center Main Entrance on Thursday, May 9 from 9 am – sold out
 
The Auxiliary will accept free-will donations for this sale.  Proceeds from all Auxiliary fund raisers, including profits from the WMC Gift Shop, benefit Winneshiek Medical Center by supporting program and equipment needs, as well as the Auxiliary Health Care Career Scholarship. 
 
To learn more about Auxiliary events, contact the Winneshiek Medical Center Volunteer Services Department at 563-387-3036

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5/9/2019
Emeriti Colloquium: A Boating History of the Mighty Mississippi

Illustrating boat transportation on the Mississippi throughout America's history Jim Eckblad, Luther College professor emeritus of biology, will present the lecture, "A Boating History of the Mighty Mississippi" at Luther's Emeriti Colloquium at 3 p.m. Thursday, May 9, in the Mott Room of the Dahl Centennial Union on Luther's campus.
           
The lecture is open to the public with no charge for admission.
 

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5/10/2019
 -5/11/2019
Rockweiler's Pre-Memorial Day Sale

This is your personal invitation to shop our exclusive two day Pre-Memorial Day Savings Event (May 10 & 11) for our biggest sale this year. We’ve negotiated special pricing on everything in the store including closeouts, scratch and dents, special purchases and one-of-a-kind deals with all our manufacturers. We can only afford these deals for a limited time. You’re guaranteed tremendous savings throughout the store! Incredible savings and special financing, up to 18 months interest free, available during our two day Pre-Memorial Day Savings Event, May 10 and 11. We look forward to seeing you! 

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5/10/2019
Cringe Night Returns!

DATE/TIME: Fri, May 10 (8-10pm)
COST: $5-10 (your choice!)
LOCATION: Courtyard and Cellar

Squarely placed in the middle of a weekend of Pride Festivities and Mother’s Day, we can safely bet that these events may stir up some pretty cringe-worthy recorded moments. Dig out your teen diaries, middle school homework, old love letters, blog posts and anything that makes you cringe and share it! It is a night full of laughter, tears, and memories. There must be a minimum of 6 people registered to read for this event to take shape so we rely on YOU!

Register to present your stories and and we will buy you a drink and let you in free, just for signing up. Emceed by our lovely, talented local celebrity June Melby.
 

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5/10/2019
 -5/11/2019
Luther College Music Department presents Copland's "The Tender Land"

A coming of age story set in 1930's dustbowl Iowa and featuring kindness and skepticism reminiscent of the Midwest, the Luther College Music Department will present Copland's opera "The Tender Land" at 7:30 p.m. Friday, May 10, and Saturday, May 11, in Luther's Center for Faith and Life Main Hall.
          
Tickets for the performance are $15 for adults and $8 for children 18 and under. They can be purchased online at www.tickets.luther.edu or via the Luther Ticket Office, (563) 387-1357 or boxoffice@luther.edu.
 

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5/11/2019
18th Annual Trout Stream Conservation Banquet

Mark your calendars for this year's Driftless Trout Unlimited Chapter's Annual Conservation Banquet. It will again be a fun filled evening for trout anglers and coldwater stream conservationists of all ages.

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5/11/2019
Mollie B Event

Mollie B will be performing with the award-winning SqueezeBox from "the Mule" and the local favorite Jim Busta Band. 
Tickets are $15 at the door or $12 in advance at MollieB.com or by call ing 507.498.5070.

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5/11/2019
Decorah Pride Parade

We’re busy preparing for Decorah Pride on Saturday, May 11, 2019! We had so much fun last year thanks to the support of a wonderful community. Thank you!
 
Decorah Pride is a chance for all to celebrate the strength that LGBTQ+ diversity brings to our community. We invite you to be involved by walking (or dancing or skipping) or having a float in the parade.  The parade will kick-off from Mary Christopher Park and go down Water Street to River Street, ending at the Farmer’s Market location in the lower Co-op parking lot. Floats will line up on 2nd Street, near Mary Christopher Park and end in the recycling area/parking lot on Heivly Street.
 
We encourage floats and costumes and also welcome informally organized groups and all individuals. Banners, signs, strollers, pets, bikes, unicorns, and your beautiful selves are welcome!
 
All group participants and any floats must register by Monday, May 6. We also encourage individuals to register, but it is not required. You can access the parade registration forms via this link or by visiting our website: decorahpride.com.
 
 

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5/12/2019
Yes, Decorah Men Sing

A special Mothers Day concert. Participants are - The Lauren Singers, The Luther Norsemen, Decorah High School Men, and Middle School Viking Voices.

Free - Will Offering benefits the Decorah Music Boosters' Pit Cover and Lighting Project.
 

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5/12/2019
Empty Nest Winery Event

May 3 First Friday open with the El Caminos playing & smoked brisket on the buffet
May 3 Release Simplicity wine
May 12 Mothers Day Brunch tickets online at eventbrite.com
Memorial weekend luau party Friday 4-9pm; Sat-Sun- Monday 11-5pm
May 26 Live Music on the Patio 1-5pm
Memorial Weekend hours Friday 4-9pm; Sat. Sun & Monday 11-5  Hot food buffet all weekend, live music on patio Sunday @ 1pm  Release summer wines
May 30th Release Dragonfly Dreams Wine at 4pm
 

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5/12/2019
Mother's Day Brunch

Mother's Day Brunch

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5/13/2019
Women Empowered Inc.

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5/14/2019
May Young Professionals Event

Join for conversation with Eric Sovern of the Cardboard Robot. Eric will share his stories of leadership and community. Learn what it takes to start up a small business in Decorah.

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5/15/2019
Word Salad: Open mic poetry with June Melby

June Melby is hosting a monthly open mic, every 3rd Wednesday of the month. She invites people to bring in their poetry, or prose, or spoken word. Add it to the Word Salad. “Locally sourced. sometimes fresh.”

 

Unlike the poetry slam, prose or stories are welcome, and we might even get comedy. Three minutes per person. You can sign up at the door at 6:45, show at 7:00.

This event will include a segment of “found poetry.” This segment will invite people to read something, like the back of a cereal box, as a poem, appreciating the words of it even if it clearly was never intended to be a poem. So you could bring in a grocery list you find lying in the parking lot. A page of abandoned homework from the library wastebasket. Or instructions for assembling some plumbing. She encourages people to “keep their eye out” and bring in a random thing to this segment.

 

June Melby is the author of My Family and Other Hazards, a memoir about her family’s miniature golf course. As a performance poet, she has been seen at the Knitting Factory and CBGBs in New York, LA Hammer Museum in Los Angeles, and poetry slams in Munich, Hamburg, Amsterdam, and London.

Before and after the open mic, join us for vinyl night! Every Wednesday, bring your favorites and enjoy a few drink specials.


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5/16/2019
508 on Jefferson Open House

508 on Jefferson is open for business! Join Kari & Pete Espinosa at their open house to see this beautiful home and all of the amenities for yourself. 
A Chamber Ribbon Cutting will be held at 4 p.m. Stop by the open house anytime.

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5/16/2019
Weatherization Workshop: Easy Tips for an Energy Efficient Home

Representatives from Green Iowa AmeriCorps will be in to teach us about different easy things to do to help weatherize a home and make it more energy efficient. (Caulking, duct sealing, changing aerators, etc.) They'll give a tutorial as well as show places that they have worked on in the past and how these things can really help improve a home. They will also take questions and help troubleshoot solutions for your own home!

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5/17/2019
Free hearing screening offered at WMC Decorah Clinic

 
In recognition of Better Speech and Hearing Month in May, Winneshiek Medical Center is offering a free hearing screening on
Friday, May 17. The screening is for people age 5 and older who are not currently being treated for hearing matters.
 
“Early detection of hearing loss is critical to preserving quality of life.  We encourage anyone who has trouble hearing conversations in noisy environments, is unable to hear people talk without looking at them, or has a constant ringing or pain in the ears to consider making an appointment for this free screening,” says Cynthia See, Au.D., Mayo Clinic Health System audiologist at Winneshiek Medical Center Decorah Clinic.
 
Appointments are required for the free hearing screening.  Call 563-382-2911 to schedule your appointment today.  For more information on Audiology services at Winneshiek Medical Center, visit www.winmedical.org/Audiology
 

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5/17/2019
Celebrate Syttende Mai, Norway’s Constitution Day, at Vesterheim Museum

Are you ready to march in a parade and dance in the streets? Join Vesterheim, the national Norwegian-American museum and heritage center, to celebrate Syttende Mai, Norway’s “Constitution Day,” on Friday, May 17.
           
The event includes a traditional Children’s Parade and a performance by Decorah’s Nordic Dancers. Museum admission will be free all day, and the museum and store will be open from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Syttende Mai at Vesterheim is sponsored by Jeff and Marilyn Roverud of Decorah, Iowa, and Sons of Norway Valdres Lodge #503.
 

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5/17/2019
Eat Pizza For Your Energy District

Support the Winneshiek Energy District by eating pizza!

On Friday, May 17th a percent of pizza sales at Luna Valley Farm will support the work of the Winneshiek Energy District, a local nonprofit that works toward 100% local, clean, efficient energy in our county.

Bring your friends and family out for a relaxing evening on the farm, enjoy Luna Valley Farm's amazing farm-fresh pizza, and even take a peek at the farm's new ground-mounted solar array!

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5/17/2019
Irish Tenor at St.Benedict Church

Acclaimed Irish tenor Mark Forest will sing at St. Benedict Catholic Church.

Forrest  has performed for notable personalities such as the late Holy Father, John Paul II, Mother Teresa of Calcutta,
Maureen O'Hara and Charlton Heston.
 
He has provided presidential and congressional entertainment at both the White House and Capitol Hill.

Forrest and his wife, Muriel, are co-founders of the Faith and Family Foundation, which includes a farm for special needs children and adults. As parents of three special needs children, they understand the difficulties special needs families have, in today's world.

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5/18/2019
Wild Edibles of the Midwest

Discover nature’s free grocery store! The forests and valleys of Southeastern Minnesota can provide a plethora of palatable plants and mushrooms. We’ll learn the basics of how confidently and safely identify, gather and prepare some common edible species, then we will hit the trails! We will prepare some tasty treats using what we’ve  gathered entirely on-site. It’s fresh, local, organic, and fun! Be prepared to explore off-trail areas.
Instructor – Samantha Peterson received a B.S.in  Environmental Education and Communication from the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities. In the years following graduation I have worked as a mushroom cultivator and forager, an environmental educator for urban teens, an instructor for camping workshops, a sawyer, a prescribed burn technician, an ecological research assistant, and most recently, a naturalist at the Jay C. Hormel Nature Center in Austin, MN. Of all of these positions, those that involved an environmental education component have been the most rewarding.
 

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5/18/2019
Winneshiek County Master Gardeners Plant Sale

Vegetable seedlings, perennials, bulbs, and more!

Stop for to have all your gardening questions answered.

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5/18/2019
Free Compost and Wood Chips

The city of Decorah will be offering two more opportunities for free compost and wood chips at the city’s Yard Waste Disposal Site located on Trout Run Road.

The city will have an end loader at the Yard Waste Site Saturday, May 18, and Saturday, May 25, from 8 a.m. to noon to load compost or wood chips. The giveaway is available to residents and non-residents. Contact the Decorah Street Department at 382-2157 for more information

5/18/2019
Bicycle Poker Run Fundraiser

Decorah’s Pulpit Rock Brewing Company and Toppling Goliath Brewing Company and Calmar’s PIVO Brewery are teaming up to sponsor a Bicycle Poker Run – a fundraiser for Dry Run Trail.
Pre-registration for the event is $30 person and due Wednesday, May 8. Pre-registration includes a free T-shirt and a free beer or soda at each of five stops along the route. Register at PIVO, Toppling Goliath or Pulpit Rock. Registration the day of the event is $40 per person and includes a drink/soda at each stop.

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5/19/2019
Wild Edibles of the Midwest

Discover nature’s free grocery store! The forests and valleys of Southeastern Minnesota can provide a plethora of palatable plants and mushrooms. We’ll learn the basics of how confidently and safely identify, gather and prepare some common edible species, then we will hit the trails! We will prepare some tasty treats using what we’ve  gathered entirely on-site. It’s fresh, local, organic, and fun! Be prepared to explore off-trail areas.
Instructor – Samantha Peterson received a B.S.in  Environmental Education and Communication from the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities. In the years following graduation I have worked as a mushroom cultivator and forager, an environmental educator for urban teens, an instructor for camping workshops, a sawyer, a prescribed burn technician, an ecological research assistant, and most recently, a naturalist at the Jay C. Hormel Nature Center in Austin, MN. Of all of these positions, those that involved an environmental education component have been the most rewarding.
 

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5/19/2019
Freeport Park Equipment Dedication Celebration

Please join us for this community celebration, hosted by Thrivent Community - Decorah.

New playground equipment has been installed at the Freeport Park. All are welcome to join for an afternoon of fun and complimentary root beer floats as the equipment is dedicated. You do not have to be  a member of Thrivent to attend. All are welcome.

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5/19/2019
RESCHEDULED - The OVCO Presents: A Czech Influence

Oneota Valley Community Orchestra

A Czech Influence

At Decorah High School Auditorium

RESCHEDULED - Sunday, May 19th at 2:30 pm

Season Sponsor: The Marion E. Jerome Foundation, The Depot Outlet

Everyone is invited to join the Oneota Valley Community Orchestra for the last concert of their fifth season featuring principal cellist Craig Hultgren on Sunday, May 19th 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 and The Depot Outlet.

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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5/20/2019
Free Welcome to Medicare Seminar

Will you soon be eligible for Medicare?  Are you already receiving Medicare benefits and want to better understand your options?  Do you help a family member with Medicare issues?
 
Winneshiek Medical Center is pleased to host a free “Welcome to Medicare” seminar on Monday, May 20 from 6-8 pm.  This two-hour seminar, offered by the Winneshiek Medical Center Senior Health Insurance Information Program (SHIIP) counselors, will be held in WMC’s lower level conference rooms. The free seminar will cover Medicare Part A and Part B benefits, the prescription drug benefit (Part D), Medicare Advantage plans and Medicare supplement insurance. 
 

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5/20/2019
new event

Iowa DNR to discuss hazardous tree removal at the Chuck Gipp Decorah Fish Hatchery during Monday public meeting


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5/21/2019
May Program features Kerri Johannsen, Iowa Environmental Council


 

The Monthly Energy Breakfast series from the Winneshiek Energy District welcomes Kerri Johannsen from the Iowa Environmental Council to Decorah on Tuesday, May 21.  Johannsen will join the local energy conversation at 7:30 AM at T-Bock’s Sports Bar and Grill and share updates from this legislative session regarding clean and local energy. Register at energydistrict.org/breakfast by May 17th.

Johannsen will provide a review of activity from this spring’s legislative session including the recently defeated HF 669 “sunshine tax” bill, and bills that passed which negatively affect electric vehicles and energy efficiency. She will discuss future legislative challenges and opportunities, and what citizens and clean energy organizations can do now to prepare.

“Defeating the MidAmerican Energy attack on net metering in Iowa (HF669) was a huge win”, said Joel Zook of the Energy District. “It would have killed much of Iowa’s growing solar industry. We expect the utility efforts against customer-owned solar to continue, however and will discuss this and other issues at breakfast. If you’re considering solar, however, the upshot is: do it now!”

Kerri Johannsen is Energy Program Director with the Iowa Environmental Council. She has over a decade of experience in energy policy, most recently serving as the Council’s Manager of Government Affairs, leading state-level legislative strategy.  She previously developed energy policy with the U.S. Senate Agriculture Committee, administered the Iowa Power Fund for innovative clean energy projects, and worked as an analyst and Legislative Liaison with the Iowa Utilities Board before joining the Council in 2016.

The program will also feature a short introduction to the “Replace Our Ride” crowdfunding campaign. The Campaign was launched by the energy district mid-April and aims to raise $9,000 by May 31st to purchase a safe, reliable vehicle for the Green Iowa AmeriCorps team.  Learn more at energydistrict.org.


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5/23/2019
Red's Retreat & Guesthouse Ribbon Cutting

Join the DACC in welcoming Red's Retreat & Guesthouse to the business community! Stop by for the ribbon cutting and stay for their open house. 

The home boasts 5 bedrooms, 3.5 baths and will sleep up to 13 guests. The additional 1,100 square foot common space is perfect for quilting retreats, family gatherings and more!

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5/23/2019
Courtyard & Cellar Ribbon Cutting

Join the DACC in welcoming Dylan and Katie and with the Courtyard & Cellar to the business community. 
Join us for hte Ribbon Cutting and stay for happy hour.

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5/23/2019
Local Business Happy Hour

Let's celebrate local business together!
During the month of May we celebrate National Small Business Week and locally we honor what it means to #LoveDecorah and shop local.
Let's take some time to gather and celebrate what small business means for Decorah. 
It will also be a great opportunity to network with business neighbors and colleagues. Visit with new business owners and expand your network. 

A group business photo will be taken at 5:30 p.m. by Brittany Todd with Photography by Brittany

All businesses are encourged to attend. 
 

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5/23/2019
 -5/24/2019
Red's Retreat & Guesthouse Open House

Join us for our open house May 23 & 24! We'll kick of the open house at Noon on Thursday with a Chamber ribbon cutting and open house to follow until 7pm and 10-5 on Friday. The Decorah Quilts of Valor group will also be set up sewing in the retreat space.

Red's Retreat & Guesthouse, conveniently located across the street from Vesterheim boasts 5 bedrooms, 3.5 baths and sleeps up to 13 with an additional 1,100 square feet of common space perfect for quilting retreats, family gatherings and more!

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5/24/2019
Live Jazz: Free Time

Kicking off our full Graduation weekend is your favorite, Free Time! 

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5/24/2019
MLB Tax & Accounting Ribbon Cutting

Join the DACC in congratulating MLB Tax & Accounting on their new location with a ribbon cutting celebration. 

EXPERIENCE. Michele Birdsell has been an Enrolled Agent since 2013 and has worked in the accounting and tax field for more than 10 years. She has recently opened her own office in Decorah and is excited to serve new clients.

EXPERTISE. Our office provides accounting, bookkeeping, payroll, and tax services for individuals and businesses. We are committed to providing excellent service for all of your accounting and/or tax needs.

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5/25/2019
Live Music: Ghost Peaks

Ghost Peaks is back for another awesome night! A trio of Decorah's very talented musicians will rock the Courtyard- If the weather is bad, we'll just move inside to the Cellar. Show starts at 8pm. No cover charge!

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5/25/2019
Free compost and wood chips available

Free compost and wood chips available
The city will have an end loader at the Yard Waste Site Saturday, May 25, from 8 a.m. to noon to load compost or wood chips. The giveaway is available to residents and non-residents. Contact the Decorah Street Department at 382-2157 for more information.
 


5/26/2019
Scandinavian Music Jam

Stop by from 1:00 – 3:00 p.m. in Vesterheim’s Bruening Visitor Center, 502 W. Water Street, to learn a tune, share a tune, jam with us, or just come to listen.

Bring any instrument you play and join in. This informal music collaboration is great fun for all levels and happens the fourth Sunday of each month.

Drop in whenever it works in your schedule. No charge. Recording device advised.


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5/26/2019
Joe & Vicki Price!

Joe & Vicki are both member of the Iowa Blues Hall of Fame. They put on a great show!!
Nothing like a great live band, sitting (or dancing!) outside with a drink, and relaxing after a busy graduation weekend... Throw in a Heggies pizza for dinner and you're all set, we'll do the work for you!
Whether you're seeing Joe & Vicki for the first time or the 100th, it's quite an experience and you wont want to miss it! 
 

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5/26/2019
Dandelion Festival

Local youths organizing Dandelion Festival

A festival celebrating all things dandelion is Sunday, May 26, in Phelps Park

The festival will include activities and games, an art show, a variety show, food and drinks.


 

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5/26/2019
The Decorah Municipal Pool Opening Day

Season passes or punch passes may be purchased  online and picked up at the Park-Rec. office by Friday, May 24; they may be picked up at the pool starting May 26. Season pass prices go up $5 after June 1. Credit and debit cards are only accepted online. Daily admission is $5 for ages 4 thru 64; $4 for 65 and up; three years and under are admitted free. For more information on passes, daily admission prices, pool schedule and swim classes, go to parks.decorahia.org/decorah-municipal-pool. 

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5/26/2019
Empty Nest Winery Event

May 3 First Friday open with the El Caminos playing & smoked brisket on the buffet
May 3 Release Simplicity wine
May 12 Mothers Day Brunch tickets online at eventbrite.com
Memorial weekend luau party Friday 4-9pm; Sat-Sun- Monday 11-5pm
May 26 Live Music on the Patio 1-5pm
Memorial Weekend hours Friday 4-9pm; Sat. Sun & Monday 11-5  Hot food buffet all weekend, live music on patio Sunday @ 1pm  Release summer wines
May 30th Release Dragonfly Dreams Wine at 4pm
 

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5/26/2019
Upper Iowa Speedway Hosts 12th Annual Nordic Nationals

The Upper Iowa Speedway will host the 12th Annual Nordic Nationals Presented by American Racer on Sunday, May 26th. On tap for the evening will be the United States Modified Touring Series along with the Arnold Motor Supply Iron Man Series featuring the American Racer USRA Stock Cars, Out-Pace USRA B-Mods, and Cook’s Racing Supply USRA Hobby Stocks.
 
Last year the event attracted drivers from 14 different states across the country. The highlighted class of the evening will be the United States Modified Touring Series as they battle for an impressive $2,500 to win. Extra money is up for grabs in all four classes.
 
Tickets will be available for purchase at the front gate: $20 for adults, $15 for juniors (12-16) and seniors (65+), and $5 for kids 11 and under. The grandstand opens at 3PM, hot laps at 6PM, and racing to follow at 6:30PM.
 
For more information visit usmts.com or find Upper Iowa Speedway on Facebook
 

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5/29/2019
O'Rourke to Present at Land Workshop

Program set at Winneshiek Wildberry Winery
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Concerned about the basics of transferring family, farm or business assets, updating will or trust documents, powers of attorney and health care directives?

Is your family having the conversations and taking the steps necessary to assure future plans for the land? 
Melissa O’Rourke, Attorney and Farm & Agribusiness Management Specialist for Iowa State University Extension and Outreach will present on these and related topics at a Women Caring for the Land program set for next Wednesday, May 29 at the Winneshiek Wildberry Winery at 1966 – 337th Street north of Decorah. 

Doors open at 9:30 a.m.  There is no charge for the program other than the cost of lunch at $10.
O’Rourke notes that, “The most recent Iowa Farmland Ownership and Tenure Survey (2017) shows that forty-seven percent (47%) of farmland is owned by women.”

“Thirteen percent (13%) of farmland is owned by female landowners over the age of 80,” adds O’Rourke.  “That’s why it’s important for women landowners and producers to have opportunities to learn and discuss these topics.”
In addition to farmland estate and succession basics, O’Rourke will also share resources and highlights of the just-released 2019 ISU Cash Rent Survey and related information on farmland leasing decisions, including land stewardship and conservation resources.

O’Rourke will present from 10 a.m. to 12 Noon, with lunch available at that time.

After lunch, Matt Frana, Project Coordinator for the Upper Iowa River Watershed (UIRW) will speak on his work related to soil conservation strategies and available grants.  In his work, Frana works with the UIRW to facilitate watershed planning activities, manage the implementation of flood resiliency conservation projects, and share information with the public across the watershed to ensure the program’s effectiveness. 
The program will conclude at 2 p.m.

Women Caring for the Land is a program associated with the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) that serves women farmland owners and producers who are interest in learning more about land conservation and management.
         
Pre-registration for the program is needed to plan for seating, materials and lunch.  Call local coordinator Carol Dowe at 563-735-5688 or email caroldowe@gmail.com.
 
 

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5/30/2019
Soup and Learn: Johanna Bergan

This month's Soup and Learn will host Decorah City Council Woman, Johanna Bergan. Johanna will give her take on becoming a new council member, what the learning curve has been for her, and what issues she has taken action on so far. Q&A to follow.

Come at 5:30 to enjoy a simple soup and bread in community. Program will begin at 6:00 PM.

This informal gathering is open to all.

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5/30/2019
Empty Nest Winery Event

May 3 First Friday open with the El Caminos playing & smoked brisket on the buffet
May 3 Release Simplicity wine
May 12 Mothers Day Brunch tickets online at eventbrite.com
Memorial weekend luau party Friday 4-9pm; Sat-Sun- Monday 11-5pm
May 26 Live Music on the Patio 1-5pm
Memorial Weekend hours Friday 4-9pm; Sat. Sun & Monday 11-5  Hot food buffet all weekend, live music on patio Sunday @ 1pm  Release summer wines
May 30th Release Dragonfly Dreams Wine at 4pm
 

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5/30/2019
Rain Barrel Workshop

Winneshiek County Conservation will be hosting a rain barrel workshop .Participants in this hands on workshop will construct their own 55-gallon rain barrel. All materials and tools will be provided, as will information on how to collect and use runoff rain water.
A 20.00 materials fee per barrel is due at the time of the workshop. Only a limited number of barrels are available and registration if required by Tuesday, May 28, by calling 563-534-7145.
The workshop will involve the use of power tools. Anyone under age of 15 must be accompanied by an adult. Participants should be able to transport their barrel home after the workshop.

 

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5/30/2019
Property For Sale-Open House

Save your money, as there are not any dues or fees with this amazing 4 bedroom, 3 Bath property! Full finished basement located on a lot you own in the popular Bruening Addition, near Phelps Park only minutes from downtown Decorah! Quality high-end features: hardwood floors, vaulted ceiling with open floor plan of living & dining room and modern kitchen, beautiful cabinetry with stainless steel appliances & pantry all directly from laundry area/mud room to over-sized garage. Abundant windows makes every day "light & bright"! Bonus Rooms: Main floor study with pocket doors, extra room (17 x 17) in lower level for workshop, craft or video/movie room. Quartz counter tops on all vanities. Comfortable Master Bedroom suite has trey ceiling with accent lighting with master closet & bath, inviting guest bedrooms (one-on main level & two-on lower level), 3 baths, handy main floor laundry, and large living/family spaces allow this home to work well for empty nesters and their visiting guests, but perfect for family as well! Concrete patio, beautifully landscaped. You own the land with this exquisite townhome, documents on file reflecting this is not a condominium. Call today for your own private tour!

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5/31/2019
Northeast Iowa Area Agency on Aging

Back by popular demand!  Northeast Iowa Area Agency on Aging is bringing back our walk!  Our Aging, Active and Alive Walk will be held during Older Americans Month to celebrate the strength and vitality of older Americans and to emphasize the importance of being active!

This year's walk will be held on May 31 at  20 locations throughout our 18 county region in Northeast Iowa. Walks will be held in Iowa Falls, Toledo, Grinnell, Grundy Center, Eldora, Marshalltown, Cresco, Decorah, West Union, New Hampton, Waukon, Elkader, Cedar Falls, Waterloo, Green, Independence, Waverly, Dubuque, Manchester, and Bellevue

The walk is free and people of all ages are encouraged to participate. Register by May 10 to guarantee a free t-shirt! To register click here or call Vicki Hyke at 319-874-6847 or Janet Buls at 319-231-1551.

If you would like to be a sponsor, contact Lisa Wetzel at 319-874-6879 or email lwetzel@nei3a.org.


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5/31/2019
 -6/28/2019
Fire Farm Sculpture Display

ArtHaus is pleased to be bringing the artists from Fire Farm Lighting Company in Elkader to Deocrah with a showcase of freestanding illuminated sculptures.

"Each Fire Farm artist was given opportunity to create a free-standing illuminated sculpture out of scrap pieces of acrylic thermo-formed in our oven. They are dramatic and very organic," says FireFarm owner Adam Pollock.

Inspired Media is sponsoring the show, which can be viewed for free at the ArtHaus Gallery at 508 West Water Street from 1 pm-5pm Monday - Friday. 


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