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12/05/19 - 12/05/19
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Events in the month of September 2019
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09/03/19
Quilters Guild Meeting

The Northeast Iowa Quilters Guild will meet September 3.

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09/03/19
Finances of Caregiving Series

Plan for future care by involving all members of your family in financial decisions and develop a plan that works well for both care receivers and care givers. This course enables you to make informed decisions based on accurate financial information. It helps to reduce the added stress of having to make long-term care plans when a crisis has occurred, and options may be limited.

Topics include developing a workbook of financial records, case studies, why it is essential to plan, retirement plans for the caregiver, paying for care options and effective communication.


 
 

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09/04/19
Weight Loss Informational Session-Free (Walk-in)

Are you ready to lose those extra pounds and start a healthier lifestyle? Every Wednesday, Donlon Pharmacy invites you to visit with Kevin, R.N (Weight Loss Coach). He explains how Ideal Protein works, why it works through weekly visits, and answers any questions you may have about getting started. There is no need to RSVP, just stop into Donlons and ask for Kevin.
Ideal Protein is a medically developed Weight Loss Protocol. Donlon Pharmacy is a Certified Ideal Protein Clinic. For more information visit: https://idealprotein.com/.

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09/04/19
Francisco Cantu' is coming to Luther College to speak

The Line Becomes a River by Francisco Cantú, is  a lyrical and moving account from a third-generation Mexican-American who spends four years seeing for himself the horrors endured by ‘crossers.’

 

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09/05/19
FREE Admission to Vesterheim Museum

Enjoy free admission all day during regular museum hours.

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09/05/19
Fall Fest

Sept. 5, 5-8 p.m., Calmar Campus
Fun Family Event!

Food, Games & Music

Bring the whole family to a night of fun! Enjoy food, music, inflatables, rides and carnival games for kids of all ages. It’s the kick-off to fall you don’t want to miss!

Learn More. www.nicc.edu/fallfest

Get Connected. @neiowacc


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09/05/19
NAMI Mental Health Classes

NAMI FAMILY-TO-FAMILY EDUCATION PROGRAM

What is NAMI Family-to-Family? Family-to-Family is a free, 12-week course for family
members of an older teen or adult living with mental illness. Family-to-Family not only
provides critical information and strategies for taking care of the person you love, but you'll
also find out that you're not alone. Recovery is a journey, and there is hope

 

more info...
09/05/19
WMC offers anxiety and depression coping skills group therapy

If you experience depression or an anxiety disorder, you may benefit from the WMC adult Anxiety and Depression Coping Skills Group offered at Winneshiek Medical Center.
 

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09/05/19
Luther College hosts special lecture, "Finding Humanity at the Border"

As the “crisis at the US-Mexico border” makes news headlines daily, Luther College welcomes author Francisco Cantú to give the Opening Convocation address.

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09/05/19
Lori Erickson @ Dragonfly Books: NEAR THE EXIT (ADVENTURES WITH THE NOT-SO-GRIM REAPER)

Dragonfly Books welcomes Decorah native and Luther graduate Lori Erickson for an author talk featuring her new book, Near the Exit: Travels with the Not-So-Grim Reaper. Erickson will talk about writing her book and sign books on Thursday, September 5 at 7:00 p.m. at Dragonfly Books.

After her brother died unexpectedly and her mother moved into a dementia-care facility, spiritual travel writer and Episcopal deacon Lori Erickson felt called to a new quest: to face death head-on, with the eye of a tourist and the heart of a pastor. Erickson reflects on mortality--the ways we avoid it, the ways we cope with it, and the ways life is made more precious by accepting it--in places as far away as New Zealand and as close as the nursing home up the street. Through her personal journey and her travels Erickson helps us to see that one of the most life-affirming things we can do is to invite death along for the ride.

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09/05/19
The Preview: Artists of the 2019 Northeast Iowa Studio Tour opens at Impact

The Northeast Iowa Studio Tour is just around the corner and viewers have the perfect opportunity to get a sneak peek into the artists work first hand at the showing of The Preview: Artists of the 2019 Northeast Iowa Studio Tour at Impact Coffee and hosted by ArtHaus. 

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09/05/19
new event

The C-SPAN Tour Bus will be in Decorah.  The special stop marks C-SPAN’s launch of its 2020 Campaign coverage with a 7-week tour of battleground states. The non-partisan FUN begins in Iowa, and C-SPAN’s community bus visit is hosted by Mediacom and Toppling Goliath Brewery.  The public is invited to this FREE open house event.  Step on the Bus to see the latest digital media technology, tap into a digital archive of every C-SPAN TV moment, take a SELFIE at the Washington, D.C.-themed station, and meet the C-SPAN Community team.

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09/05/19
Pints and Politics

The C-SPAN Tour Bus will be in DECORAH on Thursday, Sept. 5.  

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09/05/19
 -09/08/19
Hesper-Mabel Steam Engine Days

The Steam Engine Grounds are located at the end of Main Street, and this is where many of the exhibits and activities are.

Food and Amusements are located on the Steam Engine Grounds. A button is required to enter the ground. Gates open at 8am.

Jump on board one of our “People Movers” (aka tractor and wagon) running through the grounds Saturday and Sunday from 8 am – 5 pm for a leisure ride through the town and Steam Engine Grounds.


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09/06/19
 -09/08/19
It's All About Fall at Market 52!

Our September Sale is all about fall! The shop will be overflowing with new fall decor and accent pieces, furniture, antiques and vintage items! We are restocking the barn with rusty treasures, farm finds, architectural pieces and DIY projects! Stop and see us, you won't be disappointed!

We offer new and rescued goods. Vintage-Modern-Unique

 

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09/07/19
Chosen Bean Concert Artists

Named after the Chosen Bean Coffeehouse once located on Main Street in Chatfield, the Chosen Bean Concerts Series has garnered a reputation for presenting the best in live original acoustic music performed by regional and national musicians who stretch the gamut from legendary icons to emerging talents. Originally launched in 2011, the Series is now heading into its 17th run and continues to be presented in Southeast Minnesota's premier listening room, the American Legion Room at Chatfield Center for the Arts.


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09/07/19
Impact Coffee Ribbon Cutting

Join the Decorah Area Chamber of Commerce in congratulating Impact Coffee on their new space! 
Stop  by to see the transformation of the building at 101 West Water Street (formerly the JCPenney building.)

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09/08/19
Decorah Heritage Dinner

Proceeds from the event will be donated to the Farmers Market Voucher Program - through the Decorah Community Food Pantry.

Dinner festivities will begin at 5:30 pm on Sunday, September 8, 2019. The setting will be the 100 west block of Water Street - outside of Rubaiyat. Chef Andy Bonnet and the Rubaiyat kitchen have been secured for the event. Chef Andy was recently featured on the Iowa Public Television program “Iowa Ingredient” and he and Kim have a reputation for providing an outstanding experience at their restaurant in downtown Decorah.

Dinner will include four courses - appetizer, salad, entree, and dessert and will feature local ingredients from Decorah and the Driftless region.

Proceeds from the event will be donated to the Farmers Market Voucher Program - through the Decorah Community Food Pantry.

In the event of rain, the event will be held inside Rubaiyat.
 

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09/09/19
Nordic Fest 2019 Annual Meeting


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09/09/19
Northeast Iowa chapter of Citizens Climate Lobby

Amy Bouska, chapter member from Cresco will talk about CCl's National Lobby Day.

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09/09/19
WMC Auxiliary sponsors women's bowling league

Winneshiek Medical Center Auxiliary is again sponsoring the Red Smock Bowling League for the 2019/20 season.
 

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09/09/19
Amy Weldon @ Dragonfly Books: ELDORADO, IOWA

Dragonfly Books welcomes Luther College professor of English Amy Weldon for an author talk featuring her debut novel, Eldorado, Iowa. Weldon will talk about writing her book and sign books on Monday, September 9 at 7:00 p.m. at Dragonfly Books.

Weldon’s novel features a young physician’s wife, Sarah Archer, who in 1875 is settling into a new life on the Iowa frontier while expecting her first child. A survivor of the Civil War, she wrestles with troubling memories of her childhood on her family’s Alabama plantation, including her father’s suicide, her brother’s death, and the deprivations and dangers of war. Exploring the ties of love, anger, silence, and misunderstanding between women, the novel asks: how do we grow through and beyond what we think we know of our pasts in order to discover our true homes, our true lives, and our true paths into the future?

An Alabama native, Amy Weldon is professor of English at Luther College and the author of The Hands-On Life: How to Wake Yourself Up and Save the World (Cascade Books, 2018) and The Writer’s Eye: Observation and Inspiration for Creative Writers (Bloomsbury, 2018). Eldorado, Iowa (Bowen Press) is her first novel.

Everyone is invited to join Dragonfly Books for this free event on Monday, September 9 at 7:00 p.m. If you can't attend but would like a book, please call Dragonfly Books at 563-382-4275 to reserve a copy and have it autographed for you.    


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09/10/19
Finances of Caregiving Series

Plan for future care by involving all members of your family in financial decisions and develop a plan that works well for both care receivers and care givers. This course enables you to make informed decisions based on accurate financial information. It helps to reduce the added stress of having to make long-term care plans when a crisis has occurred, and options may be limited.

Topics include developing a workbook of financial records, case studies, why it is essential to plan, retirement plans for the caregiver, paying for care options and effective communication.


 
 

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09/10/19
"RACE: Are We So Different?" exhibit coming to Luther College

Luther College presents the exhibit "RACE: Are We So Different?" as an educational opportunity and the kick-off event to a year-long conversation on racism.

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09/10/19
Fall little naturalist program at Lake Meyer Park

Winnesheik County Conservation is hosting a fall series of Little Naturalists programs at Lake Meyer Park for children aged 4-5 years old. 

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09/11/19
Weight Loss Informational Session-Free (Walk-in)

Are you ready to lose those extra pounds and start a healthier lifestyle? Every Wednesday, Donlon Pharmacy invites you to visit with Kevin, R.N (Weight Loss Coach). He explains how Ideal Protein works, why it works through weekly visits, and answers any questions you may have about getting started. There is no need to RSVP, just stop into Donlons and ask for Kevin.
Ideal Protein is a medically developed Weight Loss Protocol. Donlon Pharmacy is a Certified Ideal Protein Clinic. For more information visit: https://idealprotein.com/.

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09/11/19
Decorah Public Library announces September book discussions

Decorah Public Library staff are hosting three book discussions in September. The groups are open to the public and newcomers are encouraged to attend. Anyone interested should call the library at 382-3717 to learn more or to reserve a book.
 

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09/11/19
Patriot Day

A Patriot Day celebration is being held at the Allamakee County  Fairgrounds. Patriot Day is an annual observance of September 11 to remember those who were injured or died during the terrorist attacks in the United States. 

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09/12/19
2nd Annual Farm to Fork

Enjoy a meal with local farmers amd local foods.

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09/12/19
NAMI Mental Health Classes

NAMI FAMILY-TO-FAMILY EDUCATION PROGRAM

What is NAMI Family-to-Family? Family-to-Family is a free, 12-week course for family
members of an older teen or adult living with mental illness. Family-to-Family not only
provides critical information and strategies for taking care of the person you love, but you'll
also find out that you're not alone. Recovery is a journey, and there is hope

 

more info...
09/12/19
Winneshiek Auxiliary hosting Iowa vs. Iowa State tailgate party

Winneshiek Medical Center Auxiliary members are turning out in combinations of cardinal and gold ,and black and gold to root for their favorite team  before this year's big game between Iowa and Iowa State.

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09/13/19
 -09/15/19
Tending Legacy

What can we learn from the patterns in nature to cultivate meaningful and mutually beneficial relationships in our lives? What roles do humans play in both the internal and external landscapes? How can we start tending the earth where we’re at, with tangible solutions to create a greater depth of connection to the communities that we are a part of?

Join us for a three day all-inclusive weekend as we explore these questions together at the Pepperfield Project, a living ecological sanctuary that weaves together resilient strategies for the future generations while embodying holistic wellness and quality of life. In reviving the old ways and traditions of those that have gone before us, we’ll experience the transformative power of growing food, crafting medicine, raising animals, tending the wild, fostering artistic expression and celebrating community life as a living prayer for these times.

Tending Legacy is a retreat rooted in celebrating an intergenerational community with energetics around personal development. We invite people of all ages, backgrounds, stages and phases of exploring the trajectories of legacy and this place as we know it today.


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09/13/19
LaFleur Gives Presentation at Vesterheim about Norwegian Tapestry Artist Frida Hansen

Join textile artist Robbie LaFleur at Vesterheim, the National Norwegian-American museum and heritage center, for a lecture on the life and work of the innovative Norwegian tapestry artist Frida Hansen.

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09/13/19
Collaborative Canvases Showcase to Open at ArtHaus

Join us at the new ArtHaus location for the Collaborative Canvases showcase

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09/14/19
Moms Demand Action will Present Be SMART Campaign

The Iowa City chapter of Moms Demand Action, will be at Northeast Iowa Peace and Justice Center.

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09/14/19
Used Book and Sheet Music Sale

Proceeds benefit The Laura Ingalls Wilder Museum. 

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09/14/19
Community Yoga Class

Yoga class with Marybeth Gallant.

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09/14/19
Fall Citywide Garage Sales Decorah, Iowa

Anyone living within the Decorah city limits is invited to participate. 

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09/14/19
Water Street Music

Avery/Grouws Band to open Water Street Music's eight season.
 

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09/14/19
Northeast Iowa Walk to End Alzheimer's

The Walk to End Alzheimer's is the nation's largest fundraising and awareness event for Alzheimer's disease. The Walk to End Alzheimer's will take place in over 600 communities across the United States including Decorah on Saturday, September 14, 2019. The Northeast Iowa Walk to End Alzheimer's will include the participants' choice of a 1 or 2 miles walk beginning and ending at Decorah City Hall in Decorah. Individuals and teams may register to participate at https://alz.org/walk

Registration: 8:30 a.m.
Opening Ceremony: 9:30 a.m.
Walk to follow: 10:00 a.m.

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09/14/19
Luther College celebrates Fall Community Day

Luther College invites alumni, parents and friends of the college to join its annual Fall Community Day on Saturday, Sept. 14, for a full day of food, fellowship, fun and sports.
 

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09/14/19
Tattooing in the Ancient World

Vesterheim Museum is excited to welcome the guest curator of the exhibit, Tattoo: Identity Thru Ink , Dr. Lars Krutak, to Decorah and you're invited to join us!


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09/14/19
Luther College 2019-20 Center Stage Series presents: The Passing Zone Saves the World

Providing some of the best entertainment in the Driftless Region, the Luther College Center Stage Series is back.
The Passing Zone "Saves the World" is the premier event. It will be presented at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 14 in the Main Hall of the Center for Faith and Life.   
 

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09/14/19
Porter House Museum Annual Fundraiser

The public is invited to the Porter House Museum’s fundraiser
at the Lingonberry in downtown Decorah on Saturday, September 14th
from 4 to 6PM.

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09/15/19
St. Benedict School 2nd Annual Family Fall Festival

Join us for the St. Benedict School 2nd Annual Family Fall Festival!

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09/15/19
Friends and Neighbors Picnic

10th annual Friends and Neighbors picnic.

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09/15/19
Stavanger Luthern Church Fall Festival Dinner

Fall Festival Dinner

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09/15/19
Good Shephatd Lutheran's Welcome Friends and Neighbors Picnic

The Decorah community is invited to the 10th annual Welcome Friends and Neighbors Picnic. 

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09/15/19
St. Benedict School 2nd Annual Fall Festival: 5K/1 mile walk/run

Join us for the St. Benedict School 2nd Annual Fall Festival 5K/1 mile walk/run!

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09/17/19
Winneshiek Medical Center will offer nutritional education program

 
Winneshiek Medical Center is offering a new way to look at your relationship with food through a course called Healthy Body, Mind and Spirit. 

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09/17/19
Winneshiek Medical Center Decorah Clinic will offer a drug free insomnia therapy group

Winneshiek Medical Center Decorah Clinic is offering Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Insomnia (CBT-I) in group sessions. 

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09/17/19
Luther College Woman's Club September Meeting


How can  Winneshiek County residents live more sustainably and better protect the environment for today and tomorrow? Learn more about how to tap into solar energy and reduce landfill waste at the next meeting of the Luther College Woman’s Club. 

Joel Zook will present “Power from the Sun,” and John Logsdon will speak on “Recycling Our Resources” at the group’s September meeting, to be held Tuesday, September 17, at 1:30 p.m. in Peace Dining Room, Dahl Centennial Union, on the Luther campus. Zook will talk about opportunities for installing solar, focusing on the economics of solar for residences. (This year, 2019, is the last year to claim the full 30 percent federal solar tax credit, with the tax credit scheduled to phase out over the next two years.) Logsdon’s presentation will cover the history of Winneshiek County’s recycling efforts, including how recycling helps reduce waste in the county landfill. 


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09/17/19
Vesterheim's Barnetimen (Children's Hour) To Set Sail on a New Season

— Preschoolers and their caregivers are invited to Vesterheim, the national Norwegian-American museum and heritage center, for the start of a new season of Barnetimen (Children’s Hour) on Tuesday, September 17, from 10-11 a.m.
 

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09/17/19
Dragonfly Books Presents: J. Ryan Stradal @ Pulpit Rock Brewing Co.

Dragonfly Books welcomes the public to a free author talk by J. Ryan Stradal for his second appearance in Decorah
with his latest novel The Lager Queen of Minnesota. Stradal will talk about writing his novel and sign books on Tuesday, September 17 at 7:00 p.m. at Pulpit Rock Brewery, 207 College Drive in Decorah.

Stradal’s latest character-driven novel focuses on three women from the same family set during the decades that saw the transition from traditional large breweries into the craft brewing market in this deeply affecting family saga filled with Midwestern charm.

J. Ryan Stradal was born and raised in Hastings, Minnesota and now lives in Los Angeles. He previously visited Dragonfly Books with his debut novel Kitchens of the Great Midwest (Pamela Dorman Books/Viking 2015), which appeared on several bestseller lists and was named the 2016 American Booksellers’ Association Indie’s Choice Award for Adult Debut Book of the Year and the 2016 Midwest Booksellers’ Choice Award for Debut Fiction.

Everyone is invited to join Dragonfly Books for this free event at Pulpit Rock Brewery at 207 College Drive in Decorah on Tuesday, September 17 at 7:00 p.m. If you can't attend but would like a book, please call Dragonfly Books at 563-382-4275 to reserve a copy and have it autographed for you.   

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09/17/19
Energy Breakfast: USDA Grant Opportunities for Clean Energy

Are you a farm or small business owner looking for support for renewable energy and energy efficiency improvements? Or perhaps you’re simply curious about programs available to support rural communities? If so, September’s Energy Breakfast is one you won’t want to miss.
 
Join USDA Rural Development Program Specialist Norman Brus to learn about the Rural Energy for America Program (REAP).
 
REAP supports a wide variety of energy improvements including investment in battery storage, solar or wind energy, energy efficiency upgrades, geothermal, and more. Grants are available at  $2,500 to $500,000 for renewable energy systems projects and $1,500 to $250,000 for energy efficiency projects. You can imagine how, with a vision of 100% local, clean, efficient energy, your local energy district is happy to spread the word about these abundant and available federal programs.
 
Since 2000, Brus has been helping 16 counties in northeast Iowa access funding for rural development projects. REAP, a program of the USDA, is a series of loans and grants aimed to help increase American energy independence by increasing the private sector supply of renewable energy and reducing demand for energy through energy efficiency improvements.

Brus will also touch briefly on the Value Added Producer Grant program, a program available to agricultural producers which offers grant and matching funds which can be used for planning activities or for working capital expenses related to producing and marketing a value-added agricultural product.

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09/17/19
Dragonfly Books Presents: J. Ryan Stradal @ Pulpit Rock Brewing Co.!

Dragonfly Books welcomes the public to a free author talk by J. Ryan Stradal for his second appearance in Decorah with his latest novel The Lager Queen of Minnesota. Stradal will talk about writing his novel and sign books on Tuesday, September 17 at 7:00 p.m. at Pulpit Rock Brewery, 207 College Drive in Decorah.

Stradal’s latest character-driven novel focuses on three women from the same family set during the decades that saw the transition from traditional large breweries into the craft brewing market in this deeply affecting family saga filled with Midwestern charm.

J. Ryan Stradal was born and raised in Hastings, Minnesota and now lives in Los Angeles. He previously visited Dragonfly Books with his debut novel Kitchens of the Great Midwest (Pamela Dorman Books/Viking 2015), which appeared on several bestseller lists and was named the 2016 American Booksellers’ Association Indies' Choice Award for Adult Debut Book of the Year and the 2016 Midwest Booksellers’ Choice Award for Debut Fiction.

Everyone is invited to join Dragonfly Books for this free event at Pulpit Rock Brewery at 207 College Drive in Decorah on Tuesday, September 17 at 7:00 p.m. If you can't attend but would like a book, please call Dragonfly Books at 563-382-4275 to reserve a copy and have it autographed for you.


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09/17/19
 -10/06/19
Artist Christopher Cudworth displays solo art exhibit at Luther College

From now through Oct. 6, artist Christopher Cudworth ‘79 will be displaying a 40-piece solo exhibit in the Center for Faith and Life on the Luther College campus.
 

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09/18/19
Weight Loss Informational Session-Free (Walk-in)

Are you ready to lose those extra pounds and start a healthier lifestyle? Every Wednesday, Donlon Pharmacy invites you to visit with Kevin, R.N (Weight Loss Coach). He explains how Ideal Protein works, why it works through weekly visits, and answers any questions you may have about getting started. There is no need to RSVP, just stop into Donlons and ask for Kevin.
Ideal Protein is a medically developed Weight Loss Protocol. Donlon Pharmacy is a Certified Ideal Protein Clinic. For more information visit: https://idealprotein.com/.

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09/19/19
Decorah Public Library announces September book discussions

The History Book Group will discuss David W. Blight’s “Frederick Douglass: Prophet of Freedom” at 6:30 p.m. Thurs. Sept. 19th on the 2nd floor of the library. As a young man, Frederick Douglass escaped from slavery in Baltimore and would go on to become one of the major literary figures of his time. Douglass spoke widely, using his own story to condemn slavery. By the Civil War, he had become the most famed and widely travelled orator in the nation. In his unique and eloquent voice, written and spoken, Douglass established himself as a fierce critic of the United States as well as a radical patriot.
 

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09/19/19
NAMI Mental Health Classes

NAMI FAMILY-TO-FAMILY EDUCATION PROGRAM

What is NAMI Family-to-Family? Family-to-Family is a free, 12-week course for family
members of an older teen or adult living with mental illness. Family-to-Family not only
provides critical information and strategies for taking care of the person you love, but you'll
also find out that you're not alone. Recovery is a journey, and there is hope

 

more info...
09/19/19
Tattoo Anthropologist Lars Krutak Gives Vesterheim Presentation

Join tattoo anthropologist Dr. Lars Krutak for “Tattooing in the Ancient World” on September 19 at 7:00 p.m

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09/19/19
 -09/22/19
Adventures in Birch Bark- Baskets and boxes

Birch bark easily has a 1000-year history of use in Scandinavia, the Baltic countries, and Russia. In this class, you will learn the many uses of birch bark from two seasoned instructors with rich and varied experiences.
 

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09/20/19
Decorah Public Library announces September book discussions

The Friday Book Group will meet at 2:00 p.m. Fri. Sept. 20th on the 2nd floor of the library to discuss David Grann’s “Killers of the Flower Moon.” In the 1920s, the richest people per capita in the world were members of the Osage Indian Nation in Oklahoma. When they began to be killed off, the newly created FBI took up the case—one of the organization’s first major homicide investigations. Director J. Edgar Hoover turned to former Texas Ranger Tom White, who put together an undercover team and began to expose one of the most sinister conspiracies in American history.

 
 

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09/20/19
Barthell Bluffs Open House

Barthell OES Home invites you walk through our newly constructed townhomes, the Barthell Bluffs.
Units 1 and 2 will be available to tour with light snacks and refreshments. 

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09/20/19
Democracy Preservation Coalition

Democracy Preservation Coalition, formerly Democracy Discussion Group, began as a book discussion and continues to meet weekly, focusing on current political movements and events and trying to understand the larger picture.

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09/20/19
JFON Legal Clinics - Justice For Our Neighbors


Quarterly JFON clinics welcome low-income immigrants of all faiths into local churches and communities by providing free, high-quality immigration legal services, education, and advocacy. Clinics are held in the Fellowship Hall of Good Shepherd, here in Decorah, Iowa. Appointments required. Call 515-255-9809. Habla Español

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09/20/19
 -09/22/19
Luther College Family Weekend

Family Weekend is a great opportunity to spend time with your Luther student(s) and experience the Luther College community. Click the link to see the  schedule.
 

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09/20/19
A Driftless Kind of Climate Strike -

NEIPJC and Humble Hands Harvest invite you to a Climate Strike.

 

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09/21/19
Open House & Courtyard Concert

Enjoy the soul-pop sounds of singer-songwriter duo Eggen&Hippen. View stunning rental units. Meet the new owners

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09/21/19
River Park Cruisers

22nd Annual Car Show in Guttenberg, Iowa

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09/21/19
Community Yoga Class

Yoga class with Marybeth Gallant.

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09/21/19
Northeast Iowa Farm Crawl is an annual event that began in 2013.

Learn how local farmers grow your food and manage their farms on this self-guided tour across 29 farms in NE Iowa

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09/21/19
Barthell Bluffs Open House

Barthell OES Home invites you walk through our newly constructed townhomes, the Barthell Bluffs.
Units 1 and 2 will be available to tour with light snacks and refreshments. 

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09/21/19
Grape Vine Adventure

Winneshiek Wildberry Winery is proud to present the first annual venture through the vineyard.

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09/21/19
Paris to Pittsburg to PIVO

The Winneshiek Energy District and PIVO Brewery invite you to a free outdoor screening of the National Geographic documentary Paris to Pittsburgh on Saturday, September 21st at PIVO Brewery in Calmar. 

Get there at 7:30 PM to grab a beer, cider, or refreshments from PIVO's extensive menu, peruse art at Blepta Studios, and learn about the clean, local energy work lead by your local energy district. The film starts at 8 PM (running time: 73 minutes). Attendees are encouraged to bring a blanket or lawn chair to sit on.

About the film: From coastal cities to America’s heartland, Americans are demanding and developing real solutions in the face of climate change. As the weather grows more deadly and destructive, citizens aren’t waiting on their political leaders to act. Learn about their incredible stories in Paris to Pittsburgh, and be inspired to create change in your own community!

The Winneshiek Energy District is a non-profit organization working to accelerate the transition toward clean, local energy in Winneshiek County through energy planning services, education, advocacy, and movement building.  Find tools for clean, local energy and learn more about the Winneshiek Energy District at energydistrict.org.

 


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09/21/19
Truths be Told

ArtHaus and The Hook is proud to present Truths be Told, to be held at and sponsored by the Courtyard and Cellar. Featuring five storytellers and five open mic slots, Truths Be Told is devoted to personal, well-crafted and well-told stories that illuminate and investigate the present moment and its connection to our individual memories of the past in order to build a more inclusive future

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09/21/19
 -09/22/19
Pinters Pumpkin Patch

Join us for hours of entertainment
- and visit The Bakery for concessions and desserts!

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09/21/19
Decorah Rotary Annual Loop de Loop

Join the Annual Decorah Rotary Loop de Loop 5K, 10K and Half Marathon! 
The races will begin at 8:00am with staggered start times for each race.   
8:00am – Half Marathon
8:15am – 10K
8:30am – 5K
 
 
 

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09/22/19
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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09/22/19
Northeast Iowa Farm Crawl is an annual event that began in 2013.

Learn how local farmers grow your food and manage their farms on this self-guided tour across 29 farms in NE Iowa

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09/22/19
Benefit for Veterns Memorial

Benefit for the Veterans Memorial will feature the Palomino Band and others. The event is being sponsored by American Legion Post 15,West Union.

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09/22/19
Northeast Iowa Food Packaging Event

A Northeast Iowa food packaging event will be held during  the Norman Borlaug Harvest Fest. 

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09/22/19
Barthell O.E.S. Home

The Board and Officers of the Barthell O.E.S. Home invite you to help us celebrate 50 years in Decorah.
 

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09/22/19
Progressive Dinner & Brew

Eat It, Cancer!

PROGRESSIVE DINNER & BREW

Please join us for our biggest event of the year! Eat It, Cancer! is a progressive dinner and brew event supporting the American Cancer Society sponsored by PIVO Brewery, Pulpit Rock Brewery, Toppling Goliath Brewery, & Rubaiyat Restaurant. 


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09/22/19
Barthell OES Home's 50th Anniversary Celebration

The Board and Officers of the Barthell O.E.S. Home invite you to help us celebrate 50 years in Decorah.

The celebration will be held on Sunday, September 22, 2019 from 1:00-4:00 p.m. A short program will be held at 1:15 p.m. in the Multi-Purpose Room at Arlin Falck Assisted Living. Live music and tours of campus areas, start at 2pm.


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09/22/19
Oktoberfest in St. Lucas

The German American Museum in St. Lucas will host Oktoberfest 2019.

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09/23/19
Winneshiek Medical Center Offers Free "Welcome to Medicare seminar

A 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 room.

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09/23/19
 -10/11/19
Winneshiek Medical Center Auxiliary Hosting Scratch Cupcakery Sale

Do you like a sweet treat now and then? Order mouth-watering cupcakes through the Winneshiek Medical Center Auxiliary’s Scratch Cupcakery sale! 
 

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09/23/19
THE DECORAH GENEALOGY ASSOCIATION INVITES YOU TO THEIR SEPTEMBER PROGRAM MEETING

Our guest lecture will be presented by Loren Evenrud, formerly of the Decorah area, now living in Cannon Falls, MN

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09/24/19
Oneota Film Festival Monthly Board Meeting

Nancy Sojka, OFF President, is searching for enthusiastic board members to contribute to the planning for next year. Join the ten-member board in selecting films, hosting screenings throughout the year, and continuing the excellent programming you have come to expect from this independent film festival. Contact Nancy at nsojka@gmail.com.

 

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09/24/19
Historian Michael Eckers presents WWII: The Home Front

 
Join historian Michael Eckers at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday September 24 at Decorah Public Library to learn about the hard work and sacrifices of the folks “back home” who toiled to support the troops fighting overseas in a variety of ways, both large and small, during World War II.
 

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09/24/19
Fall little naturalist program at Lake Meyer Park

Winnesheik County Conservation is hosting a fall series of Little Naturalists programs at Lake Meyer Park for children aged 4-5 years old. 

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09/24/19
Luther College announces "Texts and Issues Lecture Series" speakers

Luther College tradition continues this year with the return of "Paideia Texts and Issues Lecture Series." Since 1983, Luther faculty have presented research from a variety of disciplines, centered on a common theme. This year the focus is on "Resistance and Resilience."

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09/24/19
Identifying and Ending Our Racism

A work group for white people who are committed to ending racism

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09/25/19
Norwegian Buffet

Scheie Luthern Church is hosting a Norwegian buffet. The event will include live music, and a homemade food and crafts sale. 

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09/25/19
KAR Care Clinic


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09/25/19
Weight Loss Informational Session-Free (Walk-in)

Are you ready to lose those extra pounds and start a healthier lifestyle? Every Wednesday, Donlon Pharmacy invites you to visit with Kevin, R.N (Weight Loss Coach). He explains how Ideal Protein works, why it works through weekly visits, and answers any questions you may have about getting started. There is no need to RSVP, just stop into Donlons and ask for Kevin.
Ideal Protein is a medically developed Weight Loss Protocol. Donlon Pharmacy is a Certified Ideal Protein Clinic. For more information visit: https://idealprotein.com/.

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09/25/19
Decorah Public Library announces new book discussion group

 
Decorah Public Library staff are piloting a new speculative fiction book discussion group in September and October. 

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09/25/19
Decorah Area Parkinson Support Group

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09/25/19
Immigration Working Group

Learn about current immigration issues and how to help meet the needs of immigrants in the area

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09/25/19
Avey/Grouws Duo Live at TG

Join us on on the patio for live music with the AVEY/GROUWS DUO. Outdoor bar, delicious food, cold beer, yard games, fire tables, friends and great music - all wrapped in one chill night at the brewery! THE AVEY/GROUWS DUO is well-known for their traditional Blues sound inter-weaved with Rock, Country and Americana influences.

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09/25/19
Future Ready Iowa Event

Employers, community members, and educators are invited to join the IowaWORKS team for the Future Ready Iowa Employer Summit.
Iowa Workforce Development is partnering with the Iowa Association of Business and Industry and the Iowa Business Council to host the summit. 

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09/26/19
NAMI Mental Health Classes

NAMI FAMILY-TO-FAMILY EDUCATION PROGRAM

What is NAMI Family-to-Family? Family-to-Family is a free, 12-week course for family
members of an older teen or adult living with mental illness. Family-to-Family not only
provides critical information and strategies for taking care of the person you love, but you'll
also find out that you're not alone. Recovery is a journey, and there is hope

 

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09/26/19
Dr. Amy Blackstone @ Dragonfly Books: Childfree by Choice

Dragonfly Books welcomes Luther College graduate Dr. Amy Blackstone for an author talk featuring her new book, Childfree by Choice: The Movement Redefining Family and Creating a New Age of Independence. Blackstone will talk about writing her book and sign books on Thursday, September 26th at 7:00 p.m. at Dragonfly Books at 112 W. Water St.

Motivated by her own experiences and those of the childfree community she has connected with, Blackstone has become a nationally recognized expert of the childfree choice who has conducted research on the subject since 2008. She shares her expertise and trail-blazing research with the world in her first book, CHILDFREE BY CHOICE: The Movement Redefining Family and Creating a New Age of Independence (Dutton 2019), a definitive investigation into the childfree choice and movement. Blackstone compellingly explores the childfree movement from its conception to today, revealing how it intersects with and has been shaped by our cultural and personal understandings of gender, race, sexual orientation, politics, environmentalism, and feminism. Dr. Amy Blackstone is a professor in Sociology and the Margaret Chase Smith Policy Center at the University of Maine, where she studies childlessness and the childfree choice, workplace harassment, and civic engagement.

Everyone is invited to join Dragonfly Books for this free event on Thursday, September 26th at 7:00 p.m. If you can't attend but would like a book, please call Dragonfly Books at 563-382-4275 to reserve a copy and have it autographed for you.

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09/26/19
Stephen Barstow presents "Around the World in 80 Plants "

“Extreme Salad Man” Stephen Barstow will deliver the presentation “Around the World in 80 Plants: An Edible Perennial Vegetable Adventure” at the Vesterheim Norwegian-American Museum on September 26 at 6:30 pm.

Barstow, the author of Around the World in 80 Plants: An Edible Perennial Vegetable Adventure for Temperate Climates and a blogger at edimentals.com, has devoted more than 35 years to trialing 6,000 vegetables from around the world, mostly perennials described by him as “edimentals” (or edible ornamentals).

Leader of the Norwegian Seed Savers organization (KVANN), Barstow is also the developer of  a vegetable sanctuary garden in Trondheim, Norway, and a visiting researcher at the Ringve Botanical Gardens. Barstow will tell his story and discuss the benefits of planting perennial vegetables (permaveggies), the importance of eating seasonally (for climate, health, and soul), and the rewards of foraging in the wild.

Presented by Seed Savers Exchange and Vesterheim, the event is free and open to the public. 


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09/26/19
Homelink Open Interveiws


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09/26/19
Bishop emeritus of Jordan and the Holy Land to spend week at Luther College

Bishop Munib Younan, bishop emeritus of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Jordan and the Holy Land, will spend Sept. 26-Oct. 1 in residency with Luther College and the Decorah community.
 

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09/26/19
Luther College professor to read from his book based in the Driftless Region

David Faldet, professor of English at Luther College, was inspired to write "King: A Mystery" after seeing students on campus wearing "What Would Jesus Do?" bracelets in 2009. "King: A Mystery" asks the question, "If a man like Jesus was alive in rural America in 2008, who would most want him dead?"
 

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09/26/19
Winneshiek County Democrats meet at UCC

Organizers will lead the Winneshiek County Democrats for an Action Hour as they gear up for the 2020 election season.
 

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09/27/19
Faculty Artist Series Recital: Nevertheless, We Persist!

Dr. Amy Engelsdorfer will present a flute recital. Also performing are Dr. Nicholas Shaneyfelt (piano) and Dr. Igor Kalnin (violin).

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09/27/19
Luther College Student Activities Council presents ComedySportz

The Luther College Student Activities Council is bringing ComedySportz to campus as an exciting part of the Luther homecoming experience. This event will take place at 7:30 p.m. with doors opening at 7 p.m. on Friday, Sep. 27, in the Luther College Center for Faith and Life.
 

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09/27/19
Bishop emeritus of Jordan and the Holy Land to spend week at Luther College

Bishop Munib Younan, bishop emeritus of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Jordan and the Holy Land, will spend Sept. 26-Oct. 1 in residency with Luther College and the Decorah community.
 

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09/27/19
Frank Bures @ Dragonfly Books: UNDER PURPLE SKIES: THE MINNEAPOLIS ANTHOLOGY

Editor Frank Bures and contributor Ahmed Ismail Yusuf return to Dragonfly Books for an author talk featuring the collection, Under Purple Skies: The Minneapolis Anthology (Belt Publishing, 2019). Bures will talk about the anthology he edited and Yusuf will read his poetry included in the collection, followed by a book signing Friday, September 27 at 7:00 p.m.

In recent years, Minneapolis has become a literary powerhouse. Under Purple Skies: The Minneapolis Anthology collects some of the most exciting work being done in, or about, Minneapolis and the Twin Cities area, with narrative threads that stretch back not just to Scandinavia, but across the world. The writers included have won, or been shortlisted for, the Newbery Award, the Man Booker prize, the Pulitzer, the Caldecott Award, the National Book Award, the Minnesota Book Award and others. Kelly Barnhill, Marlon James, Kao Kalia Yang, Michael Perry, Bao Phi, Danez Smith, Shannon Gibney and many more, including new and first-time writers, are featured in the anthology.

Everyone is invited to join Dragonfly Books for this free event on Friday, September 27 at 7:00 p.m. If you can't attend but would like a book, please call Dragonfly Books at 563-382-4275 to reserve a copy and have it autographed for you.


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09/27/19
Dr. Amy Blackstone at Agora Arts: Childfree by Choice

Agora Arts welcomes Luther College graduate Dr. Amy Blackstone for an author talk featuring her new book, Childfree by Choice: The Movement Redefining Family and Creating a New Age of Independence. Blackstone will talk about writing her book and sign books on Friday, September 27th at 4:00 p.m. at Agora Arts.

Motivated by her own experiences and those of the childfree community she has connected with, Blackstone has become a nationally recognized expert of the childfree choice who has conducted research on the subject since 2008. She shares her expertise and trail-blazing research with the world in her first book, CHILDFREE BY CHOICE: The Movement Redefining Family and Creating a New Age of Independence (Dutton 2019), a definitive investigation into the childfree choice and movement. Blackstone compellingly explores the childfree movement from its conception to today, revealing how it intersects with and has been shaped by our cultural and personal understandings of gender, race, sexual orientation, politics, environmentalism, and feminism. Dr. Amy Blackstone is a professor in Sociology and the Margaret Chase Smith Policy Center at the University of Maine, where she studies childlessness and the childfree choice, workplace harassment, and civic engagement.

 

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09/28/19
 -09/29/19
43rd Annual Fort Atkinson Rendezvous

A frontier rendezvous to re-enact life as it was in the 1840s.

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09/28/19
Community Yoga Class

Yoga class with Marybeth Gallant.

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09/28/19
Grape Vine Adventure

Winneshiek Wildberry Winery is proud to present the first annual venture through the vineyard.

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09/28/19
Thunder Rode Dance


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09/28/19
Luther College Center Stage Series presents: Russian Renaissance

Experience "one of the finest displays of musicianship in the world." Luther College Center Stage Series presents: Russian Renaissance on Saturday, September 28 at 7:30 p.m. in the Main Hall of the Center for Faith and Life.
 

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09/28/19
The annual self-guided barn tour sponsored by the Iowa Barn Foundation

The annual self-guided barn tour sponsored by the Iowa Barn Foundation will be held Saturday, September 28, and Sunday, September 29 from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.


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09/28/19
Chatfield Center for the Arts: Indie folk rock artist Lissie will be at Potter Auditorium

Indie folk rock artist Lissie will be at Potter Auditorium on Saturday, September 28 with a full band.  Lissie’s star is rising fast winning Song of the Year award on iTunes UK and Best New Solo Artist 2010 in Paste Magazine.  While she has Midwestern roots, Lissie tours nationally and internationally and brings her wide vocal range and stage energy to each performance.  Join us for a rare southeast Minnesota full band Lissie performance. 

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09/28/19
 -09/29/19
Pinters Pumpkin Patch

Join us for hours of entertainment
- and visit The Bakery for concessions and desserts!

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09/28/19
Bishop emeritus of Jordan and the Holy Land to spend week at Luther College

Bishop Munib Younan, bishop emeritus of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Jordan and the Holy Land, will spend Sept. 26-Oct. 1 in residency with Luther College and the Decorah community.
 

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09/29/19
Quilts of Valor Presentation

Decorah quilts of Valor is awarding eight quilts. 
Friends, family and the public are invited to attend.









friends

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09/29/19
Ossian Lutheran Drive-Thru Chicken Dinner

Ossian Lutheran Drive-thru Chicken Dinner--Sunday, September 29, 2019 from 11 am-1 pm.  Serving Mike Reicks's Famous Chicken, Mashed Potatoes, Gravy, Corn, Roll, and Dessert.  Located at 305 Jessie Street next to Silver Springs Golf Course.
Tickets are $10 and you can call 563-380-4461 to get your tickets.  Proceeds are going to "Giving it to the Good Guys" which include local men recovering from accidents or undergoing cancer treatment. 

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09/29/19
Concert Across America to End Gun Violence

Northeast Iowa Peace and Justice center has partnered with Iowans for Gun Safety to offer an afternoon of music and action in remembrance of America's victims of gun violence



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09/29/19
The annual self-guided barn tour sponsored by the Iowa Barn Foundation

The annual self-guided barn tour sponsored by the Iowa Barn Foundation will be held Saturday, September 28, and Sunday, September 29 from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.


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09/29/19
Bishop emeritus of Jordan and the Holy Land to spend week at Luther College

Bishop Munib Younan, bishop emeritus of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Jordan and the Holy Land, will spend Sept. 26-Oct. 1 in residency with Luther College and the Decorah community.
 

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09/29/19
Locust School Festival

The annual Country School Fall Festival starts at 2:30p.m. at the Locust School Museum.

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