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Saturday, January 6, 2018
Open House, all ages welsome. Join me for free online classes and 20 minutes Taster Access Consciousness Bars sessions.

 

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Saturday, January 6, 2018
As part of the international movement, Help Portraits, Photography by Brittany will be offering FREE individual headshots. This will be done on a first-come, first-serve basis. Everyone who shows up before 5:00 pm will be photographed! Families and couples are welcome to attend together, but will be photographed separately.

Sarah Anderson, a Stella-and-Dot consultant will be on site to provide jewelry for clients to borrow during their portion of the event. Wanting something a little more formal? Stop in at The Hairloom and get your hair styled for FREE by Crystal Anderson or Ali Albertson before heading our way! Tis the season for giving, and this day is all about giving (not taking) photographs.

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Monday, January 8, 2018
There will be a cash bar and Luther College has offered to supply heavy appetizers. Everyone is invited and donations are tax-deductible.
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Tuesday, January 9, 2018
Settle in and get unsettled this winter at Nordic Noir Film Nights! Vesterheim, the national Norwegian-American museum and heritage center, and Luther College's Nordic Studies Program are showing free Scandinavian crime films the second Tuesday of the month from January through April. 

The first film will be the Norwegian version of “Insomnia” (R) on January 9 at 7:00 pm. in the first floor gallery of the museum’s Main Building. 

The film series will continue with “Wallander” (BBC, TV-MA) on February 13, “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo” (American version, R) on March 13, and “Occupied” (Norwegian version, TV-PG) on April 10. Each film will be at 7:00 p.m. and will feature an introduction and discussion led by members of the Nordic Studies Program. Parental guidance is strongly suggested. 
 

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Thursday, January 11, 2018
Walk-ins are welcome; appointments are encouraged. 
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Thursday, January 11, 2018
Join Group Benefit Partners and Thrivent Financial for an open house to check out their new office spaces at 118 West Water Street and to learn more about what they have to offer.
The DACC will host ribbon cutting for both businesses at 4 p.m. 

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Friday, January 12, 2018
Muriel Lensch is retiring from a 40-year career at Decorah Bank & Trust Co., most recently as a Home Mortgage Lender. Please join us for a retirement open house in honor of Muriel in the Decorah Bank lobby in downtown Decorah.

“We are honored that Muriel spent her entire career with the Bank, and we congratulate her on her retirement,” said Home Mortgage EVP Joe Grimstad. Everyone is invited to stop by and enjoy this celebration of our friend and colleague.

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Friday, January 12, 2018
Free will donation (suggested donation - $6)
Serving chili, hot dogs, cinnamon rolls, milk
Proceeds go toward Decorah Rotary Scholarship Awards

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Saturday, January 13, 2018
This one day Mindfulness class will help you learn how to achieve one’s awareness on the present moment, while calmly acknowledging and accepting one’s feelings, thoughts, and bodily sensations. We will be exploring the state of being non-judgmental toward ourselves and others as it is happening. Mindfulness is about waking up from a life on automatic, and being sensitive to our everyday experiences.
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Saturday, January 13, 2018
Learn the fundamentals of rock climbing as you work to reach your climbing goals on our 30 foot-high, indoor wall with routes to suite every level of climber. You will also learn how to control the climbing rope (belay) then act as belayers for each other. No prior experience required and all equipment will be provided.
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Saturday, January 13, 2018

You will find this a great opportunity to take your painting to the next level. Working with Joni will allow you to get the personal help you need with your art. Focus on developing your own artistic vision, or getting you past any painter’s block you may be experiencing. The subject focus of this class is life like landscapes. This class is designed for painters of all levels, whether you are new to oil painting or an advanced painter wanting to brush up on your techniques.

Note: Class will be held outdoors if weather allows. You will need to bring your own supplies. Please email for the complete list of supplies needed.

Preregistration required.


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Saturday, January 13, 2018

Would you like to be able to find your way around the woods using only a map and a compass? Reading a topographic map, understanding contour lines, and utilizing compass skills will be essential skills taught in this class. After plenty of inside practice, you’ll be challenged to navigate your way around the woods of Eagle Bluff to locate control points. No experience is necessary and all supplies will be provided. This is a great opportunity to learn a new skill, get some exercise and have fun!

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Sunday, January 14, 2018
Winneshiek Wildberry Winery hosts its monthly brunch. Quiche, potatoes, two types of meat and bread pudding will all be available as well as seasonal foods.
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Sunday, January 14, 2018
Menu includes real mashed potatoes and gravy, vegtable, cole slaw, beverage and dessert

Open to the public

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Sunday, January 14, 2018

Hand-building slabs of clay is an exciting way to create shapes that could never be produced using a potter’s wheel or that would be difficult to create with coiling. Instructor and artist Laremy Ellsworth will lead you through the process of slab hand-building and teach you the tricks of the trade. You will be creating a unique hand-built slab pot of your design.

Note: You may take your pot home at the end of class and find a place to fire it for you, or Laremy will take it home to be fired (no additional cost) and then arrange a time for pick up. If you would like your final product glazed, it will be an additional $10 materials fee, payable to instructor at class. Pots take about 1 week to dry, 2 weeks to fire and additional time if glazed.

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Sunday, January 14, 2018
Water Street Music is excited to announce their upcoming show; Jaerv with the OK Factor.

Award-winning Swedish quintet Jaerv begins with their 5th U.S. tour with their performance in Decorah.

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Monday, January 15, 2018
Northeast Iowa Area Agency on Aging facilitates a free caregiver support group the 3rd Monday of every month at the Aase Haugen Nursing Home at 10:00 am. These support groups are a free resource for indiciduals caring for an elderly spouse, grandparent, mother, father, relative, or non-relative such as a neighbor. If you are interested in attending these support groups and need more information, please contact Kelly Kuennen at 563.277.6024.
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Tuesday, January 16, 2018
Vesterheim, the national Norwegian-American museum and heritage center, invites all pre-school-aged children and their parents or caregivers to Barnetimen (Children's Hour) this school year. Join Vesterheim Youth Educator Jennifer Kovarik and Decorah ArtHaus Director and Instructor Shannon Dallenbach Durbin on the third Tuesday of each month to explore art and culture.
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Tuesday, January 16, 2018
booze-free fun and games
 

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Tuesday, January 16, 2018
For more than 45 years, Luther College students have had the opportunity to live, learn, and grow through a highly regarded study-abroad program in Nottingham, England. Learn about the rich history of this program from Jim and Karen Martin Schramm—co-directors of the 2016-17 program—during the next meeting of the Luther College Woman’s Club (LCWC).

The couple will present “Encountering Britain: Luther’s Nottingham Program” at the group’s January meeting, to be held Tuesday, January 16, at 1:30 p.m. in Peace Dining Room, Dahl Centennial Union, on the Luther College campus. All women from Decorah and surrounding communities are invited to attend. Shuttle service from the Decorah Swimming Pool is available and leaves at 1:10 p.m. In addition to the program, a short business meeting, refreshments, and special music by Luther faculty or students are on the afternoon’s agenda.

During the meeting, the Martin-Schramms will provide a brief overview of the program’s history and its key educational components before sharing highlights of their experience with the Luther students who took part in the program during the 2016-17 academic year. The presentation will include insights from educational trips taken over the course of the year as well as the impact of global events such as Brexit and the election of Donald Trump as President of the United States.

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Wednesday, January 17, 2018
Join the DACC in congratulating Ryan Burras with Edward Jones on his new location at 207 East Water Street. 
Ryan will host an open house from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. that day. The DACC will host a ribbon cutting at 11 a.m. 
 

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Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Are you a pie lover? If so, then join us and learn the ‘how to’s’ from an experienced Amish baker. Your Amish instructor will expertly whip up several types of pies from scratch. Learn about using a wood stove and sample the results with coffee. Not only will you gain insight into the Amish lifestyle, you’ll create a warm and tasty memory. The class meets at Eagle Bluff and travels via Eagle Bluff van to the Amish home.

Note: The Amish do not allow photos to be taken or names to be published. Travel time is included at beginning and end of class.

Preregistration required.


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Friday, January 19, 2018

MIDNIGHT at the MASQUERADE

With a mystery under each feathery façade, unmasking the killer may be quite a challenge. It’s up to you to determine which partygoer is guilty, bring this crime to justice, and save the party!

 

Attend the Billionaires’ Club Annual Masquerade Ball and help get this soiree back on track by trading clues with your guests, gathering information, and solving the crime before the masked menace gets away!

 

Evening wear, ball gowns, Venetian masks, suits, and tuxes are what to wear to this high class night of masks and murder. Get ready for a glamorous evening of mystery, intrigue, and murder.


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Saturday, January 20, 2018
STORY-TELLING ABOUT REAL ALASKA LIFESTYLE IN THE FORM OF ORIGINAL GUITAR BALLADS. Hobo Jim is known worldwide for his hard-driving, rowdy, backwoods Alaska shows. A foot-stomping, stage-breaking, powerhouse of a performer, Hobo Jim sings original songs of his life as a commercial fisherman, lumberjack, cowboy, woodsman, and even his early days of hitchhiking and freight-riding.
 
*With GrassRun BLUEGRASS BAND
*$15 The doors open at 6:30.
**BYO Beverages

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Saturday, January 20, 2018

Ever wanted to learn how to make your own pasta? Do you look at your boxed store bought noodles and think “How are these made?” Well here is your chance to learn pasta making skills from an Amish cook! This is an opportunity to visit an Amish home, get to know your hostess and learn how to make your very own pasta noodles. Take home a bag of freshly made noodles and get to know our local Amish community. The class meets at Eagle Bluff and travels via Eagle Bluff van to the Amish home.

Note: The Amish do not allow photos to be taken or names to be published. Travel time is included at beginning and end of class.

Preregistration required.


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Saturday, January 20, 2018

Ever wondered what it would be like to live without electricity and modern appliances? This is an opportunity to visit an Amish home, get to know your hostess and learn how to bake bread in a wood fired stove. After the bread is baked and the butter made, you will enjoy the freshly made bread and butter with a warm beverage. Take home a loaf of fresh baked bread and get to know our local Amish community. The class meets at Eagle Bluff and travels via Eagle Bluff van to the Amish home.

Note: The Amish do not allow photos to be taken or names to be published. Travel time is included at beginning and end of class.

Preregistration required.


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Monday, January 22, 2018
Luther College is pleased to invite chamber members and special guests to the 29th annul Decorah Area Chamber of Commerce Luncheon. 

Lunch will be served from 12-12:30 p.m. and the program will begin at 12:30. 

The keynote speaker is Mike Gerdin, class of 1992. Gerdin is the Chairman and CEO of Heartland Express. 

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Tuesday, January 23, 2018
In recent months, a third party contractor has been evaluating the question: Is a municipal electric utility an economically viable option for Decorah?  The preliminary results are in! Join Decorah Power board members as they present the results, discuss next steps, and take questions.

The event is free and open to the public. There will be breakfast and coffee available for purchase. Please register by Friday, January 19th so we know you're coming.

Saturday, January 27, 2018

Ever wondered what it would be like to live without electricity and modern appliances? This is an opportunity to visit an Amish home, get to know your hostess and learn how to bake bread in a wood fired stove. After the bread is baked and the butter made, you will enjoy the freshly made bread and butter with a warm beverage. Take home a loaf of fresh baked bread and get to know our local Amish community. The class meets at Eagle Bluff and travels via Eagle Bluff van to the Amish home.

Note: The Amish do not allow photos to be taken or names to be published. Travel time is included at beginning and end of class.

Preregistration required.


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Saturday, January 27, 2018 - Sunday, January 28, 2018

In this two-day workshop, you will create your very own stained glass mosaic! No prior art experience necessary, just the openness to learn and have fun. We will discuss basic history, techniques and materials traditionally used for mosaics. You will learn about tools, substrates, adhesives, cutting and working with stained glass, grouting and finishing options. You will come away with the basic knowledge to move forward on your new mosaic adventure. Your individual mosaic project will measure 8”x8”.

Note: Class size is limited to 10. If bringing your own image, please try to bring one that is as close to 8” x 8” as possible.

Preregistration required.


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Saturday, January 27, 2018 - Sunday, January 28, 2018

In this two-day workshop, you will create your very own stained glass mosaic! No prior art experience necessary, just the openness to learn and have fun. We will discuss basic history, techniques and materials traditionally used for mosaics. You will learn about tools, substrates, adhesives, cutting and working with stained glass, grouting and finishing options. You will come away with the basic knowledge to move forward on your new mosaic adventure. Your individual mosaic project will measure 8”x8”.

Note: Class size is limited to 10. If bringing your own image, please try to bring one that is as close to 8” x 8” as possible.
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Saturday, January 27, 2018

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Ever wanted to learn how to make your own pasta? Do you look at your boxed store bought noodles and think “How are these made?” Well here is your chance to learn pasta making skills from an Amish cook! This is an opportunity to visit an Amish home, get to know your hostess and learn how to make your very own pasta noodles. Take home a bag of freshly made noodles and get to know our local Amish community. The class meets at Eagle Bluff and travels via Eagle Bluff van to the Amish home.

Note: The Amish do not allow photos to be taken or names to be published. Travel time is included at beginning and end of class.

Preregsitration required.


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Sunday, January 28, 2018
Decorah High School's 31st Annual Madrigal Diiner. Advanced tickets are $25 each and will be sold at the Decorah High School main office during school hours until nnon Wednesday, Jan. 24. 

Guests will be treated to music of the Renaissance performed by volalists, recorders, strings, and brass; and they will be entertained by a group of actors performing the comedic play "Mertonsire and the Pirate's Tale."

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Sunday, January 28, 2018

Have you been looking for an introduction to pottery? Than this clay hand-building class is for you! You will be taught how to make clay pots using the coil method. Instructor and artist Laremy Ellsworth will demonstrate coil making and pot assembly. Get hands-on and messy as you create your very own coil pot. The various tools of this art and what they are used for will also be covered in class.
Note: You may take your pot home at the end of class and find a place to fire it for you, or Laremy will take it home to be fired (no additional cost) and then arrange a time for pick up. If you would like your final product glazed, it will be an additional $10 materials fee, payable to instructor at class. Pots take about 1 week to dry, 2 weeks to fire and additional time if glazed.

Preregsitration required.


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Tuesday, January 30, 2018
The event is free and open to the public with no registration required.

The Iowa Legal Aid Taxpayer Clinic is an opportunity to learn more about tax issues, ask questions, and to connect with a staff attorney. Several recent developments in tax law affect the immigration community and these will be covered at the presentation.
 
Please note that this is an opportunity to learn about the tax system and have questions answered- but Iowa Legal Aid does not provide tax preparation services. 
 

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Tuesday, January 30, 2018
Be inspired by budding folk artists and Scandinavian traditions at Vesterheim, the national Norwegian-American museum and heritage center, during an open house for students from the “Scandinavian Fine Handcraft” January Term course at Luther College.  Refreshments will be served.
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Wednesday, January 31, 2018
This training is oriented towards businesses, churches and schools that have an interest in developing or refining their policies. Materials will be presented on various topics and attendess will work in small groups to improve their awareness on several topics. This training will be instructed by United States Secret Service Protective Security Advisor Phil Pitzen

Free Training, space is limited. Register today!

 

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Wednesday, January 31, 2018
So we (Decorah Parkinson Group) will meet to offer support to each other. I have put together some recent PD news to share with all and invite you to share whatever you think might be helpful to others. Looking forward to seeing you there.
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