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Flannel Friday (Chamber Gala)
02/28/20 - 02/28/20
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Ag Appreciation Luncheon
03/18/20 - 03/18/20
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Women's Weekend Out Sponsorship
04/03/20 - 04/05/20
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Women's Weekend Out Swag Bags!
04/03/20 - 04/05/20
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Saturday, February 1, 2020
The Northeast Iowa Montessori School (NEIM) will be hosting their Open House.
Come and learn more about the Montessori Education and get your student
signed up for next Fall 2020/2021 academic year.
Montessori Education is continuing to grow and this open house will give you the chance
to ask questions and to observe some of the materials in action.

Joy, feeling one's own value, being appreciated and loved by others, feeling useful and capable of production
are all factors of enormous value for the human soul.  Maria Montessori
 

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Saturday, February 1, 2020
DECORAH, Iowa —Get outside and enjoy the winter at the 21st annual Barneløpet, a non-competitive ski or walk event for the community’s youngest skiers, ages 3-13. This collaborative Vesterheim Museum and Sons of Norway event will be held at the Decorah Community Prairie on Saturday, February 1, at 10:00 a.m., with registration beginning at 9:30 a.m. Skiers must provide their own skis.
            Barneløpet is open to children of all skill levels and is a great event for the entire family. “When you complete the course, you’ll be awarded a medal and served hot chocolate and homemade cookies as you warm yourself by the fire,” Darlene Fossum-Martin, event organizer, said.
            Barneløpet is free thanks to the sponsorship of Jon and Mary Hart of Decorah in memory of Kjell Arne Berntsen, and three Sons of Norway Lodges—Valdres #503 in Decorah, Iowa, Heimbygda #376 in Lanesboro, Minnesota, and Valheim #364 in Spring Grove, Minnesota.
            No snow or skis? “Then join in the fun with a walk through the tall prairie grasses,” Fossum-Martin encouraged. If in doubt about weather conditions, listen to local radio stations for cancellations.
            Barneløpet, (pronounced BAR-nuh-lop-it) is Norwegian for “kids race” and Sons of Norway lodges all over the country sponsor Barneløpet events. It is modeled after the Barnebirke, a children’s cross-county ski race held each year as a part of the world-famous American Birkebeiner in Hayward, Wisconsin.
            Barneløpet, here in Decorah, is held annually to encourage kids and families to enjoy our winter snow season.
            The Decorah Community Prairie is accessed by car at the south end of Ohio Street, near Aase Haugen Homes. The trail will be in a loop, with the start and finish at the site of the butterfly garden.
            For more information about Barneløpet contact Vesterheim at vesterheim.org or (563) 382-9681.
 

Sunday, February 2, 2020
Visit our Second Annual Valentine's Market to find the perfect Valentine's gift or special items for yourself while helping support Decorah's 8th graders as they work hard to fund their summer trip to Washington, DC. There will be plenty of local crafters and vendors, and some booths set up for 8th graders who have put together a truly fantastic collection of gift items.
 

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Sunday, February 2, 2020
Sunday, February 2, 2020
Support the Decorah 8th Graders' DC Trip.  

15+ Student Vendors
Traditional Vendors
Breakfast and lunch items served
Unique gift items
$100 grand prize drawing
Free Grab Bags for 1st 100 attendees

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Monday, February 3, 2020
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, February 3 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. 
 
Registration is required by January 24.  Please register online at www.winmedical.org/shiip or by calling 563-387-3036.
 
SHIIP is a service of the State of Iowa.  SHIIP counselors are trained by the state and do not sell or promote any insurance companies, policies or agents.  Winneshiek Medical Center is a local sponsor for SHIIP in Winneshiek County.
 

Monday, February 3, 2020

Prescription medications can help us live longer and healthier lives, but any medication has the potential to do harm – especially when misused.  That misuse can include not understanding your medication needs, leaving prescriptions where others can access them, and intentional abuse.

“Generation Rx” seminars will be held this winter and spring in Allamakee, Winneshiek and Howard counties. The seminars, aimed at preventing prescription medication misuse, are presented by volunteers with Northeast Iowa Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (NEI RSVP) and Helping Services for Youth & Families. 

According to Deana Hageman, Director of NEI RSVP, “Whether prescription misuse is intentional or not, it’s a problem that needs to be addressed. We hope these presentations will alert people to potential dangers of misusing prescription medications and promote safe medication practices.”

The seminars, which are geared to an adult audience, will provide attendees with information about safe storage of medications, proper disposal of unused medications and tips for taking your medications as prescribed.    

Northeast Iowa Generation Rx Seminars scheduled to date:

Monday, February 3, 2:00-3:00 pm at Arlin Falck Assisted Living, Barthell Eastern Star, Decorah

Monday, February 24, 6:00-7:00 pm at Fort Atkinson Community Center, Fort Atkinson

Tuesday, February 25, 6:30-7:30 pm at Decorah Public Library, Decorah

Tuesday, March 10, 11:00-11:45 am at Decorah Senior Center, Decorah

Wednesday, March 18, 9:30-10:30 am at Viking State Bank, Decorah

Sunday, March 29, 9:40-10:40 am at Decorah Lutheran Church

Monday, April 6, 1:30-2:30 pm at Cresco Public Library, Cresco

Thursday, May 28, 5:30-6:30 pm at Robey Memorial Library, Waukon

Visit www.decorah.lib.ia.us/RSVP for more information about the seminars and links to Generation Rx resources. 

If your business or organization would like to host a Generation Rx seminar, please contact Deana Hageman at 563-382-5181 or rsvp@decorah.lib.ia.us.

Northeast Iowa RSVP matches volunteers age 55 and up with opportunities to serve at non-profits in Allamakee, Howard and Winneshiek counties.


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Thursday, February 6, 2020
This ain't your grandma's water aerobics; you will increase you energy, stamina and strength with this higher intensity program that includes cardio conditioning alternationg with strength/balance and core training segments.  
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Thursday, February 6, 2020
Come to Decorah Public Library Thursday February 6 at 6:00 p.m. to learn how to cultivate mushrooms on hardwood with the Applemans from StoneHollow Gardens and Shroomery of Dubuque. The workshop is free but space is limited; please visit www.decorah.lib.ia.us to complete the required pre-registration form. The first ten people to register will receive an inoculated log to take home after the workshop.
 
Emily and Christopher are experienced mushroom log cultivators who will teach attendees how to start small scale log grown gourmet and medicinal mushrooms. Participants will get hands on experience in the inoculation process, learn the importance that mushrooms hold in everyday life within our bodies and the environment, and discover the difference between bag grown and hardwood log grown mushrooms (as well as the challenges and advantages presented by each method).
 
The Appelmans run a homestead in the Driftless Region with their two girls Sparrow and Esmae. They have hardwood log cultivated mushrooms on their homestead for over five years. During this time they have also utilized their knowledge of mycoremediation to its full revitalizing potential by using mycoactive compost in their soil to better the health of their crops and the surrounding ecosystem.
 
Contact Carmen at Decorah Public Library at 382-3717 with questions.
 
 

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Friday, February 7, 2020 - Sunday, February 9, 2020
Escape cabin fever and celebrate Downtown La Crosse’s first ever Winter Days with a flurry of activities!
 
Where: Throughout Downtown La Crosse
When: Friday, Feb. 7, 2020 through Sunday, Feb. 9, 2020
Time: Varies- See activity below for details!
 
FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 7, 2020
10 am – 9 pm | La Crosse Boat, Sports, Travel, RV & Hunting Show      $

4 pm – 8 pm | Retail Open House- Shop til you drop for some amazing deals in downtown while on the Hot Cocktail Trail! 

4 pm – 8 pm | Coffee and chats with Citizen’s State Bank! 
All Day| Hot Cocktail Trail- sample warm cocktails as you walk downtown, and vote for your favorites! Participating locations and where to pick up your voting ballots will be announced soon!  *Hours vary by establishment, see participating location for details. $
 
 
SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 8, 2020
10 am – 9 pm | La Crosse Boat, Sports, Travel, RV & Hunting Show    $
10 am – 2 pm | Ice skating, Snowman building, snowball toss, hot cocoa and more winter fun in Riverside park! *Weather permitting
11 am | Knitting crash course with Unwound Artisan Yarn Shop
1 pm – 4 pm | AXE THROWING CONTEST with Driftless Axe $
1 pm | Knitting crash course with Unwound Artisan Yarn Shop
All Day| Hot Cocktail Trail- sample warm cocktails as you walk downtown, and vote for your favorites! Participating locations and where to pick up your voting ballots will be announced soon!  *Hours vary by establishment, see participating location for details. $
 
 
SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 9, 2020
10 am – 5 pm | La Crosse Boat, Sports, Travel, RV & Hunting Show      $
All Day| Hot Cocktail Trail- sample warm cocktails as you walk downtown, and vote for your favorites! Participating locations and where to pick up your voting ballots will be announced soon!  *Hours vary by establishment, see participating location for details. $
 
$ – denotes a purchase required to participate

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Saturday, February 8, 2020
Join us every second Saturday this winter and spring for an informal gathering of fiber folks.  Bring your yard and knitting needles or fiber and spinning wheels - whatever you use to create.  Come with a project or just look for inspiration.  

All levels are welcome.  Stop in once or several times - no committment.  No formal classes will be offered.  

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Saturday, February 8, 2020
Vesterheim is changing things up for the New Year 2020! The museum is moving it’s free admission day from the first Thursday of the month to the second Saturday. On the second Saturday of each month in 2020, everyone will receive free admission.

On Second Saturdays, Vesterheim is also offering fun family-friendly activities at different times of the day.
 

 

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Saturday, February 8, 2020
Get creative together in this two-hour workshop on kroting, a traditional Norwegian way to decorate wood.  

Register online at verstherim.org or call 563-382-9681

Saturday, February 8, 2020
Both tenured piano faculty at Luther College, Xiao Hu and Du Huang perform together internationally as the Unison Piano Duo. Their performances have received enthusiastic responses from critics and audiences around the world. Their recital at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 8, will feature work by Camille Saint-Saëns, Robert Schumann, Johannes Brahms and Ilyich Tchaikovsky.
 

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Monday, February 10, 2020
Once a month NAMI NE Iowa hosts a Family Support Group event..
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Tuesday, February 11, 2020
The Luther College Nordic Choir, one of the premier collegiate choral ensembles in the United States, will be in Decorah as part of their 2020 Winter Tour. 

Abby Trewin, class of 2022, from Decorah will be performing.
Under the direction of Andrew Last, associate professor of music and director of choral activities, the program showcases a varied repertoire that includes Giovanni Gabrieli's "Angelus Domini," Paul J. Christiansen's "I Heard a Great Voice" and excerpts from Craig Hella Johnson's "Considering Matthew Shepard." The concert will conclude with the traditional Nordic Choir closing piece, "O Lord God" by Pavel Chesnokov with an invitation to alumni of the choir to join the ensemble on stage.  
The performance by the 75-member ensemble is open to the public with no charge for admission. It will be livestreamed at stream.luther.edu.
Nordic Choir is Luther's principal touring choir in a choral program that is made up of three upper-class mixed touring choirs and two first-year choirs. Acclaimed for the way it honors the Lutheran choral tradition while also featuring new and innovative choral works, Nordic Choir showcases versatility, artistry and technical mastery across many genres of music.
The choir tours annually, performing in churches of all denominations, schools and concert halls, including Lincoln Center in New York, the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. and the Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles. Internationally, the ensemble has toured in Germany, Italy, England, Ireland, Scandinavia, the Caribbean, Mexico, Russia and Eastern Europe. In 2021, Nordic Choir will make its first tour to South Africa.
Since 2017, Nordic Choir has been under the direction of Andrew Last. Last, a 1997 Luther alumnus, earned a master's degree in choral conducting from Northern Arizona University and a Doctor of Musical Arts in choral conducting from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln School of Music.
Luther is home to one of the largest collegiate music programs in the nation, with five choirs, three orchestras, three bands, two jazz bands and nearly 800 student musicians. Luther students participate in large ensembles, faculty-coached chamber groups, private lessons and master classes. More than 275 music majors study music theory, ear training, history, education, composition, jazz, church music and performance. For more information about Luther's music department, visit https://www.luther.edu/music/.

 

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Wednesday, February 12, 2020
Decorah Public Library staff are hosting four book discussions in February. 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.
 
The Happy Hour Book Group will meet at Rubaiyat on Wed. Feb. 12th at 5:15 p.m. to discuss Jojo Moyes’ “The Giver of Stars.” Alice Wright marries handsome American Bennett Van Cleve, hoping to escape her stifling life in England—but small-town Kentucky proves equally claustrophobic. So when a call goes out for a team of women to deliver books as part of Eleanor Roosevelt’s new traveling library, Alice signs on enthusiastically. She is joined by four other singular women who become known as the Packhorse Librarians of Kentucky.
 
For more information, contact Carmen Buss (Friday Book Group) or Kristin Torresdal (Happy Hour, History, and Speculative Fiction Book Groups) at 563-382-3717.
 

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Wednesday, February 12, 2020
The focus of “Gifts from Norway” will be spectacular examples of folk art that were sent to Vesterheim in the 1920s and 1930s as gifts from Norwegian museums. A message that came with the objects read, “May these objects work so that the Norwegian-ness in you will not die too soon, and the connection with the homeland will because of this be tighter.”  Gilbertson will give details about this generous gift of more than 400 artifacts in wood, wool, silver, and iron.
 

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Thursday, February 13, 2020
This ain't your grandma's water aerobics; you will increase you energy, stamina and strength with this higher intensity program that includes cardio conditioning alternationg with strength/balance and core training segments.  
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Thursday, February 13, 2020 - Sunday, February 16, 2020
The Oneota Film Festival builds and sustains a community of film lovers through screenings and discussion.  The Festival is an opportunity to inform, inspire and engage viewers and filmmakers in compelling issues of our time.
 
The Oneota Film Festival is produced by a dedicated group of volunteers that includes local film enthusiasts, who formed a non-profit corporation for the sole purpose of producing the Festival since 2009. This is an incredible Northeast Iowa Destination Experience, bringing in quality films of all genres that explore the joys of life on earth, as well as the critical issues and challenges we all face.

Film screenings will be on the Luther Campus and in various downtown locations. Film Books, listing the films to be screened and the schedule, will be available in several locations around the area about two weeks before the Festival. 
 
Films are created by independent filmmakers and not readily available through commercial networks. We invite independent filmmakers to the Festival, either live or by Skype, to discuss their works with the audiences. 

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Thursday, February 13, 2020
Thursday, February 13, 2020
Enjoy Radoslav Lorković - LIVE at The Lingonberry, an intimate 90-seat event venue in the heart of beautiful downtown Decorah! Doors open at 7:00pm, general seating, BYOB for the evening. #thelingonberry
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Friday, February 14, 2020
Join us for a festive three course meal to celebrate Valentines Day with your Valentine! 

 


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Friday, February 14, 2020
Five of Broadway’s finest stars will perform songs from some of the most-loved Broadway musicals, including "Phantom of the Opera," "Jesus Christ Superstar" and "Les Miserables." The show combines the stunning vocals of the cast with the talent of Neil Berg, award-winning composer/lyricist, to create a dramatic and entertaining event that audience members have called "unforgettable" and "a knockout."
            "This show is a gorgeous guided tour of musical theater through the last century, performed by seasoned Broadway stars and backed by live music," said Kristen Underwood, director of campus programming.
            The production does more than highlight Broadway talent, Neil Berg shines a spotlight on local singers as well. Area vocalists can visit www.singingwiththebroadwaystars.com to submit a 90-120 second audition video which will be evaluated prior to the show.
            "Neil berg will review the videos, select winners and award prizes ranging from complimentary tickets to actually singing with the cast in that evening’s show," said Underwood.  
            The audition will be open until Feb. 7, with winners announced on Feb. 11.
            As always, audience members may begin their Center Stage Series experience with the highly creative and talented chefs on the Nose Culinary Team. The Center Stage Series Dinner features a multi-course menu to complement each performance. Seating begins at 5:30 p.m. in Peace Dining Room on the second floor of Dahl Centennial Union. 
            Dinner and show tickets are on sale through Luther’s Ticket Office and online at http://www.tickets.luther.edu, or tickets@luther.edu or by calling (563) 387-1357.
Luther College is home to more than 1,900 undergraduates who explore big questions
and take action to benefit people, communities and society. Our 60+ academic programs,
experiential approach to learning and welcoming community inspire students to learn actively,
live purposefully and lead courageously for a lifetime of impact. Learn more at luther.edu.
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Friday, February 14, 2020
Treat your friends, family and coworkers to treats at the Winneshiek Medical Center Auxiliary Valentine’s Day sale.  The Valentine’s Day sale takes place outside the Winneshiek Medical Center Gift Shop and near the WMC cafeteria on Friday, February 14 from 8:30 am – sold out, and features cookies, pretzel rods and cupcakes.  
 
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 Winneshiek Medical Center Volunteer Services at 563-387-3036. 
 

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Saturday, February 15, 2020
Ghostland Radio returns to our favorite place in Iowa, the one and only Haymarket. Cure your Valentines hangover with us! The band is a homegrown Winona based group featuring Bryan Crigler (MoonDawg) on guitar and vocals, Ingrid Ogren (The Wide Awakes)on violin, Scott Lochner (The People Brothers Band, MoonDawg, Stanton West) on bass and Noah Glenn Short (Noah Short, Stanton West, Jaybone Bell and Restless Light) on drums and percussion.
The music is spawned from the recesses of Bryan’s mind and then brought to the group to interpret a unified vision of what it might look like to be inside Bryan’s head. Much of this material is projected from the places we tend to hide within ourselves. Places we rarely go. A realm of ghosts. We’re trying to project the inhabitants of this ghostland back out into the world. We’re a radio of sorts... a Ghostland Radio.
The band has strong ties to the Haymarket as Bryan and Scott began performing there over 15 years ago in the band Moondawg and Scott with The People Brothers Band as well. As always we cannot wait to be back there! $5 cover

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Saturday, February 15, 2020
Come enjoy celtic roots music at the Chatfield Center for the Arts

Tickets on sale now.  Advance Tickets: $26 all Areas.  Day of ShowL $31.  

www.chatfieldarts.org

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Saturday, February 15, 2020
Join book lovers from Dragonfly Books for a free story hour at ArtHaus, followed by an art activity following the theme of the day. This February the story hour features "You!" by Sandra Magsamen.
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Saturday, February 15, 2020
Sponsored by Courtyard and Cellar and in partnership with the Hook.

Five featured storytellers, five open mic slots, and live music. The true stories of our community told on stage. Together, we build community one true story at a time through words that engage, empower, and inspire.

The prompts for each event are: (Un)Spoken Words

$10 adults ($5 for students). Buy in advance at arthausdecorah.org and save a $1.
All events hosted at the Courtyard and Cellar.

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Sunday, February 16, 2020
Come and enjoy real mashed potatoes, gravy, vegetable, cole slaw, beverage, bread and dessert.  
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Tuesday, February 18, 2020
Preschoolers and their caregivers are invited to Barnetimen (Children’s Hour) at Vesterheim, the national Norwegian-American museum and heritage center.

“This month, we’ll use patterns on warm Norwegian sweaters and mittens to inspire our own decorations on festive ornaments to take home,” Jennifer Kovarik, Vesterheim Youth Educator, said. “We’ll also enjoy a tasty holiday snack,” she added. Meet in the lobby of the museum’s Main Building.

The program is free, thanks to sponsors David and Brenda Carlson, Greg and Karen Bruening, Amy and Keith Bruening, and Norwegian Mutual Insurance Association.
 

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Tuesday, February 18, 2020
A 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."
            Each year the Paideia Governing Board selects four to five presentation proposals that provide a range of perspectives from the liberal arts.  
"In contemplating responses to oppression, this year's widely varying topics offer us inspiring models of individual courage and creativity, and collective strength," said Kathy Reed, Paideia program director.
            All lectures will take place at 7 p.m. in the Center for Faith and Life Recital Hall with receptions to follow in Qualley Lounge. Sponsored by the Paideia Endowment, these events are always open to the public with no charge for admission.
           Here are the lectures for the 2019-20 academic year. For more information, visit the Luther events calendar at luther.edu/events.
 

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Tuesday, February 18, 2020
DECORAH, Iowa —Preschoolers and their caregivers are invited to “heart art” during Barnetimen (Children’s Hour) at Vesterheim, the national Norwegian-American museum and heritage center. 
            “We’ll hunt for heart art around the museum, then show our love for family and friends by making them shiny and colorful heart ‘jewelry’ to wear. We’ll also indulge in a ‘hearty’ snack,” Jennifer Kovarik, Vesterheim Youth Educator, said. Meet in the lobby of the museum’s Main Building.
            The program is free, thanks to sponsors David and Brenda Carlson, Greg and Karen Bruening, Amy and Keith Bruening, and Norwegian Mutual Insurance Association.
            Barnetimen meets at Vesterheim Museum the third Tuesday of each month, September-April. The program is geared toward 3 to 5 year olds, but all ages are welcome. No sign-up is necessary—come to one session or all of them.
            Vesterheim, the national Norwegian-American museum and heritage center, in scenic Decorah, Iowa, showcases the best in historic and contemporary Norwegian folk and fine arts, and explores the American immigrant experience. This national treasure includes world-class exhibitions and 12 historic buildings. It is also a center for folk-art education, offering a wide variety of classes in authentic Norwegian folk art every year. For more information on the museum’s exhibitions, classes, events, membership opportunities, and ways to donate, check Vesterheim’s website at vesterheim.org, call (563) 382-9681, or write to Vesterheim Norwegian-American Museum, 502 W. Water St., P.O. Box 379, Decorah, IA, 52101-0379
 

Tuesday, February 18, 2020

Four Luther students and a longtime Luther staff member will present at the next meeting of the Luther College Woman’s Club (LCWC), to be held Tuesday, February 18, at 1:30 p.m. in Peace Dining Room, Dahl Centennial Union, on the Luther campus.

The Luther students will share their diverse backgrounds, their different paths to Luther, and their various campus experiences in “This Is Me,” while Deanna Casterton, director of the Luther College Book Shop, will present “The Ever-Changing Textbook Landscape.” 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. A short business meeting, refreshments, and special music are also on the afternoon’s agenda.

The student speakers include Allegra Garcia a first-year student from Rochester, Minnesota; Firdavs Atabaev, a junior from Tajikistan; Samithasen Hubbard, a senior from Lancaster, California; and Kirsten Melaas-Swanson, a sophomore from Port Byron, Illinois.


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Tuesday, February 18, 2020
Topics covered by WED staff will include:
  • Status of Net Metering in Iowa
    • Will the Sunshine tax return?  (Hint: there may be a compromise in the works.)
  • Alliant Rate Case Wrap-up
    • Summarize major outcomes including the potential impact on future municipalization efforts
  • Electric Vehicle Transitioning
    • Last year’s legislation needs some fixing
  • Local Policy Opportunities
    • Building codes, local government solar projects, and more
 
Bring your questions about these and other clean energy policy topics and join us for our February Energy Breakfast.

This event is free and open to the public. Muffins and coffee will be available with a free-will donation. Please register by February 14th at energydistrict.org/breakfast or contact Heidi at 563-382-4207 ext. 4.
 

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Wednesday, February 19, 2020
Let us help you take high-quality photographs, edit, make collages, add frames and add special effects using your iPhone. 
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Wednesday, February 19, 2020

Con artists target people age 60 and older swindling more than 7 million Americans out of almost $3 billion each year. In an effort to prevent these losses, Northeast Iowa Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (NEI RSVP) and the Iowa Insurance Division will be presenting “Iowa Fraud Fighters” seminars throughout northeast Iowa. 

Director of NEI RSVP Deana Hageman says, “We are pleased to present this important fraud-prevention message to people in Northeast Iowa. We hope these presentations will help educate Iowans on common scams and arm them with tools and tips to prevent fraud.”

The seminars teach consumers how to shield their savings from scammers and fraudulent investment offers. Presenters will share tips on recognizing and reporting fraud, explain how to use the “Double-check before you invest” program, and share stories of people who have lost their life savings to fraud.

Iowa Fraud Fighter seminars are being presented by NEI RSVP volunteers with assistance from local sponsors. Northeast Iowa RSVP matches volunteers age 55 and up with opportunities to serve at non-profits in Allamakee, Howard and Winneshiek counties.

Visit www.decorah.lib.ia.us/RSVP for more information about the seminars and links to fraud fighting resources. 

If your business or organization would like to host a Fraud Fighters seminar, please contact Deana Hageman at 563-382-5181 or rsvp@decorah.lib.ia.us.


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Wednesday, February 19, 2020

Con artists target people age 60 and older swindling more than 7 million Americans out of almost $3 billion each year. In an effort to prevent these losses, Northeast Iowa Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (NEI RSVP) and the Iowa Insurance Division will be presenting “Iowa Fraud Fighters” seminars throughout northeast Iowa. 

Director of NEI RSVP Deana Hageman says, “We are pleased to present this important fraud-prevention message to people in Northeast Iowa. We hope these presentations will help educate Iowans on common scams and arm them with tools and tips to prevent fraud.”

The seminars teach consumers how to shield their savings from scammers and fraudulent investment offers. Presenters will share tips on recognizing and reporting fraud, explain how to use the “Double-check before you invest” program, and share stories of people who have lost their life savings to fraud.

Iowa Fraud Fighter seminars are being presented by NEI RSVP volunteers with assistance from local sponsors. Northeast Iowa RSVP matches volunteers age 55 and up with opportunities to serve at non-profits in Allamakee, Howard and Winneshiek counties.

Visit www.decorah.lib.ia.us/RSVP for more information about the seminars and links to fraud fighting resources. 

If your business or organization would like to host a Fraud Fighters seminar, please contact Deana Hageman at 563-382-5181 or rsvp@decorah.lib.ia.us.


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Wednesday, February 19, 2020
Decorah Public Library staff are hosting four book discussions in February. 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.
 
The Speculative Fiction Book Group will meet Wed. Feb. 19th at 5:15 p.m. on the 2nd floor of the library to discuss Katherine Addison’s “The Goblin Emperor.” The youngest, half-goblin son of the Emperor has lived his entire life in exile, distant from the Imperial Court and the deadly intrigue that suffuses it. But when his father and three sons in line for the throne are killed in an “accident,” he has no choice but to take his place as the only surviving rightful heir. He must quickly adjust to life as the Goblin Emperor, lest he lose his throne—or his life.
 
The History Book Group will meet at 6:00 p.m. Thurs. Feb. 20th on the 2nd floor of the library to discuss David Herbert Donald’s “Lincoln.” Donald depicts Lincoln’s gradual ascent from humble beginnings in rural Kentucky to the ever-expanding political circles in Illinois, and finally to the presidency of a country divided by civil war. He chronicles Lincoln’s tremendous capacity for evolution and growth, thus illustrating what made it possible for a man so inexperienced and so unprepared for the presidency to become a great moral leader.
 
For more information, contact Carmen Buss (Friday Book Group) or Kristin Torresdal (Happy Hour, History, and Speculative Fiction Book Groups) at 563-382-3717.
 
 

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Friday, February 21, 2020
Decorah Public Library staff are hosting four book discussions in February. 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.
 
The Friday Book Group will meet at 2:00 p.m. Fri. Feb. 21st on the 2nd floor of the library to discuss Sarah Smarsh’s “Heartland.” Sarah Smarsh was born a fifth generation Kansas wheat farmer on her paternal side and the product of generations of teen mothers on her maternal side. During her turbulent childhood in the 80s and 90s, the forces of cyclical poverty and the country’s changing economic policies solidified her family’s place among the working poor. Through her experiences, Smarsh challenges us to look more closely at the class divide in our country and examine the myths about people thought to be less because they earn less.
 
For more information, contact Carmen Buss (Friday Book Group) or Kristin Torresdal (Happy Hour, History, and Speculative Fiction Book Groups) at 563-382-3717.
 

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Friday, February 21, 2020
ArtHaus is happy to welcome artist Troy Thomas to the gallery next week. Troy’s artwork is a mix of impressionism and abstract mixed-media – watercolors, pen and ink, influenced by the dichotomy of our complex society compared to the simplicity of the outdoors and nature.
 
"I intensely embrace our environment as a kayaker, wilderness guide and have become a passionate observer of worldwide issues," says Thomas. "The works presented represent my free flowing ideas using mixed media on paper.  They are a vivid display of my emotions, feelings, desires and reactions to society, occupations and world events.  Through bold bright colored brush strokes and swirling mixed materials I have conveyed my thoughts."
Troy's art will be on display from February 21st to March 21st. his show is sponsored by Decorah Bank and Trust. ArtHaus invites you to join in his opening reception taking place February 21st at 7:00pm at ArtHaus. This event is free to the public.
 
 
 

Friday, February 21, 2020 - Thursday, March 5, 2020
Spring is on its way and with that the sale of daffodils to benefit the American Cancer Society of Winneshiek County!  Daffodils are a universal symbol of hope and life, and they’re at the center of the American Cancer Society’s Daffodil Days campaign. The campaign will deliver hundreds of yellow flowers across the county to raise awareness and funds for the fight against cancer.  Thanks to sponsors: The Depot Outlet, Viking State Bank & Winneshiek Medical Center.
 

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Saturday, February 22, 2020
Heather Armstrong will present a woodwind chamber recital in collaboration with music faculty Michael Chesher, clarinet; Thea Groth, bassoon; Carol Hester, flute; and Nicholas Shaneyfelt, piano. The recital will feature work by Alyssa Morris, Andrey Rubtsov, Jean-Michel Damase and William Grant Still.
 

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Sunday, February 23, 2020
ALL YOU CAN EAT BREAKFAST INCLUDES:
Pancakes, Eggs with Toppings,
Sausage, Fruit & Beverage

Adults: $8
Children 5-10: $4


 

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Sunday, February 23, 2020 - Sunday, March 15, 2020
Come and Play Euchre for a Good Cause!
Sundays, Feb. 23rd, March 1st, 8th, & 15th.
Card parties start at 1:30 pm at the St. Lucas Community Center.
All proceeds benefit the St. Lucas Little League Program!

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Sunday, February 23, 2020

The Oneota Valley Community Orchestra (OVCO) continues its 6th season on February 23 at 3:00 p.m. at the Decorah High School Auditorium.  The orchestral program includes: Overture to The Barber of Seville by Gioachina Rossini, Violin Concerto in D Major by Ludwig van Beethoven, American Nocturne by Ben Hippen and Marche Slave by Pyotr llyich Tchaikovsky. Award winning OVCO Music Director Matthew Cody will conduct the orchestra.

 

The Oneota Valley Community Orchestra is sponsored by the Marion E. Jerome Foundation and the Depot Outlet. The performance is free and open to the public.


Sunday, February 23, 2020
            DECORAH, Iowa – Luther College will host the Annual Benefactors Organ Recital, an annual recital that features organists of international caliber, at 4 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 23 in the Main Hall of the Luther College Center for Faith and Life. It is open to the public with no charge for admission.
            This year's recital will feature Marilyn Brattskar, '78, who is currently serving as musical assistant for spiritual life at the World Council of Churches in Geneva, Switzerland, while on sabbatical from her position as cantor at Holmen Church in Asker, Norway.
"Marilyn is a superb organist of considerable renown, as a soloist, leader of church music, and as a collaborative organist, most notably with the acclaimed Norwegian violinist Arve Tellefsen, and the Nidaros Cathedral Boys' Choir," said Gregory Peterson, Luther College professor of music and college organist. "She is the first Luther alum to be featured on this series since its inception more than 20 years ago. I look forward to hearing her play our beautiful instrument."
            This recital will include a variety of works including Mendelssohn's Sonata in A Major, Op. 65, No. 3, three pieces in B Minor representing three different countries and centuries, Bach's "Pièce d’Orgue," Kjell Mørk Karlsen's Sinfonia Antiqua/Organ Symphony No. 3, Knut Nystedt's "Partita on Hos Gud er Idel Glede (In Heaven is Joy)," "Bryllupsdag på Troldhaugen" from Edvard Grieg's Lyric Pieces among other pieces.
            Brattskar is a frequent soloist in Norway and the United States as well as the organist for the Nidaros Cathedral Boy's Choir in Trondheim, Norway, an ensemble that frequently tours throughout Norway and continental Europe. She holds a bachelor of arts degree from Luther College as well as a D.M.A, M.M.A and K-12 teaching certificate in instrumental and vocal music from Catholic University in Washington D.C.
            The Annual Benefactor Organ Recital features outstanding artists of international caliber exploiting the resources of the Robert Sipe mechanical action organ in the Center for Faith and Life. The intent of this concert is to provide an inspirational role model for current and prospective students who wish to pursue study in the field of organ performance.
Kathryn Ulvilden Moen '41, whose organ fund is a sponsor for this recital, earned a B.A. in music from Luther College and a M.M. degree from Northwestern University, continuing her studies at the Konservatoriet in Oslo, Norway as a Fulbright Scholar in addition to studying in Paris with André Marchal and at the University of Minnesota with Heinrich Fleischer. She taught for many years at the University of Wisconsin, River Falls and at Luther College. William Kuhlman, whose endowment for organ performance also sponsors the event, earned degrees from St. Olaf College and Syracuse University and spent his career as professor of music and college organist at Luther College from 1969 to 2005.
Luther is home to one of the largest collegiate music programs in the nation, with five choirs, three orchestras, three bands, two jazz bands and more than 800 student musicians. Luther students participate in large ensembles, faculty-coached chamber groups, private lessons and master classes. Nearly 275 music majors study music theory, ear training, history, education, composition, jazz, church music and performance.
 

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Monday, February 24, 2020

Prescription medications can help us live longer and healthier lives, but any medication has the potential to do harm – especially when misused.  That misuse can include not understanding your medication needs, leaving prescriptions where others can access them, and intentional abuse.

“Generation Rx” seminars will be held this winter and spring in Allamakee, Winneshiek and Howard counties. The seminars, aimed at preventing prescription medication misuse, are presented by volunteers with Northeast Iowa Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (NEI RSVP) and Helping Services for Youth & Families. 

According to Deana Hageman, Director of NEI RSVP, “Whether prescription misuse is intentional or not, it’s a problem that needs to be addressed. We hope these presentations will alert people to potential dangers of misusing prescription medications and promote safe medication practices.”

The seminars, which are geared to an adult audience, will provide attendees with information about safe storage of medications, proper disposal of unused medications and tips for taking your medications as prescribed.    

Northeast Iowa Generation Rx Seminars scheduled to date:

Monday, February 3, 2:00-3:00 pm at Arlin Falck Assisted Living, Barthell Eastern Star, Decorah

Monday, February 24, 6:00-7:00 pm at Fort Atkinson Community Center, Fort Atkinson

Tuesday, February 25, 6:30-7:30 pm at Decorah Public Library, Decorah

Tuesday, March 10, 11:00-11:45 am at Decorah Senior Center, Decorah

Wednesday, March 18, 9:30-10:30 am at Viking State Bank, Decorah

Sunday, March 29, 9:40-10:40 am at Decorah Lutheran Church

Monday, April 6, 1:30-2:30 pm at Cresco Public Library, Cresco

Thursday, May 28, 5:30-6:30 pm at Robey Memorial Library, Waukon

Visit www.decorah.lib.ia.us/RSVP for more information about the seminars and links to Generation Rx resources. 

If your business or organization would like to host a Generation Rx seminar, please contact Deana Hageman at 563-382-5181 or rsvp@decorah.lib.ia.us.

Northeast Iowa RSVP matches volunteers age 55 and up with opportunities to serve at non-profits in Allamakee, Howard and Winneshiek counties.


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Tuesday, February 25, 2020
Mezzo-soprano Beth Ray, joined by fellow Luther faculty members Nicholas Shaneyfelt, piano and Rachel Storlie, soprano will give a recital. The recital will feature pieces by Reynaldo Hahn, Johannes Brahms, Cole Porter and several operatic arias.

 

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Tuesday, February 25, 2020
What: A reflective, quiet night aiming to help men experience a moment of peace and recollection. This is done through a guided meditation and time for prayer, reading, learning, and reflection. No ice breakers, no sharing. Come and go as you please.
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Tuesday, February 25, 2020

Prescription medications can help us live longer and healthier lives, but any medication has the potential to do harm – especially when misused.  That misuse can include not understanding your medication needs, leaving prescriptions where others can access them, and intentional abuse.

“Generation Rx” seminars will be held this winter and spring in Allamakee, Winneshiek and Howard counties. The seminars, aimed at preventing prescription medication misuse, are presented by volunteers with Northeast Iowa Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (NEI RSVP) and Helping Services for Youth & Families. 

According to Deana Hageman, Director of NEI RSVP, “Whether prescription misuse is intentional or not, it’s a problem that needs to be addressed. We hope these presentations will alert people to potential dangers of misusing prescription medications and promote safe medication practices.”

The seminars, which are geared to an adult audience, will provide attendees with information about safe storage of medications, proper disposal of unused medications and tips for taking your medications as prescribed.    

Northeast Iowa Generation Rx Seminars scheduled to date:

Monday, February 3, 2:00-3:00 pm at Arlin Falck Assisted Living, Barthell Eastern Star, Decorah

Monday, February 24, 6:00-7:00 pm at Fort Atkinson Community Center, Fort Atkinson

Tuesday, February 25, 6:30-7:30 pm at Decorah Public Library, Decorah

Tuesday, March 10, 11:00-11:45 am at Decorah Senior Center, Decorah

Wednesday, March 18, 9:30-10:30 am at Viking State Bank, Decorah

Sunday, March 29, 9:40-10:40 am at Decorah Lutheran Church

Monday, April 6, 1:30-2:30 pm at Cresco Public Library, Cresco

Thursday, May 28, 5:30-6:30 pm at Robey Memorial Library, Waukon

Visit www.decorah.lib.ia.us/RSVP for more information about the seminars and links to Generation Rx resources. 

If your business or organization would like to host a Generation Rx seminar, please contact Deana Hageman at 563-382-5181 or rsvp@decorah.lib.ia.us.

Northeast Iowa RSVP matches volunteers age 55 and up with opportunities to serve at non-profits in Allamakee, Howard and Winneshiek counties.


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Wednesday, February 26, 2020

Decorah Area Parkinson Support Group will have a presentation by Jacky Budweg a Registered/Licensed Dietician at Winneshiek Medical Center in conference rooms B2-3.  Jackie will present on diet and Parkinson’s. Looking forward to seeing you there!


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Thursday, February 27, 2020

Con artists target people age 60 and older swindling more than 7 million Americans out of almost $3 billion each year. In an effort to prevent these losses, Northeast Iowa Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (NEI RSVP) and the Iowa Insurance Division will be presenting “Iowa Fraud Fighters” seminars throughout northeast Iowa. 

Director of NEI RSVP Deana Hageman says, “We are pleased to present this important fraud-prevention message to people in Northeast Iowa. We hope these presentations will help educate Iowans on common scams and arm them with tools and tips to prevent fraud.”

The seminars teach consumers how to shield their savings from scammers and fraudulent investment offers. Presenters will share tips on recognizing and reporting fraud, explain how to use the “Double-check before you invest” program, and share stories of people who have lost their life savings to fraud.

Iowa Fraud Fighter seminars are being presented by NEI RSVP volunteers with assistance from local sponsors. Northeast Iowa RSVP matches volunteers age 55 and up with opportunities to serve at non-profits in Allamakee, Howard and Winneshiek counties.

Visit www.decorah.lib.ia.us/RSVP for more information about the seminars and links to fraud fighting resources. 

If your business or organization would like to host a Fraud Fighters seminar, please contact Deana Hageman at 563-382-5181 or rsvp@decorah.lib.ia.us.


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Thursday, February 27, 2020
Lynne Rothrock’s cabaret performance will feature a variety of musical theatre, cabaret songs and selections from the Great American Songbook. Rothrock will be joined by Julia Andrews on piano and Marita May '14 on violin.

 

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Thursday, February 27, 2020

Con artists target people age 60 and older swindling more than 7 million Americans out of almost $3 billion each year. In an effort to prevent these losses, Northeast Iowa Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (NEI RSVP) and the Iowa Insurance Division will be presenting “Iowa Fraud Fighters” seminars throughout northeast Iowa. 

Director of NEI RSVP Deana Hageman says, “We are pleased to present this important fraud-prevention message to people in Northeast Iowa. We hope these presentations will help educate Iowans on common scams and arm them with tools and tips to prevent fraud.”

The seminars teach consumers how to shield their savings from scammers and fraudulent investment offers. Presenters will share tips on recognizing and reporting fraud, explain how to use the “Double-check before you invest” program, and share stories of people who have lost their life savings to fraud.

Iowa Fraud Fighter seminars are being presented by NEI RSVP volunteers with assistance from local sponsors. Northeast Iowa RSVP matches volunteers age 55 and up with opportunities to serve at non-profits in Allamakee, Howard and Winneshiek counties.

Visit www.decorah.lib.ia.us/RSVP for more information about the seminars and links to fraud fighting resources. 

If your business or organization would like to host a Fraud Fighters seminar, please contact Deana Hageman at 563-382-5181 or rsvp@decorah.lib.ia.us.


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Friday, February 28, 2020
Please join us for this important annual fundraiser!
 

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Friday, February 28, 2020


 
The Chamber Gala is going plaid! Visit flannel parties hosted by The Courtyard & Cellar, Hotel Winneshiek and Rubaiyat. Draw a card at each stop for a chance at the best poker hand. Arrive at T-Bock's Upstairs for more food, fun, and fundraising. And new for 2020 a chance to win some fun local spirits in a raffle!
What's a party without music? Entertainment will be provided by Strike Force.

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Friday, February 28, 2020
Did your New Year's resolutions include trying something new? Being creative? Alleviating stress? Then this class is for you. Beat the winter blues with this beginners Zentangle class~ no previous experience required.
Jai Dee, a certified Zentangle instructor from Minneapolis, will teach you how. You do NOT have to be an artist to learn how to Zentangle. This is relaxing, meditative doodling that is just plain fun. Both classes will be held in Decorah and are open to all ages. $40 includes all materials and teaching, with pens and supplies to take home with you.

Sign up today by going to our Agora Arts Facebook page, or please contact us for more information!
 

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Friday, February 28, 2020
Jon Ailabouni and the Optimism Jazz Sextet will give a recital at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 28, in the Center for Faith and Life Recital Hall. The group dives into diverse repertoires from New Orleans hard bop to the contemporary compositions of New York saxophonist Eric Alexander and drummer T.S. Monk. In addition, the recital will feature original music by members of the group.
 

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Friday, February 28, 2020
Friday, February 28, 2020
The Laura Ingalls Wilder Park & Museum Annual Spaghetti Supper, Live Auction and Homemade Pie Auction
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Saturday, February 29, 2020
Exploring deep space with light speed bluegrass!

Buffalo Galaxy brings gravity to their songwriting, energy to their live shows and moments of weightlessness with improvisations.

Elements of bluegrass, country, jam and jazz coalesce and Buffalo Galaxy burns bright in the bluegrass universe!
 

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Saturday, February 29, 2020
Did your New Year's resolutions include trying something new? Being creative? Alleviating stress? Then this class is for you. Beat the winter blues with this beginners Zentangle class~ no previous experience required.
Jai Dee, a certified Zentangle instructor from Minneapolis, will teach you how. You do NOT have to be an artist to learn how to Zentangle. This is relaxing, meditative doodling that is just plain fun. Both classes will be held in Decorah and are open to all ages. $40 includes all materials and teaching, with pens and supplies to take home with you.

Sign up today by going to our Agora Arts Facebook page, or please contact us for more information!
 

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Saturday, February 29, 2020
Come out and enjoy Leap Year Day in Spillville!  The 13th Annual St. Wenceslaus Winter Gala will be held on Saturday, February 29th, 2020 at Chihak Hall in Spillville.  Social hour starts at 5:30, a prime rib dinner will be served at 7:00 pm and comedian, Jeff Shaw, will perform at 8:00 pm.  Shake the winter blues by enjoying good company, PG entertainment, games, silent and live auctions and doorprizes throughout the evening.  Tickets are $40 through February 15th ($45 thereafter) and are available at Citizens Savings Bank and Farr Side in Spillville. We look forward to seeing you there! 
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