Calendar of Events - Decorah Area Chamber of Commerce

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Community Visitor Guide
08/01/19 - 09/30/19
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Visit Decorah Brand Unveiling!
08/28/19 - 08/28/19
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Energy Savvy Business Series
09/04/19 - 10/16/19
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Friday, May 24, 2019 - Thursday, October 31, 2019
Driftless Safari is a long-term scavenger hunt that covers all of Winneshiek County . The program is free and open to anyone who loves to explore and wants to experience some special places of Winneshiek County.
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Thursday, August 1, 2019 - Saturday, August 31, 2019
Decorah Public Library staff are hosting one book discussion in August.
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Wednesday, August 7, 2019 - Wednesday, September 18, 2019
SongSisters will hold a six-week summer session  at Phelps Park Band gazebo.
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Thursday, August 22, 2019
Lawn Chair Night is a summer tradition in Decorah. Grab a blanket or lawn chair and enjoy local bands at the Courthouse square. 

All performances take place in front of the Winneshiek County Courthouse on Main Street. In the event of bad weather, musicians may choose to perform in the covered parking lot under the Decorah Public Library. Changes will be announced with local media. 

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Thursday, August 22, 2019
Democrats from Winnwshiek County are invited to a meeting  to discuss planning for the upcoming events for 2020.
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Thursday, August 22, 2019
The Friday Book Group will discuss Daniel James Brown’s “The Boys in the Boat: Nine Americans and Their Epic Quest for Gold at the 1936 Berlin Olympics” on the 2nd floor of the library.

“The Boys in the Boat” tells the story of the University of Washington’s 1936 eight-oar crew and their quest for an Olympic gold medal, a team that transformed the sport and grabbed the attention of millions of Americans. The crew is assembled by an enigmatic coach and mentored by an eccentric British boat builder, but the heart of the story lies with rower Joe Rantz, a teenager without family or prospects, who rowed not for glory, but to regain his shattered self-regard and to find a place he can call home. The sons of loggers, shipyard workers, and farmers, the boys defeated elite rivals first from eastern and British universities and finally the German crew rowing for Adolf Hitler in Berlin.
 

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Thursday, August 22, 2019
– Access Systems is inviting you to attend their Career Checkpoint 101 webinar series focusing on career development.
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Saturday, August 24, 2019
Pulpit Rock Brewing company will be celebrating their 4th anniversity featuring specialty drafts, a food truck and live music.
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Saturday, August 24, 2019
The Decorah Parks and Recreation Department is partnering with local yoga instructors to offer Free Yoga in the Park from 10:00 a.m. until 11:00 a.m. Saturdays from June through August.

This program will be held in the green space west of John Cline School. Bring your own mat or towel (limited supply available). No need to register, just show up!

Yoga in the Park is sponsored by Gundersen Health Clinic and Winneshiek Medical Center.
 

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Saturday, August 24, 2019
Explore Equine Assisted Therapy as it pertains to Post-Traumatic Stress, Traumatic Brain Injury and a variety of Vertern's issues and concerns. 
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Saturday, August 24, 2019
Iowa 4-H Youth Development is partnering with the International Chili Society to bring a fun and new cooking competition to youth audiences.
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Sunday, August 25, 2019

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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Monday, August 26, 2019
DGA AUGUST MEETING Monday, August 26″ at 7 pm in the Decorah Senior Center.
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Tuesday, August 27, 2019
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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Wednesday, August 28, 2019
– The Annual Fall Field Day at the ISU Northeast Research and Demonstration Farm will run from 1:00 to 4:20 PM on Wednesday, August 28. Steve Johnson, Farm Management Specialist, will kick-off the program in the Borlaug Learning Center, will cover “Crop Price Risk & Cash Flow Management”.
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Wednesday, August 28, 2019
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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Wednesday, August 28, 2019
We will have a presentation by Jennifer Christainson of AbbVie Neuroscience on treatment of motor fluctuations in patients with advanced Parkinson’s Disease.
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Wednesday, August 28, 2019

 
Earlier this year, Visit Decorah began a journey of self-discovery.
 
In partnership with the destination branding experts at Cubic, we began a process to improve our tourism ROI by strengthening our brand perception among likely overnight visitors.
 
Cubic’s philosophy is that the travelers who are most likely to visit – and return – are those who share characteristics with the good people who have chosen to live here.
 
So we took a deep dive into what makes our community special. Many of you, and your neighbors participated in groups and interviews and shared your unique perspectives with the Cubic team.
 
Now, we are very excited to invite you to be among the first to hear the results of that inner journey, and see the destination brand campaign we are about to launch for Visit Decorah.
 
Please join us for a very special unveiling next week. Details are below, and be sure to RSVP. We look forward to seeing you there!

Wednesday, August 28, 2019
8:00 a.m.
Hotel Winneshiek Opera House
104 E Water Street | 3rd Floor




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Thursday, August 29, 2019
Lawn Chair Night is a summer tradition in Decorah. Grab a blanket or lawn chair and enjoy local bands at the Courthouse square. 

All performances take place in front of the Winneshiek County Courthouse on Main Street. In the event of bad weather, musicians may choose to perform in the covered parking lot under the Decorah Public Library. Changes will be announced with local media. 

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Thursday, August 29, 2019
Thursday, August 29, 2019
Winneshiek Medical Center will hold a Grand Community Picnic on Thursday, August 29 from 4-7 pm on the WMC campus. 
 

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Friday, August 30, 2019
Hard Rock ,metal,and blues music festival.
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Friday, August 30, 2019 - Saturday, August 31, 2019
The 2019 Turkey River Music Festival. Friday, August 30 features four Hard Rock/Metal bands starting at 8 PM. Saturday, August 31 features seven Blues/Rock bands starting at 2 PM. Cost of admission is $10/day or $15/2 day pass. Kickball tournament to be held on Saturday, August 31 at 1 PM (call 641-257-8267) to register your team. Food trucks, beer/drink tents on site. Camping available ($5/tent & $15/camper). New this year: Ludwig Stage (permanent outdoor stage). For additional details, check our Facebook page or turkeyrivermusicfest.com.
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Saturday, August 31, 2019
Hard Rock ,metal,and blues music festival.
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Saturday, August 31, 2019
The Decorah Parks and Recreation Department is partnering with local yoga instructors to offer Free Yoga in the Park from 10:00 a.m. until 11:00 a.m. Saturdays from June through August.

This program will be held in the green space west of John Cline School. Bring your own mat or towel (limited supply available). No need to register, just show up!

Yoga in the Park is sponsored by Gundersen Health Clinic and Winneshiek Medical Center.
 

more info...

Saturday, August 31, 2019
Sample dozens of open-pollinated heirloom tomatoes—including favorites and rare varieties from SSE’s seed bank—at our annual FREE Tomato Tasting event. Attend demonstrations, judge a salsa contest, and celebrate fall in our beautiful gardens.
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Tuesday, September 3, 2019
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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Wednesday, September 4, 2019
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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Wednesday, September 4, 2019

 
The Winneshiek Energy District and Decorah Area Chamber of Commerce present a four-part series for chamber members: Becoming an Energy Savvy Business. Cost is $40 for the whole series  or $10/class. Participants who do not own their building are invited to bring their building owner as a guest, free of charge. Classes will offer local examples of small businesses making the change toward local, clean, efficient energy practices as well as expert advice on how to green your own business.
 
September 4: Solar for Your Business
Is solar a good fit for your business? More and more businesses are finding that becoming solar powered is a win-win for the earth and their bottom line. Topics covered include: your pre-solar checklist, how to make the most out of tax credits and incentives, what makes a good solar site, solar payback and warranty, and local solar contractors and resources.
 
September 18: Save Energy, Save Money
It’s no surprise that energy-efficiency lowers utility bills and is better for your business’s bottom line - but where to start? This class will address high impact energy-saving opportunities for all businesses, appliance upgrades, energy audits, the cost of delay, and long-term efficiency projects.
 
October 2: Road to Net Zero
What does it take to become a net zero business? With growing climate awareness, becoming a net zero business can give your business a leg up.  Together we’ll look at carbon accounting, carbon offset tags, and the marketing potential of becoming a  “net zero” business.
 
October 16: Energy Policy 101 for Communities
Does the world of energy policy leave your head spinning? This class will help you’ll gain a better understanding of energy regulations, gain new energy vocabulary, learn about local energy initiatives, and step away with a better ability to speak “energy” with your community leaders and policy-makers.

If you do not own your building we encourage you to invite the property owner at no charge. Please email kristina@decorahareachamber.com with the informaiton. 
 

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Thursday, September 5, 2019
Enjoy free admission all day during regular museum hours.
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Thursday, September 5, 2019

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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Thursday, September 5, 2019
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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Thursday, September 5, 2019
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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Thursday, September 5, 2019

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. Blending memoir, spirituality, and travel, Near the Exit examines how cultures confront and have confronted death, from Egypt’s Valley of the Kings and Mayan temples, to a Colorado cremation pyre and Day of the Dead celebrations, to Maori settlements and tourist-destination graveyards. 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. 


An Episcopal deacon, Lori Erickson is one of America’s top travel writers specializing in spiritual journeys. She’s the author of the memoir Holy Rover: Journeys in Search of Mystery, Miracles and God, which was a finalist for the 2017 Travel Book of the Year INDIES Award from Foreword Reviews. She lives in Iowa City with her husband Bob Sessions. 


Everyone is invited to join Dragonfly Books for this free event on Thursday, September 5 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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Saturday, September 7, 2019

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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Monday, September 9, 2019
Winneshiek Medical Center Auxiliary is again sponsoring the Red Smock Bowling League for the 2019/20 season.
 

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Tuesday, September 10, 2019
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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Wednesday, September 11, 2019
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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Wednesday, September 11, 2019
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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Thursday, September 12, 2019
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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Friday, September 13, 2019 - Sunday, September 15, 2019

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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Saturday, September 14, 2019
-- The 2019 Northeast Iowa Walk to End Alzheimer’s has been set for Saturday, September 14th.   
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Saturday, September 14, 2019
Anyone living within the Decorah city limits is invited to participate. 
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Wednesday, September 18, 2019
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/.

more info...

Wednesday, September 18, 2019

 
The Winneshiek Energy District and Decorah Area Chamber of Commerce present a four-part series for chamber members: Becoming an Energy Savvy Business. Cost is $40 for the whole series  or $10/class. Participants who do not own their building are invited to bring their building owner as a guest, free of charge. Classes will offer local examples of small businesses making the change toward local, clean, efficient energy practices as well as expert advice on how to green your own business.
 
September 4: Solar for Your Business
Is solar a good fit for your business? More and more businesses are finding that becoming solar powered is a win-win for the earth and their bottom line. Topics covered include: your pre-solar checklist, how to make the most out of tax credits and incentives, what makes a good solar site, solar payback and warranty, and local solar contractors and resources.
 
September 18: Save Energy, Save Money
It’s no surprise that energy-efficiency lowers utility bills and is better for your business’s bottom line - but where to start? This class will address high impact energy-saving opportunities for all businesses, appliance upgrades, energy audits, the cost of delay, and long-term efficiency projects.
 
October 2: Road to Net Zero
What does it take to become a net zero business? With growing climate awareness, becoming a net zero business can give your business a leg up.  Together we’ll look at carbon accounting, carbon offset tags, and the marketing potential of becoming a  “net zero” business.
 
October 16: Energy Policy 101 for Communities
Does the world of energy policy leave your head spinning? This class will help you’ll gain a better understanding of energy regulations, gain new energy vocabulary, learn about local energy initiatives, and step away with a better ability to speak “energy” with your community leaders and policy-makers.

If you do not own your building we encourage you to invite the property owner at no charge. Please email kristina@decorahareachamber.com with the informaiton. 
 

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Thursday, September 19, 2019
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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Thursday, September 19, 2019
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...

Friday, September 20, 2019
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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