Calendar of Events - Decorah Area Chamber of Commerce

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Business Luncheon with NICC
04/12/19 - 06/03/19
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Teacher Appreciation Week Sponsors
05/06/19 - 05/10/19
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Golf Outing Sponsorships
06/24/19 - 06/24/19
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Golf Outing Team Registration
06/24/19 - 06/24/19
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Thursday, April 18, 2019 - Saturday, April 27, 2019
GOOD MORNING MISS AMERICA! DINNER THEATER AT THE HOTEL WINNESHIEK PREMIERES
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Tuesday, April 23, 2019
Area flower enthusiast Jenny Matt will present a program exploring regional woodland flowers Tuesday, April 23,at 7 p.m., at the Decorah Public Library.
The event is sponsored by the Upper Iowa Audubon Society. All UIA programs are free and open to the public.
 

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Wednesday, April 24, 2019
Come out and bring the family and join us for some good food.

We will have information available on programs we provide.

WHEN:  Wednesday, April 24 from 5-9pm.
WHERE: Culver’s -  904 Short Street, Decorah, IA 52101
WCCOL members will be there to answer questions about our organization and taking nominations for any local residents who are going through cancer treatments.
WHY:  Culver’s will donate 10% of the proceeds to WCCOL.
 

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Wednesday, April 24, 2019 - Saturday, April 27, 2019
Heavenly Made Gift Shop at 305 College Drive in Decorah is celebrating their 3rd Anniversary! Enjoy Refreshments, a 20% Discount on purchases, register for Door prizes and free gift with purchase! A unique gift shop with an unlimited variety of home decor, garden art and gifts.
 

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Wednesday, April 24, 2019

Decorah Area Parkinson Support Group will have a presentation on the benefits of Tai Chi by Patty Scholtes. We will meet at Winneshiek Medical Center in Conference Room B 2&3 at 1:30 PM on Wednesday, April 24th. Look forward to seeing you there!


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Wednesday, April 24, 2019
Featuring the oratorio "Jepthe," the Luther College Collegium Musicum will present a concert at 7:30 p.m., Wednesday, April 24, in the Noble Recital Hall of Luther's Jenson Noble Hall of Music.
           
The concert is open to the public with no charge for admission.
 

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Thursday, April 25, 2019
Tickets $9

Advance tickets only.

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Thursday, April 25, 2019
Join a new Photography Club!

Anyone interestred in taking better photos is welcome! You don't need a fancy camera, just a desire to learn and grow.

Skills, knowledge, and fun will be shared at meetings.

 

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Thursday, April 25, 2019

Families with children of all ages are invited to the Family Roller Skating Night from 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm at Jewels RV Park & Event Venue. Come skate to celebrate #greatchildhoods in honor of Child Abuse Prevention Month. There will be free skate rentals and light food will be provided. 

For questions contact Shelby Henkelman at shenkelman@helpingservices.org and 563-380-1300.


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Thursday, April 25, 2019 - Saturday, April 27, 2019
New Minowa Players proudly presents “Almost, Maine” by John Cariani through special arrangement with Dramatists Play Service, Inc. on April 25-27 at the New Minowa Players Theatre.
 
“Almost, Maine” is a whimsical play that explores the question “What does it mean to love someone?” through a series of loosely-connected vignettes. The residents of the unincorporated Maine town of Almost fall in and out of love with each other and themselves as new love is kindled, old love flickers out, and relationships are transformed in the midst of a bleak Maine winter.
 

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Thursday, April 25, 2019 - Sunday, April 28, 2019
The Black Student Union (BSU) was established in fall 1968 by students who craved space where they could celebrate their culture and accomplishments and lift up black struggles. The alumni reunion April 25-28, 2019 is the capstone event of the yearlong celebration.
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Thursday, April 25, 2019
As part of Luther College's Black Student Union Reunion Weekend, Luther alumna Maxie (Jones) Rockymore '82, is serving as the keynote speaker for the annual Don Kemp Memorial Lecture at 4:30 p.m. Thursday, April 25, in the Shirley Baker Commons on Luther's campus.
           
The lecture, held in memoriam of Luther's former social work program director Don Kemp, is open to the public with no charge for admission.
 

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Friday, April 26, 2019
The Friday Book Group will meet at 2:00 p.m. Fri. April 26th on the 2nd floor of the library to discuss Kirk Wallace Johnson’s “The Feather Thief.” In June 2009, twenty-year-old Edwin Rist went to the Natural History Museum at Tring and stole hundreds of rare bird skins whose feathers were worth staggering amounts of money to those who shared his obsession: the Victorian art of salmon fly-tying. Two years later, Kirk Wallace Johnson learned about the heist and was soon consumed by the strange case of the feather thief. What would possess a person to steal dead birds? Had Edwin paid the price for his crime? What became of the missing skins? In his search for answers, Johnson was catapulted into a years-long, worldwide investigation. 
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Friday, April 26, 2019 - Sunday, April 28, 2019
Treat yourself to a weekend of art in galleries and artist studios. Works of art will be available for purchase. Artists will be taking questions and talking about their work. Some will be doing demonstrations.
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Friday, April 26, 2019
Back at the Elk’s Lodge, the ArtHaus Poetry Slam is the not-to-be-missed poetry event of the year (Friday, April 26 at 8 pm). Anyone can participate in the non-competitive “Original Voices” (3 minutes or less of your own poetry) and the “Slam” (a good-natured competition complete with prizes and Applause-o-Meter). Admission to the event is a $5-$10 sliding scale donation and free to those who sign up to share their poetry before the event, so sign-up today to participate.
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Friday, April 26, 2019 - Sunday, April 28, 2019
Join us Friday, April 26, Saturday, April 27th and Sunday, April 28th for our 2019 Northeast Iowa Greenhouse Tour! We have worked together with over 40+ Greenhouses to bring you a weekend of fun.

Hours vary by date and location:
8am-7pm
(More detailed hours are posted on www.visitiowa.org)

Take a self-guided trip across Northeast Iowa visiting our wonderful greenhouses.

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Saturday, April 27, 2019
Mark your calendars for this year's Driftless Trout Unlimited Chapter's Annual Conservation Banquet. It will again be a fun filled evening for trout anglers and coldwater stream conservationists of all ages.
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Saturday, April 27, 2019
Spring garage sales across the city.

Check with Decorah Newspapers for more information.

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Saturday, April 27, 2019
This event is coordinated by Chance Adam, a member of the Prairie Shooting Stars 4-H club.  Chance's devotion for running and passion about organ donation awareness following the death of his father in 2015, are the drive behind this event.  Chance's father, Scott Adam, was an organ donor.  Last June, Chance and his family met the man that received one of his dad's kidneys.  Since Scott's death, Chance and his family have been huge advocates for organ donation.  Chance invites each of you to participate in the Clover Dash 5K for Organ Donation Awareness.  All profits will be donated to the Iowa Donor Network to promote organ donation awareness.
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Saturday, April 27, 2019
On Saturday. April 27th, the 29th Annual Decorah Time Trials will be held on mountain bike trails in the Decorah Park System. The Time Trials have been held since 1990 and is the longest running mountain bike event in the state of Iowa. The course winds through the rolling wooded areas of the Decorah Parks system and includes lots of technical single track. 
 

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Saturday, April 27, 2019
The National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium will bring live rays in a traveling touch tank! Learn about adaptations these critters have to survive, their importance to the ecosystem, and how you can help with conservation efforts. You can even get your hands wet and touch one of these amazing animals!
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Sunday, April 28, 2019

Oneota Valley Community Orchestra

Americana and Brahms

At Decorah High School Auditorium

Sunday, April 28th at 2:30 pm

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

 

Everyone is invited to join the Oneota Valley Community Orchestra for their season finale concert on Sunday, April 28th at 2:30 pm.  This wonderful concert featuring a new work by composer Joshua Reznicow, narrator Robert Wolf, and soprano Diana Stoic will take place at Decorah High School Auditorium and is free and open to the public.

 

The OVCO will begin with A Symphonic Overture: Themes of the American Spirit, a new composition by Joshua Reznicow. This exciting piece celebrates and brings to life the spirit of America.

 

A native of the Twin Cities, Joshua Reznicow holds a BM in string education and composition/theory from the University of Northern Iowa, and a Masters in Arts and Teaching from Coe College. Reznicow is currently Director of Orchestral Activities for the Linn-Mar Community School District in Marion, Iowa as well as adjunct faculty at Coe College in Cedar Rapids. As a composer, Reznicow has written several works for professional and young groups alike including pieces for film, piano, various ensembles, orchestral, band, and choral works. He has been performed and commissioned by the Iowa All State Orchestra, the Iowa Composer's Forum, the All-Kingdom Music Festival Orchestra in Dhahran, Saudi Arabia, the National High School Music Institute at Northwestern University, SCIBA Band Association, the Austin Chamber Music Center, the Houston School for the Performing and Visual Arts and the Fort Dodge Symphony.

 

The OVCO continues with Knoxville: Summer of 1915.  This richly textured piece by Samuel Barber sets music to the prose poem of the same name and depicts an evening in Knoxville, Tennessee.  The OVCO is proud to welcome soprano Diana Stoic.

 

Described as “utterly luminous”, soprano Diana Stoic is a versatile performer who has been seen across the Midwest and Chicago-area. Ms. Stoic performs with many local opera companies in the Chicago-area, most recently with Third Eye Theatre Ensemble.  She has sung extensively with Des Moines Metro Opera and has sung with many musical organizations including the Fort Wayne Philharmonic, Illinois Philharmonic, Civic Orchestra of Chicago, Chicago Sinfonietta, DuPage Symphony Orchestra, Musica Lumina, Salt Creek Chamber Orchestra, Petite Opera Productions, Chicago Fringe Opera, The Lira Ensemble, Light Opera Works, and The Savoy-aires.  Among her highest achievements, Ms. Stoic appeared in the ensemble of The Lyric Opera of Chicago’s production of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Carousel.

 

Ms. Stoic is passionate about introducing young audiences to opera and educating them about classical music. She participated in outreach programs with Cedar Rapids Opera Theatre, Opera Santa Barbara, OPERA Iowa, Opera for the Young, Chicago Opera Playhouse and was a teaching artist with Chicago Opera Theater’s Education program Opera for All. She has received numerous awards from the Bel Canto Foundation, and co-winner of Opera Idol in Evanston.

 

For the past three years Diana has been sharing her voice through the Songs By Heart Foundation, aiming to improve the quality of life of persons with memory loss through the language and joy of music.  She works as an interactive performer at five different locations in the NW suburbs of Chicago, impacting many people. This important work has been among the most rewarding of her entire performing career.

 

Ms. Stoic completed her Masters of Music from the Chicago College of Performing Arts and received her Bachelor of Music from Simpson College.  She currently lives in Mount Prospect, IL with her husband, Bass-baritone Dan Richardson and sons, Maxwell and George.

 

Continuing with Lincoln Portrait by American composer Aaron Copland, the OVCO invites narrator Robert Wolf to perform this classic work featuring excerpts from Abraham Lincoln’s famous documents.

 

A former Chicago Tribune columnist, Robert Wolf has roamed America for most of his life, writing his version of the American story and getting others to write theirs. In 1990, he established Free River Press, a nonprofit publishing house whose mission is to document contemporary America through writing workshops with people from all walks of life. The press’s workshops and publications have been featured on “CBS News Sunday Morning,” National Public Radio’s “All Things Considered” and “Morning Edition,” and in virtually every major daily newspaper in the country.

In 1994 the Society of Professional Journalists awarded Wolf the Sigma Delta Chi Award for Best Radio Editorial for his six-part essay, “On Developing Regional Rural Economies.” His most recent book is Building the Agricultural City.

 

After a brief intermission, the OVCO concludes with Symphony No. 2 in D Major by Johannes Brahms.  This virtuosic piece was composed during a visit to a small town in an Austrian province.  Brahms’ second symphony is a lovely four-movement piece sure to be an excellent conclusion to the OVCO’s fifth season.

 

Founded in 2014 under the direction of Matthew Cody, the Oneota Valley Community Orchestra presents free live classical music to the residents of the Oneota Valley, promotes music education, and provides the opportunity for amateur and professional musicians to perform great masterpieces of music. The fifth season of the OVCO is sponsored by the Marion E. Jerome Foundation and The Depot Outlet.

 

The OVCO is a 501(c)3 non-profit through the state of Iowa and the federal IRS. All donations are tax deductible.  For more information about the OVCO, visit www.ovcorchestra.org.


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Sunday, April 28, 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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Sunday, April 28, 2019
 Discussing the benefits of a liberal arts education, Spruiell White, Luther class of 1967, will give the address at this year's induction ceremony for new members of the Luther College chapter of Phi Beta Kappa. White will present a lecture at 4 p.m. Sunday, April 28 in the Noble Recital Hall of Luther's Jenson Noble Hall of Music.
The lecture is open to the public with no charge for admission
 

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Tuesday, April 30, 2019
Are you increasingly worried about climate change, and ready to do something? Join Winneshiek Energy District staff from 6-8 pm Tues. April 30 at Decorah Public Library for a free interactive workshop that will help attendees understand current individual impacts and how to reduce them.
 

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Wednesday, May 1, 2019
Join us for a free meal and a community walk on Wed May 1. This spring celebration is being held in conjunction with Screen Free Week, an annual event where children, families, schools, and communities are encouraged to rediscover the joys of life beyond the screen. Plan to unplug from digital entertainment and spend all that free time playing, reading, daydreaming, creating, exploring, and connecting with family and friends!
 

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Wednesday, May 1, 2019

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

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


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Thursday, May 2, 2019
The National Day of Prayer is an annual observance held on the first Thursday of May, inviting people of all faiths to pray for the nation. It was created in 1952 by a joint resolution of the United States Congress, and signed into law by President Harry S. Truman.

The public is invited to join in prayer.

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Friday, May 3, 2019
American rapper, singer, songwriter and record-producer T-Pain will perform in concert on the Luther College campus at 8 p.m. Friday, May 3, in the Regents Center. Doors open at 7:30 p.m.
           
Tickets for the performance are $45 and can be purchased at tickets.luther.edu or via the Luther Ticket Office, (563) 387-1357 or boxoffice@luther.edu. The Ticket Office is open Monday, Wednesday and Friday, 9-10:30 a.m. and 11 a.m.-3 p.m.; Tuesday, 9 a.m.-3 p.m.; with extended hours on Thursdays, 9 a.m.-7 p.m. The name on the ticket must match the ticketholder’s ID for entry into the concert.
 

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Friday, May 3, 2019
Everyone is invited to Church Women United 2019 May Friendship Day Friday at Good Shepard Lutheran Church.

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

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Friday, May 3, 2019

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

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


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Saturday, May 4, 2019
The annual ArtHaus Gala is here and you’re invited! The gala will be held at the Decorah Elk’s Lodge on Saturday, May 4th from 6:30-10:00 PM. For over 10 years you have been supporting the arts in Decorah. Come celebrate creativity and community through a fun evening of Kentucky Derby racing games, mint juleps, and fancy hats.
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Saturday, May 4, 2019

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


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Sunday, May 5, 2019
Go on a wild ride of adventure above, on, and below the amazing Driftless Region with the screening of the award-winning documentary, Decoding the Driftless, coming to Potter Auditorium at Chatfield Center for the Arts on Sunday, May 5 at 3pm. The film will soars over ancient, rugged bluffs, skims the surface of primordial rivers, ventures deep underground to secret worlds, marvels at sacred archeological treasures, hangs perilously over massive rock cliffs, and travels across time itself to explore and decipher ancient clues of the unglaciated Driftless Region landscape.
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Sunday, May 5, 2019
Decorah Chorale presents “WON’T YOU BE MY NEIGHBOR?” May 5
 
Community, relationships, peace and understanding are central themes of Decorah Chorale’s spring concert, “Won’t You Be My Neighbor?”
 
The one-hour concert is Sunday, May 5 at 3 p.m. at Decorah Lutheran Church, and features a diverse offering of music, including songs from “Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood” and the movie “The Greatest Showman,”  as well as selections by Iowa composers Elaine Hagenberg and Connor Koppin.
 
The concert is free with no charge for admission. A free-will offering will be taken.
 
“Won’t you be my neighbor?” is a lyric in the opening song of the Public Television show “Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood.” Child advocate, Presbyterian minister and television personality Fred Rogers created the program in 1968. It became a nurturing and beloved show for children and families. Rogers ended each program by saying,"You've made this day a special day, by just your being you. There's no person in the whole world like you; and I like you just the way you are."
 
“The community theme really seems to resonate with the Chorale,” said Artistic Director Jason Rausch. “The group works to be good neighbors by hosting Decorah’s Community Meal twice a year, performing for area events like Music on Water Street, Vesterheim Christmas, singing at care centers, and by donating over $40,000 in proceeds from free-will offerings over the past 20 years to local charities such as Habitat for Humanity and Decorah Music Boosters.”
 
The Decorah Chorale is a mixed choral ensemble with over eighty members from Decorah and eight surrounding Iowa and Minnesota communities. The group rehearses Sunday evenings beginning in late August and continuing through April, with several weeks off around the holidays. Email decorahchoraledirector@gmail.com, or visit www.decorahchorale.org for more information.
 
The Decorah Chorale is led by Rausch, who is completing his fifth season with the choir. Collaborative pianist is Chris Hadley.
 
 
 

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Thursday, May 9, 2019

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


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Thursday, May 9, 2019 - Saturday, May 11, 2019
"What Would Love Do?" Luther's dance program examines this question through their performances on May 9-11 in the Jewel Theatre in the Center for The Arts on the Luther campus.

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

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Thursday, May 9, 2019
New York born violinist and Korea based international violinist and teacher Naria Kim will perform at 7:30 p.m., Thursday, May 9, in the Noble Recital Hall of the Jensen Noble Hall of Music on the Luther campus. The performance is open to the public with no charge of admission.
 

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Saturday, May 11, 2019
Mollie B will be performing with the award-winning SqueezeBox from "the Mule" and the local favorite Jim Busta Band. 
Tickets are $15 at the door or $12 in advance at MollieB.com or by call ing 507.498.5070.

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

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Thursday, May 16, 2019
508 on Jefferson is open for business! Join Kari & Pete Espinosa at their open house to see this beautiful home and all of the amenities for yourself. 
A Chamber Ribbon Cutting will be held at 4 p.m. Stop by the open house anytime.

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Saturday, May 18, 2019
Discover nature’s free grocery store! The forests and valleys of Southeastern Minnesota can provide a plethora of palatable plants and mushrooms. We’ll learn the basics of how confidently and safely identify, gather and prepare some common edible species, then we will hit the trails! We will prepare some tasty treats using what we’ve  gathered entirely on-site. It’s fresh, local, organic, and fun! Be prepared to explore off-trail areas.
Instructor – Samantha Peterson received a B.S.in  Environmental Education and Communication from the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities. In the years following graduation I have worked as a mushroom cultivator and forager, an environmental educator for urban teens, an instructor for camping workshops, a sawyer, a prescribed burn technician, an ecological research assistant, and most recently, a naturalist at the Jay C. Hormel Nature Center in Austin, MN. Of all of these positions, those that involved an environmental education component have been the most rewarding.
 

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Sunday, May 19, 2019
Discover nature’s free grocery store! The forests and valleys of Southeastern Minnesota can provide a plethora of palatable plants and mushrooms. We’ll learn the basics of how confidently and safely identify, gather and prepare some common edible species, then we will hit the trails! We will prepare some tasty treats using what we’ve  gathered entirely on-site. It’s fresh, local, organic, and fun! Be prepared to explore off-trail areas.
Instructor – Samantha Peterson received a B.S.in  Environmental Education and Communication from the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities. In the years following graduation I have worked as a mushroom cultivator and forager, an environmental educator for urban teens, an instructor for camping workshops, a sawyer, a prescribed burn technician, an ecological research assistant, and most recently, a naturalist at the Jay C. Hormel Nature Center in Austin, MN. Of all of these positions, those that involved an environmental education component have been the most rewarding.
 

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Monday, May 20, 2019
Will you soon be eligible for Medicare?  Are you already receiving Medicare benefits and want to better understand your options?  Do you help a family member with Medicare issues?
 
Winneshiek Medical Center is pleased to host a free “Welcome to Medicare” seminar on Monday, May 20 from 6-8 pm.  This two-hour seminar, offered by the Winneshiek Medical Center Senior Health Insurance Information Program (SHIIP) counselors, will be held in WMC’s lower level conference rooms. The free seminar will cover Medicare Part A and Part B benefits, the prescription drug benefit (Part D), Medicare Advantage plans and Medicare supplement insurance. 
 

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