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10/23/19
Weight Loss Informational Session-Free (Walk-in)

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

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10/23/19
Decorah Public Library announces new book discussion group

Decorah Public Library staff are piloting a new speculative fiction book discussion group in September and October. The group is open to the public, and anyone interested is encouraged to call the library at 382-3717 to reserve a book or sign up for future info via email.
 
 

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10/23/19
Decorah Public Library announces October book discussions

Decorah Public Library staff are hosting four book discussions in October. 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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10/23/19
 -10/27/19
New Minowa Players

The Queen of Hearts, the Mad Hatter, and the Cheshire Cat are all iconic fictional characters that will come to life on the New Minowa Players stage  for "Alice in Wonderland". Forty-five children ages 6-12 will perform the original script written and directed by Rick Scheffert. Music and lyrics written by Sheryl Scheffert will get your toes tapping and put a smile on your face.

This wonderful cast of vibrant performers are waiting to show you their best! Tickets have been so popular that a few tickets can be purchased at Oneota Community Food Co-op and online at newminowaplayers.org There will be a limited number of tickets available at the door being sold one hour prior to each performance.

Show sponsors are: Decorah Bank and Trust, Family Table Restaurant, Iroc Web Design Services, Pizza Ranch, RockeDog Books, Rockweiler Appliance & TV, Rick and Sheryl Scheffert, Sogo Snacks, and Singing Hammers Construction.

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10/23/19
St Benedict eighth grade presentation of 'Sir Winter and the Seven Woodsmen'

The St.Benedict eighth grade class will present "Sir Winter and the Seven Woodsmen" adapted from the Grimm's fairy tale "Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs,"

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10/24/19
NAMI Mental Health Classes

NAMI FAMILY-TO-FAMILY EDUCATION PROGRAM

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

 

more info...
10/24/19
TRI-STATE AG LENDER'S SEMINAR

33rd Annual Tri-State Agriculture Lender’s Seminar
 

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10/24/19
Pilates and Play

Decorah Public Library is partnering with area resident Shauna Menke to offer a variety of fun introductory Pilates classes throughout the fall.

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10/24/19
Strong Towns with Charles Marohn

The Luther College Center for Sustainable Communities will be hosting a Strong Towns presentation by city engineer and author Charles Marohn, Jr. Marohn is the founder of Strong Towns, an international initiative dedicated to making communities across the United States and Canada financially stronger and more resilient. 
 

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10/24/19
WMC Auxiliary to host Fall Luncheon

The Winneshiek Medical Center Auxiliary is hosting their annual Fall Luncheon

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10/24/19
"Robots and Religion: Challenges, Risks, and Opportunities" lecture at Luther College

What role do robots and technology play in religion? That’s the question Ilona Nord will be answering at Luther College at 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 24, in the Center for Faith and Life Recital Hall.
 

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10/24/19
Driftless Vacation Rentals Open House



Tour both the Lodge & Eagle's Nest cabins and sign up to win a free night stay plus food! 
A ribbon cutting ceremony will be held at 4:30 p.m.

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10/24/19
Community Forum for Public Conversation

Decorah Mayor Lorraine Borowski and Luther College Vice President of Equity and Inclusion and Student Success, Lisa Scott are initiating a monthly gathering of community partners for public conversation and information exchanges.

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10/24/19
Decorah Area Civic Leaders Announce New Community Forum for Public Conversation

Decorah Mayor Lorraine Borowski and Luther College Vice President of Equity and Inclusion and Student Success, Lisa Scott are initiating a monthly gathering of community partners for public conversation and information exchanges


 

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10/24/19
Factory Farms Are Creating Superbugs

How We Can Protect Lifesaving Antibiotics – and Ourselves

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10/25/19
El Caminos at Empty Nest Winery

Enjoy the last Friday of the season with entertainment provided by the El Caminos. 
The buffet will feature beef tips, chicken cordon bleu, mashed potatoes, salad, and desserts. 

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10/25/19
 -10/26/19
ArtHaus Spectacular

Come celebrate ArtHaus with a weekend full of activities in our new location!
Friday, October 25th:
Open Haus Tours 5-7 PM and Food Truck in the parking lot
Grab a seat at the Film Screening with Oneota Film Festival 7PM

Saturday, October 26th:
Dragonfly Books joins us for Free Story Hour 9AM
Tiny Masters Try-Out 10-11AM
Dream Big with ArtHaus 11-12PM
Open Haus Tours 12-2PM and Food Truck in the parking lot
Glow Dance Party 9 PM – Midnight 

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10/25/19
Blood Drive October 25 at WMC

Donating blood is safe, simple and it saves lives. It takes just one hour to make a life-saving blood donation, which will impact the lives of up to three different hospital patients. You can make a difference in your community by helping to maintain the local blood supply when you donate blood with LifeServe Blood Center.
 

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10/25/19
Celebrate Halloween at Luther College

With Halloween fast approaching, Luther College organizations are planning some fun family activities and a safe trick-or-treating opportunity.


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10/26/19
Community Yoga Class

Yoga class with Marybeth Gallant.

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10/26/19
Luther Tailgates Fundraiser for the Spectrum Network

Tailgate parties prior to Luther college Norse football home games will be a fundraiser for The Spectrum Network.

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10/26/19
 -10/27/19
Pinters Pumpkin Patch

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

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10/26/19
Kristen Halverson @ Dragonfly Books: SIENNA ROSE: THE DANCING SWAN

Dragonfly Books welcomes Elkader children’s book author Kristen Halverson for storytime, an author talk, and art activities featuring her new book, Sienna Rose: The Dancing Swan (Wind Rise Books, LLC 2019). Halverson will read from and talk about writing her book and lead art activities related to the book on Saturday morning, October 26th at 10:00 a.m. at Dragonfly Books at 112 W. Water St.

Halverson was first inspired by her horses' personalities and events on their farm to write and launch her first storybook, The Tale of Josephine Rose: A Horse's Magical Neigh, (Wind Rise Books, LLC 2016), which focuses on themes of kindness and inclusion. Since 2016 she has published eight more children’s books with two forthcoming in fall 2019--The Tale of Prince Misha: The Lost Snow Maiden, a Russian themed fairy tale, and Meow Cello.

A Houston, Texas native, Halverson moved to Elkader, Iowa in 2014. She has degrees in Political Science, Spanish, and Strategic Leadership from LeTourneau University and studied creative writing there as well as Hollins University in Virginia. These classes inspired her to eventually embark on her own literary journey. She is currently specializing in library programs that cater to PreK-5th grades along with programs for adults that focus on the history of the horse as well as writing workshops.

Everyone is invited to join Dragonfly Books for this free event on Saturday, October 26th at 10:00 a.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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10/26/19
Luther College announces upcoming performances as part of the Faculty Artist Series

Luther College continues its history of musical excellence by announcing the upcoming schedule for the Faculty Artist Series.

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10/26/19
 -10/27/19
Decorah High School Craft & Bake Sale


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10/26/19
Wild Times Exotics at the Library

Wild Times Exotics will bring the zoo to Decorah Public Library.

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10/26/19
Trunk or Treat

Winneshiek County Conservation will host a Trunk or Treat at Lake Meyer Campground.

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10/26/19
Celebration of Life Fundraiser to feature Cory Farley Band

The Cory Farley Band will perform in concert at the Winneshiek County Celebration of Life fundraiser.

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10/26/19
Luther College Center Stage Series presents: "The Nature of Forgetting" by Theatre Re

At 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 26, come experience "The Nature of Forgetting" in the Center for Faith and Life Main Hall on the Luther College campus.

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10/27/19
Scandinavian Music Jam

Stop by from 1:00 – 3:00 p.m. in Vesterheim’s Bruening Visitor Center, 502 W. Water Street, to learn a tune, share a tune, jam with us, or just come to listen.

Bring any instrument you play and join in. This informal music collaboration is great fun for all levels and happens the fourth Sunday of each month.

Drop in whenever it works in your schedule. No charge. Recording device advised.


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10/27/19
Odd Fellow Lodge Dinner

First dinner of the season at Odd fellow lodge.

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10/27/19
Oneota Valley Community Orchestra opens sixth season with 'Music Francaise!'

The Oneota Valley Community Orchestra celebrates its sixth season in 2019-2020 under the leadership of Music Director Matthew Cody.
 

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10/28/19
Social Dancing: Country Western Couples Dance

Join Renate Hunter to kick up your heels and stir up a little dust in this country western dance class.

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10/28/19
 -10/29/19
WMC Auxiliary to host Nutman Sale

Pick up an assortment of nuts, snack mixes, chocolates, candy and more at the first-ever Winneshiek Medical Center Auxiliary Nutman Sale!

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10/29/19
Dog Tales at Library

Decorah Public Library staff are continuing to partner with a dedicated group of local volunteers to bring certified therapy dogs to the library for its Dog Tales program

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10/29/19
Bathsheba Demuth @ Dragonfly Books: FLOATING COAST

Dragonfly Books welcomes Decorah native Bathsheba Demuth for an author talk featuring her new book, Floating Coast: An Environmental History of the Bering Strait (W.W. Norton & Company 2019). Demuth will talk about writing her book and sign books on Tuesday, October 29th at 7:00 p.m. at Dragonfly Books at 112 W. Water St.

Along the Bering Strait, through the territories of the Inupiat and Yupik in Alaska, and the Yupik and Chukchi in Russia, Bathsheba Demuth explores an ecosystem that has long sustained human beings. Yet when Americans and Europeans arrived, the area became the site of an experiment and the modern ideologies of production and consumption, capitalism and communism were subject to the pressures of arctic scarcity.

Demuth draws a vivid portrait of the sweeping effects of turning ecological wealth into economic growth and state power over the past century and a half. More urgent in a warming climate and as we seek new economic ideas for a post-industrial age, Floating Coast delivers warnings and poses provocative questions about human desires and needs in relation to environmental sustainability.

Bathsheba Demuth grew up in Decorah where her mother Laura still lives. Demuth is an environmental historian at Brown University, specializing in the United States and Russia, and in the history of energy and past climates. Her interest in northern environments and cultures began when she was 18 and moved north of the Arctic Circle in the Yukon. For over two years, Demuth mushed huskies, hunted caribou, fished for salmon, tracked bears, and otherwise learned to survive in the taiga and tundra. In the years since, she has lived in and studied Arctic communities across Eurasia and North America. From the archive to the dog sled, she is interested in how the histories of people, ideas, places, and non-human species intersect.

Everyone is invited to join Dragonfly Books for this free event on Tuesday, October 29th 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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10/29/19
Row-Heyveld Gives Vesterheim Presentation on Tattoos, Symbols, and Social Issues

Lindsey Row-Heyveld to find out how symbols intersect with the social issues of our time during the presentation “Tattoos, Medievalism, and White Nationalism” on October 29 at 7:00 p.m. in the Olin Building, Room 102 at Luther College.
 

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10/30/19
Weight Loss Informational Session-Free (Walk-in)

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

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10/30/19
Parkinson Support Group Event

On Wednesday Oct.30 at 1:30 PM at Winneshiek Medical Center, we will have LeAnn Uhlenhake, Speech Language Pathologist, present the speech component of the Big and Loud program. LeAnn is part of the Winneshiek Medical Center Rehab team and offers a wealth of experience and knowledge. All our welcome at WMC in our usual conference room adjacent to the cafeteria.

Looking forward to seeing you there!

 


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10/31/19
NAMI Mental Health Classes

NAMI FAMILY-TO-FAMILY EDUCATION PROGRAM

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

 

more info...
10/31/19
Trunk or Treat

Trunk or Treat in Decorah:  Thursday, October 31, Fareway parking lot.  The event is sponsored and coordinated by Stone Ridge Community Church.

 

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10/31/19
Trick-Or-Treat in Decorah

Halloween is sneaking right up! The Decorah Police Department & Decorah Area Chamber of Commerce encourage you to trick or treat and have fun!

Here are some important etiquette items to share with the costumed kiddos in your life:

1.) Respect lights out. If a porch light isn't on, please don't approach someone's door. What if they are in the middle of a crucial final episode of insert reality television show here?!
2.) As always, observe local laws. Crossing at corners, for example, helps to keep you safe!
3.) Dress as warmly as you're able.
4.) Cross streets carefully. Look both ways. Walk, don't run. We don't want ghouls & ghosts tripping over their sheets & falling down in the streets.
5.) Respect people's property. (For example, use the sidewalk rather than the lawn. Tread on Susan's flowerbeds at your own peril. She planted those Mums herself & she's not having it.)
6.) Mind your manners. We know your Mama raised you right. "Please," & "Thank you," are Decorah values we can all get behind.


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10/31/19
Celebrate Halloween at Luther College

Celebrate Halloween at Luther College

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10/31/19
Latines Unides hosts Day of the Dead celebration at Luther College

Luther College student group promotes cultural awareness through upcoming event
 

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11/01/19
First Lutheran Travelers and Friends invite you on a one day motor coach trip to view HARK! THE BASEMENT LADIES SING

The Church Basement Ladies appear in a new musical comedy that takes place while preparing for Christmas by cooking meals, singing carols and gathering around their tape player to record a special Christmas greeting for one of their boys overseas. 
 

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11/01/19
 -11/03/19
Luther College Presidential Inauguration of Jenifer K. Ward Nov. 1-3

The public is welcome to join in the celebration of the presidential inauguration of Dr. Jenifer K. Ward
 

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11/01/19
Luther College inauguration weekend kicks off with an "Inaugural Night on the Town"

President Jenifer K. Ward encourages everyone to join in the inauguration celebration Friday night in downtown Decorah


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11/03/19
Luther College presents "The Notebooks of Leonardo da Vinci"

Come experience the unique multi-media symphony orchestra performance


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11/05/19
Dog Tales at Library

Decorah Public Library staff are continuing to partner with a dedicated group of local volunteers to bring certified therapy dogs to the library for its Dog Tales program

more info...
11/06/19
Weight Loss Informational Session-Free (Walk-in)

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

more info...
11/07/19
FREE Admission to Vesterheim Museum

Enjoy free admission all day during regular museum hours.

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11/07/19
NAMI Mental Health Classes

NAMI FAMILY-TO-FAMILY EDUCATION PROGRAM

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

 

more info...
11/07/19
Tails and Treasures

The Humane Society of Northeast Iowa is holding its largest fundraiser of the year.

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11/07/19
Pilates and Play

Decorah Public Library is partnering with area resident Shauna Menke to offer a variety of fun introductory Pilates classes throughout the fall.

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11/07/19
NEIPJC will be holding its ninth annual meeting

NEIPJC will be holding its ninth annual meeting

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11/08/19
 -11/10/19
Rendered Unique Pop Up Shop

A thoughtfully-curated, occasional shop located in Decorah, Iowa open one weekend each month. Offering handcrafted and vintage home decor, accessories, and gifts.

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11/08/19
Rendered Unique Ribbon Cutting

Join the DACC in welcoming Rendered Unique to the business community. We will officially welcome them with a Ribbon Cutting during their November Pop-up Shop weekend. 

Rendered Unique is a thoughtfully-curated, occasional shop located in Decorah, Iowa open one weekend each month. Offering handcrafted and vintage home decor, accessories, and gifts.

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11/08/19
Luther College Center Stage Series presents: The Des Moines Symphony Orchestra

Come experience one of the country's leading regional orchestras at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 8, in the Center for Faith and Life Main Hall on the Luther College campus. The Des Moines Symphony Orchestra returns to Luther College to offer an unforgettable performance celebrating Northeast Iowa's rich cultural heritage.


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11/09/19
Chosen Bean Concert Artists

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


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11/09/19
Community Yoga Class

Yoga class with Marybeth Gallant.

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11/09/19
Luther Tailgates Fundraiser for the Spectrum Network

Tailgate parties prior to Luther college Norse football home games will be a fundraiser for The Spectrum Network.

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11/09/19
Friends of 4-H Gala

The Winneshiek County 4-H Endowment Friends of 4-H gala is Saturaday, Nov. 9.

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11/10/19
Harmony Empty Bowels

Please join us for a simple meal of soup and bread.  Choose a bowl, sample multiple soups, keep your bowl

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11/12/19
Luther College announces "Texts and Issues Lecture Series" speakers

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."

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11/13/19
Say it with Signs

Northeast Iowa Community College business and community solutions is offering this fun DIY craft class.

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11/13/19
Weight Loss Informational Session-Free (Walk-in)

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

more info...
11/13/19
Church Basement Ladies Trip

The United Methodist Women of Decorah are sponsoring a bus trip to the Ames Center in Burnsville, Minnesota to see the Church Basement Ladies in their new play "Hark the Basement Ladies Sing".
 

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11/13/19
Decorah Public Library announces November book discussions

Decorah Public Library staff are hosting four book discussions in November. 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.
 
 

more info...
11/14/19
NAMI Mental Health Classes

NAMI FAMILY-TO-FAMILY EDUCATION PROGRAM

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

 

more info...
11/14/19
Winneshiek Medical Center offering free suicide prevention training to community

You, like many others, may have training in CPR to stabilize those who are not breathing or in cardiac arrest until emergency responders arrive.  CPR (short for cardiopulmonary resuscitation) has saved countless lives of those we love in their time of need.  But what about the times when people are in a mental health crisis?  Do you have the skills and training to perform life-saving mental health intervention? 
 

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11/15/19
Decorah Public Library announces November book discussions

Decorah Public Library staff are hosting four book discussions in November. 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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11/16/19
Community Yoga Class

Yoga class with Marybeth Gallant.

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11/19/19
Vesterheim's Barnetimen (Children's Hour) To Set Sail on a New Season

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

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11/20/19
Weight Loss Informational Session-Free (Walk-in)

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

more info...
11/20/19
Decorah Public Library announces November book discussions

Decorah Public Library staff are hosting four book discussions in November. 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.
 
 

more info...
11/21/19
NAMI Mental Health Classes

NAMI FAMILY-TO-FAMILY EDUCATION PROGRAM

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

 

more info...
11/21/19
Pilates and Play

Decorah Public Library is partnering with area resident Shauna Menke to offer a variety of fun introductory Pilates classes throughout the fall.

more info...
11/21/19
Decorah Public Library announces November book discussions

Decorah Public Library staff are hosting four book discussions in November. 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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