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Digital Marketing Training Series
02/13/19 - 03/27/19

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2019 Ag Appreciation Luncheon
03/20/19 - 03/20/19
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Women's Weekend Out Sponsorship
04/05/19 - 04/07/19

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Women's Weekend Out Swag Bags!
04/05/19 - 04/07/19
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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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03/18/19
 -03/22/19
The Pet Show Gallery

ArtHaus in Decorah is seeking artists of all types and stripes to cover the gallery with artwork of your pets.    No mats or frames are necessary, each artwork will find a home in the gallery either with a pedestal, pushpin or nail.  Artwork must be original and can be dropped off between 1-5 Monday-Friday until February 1 at the ArtHaus Gallery.  The entry fee is $5 per piece. 
 
Artists are encouraged (but not required) to sell their work with a silent auction bid form with proceeds going to Humane Society of NE Iowa.  A closing reception with refreshments will take place March 29, where people may make their final bids and collect their artwork.  
 
The Pet Show recognizes creative talent throughout Northeast Iowa; artists of all ages are encouraged to participate including beginners, emerging, established professionals, hobbyists, youngsters, college students, and retirees.
 

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03/19/19
Forest Talk with Melissa Koch

Have you gone forest bathing recently? Or noticed what trees in the forest are saying to each other? Join author Melissa Koch at the Decorah Public Library as she shares excerpts from her new book “Forest Talk: How Trees Communicate.”

Koch explains, “In ‘Forest Talk,’ scientists from diverse backgrounds and fields reveal what trees are saying to us and to each other. Trees are essential to all life on Earth, yet humans continue to destroy forests to build roads, cities, homes, and farms. Trees need our help. Learn how to listen when trees talk.”
 

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03/19/19
Luther College Woman's Club March meeting

 Winneshiek County’s history is rich, and thanks to the efforts of several local organizations, that history has been and continues to be preserved for generations to come. But with several different groups involved in these efforts, how can the public keep track of who does what, and what local historical resources are available to them? Learn more about the area’s historical organizations—including updates on various projects—during the next meeting of the Luther College Woman’s Club.

Representatives of four local organizations—the Winneshiek County Historical Society, the Winneshiek County Historic Preservation Commission, the Decorah Historic Preservation Commission, and the Decorah Geneology Association—will present “Current News” at the group’s March meeting, to be held Tuesday, March 19, at 1:30 p.m. in Peace Dining Room, Dahl Centennial Union, on the Luther campus. All women from Decorah and surrounding communities are invited to attend. Shuttle service from the Decorah Swimming Pool is available and leaves at 1:10 p.m. In addition to the program, a short business meeting, refreshments, and special music by Luther faculty or students are on the afternoon’s agenda.


 

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03/19/19
Female Artists and the Life-Changing Song Oh Happy Day

Luther College presents its 2019 Sihler Memorial Lecture featuring guest speaker Deborah Smith Pollard, University of Michigan-Dearborn Professor of English Literature and Humanities. Focusing on iconic performances of the gospel music standard "O Happy Day" by female performers, Pollard will give her lecture titled, "When I Get to Heaven, I'm Gonna Jump and Shout:' Female Artists and the Life-Changing Song 'Oh Happy Day.'"  

The lecture, which is part of the commemorations for the 50th anniversary of the Black Student Union at Luther College, will take place at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 19, in the Recital Hall of the Center for Faith and Life on the Luther campus.


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03/19/19
Learn to Trick Trolls at Barnetimen (Childrens Hour)

Preschoolers and their caregivers are invited to Barnetimen (Children’s Hour) at Vesterheim, the national Norwegian-American museum and heritage center.
           
“This month, we will learn all about trolls, those troublesome Norwegian creatures, and how to trick them,” Jennifer Kovarik, Vesterheim’s Youth Educator, said. Meet at the Main Building at 502 W. Water St. to explore troll tales and traditions, create art, and eat a snack.
 

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03/19/19
March Energy Breakfast: Net Metering Policy is Under Threat

March's Energy Breakfast, hosted by the Winneshiek Energy District, will present information on a recently proposed law that would threaten the continued growth of solar for Iowa's two investor-owned utilities. The bill, HSB 185, was proposed by MidAmerican Energy and would instruct the Iowa Utilities Board to make changes to Iowa's net-metering policy which allows solar owners fair compensation for energy sold back to utilities.

The Breakfast presentation begins at 7:30 am on Tuesday, March 19th at T-Bock’s Underground. Coffee and muffins by T-Bocks will be available for purchase. The presentation will last until 8:30 and will conclude with postcard writing. The event is free and everyone is welcome to attend, please register at energydistrict.org/breakfast/ by Friday, March 15th.

The Winneshiek Energy District is a non-profit organization serving Winneshiek County that works toward 100% clean, locally owned energy by 2050. Learn more about the Energy District at energydistrict.org.


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03/20/19
2019 Ag Appreciation Luncheon




The Decorah Area Chamber of Commerce (DACC) Agriculture Committee will host the annual Ag Appreciation Luncheon on March 20, 2019 at the Danan Lansing Building at the Winneshiek County Fairgrounds. This year’s lunch will include pork and locally grown potatoes. Serving will begin at 11:30am. Guest speaker Jennifer Bentley and awards will begin at 12 p.m.

Jennifer Bentley is a Dairy Specialist with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach. Bentley specializes in calves and heifers, dairy consumer education, dairy herd management, buildings and facilities, and transition cow management. Bentley will discuss the current ag economy and share tips and resources on managing farm stress.

Following Bentley’s presentation, The DACC will present two Friend in Agriculture awards. One area business and individual will be recognized for their ongoing efforts toward and support of local agriculture. Two Ag Scholarships will also be presented. One high school senior within Winneshiek County and one NICC Agriculture student will receive $350 toward their agriculture studies.

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03/20/19
Dog Tales at Decorah Public 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 Dog Tales programs. Children ages 5-12 who are reading independently may come to the children’s area of the library and read aloud to the dogs from 6:30-7:15 p.m. on Wed. March 6 and Wed. March 20.
 

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03/21/19
Decorah Business Workshop

With Decorah’s tight labor market and the high costs of training new employees, it’s more important than ever to keep good employees.
Need tips on inexpensive ways to keep good employees happy? Come to the latest Decorah Businesses Workshop. Share ideas on ways to keep good employees from leaving, with comments from a panel of people in the same situation as you.

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03/21/19
History Book Group

The History Book Group will discuss Ingrid Rowland and Noah Charney’s “The Collector of Lives: Giorgio Vasari and the Invention of Art” at 6:30 p.m. Thurs. March 21st on the 2nd floor of the library. Giorgio Vasari (1511–1574) was a man of many talents—a sculptor, painter, architect, writer, and scholar—but he is best known for “Lives of the Artists,” the classic account that singlehandedly established the canon of Italian Renaissance art. It was through Vasari’s writings that Raphael, Leonardo, and Michelangelo came to be regarded as masters. In “The Collector of Lives,” Rowland and Charney introduce readers to this pivotal figure in art history.
 

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03/21/19
Porter House Lecture Series

The Porter House Museum's 2019 Lecture Series continues this Thursday, March 21st, featuring Luther College Professor of Biology Kirk Larsen! The talk is FREE and open to the public. Talk will be held at the Lingonberry in downtown Decorah.  
 
What happened to that bug splat on my windshield? Larsen will look at the troubling worldwide decline of insect populations, and make the audience question: Why is this important? And what might we be able to do to make a positive difference?  
 
Doors will open at 7:00PM. Seating is first-come, first-served. A reception will follow.
 
The Lecture Series will conclude on April 11th with naturalist and habitat-restoration specialist Scott Leddy.

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03/23/19
Vesterhiem Koselig Cake Break

When days are short and nights are long, it’s time to celebrate community the koselig Norwegian way—with delicious cake, warm drinks, and new and familiar friends—at Vesterheim, the National Norwegian-American Museum and Heritage Center.

This informal gathering is free and open to everyone. Come and go as you wish.

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03/23/19
Live Raptor Program for all ages

Kids of all ages are invited to attend a LIVE raptor show featuring a red-tailed hawk and a screech owl at 11 am Saturday March 23 at Decorah Public Library. The show is free thanks to the Friends of Decorah Public Library- but seating is limited, so please register in advance by visiting the library website (www.decorah.lib.ia.us).
 

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03/23/19
Julie Meirick and Nashville Friends Concert - To Benefit The Spectrum Network

Please join us on Saturday, March 23rd for a night of music and fun! The Spectrum Network welcomes Julie Meirick and Nashville Friends, featuring Jonathan Kingham and Jason Sever, along with local music favorites Josh Vorvick and Jeni Grouws, to the Hotel Winneshiek in Decorah, IA. This concert will help raise money to benefit the many programs at The Spectrum Network.


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03/24/19
Literary Open Mic Night

Dragonfly Books invites everyone to Pulpit Rock Brewing Co. for a Literary Open Mic Night on Sunday, March 24 at 7:00 PM! Prose, poetry, fiction, memoir -- all original work is welcome. Emceed by local KDEC radio host Jeni Grouws and featuring MIBA bookseller and author Danny Caine from The Raven Book Store, the Literary Open Mic Night is a high-energy celebration of literary talent.

Performers will have 3 minutes or less to share their original work and can sign up online at www.dragonflybooks.com/event/openmic or at the door. Don’t want to read, but love a good literary performance? Grab a pint of local brew and enjoy the show!


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03/25/19
Bingo Night in Lime Springs

Bingo on the 1st, 2nd & 4th Mondays of each month.

Support the LS Community Center and the Pool & Parks.

The packet of 25 games is $15. There will be hot dogs, chips and drink available for $5.
There will also be coffee, bars and rolls offered.
First bingo call is at 6:30.

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03/25/19
 -03/29/19
The Pet Show Gallery

ArtHaus in Decorah is seeking artists of all types and stripes to cover the gallery with artwork of your pets.    No mats or frames are necessary, each artwork will find a home in the gallery either with a pedestal, pushpin or nail.  Artwork must be original and can be dropped off between 1-5 Monday-Friday until February 1 at the ArtHaus Gallery.  The entry fee is $5 per piece. 
 
Artists are encouraged (but not required) to sell their work with a silent auction bid form with proceeds going to Humane Society of NE Iowa.  A closing reception with refreshments will take place March 29, where people may make their final bids and collect their artwork.  
 
The Pet Show recognizes creative talent throughout Northeast Iowa; artists of all ages are encouraged to participate including beginners, emerging, established professionals, hobbyists, youngsters, college students, and retirees.
 

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03/25/19
Come Belong in Song

You are invited to join with women and girls in SongSisters, 8 weeks of playful and heartful singing. It doesn’t matter whether you think of yourself as a ‘singer’ or not, for every voice adds to the beauty of our songs, and we need yours!

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03/26/19
Learn Beekeeping Basics

Join Master Beekeeper Ed St. John to learn about beekeeping in Iowa. The program is free and open to the public.
 
St. John is the District 3 Director of the Iowa Honey Producers Association (IHPA) and has managed backyard honeybee colonies since 2012.  He currently cares for 14 colonies.
 
Part of the IHPA’s mission is to educate the public about beekeeping and to promote the advancement of the beekeeping industry. Honeybees pollinate 80% of the United States’ flowering crops which constitute one third of everything we eat. 
 

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03/27/19
Digital Marketing Training Series


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03/27/19
Decorah Area Parkinson Support Group

Mark Branum, a Board Certified Geriatric Pharmacist, will speak on the latest medications for treatment of Parkinson’s. Looking forward to seeing you there.


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03/29/19
The Pet Show Art Reception

ArtHaus in Decorah is seeking artists of all types and stripes to cover the gallery with artwork of your pets.  No mats or frames are necessary, each artwork will find a home in the gallery either with a pedestal, pushpin or nail.  Artwork must be original and can be dropped off between 1-5 Monday-Friday until February 1 at the ArtHaus Gallery.  The entry fee is $5 per piece. 
 
Artists are encouraged (but not required) to sell their work with a silent auction bid form with proceeds going to Humane Society of NE Iowa.  A closing reception with refreshments will take place March 29, where people may make their final bids and collect their artwork.  
 
The Pet Show recognizes creative talent throughout Northeast Iowa; artists of all ages are encouraged to participate including beginners, emerging, established professionals, hobbyists, youngsters, college students, and retirees.

The Pushpin show is sponsored by LuLu and BB's Petmarket.
 

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03/29/19
Iver & Jack Ribbon Cutting

Join us in welcoming one of downtown's newest retail business Iver & Jack. 
Iver & Jack is a store for guys. Casual shirts, jackets, name brand jeans and more in sizes small-xxl.

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03/30/19
TG's Assassin Bottle Release

This barrel-aged stout spends over a year in barrels, sometimes closer to two, notes of bourbon warm each sip, washing over a fudgy chocolate base.
Visit Toppling Goliath's website for details on the release event. 

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03/30/19
Winneshiek Solar Fair

Could it finally be time to invest in solar for your home, farm, or business?  

The Winneshiek Energy District and local partners bring you Winneshiek Solar Fair - an event to showcase local solar contractors, solar workshops, and other resources to help you find out if 2019 is your year to go solar!

2019 is the perfect storm of low solar costs and the last year for high state and high federal and state tax credits (which start decreasing after this year) and the Winneshiek Solar Fair is your place to learn about solar financing, tax credits, area installers, and more.  Talk to local solar contractors, attend workshops, demonstrations and more.


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04/04/19
Salad Luncheon

Sponsored by the Catholic Daughters
Regina Mundi #1737

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04/04/19
Learn about the history of the Civilian Conservation Corps in NE Iowa

Iowa author Linda McCann is slated to speak at the annual meeting of the Questers at the Decorah Public Library Thursday, April 4 at 6:30 p.m. McCann, best known for her “Lost Towns” book series which highlights communities that disappeared along the Cedar River, will discuss another of her books, “The Civilian Conservation Corps in Northeast Iowa.” The program is free and open to the public.
 

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04/05/19
 -04/07/19
Women's Weekend Out!

Make plans now to participate in WWO 2019! More than 40 participating locations with fun sales, promotions, events, drinks, photo ops, and more! 
Save the date! More information wil be available soon. Be sure to watch the Women's Weekend Out Facebook page and click the link below to sign up for event emails to stay up to date on details.

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04/05/19
The Massage Studio Grand Opening

The Massage Studio is celebrating ONE YEAR as an independent business of downtown Decorah. Solely providing specialized massage therapy services! Join the DACC in officially welcoming them to the business community!

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04/06/19
WWO Dessert Fair

WWO Dessert Fair   April 6, 2019

As Winneshiek County 4Hers bring out their best dressed and tastiest desserts, Gossling Cabinetry Showroom hosts this fundraiser on Saturday, April 6 from 11:00 to 2:00 during Women's Weekend Out. All proceeds go back to the clubs participating.

If you so desire desserts may be enjoyed with a delicious glass of wine in the Winneshiek Wildberry Winery Tasting Room.


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04/06/19
An Evening With Connor Garvey

Connor Garvey is an award-winning singer-songwriter from Portland, Maine, with the amiable presence of an entertainer, the lyrical depth of a poet, and the enchantment of a storyteller. He will be making his return visit to Decorah on Saturday, April 6.

Garvey leaves audiences uplifted and inspired through a positive message delivered in a way The Portland Press Herald says proves you can be optimistic and self-aware without being boring. His unique sandy tenor and masterful blend of rhythm and melody draw comparison to Paul Simon and contemporaries Josh Ritter and Jason Mraz. He wins song competitions. He fills rooms. But most of all he moves people.

First time listeners often are drawn to Garvey’s engaging performance style, accomplished musicianship, and memorable melodies. But his lyrics project a depth and sincerity that allow the observant listener to find meaning beyond the catchy hook. Meanwhile, the intricate production of his albums adds emotional depth and keeps the songs fresh play after play.

This combination of songwriting and performance strength has earned Garvey numerous awards including being named winner of the Kerrville New Folk, Rocky Mountain Folks Fest, SolarFest, Wildflower Art and Music Festival and Maine Songwriters Association songwriting competitions, voted as Most Wanted artist at the Falcon Ridge Folk Festival, nominated for Best Male Performer in the New England Music Awards, and a top new singer songwriter by Sirius XM's The Coffeehouse.

We are excited to bring Connor back to Decorah after his performance in 2018 left audiences craving more. Join us for this great night of music in beautiful downtown Decorah!

Have questions? Contact Jim Kowitz at 952.201.7648.

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04/09/19
Young Professionals: Women in Leadership Series

Join for casual conversation with area leaders. Our speakers will share their stories and experiences with organizational and community leadership.

The final presenter for the Women in Leadership series is Laurie Bulman. Laurie is currently the director of Human Resources at Winneshiek Medical Center, where she has served for over 21 years. With over 25 years of experience in human resources, Laurie leads all functions of the human resources department including staff development and volunteer services. Additionally, Laurie contributes to strategic planning and sits on WMC’s administrative council. Laurie will share her leadership story and lessons learned along the way.

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04/09/19
Learn about Victorian era motherhood

Back by popular demand, historian Kathy Wilson will speak at the Decorah Public Library on Tuesday, April 9 at 6:30 p.m. Wilson’s talk “Mothers of the Milky Way” addresses the lives of Victorian era women. Were Victorian women really as clueless about intimacy when they married as we’ve been told? What did they know about pregnancy before it happened? Learn the answers to these questions and others in a fascinating look at pregnancy, childbirth, and childhood in the 19th century.
Presenter Kathy Wilson has more than 20 years of experience as a professional historian, educator, archaeologist, and museum specialist in the Midwest and Southeastern United States. She has a BA in History from Bemidji State University, a Masters from the University of York (England), and is a PhD candidate at the University of Iowa.
 

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04/10/19
Happy Hour Book Group

The Happy Hour Book Group will meet at Rubaiyat on Wed. April 10th at 5:15 p.m. to discuss Richard Powers’ “The Overstory.” National Book Award winner Richard Powers delivers a novel of activism and resistance which unfolds in fables ranging from antebellum New York to the late twentieth-century Timber Wars of the Pacific Northwest, exploring the essential conflict on this planet: the one between humans and nonhumans. This is the story of nine strangers who are brought together in a last stand to save the continent’s few remaining acres of virgin forest.

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04/13/19
Science is Fun - Mentoring Event

Mentors, mentees, Mentors For A Day, and waiting youth are invited to attend this fun-filled day! Three college science professors and some of their students will help participants to explore the worlds of chemistry, astronomy, and entomology. Luther College professors, Olga Michels and Jeff Wilkerson are partnering with Viterbo professor Ted Wilson to help us do fun staff from the smallest bugs to the biggest stars.

To RSVP and questions contact Kathy Schwartzhoff at kathys@helpingservices.org and 563-387-1720.


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04/16/19
Jazz Orchestra Concert

What better way to usher in the spring than listening to vibrant, infectious and creative jazz! Come hear the Luther College Jazz Orchestra at 7:30 PM on April 16th, in the Center for Faith and Life. Under the direction of Juan Tony Guzman, 20 talented student musicians will present a fantastic evening of music. The concert is open to the public; a freewill offering will be taken.


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04/18/19
History Book Group

The History Book Group will discuss Anne Applebaum’s “Iron Curtain: The Crushing of Eastern Europe 1944-1956” at 6:30 p.m. Thurs. April 18th on the 2nd floor of the library. In “Iron Curtain,” Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Anne Applebaum describes how the Communist regimes of Eastern Europe were created and what daily life was like once they were complete. She draws on newly opened East European archives, interviews, and personal accounts translated for the first time to portray the dilemmas faced by millions of individuals trying to adjust to a way of life that challenged their every belief and took away everything they had accumulated. 

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04/18/19
 -04/27/19
Good Morning Miss America! Dinner Theatre

GOOD MORNING MISS AMERICA! DINNER THEATER AT THE HOTEL WINNESHIEK PREMIERES

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