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10/11/18
 -11/01/18
Alumni art exhibit at Luther College on display through Nov. 1

An art exhibit featuring works made by 15 Luther College art alumni will be on display through Nov. 1 in the Union Gallery of the Dahl Centennial Union on the Luther campus.

The exhibit is open to the public with no charge for admission.
 

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10/19/18
 -12/02/18
Panoramica: Carl Homstad presented by ArtHaus

ArtHaus welcomes Decorah painter and muralist Carl Homstad and his exhibition, Paranomica. The exhibition will be on display in the ArtHaus Gallery beginning October 19, with an opening reception at 7pm on the same date.
Carl Homstad’s artwork has appeared in The Artist's Magazine, The Wall Street Journal, National Geographic and on Iowa Public TV’s "Living in Iowa.”

To Carl Homstad, the idea of combination is the core of making art. He combines together features from different views to create interesting composition of abstract shapes "like a jigsaw puzzle", forming a scene of his own imagination. On display in the ArtHaus Gallery will be the panoramic photographs that inspired Homstad and have been a part of his process.

Join us in the show where the artist's ideas take root.

The gallery show is free to attend.
 

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10/23/18
A New Birth of Freedom: Abraham Lincoln to visit Decorah Public Library

History will come to life at the Decorah Public Library Tuesday October 23 at 6:30 pm as Kevin Wood vividly portrays Abraham Lincoln, one of our nation’s most beloved and esteemed historical figures.

This free all-ages program is made possible by the generous support of the Friends of Decorah Public Library.

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10/23/18
"The Role of the Artist Book in the Digital Age"

Donna and Peter Thomas, wandering book artists who travel in their gypsy wagon across the country, are coming to Decorah to share their passion for handmade books.

 

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10/23/18
'The Coddling of the American Mind: How Good Intentions and Bad Ideas are Setting Up a Generation for Failure'

Studies show that rates of anxiety, depression and suicide are increasing across college campuses nationwide, increasing tensions between professors and students. What caused these cultural changes?

Social psychologist Jonathan Haidt will answer that question by discussing the three "Great Untruths" that have crept into American childhood and education in his lecture "The Coddling of the American Mind: How Good Intentions and Bad Ideas are Setting Up a Generation for Failure," at Luther College's 2018 Farwell Distinguished Lecture.
 

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10/24/18
Free Walk-In Informational Sessions about Donlon Pharmacy Weight Loss Program

Our Weight Loss Coach, Kevin, R.N., will share why the program works, success stories, recipes, and answer any questions.

No need to RSVP. Just ask for Kevin at the Pharmacy.

We are an authorized Ideal Protein Clinic.
 

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10/24/18
Biz Book Buzz

Decorah Public Library and Decorah Area Chamber of Commerce are teaming up to offer an informal happy hour discussion of Alison Green’s popular book “Ask a Manager: How to Navigate Clueless Colleagues, Lunch-Stealing Bosses, and the Rest of Your Life at Work."  The group is free and open to the public; books are available for check-out at the front desk of Decorah Public Library or available for purchase at local booksellers.

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10/24/18
Wandering Book Artists workshop

A hands-on workshop, hosting by ArtHaus. Participants will be making three different miniature book around the theme of "Exploring Peaceful."

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10/24/18
Visitor Center Volunteer Session

The Decorah Area Chamber of Commerce is seeking volunteers who are excited to share their knowledge about Decorah and the surrounding area with visitors. Volunteer shifts are scheduled on Saturday’s year-round and seasonally on Sundays. An informational meeting will be held on Wednesday, October 24 from 4:30-5:30 pm at the Decorah Area Chamber of Commerce for anyone interested.  This is a great way to tell everyone about our beautiful town and county and meet new people. If you have been, or ever thought about being a volunteer, or just love the area feel free to stop into our informational meeting.
 

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10/24/18
St. Benedict 8th Grade Presents The Glass Slipper

The St. Benedict eighth grade class will present "The Glass Slipper," a musical written by Vera Morris, including original songs written by Rodgers Hammerstein. 
This version of Cinderella introduces a timid cat which is Cinderella's only friend. Cinderella lives with her mean and selfish stepmother and stepsisters: Brunhilda and Cleopatra. 
The majordomo has announced the Queen is giving a ball because it is time for her son, the prince to marry. 
All females, including Mistress Haughty Lady Vine and Lady Blossom have been invited. With the help of Cinderella's Fairy Godmother and Apprentice, Cinderella is able to go to the ball. 
During the ball, the Queen's first lady, Ursula-Ursula, Captain, and Lieutenant try to keep the stepsisters disciplined around the prince. 
Cinderella and the price dance and fall in love, but unfortunately Cinderella runs from the ball at midnight, and losses her glass slipper just before the magic ends.
Join the show to see how Cinderella and the prince are reunited and her stepmother and stepsisters get their comeuppance. 

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10/25/18
NAMI Connection Recovery Support Group

NAMI Connection Recovery Support Group is a free, peer-led support group for adults living with mental illness. You will gain insight from hearing the challenges and successes of others, and the groups are led by NAMI-trained facilitators who’ve been there.

NAMI’s Support Groups are unique because they follow a structured model to ensure you and others in the group have an opportunity to be heard and to get what you need.

By sharing your experiences in a safe and confidential setting, you gain hope and develop relationships. The group encourages empathy, productive discussion and a sense of community.


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10/25/18
 -10/28/18
Luther College to celebrate Homecoming Oct. 25-28

Luther College will celebrate Homecoming 2018 Thursday through Sunday, Oct. 25-28, bringing more than 5,000 friends and alumni back to campus to partake in class reunions, sporting events, musical concerts and more. For the full Homecoming schedule, go to https://www.luther.edu/homecoming/schedule/.

Homecoming registration will be from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday, Oct. 26, and 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 27, in the Main Lounge of the Dahl Centennial Union
 

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10/25/18
Soup and Learn

We are launching our new program "4th Thursdays Soup and Learn." Our guest speaker this week will be John Beard, Winneshiek County Supervisor. A simple meal of home-made soup and bread from Waving Grains Bakery will be provided. The half-hour program will commence at 6PM, followed by Q/A. A $5 donation encouraged. 
 

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10/25/18
 -10/27/18
Rendered Unique Fall Pop Up Shop

Welcome to Rendered Unique! Rendered Unique will be a 3 day pop up shop in beautiful Decorah, IA on October 25th-27th featuring handcrafted home decor and gifts. We will be bringing to you all of our favorite local makers into one location to create a unique shopping experience for customers looking for one-of-a kind pieces and design inspiration. If you have a love of handmade, refinished, and vintage goods, we hope to see you soon! Follow us along as we give you sneak peeks into the lives of these awesome makers and what they have in store for you this fall! We are SO excited for you to see what we have all been working so hard on. Our mission at Rendered Unique is to help you shop small, shop local, and shop unique this fall season! Check us out some of our amazing vendors at www.renderedunique.com

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10/25/18
Mosquito/Public Health Pest Management Course

Register before Oct. 18 for fall commercial pesticide applicator training recertification

– Iowa State University Extension and Outreach Winneshiek County office will offer the Mosquito/Public Health Pest Management Continuing Instruction Course (CIC) for commercial pesticide applicators Thursday, Oct. 25, 2018. The program provided by the ISU Extension and Outreach Pesticide Safety Education Program (PSEP) can be seen at office locations across Iowa.

The local attendance site for the Oct. 25 CIC is Winneshiek County Extension and Outreach Office. Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. followed by sessions from 9 to 11:30 a.m. The registration fee is $35 on or before Oct. 18 and $45 after Oct. 18. To register or to obtain additional information about the CIC, contact the ISU Extension and Outreach Winneshiek County office at 563-382-2949.

The course will provide continuing instruction credit for commercial pesticide applicators certified in categories 7D (Community Insect Management), 8 (Public Health Pest Control), and 10 (Research and Demonstration). The course will cover topics such as: equipment calibration; reduction of off-target/drift of pesticides; and pests, pest management, and pesticides.

Additional information about this and other courses offered through the Pesticide Safety Education Program may be accessed at www.extension.iastate.edu/psep.
 

10/25/18
'"Here We Stand:" Reflections on Luther College's Racial History and Legacy'

Through her senior project, Luther College alumna Maggie (Steinberg) Hagen examined Luther's history during key racialized moments in American history. That research led Hagen to delve further into the archives to understand the tensions she felt in her community during current historical moments.
           
Hagen will lead a discussion on Luther College's history and her experiences on campus during a public forum at 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 25, in the Center for Faith and Life Recital Hall on the Luther campus.
           
The discussion, "'Here We Stand:' Reflections on Luther's Racial History and Legacy," is open to the public with no charge for admission. It's a part of Luther's year-long commemoration of the founding of the Black Student Union, 1968-69. For more information on the fall 2018 events, visit luther.edu/alumni/events/bsu.
 

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10/25/18
Life Sciences to Public Health – My Journey as a Researcher in Nepal

Luther College graduate Sameer Dixit will speak about his extensive career in public health in Nepal at 8 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 25, in Valders Hall of Science Room 206 on Luther's campus.

This lecture is open to the public with no charge for admission.
 

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10/25/18
LifeServe Blood Drive

Help your community and roll up your sleeve to save lives! Donate today with LifeServe Blood Center.

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10/26/18
Comedy Night with Jay Harris

Jay Harris is a professional comedian from Chicago who was a finalist for Zaniest Comedian in 2008. Utilizing sarcasm to get his point across typically ends with him being the butt of his own joke. He has worked with such comics as Billy Gardell, Andy Kindler, and Greg Giraldo as well as entertained various divisions of the Marines, Army, Navy, and National Guard.

Tickets are $20 in advance and $25 after October 14th so reserve your spot today. Included in your ticket are appetizers.


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10/26/18
Walmart Ribbon Cutting

Join the Ambassadors in celebrating Walmart's recent remodeling to the store.            

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10/26/18
Luther College host Creative Arts Visit Day

Luther College is hosting a Creative Arts Visit Day for students interested in arts, dance and theatre on Friday, Oct 26.
           
Prospective students will be given the opportunity to participate in workshops with faculty in painting, graphic design, technical theatre, dance and acting. They will also take part in student-to-student panels with art, dance and theatre majors. There will be lunch in the cafeteria, as well as tours of the facilities and student art studios. Students will also get to learn about the visual communications major and musical theatre minor, the college's newest offerings.
             
Students will be given the opportunity to audition for dance and theatre scholarships or receive a portfolio review with art faculty as part of the Luther College Art Scholarship application.
           
Along with the tours and workshops that the students receive, parents will be able to participate in an admissions presentation and a tour of the Luther campus.
           
More information about Luther College's Creative Arts Visit Day can be found at https://www.luther.edu/visual-performing-arts/visit-day/
 

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10/26/18
 -10/27/18
Luther College hosts Haunted Lab

The Luther College physics and chemistry departments invite community members to experience optical illusions and laser displays, make rockets and enjoy the mystifying side of science during a Haunted Lab from 6 to 8 p.m.  Friday, Oct. 26, and 3 to 5 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 27.

The Haunted Lab is held in Valders Hall of Science on the lower level of the east wing. Visitors are encouraged to park in the lot east of Preus Library and use the southeast entrance on the lowest level of Valders. Signs will be posted to guide visitors to the lab.

The event is open to the public with no charge for admission. Visitors are invited to come at any time during the event. The Haunted Lab's team of "science ghosts" will lead activities designed to be fun for visitors of all ages.


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10/26/18
 -10/27/18
The Legacy of the Luther Nurse: 40 Years and Counting

Luther College celebrates the 40th anniversary of the first graduates of the Luther nursing program during Homecoming, on Oct. 26 and 27, as well as the Ironside Distinguished Alumni Nursing Lecture, with a light lunch and open house to follow.
 

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10/27/18
 -10/28/18
Decorah High School Annual Craft & Bake Sale

Enjoy handcrafted, handmade merchandise at the Decorah High School Craft and Bake sale.  
This craft and bake sale is sponsored by the Decorah Music Boosters.

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10/27/18
 -10/28/18
Pinter's Pumpkin Patch

Join Pinter's Pumpkin Patch for hours of entertainment! Visit the Bakery for concessions and desserts.

Admission: $12.00 (3 and under free), Senior Citizens 65+ $10. Purchase a Season Pass $35/person. 1/2 Pass Admission for Grandparents on October 5 & 6.

Activities in wagon rides to the pumpkin patch, jumping pillow, corn maze, big slides, pedal go karts, wiggleville, sand tire hill and tire maze, chess, duck races, corn box, farm animals and goat walk and much more!

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10/27/18
Bus Shop Hop

One day bus shop hop to 5 quilt shops throughout Iowa, Minnesota and Wisconsin. Visit Calico Hutch in Hayward, Mn; Bluffview Quilt Shop in Winona, Minn; Quilting Nook & More in Osseo, Wisc; The Quilt Corner in Sparta, Wisc and Red-Roxy Quilt Co. in Decorah. You will board the bus in Decorah at 5:45 am, we will have a box lunch for you on the bus and you will arrive back in Decorah that evening around 8 pm. The complete, fun filled day including the bus is only $65. Call Red -Roxy at 563.382.4646 or stop in to sign up as soon as possible. 

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10/27/18
Multiculturalism and its Malcontents

Society has taken a "dark turn" since the turn of the 21st century, embracing globalization of a fear of others, according to ethnomusicologist Peter Hoesing. Hoesing, Luther College class of 2003, will discuss this turn in "Multiculturalism and its Malcontents," at the annual Phi Beta Kappa Symposium in the Humanities, part of Luther's Homecoming weekend.
 

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10/28/18
Peace Brunch Buffet

Reservations are encouraged for all brunches. 
$14.50 for adults, $12 Luther Students, $6.75 children 5-10.
 

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10/28/18
Luther College to present Homecoming Concert

Featuring the college's premiere touring ensembles, the Luther College Homecoming Concert will be presented at 1:30 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 28, in the Center for Faith and Life Main Hall on the Luther campus.
           
Performing at the concert are Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Daniel Baldwin; Concert Band, under the direction of guest director Jack Stamp and Nordic Choir, conducted by Andrew Last. In addition, four music awards will be presented.
           
The concert is open to the public with no charge for admission.
 

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10/30/18
Harvest Moon

Decorah High School Orchestra presents the annual dinner concert. "Harvest Moon", under the direction of Nicole Cody, at the high school. Tickets are $20 each and available for purchase in advance at the Decorah High School Office through Wednesday, Sept 26.

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10/30/18
Idea Lab for Entrepreneurs

Are you a budding entrepreneur in Winneshiek County looking for community support? Or an established entrepreneur wanting to take your business to the next level? Is your business ethical, sustainable, and local?

Bring your "big idea" on Tuesday, October 30 from 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. to the Lingonberry and be ready to solicit confidential feedback from a supportive coaching team, including established entrepreneurs.  Small breakout groups will help you practice articulating your idea to others, and offer rich feedback. 

This event will help you know if you’re ready to pitch at the November 13th "Pitch-a-thon" event and/or apply to be a featured entrepreneur at this year's Winneshiek Idea House. 

Learn more about the Winneshiek Idea House and RSVP for these events at https://winneshiekdevelopment.org/idea-house/.

This project is a collaboration with Winneshiek County Development, Inc. and supported by the Iowa Small Business Development Center for the purpose of incubating sustainable enterprises, encouraging business people of all ages, and making Winneshiek County an even better place to live.


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10/31/18
Free Walk-In Informational Sessions about Donlon Pharmacy Weight Loss Program

Our Weight Loss Coach, Kevin, R.N., will share why the program works, success stories, recipes, and answer any questions.

No need to RSVP. Just ask for Kevin at the Pharmacy.

We are an authorized Ideal Protein Clinic.
 

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10/31/18
Trick-or-Treat at Oneota Village

Trick -or-Treat

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10/31/18
Decorah Trick Or Treat Hours

The Decorah Area Chamber of Commerce, in conjunction with the Decorah Police Department, announces that Halloween trick or treating will take place on Wednesday, October 31. Suggested hours for trick-or-treating are from 5–8 p.m.
The DPD and DACC remind everyone to keep an eye out for trick-or-treaters to ensure a safe and happy Halloween.

While 5-8 p.m. are the encouraged hours for the night please be mindful of porch lights. Only visit homes with porch lights on at any point in the night. Alternatively, if you are not interested in greeting all the trick-or-treaters, keep your porch light off. 

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10/31/18
Decorah Area Parkinson Support Group

We will meet at the Winneshiek Medical Center in Conference Rooms B 2 &3 at 1:30 PM. Carolyn Sexton RN of Aase Haugen Senior Services will speak about Short Term Respite Care Services.

 


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10/31/18
Trunk-or-Treat at Stone Ridge Community Church

For the tenth year, Stone Ridge Community Church is sponsoring Trunk-or-Treat, a Halloween event for the entire community.  Children are invited to trick-or-treat from vehicle to vehicle, and all vehicles and their owners will be dressed in Halloween costumes.

Mary Marx, member of Stone Ridge Community Church and coordinator of this year’s event says, “Trunk-or-Treat is a safe, family-friendly way for children to trick-or-treat, and is a fun way for the church to connect with and serve people in our community.  Stone Ridge is pleased to be able to offer this event each year for young families.”

Candy donations are welcome, and can be dropped off at the church Tuesday – Friday from 9:30 am – 2 pm. 
 

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11/01/18
Decorah Community Meal

Everyone in the community is invited to enjoy an evening meal at no charge. This is a time for fellowship with old friends and a chance to meet new ones. Delicious entrees are furnished by Sodexo (Luther College food service) and McCaffrey's Dolce Vita. Local churches and organizations provide salads, desserts, and volunteers.

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11/01/18
Discuss The Odyssey at Decorah Public Library

Join facilitator Storm Bailey for a lively two-part conversation about Homer’s “Odyssey” on Thursday November 1 and Thursday November 8 at 6:30 pm at Decorah Public Library. Books are available for checkout at the front desk of the Library; discussions are free and open to all. Participants are encouraged to read the full poem as well as the translator’s note prior to the Nov. 1 meeting.


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11/01/18
Vesterheim Invites Everyone to Opening Reception for Midjo Exhibit

Vesterheim, the national Norwegian-American museum and heritage center, invites everyone to an opening reception for the exhibit “Christian Midjo: Choose Your Own Artventure” on November 1, 2018, from 4:00-6:00 p.m., with a gallery talk by Zach Row-Heyveld, Vesterheim's Exhibitions Manager at 5:00 p.m. The exhibit is sponsored by Greg and Karen Bruening of Decorah, and runs through April 21, 2019.
 

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11/02/18
Cringe Night at The Courtyard & Cellar

Dig out your teen diaries, middle school essays, old love letters and anything that makes you cringe and share it! 

It is a night full of laughter, tears, and memories. Register to present your story at arthausdecorah.org by November 1 and get in free, plus one free drink. Tickets are $5-$10 your choice at the door.

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11/03/18
Blind Boys of Alabama

Tickets: $36, $34, $15

Hailed as "gospel titans" by  Rolling Stone , the Blind Boys first rose to fame in the segregated south with their thrilling vocal harmonies and roof-raising performances. In the seven decades that these pioneers have been singing together, they’ve helped both to define the sound of the American south and push it into the 21st century.

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11/04/18
Peace Brunch Buffet

Reservations are encouraged for all brunches. 
$14.50 for adults, $12 Luther Students, $6.75 children 5-10.
 

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11/04/18
The Oneota Valley Community Orchestra presents

Oneota Valley Community Orchestra

Melodies of the Macabre

At Decorah High School Auditorium

Sunday, November 4th at 2:30 pm

Season Sponsor: The Marion E. Jerome Foundation


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11/04/18
Bend, Brew and Books

Decorah Public Library and Reefuel are teaming up to offer “Bend, Brew, and Books.” The program is free but space is limited to 25 people, so registration is required (register online at decorah.lib.ia.us).

Books are available for checkout at Decorah Public Library.

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11/07/18
Free Walk-In Informational Sessions about Donlon Pharmacy Weight Loss Program

Our Weight Loss Coach, Kevin, R.N., will share why the program works, success stories, recipes, and answer any questions.

No need to RSVP. Just ask for Kevin at the Pharmacy.

We are an authorized Ideal Protein Clinic.
 

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11/08/18
Discuss The Odyssey at Decorah Public Library

Join facilitator Storm Bailey for a lively two-part conversation about Homer’s “Odyssey” on Thursday November 1 and Thursday November 8 at 6:30 pm at Decorah Public Library. Books are available for checkout at the front desk of the Library; discussions are free and open to all. Participants are encouraged to read the full poem as well as the translator’s note prior to the Nov. 1 meeting.


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11/08/18
Author Talk with Bryan Bliss: We'll Fly Away

Dragonfly Books invites everyone to a free author talk and book signing with young adult author Bryan Bliss. Recently long-listed for the National Book Award, Bliss’s new novel We’ll Fly Away expertly unravels the series of events that landed a teenager in jail. Bliss will talk about We’ll Fly Away, share his stories, and sign copies of his books on Thursday, November 8 at 7:00 pm at Dragonfly Books.

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11/09/18
Luther College Sustainability Presents Land Care Outreach

Luther College sustainability invites the Decorah community to a series of hikes and walks in the natural areas of the Luther campus. The excursions, part of Luther's new Land Care Outreach program, are open to the public with no charge for admission.

The community hikes take place on Friday afternoons, and participants meet in the first floor study lounge of Sampson Hoffland Laboratories on Luther's campus. Hikes take place from 4:15 p.m. to 5:15 p.m. on Fridays, Oct. 19, Oct. 26, and Nov. 9. Each hike will take place in a different landscape of the Luther community; Oct. 19 in Lionberger, Oct. 26 at Hickory Ridge Woods and Nov. 9 in Roslien Woodlands.

The Land Care Outreach program began over the summer in coordination with the Natural Areas Land Management at Luther. The students taking part in the program aspire to connect their fellow students and the rest of Luther College with the outdoors.
 

11/09/18
The Art of Cheese Making

Join award-winning cheesemaker Dave Sefton for a morning of cheese creation. In this class, you’ll learn the art of cheese making by working on three different kinds: a farmer’s cheese, a soft cheese, and a Colby/Monterey Jack. Take your newly acquired skills home to recreate these tasty creations on your own stovetop! Ingredients are provided, along with suggestions and guidelines for future cheese-making endeavors.
Preregistration required

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11/10/18
Friends of 4-H Gala

Winneshiek County 4-H Endowment is holding a "Friends of 4-H Gala." 
Social hour will start at 5:30 p.m., dinner will be served at 7 p.m. and the dessert auction will foll the dinner. Entertainment will be by Mike McAbee. 
Tickets are $50 per ticket or $400 for an eight-person table. All proceeds support the Winneshiek County 4-H Endowment. 

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11/10/18
St. Ben's 1st Annual Family Fall Festival

Come enjoy fun for the whole family! Festivities will begin at 10:00 a.m. with a 5K/1 mile walk/run followed by Mike Reick's fried chicken dinner served from 11:00 a.m. 2:00 p.m. There will be games and prizes for the kids, bingo for all ages, and raffle drawings you won't want to miss!

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11/10/18
Paint and Sips - Cork and Canvas

It’s fun, it’s creative, it’s the perfect night out. Join ArtHaus as we paint the town with a glass of somethin’ in our hand. You’ll bring home a painting to hang and plenty of memories. The first drink is on the house and now we have plenty more drink options, with events happening at coffee shops as well as bars and restaurants.

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11/10/18
Amish Experience: Bread Making Demonstration

In this class, you’ll visit an Amish home, meet your hostess, and learn how to bake bread in a wood-fired stove. Once the bread is baked, you’ll enjoy it with a side of homemade butter and a warm beverage. You’ll get to know the local Amish community and take home a freshly baked loaf of bread for yourself! The class meets at Eagle Bluff and travels via Eagle Bluff van to the home.

Note: The Amish do not allow you to take photos or publish names. Travel time is included in the start and end times of the class.

Preregistration required

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11/10/18
Amish Experience: Homemade Noodles Demonstration

Ever wanted to learn how to make your own pasta? Have you ever looked at store-bought boxed noodles and wondered how they’re made? In the homemade noodles demonstration, you’ll have a chance to learn expert pasta making skills from an Amish cook! This is an opportunity to visit an Amish home, meet your hostess, and learn how to make your very own pasta noodles. Take home a bag of freshly made noodles and get to know our local Amish community. The class meets at Eagle bluff and travels via Eagle Bluff van to the home.

Note: The Amish do not allow you to take photos or publish names. Travel time is included in the start and end times of the class.

Preregistration required

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11/10/18
Join Vesterheim Museum for Mystery and Intrigue

“Join us for mystery and intrigue at the museum during a ‘Heritage of Darkness Tour,’” invites Karla Brown, Development Events Coordinator at Vesterheim, the national Norwegian-American Museum and Heritage Center. Vesterheim is offering a guided tour adventure on Nov. 10 from 1:00-4:00 p.m. for fans of Kathleen Ernst’s Chloe Ellefson Mystery Series.
           
Ernst’s fourth book in the series, “Heritage of Darkness,” is set at Vesterheim Museum, so this special tour is a chance to see Vesterheim artifacts and buildings featured in the mystery.
           
The tour includes museum admission; a guided tour to see Vesterheim artifacts and buildings featured in the mystery; the special presentation “Norwegian Courtship & Betrothal Gifts” by woodworker Rebecca Hanna; and a treat break with Norwegian sweets mentioned in the book.
 

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11/11/18
Peace Brunch Buffet

Reservations are encouraged for all brunches. 
$14.50 for adults, $12 Luther Students, $6.75 children 5-10.
 

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11/12/18
NAMI Family Support Group

NAMI Northeast Iowa will be holding its monthly family support group, led by trained family members of people with mental health conditions for family members, caregivers, and loved ones of individuals living with a mental health condition.  


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11/13/18
Idea Lab for Entrepreneurs

Are you a budding entrepreneur in Winneshiek County looking for community support? Or an established entrepreneur wanting to take your business to the next level? Is your business ethical, sustainable, and local?

Participants in October 30th's "Idea Lab" are invited to participate in Pitch-a-thon on Tuesday, November 13th from 5:00-6:30 at the Lingonberry. Pitch-a-thon is an event where entrepreneurs will have the opportunity to pitch their ideas and answer clarifying questions from a small guidance group. 

Those who are interested in applying to be a featured entrepreneur at Winneshiek Idea House 2019 are strongly encouraged to participate in both events: Idea Lab and Pitch-a-thon. 

Learn more about the Winneshiek Idea House and RSVP for these events at https://winneshiekdevelopment.org/idea-house/.

This project is a collaboration with Winneshiek County Development, Inc. and supported by the Iowa Small Business Development Center for the purpose of incubating sustainable enterprises, encouraging business people of all ages, and making Winneshiek County an even better place to live.


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11/14/18
Free Walk-In Informational Sessions about Donlon Pharmacy Weight Loss Program

Our Weight Loss Coach, Kevin, R.N., will share why the program works, success stories, recipes, and answer any questions.

No need to RSVP. Just ask for Kevin at the Pharmacy.

We are an authorized Ideal Protein Clinic.
 

more info...
11/15/18
Decorah Community Meal

Everyone in the community is invited to enjoy an evening meal at no charge. This is a time for fellowship with old friends and a chance to meet new ones. Delicious entrees are furnished by Sodexo (Luther College food service) and McCaffrey's Dolce Vita. Local churches and organizations provide salads, desserts, and volunteers.

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11/16/18
 -11/17/18
Photo Organization and Editing

Interested in organizing your growing library of photos? Looking for a user-friendly program for editing and organizing your photos? Join Nick Chill as he demonstrates some best practices for organizing and editing your photo library using Adobe Lightroom. Adobe Photoshop Lightroom is a powerful photo organization and editing tool. It is pivotal to many of today’s professional photographers’ workflows.

Note: Nick will be demonstrating on a big-screen TV for everyone to view. You may bring your own laptop containing Lightroom to follow along, or simply come with pen and paper to take notes. A computer with Lightroom is not required to attend this class.

Day 1: 4pm-7pm       Day 2: 10am-1pm

Preregistration required

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11/17/18
Amish Experience: Bread Making Demonstration

In this class, you’ll visit an Amish home, meet your hostess, and learn how to bake bread in a wood-fired stove. Once the bread is baked, you’ll enjoy it with a side of homemade butter and a warm beverage. You’ll get to know the local Amish community and take home a freshly baked loaf of bread for yourself! The class meets at Eagle Bluff and travels via Eagle Bluff van to the home.

Note: The Amish do not allow you to take photos or publish names. Travel time is included in the start and end times of the class.

Preregistration required

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11/17/18
Beginning Wheat Weaving

In Nordic countries, wheat is braided into shapes and patterns for decorating trees at Christmas. Students will learn basic wheat weaving, straw preparation, and traditional weaving techniques to take home several of their own ornaments in time for the holidays!

Preregistration required

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11/17/18
 -11/18/18
Turned Christmas Ornaments for Beginners

Learn how to turn Christmas ornaments! Ornament samples that may be turned during class include: a snowman icicle, an old-fashioned Christmas light bulb, a small Christmas tree, and a small candle. Everyone will create their own Christmas icicle. You’ll turn the ornaments using spindle-turning tools, such as skew, spindle gouge, and parting tool. You are encouraged to bring your own tools if you have them. Wood is supplied, but you may bring your own if you’d prefer. The best wood for these ornaments are 1” diameter wooden dowels cut to 8-12” long. Wood should be dried.

Note: Class size is limited to six. All class participants will need a full face shield. A few will be available to borrow.
9am-5pm both days

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11/17/18
Glass Bead Creation

The art of bead making is one that has been around for thousands of years. From bones to clay to glass, all kinds of beads have been created and enjoyed through the ages. Experience these traditions firsthand by learning how to create your very own glass beads. Instructor and artist, Laremy Ellsworth, will demonstrate how to make a glass bead. Class will cover bead designs, colors, tools, and safety, including how to properly heat up glass. By the end of class, you will have 1-2 glass beads that you created!

Note: This class may take longer than the noted time, as beads need time to cool. You will need to bring a pair of non-polarized sunglasses for eye protection.

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11/17/18
Raku Firing

Raku firing is an exciting ceramics-firing technique in which you quickly heat a piece of pottery, remove it from the kiln when the glaze has melted, and place it in a bucket of wood shavings, which can be explosive! Ceramic artist Laremy Ellsworth will cover the entire process of Raku firing, from preparing the piece for glazing to cleaning the piece after the firing. You’ll learn about how different glazes react to this unique firing process to result in striking effects and one-of-a-kind pieces. Best of all, you’ll create your own piece to take home. Once you’ve completed the class, you’ll understand why ‘Raku’ translates to ‘enjoyment.’

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11/17/18
Amish Experience: Pie Making Demonstration

If you love pie, you’ll love learning the how-tos of pie-making from an experienced Amish instructor. Your instructor will whip up several different types of pies from scratch while teaching you about using a wood stove to achieve the perfect bake. Sample the delicious results with fresh coffee and great conversation. Not only will you gain insight into the Amish lifestyle, but you’ll also create warm (and tasty) memories. The class meets at Eagle Bluff and travels via Eagle Bluff van to the home.

Note: The Amish do not allow you to take photos or publish names. Travel time is included in the start and end times of the class.

Preregistration required

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11/17/18
Hot Processed Soap Making

Learn to make soap from scratch in a crock pot! Hot-processed soap making allows for better utilization of the essential oils in the final product. Although this is considered to be an advanced soap-making class, it will cover all the basics of soap making. Those new to the trade are encouraged to attend as everyone will come together to make their own hot-process soap. The class is interactive, and there will be plenty of time for a question and answer session during and after the full demonstration. You’ll go home bubbly with knowledge, memories, and of course, soap samples.

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11/18/18
Intertwine - Textile Enthusiast Gathering

Intertwine is an informal time for knitters, spinners, weavers, and other textile enthusiasts to gather, share, learn, and celebrate all things fiber.  Join us the third Sunday of each month from September though April.

This opportunity is for anyone—non-member or member, new to fiber arts or experienced. Bring your ideas or ​fiber project in progress and leave your stress behind. Check out the fun and lively conversation once or several times. No formal classes will be offered.


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11/18/18
Peace Brunch Buffet

Reservations are encouraged for all brunches. 
$14.50 for adults, $12 Luther Students, $6.75 children 5-10.
 

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11/18/18
Hand-Dipped Beeswax Candle Making

Learn the art and elegance of hand-dipped candle making using beeswax. We will discuss the history, materials, and construction of the candles before digging in to create our own set to take home. Once a lighting necessity, candles today still invoke a romantic, cozy, or otherwise warm feeling when burned. Come out for a short class and create your own.

Preregistration required

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11/19/18
Caregiver Support Group

This Caregiver Support Group is a free resource for individuals caring for an elderly spouse, grandparent, mother, father, relative, non-relative, or neighbor.

Group members receive education on caregiving, share success stores and coping strategies, and discuss useful resources through the caregiver journey.

Held on the 3rd Monday of every month.

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11/21/18
Free Walk-In Informational Sessions about Donlon Pharmacy Weight Loss Program

Our Weight Loss Coach, Kevin, R.N., will share why the program works, success stories, recipes, and answer any questions.

No need to RSVP. Just ask for Kevin at the Pharmacy.

We are an authorized Ideal Protein Clinic.
 

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