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December YP Event
12/11/18 - 12/11/18
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12/01/18
 -12/22/18
Pop Up Holiday Art Shop

ArtHaus, downtown Decorah’s home for the visual, performing, and literary arts, is changing up their annual Holiday Art Fair and instead are putting on a pop-up shop from Dec 1-22.   On Saturday, December 1 the gallery will kick off at 10 am and will feature the work of some of the region's most talented. The gallery at 508 W. Water St. will be filled with artwork for sale.  From Monday- Saturday from 1-5 the shop will be open until Dec 22.  There is no admission to browse the fair; cash, check and charge card are accepted. The Holiday Art Fair is sponsored by Decorah State Bank and Trust.

 

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12/10/18
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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12/11/18
December YP Event

Join us this month to hear from Ben Grimstad, President and CEO of Decorah Bank and Trust Company. 

Learn about Ben's journey in becoming CEO of Decorah Bank and Trust Co., in 2002. How his leadership has led the bank to recently be the winner of the Iowa 2018 Top Workplace Awards. The bank is owned by the Grimstad family and its employees through an Employee Stock Ownership Plan so the decisions we make are long term in nature. There is no need to focus on short term earnings because the bank is not for sale. We believe that by treating our customers and employees fairly and with respect they deserve, the bank will prosper in the long run.


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12/12/18
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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12/12/18
Happy Hour Book Group

The Happy Hour Book Group will meet at Rubaiyat on Wed. Dec. 12th at 5:15 p.m. to discuss Delia Owens’ “Where the Crawdads Sing.” For years, rumors of the “Marsh Girl” have haunted Barkley Cove, a quiet town on the North Carolina coast. So in late 1969, when handsome Chase Andrews is found dead, the locals immediately suspect Kya Clark, the so-called Marsh Girl. But Kya is not what they say. Sensitive and intelligent, she has survived for years alone in the marsh that she calls home, finding friends in the gulls and lessons in the sand. When two young men from town become intrigued by her wild beauty, Kya opens herself to a new life.
 

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12/13/18
Winneshiek Wildberry Winery December Event

Dec 3rd - Wood Art 6 pm

Dec 6th - Painting Party 6:30 pm 

Dec 13th - Chalk Art 6:30 pm

Dec 15th - Wood Art 2 6 pm
 


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12/13/18
The Reluctant Radical Film Screening

Come out to the PJC for a fascinating film. In this documentary, climate activist Ken Ward struggles to follow his conscience. “If a crime is committed in order to prevent a greater crime, is it forgivable? Is it, in fact, necessary?” Attendees are encouraged to bring an open mind and snacks if you so desire!

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12/13/18
The Science of Measurement and Climate Change

For the past two years, Luther College adjunct faculty Philip Iverson and Iowa State University professor emeritus Jim Iversen have been compiling information about the science and measurement of climate change and will present a lecture on their research at 3 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 13, in the Mott Room of the Dahl Centennial Union.
           
This event, titled "The Science of Measurement and Climate Change," is open to the public with no charge for admission.
 

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12/14/18
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.


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12/14/18
Back to the 80s Party

Get out the Aquanet and spandex, it is time to party!
Join ArtHaus at the Courtyard in Cellar for a free party with 80s inspired drinks, your favorite mixed tape songs on the boombox and PINBALL.

The youth of ArtHaus' afterschool programs have built and designed over 10 pinball machines for you to try your luck at.  Pay per play.

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12/15/18
Burning Bright Community Benefit Concerts

Exultation! Twenty Years of Burning Bright

Burning Bright, a group of Decorah-area professional and amateur musicians, offer their annual benefit concerts. Kathy Reed and Otter Dreaming co-direct the event. Along with the adult choir, the concert will feature children and youth choirs, other small vocal ensembles, and various instruments, both as accompaniment and as stand-alone groups, including fiddle, guitar, recorder, banjo, piano, bodhrán, and other percussion. 

Each year the musicians donate concert proceeds to various nonprofit organizations. This year's beneficiaries include the Farmers' Market Coupon Program for clients of the Decorah Community Food PantryNeighbors Helping Neighbors, a local effort to assist immigrants and their families; Northeast Iowa Peace and Justice Center's Immigration Working Group, which provides legal consultation for immigrants; Re-Member, which works with the Oglala Lakota Nation on the Pine Ridge Reservation, South Dakota, to improve the quality of reservation life; and New Hope Jeremiah Project, which focuses on programs for children and feeds hundreds of members of its Cape Town, South Africa, community. 

Tickets for both performances are now on sale at the Oneota Community Co-op (415 W. Water St.). Tickets, if available, may also be purchased at the door; but advance purchase is recommended since performances are often sold out.

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12/15/18
Winneshiek Farmers Market - Indoors!

Root vegetables, greens, apples, baked goods, crafts, honey, meats, wine, & gifts!

Come support your local markets and stock up for the winter.

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12/15/18
 -12/16/18
Empty Nest Winery December Event

Hours are Saturdays 10-5 and Sundays 1-5

Dec. 1 & 2-free chocolate truffle samples 
Dec. 8 & 9-free beer bread & dip samples
Dec. 15 & 16- Wine & Beer Gift Basket blowout sale
Dec. 22 & 23-Buy 4 bottles & get a wine basket 1/2 price
Dec. 24th open 10-3 for last minute holiday buys
Dec. 29 & 30 grab your New Years Eve supplies
Dec. 31 Murder Mystery Dinner Theater-advance tickets only at eventbrite.com
Dec. 31 at 9:30 pm Annual New Years Eve Party open to all 21 & older guests- with games, prizes, food & free champagne at midnight  
 

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12/15/18
Family Pinball Play Day

Come see and play all the pinball machines in a family friendly environment.  

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12/15/18
Decorah Students Host Robotics Competition

Decorah will once again play host for a Robotics competition, this time Saturday, Dec. 15, in the Decorah Middle School gymnasium. 

Robotics teams from South Winneshiek, Aplington-Parkersburg, Mason City, Starmont, Wapsie Valley, Jesup, and the two Decorah teams will compete.

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12/16/18
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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12/16/18
Winneshiek Wildberry Winery December Event

Dec 3rd - Wood Art 6 pm

Dec 6th - Painting Party 6:30 pm 

Dec 13th - Chalk Art 6:30 pm

Dec 15th - Wood Art 2 6 pm
 


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12/16/18
Big Driftless and Cardboard Robot Present:

Open House Holiday Shenanigans + An Evening With Ira Wolf and Lee Henke


 

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12/17/18
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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12/18/18
Sons of Norway Annual Juleboard Christmas Party

Sons of Norway Valdres Lodge will hold its annual Christmas party at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church Fellowship Hall.

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12/19/18
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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12/19/18
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.    


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12/20/18
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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12/20/18
Winneshiek Wildberry Winery December Event

Nov 29 - Dec 2nd - Holiday Open House

Dec 1st - Vendor Show 1-5 pm

Dec 9th - Brunch 10 am

Dec 20th - Amish Chicken Dinner 4-7 pm


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12/20/18
History Book Group

The History Book Group will discuss Barbara Tuchman’s “The Distant Mirror” at 6:30 p.m. Thurs. Dec. 20th on the 2nd floor of the library. The fourteenth century reflects two contradictory images: on the one hand, a glittering age of crusades, cathedrals, and chivalry; on the other, a world plunged into chaos and spiritual agony. Barbara Tuchman examines not only the rhythms of history but the texture of domestic life in this time: what childhood was like, what marriage meant, and how money, taxes, and war dominated the lives of serf, noble, and clergy alike.
 

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12/21/18
Friday Book Group

The Friday Book Group will meet at 2:00 p.m. Fri. Dec. 21st on the 2nd floor of the library to discuss Faith Sullivan’s “What a Woman Must Do.” When Celia Canby—Kate’s niece, Bess’s mother, and Harriet’s cousin—is killed in a car accident, it’s up to Kate and Harriet to raise Bess. Ten years later, on the day of the accident, the local newspaper in Harvester, MN, dredges up the story of the accident for a careless “Way Back When” piece, subjecting the women to another round of grief. Headstrong and closed off, Bess yearns to escape Harvester before she “goes bad.” But when she begins to trace the same path of mistakes her mother made—a risky relationship with a local married man—everything seems on the verge of falling apart.
 

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12/22/18
 -12/23/18
Empty Nest Winery December Event

Hours are Saturdays 10-5 and Sundays 1-5

Dec. 1 & 2-free chocolate truffle samples 
Dec. 8 & 9-free beer bread & dip samples
Dec. 15 & 16- Wine & Beer Gift Basket blowout sale
Dec. 22 & 23-Buy 4 bottles & get a wine basket 1/2 price
Dec. 24th open 10-3 for last minute holiday buys
Dec. 29 & 30 grab your New Years Eve supplies
Dec. 31 Murder Mystery Dinner Theater-advance tickets only at eventbrite.com
Dec. 31 at 9:30 pm Annual New Years Eve Party open to all 21 & older guests- with games, prizes, food & free champagne at midnight  
 

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12/24/18
Empty Nest Winery December Event

Hours are Saturdays 10-5 and Sundays 1-5

Dec. 1 & 2-free chocolate truffle samples 
Dec. 8 & 9-free beer bread & dip samples
Dec. 15 & 16- Wine & Beer Gift Basket blowout sale
Dec. 22 & 23-Buy 4 bottles & get a wine basket 1/2 price
Dec. 24th open 10-3 for last minute holiday buys
Dec. 29 & 30 grab your New Years Eve supplies
Dec. 31 Murder Mystery Dinner Theater-advance tickets only at eventbrite.com
Dec. 31 at 9:30 pm Annual New Years Eve Party open to all 21 & older guests- with games, prizes, food & free champagne at midnight  
 

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12/25/18
Christmas Dinner to be served at Winneshiek Medical Center

The public is invited to attend Christmas dinner at Winneshiek Medical Center on Tuesday, December 25, 2018

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12/26/18
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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12/31/18
Empty Nest Winery December Event

Hours are Saturdays 10-5 and Sundays 1-5

Dec. 1 & 2-free chocolate truffle samples 
Dec. 8 & 9-free beer bread & dip samples
Dec. 15 & 16- Wine & Beer Gift Basket blowout sale
Dec. 22 & 23-Buy 4 bottles & get a wine basket 1/2 price
Dec. 24th open 10-3 for last minute holiday buys
Dec. 29 & 30 grab your New Years Eve supplies
Dec. 31 Murder Mystery Dinner Theater-advance tickets only at eventbrite.com
Dec. 31 at 9:30 pm Annual New Years Eve Party open to all 21 & older guests- with games, prizes, food & free champagne at midnight  
 

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01/03/19
Commercial Manure Applicator Workshop

Iowa State University Extension and Outreach – Winneshiek County will offer the Commercial Manure Applicator Certification/Recertification Workshop on Thursday, January 3, 2019, from 9 a.m. to noon at the Winneshiek County Extension and Outreach Office.
 
Please register by Dec. 26, 2018, to our office at 563-382-2949. If you can’t attend the workshop on Jan. 3rd, you have three options to complete your training requirements: 1.) you can contact Winneshiek County office any time after January 3rd to schedule an appointment to watch the training video, 2.) you can view the program online, or 3.) you can contact the local DNR field office to schedule an appointment to take the certification exam.

If you have questions regarding this workshop, please contact the Winneshiek County Office at 563-382-2949.
 

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