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02/19/19
Luther College Woman's Club February meeting

Emma Big Bear was a revered figure in northeast Iowa for decades before her death at age 99 in August 1968. Learn about her Winnebago Tribe heritage and the handmade baskets for which she is still known during the next meeting of the Luther College Woman’s Club.

Terry Landsgaard, vice president of the Emma Big Bear Foundation, will present “Emma Big Bear and Her Winnebago Heritage” at the group’s February meeting, to be held Tuesday, February 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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02/20/19
Achieving the Impossible: Becoming a Catalyst for Change

Teacher, educational activist, and founder of Freedom Writers Foundation, Erin Gruwell will speak at Luther College. The lecture is open to the public with no charge for admission. Gruwell will be available after the lecture for discussion and a book signing.

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02/22/19
Laura Ingalls Wilder Annual Spaghetti Supper

This is your chance to support a great cause – The Laura Ingalls Wilder Park & Museum – and have a great meal at the same time! Tickets $10 Adults (sold at the door)

Live Auction – Purchase goods donated by local businesses

Homemade Pie Auction – your chance to purchase a homemade pie from a local kitchen – with proceeds benefiting the Museum!

Raffle – $100 Walmart Gift Card; $100 Fareway Gift Card; $100 Visa Prepaid Card. Tickets $2 a piece


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02/22/19
Luther College Open Gym for Children

An open gym for children will be offered Friday mornings during February at Luther College. 
Luther's east gym will be available with no admission fee. Balls and scooters will be provided. A parent or guardian is required to stay and supervise their children.
Enter through the main doors of the Regents Center. Registration is not required. 

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02/24/19
The Oneota Valley Community Orchestra Presents: A Czech Influence

Oneota Valley Community Orchestra

A Czech Influence

At Decorah High School Auditorium

Sunday, February 24th at 2:30 pm

Season Sponsor: The Marion E. Jerome Foundation

Everyone is invited to join the Oneota Valley Community Orchestra for their second concert of their fifth season featuring principal cellist Craig Hultgren on Sunday, February 24th at 2:30 pm.  Celebrating their fifth season as the Driftless Region’s foremost orchestral ensemble, the OVCO will perform works by Janacek, Mozart, and Dvorak. This free concert will take place at Decorah High School Auditorium.

The OVCO will begin with Lachian Dances, Movements V and VI.  Written by Czech composer Leos Janacek, Lachian Dances is a collection of instrumental arrangements of Czech folk dances.  Movement V, Celadensky, is a ode to the village of Celandna, from which this lively dance came. Movement VI, Pilky, has its origins in a dance that comes from farmers preparing for the onset of winter.  This three-section piece ends with a climatic finish.

The OVCO continues with Mozart’s Symphony No. 30 in D Major.  This symphony, also known as the Prague symphony, was debuted there in 1787.  One of Mozart’s three-movement symphonies, this piece also included the lavish use of wind instruments.  These two characteristics point to Mozart’s intention to expand what traditional symphonies have been in the past.  This virtuosic piece is sure to be a crowd pleaser.

The OVCO concludes with Cello Concerto in B Minor, Op. 104, by Antonin Dvorak.  This piece, written in 1894, was one of Dvorak’s last solo concertos. Considered one of his innermost works, this piece is one of profound contemplation but also one of expression and liberal proportions.  The OVCO is thrilled to feature their own Craig Hultgren on cello.

Craig Hultgren is active in new music, the newly creative arts, and the avant-garde. Recently leaving Birmingham after more than 30 years as a member of the Alabama Symphony, he now resides on a hobby farm outside of Decorah.  The New York Classical Review commented that he, "…played with impressive poise and sensitivity…" for Dorothy Hindman's 2016 chamber music retrospective at Carnegie Hall. At this point, almost 300 works have been created for him. A recipient of two Artist Fellowships from the Alabama State Council on the Arts, he was a member for many years of Thámyris, a contemporary chamber music ensemble in Atlanta. He is a founding member of Luna Nova, a new music ensemble with a large repertoire of performances available as podcast downloads on iTunes. Hultgren is featured in three solo CD recordings including The Electro-Acoustic Cello Book on Living Artist Recordings. For ten years, he produced the Hultgren Solo Cello Works Biennial, an international competition that highlighted the best new compositions for the instrument. He taught at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, the Alabama School of Fine Arts, Wartburg College, Iowa, and Birmingham-Southern College where he directed the BSC New Music Ensemble. He is a founding member and former President of the Birmingham Art Music Alliance and was on the Board of Directors of the Metropolitan Youth Orchestras of Birmingham and their Scrollworks program. Currently, he is Vice President of the Oneota Valley Community Orchestra Board of Directors, and has recently become Chair of the Board of Directors for the Iowa Composers Forum.

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

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

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03/01/19
Chamber Gala

Join the DACC for our annual Gala fundraising event. This year's theme is "Tailgating." Wear your favorite sports gear and enjoy a night out. 
We will tailgate from the Hotel Winneshiek, Rubaiyat, and the Courtyard & Cellar. Game time is at 8 p.m. at T-Bock's Upstairs. Entertainment will be provided by Odd Ballz and there will be a tailgate buffet. We will also host a live and silent auction.

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03/02/19
A DIRECTING WORKSHOP

New Minowa Players is excited to present a workshop for anyone who has considered directing a show. Creating opportunities for people to learn new skills, or to improve existing skills, is a joy to us, and we take it seriously. Offering workshops is one of the ways we do that. Please join us for A Directing Workshop. The cost, $10 for members of New Minowa Players and $20 for non-members, includes all materials and lunch. Registration is limited t 20 participants and is open to adults and high school or college age students.

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03/10/19
Kinderhaus Open Haus

Come meet our teachers, explore our spaces, and learn about our outdoor-based, Waldorf-inspired preschool!

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