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Flannel Friday (Chamber Gala)
02/28/20 - 02/28/20
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02/21/20
 -03/05/20
Hope In Bloom - Daffodils to benefit The American Cancer Society

Spring is on its way and with that the sale of daffodils to benefit the American Cancer Society of Winneshiek County!  Daffodils are a universal symbol of hope and life, and they’re at the center of the American Cancer Society’s Daffodil Days campaign. The campaign will deliver hundreds of yellow flowers across the county to raise awareness and funds for the fight against cancer.  Thanks to sponsors: The Depot Outlet, Viking State Bank & Winneshiek Medical Center.
 

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02/28/20
Annual Spaghetti Supper and Live Auction

Please join us for this important annual fundraiser!
 

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02/28/20
Luther College Faculty Artist Series

Jon Ailabouni and the Optimism Jazz Sextet will give a recital at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 28, in the Center for Faith and Life Recital Hall. The group dives into diverse repertoires from New Orleans hard bop to the contemporary compositions of New York saxophonist Eric Alexander and drummer T.S. Monk. In addition, the recital will feature original music by members of the group.
 

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02/28/20
Flannel Friday (Chamber Gala)



 
The Chamber Gala is going plaid! Visit flannel parties hosted by The Courtyard & Cellar, Hotel Winneshiek and Rubaiyat. Draw a card at each stop for a chance at the best poker hand. Arrive at T-Bock's Upstairs for more food, fun, and fundraising. And new for 2020 a chance to win some fun local spirits in a raffle!
What's a party without music? Entertainment will be provided by Strike Force.

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02/28/20
Zentangle at Agora Arts

Did your New Year's resolutions include trying something new? Being creative? Alleviating stress? Then this class is for you. Beat the winter blues with this beginners Zentangle class~ no previous experience required.
Jai Dee, a certified Zentangle instructor from Minneapolis, will teach you how. You do NOT have to be an artist to learn how to Zentangle. This is relaxing, meditative doodling that is just plain fun. Both classes will be held in Decorah and are open to all ages. $40 includes all materials and teaching, with pens and supplies to take home with you.

Sign up today by going to our Agora Arts Facebook page, or please contact us for more information!
 

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02/28/20
Laura Ingalls Wilder Museum Spaghetti Supper


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02/28/20
Annual Spaghetti Supper and Live Auction

The Laura Ingalls Wilder Park & Museum Annual Spaghetti Supper, Live Auction and Homemade Pie Auction

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02/29/20
Zentangle at Agora Arts

Did your New Year's resolutions include trying something new? Being creative? Alleviating stress? Then this class is for you. Beat the winter blues with this beginners Zentangle class~ no previous experience required.
Jai Dee, a certified Zentangle instructor from Minneapolis, will teach you how. You do NOT have to be an artist to learn how to Zentangle. This is relaxing, meditative doodling that is just plain fun. Both classes will be held in Decorah and are open to all ages. $40 includes all materials and teaching, with pens and supplies to take home with you.

Sign up today by going to our Agora Arts Facebook page, or please contact us for more information!
 

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03/03/20
Remembering "The Legacy of Matthew Shepard" at Luther College

DECORAH, Iowa – Judy Shepard, the mother of Matthew Shepard, will present the first of two "Hope Over Hate" lectures at Luther College at 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 3, in the Main Hall of the Center for Faith and Life.
            In October of 1998, Judy and Dennis Shepard lost their 21-year-old son, Matthew, to a murder motivated by anti-gay hate. His story has been told through film, plays, novels and musical compositions, and led directly to the Hate Crimes Prevention Act, signed into law by President Barack Obama in 2009. It also inspired the Matthew Shepard Foundation, founded by Judy and Dennis Shepard who decided to turn their grief into action. The couple is dedicated to working toward the causes championed by Matthew during his life: social justice, diversity awareness and education, and equality for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people.
"Mrs. Shepard's message resonates with everyone who hears her speak," says Kristen Underwood, director of campus programming. "Whether or not you identify as LGBTQ, erasing hate is a universal cause. Judy Shepard speaks for LGBTQ youth, people of color, religious minorities or anyone who has experienced discrimination."
In connection to Judy Shepard's visit, Luther's Nordic Choir will perform Craig Hella Johnson's "Considering Matthew Shepard" at 6 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. on Friday, May 1, in the Noble Recital Hall of the Jenson-Noble Hall of Music. The 100-minute oratorio explores the life and legacy of Matthew Shepard through passages from his personal journal, interviews and writings from his parents, newspaper reports and additional texts by Johnson and Michael Dennis Browne.
"As I began listening to the work, it immediately transported me back to when I was 23 years old and had just begun my teaching career. All these years later, the story still speaks to me in a very profound way and I knew immediately I wanted to share it with Nordic Choir," said Dr. Andrew Last, director of choral activities and director of Nordic Choir. "I hope the audience will be challenged to think about what happened almost 22 years ago and find purpose and understanding from this story."
The second lecture in the "Hope Over Hate" series is Thursday, March 5 at 7 p.m. in the CFL Recital Hall. Pedro Lopez Vega '17 was a school boy in Postville, Iowa during the 2008 ICE raid, when 900 armed agents arrested 389 undocumented workers, his mother among them. Pedro's personal story is an inspiring one of resilience and triumph over trauma.
"Hope Over Hate" lectures are free and open to the public. The lecture series is sponsored by Campus Programing and the Center for Ethics and Public Engagement at Luther College, with involvement from the student organization, Luther Pride.
Tickets to the Nordic Choir performance "Considering Matthew Shepard" are now on sale at the Luther College Box Office, or online at tickets.luther.edu.
To view all events happening at Luther College visit luther.edu/events.
Luther College is home to more than 1,900 undergraduates who explore big questions and take action to benefit people, communities and society. Our 60+ academic programs, experiential approach to learning and welcoming community inspire students to learn actively, live purposefully and lead courageously for a lifetime of impact. Learn more at luther.edu.
 

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03/07/20
Catapult - Luther College Center Stage Series

You haven’t seen anything like Catapult!

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Featured on America’s Got Talent, this shadow-illusion dance troupe uses teamwork and athleticism to transform human bodies into dragons, flowers, elephants, helicopters, works of architecture, and vast landscapes. In the process, these thrilling artists tell surprising, imaginative stories that themselves have the power to transform the audience.

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03/07/20
Luther College Ethnic Arts Fair

DECORAH, Iowa — In celebration of the diverse cultures that come together to make up the Luther College community, the annual Ethnic Arts Festival will take place 11a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, March 7, in the Regents Center North Gym. Held by the Center for Intercultural Engagement and Student Success, the Ethnic Arts Festival is a tradition that began nearly 40 years ago.
"Ethnic arts is a fun and accessible way to learn about the many cultures represented at Luther," says Amy Webber, international student coordinator.
The Ethnic Arts Festival is open to the public with no charge for admission.
Speaker William "Nąąwącekǧize" Quackenbush, a Ho-Chunk Deer Clan tribal member will present "Ho-Chunk Nation: Honoring our Roots" at 12 p.m. Quackenbush began his career in the Ho-Chunk Nation Heritage Preservation Department in 1999 as a land specialist specializing in realty, land into trust applications and cultural and natural resource management. In 2005, the Cultural Resources Division requested for Quackenbush to be transferred to their division to become the Tribal Historic Preservation Officer for the Ho-Chunk Nation, who was at that time creating a program to address tribal preservation needs. In 2009, Quackenbush became the Cultural Resources Division Manager.
The festival will also feature a vibrant culture fair, where visitors can learn about the various cultures represented at Luther and children can collect stamps on their ethnic arts "passport." Luther students will share their talents in the form of cultural dances and music throughout the day. Visitors can choose from a selection of ethnic foods available for purchase, including empanadas, momos, barbecue, egg rolls and pie. Additionally, student groups will offer hair braiding and henna hand art for a small fee. A children's area will feature readings of multicultural children's books and other activities.
"We hope people will come out and get a taste of culture that they've never experienced before," says Webber. "The Ethnic Arts Festival is a little bit of free travel in the middle of winter in Iowa. Meet new people, taste new foods and hear new messages."
Luther College is home to more than 1,900 undergraduates who explore big questions and take action to benefit people, communities and society. Our 60+ academic programs, experiential approach to learning and welcoming community inspire students to learn actively, live purposefully and lead courageously for a lifetime of impact. Learn more at luther.edu.
 

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03/10/20
Luther College Faculty Artist Series

Gregory Peterson will present an organ recital titled "Kveldmusikk," meaning evening music in the Sundt Studio of Jenson-Noble Hall of Music. Peterson will perform works related to his recent sabbatical in Scandinavia including music by Dieterich Buxtehude, Johannes Brahms, Johann Gottfried Walther, Emil Sjögren and Johann Sebastian Bach.

 

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03/10/20
No Small Matter - Documentary

Winneshiek County Development and Tourism has joined forces with area childcare representatives, providers and partners to host a special showing of the featured documentary, No Small Matter.
 
This will be a great way to show our support and to learn more about the importance of early childhood education and the economic impact it has on our community. 
 
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The featured documentary confronts America's most pressing problems with an unlikely but powerful weapon: babies and young children. From home to childcare to preschool, high-quality early care and education has far-reaching impacts, and groundbreaking science to back it up. With a healthy dose of humor and a surprising edge, NO SMALL MATTER reveals the tragic cost of getting this wrong, and the huge payoff—for our kids, our families, and our country—of getting it right.
 
 

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03/10/20
No Small Matter, a documentary about the residual impacts of childcare.

Winneshiek County Development and Tourism has joined forces with area childcare representatives, providers and partners to host a special showing of the featured documentary, No Small Matter.

 

No Small Matter is a featured documentary confronting America's most pressing problem and reveals the tragic costs and positive economic payoffs for our children, families, communities and country when done right. 

 

Stephanie Fromm, Executive Director for Winneshiek County Development and Tourism, noted “Our organization has been working diligently on addressing and creating the awareness of our local child care crisis. With support from area partner organizations, we have the ability to learn more about the industry, profession and struggles many families face when looking to enter the workforce. We are excited to collaborate with these providers and partners to host a night together.” 

 

“Iowa leads the nation in the number of working parents and at the same time has a child care shortage of an estimated 350,000 slots, while child care providers are leaving the field at an alarming rate.” Stated Jill Herink, Executive Director for Iowa Association for the Education of Young Children. “It is critical to elevate our discussions about the child care crisis and at the same time the workforce crisis in Iowa. We do not have the availability of quality child care we need to meet the needs of our workforce or our youngest Iowans. We need to figure out a solution to help child care and early childhood professionals to earn a wage that they can live on to retain this critical profession.”

 

"Early childhood care and development are being addressed by policy makers at both the state and national level. Policy makers need to hear from the people who are most impacted by the decisions they will make: working parents and the providers of childcare. No Small Matter is a great opportunity for our local community interested in and concerned about Iowa's childcare crisis. This provides for a healthy discussion of the best way forward in meeting the needs of Iowa's youngest children." Matt Tapscott, President, Iowa Family Child Care Association and Child Development Home provider, Decorah.

 

This event is open to the public and is brought to you by Winneshiek County Development and Tourism, Child Care Resource and Referral of Northeast Iowa, Iowa Association for the Education of Young Children, HAWC Partnerships for Children, Luther College Center for Sustainable Communities and Iowa Family Child Care Association. 


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03/11/20
Happy Hour Book Group

Decorah Public Library staff are hosting four book discussions in March. 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.
 
The Happy Hour Book Group will meet at Rubaiyat on Wed. March 11th at 5:15 p.m. to discuss Margaret Wilkerson Sexton’s “The Revisioners.” In 1925, Josephine is the proud owner of a thriving farm. As a child, she channeled otherworldly power to free herself from slavery. Nearly a century later, Josephine’s descendant, Ava, is a single mother who has just lost her job. She moves in with her white grandmother Martha. But Martha’s behavior soon becomes erratic and threatening, and Ava must escape before her story and Josephine’s converge.
 

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03/14/20
Second Saturday at Vesterheim

Vesterheim is changing things up for the New Year 2020! The museum is moving it’s free admission day from the first Thursday of the month to the second Saturday. On the second Saturday of each month in 2020, everyone will receive free admission.

On Second Saturdays, Vesterheim is also offering fun family-friendly activities at different times of the day.
 

 

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03/14/20
Luther College Faculty Artist Series

Soprano, Rachel Storlie, along with fellow faculty members, Nicholas Shaneyfelt, piano; Philip Borter, cello; Carol Hester, flute; and Michael Chesher, clarinet, will present a recital of chamber work featuring Croatian art songs by Božidar Kunc and Ivana Lang and "Primavera" by Thea Musgrave.

 

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03/18/20
Luther College Faculty Artist Series

Duo MemDi was founded by violinist Igor Kalnin and pianist Rochelle Sennet in 2010. The award winning duo performs music that embraces the diversity of world cultures. They will give a recital featuring pieces by H. Leslie Adams, Johannes Brahms, Ilyich Tchaikovsky and Robert Schumann.

 

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03/19/20
History Book Club

The History Book Group will meet at 6:00 p.m. Thurs. March 19th on the 2nd floor of the library to discuss Gordon Chang’s “The Ghosts of Gold Mountain: The Epic Story of the Chinese Who Built the Transcontinental Railroad.” Chinese migrants spent years building the Transcontinental Railroad. Those who survived would suffer a different kind of death—a historical one, as they were pushed first to the margins of American life and then to the fringes of public memory. Award-winning scholar Gordon H. Chang draws on unprecedented research to recover the Chinese railroad workers’ stories and celebrate their role in remaking America.
 

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03/20/20
Friday Book Club

The Friday Book Group will meet at 2:00 p.m. Fri. March 20th on the 2nd floor of the library to discuss Margaret Atwood’s “The Handmaid’s Tale.” Offred is a Handmaid in the Republic of Gilead. In an age of declining births, Offred and the other Handmaids are valued only if their ovaries are viable. Offred can remember the years before, when she had a husband and daughter, a job, money of her own, and access to knowledge. But all of that is gone now.
 

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03/21/20
Truths Be Told

Five featured storytellers, five open mic slots, and live music. 
  • DATES & TIMES:
    • Saturday, November 16 @ 7:30 pm – 10:00 pm (A Sign)
    • Saturday, January 18 @ 7:30 pm – 10:00 pm ([Un]Spoken Words)
    • Saturday, March 21 @ 7:30 pm – 10:00 pm (Madness)
    • Saturday, May 16 @ 7:30 pm – 10:00 pm (Camped Out)
  • COST: $9 / $4 students

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03/21/20
Live Music - Tom and Betty Show

Tom and Betsy Kirby of Mason City’s popular band Betty and the Gents will bring their high-energy acoustic show to Decorah! ​Image may contain: 1 person

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03/21/20
All Tradition is Change

“All Tradition is Change” will expand the idea of what is traditional, while looking at textile objects made today by artists working “within the Norwegian tradition.” Examples will include pieces from Norway and Norwegian America—weaving, quilts, embroidery, baptismal garments, and knitting.
           

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03/21/20
Winneshiek Solar Fair

Join us for the Winneshiek Solar Fair on Saturday, March 21st from 9am to noon.  

This family-friendly event is the perfect place to get all your solar questions answered--whether you’re a farmer, homeowner, or business owner.  Federal tax credits, combined with increasing solar panel productivity and rising electricity rates, make 2020 a great year to go solar. The Solar Fair will have helpful information for you, regardless of if you just became curious about solar options, or if you are ready to hire a contractor. 

Go to 
https://energydistrict.org/events/solarfair/ for all the details. 


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03/25/20
Speculative Fiction Book Group

The Speculative Fiction Book Group will meet Wed. March 25th at 5:15 p.m. on the 2nd floor of the library to discuss Arkady Martine’s “A Memory Called Empire.” Ambassador Mahit Dzmare arrives in the center of the Teixcalaanli Empire only to discover that her predecessor, the previous ambassador from their small but fiercely independent mining Station, has died. But no one will admit that his death wasn’t an accident—or that Mahit might be next to die, during a time of political instability in the highest echelons of the imperial court.
 

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03/28/20
Idea Lab for Entrepreneurs

Do you love big ideas? Do you have an local business idea that you've always wanted feedback on?

Develop your new business idea or help others do so by attending Winneshiek Idea House's IDEA LAB event(s). Together we'll create businesses by our community, for our community!


 

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