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Tue, April 22, 2014 to Sun, April 26, 2015

Farm Beginnings Course

Sat, November 2 to Sat, August 30, 2014 - Register ASAP to ensure a spot

@Winona, MN

Do you know a beginning farmer who would benefit from the Farm Beginnings course? The Land Stewardship Project (LSP) has space in the Winona, MN 2013-2014 Farm Beginnings course. The Farm Beginnings course is a 12-month training course that provides opportunities for beginning and transitioning farmers to learn firsthand about values clarification and goal setting, whole farm planning, strategic farm planning and low-cost, sustainable farming methods. The course has classroom and on-farm components. Farm…

Contact: Karen Benson, 507-523-3366, ,


Holistic Veterinary Medicine Seminar

Sat, November 16 at 2:00 PM to Sun, November 16, 2014

@Decorah Library Downstairs Room


Dr. Barb Fox, owner of Beyond Tradition Animal Healing Center and member of the American Holistic Veterinary Medical Association, will be demonstrating how to effectively use therapeutic-grade essential oils on animals at 2pm on Saturday, November 16 in the meeting room downstairs in the Decorah Library.

Emotional (fear, anxiety, apprehension, etc.) as well as physical issues will be discussed. Dr. Fox will also discuss how to properly dilute and apply therapeutic-grade oils.…

Contact: or


Massage Therapy Public Clinic

Fri, January 24 at 9:00 AM to Fri, May 9, 2014

@NICC Calmar Campus

Massage Therapy students at Northeast Iowa Community College (NICC) will offer massage therapy to the public, by appointment, every Friday (with some exceptions) from Jan. 24 - May 9, 2014. Students provide massage under the supervision of lead instructor, Patsy Martinson, LMT. Everyone is welcome.
The clinic, located in Room 101 in Max Clark Hall on the Calmar campus, is open from 9 a.m. - 2 p.m. The cost is $20 for a…

Contact: Please call (563) 562-3263, ext. 460, and leave a message with your name and number. NICC students will return your call promptly to schedule a time especially for you.


Spanish Tutor

Sat, February 22 to Thu, May 21, 2015

@Luther College

I am a student at Luther College, working on a Spanish major. I have taken IB Spanish V HL at high school, and currently take Spanish at Luther. I have visited Spain, and know various dialects of the Spanish language. I currently work as a tutor at Luther. I would love to share my knowledge of the Hispanic culture and language with students of any level and age. I prefer to teach 1…

Contact: Rosen Slavov


Spring Pilates- Lunch Express 12:10-12:50 PM

Mon, March 3 to Fri, May 30, 2014

@Winneshiek Medical Center


Spring Pilates classes are available at the Rehab Fitness Studio, at Winneshiek Medical Center- 901 Montgomery Street, Decorah, Iowa.

STOTT Pilates bases its exercises on five basic principles emphasizing breath, spinal alignment and mobility. Exercises can be modified to ensure safety of your musculoskeletal system and provide you with profound results! All classes are fit for beginners to the advanced.

Purchase a punch pass to attend any class!
1 Class: $10 •…

Contact: Call for information or to register: 563-387-3031.


The Yoga Studio Early Spring Session

Mon, March 3 at 10:00 AM to Thu, May 1, 2014

@306 W. Water Street ,Decorah


Registration for the Early Spring Session is Saturday March 1st. Registration will be held at The Yoga Studio from 11:00 AM -12:00 PM
The Yoga Studio offers morning and evening classes to all levels. The Yoga Studio teachers Iyengar Yoga in the tradition of BKS Iyengar. Iyengar Yoga emphasizes alignment while developing strength, stamina, flexibility and balance.
For information about classes or to receive a schedule contact Marybeth Gallant

Contact: Marybeth Gallant 563-419-2329


Community Class At The Yoga Studio

Tue, March 4 at 4:00 PM to Tue, April 29, 2014

@306 W.Water St. Decorah


The Yoga Studio is offering a Community Class on Tuesdays from 4:00 PM to 5:30 PM . Community Classes are taught by a "teacher in training". The fee is $6. per class and there is no registration. Come as you like! The class is limited to 16 students and will be offered on a first come basis.
For information contact Marybeth Gallant

Contact: Martbeth Gallant 563-419-2329


Celebrate Recovery

Fri, March 28 to Fri, December 26, 2014

@First Lutheran Church, 604 W. Broadway, Decorah,IA

Celebrate Recovery support group for all types of hurts, habits and Hangups.
Meetings are every Friday night at 7:00 P.M. in the Fireside room, First Lutheran Church, Decorah, Iowa.

Contact: Marlene 563-380-7055 or
Pastor Doug Bryce Christian Life Center 563-382-8711



Fri, March 28 at 3:00 PM to Fri, April 25, 2014

@Java John's


Classical and Latin Guitar




Fri, March 28 at 6:00 PM to Fri, April 25, 2014

@Old Armory BBQ


Latin American Guitar and Voice



Clay Studio Explorers (Gr K-Gr 5)

Mon, March 31 at 3:30 PM to Mon, May 19, 2014 - register now,, 563.517.1022

@The Clay Studio - 207 Washington St, Decorah


Date: Mondays, Mar 31 - May 19, 2014
Time: 3:20 - 5:00 PM
Age: Gr K-Gr 5
Cost: $125

Come create at the Clay Studio! This class is for those who are new to working in clay or still like to receive direction in 'what to make'. We will create various projects inspired by clay objects from various cultures while learning basic ways of working in clay including: slip,score,slip pinched forms slab…

Contact: The Clay Studio,, 563.517.1022



Tue, April 1 at 9:00 AM to Wed, April 30, 2014

@222 E Water St. Discover Happy



Tasha Ewy will begin teaching your favorite class! For FREE and $5!

Discover Happy want's your spring to start light. Light on your wallet and light in your body. Try all 6 classes this April for $25 or $5 each. That's right.. you get ONE FREE if you buy the "5 for spring" package!

Cardio Dance; Wed. 3/26 & 4/1 | 6pm
Demi-Bar Pilates: Tues. 4/…

Contact: Amanda Rhine | 419-0345 |


Clay Studio Expressionists (3 - 8 Grade)

Tue, April 1 at 3:30 PM to Tue, May 20, 2014 - register now,, 563.517.1022

@The Clay Studio - 207 Washington St, Decorah


Date: Tuesdays, Apr 1 - May 20, 2014
Time: 3:20 - 5:00 PM
Age: Gr 3-Gr 8
Cost: $125

Art is a powerful medium to express yourself. Using ancient and modern artists as inspiration, this class will focus on how to come up with ideas. We will build bigger, more complex projects and explore various tools including the potter’s wheel. Artists can make anything once they have the idea and knowhow! Students…

Contact: The Clay Studio,, 563.517.1022


Free Grief Support Group

Tue, April 1 at 6:30 PM to Tue, May 20, 2014 - 90 minute group meeting. Registration is Required.

@Winneshiek Medical Center


Losing a loved one brings on a series of complex emotions. Confronting the pain and other aspects of grief with the support of others can be an effective way to deal with loss.

Winneshiek Medical Center Hospice is offering a free eight-week grief support group beginning Tuesday, April 1 from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. The sessions will be held in the Home Health and Hospice meeting room. The sessions are open to the…

Contact: Call 563-387-3024 between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. for more information or to register


7-Week Beginning Meditation Series

Mon, April 7 at 4:30 PM to Mon, May 19, 2014 - Registration is limited to 8 students offered on a first come basis.

@Residence 402 Upper Broadway, Decorah Iowa


Learn to De-stress, Unwind, & Breathe Better. Get clear and calm by learning easy and effective meditation and breathing techniques to help you reduce daily stress and anxiety in your life.

Dates: April 7, 14, 21, 28 & May 5, 12, & 19

Times: 4:30pm-5:30pm

Cost: $84/7-Week Series

Contact: Contact: Thea Satrom, LMT & Certified Zone Therapist (303)913-6326
OR Sonja Satrom, Mental Health Counselor, Certified Hypnotherapist, & Certified Zone Therapist 


Luther College Library Annual Book Sale

Mon, April 14 at 7:30 AM to Tue, April 22, 2014 - The library will be closed Friday-Sunday, April 18-20 for Easter Break.

@Preus Library, Luther College

Luther College Library Annual National Library Week Book Sale. Thousands of books. Prices decline daily. First day prices: $5/hardcover, $2/paperback.

Contact: or 563-387-1166.


Earth Day Litter Pickup

Tue, April 22 to Wed, April 23, 2014

@Northeast Iowa Peace and Justice Center

Call and let us know what areas you or your group would want to be responsible for. We need leaders for every street and park in the city as well as Dry Run Creek and along the dike. Let's get out there and directly help clean up our planet.

Contact: Julie Fischer


“Wildlife of Tasmania and New Zealand”

Tue, April 22 at 7:00 PM

@Decorah Public Library

Please join Upper Iowa Audubon Tuesday, April 22, 7 PM, Decorah Public Library as Tex Sordahl, Professor of Biology, Luther College, will present a lecture on the birds and mammals of Tasmania (Australia) and New Zealand. The lecture will be illustrated by Dr. Sordahl's photos of animals he encountered during his recent sabbatical travels, ranging from legendary Tasmanian Devils to Spiny Anteaters and charismatic kiwis to Yellow-eyed Penguins.

All UIA programs are free…

Contact: Connie Hvitved 563-547-4685


Film screening: The Wisdom to Survive: Climate Change, Capitalism and Community

Wed, April 23 at 6:30 PM - to 8:00 pm

@Decorah Public Library


A film screening in honor of Earth Day: Just released in 2014, this film accepts the consensus of scientists that climate change has already arrived, and asks, what is keeping us from action? Distributor Bullfrog Films provides this synopsis: “The film explores how unlimited growth and greed are destroying the life support system of the planet, the social fabric of society, and the lives of billions of people. Will we have the wisdom to…

Contact: Heidi Swets, Decorah Public Library


Seed Savers Exchange Community Blood Drive

Thu, April 24 at 12:00 PM

@3094 North Winn Road, Decorah, IA


Seed Savers Exchange is hosting a community blood drive with Life Serve Blood Center on Thursday, April 24th from noon until 3:30pm.
•One pint of blood can save up to three lives.
•Someone needs blood every two seconds.
•Only 38 percent of the U.S. population is eligible to donate blood but less than 10 percent donate annually.
If you are interested in donating, please contact Karen at (563)387-5653 to set up…

Contact: Karen Anderson (563)387-5653


Community Sing, Free and open to All Voices

Thu, April 24 at 7:00 PM - If it's a beautiful night we'll meet at the Phelps Park Gazebo!

@UCC Congregational Center, 209 W Broadway.


"Frogs croak, bears roar-and people were born to sing."

Decorah’s Community Sing is a fun, accepting, no-pressure, drop-in singalong. All are welcome, whether they have always loved to sing or always wished they could. No singing experience or practice is required, just a desire to sing with others. All ages are welcome. There is no audition and no performance - we just learn great songs together and sing them for pure joy.



Thu, April 24 at 7:00 PM - Space is limited. Register to reserve your place.

@222 E Water St. Discover Happy


Reconnect with YOUR JOY using this simple active meditation to be led by Laughter Yoga Master Teacher Laura Gentry. It involves gently loosening the body, dancing, celebrating and relaxing into the blissful silence. The meditation lasts for one hour. No prior meditation or dance experience necessary. $10 for instruction and meditation. Learn more and register at:

Contact: Laura Gentry,, 563-880-2699


Thomas Maltman -- All Iowa Reads Author

Thu, April 24 at 7:00 PM

@Dragonfly Books


Dragonfly Books is pleased to host an evening with this year's All Iowa Reads author Thomas Maltman and his new book Little Wolves on Thursday, April 24 at 7:00 pm.

Set on the Minnesota prairie in the late 1980s, Little Wolves is a penetrating look at a town reeling from a heinous murder, questioning the traditions, assumptions, and stories that make up small-town life. Weaving together elements of folklore and Norse mythology, Little…



Luther College Philharmonia

Thu, April 24 at 7:30 PM

@Luther College, CFL Main Hall

Luther College Philharmonia will perform in concert at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, April 24, in the Center for Faith and Life on the Luther campus.
The concert is open to the public with no charge for admission.
The Luther College Philharmonia, a 51 member symphonic ensemble, will perform "Fanfare" from "La Péri" by Paul Dukas, Serenade in D Minor, Op. 44 by Dvořák, Overture to Coriolan, Op. 62 by Beethoven, and two Slavonic Dances by…


Handcarving Wooden Spoons and Kitchen Utensils with David Østrem

Fri, April 25 to Sun, April 27, 2014 - Fri. 6-8:30; Sat. and Sun. 9:00-5:00

@Vesterheim Norwegian-American Museum


Have fun learning or improving your wood carving skills. We’ll carve several wooden kitchen utensils and then create decorations to embellish the spoons—kolrosing, or carving a face on the handle. Paints will be furnished to add color. David gives his students a one-on-one experience in a fun and highly motivated atmosphere. You will be surprised how fast the day goes by and how good your carvings will look. Carving tools will be available. Class…



Bluff Country Studio Tour

Fri, April 25 at 10:00 AM to Sun, April 27, 2014 - Studios open 10-5 Daily


For the 14th year, art enthusiasts can find exciting treasures in the hills and valleys of SE MN and NE IA during this annual studio art tour. One can observe the emergence of spring when traveling scenic back roads to the studios of many area artists.

Get to know the artists and watch them in action. Shop for your own unique work of art.



Switchback Spring Concert

Fri, April 25 at 7:00 PM

@Hotel Winneshiek- Steyer Opera House


Wear your dancing shoes 'cause the Opera House is going to ROCK! Tickets are $10 in advance, $15 at the door. Purchase tickets online at

Contact: Contact the Hotel Winneshiek with questions: 563-382-4164


Nelson Illusions

Fri, April 25 at 7:30 PM

@Cresco Theatre/Opera House


The 100th Anniversary of the Cresco Theatre/Opera House has spurred a year long series of events brought to you by the Cresco Theatre Commission. Nelson Illusions is the largest touring illusion show in the United States, carrying over 30,000 pounds of equipment. The show features 4 Master Magicians, each with an exciting, engaging, original style. Tickets are $25.00 and available online at

Contact: Marla Johnson - Cresco Theatre/Opera House 115 2nd Ave SW Cresco, Iowa 52136 563-547-4292


ArtHaus Poetry Slam

Fri, April 25 at 8:00 PM - Sponsored by Dragonfly Books

@Decorah Elks Lodge


DATE: Friday, April 25
TIME: 8pm
COST: $5/$3 students

If you’ve been to an ArtHaus Poetry Slam, you know it’s a one-of-a-kind Decorah event. A featured artist will kick off the evening, followed by the non- competitive “Original Voices,” (3 minutes or less of your own poetry) and ending with the “Slam” (a good-natured competition complete with prizes and Applause-o-Meter). Call ArtHaus to sign up to perform! Recommended for adults, ages 16 and…

Contact:,, 563.382.5440


Sámi Inspired Bracelets with Norma Refsal

Sat, April 26

@Vesterheim Norwegian-American Museum


Give someone special a Sámi-inspired bracelet or make one for yourself. The Sámi are the indigenous people of the far north in Scandinavia and the Kola Peninsula of Russia. In addition to fishing and farming, reindeer husbandry has been an important part of their livelihood. Sámi handwork features both materials and design inspiration from their native lands. Students will make a Sámi-inspired bark-tanned leather bracelet with pewter thread, using traditional Sámi design, and a…



Diversity Spotlight: Ableism - Disability - Accessibility

Sat, April 26 at 10:00 AM - ends at 11:30 AM

@The Spectrum Network


Join the Decorah Human Rights Commission for the first in a series of Diversity Spotlights!

Our first Spotlight will focus on people in our communities who live with disabilities. How are we creating access for people of varying levels of ability? Where are we succeeding? Where are we missing the mark? What is "ableism?" Join members of the the Human Rights Commission and your fellow Decorah citizens for an informative and interactive 90…


Spotlight on Diversity-People with Disabilites

Sat, April 26 at 10:00 AM

@The Spectrum Network

The Decorah Human Rights Commission hosts a Spotlight on Diversity Series this spring. The first Spotlight: Focus on Disabilities will be held on Saturday, April 26, 2014 from 10:00-11:30 a.m. The event will be hosted at the Spectrum Network, 607 Washington St., Decorah, 52101. Continental breakfast will be served. This community-wide event is free and open to the public. The program includes information about services for people with disabilities in Decorah and a short…

Contact: Sheila Radford-Hill, Ph.D. Chair, Decorah Human Rights Commission, 563-387-1014


Seussical Auditions

Sat, April 26 at 10:00 AM

@New Minowa Players Theatre, 906 S. Mill, Decorah

New Minowa Players will hold auditions for their summer musical, Seussical, the Musical, Saturday, April 26 at 10:00 a.m. at the New Minowa Players Theatre, 906 South Mill Street, Decorah.

Actors of all ages are encouraged to audition. Leading roles will be filled by adults (high school age or older). Young children should expect to be in the chorus and will need parent or other adult supervision during rehearsals.

Actors auditioning…

Contact: Sheryl Scheffert 563-379-5738;


Bluegrass Band "The GrassRun" at Cajun Kyle's Annual Cookout

Sat, April 26 at 5:00 PM

@Chase the Adventure Licensed Hunt and Gun Club


Bluegrass Band at 5 p.m. "The GrassRun" from Calmar and LaCrosse

and food, featuring: 250 lbs of boiled Crawfish, 250 lbs of boiled shrimp, bbq shrimp, shrimp scampi, jambalaya, and sides.
Saturday, April 26 at 5:30pm $20.00 per person
• Good food and great friends just hanging out!
• Bring your own beverages…

Contact: 1838 Middle Calmar Rd, Decorah
RESERVATIONS: (563) 532-9821


Luther College's Beta Theta Omega will host annual Talent Show

Sat, April 26 at 7:00 PM

The annual BTQ Talent Show,
sponsored by Luther College's
Diversity Center and the Beta
Theta Omega (BTQ), will feature
student talent at 7 p.m.
Saturday, April 26, in the Main
Hall of the Center for Faith
and Life on the Luther campus.

Contact: Contact: Julie Shockey, Luther College coordinator of Campus News
Telephone: (563) 387-1865


Intimate acoustic concert with Minneapolis folk-rock group Communist Daughter- Limited Seating!

Sat, April 26 at 8:00 PM


Johnny and Molly Solomon from Minneapolis folk-rock group Communist Daughter will be visiting Decorah on April 26th to play an intimate acoustic folk show. There will only be room for about 30 people so it is suggested that you reserve your place soon! Once we get closer to the date of the show an email will be sent out to everyone that has reserved a spot with the address of the home in town…


Czech Heritage Partnership April 27, 2014 Spring Concert

Sun, April 27 at 2:00 PM

@Immanuel Lutheran Church, 305 2nd Avenue West in Cresco, Iowa

The Luther College Piano Quartet’s 2:00 p.m. concert will present Mozart’s Divertimento in E-flat for string trio and Dvorak’s Piano quartet in E-flat, Op. 87. The Czech composer Antonin Dvorak lived in Spillville during the 1890’s.
The Luther College Piano Quartet is comprised of faculty members Joseph Krumholz, violin, Spencer Martin, viola, Eric Kutz, cello, and Miko Kominami, piano.
Admission is a freewill offering with all proceeds going to the musicians. The Czech Heritage…

Contact: Bobbe Akre,


KDEC and T-bocks Open Stage w/ Featured Artist Maritza

Sun, April 27 at 7:00 PM - Sign up starts at 6:45, show starts at 7:00


KDEC and T-bocks will be providing another great night of fun at Open Stage on April 27th. Sign up starts at 6:45. Show starts at 7:00. All talents are welcome and there is always a very supportive audience. This month's featured artist is the local act Maritza. They are a very talented group that will get you out of your seat dancing. Please show up to support this homegrown music and offer some of…



How do we prevent injustice and war? Answer: Mutually Beneficial Relationships across Borders

Mon, April 28 at 11:30 AM

@NEIPJC 119 Winnebago Street Decorah


Central American Update with Carrie Stengel ( formerly from South Minneapolis), since 2004 in Guatemala, building mutually beneficial relationships. Carrie will inform us about how Sister Parish, an ecumenical organization, works toward social justice in Guatemala and El Salvador by linking congregations in the North to faith communities in Latin America. Education, advocacy and coordinating community-based accompaniment are fundamentals of this organization. She will show the inspirational film: Generations in Solidarity. Followed by informal…

Contact: Contact with questions.


Natural Techniques for Managing the Intensity of Birth

Mon, April 28 at 6:00 PM

@Oneota Community Co-op Classroom, 312 W Water St, Decorah

Join Lindsey and other mommas and papas-to-be for a fun evening of exploring alternatives to pharmaceutical use in your upcoming birth. We'll cover a variety of physical, mental, educational and spiritual ways to prepare yourself for labor and delivery. You'll learn techniques for each stage of your journey that will provide you with a solid foundation for your birth. Bring your questions and a yoga ball if you have one.

With your Decorah…

Contact: To register call 563-382-4666 or email


Friends of the Decorah Public Library Annual Meeting

Mon, April 28 at 7:00 PM

@Decorah Public Library, Mezzanine

Friends of the Decorah Public Library Annual Meeting
April 28, 2014
Guest Speaker: Author Elaine Myhre Hegg

All Friends of the Decorah Public Library and the public are invited to attend the Friends Annual Meeting on Monday, April 28, 2014, at 7 PM. The Friends and guests will convene in the Mezzanine of the library. Following a very brief business meeting, the guest presenter will be Elaine Myhre Hegg, author of Death in…

Contact: Kristin Peterson


Luther College Concert Band and Jazz Orchestra

Tue, April 29

@Luther College, CFL Main Hall

Luther College's Concert Band will perform at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 29, at Center for Faith and Life on the Luther College campus.
The performance, part of the Concert Band spring tour, is open to the public with no cost to attend. The concert will also be streamed live at
The 2014 Concert Band tour program includes a wide range of both traditional and contemporary band literature such as Charles Lloyd Barnhouse's 1888…


Free First Thursday

Thu, May 1

@Vesterheim Norwegian-American Museum

Celebrate the beginning of spring. Vesterheim's Open Air Division opens for the tour season on May 1 each year. On this Free First Thurday, we'll have special tours of the Open Air Division at 10:00 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. and of the Main Building at 11:30 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. Stop by from 3:00-4:30 p.m. to make May baskets from some beautiful rosemaling patterns.



WMC Centennial Grand Picnic on the Green

Thu, May 1 at 4:00 PM - The Grand Picnic on the Green will be held on Thursday, May 1 from 4-7 pm on the WMC campus.

@Winneshiek Medical Center Campus

The community is invited to gather on the Winneshiek Medical Center campus for a picnic! In celebration of its Centennial year, WMC is hosting a Grand Picnic on the Green as a way to say thanks to the community for 100 years of support.

The Grand Picnic on the Green will be held on Thursday, May 1 from 4-7 pm on the WMC campus. WMC will provide a free BBQ pork sandwich (catered…

Contact: Fans of Winneshiek Medical Center’s Facebook page enjoy frequent posts on historical stories and Centennial events: Information on the WMC Centennial is also available at For additional information on the Grand Picnic on the Green or other Winneshiek Medical Center Centennial activities, please call the WMC Community Relations department at 563-382-2911 or email


Luther College Cantorei and Ringers Performance

Thu, May 1 at 7:30 PM

@Noble Recital Hall

The Luther College Cantorei will join the Luther Ringers in concert at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, May 1, in the Noble Recital Hall of the Jenson-Noble Hall of Music on the Luther campus.
The event is open to the public and free of admission.
Cantorei will begin with pieces from Gabriel Faure's Messe basse pour voix de femmes (low mass for treble voices), including "Kyrie," "Sanctus," "Benedictus" and "Agnus Dei." Madison Norell, Luther…


Telemark Rosemaling: Design and Painting with Sunhild Muldbakken

Fri, May 2 to Sun, May 4, 2014

@Vesterheim Norwegian-American Museum


Learn the basics of Telemark design. Sunhild will cover how to draw a design suitable for your object, transfer the design, mix paint, and paint the item. Both the transparent and shaded Telemark technique will be taught. Sunhild prefers oil paints, but students may use acrylic if they wish. Students may bring their own project or purchase woodenware from the Museum Store. For intermediate painters.

$192 Vesterheim members / $242 non-members
Vesterheim offers…



ISU Spring Forestry Field Day

Fri, May 2 at 10:00 AM

@Allamakee County

ISU Forestry Extension, IDNR Foresters and US Forest Service Personnel will conduct a forestry field day on Friday, May 2. The event will begin with registration at 9:30 a.m. with introductions and the first set of topics beginning at 10:00 a.m. Emerald Ash Borer infested trees on site will be visited so this will be a great way for participants to see trees in the timber showing signs of EAB.

Morning topics will…

Contact: More information and the full agenda can be found at under “Educational Opportunities Field Days.


Poetry Workshop with Ed Bok Lee

Fri, May 2 at 7:00 PM

@Lanesboro, Minnesota - 'The Roost' at Pedal Pushers Cafe


Lanesboro Arts Center is offering an opportunity to ‘Experience Poetry!’ The public is invited to participate in a poetry workshop, where Ed Bok Lee will provide an introduction to poetry and an overview of its many forms. Participants will experiment with creating their own haiku and poems with guidance from Ed. The workshop is recommended for ages 13+ and is FREE and open to the public. To attend the workshop, please RSVP to Lanesboro…

Contact: 507-467-2446 /


Preparing Kransekake From Start to Finish with Carrie Solberg

Sat, May 3

@Vesterheim Norwegian-American Museum


Kransekake, the “queen of Norwegian cakes” is an almond wreath cake baked in graduated rings to form a pyramid. Each student will mix and form dough into a kransekake, or bar cookies, bake and then decorate. The correct way to serve the kransekake will also be demonstrated. There will be a Taster’s Fee.

All levels welcome. Youth ages 14-17 signed up with a participating adult receive a 25% discount.

$64 Vesterheim…



Into the Wild & Out with the Mustard!

Sat, May 3 at 8:30 AM - 2 shifts: 8:30 a.m.- 12:00 p.m. & 1:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.

@near Decorah, IA


Come "Into the Wild" with us to save the woodlands! Garlic mustard is a highly invasive, non-native plant that, when left unchecked, can seriously degrade a high quality woodland. This volunteer day will be focused on hand-pulling the plant in small groups.

Why: To help keep Iowa diverse for generations to come.

All you need to do is show up! We provide lunch and refreshments for both shifts (come early for…

Contact: Mary Runkel, 515-288-1846,,



Sat, May 3 at 9:00 AM - register now online at, or call 382-5440

@ArtHaus Studio


DATE: May 3, 10, 17 (3 weeks)
TIME: Saturdays 9am-noon
COST: $55 + $15 materials fee
LOCATION: ArtHaus Studio & various locations out in the field

Bring your Digital SLR camera and a zest for photographing people. Whether you’re in charge of taking the family portrait at your next gathering, or snapping memorable moments of your athlete on the move, Aaron Lurth will teach you how get the most out…

Contact:,, 563.382.5440


Rare and Unusual Heritage Plant Sale

Sat, May 3 at 10:00 AM to Sat, May 31, 2014

@Seed Savers Exchange, Heritage Farm


This May 3rd event marks the beginning of Seed Savers Exchange spring transplant sales at the Lillian Goldman Visitors Center. Discover old family heirlooms and historic commercial varieties offered exclusively at Heritage Farm. Join SSE staff to uncover the nearly-forgotten history of these plants and learn how SSE has preserved the seeds and their stories. Transplant sales will continue throughout May until supplies run out.

Stay after-hours on May 3rd from 5-8pm for…

Contact: (563) 382-5990, or visit


KinderClay -Row Row Row Your Boat (Pre-school - Gr K)

Sat, May 3 at 12:00 PM - register now,, 563.517.1022

@The Clay Studio - 207 Washington St, Decorah


Date: Saturday, May 10, 2014
Time: 12:00pm - 1:00 PM
Age: Pre-school - Gr K
Cost: $12

Class is started by listening to a children's book as a jumping off point for a fun clay project. Parental supervision is optional, $12 per child. Age 2-6. Feb 8: There is A Bird on Your Head! March 8: Pete's a Pizza April 12: The April Rabbits May 3: Row Row Row Your Boat June…

Contact: The Clay Studio,, 563.517.1022


Poetry Workshop with Ed Bok Lee

Sat, May 3 at 1:30 PM - 1.5 hour workshop

@Lanesboro Public Library


Lanesboro Arts Center is offering an opportunity to ‘Experience Poetry!’ The public is invited to participate in a poetry workshop, where Ed Bok Lee will provide an introduction to poetry and an overview of its many forms. Participants will experiment with creating their own haiku and poems with guidance from Ed. The 1.5 hour workshop is recommended for ages 13+ and is FREE and open to the public. To attend the workshop, please RSVP…

Contact: 507-467-2446 /


Concert: Trish Bruxvoort Colligan and band

Sat, May 3 at 5:00 PM

@Seed Savers Exchange, Heritage Farm


Join us from 5-8pm for a Heritage Barn Social featuring live music by artist Trish Bruxvoort Colligan and band. Appetizers, included in the ticket price, will be provided by The Pepperfield Project, in addition to a cash-bar offered by The Courtyard.

Get tickets at

Show up to Seed Savers Exchange early for the first day of our Rare and Unusual Heritage Plant sale, where you'll find family heirlooms and historic varieties…


Barn Concert with Trish Bruxvoort Colligan

Sat, May 3 at 5:00 PM - 5PM - Appetizers and Drinks in the garden. 6PM - Barn Concert

@Seed Savers Exchange


Last summer, Trish Bruxvoort Colligan recorded her new CD, Wild Acre, in the barn at Seed Savers. The CD is out and it's time to celebrate!

5PM - Garden Party: Appetizers by The Pepperfield Project and cash bar by The Courtyard & Cellar.

6PM - Barn Concert featuring Trish Bruxvoort Colligan, a Minneapolis band and a locally-grown choir. (Yes, a pick-up choir from Decorah sings on the CD!)

$15 tickets include…

Contact: Trish Bruxvoort Colligan


Mud Club! - Will it Float? (K - 8 grade)

Sat, May 3 at 6:00 PM - register now,, 563.517.1022

@The Clay Studio - 207 Washington St, Decorah


Date: Saturday, May 3, 2014
Time: 6pm - 8pm
Age: Gr K - Gr 8
Cost: $15

Mud Club is super fun for clay loving kids! Each 2 hour event includes a project based lesson, fun art games, and a popcorn/juice snack. Drop off and pick up when the fun in done! Ages 5-12. Upcoming Dates: 6-8pm on Saturdays. Sat, Feb 8 Snow Birds Sat, Mar 8 Imaginary Creatures Sat, April 12…

Contact: The Clay Studio,, 563.517.1022


Reviving Norwegian Knitting Traditions at Luther College

Sun, May 4

@Vesterheim Norwegian-American Museum

Luther students Anna Burke and Peter Storvick will give a presentation about knitting at 2:00 p.m. in the museum's Amdal-Odland Heritage Center. They will talk about knitting in Norway from the perspectives of history, culture, and technology. They will include information about the visual differences of styles and patterns around Norway, as well as technological changes over time. They will also reveal the connection between knitting and Norwegian national identity. Burke and Storvick also…



Decorah Chorale Spring Concert

Sun, May 4 at 7:00 PM

@Decorah Lutheran Church, Decorah

The Decorah Chorale will present its annual Spring Concert on Sunday, May 4, 2014 at Decorah Lutheran Church. Concert time is 7:00 PM, and will feature compositions by Samuel Barber, Randall Thompson, Franz Biebl, and Luther College professor Dr. Amy Englesdorfer. Admission is complimentary and a coffee reception will follow the concert.

Contact: John Bay


"200 Years of May 17th"

Thu, May 8 at 7:00 PM

@Luther College, Olin room 102

Since its founding in 1861, Luther College has been heavily steeped in the roots of its Norwegian founders. From Norwegian treats in the Admissions office to visits from Norwegian royalty, Luther remains dedicated to engaging with its cultural heritage and educating both students and the community on Norwegian culture and history.
The Knut Gjerset Annual Lecture has been renewed this year in honor of the bicentennial celebration of the Norwegian Constitution. The lecture "200…


HSNEI 5th Annual Spring Into Action Event

Sat, May 10 at 10:00 AM

@Danan Lansing Building, Winneshiek County Fairgrounds


The 5th annual Humane Society Spring into Action Pet Expo and Fundraiser is from 10am-2pm on Saturday, May 10 at the Winneshiek County Fairgrounds. This is a free event for the whole family. Proceeds from the event go to HSNEI’s medical fund, which helps foster animals in need of extra veterinary care.

In addition to the silent auction, bake sale, vendors, pet photography, pet adoption fair, and lunch, also featured at the event…



Pioneer Immersion Program Exhibition of Student Projects

Mon, May 12 to Sun, May 18, 2014 - Open House on May 15 from 4:30-6:30 p.m.

@Vesterheim Norwegian-American Museum

Area fourth-grade students present their pioneer diaries and projects. Vesterheim’s Pioneer Immersion Program is an innovative cooperative effort between the museum and area schools. Free admission all day on May 15 and 17.



Syttende Mai

Sat, May 17 at 9:00 AM - throughout the day

@Vesterheim Norwegian-American Museum

Celebrate the 200th anniversary of Syttende Mai, Norway's "Constitution Day," with a children's parade, Nordic Dancers, Foot-Notes dance, and more at Vesterheim.

Free museum admission from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
10:00 a.m. - Gallery Talks for the exhibition "Flora Metamorphicae" and the special display "Alt for Norge: Celebrating 200 Years of the Norwegian Constitution."
10:30 a.m. - Tour of the buildings in the Open Air Division.
1:30 p.m. - John…

Contact: or 563-382-9681


Village Fire-Outdoor Community Singing Camp for Everyone

Thu, May 29 to Sun, June 1, 2014 - Outdoor Community Singing for Everyone

@Camp Tahigwa in Allamakee County


Do you long to twine your voice with others in song? Do you love to be outside among trees, water, and sky? Do you know the pleasure of gathering with people of all ages?

Come join the growing global community movement that is knitting the world together through songs of love, play, spirit, and freedom. Nestle into a beautiful setting amongst the ancient bluffs of the Driftless, where a creek runs through the…

Contact: More info and registration at or call Liz Rog, 563-382-8013.
Register by May 18 if you'd like food prepared for you.


Eating Your Yard: Incorporating Edibles Into the Landscape

Mon, June 2 at 12:15 PM

@Luther College, Location TBD

Maybe you are looking for a way to grow some of your own food, but aren’t crazy about the idea of tilling up your lawn. Edible landscaping is becoming popular across the country and world as people realize the benefits of eating more fresh food and try to find spaces to grow it. Jeff Scott has worked with many clients in the Decorah area who are seeking ways to grow more edible food in…



Rogaland Rosemaling with Ruth Green

Thu, June 5 to Sun, June 8, 2014

@Vesterheim Norwegian-American Museum


This will be a project painting class. The project will be a small chest with a hinged cover and a unique closure on the front. The top is flat and approximately 12½ by 19 inches. The
chest is approximately 11 inches high, including the feet. An additional smaller project will also be available. The class will be taught in oil paints, but acrylic paints may also be used. Patterns and palettes (both oil and…



Dragonstil Woodcarving with Becky Lusk

Fri, June 6 to Sun, June 8, 2014

@Vesterheim Norwegian-American Museum


Dragonstil (dragon style), an iconic art form from the Viking ages, regained popularity in the late 1800s during Norway’s Nationalistic Movement. In this class, students will carve a door crown for their own home. The artwork pictured here is not the project for the class. All aspects of relief carving will be covered during the course and finishing options will be discussed.

There will be a materials fee.

Level of instruction:…



KinderClay - Fish Eyes (Pre-school - Gr K)

Sat, June 7 at 12:00 PM - register now,, 563.517.1022

@The Clay Studio - 207 Washington St, Decorah


Date: Saturday, June 7, 2014
Time: 12:00pm - 1:00 PM
Age: Pre-school - Gr K
Cost: $12

Class is started by listening to a children's book as a jumping off point for a fun clay project. Parental supervision is optional, $12 per child. Age 2-6. Feb 8: There is A Bird on Your Head! March 8: Pete's a Pizza April 12: The April Rabbits May 3: Row Row Row Your Boat June…

Contact: The Clay Studio,, 563.517.1022


Driftless Discovery Trail Run

Sat, June 7 at 1:00 PM

@Trails of Decorah, Iowa


Trail running like NO OTHER!

It's happening this year thanks to the Northeast Iowa Montessori School of Decorah and with a little help from the Decorah Human Powered Trails (DHPT)!

Find yourself running in the gorgeous terrain surrounding Decorah, Iowa.

Presenting the Driftless Discovery Trail Run, June 7th, 2014.

3 distances:
The Little Drifters 1 mile
Short Course 5 K
Long Course 10 K



Mud Club! - Flip Flop Fun (K - 8 grade)

Sat, June 7 at 6:00 PM - register now,, 563.517.1022

@The Clay Studio - 207 Washington St, Decorah


Date: Saturday, June 7, 2014
Time: 6pm - 8pm
Age: Gr K - Gr 8
Cost: $15

Mud Club is super fun for clay loving kids! Each 2 hour event includes a project based lesson, fun art games, and a popcorn/juice snack. Drop off and pick up when the fun in done! Ages 5-12. Upcoming Dates: 6-8pm on Saturdays. Sat, Feb 8 Snow Birds Sat, Mar 8 Imaginary Creatures Sat, April 12…

Contact: The Clay Studio,, 563.517.1022


Beginning and Intermediate Acanthus Carving with Hans Sandom

Mon, June 9 to Fri, June 13, 2014

@Vesterheim Norwegian-American Museum


Learn to carve elegant, ornate leaf designs in wood. Acanthus carving, a baroque style of relief carving, dates back many centuries and is used to add beauty to both structural and decorative woodwork. In this class you will learn the basic techniques of working with wood grain, the elements of design, and the use and care of wood carving tools. There will be a materials fee.

Level of instruction: Beginner to intermediate.



Intermediate and Advanced Acanthus Carving and Painting with Hans Sandom

Mon, June 16 to Fri, June 20, 2014

@Vesterheim Norwegian-American Museum


Instructor Hans Sandom will present you with complex projects and advanced elements of design. He also will cover design and carving techniques. This is a good class for those interested in larger-scale acanthus projects. Enhance your acanthus carving to its best with painting tips from Hans. It is recommended to bring a practice board (previously carved and sealed) to practice on. Students just completing Beginning and Intermediate Acanthus Carving (June 9-13) are welcome. There…



Lutheran Summer Music Academy & Festival

Sun, June 22 to Sun, July 20, 2014

@Luther College


Join Lutheran Summer Music on the campus of Luther College from June 22 to July 20 for 50+ free musical events featuring world-class faculty artists and talented high school student musicians. All recitals and concerts are free and open to the public. For the latest information and an updated list of performers, go to and click on Events Calendar. We hope to see you at our performances this summer!

Contact: Lutheran Summer Music


Switchback's Mayfly Dance DANCE

Fri, June 27 at 9:00 PM

@Uncle Sam's Saloon, McGregor, IA


The Annual Mayfly Dance DANCE will once again be held at Uncle Sam's Saloon at 111 First Street, McGregor, IA. Festivities start at 9 PM on June 27. $10 at the door. Dance the night away to the music of Switchback!

Contact: Email -
Switchback website -


Switchback's Mayfly Dance CRUISE

Sat, June 28 at 5:00 PM

@Leaving from Prairie du Chien, WI


The 9th annual Mayfly Dance Cruise will be an evening cruise with dinner on June 28, 2014. The cruise will again be conducted by Mississippi Explorer Cruises and will involve an excursion guided by an on-board naturalist through some of the backwater channels of the River while Switchback provides music on board. These rarely seen areas offer a wild and secluded look at one of America's natural treasures, and we will experience this beauty…

Contact: Switchback website -
Email -


It's Not Too Late! Things You Can Still Plant this Season

Mon, July 7 at 12:15 PM

@Luther College, Location TBD

So, maybe your ambitious plans to plant your first garden have gone by the wayside due to a busy May and June. Not to worry. Just because it’s July doesn’t mean it’s too late to get started. This class is for anyone looking to learn what can still be planted this season. Maybe you already planted your garden, but have a little extra space. Perfect! You can fill it with vegetables that will be…



Swedish Painting with Sallie Haugen DeReus

Thu, July 10 to Sun, July 13, 2014

@Vesterheim Norwegian-American Museum


Sallie will help you illustrate a story of your own in the Dalarna swedish painting style on a stretched canvas, or canvas board. Students may work in oils or acrylics. She will teach you to create your own design, which will include the border treatment surrounding the illustration.

Level of instruction: All levels welcome. Please have some
basic experience using a brush if you are a beginning
painter. Accelerated students will complete several



Shrink Boxes- The Art of Carving Waterproof Containers from Green Wood with Jim Sannerud

Tue, July 15 to Thu, July 17, 2014

@Vesterheim Norwegian-American Museum


The shrink box is a vessel made from a hollowed tree, essentially a short section of wooden pipe made from a green tree branch, with a small kerf in the bottom to fit a dry piece of wood. If all the steps are done correctly, the green branch will shrink around the dry base and create
a watertight vessel. The Vikings used these open vessels for drinking or would make tight-fitting lids creating containers…



The Art of Painting Nisser Trolls with Judy Nyberg

Tue, July 15 to Fri, July 18, 2014

@Vesterheim Norwegian-American Museum


Storytelling with a brush! Scandinavian countries are rich in folklore. Norway, with its nisser, trolls, and everyday country life, tells its folk history with brushes and paint. Join Judy as she shows you the art of painting stories. By the end of class you, too, will be telling your stories
through the nisser and trolls. All painting supplies provided.

Level of instruction: All levels. No need for painting experience, each brush stroke is…



Rosemaling in the Gudbrandsdal Style with Andrea Herkert

Tue, July 15 to Fri, July 18, 2014

@Vesterheim Norwegian-American Museum

The elements of the Gudbrandsdal style—the color palette and the historical origins—will all be presented and studied in this class. We will spend time in the museum
studying and sketching the carving—it is fundamental to the Gudbrandsdal style. From there we will work in the classroom on the elements to build the design andthe techniques inherent in painting it. Students will then go in their own unique directions, designing pieces they bring
with them…



Milk Paint- Preparing, Mixing Colors, and Painting Your Wooden Objects with Jim Sannerud

Fri, July 18

@Vesterheim Norwegian-American Museum


Milk paint, with its deep rich colors, is one of the most ancient forms of paint known. Milk protein (also known as casein) and crushed limestone mix to form a very strong binder. Clay
is added for body, earth pigments are added for color, and the paint is made in powder form to avoid adding chemical preservatives. In this class you will learn how to prepare milk paint, mix your own colors, and apply…



Weaving a Double Weave in the Scandinavian Style with Laura Demuth

Sat, July 19 to Wed, July 23, 2014

@Vesterheim Norwegian-American Museum


Finnweave, or meråkervev, is a double-weave technique in which two layers of fabric are interchanged to form surface patterns. Requiring only a four-harness loom, complex
patterns can be achieved using a combination of loom-controlled threading and pick-up techniques.

Level of instruction: Appropriate for any weaver who has experience working at a floor loom and is comfortable reading weaving drafts.

$320 members / $370 non-members

Vesterheim offers a 50% discount for class…



Creating Your Norwegian Knife with Gene Tokheim

Sat, July 19 to Wed, July 23, 2014

@Vesterheim Norwegian-American Museum


Norwegian knifemaking is a rich tradition that has been kept alive by many Norwegian smiths and knifemakers. In this course you will work with metal (silver or brass), birch burl, and the finest Italian leather to create a finished “Sunday dress-up knife and sheath.” Gene will provide all of the necessary tools. Class will be limited to 8 students. There will be a materials fee of $130 paid to the instructor.

Level of…



Hand Carving the Norwegian Bowl with Jon Strom

Sun, July 20 to Wed, July 23, 2014

@Vesterheim Norwegian-American Museum


Traditional Scandinavian bowl carving starts with the selection of a green, or undried, log. The log is then split in half and the selected piece flattened on two sides with
a carving axe. With the wood held in a vise, or traditional carving bench, the bowl is hollowed out with a bowlcarving adze. The swing of the adze creates a natural arc that lends to the elongated shape of the log and develops the…



Rosemaling in the Os and Vest-Agder Styles with Trudy Peach

Sun, July 20 to Wed, July 23, 2014

@Vesterheim Norwegian-American Museum


In this project class, we will use design influences from old pieces. Bring photos of old Os or Vest-Agder pieces to class for inspiration. You can paint on woodenware or backgrounded
tagboard. The class will be taught in oils, but acrylic painters are welcome and can work on
their own. The class will use only walnut oil and walnut alkyd medium. Thinners will not be allowed in class; however, you may bring clean odorless…



Rosemaling in the Hallingdal Style with Donna Benson

Sun, July 20 to Wed, July 23, 2014

@Vesterheim Norwegian-American Museum


This class will concentrate on traditional Hallingdal designs, flowers, and palette colors. Hallingdal is a symmetrical style, using bold flowers, leaves, and scrolls. The project for this class will be either a traditional kerchief box, 12 inches in length by 8 inches high and 6 inches wide, with a rounded lift-off lid, or a round tine (like the one pictured). Students will also be able to paint on large pieces of their choosing. Designing…



Composting 101

Mon, July 21 at 12:15 PM

@Luther College, Location TBD

Are you interested in composting, but not sure where to start? Food scraps have the potential to create amazing soil for your gardens or methane gas in the landfill (21 more potent of a greenhouse gas than CO2). Not only do food scraps in the trash bin lead to methane in a landfill, they also make our trash cans and kitchens more smelly! Whether your goal is simply to divert food scraps from the…



Techniques for Extending the Season

Mon, August 11 at 12:15 PM

@Luther College, Location TBD

Did you know that it’s possible to harvest crops from your garden after the frost? Some things like spinach, cilantro, kale, swiss chard, carrots and rutabaga actually get sweeter after the temperatures drop below freezing. Luther graduate Collin Thompson has been the assistant garden manager at River Root Farm for the past three seasons and in that time has gained significant knowledge on how to grow food in cold weather. He will provide participants…



Saving Seeds

Mon, September 15 at 12:15 PM

@Luther College, Location TBD

Seeds can be expensive. Have you ever thought about saving your own? It’s not as difficult or intimidating as it might sound. Join Seed Savers staff for an hour-long session on how to save your own seeds. Participants will learn which varieties are easiest to save and the best methods for properly processing and storing seed. Keep in mind that some varieties cross-pollinate in the field and in order to remain ‘true to type”…



Cleaning Up and Preparing for Spring

Mon, October 6 at 12:15 PM

@Luther College, Location TBD

Clean-up, clean-up, everybody, everywhere! Properly cleaning up your garden in the fall will make your life a million times easier in the spring. Join David Cavagnaro for an informative session about how to clean-up your fall garden and best prepare for spring. Fall may seem like an odd time to till, but it’s actually the best time to work up any new areas that you are hoping to plant in the spring. If you…



PFLAG: Ginger Meyette will be speaking

Tue, October 28 at 7:00 PM

Monday October 28 2013 7 PM
NEIA Peace and Justice
119 Winnebago St Decorah, IA
Ginger Meyette will be talking about
grief in the lives of older lesbians. This
will be an interactive discussion, and
Ginger will bring quotes from participants
in her dissertation study.



Members Appreciation Night at the Porter House

Sun, April 26 at 7:00 PM - To sign up for a membership, please visit!personal-membership/c1inj. Anyone who signs up for a membership by April 26th is invited to the event.

@401 W Broadway


All members are invited—sign up for a membership today and support a cornerstone of history, art, and preservation in our community!

The Porter House Museum is hosting its first annual Members Appreciation Night this April 26th at 7 p.m. The dedication of members is a primary reason the museum has been able to keep history alive these many decades. All of us at the Porter House (board, staffer, volunteers) are looking forward to…

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