Archive: Decorah Events from April 17, 2008...

Decorah Area Events coming up tonight, this weekend, and beyond...
 For info about this events listing service, go to the very bottom of this and every message. Also: there some interesting additions to the "Wanted" and give-away section that's found toward the bottom, too. Look for the bright red "Wanted" heading. 

Preus National Library Week book sale
Preus Library is holding its annual National Library Week book sale Monday-Friday, April 14-18. Hundreds of books for sale. Prices will decline daily. (As of today, Thurs, hardcover are $1 and paperback 25 cents.)
Asian Film Series, Juzo Itam’s “The Funeral”
Thursday, April 17 at 9 p.m. in Olin 102.
When Chizuko’s ornery father unexpectedly dies, the undertaking of the three-day funeral is too much to handle. Her family find themselves in hilarious situations struggling with the complex rituals of the Buddhist ceremony that are fading fast from modern Japanese life.
Luther Alums' bands The Benefits, and Danny Lee & James Lieder
at Americana Grille
Friday, April 18.  Music starts at 8.  19 and up. 
Cover is $3 for over 21, $4 for 19 & 20 year olds. 3 Bands 3 Bucks. 
The Benefits is '71 Luther alum Kyrl Henderson (vocals, harmonica, flute, hand percussion), plus Decorah favorites Mark Stumme (guitar and vocals), Lloyd Bols (bass and vocals) and Erik Berg (drums and vocals).  These boys rock the blues with the kind of music that will get you movin'!   Expect to be dancin'!
Danny Lee and James Lieder play a strong mixture of originals and covers that get everybody into it.  Their infectious style of music is well received everywhere they play, and they play everywhere!  If you haven't heard Danny and James, it's about time!
Join the Community Garlic Mustard Weeding Brigade 
When: Sat. April 19,  9 – noon
Where: Palisades Park: go to the end of the gravel road below the park
contact:  Mary Lewis, phone: 382-****
It’s spring!   And lovely things are poking their heads out of the ground.  But one plant has been green under the snow all winter, the invasive alien garlic mustard.  Early spring is the best and easiest time to control it, and with enough people aware of it and willing to do a little digging, we can keep it from taking over our woodlands.  We’ve had great success overcoming it in the Decorah Parks, but we need to keep at it.Join us for a weeding party on either of the dates below, to find out how to recognize garlic mustard and the best techniques to destroy it.  Bring, if you can: hoes, hand diggers (like small spades, sometimes called trowels), pitchforks

Who were the Early Feminists? presented by Regan Penaluna
Sat, April 19, 9:30 am
Vennehjem Center, up by the water tower
To register, contact Val at 382-#### or email [email protected]
The League of Women Voters invites all to its annual meeting this Saturday. Regan Penaluna, Luther College assistant professor of philosophy, will present a discussion and comparison of early feminists Mary Astell, Damaris Masham, and Mary Wollstonecraft. Lunch ans a silent auction will conclude the morning's events.

Co-op Class: Save Money, Reduce Climate Change, Reduce Household CO2 With Erik Erickson
In this four-part class, you will learn many practical ideas for reducing or eliminating household greenhouse gas emissions, saving some money, benefiting society, and helping  influence our community businesses and governments to become proactive while improving the community quality of life.  If you are wishing to get a head start in an area that is becoming more and more critical in the world today, come to this class! You can choose the Saturday or Tuesday track.
Saturday Class: April 19, May 3, May 17, and 1 year after first meeting (to determine with group.) 9 to 10 am. Tuesday Class: April 22, May 6, May 20, and 1 year after first meeting (to determine with group.)  7 to 8 pm. Location: Co-op classroom 
Class size: Min. 3 households, max. 16 people Cost: Members $6.50 for all 4 sessions. Others $8.50
please register in advance bycalling the co-op 382-4666

Luther College Jazz Band
Directed by Tom Bourcier
Performing Wednesday, April 23, 7:00PM
Center for Faith and Life, Luther College
free admission
Featured compositions include Milestones by Miles Davis, Bellavia by Chuck Mangione and a show-stopping arrangement by Sammy Nestico of George Gershwin's Porgy and Bess Suite.
Featured soloists include senior Casey Grove on trumpet, Sara Jones on alto saxophone, Alex Wyatt and John Carroll on trombone and Pete Russella on guitar.

La Pietà
Angèle Dubeau, renowned violinist, and La Pietà, an all-female string ensemble, will perform in concert Saturday, April 19 at 7:30 p.m. in the CFL.
Tickets are $21 for adults, $19 for students and senior citizens, and are available at the Box Office or online at – click on Center Stage Series.

Free Admission
Senior Honors student Karen Jensen, majoring in Theatre/Dance, presents her senior project Sacred Space: A practice of going in and being with, in different locations on the Luther College campus and in the Decorah community during the month of April.  Karen's research focuses on self and environment and how we sense our authentic connections within relationship to the spaces we inhabit—attuning to our formation and reformation in the mundane of everyday life.
In Rain or Shine (or snow!)
Monday, April 21, 4:00 pm--Location: The Butterfly Gardens (near to the Bur Oak)
Wednesday, April 23, 7:00 pm--Location: Parking Lot next to Casey's gas station
contact [email protected] for more information

Planting Dates for Library’s Creekside Improvement Project Scheduled

Thurs. April 24 & Monday April 28 from 3:30-5:30. 
Decorah area folks are invited to participate in any of 5 work days scheduled for site preparation, planting and mulching on the section of Dry Run Creek directly behind the Decorah Public Library parking lot.  The project was designed by youth in the library’s after school program and funded by the Iowa’s Promise Youth Grant program and Upper Iowa Audubon.  Shrubs and perennials to attract birds and butterflies will be planted Thurs. April 24 & Monday April 28 from 3:30-5:30.  In case of unhelpful weather and to plant perennials, join us May 1 or 2, 3:30-5:50 or May 21-3 pm.  Please wear gloves and bring a shovel, trowel and/or 5 gallon bucket.  Contact Heidi Swets ahead of time to say you&rsq uo;re coming if possible: 382-####, 382-####, or [email protected]

The Heart of Now - 3 SPOTS LEFT! One could be for you!
Evening April 25th - Evening April 27th
at a beautiful loft classroom in downtown Decorah
Contact: Hannah McCargar [email protected] or 382.####
Here's an incredible opportunity - in true Decorah form!  This powerful experiential personal growth workshop, labeled the best in the country by many experienced attendees, would cost around $1200 on the open market.  But here in Decorah, Friday evening April 25th through Sunday evening April 27th, the course is offered on a sliding scale contribution for only $200-700!
"I saw clearly that I make a choice in every moment to be empowered, The Heart of Now also gave me valuable tools to use when I'm feeling disharmony in my relationships with others.  The course gave me the courage to be present in many aspects of my life - friends, family, and work - where I had been struggling."  - Sue N.
"The Heart of Now is the most powerful and well-orchestrated transformational experience of my life." - Elizabeth F.
 The Winneshiek County Democratic Party Central Committee will hold its regular monthly meeting on Thursday, April 24, 2008.  Co-chairs Pat Brockett and Barbara Ettleson will convene the session at 7:00 PM in the meeting room of the Oaks Steakhouse, Highway 9, Decorah.  The meeting is open to the public.  Any attendees wishing to gather for a meal will do so at 5:30 PM in the restaurant.

Miss Tess and the Bon Ton Duet
Saturday, April 26, 8 pm
St. Mane Theatre, Lanesboro
$12-$10 members
Reservations:  [email protected]
Miss Tess is a young, Boston-based songstress, whose “Modern Vintage” sound mingles freely between eras and genres. Tess strums and picks her way through an array of rhythms, from ragtime, to jump blues, to 30s swing, her vocals soaring, powerful, and smooth as satin. Equally at home in the elegant, and the low-down, she writes songs from her own life, infused with the flavors of early jazz that conjure a cast of dreamers and lovers, down on their luck and charming their ways in and out of trouble. Familiar faces are known to mix in this crowd, courtesy of folks like Bessie Smith and Tom Waits.

Cystic Fibrosis and "Team Frankie" Benefit

Tuesday, April 29, 2008 5-9pm
at TBock's Sports Bar & Grill, Decorah
Cystic fibrosis is an inherited chronic disease that affects the lungs and digestive system of about 30,000 children and adults in the United States (70,000 worldwide).
Decorah local Neri Greenlee has organized a benefit to raise funds locally for research of this disease in hopes to help both her daughter, Francesca, who has cystic fibrosis, and all others who suffer from this disease.
 The benefit for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation is Tuesday, April 29 from 5 to 9 p.m. at T-Bock’s Sports Bar and Grill, 206 West Water Street in Downtown Decorah. Local all-female band Done Doin’ Laundry will perform at 6 p.m. and raffle tickets are currently on sale for items such as a mini vacation get-away, local jewelry, gift certificates and more.

Theatre/Dance Senior Works: a weekend of perspectives
April 26th and 27th at 4:00pm
Storre Theatre at Luther College
Free Admission
Contact [email protected] for more information

Auditions Set for New Minowa Summer Musical , PIPPIN

Thursday, April 24 at 7:30 p.m. in the New Minowa Players Theatre at 906 South Mill St.
“We’ve got magic to do, just for you….” Pippin is the story of Charlemagne’s son trying to find his true calling in the world.  It features main characters and  a Band of Players: singers and dancers of all ages who tell the story.
Music and lyrics for Pippin are written by Stephen Schwartz, whose other well-known musicals include Working, Godspell and Wicked.  Pippin was originally directed on Broadway by Bob Fosse, and is known for Fosse’s style of choreography.
All interested actors are encouraged to audition.  There are also many opportunities to work behind the scenes.  Performances are scheduled for June 27-29 at Decorah High School Auditorium.  For more information, or to schedule an alternative audition time, call director Sheryl Scheffert at 563-382-#### (home) or 563-379-#### (cell).

Highlandville dance with Foot-Notes
Saturday, May 10. For more info, visit
National Library Week Festivities - April 13-19, at our own Decorah Public Library
contact: Kristin Torresdal 382-####
The library will be
tracking the number of books read by people of all ages between April 13 and April 19 so stop by, email, or call the library to add your books to the tally sheet (no names or book titles required). For additional details about National Library Week programs, contact Kristin at 382-####+. Regularly scheduled programming for children and young adults will be available, too.

Anyone with overdue materials will be able to take advantage of fine amnesty all week long. Bring overdue items to the front desk of the library and let a staff member know that they are overdue and that any fines for them should be taken off of your account. Fines will be removed regardless of how overdue the materials are.

Luther College Theatre/Dance Department presents:
PAPER WEIGHT, Directed by Amanda Hamp
Thursday, May 1, 7:30pm
Friday, May 2, 7:30pm with post-performance dialogue
Saturday, May 3, 1:30pm and 7:30pm
Jewel Theatre, Center for the Arts, Luther College
Tickets free with Luther ID or $7 without
Tickets available at the door or from the Luther College Box office at (563) 387-1357

Paper Weight excursions into both the political and personal.  In a place that might feel distant from the Mexico-U.S. border, the piece offers an opportunity for an Iowa audience to consider issues related to the immigration process and personal territory.  A collaboration among artists from the fields of dance, papermaking, music, and set, lighting and costume design, this evening-length performance enacts scenes and experiences of building, maintaining and permeating boundaries.

The Last Night of Ballyhoo’
The Luther College Theatre/Dance Department will present six performances of “The Last Night of Ballyhoo,” a play by Alfred Uhry, author of “Driving Miss Daisy.”
Opening night is Friday, April 11 at 7:30 p.m. The show continues with evening performances Saturday, April 12, Thursday, April 17 and Friday, April 18 at 7:30 p.m.; and matinee performances Sunday, April 13 and Saturday, April 19 at 1:30 p.m. All performances will be in Jewel Theatre in the Center for the Arts on the Luther campus.
Luther hosts sustainability conference
On April 18-19, Luther will host the second biennial meeting of the Upper Midwest Association for Campus Sustainability. Sustainability experts and professionals from the Midwest and beyond will discuss renewable energies, green building and landscaping, local foods, sustainability in the curriculum and more in over 30 sessions. Conference is free for all Luther faculty and staff but registration is necessary. For more information, to see the program and to register, visit Luther's website.
Family Dance at the Fairgournds
Saturday, April 19, 4:30-6:00 pm
at the Community Building (East Main St. at the Winneshiek County Fairground).
$10/family (Kids under 12 must be accompanied by an adult.)
Please join Western Home String Band and caller Robin Nelson for a special Family Folk Dance in Decorah.
Questions? Contact Erik Sessions 563-387-#### or Beth Lynch ([email protected])
Town Square, in conjunction with Coming Out of the Woodwork: A Vesterheim Symposium on Norwegian Folk Art
April 19, 2:00-5:00 p.m.
Vesterheim’s Westby-Torgerson Education Center
Contact: Vesterheim Museum, 563-382-9681,
The public is invited to join woodworkers and metalworkers from Norway and the United States to watch demonstrations, ask questions, and enjoy their artwork.

Vesterheim offers series for potential volunteers  - everyone welcome
An opportunity to learn about the museum, its collections, and its mission. All programs are free and open to the public.
“Open Air Division Tour.” Meet in the lobby of the museum’s main building. Refreshments will be served.
April 22,  9:15 a.m.-noon
“Vesterheim’s Deep Collections: The Storage Facilities Tour.” Meet in the Hauge Gallery, 1st Floor of the Westby-Torgerson Education Center. Refreshments will be served.
June 5, 7:00 p.m.          
"Woodworking Traditions in the Old World and the New." Gathering Room of the Amdal-Odland Heritage Center. Refreshments will be served.
June 21, 9:00 a.m.-noon
“Original Sites Tour: a driving tour of rural Decorah.” RSVP to Martha Griesheimer at 382-9681, x 230, by June 20.            

Earth to Luther - Earth Day Fair
Sunday, April 20th, 1:00-4:00 p.m.
Luther College Library Lawn (Rain location, Union Lobby)
Luther celebrates Earth Day, and an end to the UMACS sustainability conference, in style! Come for live music (1:00-2:30), a talk by President Torgerson (2:30-3:00), and a viewing of the NWF documentary webcast "Chill Out: Campus Solutions to Global Warming" (3:00-4:00). There will be tables throughout educating about the sustainability projects underway at Luther. Potluck to follow! For more information, contact Caleb Mattison, [email protected].
Co-op Class: The Joy of Eating Seasonally: Spring
with Rachel Sandhorst
Date: Monday, May 5   Location: Co-op meeting room
Cost: $7 members, $9 others  Class size: minimum 5, maximum 12
please register in advance by calling the co-op 382-4666
The coming of Spring is delightful to the eyes and the taste buds! Join Rachel in a celebration of all things green including tasty Spring foods. In this class, we will explore seasonal cooking and the joys of eating fresh foods. You will experience tasty recipes using spinach, asparagus, peas, radishes, rhubarb and other emerging vegetables. Learn why these foods are so good for you and how to incorporate more of them into your diet. Spring is coming – don’t leave your taste buds behind!
Help Start new Time Barter System for our Region
 Would you like to a way to spend your time and not your money?  Ever heard of a "service" or "time barter" system?  Can't wait to find out more!?!? In this type of barter system, your time, knowledge, and abilities are your currency.  By using your time and skills to help someone out, you earn time credits you can then use to "pay" for the services you need.  For example, If I spend 2 hours helping Mrs. Jones weed her garden, I can then use my 2 hours earned to "pay" Mr. Brown to change the oil in our cars, and then Mr. Brown can use his 2 hours earned to "pay" Ms. White to fix his leaky sink, and on, and on, and on.  Everyone has something to offer, and the list of possible services is endless if enough people want to be involved!
I am hoping to set up a Service Barter Network for the Decorah area and am looking for a few folks who would be willing to help organize, implement, and run it.  Please call or email me if this is something you would like to help out with, or if you have any questions about how it all works. Brita Carbonell, 419-#### or [email protected]

WANTED: Planters and Co-Creators for a Labyrinth Garden
Contact: Heidi Swets, Decorah Public Library 382-####+ or [email protected]
Imagine you are taking a stroll with your dog, jogging with a friend or biking with your children on the trail that follows the river through town. As you approach the stretch that runs north of the high school you see a swath of color and textures that is clearly not the grass that borders the rest of the trail. As you come closer, the blur becomes clearer, and you see that it’s a garden, mostly flowers and low growing vegetable plants. But it’s not merely a comely patch of rows….no, but a shape—curves and windings, round, around and round again. Oh, and look at the butterflies everywhere! A sign marks an entrance. You are intrigued…you enter and begin walking, following you know not to where, but somewhere, and all along your way is beauty.
As part of Decorah’s soon-to-be-established community garden plots, a plan is evolving to create a garden in the shape of a labyrinth. This is a community project, for the enhancement and enjoyment of our community and its visitors. Organizer Heidi Swets is seeking helpers who would like to be part of the planning/organizing team and others who will come help with the planting when the time comes. Planting will likely happen around mid May.
“Night Sun: The Journey to Two Fires:” Presentation and Book Signing with Postville author Spencer Lone Tree
Mon. April 21, 7 pm
Decorah Public Library (2nd floor Mezzanine Gallery)
Contact: Kristin Torresdal 382-####+
Author and illustrator Spencer Lone Tree will return to DPL for a presentation and book signing for his latest book, “Night Sun: Journey to Two Fires,” published in 2007.  This is the 2nd book in his “Night Sun” historical fiction series. “Journey to Two Fires” relates the story of a young Winnebago (Ho Chunk) Indian boy living through his tribe's enforced removal from Fort Atkinson, IA to the Long Prairie Reserve in Minnesota Territory during the summer of 1848.
Author and illustrator Spencer Lone Tree is a full blood (4/4) enrolled tribal member of the Ho Chunk Nation of Wisconsin, formerly known as the Winnebago Nation.  He is a direct descendent of Chief John Winneshiek and Chief Waukon Decorah. Lone Tree emphasizes numerous Ho Chunk beliefs throughout his narrative, including the importance of humility, love and compassion, courage, generosity, and of having respect for the earth and all living things upon it.

Friends of Decorah Public Library Annual Meeting (open to the public- not just Friends members)
Featured speaker: Elkader author Donald Harstad
Mon. April 28 at 7 pm
Decorah Public Library (2nd floor)
Contact- Kristin Torresdal 382-####+
Acclaimed mystery writer Donald Harstad of Elkader will speak about his writing career, which was inspired by the 26 years he spent working for the Clayton County Sheriff’s Department. During that time he was a patrol officer, Department Intelligence Officer, and eventually Chief Investigator. Harstad draws upon personal experience for many of the characters and situations described in his mystery novels.

Harstad has published five books in the past 10 years including “Eleven Days,” “Known Dead,” “Big Thaw,” “Code 61,” and “A Long December.” “Eleven Days” was nominated for an Anthony Award for Best First Novel in 1998 and sold to Warner Brothers Theatrical Film Division in 2002. Copies of the books are available for check-out at Decorah Public Library.
Luther to host Ultimate Championships
April 26-27.
Luther has received the bid to host the men and women’s Ultimate Players Association (UPA) Central Region Ultimate Frisbee Championships April 26-27. The UPA Central Region Championship games will be played on the athletic fields on campus.

An Earth Day Benefit Concert

Second Annual Earth Day Concert: 3 PM, Sunday, April 27, First United
Methodist Church, 302 W. Broadway, Decorah. Donations at door.
Concert information: 563-382-####.
Like last year’s concert, organized by Burning Bright co-directors Kathy Reed-Maxfield and Otter Dreaming, this year’s performance will  include adults and youth singing music from around the world in
celebration of the earth and community. Past beneficiaries are the Decorah Area Food Pantry at First Lutheran
Church, the Decorah Community Education and Arts Center, and Open Arms of Minnesota. This year’s beneficiaries are the Decorah Farmer's Market and Discovery Camp.

EAgle Bluff/Root River Earth DAy Events
SAturday, April 26
For more information contact Megan at Eagle Bluff 507.467.2437
[email protected]

Eagle Bluff and many other local organizations have teamed up to offer a FREE day of fun and service in honor of Earth Day. Help clean up the Root River Valley, participate in some fun activities at the Community Center, or just come to learn more about your local earth-friendly organizations.  Geocache for Trash, Root River Canoe Clean-up, Tree Planting, See Live Birds of Prey and Reptile Presentations, Kids Activities and Games,
Farmers Market Sampler , Plant & Seed Exchange, Used Book Exchange, Recycled Art, Visit Informational Booths, and more.

Michael Monroe Earth Day Dinner and Concert
SAturday, April 26, 5:30 PM,
Eagle Bluff Environmental Learning Center
$25, all proceeds to benefit Eagle Bluff
Menu: To be announced.
Contact: Eagle Bluff at: 1-507-467-2437 or
Michael Monroe is now in his fourth decade of performing nationally in concert, festival, corporate and educational settings. His unique creation of music leaves his audiences mesmerized as he blends his rich vocals, guitar, bamboo and glass flutes, combining musical styles of acoustic folk and jazzy reggae.  Michael's original music and compelling energy bring a powerful style that is as much fun as it is innovative. Michael Monroe lives and records on the North Shore of Lake Superior in his solar powered log cabin. His instrumental music is seen across the nation on PBS and Canada in the award winning documentary, "Chased By The Light", about Jim Brandenburg, National Geographic photographer and author.
Film: "Revolution Green: A True Story of Biodiesel in America"
Spring 2008 Sustainability Film Series
Tuesday, April 22, .at 8:00pm with discussion to follow. 
in Olin 102 at Luther College.

Lecture:  “Lay People in Zen Buddhism as seen through the Platform Sutra,” by Morten Schluetter
April 30 , 7 p.m., Olin Building, Room 102 at Luther College
John Two-Hawks performs at Steyer Opera House
Fri, May 2
Steyer Opera House 
World Renowned American Indian Cedar Flute Musician, John Two-Hawks will perform Live in Concert on May 2nd at 7:30 pm in the Opera House at  the Hotel Winneshiek.  John is a Platinum Award winning, Emmy Nominated musician who recently composed the flute, drum and vocal music for the Emmy Award winning HBO movie, "Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee"   John's music and message speaks of balance and healing.  John is currently on tour promoting his newest CD "Elk Dreamer ~  The Healing Medicine of Love". Tickets are available online at or at  Oneota Community Coop  563 382-4666
Contratopia plays for Contradance at Highlandville
Sat, May 3
Stay tuned for details!
Wanted: Community garden enthusiasts
Decorah's community garden will be making a comeback this summer. For many years there was a community garden north of the Decorah campground, on city property along the Upper Iowa River. Now Decorah Parks & Recreation Director Rick Edwards says his department wants to bring back the community garden.
Edwards is eying property behind Decorah High School, between the dike and the Upper Iowa River. The community garden comes at the same time a Food and Fitness Coalition is trying to promote the use of locally grown produce. Edwards says the community garden will be self-policing, run by a committee of people using the garden. If you're interested in taking part in the project, you should call Edwards at the Park-Rec Office at 382-4158.
Seed Savers  Bird and Wildflower Walk
MAY 3. pancake breakfast with fresh local maple syrup
see for more info.
Co-op Class: Menopause
With Emily Young Johnson, Certified Nurse Midwife, Winneshiek Medical Center
What should women expect when they reach menopause? What health maintenance issues should they be aware of? What are the options for treatments of symptoms one may experience during menopause? If you have questions like these or have friends or family members with concerns about menopause, please join us for this informational discussion about menopause.  Emily is a certified nurse-midwife, who is trained to care for women across ther lifespan, from menarche to menopause.  
Date: Monday, May 12, 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.  Location: Co-op classroom
Cost: Members $3, others $5. Please register in advance
by calling the co-op 382-4666 
“A U.S. Constitution for the 21st Century” Discussion Series
Thurs. May 8, 15, and 22 from 6-8 pm
Decorah Public Library
Contact- Kristin Torresdal,
220 years ago 55 men composed the U.S. Constitution, which was approved by 60,000 male voters out of a total population of four million people who were isolated and protected from the rest of the world by wilderness and a vast expanse of ocean. Is that document capable of serving the needs of a society of 300 million in the 21st century? If not, how might it be changed? Program participants will have the opportunity to discuss how the Constitution could be amended to better serve present-day America.

Discussion participants should read Forrest McDonald’s book “Novus Ordo Seclorum: The Intellectual Origins of the Constitution,” which will be available for check-out at Decorah Public Library beginning in mid-April (contact Kristin at 382-#### to reserve a copy). The book provides valuable background information about the ideas, concepts, intellectual history and framework that impacted the creation of the Constitution and it will provide a starting point for discussion. Numerous other resources about the history of the Constitution are available as well and library staff can assist anyone interested in locating them. 

Film: The Business of Being Born
May 19, 6:00pm
Decorah Public Library.  Discussion to follow fim.
Birth is a miracle, a rite of passage, a natural part of life.  Birth is also big business.
Compelled to explore this subject after the birth of her first child, actress Ricki Lake approached filmmaker Abby  Epstein  to collaborate on a film that would examine birth culture in America, and ask questions about the way American women have babies. In 2001, actress Ricki Lake gave birth to her second child on her own terms and the experience was so unexpectedly empowering and life-changing that she felt every woman should know what they could be missing out on.The film interlaces intimate birth stories with surprising historical, political and scientific insights and shocking statistics about the current maternity care system. When director Epstein discovers she is pregnant during the making of the film, the journey becomes even more personal.
Should most births be viewed as a natural life process, or should every delivery be treated as a potentially medical emergency?
Co-op Class: Cooking with Kids -  Breakfast!
With Rachel Sandhorst, Co-op educator
Date: Saturday, June 7, 9-11 am  Location: Co-op meeting room
please register in advance by calling the co-op 382-4666
Cost for each adult/child pair: $10/members, $12/others. Limit: 6 adult/children pairs

Kids, grab a parent or adult friend and come over to the Coop to cook up a great breakfast feast.  Together, you and your adult with learn how to work together in the kitchen, measuring, mixing, chopping and cooking.  We will make pancakes, “eggs-traspecial” eggs and more!  Recipes and samples will be included.

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This service is intended as a way that we can share information about local arts, culture, environment, and political events or issues.  My intention at this point is to send a compilation of events every week or two.  
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