Archive: Decorah Events from January 12, 2009...

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Fri, January 02 at 06:30AM

Oneota Co-op Deli
All around town on the First Friday of each month you can take in live music, food samples, and special deals. At the co-op this Friday, enjoy wine samples from Aaron Bodling between 5:30 and 6:30 and come to the deli dining area between 6:30 and 7:30 to hear some fantastic music.

Contact: Oneota Co-op, 382-4666

ArtHuas First Friday: Haus Party and Spontaneous Art Installation

Fri, January 02 at 12:00PM

It's an ArtHaus Haus Party and spontaneous installation of YOUR ART! We'll have live music (the New Orleans Blues of steel guitar player Iowa Bill) and hooks on the walls -- you bring that leftover bottle from New Year's Eve and a piece of your own artwork to display. Come hang out with your friends or make new ones, and watch as the exhibit creates itself with each new artwork!

Contact: ArtHaus, 382-5440

Film: The Power of Community - How Cuba Survived Peak Oil

Thu, January 08 at 07:30PM

Good Shepherd Lutheran Church
Come enjoy a meal in community at the Co-op Potluck. This is a very informal event; you need only bring some food to share, table service, a beverage if you desire it.

7:30 Film: The Power of Community: How Cuba Survived Peak Oil (53 minutes)
When Cuba lost access to Soviet oil in the early 1990s, the country faced an immediate crisis—feeding the population—and an ongoing challenge—how to create a new low-energy society. Cuba transitioned from large, fossil-fuel intensive farming to small, less energy-intensive organic farms and urban gardens, and from a highly industrial society to a more sustainable one. This film tells the story of the Cuban people’s hardship, ingenuity and triumph over sudden adversity through cooperation, conservation and community, told in their own words. As the world approaches Peak Oil, Cuba provides a valuable example of how to successfully address the challenge of reducing our energy use.

(Note that this is the second Tuesday rather than the normal first Tuesday due to the holiday)

Excerpts from ‘Paradise Lost’

Fri, January 09 at 07:30PM

Luther College Center for Faith and Life studio 2
Come to an exciting evening of theater! Actor John Basinger performs part of Milton’s “Paradise Lost,” the great Christian epic, which narrates God’s creation and the human fall. Basinger performs the dramatic scene when Satan, disguised as a serpent, successfully tempts Eve and Adam follows, and creation suffers. The characters come alive in this marvelous richness of word and idea. Free performance.

Contact: Carol Gilbertson <[email protected]>

Local Youth Unite to help those in need in January

Sat, January 10 at 12:32PM to Sun, January 11, 2009

Team Rehab
Local Youth are invited to unite in a World Vision 30-hour Famine event, which is a worldwide hunger awareness program to help feed the world's poorest children. Youth grades 8-12 will go without food for 30 hours to get a true taste of hunger, and more importantly, lean about those in need and hpw they can help. The youth will also be participating in a continues effort to "Work for Food", o stated differently, to help with needs around the community for a modest fee, with a minimum of 10% or their proceeds going to local needs and World Vision. The lock0in style event will take place at Team ReHab, located in Montgomery St. in Decorah. All youth, regardless of church affiliation, are encouraged to attend.

Contact: Cheri Lane, 563-380-#### or <[email protected]>

Class: Spreading the Wealth: Microlending through

Mon, January 12 at 07:00AM

Oneota Co-op classroom
Learn how to promote economic justice through microlending-- small loans to those in poverty around the world. Come learn about the principles and development of the global microfinance movement along with each step of the lending process using Broader principles of socially responsible investing and other opportunities for both domestic and international community investment will be discussed. This class is part of the “$10K for Kiva” project to promote microlending among the Luther College and Decorah communities. Brett is a sociology professor and the co-author of The Better World Handbook, a book of daily actions for a more just and sustainable world.
Cost: Free, with an opportunity to make a donation to Kiva

Class: A Shaman’s View on Death and Dying

Wed, January 14 at 07:00AM

Location to be announced
With Bill Humphrey of the Viroqua Healing Arts Center, Viroqua WI
Death is an essential part of our physical existence, yet our modern culture has lost touch with the art of crossing over with dignity and grace. In this presentation Bill Humphrey will discuss death and dying from various shamanic traditions in order to help us understand how death can become a beautiful expression of our existence on this earth and how we can support others during their time of crossing over.
Bill Humphrey is a third generation healer and shamanic practitioner from Viroqua, WI. Bill has studied with Jaes Seis of Pachamana (USA) and Jose Louis Herrara (Peru). He is an initiated mesa carrier in the Q’uero tradition of the Peruvian shamans. Bill’s mission is to help others remember their own relationship with the divine and to facilitate spiritual healing, wholeness and compassion for self, others, and the planet.
Cost: $10 members, $12 others Class size: Minimum 8, maximum 20

Contact: Liz at Oneota Co-op, 382-4666 or [email protected]

Film: "Nanook of the North"

Wed, January 14 at 07:00PM

Decorah Library
No charge.
Shown at most film schools, this first documentary film of 1917 by Robert J. Flaherty, had people standing in line like a new Harry Potter movie in its day. If you are a Winter outdoors person, an igloo builder, a kayaker, a fisherman, a wildlife person, you will enjoy the scenes of the Innuit hunter called the "Bear" by his people. He took the film maker from our world into his family for a multi year stay in the arctic.
If you wish to see life in the arctic before Global Warming, here is the vehicle to take you there. The kayaking scenes of fishing for arctic char are unforgettable, as are the scene of the construction of an igloo by the only method that really works.

Omnivore's Dilemma discussed at book group

Thu, January 15 at 12:00PM

First Lutheran Church, upstairs conference room
The First Lutheran Church Book Group will begin its 2009 meetings on January 15. The group meets from 7:00 – 8:30 on Thursday evenings in the upstairs conference room at First Lutheran. The book we will discuss is Michael Pollan’s The Omnivore’s Dilemma. Pollan writes about how our food is grown -- what it is, in fact, that we are eating. He observes that when we can eat just about anything nature has to offer, deciding what we should eat will inevitably stir anxiety, especially when some of the potential foods on offer are liable to sicken or kill us. The book is really three in one: The first section discusses industrial farming; the second, organic food, both as big business and on a relatively small farm; and the third, what it is like to hunt and gather food for oneself.
All book lovers and food lovers are invited to attend and join the discussions. Pollan's book can be ordered from online booksellers for under $10.

Contact: George Trytten, <[email protected]>

Hip Hop Concert: Desdamona

Thu, January 15 at 08:01PM

Marty's Cyber Café at Luther College
Desdamona is the premiere female hip hop and spoken word artist in the Midwest. A FIVE time Minnesota Music Award winner for Best Spoken Word Artist (2000, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006). What about 2001 and 2002, you might ask? The award didn't exist those two years. It is clear that Desdamona's potent poetry and fierce hip hop delivery have been an invariable force.

McLemore to present Martin Luther King Day lecture

Mon, January 19 at 07:30AM

Luther College Center for Faith and Life
Part of the college's celebration of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, the lecture is open to the public with no charge for admission.

McLemore is an authority on the Civil Rights Movement, social movements in Africa, and the Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party (MFDP), which challenged the state's Democratic party for denying African Americans participation in the electoral process. He served as vice-chair of the MFDP's historical original delegation to the 1964 Democratic Convention in Atlantic City, N.J.

In addition to his work as professor, researcher, and lecturer at Jackson State University, McLemore serves as president of the City Council of Jackson. As a teacher, community leader and political activist he has made substantial contributions to human services, community development, sociological research and African-American education and culture.

Inaugural Ball & Community Planning Workshop

Tue, January 20

Hotel Winneshiek,
Inauguration Celebration: Get the ball rolling with your vision for a better future (and have fun doing it).

4:30 – Town Hall Meeting– Join us for a fun community conversation to build on the new president's vision and create sustainable communities in northeast Iowa and southeast Minnesota. Held in the ballroom, 2nd floor, of the Hotel Winneshiek in Decorah. Doors open at 4:30 Workshop from 5 - 6:30. No cost. Please RSVP to be part of this event to [email protected].

7:00 – Inaugural Ball at the Hotel Winneshiek Opera House. Local musicians The Benefits with openers Done Doing Laundry. Entry fee is a suggested $10 per person plus donation to the food pantry. Tickets pre-sold at the Hotel Winneshiek and Oneota Food Cooperative. For more info contact [email protected]. Or for more information www.sustainablefuturenetwork.
The Sustainable Future Network (SFN) is a newly formed organization of individuals from northeast Iowa, southeast Minnesota and surrounding areas. SFN's goal is to bring organizations and people together to promote economic, environmental, and social sustainability in the region.

The Community Planning Workshop is intended for anyone who works or cares about economic, environmental, or social sustainability in the region. The workshop will be a fun and constructive way for people to voice their ideas for the future of their communities. Led by (INSERT SPECIFIC TRAINING HERE) and SFN founder Carolyn Corbin, attendees will establish various objectives for a sustainable future in our region. The group will then break off into committees and make goals to achieve those objectives. The planning workshop is free and all are welcome. Workshop attendees should rsvp to [email protected] before January 15.

At the Community Planning Workshop you shared your ideas – The Inaugural Ball will be a time to share your excitement. Informational booths will line the perimeter of the Steyer Opera House so the public can learn more about and talk with groups and organizations such as Luther College and (insert names) already working toward sustainability. The culmination of the evening will be live music and dancing to celebrate the inauguration of the 44th president of the United States, Barack Obama. Doors open at 6:30 pm – a donation of $10 or more is suggested.

The Inauguration Celebration will be a fun way to highlight and move forward many of the great things happening in this region. Come be inspired by the variety of community oriented organizations and people working to improve our communities.

Contact: More information about the Sustainable Future Network and The Inauguration Celebration can be found at <> <>

Frozen River Film Fest

Wed, January 21 to Sun, January 25, 2009

Winona, MN
The Frozen River Film Festival identifies and offers programs that engage, educate and activate viewers to become involved in the world. These programs provide a unique perspective on environmental issues, sustainable communities, extreme sports, adventure travel and diverse cultures, presenting issues not often covered in the local media. We connect our viewers with people at the heart of breaking events, organizations in the forefront of social change and the cultures of an increasingly global community.

The Frozen River Film Festival is committed to:

* Educating our viewers by offering films and discussion on issues of local, regional and world importance. We expose our audience to people they would never meet, to cultures they might never understand and to issues they have yet to consider.
* Providing a global perspective on environmental issues and culture offering alternate viewpoints. Through the presentation of film makers from around the world, we offer diverse perspectives on world issues and nature.
* Giving opportunities for debate, discussion and discourse on a variety of topics important to our community.
* Encouraging action on the part of each festival participant. Our festival will give audiences access to tools and connections to take action on social issues.
* Promoting cross-cultural dialogue through innovative film making.
* Fostering collaboration through coalition building with partner organizations and grassroots organizations around specific issue programs.

Contact:, For General Questions & Comments [email protected], Crystal Hegge Program Director 480-522-####

Majora Carter, environmental justice activist, speaks

Tue, February 10

Majora Carter, environmental justice activist, will be the spring distinguished lecturer on Tuesday, February 10, 2009. President of Sustainable South Bronx & the Majora Carter Group, and a MacArthur “Genius” Fellow, Carter addresses public health, poverty alleviation and climate change through economically sustainable projects ( Her talk is titled “Greening Our Cities: Health & Environmental Justice in the South Bronx,” and connects with the Paideia Text and Issues Series, Jones Professorship, and Campus Programming.

Contact: Luther College, 397-2000

Midwest Black History Conference

Fri, February 27

Luther College
Luther College will host the sixth annual Midwest Black History Conference on Friday, Feb. 27, bringing outstanding writers, artists, scholars, educators, speakers and performers to the Luther campus to share information and insights about the black diaspora and its influence on America’s history and culture.
The 2009 Midwest Black History Conference, titled “Black Migrations: Movements in Context, Community, and Faith,” will explore both historical and contemporary migrations of people of African descent and how the migration experience is portrayed through artistic expression, historical interpretation and religious expressions. Read more:

Creative Movement Classes

Luther College
Saturday Creative Movement Classes for young individuals ages 4 - 12 years, will begin January 10, 2009, in the Center for the Arts, Studio I.  Amanda Couture '12 (Luther College Theatre/Dance major), will facilitate ongoing classes as part of her research with "encouraging creative thought in and healthy development of young individuals".  Classes will incorporate the Movement Fundamentals curriculum of the Theatre/Dance department encouraging skeletal awareness and explorations of body listening, feeling, and expression through shape, space, color, texture, emotion, animals, sound, and found objects.  Classes are free and will continue through second semester.

4 Year Olds              2:00 - 2:30 (limit 8)
5-6 Year Olds           2:45 - 3:30 (limit 12)
7 - 10 Year Olds       3:45 - 4:45 (limit 12)

Contact: Amanda at [email protected] for registration and more information

Custom Snow Shovelling by Guatemalans

Our Guatemalan guests are available for snow shoveling. If you would like to hire them, call Meredith joy at 382-####.  She will line it up with them to get to your house when you need it.
Here's a testimony from Pastor Carol Kress: Just a short note to encourage you to hire our guests as snow shovellers.  They were at the United Methodist Church by 5:30 AM and our walks were clean and shiny before any one else on the block had began to scoop!  They seem to really enjoy the work. 

Contact: Meredith Joy at 382-####

Spanish for Kids

Give your child an early jump on a second language!
Spanish for Kids teaches conversational Spanish through games, songs, and fun activities!
Session 1 – Spanish for Beginners
January 9—March 13 (10 Weeks)
Cost: $50
Kindergarten/First Grade: Fridays 3:15 - 4:05
Second/Third Grade: Fridays 4:15 - 5:05
Fourth/Fifth Grade: Fridays 5:15 – 6:05

All classes offered at ArtHaus $50 registration due by January 9
To register, contact Nathan Breitenbach-Dirks
Señor Nathan is a Luther College Spanish graduate. After spending a year in Ecuador as an exchange student, he grew passionate about the Spanish language and culture. Nathan has taught Spanish classes to a variety of school aged children in Colorado, and is happy to now be sharing his love of Spanish with the Decorah community.

Contact: Nathan Breitenbach-Dirks @ 382-#### or [email protected]

Volunteer in Postville

* Translate for community members
* Greet and listen to community members
* Help community members fill out forms
* Organize and assist with the food pantry
* Attend and help with the holiday party
* Organize donated clothing items
* Help with transportation to job interviews

Contact: Call Adam at (563) 864-#### or email at [email protected]

Vesterheim announces ‘Free Thursdays’

Vesterheim Museum
Vesterheim Museum announces “Free Thursdays,” sponsored by Decorah Bank & Trust Co. Lived in Decorah for years and haven’t visited Vesterheim? Come for a festival and wish you could stay longer? Hope to see that traveling exhibition before it closes? Have children who want you to see what they studied in the museum for school? The museum will have free admission every Thursday and will remain open until 8 p.m. with special programs at least once a month.

Contact: Vesterheim, 382-9681

Faces and Footprints of Postville” drawings on display at Decorah Public Library

Artist Craig Ede of Decorah is exhibiting a collection of drawings entitled “Faces and Footprints of Postville” in Decorah Public Library’s Mezzanine Gallery December 1- January 31. The Decorah Regional Arts Council (DRAC) is hosting a public reception for Ede Saturday Jan. 31, 3-4 p.m., on the 2nd floor of the library. Light refreshments will be served.

Internships at Seed Savers Exchange

Seed Savers Exchange, 3094 North Winn Road, Decorah, IA 52101 is offering three internships: Horticulture; Organic Seed Sales; Education/Outreach/Volunteer Coordinator.

Contact: Visit their website or email: [email protected].

Spanish Class taught by Guatemalan Guests

First Lutheran Church, basement
This is an ongoing class, and you can jump in anytime although it's recommended to come at least once a week. Payment is by freewill donation.
Following is a schedule for the month of January.

Class will meet every Tuesday at 7 p.m. in January, and
Class will also meet on two of theThursdays in January: Thursday,
January 8th, and Thursday, January 29th.

(NO CLASS ON thursday, January 15th, and NO CLASS on thursday, January 22nd)
If the weather is questionable, only go to class if you are able to make it to the church easily (Since the men live so close, they will most likely be able to make it).

Contact: Katie Blair, 382-####, or <[email protected]>