April 2017 Calendar!

April 2017! Get ready for spring fun, friends! Start your planning now with this handy-dandy April 2017 calendar (and you can download the pdf here). Enjoy! XO, Inspire(d)

LOOKING FOR MORE DETAILS ABOUT EVENTS ON THE CALENDARS?
Check out these great April 2017 activities!  In chronological order, each event’s number coincides with its number on the calendar!

10. April 1: Comedy Night in Spring Grove! Two headliner comedians performing live on stage! Fest Building, 8:00 pm. Search SGParks on Facebook or www.springgrovemn.com for info.

11. April 1: Takin’ It to the Limit with an Eagles Tribute featuring the Fabulous Armadillos and Collective Unconscious. Potter Auditorium, Chatfield Center for the Arts, $30/$35. www.chatfieldcfa.com

12. April 3: Local author Jerry Johnson returns to Dragonfly Books with his latest book, A Limit of Coot.  Author talk/signing 7pm.  Dragonfly Books. www.dragonflybooks.com/events. Free!

13. April 6-9: New Minowa Players presents The Love Song of J. Robert Oppenheimer at NMP Theatre. More information at newminowaplayers.org or contact Sheryl Scheffert 563-379-5738, sherylscheffert@gmail.com

14. Weekend of ArtHaus: April 7 – Winter Weekend Emerging Artist Exhibition. April 8 – Local Artists Age 18-25 Cringe Night. Read your old diaries and CRINGE. April 9 – Second Sunday Family Workshop. arthausdecorah.org

15. April 9: Empty Bowls – Decorah fundraiser at Hotel Winneshiek from 11-2. A simple meal of soup & bread, and a bowl to take home, $20 donation. http://s.coop/emptybowlsdecorah

16. April 11: Bestselling author Greer Macallister (Girl in Disguise; Magician’s Lie) returns to Dragonfly Books! Book discussion with Decorah Public Library, 5pm. Author talk/signing 7pm, Dragonfly Books. www.dragonflybooks.com/events. Free!

17. April 14: Nickolas Butler, bestselling author of Shotgun Lovesongs, at Dragonfly Books with his new book, The Hearts of Men. Author talk/signing 7pm. www.dragonflybooks.com/events. Free!

18. Weekend of ArtHaus: April 21 – Earth Day Weekend Poetry Slam, featuring David Wright & Marci Rae Johnson. April 22 –Arts Off Campus w/ Dr. Kate Elliott. April 22 & 23 – Tabletop Mosaics. www.arthausdecorah.org

19. April 22: Join the Oneota Co-op for their annual Earth Day Celebration from 5:00-7:00pm in Water Street Park. Including local music, local food, & local friends! www.oneotacoop.com

20. April 23: Porter House Museum’s sesquicentennial (1867-2017) at T-Bocks upstairs. Program, music, refreshments and cash bar. Optional vintage/historic festive wear! 4-6pm www.porterhousemuseum.org

21. April 28-29: Wood-firing! Join Allamakee Wood Fired Pottery at the kiln as we fire during Bluff Country Studio Tour & watch flames rage though the pots! Rural New Albin. www.allamakeewoodfiredpottery.com

Infographic: Ways to Empower Girls

Empower the girls in your life – start with you, start at home, and start today! Here are some ideas to get you going:

• Try new stuff together

• Have adventures

• Stand up for each other

• Push each other

• Read rad books about rad women together

• Travel and encourage travel

• Run for office

• Lead by example

• Be real

• Be confident

• Be kind to all people

XOXO

Read the Spring 2017 Inspire(d) Online!

Here’s what’s happening in the Spring 2017 Inspire(d):

Female Mountain Bikers (Rule) • Hannah Breckbill / Farmer • Anna Bolz / Chef • Lindy Weilgart / Whale Researcher • Sum of Your Biz: Brittany Todd • Paper Project: Rad Awards! • Infographic: Empower the Girls in Your Life • Probit: Sarah Andersen + Short Profiles from YOU on Women Who Inspire YOU!

A note from Aryn:

Everything about this spring issue reminds me of why I make Inspire(d) Magazine, and why I work every day to be a strong, smart, brave woman: our tiny four-year-old daughter.

We women are an amazing gender, and while I mean no disregard for the sometimes hairier sex, we have to stick together. For many years we’ve had to prove ourselves to the world. That we’re capable, that we’re strong, that we’re smart and worth just as much as any other human being.

I feel that. Definitely as a business owner and boss. As a spouse. As a mother.

I strive to illustrate and help Roxie realize that girls can do motha-effin’ anything.

I asked her recently if there was anything she thought girls couldn’t do. She said no.

I want her to have that answer for the rest of her life.

So, to that effect, we’ve featured some kick-ass women throughout these pages. We start it off with whale expert Lindy Weilgart – she grew up in Decorah and graduated from Luther, and is now one of the leading scientists in the field of sperm whale communication.

Brittany Todd shares with us her mad life skills for the Sum of Your Business. She’s been capturing memories for folks for nearly seven years through Photography by Brittany, and gives us the low-down on home office vs. downtown office.

I had the pleasure of interviewing some super rad female mountain bikers from all around the Driftless Region – from Lake Mills to Minneapolis to La Crosse, and right here in Decorah. I am seriously inspired and can’t wait to hit the trails. For real. Plus, I learned some really cool info about high school cycling leagues and hope I can get Roxie interested some day!

The ever-talented Kristin Anderson is back again with an awesome paper project: rad awards. You can give these to the women (or men, or kids, or grandparents) in your life at any point. Congratulate them on passing a test, or for totally adulting, or being the best friend ever. Just have fun.

Kristine Jepsen writes about Hannah Breckbill and Humble Hands Farm. They overcame last year’s flood and are now planting the seeds for not only their farm, but community growth too.

And Sara Friedl-Putnam interviewed Decorah native and now New York-living pastry chef Anna Bolz. Anna works at renowned restaurant, Per Se, where she concocts desserts of amazing levels of deliciousness.

In the “empower my girl” category, I put together an infographic to offer us some ideas – from reading books by awesome female authors to just being confident in yourself.

Of course, our probituary, Sarah Andersen, is an inspiring woman too – I just loved her story. Plus, throughout the whole magazine are wonderful short stories submitted by all you lovely readers. Yep, you shared tales about inspiring women in your lives, and we got them all bundled up like little love notes. Just thinking about them makes me happy!

So enjoy, my friends. Say “Happy Women’s Day” March 8. Say “Thanks” to your mom. Say, “You’re amazing,” to your wife, partner, or best friend. Every day, let’s work to bring more light into the world, like a burgeoning spring season. After a while, you’ll realize – one day – that it’s 7 pm… and it’s still light out.

Looking forward,

Aryn Henning Nichols