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May 2017 Calendar!

May 2017! Wow, there are lots of fun things going on! Start your planning now with this handy-dandy May 2017 calendar (and you can download the pdf here).
Enjoy! XO, Inspire(d)

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Check out these great May 2017 activities!  In chronological order, each event’s number coincides with its number on the calendar!

22. May 1: Visit Historic Forestville – Saturdays only in May/Sept/Oct. Memorial Day Weekend-Labor Day: Thurs- Sun $6-8. Step back in time to 1899. Where real history happened! 507-765-2785 forestville@mnhs.org

23. May 2: Author Faith Sullivan (Goodnight Mr. Wodehouse, The Cape Ann, Gardenias, What a Woman Must Do) at Dragonfly Books!  Author talk / signing 7 pm. www.dragonflybooks.com/events.  Free!

24. May 6: You’re invited! Help Iowa Natural Heritage Foundation hand-pull unwanted plants from outstanding 1,200-acre woodland near Waukon. No experience necessary. Lunch provided. Kids welcome. 515-288-1846 www.inhf.org

25. May 6: Annual Plant Sale, Seed Savers Exchange: Rare family heirlooms & historic commercial varieties of flowers, vegetables, fruit trees. New this year: hops & strawberries. 9am-5pm. seedsavers.org

26. May 6: Spring Garden School, Seed Savers Exchange: 10am-3pm workshop focusing seed starting, planning your garden for seed saving, and getting started with composting. Sign up: seedsavers.org/events 

27. May 7: Murder Mystery Dinner Theater at Empty Nest Winery. Advanced tickets only; $45/person includes 3 course dinner and Murder Mystery Comedy Production. Call 563-568-2758 for tickets. www.emptynestwinery.com

28. May 7: The Decorah Chorale and Oneota Valley Community Orchestra (OVCO) will hold a joint concert to perform Mozart’s Requiem at 3 pm at Decorah High School. No charge for admission however a free-will offering will be accepted.

29. May 12: Ultra Mega Mega, Luther College CFA, Visual and Performing Arts Spring Open House, 6-9pm

30. May 14: Mother’s Day Cider & Strudel, Seed Savers Exchange: Orchard in bloom, 20% off all purchases, cider, strudel, guided hike, apple history. More info: seedsavers.org/events

31. May 16: Help us launch local author Keith Lesmeister’s first short story collection, We Could’ve Been Happy Here! Author talk / signing 7pm. Dragonfly Books. www.dragonflybooks.com/events. Free!

32. May 21: Original folk music matched with witty humor with songwriter/performer Bill Staines in the Legion Room, Chatfield Center for the Arts. 6:30pm. $20, limited seating. www.chatfieldcfa.com

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

March 2017 Calendar!

March 2017! Lots of fun to be had! Start your planning now with this handy-dandy March 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 March 2017 activities!  In chronological order, each event’s number coincides with its number on the calendar!

1. March 1: Join us in bringing wood-fired pizza, craft brew and community to Luna Valley Farm through supporting our Kickstarter campaign (March 1-31). More info at lunavalleyfarm.com

2. March 4: Seed starting workshop, Seed Savers Exchange: basics of seed selection, seed starting, transplants, and tips for urban gardening + behind-the-scenes farm tour. $5 Register: seedsavers.org/events

3. March 10: Wine, Chocolate & Cheese Event at Empty Nest Winery; registration for prizes at 5:30, food and fun at 6:00. Grab your friends & come! www.emptynestwinery.com

4. March 11, April 15, & May 20: Muscle Activation Techniques™/Try It Out Labs: BODY LOGICS, inside Decorah’s Anytime Fitness, 10 AM. Make Reservations w/ Scott Searcy @ 516.732.5751

5. March 12: The Oneota Valley Community Orchestra presents “Music That Tells a Story.” Come hear Prokofiev’s “Peter and the Wolf” narrated by Kristen Underwood & Beethoven’s “Pastorale Symphony.” 3pm DHS Auditorium. www.ovcorchestra.org

6. March 18: “Kinder-Folk on Stage.” A celebration of spring, the arts, and Kinderhaus Preschool. Live music, spoken word, coloring, free appetizers, and cash bar. Free will donation. T-Bock’s Upstairs, 7 pm. kinderhausdecorah.com

7. March 24: Apple Grafting / Apple School, Seed Savers Exchange. Choose your 1/2 day workshop March 24, 25, April 7, or 8. Learn more & register: seedsavers.org/events

8. March 24: Midwestern author Casey Pycior presents his short story collection The Spoils at Dragonfly Books.  Author talk/signing 7pm. Dragonfly Books. www.dragonflybooks.com/events. Free!

9. March 25: Free concert for all ages with the Gustavus Symphony Orchestra in the newly renovated, historic Potter Auditorium, Chatfield Center for the Arts, 7:30pm. www.chatfieldcfa.com