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What We’re Loving: 100+ Women (and Men) Who Care

We’re Loving:
100+ Women Who Care Oneota Valley /
100+ Men Who Care Driftless

Two organizations – 100+ Men Who Care Driftless / 100+Women Who Care Oneota Valley – have sprouted from Northeast Iowa in the past year, both with a common goal: Supporting local non-profit organizations with one-time large-impact donations.

Both 100+ groups are part of the 100 Who Care Alliance, a nationwide organization that was developed by a group of people who wanted to make a big impact on their communities in the most efficient way possible. The idea is that a group of men or women get together once per quarter, listen to an informal two-minute presentation about three separate local nonprofit organizations (submitted by members), and then vote on one charity to receive the donation. Then each person writes a check for $100 to the chosen cause, and you multiply that times 100 people (or however many folks are there!) for a truly great donation to a local non-profit (that often doesn’t even know it’s being nominated)! Donations are tax deductible too, since the organizations chosen must be 501(c)(3).

We realize $100 donations aren’t something everyone can do, but the concept is a great way for a group of folks to make an impact, and we love that! And, according to the 100+ Women Who Care Oneota Valley Facebook page, if $100 is too big of a financial commitment, groups of two women can form and each donate $50 or groups of four women can be organized and each donate $25.

The next 100+Women Who Care Oneota Valley event is coming up October 2, 2017! Check out the event details here

The next100+ Men Who Care Driftless , meeting is scheduled for November 14. (keep an eye on Facebook  for more info!)

Loving: Summer School in the Driftless!

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Summer School is Cool!

WhatWereLoving_LogoThe words “summer” and “classes” don’t often work together to bring that magical vacation feel, but what if we told you there are classes all summer long that are fun and life-skill worthy? From breakfast in a “Victorian kitchen” to freestyle painting for tots, photography… even chain saw skills – classes are cool! Forestville Historical Site outside of Preston, Minnesota, as well as Villa Louis in Prairie du Chien, offer unique historical peeks into the past like bread baking, preserving, and “behind the scenes” tours. Vesterheim Museum in Decorah offers incredible classes (year-round!) from food to folk art, and even wood and metalworking. Our region is also rich in visual arts for young and young-at-heart as ArtHaus in Decorah, the Guttenberg Creativity Center, and the McGregor/Marquette Center for the Arts (to name a few) crank up the summer schedule with options for all ages – even some classes for the whole family! Another incredible network is our regional food cooperatives. The Oneota Food Co-op in Decorah, along with People’s Food Co-op in La Crosse and Rochester, Bluff Country Co-op in Winona, and Viroqua Food Co-op all offer great opportunities to dive into demonstrations, hands-on cooking classes, and pretty much anything healthy food- related. And what would summer in the Driftless be without a nod to the outdoors? If you missed our special on regional Nature Centers in the Spring issue, check it out online (iloveinspired.com) for lots of fun adventures. Places like Eagle Bluff Environmental Learning Center near Lanesboro and the Kickapoo Valley Reserve near Viroqua are offering up awesome arrays of skills classes and outdoor opportunities – yep, even chain saw skills! So get out there and make this summer your school of life – these are the days we’ve been waiting for!

Loving: Great River Shakespeare Festival

Great River Shakespeare Festival

The Tempest, 2014. Photo courtesy Kathy Greden Christenson

What We’re Loving Right Now: Great River Shakespeare Festival in Winona, Minnesota

WhatWereLoving_LogoGRSF runs June 22 to July 31, 2016

It takes a lot of great people to put on the Great River Shakespeare Festival in Winona, Minnesota, every summer. Truth be told, Inspire(d) friend and GRSF Marketing Director Emily Kurash might bring the fun factor up to an 11 (she does that with things…), but the whole entire crew works together to bring awesome live – and lively – theatre to our region in a totally cool way.

So what is Great River Shakespeare Festival? Each summer GRSF performs three plays or musicals (usually) all by good, ol’ Bill Shakespeare. This summer they’re doing Julius CaesarAs You Like It, and a new musical, Georama, that’s actually not a Shakespeare at all. Georama, with Book by West Hyler and Matt Schatz and Music & Lyrics by Jack Herrick is based on a true story about American painter John Banvard. Banvard created these big – really big – moving panoramas of the Mississippi River, and toured them around the country, even having a run-in with the Barnum & Bailey circus. Georama had its world premiere at the St. Louis Repertory Theatre in February. “It’s a really interesting story,” says Kurash. “It’s fun to have that Mississippi River tie-in here in Winona, and one of the writers, Jack Herrick, will be on staff this summer doing music direction as well as writing original songs for As You Like It with an Eastern European flair.”

What else does GRSF do? (SO much!)

Get all the details at grsf.org.