Announcements

Registration Begins for Winter Session of Curious Kids Program at Decorah Public Library

This winter, Decorah Public Library will offer a second session of its popular afterschool program, “Curious Kids.” The new session will run from January 24, 2018 – March 21, 2018. Children in kindergarten through fourth grade are invited to join us in the Public Program Room of the library on Wednesday afternoons from 3:15 pm – 4:15 pm for magical hands-on STEAM-based projects.

“Curious Kids” is designed to stimulate creative exploration and problem solving through fun, easy projects. This program is guaranteed to spark your child’s interest in science, design, engineering, or art!

This program is free and open to the public. It is limited to 24 children. Please register via the library website at www.decorah.lib.ia.us. The registration deadline is January 5, 2018.

A walking school bus will be available to the library from John Cline Elementary School. To participate in this service, please contact April Bril, Regional Safe Routes to School Associate for Upper Explorerland Regional Planning Commission, at abril@uerpc.org.

Questions about Curious Kids can be directed to Joan Roach, Children’s and Youth Librarian, at (563)382-3717.

Decorah Park-Rec. Open Gyms

FAMILY OPEN BASKETBALL – a free drop-in activity for 4th grade and under with a parent
This is an opportunity for kids and parents to get out of the house and enjoy some unstructured basketball play time in the gym. Little Tykes hoops and basketballs will be available for younger kids. Baskets will be lowered to 8 and 9 feet for those that are a bit older. This activity will be in the Carrie Lee Elementary Gym (enter through the north doors) on Saturdays from 1:00 to 4:00 pm, November 11 thru February 17. A schedule will be posted in the gym and online. All children must be accompanied by an adult

5th- 8th GRADE OPEN BASKETBALL – a free drop-in activity
Open basketball play for Decorah 5th thru 8th grade students in the Carrie Lee Elementary Gym (enter through the north doors) on Sundays and “no school” days, from 1:00 to 4:00 pm, November 12 thru February 18. A schedule will be posted in the gym and online.

Celebrate the season of giving with WMC Auxiliary Light for Life program

The Winneshiek Medical Center Auxiliary invites the community to celebrate the season of giving through the 2017 Light for Life program.

Light for Life is the Auxiliary’s annual community giving campaign. For a donation of $15 or more, your loved one is honored or remembered with lighted snowflakes in the windows of WMC. The snowflakes will light up WMC each night in December.

This year, the WMC Auxiliary’s Light for Life campaign will support the purchase of two items for the Rehabilitation and Sports Medicine department. The first is a NuStep to facilitate therapy for hospitalized patients in skilled care who are recovering from anything from strokes to joint replacements. The second set of items will allow therapists to implement the Sequential Oral Sensory (SOS) Feeding Program at Winneshiek Medical Center, an approach that focuses on increasing a child’s comfort level with food by exploring and learning about the different properties of food. “Over 50% of the children we currently care for have feeding difficulties that are impacting their daily lives,” says Tarynne Carlson, pediatric occupational therapist at Winneshiek Medical Center.  She adds, “The SOS approach takes into account all of a child’s health needs, such as sensory, oral, motor and behavioral, and will enhance the care we provide for children in our community.”

Donations may be made at Winneshiek Medical Center or forms are available at www.winmedical.org/auxiliary through December 31, 2017. Contributions are tax deductible, and a listing of donors will be displayed in Winneshiek Medical Center’s Main Entrance.

For further information, contact the Winneshiek Medical Center Auxiliary at 563-387-3036.

WMC Auxiliary Light for Life program

Dug Road Closed for Repair

Dug Road is closed to all users. Repairs have begun on the Dug Road portion of Trout Run Trail. The Dug Road section of the trail will remain closed until work is complete. Thank you for your patience during this construction period.

Decorah Park-Rec. Winter Activities Brochure is Now Available

Park-Rec. Winter Brochures are now available on http://parks.decorahia.org or may be picked up at the Park-Rec. Office, local banks and fitness centers, Decorah Library, and Decorah Chamber of Commerce.

Activities include Adult Recreational Volleyball, Family Open Basketball, 5th-8th Grade Open Basketball, Intramural High School Basketball League, Biddy Basketball for ages 3 years through kindergarten, Water Wizards for 3rd-4th grades, Opt Outside for kindergarten thru 2nd grade, Play Pals for ages 5 & under, and Intro to Taekwondo for ages 4 and up. Special events for all ages include the New Year’s Eve Bash, Fly Fishing Workshop, and The Great Inflate.

Registration is available online. Go to http://parks.decorahia.org and click on Online Registration & Activities. Credit and debit card payments are only accepted online. If you don’t have computer access, we are still accepting registrations by mail or in person at the Park-Rec. Office, but payment must be made by check or cash.

‘From Parlor to Countryside: Recent Fine Arts Collection Print Acquisitions’

A student-curated exhibit, “From Parlor to Countryside: Recent Fine Arts Collection Print Acquisitions,” will open Thursday, Oct. 5, in the Luther College Union Gallery.

Hannah Bergstedt, Luther junior, curated the exhibit as part of her Luther College Work Study opportunity. The exhibit, open to the public with no charge for admission, will be on display through Dec. 4.

Featuring select prints donated to the Luther Fine Arts Collection during 2017 by John and Leone Suttie, and Emeriti Professor Wilfred Bunge and Ruth Bunge, “From Parlor to Countryside” reflects a diversity of subject matter. Print themes include pastoral scenes of the countryside, portraits in the parlor and views inspired by Wittenberg Castle in Germany.

The exhibition includes lithographs, etchings and woodcuts by a wide range of artists including John Steuart Curry, Camille Pissarro, Grant Wood, Thomas Hart Benton, Henri De Toulouse-Lautrec and others.

Beyond the Pages of Nature – Anna Segner

On Display Through November 30
ArtHaus, 508 West Water Street, Decorah, IA

Anna Segner is a mixed-media painter, writer, and second year graduate student in the Integrated Visual Arts program at Iowa State University. She graduated from St. Mary’s University of Minnesota in 2015 with a Bachelor of Arts in Literature with Writing Emphasis and Studio Art. Growing up in Minnesota and camping in the Boundary Water Canoe Area gave Anna a love for physically and intellectually interacting with natural landscapes and fauna. Anna actively incorporates environmental and animal studies in both her painting and writing. Current artworks explore meaningful connection between animals and the written meanings that humans have assigned to them.

Beyond the Pages of Nature will be on display at the ArtHaus Gallery from 1-5 Monday-Saturday through November 30 (Not open the week of Thanksgiving). The works are for sale and a percentage of all sales goes into the ArtHaus Youth Scholarship Fund.

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Seed Collecting Hike at Community Prairie Sunday

The Decorah Parks and Recreation Department has authorized Jerri Osenga to lead a series of seed collecting hikes this fall. The first hike will meet Sunday, August 27, at 2:00 pm in the Butterfly Garden of the Decorah Community Prairie, located across the dike at Ohio Street. Seeds ready for harvesting are: Side Oats Grama grass, Canada Anemone, Canada Tick Trefoil, Golden Alexander, Leadplant, Purple and White Prairie Clover and Pale Purple Coneflower. For more information, call Jerri Osenga at 382-1453.

Park-Rec. Fall Activities Brochure is Now Available

Park-Rec. Winter Fall Brochures are now available on http://parks.decorahia.org or may be picked up at the Park-Rec. Office, local banks and fitness centers, Decorah Library, and Decorah Chamber of Commerce.

Activities include Adult Coed Softball, Adult Coed and Women’s Volleyball Leagues, Men’s 3 on 3 Basketball League, Spikesters Volleyball for 3rd-6th, Flag Football for 1st-6th), Sports for Shorts for 5-6 yrs, Game Plan for 1st-2nd, Sharp Shooters Basketball for 1s -3rd, Hoopsters Basketball for 4th-6th  and Intro to Taekwondo for ages 4 & up.  Special events include Touch-a-Truck and Turkey Shoot for all ages, Football Clinic for 1st-6th and Whiffle Ball and Dodgeball tourneys for 6th-8th.

Registration is available online.  Go to http://parks.decorahia.org and click on Online Registration & Activities. Credit and debit card payments are only accepted online.  If you don’t have computer access, we are still accepting registrations by mail or in person at the Park-Rec. Office, but payment must be made by check or cash.

 

Printable Walking Maps Available

Printable Walking Maps for Calmar, Clermont, Cresco, Decorah, Dorchester, Elgin, Elkader, Fayette, Fredericksburg, Guttenberg, Harpers Ferry, Ionia, Lansing, Lawler, Luther College, Monona, New Albin, New Hampton, NICC-Peosta, Oelwein, Postville, Riceville (Coming Soon), Waterville, Waukon, and West Union

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