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March 2019 Calendar!

March 2019! Spring is coming! (And the people of the Driftless seem to know it!) Lots of fun this month – start your planning with this handy-dandy March 2019 calendar (you can download the pdf here). Have a blast! XO, Inspire(d)

LOOKING FOR MORE DETAILS ABOUT EVENTS ON THE CALENDARS?
Check out these great March 2019 activities! In chronological order, each event’s number coincides with its number on the calendar!

1. March 16: Kinderfolk on Stage: Enjoy live performances, appetizers, and cash bar at The Cellar, 7 p.m. Free-will donations will support Kinderhaus Preschool – ALL ARE WELCOME! kinderhausdecorah.com

2. March 21-31 – Commonweal Theatre in Lanesboro launches it’s Wealhouse series with Bakersfield Mist, a hilarious and provocative comedy featuring Hal Cropp and Adrienne Sweeney. Nightly, March 21-31, St. Mane Theater – commonwealtheatre.org

3. March 23: SOAR! (Save Our Avian Resources) – Decorah Public Library, 11 am A LIVE raptor program for children of all ages about the amazing adaptations of local raptors and their role in the environment. Pre-registration required at www.decorah.lib.ia.us.

4. March 23: Make a day of Lanesboro! Art Making Crawl Downtown 11am-3pm, and Lanesboro Arts ‘Canvas Clash’, a Live Painting Tournament with craft beer and more. Commonweal Events Hall, 9pm lanesboroarts.org

5. March 29 & 30 or April 12 &13: Seed Savers Apple Grafting School. Graft and take home three apple trees in a half-day Seed Savers Exchange workshop. $60. Register in advance at seedsavers.org/events

September 2018 Calendar!

September 2018! Fall! Toot, toot! Sweaters, marching bands, hot cider, baking…so many things to love about fall. And so many fun things to do! Start your planning with this handy-dandy September 2018 calendar (you can download the pdf here). Have a great fall, friends! XO, Inspire(d)

LOOKING FOR MORE DETAILS ABOUT EVENTS ON THE CALENDARS?
Check out these great September 2018 activities!  In chronological order, each event’s number coincides with its number on the calendar!

1. September 1: Tomato Tasting! Sample dozens of tomatoes at Seed Savers Exchange. Plus, enjoy garden and cooking demonstrations, hayrides, and a salsa contest. FREE. 12-4pm www.seedsavers.org

2. September 8: Luna Valley Pizza Farm 1st Anniversary Celebration! Music from Dead Horses and Driftless Sisters. Gates open 5:45pm, Show 7pm. No BYOB. Advance tickets $15 at Oneota Co-op or at lunavalleyfarm.com/events

3. September 8: Root River Trail Towns Taste of the Trail – Lanesboro, Peterson & Whalan: 10am-3pm – Pedal your way through bluff country and enjoy events at each community’s trailhead. Info: www.rootrivertrail.org

4. September 15: Root River Trail Towns ‘Taste of the Trail’ – Harmony, Preston & Fountain: 10am-3pm – Pedal your way through bluff country and enjoy events at each community’s trailhead. Info: www.rootrivertrail.org

5. September 15: TRI out Reefuel’s unique take on triathlon: Cycling, core strengthening and yoga! Class begins at 8am. Guaranteed challenge and FUN! Limited spots: register at www.reefuel.biz

6. September 22: Root River Trail Towns Taste of the Trail Houston & Rushford Area: 10am-3pm – Pedal your way through bluff country and enjoy events at each community’s trailhead. Info: www.rootrivertrail.org

7. September 23: Upstart Crow Theatreworks presents “The Cemetery Walk” Tours leave every 15 minutes, 2-4pm, Phelps Cemetery, Decorah. $10/$5. More info: arthausdecorah.org. Proceeds benefit Porter House Museum

8. September 29: Seeds + Cider! Join the Iowa Natural Heritage Foundation for a fall prairie seed harvest at Heritage Valley (rural Waukon). RSVP – www.inhf.org/events or 515-288-1846, ext. 35

9. September 29: Live On Water Street! Enjoy a community celebration featuring music, food from the Oneota Coop, local beer, and family fun for all ages. 300 Block, downtown Decorah, 3-8pm. Details on Facebook.

10. September 30: NE IA Farm Crawl  – Luna Valley Pizza! As you tour the gravels, be sure to stop out for some pizza to fuel your adventure. Open 11am-3pm. Rural Decorah. www.lunavalleyfarm.com

Read the Fall 2018 Inspire(d)!

Cover photo by Arrival Arts / Lindsey Harman

The Fall 2018 Inspire(d) is filled with fun ideas for getting out of your comfort zone – we are so excited to share it with you! Here’s what you’ll find:

Fly Fishing • Seed Savers visits Svalbard Seed Vault • Roadschooling • Community Builders: Kelly Momsen & Gaby Peterson; Misty Lown; Katie Ruff • Pumpkin Surprise Balls • And More!

A note from Aryn:

Roxie and I were doing an activity in her (okay, our) Highlights Magazine the other day and it said, “Draw a picture of your happy place.” Roxie drew a picture of us, in bed, reading books. She asked me what mine would be, and I thought for a bit… “Probably sitting out on the patio. Or working in the garden,” I say, then pause… “Or maybe on the couch, watching TV.”

“Oh, yeah, I love to do that too!” Roxie says with a big smile.

These happy places – they’re basically the epicenter of our comfort zones – and to be honest, they’re not bad places to be in (of course not!). But a life spent only in the comfort zone could mean we’re missing opportunities along the way.

So this issue of Inspire(d) is all about embracing some of the leaps and bounds that take us to places we’ve never been. Occasionally getting a little “uncomfortable” will help us learn more about ourselves, and maybe discover our comfort zones are bigger than we think (check out page 23 to learn more)!

CLICK HERE to read the Fall 2018 issue of Inspire(d) Magazine!

I kicked my research off by trying something totally new to me: Fly fishing! There is an amazing community of fly fishing women building up across the Driftless, and they are super excited to welcome more women to the sport (pg 14). I had a blast getting to know them… AND learning more about fly fishing!

And then I was totally inspired when I read Kristine Jepsen’s story highlighting area families that have taken time to try roadschooling (pg 34). I don’t think we would ever do a whole year (or who knows?!), but a month in the winter? I could get on board with that.

We’d definitely would be interested in an exploration to the Svalbard Global Seed Vault (even if it IS the Arctic Circle). The place sounds amazing – read Sara Friedl-Putnam’s story about Seed Saver’s executive director Lee Buttala’s trip on pg 26 to see for yourself. The work of the folks involved, and the connections they’re making, will undoubtedly help keep this world spinning for future generations.

Yes, it’s all about connections and community. This issue marks our 11th anniversary of making Inspire(d). I’m grateful for each year we’re able to bring positive news to – and about – our neighbors here in the Driftless. We’re excited to continue the Community Builders section this Fall Inspire(d), and plan to keep doing so for each Fall Anniversary issue ahead. Read about Kelly Momsen and Gaby Peterson of Yarnology in Winona, Minnesota; Misty Lown, of Misty’s Dance Unlimited in Onalaska, Wisconsin; and Katie Ruff of By the Spoonful in McGregor, Iowa. These folks are working to bring people together, and we love that so much!

We hope you have a wonderful fall (I love this season)! Maybe get out of your comfort zone a bit… plan a night out with friends, or take a road trip to explore the region, or try something totally new to you! This is a big world we live in – let’s not let anything awesome pass us by.

Looking forward,

Aryn Henning Nichols

P.S. You know what else is totally awesome? Voting! Don’t forget to do so on or before Tuesday, November 6. XOX -A

CLICK HERE to read the Fall 2018 issue of Inspire(d) Magazine!