The 22nd Annual Sparta Butterfest Quilt Show is seeking quilts and any quilted items for the show to be hel June 8th and 9th.
Quilts should have a 4 inch sleeve; pinned or basted is okay. Please attach a 3 x 5 card with a "story behind the quilt: or make one at registration Friday June 7th from 3-6 pm.
Items submitted over 5 years ago which did not win an award may be re-entered.
There will be 9 awards in 4 categories, including Youth, 18 years or younger.
Pick up of quilts requires returning the registration slip between 4:15 and 5 pm Sunday.
Show hours are Saturday June 8th 10am to 5pm and Sunday june 9th noon-4pm.
Location is the Sparta Barney Center, 1000 E. Montgomery St, Sparta, left of the fest grounds.
Admission is free; donations are welcomed. Handicap accessible. Door prizes are won as you enter. There will be a quilting demonstration by featured quilter Mona Kufalk. Her work will be displayed during the show. Mona will also give a demonstration on how to make a "Fun Focus Table topper" Saturday @ 2pm.
Please stop in and thank Quilt Corner of Sparta and Theisin's for sponsoring the show.
For more information, call Sherry @ 608-269-4826
Welcoming Table - Join us for a meal and…
Welcoming Table - Join us for a meal and conversation
Gatherings are held monthly at Central Lutheran Church 259 W Wabasha
All are welcome, but reservations are required: visit vit.ly/welcomingtable or call us at 452-4100
March 18, noon
April 15th, 5:30pm
May 20th, noon
June 17th, 5:30pm
July 15th, noon
August 19th, 5:30pm
September 16th, noon
October 21st, 5:30pm
November 18th, noon
December 16th, 5:30pm
COMMONWEAL THEATRE AND LANESBORO ARTS COLLABORATE TO PRODUCE SPRING INTO ART FESTIVAL
The Commonweal Theatre is pleased and honored to…
332COMMONWEAL THEATRE AND LANESBORO ARTS COLLABORATE TO PRODUCE SPRING INTO ART FESTIVAL2019-03-212019-04-01#808080 The Commonweal Theatre is pleased and honored to announce a partnership with Lanesboro Arts to produce Spring into Art, a community wide arts festival spanning two weekends. Beginning on Thursday, March 21 and continuing through March 31, the town of Lanesboro will be transformed through an interactive celebration of creativity co-presented by the two anchor organizations of the community. Featuring an art crawl, a canvas clash live painting competition, an original art exhibition, film screenings, live music, panel discussions, a production of Bakersfield Mist by Stephen Sachs, and more, the Spring into Art Festival is your cure for cabin fever. About the upcoming festival, Hal Cropp, Executive Director of the Commonweal Theatre says, “We at the Commonweal are proud and honored to partner with Lanesboro Arts to bring Spring into Art, a multidisciplinary arts festival featuring both professional and amateur arts experiences, into being. Whether you want to make art, look at art, talk about art, see a play about art, or just have an all-around artful time, plan on visiting Lanesboro the last two weekends of March."
Among the many special events included in the festival, the highlight for Commonweal audiences will be the kickoff of the company’s Wealhouse series with a production of Bakersfield Mist by Stephen Sachs. In the rundown Sagebrush trailer park, Maude believes she has found the deal of a lifetime at a yard sale: an authentic Jackson Pollock painting. When an art critic from NYC is brought in to appraise the piece, things quickly go awry in this hilarious and provocative story featuring Commonweal professional resident ensemble members and husband and wife team Adrienne Sweeney and Hal Cropp.
The featured gallery display at Lanesboro Arts in tandem with the festival is entitled Spitting Image. This juried exhibition showcases the self-portraits of more than forty artists working in a variety of mediums, such as painting, drawing, photography, sculpture and mixed media. Participating artist Erik Pearson says that many of his paintings serve as unintentional portraits, because they contain a character with elements based on him. “Every once and a while I enjoy creating a deliberate self-portrait, to examine what it is that I think portrays myself.” Pearson adds, “It gives me a chance to add personal elements, tendencies, or inside jokes, and to see if anyone can recognize those elements.”
The Spring into Art Festival is made possible in part through funding from the Lanesboro Community Foundation. All festival events take place at various locations in the community of Lanesboro. For a full schedule of event dates and times, please visit the Commonweal Theatre online at www.CommonwealTheatre.org.
Funding for the Commonweal Theatre’s programming is provided in part by a grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board, through an appropriation by the Minnesota State Legislature, a grant from the McKnight Foundation and other private funders. For more information about the 2019 season, visit www.CommonwealTheatre.org.
The Page Series presents orchestral indie-rock band We Are The Willows in free residency activities across Winona
The Page Series presents orchestral indie-rock…
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The Page Series presents orchestral indie-rock band We Are The Willows in free residency activities across Winona March 25-30
Rhythm and Muse Workshop: March 26-27 • 12-2 pm and March 29 • 9-11 am (registration required)
A Page in History: March 27 • 3 pm
Music Industry Panel: March 27 • 5:30 pm
Artist Talk: March 28 • 12:10 pm
Homeschool Music Workshop: March 29 • 1 pm (registration required)
Willows Around Winona
Visit with the artists and hear an “unplugged” preview of their Page
Series concert at these pop-up performances throughout the week!
Winona Public Library
Mon., March 25 • 4-4:45 pm
Watkins Senior Living
Tues., March 26 • 5:15-5:45 pm
Blue Heron Coffeehouse
Thurs., March 28 • 6:30-7 pm
Island City Brewing Company
Fri., March 29 • 5:30 pm
Winona Farmers Market
Sat., March 30 • 10 am
WHEN HOME WON’T LET YOU STAY: PROGRAM IN AREA LIBRARIES
We create the world we want by the stories we…
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create the world we want by the stories we share." Documentary artist
James A. Bowey will tour the SELCO region in March and April. In this
program, Bowey shares stories and photographs from "When Home Won't Let
You Stay," his
traveling exhibition about refugees in Minnesota; and discusses how
current refugee policies and attitudes reflect the state of the
empathetic imagination in civic life.
This compelling talk explores how we can bear witness in a contentious
world, and awaken our imagination to the possibilities of diversity and
human connection. Participants will walk away from this one-of-a-kind
program with a renewed sense of purpose and
a deeper appreciation for photography, creativity, and how empathy is
an essential mindset for contemporary education, business, and
SELCO Legacy Project Coordinator Amy Nelson says, “Several SELCO region
libraries hosted this program last year, and they were universally
acclaimed. It seemed like area library users were eager to learn more
about the refugee experience, and they appreciated
the stories of their fellow Minnesotans.”
This specially designed, interactive program is approximately 90 minutes
long – presentation, discussion, then wrap-up – though James is always
willing to talk more with patrons before or after the program, as time
Bowey is an assistant professor of photography and digital imaging, and
an active photo media artist. He is an international photographer,
filmmaker and editor; and he teaches an innovative set of photography
and digital imaging courses.
More information is available at legacy.selco.info/james-bowey-2019/.
All events are listed below and are free and open to the public.
The WSU Retiree Center’s Senior University program will host “Spring Wildflowers: Take a Walk on the Wild Side”
The WSU Retiree
Center’s Senior University…
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The WSU Retiree
Center’s Senior University program will host “Spring Wildflowers: Take a
Walk on the Wild Side” from 2 to 4 p.m. on the following
Wednesdays—March 27; April 10; and May 1, 8, 15.
The first session will be held in Krueger Library, Room 107, on the WSU campus. All other sessions will be field trips.
consists of field trips planned around some of our most charismatic
wildflowers as spring unfolds in the Driftless Area. Participants will
discover the diversity of spring wildflowers and will
learn the relationship between habitat and plant communities. Students
will discover how these plants have been used over the last 10,000 years
by Native Americans as well as by early settlers.
must be able to walk on uneven terrain unassisted, and provide their
own transportation or arrange car pools with other registered
participants in class for the course field trips. A headphone
tour-guide system to facilitate instructor communication with class
participants on field trips will be provided. Only registered class
participants will be permitted on the field trips, since the class size
Judy Shepard has been an outdoor enthusiast all her life, but moving to
the Driftless Area of MN in 1975 was a life-changing experience. She
took a variety of classes at WSU in the natural
sciences, which led to a job at Whitewater State Park as a Seasonal
Naturalist Assistant under the mentorship of Dave Palmquist. There she
led programs and walks for school groups and the public. She has also
volunteered for 27 years with school groups at
the former Hixon Forest Nature Center in La Crosse, Wis. Judy and her
husband, Chuck, seize any opportunity to explore the natural features of
this Driftless Area.
is open to all adult learners in the Winona community, not just WSU
retirees. The program is a series of non-credit short courses that are
peer-led by WSU faculty, retirees and community
members. The goal is to provide intellectual and cultural stimulation
and growth for lifelong learners. Courses cover current events, history,
philosophy, science, art, poetry, wellness, nature, politics,
literature and much more.
357Book Chat: Nothing to Envy, by Barbara Demick,2019-03-27 12:05:002019-03-27 13:00:00#808080In
this landmark addition to the literature of totalitarianism,
award-winning journalist Barbara Demick follows the lives of six North
over fifteen years—a chaotic period that saw the death of Kim Il-sung,
the rise to power of his son Kim Jong-il (the father of Kim Jong-un),
and a devastating famine that killed one-fifth of the population. (From
Amazon Book Description)0
East End Neighborhood Project
East End Neighborhood Project - help create a…
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East End Neighborhood Project - help create a vision for the East End's future.
Thursday, 3/28 @ the East End Rec Center from 5p - 7p (5:45pm Conversation)
Open to all east enders, current/former
At the Chatfield Public Library, documentary artist James A. Bowey shares stories and photographs from "When Home Won't Let You Stay,"
At the Chatfield Public Library, documentary…
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At the Chatfield Public
Library, documentary artist James A. Bowey shares stories and
photographs from "When Home Won't Let You Stay," his traveling
exhibition about refugees in Minnesota; and discusses how current
refugee policies and attitudes reflect the state of the empathetic
imagination in civic life. This compelling talk explores how we can bear
witness in a contentious world, and awaken our imagination to the
possibilities of diversity and human connection. Participants will walk
away from this one-of-a-kind program with a renewed sense of purpose and
a deeper appreciation for photography, creativity, and how empathy is
an essential mindset for contemporary education, business, and
“This project is made possible with money from Minnesota’s Arts and
Cultural Heritage Fund and the people of Minnesota for Library Legacy
Winona Middle School Drama Club presents: Zombeo and Juliet
star-crossed lovers are having some…
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star-crossed lovers are having some very supernatural problems. Two
houses, unlike in being alive, one Zombie, one Zombie
hunters. Come watch as Winona Middle School’s Drama Club tells the
story of what happens when Juliet must decide between her love of Romeo
and her love of her family. A Shakespearean retelling that will leave
the audience rolling laughing, and Shakespeare
rolling in his grave.
are available via the After School Activities office at Winona Middle
School, or at the door at the Winona Middle School auditorium. Public
shows are March 29th at 7pm and March 30th at 3pm. Tickets are $10, and
concessions will be available.
Giant Scrabble Game Night
Play scrabble on a giant 10x10 foot board with…
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Play scrabble on a giant 10x10 foot board with giant 8-inch letters in the Winona Public Library on Friday, March 29th from 5:45-7PM!
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The Winona Public Library will hold a four-week online book discussion of
Brainstorm: The Power and Purpose of the Teenage Brain by Daniel
Siegel. Those wanting to participate should join the Library’s Facebook
Group, Winona Public Library - Brainstorm by Daniel J. Siegel, and can
pop in and out of the discussion at any point;
the program is self-paced.
Neuropsychiatrist, Daniel J. Siegel, author of The Whole-Brain Child,
is back again with Brainstorm: The Power and Purpose of the Teenage
Brain, the follow-up book on the adolescent brain from ages 12-24.
how brain development can affect teenage behavior and relationships.
Using important new research in interpersonal neurobiology, “he explores
exciting ways in which understanding how the teenage brain functions
can help parents make what is, in fact, an incredibly
positive period of growth, change, and experimentation in their
children's lives less lonely and distressing on both sides of the
generational divide.” –From the Publisher
April 1st - April 8th: Read Part 1
April 8th – April 15th: Read Part 2
April 15th – April 22nd: Read Part 3
April 22nd – April 29th: Read Part 4 & Conclusion
Copies of the book will be available at the library's Reference Desk.
Classic Movie Monday
Classic Movie Monday is every first Monday
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Classic Movie Monday is every first Monday
of the month at 1PM in the Library’s Bell Art Room. The next movie
stars David Niven in a 1957 remake of a movie that originally starred
William Powell in 1936.
To find out the title of the movie, go to the Library’s Website at
winona.lib.mn.us or call the Library’s Reference Desk at (507) 452-4860.
This event is free and open to the public. Popcorn and lemonade will be served.
Tales on Tap: a Storytime for Adults
Adulting is hard. Come to a read-aloud…
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Adulting is hard. Come to a read-aloud and coloring event at Island City Brewery Company on Wednesday, April 3rd at 6:30PM.
Special guest reader, Leslie Albers, will read The Day the Crayons Quit and
The Day the Crayons Came Home by Drew Daywalt, along with Red: A Crayon's Story
by Michael Hall. While you listen to the stories, destress and color a variety of different coloring sheets. Prizes awarded!
STORM SPOTTER TRAINING OFFERED BY NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE
The National Weather Service (NWS) will be…
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The National Weather Service (NWS) will be holding a SKYWARN Severe Weather Spotter Training in Winona, Minnesota on Wednesday, April 3rd.The training will be held at the Winona County Office Building, 202 W. 3rd Street, starting at 6:30 p.m.
The class will last around 2 hours and includes a multimedia presentation.Training is intended for storm spotters or potential storm spotters, but is open to the public and free of charge.A review of recent and past severe weather will be included.
The NWS relies heavily on actual storm reports from "spotters", which can include sheriff's departments, local emergency management officials, police and fire departments, amateur radio operators, or anyone else that has attended one of these classes.These reports can prompt warnings that save lives – a proven fact we’ve seen many times in our region.
Todd Shea, Warning Coordination Meteorologist with the weather service in
La Crosse, Wisconsin organizes the training each year and encourages large groups and active volunteers.“Accurate and timely reports of severe weather, by trained individuals, not only helps our office, but can save lives in the local community.We always need more eyes to the sky.”
Winona County, as well as other areas of southeast Minnesota and neighboring western Wisconsin, always needs more “ground-truth” weather reports to pass along to the National Weather Service.Again, training is Wednesday, April 3rd in Winona, Minnesota starting at 6:30 p.m.Pre-registration is not needed.
Winona Main Street Program Hosts ADA Compliance Seminar
The Winona Main Street Program invites building…
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The Winona Main Street Program invites building owners, building managers, business owners, and anyone interested in making Winona more accessible to attend an ADA Compliance Seminar on Thursday, April 4th at the Winona County History Center’s Wanek Hall. Check in will begin at 8:00 a.m., the seminar will begin at 8:30 a.m. and will fun for approximately 90 minutes.
David Fenley of the Minnesota Council on Disability will present on what businesses can do to be accessible to the public. While general information will be shared, there will also be a portion highlighting ADA compliance in historic buildings. “A significant portion of the businesses and residences in downtown Winona are in buildings that must adhere to historic guidelines. However, we know the need to address accessibility is incredibly important. It’s crucial for buildings and business to know what changes they can or should make in order to make their spaces accessible and welcoming for all people, but also to protect themselves from lawsuits,” stated Winona Main Street Program Manager, Emily Kurash Casey. “While we are focusing on our downtown buildings, we know this information is needed by businesses all over the city of Winona, and we welcome attendees from outside of downtown, too.”
This workshop is free to attend, but registration is required. To register, visit www.winonamainstreet.com and click on the ADA Compliance Seminar link, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
For additional information regarding the Winona Main Street Program, check out the Winona Main Street website at www.winonamainstreet.com, follow Winona Main Street on Facebook, or contact Emily Kurash Casey, Winona Main Street Program Manager by calling 507-452-2272 or emailing email@example.com.
For more information, contact:
Winona Main Street Program
National Library Week April 7 - 13
The American Library Association's…
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The American Library Association's annual theme is
Libraries = Strong Communities is. Celebrate April 7th through the 13th
at the Winona Public Library with these activities:
Food for Fines
For every non-perishable item you bring to
the library during National Library Week, you will have $1.00 removed
from your fines.
The Food for Fines program applies only toward existing late fines not future fines or items that are lost or damaged.
All food items go to the Winona Volunteer Services Food Shelf.
Friends of the Winona Public Library Annual Meeting
Winona author, Gary Evans, will speak at the Friends of the Winona Public Library Annual Meeting on Tuesday, April 9th at 6:30PM. Evans is the author of popular books
Death by Drowning, Death by Poison, and Death by Payback.
Each book follows Detective Al Rouse and Sheriff's Deputy Charlie
Berzinski in their hunt for serial killer Genevieve Wangen. The story
begins with the hunting drownings of the
young men in La Crosse, WI.
will also include the annual update, elections of officers, and changes
to bylaws as well as cake and refreshments in patron appreciation.
Great River Writes – Winona Writers Group
Do you like to write fiction or
nonfiction? Great River Writes -Winona is starting a writers group, and
we want to hear from you. On Friday, April 12th at 3:30PM, meet in the Winona Public Library’s Bell Art Room and
tell us what you want from the group, work on writing prompts, and review the writing critique process.
Author William Kent Krueger
Author William Kent Krueger will discuss
his mystery novels and the writing process at the Winona Public Library
on Saturday, April 13th at 10am. Krueger writes a mystery series set in the north woods of Minnesota. His
protagonist is Cork O’Connor, the former sheriff of Tamarack County and a man of mixed heritage—part Irish and part Ojibwe.
Desolation Mountain, number seventeen in the series, was released in August 2018.
his stand-alone novel published in 2013, received the Edgar Award,
given by the Mystery Writers of America in recognition for the best
novel published in that year.
This Tender Land, the companion to Ordinary Grace, will be released in fall 2019.
Krueger’s work has received a number of
awards, including the Minnesota Book Award, the Loft-McKnight Fiction
Award, the Anthony Award, and more.
The event is free, open to the public,
and brought to you in part or in whole by a SELCO and Minnesota Arts and
Cultural Heritage Grant.
The Winona County Historical Society’s popular Historic Craft Class: Pysanky is back!
The Winona County Historical Society’s popular…
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Create designs on eggs
using wax and natural dyes in this fun and educational guided class.
This fine art of Easter egg decorating originates in Scandinavian
countries including Poland and the Ukraine. Ukrainian
Easter eggs, called Pysanky, which comes from the verb pysaty, "to
write”. The egg designs are not painted on, but are written with beeswax
and dyed in a series of colors, and so when all the layers of wax are
melted away the colorful designs are revealed.
more about this unique traditional historic art form, the special
tools, and create an egg of your own, using a larger blown duck egg, to
take home. All supplies are included
. Best for
Ages 10 and up. There are two sessions to choose from for this class on
April 7 and April 14, both starting at 1 p.m. These classes have
limited seats and fill fast! Class fee: $12/$10 WCHS members. Register
at the Winona County History Center tickets desk
or call 507.454.2723 ext. 0. Find
more and plan your visit at
Highland Prairie Lutheran Church Meatball Dinner
The Highland Prairie Lutheran Church, south of…
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The Highland Prairie Lutheran Church, south of Rushford, MN invites you to their annual Meatball Dinner on Sunday 4/7 from 10:30a - 1:30p
They will be serving meatballs, mashed potatoes and gravy, glazed carrots, salad, homemade buns,lefse, dessert and beverage.
The cost is $10 for adults, children 6-12 are $5, and children 5 and under are free.
Sacred Heart Parish N20555 County Rd G - Dodge (Pine Creek), WI 54625 is having a Charcoal Chicken Dinner
They are serving 1/2 a chicken, potato salad, homemade baked beans, coleslaw & dessert
This dinner is on Sunday 4/7 form 11am - 1pm
Children 12 & under: $6
Bake Sale - including our signature coffee cakes
Raffle Drawing @ 1pm
Mass @ 10a
Local History Topics with MSC-SE Students
State College - Southeast is a…
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State College - Southeast is a comprehensive technical and community
college with a full history transfer pathway for students. Students have
studied Minnesota history and prepared presentations on a range of
state and local topics and are eager to share their topics that turn
into historical research papers. Current topics students are researching
and will share are Father Lucian Galtier of St.
Paul, The Geology of Minnesota, Soudan Mine State Park, and others.
Please join us to hear these great first steps into historical research!
Basic Vegetable Gardening: A Six-Week Series
Learn how to plant a vegetable garden and…
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Learn how to plant a vegetable garden and
maintain it through the regular and extended growing season. Topics
covered include the various techniques for different types of vegetable
gardens, when to plant vegetables here in the
north, what to plant for a productive, successful garden, and how to
handle the more common challenges of weeds, insects, diseases, and
Sessions will be led by the Winona County Master Gardeners every Thursday from 6-7pm, April 11th to May 16th at the Winona Public Library.
This event is free and open to the public, however, participants must register. To register, go to
https://tinyurl.com/wplvegetables or call the Library’s Reference Desk at (507) 452-4860.
Rhonda Vincent & The Rage at Chatfield Center for the Arts
When the Queen of Bluegrass comes to town, you…
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When the Queen of Bluegrass comes to town, you don’t want to miss out!
Rhonda Vincent is the only artist to receive seven consecutive Female
Vocalist of the Year titles from the International Bluegrass Music
Association. She has seen multiple Grammy nominations and 5 consecutive
Entertainer of the Year Awards from the Society for the Preservation of
Bluegrass Music of America. In 2010, Rhonda received the prestigious
"Star Award" from the Bluegrass Heritage Foundation. With over 80
awards, her band is the most awarded group in bluegrass music,
incorporating savvy contemporary touches while drawing deeply from the
haunting mountain soul of classic Monroe-styled bluegrass. Constantly
forging connections with fans through her invigorating performances, she
continues to grow as a songwriter, with an optimism that bursts through
the speakers, both believable and inspiring.
Thursday, April 11 - Concert at 7:30pm (Doors open at 6pm)
Potter Auditorium -- All Reserved/Assigned Seating
Advance Pricing: $39 Main Floor Center; $34 Main Floor Left/Right or
Lower Balcony; $29 Upper Balcony (At Door Pricing +$5 on all above)
Food by Fat Pat’s BBQ and The Compadres available for purchase from
6-7:30pm. Beverages (water, soda, beer & wine) sold by CCA before