February 2019

National Plan Your Vacation Day
Tuesday, January 29

In this culture of packed schedules, hyper-connectivity, and work martyrdom, most are in serious need of a break. While there are hurdles to overcome in the workplace, there’s one step we can all take. Plan to put those vacation days to use! Research shows that individuals who plan are more likely to use all of their time off, take more vacation days at once, and report greater levels of happiness at work and at home.
The Lindsborg Convention and Visitors Bureau is here to help! Call the office for tips and tricks on how to make the most of your planned trip to Lindsborg. Follow Visit Lindsborg on Facebook to stay in touch and to find out what's happening and when. Find a list of yearly events at . There's always something happening in Lindsborg!

#bookdirect day
Thursday, February 7

With a multitude of new travelers searching for vacation rentals, owners and managers are joining forces on February 7 with a singular message to let travelers know that there are many advantages to bypassing third-party channels (such as Airbnb, HomeAway, VRBO and TripAdvisor) to book directly with amangement companies and homeowners.  Many thanks to VRM Intel!

Chocolate Lover's Affair
Saturday, February 9
7:00 PM at the J.O. Sundstrom Center

Join the Lindsborg Arts Council on Saturday evening, February 9th at 7p.m. for the 25th Annual Chocolate Lovers Affair and Art Auction . The evening will feature local businesses and artists showcasing their talents and will support the arts for the Lindsborg and surrounding Smoky Valley community. The event will take place at the J.O. Sundstrom Conference Center at 102 N Main Street in downtown Lindsborg.
Chocolate artists will display their masterpieces as guests vote on who wins the best in show. Each artist will also have samples on each table for the guests to enjoy. In addition, guests can enjoy light appetizers, a hot chocolate/coffee bar and a cash bar with signature chocolate drinks. The annual art auction, with auctioneer Glen Suppes, will showcase an extensive collection of art, varying from fine art to local handcrafted items. Adventure and art experience related packages will also be available. Celebrate the announcement of the Lindsborg Arts Council’s 2019 Artist of the Year with a champagne toast.
All of the proceeds from the evening will be used to help fund two scholarships awarded to local college-bound high-school students from the Smoky Valley area who have demonstrated great promise in an artistic field. Tickets for non-members are $25 and tickets for Lindsborg Arts Council members are $20. Tickets are available for purchase at the door the evening of the event. Non-members will have an opportunity to join that evening! The Lindsborg Arts Council invites you to enjoy a fun evening of delectable chocolate, entertainment, and fine art while supporting the arts and artists in the Smoky Valley. 

Makers Street - The Lindsborg Art Walk
Friday, February 8
5:00 PM to 8:00 PM

Show the love for Makers Street - The Lindsborg Art Walk on Friday, February 8, from 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM. The theme of Frebruary's Makers Street is, appropriately, "Heart Art". Make plans now to come and see a new year of Makers Street cheer with make-and-takes, food and drink, and great conversations with the best of people. Follow Makers Street - The Lindsborg Art Walk on Facebook to learn more.

Black History Month
Bethany College 

Swedish Kurbits Design
Saturday, February 16
9:00 AM - 11:00 AM

Sponsored by Small World Gallery, Carla Griffith’s Wilson of Lindsborg, one of the few US artists practicing traditional Swedish kurbit painting, will be leading a Swedish Kurbits Design lecture on Saturday, January 19 th from 9:00 AM to 11:00 AM. Kurbits are decoratively painted leaves and flowers of the gourd plant, a historic Swedish folk art symbol of heavenly protection. Learn kurbits' history and meaning, and practice on paper the beginning strokes of this painting style. Paper and paint, a loan of appropriate brushes, and snacks will be provided. SOLD OUT

Kära Lindsborg - Our Legacy in Story & Song
Wednesday, February 20
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

"Kära Lindsborg" (pronounced share-uh) is a beautiful piece of music written by Mike and Rose Marie Wallen. Kära translates from Swedish as "Dearest". The first ever public performance of this song will take place on the 150 th anniversary of the naming of Lindsborg.

"Kära Lindsborg" will be sung by over 100 students from Lindsborg's Soderstrom Elementary. This a free program followed by a "cakeluck" reception. What is cakeluck, you ask? It's like a potluck, but with cake! Don't miss this opportunity to celebrate Lindsborg's Sesquicentennial, or to have cake on Wednesday, February 20, from 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM.

Screening of Hidden Figures
Friday, February 22
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Enjoy a relaxed evening at the Lindsborg Community Library, 111 S Main St, with this biographical drama about three brilliant African-American women at NASA -- Katherine Johnson (Taraji P. Henson), Dorothy Vaughan (Octavia Spencer) and Mary Jackson (Janelle Monáe).

The three serve as the brains behind one of the greatest operations in history. The launch of astronaut John Glenn (Glen Powell) into orbit was a stunning achievement that restored the nation's confidence, turned around the Space Race and galvanized the world. You are invited to stay after the movie for a group discussion about the film.

Free Admission, open to the public.

Abstract Painting Class with Randy Clark
Saturday, February 23
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Enjoy a creative painting session with artist Randy Clark at the Kreativhus studio (Dala Town production studio), 105 N. Main Street, to help your inner artist blossom! Randy Clark's paintings have been displayed at the Sandzén Gallery and the Courtyard Gallery in Lindsborg. A former teacher and Lindsborg native, Randy currently lives in Salina.

Learn techniques of doing abstract paintings using pallet knives, putty knives, combs and other tools with acrylic paint, liquid inks and water. You will make 5 or 6 paintings using paper, canvas, and board. Be ready to be creative and have fun! It could get a little messy, so dress appropriately. All supplies are provided.

Tickets are $50.00 and can be purchased here . Class is limited to 8 students, so register early!

Friday Fika

There are always opportunities to enjoy fika in Lindsborg. Join the Swedish Friendship group that meets every Friday morning at 10:00 AM, at Bethany Lutheran Church, 320 N Main Street. There is no charge to attend and all are welcome! To join, simply drop by. You might even catch some Swedish being spoken. Additionally, the Bethany Alum & Friends group meets each first and third Friday at 9:00 AM in the alumni office, at Presser Hall, on the campus of Bethany College, 335 E Swensson Street. This group is also free and open to all.

What is fika? It's a Swedish concept that many already do without knowing it. It's a time for catching up with friends, sipping coffee and snacking. Fika is slowing down for a few minutes everyday to engage with the people around you while nourishing your soul. It's the feeling you get when you savor that warm sip of a pumpkin spice latte from your favorite coffee shop. Fika is fresh baked banana bread from home that was too good to not share with office buddies. Warm your spirits with a hot cup of java at a regularly scheduled event, or just drop in with a friend at your favorite Lindsborg coffee shop. 

Coming Soon!

The Messiah Festival of the Arts has begun announcing the soloists for its 138th performance. Click hereto learn more about this year's performers. Tickets are now available to purchase online. Bundle up and save by purchasing tickets for the Palm Sunday Performance, Bach's "Passion According to St. Matthew" performance, and Handel's "Messiah" performance all at once. Even better, attend all three events and receive a 2019 Messiah Festival of the Arts poster signed by the Messiah soloists!

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