River Falls Journal Newsroom
The St. Croix Valley Bird Club's ninth annual "Wings of Spring" bird festival flies into River Falls 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday, May 4. This family-friendly, informative event reflects the club's mission, via education and exposure, to encourage interest in birds and to promote habitat conservation and restoration efforts. "Wings of Spring" will take place at City Hall (222 Lewis St.) and along the White Kinnickinnic Pathway, rain or shine.
This month, sites in the area will be among 5,000 U.S. drop-off locations collecting shoebox gifts for children overseas during Operation Christmas Child's National Collection Week, Nov. 12-19.
The St. Croix Valley Collectors Association will host its annual Threshing Bee on Sunday, Aug. 19, 2018 at the Norm and Shirley Feyereisen Farm, 429 Townsvalley Road, Hudson. The farm is located just south of Hudson of County F, then east on Coulee Trail to Townsvalley Road. The day will feature a variety of old-time farm equipment in operation. Demonstrations include threshing, baling with a stationary hay press, silo filling, corn shelling and more. A variety of antique tractors, "hit and miss" engines and other equipment will also be on display throughout the day.
The types of fish inhabiting the St. Croix watershed have evolved over the years, and will continue to change for decades to come. The St. Croix River Association is presenting a signature speakers series event to learn more about one of the most diverse fish populations in the upper Midwest. Dr. John Lyons, the curator of fish at the University of Wisconsin Zoological Museum in Madison, will speak 6-8 p.m. Thursday, April 12, at the River Falls Public Library about how climate and other changes are affecting fish in the watershed.
The University of Wisconsin-River Falls presents the Symphony Band and University Bands in concert 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 14. Directors Kris Tjornehoj and Gary Bird host internationally acclaimed cornet soloist Harmen VanHoorn with composer Stan Nieuwenhuis. A world premier of Nieuwenhuis' "Postcards from Ellis Island" will feature Paris Opera member VanHoorne as soloist with the Symphony Band. Other music includes L'Effet Divers by Nieuwenhuis featuring four movements reflecting real stories of living in Belgium.
The University of Wisconsin-River Falls Physics Department begins its fall season of free, public observatory viewings and astronomy discussions Tuesday, Oct. 24. The first stargazing session begins with a talk, "Other Earths Out There?: Kepler's Final Count" by physics Professor Eileen Korenic at 8 p.m. in 271 Centennial Science Hall. Then, if the sky is clear, a telescope viewing session will follow at 8:30 p.m. on the third-floor observation deck. Uranus and Neptune should be visible as well as the waning crescent moon.
Nearly a dozen regional artists will be in River Falls to create work "en plein air." The Outdoor Painters of Minnesota will paint the town Saturday, Oct. 7, and the public is invited to observe between 10 a.m and 1 p.m.
A Twin Cities investigative reporter who has covered hot-button issues such as immigration and sex trafficking will be the featured speaker for this semester's communication and media seminar at the University of Wisconsin-River Falls. Farrah Fazal of KSTP-TV will present "Shining a Light into the Shadows" at 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 5, in the North Hall auditorium on campus. The event is free and open to the public.
"The Children of Mystery River," Festival Theatre's second Youth and Family show this year opens on Sept. 8 and runs through the 17th. The show is based on a book by local authors, Phil and Joanne Peterson and is being adapted for the stage by the University of Wisconsin River Falls, and by Seth Kaltwasser. It follows three children as they make their way down the river in the mid 1800s. The show features 15 local youth actors and one adult.
The River Falls community will celebrate “Trout ‘n About on the Kinni” at the 43nd Annual River Falls Days festival this Thursday-Sunday, July 13-16.