The Hudson-based string band Greenwood Tree will play for the River Falls Barn Dance series 7-9:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 19 at the Academy Gym at the former Meyer Middle School (439 W. Maple St., River Falls). The dance will feature a variety of square, circle, and line dances and reels given a uniquely Celtic flourish by Greenwood Tree.
St. Croix Valley Sexual Assault Response Team, Inc. (SART) is hosting an ice fishing contest during the entire month of February 2019. Fish at your favorite lake, at any time during the month. The cost is $50 to enter which gives you the opportunity to win one of three grand prizes in addition to weekly drawings. Grand prizes include a two-person ice shelter, a Bass Pro Shops Extreme Ice Arctic Angler 40v Lithium ice auger, and a Vexilar. Contest will begin at midnight on Feb. 1 and end at 11:59 p.m. on Feb. 28, 2019.
"The Jazz Age" is an original show produced and written by The Phipps Dance Theater and Jeff Iblings, with a cast of 17 dancers and actors, choreographers Regan Saunders and Talya Dozois, choreographer and performer Christina Leines, and artistic director, choreographer and performer Mackenzie Heisler. Performances will be given Jan. 11-20 on Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. as well as Sundays at 2 p.m. at The Phipps Center for the Arts. Everyone is a suspect when the lead dancer of "The Jazz Age" is gunned down in her changing room.
The 2019 Hudson Hot Air Affair, Hudson's annual winter festival and hot air balloon rally, is set for Feb. 1-3. Sponsored by WESTconsin Credit Union, the Hot Air Affair is celebrating 30 years with a "Pirates Fly'n the Croix-ribbean" theme.
Premier Complex gymnasts started out the season strong in Monticello, Minn. with two team wins, followed by three team wins at the home meet in Clear Lake on Dec. 8-9 and three team wins at Woodbury on Dec. 15. Premier Complex South Campus has continued to grow in New Richmond and is now offering a tumbling for cheer class on Monday evenings and New Richmond Community Education classes.
Vocalists Wayne Luchau, Colleen Raye and Debbie O'Keefe along with the Echoes Rock and Roll Band will perform "That'll be the Day: The Music of Roy Orbison, Linda Ronstadt and Gene Pitney" on New Year's Eve, Monday, Dec. 31 at 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. A performance has been added on Sunday, Dec. 30 at 2 p.m.
Ebenezer Scrooge would be appalled. The old miser would give a loud "Bah!" and a hard-hearted "Humbug!" at how hard we have been working to make your library as accessible as possible without costing the patrons so much as a shilling. In April, the Friday Memorial Library Board of Trustees voted to reduce the fees on overdue materials across the board. Then, near the summer's end, we held our own "Back to School Sale," cutting fines in half during the two weeks leading up to Labor Day. This saved our patrons nearly a thousand dollars.
A group working to promote the St. Croix region's story as one of national significance has seated its first formal board of directors and is launching new programs in 2019 to benefit the St. Croix watershed.
Auditions are open to area students in grades 10-12 for The Phipps Children's Theater production of Roald Dahl's "Willy Wonka Jr." Thursday, Dec. 13 and Friday, Dec. 14, from 4-7 p.m. each day, with callbacks on Sunday, Dec. 16, from 1-4 p.m. at The Phipps Center for the Arts.
St. Croix County Emergency Support Services announces the new Smart911 mobile app to provide targeted location-based alerts and National Weather Service alerts to all residents if they choose to do so. Residents and visitors will now be able to download the Smart911 app to receive key information needed in an emergency. The Smart911 app provides enhanced functionality by sending targeted alerts based on the user's location.