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Weekend Happenings: Feb. 14-16

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This week in River Falls:

Friday:

  • Cookies with the Council: Will be held at 7:30 a.m., at South Fork Café, 116 S. Main St. Share a cookie with the River Falls City Council and learn a little more about your city.
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  • Valentine's Day flower sale: The UWRF Horticulture Society is holding its annual Valentine's Day Flower Sale in the University Center , next to the Information Desk from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. We will have roses, carnations, lilies, gerber daisies along many other cut flowers and flowering potted plants. Choose from a variety of vases along with ribbon, cards and other decorative items to add to your bouquets. Cash or check only.
  • Gallery 120 exhibit: Bob Fritz Art Retrospective at Gallery 120, 120 N. Main Street. Opening 4-7 p.m., show extends through February.    
  • Community theatre one act plays: “Love River Falls Style” is a night of one act comedies being presented by River Falls Community Theater. For $15, enjoy dessert, coffee, and watching your friends and neighbors perform a series of short funny plays for your entertainment.  This event is being held at Friends Bar & Grill at 1107 S. Wasson Lane. Doors open at 6:30 for pre-show musical entertainment with the theater offerings starting at 7:30.  Seats are limited.  Advance tickets are available at Friends and at the Dish and the Spoon Cafe.
  • Westside musical: Westside students, staff and parents will present musical selections from “The Lion King.” The 23rd annual musical will be held at 7 p.m., in the River Falls High School Auditorium. The production under the direction of Westside music teacher Peggy Krasin will feature performances by Colleen Raye, Mark Smith, Superintendent Jamie Benson, a xylophone and African drumming ensemble and many Westside students, staff and parents. The Westside musical is open to the public and there is no admission charge, but there will be a free will offering.
  • Falls Theatre: The Lego Movie at 7 and 9 p.m. See a preview at www.fallstheatre.com.
  • Jazz Club Cabaret: The UW-River Falls RADD Jazz Series presents the Jazz Club Cabaret at 7:30 p.m., in the Falcon’s Nest in the University Center. The event, which is free and open to the public, will include refreshments, a cash bar and feature a chocolate fountain. Experience a true “Jazz Club” atmosphere at UWRF’s Jazz Club Cabaret! The Valentine’s Day jazz concert will feature Los Angeles-based jazz pianist and composer Matt Harris with UWRF Music Department faculty David Milne (saxophones), Eric Graham (bass), and Craig Hara (drums), in a program of original jazz music by Harris. More information about Harris can be found at www.mattharrismusic.com.
  • UWRF men’s hockey game: At 7:05 p.m. versus Stout at W.H. Hunt Arena on the UWRF campus.
  • Library lower level exhibit: Pen & Ink, with a Side of Metal: Philip Colpitts and the Metalsmiths’ Guild. Featuring a body of work by Philip Colpitts, and three-dimensional contributions by metalsmiths through March 2.
  • Saturday:

    • Knights hoops tourney: The 46th annual Knights of Columbus Parochial Grade School Basketball Tournament will be held at St. Bridget’s Gym. The first game will be played at 8 a.m. All proceeds from the tournament will be used to sponsor local youth athletics.
    • RFHS boys’ basketball: At 1 p.m. versus St. Paul Johnson at the River Falls High School.
    • Falls Theatre: The Lego Movie at 2, 7 and 9 p.m. See a preview at www.fallstheatre.com.
    • UWRF women’s hockey game: At 2:05 p.m. versus Eau Claire at W.H. Hunt Arena on the UWRF campus
    • Community theatre one act plays: “Love River Falls Style” is a night of one act comedies being presented by River Falls Community Theater. For $15, enjoy dessert, coffee, and watching your friends and neighbors perform a series of short funny plays for your entertainment.  This event is being held at Friends Bar & Grill at 1107 S. Wasson Lane. Doors open at 6:30 for pre-show musical entertainment with the theater offerings starting at 7:30.  Seats are limited.  Advance tickets are available at Friends and at the Dish and the Spoon Cafe.
    • UWRF men’s basketball game: At 7 p.m. versus Steven’s Point at the Kargas Center on the UWRF campus.
    • CAB barn dance: The Western Wisconsin old-time string band the Rush River Ramblers will return for the River Falls Barn Dance series. The dance is held at the gym of the River Falls Academy on West Maple Street in River Falls from 7-10 p.m. No previous dancing experience is necessary. Dance steps will be taught to both newcomers and more seasoned dancers by an expert caller. Partners are optional and singles welcome. Children are especially encouraged to participate in the opening family dance segment from 7-8:30 p.m. The second half of the evening features somewhat more advanced dances. Admission is $5 for adults and $2.50 for 12 and under. Inexpensive refreshments are available. Visit www.riverfallscab.org for more information.
    • UWRF men’s hockey game: At 7:05 p.m. versus Stout at W.H. Hunt Arena on the UWRF campus.
    • UWRF Jazz Ensemble concert: The UW-River Falls RADD Jazz Series presents the UWRF Jazz Ensemble and Los Angeles-based jazz pianist and composer Matt Harris at 7:30 p.m., in Abbott Concert Hall in the Kleinpell Fine Arts building. The concert is free and open to the public. The concert will feature performances, compositions, and arrangements by Harris, including the world premiere of a newly commissioned work for the UWRF Jazz Ensemble. The ensemble is directed by David Milne and Craig Hara.
    • Library lower level exhibit: Pen & Ink, with a Side of Metal: Philip Colpitts and the Metalsmiths’ Guild. Featuring a body of work by Philip Colpitts, and three-dimensional contributions by metalsmiths through March 2.

    Sunday:

    • Annual “It Takes A Village” Haiti benefit concert: River Falls church choirs and the River Falls Gospel Choir will present the 11th annual “It Takes a Village” Concert, a benefit concert for the people of Haiti. The concert will be held at 4 p.m. at Ezekiel Lutheran Church, 202 S. Second St. Several different genres and styles of music will be performed. Each choir will present two numbers and Shawn Gudmunson, director of the St. Croix Falls High School Choral Music program, will lead the 100 plus voice massed choir in two numbers to conclude the concert. There will also be an audience hymn sing, and project director Curt Larson will give an update on the school project in Ganthier, Haiti. A free will offering will be taken with all proceeds going to support the students and teachers of the school. A dessert reception will follow the concert.
    • Bridal fair: From noon to 3 p.m., with the River Valley Bridal show beginning at 3 p.m., at the River Falls High School. The event will included a vendor showcase and fashion show. The first 100 brides through the doors will receive a Swag Bag filled with goodies from participating businesses. Tickets will be $8 at the door on the day of the event. Visit www.rivervalleybrides.com for more information.
    • Open Skate: From 1-2:30 p.m. at W.H. Hunt Arena on the UWRF campus.
    • Falls Theatre: The Lego Movie at 2, 7 and 9 p.m. See a preview at www.fallstheatre.com.
    • Fashions of the 1960s: A River Falls Reads Event that includes a style show facilitated by Robin Murray, at 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 16, in the lower level at the River Falls Public Library.
    • Library lower level exhibit: Pen & Ink, with a Side of Metal: Philip Colpitts and the Metalsmiths’ Guild. Featuring a body of work by Philip Colpitts, and three-dimensional contributions by metalsmiths through March 2.

    This week in the local area:

    Friday:

    • Deuces Wild Dueling Piano: At R&D Catering & Banquet Facility in New Richmond. Dinner starts at 6 pm. and goes until 7:30 p.m. The show starts at 8 p.m. Advance tickets are $50 for the dinner and the show, along with a free drink token. For more information, call 715-246-4446.
    • Rush River Snowmobile Club Euchre Tourney: 7 p.m. at the clubhouse, one mile south of HWY 72 East, on 450th Street in eEllsworth. Doors open at 6:30 p.m., cost is $5 per person. There is 100% payback, 50/50 raffles and food and beverage sales. For more information call Kevin at 715-307-2165.
    • Mulan Jr: Children’s Theater at The Phipps in downtown Hudson. $20/adults, $18/13 and older, $15 12 and under. Call 715-386-8409 for reservations. Through March 2.

    Saturday:

    • Author Fest: Held from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., at Chapter 2 Books, 422 2nd St. in Hudson.
    • Winter Gala: By Hudson Rotary Clubs at R&D Catering, Hwy. 65 and Co. G, south of New Richmond. Doors open at 5:30 p.m., social hour, silent auction, wine raffles, delicious meal, “Elvis” sets.
    • Kids Ice Fishing: At Homestead Parklands on Perch Lake, 2-4 p.m. Prizes for biggest, smallest and most fish. Holes will be pre-drilled, bait provided and some poles available. More info at www.kidsicefish.eventbrite.com
    • Cabaret Night: From 7-9 p.m. Fundraiser for middle and high school band programs at Hudson High School cafeteria. Enjoy desserts and two hours of music, silent auction. $5 per person.
    • Mulan Jr: Children’s Theater at The Phipps in downtown Hudson. $20/adults, $18/13 and older, $15 12 and under. Call 715-386-8409 for reservations. Through March 2.

    Sunday:

    • Pancake Breakfast: Hancock Lodge will host a pancake breakfast, at the Ellsworth Masonic Center, 400 High Point Dr. The menu includes pancakes, French toast, scrambled eggs with ham, pork sausage links and beverages. There will be a free will offering with proceeds going to the Lodge scholarship program and other Masonic charities. Serving time is 8 a.m. until 1 p.m. Call Dennis Donath at 715-262-5484 for more information.
    • Mulan Jr: Children’s Theater at The Phipps in downtown Hudson. $20/adults, $18/13 and older, $15 12 and under. Call 715-386-8409 for reservations. Through March 2.
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