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Weekend Happenings: June 6-8

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life River Falls, 54022
River Falls Wisconsin 2815 Prairie Drive / P.O. Box 25 54022

This week in River Falls:

Friday:

  • Memory care grand opening: Comforts of Home, 2354 Aurora Circle, will host a Polynesian pig roast to celebrate the grand opening of the new memory care addition from 4:30-7:30 p.m. There will be Polynesian music, dancing, Hawaiian ice and leis. All proceeds go to the ALZ Association. Of more information call 715-575-1162.
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  • Dodge Ball Tourney: To support River Falls Youth Hockey Association. 6-11 p.m. at Wildcat Centre, 861 Cemetery Rd., $100/team. Contact Carlie, 715-307-3193, or cjchockey01@gmail.com.
  • Volunteer appreciation outdoor movie: At dusk, there will be a free outdoor movie showing of “Despicable Me2,” a computer-animated comedy sequel, in the basin of Hoffman Park. If it’s raining, the movie will still be shown in the Meyer Middle School gym.
  • Falls Theatre: Neighbors at 7 and 9:30 p.m. See a preview at www.fallstheatre.com.
  • Saturday:

    • Kiap-Tu-Wish Fishing Clinic: For 12 years and up, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. at Glen Park open shelter, River Falls. Fishing for trout on the Kinnickinnic with mentoring, sign up through River Falls Parks and Rec by May 24. $10 in city limits, $15 out of city, includes Subway lunch, bring equipment if you have it.
    • Antique appraiser: Antiques appraisal by author and antiques expert Mark Moran, guest expert appraiser on a popular antiques show on public television will be in the lower level of the River Falls Public Library 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Contact Katie at 715 426-3496 or katiec@riverfallspubliclibrary.org for more information. 
    • Falls Theatre: Neighbors at 2, 7 and 9:30 p.m. See a preview at www.fallstheatre.com.
    • St. Croix County parks open house: St. Croix County is sponsoring  an open house at all county park. There will be free vehicle admission for all visitors into the County’s three staffed parks -- Glen Hills Park, Troy Beach and Homestead Parklands on Perch Lake. Additional fees for camping, boat or canoe rentals, and group shelter rentals still apply. For park locations, directions and a list of amenities available at each location visit the St. Croix County Parks webpage at www.sccwi.us/parks.
    • Appliance and tire round-up: The 2014 annual round-up for appliances and tires sponsored by the Saint Croix County recycling program will be held on Saturday, June 7. Appliances and tires can be dropped off at the Hudson Public Works Facility, Krattley Lane, North Hudson, from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. With the exception of commercial and gas/ammonia units, the cost for all appliances is $5. Appliances which will be accepted include: Air conditioners, humidifiers, dehumidifiers, stoves and ovens, clothes washers and dryers, dishwashers, microwave ovens, water heaters, furnaces, trash compactors and garbage disposals. In addition, automotive batteries will be accepted at all locations at no charge. The costs for tire disposal are as follows: cars up to 16” without rim, $2; cars up to 16” with rim, $4; trucks 17” – 22” without rim, $4; trucks 17” – 22” with rim, $8; tractors; $15; heavy equipment, $20; and bicycles, $0.50. Payment is by cash or check only. Residents with questions about these collection programs are encouraged to contact Jon Tulman, recycling specialist, by calling 715-531-1907 or sending an email to jon.tulman@co.saint-croix.wi.us.
    • Library lower level: Summer Science: We Believe Science Can Be Fun! How things work, why things happen, hands-on experiments, fun facts … and really lame science jokes through July 12 in the River Falls Public Library lower level.

    Sunday:

    • Town ‘N Country Day: Celebrates June Dairy Month, includes: Fun and interactive children activities, kids' street dance, free pancake breakfast, free root beer floats in the afternoon, heritage tractor display, car show, petting zoo, kiddie pedal pull. At Dick's Fresh Market (8-11 a.m.), Security Financial Bank (1-3 p.m.) and Veteran's Park (11 a.m.-4 p.m.) Call 715-425-2533 or www.rfchamber.com for more info.
    • Car Cruze-In: Summer car show in the heart of downtown River Falls, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Classic cars, rat rods, motorcycles and other show vehicles welcome. Free event. First 100 cars receives commemorate dash plaque. More information at 715-425-2533, or www.rfchamber.com.
    • Falls Theatre: Neighbors at 2, 7 and 9:30 p.m. See a preview at www.fallstheatre.com.
    • St. Croix County parks open house: St. Croix County is sponsoring  an open house at all county park. There will be free vehicle admission for all visitors into the County’s three staffed parks -- Glen Hills Park, Troy Beach and Homestead Parklands on Perch Lake. Additional fees for camping, boat or canoe rentals, and group shelter rentals still apply. For park locations, directions and a list of amenities available at each location visit the St. Croix County Parks webpage at www.sccwi.us/parks.
    • Library lower level: Summer Science: We Believe Science Can Be Fun! How things work, why things happen, hands-on experiments, fun facts … and really lame science jokes through July 12 in the River Falls Public Library lower level.

    This week in the local area:

    Friday:

    • Kick-Off Summer Event: Will be held in Prescott from 5-8 p.m. in Prescott’s Public Square Park (by the middle school). Scheduled events include: Community Education 20th Anniversary Celebration; 4-H Dog Agility Demo; 3rd-8th Grade 3-on-3 Basketball Tourney at MS Outdoor Court; (5:30 p.m.) Hula Hoop Contest and Photos with the HS Dance Team; (6 p.m.) Pierce County K-9 Unit Demonstration; (6:30 p.m.) Mr. Roboto Potato Head ~ Mr. Potato Head using tin cans ~ (pre-register with Community Ed at ppeters2@prescott.k12.wi.us - cost $5); (Time to be determined) Play Catch and Take Photos with the HS Baseball Team; and (Dusk) Outdoor Movie in the Park “The Neverending Story” ~ Free! (Rain-out location: Malone Elementary Gym.)
    • Park Art Fair and Blues & Brews Fest: At Mary Park in New Richmond. The event kicks off with a special “Sneak Preview”, from 5-8 p.m. which allows visitors who can’t make it to the event on Saturday to come out and see some of the vendors who will be at the fair. Tickets are available at the Chamber Office, Brady's Brewhouse, Family Fresh Liquor Store, Lumberjack Liquor and Ready Randy's.
    • First Friday Open House: For featured artist Sue Seeger and her sculptural metal works, 5-9 p.m. at Seasons on St. Croix Gallery, 401 Second St., Hudson.
    • “Quilters” play: The story of a mother and her six daughters at the Spring Valley Stagehands Theater in Spring Valley at 7 p.m. The Spring Valley Quilt Club will display quilts at the Spring Valley Community Center before and after performances. Tickets available at svstagehands.org.
    • Fresh Art Spring Tour: In Western Wisconsin covering all of Pepin County, Southern Pierce and Northern Buffalo counties in triangle via Durand to the east, Nelson to the south and Bay City to the northwest. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. free to the public. For more information visit www.freshart.org or call 715-285-5692.

    Saturday:

    • Yellowstone Trail Heritage Days: In Hudson. Vintage vehicles at Lakefront Park, “slow race” on the old toll bridge dike road, scavenger hunt spot local landmarks, Willow River Cemetery Walk, plant sale, garden party, First Baptist Church pie and ice cream social, and more. Call 715-386-8332 about joining the car display.
    • Plant sale: The St. Croix Valley Master Gardeners are hosting their 10th annual plant sale from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., at the Octagon House, 3rd and Myrtle streets in Hudson. There will be perennials and other plants from the gardens of local master gardeners. There will also be a variety of heirloom tomatoes. Master gardeners will be there to help with plant selection, pest and disease information, gardening techniques and so much more. The “Garden to Table Recipes” will also be available. All proceeds from the sale go toward the Master Gardener Community Grant program.
    • Park Art Fair and Blues & Brews Fest: At Mary Park in New Richmond, the festivities go from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. with artists and craftspeople displaying and selling their wares under colorful awnings and tents. Food and entertainment are on-going throughout the day. Admission is free. Brew tasting goes from 4-6 p.m., with tickets costing $20 in advance and $25 the day of the event. Tickets are available at the Chamber Office, Brady's Brewhouse, Family Fresh Liquor Store, Lumberjack Liquor and Ready Randy's.
    • Truck and tractor pull: The National Tractor Pullers Association (NTPA) will travel to Ellsworth for the Showdown in Curdtown to kick off the Region III points race. Truck and tractor pulling begins at 7 p.m., and will feature Region III Super Farm Tractors, Heavy Super Stock Diesel Tractors, Two Wheel Drive Trucks, Limited Pro Stock Tractors and Pro Stock Diesel 4x4 Trucks, and State Modified Mini Tractors, Light Super Stock Tractors and Light Pro Stock Tractors. The showdown will be located at the Pierce County Fairgrounds (364 N. Maple St., Ellsworth). Tickets are available at the gate. They go on sale at 5 p.m. and gates open at 5:30 p.m. For more information about the NTPA, visit www.ntpapull.com,www.facebook.com/ntpapulling, www.twitter.com/ntpapull, or call the NTPA office at (614) 436-1761.
    • “Quilters” play: The story of a mother and her six daughters at the Spring Valley Stagehands Theater in Spring Valley at 7 p.m. The Spring Valley Quilt Club will display quilts at the Spring Valley Community Center before and after performances. Tickets available at svstagehands.org.
    • Park Art Fair: And Willow River Blues & Brews Fest at Mary Park, New Richmond.
    • Get Outdoors (Go) Day: At Willow River State Park. No admission fees, 10 a.m.-noon. All ages can learn about fishing, knot tying, geocaching, and animals.
    • Fresh Art Spring Tour: In Western Wisconsin covering all of Pepin County, Southern Pierce and Northern Buffalo counties in triangle via Durand to the east, Nelson to the south and Bay City to the northwest. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. free to the public. For more information visit www.freshart.org or call 715-285-5692.

    Sunday:

    • Fishing contest: The Ellsworth Lions Club will hold its 26th annual fishing contest Sunday at Nugget Lake Park. Registration begins at 9 a.m., with drawings at 3 p.m. Children ages 16 and under must be accompanied by a parent. Sunday is part of a Free Fishing Weekend throughout the state, so no license is needed. Payment is still needed to enter Nugget Lake. Trophies will be awarded in three categories: smallest fish, largest sunfish and largest crappie. Door prizes will be available, along with a drawing with first place being a 14-and-a-half-foot Old Town Canoe. Food on hand will be bratwursts, hot dogs, candy bars, chips, pop and water.
    • Art Along the Willow: At Willow River State Park, 1034 County Road A Hudson. Enjoy free entertainment as you stroll through many fine arts and crafts exhibits. A special craft area for children will be provided. Free park admission on this Sunday only.
    • Yellowstone Trail Heritage Days: In Hudson. Vintage vehicles at Lakefront Park, “slow race” on the old toll bridge dike road, scavenger hunt spot local landmarks, Willow River Cemetery Walk, plant sale, garden party, First Baptist Church pie and ice cream social, and more. Call 715-386-8332 about joining the car display.
    • “Quilters” play: The story of a mother and her six daughters at the Spring Valley Stagehands Theater in Spring Valley at 2 p.m. The Spring Valley Quilt Club will display quilts at the Spring Valley Community Center before and after performances. Tickets available at svstagehands.org.
    • Fresh Art Spring Tour: In Western Wisconsin covering all of Pepin County, Southern Pierce and Northern Buffalo counties in triangle via Durand to the east, Nelson to the south and Bay City to the northwest. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. free to the public. For more information visit www.freshart.org or call 715-285-5692.
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