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Weekend Happenings: May 16-18

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This week in River Falls:

Friday:

  • Wildcat girls’ softball: At 4 p.m. versus Prescott at the River Falls High School.
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  • Wildcat boy’s baseball: At 5 p.m. versus Blaine, Minn. at the River Falls High School.
  • RFHS band “showtime” concert: The River Falls High School Choral Department presents, “It's Showtime,” an evening of music from movies and television at 7 p.m., at the River Falls High School, Doris Fuka auditorium. Doors open at 6:30 pm. The concert will feature three choirs with 200 students performing. Special features will include "spotlight" performances by students. The concert is open to the public.  A $5 donation is appreciated for each general seating tickets, which will be available at the door. Proceeds for the yearly fund-raiser help maintain attire for the choirs, support needed classroom items, offset transportation costs, sponsors in part the Costumed Carolers and the Solo/Ensemble participants, and continue of the tradition of the dinner show.
  • Falls Theatre: Heaven is for Real at 7 and 9 p.m. See a preview at www.fallstheatre.com.
  • Library lower level exhibit: The annual all-school at show will feature artwork by students of all ages from River Falls through May 23.
  • Saturday:

    • UWRF commencement: An expected 760 degree candidates will participate in commencement ceremonies at the UW-River Falls on Saturday, May 17. Two ceremonies will be held at the Robert P. Knowles Recreation Center. The first, at 9:30 a.m., includes candidates from the College of Agriculture, Food and Environmental Sciences, the College of Business and Economics, and Graduate Studies. The 2 p.m. ceremony includes candidates from the College of Arts and Sciences and the College of Education and Professional Studies. For more information on the UW-River Falls spring 2014 commencement ceremonies, including a link to a live stream of the event, visit www.uwrf.edu/Registrar/Commencement.
    • Falls Theatre: Heaven is for Real at 2, 7 and 9 p.m. See a preview at www.fallstheatre.com.
    • RFHS band “showtime” concert: The River Falls High School Choral Department presents, “It's Showtime,” an evening of music from movies and television at 7 p.m., at the River Falls High School, Doris Fuka auditorium. Doors open at 6:30 pm. The concert will feature three choirs with 200 students performing. Special features will include "spotlight" performances by students. The concert is open to the public.  A $5 donation is appreciated for each general seating tickets, which will be available at the door. Proceeds for the yearly fund-raiser help maintain attire for the choirs, support needed classroom items, offset transportation costs, sponsors in part the Costumed Carolers and the Solo/Ensemble participants, and continue of the tradition of the dinner show.
    • Library lower level exhibit: The annual all-school at show will feature artwork by students of all ages from River Falls through May 23.

    Sunday:

    • Tool drive: St. Croix Valley Habitat for Humanity will hold a tool drive from 9-10:30 a.m., at First Congregational United Church of Christ, 110 North Third Street. Donated tools in good condition will be placed into the hands of volunteers to help build Habitat homes. All other tools will be sold at ReStore, providing income to support Habitat’s mission to eliminate poverty housing. Items accepted include gardening tools, building tools, and yard materials – no furniture or appliances.
    • Falls Theatre: Heaven is for Real at 2, 7 and 9 p.m. See a preview at www.fallstheatre.com.
    • House dedication: St. Croix Valley Habitat for Humanity will hold a house dedication for three families at 2 p.m. at 164, 166 and 168 S Apollo Road. A groundbreaking ceremony for Mary Voje-Thrivent Builds and three more Habitat homes is also planned.
    • Spring piano recital: The piano students of Barb Wall will present their spring ensemble recital at 3 p.m., in the sanctuary of the United Methodist Church, 127 S. Second St. Students include: Alaina Syverson, William Tuchtenhagen, Sophie Bechel, Molly Shippy, Jane Briese, Christian Pound, and Erin Syverson. A reception will follow the recital.
    • Library lower level exhibit: The annual all-school at show will feature artwork by students of all ages from River Falls through May 23.

    This week in the local area:

    Saturday:

    • Plant sale to benefit park: The volunteer gardeners of Freedom Park in Prescott are sponsoring a plant sale to benefit the native gardens and wildlife plantings at the park from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Locally grown perennials for shade and sun, hanging flower baskets, prairie and native plants, grasses and garden art, and objects will be for sale at reasonable prices. Many of these garden items are from quality vendors joining the sale: UWRF Horticulture Program (annual packs), Kinnickinnic Natives (prairie and native plants and grasses), Seven Sisters Greenhouse (annual packs, vegetables and herbs) and Smith Brothers Landing (garden art and objects).
    • Rod, gun, and archery club youth day: The Hudson Rod, Gun and Archery Club will host the 64th annual Youth Day from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., at the club, 285 Krattley Lane in Hudson. Registration will begin at 8:15 a.m. The free event for kids 9-14 years old will include guns, shells, bows, arrows, and all safety equipment for no charge. Trophies will be given to 1st-3rd place trophies in different age categories. There will also be refreshments, lunch and prizes. For more information call Pat and Jim Knorn at 715-749-3654 or 715-410-1160, or visit www.hudsongunclub.com.
    • ‘Wheels’ exhibit: Hammond Arts Alliance presents WHEELS from 5-9 p.m. at Foster Hall Gallery, 865 Davis St. There will be unicycle demonstrations from 6:30-7 p.m. on Charlotte Street next to the bank building. The band Boondoggle will be playing at the Hammond Hotel from 8-11 p.m. For more info contact Paulette at 715-796-8869 or lupine.anderson@gmail.com.
    • Elvis Show: At 7 p.m. at First Baptist Church. with Joe Sir and his Rockabilly Rebels. Tickets $20/each, free for under 12. Seating is limited; call 715-386-9589. Dessert buffet and  bake sale will start at 6 p.m. Corner of Third and Vine St., Hudson.

    Sunday:

    • ‘Wheels’ exhibit: Hammond Arts Alliance presents WHEELS from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Foster Hall Gallery, 865 Davis St. For more info contact Paulette at 715-796-8869 or lupine.anderson@gmail.com.
    • Book signing: Author and historian Ken Martens will present excerpts from his hot-off-the-press book “The Perilous St. Croix River Valley Frontier” from 2-3 p.m. at the Great River Road Visitor and Learning Center at Freedom Park in Prescott. Through his original research, Martens has collected and compiled incredible stories and compelling accounts of life during early territorial days in the St. Croix River Valley. From torrential downpours, to horse-and-buggy road rage, to outbreaks of diseases like cholera and E. coli, there are over 50 stories in the book covering disputes, adventure and risky opportunity on the frontier. Martens will read his favorite excerpts from this book as well as sign copies of the new book. These stories are certain to engage readers and program attendees immediately with the region’s fascinating history. The program is free. Call 715-262-0104 for more information.
    • Minneapolis Guitar Quartet: At 7 p.m. at The Phipps Center for the Arts, Hudson. $22/adults, $15/students. Call 715-386-8409 for more information.
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