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Weekend Happenings: May 2-4

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This week in River Falls:

Friday:

  • Falcon Center groundbreaking: The largest building project in the 140-year history of UW-River Falls moves one step closer to reality this week with a groundbreaking ceremony for the $63.5 million Falcon Center. The ceremony will begin at 2 p.m., outside Hunt Arena. The Falcon Center project constructs a new 162,300 square foot building for the Health and Human Performance programs, athletics, and student recreation as an addition to the existing Hunt/Knowles complex. The building includes classrooms, a human performance laboratory, a large gymnasium, dance studio, auxiliary gym, offices, locker rooms, training rooms, and other supporting spaces. The project also remodels approximately 14,670 square foot of space in the existing Hunt/Knowles complex. Phase one of construction is scheduled to begin this summer with site improvements. Substantial completion of the Falcon Center is estimated for October 2016, with occupancy scheduled in early 2017. More details on the Falcon Center, including architectural renderings of the exterior and interior of the building, are available at www.uwrf.edu/FalconCenter.
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  • Free Shredding: At WESTconsin Credit Union, 1207 N. Main St., River Falls. 3:30-5:30 p.m. Up to 2 cu-ft. sized boxes/bags. Additional shredding $5 per box/bag. Donations encouraged of new children’s book.
  • Scholarship Benefit Dinner: For UW-River Falls. Pulitzer prize winning writer Bob Woodward will speak, begins at 5 p.m. in University Center. Tickets/$45; online at www.uwrf.edu/risingtodistinction to call 715-425-3505.
  • Falls Theatre: Spiderman 2 at 7 and 9:30 p.m. See a preview at www.fallstheatre.com.
  • Wayword Company’s musical: “Ready Or Not, Here He’s Come” at 7 p.m., in the auditorium at Meyer Middle School. This production tells the story of the youth group of All Saints Community Church. They take it upon themselves to form their own detective agency to see if they can find out what has happened -- and why. In the course of their investigations, they find themselves facing new spiritual realities that none of them could have ever imagined. Admission is $5, and children under age 6 are free.
  • UWRF theatre presents 'Kwaidan: Strange Tales from East Asia:’ At 7:30 p.m., in the Syse Theatre in the Kleinpell Fine Arts building. The play about a group of students on a study exchange trip in Japan who learn about the “One Hundred Candles” parlor game and try to play it in an abandoned Bunraku puppet theatre in Tokyo. The evening turns out to be more frightening than they imagined -- and who knows what will happen if the 100th candle is put out? Admission is $11 for adults, $9 for seniors, and $5 for students. Due to the nature of the show, no one under age 11 will be admitted into performances. Tickets may be purchased or reserved through the University Theatre Box Office in Kleinpell Fine Arts or by phone at 715-425-3114. For more information, email robin.e.murray@uwrf.edu or call the Box Office.
  • UWRF juried student art exhibition: The UW-River Falls Art Department announces the 2014 Juried Student Art Exhibition in Gallery 101 of the Kleinpell Fine Arts building through May 7. Free and open to the public. Each year students enter artwork from ceramics, computer design, drawing, fibers, glass, jewelry/metals, painting, photography and printmaking for evaluation during this juried art show. Gallery hours are Monday through Friday from 10 a.m.-8 p.m., and Sunday from 2-4 p.m. For more information, contact the UWRF Art Department at 715-425-3266.
  • 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:

    • Wildcat boy’s tennis: At 9 a.m., River Falls Quad at the River Falls High School.
    • International Migratory Bird Day: Free event, meet at River Falls City Hall and White Pathway 10 a.m.-3 p.m. (inside if inclement weather). All ages. Bring binoculars if you have them, please no pets.
    • Wilderness camping expert at RF library: Intrepid wilderness guide and camping expert Cliff Jacobson returns to the River Falls Public Library at 1 p.m. Saturday, May 3. He will share his secrets about how to keep unwelcome guests out of your camp. Jacobson offers practical, up-to-date advice based on the latest research while challenging some accepted beliefs. Learn why there are differences between black bear and grizzly bear behavior, how a bear’s previous contact with humans changes their natural reactions, and the safest place to store your food in camp (hint: it’s not in a tree!) His free, 90-minute program will be in the library’s lower level community room. For more information call the library at 715 425-0905 or go online to www.riverfallspubliclibrary.org.
    • Annual colts-in-training sale: At 2 p.m. at the UW-River Falls Campus Farm, 1475 S. Wasson Lane. The event opens at 11 a.m. with a sale preview in which all of the horses will be ridden for potential buyers. Lunch will follow at about noon. During lunch, student trainers will be available to answer questions about the horses. The auction will begin at 2 p.m. Each two-year-old horse featured in the sale has been trained by UW-River Falls students enrolled in the Principles of Training Horses class. This is a three-credit course, taught by Nathan O’Connor, where students learn and refine their training techniques. Along with the two-year-olds, a number of aged horses will be sold. Most of these aged horses are lesson horses from the UWRF riding program. For additional information and to view the horses online, visit www.uwrfcoltsale.com.Each horse has a video of it being ridden, a full performance pedigree, and a description of its riding qualities. Sale information can also be found on a Facebook page at www.facebook.com/uwrfcoltsale or call O'Connor at 715-425-3704.
    • Falls Theatre: Spiderman 2 at 2, 7 and 9:30 p.m. See a preview at www.fallstheatre.com.
    • Wayword Company’s musical: “Ready Or Not, Here He’s Come” at 7 p.m., in the auditorium at Meyer Middle School. This production tells the story of the youth group of All Saints Community Church. They take it upon themselves to form their own detective agency to see if they can find out what has happened -- and why. In the course of their investigations, they find themselves facing new spiritual realities that none of them could have ever imagined. Admission is $5, and children under age 6 are free.
    • UWRF theatre presents 'Kwaidan: Strange Tales from East Asia:’ At 7:30 p.m., in the Syse Theatre in the Kleinpell Fine Arts building. The play about a group of students on a study exchange trip in Japan who learn about the “One Hundred Candles” parlor game and try to play it in an abandoned Bunraku puppet theatre in Tokyo. The evening turns out to be more frightening than they imagined -- and who knows what will happen if the 100th candle is put out? Admission is $11 for adults, $9 for seniors, and $5 for students. Due to the nature of the show, no one under age 11 will be admitted into performances. Tickets may be purchased or reserved through the University Theatre Box Office in Kleinpell Fine Arts or by phone at 715-425-3114. For more information, email robin.e.murray@uwrf.edu or call the Box Office.
    • UWRF juried student art exhibition: The UW-River Falls Art Department announces the 2014 Juried Student Art Exhibition in Gallery 101 of the Kleinpell Fine Arts building through May 7. Free and open to the public. Each year students enter artwork from ceramics, computer design, drawing, fibers, glass, jewelry/metals, painting, photography and printmaking for evaluation during this juried art show. Gallery hours are Monday through Friday from 10 a.m.-8 p.m., and Sunday from 2-4 p.m. For more information, contact the UWRF Art Department at 715-425-3266.
    • 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:

    • Moose lodge breakfast: The Moose Lodge Breakfast will be held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., at the Moose Lodge, 620 N. Clark Street. The breakfast, which is open to the public, will feature a menu of pancakes, French toast, scrambled eggs, bacon, ham, sausage, potatoes, coffee, juice, and milk. The cost is $8, free for those under five. Proceeds will benefit the Masonic charities. For more information contact Brian Weber at 715-425-9430 or Jim Vorwald at 715-248-7913.
    • Friends of the Roost event: Family fun at The Roost, N8480 850th St., River Falls., noon-4 p.m. Free petting zoo, family fun afternoon full of laughs and activities. Artisan pizza, baked goods available with free will donation. Call  715-781-0168 for more info. Directions: From River Falls just 2 miles east on Hwy. 29, Right On 850th Street, ¼ mile on left
    • Falls Theatre: Spiderman 2 at 2, 7 and 9:30 p.m. See a preview at www.fallstheatre.com.
    • Symphony and university band concert: UW-River Falls will present the final Symphony Band and University Band concert for the academic year at 3 p.m., in the Abbott Hall in the Kleinpell Fine Arts Building, 420 E. Cascade Ave. Music includes works featuring composer Jack Stamp including Chorale Prelude: Be Thou My Vision, Pastime, Chorale and Toccata, Fireflight and Bandancing.  Other selections feature graduating seniors Ashley Hawk and Anthony Mauser. Tickets are $5 for adults, $3 for seniors, and $2 for students. For further information contact director Dr. Kristin Tjornehoj at 715-410-7416 or the UWRF music department at 715-425-3183. 
    • Handbell performance: Twin Cities Bronze, a performing ensemble specializing in the music and art of English handbells, will perform at 4 p.m., at Ezekiel Lutheran Church, 202 South 2nd St. Two of the 12 members, Rachel Hirsch and Alyssa Boock, of this handbell ensemble hail from River Falls and started their handbell ringing experience at Ezekiel Lutheran Church. A free-will offering will be taken.
    • Wayword Company’s musical: “Ready Or Not, Here He’s Come” at 6 p.m., in the auditorium at Meyer Middle School. This production tells the story of the youth group of All Saints Community Church. They take it upon themselves to form their own detective agency to see if they can find out what has happened -- and why. In the course of their investigations, they find themselves facing new spiritual realities that none of them could have ever imagined. Admission is $5, and children under age 6 are free.
    • UWRF theatre presents 'Kwaidan: Strange Tales from East Asia:’ At 7:30 p.m., in the Syse Theatre in the Kleinpell Fine Arts building. The play about a group of students on a study exchange trip in Japan who learn about the “One Hundred Candles” parlor game and try to play it in an abandoned Bunraku puppet theatre in Tokyo. The evening turns out to be more frightening than they imagined -- and who knows what will happen if the 100th candle is put out? Admission is $11 for adults, $9 for seniors, and $5 for students. Due to the nature of the show, no one under age 11 will be admitted into performances. Tickets may be purchased or reserved through the University Theatre Box Office in Kleinpell Fine Arts or by phone at 715-425-3114. For more information, email robin.e.murray@uwrf.edu or call the Box Office.
    • UWRF juried student art exhibition: The UW-River Falls Art Department announces the 2014 Juried Student Art Exhibition in Gallery 101 of the Kleinpell Fine Arts building through May 7. Free and open to the public. Each year students enter artwork from ceramics, computer design, drawing, fibers, glass, jewelry/metals, painting, photography and printmaking for evaluation during this juried art show. Gallery hours are Monday through Friday from 10 a.m.-8 p.m., and Sunday from 2-4 p.m. For more information, contact the UWRF Art Department at 715-425-3266.
    • 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:

    Friday:

    • Historical association fundraiser: The Pierce County Historical Association will participate in the Great River Road 100-Mile Garage Sale from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m., at the River Bluffs History Center, W6321 E. Main St., Bay City. This annual sale is PCHA’s major fundraiser of the year featuring bargains, treasures, barbeque sandwiches, baked goods, and refreshments. Proceeds support maintenance of the association’s History Center and Conlin Log Cabin in Bay City, its storage facility in Hager City, and its office and archives in the H.W. Lawrence buildings in Ellsworth.
    • Opening artist reception: From 5-9 p.m., at, Seasons on St. Croix Gallery, 401 Second Street in Hudson. Visit www.seasonsonstcroix.com for more information.
    • Sustain Hudson Earth Days Art Festival: Bird Migration Celebration at Phipps Center for the Arts, starts 6 p.m.; Tropical Wings Poetry contest.
    • Fox on the Fairway: At Phipps Center for the Arts, downtown Hudson, at 2 p.m. through May 4. Tickets $22/adults; $15/students, $2 discount for seniors on Sundays. Call 715-386-8409 or online www.thephipps.org.

    Saturday:

    • Historical association fundraiser: The Pierce County Historical Association will participate in the Great River Road 100-Mile Garage Sale from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m., at the River Bluffs History Center, W6321 E. Main St., Bay City. This annual sale is PCHA’s major fundraiser of the year featuring bargains, treasures, barbeque sandwiches, baked goods, and refreshments. Proceeds support maintenance of the association’s History Center and Conlin Log Cabin in Bay City, its storage facility in Hager City, and its office and archives in the H.W. Lawrence buildings in Ellsworth.
    • Barn Flea Market opener: At the New Richmond Heritage Center. The New Richmond Heritage Center will be hosting the Barn Flea Market opener from 7:30 a.m.-2 p.m. on Saturday, May 3.
    • Studio tours: From 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., 2014 artOPENer; St. Croix Valley Studio tour at eleven locations. Visit www.artopener.com for more information.
    • Creative routes tour: From 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Our Creative Routes, a studio arts tour, western Wisconsin I-94 corridor. Visit www.ourcreativeroutes.com for more information.
    • Spring Showcase: At Hudson Sports & Civic Center, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Family friend community business expo. Live entertainment, free kids activities, drawings and prizes. Free event.
    • Earth Day event explores water: YMCA Camp St. Croix along with the St. Croix Community Development Department will host the 10th annual Earth Day event from noon to 4 p.m. Sunday, May 4, at Camp St. Croix, 532 Cty Road F in Hudson. Kids will explore the wonders of water with hands on experiments, demonstrations and displays. Come scoop up and touch water bugs, experience the power of water with soil erosion experiments, create an aquifer. Preschoolers will enjoy painting with water and creating bubbles. The Science Museum of Minnesota’s water program will lead you down water’s long history as it moves and cycles around our planet. Tropical Wings will show you how birds use water to navigate during their bird hike and you meet Scrappie the Bass. Exhibitors from local businesses and non-profit organizations will also provide activities such as: Learn about water scarcity during a Water Walk, use water to put out a “fire” with the Prairie Enthusiasts, and practice casting for fish with the parks department. For information contact Aleisha Miller at 715-531-1915, email Aleisha.Miller@co.saint-croix.wi.us, or visit  www.sccwi.us/resourcemgt. 
    • Fox on the Fairway: At Phipps Center for the Arts, downtown Hudson, at 2 p.m. through May 4. Tickets $22/adults; $15/students, $2 discount for seniors on Sundays. Call 715-386-8409 or online www.thephipps.org.

    Sunday:

    • Studio tours: From 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., 2014 artOPENer; St. Croix Valley Studio tour at eleven locations. Visit www.artopener.com for more information.
    • Creative routes tour: From 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Our Creative Routes, a studio arts tour, western Wisconsin I-94 corridor. Visit www.ourcreativeroutes.com for more information.
    • Bike Safety Clinic: At River Crest Elementary on Co. Rd. F, near Hudson. 1-3 p.m. Parents invited to have children bring bikes and helmets for a safety check. Call 715-531-6543 for more information.
    • Fox on the Fairway: At Phipps Center for the Arts, downtown Hudson, at 2 p.m. through May 4. Tickets $22/adults; $15/students, $2 discount for seniors on Sundays. Call 715-386-8409 or online www.thephipps.org.
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