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Regional Happenings (Feb. 3)

HUDSON: Rotaract meets

The St. Croix Valley Rotaract group meets at the Hudson Golf Club the second and fourth Tuesdays of every month at 7 p.m. For more information, go to:

STILLWATER, MINN.: Croix Chordsmen offer Valentines

The Croix Chordsmen will offer singing Valentines area residents in western Wisconsin can order for Friday through Sunday, Feb. 12-14. A $40 donation, which goes to the group's Youth in Harmony fund, will buy two songs, a rose, a box of candy and a card to a person of choice. To schedule a singing Valentine, call 651-439-4527 or 425-2793; or go to:

HUDSON: RF actor has role in 'Willy Wonka'

Mack Ballard, of River Falls, has a major role as Charlie Bucket, in The Phipps Center for the Arts' presentation of "Willy Wonka," which will be staged at 7 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, and 2 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays, Feb. 12 through 28. The production is based on the children's novel by Roald Dahl. Tickets are $20 for adults; $18 for students 13 and older with a current I.D. Make reservations by calling 386-8409 or go to:

HUDSON: Regional artists display artwork

A series of exhibitions featuring these area artists will be on view in The Galleries (through Feb. 21) and the Atrium Gallery (through Feb. 14): Josh Blanc, Jeanine Kindlien, Chris Mars, Claudia Poser, Sean Smuda, Gloria Adrian, Barbara Riegel, Nancy Condon, Karla Faith, Patty Johnson of Roberts, Amy Klein, Timothy Luedtke of River Falls, Bernard Marks, Alis Olsen, Mary Perkins, Bonnie Ploger and Teri Power. Galleries hours are 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Saturday; noon to 4:30 p.m. Sunday; and one hour before and through intermission of all performances by The Phipps' theaters. For more information, call Anastasia Shartin at 386-2305.

HUDSON: Preschool class features owls

A preschool class will be offered at Willow River State Park from 10 a.m. to noon Tuesday or Wednesday, Feb. 9 or 10. Owls will be the featured topic. Cost is $10 per child. For more information, call Kari at 386-9340 or send an e-mail to Vehicle admission rules apply to all vehicles entering the park.

HUDSON: Concert to raise funds for Turningpoint

In a guest appearance keyboardist Neal Doughty, a member of REO Speedwagon, will perform at the annual Hot Air Affair concert held from 8-11 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 6, at the Best Western Hudson House Inn to raise funds for Turningpoint abuse shelter in River Falls. Goodwill cash donations will be accepted at the door. In addition to the concert, the event will include a silent auction, food, beverages, and an autograph session with Doughty.

For more information about Turningpoint, go to

Persons who'd like to volunteer or donate to the event should call: Kami Telschow at 377-0099; Pete Keskey at 377-7795 or Eldene Rosenwinkel at 651-260-1600. Rosenwinkel will also be able to offer more information about the event by calling her or sending an e-mail to