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I'm way behind in my coverage of the Scandinavian thriller surge in world publishing, not having even read a Stieg Larsson thriller, so I'll try to make it up by reviewing a finely wrought thriller by first-time Swedish author Alexander Soderberg. It's "The Andalucian Friend," (Crown, $26), translated by Neil Smith. Soderberg will certainly join the other Scandinavians with the sophisticated creation of his heroine, Sophie Brinkmann, a nurse who has been widowed. She meets a patient at her hospital, one Hector Guzman, a charming fellow whom she falls for. But there's a problem.
Bethel Lutheran Church is hosting a concert by 513Free Sunday, April 7, at 7 p.m. at Bethel Highlands, 504 Frontage Road. Tickets are available at the door for a $10 donation. Proceeds will go to Campus Crusade for Christ and CRU missionaries Joshua and Rose Barta. Joshua Barta graduated from Hudson High School in 1999 and attended Bethel Lutheran as a youth. He and his wife are making an impact on young lives throughout the Midwest through Campus Crusade for Christ. After graduating from Hudson High School, Barta received a degree at Minnesota State University in Mankato, Minn.
Based on unofficial results Daniel Pearson has been elected chair in the town of Troy. Pearson defeated David Hense 333-157. Supervisors Sue Warren (Supervisor 1) and Jan Cuccia (Supervisor 3) were both elected with identical 369 vote totals. Both were unopposed.
Pictured are, from left, Sarah O'Conner (Susan Dahl, Hudson), the mother, and Liz (Michelle Storm, Woodbury), one of her daughters, during a rehearsal scene of "The O'Conner Girls." The play will run April 5-21 at the Phipps in Hudson. See the March 28 print edition of the Hudson Star Observer for more details.
The annual Bridge Bowl-A-Rama fundraiser will be held Saturday, April 6, from 1:30 to 5 p.m. at Hudson Bowling Center in Plaza 94. The Hudson Knights of Columbus will continue their seven-year tradition of leadership as anchor sponsor for the event. Proceeds from Bowl-A-Rama support ongoing Bridge programs that allow youth and adults with disabilities to participate in recreational activities, receive year-round day-services, find employment and socialize with friends. Last year, Bowl-A-Rama raised $20,000.
Kathleen Dunn, a name familiar to Wisconsin Public Radio listeners for the past 20 years, will serve as keynote speaker for 2013 Listeners Dinner on Monday, April 22 at the Phipps Center for the Arts in Hudson. The ticketed event begins with a 5 p.m.
A 5K Fun Run/Walk has been added to the second annual Celebrate Difference event which helps bring awareness and education to families about autism. The run will be held Saturday, April 6. The race will begin at 10 a.m. at Willow River Elementary. Activities that will be going on inside the school are the following: bounce house, silent auction, bake sale, games, face painting, fire truck, a family sharing their personal experience with autism and much more.
The Phipps Oratorio Society Chorus and Orchestra will perform Cantique de Jean Racine by Gabriel Fauré, Cantata 56 by J. S. Bach, and "Gloria" by Antonio Vivaldi on Sunday, March 24, at 2 p.m. at Bethel Highlands Church, 504 Frontage Road. The Cantique is a setting of words by the 17th century dramatist and poet Jean Racine. It was Fauré's first significant composition, written in 1865 while he was in his final year at the École Niedermeyer. Cantata 56 was written in 1726, as Bach was using single solo voices more frequently than in his earlier years.
St. Croix Animal friends will hold its annual dinner dance Saturday, March 23. A social hour begins at 5 p.m., followed by dinner at 6. Activities and contests start at 7:30 p.m. and the dance is from 9 p.m. to midnight. "A Night of Country" with music by The Ricks will feature a silent auction, raffle prizes, line dancing lessons and awards for the best Western cowboys and cowgirls. Those whose behavior is questionable may find themselves in the Dog House Jail. Tickets for the dinner and dance are $25.
The Phipps Dance Company is preparing for their eighth annual performances on Friday, March 15, at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday, March 16, at 2 p.m. at The Phipps Center for the Arts. The company is led by artistic directors Barb Suick and Stephanie Campbell. The current company is comprised of 13 auditioned dancers who range in age from 13 to 18 years old. Included in the concerts this year are modern, ballet, hip-hop, tap, and Bollywood selections.