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The St Croix Valley Master Gardeners are hosting Garden U on Saturday, March 16, at Ready Randy's Conference Center in New Richmond. Registration starts at 8:30 a.m. and the $30 fee includes lunch and speaker handouts. Pre-registration can be done by mailing a check payable to SCVMGA to Barrette-SCVMGA at 1358 County V, Houlton, WI, 54082.
Traffic accidents near Hudson and Menomonie caused temporary slowdowns for travelers Tuesday morning. The State Patrol announced about 10:10 a.m. that I-94 east of Menomonie has been reopened following a 3:50 a.m. semi- crash that appears to have claimed two lives. One victim is still missing and presumed dead. The truck ran off the road and into the river. One body has apparently been recovered and the wreckage has been removed. The crash remains under investigation and more details will be posted when available. A four-vehicle crash in the westbound lanes of Mile 1 near the St.
The Western Wisconsin Photography Club will meet on Wednesday, March 6, 7 p.m., in the River Room at The Phipps Center for the Arts. As a follow up to a special meeting on judging photographs, attendees will break into small groups to discuss a set of supplied images. The focus of the discussion will be on deciding how successful the images are and how they could be improved. Later the monthly salon images submitted by club members will be shared and discussed. This meeting is free and open to the public.
A preschool program on squirrels and chipmunks will be presented at the Willow River State Park Nature Center on Tuesday and Wednesday, March 12 and 13, 9:30-11:30 a.m. and Thursday, March 14, 1:30-3:30 p.m. The classes are free, but vehicle admission fees apply.
Hudson United Methodist Church's Rotation Missions Group is a youth group that put together 150 pair of socks and treats for The Source and Operation HELP. Rotation Missions Group is a non-profit Christian organization whose mission is to help all people in need that live in St. Croix County and part of Pierce County (city of River Falls). The group includes, from left, Jenna Hallen, Nick Hallen, Marin Munro, Nathen Amann, Braden DuCharme, Brennan DuCharme, Ayden Munro, Renee Miller, Jade Miller, Margan Brozek, Caron Spencer and Sydney Spencer. Not pictured, Anna Olson and Steven Chapman.
As the River Falls Reads program winds down and folks who have read and enjoyed Michael Shaara's Pulitzer-Prize winning novel about the Battle of Gettysburg, "The Killer Angels," are looking for new reading material, I'm happy to report that although Shaara died in 1988, his family lives on in the person of his son, Jeff Shaara, who also writes about the Civil War and has completed his father's trilogy with "Gods and Generals" and "The Last Full Measure." His new book is "A Blaze of Glory," a novel about the Battle of Shiloh.
The Lake Wobegon Brass Band (LWBB) will perform a varied program on Saturday, March 2, at 7 p.m. at The Phipps Center for the Arts in Hudson. Celebrating its 20th anniversary, the LWBB is comprised of educators, professional musicians, and several who have vocations outside the musical world. A Phipps favorite, the 30-member British-style brass ensemble will perform a variety of musical compositions ranging from Duke Ellington to Lennon & McCartney, and many more. Tickets are $22 for adults and $15 for students of all ages. Discounts are also available by purchasing season tickets.
A stand-up comedy class will be offered by Scott Novotny on six Mondays, March 4 through April 8, from 7 to 8:30 p.m., culminating in a special showcase on Thursday, April 11 at The Phipps Center for the Arts. Novotny comments, "Ever been told you're funny, and you should try to do a stand-up comedy act? But how do you do it?
A series of exhibitions featuring mixed media collage by Carol Adleman, Luck; mixed media abstract expressionism by Charles A. Condon, River Falls; soda-fired stoneware by Jude Ryan Reiling, Minneapolis; mixed media sculpture by Mark D. Roberts and Denise Rouleau, Minneapolis; and acrylics and colored pencil drawings by Michael Tarr, Menomonie will be on view Feb. 15 through March 17 in The Galleries of The Phipps Center for the Arts. An opening reception will be held on Friday, Feb. 15, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
The Phipps Children's Theater will hold auditions for area students in grades 7 through 9 for the spring production of "The Adventures of a Comic Book Artist," with book and lyrics by Pat Lydersen, and music by Wendy Woolf, on Tuesday and Thursday, Feb. 26 and 28 at 6 p.m. in the Black Box Theater of The Phipps Center for the Arts. Callbacks will be held on Friday, March 1, at 6 p.m. All will be asked to read from the script, do some improvisation, and sing a few bars from a song of their choice. Sheet music should be provided for the accompanist, if possible.