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"Majestic Flyway" will be the theme of the 2013 Hudson Hot Air Affair winter festival and hot air balloon rally. The annual event will be Feb.
Theater classes for students in grades 1-6 will be offered on four Saturday mornings, Jan. 19 - Feb. 9, at The Phipps Center for the Arts. Masked Fairytale Production for students in grades 1-3 will be offered from 9 to 10 a.m. Students will develop a ten-minute performance based on popular fairy tales. On the first day, the actors will each make their own masks for the characters they choose to portray in the story.
A woman jumped from the east-bound side of the Hudson Bridge at approximately 8:30 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 27, and died at the scene. Authorities cleared the scene at about 10 a.m. The St. Croix County Sheriff's Department reported that the victim has been identified as a 48-year-old Molly Crumley of River Falls. Witnesses reported that the woman stopped her vehicle on the eastbound shoulder of the bridge, about 100 yards west of the Wisconsin shoreline, leaving her 11-year-old daughter in the vehicle. The woman then climbed the railing and jumped to her death.
Have a history buff on your holiday guest list? You won't be disappointed to find all manner of biography and serious history new to bookshelves this winter. For starters, try "Geronimo," by Robert Utley (Yale University Press, $30). Utley a National Parks historian traces the Apache's reputation as it changed from killer and plunderer, to Native American icon, to prisoner of war to what Utley calls our most famous Indian. Writing about Geronimo isn't an easy task thanks to the U.S. War Department's handling of Geronimo's story from his point of view.
From left, Colleen Raye, Debbie O'Keefe, and Katie Gearty will perform "Sirens of the 60s," featuring classic tunes of the 1960s by the female artists of the era, on New Year's Eve, Monday, Dec. 31, at 6 p.m., which has extremely limited availability, and 8:30 p.m.
Minnesota Vikings quarterback Christian Ponder and ESPN reporter Samantha Steele were married Monday afternoon in the St. Croix County Government Center in Hudson, according to media reporters. Court Commissioner Stephen Dunlap is said to have officiated. Ponder, 24, and Steele, 27, are said to have met earlier this year on the set of ESPN's College GameDay. Ponder confirmed that they were dating two months ago. The relationship has been blamed for interfering with his play.
Nathan Avakian will perform in concert on the Wurlitzer theater pipe organ on Saturday, Dec. 22, at 2 p.m. at The Phipps Center for the Arts. The theater organ will blend with 21st century technology in a show with something to offer for every listener. Selections will span a wide variety of eras and styles including jazz, classical, rock, and holiday tunes. The program will also include several three-minute contemporary silent films from the International Youth Silent Film Festival set to original theater organ music composed by Avakian.
Someone on your holiday gift list who likes to read books by and about characters in the upper Midwest? There's a plethora in that category this year. If your target is politics, try "Minnesota's Miracle," by Tom Berg (University of Minnesota Press, $22.95, paper). Berg served in the Minnesota State Legislature in the seventies when politicos got things done. Berg covers all the Andersons, Elmer L., Wendell, Irv. There are fascinating photos from the past, showing our political leaders when they were young and sassy.
Comedian Scott Novotny will offer Acting for Adults - Improvisation/Comedy on six Mondays, Jan. 21 through Feb. 25, from 7 to 8:30 p.m., culminating in a performance on Thursday, Feb. 28, at The Phipps Center for the Arts. Using the fundamentals of improvisation, participants will learn how to help create scenes, improve their acting confidence, and develop interesting characters while working on improvisational exercises and games. "Bring out the inner child in you. Come have fun and learn how to be an improvisational actor at the same time," encourages the instructor.
The Holiday Craft Hullabaloo Dec. 8 is designed to benefit children and the Roger Davis fund. Davis of North Hudson was recently diagnosed with cancer and is undergoing treatment. The crafting session which runs from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. is for school-aged children and includes lunch. It is being held at Mt. Zion Church, 505 13th St. S. Organizers say children should be able to create four to five holiday gifts. They also remind parents to take advantage of a few "kid-free hours" to get some of their holiday shopping done.