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For many people the holidays are incomplete without festive strands of lights. But what can be done with those colorful lights once they stop working? Or what if you've bought new lights and don't need your old ones? The St Croix County Recycling Program in coordination with the Recycling Association of Minnesota (RAM) brings you Recycle Your Holiday, a one-of-a-kind holiday light recycling program. Drop off unwanted light strings at any of the 450-plus participating locations, including seven locations in St Croix County, during the holiday season through the end of January.
The St. Croix County Historical Society will present its annual Victorian Christmas Night (formerly called Light-Up Night) Friday, Dec. 7, from 6 to 8 p.m. Participants may tour the Octagon House Museum and the Phipps Inn Bead and Breakfast. Admission is $7 for adults, $3 for students ages 13-19, and $2 for children 12 and under. Tickets must be purchased at the Octagon House on Victorian Christmas Night (No advance sales). The Octagon House, 1004 Third St., was built in 1855 for the John Shaw Moffat family. Moffat was a lawyer and judge in St. Croix County.
"Madeline's Christmas," with book and lyrics by Jennifer Kirkeby, music by Shirley Mier, based on the book by Ludwig Bemelmans, will be produced by The Phipps Children's Theater for a special limited run Dec. 13-16 at The Phipps Center for the Arts in Hudson. Enjoyed by the young and young at heart, the adorable Madeline and her eleven fellow schoolmates have been in films and on TV over the last 60 years. In 1993, a cartoon series was introduced by The Family Channel, later to be picked up by The Disney Channel, causing the overwhelming popularity known today.
A Cookie Fair will be held from 9 a.m.-noon., Saturday, Dec. 1. Cookies, candy and other baked goods will be offered. Lunch is available. Cross Lutheran Church is located at 1246 County TT, Roberts.
The O'Brien's men's ensemble will present a holiday concert on Dec. 1 at 7:30 p.m. at St. Patrick Church, 1500 Vine St. The concert includes traditional holiday favorites, as well as Christmas on Broadway and a sing-along section. Tickets are $5, along with a non-perishable donation to the Hudson Food Shelf. Call (715) 386-2442 for information or search theobrien's on FACEBOOK.
The highlight of the Hudson Home and Garden Club's December meeting will be a visit from Rebecca Kolls. She will speak on the topic of bee-keeping at the Tuesday, Dec. 4 meeting beginning at 1 p.m. at the Phipps Center for the Arts. The meeting is free and open to the public. For 11 years Kolls hosted NBC's nationally syndicated show Rebecca's Garden. Kolls has been the lifestyle and gardening contributor for ABC's Good Morning America since 1998, is the author of the book, Rebecca's Garden: Four Seasons to Grow On.
The Anoka County Sheriff's Office has identified the Hudson woman who died in a traffic accident Tuesday afternoon as Diane Walborau Barrette. The 66-year-old Barrette lived east of Hudson with her husband, Jeffrey. She was attempting to make a U-turn on Bunker Lake Boulevard at 38th Avenue in Anoka, Minn., when her vehicle was struck by an oncoming SUV driven by a teenage girl, according to the sheriff's office. The Barrettes' home was on the Hudson Women's Club's 14th annual Artful Garden Tour last June. She used to drive school bus for Safeway Bus Co., which serves the Hudson School Dis
A 22-year-old River Falls woman lost her life in a one-car crash Friday afternoon on Hwy. 35 in Hudson. Emergency responders found Myrrhia J.
The Phipps Festival Chorus will perform its annual holiday concerts on Saturday, Dec. 8, at 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. at The Phipps Center for the Arts. The chorus, directed by Thomas Dahle, will perform a variety of seasonal songs, including a number of selections new to the choir's repertoire. Some of the new selections include "Northern Light," by Norwegian composer Ola Gjeilo, "Make We Joy Now in this Fest," by British composer Malcom Archer, and "Stars I Shall Find," by David Dickau, Minnesota composer and director of choral activities at Minnesota State University, Mankato.
Norma (Wubbels) Welty, former Hudson English teacher, will be signing copies of her award-winning book, "The Dirty Days," a novel based on her life growing up in the Oklahoma Dust Bowl, at Chapter2Books, 422 Second St. on Nov. 20 from 2-4 p.m. Eighty-seven-year-old Welty, winner of her publisher's Editor's Choice and Rising Star Awards, grew up in the Oklahoma Dust Bowl in the 1930s. At age twenty she moved to Baldwin and later taught English in both Baldwin and Hudson.