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Employees at River Falls Area Hospital got a chance to meet the future face of employee training last Thursday. SimMan – a medical training simulation mannequin – paid a visit to the hospital, when nurses and support staff had a chance to practice their skills and critique others as they responded to a scenario in which SimMan - the “patient” - experienced a heart attack. Allina Health’s current employee giving campaign is raising funds to cover the $48,000 cost of purchasing a SimMan.
About 500 people came out for the annual Fire Department open house Sept. 29. The open house kicks off “Fire Safety Month” in October. “It was a great turn-out on a great day,” said Pauline Williams, fire safety educator and volunteer firefighter. Folks were treated to a number of hands on activities and demonstrations. The fire department also simulated a car crash and demonstrated the use of spreaders or the “Jaws of Life.” Children toured the fire trucks and sounded the siren. And the safety house was there for kids to learn how to escape a burning home.
This October, UWRF Masquers presents Craig Lucas’s play Reckless. Student Vanessa Brooke Agnes is directing the story of Rachel, a stay at home mother who finds herself homeless on Christmas Eve. With the help of a friendly stranger, Lloyd, she searches for her place in the world. The show runs Oct. 16-18 and 23-25 at 7:30 p.m. in the Blanche Davis Theater located in the Kleinpell Fine Arts Building. Tickets are $10 for adults, $8 for seniors and $5 for students. Each year Masquers nominates a student to direct a full production and the show they will be directing.
Starting next week, Monday, Oct. 6, the Wisconsin Department of Transportation will be replacing the navigation lights on the eastbound and westbound bridges over the St. Croix River between Wisconsin and Minnesota. Motorists should expect some traffic delays. Crews will work on this project Monday through Thursday. In order to avoid morning and afternoon rush-hour traffic, work on those days will be done from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Drivers during that time should expect single-lane closures and plan trips accordingly.
Whether news still matters in community affairs will be discussed during this semester's Working Journalists Seminar, sponsored by the Department of Journalism at UW-River Falls on Oct. 7. The event will feature a panel discussion, "The Role of News in the Community," at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 7, in the Riverview Ballroom of the University Center. The program coincides with National News Engagement Day, an event being sponsored for the first time by the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (AEJMC).
State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Evers congratulated eight public schools from Wisconsin that were among 337 recognized in the 2014 National Blue Ribbon Schools Program. Among those recognized – Westside Elementary School. Schools are chosen for the award based on overall academic excellence or progress in closing achievement gaps. Evers nominated the eight public schools earlier this year.
First Congregational United Church of Christ of River Falls, WI is happy to announce their concert series for the 2014-15 season. This year’s performances include: 3 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 19 - The Master Singers. The Master Singers are a community chamber choir from the Eau Claire area. They are directed by Dr. Gary Schwartzoff, choral director at U.W. - Eau Claire. 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 14 - After Hours Big Band. The After Hours Big band hails from the River Falls area.
"First Mondays Under the Dome," a series of planetarium presentations about astronomy topics, will be offered the first Monday of the month at 7 p.m. at UW-River Falls. The presentations are free, open to the public, and suitable for all ages. The presentations are about 30 minutes long and are held in the planetarium located in Room 201 of the Agricultural Science building. Seating is limited to 50.
This week in River Falls: Friday: Dixie Swim Club: The women of "The Dixie Swim Club" invite you to attend the River Falls Community Theatre's production of the fun-filled comedy about the importance of lasting friendship written by Jessie Jones, Nicholas Hope and Jamie Wooten. Performances will be in the community room of the River Falls Public Library on Sept. 26 and 27, and Oct.3 and 4 at 7:30 p.m. and on Sept. 28 at 2 p.m.
The Grotenhuis Addition, on the east end of the UW-River Falls campus, celebrated its 14th annual Block Party on Saturday, Sept.