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SPRING VALLEY—The Spring Valley Stagehands’ next theater production will be Paul Osborn’s “Morning’s at Seven,” directed by Lori Peterson. Auditions will be held beginning at 7 p.m. next Tuesday and on Thursday, Dec. 12, at the Spring Valley Community Center (formerly the Spring Valley Senior Citizens Center) on McKay Street.
BAY CITY—This year, the magic of the Christmas season will come to life along the shores of Lake Pepin during Coastal Christmas. Taking place this Saturday, businesses in the four West-Coast-of-Wisconsin Villages of Bay City, Maiden Rock, Stockholm and Pepin will offer a variety of special events planned to delight and entertain holiday visitors. Each village along this scenic 20-mile span of Hwy. 35 will be decked out in their holiday best.
A 43-year-old rural River Falls man allegedly drinking nearby stopped at Little Caesars for a pizza and claimed his parked Ford pickup truck went backwards on its own into the entry glass door of Tip Top Nails, 707 N. Main St., Wednesday night, Nov. 27. The man later told police the gears of his pickup don’t always stay locked. He also admitted to drinking “a lot.” No one was hurt in the collision.
10 YEARS AGO, NOV. 27, 2003 Dick’s Market at 1121 South Main Street had a two-page advertising spread in the River Falls Journal with turkeys on special for 89 cents/lb., navel oranges $1.99/5 lbs. bag; apple cider 99 cents/64 oz., russet potatoes $1.19/10 lb. bag; and 24-pack of Budweiser for $12.99. In other business news, Julie Hove was hired as a real estate loan officer at S&C Bank at 1150 N.
River Falls poet Thomas Smith will host his second annual tribute to John Lennon and the Beatles in poetry and song at the River Falls Public Library, 140 Union St., at 7 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 8. Smith will give readings from his chapbook, “The Night We Saved the Beatles,” plus acoustic selections from the Lennon/Beatles music catalog. Smith says the response to last year’s Lennon tribute was so positive he’s bringing back another tribute this year “by popular demand.”
River Falls United Methodist Church, 127 South 2nd Street, will host a free community breakfast from 8-10 a.m. on the second Saturday of the month. All are invited.
The Old Gem Professional Company and Young Performers Ensemble will perform “Annie Jr.” at 7 p.m. Fridays, Dec. 6 and 13, 10:30 a.m. on Saturdays, Dec. 7 and 14; 2 p.m. on Sundays, Dec. 8 and Dec. 15, and weekdays Dec. 5-20, at the Old Gem Theatre, 116 South Knowles Ave., New Richmond. Tickets are $11 for adults and $9 for students and seniors. Group rates for the weekday matinees are available. Call 715-246-3285 or 800-886-8035 for ticket reservations or more information.
The Annual Art Scholarship Sale is going on now through Dec. 11 at UW-River Falls in Gallery 101 in the Kleinpell Fine Arts building. The sale is open to the public. Choose from an extensive selection of studio arts including glass, ceramics, painting, fibers, printmaking, photography and mixed media. New items are added daily. The art available for purchase includes work by current art students and faculty, alumni, retired faculty and a variety of local artisans.
The “Sirens of the 60s” featuring local performer Colleen Raye will perform at the FORWARD River Falls Education Foundation fundraiser Monday, Dec. 2, at the River High School auditorium. A social hour, silent auction and bake sale will start at 6 p.m., with the concert beginning at 7 p.m. Tickets are adults, $15, and students, $10.
The UW-River Falls women’s hockey team swept UW-Eau Claire, 2-0 and 6-0, in a WIAC home-and-home series over the weekend to improve to 4-3-0 on the season. After hosting St. Olaf College on Tuesday, Nov. 26, the Falcons return to WIAC action with a home-and-home series against UW-Superior Friday and Saturday, Dec.