The Phipps Dance Theater will present "Hooray for Hollywood" Aug. 17-26 on Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. as well as Sundays at 2 p.m. at The Phipps Center for the Arts. The show will highlight films such as "The Wizard of Oz," "Singin' in the Rain," "Saturday Night Fever," and "La La Land." Influences include Charlie Chaplin and Busby Berkeley, as well as appearances from Elvis, Marilyn Monroe, Shirley Temple and Fred Astaire.
Whole Earth Grocery Coop (WEGC) in River Falls announced Aug. 8 that General Manager Evan Sayre is departing for a new opportunity. "We thank Evan for his hard work at Whole Earth over the past three years and wish him the best in his new position," said Robin Boles, WEGC Board Chair. Boles outlined the board's transition plan to new leadership. The WEGC Board has hired former WEGC assistant manager Bairet Eiter as a consultant, who will work with the board and current staff to insure a smooth transition to the interim general manager.
In the late 1950's, when I was in middle school, my dad decided to buy a popcorn wagon as an adjunct to his retail business, Armstrong's Gift and Variety Store, located on Main Street in River Falls, Wisconsin. River Falls is a town on the Wisconsin-Minnesota border, 40 miles from the Twin Cities. In the 1950's, it had a population of 5,000. It also had a state teachers' college, that educated not only elementary and secondary teachers but also students majoring in agriculture. The college barns, which were on campus, gave off an aroma of manure that gave rise to the nickname "MOO U."
The Historical Society will host its annual Family Fun Night at the Museum 6:30-8:30 p.m. at the Octagon House Museum, 1004 Third St, Hudson. This is a free event and open to the public. Families are invited to enjoy an evening full of family friendly games, activities and refreshments. Entertainment and activities include: face painting, old-fashioned yard games, craft booths and story time with children's librarian Mary Davis. Enjoy refreshments with homemade baked goods and beverages (refreshments are free, but donations are welcomed and appreciated).
Mike Noreen of River Falls joined the Chippewa Valley Technical College Board of Directors at the board's annual organizational meeting July 9. Noreen, the conservation and efficiency coordinator for River Falls Municipal Utilities, will serve a three-year term as an employee member.
Jim Madsen has spent the better part of two decades working with a team of scientists on a quest to find answers to some of the universe's greatest mysteries. "In order to see new things, you have to look in different ways. All science is this continual quest to look in new ways," he explains.
Every year millions of people attend county, district or state fairs and tell their friends about the great time they had. Maybe it was your first encounter seeing a cow, riding the Ferris wheel, eating a corn dog, serving as a superintendent for 30 years, or even getting engaged; but it happened at the fair. Now it's time to share your story with the rest of the state. Your story could be from the past or something even from the present year.
The Phipps Dance Theater will present "Hooray for Hollywood" Aug. 17-26 on Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m. at The Phipps Center for the Arts in Hudson. This production will feature work from both local and Twin Cities-based choreographers Melissa Huber and Christina Leines of Hudson, Regan Saunders of Minneapolis, and director Mackenzie Lewis of Stillwater, Minn.
The store window at Mei Mei's Cookies & Creamery is beginning to fill with bibs, infant toys and other baby items as part of the "Baby Shower" being hosted for Family Resource Center St. Croix Valley. The Family Resource Center is a nonprofit that provides parent education programs, including parent-child groups and home visits, for families prenatally to school entry across Pierce, Polk and St. Croix counties. The organization is also the shop's featured charity for its "Coffee for a Cause" program in the month of July.
High-flying, fast paced dirt bike and ATV racing will be featured as the preview show for the Pierce County Fair! The Supercross Racing event will start at 7 p.m. Friday, July 27 at the Fairgrounds Grandstand in Ellsworth. You will see racers jump 70-foot triples, navigate bermed corners and pound through the whoops. Local racers are invited to sign up for the races — as young as 4 years old and as old as 50. Pit gate and sign up will open at 3 p.m., practice will start at 6 p.m. (for race entrants only), and the racing will start at 7 p.m.