The Hudson-based string band Greenwood Tree will play for the River Falls Barn Dance series 7-9:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 19 at the Academy Gym at the former Meyer Middle School (439 W. Maple St., River Falls). The dance will feature a variety of square, circle, and line dances and reels given a uniquely Celtic flourish by Greenwood Tree.
St. Croix Valley Sexual Assault Response Team, Inc. (SART) is hosting an ice fishing contest during the entire month of February 2019. Fish at your favorite lake, at any time during the month. The cost is $50 to enter which gives you the opportunity to win one of three grand prizes in addition to weekly drawings. Grand prizes include a two-person ice shelter, a Bass Pro Shops Extreme Ice Arctic Angler 40v Lithium ice auger, and a Vexilar. Contest will begin at midnight on Feb. 1 and end at 11:59 p.m. on Feb. 28, 2019.
Each year the Pierce County Land Conservation Department holds a tree sale for landowners to purchase bare root seedlings or transplants at a low cost. Several varieties of trees that are native to Wisconsin, including conifers, hardwoods, small trees and shrubs are available for purchase. This year the department is offering Arborvitae, River Birch, Common Chokecherry, Midwest Crab, Silky Dogwood, Balsam Fir, Red Maple, Burr Oak, White Pine and White Spruce. Trees are sold in bundles of 25 and range in height from 6-24 inches tall at the time of pick up.
Students in UW-River Falls' Event Planning course recently completed two events on behalf of local charity, Our Neighbors' Place. On Wednesday, Dec. 5, UW-River Falls' Deck the Halls took place at the Falcons Nest in the University Center and offered Christmas gift making and ideas, button making, coasters, a plant sale, pot painting, wood ornaments and a hot chocolate bar.
Nicky Thompson is Pierce Pepin Cooperative Services' Live Better Community Service Award winner for the first quarter of 2019. Thompson received the award and a $100 Visa gift card on Jan. 3 for her generous work as a volunteer with the Backpack Program with Our Neighbors' Place in River Falls. Thompson has been a volunteer with Our Neighbors' Place since 2014. She is the current coordinator for the Backpack Program and is responsible for ordering all the food, coordinating volunteers, packing the backpacks and delivering every week to local schools.
Michael Travis, PhD, has served Pepin County as the Agriculture and Natural Resources Educator and, beginning Jan. 1, 2019, will also serve Pierce County at .2 FTE's in that same role. Travis will work out of Extension office in Pepin County and provide programming related to agriculture throughout Pierce and Pepin counties.
The featured River Falls Rotarian of the Month is Steve Schroeder who works with accelerated math students in third, fourth and fifth grades at Westside Elementary School. Schroeder also works with accelerated math students at Meyer Middle School. Additionally, he serves as a Rotary Reader. Between the two schools, he volunteers around seven hours per week during the school year. Schroeder exemplifies the RF Rotary Club motto, "Enhancing opportunities for youth; creating a better world for all."
While recently home on leave, brother and sister Air Force Cadets Kenny Oberlin and Elisabeth Oberlin shared their Academy experiences with River Falls American Legion members. Kenny, a 2015 RFHS graduate, is in his third year at the Air Force Academy, located in Ft. Collins, Co. His sister Elisabeth, RFHS class of 2018, is in her first year there and in the midst of "boot" training.
"The Jazz Age" is an original show produced and written by The Phipps Dance Theater and Jeff Iblings, with a cast of 17 dancers and actors, choreographers Regan Saunders and Talya Dozois, choreographer and performer Christina Leines, and artistic director, choreographer and performer Mackenzie Heisler. Performances will be given Jan. 11-20 on Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. as well as Sundays at 2 p.m. at The Phipps Center for the Arts. Everyone is a suspect when the lead dancer of "The Jazz Age" is gunned down in her changing room.
The 2019 Hudson Hot Air Affair, Hudson's annual winter festival and hot air balloon rally, is set for Feb. 1-3. Sponsored by WESTconsin Credit Union, the Hot Air Affair is celebrating 30 years with a "Pirates Fly'n the Croix-ribbean" theme.