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The second annual Goliath Challenge, a 5K obstacle race, is Saturday, May 18, at the Badlands Snopark in Hudson to raise funds for Feed My Starving Children. "Last year's inaugural event was a huge success." said race director, Mark Kretschmer. "We raised over $17,000 which equaled 77,273 meals given out through Feed My Starving Children's program.
State Assemblyman Dean Knudson (R-Hudson) announced that he will hold three listening sessions in the 30th Assembly District. A member of the budget-writing Joint Committee on Finance, Knudson said he looks forward to hearing his constituents' concerns and ideas regarding the many issues facing Wisconsin. Listening sessions have all been scheduled for Saturday, May 11. The times and locations are below: UW-River Falls 10-11 a.m. University Center, Kinnic Theater 410 S.
The Octagon House Museum opens for the 2013 tour season Wednesday, May 1. With this year's theme of "One House, One Family, One Hundred Years." Guests can get acquainted with the four generations of the Moffat-Hughes family who lived in the historic Octagon House. Learn about the original owners John and Nancy Moffat who built the house in 1855, all the way to their great-grandchildren one hundred years later. The museum is open Wednesday through Saturday from noon to 4:30 p.m.
Pottery for Prevention, a benefit in support of Turningpoint for Victims of Domestic Abuse and Sexual Violence, will be held Saturday at The Phipps Center for the Arts from 6:30-8:30 p.m. The event began four years ago and has grown every year since its beginning at Seasons on St. Croix in downtown Hudson.
Elisabeth von Trapp, the granddaughter of the legendary Maria and Baron von Trapp, whose story inspired "The Sound of Music," will perform in concert accompanied by Paul Asbell, guitar, and Peter Riley, bass, on Sunday, May 19, at 7 p.m. at The Phipps Center for the Arts. Singing professionally since childhood, von Trapp has entertained audiences from European cathedrals to the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. Her concert repertoire ranges from Bach to Broadway, from Schubert to Sting.
"Who's Yer Daddy?" edited by Jim Elledge and David Groff (University of Wisconsin Press, $26.95) is a fascinating look at writers and artists who inspired the work of gay writers and artists by the gay writers and artists themselves. Thirty-nine essays make up the book and I'll zero in on my favorite essay, "The Tallahtchie Meets the Arve, or Unexpected Gay Influences in the '70s." I choose it because I happen to know the poet who wrote it. His name is Greg Hewett.
Hudson resident Rob Bignell has released a new book titled "headin' to the cabin." Cabin-goers to Wisconsin's north woods now have available the most complete listing of the region's day hiking trails in the new book. Describing more than 100 trails, the book covers nine Wisconsin counties: Ashland, Barron, Bayfield, Burnett, Douglas, Polk, St. Croix, Sawyer and Washburn. Bignell, an avid hiker, is the author of the popular and critically acclaimed "Hikes with Tykes" guidebooks.
The St. Croix River Association will hold its annual Spring Gathering on May 14. Guest speaker will be local distinguished author, William Souder, who will share highlights of his new biography, "On a Farther Shore: the Life and Legacy of Rachel Carson." Published 50 years ago, Rachel Carson's seminal book, "Silent Spring," changed the way we think about the environment and our place in it. Her book became one of the foundational documents of the environmental movement.
The St. Croix Community Development Department has joined with YMCA Camp St. Croix to host the ninth annual Earth Day event, "Soils: Dig It!" The event is Sunday, April 21, from noon to 4 p.m. at YMCA Camp St. Croix in Hudson. A "tunnel" will entice kids to pretend they are earth worms squirming underground. The journey continues winding through "roots" and discovering underground animals. Other hands-on activities include getting dirty in the soil pit, building extravagant and excavating from the earth ancient trilobite "fossils" and treasure eggs.
A nonprofit organization, Wisconsin Northwest Heritage Passage, is sponsoring a day for citizens to visit five local art studios within the St. Croix Valley. The event is Saturday, April 27, beginning at 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. Visitors will see a variety of demonstrations while enjoying refreshments and snacks. Projects to see include, stained glass, torch work, sewing, quilting, pottery, weaving and much more.