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Organizers are seeking participants in the St. Croix County Fair's Battle of the Bands. The Battle is Friday evening, July 19, at the St. Croix County Fairgrounds in Glenwood City. Bands will have 20-30 minutes to set-up, perform, and take down. Time slots will be determined by the number of entries received. To enter, a contract must be signed, and mailed with the $30 entry fee to Heather Clark, 2302 Hwy. 46, Deer Park, WI 54007, and postmarked by June 15. Entries will be still accepted until July 15 with a late entry fee of $35 if there is still room available.
Three American presidents lead off this week's roster of books: Franklin Roosevelt, Dwight Eisenhower and Richard Nixon. You could fill libraries with what has already been written by these guys, but leave it to the scholars -- they can always find a niche that's unfilled. Such is the case of Jeffrey Frank's "Ike and Dick" (Simon & Schuster, $30). You have to wonder how these two incredibly diverse personalities got along when they held sway. Subtitled "Portrait of a Strange Political Marriage," this new book gives lots of answers.
All high school-age students from western Wisconsin and eastern Minnesota are invited to submit one recent original work in any media -- drawing, painting, collage, photography, sculpture, ceramics, jewelry, or other fine crafts -- for display in the Annual Area High School Art Exhibition, which will run April 27 through May 11 in The Galleries of The Phipps Center for the Arts. All submissions must meet the specified guidelines and be dropped off at The Phipps on Tuesday or Wednesday, April 23 or 24, from 8:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.
I'm way behind in my coverage of the Scandinavian thriller surge in world publishing, not having even read a Stieg Larsson thriller, so I'll try to make it up by reviewing a finely wrought thriller by first-time Swedish author Alexander Soderberg. It's "The Andalucian Friend," (Crown, $26), translated by Neil Smith. Soderberg will certainly join the other Scandinavians with the sophisticated creation of his heroine, Sophie Brinkmann, a nurse who has been widowed. She meets a patient at her hospital, one Hector Guzman, a charming fellow whom she falls for. But there's a problem.
Bethel Lutheran Church is hosting a concert by 513Free Sunday, April 7, at 7 p.m. at Bethel Highlands, 504 Frontage Road. Tickets are available at the door for a $10 donation. Proceeds will go to Campus Crusade for Christ and CRU missionaries Joshua and Rose Barta. Joshua Barta graduated from Hudson High School in 1999 and attended Bethel Lutheran as a youth. He and his wife are making an impact on young lives throughout the Midwest through Campus Crusade for Christ. After graduating from Hudson High School, Barta received a degree at Minnesota State University in Mankato, Minn.
Pictured are, from left, Sarah O'Conner (Susan Dahl, Hudson), the mother, and Liz (Michelle Storm, Woodbury), one of her daughters, during a rehearsal scene of "The O'Conner Girls." The play will run April 5-21 at the Phipps in Hudson. See the March 28 print edition of the Hudson Star Observer for more details.
The annual Bridge Bowl-A-Rama fundraiser will be held Saturday, April 6, from 1:30 to 5 p.m. at Hudson Bowling Center in Plaza 94. The Hudson Knights of Columbus will continue their seven-year tradition of leadership as anchor sponsor for the event. Proceeds from Bowl-A-Rama support ongoing Bridge programs that allow youth and adults with disabilities to participate in recreational activities, receive year-round day-services, find employment and socialize with friends. Last year, Bowl-A-Rama raised $20,000.
Kathleen Dunn, a name familiar to Wisconsin Public Radio listeners for the past 20 years, will serve as keynote speaker for 2013 Listeners Dinner on Monday, April 22 at the Phipps Center for the Arts in Hudson. The ticketed event begins with a 5 p.m.
A 5K Fun Run/Walk has been added to the second annual Celebrate Difference event which helps bring awareness and education to families about autism. The run will be held Saturday, April 6. The race will begin at 10 a.m. at Willow River Elementary. Activities that will be going on inside the school are the following: bounce house, silent auction, bake sale, games, face painting, fire truck, a family sharing their personal experience with autism and much more.
The Phipps Oratorio Society Chorus and Orchestra will perform Cantique de Jean Racine by Gabriel Fauré, Cantata 56 by J. S. Bach, and "Gloria" by Antonio Vivaldi on Sunday, March 24, at 2 p.m. at Bethel Highlands Church, 504 Frontage Road. The Cantique is a setting of words by the 17th century dramatist and poet Jean Racine. It was Fauré's first significant composition, written in 1865 while he was in his final year at the École Niedermeyer. Cantata 56 was written in 1726, as Bach was using single solo voices more frequently than in his earlier years.