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From left, Colleen Raye, Debbie O'Keefe, and Katie Gearty will perform "Sirens of the 60s," featuring classic tunes of the 1960s by the female artists of the era, on New Year's Eve, Monday, Dec. 31, at 6 p.m., which has extremely limited availability, and 8:30 p.m.
Someone on your holiday gift list who likes to read books by and about characters in the upper Midwest? There's a plethora in that category this year. If your target is politics, try "Minnesota's Miracle," by Tom Berg (University of Minnesota Press, $22.95, paper). Berg served in the Minnesota State Legislature in the seventies when politicos got things done. Berg covers all the Andersons, Elmer L., Wendell, Irv. There are fascinating photos from the past, showing our political leaders when they were young and sassy.
Comedian Scott Novotny will offer Acting for Adults - Improvisation/Comedy on six Mondays, Jan. 21 through Feb. 25, from 7 to 8:30 p.m., culminating in a performance on Thursday, Feb. 28, at The Phipps Center for the Arts. Using the fundamentals of improvisation, participants will learn how to help create scenes, improve their acting confidence, and develop interesting characters while working on improvisational exercises and games. "Bring out the inner child in you. Come have fun and learn how to be an improvisational actor at the same time," encourages the instructor.
The Holiday Craft Hullabaloo Dec. 8 is designed to benefit children and the Roger Davis fund. Davis of North Hudson was recently diagnosed with cancer and is undergoing treatment. The crafting session which runs from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. is for school-aged children and includes lunch. It is being held at Mt. Zion Church, 505 13th St. S. Organizers say children should be able to create four to five holiday gifts. They also remind parents to take advantage of a few "kid-free hours" to get some of their holiday shopping done.
The O'Brien's men's ensemble will present a holiday concert on Dec. 1 at 7:30 p.m. at St. Patrick Church, 1500 Vine St. The concert includes traditional holiday favorites, as well as Christmas on Broadway and a sing-along section. Tickets are $5, along with a non-perishable donation to the Hudson Food Shelf. Call (715) 386-2442 for information or search theobrien's on FACEBOOK.
The highlight of the Hudson Home and Garden Club's December meeting will be a visit from Rebecca Kolls. She will speak on the topic of bee-keeping at the Tuesday, Dec. 4 meeting beginning at 1 p.m. at the Phipps Center for the Arts. The meeting is free and open to the public. For 11 years Kolls hosted NBC's nationally syndicated show Rebecca's Garden. Kolls has been the lifestyle and gardening contributor for ABC's Good Morning America since 1998, is the author of the book, Rebecca's Garden: Four Seasons to Grow On.
The Anoka County Sheriff's Office has identified the Hudson woman who died in a traffic accident Tuesday afternoon as Diane Walborau Barrette. The 66-year-old Barrette lived east of Hudson with her husband, Jeffrey. She was attempting to make a U-turn on Bunker Lake Boulevard at 38th Avenue in Anoka, Minn., when her vehicle was struck by an oncoming SUV driven by a teenage girl, according to the sheriff's office. The Barrettes' home was on the Hudson Women's Club's 14th annual Artful Garden Tour last June. She used to drive school bus for Safeway Bus Co., which serves the Hudson School Dis
A 22-year-old River Falls woman lost her life in a one-car crash Friday afternoon on Hwy. 35 in Hudson. Emergency responders found Myrrhia J.
The Phipps Festival Chorus will perform its annual holiday concerts on Saturday, Dec. 8, at 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. at The Phipps Center for the Arts. The chorus, directed by Thomas Dahle, will perform a variety of seasonal songs, including a number of selections new to the choir's repertoire. Some of the new selections include "Northern Light," by Norwegian composer Ola Gjeilo, "Make We Joy Now in this Fest," by British composer Malcom Archer, and "Stars I Shall Find," by David Dickau, Minnesota composer and director of choral activities at Minnesota State University, Mankato.
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northwestern Wisconsin is sponsoring a Start Something Breakfast on Tuesday, Nov. 27. This event will be at Camp St. Croix in the dining hall from 7:30 to 8:30 a.m. Participants will learn more about Big Brothers Big Sisters and the impact the organization makes on the children in the community. The breakfast is free, but organizers hope participants will consider a donation to support the work of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northwestern Wisconsin. The event includes a short program. R.S.V.P.