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"Tie Down the Sun" is an old Norwegian ritual performed on the winter solstice to call for the return of light on the longest night of the year. It is a nondenominational celebration of the power of community and the cycles of life. This year's theme: Embracing New (old?) Ways: Permaculture, subsistence, reducing carbon footprints, high-integrity food, low-impact lifestyles, etc., will be held at 6:30 p.m. sharp Friday, Dec. 21, fireside at the Unitarian Universalist Society House, N8010 Highway 65, in River Falls. The Society House will be open at 6 p.m.
MADISON -- State Sen. Sheila Harsdorf (R-River Falls) has been reappointed to the State Legislature's budget-writing committee as part of committee appointments recently announced by State Senate leadership. The committee assignments were made as the Legislature prepares for the upcoming two-year legislative session that begins in January. "I look forward to continuing our state's progress from last session in returning fiscal responsibility to state government and encouraging job growth and economic development," said Harsdorf.
First Covenant Church-River Falls, 1374 North Main Street in River Falls, will hold a free drive-through live nativity from 4:30-7:30 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 8. Entering across from the north side of Kwik Trip, via Quarry Road, spectators will drive through the parking lot while listening to carolers and see seven scenes with actors and live animals depicting the events around Jesus' birth. There will be a free gift for each family. In case of heavy rain or snow it will be held from 4:30-7:30 p.m. on Saturday, Dec.15.
The holiday season is upon us and the search for appropriate gifts has begun. In our family the children get top priority and upper Midwestern publishers have been burning the midnight oil to give gift givers a wide variety of choices. Here's a sampling of new books for kids from nine to 90. Roberts author Korinn Hawkins is out with another book for kids. It's entitled, "Our Home, The Earth," photos by Samantha Cole and Corey Hawkins. It's a real charmer and a good way to begin teaching kids early how to respect the planet they live on.
The UW-River Falls University Theatre will present "To Fool the Eye," Jeffrey Hatcher's adaptation of Jean Anouilh's 1939 comical romantic fantasy "Leocadia." Performances are set for 7:30 p.m. Dec. 6-8 and 13-15 in the Blanche Davis Theatre of the Kleinpell Fine Arts building. The UW-River Falls presentation, directed by Sean Dooley, instructor of theatre, will include a pop-up storybook set with an amusing blend of what is real and what is fantasy.
A college fund has been set up for Blake, 6, and Gabriella Sailer, 4, at Security Financial Bank in River Falls. The children's father, Caleb Sailer, died unexpectedly at age 32 on April 10, 2012, from complications following a stem-cell transplant to treat acute lymphoblastic leukemia. He graduated from River Falls High School in 1999. Those who would like to contribute are asked to reference "Sailer Kids College Fund" on their donations at Security Financial, 1561 Commerce Ct., River Falls, WI 54022, or call 715-426-6600 for more information.
The UW-River Falls football and soccer teams raised a total of $1,504 in separate fundraisers during the month of October for the fight against cancer. The Falcon football team raised $480 for breast cancer awareness and prevention at its home game Oct. 13 against UW-Stevens Point while the soccer team raised $1,024 to fight endometrial cancer at its game Oct. 20 against UW-La Crosse. The soccer team wore special jerseys for the game and auctioned them off afterward.
FORWARD, the River Falls Public School Foundation, will sponsor a Colleen Raye holiday concert at 7 p.m. Monday, Dec. 3, at the River Falls High School Auditorium. The concert will feature holiday songs from the 50s and 60s. A silent auction will held and beverages and baked goods will be available for purchase. Tickets are $15 and are available at the Dish and Spoon Café, Dick's Fresh Market and at the door.
The UW-River Falls Radd Jazz Series will present the second annual Swing Dance at the historic Union Depot in downtown St. Paul on Friday, Dec. 7. The event, open to the public, will feature holiday jazz and swing selections performed by the UW-River Falls Jazz Ensemble directed by Professor David Milne. Complimentary swing dance lessons will begin at 6:30 p.m. with a dinner and dance to follow. Tickets are available at the information desk in the University Center at UWRF. Tickets include a dinner and dessert buffet as well as optional bus transportation.
"It's a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play", written by Joe Landry, based on the 1946 film "It's a Wonderful Life will be presented at Spring Valley Stagehands Theatre. Production director is Ellen Rominski, who is also acting in the show, along with Mary Anderson, Gary Lukes, Greg Schmitt, and Duane Kuesel. These five local actors portray many different characters as they interpret this holiday classic staged as a 1940's radio show, complete with sound effects and character voices. "It's a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play" will be presented at the Spring Valley Stagehands Theater, S234 McK