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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
When I was a kid one of the biggest deals of the year was when the Al G. Kelly and Miller Brothers Circus came to town. It was a mid-sized circus, nothing like Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey, which always stopped in Eau Claire.
The Kinnickinnic Kids Special Olympics team are finishing up another successful bowling season. The bowling team consists of 20 athletes from River Falls, Hudson, New Richmond and surrounding areas. This year 15 athletes attended the regional tournament in Eau Claire; eight qualified for the sectional tournament also in Eau Claire and four are moving on to the State tournament being held on Saturday, 12/1 in Weston. The team practices at St.
The University of Minnesota Press's Fesler-Lampert Heritage Book Series is a rare and wonderful bird indeed. It describes its mission as attempting "to republish significant out-of-print books that contribute to our understanding and appreciation of Minnesota and the Upper Midwest." Over the years I've enjoyed many of these reprints of books I missed in years past thanks to the generous assistance of the John K.