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ELLSWORTH -- Pierce Fair Coordinator Ann Webb says there are lively and gifted headliners ready to perform at the picnic shelter during this year's Pierce County Fair, Aug. 8-11. Glen Gerard, comic magician, will open the fair on Thursday and Friday. Gerard has performed magic since age 10. As a teen, he won numerous awards for his sleight-of-hand skills. Gerard has also appeared on numerous cruise ships, including Norwegian and Disney cruise lines. His show will feature sleight-of-hand, comedy, and plenty of audience participation.
The Moose Lodge, 620 N. Clark Street, will host a brunch on Sunday, June 2, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. The menu will include pancakes, French toast, scrambled eggs, bacon, ham, sausage, potatoes, coffee, juice and milk. The public is welcome. The cost is $8 and kids 5 and under free. Proceeds will benefit the American Legion Riders Bike Blessing. For more information contact Brian Weber at 715-425-9430 or Jim Vorwald at 715-248-7913.
Whole Earth Grocery, 126 S. Main St., will host the Bloom 'n' Chalk Fest from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday, June 1. The family friendly event will take place at Whole Earth Grocery and beside the Kinnickinnic River on the White Pathway. The event will feature face painting, henna body art, a kids' area, live music and beverages for purchase. There will also be a chalk fest. For $20 with t-shirt or $10 without, artists will be given a spot, chalk, sponge and gloves to create a portrait based on the theme -- "Veggie Love!" Registration will be at 8 a.m. at Whole Earth Grocery.
Summer will soon be upon us.
Fire erupted in a town of River Falls home Sunday evening, bringing out three area departments for about two hours. Fire was reported at a home nestled off a wooded cul de sac at N8641 1020th St., about a mile south of West Division Street, on the west side of the Kinnickinnic River. The first River Falls unit arriving declared the house fully-involved with fire, spurring a mutual aid request for engines and water tankers from Hudson and Ellsworth.
The College of Business and Economics at the UW-River Falls will host an information session from 6-7 p.m. Thursday, May 23, at the UWRF Hudson Center, for those considering whether a master's degree in business administration will help them further their career goals. Learn about the part-time, evening MBA, talk to MBA Director George Dierberger, and meet other prospective MBAs on Thursday, May 23, between 6 and 7 p.m. at the UWRF Hudson Center, 2501 Hanley Road, Hudson.
St. Croix County residents: Don't miss out on the Tire and Appliance Collection on Saturday, June 1. Take advantage of this great opportunity to get rid of unwanted tires and major household appliances for a small fee. TIRE COLLECTION There will be four locations around the county collecting tires. There is a small fee associated with each tire. Tires up to 16" without the rim are $2 each, with the rim $4 each. Tires 17" - 22" without the rim are $4 each, with the rim $8 each.
The St. Croix Sportsman's Alliance will sponsor a free kids fishing contest on Saturday afternoon, June 8, at Homestead Parklands on Perch Lake, north of Willow River State Park, from 3-5:15 p.m. The fishing contest is open to children of all ages. Sign up at Fishingcontest Vehicle admission fee will be waived to all participants. Volunteers will be available to assist children with fishing. Park entrance address is 550 Perch Lake Road. For directions please call the park at (715) 549-6515 or visit the St.
University of Iowa Press has just re-issued a book of poetry by Philip Levine, winner both the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry and the National Book Award, and who served for a year as United States Poet Laureate. The book is "Sweet Will," published by Prairie Lights after being out of print for years. It's a quiet book, lovely in its restraint. One of my favorite poems treats of Levine's life as a boy in Detroit.
State Sen. Sheila Harsdorf (R-River Falls) welcomed the Dalai Lama to Wisconsin Tuesday, May 14, during his two-day visit to Madison to give a teaching, take part in a panel discussion at UW-Madison and address a joint session of the State Legislature. Said Harsdorf about the encounter: "It was an honor to be one of the legislators chosen to greet the Dalai Lama prior to his address to the State Legislature.