The Hudson-based string band Greenwood Tree will play for the River Falls Barn Dance series 7-9:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 19 at the Academy Gym at the former Meyer Middle School (439 W. Maple St., River Falls). The dance will feature a variety of square, circle, and line dances and reels given a uniquely Celtic flourish by Greenwood Tree.
St. Croix Valley Sexual Assault Response Team, Inc. (SART) is hosting an ice fishing contest during the entire month of February 2019. Fish at your favorite lake, at any time during the month. The cost is $50 to enter which gives you the opportunity to win one of three grand prizes in addition to weekly drawings. Grand prizes include a two-person ice shelter, a Bass Pro Shops Extreme Ice Arctic Angler 40v Lithium ice auger, and a Vexilar. Contest will begin at midnight on Feb. 1 and end at 11:59 p.m. on Feb. 28, 2019.
Each year the Pierce County Land Conservation Department holds a tree sale for landowners to purchase bare root seedlings or transplants at a low cost. Several varieties of trees that are native to Wisconsin, including conifers, hardwoods, small trees and shrubs are available for purchase. This year the department is offering Arborvitae, River Birch, Common Chokecherry, Midwest Crab, Silky Dogwood, Balsam Fir, Red Maple, Burr Oak, White Pine and White Spruce. Trees are sold in bundles of 25 and range in height from 6-24 inches tall at the time of pick up.
Nicky Thompson is Pierce Pepin Cooperative Services' Live Better Community Service Award winner for the first quarter of 2019. Thompson received the award and a $100 Visa gift card on Jan. 3 for her generous work as a volunteer with the Backpack Program with Our Neighbors' Place in River Falls. Thompson has been a volunteer with Our Neighbors' Place since 2014. She is the current coordinator for the Backpack Program and is responsible for ordering all the food, coordinating volunteers, packing the backpacks and delivering every week to local schools.
The fifth grade class at St. Francis School in Ellsworth spent the fall learning about the challenges many people face trying to earn enough money to feed their families. After learning how many friends and neighbors the Ellsworth Food Pantry helps each month, the students decided to have a holiday food drive to benefit the program. Through the month of December, St. Francis School together with the Ellsworth High School Dance Team, collected 293 pounds of food and $180 that they personally delivered to the Food Pantry on Dec. 14.
The Business Principles class at Plum City High School has been working hard on their semester-long project to create a successful school-based enterprise.
Ellsworth High School band and choir students participated in the St. Croix Valley Music Educators Association Honors Band and Honors Choir at New Richmond High School Saturday, Jan. 5. These students performed some very difficult music with other students from the St. Croix Valley. Their performance was exceptional, said EHS band director Nicholas Junker.
Michael Travis, PhD, has served Pepin County as the Agriculture and Natural Resources Educator and, beginning Jan. 1, 2019, will also serve Pierce County at .2 FTE's in that same role. Travis will work out of Extension office in Pepin County and provide programming related to agriculture throughout Pierce and Pepin counties.
The Pierce County Economic Development Corporation (PCEDC), Small Business Development Center and SCORE are launching, "The Developing Your Agricultural Business Enterprise" workshop series to provide entrepreneurs and agricultural producers tools and resources to launch their agricultural or rural business venture. "The Developing Your Agricultural Business Enterprise series is an interactive program providing you, the entrepreneurs and agricultural producer with the knowledge and tools needed
"The Jazz Age" is an original show produced and written by The Phipps Dance Theater and Jeff Iblings, with a cast of 17 dancers and actors, choreographers Regan Saunders and Talya Dozois, choreographer and performer Christina Leines, and artistic director, choreographer and performer Mackenzie Heisler. Performances will be given Jan. 11-20 on Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. as well as Sundays at 2 p.m. at The Phipps Center for the Arts. Everyone is a suspect when the lead dancer of "The Jazz Age" is gunned down in her changing room.