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Cantus sings in Stillwater

The male vocal ensemble Cantus is performing at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 23, at the Church of St. Michael, 611 S. Third St., Stillwater, Minn.

Their repertoire covers a variety of periods and genres. Cantus was founded by a group of friends on the campus of St. Olaf College in 1995. Since then they have performed hundreds of concerts worldwide.

Reserved seats are $18 for adults and $12 for students - visit or call (651) 430-3528.

Chordsmen do singing valentines

Members of the Croix Chordsmen barbershop chorus are doing their annual Singing Valentines, accepting bookings for Friday, Feb. 13, and Saturday, Feb. 14.

The singing quartets will travel throughout eastern Minnesota and western Wisconsin, showing up at offices, schools, homes, coffee shops and restaurants. A booking includes two songs, a rose, box of candy, personalized card and photo of the event, for $40.

For more information, call (651) 439-4527 or visit

Art St. Croix calls for artists

Art St. Croix, a non-profit grassroots organization whose mission is to provide opportunities in the arts for adults with disabilities in the St. Croix Valley, announces the fourth annual Living Creatively exhibit of original artwork, to be held in March at the Lake Elmo Regional Art Center.

The theme of the exhibit is "All Things Home." Artists are invited to enter up to three original works of art in any medium; deadline is Feb. 14.

For an entry form, e-mail or call (651) 351-3108.

Old Gem classes resume

Acting and musical theater classes for youth begin next month at Old Gem Theater in New Richmond.

Students ages 8 and up in Musical Theater will meet four times a week and work on "The Wizard of Oz," which they will perform in March.

Students who have previously participated in Old Gem shows may audition for the Young Performers Ensemble production of "In Search of Anne Frank:

Children of the Holocaust." Performances will be in schools in late February and early March and will include adult members of the Old Gem Acting Company.

Imagination Station meets twice a week for young students, who will present a sketch as pre-show entertainment before "Wizard of Oz" in March.

In Broadway Melodies, students meet for an hour a week through May and learn to sing Broadway songs and do simple choreography.

To register, visit (715) 246-3285 or (800) 886-8035, or visit The Old Gem is located at 116 S. Knowles Ave.

Echo Bodine speaks in NR

Speaker, psychic, spiritual healer and teacher Echo Bodine will talk about finding the good in all of life's challenges as she shares stories from her most recent book, "Look for the Good and You'll Find God," on Saturday, Feb. 7, at WITC-New Richmond.

The "Listen to Your Heart's Desire" event runs from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. in the Cashman Conference Center at WITC. The event centers around opportunities that explore listening, learning and loving the inner self. Additional speakers, demonstrations and booths of varying types are also part of the day. Doors and booths open at 8 a.m.; speakers begin at 9.

Pre-registration is necessary. Cost is $29 and includes lunch and a gift. To register, call (715) 243-7421.

Take in Honky Tonk Café

Honky Tonk Café is returning to the River Falls Golf Course on Wednesday, Jan. 28. Doors open at 6 p.m. and music begins at 7.

Musicians include Fizz Kizer, the Jonathan Earl band and headliners Scottie Miller and Zoot Simonds.

Tickets are $15; contact Paulette at or purchase tickets at Whole Earth Grocery Store in River Falls. More information is available at or

Arts alliance opens new gallery

The Hammond Arts Alliance is opening a new gallery, the Foster Art Vault, in the basement of the Hammond Bank.

Hours are 5-9 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 24, and 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 25.

Displaying their works are Greta Hammelman, Heidi Freier, Gary Peterson, Rachel Oostdik, Teri Power, Leslie Fatz-Lutz, Rick Fenstermaker, Lauri Wilson, Doug Johnson and Margy Ralwierz. At 7 p.m. Saturday will be a poetry reading by Bob Brodersen.

For more information, contact Paulette at (715) 796-8869 or

Learn country and swing dance

Professional dance instructor Tera Vitale is teaching country two-step and swing from 7-8 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 24 and 31, at the Hudson Rod & Gun Club, 285 Krattley Lane. Practice continues until 9 p.m. with extended dancing beyond.

Partners are not required. Cost is $10.

Vitale has been dancing for over 30 years in multiples styles of dance. She has been competing in couples-country and swing-dancing for 13 years and has been teaching for 10 years. She is currently a competitive dancer, teaching and competing around the country.

For more information, contact Tom Irwin at (715) 386-1020 or

Loans available for artists

A free informational meeting on the Artist Loan Fund program, coordinated by Springboard for the Arts, is at 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 22, at The Phipps Center for the Arts.

Pre-registration is requested by contacting Springboard at (651) 292-4381 or by visiting

The program provides low-interest loans from $1,000 to $5,000, at a rate of 1 percent above the prime rate, simple interest, to artists in the Twin Cities area, which includes St. Croix County. Loan terms are from 12 to 36 months.

Applicants must attend an informational meeting before initiating the process.

Audition for 'Steel Magnolias'

Auditions for the comedy "Steel Magnolias," by Robert Harling, are from 6:30-9:30 p.m. Monday and Wednesday, Jan. 19 and 21, with callbacks at 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 22, in the Black Box Theater of The Phipps Center for the Arts, 109 Locust St.

The first read-through will be scheduled during the last week of January, and rehearsals will begin Feb. 2. Nine performances run weekends April 17-May 3 on the main stage.

Nine performances are scheduled April 17-May 3 on Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m. on the main stage. For more information, call The Phipps Center at (715) 386-2305.