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Area events Sept. 3 to Sept. 10

Women invited to sing

Ann Hansen of Hudson was among a group of singers from Vallee de Croix Chorus who attended a recent music camp at St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minn.

Women interested in joining the barbershop chorus are invited to visit one of the group's rehearsals. Rehearsals are Mondays from 7-9:45 p.m. at St. Paul Lutheran Church, 609 S. Fifth St., in Stillwater, Minn.

For more information, call Laurie at (651) 439-7102.

Kenny Salwey - River Rat shares lore

Backwoodsman turned author Kenny Salwey will share his view of the Mississippi River's natural and human history in a blend of folksy humor, woods lore and a gentle philosophy of Nature at 2 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 13, at the River Falls Public Library, 140 Union St.

The documentary "Mississippi: Tales of the Last River Rat" depicts Salwey, an Alma native who has lived his life close to the land, getting by as a river guide, trapper, fisherman, hunter, woodsman and root and herb collector along the Mississippi River.

Now the author of three books about his experiences, Salwey will have his books for sale and signing at the library program.

The event is free.

Quilt show in NR

The Willow River Piecemakers Quilt Guild is holding its annual show, Flights of Fancy, on Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 26 and 27, at WITC-New Richmond in the conference center. Hours are 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday.

Admission is $3. The show includes vendors, a silent auction, door prizes, quilt raffle drawing and more.

For more information, call Betty at (715) 246-6216.

Old Gem resumes classes

The Old Gem Theater in New Richmond is offering classes for youth of all ages Sept. 14-Nov. 1.

--Imagination Station, ages 5-7, Wednesdays and Fridays from 4-5 p.m. with a performance Oct. 31; $125.

--Broadway Melodies, ages 8 and up, Mondays from 6-7 p.m. through Dec. 14 with performances Dec. 13 and 14; $160.

--Young Performers Ensemble, ages 8 and up, Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays, 4-6 p.m., and Saturdays, 9 a.m.-noon, with performances Oct. 29-Nov. 1; $175.

--Teen production "Rashomon," ages 14 and up, September-January with performances Dec. 17-Jan. 16; $160.

--In the Wings, ages 8 and up, Thursdays, 3:30-4 p.m.; $60.

For more information, or to register, call (715) 246-3285 or go to

HOME meal is tonight

The free Hudson Outreach Meal for Everyone, scheduled the first and third Thursday of the month, is tonight at Bethel Lutheran Church, 920 Third St. Serving is from 5-6:30 p.m.

Baby-sitting is available. For more information, call Ruth Lewis at (715) 425-9766.

UMW rummage sale set

The Hudson United Methodist Women are holding their annual rummage, bake and craft sale Friday and Saturday, Sept. 11 and 12, at the church, 1401 Laurel Ave. Hours are 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday and 8 a.m.-noon Saturday.

Featured will be gift items and crafts, electronics, tools, lawn, garden and recreational goods, clothing, books, toys, household items, antiques, furniture and more.

Proceeds support local and global UMW mission projects.

Clean usable donations are being accepted from 7:30-9 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 9, and 8 a.m.-8 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 10.

Carnival downtown at church

First Baptist Church is holding a community carnival from noon-3 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 13, at the church, located at the corner of Third and Vine streets.

The free community event will feature hot dogs, chips, cookies, beverages and games for all ages.

Craft sale benefits HFD

The annual Walmart craft sale and flea market is scheduled from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 12, in the store parking lot. All proceeds raised from stall rentals will be donated to the Hudson Fire Department.

Stalls can be rented for $10 each - entry forms are available at the Hudson Walmart and the morning of the event. Vendors with a variety of crafts have already rented nearly 30 stalls; there is no limit to the number of stalls rented out.

The rain date is Sunday, Sept. 13. For more information, call Carol Cameron at (715) 410-2189.

Calling past chairpeople

The HHS Senior All-night Planning committee is gearing up for the 25th annual Senior All-night party to be held next June for the 2010 graduates of Hudson High School.

The committee is searching out past chairpeople since the party's inception in 1986 (data is missing from 1987 to 1993). If you have chaired the all-night party or have pertinent historical data regarding it, contact Tim or Diane Zais at (715) 386-2746 or Dennis or Lois Duerst at (715) 381-7008.

A past chairperson reunion is being planned for early November.

Session on stem cell research

St. Croix Valley Christians for Life is hosting a communitywide information session about current biomedical research at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 15, at Faith Community Church, 777 Carmichael Road.

Topics covered include the latest advances using adult stem cell and umbilical cord blood stem cell lines that do not utilize embryonic tissue.

Free childcare is provided. For more information, call Jodi Waldschmidt at (651) 271-7063.

Democrats meet in Hudson

The St. Croix County Democratic Party meeting is at 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 10, in the Community Room at the Hudson Municipal Building (above the library), 911 Fourth St. For more information, go to or call (715) 381-9600.

Lawyers staff free clinic

Members of the St. Croix Valley Bar Association are staffing a free legal clinic the second Monday of every month. The next one is Sept. 14, 6-7:30 p.m., in the Government Center (lower level community room).

The purpose of the clinic is to provide general legal information to members of the community. No appointment is necessary. Attorneys will meet with individuals for approximately 10 minutes to provide general information in the following areas of law: employment law, family law, landlord/tenant and small claims, criminal/traffic, estate planning/elder law/probate, real estate, business law, and debtor/creditor.

For more information, contact the county clerk of court's office, (715) 386-4630, or Maureen Wegleitner at Bakke Norman law firm, (715) 246-3800.

Dance classes at school

Hudson Community Services is holding eight-week dance classes Thursdays beginning Sept. 10 at Willow River School, 1118 Fourth St.

Instructor Jennifer McCoy is teaching Tiny Toes (ages 2 and 3) at 4 p.m. ($50), Let's Dance 1 (ages 4 and 5) at 4:30 ($62), Let's Dance 2 (ages 5 and 6) at 5:15 ($62) and Show Kidz (ages 7-12) at 6 p.m. ($75).

McCoy has taught dance for over 30 years, including in River Falls and Hudson.

To register, or for more information, call (715) 377-3722.

Beekeepers meet Sept. 10

The St. Croix County Beekeepers meet at 7 p.m. the second Thursday of the month at the county agriculture office, 1960 Eighth Ave., Baldwin. The next meeting is Sept. 10. Everyone is welcome.

For more information, call (651) 269-7805.

DMV closed Friday

All Wisconsin Division of Motor Vehicles offices will be closed for business Friday, Sept. 4, as DMV staff complete the second of eight unpaid days required for each of the next two years.

Employee furloughs for all university and state employees are part of the 2009-11 state budget. All state offices will also be closed Monday, Sept. 7, for Labor Day.

DMV's automated phone system will remain available so that motorists can make road test appointments and have access to recorded information.

Titling and registration services are offered by many third-party partners such as some police stations, grocery stores and financial institutions around the state -- locations can be found at the WisDOT Web site.

All DMV offices will resume regular business hours Sept. 8.

GLBT group in Stillwater

The next Out in the Valley gathering begins at 6 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 12, with a potluck dinner at a member's home in Stillwater, Minn.

The program afterward will feature "BiCities," the nation's only bisexual community television show. Participants will meet the hosts, Dr. Margaret Charmoli and Dr. Anita Kozan, and view a recent TV interview about Out in the Valley.

The group's next Adopt-a-Highway cleanup of Hwy. 95 will be the first weekend of October. Game night is scheduled Oct. 24 in Chisago City, Minn.

For more information, call (612) 822-0127, ext. 502, or (800) 800-0350, ext. 502, or go to

Out in the Valley is the social and community-service group serving gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender citizens of the St. Croix Valley.