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Area events Sept. 17-24

Donate to Operation HELP

The Operation HELP annual free clothing drive is Oct. 6-10 in the gymnasium at Trinity Academy, 1205 Sixth St.

Donations of new, clean and gently used fall and winter clothing, including boots, coats and children's shoes, are needed along with toys, bedding and small household items. Organizers ask that no summer clothes, furniture or appliances be dropped off and that no donations be left outside of the building.

Donations will be accepted on Tuesday, Oct. 6, from 3-7 p.m. and Wednesday, Oct. 7, from 10 a.m.-7 p.m.

Distribution is open to the public and is set for Friday, Oct. 9, 2-7 p.m., and Saturday, Oct. 10, 10 a.m.-noon.

Volunteers are needed throughout the week. For more information, call (715) 386-0881.

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.

Autism workshop offered

The Western Wisconsin Autism Advocacy and Consulting Center meets Tuesday, Sept. 22, from 6-8 p.m. at Faith Community Church, 777 Carmichael Road.

A workshop will focus on funded services followed by networking time with parents and service providers.

To register, call (715) 381-8454. More information is available at

Brat roast at R.J.'s

The Friends of Perch Lake will have their annual brat roast at R.J.'s Meats and Grocery, 1101 Coulee Road, on Friday and Saturday, Sept. 18-19, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Proceeds will support the Learning Center capital fund.

Free community breakfast

All are welcome to come and enjoy a free homemade breakfast on Saturday, Sept. 19, from 8:30 to 10 a.m. at the Hudson United Methodist Church, 1401 Laurel Ave. For more information, call (715) 386-3921.

Telephone operators luncheon

Retired telephone operators will meet for lunch on Thursday, Sept. 24, at 11:30 a.m. at the Hudson Golf Club, 201 Carmichael Road.

For more information, call Karlene at (715) 386-3257.

Pancake breakfast

Open Door rescue mission is sponsoring an Applebee's flapjack fundraiser breakfast on Saturday, Sept. 19, from 8-10 a.m. Pancakes, sausage, orange juice, coffee and milk will be served.

Tickets are $6 at the door. Profits support Open Door, a non-profit residential facility for women and children.

Applebee's is located at 2201 Coulee Road.

Senior crafters needed

Seniors interested in selling their wares are needed for a Christmas craft sale at the Hudson Senior Center, 1320 Wisconsin St., Saturday, Nov. 21.

For more information, call Eudry Sell, (715) 386-1558, or Carol Schmit, (715) 531-0694.

Gardeners talk roses

David Zlesak, a recently appointed professor in the UW-River Falls horticulture department, will discuss roses at the Master Gardeners' Sept 24 meeting at 7:15 p.m. in the River Falls Public Library, 140 Union St.

Zlesak will discuss the Earth-Kind Rose program, which identifies and produces regionally adapted landscape rose cultivars through regional trials and does resistance screens. He currently has a named rose cultivar on the market.

Zlesak graduated from UW-RF in 1993 and worked for the Forest Service in northern Wisconsin prior to joining the U of M Extension, then coming to River Falls, where he will be working with propagation and identification of woody plants and plant tissue culture.

The club's business meeting begins at 6:45. The public is welcome.

Classes offered

The following classes are offered through Hudson Community Services:

Computer for the Very Beginner, Monday and Wednesday, Sept. 21 and 23, 6-9 p.m., for $30.

Yoga runs for six weeks beginning Monday, Sept. 21, from 6:30-8 p.m., for $69.

For more information, call (715) 377-3722. Brochures are available at the Community Services office, 421 Oak St., or the public library, 911 Fourth St.

Quilters meet

The Hudson Heritage Quilters will meet on Saturday, Sept. 19 at 9:30 a.m. in the lower level of Bethel Lutheran Church, 920 Third St.

This meeting is the deadline for members to submit their registration forms for the Patchwork Harvest Quilt Show Nov. 7 and 8.

The meeting includes general guild business, show and tell, and a program. Guests are welcome.

For more information, go to www. or contact Vanessa LaFleur at (715) 381-5596.

Volunteers needed

Assistance is needed for seniors for light housekeeping, companionship and travel to medical appointments.

Current openings include drivers to or from day respite, substitute drivers for home meal delivery, and activity helpers at the day respite program once a month.

For more information, contact Nancy at (715) 381-4360 or

Volunteer for FamilyMeans

FamilyMeans is seeking respite care volunteers to spend time with young children and seniors in the Hudson area. Volunteers provide companionship and safety supervision. They do not provide medical services.

For more information, contact Margaret Irwin at (651) 789-4012 or

DAR honors troops with trees

Members of the St. Croix-Chequamegon chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution are participating in the Trees 4 Troops program.

The goal of the program is to provide a fully decorated 12-inch artificial Christmas tree to every soldier serving overseas. Each tree will be shipped with a bag of candy and a Christmas card.

Cost is estimated at $20 a tree. To participate, contact Julie Stuhlmacher at The St. Croix DAR contact is Cathy Leaf, (715) 381-0124. More information is available at

Teens sponsor Bluegrass festival

Teens for Christ is holding a bluegrass festival featuring Jack Pearson from 4:30-6:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 26.

Activities include kids' games, face painting and a folk instrument workshop. Food is available.

A free will offering will be received. For more information, call (715) 386-2549.