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HHS dress boutique set

The Hudson High School dress boutique, a new effort designed for students to sell their old prom dresses, is scheduled from 4:30-7 p.m. Feb. 20, 26 and 27. Students should bring their gently worn prom dresses to Room 515 in the high school on those days. The "store" would then be open after school at HHS after the dresses are organized. Teacher and prom adviser Kimberly Hall said the prom committee will earn 25 percent of the profits and use the funds on this year's prom. For more information, visit http: //

Kronenberg addresses parents

Corwin Kronenberg will be in Hudson Saturday to talk about "Parenting with Love and Limits" at the Family Skills Workshop at St. Patrick's Church, 1500 Vine St. (information provided to the Star-Observer last week that the workshop would be held at the school was incorrect). Kronenberg is known nationally for his presentations on parenting, behavioral management and discipline. In the past he has conducted workshops through Community Action and the Hudson School District as well as others. His message focuses on the development and nurturing of self-concept through positive reinforcement and recognition, and provides parents with practical strategies and techniques to teach their children to be more responsible. The workshop runs from 8:15 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and includes breakout sessions for families with children of all ages and grade levels. Topics include nutrition and physical activity, Internet gaming and addictive behavior as well as Internet safety, school readiness and adolescent brain development. The workshop is open to the public free of charge. For more information, call Mary Piasecki at (715) 386-3941.

Phipps plans 25th-year bash

The 2008-09 season will mark the 25th anniversary of The Phipps Center for the Arts. An informational meeting is scheduled at The Phipps at 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 28. The community celebration event is scheduled in Lakefront Park July 19. Planners hope to include over 300 volunteer participant/performers of all ages from throughout the St. Croix Valley who will create theatrical costumes, masks, props, puppets and instruments in workshops led by area artists, performers and others trained by Christopher Lutter-Gardella of Puppet Farm Arts. He will make a presentation at the Feb. 28 meeting. To attend the meeting, contact Teddy Stone, (715) 386-2305, ext. 101, or by Tuesday, Feb. 26.

Quilters have trunk show

The Hudson Heritage Quilters' will hold their next monthly meeting at Bethel Lutheran Church, 920 Third St., at 9:30 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 16. Five members will present a trunk show, showing quilts from their first quilts to current projects. The quilters will also tell stories of the joys and frustrations in their quilting life and share tips they have learned. Guests are always welcome to attend meetings to learn more about the guild. For more information, contact Vanessa LaFleur at (715) 381-5596 or visit hudsonheritagequilters.

MS group gathers

The National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Minnesota Chapter will host a free program from 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday, March 6, at the Best Western Hudson House Inn, 1616 Crest View Drive. The Fitness and MS program -- hosted by Tom Holtackers, physical therapist, author and person living with MS -- will explore the importance of emotional and physical fitness in maintaining overall health. Program participants will receive a free copy of Holtackers' book, "It Takes Courage: Coping with a Chronic Illness." Registration deadline is Friday, Feb. 29. To register, visit or call (612) 335-7970. For more information, contact Timothy Holtz at (612) 335-7930 or

Genealogical group meets

Members of the St. Croix Valley Genealogical Society will help others with possible solutions to genealogical research problems at the group's meeting Thursday, Feb. 21, at 7 p.m., at the River Falls Public Library, 140 Union St., in the main-floor meeting room. The public is invited and should bring the specifics of their problems with them. For more information, contact Darcy Boock at (715) 425-9978 or gdboock

Courthouse closed Monday

St. Croix County Government administrative offices will be closed Monday, Feb. 18, in recognition of Presidents Day.

Learn about adoption

Crossroads Adoption Services is holding a free adoption information meeting at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 20, at its Hudson office, 911 Fourth St., Suite 214 (library building). Crossroads is licensed in Minnesota and Wisconsin and places children of all ages from both the United States and other countries such as China, Colombia and Philippines. To register, call (715) 386-5550.

Volunteers needed

The Interfaith Volunteer program is seeking help with activities every other Monday at the day respite program in Hudson. Needs also include light housekeeping once to two times a month for a woman in her apartment, transportation to or from a day program once a week, or substituting to deliver meals in the home on Tuesday, Thursday or Friday at 11:30 a.m. For more information, contact Nancy Abrahamson at (715) 381-4360, or

Hospital classes continue

Hudson Hospital is offering ongoing classes and seminars throughout the year. All groups meet at the Hudson Hospital Conference Center, unless otherwise noted below. Contact the Health Resource Center to register, (715) 531-6250.

  • Meditation sessions for stress and pain, a four-class series, meets March 4 and 18, April 1 and 5, 7:30-8:30 p.m. Theresa May, Heaven on Earth Healing Arts, will cover breathing techniques, body positions, visual images, easing into the practice, and the "how to" to simplifying excessive thoughts.
  • Babysitting skills class, for youth ages 11 years or older, is offered again from 9 a.m.-noon June 9 and 10 or June 26 and 27 (the March classes are full). The two-session class covers many topics including job expectations, managing behavior, first aid and emergency care, nutrition, diapering and more. Class size is limited. A $35 registration fee includes materials, snacks and beverage. To register, or for more information, call Paige Lewis, (715) 531-6029.
  • Grief support group, begins Fridays, March 28-May 2, 10-11:30 a.m., at the Hudson Hospital second-floor clinic conference room. A trained facilitator will lead the free series. To register, contact social worker Erika Schendel, (715) 531-6191.

    Lions meat raffle set

    The Hudson Lions Club is holding its monthly meat raffle from 5:30-8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 22, at the Mallalieu Inn in North Hudson. Proceeds will be donated to Sight First II and other Lions projects. Those attending the raffle can also drop off used eyeglasses, sunglasses, hearing aids and cell phones. The next meat raffle is Friday, March 7, at the Mallalieu Inn.

    County offers charity items

    St. Croix County has surplus items available to local charities, which are invited to the Department of Health and Human Services complex, 1445 N. Fourth St., New Richmond, from 9 a.m.-noon Wednesday, Feb. 20. Items should be taken the same day and are available as is, without warranty, on a first-request basis. A listing of example items is located on Departments/Procurement/default.htm. Charities should reserve an appointment by calling Dana Baker at (715) 381-4309.

    Sierra Club shows film

    The local Sierra Club branch, the St. Croix Valley Interstate Group, is meeting at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 26, in Room 212 of the Hudson Municipal Building, 911 Fourth St. (library building). Featured will be the newly released film "The St. Croix: a Northwoods Journey." A business meeting will precede the discussion.

    Filmed throughout the seasons and narrated by artist Peter Thomas, the 18-minute film chronicles the river and its history. This year, St. Croix National Scenic Riverway celebrates 40 years as one of the original waterways designated in the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act of 1968. In addition to the film, Dale Cox from the National Park Service will talk about the implementation plan for the new camping regulations on the lower St. Croix River. The meeting is open to the public. The Sierra Club's monthly meetings are held on the last Tuesday of the month. For more information, call Jim at (651) 436-1965.

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