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HHS choirs sing Monday

The Hudson High School Choral Department will present its fall Festival of Choirs concert at 7:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 27, at the Hudson High School auditorium. The concert will feature Swing Choir, Bel Canto and Chanteuse under the direction of Choral Director Kari Heisler. Concert Choir and Chamber Choir will also perform under the direction of Andrew Haase, HHS director of choral activities. The choirs will perform a variety of music by Schubert, Whitacre, Daley, Handel and more. The concert is free and open to the public. Doors open at 6:45.

Phipps dance classes continue

The Phipps Center for the Arts offers dance technique classes for children and adults beginning in November and continuing through May 2009. Students can now register for ballroom dance, swing and salsa, jazz/hip-hop, musical theater, tap, ballet, lyrical, modern, preballet/tap, and bharatanatyam (South Indian classical dance). The class year is divided into four quarters of eight weeks each. All instructors are experienced as both educators and performers. For a complete schedule of classes, instructors and fees, visit, click on "classes," "performing arts" and "dance." For more information, call (715) 386-2305.

Photographer signs horse book

A conversation with Tony Stromberg, the Santa Fe photographer who unveiled his second coffee-table book of horse images in September, will highlight a fall gala at 4 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 8 at the Hudson Golf Club. Refuge Farms Horse Rescue & Sanctuary, headquartered east of Spring Valley, is hosting the charity fund-raiser, which includes a social hour, buffet dinner, live music, live and silent auctions, and vendor booths. Tickets are $50 per person. Stromberg's newest book, "The Forgotten Horses," displays animals seen as no longer useful and often abandoned, abused or sent to slaughter. It also honors horse rescues that provide new homes for them. Seating is limited at the event. For reservations, e-mail her or call (715) 772-3379. More information is available at


Free programs at RF library

Country music crooner Stuart Page will perform "My Father's Music," a program of popular tunes from the 1920s and '30s, at 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 23, at the River Falls Library, 140 Union St. Five River Falls-area women are performing original music at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 24. Thea Ennen, Peggy Gantt, Phyllis Goldin, Beth Ray, and Sue West will put on "Notes in the Song of Time." For more information, call (715) 425-0905.

Observatory viewings set

The UW-River Falls physics department continues its fall observatory viewing sessions on the first clear night of Nov. 3-6 in the observatory in Centennial Science Hall on campus. Physics professor Eileen Korenic will present "Toys in Space" at 7:30 p.m. in Room 271. She will discuss a space mission that tested toys such as a yo-yo, Wheelo, Slinky and paddleball to see how they would work under conditions of weightlessness. A telescope viewing will follow at 8 p.m. on the third-floor outside deck of the same building; viewings typically run until 10 p.m. All events are free, open to the public and suitable for all ages (dress appropriately). To see if the skies are clear enough, visit and click on "observatory," or call (715) 425-3560. For more information, contact Korenic at or (715) 425-3560.

AAUW still selling books

The American Association of University Women is continuing its annual book sale, located at 120 N. Main St. in River Falls, Oct. 23, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Oct. 24, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., and Saturday, Oct. 25, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. A bag of books is $5.