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Valentine's Day laughs

Comedians Holly Henson and Dean Johnson will stage a show at 8 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 14, at the Old Gem Theater in New Richmond.

Henson will share her "secrets of romance" through standup comedy, poetry and song. Johnson is a longtime favorite of the Old Gem and the Minneapolis comedy scene.

Tickets are $15. For reservations, call (715) 246-3285. More information is available at

The Old Gem is located at 116 S. Knowles Ave.

WR Players auditions set

Willow River Players is holding auditions for "American Idle-Murdering the Music" from 1-3 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 15, and 6-9 p.m. Monday, Feb. 16, at Ready Randy's Sports Bar, located on Hwy. 65, south of New Richmond.

Roles are available for males and females ages 16-65.

The play, which is a takeoff on the television show "American Idol," runs April 30, May 1, 2, 3, 7, 8 and 10.

For more information, call Carla Kelley at (715) 246-6690 or (715) 269-5499, or visit

High school choirs sing here

The Hudson High School Chamber Choir, under the direction of Andrew Haase, and the River Falls Concert Choir, under the direction of Carolyn Loney, will present a combined choral concert at 7:30 p.m. Monday, Feb. 9, at the Hudson High School auditorium.

Each ensemble will perform individually and then conclude with three combined selections, conducted by Dr. Mary Kay Geston from Northwestern College in St. Paul.

The concert is free and open to the public.

Seasons has First Friday event

Seasons on St. Croix is holding its First Friday event from 5-9 p.m. Feb. 6 at the gallery, 401 Second St. The event is free and includes refreshments.

Featured artists are Jodi Reeb-Myers (two-dimensional collage, paint and print pieces) and Amy Von Bargen (stoneware), both of Minneapolis.

For more information, contact Ruth Misenko at (715) 381-2906 or

HHS choirs release CDs

CD recordings of "This Wondrous Night," the 2008 Home for the Holidays concert, are now available for $10.

The recording features five Hudson High School choirs, the River City Symphony Orchestra, a children's choir and the Wiegand Bell Ringers.

The CD was professionally recorded by Westmark Productions during the two live performances Dec. 15.

To order a CD, contact Andrew Haase, director of choral activities at HHS, at (715) 377-3800, ext. 6245, or

Jazz fund-raiser set

A free jazz concert fund-raiser is scheduled from 7:30-9:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 7, at the Best Western Hudson House Inn, 1616 Crest View Drive. The John Devine Quartet will play classic jazz from the Roaring 20's swing era while raising funds for Turningpoint, the domestic abuse shelter in River Falls.

Raffle ticket sales start at 7:30 (five for $5 or 25 for $20); donations will also be accepted.

Raffle items include Wild tickets, a balloon ride, gift certificates from area businesses and restaurants and a 37-inch flat screen television.

For more information, visit or call the Hudson Area Chamber of Commerce and Tourism Bureau, (715) 386-8411.

Barn dance is Feb. 14

The old-time string band Rush River Ramblers will play from 7-10 p.m. on Valentine's Day as part of the Second Saturday dance series in the gym of the River Falls Academy (former Meyer Middle School) on West Maple Street in River Falls.

No prior experience is necessary. A caller will provide instructions for dancers, beginners or experienced. Partners are not required. Children are encouraged to attend the opening family dance segment from 7 to 8:30.

Remaining dances this season are Poor Benny, March 21; and The Barn Cats, April 11.

Admission is $5 for adults, $2.50 for children 12 and under.

Jazz concert set

The St. Croix Valley Jazz Orchestra will perform at 8 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 21, at Trinity Lutheran Church, 115 Fourth St. N., Stillwater, Minn.

Tickets are $16 for adults, $8 for students and seniors.

Phil Kadidlo, a 1981 graduate of Hudson High School, is a longtime member pianist with the orchestra.