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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.

Republicans caucus Feb. 28

The Republican Party of St. Croix County is holding its caucus at 10 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 28, in the Community Room of the Hudson Public Library, 911 Fourth St.

All members in good standing are encouraged to attend. For more information, e-mail

Y camp has rally day

YMCA Camp St. Croix is holding its annual Rally Day and pancake breakfast from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday, March 7, at the camp, 532 County F.

The event kicks off summer registration for DayCroix, overnight camps and Teen Wilderness Adventures. Also featured are refreshments, crafts, climbing wall, tours of camp, a chance to meet the staff, and a drawing to win a free week of camp.

Those attending the breakfast can also learn about maple syrup-making through exhibits, activities and story telling. Admission is $5 for adults, $3 for kids 5-12 and free for those 4 and under. Participants can also stroll the camp's 400+ acres of prairie, woodlands and river front.

YMCA Camp St. Croix is celebrating 100 years with a celebration Saturday, June 13.

For more information, visit of call (715) 386-4380.

Ham radio class offered

The St. Croix Valley Radio Amateurs are offering an amateur radio class the weekend of March 20-22 in Roberts.

Included in the $30 cost are snacks, meals and instruction Friday evening, all day Saturday and part of Sunday.

Topics covered include safety, equipment definitions, electricity, signals and waves, antennas and propagation, personal experiences by other hams, operating regulations and emergency communications.

After completing a short multiple-choice exam Sunday and becoming licensed, participants will receive a free year's membership in the amateur radio club.

For more information, and to register, visit

The group meets the third Monday of every month at 7 p.m. in the lower level of the Government Center in Hudson.

HELP holds annual meeting

The annual meeting of Operation HELP is scheduled at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 24, at St. Paul's Episcopal Church, 502 County UU.

Anyone interested in the work of Operation HELP within the St. Croix Valley community is welcome to attend. Operation HELP offers emergency rent and utility assistance to individuals and families in need as well as other services.

Every fall it conducts a winter clothing distribution and a Christmas gift campaign in December. For more information, call (715) 386-0881.

Sierra Club meets

The next meeting of The Sierra Club's St. Croix Valley Interstate Group is at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 24, in the Community Room on the second floor of the Hudson Municipal Building, 911 Fourth St.

The program, "The problem with CAFOs," focuses on concentrated animal feeding operations (factory farms) and the animal waste they produce. Included are a short movie, information about locally proposed CAFOs, and a discussion on ways to keep factory farms from polluting water and threatening public health and rural heritage. A brief business meeting follows the program.

The group's meetings are the last Tuesday of each month and are open to the public. For more information, contact Carol Hardin at (715) 386-7032 or

Gardeners discuss groupings

Master Gardener Heidi Doering, a plant manager with Syngenta, will discuss colorful groupings of plants to include in mixed combination planters at the Thursday, Feb. 26, meeting of the St. Croix Valley Master Gardeners. Doering will speak at 7:15 p.m. at the River Falls Public Library, 140 Union St.; a business

Disabled display their art

Art St. Croix is holding its fourth annual Living Creatively exhibit of original artwork March 4-28 at the Lake Elmo Regional Art Center, 3585 Laverne Ave. N., Lake Elmo, Minn.

The exhibit runs Wednesdays-Saturdays, 2-8 pm. Admission is free, but donations are welcome.

Art St. Croix is a non-profit, grass-roots organization whose mission is to provide opportunities in the arts for adults with disabilities in the St. Croix Valley.

For more information, contact Art St. Croix, PO Box 623, Stillwater MN 55082-0623; or (651) 351-3108.

Enjoy one-act plays

The River Falls Community Theatre is presenting "One Acts and Snacks" Feb. 20, 21, 27 and 28 at the River Falls Golf Club. Doors open at 6:30 with live music each night at 7 p.m.; the one acts start at 7:30.

Tickets are $10 and are available at the door. Seating is limited. The plays are recommended for mature audiences. For more information, call Chris Olson at (715) 220-3385.

Israeli describes conflict

Israeli anthropologist Dr. David Wesley will talk about the ongoing conflict between Arabs and Israelis at 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 3, at River Falls Public Library, 140 Union St.

Wesley was born in America and immigrated to Israel in 1955. He and his wife, Elana, live in Jaffa.

For more information, call the library, (715) 425-0905.

Take a look at Saturn

The University of Wisconsin-River Falls physics department begins its spring season of free, public observatory viewings and pre-viewing discussions on the first clear night March 2 to 5 from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. in Centennial Science Hall, located at the east end of campus.

The first stargazing session includes an introductory discussion by physics Professor Eileen Korenic at 7:30 in Room 271 with an 8 p.m. viewing on the third-floor observation deck of a visible Saturn and waxing crescent moon.

To verify the date, call (715) 425-3560 or visit and click on "observatory." For other information, contact Korenic at

Thea Ennen performs

Area singer-songwriters Thea Ennen and Sue West will perform song standards and original compositions at Kinni Coffee and Lounge, 122 S. Main St., River Falls, at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 21. For more information, call (715) 629-7088.

School seeks adult artists

The fifth annual Music and Art Show at Willow River Elementary School in Hudson is Friday, April 17. Organizers are seeking community artists to display their work; artists donate 25 percent of their sales from the event to the Willow River Parents Group.

For more information, contact Genie Castro at (715) 338-6766 or

Phipps stages 'Frog Prince'

The Phipps Children's Theater will produce "The Frog Prince of Spamalot," by Edith Weiss, March 27-29 at The Phipps Center for the Arts.

In this play, Hyronomous A. Frog doesn't quite fit in among the other frogs in the bog. The play involves his quest to become the prince he's always wanted to be.

Performances are March 27-29 on Friday at 7 p.m., Saturday at 2 and 7 p.m., and Sunday at 2 p.m. on the main stage.

Gretchen H. Page, who most recently staged "Rapunzel" for The Phipps Children's Theater, directs a cast of 12 area students in grades 7-9.

Tickets are $12 for adults and $10 for youth. This play is not recommended for children under age 4. For reservations, contact The Phipps ticket office at (715) 386-8409 or visit

Engebreth sings locally

Baritone Aaron Engebreth will perform epitaphs, etchings and personal letters set to music, accompanied by pianist Gail Olszewski, at 7 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 22, at The Phipps Center for the Arts.

Engebreth, who was raised in Hudson, maintains an active solo career in opera, oratorio and recital, and has appeared as guest soloist with groups nationwide.

Tickets are $22 for adults and $15 for all students. For reservations, contact The Phipps ticket office at (715) 386-8409 or visit