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Area Events Sept 10-17

Moms group starts year

The Hudson Moms Group, a local support group for mothers and their children, will welcome new members and old as the group kicks off its 2010-11 schedule at 9:30 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 10, at St. Paul's Episcopal Church, 502 County UU.

The group offers parent/child activities, leadership opportunities and a chance to give back to the community through yearly service projects. Weekly meetings give members an opportunity to listen to speakers as well as socialize with other moms. The group also coordinates outings. Childcare is available during meetings, and refreshments are always served. More information is available at

County collects junk electronics

All St. Croix County residents are invited to participate in the fall electronics collection event from 9 a.m.-noon Saturday, Sept. 12, 9 a.m.-noon, at WITC-New Richmond, 1019 S. Knowles Ave.

All electronic items will be accepted including computer monitors, $15; desktop printers, $3-$5; televisions, $15-$25, depending on size; VCRs, $3; and microwaves, $15.

The following items will be accepted for free: laptops, CPUs, keyboards, circuit boards and cell phones. All other computer and related equipment will be collected for a fee ($3-$25) based on its size. Cash and checks (made out to WMRA) will be accepted forms of payment.

Small businesses may also participate but must pre-register for the collection by calling the St Croix County Recycling Program. For more information, or for a map of the event, go to the Calendar of Events page at or call (715) 386-4675.

Learn to build a rain garden

The St. Croix County Land and Water Conservation Department is offering three Blue Thumb Raingarden Building Classes. The Hudson one is scheduled from 6-8 p.m. Monday, Sept. 28, at the Government Center. Cost is $10.

Raingardens are a way to help protect streams by catching storm water from roofs and driveways. Attendees will learn about raingardens and design including identifying locations, determining appropriate size and selecting plants. All participants will take home a full-color raingarden manual.

Scouts raise money at Culver's

Girl Scout Troop 52381 is holding a fundraiser from 5-8 p.m. Monday, Sept. 14, at Culver's. A portion of profits from all food sales will go to the troop.

The girls are earning money for their Silver Award, which involves making garden benches and raised garden beds for the memory care unit at Christian Community Home.

Carnival downtown at church

First Baptist Church is holding a community carnival from noon-3 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 13, at the church, located at the corner of Third and Vine streets.

The free community event will feature hot dogs, chips, cookies, beverages and games for all ages.

TEC serves pancakes

Teens for Christ are holding a pancake breakfast/lunch from 10 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 13, at the Ministry Center, 538 Old Hwy. 35 S.

A free-will offering will be taken.

The group is holding a bluegrass festival with Jack Pearson from 4:30-7:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 26. A folk instrument workshop is scheduled from 5:30-6 p.m. and the concert from 6:45 to 7:30.

For more information, call (715) 386-2549.

UMW have rummage sale

The Hudson United Methodist Women are holding their annual rummage, bake and craft sale Friday and Saturday, Sept. 11 and 12, at the church, 1401 Laurel Ave. Hours are 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday and 8 a.m.-noon Saturday.

Hot Air meeting set

The Hudson Hot Air Affair organizational meeting for the 2010 event is Wednesday, Sept. 16, at 6:30 p.m. in the community room at WESTconsin Credit Union, 1601 Maxwell Drive. New volunteers are welcome.

Helpers are needed for all aspects of the winter festival and hot air balloon rally: ballooning crew people, merchandise salespeople, event coordinators and logistics helpers. For more information, contact Carla Timmerman at (715) 386-2394.

The 2010 Hudson Hot Air Affair is Feb. 5, 6 and 7 with balloon launches, a moon glow at Rock School, torchlight parade and other events in downtown Hudson.

Join genealogists

St. Croix Valley Genealogical Society begins its fall program with a sharing meeting at 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 17, in the River Falls Public Library, 140 Union St. Guests are welcome.

Members are encouraged to share research successes over the past year with other members of the society in an informal gathering -- bring photographs or artifacts/heirlooms recently acquired, charts, stories you have written that pertain to your family lines, or share the results of a research trip.

Each member will have approximately 10 minutes of sharing time. Refreshments will follow.

For more information, contact Darcy at (715) 425-9978.

Immigration series set

Kao Kalia Yang will read from her book "The Latehomecomer: a Hmong Family Memoir" and discuss her family's experiences at the Stillwater Public Library, 224 N. Third St., at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 16.

This is the first in series One and All: Embracing Our Communities, co-sponsored by the Stillwater Human Rights Commission and the Stillwater Public Library.

The second program is Thursday, Nov. 12, with Jose Clavero, who grew up in two cultures, Arizona and his grandfather's ranch in Mexico.

For more information, call (651) 275-4338, ext. 111.

Ballroom dancing continues

Ballroom dance parties continue on Saturdays, Sept. 19 and Oct. 17, from 7 to 10 p.m. in the dance studio of The Phipps Center for the Arts.

Tom Larson will offer a ballroom and Latin dance lesson during the first hour. This is an opportunity to have fun trying out new dance skills in a relaxed and comfortable environment. Dancers of all experience levels are welcome. Refreshments will be provided. Admission is $12 per person.

Larson has taught at The Phipps for the past five years and owns the Ballroom and Wedding Dance Studio in Minneapolis. He performed for two seasons with The Continental Ballet Company.

For more information, contact The Phipps Center at (715) 386-2305.

Labyrinth open to all

First Presbyterian Church of Hudson recently installed a labyrinth in the wooded area behind the church at 1901 Vine St.

The church welcomes the community to come and spend time walking the labyrinth in prayer, meditation or simply to enjoy the wildflowers in bloom.

For more information, call (715) 386-2851.