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HHS choristers clean yards

Hudson High School choir students are doing fall yard work as a way to raise funds for their March 2010 trip to East Central Europe.

Eighty choir students will present five formal concerts throughout the Czech Republic, Poland, Slovakia and Austria.

To hire the students, contact HHS Director of Choral Activities Andrew Haase at (715) 377-3800, ext. 6245, or

CCH trick or treating

Christian Community Home and Pine Ridge Assisted Living invite children from babies to age 10 to trick or treat with the residents of CCH and Pine Ridge from 3-4 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 25.

Those attending should use the CCH entrance, 1320 Wisconsin St. (enter at the CCH entrance - watch for the inflated pumpkins).

Reunion open to classes

The Hudson High School class of 1940 is holding a multi-class reunion beginning at noon Thursday, July 15, 2010, at the Hudson Golf Club. Graduates from HHS classes of the 1930s, '40s and '50s are invited. Cost is $25.

Wine event set Nov. 13

The Hudson Hospital Foundation Wine Tasting event is scheduled Friday, Nov. 13, 5-8 p.m. at the Hudson Golf Club. Tickets are $30 in advance and $35 at the door.

The evening includes wines from around the world, organized by Knotty Vines. Also available will be appetizers and chocolate treats from Knoke's Chocolates. Proceeds from the event benefit Hudson Hospital & Clinics.

Tickets are available at Knotty Vines, Hudson Hospital & Clinics and the Hudson Star-Observer.

Benefit for Bergeon

A lasagna dinner benefit for Linda Bergeon is scheduled from 4-7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 24, at First Presbyterian, 1901 Vine St.

The menu includes meat and vegetarian options. The event also includes a silent auction and bake sale; to contribute to either, contact Vicky Erickson, (715) 386-3565, or Maggie Wooley, (715) 549-6194.

Sierra Club meets Tuesday

The next meeting of the Sierra Club's St. Croix Valley Interstate Group is at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 27, in the second-floor Community Room of the Hudson Municipal Building (library), 911 Fourth St.

The meeting will feature a short program on an effort by the Sierra Club to declare millions of acres of Utah wilderness a protected area similar to the Boundary Waters area of northern Minnesota.

After the program there will be a brief business meeting focusing on programs and conservation issues. The Group's meetings are held on the last Tuesday of each month and are open to the public. For more information, contact Carol Hardin at (715) 386-7032 or

Seniors play cards

McKinley HCE is sponsoring its fall Senior Citizen Card Party at 1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 24, at the St. Joseph Town Hall, corner of County V and E. Those attending will play 500, and prizes will be given. A light lunch will be served at 3 p.m.

Talks about free clinic

Retired registered nurse Carol Worrell will talk about the River Falls Free Clinic at 9:45 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 24, at the Hudson United Methodist Church, 1401 Laurel Ave. A continental breakfast begins at 9:30.

Relay has volunteers

Hudson's Relay for Life Committee kicked off the season with a group of new volunteers: Keri Kennedy, Kim Krueger, Ruth Peterson, Kim Poppe, Chris Smith and Sarah Zeller. Returning to the group are Lori DeBoer, Jen Morkrid, Evy Nerbonne, Pat Millfelt, Jill and Noelle Huftel, Laurie Wotruba, Kent Christiansen and Kellie Burrows, ACS staff partner.

The 2010 Relay for Life is June 25-26 in Hudson. Volunteers are still welcome; go to or email

Coloring contest for animals

Sweet Butter Cakery is sponsoring a coloring contest. To participate, pick up a coloring page at the store, color it and return it by Oct. 31. If at least 25 are brought back, the store will hang them up and make a donation to Gregory's Gift of Hope, an animal rescue group in New Richmond. For more information, call (715) 531-1555.

Gardeners gather

The Master Gardener group in this area will meet at 6:45 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 22, at the River Falls Library, 140 Union St.

The group will hear about how River Falls was recently awarded recognition for its environmental efforts, along with presentations on the AIB Symposium, a cable TV program on rain gardens and a discussion on the use of herbs.

The public is welcome.

Benefit for Hilden

A benefit is scheduled for Leanne (Utecht) Hilden beginning at 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 24, at Suzanna's Restaurant in New Richmond. A $10 donation covers a spaghetti dinner (4-7 p.m.) and music by the Boondoggles (8 p.m.).

Hilden is suffering from scleroderma and is going to Seattle, Wash., for a stem cell transplant.

Cash donations can be sent to Associated Bank, c/o Leanne Hilden Benefit Account, PO Box 28, Hammond WI 54015.

Research center, archives move

The UW-River Falls Area Research Center and University Archives is moving into a new facility in the Chalmer Davee Library.

The space, which was once occupied by Textbook Services on the lower level of the library, is larger than the old space and includes a reception area, large public reading room, staff workspace dedicated to processing collections, and exhibit space for the many artifacts housed in the center.

The facility will reopen to the public Oct. 26 although patrons are asked to call ahead to confirm public hours. The university community as well as the general public are invited to the grand opening celebration in coming weeks.

Prof talks about Pakistan

Retired UW-River Falls sociology professor and former vice-chancellor Nancy Parlin will visit the River Falls Public Library, 140 Union St., at 7 p.m. Monday, Oct. 26, to talk about her recent trip to Pakistan.

Along with two other former Peace Corps workers, Parlin collaborated with a Pakistani foundation on a teacher training project during the six weeks she spent there this summer.

The program is free, and refreshments will be served. For more information, call Katie Chaffee at (715) 425-0905.

Civil War group meets

Tom Hosier, the founder of the Wood Lake Battlefield Preservation Association, will talk about the Battle of Wood Lake during the 1862 Dakota Conflict at the Monday, Oct. 26, meeting of the St. Croix Valley Civil War Round Table.

Meetings are held at the Lowell Inn, 102 Second St. N., Stillwater, Minn. Everyone is invited to attend the free program. Social hour begins at 5:30 p.m. followed by a buffet at 6 p.m. and the talk at 7. Reservations for the buffet, which costs $20, can be made by calling (715) 381-1955. For more information, call Dave Page at (651) 480-8879.