Sign up for art camp
The annual Phipps Summer Art Camp, with week-long classes offered June 16-Aug. 8, remains open for enrollment at The Phipps Center for the Arts. For a complete schedule, go to www.ThePhipps.org, call (715) 386-2305 or stop by The Phipps, 109 Locust St. Class sizes are limited and are beginning to fill, so early registration is encouraged. Class fees vary.
Phipps stages ‘Tuck’ play
The Phipps Children’s Theater will produce an intergenerational production of “Tuck Everlasting” May 16-18 on Friday at 7 p.m., Saturday at 2 and 7 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m. in the Black Box Theater at The Phipps Center for the Arts. The play by Mark Frattaroli is an adaptation of the award-winning children’s book by Natalie Babbitt. The story follows young Winnie as she leaves her grandmother’s house for an adventure in the woods, eventually discovering that love is the only thing truly everlasting. General admission tickets are $9 for children and $11 for adults. For reservations, contact The Phipps ticket office at (715) 386-8409 or www.ThePhipps.org.
Henna workshop set
A henna workshop for ages 12-adult is being offered from 10 a.m.-noon Saturday, May 10, at The Phipps Center for the Arts. This class is recommended for mothers and daughters, or grandmothers and granddaughters to take together to celebrate Mother’s Day. Participants will learn about this form of body art, which is based on the traditional Eastern art form. Students will receive recipes for making paste and learn how to mix it, experiment with various application techniques, and learn how to do both traditional and contemporary design work. Each student will receive a henna design applied by instructor Jane Mannetter. The class fee is $29. To enroll, send the fee to The Phipps Center for the Arts, 109 Locust St., Hudson WI 54016, call (715) 386-2305 to register with a Visa or MasterCard, or go to www.ThePhipps.org; a $3 processing fee will be charged for all mail, phone and online registrations.
Be part of celebration
The 2008–09 season marks the 25th anniversary of The Phipps Center for the Arts. The focal point of the anniversary celebration will be a community-built parade and presentation in Lakefront Park on Saturday, July 19. A series of free art-making workshops are being offered by Christopher Lutter-Gardella of Puppet Farm Arts, artistic director of this project. These workshops are for artists, educators and all others who want to receive the training to work with a community group of their choosing in the creation of collaborative and eco-conscious projects to support the 25th anniversary event. The final two workshops are Saturday, May 3, from 2 to 6 p.m. at the National Park Service headquarters in St. Croix Falls; and Sunday, May 18, from 1 to 5 p.m. at the River Falls Public Library, 140 Union St. To learn more, visit www.puppetfarm.org. To register for a workshop, contact Anastasia Shartin at The Phipps, email@example.com or (715) 386-2305, ext. 103.
Art tour set
The fifth annual Creative Drive artists tour is from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, May 3 and 4. Over 40 artists are showing and selling their work at six sites in or near Baldwin, Hammond, Roberts and River Falls. The stops include three rural artists’ studios, Stone Soup Gallery in Hammond, Color Crossing yarn shop in Roberts and the Silver Bison Ranch. For images of the artwork, a map and other information, visit www.thecreativedrive.com or call (715) 684-2407. The Stone Soup Gallery is celebrating its one-year anniversary and is featuring the art of owner Jane Nicol and several of her family members, who will be on hand throughout the weekend.
First Friday shows pottery
Seasons on St. Croix, 310 Second St., is holding its annual potters’ invitational during its First Friday open house event May 2, 5-9 p.m., at the gallery. Refreshments and artists will be available. The show is held in conjunction with the ArtOpener Studio Tour, which opens the following day.
Audition for ‘Little Shop’
River Falls Community Theatre is holding auditions for its summer musical “Little Shop of Horrors” at 7 p.m. Monday and Tuesday, May 12 and 13, at the River Falls Academy building, 211 N. Fremont St., Suite 203, River Falls. If necessary, callbacks will be May 14. Those auditioning should bring a prepared song and be ready to read from the script. Performances are at River Falls High School July 24, 25, 26, and July 31 and Aug. 1. For more information, call director Emily Lyon Hansen, (715) 425-8261, and leave a message.
Space hosts events
Former Stillwater native, acoustic singer/songwriter Justin Roth returns to The Space in New Richmond on Friday, May 9. Roth, of Minneapolis, has played at the Old Town School of Folk Music in Chicago, The Ark in Ann Arbor and St. Paul’s historic Fitzgerald Theater. He has toured with Red House recording artist John Gorka and shared the stage with such acoustic acts as Shawn Colvin, Martin Sexton, Lucy Kaplansky, David Wilcox and Richard Shindell.
For tickets to this or upcoming shows, order online, www.thespaceforcreativity.com, or call (715) 246-3180.
Bluegrass returns to Gem
The Tangled Roots Bluegrass band returns to the Old Gem Theater in New Richmond for a concert Saturday, May 3, at 7:30 p.m. A favorite of Old Gem Theater audiences, the Midwestern bluegrass band plays a broad spectrum of material ranging from songs and tunes by Bill Monroe and Elvis Presley to more recent songs. Band members bring over 100 years of musical experience to the group. All tickets are $15. For reservations, call (800) 886-8035 or visit www.oldgemtheater.com. Old Gem is located at 116 S. Knowles Ave., New Richmond.
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Pribil has aromatherapy program
Former Hudsonite Peggy Pribil is displaying her aromatherapy and natural products in a program at 2 p.m. Sunday, May 4, at the River Falls Public Library, 140 Union St. A River Falls native and RFHS graduate, Pribil says she got her inspiration for both of her current passions — aromatherapy and stained glass — from the hours she spent in church at St. Bridget’s. Pribil will have supplies on hand May 4 for participants to make a sachet to take home as well as free recipes for potpourris, both dry and moist. “I will demonstrate how to make beautiful pomanders and how to properly cure and refresh them, which will make them last for decades,” Pribil said. She will also teach how to make a lavender eye pillow and shoulder wrap, natural spa-type body treatment products using organic ingredients, and floral water sprays. To register, call (715) 425-0905.