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HHS choirs sing Monday

Choirs, soloists and small groups will perform Monday evening, March 3, in the auditorium at Hudson High School, 1501 Vine St., for the Winter Festival of Choirs concert. Soloists and small groups will perform at 5:30, and the school's six choirs will sing at 7:30. Tickets are $5 and are good for both concerts and dessert from 6:15-7:15. The concert is the largest fundraiser of the year, with all proceeds going to the choral department. The Chanteuse and Chamber choirs will leave for a Costa Rica tour March 12-20.

Artists invited to participate

Willow River Elementary is having its fourth annual Spring Art Show on Friday, April 11. This year's theme, "Take Note of Art," celebrates children's art and music. Organizers invite artists from the community to participate in a silent auction by submitting up to three pieces of artwork. Willow River Parent Group takes a 25 percent donation from sales. Featured at the April 11 event is an all-school artist reception and auction with the community invited to come enjoy and buy art. Many artists return annually for the show. For a submission form, contact Genie Castro at or (715) 386-0387.

Benefit set for Kinney

A benefit has been scheduled for Sunday, March 9, in Maplewood, Minn., for Jennifer Kinney, formerly of Hudson, who is recovering from a stroke and may need brain surgery. She is struggling with the rare disease moyamoya. Items are needed for the silent auction at the benefit, located at the Rock, 2029 Woodlyn Ave., Maplewood, from 3-8 p.m. To make an eco-friendly donation in keeping with the "Going Green" theme, or any other donation, contact Jennifer's sister Lisa John at (651) 554-9781 (home), (651) 895-2651 (cell) or Jennifer and Lisa are the daughters of Steve and Diane Kinney of Hudson. For updates on Jennifer's condition, visit

Valley Reads activities continue

A children's story time is scheduled at 10:30 a.m. Friday, Feb. 29, at the Washington County Library branch in Lakeland. Another Valley Reads activity, a comedy called "Lettice & Lovage," runs Thursday-Sunday, March 13-16, at The Phipps Center for the Arts. Times are 7 p.m. Thursday-Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday. The play is a comedy about the friendship between two middle-age, history-loving British women, how each of them is affected by the other while both preserving and sharing historical places. Tickets are $10 and are available at The Valley Reads theme this year is "Resilience of the Human Spirit: Discover how Objects, People and our own Experiences Connect Us."

Kids invited to museum event

The Afton Historical Museum is holding a free "history through art" event at 7 p.m. Monday, March 3, at the museum, featuring a presentation by artist, historian and author David Geister. Geister will appear in costume as an early 1800s artist. He will bring a slide show, works of his art to display, and will talk to elementary age kids about "fun with historical costuming." His program is geared to all-age participants. The museum is located at 3165 St. Croix Trail S.; donations are welcome. For more information, call (651) 436-3500.

Animal group raises funds

St. Croix Animal Friends is holding a Blast from the Past dance fund-raiser to help build an animal shelter for St. Croix County. The event begins at 5:30 p.m. Saturday, March 29, at 5:30 p.m., at the Valley House, located on Hwy. 35 in the town of St. Joseph. Featured are a dinner buffet, dancing, contests, prize drawings and silent auction. For more information, send an email to or visit

Meeting set for expectant parents

The St. Croix Valley Doulas are hosting a free parent topic meeting from 7-8:30 p.m. Monday, March 3, at Hudson Hospital, 405 Stageline Road. Prospective parents will hear from couples who have recently delivered their babies and what that experience was like for them. Several area doulas (birth coaches) will also attend. The St. Croix Valley Doulas are affiliated with the Childbirth Collective, and they offer support and coaching for parents throughout pregnancy, labor, delivery and postpartum. For more information, contact Sue, (651) 439-4100, or Angie, (715) 338-2880.

Alfuth teaches garden class

UW-Extension horticulture educator Diana Alfuth will present a two-session class on the basics of how to create a beautiful, useable and environmentally friendly landscape from 6:30-8:45 p.m. Thursdays, March 13 and 20, at the River Falls Public Library, 140 Union St. The class is geared to people with new landscapes who want to develop an overall plan to follow, as well as for those with landscapes that need more unity or interest.

Alfuth will address ways to make landscapes functional, ways to reduce maintenance and inputs, and address environmental protection concerns, all in a cost-effective manner. Cost is $20 for Master Gardeners, $25 for non-Master Gardeners. Pre-registration is required, and space is limited. To register, or for more information, call the Pierce County UW-Extension office at (715) 273-6781.

Seder open to all

Hudson's Messianic congregation, Beth Immanuel Sabbath Fellowship, 828 Third St., will host a Passover Seder featuring biblical teaching, music and a chef-prepared meal from 6:30-8 p.m. Wednesday, March 19. Beth Immanuel is preparing this pre-Easter Seder demonstration for Christians from the Hudson community and surrounding area who would like to learn about Jesus' Last Supper in its Jewish context. All are welcome, and reservations are available now. Seating is limited. Tickets are $15 and are available by e-mailing or calling (715) 386-8374.