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A three-week stained glass class for students ages 15 and older will be held on Mondays and Thursdays, Jan. 11-28, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at The Phipps Center for the Arts. The class fee is $139, which includes all materials, supplies and tools. This class, “Stained Glass Design -- Tiffany Style,” is a comprehensive introduction to stained glass design and creation using the traditional Tiffany techniques. Each student will design, create, and complete an original 8.5-inch-by-11-inch framed panel. No previous experience in art or glass work is required.
The River City Chorale is performing twice this weekend at Bethel Lutheran Church. Christmas with the Chorale 2015 is on Saturday, Dec. 19, at 3 and 7 p.m., featuring the 80-voice Chorale, the River City Chorale Ensemble Singers, Youth Choir, Brass, Skip James at the Organ and guest appearance by Margaret Jane Wray. Holiday selections include: “Festive First Nowell” by Dan Forrest, “There Shall a Star” from Menehlssohn’s Christus, “I Saw Three Ships” by Lloyd Larson, “I’ll Be Home for Christmas” by
Colleen Raye reunites her talented, entertaining, and personable family for special New Year’s Eve shows on Thursday, Dec. 31 at 1 p.m., 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. at The Phipps Center for the Arts. Their program will include contemporary pop and oldies, the Great American Songbook, Broadway show tunes, and country selections.
The Raidaires dance team traveled to Little Chute on Dec. 12 to compete against teams from southeastern Wisconsin at the Little Chute Invitational, placing top-5 in all three of their divisions. The team placed second in hip hop, just 1.5 points away from the top team. They also placed fourth in Division 1 jazz and fifth in Division 1 pom. In the morning, several Hudson solos and duets also completed.
Salvation Army’s annual 30-hour bell ringing marathon is scheduled Thursday and Friday, Dec. 17-18, at County Market in Hudson. The marathon ringers Derek Gilbert and Jeremy Lilyquist are back again this year and will be getting some help from several other volunteers and visitors lined up to help reach the goal including: State Sen. Sheila Harsdorf, some local carolers and the Red Cross. Harsdorf will be joining Jeremy and Derek at 4 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 17. Many other visitors, including a pair of clowns, will be there on Thursday. On Friday, Dec.
The St. Croix Valley Symphony Orchestra, under the direction of Kris Tjornehoj, will perform a Boston Pops-style holiday concert on Saturday, Dec. 19 at 7:30 p.m. at The Phipps Center for the Arts. The program will include Leroy Anderson’s “A Christmas Festival,” “Bugler’s Holiday,” and “Sleigh Ride,” a John Rutter arrangement of “Go, Tell It on the Mountain,” and original settings of holiday selections by Dana Mathewson, including “Still, Still, Still,” “Twelve Days After Christmas,” and “This Little Child.”
Author and former WCCO-TV news anchor Don Shelby will be performing as Mark Twain in his one-man show, “An Afternoon with Mark Twain,” at The Phipps Center for the Arts on Sunday, Jan. 24, at 2 p.m. In his play, Shelby will recount the life and times of Mark Twain on the river. When Shelby takes the stage, after a two-hour makeup transformation, he brings alive the life of Samuel Clemens, through a collection of actual Twain quotes and stories. The words spoken on stage are Twain’s entirely — humorous, dramatic, insightful and richly evocative of a past era of history.
If you're looking for a gift for holiday giving go no further than a new book from Doubleday,“This Old Man,” by Roger Angell ($26.95). Angell is a writer for all seasons, the son of Katharine White, who was eventually married to the prose master E.B. White. Lots of talent must have rubbed off from his life with his mom and her new husband.
“A Gift by the Hand,” the annual holiday sale of handmade items by more than 40 local and regional artists, is now open in the Gift Gallery of The Phipps Center for the Arts. Members of The Phipps receive a one-time discount of 20 percent off a total Gift Gallery purchase during the annual holiday sale. Members may receive a discount on the day they join. “A Gift by the Hand” hours are Monday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., as well as one hour before and through intermission of all performances in The Phipps theaters. The Phipps will be closed December 24 and 25.
The Hudson 7th grade girls traveling basketball team went 7-0 to finish first overall in the 32-team League Championship Tournament at Chippewa Falls on Dec. 5-6. The tournament includes the top 7th grade girls teams in western and northern Wisconsin, along with a few teams from eastern and northern Minnesota. Team members are, front from left, Sophia Jonas, Maliah Pytleski, Alicia Belany, Maria Huebsch, Grace O'Brien and coach Scott Jonas; back, coach Jeff Pytleski, Ellie Yaeger, Katie Ann Englund, Grace Johnson, Audrey Hatfield, Kylie Johnson, Livi Boily and coach Rick Huebsch.