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The 45th Parallel Exhibition, a juried group show featuring work by over 60 local and regional artists, and Wood-Fired Pottery, an exhibition of work by Willem Gebben of Colfax, presented in partnership with Northern Clay Center, will be on view from Jan. 10 through Feb. 9 in The Galleries of The Phipps Center for the Arts. An opening reception will be held on Friday, Jan.
Because of popular demand, performances have been added to the production run of “Our Town,” by Thornton Wilder, at The Phipps Center for the Arts. Profoundly moving as well as funny, this Pulitzer Prize-winning drama of life in the town of Grover’s Corners, N.H., in the early 20th century captures the richness and wonder of ordinary people living ordinary lives and encourages us to make a difference in our own.
Ringing the Salvation Army bells recently at Walgreens in Hudson were Shelley Wojcik, left, and Roxie Olson. The women reported that their fuzzy warm hats and flashing red Christmas bulb earrings attracted a bit of attention. Someone even brought them hot chocolate. (Submitted photo)
The O’Brien’s, a popular local men’s ensemble, presents a Christmas concert at St. Patrick‘s Church in Hudson Saturday, Dec. 14. The concert begins at 7:30 p.m. and includes a variety of seasonal favorites, including hymns, carols, popular selections, Christmas on Broadway and an Irving Berlin medley. The group includes Tim O’Brien, Chris O’Brien, Bill Jenkinson, Sean O’Brien, Pat O’Brien and accompanist Bobbi Pominville.
Cookies are decorated and ready for the annual Cookie Walk on Saturday, Dec. 14, from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church. Shoppers can purchase cookies, bars, candy and breads—plus gluten free treats will also be available. Showing off some of the holiday treats are, from left, Helene Jensen, Mary Blanchard and The Rev. Guy Usher. Children over age 12 are welcome and a nursery will be available for the little ones. The church is located at 502 County UU, east of Hudson. (Submitted photo)
“A Gift by the Hand,” the annual holiday sale of handmade items by local and regional artists, will be held through Dec. 31 in the Gift Gallery of The Phipps Center for the Arts in Hudson, Wisconsin. This sale features unique and affordable holiday gifts handmade by over 30 area artists. This includes clay vessels and cookware, fiber wearables, jewelry, turned wood, photography, and much more. Members of The Phipps receive a one-time discount of 20 percent off a total purchase during the annual holiday sale. “A Gift by the Hand” hours are Monday through Saturday from 9 a.m.
“The Best Christmas Pageant Ever” will be produced by The Phipps Children’s Theater Dec. 12-15 at The Phipps Center for the Arts. “The Best Christmas Pageant Ever,” by Barbara Robinson, concerns the efforts of Grace Bradley and her husband to put on the annual church Christmas pageant despite having to cast the Herdman kids - “probably the meanest, nastiest, most inventively awful kids in the history of the world!” Director John Nickolaus-Johnson and assistant director Keith Nickolaus-Johnson said they feel “‘The Best Christmas Pageant Ever’ isn’t about the Herdmans.
HELP Campaign for Kids needs 25 sponsors, deadline to donate is Dec. 9 Operation HELP’s annual Campaign for Kids still needs sponsors for 25 Hudson area families in need of help this Christmas. The program is geared to children. Sponsors provide gifts and other items to provide them with a good Christmas experience.
The fifth annual Hudson Holiday Boutique is set for 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 7. Organizer Pam Brokaw said she can hardly believe that it has been five years since Youth Action Hudson and St. Croix Valley Youth Court joined forces to hold a joint fundraiser.
Hudson Moms Group is collecting donations of blankets and toiletries for those in need. Donations benefit Operation HELP / The SOURCE, a local charity serving residents of St. Croix County who are facing financial difficulties. Items needed include new blankets for adults, children and babies; new, unopened toiletries — bath soap, tooth paste, tooth brushes, shampoo, conditioner, deodorant, band aids; and baby diapers. Drop off boxes are located at: —United Methodist Church, 1401 Laurel Ave.