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The Phipps Children’s Theater will hold auditions for adults and children ages 8 and older for “The Best Christmas Pageant Ever” on Saturday, Oct. 19, between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. and Sunday, Oct. 20, between noon and 2 p.m. in the Black Box Theater of The Phipps Center for the Arts. Parents must accompany their children to auditions. Families are encouraged to audition together. Those auditioning should bring a photo or school picture for the director. All will be asked to read from the script.
Ensemble Aventure will perform “Cabaret at Café 45,” an exploration of jazz and popular music from across the heart of Europe, on Saturday, Oct. 12 at 7:30 p.m.
A benefit for Abigail Doonan, 22, who was diagnosed with Classical Hodgkin’s Lymphoma, Stage 4B, will be held from noon to 5 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 5, at The Village Inn in North Hudson. The benefit includes BBQ pulled pork, a raffle from noon-4 p.m., live auction, kids station with face painting, pumpkin painting and treat bag with cookies and juice.
St. Croix County Historical Society’s annual eighth-grade Hudson History Tour has been moved to Monday, Oct. 7, due to the predicted rain. With the date change, some additional volunteers are needed. The day’s activities include a walking tour for students in the morning followed by history booths and activities at Lakefront Park in the afternoon. This is a short notice but the volunteer positions are easy and require very little preparation. Volunteers are needed from 8 a.m.
The Physics Department begins its fall season of free, public observatory viewings and astronomy discussions on Oct. 8. The first stargazing session on Tuesday, Oct. 8, beings with a talk, “Solar Max 2013: Where Did It Go?” by physics Professor Eileen Korenic at 8 p.m. in 271 Centennial Science Hall. Then, if the night is clear, a telescope viewing session will follow at 8:30 p.m. on the third floor observation deck. A faculty member and/or student will staff each telescope and be available to answer questions.
”Little Luncheonette of Terror,” a musical comedy with the book by Tim Kelly, music by Bill Francoeur, and lyrics by Francoeur and Steven Fendrich, will be performed by The Phipps Children’s Theater Oct. 3 to 13 at The Phipps Center for the Arts. The cast features talented area students in grades 7 to 9. Terror and laughter reign when Mongo, a rock-eating creature from the center of the earth, contacts young Pete Berserker, owner of Pete’s Luncheonette.
The talent of amateur photographers and the beauty of the St. Croix River watershed was apparent in this year’s St. Croix River Association photo contest. Nearly 100 photographs competed in four categories: landscape, people, wildlife and close-up for both youths and adults. Among the winners was Hudson’s Jeff Bucklew who won firsts in adult close-up and adult wildlife. He also took second in adult close-up and third in adult wildlife.
The Libertarian Party Pierce announced its inaugural economic literacy event; “Road Signs,” featuring UW-River Falls, Professor of Management Brian Huffman, College of Business and Economics. The event is Sunday, Sept. 29, at Kilkarney Hills Golf Club north of River Falls.
Can a man unravel the secrets of his wife’s past in time to find his son? Hudsonite Stephen Kosa has written a novel titled “ Vanishing Trail: The Taking of Jonathan Bishop ” The book is described as a thrilling new work of fiction.
Julie L. Davis, professor of history at the College of St.