River Falls Journal Newsroom
This month, sites in the area will be among 5,000 U.S. drop-off locations collecting shoebox gifts for children overseas during Operation Christmas Child's National Collection Week, Nov. 12-19.
River Falls Community Theatre's production of "Steel Magnolias" is described as a "beautiful community play that is for the community, by the community," according to Community Theatre representatives. River Falls-raised director Brian Erdrich said he is thrilled to bring such a charming production to his hometown.
Join the River Falls Public Library for a special night of live music and stories with best-selling Wisconsin author Michael Perry and his band, the Long Beds 7-9 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 21 at Rush River Brewing Company in River Falls. This event is free and open to the public. Food and beverages will be available for purchase at Rush River Brewing Company. Join library staff before the event (at 6:30 p.m.) to discuss Perry's new book, "Montaigne in Barn Boots: An Amateur Ambles Through Philosophy."
The St. Croix Valley Collectors Association will host its annual Threshing Bee on Sunday, Aug. 19, 2018 at the Norm and Shirley Feyereisen Farm, 429 Townsvalley Road, Hudson. The farm is located just south of Hudson of County F, then east on Coulee Trail to Townsvalley Road. The day will feature a variety of old-time farm equipment in operation. Demonstrations include threshing, baling with a stationary hay press, silo filling, corn shelling and more. A variety of antique tractors, "hit and miss" engines and other equipment will also be on display throughout the day.
The types of fish inhabiting the St. Croix watershed have evolved over the years, and will continue to change for decades to come. The St. Croix River Association is presenting a signature speakers series event to learn more about one of the most diverse fish populations in the upper Midwest. Dr. John Lyons, the curator of fish at the University of Wisconsin Zoological Museum in Madison, will speak 6-8 p.m. Thursday, April 12, at the River Falls Public Library about how climate and other changes are affecting fish in the watershed.
The Hudson-based string band Greenwood Tree will play 7-9:30 p.m. Saturday, March 17, in the River Falls Barn Dance series at the Academy Gym at the former Meyer Middle School. The dance will feature all the regular square and line dances and reels given an appropriately Irish flourish by the Celtic-flavored Greenwood Tree.
The River Falls Public Library Gallery is proud to host, for the fourth year, the Wisconsin Regional Art Program Exhibit. Sponsored by the River Falls Community Arts Base (CAB), and administered by the UW- Madison Continuing Studies Program, this year's WRAP Exhibit features work by 28 regional nonprofessional and student artists, and will be on display in the lower level of the River Falls Public Library through Feb. 258.
The University of Wisconsin-River Falls presents the Symphony Band and University Bands in concert 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 14. Directors Kris Tjornehoj and Gary Bird host internationally acclaimed cornet soloist Harmen VanHoorn with composer Stan Nieuwenhuis. A world premier of Nieuwenhuis' "Postcards from Ellis Island" will feature Paris Opera member VanHoorne as soloist with the Symphony Band. Other music includes L'Effet Divers by Nieuwenhuis featuring four movements reflecting real stories of living in Belgium.
The University of Wisconsin-River Falls Physics Department begins its fall season of free, public observatory viewings and astronomy discussions Tuesday, Oct. 24. The first stargazing session begins with a talk, "Other Earths Out There?: Kepler's Final Count" by physics Professor Eileen Korenic at 8 p.m. in 271 Centennial Science Hall. Then, if the sky is clear, a telescope viewing session will follow at 8:30 p.m. on the third-floor observation deck. Uranus and Neptune should be visible as well as the waning crescent moon.
"Markieke Penterman: Farmer's Daughter, Immigrant, Award-winning Cheesemaker" will be presented by Marieke Penterman of Holland's Dairy in Thorp from 5-6 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 12, in North Hall Auditorium at the University of Wisconsin-River Falls. The event, part of the Ann Lydecker Lecture Series, is free and open to the public.