River Falls Journal Newsroom
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.
Nearly a dozen regional artists will be in River Falls to create work "en plein air." The Outdoor Painters of Minnesota will paint the town Saturday, Oct. 7, and the public is invited to observe between 10 a.m and 1 p.m.
A Twin Cities investigative reporter who has covered hot-button issues such as immigration and sex trafficking will be the featured speaker for this semester's communication and media seminar at the University of Wisconsin-River Falls. Farrah Fazal of KSTP-TV will present "Shining a Light into the Shadows" at 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 5, in the North Hall auditorium on campus. The event is free and open to the public.
"The Children of Mystery River," Festival Theatre's second Youth and Family show this year opens on Sept. 8 and runs through the 17th. The show is based on a book by local authors, Phil and Joanne Peterson and is being adapted for the stage by the University of Wisconsin River Falls, and by Seth Kaltwasser. It follows three children as they make their way down the river in the mid 1800s. The show features 15 local youth actors and one adult.
The River Falls community will celebrate “Trout ‘n About on the Kinni” at the 43nd Annual River Falls Days festival this Thursday-Sunday, July 13-16.
The Friends of Willow River and Kinnickinnic State Parks, Inc. is offering beginner, family- friendly kayak lessons. Kayaking is a great way to experience the outdoors, get healthy exercise, and have fun. During the final session students will paddle down the scenic Kinnickinnic River to the spectacular St. Croix River.
Some 1,575 people came to eat waffles, sausage, cheese curds, and more at the annual Pierce County Dairy Breakfast Saturday, June 17. And that's just the ones who came for breakfast. Organizers estimate 500 more people came to the event and enjoyed farm tours, kids' activities, and viewed an antique farm equipment display. Held at the Lawrence and Kay Huppert and Jason and Lori Kjos family farm on Chapman Drive between Hudson and River Falls, this was the eighth annual Dairy Breakfast. Event coordinator Holly Vasfaret said she was pleased with the outcome.
University of Wisconsin-River Falls seniors Marissa Amidon, Adry Cota, Devon Gelhar, Emily Pelton, Grace Sacher, Blake Stolpestad, Rachel Urban and Lisa Vang will present their Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree exhibitions in Gallery 101 in the Kleinpell Fine Arts building, Feb. 22 to March 3 . On view at the River Falls campus will be printmaking, ceramics, painting, photography, mixed media installation, and drawing.
A Minneapolis-based non-profit organization, Defeat the Stigma Project (DSP), is planning an eight-day run across the state of Wisconsin to raise awareness of mental illness and suicide prevention. The run begins on Saturday, May 7, in Algoma, and ends on Saturday, May 14, in Hudson. A welcoming event is being planned from 3-5 p.m. on Saturday at the downtown Hudson band shell for the runners’ arrival.