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Inaugural World Snow Sculpting Championship

The Greater Stillwater Chamber of Commerce will host the Inaugural World Snow Sculpting Championship competition sanctioned by the Association Internationale de Sculpture sur Neige et Glace based in Finland.

Teams from around the world will travel to Stillwater to create amazing snow sculptures while competing for prize money and the title of world champion. This will be a judged event and will include social events, activities, ceremonies, the people's choice award and will be fun for the whole family.

“The world’s coolest block party” will take place Jan. 18-23.  

Learn to snowshoe with St. Croix County

After the first few steps along the guided trail, you will be on your way to this fun outdoor activity. Bring your own snowshoes or rent one of the limited pairs for $5. Multiple events across St. Croix County will allow you to explore new areas.

The second event is Jan. 21 from 5-7 p.m. at the Stanton County Forest, 2375 185th St., Deer Park, Wisconsin, for a twilight snowshoe hike.

Or go for a challenging snowshoe hike Jan. 22, 1-3 p.m. at Homestead Parklands on Perch Lake, 550 Perch Lake Road, Hudson. This location is a higher difficulty level with some steep hills.

The cost is $10 per person and children under 16 are free with a paying adult. Contact and registration with Aleisha Miller, resource educator at (715) 531-1915 or aleisha.miller@sccwi.gov.

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Learn to snowshoe at Willow River State Park

Drop in anytime from 1-3 p.m. at the Nature Center Saturday, Jan. 22, to learn to snowshoe at Willow River State Park. Join the Friends group at Willow River State Park and learn to snowshoe, who will provide basic instruction on how to snowshoe and then send you off to explore the park's snowshoe trails. This event costs $5 (cash or credit accepted) and vehicle admission into the park is required.

The program will be run on a first come, first served basis. There is a limited number of snowshoes that will be available to use. Dress for the weather and bring along water and good waterproof boots and pants.

Hudson Hot Air Affair: County Market and Candlelight Hike and Ski

County Market will host a countdown event on Saturday, Jan. 22, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. complete with a camping theme, a hot air balloon basket and coloring sheets for kids.

The annual Candlelight Hike and Ski will be hosted by the YMCA Day Camp DayCroix on Saturday, Jan. 22, from 5-8 p.m. Enjoy candle-lit trails for cross-country skiing and hiking and see a hot air balloon.

Several countdown events are planned in January to lead up to this camping themed winter Festival. Find details about these countdown events and all of the Hot Air Affair events and sponsors at HudsonHotAirAffair.com or visit Facebook or Instagram for the latest announcements and details.

Learn to Snowshoe at Kinnickinnic State Park

On Sunday, Jan. 23, drop in anytime from 1-3 p.m. to learn to snowshoe at Kinnickinnic State Park.

Meet at the parking lot on the left side of the park road just before the maintenance building and service area.

Join the Friends group at Willow River State Park and learn to snowshoe, who will provide basic instruction on how to snowshoe and then send you off to explore the park's snowshoe trails. This event costs $5 (cash or credit accepted) and vehicle admission into the park is required.

The program will be run on a first come, first served basis. There is a limited number of snowshoes that will be available to use. Dress for the weather and bring along water and good waterproof boots and pants.

‘The Importance of Being Earnest’

Oscar Wilde’s classic is a delight from the first cucumber sandwich on as Jack’s double life catches up with him. The problems are resolved in an extremely charming and quite unexpected way as Jack and Algernon discover the importance of being earnest while answering to the name of Earnest.

Opening night at the Phipps Center for the Arts is this Friday, Jan. 21 at 7:30 p.m. Another performance will take place Saturday, Jan. 22 at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, Jan. 23 at 2 p.m.

Subsequent performances will be:

Fridays, Jan. 28, Feb. 4 at 7:30 p.m.; Saturdays, Jan. 29 and Feb. 5 at 7:30 p.m.; Sundays Jan. 30 and Feb. 6, at 2 p.m.

Tickets start at $20.

Due to ongoing COVID issues, the performers in “The Importance of Being Earnest” will now be masked. Please review the current COVID-19 protocols for more information. Note protocols may change based on ongoing safety precautions.

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