Among the colorful hot air balloons that will be part of the 30th annual Hudson Hot Air Affair, Feb. 1-3, will be one that is very "dementia friendly." For the fourth consecutive year, FirstCall Medical Monitoring will be sponsoring the 2019 "Living Well with Dementia" balloon, this year in "Ridin' High," piloted by Terry Dorshorst of West Salem. St. Croix Electric President/CEO Brian Zelenak said support of the balloon aligns with the Cooperative's mission to enhance the lives of members and strengthen the communities where they live.
The Dementia Friendly Communities Coalition is seeking the assistance of area choir directors and choral enthusiasts in starting Life Long Singers, a unique choir made of those living with memory loss, their caregivers, family members and volunteers. There will be an information and organizational meeting on Thursday, Feb. 7 at 4 p.m. at the Christian Community Home in Hudson. The choir will make its debut at Music by Heart in Lakefront Park in Hudson in conjunction with Dementia Friendly Sunday on June 9.
Shoop!, five powerful vocalists and a tight, six-piece jazz combo, will perform on Saturday, Jan. 26 at 7:30 p.m. at The Phipps Center for the Arts in Hudson. The vocal jazz group puts new twists on old standards with a sound that's a nod to The Manhattan Transfer and New York Voices.
They had the situation under control TO THE EDITOR Police Chief Geoff Willems, On Wednesday, Jan.9 at approximately 3.30 p.m. two Hudson police officers (sorry — no names) came to my door to inform me that there may be someone in or around our house. They immediately searched and secured the entire house. It was a scary experience but the officers made me feel safe and that they had the situation under control.
The World Championship Smooshboard Competition will once again be featured during the Hudson Hot Air Affair at 1 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 2 on EP Rock Elementary School grounds, and they are looking for teams brave enough to compete. The theme for this year's Hot Air Affair is "Pirates Fly'n the Croix-ribbean" so Smooshboard competitors and teams are encouraged to register for the event and dress up for the competition. Prizes are awarded to the team that wins the competition and the best dressed team.
The Hudson-based string band Greenwood Tree will play for the River Falls Barn Dance series 7-9:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 19 at the Academy Gym at the former Meyer Middle School (439 W. Maple St., River Falls). The dance will feature a variety of square, circle, and line dances and reels given a uniquely Celtic flourish by Greenwood Tree.
St. Croix Valley Sexual Assault Response Team, Inc. (SART) is hosting an ice fishing contest during the entire month of February 2019. Fish at your favorite lake, at any time during the month. The cost is $50 to enter which gives you the opportunity to win one of three grand prizes in addition to weekly drawings. Grand prizes include a two-person ice shelter, a Bass Pro Shops Extreme Ice Arctic Angler 40v Lithium ice auger, and a Vexilar. Contest will begin at midnight on Feb. 1 and end at 11:59 p.m. on Feb. 28, 2019.
Given the recent actions in Madison, if I were a cartoonist my drawing would look something like this: There is a man in a nice suit. On the lapel of his suit is a GOP button. Facing this man is another man we'll call "regular Joe." On the breast pocket of "regular Joe's" T-shirt is an "I voted" sticker. You know, the kind you get after you cast your ballot at your local precinct. The man in the suit has his arm raised toward "regular Joe," his fist tightly clenched, with the exception of one finger.
"The Jazz Age" is an original show produced and written by The Phipps Dance Theater and Jeff Iblings, with a cast of 17 dancers and actors, choreographers Regan Saunders and Talya Dozois, choreographer and performer Christina Leines, and artistic director, choreographer and performer Mackenzie Heisler. Performances will be given Jan. 11-20 on Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. as well as Sundays at 2 p.m. at The Phipps Center for the Arts. Everyone is a suspect when the lead dancer of "The Jazz Age" is gunned down in her changing room.
The 2019 Hudson Hot Air Affair, Hudson's annual winter festival and hot air balloon rally, is set for Feb. 1-3. Sponsored by WESTconsin Credit Union, the Hot Air Affair is celebrating 30 years with a "Pirates Fly'n the Croix-ribbean" theme.