North Hudson Elementary School third graders in Mrs. Beer's class went to the Octagon House on Friday, Nov. 30. This field trip experience was the culmination activity to the Hudson community researchers unit. Photo courtesy of Kelli Hedlund
Auditions are open to area students in grades 10-12 for The Phipps Children's Theater production of Roald Dahl's "Willy Wonka Jr." Auditions will be held on Thursday and Friday, Dec. 13 and Dec. 14, from 4-7 p.m. each day, with callbacks on Sunday, Dec. 16, from 1-4 p.m. at The Phipps Center for the Arts.
The holidays are all about helping out and spending time with friends and family. This past weekend, the Hudson Ambassadors stayed close to home and helped out in their hometown community. Friday, Nov. 30, they were at Lakefront Park for the Candlelight Stroll setting up luminary bags and assisting with horse drawn carriage rides. Saturday, Dec. 1 brought them back downtown to the River City Center for Santa and His Critters. The Ambassadors spent the afternoon welcoming children and their families and handing out tickets to meet Santa.
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Hudson Ambassadors joined North Hudson Pepperfest as Hallway Helpers at the Grand Fête on Friday, Nov. 23 for face painting and crafts for kids, including making reindeer food and Christmas tree ornaments prior to the arrival of Santa downtown Hudson. The Ambassadors were asked to carry the State Farm banner down Second Street that led Santa on his fire truck to Light Up the Night with Christmas lights. Although a little bit of rain was falling during the event, it did not dampen any of the holiday spirit!
Hudson Chrysler LLC partnered with Houlton Elementary to raise $2,120 during the Chrysler Cars 4 Classrooms fundraising initiative on Saturday, Nov. 10. Through Chrysler's Cars for Classrooms fundraiser, the Chrysler brand contributes up to $3,000 toward the school on behalf of every test drive participant.
Several Hudson Middle School students were recognized as "Raiders of the Month" for October. The learning habit for October was "responsible risks." Students, parents and staff gathered for a celebration breakfast on Nov. 16.
I had the good fortune of attending Friday's presentation of "Beauty and the Beast" at Hudson High School. It was great to enter the transformed campus and enjoy the refurbished auditorium. The upgrade to the sound system was especially noticeable. At the conclusion of the show, walking out of the auditorium I was struck by the open, spacious community-friendly area that certainly promoted community. The new and transformed space seems really helpful in many ways.
The Kiwanis Club of Greater Hudson in conjunction with the US Army Career Center in Hudson, held its third annual food drive to benefit the United Way St. Croix Valley on Nov. 8, 9 and 10 at County Market. The "Fill a Humvee" event generated four pallets of food and baby product donations along with $2600 (an additional $100 was received after the photo was taken) in monetary donations, far exceeding previous goals.
A great big THANK YOU to our Hudson Police Department for closing off a portion of Third Street (downtown) on Halloween night! We thought that worked really well and made trick-or-treating a lot safer and easier for kids, families, and those of us distributing candy on a well-attended evening. Well done! We hope you'll do that again in the years to come! Pastor John Lestock for Bethel Lutheran Church Hudson County Board budget