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Thursday, 9/13

RF Area Retired Educators

The River Falls Area Retired Educators, an affiliate of WREA, will hold a meeting at 11 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 13 at St. Croix Lanes, 1153 N. St. Croix St., River Falls.

St. Croix Valley Beekeepers Association

Interested in beekeeping? The St. Croix Valley Beekeepers Association's next meeting is Thursday, Sept. 13th, at Peace Lutheran Church (2084 County Road N, Baldwin.) Hive inspection is at 6 p.m.; tips and reminders at 6:30 p.m., followed by regular meeting at 7 p.m. State Bee Inspector Dan Ziehli will be speaking. All are welcome. Questions, call 612-819-6008.

Saturday, 9/15

Hudson Heritage Quilters

Hudson Heritage Quilters will meet 9:30 a.m. to noon Saturday, Sept. 15 in the Hudson Hospital Conference Rooms (405 Stageline Road.) The program will feature members of the River Valley Quilters Guild and a preview of the October quilt show. Free to HHQ members, non-members is $5. Questions? Contact Kathy Widin: kdwidin@comcast.net or 651-338-3651.

Pierce County Clean Sweep

From 8 a.m. to noon on Saturday, Sept. 15, 2018, the Pierce County Solid Waste Department will be holding their Annual Fall Clean Sweep Household, Agricultural, and Business Hazardous Waste and Pharmaceutical Collection Event at Pierce County Recycling Center, 707 N. Maple St./ Highway 65, Ellsworth. Farm and Agricultural Producers should pre-register directly with Pierce County at (715-273-3092). Small Businesses should pre-register directly with Veolia North America. Send your pre-registration and inventory form via email to Chris.Bahlowwww.co.pierce.wi.us/Solid%20Waste/Clean_Sweep_Main.html

Saturday, 9/15 & Sunday, 9/16

Bacon Bash

River Falls Chamber of Commerce and Tourism Bureau presents the sixth annual Bacon Bash, the nation's largest free bacon festival, from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 15 and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 16 in Heritage Park. From pig-themed activities and a merchant vendor marketplace to bacon-inspired dishes and live music, Bacon Bash promises to be a festival the whole family can go hog wild for! This year, Bacon Bash boasts over 30 different "bacon-licious" dishes from local and regional restaurants, vendors and food trucks. In addition, chefs, cooks and bakers from the region will test their culinary skills in the official World Food Championship Qualifying Event at Bacon Bash. Competitors will present their most incredible bacon creations to a panel of judges for a chance to win a Golden Ticket and paid entry (plus a $1,000 travel stipend) to the World Food Championship in Orange Beach, Alabama in November. Activities and events include pig calling and pig impersonation contests, When Pigs Fly event, kids' eating contest, pig wing eating competitions, pet costume contest, a corn box, and other "porktastic" happenings. The weekend will feature musical performances by the Back Channel Blues Band, Everett Smithson Band, Tommy Bentz Band, The Hunyuks and Woodshop. Admission is free and open to the public. For more information on Bacon Bash, including a schedule of events, vendor lists, and stay and play information, visit www.riverfallsbaconbash.com or call 715-425-2533.

Kirby Symes Memorial Bacon Bash Dash 5K/1 Mile Fun Run

The River Falls Library Foundation will host the fourth annual Kirby Symes Memorial Bacon Bash Dash 5K/1 Mile Fun Run on Saturday, Sept. 15, 2018. The 5K run starts at 10:30 a.m. and the 1-mile family fun run starts at 11:30 a.m. at the lower level of River Falls City Hall plaza. Participants are encouraged to wear costumes. For more information, contact Heather Johnson at hjohnson@riverfallslibrary.org or 715-425-0905 ext. 660.

Kinnickinnic Church 150th Anniversary

The historic Kinnickinnic Church (1276 County Road J, River Falls) will celebrate 150 years Sept. 15-16. Saturday events include a 1p.m. historical program with refreshments to follow and cemetery tour 3:30-4:30 p.m. Sunday service will begin at 1 p.m., followed by a 150th year photo at 2 p.m. Cake and ice cream will be served. Children can play historical games at 2:15 p.m. and at 3:30 p.m. a raffle drawing will take place. The events conclude 4-5 p.m. Sunday with a cemetery tour.

Monday, 9/17

Cardboard Adventures for Adults

Make decoration for the Children's Museum exhibit in the lower level of the River Falls Public Library 4-8 p.m. Monday, Sept. 17. Teens are welcome.

American Red Cross Blood Drive

The American Red Cross will host a blood drive noon to 6 p.m. Monday, Sept. 17 at the UW-River Falls University Center (410 S. Third St.) Make an appointment to donate by downloading the free American Red Cross Blood Donor App, visiting RedCrossBlood.org or calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767). As a thank-you, those who come to donate blood or platelets through Sept. 30, 2018, will receive a coupon via email for a free haircut at participating Sport Clips locations. More information is available at RedCrossBlood.org/sport-clips.

Tuesday, 9/18

St. Croix Valley Moms Demand Action September Meeting

The St. Croix Valley Moms Demand Action will meet at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 18 in the River Falls Public Library (140 Union St.) The featured speaker with be Pierce County District Attorney Sean Froelich, who will talk about current gun laws in Wisconsin. All are welcome!

Tuesday Club

The first Tuesday Club meeting this year will be held at 11:45 a.m. Tuesday, Sept.18, at the West Wind Supper Club in River Falls. Meetings include lunch, social time and an informative speaker. The cost is $13 for lunch, which includes tax and tip. The speaker this month will be Cathy Wurzer, an American journalist and author, as well as a Minnesota radio and TV personality. For more information or to make a reservation contact Judy Seguin by email: judy.seguin1@gmail.com by Sunday, Sept. 16.

River Falls Community Food Pantry Meeting

The River Falls Community Food Pantry will have monthly meetings at 6 p.m. on the third Tuesday of every month at Ezekiel Lutheran Church (202 S. Second St.) Pantry volunteers, clients and persons living within the River Falls School District are welcome to attend. Meetings will likely consist of donation totals and averages, the numbers and needs of clients, updates on food pantry policies, volunteer and donor recognition, among other topics. For more information, contact Rick Pechacek at 715-425-7183.

American Red Cross Blood Drive

The American Red Cross will host a blood drive noon to 6 p.m. Monday, Sept. 18 at the UW-River Falls University Center (410 S. Third St.) Make an appointment to donate by downloading the free American Red Cross Blood Donor App, visiting RedCrossBlood.org or calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767). As a thank-you, those who come to donate blood or platelets through Sept. 30, 2018, will receive a coupon via email for a free haircut at participating Sport Clips locations. More information is available at RedCrossBlood.org/sport-clips.

Wednesday, 9/19

American Red Cross Blood Drive

The American Red Cross will host a blood drive noon to 6 p.m. Monday, Sept. 19 at the UW-River Falls University Center (410 S. Third St.) Make an appointment to donate by downloading the free American Red Cross Blood Donor App, visiting RedCrossBlood.org or calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767). As a thank-you, those who come to donate blood or platelets through Sept. 30, 2018, will receive a coupon via email for a free haircut at participating Sport Clips locations. More information is available at RedCrossBlood.org/sport-clips.

Duplicate Bridge

The River Falls Duplicate Bridge Club met at Wellhaven Senior Center Wednesday, Sept. 5. Eight teams competed, with first place honors won by Mary Murphy and Fern Tomaszewski. Coming in second were Duane Johnson and Kenny Swenson. Third place went to Olive Mulhollam and Chuck O'Connell. Next playdate will be held at 6:30 p.m. Sept. 19 at Wellhaven. New teams or individuals are always welcome to join us; please call 651-731-9350 for more information.

Thursday, 9/20

St. Croix Valley Genealogical Society

This season St. Croix Valley Genealogical Society is trying something new! We are featuring a series of presentations about FamilySearch.org and the variety of elements that make up the website. Kim Ashford will be our tour director as we learn about Records, FamilyTree, Memories, Research Wiki, how to use the catalog, and more on this FREE genealogy website. Part I: All About Records—Learn about the central part of the FamilySearch website. Discover tips and tricks for locating and accessing the growing number of records on the site. There are various types of records shown, but there may be limitations to their availability. Access the wealth of records with confidence as you learn to use both indexed records and those not yet indexed but browse able. Part I will be presented at 7 p.m. Sept. 20 in the main floor meeting room of the River Falls Public Library. Subsequent meetings are generally held the third Thursday of each month. Check scvgs.wordpress.com and Facebook page for updated information. If you have any questions, contact Darcy at 715-307-5149.

Soup, Salad & Science

The River Falls Public Library, along with River Falls Community Education, will offer a public lecture series designed to focus on various science topics. The Soup, Salad and Science lectures includes six different lectures that will take on Thursday evening from 5:30-7:30 pm, beginning Sept. 14, at the River Falls Public Library. Invited guest speakers will present the public lectures on a variety of topics with a follow-up discussion. This event's topic is: Development and application of 3D tissue engineering for modeling cancer cell behaviors, tumor tissue generation, progression and metastasis. Dr. Timothy Lyden will discuss the field of tissue engineering, including in-vitro artificial tissue development and the use of these methods and techniques for studying cancer biology, melanoma and breast cancer. For more information, contact Cole Zrostlik at 715-426-3496.

Aztec Dancers

UW-River Falls will celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month with a free public event featuring Aztec dancers. Kalpulli Ketzal Coatlicue ("Precious Mother Earth") will perform in North Hall auditorium Thursday, Sept. 20, at 7 p.m. The event is appropriate for all ages and tickets are not necessary to attend the event. Free food will be offered following the performance. The event is hosted by the UWRF Center of Diversity, Inclusion, and Belonging. For more information, email stacy.pederson@uwrf.edu or call 715-425-3300.

Monday, 9/24

River Falls Fire Dept. Open House

River Falls Fire will hold an open house 6-8 p.m. Monday, Sept. 24 on Second Street in front of the fire station. Activities, demonstrations, prizes, a thank you to farmers and a vintage River Falls fire truck display will round out the evening. For more information, contact Pauline Williams at 715-821-0288.

St. Croix Valley Civil War Round Table

The first meeting of the 2018-19 season of the St. Croix Valley Civil War Round Table will take place Sept. 24 at the Lowell Inn, Stillwater, Minn. Round Table member Ray Marshall will reprise his talk "The Bullochs and the Roosevelts: A Study of Two Families in America's Civil War." Social hour begins at 5:30 p.m. followed at 6 p.m. by a buffet dinner. The talk begins at 7 p.m. Non-members are welcome. The program is free, but the buffet is $23. Reservations can be made by calling Dave Page at 651-480-8879 or emailing davidppage12@gmail.com.

Monday, 9/24-10/13

The Children's Museum

A hands-on learning space for all ages will be showcased in the River Falls Public Library's Kleinpell Gallery.

Wednesday, 9/26

GRE Workshop

UW-River Falls will host a free workshop 6:30-8 p.m. Sept. 26 in the University Center for anyone planning to take the GRE test for admission to graduate school. In the GRE workshop, an experienced test preparation instructor will demonstrate how test prep classes may help students achieve improved scores. A complete list of courses, course descriptions and online registration information is available at go.uwrf.edu/ce, by calling 715-425-3261 or by sending an email to outreach@uwrf.edu.

Thursday, 9/27

Juggling Life, Work and Caregiving

Dealing with work and our own lives can be tough enough, but add caregiving to the mix and it can be completely overwhelming. Caregiving expert Amy Goyer, author of "Juggling Life, Work and Caregiving" will share practical tips for working caregivers to help you successfully keep all the balls in the air. You'll learn how to get and stay organized, use technology and explore flexible work options, as well as how to channel your caregiving experience to enhance your life and work skills. The free seminar will be held 6-8 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 27 at WITC — New Richmond (1019 S. Knowles Ave.) RSVP's preferred at www.bit.ly/witcGoyer. For more information, contact the ADRC at 1-800-372-2333 and ask to speak to a Caregiver Support Coordinator.

Kinni Corridor Project Open House

All are welcome to the Kinni Corridor Project Open House 6:30-8 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 27 at River Falls Public LIbrary (140 Union St.) A short program begins at 6:45 p.m. Participants will be invited to view preliminary corridor concept plans and share ideas and feedback. Snacks will be served. See kinnicorridor.org for more information.

Author Visit: Kyle Mills

"Red War" author Kyle Mills will read from the book at 6:30 p.m. Sept. 27 at Junior's Restaurant and Tap House (414 S. Main St.)

Tuesday, 10/2

Run with the Cops

The annual Run with the Cops event will take place 5-9 p.m. Oct. 2 at UW-River Falls Ramer Field. Registration begins at 5 p.m. Kids obstacle course is at 5:30 p.m. followed by the 5K / 1-mile Glow Run/Walk at 7:30 p.m. Visit specialolympics.org.

Wednesday, 10/3

Mah Jongg / Bunco Fundraiser

A Mah Jongg / Bunco fundraiser will be held Wednesday, Oct. 3 at Hudson PEO Chapter EQ member Bernice Hessler's home (270 St. Annes Parkway, Hudson). The event is open to all women. Lunch will be served at 11:30 a.m. followed by afternoon play. Cost is $25 at the door. All proceeds will fund PEO projects that financially support women with scholarships, grants and loans in their quest for education and advancement. Seating is limited and reservations are required by Sept. 19. Call Sheila Proehl at 763-458-0507 or email sproehl@comcast.net. Include email, phone number and game choice.

Thursday, 10/4

St. Bridget Afternoon Euchre

The St. Bridget Afternoon Euchre group will play at 1 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 4 in the church's lower level. Afternoon Euchre meets the first Thursday of each month September through May. All women are welcome. Bring an partner and come join the fun. For more information, contact Janet Huppert at 715-425-6097.

Friday, 10/5

Child Support Group

Are you a parent/grandparent/guardian looking for support as you cope with a child in your life who struggles with substance use/abuse, mental health issues, learning disabilities, bullying, gender identity issues, grief, sexual abuse or the effects of divorce? Join others who care, understand, want to listen and offer support in a confidential and non-judgmental environment. Learn ways to care for yourself and find resources available to you. The group meets the first and third Fridays of each month 6:3--7:30 p.m. at First National Bank Community Room (104 E. Locust St., River Falls). For more information, call 715-821-3015. You are not alone!

Saturday, 10/6

River Falls Soccer Club Annual General Meeting

The River Falls Soccer Club will hold its annual general meeting at 10 a.m. Oct. 6 at Golfview West Fields in River Falls. Every member of River Falls Soccer Club welcome! Please attend if you have any interest or input of the following: becoming a board member, questions or concerns of the organization, financials will be discussed as board members hold monthly meeting. For more information, contact Missy Murphy at missy.murphy@rfsd.k12.wi.us.

Thursday, 10/11-Saturday, 10/13

AAUW Book Sale

The River Falls Branch of AAUW (American Association of University Women) will host a book sale Oct. 11, 12 and 13 and 18, 19 and 20 at 109A N. Main St., River Falls. Donation containers for new or gently used books and electronic media are at Dick's Market and Family Fresh Market in River Falls and County Market in Hudson. Encyclopedias and text books cannot be used. For further information or to schedule a pick up contact Jane Matthews at 715 425 2442 or Elizabeth Williams at 715 629-7270 or at aauwrf@gmail.com.

Sunday, 10/14

Chuck White 90th Birthday

The public is welcome to celebrate Chuck White's 90th birthday 2-5 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 14 at the River Falls American Legion.

Thursday, 10/18-Saturday, 10/20

AAUW Book Sale

The River Falls Branch of AAUW (American Association of University Women) will host a book sale Oct. 18, 19 and 20 at 109A N. Main St., River Falls. Donation containers for new or gently used books and electronic media are at Dick's Market and Family Fresh Market in River Falls and County Market in Hudson. Encyclopedias and text books cannot be used. For further information or to schedule a pick up contact Jane Matthews at 715 425 2442 or Elizabeth Williams at 715 629-7270 or at aauwrf@gmail.com.

Friday, 10/19

Child Support Group

Are you a parent/grandparent/guardian looking for support as you cope with a child in your life who struggles with substance use/abuse, mental health issues, learning disabilities, bullying, gender identity issues, grief, sexual abuse or the effects of divorce? Join others who care, understand, want to listen and offer support in a confidential and non-judgmental environment. Learn ways to care for yourself and find resources available to you. The group meets the first and third Fridays of each month 6:3--7:30 p.m. at First National Bank Community Room (104 E. Locust St., River Falls). For more information, call 715-821-3015. You are not alone!

Tuesday, 10/30

PGM Chuck White's 90th Birthday Party

For members of Masonic Lodges: You are invited to a members only celebration for Chuck White's 90th birthday Tuesday, Oct. 30 at River Falls American Legion. Social hour begins at 5 p.m., followed by a meal at 6 p.m. and program to follow. Casual dress. Please RSVP to Fred Benson at 715-425-5083, 715-222-1555 or fdb_2@live.com by Oct. 10.

Thursday, 11/1

St. Bridget Afternoon Euchre

The St. Bridget Afternoon Euchre group will play at 1 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 1 in the church's lower level. Afternoon Euchre meets the first Thursday of each month September through May. All women are welcome. Bring an partner and come join the fun. For more information, contact Janet Huppert at 715-425-6097.

Thursday, 12/6

St. Bridget Afternoon Euchre

The St. Bridget Afternoon Euchre group will play at 1 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 6 in the church's lower level. Afternoon Euchre meets the first Thursday of each month September through May. All women are welcome. Bring an partner and come join the fun. For more information, contact Janet Huppert at 715-425-6097.

Thursday, 1/3

St. Bridget Afternoon Euchre

The St. Bridget Afternoon Euchre group will play at 1 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 3 in the church's lower level. Afternoon Euchre meets the first Thursday of each month September through May. All women are welcome. Bring an partner and come join the fun. For more information, contact Janet Huppert at 715-425-6097.

Thursday, 2/7

St. Bridget Afternoon Euchre

The St. Bridget Afternoon Euchre group will play at 1 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 7 in the church's lower level. Afternoon Euchre meets the first Thursday of each month September through May. All women are welcome. Bring an partner and come join the fun. For more information, contact Janet Huppert at 715-425-6097.

Thursday, 3/7

St. Bridget Afternoon Euchre

The St. Bridget Afternoon Euchre group will play at 1 p.m. Thursday, March 7 in the church's lower level. Afternoon Euchre meets the first Thursday of each month September through May. All women are welcome. Bring an partner and come join the fun. For more information, contact Janet Huppert at 715-425-6097.

Thursday, 4/4

St. Bridget Afternoon Euchre

The St. Bridget Afternoon Euchre group will play at 1 p.m. Thursday, April 4 in the church's lower level. Afternoon Euchre meets the first Thursday of each month September through May. All women are welcome. Bring an partner and come join the fun. For more information, contact Janet Huppert at 715-425-6097.

Thursday, 5/2

St. Bridget Afternoon Euchre

The St. Bridget Afternoon Euchre group will play at 1 p.m. Thursday, May 2 in the church's lower level. Afternoon Euchre meets the first Thursday of each month September through May. All women are welcome. Bring an partner and come join the fun. For more information, contact Janet Huppert at 715-425-6097.

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