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Explore the St. Croix River from another perspective. From mussels to raptors and a variety of living river critters, experience the St. Croix River on an ecological-minded cruise featuring river life. Naturalists of the Carpenter Nature Center will share their expertise of the natural history of the area aboard a scenic boat cruise offered by Afton*Hudson Cruise Lines. Live raptors and various river critters will be aboard for a first-hand look at river life. The Grand Duchess will set sail on Friday, July 20, and guests of all ages are invited to join the fun.
Free poetry reading event "Two River Poets," a free poetry reading event featuring John Graber and Lee Kisling, will be held on Thursday, April 19, 7-8:30 p.m. Both are inspired by the 50th anniversary of the Wild & Scenic Rivers Act, through which the St. Croix River was one of the first to receive protection.
A special meeting of the Western Wisconsin Photography Club will be held at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 18 in the River Room at The Phipps Center for the Arts. The meeting will feature a presentation by Dr. Mike Shaw on time-lapse photography. Shaw is a night and nature photography book author, workshop leader and freelance photographer/filmmaker based in St. Paul. Before his photography career took off, he was a physics and astronomy professor for over 15 years. He also worked as an applied physics research scientist for over 10 years. Yes, he is a rocket scientist!
Mosaic workshop Enrollment is open for a weekend-long mosaic workshop for adults of all skill levels taught by Wouterina "Riana" de Raad, who has been creating mosaic concrete sculpture since 1987. She will teach techniques and formulas she has developed over that time in this popular annual workshop on Saturday, April 7, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Sunday, April 8, from 12:30-4:30 p.m.
'Once Upon a Mattress' March 9-31 "Once Upon a Mattress," a fractured fairy tale musical comedy with music by Mary Rogers, lyrics by Marshall Barer, and the book by Jay Thompson, Barer, and Dean Fuller, will be performed March 9-31 on Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. as well as Sundays at 2 p.m.
The Shaun Johnson Big Band Experience, sponsored by Hudson Neighbors magazine, will perform in concert at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 24 at The Phipps Center for the Arts.
The High 48s bluegrass band will perform in concert at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 17, at The Phipps Center for the Arts. Since forming in 2006, The High 48s have been making music that combines the soulful sound of classic bluegrass with a modern attitude, original songs and a wide range of influences.
"Junie B. Jones is Not a Crook," a play by Allison Gregory adapted from the popular book series by Barbara Park, will be performed by The Phipps Children's Theater at 7 p.m. Fridays, 1 and 4 p.m. Saturdays, and 2 p.m. Sundays, Feb. 9-25 at The Phipps Center for the Arts. Junie B. Jones is certain that someone at school stole new furry mittens. So, when Junie B. finds a pen of many colors, she figures she should be allowed to keep it because "finders keepers, losers weepers."
The St. Croix County Historical Society will host a volunteer open house 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 10, at the Octagon House Museum, 1004 Third St. Founded in 1948, the St. Croix County Historical Society's mission is to promote interest in history through the development and preservation of the Octagon House Museum complex and research center. It is through the efforts of numerous volunteers that the Historical Society has been able to accomplish its mission and maintain a dynamic presence in the Hudson community.
Last fall, the Wisconsin Department of Administration (DOA) finalized population estimates for local units of government, as of Jan. 1, 2017. The DOA says St. Croix County grew by 4.13 percent since the 2010 Census and added 3,483 new residents. St. Croix's year-old population is estimated at 87,828 making the numeric gain since 2010 roughly equivalent to the 3,300 people residing in the Village of Ellsworth.