Little Free Library is pleased to welcome M. Greig Metzger II as its next executive director. Metzger will lead the Little Free Library nonprofit organization, which is dedicated to expanding book access and building community by fostering neighborhood book exchanges worldwide.
The annual RiverFest celebration is on July 16-21 in Hudson, with many activities to encourage everyone to get out and enjoy the St. Croix River while also recognizing the need to preserve its health and beauty.
Roald Dahl's "Willy Wonka Jr.," with words and music by Leslie Bricusse and Anthony Newley, adapted for the stage by Bricusse and Timothy A. McDonald, based on the book "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory" by Dahl, will be performed by The Phipps Children's Theater Feb. 15 to March 3 at The Phipps Center for the Arts. "Willy Wonka," is the story of Charlie Bucket, a poor boy who wins the opportunity to tour the fantastic chocolate factory of the eccentric and mysterious Willy Wonka. Music director Erin Maher comments, "The show is packed with music.
"84, Charing Cross Road," a charming, bittersweet comedy, will be performed Friday and Saturday, Feb. 1 and 2 at 7:30 p.m. as well as Sunday, Feb. 3 at 2 p.m. at The Phipps Center for the Arts. This play is adapted by James Roose Evans from the 1970 book of the same title by Helene Hanff. In it, she details the almost 20-year friendship she developed with London bookseller Frank Doel and the other staff at Marks and Co, Booksellers. Hanff, a New York writer, began doing business by correspondence with Marks and Co.
It's all about the balloons—and there will be plenty of them to see in Hudson during the annual Hudson Hot Air Affair, presented by WESTconsin Credit Union-Hudson. In 2019 the event is celebrating the 30th year of winter fun with this hot air balloon rally and winter festival in Hudson. It is old home week for many of the returning pilots as the Hot Air Affair is an annual stop on many of the balloonists' schedules. Over 30 balloons will be joining us this year, some old friends with returning favorites and some new pilots and balloons.
Property damage • A window was reported broken by a golf ball at 1 p.m. Nov. 1 on Coach Light Drive. A resident told police she observed the window at the front of her residence damaged, and a golf ball sitting underneath the window. It was unknown if the golf ball was hit toward the residence or thrown. • A car was keyed while parked on Tribute Road on Saturday, Nov. 3. The owner told police he parked at a friend's house at 1 a.m. and noticed the damage that afternoon. The driver's side of the vehicle was keyed on two doors.
"Sister Act," with music by Alan Menken, lyrics by Glenn Slater, and the book by Cheri Steinkellner and Bill Steinkellner, with additional book material by Douglas Carter Beane, will be performed Friday and Saturday, Nov. 23 and 24 at 7:30 p.m. as well as Sunday, Nov. 25 at 2 p.m. at The Phipps Center for the Arts. "Sister Act" is a feel-good musical comedy based on the film of the same name starring Whoopi Goldberg. When aspiring lounge singer Deloris Van Cartier witnesses a murder, she is placed in protective custody in a convent.
Two coin operated vacuums were reported damaged at Croixland Cleaners on Industrial Street at 10:51 a.m., Oct. 17. The locking pin had been pried out of one vacuum, causing damage to the vacuum and the coin box. The cost to replace that vacuum was valued at $2,000 and estimated $200 of change was in the coin box. The locking mechanism had been removed from the other vacuum, causing damage to the coin box and vacuum. This was also valued at $2,000 with $200 worth of change. The vacuums were undamaged on Wednesday, Oct. 10.
Spirit Seller Liquors will be the presenting sponsor of Hudson Hospital Foundation's Wine Tasting Fundraising Event 6-9 p.m. Friday, Nov. 2, at the Hudson House Grand Hotel. "We are grateful to partner with John Kromer of Spirit Seller on this important fundraising Event," said Kari Rambo, Hudson Hospital Foundation President. "It is a big commitment by John's team and they are ready to make a positive impact for the Hudson community." The annual event gathers over 200 community members in support of building a healthier
A theft following an encounter with an exotic dancer was reported at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Aug. 21 on Heggen Street. A man told police he had visited a strip club the night before and had too much to drink. He was unable to get a ride, and one of the employees of the club said she could drive him home. The woman first drove him to a gas station where he attempted to buy food but his card was declined, so she purchased it for him. They then drove to his residence. Upon arrival they had a few drinks and he told the woman he was going to bed. He told her she could stay in a spare bedroom if she did not feel comfortable driving home. He then went to bed and fell asleep. When he woke up the next morning his wallet, a replica Rolex watch, his phone and his debit and credit cards were missing. He used a "find my phone" feature to locate it in Minneapolis. Police advised him he should try to drive to Minneapolis in order to retrieve his phone and to let them know if he does not find it. The man did not know the name of the woman in his apartment.