Arts briefs: Bark for Life to honor dogs, raise money

  • Updated: May 3, 2014 - 5:29 PM

Registration is now open for the American Cancer Society’s “Bark for Life of Stillwater,” which starts at 9 a.m. May 17 at Barker’s Alps Park, 975 Fifth Ave. N., Bayport.

The 1-mile, noncompetitive walk is a chance for dogs and their owners to pay tribute to canines while raising funds and awareness to fight cancer.

Other activities, demonstrations and games for dogs and their owners are part of the event.

“Bark for Life is a great opportunity to involve those four legged family members in the fight against cancer,” said Sue Baldwin, coordinator of Bark for Life in Stillwater. “It gives us the chance to honor survivors, remember those lost and those who are still fighting, whether they are friends, family or pets.”

All funds go to the Stillwater Relay for Life/American Cancer Society. To find out more about Bark for Life and register online, visit

Registration will also be held the day of the event. The cost is $20 and the first 100 dogs will receive an insulated gift bag filled with nutritional treats and a Bark for Life bandanna. Additional dogs in the family is $5.

St. Croix Valley

Octagon House Museum opens for the season

The Octagon House Museum, 1004 Third Street, Hudson, Wis., opened for the spring tour season last week.

This year’s museum theme, “Picturing the Past,” will feature historic photos of the Hudson area from the St. Croix County Historical Society’s photo collection.

This year marks the 50th anniversary of the museum. The St. Croix County Historical Society opened the Octagon House in 1964 with the support of volunteers and funds obtained mainly through private donations. The society continues to maintain the house in the authentic tradition of a fine mid-19th century home.

Walk-in tours are available during the new hours of Wednesday through Sunday from noon to 4:30 p.m.

Tours last about one hour. Admission is $9 for adults, $3 for students ages 13 to 18, and $2 for children ages 6 to 12. Children 5 and under who are with an adult will be admitted free of charge.

The museum complex includes the Octagon House Museum, beautiful gardens, and the Garden House with general store, blacksmith shop, domestic arts, and medical tableaux.

For more information, call 715-386-2654.

Pottery studio tour set for holiday weekend

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