Arts & Culture

The English philosopher Francis Bacon once mused, “Gardening is the purest of human pleasures.” For the devoted gardener, that sentiment comes as no surprise.

Gary LaRue is truly a Jack-of-all-trades.

All year long, residents and visitors alike anticipate the summer festivals that bring thousands to the streets of downtown White Bear Lake.

The soothing sounds of babbling brooks and trickling waterfalls are a natural source of relaxation. But you need not travel far to enjoy such splendor; a beautiful and relaxing water oasis can be created in your own backyard.

Whether you’re an artist, engineer, or just interested in cool gadgets, now you can tinker with 3D printers, vinyl cutters and the ShopBot—a machine that can cut, carve or drill metal or wood-- at Mahtomedi High School’s FABLab.

If you haven’t yet heard, the White Bear Center for the Arts (WBCA) is movin’ on up, and is now housed in a shiny 10,000-square-foot facility.

“There is no basket large enough in which to carry my tune,” jokes 74-year-old Nick Nash of his lack of singing ability, as we sit in a local bakery sipping coffee.

Have you ever driven by a home and said, “I want to live there one day.” After 20 years in the making, White Bear Lake residents Marilyn and Jim Muellner are one couple that made such a dream a reality, proving the phrase “Anything worth having is worth waiting for.”

Often, when people retire, their lives become busier doing the things they’ve dreamed about for years and finally have the time to do. And for many people in the White Bear Lake area, that dream comes in the form of singing and dancing with The Silver Harmony Singers.

This spring will mark the fifth year that Willow Lane Elementary School fifth-graders will don chef pants and courteous smiles in preparation to take over Donatelli’s restaurant in White Bear Lake.

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