Arts & Culture

Downtown White Bear Lake stores are dusting off their twinkle lights for the third annual WinterFest, which runs from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on December 7.

There’s something about autumn that beckons to readers. As the leaves turn and the first flakes of snow start to fall, it’s the perfect time to curl up with a blanket, a mug of hot cocoa and, of course, a good book.

During a presentation on special-education students at Birch Lake Elementary School, one little second- or third-grade girl approached presenter and special education advocate Leslie Sieleni with a question.
    

No one wants a child to be hospitalized any day of the year, let alone on Christmas. But as part of one of the largest children’s health care organizations in the United States, the Children’s Hospitals and Clinics of St. Paul is a home for the holidays for many Minnesota kids.

A chill is in the air, and so are the sounds of high school theaters getting ready for their fall productions. Check out Mahtomedi High School’s production of the female version of The Odd Couple, and follow mismatched divorcees Olive and Florence and their crazy antics.

As a veteran himself, Reverend Mark Kelm was disappointed when he first came to White Bear Lake and found there were no community Veteran’s Day events. So he immediately set out to create one.

PunkinMania is as much an annual tradition in this neck of the woods as is carving pumpkins. And it all began in the 1980s, when Wildwood Lions Club member Dr. Lee Armstrong came up with the idea when the club was in need of a fall event.

Eighteen stops along a channel-surfing tour offer a variety of locally produced programming. All of it originates from television production studios tucked inside an ordinary strip mall in White Bear Lake.

Suzanne Worthley has always felt very connected to metaphysical studies. With a mortician as a father, Worthley grew up in a family that embraced the topics of death, dying, energies and spirits. She has vivid memories of experiencing energies in her room at night, as young as the age of five.

The results are in, and according to U.S. News and World Report, Mahtomedi High School is the No. 1 high school in Minnesota for 2013.

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