Arts & Culture

The VHEDC Awards Banquet at Jimmy’s Event Center featured Liwanag Ojala, CEO of CaringBridge, as the keynote speaker. The dinner celebrates the Northeast Metro’s economic vitality and commitment to the community, says executive director Ling Becker.  

Grammy Award-winning composer and lyricist Harry Connick Jr. shares the adventurous tale of The Happy Elf, which is set to delight audiences at Lakeshore Players Theatre this holiday season.

For Frank Zeller, immersing himself in his art is where he finds his bliss. But he also finds bliss in sharing that passion with others. “Everything he sees and touches has to do with art,” says Sheryl Struntz, the third of his four daughters.

Tomatoes, steeped tea bags, dehydrated sardines, postage stamps and human hair are just some of the materials artist Erica Spitzer Rasmussen uses to fashion her one-of-a-kind creations.

When Caroline Burau became tired of chasing people around for the scoop as a reporter for the White Bear Press, she transitioned to a new role: an emergency dispatcher.

Piano teacher Elizabeth Evans Richter would not be the person nor musician she is today without her late grandmother Evelyn, who set up Richter’s first piano lesson with a kind-hearted neighborhood teacher when Richter was 9 years ol

This June, in Benasque, Spain, piano students and faculty gathered—from Russia, Japan, China, Mongolia and Dellwood, Minnesota. “It’s a magical place,” says piano teacher Reid Smith as he describes the 13th- century mountain town.

Emily and Ed Cox of Cox Contracting have been helping local families create their dream homes for over 22 years.

Utilizing a warehouse containing nearly 900 pieces of furniture, Mahtomedi resident Ilaria Barion began her home staging endeavors in 2005 in New York City.

On any given day, three chickens (Jazzy, Keiko and Peanut) bob, coo, squawk and cluck their way around Janice Cole’s White Bear-area backyard.

PowerUp and Mahtomedi Community Education have paired up to create an education and bonding opportunity for kids and their parents—PowerUp cooking classes have children and their parents working together to make healthy, kid-friendly recipes.

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