Arts & Culture

Kids dressed up as goats, trolls and Michael Jackson pack the risers in the Peter Hobart Elementary School gym, most of them distracted by the audience of parents, smartphones held high, seated a few yards away in metal folding chairs.

With spring right around the corner, your green thumb may be starting to itch. But Minnesota’s growing season is short, and April’s wide-ranging temperatures can make it a particularly fickle month for gardening. Have you considered starting seeds indoors?

Can gardening be any greener? Find out with Alice Bowe’s book, a resource about green gardening practices. Bowe offers ideas for gardening sustainably—from simple tips to intensive makeovers, including alternatives to power tools, information on rain harvesting and more.

Light is a subject on the minds of many Minnesotans come March. We know the worst of winter is behind us, but spring’s freshness is still a wait away. Two St. Louis Park business owners offer tips on brightening your home to add beauty until the sun is back with us again, and well beyond.

For a decade Golden Valley was home to the Art Outlet, located on Highway 394, and featuring artwork in a variety of styles and sizes. Although it closed in 2009, it has recently found a new home, this time in downtown Minneapolis.

When St. Louis Park resident Jenny Kisner was a little girl, she was into floor plans — designing them, drawing them, making notes and changes on existing ones —so much that her mom even bought her a stack of floor plan books for Christmas one year.

When St. Louis Park high school senior Emily Doss first told her parents, Robb and Sue, that she wanted to study abroad her junior year, their response, says Emily, was short of enthusiastic. “They didn’t want me going away, and they really didn’t want me to go to Cape Town,” she says.

This fall, four St. Louis Park students—Kathryn Marusich of Benilde-St. Margaret’s School, and Elise Bargman, Aaron Councilman and Ilana Weinstein of St. Louis Park High School— were named National Merit semifinalists.

The Princess Bride

S. Morgenstern’s classic tale abridged by William Goldman

The new year arrives with new leadership in the St. Louis Park Police Department.