Woodbury Bulletin Staff
Viewpoint At the end of February, Minnesota Management and Budget announced a projected budget surplus of $1.65 billion for the upcoming biennium, an increase from the $1.4 billion forecasted last December. The February Economic Forecast revealed that Minnesota continues to have low unemployment and a stable, improved economy. In fact, recently, U.S. News and World Report named Minnesota the third-best state in the nation citing economic opportunities and great educational opportunities as a couple contributing factors.
Professional actors Amy Maniscalco and Alex Watson will lead 75 students at Valley Crossing Elementary School, Woodbury, in a performance of "The Wizard of Oz" at 7 p.m. Friday, March 24, at the school. Tickets are $3 at the door. The performance, featuring original music and script by Daniel Nordquist, is a production of Prairie Fire Children's Theatre and the artist-in-residency program sponsored by the Valley Crossing PTA.
Viewpoint With each new budget cycle comes excitement from legislators about new ideas to invest in. Similar to how families jump with joy at the news of a raise or unexpected bonus — when the state has a surplus, legislators brim with ways to spend the extra dough. Legislators rely heavily on the budget forecast to help them know the state's fiscal status when crafting their budgets. The recent announcement a few weeks ago that the budget forecast showed a $1.65 billion surplus was met with similar enthusiasm.
Woodbury Days 2017 is scheduled Aug. 25-27 at Ojibway Park. The organizing committee is accepting applications from businesses and organizations for the business fair, Button of Savings program and sponsorship opportunities.
The movie, "Shrek 2," will be shown Friday, March 24, at the Central Park amphitheater, 8595 Central Park Place, Woodbury. The doors open at 6 p.m. and the movie begins at 6:30 p.m. Admission is free; the film is rated PG.
The St. Croix Valley Master Gardeners Association will hold its annual Garden U Saturday, March 18, at Hudson House Hotel, 1616 Crestview Drive in Hudson, Wis., off Interstate 94 at Carmichael Road, exit 2. On-site registration starts at 8:30 a.m. The $30 fee includes admission, lunch, speakers, vendor booths and door prizes. To preregister, mail a check payable to SCVMGA, to Barrette-SCVMGA, 1358 County Road V, Houlton, Wis., 54082. For details, call 715-549-6438 or email@example.com .
The two Applebee's Neighborhood Grill & Bar restaurants in Woodbury are taking part in a nationwide fundraiser for the Muscular Dystrophy Association that runs through St. Patrick's Day, Friday, March 17. Proceeds from the campaign will support a local child's trip to Camp True Friends, a MDA summer camp in Maple Lake, Minn. Customers may purchase MDA Shamrock pinups for any amount starting at $1. Each Shamrock will be signed by the customer and displayed at the restaurant. Applebee's has two locations in Woodbury: 7250 Valley Creek Plaza and 10150 Hudson Road, Suite 164.
The Woodbury Community Foundation will hold a Heritage Fair from 5-9 p.m. Saturday, March 25, at Central Park, as part of the city's 50th Anniversary celebration. Everyone is invited to learn more about the history of Woodbury and stay for food, music and games for the whole family.
Families are invited to learn about making maple syrup from 2-3:30 p.m. Saturday, March 18, at Maplewood Nature Center, 2659 Seventh St. E. in Maplewood. The fee is $5 per child and must be prepaid by March 16. To register, visit maplewoodnaturecenter.com
Squire House Gardens in Afton is holding an art exhibit featuring six local Minnesota artists at its annual spring show, "Life Here." The show runs from March 11-26 and will include the work of Derk Hansen and Richard Meacock, both of Afton; Kristin Grevich of Medina; Ruth Johnson and Jeanne Long of Minneapolis; and Mary Jo Van Dell of Stillwater. Shown is "Landing Blue bird," a watercolor painting by Long. The public is invited to meet artists from 5-8 p.m. Saturday, March 11; refreshments will be available.