Auditions are open to area students in grades 10-12 for The Phipps Children's Theater production of Roald Dahl's "Willy Wonka Jr." Thursday, Dec. 13 and Friday, Dec. 14, from 4-7 p.m. each day, with callbacks on Sunday, Dec. 16, from 1-4 p.m. at The Phipps Center for the Arts.
In Minnesota, we are blessed to have beautiful natural resources like lakes, parks, forests and wilderness as well as access to a network of public lands unrivaled in the eastern half of the country. Just like you put dollars toward the maintenance of your home, we have to spend money to make sure our state's natural resources remain healthy and vibrant for current and future generations. That's why it's so critical that Congress reauthorizes the Land and Water Conservation Fund, which expired Sept. 30.
Earlier this year, Shane McAllister grew worried when his 9-month-old son, Andrew, developed a 102 degree fever. Shane is a Minnesota doctor, but even with his medical training, he was surprised to see his son quickly lose his cheerful energy and spirit. It scared him, so he rushed Andrew to the emergency room. It didn't take doctors long to diagnose Andrew with a severe case of the flu. Thankfully, treatment returned the little boy to his normal self within a few days.
Auditions are open to area students in grades 10-12 for The Phipps Children's Theater production of Roald Dahl's "Willy Wonka Jr." Auditions will be held on Thursday and Friday, Dec. 13 and Dec. 14, from 4-7 p.m. each day, with callbacks on Sunday, Dec. 16, from 1-4 p.m. at The Phipps Center for the Arts.
I've been following the story of the international sex-trafficking ring in the papers over the last few months. As horrifying as it is to read about, I'm grateful for the coverage to raise awareness to this tragic phenomenon. I am a social worker in St. Paul, and I have worked with several women who have been pressured into the sex industry, many of whom are foreign-born and do not have the resources or knowledge to advocate for themselves.
We've been looking for a winter home for several years now. We, the Woodbury Pickleball Club, numbering fewer than 30 in 2012, grew to over 300 in 2018. We have a summer home: six beautiful courts at Shawnee Park, but the nets are removed in early November and the daily play of the city-sponsored club is curtailed. The club splinters and members (comprised primarily of seniors — but definitely the young-at-heart, active ones) seek indoor courts in neighboring communities.
As we recognize National Hospice and Palliative Care Month, I want to encourage our members of Congress to pass the Rural Access to Hospice Act (HR 1828/S.980) so that all Americans can have timely access to high-quality hospice care. In many of our rural and underserved communities, primary care providers serve in federally qualified health clinics or rural health centers, which means they are unable to accept Medicare payment for hospice services — leaving individuals and families in rural America and in underserved communities unable to access important end-of-life care.
At the Nov. 8 ISD 834 (Stillwater Area Schools) School Board meeting, board members Mike Ptacek and Sarah Stivland voted to default on all of the district's contract and other legal financial obligations for the month. Fortunately their position did not carry the day, or the district would have been faced with millions of dollars of lawsuits it would most certainly lose. Ptacek and Stivland voted to stiff vendors who had already provided valuable goods and services to the district.
The upbeat musical comedy "Sister Act," with music by Alan Menken, lyrics by Glenn Slater, book by Cheri Steinkellner and Bill Steinkellner, and additional book material by Douglas Carter Beane, is based on the popular Touchstone Pictures motion picture by the same name, written by Joseph Howard and starring Whoopi Goldberg. Performances will be given through Nov. 25 on Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. as well as Sundays at 2 p.m. at The Phipps Center for the Arts in Hudson. Aspiring diva Deloris Van Cartier is trying to work her way to the top of the 1970s Philadelphia disco scene.
Designer, illustrator, animator, author and artist Kelli Anderson will be at the University of Wisconsin-River Falls Monday-Friday, Nov. 12-16, as the Fall 2017 Walker D. and Helen Bryant Wyman Visiting Professor in Art. During her visit, Anderson will conduct workshops with UWRF art students creating and developing images using her paper craft camera design, as well as exploring various types of lo-fi stop motion animation.