Woodbury Bulletin Staff
Viewpoint Parents, teachers, and youth workers all agree on the importance of quality afterschool programs. However, with school districts and nonprofits having limited resources to provide these programs, partnerships are often the answer to implementing quality out-of-school time programming throughout the school year and during summer months. Luckily for the students living at Maple Pond Homes in Maplewood, the YMCA, District 622, and MBG Property Management have teamed up to ensure that they have great opportunities year-round.
Viewpoint The Tax Foundation, in collaboration with the Minnesota Business Partnership, recently released "Minnesota Illustrated: A Visual Guide to Taxes & the Economy." The guide provides a chart book that illustrates how Minnesota's economy and tax system compare to the rest of the country, paying particular attention to Midwestern peer states.
Everyone is invited to celebrate Woodbury's golden birthday party from 5-9 p.m. Saturday, March 25, at Central Park, 8595 Central Park Place. Admission is free and open to all. Activities will include: live music, robotics demonstrations, an opportunity to meet the police K-9 unit, a chance to inspect the Public Safety Department fleet of vehicles, face painting, a balloon maker, free admission at the Lookout Ridge Indoor Playground, and food available for purchase from Kowalski's Market and Piada Italian Street Food at Central Park.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org .
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.