Arts & Culture

Gone are the days of the neighborhood school being the only educational choice, which presents parents with that wonderfully terrifying task of picking an institution that will best serve their family’s education values.

Yasmine Abdelal, a sophomore at East Ridge High School, has always been sure of one thing. “I’m really determined to go to college. My family immigrated [to Minnesota] from Egypt, and nobody had the chance to go. My family’s really supportive of me,” she says brightly.

He loves me, he loves me not. The Woodbury Community Theatre showcases a love story for their winter performance, Glimpses of the Moon; a tale about finding love, just in time for Valentine’s Day.

Fourteen-year-old Skylar Wolfe navigated YouTube for how-to hip hop dance videos. Her dance training was solely self-taught, until two years ago. She now attends Legacy Dance Studio in Woodbury.

Penny Shefland always knew she wanted to be a bus driver, despite her husband’s disbelief. When they first met, she mentioned, “One of these days, I am going to be driving a school bus.” He simply laughed.

“I like to go out during snowstorms and this was probably soon after one,” Steve Shor says. “I was driving around and yes, I had in the back of my mind that I might get some capture that could be used for the Focus on Woodbury photo contest.”

Minnesota National Guard 1st Sgt. Andrew Haigh was the keynote speaker at the November 11 Veterans' Day observance at the Woodbury Veterans Memorial. All photos by Jeanne Berget.

After going their separate ways, a handful of players from the Woodbury area are expanding their hockey careers.

Woodbury High School senior Rachel Veenbaas at Inver Hills Community College.

College tuition costs have soared over the past 30 years. The average price tag for a four-year college degree can run upwards of $65,000 at a public university and as much as $120,000 or more at a private institution.

It all started six years ago at the Woodbury Dance Center. That’s when Zach Manske fell in love with dancing. Recognize the name? 13-year-old Zach is one of the stars of the Tony Award-winning show, Billy Elliot the Musical, which opens October 9 at The Ordway Theater in St. Paul.