Studies have shown that an introduction to music education during early childhood can boost social, cognitive and mental abilities throughout a child’s developmental years. Lucky for members of the Woodbury community, we have two wonderful music studios right in our own backyard.

Most of us can vaguely remember the first time we picked up an instrument as a child—whether for school or for lessons our parents dragged us to. But for the Menken Brothers Jazz Trio—twins Harry and Charley, and younger brother Billy—they can’t remember a time when they didn’t play music.

Back in 1980, a Woodbury high school teacher named Joan Leedahl partnered with the city of Woodbury as part of a classroom project.

Author Scott McNally and illustrator Robyn McNaull, had no intention to collaborate on their first children’s book, Hoot Hoot Goodnight. McNally works in sales at 3M by day and McNaull teaches preschool for Woodbury Preschool Programs on Steepleview.

Set in 19th century Sweden and written entirely in three-quarter waltz time, Stephen Sondheim’s A Little Night Music follows a romantic love triangle involving three couples, each paired with the wrong person.

One of the best kept secrets in Woodbury is that there are multiple opportunities for residents—from toddlers to adults—to exercise their creative side (and even all together as a family). Here’s a roundup of the best spots in Woodbury to imagine and create together:

Artist Danielle Edstrom was born and raised in Minnesota, but has lived in various other states in the country. She moved to Woodbury last summer and is focusing on pursuing her enthusiasm for art.

A Woodbury resident for more than 30 years, author Brian Freeman has been making a living at writing for the last decade. “A good story has the power to lift you out of current circumstances and take you somewhere different,” he says.

November brings the high school musical season to Woodbury; here’s what you’ll see on local stages this fall.

East Ridge High School – Fiddler on the Roof

M2B Crew is made up of trio Skylar Wolfe, Addison Wolfe and Allison Quintana. M2B means “meant to be.” The trio has so much in common and all look so similar that they feel it was meant to be that they met and joined as a crew.