May 2019

This month, our magazine is full of stories about people making a difference in ways big and small—from state Rep. Stephen Sandell to physician Emily Myer, these Woodbury residents are passionate about giving back.

The Woodbury Chamber held its annual Community Awards Gala in January at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel in St. Paul. In
addition to the awards program, the gavel was passed to the new board chair and guests enjoyed dinner, auctions, music and more.

 

In February, Salem Lutheran Church hosted a Chinese New Year event, with a lantern festival, writing Chinese characters, a traditional “reunion meal” and other family-friendly activities.

 
A newly-remodeled paver patio.

Warmer temperatures extend an invitation to create livable spaces beyond the patio doors and into our gardens and yard.

 
A dab of paint in the Pantone Color of the Year, Living Coral

Pantone's 2019 Color of the Year is Living Coral. Here are some ways to weave the color into your home's palette.

 
A soaker tub sits in a newly-remodeled bathroom surrounded by candles, towels and other bathroom items.

More and more, home and boutique hotel bathrooms are welcoming soaker tubs, some of which offer jets and other options.

 
A woman reads a book on her newly remodeled patio.

Whether you’re building a home from the blueprints of your dreams or remodeling a house to suit your family’s needs and wants, we want to help you relax.

 
A table is set for a party celebrating the British royal family.

Make this old-fashioned drink well ahead of time to share with friends at your next party, royal or otherwise.

 
Homemade Horchata Machete Cocina Mexicana, Food & Drink, Tastemakers, Woodbury, Crave, Tamarack Tap, Woodbury Lakes, Machete Cocina Mexicana, Alamo Draft House, Cafe Zupas, 3rd Act Brewing, Nektar Juice Bar, Sencha Tea Bar, Paida Italian Street Food

Who says you need to drink alcohol to have fun? Try these fun drinks—from some favorite local spots—that are big on flavor, without the buzz.

 
Two seniors dance at an event at DPC Community Center.

DPC Community Center serves adults age 50+ from Woodbury, Cottage Grove, Newport, Afton and a few other small nearby communities.

 
Farmer's Market, Woodbury, Around Town, Nadine Schultz, Photography, Food

An everyday scene is made beautiful in the right light.

 
Sandell Family, Olivia & Steve Sandell, Family, Woodbury, People

We sat down with State Rep. Stephen Sandell—and his granddaughter, Tiny Miss Princess of America Olivia Sandell—to talk about hard work, family values and their goals for the coming year.

 
Mary Hayes, the royal party queen of Woodbury.

Resident Mary Hayes has become known in town for her parties to celebrate the British royal family.

 
East Ridge High School soccer star Linnea Yacovella, who recently committed to the University of Minnesota.

The current senior at East Ridge High School has earned an athletic scholarship to play for the Golden Gophers at the University of Minnesota starting this June.

 
Shannon Enright, owner of Small Things Fair Trade

A new Woodbury Lakes fair-trade shop offers special artisan goods.

 
Dr. Emily Meyer, a women's pelvic health expert at Minnesota Women's Care

Dr. Emily Meyer of Minnesota Women's Care is an expert in women's pelvic health.

 
A Family Achievement Center therapist works with a young client.

Caring for children—and their illnesses and special needs—is the goal of the Family Achievement Center in Woodbury.

 
The Carlsons, a Woodbury couple who spent 184 days in Europe across six countries, traveling only by bike.

The Carlsons, both in their 60s, are committed to staying active and exploring parts of the world they haven’t seen before.

 
Food shelf volunteers chat with families about healthy fruit and veggies at a local gathering.

Learn how you can help ensure all students have access to food year round.

 
Stepping Stones Early Learning Center owner Aaron Nelson and teacher Bri O’Brien gather with students.

The new owner of Stepping Stones Early Learning Center has a heart for early-childhood education.

 
A pillow and sheets sit organized on shelves, ready for tidying up before a downsizing move.

Moving and downsizing can be stressful. How do you scale back years of accumulated stuff and decide what works in your new home?

 
A person plans a healthy menu using a tablet and a notebook.

How do healthy people stay healthy? They make it easy on themselves.

 
A bunch of grenache (or garnacha) grapes hang on the vine.

Known as grenache in France and garnacha in Spain, this grape makes a great blending partner, but can stand on its own as a single variety.

 
Palm leaves colored in the Pantone Color of the Year, Living Coral

How “trendy” colors are chosen.

 
Woodbury matriarch Inez Oehlke

Spend time with a person of wisdom that only comes with age, and you can see there is more to life than the day-to-day rat race.

 
A woman cooks a solo meal while reading a recipe off of an iPad.

Tips for cooking—and enjoying—a solo meal.

 
The cover of "Yes Chef" by Marcus Samuelsson

Marcus Samuelsson is a renowned Ethiopian-Swedish chef and restauranteur who, among other accolades, was the guest chef for Barack Obama’s first state dinner at the White House in 2009.