Around Town

For more than eight years, on the Thursday before Memorial Day, local gardening guru Heidi Heiland hosts May Planter Parties, a day filled with two-hour planting sessions, with sign-ups beginning at 8 a.m. and the last class concluding at 8 p.m.

Eighteen-year-old Amanda Bluford is just about to graduate from Robbinsdale-Armstrong High School, and the girl’s got big plans.

Back in summer 2004, an upstart publishing company identified the Minneapolis suburb of Plymouth as the next community to get its very own magazine.

When Ruth and Jim Buezis moved to Minnesota from California in 1991, the engineer by training with a degree from California Polytechnic State University discovered she needed a toy box for her young daughters (now ages 17 through 23).

Gene Heezen carves from his home.

Retired longtime Plymouth resident Gene Heezen, 77, has been woodcarving for some 40 years. During this period, he has recreated more than 12 historic Plymouth buildings, including the Farmer’s Home Inn, Gilfillan Log Cabin and the Old Town Hall.

Plymouth was honored at a Key Community Partners award luncheon, hosted by Senior Community Services of Minnetonka.

The city of Plymouth opened its fire stations October 12 as part of fire prevention and awareness month. All photos by Henry Hendricks.

At first glance, fire and ice appear to be strongly opposing forces. Plymouth combines these elements each year to create the quintessential warmth that only a wintry Minnesota festival can provide.

When you’ve only been taking photos for about five years, you should feel a slight sense of accomplishment after being named a frequent award-winner in the Picture Plymouth photo contest.