Ashley Burkland still remembers falling in love with ballet during her first Nutcracker performance at the age of 9. The dancer and owner of Ashley Ballet Arts Academy says her mother’s decision to enroll her in a dance class is what led to her early introduction to ballet.

Robert Doan learned to play clarinet in sixth grade, and played all the way through his first year of college. But then a couple years in the U.S. Navy, followed by medical school, left him little time for music.

In Italian, primavera means “in the style of spring,”  and this April ushers in a fresh season of Plymouth’s Primavera art festival, welcoming artists from across the community to participate in an annual celebration of the arts.  

With remodels and build-outs at Aveda’s New Reflections Salons, the three locations in Plymouth, Maple Grove and Minnetonka were looking rather bare with uniform white walls and museum-like feel.

Little Girl Gone is a high stakes thriller about a missing girl from an affluent Minnesota neighborhood. Author Gerry Schmidt is from Minnesota, and she says “I wanted to unleash my inner bad girl” and connect with her own emotional core.

Derek Brigham doesn’t consider himself much of a photographer. Back in 1981, he used an old SLR camera while he was in high school, but today, he just uses his iPhone. “It’s in my pocket, and it’s high quality, so that’s what I use most often.”

For an indoor art adventure, young kids can create paper polar bears. You’ll need paper plates, white paper, googly eyes, black Sharpie, and glue. Draw polar bear paws, face, and snout on the paper, cut them out, and glue them to a trimmed paper plate. To finish, attach googly eyes

From a young age, Abby Cooper’s life has revolved around reading much-loved books, creating her own neighborhood libraries and putting her thoughts and feelings into writing.

Former Medina mayor Liz Weir has published her first book of collected poems, High on Table Mountain, which was released in March.