This past year was the first in 18 that I didn’t have to go back-to-school shopping. Yes, I had to go with my son to buy a few notebooks when we dropped him off for college, but the whole “let’s plan a day and buy supplies”; no. I’ll admit, I was a bit sad. It was, for all intents and purposes, the end of an era.
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Paying it forward is a concept that a Greenwood Elementary School fifth-grade class is learning first hand with its involvement in the Plymouth Police Department’s Path of Kindness program.
“Everybody has the power to make a difference,” says Sara Cwayna, a public safety education specialist. “There’s the cliché that you receive more in giving than you do in receiving. This lets kids see the power of that.”
You'll have to wait for our July issue to find out who won our annual Best of the Plymouth readers' survey, but here's a sneak peek at the three finalists in each of the 25 categories.
(Note: These finalists were the top three vote-earners as determined by our readers in an open-ended online survey, which ran January 1 through February 29. Finalists are listed in alphabetical order in each category.)
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If you want to enjoy an evening of entertainment while mixing it up with fellow community members for a good cause, may as well make a weekend of it. First attend the TwinWest Chamber of Commerce’s “Dancing Under the Stars” gala March 9 at the Doubletree By Hilton Minneapolis-Park Place in St. Louis Park, and the follow that up a night later at St. David’s Center for Child & Family Development’s “Make Them Shine” gala at International Market Square.
Behind the scenes of a reality TV show is an assignment locale I had never visited before I crashed the Plymouth set of the DIY Network show Bath Crashers in December.
I’d be remiss to not say it was a little bit exciting as the producer and tech support milled about the remodeled bathroom of one lucky Plymouth woman.
I was alone in that feeling. As the on-air talent was taking their marks, one of the assistants next to me yawned.
Every month is a good month to donate food, clothing, shelter and other necessities to local families in need. But there’s a little added incentive in March.
When it comes to philanthropies, there aren’t many causes more worthy than feeding a famished population of people. And there may not be a pocket of the world more in need than drought-ridden Somalia, which Antonio Guterres, head of the United Nations Relief Agency, calls home to “the worst humanitarian disaster” in the world.
But what can a person living in the Minnesota suburbs possibly do to put a dent in 12 million starving Somalis, Kenyans, and Ethiopians currently facing the worst drought since the 1950s? It just sounds daunting.
Well, I've learned my lesson about the need to fact-check EVEN your own opinion. In my February editor's note, I reference the Top 5 spa/salon insider tips of the month--and specifically I note that our 2010 Best Mani/Pedi spot, Hair for all Seasons, is leaving town, so you better get the city's best pedicures soon (so voted by our 2010 readers in the Best of Plymouth survey).