True definition of ‘community’ shown at Charlie’s Christmas dinner

Charlie Peterka, owner of Charlie’s Pizza in Little Falls, is getting ready to host his sixth free Christmas dinner. At first it started out as something to help take his mind off of Christmas Day.   Grieving the loss of his daughter, Donna, who died nearly eight years ago, even the thought of celebrating Christmas […]

Unique houses for birds, creative art for people

Plymouth man puts his own twist on birdhouses Inside Dan Arnold’s bitterly cold shop on the shores of Mooney Lake in Plymouth, sits a bucket of stained glass scraps awaiting his next creation. “That’s a birdhouse,” he said, of the scraps his artist friend gave him. The idea is still in the conception phase, and […]

Music program wins national recognition

The council chambers at Elk River City Hall were more lively than usual for the Nov. 28 regular meeting of the Elk River Area School Board. What was scheduled to be a performance in the lobby area as community members filed in for the meeting turned into a full-fledged performance at the front of the […]

With specialized chorus, people with dementia keep singing

They say the music is the last thing to go. So, a collection of Alzheimer’s patients are still singing, thanks to a groundbreaking program called the Giving Voice Chorus, which brings together people from across the metro for music therapy while promoting a better public understanding of the disease. “It took me about a year […]

Fridley Fatherhood Partnership holds its first meeting

How can fathers support their children’s learning? How can they be involved? What issues and topics matter to them? What activities would they like to do with their children? A group of dads of students from Hayes and Stevenson elementary schools gathered Oct. 27 at the Fridley Community Center for the first meeting of the […]