Arts briefs: Cottage Grove's top gardens honored

  • Updated: August 24, 2013 - 3:58 PM

The historic Octagon House Museum will be open for walk-in tours from noon to 4:30 p.m. on Saturday and 2-4:30 p.m. next Sunday. Cost is $7 for adults and $2 for children ages 6-12. The house is located at 1004 Third St. in Hudson, Wis.

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The green-thumbed winners of the Cottage Grove’s annual Green Garden award were announced at the Aug. 14 City Council meeting. The winners were Silvia Strong, in the residential category, and the Church of St. Rita in the commercial category. Each will receive a Cottage Grove stone award to add to their gardens.

The judges said that Strong’s garden, located at 8445 78th Street Court S., tastefully combined a variety of plants without letting it look cluttered and the use of similar colors and plants helped tie the garden together. The many different garden ornaments added a personal and creative touch to the landscape.

The Church of St. Rita, 8694 80th Street S., was chosen because of the variety of colors used in the garden, and the plants are placed in natural looking groups. The judges liked that the different types of plants provide enjoyment to church members as well as others in the community throughout the year. The Church of St. Rita previously won a Green Garden award in 2009.

“Thank you for investing in our community,” Mayor Myron Bailey told the winners as he announced the winning gardens.

Since 2007, the award has been presented annually to a residential and commercial garden nominated by residents. In 2013 six residential and three commercial gardens were nominated. All entries are judged on specific criteria including overall appearance, plant variety and arrangement, uniqueness, creativity, environmental aesthetics and upkeep.


Hip Hop Festival awarded $915 grant

St. Croix Valley Hip Hop Festival of Stillwater received $915 in funding for Paint on the Water: St. Croix Valley Hip Hop Festival, a one-day Hip-Hop event featuring aerosol art, B-Boy-ing, B-Girl-ing, MC-ing and DJ-ing. The event will be held from noon to 5 p.m. at Pioneer Park in Stillwater on Sept. 7.

The grant was awarded through a competitive process from the St. Croix Valley Foundation’s Valley Arts Initiative, which supports projects that increase public understanding of, and access to, artistic activities in the lower St. Croix River Valley. The fiscal agent for this project is ArtReach St. Croix.

White Bear Lake

Lakeshore Players offers acting classes

Lakeshore Players Theatre, 8420 Stewart Av., White Bear Lake, is offering a full slate of acting classes this fall for students in grades 2-12.

Programs are comprehensive classes lead by professionals to support the creative expression and development of essential life skills for each student. Each class features fun activities designed to hone acting skills, encourage creativity, boost self-esteem and build confidence. Beginners and old pros alike will benefit from these classes.

Preregistration is required for every program. Capacity is limited and classes are filled on a first-come, first-served basis, and a limited number of scholarships are available. A class minimum must be met or programming will be canceled.

For a full listing, fees, and for registration information, go to


Registration starts for fall activities

Registration has begun for Woodbury’s fall Parks & Recreation Department activities.

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