For its spring production, Woodbury Community Theatre is taking audiences on a romp through some of Broadway's most beloved musicals, and it's using an 90-member cast to do it -- the largest of any show in the theater's history, which dates to 1975.

Directed by Lori Sager, "Stars on Broadway" features a medley of tunes from shows such as "The Lion King," "Wicked," "Bye Bye Birdie," "Annie" and "Mary Poppins."

The theater also is collecting jars of peanut butter for the Christian Cupboard Emergency Food Shelf at performances that will take place at 7:30 p.m. Friday and March 30, at 3 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday, and at 3 p.m. March 31, at East Ridge High School, 4200 Pioneer Drive, Woodbury.

Tickets are $15, $12 for ages 65 and older, and $10 for ages 5 to 17. Children 4 and younger will be admitted free. For more information, call 651-730-4627.


Cafe Accordion presents 'Cinema Live'Movies and music collide when Dan Newton's award-winning Cafe Accordion Orchestra takes the stage at 7:30 p.m. Friday at Chautauqua Fine Arts Center, 8000 N. 75th St.

The four-member ensemble will play tunes from comedies of the Marx Brothers to the pop masterpieces of Quentin Tarantino as clips from the flicks are projected on an overhead screen.

The performance is part of the Wildwood Artist Series. Tickets are $18, $14 for ages 62 and older and $10 for students. For information, call 651-269-9888.


Program shows how to turn sap into syrupThe sap is flowing in the maple trees at the Carpenter St. Croix Nature Center, and naturalists on Sunday will show guests how to collect the sticky stuff and turn it into syrup. Participants will hike through the "sugar bush" and watch the process unfold. They will get to sample the finished product. Making Maple Syrup will run from 1-3 p.m. at the nature center, 12805 St. Croix Trail. The cost is $6 and $4 for children 10 and younger. For information, call 651-437-4359.


Show offers ideas for spring spruce upMore than 80 exhibitors from the St. Croix Valley will display products and services related to landscaping and home improvement during the Stillwater Home and Garden Show. The event is scheduled from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at Rutherford Elementary School, 115 Rutherford St.

Designer Kelli Kaufer will discuss how to "Freshen Your Home with Simple Decorating Ideas" at 11 a.m., and Bobby Jensen of Lawn Rangers will talk about how to care for your lawn and garden in a session called "Learn How to Protect Against Crazy Weather" at 1 and 2 p.m. The event sponsored by the Greater Stillwater Chamber of Commerce is free.

Author Thompson to appear at libraryAuthor Richard Thompson will speak and read excerpts from his book, "Big Wheat: A Tale of Bindlestiffs and Blood," at 7 p.m. Wednesday at the Stillwater Public Library, 224 N. 3rd St. The book is a finalist for the 2012 Minnesota Book Award in the fiction category. For information, call 651-275-4338.


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