Arts & Culture

Maple Grove Sun Light by Rod Smoliak

Maple Grove Sun Light, by Rod Smoliak, received first place in the City Landmarks category in our annual Focus on Maple Grove photo contest.

Birthdays ordinarily include friends, family, presents, lots of cake and a few cheers to another year. Nate Bruss’ 16th birthday was anything but ordinary. On August 16th, Nate rang in his big day by making it even bigger: he set the world record for solo-piloting 10 aircraft in one day.

During the 2012 Focus on Maple Grove photo contest, voters were unanimous in their selection of this photo for the reader’s choice award.

If “up north” brings back fun memories of camping out and roasting marshmallows under the starry night sky, Sarah Stonich’s new book “Vacationland” will be familiar as it talks about just that kind of place. Try something new.

If you are cooped up inside, here is your chance to kick off your slippers and get a great cardio workout with Bollywood Dancing. Bollywood is a term derived from Bombay (the city now called Mumbai) and Hollywood (the center of the United States film industry).

Paul Mazzacano’s life has almost never been without music. He started fooling around with music when he was 6; by the time he was 11, he was a professional musician, and by the time he was 15, he was playing with big bands. So, as he puts it, music “has just sort of been my entire life.”

Noor Kids

‘“Hmm…a new park in Maple Grove,” reads Amira’s father. “It has a silver bullet slide, crazy corn maze and beaming blue butterflies.”
“Let’s get going, mom and dad! Our time is precious,” Amira says.
Amira and her parents jumped into the van and drove to Bass Lake Park.’

With the holiday season just around the corner, a good wintertime read can bring the whole family together. Maple Grove librarians Rose Ryan and Kathryn Zimmerman recommend the following reads for all ages, cultures and walks of life.

Join in the celebration during the fourth annual Sleigh Bells and Sparkle parade. This new fun-filled family tradition on December 7 is a perfect way to get ready for the holiday season.

As a dance student, Erin Cooney had taken jazz, tap, ballet and tumbling before she started Irish dance at the age of 11. Little did she know what started off as a “fun, social, recreational thing” would end up being something that would have a huge impact on her life.

Update: the Maple Grove Geo-Cache Adventure has been extended through June 1st. Contact editor Cyd Haynes at with any questions.