Erika James, Tattered Timber, woodworking, female woodworkers, artisan gifts

Woodworker Erika Jarnes builds handmade home décor, such as tables, serving trays and signs, out of reclaimed or recycled wood through her business, Tattered Timber.

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

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.

For Kyle Simonson, local business owner and nationally renowned beauty maven, beauty comes in many forms.

For many Minnesotans, the beach and lakes provide a great source of summer fun. After all, we aren’t the land of 10,000 lakes for nothing. For the water-lovers of Maple Grove, the end of summer can be marked by the closing of local beaches.

The Gold Award is the highest award that a girl can achieve in Girls Scouts and requires a significant time commitment for an 11th- or 12th-grader. More than 100 River Valleys Girl Scouts earned their Gold Award this year.

Carol Brendal was a student patrol in sixth grade. All grown up, Brendal still helps kids cross the street. She’s been a crossing guard for seven years, guiding students through the intersection of 101 and 89th on their way to and from Rush Creek Elementary School.

Watching Wren was awarded first place in Maple Grove Magazine’s Focus on Maple Grove photo contest. It is also the first photograph amateur photographer, Brigid Gress, captured with her Nikon P510. Gress loves taking wildlife pictures and purchased the camera for its extended zoom.

Bob Simenson has seen a lot of firsts. After 20 years of training, Simenson has become the first student at USA Karate in Maple Grove to achieve Master rank.

Andrew Dumbauld, 8, saw the turtle waddling in the grass. Calm, collected, he knew what to do, because he had done it once before: He picked it up. “It feels really nice to pick up a turtle.” says Andrew.

Have some fun with your girlfriends and head on over to every store that participates in Girl’s Time. Put together by the Oilerie, ladies can choose to visit 22 or more Maple Grove Stores for free gifts, discounts, demos, specials and prizes.