Arts & Culture

Blogs have developed into more than online diaries, political rants or celebrity gossip. Many blogs serve as educational resources that cover a wide variety of topics. Some bloggers dedicated to sharing useful information live or work right here in Edina.

If the walls could talk in the great room of Debra Schipper’s Minnetonka home, they would have a lot to say. Her powerhouse of an organization where gifted kids who are also identified on the autism spectrum can learn important social skills began in that very room—with just 12 students.

The Edina High School Thespians will perform two plays this month: The Legend of Sleepy Hollow and Rhinoceros.

Gary Rohrer is no stranger to victory. The Edina resident has won 37 national championships in handball, in both singles and doubles, and recently added four more feathers to his cap.

It is 1964, and 11-year-old Fin Hadley sits in the passenger seat of a Kharmann Ghia speeding towards Greenwich Village and away from rural Connecticut. In the cramped back seat is his dog Gus. At the wheel is Lady Hadley, Fin’s 24-year-old half-sister.

The new year presents an opportune time to tackle a resolution. Among top resolutions is organizing one’s space. The office in particular presents a challenge for many.

As fans, we find a star’s life fascinating. Their hangouts seem cooler, their favorite foods tastier and their clothing choices hipper. Despite these intriguing qualities, at the heart, stars are like you and me.

Edina seniors ready to modify their living arrangements need not modify their preferences for luxury, privacy and a comfortable quality of life. As the population ages, the search for suitable senior housing rises to the top of to-do lists for many local families.

For Lynn Franz and Joe Krueger, adopting Nathanael was only the first step in what has become a lifelong relationship with Guatemala. The 6-year-old is one of a handful of international adoptees who attend Cornelia Elementary.

Amelia Hauser, Liana Hazucha and Ellie Teien practice their French at Normandale Elementary French Immersion School.

Being bilingual is especially useful in today’s global economy. The process of learning a second language also provides students with neurological and cultural enrichment. Studies have shown that children in foreign language programs demonstrate greater cognitive development and creativity.