Como Zoo now has 3 male adolescent gorillas and one family gorilla group on display. The males and the family group are kept separate from each other in different zoo enclosures.
Families viewed the new outdoor exhibit area where the three bachelor males adjusted to the new outdoor area. (photos by Linda E. Andersen/Review)
The new Gorilla Forest enclosure opened June 6 at Como Zoo.
The new Como Zoo Gorilla Forest exhibit features an outdoor window viewing area where the gorillas can be seen up close.
It’s likely going to be a very exciting and busy summer at Como Zoo thanks in no small part to the zoo’s newly opened Gorilla Forest exhibit.
The $11 million, 13,000 square-foot enclosure is home to seven gorillas, six of whom are new to Como.
Matt Reinartz, Como’s marketing and public relations manager, notes the new exhibit is nearly three times larger than the previous gorilla habitat.
New Brighton resident Wes Mouri is serving as understudy for six of Joseph’s brothers in “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat” at the Chanhassen Dinner Theatre. (Heather Edwards/Bulletin)
It isn’t easy being a theatre understudy; you must always be prepared to take an actor’s place if they become ill or are injured. However, if an actor enjoys perfect health, the understudy may never take the stage despite extensive preparation.
“(Audience members) don’t think about what really goes into being an understudy,” noted Wes Mouri of New Brighton, who is an understudy for the Chanhassen Dinner Theatre’s current production of “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat.”
New Brighton’s Community Partners with Youth (CPY) is sponsoring a golf tournament fundraiser on Saturday, June 22 at Brightwood Hills Golf Course to help support the organization’s summer and fall programs.
Golfers who are interested in participating are encouraged to form a foursome to play nine holes at Brightwood Hills. Each golfer would be responsible for finding $100 in sponsorship for their round.
Following legislation legalizing same-sex marriage that Gov. Mark Dayton signed into law on May 14, Ramsey County began accepting same-sex marriage license applications on Thursday, June 6.
Licenses will not be issued until Thursday, Aug. 1, at 12:01 a.m. Also beginning that day, Minnesota will recognize legal marriages of same-sex couples that took place in other states.
The Ramsey County Sheriff’s Office has partnered with CodeRED to provide county-wide community alerts and notifications.
Originally designed to enable local government officials to record, send and track personalized messages to thousands of citizens in minutes using high-speed community notifications, CodeRED’s user base has grown to include institutions of higher learning and utility companies.
Families socializing on the Commons courtyard at last year’s Taste of Vadnais. (submitted photos)
Joe Cruz and Jennifer Grimm performing at the 2012 Taste of Vadnais. This year’s musical act is the local band “Shake Down.”
Girls lining up to get their faces painted at Taste of Vadnais last year. Taste of Vadnais is a family-friendly event with free entertainment and games for children and adults.
The city of Vadnais Heights is making final preparations for its annual summer kick off — Taste of Vadnais. The 13th annual celebration of this event will take place on Thursday, June 6 from 6-9 p.m. at the Vadnais Heights Commons.
The event is free and will feature live music from the Shake Down Band, as well as food choices from several local eateries and merchants, with offerings like pizza, bakery goods, frozen custard, fresh sweet corn, chicken wings and much more.
Christ the King Lutheran Church in New Brighton is teaming up with its neighborhood to fight hunger in the community.
This is the third year the church is hosting Serving Up Nutrition Now for Youth (SUNNY), which offers free lunches for local children and families in need.
Les Larson stands outside his chicken coop with one of his pigeons. Water, food, and climate control are all carefully monitored. (photos by Linda Baumeister/Review)
Larson’s birds enjoy cuddling up with him when they get the chance.
Ramps, ledges, and openings provide the chickens with ready access to the inside coop, screened shelter, or the outdoors.
Ever wondered what it might be like to keep chickens in your backyard?
Oakdale resident Les Larson will be sharing his knowledge of raising poultry at the Oakdale Discovery Center June 8. Interested residents can head to the center to find out more about chicken keeping -- an activity that’s allowed in Oakdale with a permit.