Mary E. Larew has been chosen as the new executive director of the Saint Paul Conservatory of Music, 1524 Summit Ave. She succeeds Cléa Galhano, who served in that role for 15 years. Larew is an accomplished violinist, award-winning composer and seasoned arts administrator. She moved to Saint Paul a year ago with her family from Connecticut where she served as a teaching artist, Suzuki violin instructor, music director and executive director of the Danbury Music Center. She holds a degree in music composition from Oberlin Conservatory, a master’s in arts administration from Teachers College of Columbia University, and a doctorate in directing medieval music dramas from the University of York.

The Central High School class of 1965 will celebrate its 56th reunion (the 55th was put on hold due to the pandemic) on Saturday, August 21, at the Lost Spur, 2750 Highway 13, Eagan. Check-in is at 5:30 p.m. with a social hour and bufffet to follow. Email or call 651-292-9409.

Patterson Companies in Mendota Heights recently partnered with Saint Thomas Academy to provide dental hygiene supplies, meal kits and volunteers to assemble 33,000 meals to distribute to Saint Vincent de Paul’s Twin Cities food pantry. The Patterson Foundation donated $3,600 through the Dollars for Doers program, and Patterson Dental donated $3,000 worth of dental supplies to accompany the meals.

World Without Genocide, 875 Summit Ave., will host its annual Summer Institute for High School and College Students from Tuesday through Thursday, August 10-12. Students will explore genocide and other human rights abuses, and develop strategies for taking local and global action to promote peace. The cost is $125. Registration is due by July 26. Visit

Mary E. Larew
Mary E. Larew. Photo by Manuela Thames Photography


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