February 2017 Around Town

Dance with Courage 
Dance Marathon

The 11th annual Dance With Courage Dance Marathon will be held on Sunday, February 12, from noon to 5 p.m. at Eden Prairie Center. Dance Arts Centre in Chanhassen teams up with the organization True Friends for this wonderful family-friendly event. True Friends is a nonprofit organization offering programs including camp, respite, therapeutic horseback riding, travel and team building. Participants and attendees are encouraged, but not required, to donate. The Dance Marathon features hundreds of dancers from Dance Arts Centre and guest instructors leading group dance sessions throughout the day. Appropriate for all ages and skill levels, attendees are encouraged to participate, but many people like to simply enjoy watching the sessions and performances. Tom Butler from the Fox 9 Morning Show will emcee the program, which will include True Friends camper interviews and special performances and appearances.

PROP Empty Bowls

There are too many empty bowls in Minnesota. Please help fill those in Eden Prairie and Chanhassen. Enjoy a delicious simple bowl of soup and take home a beautiful hand-made bowl as a reminder of the many empty bowls we have in our community. Live entertainment and a silent auction of select artisan crafts from local artists will also take place. PROP Empty Bowls is a free event to help end hunger; donations to PROP are of course welcome. Join us on February 21st at the St. Andrew Lutheran Church from 11:00 AM to 1:30 PM, or from 4:00 to 7:00 PM. There is no program to the event so feel free to come and go as you please.  For more information, visit propfood.org/empty-bowls-2017

Eden Prairie Players Present: 
Plaza Suite

Hilarity abounds in three comic episodes portraying three very different couples successively occupying a suite at the famed Plaza Hotel in New York. Author Neil Simon’s wry insight into the complex nature of human relationships will entertain you from beginning to end. Plaza Suite shows on Friday and Saturday February 17-18; 24-25 at 7:30 PM and Sundays February 19, 26 at 2:00 PM at the Eden Prairie High School Auditorium. Tickets are available at the door for $15, cash or check are accepted.  Learn more about Eden Prairie Players at edenprairieplayers.com

Father Daughter Sweetheart Dance

Dads, dance the night away with your daughter(s) and enjoy an evening neither of you will ever forget. Girls ages 3-15 are invited to attend a special dinner and dance with Dad (or other significant male figure). The event fee includes dinner, dancing, photos, favors and a special valentine craft. Both child and adult must register and pay the fee of $35 per child, and $38 per adult. Father Daughter Sweetheart Dance takes place on February 2nd at 5:00 PM to 7:30 PM at the City Center Garden Room.

Beyond the Diploma Speaker Series

Tickets are now available for the Beyond the Diploma Speaker Series. The series showcases Eden Prairie High School graduates and the stories of what they have done after graduation. This year’s featured speaker in Betsy McCann, she is now the University of Minnesota Marching Band Director. McCann is the Assistant director of Bands and teaches undergraduate conducting. She is a strong supporter and active conductor of new music and receives positive acclaim from composers, performers, and audiences. Beyond the Diploma Speaker Series takes place on March 22nd at 7:00 PM in the Eden Prairie High School Auditorium.