Starring Students

The acronym PiM is an open door for curiosity. It’s pronounced “Pim.” The “Performing Institute of Minnesota Arts High School” sounds a bit old-fashioned and doesn’t quite fit. The modern arts-focused charter school is authorized by the University of St. Thomas and is located on Flying Cloud Drive right here in Eden Prairie, found within the former walls of Eagle…

What the World Needs Now

Preschool children love to be busy. They're curious and inquisitive. They like to choose their own activities and fix their own minor mishaps. On a recent visit to Eden Prairie Montessori, we were charmed when the children noticed us at first, asked a few questions about our photographer's camera, then - with refreshing, uninhibited purpose - went back to the…

There’s no place like home

Twin Cities denizens are proud of our lively and thriving arts scene. We talk it up with newcomers and show it off when we have out-of-town guests. But, did you know we have our own artistic gem - hidden in plain sight - right here in Eden Prairie? It’s the Eden Prairie Art Center, located at 7650 Equitable Drive.

Nature’s Valentines

John Muir, the American environmentalist, wrote, “In every walk with nature, one receives far more than he seeks.” The older I get the more I find Muir’s thought to be true. Maybe I walk a bit slower? Or look harder to find something I need? I just know that nature is showing me little gifts. Lately, I’ve been seeing hearts.

Intentional wellness

I always valued good health and ate what I thought was a healthy diet until a lab test several years ago set off alarms for high cholesterol.  Being curious about how I could correct this, I sought professional advice. The result: more fruits and vegetables, dark leafy greens, whole grains (especially oatmeal and barley), nuts, seeds, legumes and finally, less sugar and saturated fat. It took…

Bringing Hygge Home

While most people dream of warmer weather when January comes around, I’m missing a chilly, dark environment not too different from our own. Rather than opting for a beachside getaway, I’m reminiscing about one by candlelight. I would take the 3 p.m. sunset over a sunburn any day if it meant I was cuddling up for a hyggeligt Scandinavian evening.

Minnesota music & Mexican mountains

Getting or staying fit isn’t easy for anyone. We’re all busy with work, family and an endless list of errands. Etching time out of a day for exercise doesn’t always happen. Eden Prairie Lifestyle had a chance to catch up with Martin Zellar, musician, podcaster, husband and dad. Zellar, once the frontman of Gear Daddies fame, now tours with his…

Home is your habitat

The jury is still out on the first month of the year's origin. January may be named after the Roman god Janus, who represents doors. Others say  January’s patron is Juno, goddess of birth. Either way, they’re both on-the-nose for the month of change.

Local twists on New Year’s Eve libations

We asked a favorite neighborhood spirits shop - The Vintage in Chanhassen - to recommend New Year's Eve cocktails made with locally distilled spirits. The French 75 Champagne Cocktail made with Eden Prairie's Flying Dutchman Sprits Mediterraneo Gin will add urban pizazz to your New Year's Eve. Regale downtowners with facts about the drink's heritage. Predating World War I, it was…

A frontman’s party playlist

The Violet Nines are a vibrant outfit with alternative rock sounds influenced by funk, pop, and rhythm and blues. Each band member - Andrew Elmeer, Benjamin Cline, Nick Eagon, O’SAY and Veronica Fritsch – brings unique personality and talent to the stage.