August 2017 Lifestyle Letter

Back to School - the time you have either been dreading or excitedly anticipating. Regardless of your stance on the time of year, it's soon approaching. We now have a month to fit in every warm weather activity we forgot to do this summer, schedule dozens of medical appointments, buy supplies, and mentally prepare for the upcoming school year.

Eden Prairie Fire Depatments 7th Annual 
5K Fun Run/Walk

The Eden Prairie Orangetheory Fitness team comes out to support the Eden Prairie Fire Department’s 7th Annual 5K Fun Run/Walk on Saturday June 24th at Purgatory Creek Park in support of the American Cancer Society. Thanks Eden Prairie Fire Fighters and thanks Orangetheory Fitness for your participation.

August 2017 Around Town

Prairie Brewfest, a fundraiser for the Eden Prairie Community Foundation, returns to Purgatory Creek Park in Eden Prairie on Saturday, Sept. 9, from 3-6 p.m. It includes sampling from 15-plus craft-beer brewers, wine, live music, food trucks, and games. Tickets are $30 in advance and $35 at the door; about $15 of that is tax-deductible. This event is for those…

Give Them the World

I’m not a helicopter mom. I didn’t monitor the parent portal when our daughters were in high school. Sending them off to college was bittersweet, but we mostly reveled in their newfound independence. This was different. I had to summon previously untapped courage to let them explore the world without me.


New teachers, required reading, and diving into a regimented routine - there are plenty of things our kids are burdened with during the back to school season. Luckily, the fun stuff that comes with getting back into the groove always seems to quickly alleviate those end-of-summer blues. However, there’s one weight that only seems to get heavier as the school…

Kindness and Compassion

Compassion and kindness, arguably the most important values to possess. In late June, Starkey Hearing Technologies invited His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama to Eden Prairie to speak on a panel titled, “A Call for Compassion and Conscious Kindness,”. The Tibetan Buddhist leader was joined by Starkey’s founder Bill Austin and moderator Forest Whitaker for an eye opening and beyond…

Bento Box School Lunches


Performing Institute of Minnesota

A world class and award winning performing art school and a state of the art performance center providing an artistic hub for the Southwest Metropolitan area. Rooted in educating and world class performance for all community members, the Performing Institute of Minnesota (PiM) will invigorate arts, learning, and artistic presentation for the greater community. Merging academics and college preparatory arts…

Hydrangeas, Here to Stay

Hydrangeas are versatile, easy to grow and a wonderful addition to the garden landscape. First discovered in Japan, the name hydrangea comes from the Greek “hydro” meaning water and “angos” meaning jar or vessel. Hydrangeas have 70–75 species of flowering plants native to southern and eastern Asia and the Americas. By far the greatest species diversity is in eastern Asia,…

Summer’s Last Gap

Summer’s starting to wind down and you’ve probably started Back to School shopping in earnest. But what about squeezing in that last little bit of summer fun—those memories that will carry you through the coming long winter months—as you begin the transition from summertime school vacation free-for-all to routines and structure?