November 2017 Lifestyle Letter

There's something about Thanksgiving that makes it my favorite holiday. Whether that be because of the crisp fall air, the good food, the amusing table conversation, or a combination of it all. Regardless, every year I look forward to sitting down with loved ones and inhaling piles of stuffing, mashed potatoes, and green bean casserole.

Prairie Brewfest

This year's Prairie Brewfest was a smashing success. The craft-beer sampling event featuring nearly 20 craft-beer brewers, live music, games, and food trucks. Proceeds from Prairie Brewfest went to the Eden Prairie Community Foundation.

Western Wings Special Olympics Walk-a-thon

On August 31st, the Eden Prairie Dance Team wrapped up its Annual Walk-a-thon fundraiser. Over 40 EPDT dancers and 20 Special Olympians participated. Over 11 years the dance team have logged in 60 miles and donated $12,000 to the Special Olympics - Western Wings Chapter.

November 2017 Around Town

Come honor and celebrate the veterans who have served our country by joining together for a great breakfast, all are welcome. Enjoy a full-catered meal of French toast bake, breakfast meat, fruit, rolls, juice, and coffee. A guest speaker will be presenting on a veteran-related topic during the morning. Brookdale Senior Living and Home Instead Senior Care sponsor a portion…

Changing Leaves, Static Decore

The classic scene, appearing annually for many of us in childhood: The cardboard box high on a shelf labeled “THANKSGIVING” in magic marker. Maybe “AUTUMN,” if mom was a fancy type. In adulthood, the trusty Rubbermaid bin is the adapted image. “THANKSGIVING” Sharpie’d onto the plastic, or Sharpie’d onto masking tape then applied to the metallic-matte polyethylene, for those of…

A Safety Net for Local Homeless Youth

What does “drop-in” mean to you? A cup of coffee with your neighbor, a visit with your mom or a quick manicure? Now, imagine that you’re homeless. Even worse, you’re on your own and only 17. For homeless young people, “drop-in” can mean a lifeline to their most basic needs – food and a safe place to sleep. A local…

2018 Range Rover Velar

Tracing its roots to the fox-hunting upper crust of England, the Velar nameplate has returned after being rebadged the Range Rover in 1970. The Range Rover Velar provides unparalleled design inside and out while remaining true to the Land Rover moniker by retaining impressive off-road capabilities. With a base price of $50,895, the Velar balances the elegance of the Evoque…

Nas-Drov-Via Vodka Cranberry Sauce

 Makes 3 cups  INGREDIENTS  1 (12-ounce) bag fresh cranberries, 
 rinsed and drained

An Attitude of Gratitude

Thanksgiving. You know the drill: turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes, sweet potatoes, Aunt Suzie’s mystery Jell-O, cranberries, dinner rolls, green bean casserole—it’s the standard American Thanksgiving meal—and then an afternoon yawning into the evening of watching football, trying to stay awake. It’s part of our American tradition. In many families the menu seldom changes, the attendees remain basically the same and…

River Cruising

I have had the great pleasure of being on two of the Viking River Cruises. We chose river cruising for two reasons; the first was that my husband gets seasick (there's no rocking and rolling on the rivers) and the second was the number of guests onboard (typically a maximum of 150, both of ours were around 90). We were…