Arts & Culture

For 14-year-old Star Bandy, of Eden Prairie, the bullying was relentless, kids taunted her at school, wouldn’t sit with her at lunch and played mean jokes. The bullying didn’t stop there. The negative messages followed her home in the form of texts and phone calls.

When it comes to updating a home, sometimes it’s the “old” pieces you have on hand that provide the answer. “With art, the most important thing is it means something to you,” says Chantal Devane of Devane Design in Eden Prairie.

Sometimes it doesn’t take much to make a big difference—at least that’s what Eden Prairie resident Chuck Martz says he learned during a trip to India with fellow Rotarians.

Chronicles of the Imaginarium Geographicaby James OwenRecommended by Heather PetersonA wonderful fantasy adventure to the Archipelago of Dreams. The story nicely ties together allusions to classic, well-known books, legends and myths to create a wonderful read.

The next guitar sensation or rocker extraordinaire could be jamming out at SoundCheck Music School in Chaska. Opened in August, SoundCheck is an after-school music program for children ages 8–18 of all different experience and skill levels.

Eden Prairie High School senior Kevin Bu takes his dad’s advice to “Work smart, not just hard” seriously. It’s helped him juggle multiple activities, including tennis, saxophone, chess club and Destination Imagination, while maintaining a high grade point average.

Morgan Fogarty Chaska High School Morgan Fogarty likes to kick it. She’s played varsity soccer for the Chaska Hawks since freshman year, has lettered every year and was elected all-conference last season. Still, Fogarty considers being team captain a huge honor.

It’s often said that distance brings people closer. And it is this thought that imbues a feeling of fraternity within the immigrants who gather annually to celebrate Indian Independence Day, which is August 15.

Sara Reeves captured this shot of her children’s legs, which at first glance appear to be covered in random names scrawled in Sharpie. But anyone who’s taken part in a MiracleKids Triathlon will recognize exactly what that body graffiti represents in a heartbeat.

Anne Velazquez, a senior at Holy Family Catholic High School in Victoria, specializes in success. An athlete, volunteer and a brain rolled into one shining student, she’s every member of The Breakfast Club, except for Judd Nelson.

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