Arts & Culture

A woman writes a letter during the coronavirus pandemic.

With all of this time at home during the coronavirus pandemic, most of us are trying to come up with ways to engage families in activities that don't involve a screen.

1. See the StarsDid you know that the Onan Observatory at Baylor Regional Park hosts weekend star parties? Come for the star party, or call in advance to reserve a campground, and stay as long as you like.

The 2013 Best of Lake Minnetonka and Southwest Metro party was a smashing success, as hundreds of local residents, leaders, businesspeople and luminaries came out to celebrate what makes our communities great. Our staff photographer, Amanda Gahler, was on hand to document the night.

Just as good writers keep notebooks on hand for capturing key details, so do good photographers with their cameras. Eden Prairie’s Linda McCormick keeps a pocket-size Lumix with her at all times to capture the best moments of the day.

Celebrating its fifth year, Kinderberry Hill’s popular Berry Special Bedtime Stories series at Dunn Bros. in Eden Prairie will feature the work of Mercer Mayer this summer. “We chose Mr.

Raise money for the Ridgeview Medical Center and enjoy the region’s leading fundraiser at the Ridgeview Foundation’s 28th annual Golf and Taste Celebration on June 24 at Island View Golf Club in Waconia.

This annual festival features the sounds of local jazz groups from the metro area. Enjoy four hours of snappy tunes, including the big band sounds of the host group Jazz on the Prairie. Free. Noon-2 p.m. Staring Lake, 14800 Pioneer Tr., Eden Prairie; jazzontheprairie.com

Emma Marais, a senior at the International School of Minnesota, took four Advanced Placements classes as a junior and will have completed four more by the time she graduates this year.

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