Community

Mark Weber, executive director of the Eden Prairie Community Foundation, believes that “having a healthy volunteer force is one sign of a healthy community,” he says.

Readers, you voted for your favorite businesses in a bunch of fun categories this year, from restaurants to doggy daycares to fitness spots.

Artist Deb Zeller remembers the moment fondly. “It is just an endearing photo,” she says. “My cat was in her favorite chair, which happens to be my favorite chair. I left my magazine there the night before because I was too tired to read.

Art connects us. Each brush stroke, color, shape. Every shadow in a photograph or line in a painting can offer us a look into places, people and cultures other than our own. And in those differences, maybe we come to realize we share more than we initially thought.

To Deb Zeller, photography evokes emotional resonance with an intimate past. “My late mother was an avid hobbyist photographer,” Zeller says.

In today’s techno age, it seems that what we say to one another is dwarfed by how we communicate. Is it with the just-released incarnation of the latest cell phone? Do you say it with 140 characters or less? Or do uploaded videos and photos do all the telling?

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On a November 2016 afternoon, Lori Dozier and her two daughters ventured out to their front yard for some fun in the snow. It was there Dozier snapped a shot of her wide-eyed daughter looking straight into the lens of her Nikon D750 Camera.

It was in March of 2015 when Thor Hansen noticed a rafter, or group of turkeys, congregating in his backyard. It wasn’t the first time Hansen saw the turkeys, as they frequently visited his Eden Prairie home. “They were displaying their feathers especially that day,” Hansen says.

A lemonade stand appears each Sept. 11 at the end of Sue Donkersgoed’s driveway in the Olympic Hills neighborhood of Eden Prairie. Many of the faces of those selling the lemonade beside Donkersgoed have changed, but the promise made years ago to annually remember those affected by the Sept.

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Tuesday, February 4 to Sunday, February 9
[Arts & Performance]
Winner of the 2018 Tony Award for Best Revival of a Musical, ONCE ON THIS ISLAND is the sweeping, universal tale of Ti Moune, a fearless peasant girl in search of her place in the world, and ready to risk it all for love.
Saturday, March 21
[Arts & Performance]
Classic Albums Live takes classic albums and recreates them live on stage — note for note, cut for cut.