Arts & Culture

The Minnesota Landscape Arboretum opened its doors for Passport to Spring, including nine displays that each featured an international country; a French-inspired glass garden house and 26 pieces by sculptor Nick Legeros. 

By the time November arrives to the seasonal party, many gardeners have put their gardens to bed, but Meg Adams, owner of Divine Containers, says the festivities are still in full swing.

The best way to reach Jaque Bethke of PURE Design Environments is on her cellphone. “I never know where I’m going to be,” she says, and this is no exaggeration.

Carmen Chavez, a senior at the International School of Minnesota, loves to learn about world languages, theater and music. Fluent in Spanish, she has taken three trips to Ecuador and connected with the indigenous people living there.

Kyle Meinke, a senior at Southwest Christian High School, doesn’t limit himself to one passion. As a captain on the varsity soccer, basketball and track teams, and as a trumpet, baritone and flugelhorn player, he finds time to pursue sports and music in addition to academics.

The SonRun Festival 5k (pictured) raises money for Chapel Hill Academy in Chanhassen, and the 5K for EP Schools is a fundraiser for the Foundation for Eden Prairie Schools.

SonRun Festival 5K

Holy Family Catholic High School senior Sarah Kemmerer enjoys staying active. When she’s not playing volleyball or working as a lifeguard, she loves scuba diving with her family. To her, physical activity is a crucial part of her life.

Sever’s Fall Festival is back for another season in the same location. This family-friendly destination is known for its intricate corn maze, impressive corn pits, jumping pillow, giant slide and more.

Kali O’Keeffe
Chanhassen High School

Chanhassen High School senior Kali O’Keeffe is not afraid to put herself out there, which her long list of involvements can vouch for.

A childhood illness that forced Bobby Mason to spend almost a year and a half at the Mayo Clinic inspired him to create a non-profit that helps children with life-threatening illness. He funds the non-profit (in part) with some of the proceeds of his landscaping business.

It all started with a dare. Kim Kimball had a story to tell and an author friend who encouraged her to write it down through the eyes of a fictional character. The encouraging push turned into a book series.