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. 

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.

Looking for Alaskaby John Greenrecommended by Laura CarlsonWhile this is considered a teen book, adults will become fully engrossed as well by the story of “Pudge” Halter and his time at Culver Creek boarding school, where he goes to find a more fulfilling life, and discovers love, loss and frien

In an effort to expose high school students to the challenges and rewards of real life situations, the Eastern Carver County School District started the Capstone Program.

Calling all photographers: Now is the time for recognition. Southwest Metro Magazine is collecting entries August 1-31 for our third annual photo contest, and your picture could be the one to take the prize.

Not all great pictures are the agonized, labored efforts of skilled photographers. Some are simply spontaneous. Julia Galler and her friends were just enjoying a summer day at Lake Riley Beach when she captured this shot.

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