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 creative eye of professional photographer Hans Petruska extends well beyond his camera lens. He designs and maintains park-like gardens on his two-acre lot that serve as a backdrop for much of his stunning photography.

Left for Dead: a young man's search for justice for the USS Indianapolisby Peter NelsonRecommended by John KnaussThe amazing, true story of the sinking of the USS Indianapolis near the end of WWII, a four day struggle for survival in shark infested waters, and the work done by one young man—50 ye

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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