Arts & Culture

A man looks through a telescope on Astronomy Day.

The Minnesota Astronomical Society is offering Public Star Party – Astronomy Day from 1-10 p.m. May 11 at Baylor Regional Park in Norwood Young America.

Do you believe in the unbelievable? In Calabria, the latest work by Peter S. Beagle (the acclaimed author of The Last Unicorn), is a lovely novella set in the Calabria region of Italy.  Farmer Claudio Bianchi is a curmudgeon, who prefers to be left alone with his pig, cows and goat.

Under the rim of a baseball cap, long hair frames the always smiling face of Steve Kelzer.  It’s not hard to picture Kelzer riding on a tractor out in the fields of his Chaska family farm or feeding the cows.

While spring may be a top contender for her favorite season for photography, Christine Neff Kojetin says, “For frequency of shooting, nothing beats fall—the colors, the weather and the activities.  We are really active in the fall—apple picking, corn mazes, fall color hikes and pumpkin picking al

Fifty-six years ago, a group of Waconia business people gathered to solve one problem—how to entice people to come to town in the fall. “They wanted an event whose name was unique and would create excitement,” says Carmen Gesinger, assistant to the president of the Waconia Chamber of Commerce.

When life hands out lemons, the best response is sometimes easier said than done. Two local women share how they took in stride major life changes, health issues and relationship fractures, gave them a squeeze, added some sugar and dreamed up new lives for themselves.

In her well-traveled 1995 Toyota Camry, Brianna Pezon, 26, navigated the Twin Cities doing what she enjoys most—serving as a mental health practitioner, providing in-home therapy for people living with such serious mental health issues as bipolar disorder and schizophrenia.

Ann Bradsher was inspired at a mother-daughter book Club to write her first book. During the club’s discussion at the Eden Prairie Library, a librarian asked members to share a life-long dream.

Solveig Brown was in graduate school in 2008 when she started interviewing mothers about their experiences.

Out of a devastating loss rose a song of hope and healing. No child should have to endure what Jenn Bostic went through as a 10-year-old girl—being in a fatal car accident that took her father’s life.

It's time for our annual Prep Elite, featuring some of the area’s standout high school seniors. We received a host of worthy nominations from their schools, which, frankly, could ably fill the pages of Southwest Metro Magazine for months to come.

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