POSTED Monday, March 17
Lighting fixture from Yellow Brick Trading Company in Chaska.

Yellow Brick Trading Company in Chaska marks its grand opening this week with a variety of store specials, prizes and its own signature cocktail.

POSTED Wednesday, March 12
EP Gives is May 3 at the Green Acres Event Center in Eden Prairie.

Buy your tickets now for the Eden Prairie Community Foundation's annual EP Gives event on May 3 at the historic Green Acres Event Center in Eden Prairie.

POSTED Monday, March 10

When Disney's The Little Mermaid was released in 1989, it broke box-office records and attracted critical acclaim—not to mention the affections of kids and families who were taken by the plucky Ariel and her undersea adventures. We can hope that the southwest metro flocks to the Chanhassen Dinner Theatres' new production of Alan Menken's musical in the same way.

POSTED Friday, February 28

From camera phones to digital cameras, photography is the most easily accessible art form today. It allows photographer hopefuls, such as myself, to take a stab at the craft. Today, any and call can take a photo, edit it and share with friends. As they say, “a picture is worth a thousand words.” Photographs are powerful tools. Perhaps this is why the Arboretum Photographers Society at the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum is so noteworthy. They use their interest and skill to give back to the Arboretum and share its beauty with other visitors.

POSTED Wednesday, February 26

The Minneapolis-based Off-Leash Area theater company wants to stage its next show in your garage. Each summer/fall the theater hosts a neighborhood garage tour, performing in homes throughout the Twin Cities area with the idea of bring professional, family-friendly theater to the suburbs, and they're looking for locations for 21 performances from August through October.

POSTED Monday, February 17
Emily Tepe, University of Minnesota horticulturalist

I've lived in Minnesota my whole life, and I really don't like to complain about winter — I usually try to stoically accept it. But I am so, so done with winter this year. Maybe it's the polar vortex, maybe it's the fact that I'm not just dressing myself for the elements, but I'm also responsible for a two-year-old and six-month-old, which makes even the simplest errand feel like an epic quest. Whatever it is, I am DONE.

POSTED Friday, February 14
Chaska author Matthew Udermann

One of our editorial advisory board members, Matthew Udermann, recently launched a Kickstarter campaign in support of his new book, One in a Million: Life to the Fullest

POSTED Wednesday, February 12
Madison House Interiors

Madison House Interiors, a new occassional shop with interior design services, opens today (February 13) in Eden Prairie. Interior Designer Sara Trosen (you might remember her as one of the guest designers from HGTV's Decorating Cents) and Kristin Nicholas, who makes gorgeous custom draperies, are opening the shop, which has an upscale, eclectic feel.

POSTED Wednesday, February 12
Eden Prairie Pom Squad.

The Eden Prairie Pom Squad, who we featured in our February issue, took home the National Championship title in pom at the UDA National Dance Team Championships in Florida. The team also earned third place in jazz. Congratulations, team!

POSTED Monday, February 10

We'll be celebrating Valentine's Day as a family this year. So instead of candle light and wine, there will be take out pizza and milk spills. It's not exactly romantic, but it definitely has its own charm, and if luck is on our side, my husband and I will have our children in bed by 8 p.m., at which point, I'll break out the good chocolate and, perhaps, mix up this delightful drink suggestion from Dan Keyport at Dolce Vita Wine Shop in Chaska.