Going Out

The skyline of Yokohama, Japan.

When it comes to family vacations, the paths not typically taken can lead to the most interesting and fulfilling excursions.

The Carver County Fair is back with all the summer favorites and new attractions in the mix. The five-day festivities include lots of animals, live music, food, contests and plenty of attractions for the whole family.

The Integrated Arts Academy’s first open house gala and silent auction on April 22 in Chaska featured hors d’oeuvres and visual arts created by students.

Brave swimmers—785 of them—plunged into the icy waters of Riley Lake at the 2016 Eden Prairie Polar Plunge on March 12. The event raised more than $210,000 for Special Olympics Minnesota.

Kick off the summer with HomeTown Bank’s June block party. Enjoy family-friendly activities and entertainment presented by the bank and its resident coffee shop, Mocha Monkey, along with other area businesses.

The Donut Dash 5K, benefitting Eagle Ridge Academy in Eden Prairie, is May 7 at Purgatory Creek Park.Celebrate the start of summer with these three fun runs (or walks!), which help raise money for local schools.

The 2016 season marks Valleyfair’s 40th anniversary, and the theme park is celebrating with a return to its roots.

Eden Prairie Women of Today rang in 2016 with the third annual Fresh Start 5K on New Year’s Day at Purgatory Creek Park in Eden Prairie. Every year, proceeds from the event go to local youth scholarships.

The similarities between Eden Prairie and Welcome, a fictional town from Maud Hart Lovelace’s One Stayed at Welcome, are a bit uncanny.

Eden Prairie Relay for Life team Remission Accomplished raised money for the American Cancer Society at its 7th annual holiday market on November 15 at the Eden Prairie Community Center.

The Carver Scott Humane Society raised money during its annual Rescue Roundup on November 6 at the Chanhassen Event Center.

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