December 2016 Southwest Metro Magazine

While working in his yard one day, David Schmidt took a snapshot of his cat, Roxy. Schmidt and his family, who live in Chaska, adopted Roxy 10 years ago. “We found her at the Humane Society and it was immediately obvious that she was the right kitten for us,” Schmidt says.

 

Who can resist a fresh-baked treat? They come in so many varieties that there’s something for everyone. Maybe you’re a red velvet cupcake enthusiast. Maybe your favorite treat is a densely studded chocolate chip cookie.

 

Do your kids love to be creative? This holiday season, take advantage of the many arts and crafts classes at the Eden Prairie Art Center, Kidcreate Studio in Eden Prairie, and Unearthed Arts in Waconia.

 

Bhante Sathi has a mission: to share the benefits of meditation with the entire world. That’s what led the Buddhist monk to open the Chaska Mindfulness Center. “I wanted to create a neutral place, without cultural barriers,” he says.

 

Whether shopping for a family member who lives across country or looking for a gift for the neighbors, find personal and personalized gifts for everyone on your list this year—without leaving the southwest metro.

 

A new art gallery has opened in town, in a spot where you might not think to look. The Sower Gallery, filled with local art, is located inside Shepherd of the Hill Presbyterian Church of Chaska’s public meeting space.

 

When Angie Gamades was a teacher at Chaska High School, she started baking dog biscuits with her special education students. When she left her job at the high school to return to the elementary school setting, the dog biscuit business left, too.

 

Husband and wife Jim and Sandra Peterson of Homade gifts often hear from new customers that they heard about the shop from a friend.

 

Josh Mohling, a senior at Holy Family Catholic School in Victoria, focuses his time on athletic, academic and community excellence. This year, Mohling is captain of the varsity soccer team. He is also on the varsity tennis team.

 

What would it take for you to build a school for your kids? For Benjamin and Lisa Adams, it took touring over 60 Minnesota preschools before realizing that none of them prepared children for first grade the way the Adams family would have hoped.

 

Did You Ever Have a Family by Bill Clegg
Recommended by Mary Severson

 

Sparkling Winter Sangria

 

Like many, Joni Apt’s Christmas tradition involves a cookie sheet. Unlike most, Apt, who lives in Chaska, uses her cookie sheets to corral dozens of wooden “biscuits,” which she paints with winter scenes to be hung as Christmas ornaments.

 

There are all sorts of tricks for getting preschoolers to wash their hands, like directing them to put on their “bubble gloves” or singing the “ABCs” or “Happy Birthday” as they scrub, but our favorite soapy directive comes in the form of hedgehogs, rubber duckies and sea turtles from Chaska-base