January 2015

In the January issue of Southwest Metro Magazine you'll meet Chanhassen Dinner Theatres' star Michelle Barber, learn all about Chaska's Breakaway Academy and find the perfect hot drinks for cold winter days.

Last May, Jaxon Tomassen of Eden Prairie was owning “Friday Tie Day”—a dress-up day that his dad made up for fun. The 19-month-old was playing in the yard with his parents, unwinding from his week, when his mom, Lisa Tomassen, was inspired to take this photo.


Whether it’s coffee, tea or cocoa, we all have our favorite warm drinks for cold days, but perhaps it’s time to brighten up the bleak midwinter with new flavors. Be bold. Try a new take on your go-to beverage at these southwest metro restaurants.


Bird lovers of all ages met November 15 at the Lowry Nature Center in Victoria for an afternoon of bird banding.


Local ice skaters glided through an afternoon on November 16 at the Waconia Ice Arena.


In the midst of gusting winds and icy sidewalks—not to mention shoveling—sometimes it’s hard to remember we live in a winter wonderland.


It’s the time of year when our resolution to get into shape is put on the back burner yet again due to our busy lives. However, whether you have 15 minutes, a half hour or a full 60 minutes to commit to your health, learn how to increase your fitness while maximizing your time.


She sits alone in a gathering space at the Chanhassen Dinner Theatres, but Michelle Barber could just as easily be sitting in her Chanhassen home.


Mornings at Breakaway Academy in Chaska are just like mornings at any middle school. Fifth through eighth grade students show up with homework in hand, attend class, take tests, learn lessons and get a well-rounded education.


When Rajashree Rao moved to the United States to pursue her engineering technology career in the late 1990s, she forgot to bring an important piece of her culture: a stringed instrument called the veena.


Whether you’re training for a marathon or training for the Olympics—or just working out to stay fit—an injury can be debilitating and disappointing.


Jamie Tesch was browsing Pinterest for the perfect gift for her husband to mark their first wedding anniversary. When she found a picture of folded book art, she knew it would be a perfect memento for the “paper” anniversary.


For many high school seniors, the “senior slide” is a real thing—but not for Southwest Christian High School senior Josh Robertson. Instead, Robertson welcomes opportunities for involvement both in and out of the classroom.


Being a pet sitter, I have no choice but to walk in all conditions. My furry clients could care less what the weather is like, as long as they get out and enjoy the great outdoors, snow and all.


The party season might be over, but that’s no reason to stop entertaining friends and family. This fabulous cocktail might even remind you of your island vacation. Here is one of my favorites, and I know you will love it, too.


Being northerners, the anticipation of the first snow here in Minnesota is nearly palpable. After holiday festivities, however, anticipation wanes and the winter blues set in as subzero temperatures and icy roads take over for another four months.