July 2015 Southwest Metro Magazine

In the July issue: Quench your thirst with local cocktails and bubbly blends, meet Eden Prairie's Mark Miller Band and rally your dog with the AKC's new breed of obedience classes.

Bonfires. Fireworks. Sandaled feet. They’re all part of the summer memories Alex Harmdierks, incoming sophomore at Chanhassen High School, has accumulated in her 15 years.


Whether for a bite or a beverage, happy hour deals make going out on the town all the more worth your while. Establishments in Chanhassen, Chaska, Eden Prairie, Victoria and Waconia entice customers with delicious food and beverage deals. Make an appointment to try a new spot during happy hour.


Guests identified the murderer in a room full of suspects at Eden Prairie Women of Today’s Murder Mystery Nite on March 20 at Olympic Hills Golf Club.


Author Cheryl Strayed spoke, answered audience questions and signed books as a part of the 2015 Eden Prairie Reads events surrounding her book Wild. More than 1,000 book lovers attended the event on April 7 at St. Andrew Lutheran Church in Eden Prairie.


Art- and wine-lovers converge at the fifth annual ArtStock Wine and Music Festival at Parley Lake Winery in Waconia.


We like farmers markets for bringing fresh food straight from the farm to our community, but we love the markets for providing so much more than that.


Whether area residents or visiting guests need to cool off or cool their heels, local establishments offer plenty of refreshing beverage options to make summer less about venturing away from home and more about staying local.


In 2007, Mark Miller—now the rhythm guitarist for the Mark Miller Band (MMB)—decided to start learning to play guitar. What followed was something he didn’t expect.


When Minnesota Landscape Arboretum Director Ed Schneider came to Minnesota five years ago this July, he had big plans for the arboretum.


The dawn of July in Waconia sees the return of one of the state’s favorite food festivals, a celebration of fabulous fare, exciting entertainment and a sparkling array of fireworks on July 2–5.


For dog owners, training your pet may seem like a daunting task. But learning obedience skills can actually be fun for both dogs and owners.


A Walk in the Woods by Bill Bryson
-Recommended by Carrie Brunsberg


The favorite cocktail of Mexico is not the margarita, but the paloma.

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From race horses to black labs to soft kittens, there’s no critter that animal lover Mary Psihos won’t draw for pet owners wanting a portrait of their beloved animal.


When Ellen Redmond of Carver started making her now famous cookies about 30 years ago, she had no idea what she had created.


Abigail Summers loves jam. The Eden Prairie waitress and hotel worker started Summersalt Kitchens—her jam company—three years ago, after selling to friends and family with success.