July 2016 Southwest Metro Magazine

In the July issue discover three area venues for the perfect staycation and check out four can't miss local celebrations.

Spring and summer in Minnesota mean rain, thunderstorms and sometimes severe weather. One April day last year, Matthew Peyton knew a lightning storm was around the corner.

 

In three short years, Tavern 4&5 has turned an inconspicuous corner near Highway 212 and 78th Street into a drive-worthy destination that serves pub food with a twist, topped off with a cocktail menu and 22 draft beers.

 

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.

 

Visitors can look forward to a new Chinese Garden at the University of Minnesota Landscape Arboretum opening to the public this fall.

 

Baseball attracts everyone, from children on sandlots to adults in pinstripes, who understand that every pitch, swing, stretch to the base or leap at the fence are equal opportunities for greatness or disaster.

 

Once summer finally arrives, we have to grab every opportunity we can to enjoy the great outdoors. The logical choices are the active ones—swimming, boating, fishing, biking, hiking or camping.

 

Talk with Marla Spivak and you’ll soon understand that small things can make a big impact. “It is estimated that one in three bites of food we eat is made possible by the pollination services bees provide,” she says.

 

Imagine an airplane without an electrical system flying through the sky. This same fabric-covered aircraft has no radios or lights and needs a ground crew to help start it.

 

Booking a Group trip doesn’t have to be a big production. Three local venues house large groups for mini-staycations featuring crafts, biking, golfing, shopping, breweries, wineries and more. Plan a small family reunion, a shopping weekend with friends or a golfing retreat.

 

Like many Minnesotans, Eden Prairie’s David and Gay Ludvig embrace lake life. The retired couple, who worked as school guidance counselors, have lived in a home on the shores of Mitchell Lake since 1984.

 

When Chaska author and active-living advocate Kara Thom signed on to write the books that accompany Go! Go! Sports Girls dolls, she had no idea that the gig would eventually lead to an invitation from The White House. In April, Thom and Go! Go!

 

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From the day she pulled up all of her shag carpeting in a fit of frustration, Eden Prairie’s JoAnn Moser jumped on the do-it-yourself bandwagon. Although at the time—this was in the mid-1980s—there wasn’t really a bandwagon yet.

 

The Nest by Kenneth Oppel
-Recommended by Mary Severson

 

Situated on the Dakota Rail Regional bike trail, Ruby’s Roost Bakery has become a cult hit with walkers and cyclists alike.

 

Luscious lashes have been in fashion for decades, but a new boutique in Chanhassen might have you trading in the mascara tube for lash extensions.