June 2017 Southwest Metro Magazine

In the June issue find out how local floral designers are turning turning bridal notions on their head.

Self-taught photographer Nick Peters started four years ago after he and his wife bought a camera to capture images of their new baby daughter. “But then I didn’t use it to take pictures of her,” he jokes.


Local golf courses provide idyllic dining venues for golfers and visitors alike. A round of food and drink makes any golf day better, and between tee times, the clubhouse is the place to be.


Minnesotans are a fit and hearty bunch. Neither snow, nor rain, nor heat, nor gloom of night hold many from the swift competition of racing in some of the best local walk/run races.


An adult child’s older parents travel to warmer climes each winter, but the father’s arthritis has worsened, and they might not be able to make the trip alone. An elderly mother wants to visit her sister in Virginia, but she’s fearful of getting lost in the airport when making a connection.


When a bride walks down the aisle, her gown may be the headline, but the bouquet serves as the exclamation point. Bridal trends influence more than color stories, bridesmaids’ dress styles and wedding dress silhouettes. Bouquets also ride the wave of style.


Reeling in a whopper of a paddling opportunity is an easy catch. With its many waterways, the southwest metro abounds with padding possibilities for all ages and levels.  


Sonja Anderson enjoys hiking the natural wonderland in southwestern Eden Prairie that honors her late husband’s land preservation efforts.


About 5.3 million Americans live with Alzheimer’s disease, according to the Alzheimer’s Association. Of Americans age 65 and older, 11 percent have Alzheimer’s disease, and about 14 percent of people age 71 and older have dementia.


Once a month, second graders in Katie Tompkins’ classroom at Cedar Ridge Elementary School in Eden Prairie peek excitedly down the hall, waiting for the North Star Therapy Animal (NSTA) team to visit.


Loaded down with wedding invites? RSVP “yes” to yarns of love—all from the pajama-clad, Twizzlers-eating comfort of your couch.


Looking for an easy cocktail to serve at a bridal shower, wedding reception or any other celebration? Look no further than the marriage between the Screwdriver and the Moscow Mule.

Screwdriver Mule

1 ½ oz. vodka
3 oz. orange juice
Ginger beer
Lime wedge


Can two people meet, fall in love and plan an uncertain future all in the space of one fateful day?  The Sun is Also a Star presents Natasha and Daniel, teenagers living in New York City, whose very different worlds collide during one roller-coaster ride of a day.


While driving past a senior living community, do you ever wonder about the life happening inside? Maybe parents, grandparents or family friends are residents.


The Scottish are coming—to Schram Vineyards, Winery and Brewery when it hosts the Highland Games from noon-4 p.m. on June 24. The heavy games (strongman competition in kilts) feature the caber toss and kettlebells.