August 2013

In the August 2013 issue of Southwest Metro Magazine, you'll meet the high school all-stars of our communities - the 2013 Prep Elite. You'll also find the best ways for moms to reduce stress, learn about how immigrants in our communities celebrate holidays and sample the best sushi in the southwest metro.

Sushi connoisseurs and newbies alike can appreciate the variety and quality of sushi available in the southwest metro.

 

Crazed moms on the go and mothers-to-be have dozens of local options for connecting with other parents, taking a little me time and finding healthier, simpler ways to live.

 

Morgan Fogarty Chaska High School Morgan Fogarty likes to kick it. She’s played varsity soccer for the Chaska Hawks since freshman year, has lettered every year and was elected all-conference last season. Still, Fogarty considers being team captain a huge honor.

 

It’s often said that distance brings people closer. And it is this thought that imbues a feeling of fraternity within the immigrants who gather annually to celebrate Indian Independence Day, which is August 15.

 

Education and enrichment opportunities aren’t just for children. With seniors staying healthier longer, retirement years can provide a chance to learn and grow as well.

 

Just outside of Waconia sits an old-fashioned farm stand, tucked inside the stables of an old barn. Donna Frantz, an 81-year-old German-Norwegian, can be found inside, mingling with customers and offering advice on everything from planting seeds and composting to the plight of the honeybee.

 

Sara Reeves captured this shot of her children’s legs, which at first glance appear to be covered in random names scrawled in Sharpie. But anyone who’s taken part in a MiracleKids Triathlon will recognize exactly what that body graffiti represents in a heartbeat.

 

If you’d like to introduce your children to sushi, but don’t want to jump in the deep end with something like the Playboy Roll, check out the parent and child Sushi 101 class at Way Cool Cooking School in Eden Prairie.

 

Are you looking for an alternative way to help your child manage pain? There’s an app for that.

 

Anne Velazquez, a senior at Holy Family Catholic High School in Victoria, specializes in success. An athlete, volunteer and a brain rolled into one shining student, she’s every member of The Breakfast Club, except for Judd Nelson.

 

Looking for Alaskaby John Greenrecommended by Laura CarlsonWhile this is considered a teen book, adults will become fully engrossed as well by the story of “Pudge” Halter and his time at Culver Creek boarding school, where he goes to find a more fulfilling life, and discovers love, loss and frien

 

In an effort to expose high school students to the challenges and rewards of real life situations, the Eastern Carver County School District started the Capstone Program.

 

The warmest days of the year call for a bright, fresh and delicious drink, and white port and tonic is the perfect summer thirst-quencher.

 

Calling all photographers: Now is the time for recognition. Southwest Metro Magazine is collecting entries August 1-31 for our third annual photo contest, and your picture could be the one to take the prize.