January 2012

Wellness | Birthday Parties

On a cold winter’s day, local artist Chichi Miller had her camera in hand as she usually does when out and about. Since Miller specializes in portraits and painted rocks, she often carries a camera for capturing ideas for future works of art.


Feeling financially wrung out after the season of spending, but still desperate to fend off impending cabin fever? Why not celebrate one of our state’s greatest culinary contributions? No, not hot dish.


This month, immerse yourself in the game of hockey at Hockey Blast January 20–22, featuring the annual Pond Hockey Tournament and Hockey Day Minnesota.


It’s clear who’s winning the games played by West Metro Miracle Athletics (WMMA): everyone.


Walk into Lindsey Lallas’s third grade classroom at Orono Intermediate School and you might be surprised what happens when the math lesson ends.


It doesn’t take long to realize how fortunate we are to have warm meals to eat, cozy beds to sleep in and homes that provide shelter.


Hard-core sailors on Lake Minnetonka couldn’t wait until the warm summer breezes filled their sails. Instead, they took a cue from bundled New York yachtsmen on the Hudson River who built their ice boats beginning in the late 1790s to skate over the frozen ice.


A sure-fire way to thwart the winter doldrums is to get busy in the kitchen. Yes, baking cookies is nice, but why not step outside the norm and make some sushi? It’s creatively engaging, perfect for crowds and easier than you’d think.


Since opening in 1992, Natures Harvest has been family owned and operated. But a few changes did take place over the company’s 20 years in business, like the move to Wayzata Boulevard from Historic Lake Street.


Birds need more daily food intake to survive cold winter days, approximately 25 percent more than in warmer weather. Providing a well-stocked winter feeding station can help birds more easily survive harsh winter weather, and bring them in close enough for you to observe and enjoy.


I credit William Kent Krueger for helping me to get out of one of the worst reading "ruts" of my life. He's helped locally, of course, by the fact that all of his books take place on Minnesota's North Shore—with plenty of regional flavor thrown in to make all of us feel instantly at home


While you may not know Tom Steinke, chances are you’ve seen his work. Those signs out front of Hazellewood, Sunsets, Lord Fletcher’s and Maynard’s are all original Steinke creations.


The Marsh, Minnetonka’s center for balance and fitness, has been committed to creating a space where the community can make health more holistic. Kim Plessel, the Marsh’s dietitian, is one aspect of the wellness team who’s dedicated to ensuring this vision becomes a reality.


The cold doesn’t need to cramp your style. Grab your friends and family, some long underwear and a thermos of hot chocolate, and make your way to any one of the outdoor ice rinks in the neighborhood.



More than a decade ago, Wayzata’s Maia and Allen Haag married Maia’s writing skills with Allen’s graphic design abilities to create I See Me!, a local publishing company that personalizes books for kids.


Using stationary bikes that lean side to side, Pedal Wild spin classes build upper body strength in addition to toning your legs. Additional classes include yoga and ZUMBA.