September 2013

In this issue of Lake Minnetonka Magazine, celebrate 30 years of local theater, discover the area's best microbrews and meet a group of foodies with a passion for creative eats.

Mother of two and Lake Minnetonka resident Anne Weatherhead always has a camera at the ready. Carefully stored in an accessible spot-- the dock-- her underwater Canon PowerShot D10 captures memories for her friends and family.


Lace up your sneakers! On October 5, Groveland Elementary School hosts its fourth annual Tonka Trot. The event features 10K and 5K races and a 1.5-mile fun run;  every penny raised goes directly to benefit the kids and classrooms at Groveland.


This fall at Minnetonka High School (MHS), approximately 40 juniors and seniors will abandon the traditional classroom for three hours a day to participate in the school district’s innovative Vantage program.


Today’s young Tonka United soccer players may not realize it, but their popular local program was, in fact, founded by an Englishman.


Alex Larson first heard about myHealth—formerly known as the West Suburban Teen Clinic—when she was 15 years old. Now a senior at Oberlin College in Ohio, Larson is still involved with the teen clinic, volunteering there whenever she’s home on a school break.


Fall marks a critical transition- from a time of play to a season of seriousness, especially when it comes to asking relevant career questions: Where am I and where do I want to be?


Major General Robert “Bob” Shadley retired from the U.S. Army in 2000 and moved to Wayzata with his wife, Ellie. At the time, he had no idea that retirement would bring him a new role: author.


No one should have to face cancer alone. With Gilda’s Club Twin Cities, a local affiliate of the Cancer Support Community, the hope is that no Minnesotan will.


Local author James V. Gambone combined his experience caregiving for his grandmother with his academic and professional expertise to help men prepare for their own caregiving roles.


After a life-changing mission trip to Haiti in March, Mound Westonka High School seniors Tori Anderson and Megan Bryan, who volunteered at Project Hope, a home and school for orphans and other children in need, are now hoping to inspire other teens to broaden their own horizons.The girls will ret


Tom Rob Smith's debut novel, Child 44, remains to this day one of the best thrillers I have ever read. Exciting, adventuresome, at times disturbing and extraordinarily original, Child 44 is one of those rare debuts that seems impossible to top.



To give kids another way to play and share stories, Tonka Bay resident Mike Heinrich created Symbolic Frolic magnetics. After being inspired by an Egyptian hieroglyphic exhibit, Henrich developed a new business, Symbolxys, which produces standard symbol expressive refrigerator magnets.


Bellaluna Boutique, a New Age store in Minnetonka, will sweep you off your feet and offer you the stars. The two owners, Gail Mason and Satail Tailin, opened the doors in 2004.


In 1979, the Upper Midwest Ronald McDonald House opened in Minneapolis, starting its mission to care for pediatric cancer patients and their families. To help keep patients and siblings together, the house opened a unique on-site school 15 years ago—and they needed a teacher.


It’s time to don your ’Tonka blue and white as Minnetonka High School (MHS) students are gearing up for the annual homecoming parade on September 20. “It’s so important to the community … because it’s such a tradition,” says student government president Jack Rotman.


Ten years ago, we’d have said, “What local craft beer movement?” State regulations hampered Minnesota from keeping up with the rest of the nation’s microbrew craze. Hurray! Things have changed. People are making all kinds of exciting new beer in our area, and it’s a unified front.


Once upon a time, burgers were made of grilled or fried ground beef and served on a fluffy white flour bun. There was never any impetus—or will—to make them differently, and for good reason: Why gild the lily?


They might be your neighbors, your co-workers or even your friends. For decades, a fluid group of friends and foodies has been meeting in various kitchens around Lake Minnetonka. By day, each of them lives and works as something other than a chef.


Artistic director Sandy Boren-Barrett is quick to describe Stages Theatre as “one of the most vibrant arts organizations in the Twin Cities.” And she means it.