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My name is Rachelle Gordon and I am the new managing editor of Shop.Dine.Live! You may recognize my name because I am also a contributor. Our previous editor, Lee Stagni, is moving on from our publication - but not from our hearts. I would like to take this opportunity to thank Lee for his support, knowledge, and commitment to the community during his time at SDL and beyond - your voice shall carry on. Make sure to check out our special section about the Minnesota State Fair - we’ve got all the information on the Great Minnesota Get-Together you need on a stick.




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6 How to Save Money on Back-to-School Shopping 8 Food Allergy Etiquette - What you Need to Know 10 Twin Cities Chic: Fall Fashion Preview 12 Take a Waconia Wine Tour 14 The Locavore: Wild Rice

MN STATE FAIR 16 Shop.Dine.Live. Contributors Talk MN State fair 18 The Great Minnesota Eat-Together 20 State Fair Vendor Preview 21 The MN State Fair 22 Ivy Spa Club 23 Destination: Explore Downtown Living 26 Let Kids be Kids

Our recurring columns continue this month with Anita Dualeh discussing wild rice in her Locavore column, while Twin Cities Chic features a fall fashion preview. For all you avid bikers out there, Steven Johnson tells us about the Saint Paul Classic in this month’s edition of Twin Trails. Jacob Westlin tackles the hot Twin Cities debate of the Twins vs. Lynx in Jacob’s Judgments - which sports team will prevail? In addition, Whitney Grindberg offers a glimpse into what’s on deck for the Minnesota Renaissance Festival while Cynthia Sowden takes us on a Waconia wine tour. Rounding out the mix includes our coverage of the U.S. Bank Stadium opening, food allergy etiquette, and tips on how to eliminate annoying pet behavior. In other exciting news, the Shop.Dine.Live website is live! Visit to read articles, search for events, and see what’s new around the metro. Shop.Dine.Live is distributed free of charge each month courtesy of our wonderful advertisers. Please give them your support. The magazine is mailed directly to select neighborhoods and businesses in the Twin Cities area. It can also be found in a number of Cub Foods stores, hotels, and other high-traffic locations across the Metro. Don’t forget to “Like” us on Facebook! Your feedback helps ensure Shop.Dine.Live remains a fun and informative magazine. Please let us know what you think about the articles we publish. Send your comments to -Rachelle Gordon

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FALL FASHION preview Summer isn’t over yet, but trendsetters are already looking ahead to the fall fashion season to see what’s on deck. Fashion Weeks from New York to Milan typically occur in late winter or early spring, yet always feature a sneak peek of potential trends for later in the year. This fall, prepare to see more


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20th Century Function Meets 21st Century Style Despite a large increase in the sale of cat and pizza-related leggings in recent years, modern fashion still relies on classic

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Rachelle will discuss what’s hot in fashion around the Twin Cities and ways to score haute couture looks for less.

Prepare to see pencil skirts with lots of pleats and wide-legged wool and denim pants. In addition, the elegant furs of yester-year have been given a modern twist. Faux-fur coats and vests will definitely be in this season, along with matching fur-accented bags and booties. Traditional-looking pieces are present but so are wild pinks and purples. Cow hide, which often is used in pants, shoes, and bags is also big this fall - but again, sticking to a faux facade. Think blazers, messenger bags, and of course, the actual boot - which is a fall staple that will never go out style.

Stand Out Above the Crowd In an age of Insta-famous looks, it can be difficult to feel original. But it doesn’t take extreme measures to show off your flashy side - it’s a piece of cake. Bold, geometric patterns are big in the upcoming season - literally. Try the look out by adding a pair of large diamond-shaped earrings or a long, trapezoidal statement ring. Geometry will also be present on everything from dresses to scarves, meaning it will be easy to try this trend out in many different ways - even if you have to shout out loud!

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Paisley prints are also hot this season, mixing Boho style with flattering patterns for all body types. An off-the-shoulder dress over black leggings can be worn with boots, flats, or heels, making it a perfect piece for any occasion. Added with a floppy hat or a leather shoulder bag, this statement-making look works day and night. Don’t be afraid to mix and match different prints and colors - all of the old rules have gone out the window, so why not try something new?

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2008. One son, Ben Banks, is the vintner. Another, Isaac Savaryn, tends the grapes. By 2014, the vineyard had scored several awards. Schram Vineyards & Brewery is the youngest, opened to the public in



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brews up batches of blonde ales, porters and IPAs. The wineries all have their own ambiance. For example, Schram Vineyards has a young vibe to it, with bocce ball courts installed just below a wine-tasting pavilion that overlooks Reitz Lake. Sovereign’s



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follow a “sculpture trail” that leads throughout the property. All of the wineries have garnered awards from fellow winemakers, quite an accomplishment for a business that’s so young. They compete against vintners from Vermont, Connecticut, New York and Canada in the International Cold Climate Wine Competition (ICCWC), a partnership of the Minnesota Wine Growers Association and the U of M. Parley Lake has won several awards, taking home a double gold in the 2013 competition, the same year Schram brought home its first silver medal for its Marquette. Sovereign Estate captured the Governor’s Cup in 2014, a “Best of Show” award for its La Crescent.

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locavore liberally, using it to refer

wild rice scones and wild rice parfaits. Café owner Robert

to an individual who commits to

Rice, who himself is a traditional wild rice harvester, said

eating food produced in our state

he usually brings in about 300 pounds of wild rice from

or region as much as possible.

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with nearly all the wild rice it uses in a year.

readers to become more aware of

their food’s origins and to choose seasonal foods in order to enjoy optimal flavor and freshness.

Wild rice is quite versatile and a welcome addition to breakfast, lunch or dinner.

Wild rice is featured in the migration story of the Ojibwe people. As tribal prophets had predicted, the Ojibwe migrated westward from the east coast of North America until they found the food that “grows on water,” which they called manoomin. They still revere wild rice as a

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special gift of the Creator. And this aquatic grass still grows naturally in Northern and Central Minnesota. Historically its range included our entire state. Natural wild rice grows in streams as well as in lakes and marshes with some moving water from inlets and outlets or flowages, usually in water six inches to three feet deep. An annual plant, wild rice grows from seeds that have fallen into the water the previous autumn.

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The Minnesota State Fair. Just hearing the words conjures so many memories of exciting foods, unique gifts found at the International Bazaar, and that indescribable State Fair smell of deep fryers, sweet hay and summer heat. It’s an event that seems to take forever to arrive, and then it’s over before you know it. With new foods each year, it’s hard to be able to experience all that there is to offer at this Great Minnesota Get-Together.

SPAM Sushi. Sushi has taken the nation by storm over the last few years, so

Old Traditions, New Flavors The State Fair is known for corn dogs, cheese curds, kettle corn but it seems that with each summer comes new treats to try. Every year we get more creative with what we put on a stick, deep fry, or dip in chocolate. There are 32 new foods on the menu for the fair this year, and this is just a sneak peek at what we have to look forward to:

this combination shouldn’t come as a surprise to us. SPAM sushi is made with grilled SPAM, sushi rice, fried egg, and wasabi, all rolled in dried seaweed. If you’re new to the sushi scene, this may be a nice way to dip your toes into the water. Even if you’re an expert, there’s no shame in having an open mind and enjoying this “traditional American meat meets East” combination. SPAM Sushi can be found at Sushi Rolls in the Warner Coliseum.

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fair food. Classic macaroni and cheese is mixed with fresh cheese curds, making for a truly ooey gooey comfort food. Macaroni and cheese curds can be found at Oodles of Noodles in the Food Building. The Reuben Pickle Dog. The Reuben sandwich is another versatile classic, and there are seemingly endless ways in which to serve this delicious flavor combo. Pickle Dog, located at the south side of the appropriately named Carnes Avenue between Liggett and Chambers

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for the Food Finder. This tool makes it even easier for you to look up and locate the over 500 varieties of food items available. This feature is also included on the Minnesota State Fair app, available for both iPhone and Android.

Recreate the Flavors of the Fair at Home A fun new feature at the fair this year is called the “Recipe Card Roundup.” In case you have wished you could bring the Minnesota State Fair into your own kitchen, this is an opportunity to acquire some of the best recipes of the 2015 State Fair: Zesty Salsa, Strawberry Jam, Banana Bread, Gluten-Free Pumpkin Bars, Apple Pie (filling and crust)


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With so many new things to look forward to at the Great Minnesota Get-Together, don’t be afraid to take your time. Chew slowly, enjoy your companions as you stand in lines, and appreciate each moment of the crowded streets. The Minnesota State Fair is a time to enjoy who we are, where we are, and who is standing beside us - put that on a stick!


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backpacks. This year, there are 52 new vendors - here are a few that you should definitely check out. For a complete list of vendors, visit

The 16oz Society This Midwest apparel company is dedicated to, “helping beer lovers show their support for local breweries.” For their first year at the Minnesota State Fair, the 16oz Society will be selling exclusive posters, pint glasses, and shirts alongside their regular catalog of hats, stickers, and decals. Find this vendor in the Grandstand, upper level, along the south wall.

You & Me Sittin in a Tree For personalized family trees, state prints, and wooden ornaments, You & Me Sittin in a Tree is the place to be. They also offer a gorgeous collection of wooden and ceramic bird cages and decor. Located at the West End Market in the northeast section.

Doghouses & Playhouses This aptly-named vendor offers exactly what you would expect - custom dog and play houses. The company offers a wide variety of themes, including Victorian home, lake house, and of course, the Minnesota Wild. Pick out the perfect house for your dog and/or kids or have one designed to your exact specifications. Doghouses & Playhouses can be found on the southwest corner of Randall Avenue and Cooper Street.

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Grandstand, upper level, along the south wall.

Ready-2-Fruit Mushrooms Mushroom fans pay attention: home cultivation kits are on the market! Offering nearly 30 different types of cultivar, Ready-2-Fruit Mushrooms has everything you need to grow your own your own. No more foraging in the forest - these kits are easy to use and guaranteed to impress foodies of all types. Find them in the Creative Activities Annex along the west wall.

Angry Minnow Vintage Based in Rosemount, MN, Angry Minnow Vintage features custom f lannel for both men and women. At the State Fair, you’ll be able to peruse locally-themed shirts, hats, bottle openers, and even handbags. It may be too hot for a f lannel long sleeve now, but you’ll be glad you have one come November. At the northwest section of the West End Market.

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THE by David Scheller BREAKFAST, LUNCH, DINNER, & BAR There are things at the Minnesota State Fair that I can’t do without and need to see every year. I love the haunted house and expect to be invited into it by a man dressed as a pirate.

Reuben Pickle Dog: If you don’t eat a Reuben pickle dog at the Fair this year then I’m afraid you can’t be helped.

I have to look at the perplexing coil-shaped

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and can’t wait to lose myself in a whirlpool of throaty bleats there. The State Fair is the lighthouse around which we Minnesotans navigate through our year. But without innovation what would life be? It would be more horrible than the time my wife poured my whole liquor cabinet down the drain just because I crashed her Camry into a bus stop. That’s why I love that the Fair always has new fun to accompany the cherished classics. Let me tell you about some of the new things at the Fair this year. If you’re like 95% of Midwesterners you’re probably wondering at any given time what you can cram into your fat face next. Here are some this year’s more interesting new Fair Foods:

Candied Bacon Donut Sliders: If you want donuts and bacon but don’t have time to eat two things, the Fair’s miles ahead of you. Candied bacon donut sliders look as good as they sound. Your arteries will just look at one another and shake their heads!

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Hen House is a place to meet living examples of the thousands of birds you’re already eaten. I’m going to ask a hen for three Bucks.

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Garden Kaleidoscopes & Floral-palooza: The good folks at the Agricultural Horticulture Building will set up kaleidoscopes around spinning bowls of live flowers. No joke, this is really neat and I like it. In with the old and the new, I say! If you see a

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All too often parents carry their busyness around as a badge of honor, and much of that busyness is in theory for the sake of their children. But if they’re honest with themselves, many parents may feel as though they are running on a treadmill, trying to keep up with the pace of those around them and worried that they could be depriving their children of future success if they jump off that treadmill. They fear they may disadvantage their child for life if they don’t sign him or her up for a wide range of classes and activities in order to build every skill and aptitude their child could possibly need for success in life.

But what if such overburdened schedules lead to

at their own pace. Unscheduled time allows

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joy of free play? Allowing children adequate

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time for child-directed, screen-free play fosters

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become the authors of their own lives rather than

the development of a child’s imagination as well

have permission to jump off that parental treadmill.

puppets following someone else’s script. And

as cognitive, physical, and emotional strength.

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Active, creative play is also an important factor

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in healthy brain development, research suggests.

week plus one full day on the weekend. If you’re

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A series exploring the best outdoor experiences in the Twin Cities

THE SAINT PAUL CLASSIC: ROLL ‘ROUND THE SAINTLY CITY This 32-mile bike loop anchors the venerable St. Paul Classic bike tour in and around St. Paul, with a mansion-lined boulevard to parkway pedaling and stunning river valley views. Cruise traffic-free around the city, with succulent gastro, delights at rest stops and live music at the finish line. THE RIDE Set aside September 11th this year for a full day of riding and revelry at the St. Paul Classic. This is the landmark Grand Round course and the event’s popular mid-distance loop. Start at the University of St. Thomas and ride south on Mississippi River Blvd., with great views of Ol’ Miss and its wooded bluffs. Pass overlooks aplenty to the junction with Highway 5 and follow Shepard Road along the ridge above Crosby Farm Park to I-35E and on to the Samuel Morgan corridor into downtown St. Paul.

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The route hugs the St. Paul harbor and continues along Warner Road to Indian Mounds Park. This was a sacred place for prehistoric Native Americans of the area and the site of nearly forty burial mounds (only six remain) at the top and flanks of the bluff. The original mounds date back over 2,000 years. Visitors today get stellar St. Paul skyline views and from here, the ride route hooks up with the Bruce Vento Trail, traveling north through Swede Hollow to the south shore of Lake Phalen. The 3-mile path around the lake is packed with lakeside views, and some short, punchy hills add flavor if you’re up for a fun side trip.

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From Lake Phalen, merge onto Wheelock Parkway for the loop’s trip west. Cruise Wheelock all the way to Lake Como. At the south side of the lake, follow winding Como Lake Drive around to the northern shore, with a nice view across the waves of the elegant Como Dockside pavilion. The path blends into Como Park on rolling hills to the Como Zoo and Majorie McNeely Conservatory.

south to the University of St. Thomas. Park where permitted, or along Summit Avenue and the overlook at the river. Check out for all the details and registration.

Established in 1897 with a lineup of three deer, the zoo is Minnesota’s first and a magnet for kids squealing with glee. Originally located on Harriet Island, the zoo moved to Como Park when more animals arrived and the island got crowded. The Conservatory is another must-go Minnesota landmark, bursting at the seams with all manner of eye-popping flowers and unique foliage. The park’s pathways lead away from the zoo, taking Grand Round riders along Como Avenue and past the southern fringe of the state fairgrounds to Raymond Avenue. Head south to reach Pelham Boulevard and the homestretch back to Summit Avenue.

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TIPS FOR JUGGLING WORK AND FAMILY BALANCING WORK AND FAMILY IS A JUGGLING ACT FACED BY MANY WORKING PARENTS. Responsibilities to work and family often overlap, and that can make solving the riddle of balancing work and family that much more difficult. Single-income households have decreased dramatically over the last several decades, as escalating costs of living have made it difficult for many families to get by on just one income. But working parents can employ several strategies, both at the office and at home, as they attempt to make the job of juggling commitments to work and family a little less difficult.



Working parents who want the time they have with their children each night

A major concern many parents have as they attempt to balance work

to be more substantive can turn off their devices upon arriving home from

and family is that they are not spending enough time with their children

work. Devices such as smartphones and tablets keep working professionals

or spouses when they are home. One way to find more time at home is

attached to their offices, and many men and women are tempted to check

to inquire about the possibility of working remotely. Advancements in

work emails or answer phone calls and voicemails even when they have left

technology that have made it easier to remotely communicate with clients

the office for the day. Parents should resist that temptation so their families

and coworkers has led to an influx of work-from-home employees. While

know their focus is on them and not back at the office.

working from home does not mean workloads will diminish, it does save

Another way to create a greater balance between work and family life is to make more efficient use of time at home. For example, rather than spending

men and women the time they would spend commuting to and from work, and that translates to more time at home with the family.

an hour each night making dinner, working parents can use a slow cooker

Another avenue men and women can explore as they attempt to achieve

so family meals are ready the moment everyone arrives home at night. That

a better balance between work and family concerns how efficiently they

frees up time the family can spend together and gives working parents one

do their jobs. Chatting with coworkers about issues that do not pertain to

less thing to do when they arrive home.

work can be a great way to reduce work-related stress, but professionals

Working parents looking to get more quality time with their families also can cut back on the time families spend watching television each night. Limit television time to an hour or two each night, using the extra time to connect with one another.

who feel as if they never have enough time to get their jobs done in a typical work day should determine if they are working as efficiently as possible. Avoid too much water cooler chitchat and resist the temptation to check personal emails or text messages while at work. Such distractions can eat up a considerable amount of time over the course of a workday, making it harder for men and women to get their jobs done in a typical workday and

“Helping coworkers out in a pinch is fine, but men and

forcing them to stay late or bring work home.

women should resist any urges to take on more than they

Men and women working to achieve a greater balance between work and

can reasonably handle.”

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structure had clearly been lapped by Father Time.

additional concession stands, and a substantially wider concourse. And, to

In addition to its antiquated aesthetic — nothing screams 1970s and ’80s architecture quite like a marshmallow-shaped dome — its amenities failed

the delight of the Viking ownership group, you’ll also find nearly 50 extra suites and almost 8,000 more club seats.

to meet the needs of today’s tech-savvy fans and suite-selling owners.

Finally, as the Metrodome’s archaic video boards were woefully inadequate,

Indeed, playing landlord to three high-demand sports franchises (the

U.S. Bank Stadium — much like AT&T Stadium in Dallas, also designed by

Vikings, Twins, and Gopher football) presents unique challenges for any

architecture firm HKS, Inc. — features a dazzling screen display with two

single dwelling, state-of-the-art or otherwise.

monitors measuring a total of 12,560 square feet, nearly ten times that of its forebear.

The new 1.75-million square-foot building also includes numerous upgrades over its dome predecessor.

The first event in the dashing new building came on August 3 when defending Premier League champions Chelsea christened the field against A.C. Milan. Versatile as it is, however, U.S. Bank Stadium also hosts musical concerts including its first two performers: Luke Bryan (August 19) and

A trio of luxurious stadiums have since been erected including the eco-

Metallica (August 20).

friendly Target Field and open-roof TCF Bank Stadium. This month, U.S. Bank Stadium completed the modern triumvirate and officially opened its

And, while two preseason NFL games will also be played on its field (August

doors after nearly three years of construction.

28 versus the Chargers and September 1 against the Rams), the first regular season matchup comes on September 18 when the Vikings host

Though the first thing one notices about the new structure is its sleek,

their eastern rival, the Green Bay Packers, during a Sunday Night Football

eye-catching exterior — including signature 95-foot pivoting glass doors —

clash — a primetime event certain to be as raucously unforgettable as any

U.S. Bank Stadium’s interior forges an inviting personality all its own, with

in recent memory.

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In this instance, Minnesota fans are lucky — a sentiment

will pit two of the community’s

rarely expressed — to have both a baseball and women’s

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basketball team. Therefore, our mid-summer sports

against one another in a battle

landscape when compared to a place like, say, Omaha,

for local supremacy. And, while he

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spend your time and money? The Twins or the Lynx? Before we examine the favorable viewing qualities of each squad, it could be argued that a physical sporting match between the two might also be fascinating. But what sport? Basketball is a lock. Baseball, however, given the Twins’ embarrassing futility and the athletic prowess of the Lynx, could perhaps prove competitive. (Yes, I’m joking. Please hold all gender-related hate

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by Jacob Westlin stadium — can’t get themselves out of the basement. Challenging the league’s bottomfeeders for the worst record in baseball, the Paul Molitor-led club has allowed more runs than any other American League squad. Wait, what’s that sound? Another home run given up by the Minnesota pitching staff? (I hope you die-hard Twins fans have a sense of humor.) Wins, however, can’t be the only variable in this




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Festival this year are a “Wizard’s Flight School Zip Line,” whiskey and scotch tastings ($45/person, schedule posted online) and Renaissance Bingo. A new contest introduced this year is called “The King’s Karpool.” Contestants and three or more friends will decorate their car in a cohesive theme, using The Minnesota Renaissance Festival is the summer highlight for so many Minnesotans (and

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There is also a grape stomp to practice your

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August 20th Through October 2nd, 2016 Plus Labor Day & Festival Friday, Sept. 30Th

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Language Saturday,” at which American Sign Language interpreters will be at the festival

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MUSIC & EVENTS brought to you by: Love From Minnesota AUG 15 Music in the Park: She Has Issues

Movie in the Park: Inside Out Dusk – Martin Luther King Jr. Park, Mpls

AUG 21 Railroad History Tour

Music in the Park: Mpls Commodores

AUG 18 Farmers Market

7:00pm Minnetonka Amphitheater

3:00pm-7:00pm Centennial Lakes Park, Edina

2:00pm Old Log Theater, Excelsior

Music in the Park: Sounds of Summer

1st Thursdays in the Arts District

Music in the Park:

7:00pm Town Green, Maple Grove

5:00pm-9:00pm NE Mpls Arts District

Music & Movie in the Park

2:00pm Dustin Hatzenbuhler 5:30pm Bluedog Band Lake Harriet Park, Mpls

6:30pm Music – Tom Thoreson Dusk – Movie Jurassic World Bryant Square Park, Mpls

Music in the Park: The Medicine Show Co. 7:00pm Centennial Lakes Park, Edina

Music in the Park: Maestoso Music Studios

AUG 22 Free Movie Mondays: Brooklyn (2015)

7:00pm Nicollet Island Park, Mpls

Music in the Park: Twin Cities Show Chorus 7:00pm Centennial Lakes Park, Edina

Music in the Park: Kenwood Symphony Orchestra 7:30pm Lake Harriet Park, Mpls

Movie in the Park: Ferris Bueller’s Day Off

7:00pm Wolfe Park, St. Louis Park

Dusk – Luxton Park, Mpls

La Dance Fatale Ballet Company

The Combo

7:30pm Lake Harriet Park, Mpls

9:30pm Bunker’s Music Bar & Grill, Mpls

AUG 16 Skyline Mini Golf 11:00am Walker Art Center, Mpls

Music in the Park: Bob the Beachcomber

Movie in the Park: Viva Las Vegas

1:00pm-2:45pm Mill City Museum, Mpls

Million Dollar Quartet

This is a Program for Ages 50+ & Adults with a Disability – all are welcome! 12:45pm Creekside Community Center, Bloomington

Dusk – Downtown Park in Hopkins

Try Before You Buy Kayak & Stand Up Paddleboard Demo

AUG 19 Luke Bryan: Kill the Lights Tour

By Midwest Mountaineering 5:00pm-7:30pm Lake Nokomis – NW Beach, Mpls

5:00pm US Bank Stadium, Mpls

12:00pm Centennial Lakes Park, Edina

Donald Giovanni in Cornlandia: A Picnic Operetta

Music in the Park: Percolators

7:00pm Bronx Park, St. Louis Park

7:00pm Theodore Wirth Park, Mpls

Movie in the Park: Moonrise Kingdom

MN Orchestra European Tour Send-Off

Dusk – Lake Harriet Park, Mpls

7:30pm Orchestra Hall, Mpls

Movie in the Park: Cars

Beauty and the Beast

Dusk – Hilde Performance Center, Plymouth

Music in the Park: The Brandon Projekt 7:00pm Nicollet Island Park, Mpls

Come check out our booth at the

STATE FAIR! Wine & Canvas Wednesday 7:00pm-9:00pm Braemar Clubhouse, Edina

Movie in the Park: Annie (2014) Dusk – Kenny Park, Mpls

Movie in the Park: Jurassic World Dusk – Minnetonka Amphitheater

Alex Rossi 9:30pm Bunker’s Music Bar & Grill

AUG 25 Hennepin Island Hydropower Tour 1:00pm-2:30pm Mill City Museum, Mpls

Music in the Park: Half the Nation 6:30pm Bryant Square Park, Mpls

Music in the Park: The Modern Sovrans 7:00pm Minnehaha Park, Mpls

Music in the Park: Standing Waves 7:30pm Lake Harriet Park, Mpls

Don Henley 7:30pm MN State Fairgrounds

Movie in the Park: Creed Dusk – Centennial Lakes Park, Edina

Movie in the Park: Furious 7 Dusk – Central Gym Park, Mpls

7:00pm Loring Park, Mpls

AUG 25 - SEPT 5 Minnesota State Fair

Movie in the Park: Minions

Dusk – Painter Park, Mpls

AUG 26 Tonic Sol-fa

Music in the Park: Bruise Violet

8:00pm Chanhassen Dinner Theatres

Kick Start

Movie in the Park: Batkid Begins

9:00pm The Lookout, Maple Grove

AUG 23 Music in the Park: Urban Star

Renaissance Festival

6:30pm Bryant Square Park, Mpls

Charlie Wilson & Fantasia

Music in the Park: Bend in the River Big Band

7:30pm MN State Fairgrounds

Dusk – Father Hennepin Bluff Park, Mpls

AUG 17 Music in the Park: Barbara Meyers & Audiyo Element

Open Weekends Aug 20-Oct 2, Shakopee

11:30am-1:30pm Loring Park, Mpls

AUG 20 Harvest Family Day

MN United FC vs. Tampa Bay Rowdies

12:00pm-3:00pm Mill City Museum, Mpls

7:00pm MN United FC, Blaine


Music in the Park: Capri Big Band

6:00pm Hall’s Island, Mpls

2:30pm MN State Fairgrounds

7:00pm Minnetonka Amphitheater

Movie in the Park: The Parent Trap (1961)

Music & Movie in the Park

Dusk – Lake Harriet Park, Mpls

7:00pm Music - The Paper Days Dusk – Movie TC Black Film Festival Selection Father Hennepin Bluff Park, Mpls

Dusk – Parkers Lake Playfield, Plymouth

Music in the Park: Marimba Bullies

Movie in the Park: Cars Hitfaced 9:00pm The Lookout, Maple Grove

7:00pm Minnehaha Park, Mpls


Talent in the Park: Community Talent Show

5:00pm US Bank Stadium, Mpls

7:00pm-8:30pm Wolfe Park, St. Louis Park

Dusk – JD Rivers’ Children’s Garden, Mpls

AUG 24 Farmers Market

Movie in the Amphitheater: The Birds (1963)

Chase & The Ovation: The Music of Prince

2:30pm-6:30pm Parkers Lake Playfield, Plymouth

Shores of Lake Minnetonka, Excelsior

Live Music at Rush Creek

Music in the Park: Vaudeville

9:00pm Civic Plaza Amphitheater, Bloomington

9:30pm Bunker’s Music Bar & Grill, Mpls

6:00pm-10:00pm Rush Creek Golf Club, Maple Grove

7:30pm Lake Harriet Park, Mpls

Movie in the Park: Minions

Balls: Open Mic Cabaret

Jerry Jeff Walker

Dusk – Minnetonka Amphitheater

(A Sober Event) Midnight – The Southern Theater, Mpls

Music in the Park: Classic Brass Quintet

Movie in the Park: Fear No Fruit

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7:30pm Lake Harriet Park, Mpls

7:00pm Minnehaha Park, Mpls

AUG 27 Spirit of the Midwest Yoga Festival

7:30pm Amphitheater - MN Zoo, Apple Valley

Movie in the Park: Jurassic World

Alabama & Levon

Twin Cities Maker - Open House

MN Twins vs. Cleveland Indians

Dusk – Currie Park, Mpls

7:30pm MN State Fairgrounds

7:00pm-9:00pm The Hack Factory, Mpls

1:10pm Target Field, Mpls

SEPT 2 MN Americana-Roots Music Contest

Mikel Wright & the Wrongs

Music in the Park: Inver Hills Community Band

Babble On 9:00pm The Lookout, Maple Grove

AUG 28 Farmers Market 9:00am-1:00pm Under Golden Valley Watertower

Music in the Park:

Music in the Park: Parisota Hot Club

SEPT 7 - 11 38th Burnsville Fire Muster

7:00pm Minnehaha Park, Mpls

Music in the Park: Codesweat Entertainment

SEPT 8 Farmers Market

3:00pm-5:45pm MN State Fairgrounds

2:00pm First Things First 5:00pm Mystic Funk Lake Harriet Park, Mpls

7:30pm Lake Harriet Park, Mpls

MN Lynx vs. Seattle Storm

7:45pm MN State Fairgrounds

6:00pm Target Center, Mpls

Beauty and the Beast 6:30pm Chanhassen Dinner Theatres

Dixie Chicks 7:00pm MN State Fairgrounds

AUG 29 Music in the Park: Rob Meany 7:00pm Nicollet Island Park, Mpls

Music in the Park: Zuhrah Flames Big Band 7:00pm Centennial Lakes Park, Edina

Music in the Park: Mandolin Orchestra 7:30pm Lake Harriet Park, Mpls

Happy Together Tour 8:00pm MN State Fairgrounds

AUG 30 Tunes ‘N Toons Brunch 10:00am Turf Club, Mpls

5th Annual Nershfest Music Festival Benefit - MN Music Coalition 12:00pm- 10:00pm Summit Brewing Co., St. Paul

Red Hot Art & Music Festival 11:00pm Stevens Square Park, Mpls

Harry Potter & the Cursed Child: HP-Themed Release Party 4:00pm NorthGate Brewing Co., Mpls

ZZ Ward 5:00pm Hilde Performance Center, Plymouth

Genrebeast: An Anti-Genre Residency 7:00pm Gamut Gallery, Mpls

AUG 31 Silence & Echos: Exhibit All Day – Frederick R. Weisman Art Museum, Mpls

Music in the Park: Mother Banjo 7:00pm Minnehaha Park, Mpls

Demi Lovato & Nick Jonas 7:00pm MN State Fairgrounds

Movie in the Park: Jurassic World Dusk – Minnetonka Amphitheater

SEPT 1 Farmers Market 3:00pm-7:00pm Maple Grove Community Center

Farmers Market 3:00pm-7:00pm Centennial Lakes Park, Edina

Architect Avenue Walking Tour 6:00pm Architect Triangle, Mpls

The Minnesota Show with Garrison Keillor SEPT 2 - 5 Minneapolis Comic Con – MetaCon

Art in a Fast-changing World All Day – Minneapolis Institute of Art

3:00pm-7:00pm Maple Grove Community Center

Extending Your Garden Season Workshop

Tegan & Sara 7:30pm State Theatre, mpls

The Combo 9:30pm Bunker’s Music Bar & Grill, Mpls

5:00pm-7:00pm Bachman’s on Lyndale, Mpls

SEPT 13 Farmers Market

Australian Pink Floyd Show 7:30pm State Theatre, Mpls

Farmers Market

SEPT 3 Historic Theaters of Mpls Walking Tour

SEPT 9-11 42nd James J. Hill Days

2:00pm-6:00pm Water Street in Excelsior

10:00am-11:30am State Theatre, Mpls

MN United FC vs. Rayo Oklahoma 7:00pm MN United FC, Blaine


2:00pm-5:15pm Mpls VA Medical Center Ramp, Mpls

Farmers Market

Downtown Wayzata

3:00pm-7:00pm Minnetonka Civic Center

SEPT 9 5K Toga Run/Walk

3:00pm-8:00pm 5th Street NE in Osseo

Farmers Market Café Accordion Orchestra

Music in the Park: Liam Gerard

Benefit - Fight Rare Disease Foundation 6:00pm Lake Calhoun East Side, Mpls

7:30pm Lake Harriet Park, Mpls

Wild & Scenic Film Festival

SEPT 4 Becky Schlegel

By Friends of the Boundary Waters Wilderness 6:30pm Varsity Theater, Mpls

7:00pm MN State Fairgrounds

11:00am MN State Fairgrounds

Music in the Park: 2:00pm Dan Schwartz 5:30pm Katy Vernon Lake Harriet Park, Mpls

Beauty and the Beast 6:30pm Chanhassen Dinner Theatres

MN State Fair Amateur Talent Contest Finals 7:30pm MN State Fairgrounds

SEPT 5 (LABOR DAY) MN Twins vs. Kansas City Royals 1:10pm Target Field, Mpls

Music in the Park: Free Fallin 5:30pm Lake Harriet Park, Mpls

Bonnie Raitt & Richard Thompson Trio 7:30pm MN State Fairgrounds

Dr. Mambo’s Combo 9:30pm Bunker’s Music Bar & Grill, Mpl

SEPT 6 Life: Identity: Existence: All or None Art Exhibit All Day – 801 Art Gallery, Mpls

Farmers Market 2:00pm-5:15pm Mpls VA Medical Center Ramp, Mpls

Jenny Lewis & The Watson Twins 7:30pm State Theatre, Mpls

International Reggae All-Stars 9:00pm Bunker’s Music Bar & Grill, Mpls

7:00pm Minnehaha Park, Mpls

Music in the Park: Kerns & The Hemispheres

Food Packaging Volunteering

7:30pm Lake Harriet Park, Mpls

7:00pm Centennial Lakes Park, Edina

SEPT 12 International Modernism:

Hyatt Regency Minneapolis

SEPT 7 Picnic in the Park

Music in the Park: Matthew Inkala

8:00pm Bunker’s Music Bar & Grill, Mpls

5:30pm-8:30pm Thorpe Park, Deephaven 6:00pm-8:00pm Second Harvest Heartland, Golden Valley

The Buckinghams & New Colony Six

6:00pm Loring Pasta Bar, Mpls

Pat & Larry Schaefer, Local Authors Presentation of New Book: Creating a Real School 7:00pm Magers & Quinn Booksellers, Mpls

SEPT 14 #Fill the Boot

8:00pm Pantages Theatre, Mpls

Benefit – Muscular Distrophy Assoc. 1:00pm-4:00pm Lake Nokomis, Mpls

Charles Walker Band

Beauty and the Beast

9:00pm Bunker’s Music Bar & Grill, Mpls

1:00pm & 8:00pm Chanhassen Dinner Theatres

SEPT 10 Rock-n-Royal Block Party

Farmers Market 2:00pm-6:00pm Zane Sports Park, Brooklyn Park

presented by Hopkins Education Foundation Music, Dancing, Food & Fun (21 and over) 6:30pm - 11:30pm at Hopkins Center for the Arts

Farmers Market 2:30pm-6:30pm Parkers Lake Playfield, Plymouth

17th Teal Strides for Ovarian Cancer Walk/Run Benefit – MN Ovarian Cancer Alliance 8:00am Lake Cornelia, Edina

Fall Into the Arts Festival 10:00am-6:00pm Centennial Lakes Park, Edina

Farmers Market 7:30am-12:00pm Downtown Park, Hopkins

SEPT 11 Strut Your Mutt – Community Dog Walk Benefit - Safe Hands Animal Rescue 8:00am Wolfe Park, St. Louis Park

2nd Annual Power of One Fun Run Suicide Awarness 5K 8:00am Ben Franklin Readiness Center, Arden Hills

35th City of Lakes Half Marathon 8:00am Beard’s Plaisance, Mpls

Music at the Market: Broken Heartland String Band 10:00am Kingfield Farmers Market, Mpls

People for Parks 5K 11:00am Lake Harriet Bandshell, Mpls

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Behaviors & How to

Stop Them by Rachelle Gordon


Any pet parent will tell you that their furry friends are like a member o f

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On Saturday, September 10th, hundreds of runners, joggers and walkers will descend upon Burnsville for the 5th Annual Heart of the City 10K, 5K, and 1K races. The event is presented every year to benefit the Twin Cities Boys & Girls Club of America’s Kids Feeding Kids (KFK) program. This initiative helps to get food to area Club youths five nights per week and on school early-release days - times when children are often most at-risk for food security issues. This year’s event is also being billed as a “Run to Remember” - participants are encouraged to dedicate their race to a loved one they have lost.

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RACE DAY Saturday, September 10, 2016

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7 am: Registration and packet pick-up (if unable to do so Friday) 8 am: 10K race start 8:05 am: 5K race start 9:15 am: 1K for kids under 10 All races start at 100 Civic Center Parkway, Burnsville, MN 55337. Participants will receive a FREE shirt and tote with registration. Prizes will be awarded to overall and age group winners. All participants are eligible for many fantastic door prizes! Must be present to win.

America, 15.3 million kids under the age of 18 live in food-insecure households, meaning they, “are unable to consistently access enough nutritious food necessary for a healthy life.” “What we found was that about 5 o’clock, a lot of kids would leave the Clubs and go home and weren’t getting the nutrition they needed,” Rixmann said in a video about the event. “We see immediate benefits because there are a lot of kids that end of staying at the Club until the Club closes around 8 o’clock or so at night,” Rixmann added. “They’re getting the help they need, whether it’s with school, or learning how to shoot baskets and with that nutrition, it helps them today.”


Since its inception in 2006, the KFK initiative has

benefiting KFK programs in the region. Race fees are $45 per person for the 10K and $35 for the 5K; all participants receive a long-sleeved T-shirt, refreshments, and goodie bag. There are also several amazing prizes up for grabs for teams and individuals, as well as a raffle.

A Run to Remember This year’s Heart of the City race is dubbed a “Run to Remember,” in honor of loved ones who have passed away. In 2013, Jordan Huver, the daughter of one of the event’s founders and an avid volunteer, tragically passed away in an auto accident. At the 2014 Heart of the City race, Jordan’s mother Trish gathered 130 friends and family members in order to “Run for Jordan” and honor her spirit and dedication to children’s causes. This year’s participants are invited to dedicate their runs to anyone they may have lost and want to remember.

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ENTERTAINING IN A SMALL SPACE by Sarah Barber So, you want to throw a party or dinner at your abode … but do you




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SKIP THE FOOD By far the easiest, you can skip the food altogether and throw a good ol’ fashioned cocktail party. Set up a bar by using a dresser or a kitchen island, and use your kitchen sink as


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REARRANGE YOUR STUFF If you have a small one bedroom or studio apartment, space is very limited. Place bulky furniture in a different area of your apartment, or temporarily move items into your storage locker to create extra space. Typically, when you live in a small apartment, most of the furniture is not against the walls so your home appears to be larger than it actually is. To throw a great party in a small space, you need actual space so you’ll want to move the furniture against the wall and your guests will have room to roam.

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REFLECT AND BRING ON THE LIGHT Mirrors are hands down the best eye foolers in town. Whether they’re hung on the wall or placed strategically on the floor, they become your very best friend since they reflect tons of light and create a larger space. Plus, you can play a game to see how many of your friends check themselves out in the mirrors. Seriously, people love looking at themselves. Try it at your next party! Another great trick is to hang lighting from the ceiling or

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MAKE IT COMFY Having a small space does not, I repeat DOES NOT, mean you can’t get creative. In fact, this boosts creativity more than having a large space in my opinion. If you lack enough furniture to accommodate your guests to sit, you can place large pillows or bean bag chairs on the floor for your guests to make themselves comfy on.

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by Cindy Mennenga

Do you ever have those super awkward moments where you just want to

Once you sort of know your neighbors, the trip to the mailbox can be fun:

become invisible? You know the ones I’m talking about. You show up at

You never know which friend you are going to run into. You start to actually

the mailbox in your apartment building at the same time as one of your

talk about real things during the encounters and they become just normal

neighbors four days in a row. Awkward! It’s especially uncomfortable if

moments in your day. However, until you reach that time, use your best

it’s your super gorgeous hunky neighbor who just moved in a couple of

judgment. You can usually tell when people don’t want to interact with you.

weeks ago and you’ve been secretly drooling over him since you first spied him sauntering into the building. You don’t want to appear as

Another uncomfortable moment is when you and a neighbor arrive at the

though you coincidentally, accidentally on-purpose, met him there

same entrance to the apartment building as you do. I like to call this playing

when it truly was a completely unplanned meeting. If you’re staking

“doorsies.” It begins with the dance of who opens the door, who walks through

him out, and planned it, that’s one thing, but when it’s truly innocent,

first, whether one of you thanks the other or in any way greets the other.

that’s when you want to swallow a vial of invisible ink and vanish, right? I used to get irritated when I would open and hold the door for other Seriously, you can only make so much small talk. Even worse, though,

people, usually older folks who looked like the effort involved in pulling

is when neither of you say anything. You can pretend that you don’t

the door open might take all of their strength, and they wouldn’t say

see the other person when they are standing two feet away from you,

”thank you” to me. I used to think that was rude.  In my mind, I had

sliding their key into their mailbox. But, somehow, that feels wrong. Yet,

extended them a courtesy and the least they could do (again, in my

on the other hand, being too chatty and friendly can seem too forward

mind) was smile, or acknowledge me in some way. It bothered me so

(not to mention annoying). So, you probably want to land somewhere

much that I got to a point where I would mutter, “you’re welcome”

in the middle. Now you are left with niceties, like, “Hi, how ya doin’?”

under my breath after they would pass through the door I held

“Beautiful day, isn’t it?” etc.

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Then, one day, I mentioned to my husband how much it annoyed me when people would walk through the door I was holding open and they wouldn’t, in any way, acknowledge my kindness. What he said completely changed my outlook on this issue. He said, “I don’t hold


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it’s the right thing to do.” Huh. That left me speechless: The. Right. Thing. To. Do.  Ever since that day, whenever I have an opportunity to hold the door for someone else, I jump on it and do it because it’s the


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I can hear you groaning in agony at the painful words: Apartment Laundry Room!!! I hear ya. First of all, can I have a show of hands of how many of you like to do laundry under any circumstances? Come on, don’t be bashful. I know there are one or two of you out there! Now, and this is getting fun (for me, anyway) can I get an “Amen!” from you on how much you love, love, love doing your laundry in the community laundry room in your apartment building? Seriously, I lost sleep over this one, pretty much on a weekly basis for years! Lugging a sizeable pile of dirty unmentionables down the hall or up a couple flights of stairs or wherever the laundry


room is located, to find out there isn’t a washer available is maddening! So to combat that annoyance, I used to gather up all of my clothes, get them sorted into the proper load, place them in a laundry basket, gather up my coins and laundry detergent and park it all by the door to my apartment. Then I would make a mad dash to the laundry room to scope it out and see if I had a chance of doing my laundry sometime in the next century. If the coast was clear, I would sprint back to my apartment, grab the ginormous piles of smelly laundry and race back to the laundry room and hope nobody beat me to it. Amazingly enough, there


were several times, even with my expert scouting that I still got shut out by someone else who had shuffled in just before me. When that would happen, I wanted to scream!!! When this would occur, I would be crestfallen and, if we’re being honest, mad. I then had the joy of dragging my towering load back to my unit to wait out the interloper and their seemingly takeall-day laundry project.  Eventually, I would have the privilege of repeating the process of checking to see if the washers were available again and run back to my apartment and retrieve the

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And, for the record, let me ask you this one: How many times have you walked

I guess it all comes down to being respectful of others.

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The apartment laundry room is a community area

running only to find out that while the washers weren’t doin’ the shake, rattle,

and everyone has an equal right to use it.

and roll, they weren’t really available because they were full of someone else’s

It would just be nice if everyone

clean wet clothes? Is this annoying or what?

understood that and honored it. As for me, I knew how long the

What’s the proper laundry room etiquette on how long you should wait

wash cycle was and always

before you open the lid of the washer and yank out someone else’s clothes

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and load your own? Ten minutes? An hour? The next day? I’m sorry to report

back to the laundry room

that I don’t have a cute rule-of-thumb on this one.

a minute or two before the washers shut off. I

I guess how long you wait for the rightful owner to attend to their laundry is directly related to how long you would hope someone else would wait for you to remember you have half your wardrobe down the hall balled up in a wet mass. It also depends on how desperately you need to get your laundry done. If you do take someone else’s laundry out of the washer, be prepared for potential payback. If the washer just stopped spinning and you pulled the clothes out seconds later, your actions will not be received kindly. If, on the other hand, you waited an hour or more, I think you are justified. That is just my opinion: nothing more, nothing less.



did this for purely selfish reasons (not to be courteous, although that was a by-product): I didn’t want anybody else thinking for a second that they were touching my stuff. I just got it clean, and I wanted it to stay that way, so I made sure I never gave anyone the opportunity to put their grubby mitts on my clean clothes.

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