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HOT NORTH LOOP PROPERTIES – A CLOSER LOOK: VÉLO AND THE PAXON Cindy Mennenga

Q & A WITH JAY HANSON

Psssst! There are a couple of new, super-hot luxury properties in the amazing and ever-evolving landscape of the North Loop neighborhood of Minneapolis. If you haven’t heard about VÉLO and The Paxon, let us get you in the loop, literally. Seriously, if you don’t live in the North Loop, you are risking your reputation of being cool and hip. We wanted to know more about VÉLO and The Paxon, so we got the inside scoop from Business Manager, Jay Hanson. Here’s what we learned: What can you tell us about VÉLO and The Paxon? Both properties are brand new communities in the vibrant up-and-coming neighborhood of the North Loop. The Paxon is a 140-unit luxury apartment building that opened in January 2015. It revitalized a site where a paralyzed condo construction plan sat undeveloped since 2003. Vélo, which is French for “bicycle,” is considered a transit-oriented development due to its proximity to bike trails, bus stops, and light rail. VÉLO opened September 2014. It has 101 boutique-style luxury apartment homes and 12,000 square feet of commercial space, half of which is currently leased by Red Cow Restaurant. What do residents of The Paxon like the most about living there? The Paxon is located adjacent to the Cedar Lake bike trail and is just one block away from the Mississippi River and West River Parkway. Residents love the ease of access to the bike trails and parks, along with proximity to restaurants and the unique night life of the North Loop. It is a location that is off-the-beaten-path of downtown Minneapolis, as it is tucked away in a nice residential setting, but it is still walkable to everything the North Loop has to offer. The Paxon gets its name from the Latin word “Pax,” which means peace. Tell us about the many amenities at The Paxon. The Paxon has many amenities! The outdoor, two-level amenity deck boasts built-in gas grills and tons of outdoor seating for lounging near the heated pool and hot tub or dining with friends. Other features include tanning beds, outdoor TVs, an outdoor sound system, and a built-in gas fire pit. In addition to the outdoor amenities, The Paxon has a club room where we host resident events. We have held a variety of get-togethers, including a painting and wine night, resident mixers, and a beer tasting. There is a theater room, as well as a 24/7 fitness room and yoga studio. We offer complimentary yoga classes to residents and their guests twice per week! Now tell us about Vélo. What do residents of VÉLO like the most about living there? VÉLO is conveniently located off Washington Avenue North and 1st Avenue North at the edge of the North Loop. VÉLO is a transit-oriented development project that is adjacent to several modes of public transportation. Some of our residents don’t drive because it’s easy to get nearly anywhere without a car. There is even a Whole Foods located directly across the street. 4  | 

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ROSENTHAL INTERIORS: STAYING AHEAD OF THE CROWD

by Cynthia Sowden

The first thing you notice when you walk into Rosenthal Furniture at 22 North 5th Street is a round chair covered in white faux fur. It looks like it belongs on the set of Disney’s Frozen, yet it’s perfectly at home here, too. Clearly, this ain’t your great-grandpa’s furniture company. Established in 1895, Rosenthal has been Minnesota’s acknowledged leader in contemporary furnishings since the 1990s, and fourth-generation owner Rosie Rosenthal is about to take the company one step further.

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from Portugal. He makes frequent trips to Europe to spot new trends.

“We’ve been the leader in contemporary furnishings for more than 15

Asked why Rosenthal’s has such a large collection of Italian furniture, he

years,” says Rosie. “People are trying to catch up to us. But we’re more than

says, “Italy is the capital of good taste. You see it in their fashion, cars,

a furniture store.”

and, of course, furniture design. Fifty percent of our furniture comes from

Lead designer Miguel Laia chimes in, “We work with architects. We design

Italy, and more will come.”

the lighting in a home, and specify the interior materials, even the wallpaper.

Rosie believes in the “crisp, clean” lines and the edginess of Italian design.

Other shops don’t have this approach. They don’t have buyers who are

“When customers come into the store and want a contemporary look,

qualified in design. If you put a $20,000 sofa into nothing, it’s nothing.”

they walk right over to the Italian section. It’s eye candy. American design

Personal service and attention to detail make furniture buying here a unique experience. “When you work with Rosenthal Interiors,” says Rosie, “you don’t have to hire a designer and pay them to shop all over for the right components. It’s all done at one place – here.”

tends to be bulky, but we do carry some American brands that are moving the needle toward quality contemporary design.” Laia says that Rosenthal Interiors can get more exclusive lines and pricing by dealing with European makers. “European makers will make maybe 30 prototypes before they go into production,” he said. “They look at the lines, the fabric.” Rosie nods in agreement, adding “Europe is the trendsetter.” That said, however, the store also carries a number of top quality North

American

brands.

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provide unique merchandise, said Rosie. “These are items that you’re not going to find in a big-box store.” Another thing you won’t find at a big-box store is discreet signage. While other retailers splash SALE “When someone walks into our store, they consult with an interior

banners and placards throughout their stores, Rosenthal very deliberately

designer from the start. It’s the designers who lead them through the

puts its prices on the back of its hang tags. “Big-box furniture stores

showroom and helps to determine their tastes and budget. The service

sell on price,” says Rosie. “With Rosenthal, the furniture comes first. The

is complimentary. Our designers even make house calls! They work with

price is important, yes, but the beauty of the furniture is why customers

each customer’s physical space making sure the end result works with

seek us out.”

their lifestyle. We believe that our customers must be comfortable with what they buy. It’s not just a sale. It’s a complete picture – a complete interior package.” Says Miguel 6  | 

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SIT, EAT AND SLEEP IN THE CITY Rosenthal’s innovative Sit, Eat, Sleep in the City program is a great example of high value at a competitive price point. It’s a package designed especially for people who are moving into downtown lofts, condos, or apartments. Rosie explains how it works. “You come into the store and pick out a pair of bar stools, a sofa in your choice of fabric, and a queen-size bed in a style that you like. We deliver it to your new home when you move in. It’s like having a furnished apartment – with top-quality furniture – for $2,499. All the furniture is made in North America. When you buy from us, you’re making an investment, but it’s a good investment.” The move toward interior design has been coming for a while, Rosie says. “Right now, we’re working on a house on the East Coast. We also design the interiors of second homes. One of our designers has even worked on the interior of a yacht.” “We’re moving beyond furniture. We’re not just delivering a couch. We’re designing a whole room or a house to go around it.” Rosenthal Interiors is also moving into commercial interiors, including hotels, restaurants, bars, and casinos. Laia has designed everything from a nightclub from the ground up to yacht interiors for the elite of Europe. Rosenthal Interiors, the Twin Cities premier contemporary home furnishing store, right in the heart of downtown. On the edge and staying a step ahead.

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Ever one to embrace fads, I did make a heroic attempt at modeling the others’ more current moves I hadn’t been to a dance club since college. Time has made memories of those days fuzzy. They probably didn’t solidify correctly because of drinks. I do remember the clubs being hot, and all the stimulating conversation I had over music that sounded like jet engines going through a wood chipper: “Blazataxit formanaona plip!” “What?!” ”WHAT?!” “WHAT?!” Ad infinitum. On this recent quest, the first joint I went to boasted a real live DJ. I confess that I’m not really “with it,” or “cool,” or “not cheating on my taxes,” so I admit that I never saw a DJ perform live before. What she seemed to do on stage is more or less what I’m doing now, which is

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FESTIVAL LOOKS TO

ROCK ALL SUMMER LONG Summer is officially here and with it comes festival season – a time when California Boho vibes meet 21st-century style. So how can you stay looking Insta-ready without raiding Kendall Jenner’s closet? Read on to see what to wear to all of the season’s quintessential events – from the 4th of July to the Great Minnesota Get-Together.

COACHELLA LOOKS – HIPPIE MODERNISM AT ITS PEAK Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival, the quintessential music event that officially kicks off summer, is often known more for its fashion and less for its actual performers. Celebs from Taylor Swift to Bella Thorne to Katy Perry were spotted this year at the fest,

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Representing the old U.S.A. is always in style, but never more than the heat of the summer. With Independence Day smack in the middle of the season, the Olympics in Rio, and Memorial Day, it’s always easy to show off that American pride anytime. Whether adding an American flag scarf to an existing outfit or going all out ala Uncle Sam, get Old Glory in the mix! For a seamless Americana look perfect for any picnic or beach day, navy blue high-waisted shorts with a white blouse – tie in the front for added flair. Tie a red scarf in your hair or around your neck and pair with red sunnies. Don’t forget that classic red lipstick – but don’t go overboard on the shade if you already have a lot of in your wardrobe. You can always swap the sunglasses for aviators for a modern twist.

ART FAIRS, BEER FESTS, AND MORE! Living in a fair weather state, Minnesotans love nothing more than to get out and about during the glorious summer season. From Pride to the Uptown Art Fair to Summer Beer Dabbler, there is literally something to do every weekend. So how do you stay cute while walking around in the humid heat? It’s really quite simple! There really is no dress codes for these types of events, but one thing is for sure: dress for conditions! If you’re going to a sidewalk art crawl where you’ll be roaming open streets for hours on end, make sure to wear sensible shoes. Focus your outfit up top, with a fun tank top and over-sized sunglasses. A top bun will keep you cool – and do NOT forget the sunscreen! Wear cotton shorts that are breathable and won’t chafe; accessorize with a fun water bottle. It will keep you stylin’ and hydrated!

THE GREAT MINNESOTA GET-TOGETHER Ah, the Minnesota State Fair – an annual must-visit affair featuring lots of fried foods, livestock, and people. Once again, it’s essential to dress for the event - it’s typically hot, crowded, and a bit of a horror on the feet. But if you want to stand out from the crowd while still staying comfortable, it’s not that hard. Off the shoulder crop tops are super in right now – practically every celebrity from Lauren Conrad to Gigi Hadid are wearing them. If you aren’t comfortable baring your midriff, try a longer off the shoulder top matched with cotton shorts. Wear comfortable beach shoes to match – these are always on trend. Makeup should not be heavy as sweat is inevitable, so use a tinted moisturizer with SPF, a swipe of mascara and lip gloss. Wear hair up to stay nice and cool – a messy bun is perfect or a mermaid side braid. 10  | 

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Garage A few weekends ago, my mother and I went on a hunt for some garage sales. The weather was perfect, it was the beginning of the weekend, and our hopes were high. HUGE SALE a sign read, and MULTIFAMILY YARD SALE - LOTS OF STUFF read another. COME BUY ALL OUR AWESOME STUFF. We were getting excited. As we followed the signs, however, we began to feel a little confused. The signs used for what seemed to be the same sale were of varying colors and styles. Did we miss a sign? Are these all different sales? Some signs were positioned on the opposite side of the road as the direction we were supposed to turn. Should I take a left here? Or is it on the right? I can’t see the arrow! Agh, it’s the left! I wonder how many car accidents have occurred due to lastminute garage sale swerves.

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Garden Fresh Salads

Minnesota does get some ribbing for the abundance of gelatin-based salads that may appear at the typical neighborhood potluck or picnic here in this state. A colleague of mine has used the term fluffy salad to refer to some of those suspicious concoctions, which often seem a whole lot more like dessert than salad to me. Though they usually have some fruit in them, they also often have a box of fruit-flavored gelatin or instant pudding mix – or both – plus any number of other ingredients that have very little if anything to do with salad, like marshmallows, pieces of chocolate-covered shortbread cookies or even chunks of cut up candy bars. (Snicker’s salad, anyone?)

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It’s time to reclaim the term salad once and for all.

market. Visit any St. Paul farmer’s market and you’ll be

Let’s return to associating it with whole foods, fresh

buying directly from producers who pledge to sell food

from the garden if possible. Now that is it the height

grown within 50 miles. The Minneapolis market does

of summer, we need not look beyond our state

have local growers as well, but you may have to ask a

borders for delicious and nutritious salad ingredients.

few questions of your seller because resellers are also

Indeed, summer may be the easiest time of the year to

permitted in Minneapolis markets. You can also look

increase the amount of locally grown food we eat. A

for the Minnesota Grown logo at your supermarket, or

quick stroll through your local farmer’s market proves

check the Minnesota Grown website to find farms and

that seasonal fruits and vegetables are beautiful and

markets in your area who sell directly to consumers.

plentiful by mid-summer. In mid-July, look for green and wax beans, kohlrabi,

of local milk, beef and garden

Choosing locally grown is something you can feel good

beets, peppers, cucumbers, and summer squash among

vegetables before local food was

about, for the benefits to both your family and your

the locally grown items for sale. Take home whatever

community. First of all, fresh, unprocessed foods that

strikes your fancy and turn it into a chopped salad.

have only made a short journey to your home tend to

Some of my favorites include a beet salad made from

be tasty and nutrient-rich. And by supporting growers

cooked shredded beets and raw apple and a kohlrabi

who live close to you, you are strengthening your local

salad made a lot like coleslaw.

trendy. She interprets the term locavore liberally, using it to refer to an individual who commits to eating food produced in our state

community and reducing the amount of energy spent

or region as much as possible.

on transporting, processing and packaging food before

Locally grown fresh tomatoes are wonderful all

In this column she encourages

it reaches the consumer.

by themselves, but also a welcome addition to any

readers to become more aware of their food’s origins and to choose seasonal foods in order to enjoy optimal flavor and freshness.

number of salads. Mixing them with a cucumber and a Where do you find locally grown food? If you don’t

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Marie’s Fresh Garden Relish One of my mom’s specialties, this simple salad is a great addition to any summer meal. 2 large tomatoes 1 cucumber 1 green pepper (sweet or hot – your choice) 6 - 8 green onions or a handful of chives Salt and pepper to taste Dash of ground cayenne pepper (optional) Chop all vegetables to a medium dice. Season with salt, pepper and cayenne, if desired.

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Take to the Skyway STAY ALIVE! by David Scheller

(don’t text and drive)

When I worked in television I’d get all kinds of questions like “What show do you work on?” and “Do you know Alex Trebek?” and “Why are you smoking in the maternity ward?!”

It

was

exhausting.

Now I work downtown at an insurance company.

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A friendly reminder from

no one has follow-up questions after they learn what you do for a living. “Oh,” they’ll say, consternation working across their face as their mind scatters for a subject to switch the conversation to. What people do ask about when I mention downtown, however, is where I eat: in the Skyway.

The eight mile long Skyway threads all of

only one real major chain in it aside from some

Minneapolis’ most important buildings together

of the sandwich shops which I don’t count for

throughout 69 blocks. It was born in the 1960’s as

an arbitrary, subjective reason. Because of that

a response to the looming threat of shopping malls

big corporate absence, the Skyway is like one

drawing business away from the downtown. If you

of those ancient Pacific islands where exotic

ever find money on the ground in the Skyway it is

birds and things used to flourish because there

because I dropped it and it’s mine and you have to

were no nasty vicious mammals like rats or cats

mail it to the editor of Shop.Dine.Live right now or

or people around to slaughter them. That’s the

you are a thief and I’ll tell on you.

Skyway’s charm -- there are so many unique little joints to give a try. And where else can you buy

Anyone who works by the Skyway knows that if

shrimp tempura, a pearl ring, and supplemental

they ate there every day it wouldn’t be long before

insurance all within three feet of each other?

they stopped fitting in it. There is literally every kind of food I could want: pizza. People tell me

So when I’m too lazy in the morning to pack

there’s also Chinese, Mediterranean, Japanese,

lunch I fan out into the human habitrail and look

Thai, Italian, Mexican, juice and salad bars, and

for exotic Minnesotan cuisine. If you don’t work

even a tea house, but I don’t know. That doesn’t

downtown, next time you have to go there come

sound like pizza to me.

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exotic island birds, so don’t touch our eggs.

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COOKING WITH KIDS by Anita Dualeh

Cooking with your kids can be a gratifying way to spend time together, but it also provides opportunities to pass along some useful kitchen skills. Besides, by this point in the summer, you may be thinking it’s time to channel your kids’ time and energy into something that can actually help you get tasty homemade meals on the table. Consider the following suggestions for how to

Let them choose the combination

them how to follow a recipe. Begin

of vegetables and fruit they’d like

by reading through the entire recipe

to include, and you’ll find they may

and checking whether you’ll need to

be eager to give their creation a try.

make a trip to the store before you get

Teach knife skills if your child is

started. If they prefer to do their own

ready. Otherwise, assign tasks such

thing in the kitchen, teach them basic

as tearing lettuce or shaking up the

principles and techniques to provide

dressing in a jar with a tight-fitting

helpful guidance for their cooking

lid. Try this simple, kid-friendly salad

ventures. When experimenting with

combination: Toss grated carrots with

salad dressings, for example, they’ll

a generous squeeze of lime juice, a few

find it helpful to know that the basic

glugs of olive oil and a dab of honey.

vinaigrette has a 3 to 1 ratio of olive oil

Sprinkle with dried cranberries for a

to vinegar.

burst of flavor and color.

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For some meals, assign your child the

Teach cooking terms along with skills.

to brush oil on day-old pita pieces

In order to follow the recipe they may need to know words like sauté, knead, and marinate. While cooking, you may find opportunities to talk about family history, culture, nutrition and hunger. Help your child understand some of the broader issues related to food and why you make some of the food choices that you do. Keep the end goal in mind. Your kids

before you bake them into chips.

will one day thank you that they left

Let kids choose the recipe or meal

home for good with basic cooking

you’ll cook together. That way they

skills under their belt. But even in the

feel they have some sense of control

short term, cooking can encourage

and you’ve got them invested in the process from the start. Then, take into account your child’s learning style. If they like structure and rules, teach

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independence and boost your child’s self-esteem. And if you and your child end up enjoying the time cooking together, that in itself is a win.


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THE FESTIVAL THAT SAVED MINNEAPOLIS

by Cynthia Sowden

It was a different world in 1939. Adolf Hitler had just ordered the Luftwaffe

Brewery; adman John Cornelius; and PR man Mike Fadell found

bomb Britain. America was climbing out of the Great Depression. In

themselves attending a parade in Winnipeg, Manitoba, in honor of

St. Paul, the police department let gangsters make the city their home

England’s King George VI and Queen Elizabeth.

base as long as they didn’t perpetrate their crimes in the saintly city. In Minneapolis, Ira Blumenthal, a.k.a. “Kid Cann”, ran a highly profitable bootlegging, prostitution, and racketeering operation out of his Flame Nightclub on 15th and Nicollet.

The immense crowds gave them an idea for a civic festival, and the Aquatennial was born. Since the first band stepped off in 1940, the annual summer festival has entertained and delighted Minnesotans far and wide and brought international recognition to Minneapolis. So much for Kid Cann!

Legitimate business leaders were worried. It seemed the judicial system was incapable of making a conviction stick on Blumenthal. The City of Lakes was called “Mobapolis” in newspapers around the country. The reputation of their

The organizers thought big. The first Aquatennial included more than 170 events. An air show, championship rodeo, golf tournament, and a Paul Bunyan

fair city was going down the tubes. Something had to be done.

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That’s how Win Stephens of Stephens Buick; Neil Messick of the Nicollet

each day, 490 fountains went to work on the north shore of Lake Calhoun. At

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The Art of

Letter Writing with Kids

by Anita Dualeh

There’s something about receiving a real letter, the kind you can hold in your hands and pore over again and again if you wish. It is an experience that may be foreign to your kids unless you make the effort to get them writing letters. After all, if they send enough letters, they’re bound to get some replies.

Letter writing reinforces the idea that writing is an important skill that

Suggest your child make a list of people he’d like to write to. This should

extends beyond school assignments. When your kids are writing letters,

include obvious people like grandparents, aunts, uncles or cousins, but then

you’ll want to encourage them to write neatly and use proper spelling and

keep brainstorming. Perhaps your child wants to write to a favorite author

grammar, but letter writing ought to be mostly about sharing thoughts and

or a teacher who has made a lasting impression on him. Maybe he could

ideas with another person. By writing letters, your child can develop her

send a letter to a friend or sibling who is away at camp.

sense of voice and grow in confidence as she practices expressing herself with the written word.

Writing thank you notes will help instill a habit There are several things you can do to encourage your child’s writing

of expressing gratitude, which will serve him

endeavors, and summer can be the perfect time to get started. Begin with

well throughout life.

one or more of the following ideas. Set up a writing center with an assortment of paper, envelopes, pencils

Begin with a goal of sending one letter a week. If it seems hard for your

and pens, stickers, rubber stamps, watercolor paints and/or any other

child to get started, suggest she draw or paint a picture and then write a

letter writing supplies that you already have around the home. For fun and

few sentences below explaining what she has drawn. Help her come up with

added interest, you may wish to add a few new purchases that are intended

some questions to ask in the letter also so that the recipient is more likely

especially for your writing center. Whether you have a special desk devoted

to respond.

to writing or just a well-stocked caddy, remember that easy access is key. Look for opportunities to write thank you notes. Whenever you write one yourself, share what you have written with your kids before sending it on its way. Or let them read the thank you notes you receive because modeling is a powerful type of teaching. If your child receives a gift, help him draft a thank you note. Suggest he includes some details about why he likes the gift or how he plans to use it. Writing thank you notes will help instill a habit of expressing gratitude, which will serve him well throughout life.

Read some books that feature letter writing. Again, this is about providing models of letters that may inspire their own writing. You may want to check one or more of the following epistolary stories out of the library: Dear Peter Rabbit - Alma Flor Ada The Gardener - Sarah Stewart Letters from Rifka - Karen Hesse 24  | 

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ACTIVE MIND – Active

Soul

by Tara Massan

Most of us have been introduced to the concept of a mind-body-soul connection. When I hear this it gently reminds me to take care of myself. With the busy summer months ahead it can be easy to neglect personal care. In other words, be attentive to the whispers of your soul and state of your mind. Self-care isn’t a one-time fix approach, it’s a continuous repetition of habits which provide your mind and soul with soothing activities and results. An active mind and active soul are signs of youthfulness and vitality. But reaching this state isn’t always easy, it can be perplexing and overwhelming. Here are some useful tips to achieving an active mind and active soul for years to come:

ACTIVE MIND: 1.

Never Stop Learning

Active Soul: 1.

Don’t put too much thought into this, take out a sheet of paper and

set of knowledge or perhaps a hobby? Challenge yourself weekly to

write down all the things you love. Remind yourself of what you love

consume fresh information to engage with. 2.

Believe in Yourself

and if you can, start doing more of these things. 2.

No matter what you do or what life phase you’re in, be sure to believe boost confidence and your overall well-being.

Get rooted with nature Spending time in nature can help put life into perspective and quiet

in yourself. If you don’t, who else will? A strong belief in yourself will 3.

Make a list of 20 things you love

Is there something you have always wanted to know about? A skill, a

the mind. 3.

Try meditation or your version of it

Be Aware of all of your senses

Meditation unlocks the gems buried deep within your soul. Find your

Being in tune with your senses allows you to experience your

version that works for you.

surroundings in a new way. When you have a moment for pause, take in the sounds, smells and what you are seeing in the present moment.

Create an active mind-soul connection this summer with efforts of vigorous restoration for your life.

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CONTRIBUTORS Celebrate Now in its 33rd year, National Night Out is a community police awareness-raising event held in both the United States and Canada on the first Tuesday in August (this year August 2nd). Just for fun, we asked our Contributors how they celebrate the event. Here’s what they had to say:

The folks in the neighborhood senior condo chip in for hot dogs and grill them; everyone else brings a salad or side dish to share. We have door prizes donated by local businesses and live music. This year I’m organizing a book swap as part of the evening, in an effort to create a more literacy-friendly neighborhood.  Anita Dualeh

There are lots of dogs in our Northeast Minneapolis neighborhood, which my boyfriend and I love. We take our Jack Russell Terriers, Fonzie, and Puddy, to the National Night Out celebrations which always end up becoming a big dog party! Rachelle Gordon

National Night Out is a time for neighbors to set aside time and get to know one another! This year, I’ll be making it a point to take my dog for a long walk throughout my neighborhood with the aim of talking to as many people as possible. Hello, neighbors – I’ll be seeing you in August! Tara Massan

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In a rural neighborhood with no formal National Night Out, our neighborhood maintains contact with and informs its members by regularly planning afternoon get-togethers. We maintain relationships and keep each other up-todate over coffee and homemade baked goods. It doesn’t take much to help keep your neighborhood safe and aware! Whitney Grindberg

Our block is rather stodgy. We meet in the middle of the block. One family brings ice cream and the rest of us bring toppings. We adjourn early. The place to be is one block west, where my mother lives. They have games for the kids, great food, and fireworks after dark. Cynthia Sowden

Our NNO is for the birds. A small gaggle of my neighbors get together and follow a friend who’s a ranger into Bloomington’s National Wildlife Refuge trails, looking for our favorite birds. The kids race to see who can make a rainbow from birds they spot. Red on a cardinal! Yellow on a finch! Steve Johnson

National Night Out is a time to enjoy our beautiful country and better connect with the community. I wouldn’t dream of spending it in my apartment, curtains drawn, playing Championship Bowling on the Sega Genesis and eating Cookie Crisp directly from the box. David Scheller

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SLOWING DOWN FOR Minnesotans love to soak up each moment of summer. We are enslaved for so long by icy winds and mounds of snow that at the first sign of warmth we need no encouragement to pull out our shorts and sunglasses. By June, our calendar is completely booked--we want to make the most of every minute that isn’t dampened by the snow. But you know what they say: time flies when you’re having fun. We feel like we are just getting used to the sun by the time the leaves begin to fall again. Now that summer is truly upon us, let’s try to slow down just a little bit. An easy place to start is how we do dinner. One thing my family tries to do, sometimes successfully and sometimes not, is to set aside one day a week to have as little going on as possible, including how much time we spend on meal preparation. This applies year-round, but we most severely feel its effects in the summer months. Try to simplify where you can. That might mean putting dinner in a slow-cooker in the morning, or ordering take-out (our favorite is Shuang Cheng in Dinkytown). Relaxation looks different for everyone, so once you decide on dinner, spend your evening doing something that helps you unwind. For me, it’s sewing. For my husband, it’s the Xbox One (tomato, tomahto). If it isn’t raining, outdoor activities are always nice, but don’t feel guilty if you stay indoors--there’s nothing wrong with a night in. A more festive idea is to host a small get together--on your own terms. Fire up your grill, rummage through your refrigerator for some kebab components, and invite some friends over. Put on your comfy pants, don’t worry about deep cleaning your house, and

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Donkeys &

Elephants by Jacob Westlin

DNC: PHILADELPHIA, JULY 25-28

GOP: CLEVELAND, JULY 18-21

A notably dramatic and unpredictable primary season is approaching

“Unity,” however, has not exactly been a quality exhibited by the

the finish line as both the Republicans and Democrats look to officially

frontrunners themselves with fracture, antagonism, and uncertainty

select their presidential candidate — and, as optimistic representatives from both sides will tell us, begin unifying the party — at their respective National Conventions.

reigning supreme. The Republican race epitomizes this volatility, as Donald Trump steers

The obvious bewilderment of Republican hardliners and analysts notwithstanding, Trump has tapped into a conservative power base that has grown increasingly fidgety with politics as usual.

the party bus into uncharted terrain while dozens of befuddled GOP elite hang on for dear life. Listen closely and you can hear the murmurs of mystified passengers asking one another, “Who gave him the keys?” Indeed, party infighting took center stage during the primaries. The Republican debates quickly devolved into WWE-style petulant namecalling that featured more than a few genital-related barbs.

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The obvious bewilderment of Republican hardliners and analysts notwithstanding, Trump has tapped into a conservative power base that has grown increasingly fidgety with politics as usual. A central theme of the 2016 election year — epitomized by surprisingly successful candidates on both sides of the aisle — has been the rise of the “outsider.” Trump

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The chief question facing the Democrats as they approach their convention then becomes: Can Clinton convince disillusioned Sanders followers that she is a true “liberal”? Throughout the campaign Clinton has espoused her intent to sustain and advance the legacy of moderate, pragmatic progressivism forged by Obama including the Affordable Care Act; Sanders, rather, advocates “revolution,” a complete philosophical overhaul that includes free college tuition and strict taxation of Wall Street speculation. In the end, despite the enthusiastic groundswell of support that allowed dissident Bernie Sanders to continue his campaign — which, by the way, was improbably funded mostly by small, private donations — months after most prognosticators predicted, it appears Clinton will indeed fulfill her destiny and become the DNC’s selection for the 2016 presidency. The chief question facing the Democrats as they approach their convention then becomes: Can Clinton convince disillusioned Sanders followers that she is a true “liberal”? Among the fundamental affronts leveled against Clinton by the Sanders camp has been the Secretary’s proclivity to cave to big-money interests, taking hundreds of thousands of dollars, for instance, from Wall Street sources for speaking engagements. Clinton’s chances in November hinge or her campaign’s ability to woo this crestfallen cadre of lefties and persuade them not to stay home or, worse yet, vote for Trump on election night. There is also the possibility that Clinton’s pledged superdelegates — elite party representatives unbound to any specific candidate or state primary results — could shift allegiances and secure the nomination for Sanders. But, despite Sander-supporter straw-clutching, this appears extremely unlikely. An equally pressing — if perhaps more imposing and opaque — question looms over the Republican convention: Will the traditional party foundation, both officials and voters, fall in line behind Donald Trump? The New Yorker has received public devotedness from very few key figures and precious little time remains to charm them. The catch-22, of course, is that Trump has garnished so much attention and notoriety by snubbing the “system,” that to now

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kowtow and attempt to woo the very same conformists on whose backs he climbed to the top might injure his outsider credibility. The GOP is also, reportedly, exhausting its own rulebook — with the prospect of adding new, advantageous regulations — to steal the nomination away from Trump, whom they fear is a rogue agitator with little chance to win a general election. This, much like the Democratic superdelegate scheme, however, is doubtful to come to fruition. When the dust settles, and there may indeed be a whirlwind of scattered debris, look for both Trump and Clinton to accept their party’s nomination for the 2016 presidential election.

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IMAGINATIVE PLAY WITH EVERY DAY THINGS by Anita Dualeh

Free unstructured play time is an important part of childhood, but kids

use painter’s tape to create designs on a wall or the floor. Tape on

don’t need expensive toys to realize the benefits of play. Let your kids

the floor makes an easily modifiable race course for toy cars – or kids

exercise their creativity and develop their dexterity by providing access

may want to follow taped down zig zap patterns with their own feet.

to some of the items below. But before you visit the hardware store – or

CLOTHESPINS

raid your garage – be sure to take into consideration what would be developmentally appropriate and safe for your child.

My kids used to load clothespins up and haul them around in a toy

FLASHLIGHT

truck or wagon. They have also clipped them together to be transformed into

Kids can figure out all sorts of interesting things

one-of-a-kind fences, buildings, robots

to do with a flashlight, from creating constellations

and whatever else their imaginations can

with a tin can with holes punched in the bottom, making

come up with.

shadow puppets or playing flashlight tag.

SCREEN CLOTH

TAPE MEASURE

Though it’s designed for keeping insects from f lying in your

This is the ideal tool to give kids practice

windows, a small piece of a screen can provide hours of outdoor

measuring. If they’re ready, you can point

fun. When we were kids, we used to take whatever odds and ends of

out which side measures inches and which

a screen we came across and turn them into makeshift sand sifters.

measures

they

We’d put moderately coarse gravel on top, shake well and enjoy the

measure the coffee table, a pencil, the

pile of fine sand that was produced right below the screen. An old

length and width of a book or whatever

kitchen strainer could serve the same purpose.

centimeters.

Suggest

items strike their fancy. My son has been known to measure the distance he and his brother can jump. A yard stick would serve a similar purpose.

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STRING Kids can transform a string into a spider-web style obstacle course or use it as a key component of a mobile for their bedroom. String comes in handy if your child decides to make a kite or wants to create string art by gluing pieces of string to form designs on

Let kids hang up whatever papers or posters

paper. But provide ample supervision with string so kids don’t hurt

they want in their rooms without any worries

themselves or others – by wrapping it tightly around the limbs or

about damaging the walls. Or suggest they

neck of a sibling, for example.

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TWIN TRAILS — HIKING, BIKING, AND MORE

by Steve Johnson

A series exploring the best outdoor experiences in the Twin Cities RIDING WITH THE RIVER

This stalwart mountain biking standby traces a sinuous and distractingly scenic line along the bluffs of the Minnesota River. Get river valley views, wildlifepacked ravines, and creek-hopping fun on this 6-mile out-and-back romp.

THE RIDE The Minnesota River flats and lumpy bluffs along Bloomington’s southern borders serve up some of the best ridings for fat tire fans in all the metro. The stretch from the Lyndale Avenue trailhead mixes fast cruising with climbs and creek crossings.

From the trailhead, follow the path into the woods, curving away from the river after a short spin and across a river channel inlet to the base of the bluff. Take the right fork to start the undulating eastbound singletrack.

The trail generally follows the lower contours of the bluff on the early sections, rolling through a forest of gnarled oak and other hardwood giants. A short section of raised platform provides solid surface above a bike-stalling sand pit, and about one mile into the ride, a spur trail ramps steeply up the bluff for an optional side trip. At the top is the Gideon Pond house, a historical homestead of one of the most influential settlers on the mid-1800s Minnesota frontier. Today the site is maintained by the City of Bloomington as a museum. Check it out.

On the trail past this junction, a gentle descent leads to a bridge crossing a skinny creek, running clear and lazily toward the river. Cruise through a cluster of towering, fragrant cedars to one of the trail’s few respectable climbs. Watch for loose dirt, rocks, and other detritus. Around the corner at the top is Parkers Picnic Grounds, with great views of Long Meadow Lake below. A fun descent ensues after the picnic grounds, with a couple of switchbacks on the

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way down to another creek crossing. Follow the path’s curve toward the lake and after a few more fun turns, the trail ramps up again to just below the top of the bluff and the site of a long-abandoned city park. The path heads downhill again from here, with yet another creek at the bottom. The main route ascends from the creek to Mound Springs Park (an optional eastern trailhead) and another path follows closer to the river into federal wildlife refuge land. This final creek is the turnaround point. Retreat here, and enjoy the trail in reverse back to the Lyndale trailhead.

And now the bad news: Plans to build a paved trail through this wilderness-in-the-city and richly diverse river flats environment and wildlife habitat are happening. Get out there before we see another natural jewel meddled with and forever altered to meet the chaotic demands of progress.

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MUSIC & EVENTS JUL 15 Street Machine Nationals

JUL 19 Farmers Market

10:00am MN State Fairgrounds

3:00pm-7:00pm Civic Center Parking Lot, Minnetonka

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

Chris Isaak

Fasting & Feasting:

7:30pm Pantages Theatre, Mpls

Food, Art & Ritual in India 6:00pm A-Mill Artist Loft Building, Mpls

South Pacific 7:30pm Guthrie Theater, Mpls

Calendar Girls

8:00pm Chanhassen Dinner Theatres

7:30pm Park Square Theatre, St. Paul

George Performed by Sheep Theater 7:30pm Bedlam Lowertown, St. Paul

JUL 16 Raspberry Beer Fest 12:00pm Hopkins Pavilion

International Festival of Burnsville 3:00pm Nicollet Commons Park

Northern Lights Drill & Drum Invitational 5:00pm Roy Wilkins Auditorium, St. Paul

The Palabras Project 7:30pm Park Square Theatre, St. Paul

JUL 17 3rd Annual Taco Tour on Lake Street 10:00am-5:00pm Start @ K-Mart Mpls Tacotouronlakestreet.com

Beauty and the Beast JUL 20 Discover Your Parks: Summer-Time, Play-Time 6:30pm-8:00pm Pioneer Park, Roseville

Corinna Nicolaou: Author 7:00pm Magers & Quinn Booksellers, Mpls

Music by the Lake Series 7:00pm Depot Park, Wayzata

The Lion King 7:30pm Orpheum Theatre, Mpls

JUL 20-23 Minneapolis Aquatennial

Hipshaker

David Liebe Hart

9:00pm Kitty Cat Klub, Mpls

8:00pm Bedlam Theatre Lowertown, St. Paul

JUL 22-23 Lowertown Blues & Funk Fest

JUL 27 New Riverside Ramblers

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12:00pm-1:00pm Northrop Plaza, Mpls

JUL 23

MovementWise Community Dance Class for Adults 55+

A Third Space: Exhibit New Works by Leslie Barlow All Day – Flow Art Space, St. Paul

Bent Brewstillery Beer Run 11:00am Bent Brewstillery, Roseville

Duran Duran

JUL 24 Open Streets: East Lake

Music in Mears: Farewell Milwaukee

11:00am-5:00pm Openstreetsmpls.org

Westwind Big Band

Drake & Future 7:00pm Xcel Energy Center, St. Paul

Culture Club 7:00pm Myth Live, St. Paul

7:00pm Tin Whiskers Brewing Co., St. Paul

11:30am-1:00pm Port of Excelsior, Lake Mtka

Sweeney Todd:

JUL 22 Summer Fun Series: Josh Casey

Mississippi River Sightseeing Cruise: Minneapolis Queen

The Demon Barber of Fleet Street 8:00pm Mill City Museum, Mpls

6:00pm-8:00pm Twin Cities Premium Outlets, Eagan

JUL 18 Aqua Obstacle Course

The Trials of Robin Hood

4:30pm-6:00pm Parkers Lake Beach, Plymouth

1:15pm-5:00pm Aquatic Park, St. Louis Park

Pape Diouf 7:00pm The Cedar, Mpls

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7:30pm Lakeshore Players Theatre, White Bear Lake

George Scot McKelvey & Friends JUL 28-30 FLOW: Northside Arts Crawl

Vinyl Tap

Water Sports: Log Rolling

6:00pm Hilde Small Stage, Plymouth

The High 48’s

JUL 25 Lake Minnetonka Sightseeing Cruise: Paradise Destiny II

1:00pm-4:00pm Lutz Railroad Garden, Eagan

Kids Fest

8:00pm Mattie’s on Main, Mpls

JUL 21 Riverland: Exhibit

6:00pm Mears Park, St. Paul

6:00pm Mears Park, St. Paul

1:00pm U of MN Landscape Arboretum, Chaska

Music in Mears: Little Fevers

Lutz Railroad Garden: Public Open House

7:30pm Jungle Theater, Mpls

7:30pm State Theatre, Mpls

New Edition

1:00pm U of MN Landscape Arboretum, Chaska

Le Switch

8:00pm Northrop, Mpls

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

The Silverwinds

7:00pm Depot Park, Wayzata

Brit Floyd

6:30pm Caponi Art Park, Eagan

Outdoor Farmers Market

Music by the Lake Series

JUL 28 Maks & Val: Live on Tour

7:00pm Xcel Energy Center, St. Paul

Aquatennial.com

All Day – Traffic Zone Center for Visual Art, Mpls

6:30pm Cowles Center, Mpls

7:30pm Target Center, Mpls

12:00pm-1:30pm Bohemian Flats on the Miss. River

JUL 26 Chris Larson: Land Speed Record Exhibit All Day – Walker Art Center, Mpls

Lyle Lovett & His Large Band

MN Twins vs. Atlanta Braves

8:00pm State Theatre, Mpls

7:10pm Target Field, Mpls

MN Orchestra: A Night in the Tropics

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8:00pm Orchestra Hall, Mpls

7:30pm Guthrie Theater, Mpls

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JUL 29 DJ Rekha 7:00pm The Cedar, Mpls

Twenty One Pilots 7:00pm Xcel Energy Center, St. Paul

Big Pants & Botox 7:30pm Plymouth Playhouse

Loudon Wainwright III 8:00pm Orchestra Hall, Mpls

JUL 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


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ZZ Ward 5:00pm Hilde Performance Center, Plymouth

Chelsea vs. A.C. Milan: Intl. Champions Cup Soccer

Genrebeast: An Anti-Genre Residency

8:30pm US Bank Stadium, Mpls

7:00pm Gamut Gallery, Mpls

AUG 4 1st Thursdays in the Arts District

JUL 31 Market in the Valley

AUG 7 Twin Cities Acoustic Guitar Show

Greatest Hits & Juicy Bits

Urban Assault Ride

AUG 12 Summer Fun Series: House of Dance

5:00pm Northrup King Studios, Mpls

9:00am Surly Brewing Co., Mpls

Music in Mears: The Galactic Cowboy Orchestra

Open Streets: Northeast

The Prairie Ramblers Dixieland Band

6:00pm Mears Park, St. Paul

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1:00pm U of MN Landscape Arboretum, Chaska

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Sunday Family Days

Nice Work If You Can Get It

7:30pm State Theatre, Mpls

12:00pm Target Field Station, Mpls

2:00pm Lyric Arts Co. of Anoka

Lady and the Trump

Borough Block Party

5 Seconds of Summer

7:30pm Brave New Workshop, Mpls

12:00pm-7:00pm Borough & Parlour, Mpls

6:30pm Xcel Energy Center, St. Paul

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Gwen Stefani

10:00am Como Park Zoo & Conservatory St. Paul

Summer Music & Movies: Grant Hart & A Hard Day’s Night 7:00pm Loring Park, Mpls

She Rock She Rock: Sisters of Sound Initiative All Day – Main Street School of Performing Arts, Hopkins

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Fat Chance Jug Band & Friends 6:00pm Driftwood Char Bar, Mpls

Shawn Mendes 6:30pm Roy Wilkins Auditorium, St. Paul

Music in the Park 7:00pm-8:30pm Minnetonka Amphitheater

Louis C.K. 8:00p Target Center, Mpls

AUG 3 Flamenco: A Touch of Spain 12:00pm-1:00pm Northrop Plaza, Mpls

Million Dollar Quartet 1:30pm Old Log Theatre, Excelsior

The Fierce & the Fancy: Urban Masks from Sierra Leone All Day – Mpls Institute of Arts

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7:30pm State Theatre, Mpls

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9:00am-1:00pm Under Watertower, Golden Valley

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Football

7:00pm Xcel Energy Center, St. Paul

AUG 8 Summer Music & Movies: The Pines & Hairspray 7:00pm Loring Park, Mpls

MN Twins vs. Houston Astros 7:10pm Target Field, Mpls

7:30pm Open Eye Figure Theatre, Mpls

6:00pm-8:00pm Twin Cities Premium Outlets, Eagan

Pinocchio 7:00pm Children’s Theatre Co., Mpls

AUG 12 - 14 Irish Fair of MN: Harriet Island, St. Paul Irishfair.com

Twin Cities Polish Festival Old Main Street in Minneapolis Tcpolishfestival.org

AUG 13 Farmers Market 8:00am-1:00pm Mill City Museum, Mpls

Miles for Melanoma: Benefit – Melanoma Research Foundation 8:30am Lake Phalen, St. Paul Join.melanoma.org

Stevie Ray’s Comedy Cabaret

AUG 9 Short Stories in Swedish

8:00pm Chanhassen Dinner Theatres

4:15pm-5:45pm American Swedish Institute, Mpls

Shades of Beauty Expo

AUG 5-7 Uptown Art Fair

Journey & Doobie Brothers

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7:00pm Mixed Blood Theatre, Mpls

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AUG 6 Twin Cities Acoustic Guitar Show McNally Smith College of Music, St. Paul Twincitiesguitarshow.com

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Pizza Luce Block Party

7:00pm Xcel Energy Center

Lerner & Loewe’s: Paint Your Wagon 7:30pm Ordway Center, St. Paul

Farmers Market 7:30am-Noon 9th Avenue, Hopkins

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AUG 10 Under The Gaslight: MN Centennial Showboat Performance

AUG 13-14 & 20-21 The Luxury Home Remodeling Tour

2:30pm & 8:00pm Harriet Island, St. Paul

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AUG 14 What’s Up, Doc? The Animation Art of Chuck Jones

12:00pm-1:00pm Northrop Plaza, Mpls

Willow Weaving Workshop

7:30pm Bloomington Arts Center

12:00pm-10:00pm Pizza Luce Downtown, Mpls

6:30pm-8:30pm American Swedish Institute, Mpls

The Dinner Detective: Murder Mystery Dinner Show

AUG 11 Outdoor Farmers Market

Mary DuShane & Nick Jordan: The Moonlight Duo

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

1:00pm U of MN Landscape Arboretum, Chaska

The Match Game

MN Twins vs. Kansas City Royals

7:00pm 331 Club, Mpls

After Hours Big Band

1:10pm Target Field, Mpls

6:00pm-9:15pm Courtyard Mpls Downtown

Kjell Bjorgen 8:30pm Cinema Grill Comedy, New Hope

12:00pm-5:00pm MN History Center, St. Paul

7:00pm Frank Rog Amphitheatre, Roseville

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I’m sure you have found yourself wondering where summer went as the fall season approaches. In Minnesota, summer is a cherished season. The season is short, sweet and we want the most of it. So I insist you make it a point to get the most of from this enchanted season.

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Many of us are obliged with a day job that motivates us to work hard until the weekend. With the short season unfolding now, let’s prioritize our lives to make the most of every free moment we have. Reflect back to the days when you were a child, summer activities were a must. Your goal each day was to find a more exhilarating activity than the day before. As adults, we can stay up late, have a bonfire, go on an impromptu camping trip, visit a national park 100 miles away from home and so on. But let me ask: When was the last time you actually did any of that?

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In summer, the song sings itself. ~William Carlos Williams

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UPTOWN VS. DOWNTOWN Developed by social psychologists, Minimal Group Paradigm is a methodology used to examine the conditions necessary for a person to identify as a member of one group over another. To put it less clinically, what are the

Jacob's

JUDGEMENTS

minimum criteria for people to separate the world into two simple “Us versus Them” categories? Human beings, as it turns out, need very little encouragement to create insulating boundaries around themselves. Something as trivial as eye colors or test scores, for instance, were enough for people to exhibit in-group favoritism.

So? What’s the point? Great question! The matchup featured in this column

With age, however, the paralyzing chasm between

is a confrontation of Minneapolis’ two most iconic

my preference for either Uptown or Downtown has

areas: Uptown and Downtown. And, despite each

narrowed to an easily traversable crack in the sidewalk.

neighborhood’s unique character, they have more in common than that which separates them. Columnist and critic Jacob Westlin, using

signature

humor

and

tongue-in-cheek lightheartedness, examines the Twin Cities in a unique fashion. Each issue Jacob will pit two of the community’s most recognizable institutions

The same youthful energy that used to invigorate me can now be slightly exhausting. I somehow notice the

Both are in America. Both are in Minnesota. Both are

overwhelming Hipster presence more than I ever did

in the Twin Cities. Both are even in Minneapolis. Thus,

before. And, while it’s easy to blame whatever negative

geographic distinctions, which oftentimes form the

feelings you have toward the urban youth or “Hipster”

basis for antagonism, are almost completely moot.

culture, whatever that means — and believe me, as I’m

Both literal and figurative borders of demarcation are

writing this, I feel like an old man scowling and waving

difficult to discern when they share so much pavement.

his fist while starting a “back in my day” rant — the

(Does “Them” begin at Franklin Avenue or 15th Street?)

unfashionably fashionable attitude does reveal itself as more and more absurd as one grows up.

against one another in a battle

Each community has a vibrant theater, bar, and

for local supremacy. And, while he

restaurant scene. They both have plenty of new,

Downtown, on the other hand, seems to have more

may seem steadfast in his beliefs,

premium condos and apartments. Many young

a sophisticated ambiance. Adults. Stadiums. Arenas.

he equally welcomes dissenting

professionals live in Uptown and Downtown. The

Museums. It feels like more of an event spending an

opinions, and hopes these playful

residents, therefore, and the tastes of these residents,

evening Downtown. Whenever my family and I have a

explorations

are also very analogous.

celebratory dinner, it’s always Downtown — perhaps

will

be

taken

because they hoard all the best steaks: Manny’s, Murray’s,

casually and without offense. Of

So, while habitants of the two mini-regions may take

course, opinions expressed here

justifiable pride in their respective hoods, remember

are those of Jacob and not those of

that 22nd & Hennepin and 12th & Hennepin are not that

And, as I lose hair and gain wisdom, the idea of living in

heterogeneous and that in most scenarios urbanites of

the area sounds more and more appealing. In addition to

each would neatly fit together in the same “Us” group.

being a huge sports fan — making a home near Target Field

Ruth’s Chris.

or the newly erected U.S. Bank Stadium very desirable —

So you ask – which one do you like better? By the slightest of margins, I prefer Uptown. There was a time — in my early 20s, while living in a small Calhoun-side apartment — when I would’ve considered laughable the idea that Downtown was superior to its southern brethren. In Uptown I was within walking distance of all my favorite watering holes and the fellow neighborhood bar-lovers fostered a comfortable and familiar environment that was both literally and metaphorically intoxicating. There is a younger vibe to the area which spoke to my immature twenty-two-year-old soul and beckoned me to remain in the area — which I did until 2013. 40  | 

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the modern housing options now available are stunning! Perhaps more enticing than either their amenities or location, however, is the maintenance-free lifestyle. No more lawn-mowing sounds pretty darn wonderful as my back gets achier and achier. Also, very few hipsters. In

the

end,

sophistication

and

sentimentality

notwithstanding, the deciding factor that tips the scales toward Uptown? The lakes. In Uptown, you’re always within minutes of a majestic lake to calm your innercity nerves — a feature unlike almost any major town in America. And, while Downtown is but another few blocks from these scenic urban wonders, Uptown’s immediate proximity clinches its ever-so-slight victory over its rival.


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GREEN CLEANING: LOW COST AND EFFECTIVE by Cindy Mennenga There are a gazillion cleaning

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expensive and full to the brim with toxic chemicals. I am making an effort to live a sustainable lifestyle and am concerned about the poisons I am introducing into my

CLEAN SHOWER DOORS. Pour vinegar onto a sponge and wipe shower doors to remove soap residue. CLEAN YOUR WINDOWS. Vinegar works like a charm on windows and it doesn’t streak! Mix equal parts water and vinegar.

home on a regular basis. MOP YOUR NO-WAX FLOORS. Use ½ cup vinegar to ½ gallon warm water. I am professionally trained as a holistic health coach and am űber aware of

CLEAN YOUR AUTOMATIC COFFEE MAKER. Fill the reservoir with vinegar and

the toxins in our food supply, the

run the coffee maker’s normal cycle. Refill with water and run the cycle

air we breathe and the products that come in contact with our skin. We live in a delicate eco-system and the environment and our bodies are truly at risk. Anything each of us can do to reduce our contribution to the overall crisis will truly make

again to remove any vinegar from the coffee maker. MAKE YOUR TOILET BOWL SPARKLE. Pour 3 cups vinegar into the toilet bowl and scrub with a toilet brush. Let the mixture sit for thirty minutes, scrubbing a couple of times. Flush and be prepared for a shimmering toilet!

an impact when multiplied by many other people working to lessen their negative drain on the environment. With an eye on using non-toxic cleaners, did you know that you can clean

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Freshen up your garbage disposal. Pour ½ cup vinegar down the drain while the disposal is running. Leave the water on for a minute to thoroughly rinse the disposal. CLEAN LIME AND HARD WATER DEPOSITS. Dab vinegar onto the area near your faucets and let it sit for a couple of minutes. It should easily wipe away. If it doesn’t clean up right away, reapply and let it sit a few more minutes.

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FRESHEN UP BABY CLOTHES. When doing laundry, add 1 cup vinegar during the rinse cycle to break down uric acid, soapy residue and leave the baby’s clothes soft and clean. REMOVE DEODORANT STAINS FROM CLOTHING. Lightly rub white vinegar on the stained area and launder as usual.

BONUS TIP: Magically unclog your shower drain! Remove the stopper from the bottom of your shower. Using a spoon, scoop about ½ cup of baking soda into the drain (it needs to get down into the drain under your shower), then pour ½ cup of vinegar down the drain. Behold the foaming, fizzing display before your eyes! The combination of the baking soda and vinegar will break up the gunk in the drain and restore it to a nearly brand new condition. After the concoction stops bubbling, run hot water down the drain for 2-3 minutes to move the broken up glob of hair and soap scum and other lovely residues through the system and out to the main sewer line. This will also work for your bathroom and kitchen sink!

As you can see, white vinegar is very versatile: you can use it to kill weeds in your yard, add it to your pet’s water dish to help keep them free of ticks, and use it to cook many different dishes. The best part is that it is non-toxic, inexpensive and lasts for years! Vinegar is like a well-kept secret that we, as a society, largely forgot about until recently. Try using some of these tips and experiment to discover more amazing uses for vinegar.

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CAN I BRING MY DOG(S) TO YOUR BBQ, KID’S BIRTHDAY PARTY, ETC.? Emily Post, who literally wrote the book on etiquette, always stated that only the people listed on the invitation are actually invited to the event. However, this is the 21st century – people often find out about parties and get-togethers through brief social media posts or emails and dogs aren’t exactly the same as a plus one. When it comes to whether your pup is welcome at a certain event, first consider who is hosting and what the occasion is. If you feel as though the dog may be welcome, don’t be afraid to send a quick message to the hostess. Something along the lines of, “Is

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MY FAVORITE RESTAURANT ALLOWS DOGS ON THEIR PATIO – HOW DO I KNOW IF MY DOG WILL BEHAVE? Many pet owners have learned the hard way that patio seating with a pooch is not always easy. Excited dogs may try to jump on wait staff, beg from other patrons or – yikes – do their business right in front of everyone. If you have never brought your dog to a restaurant or taproom patio before,

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creatures of habits and may be a bit uneasy about a sudden change in routine. Ensure your dog is healthy and mentally capable of a trip, even if only a few days long. It is also important to remember that your pet is a guest just like you, and common courtesies exist. Ensure your pooch is freshly bathed and up to date on any and all vaccines and heartworm treatments. Bring along plenty of food, small toys, and blankets for cozying up with. If you’re accustomed to your dog in the bed with you at night, ensure the sheets are stripped for cleaning every morning –

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by Cindy Mennenga

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Tired of always bringing the same type of gift to every housewarming you get invited to? Starting to feel like you have a serious lack of creativity? Check out these ideas for housewarming gifts… Your friends moved. Again. What to bring them for a housewarming gift? It’s always fun to receive housewarming present, but to figure out what to give for a housewarming can be a little tricky. If you have not been to your friends’ new place to check it out already, you do not want to bring a gift that will be out of place in their new home. On the other hand, you want to keep the cost of the gift to a nominal amount, yet you want to bring a delightful and thoughtful gift that will make your friends ooh and ahh over the amazing present.

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Bottle of Wine

This is obvious. Who doesn’t like a bottle of wine? Plus, if it’s not your friends’ vintage, they can re-gift it! It’s the hands-down best housewarming gift.

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Bouquet of Flowers

Who doesn’t love a colorful and fragrant bunch of flowers? Nothing is as cheerful and welcoming as fresh-cut flowers.

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Gift Pack of 3 or 4 Cheeses

Your friends will probably want something to go with the bottle of wine someone else inevitably gave them. Toss in some brie, blue, cheddar and gruyere and you are set!

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Fruit Basket

This is always a thoughtful gift. Buy a pre-made fruit basket or create your own. Just make sure the fruit is not over-ripe and that there is a nice variety of colors and textures.

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This will come in handy to open that bottle of wine that someone else bestowed upon your friends.

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Always a tasteful gift. This is especially nice as a gift for someone you don’t know very well. A plant is pretty, doesn’t make any kind of statement and is generally accepted as a thoughtful gift.

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Always a tasteful gift. This is especially nice as a gift for someone you don’t know very well.

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BLOOMINGTON - EAST

Large quiet 1 & 2 BR's, garage, elevator, & much more. from $745-$1095

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Quiet studio, 1 BR & 2 BR $750-$1100

BURNSVILLE

Large, very quiet 1’s, 2’s & 3 BR’s near Burnsville Center and also near McAndrews Rd & Nicollet. $750-$1325

EDINA

Parklawn Ave., 50th & France, W. 70th; 1 & 2 BR’s, quiet, garage, elevators, reasonably priced. from $850-$1200

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RICHFIELD

Large 1 & 2 BR's, 18 very quiet locations. Well cared for. $725-$1025

ST. LOUIS PARK/HOPKINS

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Features and Amenities: Controlled Entry. Appliances Furnished. Wall-to-Wall Carpeting. A/C. Lighted Ceiling Fans. Hot Water Heat. Laundry Facilities. Exercise Room with Soda Machine. Sauna.

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