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HEALTH AND BEAUTY 11 STRONG IS BEAUTIFUL MAKEOVER Jayne Pompeian.

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FEAST! YOUR EYES ON THIS Art adds flair to food festival.

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WOMEN IN ART

FEAST

Your Eyes on This ART ADDS FLAIR TO FOOD FESTIVAL BY EMILY WATKINS

DURING THE HOLIDAY SEASON, GATHERINGS WITH FRIENDS AND FAMILY REVOLVE AROUND FOOD AND DRINK. Get ideas for holiday fare at FEAST! Local Foods Marketplace on December 7 at Mayo Civic Center from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

FEAST AND ART: A NEW PARTNERSHIP This year there will be an additional focus, as the Minnesota State Arts Board awarded grant money from Minnesota Festival Support, a category of grants through the Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund Programs, for artists to “engage, involve and entertain FEAST! attendees.” The aim is to get people thinking more about their food and where it comes from. There will be four featured artists. First, respond to questions about local foods to create Arlene Birt’s “String Survey” visual display. Second, enjoy music by artists including Mary DuShane and Nick Jordan. Third, be sure to take in the vegetable alfombra (carpet), curated by artist and farmer Susan Waughtal. Lastly, interact with the art under the eye of videographer Ross Ballinger. Jan Joannides is executive director and co-founder of Renewing the Countryside, a nonprofit that, along with Southern Minnesota Initiative Foundation, organizes FEAST! Joannides had the idea to apply for grant funding in order to add more arts to the festival. "She's been a key visionary around our entire event," says Elena Byrne, tradeshow and communications coordinator with Renewing the Countryside.

A SIX-YEAR TRADITION Joannides has lived in Zumbro Falls for the last eight years and has been interested in the “local food space” for a long time. She’s excited about telling the stories of local makers and especially “the whole art aspect,” which she says, “is really going to add a fun new dimension to the event.” 8

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“The people who come just love it and leave with grocery bags full of food and other products for themselves or to give as gifts. It’s a great opportunity to buy things for the holidays.” Some features of the event are: • Cooking demos • A kids’ area • Produce, breads, jams, oils, vinegars, cheese and meats to sample and purchase • Beer, wine and cider tasting (with wristband purchase) Attendees are encouraged to vote for their favorite vendor. Those who vote are entered to win a basket of products from the event, while the winning vendor gets a free booth at next year’s event.

FOR LOCAL MAKERS If you’re a food producer, plan to attend Friday’s industry-only tradeshow. This event is for food buyers and sellers to learn, network and cultivate relationships. The aim is to help exhibitors grow and expand and to “inspire and assist aspiring food entrepreneurs.” Waughtal, owner of Squash Blossom Farm, has been participating in FEAST! since its first year, when her kitchen wasn’t even built. She calls the event a “neat way to unveil what was happening for us,” and notes that Squash Blossom has expanded its offerings every year. This year’s new enterprise: bean to bar chocolate. This means roasting, grinding and milling cocoa beans and then tempering and molding the finished product. Waughtal designed the alfombra, which was inspired from similar art forms in Guatemala and Italy, to be made out of local produce. Festival goers will place the produce within the

Middle photo: Hare & Tortoise Farm produce is mostly sold to food co-ops and restaurants in the Twin Cities and Rochester. hareandtortoisefarm.com. Bottom photo: Open Hands Farm, located in Northfield, is a 17-acre organic vegetable farm. openhandsfarm.com

design, and afterward the food will be donated to Channel One Regional Food Bank. Waughtal says FEAST! is “all about celebrating the food,” allowing makers to experiment with different foods and introduce themselves and their products to new customers and other vendors. “It’s a festive atmosphere. Eat good food, meet good people, do some art and hear some music.” The cost to attend FEAST! is $8 for adults, $2 for children 12 or under. A wristband for beer, hard cider and wine tasting is $25 (which includes the price of admission). Emily Watkins is a local writer.

Top photo courtesy of Jesse Womack. Middle photo courtesy or Elena Byrne. Bottom photo courtesy of Kallie Rollenhagen.

According to the website, the FEAST! Local Foods Network is a partnership of many organizations, businesses and individuals committed to growing a sustainable, local and regional food system that encourages innovation.


Steph and Kristi Community Support: We are partnering with: The Jerimiah Program, ABC, 125 Live and Minnesota Adult and Teen Challenge. We plan to employ staff from all of these great organizations. Location: Mayo subway, former Weber and Judd space – Peace Plaza, down the escalators where Marriott meets the Siebens building. Saladworks Rochester will be a modern design and welcomed addition to the Mayo subway.

Understand the product: What is Saladworks:

The Saladworks concept/brand was developed in 1986 when the first store opened in Cherry Hill Mall, Cherry Hill, NJ with the idea of providing fresh, made-to-order, entrée-sized salads as an alternative food offering for consumers on the go. Saladworks provided a meal that was healthy, quickly accessible and delicious. Saladworks has continually won over new fans nationwide with its fresh take on salads. The new hot concept meant an end to the days of chemical-coated tomatoes and brown-tinged lettuce. Salads were made to order, chopped on-location and assembled right in front of your eyes. Appetizing, imaginative salad offerings –served in substantial portions– proved to be a winning formula that took salads from a side dish to the center of the plate.

Our Mission and Commitment to the community. “We want our guest to get a FRESH, delicious, filling meal for a good price.” “We love it and want the community to love it too!! We want are guest to feel good about eating well!” “We are all about Rochester! We love the community and are so fortunate to have this opportunity. We want to make the community better through support of local organizations and community give-back.”

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Speed or Not to Speed: Grab and Go – order and pay online: Your meal will be ready when you arrive. We recognize the challenges with a busy schedule or limited lunch hour – this creates a barrier to eating healthy. Saladworks Rochester wants to change that! Or….. Sit and enjoy in-restaurant dining for over 30 guests, our space includes on premise Wi-Fi bar and charging station for laptop and phones. We have an extensive catering menu! Quality: FRESH Food!! Not pre-packed salads – Guest can Create Your Own (CYO) or choose one of many signature salads. We also offer soup, grain bowls, wraps, sandwiches, snacks, desserts, and fresh made aguas frescas.

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Choose a dressing: Over 20 choices. Roll with it ….warm white or wheat roll. “I love the pick 2: ½ avocado BLT sandwich and Thai chicken salad….I seem to always finish the fresh roll first! “ We will be the FIRST Saladworks to offer breakfast! The company has come up with some amazing options and we can’t wait for Rochester, MN to be the first in the nation to get to try them. Some breakfast items offered will be local baked goods, parfaits, protein packs, bowls that include organic quinoa and breakfast burrito…. “We had the opportunity to be in testing at the ground level of development for the breakfast menu and are very impressed! The Southwest Breakfast bowl: egg, organic quinoa, corn and bean blend, kale, avocado, and a few other secret ingredients was a personal favorite.”

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TEARS FILLED THE EYES OF JAYNE POMPEIAN WHEN SHE LEARNED THAT THE STYLISTS OF ROCCO ALTOBELLI SALONS HAD CHOSEN HER AS THEIR STRONG IS BEAUTIFUL MAKEOVER MODEL. "I don't

think I am that strong,” she confesses— which is a sure sign that she is. At 62, Pompeian can say that she has been a loving wife, caring mother and doting grandmother to her three “darling little boys.” Besides spending quality time with her family, the retired nurse enjoys playing the piano, singing, cooking and baking, knitting, crafting, going out to movies and sometimes simply staying in to watch Turner Classics. Pompeian also appreciates a bit of culture in her life, so she occasionally indulges in travel, plays or a concert or two.

A WONDERFUL LIFE Pompeian describes her existence as a "wonderful life," referencing her favorite movie starring Jimmy Stewart. She first met her husband, Ed, after he received a kidney

transplant at Methodist Hospital where she worked. The couple married soon after and began to develop Ed’s dream-child—the Gift of Life Transplant House—that provides recovering transplant patients an accommodating place to stay during their time in Rochester. The organization is still going strong and is set to celebrate its 35th anniversary this year. When Pompeian’s family eventually grew to number four children, she left her nursing job to be what she dubs a “full-time mom.” While she continued to volunteer at the hospital (which she still does), she turned her attention to raising her family and caring for Ed when he experienced bouts of illness. “My life really has revolved around Ed and our family,” Pompeian confides. “I am blessed.” When her children grew older, Pompeian was able to enjoy some world traveling with her husband. The couple also began to spend their winters in sunny Florida.

THANKFUL FOR EACH DAY “What a wonderful life!” she repeats as she thinks back over the years. However, her contented attitude does not mean that Pompeian has escaped the hardships of life. After living such an amazing 38 years with Ed, it was hard for Pompeian to let go when he passed away from health issues in July 2019. “He was the love of my life,” Pompeian says. “I miss him so much.” Pompeian’s children have now become all the more important to her. “I’m fortunate to have three of them living close to me in Rochester,” she says. “Not a week goes by that we are not together sharing a meal (or two).” Her wish for the future, Pompeian confides, is to simply keep building on “the legacy” that she and her husband began in the Gift of Life Transplant House. While that is a

Pompeian had been exhausted before her makeover, as her family had recently celebrated her son’s wedding, but she was energized by her session at Rocco Altobelli. Rich cut her hair, Jody colored it, and Irene did her make-up. She said getting her pictures taken by Cami at the Plummer House was “so much fun” and after, she met friends and family for dinner at Terza.

priority, Pompeian also wants to continue to cherish the memories she makes with her grandchildren and other family members and to be thankful for each day. She of all people knows that time together passes much more quickly than any of us would like.

A HAPPY HEART According to her friends, Pompeian remains a caring, bubbly, positive, giving, creative and strong personality through good times and bad. Even her salon stylists can’t help but notice her happy heart. “She is calm under pressure” and a “very loving and giving person,” they conclude. “Classy and composed in all situations.” Pompeian credits her faith, family and solid upbringing for her positivity. “It’s in my genes,” she concludes. Her mental and physical routine also help her to cope with the stresses brought on by everyday life. She instructs, “Believe in yourself, take a deep breath and keep going down the road. Make the best of every day. Make your bed and put on your face. Smile. Be positive and give back. Know that you are loved. Have faith in God and never forget.” Leanna Gerry is an intern writer for Rochester Women magazine and a senior at Saint Mary’s University Minnesota. RWmagazine.com November/December 2019

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The eclectic shop features locally handcrafted and uniquely curated gifts and home decor, furniture and fair-trade items. Owner Paul Bennett, transformed the building located at the corner of Main Street and West Third Street in Zumbrota, in just a few weeks to create a new shopping experience for those familiar with the Rochester store. “The space is entirely different,” Bennett says. “It has its own identity, while still feeling like Dwell Local.” The physical space is larger and, with 40 feet of windows facing Main Street, substantially brighter. There’s a second room behind the main retail space for classes and other events. Current class offerings include enamel jewelry making, painting and stained glass making. Plans are in the works for yoga classes and an open mic night. Bennett has added new vendors, or “local makers,” to the mix and also expanded some of the department offerings. Both the baby gift area and pet owner sections are noticeably larger in Zumbrota.

DESTINATION SHOPPING EXPERIENCE Zumbrota has become known as a destination for fun and unique shopping experiences. The 20-minute drive north of Rochester brings you to Main Street Zumbrota, where a number of boutiques—Wild Ginger, Luya Shoes and Other Fine Things, Phenomenal Woman Consignment and My Happy Place—are all within a few blocks of each other. Store owners are part of Zumbrota’s Downtown Business Association, a strong network of small business owners who support each other through the joys and struggles of working in the competitive retail marketplace. It was an ideal environment for Bennett to expand his business. “I had been thinking about a second location for a while,” he says. He came to Zumbrota one day two months ago and saw the “For Rent” sign. Buoyed by the

support of friends Roxanne Bartsch, who owns Wild Ginger, and Connie Hawley, owner of Luya, Bennett was ready to move forward with the second location.

A SPACE IS TRANSFORMED Before Bennett could move Dwell Local into the building on Main Street, repairs and updates were needed. The building's owners replaced windows and installed new carpeting, walls and a front awning. Bennett then began to move in his rustic cabinetry and merchandise. The boutique’s Grand Opening on September 7 was indeed grand. Nearly 500 people came from around the area, including Zumbrota, its small neighboring towns and Rochester, to see the new Dwell Local. The boutique bustled with customers throughout the day, who watched artist demonstrations, purchased raffle tickets

for three prize packages and browsed the shop while sampling appetizers and coffees.

BENNETT AND DWELL LOCAL Bennett was born and raised in Rochester. He spent time after college in southern California, working in retail merchandising for Disney and Ikea and then transitioned into residential and interior design. After a stint in Chicago, he moved back to Rochester eight years ago. Bennett opened the first Dwell Local in the former Paws and Claws Humane Society building located at 602 Seventh Street NW in Rochester. He says he opened the boutique because it was challenging to find creative items and furniture to use in local homes. Bennett plans to divide his time between the two stores.

HOLIDAY SHOPPING IN ZUMBROTA Zumbrota’s Downtown Business Association organizes a few shopping events throughout the year. The individual shops feature special promotions at this time and make the experience extra special with treats for shoppers. “Shop the Block,” the annual kickoff to the holiday shopping season, is November 22 and 23 in Zumbrota. For a complete list of events, as well as a schedule of classes, visit dwelllocal.com or check out the Dwell Local Facebook page. Holly Galbus is a news reporter and Rochester freelance writer.

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MUSIC SPARKS MEMORIES According to a 2019 University of Maine pilot study involving people with cognitive decline, music training provides cognitive, emotional and social benefits. It’s very stimulating for the brain. In fact, musical memory is one of the last areas to be lost. Resounding Voices was modeled after Giving Voice, a choir for those with cognitive decline in Minneapolis. Currently, there are 35 similar organizations throughout the world, with the number rapidly growing. Listening to or singing music has many benefits for people living with dementia. Not only does it spark memories, it allows a positive and safe environment for individuals to interact with other community members and caregivers. Each season, Resounding Voices selects eight to nine songs around a theme. The participants have input in the song selections, and some of the pieces are original compositions. Familiar tunes are included, but 20% of the music is brand new, which

People with cognitive impairment and their support partners raise spirits with Resounding Voices.

emphasizes continued learning. “Repetition, routine, rituals and a focus on well-being help participants flourish,” Johnson beams as she boasts of the group’s range. “We perform choral arrangements with a soprano, alto and men’s section.” “Everyone is passionate and having fun. It’s a great social network. There are no judgments, and all musical abilities are welcome,” Johnson stresses. “Whatever you contribute is beautiful. This is just about making music together. And everyone leaves with a great sense of accomplishment.”

SINGING RAISES OUR SPIRITS Joel Dunnette, whose wife, Sandra, is battling Lewy body dementia, is one of the original group members. He’s happy for an activity that they can do together. “With cognitive impairment, you tend to hole up, but this gets her out in a pleasant way. Singing really raises our spirits. I feel I have some control, and I am able to get support from others.” He adds, “It’s nice to see my wife having fun.” Judy Chiodo, a participant dealing with mild cognitive impairment, is grateful for the

group. “As a child I loved to dance and sing.” She laughs and announces, “It’s good to know that there’s a lot of life still within me. This brings me hope and clarity.” Volunteer Susan Powell attends in memory of her father who had Alzheimer’s disease. Powell gushes, “Being here is such a gift, and it’s my way of giving back. Tuesdays really are my favorite days. We get to sing beautiful music.”

HOLIDAY SING-ALONG Join Resounding Voices for their Holiday Sing-Along Concert on Tuesday, December 17 at 10 a.m. at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church, 2124 Viola Road NE in Rochester. Familiar carols will be sung along with breaks for traditional Christmas story readings. Attendance is free and festive attire is encouraged. Practices are held on Tuesday mornings from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. at Calvary Evangelical Free Church in Rochester. Registration information is found on resoundingvoices.org. Maka Boeve, owner of WaveMaker Consulting, LLC is a freelance writer and educator based in Rochester.

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VISITING ANGELS PROVIDES ELDER CARE SERVICES AND INCORPORATES ACTIVITIES OF DAILY LIVING. Joe

Sedelmeyer, owner and director of Visiting Angels in Rochester, Minnesota, notes the local office has been in Rochester for over 10 years. It includes about 100 caregivers, six office staff and four registered nurses. According to Sedelmeyer, they see about 100 clients and have helped thousands in the last 10 years. Visiting Angels has been providing elder care services since 1998, and now has more than 600 locations throughout the U.S.

“Visiting Angels’ elder services incorporate what are commonly known as activities of daily living. Our service coordinators are trained to create a personalized care plan for your loved one,” explains Sedelmeyer. “With a personalized care plan, families can customize our services to meet all their elder care needs.” Sedelmeyer says that Visiting Angels provides families with respite care, friendly companionship, personal care, hygiene assistance, meal planning and preparation, light housekeeping, laundry assistance, medication reminders and assistance with running errands.

VISITING ANGELS HELPS ON-SITE “The care is provided in the client's home, senior living housing, assisted living or any other types of facilities,” says Sedelmeyer. “We are often providing care in the Rochester area hotels for clients who are here for their Mayo Clinic appointments.” Nursing supervisor Judy Strenge, RN, mentions that if people are visiting from out of town and need help navigating through the

clinic or staying with them at night in the hotel room, they can go there. Strenge states, “Clients are usually senior citizens who need help in their home to stay at home. This includes assistance with activities of daily living, light housekeeping, escorting people to appointments, providing respite care for primary caregivers, providing one-on-one care to those who can’t be left alone and providing help for those who are in hospice and want to die at home.” Sedelmeyer says that while most clients are senior citizens, there are many times when they assist younger adults who may need some extra assistance after experiencing some physically limiting incident.

AGING IN PLACE “At-home senior care from Visiting Angels makes aging in place possible,” explains Sedelmeyer. He notes that aging in place describes the desire most seniors have to continue living in their own home for as long as possible before moving to a care facility. He continues, “At Visiting Angels, our compassionate caregivers provide assistance with activities of daily living RWmagazine.com November/December 2019

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that make aging in place possible. With our at-home care services, seniors receive the one-on-one support they need to remain independent and live safely at home.” Strenge explains that the benefit of helping people age in place is that they get to stay in their home. She says, “Some people are unaware they are not functioning well at home. The kids somehow convince Mom and Dad to allow help a few hours each week. The services provided by the caregivers go so well, that our hours increase. Mom and Dad are happier, the environment is neater, food is not spoiling in the fridge and the kids are happier knowing Mom and Dad are doing better.”

HELP, SERVICES AND COMPANIONSHIP Sedelmeyer says, “The senior care services we provide can accommodate a wide range of needs including companion care, personal care, palliative care, post-hospital stay care, social care, dementia and Alzheimer’s care and end-of-life care.” Strenge notes that they offer unique services including training caregivers before they help people in their home, and they also provide annual training. Office staff is also encouraged to receive training specific to helping people with dementia, says Strenge. 20

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As Strenge explains, companion care is needed when someone can't be alone for one reason or another. “A caregiver can escort or go with them to a movie, coffee, out to eat, or be with them to encourage eating or socializing,” she says. Sedelmeyer adds that a common activity Visiting Angels does is go for walks and engage in favorite activities and friendly companionship. “Our caregivers are scheduled at the clients' convenience,” says Sedelmeyer. “Weekday, weekend, holiday and overnight visits are available as needed. From hourly visits to 24-hour care, a Visiting Angels caregiver can be there when you need them.” Sedelmeyer explains, “When they choose Visiting Angels for at home senior care, we’ll work with them to create a plan for care that addresses their loved one’s individual needs. Care is always scheduled for the times they need it and can be modified as needed to adjust to changing needs.” He continues, “No two people are the same; therefore the elderly care needs are very different. Whether someone needs respite care, in-home care, part-time or full-time care or care at an assisted living facility, Visiting Angels can offer a skilled caregiver that is right for them. We tailor their program of senior home care based on their needs. The elderly care program is flexible, and they can change the program as different needs arise. We will also work along with any home health agency or nursing agency that may be assisting them after a recent hospital stay.” Sedelmeyer lists some examples of common activities Visiting Angels help with, including meal planning and preparation; light housekeeping, such as doing laundry, making beds and vacuuming; assistance with running errands and shopping; transportation to appointments or activities; assistance with bathing, dressing, grooming and using the bathroom; and reminders to eat meals, drink fluids and take medications. With winter coming, Strenge offers some suggestions for senior safety in the winter. “I like to tell people to err on the side of caution,” she says. She suggests salting and sanding the walk and driveway, not driving if you’re unsure,

taking advantage of grocery delivery and letting those around you help with making sure the house is taken care of. Have someone to clear walks and check that you’re OK.

VISITING ANGELS AT 125 LIVE 125 Live hosts an educational series with talks by volunteers from businesses who provide valuable and practical information about the importance of living wills, hospice, power of attorney, disease processes, practical interventions, resources in the community and steps to make the home more safe. Part of Sedelmeyer’s goal is to provide education on aging. He says, “Many times over the years we have received calls looking for many different resources in the area. We also have received questions on how to handle some of life's challenges as we age. We feel the more information we can share, the more people can make better-informed decisions on handling those challenges.”

BECOMING A VISITING ANGELS CLIENT If you have questions or would like more information about Visiting Angels services, call their office at 507-289-1147. You can also learn more on the Visiting Angels website at visitingangels.com or on their Facebook page, Visiting Angels (Rochester, MN). Strenge notes that sometimes referrals come from local hospitals or nursing homes. Sedelmeyer says, “Many times we have people contacting us to discuss the many different options for providing extra support for their parents.” Regarding the costs of the services, Sedelmeyer says, “The services we provide are ‘private pay,’ but some people can be reimbursed by their long-term care insurance. Our services don’t qualify for Medicare or Medicaid. The services can be for as little as a two-hour visit each week. So by creating a customized care plan and schedule, our clients are able to receive their services at the times that are most effective and efficient for them.” Alison Rentschler is a writer and editor living in Rochester, Minn., with her two dogs and her cat. She is often planning her future travels and adventures.


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LONG BEFORE SHARI MUKHERJEE MADE A NAME FOR HERSELF AS A SELF-TAUGHT CHEF FINALIST ON FOX NETWORK’S “MASTERCHEF,” SHE WAS A NEWLYWED. A newlywed that could not cook. In fact, about 10 years ago, Mukherjee’s husband jokingly nominated her to be a contestant on the show “Worst Cooks in America”—a show designed to turn terrible cooks into competent ones in a matter of weeks. Mukherjee and her husband Piyush met about 11½ years ago. She was raised Catholic, and her husband was raised Bengali Hindu. Culturally, cooking was a paramount aspect of many Hindu traditions and celebrations. Mukherjee was determined to prove to her


THREE-FOOT HELPERS: THE STRUGGLE IS REAL The busy holiday season can be a struggle with young children in the mix. As a stay-at-home mom, Mukherjee understands the challenge of keeping her sons entertained while she prepares meals. Her best advice to other parents is to simply embrace it. “I’m not perfect by any means, but I’ll bring them in the kitchen, give them some little cutting boards and let them ‘help.’ Or, if I’m keeping it real, I’ll put on ‘Paw Patrol,’” Mukherjee says. The blending of cultures, traditions, families and flavors have allowed the Mukherjee family to experience a true buffet of blessings. in-laws that she could learn to cook and would, indeed, take care of their son. She began finding simple recipes on the internet and learned to make curry. After about five years, Mukherjee learned to perfect the blending of spices and flavors to create delicious, authentic Indian dishes. It wasn’t an easy process, and she admits that many mistakes were made. However, a quote from Julia Child kept Shari focused and determined: “If you’re not ready to make mistakes, you’re not ready to cook.” After discovering her love for cooking, Mukherjee embraced mistakes and was certainly ready to celebrate her cooking successes in multiple arenas of her life. Remarkably, it was a fish curry dish that won Mukherjee an apron as a contestant on “MasterChef,” hosted by Chef Gordon Ramsay. It’s also fish-based dishes that earn her high marks at her family dinner table.

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SHARE THE BEST AND LEAVE THE REST At the beginning of their relationship, Mukherjee and her husband were both very open minded as they shared one another’s cultural traditions and celebrations. After having children, they made the decision to find a good balance and celebrate the aspects of both Christian and Hindu holidays that were most important to them as a couple and as a family. In fact, it was a woman who helped deliver the couple’s two children that not only shared a similar cultural background, but also gave Mukherjee the best direction. “Take what you consider good from each, and leave the rest,” the woman advised.

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Many continue to question how blended cultural beliefs can work with their young family. When asked how they will raise their children, Mukherjee’s response is that they will raise them to align with the way that they live. They will take their favorite aspects of each cultural tradition and invite their children to celebrate the unique experience each offers. Doing so has already allowed their children to experience and appreciate the foods, traditions and family fun that Thanksgiving, Diwali, Christmas, Krishna Janmashtami and other celebrations throughout the year have to offer. Festivals in India are quite different from celebrations Mukherjee had grown accustomed to celebrating in the United States. Although the Bengali cultural festivities are not always large and elaborate, there are monthly celebrations filled with family, unity and community. With the abundance of celebrations, Mukherjee has noticed that families seem to foster strong connections. “We celebrate holidays for what they are,” Mukherjee says. “Although there may be some cultural blending of food for many celebrations, we have chosen not to ‘Indianize’ American holidays or ‘Americanize’ Indian holidays.” The Mukherjee family celebrates Thanksgiving and Christmas with the traditions one may expect. With a smile, Mukherjee says the best part of each cultural celebration is the food. Would one expect anything else from this busy chef?

As Mukherjee discovered, one must be ready to fail to be ready to cook. But with some helpful instruction and practice, anyone can develop the skills to create flavorful meals. If you’re interested in an evening gaining cooking skills sure to impress during festivities this season, pop-up cooking classes are available with Mukherjee at Figue in Rochester. The classes are offered through “Eatwith,” a MasterChef partner. Each class provides up to three hours of demonstration. In addition to delicious sampling opportunities, attendees will receive detailed recipes, instructions on where to find specialty spices and ingredients, direction on the use of cooking tools and tips from a skilled chef. Various food experiences will be offered. Early sign-up is recommended as the classes fill quickly. Pop-up cooking classes make an excellent ladies night out, date night or gift for someone as you celebrate your next festival or holiday. Mukherjee has discovered that cooking gives her a sense of accomplishment, value and confidence. She has gone from “being afraid to roast a chicken” to becoming a recognized chef, teacher, esteemed daughterin-law, wife and mother. Mukherjee believes that confidence is crucial for women and says, “It’s important to believe you can do it. When you believe it, it can happen.” Mukherjee believes she can do it, so she does. Heather Weller is a. Realtor® with Keller Williams Premier Realty.

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QUARTZ AND GRANITE AND LAMINATE, OH MY!

CHOOSING THE RIGHT COUNTERTOP DOESN’T HAVE TO BE OVERWHELMING BY TRISH AMUNDSON Marble countertops by the Pinske Edge.

THERE’S NO PLACE LIKE HOME—ESPECIALLY THE KITCHEN AND BATH. These

are frequently-used rooms that should be comfortable and convenient with functional countertop spaces. Countertops are available in a number of colors, textures and patterns that comprise a range of costs and maintenance requirements. Whether you’re building or remodeling, choosing a specific product from hundreds of options can be overwhelming if you don’t have direction from a kitchen and bath expert. Here, three local professionals offer a variety of counter selections. Each provides insights into a current trend while sharing pros and cons to help you make your selection with care.

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QUARTZ ($$$) “Quartz is an engineered stone that is nonporous and very durable,” notes Kailee Klevan, kitchen and bath designer at Beyond Kitchens. “It’s created by combining ground quartz pieces and resins to bond it together under intense heat and pressure. Pigments are added during the fabrication process to give it a beautiful color and pattern.” The choices are endless, including solid colors, subtle patterns, a marble or concrete

look, and designs with large veining. A significant advantage of quartz is that you can get the same look of granite without the maintenance or worry of stains and scratches. In addition, the nonporous surface doesn’t retain any moisture or food crumbs—it’s always a clean and safe workspace. “For maintenance, your daily wipe-down with soap and water is really all you need,” says Klevan. Quartz is more expensive than granite, starting at $60 per square foot installed. It’s very durable, but the man-made material is not indestructible. “It’s mostly made of natural stone and can still break, crack and scratch,” she says. “You can get quartz from a variety of manufacturers that sell it at different price points,” Klevan says. “A cost-saving option we often utilize is selecting remnant pieces from our local stone fabricator. They are reasonably priced and are perfect for vanities or a smaller countertop area.” She cautions, “Be sure not to confuse quartz with Quartzite—they are two very different products. Quartzite is a natural stone.”

GRANITE ($$) Granite is available in subdued earth tones as well as vivid patterns, and it offers a unique

look that generally has lots of character and stands out. “Many times, people choose granite based on the color and how they want their room to feel,” says Michele Holzer, a sales associate at The Pinske Edge. According to Holzer, its best advantage is the natural beauty because each slab is unique. It’s more heat resistant than quartz and more effective in outdoor applications, with less fading. A disadvantage is that it needs to be sealed annually to maintain its resistance to stains. Granite also has natural fissures and pitting that make it less durable than quartz. The cost of granite varies based on the color and pricing and begins at approximately $45 per square foot installed. But it’s more affordable than some customers think. “Oftentimes people stop into our showroom with the idea that they can’t afford granite, and they are pleasantly surprised,” says Holzer. “People also are concerned with granite harboring bacteria because of the porosity of the surface, but as long as you are sealing your granite, this should not be an issue.”

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Photos clockwise from upper left: countertops by the Pinske Edge, Beyond Kitchens remodel with Cambria quartz countertops (photo by Moments of Life Photography), bar countertops by the Pinske Edge, bathroom remodel by Beyond Kitchens, featuring Corian quartz countertops (photo by Moments of Life Photography).

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for low-budget projects and are now used in higher-end homes due to their improved quality and stylish appeal. Laminate also comes in hundreds of colors and styles, and it can mimic other options. “It can look like granite or quartz,” says Donna Strobel, store manager at Gerhard’s Kitchen and Bath. “You can mix laminate with other materials, too, such as having an island with a quartz surface and using laminate around the rest of the kitchen.” Wilsonart and Formica are well-known brands of laminates available at Gerhard’s. The product consists of a thin layer of laminate on a wood base. It’s durable and water-resistant, but unlike a solid surface, scratches cannot be sanded out. Laminate offers a high-end look at a lower cost of $20 per linear foot. Opportunities to customize installations appeal to customers. “Popular undermount sinks can be installed with laminate,” says Strobel. “This option has been around for a while, and now everyone is catching on to it.” In addition, it can be installed 28

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by do-it-yourselfers. Professionally installed, these counters will cost more and may include custom-edge treatments. Strobel says that one line, for example, offers 15 different edges.

CHOOSING YOUR COUNTER To select the right countertop, think about the intended use and the material that will function best for you. If you want a more natural look, granite may be the choice for you. If you want the look of real stone but not the maintenance, you can find a similar look in quartz or laminate. Determine what fits into your budget. Seek out the professionals for their wisdom and expertise in countertops. They can advise you and get you on the road to choosing a counter that’s perfect for your space and your lifestyle. They can help you find a product you’ll absolutely love. Trish Amundson is a Rochester-area freelance writer. She loves the warm tones and veining in her kitchen countertops, which easily hide spilt liquids and food that sometimes go unnoticed … for weeks.

Michele Holzer, sales associate at The Pinske Edge, pinske-edge.com “I love the character and uniqueness of granite but the durability and maintenancefree quality of quartz, so my dream home would have a combination of both. I would put granite on my island to create a ‘wow’ factor, with a subtle quartz top along the perimeter, so it doesn’t compete with the focal point of the island.” Kailee Klevan, kitchen and bath designer at Beyond Kitchens, beyondkitchens.com “I do not by any means love the countertop in my kitchen right now, but we just moved into our house a few months ago and a kitchen remodel is definitely in the future. When we do get to that point, I will be selecting a quartz countertop. It is important to me to have a nonporous surface.” Donna Strobel, store manager at Gerhard’s Kitchen and Bath, gerhardsstore.com “I have laminate counters in my home, and they’re so durable. We also have laminates on display and in use in Gerhard’s Kitchen and Bath on our desks and countertops.”


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Outdoor Holiday Decor

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CREATING A MEMORABLE SEASONAL DISPLAY BY KRISTIE MOORE

WINTER CONTAINERS

Container gardening doesn’t have to stop when the growing season is over. Keep color and interest going all winter long by showcasing a variety of fresh-cut evergreens, hardy plant clippings and other decorative objects. Go au naturel or glitz and glam and explore new ways of seeing your outdoor planters.

REINVENT WHAT YOU ALREADY HAVE

The same pots and planter boxes that showcased summer’s glory can be converted into winter focal points. Philip Nicklay, with Viola Nursery and Greenhouse, says, “There are many treasures right in your own yard and garden that can be clipped and added directly to seasonal containers. Start with some spruce tops, then add in things like hydrangeas, Irish pods, evergreen cuttings, grapevine, seedpods and pinecones, to name a few.” 30

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It’s tempting and common to use the same decorating approach year after year. But keep in mind that styles change, and fresh ideas bring exhilaration. When it comes to dressing up your yard for the holidays, a little inspiration goes a long way. Whether you’re a festive fanatic or a minimal holiday celebrator, there’s a unique option for everyone. Here’s how to make a statement this season.

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for the holidays involves more than just Christmas trees and seasonal music. The real magic of the season happens outdoors, where strings of twinkling lights illuminate the fresh snow and sprigs of evergreens add vibrancy and interest to a sleeping landscape all winter long.

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Seasonal containers like these from Sargent's Gardens (left) and Viola Nursery and Greenhouse (right) can be custom-made using a base of treasures from your own yard.

Brianna Prudoehl of Fox and Fern Floral agrees. “Forage in the yard what you can, and incorporate a variety of textures.” Some of her favorites are birch tubes or logs, winter berries, pomegranates, oversized pine cones and dogwood. Prudoehl has a method when designing an arrangement. “I always keep in mind how each plant that I’m working with moves and flows in the container…does it stand straight, bend over, drape down? I also love wrapping garland in pots and containers.”

MAKE IT LAST

“Make your holiday pots versatile and long-lasting,” Nicklay encourages. “Add festive holiday elements like pops of red or shiny accents that can then be removed come January, so the display can transition to a more neutral winter pot.” Winter containers can be enjoyed for up to five months, well beyond the holiday season. He adds, “The

bonus of winter containers, unlike live plant pots, is they are no maintenance!” Landscape Design Manager Scott Moon, from Sargent’s Gardens, gives an important reminder. “When working with ceramic, clay pots or glass containers, consider making seasonal arrangements in a slightly smaller-sized plastic pot and inserting that into the finished look. Pots that are not plastic can be vulnerable to breakage during the winter months.”

GO BIG, REPEAT ELEMENTS AND KEEP IT SIMPLE

A container does not need a lot of different materials to have a big impact. In more sizable pots, use chunky, large-scale objects for big drama. Keep materials similar but don’t worry about matching multiple pots exactly. Remember to embellish garland around the front door and wreaths in a similar way to tie the look together.


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Stringing lights on the house is a holiday classic, but well-balanced outdoor decorating incorporates plenty of natural elements as well. Lit trees, shrubs and even ground covers play an important role in providing varied height and dimension to your outdoor display. Design an interesting theme with colored LED lights. Or opt for strands of all-white lights that are versatile and neutral, complimenting landscape from the holiday season through March, giving long winter nights sparkle. Use an outlet timer to make managing your lights effortless.

HIRE A PROFESSIONAL

Not everyone has the time, resources or desire to create their dream seasonal display. Not to worry, a variety of professional help is available. Options range from budget-friendly, pre-made winter pots (fresh or artificial) found at most big-box stores to custom-designed planters made and delivered directly to your front step. Viola Nursery, Sargent’s Gardens and other local garden and floral centers specialize in this kind of full-service offering. Overwhelmed with putting up your own lights? Companies like Red Nose Lighting can take the hassle out of designing, hanging and managing the lights display for your home.

PLANTING PARTY, ANYBODY? What better way to embrace the holiday cheer than with a DIY winter container

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Above and Beyond Your Expectations.

A planting party or design seminar can be a good start to decorating your home this holiday season.

Design build remodeler Kitchens Baths Laundry/Mudroom And beyond... workshop? Go solo or gather your besties, church group or company peers and get your decorating groove on. Nicklay, who books private group events, explains, “Many groups have made it a tradition and come back year after year. People love the ability to experiment with lots of unique options and then only pay for what they finally select.” Moon elaborates on the extensive offering Sargent’s also features for their container workshops. “We feature several types of fir cuttings; sustainably sourced spruce tops (from Northern Minnesota and Canada); several types of curly willow, dogwood, winter berries and rosehips; and many other unique options.” Sargent’s Gardens and Viola Nursery both host winter container workshops at their greenhouses in November and December. Bring your existing pots or buy new containers. These workshops are great fun and fill up quickly. Head over to their websites for info on their workshop calendars (sargentsgardens. com and violanursery.com). Whether you decide to go it alone or bring in a professional, embrace our long winters by decorating your outdoor space.

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COLD OUTSIDE, COZY INSIDE IS YOUR HEATING SYSTEM READY FOR WINTER? BY AMANDA RUGGERI

AS WE ENJOY OUR LAST FEW DAYS OF BEAUTIFUL FALL WEATHER, IT’S TIME TO START THINKING ABOUT THE UPCOMING WINTER. The Farmers’ Almanac predicts winter temperatures to be above normal this year, but as we all know, normal in Minnesota is still very cold! Now is the time to start preparing by making sure that your heating systems are ready for the job. FURNACES Furnaces require a maintenance check and a thorough cleaning by a licensed HVAC professional annually. It’s always a good idea to plan this early in the season before temperatures drop, so that there is plenty of time to address a problem, if needed. There’s nothing worse than losing heat in the middle of the night during the polar vortex! Furnaces have a lifespan of anywhere from 10 to 20 years, but to keep your furnace running at peak efficiency for as long as possible, an annual check-up is strongly recommended. A good practice is to replace your furnace filters when needed. Refer to your owners manual for information about how often to change them. The newer models, like Evolution by Bryant, have their own thermostats that will send an email when the filters are dirty and need to be replaced. Not only that but the thermostat does its own diagnostics and can alert you to any other problems with 32

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your system. This allows you to log in to your thermostat from anywhere to check the status—a handy feature while traveling.

FIREPLACES: WOOD, GAS OR ELECTRIC? The quintessential portrait of a cozy winter home is centered around the warm glow of a fireplace. While wood burning fireplaces are a traditional image, in reality, their cons often outweigh the pros. Gone are the days of chopping wood and cleaning ashes. Other heating options are more energy efficient and practical. Gas fireplaces are cleaner and more convenient. Fireplaces are limited to providing heat only in one room, but new advances in venting systems for gas fireplaces allow homeowners not only to control the temperature output of their fireplace but to flip a switch to transfer the heat through the vents to another room.

GAS INSERTS What if you own an older home with a wood burning fireplace? Nicole Haley from Haley Comfort Systems says that their project managers can help homeowners with every step of fitting a gas insert into existing wood burning fireplaces, from choosing the best system for your home to installation and possible redesign of the aesthetic of the fireplace and mantle. An efficient (and beautiful) fireplace can add thousands of dollars worth of value to your home, so an attractive retrofit is a worthwhile investment.

ELECTRIC Electric fireplaces are easy to install; there are freestanding models and some that hang on the wall. They provide instant atmosphere to a room but are more costly to operate than gas and provide considerably less heat. They are, in essence, good-looking space heaters but are very convenient for renters or for heating a small space for a short time.

BUTTON UP TIGHT! Almost all fireplaces can be an energy drain. But since wood-burning fireplaces have to be operated with the flue open, they end up letting much of the heated air from the house escape through the chimney. Gas fireplaces have a much smaller flue and are sealed up to be practically air tight, preventing significant heat loss. Along with heat loss from chimneys, don’t neglect other areas of the house where heat may be escaping. Fall is the time to inspect the weather seals on your exterior doors and windows and repair or replace any that are not tight. Insulation is also key to preventing heat loss. Keeping your house buttoned up will reduce your energy bills and keep your family cozy all winter long. Amanda Ruggeri was born and raised in Minnesota but still hasn’t adapted to the climate. You can find her wrapped in a blanket by the fireplace all winter long!


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SYLWIA BUJAK OLIVER AND 125 LIVE CONNECT THE SOCIALLY ISOLATED AND ENRICH LIVES OF ALL AGES BY ERIN PAGEL

125 . LIVE IS MORE THAN A COMMUNITY CENTER. IT’S MORE THAN A FITNESS FACILITY. Take just a few steps inside its doors, and it is clear that 125 Live is a whole lot more than expected. 125 Live (and its vibrant executive director) is a hidden gem of Rochester and a facility that offers something for everyone. WHAT IS 125 LIVE?

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At its heart, 125 Live is a nonprofit community center for active adults living in and around Rochester. The center targets much of its programming to those over age 50, but 125 Live is much more than a senior center. It’s a community gathering and recreational space made up of a gorgeous, light-filled 60,000-square-foot facility and around 150 volunteers and 50 staff, all catering to the needs and desires of its members. “125 Live is a catalyst for people to make friends and connections with people you otherwise wouldn’t have,” says Operations Director Ken Baerg. “It is a vibrant, healthy and active community,” says Executive Director Sylwia (pronounced “Sylvia”) Bujak Oliver. Located on Elton Hills Drive near downtown Rochester, 125 Live is a multi-generational facility that prides itself on listening to its members. Amazing volunteers and staff, numerous and varied program offerings and a beautiful building keep 125 Live members happy. “Once people come, they stay,” says Bujak Oliver. The club boasts a phenomenally high member retention rate of 94%. “Our members love it here,” Bujak Oliver says. “We’d like to give them everything they ask for; we’re creating a community within 125 Live.” The facility offers both fitness and social activities for over 2,600 members ages 18 to 112. You read that right: ages 18 to 112. Baby Boomers, Generation Xers, Millennials and PostMillennials—125 Live serves us all. “We’ve got a reputation of only being a senior center, but we are so much more than that,” says Bujak Oliver. 125 Live is not like a typical community center. Says Bujak Oliver, “There’s no judgment. We’re welcoming.” 125 Live is neither exclusive nor expensive. Membership fees are on a sliding scale, and over half of the members pay nothing at all due to the facility’s participation with insurance programs that incentivize people to be fit, active and healthy. “There’s free parking, and the bus stops hourly at the doors,” says Bujak Oliver, making the facility very accessible.

UNEXPECTED OFFERINGS As an adult community center catering to those over 50, 125 Live has all of the activities one may expect: quilting group, scrapbooking and cardio and fitness classes, among others. One may not expect, however, to find two pools within the 125 Live facility (one There's something for all ages and abilities at 125 Live. RWmagazine.com November/December 2019

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HEALTH AND BEAUTY The 125 Live facility (left) and its executive director Sylwia Bujak Oliver (below) take pride in providing opportunities for all adults to embark on their own journeys to "aging successfully"

kept at a toasty 90 degrees and the second a 50-meter competition size). Hearing loops are placed in the floor to make it easier for people using assistive hearing devices to hear and join conversations. Bujak Oliver and the 125 Live staff can also boast about their more than 80 weekly fitness classes, including cardio drumming, pickleball and self-defense. Would you expect an opportunity to box with retired heavyweight boxer and mixed martial artist Raphael Butler at 125 Live? Get your gloves on because he teaches weekly classes at the facility. Also nestled within the facility is a 1,600square-foot woodworking studio stocked with enough tools to make any woodworker salivate. 125 Live has four 8-foot and two 7-foot billiards tables and 10 potter’s wheels. The facility offers children’s art classes and camps and a surprisingly large computer center. Art installations can be found throughout the two-story space and feature varied artistic offerings by local artists in fashion, painting and photography. Topping off the list of amenities are on-site massage, Reiki and hairstyling.

discussion and interaction with others, referring them to 125 Live. OMC and Family Service Rochester discuss 125 Live program opportunities and provide free passes to the facility. This opportunity for isolated adults to connect with someone in a real and personal way has been incredibly helpful. Bujak Oliver recalls one person who called and was very upset, to the point of tears. She shared how lonely she was. The staff at 125 Live provided a kind ear and the opportunity for her to share her story. Bujak Oliver was quickly able to connect her with a group of members that were glad to take her under their wings and provide a personal, real and ongoing connection. “She was over the moon,” recalls Bujak Oliver. These types of interactions can have a profound impact on the health and well-being of an individual who may feel isolated or lonely.

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every time she steps in the door of the facility. Her passion is evident as she breezes through the building, barely holding her excitement in check and chatting with everyone she sees along the way. Her excitement overflows as she walks the building, pointing out the wonderful offerings and beaming with pride. Bujak Oliver started with 125 Live the day it opened its doors in late 2016. Originally from Poland, Bujak Oliver studied law and humanistic studies at Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznan, Poland. She has moved 48 times, arriving in Rochester in 2012. Lucky for us she doesn’t plan to leave. In addition to her executive director role, Bujak Oliver is a mother and is certified in fitness instruction and personal training. She teaches a weekly cardioboxing class at 125 Live and also serves as a substitute instructor, filling in where needed. Bujak Oliver does all of this because she loves the members at 125 Live and fully supports the mission. She would like nothing more than for the community to grow and prosper further. “My work colleagues and the members are the best part of my job,” says Bujak Oliver. “My ultimate favorite thing to do is workplace wellness. We work out as a team. We burn some steam off, channel bad energy into something good for the body and the mind. My leadership team wants to live as we all preach—age wisely and well.” She offers a bit of advice for women, “Do what you like and you will never work a day in your life. I would encourage any woman to try to find things that bring joy and just do it! Happiness lies in the attitude and small details. We, women, need to learn to look after ourselves because no one else will.” Erin Pagel is a freelance writer living in Rochester.

A PASSIONATE EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR One characteristic of an active and successful executive director is a true love for the work, the mission and the people. Sylwia Bujak Oliver shows her love for the 125 Live community

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THE HOLIDAY SEASON BRINGS JOY, BUT IT CAN ALSO BE A DIFFICULT TIME TO FEEL GOOD ABOUT YOURSELF. All of the sugary treats,

festive cocktails and often cold and dry weather can leave your skin looking and feeling rough. Fortunately, Slow Coast Spa, Posh Facial Esthetics and Essence Skin Clinic, all located in Rochester, have services for $200 and less that will help you look and feel your best for all of your holiday gatherings.

Dermalinfusion, is just $175 and will yield skin that is fresh and clean. SilkPeel exfoliates the skin and then patient-specific solutions are applied. This is quick and noninvasive with immediate results.

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SLOW COAST SPA Slow Coast Spa is a studio medspa with a variety of services that provide corrective skin restoration with sustainable results. They are located in Sola Salons on South Broadway in Rochester. Andria, the owner, suggests stopping in for some Botox to improve the look of wrinkles and smooth out your skin. This quick procedure entails just a few needle pokes but will yield big results. Another option is an IPL Photofacial to help rejuvenate your skin. IPL, or Intense Pulsed Light, uses light to target specific problem areas on the skin and even out your skin tone. Too much sun over the summer months? This treatment will help reduce sun damage and help give you a healthy glow.

POSH FACIAL ESTHETICS Posh Facial Esthetics, located at Shoppes on Maine in southeast Rochester, is a medical spa that offers a wide range of treatments. Owner Stephanie and her team picked their favorite treatments to get you ready for the holidays. Their first suggestion, the SilkPeel

If you notice a little “peach fuzz” on your face when you look in the mirror, you might want to consider Dermaplaning. This treatment uses a medical grade scalpel but is completely noninvasive. The scalpel is used to scrape across the surface of the skin, almost like shaving. This will get rid of your dry and dead winter skin and leave your skin looking refreshed and smooth.

The SilkPeel Dermalinfusion is a quick and noninvasive treatment available at Posh Facial Esthetics.

The second treatment suggested by the Posh crew is the Illuminize Peel. This one is great for anyone looking to clear up a breakout. The Illuminize Peel shrinks the pores and gently exfoliates the skin. Either will leave you with fresh, beautiful skin.

ESSENCE SKIN CLINIC Essence Skin Clinic is located in the heart of downtown Rochester. Jennifer and her team offer luxurious skin care and beauty services, and their goal is to help you achieve optimal skin health. The first treatment suggested by Jennifer, costing only $135, is Microdermabrasion. In a single treatment you can smooth out rough winter skin and reduce the look of fine lines. Other things to look forward to are tighter skin, smaller pores and no downtime at all.

There are some important questions to ask and things to keep in mind before having any treatments done. The great thing about these six treatments is there is really no downtime at all and you will see results very quickly. That means that you could stop over your lunch break to have these procedures done and head right back to work. That’s not the case with all treatments. Be sure to ask if you will need to take time off of work or strategically schedule around a big event. You can always ask to see pictures of what you will look like once the procedure is done. Ask if there is any swelling or bruising. Also, it’s important to check how often you might need to stop in for touch ups. Look good, feel good. That’s the goal. Taking some time for yourself over the holidays is just as important as finding the perfect gift for your significant other or having a perfectly decorated tree. It’s amazing how great healthy, glowing skin can make you feel. Elizabeth Harris is from Rochester and works full time for the American Cancer Society. She also teaches dance and does wedding coordination in addition to freelance writing.

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AN ESTATE—THE WORD MAY CONJURE IMAGES OF A GRAND HOUSE ON IMMACULATE GROUNDS.

However, the legal definition is quite different. Rather, it’s your entire net worth, including all properties, investments and belongings. Have you documented what will happen to your estate when you’re no longer living? If not, you’re in good company. An estimated 55% of American adults don’t have an estate plan in place. “I often hear from people that they don’t have any assets, but that’s rarely the case,” says Melissa Saunders, an estate planning attorney at Dunlap & Seeger in Rochester. Whether it’s a home, retirement funds or that heirloom ring that’s been passed down for generations, the odds are you have some type of assets and you may want input on who they’re given to when you’re gone. Here’s a look at the options.

BENEFITS AND LIMITATIONS There are two primary options when it comes to executing an estate plan—a will and a revocable living trust. While both methods serve primarily to name beneficiaries for your property, each has its own set of benefits and limitations. A will directs who will receive your property at your death and also elects a representative to carry out your wishes. It also allows you to name a guardian for your children and to specify funeral arrangements.

However, the downside is that a will has to go through probate court upon your death. While your will can be used to nominate a personal representative, in the probate process, the court officially appoints a representative. This process may involve a hearing, which takes both time and money. This process is also a matter of public record. A trust, on the other hand, allows you to avoid the probate process. “It’s very seamless with a trust,” says Saunders. “You can write the check to the funeral home right away, where it may take four to six weeks for your representative to gain access to your assets in a probate." Another benefit of a trust is that it goes into effect immediately rather than at death. This offers clear advantages when planning for any future disability, as a designated friend or loved one can act on your behalf to manage assets when you’re no longer able. Trusts, however, don’t allow you to designate guardians for children. They also take conscious effort to maintain. “A living trust is useless unless it’s funded,” says Saunders. “It can only be used to control assets that you place into the trust, which can be a tedious process. It’s also more expensive to set up.”

CHOOSING YOUR PATH Which type of estate planning is best for you? It may depend on your stage of life, explains Saunders. “A will is typically done for younger clients,” she says. “They’re more affordable, and since it’s easy for things to slip through the cracks as you obtain new assets, you don’t have to keep it funded like

you do a trust. Or if you just want to designate guardians, a will is very appropriate.” Saunders often recommends establishing a trust closer to retirement, when your assets are more stabilized. However, both estate planning options can be revised as your life situation or assets change.

GETTING STARTED It’s important to get expert guidance when setting up these important legal documents. “While online forms are available, they’re fairly generic for the U.S. and don’t always comply with Minnesota law,” says Saunders. “In addition, people don’t often think of all the contingencies, such as what to do if a beneficiary or representative dies before you do. We can help you think steps down the road with scenarios that may happen.” Estate planning does take preparation. Many firms will provide questionnaires or worksheets ahead of an appointment to get you thinking and talking about any needed information. You’ll need to provide an accurate inventory of your assets and any existing legal documents linked to your finances, including any past estate documents or divorce decrees. It’s also important to think about who would make a good personal representative for your estate. “Even if you have questions or haven’t made a final decision, it’s still good to have thought about it beforehand,” says Saunders. Jen Jacobson is a local writer and editor.

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Tuesday, November 12, 2019 / 7:00-8:00am / The International Event Center Register by November 4th for this free event at TinyURL.com/ProjectLegacyRise Thanks to our generous sponsor, Joe Powers and the Event Center, we are able to host our breakfast at no charge to our guests. 930 40th Street NW, Suite 120, Rochester, MN 55901 / (507) 322-0010 / www.projectlegacymn.org

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WHERE PURPOSE MEETS AFFORDABILITY BY GRACE MENCHACA

WHEN SEARCHING YELP FOR "BEST THRIFT STORES" IN ROCHESTER, A LIST OF FAMILIAR CHAINS LOADS ON THE SCREEN. Goodwill, Savers and the Salvation Army Family Store & Donation Center are a few of the names. But one possibly unfamiliar name pops up on the list—Thrift on Fifth.

A NEW THRIFT IN TOWN Thrift on Fifth, located in Christ United Methodist Church, offers quality, gently-used clothing at very affordable prices. Adult items cost a mere $1, with children's items costing 50 cents. Volunteers are staffed to welcome community donations and purchases in the basement of the church. People from all walks of life are invited to visit the store. The reason for this? Thrift on Fifth aims to serve its community by creating a place of inclusivity and support. Pam Lund, a volunteer at the store, shares her experiences with customers. “We had a mother of five, with four of her kids with her, and they all shopped. They left with six bags of clothing for the coming school year. All the kids were excited they got to choose themselves, and their total cost was $31," she says, "We’ve had

people come after they get their first job out of high school. They have ripped jeans and t-shirts, so they need something else to wear to work. They’ll be able to get two or three outfits for $10 maximum— maybe not even that.” In particular, Thrift on Fifth helps a community of customers barely getting by. “On Saturdays, we have a lot of homeless customers because of the Saturday meals the church offers,” says Lund. “One time, there was a woman who was barefoot because her bag that carried all her possessions was taken from her. Some of (the homeless customers) come every week, and we get acquainted with them. We see them through their various problems and successes, and that’s very rewarding. They are so good to each other. Someone who has $5 will buy for someone else who doesn’t have $1.”

ANOTHER WAY TO THRIVE All proceeds raised at the store go to Thrive Child Care and Family Resource Center scholarships. According to the website, Thrive offers pivotal components in early childhood development and education. These components include high-quality interactions with education professionals, hands-on learning projects and experiences, definitive strategies to express emotional and social feelings and parental opportunities to participate in their child's education. Thrive is not a religiousaffiliated center and does not require participants to adhere to certain religious beliefs or customs.

COMMUNITY HELP Like Thrift on Fifth, many Rochester organizations have opportunities for volunteers to help the community. At Ronald McDonald House, volunteers can welcome and assist visitors as HouseWarmers. At Paws and Claws Humane Society, volunteers can walk or play with furry friends. Channel One Food Bank

volunteers can stock and assist the Supplemental Food Shelf Program. Women's Shelter and Support Center volunteers can aid in facility maintenance. The opportunities are endless. After considering her volunteer experiences at Thrift on Fifth, Lund fondly remarks, “I have to say, we get as much as we give. It’s very rewarding and fun.” In a city that’s growing more and more diverse, volunteer work is a perfect pastime to connect with the locals and foster community growth. Thrift on Fifth is open Wednesdays from 4 to 7 pm, and Saturdays and Sundays from 9 am to noon. Community members who are interested in volunteering at the store can contact Christ United Methodist Church at 507-289-4019 or email@cumethodist.com. Seasonal clothing donations are accepted at the store during church hours. To keep up to date with Thrift on Fifth, follow their Facebook page: facebook.com/thrifton5th Grace Menchaca is a student at Winona State University and aspiring freelance writer.

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CALENDAR EVENTS GATHERED BY SARA ALBERTELLI

Check out our Community Calendar online for additional listings at RWmagazine.com Events in purple are sponsored by RochesterWomen magazine. Deadline for submitting events for RochesterWomen January/February 2020 issue is November 30, 2019. Send events to calendar@RWmagazine.com *(507 area code unless stated)

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NOVEMBER 11

Where the Minds Meet, Mayo Civic Center, a podcast with Dr. Maté and professional panel discussing plant medicine, 1-10 pm, 328-2220, mayociviccenter.com

Hope and Healing in Tragedy and Loss, Assisi Heights Spirituality Center, discuss the stages of grief, action steps, and support systems around you, 6:30-8 pm, 282-7441, rochesterfranciscan.org

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31st Annual Polka Party, Kahler Grand Hotel, polka music, live bands, excellent food, and dancing, varying times, 280-6200, thekahlerhotel.com

Women on Wednesdays Presents: Women Working in the Field of Death & Dying, Rochester Civic Theatre, providing a stage to discuss social issues and promote inclusiveness, 5:30-7 pm, 282-8481, rochestercivictheatre.org

NOVEMBER 2 Red Carpet Recovery Gala, Rochester International Event Center, a benefit to support the journey of Recovery is Happening, 5:30-10 pm, 218-4773, recoveryishappening.org

NOVEMBER 6 Rochester Women Magazine November/ December issue release party, Thesis Beer Project, meet our new owner, Emily Watkins, 4:30-7 pm

NOVEMBER 6 2nd Annual Thanksgiving Chili Cook Off, Rochester Area Family YMCA, join the tasting or enter the contest and have your recipe judged, 10:30 am-12:30 pm, 216-9882, ymcamn.org

NOVEMBER 7 Chef’s Playground, Mayo Civic Center, chefs will recreate childhood recipes to benefit the Minnesota Children’s Museum, 6-9 pm, 651-225-6000, roch.mcm.org

NOVEMBER 9 Compassion/Detachment Retreat, Assisi Heights Spirituality Center, learn ways to have compassion and detachment from old beliefs/patterns, 9 am-3 pm, 282-7441, rochesterfranciscan.org

NOVEMBER 9-10 Annual Holiday Harvest Wine & Food Festival, Great River Road Wine Trail, enjoy featured wines and ciders paired with delicious holiday foods, 10 am-5 pm, greatriverroadwinetrail.org

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NOVEMBER 14 Give to the Max Day, statewide, support statewide charities of your choice on this day of selfless giving, givemn.org

NOVEMBER 15-17 Renew Women’s Retreat, Metta Meditation Center, Janesville, MN, women supporting women's, personal growth, self-discovery, education and relationship building, 234-5712, renewwomensretreat.org

NOVEMBER 16 Rochester Symphony Presents: 1919, Mayo Civic Center Presentation Hall, featuring masterworks that were played when the Symphony was first established, 7:30 pm, 286-8742, rochestersymphony.org/1919

NOVEMBER 16 Love Justice International Fundraiser Brunch & Craft Sale, Calvary Evangelical Free Church of Rochester, buffet brunch and presentation to end human trafficking, 9 am-1:30 pm, 282-4612, calvaryefc.org

NOVEMBER 16 Mayo Clinic Employee Craft Show, Mayo Civic Center Ballroom, hundreds of original, hand-crafted items for sale, 8 am, 328-2220, mayociviccenter.com

NOVEMBER 16 14th Annual A Live and Love Affair Gala, Hilton Hotel Downtown, a broadway themed evening to benefit Seasons Hospice, time TBD, 285-1930, seasonshospice.org

NOVEMBER 17 Festival of Music Concert, First Presbyterian Church, Chelsea Chen will perform traditional organ repertoire and contemporary music, 4-5 pm, 282-1618, fpcrochester.org

NOVEMBER 18 Radical Kindness: Engaging a Community, Assisi Heights Spirituality Center, think differently about kindness and take action to cultivate positive change, 6:30-8 pm, 282-7441, rochesterfranciscan.org

NOVEMBER 21 Ladama, Rochester Civic Theatre, a group of four women musicians, will perform Latin Alternative music, 7 pm, 328-2200, rochestermn.gov

NOVEMBER 21-22 RAACHE Choirs Harmonies Fall Concert, Zumbro Lutheran Church, concert features performances by Arioso, Cantabile, Con Brio, and Staccato, 7-8:30 pm, 261-6538, raachechoirs.org

NOVEMBER 22 Les Caractères de la Danse, Mount Olive Lutheran Church, baroque music and dance extravaganza with selections by Jean-Féry Rebel, 7:30 pm, (651) 321-2214, lyrabaroque.org

NOVEMBER 22-23, 29-30 & DECEMBER 5-8 Wandaleria, Rochester Repertory Theatre, working-class, female-focused riff on the Secret Life of Walter Mitty, Thurs., Fri., Sat. 7:30 pm; Sun. 2 pm, 289-1737, rochesterrep.org

NOVEMBER 26 Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker, Mayo Civic Center Auditorium, featuring magical props, a growing Christmas tree, and Russian-made costumes and sets, 7 pm, 328-2220, mayociviccenter.com

NOVEMBER 28 Rochester Turkey Trot 5K, Soldiers Memorial Field, join the Thanksgiving tradition and raise money for a worthwhile cause, 9 am, MNRuns.com

NOVEMBER 28 Rochester 5K Family Gobble Wobble, Autumn Ridge Church, donations will benefit the Salvation Army of Rochester in this giving season, 8:30 am, runsignup.com/Race/MN/Rochester/GW


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Here Comes Santa Claus, Downtown Rochester, a “warming house,” live entertainment, activities, and a Peace Plaza lighting ceremony, 4-8 pm, 216-9882, downtownrochestermn.com

Rochester Symphony Presents: Messiah, Lourdes High School, the Symphony's ninth performance of Messiah under Maestro Lantz's direction, Sat. 7:30 pm, Sun. 2 pm, 286-8742, rochestersymphony.org/messiah

NOVEMBER 29-DECEMBER 1 Festival of Trees: A Celebration of Giving, Mayo Civic Center, daily activities, live entertainment and shopping to benefit Hiawatha Homes, varying times, 289-8683, hiawathahomes.org/festival-of-trees

NOVEMBER 30 9th Small Business Saturday, Downtown Rochester, shop local to support small, independent businesses within our community, 216-9882, downtownrochestermn.com

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International Day of Persons With Disabilities Celebration, Rochester Civic Theatre, activities to create awareness surrounding full integration of people with disabilities, 12-6 pm, 282-8481, rochestercivictheatre.org

DECEMBER 3 Lorie Line: Celebrating Christmas, Mayo Civic Center, celebrating 30 years of touring, Lorie will perform new music and classics, 7 pm, 328-2220, mayociviccenter.com

DECEMBER 3-5 Renew YOU Retreat, Metta Meditation Center, Janesville, MN, create a future vision and a plan to meet your goals, 234-5712, renewwomensretreat.org

DECEMBER 7 6th Annual Feast Local Foods Marketplace, Mayo Civic Center, farmers and foodmakers will showcase, sell and demonstrate their products and recipes, 10 am-4 pm, 405-4045, local-feast.org

DECEMBER 6-22 Elf: The Musical, Rochester Civic Theatre, following Buddy the Elf on his journey to bring Christmas to NYC, Fri., Sat. 7 pm; Sun. 2 pm, 282-8481, rochestercivictheatre.org

DECEMBER 10 Rochester Women Magazine Night at Board & Brush, create a unique piece of holiday decor and get a free gift, 6 pm, boardandbrush.com/rochester/ #Calendar-workshop

DECEMBER 13-15 A Bella Christmas 2019, Christ United Methodist Church, enjoy the holiday season by joining the festive Bella tradition, varying times, douglascarnes.com

DECEMBER 13-21 The SantaLand Diaries, Rochester Civic Theatre, a comedic one-man show for adults about working in Christmas retail, Fri., Sat. 7 pm; Sun. 2 pm, 282-8481, rochestercivictheatre.org

DECEMBER 14 Welcome Christmas with VocalEssence, Christ United Methodist Church, featuring Philip Brunelle and The Ensemble Singers of VocalEssence, 7:30 pm, rochesterchambermusic.org

DECEMBER 18 The Oak Ridge Boys Christmas Show, Mayo Civic Center, the Grammy Award-winning group will play their Down Home Christmas show, 7:30 pm, 328-2220, mayociviccenter.com

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JANUARY 1 Pick-up Rochester Women Magazine January/February 2020 winter issue. JANUARY 4 27th Annual Wedding Extravaganza: Southeast Minnesota’s Bridal Expo, Mayo Civic Center Exhibit Hall, wedding vendors, resources, and inspirational ideas for all brides to be, 9 am, 876-0199, weddingxtravaganza.com

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ON THE LIGHTER SIDE

2019 SETTING AND ATTAINING GOALS BY BRITTNEY MARSCHALL

HAVE YOU EVER HEARD SOMEONE—A FRIEND, COLLEAGUE OR NEIGHBOR—TALK ABOUT THEIR LATEST ACCOMPLISHMENTS, JOB, RELATIONSHIP OR LIFE ADVENTURE AND WONDERED, “HOW DO THEY DO IT ALL?” Well, it’s not just them; it’s all of us. Today it’s the norm to juggle full-time careers, raise children (or pets) and manage relationships. We live in a culture where we are always “on.” Technology is great, but it makes us accessible all the time. I can’t be the only one guilty of answering emails, “liking” a couple of Facebook posts and thinking about the next 20 things I have to get finished, all while standing in line paying for groceries. The work/life balance challenge is never-ending. But at the same time, we hold the misconception that everyone else has it all together.

ACHIEVE 2019 Recognizing this, Rochester women Brittany Baker of MedCity Doulas, Rachel Watts of Planning Mindfully and Jorrie Johnson of Rochester Women magazine collaborated to plan an event series for women ready to design the life they love by committing to goal setting with intention. They created a space for connecting with community resources and experts that could provide support in eight dimensions of wellness (environmental, financial, spiritual, vocational, emotional, social, physical and intellectual). Baker explains that the series provided the opportunity for attendees to get support and tools for implementing accountability while being surrounded by like-minded women with similar experiences.

A MULTIDIMENSIONAL APPROACH Multidimensional goal-setting focuses on the whole person in all areas of life to encourage a holistic approach. Event attendees say they wanted support to set realistic and flexible goals so they could ultimately have what we all need—the 46

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seemingly elusive healthy work/life balance. During the first event in January, attendees set goals. Some real-life examples include: • Environmental: Purge my home office and set up a space I love. • Financial: Pay off two retail store credit cards and implement a plan for self-discipline around the "clothing” and “eating out" portions of my budget. • Spiritual: Wake up 20 minutes earlier to start a daily spiritual practice time. • Vocational: Document the "above and beyond" work that I do and ask for a raise. • Emotional: Plan a weekly "family meeting" night and ask for what I need. • Social: See a friend three times a month. • Physical: Move my body every day. • Intellectual: Read one book a month for fun (unrelated to vacation or self-help). Attendee Cossette Nasiedlak, an owner at Rochester Moms on the Run, says, “These events helped me evaluate where I am and where I’d like to take my life or work goals. I have a lot to work on, and taking it one step at a time doesn’t make me feel overwhelmed or that I have to ‘do it all.’”

BEING ACCOUNTABLE Goals are great; they give us something to work toward. Goals also take time, persistence and determination to achieve. They can be exciting at first, but motivation dips after a couple of months, meaning the goals are sometimes given up. Research shows that two factors help behavior change: incentives and accountability. When you tell your boss that you’ll get the budget done by the end of the week, you’re more likely to do it. When you tell a friend that you’ll meet them at the gym for a 5 a.m. spin class, you’re more likely to commit to rolling out of bed when the alarm goes off. The American Society of Training and Development found that people are 65% more likely to achieve a goal after committing to another person. Chances of success increase to 95% when there are ongoing meetings to check progress. Achieve attendee Alli Vaith said that after the event, she re-created her work mission statement to “Aligning friends with life-giving homes.” She went on to say, “The event helped me focus on the importance of being YOU in your advertisement and providing value to the community around you.” Alli’s accountability partner is a friend and colleague. These ladies committed to the process with the Achieve 2019 event series and to achieving their goals. You, too, can achieve the goals that will make your life more balanced. Commit to specific actions and ask someone to hold you accountable. Brittney Marschall is a freelance writer and Rochester resident.


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