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33 Budgeting and Savings Financial goals for women throughout their lives.

BEAUTY AND FASHION 13 I am a Beautiful Rochester Woman Acasia Wegner.

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15 Like Mothers, Like Daughters Multigenerational fun living in Rochester. By Emily Watkins

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TRAVEL 11 Around the World and Back Counselor wanted! Location: Africa. By Allison Loftus

38 Raising Rochester Traveling with kids can be all that and more. By Renee Berg

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ISSUE 105, VOLUME 19, NUMBER 2 MAY/JUNE PUBLISHER

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My Personal Passions

I am passionate about taking care of myself by making time to exercise, eating healthy and getting enough sleep. I am also passionate about my financial security, so I work a full-time day job and manage RochesterWomen magazine. I am passionate about being a good mom, spending time with my 12-year-old son on a daily basis and my collegeaged children as often as I can. I am also passionate about maintaining relationships with my extended family and friends. When I choose in favor of my passions, I choose with intention for less tension. However, there are days that my passions come in conflict with each other and in those instances, what rises to the top is, of course, my role as a mom. My son had the flu four times this winter, causing me stress. Fortunately, he is old enough to stay home alone while I worked, but what fell to the bottom of the list was taking care of myself. It’s the reality of motherhood, especially single motherhood. If you can relate to my passions and struggles, you will enjoy many of the articles we have gathered for you for this May/June Mother’s Day issue. We featured my friend Allison Loftus in the May/June 2017 issue, and this year she shares her creative writing and counseling skills with RochesterWomen magazine readers (page 11). Following is our I Am a Beautiful Rochester Woman story about Acasia Wegner, a young heart attack survivor and mother (page 13). Continue on through this issue for Mother’s Day gift ideas and brunch recipes (pages 24-25). On the cover of this issue is JoMarie Morris who, coincidentally, we featured in the first Spring issue of RochesterWomen magazine 18 years ago. “Climbing Up the Legal Ladder, law partner JoMarie Morris,” written by Amy Swain covered Morris’ single motherhood, law career and challenges she faced as a woman in a male-dominated field. Much has changed in the world since then and for Morris who is now heading the Jeremiah Program in Rochester, helping women and children in atrisk situations move ahead two generations at a time. All moms know there’s just not enough time in the day to take care of themselves some days, but I do encourage you to take some time for yourself this Mother’s Day and as often as you can. If you are a mom, thank you for putting so much of yourself into making someone else’s life better. You are appreciated.

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ROCHESTERFEST "THE SUPER CELEBRATION" SONS OF NORWAY 2018 DISTRICT 1 CONVENTION Thurs., June 14 to Sat., June 16 Mayo Civic Center Honor the Past - Build the Future.

June 16 - 24 Various places around Rochester. Rochesterfest is committed to promoting and celebrating the city of Rochester and southeast Minnesota annually by connecting people through a variety of wholesome, entertaining community events. Enjoy annual events like Relay for Life, treasure hunt, triathlon and a parade among many others.

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STAY OUT OF THE SUN RUN Fri., May 18, 5:00 p.m. Lourdes High School, 2800 19th St. NW The Stay Out of the Sun Run is a unique opportunity to run a race on a Friday night! Join us for a 5K/10K run or for a 5K walk. All proceeds benefit melanoma research and education through the Mayo Clinic Cancer Center. In addition to the run & walk, there will also be a silent auction, live music, bounce house and much more! Follow us on Facebook @SOSrun where we will post details as they are confirmed. Register at www.sosrun.org.

ART ON THE AVE Sat., May 19, 9:30 a.m.-4:00 p.m. 9 ½ Avenue SE Art on the Ave is an annual spring art festival in the Slatterly Park neighborhood. The event showcases local artisans and musicians. The highlight of the event is the unveiling of a permanent boulevard sculpture, which will be the fourteenth public sculpture brought to the neighborhood. Locally designed T-shirts will be available for sale. Art on the Ave is an initiative to promote education of the arts, encourage walkability and attract Rochester citizens to downtown neighborhoods. Food and drink will be available for purchase from Grand Rounds Brewing Co., Hefe Rojo & People’s Food Coop; no carry-ins please. More at on6thave.org/art-on-the-ave.

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Tues., May 29, 7:05 p.m. Game Time Mayo Field, 403 Center Street E Rochester Honkers vs. Eau Claire Express. The Rochester Honkers enter their 25th season as a member of the Northwoods League, the country’s premier summer collegiate baseball league. Come see the stars of tomorrow shine today. The Rochester Honkers: Pure Baseball, Pure Fun! General Admission: $8; Kids 4 & Under Free. Gates open at 6:00pm.

THURSDAYS ON FIRST & 3RD Thursdays, June 7 - Aug. 30, 11:00 a.m.-8:30 p.m. First Avenue SW / Peace Plaza Thursdays on First & 3rd is an event that unites the Rochester community and provides a free option to simply enjoy life, feel a sense of place, and interact with others! Enjoy art, craft and food vendors as well as live entertainment on two stages from 11:30 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. and again from 5-6 p.m. every Thursday throughout the summer. Dogs are welcome at Thursdays, but must be on a leash.

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TEN MONTHS AT THE BORDER Mon., May 7, 6:30-8:00 p.m. Assisi Heights, 1001 14th Street NW Hear the journey of one who spent 10 months on the U.S./Mexico border living in solidarity with the poor. Annunciation House in El Paso, Texas is a hospitality house that provides accompaniment and advocacy to the poorest of the poor migrants and refugees. This year marks 40 years of service run entirely by volunteers and donations, sharing the life and providing basic needs of food, clothing and shelter. Jane Greil, a Rochester area resident and retired nurse, followed her inner call to serve. She fell in love with the mission and has just returned from an additional four months of service. Donations appreciated.

HALLOWED EARTH: EXPLORING FRANCISCAN VALUES Mon., May 21, 6:30-7:30 p.m. Thurs., June 14, 6:30-7:30 p.m. Explore the topography of Assisi Height’s 110 acres held sacred by Franciscan values of caring for the soil, respecting and living in harmony with the wildlife, and compassion for those who seek solace and peace by walking the earth. Experience some healing ways of cultivating personal renewal through this contemplative walk. Spiritual meditative practices will be incorporated while wandering the land. Wear walking shoes. Sister Marlys Jax, AHSC program coordinator, will guide this expedition. $10 pre-registered/prepaid. $15 day of program. To register, go to rochesterfranciscan.org, select the date under ‘Events’ or contact Angie at 507-280-2195.


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EEP DOWN INSIDE ME IS A PASSION TO PLANT IN EVERY WOMAN’S HEART THE FUNDAMENTAL LIFE VALUE THAT SHE IS LOVABLE, WORTHY AND SIGNIFICANT. AS A CHILD I KNEW MY LOVE FOR PEOPLE TRANSCENDED THE BOUNDARIES OF MY BACKYARD. WHEN I WAS 5 YEARS OLD, I REMEMBER TELLING MY MOM THAT GOD HAD CALLED ME TO HELP PEOPLE. I DIDN'T QUITE UNDERSTAND WHAT THAT MEANT UNTIL FATHER’S DAY 2007 WHEN I MISCARRIED BABY LOFTUS AT 13 WEEKS GESTATION. ON THAT DAY, A PATH WAS LAID OUT FOR ME THAT WOULD LEAD ME TO GRADUATING WITH A MASTER’S DEGREE IN COUNSELING AND PSYCHOLOGICAL SERVICES.

MY HEART KNEW When the opportunity presented itself earlier this year for me to spend 15 days in Uganda providing mental health care for women of Kyampisi, my heart said, “Go.” My mind said many other things, but my heart did not hesitate. It knew I needed to go to Africa. Even though I have never traveled overseas and have never been away from my children or husband for more than a few days at a time, I packed my bags and boarded a plane for Uganda. When the plane landed, my world opened to red dirt and seas of people, cast against a hue of deep greens: Uganda. I had arrived. I was not afraid. I stepped off the plane with my pockets full of hope and curiosity. The unexpected awaited me, and I was ready to learn. And learn I did.

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“AM I ENOUGH?”  

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We all struggle at times with these same thoughts and feelings. Mental health difficulties do not discriminate. At some point each person on this Earth will be affected by a mental health complication, either themselves or through someone close to them.

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Thoughts of inadequacy tip a mind toward the pits of despair and construct walls of isolation around our spirits. Hearts do not grow and flourish in isolation. Kindness, patience, peace and joy are all qualities cultivated in community. The women of Kyampisi show how to love well amid heartache and reinforce the value of loving yourself well. As a kid, I was taught to leave a room a little bit better than how I found it. As I grew older, these rooms shifted from those with four walls into the rooms containing the our struggles human spirit, each one connected to each other through community. With this perspective in my heart, it is my as women dearest hope that when I left Kyampisi, I left it a little bit are universal. better. May we all carry compassion in our hearts as we are all connected through our common struggles.

As my group sessions with the women of Kyampisi progressed, I began to understand how much we share as women and was touched by how connected we are as human beings. Thousands of miles apart, living in different continents and yet, I learned, we are more alike than we are different. Our conversations about self-esteem, body image and self-care made it clear that our struggles as women are universal. As each woman wrestled with the questions of “Am I good mom?”, “Am I lovable?”, “Am I pretty?”, “Am I enough?”, I was filled with the comfort of companionship and my heart began to overflow with compassion. As tears silently fell into the dust, I saw we were made of the same Earth, and in our hearts we carry the same burdens as women and as mothers.

Allison Loftus is a licensed professional counselor and owner of Flourish Counseling. Editor’s Note: Alison Loftus shared (at Your Fears Workshop sponsored by

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STYLIST GETS A MAKEOVER Wegner’s clients are what make the salon so special. Wegner exclaims, “We talk about our families and lives…I look forward to seeing every single one of them!” One such client is Gayle Kall, who nominated Wegner for the I Am a Beautiful Rochester Woman makeover. Kall emphasizes Wegner is “a role model in so many ways.” Mandy Johnson, another stylist from Sola, styled Wegner’s hair for her photo shoot with Dawn Sanborn Photography. Wegner comments, “It was a really enjoyable experience. My hair is styled and colored more often than it probably should be,” she says with a laugh, “but being the one sitting in the chair was something I haven’t experienced in years. I loved it!”

HEART DISEASE DIAGNOSIS On April 12, 2008, at just 20 years old, Wegner suffered a heart attack. She was playing cards with friends when she was overcome with sudden nausea. She left the gathering to sleep at a friend’s house, but the nausea only got worse. Wegner recalls, “The whole time I was lying there trying to sleep, I kept thinking about this book my grandparents gave me when I was a kid, ‘The Hatchet,’ by Gary Paulson. In the book, the pilot of a plane has a heart attack. The author describes the symptoms, and I keep replaying those words in my head. The weirdest part is I really didn’t think I was having a heart attack. I thought maybe if I went home to my own bed, I’d feel better.” Wegner then went outside, scraped her windshield and started

driving home. “When I got to the Second Street lights,” Wegner says, “I don’t know why, but I turned for St. Marys.” Figuring she would be sent back home, Wegner parked across the street and walked over. Stylist Wegner enjoyed being a client for a change.

I was 20! I refused to live like I was 80.

After being administered morphine, Wegner tried to convince the emergency room physicians she was better. Wegner recalls, “It wasn’t until they told me about the stent procedure they needed to do they finally said, ‘You’re having a heart attack.’”

LIFE FOREVER CHANGED “I was 20!” Wegner proclaims, “I refused to live like I was 80. I didn’t take my pills, I didn’t go to appointments, and soon I was admitted again for ventricular tachycardia. I was told I needed an implanted defibrillator. I didn’t want it. I sabotaged the surgery by drinking a bunch of juice and checking myself out. My grandma looked me in the eye and said, ‘I guess the next time I will see you will be at your funeral.’” Days later, Wegner did have the surgery. The reason for the heart attack at a young age was

unknown at that time—and remained unknown until last year when Wegner learned of prominent heart disease on the paternal side of her family, her father and two of his siblings passing before age 40. She insists her life didn’t change for the better until 2009 when she became pregnant. Her doctors told her the strength of her heart combined with her medications would make pregnancy too dangerous, but thankfully there were no complications. Wegner believes if she was only allowed one child, she got the perfect one. “He’s an angel,” she states. “His name is Jace, which means the healer. He truly saved my life.” Since Jace’s birth, Wegner has made significant changes to better her life. She lost 117 pounds, mostly using the MyFitnessPal app, and married “the love of her life.” Inside and out, Acasia Wegner is truly a beautiful Rochester Woman.

Gina Dewink is a Rochester area writer (writing when her precocious preschooler and fearless toddler allow). Her exciting time travel thriller, “Time in My Pocket,” is available on ginadewink.com. RWmagazine.com May/June 2018 13


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Maya, Abby, Ayva and Emma love their great-grandma Marge.

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NE ROCHESTER FAMILY HAS BEEN GETTING TOGETHER WEEKLY ON FRIDAYS AS LONG AS AYVA AND MAYA FOGARTY AND EMMA AND ABBY HESS CAN REMEMBER. THESE FOUR GIRLS WHO RANGE IN AGE FROM 14 TO 22 HAVE THE PRIVILEGE OF SPENDING A LOT OF TIME WITH THEIR MOMS, TRACEY FOGARTY AND HOLLY HESS, THEIR GRANDMA, BONNIE STEVENSON, AND THEIR GREATGRANDMA, MARGE BLOCK, BECAUSE IT IS A FAMILY PRIORITY TO SPEND FREQUENT QUALITY TIME TOGETHER.

POSITIVELY FAMILY & FRIENDS They all share that a positive attitude has been modeled by both Marge and Bonnie. “We’re all blessed with Grandma’s demeanor, which is accepting and loving,” says Holly. Tracey adds, “We always look forward to getting together.” And this positivity extends beyond their family. Tracey says some of her friends ask if they can be part of the family. Bonnie adds, “Our friends tell us all the time that we are lucky that we live close and we want to do things together.” Sisters Holly and Tracey have long considered themselves best friends. Tracey says, “We know the good, the bad and the ugly, and no matter what, our relationship is supportive. Anybody is lucky to have a person that they can tell everything to, and we have each other.” Similarly, Emma and Abby have already decided that they want to live near each other when they are done with college. Tracey’s

daughters, Maya and Ayva, used to fight all the time, but “ever since you (Ayva) got your license, we’ve gotten closer,” laughs Maya. “We’re so close because they’re so close,” says Ayva, referring to her mom and her aunt. Bonnie adds, “They might not realize how much they learn from us.” Tracey shares they also have “genuinely caring spouses who support our family bond and knowhow deep our connection is. They support the time we spend together.”

ACTIVITIES ACROSS GENERATIONS Holly says, “Each of us has our way of getting out of our head.” She and Marge love to quilt, which “takes your mind off everything else.” Emma meditates every day. Maya and Ayva like to listen to music and watch Netflix. Tracey likes to take trips with Holly and her friends.

One trip the whole family took (on a chartered bus) was to see Emma’s first game as a Vikings cheerleader in the fall of 2016, and Tracey says, “Grandma got to go to the very first game in the new stadium.” Emma’s favorite picture is the one of Marge waving to her from the stands. An activity that spans the generations is Bunco. Marge’s mom belonged to a group in the 40s, and each generation since has been in a group. Holly says that it is “a way for ladies to get together and talk. It’s like therapy.” Gardening is another shared interest among the women. “We grew up pulling things out of Grandma’s garden,” says Holly, who belongs to the Rochester Garden and Flower Club, along with Tracey and Bonnie. They have all been on the garden tour, and as a family, they adopted a garden at Mayo High School.

MAKING MEMORIES TOGETHER Bonnie, Holly, Tracey, Emma and Abby all graduated from Mayo High School, and Ayva and Maya are currently students there. Emma says you really think about what you say and do with so much family around and when “you’re Facebook friends with your great-grandma.” The family prayer is “Johnny Appleseed,” which perfectly sums up their gratitude for each other. Their family exudes love and positivity.

Emily Watkins is a local writer.

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accessible child care especially in the education centers where parents and their kids can go together.” Immigrants benefit from learning about government resources and the rules of their new country. It is also helpful for them to get help meeting people from their home countries so that they can maintain a sense of identity while adapting to a new culture and country. Intercultural Mutual Assistance Association (IMAA) is another great resource for resettled refugees and immigrants. It provides services in 50 different languages to help with issues such as employment, language and health. Navigating permanent residency can be daunting all on its own. IMAA provides guidance and access to lowincome legal aid if necessary.

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LIVING THE AMERICAN DREAM BY DANIELLE TEAL PHOTOGRAPHY BY FAGAN STUDIOS Bastami and her children.

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HE AMERICAN DREAM ENTICES MANY TO TAKE A RISK AND MAKE THE TREK TO THE UNITED STATES. WITH THE ILLUSION OF PROSPERITY AND SUCCESS, THE ALLURE IS APPEALING. ACCORDING TO THE PEW RESEARCH CENTER, MORE THAN 40 MILLION PEOPLE1 WHO LIVE IN THE UNITED STATES ARE IMMIGRANTS. THIS ACCOUNTS FOR 13.4 PERCENT OF THE U.S. POPULATION. IMMIGRATING TO THE UNITED STATES IS NO EASY TASK, AND EACH PERSON’S JOURNEY TO THE UNITED STATES IS UNIQUE.

HOPES AND CHALLENGES In 2013, Nada Bastami emigrated from Sudan after her husband was selected for the lottery. The “lottery” is the Diversity Immigrant Visa Program. It releases up to 50,000 immigrant visas each year with a random selection process allowing entry to immigrants from various countries.2 Bastami, a mother of twins, had a dream to come to America because of better education opportunities for her children, gender equality, enhanced quality of living and the reputation for being the most immigrant-friendly society in the world. Once she arrived, she learned that while the United States had its perks, it wasn’t going to be easy.

Adapting to a new country while trying to maintain one’s cultural identity can be challenging. One of the barriers is learning a different language. Bastami says she is grateful for places like Rochester Adult and Family Literacy (RFL) at the Hawthorne Education Center. She says RFL is a “second home” to her because she was given an excellent foundation that better equipped her to obtain a job and engage in her new community.

HELPING HANDS Another obstacle is cost of living, especially the cost of child care. She says new immigrants would benefit from “increasing opportunities for immigrant parents (mothers) by having

Given the challenges, Bastami says it is worth it to come to America. She says, “Rochester is a great place to live in the United States. Minnesota is safe, quiet, has fun activities for every season and is home to friendly people. There’s something for everyone to appreciate.” Bastami adds, “Americans have been very accepting and polite…everyone is looking for equality – equal opportunities in education, health care and work. All people are equal here regardless of belief, background or color.” Bastami and her family have been grateful to have the opportunities here in America, and she does not take it for granted. She says, “We receive, but we should give something back to this great country. This is what we should raise our children to do as well.”

THE WORLD IN OUR BACKYARD If you’d like to learn more about other cultures, the Rochester International Association (RIA) hosts an annual World Festival in the spring. Many different cultures participate in the event and share their traditions, which may include performances through dance, poetry and song. Food from around the world also helps share customs. This year's World Festival was held April 28 at Mayo High School. Learn more by visiting ria-minnesota.org/worldfestival. There are ways you can help welcome someone who is brand new to the area from another country. You can help them find resources such as RFL, IMAA and RIA. Honor their customs and traditions by asking about them. Invite them to dinner to share your customs. They’ll probably return the favor, creating a beautiful new worldly friendship.

Danielle Teal is a freelance writer. RWmagazine.com May/June 2018 17


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MAGINE COMING HOME WITH YOUR NEWBORN BABY, WEARY AND ELATED, TO FIND SOMEONE HAD COOKED YOUR DINNER FOR YOU. NOW IMAGINE A TROOP OF PEOPLE BRINGING YOU MEALS WITHIN THOSE FIRST FEW DAYS. THIS IS WHAT THE ROCHESTER AREA MOMS GROUP CALLS THEIR MEAL TRAIN, AND IT’S JUST ONE OF THE MANY PERKS OF BEING A MEMBER OF THIS LOCAL GROUP.

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Amanda Nigon-Crowley, head chair of Rochester Area Moms, says, “I always find it heartwarming to see busy families making time for one another, yet that’s just what Rochester Area Moms is all about—making time to connect.”

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Rochester Area Moms is an activities and support group for mothers interested in connecting with other women and families who are at a similar stage in life. Originally called F.E.M.A.L.E., the group evolved into Mothers & More and eventually became Rochester Area Moms in 2016. The group has been active in Rochester for more than 18 years. “The majority of members join when their children are in the infant or early years of childhood,” Nigon-Crowley explains. “But many stay until the children become schoolage.” The mission to empower and educate mothers while providing opportunities for connection is what drives the group. “We fill a valuable need for a place that moms can connect with each other, support each other and have a place to call their own. Yes, we do this by getting together in real life!” Nigon-Crowley adds smiling. “We host regular community events such as playgroups, book clubs and meeting for dinner or brunch.” In addition to regular events, Rochester Area Moms also participates in annual events such as decorating a tree for the Hiawatha Homes Festival of Trees, a family fall picnic and holiday gatherings such as Trunk-Or-Treat and an Easter egg hunt. “Our group is really as involved as you’d like it to be. We also host a mixture of educational parenting events, financial planning meetings, family gatherings, Playgroups indoors and sledding parties, trips to the zoo. Our out are one way members member interests really drive what we put on and their kids get to know our planning calendar,” says Nigon-Crowley.

One of the most popular features of Rochester Area Moms membership is the online forum. “Our Facebook group is used by most members on a regular basis to ask questions and provide feedback. Our members ask questions on everything from how to get a 1-year-old to sleep through the night to where to get a car repaired.” The forum has become a treasured resource for many families, providing assistance with spontaneous needs and parenting questions— even in the middle of the night. Nigon-Crowley adds, “The saying, ‘It takes a village to raise a child,’ really is true, and I'm very impressed by the support this group provides.” Often, members of Rochester Area Moms are also members of other groups such as Mothers of Multiples, Med City Moms or Moms on the Run. With so many options, Nigon-Crowley is proud to see membership growing. “I’m grateful to know we are doing what we set out to do 18 years ago and still remaining relevant. I love that our group is open to all moms needing to find each other—as well as find themselves—on this crazy journey called motherhood.”

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JOINING ROCHESTER AREA MOMS Anyone considering joining the group can attend a public event listed on RochMoms.org. Though the group’s name is centered around mothers, any parent or caregiver can join. Nigon-Crowley says, “Joining the group requires the new member to make the initial contact and put themselves out there, which can be intimidating, but don’t be shy!” Rochester Area Moms also offers scholarship memberships and encourages potential members to try two events before joining. Membership is $30 per year. Find ways to connect to the group online at RochMoms.org.

Gina Dewink is a Rochester area writer (writing when her precocious preschooler and fearless toddler allow). Her exciting time travel thriller, “Time in My Pocket,” is available on ginadewink.com. RWmagazine.com May/June 2018 19


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HOUSANDS OF SINGLE MOTHERS IN SOUTHEASTERN MINNESOTA RECEIVE SOME TYPE OF GOVERNMENT ASSISTANCE AND STRUGGLE TO PROVIDE THE BASIC NEEDS FOR THEIR CHILDREN. JEREMIAH PROGRAM’S HOLISTIC APPROACH HELPS TRANSFORM TWO GENERATIONS AT A TIME BY PROVIDING EDUCATION, TOOLS AND RESOURCES FOR BOTH MOTHER AND CHILD.

JEREMIAH PROGRAM EXPANDS TO ROCHESTER Jeremiah Program was founded in Minneapolis in 1993 by Michael J. O’Connell.  He gathered leaders in the area from the key sectors of business, education, faith, government and philanthropy to move the vision forward. The program has continued to expand into other cities across the nation. About five years ago, Paul Fleissner, head of Olmsted County Community Services at the time, learned about Jeremiah Program while listening to CEO Gloria Perez speak in Washington, D.C. Amazed with the program’s mission and two-generation approach, Fleissner arranged a time to meet with Perez in Minneapolis. After meeting with her, he corralled community leaders in Rochester to launch a program.

JOMARIE MORRIS LEADS THE WAY JoMarie Morris, a Rochester attorney working with the immigrant community and women’s issues, decided her passion was in nonprofit work, and in 2014, she transitioned out of her law practice to pursue a leadership position for an organization aligned with her passion. She met with Fleissner, who is now the Olmsted County director of health, housing and human services, about Jeremiah Program. He encouraged and supported her endeavors to launch a local program. Morris started as a consultant for Jeremiah Program, and she says, “I assembled an advisory committee including key people in the areas of higher education, early childhood development, philanthropy and faith. We completed a yearlong feasibility study and presented it to the Jeremiah Program National Board.” Because of these efforts, Rochester was approved to launch a campus for 40 families headed by single mothers. In January 2017, they appointed Morris as executive director of Jeremiah Program Rochester-Southeast Minnesota.

FUNDRAISING FOR THE PROGRAM “We will be raising money and looking at governmental support to build a campus. The goal is to break ground in the summer of 2019 and have a fully operating campus by the summer of 2020,” Morris says. The campus will be located north of Lourdes High School near the intersection of Valleyhigh 20 May/June 2018 RWmagazine.com

Jeremiah Program alumni Christine Smith (l) and Rochester Executive Director JoMarie Morris (r).

Drive and 19th Street, thanks to the generous donation of two acres of land by the Remick family. Mayo Clinic, the Otto Bremer Trust, the Rochester Area Foundation and the Schaap Family Foundation have helped fund the program launch. Support from the Sisters of St. Francis of Rochester and other local organizations has also been critical to the organization’s success.

THE VETTING PROCESS The young women knocking on Jeremiah Program’s door asking for assistance have had their children at a young age and have little or no family support. The majority of women receive public assistance and have little to no work experience. The children entering Jeremiah Program have frequently experienced significant trauma. Morris says, “Many of them come from abusive homes; 60 percent have seen the abuse of drugs or alcohol in the home. Thirty percent have witnessed or experienced violence, and 5 percent have special needs.” The program is open to single moms 18 years of age and older and those who are living in poverty but determined to make the leap out of poverty. The women accepted into Jeremiah Program must complete a 16-week empowerment program. Morris says the program is about “cognitive restructuring, responsibility, expectations and teaches self-reliance.” The empowerment program of Jeremiah Program in Rochester begins in the fall of 2018. For 16 weeks, these strong-willed young women show up and receive training to change their mindset from victim to powerful self. Then they go through a pre-application process. Women must have their GED or high school diploma, are drug tested and need to have selected a career path. Jeremiah Program helps connect the applicants to counseling offices at colleges to help them determine their career trajectory. After the women have been vetted and accepted into the program, they’re given an opportunity to obtain a two-year or four-year degree program from the college of their choice. Many participants will start at Rochester Community and Technical College to complete general education courses and later move on to other schools to complete a degree program. Since many women subsist in poverty, they qualify for Pell Grants and scholarships so they can graduate with little or no debt.


T.L.C. FROM THE COMMUNITY AND STAFF There are five core pillars of the program. Morris explains, “The secret sauce of Jeremiah Program is the community piece.” Rochester community members provide mentorship, volunteer to cook meals, teach weekly life skills and empowerment classes and care for the children while moms are studying. During their studies, women are given safe and affordable housing, on-site early childhood education provided by Families First, life skills and empowerment training, support for a career-track college education as well as one-on-one coaching to deal with daily challenges and opportunities. “Jeremiah takes away the barriers so they can succeed,” Morris says. Women are also encouraged to volunteer or work part time while working toward their college degree. This provides much needed work experience to prepare them for life after Jeremiah Program. In addition, the moms who live on campus “develop a sisterhood of helping one another and caring for each other as they complete their degrees and move out into the world with successful jobs.” Christine Smith, Jeremiah Program alumna, says, “The staff is…caring, empathetic and confident in the abilities of each woman. They listened to our concerns and were the ones to give us tissues when we cried. They’re more like aunties than staff.”

BREAKING FREE FROM TRAUMA Smith, a Native American, participated in the program in the early 2000s in the Twin Cities. She experienced a lot of adverse conditions growing up and later found herself shackled to an unhealthy relationship. Although the relationship was not suitable for her, the couple had two children, and she wanted the best for her kids. During this time, she went to counseling. Her counselor encouraged her to break out of the unhealthy relationship and pursue Jeremiah Program so her children would be exposed to a more positive environment. Jeremiah Program helped her create a new life starting with a peaceful home environment. “Living on campus was like living in a sanctuary for the first time in my life,” Smith says. This enabled her to focus on her goals. She wanted to break the cycle and be an example for other single moms while creating systems and policies to better understand how trauma affects communities, especially AfricanAmerican and Native American communities. “Historically there has been a lot of trauma in those communities, and breaking that cycle is vital to moving forward,” Smith explains. The sisterhood that Smith developed with the other women in the program provided invaluable support to complete her college degree and created lifelong friendships. Smith is now employed at the Minnesota Department of Health in the Office of Statewide

Health Improvement Initiatives. She is the health equity and tribal grant supervisor. Her role focuses on healthy eating, active living and tobacco cessation work in communities in Minnesota. She completed her master’s degree in Family Life Education in September 2017. Smith’s advice to young women trying to break out of the cycle is to, “Learn how to love yourself.” She adds, “It will set the tone for how you care for your children and how your children will feel about themselves.” If you would like to support Jeremiah Program, please contact JoMarie Morris for more information at 507-208-7675 or JMorris@jeremiahprogram.org.

Nicole L. Czarnomski is a freelance writer in southeastern Minnesota.

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class, Fry recommends one of the childbirth series. “We offer the series over four weeks or condensed over a weekend. It is the most comprehensive class to prepare them,” explains Fry. The Comforts Plus class, for patients who desire a natural birth, teaches mindfulness, birthing positions as well as emotional and spiritual coping techniques. Fry’s favorite class to teach at OMC is the Refresher Childbirth class. When she asks families, “If you had the power to keep something the same or change something about your upcoming birth, what would (it be)?”, she says magic happens when they share their stories.

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ANY PEOPLE PLAN FOR THEIR WEDDINGS, SPENDING TIME IN PREMARITAL COUNSELING, RESEARCHING VENUES AND HIRING VENDORS. SO WHY, WHEN IT COMES TO THE BIRTH OF OUR CHILDREN, DO WE NOT EQUIP OURSELVES IN THE SAME WAY? LET’S HEAR ABOUT THE IMPORTANCE OF PERINATAL EDUCATION FROM SOME LOCAL CHILDBIRTH EDUCATORS.

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Perinatal Education Coordinator Amy Fry at Olmsted Medical Center Women’s Health Pavilion has been coordinating and teaching perinatal education classes for 18 years. She works with expecting families through childbirth and breastfeeding classes and shares resources for additional support. Fry says that perinatal education is important and adds, “If you don’t know your options, you don’t have any.” Education empowers the birthing family to believe in the strength and capabilities of their amazing bodies. Fry reminds pregnant women, “The contractions aren’t stronger than you are, they are you.” OMC offers 10 different classes for expecting families. For families who can only take a single

OH BABY! NOT YOUR MOTHER’S LAMAZE CLASS MedCity Doulas offers individualized in-home and online childbirth education for expecting families. Co-owner Amanda Steele, a birth doula and Lamaze Certified Childbirth Educator, says, “We tailor the evidence-based curriculum to meet the needs of the family from childbirth basics, mindfulness and relaxation, comfort skills and pain management, to newborn care and feeding solutions.” Steele loves getting families excited about their options and empowered to make decisions through their pregnancy and birth process. She says, “(The education) can make them feel confident as they transition into parenting.”

UNIQUE BIRTHING EXPERIENCE KatieAnn McKee, owner of Harmony Support, is a certified HypnoBirthing, Mongan Method practitioner. She says that perinatal education “helps ease some anxieties and allows for the families to form their own birth story.” The importance of creating a positive

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Education is important for an empowered birth experience.

Mayo Clinic offers classes for adoptive parents, new parents, young moms, grandparents and siblings. Standard childbirth preparation classes are offered, as well as yoga, comfort strategies for labor and mindfulness courses to help mothers feel more calm and confident. According to mayoclinic.org Healthy Lifestyle Week by Week series, “During childbirth classes, you'll have the chance to talk about your fears with other women who probably share the same concerns. The instructor can dispel myths and help put your mind at ease. Research suggests that women who take childbirth classes know more about labor and delivery and are less likely to have psychological distress than women who didn't go to classes.”


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experience is a priority at OMC. Fry says, “That experience will look different for every birthing family. For some, a scheduled cesarean birth is the positive experience; for others it could be avoiding an epidural. Our goal is to get to know each person individually and help them get to know the options they have.” The common thread shared by each of these educators is that each birthing family is unique and should explore their options for perinatal education, the same way some of us seek a destination wedding, others elope and some marry in a church. Knowledge is power; being an informed decision-maker during the perinatal period can only enhance your experience.

Nursing and Pumping Amanda Steele’s favorite class to teach through MedCity Doula’s is Infant Feeding Solutions. Saying, “Finding solutions for the modern, working family can be challenging and is usually a big stressor for expecting parents.” Olmsted Medical Center and Mayo Clinic both provide next level classes for parents. OMC offers the Pump It Up! Breastfeeding II class. Mayo Clinic provides Breastfeeding and Pumping 101 Class and Breastfeeding: Returning to Work/School classes for nursing moms and their partners. Fortunately, businesses are increasingly recognizing the need for customers and employees to nurse or pump breast milk. IBM has “Mother’s Rooms” available on-site for nursing moms to express breast milk during working hours. There are also two nursing rooms for mothers at Apache Mall.

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else whom you’d like to encourage to celebrate with you). If you decide to head to a restaurant to celebrate, you will find many options for brunch at one of Rochester’s fabulous restaurants. Forager Brewery is giving a free mimosa to all moms during its Mother’s Day brunch from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Enjoy made-from-scratch eggs, French toast, biscuits and gravy, Gouda hash browns, a meat carving station and a dessert bar. Whistle Binkies Old World Pub serves an expanded brunch featuring crab legs and prime rib, and like every Sunday, they have their famous bloody mary bar. Five West Kitchen & Bar will also have a special Mother’s Day brunch with some of the best eggs Benedict in town.

DIY BRUNCH A do-it-yourself brunch is also a great option. There’s nothing quite so beautiful as a spring brunch table. There are many great make-ahead recipes for egg bakes, French toast bakes, fruit salads and even drinks to minimize day-of work. Rochester Downtown Farmers Market moves outside beginning May 5. On May 12, the day before Mother’s Day, you’ll be able to shop for the freshest local ingredients for your brunch. The strata recipe we include here was inspired by Jessica Joyce, manager of the farmers market, who says that asparagus will be in season and readily available, along with local ham and

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WHET YOUR WHISTLE We are sharing a recipe from Duluth-based Vikre Distillery. Rhubarb bellinis feature a locally-grown springtime fruit (available at the farmers market) in a syrup that can be made ahead and simply mixed with a sparkling wine. You can find other meats and baked goods, as well as jams and honey at the farmers market. In addition to food, decorate your table with tulips, which you’ll find in abundance at this time of year at the market. Buy pre-cut flowers to decorate your table or to give, or buy potted tulips for yourself or others, and when they finish blooming inside, plant them outside to enjoy them year after year.

Strata inspired by Rochester Downtown Farmers Market Manager, Jessica Joyce.

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Flowers are always a great gift option. Sandy Stock, floral manager at Sargent’s on 2nd, says that indoor blooming plants like orchids are very popular gift items. They have a European garden, which combines blooming plants with greens in a container. Each plant is individually set into the container and then can be separated. Stock says that gift cards are always popular, and they carry lots of other gift ideas in their shops. She encourages moms to “drop hints” about what they want. Jim Whiting sells container gardens with a variety of (three to seven) different annuals each, professionally arranged with new hot plants that can handle all conditions. Whiting says that they carry unique flowers with “eye-busting color combinations,” and their hanging baskets are their biggest seller. Head to St. Charles and see all that Thymeless Flowers has for your decorations, as well as for gift giving. Owner Shar Allen loves that houseplants are making a decorating comeback, and they have many unique options. She carries ever-popular succulents for a variety of greens as well as colorful hanging baskets. She also features jewelry, soaps, lotions and artwork by local artists. People’s Food Co-op carries a variety of plants from blooming to terrarium and foliage plants as well as air plants. They carry hanging baskets, potted blooming bulbs and have a few prearranged bouquet options available, mostly from Lenbush Roses in Plymouth, Minnesota. However you celebrate, wherever you eat and whatever gifts you give or receive, spread love to those around you. Love is the superpower of moms everywhere.

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• 1/4 cup chopped fresh chives • 1 Tbsp. chopped fresh rosemary • 3 cups grated cheese • 6 eggs • 2 1/2 cups milk • 1 tsp. Dijon mustard • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper

1.  Cook asparagus in a small amount of boiling

salted water until tender crisp, about 2 to 3 minutes. Drain and set aside.

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large bowl. Pour egg mixture evenly over the bread. Cover and refrigerate for at least 2 hours or overnight.

5. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. 6.  Bake uncovered in preheated oven for

approximately 60 minutes or until egg mixture is set in center. Let stand for 5 minutes before serving.

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• 8 ounces fresh rhubarb (chopped into ½ inch pieces) •1  cup sugar (This makes for a relatively non-tart syrup. If you like it tart, use ¾ cup.) •1  cup boiling water • P rosecco (or another dry sparkling wine), chilled To make the syrup, in a blender, combine the rhubarb and sugar. Pour in the boiling water, cover and blend until completely pureed. Strain through a fine mesh sieve and store syrup in an airtight jar for up to 2 weeks in the refrigerator. Reserve the pulp for another use, like spreading on buttered toast or scones or stirring into some sautéed garlic and ginger to make a topping for pork tenderloin. To make the cocktail, put 3/4 ounce of the chilled syrup in a cocktail coupe or Champagne flute, then top with the prosecco. Adjust the amount of rhubarb syrup to taste. RWmagazine.com May/June 2018 25


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Handy Gal’s Guide to Home Maintenance EARLY SUMMER ASSESSMENTS AND REPAIRS BY CINDY MENNENGA

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HE BEGINNING OF SUMMER IS A TIME OF REBIRTH AND RENEWAL, A TIME TO ADORN THE EXTERIOR OF YOUR HOUSE WITH PLANTERS AND HANGING BASKETS, CREATING WATERFALLS OF COLOR. EARLY SUMMER IS ALSO A GREAT TIME TO CATCH UP ON LESS GLAMOROUS PROJECTS AND MAINTENANCE AROUND YOUR HOUSE.

TAKE A GOOD LOOK Now is a great time to assess winter’s damage to your home. Notice the condition of your driveway; is it in need of upkeep or repairs? What about your yard? Do you need to sod or reseed some areas that suffered damage from our harsh winter? Jeff Feece, owner of Jeff Feece Designs, suggests homeowners, together with their landscape professional, “Take a walk around (the property) and survey conditions to determine next steps.” He adds, “Be proactive to head things off.” If you have an irrigation system, it must be maintained to be kept in good working order. Ben Petro, general manager of SprinklerMan, recommends, “Have a good system inspection to check for damage that occurred over winter from snowplows/snow blowers and rodents.” For regular ongoing maintenance, Petro advises, “Run a short test cycle every two to four weeks giving every section and zone a once-over to make sure no leaks have developed. Also, as seasons change, reset the controller or install a smart controller to automatically adjust the settings based on conditions.”

TRIM THE BRANCHES It’s time to get out in your yard and identify any trees or shrubs that need to be trimmed before the full growing season is upon us. Things to consider are branches that are hanging down or, appear to be damaged and any branches that are close to the roof of your home that need to be removed. Ryan Hegland, owner of Hegland’s Creative Landscapes, advises, “Shrubs near your home are a good hiding place for critters and criminals who may be eyeing your home for a break-in. Hire a tree trimming specialist to trim your trees and shrubs.” Tree trimming can be dangerous work, and these pros are trained to trim trees safely.  

MAINTAINING WINDOWS AND SCREENS In addition to keeping your windows and sills clean, it’s a good idea to inspect the overall condition of the window frame and sash. Look for signs of rot, which can indicate moisture intrusion. Also, if you notice moisture or haze within double and triple pane windows, it is an indication of a failed seal. The seal in a window performs an important function by contributing to the insulation capacity of the window. To prevent ill-fitting, torn or dirty screens, keeping your screens in good condition will help you enjoy having your windows open on

pleasant summer days. Basic care includes keeping the window casings clean and free of debris and gently cleaning your screens with a soft brush at least once a year. Any screens with tears or fading (which indicates an imminent failure) need to be rescreened.

KEEP UP ON YOUR HOME’S UPKEEP Staying on top of home maintenance is critical throughout the year. Routine upkeep is less work and certainly less expensive if you follow a seasonal schedule. Deferred work that gets shuffled to the bottom of the to-do pile can eventually result in hefty repair bills and/or bigticket replacements. For example, a leaky roof, maintained early on often includes pesky repairs; however, left alone that leaky roof may eventually turn in to the need for an expensive new roof or possible interior water damage. Setting a home maintenance schedule—and following it—can save time and money. Decide which tasks you can tackle yourself and give yourself permission to hire a professional for those tasks that fall outside your comfort zone. Either way, a well-kept home will retain its value so you can continue to enjoy living in it for years to come.

 indy Mennenga is a freelance writer and along with her C husband, John, owns Conspectus Home Inspection Services, LLC based in Rochester. Visit conspectusmn.com for more information. RWmagazine.com May/June 2018 27


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Kitchen by the Sea

TOM AND KAREN BARRIE’S SEASIDE INSPIRED KITCHEN REMODEL

BY BOB FREUND PHOTOGRAPHY PROVIDED BY BEYOND KITCHENS

Diane Quinn (red jacket) and Beyond Kitchens team.

Project Kitchen Remodel Contractor Beyond Kitchens of Rochester Subcontractors Action Plumbing & Heating Bright Ideas Creative Hardwood Floors Inc. DeGeus Tile & Granite Roger Einck Plumbing, LLC Doug Franta Construction Ferguson Enterprises Gray Painting Larry Newman Drywall/Taping Plato Woodwork, Inc. Reds Electric

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OCHESTER COUPLE KAREN AND TOM BARRIE HAVE LIVED IN THEIR FOUR-BEDROOM HOUSE FOR THE PAST 26 YEARS. “WE WANTED TO DO THE KITCHEN FOR (THE PAST) FIVE YEARS,” ACCORDING TO KAREN. THEY LAUNCHED THEIR KITCHEN RENOVATION AFTER DECIDING TO STAY IN ROCHESTER. THE PROJECT TOOK THREE MONTHS OF CONSTRUCTION, FROM JUNE THROUGH SEPTEMBER 2017. KAREN SAYS IT WAS WORTH THE MANY MEALS COOKED OUTDOORS ON THE BACKYARD GRILL WHILE THE KITCHEN WAS OUT OF COMMISSION.

SEA FOAM GLASS BACKSPLASH The Barries couldn’t create an ocean view outside, but they could bring the atmosphere of a seaside cottage inside their Cape Cod-style house on Rochester’s southwest side. The homeowners and local design-build firm Beyond Kitchens gutted their dark, dated kitchen to transform it into a bright and open space with a hint of the sea. As they rebuilt the kitchen, they 28 May/June 2018 RWmagazine.com

added accents reminiscent of the East Coast, where Karen spent part of her childhood. For example, a chip of glass found by Karen inspired the color of the tiled backsplash above the kitchen countertops. “I call it seafoam green,” the homeowner shares. Before the final wave of color, the shape and layout of the kitchen needed change. Several exposed wooden beams stretched overhead across the kitchen and the adjacent great room. Workers

discovered that the beams were decorative and they were not supporting the ceiling, explains Diane Quinn, owner of Beyond Kitchens. Removing the rustic beams–and a similar column that stood at the edge of the kitchen–allowed easy installation of drywall in the ceiling.

REARRANGING THE SPACE “The space was not very useful,” laments Karen. In fact, it was so limited that their food pantry was in a bedroom closet instead of the kitchen. Today, the Barries use a floor-to-ceiling pantry among a wall of storage cabinets in their remodeled kitchen. The remodeling added about one-third more storage space to the kitchen, she says. Among other inconveniences, the oven and automatic dishwasher doors collided so that only one could be open at a time. Quinn and project designer, Christina Jorgensen, solved the collisions by rearranging the appliances efficiently. “I still


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Barrie Home Remodel Includes • A new, repositioned window to enhance light in the kitchen.

family heirlooms. “I wanted it (the doors) to look like melted glass; I didn’t want flat (glass),” Karen says.

• A single “apron” sink instead of a more popular double sink. • Lighted cupboards with decorative glass doors for

Tom and Karen’s kitchen before remodeling.

believe in the work triangle,” Quinn maintains. The work triangle puts the refrigerator, stove and kitchen sink all within easy reach for making meals.

CENTER ISLAND Another telltale sign of the 60s, a peninsula countertop, disappeared in the new design. It had been the main feature separating the U-shaped kitchen from the great room and a dining table. A center island replaced some counter space lost when the peninsula vanished. A little over 5 feet long and 3 feet wide, the island is large enough for two chairs, which fit beneath the overhang of the island’s countertop. The island also contributes to the seaside decor. Its quartz countertop is a light

• A window seat in the family room, where a dining table is also located.

white, flecked with subtle sparkles. It looks a little like sand sparkling in the sun, Karen says. Custom-made iron brackets support part of the quartz countertop. Those black brackets also are accents that reflect other dark, metallic features in the kitchen and great room. One example is a pair of Edison lights hanging over the island. The Barries chose black granite countertops for their main work surfaces. The brightness of the new kitchen comes largely from white cabinets reflecting light throughout the room.

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IT’S TIME TO PUT THE “DE-” BACK IN CLUTTER BY SARA LOHSE PHOTOGRAPHY BY EMILY WATKINS

MY CLOSET _____________________________________________________: A: I s tidy, wellcategorized, and has homemade labels. Dare I say, beautiful?

B: Has some semblance of order; however, I own more blankets than a hotel.

Regardless of your answer, everyone battles with clutter. Even professional organizers have organizational challenges. But as a professional organizer, I understand what causes clutter and have strategies to deal with it.

WHY THE CLUTTER? The short answer…life. People have so many sticks in the fire; they’re just trying to keep the house from burning down. Life continues to throw new opportunities (or obstacles) our way and something has to give. As I write this, laundry sits on my couch, unfolded. Its time slot has been usurped: New things disrupt our rhythms and we fall behind. We already have work, kids, relationships, pets, plus the barrage of daily mail, email and texts. No wonder women feel pulled in a hundred different directions.

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LOCAL RESOURCES Now that you’ve de-cluttered, the fun begins… shopping. It’s time to pick up some attractive containers to store those remaining items. Rochester businesses offer plenty of appealing storage options. Randy and Ann Collins co-own Churn Dash Antiques inside Collins Feed and Seed. Ann says, “We have baskets, cubbies…wooden boxes and crates…crockery bowls.” Dwell Local also has unique storage options, including trays, bowls, coat hooks, and picnic baskets. They specialize in repurposed and 30 May/June 2018 RWmagazine.com

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Within the next month, schedule two hours of de-cluttering. That’s it. Then reward yourself by going to one of these fun Rochester shops, and get yourself some unique storage containers.

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OMEN HAVE VARIOUS FINANCIAL GOALS AT DIFFERENT STAGES OF THEIR LIVES. BUDGETING, SAVING AND INVESTING SHOULD BE CONSIDERED. ROCHESTER AREA FINANCIAL EXPERTS PROVIDE A FEW WAYS YOU CAN CREATE A BUDGET, PLAN SAVINGS GOALS AND DETERMINE INVESTMENT STRATEGIES.

FOR YOUNG WOMEN Women’s goals for budget and savings can vary at different life stages. Brittany Schultz, paraplanner for Kari Douglas of Echelon Wealth Services, a private practice of Ameriprise Financial Services, explains that young women in their first jobs might have savings goals for things like a home, a wedding or retirement. She notes they might want to create a budget, establish an emergency fund and build credit. Deb Wolf, account executive at Foresight Investment Services at Foresight Bank says, “It’s important for young women to be able to manage on their own and to open the door

to great-paying job opportunities. There is still a wage disparity for women, and that may make it more challenging to be able to afford the necessities of life and to also be able to save. Young women may need to be even more cognizant in their approach to budgeting and saving than their male counterparts.”

FOR WOMEN WITH OR WITHOUT KIDS Wolf notes, “Women with families have a balancing act that they need to perform for 20-plus years. In the early years of growing your family, it is critical to find balance between what is needed…and what is wanted for your

growing family. Establishing your family values and goals early can help guide families to successful saving and investment. It can also prepare you for when your children are collegeaged and for your empty-nesting days.” For women without children, Wolf suggests, “Set up those values and align your financial choices to ensure that you will be able to meet your goals. Not having your own children doesn’t mean that you won’t have children come into your life or other special people that you will count as family. Yet, not having children may mean that you may be able to have additional freedom to plan for an earlier retirement or choose to do some of those life events that may have been put off longer into the future if you did have children.”

FOR WOMEN WHO ARE RETIRED “Women who are retired need to make certain that they understand their finances,” suggests Wolf. “Often, women are the ones that manage the family finances, but rely on their spouses to make the ‘big’ decisions. If their spouse passes away, they may be emotionally bereft, but it’s important not to also be financially out of touch and unable to understand or not want to understand the important facts of their financial life. Women of this age need to make sure they are also visiting with their spouse’s investment advisor. Always make the effort to attend the review meetings, ask questions, get clarification and be part of the investment decisions.” Wolf explains, “Most of our lives will be spent in making the effort to save for emergencies, for a home or for college or for retirement. However, we will change gears as we approach retirement and will need to turn our attention to how best to position our funds to ensure that we can fund what can become a 30- or 40-year retirement vacation. We may become more risk averse as we approach retirement.” RWmagazine.com May/June 2018 33


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Schultz offers a few suggestions to consider when creating a budget. She recommends reading books such as “The Total Money Makeover,” by Dave Ramsey. “Think about your goals, what’s important to you and what you want to spend your money on,” suggests Schultz. “(Meet) with a financial advisor no matter what stage of life to create a custom plan for you based on your goals and life stage.” Wolf agrees, noting, “When setting a budget, be sure that it is consistent with your values and supports your longer-term goals.” Brittany Johnson, office manager at Altra Federal Credit Union, says, “For women who are making their way into the workforce, budgeting and savings are particularly important. Financial obligations such as housing expenses, utility bills and student loan payments are now something they are responsible for. This can seem a little overwhelming, but having a budget and sticking to it can help ease some of those stresses.” “When completing a monthly budget,” Johnson recommends, “It is important to factor in all monthly expenses. These expenses can include car payments, insurance, gasoline and maintenance of your vehicle. In addition, budgeting for things such as entertainment and clothing can decrease your chances of overspending.” Schultz suggests accounting for every dollar you spend for about three to six months to determine where the money is going. “Based on that, you can create a budget and plan to stay within your budget. For saving money, set up auto transfers either directly from your paycheck or checking account to your savings, and pretend the money isn’t there. With retirement savings, plan to put at least 50 percent of any pay increases toward your retirement plan. Always keep an emergency fund!”

THE IMPORTANCE OF SAVINGS Johnson suggests saving money throughout life. “It is important for young women to start thinking about saving money. Due to unforeseen events and circumstances, it is recommended that an individual has six months’ worth of expenses in savings.”

Always make the effort to attend the review meetings, ask questions, get clarification and be part of the investment decisions. ~ Deb Wolfl

Johnson recommends, “Putting away even a small amount each month and determining your wants versus your needs will also help in saving money. Is it more important to have a new pair of jeans or to put money in savings for emergencies that may arise in the future?” First Alliance Credit Union’s blog offers basics of a budget plan, tips to avoid overspending, how to pay off your credit card debt and ways to create healthy financial habits. In addition, First Alliance Credit Union has Rochester Savings Challenge campaign going on to encourage people to save.

Alison Rentschler is a Rochester-based writer and editor.

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INVESTING STRATEGIES When considering investment strategies, Wolf says, “Start! There is no investment strategy in the world that will work better than simply to open an account and begin. Take advantage of the time-value of money. It’s a great opportunity to have a long time horizon to retirement, but it’s important to take advantage of that horizon, as it’s possible to achieve a great retirement with smaller amounts, if started in your early savings years.” Wolf also suggests contributing to your employer’s retirement plan. “Don’t leave money on the table. Take advantage of your employer’s retirement plan. At a minimum you should contribute enough to get the full match from your employer. If you have a 401(k) or a 403(b) plan at work and your employer offers to match a particular percentage of what you contribute to the plan, do it. It’s money that you will not otherwise have.” If you are given a wage increase, Wolf suggests, “Do the same for your savings and investing accounts. Designate a portion of the increase to you. You are paying yourself when you save money. Pay yourself first.” Regarding taxes, Wolf suggests working with your tax preparer to determine a “break-even” withholding amount so you owe nothing in taxes and the government doesn’t owe you. Schultz says, “It’s important to know the most beneficial way of saving for yourself. For example, determine what would be most tax-efficient for your retirement plan— traditional 401(k) versus Roth 401(k).” With these suggestions in mind, you’ll be well on your way to working on your budgeting, savings and investing goals.


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High on the walls of the Leashes & Leads store are photos of Nell, her husband, Jack, and Nell’s parents, signaling a welcome home feeling to all who enter. While the store offers a large variety of pet supplies, the primary focus of the business is service over sales. The fundamental theme, “Where People and Pets Come Together,” is an evident aspect of the Leashes & Leads experience, and this is largely due to Nell’s vision of creating a community where people could come with their dogs—maybe utilizing the boarding facilities by day while attending appointments at Mayo Clinic—then unwinding at day’s end with a game of fetch.

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Local Author Cindy Mennenga Releases “Nell’s Way” THE TRUE AND INSPIRING STORY BEHIND LEASHES & LEADS

In keeping with Nell’s vision and last wishes, the gates entering Montgomery Meadows will read, ‘Welcome Home.’

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“NELL’S WAY”

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Cindy Mennenga holds a degree in English and is a freelance writer and owner of MedCity WordCraft, LLC. She conducted more than 30 interviews in the writing of “Nell’s Way” and says learning Nell’s story and the background behind the creation of Leashes & Leads was “handsdown the highlight of my professional career, to date.” Of the interviews with those closest to Nell, all of whom attested to the generous and loving woman she was, Mennenga summarizes, “Nell was love: she gave and received love freely and the world is a bit smaller and sadder today without her here being a ray of sunshine in everyone’s life.” Nell’s “way” was to lift up those around her. Even while dealing with the passing of her husband or the trials of battling cancer, she never stopped extending herself to support those fighting their own strife, and her legacy lives on as her family continues developing the community with the fundamental principles of family and faith. Fifty percent of all profits from sales of “Nell’s Way” go to the Montgomery Meadows Equine Scholarship Fund to assist children with riding lessons. Pick up your copy of “Nell’s Way” at Leashes & Leads (also available at Amazon.com) and while there, schedule an appointment to tour the facility—you won’t regret it!

UST WEST OF ROCHESTER ON HIGHWAY 14 IS A MAJESTIC STRUCTURE HOUSING A LOCALLY OWNED PET STORE AND BOARDING FACILITY, LEASHES & LEADS. FOR YEARS I’VE HEARD ACCOLADES FROM FRIENDS, PRAISING THE BUSINESS FOR ITS PET TRAINING AND BOARDING SERVICES. I’VE ALWAYS INTENDED TO VISIT BUT NEVER MADE THE TIME UNTIL READING “NELL’S WAY,” A BIOGRAPHY WRITTEN BY LOCAL AUTHOR CINDY MENNENGA, WHICH RECOUNTS THE LIFE OF NELL MONTGOMERY MITCHELL—THE HEART AND SOUL BEHIND THE CONCEPT AND SERVICES PROVIDED BY LEASHES & LEADS.

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Opening in 2008, Leashes & Leads has grown into a premier facility, training more than 2,000 dogs each year. Their services now include agility, tricks, and competitive training, as well as Doggy Daycare, grooming, an on-site veterinarian, pet supplies and a boarding facility. Last October, Nell’s vision was expanded with the opening of an equine park, complete with stabling, training and riding lessons. The final stage of development—a gated community named Montgomery Meadows—recently listed the first 14 lots and, when fully developed, will include walking paths, horse trails, on-site stables and an equine training facility. In keeping with Nell’s vision and last wishes, the gates entering Montgomery Meadows will read, “Welcome Home.”

DEDICATED TO SERVING OTHERS Published in November 2017, “Nell’s Way” is a beautiful tribute to a woman whose life was guided by her faith, an unwavering love of family, and a dedication to improving the lives of others. In addition to being the financial backer who gave life to Leashes & Leads, she was actively involved in all aspects of the business’ philosophy, epitomized in the family-friendly feeling one gets when visiting the property.

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TRAVELING WITH KIDS CAN BE ALL THAT AND MORE BY RENEE BERG Sarah and son Reed pose near the Paul Bunyan statue in Bemidji.

sleeping. “My husband and I are very thankful we have this time together: the two of us and our boys! The years pass by so quickly. It’s important to us to make memories to last a lifetime–ours and theirs,” shares Kahn. “(We have) great big hopes that one day, they’ll do the same types of memory-making with their own families.” “The best thing about traveling with children is they will remember it forever,” says Judith Zavala, local travel agent with Cruise Planners. “It’s wonderful for them to understand and see other cultures, explore history of the U.S. and other countries and, if you live in Minnesota, it’s great to see a real beach that isn’t a lake.”

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“The boys were big enough, and we wanted it to be a summer memory they looked back on with nostalgia,” says the Rochester mom. “Last summer we went to the Wisconsin Dells, as well as the Iron Range, Kamp Dels and a few other Minnesota places. We loved it!”

children when they were infants to prepare them and myself for travel,” Larson remarks. “I want to instill in them my excitement about adventure and also let them know that with just a few simple tricks, traveling is easy and a wonderful togetherness activity.”

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Sarah Larson always heads to the family’s lake cabin near Itasca State Park with sons Reed, 6, and Trey, 4, for two weeks each summer. Larson has learned how to approach the five-hour drive for best results with her tykes. She packs a bag full of library books, sticker books, Matchbox cars, crayons and paper and props it in the back seat for whenever the boys get restless. “Since my family lives so far away, I knew that I needed to travel early and often with my 38 May/June 2018 RWmagazine.com

For locals Amy and Andy O’Hare and their children, Ahnika, 14, and Abbott, 10, this summer’s hot spot is Duluth, Minnesota where the family plans to take in Spirit Mountain and Gooseberry Falls and go agate hunting and camping. Plainview’s Rebecca Kahn’s family consisting of husband, Brock, and Isaac, 14, and Jared, 10, will surely be found at one of our state parks, where they enjoy s’mores, campfires and tent

For Shannon Hrabak, mom to 15-year-old Megan, the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum is a frequent destination. But she suggests being realistic about how family time will go. For example, if you are traveling with teens, it can be different than one anticipates if you aren’t mindful of their boundaries. “Let them pick out a couple of things they would like to see or do if possible and value their opinions,” Hrabak says of teen travelers. “Be respectful of their need to disappear into their book or phone for a while to recharge, and don’t expect them to stay engaged all of the time.”

DON’T LET THE KIDS RUN THE WHOLE SHOW, PARENTALS Hafdahl cautions parents not to let children run the whole show when planning and embarking on a trip. “I would say, try to balance what you want out of the trip and what your kids want,” she says. “My boys want to be busy constantly and I want to relax and do some reading, so make time for both.” If a road trip isn’t your idea of a good time, consider direct flights out of Rochester or Minneapolis. Travel expert Tammy Marquez, travel consultant with Rochester’s Bursch Travel says, “There are some great airfares out there right now to locations you may not first think of for a vacation.”


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Strengthening Body and Relationship ONE REP OR MILE AT A TIME BY HOLLY GALBUS PHOTOGRAPHY BY FAGAN STUDIOS Eva and Colleen Timimi enjoy running together.

relationship and talk about many things,” Colleen says. “My hope is that as she gets older, and life becomes more complicated, we will continue to have opportunities to be together like that.” Colleen is a member of “Chatty Chicks” running group. This group recently spawned “Little Chicks,” a group for the daughters who run with their moms. Both Colleen and Eva enjoy running with the group and are happy for the new friendships made along the way. The Timimi pair also work on their fitness goals together. They both participate in various races throughout the year, like the Quarry Hill 5K Trail Race, Med-City Marathon, and the July 4 race in Stewartville. For the Timimi family, running is a family tradition. Colleen’s parents and grandparents were all runners, and she says she enjoys passing on her love of running to her daughter.

BONDING ON THE YOGA MAT For mothers and daughters (15 and older) who want to connect with each other and practice their Warrior II pose all at the same time, Urban Yoga offers a variety of classes and workshops for both beginner and advanced yoga students. Owner Destiny Breland will be guiding a special Mother’s Day eve class that combines restorative yoga with a meditation aimed at honoring the different types of maternal connections we have. “We will honor the bond we have with our mother, and our internal mother, as well as weave in the maternal energy of Mother Earth.”

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WEALTH OF OPTIONS EXISTS FOR MOTHERS AND DAUGHTERS WHO WANT TO SPEND TIME EXERCISING TOGETHER. THERE ARE SIGNIFICANT BENEFITS FOR BOTH THEIR RELATIONSHIP AND THEIR HEALTH AND WELLNESS THAT CAN LAST A LIFETIME.

A STRONGER BOND “A mother plays a key role in her daughter’s physical activity level,” says Nicole Cummings, group fitness and yoga instructor at Olmsted Medical Center. “The role modeling a mom does can improve her daughter’s health and fitness behaviors, and instill habits that are an investment in her future fitness. And stronger emotional bonds will grow as they laugh and have fun together.” Cummings teaches a variety of classes in which moms and daughters can participate together. Prenatal and post-natal yoga classes encourage the growth of the mother-daughter bond in its earliest stages. School-age daughters and their moms can participate in cardio and strength training, circuit or yoga. A unique, 12-week fitness program—Tai Ji Quan—is designed to help older adults improve balance and mobility in order to reduce the risk of falling. “There are two sets of moms and daughters currently enrolled in this class,” Cummings says. “And it’s amazing to watch their bond and support of each other.”

A LOVE OF RUNNING Colleen Timimi and her 11-year-old daughter, Eva, began running together more than two years ago. They say they enjoy the opportunity to connect with each other and to have time to talk. “We have an open

DESIGNED FOR YOU Many options exist for mothers and daughters who enjoy the structure of a class, but if they would like a more personalized approach to their exercise routine, a personal trainer can be helpful in designing a program that meets both mom’s and daughter’s unique needs. Emily Watkins is a personal trainer and the owner of Empowered Wellness and Fitness Studio. Her clients include mom and daughter duos that enjoy working on their fitness goals together, and appreciate the support the other gives. “They have the extra motivation of knowing the other will be there,” explains Watkins. 

ACTIVITIES FOR MOTHERS AND DAUGHTERS Summer Climbing Adventure for Child and Adult Class at Roca Climbing and Fitness (grades K-6, w/adult), four class sessions available June, July and August. Visit climbroca.com/parent-andchild-classes for more info. Wiggle Wednesdays at Allegro School of Dance and Music, first Wednesday each month, September-May 10:30-11:15 a.m. Visit allegrodancemusic.com/ wigglewednesday.html for more info. Zumba on the Plaza in Peace Plaza, Mondays, June-August, 5:30-7:30 p.m.

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Tiffany P iotrowicz ALWAYS MOVING FORWARD BY ERIN PAGEL PHOTOGRAPHY BY KYNN SCHULZ PHOTOGRAPHY

TERRALOCO Piotrowicz strives to offer what the community wants and needs in a specialty shop. “It’s a running store that’s there to support anyone in the community, from competitive runners to people who just want to be more active,” says Piotrowicz. The staff is available and ready to assist whether you’ve somehow been convinced to sign up for your first 5K or you are working toward a Boston Marathon qualifying time. Though its roots are a running store, Piotrowicz describes TerraLoco as an “active lifestyle” retail shop, catering to feet that are hard to fit. The store is also the only place in Rochester to offer video gait analysis so customers can find the perfect shoe for the way they run. Always moving forward, Piotrowicz is diversifying and will offer not only running gear and apparel, but also yoga, hiking, athleisure and casual clothing. TerraLoco offer classes, running groups and other workshops, as well.

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ERRESTRIAL LOCOMOTION. IT’S WALKING THE EARTH. IT’S MOVING FORWARD,” DESCRIBES TERRALOCO OWNER TIFFANY PIOTROWICZ REGARDING THE RUNNING STORE’S NAME, WHICH INTENTIONALLY EXCLUDES THE WORD “RUNNING.” AFTER A FEW MINUTES WITH TERRALOCO’S DOWN-TO-EARTH AND FRIENDLY OWNER, IT IS EASY TO SEE THAT “MOVING FORWARD“ DESCRIBES PIOTROWICZ AS WELL.

BUSINESS OWNER A Rochester native, Piotrowicz studied paralegal and English at Winona State University. This may not be the typical education of a business owner, but she had been working at the running store as a manager when the opportunity to buy TerraLoco arose. Though she didn’t see herself as a business owner (at least not at that time), 42 May/June 2018 RWmagazine.com

Piotrowicz seized the opportunity anyway and has owned TerraLoco since 2015. Piotrowicz credits her success in the retail business to taking chances and asking for help when needed. TerraLoco’s success may also be related to the practice of listening to the community in regard to filling both TerraLoco’s shelves and Piotrowicz’s own schedule.

Piotrowicz is always moving forward but it wasn’t always as a runner. In 2010 she was “overweight, out of shape and in a funk,” she states. After seeing the exhaustion and elation of a friend in the 2010 Med City Marathon, Piotrowicz decided she could do that too. She signed up for and completed her first sprint triathlon later that summer. She finished that race and she’s been running and racing since. She thinks back over that journey when she makes decisions about events and products offered at TerraLoco. She always keeps the new runner in mind and states that a big part of TerraLoco is reaching out to those who don’t really see themselves as runners. Piotrowicz wants everyone from new to experienced runners to feel welcome in a “no judgment, no intimidation atmosphere.” To that goal, TerraLoco hosts running classes for beginners and gets people started in the sport from wherever they are in their own journey. Piotrowicz says, “TerraLoco isn't a store; it is a community. We are a family of runners, walkers and everything in between. We fail sometimes, just like you. We have a hard time rolling out of bed when the schedule calls for a long run on a Sunday morning, just like you. We hesitate over clicking that 'Register' button, just like you. We're in this journey together.”

COMMUNITY Piotrowicz uses the term “community” a lot. And it is clear she means it. TerraLoco shows its commitment to community by offering


TerraLoco isn't a store; it is a community. We are a family of runners, walkers and everything in between. discounts for local high school athletes, runners’ self-defense classes and pacing teams at local marathons. The store relies on the community of Rochester and other locally owned businesses to be successful. Piotrowicz sees strong interconnectivity between herself and the Rochester business community. She feels the support among business owners in Rochester and is very intentional about supporting locally owned businesses herself. Collaboration within the nonprofit community is important too. Courtney Lawson, executive director of the National Alliance on Mental Illness Southeast Minnesota, loved the community focus she saw at TerraLoco and reached out to Piotrowicz with an idea. The pair joined forces to offer a running group to help runners maintain positive mental health. Lawson shares she is, “Continually impressed by Tiffany’s willingness to think innovatively and (the fact that she) is connected to a variety

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of local resources.” TerraLoco hosts weekly $5 5K runs to benefit local nonprofits, bringing in 40-100 runners weekly, all sweating for a cause. These runs offer an easy way to support local nonprofits while improving one’s own fitness at the same time. They also offer an easy way to strengthen relationships with others, learn about a local cause and possibly explore volunteering with a new group.

STAY OUT OF THE SUN RUN Moving forward in yet another direction, Piotrowicz will continue in her second year as race director for Rochester’s own Stay Out of the Sun (SOS) 5K and 10K run May 18. TerraLoco will continue as race sponsor. The SOS run is in its 13th year of heightening awareness and boosting funding for melanoma research. The SOS run also offers a unique opportunity to race at night. Piotrowicz is

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proud to point out that all proceeds from the run benefit melanoma research and education through the Mayo Clinic Cancer Center in Rochester. Thinking about lacing up your shoes and moving forward in your running journey? Piotrowicz encourages, “Take it one step at a time, but go for it.” She emphasizes setting ground rules for yourself along with setting a personal goal. Force yourself into doing the work and then…do the work. If you are looking for a great personal goal to work toward, click the ‘Register’ button for the Stay Out of the Sun Run (sosrun.org) and join the Rochester running community. You can bet Piotrowicz will be there, always moving forward.

Erin Pagel is a freelance writer in Rochester and is on her own running journey.

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APRIL 27-MAY 13 Suite Surrender, Rochester Civic Theatre, a comedy relaying classic farces of the ‘30s and ‘40s, Thurs., Fri. & Sat. at 7 p.m., Sun. at 2 p.m., 282-8481, rochestercivictheatre.org

APRIL 27-28, MAY 3-5, 10-12, 17-20 The Spitfire Grill, Rochester Repertory Theatre, a film-based musical by James Valeq and Fred Alley, Thurs., Fri. & Sat. at 7:30 p.m., Sun. at 2 p.m., 289-1737, rochesterrep.org

APRIL 28 March of Dimes March for Babies, Rochester Community and Technical College, walk to help babies lead healthy lives, 3 p.m., 1-888-274-3711, marchforbabies.org

MAY 3-5 Just Between Friends Spring Consignment Sale, Graham Arena, save money when shopping for children’s products, 990-7668, rochester.jbfsale.com

MAY 5 Free Family Showing of Kung Fu Panda 3, Cinemagic Hollywood 12 Theatres, bring non-perishable food items for families in need, 9-11 a.m., 206-5500, odysseytheatres.com

MAY 5 Walk MS, Soldiers Field Veterans Memorial Park, team up and raise funds to fight multiple sclerosis, 10 a.m., 1-800-344-4867, main.nationalmssociety.org

MAY 5 Paws and Claws Humane Society 24th Annual Pet Walk, Cooke Park, collect pledges in support of animals in the community, 10 a.m., 288-7226, pawsandclaws.org

MAY 4 Go Red Gala, Mayo Civic Center, benefitting American Heart Association, $75/person, heart.org/rochestermngored 44 May/June 2018 RWmagazine.com

MAY 5

MAY 12

Rochester Great Strides 5K, Silver Lake Park, walk/run and raise funds to find a cure for cystic fibrosis, 10 a.m., 651-631-3290, fightcf.cff.org

Parent Artist Gather, Rochester Art Center, creatives will discuss how art practice changes when becoming a parent, 10 a.m.-12 p.m., 282-8629, rochesterartcenter.org

MAY 5 Rochester Craft Beer Expo, Mayo Civic Center, sample beers from over 40 different craft breweries, 3-6 p.m., 328-2222, rochestercraftbeerexpo.com

MAY 5 LHS Eagles 5K Run/3K Walk, Lourdes High School, a 12 and under fundraiser to support Lourdes’ sports teams, 9 a.m., 289-3991, campscui.active.com

MAY 6 Unleash the SHE 5K & 10K, raise funds for ovarian cancer research, 9 a.m., 664-9438, raceroster.com

MAY 9 Women on Wednesdays Presents: Still Sisters of The Yam? Black Feminism in the Age of Beyonce, Rochester Civic Theatre, explore social happenings and partake in discussion, 5:30-7 p.m., 282-8481, rochestercivictheatre.org

MAY 11-13 Gold Rush, Olmsted County Fairgrounds, antique and vintage items such as toys, artwork, and more, Fri. & Sat. 8 a.m.-6 p.m., Sun. 8 a.m.-3 p.m., 651-556-8465, exploreminnesota.com

MAY 12 Paint Off, Gallery 24, an art competition presenting six artists, judges, and a live audience, 5-10:30 p.m., 216-9882, downtownrochestermn.com

MAY 12 Choral Arts Ensemble Presents: Choir Country, Gloria Dei Lutheran Church, Minnesota-based composers, their music, and their stories, 7:30 p.m., 252-8427, choralartsensemble.org/choir-country

MAY 13 Mother’s Day on the Farm, Red Barn Learning Farm, free planting project and wagon rides to celebrate moms, 11 a.m.-4 p.m., 365-8321, redbarnlearningfarm.com

MAY 14 Us Too, Rochester Civic Theatre Company, topics on sexual misconduct and assault will be expressed through art forms, 6-9 p.m., 216-9882, rochestercivictheatre.org

MAY 16 Stories in Stone, Assisi Heights Spirituality Center, tour and see the architectural features and design aspects of the center, 1:30-3 p.m., 280-2195, rochesterfranciscan.org

MAY 16-17 Rochester Garden & Flower Club Annual Plant Sale, Olmsted County Fairgrounds, over 150 plant membergrown varieties, Wed. 4-7 p.m., Thurs. 8 a.m.-12 p.m., 259-7230, rgfc.org

MAY 18 13th Annual Stay Out of the Sun Run, Lourdes High School, 5K/10K run benefiting the SOS Foundation for Melanoma Research and Education, 5-9 p.m., 289-5626, sosrun.org

MAY 18 & 20 “Ole & Lena Win a Cruise,” Rochester Civic Theatre, a husband and wife duo presenting a familyfriendly, comedic show, Fri. at 7 p.m., Sun. at 2 p.m., 282-8481, rochestercivictheatre.org

MAY 19 Art on the Ave, Slatterly Park Neighborhood, annual spring art fair showcasing local artisans and musicians, 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m., 208-2818, slatterlypark.org


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JUNE 9

Root River Triathlon, Houston Nature Center, non-swimming triathlon set in scenic bluff county for all, 8:30 a.m., rootrivertriathlon.weebly.com

Revolutionary War Reenactment, History Center of Olmsted County, presented by Arn Kind and by the Daughters of the American Revolution, 2-5 p.m., 282-9447, olmstedhistory.com

MAY 19 MedCity Mafia Roller Derby, Graham Park, come see a fastpaced, full-contact sport performance by dedicated women, 6 p.m., medcityrollerderby.com

MAY 21 22nd Annual Kid’s Cup Tournament, Somerby Golf Club, proceeds go to the Mayo Children Center and OMC infant/ prenatal care, 9:30 a.m.-6 p.m., 285-1616, kidscuprochester.org

MAY 26-27 Scheels Med City Marathon, Mayo Civic Center Exhibit Hall, various running events for both kids and adults, varying times, 664-9438, medcitymarathon.com

JUNE

JUNE 1-3 19th Annual Fresh Art Spring Tour, western Wisconsin, a self-guided journey to studios and galleries for unique artwork, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., (715) 672-8188, freshart.org

JUNE 1-3 Rummage and Bake Sale benefiting Paws & Claws, Olmsted County Fairgrounds, pawsandclaws.org/ wpweb/rummage-sale-2018/

JUNE 2 Chester Woods Trail Races, Chester Woods Park, participate in the Mason Run 5K, 10 mile, or 50K, 6 a.m., 358-9188, byronteamred.blogspot.com

JUNE 4 RideAbility Family Fun Barn Dance, horse and wagon rides, bounce house, silent auction, 3-9 p.m., rideability.org

JUNE 12 13th Annual Power of the Purse, Rochester International Event Center, featuring keynote speaker Shannon Huffman Polson and a silent auction, luncheon, 287-2000, uwolmsted.org

JUNE 13 Stories in Stone, Assisi Heights Spirituality Center, tour and see the architectural features and design aspects of the center, 6:30-8 p.m., 280-2195, rochesterfranciscan.org

JUNE 14-18 Sons of Norway 2018 District 1 Convention, Mayo Civic Center, rochestercvb.org/sonsofnorwaydistrict12018/

JUNE 14 3rd Annual No Place Like Home Gala, Rochester International Event Center, raise money to help the homeless in our community, 6:30-9:30 p.m., 281-3122, familypromiserochester.org

JUNE 15 7th Annual Uncorked and On Tap benefiting Camp Companion, History Center of Olmsted County, silent auction, live music, appetizers, wine from Post Town Winery and beer from Kinney Creek, silent auction, 5-9 p.m., $30/person, 217-417-0756, campcompanion.org

JUNE 15 Relay For Life of Olmsted County, Rochester Community and Technical College, raise money to support the American Cancer Society, 5 p.m., 424-4615, main.acsevents.org

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JUNE 6 ABWA Golf Event, Willow Creek Golf Course, scholarship fundraiser, 1-7 p.m., luannb.com/upcoming-events

JUNE 7-AUGUST 30 Thursdays on First & 3rd, downtown Rochester, local arts, crafts, and food vendors with live entertainment, 11 a.m.-8:30 p.m., 216-9882, downtownrochestermn.com/events

JUNE 8-17 August: Osage County, Rochester Civic Theatre, award-winning play about overcoming family challenges, Fri. and Sat. at 7 p.m., Sun. at 2 p.m., 282-8481, rochestercivictheatre.org

Movies in the Park, Rochester Downtown Alliance, Central Park, bring your own lawn chairs, free, approximately 9 p.m., downtownrochestermn.com/events/movies-in-the-park

JUNE 16-24 Rochesterfest, explore everything that Rochester has to offer through a variety of events, varying times, 285-8769, rochesterfest.com

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The Lenn family Casey, Cecelia, and Katie

MY 2-YEAR-OLD

GETS IT BY KATHRYN LENN

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HEN I PEEL BACK THROUGH MY PARENTS’ PHOTO ALBUMS, THERE IS A COMMON THEME… PAGES AND PAGES OF ME POSING, TRYING ON MY NEW SCHOOL CLOTHES, SMILING IN AN EXAGGERATED FASHION TO PROVE HOW CHEERFUL I WAS. I LOVED BEING THE CENTER OF ATTENTION. I NEEDED THE ATTENTION. IT WAS MY LIFE SOURCE. Fast forward 20 years. I am now an adult with a career and a home and a husband (and am severely embarrassed by my neediness as a child). Enter my daughter, Cecelia. From the moment she was born, Cecelia had an audience in us, her mom and dad. She is totally her mother’s daughter. Now I get to see what my parents experienced. And, let me tell you, it is such an amazingly entertaining show. I was always the kid who would talk to anyone. I remember standing in line at Disney World and asking, “Who farted?” in the middle of a crowd. That was me, unafraid to say whatever came to mind. I danced all around the living room to the "Lion King" soundtrack. I would sneak my mother’s lipstick and tell the baby sitter I ate a sucker in the bathroom. Now my daughter provides me with an abundance of good stories. Coming from someone who lived a childhood hungry for affection and an audience, I see what she’s doing. And I may be biased, but Cecelia is crushing it.

CLAP YOUR HANDS Cecelia is direct. Where I would ask my parents if they thought my jokes were funny, she flat out says, “Laugh.” When I would say things like “Ta da!” she announces, “That makes you happy.” She gets it. She is her own cheerleader, and she is unafraid to tell you what she needs. In the car the other day, Cecelia sang the ABCs, then immediately directed my husband and me to “clap your hands.” And, you know what? We clapped. Adults could learn a little something from this 2-year-old. It is OK to toot your own horn. It’s hard for us to be direct. We say things like, “Do you like that idea?” or “Maybe it won’t work. I don’t know, I just thought 46 May/June 2018 RWmagazine.com

I would propose it.” My 2-year-old doesn’t beat around the bush. She does her very best, then instructs you how to react. And if we didn’t clap, it wouldn’t faze her. She would sing again and instruct her audience to clap. I’m happy that I have played a part in developing her self-esteem and her bravery to safely speak her mind.

I’LL ALWAYS BE YOUR BIGGEST FAN Becoming a mother was the most terrifying and joyful decision that ever fell into my lap. I have an opportunity to teach someone not to pick her nose, encourage her to sit on the potty and help her realize that pattern-matching is important when dressing. I am also her own personal audience. Her father and I are so in love, we would watch whatever she was doing, and we love the confidence she has. I hope we never do anything to tarnish that confidence. A 2-year-old walks through life with a sense of wonderment. They do their best, or they tell you they’re worried they can’t do it. They put themselves out there in hopes that their actions can make someone happy. And, they usually do. My daughter reminds me that even the ABCs can be quality afternoon entertainment. She reminds me to stop and smell the roses. She reminds me of myself, and we connect on a whole other level. She needs someone to support her as she tries things, and I will always be that person. Not just for the funny little stories, but because I understand her. And, I always clap my hands for her.

Kathryn Lenn is available for any extra attention you want to throw her way.

Photo courtesy of Kathryn Lenn.

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