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Every year for Mother’s Day and my birthday in October, I get to pick what we are going to do as a family. For a few years, in both the spring and the fall, I took my kids biking in Lanesboro. We’ve gone to Duluth to visit my mom and grandma and, one year, stayed at The Edge waterpark. We’ve also gone to the Mall of America. Last year, I took my sons to a Twins game. Spending time in the car with my older son is rare since he got his driver’s license. At the baseball game, we had fun food for lunch, and both of my boys bought souvenirs. It was a fun way to spend the day together. This year for Mother’s Day, I’m going to take my boys on a date night and help them learn how to dance. My older son is graduating from high school this spring, and I think it’s my responsibility to help him learn how to lead a dance partner. I’ve arranged for Eric Hoyer, owner of Med City Dance Center, now located at 1115 7th Street NW, to teach a mother and son dance class for boys ages 10-18 on Friday, May 12 at 5:30 and 6:30 p.m. If you would like to join me, along with Emily Watkins, owner of Empowered Wellness, and her two sons for an hour of rumba, waltz and swing, please contact me via email or RSVP on Facebook. Its only $30 per mother and son pair, plus $10 for each additional son. Make it a night out, and take them out to eat afterwards or pick up a $5 Pizza. On the cover of this issue are a mother daughter restaurant duo. You may know LeeAnn Zubay from her restaurant ZZest, but do you know her daughter Lindsay? Have you been to Porch to eat yet? Read their fabulous Fare with Flair story starting on page 25. Speaking of food adventures, read about food trucks around Rochester (Pages 25-26) and go taste some of their eclectic combinations. It’s a great time of year to get outside and try some new food. Towards the end of this issue (page 50) you’ll find an article about the Zumbrota’s womanowned businesses. Join us for a Ladies Night Out on the trolley to tour the shops in Zumbrota on Wednesday, June 28th. We’ll be leaving from Casablanca at 5:30 pm. Yes, we will have wine! Please pre-register online at rochestermntours.com or meet us up there in Zumbrota. And, check out the Ladies Night Out Rochester tours offered by Rochester Trolley & Tour Company (page 9) starting in May. I hope you enjoy this issue of Rochester Women Magazine!
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MINNESOTA ASPIRATIONS IN COMPUTING AWARDS In February, Celeste Dyrbye-Wright, a junior at Mayo High School, and Oreoluwa Odeyinka, a junior at John Marshall High School, were recognized for their aspirations in computing and technologyrelated fields in the fifth-annual Aspirations in Computing Awards. The girls were chosen to receive the prestigious honor based on their interests, accomplishments, and community involvement in computing and technology.
Celeste Dyrbye-Wright, 2017 state winner and national honorable mention
ART ON THE AVE SLATTERLY PARK NEIGHBORHOOD Sat., May 20, 9:30 a.m. – 4 p.m., 6th Ave SE (1 block north of Hwy 14) Art on the Ave was the recipient of the 2016 Mayor’s Award for Public Art, a festival showcasing local artisans and art-based organizations, food, musicians, and fine arts performers. The event welcomes allcomers and is committed to maintaining an environment without religious or political polarity. Through our efforts, we seek to champion creativity as a vehicle for peace, humanism, and prosperity.
Oreoluwa Odeyinka, 2017 state honorable mention
5TH ANNUAL GARDEN FAIR BENEFITS HOMELESS YOUTH AND LINK Sat., June 3, 9 a.m.-3 p.m., History Center of Olmsted County Garden art, plants and various products all related to gardening will be available with items to purchase and information. There will also be a gardening rummage sale offering gently used or new gardening items, demonstrations and kids activities. On-site food will also be available for purchase. Admission is a non-perishable food item, paper product, cleaning supply or cash donation. To donate items to the sale contact Barb Johnston at 206-8053. For booth rental contact Lorrie Alberts at 358-5680 or email@example.com. Information on facebook.com/GardenFair.
SISTERS OF SAINT FRANCIS ASSISI HEIGHTS SPIRITUALITY CENTER Master of the Mist: A Watercolor Workshop 18TH SPRING FRESH ART TOUR Fri.–Sun., June 2, 3 & 4, 10 a.m.–5 p.m. Take a self-guided journey to the finest studios and galleries in the Lake Pepin and Chippewa River Valleys. In addition to roadside wild flowers and breathtaking views, several of this year’s participants pay homage to the area’s agrarian past while celebrating recent evolutions of art and culture. Check out freshart.org and travelwisconsin.com/events/art-tours/freshart-tour-spring-2017-39742.
Sat., May 20, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Assisi Heights Spirituality Center, 1001 14th Street NW, Rochester Explore techniques to create the illusion of mist. By understanding how water reacts on the paper and how to prepare the paper, misty effects happen naturally, without scrubbing and lifting. Participants will also learn to create beautiful skies as well as trees that look natural vs mechanical. Instructor: David R. Smith. $80 includes lunch. Pre-registration required at www.rochesterfranciscan.org or call Angie at 280-2195.
ROCHESTER PUBLIC LIBRARY SUMMER PLAYLIST June 5 – Sept 2 Experience Summer Playlist with Rochester Public Library to read, explore, create and connect. This all-ages program includes opportunities to try new activities and set your own goals. Rewards such as a free book, bookbag, and opportunities to win fabulous raffle prizes will be awarded for each level completed. The program aims to encourage kids, teens and adults to unplug this summer and experience Rochester through new adventures, connecting with others and reading. For more information visit rochesterpubliclibrary.org/summerplaylist. 101 Second Street SE, Rochester, MN 55904 507.328.2303 www.rochesterpubliclibrary.org
STAY OUT OF THE SUN RUN FRIENDSHIP WORKSHOP Tues., June 13, 6:30 – 8:30 p.m., First Unitarian Universalist Church The play Steel Magnolias, opening June 23, 2017 at Commonweal Theatre in Lanesboro, Minn. celebrates the gift of friendship. Participate in workshop to enhance friendships. For more information visit uurochmn.org.
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WHAT IS HAPPINESS? BY EMILY WATKINS
VIVIDLY REMEMBER A MOMENT, DRIVING HOME FROM A DATE WITH MY HIGH SCHOOL BOYFRIEND, WHEN I FELT A PHYSICAL WAVE OF HAPPINESS SWEEP OVER ME. THAT'S AN ELUSIVE FEELING, ONE THAT IS RESERVED FOR ONLY THE REALLY SPECIAL MOMENTS IN LIFE: WALKING DOWN THE AISLE TOWARD MY LOVE AND HOLDING MY NEWBORN SONS, RANKING THE HIGHEST OF THOSE MOMENTS.
WHAT MAKES YOU HAPPY? Things that make me happy: naps, reading good books, red wine, fluffy TV shows, watching my kids play sports, dates with my husband. But not many things bring that visceral feeling of happiness. Friends say happiness is family, children, God, being a source of healing for others, being a mom and wife, being part of a church community. Others say that keeping their minds and bodies engaged in meaningful pursuits and being able to control their own activities and change their minds are what make them happy.
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surrounds herself with, and BE PRESENT IN YOUR LIFE, sometimes she needs to create her own happiness. Happiness, to her, is feeling THAT WHICH ALREADY EXISTS. centered and balanced, so that she doesn’t feel stressed and agitated. “I make sure that I am intentional with my self-care too. Things like creating art, cooking, Zumba, running, outings with friends and shopping by myself help me to feel recharged and happy,” Amy says with a smile. The definition of happiness definitely changes throughout life. Opening presents on Christmas morning has to rank pretty high on the happiness scale for a 5-year-old, but in your 40s, it’s so much more fun to give presents and watch others open them, isn’t it? “People chase after success on the premise it will make them happy. Happiness comes from within first, then success can follow.” LuAnn Buechler learned this from listening to the audio book “Switch On Your Brain: The Key to Peak Happiness, Thinking, and Health” by Dr. Caroline Leaf. Although LuAnn teaches people to follow their passions and do what they love to find happiness, hearing it this way from Dr. Leaf really hit home for her.
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EXERCISE YOUR HAPPY MUSCLES The Dalai Lama says that we can train ourselves to “undergo a transformation of our attitude, our entire outlook and approach to living.” By identifying things that bring happiness and those that bring suffering, we can work to “gradually (eliminate) those factors which lead to suffering and (cultivate) those which lead to happiness.”
Dr. Amit Sood, in his book, “The Mayo Clinic BE TRUE TO Guide to Stress-Free Living,” references Viktor Emil Frankl, a Jewish doctor who survived the Holocaust. Frankl lost his family, along with his first manuscript, but kept hope for the future. Frankl said, “Everything can be taken from a man but one thing: the last of the human freedoms—to choose one’s attitude in any given set of circumstances, to choose one’s own way.” “Happiness is an everyday feeling that depends on how you experience the present moment,” says Dr. Sood, which leads me to believe that if we truly want to experience happiness, we have to make it happen, no matter what is going on in our lives.
NOW IT’S YOUR TURN Create a list of things that make you happy. Did any of the ideas above resonate with you? There are no wrong answers here. Some might find happiness in serving others. Some might find their happiness in selfcare pursuits. This is your happiness journey. Be true to yourself. Use your journal to do some free writing or list-making. Make time in your calendar for these activities. This will take some time as well. Start small, adding one thing per week or even one per month, depending on what the time commitment is for each activity. Gradually work toward doing something every day, even if it’s only for a few minutes. Make time every day to be happy. Start by practicing gratitude. Dr. Sood says, “Gratitude is an important milestone on the path to
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DEMENTIA OR HEARING LOSS BY DR. AMY SWAIN, AUDIOLOGIST
UMMERTIME BRINGS FAMILY MEMBERS TOGETHER FOR REUNIONS, WEDDINGS AND GRADUATION PARTIES. DURING THESE EVENTS, WE MIGHT NOTICE OUR PARENTS AGING AND SENSE SOME CHANGES IN THEIR COGNITION OR MEMORY. YOU MAY BEGIN TO WONDER IF THEY HAVE A MEMORY ISSUE. RESEARCHERS ARE NOW SAYING WE SHOULD NOT ASSUME IT IS A MEMORY ISSUE BECAUSE IT IS POSSIBLE THEY JUST DIDN’T HEAR THE WHOLE CONVERSATION.
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ASSIE FOHRMAN ENJOYS HER ROLE AS MOM TO THE FULLEST. SHE ENJOYS TAKING HER TWO DAUGHTERS OUT FOR COFFEE (OR HOT CHOCOLATE) AT CAFE STEAM REGULARLY AND HAS A FUN SUNDAY NIGHT ROUTINE OF POPCORN AND ICE CREAM. NOW, ISN’T THAT THE COOLEST MOM YOU’VE EVER HEARD OF?
BEGINNINGS AND CAREER Cassie was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota. She graduated from Kasson-Mantorville High School and says she has a “big reunion this year!” After high school, she attended Rochester Community and Technical College. “I started out doing general classes to get my associate’s degree at RCTC. I was working at Hy-Vee as an assistant manager. I went to the Hy-Vee Career Day in Des Moines, Iowa and met a girl who worked in the pharmacy. When I went back to Rochester, I found out that RCTC had the pharmacy technician program, so I took that opportunity,” Cassie explains. She started working at Mayo Clinic pharmacy and obtained her associate’s degree. She has worked in a few areas of Mayo within the pharmacy and says, “I just love the people I work with.”
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HER FAITH “I was baptized and confirmed and went to church every Sunday growing up. I took a hiatus when I was in college. When I needed to find a church to get married in, I found Our Savior’s Lutheran Church in Rochester,” Cassie says. Not long after she joined the church, she Cassie's hair wa was asked to help s colored by Kr ista Lutzi at Doub Take Salon and le her makeup wa with high school s done at Glam Beauty Lounge . Her dress is fro ministry. m Exquisite Leathe Luggage in Peac r& e Plaza. “The youth became my ‘church kids.’ I love talking to them, getting to know them, being excited about God with them, learning and traveling with them. Some of my most awesome memories are with these kids. Some of them are now married and have their own kids,” says Cassie proudly. “I know God has a plan. He tells me that in Jeremiah 29:11. The hardest part is trying to be patient for that plan to be made clear to me. I struggle with that. A lot. I remind myself of this and try to surround myself with people that remind me of this too,” Cassie shares.
THE FUTURE Cassie thinks, “I’m looking forward to opportunities that I never knew existed. I’m excited for the people I’m going to meet. I’m excited for the future of my girls, to which I will be patient.” Cassie offers a lot inspirational advice on Facebook. She shares a “YOU are a BADASS” calendar with her Facebook friends. She would like to give Rochester Women magazine readers this advice, “You. Are. Stronger. Than. You. Think. You. Are!! Don’t doubt that!!” We wish you a very happy birthday and happy Mother’s Day, Cassie! You are stronger than you think you are. Keep on drinking coffee, bowling, traveling and eating ice cream and popcorn with your daughters on Sundays. You are an inspiration. Answers will come soon enough. You are a beautiful Rochester Woman! I Am Beautiful. You Are Beautiful
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HEN ZOEY JANTSAN STROLLS INTO DUNN BROTHERS COFFEE, SHE’S WEARING A PLAID SHIRT FROM SOUTH KOREA, A BLACK PENCIL SKIRT AND BOOTS. SHE WRAPS HER HANDS AROUND HER CUP OF TEA AND SAYS SHE’S NERVOUS BECAUSE SHE HASN’T DONE MANY PRESS INTERVIEWS YET.
It isn’t long before Jantsan is talking about her dogs, her boyfriend and her decision to act on some lifelong dreams during recent years. At age 25, Jantsan realizes she’s carried out some passions from childhood these last few years, including her goal to secure a crown.
GETTING HER CROWN Yes, a crown. Jantsan officially became Miss Minnesota U.S. International in October in Big Lake, Minnesota. As a child, Jantsan would wrap her mother’s mint green blanket around her waist and add a belt to keep it in place as her “poofy dress,” and adorn her head with a plastic tiara to complete her pretend pageant winner look. This last fall, her childhood dream came true. Good thing, too, as she only has two years left before reaching the age limit of 27 to compete in Miss Minnesota U.S. International. “So I had to do it now, or I wasn’t going to do it at all,” she says. What else did she dream about as a child? Having a Golden Retriever named Lucky. She’s got that, too, and did so immediately upon moving out of her childhood home in Pine Island at age 19 to attend the Minnesota School of Business in Rochester. That’s where she met her dreamboat, Charles Saballa, with whom she now lives, works and even offices. Saballa had to court Jantsan for a year as a fellow student at the Minnesota School of Business before Jantsan would officially go out with him. She was not only going to school, but also holding down two jobs and told him, repeatedly, that she didn’t have time for breakfast or dinner. So to woo her, Saballa brought donuts and orange juice to class. His perseverance paid off, and the two are now a couple.
ON HAPPINESS AND OTHER THINGS As for what brings her happiness, Jantsan says it’s many things, including her pups, Lucky and Jango, her boyfriend and time spent outside. It’s her love of animals and the outdoors that prompted her to select animal and environmental conservation as her official platform for Miss Minnesota U.S. International. 16 May/June 2017 RWmagazine.com
Jantsan is partnered with the Minnesota Zoo to promote animal conservation. As for environmental conservation, she’s researching potential partnerships and is open to suggestions and ideas for ways she can further connect her love of nature with advocacy. Since Mother’s Day is in May, we asked Jantsan about her mom’s influence on her life. She immediately recalls how she was asked about her most influential role model during the competition for Miss Minnesota U.S. International. “I said, ‘Like most girls, my mom is the person who inspired me the most. Not only because she’s a strong, independent woman, but because early on she instilled in me the love of reading. So during any different phase of life, I had Hermione Granger, Jane Eyre and Sherlock Holmes as my friends.’ Then I cried, and did a little ‘yes!’ gesture on stage.” Along with pageantry and owning a dog named Lucky, Jantsan has also always known she wanted to work in real estate. So awhile back she left her work as a personal banker to become a real estate agent. “I have not dreaded a Monday since,” she says. Jantsan says she expected to most enjoy prepping houses for sale, but it turns out the people are her main draw. She especially likes meeting new people and introducing transplants to Rochester. “It’s nice to introduce Rochester to them because some of them don’t know anything about the town,” she says. “That has been genuinely fun.” Renee Berg is a Rochester freelance writer.
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HEN YOU WERE BORN I ASKED MYSELF— WHO AM I? GOD HAS BLESSED ME WITH YOUR PRESENCE, AND I PROMISE I WILL CARE FOR YOU, KEEP YOU SAFE AND CHERISH EVERY MOMENT I HAVE WITH YOU. I AM YOUR MOTHER, AND I WILL LOVE YOU WITH ALL OF MY HEART.
TODDLER STAGE You soon grew into a toddler, and I had a new role to learn. Again, I asked myself—who am I? I am your teacher of all things new. I am your doctor when you are ill. I am your guardian, always keeping you safe. I am your playmate, your first best friend. You can always count on me. I promise I will never give up on you. Together we can conquer any challenge. I am your momma who loves you with all of my heart.
who am I? I am your chauffeur. I am your secretary who keeps track of your busy schedule. I am your coach, your counselor, your problem solver and your inspiration. I am your mirror image: When you’re happy, I’m happy; when you’re sad, I’m sad. You are becoming your own person, and I am supportive and proud. I am your mom, and I love you with all of my heart. When you were in high school, I asked—where did the time go? Seems like only yesterday I was swaddling you in my arms. You have become so independent, and once again, my role is changing. I wonder—who am I? I am your accountant, your banker, your advisor, your editor and your manager. I am Kalli’s mom and Dylan’s mom, I am your best friend, your confidant, your biggest fan. I believe in you and what your future has in store for you. I want the very best for you and am willing to make sacrifices to make sure your dreams come true. You are breaking away, finding out who you are, spending more and more time away from me. But I am forever your mom, and I will always love you with all of my heart.
OFF TO COLLEGE I had tears in my eyes as I sent you off I love you with all of my heart and to a place I would only know through soul, and now they tell me I have to let the stories you would tell me at the end you go. I still ask myself and wonder— of the day. I had to ask myself—who Dylan and Kalli Deruiter who am I? I still have yet to discover am I? I am your fashion designer, your who I am to you as we go through life tutor for reading and math, your event stages together. coordinator, your lunch lady, your personal baker, your hair stylist, your dentist, the enforcer of rules. I am your protector when you are scared or insecure. I am trying to be a good role model. I am so proud of you. Cheri Deruiter lives in Rochester with her husband Steve of 25 You are my life. I am your mommy who loves you with all of my heart. years. They are enjoying spending time together since their two kids, You were so confident and ready for middle school, while I was the Kalli and Dylan, went off to college. one who was scared and insecure. Once more, I found myself asking— RWmagazine.com May/June 2017 19
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A CHALLENGING, BUT REWARDING CAREER PATH BY JORRIE JOHNSON
HOOSING SOMEONE WHO WILL NOT ONLY WATCH, BUT TEACH MY CHILD WHEN HE'S NOT IN MY CARE IS ONE OF THE MOST IMPORTANT DECISIONS, I FEEL AS A PARENT, I AM CALLED TO MAKE,” EXPLAINS LAURA SMITH. Ideally parents find a child care provider that matches their work hours, is located near or on the way to work and meets their quality standards. However, the leading factor for finding child care around Rochester lately has been availability.
LACK OF AVAILABILITY There is a shortage of child care providers in the Rochester area. Smith started looking for child care when she was just three months pregnant with her first child. She contacted more than 100 different providers (both in-home child care and child care centers). According to Smith, “All of them for the most part said the same thing: ‘I feel for you.’” Families First of Minnesota is a nonprofit organization in our community working as a resource for parents, child care programs and community members in all areas of early childhood. Of child care challenges, they comment, “Our main concern is the lack of available child care for infants and toddlers, and the cost of care, specifically in a child care center. There is also a lack of available child care for non-standard hours, i.e. evenings and weekends.” They also explain that these issues are common across the state, not just in Rochester.
ACCESSIBILITY, AFFORDABILITY AND QUALITY According to Stacey York, Rochester Community and Technical College child development program faculty, “This issue of child care has been described as a three-legged stool—accessibility, affordability and quality.” Parents want easy access to affordable, quality child care programs. York explains there are a variety of different child care settings. These include family child care, group family child care, nonprofit child care, for-profit child care owned by an individual, corporate (chain) child care, franchise child care, Head Start, public school and private school. York says, “It is hard to have quality when wages are so low and staff turn over at a rate of 30-50 percent.” Low wages and demands on providers cause turnover at centers and in the profession. However, many providers have found it profitable and rewarding.
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CHILD CARE CHALLENGES AND REWARDS State regulations and higher quality guidelines are making child care more challenging, but providers still find child care careers worth their time. Christina Jacobs has been providing in-home child care Cherie Jensen having fun with two for 24 years. “I love children, of her daycare girls. especially the younger ones, so home day care seemed like a good fit,” she says. “While we do learning activities daily, a lot of our day is spent teaching children how to be kind, patient, share and to be good friends. Then we focus on traditional classroom learning.” One of the biggest challenges for her and many other providers is the lack of adult interaction. Additionally, she states that new guidelines and Parent Aware star rating programs have become overwhelming. Cherie Jensen did in-home child care for 22 years and earlier this year became an Early Childhood Special Education (ECSE) paraprofessional for Rochester Public Schools. The challenges she faced as an in-home provider were, she says, “The long, long, long hours, never being able to truly leave work and getting people to understand that you are not a baby sitter.” She also says, “(The) huge increase in rules and regulations and the expectations of school readiness have become overwhelming.”
HELPING PROVIDERS BE MORE SUCCESSFUL Sylvie Saxton was an in-home day care provider in Rochester. She recognizes child care providers as professional businesswoman running a day care business. She knows it is very challenging, and she understands that day care providers often feel misunderstood, isolated and discouraged. Saxton created the website Fabulous Provider, where she helps women connect with each other and find practical tips how to run a successful day care business. Families First tries to connect with people who may be considering Sylvie Saxton (right) worked as entering the child care field. They a nanny, lead teacher at a offer information on start-up grants daycare center and ran her own daycare business “Sylvie’s Safari” and professional development for six years. She is the creator of and connect them with available fabulousprovider.com. resources from other agencies and organizations supporting child care professionals. Jorrie Johnson is a publisher and editor of Rochester Women magazine. She serves on the RAEDI Journey to Growth early childhood committee that is strategizing solutions to the childcare challenges.
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HE ARRIVAL OF A NEW BABY IS A LIFEALTERING EXPERIENCE ENCOMPASSING A RANGE OF EMOTIONS. WHILE WEEKS OF PREPARATION GO INTO PLANNING FOR THE BIRTH EXPERIENCE, THERE IS A CONSIDERABLE GAP IN RESOURCES TO ADDRESS THE NEEDS OF MOTHERS AFTER BIRTH. IN A RECENT REPORT BY THE INTERNATIONAL LABOUR ORGANIZATION, THE UNITED STATES—ONE OF THE FEW COUNTRIES IN THE WORLD WITHOUT A FEDERALLY MANDATED PARENTAL LEAVE POLICY—RECEIVED A FAILING GRADE IN PRIORITIZING SUPPORT FOR WOMEN ENTERING MOTHERHOOD.
Allison Loftus, MA, LPC, and Brittany Baker have a vision to fill that gap by providing services to empower and support women through the transition—whether it is first-time motherhood, a repeat pregnancy or even an adoption.
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MEDCITY DOULAS “The postpartum experience I had in the hospital with my first baby was eye-opening,” says Baker. “There were many gaps in the kinds of care women are receiving.” The experience inspired Baker and collaborator Amanda Steele to open MedCity Doulas, a Rochester agency offering expertise in “all things motherhood and babies.” The agency provides unbiased physical, emotional and educational support to Southeast Minnesota families through pregnancy, birth and postpartum. A good way to think about a doula, offers Baker, is as an “expert in options.” Doulas are meant to be complementary to the medical experience, encouraging mothers (and fathers)
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to advocate for their wishes and helping to ensure a positive birth experience. “Some clients describe us as the ‘know-it-all best friend who doesn’t judge your choices,’” she says. “Being unbiased is what sets our agency apart. We are not trying to save women from birth or intervene in the medical experience. A lot of our support looks like education.” Research shows that working with doulas and counselors can improve health outcomes and ultimately reduce medical costs. Additionally, a postpartum doula can be an incredible physical and emotional resource to families, providing guidance on feeding, sleeping and caring for baby, as well as cleaning, cooking meals and filling in to give new mothers a break.
FLOURISH COUNSELING CENTER Education is also a major focus for Allison Loftus, who opened Flourish Counseling Center in 2014 to provide care and support for the mental health needs of women. Like Baker, her story began with a personal experience that opened her eyes to the gaps in supportive services for women. While her evidence-based, personalized therapeutic interventions are offered to women and teens across a spectrum of needs, postpartum counseling is a particular focus. “We overprepare for birth but underprepare for postpartum,” says Loftus. Allison Loftus
“From brain changes to sleep deprivation, fluctuating hormones and having a little person who requires constant round-the-clock care— it’s no surprise most new moms and dads meet the criteria for an adjustment disorder postpartum.” “My goal is to help them (clients) improve their wellbeing and develop a life in which they flourish,” says Loftus. She allows clients to determine their own frequency of visits, and her services are offered on a sliding fee scale based on family size and income.
MOTHERS MATTER Services offered by Loftus, Baker and their contemporaries are not covered by insurance companies, making it difficult to increase their impact for women and families. In addition to their individual businesses, Loftus and Baker have spurred efforts of local health partners, including Olmsted Medical Center and Mayo Clinic, to develop better education and training programs. They’ve also joined forces to pioneer a powerful new offering: Mothers Matter, a nonprofit organization aimed at cultivating a supportive community response to postpartum mental health. Unique in its inception, the organization’s primary goal is to secure funding to underwrite the cost of doulas and counselors for mothers who can’t otherwise afford them—including populations at risk for mental health challenges. “These services should not be perceived as a luxury,” says Baker. “It’s important to ensure women can afford this necessary care.” To learn more, visit medcitydoulas.com and flourish-counseling.com. Laurie Simon is a freelance writer living in Rochester, Minnesota. RWmagazine.com May/June 2017 23
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T THE TENDER AGE OF 9, LINDSAY ZUBAY GOT HER FIRST TASTE OF THE RESTAURANT BUSINESS. SHE WORKED ALONGSIDE HER MOTHER, FATHER AND TWO BROTHERS AT NEWT’S, A LONG-TIME ROCHESTER BURGER STAPLE. LINDSAY DELIVERED FOOD TO CUSTOMERS’ TABLES.
“I hated it,” she says, laughing. “The tables were numbered and, as a kid, I couldn’t always figure out where the food was supposed to go.” Now, two decades later, Lindsay is coowner with her brother, Jason, and chef Justin Schoville of Rochester’s trendy new eatery, Porch, where they serve “urban farm fare that feeds your soul, as well as fills your stomach.”
WORKING ALONGSIDE HER MOTHER LeeAnn Zubay is a staple herself in the Rochester restaurant scene. She is the owner and creative mind behind the successful ZZest Cafe & Bar, located on 16th Street Southwest, as well as the ZZest Lunch Counter and Market, which operate in the First Avenue Food Court in the downtown skyway.
Despite Lindsay’s initial distaste for the restaurant business, LeeAnn never discounted her daughter as a future restauranteur. “I’m going to pat myself on the back,” LeeAnn says. “My husband, Jerry, and I always talked about how we would pass the restaurants on to the kids. For many years, none of them seemed that interested, but I always say, ‘do not rule out Lindsay.’ And here she is. I’m so proud of her.”
LIKE MOTHER, LIKE DAUGHTER Lindsay started acting at the Masque Youth Theatre around the same time she started running food at Newt’s. She went on to college to pursue theatre. “I picked up a lot of my creativity for design and interaction from doing improv in the theatre,” Lindsay says.
“What they teach may be intended for the stage, but it’s very applicable to everyday life.” Lindsay’s creative aspirations eventually led her from performing in front of an audience to working behind a camera, and she gave up the thespian life to graduate with a degree in photography. Her photos adorn the walls of ZZest Café, and now, her work is at home in Porch as well. LeeAnn’s keen eye and sense of design helped refine the look and feel of all the Zubay restaurants—from the unique atmospheres to the culinary creations. “I can’t stop thinking up new ideas,” she says. “When Justin, our chef at Porch and ZZest, started talking about chicken, the ideas just flowed for me. I knew I had to get everyone else on board.” Together, LeeAnn and Lindsay brought new life to the historic downtown railroad depot where Porch & Cellar reside—right down to the wallpaper. “We took a road trip to my grandfather’s farm near Stewartville,” says LeeAnn. The old farmstead had a “for sale” sign in the drive, so the duo started walking around and snapping pictures. The photos Lindsay captured were sent to a wallpaper company where they were blown up into murals that the Zubays adhered to Porch’s walls. Even the animal shots that seem to come to life on the walls of the downtown landmark are Lindsay’s handiwork. “It’s fun to look around and see her work,” says LeeAnn. “It makes this space even more meaningful.”
A FAMILY AFFAIR According to LeeAnn, all three of her children have roles in each of the restaurants. “The kids own Porch and Cellar, but they work at all of the restaurant locations,” she explains. Lindsay has an eye for detail. She does the bookkeeping for the restaurants and oversees the training. “I am very organized,” Lindsay says.
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was a cook.” Unbeknownst to LeeAnn, Jerry was also co-owner of the restaurant. Four years later, the two were married. Since then, they have run several successful restaurants, each with its own unique vibe.
SUMMER FOR PORCH AND PATIO Cellar, which is slated to open in late 2017 or early 2018, will have the same welcoming atmosphere with a masculine, cigar bar feel. “It will be a place where you can enjoy small plates and craft cocktails without getting dressed up or spending a fortune on your drinks,” says Lindsay. “Cheap, chic and boutique.” Comfort is the name of the game upstairs at Porch where fried chicken, meatloaf patty melt and mini “wedding” ham sandwiches populate the menu. The Zubays describe Porch as “approachable dining,” where customers will feel just as welcome in jeans and a ball cap as they would feel coming straight from the office. “Porch allows people to take in the array of creative, tasty options that our chefs can construct,” LeeAnn says, “in a casual, inviting atmosphere. For those with an even more adventurous palette, come and see us at ZZest.” Speaking of ZZest, LeeAnn says their spring patio clean-up has begun. Though the porch at Porch will no doubt rival the patio at ZZest as a favorite outdoor hangout for locals and visitors alike, LeeAnn says to stay tuned. “This may be the summer for ZZest.” Sarah Oslund is a freelance writer and owner of Inspire Marketing & Consulting, www.inspiremn.net.
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She is also intent on making sure each table’s presentation is up to her precise standards: “neat with no crumbs and fully stocked.” Lindsay’s organizational skills are one of the areas where, according to the mother-daughter duo, they differ. “She’s a lot like her dad that way,” LeeAnn says, who admits to organizing things in a less conventional way. “It’s all in my head,” she says. “We are total opposites that way.” Being part of a family-owned, family-run business has made the Zubay women who they are. “I’ve always worked in this industry,” says LeeAnn. In fact, that’s how she met her husband, Jerry. “I was a waitress at Bank Restaurant (now Hefe Rojo) back in 1978,” she The patio at ZZest will be open soon for the summer. says, “and Jerry
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Food trucks are also perfect for catering FOOD TRUCK PURPOSES parties and events. Mac’s Restaurant, which is Bryan Bachman, owner of Catering For All It’s a mainstay of the downtown dining scene has Worth, says, “There are three main purposes a food truck with a full kitchen, as well as a full for a food truck. First is selling downtown bar to provide a complete private experience to the lunch crowd. for gatherings, Second is catering for like weddings and Chicken wings and french fries from private parties like graduation parties. Catering For All it’s Worth food truck. birthdays, graduations They are frequently or weddings. Third asked to cater big is setting up shop events throughout at breweries on the area. Mac’s food weekends to provide truck is equipped to food for people who make anything their want food to go with customers order. Their their local brews.” specialty is classic After a long Rochester winter, it’s fun to Americana, featuring local ingredients and think about enjoying fresh food outside. Bryan some sort of spin, such as the gyrito—a
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combination of a gyro and a burrito. People love hummus and chicken burgers, as well as souvlaki—marinated Mediterranean pork. Mac’s owners George and Alicia Psomas have provided their delicious eats to Rochester and the surrounding area for many years. They were the first vendor at Rochesterfest.
Food is in the family because owner Mario Molina’s wife, Maria, is the sister of Eddie Campos who owns El Carambas and Opa! Opa!! restaurants and food trucks. El Carambas has been operating a food truck for 10 years. They do Sweet 16 birthday parties and fairs, as well as grand openings and special events at companies and schools. With their combination of Greek and FAMILIES Mexican food, you can get gyros, tacos, burritos and WHO COOK enchiladas. Eddie says if TOGETHER a customer wants it, they El Sueno is going can make it. After working into their food truck’s in a Greek restaurant for fourth season. Their Twisted Barrel Wood Fired Pizza truck 16 years, Eddie decided to at LTS Brewing Company. food truck heads out to cook food from Mexico, his serve when the weather native country. El Carambas gets nice, usually food truck makes everything around the beginning fresh, and, as with their of May, and is parked at restaurant, the food truck the intersection of 37th has a large selection of salsas Street and West River to choose from. Parkway NW. They’re Eddie says that food busiest over the dinner trucks are “fun” like in big hour, with their most cities, and since Rochester popular foods being fresh tortas and tacos, is growing, it’s the perfect time to serve up made to order. food from a food truck. He says it adds extra
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EVERYTHING UNDER THE SUN Another hot spot for food trucks is at local breweries. On Fridays and Saturdays, when the weather is warmer, trucks will make their way to the parking lots outside LTS Brewing Company and Kinney Creek Brewery to share their food with people who are enjoying a beer. They are fun and popular and serve up pizzas, breads, burgers, fries and other quick foods that go well with beer. As the weather warms up and we head out of hibernation, consider taking a tour to support and enjoy our local cuisine served out of the window of a truck. Emily Watkins is a personal trainer, nutrition coach and freelance writer.
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F YOU’RE CRACKING OPEN A BOTTLE OF WINE ON A REGULAR BASIS, YOU PROBABLY HAVE A SMALL CELLAR OR RACK FOR ADEQUATE STORAGE. IF SO, WE HAVE SEVERAL SUGGESTIONS FROM A FEW LOCAL WINE CLUBS WHO HAND-PICK THE PERFECT BOTTLES OF WINE TO HELP KEEP YOUR CELLAR STOCKED AND YOUR GLASSES FULL.
TESSA’S OFFICE Explore Tessa’s Office wine boutique, a quaint little shop located in downtown Rochester. Although the boutique is small in size, there are more than 140 bottles of wine from around the world, all hand-picked by Tessa Leung and her team of wine experts. Tessa’s Office offers a three-tiered wine club, each with a clever title. The first tier is known as the Bud Break, which in wine terminology means when the grape starts its annual growth cycle. The first tier is an introduction to fabulous wines that won’t break the bank. Each month, you receive three bottles of wine for $50. Leung and her team selected three Spanish wines for the month of May, and for June there are three bottles of wine from Sonoma. Leung says, “Spain has traditionally been considered old world wine; however, with Spain becoming one of the leaders of modern culinary cuisine, their wines have also benefitted from this revolution. Now they have really highquality wine with the old vines and old-world knowledge. They now have new ways of expressing their fruit.” The second tier, Hang Time, is a step up from entry level with three bottles of wine for $75 a month. Leung says the wines are refined and elegant and are perfect for those who like to adventure. The name of the third tier is Veraison, which means the grape berries have changed colors. The team is currently researching this tier and hopes to have it available soon. with a complimentary tableside tasting for six once a year, a tasting for four during the member’s birthday month and a free glass of wine on your birthday. If you can’t Cannon River Winery’s quarterly wine club includes two make it there for the quarterly pick-up parties, you can have your wine shipped. bottles (one red, one white) of reserve wine. You can You can join Villa Bellezza’s wine club by purchasing a case of wine at a 20 participate at the quarterly pick-up parties with featured percent discount, not including tax and shipping. The 12 bottles are sent as quarterly appetizers, wine tastings, the opportunity to meet the wine shipments of three or 12 bottles at once. Membership to the club provides you maker and vineyard manager and get 20 percent off all with information on member-only events, access to a newsletter, simple phone-in winery purchases. CReW wine club membership comes ordering, gift packs and discounts on wine bottle purchases in their tasting room.
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Alexis Bailly’s wine club ships twice a year, in the spring and fall, with six bottles of new release and/or reserve wines. Membership includes complimentary wine tasting for you and up to three guests, additional discounts on wine purchases and special events along with the wine maker’s notes. Seven Hawks membership allows you to choose from their white, red, blush and dessert wines. You can also choose mixed cases. Membership provides wine on a bimonthly schedule. Discounts vary according to the season or holiday, and shipping is free in some areas.
LOCAL LIQUOR STORES Purchase a stylish nylon wine bag from Northwest Liquors and get 10 percent off your wine purchase. Discover new wines at Andy’s Liquor every Saturday at their complimentary tasting. Purchase a case of wine and receive 15 percent off. The wine club at Apollo Wine & Spirits offers 20 percent off all cases of wine, 15 percent off seven bottles and 10 percent off any single bottles. Ari Kolas says they offer discounts on wine on all year long, and wine club members also get 5 percent off any liquor purchase. Nicole L. Czarnomski is a freelance writer in the Rochester area who enjoys learning about wine from grape to glass.
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OCHESTER AUTHOR, DEBBIE LAMPI, IS CELEBRATING THE RELEASE OF HER SECOND FULL-LENGTH NOVEL. WRITTEN UNDER THE PEN NAME D.A. LAMPI, “AN UNFORTUNATE DEATH” WAS RELEASED IN SEPTEMBER 2016 BY NEW CONCEPTS PUBLISHING. The novel focuses on the character, Johanna Hedrick, a psychologist who unwillingly becomes embroiled in a murder investigation when her collegeage daughter begins an obsessive romantic relationship with her creative writing professor, who also happens to be Johanna’s client. When the professor’s lover is found dead, suspicions turn to him, until a cell phone belonging to Johanna’s daughter is found at the murder scene.
LAMPI EXPLAINS THE CHARACTERS “The story is told in alternating chapters through the eyes of Johanna, Leah (the daughter) and Thomas Yeager (the professor),” Lampi explains. “Each of the characters in the novel holds deep secrets that come together in a maelstrom of sex, desire and, ultimately, the death of a young woman. I’m drawn to each of them because of their troubled pasts, their human frailties and the lengths they will go to protect those they love.” Like her first novel, “Shadow Play,” “An Unfortunate Death” is a mystery featuring a single mom as the main character. Lampi explains, “Both (main characters) are professional working women. Both are involved in situations that are the stuff of nightmares—child abduction in the case of Grace Rendeau in ‘Shadow Play’ and murder in the case of Johanna Hedrick in ‘An Unfortunate Death.’”
LAMPI’S LIFE EXPERIENCES With a master’s degree in psychology and experience in the mental health field, Lampi often pulls inspiration from the people and places around her, explaining that—to some degree—life imitates art, most usually in the form of the settings she chooses for her novels. “In each of my works the setting is a place with which I have a great deal of familiarity. ‘Shadow Play’ is set in Rochester, and ‘An
Unfortunate Death’ is set near my hometown in the Hudson Valley in upstate New York. The characters are also people I’m familiar with— both female protagonists are professionals who work in the mental health field.”
NATIONAL NOVEL WRITING MONTH Lampi got her start with serious writing when she committed to participating in an annual writing celebration known as NaNoWriMo, National Novel Writing Month. Held each November, NaNoWriMo encourages participants to commit to writing 50,000 words during the month. Through NaNoWriMo, Lampi found encouragement in the form of daily messages, online and local weekly support group “write-ins” and, eventually, the feeling of accomplishment at the end of the month when she’d achieved her goals. Lampi explains, “NaNoWriMo got me into the habit of sitting there and writing. It didn’t have to be good, but I had made the commitment to write over 1,000 words each day.”
MUMS MITTENS When she’s not behind her computer punching out her next novel, Lampi enjoys focusing her creative talents on her small business venture, Mums Mittens—an acronym for Mom’s Upcycled Mittens. “Upcycling, reusing, repurposing and protecting our environment are important to me. It’s a great feeling to wake up in the morning and have a choice about what I want to work on each day,” says Lampi. She offers a teaser that a character in an upcoming novel may share this passion and be a crafter, artist or a small businesswoman. “An Unfortunate Death” is available as an e-book only and can be purchased through New Concepts Publishing at newconceptspublishing.com. Copies of “Shadow Play” are available at Rochester Public Library and through Amazon.com. Catherine H. Armstrong holds a B.A. in Journalism from the University of Oklahoma and is the author of the 2016 historical fiction novel, “The Edge of Nowhere.” She is currently working on an anthology of short stories with four other authors entitled “Déjà You,” which is scheduled for release on May 30. For more information, visit her website at charmstrongbooks.com. RWmagazine.com May/June 2017 33
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REACHING OUT TO BRING NEIGHBORS TOGETHER
about 40 hours or more of volunteer hours are put into each project grant, and volunteer time equaled around 440 hours total for last year’s grants. Last year, seven grants were given to eight neighborhoods.
BY ALISON RENTSCHLER PHOTOS PROVIDED BY RENE LAFFLAM, RNEIGHBORS
HOMESTEAD TRAILS AND NEARBY NEIGHBORHOODS
Homestead Trails was one of the neighborhoods given a project grant last year. Lafflam says, “They have a neighborhood garden, and they have a harvest festival. They have added rain barrels, trees and plants around the garden. They’ve really worked hard to bring a sense of community to this part of the city.” April Sutor, a resident of Homestead Trails, explains, “Our neighborhood association is very small, under 60 homes. We organized around creation of a neighborhood garden to create a place for people to raise their own vegetables and get out in the neighborhood and meet more people.” Sutor says there are 10 spots in the garden, and some households share a spot. They share what they grow in the garden too. “When stuff starts coming, and there’s too much, we share with neighbors. We also take some to Channel One and Salvation Army.” Lafflam says, “Because of the synergy with the garden, they put up a bench and added one of those little libraries. Little tiny things make a difference in a neighborhood. Sometimes people just want a place to gather around, and then they’ll talk to each other.” Sutor notes, “People have gotten to know each other and built community. Everyone pitches in and participates how and when they can. Everyone cares for each other.” She says the neighborhood has a spring dinner and a harvest dinner in the fall, and many people gather to watch the fireworks together for the Fourth of July. In nearby Homestead Addition, a bench was added in a “pocket park” in the neighborhood as part of a project grant last year. Lafflam tells a story about when the bench was first unveiled in the grand
NEIGHBORS, A ROCHESTER NONPROFIT CREATED IN 2001, HAS IMPACTED MANY NEIGHBORHOODS IN ROCHESTER IN THE PAST 16 YEARS. RENE LAFFLAM, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF RNEIGHBORS SINCE 2006, SAYS, “WE’RE ABOUT ENGAGEMENT AND GETTING NEIGHBORS TO INTERACT WITH NEIGHBORS AND WITH THE CITY DEPARTMENTS.”
Lafflam continues, “My end goal is to bring neighbors together.” In many neighborhoods throughout Rochester, RNeighbors has accomplished that.
PROJECTS THROUGHOUT THE CITY RNeighbors has been involved in several programs throughout the city, including tree planting (RNeighborWoods) and creative crosswalks. You might have stepped across painted crosswalks or seen the trees planted in town. Last year, RNeighbors was involved in projects in Homestead Trails, Cimarron and Indian Heights neighborhoods. Homestead Trails and Cimarron were among the neighborhoods granted project grants by the city last year. The city provides up to $6,000 total each year for neighborhood project grants, which includes up to $1,000 per project grant, Lafflam explains. Neighborhoods decide how they’ll use the grant to both improve the Rene Lafflam neighborhood and bring people together. Volunteers are a vital part of the program, both by drafting project grants and putting in the hours to complete the projects. Lafflam noted 36 May/June 2017 RWmagazine.com
opening. “They had the oldest resident and the youngest resident (around 6 months old) in the neighborhood both sit on the bench, and they took photos.” Lafflam also shares about when they were getting ready to install the bench in the park in Homestead Addition near Olmsted Medical Center (OMC). “There was a wall between the park and Olmsted Medical Center, and many years ago barbed wire had been put at the top. The neighborhood asked OMC if the barbed wire could go away. OMC granted permission. A group of neighbors took it all down and hauled a truckload of barbed wire to the dump.”
CIMARRON NEIGHBORHOOD In Cimarron neighborhood, there is a neighborhood garden. “Each plot has an enclosure and a gate built by garden caretaker Hank Klein,” describes Lafflam. “Last year, they wrote their grant for an octagonal picnic table, which sounds easy enough, but when neighbors add things to their park or garden, it has to all be done up to city standards,” explains Lafflam. This table is a place where neighbors interact within their community garden.
they wanted to preserve their park.” There are several other neighborhood associations that have formed in neighborhoods in Rochester. Indian Heights received the Conservation Partners Legacy Grant from the DNR for restoration work to remove invasive species, including buckthorn and garlic mustard. “I believe, due to the work they’ve been doing there, a few (rare) species and plants are reappearing,” says Lafflam. Lafflam notes the Nodding Ladies’ Tresses orchids have appeared in Indian Heights, and this is the first recorded instance of them in Olmsted County. The grant total was $51,300 for the three-year project. Last year, volunteer time equaled about 772 hours. In addition, the Conservation Corps has done much of the work in Indian Heights, including working about 1,940 hours in 2016. The grant is currently in its second year. RNeighbors “provides tools to grow great neighborhoods.” To learn more about RNeighbors, the neighborhood project grants and the neighborhood toolkit, check out the website at rneighbors.org. Alison Rentschler is a writer and editor living in Rochester.
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EW CONSTRUCTION DOMINATES THE NARROW STRETCH OF MAYOWOOD ROAD, BUT REMNANTS OF MAYOWOOD’S IDYLLIC 3,000-ACRE ESTATE REMAIN, REFLECTED IN THE RAMBLING SPAN OF STONE FENCE, THE ENGLISH STYLE “DRAGON’S TOOTH” AND OTHER STONE STRUCTURES. JUST PAST THE MAYOWOOD STONE BARN, NOW AN EVENT VENUE, AND BEFORE THE ENTRANCE TO MAYOWOOD MANSION, IS MAYOWOOD GREENHOUSE GALLERIES, A PROPERTY WITH TIES TO DR. CHARLIE MAYO AND EDITH GRAHAM MAYO’S GRAND COUNTRY ESTATE.
AN ELEGANT BUSINESS Owned by Rita Hawke Mayo, Mayowood Greenhouse Galleries has a long history of selling European antiques. The shop’s origins trace back to the 60s, when Rita and her husband, Edward “Ned” Martin Mayo, son of Dr. Chuck Mayo and Alice Plank Mayo, renovated Mayowood’s historic greenhouse. “The greenhouse wings were remodeled to support the antique business my parents created,” says Lilli Mayo Weivoda. “The building footprint is Rita. Lilli and her mother the same. It’s just enclosed.” While working on restoring the historic building, the young couple lived in several locations on the property. “My parents moved into and fashioned a wonderful space into a unique apartment that had a back door in the kitchen leading into the fabulous horse barns,” recalls Weivoda. “This was during the time when my father was managing the Mayowood Farms. I was born while this was their home.” In the 70s, the family did a more expansive remodel, turning the greenhouse into a permanent home. A fond childhood memory for Weivoda included a four-legged equine companion. “One of my joys was keeping my pony in the pasture located in front of the greenhouse,” says Weivoda. “I was able to ride my pony to school (Bamber Valley) and tie her to the fence when the weather was nice.” Even though it became a private residence, the greenhouse’s east wing remained the country location for Mayowood Galleries when the store’s downtown location opened in the subway of the Zumbro Hotel. Later, it moved to the Kahler Hotel lobby, where it resided until 2015.
“In total, my mother had a downtown presence for 50 years. It became an oasis of beautiful art and wonderful conversation for people who came from all over the world seeking care at Mayo Clinic,” says Weivoda. “My mother’s curiosity of all things antique and her genuine desire to share her knowledge created lifelong friends and customers.”
THE HISTORIC GREENHOUSE The greenhouse was an essential part of the estate’s large farming operation and for decades functioned as a commercial enterprise, producing and selling beautiful flowers as well as replenishing Mayowood’s gardens. It also held a rock garden and a reflecting pool, and at one time an alligator called it home. The building materials used in the greenhouse made it a resplendent rarity, perhaps the only one of its kind anywhere in the world. It was constructed of discarded x-ray plates found in storage at Mayo Clinic’s 1914 Building. This eye-catching feature showcased ghostly outlines of organs and bones. A team of dedicated gardeners continuously cultivated the heralded Mayowood flowers, creating and naming two chrysanthemum varieties: “Sally Mayo” and “Little Fred.”
ANNUAL FLOWER SHOWS The abundant array of flowers, especially the vibrant mums, garnered vast public interest and in 1922 the first Mayowood Chrysanthemum Show was held. That inaugural show launched an annual fall flower show that became a popular event throughout the 20s and 30s, eventually rising to fame as one of the largest and most coveted in the country. At its peak, over 60,000 chrysanthemums were displayed, highlighting 164 varieties. There were other types of flowers on exhibit as well, such as begonias and snapdragons. It was one of Rochester’s premiere events. “It was special because of the wonderful working greenhouses themselves (of which there were more than one),” says Weivoda. “They were full of beautiful blooms on a magical estate.” And indeed, it must have been quite enchanting because 14,000 people flocked to enjoy the weeklong event in 1923. Amy Hahn has a master’s degree in mass communication from Arizona State University’s Walter Cronkite School. She recently completed a certificate in historic preservation and discovered she has an ancestor recognized by the DAR for patriotic service during the Revolutionary War. RWmagazine.com May/June 2017 39
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he refrigerator at Patty and Jim Wright’s home deserves some credit for the couple’s full kitchen remodel. For years, opening the refrigerator door had blocked the doorway to the kitchen’s walk-in pantry. Then, the fridge itself started going on the fritz. In short, “It (remodeling) started with getting a new refrigerator and snowballed from there,” Patty says.
REFRIGERATOR TO REMODELING Today, the couple and their two teenagers enjoy a completely renovated kitchen in their 20-year-old home. About half of the main floor in the northwest Rochester home has been renovated to maximize use of space and enrich the decor. In fall of 2015, Patty, a microbiologist, and Jim, a software programmer, decided to explore remodeling. They found The Kitchen Design Studio of Rochester on the internet (houzz.com), and KDS designer Don Gustason found underused space in a short hallway bordering the kitchen. By tearing down a wall, the Wrights and KDS were able to close off the pantry, 40 May/June 2017 RWmagazine.com
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move in a new refrigerator and add counter space to the kitchen. There also was enough room left on the far side of the hallway to replace the pantry with a bank of cupboard cabinets for food storage. Gustason suggested expanding the dining bar at one end of the kitchen into a large central island. More than eight feet long, the island has space for four tall chairs, which overlook the Douglas Trail through several windows. Previously, the seats had faced inward to the kitchen rather than toward the “prettier view” outdoors, Patty says. The design placed special emphasis on the island. “This is where we live,” Patty says. It’s a gathering spot, a table for meals and a platform for chores—“great for laundry folding,” she chuckles.
CAMBRIA QUARTZ AND CHERRY CAPPUCCINO To enhance it, “We put in a more interesting pattern (on the) countertop on the island,” Gustason says. Made of Cambria quartz, the new surface features a naturally streaked gray that complements—but does not match—the countertop and gray backsplash in the kitchen work space just a couple of steps away. A new stainless steel refrigerator, stove, microwave
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The Wrights extended the cherrywood look into the laundry room on the opposite side of the kitchen and added work space by setting a countertop above the washer-dryer combination. Choosing the flooring proved to be a challenge. Selecting the size and pattern of the tiles was tricky. “You want a beautiful tile, but you want it to be somewhat understated,” Gustason says. After a search, the Wrights settled on a subtle, natural pattern of gray and taupe large tiles.
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and dishwasher add gleam to the scene. The remodeling also enriches the kitchen’s woodwork. The Wrights replaced the original oak cabinetry with cherrywood cabinets in a deeper brown color called “cherry cappuccino.” The decor also extends into the newly built cupboard wall and the base of the center island. Overhead, recessed ceiling lights and a set of three pendant lights were added to brighten the kitchen.
REMODELING SPILLS OVER INTO ADJACENT ROOMS From the kitchen, the remodeling also spilled over into two adjacent rooms. One room toward the front of the house now holds built-in library shelves for Jim’s collection of LP records. Patty also asked for a charging station for cell phones and other electronics. Gustason says he used a “flip-up door,” to tuck a computer printer and the charging station out of sight. To open, “It lifts up and slides back into the cabinet,” the designer says.
Of course, while the remodeling was underway, the Wrights’ kitchen was a construction zone. “During the holidays (December 2015), we were kitchen-less,” Patty says. For about three months, they coped by cooking in the lower level of the house, which fortunately has a refrigerator. Add other cooking appliances, though, and, “We blew fuses a lot,” Jim says. Their kitchen remodeling started with demolition in December 2015 and was completed in February 2016. “I love that it opened up (the space),” Patty says. “The house is the same size, but it feels larger than it used to.” The Kitchen Design Studio acted as both designer and general contractor for the Wrights’ project but now limits its business to design and to cabinetry, says Gustason, who is co-owner. The Wright house was among nine projects featured on the Remodelers Tour in September 2016, sponsored by Rochester Area Builders. Bob Freund is a writer based in Rochester.
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When you think about it, there is a lot of potential in the garage. It’s a blank slate, ready to be whitewashed with your dreams and transformed into a great craft room, an office, a family room, a gardener’s potting shed, a theatre room, etc. The list is nearly endless, especially if you think of this space as another room in your home, rather than the dingy old dirty garage. We all know at least someone who has a man cave in his garage. With a little creativity, your garage could be transformed into an awesome diva den or ma’am cave. Putting your own decorative pizzazz on a tired garage can renew the space and add a functional and fun living area to your home.
START DREAM-PLANNING Dreaming costs nothing, but you’ll need to begin with a budget, so your dreams have some realistic boundaries within which to roam. Do you want to have a place to entertain your girlfriends? How about a place where you can spread out and work on your favorite craft projects? Maybe you simply want to expand your useable living space. Only you know what you would change given an opportunity to stake out more useable square footage. If the garage will still be used as a garage for your vehicles after you’ve made your modifications, you’ll be more limited in your options. If, on the other hand, you’re evicting the vehicles and truly making the garage part of your house, you’ve got an entirely blank slate from which to whip up your very own diva den. Imagine a monstrous walk-in closet, or maybe you want a spacious family room. Think big! You can always adjust your vision later, after you have the general idea of how you want the space to look and function in its new incarnation. Other factors to consider include construction and comfort details. If you plan to go all out on your garage do-over, you may want to finish 42 May/June 2017 RWmagazine.com
the interior of the garage by insulating the walls, hanging sheetrock and adding decorative lighting. If you go this far, you’ll probably want to toss in a garage heater and add an air conditioner, so you can use the room year-round. Pinterest might become your best friend as you go about gathering ideas for your garage makeover. Pinterest—and YouTube, for that matter—will give you some ideas you most likely will not think of on your own, so approach this phase with an open mind. HGTV, as any decorating aficionado knows, is the nirvana of trendy home ideas.
GARAGE DOORS, SCREEN DOORS & WINDOWS If you haven’t looked at the new trends in garage doors recently, you may be in for a pleasant surprise. Garage door screens have become popular in the past few years. These handy additions to your garage come in a variety of widths and heights and operate separately from your garage door. Because they run on a separate track and are springloaded, they open and close nearly effortlessly. When the garage door screen is not in use, it’s out of sight and not in the way, but when you deploy it, it adds curb appeal and character to your garage entrance. Adding a garage door screen to your garage instantly makes the garage eligible to double as a screen porch on a warm summer evening, keeping you safe from pesky mosquitoes and other pests. Add a couple of windows to the garage and you can enjoy a gentle cross-breeze for added comfort. A new garage door can jazz up the look of your home and really be that statement you want to tell the world who you are. Thompson’s Garage Doors & Openers in Rochester can help bring your vision to life. Whether you want an entirely new look or you just want to add a more serviceable garage door system, Thompson’s has you covered. Quality Overhead Door, also in Rochester, offers a wide variety of fantastic garage door solutions. You can update your garage doors for a new look or have a garage door screen installed. The experts at Quality Overhead Door can help you decide which product will be best for your project.
GARAGE FLOOR STYLE & DURABILITY One thing you’ll want to address during your garage makeover will be how you finish the garage floors. Do you want to leave them with a rustic, no-fuss, concrete—complete with oil stains and dirt and grime on the floor? Probably not. Or, do you want something a tad more upscale, that is easy to clean and is visually appealing? If your garage
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OUR BLAZING HOUSING MARKET BY GINA DEWINK
AST SPRING, MY FAMILY AND I RELOCATED TO ROCHESTER FROM ST. PAUL. NAIVE TO THE HOUSING MARKET AT THAT POINT, MY HUSBAND AND I PROPOSED PUTTING OUR HOUSE UP FOR SALE MONTHS BEFORE OUR MOVE DATE. OUR REAL ESTATE AGENT LAUGHED. WHY? BECAUSE HE WAS TUNED INTO THE COMPETITIVE HOUSING MARKET.
BUYERS BE READY TO JUMP “Right now, we are seeing a seller’s market,” explains Karen Becker, CEO of Southeast Minnesota Realtors. “Homes priced correctly are selling quickly, often with multiple offers.” The intense market is driven by the low inventory, which Becker points out is indicative of markets across the country. Becker continues, “This type of market can create frustration for buyers. Buyers need to be ready to move quickly and practice a lot of patience.” And with interest rates low, it's still a good time to buy. Becker advises receiving pre-approval for a loan before beginning the search.
ROCHESTER RIGHT NOW Several factors are influencing the shift in the market. Melanie Schmidt, a licensed Realtor in Minnesota with an independently owned RE/MAX Results, has lived in the Rochester area for 33 years. "I've watched the market shift," Schmidt recalls. "As more families relocate to the area, houses simply aren't being built fast enough to accommodate them. And there are too few affordable houses to keep up with the demand. But we Realtors are doing the best job we can to find each family a home in our community.” Schmidt also frequently sees multiple offers, cash offers and contingent offers, saying, “Sellers need to be sure they have a home to go to when their home sells.” Marcia Carrigan with Counselor Realty of Rochester explains, “With rent so high, the monthly cost of ownership is often less when purchasing a home, and families can then build equity in a home. In addition, it is anticipated the Rochester market will remain strong with the expansion of DMC and other community growth.” Becker and Schmidt agree, believing the trend will continue for the next several years. The foreclosure market decreased at the same time inventory began to decrease. This is a nationwide phenomenon to some extent. When this happens, scarcity raises the price of available homes. “Since 2013, Rochester has seen a 29% increase in the median sold price of
a home – up from a median sales price of $146,000 in 2013 to $205,000 in March, 2017,” according to Becker. “It’s simple economics,” Carrigan says. “The demand is greater than the inventory. This is what drives up the value of homes and why we see them selling for more than asking price.”
ENSURING STRONG OFFERS If you happen to be on the other side of the market, you’re in luck. There will likely be interest in your house. But how can you ensure you are getting the most money for your home? Carrigan explains, “Paying close attention to detail will ensure strong offers. Spend money on hanging baskets to add color and warmth to the curb appeal of your home. Keep the yard manicured and sidewalk swept. It sounds simple, but it’s the first impression.” Other tips to get your home ready include repairing nail holes, shampooing carpets, buffing hardwood floors, cleaning the basement and replacing light bulbs. But Carrigan’s number one bit of advice? “Declutter!” she exclaims. “Put things in storage to make your home look bigger and cleaner.” Carrigan does not advise any major remodel as you may not recoup those dollars. In my family’s house quest, we saw each of these trends. But with the aid of a helpful real estate agent and a dose of patience, we placed an offer just four hours after our home hit the market and were able to beat out the other offers. And our home in St. Paul? It sold in two days for over asking price. Find the right agent and enjoy the ride. Gina is a writer and communications manager happy to be back in Rochester after five years in St. Paul.
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UMMER IS FAST APPROACHING, AND HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS WILL SOON BEGIN ENROLLING IN THOSE DRIVERS’ EDUCATION COURSES THEY COULDN’T FIT INTO THEIR BUSY SCHOOL YEAR SCHEDULES. WITH THE ADDITION OF NEW DRIVERS IN THE HOUSEHOLD, FAMILIES MAY BE WONDERING WHAT TYPE OF INSURANCE THEY MUST HAVE, WHAT ADDITIONAL INSURANCE COMES HIGHLY RECOMMENDED AND WHETHER THERE ARE ANY COST-CUTTING MEASURES.
AUTO INSURANCE REQUIRED According to State Farm Insurance Agent Sue Madden, the state of Minnesota requires four basic coverage plans that all drivers must have: Liability, which covers the driver as the responsible party in an accident and pays for the other party’s medical and property damage; Personal Injury Protection, which is a no-fault insurance that covers up to $20,000 of medical bills for those injured in an accident where no “blame” is assigned to the either driver; Uninsured Motorist Protection, which kicks in when the other driver is at fault but has no insurance; and Underinsured Motorist Protection, which—similar to Uninsured— picks up any medical costs that fall above the liability limits of the other driver’s policy. Insurance can be expensive, especially for younger or inexperienced drivers, and there seems to be
no end to the number of factors agents consider when assigning premiums. Among these factors, Madden explains, are driving history, the age of the driver, whether the policy holder carries more than one type of insurance with the company and even some forms of credit.
DISCOUNTS ON POLICIES There are ways to save money while maintaining the minimum required insurance by law. One way, Madden suggests, is for policy holders to “bundle” their policies like auto and homeowner’s or renter’s insurance through the same agency. Madden explains, “When you have more than one policy all at the same company, it can provide quite a significant discount.” Not surprisingly, new drivers who are statistically more prone to accidents tend to pay the highest insurance costs, but there are several discounts available to young drivers that can bring down those high premiums. Among those is the Good Student Discount, which is offered to high school and college students who have at least a 3.0 GPA. In addition, some insurance companies like State Farm offer programs like “Steer Clear,” which younger drivers can take to earn an additional 10-15 percent discount. This program consists of a short video and is offered as part of some driver’s education programs. While it seems most discounts are directed toward student drivers, discounts for older drivers are also available. For example, completing a defensive driving course reduces rates by an
additional 10 percent. “Anyone over the age of 55 can take a defensive driving course which, a lot of times, is offered through community education,” Madden explains. Madden continues, “Having higher deductibles certainly can make a difference in the premium.” However, increasing the deductible may not be the best option when ensuring younger drivers who, due to inexperience, tend to have more minor fenderbenders than seasoned drivers. Taking on a $1,000 or $2,000 deductible for a 16-year-old driver may come with significant unexpected out-of-pocket expenses.
LOYALTY AND LONGEVITY Loyalty and a good driving record are other ways to decrease the costs. Madden explains, “When you’re with an insurance company for a length of time, you build up longevity discounts, and that can add up quite a bit over time. And then just keep a good driving record. That’s not a ‘discount,’ but those are the things that would tack on money if you have charges for accidents or other offenses.” As with all products and services, it’s important to shop around for the best price and plan. Be sure to ask about any discounts for which you might be qualified. Catherine H. Armstrong is an Oklahoma native transplanted in Rochester. She holds a B.A. in Journalism from the University of Oklahoma and is the author of the historical fiction novel, The Edge of Nowhere, which was released in 2016 and was inspired by her own family’s struggles in 1930s rural Oklahoma. For more information, visit charmstrongbooks.com. RWmagazine.com May/June 2017 47
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LETTERING IN EQUESTRIAN
BY HOLLY GALBUS
QUESTRIAN IS ONE OF THE NEWEST LETTERING OPPORTUNITIES IN SPORTS FOR HIGH SCHOOL GIRLS. THE PROGRAM, WRITTEN AND PROPOSED TO THE ROCHESTER PUBLIC SCHOOL DISTRICT BY SUSAN AUSTIN AND ELIESE KLENNERT, IS NOW IN ITS SECOND YEAR.
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THE SPORT OF EQUESTRIAN Eliese Klennert, owner of The Stables Equestrian Center, is a certified riding instructor and coach. She volunteers her time as advisor for the Rochester Public School District’s Equestrian Club. Klennert says equestrian is a physical and mental sport. “Coaches say 90 percent of riding is between your ears, meaning it’s mentally challenging. You might be dealing with a horse who is having a bad day. Also, your teammate (the horse) doesn’t speak your language. So, along with developing the physical skills needed in the sport, riders learn to communicate with the horse.” Klennert explains the sport is also physically demanding, as riders need to “own their own body” and be able to influence the horse, a 1,200-pound animal who isn’t always interested in following the rider’s signals. Makena Layton, Annalee Atkinson, Anna Austin and coach Eliese Klennert.
Annalee riding Wizard.
Annalee Atkinson, a sophomore at Mayo High School, lettered in equestrian as a freshman. “You learn how to be tough,” she says about riding. “It really pushes you, and you figure out how strong you are.” Some of the technical skills, such as turning on the forehand and turning on the haunches require the horse to move in a way that isn’t natural to him. Annalee has been riding since she was 7 years old and recognizes how her experience in practice and competition has benefitted her in unexpected ways. “I have grown in confidence and courage,” she says. “I don’t let things bother me as much anymore.” Patty Atkinson, Annalee’s mom, says the equestrian lettering program helped her daughter in a variety of ways, including helping her to stay organized as she coordinates details— requirements of shows, lessons and volunteer hours. She says it has been a big confidence booster for her daughter and that it builds resilience. Annalee has learned that “not every day is going to be a good one, but that it is
health and wellness
important to stick with it.” Currently, Annalee is training three or four times each week, hoping to qualify in a dressage rally this spring. If she qualifies, she will go on to compete at the national level, in the Pony Club’s Dressage Competition in June. In dressage, horse and rider perform a series of predetermined movements in the arena. She plans to continue in the sport of equestrian throughout her high school years and may pursue it at the college level as well. Anna Austin, a sophomore at Century High School, also lettered in Equestrian when she was a freshman. She has been riding for nine years. She likes the connections with the horses and the other people who like to ride. She appreciates the time spent volunteering as well, as she feels it has helped her more effectively communicate with a variety of people. Anna hopes to pursue equestrian in college. For now, Anna is focused on qualifying in show jumping, a timed event in which judges combine scores in riding and horse management. “It will be fun to experience this with my horse, Big Jim,” Anna says. “I have a bond and connection with him; I understand what helps him and what he doesn’t like.” She has been training with Big Jim consistently for the past year, and has competed in show jumping for a few years.
LETTERING REQUIREMENTS The sport of equestrian is unlike other high school sports, in that the season is longer; it runs from August 1 to June 1 (the whole school year), but the number of hours is similar, at about 150 hours over the season. Students are expected High school skills testing. to attend twice-weekly practices, each averaging about an hour, participate in a minimum of three equestrian events (horse shows which are outside judged and open to the public,) pass a skills assessment test and complete community service hours. Holly Galbus is a Rochester freelance writer. RWmagazine.com May/June 2017 49
home and garden
HOW ART CAN INSPIRE THE MIND AND FEED THE SOUL BY KIM ZABEL
N 2014, CONNIE HAWLEY QUIT HER JOB AS AN AVIATION SECURITY INSPECTOR TO OPEN UP AN ARTISTIC, ONE-OF-AKIND SHOE SHOP IN ZUMBROTA. SHE FOUND HERSELF DRIVING DOWN THE MAIN STREET AND NOTICED A “FOR LEASE” SIGN ON ONE OF THE BUILDINGS. SHE JOTTED DOWN THE PHONE NUMBER AND MADE THE CALL. AFTER THAT, SHE FOUND OUT THAT THINGS HAVE A WAY OF COMING TOGETHER AT JUST THE RIGHT TIME.
“Everything fell into place. Once I made the decision, the universe conspired to help me do just that,” Hawley reflects.
LUYA SHOES AND OTHER FINE THINGS Connie sells more than shoes in her shop, although shoes have always been her first love and main passion. She sells accessories from around the world and from local artists. “What makes my store unique is that I have art by local artists on my wall. I set up the store with gallery lighting to highlight not only the shoes but also the art,” she says. “Shoes are works of art,” Connie says. Being surrounded by local art and shoes turned out to be a great pairing. Unlike big-name shoe stores, Connie’s shop offers custom shoes with hard-to-find fabrics, designs and leather. She has all of her shoes out in the open for customers to enjoy and to try on whatever strikes their fancy. She is more than willing to help but has learned that most people like to be left alone to browse the selections. “I want to sell shoes that people love. I don’t want a bad feeling attached to my shoe store. I tell customers to take the shoes home and try them in the house for an hour. If they don’t work, bring them back.” Connie says that becoming a business owner was one of the best decisions she has ever made. The choice to embed herself in the arts has been healing for her soul as well. “It is so freeing. I feed my soul every day. Being around people who are interested in the arts—we all speak the same language.”
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ZUMBROTA IS GROWING Roxanne Bartsh, owner of Wild Ginger Boutique, agrees. “I can say Crossings, Artify (owned by Stacy Drenckhahn) and the State Theatre (owned and operated by the Zumbrota Area Arts Council) has helped create a shopping experience that lends itself to unique shops. “In the 10 years I have been here, we have added a number of new downtown businesses, and I anticipate our business community will continue to attract interesting shops that complement our great downtown and arts community,” Roxanne says. Zumbrota shops are indeed growing and flourishing, which provides true inspiration for business owners and artists alike. For a listing of Crossings classes, summer camps for kids, workshops and events, visit crossingsatcarnegie.com.
ZUMBROTA ANNUAL COVERED BRIDGE MUSIC & ARTS FESTIVAL A parade, art in the park, street market and fun runs are scheduled for the weekend of June 15-18, 2017. Check out the schedule of events at ci.zumbrota.mn.us. Kim Zabel is a writer and photographer. She also works with cancer survivors as a Livestrong instructor at the Rochester Area Family Y.
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“Art is such a jewel in our lives. Some people think of art as frivolous, but it really is a building block for so many other areas,” Marie says. She seeks to offer art that will inspire and the opportunity to create. “I believe everyone is an artist. I try to encourage folks to forget about how something is going to turn out so they can fully dive into the process of creating,” Marie says. She is quick to mention how art has connected her to women from all different walks of life. Marie has brought her own strength and energy to help women creatives in the area as well. “I like to think, that maybe, by me doing this—that it has allowed other women to think, ‘Hey! I can do that!’ and maybe it has. Look at downtown. Look at all the interesting stores in Zumbrota that are owned by women.”
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APRIL 29 Healthy Kids Day, Rochester Area Family Y, a day of challenging, fun, and informative activities to support healthy lifestyles, 9 am-12 pm, 287-2260, rochfamy.org
APRIL 30 Unleash the SHE 5K & 10K, Rochester Community & Technical College, a celebration to empower women and raise money to fight ovarian cancer, 9 am, (612) 8220500, unleashtheshe.com
APRIL 30 March of Dimes March for Babies, RCTC Fieldhouse, walk as a team to raise money for babies in our community, 1:30 pm, 282-0649, marchofdimes.org
APRIL 30-MAY 22 Sunday Classic Movie Matinee, Zumbrota State Theatre, step back in time to cinema’s golden age with classic movie showings, 2 pm, 732-5210, zaac.org
Just Between Friends Spring Sale, Graham Arena, A community consignment sale that offers everything children and parents could need, Thurs: 7 am-7 pm; Fri: 8 am-7 pm; Sat: 8 am-1 pm, 990-7668, rochester.jbfsale.com
MAY 4-7 100 Mile Garage Sale, Minnesota side of the Mississippi River, garage sales all around in fifteen historic river towns and two states, (651) 565-4158, exploreminnesota. com
MAY 4 Grand Opening of the Expanded Mayo Civic Center, Mayo Civic Center Ballroom, free celebration with guided tours, complimentary refreshments, entertainment, fireworks, and more, 5:30-8:45 pm, 328-2220, mayociviccenter.com
MAY 5-27 Wedding Belles, Rochester Repertory Theatre, a comedy set in 1942 written by Alan Bailey, Thurs, Fri, Sat: 7:30 pm; Sun: 2 pm, 289-1737, rochesterrep.org
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MAY 13 Buddy & Beyond: The History of Rock n Roll, Zumbrota State Theatre, a tribute to the legends of rock ’n roll with Johnny Rogers, 8 pm, 732-7616, crossingsatcarnegie.com
MAY 16 MAY 6 Walk MS Christopher and Banks Rochester Walk, Soldiers Field Veterans Memorial Park, Walk, raise funds, and change the world for everyone affected by MS, 10 am, (855) 372-1331, main.nationalmssociety.org
MAY 6 Paws and Claws Humane Society 23rd Annual Pet Walk, Cooke Park, raise funds that will benefit the shelter and the animals within it, 9 am, 288-7226, pawsandclaws.org
MAY 6 Choral Arts Ensemble Presents: Music of the Spheres, Gloria Dei Lutheran Church, a performance featuring contemporary arrangements of celestially-themed love songs, 7:30 pm, 252-8427, choralartsensemble.org
MAY 6 Rochester Great Strides 5K, Silver Lake Park, walk and/or run to help find a cure for Cystic fibrosis, 9 am, fightcf.cff.org
MAY 12 Americana Showcase: Forest Sun, Rochester Civic Theatre, troubadour and award-winning songwriter, Forest Sun, will perform his music, 7:30-10:30 pm, 2828481, rochestercivictheatre.org
MAY 12 Mother/Son Dance Night Empowered Wellness & Fitness Studio, learn to dance rumba, waltz and swing with your son (ages 10-18) with Eric Hoyer of Med City Dance Center, $30 per pair, $10 additional son, sign-up on Facebook or send email to editor@RWmagazine.com
MAY 12-14 Gold Rush, Olmsted County Fairgrounds, showcasing an abundance of antique items such as toys, artwork, and more, Fri, Sat: 8 am-6 pm; Sun: 8 am-3 pm, 2691473, iridescenthouse.com
MAY 13 LHS Eagles 5K/3K, Lourdes High School, annual fundraiser to support the LHS boys and girls soccer teams, 9 am, rochestertrackclub.com
Franciscan Art Tour, Assisi Heights Spirituality Center, highlighting the religious and cultural artwork produced by the Franciscan Sisters, 6:30-7:30 pm, 280-2195, rochesterfranciscan.org
Rochester Brass Recital, RCTC, a quintet and quartet of music teachers/professionals and students will perform, 7:30 pm, 285-7210, rctc.edu
MAY 17-18 Rochester Garden and Flower Club 78th Annual Plant Sale, Olmsted County Fairgrounds, featuring over 150 plant varieties donated by club members at reasonable prices, Wed: 4-7 pm; Thurs: 8 am-12 pm, rgfc.org
MAY 18 Ladies Night Out on the Trolley, visit three distinct & charming shopping districts in Rochester, $25 per seat incudes hors d’oeuvres, wine and dessert, reservations required 507-421-0573, RochesterMNtours.com
MAY 19 12th Annual Stay Out of the Sun Run, Lourdes High School, 5K/10K run benefitting the SOS Foundation for Melanoma Research and Education, 6:30 pm, 2895626, sosrun.org
MAY 19-JUNE 4 Heaven Can Wait, Rochester Civic Theatre, a modern, awardwinning comedy telling of a mix-up in afterlife scheduling, Fri and Sat: 7:30 pm; Sun: 2 pm, 2828481, rochestercivictheatre.org
MAY 20 Art on the Ave, Slattery Park, annual spring art fair showcasing local artisans and musicians, 9:30 am-4 pm, 208-2818, slatterlypark.org/art-on-the-ave
MAY 20 Root River Triathlon, Houston Nature Center, a doable, nonswimming triathlon set in scenic bluff country open to all, 8:30 am, rootrivertriathlon.weebly.com
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21st Annual Kids Cup Tournament, Willow Creek Golf Course, proceeds go to the Mayo Children’s Center and OMC prenatal/infant care, 6 am-7:30 pm, 4215493, kidscuprochester.org
Experiencing Creation – Unframed Meditation, Assisi Heights Spirituality Center, experience God’s Gift of Creation on the peaceful hillside of Assisi Heights, 9-11 am, 280-2195, rochesterfranciscan.org
Med City Marathon/Fitness Expo, Mayo Civic Center Exhibit Hall, various running events for both kids and adults, 10 am-7 pm, 254-2703, medcitymarathon.com
22nd Annual Women's Breast Cancer Golf Tournament, 11 am, Northern Hills Golf Course, to play contact Mike Manahan at 281-6170.
Women on Wednesdays: Rape Culture is Real, Rochester Civic Theatre, a discussion highlighting rape culture and ways to make a change, 5:30-7 pm, 282-8481, rochestercivictheatre.org
Relay for Life of Olmsted County, Rochester Community and Technical College, remember loved ones lost, honor survivors of all cancers, and raise money to help the American Cancer Society, 5 p.m. – 12 a.m., relayforlife.org/olmstedcountymn
JUNE 1-AUGUST 31 Thursdays on First & 3rd, Peace Plaza Downtown, weekly outdoor market of art, craft, and food vendors with live entertainment, 11 am-8:30 pm, 216-9882, downtownrochestermn.com
JUNE 17 Greater Rochester Rotary ‘Believe in Me’ Bike Ride, Mayo High School, proceeds from this event will help fund Rotary Youth programs, 7 am, 250-3726, grrbikeride.org
Rochesterfest, Downtown Rochester, explore everything that Rochester has to offer with a variety of events, Varying times, 285-8769, rochesterfest.com
Rochesterfest Triathlon, Foster Arend Park, swim, bike, or run in either the Sprint or Olympic course, 8 am, 664-9438, finalstretch.com/rochesterfesttriathlon
Chester Woods Trail Races, Chester Woods Park, participate in the 50k, 10 mile, or 5k set on smooth trails, 6 am, 9512415, rochestertrackclub.com 18th Annual Fresh Spring Art Tour, western Wisconsin, a self-guided journey to studios and galleries with breathtaking artwork, 10 am-5 pm, freshart.org
JUNE 7 19th Annual RBWA Golf Tournament, Willow Creek Golf Course, profits support the ABWA Rochester Charter Chapter’s Education Fund, providing scholarships & outright grants for women, 1:30 p.m. registration, 2:30 p.m. shotgun start, 5 p.m. buffet and silent auction, register by May 31, call 507-261-7511 or email@example.com
JUNE 11 Bryan Halling Memorial Swap Meet, Winona County Fairgrounds, buy or sell auto parts and more, proceeds go to cancer research, 7 am-2 pm, 289-1274, bhswapmeet.com
JUNE 13 12th Annual Power of the Purse, Rochester International Event Center, featuring keynote speaker, Elizabeth Smart, and silent auction to support education initiatives, 10:30 am-1:30 pm, 287-2000, uwolmsted.org
JUNE 15 2nd Annual No Place Like Home Gala, Rochester International Event Center, raise money to help the homeless in our community, 6:30-9:30 pm, 281-3122, familypromiserochester.org
JUNE 21 Ladies Night Out on the Trolley, visit three distinct & charming shopping districts in Rochester, $25 per seat incudes hors d’oeuvres, wine and dessert, reservations required 507-421-0573, RochesterMNtours.com
JUNE 24 Zumbro River Community Festival, Camp Victory, family fun and activities for everyone including laser tag, food, and more, 4 pm-10:30 pm, 843-2329, campvictory.com
JUNE 26-JULY 1 AACTFest, Mayo Civic Center, featuring 12 community theatre productions, theatre-related workshops, social events, and more, Varying times, (817) 732-3177, aact.org
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on the lighter side
Things Moms Love (BUT KIDS HATE) A
BY ERIN PAGEL
S A MOM OR HAVING BEEN A CHILD, YOU ARE LIKELY FAMILIAR WITH THINGS KIDS LOVE BUT MOMS HATE (I’M LOOKING AT YOU, PLAY-DOH). MOMS ALSO ENCOUNTER THINGS THAT THEY LOVE AND KIDS HATE. DO ANY ON THIS LIST RESONATE WITH YOU?
SHOPPING FOR CLOTHES
There are moms who love to shop till they drop. It’s a scavenger hunt for that perfect item to make the trip a success. They love it. Not kids. If you’ve taken a preteen shopping for anything other than athletic socks, you may agree. Between the eye rolling and sighs of discontent, there is little actual shopping done, and it is far from fun (for anyone).
GETTING A HAIRCUT
Anyone who has had a really great haircut knows that feeling is amazing. The sun shines a little warmer. The breeze feels like a caress. And that little head massage. Ah-mazing! Why is it, then, that it took me two months to convince my 9-year-old daughter to get a haircut, even though we were fighting about the mess of tangles in her hair daily? Why was it then that my 11-year-old son fought me almost to tears as I pressured him to get his mop chopped? They both loved it afterward, but the idea of getting a haircut still divides our household like a Packers/Vikings game.
GOING TO BED
What is better than crawling into the sheets, cuddling up with a comforter and taking a deep, relaxing breath? Muscles ease, and the day melts away. But kids and bedtime are nemeses. If you are a mom, consider how often at bedtime your child needs another drink, warmer socks, another book, five more minutes of…whatever. Or, they suddenly tell you about their day, week or school year. It’s at bedtime that homework and donations are remembered, and kids suddenly get chatty.
BATHS AND SHOWERS
For some moms, baths are an art form—a glass of wine, a book and the perfect ratio of bubbles to water. A hot shower can melt away a stressful day or be a reward after a hard run. So why must we fight to get our kids in the tub? Mine would go weeks without a shower if I didn’t strongarm them into it. 54 May/June 2017 RWmagazine.com
It takes some of us a while to come around to salads (and no, I’m not talking about that amazing Oreo fluff salad your sister brings to family potlucks). For many, there is true joy in a salad. The perfect mix of greens, cheese and veggies with dried fruit and nuts can truly be a joy. But try feeding your kid salad. I dare you.
SITTING STILL (WITHOUT A SCREEN) After a long day of fun or work, many moms love to sit and relax. For me, there is little better than sitting around a fire in the summer listening to the breeze in the trees and watching eternity flash through the fire. I am not entirely convinced that my kids know how to just sit without complaint, if there isn’t a screen involved.
As a kid I could not understand how adults could talk for hours. What could they possibly be talking about? As a mom, I now understand. Catching up with friends and family can easily blur minutes into hours and evening into early morning. On the contrary, if I can get my 11-year-old to say more than “fine” (eye roll mandatory), without at least six prompts, I’m on top of the world. They say youth is wasted on the young. Well, so are things moms love and kids hate. Moms, this Mother’s Day (and every day, really), see how many you can fit into your day. You deserve it! And if your kids get on your case about it, just make them a salad! Erin Pagel is a mother of two preteens and lives in Rochester.
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