After her youngest child left home and went off to college, Carla Bahr of Maple Grove knew it was time for her to make a change too. “About five years ago I was searching for something to do as far as helping those in need,” she says.
We can all remember specific thank you gifts we may have received from others. But we also can remember times when we’ve selected a special gift as a thank you to a woman who has been important in our lives—a girlfriend, a neighbor, a friend, a colleague.
Every year around this time, it seems parents are rushing around “like chickens with their heads cut off,” searching high and low, online and in stores, for the hot holiday toys.
The holiday season is supposed to be a time for celebration, but can also be a time of chaos. The chores of decorating, shopping, and attending parties are all added to our already busy everyday lives.
For the past 18 years, a cookie and lemonade stand has appeared each Sept. 11 at the end of Sue Donkersgoed’s driveway in the Olympic Hills neighborhood of Eden Prairie. Proceeds from sales benefit those affected by the tragic 9/11 events, as well as American veterans.
What has turned into an annual tradition for train lovers—and those who enjoy holiday lights—is returning to the Twin Cities in December. The Canadian Pacific Holiday Train is scheduled to pull into Union Station in St. Paul around 6:45 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 10.
Before we know it, the calendar is going to flip to January and another new year will begin. But first, comes the annual rite of passage — the opportunity to celebrate the holiday season with family and friends.
From pale ales to IPAs, it’s hard not to be reminded that the Twin Cities is home to some of Minnesota’s – and the Midwest’s – most well-known craft breweries.