I remember the day pretty clearly. Elementary school-aged me set up a music stand in our brightly-painted living room, my grandma and parents sitting on the couch in anticipation.
In February, Eden Prairie-based travel agent Jill Peifer was busy booking spring break trips and summer vacations. Then the COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic began to spread in the U.S., and businesses and government officials began to order shut-downs across the country.
Eden Prairie parks’ play equipment will closed to the public at 11:59 p.m. on March 31, the city announced in a news release.
Eden Prairie seniors brought the spirit of Valentine’s Day back to the city at the Feb. 28 Valentine’s Day breakfast, which was rescheduled after part of the building closed for construction in November.
Visitors to Bryant Lake Regional Park will see upgrades in progress beginning April 1, the city of Eden Prairie announced in a news release.
Painting with paintbrushes is so passé. At the Eden Prairie Art Center, instructors and toddlers know the best way to have fun − and learn about paleontology − is to paint with dinosaurs.
Hundreds of families took a trip back in time on Saturday, Jan. 25, at the Richardson Nature Center's 22nd annual Ice Harvest and Climate Conversation.
Undeterred by the icy roads and travel warnings on Saturday morning, over 500 people made their way to the new pavilion at Staring Lake Park in Eden Prairie to enjoy the annual Winter Blast on Jan. 18.
An Eden Prairie artist has received a $6,599 grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board, according to a news release from the board.
They’re bright and whimsical, somber and reflective, imposing and hard to find; Eden Prairie’s public artworks are scattered throughout the city in a variety of forms, from sculptures and memorials to murals.
Exercise more. Eat better. Lose weight. Besides being general advice from your family doctor, those three goals are also the most common New Year's resolutions, according to a poll by NPR and The Marist Poll in 2018. That makes sense to Angie Thompson, the owner of Vault Fitness in Eden Prairie.
‘Tis the season for sledding, skating, skiing and more. Eden Prairie is home to a variety of winter activities for the outdoor-minded who want to get outside during the Minnesota winter.
Nearly 100 Eden Prairie seniors enjoyed the sounds of the season as three choir groups from Eden Prairie High School serenaded them at the Senior Center’s annual holiday lunch on Friday, Dec. 13.
Music, dance and words of thanks from Eden Prairie’s many cultural communities filled the halls of Pax Christi Catholic Community on Nov. 23 at the annual Interfaith Thanksgiving Celebration.
With nooks crammed with cushioned couches and low-light chandeliers, Fat Pants Brewing Co. aims to make its customers comfortable above all else, owner Elizabeth Anderson told Eden Prairie News one week before the city’s first brewery opens to the public.
Around 60 people attended an annual Veterans Day breakfast at the Eden Prairie Senior Center to recognize and appreciate veterans’ service over coffee and french toast on Nov. 8.
There are no doorbells to ring in Eden Prairie Center, but that doesn’t mean there’s no trick-or-treating.
From an adorable little lion to a haunting Bride of Chucky, Eden Prairie residents went all out with their Halloween costumes this year.
For a few hours on Saturday, the Eden Prairie Community Center turned into a playground for tiny ghosts, ghouls and goblins looking for a fun time, and maybe some candy.
Hundreds of families turned out for Eden Prairie’s public safety open house on Oct. 12, even as the event was moved indoors because of the first snowfall of the season.
At the Eden Prairie Art Center’s first adult and teen open house on Sept. 27, instructors filled every available space with art projects designed to inspire creativity for the event’s dozens of visitors. Some were regulars at 7650 Equitable Drive, while others − like Matt Smith, who took the…
Sporadic rain and gusting winds kept the crowd at the 2019 Arts in the Park event to a minimum, but artists from across Minnesota and Wisconsin displayed their work at Purgatory Creek Park in Eden Prairie on Sept. 21 despite the weather.
As a full moon rose on Friday the 13th, the Eden Prairie Players drew a crowd to the Riley-Jacques Barn for the debut of the 15th annual One Acts.
A blustery Saturday afternoon wasn’t enough to turn a record 684 beer lovers away from the Prairie Brewfest at Purgatory Creek Park in Eden Prairie, where the Eden Prairie Community Foundation held its annual fundraiser and celebration of spirits on Sept. 7.
With some broken pottery, a handful of odds and ends and a bucket of concrete, a class at the Eden Prairie Art Center turned trash into sparkling mosaics on Aug. 29.
For the first time since scouting began, every Eden Prairie Scouts BSA troop united on Aug. 18 to welcome the community to Adventure Day.
Each of Eden Prairie’s 185 Night to Unite parties likely believes it was the best one. Although Eden Prairie News’ intrepid reporter was only able to attend a handful, we can confirm they are all correct.
As a hot weekend came to its close, around 70 people gathered to relax on the grass and enjoy a performance by the Somali Museum Dance Troupe at Staring Lake Amphitheatre.
Fans of the band The Bazillions are energetic, but the vibe at their Staring Lake Amphitheatre performance was more mellow than mosh pit.
When Lorna Livingston picked up a mallet to audition for a Richfield community band in 1999, she hadn’t played music for over 50 years. Her husband had wanted her to focus on their family and forbade her from playing the instruments she’d loved since she was 9: Piano, violin, accordion, tympani.
SPRING PARK — Norwegian seafood restaurant Vann is opening late July in Spring Park. The restaurant is Executive Chef Erik Skaar’s first, and pays a distinct homage to his heritage.
EXCELSIOR — The Old Log Theatre is bringing the Lake Minnetonka area back to April 27, 1994, with its current running play “Five Presidents."
Dancers in bright, sparkling costumes spun, dipped and bowed across the stage at Staring Lake Amphitheatre on June 28 as part of the Starring at Staring summer performance series.
The sound of jazz could be heard from Staring Lake Amphitheatre on Sunday, June 9, thanks to the annual Minnesota Festival of Jazz on the Prairie.
The journalists/word nerds at Southwest News Media have some favorite books we've read on those quiet days by the lake and blistering hot days in the sun. If you're looking to expand your summer reading list, here are some suggestions to tuck in. Happy reading!
WAYZATA — One of the dishes at French restaurant Bellecour is descended from a chef in New York City, and before that, a chef in Lyon.
Memorial Day weekend is often celebrated as the start to summer, but the reason for the long weekend is for people to honor those who died serving the United States.
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