Education & Community

So You've Been Appointed Executor or Trustee: Now What?

When one loses a relative, the emotional toll of grieving is often compounded by an unexpected flood of administrative responsibilities, financial uncertainties and legal concerns. St. Louis Park-based lawyer Rich Bunin suggests that a small amount of advance planning can allay some of this burden. Educating oneself in the relevant jargon is the first step.

Clean and Simple Cards

Gratitude buried in glitter? Sentiments smothered in sequins? Sometimes simple is anything but. At this one-day seminar, graphic artist and owner of local card company PebbleKraft Mary Beth Kissling will guide participants in the implementation of a “clean and simple” approach to handmade card-making, offering tips on striking the ideal balance between minimalistic and overdone, for an outcome that is functionally elegant and elegantly functional. 

Learn to Knit

Stop knitting your brow in frustration and start knitting your new favorite scarf. Whether as an introduction for neo-knitters or for knit wits who’ve lost the thread, this four-course class led by Deb Coder of Amazing Threads addresses all the fundamentals of hand knitting. Learn at your own pace as you practice casting on, knitting, purling, binding off, weaving in and de-creasing.

Sap to Syrup Demos

Learn about the history and the scientific principles behind the sweet gift of nature that makes your short stack of flapjacks just that much better. Observe as volunteers and Eastman Nature Center naturalists demonstrate traditional harvesting methods that have stuck around through the centuries. Try your hand at turning a drill bit to start a tap. Gather around the cauldron, where a well-stoked blaze transforms the harvest from sap to syrup.

Documentary Screening: China Rising

Edge up to the deepest canyon on the surface of the Earth. Take a bullet train to Shanghai. Recall political strife of the not-so-distant past with a visit to Tiananmen Square. From the traditional to the ultra-modern and the agrarian to the industrial, filmmaker Dale Johnson explores the manmade marvels and natural wonders of this prominent world power.

Trillium Woods Hosts Coffee and Conversation Event

Woods, a resort-style retirement community under construction and scheduled to
open summer 2015, is welcoming the public to enjoy coffee and brunch while
learning about the amenities and benefits of living at Trillium Woods at 10 a.m.
Wednesday, Feb. 11 at Rush Creek Golf Club located at 7801 County Road 101 in Maple
Grove, Minn.

Over conversation and a delicious brunch, guests
will discuss the value of senior living and how its financial, emotional and
physical benefits make sense for the future.

Groundhog Day Celebration

Option one: Commemorate this underappreciated holiday by watching the movie Groundhog Day on repeat. Make a fresh batch of popcorn and laugh in the same way at the same volume at all the same jokes each time. Option two: Instead of frightening your preschooler, take him or her out to Elm Creek Park Reserve for groundhog-related activities, including a puppet show, crafting, hike and a crawl through a “groundhog tunnel.” And then commemorate this under-appreciated holiday by watching Groundhog Day on repeat.

The 2015 Best of Maple Grove Event

Voting has come and gone for the 2015 Best of Maple Grove, and we received a record number of ballots from dedicated readers of Maple Grove Magazine. Hundreds of businesses were nominated for the awards, but only the top three in each category will continue on to the Best of Maple Grove event, where this year's winners will be announced!


Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Sleigh Bells & Sparkle Parade

‘Tis the season! The fifth annual Sleigh Bells and Sparkle Parade will take place on Main Street in Maple Grove once again. Bundle up and ring in the holiday festivities with the rest of the community. After the parade, Santa and Mrs. Claus will light the community tree at the Government Center to round out the fun-filled night. This Maple Grove tradition is the perfect way to kick off the holidays. Free. 5 p.m. Main Street, Maple Grove; 763.494.5985;

Harvest Festival

While browsing the store, pet animals from Hemker’s Wildlife Park, enjoy free caramel apple sundaes, and participate in free drawings. Free. 11 a.m–3 p.m. The Woods, 15825 95th Ave. N.; 763.416.9663;


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