December 2015 Maple Grove Magazine

In the December issue get to know three girlboss sisters who rocked the National Taekwondo Titles, check out some hot hues that inspire cool gifts and learn how to handle a not-so-jolly Christmas.

“I always look for things,” Samantha Eyre explains of her photographic eye. “I don’t always have my camera, but I like to look for things everywhere I go.”


Minnesota cuisine has taken a global turn toward a broader offering of foods, because a large population of immigrants bring the foods of their homelands to our local restaurants. And, although our culinary heritage may be slanted toward food with mild spice, we have an adventurous streak.


The sixth annual YellowTree Gala turned out to be a lively affair in support of this local theatre.


The Maple Grove Senior High School Dance Team always knows how to please a crowd, whether it’s with a dance routine or with great food.


Just in time for the holidays, treat your pup to a full or self-service wash or professional grooming at the newest Bubbly Paws location at The Shops at Arbor Lake in Maple Grove.


When it comes to choosing holiday gifts, sometimes you just have to pick the goods that catch your eye. This year, we let the colors guide us. We’ve selected items from local stores that pop with gold, red or green.


When it comes to having an effect on the world, some set their sights on the neighborhood. Others step out immediately to foreign countries and the unknown. Meet three young adults who have no problem setting the travel bar high.


Like most new business owners in the whirlwind first few months of operations, Hannah Turpin has had to juggle unforeseen tasks, skills and responsibilities. But unlike most new business owners, Hannah Turpin is 23 years old.


Step into Rince Nua Irish Dance studio in Maple Grove and the energy is palpable. On this wooden floor, dancers of all ages come to learn the intricate, centuries-old steps of Irish dance.


Many men, women and children across the globe have shoes on their feet this year, thanks to the combined efforts of the Maple Grove Girl Scouts and the Soles 4 Souls organization. Every third week of June, the girls meet for fun at Lights and Lakes Day camp.


The holidays can be some of the most heart-felt, memorable times of the year, when we gather with family, celebrate our faith, eat great food and cozy up by the fire. However, for some, the mere approach of the season ushers in profound sadness. This is the case with both adults and youth.


As the last page of the 2015 calendar is turned, the Maple Grove Community Organization will host a New Year’s party for all to enjoy. Families are even encouraged to bring the young ones, as the celebration only lasts until 10 p.m.


Kyleigh Andries stands among few in the nation with a perfect ACT score of 36. To prepare, Kyleigh took part in an ACT preparation course taught by a teacher at her school, Maranatha Christian Academy, where she was able to practice strategies before the official test.


With fame on her horizon, Maple Grove’s very own Lacey Canfield is leaving her mark on the world of country music. Canfield was featured in a 2011 issue of Maple Grove Magazine, and at the time was just emerging as an up-and-coming musician.


Since its dedication in 2001, the Maple Grove Angel of Hope statue has been a place for grieving families to place white flowers to honor young ones they have lost.


The McBride sisters, Meghan and Elizabeth, are no doubt wishing they were back in sunny Captiva, Florida, right about now. Perhaps another look at that July issue of Maple Grove Magazine will bring back memories of the summer of 2015.


Every year, Maple Grove residents find themselves drawn to Main Street for the annual Sparkle Parade and tree lighting ceremony. This year, residents are encouraged to share holiday cheer before the night of pizazz.


Sunny Choi has graced our pages in the past because she is an annual winner. Although she’s a busy sixth grader at Maple Grove Junior High, she also trains as a figure skater daily. Her activities include classical ballet, yoga, Pilates and strength training.


For the Lee sisters, Taekwondo runs in the blood. Their grandfather, Grandmaster Byung Yul Lee, helped bring the art to the United States when he founded a Taekwondo school in 1969.