November 2013

In the November 2013 issue of Maple Grove Magazine, we pay tribute to service members and military veterans who call Maple Grove home. We also take a look at the best gifts for boys for the 2013 holiday season and sample the best pasta dishes in our city. You'll also learn about party planning, local charities and Maple Grove's champion Irish dancers.

Maple Grove Magazine held its Best of 2013 awards ceremony to celebrate outstanding people, places and things in the community, according to readys. Be sure to vote today in the Best of 2014 survey!


The Lamont Cranston Band played to an appreciative audience at the Shoppes at Arbor Lake. All photos by Rich Moll.


During the 2012 Focus on Maple Grove photo contest, voters were unanimous in their selection of this photo for the reader’s choice award.


If there’s one basic food that satisfies the pickiest of palates, it’s got to be pasta. Long, toothsome strands of spaghetti topped with thick red bolognaise sauce and fat, juicy meatballs? We all know that’s a tried-and-true.


If “up north” brings back fun memories of camping out and roasting marshmallows under the starry night sky, Sarah Stonich’s new book “Vacationland” will be familiar as it talks about just that kind of place. Try something new.


If you are cooped up inside, here is your chance to kick off your slippers and get a great cardio workout with Bollywood Dancing. Bollywood is a term derived from Bombay (the city now called Mumbai) and Hollywood (the center of the United States film industry).


In this time of hyper-online-social networking it’s refreshing to actually make an important connection with a live human being. This informal event provides an opportunity to grow both professional and personal networks. Attendance runs from 50-85 or more at most events.


You may have heard that boys’ interests include slugs, snails and puppy dog tails, but those can’t exactly be gifted.


Military members from Maple Grove and surrounding communities have served and continue to serve our country with bravery and dedication. Their commitment is matched by a local volunteer effort to comfort and support hometown military families.


Paul Mazzacano’s life has almost never been without music. He started fooling around with music when he was 6; by the time he was 11, he was a professional musician, and by the time he was 15, he was playing with big bands. So, as he puts it, music “has just sort of been my entire life.”

Noor Kids

‘“Hmm…a new park in Maple Grove,” reads Amira’s father. “It has a silver bullet slide, crazy corn maze and beaming blue butterflies.”
“Let’s get going, mom and dad! Our time is precious,” Amira says.
Amira and her parents jumped into the van and drove to Bass Lake Park.’


Would you like to gather friends and family for the holidays without that panicky feeling of being overwhelmed?

Treadmill desks in Maple Grove

It’s common knowledge that sitting at a desk all day is draining, but have you ever heard the maxim “Spend energy to get energy”? That’s the theory behind the treadmill desk study Maple Grove resident and Salo employee spearheaded in 2008.


The Maple Grove History Museum has been in the works since the Maple Grove Historical Preservation Society was founded in the 1980s, but without an appropriate space to accommodate historical displays the museum remained a dream.


Henningson & Snoxell welcomed a new attorney to their Estate Planning department earlier this year. Robert Lawton, a Twin Cities native, specializes in elder law, wills and trusts, estate planning and probate administration.


With the holiday season just around the corner, a good wintertime read can bring the whole family together. Maple Grove librarians Rose Ryan and Kathryn Zimmerman recommend the following reads for all ages, cultures and walks of life.


Join in the celebration during the fourth annual Sleigh Bells and Sparkle parade. This new fun-filled family tradition on December 7 is a perfect way to get ready for the holiday season.


If the Thanksgiving spirit inspires you to feed others, there’s no easier way than to give a financial gift to the C.R.O.S.S. Food Shelf, here in your own neighborhood. C.R.O.S.S.


They call it “a vacation with a purpose” but members of Lord of Life Lutheran Church aren’t lying on the beach during their annual trips to Jamaica.


As a dance student, Erin Cooney had taken jazz, tap, ballet and tumbling before she started Irish dance at the age of 11. Little did she know what started off as a “fun, social, recreational thing” would end up being something that would have a huge impact on her life.