November 2014

In the November issue of Maple Gove Magazine you'll find hot fashion picks from personal shopper Michelle Raven, meet Maple Grove's police chief Eric Werner and learn how Maple Grove became an award winning community!

Whether minutes or years apart, inseparable or worst enemies, siblings often epitomize that love/hate relationship we admittedly develop with certain people.


The holiday season is ripe for entertaining, and these two Maple Grove spots offer unique items that put a new spin on the holiday meal while leaving a lasting impression on your guests.


Amara’s Acts of Kindness hosted an evening of hope, love and light at their second annual event called “A Night to Shine Bright!”


So you think you can dance? The young women who competed at the Northwest Suburban Conference Dance Tournament in January 2014 showed they have some serious skills. The tournament was held at the Maple Grove High School.


For many years, Yellow Tree Theatre made us laugh during the holidays with its smash hit Miracle on Christmas Lake series.


When Becky Evans-Dennison of Maple Grove prepared to go back to work after spending a few years as a stay-at-home mom, she needed to revamp her wardrobe. “I liked to shop before I had kids, but now I don’t have time,” Evans-Dennison says.


Maple Grove ain’t the Wild West. There are no gun-totin’ outlaws running the streets. A story about the new chief in town doesn’t carry as much panache as an old Western, but Eric Werner prefers it that way. As long as the community feels safe, Werner is doing his job.


The Great Maple Grove Geocaching Adventure drew hundreds of geocachers into the great outdoors this spring, despite excessive spring rains. The city-wide event involved 36 geocaches hidden within the city limits.


Susan Smith remembers the time her son said something in another language to their family pet. “We had no idea what it was,” Smith says.


Don’t feel bad if you can’t quite keep up with Joshua Borchardt. The 2008 Maple Grove High School graduate has been studying life forms in space and the potential for life on Mars. His work includes a stint at NASA in 2012.


When it comes to bathrooms, people tend to stick to a safe design that often includes the color ocean blue.


Annette Joseph’s Picture Perfect Parties: Stylish Solutions for Entertaining
by Annette Joseph

The author, a food stylist and lifestyle expert, shares recipes, decorations and even the tableware needed for a variety of lovely and creative parties.


The Maple Grove Arts Center will host a Christmas Tea on November 8. Come to the event dressed up and wearing a hat, or visit the millinery craft table where you can decorate your own.


Maple Grove received its highest ranking ever on Money Magazine’s “Best Places to Live 2014” list, an honor city administrator Al Madsen attributes to “the fine leadership from our mayor and city council, the dedication of city staff, and especially the investment that our residents, bus


Teams from Rince Nua Irish Dance Studio in Maple Grove traveled to Ireland this summer to compete in the World Irish Dance Championship, a competition hosted by Cumann Rince Naisiunta—Ireland’s national dance association.