Leisure & Lifestyle

Wed
24
Sep

Car show draws huge crowds


Car show volunteer Bruce Fabio said bigger crowds than ever before strolled down East Seventh Avenue to check out the vintage cars, enjoy the food and listen to the music in 2014. (Submitted photo)

A "Tow Mater" truck attracted attention, especially from the youngsters Sept. 19. (Linda Baumeister/Review)

One of the many vintage cars catches the eye of a couple walking by at the History Cruze Car Show. (Submitted photo)

The North St. Paul History Cruzer Friday night weekly car show concluded its 21st year Sept. 19. "See ya next summer" was overheard as the classics began to rumble out of downtown. (Linda Baumeister/Review)

A look back at a North St. Paul summer tradition
The summer-long History Cruze Car Show rolled to a conclusion on Friday, Sept. 19. Classic car owners from around the region began cruising into downtown North St. Paul all the way back on June 6, and kept coming every Friday after that.

Tue
23
Sep

What's blooming in September?


A range of colors and patternsœ and staying power have made sweet Willam a favorite for generations.

The Extension's recommended Joe Pye is a shorter, more civilized cultivar.

Make room in the bulb garden for some showstopping bulbs, like the lavender globe lily and the autumn lilies featured in the headline.

These are a blanket flower all right.

These are too.

"Wow" is the word for these hardy hibiscus, here in a pure white variety.

Extension video series gets you up close and botanical
Other than the everpresent rose of fall-blooming sedums, which come in shades from pink to rose to burgundy, maybe brick orange if you squint a little, are there any other shades and shapes of fall flowers?
Yes, say University of Minnesota extension educator Karl Foord and professor of horticulture Mary Meyer, Ph.D. How many do you want?
Spring and early summer bloomers get a lot of focus in Minnesota - they're proof we've all survived another winter, for one thing - and each tulip and hyacinth gets its own standing ovation.

Mon
22
Sep

Time to talk - about what aging parents may need

Discussing aging issues, such as living arrangements, finances, dating, end-of-life decisions and driving, early and often can save families years of heartache, tension and even legal battles.

Mon
22
Sep

Talk to a pharmacist about ways to save on Part D

The complexities of health care reform, an aging population and a higher incidence of chronic disease have created a growing need to help seniors enrolled in Medicare understand their benefits while managing health care expenditures.

Sun
21
Sep

Outdoor living spaces add value to a home year-round


A few amenities outdoors add value not only to life in your home but to its attraction to buyers. (submitted photo)

Summer may be ending, but it’s not too late to spruce up your outdoor space. In fact, there are several enhancements that can be made to extend your outdoor living time well in to the fall and even year round.

Thu
18
Sep

Revive the charm of mid-century modern design


Clean lines, no clutter and a streamlined silhouettte bring function into the realm of design. (submitted photo)

Mid-century modern inspiration draws from the 1940s through the 1960s, a 20-year span when design was minimal, sleek, elegant and functional.

Wed
10
Sep

It’s time to go wild for rice


Kaitlyn Roby/Review staff

Jenna Knoblauch demonstrates Chophouse Wild Rice Salad at the 2014 Minnesota State Fair. (Vonny Rohloff/Review staff)

Kaitlyn Roby/Review staff

Beth Nelson, president of the Minnesota Cultivated Wild Rice Council answers questions and promotes wild rice at the 2014 State Fair's wild rice booth. (Vonny Rohloff/Review staff)

Kaitlyn Roby/Review staff

There’s a crisp feel of autumn in the air.
Migratory birds are beginning to take flight, and gardens are in late-season bloom, with pumpkins, squash and gourds turning rich shades of orange, red and green.

Mon
25
Aug

Blue skies and blue bonnets


This B-25 Mitchell, the most-heavily-armed warplane in World War II, may also have been its most versatile. It was used for high- and low-level bombing, some aerial fighting, strafing, photoreconaissance and submarine patrol. Other exhibits include one of the Japanese one-man submarines spotted in Pearl Harbor -- by ships carrying Minnesotan sailors -- just before the Dec. 7, 1941 attack. (Pamela O’Meara/Review)

Red corn poppies, yellow California poppies and Texas bluebonnets flourish in the gardens of Wildseed Farms in Fredericksburg, Texas. The company is the nation’s largest producer of wildflower seeds and ships seeds all over the world. (Pamela O’Meara/Review)

A “Sunday house” at the Pioneer Museum complex in Fredericksburg. These tiny, picturesque cottages were where German immigrants in the 1800s spent weekends in town. (Pamela O’Meara/Review)

The unimposing main street of downtown Fredericksburg features boutiques, interesting restaurants and what’s described as a “bland, unimpressive” building that opens into a state-of-the-art World War II museum with a priceless collection of exhibits. (Pamela O’Meara/Review)

The toll paid in lives in World War II’s Pacific theater is illustrated in photos and firsthand accounts at the the National Museum of the Pacific War in Fredericksburg. (Pamela O’Meara/Review)

In his tasting room, Ken Maxwell, owner of Torre di Pietra Vineyards and Winery in Fredericksburg, serves wine samples for guests and talks about his wine making. (Pamela O’Meara/Review)

Shrimp and crab cakes with guava and kiwi salsa made up one of several small plates at the Navajo Grill in Fredericksburg. (Pamela O’Meara/Review)

The trails around Enchanted Rock, a huge pink granite dome just north of Fredericksburg, are popular with hikers. (Pamela O’Meara/Review)

Tiny Fredericksburg’s take on history, outdoor activities and food is as big as all Texas
Fredericksburg, Texas, in the Texas hill country, is one of the best-kept secrets in travel. This small town offers visitors a menu of options. Take the kids or grandkids in the summer to see the National Museum of the Pacific War, which has earned rave reviews from ages 9 to 90 for its engaging look at the experience of World War II. Go with friends to browse the boutiques, relax in the spas, visit picturesque homes and historic buildings and tour the wineries. Or, even better, plan a winter getaway to this temperate region for hiking and biking, rock climbing, year-round golfing and seasonal birding tours. Shoppers and diners will find it’s a haven for artists, a treasure trove of antiques and a spot for gourmet dining and specialty foods.
 

Thu
07
Aug

Tips to generate a second income

In today’s economy, a full-time job is no guarantee that a second income won’t be necessary to live a comfortable lifestyle or save for the future.

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