Leisure & Lifestyle

Mon
02
Dec

Keep warm and carry on

Millions of people are turning up their heat to keep warm in the winter months. The cost of doing so will prove expensive.
At www.SpendLessOnHeat.com research has been done for some very inexpensive ways to reduce heating costs.

Wed
20
Nov

‘Whistle Down the Wind’ premieres at St. Mark’s


In “Whistle Down the Wind,” three children (Mason Wold, Riley Ebner and Ellie Peterson) find a man (Andy Peterson) in their barn and mistake him for a Messiah. (photos by Heather Edwards/Review)

“Whistle Down the Wind” is set in a small Southern town during the late 1950s. The town is disrupted when a fugitive is found hiding in a barn.

For most people, the name Andrew Lloyd Webber is associated with Broadway hits such as  “Phantom of the Opera” and “Cats“.  However, among Webber ‘s plays is a lesser -known, beautifully haunting musical called  “Whistle Down the Wind,” and St. Mark’s Lutheran Church in North St. Paul is currently presenting it.

Wed
20
Nov

Local authors share the secrets of success


Local authors Meg Corrigan and Gloria VanDemmeltraadt are included in a recently released collection of stories entitled “Unlocking the Secrets of Success: Minnesota Women Share Tips and Strategies for Achieving Your Goals and Living Your Dreams.” (photo and video by Johanna Holub/Review staff)

One woman’s dream is another’s nightmare. But through it all, the Minnesota women featured in the recently released collection “Unlocking the Secrets of Success: Minnesota Women Share Tips and Strategies for Achieving Your Goals and Living Your Dreams” have persevered.
Joan Kennedy, 91, of New Brighton gathered the stories of 40 women working in a variety of professions to create a collection of success stories, ranging from tales of professional success to personal triumphs.

Mon
11
Nov

Murder at the Museum - or Who killed Agatha Marple?


Artifacts have been missing and the body of Agatha Marple, head curator, is discovered at the museum, now a carefully crafted crime scene mystery. Attendees often took photos of themselves near the police tape body outline. (photos by Linda Baumeister/Review)

Lizabeth Doherty and Kelcey Kryzer get into CSI costume for the photo booth before getting into sleuth mode to solve the crime during a social science event.

As well as becoming crime scene investigators, the visitors, including Chase Robeck, also had the chance to access the museum’s other exhibits at a leisurely pace.

A crowd gathers at one of six evidence activity stations set up throughout the Science Museum for Murder at the Museum Oct. 3.

Denny and Annie Lynard venture out to the Science Museum of Minnesota to cover the social science Murder at the Museum Oct. 3.

Some days its best to take a break from the perplexity of the unsolved tales of murdered or missing wives and girlfriends in our metro area and go try to solve a pretend one instead. So I invited my younger daughter for an evening out to crack a murder mystery at the Science Museum of Minnesota in downtown St. Paul.

Thu
07
Nov

For her 85th birthday, June’s throwing an art show


Cliff Gebhard, 72, sits in one of two barber chairs in his shop at the corner of Minnehaha Avenue and Stillwater Road. (Patrick Larkin/Review)

Cliff Gebhard’s shop is full of curiosities from bric-a-brac to an ìInformationî sign, much like the man himself. (Patrick Larkin/Review)

For all the 84-plus years she can remember, June McAuliffe has been driven to reach people through art.
So, for her 85th birthday, she’ll unveil a show of her recent projects at Gallery 96, located in the Shoreview Community Center.
It made perfect sense to June; after all, she’d marked her 80th birthday with a show at Gallery 96.

Sun
03
Nov

Affordable home improvements that yield value

In addition to filling practical needs, home improvement projects often can increase the value of a home with minimal investment. Some projects add more value than others, however.
Knowing which ones will yield a nice return can be tricky. To help, the home improvement experts at Linear, a manufacturer of wireless residential systems and products, are advising homeowners on affordable modernization projects that add instant value to a home:

Sun
03
Nov

Seven small changes to get a house holiday-ready


Looking for a change -- but not that expensive a change -- before the holiday season starts and folks crowd into your home? Look at surfaces -- not appliance changeouts or huge remodeling projects -- and quick jolts of color and style. (submitted photo)

Ever envy those beautiful homes that seem to get redecorated with every new season? Thinking that the family and friend get-togethers at your home deserve an updated setting?
The latest and greatest looks are easy to incorporate if you keep your furnishings neutral and the decor uncluttered. From there, it’s just a matter of bringing in a few simple touches that create a big impact.
Start with one or two easy projects and you will quickly transform your house into a place you’re proud to call home.

Tue
29
Oct

Hoppy and Friends build following at Roseville Dunn Bros


Hoppy and Friends played at Dunn Bros. Coffee in Roseville on Sept. 30. (Linda E. Andersen/Review)

Hoppy and Friends, a group of three seasoned musicians (four if you count the stuffed frog drummer) have been steadily building a following at Dunn Bros Coffee Shop in Roseville on Monday mornings.
The band is made up of Owen Rasmussen, a New Brighton resident originally from Roseville, Wally Walstad of St. Paul and Merlin "Brunkow" Bronco of Minneapolis.  The three men range in age from their mid-sixties to early seventies and have been playing music since they were teenagers, although not together.

Mon
28
Oct

Horses, bourbon and historic neighborhoods featured in Louisville


The historic Belle of Louisville still takes visitors from downtown Louisville up the Ohio River. (photos by Pamela O’Meara/Review)

Mint juleps are served at the Brown Hotel.

This 30-foot-tall gold statue of Michelangelo’s David stands in front of the 21C Museum Hotel in downtown Louisville.

Elizabeth Kizito sells her popular cookies as well as a variety of African gifts.

Samples of handmade chocolate truffle bourbon balls were served at Art Edibles.

Glasses of bourbon mixed with champagne are lined up on the bar at the Seelbach Hotel.

This model of the famous Secretariat, 1973 Triple Crown champion, sits in the Kentucky Derby Museum.

Every May when I listen to the familiar strains of “My Old Kentucky Home” as the horses line up for the world-famous Kentucky Derby and see the women in the stands wearing wide-brimmed hats, I’m intrigued.
So soon after the Derby, I went to Louisville, home of the famous Churchill Downs, a National Historic Landmark where 1,200 horses are stabled, for a tour and a few races, which were fun even without the huge crowds. Visitors can eat, drink a traditional mint julep, make bets, cheer from the stands, walk around the well-groomed grounds for a close-up view of the sleek thoroughbreds and diminutive jockeys, and visit the Kentucky Derby Museum. Additional races are held in the late spring/early summer and in the fall.

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