The Caring Tree has one simple but important goal: to ensure that all children have the materials necessary to be successful in their education. To that end, the staff and volunteers dedicate themselves to equipping Minnesota’s K–12 students with appropriate supplies, including backpacks, pencils, and notebooks. They do this with the help of thousands of donors, including individuals, companies, and groups. Additionally, they sell shirts, hats, and scarves to raise money for more school supplies and to spread word of The Caring Tree’s mission.
See how Groupon helps you discover local causes and lend a helping hand at the Groupon Grassroots blog.
When the Minneapolis Institute of Arts first opened its doors in 1915, it was the product of several decades of arts advocacy. A group of 25 citizens formed the Minneapolis Society of Fine Arts in 1883 with the goal of giving their community access to creative arts. More than a century later, this commitment to the community has taken the permanent collections from 800 works to close to 80,000 objects and has made the institute Minnesota's largest art educator.
The collections, divided into seven curatorial areas, encompass a period of 5,000 years and hail from every corner of the world. The Asian Art collection represents 17 different Asian cultures, and Arts of Africa and the Americas holds more than 3,000 pieces of sculpture, basketry, painting, and beadwork. Temporary exhibitions bring collections of artwork from other institutions and tattoos from vending machines. The institute's interactive learning stations supplement understanding of topics such as modernism or 17th-century European painting with animation, video, and audio recordings.
Inside a restaurant whose vibrant purple awnings help diners spot it from afar, cooks concoct 75 different dishes derived from the "roof of the world." Artwork-laden walls surround the tables and cushioned chairs in the dining area, where patrons enjoy home-cooked items ranging from Tibetan-style dumplings made with lean chopped beef to batter-fried sesame chicken. The restaurant's separate bar area provides patrons with a place where they can grab a drink, watch TV, and practice thumb-wrestling moves with others.
Laura Monahan comes from an artistic family, and spent her youth practicing sculpture, oil painting, pottery, and what turned out to be her ultimate passion: photography. Her ability to preserve candid moments has left an indelible impression—she has a published portfolio on three continents and product lines appearing at national retailers such as Hallmark and JCPenney. Laura’s photo shoots always take place outdoors, capturing newborns, older kids, families, and makeshift popsicle-stick families in soft, natural lighting and poses that never appear unnatural. Her settings span the country from San Diego’s foamy beaches to Denver’s red-rock sunsets and into the Midwest’s autumn leaves.
One hundred thirty six steps lead to the top of the Eagle's Nest, Water Park of America's fastest body slide. From a perch on the 10th floor, visitors careen down five floors before rocketing into a pool of water. Greater drops await riders of the park's twin body slides, whose six-floor descent veers outside the building before ending in a big splash, and indoor family raft ride, which travels more than a mile down 10 stories.
Down on the main floor, a 500-gallon bucket douses the children's play area with water every 135 seconds. Games of basketball unfold around four hoops in the activity pool's shallows, and tubes float down a winding river past attractions named for Minnesotan bodies of water. At the Flowrider, guests battle gravity to stay upright on a surfboard positioned on a sheet of water that flows 25–30 mph.
More challenges await guests in an arcade stocked with classic games such as skeeball and air hockey, which requires players to blow on a puck until it reaches their opponent's goal. More than 70 games reward skilled visitors with tickets, which they can trade for prizes such as an X-Box 360. With cuisine including housemade pizza and entertainment such as six high-definition televisions, Water Park America's three restaurants re-energize guests after enduring full days of swimming, sliding, and gaming.
The Edina Art Center is a wellspring of creativity. A combination studio space, gallery, and art academy, the center provides opportunities for community members to create and view art. Internationally recognized artists exhibit their art in the Margaret Foss Gallery, and the Clark Gift Shop sells cards, jewelry, and art supplies. For a more hands-on approach to art, classes branch out into every artistic media except the new abstract form of invisible paint. Lessons for all ages include jewelry making, advanced watercolors, and Create a Creature workshops, where students build a sculpture out of polymer clay. For students in grades 2-10 who show advanced aptitude, the Art Academy also offers individualized training with working artists.
Elite Gymnastics was recently awarded, "Best Gymnastics School", by Readers Choice Awards. Featuring a 13,000 square ft, state-of-the-art facility filled with new, high-quality equipment. USAG Member Club with Elite level coaching staff.