BYOB painting workshops have become commonplace, but what about other art media? That's where Studio Memories Art comes in. Each month, the Minneapolis studio features various art projects made from materials such as wood, metal, glass, and fabric. Whether it's an apron hanger or home-decor accessory, the studio provides all the necessary tools and materials, plus appetizers of meat and cheese along with coffee, tea, and water.
If dancing is on the agenda, be sure to swing by Debra Miller's World of Dance in Andover for an exciting (and exhausting) experience.
Parking is plentiful, so visitors can feel free to bring their vehicles.
Basketball may be a team sport, but the coaches at Minnesota Developmental Basketball know that mastering the game takes individual attention. Since 1993, they've shaped more than 35,000 athletes—including players who’ve gone on to play on Division I teams and even professionally in the NBA D-League. Led by Kevin Kelley, who served as assistant men’s basketball coach at Winona State University, the staff imparts their wisdom to young players of all experience levels. They help them with everything from developing fundamentals to boosting their vertical leap without the aid of jet-pack shoes. Here are a few of the services they offer:
Private lessons for individuals, groups of up to four, or even entire teams
Strength, speed, and vertical-training workouts to boost athletic performance, reduce injury, and increase confidence
Summer mini-camps, in which they help athletes perfect specific skills, such as sinking shots, handling the ball, or mastering point-guard tactics.
An architect by training, Tina Ottmar spent years honing her artistic abilities, mastering both the precision of drawing a blueprint sketch and the creativity of crafting an original design. In 2009, wanting to give her grandmother a creative outlet at her senior home, Tina began offering art classes with ever changing projects. Today, at Artsy Smartsy, Tina has expanded her offerings, offering classes for kids and adults to explore new artistic skills. Each class uses high-quality materials and delves into age-appropriate theory and practice, educating children how to craft a masterpiece and teaching parents not to lick the stones.
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, and 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, and she holds mom's night out events all over the country, including in Honolulu, San Diego, Minneapolis, Chicago, and Denver.
Ethnic Foods Co helps its clients appreciate the process of making and eating international cuisine in their own homes. Oojas’ instructors comprise skilled chefs who focus on equipping students with quick, practical solutions to produce an array of global flavors, whether they’re working with seasonal fall veggies or Indian spices. They conduct most classes as a bit of a performance, showing off their skills as they prepare a host of familiar and original dishes. Students join in, too, as instructors teach them to prepare a variety of global dishes. And guests don’t go home hungry, as they can sample tastes of the myriad colorful and flavorful cuisine.