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.
Whether you're an experienced dancer or just an amateur twinkle toes, check out Metro Dance Center in Shoreview.
Drivers can take advantage of the parking lot near Metro Dance Center and save time on hunting for a parking spot.
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 Ferguson 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 people of all ages how to craft a masterpiece.
It's amazing what a fresh coat of paint can do. No one knows this better than the DeSchane sisters, whose hobby of making over old furniture eventually became a thriving business. They started their company in 2010, and since then, they've breathed new life into countless cabinets, bookcases, credenzas, vanities, and of course, tables.
The sisters' painting techniques are about as wide-ranging as the color spectrum—they can do an all-over coat of bold color on a bookshelf, apply a distressed finish to an antique desk, or revitalize dated kitchen cabinets with a fresh color. And they're willing the share the tricks of their trade—the sisters lead two-hour group classes that cover all the furniture-painting basics, including how to wield a paintbrush with your toes.
Dance the day or night away at Midwest Youth Dance Theatre in Roseville.
Midwest Youth Dance Theatre offers instruction in a number of dance styles, from classical to modern.
Parking is plentiful, so patrons can feel free to bring their vehicles.