Arts & Culture

Just as we are eager for the new fashion season, you may also be looking at your living space with a similar desire for something new. Spring is a great time to consider freshening up your home.

If there is a surefire way to take the pulse of an area, then a neighborhood block party might be it.

While it looks like they live in an ordinary house on an ordinary Edina street, don’t be fooled by Dawn and Jonathan Rundman. They breathe the rarefied air of a compatibly married couple sharing creativity, curiosity and extraordinary artist-community citizenship.

Mother Nature has a way of taking the best laid plans, rumpling them up and tossing them to the side like a roughed-up ragdoll. Last year, Edina’s Jean Caizzo and Lisa Hawks planned a trip to Naples, Florida—not unusual, since many Minnesotans travel to warmer climates.

Most people identify the Emmy Awards as an annual red-carpet event featuring their television favorites. Edina residents can take pride in an Emmy Award of their own, one recently presented to the city by the Upper Midwest Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.

In January, former advertising copywriter Megan Maynor published her first children’s book, Ella and Penguin Stick Together. Part of the inspiration for the book came from some of the fun dialogue Maynor had with her own children when they were young.

Edina High School (EHS) has a leg up on the University of Minnesota—spats and all. Both schools trumpet marching bands, but guess who has more members? Ski-U-Mah Edina! EHS features nearly 350 marchers, compared with the U of M’s 300.

Edina is for book lovers. In a town of serious readers and dedicated book club members, February in Edina is a time to celebrate literary love.

For Black History Month, Edina Library will work to help students with school assignments on African-Americans in history. But this month is also a good occasion for people of all ages to read and reflect on people and movements that have shaped the black experience.

Founder and CEO of Mannerly Manners Marilyn Pentel says she came up with the idea in 1985. The programs she had looked into taught rules of etiquette in a more formal setting.