June 2014

In the June issue of Edina Magazine you'll find a full guide of summer activities to keep your kids active and engaged, a behind-the-scenes look at the sport of parkour and meet a global citizen making a big local impact.

Edina City Hall’s friendly front desk receptionist, Lynette Biunno

Lynette Biunno is often the first face you see when stepping inside Edina City Hall. Biunno is the city’s friendly front-desk receptionist.

 

A music festival at the Dakota in Minneapolis was a benefit for the Southdale YMCA youth leadership programing.

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Countryside Park in Edina serves as the backdrop for the 1994 film, Little Big League, produced by Castle Rock Entertainment.

Hollywood came to Minnesota in 1994, and Edina played a starring role. Castle Rock Entertainment filmed much of the feature film Little Big League at the Metrodome—not surprisingly, since the movie is about a 12-year-old boy who inherits his grandfather’s baseball team, the Minnesota Twins.

 
 Tony Rimarcik, son of Convention Grill owner John Rimarcik, serves up the diner’s most popular meal: cheeseburger, fries and a malted milk.

From the open kitchen to the leather-topped bar stools to the red-and-white checkered tablecloths, Edina’s Convention Grill epitomizes the classic American diner.

 
Roman glass jewelry created by Marti Johnson.

The Edina Art Fair isn’t just the start of art shows in Minnesota, it’s an unofficial start to summer in Edina. The 48th annual Edina Art Fair takes place June 6 through June 8 at 50th and France.

 
A Monopoly themed facade adorned the entrance of EHS for the 2011 all-night senior party.

Most of the time, being locked in at school overnight would be a student’s worst nightmare. For graduating seniors of Edina High School, it’s something they look forward to all year.

 
Edina Mountain Bike Team member Max Ellingson, No. 331, is part of a growing local sport.

Edina High School junior Max Ellingson began mountain biking in eighth grade. You’ll find him astride his hardtail mountain bike as soon as the last bit of spring snow melts from pathways.

 
Guidance from an expert designer can help you create a lovely and low maintenance landscape.

Whether you love outdoor entertaining or simply crave a tranquil garden space to unwind after a long day, creating a lovely landscape requires planning.

 
 Red kitchen accents are among the many stylish design elements of this urban farmhouse by Refined, LLC.

Two years ago, Marta and Brian Drew toured house after house hoping to find a workable space for their family. Marta’s friend Angie Porter may have nudged the Drews away from buying an existing home and toward building a new one. Actually, it was Angie’s kitchen that persuaded Marta.

 

Communication is key in every aspect of life, including sex and healthy relationships. But sex often is a difficult topic to tackle. Luckily, experts like those at Skyhill Sex and Relationship Therapy in Edina are available to help. Dr.

 

Tom Nevers, Nick Kennedy and Steve Calvert are former Edina High School baseball players who now dedicate time, energy and resources to developing young Edina athletes (all also get compensated to coach).

 

Silicon Valley is a hotbed of internet businesses, many of which began in someone’s basement or garage. Edina is also home to successful online entrepreneurs.

 

Imagine standing outdoors on a sunny day beneath a sky darkened by billions of passenger pigeons. These birds seemed infinite to Native Americans and amazing to European explorers.

 

This month, a new two-faced, 16-foot-tall clock will be installed near the front entrance of the Hughes Pavilion at Centennial Lakes Park.

 

Lace up your running shoes and hit the trail.

 

Edina public school kindergartners will have access to full days of instruction this fall. An adjustment period is normal for many youngsters experiencing full-day school for the first time.

 

Miriam Barber Judd led a remarkable life. The wife of Dr. Walter Judd, a medical missionary who became a congressman, Miriam raised three daughters while her husband pursued his various careers.

 

On February 18, the city of Edina witnessed the return of a familiar face. After a short stint as Eden Prairie’s assistant fire chief, Tom Schmitz, an 18-year veteran of the Edina fire department, was named Edina’s new fire chief.

 
Fun for families with children can be found at Edina Art Fair’s Kid Zone.

For one weekend every June, artists and city residents converge on 50th & France for the nationally ranked Edina Art Fair.

 

This June, Woodrow “Wooj” Byun is making perhaps his biggest giving-back contribution with the publication of his new book: My Rotary Journey: A Memoir of a Rotary International Ambassador.

 
Nick Landon works on a piece of clay art. Classes at Edina Art Center introduce children to a variety of media and techniques.

What are your kiddos up to this summer? Hopefully they’re enjoying a well-deserved break from the classroom, hanging out with friends, enjoying the great outdoors and brushing up on their ice-cream-eating expertise.

 
Rack it up with a platter of baby back ribs and a game of bocce ball at Pinstripes.

June brings the promise of summery weather and family get-togethers like Father’s Day. So fire up the grill or sharpen up the spit: barbecue season has arrived.

 
Chad Zwadlo, Mitch Andrejka,  Colin Cooper and Josh Carlson demonstrate advanced parkour techniques at Fight or Flight Academy in Edina.

A beginner class in parkour is like a crash-course in humility.

Around the room sit various walls, ledges and poles. There is a window about
20 feet up, and noticing this can set off a moment of panic—“Wait, I’m not going
to jump out of that, am I?”

No. Not today.