Friday, July 31, 2009

The Cellars progressive sale!

Hurry!! The Cellars semi-annual "progressive sale" is on through August 1. I selected 6 wine bottles on Monday, July 27 at 27% off the price. Tuesday, July 28, the bottles got marked down 28% and on July 31, wine prices sink 31% but so does the selection!

This liquor store carries over 350 different wine varieties from more than 14 countries. Various liquors and beer also fill the shelves at this Cedar Cliff Center strip mall store.

Thursday, July 30, 2009

My Afghanistan friend

I met Aref at Rotary's 100th international convention in Birmingham, England in June. He attended the Rotary Peace Symposium as a peace scholar.

I encouraged him to start a daily photo blog from his city of Herat in western Afghanistan and he did! Please check out his blog:

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

L is for Lutherans!

Easter Lutheran church is a congregation with two church buildings: "Easter on the Hill" and "Easter by the Lake." Traditional worship is offered on the Hill and contemporary worship by the Lake. Pastor Jim Borgschatz started the church over 30 years ago by knocking on doors! Now they have over 2,000 members and a preschool, too.

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Ticket to Brasil

A Minneapolis/St. Paul based Brazilian jazz group entertained us on July 26, a beautiful Sunday evening at Caponi Art Park's "Theater in the Woods" amphitheater. The group, "Ticket to Brasil," is a Bossa Nova, Samba and Brazilian Jazz ensemble.

Surrounded by green forest, many people and a few dogs listened to the music on blankets, folding chairs or camping chairs.

Monday, July 27, 2009

Eagan Rotarian series #1

Anchor Bank President Arleen Sullivan has been at the helm of this bank in Eagan since March 2007. It's a strong, independent, family owned community bank founded in 1963. Anchored in Minnesota, the Bank now has 16 locations and 400 employees throughout the Twin Cities Metro Area. Anchor Bank floats $1.3 billion in assets and is a well capitalized bank with a client and community focus.

Arleen served as the Eagan Rotary Club president in 2007 - 2008! She's a real "mover and shaker" in Eagan! Congratulations, Arleen!

Sunday, July 26, 2009

Smarte car!

Go green! Drive a small car - a REALLY small car! This smart car is so cute I wouldn't know if I should drive it or hug it!

Saturday, July 25, 2009

Walt the water man

Glenwood water jugs will keep you hydrated and cool during the summer. Walt delivers!

Friday, July 24, 2009

Summer garage sale

'Tis the season for garage sales in Eagan. Need some clothes, a lamp, a picture, how about an old stroller? See the cashier under the red umbrella to checkout.

Thursday, July 23, 2009

Bluegrass music & cooking demo

Another weekly "Eagan Market Fest Wednesday" invited people again to the Eagan Community Center on July 22.
A Kowalski's Market chef prepared and grilled a steak with fresh vegetables which was sampled by the crowd.

Then the "Blue Drifters" bluegrass quartet entertained us on their string bass, guitar, banjo and fiddle!

Meanwhile, the nearby Farmers Market was still offering fresh fruits, vegetables, honey, maple syrup, flower bouquets and other assorted goods!

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

K is for Kowalski's!

Kowalski's Market is a brand-new, upscale, grocery store in Eagan. They have more store locations in St. Paul and other cities. I'll take you for a look inside another time!
A Starbucks coffee shop is also located inside the front left door. A specialty wine shop and gift shop are situated inside the right side door.

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Eagan dog series #6

This black dog was too relaxed at the soccer field to stand up! Is that so wrong?

Monday, July 20, 2009

Need groceries?

If you need fresh fruits and vegetables, breads, cereals, pasta and many other grocery items, simply logon to the internet. This is the neighborhood COBORNS delivery guy who brings orders through our area on assigned days. It's actually not much more expensive than driving to the store and hauling it home yourself. (Sorry, I don't think they will deliver to Liechtenstein!)!

Sunday, July 19, 2009

Eagan Rotary Fire Safety Trailer

The Eagan Rotary club raised funds to donate this fire safety trailer to the City of Eagan. The local fire departments will use it at schools, fairs, and other events to educate kids and the community about fire prevention and safety.

Saturday, July 18, 2009

Market Fest Wednesday

Every Wednesday through the Summer, Eaganites gather for the fun "Market Fest." A farmers market offers fresh, local produce while kid games, activities and music happen all at the Eagan Community Center.

On July 15, "Radio Disney" and Cascade Bay's "Captain Breeze" led kid games! A fun time was had by all.

Friday, July 17, 2009

Dream house series #4

The "Frank Lloyd Wright" style is the inspiration for this home built by the "Lundgren Brothers."

Thursday, July 16, 2009

Auf Wiedersehen, Lea!

On Wednesday, July 15, the Eagan Rotary Club bid farewell to our Rotary high school exchange student, Lea from Deutschland. She attended Eagan High School during this school year and was hosted by two families from our club. We wish you "Alles Gute und viel Gluck," Lea!

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

J is for Jensen's

"Jensen's Supper Club" is one of Eagan's popular locales for drinks and dinner. They are situated along Highway 13 in northern Eagan.

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Eagan dog series #5

Out for a hike, these women stopped for a picture with their two dogs at Jensen Lake park.

Monday, July 13, 2009

Norsk Hardanger fiddle

Karen Solgard, a third generation Norwegian American Hardanger fiddle player, gave an interactive performance at Caponi Art Park in Eagan on Tuesday, July 7. Kids danced in a circle to her fiddle tunes!

Every Tuesday morning at 10 AM during the summer, various artists present their talents. Next week is Latin American dance and culture.

Sunday, July 12, 2009

Softball buddies

These two cutie pies were taking a quick break during their softball game to act silly and show off their team T-shirts. Good times with Eagan Athletic Association's community sports!

Saturday, July 11, 2009

The 566th Air Force Concert Band

A large crowd enjoyed the Friday evening "America The Beautiful Concert" featuring a 40- piece member Air Force Concert Band. Selections included many Americana songs, pieces from the musicals "Wicked" and "Les Miserables" and the American National Anthem. One of the tuba players sang a few wonderful solos with his band. People carried in their lawn chairs and blankets to sit on the grassy area surrounding the bandshell.

The Eagan Rotary Band Shell was given several years ago almost entirely as a gift from the Eagan Rotary Club to the city of Eagan.

Friday, July 10, 2009

Artist Anthony Caponi

Mr. Caponi, a sculptor and retired art professor of Macalester College, has devoted his time and talents for more than 30 years to developing the "Caponi Art Park" into a visual and performing arts venue in a natural setting.

Situated on 60 acres of rolling woodlands just off Difley Road in Eagan, this non-profit organization has culturally enriched the Eagan community and Dakota County for a long time.

Thursday, July 9, 2009

Rotary power handover

On Wednesday evening, July 8, Eagan Rotary club's past president, Beth Sawicki, turned over the club's framed charter certificate to the very happy and eager new club president. Many of the 70 club members and their spouses enjoyed dinner at the Eagan Community Center which was followed by a program.

Do you recognize the new president?

Wednesday, July 8, 2009

I is for Ice Cream!

The "Ring Mountain Creamery Cafe" was established in August 2007 by the Ringberg Family. They offer 24 out of 48 ice cream flavors in one glass case and 24 out of 35 Gelato (Italian ice cream) in another glass case! The ice cream is all handmade on location; some of the most delicious, super-premium ice cream is all of EAGAN! They also offer coffee and other food but I'm in love with their ice cream! Hurry over to their store at 1965 Cliff Lake Road! I had to get there early in the morning to beat the crowds for this photo!

Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Tractors & matching shed

Driving along Blackhawk Road en route to my daughter's soccer practice, I spotted these old, rusty John Deere tractors. And they have a matching green and yellow storage shed, too! Unbelievable!

Monday, July 6, 2009

Market in Cannobio on Lake Maggiore

My penpal, Monica, and her husband, Peter, and I drove to Cannobio, Italy, a beautiful town along the "Lago Maggiore" (Lake Maggiore). The drive took us just 2.5 hours south of Liechtenstein. The weekly Sunday market offers leather goods, jewelry, and many other things. We enjoyed a delicious lunch together and an interesting Obama discussion with our waiter, Giovanni!

My last Europa vacation posting.

Sunday, July 5, 2009

Happy 4th of July!

On Saturday, July 4, the Eagan funfest parade snaked through two main roads. Marching bands played American songs, Miss Eagan and other "princesses" rode on convertibles, fire trucks and police cars flashed their lights and blew their horns, and many other parade participants joined the parade. Happy Independence Day, America!

Saturday, July 4, 2009

Fürstentum Liechtenstein

The Principality of Liechtenstein is located between Switzerland and Austria, an independent country since 1806. Prinz Hans Adam II rules this small country of 35,000 inhabitants and lives in the castle of Vaduz, the country's capital.

The Rhein River runs north along Liechtenstein's western border. I enjoyed several days again visiting Monica, my penpal of 27 years, and her family in Ruggell, the northern most town in Liechtenstein.

The cows on the mountains DO wear bells!

Triesenberg is one of eleven municipalities in Liechtenstein. The cemetary at this church is one of the most beautiful I've ever seen!

Es wäre toll wenn jemand in Liechtenstein auch mit "City daily photo" täglich ein Foto zeigen würde! Schau auf