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Sometimes the best ideas simply fizzle out. Perhaps the idea doesn’t have widespread appeal, or maybe the idea isn’t backed by enough passion.

Minnesota weather means bundling up in coats and layers for most of the year, but warmer weather in full swing calls for breaking out the colorful clothes. Last summer, 5-year-old Livy MacCourt was enjoying the day and looking at the water off the pier at Wayzata Beach.

Newcomers clubs are common in many communities, but the Suburban West Area Newcomers Club (SWAN) takes a slightly different spin with its membership guidelines and events.

The 2016 contest is now closed.

The mention of ice cream on a warm summer day makes kids’ and adults’ mouths water. Plymouth resident Peg Brantman and her grandson, 6-year-old Zachary, were enjoying an event with animals from the Zoomobile. They had to make a stop on their way out when the two spotted the ice cream.

Anyone who lives in Plymouth will tell you it’s a special place to be in the summer. There are the beaches and pools, traditions such as Music in Plymouth, top notch Parks and Recreation programming and no shortage of spots to grab an ice cream cone or a cold beer.

One summer evening, Chandra Whitfield of Plymouth was admiring the nature surrounding Medicine Lake. Standing on the covered bridge, Whitfield grabbed her camera and snapped this scene of the setting sun.

This past winter, the Minnetonka-Hopkins Gymnastics Association (Mini-Hops) began a new adventure, relocating from its old Minnetonka location to a larger gym space in Plymouth.

For Hollie Nielson, part of her drive to get outside comes from her photography hobby. Her photo, “Bumblebee in Plymouth,” speaks to the exquisite nature of the great outdoors, and how quietly the simple act of getting into our own backyards can capture an entire season.

Emily Bretzel in front of the Spirit of New Zealand, harbored in Dunedin.

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Tuesday, March 17
[Arts & Performance]
SMA presents An Evening with Gaelic Storm at 7:30PM on Tuesday, March 17 at The Fitzgerald Theater!
Tuesday, February 4 to Sunday, February 9
[Arts & Performance]
Winner of the 2018 Tony Award for Best Revival of a Musical, ONCE ON THIS ISLAND is the sweeping, universal tale of Ti Moune, a fearless peasant girl in search of her place in the world, and ready to risk it all for love.