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Your Weekend Events Guide for Eden Prairie and the Twin Cities: October 28th and October 29th

Ryan Platzke

Halloween is just around the corner and this is a choice weekend to get into the spooky spirit. Whether you’re angling through a corn maze, celebrating with friends in the city, or enjoying family fun that’s close to home here in Eden Prairie—there are countless ways to celebrate the scary season in the Twin Cities area. Take a look at a few events below to get some ideas of how to spend your last weekend of October!

Your Eden Prairie and Twin Cities Events Guide: October 13th to October 15th

Brace Helgeson

Fall is in the air and there’s plenty to do in the great outdoors of Minnesota. With all the leaves changing and brisk temperature becoming the new norm, get outside and enjoy the festive season. Whether you’re staying close to home in one of the Twin Cities’ most desirable suburbs, or you’re heading into the heart of Minneapolis, take a look at the events below and keep yourself entertained this weekend. 

Your Weekend Events Guide for Eden Prairie and the Twin Cities: September 22, 23, and 24

Ryan Platzke

As we wind down our first official month of fall, treat yourself to weekend of enrichment here in Eden Prairie and Minneapolis. With the Twin Cities a stone’s throw away, you can enjoy the very best in cultural offerings, or stick close to home and enjoy the myriad recreational opportunities in idyllic Eden Prairie. 

Your Weekend Events Guide for the Eden Prairie Area: September 15th, 16th, 17th

Brace Helgeson

There’s always something to keep you entertained here in Eden Prairie or just a short trip away in the heart of the Twin Cities. From intriguing community theater options, to urbane art, to sailing the open water—take a look at how to fill your weekend hours here in the Twin Cities region. 

Your Eden Prairie Weekend Events Guide: August 25th, 26th, and 27th

Ryan Platzke

As summer winds to a close, it’s a great opportunity to get out an explore the last of the summer buzz in Eden Prairie and the nearby Twin Cities. If you’re looking for things to do in Minneapolis this weekend, look no further than our events guide below, where you’ll find a mix of artistic endeavors, musically engaging exploits, and more. Here in Eden Prairie, proximity to the Twin Cities is simple as can be—that’s why it’s one of the most attractive commuter suburbs of Minneapolis. Stretch your legs this weekend and venture out and about to absorb those warm rays of sunshine while they last.

Your Eden Prairie Weekend Events Guide: August 11th, 12th, and 13th

Brace Helgeson

When you’re this close to the Twin Cities, it’s easy to make your way into town to enjoy some of the finest dining, entertainment, museums, and natural spectacles in the Midwest, but there’s just as much fun stuff to do here in Eden Prairie. Take your pick of this weekend’s upcoming attractions and to-do list items and enjoy these waning weeks of summertime before they’re gone too soon.

Your Weekend Events Guide in Eden Prairie and the Twin Cities: July 28th to July 30th

Brace Helgeson

With the month of July coming to a close, the end of summer is sadly in sight—though there’s bound to be a fair share of heat waves through August here in the Twin Cities area. Whether you’re on vacation, working through the week, or heading into Minneapolis to spend Saturday and Sunday exploring, there’s plenty to do in and around the Twin Cities metro area, from art extravaganza to local happenings.

Your Eden Prairie Summer Weekend Events Guide: June 23 to June 25

Brace Helgeson

There’s something about spending a summer day or evening in the great outdoors, especially in Eden Prairie where the weather and natural setting strike the perfect mood for relaxing this season. Take a look at some of this weekend’s upcoming events to stay active, get outdoors, and commune with your Eden Prairie neighbors. 

Your Eden Prairie Summer Events Guide: June 10th and June 11th

Ryan Platzke

As one of the most desirable cities surrounding the Twin Cities region, Eden Prairie offers no shortage of community and civic events for families to partake in throughout the year. As summer is one of the most blissful, welcome seasons in Minnesota, let’s take a lot at some activities to keep you occupied this warm weekend.

Your Eden Prairie and Minneapolis Weekend Events Guide: Memorial Day Weekend May 26-28

Ryan Platzke

With the month of June just a few days away, it’s the perfect time of year to get out and about on a warm afternoon. What better way to spend your days than exploring the arts, or taking a nature hike, or even taking a drive into Minneapolis for the evening? Below you’ll find a few fun ways to fill your weekend hours, from here in Eden Prairie to the big city next door.  

Your Eden Prairie and Twin Cities Events Guide: April 21st – April 23rd

Brace Helgeson
Friday, April 21st
The Beautiful Brain: Drawings by Ramon y Cajal at the Frederick R. Weisman Art Museum
Minneapolis, MN
If you work in Minneapolis during the week, why not skip the traffic home to Eden Prairie and take in dinner and an art exhibit with friends or a date? For a Friday night of culture in the Twin Cities, this exhibition is both free and stunning. These intricate botanical drawings, overflowing with detail and imagination, are the work of Santiago Ramon y Cajal—the father of modern neuroscience. Many of these impressive drawings are illustrations of the up-close-and-personal human brain under a microscope, providing a vivid, sometimes abstract, but always accurate rendering of the mind. On view until May 14, this expressive and intriguing work is not to be missed.

Your Eden Prairie and Minneapolis Area Weekend Event Guide: March 24 to 26

Brace Helgeson

Whether you spend your weekend in our hometown of Eden Prairie, or you decide to venture into the nearby Twin Cities to take in a concert or show, we’re wishing you a delightful weekend as we close at March. With the spring beginning to bloom as we head into April, here are a few ideas of things to do this weekend.

Your Minneapolis and Eden Prairie Weekend Arts Events Guide for February 24-26

Brace Helgeson
One of the hallmarks of the Twin Cities region is its devotion to the arts. Fostering a variety of contemporary artists and offering exhibitions that run the gamut, there are few better cities for taking in a gallery show or museum feature than right here in Minneapolis. If you’re looking to get out of the house this wintry weekend and take in some of the Twin Cities’ unmatched access to culture, take a look at the events and exhibitions featured this weekend.

Your 2017 Valentine’s Day Events Guide for the Minneapolis Area

Brace Helgeson

In the midst of a cold February, love is in the air. There’s one day this month that’s sure to warm the hearts of many across the Twin Cities region: Valentine’s Day. Whether you’re celebrating with beloved friends or a significant other, there’s plenty activities to be enjoyed in the Minneapolis area this holiday. No matter what your tastes, interests, or budgets may be, there’s an event for every lover of love this Valentine’s Day, right here in Eden Prairie and the Twin Cities metro region.

Your Minneapolis/Eden Prairie Weekend Events Guide: January 20-22

Ryan Platzke

Wintertime is in full swing. The snow is falling, the cold is constant, but there’s no reason to have your spirits dampened this January. To take the guesswork out of your weekend to-do list, we at Helgeson Platzke Real Estate Group have curated a list of the top Minneapolis and Eden Prairie areas events for this weekend. So, gather your loved ones, get out of the house, and take in the sights and sounds of Minneapolis this weekend!

Betty Danger’s Country Club’s Rooftop Winter Wonderland Display
Just because the holidays are over doesn’t mean you to have give up your seasonal spirit. At Betty Danger’s Country Club’s Rooftop Winter Wonderland Display, you can take a sleigh ride in the sky on the Ferris wheel, or sip steaming hot chocolate or cider. While temperature may be low, spirits will be high at Betty Danger’s, where adults can enjoy a variety of spiked drinks amid the restaurant rooftop’s vibrant seasonal décor. Don’t let the weather deter you this weekend; take in all the winter wonder that Minneapolis has to offer. Open Wednesday through Sunday until January 31st, 5-9PM. 2501 Marshall St. NE Minneapolis. For more information, please
click here.

Spirit: Made here: City Center
Enjoy the local art scene with the Made Here project, which is premiering over thirty new artistic pieces to its collection, comprised of work by more than 75 Minnesota artists. From fiber art, puppets, photography, light installations, window displays, and much, much more, Spirit: Made Here will be a visually stunning and artistically engaging assortment of Minneapolis area art scene makers. Walking tours are available at 6 and 7 PM for the extra curious, but no matter your level of artistic involvement, this is one exhibition that is not to be missed. On view at 40 S. 7th St. in Minneapolis. For more information about Spirit: Made Here, please click here.

Disco Inferno: 1970s Dystopia

We mentioned Trylon Microcinema’s January 70s sci-fest in our last events guide, but we couldn’t help ourselves and give this enjoyable curation a second nod. Especially with the cold weather out there, there’s nothing quite as relaxing as hunkering down in a dark movie theater for some cinema classics. Grab your friends and some popcorn and take in a films that range from The Invasion of the Body Snatchers to Logan’s Run to Sleeper. No matter which show you catch at January’s sci-fi fest, ticket costs won’t break the bank at just $8 a piece. Show times vary, so be sure to choose a show and buy your tickets online, here for viewings at 3258 Minnehaha Ave. in Minneapolis.

 At Helgeson Platzke Real Estate Group, we are proud to be a member of Eden Prairie’s esteemed small business community. Since 1995, we’ve offered the very best in Twin Cities real estate, earning our community’s trust as the #1 Sales Team in the Eden Prairie area. With over 4,500 homes sold, our staff has both the knowledge and experience necessary to ensure that your home ownership goals are delivered. So, if you’re considering buying or selling your Eden Prairie area home this summer, now is the time to enlist the help of a real estate professional who can help you make the most of this season’s extraordinary market.

Your Weekend Arts Event Guide January 6th-8th

Ryan Platzke
Photo by www.bigstock.com

As 2017 begins, now is the time to shake off your winter doldrums and start the year with an eye towards the mentally engaging. Why not exercise your artistic streak with a trip into Minneapolis this weekend? Per usual, we’ve put together a manageable list of must-see exhibitions and entertainment here in the Minneapolis and Eden Prairie areas.

Sean Smuda: Universal Capital: Traffic Zone Center for Visual Art

Why not kick of 2017 with a nod toward the cultural with an evocative free viewing of contemporary art in the heart of Minneapolis. Sean Smuda’s latest combines iconography, architecture, music, performance and more to bring Minneapolis residents a multifaceted take on hot political topics of the moment, including colonialism, capitalism, and consumerism. Don’t be daunted by the subject matter—Smuda’s work provokes and engages, creating an experience that goes far beyond performance or art object. On view through January 20th at Traffic Zone Center for Visual Art at 250 3rdAve N., Minneapolis. For more information, click here.

Disco Inferno: 1970s Dystopia: Trylon Microcinema

For film lovers in the Twin Cities region, Trylon Microcinema is a favorite venue to expand your silver screen horizons. Try beating the cold weather this weekend by taking in a classic movie from the comfort of the theater. Throughout January, Trylon Microcinema is hosting a nine-film retrospective of 1970s sci-fi films, beginning with Westworld (1973) which may sound familiar if you’ve been following along with HBO’s latest TV hit based on this film. Cozy up and take in a flick for the affordable rate of just $8, making it a fun and affordable excuse to get out of the house and brush up on your cinema history. Viewings at 3258 Minnehaha Ave., Minneapolis. For show times, tickets, and more information, click here.

Fortune: Light Grey Art Lab

On view through January 20th, Fortune is a far-sweeping, free exhibition that blends the wonders of the Chinese zodiac with stunning visuals of nature, gold, and more. Light Grey Art Lab’s specialty is in the mysterious and wide-ranging, exercising a curator’s eye as they piece together this latest and undeniably captivating experience. Since it is the Year of the Rooster heading into 2017, why not celebrate the start of a fresh new year by taking in a unique and thought-provoking artistic experience right here in Minneapolis. On view at 118 E. 26th St. in Minneapolis. For more information on Fortune at Light Grey Art Lab, please click here.

Shake off your cabin fever and get out and about in the Twin Cities this weekend. Whether you’re catching a movie or seeing a mind bending show, don’t let the winter weather deter your from enjoying all that the vibrant Minneapolis area has to offer.

At Helgeson Platzke Real Estate Group, we are proud to be a member of Eden Prairie’s esteemed small business community. Since 1995, we’ve offered the very best in Twin Cities real estate, earning our community’s trust as the #1 Sales Team in the Eden Prairie area. With over 4,500 homes sold, our staff has both the knowledge and experience necessary to ensure that your home ownership goals are delivered. So, if you’re considering buying or selling your Eden Prairie area home this summer, now is the time to enlist the help of a real estate professional who can help you make the most of this season’s extraordinary market.

Your Minneapolis Area New Year’s Eve Events Guide

Brace Helgeson

Photo by www.bigstock.comIt’s that time of year again: on the last precipice of the holiday season, peering into the new year ahead. No matter how you fared during the holidays, why not have just one last bash to celebrate 2016 and begin a new, fun-filled chapter for 2017.

Tinto Cantina
901 W Lake St., Minneapolis
For those of you looking for an upscale affair for your New Year’s Eve celebrations, try an intimate evening at Tinto Cantina, where you and close friends or family can enjoy easy access to parking, live quality music, and none of the over-the-top noise and fanfare that can often be found at bar celebrations. Instead, Tinto Cantina is curating an intimate, chic, and sophisticated party vibe, without losing any of the fun of ringing in the New Year. Enjoy a 4-course dinner by candlelight, a complementary glass of champagne, a cocktail lounge and a dancefloor. $90 buys the whole experience, or just $30 for the after party. More information can be found
here.

New Year’s Eve 80s Disco Ball at Betty Danger’s Country Club
2501 Marshall St. NE., Minneapolis
Ring in the New Year while celebrating a bygone era. There’s no dance party like an eighties dance party. Disco balls, themed costumes, drink specials, and a complimentary champagne toast right at the stroke of midnight—what more could you ask for in a dance-crazed NYE event? Tickets are just $15, which makes this night of fun an affordable one, to boot. For more information or to make a reservation, click here.

Studio 54 at the Hyatt Regency
1300 Nicollet Mall, Minneapolis
Touted as the premiere New Year’s Eve party in Minneapolis, Studio 54 is back to ring in 2017 with an unbeatable lineup of entertainment. Three room of music and dancing from a mix of DJs playing a wide variety of music—from funk, to old school, to Top 40—along with drink specials and a party vibe that’s rarely found outside of Times Square. Tickets are $40, but VIP tickets at $75 promise a private entrance and coat check, complimentary champagne. If you’re really springing for it, there’s an additional $65 wristband which promises unlimited drinks as you wander from dancefloor to dancefloor, hot on the heels of 2017.

Wherever you wind up ringing in the New Year, there’s bound to be a perfect party, celebration, meal or gathering that suits your interests in tastes. In the Minneapolis and Eden Prairie areas, there are always options for heading out on the town. From our family to yours, we wish you a happy and healthy New Year, and safe celebrations are you make your way through the holiday seasons. Cheers!

At Helgeson Platzke Real Estate Group, we are proud to be a member of Eden Prairie’s esteemed small business community. Since 1995, we’ve offered the very best in Twin Cities real estate, earning our community’s trust as the #1 Sales Team in the Eden Prairie area. With over 4,500 homes sold, our staff has both the knowledge and experience necessary to ensure that your home ownership goals are delivered. So, if you’re considering buying or selling your Eden Prairie area home this summer, now is the time to enlist the help of a real estate professional who can help you make the most of this season’s extraordinary market.

Your Minneapolis Area Weekend Arts Guide: December 9th to December 11th

Ryan Platzke
Photo by bigstock.com

When the winter cold hits, it’s hard to find the motivation to leave the warmth and comfort of your own home. Instead of suffering from seasonal cabin fever, why not venture into the Twin Cities area for a taste of some of the nation’s most intriguing artistic offerings?

Question the Wall Itself: Walker Art Center

Beat the cold this December and spend some time rounding the halls of the illustrious Walker Art Center. This timely exhibit, called "Question the Wall Itself,” is free with general admission to the museum. The exhibit asks onlookers to consider the function of spaces and interior design. In this day and age, where Instagram and Pinterest put lifestyle blogging and home décor front and center, the question becomes: when do spaces become performative set-dressing, rather than the spaces we authentically inhabit? On view at 1750 Hennepin Ave. in Minneapolis.

Dimensions of Indigenous & Cultural Identity Politics: Intermedia Arts

Combining the work of Electric Machete Studios in St. Paul and the influence of Ce Tempoxcalli, Intermedia presents this one of a kind exhibition highlighting the works of Minnesota’s indigenous and multicultural artists. Focusing on the timely topic of identity politics, this contemporary show grapples with both the past and the modern day—from colonization, historical trauma, to today’s rampant cultural appropriation. The exhibit is free and hosts live music, food, installations, performance art, and more. On view at 2822 Lyndale Ave. S. in Minneapolis.

Resistance, Protest, Resilience: Minneapolis Institute of Art

This free exhibition doesn’t promote any specific cause or perspective. Rather, it chronicles an array of provocative images and renderings of civil disobedience, standoffs, political upheavals, protests, and more. Documenting a global history of unrest and citizen-based movements, "Resistance, Protest, Resilience” at the Minneapolis Institute of Art documents the very human struggle for justice across the globe. With a myriad of representations, cultures, nationalities, and installations, this exhibit is not to be missed. On view at 2400 Third Ave. S. in Minneapolis.

No matter how you decide to spend your wintry weekend, there’s always plenty of cultural enrichment and entertainment to be found in the Twin Cities area. If you’re aiming to stretch your legs and get out of the house, venture into Minneapolis for a day of artistic enrichment and visual intrigue.

At Helgeson Platzke Real Estate Group, we are proud to be a member of Eden Prairie’s esteemed small business community. Since 1995, we’ve offered the very best in Twin Cities real estate, earning our community’s trust as the #1 Sales Team in the Eden Prairie area. With over 4,500 homes sold, our staff has both the knowledge and experience necessary to ensure that your home ownership goals are delivered. So, if you’re considering buying or selling your Eden Prairie area home this summer, now is the time to enlist the help of a real estate professional who can help you make the most of this season’s extraordinary market.

Your Eden Prairie and Twin Cities Thanksgiving Guide 2016

Brace Helgeson

Photo by www.bigstock.comWith November soon to be on the outs, the holiday season has officially arrived, with Thanksgiving kicking off festivities in the Twin Cities region. Once you and your loved ones have had your fill of turkey and pumpkin pie, you may find yourself with a free weekend to fill. Here are our selections for a fun-filled Thanksgiving holiday weekend in the Twin Cities region this year.

Friday, November 25
Holidazzle at Loring Park
Take advantage of one of Minneapolis’ most cherished holiday events, Holidazzle at Loring Park. Beginning on Friday and running on Thursdays and weekends through the 23rd of the December, Holidazzle is a complete holiday experience that celebrates the Minneapolis community—featuring an array of food and gift vendors, live musical performances, an outdoor skating rink, visits from Santa Claus, holiday movies, giveaways, and more. Equipped with a warming house where guests can heat up and grab a beverage, Holidazzle is a perfect way to enjoy a winter wonderland that’s dazzlingly in theme. For more information on this event, please
click here.

Saturday, November 26
Minneapolis Institute of Art
If you’re looking for a cultured afternoon outside the house, look no further than the Minneapolis Institute of Art, offering a new in-depth exhibit called, "Martin Luther: Art and Reformation,” on view until January 15. Don’t let the title of the exhibit fool you; the works on display are carefully curated and range from pictures and sculptures to gold installations and personal possessions belonging to Martin Luther himself. This exhibition is perfect for both art and history buffs, and provides an excellent venue to stretch your legs, engage your mind, and burn off some of your turkey fatigue this year. For more information on this exhibit, please click here.

Sunday, November 27
Prairie Lights
One of the most enchanting events taking place this time of year is Prairie Lights, a homegrown holiday lights show right here in Eden Prairie. Not only will visitors be dazzled by the tremendous display, but revelers can enjoy the show synchronized to music on 88.1FM, to create a full holiday experience spectacular. On Sundays, the show is open from 5:00PM to 9:30PM, at the intersection of George Moran Drive and Donegal Cove. Visitors from across the Twin Cities area are welcome to attend the visual festivities. For more information on Prairie Lights, please visit their site here.

There’s no season like the holiday season here in Eden Prairie. No matter how you spend your Thanksgiving this year, we wish you and your loved ones a very fond holiday.

At Helgeson Platzke Real Estate Group, we are proud to be a member of Eden Prairie’s esteemed small business community. Since 1995, we’ve offered the very best in Twin Cities real estate, earning our community’s trust as the #1 Sales Team in the Eden Prairie area. With over 4,500 homes sold, our staff has both the knowledge and experience necessary to ensure that your home ownership goals are delivered. So, if you’re considering buying or selling your Eden Prairie area home this summer, now is the time to enlist the help of a real estate professional who can help you make the most of this season’s extraordinary market.

Happy Veterans Day: Your Weekend Events Guide, November 11-13

Brace Helgeson
Photo by www.bigstock.comWith Veterans Day upon us, it’s important to remember the soulful sacrifice of those in our armed services, both past and present. No matter how you choose to spend your weekend, take a moment of remembrance for those who have served our country with dignity and distinction.

Friday, November 11
Mythbusters: The Explosive Exhibition


Saturday, November 12
Girls on the Run Fall 5k

This is not your average 5k. Join 1,000 girls, third to eighth grade, as they complete a season-ending 5k run. This noncompetitive run is meant to inspire young girls towards confidence, athleticism, and empowerment. Runners and walkers of all abilities are welcome to participate, and for those looking to lend a positive hand to the event, volunteer to be a "sparkle runner,” and be paired with a girl throughout the race to act as a source of encouragement. Other highlights of the event include face painting, crazy hair styling, and more. The pre-race rituals begin at 7:45 on Saturday morning, while the race is set to take off at 9AM. For more information, please visit the event site here

Sunday, November 13
Gridiron Glory: The Best of the Pro Football Hall of Fame

For sports lovers out there, particularly football fans, this is an especially unique event that can’t be missed. On view at the Minnesota History Center, enjoy a thoughtfully curated best-of collection from the pro-football hall of fame. With over 200 rare artifacts, photos, video installations, and more, this sensational exhibit celebrates the long and fascinating history of a uniquely American athletic pastime. Special highlights that will be on display include: the Vince Lombardi Trophy, Emmitt Smith’s rushing record artifacts, a 1919 era football helmet, and authentic and iconic memorabilia of the Minnesota Vikings. For more information, please visit the event page here.

However you decide to spend your weekend, there’s surely something for all tastes in Eden Prairie and the surrounding Twin Cities region. And from our family to yours, we’d like to wish all of our loved ones who have and will serve our country a Happy Veterans Day.

At Helgeson Platzke Real Estate Group, we are proud to be a member of Eden Prairie’s esteemed small business community. Since 1995, we’ve offered the very best in Twin Cities real estate, earning our community’s trust as the #1 Sales Team in the Eden Prairie area. With over 4,500 homes sold, our staff has both the knowledge and experience necessary to ensure that your home ownership goals are delivered. So, if you’re considering buying or selling your Eden Prairie area home this summer, now is the time to enlist the help of a real estate professional who can help you make the most of this season’s extraordinary market.

Your Halloween 2016 Minneapolis and Eden Prairie Events Guide

Brace Helgeson
Photo by www.bigstock.comOne of the spookiest times of the year is upon us, and just before we head into icy winter weather, why not spend a weekend celebrating the Halloween holiday in autumn fashion?

Friday, October 28
Floating Pumpkin Patch at the Eden Prairie Community Center Pool

This family friendly event is a great way to take a dip, despite cooler weather. Join local Eden Prairie residents as they take to the Community Center pool and hunt for a pumpkin for decorating. Beginning at 6PM and concluding at 8:30, bring the whole family for an evening of fall fitness, fun, and Halloween flourishes. Cost is just $10 per child and includes a pumpkin of your choosing. The pool will remain open throughout the decorating activities, too. To register or learn more, please click here.

Saturday, October 29
Spooky Saturday at the Eden Prairie Community Center

The Eden Prairie Community Center clearly knows how to show townspeople a good time. Starting at 3PM and extending until 5, enjoy family friendly trick-or-treating, numerous arts and crafts activities, music, games, and even some lively climbing action in the Prairie Play Zone. Those in costume will be provided with a special treat, to boot. Advance tickets only run $5 per child, with a family max of $20, while at-the-door tickets will cost $6 per child. Space is limited and the event is sure to be a blast, so pre-register and get your costumes ready! Click here for more information.

Sunday, October 30
Great Pumpkin Halloween Festival

Can you really get enough pumpkins this Halloween? Take a drive into St. Paul to enjoy a festive (and free!) Sunday afternoon treat. The Great Pumpkin Halloween Festival invites families to dress up in costume and partake in a festival of arts and crafts, balloon animals, live music, and a plethora of family fun. See what Twin Cities residents are wearing this year as the it-costume of choice, and enjoy a free Sunday fest, too. For more information, please click here.

We at Helgeson Platzke wish all our Minneapolis/St. Paul and Eden Prairie neighbors a fun, safe, and spooky 2016 Halloween! No matter where or how you’re celebrating, there are few better places to enjoy fall’s favorite holiday.

At Helgeson Platzke Real Estate Group, we are proud to be a member of Eden Prairie’s esteemed small business community. Since 1995, we’ve offered the very best in Twin Cities real estate, earning our community’s trust as the #1 Sales Team in the Eden Prairie area. With over 4,500 homes sold, our staff has both the knowledge and experience necessary to ensure that your home ownership goals are delivered. So, if you’re considering buying or selling your Eden Prairie area home this fall, now is the time to enlist the help of a real estate professional who can help you make the most of this season’s extraordinary market.





Your Minneapolis Area Events Guide for October 14-16

Brace Helgeson
Photo by bigstock.comFall is in full swing, and if you’re looking to go out on the town and enjoy some of the season’s most thought-provoking and entertaining options, there are few better places to start than right here in the Minneapolis and Eden Prairie areas.

Friday, October 14
Transplant Eyes at Instinct Art Gallery
The much-lauded Instinct Art Gallery, headed by John Schuerman, is back for a stint with a free exhibition, Transplant Eyes. This exhibit dives into the heady intersections of culture, science, nature, and identity, with a show co-curated by Katayoun Amjadi. The exhibit features work by American artists born elsewhere and deftly weaves through representations of diaspora, memory, and loss. Likewise, the exhibit is multi-modal: displaying photographic, ceramic, print, and sculpture work. This is one of the last weeks the show will be on view, so make a visit before it’s too late. For more information, 
click here.

Saturday, October 15
Robert Redford: Independent/Visionary at the Walker Art Center
There are few film legends as well-loved and respected as Robert Redford. Join fellow Twin Cities residents this Saturday at the Walker Art Center and take in a retrospective that honors the career and visionary talents of one of Hollywood’s finest. Films like Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, Ordinary People, and The Sting honor both Redford’s acting and directing prowess. The six-week retrospective also takes a close look at the actor’s influence beyond the screen as the founder of the Sundance Institute, one of foremost influences of independent cinema. The retrospective will offer screenings and will culminate in a discussion between Redford and noted the film critic Amy Taubin. For more information on pricing, availability, and screening times, please click here.

Sunday, October 16
Ragtime at the Ritz Theater
What better way to spend a Sunday than taking in a show? Ragtimeis a classic tale of early 20th century American culture, including its darker, xenophobic side. Three stories interweave to paint a larger picture of turn-of-the-century American life. Based on E.L. Doctorow’s seminal novel of the same name,Ragtime features the work of Minneapolis’ Theater Latte Da, and is directed by co-founder Peter Rothstein. Enjoy a 2PM matinee or an early evening show (7PM). You’re bound to be entertained by a throwback tale that tells us much about modern day life, as well. For more information, including ticket pricing and availability, please click here.

As you move into fall, and winter soon enough, don’t forget that there are ample cultural offerings in and around the Twin Cities region. No matter your tastes, budget, or schedule, there’s something for everyone to enjoy in Minneapolis.

At Helgeson Platzke Real Estate Group, we are proud to be a member of Eden Prairie’s esteemed small business community. Since 1995, we’ve offered the very best in Twin Cities real estate, earning our community’s trust as the #1 Sales Team in the Eden Prairie area. With over 4,500 homes sold, our staff has both the knowledge and experience necessary to ensure that your home ownership goals are delivered. So, if you’re considering buying or selling your Eden Prairie area home, now is the time to enlist the help of a real estate professional who can help you make the most of this season’s extraordinary market.

Eden Prairie Takes #2 Spot on Money Magazine’s “Best Places to Live in the U.S.” List

Ryan Platzke
Photo Credit: www.bigstock.comEden Prairie nabbed the enviable number two spot! It’s an honor for a national publication to highlight what Twin Cities area residents and our very own hometown folk have known for a long time: Eden Prairie is one of the country’s most desirable homeownership destinations.

 

Money Magazine bases its rankings on a few key factors. First, they gather data on towns that range in population from 50,000 to 300,000. Then, they measure and assess a host of categories, including: job opportunities and employment rates, ease of living, diversity, sustainability efforts, and a variety of other overarching factors, as well. While this isn’t the first time Eden Prairie has graced Money Magazine’s coveted list, it’s now enjoying near-top honors for its quality of life, economic fortitude, and leading displays of eco-friendly choices. In fact, Eden Prairie recently pioneered a new development, Eden Gardens, that puts eco-friendly moves at the forefront with its use of solar panels, reclaimed building materials, energy efficient heating and cooling, low-water or no-water landscaping, and communal gardening plots.

On top of Eden Prairie’s sustainable development choices, economic prosperity is another defining factor in Money Magazine’s pick. In addition to Eden Prairie’s extraordinarily low unemployment rate—just 3.6%--numerous robust businesses make their headquarters here, including Optum, C.H. Robinson, Starkey, and Supervalu. While the local population is just 62,000 there are some 57,000 jobs rooted right here in town. Also bright on the economic front: Moody’s has given Eden Prairie a consistent AAA rating, as a result of its low debt and diversified tax base.

If the rock solid economy and thoughtful sustainability efforts aren’t enough to convince you, Money Magazine also highlighted Eden Prairie’ scenic offerings, which include: 200 miles of sidewalks and trails, 37 parks, 17 lakes, and 95% of hometown respondents who rate their town as good or excellent—what amounts to markedly high honors.

It’s always encouraging to have your town nationally recognized for what you know to be true: that our hometown is a special place to live. So, if you’re looking to buy a home in the Twin Cities region, why not take a look at Eden Prairie? Perfectly situated to take advantage of all that the Minneapolis region has to offer, Eden Prairie can’t be beat when it comes to myriad factors that make a home worth having.

At Helgeson Platzke Real Estate Group, we are proud to be a member of Eden Prairie’s esteemed small business community. Since 1995, we’ve offered the very best in Twin Cities real estate, earning our community’s trust as the #1 Sales Team in the Eden Prairie area. With over 4,500 homes sold, our staff has both the knowledge and experience necessary to ensure that your home ownership goals are delivered. So, if you’re considering buying or selling your Eden Prairie area home in 2016, now is the time to enlist the help of a real estate professional who can help you make the most of this season’s extraordinary market.

Your Twin Cities Weekend Art & Culture Guide

Brace Helgeson
One of the most exciting aspects of living in the Twin Cities area is the sheer amount of culture our community is poised to take part in. With uniquely envisioned exhibitions and masterfully curated museum events, the Minneapolis art scene rivals the worldliest of metropolitan areas.

For a taste of culture in your own backyard, take a look below at some of the events and exhibitions we’ve highlighted for August.  

• Austin Swearengin at the Minneapolis Institute of Art
Minneapolis furniture maker and sculptor Swearengin combines his talents to tackle the 
issue of usefulness and art. His choice of structure and materials, as well as his of use of 
space, culminate in must-see fantastic creations. For more information on this event and 
venue, please click here. 

• Art of Darkness: Inspired by the Paranormal at Banfill-Locke Center for the Arts
For a moodier, out of the ordinary artistic take, visit the Banfill-Locke Center for the Arts in Fridley to witness Art of Darkness: Inspired by the Paranormal. From aliens and UFOs to ghosts and skeletons, the work of over 67 artists is on display in a wide variety of mediums. This exhibition is free. For more information, please click here. 

• Never Odd or Even at Light Grey Art Lab
If you can’t quite pick an art show that speaks to you, why not try Never Odd or Even, which pairs unalike or uncommon pairs for an exhibition that includes mirror images, optical illusions, and the work of 60 different designers and illustrators. For more information on this exhibition, please click here. 

• In & Out: 30 Years at Quatrefoil Library
This exhibition is distilled from a massive collection that totals 10,000 books, 1,000 DVDs, and a myriad of recordings and media centered on LGBT art and publications. Celebrating their 30-year anniversary, the Quatrefoil Library’s has chosen some of the most intriguing artifacts of its collection, on view at the Hennepin History Museum until August 28th. For more information on this exhibit and others, please click here. For more information on Quatrefoil Library, please click here. 

No matter your artistic inclinations or tastes, there’s always an endless variety of arts and culture to be enjoyed in the Minneapolis – St. Paul area. The Twin Cities promises lively, scintillating, and thought-provoking artistic activities for community members of all ages and interests, all year round. 

At Helgeson Platzke Real Estate Group, we are proud to be a member of Eden Prairie’s esteemed small business community. Since 1995, we’ve offered the very best in Twin Cities real estate, earning our community’s trust as the #1 Sales Team in the Eden Prairie area. With over 4,500 homes sold, our staff has both the knowledge and experience necessary to ensure that your home ownership goals are delivered. So, if you’re considering buying or selling your Eden Prairie area home this summer, now is the time to enlist the help of a real estate professional who can help you make the most of this season’s extraordinary market.

Your August Eden Prairie Events Guide for the Whole Family

Brace Helgeson
Situated just outside Minneapolis, Eden Prairie is a peaceful and picturesque place to raise a family. With that in mind, we’ve compiled a must-read list of all the family-centric events the Eden Prairie community has to offer this August. 


• Movies in the Park: Inside Out
Friday, August 5th
Round up the whole family and head out to Staring Lake Amphitheatre to catch Pixar 
favorite, Inside Out, under the summer night sky. While show time is at 9PM, come early 
starting at 7:30 to see Eden Prairie’s very own School of Rock perform live. Be sure to 
bring along a blanket or beach chair—as well as your appetite, as concessions are   
available. For more information about this event, click here. 

• Nature Rocks! Outdoor Center Open House
Saturday, August 6th 
From 9AM to noon, gather the troops and set off for Eden Prairie’s Outdoor Center for a variety of free family-friendly activities including hiking, craft projects, hands-on time with live animals, and more. Visit 13765 Staring Lake Parkway in Eden Prairie to take advantage of the soon-to-be dwindling summer season. For more information about this event, click here. To learn more about Eden Prairie’s Outdoor Center, please click here. 

• Starring at Staring: Tres Mundos – International Music
Wednesday, August 10th
Hosted at the scenic Staring Lake Amphitheatre, take in the rhythmic, international sounds of Tres Mundos from the comfort of your own lawn chair. With a bevvy of tasty refreshments available for purchase, this event is sure to be a treat for your ears, as well as your stomach. For more information about this event, please click here. For more information on Tres Mundos, please click here. 

• KidStock: Engineer Paul from Choo-Choo Bob
Tuesday, August 16th
This kids event at Staring Lake Amphitheatre takes place at 10:30AM to 11:15—a short but sweet performance sure to impress the train enthusiast child, though there are stories and fun to be had by all. Lawn chairs or a blanket are encouraged, as well as a packed snack. For more information on this event, please click here. 

The Twin Cities and Eden Prairie areas have plenty to offer families looking for a home of their own—a variety of idyllic neighborhoods, a strong sense of community, and no shortage of events to keep you occupied all year long.  

At Helgeson Platzke Real Estate Group, we are proud to be a member of Eden Prairie’s esteemed small business community. Since 1995, we’ve offered the very best in Twin Cities real estate, earning our community’s trust as the #1 Sales Team in the Eden Prairie area. With over 4,500 homes sold, our staff has both the knowledge and experience necessary to ensure that your home ownership goals are delivered. So, if you’re considering buying or selling your Eden Prairie area home this summer, now is the time to enlist the help of a real estate professional who can help you make the most of this season’s extraordinary market.

Your Eden Prairie and Twin Cities Events Guide for July 22-24th

Ryan Platzke

Summer is an idyllic time in the Eden Prairie and Minneapolis areas. With ample opportunity to enjoy events ranging from the active to the artistic and everything in between, there is always fun to be had in the greater Twin Cities region. 

No matter your age, interests, or budget, below you’ll find our top picks for a diverse and fun-filled weekend for Eden Prairie residents. 

Friday, July 22 – Witness WNBA Champions, the Minnesota Lynx, in Action

Having won 3 championship titles in the past 5 seasons, the Women’s National Basketball Association’s Minnesota Lynx are a veritable dynasty. While other Minnesota teams have come up short in recent years, Los Lynx (as they are affectionately nicknamed) have won energetic support from Twin Cities sports enthusiasts who are hungry for a win. Thus far, the Lynx have been off to a strong start this season, and on Friday, July 22nd, the Lynx take on the Seattle Storm, 7PM at Target Center. Be there to lend your hometown support to one of the WNBA’s most promising and exciting teams. For more information about the Minnesota Lynx’s season schedule, or to purchase tickets for Friday, the 22nd’s game,click here. 

Saturday, July 23 – An Art Filled Saturday in Minneapolis

Why not spend a Saturday wandering galleries and museum halls to see all the artistic wonders—both modern and bygone—that the Twin Cities has to offer? Begin at the American Swedish Institute to witness famed Swedish chef Magnus Nilsson (as featured on Netflix’s Chef’s Table) share his photography. The enchanting work on display charts Nilsson’s in depth research as he conceived the critically lauded, The Nordic Cookbook. More information on the exhibition can be found here.   

Up next, visit Track 29 Gallery for a free exhibition featuring the works of two artists and longtime friends, Jennifer Davis and Amy Rice, re-uniting for a dual show. Combined, these two accomplished artists explore the natural world, in methods that range from the abstract and "carnival-esque” to the whimsical and tender. Both artists count themselves as animal lovers, and come from personal and professional backgrounds that lend a unique and insightful perspective to their work. For more information on the exhibition, entitled "Delightful 10,” click here 

Sunday, July 24

For Eden Prairie residents looking to stay a bit closer to home on Sunday, join fellow community members at the Staring Lake Amphitheater for Starring at Staring, a weekly summer concert and entertainment series, sponsored by Eden Prairie Smiles. On Sunday the 24th, relax on a blanket or in a beach chair and take in the Eden Prairie String Academy’s outdoor performance. Picnickers are welcome, but refreshments—including popcorn, ice cream, beverages and more—are also available for purchase. To learn more about this event, or to check in regarding any weather-related updates, call 952-949-8449 ext. 5, or click herefor more information. 

Summer is surely in full swing here in Eden Prairie. There are countless opportunities to join area residents in celebrating great weather, excellent entertainment, and a one-of-a-kind sense of community. 

At Helgeson Platzke Real Estate Group, we are proud to be a member of Eden Prairie’s esteemed small business community. Since 1995, we’ve offered the very best in Twin Cities real estate, earning our community’s trust as the #1 Sales Team in the Eden Prairie area. With over 4,500 homes sold, our staff has both the knowledge and experience necessary to ensure that your home ownership goals are delivered. So, if you’re considering buying or selling your Eden Prairie area home this summer, now is the time to enlist the help of a real estate professional who can help you make the most of thisseason’s extraordinary market.

 

Your Twin Cities and Eden Prairie Events Guide to the 4th of July

Brace Helgeson

There’s nothing quite like the Fourth of July. From barbecuing with family and friends to the most dazzling of fireworks displays, the Fourth of July holiday brings together communities all across the Twin Cities region. If you and your loved ones are spending this all-American holiday in the Eden Prairie and Twin Cities areas, below you’ll find a helpful list of what’s happening in our community this Fourth of July.

Your Eden Prairie Weekend Events Guide: June 24 – June 26

Ryan Platzke

There’s never a dull moment in the Twin Cities region. Whether you’re angling for some lakeside time with your little ones, eager to contribute to a worthy cause (while burning some calories), or you’d like nothing more than to recline under the night sky and take in a show—this weekend in Eden Prairie, there’s an event to suit all tastes. 

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2015 Home Sales and Listings shows Significant Improvement for Eden Prairie (through July)

Our Team

In the City of Eden Prairie the July 2015 housing trends illustrates some interesting results statistically for home owners and potential buyers. It seems the market is still a seller’s market with a limited amount of inventory from the 10 year norm but the market is equaling out benefiting the potential home buyer. After viewing these statistics it would seem it's the right time to buy a home in Eden Prairie. Read more details now...