Olivia Volkman-Johnson
In the Kitchen
Lazy summer days call for easy, picnic-friendly snacks like these gluten-free muffins, which include walnuts, nut butter and even nut flour. They’re so filling you can even serve them for a quick breakfast!Paleo Banana Nut Muffins3 large eggs2 cups mashed bananas (about 4 medium)1/2 cup peanut butter (or almond butter)1/4 cup olive oil (or butter, softened)1 teaspoon vanilla1/2 cup almond flour (or coconut flour)1 tablespoon cinnamon1... more
Squash-a-roni
Let’s face it: While mac and cheese is a classic, it isn’t always the healthiest option for dinner. Luckily, the addition of butternut squash (a great source of vitamin A) blends beautifully with the rich, creamy cheese of your choice to make this nutty adaptation a new family favorite. Butternut Squash Mac... more
Open to all
The Blake School — a private, nonsectarian school — serves about 1,400 pre-K through 12th-grade students across its campuses in Minneapolis, Hopkins and Wayzata during the school year.But did you know that the school is open to all — not just Blake students — for special camp programming known as ... more
Clutch power
On an unusually cool August morning at Northeast Middle School, Room B114 was buzzing with excitement as Snapology campers prepared for another day of LEGO stop-motion filming.Fourteen-year-old Anya and 9-year-old Presley pulled out a large jungle-scene backdrop filled with vibrant trees and fluffy... more
Immersed in Spanish
Spanish is the second-most-spoken language in the United States, and educators are taking note.Studies have shown that learning a second language is easier for children ages 5 and younger, and Spanish-immersion primary schools — as well as preschools — have been sprouting up all over the country,... more
Bump, set, spike!
The expansive volleyball gym at Bethel University in St. Paul has four courts, track space around the perimeter for warming up and plenty of trolleys overflowing with gold and blue volleyballs — the perfect place to play volleyball and strengthen a relationship with God, according to Bethel volleyball camp... more
Stage right
A jaunty piano accompaniment played as a group of student performers emphatically sang Take Me Out to the Ball Game.Kids’ voices flooded the room and infectious laughter spilled out of their classmates, who wiggled in their seats with anticipation.Choreographer Johanna Gorman-Baer guided the kids around... more
Animal camp!
The Animal Humane Society has opened its doors to animals in need since 2007, when three Minnesota shelters merged to create the nonprofit, independent organization.In 2017, the Animal Humane Society’s five locations — Coon Rapids, Golden Valley, St. Paul, Woodbury and Buffalo (which closed in November) — successfully placed 96 percent... more