Monday, September 24, 2012
This year's theme of "Many Journeys, Many Destinations" embraces aging and the goal to be engaged in life.
Marsh member Doug Coleman is 85 years old and in terrific shape. Coleman strength trains, as well as plays tennis and golf, goes biking, walking and horseback riding, and rows in the summer time. Marsh staff says Coleman likes to be pushed and is more fit than most people half his age. The Marsh, a health club in Minnetonka, is celebrating Active Aging Week now through Saturday, Sept. 29 for people like Coleman and others who would like to begin a fit lifestyle. This year's theme of "Many Journeys, Many Destinations" embraces aging and the goal to be engaged in life. The Marsh has a fun-filled week of activities planned during Active Aging Week. See the week's events by visitng the Marsh online.
Friday, May 11, 2012
Fifty new native species will be planted in the Civic Center Marsh Woods.
As part of The Marsh’s 27th Anniversary celebration, a team of 20 members of The Marsh staff, joined by representatives of the city of Minnetonka and Prairie Restorations, will plant fifty new native species in the Civic Center Marsh Woods. These site-appropriate species, including Red Maples, Sugar Maples, American Hazel, Witch Hazel, Choke Cherry and Ironwood, will replace invasive species such as buckthorn and garlic mustard, previously cleared from the area. On May 18, these three organizations—The Marsh, the city of Minnetonka and Prairie Restorations—will celebrate nature, collaboration, past successes and future victories for the community. History Ron Bowen, founder of Prairie Restorations, planted the first prairie in Minnesota in…
Tuesday, April 24, 2012
ICA depends on community partners to raise money and collect food.
ICA Food Shelf gained $1,370.49 last Saturday from an event hosted at The Marsh. For a $10 contribution to the food shelf at the "Spring Into Action" event, community members were welcome to participate in two of The Marsh’s hottest new dance classes: BodyJam– an addictive cardio fusion of the latest dance styles and the hottest new sounds, and Jukari Fit to Flex– an exciting new flexibility class created by Reebok and Cirque du Soleil. In addition, 10 percent of the gross restaurant sales for the day were donated to ICA. ICA serves over 800 families per month in Minnetonka, Excelsior and mobile food shelves in seven communities from Hopkins to Shorewood.
Thursday, April 19, 2012
The Marsh and ICA Food Shelf will host a fundraising event on April 21.
The Marsh and ICA Food Shelf will host "Spring Into Action," a community event to support the food shelf on Saturday, April 21. For a $10 contribution to the food shelf, community members are welcome to participate in two of The Marsh’s hottest new dance classes: BodyJam– an addictive cardio fusion of the latest dance styles and the hottest new sounds, beginning at 10:30 a.m., and Jukari Fit to Flex– an exciting new flexibility class created by Reebok and Cirque du Soleil beginning at 11:30 a.m. In addition, 10 percent of the gross restaurant sales for the day will be donated to ICA. “We are excited to bring the community together at The Marsh to support community wellness in this way," said Lori Knutson, Marsh president. "It’s hard to be …
Saturday, April 14, 2012
While Jerry Gray was in work meetings, he kept his mind focused by creating intricate designs on the back of business cards or in the margins of yellow pads.
A new art display at The Marsh has everybody talking. The art's creator, Jerry Gray, is a retired corporate executive of a major U.S. company. For years, while Gray was in meetings or on teleconferences, he kept his mind focused by creating intricate designs on the back of business cards or in the margins of yellow pads, and eventually on the back of coasters he collected from his constant travels. Gray said he was “intently engaged on these calls, one part brain on the call, the other on doodling.” The "doodling" became an obsession. Early on, he would empty his briefcase every Friday night and his wife, Cindy, would put his drawings in a Tupperware container. They began framing some of these as gifts in the late ‘90s which were so well …
Wednesday, April 4, 2012
Steve Person, manager at The Marsh restaurant, is busy preparing the place for Easter.
With Easter approaching, things are a bit busy at The Marsh's restaurant. This year, they are planning something new for their Easter brunch. Instead of the traditional all-you-can-eat-buffet as they've done in the past, they are taking a new approach this year by doing it a la carte. Steve Person, manager at The Marsh restaurant, said doing it this way makes the meal more parallel to The Marsh's goal of wellness. Person said they are trying to keep the event more intimate this year. The menu includes Belgian waffles with berries, smoked salmon eggs benedict, rosemary roasted leg of lamb and more. Person has been with The Marsh for a year. Prior to that, he was in corporate real estate, but he said he "grew up in the kitchen." "My brother …
Thursday, March 29, 2012
Saturday's class teaches the basics on self-defense: how to avoid an attack and protect yourself from violence.
Statistically, one in four women are attacked during their lifetime. A class offered at The Marsh this Saturday, March 31 focuses on material that can prevent an attack or teach a woman to escape from an attacker in almost every instance. Al Horner, founder of the "NOT ME!" Program and former Navy Seal, teaches practical, real-life self-defense techniques that focus on avoiding being in a threatening situation in the first place. The material is structured so that if you are 9 years old, 90 years or 9 months pregnant and regardless of your physical condidtion, you can use the techniques against an attacker. Horner encourages mothers and daughters to attend the training together. "Many times, daughters will not talk to their moms about bad …
Thursday, February 16, 2012
Kym Majka and Lisa Lensegrav keep each other fit, happy and healthy.
If a sister is a gift to the heart, as one saying goes, a pair of Minnetonka sisters are quite literally “gifts to the heart” for each other. Since 1987, Kym Majka and Lisa Lensegrav have called The Marsh in Minnetonka their home base for health and fitness, as well as a place to stay connected with each other. Over the years they’ve participated in practically every group exercise class the facility has offered. They try it all—yoga, cycling, Body Pump, Cardio Rebound and Zumba—and are among the most enthusiastic advocates for Step and BodyJam. For these sisters, exercise is not an “I have to” but an “I get to.” Both are true believers in the power of exercise as medicine. “I want to keep moving, so I can keep moving,” explained Lensegrav…
Wednesday, October 19, 2011
Pianist Benny Weinbeck takes requests from diners at The Marsh’s restaurant on Saturday evenings.
He once played for former President Bill Clinton. Now, professional pianist and performer, Benny Weinbeck, is helping increase attendance at The Marsh in Minnetonka. “Benny is a long time member of The Marsh and has really helped bring people here on Saturday nights,” said Deb Garvey, director of marketing and community relations for The Marsh. Weinbeck produces his own music for other artists, himself and films, including music for the documentary "Building at a Crossroads" and the film “Been Rich All My Life.” But on Saturdays from 5-7 p.m., he’s busy taking requests from people enjoying dinner at The Marsh’s restaurant. “I try to make music part of almost everything I do,” said Weinbeck. “I studied classical music in grade and high …
Monday, October 3, 2011
Ashley Dull’s oil paintings of landscapes are on display at The Marsh through October.
At the age of nine, Ashley Dull of Minnetonka had her first piece of art on public display. Now, at 28, her work is replacing an exhibit by a famous French artist. “My exhibit replaced the work of Henri Matisse, so I would say it’s an honor to have my work at The Marsh,” said Dull. “I’m quite excited as there is a lot of traffic through the building, and as people are most likely there to better themselves, I’d like to think my paintings would have a role in this process as they view them.” The Marsh, a wellness center for balance and fitness in Minnetonka, which also integrates architecture and aerobics, nutrition and nurturing to help balance the mind and body. Dull was contacted by the owner of The Marsh, Ruth Stricker, after Stricker …