West metro school briefs: Free parenting class Nov. 21 in Minnetonka

  • November 5, 2013 - 3:05 PM


Free parenting class

St. David’s Center’s Community Education series continues on Nov. 21 when Faith Mianulli presents “Raising Responsible Children: A Mini-Course in Effective Parenting.”

The session will explore the underlying causes of misbehavior and help parents explore new ways to encourage cooperation in children.

New ways to tune into a child’s behavior, listening techniques and ways to talk about feelings will be discussed. Parents and caregivers will learn how to think about discipline in a different way by using praise and encouragement to build self-esteem in children.

A mother of three, Mianulli understands the challenges busy families face. Her areas of expertise include sensory processing disorders, ADHD and parent education.

Mianulli also teaches Systematic Training for Effective Parenting (STEP), a seven-week series for parents at St. David’s each fall and spring, which is the basis for this mini-course.

The session will take place from 7 to 8:30 p.m. in the gym at St David’s Center for Child & Family Development, 3395 Plymouth Road, Minnetonka. The event is free and open to the public, but registration is required by Nov. 19 at

For more information, contact Susan Berdahl at 952-548-8611 or

St. Louis Park

Benilde-St. Margaret’s has boutique event

The Parent Association of Benilde-St. Margaret’s has gathered more than 65 merchants for a one-of-a-kind, one-day-only shopping event — the third annual Knightsbridge boutique, on Saturday, Nov. 9, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Inspired by London’s upscale retail district, Knightsbridge, the school’s Haben Center will be transformed “Brit-style” into a collection of more than 65 shops and market stalls.

The merchants will offer a range of unique clothing, accessories, jewelry, spa-pampering products, gourmet foods, household items and more. Shoppers also can relax at the ­RoyalTea snack bar and enjoy Brit-style treats and beverages.

Admission is free and the event is open to the public. All participating merchants will donate 15 percent of the day’s sales to BSM’s Parent Association, in support of BSM scholarships and other educational programs.

For more details, visit


High school thespians put on fall musical

The Edina High School Thespians will present their fall musical, “Fiddler on the Roof,” for two weekends starting this weekend, Nov. 7-9, and Nov. 14-16 in the Edina Performing Arts Center.

Performances will be Friday, Saturday and Sunday at 7 p.m. Performances will be the same time on Nov. 14-16 with a 1 p.m. matinee on Nov. 16.

Tickets are $8 for adults, $6 for seniors and students, and $12 for reserved seating.


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