360 Communities needs daytime volunteers

360 Communities family resource centers and food shelves in Burnsville and Rosemount have an immediate need for ongoing volunteers who can commit to a minimum of one four-hour daytime shift per week. Volunteer jobs include answering phones, working with food shelf customers, sorting food, picking up rescue food and more. All shifts are Monday through Friday, during normal business hours. Visit www.360communities.org/volunteer/ for more details or to fill out a volunteer interest form today. Call Sue Lewis with any questions at 952-985-4017.

Drone workshop in Apple Valley

“Know Before You Fly,” a Federal Aviation Administration-sponsored workshop, will be held 6 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 9, at the Apple Valley Senior Center, 14601 Hayes Road. Learn the basic rules about flying drones. Call 952-953-2300 to register.

Spaghetti dinner and silent auction

The Apple Valley Rotary Club is hosting a spaghetti dinner and silent auction 1-4 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 28, at the Apple Valley American Legion, 14521 Granada Drive.

All proceeds benefit the Rotary’s PolioPlus program which provides vaccines to eradicate polio.

Tickets are $10 from any Apple Valley Rotary member or by contacting Karen Kirkman at MidCountry Bank at 952-997-5606 or karen.kirkman@midcountrybank.com.

Sex trafficking presentation

The Apple Valley Business Watch is hosting “The Dynamics of Sex Trafficking,” a presentation by Terry Forliti, executive director of Breaking Free, 8-10 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 11, at the Apple Valley Senior Center, 14601 Hayes Road.

Breaking Free is a nonprofit organization working with victims and survivors of sex trafficking and prostitution.

Attendees will hear about the ever-increasing problem of sex trafficking and how it affects our community.

Space is limited to the free event. Go to www.avbizwatch.org to reserve a spot.

Citizens’ Climate Lobby meets

Citizens’ Climate Lobby of Dakota County will meet 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 13, at Robert Trail Library, 14395 S. Robert Trail, Rosemount. Carbon Fee and Dividend, an economically viable, win-win climate solution will be discussed. All are welcome.

CCL is a grassroots, nonprofit, nonpartisan organization focused on creating political will to address climate change at the local and national level. For more information, contact Veda Kanitz at vmkanitz@gmail.com or visit https://citizensclimatelobby.org.

Public comments sought on County Road 88 reconstruction

Dakota County is hosting an open house regarding the reconstruction of County Road 88 in Randolph Township on Thursday, Jan. 11, 5:30-7 p.m. at Randolph Public Schools, 29110 Davisson Ave., Randolph.

Dakota County is proposing to reconstruct County Road 88 in Randolph Township, from Highway 56 to Highway 52. The purpose of the project is to improve roadway safety, traffic operations, and the aging pavement and roadbed below.

In advance of the reconstruction project, the segment of County Road 88 between Highway 56 and Harry Avenue is being studied in greater detail given additional concerns associated with the Highway 56 intersection, roadway curves and the railroad crossing.

There is no formal presentation, so people may come at any time during the open house. The purpose of the meeting will be to share preliminary concepts for roadway reconstruction options, collect feedback from the community and answer questions.

Those with questions about the project may contact Jacob Rezac, project manager, at 952-891-7981 or jacob.rezac@co.dakota.mn.us.

Farmington KCs hold pancake breakfast

The Farmington Knights of Columbus will hold a pancake breakfast 9 a.m. to noon Sunday, Jan. 7, at the Church of St. Michael, 22120 Denmark Ave., Farmington.

Pancakes, French toast, sausage links and scrambled eggs will be served along with coffee, juice and water. Goodwill offerings will be accepted. Proceeds from the breakfast will go towards local charitable efforts.

Metro Republican Women host GOP gubernatorial forum

Expecting some good boxing, all Republican gubernatorial candidates have been invited to speak at the “2018 Republican Gubernatorial Cage Match” that will be refereed by “Up and at ’Em with Jack Tomczak and Ben Kruze.” The event is hosted by Metro Republican Women’s breakfast meeting on Jan. 13 at Mendakota Country Club. Confirmed participants include Matt Dean, Keith Downey, Jeff Johnson, Phillip Parrish and Mary Guiliani Stephens; more could attend.

The club has had forums every four years when there is a wide field of candidates. In 2012, four candidates filled the stage.

The club has already begun to collect questions from members relating to refugee resettlement, Minnesota budget, the Met Council and other hot topics.

“Up and at ’Em with Jack and Ben” moved from a morning radio show to a morning podcast. They are known for edgy and challenging discussions on politics. They promise a lively discussion to bring out the best in each candidate.

The event will be held at Mendakota Country Club, 2075 Mendakota Drive in Mendota Heights, with breakfast buffet served at 8:30 a.m.; the program begins at 9 a.m. Cost is $20 for members, $25 for nonmembers and $15 for students. With no reservations by the deadline, the cost is $25. Walk-ins are welcome, but reservations are encouraged.

Those interested may go to metrogopwomen.org to pay online or simply make a reservation and pay at the door. Reservations for lower price needed by Tuesday, Jan. 9.

Job Transitions Group meets

Michael Monroe Kieffer will present “The Secret Achievement Formula – Motivation You Can Use! ” at the Jan. 9 meeting of the Easter Job Transitions Group. The group meets 7:30 a.m. Tuesdays at Easter Lutheran Church – By the Lake, 4545 Pilot Knob Road, Eagan. Call 651-452-3680 for information.

Mentor a child

January is National Mentoring Month. This year’s theme is In Real Life.

Mentors are needed for youths in Dakota County through Kids ’n Kinship, a local nonprofit organization that matches children ages 5 to 16 with volunteer mentors for fun and engaging weekly activities in the community.

There are 63 youths currently matched with mentors, and 21 youths waiting for mentors.

Ongoing training and support for mentors are provided. An information session is scheduled 5-6 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 9, at Heritage Library in Lakeville, and 10-11 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 3, at Merchants Bank in Apple Valley. For more information, go to www.kidsnkinship.org or call 952-892-6368.

iLAB expands across Dakota County libraries

Take your imagination to the next level with state-of-the-art equipment to design and create a variety of art, craft and technology projects. The Dakota County Library has expanded iLAB equipment to more locations, giving residents more access to high-tech tools and hands-on learning experiences.

3D printers, Apple iMac computers and Adobe Creative Suite are now available at Pleasant Hill, Heritage, Robert Trail and Wentworth libraries. Patrons can start working on sewing projects at the Farmington Library with the addition of Janome Schoolmate sewing machines. All equipment and software is available to the public free of charge during regular library hours.

The Wescott Library iLAB debuted in July 2016 and had 1,608 hours reserved in the first six months of operation. The 3D printer continues to be the most used piece of equipment.

In addition to equipment, iLABs offer free programs to help patrons get acquainted with technology and inspire ideas for new projects. Classes will give patrons the opportunity to learn how to get started in the iLAB, create 3D designs using CAD tools, and use the 3D printers. Farmington Library offers weekly open studio sessions demonstrating sewing techniques and a chance to connect and craft with other makers.

Pleasant Hill Library in Hastings will host an iLAB Open House on Monday, Jan. 29, 4-7 p.m. Demonstrations, project examples and staff will be available to showcase the new 3D printer.

For more information on the Dakota County Library iLAB locations, visit www.dakotacounty.us/library or call 651-450-2900. 

Lakeville Area Garden Club

The Lakeville Area Garden Club will meet 7 p.m. Monday, Jan. 8, at Main Street Manor, 9725 209th St., downtown Lakeville.

Guest speaker David Zlesak will present “Growing Beautiful Roses.” He is a professor of horticulture at the University of Wisconsin-River Falls.

Light refreshments will follow. All are welcome.

Lakeville Parks and Recreation programs

Lakeville Parks and Recreation will offer the following activities. Register at https://webtrac.lakevillemn.gov or call 952-985-4600.

Nickelodeon Universe, Mall of America, Bloomington: Purchase all-day discount wristbands for $26 at the Lakeville Parks and Recreation office in City Hall, 20195 Holyoke Ave., or call 952-984-4600. Pick up tickets at City Hall.

Warming House Schedule, Dec. 16-Feb. 19 (weather permitting): 4-9 p.m. Monday-Friday; 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday; noon to 8 p.m. Sunday. Holidays/Lakeville School Release: 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Jan. 15 and 22; 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Feb. 19. Parkview Park will not have extended hours on Jan. 22, but will be open 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Jan. 19, Feb. 8 and Feb. 9.

Country Heat Live, 6 p.m. Tuesdays at Lakeville South, 21135 Jacquard Ave.; 6 p.m. Fridays at Lakeville North, 19600 Ipava Ave. Low-impact, high-energy dance class set to country hits. First class is free. Call 952-985-4600 or instructor Amanda Ewers, 515-460-5850, for more information.

Music Together, several dates and times offered, Steve Michaud Park Community Building, 17100 Ipava Ave., Lakeville. Early childhood music and movement program for infants, toddlers, preschoolers and their accompanying adults. Registration required. Cost: $183 first child, $99 additional child.

Winter Adventures, ages 6-12, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday, Jan. 15, Ritter Farm Park, 19300 Ritter Trail. Activities include snowshoeing, cross country skiing, boot hockey, broomball, sledding, boot soccer and more. Cost: $69.

Ritter Fest, all ages, 12-3 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 21, Ritter Farm Park, 19300 Ritter Trail. Enjoy sleigh rides, snowmobile rides, snowshoeing and more. Cost: $10 per carload or $3 per person.

Science Explorers – Minnesota Wild, ages 3.5-6, 9:30-11:30 a.m. Monday, Jan. 22, Ritter Farm Park, 19300 Ritter Trail. Explore the plants and animals of Minnesota. Cost: $23.

Science Explorers – Volcanoes and Earthquakes, ages 6-11, 12:30-2:30 p.m. Monday, Jan. 22, Ritter Farm Park, 19300 Ritter Trail. Experiment with different types of volcanic eruptions and make a mini model to take home. Cost: $23.

Amazing Tots, ages 1.5-3, 9:20-9:50 a.m. Tuesdays, Jan. 16-Feb. 20, Ames Arena, 19900 Ipava Ave. Explore and learn four sports with your child. Cost: $69 per child-parent pair.

Amazing Athletes, ages 2.5-5, 10-10:45 a.m. Tuesdays, Jan. 16-Feb. 20, Ames Arena, 19900 Ipava Ave. Learn athletic fundamentals along with hand-eye coordination, gross motor skills and cognitive development. Cost: $86.

On Belay, ages 16 and older, 6-8 p.m. Wednesdays, Life Time Fitness, 18425 Dodd Blvd., Lakeville. Cost: $35 per session. Do not need to be a Life Time member to participate.

Fat Tire Biking – Beginner Lessons, ages 10 to adult, 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, Jan. 27, West Lake Marion Mountain Bike Trail, Casperson Park, 19720 Juno Trail. Learn the four fundamental skills of riding and rider position. Cost: $21.

East Coast Swing, ages 17 and older, 7-8:30 p.m. Mondays, Jan. 8-Feb. 12, Heritage Center, 20110 Holyoke Ave., Lakeville. Classes start with beginner steps, then some harder steps. Cost: $72 per couple.

Masin mentee awarded scholarship

State Rep. Sandra Masin, DFL-Eagan, and the National Foundation for Women Legislators awarded Margaret Kleiman of Hutchinson with a $3,000 college scholarship at the 2017 NFWL Annual Conference in Minneapolis. Kleiman was selected as one of six national winners of the 20th Annual Bill of Rights Essay Scholarship Contest.

Masin served as Kleiman’s mentoring legislator and presented the award to her at a special lunch on Friday, Nov. 17, during the Annual Conference. Kleiman is a senior at Hutchinson High School.

Applicants were given four prompt options, all of which examined timely current events. The essay topics asked students to further analyze the role of women in American politics. A selection committee judged each essay based upon the student’s understanding of the U.S. Constitution, historical research, insight, perspective, inspirational quality and meaningful personal connection.

Rosemount Parks and Recreation programs

Register for the following Rosemount Parks and Recreation programs online at www.ci.rosemount.mn.us, at the parks and recreation office, or call 651-322-6000 for more information.

Intro to Snowshoeing, 2-4 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 30, Lebanon Hills Visitor Center, Eagan. All equipment provided. Cost: $10. Register by Jan. 23.

Senior Driver Improvement 4-Hour Refresher, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 9, Steeple Center, Room 200. Cost: $22. Register by Jan. 4.

Free Open Gym on no-school days, 12:30-2 p.m. for students in kindergarten to fifth grade with an adult; 2-3:30 p.m. for middle and high school students: Monday, Jan. 15; Friday, Jan. 19; Friday, Feb. 9; Monday, Feb. 19; Friday, March 9; Monday, March 26; Tuesday, March 27; Wednesday, March 28; Thursday, March 29; Friday, March 30. Equipment provided. No registration needed.

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