To submit items for the Family Calendar, email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Friday, Jan. 4
Forever Wild Family Friday: Fun on the Ice, 7-8:30 p.m., Lebanon Hills Visitor Center, 860 Cliff Road, Eagan. Bring skates or try one of the park’s kicksleds. All ages. Free. Information: www.co.dakota.mn.us/parks.
Saturday, Jan. 5
Build Your Own Snowshoes, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Lebanon Hills Visitor Center, 860 Cliff Road, Eagan. Learn about snowshoes and build your own traditional wood pair for recreation or decoration. Materials provided. Ages: 16 and older. Cost: $160. Registration required at www.co.dakota.mn.us/parks.
Sunday, Jan. 6
Pancake breakfast by the Farmington Knights of Columbus, 9 a.m. to noon, Church of St. Michael, 22120 Denmark Ave., Farmington. Menu: pancakes, French toast, sausage links, scrambled eggs, coffee, juice and water. Goodwill offerings accepted. Proceeds to local charitable efforts.
Free skating event, 12-1:30 p.m., Burnsville Ice Center, 251 Civic Center Parkway, Burnsville. All ages. Free admission, discounted skate rental. Information: burnsvilleicecenter.org.
St. Thomas Academy admissions showcase, 1 p.m., 949 Mendota Heights Road, Mendota Heights, 651-454-4570. For prospective students and their families. Free. RSVP at https://www.cadets.com/admissions/schedule-a-visit.
Monday, Jan. 7
Family law clinic, 1-4 p.m., Galaxie Library, 14955 Galaxie Ave., Apple Valley. Receive a free 30-minute consultation from a volunteer attorney regarding family law matters such as divorce, child custody, child support, visitation, paternity issues, spousal maintenance, and domestic abuse. This clinic is a joint program of Legal Assistance of Dakota County, the Dakota County Family Court and the Dakota County Law Library. Call 952-891-7241 to schedule an appointment.
MNsure, 4-6 p.m., large meeting room, Galaxie Library, 14955 Galaxie Ave., Apple Valley. Meet with a certified application counselor to set up an account with MNsure – the one-stop health insurance marketplace where Minnesotans can compare plans and choose from a variety of health insurance options. Registration requested, walk-ins OK as time and space allow.
Tuesday, Jan. 8
Consumer law clinic, 1-4 p.m., Galaxie Library, 14955 Galaxie Ave., Apple Valley. Get help with consumer law matters such as debt collection, garnishment, credit issues, foreclosures, contracts and conciliation court with a free 30-minute consultation from a volunteer attorney. Call 952-431-3200 to schedule an appointment. Sponsored by Legal Assistance of Dakota County, Dakota County Family Court and Dakota County Law Library.
Wednesday, Jan. 9
Family law clinic, 4-7 p.m., Galaxie Library, 14955 Galaxie Ave., Apple Valley. Receive a free 30-minute consultation from a volunteer attorney regarding family law matters such as divorce, child custody, child support, visitation, paternity issues, spousal maintenance and domestic abuse. This clinic is a joint program of Legal Assistance of Dakota County, the Dakota County Family Court and the Dakota County Law Library. Call 952-891-7241 to schedule an appointment.
Thursday, Jan. 10
Backyard Agriculture: Beekeeping Basics, 6-9 p.m., Lebanon Hills Visitor Center, 860 Cliff Road, Eagan. Discover all you need to know to start an apiary with JoAnne Sabin of the Minnesota Beekeepers Association. Learn about honeybee biology and behavior, hive management, swarm prevention and equipment. Ages: 16 and older. Cost: $40. Registration required at www.co.dakota.mn.us/parks.
Friday, Jan. 11
Trails by Candlelight, 6-9 p.m., Dakota Lodge, Thompson County Park, 1200 Stassen Lane, West St. Paul. Walk around the lake and through the woods on lit hiking and snowshoe trails and plowed walking trails. Warm up with hot cocoa and bonfires. Cocoa provided. Hot food available for purchase from food trucks. Dogs not permitted. All activities are conditions permitting. All ages. Tickets: $5 at www.co.dakota.mn.us/parks or at the door. Youth ages 3 and under are free.
Saturday, Jan. 12
Metro Republican Women, 8:30 a.m., Mendakota Country Club, 2075 Mendakota Drive, Mendota Heights. Topic: Learning from the 2018 elections with speakers Donna Bergstrom, Pam Myhra and Doug Wardlow. Cost: $20 members, $25 nonmembers, $15 students. Reservations: metrogopwomen.org. Reservations encouraged; walk-ins welcome for $25.
Winter Farmers Market, 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., Apple Valley Bachman’s, 7955 150th St. W., in the greenhouse. Information: 952-431-2242. Presented in partnership with the St. Paul Farmers Market.
Eagan Indoor Market, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., Oasis Room, Eagan Community Center, 1501 Central Parkway, Eagan. Information: https://www.cityofeagan.com/visit-the-indoor-market.
Citizens’ Climate Lobby of Dakota County, 10:30 a.m., Robert Trail Library, 14395 S. Robert Trail, Rosemount. Carbon Fee and Dividend will be discussed. Information: Deborah Nelson at email@example.com or citizensclimatelobby.org.
Brett Hack Vasculitis Charities fundraiser, 1:30 p.m., St. John’s Lutheran Church, 20165 Heath Ave., Lakeville. Speaker: Joe Schmit. Free admission, donations appreciated. Information: BHVCharities.org.
Eagan parkrun, a free weekly timed 5K run, 9 a.m. Saturdays at Thomas Lake Park, 4350 Thomas Lake Road, Eagan. Rain or shine. To get a time recorded and stored online, register at www.parkrun.us/register and bring your barcode with you. Information: www.parkrun.us/eagan.
Emotions Anonymous, 7:30-9 p.m. Tuesdays at SouthCross Community Church, 1800 E. County Road 42 (at Summit Oak Drive), Apple Valley. EA is a 12-step program for those seeking emotional health. All are welcome. Information: http://www.emotionsanonymous.org/out-of-the-darkness-walks.
Recovery International, 3 p.m. Tuesdays at Mary, Mother of the Church (Room 9), 3333 Cliff Road, Burnsville. Park in lower lot. Self-help group for depression, anxiety, fears, panic attacks, anger and more. Information: Rita at 952-890-7623 or www.recoveryinternational.org.
Al-Anon Finding Hope Beginners Group, 9:30-10:30 a.m. Saturdays at Mary, Mother of the Church, 3333 Cliff Road, Burnsville. Troubled by someone’s drinking? Al-Anon can help. More information: al-anon-alateen-msp.org.
The American Red Cross will hold the following blood drives. Call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit redcrossblood.org to make an appointment or for more information.
• Jan. 4, 11:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Easter Lutheran Church – By The Lake, 4545 Pilot Knob Road, Eagan.
• Jan. 5, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Lifetime Fitness, 5995 149th St. W., Apple Valley.
• Jan. 5, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Wescott Library, 1340 Wescott Road, Eagan.
• Jan. 7, 1-7 p.m., Culver’s, 3445 O’Leary Lane, Eagan.
• Jan. 9, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Family Vision Clinic, 4200 County Road 42 W., Savage.
• Jan. 10, 1-7 p.m., Shepherd of the Valley Lutheran Church, 12650 Johnny Cake Ridge Road, Apple Valley.
• Jan. 10, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Apple Valley Medical Center, 14655 Galaxie Ave., Apple Valley.
• Jan. 12, 10:15 a.m. to 4:45 p.m., Burnhaven Library, 1101 W. County Road 42, Burnsville.
• Jan. 12, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Eagan Community Center, 1501 Central Parkway, Eagan.
Memorial Blood Centers will hold the following blood drive. Call 1-888-GIVE-BLD (1-888-448-3253) or visit mbc.org to make an appointment or for more information.
• Jan. 9, 8-11 a.m., City of Burnsville, 100 Civic Center Parkway, Burnsville.