Family Calendar

To submit items for the Family Calendar, email: [email protected].

Saturday, Dec. 15
Christmas in Sugarland, open house, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Good Shepherd Lutheran Church and School, 151 E. County Road 42, Burnsville. Activities include skit, songs, cookie decorating, crafts, games, and more. Free. Information:

Sunday, Dec. 16
Free practice ACT test, 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Sylvan Learning, 170 Cobblestone Lane, Burnsville. Bring a calculator. Reservations: (952) 435-6603. To receive test results, parents must be present at a follow-up appointment.

Santa’s Helpers Kids Cheer Clinic by the Eastview High School competition cheer team for students in grades K-8, noon to 4 p.m., in the gym. Parent performance at 3:45 p.m. Cost: $35, includes T-shirt, pom-poms, snack and more. Information/registration:

Saturday, Dec. 29
Winter Birds, all ages, 10 a.m. to noon, Ritter Farm Park, 19300 Ritter Trail, Lakeville. Free, but registration required at Information: (952) 985-4600.

Blood drives
The American Red Cross will hold the following blood drives. Call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit to make an appointment or for more information.
• Dec. 14, 12:30 to 5:30 p.m., Easter Lutheran Church – By the Lake, 4545 Pilot Knob Road, Eagan.
• Dec. 15, 10:15 a.m. to 3:15 p.m., Burnhaven Library, 1101 W. County Road 42, Burnsville.
• Dec. 15, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Wescott Library, 1340 Wescott Road, Eagan.
• Dec. 17, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Dakota County Regional Chamber of Commerce, Unisys, 3199 Pilot Knob Road, Eagan.
• Dec. 18, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Culver’s, 3445 O’Leary Lane, Eagan.
• Dec. 19, noon to 5 p.m., Culver’s, 17800 Kenwood Trail, Lakeville.
• Dec. 24, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Walmart, 7835 150th St. W., Apple Valley.