UCare hosts Medicare info meetings
UCare will host the following free informational meetings about its UCare for Seniors health plan options.
• Thursday, Sept. 12, 2 p.m., Eagan Community Center, 1501 Central Parkway, Eagan.
• Monday, Sept. 16, 2 p.m., Lakeville Area Arts Center, 20965 Holyoke Ave., Lakeville.
To register for a meeting or to obtain more information, call 877-523-1518.
All events are held at Lakeville Heritage Center, 20110 Holyoke Ave. Senior center inquiries can be directed to Linda Walter, senior coordinator, at 952-985-4622 or [email protected].
Metro Dining Cards – Metro Dining Cards are now for sale at Heritage Center. They consist of a box of discount cards that can be used once a month in a variety of restaurants south of the river – buy one meal and get the second meal of equal value for free. Cost is $22 per set. These will be sold at the Belgian Waffle Breakfast on Oct. 13, as well as at Heritage Center during regular business hours, Monday-Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Flu shot clinic – Sept. 19, 9-11:30 a.m. Anyone over the age of 3 may receive the flu vaccination. Major insurance plans are accepted, including Medicare. If not covered by insurance, flu shots are $30, mist is $35 and pneumonia shots are $75. Cash or checks are accepted.
Diabetic Shoe Source – Diabetic Shoe Source will be at Heritage Center, from 9:30-11:30 a.m. Friday, Sept. 20. A certified pedorthist will measure feet and fit shoes. All Medicare paperwork and billing will be taken care of by Diabetic Shoe Source.
Digital Photography Club – This club meets on the first and third Fridays of the month at 10 a.m. The next class will be Sept. 20. Cost is one punch per class.
Healthy Cooking – All About Apples, 1:30-2:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 25. Cost is $3. Learn new ways to incorporate seasonal apples into your cooking in this demonstration-style class taught by Lisa Danielson, nutrition expert from Family Fresh Market. Sign up at Heritage Center with payment by Sept. 20.
Driver safety classes – Minnesota Highway Safety and Research Center offers driver improvement courses for mature drivers at Heritage Center every month. Register by calling 1-888-234-1294.
Four-hour refresher courses ($20): Sept. 17, 5:30-9:30 p.m.; Sept. 28, 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.; Oct. 14, 5:30-9:30 p.m.; Oct. 19, 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.; Nov. 4, 5:30-9:30 p.m.; Nov. 30, 5:30-9:30 p.m.; Dec. 9, 5:30-9:30 p.m.
The four-hour refresher course should be taken every three years, provided the eight-hour class has been completed.
Eight-hour courses ($24): Oct. 7 and 8, 5:30-9:30 p.m.; Dec. 14, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Note: A $2 discount is given to current AAA members at registration when they present their card.
MVTA celebrates customers
Minnesota Valley Transit Authority Customer Appreciation Week is Monday through Friday, Sept. 9-13.
“We are here to meet our customers’ need for transportation,” said MVTA Board Chair Gary Hansen, who also serves as an Eagan council member and chair of the Suburban Transit Association. “We want to take a pause, personally interact with the riders and thank them for using our services,” he said.
The schedule is as follows:
Monday, Sept. 9: Savage Park & Ride, County Road 42/Huntington Avenue, 6:30-8 a.m.; Burnsville Transit Station, 100 E. Highway 13, 4-6 p.m.
Tuesday, Sept. 10: Heart of the City Park & Ride, Pillsbury Avenue between Burnsville Parkway/126th Street, 6:30-8 a.m.; Eagan Transit Station, 3470 Pilot Knob Road, 4-6 p.m.
Wednesday, Sept. 11: Rosemount Transit Station, 14550 Burnley Ave., 5:30-7 a.m.; Blackhawk Park & Ride, Cliff Road at I-35E, 4-6 p.m.; Lakeville Cedar Park & Ride (unstaffed), 181st/Cedar, early morning; 157th Street Station (unstaffed), Pilot Knob Road/157th Street, Apple Valley, early morning.
Thursday, Sept. 12: Cedar Grove Transit Station, 4035 Nicols Road, Eagan, 6:30-9 a.m.; Apple Valley Transit Station, 15540 Cedar Ave., 4-6:30 p.m.
Friday, Sept. 13: Palomino Hills Park & Ride, Pennock/Palomino (adjacent to Christus Victor Lutheran Church), Apple Valley, 6-8 a.m.
MVTA is the public transportation provider for residents and businesses of Apple Valley, Burnsville, Eagan, Rosemount, and Savage. Call 952-882-7500 for transit information or visit www.mvta.com.
Warrior Fitness Challenge
The YMCA in Eagan will host the Y Warrior Fitness Challenge on Saturday, Oct. 12. Teams of four will compete in six fitness challenges laid out on an obstacle course.
Team divisions will include adults, youth, and families; all fitness levels are welcome.
Registration is $25 per team. Each team member will receive a T-shirt and finisher’s medal. Winning teams will receive additional recognition.
Check-in will begin at 8 a.m., with the race heats, disc jockey and entertainment running from 9 a.m. to noon.
Community members will also have the opportunity to participate as judges for the first Y-Staff Chili Cook Off. Employees of the Eagan Y will provide batches of their top chili recipes. For $1, individuals will be allowed to sample each chili and place a vote for their favorite.
This event is open to the community, and all ages are welcome.
Learn more and register for the Y Warrior Challenge at http://give.ymcatwincities.org/YWarrior.
The Y in Eagan is located at 550 Opperman Drive. Call 651-456-9622 or visit TwinCitiesYMCA.org for more information.
CDA’s Senior Showcase is Sept. 26
The Dakota County Community Development Agency (CDA) will host its annual Senior Showcase from 1-4 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 26. The Senior Showcase features five CDA senior housing developments located throughout Dakota County that will be open for public tours.
Senior Showcase locations include:
• Cameo Place – 3101 Lower 147th St., Rosemount.
• Haskell Court – 140 E. Haskell St., West St. Paul.
• Main Street Manor – 8725 209th St., Lakeville.
• Mississippi Terrace – 301 Ramsey St., Hastings.
• Vermillion River Crossing – 21400 Dushane Parkway, Farmington.
Senior Showcase guests will be able to tour units, ask questions about the Senior Housing Program and meet CDA staff.
Service providers will have information booths at each property about resources that are available to seniors including: CAP Agency, DARTS, Senior Linkage Line and the Rambling River Center.
The CDA is partnering with DARTS to offer bus transportation for those needing a ride.
Anyone interested in riding a bus can call 651-675-4432. Space on the buses is limited and riding a bus is optional.
For more information, call 651-675-4432 or visit dakotacda.org/SeniorShowcase.htm.
Kids ’n Kinship gala slated Oct. 6
Kids ’n Kinship, a local nonprofit organization that matches children ages 5-16 with volunteer mentors, will hold its annual gala Saturday, Oct. 6, at Crystal Lake Golf Club in Lakeville.
The event, featuring Dakota County Attorney James Backstrom as master of ceremonies, will include the music of Tim Mahoney, a sit-down dinner, silent auction, wine cork pull and purse tag pull. The program will include a testimonial by a young adult who was once mentored through the program.
Kids’ clothing, equipment sale in Eagan
The Minnesota Valley Mothers of Multiples will hold their biannual Kids’ Used Clothing and Equipment Sale from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday Sept. 21, at the Eagan Community Center, 1501 Central Parkway.
Admission is $2. Tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. for public shopping. Cash, checks and credit cards (3 percent convenience fee) will be accepted.
Snowboard G team registration
The G Team snowboard team has opened registration for winter training at Buck Hill online at thegteam.com. The G Team provides training for snowboarders who have their basic skills to advanced riders. Riders train with professional coaches two to three days a week, can letter in snowboard with their local high school and have competition opportunities.
Senior Day at IMAX Theatre
Senior Citizen Day is Tuesday, Sept. 10, at the IMAX Theatre at the Minnesota Zoo, 12000 Zoo Blvd., Apple Valley.
Complimentary coffee and refreshments will be served at 9 a.m. The film, “Deep Sea,” will begin at 10 a.m. Cost is $6.50.
For questions or group reservations, call 952-997-9714 or email [email protected].
Dakota County Consortium public hearing set Sept. 12 in Roseville
The Dakota County Consortium (made up of Anoka, Dakota, suburban Ramsey, and Washington counties and the cities of Woodbury and Coon Rapids) will hold a public hearing from 5 to 6 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 12, in the Hawthorne Room in Roseville City Hall, 2660 Civic Center Drive, Roseville.
The hearing will give the public an opportunity to comment on the consortium’s performance in meeting the housing, community and economic development needs as outlined by the consortium in the 2010 Dakota County Consortium Consolidated Plan and the 2012 Dakota County Consortium Action Plan.
A public comment period on the draft version of the Dakota County Consortium Consolidated Annual Performance and Evaluation Report (CAPER) for Fiscal Year 2012 is open for citizen comment.
The draft CAPER will be available for review at the Dakota County Community Development Agency, on the CDA’s website at www.dakotacda.org and on the Dakota County website at www.dakotacounty.us through Sept. 25. Additional draft copies will be available at the Burnhaven Library in Burnsville, Wescott Library in Eagan, Pleasant Hill Library in Hastings, and Heritage Library in Lakeville.
Those who wish to testify at the public hearing are requested to contact Leah Petricka at the Dakota County CDA, 1228 Town Centre Drive, Eagan; Telephone: 651-675-4468; MN Relay Service: 1-800-627-3529 or 711; Fax: 651-675-4444; prior to 4:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 11. Those who require special accommodations should contact the CDA at least a week before the hearing.
To submit comments after reviewing the CAPER, send them in writing to the Dakota County CDA, attention Leah Petricka, 1228 Town Centre Drive, Eagan, MN 55123; or by fax 651-675-4444.
Comments will be accepted through Sept. 13.
Met Council seeks applicants for Land Use Committee
The Metropolitan Council is seeking applicants for vacancies on its Land Use Advisory Committee, which advises the council on land use and local planning issues.
Locally, an open seat exists in District 16, which includes: Dakota County – the cities of Apple Valley, Coates, Hastings, Lakeville, Farmington, Vermillion, Hampton, New Trier, Miesville, Randolph, Nininger Township, Empire Township, Vermillion Township, Marshan Township, Ravenna Township, Eureka Township, Castle Rock Township, Hampton Township, Douglas Township, Greenvale Township, Waterford Township, Sciota Township and Randolph Township; Scott County – Spring Lake Township, Credit River Township, Cedar Lake Township, New Market Township and the city of Elko New Market.
The 18-member committee is composed of members from each Metropolitan Council District, and each metro-area county must be represented. At least half of the members must be local elected officials.
Applicants must live in the district from which they’re appointed and will serve a term that expires in January 2015.
The Land Use Advisory Committee meets every other month, on the third Thursday from 4-6 p.m.
More information, including the application form, can be found at http://www.metrocouncil.org/Council-Meetings/Committees/Land-Use-Advisory-Committee.aspx.
Completed applications are due Thursday, Sept. 26, to Pat Curtiss at [email protected] or 651-602-1630, or fax 651-602-1358. Questions about the committee can be directed to Deb Detrick at [email protected] or 651-602-1327.
Requirements for energy conservation rebates stressed
As of Sept. 1, homeowners intending to receive an air sealing and insulation rebate from Minnesota Energy Resources, Rosemount, must have the work done by an authorized and certified Minnesota Energy Resources contractor.
Each authorized contractor will have proof of authenticity to ensure quality installation work and rebate eligibility, which will result in energy savings for the homeowner. The scope of the work that qualifies includes adding insulation and air sealing measures where cold air can penetrate to the interior of the residence.
Authorized insulation contractors must adhere to the Minnesota Energy Resources program requirements, have received the national Building Performance Institute installer certification and agreed to random quality assurance inspections.
The goal is to make homes more energy efficient and ensure added value to the homeowner. The Minnesota Energy Resources installer requirement ensures the work is done properly with certified installers whose authorization qualifies for the program rebates.
A listing of Minnesota Energy Resources authorized contractors is available at www.minnesotaenergyresources.com/business/insulation_contractors.aspx.
More general rebate information is available at www.minnesotaenergyresources.com/insulation.