Apple Valley community briefs, Oct. 18

Craft, bake sale is Oct. 26
The Apple Valley Legion Auxiliary will hold its annual craft and bake sale 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 26, at the Apple Valley Legion Club, 14521 Granada Drive, Apple Valley. Information: 651-423-2493.

Divorce info session slated in Burnsville
People considering divorce or in the early stages of divorce can attend a free informational event from 6:30-8 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 22, at Summit Executive Offices Suites, 1500 McAndrews Road W., Burnsville.

An open format will allow participants to get answers and direction.

To reserve a spot or for more information, call Terryl Johnson at 952-431-0805. Sponsored by Divorce Financial Directions in Burnsville.

Lebanon Hills enjoys the limelight
Fitness magazine Runner’s World has named Lebanon Hills Regional Park’s trails as its “Trail of the Month.”

Lebanon Hills, one of seven parks within the Dakota County Parks system, spans nearly 2,000 acres and features more than 20 miles of trails for various types of use, such as hiking, mountain biking and horseback riding. It has multiple trailhead options, including Holland Lake, Jensen Lake and the Visitor Center trailheads.

Runner’s World is a fitness magazine published monthly throughout the United States and featured online via almost a dozen international websites.

For more information, visit and search Lebanon Hills.

Christiania Lutheran holds lutefisk dinner, bake sale
Christiania Lutheran Church, 26691 Pillsbury Ave., Lakeville, will hold its 31st annual Norwegian Lutefisk Supper and Bake Sale on Saturday, Oct. 26. Settings are 2:30, 4 and 5:30 p.m. with a bake sale starting at 2:30 p.m. Tickets are $16 for adults, $7 for children 12 and younger. Call 952-461-2283 Tuesday-Friday through Oct. 25 to purchase tickets.

Fair Trade Sale set Nov. 2
St. John Neumann and St. Thomas Becket Just Marketplace Ministry will host a Fair Trade Sale from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 2, in the social hall at St. John Neumann.

Products include handcrafts and food items made by economically disadvantaged artisans and farmers. The sale of the items provides a sustainable livelihood for these small-scale producers. Representatives will be on hand to tell the stories of the people behind the products and how fair trade helps the artisans and farmers.

The Fair Trade Sale is not a fundraiser. More than 90 percent of the purchase price goes directly back to support the artisans and farmers that produce the product.

Cash or checks preferred.

St. John Neumann Church is at 4030 Pilot Knob Road, Eagan. For more information, contact Jeanne Creegan at 651-681-9575.

Cheerful Givers receives award

Eagan-based Cheerful Givers has received a 2013 Top-Rated Award by GreatNonprofits, a provider of user reviews about nonprofit organizations.

The award was based on the large number of positive reviews that Cheerful Givers received – reviews written by volunteers, donors and clients. People posted their personal experience with Cheerful Givers online at

Cheerful Givers’ mission is to provide toy-filled birthday gift bags so that less fortunate parents can recognize their child’s one special day with a gift. More information is at

County hosts classes to help parents transition to licensed child care
Dakota County Social Services is hosting two classes this fall to give parents a chance to learn more about making the move to licensed child care. Information will be offered about safe infant sleep practices and Minnesota child care safety regulations, and parents will be given tips to create effective relationships with their child care provider.

Classes are scheduled for the following times and locations:

Thursday, Oct. 24, 6-7 p.m., at the Dakota County Northern Service Center, 1 Mendota Road W., West St. Paul, rooms 110 A and B.

Thursday, Nov. 7, 6-7 p.m., at the Dakota County Western Service Center, 14955 Galaxie Ave., Apple Valley, room L139.

No registration is required to attend. For more information, call 952-891-7400.

New Sociables to meet Nov. 4
The New Sociables women’s group will hold its monthly meeting at 9:15 a.m. Monday, Nov. 4, at Spirit of Life Presbyterian Church, 14401 Pilot Knob Road, Apple Valley.

Bachman’s floral designer Karen Ortiz will share tips on Christmas decorating.

The group is open to all women looking to meet new people and to join in on the activities offered. It meets the first Monday of the month at the church.

Vermillion River Watershed open house set Oct. 22
Every 10 years, the Vermillion River Watershed Joint Powers Organization updates its plan that defines top issues and priorities for managing the water resources in the 335-square-mile Vermillion River Watershed in Dakota County and southeastern Scott County.

The organization will kick off the 2015 watershed plan update at a meeting for stakeholders and the public from 3-6 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 22, at the Dakota County Extension and Conservation Center, 4100 220th St. W., Farmington.

A brief presentation, summary of issues and priorities identified so far, and addition of new topics, will take place from 3-4:30 p.m., followed by an open house until 6 p.m. when the public can talk one-on-one with staff about additional issues to include in the new plan.

This is the first of several meetings planned to ensure the 2015 Vermillion River Watershed Plan incorporates the best ideas of people who live, work or play in the watershed area. No registration is required to attend.

Those who cannot attend may submit written comments via mail to VRWJPO, 14955 Galaxie Ave., Apple Valley, MN 55124. Comments can also be emailed to Mark Zabel at [email protected] or Melissa Bokman at [email protected].

For more information, call the organization at 952-891-7000.

Workforce Investment Board appointments
At its meeting Oct. 1, the Dakota County Board of Commissioners appointed Claire Giancola-Belmares, director of talent acquisition – Thomson Legal at Thomson Reuters, and Vance Boelter, plant manager at Lettieri’s in Shakopee, to the Dakota-Scott Workforce Investment Board.

Giancola-Belmares will fill a vacancy on the board representing large business in the private sector. She has more than 15 years of experience in human resources, holds numerous certifications and maintains memberships in various human resource associations and boards.

Boelter will fill a vacancy on the board representing small business in the private sector. He has extensive experience in the food manufacturing industry and currently oversees production operations, quality, maintenance, safety and research/development projects at Lettieri’s.

The Dakota-Scott Workforce Investment Board oversees employment and training programs in Dakota and Scott counties and is a state leader in developing innovative programs administered through WorkForce Centers in Burnsville, Shakopee and West St. Paul.