Apple Valley community briefs, Oct. 25

Recycle your pumpkins
Residents of Apple Valley, Burnsville and Eagan can drop off their Halloween pumpkins for free recycling from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, Nov. 2, in the southwest parking lot at the Eagan Community Center, 1501 Central Parkway, Eagan.

Pumpkins will be collected by Dick’s Sanitation and delivered to a special organics recycling facility.

All candle wax must be removed. Painted pumpkins will not be accepted. Children who accompany their parents to recycle a pumpkin will get a free treat.

The event is coordinated by Dakota Valley Recycling (cities of Apple Valley, Burnsville and Eagan). For more information, contact Dakota Valley Recycling at 651-675-5011 (Eagan) or 952-895-4511 (Burnsville and Apple Valley).

Rotary club selling car raffle tickets
The Apple Valley Rotary Scholarship Foundation car raffle for a 2013 Ford Focus will conclude with a drawing event at 5:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 26, at Apple Valley Ford-Lincoln, 7200 150th St. W.

The public is invited to the event, which will have music and food from Rascal’s Bar & Grill prior to the drawing. Mayor Mary Hamann-Roland will draw the winning tickets.

People will still be able to buy tickets at the event before the grand prize winner of a 2013 Ford Focus is selected.

Second prize is a gas grill from Warners’ Stellian, and third prize is $500 cash.

The winners will be invited to the dealership to claim their prizes and acknowledge their support of Rotary projects through their ticket purchase.

Last year, the club sold 2,450 raffle tickets and raised $34,500 to support community needs.

“The club appreciates the community support of the annual fundraiser, which is so important for its success,” said Bill Tschohl, Apple Valley Rotary director. “By supporting the annual fundraiser you support the club’s many projects.”

In 2013 college scholarships were awarded to students from Apple Valley and Eastview high schools.

Dictionaries were delivered to third-grade students throughout Apple Valley.

The club also recognized two individuals at Apple Valley High School with the Teacher of the Year Award.

The club has supported Beyond the Yellow Ribbon network, Camp Enterprise, 360 Communities food shelf, Boy Scouts and Cub Scouts, Dakota County Technical College Emergency Fund and support for military families.

Also supported are Apple Valley High School speech team and National Honor Society, Polio Plus and more.

Meet in the Middle program begins at Spirit of Life
Spirit of Life Presbyterian Church in Apple Valley has begun an after-school program on Wednesdays called Meet in the Middle. A variety of activities are offered for children, youths and adults, including a dinner for all.

School-age children can come after school for snacks and a time to complete their homework, along with other activities. Older youths are also welcome after school. Following dinner, they meet for community building, including a Confirmation class.

Adults can participate in any of the children’s or youth activities. They can stay for the meal and be a mentor for the children. Bell-ringing practice and choir practice follow at 6:30 and 7:30 p.m., respectively.

The church is at 14401 Pilot Knob Road. Call 952-423-2212 or visit www.spiritoflifeav.org for more information.

MNsure workshops at libraries
In partnership with the Dakota County Library, Portico Healthnet and CLUES, Dakota County Community Services is holding several workshops to assist people in applying for new MNsure health care programs. MNsure is a one-stop health insurance marketplace where Minnesotans can get help, compare plans and choose from a variety of companies to find insurance plans.

Workshops will be held from 6-8 p.m. on the following dates:

–Monday, Oct. 28, at Burnhaven Library, 1101 W. County Road 42, Burnsville; 952-891-0300.

–Wednesday, Nov. 13, at Wescott Library, 1340 Wescott Road, Eagan; 651-450-2900.

–Tuesday, Nov. 26, at Heritage Library, 20085 Heritage Drive, Lakeville; 952-891-0360.

–Wednesday, Dec. 4, at Robert Trail Library, 14395 S. Robert Trail, Rosemount; 651-480-1200.

A certified application counselor will help attendees set up a MNsure account online, guide them through the application and answer any questions they might have. Anyone interested in attending should bring the names, dates of birth, incomes and Social Security numbers of anyone in their household applying for health care coverage.

Registration is required by calling a specific library branch to sign up for its workshop.

Job Transitions Group meets Oct. 29
Abby Kohut of Absolutely Abby will present “Exposing the Hidden Job Market” at the 7:30 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 29, meeting of the Easter Job Transitions Group at Easter Lutheran Church – On the Hill, 4200 Pilot Knob Road, Eagan. Registration is required at http://easter.org/wordpress/job-transitions-group.

Iraq War veteran to speak in Burnsville
Iraq War veteran Sgt. Daniel J. Hanson will speak during an open house from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 9, at Kukowski Center, an integrative mental health clinic at 1601 Southcross Drive W. in Burnsville.

Hanson will speak about adjusting to life after Iraq and overcoming the physical and mental effects of combat.

The open house will feature mini sessions of massage, yoga and acupuncture. A drawing for free services will be held. Healthy snacks will be served. Children are welcome to attend.

For more information, call 952-361-4369 or visit www.realliferealsolutions.com.

Benefit concert set Nov. 16 in Eagan
Vineyard Community Services, Burnsville, will host a country and bluegrass concert to benefit the Fruit of the Vine food shelf from 1-6 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 16, at Ansari’s Mediterranean Grill and Lounge, 1960 Rahncliff Court, Eagan.

Featured musicians will be Patrick Frederick and Steve “Stymie” Seamans of The Daisy Dillman Band, Kit Kildahl and Boom Boom Steve Vonderharr, Jeff Ray and Hurricane Harold Tremblay and Corpse Reviver.

Online ticket donations are $30 at www.vcsmn.org or $40 at the door if available. For more information, call 952-595-5980.

One last chance to talk trails
A final public open house regarding the design of the North Urban Regional Trail in Dakota County will be held from 5-7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 14, at Mendota Heights City Hall, 1101 Victoria Curve, Mendota Heights.

The purpose of the open house is to review the trail design details and discuss the construction schedule before construction begins in summer of 2014.

Those who are unable to attend the open house but would still like to provide input can contact Dakota County’s project manager, Chris Hartzell, at 952-891-7106 or chris.hartzell@co.dakota.mn.us.

For more information, visit www.nurtstudy.com.

Licensed child care info for parents
Dakota County Social Services is hosting a class from 6-7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 7, that gives 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.

The class will be in Room L139 of the Dakota County Western Service Center, 14955 Galaxie Ave., Apple Valley.

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

Community meals at Grace
Grace Lutheran Church in Apple Valley will serve free community meals Mondays, Nov. 4, 11 and 25. Dining hall doors will open at 5:30 p.m. Dinner will be served from 6 to 6:30 p.m.

The meals are for senior citizens, single-parent families, families in transition and all others in the surrounding community seeking a healthy meal in a relaxed and fun environment. Although the meals are free, donations are accepted.

Grace Lutheran Church is located at the intersection of Pennock Avenue and County Road 42. For more information, call the church at 952-432-7273.

NAMI family support group
The National Alliance on Mental Illness of Minnesota sponsors free support groups for families who have a relative with a mental illness. A family support group meets at 7 p.m. on the fourth Monday of the month at Advent United Methodist Church, 3945 Lexington Ave. S., Eagan. For information, call Connie at 952-432-9278.

Craft fair set Nov. 2-3 at Mary, Mother
Mary, Mother of the Church’s annual craft fair will be 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 2, and 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 3, in the Mary Center and Fireside Room. The church is located at 3333 Cliff Road, Burnsville.

More than 75 crafters will be on hand. The Burnsville Lions Club will sell food and beverages. Admission is free.

Resources for caregivers
A panel discussion, “Educating Caregivers and Their Loved Ones,” will take place at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 7, at Mary, Mother of the Church, 3333 Cliff Road, Burnsville.

Participants will be able to hear advice, ask questions, and learn about the signs that a loved one may need a different level of care. The panel of professionals includes social workers, an elder care attorney, and representatives from home health care, adult day care, assisted living, senior living, memory care, hospice, and Dakota County Public Health.

There is no cost to attend. Call 952-890-0045, ext. 241, or e-mail jlehnert@mmotc.org, to register. Child care is available with pre-registration.

Free jazz concert at Mount Calvary
Augsburg College jazz ensemble Seven Half Trio will highlight an evening of “Smooth Jazz and Razzmatazz” at 7 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 9, at Mount Calvary Lutheran Church, 3930 Rahn Road, Eagan.

Other performers will include local singer Lisa Anderson, former concertmaster of South of the River Chamber Orchestra Gasan Guseyn-Zade and a variety of other musical talents.

In addition to jazz, classical and gospel selections will be featured.

The concert is free. Free-will donations will support Mount Calvary’s organ fund.

St. Joseph to host ecumenical Thanksgiving prayer service
St. Joseph Catholic Church in Rosemount will host the Ecumenical Thanksgiving Eve Prayer Service at 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 27, with the Rev. Paul Jarvis, of St. Joseph, to preside and the Rev. Karen Bruins, of Rosemount United Methodist Church, to preach.

Performing will be a combined choir from both churches and members from other area churches.

Those who would like to join the combined choir may call Bill Bradley at St. Joseph at 651-423-4402.  St. Joseph will have Mass on Thanksgiving Day, at 8:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 28.

People are encouraged to bring canned and boxed food items for donation to the community food shelf during both services.

More information is at www.stjosephcommunity.org.

The church is located at 13900 Biscayne Ave. W.

Thanksgiving concert and food drive
The Minnesota Mormon Chorale & Orchestra, the Minneapolis Commodores, Grace United Methodist and Farmington Lutheran Church choirs will present a special collaborative benefit concert titled “Come Thou Fount of Every Blessing” at 7 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 10, at the Lakeville Stake Center, 18460 Kachina Court, Lakeville.

The concert will feature many genres including gospel, barbershop, spirituals and classical performed by more than 100 musicians. The event is open to the public and, for admission, guests are encouraged to bring a non-perishable food item for 360 Communities. Refreshments will follow.

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