Lakeville community briefs, Nov. 1

Toastmasters host special demo meeting
Big Apple Toastmasters will host author and speaker Jeff Gaines at a special demonstration meeting at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 7, in Lakeville. Gaines is the author of “Never Enough Nation: Managing Your Health, Wealth and Stress” and has more than 18 years of motivational speaking experience.

In addition to hearing from Gaines about the importance of great communications skills, guests will be able to observe and participate in a demonstration of a Toastmasters meeting.

The event will be held at 7580 160th St. W. in Lakeville (upstairs at the Edina Realty Building). It is free and open to the public.

Lakeville seniors
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 lwalter@lakevillemn.gov.

Heritage Center will be closed on Nov. 11 in observance of Veterans Day.

Diner’s Club – Participation is open to current senior center members who have paid a $5 group registration fee. Both singles and couples are invited. This month’s dinner will be at Harry’s in Lakeville. Meet at the restaurant on Nov. 14 at 5 p.m. Sign up by Nov. 12 so reservations can be made.

Estate tax talk – Mike Lynch from Financial Network Investment Corp. will present “How to Protect Your Estate from Excess Taxation” from 9:30-11:30 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 19. Attendees will have an opportunity to ask questions and will receive a comprehensive handout to review. Sign up by Nov. 13 to attend. Cost is 1 punch for senior center members and $2.50 for nonmembers.

Chair massages, health tips – Staff from HealthSource Chiropractic will give free 10-minute chair massages from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 20. Also on Nov. 20, Nicole Lauer, D.C., will present “Don’t Lift That Shovel: Lower Back Stretches” at 12:20 p.m. This interactive stretching class will help relieve some lower back pain. Lauer will discuss common injuries that happen in the winter months, and she will answer questions about lower back pain. This will be the third of 12 health topics and classes. Sign up for these offerings by Nov. 14.

Healthy cooking with fall flavors – Fall Flavors Cooking & Baking will be offered from 1:30-2:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 20. Recipes in this demonstration-style class include pumpkin pancakes, sweet potato and red pepper pasta, ginger crinkle cookies and quick-and-easy fudge. Plan to taste the cooking results and take home recipes. The class is instructed by Lisa Danielson, in-store dietician at Family Fresh Market. Cost is $3. Sign up with payment by Nov. 15.

‘Friendly Folks’ – The singles club has changed its name to “Friendly Folks.” This group is now open to anyone who wants to meet other members, socialize and have fun. You must be a current senior center member and pay a $5 group registration fee to participate. Upcoming events:
• Saturday, Nov. 16, 4-6 p.m., social at Porterhouse, 11211 205th St. W., Lakeville.
• Saturday, Dec. 7, 4-6 p.m., social at Rudy’s Redeye Grill, 14845 S. Robert Trail, Rosemount.
Sign up at the senior center three days prior to the event so reservations can be made.

Special night planned for special parents at Shepherd of the Valley
Shepherd of the Valley Lutheran Church, 12650 Johnny Cake Ridge Road, Apple Valley, is hosting a free night out for parents of children with special needs. The event will be 6-8:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 15, and will include a meal, comedian and resources.

Child care is also free and available, including pizza and activities for the kids. Parents must register ahead of time at www.sotv.org/events.

The church also is looking for volunteers to help with child care. Volunteers do not need special skills, just a desire to help give caregivers a break. Experienced volunteers will help staff the event. Contact Lisa Hegerman at 952-985-7329 or lisa.hegerman@sotv.org to volunteer with child care.

Zoo hosts ‘Thanks for Giving’ food drive
For the month of November, the Minnesota Zoo in Apple Valley is conducting a “Thanks for Giving” food drive in support of Second Harvest Heartland.

Zoo guests who donate a non-perishable food item will receive an admission discount: $2 off adult and $1 off child/senior admission (one discount per donation).

The most needed items are meat and protein, canned fruits and vegetables, complete meals, grains, personal hygiene items and cleaning supplies.

For more information, call 952-431-9500 or visit mnzoo.org.

Dakota-Scott Workforce board seeks award nominations
The Dakota-Scott Workforce Investment Board is taking nominations to recognize people who do great things to improve the workplace. The following awards will be presented during the annual Legislative and Awards Luncheon on Dec. 13:

The Mark McAfee Friend of Workforce Award (previously known as the Friend of Workforce Development Award) is given to an individual who has championed workforce issues at local, state and/or federal levels.

The Business Champion Award recognizes an outstanding company that also uses Workforce Center services such as job fairs, job postings and/or working with counselors.

The Bob Killeen Award recognizes companies for their implementation of quality practices. Killeen was a former WIB member who was a tireless advocate for quality efforts.

The Excellence in Youth Employment Services Awards recognize an organization or program, an employer or an individual who has demonstrated a commitment to and effectiveness in preparing young people, ages 14-21. Two awards will be made: one for Dakota County and one for Scott County. Awards sponsors are St. Francis Regional Medical Center and Dakota Electric Association.

The Bob Klas Sr. Entrepreneur Award recognizes a local entrepreneur success story. The inaugural award was presented to Bob Klas Sr. Criteria include: the entrepreneur’s success as evidenced by business growth; the individual’s leadership in the business and/or civic communities; and/or the mentorship they provide to other entrepreneurs.

For more information or to submit a nomination, contact the Workforce Investment Board at 651-554-5633 or email mark.jacobs@co.dakota.mn.us. The deadline to submit nominations is Nov. 1.

Job Transitions Group meets Nov. 5
Catherine Byers Breet will present “YOU LOOK A LITTLE FAT IN THAT! Why a little tough love might be just the thing you need to get hired” at the Nov. 5 meeting of the Easter Job Transitions Group. The group meets at 7:30 a.m. Tuesdays at Easter Lutheran Church-By the Lake, 4545 Pilot Knob Road, Eagan. Call 651-452-3680 for information.

Explorers looking for members
The Dakota County Sheriffs Office Explorer Post is accepting applications for new recruits. Explorers are trained by department advisers in law enforcement techniques, community policing, crime prevention and first aid.

The skills they learn are tested at state and national competitions and can benefit those who attend post-secondary education.

The program cooperates with Learning For Life, a nonprofit organization dedicated to introducing young adults to law enforcement and criminal justice careers.

The Explorers accepts boys and girls ages 14-20 who reside within Dakota County, have completed eighth grade, pass a background check, and maintain a C average or better.

For additional information, contact Det. Dawanna Witt at 651-438-4736 or Dawanna.Witt@co.dakota.mn.us.

Forum offers information on health insurance
Dakota County will host a health care forum from 6-8 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 12, at Lutheran Church of the Ascension, 1801 Cliff Road E., Burnsville.

The forum will feature presentations on Medicare and MNsure, as well as general information about WIC, Child and Teen Checkup, SNAP, and Financial Empowerment programs. Attendees can get assistance signing up for MNsure health care programs from certified counselors.

The presentation on Medicare will be from 6:15-6:45 p.m., followed by the MNsure presentation from 6:45-7:15 p.m. General information and MNsure assistance will be available from 6-8 p.m.

Those seeking assistance signing up for MNsure programs should bring the name, date of birth, Social Security number and income information for any individual with whom they jointly file taxes or declare as a dependent.

There is no cost to attend.

New immunization requirements begin in 2014
The Minnesota Department of Health has adopted new immunization requirements that will apply to children enrolling in schools, child care programs and early childhood programs beginning Sept. 1, 2014, and will bring Minnesota’s immunizations law in line with current national recommendations and practices.

Among the biggest changes, the new rules for children in child care and grades preK-12 now call for:

– Hepatitis A and B vaccination for children enrolling in child care or early childhood programs.

– Replacement of the current seventh-grade tetanus-diphtheria (Td) vaccination with one that also includes pertussis (Tdap).

– Meningococcal vaccination for secondary students, beginning in seventh grade.

The new rules do not change the medical exemption or the option for parents to decline any or all vaccines for conscientious reasons.

Some additional changes to the school and child care immunization rules make modifications in the timing of certain doses of required vaccines to match current medically acceptable standards and put early childhood programs that meet regularly for six weeks or more under the immunization rule. More details on the changes are on the MDH immunizations website (www.health.state.mn.us/divs/idepc/immunize/immrule/newlawfs.html).

Craft, quilt and bake sale at Farmington Lutheran
Farmington Lutheran Church will hold its Craft, Quilt & Bake sale from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 2.

The event will include a “Second Chance Sale” featuring items that can be recycled, reused, repurposed and reloved.

The church is located at 20600 Akin Road in Farmington. Call 651-463-4100 for more information.

Holiday boutique set Nov. 2
Christ Lutheran Church, 1930 Diffley Road, Eagan, will hold its 23rd annual Holiday Boutique from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 2. For additional information, call 651-454-4091.

Fair Trade Sale is Nov. 2 at St. John Neumann
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.

Donations needed for Thanksgiving baskets
Mary, Mother of the Church in Burnsville is seeking help from the community for donations of food, gift cards, and money for its annual Thanksgiving basket program to feed 350 families.

People can sign up to make Thanksgiving baskets which are to include: Bottled juice, two cans of corn, two cans of green beans, one can of cranberry sauce, one can of syrup-packed sweet potatoes, two boxes of one-step turkey stuffing mix, two jars of ready-made turkey gravy, two cans mixed fruit, two boxes of instant mashed potatoes, disposable roasting pan, paper towels or napkins, roll of tinfoil, disposable storage containers, $25 Cub gift certificate (for turkey and other perishable food), and a cardboard box or clothes basket (to prepare items for preparing baskets).

Donations are also being accepted of any of the Thanksgiving basket items, $25 Cub gift cards, or monetary donations to help bridge any gaps.

To register to make a basket or for more information, call the church at 952-890-0045.

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.

Holiday festival is Nov. 2 at LCA
The Women’s Guild of the Lutheran Church of the Ascension, 1803 E. Cliff Road, Burnsville, will hold its 23nd annual Holiday Festival from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 2.

The festival will feature a craft show, lunch menu, and bake sale. Cinnamon rolls and coffee will be for sale.

Call 952-890-3412 for more information.

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