Family Calendar, Dec. 20

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

Friday, Dec. 20
MOMS Club of Eagan West monthly social, 10-11 a.m., Peace Church, 2180 Glory Drive, Eagan. Ashley Lundgren will speak about dressing your body type/updating your look. The club offers support to stay-at-home moms and mothers working part-time. Play groups, tours and weekly events are offered for mothers and children. Information: or [email protected].

Movies for Kids: “Santa Claus is Coming to Town,” 10:30 a.m., Burnhaven Library, 1101 County Road 42 W., Burnsville. Ages: 2-6. Information: 952-891-0300.

Saturday, Dec. 21
Christmas in Sugarland, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, 151 E. County Road 42, Burnsville. Area families are invited to step into Sugarland and experience the true meaning of Christmas. Activities include storytime, a skit, cookie decorating, crafts, music, games and a souvenir photo. Free. Information: 952-432-5527 or

Sunday, Dec. 22
Skate with Santa Claus during the public skating session, 3:30-5 p.m., Apple Valley Sports Arena, 14452 Hayes Road (adjoining AVHS). Free apple cider and treats. Christmas music and Christmas face painting will also be featured. All ages welcome. Cost: $4 at the door.

Friday, Dec. 27
“The Princess Bride,” 10:30 a.m. to 12:15 p.m., Galaxie Library, 14955 Galaxie Ave., Apple Valley. Enjoy this bent fairy tale, complete with fencing, fighting, chases and escapes in a time when men were men and swamps were fire swamps, full of quicksand and rodents of unusual size, and the most beautiful woman in the world was named Buttercup. For all ages. Free. Information: 952-891-7045.

“Despicable Me 2,” 2:30-5 p.m., Burnhaven Library, 1101 County Road 42 W., Burnsville. Comedy adventure featuring the return of super-villain Gru, the girls, the unpredictably hilarious Minions, and a host of new characters. Popcorn and cocoa provided. Ages: 6-15. Free. Information: 952-891-0300.

Saturday, Dec. 28
Free children’s concert led by Colorado-based duo Jeff and Paige, 10:30-11:15 a.m., Presbyterian Church of the Apostles, 701 E. 130th St., Burnsville. Information: 952-890-7877.

Monday, Dec. 30
Board Games, 1:30-3:30 p.m., Burnhaven Library, 1101 County Road 42 W., Burnsville. For all ages. Free. Information: 952-891-0300.

Tuesday, Dec. 31
Dakota County New Year’s Eve party, 5-8 p.m., Visitor Center, Lebanon Hills Regional Park, 860 Cliff Road, Eagan. Cost is $8 per person if pre-registered by Dec. 30 and $10 per person at the door. Children age 5 and younger are free. Information: or 651-554-6530.

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. 20, 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Fairview Ridges Hospital, 201 E. Nicollet Blvd., Burnsville.
• Dec. 23, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Walmart, 7835 150th St. W., Apple Valley.
• Dec. 26, 2-8 p.m., Carmike 15 Cinemas, 15630 Cedar Ave., Apple Valley.
• Dec. 26, noon to 5 p.m., Culver’s, 15225 Galaxie Ave., Apple Valley.
• Dec. 26, 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., School of Environmental Studies, 12155 Johnny Cake Ridge Road, Apple Valley.
• Dec. 26, noon to 6 p.m., Brunswick Zone XL, 11129 162nd St. W., Lakeville.
• Dec. 28, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Culver’s, 3445 O’Leary Lane, Eagan.