To submit items for the Family Calendar, email: [email protected].
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: dakotacounty.us/parks or 651-554-6530.
Friday, Jan. 3
Forever Wild Family Friday: Fun on the Ice, 7-8:30 p.m., Lebanon Hills Visitor Center, 860 Cliff Road, Eagan. Bring your own ice skates or try out the Visitor Center’s kicksleds. All ages. Free. Registration requested at www.co.dakota.mn.us/parks.
Saturday, Jan. 4
Ross Sutter – Animal Folklore, 11 a.m. to noon, Schaar’s Bluff Gathering Center, Spring Lake Park Reserve, 8395 127th St. E., Hastings. Have fun dancing, singing and learning about animals. A Minnesota Legacy Program. All ages. Free. Registration requested at www.co.dakota.mn.us/parks.
Tuesday, Jan. 7
Community Night – A Lunchbox & Snowshoe of Healthy Habits, 5-7 p.m., Valley Natural Foods, 13750 County Road 11, Burnsville. Free family event that encourages healthy habits in the new year. Includes free tastings and activities. Information: valleynaturalfoods.com/community/lunchbox-snowshoe-healthy-habits-community-night-january-7/.
Alpha, 6-8:15 p.m. Mondays, Jan. 13 to March 24 (no class Feb. 17), Hosanna Church, 9600 163rd St. W., Lakeville. Explore the meaning of life through the Christian faith in a relaxed and friendly environment. No cost. Register online: www.hosannalc.org.
The American Red Cross will hold the following blood drives. Call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit redcrossblood.org to make an appointment or for more information.
• Dec. 28, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Culver’s, 3445 O’Leary Lane, Eagan.
• Dec. 30, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Wescott Library, 1340 Wescott Road, Eagan.
• Dec. 31, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Sam’s Club, 14940 Florence Trail, Apple Valley.
• Jan. 7, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Messiah Lutheran Church, 16725 Highview Ave., Lakeville.
• Jan. 7, 2-7 p.m., American Legion, 12375 Princeton Ave., Savage.
• Jan. 8, 1-7 p.m., Walgreens, 2200 Highway 13 E., Burnsville.
• Jan. 9, 1-6 p.m., Hope Church, 7477 145th St., Apple Valley.
Memorial Blood Centers will hold the following blood drives. Call 888-GIVE-BLD or visit MBC.org to make an appointment or for more information.
• Dec. 31, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Lifetime Fitness, 1565 Thomas Center Drive, Eagan.
• Jan. 8, 8-11:45 a.m., US Federal Credit Union, 1400 Riverwood Drive, Burnsville.