Family Calendar, May 30

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

Friday, May 30
Eagan Grace Support Group for infant loss, 6:30-8:30 p.m. RSVP to [email protected]. Information:

Saturday, May 31
Find Minnesota’s Hidden Alphabet, 10 a.m. to noon, Lebanon Hills Regional Park, 860 Cliff Road, Eagan. Author David LaRochelle and photographer Joe Rossi share the stories behind their book, “Minnesota’s Hidden Alphabet.” Following the presentation, the book creators will lead families on an exploration of the woods, searching for ABCs. Bring a digital camera. Ages 5 and older. Registration requested at

Fourth annual Blue Star Bash for Wounded Warriors, 7 p.m. to midnight, Knights of Columbus Hall, 1114 American Blvd. W., Bloomington. Features live music, raffle, cash bar and appetizers. Proceeds go to Eagles Healing Nest, an organization which provides assistance with healing to service members. Hosted by Blue Star Mothers of America, North Metro Chapter 7, South Metro Chapter 8, and St. Paul Chapter 11. Tickets: $15 in advance and $20 at the door. To reserve tickets, email [email protected]

Tuesday, June 3
Family Fun Tuesday – Discovering the Natural World Through Music with MacPhail Center for Music, 10-11 a.m. in the Sculpture Garden at Caponi Art Park, Eagan. $4 per person donation suggested. Information: 651-454-9412 or

Tuesday Evenings in the Garden – Tree Pruning with Faith Appelquist, 6:30-8 p.m. in the red barn on the Dakota County Fairgrounds, 4008 220th St. W., Farmington. Learn the basics of pruning, including a hands-on demonstration of techniques. Free. Class size is limited; register by calling 651-480-7700. Information:

Wednesday, June 4
Eagan Market Fest, 4-8 p.m., Eagan Festival Grounds at Central Park, 1501 Central Parkway. Farmers market, entertainment by Percolators. Information: or 651-675-5500.

Boy Scout Alumni Gathering Picnic, 6-8 p.m., Farquar Park in Apple Valley. All former scouts, leaders, parents and any parents or youth interested in scouting are invited to a  “free” Alumni Gathering/Picnic. Fun, fellowship and sharing. Bring your stories, photos, memorabilia, a favorite scouting or lawn game to share. Snacks, juice or Kool Aid provided. Information: Tim Liffrig, 651-307-6613 or [email protected].

Thursday, June 5
Dementia Caregiver Support Group, 10 a.m., first floor, Pediatrics Dept. Asthma room, Burnsville Park Nicollet, 14000 Fairview Drive, Burnsville. The receptionists in Peds or Family Medicine will direct you. No registration required. Information: Connie at 952-993-8739.

Open house for DARTS’s 40th anniversary, 4-7 p.m., DARTS Campus, 1645 Marthaler Lane, West St. Paul. Free. Information: 651-455-1560 or

Friday, June 6
Forever Wild Family Friday: 40 Shades of Green, 7-8:30 p.m., Lebanon Hills Visitor Center, 860 Cliff Road, Eagan. Tap your toes to the Irish tunes of 40 Shades of Green in the amphitheater. All ages. Free. Registration requested at

Outdoor movie, “Mary Poppins,” rated G, 7:30 p.m., dusk showtime, an I Love Burnsville Week event at Nicollet Commons Park in the Heart of the City, Burnsville.

Saturday, June 7
Sunset Hike for Families, 7:30-9 p.m., Lebanon Hills Regional Park, 860 Cliff Road, Eagan. Bring the whole family on a guided hike with a park naturalist. Learn about and search for signs of animals that come out at dusk, and relax around the campfire. Ages 5 and older. Cost: $8. Registration required at

StoryWalk, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. May 29 to June 1, Lebanon Hills Regional Park, 860 Cliff Road, Eagan. Take a self-guided walk in the park while reading picture book pages displayed along the trail. A Minnesota Legacy program. All ages. Free.

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.
• May 30, noon to 6 p.m., Carmike 15 Cinemas, 15630 Cedar Ave., Apple Valley.
• May 31, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Culver’s, 3445 O’Leary Lane, Eagan.
• June 5, 1-6 p.m., Mt. Olivet Assembly of God Church, 14201 Cedar Ave. S., Apple Valley.
• June 5, noon to 6 p.m., Hosanna Lutheran Church, 9600 163rd St. W., Lakeville.
• June 6, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Culver’s, 17800 Kenwood Trail, Lakeville.
• June 7, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Sam’s Club, 14940 Florence Trail, Apple Valley.
• June 7, 10:15 a.m. to 4:15 p.m., Burnhaven Library, 1101 W. County Road 42, Burnsville.
• June 7, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Wescott Library, 1340 Wescott Road, Eagan.
• June 9, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Anchor Bank, 14665 Galaxie Ave., Apple Valley.
• June 9, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., KinderCare, 17420 Dodd Blvd., Lakeville.