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Friday, July 4
Forever Wild Family Friday: Picnic in the Park, 7-8:30 p.m., Lebanon Hills Visitor Center, 860 Cliff Road, Eagan. Bring a blanket and picnic in the park. Play backyard lawn games with a twist and participate in fun activities for the Fourth of July. All ages. Free. Registration requested. Information: www.co.dakota.mn.us/parks.
Monday, July 7
Shriners Motor Corps Show, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., Burnsville Center, 915 County Road 42, Burnsville. Learn more about the miniature Shriners cars and see them up close during the 2014 Imperial Session International Association of Shrine Motor Corps competition. Open to the public. Information: www.iasmc.net.
Tuesday, July 8
Family Fun Tuesday – Forever Green and Blue with Jack Pearson, 10-11 a.m. in the Sculpture Garden at Caponi Art Park, Eagan. $4 per person donation suggested. Information: 651-454-9412 or www.caponiartpark.org.
Tuesday Evenings in the Garden – Straw Bale Gardening with Mickey Scullard, 6:30-8 p.m. in the red barn on the Dakota County Fairgrounds, 4008 220th St. W., Farmington. Straw bale gardening is an easy and inexpensive way for gardeners with limited space or poor soil to grow herbs and vegetables. Free. Class size is limited; register by calling 651-480-7700. Information: www.dakotamastergardeners.org.
Wednesday, July 9
Criminal expungement information clinic, 1:30 p.m., room 1920, Dakota County Western Service Center, 14955 Galaxie Ave., Apple Valley. Free. Information: Dakota County Law Library at 651-438-8080.
Eagan Market Fest, 4-8 p.m., Eagan Festival Grounds at Central Park, 1501 Central Parkway. Farmers market, entertainment by Randy McAllister & Band. Information: www.cityofeagan.com/marketfest or 651-675-5500.
Thursday, July 10
Music in the Parks – Ms. Catherine, 10 a.m., Camfield Park, 14795 Canada Ave., Rosemount. Weather-related updates: 651-322-6020, option No. 6.
Thursday Rockin’ Readers, 11 a.m., Nicollet Commons Park, 12600 Nicollet Ave., Burnsville. Hidden Valley Elementary Principal Jon Bonneville will read books to children. Books are geared toward elementary and preschool children.
Spin Zone will perform at noon for the Thursday Rockin’ Lunch Hour concert at Nicollet Commons Park, 12600 Nicollet Ave., Burnsville. Free.
Minnesota Valley Christian Women’s Connection luncheon, 12:30-2 p.m., GrandStay Hotel, 7083 153rd St., Apple Valley. Speaker: Sue Selbin, “Lavish … Exquisite … Tantalizing: The Frosting on the Cake of Life.” Cost: $16. Reservations: Pam at 612-207-3100 or Jan at 651-434-5795.
Open house for Link12 Lakeville, an online K-12 public school open to any family residing in Minnesota, 4:30-6:30 p.m., Crystal Lake Education Center, 16250 Ipava Ave., Lakeville.
Friday, July 11
Race Car Alley, 5-8 p.m., downtown Lakeville on 209th Street between Holyoke Ave. and Howland Ave. Free activities for families and children during Lakeville’s Pan-O-Prog Cruise Night to promote short track racing. Sponsored by Cedar View Electric, 952-469-2100.
Relay for Life of Eagan begins at 6 p.m., Eagan High School, 4185 Braddock Trail, Eagan. Silent auction ends at 9 p.m.
Outdoor movie, “The Nut Job,” rated PG, 7:30 p.m., dusk showtime, Nicollet Commons Park in the Heart of the City, Burnsville.
Saturday, July 12
Movies in the Park, “Monsters University,” at dusk at the Central Park Amphitheater near City Hall, Rosemount. Bring blankets and lawn chairs. Weather-related updates: 651-322-6020, option No. 6.
Rosemount High School Class of 1984 – 30 Year Reunion, 6-10 p.m. Saturday, July 19, on the back patio at Carbone’s in Farmington.
Henry Sibley Senior High School Class of 1974 – 40 Year Reunion, Aug. 9, Lost Spur Golf & Event Center, Eagan. For details and registration go to class website: www.henrysibley74.com or call Murray or Linda Kieffer at 651-452-7645.
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.
• July 4, 1-7 p.m., Eagan Market Fest, Eagan Community Center, 1501 Central Parkway, Eagan.
• July 5, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Wescott Library, 1340 Wescott Road, Eagan.
• July 7, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Culver’s, 3445 O’Leary Lane, Eagan.
• July 9, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Threads & Inks, 20137 Icenic Trail, Lakeville.
• July 9, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Valmont Industries, 20805 Eaton Ave., Farmington.
• July 10, 1-6 p.m., Hope Church, 7477 145th St., Apple Valley.
• July 10, 1-7 p.m., All Saints Catholic Church, 19795 Holyoke Ave., Lakeville.
• July 11, 12:30-5:30 p.m., Easter Lutheran Church – By The Lake, 4545 Pilot Knob Road, Eagan.
• July 12, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., Nelson Chiropractic, 14321 Nicollet Court, Burnsville.