Area briefs for the week of July 15

Family event set for Scout uniform drive 
Northern Star Council and Pilgrim Cleaners are hosting a mid-campaign family fun and appreciation event from 7-9 a.m. and 4-6 p.m. July 18 at the Golden Valley Pilgrim Cleaner’s location. The goal is to collect Scouting uniforms and donations for 25 Scouts.

The event will include games and activities, including life-sized Jenga and Connect Four, as well as demonstrations from Boy Scouts.

Doughnuts will be served in the morning, while lemonade and popcorn will be served in the afternoon. The Golden Valley Starbucks will provide a free cup of coffee for morning donors and the first 50 donors overall will receive a Chipotle voucher for a buy-one-get-one-free burrito.

Those who have uniforms may drop them off during this event or at any time during business hours throughout July at any Pilgrim Cleaners location. Financial donations are also welcome, which will be used to purchase uniforms in high-demand sizes.

The Golden Valley Pilgrim Cleaners is located at 7860 Olson Memorial Highway, Golden Valley, in the strip mall.

Rosemount Parks and Recreation programs 
Register for the following Rosemount Parks and Recreation programs online at www.ci.rosemount.mn.us, at the parks and recreation office, or call 651-322-6000 for more information.

30th annual Run for the Gold, Youth Shamrock Sprint and Family Fitness Walk, Saturday, July 23, at the Rosemount Community Center. Choose the 1-mile and/or 4-mile run, the 1-mile or 4-mile Family Fitness Walk, or for kids 8 and under, the free youth Shamrock Sprint. All events take place at the Rosemount Community Center, 13885 S. Robert Trail. Paved trails will be used for the run route. Course maps will be available at the run.

1-mile and/or 4-mile Run for the Gold: Preregistration entry fee (received by noon on Tuesday, July 19): $12, age 14 years and under (includes T-shirt); $16, age 15 years and older (includes T-shirt).

Day of registration entry fee: $15, age 14 years and under (includes T-shirt); $20, age 15 years and older (includes T-shirt).

Day of race registration/check-in/start times:

8 a.m. – 1-Mile Fun Run

8:05 a.m. – 1-Mile and 4-Mile Family Fitness Walk

8:25 a.m. – 4-Mile Fun Run

8:30 a.m. – Half-Mile Youth Shamrock Sprint

For details or to register online, go to www.ci.rosemount.mn.us/parks.

Adventure Kids Camp – Challenges & Team Building, ages 7-12, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Aug. 1-4. Indoor and outdoor group games plus hiking, scavenger hunts, nature and art. Activities include trips to Camp Sacajawea and BASE Camp. Register by July 25. Cost: $106.

Lil’ Adventure Camp, ages 4-6, 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., Central Park, 2893 145th St. W. Large and small group games, nature activities and hikes, arts and crafts and special presentations. Camp 1: Animal Adventures & Ocean Explorers, Aug. 1-4, with presentations by Minnesota Zoo and Critters & Co. Register by July 25. Camp 2: Young Scientists & Nature Lovers, Aug. 8-11, with presentations by Minnesota Children’s Museum and America’s Fun Science. Register by Aug. 1. Cost: $76.

Skateboard Camp, ages 7-12, 9 a.m. to noon Aug. 1-4, presented by Sports Unlimited. Individual skills and tricks include balance, stopping, turning, ollies, nollies, heel flips and kick flips. A skateboard and helmet are mandatory. Kneepads, elbow pads and wrist guards are highly recommended. Campers are required to bring a helmet, water, snack and apply sunscreen. The Rosemount Skate Park is located in Schwarz Pond Park, north of the Community Center, 13885 S. Robert Trail. Friday, Aug. 5, is inclement weather make-up day. Register by July 25. Cost: $96.

Science Explorers’ Exploring Your Future, grades two-six in the fall, 12:30-2:30 p.m. Aug. 2 and 4, Rosemount Community Center. Explore different careers in the fields of science, technology, engineering and math. Register by July 26. Cost: $48.

Science Explorers’ Stars, Planets and Stories, ages 3.5-6, 9:30-11:30 a.m. Aug. 2-4, Rosemount Community Center. Learn about gravity, investigate planets and constellations. Register by July 26. Cost: 50.

Learn to Draw Animals Art Camp, ages 5-11, 9:30 a.m. to noon, Aug. 8 and 9, Rosemount Community Center. Use shapes to draw animals such as giraffes, dogs, horses and more. Bring a beverage and nut-free snack. Register by Aug. 1. Cost: $62.

‘American Pickers’ to film in Minnesota 
Mike Wolfe, Frank Fritz, and their team from the History Channel’s “American Pickers” return to Minnesota to film episodes throughout the region this August.

“American Pickers” is looking for leads to explore residents’ hidden treasure. Anyone who has a large, private collection or accumulation of antiques that the Pickers can spend the better part of the day looking through, can send their name, phone number, location and description of the collection with photos to: [email protected] or call 855-old-rust.

Relay For Life is July 22 in Lakeville
The Relay For Life of Lakeville takes place from 6 p.m. to midnight Friday, July 22, at Kenwood Trail Middle School, 19455 Kenwood Trail, Lakeville. For more information, visit www.relayforlife.org/lakevillemn.

Lakeville Parks and Recreation
Lakeville Parks and Recreation will offer the following activities. Register at https://webtrac.lakevillemn.gov or in person at 20195 Holyoke Ave.

Nickelodeon Universe, Mall of America, Bloomington: Purchase all-day discount wristbands for $26 at the Lakeville Parks and Recreation office in City Hall, 20195 Holyoke Ave., or call 952-984-4600. Pick up tickets at City Hall.

Kamp Kermit, ages 4-6, 9-11:30 a.m. or 12:30-3 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays, July 18-Aug. 10, Steve Michaud Park, 17100 Ipava Ave., or 9-11:30 a.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays, July 19-Aug. 11, Prairie Lake Park, 18179 Kingsway Path. Cost: $75.

Multi-Sport Camp, ages 5-8, 9 a.m. to noon Monday-Thursday, July 18-21, Bunker Hill Park, 6755 Gerdine Path. Basketball, soccer and T-ball. Bring a glove (with name on it) and water bottle. Cost: $115.

Calling All Horse Lovers, ages 8-13, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday, July 22, Golden Ridge Stables, 8315 190th St. W. Participants required to wear jeans and boots; riders will not be allowed to ride in tennis shoes. Helmets provided. Bring water, a snack and/or a lunch. Cost: $95.

Sports Unlimited Camps, Monday-Thursday, July 25-28.

• Game On, ages 4-6, 9-11 a.m., Steve Michaud Park, 17100 Ipava Ave. Cost: $88.

• Lacrosse, ages 5-12, 9 a.m. to noon, Steve Michaud Park, 17100 Ipava Ave. Cost: $101.

• SNAG Golf, ages 5-12, 1-4 p.m., Bunker Hill Park, 6755 Gerdine Path. Cost: $101.

Lynch Summer Tennis Camps, July 18-21 (Bunker Hill Park, 6755 Gerdine Path) and/or July 25-28 (Century Middle School, 18610 Ipava Ave.).

• Young Hitters, ages 5-7, 9-10:30 a.m. Cost: $82.

• Junior Hitters, ages 8-12, 10:30 a.m. to noon. Cost: $82.

Junior Development Tennis, ages 8-15, 9 a.m. to noon July 25-28, Century Middle School. For intermediate and advanced players. Cost: $120.

Evening Tennis Camp, Tuesdays, July 26-Aug. 16, Century Middle School, 18610 Ipava Ave.

• Young Hitters, ages 5-7, 5:30-6:30 p.m. Cost: $59.

• Junior Hitters, ages 8-12, 6:30-7:30 p.m. Cost: $59.

Puppet Wagon, June 20 to Aug. 5. Bring a blanket or lawn chairs, relax and enjoy the shows. For the 2016 schedule, log onto www.lakevillemn.gov under City Departments, Parks & Recreation tab.

Family Campout Adventure, 7 p.m. Friday, July 22, at Casperson Park, 19720 Juno Trail. Arrive at 7 p.m. to set up your tent with your family (tents only). Take part in fun games and activities throughout the night. Complimentary hot dogs and s’mores. Cost: $10 per family, preregistration required.

Youth Shore Fishing Contest, 9-11 a.m. Saturday, July 23, Casperson Park, 19720 Juno Trail. Prizes will be awarded for various fish categories. Ages 13 and under are eligible for prizes. Participants need to bring their own fishing equipment and bait. Register the day of the contest. Sponsor: Knights of Columbus. Free.

Runner’s Gate 5K Trail Run, 6 p.m. Tuesday, July 26, Ritter Farm Park, 19300 Ritter Trail. Hosted by S.O.R.R. (South of the River Recreators) in collaboration with Runner’s Gate. The self-timed trail run will feature a post-race social with music, prizes and snacks. Preregister at https://webtrac.lakevillemn.gov or register at 5:30 p.m. the day of the run. Cost: $10.

Fundraiser set for Land of Amazement 
Life Time Fitness Lakeville will host a pool party from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday, July 24, to help the Lakeville Parks and Recreation Department build the Land of Amazement playground. All guest fees and silent auction bids will be donated.

Fees: $7.25, adults age 18 and older; $6, age 12-17; $3.50, age 11 and younger. Cash or check only. Life Time members are free but are encouraged to donate.

Legion Post 44 elects officers 
American Legion Post 44, Lakeville, has elected officers for fiscal year 2016. Elections are held in June with installation of new officers at the July meeting.

Positions filled by new officers are: Vic Morrow, commander; Steve Buck, first vice commander; Steve Sandberg, second vice commander; Steve Moore, service officer; Bob Billings, finance officer.

Officers remaining in previous positions are: Tom O’Keefe, adjutant; Larry Luft, sergeant-at-arms.

Post 44 has grown from 96 members to 150 in the last year and is hoping to continue this growth. For more information, the Post email is [email protected].

Jim Jordan Memorial Golf Tournament 
The second annual Jim Jordan Memorial Golf Tournament will be held from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday, July 24, at Boulder Pointe Golf Club, 9575 Glenborough Drive, Elko.

Jim Jordan, founder and chairman of QA1 in Lakeville, died in 2014 after a long battle with cancer. In honor of him, his spirit, dedication, and his love for golf, QA1 is organizing this golf tournament with all proceeds going to A Breath of Hope Lung Foundation.

In addition to 18 holes of scramble style golf, there will be various contests and prizes for golfers, a raffle, silent auction and lunch.

Cost is $115 to golf; $15 lunch only. Register at www.qa1.net/golf.

Lights & Sirens Fun Glow Run
A family-friendly 5K fun run and 1.25 mile run/walk will be held Saturday, Aug. 6, in Lakeville. The Glow Run dance party will start at 7:30 p.m. with the run at 9 p.m. at Lakeville Fire Station 4, 9465 185th St.

Alisha Perkins, wife of Minnesota Twins pitcher Glen Perkins and author of “Running Home,” will officially start the run.

The event will feature a DJ and participants are encouraged to wear costumes and glow-in-the-dark accessories.

Proceeds from the event will go to the Lakeville Public Safety Foundation, a nonprofit organization that promotes public safety by enhancing the capabilities of the Lakeville Police Department and Lakeville Fire Department.

To register, go to www.LPSFMN.org and click on “events.” Registration is $25 through Aug. 5 and $35 on the day of the race. Registration includes T-shirt, glow-wear and swag bag. Limited T-shirts available after July 22.

Kline appointed to defense bill conference committee
U.S. Rep. John Kline, R-Burnsville, was appointed to serve on a bipartisan House-Senate conference committee responsible for finalizing this year’s national defense bill that serves as a policy and budgetary blueprint for the Pentagon. This is the 14th and final national defense bill that Kline, who is retiring at the end of this Congress, helped author.

Kline helped champion a provision in the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) to ensure military commanders have flexibility for our troops to fight Islamist extremists in Afghanistan and the region.

Other notable provisions in this year’s NDAA include:

• A continuation of the prohibition against the transfer of the terrorists held in Guantanamo Bay to American soil;

• Authorization of funding for the fight against ISIS;

• New protections for victims of sexual assaults in the military; and

• A pay increase for military personnel.

In addition to serving on the House Armed Services Committee, Kline serves as the chairman of the House Education and the Workforce Committee. He and his wife, Vicky, live in Burnsville.

Job Transitions Group meets July 19
Sandy Zeiszler will present “LinkedIn Part Three” at the July 19 meeting of the Easter Job Transitions Group. The group meets at 7:30 a.m. at Easter Lutheran Church – By The Lake, 4545 Pilot Knob Road, Eagan. Call 651-452-3680 for information.

Farmington Library events
The Farmington Library, 508 Third St., will offer the following programs. Call 651-438-0250 or visit www.dakotacounty.us/library for more information.

Art Styles of the Masters – Matisse, 6-8 p.m. Monday, July 18. Explore the paper-cutting techniques of Henri Matisse and use construction and collage to create colorful Matisse-inspired images. Presented by Artistry. Registration required.

Books & Brew Book Club, 7-8 p.m. Tuesday, July 19. This month’s title is “Oh My Stars” by Lorna Landvik.

Evening Storytime for All Ages, 7-7:30 p.m. Tuesday, July 19. Stories and activities for kids and families. Ages: 0-6.

Storytime in the Park, 10:30-11:30 a.m. Wednesday, July 20, North Creek Park, 18200 Dunbury Ave. Stories, games and crafts in the park. Presented in partnership with Farmington Parks and Recreation. Ages 0-10.

Open Knitting, 1:30-2:30 p.m. Wednesday, July 20. Join other knitters in a casual focus group. Learn new stitches, get help with unfinished projects, or just enjoy new friends while knitting. Other crafters welcome.

Code Warriors, 2-4 p.m. Thursday, July 21. Learn JavaScript coding basics with the Code Warriors app and lead your robot warriors in battle. Registration required. Ages: 10-16.

STEM with Horse Power, 10:30-11 a.m. Friday, July 22. Learn how cowboys used engineering to make their jobs easier and meet a real miniature horse. Presented by the Half-pint Horse Foundation. Ages: 5-12.

Teen Game Day, 3:30-5:30 p.m. Friday, July 22. Play board games and Wii with friends. Ages: 10-16.

The Friends of the Farmington Library are now collecting gently used, recently published books for their book sale in August. Donations can be dropped off at the library during normal business hours.

Eagan Kick-Start Rotary names board 
Eagan Kick-Start Rotary Club, which recently celebrated its first year of existence, has installed its 2016-17 board of directors. They are: Eric Swanson, president; Kristin Reither, president-elect; Tom Hofstad, treasurer; David Verbeke, secretary; Cathy McCoy, sergeant at arms; and Mike Ferber, past president.

The Eagan Kick-Start Rotary was chartered on June 26, 2015, and currently has 23 members. The club meets Thursdays at 7 a.m. at Granite City Food & Brewery, 3300 Pilot Knob Road, Eagan. More information is at eagankick-startrotary.org.

Open houses set for East-West Transit Study
Dakota County will host two open houses for area residents to discuss improved transit options for east-west corridors throughout the county.

Involvement from the public to identify and address current and future needs for east-west transit options is key to shaping the study process and its outcomes. Attendees can learn more about the study, share their viewpoints, and provide ideas on existing challenges and opportunities.

The first open house will be 4-6 p.m. Tuesday, July 19, at the Apple Valley Transit Station, 15450 Cedar Ave., Apple Valley.

The second open house will be 5-7 p.m. Wednesday, July 20, at the Wentworth Library, 199 Wentworth Ave. E., West St. Paul.

Additional opportunities to learn about the study and submit input are available via the project website at www.dakotaeastwesttransit.com, or by calling 952-891-7986.

Night to Unite Business Watch Picnic 
Apple Valley Business Watch is sponsoring the eighth annual Night to Unite Business Watch Picnic, which will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 2, at Kelley Park, 6855 Fortino St.

Apple Valley residents and community members are invited to enjoy a picnic lunch at Kelley Park prior to their Night to Unite block parties on Aug. 2. Food from Baldy’s BBQ and treats from Celts Craft House will be available. There will be raffle tickets for purchase and free Culver’s frozen custard. The first 150 people will receive a free goody bag.

Businesses interested in donating to the raffle or goody bag should contact Kim at 651-634-6222 or [email protected].

More about Apple Valley Business Watch is at avbizwatch.org.

Legion seeks vendors for fall market 
Vendors are needed for the Apple Valley Legion flea market on Sept. 24. Organizers are looking for a variety of crafts, wood products, furniture, tools, antiques, keepsakes and jams. For more information, call Marlene Heinzen at 651-423-2493.

Airlake Airport receives grant 
The U.S. Department of Transportation has awarded Airlake Airport in Lakeville a grant of $176,498 for infrastructure improvements. The grant was announced July 6 by U.S. Sens. Amy Klobuchar and Al Franken.

“Infrastructure improvements boost public safety and help to create good, middle class jobs,” Klobuchar said. “These grant funds will help the Airlake Airport keep its facilities up-to-date and safe for all.”

“The Airlake Airport is key to Dakota County’s economy,” Franken said. “This grant is a strong step towards making sure our infrastructure operates in an efficient and safe manner for Minnesotans, and I will continue to press for similar improvements going forward.”

The grant will fund rehabilitation of the taxiway.