Area briefs for the week of April 21

Riverfront park grand opening
A grand opening celebration is planned for Burnsville’s newest park – Minnesota Riverfront Park – located at 600 Black Dog Road W. The celebration is 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, June 3, during I Love Burnsville Week.

The 1.8-acre Minnesota Riverfront Park offers amenities such as picnic tables, a grilling area, a bicycle repair station and a parking lot.

The park also is home to the trailhead of the newly built Black Dog segment of Dakota County’s Minnesota River Greenway. The 3.75-mile segment of paved trail stretches from the park, along the river, through Xcel Energy’s Black Dog power plant property and on to Minnesota Highway 77/Cedar Avenue.

The free grand opening event will include a program, ribbon cutting, refreshments and activities along the trail for the whole family. Attendees are encouraged to bring bicycles, scooters and other non-motorized vehicles to explore the trail.

For more information on the grand opening, visit www.burnsville.org/love.

Spring road weight restrictions end in Burnsville
Spring road weight restrictions in Burnsville ended Friday, April 14.

Through direction from the Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT), the city of Burnsville establishes spring weight restrictions for commercial vehicles on city streets each year. These restrictions are put in place as part of a statewide effort to protect roadways during vulnerable spring months.

Road restriction maps indicating the locations of weight-restricted routes and those open to maximum 10-ton axle weights are available at www.mndot.gov/loadlimits (click on “Spring Load Restrictions”). More information is also available by calling MnDOT at 1-800-723-6543 and at www.burnsville.org/roadweight.

Register for golf summer leagues
The deadline for adult league registration at Birnamwood Golf Course in Burnsville is Thursday, April 27.

Adult golf leagues begin the week of May 8. Teams of two can hit the course to take on a different twosome each week. League rounds are played for 13 consecutive weeks, with week 14 reserved for rainout/makeup rounds and week 15 reserved for the league tournament. Open to ages 15 and older.

Mixed League – Monday, 5:20-7:10 p.m. tee times.

Women’s Morning League – Tuesday, 8:30-10 a.m. tee times.

Women’s Evening League – Wednesday, 5:20-6:50 p.m. tee times.

Men’s League – Tuesday, 5:30-7 p.m. tee times.

50-plus League – Thursday, 9:30-10:30 a.m. tee times.

Cost: $235 adults ages 15-61; $215 seniors age 62 and older; $45 with annual pass.

Junior golf program
Birnamwood’s Junior Golf Program for youth entering grades three to 10 in fall 2017 runs Wednesdays, June 14 to Aug. 2. A tournament on Aug. 9 rounds out the fun. No experience is needed.

The program starts with a free “Introduction to Golf Clinic” 7:45 a.m. Saturday, June 10, where participants are taught the rules, safety and etiquette of the sport. If participants have golfed before, they can opt out of the clinic and go straight to the course on opening day.

Cost is $150 or $32.50 with annual pass.

Birnamwood Gold Course is a par 27 public course located at 12424 Parkwood Drive. The clubhouse offers annual passes, equipment rentals, group outings, locker rentals, tournaments and a snack bar.

For more information or to register for adult leagues or the Junior Golf Program, visit www.birnamwoodgolfcourse.com or call 952-641-1370.

Prescription Drug Take Back Day
Sponsored by the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), National Prescription Drug Take Back Day is meant to highlight the safe and convenient methods for the public to dispose of their old or unused prescription drugs. The 13th annual Prescription Drug Take Back Day is Saturday, April 29.

The Burnsville Police Department reminds residents to use the dropbox (located at the Burnsville Police Department, 100 Civic Center Parkway) on or before the weekend of April 29 as the box will be temporarily moving May 1.

The dropbox is provided in partnership by the Burnsville Police Department, Dakota County Sheriff’s Office, Dakota County Attorney’s Office and the Dakota County Environmental Management Office. The box will not be staffed on April 29, but the Police Department lobby is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

How to drop off your medicine:

• Do not leave medicines outside the box.

• If the box is full, take your prescriptions with you.

• Dropoff is safe and anonymous. No ID is required and no questions will be asked.

• Use a marker to cross out your name on the medicine containers.

• Keep creams, gels, liquids and powders in their original container.

• If not in the original bottle, write the name of the medicine on the container.

With construction scheduled at the Burnsville Police Department later this year, the “Prescription Drug Dropbox” will be removed on May 1. The closest location for residents to anonymously dispose of their old or unused prescription drugs will be: Eagan Police Department, 3830 Pilot Knob Road, Eagan.

The dropbox will likely return once construction is complete.

For more information on Dakota County’s prescription drug drop off program, visit www.dakotacountysheriff.org and click the “Services” tab.

For more information on the Burnsville Police Department, visit www.burnsville.org/police.

CERT training for Burnsville residents
In May, the Burnsville Fire Department is again partnering with the cities of Bloomington and Richfield to provide training in emergency response.

Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) training will be 5:30-9:30 p.m. Friday, May 5, and 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, May 6, and Sunday, May 7, at Richfield Community Center, 7000 Nicollet Ave., Richfield.

Participants must be age 16 and older. They must attend all three sessions to receive a training certificate.

CERT training is free for all residents of Bloomington, Richfield and Burnsville. The program is meant to promote partnerships between emergency service personnel and the people they serve.

CERT participants will learn how to prepare for disasters, use a fire extinguisher, provide disaster-related medical attention, and how to help first responders during emergencies.

To register or for more information, visit www.burnsville.org/CERT or call 952-895-4573.

Ash tree treatment
In partnership with project consultant Rainbow Treecare, the city of Burnsville will treat more than 1,100 ash trees on public property for the emerald ash borer and remove 270 ash trees that are in poor condition. Residents who have public ash trees that will receive treatment in the boulevard adjacent to their homes have already been notified.

Private ash tree treatment
Residents will have the opportunity to take advantage of the city’s contract prices to treat ash trees on their private property. Residents will be responsible for the full cost of these private treatments.

Residents interested in scheduling a treatment for private ash trees should contact Rainbow Treecare at 952-767-6920 for pricing and scheduling. The contract prices are valid through the end of 2017. Residents are also encouraged to volunteer to pay for treatment of other existing ash trees in their neighborhoods.

Planting new trees
In addition to treatment, residents are encouraged to plant new trees when possible. They must obtain a permit from the city before planting any trees in the boulevard/right-of-way on their property (15 feet in from the curb). Any company hired to do tree work – including removals, trimming, and pesticide applications – must have a city tree contractor license. A resident doing tree work themselves on their own property does not need a license. A list of licensed tree contractors is available at www.burnsville.org/forestry.

For more information on the city’s emerald ash borer plan, call the Forestry Department at 952-895-4508 or visit www.burnsville.org/EAB.

‘Impressions on Ice’ skate show
The Burnsville Ice Center’s annual Impressions on Ice Skating Show will be held 7 p.m. Friday, April 28, and Saturday, April 29.

The event is a collaboration between the Burnsville Ice Center’s “Learn to Skate” program and the Burnsville Minnesota Valley Figure Skating Club.

This year marks the 40th anniversary of the show and will feature numbers from each show throughout the past four decades. A special guest performer is 16-year-old, two-time Minnesota State Champion and three-time bronze medalist, Silvia Hugec, representing the country of Slovakia. There will also be an alumni performance.

Tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for students ages 5-17 and seniors age 62 and older, free for children 4 and younger.

For more information about Impressions on Ice, contact the Ice Center at 952-895-4651 or www.burnsvilleicecenter.org.

Bicycling handbook rolls out
The Bicycle Alliance of Minnesota (BikeMN) is rolling out the first-ever Minnesota Bicycling Handbook just in time for National Bike Month in May.

The handbook is a comprehensive informational resource that equips bicyclists to safely enjoy Minnesota’s roads and trails and to know their rights. It also provides guidance for motorists on what to expect from bicyclists and how to safely drive when bikes are around.

BikeMN printed 20,000 handbooks and is in the process of distributing them across the state. The handbook is available to view, download and order at www.bikemn.org/handbook.

CAP receives award
Scott Carver Dakota Community Action Partnership (CAP) received a Gold Hermes Creative Award on April 10 in recognition of the 2015 Blue Cross Blue Shield video highlighting Scott-Carver Project Community Connect.

Project Community Connect is an annual event hosted by the CAP Agency which offers a one-stop location for direct services to residents of Scott and Carver counties who are “living on little,” those who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless. This year, PCC will be held Sept. 13 at Canterbury Park Expo Center, Shakopee. For more information, visit www.scottcarverpcc.org.

The award-winning video can be viewed at https://youtu.be/4a17kfvBxA0. The Hermes Creative Awards recognize outstanding work in the industry of traditional and emerging media while promoting the philanthropic nature of marketing and communication professionals.

A list of the winners in all 195 categories can be found at www.hermesawards.com.

More acres added to Conservation Reserve Program
In an effort to improve water quality and restore wildlife habitat, the U.S. Department of Agriculture has added more acres to the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP).

These include 700,000 acres for State Acres for Wildlife Enhancement (SAFE) efforts, which restore high-priority wildlife habitat tailored to a specific state’s needs. In addition to SAFE, 300,000 acres will be added to target wetlands restoration that are nature’s water filters and 100,000 acres for pollinator habitat that support 30 percent of agricultural production.

Interested producers can offer land for enrollment in SAFE and other CRP initiatives by contacting the Dakota/Washington/Scott County Farm Service Agency office at 651-463-8626, ext. 2. For more information about FSA conservation programs, visit www.fsa.usda.gov/conservation.

Area students traveling to Washington, D.C., in June
Five local high school students were recently selected to receive a trip to Washington, D.C., sponsored by Dakota Electric Association. The winners are Emma Anderson, Eagan High School; Holly Anderson, Christian Life Academy; William Barnes, Lakeville South High School; Kyle Ringley, Christian Life Academy; and Kelsey Shaw, School of Environmental Studies.

The students will participate in the National Rural Electric Association’s (NRECA) annual Washington, D.C. Youth Tour, scheduled for June 10-15. Theresa Passe, School of Environmental Studies, was selected as an alternate.

Each June, more than 1,200 high school students from around the United States travel to Washington, D.C., for the NRECA Youth Tour. The participants are selected and sponsored by their local electric cooperatives.

During the week, the students learn about government and electric cooperatives. They have the opportunity to tour many of Washington, D.C.’s sites, including the Smithsonian, the FBI Building and the Vietnam Memorial, and they also have a chance to meet their elected officials.

“Dakota Electric is proud to sponsor local students to attend an event like the Washington, D.C., Youth Tour,” President and CEO Greg Miller said. “At this Youth Tour, some of the nation’s brightest students gather together to have fun and learn about our government.”

A panel of judges selected students after reviewing the student applications and interviewing them.

“We have a lot of quality students in our area and our judges always have a hard time narrowing it down to just five to go on the trip,” Peggy Johnson, Dakota Electric’s community relations director, said. “We thank all the students for applying.”

Each January, Dakota Electric makes applications available for high school juniors and seniors to apply for the Youth Tour program. Students should watch for information on the tour in Dakota Electric’s “Circuits” newsletter, visit the company’s website or talk to their school counselor about the trip.

Highway 77 ramps closed at Diffley Road
Motorists intending to exit southbound Highway 77 or enter northbound Highway 77 at Diffley Road in Eagan will encounter a closure and detour.

The southbound Highway 77 exit ramp and the northbound entrance ramp at Diffley Road closed for approximately four weeks beginning April 17.

Motorists should follow the signed detour in order to bypass the closure.

Both ramps are expected to reopen by May 15, weather permitting.

These closures are necessary as crews realign the ramps, replace traffic signals and upgrade accessibility to meet standards.

For updated road condition information, call 511 or visit www.511mn.org.

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.

Open Knitting, 1:30-2:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 26. Join other knitters in an informal setting. Learn new stitches, get help with unfinished projects, or just enjoy new friends while knitting. Other crafters welcome.

Current Events Explained: Black Lives Matter, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 26. Come to know the history behind the Black Lives Matter movement with author and Macalester College professor Duchess Harris. Delve into key historical moments from the Reconstruction Era to the Civil Rights Movement to the election of President Barack Obama and learn about the goals of the Black Lives Matter movement.

Obstacle Course, 10:30-11:15 a.m. Thursday, April 27. Drop in anytime to navigate tunnels and hoops, hop down a path and weave through cones in this full-body movement experience. Ages: 2-6.

Storytime for 2s-6s, 10:30-11 a.m. Friday, April 28. Read, play, sing, talk and write together with stories and activities to develop early literacy skills for toddlers and preschoolers. Siblings welcome. Ages: 2-6.

Friday Fun for Teens, 3:30-4:30 p.m. Friday, April 28. Drop in for a variety of fun activities after a long week of school. Ages: 10-16.

The Looney Lutherans, 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 16, Rambling River Center, 431 Third St., Farmington. Free tickets are available now at the library and the Rambling River Center for this Silver Tea event. Discover the fun and looney secret of living a long and healthy life from these talented ladies through a combination of music, comedy and help from the audience. There’s no need to be Lutheran to love these ladies. Refreshments provided by the Rambling River Center. Space is limited.

Burnsville-Lakeville Indivisible group meets May 1
Burnsville-Lakeville Indivisible will meet 6:30 p.m. Monday, May 1, at Burnhaven Library, 1101 County Road 42, Burnsville.

Indivisible is a grassroots political movement started by former Congressional staffers seeking to peacefully resist President Donald Trump’s agenda. Since January, members of Burnsville-Lakeville Indivisible have worked to coordinate activities that champion progressive causes and remind our member of Congress to represent and advocate for all constituents.

More information and upcoming events hosted by the group can be found online at facebook.com/Southmetrounited.

Job Transitions Group meets
Natalie Ackerman will present “Keys to Acing Behavioral Interviews” at the April 25 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.

Celebrate cultural heritage at the Wentworth Library
Dakota County Library is joining libraries across the country this April for the annual celebration of El Día de los Niños/El Día de los Libros, otherwise known as The Day of the Child/The Day of the Book. The celebration will highlight the importance of literacy for children of all linguistic and cultural backgrounds.

The Wentworth Library will host a free celebration 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday, April 22. The event will feature family activities, live entertainment, Latin guitarist Scott Mateo Davies, dance troupe Los Alegres Bailadores, food, crafts, and a piñata and informational displays from community agencies.

El Día de los Niños/El Día de los Libros is sponsored by Dakota County Library, the Minnesota Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund, and Los Tortillas Mexican Restaurant. The Wentworth Library is located at 199 E. Wentworth Ave., West St. Paul.

The event is free and open to all ages. For more information, call 651-450-2900 or visit www.dakotacounty.us/library.

Little to host autism-focused town hall
Sen. Matt Little, DFL-Lakeville, will host a town hall focusing on autism 1-3 p.m. Saturday, April 29, in conjunction with Autism Society of Minnesota and The Arc Minnesota as well as the Greater Twin Cities chapter. The town hall will be at Heritage Library, 20085 Heritage Drive, Lakeville.

Individuals and family members affected by autism and other intellectual or developmental disabilities are invited for discussion, stories and legislative-related news.

Sponsoring organizations will share resources about their programs and any upcoming events. No pre-registration is required.

Those unable to attend can share input with Little at sen.matt.little@senate.mn or 651-296-5252.

Lakeville KCs host omelet breakfast
The Lakeville Knights of Columbus will host an omelet breakfast 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Sunday, April 30, at All Saints Church – Murphy Hall, 19795 Holyoke Ave., Lakeville.

Guests can build their own omelet breakfast, including hash browns, sausage, pancakes, coffee and juice.

Cost is $10 for adults, $8 for seniors and children 11 and older, $5 for children 10 and under.

Koznick appointed to transportation bill conference committee
Rep. Jon Koznick, R-Lakeville, was appointed April 18 to the conference committee for House File 861, the Omnibus Transportation Bill. Koznick joins four other House conferees, as well as Senate conferees, who will work in the coming days to resolve differences between the House and Senate versions of the Omnibus Transportation Bill.

“I’m honored to be assigned to the Transportation Conference Committee and look forward to working towards improving our roads and bridges in the metro and across the state,” said Koznick. “I’ve been a member of the Transportation Finance Committee since I started in the Legislature, and am excited to be a voice for Lakeville residents and all Minnesotans who want to see an investment in roads and bridges.”

Once the conference committee report is passed, the report will head to the House and Senate to be voted on. If passed by both bodies, it will be sent to Gov. Mark Dayton for his signature to become law.

One Book, One Lakeville programs
“The Song Poet: A Memoir of My Father” by Kao Kalia Yang is this year’s selection for the One Book, One Lakeville series of programs. Upcoming events include:

Through the Eyes of a Refugee: Hmong Storytelling, 7-8 p.m. Monday, April 24, Heritage Library, 20085 Heritage Drive. Hmong storyteller and artist Tou Ger Xiong takes listeners on his life’s journey from the jungles of Laos to the refugee camps of Thailand to the public housing projects of America. His storytelling performance combines humor, folk tales, spoken word and personal stories into a high-energy, engaging program for all ages and backgrounds.

Meet the Author: Kao Kalia Yang, 7-9 p.m. Saturday, April 29, Lakeville Area Arts Center, 20965 Holyoke Ave. Hear the true story of a man who kept the past and the Hmong culture alive for his children and helped them work toward the American dream. The Iny Asian Dance Theater will entertain the audience with Hmong-style dances. This celebration of books and reading includes refreshments. Free tickets are required and available at www.lakevillemn.gov, search “Kao Kalia Yang.”

Discussion groups. Read “The Song Poet” and join others in discussing the book:

• 10-11 a.m. Tuesday, May 2, Heritage Center, 20110 Holyoke Ave.

• 7-8 p.m., Wednesday, May 31, Heritage Library.

• 12:30-1:30 p.m., Thursday, June 1, Heritage Library.

For more information, call the Heritage Library at 952-891-0360.

Lakeville Parks and Recreation programs
Lakeville Parks and Recreation will offer the following activities. Register at https://webtrac.lakevillemn.gov, in person at 20195 Holyoke Ave., or call 952-985-4600.

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.

Country Heat Live, 6-7 p.m. Tuesdays, Lakeville South, 21135 Jacquard Ave.; Fridays, Lakeville North, 19600 Ipava Ave. Classes begin March 17 (skip March 28 and 31). Low-impact, high-energy dance class set to country hits. First class is free. Call 952-985-4600 or instructor Amanda Ewers, 515-460-5850, for more information.

Tiny Tots Turf Soccer, ages 4-7, 3:30-4:15 p.m. Sundays, April 30 to May 21, Steve Michaud Park, 17100 Ipava Ave. An introductory program for children to learn soccer basics. Soccer ball size 3 or 4 required; shin guards recommended for safety. Tennis shoes or soccer cleats required. Cost: $25.

Spring Ephemerals, ages 16 and older, 7-9 a.m. Saturdays, April 29 to May 20, Ritter Farm Park, 19300 Ritter Trail. This course will teach participants the skills to identify wildflowers in bloom and also the techniques to identify seasonal wildflowers by color. Cost: $99, includes field guide.

Bird Banding, 9 a.m. to noon Sunday, April 30, Ritter Farm Park, 19300 Ritter Trail. Join researchers from the North Central Bird Observatory for an up-close and personal look at local and migrant wild birds. Cost: $2 per person for ages 10 and above; free for children under 10.

Evening Tennis Lessons, ages 5-12. Lessons from USPTA certified tennis professionals and top athletes. Students must bring their own age-appropriate tennis racquet. A few racquets will be on hand if needed. Lessons are held Thursdays, April 27 to May 25, 5-6 p.m. for ages 5-7 and 6-7 p.m. for ages 8-12 at Century Middle School, 21135 Jacquard Ave. Cost: $75.

On Belay, ages 18 and older, 6-8 p.m. Wednesday, May 3, 17 or 31, Life Time Fitness, 18425 Dodd Blvd., Lakeville. The class is for any climber looking to improve their rock climbing technique. It covers all necessary skills for top rope belay certification. Open to all skill levels. Cost: $35 per class.

Junior Golf Lessons, ages 8-12, 3:45-4:45 p.m. Wednesdays, May 31 to June 7, Crystal Lake Golf Course, 16725 Innsbrook Drive. Covers the fundamentals of putting, chipping, pitching and full swing. Instructor: LPGA professional Sheryl Maize. Cost: $95.

Maye Quade to host education discussion
Rep. Erin Maye Quade, DFL-Apple Valley, is focusing her weekly Coffee and Conversations discussion on the topic of education, following widespread concern from constituents regarding the Republican Education Finance Bill. The discussion will take place 10:15-11:30 a.m. Saturday, April 22, at Galaxie Library, Suite 55, 14955 Galaxie Ave., Apple Valley.

Maye Quade will share information about the Education Finance Bill, listen to constituents as they share the impact it could have on students and schools, and answer any constituent questions.

The event is free and open to the public.

MN Valley NOW moves meeting to Lakeville
Due to recent growth of membership, the Minnesota Valley Chapter of the National Organization for Women will meet Wednesday, April 26, at the Lakeville Holiday Inn, 20800 Kenrick Ave. S., Lakeville.

The meeting is open to all those concerned for the future of women’s rights. Social hour is 6-7 p.m. The meeting commences at 7 p.m.

For more information, email patkennedy@mchsi.com.

NAMI classes in Burnsville
National Alliance on Mental Illness will hold a free Special Education Training workshop 6-8 p.m. Thursday, May 11, at Burnhaven Library, 1101 W. County Road 42, Burnsville. This workshop provides information to parents of school-age children about special education services, the evaluation process, Individualized Education Programs, 504 plans, accommodations and modifications.

A free Youth Mental Health First Aid training course will be offered 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday, May 17, at Fairview Ridges Education Center, 152 Cobblestone Lane, Burnsville. The course is designed to teach participants the risk factors and warning signs of mental health problems in adolescents, build understanding of the importance of early intervention, and teach individuals how to help a youth in crisis or experiencing a mental health or substance use challenge. Participants will also learn a five-step action plan to support an adolescent developing signs and symptoms of a mental illness or emotional crisis.

To register (requested) or get more information, call 651-645-2948 or see “classes” at namihelps.org.

New Sociables to meet May 1
New Sociables Women’s Organization will meet 9:15 a.m. Monday, May 1, at Spirit of Life Presbyterian Church, 14401 Pilot Knob Road, Apple Valley. The church is located a half mile north of County Road 42.

Speaker Norm Barnhart will present “Laughter is Good Medicine Indeed.” Barnhart is a comic entertainer and professional magician who has entertained audiences for more than 30 years. His travels have taken him across the U.S. and to eight countries. He teaches conferences on improvisation comedy techniques and comedy magic, provides workshops for his peers, is a motivational speaker at corporate events and was a prior columnist for Laugh Makers Magazine. He is an author of magic books and instructional DVDs for children.

New Sociables is a social and service organization for all women in the south suburbs. Activities include 500 card club, book group, bridge, mahjong, crafts and more. For more information, call Kate Ionescu at 952-457-9321 or Jean Benda at 952-423-7102.

Rosemount Parks and Rec 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.

SkateStart Mini Shredder Camp, ages 5-10, 9-11 a.m. June 20-23, Rosemount Skate Park. Learn the basics of skateboarding. Each SkateStart skateboard uses markings on the grip tape to indicate proper foot placement to get kids to the fun parts of skating quickly. Campers are required to bring a helmet, water, snack and apply sunscreen. The board (to use during class) and all pads will be provided. Wear appropriate shoes – no open-toe shoes or Crocs. Cost: $96. Register by June 13.

Science Explorers’ Elementary Engineering: Motor and More, grades two to six in the fall, 12:30-3 p.m. Aug. 29-21, Rosemount Community Center. Put your building skills to the test by designing and constructing remote-controlled vehicles. Build different vehicles while learning about motors, gears and robotics. Then test your creations and motoring skills with fun and challenging obstacle courses. Create a vibro-bot to continue your tinkering at home. Cost: $60.

Science Explorers’ Mixture Madness, ages 3.5-6, 9:30-11:30 a.m. Aug. 29-31, Rosemount Community Center. Pour, mix, measure and stir. Explore the world of chemistry by mixing together safe ingredients. Dress to get messy. Cost: $50.

Learn to Skate Mini Sessions. The Rosemount Learn to Skate program is offering a new opportunity to the basic skills program for the months of May and June for skaters who have passed Snowplow Sam 1 and above. These sessions will also be limited to ages 5 and older due to the extended lesson time. The skaters will be in lessons for 45 minutes and work with a skating instructor at their level utilizing all of the ice surface rather than just a small space. All classes are held on Monday evenings at the Rosemount Ice Arena, 13885 S. Robert Trail. Space is limited to the first 30 skaters for each time available and session. Spring Mini Session 1, Mondays, May 8, 15 and 22. Cost: $45. Register by Thursday, May 4. Spring Mini Session 2, Mondays, June 12, 19 and 26. Cost: $45. Register by Thursday, June 8.

Boy Scouts host pancake breakfast
Boy Scout Troop 455 in Rosemount is hosting its 11th annual Pancake Breakfast 8-11 a.m. Saturday, May 6, at Rosemount American Legion, 14590 Burma Ave. W., Rosemount.

The menu includes all-you-can-eat pancakes, sausage, juice and coffee. Gluten-free pancakes will be available by request. There also will be a bake sale.

Tickets are $5 at the door; children 5 and under are free.

Document shredding event in Eagan
Residents of Apple Valley, Burnsville, Eagan and Lakeville can have sensitive documents shredded for free at Dakota Valley Recycling’s first-ever shred event 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, April 29, at Eagan Community Center, 1501 Central Parkway, Eagan.

Shredding will occur onsite, meaning all documents will be shredded immediately. Remove larger binder clips and rubber bands in advance. No need to remove staples or paper clips.

Accepted: copy and fax paper, mail, envelopes with or without plastic film, notepad and legal paper, file folders, notes.

Not accepted: carbon paper, laminated paper, tissue paper, books, magazines, metal binders, cardboard.

For more information, contact Dakota Valley Recycling at 952-895-4515 or visit www.DakotaValleyRecycling.org.

Shred events scheduled
Protect your identity and the environment by taking your old tax documents, financial statements, medical records and other confidential papers to one of these collection events for free shredding services.

Saturday, April 22, 10 a.m. to noon, Farmington Library, 508 Third St., Farmington.

Saturday, April 29, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., Eagan Community Center, 1501 Central Parkway, Eagan (Apple Valley, Burnsville, Eagan, Lakeville residents only).

Saturday, May 13, 9 a.m. to noon, Trustone Federal Credit Union, 14300 Nicollet Court, Burnsville.

Saturday, May 20, 9 a.m. to noon, Firefly Credit Union – Bloomington, Burnsville, and Lakeville.

Saturday, May 20, 8 a.m. to noon, Dakota County Technical College, 1300 145th St. E., Rosemount.

Do not put shredded paper in your home recycling cart. Shredded paper can cause problems at sorting facilities and often does not get recycled. Use these events to help prevent identity theft and keep valuable paper out of landfills.

Visit www.dakotacounty.us and search “confidential materials” to find out how to reduce mail containing your personal information, and which businesses offer document shredding for a small fee all year.

Three Rivers Day at the Capitol
Three Rivers Park District will hold its annual Day at the Capitol event 12-3 p.m. Monday, April 24, in the Capitol Rotunda and at Leif Erikson Park in St. Paul.

Day at the Capitol offers a showcase of some of the places, programs, activities and resources that make Three Rivers Park District fun and unique. The lambs and chicks from Gale Woods Farm will be back this year. Visitors also can sample maple syrup, meet a raptor, and learn more about Three Rivers’ efforts to teach people about the outdoors, protect natural resources and provide places for people to get out and get active.

Day at the Capitol is free and open to the public. Leif Erikson Park is located on the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard, just south of University Avenue West in St. Paul. The Capitol building is located at Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.

Volunteer to explore Dakota County wetlands
Dakota County is seeking volunteers eager to pull on a pair of waders and jump into monitoring the health of community wetlands through the Wetland Health Evaluation Program.

Volunteers will work with a community-based team to monitor and collect information that is used to study trends in order to better manage wetlands and surrounding natural resource areas. Previous monitoring experience or a background in science is not necessary to take part.

Volunteers typically commit 10-20 hours of their time, which includes training, field work and lab analysis. Dakota County provides all of the training, equipment and leadership. Volunteer registration will be accepted through May 15.

WHEP volunteers receive training in field methods, macroinvertebrate (e.g. beetles, bugs, snails) collection and identification, and plant survey techniques and identification. Volunteers are grouped into teams, and each team will take samples from three to five wetlands between June and August. Wetland monitoring teams will be formed in Apple Valley, Burnsville, Dakota County parks, Eagan, Farmington, Hastings, Lakeville, Mendota Heights, North Cannon River Watershed Management Organization, Rosemount, South St. Paul and West St. Paul.

To register, visit www.co.dakota.mn.us and search “WHEP.” Sign up with Environmental Resources. To learn more information, visit www.mnwhep.org or call the Environmental Resources Department at 952-891-7000.

Eyeglasses accepted at The Recycling Zone
Dakota County is accepting eyeglasses at The Recycling Zone, 3365 Dodd Road, Eagan. Residents can now drop off prescription and non-prescription eyeglasses as well as sunglasses.

Donated eyewear are cleaned, sorted and distributed to people in need through the Lions Club’s Recycle for Sight program. Both children’s and adult glasses, in any style, are accepted.

Drop off eyeglasses during business hours: 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday, noon to 8 p.m. Thursday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday, and 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday.

For a complete list of items accepted, visit www.dakotacounty.us and search “The Recycling Zone.”