Faith briefs for the week of April 7

Learn about chess at Advent UMC
Advent United Methodist Church member Matt Krusack will share his knowledge of chess 7-8 p.m. Monday, April 10. Attendees should bring a chess board if they have one. All experience levels are welcome.

The event is one of Advent’s Connect Group series called Uncommon Knowledge. The second Monday of each month, Advent members share a skill or knowledge on a different topic. This event is free and open to the public. RSVP to [email protected]. The church is at 3945 Lexington Ave. in Eagan.

Retiring south of the river
Shepherd of the Valley Lutheran Church in Apple Valley is hosting Retiring South of the River: Conversation with Civic Leaders 10 a.m. to noon Wednesday, April 26, with Rosemount Mayor Bill Droste, Eagan Mayor Mike McGuire and Apple Valley Community Development Director Bruce Nordquist.

Attendees will learn what three communities are currently planning and will be implementing to ensure they are safe, comfortable and compelling places to retire.

The program will feature presentations on housing, transportation and available services with the goal of keeping life purposeful for seniors through educational and social opportunities, civic engagement and spiritual exploration. Attendees will have opportunities to ask questions of the presenters and to brainstorm ideas about how everyone can contribute to the quality of their local communities.

The program is free and open to all. Register at or at the church Welcome Center, 12650 Johnny Cake Ridge Road, Apple Valley.

Spring fair at Trinity Lutheran
Trinity Lutheran Church, 600 Walnut St., Farmington, will hold its annual Spring Fair 5-7 p.m. Saturday, April 29. The fair will feature a hot roast beef meal, bake sale, country store, kids carnival and country music by The Country 3.

Tickets will be sold at the door: $10 adults, $8 seniors and youth 6-18, $25 families, and free for children under 6. Funding supplemented in part by Thrivent Financial.