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Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Dakota County Historical Society celebrating 75th anniversary with Hollywood-style swing dance

The Dakota County Historical Society is hosting a Diamond Dance in honor of its 75th anniversary this year. The event, themed "Great Movies of 1939 — The Biggest Year in Hollywood's History," will be held from 6:30–11 p.m. Saturday, May 3, at the Rosemount Community Center, 13885 S. Robert Trail, Rosemount, MN 55068.


Swing dance lessons will be given by the University of Minnesota Ballroom Dance Club from 6:30–7:30 p.m. The Bend in the River Big Band will entertain from 8–11 p.m. Guests are invited to come dressed as their favorite characters from popular 1939 movies. Food and cocktails will be available for purchase and a prize raffle will be drawn.


Tickets are $15 if reserved before April 26, and $20 if purchased after April 26 or at the door. To purchase advance tickets, call 651-552-7548.


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Monday, April 14, 2014

Dakota County Parks plans Earth Day Fun Fest in Lebanon Hills

Dakota County Parks will host an Earth Day Fun Fest from noon–4 p.m. Sunday, April 27, at Lebanon Hills Visitor Center, 860 Cliff Road, Eagan.


The event will feature a park-wide litter cleanup, waste sort of collected litter, photo pledge station, Earth Day Storywalk and more. Those who participate in the litter clean-up can also compete in the "What on Earth? Weirdest Item Found" contest.


Tricia and the Toonies will play live music from 1:30–3:30 p.m., and naturalist and green living presentations will be given at 1, 2 and 3 p.m. Other activities include "Recycling Twister," yard games and a seed ball station for making seed balls that can be taken home and grown into native wildflowers. Volunteers interested in helping with the activity stations can sign up at


Hot concessions will be available for purchase from Sandy's Grill & Italian Ice food truck.


There is no cost to attend the event. Registration is requested by calling 952-891-7000 or visiting and searching Earth Day.

St John the Baptist School-Vermillion Announces New Preschooler Options

NEW for 2014-2015: St John the Baptist School-Vermillion is excited to announce new Extended Day and Everyday options for preschool families. The (optional) afternoon preschool day will end at the same time as grade K-6th dismissal at 3:30pm for parent pick up and bus loading. Call the School Office to signup, 651-437-2644. Please tell your friends!