A regional arts grant will allow the Arbors at Ridges assisted-living community in Burnsville to introduce intergenerational dance to residents.

The dance program will be operated by Kairos Alive, the first intergenerational modern dance company in the Twin Cities. The program “will engage residents in creative movement and storytelling,” according to a news release.

The $10,000 grant from the Metropolitan Regional Arts Council will fund the weekly dance program for 16 weeks. Each 90-minute class will have up to 20 participants.

Arbors at Ridges, on the Ebenezer Ridges senior living campus at 13820 Community Drive, opened its new building in May and welcomed dozens of new residents.



Dana Hardie to direct administrative services

The city of Burnsville has chosen Dana Hardie, now the operations manager of property records and revenue for Ramsey County, to replace Heather Johnston as the city’s director of administrative services.

Johnston was promoted to the position of city manager following the retirement of Craig Ebeling last spring.

Hardie will oversee the city’s finance, information technology and communications departments, as well as the office of city clerk.

“Her experience in process improvement and technology advancement will serve us well as we continue to find new, cost-effective ways to provide high-quality services to Burnsville residents and businesses,” Johnston said.

Hardie lives in Carver with her husband and two children.



‘Streets Alive’ to showcase nonprofits, civic groups

The Aug. 1 deadline is approaching for organizations to register for a new event in Eagan that will showcase local nonprofits, civic organizations and city departments.

“Streets Alive,” featuring Showcase Eagan, will take place from 1-4 p.m. Sept. 15. It’s a new take on Showcase Eagan, which previously was held inside the Eagan Civic Arena.

The new event is moving outside along Northwoods Parkway and Central Parkway, stretching from behind Byerly’s to the community center. Closing the streets to vehicle traffic will allow people to walk or bike and explore all that Eagan has to offer, including pickle ball demonstrations, wellness displays and fresh produce from Market Fest vendors.

More information and registration is available on the city’s website, www.cityofeagan.com. The cost for booth space is $40.


Dakota County

Farmington library renovation approved

Dakota County has approved a $2 million renovation of the Farmington Library.

Improvements will include a 3,500-square-foot addition and an open ceiling design for the library.

Until now, the library has leased the adjoining space it will be making part of the library.