A free seminar on living with coyotes will be presented at 7 p.m. Tuesday in the Schneider Theater at Bloomington Civic Plaza.
Coyote expert Lynsey White Dasher, an urban wildlife specialist with the Humane Society of the United States, will speak.
Dasher will talk about coyote habits, hazing and how to coexist with an animal that is increasingly showing up in suburbs.
New residential construction in the metro area continued its upward trend in April, improving by 45 percent in permits and 68 percent in planned units over April 2011.
Total units under permit so far this year are up 124 percent over the same period in 2011, and higher than at any time since 2007.
The Minnesota Landscape Arboretum Auxiliary's 44th annual plant sale, featuring thousands of plants, including hard-to-find varieties, is set for 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.
Among items for sale will be perennials, shrubs, trees, herbs, prairie plants, grasses, hardy Minnesota roses, vegetables, hanging baskets and miniature plants suitable for fairy gardens. For more information, go to www.arboretum.umn.edu.
The arboretum also will be celebrating National Public Gardens Day on Friday with free gate admission, and it will be naming a new rose variety that day.
Arboretum Director Ed Schneider will announce the winner of the Rose-Naming Contest at 10 a.m. Other events are planning during the day.
For more information, go to www.NationalPublicGar densDay.org.
Minnesota's Beyond the Yellow Ribbon recognition program and a steering committee for Eden Prairie are planning a Yellow Ribbon kickoff event for 10 a.m. June 2 at the Eden Prairie Community Center, 16700 Valley View Road.
Beyond the Yellow Ribbon is working with Minnesota cities and counties to create local networks of support for service members and their families. The program, pioneered by the Minnesota National Guard, is designed to supply help and assistance both during and after a military deployment.
The Eden Prairie steering committee is made up of local residents. Yellow Ribbon program representatives will explain the need for the program and how community members, from employers and businesses to faith-based institutions and social service organizations, can help.
Annette Kuyper, director of Military Outreach for the Minnesota National Guard, will provide an overview of the state's Yellow Ribbon Recognition Program, and volunteers will be sought to assist the steering committee in developing a plan for Eden Prairie.
For more information, go to www.facebook.com/EdenPrairieBeyondTheYel lowRibbon or contact one of the steering committee co-chairs: Kim Pederson at email@example.com or Bob Danielson at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Additional information on the Yellow Ribbon Recognition Program is available at www.beyondtheyellowrib bon.org.
West Lutheran High School of Plymouth is sponsoring its annual garage and bake sale this Friday and Saturday.
A pre-sale entry fee of $2 per family will be charged from 9 a.m.-7 p.m. on Friday. There will be no entry fee from 8 a.m.-4 p.m. on Saturday.
All proceeds will go for tuition assistance for students in need.
West Lutheran is located at 3350 Harbor Lane N. in Plymouth.
For more information, call 763-509-9378.
The city of Minnetonka will honor its retiring city manager, John Gunyou, with an open house from 4-8 p.m. next Wednesday at the Minnetonka Community Center, 14600 Minnetonka Blvd.
The public is invited to attend. Gunyou announced in January that he would retire June 1. Assistant City Manager Geralyn Barone has been named as his successor.
Gunyou has served as Minnetonka's city manager since 2000. To attend the open house, RSVP to 952-939-8211 or e-mail email@example.com.
"Do.town," the effort to get Edina residents moving, as well as street design that fosters walking and biking, will be the topics at a Thursday League of Women Voters Edina meeting.
Katherine Bass, do.town project manager for Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota, and Katie Meyer, an organizer on the do.town campaign, will speak.
Refreshments will be served at 6:30 p.m., and the program will follow at 7 p.m. at St. Alban's Church, 6717 Gleason Road. For more information, contact firstname.lastname@example.org or search for LWVE on Facebook.
The Minnesota secretary of state's office, the city of Golden Valley and the Golden Valley League of Women Voters will walk citizens through the election process at a workshop from 5-7 p.m. Thursday at Golden Valley City Hall, 7800 Golden Valley Road.
The program is designed for students, first-time voters and anyone interested in elections.
For more details, go to www.goldenvalleymn.gov/elections/voting.
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