West metro town briefs: Bridging needs furniture donations

  • Updated: March 25, 2014 - 1:18 PM


Bridging needs furniture donations

Bridging, a local nonprofit group that is the largest furniture bank in North America, needs gently used or new dressers, kitchen tables, night stands, end tables, coffee tables, bookshelves and upholstered furniture for families and people who are transitioning out of homelessness and poverty.

Those items are at a critical shortage this spring. Donors can drop items off or schedule a pickup for a fee.

Items can be dropped off at 201 W. 87th St. in Bloomington or at 1633 Terrace Drive in Roseville Monday through Thursday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Friday and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Pickups can be arranged by visiting bridging.org or calling 952-888-1105.

Bridging serves over 4,000 households each year. Over half of Bridging’s clients were homeless, 85 percent have an annual household income under $15,000 and 60 percent of clients are families with children.

Learn how to make fairy-garden container

Rene Lynch, president of the Federated Garden Clubs of Minnesota, will present “Make Your Own Fairy Garden Container” at 7 p.m. Monday, April 7, at St. Mark’s United Church of Christ, 8630 Xerxes Av. S. This is a hands-on program, so preregistration is required by calling 952-361-6393. The registration deadline is Monday, March 31. The $12 fee covers the cost of plants and materials. Participants are asked to bring their own containers. The program is sponsored by Bloomington Affiliated Garden Clubs.

Senior Republicans to hear from Slocum

Chuck Slocum, president of the Williston Group and former executive director of the Minnesota Business Partnership, will speak Tuesday, April 1, to the Republican Seniors of Minnesota at Poor Richard’s Commonhouse, 8301 Normandale Blvd.

Also appearing will be U.S. Senate candidate Jim Abeler and U.S. House candidates Dario Anselmo and Abdimalik Askar.

The long-established group of Republicans age 50 and up meets on the first Tuesday of each month. Coffee and discussion begin at 10 a.m., followed by the speaker, with lunch at noon. For more information, call 952-828-1943, or e-mail repseniorsmn@gmail.com.


Watershed district proposes new rules

The Riley Purgatory Bluff Creek Watershed District is accepting comments and questions until April 7 from the public about new proposed rules.

The watershed district released proposed rules for its regulatory permitting program on Feb. 20. The rules apply to land and water resource-disturbing activities, and cover such areas as buffers for wetlands/lakes/creeks, flood plain management, erosion and sediment control, dredging and sediment removal, appropriation of surface and groundwater, stormwater management, shoreline and streambank stabilization and waterbody crossings.

Comments can be submitted before April 7 by e-mailing cbleser@rpbcwd.org or attending a public hearing at 6:30 p.m. March 19 at the City Center. For more information, go to www. rpbcwd.org or call 952-294-5976.


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