‘Art Crawl’ coming this weekend

The fourth annual Scott County Art Crawl, a self-guided tour of studios and other sites, happens on Saturday.

Thirty-five artists are featured in 18 stops in Prior Lake, Savage and Shakopee. The tour runs from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Mediums include paintings, photography, sculpture, jewelry and glass. Prices range from $5 to $1,000.

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Thousands raised for safer fire helmets

Nearly $5,000 has been raised to give Savage firefighters some safer — and more costly — new helmets.

The money comes from a promotion in July at city-owned liquor stores, topped off by a corporate donation.

For every bottle of wine sold from an outfit called Hook & Ladder Winery, $2 went to a fund to buy a new breed of brimless helmet widely used in Europe. The helmets reduce neck strain and are less apt to be knocked off as debris falls.

The final check for $4,856 was a combination of :

• More than $1,000 that came directly through purchases at the city’s Marketplace and Dan Patch stores;

• $800 that came from additional donations at cash registers;

• A $3,000 gift from Cargill Inc., the Minnetonka-based firm with major operations in the city.

The helmets cost $100 more than traditional firefighting gear.


Make a piñata of your own this weekend

It’s Hispanic Heritage Month, and in a city with a growing Latino population, there’s a piñata-­making workshop on Saturday.

The Scott County Historical Society hosts the event, aimed at those age 7 and over, from 10:30 a.m. to noon.

Participants will design and create their own decorated containers to be filled with candy and other goodies and then burst open by striking it with a stick.

Registration is through Shakopee Community Education at 952-496-5029. There’s a fee of $1 for supplies.

Call the society at 952-445-0378 to learn more, or e-mail sher

The society is located at 235 Fuller St. S. in Shakopee.

Speaker will discuss ‘Minneapolis mob’

The annual meeting of the Scott County Historical Society this fall will feature a talk on the gangster history of the Hennepin Avenue strip in downtown Minneapolis.

Author Neal Karlen will address the group at 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 10, discussing the scene at Augie’s, a gathering place for celebrities and gangsters alike. Karlen obtained FBI files on leading figures of the era, notably Kid Cann.

The event begins with an open house at 6 p.m., then a business meeting at 6:30 and a 45-minute presentation at 7, followed by questions and answers.

Admission is free for society members; for others, the fee is $4 for adults and $2 for students.


Town meeting will feature elected officials

There’s a town meeting this month in Jordan for citizens wishing to learn more about what’s going on at City Hall.

The event runs from 9 to 11 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 12, at the city’s fire station, 501 Varner St. N.

Council members will talk about projects and activities and field questions from the audience.