Apple Valley is offering residents a chance to recycle shoes for free from Nov. 9 to 15.

Shoes in any style and condition can be dropped off at the Apple Valley Community Center, 14603 Hayes Road. The shoes will be collected by USAgain and separated for reuse or recycled into new products.

The city offers the program to celebrate “America Recycles Day” on Nov. 15. In 2014, Apple Valley recycled 10,987 pounds of shoes.

For more information, call 952-895-4511.


Winter parking restrictions begin

Winter parking restrictions begin Sunday in Shakopee and last through March 31.

Shakopee’s rules include no parking on any city street from 2 to 6 a.m. In the area north of 10th Avenue and west of Marschall Road, however, there are odd/even parking rules.

Parking is allowed on even-numbered days on the even-numbered side of the street between 2 and 6 a.m. On odd-numbered days, parking is allowed on the odd-numbered side of the street.

After a snowfall of 2 inches or more, a snow emergency is declared and parking restrictions apply 24 hours a day until the streets have been plowed curb to curb. There is also no parking on snow routes during a snow emergency.


Resource fair and open house for vets

Dakota County Veterans Services will hold its first open house and resource fair on Nov. 20, and businesses and organizations are invited to participate.

The fair will be held from 1 to 4 p.m. at 1 Mendota Road W., Suite 420, in West St. Paul.

For more information, call Lisa Thomas at 651-554-5631.

Turning pumpkins into compost

Residents of Apple Valley, Eagan and Burnsville can drop off their unwanted pumpkins from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, Nov. 7 at the Eagan Community Center, 1501 Central Pkwy.

Dakota Valley Recycling will turn the pumpkins into compost.

All candle wax must be removed. No painted pumpkins will be accepted. Kids who come with their parents will get a prize.


Mark curb lines with wood stakes

The city of Eagan is urging residents to mark their curb lines now to prepare for winter snowplowing.

Eagan is providing up to eight wooden stakes per house to mark where the street ends and residents’ properties begin. The free stakes are available around the clock outside the front doors of the Eagan Maintenance Facility, 3501 Coachman Point.

Although snow hasn’t accumulated — yet — the city asks residents to pound in the stakes now, before the ground freezes.

Farmers market moves indoors

Eagan’s Indoor Winter Farmers Market will be held every other Saturday, starting Nov. 7 at the Eagan Community Center, 1501 Central Pkwy.

The market will be open from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., and feature 15 to 20 vendors selling their produce, products and crafts.


Fire department hosts Turkey Bingo

The Farmington Fire Department’s 65th annual Turkey Bingo night is Nov. 14. Doors open at 5:30 p.m., with bingo from 6 to 10 p.m.

The event will be held at Fire Station 1, 21625 Denmark Av.

There is no admission charge. Bingo cards, daubers and raffle tickets will be for sale at the door. There will be door prizes drawn throughout the evening. Turkey sandwiches and refreshments will be served.

The fundraiser benefits the Farmington Fire Department’s Relief Association and Auxiliary Association.


Savor Iron Range flavors at library

The cuisine of the Iron Range, from potica and kolache to lutefisk and baccala, will be the topic du jour Thursday at Heritage Library, 20085 Heritage Dr., in Lakeville.

Cookbook author B.J. Carpenter will discuss her book “Come, You Taste: Family Recipes from the Iron Range” at 7 p.m. The book “celebrates the cuisine of numerous ethnic groups and features fond memories of neighborhoods now gone,” according to its publisher, the Minnesota Historical Society Press.

Carpenter will be joined by Tom Forti of Sunrise Creative Gourmet, who will share samples of products with origins on the Iron Range.

The program is free and open to the public.