Benilde hosts open house

Benilde-St. Margaret's School will host an open house for prospective students on Friday.

The open house will take place from 8:30-10:30 a.m. at the school, 2501 Hwy. 100 S. in St. Louis Park, and will include a tour and question-and-answer session.

Prospective families can pre-register at For more information, call 952-915-4345 or contact


Annual fundraiser to benefit schools

The Hopkins Education Foundation's annual event, the Royal Bash 2013, will be held Feb. 23 at the Golden Valley Golf and Country Club.

The event, which raises money for programs in Hopkins schools, includes international cuisine, silent and live auctions, and dancing. Last year, more than $125,000 was raised to give to classroom grants. For more information, go to or call 952-988-4097.


Dyslexia workshop to be held at Groves

Groves Academy will host a full-day symposium on dyslexia by national expert Brock Eide.

The event, "Dyslexia: A Celebration of Talents," will feature the author as well as Linda Hecker, a lead educational specialist from Landmark College Institute for Research and Training. It will take place from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday and costs $75 to participate. Go to for more information.


School district earns environmental award

The Bloomington School District has received an environmental leadership award from the Freshwater Society and Fortin Consulting.

The award recognizes the district's efforts to dramatically reduce the amount of sand and salt chlorides used during the winter to maintain its school parking lots, walkways and roads.

With assistance from the city of Bloomington and the Nine Mile Creek Watershed District, the school system used new methods and innovative tools to maintain safe roads while also helping to repair Minnesota's waters and sustaining its natural resources.

In addition to equipment and storage changes, the district develops and teaches a workshop to help school building-and-grounds directors make cost-effective, safe and environmentally conscious winter maintenance choices.


Applications now open for Rotary scholarships

The Chanhassen Rotary Foundation is accepting scholarship applications until March 1 for its annual scholarship program for graduating seniors living in Chanhassen who attend any area high school.

About 20 scholarships ranging from $1,000 to $2,500 will be awarded to graduating seniors who attend a two- or four-year college or other studies beyond high school.

Application forms are available at area high schools and at