The LeDuc Historic Estate will host a Burns Night Scotch Tasting on Friday.

The event will celebrate Robert Burns, the famous Scottish poet and lyricist. It's typical in Scotland to celebrate Burns Night with poetry, music and food sometime around Burns' birthday, Jan. 25.

At LeDuc, participants will learn about Burns, Scottish culture and Single Malt Scotch. Attendees will be able to sample five different Scotches and traditional Scottish foods, including shortbread and haggis. For entertainment, there will be bagpipes, Highland dancing and music by the Scottish trio Dunquin.

To make a reservation, call 651-437-7055. Seating is limited.

Inver Grove Heights

Valentine embroidery class on Jan. 27

Learn to stitch note cards for your valentine at the Inver Glen Library, 8098 Blaine Av. E, Inver Grove Heights.

The Textile Center will be teaching simple embroidery stitches and offering tips on handstitching on paper from 6 to 8 p.m. Jan. 27 in the library's meeting room. That leaves plenty of time to whip up a crafty Valentine before Feb. 14.

Registration is required. To sign up for the class go to


Hear Caribbean music by Socaholix

The music of the Caribbean Islands is coming to the Lakeville Area Arts Center on Saturday.

Socaholix, a group that plays a mixture of calypso, reggae, and soca — a fusion of calypso and Indian rhythms — will perform at 7:30 p.m. at the arts center, 20965 Holyoke Av., Lakeville. There will be tropical drinks, dancing and candlelit tables for the festive show.

Advance tickets cost $20. To buy tickets or get more information, go to and navigate to the Lakeville Area Arts Center page of the website.

Staff reports