The grand opening is Sunday for the Minnesota Zoo’s Hanifl Family Wild Woods, a 30,000-square-foot nature-based play area adjacent to the zoo’s Conservation Carousel.

The play area is free with a paid admission to the zoo. It includes a boulder climbs, a climbing horse, log pile climbs, mazes, slides, treetop towers with bridges and other features.

Learn about small business finance

A workshop for small business owners and prospective owners who want to find out how to raise or borrow money will be held at 10:30 a.m. Thursday at the Galaxie Library, 14950 Galaxie Av.

Representatives from local banks and other financial institutions and the U.S. Small Business Administration will talk about lending opportunities, followed by a question-and-answer and consultation period.

Registration is required. Go to and click on the events calendar.

Library hosts class on building websites

A workshop for people interested in building a website using open-source software such as WordPress will be held at 6 p.m. Aug. 3 at the Galaxie Library, 14950 Galaxie Av.

The website could be used for a personal blog, a small business, a community organization or a nonprofit group. Web developers will explain how to set up a site and navigate settings and share tips on how to generate traffic.

People should bring a tablet or laptop computer if they have one.

Registration is required. Go to and click on the events calendar.


City removes trees to avoid ash borer

The city of Burnsville plans to remove 120 ash trees this year and treat another 928 to protect them from the emerald ash borer, which is destroying swaths of trees throughout Minnesota, including in the metro area.

Residents also can take advantage of the city’s contract prices to treat ash trees on their property, the city said. They should contact Rainbow Treecare at 952-767-6920 for pricing and schedules. The contract prices are good through the end of 2015. The city is also encouraging residents to volunteer to pay for the treatment of other ash trees in their neighborhoods.

The emerald ash borer has not been found in Burnsville yet, but it was confirmed to be in Lebanon Hills Regional Park in December. Because of that, the Minnesota Department of Agriculture has added Dakota County to its list of quarantined counties, restricting the movement of ash trees and all hardwood firewood to non-quarantined counties.

Burnsville is working with the agriculture department to monitor traps in the city’s parks and to inspect any suspicious ash trees that die. The purple traps use Manuka oil, which has a scent similar to a distressed ash tree, to attract the insects.

Register by Monday for Night to Unite

Burnsville neighborhoods have until Monday to register their Night to Unite block party and make sure that it is visited by a police car, fire truck or other official city vehicle.

Night to Unite is Aug. 4. Neighbors turn on their lights, lock their doors and go outside to get to know the people who live nearby. The city said the block parties help heighten awareness of crime, drug and violence prevention, strengthen police-community partnerships and send a message to criminals letting them know that neighborhoods are organized and fighting back.

To register a party, go to the city’s website at or call 952-895-4575.

Check out library e-books with iPads

A workshop on how to download Overdrive, 3M and OneClick Digital apps and check out library e-books for free on your iPad will be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday at the Burnhaven Library, 1101 W. County Road 42.

People should bring their library card, PIN number and Apple ID to download the apps. Bring your own iPad or use one available at the library.

Registration is required. Go to and click on the events calendar.


Market Fest features Latin music, dance

Market Fest, a combination farmers market, concert series and community festival will feature Latin music and dance demonstrations Friday from 4 to 8 p.m.

Sonora Cafe will perform from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m., with La Clave from 6 to 8 p.m. Dances will include salsa, samba, bossa nova and merengue.

Market Fest is held each week at Central Park, 1501 Central Pkwy.


Session teaches kids about dog ownership

Kids can get an introduction to pet ownership Tuesday at the Heritage Library, 20085 Heritage Dr.

The session for children ages 4 to 12 will cover pet training and the responsibilities of pet ownership. Participants will also have a chance to meet a therapy dog. The activity starts at 6:30 p.m.


City changes laws to allow craft breweries

Nobody has applied for a license to open a craft brewery or a micro distillery yet in the city of Rosemount, but the City Council is ready when they do.

The council on July 7 approved updates to the city’s liquor regulations that will let Rosemount issue licenses and set fees for them. New rules also will allow Sunday sales of growlers by future breweries.

Businesses permitted include brew pubs, which are restaurants that operate their own brewery; taprooms, in which a brewery can sell its own beer; cocktail rooms, which are tied to micro distilleries; brew on-premise stores, which are other retailers that operate breweries, and wineries on farms.


Storytime for kids and teddy bears

The Pleasant Hill Library is offering a story time for children and their teddy bears and a sleepover for the bears starting at 6 p.m. Aug. 3.

Children ages 4 to 10 and their teddy bears will have a special story time, crafts and songs, then tuck their stuffed animals in for a sleepover. The teddy bears can be picked up the next afternoon.

Participants are asked to arrive at least fie minutes early or possibly lose their spot.

Registration is required. Go to and click on the events calendar.

Pat Pheifer