Donations needed for fire-starter kits Stuff you might otherwise throw away might find a good use as components of fire-starting kits assembled by people with disabilities.

ProAct, which provides services for people who are disabled or have other barriers to employment, is collecting cardboard tubes from paper towel and toilet paper rolls and used or broken candles, including jar candles. Donations can be dropped off at the organization's headquarters at 3195 Neil Armstrong Blvd. in Eagan and at its Red Wing and Zumbrota locations.

The finished fire-starter bundles are available for $1 at ProAct.

In other news, ProAct announced last month that Mary Ellen Leary, president of the human-resources consulting firm MEL Group, was elected chairwoman of its board of directors. Teri McCloughan of the Stapleton & McCloughan law firm of St. Paul, will be vice chairman; Larry Lehman, retired from Security State Bank of Kenyon, will serve as secretary, and Charles DeNet of DeNet, Kenefick and Associates, St. Paul, will remain as treasurer.

Dr. Barbara Rebhuhn, retired from the Hudson, Wis., schools, and St. Paul lawyer Marty Stapleton were elected to three-year terms as directors.


Training program for yoga instructors Green Lotus Yoga and Healing Center announced last month that two Lakeville residents have completed its "Modular Advanced Yoga Study (MAYS)" program for aspiring yoga instructors.

Patti Opsahl and Jenny Keil have completed the program, which includes the classroom and studio training necessary to earn 200-hour Certified Yoga Teacher certification from the Yoga Alliance.

Green Lotus opens the MAYS program to new students at least twice a year. For more information about MAYS, visit www.greenlotusyogactr .com or call 952-373-0055. The studio is located at 18480 Kenyon Av.


Theme-party business "All the Rage" Two Savage-area women have started a theme-party decorating and prop rental business called All the Rage.

Co-owners Michelle Larscheid and Stacey Garcia started the company because they saw a need for inexpensive home party decorating as the economy drives more people to stay at home and entertain, according to a news release. "With at-home entertaining on the rise, we wanted to offer party hosts an affordable way to create ambiance while enhancing their party's theme," Garcia said.

All the Rage specializes in dinner parties, weddings and showers, birthday celebrations, girls' nights out, luaus and more. Customized themes also are available. A sample showcase is on the company's website at www.alltheragedecor.com. For more information, contact Michelle Larscheid at 952-292-3764.


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