Volunteer opportunities People interested in hearing about the kind of volunteer opportunities available in Scott County are invited to a session this morning at Club Prior, next to the public library on the edge of downtown Prior Lake. At 11 a.m., guest speaker Jane Wiley, community coordinator for Scott County, will talk about how to volunteer and what opportunities are out there. To find out more, call 952-447-9820.


Many varieties of trees available If you'd like to plant a bunch of trees on your property, an agency in Scott County is once again making a large number of varieties -- this year, 43 -- available at low cost. The Scott Soil and Water Conservation District offers very small transplant and seedling trees, mainly for those with larger properties who want to put up windscreens and the like but also simply to increase the stock of trees. Contact Jodi Worm at 952-492-5416 for more information, or get an order form at


Winter parking in effect Saturday Lakeville's winter parking restrictions will go into effect Saturday. On-street parking will be prohibited between 2 a.m. and 6 a.m. from November through April 1. Parking on the streets is also prohibited when it's snowing until after the streets have been cleared.


Zoo hosts 'Wild About Wine' Like drinking wine in exotic places? Join the Minnesota Zoo for its third annual "Wild About Wine" event on at 5:30 p.m. Nov. 8. Wine lovers can taste a variety of wine and enjoy appetizers and music. All proceeds go to benefit conservation programs at the zoo.

The cost is $50 (or $55 at the door) for adults 21 years old and older. To register, visit For more information, call 952-431-9200.

Indigenous Mexican dance troupe An authentic dance performance by the Kalpulli Ketzal Coatlicue dance troupe is 1 p.m. Nov. 8 at the Galaxie Library. Ketzal Coatlicue (precious mother earth) is a Kalpulli (learning community) of indigenous people joined by the desire to learn, share and live in the Mexican dance tradition.

The 1 p.m. performance at 14955 Galaxie Av. will feature music from the sacred drum, conch shells, seeds and other instruments from the natural environment.

The Minnesota Mosaic event is free and sponsored by the Dakota County Library. For more information, call 952-891-7045.


Wining and dining for good causes A lot of wine is going to be drunk for charity next month at two events in Savage and Shakopee.

On Nov. 19, it's the sixth annual wine- and food-tasting event and silent auction at Canterbury Park in Shakopee, which benefits the CAP Agency, a private nonprofit serving people in need in Scott, Carver and Dakota Counties. Tickets for the adults-only event, at $50 each, may be obtained from the agency at 952-402-9854.

On Nov. 20, the Savage municipal liquor stores hold their 12th annual wine tasting and silent auction for the Make a Wish Foundation. The site is Neisen Brother's Sports Bar & Grill, 4851 W. 123rd St., downtown Savage. More than 100 types of wine will be sampled, plus spirits, cordials and beers with hors d'oeuvres. Tickets are $20 and are being sold at Marketplace Liquor and Dan Patch Liquor or at the door.