Controlled burns planned for training

The Shakopee Fire Department and several other area fire departments will be conducting live training burns in the coming weeks along the north side of County Road 69. The city will be burning houses and buildings acquired by Rahr Malting on Saturdays, Feb. 28 and March 14 and Monday, March 2 and 9.

Residents don’t need to be alarmed if they see smoke in the area. However, for the effectiveness of the training and safety of the firefighters, the department asks people to avoid the area.

In other Fire Department news, the agency has received a donation of $14,367 from Shakopee Sand LLC to buy new firefighter helmets. The helmets are lighter than the current helmets, which are reaching their 10-year safety limit.

For more information, call 952-233-9300.


Indoor farmers market on Saturday

Eagan’s indoor winter farmers market will be open from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at the Eagan Community Center, 1501 Central Pkwy.

Winter vegetables, breads, meats and sweet treats will be available. For more information, call 651-675-5500.


‘Autism and the Arts’ fundraiser

A+ Art Club Autism and the Arts, a part of the Northfield Arts Guild will present the children’s musical “Buzz” as a scholarship fundraiser for A+ club members.

It will be held at 7 p.m. Friday at the Northfield High School Auditorium, 1400 Division St. S.

“Buzz” tells the story of Benny Bee, a young bee who is different from all of the other bees in the hive. Through the help of his best friend, Bailey, and the guidance of a wise teacher, Benny learns how to communicate with his peers in a way that makes sense to him — through movement. All of the other bees learn that what makes us unique makes us special too.

The play was written by Michelle Pillatzki, Sara Pillatzki-Warzeha and Lauren Mikael Webber, and has previously been presented as part of a Children’s Theatre tour at Minnesota State University Mankato and at Therapy Center Stage in Waco, Texas.

A+ Club members are taking an active part in the production, serving as actors, backstage crew and staff. All tickets will be “pay what you can” and club members will be passing the hat before and after the show. All proceeds will go to support club members.

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Time to think recreation

Prior Lake has a new website for its recreational opportunities and facilities rentals. Go to and click on “rec.”

The city’s summer recreation catalog should be arriving in residents’ mailboxes on March 7. Registration opens at 12:01 a.m. that day. Reservations for picnicking and park shelters are already open. Use the new website to reserve the Lakefront Park pavilion, two park shelters at Lakefront Park, a shelter at Sand Point Beach and two shelters at Memorial Park.

Registration is also underway for men’s, women’s, coed and church summer softball leagues.

For more information, call 952-447-9820.

Workshop offers tips for managing stress

A free class on “Managing Stress: Principles and Strategies for Health and Well-Bring” will be held at 7 p.m. Thursday at Club Prior, 16210 Eagle Creek Av., Suite 101.

Dr. Mackenzie Stodola of the Prior Lake Chiropractic Center will talk about the nature of stress, coping strategies and relaxation techniques. No registration is required.


Take a walk at the Savage Sports Center

The Savage Sports Center is open to the public for daily walking and running Monday through Friday.

It also can be rented for athletic practices and events, birthday parties or other private uses. Daily passes are available. For $5, residents have unlimited use of the field and equipment.


Arts center offers tour of Italian wines

For wine aficionados and those who just like a tipple or two, the Lakeville Area Arts Center will present a tour of Italian wines from 7 to 9 p.m. March 11 at the center, 20965 Holyoke Av.

Alfonso Aiello, an Italian wine specialist who manages over 65 wineries and a Gaja ambassador, will be the tour guide.

Cost is $15 per person. For tickets, call 952-985-4640.

Pat Pheifer