Taste of Lakeville on tap Thursday

Food samplings from 35 restaurants and caterers, beer and wine tastings, live entertainment, silent auctions and prize raffles will be on tap Thursday evening at the Taste of Lakeville.

The event will be held from 5 to 9 p.m. at the Lakeville Area Arts Center, 20965 Holyoke Av. It is the main fundraiser for the Lakeville Rotary Club. Cost is $35 in advance; $45 at the door (cash only).

Raffles will include a $1,000 prize, a TV, a GoPro camera and a basket of Twins merchandise with four tickets.

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Citywide garage sale to be held Saturday

Lakeville residents have until Thursday to submit the address of their garage sale and have it included on a map of all locations for the citywide garage sale on Saturday. The sale will be from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

A map can be downloaded at

Prior Lake

Music for the soul by South Metro Chorale

The South Metro Chorale will perform “Music for the Soul,” featuring the music of Gabriel Fauré, Samuel Barber and others on Sunday at Shepherd of the Lake Lutheran Church.

The concert will begin at 3 p.m. at the church at 3611 N. Berens Road NW. in Prior Lake. The cost is $12 for adults, $8 for students and seniors.

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Volunteers raked up tons of leaves

Volunteers raked and collected 5,260 pounds — 2.6 tons — of leaves and yard waste at the Clean Water Cleanup event April 26 at Memorial Park in Prior Lake.

That is the equivalent of 349 bags of leaves. More than $400 in prizes were awarded, as well as a lunch and T-shirt for volunteers.

Scott County

Workshop focuses on shoreline care

A workshop on “Restoring your shoreline,” will be held from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Thursday at Prior Lake City Hall, 4646 Dakota St. SE.

Participants will learn how to restore shoreline with seeded or planted buffers between their lawn and lake. Natural shorelines keep lakes cleaner and improve habitat for aquatic life and other animals, the organizers said.

To register for the workshop, go to or by call 952-492-5425.


Small business counseling

The South Metro Chapter of SCORE will offer free, confidential small business counseling from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday at the Savage Library, 13090 Alabama Av. S. To register, call 952-707-1770.


Police Department wins award

The Shakopee Police Department has received an award for its social media efforts at the first Golden Post Awards, which recognizes outstanding use of social media by local and state government agencies.

The department was awarded second place nationally for its October 2014 antibullying campaign. Crime prevention specialist Janna Grassel accepted the award at the Government Social Media Conference & Expo in Reno, Nev.

“We’re thankful for everyone who interacts with us on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube,” said Grassel, adding that Shakopee came in first in the crowdsourcing portion of the contest. “The personal interactions we share with the community through social media help us be a better police department, solve and prevent more crimes and build stronger relationships with residents, businesses and visitors alike.”


Archery lessons set for May 23

Scott County families with children ages 8 and over can learn the basics of archery at an event May 23 at Cleary Lake Regional Park in Prior Lake.

Participants will shoot stationary targets and compete in shooting games. Equipment will be provided.

Cost is $7 to $8. Reservations are required. Children 17 and younger must be accompanied by a registered adult.

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