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Events: Jan. 31 - Feb. 27

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January 31

Community expo

The Farmington Community Expo will take place from 9 a.m. to noon Jan. 31 at Farmington High School. There will be displays, exhibits and entertainment. The free event is hosted by the Farmington Independent, Farmington Area Community Education, the city of Farmington and CEEF.

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February 6

How to publish a book

The Dakota Valley Arts Council and Rambling River Center present a meeting at 7 p.m. Feb. 6 at Rambling River Center, 431 Third St., to provide answers about what's involved in getting a book published. Anne Fredrickson, who recently published a book about the Fredrickson Brothers baseball team which played in the 1920s will be on hand to provide information. If you are considering self-publishing or working with a publisher there will be information to help you with your project.

Winter picnic

The Dakota County Farmington Library will hold a winter picnic from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Feb. 6. Bring a bag lunch and a drink and enjoy stories and a movie.

The library is located at 508 Third St. For more information call 651-438-0250.

February 8

Benefit concert

Highview Christiania Lutheran Church will hold a benefit concert at 3:15 p.m. Feb. 8 for its Southeast Asian ministry.

Performers will include Randy Ferguson on classical guitar/lute/banjo, Matt Lanier on euphonium an Nancy Busse, storytelling with Hmong storycloths.

Hmong handiwork/ embroidery will be on display and available for purchase. A free will offering will be taken.

The church is located at 26690 Highview Ave. in rural Farmington. For more information call 952-469-2722.

French toast breakfast

There will be a French toast breakfast fundraiser for the 2009 senior class party from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Feb. 8 at St. Michael's Catholic Church. Tickets are available at Premier Bank or 651-247-5132.

February 10

Lunch bunch

The lunch bunch at Mount Olivet Retreat Center will welcome guest speaker Nancy Youngdahl of The Inca Trail and Smile Network International from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Feb. 10. Smile Network International traveled to Cusco, Peru last August to correct 43 cleft lips and palates for children otherwise unable to afford the surgery.

Call the retreat center at 952-469-2175 or e-mail chouse@mtolivetretreat. org for reservations.

February 11

Blood drive

There will be an American Red Cross blood drive from 1 to 7 p.m. Feb. 11 at the Farmington American Legion, 10 North Eighth St.

To make an appointment call 1-800-GIVE-LIFE or visit givebloodgivelife.org.

February 21

Bingo fundraiser

There will be a Bingo fundraiser for the Farmington High School senior class party from 2 to 5 p.m. Feb. 21 at the Farmington Eagles Club, 200 Elm St.

February 26

Blood drive

There will be an American Red Cross blood drive from 12:30 to 5:30 p.m. Feb. 26 at Roundbank, 3380 Vermillion River Trail.

For an appointment call Kelly at 651-291-4685 or go to www.givebloodgivelife.org and enter sponsor code 6557.

February 27

Senior Citizen night at FHS boys basketball

Farmington High School will hold a Senior Citizen Night at the Feb. 27 boys basketball game against Prior Lake. Seniors get free admission, free popcorn and free coffee. The game starts at 7:30 p.m.

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