Your weekend: Take your pick of local haunts this weekendFarmington gets into the holiday spirit this weekend with four separate haunted houses to choose from. All of the homemade haunts will collect for a cause. Three will gather food for the food shelf and one will raise money for the Farmington Fire Department's Explorer program. If you want to get a jump on the holiday, you can always bring the kids to Friday night's Halloween Walk at Dodge Middle School. Read on for details.
BNI visitors day
Farmington’s Business Networking International group will hold a visitors day from 7:15 to 8:45 a.m. Oct. 27 at Celt’s Pub, 200 Third St. All business owners are welcome to attend. The group helps businesses grow by increasing exposure, sharing ideas and offering an opportunity for networking.
There will be a benefit to help Farmington resident Linda Santa Cruz and her family from 5 to 9 p.m. Oct. 27 at the Royal Cliff Event Center in Eagan. Linda was diagnosed with inflammatory bowel disease last winter while pregnant with her second child. She has undergone several surgeries since and has had to take an indefinite leave of absence from her job.
Diabetes support group
A diabetes support group will meet at 6:30 p.m. Oct. 27 at Allina Clinic in Farmington. The guest speaker is Dr. Godsall, an endocrinologist. This free support group meets the last Thursday of the month.
The Dakota County Farmington library will hold a Halloween storytime from 10:30 to 11 a.m. Oct. 28. The library is located at 508 Third St.
Farmington kids can get a jump on their Halloween candy collection at the city’s annual Halloween Walk from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Oct. 28 at Dodge Middle School, 4200 208th St. W. Kids can dress in costume and get candy from local businesses and community organizations.
Still Tickin’ will perform a wide variety of music from 7 to 9 p.m. Oct. 28 at Dunn Bros. Coffee in Farmington.
Dunn Bros. is located at 20700 Chippendale Ave.
Rambling River Center will hold a Dad’s Belgian waffle breakfast from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Oct. 29 to celebrate the second anniversary of the center’s new location. There will be performances by Synergy Dance Center, a fire truck for kids to explore, face painting, live animals and music. Rambling River Center is at 325 Oak St.
Teen costume contest
The Dakota County Farmington Library will hold a costume contest for teens from 2 to 3 p.m. Oct. 29. Teens can dress up in their favorite costume and bring their favorite spooky poems and readings to share. There will be prizes for the best costumes and readings.
For more information visit dakotacounty.us/library or call 651-438-0250. The library is located at 508 Third St.
Martial arts demo
Rosemount ATA Black Belt Academy’s demo team will perform from 2 to 3 p.m. Oct. 29 at Dunn Bros. Coffee, 20700 Chippendale Ave.
There will be a steak fry to benefit the Farmington High School girls hockey team from 5 to 8 p.m. Oct. 29 at the Farmington VFW, 421 Third St. The steak fry will raise money for the Louis Schmitz Holiday Classic tournament.
The Farmington Knights of Columbus will hold a pancake breakfast from 9 to 11:30 a.m. Oct. 30 at the Church of St. Michael, 22120 Denmark Ave. Money raised will go to a variety of causes supported by the Knights of Columbus.
St. Michael’s Catholic Church will hold an organ recital with its new pipe organ at 4 p.m. Oct. 30. Marty Hodel, head of the trumpet department at St. Olaf, will also perform. Dinner will be served.
Christian Life fall festival
Christian Life Church will hold its fall festival from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Oct. 30.
There will be a haunted maze from 7 to 10 p.m. Oct. 29-31 at 19337 Ellington Tr. People who attend are asked to bring a donation for the food shelf.
The Ceason family will hold their fourth annual haunted garage from 6 to 9 p.m. Oct. 29 and from 6:30 to 9 p.m. Oct. 31. Visitors are asked to bring a donation for the Farmington food shelf. The haunted garage is located at 18577 Euclid Path.
The Redrum Hotel will return Halloween weekend at 17371 Faraday Ct. The event, a fundraiser for the Farmington Food Shelf, will take place from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Oct. 29-30.
Haunted fire station
The Farmington Fire Department’s Explorer program will hold a haunted house from 5 to 8 p.m. Oct. 29-31 at Fire Station No. 1. The event is a fundraiser to pay for items for the Explorer post and for the Farmington Food Shelf.