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Holiday boutique

Trinity Care Center will hold a holiday boutique from 10:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Dec. 6 and 7. Vendors will display a variety of items from wall hangings to doll clothes to bakeware and more.

Trinity is located at 3410 210th St.

Cultural entertainment and dinner

Minnesota Hindu Milan Mandir will hold a dinner and a night of cultural entertainment from 5:30 to 9 p.m. Dec. 6. Dinner starts at 5:30 and the show at 6:30. Entertainment will include classical dances and a fashion show. Minnesota Hindu Milan Mandir is located at 501 Walnut St. For more information call Tara at 952-491-1579, Cepaul at 612-695-1616, Dinesh at 763-546-0145, Mandir at 651-365-0331 or Satya at 651-500-0208.

Yellow Ribbon Network anniversary

The public is invited to help the Farmington Yellow Ribbon Network celebrate its fifth anniversary on Dec. 6. The event begins with light appetizers at 6 p.m., followed by a program at 7 p.m. Gov. Mark Dayton will speak.


Downtown Dazzle Day

The Farmington Business Association will hold its annual Downtown Dazzle Day Dec. 7. The event will conclude with the lighting of the community Christmas tree.

Visit from Santa

Santa and Mrs. Claus will be at the Farmington VFW from 1 to 3 p.m. Dec. 7. Kids can get their picture taken and go home with a bag of goodies and a can of soda. The VFW is located at 421 Third St.

Secret holiday shop

The Farmington Parks and Recreation Department will hold its annual secret holiday shop for kids from 9 a.m. to noon Dec. 7 at Rambling River Center. There will be gifts from 50 cents to $6.50 so parents can send their kids in to do their own holiday shopping. Parents should send their kids with a list of people to shop for and an amount to spend on each. Rambling River Center is located at 325 Oak St.


Pancake breakfast

The Farmington Knights of Columbus will hold a pancake breakfast from 9 a.m. to noon Dec. 8 at the Church of St. Michael. Money raised will be donated to a variety of causes. The church is located at 22120 Denmark Ave.

Cookie walk

The Farmington Yellow Ribbon Network will hold its fifth annual cookie walk fundraiser from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. Dec. 8 at Rambling River Center in downtown Farmington. Anyone who would like to participate should bring two plates of a dozen cookies or holiday treats. Cookies will be packaged in holiday baskets and delivered to military families’ homes. Participants can also take home an assortment of treats. To donate cookies or volunteer call Kara at 651-463-2148.


Christmas in the Village

Visitors can celebrate an old-fashioned Christmas at Dakota City Heritage Village’s annual Christmas in the Village event. Christmas in the Village includes horse-drawn trolley rides through a beautifully decorated turn-of-the-century village, visits with Santa and Mrs. Claus, holiday crafts and more. The event will take place from 4 to 8 p.m. Dec. 6 and 13 and from 1 to 8 p.m. Dec. 7, 8, 14 and 15.

Upcoming events

Teen Advisory Group

The Dakota County Farmington Library Teen Advisory Group will meet from 6 to 7 p.m. Dec. 9 at the library. The TAG recommends books and music, helps plan library programs and participates in community events and service projects. Kids ages 12 to 18 are welcome.

Mr. Farmington pageant

Farmington High School will hold its annual Mr. Farmington pageant at 7 p.m. Dec. 9 as a fundraiser for the school’s Toys for Town drive. The event will take place in the school’s recital hall.

Teen Library Day

Teens can drop in to the library for a variety of activities, games, crafts, readings, discussion and more from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. Dec. 10. The event is for ages 10 to 16.

O Holy Night concert

Farmington Lutheran Church will hold a free concert at 6:30 p.m. Dec. 11 with two of the Twin Cities’ best Christian singers, AGAPE* and Rachel Kurtz. They will perform Christmas and Christian music. The church asks that anyone who attends bring an item for the local food shelf. Farmington Lutheran is located at 20600 Akin Road. For more information visit

Red Cross blood drive

There will be a Red Cross blood drive from 1 to 7 p.m. Dec. 12 at Church of St. Michael. The church is located at 22120 Denmark Ave. For information or to make an appointment call 1-800-RED-CROSS or visit

Michelle Leonard

Michelle Leonard joined the Woodbury Bulletin staff in November, 2014, after 14 years covering news for the Bulletin's sister publication, the Farmington Rosemount Independent Town Pages.  Michelle earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Mass Communications: News-Editorial from Mankato State University in 1991. She is an active member of the American Legion Auxiliary Clifford Larson Unit 189 of Farmington, and served as the 2014-15 Third District President to the American Legion Auxiliary Department of Minnesota. Michelle is also the volunteer coordinator for the Minnesota Newspaper Museum which is open annually during the Minnesota State Fair. She has earned Minnesota Newspaper Association awards in Investigative Reporting, Local News Coverage, Feature Photography and Column Writing. 

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