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Organized for Farmington: April news and notes

A monthly update from Farmington area organizations and clubs.

Trinity Care Center

Trinity Care Center’s Annual Indoor Easter Egg Hunt is set for Saturday, April 12 at 1:30 p.m. Free of cost. Visitors can participate in an egg hunt, dye their own egg, face paint, decorate their own cookies, pluck a duck, and visit the Easter Bunny. The event is open to the public.

Farmington Days

The annual Farmington Dew Days celebration is just two months away and we are making more plans for it every week.

We are planning a series of events geared for middle school-aged teens this year. The activities will be located under the tent on Third Street. We can’t say what they are yet, but we will release that information closer to Dew Days.

Congratulations to 12-year-old Kristi Flodin from Dodge Middle School who is this years button design winner. Congratulations Kristi!

Due to its popularity, Flavors of Farmington will be held again this year on Wednesday, June 18, 2014 (Please note the new day). The vendors will be located in downtown Farmington under the Big Tent in the Beer Gardens from 6-9 p.m.

Another popular new event, Beer, Brats and Bingo, will be held Thursday, June 19, from 5-10 p.m., under the Big Tent.

For more information or to volunteer, contact Darla at 651-283-8891.

Farmington Yellow Ribbon Network

The Network celebrated April as Month of the Military Child by visiting three elementary school and recognizing the military children with teddy bears and treats!

We are also preparing for our Military Mother/Grandmother Luncheon on April 26. We invite all mothers and grandmothers of currently serving service members.

Our next Veteran dinner will be Monday, May 5th at Farmington Lutheran. Church. We will be recognizing the Farmington students entering the Armed Forces. RSVP at 651-460-2248.

Farmington VFW

On April 19, a steak fry will be held at the Farmington VFW to benefit Boy Scout Troop 119. The menu includes a steak, baked potato, salad, bread, vegetables, dessert, coffee and water, all for a donation of $10. Serving time will be 5-8 p.m.

April 20 is Easter Sunday. Happy Easter, everyone.

If you have any tattered or torn flags, please bring them to the VFW Club for correct disposal. of the flags. American-made flags can be purchased at the VFW.

The back room of the VFW Club is available for wedding receptions and other events. Call the VFW Club at 651-460-6888 to make reservations.

Farmington Royal Ambassadors

The Farmington Royal Ambassador Program will be participating in and raising funds for the Fraser Walk for Autism. The event is being held at the Mall of America Rotunda on Saturday, April 12, at 8 a.m. The ambassadors chose this event to show support for a very special Farmington resident they met and have gotten to know this past year.

On Saturday, April 19, the Farmington Royal Ambassador Program will be hosting their first Bingo Fundraiser from 2-4 p.m. at Celts in Farmington.

The funds from the fundraiser will go directly towards the program for float maintenance, travel expenses and attire. The Farmington Royal Ambassador Program hosts many fundraiser events to minimize the expense of being part of the program for the young ladies and their parents to allow the participants to focus on the growth experiences presented to them.

Meet the Candidate date is set for Friday, May 9 at 7 p.m. The event will be held in the Lecture Hall at Farmington High School. The 2014 Ambassador Candidates will be giving a 90 second speech introducing themselves and improving their public speaking skills. This event is open to the public.

Farmington Lions Club

Ron Long, Scout Master of Troup 118, attended our Board Meeting at Gossips Bar and Grill March 18, and presented our club, the Farmington Lions Club, with the Charter Member Certificate, which was presented to our President, Jeff Thelen.

We have sponsored Troup 118 since 1953. Last year the Boy Scouts were trying to purchase new tents. With the assistance of our donation of $1000 that endeavor was realized. Of course, that is the most recent endeavor on the part of our Club.

Dakota County Library, Farmington

Farmington Library is waking up after a long winter with three events to bring folks out of the house.

Monday, April 14, 6:30-7:30 pm, join other patrons in a brainstorming session on beginning a new Farmington Library Friends Group. This will be your chance to have a voice in the programming and services of the library, so bring all your ideas, from the silly to the serious, and we’ll consider all of them.

Saturday, April 26, 10 a.m. to noon, Farmington Library and Castle Rock Bank will host our annual Paper Shred Fest. Bring all of your private documents and watch while they are shredded on site in a huge tracker-trailer. Thanks to the City of Farmington for letting us host the program in their West parking lot (behind city hall). April 26 is Earth Day, too. To celebrate, there will be a limited number of free tree saplings available at this event, donated by Dakota Electric.

On Tuesday, April 29, 6-8 p.m., visit us in City Hall, Room 169, for our Best Social Media Platforms program. Learn what social media platforms would best serve your business or organization. Bring your smartphone, tablet or laptop if you have one. Registration begins on April 15. You can register online at or call us at 651-438-0252 during open business hours. This is a Twin Cities Media Alliance Program.

Dakota City Heritage Village

Dakota City Heritage Village will hold its 22nd annual Victorian Tea May 3 at the Crystal Lake Golf Club in Lakeville. The program, which begins at 11:30 a.m., will feature 1900 era music and composers from around the world and Jennifer Merhar will reprise her role as Lady Jane.

Attendees are advised to make reservations promptly, as only a limited number can be accommodated. Tickets cost $35 per person, with advanced sales only.

To purchase tickets, send a check made out to Dakota City Heritage Village, along with the names and addresses of the guests, to Dakota City Heritage Village, P.O. Box 73, Farmington, MN 55024. For information, call (651) 460-8050 x1. Proceeds will support the programs of Dakota City Heritage Village.

American Legion Post 189 Family

The Farmington Sons of the American Legion and VFW Men’s Auxiliary will hold their monthly Veterans Omelet Breakfast Sunday, April 13, from 8 a.m. to noon, at the VFW. The cost is $10, with special pricing for veterans, seniors and kids 12 and younger. Proceeds will benefit SAL and the Men’s Auxiliary and their projects.

The next meeting of American Legion Auxiliary Farmington Unit 189 will be held Monday, April 21, 6 p.m., at Sypal Lundgren VFW Post 7662. Please join us if you are available!

Thank you to everyone who attended the March 17 Corned Beef and Cabbage dinner, hosted by American Legion Auxiliary Unit 189 and the VFW Post 7662 Ladies Auxiliary. We sold out, which means we had a great turnout. Thank you for your support!

The Third District, Department of Minnesota Convention will be held May 16-18 at American Legion Faribault Post 43. All members of the American Legion Family are welcome to attend.

For God and Country.

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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