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Doing random acts of kindness

The name says it all. Random Acts of Kindness Day is just that: random acts of kindness. Rosemount Starbucks manager Kay Jensen will give back the kindness she has received from the Rosemount community during the first Random Acts of Kindness Day May 17.

Everyone is welcome 10:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. to Rosemount Starbucks for live music, food and drinks and craft projects filled with kindness. Jensen said "family, friends and people who haven't seen each other for a long time" are welcome to attend the event.

Starbucks is teaming up with four other local businesses to invite anyone to stop by and make crafts while listening to music and tasting food and drinks. Starbucks, Fleugels Market, Yarn Garage, Little Bit Creations and the Dakota County Master Gardeners will team up in an effort to make the event successful. Each business will provide supplies for the crafts and have at least one member present at each of the stations. Fun projects of the day include stationery and card making, friendship necklace making, mini-plant making and friendship-bookmark making. Fleugels Market will provide flowers for the event, Yarn Garage supplies for the necklaces, master gardeners for the plants and Little Bit Creations for the bookmarks. All businesses will fund their own projects and run the event with volunteer employees.

While the crafts are pieced together, Kati Ray a contemporary pianist will provide live music for the event. Ray has played at Starbucks before and according to Jensen has maintained her status of "soulful musician."

The idea for Saturday's event came up when Jensen asked herself, "What could we do to give back to Rosemount?" Looking to repay the kindness she has received from the community, Jensen finally came up with Random Acts of Kindness Day. After planing the details of the event, she contacted other local businesses to see if they were interested in participating. Jensen hopes local businesses can work together to "create an experience ... a memory through little tiny things, little and thoughtful, not expensive."

With the bigger picture in mind, she hopes to give back to the community through small movements then expand with other businesses and more events.

Each craft made during Random Act of Kindness Day will be a gesture of kindness. And according to Jensen will suggest, "Hey, I'm thinking about you. You are special to me."

Jensen has high hopes for the first Random Acts of Kindness Day. She believes the event is the "beginning for something long term."