If families can shop and select unlimited fresh fruits and veggies, children will surely become healthier. Rosemount Food Shelf now offers its clients the healthy choice food model, a healthier way to offer food to individuals and families in need. Natalie Schmidgall, resource center and food shelf coordinator, said families are now encouraged to take as much fresh produce as their family will eat. Working with 360 Communities for eight years, Schmidgall has led the staff and a large group of volunteers at Rosemount Food Shelf for almost four years.
Do you desire to unleash the writer from within? Do you need inspiration on how to get started writing the great American novel? Rosemount Area Arts Council is partnering with The Loft Literary Center in Minneapolis to offer ongoing writing classes open to the public. The first class open to adults will feature Peter Blau, a longtime Loft instructor, on "Personal Writing: The Perfect Place to Start." The class will be held 1-4 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 13, at The Steeple Center, 14375 S. Robert Trail, Rosemount.
The Rosemount Area Arts Council, in partnership with the Robert Trail Branch of the Dakota County Library, announced Steve Muenzer as the January "Meet the Author." The presentation will be from 6-7:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 17, at the Robert Trail Library. "Rest At Journey's End" will be featured. It is the sequel to "Farewell Berlin."
The bluegrass band Switched at Birth will bring life to the new year with a 7 p.m. concert Friday, Jan. 11, inside the Steeple Center in Rosemount. "They have been part of our bluegrass concerts for many years and are very popular," said John Loch of Rosemount Area Arts Council. Since 1998, the band has entertained with a wide array of musical styles, Loch said. "On any given performance, you can expect to hear bluegrass, folk, blues, country, Cajun, Irish, and rock 'n' roll music," Loch said.
Rosemount's Second Act Players will showcase local theater talent at its upcoming preview show at 2 p.m. Monday, Jan. 7, at the Steeple Center, 14375 S. Robert Trail. "We have an outreach program that we take out into the community and perform in senior living facilities and for a variety of social events," said Claire Ramsay, Second Act Players treasurer. Ramsay invites all to attend the community outreach event. Retired or empty nesters are welcome to get involved in the Second Act Players to discover community theater. No theater experience is necessary.
Noah McGuigan openly shares how his faith has given him strength to triumph during rough times in his life. McGuigan, 16, said he understands how God is always with him as he experiences rough patches in life. Like the loss of his father two years ago after a battle with cancer. McGuigan, a junior at First Baptist School in Rosemount, plays on the school's basketball team. When he is not competing on the court, he works a part-time job at Little Caesars Pizza.
Rosemount City Council approved a 2019 tax levy that projects a 3.75 percent increase for the city's portion of property taxes. Rosemount City Administrator Logan Martin offered a 2019 tax levy and budget summary during the Dec. 4 City Council meeting. The approved levy is $90,000 less than the preliminary budget in September called for. "We are really pleased to report a flat change in the city's health insurance for next year," Martin said.
Rosemount Community Band gave new life to classic holiday songs during the free Christmas concert Sunday, Dec. 9 at the Steeple Center. The audience sang Christmas carols in an old-fashioned sing-along. Since September 2011, the volunteer group has joined together to play music and inspire. Under the direction of Conrad Miska, the Genesis Jazz Orchestra performed many arrangements and holiday songs. Solo vocalist Paula Lammers sang "Christmas is My Favorite Time of Year" and "Santa Claus is Coming to Town."
Now that Old Man Winter has given us a white, winter wonderland, the time is perfect to unleash your inner child by sledding down "The Big Kid Hill" at Whitetail Woods Regional Park. The 456-acre Dakota County park is located minutes away from Rosemount and Farmington in Empire Township. The park is open daily from 5 a.m. to 10 p.m. and the sledding hill is well lit.
Holiday packages sitting on front porches can tempt criminals with Grinch-like tendencies. Becoming a victim of porch piracy can occur anywhere outside of Whoville. Rosemount Police Chief Mitchell Scott said theft calls related to packages on porches have ramped up in the last few years since more gifts are ordered online. Report activity Reports of package thefts usually go up every year around the holidays, and Scott said he encourages residents to be proactive to avoid package theft.