FARMINGTON — Fitness, well-being and weight loss generally tops New Year's resolution lists. The key to fulfilling a resolution may be exercising in a group dynamic with classes like Ring the Bell Fitness. Ashley Drobney, 35, leads the Ring the Bell Fitness classes offered via Farmington Community Education. "I generally gear the workouts for what the group wants and if the group really likes cardio and endurance type workouts, then they will get a little more of that," Drobney said. "But I certainly like to cater it to the group so I do listen to the feedback."
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.
FARMINGTON — Music teacher Erica Winters was voted as the 2018 Teacher of the Year for Farmington School District. For the past 16 years, Winters has thrived working as a music teacher at Meadowview Elementary School. Her colleagues commend Winters on becoming a teacher who is passionate about her work. She has built a reputation as a teacher who strives to see students enjoy music. Winters recalled deciding to enter into teaching because of her own personal love of learning and school.
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.
Dogs can leave paw prints on your heart and mud on the floor. These words are shown on a sign inside The Dog House, which opened Nov. 20 in the Farmington Mall. Business co-owners Nicole Johnson and Niels Schapochnicof invested three years into planning The Dog House. It offers four main services — doggie day care, boarding, self wash and full-service dog grooming. Last week the new small business witnessed great community response at the soft opening and enjoyed getting to know dog owners and their pooches.
Take a respite from the holiday hustle and bustle and take part in the holiday events at Dakota City Heritage Village in Farmington. "Last year the weather was beautiful and our participation and visitor numbers were up," said Kris Akin, president of the Dakota City Board. This year will mark the second year for the partnership of Christmas at Dakota City Heritage Village and Farmington Business Association.
The holiday spirit will be alive and well in Rosemount with two upcoming shows. The eighth annual Christmas at the Steeple Center variety show will entertain at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 1. Variety show director Faye Heffele said there will be two ensembles that will be given by the Rosemont Community Band. A brass ensemble will perform in the afternoon and the flute ensemble will play at the evening performance.
FARMINGTON — The new Meadowview Orthodontics is ready to create improved smiles within the community. Dr. Hani Hamdan's new practice in Farmington celebrated a ribbon cutting Oct. 18 and opened for business Oct. 22. The office, located at 19685 Pilot Knob Road, is on the second floor of the Farmington Medical Building.
Farm to Table cuisine is being served up at local eateries by chefs who create the freshest in fine culinary creations. Home cooks and chefs look to concoct the best entrees made with local produce and ingredients harvested from family farms. In warm climates like California, the Farm to Table or Farm-to-Fork movements are a year-round affair. "The Farm to Table food trend started in L.A. or California and the idea is to get your food within 20 miles," said Keith Russell, chef and owner of the new Rebel Chef restaurant in Farmington.