An 11-year old Savage resident is inviting everyone to participate in a new initiative intended to help others. Shrey Pothini is organizing Savage's "Super Service Saturday" – a day when service projects are performed at various locations throughout the community.
Shrey is the founder of Harriet Bishop Elementary's Service Club. Earlier this year, he won a $25,000 State Farm grant to establish similar service clubs in schools throughout the Burnsville-Eagan-Savage School District. Although busy enough with that initiative, Shrey wanted to take it a step further by inviting the rest of his community to volunteer.
Santa Claus is coming to the Savage Police Department on Monday, December 15. Residents of all ages are invited to stop by and see him during the Department’s annual “Santa Cop Night.”
From 6 to 7:30 p.m., citizens will be allowed to drive through the Savage Police garage to meet Santa and Savage Police Chief Rodney Seurer while donating gifts to Toys for Tots. Interested individuals should bring their new, unwrapped toy with them to the north entrance of the Police Department parking lot (follow the signs). A volunteer will direct them into the garage, where they will have time to take a photograph with Santa and the chief. (Be sure to bring a camera.)
Residents who are unable to attend Santa Cop Night may still participate in Toys for Tots by bringing their donation to the Savage Police Department between 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, through December 17. A collection box is in the building’s lobby, located at 6000 McColl Drive in Savage.
Finding that perfect wine for your holiday table or gathering isn't always easy. Savage City Liquor is making that task easier this year by offering a premium wine tasting event on Saturday, December 6. Held at the McColl Pond Environmental Learning and Event Center (ELC) from 6 to 8 p.m., the tasting will feature wines priced at $25 or more per bottle.
New restrictions are in place for smokers and smoke shops in Savage.
Approved by the City Council on November 3, Ordinance 744 prohibits individuals from sampling or allowing the sampling of tobacco in licensed shops. This includes lighting, inhaling or exhaling tobacco or tobacco-related devices. The new law also bans the use of e-cigarettes from the same locations that apply to tobacco use under the Freedom to Breathe Act, a state law passed in 2007 intended to protect employees and the public from secondhand smoke.
A new line of sweatshirts and t-shirts is now available for sale at Savage City Hall, just in time for gift-giving season. Prices range from $10 to $40, with screen-printed and embroidered options available. Items may be viewed Monday-Friday, between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Call 952-882-2660 for additional information.
When snow is predicted in the forecast, operations in the Public Works Department take on a sense of urgency. Projects in progress are halted, fuel tanks are filled, trucks and equipment are checked, and schedules are drafted to account for 24-hour coverage.
Snow is not something the Savage Public Works Department takes lightly. The Department understands the impact a measurable snowfall can have on the public. What’s more, plow operators know that when a measurable snowfall has arrived, the community is counting on them to clear the way to a better day.
Those interested in public service have an opportunity to give it a try before pursuing elected office. Applications for appointed positions on the City's advisory commissions are now being accepted.
Commissions advise the City Council on a variety of issues, providing citizens a chance to be more involved in local decision making without having their name appear on a voting ballot. Commission applicants are appointed by the City Council following a formal interview process. Those appointed typically serve 3-year terms. At the end of their term, commissioners can opt to seek reappointment for up to two more terms or a total of 9 years. Commission members are responsible for reviewing agenda packets and background information, attending meetings, and participating in discussions.
Secret Holiday Shop | 9 to 11 a.m., December 13 at Harriet Bishop Elementary School, 14400 O'Connell Road. The Secret Holiday Shop is an opportunity for children to do their holiday shopping and still keep their gifts for their parents a surprise! Volunteers are on hand to assist the shoppers and wrap their gifts. Gifts range from 50 cents to $11 each. No registration is needed.
SORR "Passport to Paris" Daddy Daughter Dance | From 5:15 to 8 p.m. on February 6 for 3- to 12-year-olds. This is a Paris-themed event where girls and their dad, uncle, grandfather or other male role model can enjoy dancing, music, fun activities, crafts and more. Girls wear their favorite fancy dress and men come in dressy-casual to formal attire. Cameras are encouraged. Rosemount Community Center, 13885 S. Roberts Trail, Rosemount. Register by January 23. (Note: This event fills up quickly so please don't wait to register.)