Events featured in South-West Review February 26, 2017

IEP workshop with PACER Center

PACER Center will offer “The ABCs of the IEP: A Guide to the Individualized Education Program (IEP) for Minnesota Parents,” a free workshop for parents of children with disabilities on an IEP. The workshop will take place from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Thursday, March 2 at PACER Center, 8161 Normandale Blvd., Bloomington.

This workshop will help parents understand how to use the Individualized Education Program (IEP) to benefit their child. Participants will use the PACER booklet, “Guide for Minnesota Parents to the IEP,” to understand how each required part of the IEP can be developed to meet their child’s needs. 

Parents will also gain knowledge about how to effectively participate in the annual IEP meeting. Topics will include measurable annual goals, progress reports and direct and indirect services

To participate in the workshop, parents will need to bring a copy of their child’s most recent school special education evaluation report and their child’s current IEP.

This event is funded in part by a grant from the Minnesota Department of Education.

To register for this free workshop, contact PACER Center at 952-838-9000 or 800-537-2237 (toll free), email, or visit


PACER Center will host parent leadership training on children’s mental health

PACER Center will offer “Parent Leadership Training on Children’s Mental Health,” a free, workshop for parents of children with disabilities. It will take place from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 28 at PACER Center, 8161 Normandale Blvd., Bloomington.

This workshop is also available online via Livestream on a computer or tablet.

Parents of children and youth who have behavioral health challenges play an important role in their child’s services and supports. Many times, there are barriers to finding, accessing, and coordinating these services.

Parent leaders are individuals who recognize their child’s needs, and then work proactively with others at school, in their community, or among health care providers to promote positive outcomes. Parent leaders can also help other families who face similar circumstances through these individual efforts.

This workshop will offer information for Minnesota parent leaders on:

Communicating effectively about your child’s behavioral health needs

Promoting better service outcomes

How to connect with others as a way to move beyond your own story and influence change

Resources related to mental health systems of care

To register to attend this free workshop in person, contact PACER Center at 952-838-9000 or 800-537-2237 (toll free), email, or visit To register for the workshop via Livestream, visit A Livestream link will be sent in the confirmation email.


LeDuc History Book Group

Come join this book group for local history lovers that meet up every month to discuss books of a historic bent. On Thursday, March 2 at 6:30 p.m., the group will be discussing “Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet” by Jamie Ford. The group meets on the first Thursday of the month at LeDuc Historic Estate, 1629 Vermillion St., Hastings. This is a partnership between Pleasant Hill Library and Dakota County Historical Society. For more information call 651-438-0200 or visit


Mendota VFW Garage Sale

Drop off dates open on March 2 for the Mendota VFW Garage Sale. Items can be brought to Vasatka Goers Post 6690, 1323 Sibley Memorial Highway, Mendota from March 2 through March 25. No computers, computer equipment or TVs will be accepted. Donations will be accepted everyday from noon until 10 p.m. Hours of sale are 10 a.m., to 6 p.m., on Thursday, Fridays, and Saturdays in March. There’ll be a variety of items to choose from. Call 651-688-7408 for more information.


Homeward Bound Theatre Company

Homeward Bound Theatre Company to offer “A Land of Fairy Tales” for kindergarten through second-graders from 3:30 to 5 p.m., in Inver Grove Heights.

This will take place on Mondays, Feb. 27 through March 20 at Pine Bend Elementary School, 9875 Inver Grove Trail, Tuesdays, Feb., 28 through March 21 at Hilltop Elementary School, 3201 68th St. E., and Wednesdays, March 1 through March 22 at Salem Hills Elementary School, 5899 Babcock Trail. Students will journey to the land of Aesop’s Fables as a child’s dreams come true.  Everyone will have fun with theatre exercises and storytelling as they create a show.

For more information and/or cost of registration call Inver Grove Heights Community Education at 651-306-7870 or register online at



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