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Mississippi River Clean-up: Volunteers from the Hastings Environmental Protectors, Prescott Chamber of Commerce and the Friends of Freedom Park will sponsor a Mississippi River Clean-up on Saturday, May 30th. Lunch will be provided for all volunteers at the Freedom Park Pavilion after the cleanup. Stay tuned for more details or call 715-262-0104 for questions.
Author Visit: Many curl up with a cup of coffee to enjoy a good book and that may certainly be the case when local author Jewel Pickert visits Dunn Bros. Coffee from 9:00am until noon on Saturday, May 30th. She will be appearing to sign copies of her new book entitled "15 Concise Strategies for Improved Communication." The compilation focuses on 12 Toastmasters who have collaborated to create communication strategies for those looking to improve their public speaking. This is Pickert's first publication and she welcomes questions and feedback on this debut work. Autographed copies will be available for $8.
Open House Discussing Greenway: The Dakota County Western Service Center in Apple Valley will hold an open house to review the proposed North Creek Regional Greenway Minnesota Zoo segment. The greenway is a nine-mile corridor that links Eagan, Apple Valley, Lakeville and Farmington. The purpose of the project is to improve recreational and transportation connectivity, provide safe pedestrian and bicycle connections to and within the Minnesota Zoo, and more. The open house, being held from 5:00-7:00pm on Thursday, June 4th, will provide the public with an opportunity to review updated plans and concept drawings for the trail, the pedestrian bridge crossing over McAndrews Road, and amenities such as drinking fountains and viewing platforms. For more information, visit www.dakotacounty.us and search North Creek.
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Adult Computer Classes: The Pleasant Hill Library will present a series of free Adult Computer Classes in June. It all begins with iPad Basics on Thursday, June 4th from 10:15am-12:15pm. Learn about basic controls, settings, web browsing, apps and uses of this popular tablet. E-books on the iPad will be on Wednesday, June 10th from 2:00-4:00pm. Learn how to download popular e-reader apps and check out library e-books for free using an iPad. Facebook 201 for Businesses and Organizations takes place on Thursday, June 11th from 6:00-8:00pm. Learn how to optimize your business Facebook page with this presentation on strategic marketing approaches based on audience and organizational goals, and through advertising and promoted posts. Registration is required for all classes. To find out when registration opens and other details, call the library at 651-438-0200.
"Kick-off the Summer" Celebration: On Friday, June 5th from 5:00-8:00pm, the 8th annual "Kick-off the Summer" Celebration will be taking place in Public Square Park in Prescott. Vendors can set up booths for $20, (nonprofits are free) and all questions should be directed to Penny at 715-262-4676 or email@example.com. Deadline for event registration plus advertising is May 8th, while event participation registration is May 29th.
Roundabout Discussion: Dakota County and the City of West St. Paul will host a public open house from 5:30-7:00pm Wednesday, June 3rd, at the council chambers in City Hall, 1616 Humboldt Ave., West St. Paul, to provide information about safety improvements planned for the intersection at County Highway 8 (Wentworth Avenue) and County Highway 73 (Oakdale Avenue). The proposed improvement of the intersection is the construction of a single-lane roundabout including pedestrian facilities and median refuges in 2017. The open house will give the public the opportunity to ask questions of project staff and offer feedback. For more information about the project, visit www.dakotacounty.us and search County Roads 8 & 73.
11th Annual Garage & Plant at St. Philip's Lutheran Church: There will be something for everyone at the 11th Annual Garage Sale at St. Philip's Lutheran Church, 1401 West 15th Street in Hastings, on Saturday, June 6 from 8:00am-3:00pm. Shoppers will find housewares, home decor, clean used clothing for all ages, games, puzzles, toys, linens & things, electronics, small appliances, books, antiques & collectibles, furniture, sporting goods, outdoor equipment & bikes, tools, lawn, garden & patio equipment, and healthy indoor and outdoor plants. Free coffee will be available in the narthex(only) of the church. Boy Scout Troop #23 will be serving cold beverages and hot dogs outside of the church for a minimal cost. The Boy Scouts and other volunteers will be available to help shoppers to their cars if they have made large purchases. Proceeds from the sale will be used for sustaining the programs of the church and extending its mission.
Cemetery Walk: The St. Croix County Historical Society will present the Willow River Cemetery Walk as part of the annual Yellowstone Trail Heritage Days. The walk is set for Saturday, June 6th from noon to 4:00pm at Willow River Cemetery in Hudson, Wisconsin. The walking tour will take about one hour and will start on the half hour with the last tour starting at 3:00pm. Admission is $8 for adults, $3 for students (13-18) and children under 12 free with an adult. Take a guided walking tour through the cemetery to the gravesites of former Hudson residents where costumed actors share the life stories of the "spirits" of Hudson's past. In the case of rain, the program will be moved into the Humbird Chapel at the Cemetery. The Pearly Gate Singers choir will greet guests with traditional hymns before the tour.
Amber Alert Motorcycle Run: The 13th annual motorcycle run, to benefit the Minnesota Amber Alert, will be held on Saturday, June 13th. Registration starts at 8:00am in the parking lot of the Point Restaurant, north on Hwy 61 at Hwy 10. Run will leave at 11:00am and cost for participation is $20 per person. There will also be a silent auction that will begin in the morning and conclude at 8:00pm, after the ride returns to the Point. Raffle ticket items will be drawn at 9:00pm. The Minnesota Amber Alert welcomes everyone to attend to support this event with all proceeds benefitting Minnesota abducted children. For more information, like Minnesota Amber Alert Fundraiser on Facebook or view their website. www.mnamberrun.org.
Blood Drive: On Monday, June 15th, there will be a community blood drive taking place at Our Saviour's Lutheran Church, 400 9th St. W.
1st Annual Jason "Carp" Reuter Fishing Contest: On Saturday, June 20th, the Coliseum in Hastings will be hosting the first annual Jason Reuter Fishing Contest. Entry is $20, which includes free food. There will be prizes, cash, trophies, and more. The biggest AND the smallest carp wins. There will also be meat raffles and a band playing at 7:00pm. For more information, contact Mike at 651-253-8887.