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May 27:

Voyaguers National Park Virtual Q&A Session: Calling all curious kids! Steve Windels, Voyageurs National Park's wildlife biologist, will join the Voyageurs National Park Association for a virtual Q&A but he needs your help. Children are asked to send any questions about wildlife at Voyageurs National Park. Steve will answer submissions during the live event from noon to 12:30 PM, and will respond to audience questions, as time allows. Questions can be sent to or message them on Facebook or Instagram. A link to the Virtual Session is posted here.

May 28:

Pints and Purls: The Spiral Brewery will host a Pints and Purls event on Thursday, May 28th, from 6 to 8 PM. Knitters, crocheters, weavers, and all fiber artists are welcome to attend this social gathering, and there is no cost to attend. Spiral Brewery is located at 111 2nd Street East, in Hastings.

Meal at Resurrection Unisted Methodist: It's dinner time and you're invited to a community meal at Resurrection United Methodist Church, 615 15th Street West, from 6 to 7 PM with anyone else you bring. Cost is free, and it's a great opportunity to meet neighbors, share in a great meal and enjoy time together.

Blood Drive at OSEL: Join Sophie Keeler, Miss Hastings 2020 and an American Red Cross Blood Donation Ambassador, to give blood at this time of great need from noon to 6 PM, at OSEL, 400 9th Street West, in Hastings. American Red Cross has enhanced donation practices in place. Please make an appointment, and pre-screen before your appointment time using RapidPass on the ARC website at the link provided here.

May 29:

Emegency Food Shelf: Due to the unprecedented times of the COVID-19 pandemic, the South Metro Islamic Center will be hosting an Emergency Food Shelf to help take care of the community. The Food Shelf will be available at 4 PM. The South Metro Islamic Center is located at 15400 South Robert Trail, in Rosemount.

Movie Night: From 5 to 7 PM, Help the Everything Nice Bakery, at 420 Elm Street in Farmington, raise money so they can help bake goods to donate by attending their monthly movie night! Get cheap snacks and donate whatever you see fit in order to attend!

Vino in the Valley: Enjoy the beautiful Rush River Valley at Vino in the Valley, at W3826 450th Avenue, in Maiden Rock, WI, for a wonderful evening that includes music, wine tasting, school art exhibition, wagon rides, and a silent auction, at the Taste of Tuscany from 4:30 to 7: 30 PM. Great wine and a delicious dinner in the pavilion. All proceeds benefit the Ellsworth Community School District Foundation. Tickets are $35 and will be available at Vino in the Valley, the Ellsworth School District Office, and Nilssen's Foods.

Dakota County Library Virtual Yoga Storytime: From 9:30 to 9:50 AM, join the Dakota County Library system for a virtual Yoga Storytime. Get your body moving in this yoga-themed storytime. Wear comfortable clothes and find an open space to move. To watch Library Facebook Live events, visit the Dakota County Library Facebook page. Any live video streams will be available in the newsfeed, or, you can search Dakota County Library in Facebook Watch. To receive notifications when they are live, be sure to "like" Dakota County Library on Facebook and enable notifications.

May 29 and 30:

Flint Hills Family Festival: Presented by the Ordway Center for the Performing Arts, the Flint Hills Family Festival is an annual multi-day event featuring performances, free activities, art-making, and more. For more information about the Festival, go to

May 30:

Drive for Women Breast Cancer Awareness Car Show And Autocross: DCTC will host a Drive for Women Breast Cancer Awareness Car Show And Autocross from 11 AM to 4 PM. The event will raise money for the World Motorsports Breast Cancer Foundation, who help patients financially and in other ways, while going through treatment. For complete details visit the link provided here.

Childbirth Preparation Class: From 9 AM to 3:30 PM, expectant mothers are invited to a childbirth preparation class at Regina Hospital. It is recommended for mothers in the late second and early third trimester. Participants should wear comfortable, casual clothing. This 6 hour class is held at the Family Birthing Center at Regina Hospital. Breakfast, lunch and breaks will be provided. Please call the Family Birthing Center at 651-404-1200 to register for this free class.

May 31:

Mudder-Son Fun Run: Join the Hastings YMCA for the 2020 Mudder-Son Fun Run, from 2 to 4 PM, at Camp Spring Lake, on Pine Bend Trail. Co-hosted with Hastings Community Education, this year's race theme is Noise & Dirt. With multiple race distances and options that can fit every family, nobody needs to be left out of this beautiful mess.


June 1:

4-H Animal Science ID Deadline: The Dakota County 4-H has extended its Animal Science ID tag deadline to Monday, June 1st. Persons interested in filling out a 4-H Family Tag Request Form can find the form via a link provided here. Tags will be available for pick up from the Extension Office beginning Monday, May 18.

MOMS Club: The MOMS Club of Hastings will meet at 9:30 AM, at Resurrection United Methodist Church, 615 15th Street W, in Hastings. Attendees will discuss the calendar, share ideas, and vote on any necessary decisions. More importantly, they'll enjoy each others company and have a little coffee break. Nursery services will be provided.

June 3:

Wednesday Meal Pickup: Faith Methodist Church in Farmington, in partnership with Caring Hearts in Action, continues its Wednesday curbside meal pickup on June 3rd, starting at 5:30 PM. Those is need are invited to drive to the church, at 718 8th Street, and remain in their vehicle while a meal to go is brought out. Volunteers are also needed for this outreach.

Summer Kick Off: The River Falls Moms and Dads Group will host a Summer Kick-off Potluck at Glen Park, from 9 to 11 AM. Bring a dish to share. They will have childcare on site. Kids can play in the new splash pad. For complete details and to sign up to bring a dish, visit this link.


County Parks Virtual Minerology Session: Join Dakota County Parks naturalists to discover and learn about the different kinds of nature found in Minnesota. Discover the types of rocks and minerals you might find in your backyard and throughout Minnesota's landscape from a Dakota County Parks naturalist. Learn how to identify them and what it takes to start your own rock collection. This Facebook Virtual Event recording will be posted at 10 AM on the Library's Facebook Page.

June 5 through 7:

Fresh Art Spring Tour: The Fresh Art Spring Tour is a self-guided journey to the finest studios and galleries in the Lake Pepin and Wisconsin's Chippewa River Valleys. Enjoy the season's roadside wild flowers and breathtaking views as you travel the famous Great River Road and the backroads of western Wisconsin. Discover pottery, sculpture, jewelry, ceramics, photography, textiles and paintings. Find artist information and a printable map at

June 6:

Animal Ark 3K Walk: The 2020 Animal Ark 3K Walk is scheduled starting at 9 AM. Join Animal Ark for their biggest fundraiser of the year. The annual 3K Walk brings two & four legged friends and families together for Fun, Food, Music and more. Great vendors to discover, food trucks, beer tasting, wine sampling, and music by Luke Warm and the Cool Hands, goodie giveaways, dog training demonstrations & an amazing silent auction, too. Register at the link posted here.

Rhubarb Fest: Get ready for the Rhubarb Festival at LeDuc from 9 AM to 2 PM. The Rhubarb Festival is a great family event sponsored by the Friends of LeDuc and Historic Hastings, and proceeds support free school tours. Enjoy the bake sale, plants for your garden, the Simmons shed flea market, make and take projects for children, a rhubarb toss game, as well as a story time by the chicken coop at 10:30 am. The LeDuc house will be open for tours from 10 am to 5 pm.

June 9:

River Valley Riders Volunteer Training Day: River Valley Riders will host their 2020 Volunteer Training Day from 5:30 to 8:30 PM, at their facilities, 2007 Neal Avenue S, in Afton. The season-starting training day is for new volunteers from all lesson sites. Plan to spend an afternoon to learn about the fun and responsibility of volunteering with RVR. The focus is hands-on training with the therapy horses. Forms and training materials available at

CNC Volunteer Training Sesion: Volunteers are critically important to helping Carpenter Nature Center fulfill their mission. Whether you are looking for some professional experience, like to be outdoors, want to share your knowledge with children, or just want to stay busy, CNC can provide a rewarding volunteer experience. For more information on volunteering, please attend their upcoming volunteer information meeting at 7 PM, in the Visitor Center, at 12805 St. Croix Trail S. in Hastings.

June 10:

Fish Fry & "Get The Net" Raffle Fundraiser: The 2nd Annual Farmington High School Fishing Team Fish Fry & "Get The Net" Raffle Fundraiser has been scheduled from 6 to 9 PM, at Celts Pub, in Farmington. Proceeds benefit Farmington High School Fishing Team and will help support the organization accomplish their mission of keeping all student anglers on the water. Tickets are available by contacting a Student Angler of the Team. All previously sold tickets to this event will be honored.

RAAC Business Meeting: The Rosemount Area Arts Council will hold a business meeting at 7 PM. All are welcome to attend this monthly meeting to learn about all the art events and activities being planned and put on in the Rosemount Area. The meeting will be held at The Steeple Center, Room 202, 14753 S Robert Trail.

June 11:

Spring Lake Park Reserve Virtual Tour: Join the Dakota County Library System, and take a virtual tour of Spring Lake Park Reserve's prairie and forest. Learn how to make a nature mosaic, create a leaf collage and use a recycled bottle to make a toad house using natural materials you can find in your yard and outside. This Facebook Virtual Event recording will be posted at 10 AM on the Library's Facebook Page.

June 12 and 13:

Boat Safety Class: Prescott Community Education will host a boat safety class on Friday from 6 to 9 PM, and Saturday from 8 AM to 1 PM. About Boating Safety (ABS) covers the fundamentals of boating. The course is designed for skippers and crew of all types of watercraft. If you were born after 1989 and need your Watercraft Operators Permit, this course meets the MN and WI requirements. Class Fee is $35/person and $5 for each additional family member. The class will be held at Malone Intermediate School, Room G9. Register online at the link provided here.

June 13:

Showdown in Curdtown NTPA Truck & Tractor Pull: The Showdown in Curdtown NTPA Truck & Tractor Pull is coming to Ellsworth, at 6:30pm. This is the 14th annual fundraiser for the Ellsworth FFA Alumni. The Pull will be held at the Pierce County Fairgrounds in Ellsworth, WI. The Ellsworth FFA Alumni uses the proceeds from this pull to aid the Ellsworth FFA Chapter, such as supporting members who are attending leadership activities, community service projects, and much more.

Nate's Garage annual Car Show and Burn Out Contest : Nate's Garage annual Car Show and Burn Out Contest for a cause is scheduled to start at 11 AM. Nate's Community Garage, in Cannon Falls, is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit and is a new program helping those in need with car repairs. All money raised from this day will go directly to help those in need. Nate's Community Garage is located at 1717 North Highway 20, in Cannon Falls.

Saturday Cruise-In: Get ready to enjoy summer, and mark your calendar for the first Saturday Cruise-In on 2nd Street in Downtown Hastings. The 15th Annual season of the Cruise-In promises to be a time of nostalgia, fun, and viewing some of the nicest older cars in the area. This is an early evening, family-friendly event, so bring the kids, too. Visit the Car Cruise page of for more details.

Spring Swing Big Band Hangar Dance 2020: Join the Commemorative Air Force Minnesota Wing for our all ages Spring Swing Big Band Hangar Dance 2020, starting at 6 PM, in Hangar 3 at Fleming Field, in South St. Paul. Cost is $18 donation per person, or a $15 pre-sale. Music by the Roseville Big Band, Free Dance lesson from TC Swing. Music, dancing, food, aircraft tours, door prizes, WWII costume contest with prizes for best WWII era dress and more. Proceeds from the dance benefit the museum.

June 15 Through 18:

Camp Invention: Students entering grades K-6 are invited to participate in Camp Invention at St. Joseph School, in Rosemount, from Monday, June 15th, through Thursday, June 18th. This enriching and engaging program focuses on STEM learning and activities. Register today at Classes are taught by St. Joseph School teachers. Select St. Joseph School as your camp location.

June 15 Through 19:

Summer String Camp: Hastings Community Education is conducting a Hastings Summer String Camp from 9 AM to 1:30 PM each day. The registration deadline is Wednesday, March 25th. Register at the link posted here.

June 17:

Prescott Area Chamber of Commerce Annual Golf Tournament: The Prescott Area Chamber of Commerce invites you to attend their Annual Golf Tournament from 2:30 to 7:30 PM, at Clifton Highlands Golf Club, N6890 1230th Street, in Prescott. Enjoy an afternoon of golf, networking, and dinner. The format is a four-person scramble with games along the way. For more information, visit the link posted here.

June 18:

Hobey Baker Award Golf Tournament: The 40th Annual Hobey Baker Award Golf Tournament is tentatively scheduled for Thursday, June 18th, at the Royal Golf Club, in Lake Elmo. The Hobey Baker Award honors the top NCAA men's ice hockey player in the nation. For details as they become available, follow the Event Page on Facebook.

June 18 Through 21:

Strawberry Fest: The Annual Cottage Grove Strawberry Fest is scheduled for Thursday through Sunday, June 18th to the 21st, at Kingston Park, in Cottage Grove. For complete details and schedule of events visit

June 20:

PHL Fix-It Clinic: Pleasant Hill Library will host a Fix-It Clinic from noon to 3 PM. Residents will have the opportunity to bring in clothes and household items to receive free, guided assistance from volunteers with repair skills to disassemble, troubleshoot and fix items. Clinics build community connections and reduce the number of repairable objects that are thrown in the trash. You must be able to carry items in, no oversized items. Feel free to bring any tools and supplies you think might help with the job. However, volunteers have plenty of tools, so it's not mandatory. Pleasant Hill Library is located at 1490 South Frontage Road, in Hastings.

I'd Grill That: Pellicci Ace Hardware in Rosemount will host an "I'd Grill That" session starting at 10 AM. Come to the hardware store, have some food samples and talk to an expert, available to get your grilling questions answered. Pellicci's is located at 14635 S. Robert Trail.

June 21:

PCHS Open House: The Pierce County Historical Society will host weekend Open House from 1 to 4 PM. The open house, at W6321 E. Main Street, in Bay City, includes tours of the historic Conlin log cabin. For questions, contact the Society at 715-594-3118.

June 22:

Unicorn and Fairy Ranch Camp: The Hayloft will host a Unicorn and Fairy Ranch Camp, from 9 AM to noon, for children aged 5 to 9. Campers will decorate a real unicorn, learn to groom, tack, and ride a horse or pony, and other farmyard activities. Cost is $75 per camper. Register at

June 23:

Breastfeeding and Lactation Basics Class: Regina Hospital will conduct a Breastfeeding and Lactation Basics Class at 6:30 PM, on Tuesday, June 23rd. This class is for anyone who is interested in breastfeeding and learning about lactation basics. It is encouraged that your support person or persons attend. This class is best taken during the second half of pregnancy. Classes are held at the Family Birthing Center at Regina Hospital. Please call the Family Birthing Center at 651-404-1200 to register for this free class.

June 22 Through 25:

Kids Camp 2020Kids Camp 2020: The Well United Methodist Church, at 14770 Canada Avenue West, in Rosemount, will conduct Kids Camp 2020, a free Christian camp where kids explore four different ways to can focus on God: Hear, Talk, Pray, and Live, through 3 different tracks: Arts & Crafts, STEM or Sports, from June 22 through 25, from 6 to 8 PM each evening. This camp is for children from 4 years old through 5th Grade, as of Fall 2020. Register online at

June 22 thru 26:

Nature Nuts Day Camp: Carpenter St. Croix Valley Nature Center will host a Nature Nuts Day Camp for children ages 5 & 6, from 9 AM to noon each day. Campers will make crafts, play games, and explore CNC's trails every day as they learn about the many plants and animals that make their home at CNC. Participants must bring their own snacks, and families are invited to a family picnic on Friday at noon. Program fee: $105 per participant OR $95 for "Friends of CNC". To register or for more information call 651-437-4359.

June 27:

Koo Koo Kanga Roo: Koo Koo Kanga Roo is set to perform at Farmington Dew Days at 4 PM at the Dew Days Stage, 325 Oak St. This event is for all ages and is free to attend. This Dew Days performance is sponsored in part by the City of Farmington and Dakota County Library, funded by the Minnesota Legacy Amendment. Koo Koo Kanga Roo is an American comedic dance-pop duo from Minneapolis, consisting of vocalists Bryan and Neil. For more information about Koo Koo Kanga Roo's performance, visit

Animal Ark Adoption Event: Animal Ark will hold an adoption event from 11 AM to 2 PM, at Chuck and Don's Pet Food and Supplies, Suite 102, at 8711 E. Point Douglas Rd, in Cottage Grove. The staff of Animal Ark and Chuck & Don's invite you to come and meet your new best friend.

An Astronomical Celebration: On Saturday, June 27th, come to the Belwin Conservancy to Celebrate the 10th anniversary of Belwin's partnership with the Minnesota Astronomical Society. Featuring day-time moon viewing and lunar activities at the Joseph J. Casby Observatory and Belwin's Education Center. This event is scheduled for 2 to 5 PM, and is free and open to everyone! For more information, visit

Baggo Tournament: Custom One Charities will host a Baggo Tournament from 1 to 4 PM at 652 Bielenberg Drive, Suite 102, in Woodbury. Cost is $100 per teams of 2, and boards will be provided. The event will also include food trucks, a DJ, beverages, prize drawings, and cash prizes for the 1st-4th place winners. Proceeds will benefit the South Washington County Cares Summer Skoolie program.

June 30:

Music in the Park: Music in the Park is returning to the Amphitheater at Whitetail Woods Regional Park, 17100 Station Trail, Farmington, from 5 to 7 PM. Bring a blanket or chair and picnic dinner, sit under the big sky of Whitetail Woods on a summer evening, and enjoy entertaining musical performances and tasty foodtrucks. Admission to this all-age event is free.


July 1:

Prescott Area Chamber of Commerce Meeting: The July Prescott Area Chamber of Commerce meeting is scheduled at noon in the Community Room of the Prescott branch of 1st National Bank of River Falls, located at 1151 Canton Street.

July 4:

Ultra Championships: The 2020 USA Track and Field Minnesota Ultra Championship will be hosted by the Afton Trail Run 50KM from 6:30 AM to 3 PM, at Afton State Park. The USATF is the governing body of track and field, racewalking, and long distance running in the US. USATF MN is the MN chapter of USATF and strives to provide quality track, race walking, and running events for all ages and abilities in MN. For complete details, and to register, a link to the race is posted here.

July 10:

LeDuc Summer Day Camp: What was school like 150 years ago? What were they learning in school? What was it like to have every grade in one room? What did the children do at recess? Join the LeDuc Estate for a day camp to learn about school as it was a century-and-a-half ago, from 10 AM to 3 PM. At this day camp, we will discuss one-room schoolhouses, Victorian era games, and lessons. For complete details and to register, visit

July 11:

Jeff Bullis, Jr, Memorial Golf Tournament: The 3rd Annual Jeff Bullis, Jr, Golf Tournament to support families dealing with Vascular Ehlers Danlos Syndrome (vEDS), a rare and life-threatening genetic disease, is scheduled at River Oaks Golf Course, at 11099 Highway 61, in Cottage Grove. The event begins at 11 AM. Further details are yet to be finalized. Get the latest info by visiting the event page on Facebook, via the link provided here.

Smoke N' Thunder Tractor Pull: A big night of high horsepower pulling action is scheduled at the FFA Pulling Center, 141 Highway 35, in River Falls, starting at 5 PM. The Smoke N' Thunder Tractor Pull brings NTPA tractors and trucks from all across the Midwest to compete. The River Falls FFA will be serving up great food and the beer tent will have those bucket specials you all love. Tickets are $15 for adults, $5 for children 3 to 12, and children under 3 free. Anyone with a valid military ID is admitted free of charge. Proceeds will support the River Falls FFA agriculture program with improvements to the High School greenhouse.

July 12:

2020 MNNI Fest: The MN Nissan Infiniti Club will host the 2020 MNNI Fest at Dakota County Technical College from noon to 4 PM. The show is an all makes & models show, for cars, trucks, bikes, and all types of vehicles. Organizers are partnering with the non-profit Lift Garage and Minnesota Pit Bull Rescue. There will be food, raffles, entertainment and prizes. Get the latest info by visiting the event page on Facebook, via the link provided here.

2020 Glow Run: Join the Hastings YMCA for the 2020 Glow Run starting at 7 PM. You don't have to be a runner to complete in this race. Lots of family fun on a warm July evening! All proceeds benefit the YMCA Annual Giving Fund which helps make YMCA programs and services accessible to ALL within our community. The event is being held at the Hastings YMCA, on Pleasant Drive.

July 15:

Miss Hastings Scholarship Competition: Come to the 2020 Miss Hastings Scholarship Competition, with your hosts Sophie Keeler, Miss Hastings 2020, and The Honorable Paul Hicks, former mayor of Hastings, at Crossroads Church, 225 33rd Street W, in Hastings. The evening will feature the talent of each candidate for the Miss Hastings 2021 crown, voting for the People's Choice award, and a top-notch silent auction. Doors open at 6:15 PM, so come early to cast your vote, make your bids, and get a good seat! Tickets are $10 with advanced sales.

July 18:

Kid's Obstacle Challenge: Prepare to Brave Your Adventure at the Kid's Obstacle Challenge, at Afton Alps. Tackle a 1.5 to 2 mile course with over 15 fun and challenging obstacles, and make this unforgettable adventure an annual tradition with family and friends. The mission is to inspire and challenge kids, and forge family bonds, through obstacles and adventure. For complete details, and to register, visit

Cruisin' For A Cause: Come to the 8th Annual River Falls Cruisin For A Cause. Get your motorcycle out for Cruisin for fun,100+ miles on Western Wisconsin back roads, while raising money for Assistance Resource Center (ARC) "Offering a Hand Up, Not a Hand Out". The Cruisin starts at the West Wind Supper Club, 709 Main Street, River Falls, with a breakfast buffet $10, and build your own bloodies or mimosas $5. Registration is from 9:30 to 11 AM, and kickstands up at 11:15.

July 17 and 18:

2020 Midwest Appaloosa Classic: On Saturday, July 18th, from noon to 8 PM, and Sunday, July 19th, from 7:30 AM to 8 PM, the Jim Simon Arena in Cannon Falls will be the site of the 2020 Midwest Appaloosa Classic, hosted by the Wissota Appaloosa Horse Club. The schedule is filled with races, classes, and challenges. For questions, or for complete information, contact Sara Schwartz (507) 602-0058 or

July 19 and 20:

Field of Angels Co-Ed Softball Tournament: The Field of Angels Co-Ed Softball Tournament is scheduled at the High School softball fields, in Prescott. Hosted in Memory of Alexis Anderson, all proceeds from this event will be given to organizations that help parents coping with the loss of a child; Halos of the Saint Croix Valley, Fairy Garden Wonderland, and Faith's Lodge. To register, visit the Field of Angels Facebook page.

July 20 through 25:

Hope Lutheran VBS: Hope Lutheran Church, at 16898 Michael Avenue, in Hastings, will conduct Vacation Bible School during the week of July 20 through 25. Sessions will be held from 9 AM to 3 PM each day, and participant and volunteer registration is open. Campers must be at least three years old, with potty training, and through 5th Grade. For questions, contact the church at 651-480-2273.

July 21 through 26:

RiverFest: Hudson's annual RiverFest celebration is scheduled for July 21 through the 26. The 2020 event will be expanded to include a wider range of activities designed to allow people of all ages to actively enjoy the Lower St. Croix River and all that it provides. Several local organizations and individuals have collaborated to make "RiverFest - A Party with a Purpose" a success. The six-day event celebrates the river while also recognizing the need to preserve its health and beauty. Complete details are available at

July 23:

Dinner On Us: Resurrection United Methodist Church will have Dinner On Us, from 6 to 7 PM. It's dinner time and you're invited to a community meal at Resurrection, along with anyone else you bring. Cost is absolutely nothing. It's a great opportunity to meet neighbors, share in a great meal and enjoy time together. Resurrection United Methodist Church is located at 615 15th Street West, in Hastings.

July 24:

History on Social Media: Teenagers, from 13 to 17 are invited to the LeDuc Historic Estate, from 10 AM to 3 PM, for a session titled History on Social Media. This program will teach you about social media literacy, citizenship, responsibility, and how historic sites can use social media platforms for outreach. You will also have the opportunity to help staff create a Facebook page for William LeDuc, and learn the importance of how you represent yourself on social media while also showcasing one of the other sides of the history field; staying relevant and reaching people through modern mediums. There will be a break during the day for lunch. You may pack your own, or we will provide a boxed lunch for $10 a person. Complete information and registration is available at

July 30:

Party in the Park: Nathan Griner Music will host a Party in the Park at the Rotary Pavilion, in Levee Park, from 6:30 to 8 PM, on Thursday, July 30th. Levee Park is located at 20 Ramsey Street, in Hastings.


August 1:

Race The Kinni: The St. Croix Running Company will host the Kinni, a unique 15-mile running race from 9 AM to noon, at Kinnickinnic State Park, just north of Prescott. At the Kinni, organizers place four different books at four different locations that you must locate, retrieve the page that matches your bib number and return to the start line with it before continuing to the others. Sign up at the link provided here.

Soup-er Bowl : The 12th Annual Soup-er Bowl for Stone Soup Thrift Shop has been rescheduled to Saturday, August 1st, starting at 9 AM. Basic Needs, Inc. doing business as Stone Soup Thrift Shop, provides for day-to-day living in a high-quality and cost-effective manner. The Soup-er Bowl includes complimentary food and non-alcoholic beverages, Silent Auction and Prize Drawings. For complete details visit the link provided here.

Carter Weber Memorial Golf Tournament: The 4th Annual Carter Weber Memorial Golf Tournament is scheduled at noon, at the Emerald Greens Golf Course, 14425 Goodwin Ave, in Hastings. Proceeds will be used to fund scholarships, and other charitable organizations. For details as they become available, visit the event page on Facebook.

Soldiers 6 5th Annual fundraiser: The Soldiers 6 5th Annual fundraiser is scheduled from 11 AM to 6 PM, at the Cottage Grove Red Barn VFW Post, at 9260 E. Point Douglas Road. Tons of meat raffles, $1 raffle boxes, and silent auction. And of course, tacos. Organizers hope you will join them for a great day in support of efforts to end Veteran suicide.

Ribfest: Danís Bar, in New Trier, will host their annual Ribfest featuring the Coxmen. Food, fun, and music all begin at 5 PM, and everyone is welcome. Dan's Bar is located at 8485 240th Street E.

August 3 Through August 6:

OSEL "Wacky World of Water" VBS:

August 7:

Hastings Relay For Life: The 2020 Hastings Relay for Life has been scheduled starting at 6 PM, at the Rotary Pavilion, at Levee Park. The Event is still scheduled, with respect to the COVID-19 outbreak. Registration forms and costs, and complete information are available at

Relay for Life Concert: As a fundraiser for Relay for Life, Fistful of Ladies invites you to save the date, as they will host a performance at the Rotary Pavilion in Levee Park, from 6 to 10 PM. More details regarding the fund raiser will be coming soon.

August 8:

HHS Class of 1980 Reunion: The Hastings High School Class of 1980 will be having their 40-year reunion at the Hidden Greens Golf Course Event Center. Cost is $20 per person. For details, visit, or join the Facebook group, Hastings MN Class of 1980 reunion.

August 8 and 9:

Hot Dogs for Dogs: Come out to Von Hanson's Meats, at 15010 Claret Ave W, in Rosemount from 10 AM to 4 PM, on Saturday & Sunday and support your favorite 4 legged friends while enjoying brats, hot dogs, chips, and drinks, hosted by Last Hope of Rosemount. If you're interested in volunteering to help work this event with us, please contact Jaime at 651-324-1105.

August 10 Through 14:

Rocky Railway Vacation Bible School: Shepherd of the Valley Lutheran Church, at 14107 Hudson Road South, in Afton will host a Rocky Railway Vacation Bible School, from Monday, August 10th, through Friday, August 14th, from 9 AM to noon each day. This VBS is a powerful week of fun and faith for kids ages 3 through 3rd grade. Register today at to join them for an epic railway adventure.


Geocaching: Dakota County reminds residents that the County Parks system has an active geocaching program. Geocaching is a high-tech treasure hunting game played throughout the world using Global Positioning System (GPS) devices. Geocaches found within Dakota County Parks have a maximum size of 12 inches x 6 inches x 8 inches. Check out to find coordinates for cache locations throughout Dakota County Parks. Once you have the coordinates for a cache, visit the park and try to find the cache using your GPS. Find more information of the parks page of

Hammocking: An excellent way to enjoy the summer weather and observe social distancing directives is to take up the hobby of hammocking. The Dakota County Park system encourages the proper use of hammocks in all of the county parks and open spaces. For complete details and guidelines, visit the link provided here.

Through May 30:

Bike Cannon Falls 10,000-mile Challenge: Bike Cannon Falls has organized a 10,000-mile challenge for the group for the month of May. Starting May 1st, hop on your bike, to work, to the post office, on the trail. Then, after you register and join our group, Bike Cannon Falls, record your miles on "Love to Ride". Whether its 10 miles a week or 10 miles a day Bike Cannon Falls needs you. For complete details see their event page on Facebook.

Link To Bike Cannon Falls

Through June 2:

Municipal Candidate Filing Period: Ahead of the General Election in November, the Municipal Candidate filing period for Hastings begins on Tuesday, May 19th. Persons wishing to run for office in Hastings will need to file their affidavit of Candidacy and provide the filing fee to the City Clerk. The filing period will close on Tuesday, June 2nd. Questions may be directed to City Hall at 651-480-2350.

May 24 Through June 30: The Fortress Project needs a construction crew willing to partner with members of Servant of the Shepherd Church in River Falls. Volunteers are needed for a facility expansion project. Joe and Kelly Brellenthin, members of Servant of the Shepherd Church, are expanding one of their sober houses to accommodate more residents, as well as Kelly's declining physical health. More space at their ministry location, known as The Light House, is desperately needed. If you're willing to assist in this worthy project, call/text Jack at (651) 370-0082.

June 3 Through July 9:

Barn Boot Camp: On Wednesdays the Hayloft invites you to Barn Boot Camp, from 9 to 10 AM. Enjoy a 50-minute workout in a beautiful ranch setting, as you make your way from station to station combining traditional calisthenics and body weight exercises with interval and strength training all the while enjoying the view of horses a-grazin' and goats a-chillin'. Register by visiting

June 10 Through August 12:

Skoolie Family Fun Nights: Summer Skoolie is back. Join South Washington County Schools Community Education and SoWashCo CARES this Summer for our free, Skoolie Family Fun Nights on Wednesdays, from 5 to 6:30 PM, at Pullman Elementary School, 1260 Selby Ave, in St. Paul Park. All are welcome to join us as we have fun outside with neighbors, community partners and the Skoolie Squad!

July 28 Through August 14:

CAF MN Intro to Aviation: The Commemorative Air Force MN Wing will conduct an Intro to Aviation course for students going into grades 5 through 8. The course will look at antique airplanes and flying techniques, warbirds, the science, the history, the personalities, and the future of aviation. Students will make a model airplane, and draw a model airfoil. We will visit an airplane museum, a local aviation business, meet a flight instructor, and see the insides of an aircraft engine. Register online at the link provided here.


Euchre Mondays: The Hastings Senior Center announces Euchre Mondays, at the Senior Center, in the Tilden Community Center, 310 River Street. Euchre starts at 1 PM. Join the Senior Center for a fun afternoon of cards. Cost is $2 per person.

Monday and Wednesday:

Zoom Zumba: The Hastings Senior Center will host a virtual session of Zumba from 8:30 to 10 AM. For more information or to register, call 651-480-7670 or log on to


Post 47 Legion Bingo: American Legion Nelson-Lucking Post 47, at 50 Sibley St., in Hastings invites you to join them on Tuesday nights, from 7 to 9:30 PM, for some Bingo. Proceeds will be used for Legion community outreach efforts in Hastings, and the surrounding communities. For questions contact the Legion at 651-437-2046.

1st Wednesday of the Month:

Coffee's On: Join the Cottage Grove Chamber of Commerce for Coffee's On, at Stone Soup Thrift Shop, on 3rd Street, in St. Paul Park, from 7:45 to 8:45 AM. Grab a cup of coffee and tap into this active network of business professionals to generate referrals, increase business connections and grow your involvement in the community. Bring your business cards and be ready to introduce yourself and your business to the group. This group is free to attend, but registration is encouraged by visiting


Celebrate Recovery: Harbor Church of Hastings hosts a Celebrate Recovery Group from 6:30 to 8PM. If you are recovering from an addiction, or need help to start recovery, contact moderator Darcy Fuchs at 651-493-7974 for more information. The Harbor Church is located at 11125 W Point Douglas Road.

Puzzle Exchange: Between 10 AM and 2 PM, the Hastings Senior Center will have a Puzzle Exchange available outside the main doors of the Tilden Community Center. Come grab a puzzle and leave one or two for others. For more information call 651-480-7670.


The Circle of Connections Networking Group: Meets at 7 AM every Thursday at River Oaks Golf Club, 11099 Highway 61, Cottage Grove. Meetings are open to business professionals in all industries (one per profession). For details, call Genesis Financial at 651-738-0813.

Cloth Mask Drop Off: At 10 AM, the main entrance of All Saints Lutheran Church, at 8100 Belden Blvd in Cottage Grove, will be open to drop off cloth masks you've been making at home. These will be distributed to people in need. Those that have a need for a mask can pick one up, as well.

1st Thursday of the Month:

LeDuc Book Group: The LeDuc History Book Discussion Group from 6:30 to 7:30PM. Join this monthly book discussion group to delve into the details of a good book. Books are available for check out at the Pleasant Hill Library. The LeDuc History Book Discussion Group meets at the LeDuc Historic Estate, 1629 Vermillion Street.

2nd Thursday of the Month:

Talk and Sip: The MN Senate District 54 DFL delegation invites everyone to a monthly discussion of all things progressive over a pint at Spiral Brewery, at 111 2nd Street, E, from 6 to 8 PM. Come ready for a causal discussion in a local great place! Each month they will have a topic of discussion in advance, but will always welcome what is on your mind! Check in to their event page for a list of upcoming topics and suggest your own ideas. May's meeting is scheduled for May 14th.

2nd and 4th Thursday:

Grief Support Group: The Hastings Area Grief Support Group meets from 6 to 7:30, at the Tilden Community Center, 310 River Street. The Hastings Area Grief Support Group provides a caring environment for mutual support and education for those grieving the death of a significant person, in a respectful Christian atmosphere, and welcomes all people with opportunities to understand and express their own grief experience. Cost is free. For questions, contact Dick and Donna Mathiowetz at 651-983-0135.

3rd Thursday of the Month:

Hops and Hymns in Hastings: Join Our Saviour's Evangelical Lutheran Church at Spiral Brewery for the "Hops and Hymns in Hastings" get together, at the Spiral Brewery at 7 PM, where everyone is invited to gather in fellowship to sing and celebrate. Thanks to the ownership team at Spiral and to OSEL song leader Gordy Pearson, for helping to make this happen.

Fridays, June 12, Through July 17:

LeDuc Day Camp: Except for July 3rd, bring your child to the LeDuc Historic Estate for summer day camps. This day camp is designed for kids between the ages of 7-13 and will feature a different theme each week. The day will begin at 10 am with check-in and a brief presentation about the history of the topic and its connection to the LeDuc Site. For a break during the day's events, there will be lunch. If you do not wish to pack a lunch, you can choose to pay a $10 fee to get a boxed lunch for your child instead. This camp will cost $15 per registrant per day, register for all five days and get one free. Pre-registration is required, so call 651-438-8480 to register.

1st and 3rd Friday:

Prescott Memory Cafe: The Prescott Senior Gathering Place invites patients in memory care, and their caregivers to the Memory Cafe, from 10 to 11:30 AM on the 1st and 3rd Friday of each month. The cafe is open in the lower level Community Room of First National Bank, 1151 Canton Street. For assistance with Memory Cafe, please contact Barb Glidden at 651-336-3360, or Cathy Martin at 715-262-3856.

4th Friday of the Month:

Bird Banding at CNC: Have you ever wondered what bird banding is all about? Bird Banding records can help us learn how long birds live, where they travel, when and where they migrate and many other interesting facts. Carpenter Nature Center has been banding birds for over 30 years. On the fourth Friday of the month, from 8 AM to noon, bird banding is open to the public. There is no program fee, but donations of bird seed and suet are greatly appreciated. RSVP to this event by visiting


Get to the Point Men's Prayer Group: Meets at 8 AM Saturdays in the upper room of the Twisted Oak Coffee House, 202 Broad St., Prescott. The group's current study is "33: The Series."

Hastings Softball Boosters Meat Raffle: Hastings Softball Boosters is proud to announce that they are partnering with Pub 55 every Saturday, from 4-5 PM. A portion of the proceeds will go to the Hastings Softball Boosters club to help offset the cost of the softball clinics. Come out and join them, at Pub 55, located at 880 Bahls Drive, in Hastings.


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