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OCTOBER

October 16 thru 19:

Charitable Garage Sale: A garage sale to benefit the Hastings Public School Foundation Endowment is from 8 AM until 6 PM each day, at 436 Tiffany Drive, in Hastings. Proceeds will be designated for scholarships, and recognition of community teachers during the Hastings High School Award Night.

October 17:

PHL Sculpture Class: Pleasant Hill Library will conduct a How to Train Your Dragon Sculpture class for children ages 5 to11 years old, from 1:30 to 3 PM. Use your favorite dragon from How to Train Your Dragon as inspiration for creating your own sculpture out of clay, chenille stems, tin foil and other materials. Start with a basic body shape and add spikes, wings, tails and other details. Presented by Artistry. Registration is required. Register by logging on to the Pleasant Hill Library page of DakotaCounty.us.

THRIVE Thursday: THRIVE Thursday is scheduled from 6 to 7:30 PM, at Room 108 of Tilden Community Center. THRIVE will start the night with follow up questions about the October 6th "Sundown Towns" presentation, and let the conversation flow from there. Bring your thoughts, questions, and ideas. Cost is free.

October 17 and 18:

MEA Break Activities: Hastings Community Education has two MEA Break Activities scheduled. Choose from a Kidcreate Studio Candy Shop Art Camp, from 9 AM to noon, in the Kennedy Elementary Art Room, cost, $70, or a Youth Horse Camp, from 9 AM to 4 PM, at Cornerstone on the Vermillion, cost, $250. For more information or to register, call 651-480-7670 or log on to HastingsCommunityEd.com.

October 18:

Snake, Rattle, and Roll: Snake, Rattle and Roll is coming to Pleasant Hill Library. Slither into the world of reptiles by touching, holding, and feeding some scaly critters. Learn what makes reptiles unique and get an up-close look at some of nature's most misunderstood creatures, from 10 to 11 AM. Presented by Snake Discovery. For ages 2 to 12 years.

October 18 and 19:

Deathtrap: The Rosemount Area Arts Council presents their fall play, Deathtrap, at 7 PM each night, with a 2 PM matinee on Saturday. Performances will be at the Steeple Center, in Rosemount Tickets are $15 for general admission, and $12 for members of the RAAC. Purchase tickets online at RosemountArts.com.

October 19:

Customer Appreciation Day: Fluegel's Farm, Garden and Pet Supply announces a customer appreciation event at their Rosemount Store, 14700 S Robert Trail, from 8 AM to 4 PM. They will have free gift bags for the first 20 customers, sign-ups for door prizes, great deals on pet and horse feed, and free hot dogs, popcorn and drinks for lunch, from 11AM to 1PM. Also, enter a free drawing for a 2019 Polaris Ranger Utility Vehicle, a trip-for-two to the Purina Animal Nutrition Center, or an Orion 65 Cooler. See store for official rules.

Waggin' Tales: Waggin' Tales is scheduled at Pleasant Hill Library from 11 AM to noon. Bring your kids, aged 5 to 10 years old, to the Library to read to certified therapy dogs. It's not only fun, it helps develop reading skills and fluency. Pleasant Hill Library is located at 1490 South Frontage Road, in Hastings.

October 20:

Support Sida's Surgery: A fund raising afternoon to raise money for needed surgery for an orphaned Sudanese 19-year-old girl, named Sida, is scheduled at Hope Glen Farm. From 2 to 4 PM, enjoy food from This Little Piggy Catering, a silent auction and a raffle. Hope Glen Farm is located at 10276 East Point Douglas Road S, in Cottage Grove.

Sensory-Friendly Early Open: Visit Pleasant Hill Library for an inclusive and accessible sensory-friendly early open library experience that welcomes people of all ages and abilities, including those who are on the autism spectrum or those with other sensory needs. From 11 AM to 1 PM, participate in art activities, complete a scavenger hunt, make a button, watch a 3D printing demo, try Sensory Storytime and more. Attendees may bring their own tools and supports with them to the program. Presented in partnership with the Autism Society of Minnesota and Fraser. Sponsored by the Minnesota Department of Human Services Disability Services Innovation Grant.

October 20 and 24:

Freedom Park Meet and Greet: Prescott area families are invited to Freedom Park to meet Israel Haas, the new Executive Director of the Great River Road Visitor and Learning Center at Freedom Park. Two open houses are scheduled: Sunday Oct 20th from 2 to 4 PM, and Thursday Oct 24th from 5 to 7 PM. Freedom Park is located at 200 Monroe Street, in Prescott.

October 21:

How to Win with Investment Properties: Hastings Community Education invites investors to learn How to Win with Investment Properties from 7 to 9 PM, at the Tilden Community Center. Cost is $7. For more information or to register, call 651-480-7670 or log on to HastingsCommunityEd.com.

October 21 through 26:

Rivertown Treasures Weekly Sale: The Rivertown Treasures Weekly sale for the week of October 21st to the 26th is Halloween costumes and fall decor 50% off. Some exclusions apply. Rivertown Treasures is the retail outlet of Hastings Family Service at 301 2nd Street East.

October 22:

Senior Gathering Place Book Club: The Prescott Senior Gathering Place Book Club meets at 1:30 PM. This month's selection is "Little Women" by Louisa May Alcott. The Prescott Senior Gathering Place is located at 1220 St. Croix Street.

CPR for the Lay Resucer: Hastings Community Education invites you to be a lifesaver. Learn CPR for the Lay Rescuer, from 6 to 9 PM, at the Tilden Community Center. Cost is $50. For more information or to register, call 651-480-7670 or log on to HastingsCommunityEd.com.

October 23:

iLab: Pleasant Hill Library will host iLAB: Digitize It! 3D Scanning Workshop from 4:30 to 6 PM, for children aged 13 to 18 years old. Explore various techniques for 3D scanning objects and people into software that then could be used for 3D printing or other digital uses. See how to use the Xbox 360 Kinect, a DSLR camera or a cellphone to capture the images. Presented by 3D Buildtower. Registration is required. Log on to the Library page of DakotaCounty.us to register.

Storytime for 2-to-6-Year-Olds: The next Storytime for 2-to-6-year-olds at Pleasant Hill Library is scheduled for Wednesday, October 23rd, from 10 to 10:30 AM. Read, play, sing, talk and write together with stories and activities to develop early literacy skills for toddlers and preschoolers. Siblings are welcome. Pleasant Hill Library is located at 1490 South Frontage Road, in Hastings.

October 24:

Eyewear Recycling Event: The Hastings Rivertown Lions Club will hold its third annual fall drive to recycle used eyeglasses and/or hearing aids from 1 to 2:30 PM, in the parking lot of the Tilden Community Center, 310 River St. Participants are asked to drive into the lot to the Lions table. Donors will receive a glasses wipe, a bottle of water, and a small symbolic white cane. The project is part of Lions International 100-year Centennial Legacy Project.

Sip, Shop, and Talk: The next Sip, Shop, and Talk with the Farmington City Council is scheduled from 5:30 to 7 PM. Mayor Todd Larson and Council Member Joshua Hoyt will be at Farmington Liquors, 109 Elm St., to talk with shoppers and sample Farmington Liquors products. Stop by to chat and pick up your favorite beverage to enjoy while watching the Vikings game! The game kicks off at 7:20 PM.

Prescott Chamber Highway CleanUp: The Prescott Area Chamber of Commerce will conduct a Highway Clean Up at 5 PM. The Chamber seeks about 10 people to help with the highway clean up. Equipment is provided. Sign up by contacting the Prescott Chamber of Commerce.

VFW Aux. Pork Dinner: The Hastings VFW Auxiliary will host a roast pork dinner from 4 to 6 PM, at Our Saviour's Evangelical Lutheran Church. Cost is $11.

Become a Medical Transcriptionist: Hastings Community Education invites you to learn how to Work at Home as a Medical Transcriptionist, from 6 to 9 PM, at the Tilden Community Center. Cost is $39. For more information or to register, call 651-480-7670 or log on to HastingsCommunityEd.com.

"N Is For 'Nocturnal'": Pleasant Hill Library will host "N is for 'Nocturnal'", for children aged 3 to 5 years old, from 1 to 2 PM. Stories, songs, crafts and games that feature mysterious creatures of the night. Sponsored in part by ECFE. Registration is required. To register, log on to the Pleasant Hill Library page of DakotaCounty.us/Libraries.

October 25:

Community Halloween Party: From 6 to 8 PM, come to the Hastings High School, for the Community Halloween Party. This gathering, recommended for children 12 and under, is a family friendly event! Wear your best costume, and come for the food, games, and prizes. Cost for admission is a non-perishable food donation and/or donation to Youth Impact Council.

Halloween Dance: Hastings Community Education will host a Fun, Friends and Fitness Halloween Dance from 6:30 to 8 PM, at the Tilden Community Center. Fun Friends and Fitness is presented in partnership with the Hastings Community Education Disabilities Program, and the Hastings Sharks, for persons 14 and over. For more information or to register, call 651-480-7670 or log on to HastingsCommunityEd.com.

October 26:

Buckthorn RemovalDay: The City of Newport's annual Buckthorn Removal Day for Bailey School Forest is Saturday, October 26th. Volunteers should wear long-sleeve shirts, old pants or jeans, work shoes and gloves. If you can, please bring a channel-locking pliers and pointed shovel. Donuts will be provided. Sign up by Monday, October 21st by calling City Hall at 651-459-5677.

Rambling River Center Waffle Breakfast and Silent Auction : The Rambling River Center's waffle breakfast and silent auction fundraiser will be held at the center, 325 Oak St, in Farmington. Waffles will be served from 8:30 to 11:30 AM. The silent auction opens at 8:30, and closes at 11. Tickets for the breakfast are being sold at the Rambling River Center. Tickets bought in advance are $8 and tickets at the door are $10. The Model Railroad Club will also be there with its train display. Fundraising supports the Rambling River Center's capital projects not in the operating budget.

October 27:

St. John's Sausage Dinner: St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, in Vermillion, will hold its annual Sausage Supper from 11 AM to 5 PM, in the Parish Hall. The traditional menu includes pork and blood sausage, German potato salad, mashed potatoes and gravy, sauerkraut, baked beans and a beverage. Tickets are $13 for adults, $6 for children aged 6 to 12, and children younger than 5 free. Proceeds will help support St. John the Baptist School. For questions, contact the church at 651-437-9030.

Solar Garden Workshop & Developer Fair: The City of Woodbury and the Clean Energy Resource Teams (CERTs) will hold a solar garden Workshop & Developer Fair for Woodbury and Washington County residents at 7 PM at Woodbury City Hall. This free event is open to the public, and friends and family are welcome.

Regina Auxiliary Fall Baazar: The Regina Auxiliary Fall Bazaar is scheduled for 11 AM to 4 PM. Come for the Grand Raffle, silent auction, meat raffle, country store, and more. Proceeds will benefit Regina Auxiliary projects for Regina Hospital patients and Senior Living residents.

Dad's Belgian Waffle Breakfast: Saint Elizabeth Ann Seaton Catholic Church in Hastings will host Dad's Belgian Waffle Breakfast from 8 AM to Noon, in Mother Seaton Hall. Cost is $8 for adults, $4.50 for children 6 to 14, and children 5 and under free. Funds raised will be matched by Catholic United Financial, and will be used for faith formation programs.

October 28:

NetworkNext Initiative Community Conversation: DARTS and Dakota County are working with Metro Transit's NetworkNext Initiative to host a Community Conversation around the future of Metro Transit fixed route transportation in the Dakota County area. The Community Conversation is scheduled from 5:15 to 6:45 PM at Dakota Lodge, 1200 Stassen Lane, West St. Paul. Register by October 23rd by contacting DARTS at 651-455-1560.

NOVEMBER

November 1:

Orange Dragon Art Gallery Artist Reception:The final exhibit of the season will take place at the Orange Dragon Art Gallery with the installation of their Bright Lights Exhibit that includes and Artist Reception on November 1st from 5 to 7:30 pm. Many handcrafted, local items will be on hand for holiday giving or for just treating your home to some quality items made by local artists and craftspeople. This last exhibit of 2019 will be held from October 30th through December 22. The Orange Dragon Art Gallery is located at 122 Orange Street in Downtown Prescott. Find them online at OrangeDragonGallery.org or call 715-262-4122

November 1-December 22:

Bright Lights Art Exhibit: The final exhibit of the season will take place at the Orange Dragon Art Gallery with the installation of their Bright Lights Exhibit that includes an Artist Reception on November 1st from 5 to 7:30 pm. Many handcrafted, local items will be on hand for holiday giving or for just treating your home to some quality items made by local artists and craftspeople. This last exhibit of 2019 will be held from October 30th through December 22. The Orange Dragon Art Gallery is located at 122 Orange Street in Downtown Prescott. Find them online at OrangeDragonGallery.org or call 715-262-4122.

November 2:

Darren Thompson COncert: Darren Thompson, Native American Flutist, is returning to Prescott on at 7 PM on the Performing Arts Center Stage at the Prescott High School. The performance is sponsored by donations from PACT (Prescott Arts Commitment Team), and the Prescott Parent Group. Donations will be accepted at the door to help continue bringing quality performances to the Prescott community. Find out more about Darren Thompson at DarrenThompson.net.

Prescott School Parent's Group Casino Night: Once a year the Prescott School District's Parent Groups come together to host a Casino Night to help raise funds for parent group initiatives such as the development and expansion of STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts & Math) programs throughout the School District. The Parents Groups are asking for support by donating to the annual Casino Night being held from 6 PM to midnight. Tickets are $25, and available online at the link provided here.

In order to alleviate landfill waste after Halloween, the City of Hastings will host a Pumpkin Toss, from 9 AM to noon, at the Public Works Facility, 1225 Progress Drive. Pumpkins may discarded at the event, but must be free of candle wax, paint, or inorganic accessories. There will be prizes given for the longest toss. For questions, contact Paige Marschall-Bigler at 651-480-6175.

The City of Rosemount will host a Free Pumpkin Recycling Event from 9 AM noon at the Rosemount Public Works Facility at 14455 Brazil Avenue. Participants are welcome to drop off pumpkins and Jack-'O-Lanterns and they'll see that they are turned into beneficial compost. No painted pumpkins, candles, wax or other non-organic material. The bins for the pumpkins will be placed in the Public Works Facility parking lot and participants are encouraged to follow the signage to the collection bins. For more information, contact Recycling Coordinator Tom Schuster at 651-322-6005.

November 9:

Veteran's Day Concert: Victory Church will host a Veteran's Day old-time Patriotic and Gospel music concert and sing along event at 5 PM, at the Starkson Family Life Celebration Chapel. Enjoy cake and refreshments, and there will be a freewill offering to benefit United Way of Hastings.

November 10:

Veteran's Day Commemoration: Hastings Lyle Russell VFW Post 1210 will host this year's Community Event in commemoration of our Nation's 101st Veterans Day. The event will be held at Starkson Family Life Celebration Event Center, located at 3075 Vermillion St., Hastings, and it is open to the public. Cost is $16 per person. The meal will be catered by the Trophy House and a cash bar will be available. Major Ryan Meinecke, U.S. Army Reserve, will be the guest speaker. He served as Detachment Commander for Special Forces Detachment-Alpha from 2005 until 2012. For more information, please contact VFW Post 1210 at 651-437-8231 or email VFW1210@gmail.com.

Veterans Day Concert: A free Veterans Day Concert is scheduled at 1 pm, at the Hastings Middle School Auditorium. The concert will feature the 204th U.S. Army Reserve Band and the River Valley Band. For more information, please contact VFW Post 1210 at 651-437-8231 or email VFW1210@gmail.com.

November 21:

Senior Center Thanksgiving DInner: The Hastings Senior Center Annual Thanksgiving Dinner is scheduled at noon, at the Tilden Community Center. Enjoy fellowship with friends and a delicious Thanksgiving dinner catered by Ptacek's. Cost is $9 for Senior Center members, and $11 for non-Center members.

November 23:

Knights of Columbus Charity Auction: St. John the Baptist Catholic Church will hold its annual Knights of Columbus Charity Auction the day after Thanksgiving, starting at 7 PM. Come to the St. John the Baptist School Community Room for this annual event that supports the school. More details will be released soon.

December

December 6, 7, 8: Woodbury Community Theater will present Madeline's Christmas. A magical musical adaptation of Ludwig Bemelman's beloved classic children's tale: In an old house in Paris that was covered with vines lived 12 little girls in two straight lines. This show will be a festive treat for parents and children alike. Kick off the season with this endearing musical for kids of all ages! For more information or to purchase tickets, go to MerrillArtsCenter.org

December 13,14,15: Woodbury Community Theater will present Madeline's Christmas . A magical musical adaptation of Ludwig Bemelman's beloved classic children's tale: In an old house in Paris that was covered with vines lived 12 little girls in two straight lines. This show will be a festive treat for parents and children alike. Kick off the season with this endearing musical for kids of all ages! For more information or to purchase tickets, go to MerrillArtsCenter.org.

December 16:

Senior Center Holiday Party: The Hastings Senior Center Annual Holiday Party will take place at St. Elizabeth Ann Seaton at noon. Come for a delicious Holiday meal catered by Trophy House, music, and door prizes. Cost is $15 for Senior Center members, and $20 for non-members. The deadline to purchase tickets is December 10th.

ONGOING

Through October 19:

Rivertown Treasures Sate: The Rivertown Treasures Weekly sale is discounts on Halloween costumes and fall decor, and 50% off China and dish sets. Some exclusions apply. Rivertown Treasures is the retail outlet of Hastings Family Service at 301 2nd Street East.

Through October 22:

Tuesday Group Riding Lessons: Classes run from 6:30 to 7:30 PM at the Cornerstone on the Vermillion Horse Complex. Cost is $180. For more information or to register, call 651-480-7670 or log on to HastingsCommunityEd.com.

Through October 26:

Fall Pallete Art Exhibit:The Orange Dragon Art Gallery continues its season with the opening of the Fall Pallete Exhibit, which will be on display from August 28th through October 27th. The Orange Dragon Art Gallery is located at 122 Orange Street in Downtown Prescott. Hours and more information can be found on their website and Facebook pages. Find them online at OrangeDragonGallery.org or call 715-262-4122.

Through October 29:

Master Composter Class: Individuals who live or work in Dakota County are invited to participate in the final Master Recycler/Composter class of the year. Classes will be held Tuesdays, from 6:30-9 p.m. at the Eagan Community Center, 1501 Central Parkway, Eagan. A $30 fee covers course materials and optional field trip transportation on Oct. 23. Scholarships are available. Registration is on a first-come, first-served basis. For more information or to register, visit DakotaCounty.us, and search master recycler, or call Jenny Kedward at 952-891-7043.

Through October 31:

Prescott Area Chamber of Commerce Calendar Raffle : The Prescott Area Chamber of Commerce's annual Calendar Raffle will start on October 1st. Tickets are $10, and players have 31 chances to win money during the month of October. Every day in October the Chamber draws a new name and depending on the day, you win the preassigned amount. The funds raised support the Chamber programs and efforts to beautify the downtown area. See any chamber member, or stop in at the Chamber office to purchase your tickets.

Thursdays, Through November 14:

Play & Learn Thursdays at the Prescott Public Library: Join Play & Learn Thursdays from 9:30 to 11 AM at the Prescott Public Library. Play & Learn Thursdays are weekly classes for parents or caregivers to engage and provide toddlers and preschoolers a chance to interact. Space is limited, so contact Family Resource Center St. Croix Valley 715-684-4440 to register.

Through November 20:

Learn Mandarin: Hope Lutheran Church will host a basic class on conversational Mandarin starting on September 9th, and running through November 20th. Join instructor Janice Boudreau as she helps you to learn to speak Chinese. Classes are from 4:30 to 5 PM, and are scheduled on Mondays for K through 2nd grade, Tuesdays for 3rd through 6th grade, and Wednesdays for 7th grade through adult. Sign up for this free class by visiting HopeOfHastings.com.

October 5 Through December 14:

Learn to Skate: On Saturdays, children aged 3 to 7 years old are invited to Learn to Skate at the Hastings Civic Arena. Four classes will run from 10 to 11:30 AM, and cost is $150. For more information or to register, call 651-480-7670 or log on to HastingsCommunityEd.com.

Tuesdays:

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.

Wednesdays:

Celebrate Revocery: 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.

Gone Too Soon: The "Gone Too Soon" curriculum, developed by Dick and Donna Mathiowetz, for dealing with the loss of a child, will be presented by Hastings Community Education in sessions scheduled October 16, 23, and 30, and November 6 and 13, at the Tilden Community Center, 310 River Street. These free sessions will help to bring encouragement, inspiration, and support to those dealing with the death of a child. For more information or to register, call 651-480-7670 or log on to HastingsCommunityEd.com.

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.

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 CarpenterNatureCenter.org.

 

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