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JULY

July 29:

Farmington Movie in the Park - The Good Dinosaur: Bring along a blanket or chair to enjoy the free movie about the adventure a frightened dino (Arlo) and a Neanderthal boy (Spot) embark on together to find Arlo’s home and family. The movie is located at Lake Julia Park, 5105 187th Street West in Farmington at 8:40 p.m. The event is sponsored by Domino’s, Family Vision Clinic, Farmington Youth Hockey Association, Subway, and the Dental Health Center.

July 29:

Candlelight to Unite: Support our local law enforcement with a walk from the north lawn of City Hall beginning at 8PM. Gathering along the sidewalk on East side of Hastings Bridge. Balloon release at 9:00 with moment of silence to follow. Lighting of candles, glowsticks, lanterns at 9:15 to light the length of the bridge with support. More information found on KDWA News webpage.

July 30:

Hastings Farmer's Market: It's that wonderful time of year, farmers market season at Hastings Farmers Market! Support local growers near you on Tuesdays and Saturdays 8am-1pm June through November!Local growers bring a wide selection of seasonal vegetables, jams & jellies, herbs, honey, fresh flowers & flower plants as available. You will be buying from the people who planted, raised & harvested the products.Easy to find...just off Hwy 55 & Pleasant Drive at the Westview Mall Shopping Center in Hastings. Call Bea (651-437-8573) for more information.

July 30:

Little Free Libraries Building Friends of Freedom Park will host with a chance to help build eight LFL's with the founder Todd Bol helping to prepare more reading stations for the community. Those attending should bring a book or two for the book exchange table. Contact Jessica Bierbrauer for more info. 715-262-0104.

July 31:

St.John's UCC Prescott Ice Cream Social:The congregation of St. John’s United Church of Christ will host an old fashioned country Ice Cream Social with delicious Sloppy Joes, Pies, Ice Cream and more. Celebrate Sommerfest with the Rural Prescott Church located 5 miles east of Prescott on highway 10 then 2 1/2miles south on QQ. Everyone is welcome to this taste of summer at St. John’s UCC from 11 am until 2pm.

AUGUST

August-Sept 2:

Sibley Historic Site: The Sibley Historic Site will be open through Labor Day, Saturday and Sunday, 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Minnesota Historical Society and Dakota County Historical Society members will be admitted to the site free of charge with proof of membership. The Dakota County Historical Society’s Sibley Historic Site is located at 1357 Sibley Memorial Highway in Mendota, Minnesota. The Open House is free to the public. For further information about the event, or the site, visit www.dakotahistory.org or call 651-452-1596

August 1:

Treasure Beyond Measure at Pleasant Hill Library:Treasure beyond Measure with Capt'n Curley Monday, August 01, 2016 10:30 AM - 11:15 AM Join Capt’n Curley the pirate on an adventure filled with physical comedy, audience participation and insight into the greatest treasure of all. Presented by A Touch of Magic. Ages: 3-10.   

August 1:

Leatherwork The Medicine Bag: Monday, August 01, 2016 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM Learn the significance of medicine bags to indigenous cultures from artist Armando Gutierrez G. Use soft leather, leather tools and beads to create your own.   Presented by ArtStart.. Registration required. Registration opens two weeks prior to the event. Pleasant Hill Library    

August 2:

National Night Out: National recognition of neighborhood connections and a chance to share some time with your community. Neighborhood parties, visits by Fire Department, Police and local officials beginning at 4PM, ending at dusk.

August 2:

Game Day: Board Games: Tuesday, August 02, 2016 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM Bring your own board games or play some of ours. Ages: 6-12. Takes place at the Pleasant Hill Library   

August 2:

Hastings Farmer's Market: It's that wonderful time of year, farmers market season at Hastings Farmers Market! Support local growers near you on Tuesdays and Saturdays 8am-1pm June through November!Local growers bring a wide selection of seasonal vegetables, jams & jellies, herbs, honey, fresh flowers & flower plants as available. You will be buying from the people who planted, raised & harvested the products. Location-just off Hwy 55 & Pleasant Drive at the Westview Mall Shopping Center in Hastings. Call Bea (651-437-8573) for more information.

August 3:

Storytime in the Park Wednesday, August 03, 2016 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM Join us for stories, games and crafts in the park. This program is presented in part by the City of Hastings Parks and Recreation Department. Ages: 0-10. Levee Park Rotary Pavilion, 20 Ramsey Street, Hastings, MN.   

August 4:

Farmington Farmer's Market: The market will be held at the Fairgrounds - 4008 220th Street West at the Third Street entrance from 2:30-6:30 p.m. For more information about the market contact Market Coordinator Kristine Smith at ksmith@dakotacountyfair.org or 651-463-6900.

August 4:

Afton Farmer's Market: Held in Afton Town Square Park from 4-7 Every Thursday. Great selection grown by area farmers, fresh to you every week.

August 4:

Health-powered Kids: Pleasant Hill Library. Thursday, August 04, 2016 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM Enjoy stories about healthy food, play active games and make a craft. Presented by Allina Wellness. Ages: 4-10.   

August 4:

One-on-One Ebook and Technology Help: Pleasant Hill Library Thursday, August 04, 2016 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM If you need extra help on the computer, setting up e-book apps, have questions about surfing the Internet or setting up an e-mail account, or just need help working on a document, you can get one-to-one instruction at the Library. Drop in any time during our One-on-One Technology Help sessions - no registration required.     

August 4:

LeDuc History Book Group: Thursday, August 04, 2016 6:30 PM - 7:30 PM A book group for history lovers. Meets the first Thursday of every month at 6:30 p.m. This is a partnership between the Pleasant Hill Library and Dakota County Historical Society. For more information please call 651-438-0200. Please refer to http://tinyurl.com/kjqug98 for this month's selection. Location Note: This group meets at the LeDuc Historic Estate, 1629 Vermillion Street, Hastings.    

August 5:

Snap Circuits: Pleasant Hill Library. Friday, August 05, 2016 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM Build fans that whirl, lights that flash, and button-activated sirens with safe, snap-together parts and an easy-to-follow circuit project manual. Registration required. Ages: 10-16. Registration opens two weeks prior to the event.      

August 5:

Forever Wild Family Friday Water Carnival: From 7-8:30 p.m. at the Visitor Center of Lebanon Hills Regional Park join us for family fun. Have fun at our water carnival with fun games and activities all about water. The event is free and for all ages.

August 5:

Cannon Cruisin Days: The 30th Annual Country Cruise with the Cannon Crusiers will be held on August 5. Line up starts at 5 p.m. at the Cannon Falls High School West parking lot located at 820 East Minnesota Street. This 25 mile cruise will leave at 7 p.m. and will be escorted through town by police and will end with car viewing in the city parking lot with 50s and 60s music until 10 p.m. The cost to have a car in the event is 5 dollars and donations to the Cannon Valley Food Shelf with also be accepted. For more information about the event contact the Cannon Falls Chamber of Commerce at 507-263-2289.

August 5:

Relay for Life: On your mark, get set, walk to eradicate cancer. The 22nd Annual Relay for Life will be held on Saturday, August 5th from 6:00 -11:00 pm at the Hastings High School. Teams are still forming that will raise money for the American Cancer Society. Information on cancer, food, refreshments and live music will also be provided. The community is encouraged to attend. We’ll feature a special In Depth program this week with Hastings co-chair Linda Kampa. You can find out more at www.relayforlife.org .

August 6:

Hastings Farmer's Market: It's that wonderful time of year, farmers market season at Hastings Farmers Market! Support local growers near you on Tuesdays and Saturdays 8am-1pm June through November!Local growers bring a wide selection of seasonal vegetables, jams & jellies, herbs, honey, fresh flowers & flower plants as available. You will be buying from the people who planted, raised & harvested the products.Easy to find...just off Hwy 55 & Pleasant Drive at the Westview Mall Shopping Center in Hastings. Call Bea (651-437-8573) for more information.

August 8:

Storytime for Babies: Monday, August 08 10:45 AM - 11:30 AM Stories, songs, bounces and playtime make this storytime perfect for children newborn to 24 months and their caregivers. Ages: 0-2. Pleasant Hill Library.

August 8:

Spy Training for Kids: Monday, August 08 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM Find out if you have the skills to be a spy. Can you decipher secret codes, operate spy gadgets and get through laser beams? Registration required. Ages: 3-8. Registration opens two weeks prior to the event. Pleasant Hill Library.     

August 9:

Waggin' Tales:Tuesday, August 09 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM Bring your kids into the Library to read to certified therapy dogs. It's not only fun, it helps develop reading skills and fluency. Ages: 5-10. Pleasant Hill Library.

August 9:

Evening Storytime for All Ages:Tuesday, August 09 6:30 PM - 7:00 PM Stories and activities ideal for kids and families. Ages: 0-6. Pleasant Hill Library.

August 9:

Summer's Sunset Serenade: Music event to benefit the Blue Star Connection, providing access and ownership of musical instruments for children and young adults with cancer and other life threatening conditions. Many Local musicans will perform at the Rotary Pavilion in Veteran's Memorial Park beginning at 7 PM. All proceeds from donations will benefit the Blue Star Program. Contact Pete Likes for more information. 651-437-2703.

August 10:

Feature Film Wednesday: August 10 1:30 PM - 3:00 PM Watch a new film release, Big Hero 6, on the big screen. Ages: 5-10. Pleasant Hill Library.   

August 11-14:

Pierce County Fair: Held in Ellsworth, Wisconsin, this fair has something for everyone. Gate tickets available in several Pierce Co cities including Prescott, Ellsworth, River Falls and Plum City. See the Pierce

August 11:

Make & Take: Duct Tape Crafts:Pleasant Hill Library. Thursday, August 11, 2016 1:30 PM - 3:00 PM It's amazing what you can create with duct tape - from wallets to cellphone cases. Explore the world of duct tape art. Space is limited. Ages: 10-16.     

August 11:

One-on-One Ebook and Technology Help:Pleasant Hill Library. Thursday, August 11, 2016 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM If you need extra help on the computer, setting up e-book apps, have questions about surfing the Internet or setting up an e-mail account, or just need help working on a document, you can get one-to-one instruction at the Library. Drop in any time during our One-on-One Technology Help sessions - no registration required.     

August 11:

Farmington Farmer's Market: The market will be held at the Fairgrounds - 4008 220th Street West at the Third Street entrance from 2:30-6:30 p.m. For more information about the market contact Market Coordinator Kristine Smith at ksmith@dakotacountyfair.org or 651-463-6900.

August 11:

Afton Farmer's Market: Held in Afton Town Square Park from 4-7 Every Thursday. Great selection grown by area farmers, fresh to you every week.

August 13:

Hastings Farmer's Market: It's that wonderful time of year, farmers market season at Hastings Farmers Market! Support local growers near you on Tuesdays and Saturdays 8am-1pm June through November!Local growers bring a wide selection of seasonal vegetables, jams & jellies, herbs, honey, fresh flowers & flower plants as available. You will be buying from the people who planted, raised & harvested the products.Easy to find...just off Hwy 55 & Pleasant Drive at the Westview Mall Shopping Center in Hastings. Call Bea (651-437-8573) for more information.

August 15:

The ProAct Golf Classic: Event will again be held at Southview Country Club in West St. Paul, and players are invited to come out on Monday, August 15, for an exciting day of play, fine food and camaraderie in support of people with disabilities. The 18-hole event brings players to a course known for its excellent rolling greens as well as many amenities. The Golf Classic is ProAct’s only annual fundraising event. The foursome scramble start tournament features skill contests, team prizes and group photos. It begins with registration from 10:45 to 11:30 a.m., with an early lunch starting at 11 a.m. and a shotgun start at 12 p.m. A live auction, raffle and gourmet dinner will follow the game. The cost is $150 per golfer, which includes lunch and dinner, a golf cart, use of the clubhouse and practice facilities. To register, go to proactinc.org or contact Sheena Henry at 651-289-3149.

August 15:

Car Show: On August 15 from 2 to 3 p.m. Hastings Veterans Home, Twin Cities Model A club and Hastings Ford will be hosting a car show. Come the past next to today’s models.

August 15:

Hot Air Ballon Rides: Freedom Flight Inc. will be bringing three hot air balloons to an event at Veterans Athletic Complex on August 15. POW-MIA, Vietnam War Memorial and Liberty Bell hot air balloons will be available for tethered rides from 2-3 p.m. There is a suggested donation of 10.00 dollars or more to help defray costs. Community service volunteers and trucks with ball hitches needed.

August 16:

Hastings Farmer's Market: It's that wonderful time of year, farmers market season at Hastings Farmers Market! Support local growers near you on Tuesdays and Saturdays 8am-1pm June through November!Local growers bring a wide selection of seasonal vegetables, jams & jellies, herbs, honey, fresh flowers & flower plants as available. You will be buying from the people who planted, raised & harvested the products.Easy to find...just off Hwy 55 & Pleasant Drive at the Westview Mall Shopping Center in Hastings. Call Bea (651-437-8573) for more information.

August 16:

Blood Drive: The American Red Cross American Red Cross recently issued an emergency request for blood and platelet donations. While thousands have responded, at times, donations continue to be delivered to hospitals faster than they are coming in and a critical blood shortage still exists. Individuals willing or able can find more infromation online www.redcrossblood.org. or 1-800-RED-CROSS. The next drive in Hastings is on August 16 at the Dakota County Government Complex from 8:00 a.m. to 1 p.m. Another option is a blood drive at Our Saviour's Lutheran Church in Hastings on September 13 from 11:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

August 18:

Farmington Farmer's Market: The market will be held at the Fairgrounds - 4008 220th Street West at the Third Street entrance from 2:30-6:30 p.m. For more information about the market contact Market Coordinator Kristine Smith at ksmith@dakotacountyfair.org or 651-463-6900.

August 20:

Rockin Out For Autism: The Afterburner band along with the Hastings Arts Center and several sponsors will be hosting ROCKIN' OUT FOR AUTISM on Saturday, August 20th from 7pm - 11pm. Live Music, Dancing and a small silent auction with all proceeds to benefit Brett's All Stars final walk ever in the WALK NOW FOR AUTISM SPEAKS/MINNESOTA. More information will be announced on this community event soon.

August 20:

Hastings Farmer's Market: It's that wonderful time of year, farmers market season at Hastings Farmers Market! Support local growers near you on Tuesdays and Saturdays 8am-1pm June through November!Local growers bring a wide selection of seasonal vegetables, jams & jellies, herbs, honey, fresh flowers & flower plants as available. You will be buying from the people who planted, raised & harvested the products.Easy to find...just off Hwy 55 & Pleasant Drive at the Westview Mall Shopping Center in Hastings. Call Bea (651-437-8573) for more information.

August 23:

Hastings Farmer's Market: It's that wonderful time of year, farmers market season at Hastings Farmers Market! Support local growers near you on Tuesdays and Saturdays 8am-1pm June through November!Local growers bring a wide selection of seasonal vegetables, jams & jellies, herbs, honey, fresh flowers & flower plants as available. You will be buying from the people who planted, raised & harvested the products.Easy to find...just off Hwy 55 & Pleasant Drive at the Westview Mall Shopping Center in Hastings. Call Bea (651-437-8573) for more information.

August 25:

Farmington Farmer's Market: The market will be held at the Fairgrounds - 4008 220th Street West at the Third Street entrance from 2:30-6:30 p.m. For more information about the market contact Market Coordinator Kristine Smith at ksmith@dakotacountyfair.org or 651-463-6900.

August 25:

Stand Up For Animals: Join the Animal Ark and The Joke Joint for an evening of Fundraising and Comedy at the first ever Stand Up For Animals Night that will take place August 25th, at Joke Joint Comedy Club, 801 Sibley Memorial Highway, Suite 2 in St. Paul. This unique event pairs a traditional fundraiser with an emphasis on funny. Support Animal Ark with the purchase of Animal gear or bid on silent auction items while you wait! The opening act will be Greg Coleman and the headliner is Maggie Faris.

The cost is $20 per person. All proceeds from the admission price go towards the Animal Ark mission. Doors open at 6:30 pm.The show starts at 7:30pm. Tickets can be secured online at www.jokejointcomedyclub-com.seatengine.com or view updates provided on the Animal Ark website. www.animalarkmn.org

August 26:

Raiders Football Alumni Golf Outing: Fans and families of Raider Football,You can show your support by raising money for Hastings Football during a day of great golf, comraderie and friendly competition!The 7th annual Alumni Golf Tournament to benefit the Hastings Raiders Football Program will take place Friday, August 26 between 11:30 AM - 7 PM at Hidden Greens Golf Course located at 12977 200th Street East just south of Hastings.There is an “early bird” foursome discount of $50.00 when you prepay by July 26th.

Sign up with SportNgin prior to registration and login. Then,Click to “Create an Account” at the top of www.hastingsfootball.com.

The Foursome registration must be organized and completed as a team, at one time. Please see the tournament flyer online for additional details.

August 27:

Carpenter Art Festival: Carpenter Nature Center welcomes you from 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. to the Wisconsin Campus to celebrate art and nature. Enjoy music, fine arts and crafts and beautiful scenery. The event will take place rain or shine. Donations are welcome and a portion of the profits will go to support CNC.

August 27:

Chicken Feed: On August 27 at 11:30 a.m. there will be a chicken feed and corn roast at the Hastings Veterans Home.

August 27:

Hastings Farmer's Market: It's that wonderful time of year, farmers market season at Hastings Farmers Market! Support local growers near you on Tuesdays and Saturdays 8am-1pm June through November!Local growers bring a wide selection of seasonal vegetables, jams & jellies, herbs, honey, fresh flowers & flower plants as available. You will be buying from the people who planted, raised & harvested the products.Easy to find...just off Hwy 55 & Pleasant Drive at the Westview Mall Shopping Center in Hastings. Call Bea (651-437-8573) for more information.

August 29:

Picnic Supper: A special outdoor service will be hosted by Our Saviour's Lutheran Church taking place at the Rotary Pavilion on Monday evening, August 29th at 7:00 p.m. You're invited to share in fellowship time beginning at 6:15 p.m. and are welcome to bring a picnic supper with you.

August 31:

CALLING ALL FILMMAKERS: The Cottage Grove Arts Commission is accepting submissions for the 2nd annual Films in 5 Festival! Films made anytime in 2016 are eligible. Submissions will be accepted through August 31.

SEPTEMBER

September 1:

Farmington Farmer's Market: The market will be held at the Fairgrounds - 4008 220th Street West at the Third Street entrance from 2:30-6:30 p.m. For more information about the market contact Market Coordinator Kristine Smith at ksmith@dakotacountyfair.org or 651-463-6900.

September 2:

Community 50th Anniversary Commemoration of the Vietnam War: Hastings Veterans Home. If you served or want to thank those heroes who did serve, you are welcome. POW/MIA plaque rededication, speakers , stories, comradeship and refreshments. Each VietNam Era Vet will receive a commemorative pin. 6:30 PM.

September 2-4:

Service Members and Veterans Golf for Free, Family Members are 1/2 price :Hidden Greens Golf Course. Tee times must be reserved. Golf Carts Extra. Food and Beverages available. http://www.hiddengereensgolf.com

September 8:

Farmington Farmer's Market: The market will be held at the Fairgrounds - 4008 220th Street West at the Third Street entrance from 2:30-6:30 p.m. For more information about the market contact Market Coordinator Kristine Smith at ksmith@dakotacountyfair.org or 651-463-6900.

September 11:

Autumn in the Valley Gala: Join Carpenter Nature Center's Board of Directors for a wonderful evening along the bluffs of the St. Croix River. Each year friends and community partners spend an evening raising fund to support K-12 environmental education at CNC. The event will be held at Carpenter Nature Center in the River Bluff Pavilion. Guests can enjoy trail tours, water gardens, a silent auction, a live auction and dinner catered by Lake Elmo Inn. Sponsorships are available at all levels and auction donations are welcome.

September 13:

Blood Drive: The American Red Cross American Red Cross recently issued an emergency request for blood and platelet donations. While thousands have responded, at times, donations continue to be delivered to hospitals faster than they are coming in and a critical blood shortage still exists. Individuals willing or able can find more infromation online www.redcrossblood.org. or 1-800-RED-CROSS. Today is a blood drive at Our Saviour's Lutheran Church in Hastings on September 13 from 11:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

September 15:

Farmington Farmer's Market: The market will be held at the Fairgrounds - 4008 220th Street West at the Third Street entrance from 2:30-6:30 p.m. For more information about the market contact Market Coordinator Kristine Smith at ksmith@dakotacountyfair.org or 651-463-6900.

September 22:

Farmington Farmer's Market: The market will be held at the Fairgrounds - 4008 220th Street West at the Third Street entrance from 2:30-6:30 p.m. For more information about the market contact Market Coordinator Kristine Smith at ksmith@dakotacountyfair.org or 651-463-6900.

September 24 and 25:

38th Annual Afton Art in the Park:Save the date for this unique opportunity to see art of all types exhibited at Afton Town Square Park. See the Afton Area Business Association website for links to more information, including how you can participate. www.exploreafton.com

September 24:

Downtown Street Dance: Lost Highway headlines at this annual party held in Downtown Hastings. Contact Tatia from the Busted Nut Bar and Grill for more details.

September 24:

Hastings Concert Association Four Celtic Voices: With this year’s schedule completed the Hastings Concert Association has announced their plans for 2016-17. A combination of styles and artists will take to the stage next year which will bring top notch entertainment to the community six times in their season.

Their season will start on Saturday, September 24th with Four Celtic Voices in an afternoon performance.

September 29:

Farmington Farmer's Market: The market will be held at the Fairgrounds - 4008 220th Street West at the Third Street entrance from 2:30-6:30 p.m. For more information about the market contact Market Coordinator Kristine Smith at ksmith@dakotacountyfair.org or 651-463-6900.

OCTOBER

October 1:

CALLING ALL FILMMAKERS: The Film Festival will take place on Oct. 1, from 1 to 3 p.m. in the Lecture Hall at Park High School.

Oct 18:

Veterans Voices Concert:Held at Regina Senior Living Care Center. 1175 Nininger Road. 2:30 PM. More Details to follow.

October 23:

Hastings Concert Association Banjo Boy Variety Band: TheBanjo Boy Variety Band plays at 3 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 23. The band is four men with eight musical instreuments playing classical jazz, banjo songs, swing blues, classic ballads, polkas and country.

NOVEMBER

November 5:

Hastings Concert Association Colleen Raye, Girl Singers Greatest Broadway Hits: In November, a local favorite, Colleen Raye will bring her Girl Singers Greatest Broadway Hits show to the Middle School Stage at 3 p.m. Colleen Raye, Debbie O'Keefe and Katie Gearty will walk the audience through some of the greatest songs of Broadway, including songs from My Fair Lady, West Side Story, Gypsy, Oliver, Wicked and Rent.

2017 EVENTS

FEBRUARY

February 7:

Hastings Concert Association Wylie and Wild West: Wylie and Wild West are in concert at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 7. Wylie Gustafson and his band have played thousands of shows, delighting audiences around the world. The band is known for its blend of cowboy, traditional country, folk ans yodeling.

MARCH

March 16:

Hastings Concert Association A Band Called Honalee: A Band Called Honalee, paying tribute to the folksinging trio Peter, Paul and Mary, performs at 7 p.m. Thursday, March 16. This is timeless music of the 60s. The three-member group takes a stroll down memory lane.

APRIL

April 6:

Hastings Concert Association New Odyssey: New Odyssey concludes the season on Thursday, April 6 at 7 p.m. Gags, gusto and far more than simple guitar marks this unqiue stage show.

 

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