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AUGUST

August 13:

Comm Ed: Parent Child Paint Night: Hastings Community Education will host Parent Child Paint Night with Dave Youngren, from 6 to 7 PM at the Tilden Community Center. Cost is $39 per couple, and $15 per additional student. For more information or to register, call 651-480-7670 or log on to HastingsCommunityEd.com.

August 14:

Hastings Movie Night: The original Mighty Ducks will be the featured film at the Levee Park Hastings Community Movie Night. The Hastings Hockey Association will host family friendly activities an hour before the show. The event starts at 7PM. Please bring a non-perishable food donation for Hastings Family Service. Movies in the Park is sponsored by Ardent Mills.

Talking Trash: A History of Garbage and Recycling: The Dakota County Historical Society will host a presentation called "Talking Trash: A History of Garbage and Recycling" at 6:30 PM, via Zoom. This presentation is offered to the public free of charge. For more information, please visit DakotaHistory.org/Events.

CNC Live Animal Meet and Greet: Carpenter St. Croix Valley Nature Center will have another Meet and Greet with Live Animals, from 10 to 11 AM. CNC will be setting up some of their live animal ambassadors outside so visitors can stop by anytime during the hour to meet the animals, learn more about them and ask questions. They will be practicing social distancing, allowing space between families, and limiting group size to 10 people. Free to attend, no RSVP required. CNC is located at 12805 St. Croix Trail S., in Hastings.

August 15:

Single Engine History Flight Day: Join the Commemorative Air Force Minnesota Wing for a Single Engine History Flight Day. The museum is open from 11am to 5pm, but you can purchase a ride and go up in one of the single engine aircraft. Please note, this history flight day does not include the B-25 for rides. The Commemorative Air Force Minnesota Wing is located at Fleming Field, 310 Airport Road, Hangar #3, in South St. Paul.

Rosemount VFW Taco Saturday: Rosemount VFW Post 9433 will once again host a Taco Saturday, from noon to 5 PM. Come to the post, at 2625 120th Street West, and get the best VFW tacos, and help support community programs through the VFW. For questions, call 651-423-9938.

Belwin Summer Saturdays: The Belwin Conservancy in Afton invites everyone to Education Center Summer Saturdays, to explore Belwin Education Center's miles of rolling woodlands, prairie and wetlands trails. The Summer Saturday will be from 8 AM to 4 PM. This is a free event, and registration is not necessary. Social Distancing and COVID-19 guidelines will be in force.

August 15 Through 22:

GRRVLC Sunset Soiree: The Great River Road and Visitor Learning Center at Freedom Park, in Prescott, has announced that their annual fundraiser, the "Sunset Soiree" will go virtual for 2020. The GRRVLC website states that the soiree will take place during the week of August 15th through 22nd. Center staff encourage interested people to visit the website at FreedomParkWI.org for details as they become available.

August 16:

Dakota County Jackpot Beef Show: Starting at 6 PM, Dakota County Livestock Breeders will host the Annual Dakota County Jackpot Beef Show at the Dakota County Fairgrounds Horse Arena, in Farmington. The show will give awards for Champions and Reserve & recognize the top 5 in each of 4 divisions. For complete info, visit the event page on Facebook. A link is provided here.

The "BUG Show" : Bruce the Bug Guy is coming to the Great River Road Visitor and Learning Center, 200 Monroe St, Prescott, from 1 to 2 PM. The "BUG Show" is a unique program that allows you to learn about the mysterious world of insects and their relatives. You'll get to see an assortment of live arthropods, and unique, weird and wacky exotic preserved insects from around the world, and learn about the defenses they employ to survive. This is a free event, but seating is limited, so registration is required. Register by visiting the event page on the Great River Road Visitor & Learning Center on Facebook or Eventbrite.com.

Park High HOF Golf Tournament: The Cottage Grove Park High School Hall of Fame will host their 14th annual HOF Golf Tournament, at River Oaks Golf Course, on Highway 61, starting at noon. The online registration form and complete details are available at a link posted here.

August 17:

Prescott Middle School Parent Group Meeting: The Prescott Middle School Parent Group will hold a meeting starting at 6:30 PM. Prescott Middle School parents are invited to be in the know and ask questions. The group will be discussing back to school plans, upcoming events and planning for the year. The meeting will be in the commons of Prescott Middle School, 125 Elm Street, N, and masks are required.

Woodbury Fire Explorers: The Woodbury Department of Public Safety will host an informational meeting for teens, aged 14-20 who are interested in becoming Fire Explorers, as a preparatory step in becoming a firefighter. Exploring is for young men and women, ages 14 through 20, who are interested in careers in Fire/EMS. Exploring offers experiential learning with hands-on activities that promote the growth and development of youth. The meeting is scheduled from 6 to 7 PM, at the Fire Department, located at 2100 Radio Drive. More information is provided by visiting the link here.

August 18:

Teddy Bear Yoga: On Tuesday, August 18th, Hastings Community Education will host a session of Teddy Bear Yoga, from 6 to 7:30 PM. Cost is $20 per family. For more information or to register, call 651-480-7670 or log on to HastingsCommunityEd.com.

Hastings Area Grief Support: 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, this welcomes all people with opportunities to understand and express their own grief experience. The meeting is at 6 PM. Meetings are free of charge. For questions, contact Dick and Donna Mathiowetz, at 651-983-0135.

August 19:

Hastings Parkinson's Support Group: The Hastings Parkinson's Support Group will meet at the Hastings Senior Center at 2 PM. Facilitator Laurie Thrush will host the group, which provides moral support for those with Parkinson's, and their families and friends. If you would like to attend, please contact the Senior Center at 651-480-7689.

August 20:

Bookstube at the Bierstube: Bookstube at the Bierstube is scheduled from 6 to 8:30 PM. Come and learn about author Matt Goldman's book, "Dead West", a continuation of the adventures of character Nils Shapiro. Bookstube is a free event to attend, and the Bierstube is located at 109 11th Street West, in Hastings.

THRIVE Virtual Book Group: THRIVE of Hastings will host a virtual book discussion group, from 6 to 8:30 PM. The book for discussion is "How To Be An Antiracist", by Angela Davis. The Zoom link will be posted on the event page of Facebook, at a link provided here.

Slaveryís Reach: Southern Slaveholders in the North Star State: The Dakota County Historical Society will host a virtual book club on the book "Slaveryís Reach: Southern Slaveholders in the North Star State" by Christopher Lehman on Thursday, August 20, at 7 PM. The discussion is offered to the public free of charge. Visit DakotaHistory.org/Events to register. Author Christopher Lehman will be present to answer questions regarding his book at the end of the event.

August 21:

Kids 'N' Kinship Bicycle Sale: The Annual Kids 'N' Kinship Bicycle Sale has been scheduled at the Dakota County Technical College. Event Organizer Rick Anderson is seeking bicycle donations for his 12th annual sale benefiting two Dakota County nonprofit organizations: Kids 'N' Kinship, and DARTS. Rick and friends clean, refurbish, and tune up the bikes before holding the big sale from 9 AM to 1 PM.

PeaceMaker Minnesota Golf Tournament: Join PeaceMaker Minnesota for an afternoon of good-spirited competition, camaraderie, prizes, and a BBQ meal, at the PeaceMaker Minnesota Golf Tournament, starting at 1 PM, at Hidden Greens Golf Course, 14425 Goodwin Ave. S., in Hastings. Proceeds will benefit PeaceMaker Minnesota's permanent fund to provide increased and sustainable funding for bullying prevention and conflict resolution education in South St. Paul Public Schools. The tournament is a four-person scramble format. Registration and complete details are available at the link provided here.

August 21 and 22:

CAF-MN Hangar Sale: Join the Commemorative Air Force Minnesota Wing for deals at their Hangar Sale to raise money for the CAF-MN museum, from 9 to 5 each day. Aircraft and vehicles will be available to tour on the ramp, weather permitting. The sale and tours will be held in Hangar 3 of Fleming Field, at 310 Airport Road, in South St. Paul.

Minnesota Autosports Club Autocross Competition: The Minnesota Autosports Club will hold its 6th autocross competition of the year, starting at 9 AM, on Saturday, August 22nd, at the Dakota County Technical College. Registration for the event is $35 for MAC members, and $45 for non-members, until Friday, August 21st. On the day of the event, registration prices increase by $5. A link to the registration page is provided here.

August 22:

Le Duc Museum Movie Night: The Dakota County Historical Society will host a museum movie night at the Le Duc Historic Estate. This outdoor event will feature the movie "National Treasure". The movie will begin at 8 PM. Attendees should bring their own chairs or blankets to sit on. For more information on the event, please visit DakotaHistory.org/Events.

Bike With A Ranger: Teens and adults are invited to Bike with a Ranger starting at Levee Park, at 9 AM. Led by a park ranger, participants will learn about the fascinating history and wildlife at easily accessible points in the park by bicycle. The trip will be a 10 mile loop starting at Levee Park in downtown Hastings. Bring a bicycle and helmet. RSVP by calling Hastings Parks and Rec, at 651-480-6182.

August 22 and 23:

St. Croix Valley Kennel Club Dog Show: Northern Lights Greyhound Adoption will once again have a booth at the St. Croix Valley Kennel Club Dog Show, held at the Washington County Fairgrounds in Lake Elmo, August 22-23. They have a nice shady spot and a tent in the vendor area. This is a two-day event and they need help to spread that greyhound love. Please bring a chair for yourself and beds for your hounds. For questions, please email DonnaB@NLGAMN.org.

August 24:

1st Annual Hastings Golf Classic1st Annual Hastings Golf Classic: The Hastings Chamber of Commerce and the Hastings YMCA are excited to partner on the 1st Annual Hastings Golf Classic, scheduled from 10 AM to 5 PM. More details on food and beverage at the tournament will be released soon. Organizers hope you will join them in supporting these two community organizations by registering a team or sponsoring today. Proceeds from the event will go to both organizations supporting local businesses and youth development. Visit YMCAMN.org/HastingsGolfClassic for complete details.

Woodbury Area Chamber of Commerce 34th Annual Scholarship Golf Tournament: The Woodbury Area Chamber of Commerce will host the 34th Annual Scholarship Golf Tournament at Prestwick Golf Course, in Woodbury. Come and support education in our community by participating in the chamber's 34th Annual Scholarship Golf Tournament as a golfer, sponsor or by donating a raffle prize. Proceeds from the event fund higher education scholarships to graduating high school seniors from the Woodbury Area. A donation is also made to the YMCA for youth summer camp programs. Register by contacting the Chamber of Commerce, at 651-578-0722.

Chalk Art Contest: The Huntington's Disease Society of America (HDSA) Upper Midwest Region is holding a kid's Chalk Art contest. Children of all ages are encouraged to draw sidewalk chalk art with a Huntington's Disease theme. Pictures of completed works can be submitted by August 24th by email to MWind@HDSA.org. There will be prizes for top winners. Learn more at HDSA.org.

August 25:

NAMI Virtual Session: NAMI Minnesota and sponsor affiliates are pleased to offer a special event to help families talk about anxiety and panic disorders. Families across Minnesota are invited to attend a free online viewing of the documentary Angst at 7 PM. This event will feature a viewing of the 56-minute film, followed by an informative panel discussion led by experts in the children's mental health field. Visit the Event page on Facebook for link details.

NAMI Film Event

TaikoArts Midwest: From 6 to 6:45 PM, come to the Rotary Pavilion at Levee Park where Performance in the Park will present TaikoArts Midwest. TaikoArts Midwest is a Minnesota based world class taiko ensemble who delivers loud, energetic performances that combine music, dance, culture, and pure athleticism. This event is free, and recommended for all ages.

August 26:

Raptors in the Park: The City of Hastings, in partnership Carpenter St. Croix Valley Nature Center, will host Raptors in the Park, from 6 to 6:45 PM, at the Rotary Pavilion in Levee Park. This live raptor presentation will include the chance to learn and see these beautiful animals in person. This is a free event, and all ages are welcome.

August 27:

Starlette's Web: The 2020 Music in the Park Series in Hastings welcomes Starlette's Web, the Midwest's only tribute band to iconic female artists of Pop, Rock, and Country music from the 80s to today, to the Rotary Pavilion, from 7 to 8:30 PM. Come to the Rotary Pavilion, located at 20 Ramsey Street for an hour-and a half of good music, friends, and the Mississippi River in the background. The Music in the Park Series is free of charge. Visit HastingsMN.gov for more information.

Finding Pre-Immigration Origins: A 3-Step Approach: The Dakota County Historical Society will host a virtual genealogy presentation called "Finding Pre-Immigration Origins: A 3-Step Approach" by Jay Fonkert, at 6:30 PM. The presentation is offered to the public free of charge in part to funding provided by the Union Pacific Foundation's COVID Relief Grant. To register, please visit DakotaHistory.org/Events.

August 29:

Alex Arnt Memorial Fundraiser: Join the Nauti Hawg Bar and Grill, in Diamond Bluff, from 9 AM to 11 PM, for their annual fundraiser for the Alex Arnt Memorial scholarship. Join them for a day of riding, food and fun. All proceeds from this benefit will go to the Alex Arnt Memorial scholarship fund set up at UWRF. Ride registration will start at 9 AM. Then come back to the Nauti Hawg for an afternoon of silent auction and raffles. Prizes include a stay at Madden's Resort, a gun, $500 dollars cash, and more. Please come out and support this cause.

Independent Bookstore Day: Independent Bookstore Day is a one-day national party that will take place at indie bookstores across the country. Every store is unique and independent, and every party is different. But in addition to authors, live music, cupcakes, scavenger hunts, kids events, art tables, readings, barbecues, contests, and other fun stuff, there are exclusive books and literary items that you can only get on that day. Fair Trade Books, at 320 Bush Street, in Red Wing, invites you to their celebration from 9 AM to 7 PM.

CNC Monarch Butterfly Tagging: Join Carpenter Nature Center for monarch butterfly tagging from 10 to 11 AM. Start by learning about the life cycle of a butterfly, their importance in the environment, and their amazing migration to Mexico. Then catch, tag, and release wild monarchs. This program is entirely outdoors, however CNC encourages face coverings for participants if 6' of social distancing cannot be maintained. The program fee is $6, or free to "Friends of CNC". An RSVP is required by calling 651-437-4359.

Mattress Sale Fundraiser: The Park HS Girls Volleyball Mattress Fundraiser is scheduled from 10 AM to 6 PM. Come get a better night's sleep at the 5th annual Park High School Girls Volleyball Mattress Fundraiser! Brand new, fully warrantied, quality name brands like Simmons Beautyrest, and Therapedic mattresses are available, priced below retail. An entire mattress store will be set up at the High School, at 8040 80th St S, Cottage Grove. Profits go directly to the Girls Volleyball Program.

Paint Your Dane: Please join Great Dane Rescue of Minnesota at Cheers Pablo from 1 to 3 PM, for a "Paint your Dane" Fund Raising Event. Great Dane Rescue of Minnesota is looking for 9 people to paint a Sanctuary Dane for decor to add to their new Sanctuary Trailer. This event is $75 with $26 going back to rescue. For tickets, visit the link provided here.

Through August 31:

"Imagine Your Story" Summer Reading Program: The Prescott Public Library will begin the "Imagine Your Story" Summer Reading Program. Participation in the program involves tracking reading time using the Beanstack app, with a link on the Prescott Library website, or by a paper log, available at the Library. Enroll this summer to Imagine Your Story. Go to PrescottPublicLibrary.org for complete details.

Summer Coloring Contest: Kids and families, here is your chance to share your creative ideas with a coloring contest about housing in our communities. The Prescott Public Library, in cooperation with St. Croix Habitat for Humanity, is conducting a virtual Summer Coloring Contest. You can request free coloring sheets at the Prescott library, or download one online at the link provided here. There will be different sheets for every age from Pre K-6th grade. Finished work can be submitted by email at Community.Outreach@SCVHabitat.org. One entry will be selected from each category for a Building Better gift bag! And one grand prize Back-to-School backpack will be awarded to each age group collectively.

SEPTEMBER

September 3:

Hastings Music in the Park: Power of 10: Hastings Music in the Park welcomes Power of 10 to the Rotary Pavilion at Levee Park, from 7 to 8:30 PM. This is a free concert, and the venue is limited to 250, due to COVID-19. For complete details, visit HastingsMN.gov.

September 6:

Hoot Fall Frenzy: The River City Music & Arts Education Foundation will host the Hoot Fall Frenzy from 3 to 7 PM, at Me and Julio's, 350 33rd Street West, in Hastings. Proceeds from the event will be used to support local youth music in the Hastings and Prescott area.

September 13:

Road to Cooperstown Golf Fundraiser: The Rosemount Irish AAA Baseball Team will host a "Road to Cooperstown" golf fundraiser, at the Emerald Greens Golf Club, 14425 Goodwin Avenue, in Hastings, starting at 8 AM. The team fundraising goal is $26,000 which helps to provide for lodging, uniforms, umpire fees and travel, and player travel stipends for the team to travel to and participate in the Cooperstown Field of Dreams, in 2021. For complete details and costs, visit the link provided here.

September 15:

Hastings Candidate Forum: The Hastings Area Chamber of Commerce and Hastings Community TV are excited to partner in hosting a local candidate forum, starting at 7 PM. The forum with feature candidates running for Hastings City Council, Wards 1 through 4, State Representative District 54B, and State Senate District 54. This event will be broadcast live on Facebook.

MN Blue Flame Gas Association Golf Networking Event: The MN Blue Flame Gas Association will host their annual Golf Networking event starting at 11AM, at the Cannon Golf Club, 8606 295th Street East, in Cannon Falls. Visit the event page on Facebook for information as it becomes available. A link is provided here.

September 16:

Hastings Area Grief Support Group : 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, this welcomes all people with opportunities to understand and express their own grief experience. The next meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, September 6th at 6 PM. Meetings are free of charge. For questions and location info, contact Dick and Donna Mathiowetz, at 651-983-0135.

September 17:

Mike Lust Charity Golf Tournament: Spare Key, an organization helping families with seriously ill or critically injured members by giving support through various housing grant payments, invites everyone to the The 11th Annual Mike Lust Charity Golf Tournament, presented by Network Title. Join in on #18HolesOfMN for this year's tournament, where each of the 18 holes will be themed after something that makes the great state of Minnesota the best. For complete details and to register, visit the link provided here.

Miesville Volunteer Fire Department Raffle: The Miesville Volunteer Fire Department will hold a raffle, with a drawing at 6 PM. Prizes include three $500 cash prizes, a $450 cash prize and many others. Tickets are now on sale from members of the Fire Department.

September 18:

HAIRitage Salon Ribbon Cutting: Join the Prescott Chamber of Commerce Ambassador's group and stop by to celebrate the new owner, Kathy Tobias, at the HAIRitage Hair & Tanning Salon. Learn more about the salon, the new services and celebrate the business! Ribbon cutting at 3 PM. HAIRitage Salon is located at 740 Albert Street.

September 19:

Hastings Citywide Cleanup: The Hastings Citywide Cleanup Event is scheduled from 8 AM to noon, and will include electronics and hazardous waste, plus household items and debris. The cleanup will be held at the Cal Ruedy Public Works Building, 1225 Progress Drive. For complete details, including a list of accepted items, visit HastingsMN.gov.

Fall Flood Run: The 2020 Fall Flood Run Motorcycle Rally is scheduled to start at 8 AM in the parking lot of the Nauti Hawg Bar and Grill, W9852 290th Avenue, in Diamond Bluff. This annual event raises money for Gillette Children's Specialty Healthcare. Visit Flood-Run.com for complete details.

Nate's Car Show and Burn Out Contest: Come to a salute to a veterans and heroes car show and burn out contest for a cause to support Nate's Community Garage. Starting at 11 AM, Nate's Community Garage is once again hosting a car show and burn out contest to raise funds to help those in need with car repairs. They are a local nonprofit community garage that serves those who are finding themselves short on necessary car repairs. Spectator tickets are $2 per person, or families for $5. Nate's Community Garage is located at 1471 310th Street Way, in Cannon Falls.

Cadybeth Craft & Gift Show: Come to the Annual Cadybeth Craft & Gift Show at the Hastings Armory, from 9 AM to 3 PM. They will have quality handmade items and business vendors with wonderful products. There are still open booth spaces for vendors. Please call 763-447-5962 to register or go to CadyBethShows.com and click on the application button.

September 20:

Kylie's Hope Golf Tournament: Kylie's Hope, an organization that provides emotional and financial support to families of children who are experiencing prolonged hospitalizations, will host their annual golf tournament starting at 1 PM, at River Oaks Golf Course, 11099 Highway 61, in Cottage Grove. Join them for a fun filled day of golf and dinner. Fun for all golfers, and dinner to follow. Teams of four golfers, and singles are welcome, and "dinner only" is an option. Cost for golfing and dinner is $100 per golfer, and dinner only is $40. Register online at KyliesHope.com.

September 26:

WiggleFest: Minnesota Boxer Rescue of Woodbury will host the 2020 WiggleFest, from 11 AM to 3 PM. The day will include a silent auction and raffles, vendors, food trucks, everyone's favorite Boxer kissing booth, and more. The event will be held at Thompson Park, 360 Butler Ave E., in West Saint Paul.

Fourth Annual Writers Festival and Book Fair: The Rosemount Area Arts Council announces a rescheduled Fourth Annual Writers Festival and Book Fair from 9 AM to 4:30 PM, at the Steeple Center, 14375 Robert Trail, in Rosemount. Join author Timothy McDonnell and others for a day-long expo of all things literary. Visit the event page on Facebook for complete details as they become available.

September 26 and 27:

Afton Art in the Park: The Afton Area Business Association has announced Afton Art in the Park. Starting at 10 AM on Saturday, and 11:30 AM on Sunday, the 42nd annual two-day outdoor local arts fair takes place in Afton's quaint, Town Square Park and features fine arts, pottery, woodwork, jewelry, photography, sculpture, fiber, plus great food and live music!

September 27:

HPAAC Virtual Gala: The HPAAC 8th Annual Gala will be held virtually this year, on Sunday, September 27th. No tickets are required, but check out the link provided herefor more information on auction items and sponsorship opportunities. Funds raised at the annual gala are used to assist local groups, while also assisting in scholarships for youth and adults music lessons and participation in formal groups. HPAAC has given funds in the past to the YMCA, Hastings Schools and Community Ed, Our Saviour's Lutheran Church and Hastings Family Service to provide summer programs for Hastings youth.

OCTOBER

October 9:

Fairy Wonderland Trivia Night: Come join Healing Play for a fun night of Trivia at their 3rd Annual Trivia Event, at the Old Ptacek's Event Center, 1449 Orrin Road, in Prescott. All proceeds will go toward building Fairy Wonderland Park! Doors open at 5 PM to view and start bidding on the Silent Auction Items. A taco bar will included with your ticket and will be available from 5:00 to 6:30. They will have a live auction for the VIP table and then Trivia will start at 6:30 pm. Register online only. No tickets will be sold at the door. A link to register is provided here.

October 10:

Car Show Trunk Or Treat: Nate's Community Garage, located at 1717 N Highway 20, in Cannon Falls, will host a Car Show Trunk Or Treat and Family Day, starting at 11 AM. This will be a family fun filled day, with Bingo for cash and prizes, and a fantastic DJ to play all the favorites. Nate's Community Garage is a new 501(c)(3) nonprofit in Minnesota which will serve those who live in Dakota, Goodhue or Rice counties. We will serve those who fall below the poverty lines as well as any Veteran, which will ensure that they receive repairs to their vehicle, which otherwise might not be affordable. For more info, see the event page on Facebook.

October 19:

Crisp Days of Fall All Handmade Craft Show: The Crisp Days of Fall All Handmade Craft Show is scheduled from 10 AM to 3 PM, at the VFW Red Barn, 9260 East Point Douglas Road, in Cottage Grove. Come, sip, shop, eat, and enjoy a day out with friends. Admission and parking are free of charge, and the event is family friendly.

ONGOING

Through Summer:

Dragons: Return of the Ice Sorceress: The Prescott Public Library invites scientists of all ages to visit the Library's website for "Dragons: Return of the Ice Sorceress", starting on June 17th and running all summer long. Explore the exciting science of solids, liquids and gases as Science Tellers conduct amazing experiments with dry ice. Discover just how "cool" matter can be. A link to the program is provided here.

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 Geocaching.com 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 DakotaCounty.us.

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.

Hastings Youth Impact Council: The Hastings Youth Impact Council (YIC) is a Hastings High School student organization that provides leadership training and service opportunities for high school students. Participants have a chance to serve both in the school and the community. Projects and activities are brought to the group based on student interest and community requests. Monthly meetings are held before school and additional committee meetings are scheduled throughout the year. For more information, contact Paige Marschall Bigler at 651-480-6182, or Phil Vargas at 651-480-6181.

Page Turner Adventures: The Prescott Public Library invites readers to visit their special password protected Summer Library Program page for Page Turner Adventures every day. A new video will be posted each day, Monday through Friday, featuring comedy theater, crafts, games, author visits, special guests, and more. The password to access the videos will be available starting June 15th, at PrescottPublicLibrary.org.

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 Invent.org/Camp. Classes are taught by St. Joseph School teachers. Select St. Joseph School as your camp location.

Camp Invention Connect At-Home : District 196 Community Education invites students in grades K through 6 to try out the Camp Invention Connect At-Home program. Let your imaginations soar! Receive four exciting activity kits packed full of materials to get outside and be active. Explore concepts of flight, tackle environmental challenges, build the ultimate sports complex, design the next great invention and gain confidence as innovators and entrepreneurs! This flexible program reinvents distance learning, it can be screen-free and self-led, or it can be enhanced through online collaboration sessions with coaches and fellow participants. Visit Invent.org/Programs/Camp-Invention or call 800-968-4332 to register.

Stone Soup Summer Activity Challenge: Stone Soup Thrift Shop, in St. Paul Park, is hosting a Summer Activity Challenge for children aged 5 to 14. There are weekly check-ins at Stone Soup Thrift Shop along with weekly giveaways! Complete as many of the daily activities each week and the kids with the most activities will be entered to win a prize including a chance at winning a brand new bicycle! The more activities that are completed, the more of a chance to qualify. For complete details and to register, email StoneSoupThrift@yahoo.com.

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!

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.

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 SOV.church/Connect to join them for an epic railway adventure.

Sports Camp: Shepherd of the Valley Church, at 14107 Hudson Road, in Afton, will host a week long Sports Camp, from 9 AM to noon. Kids who have completed grades 3-6 are invited for this wild week of sports in collaboration with FCA. Try your hand at some new sports and have fun playing a few games you already know! Register today at SOV.church/connect.

Through August 31:

Monday Twilight Golf League: A Monday Twilight League at River Oaks Golf Course in Cottage Grove begins on Monday, June 22nd. Starting at 5: 30 PM, teams of 4 will tee off on 9-hole rounds in a friendly-competitive Best Ball format. League entry is $49 per person to join. Each round is $22 to walk / push cart, $35 with a cart. Pay as you play each round of the season. Register at TwilightGolfAssociation.com.

Monday:

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 HastingsCommunityEd.com.

Tuesday:

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.

Tuesdays, Through August 18:

Newport T-Ball: The Newport Parks Board is planning to host T-Ball games this summer, on Tuesdays, starting at 6 PM. Any person who is interested in coaching or helping teach kids how to play t-ball is encouraged to contact Travis Brierley via email at TBrierley@NewportMN.com. The games will be played on the North Field of the Newport Elementary School playground.

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 CottageGroveChamber.org.

Wednesdays:

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.

Thursday:

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 Through August 7:

Farmington Puppet Wagon : The Farmington Puppet Wagon will be out in the community. In addition to the show they will also feature snail mail and activities themed to the show. For details and show locations, visit the link provided here.

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 CarpenterNatureCenter.org.

Saturday:

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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