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Dakota Park Reservations Open The time is coming to plan your next big camping trip or weekend getaway at Dakota County parks. Online reservations for Lebanon Hills and Lake Byllesby campgrounds will open March 1 at 10 a.m. You can reserve your spot and start planning your spring and summer campouts. For more information and to create an online account, please visit the Reservations & Passes page . A link can be found on the Dakota County Website under the

March 24:

Spay Neuter Assistance Clinic:The Minnesota Spay Neuter Assistance Program, a non-profit organization providing high quality and low cost spaying and neutering services will have a clinic set up on Friday, March 24th at Three Rivers Trailer Park. The organization seeks to assist underserved and low-income communities, along with shelter animals and feral cat populations with their services. People must qualify financially to use the service and the process to qualify is fairly easy. Appointment slots typically fill fast. Please contact MN SNAP at 612-720-8236 or online at to sign up or for more information.

March 25:

Cottage Grove KidFest:The popular Youth Activities Expo is now Kid Fest. The popular event will be held on Saturday, March 25th at the Cottage Grove Recreation and Ice Arena from 9am until noon. Attendees will learn about opportunities for youth, including Baseball, Girl Scouts, Running Club, Kids Care, and many other activities for children to take part in this summer. Information will be provided by vendors who will have information on registration. Down on the turf kids will be able to run, play and sample the activities. There will also be concessions, an inflatable relay obstacle course and music. The Arena is located at 8020 80th Street South in Cottage Grove.

March 26:

St. Mary's Spaghetti Dinner: The All you can Eat Spaghetti Dinner fundraiser will take place a St. Mary's Catholic Church in New TRier, this Sunday, March 26th from 3 -6:30 pm. Games, prizes and other family fun will also be part of the fundraiser for St. Mary's and St. Mathias Faith Formation programs. Tickets are 30 dollars per family or singularly 8 dollars each for those 13 and above, 5 dollars for children 6-12 and no charge for children under 5.

March 25 and 26:

Railroad Days in Randolph: Organizers for the 2017 Randolph Railroad Days announce the dates have been set to celebrate all things trains on Saturday March 25th and Sunday March 26th at the Randolph Area Historical Society. This year, there will even be train rides on Saturday. Tickets for those rides on a passenger train will be sole on a first come-first served basis with a small charge benefiting the Randolph School. Departures will take place from the rail yard and a short trip thru the Randolph Grainery facility. This will be a family fun event with more details on plans to be announced soon.

March 26:

Prescott Fire Hall Pancake Breakfast:The Prescott Fire Department will host six Sunday morning pancake Breakfasts continuing until April 9th. The breakfasts feature pancakes, sausage, scrambled eggs and French Toast in addition to beverages. Cost for adults is 6 dollars, 5 dollars for seniors, children under 12, 4 dollars and those under five are free. The breakfasts are held at the Prescott Fire Hall and the April 9th event will include a visit from the Easter Bunny. Tickets for the Golf Cart Raffle will also be available for purchase each Sunday, with the drawing to be held during Prescott Daze in September.

March 27:

Showchoir Season Finale Performances: Two performances to conclude the competition season for all three Hastings Show Choirs. Advance tickets will be available in early March at the Welcome desk on the lower level of the HHS. Showtimes are 6 and 8 PM.

March 27:

AAUW March Meeting:The Hastings AAUW will host their March meeting at St. Phillips Lutheran church on Monday, March 27th. Two speakers will attend the gathering to address protection from scams.Marit Anne Peterson is the director for the Minnesota Elder Justice Center and Laurie Thrush is the Senior Program coodinator for Hastings Public Schools. Each will provide tips and information on consumer protections for Seniors as well as present an introduction to programs and activities available to Seniors in our community.

March 28:

Loop Bus Tuesday: This community transportation runs from 9 am until 2 pm. Cost is 5 dollars for unlimited access during the loop which visits 15 stops throughout Hastings. Stop by City Hall, The Hastings Area Chamber, KDWA Radio And Tilden community Center for a copy of the schedule.

March 28:

Hastings Tastings: Held at SEAS church banquet hall, this fundraiser is part of March Foodshare Month and features chefs from kitchens all over the Hastings Area. From Entrees to appetizers and desserts, guests are treated to sample sized portions of some of the best food in town. Tickets are $35 prior to March 28 and $40 at the door. Proceeds Benefit Hastings Family Service.

March 30:

Author At BreakAway Arts Cafe: The BreakAway Arts and BreakAway Cafe` Authors Series continues with author Carl Wergyn and an evening with his book “Jesus of Nebraska”, a novel that combines elements of “A Prairie Home Companion”, TV crime drama, New Thought philosophy, the New Testament, and a healthy dose of family and friendship. The evening begins with a social hour at 6PM, and the presentation of the book by the author from 7 to 8:30 PM. Admission is free. For more information contact the BreakAway Café at 651-437-3739, or the studio at 651-437-3779.

March 30:

Healthy Living Community Initiative:On Thursday, March 30th at 6:30 PM, a Living Healthy Community Initiative Table Talk will take place at Resurrection United Methodist Church in Hastings. The evening will provide engaging practical insights and connections to help raise awareness of choices in education and lifestyle to help improve healthful living. Resurrection Methodist Church is located at 615 W 15th Street in Hastings. For more information contact Dean Markuson at 651-438-2208.

March 30-31:

YMCA Open House:The Hastings YMCA will host a community open house from 9 a.m. until 7 p.m. on Thursday and Friday,March 30-31.Community members can access the Y for free during the open house period to learn more about programs that serve kids, teens, families, adults and seniors. Visitors will have access to group fitness classes for all ages and abilities, high-quality aquatics programs, state-of-the-art fitness equipment, free supervised activities for kids while parents work out, and more. In addition to free access to the Y, community members can receive a blood pressure check and body composition test to begin the path toward health and wellness. Visitors must present photo identification to enter the Y. To learn more about the Y, visit


April 1:

VFW State Cribbage Tournament:The MN Veterans Home is the location this years State VFW Cribbage Tournament. The tournament will be held on Saturday, April 1st. Registration begins at 8:30 AM. Games will start at 9. A 20-dollar entry fee includes lunch. All fees collected will be used for prize money for the tournament. To RSVP or for more information call 651-539-2442.

April 1-30:

Eco Experience at PHL:An Eco Experience Traveling Display will be on site at the Pleasant Hill Library during the month of April. Visitors wil see and interact with the exhibit that identifies resources designed to help communities weather a changing climate. The exhibit will begin on Saturday, April 1st continuting thru Sunday, April 30th. Presented during normal library hours by the Minnesota State Library and the Minnesot Pollution Control Agency.

April 1:

Flemming Fold Musical Group: The group of talented musicians combine styles found in Bluegrass, County,Old Tyme and Gospel with Alpine folk music for a family friendly concert sure to set your toes to tapping! Tickets for the 7 pm concert can be found at Prices are $15 dollars in advance or $20 at the door. Presented as part of the Featured Concert Series for subscribers of the Hastings Arts Center Season Pass.

April 2:

Prescott Fire Hall Pancake Breakfast:The Prescott Fire Department will host six Sunday morning pancake Breakfasts continuing until April 9th. The breakfasts feature pancakes, sausage, scrambled eggs and French Toast in addition to beverages. Cost for adults is 6 dollars, 5 dollars for seniors, children under 12, 4 dollars and those under five are free. The breakfasts are held at the Prescott Fire Hall and the April 9th event will include a visit from the Easter Bunny. Tickets for the Golf Cart Raffle will also be available for purchase each Sunday, with the drawing to be held during Prescott Daze in September.

April 3:

Storytime for Babies : This family fun event will provide Stories, songs, bounces and playtime make this storytime perfect for children newborn to 24 months and their caregivers. Designed for children Ages: 0-2, the activity takes place at the Pleasant Hill Library on Monday, April 3, from 10:45 AM - 11:30 AM.

April 3:

Pleasant Hill Book Group: The Pleasant Hill Book Group will meet at the Pleasant Hill Library on Monday, April 3rd from 6:30 to 7:30 PM

You can join their monthly book discussion group to delve into the details of a good book. This month will be Sweetbitter by Stephanie Danler.

April 3 and 4:

Blood Drive At OSEL:A community blood drive will take place at Our Saviours Lutheran Church on Monday April 3 between11:30am and 5:30pm and again on Tuesday, April 4th between 1 and 7 pm. To make an appointment go to or call Gail Carstenson at 651 -248-1173.

April 5:

DCTC Season Opener: Students can expect to swing for the fences on Wednesday, April 5, from 3 p.m. till 7 p.m. at Dakota County Technical College’s Enrollment Season Opener. The open house event gives students the chance to explore their main campus in Rosemount and get classes squared away for summer session and fall semester. The DCTC Enrollment Season Opener is a great way to find out more about this local post secondary education opportunity. Details on specific programs and courses available can be found online at

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. This highly sought-after group are 3 guys that play more than 30 instruments, besides providing incredible entertainment and fun for the whole family. Not to be missed. Tickets available at the door if you are not a concert association member.

April 7:

One Night In Memphis Tribute concert: Shepherd Center is proud to present One Night in Memphis, the tribute to legendary Sun Records recording artists Carl Perkins, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis and Elvis Presley. The concert takes place on Friday, April 7th at the Cannon Falls High School Auditorium, with all proceeds going to Shepherd Center of the Cannon Valley. Doors open at 6 with the show to begin at 7. Over 90 minutes of rockabilly, country, gospel and pure 1950s rock and roll music performed live.Tickets are $35 and currently available at Shepherd Center, at the pharmacy at Econo Foods, at Cannon Valley Video and Tanning and online For more information, call Shepherd’s Center at 507-263-2136.

April 8:

Night at the Jazz Club: Vocal Jazz and Jazz l and ll, will be featured in performances at the Hastings Arts Center, 216 E. 4th Street. Tickets will be available prior to the concert at the High School. Showtimes are 6 and 8:30 PM.

April 8:

Benefit for Brianna Kinneman: A fundraiser will take place at the Prescott Confluence Event Center (old Ptacek's building in Prescott) from 2-10PM that will welcome the community to help this young woman gain a new normal following a horrific crash that occurred last Fall, and resulted in the loss of both legs. For more information or to find out how you can donate, email

April 8:

Breakfast with the Easter Bunny: The Hastings Rivertown Lions invite you to Breakfast with the Easter Bunny on Saturday, April 8th, from 8 to10:30 AM at the Knights of Columbus Hall in Hastings. Enjoy breakfast, bunny visits, games, drawings, and an adult raffle. Admission is $5 for children and $6 for adults. Tickets will be available at the door. For more information contact Jane Lightbourn, 651-437-8764.

April 9:

Prescott Fire Hall Pancake Breakfast:The Prescott Fire Department will host six Sunday morning pancake Breakfasts continuing until April 9th. The breakfasts feature pancakes, sausage, scrambled eggs and French Toast in addition to beverages. Cost for adults is 6 dollars, 5 dollars for seniors, children under 12, 4 dollars and those under five are free. The breakfasts are held at the Prescott Fire Hall and today's event will include a visit from the Easter Bunny. Tickets for the Golf Cart Raffle will also be available for purchase each Sunday, with the drawing to be held during Prescott Daze in September.

April 11:

Old Time Medicine: The Denmark Township Historical Society will present Old Time Medicine, a look at early medicine and medical practices that were part of the rural landscape in Washington county. Ken Marten will be the featured speaker for this free event held from 7-9 pm on Tuesday,April 11th at the Denmark Town Hall.    

April 12:

Empty Bowls Fundraiser: The Art students from Hastings High School will offer specially created bowls for sale and also provide this soup supper to enrich the community. More than 300 unique bowls will be available to choose from. Contact coordinator Art Teacher Bert Casperson for more information. Doors open at 4:30. Sale begins at 5PM.

April 12:

Health Partners Living Longer, Living Better: The Dakota County Healthy Communities Collaborative, along with Health Partners Institute, is proud to announce a symposium on Living Longer: The Power and Possibilities of Healthy Minds and Supported Caregiving on Wednesday, April 12th from 8AM to Noon. The session aims to help you learn about the adult mental health first aid for older adults course, resources available to caregivers, how faith communities provide support, programs that aid caregivers, and how clinics approach mental health services. There will also be a segment on memory cafes and what they offer for caregivers and their loved ones. The symposium will be held at the Dakota Lodge at Thompson Park, 1200 Stassen Lane, in West St. Paul. Early registration is encouraged with a fee of 25 dollars. Registration after April 1st is $50. Register online at For more information, contact the Health Partners Institute at 952-933-3531.

April 18:

Ukranian Egg Art Activity:

See demonstrations of various art techniques by local artists at the Ukranian Egg Art activity presented by Break Away Arts on Tuesday, April 18th from 4-6 PM. Free opportunity is sponsored by the Hastings Friends of the Library. Held from 4-6 pm on Tuesday, April 18th.

April 19:

Storytime for 2 to 6 Year oldsHeld at the Pleasant Hill Library, this event takes place on Wednesday , April 19th and gives children ages 2-6 and their siblings a chance to Read, play, sing, talk and write together with stories and activities to develop early literacy skills for kids and families. Siblings are welcome. Time is 10:30 to 11:am. Ages: 2-6.

April 19:

Storytime for 2 to 6 year olds at PHL:Storytime for 2 to 6 Year olds will be Held at the Pleasant Hill Library, this event takes place on Wednesday April 19th and gives children ages 2-6 and their siblings a chance to Read, play, sing, talk and write together with stories and activities to develop early literacy skills for kids and families. Siblings are welcome. Time is 10:30 to 11:am. Ages: 2-6.

April 19:

Highway Cleanup with CNC:The Carpenter Nature Center announces the annual Adopt-a-Highway Spring Roadside Cleanup that will take place on Wednesday, April 19th, beginning at 5:30 pm. Volunteers are encouraged to bring gloves and a small rake or litter grabber to make the task easier. Meet at Carpenter Nature for directions to clean up site.. Call 651-437-4359 to sign up or just arrive ready to help.

April 20:

Hastings Middle School Play: Held in the Middle School Auditorium. Begins at 7PM.

April 21:

Classic Cocktail Hour at the LeDuc:The LeDuc Historic Estate will host a celebration of the classic cocktail hours of the 1940's and 50's during a special tasting held at the Leduc on Friday April 21st from 7-9pm.. The Minnfabulous Vintage Lovers will be joining guests to share some of the great fashions of the era and add their unique color to this event. Pairings to cocktails will be unique to this era, as will the music filling the hall. Tickets are priced at 40 dollars for cocktails and a special menu. Call 651-438-8480 to reserve your place.

April 21:

Malone Carnival Night: The Malone Parent Committee will host their annual School Carnival on Friday evening, April 21st .This year the event will take place at Malone Intermediate from 6-8:30 pm. The proceeds benefit several projects that the committee funds during the upcoming year. Businesses are invited to get involved by sponsoring an interactive game or activity providing staff to operate the game and a small treat or prize for those who play. Each business is give a space to set up a display or table and there is no charge for a booth. Players will purchase tickets to use at each game. Set up time is from 4-5:30. Interested persons should contact Carnival Chair Bradi Riley at 715-441-1166 or by email at . They need to hear from those wanting a space as soon as possible to reserve a spot. Those who want to participate but can't be there to man a booth, might consider donating a prize for the silent auction or a cash donation that will go towards the effort.

April 22:

Daddy Daughter Dance: Get your dancing shoes polished! Hastings Community Education announces the Daddy Daughter Dance on Saturday, April 22nd at the Hastings Middle School. The dance theme is Be Our Guest and will be held from 5 PM to 7:30 PM. Registration is now open. A change this year, there will not be a dinner served, instead a giant dessert bar, treats, activities and a swag bag will be provided for attendees. Early bird Registration until March 17th. $30 per couple plus $5 per extra daughter. Registrations received between March 18 and April 19 will be $35 per couple and $40 at the door. For Daughters ages 3-13 and their special dads. Register online at or at the office located in the Tilden Community Center.

April 22:

Hastings Area Birding Day: The Hastings Area Earth Day Birding Festival will be held on Saturday, April 22nd beginning at 8AM at Carpenters Nature Center. Celebrate birds and conservation with the Hastings Environmental Protectors who will provide classes and demonstrations featuring raptors, birding techniques and bird banding. Participate in the Youth Birding Competition and accompany the guided bird trips throughout the Hastings Area. Event fee is just 5 dollars per person or 15 dollars with the addition of a box lunch. RSVP's are required. Call 651-437-4359 to join the fun.

April 22-23:

Luther College Collegiate Concerts: The Luther College Collegiate Chorale will perform two concerts in Hastings as part of their 2017 Midwest Tour. The first concert will take place at the Hastings Arts Center on Saturday , Aprill 22nd beginning at 7 PM. Tickets are available online at The second concert will be hosted by the congregation of St. Phillips's Lutheran Church 1401 15th Street West, in Hastings on Sunday, April 23rd at 8:30 am. That concert is free and open to the public. Andrew Last will conduct the Chorale. Luther Collage is located in Decorah, Iowa and has produced award winning choirs that have performed in concert the world over.

April 27:

Rowan Glaser at Break Away Cafe:Author and artist Rowan Glaser will share her insights to personal freedom during a presentation at the BreakAway Café on Thursday, April 27th featuring readings from her book, “Motorcycles, Madness & Miracles” as well as a slideshow of custom painted motorcycles from the past 25 years of her career. The evening starts with a social hour at 6PM. The presentation runs from 7 to 8:30 PM. Rowan Glaser is a multimedia artist working in custom motorcycle painting, fine art, writing, photography, stained glass and nature elements. Her work has been exhibited in galleries and museums in the United States and her motorcycle paint jobs have been featured in magazines worldwide. Glaser will also be at the Café on Saturday, April 22nd throughout the day.

April 29:

Hootenany Vlll: Downtown Hastings will be jumping with nearly 50 musical acts that will take to the stages, floors and front windows of the Busted Nut Bar and Grill, 2nd Street Depot, the Hastings American Legion,The Onion Grille and Vista Rio to raise money for the Hastings Middle School Music Program. Suggested donation of just 5 dollars per venue will allow a huge variety of tunes and over 100 performers for this annual event. More details to come!

April 29:

Cottage Grove Arbor Day Event:Cottage Grove residents are invited to join staff and help install a tree plantation as this year’s Arbor Day project. The event will take place on Saturday, April 29 from 9 to 11 a.m. at Highlands Park, 6975 Idsen Avenue S. Crews will also be planting 135 plants around the pond located on the west side of the park. The plants will help minimize the number of geese that make their way up on the grassy area of the park.     Bring shovels, work gloves, and mud boots for a morning of planting to enhance the park. Some gardening tools will be available for those that need them. Residents are also encouraged to remove buckthorn from their property to help promote a healthier urban forest. Call 651-458-2844 by 3 p.m. on April 28 to schedule a curbside pickup which will take place on May 1st and 2nd.

April 29:

What's PORN Got to Do With Sex Trafficking:April is Sexual Violence Awareness Month. CEASE, the Coalition to End All Sexual Exploitation, will team with 360 Communities for a community seminar entitled, Sex Trafficking: What's Porn got to do with it. The public meeting will take place at Hastings High School on Saturday morning April 29 from 9:30-11:30 am .Sgt. Grant Snyder, Minneapolis PD and expert in the field of sex trafficking will speak on the connection between Porn and Sex Trafficking.

April 29:

Wildflower Walk:The Dakota County Parks Department invites all hikers and nature lovers to a Wildflower Walk through the Miesville Ravine Park Preserve on Saturday, April 29th from 1 to 3 PM. Take a hike when the spring wildflowers are in full bloom, and learn to identify them. The hike is open to ages 16 and over at a cost of 8 dollars per person. For more information and to register call 952-891-7000 and reference activity number 111403-01.

April 30-May 1:

Auditions for Summer Musical Annie: The Great River Road Theatre announces Auditions for the Summer Musical which will be performed from July 13-23. for more information and also how you can help behind the scenes, contact President Judy Johnson- 715-425-7969.


May 5 and 6:

Hastings City-Wide Garage Sale:The Hastings City-wide Garage Sale is planned for May 5th and 6th. Journey around our fine City to locate great deals on gently used household items and general merchandise. If you would like to be listed on the garage sale map, please contact the Rivertown Multimedia Classifieds Department at 1-888-425-2220.

May 5 and 6:

Hastings First Presbyterian Church Garage Sale: The First Presbyterian Church of Hastings will hold its garage sale May 5 and 6th. Organizers hope that those wanting to donate to the sale, will start collecting items to prepare them to be brought to the church during the week prior to the sale. For more information on acceptable items, please call the church- 651-437-9656.

May 5,6 and 7:

High School Musical: Les Miserables is this year's play. Tickets available at the door. Prices vary. Hastings High School Auditorium. Friday and Saturday Curtain at 7PM, Sunday Matinee at 2 PM.

May 6:

Birding and Biking at Spring Lake Park:A morning birding and biking session is scheduled at the Spring Lake Park Preserve on Saturday, May 6th from 8 to 10 AM. Join the Dakota County Parks Department and learn about birds along the Spring Lake Park Preserve segment of the Mississippi River Trail. Participants will bring their own bikes and helmet and the parks Department will provide scopes and binoculars. This activity is open to ages 16 and older. Cost is 18 dollars per person and will start at the West Shelter. For more information and to register call 952-891-7000 and reference activity number 111707-01.

May 6:

Parks and Trails Clean Up: Join the Hastings Parks and Recreation department for the annual spring park and trails cleanup event that will take place on Saturday Morning May 6th beginning at 9 AM. Groups and individuals are encourged to join the effort to rid local parks of refuse and litter left over from the winter. The annual event is coordinated by Event specialist Paige Marschall. Sign up by April 14th to help get the parks and trails ready for spring use. Register online or by calling Paige at 651-480-6182.

May 13:

Mother's Day High Tea at the LeDuc:Now is the time to make reservations for a beautiful 4-course high tea which is designed especially to honor mothers. The Leduc Historic Estate will once again hold a high tea complete with samplings of three teas, the signature fresh fruit plate garnished with dark chocolate ganache, tea sandwiches, scones, and an elegant dessert. This tea will begin at 3:30 p.m. on May 13, 2017. In addition to the fine food there will be music, a tour of the house, and the modeling of clothing that was worn when the LeDucs lived in the house. There will be an interpretive program on china and teapots, their production and care. Reservations are required for this event and should be made by calling 651-438-8480. Space is limited and reservations do fill quickly. Cost of the tea is $35 per person, with a special 5 dollar discount for members of the Dakota County Historical Society.

May 13:

Sculpting at Schaars Bluff:Artistry will be holding a clay art session on Saturday, May 13th, from 9AM to Noon at Schaars Bluff Gathering Center at Spring Lake Park Preserve. Come and create a bird sculpture, and a bird house or feeder out of clay while you learn basic ceramic hand building techniques. This event is open to ages 16 and older and is free of charge. However, registration is required. For more information and to register call 952-891-7000 and reference activity number 110201-02.

May 13:

Practice Race for Apple Blossom Races: A practice run will be held for the popular Carpenter Nature Center sponsored Apple Blossom Race today beginning at 9 AM. Car pool from CNC to the start at St. Croix Bluffs REgional Park then run the 10K race route. The course for this practice run is on paved roads and CNC's trail system. There is no Admission fee, however, space is limited so RSVP to 651-437-4359.

May 18:

7th and 8th Grade Vocal Concert: Held at the Hastings Middle School. Time is 7:30 pm. No charge for this end of year concert.

May 20:

Garden Party Plant Sale At Freedom Park: The Volunteer Gardeners at Prescott's Freedom Park will present their annual Garden Party Plant Sale from 9 am to 3 pm on Saturday, May 20th This is a great fundraiser with all proceeds go towards supporting Freedom Park's beautiful grounds, improving the environmental footprint, and developing educational experiences for folks of all ages.A wide variety of annuals, perennials, natives, herbs, and vegetables will be available along with garden art, container gardens and baskets. Also offered, A free Kids Planting Activity where kids can plant and take home a seedling to take care of. This year they are also bringing back the popular Garden Garage Sale Area, filled with wonderful items to reuse, reimagine, replant and more! For questions, please call 715-262-0104.

May 20:

Prom Grand March:Hastings HS. 4PM.Seating in the Field HOuse.

May 20:

Mississippi River Trail Grand Opening:The Dakota County Parks Department is proud to announce the Grand Opening of the Mississippi River Trail segment at Spring Lake Park Preserve. A celebration will be held at the Schaars Bluff Gathering Center on Saturday, May 20th, from 9AM to noon. This event is free of charge.

May 21:

Apple Blossom Races at CNC:The Carpenter Nature Center sponsors the 32nd annual Apple Blossom Races held this year on Sunday, May 21st beginning at 8AM. The 5K Run/Walk is a straight route down St. Croix Trail, the 10K is partially on the road then weaves through the CNC's woodlands and savannahs. The signature race is the Half Marathon which challenges runners on the path thru the St. Croix Valley Orchards alng the hilly countryside. There is also a free 2K Fun Run that is held after the other races, beginning at 11AM. Event fees range from 42 dollars for the half marathon to 32 dollars for the 5 and 10 K. Preregistration is now open on the website or come to the nature center to pick up a form. Race Day registration is also possible, with an extra 8 dollar fee added to race fees. Those wishing to be involved as a sponsor should contact Andrew at 651-437-4359.


June 1:

7 and 8th Grade Band Concert: Held at the Hastings Middle School. Start time is 7:30 to allow athletes to finish practice before the concert. No admission fee.

June 8:

Last Day of School: Hastings High School Last Day

June 9:

Graduation Day: Hastings High School Class of 2017- held on Todd Field. If weather conditions cause change, the event will take place in the Hastings HS Field House.

June 24:

Benefit for Danielle Lindquist: A benefit for Danielle Lindquist will be held at the 2nd Street Depot on Saturday, June 24th beginning at 2 PM. Danielle was involved in an auto accident in February and friends and family want to help out in whatever way they can. They invite you to join them and Do It for Dani. Several ways to help will involve purchase of silent auction items, meat raffles, food and drink tickets and much more. Donations can be dropped of at 2nd Street Depot before June 10th.


July 13:

Red Ribbon Ride Stops in Hastings:A group of motorcyclists have planned a stopover in Hastings this summer to raise support and awareness of HIV/AIDS service agencies in Minnesota. The Red Ribbon Ride is a fully supported 4 day, 300 mile bike ride that will raise vital funds for HIV/AID services, treatment, prevention and awareness. Red Ribbon Ride 2017 will take place on July 13 through July 16, 2017. Whether you are a first-time rider, experienced veteran, looking for a physical challenge, enjoy cycling through Minnesota or have a connection to the cause the Red Ribbon Ride is open to you. They invite riders to learn more and join them. The group plans to arrive in Hastings on Thursday, July 13th between the hours of 9 am and noon. They will gather at Christa McAuliffe Elementary School and hope the community will come out to welcome them. More information can be found at

July 19:

Archery Camp:An Archery Camp for youths aged 8 to 12 is planned for the Lower Spring Lake Park Preserve Archery Shelter from Wednesday to Friday, July19th to the 21st, from 9AM to noon. Learn the basics of archery, including proper technique, range safety, and target practice under the supervision of a National Archery in the Schools Program certified instructor. Cost for the three-day camp is 75 dollars per camper. Equipment will be provided. For more information and to register call 952-891-7000 and reference activity number 110402-01.

July 22:

Archery 101:The Lower Spring Lake Park Preserve invites you to explore the park, learn the basics of archery and how to navigate using a GPS during the Backwood Recreation event on Saturday, July 22nd, at the Archery Shelter. This event is open to ages 16 and older and costs 40 dollars per person. Equipment will be provided. For more information and to register call 952-891-7000 and reference activity number 110416-02.

August 21:

Regina Classic Golf Tournament:The Regina Classic Annual Charity Golf Tournament. The tournament will be held on Monday, August 21st at the Dakota Pines Golf Course. Registration will begin at 11:30 AM with tee off at 1PM. This exciting event includes lunch, a round of golf, a social hour, dinner, and a silent auction. The tournament is a fun and relaxing golf outing in the foursome scramble style. Golfers of all ages and handicaps are encouraged to participate. The Regina Foundation is the host, and they are also looking for donations for the silent auction. All proceeds benefit the patients and residents of Regina Hospital and Regina Senior Living in Hastings. For more information please contact the Regina Foundation at 651-404-1104.


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