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JANUARY

January 1- January 31, 2018:

Holiday Light Recycling by ProAct: Below is a list of the Holiday Lights Recycling program done by ProAct at their Eagan Faciltiy. The program ends January 31.Holiday lights, appliance cords and household lights should not be placed in regular garbage or recycling containers. The program continues thru the holidays until January 31st. ProAct cannot accept cord adapters, battery packs, plastic rope lights, CFL lights, light fixtures, trees and garland. Anything that is pre-lit needs to have the light strands removed from the item and the item disposed of separately by the consumer, she said.All the work and income from the processed material will benefit individuals with disabilities in its programs. Drop Off bins are located in these area communities:

Apple Valley: at the Dakota County Western Service Center; 14955 Galaxie Avenue

Cannon Falls; at D & G ACE Hardware;31265 County Road 24

Eagan: at Lebanon Hills Visitors Center; 860 Cliff Road

and at ProAct, Inc.3195 Neil Armstrong Boulevard at the west of main entrance, near garage)

Farmington: City Hall- 430 Third Street; Farmington Liquor Store;18350 Pilot Knob Road Farmington Liquor Store-109 Elm Street

and at the Rambling River Center, 325 Oak Street

Hastings: The Dakota County Admin. Service Ctr.,1590 Highway 55; at Hastings City Hall- 101 4th Street East

at Hometown ACE Hardware;1355 South Frontage Road-Sterling Drug, 1399 South Frontage Road and at Terry's Hardware

375 33rd Street W

Hudson, Wis. ProAct-1202 Beaudry Boulevard

Inver Grove Heights; ACE Hardware & Paint- 3098 65th Street East; at the City of Inver Grove Heights- 8150 Barbara Avenue

Inver Grove Veterans Memorial Community Center- 8055 Barbara Avenue East

Rosemount- City of Rosemount-Community Center-13885 South Robert Trail and at Terry's Hardware14635 S Robert Trail

South St. Paul- City Hall City of South St. Paul-125 3rd Avenue North

January:

Volunteers Needed at Hastings Family Service: Volunteers are always appreciated to help with processing donations at Hastings Family Service. Any amount of time is helpful in doing a wide variety of tasks. Great opportunity to bring a small church group, neighbors or friends for a few hours of community service and connections. Contact Ali and join them in this meaningful work. Call 651-437-7134 for more information.

Ongoing Every Thursday:

Circle of Connection Networking Group:The Circle of Connections networking group meets at 7 AM every Thursday morning at the River Oaks Golf Club on Highway 61, south of Cottage Grove. Information is available by calling Genesis Financial at 651-738-0813

Ongoing Every First Wednesday:

Hastings Breast Cancer Support Group This group meets from 10 to 11:30 AM on the first Wednesday of every month at the Hastings Burger King at 100 33rd Street West. Everyone is welcome to this casual group.Spouses and family also encouraged to attend.

Ongoing:

Volunteers Needed at Hastings Family Service: Volunteers are always appreciated to help with processing donations at Hastings Family Service. Any amount of time is helpful in doing a wide variety of tasks. Great opportunity to bring a small church group, neighbors or friends for a few hours of community service and connections. Contact Ali and join them in this meaningful work. Call 651-437-7134 for more information.

Ongoing Every Thursday:

Circle of Connection Networking Group:The Circle of Connections networking group meets at 7 AM every Thursday morning at the River Oaks Golf Club on Highway 61, south of Cottage Grove. Information is available by calling Genesis Financial at 651-738-0813

Ongoing Every First Wednesday:

Hastings Breast Cancer Support Group This group meets from 10 to 11:30 AM on the first Wednesday of every month at the Hastings Burger King at 100 33rd Street West. Everyone is welcome to this casual group.Spouses and family also encouraged to attend.

January 22-27:

Rivertown Treasures Weekly Sale: The weekly Rivertown Treasures sale has been announced for the week of January 22nd through the 27th. The sale will feature a buy one get one offer on women’s tops, sweaters, slacks, and jeans. Certain restrictions will apply. Rivertown Treasure is the retail outlet for Hastings Family Service, and all sales at Rivertown Treasure help Hastings Family Service help those in need in our community. For questions, call Hastings Family Service at 651-437-7134.

January 16-27:

Absentee Ballot Voting : Absentee voting begins today for the Minnesota Senate District 54 special primary election. In-person absentee voting will be available beginning at 8 a.m. at the following locations for Dakota County voters- the Dakota County Administration Center, 1590 Highway 55, Hastings; the Dakota County Western Service Center, 14955 Galaxie Ave., in Apple Valley; the Dakota County Northern Service Center, 1 Mendota Road W, in West St. Paul; at the Hastings City Hall, 101 Fourth St. E, Hastings and at South St. Paul City Hall, 125 Third Ave. N, South St. Paul. Information about eligibility, where to vote, applying for an absentee, voter registration, absentee ballot status and other information can be found at mnvotes.org. In-person absentee voting will close Saturday, Jan. 27. Hours that day will be from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Dakota County Administration Center, Hastings City Hall and South St. Paul City Hall. The special primary election will be held Monday, Jan. 29. The special election will be held Monday, Feb. 12 which will decide who will represent the district following the resignation in December of Dan Schoen.

January 23:

Ballroom Dance Lessons: The grand hall at the Hastings Arts Center will be the site for several lessons designed to allow beginners, novices and experienced dancers a chance to practice and learn new skills. Instructor Paris Beckler will guide couples and individuals in the basics of new steps each week. No partner is necessary, drop in for one or all lessons.Time of lesson is from 7-8:30 pm. Cost is $10 per participant per class, except for the special event February 13th class which will be $13 for singles and $25 for couples. You can Pay as you go, or pay for all classes at once. Online payment options at www.hastingsartscenter.org Tonight's Steps include Foxtrot and Cha ChaDifferent dances taught each week. See below for each week description.

January 30th, 2018: Viennese Waltz & Salsa

February 6th, 2018: West Coast Swing & Night Club 2-Step

And a special lesson plus social dance event on

February 13th, 2018. (See special pricing): Single Swing & Variety Dance Party

January 24:

Pleasant Hill Library Event: The Dakota County WorkForce Center staff will host a free offering on Wednesday afternoon, January 24th from 3-5 pm at the Pleasant Hill Library. The Developing interviewing Skills workshop participants learn how to be more confident, along with strategies to make you stand out from the crowd. Topics covered include types of interviews, common interview questions and major blunders to avoid. Registration is required. Contact the library to sign up beginning January 10th.

January 25:

Hastings Area Chamber of Commerce Annual Dinner : The event will take place at Treasure Island Banquet center near Red Wing. Start time is 6 PM for this 50th anniversary of the Chamber. Awards for Business of the Year, Volunteer of the Year and Educator of the Year will also be honored. Contact the Chamber for tickets to the event. www.hastingsmn.org

January 25:

Pleasant Hill Library Event:Young children to age 6 can have fun with science as the Hastings Early Childhood and family Education workshop helps to expand your child's literacy skills with fun and engaging stories and science activities that take place from 6-7 pm at the Pleasant Hill Library on Thursday, January 25th. Pre-registration is required. And a Sing, Play Learn session will be held on Monday, January 29th from 10:30-11:15 am entitled Snow Makes Music with MacPhail Center for Music early childhood music specilists. For children ages 5 and younger. Pre-registration is required.

January 25:

Dakota County Affordable Housing Coalition The Dakota Affordable Housing Coalition meets this Thursday, Jan. 25th, at 8:30 AM at Neighbors in South St. Paul, at 222 Grand Ave W. A full agenda is planned, including legislative updates, Emergency Shelter updates and the election of the Chair, Vice Chair, and Secretary. For questions, contact Rebecca Bowers at (651) 554-6029.

January 25:

Backyard Beekeeping Basic Class 1 of 3: Lebanon Hills Regional Park encourages everyone aged 16 and older to discover all you need to know to start your own apiary in a session entitled “Backyard Agriculture: Beekeeping Basics”. Learn about honeybee biology and behavior, hive management, swarm prevention, and equipment needed from JoAnne Sabin from the Minnesota Beekeeper’s Association. Cost for the session is $40 per person and sessions will be held on Thursday, January 11th, 18th, and 25th. Register by logging on to dakotacounty.us/parks and search activity number 211301-01. Located at 860 Cliff Road, Eagan, MN ,55123

January 26 and 27:

Black Dirt Dinner Theater: Leaving Iowa is the name of this play, which will be performed 8 times between January 12th and the 27th at the Onion Grille on Ramsey Street. Performances are Friday and Saturday evenings only this last weekend.Tickets can be found though a link on the www.blackdirttheater.com

January 27:

Prescott Legion Bingo Fundraiser:American Legion Post 61 of Prescott announces Border Bingo that takes place every other Saturday until April 21st. Doors open at 12:30 PM, and Border Bingo begins at 1. All money raised will benefit the Prescott Area Food Pantry. The Prescott American Legion Post is located at 710 Pearl Street.

January 27:

St. Josephs Church Gala- A Knight in Paris: FUNd raiser for this Prescott parish. Food, games and prizes. Tickets available at Brown Paper Ticket and starts at 30.00. VIP Tables are priced at $500. The event will support St. Joseph Parish School. The evening will include a silent and live auction, delicious food and entertainment. Proceeds go to support their new wellness and physical education program, teacher grants and other school needs.Ticket price includes admission, food, and entertainment.

January 28:

Knights Of Columbus Pancake Breakfast: The Hastings Knights of Columbus will be having a Pancake and Sausage Breakfast from 8 am until noon at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic Church in Mother Seton Hall. Ticket prices at $7.50 for adults and $4.00 for children. The public is welcome.

January 26,27 and 28:

Winter Woman's Workshop:A supportive environment of fellow women is the backdrop for a workshop that embraces cold and snow this January with classes about sled dog mushing, dark house fishing, birding, archery hunting and other ways to get outdoors.

The winter workshop is Friday, Jan. 26, to Sunday, Jan. 28, at the Audubon Center of the North Woods in Sandstone, and organized by the Becoming an Outdoors Woman (BOW) Program of the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. Participants can choose from a variety of activities to learn about and experience during the weekend. Youth age 14 or older can attend with a guardian. Lodging, meals, instruction, equipment and evening entertainment are included in the workshop fee, which varies depending on activities chosen. A winter workshop schedule with a registration form is available at mndnr.gov/bow.

January 26-28:

Hudson Hot Air Affair Event:The 29th annual Hudson Hot Air Affair celebration has been moved one week earlier, to January 26-28, 2018. This fun-filled winter festival and hot air balloon rally changed its date due to the Super Bowl taking place in the Minneapolis. With football in mind, the 2018 Hot Air Affair theme is "Touchdown Hudson XXIX" with several football related activities during the event which will feature 30+ hot air balloons and special shape balloons in mass ascension flight (weather permitting)at E.P. Rock school grounds in Hudson, WI. The Hudson Hot Air Affair is full of family friendly activities and events. The HAA brochures with event details are available at local businesses and the Hudson Area Chamber of Commerce and Tourism Bureau office. Check out the web site at www.HudsonHotAirAffair.com for a complete event schedule. The Hot Air Affair Facebook page has the latest news and pictures of countdown and HAA weekend events

January 26-February 28:

Hudson Hot Air Affair Photo Contest:Starting Friday, January 26 thru February 28, PressEnter! will hold its annual Hot Air Affair Photo Contest. Submit your best photos of any HAA event and you could win a prize. Send to 421 N 2nd St., River Falls, WI 54022 or email to photocontest@pressenter.com. Details at hudsonhotairaffair.com.   The Hudson Hot Air Affair is full of family friendly activities and events. The HAA brochures with event details are available at local businesses and the Hudson Area Chamber of Commerce and Tourism Bureau office. Check out the web site at www.HudsonHotAirAffair.com for a complete event schedule. The Hot Air Affair Facebook page has the latest news and pictures of countdown and HAA weekend events

January 28-Feb 7:

Catholic School Week at St. John the Baptist Catholic School:St. John the Baptist Catholic School in Vermillion will celebrate Catholic Schools Week beginning on Sunday, January 28th wih an all school Mass. Several events are planned to involve children and families in opportunities to explore the school as decisions are made for next year's registration. On Thursday, February 1st a Family Science Night will take place at the school, on Tuesday, February 6th a PreKindergarten Open house will be held from 6:30 to 8:30pm, with a Kindergarten Open House the next evening, Wednesday February 7th from 6:30 to 8:30 pm. For more information or to schedule a visit, contact the school at 651-437-2644.

January 29-March20:

Tax Assistance Appointments for Seniors: Tax Assistance will be offered for seniors starting February 5th at the Hastings Senior center. Appointments can be made by calling 651-480-7689 beginning January 29th. Appointments will be conducted on Mondays afternoons from 3-6:30pm and on Tuesday mornings from 9am until noon. Additional appointments will take place at the Pleasant Hill Library on 2 Saturdays, February 17th and on March 10th. Time for those appointments are between 10:30 am and 2:30 pm. Those appointments must also be made through the Senior Center. Please do not call the Library. You will need to bring your picture ID and your Social Security card to the appointment.This service is for seniors and lower income individuals with basic tax returns to file. Contact the Senior center with additional questions.

January 29:

Hastings Community Education Classes: On Mon Jan 29 , Watercolor Made Easy for Beginners at 1 pm at the Tilden Community Center, (1-3 pm) adults, $19, Tilden Community Center. Also today, A System for Life’s Transitions (1:30-3 pm) adults, $19, Tilden; How to Pay for the Nursing Home, An Attorney’s Perspective (6:30-8 pm) adults, $9/ea or $15/couple, Tilden; Mon Jan 29-Apr 30 - Low Glycemic Eating Belly Fat Reduction Series (6:30-8 pm) adults, $99, Health Solutions Center; and Mon Jan 29 - NEW! WWII German POW Camps in the United States (6:30-8 pm) ages 15+, $15, Tilden; Mon Jan 29-Mar 5 - Youth Mad Science Classes,Artic Art Lab! (3:30-4:30 pm) gr. K-5, $65, KennedyContact the Community Education office to register. Call 651-480-7670 or view online at www.hastingscommunityed.com to register.

January 30:

Hastings Community Eduation Classes: On Tuesday Jan 30th - What Baby Boomers Need to Know to Maximize Retirement (6-8:30 pm) adults, $9/ea or $15/cpl, High School;Tue Jan 30 - Heartsaver CPR with AED for the Lay Rescuer (6:30-8:30 pm) adults, $69, Tilden; Tue Jan 30 - Shifting Gears: Considerations & Strategies for Pre-Retirees (6:30-8 pm) adults, $9/ea or $15/cpl, Tilden; Youth Mad Science ClassesTue Jan 30-Feb 27 - Artic Art Lab! (3:30-4:30 pm) gr. K-5, $65, McAuliffe Call 651-480-7670 or view online at www.hastingscommunityed.com to register.

January 30:

Ballroom Dance Lessons: The grand hall at the Hastings Arts Center will be the site for several lessons designed to allow beginners, novices and experienced dancers a chance to practice and learn new skills. Instructor Paris Beckler will guide couples and individuals in the basics of new steps each week. No partner is necessary, drop in for one or all lessons.Time of lesson is from 7-8:30 pm. Cost is $10 per participant per class, except for the special event February 13th class which will be $13 for singles and $25 for couples. You can Pay as you go, or pay for all classes at once. Online payment options at www.hastingsartscenter.org Tonight's Steps include Viennese Waltz and Salsa- Different dances taught each week. See below for each week description.

February 6th, 2018: West Coast Swing & Night Club 2-Step

January 30:

DCTC Student Cafe: Students in the Fundamental Chef Training and Food Industry Careers programs at Dakota County Technical College are hosting a Scottish Luncheon on Tuesday, January 30th, starting at 10:45 AM. The menu consists of a salad with seaonal greens, served with a raspberry vinaigrette and scones with butter, a main entrée of skin-on chicken breast with Scottish Oat stuffing and a fresh vegetable medley, dessert of Brambleberry bread pudding, and coffee and lemonade. Cost is $12 per person and registration is required by Friday, January 19th. To reserve a place, or for questions, call Chef Patty LaBeau or Darla at 651-423-8441. Payments should be mailed to ISD #197, Attn: Patty LaBeau, 1300 145th St E, Rosemount MN, 55068.

January 30:

Instrument Fair at HHS: Held in the Music Pod, this in an opportunity for students to come with parents to test out band and orchestra instruments that they might want to study. District 200 music directors and current music students in High school will demonstrate the particulars of playing band and orchestra instruments as well as exploring what could be the start of a lifelong skill. Held from 5-7 PM.

January 30:

Build A Park Community Meeting: Residents are invited to participate in a community meeting on Tuesday, January 30th that will address the future playground proposed to replace equipment at Lions Park. A $105,000 outdoor recreation matching grant from the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources has been secured by the Hastings Parks and Recreation department and the public is encouraged to share their ideas on what they feel are priorities in creating a new environment. The current structure is more than 20 years old, according to Parks and Rec Director, Chris Jenkins and this opportunity will get critical feedback from those who use the park or have ideas that may be featured at other parks that would be a good fit in the Lions Park planning. The meeting will begin at 7 pm, held in the Hastings city hall community meeting room. If you are unable to attend, send your comments, photos or examples to cjenkins@hastingsmn.gov.

January 30:

River Valley Band Practice: Practice will take place tonight at the Hastings Middle School Band room due to the Instrument Fair. Rehearsal is from 7-9PM. Be sure to plan ahead and allow extra time for parking. Enter through the Auditorium Doors . Bandroom is located down the hallway.

January 31:

Prescott Chamber Annual Awards Banquet: The annual awards banquet for the Prescott Chamber of Commerce will be held on Wednesday, January 31st. Nominations will be accepted for Business or Chamber Member of the Year and also for New Chamber Member Award, for someone who has been in the Chamber for 3 years or less. You can fill out a nomination form or register for the banquet by contacting Trish Huber at the Chamber office. Nomination deadline was January 1, 2018.

January 31:

Hastings Community Eduation Classes: On Wed Jan 31st - Getting Your House Ready to Sell (6-7:30 pm) adults, $15/couple or $9/each, Tilden; Wed Jan 31 - Probate: Understand It, Avoid It! (6:30-8:30 pm) adults, $15-couple or $9-each, Tilden; Youth Mad Science Classes-Wed Jan 31-Mar 7 - Artic Art Lab (2:40-3:40 pm) gr. K-5, $65, Pinecrest Call 651-480-7670 or view online at www.hastingscommunityed.com to register.

FEBRUARY

Feb 1 -March20:

Tax Assistance Appointments for Seniors: Tax Assistance will be offered for seniors starting February 5th at the Hastings Senior center. Appointments can be made by calling 651-480-7689. Appointments will be conducted on Mondays afternoons from 3-6:30pm and on Tuesday mornings from 9am until noon. Additional appointments will take place at the Pleasant Hill Library on 2 Saturdays, February 17th and on March 10th. Time for those appointments are between 10:30 am and 2:30 pm. Those appointments must also be made through the Senior Center. Please do not call the Library. You will need to bring your picture ID and your Social Security card to the appointment.This service is for seniors and lower income individuals with basic tax returns to file. Contact the Senior center with additional questions.

February 1:

Hastings Community Education Classes: Classes offered for February 1st include:Thu Feb 1-Mar 8 - NEW! Ladies Day at the Barn (1:30-2:30 pm) adults, $240, Cornerstone on the Vermillion; The Third chapter: Discovering Your Life Journey and Adventure After 50 (2-3 pm), adults, $19, Tilden; Natural Holistic Kitchen (6:30-8:30 pm) adults, $15, Tilden; Do You Have the Guts to Be Healthy (6:30-8 pm) adults, $9, Tilden; Parenting with Foresight (6:30-8:30 pm) adults, $19, Tilden; and Essential Oils 101 (6:30-7:30 pm) adults, $9, Tilden. Register at www.hastingscommunityed.com or visit the office in the Tilden Center. Call 651-480-7670 for more information.

February 1:

Hastings State of the City Address: This event will begin at 11:30am this year at the Onion Grille. RSVP to the Hastings Area Chamber of Commerce. Cost of the meal is 15.00.

February 2:

Little Raiders Winter Jam: The little Raiders Winter Jam will be held on Friday, February 2nd in the Hastings High School Commons. Order a large pizza and spread out your blanket on the floor to enjoy Wendy’s Wiggle Jiggle and Jam performance. Time is a kid friendly 5:30-7:30 pm and besides the music there will also be fun activities and a silent auction full of great items your family could enjoy. Orders for the pizza must be dropped off with payment at the Community Ed office, 310 River Street by January 25th. A Bring your own drink or purchase water at the event. All proceeds will be used to support the Tilden Community Preschool Playground Fund. For more info call 651-480-7678.

February 2:

Sledding Party at Lebanon Hills Regional Park:

Lebanon Hills Regional Park will host an evening sledding party on Friday, February 2nd, from 7 to 8: 30 PM. The sledding hill will be lit, and there will be s’mores. Bring your sled for a great evening of downhill excitement. This event is free for all ages.Located at 860 Cliff Road, Eagan, MN ,55123

February 2 and 3:

Invasive Weed Winter Workshop: Volunteers are being sought to help with a 2 day effort to remove invasive plant material from the bluffs around Freedom Park. A great deal was accomplished in 2017 with much more to do. Volunteer candidates must be at least 18 years old, and be able to navigate the snowy hillside where brush and limbs will be cut and piled. Bring a bag lunch, with donuts and coffee served in the morning and snacks in the afternoon. Please call Jessica at the Great River Road Visitor and Learning Center to sign up. 715-262-0104.

February 3 and 4:

Hastings SnoMos Club Trip:The Hastings SnoMos are excited to announce the 2018 Club Trip for the weekend of February 3rd and 4th, to Nelson Lake Landing, near Hayward, WI. Along with great trail riding, there will be a banquet on Saturday night with special entertainment planned. Reserve your spot by calling Nelson Lake Landing at 715-634-4175. Space is limited so call now. Hastings SnoMos, celebrating 50 years of snowmobiling fun.

February 5:

District 54 Candidate Debate:A candidate debate will take place between District 54 Senate hopefuls Karla Bigham and Denny McNamara on Monday evening, February 5th at the Harbor Church just north of Hastings. The public is invited to hear the candidates state their positions on several topics as they inform the voters ahead of the February 12th special election. The Harbor Church is located at 11125 Point Douglas Rd S north of Hastings.

February 6:

Caucus Night: Political party caucuses for the 2018 election will be held on Tuesday, February 6, 2018, in Hastings, the Republican Party will caucus at Hastings High School 200 General Sieben Dr, Hastings MN 55033. The Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party will caucus at the Hastings Middle School Cafeteria , 1000 West 11th St

Hastings MN 55033 . For voters in Farmington, caucusing will begin at 7:00 p.m. at the following locations for Farmington residents:

The Republican Party will caucus at Lakeville North High School, 19600 Ipava Avenue, Lakeville and the Democratic Party will caucus at Robert Boeckman Middle School, located at 800 Denmark Avenue in Farmington. For more information on caucuses see the Secretary of State website . We've provided a link on the KDWA.com website.http://www.sos.state.mn.us/…/how-electio…/precinct-caucuses/

Februrary 6:

Pre-Kindergarten Open House at St. John the Baptist Catholic School:Parents and students are welcome to attend the Open House from 6:30-8:30 pm. Meet teachers, see classrooms and samples of the curriculum at the school. Information packets will provide answers to frequently asked questions.For more information, contact the school at 651-437-2644.

February 6:

Ballroom Dance Lessons: The grand hall at the Hastings Arts Center will be the site for several lessons designed to allow beginners, novices and experienced dancers a chance to practice and learn new skills. Instructor Paris Beckler will guide couples and individuals in the basics of new steps each week. No partner is necessary, drop in for one or all lessons.Time of lesson is from 7-8:30 pm. Cost is $10 per participant per class, except for the special event February 13th class which will be $13 for singles and $25 for couples. You can Pay as you go, or pay for all classes at once. Online payment options at www.hastingsartscenter.org Tonight's Steps include West Coast Swing and Night Club 2 Step - Different dances taught each week. See below for each week description. Last event next week with a special Valentines Dance.

February 7:

Kindergarten Open House at St. John the Baptist Catholic School:Parents and students are welcome to attend the Open House from 6:30-8:30 pm. Meet teachers, see classrooms and samples of the curriculum at the school. Information packets will provide answers to frequently asked questions.For more information, contact the school at 651-437-2644.

February 7:

Prescott Chamber Lunch and Program: The Prescott Area Chamber of Commerce invites everyone to join them for lunch on Wednesday, February 7, 2018, from noon to 1 pm, at the Prescott Area Chamber of Commerce with Renate Newcomb, Director with LegalShield and IDShield, presenting the reasons why each person over the age of 18 needs a Will, a Health Care Directive, and Durable Power of Attorney. Also learn how to protect your identity. Lunch will be available for purchase through the Chamber. RSVPs are requested by email to Renate@RiskManager.biz, by Tuesday, February 5. For questions, call Renate Newcomb at 507-250-1113.

February 7:

Cottage Grove State of the City Address: Cottage Grove Mayor Myron Bailey will deliver his 2018 State of the City address Feb. 7 at 6:30 p.m. at City Hall, 12800 Ravine Parkway S.Anyone interested in learning more about the direction of the City is invited to attend. For those unable to attend, the speech will be shown live on cable as well as online and on the City’s Facebook page.

February 9-10:

Feed My Starving Children Mobile Pack: A volunteer opportunity will take place over 2 days at St. John's School in Vermillion. A Feed My Starving Children Mobile Pack will be held on Saturday, February 10th, with set up in the late afternoon on the day before. The event will be open to all area clubs, associations, teams, leaders families and churches. Participants will create 50,000 mannapacks which will be shipped to starving children all over the world. The event needs 270 people to sign up and anyone 5 years and older can take part. A link to sign up is provided on the school's website and also at KDWA.com. vermillion

February 10:

Prescott Legion Bingo Fundraiser:American Legion Post 61 of Prescott announces Border Bingo that takes place every other Saturday until April 21st. Doors open at 12:30 PM, and Border Bingo begins at 1. All money raised will benefit the Prescott Area Food Pantry. The Prescott American Legion Post is located at 710 Pearl Street.

February 10:

Coalition and Community Meetings:The Vermillion Street Corridor Study will hold Coalition and Community meetings on Saturday, February 10th to provide updates on the progress of the study. The Coalition meeting will review information gathered from surveys, the mapping tool and key person interviews, and will include discussion of issues and opportunities along the corridor. The Community meeting will focus on gathering the community's thoughts on development ideas and alternatives for the corridor, and is open to all residents and business owners. Together, with independent market and visual analysis, the consultants are preparing a summary of Vermillion Street’s current conditions, challenges, and potential areas for improvement. The location of the meetings are yet to be announced, and information can be found on the City of Hastings website by searching the keywords Vermillion Street Corridor.

February 10:

Community Meeting With Council Member Leifeld: Lisa Leifeld will host a 2 hour casual conversation opportunity at the Pleasant Hill Library from 10 am until noon. Leifeld represents Ward 3 and offers her time to answer questions or discuss local issues with the public. Everyone is welcome.

February 10:

Swingin' On the River Show Choir competition: All Hastings Show choirs will take part in a full day of hosting nearly 20 showchoirs from all over the Midwest. Tickets available at the door. Purchase all day or just evening finals tickets. Proceeds benefit the Hastings Show Choir program. Event moved from traditional date. Don't miss it.

February 10:

Chili Cook Off at Hope Lutheran: Hope Lutheran Church of Hastings will hold its 3rd annual Chili Cook-off in support of Hope Christian Preschool. The cook-off is scheduled for Saturday, February10th, from 4 to 6 PM at the Hastings Art Center, 216 4th Street East. Complete cook-off rules and a registration form can be found by clicking the cook-off link on Hope’s website home page at hopeofhastings.com. For questions, contact the church at 651-480-2273.

February 12:

Psychic Suzanne Worthley:The Tilden Community Center announces a Psychic Q and A Gallery with Suzanne Worthley, an energy practitioner in the Twin Cities. The session will address topics such as connecting to Angel Guides, Worthley’s summary of the energy of the times, and challenges we face as a collective. The session is scheduled for Monday, February 12th, from 7 to 9 PM, at a cost of $19. To register, contact Hastings Community Education by calling 651-480-7670.

February 12:

Special Election for Senate Seat District 54: Residents of MN District 54 will elect a replacement for the Senate. All local polling places to be same as national election, time of voting from 7am until 8 pm. For polling place questions, see www.votemn.org.

February 13:

Ballroom Dance Lessons: The grand hall at the Hastings Arts Center will be the site for several lessons designed to allow beginners, novices and experienced dancers a chance to practice and learn new skills. Instructor Paris Beckler will guide couples and individuals in the basics of new steps each week. No partner is necessary, drop in for one or all lessons.Time of lesson is from 7-8:30 pm. Cost is $10 per participant per class, except for the special event February 13th class which will be $13 for singles and $25 for couples. You can Pay as you go, or pay for all classes at once. Online payment options at www.hastingsartscenter.org Tonight's Steps include West Coast Swing and Night Club 2 Step - Different dances taught each week. Tonight's dance concludes this Mid Winter session. Stay tuned for details on Spring Session.

February 15:

Great Rivers Confluence Symposium: A Great Rivers Confluence Symposium will be held at the Visitor Center at Carpenter St. Croix Valley Nature Center on February 15th, from 8:30am until 4pm. Join Confluence partners and many others to learn stories of the St. Croix River and the latest stewardship activities to set the stage for the next 50 years and beyond. This will be a day-long educational event sponsored by the Great Rivers Confluence Collaboration partners. Speakers will include Julie Galonska (Superintendent of St. Croix National Scenic Riverway, National Park Service), Dave Drewiske (Executive Director of the Kinnickinnick River Land Trust), and Ian Karl (Experiential Coordinator of Northwest Passage Ltd.). A fee of $25 per person will be charged for those pre-registering and /$30 for walk ins on the day-of. A Light breakfast and box lunch are included. For more details or to register, please call the Great River Road Visitor & Learning Center at 715-262-0104.

February 17:

SnoMos Vintage Ride: Held at the Frandrup Farm with ride taking off at 10:30am heading for New Trier. Connect with the club, which meets each 1st Wednesday evening of the winter months at the Hastings EOS Eagles Club starting at 7:30 pm. Families and sledders of all ages welcomed.

February 18:

Family Bowling event:Christ’s Family Church of Hastings extends an invitation for an afternoon of bowling at Park Grove Bowl in Cottage Grove on Sunday, February 18th, from 1 to 4 PM. The afternoon includes two games of bowling followed by some pizza, pop and fellowship. All skill levels are welcome. The cost of this event is $12/person or $8 kids 12 and under. This includes 2 games of bowling, shoes, pizza and a pop! Deadline to sign up is February 11th. Sign up by contacting Christ’s Family Church at 437-2340.

February 22-April 5:

Dakota County Sheriff Citizen Academy:The Dakota County Sheriff's Office has announced the upcoming Citizen Academy, which provides citizens the opportunity to learn about the issues and practices involved in law enforcement. The Academy will be held on seven consecutive Thursdays starting on February 22nd and continuing until April 5th. Each session will take place from 6-9PM.

Some of the topics involved will be use of force, procedures involved in traffic stops, crime scene processing, internet crime and several demonstrations that involve typical protocol of law officers. The Dakota County Sheriff’s Office believes the academy also helps residents better understand police work in their community which will develop stronger ties between the community and Sheriff’s Office.

Persons interested in attending the Dakota County Sheriff’s Office Citizen Academy or requesting more information, are asked to contact Captain Jim Rogers at 651-438-4751 or jim.rogers@co.dakota.mn.us by February 2nd. All applicants will be subject to background investigation prior to being accepted into the program.

February 24:

Prescott Legion Bingo Fundraiser:American Legion Post 61 of Prescott announces Border Bingo that takes place every other Saturday until April 21st. Doors open at 12:30 PM, and Border Bingo begins at 1. All money raised will benefit the Prescott Area Food Pantry. The Prescott American Legion Post is located at 710 Pearl Street.

MARCH

March 7:

Swearing In Ceremony for CG Pub Safety Director: A swearing-in ceremony to held at the March 7 Cottage Grove City Council meeting for the newly appointed Public Safety Director Pete Koerner. Craig Woolery, the City’s current public safety director, announced his retirement in September of 2017. The meeting begins at 7 PM.

March 9:

Science Fair At St. Johns Catholic School: Students of the school will display their science Fair projects on Friday, March 9th from 9-11:30 am. Community is welcome to attend to see the interesting topics in this year's entries. All grade participate in this annual event. Judging is conducted with interviews and examination of each project.For more information or to schedule a visit, contact the school at 651-437-2644.

March 10:

Prescott Legion Bingo Fundraiser:American Legion Post 61 of Prescott announces Border Bingo that takes place every other Saturday until April 21st. Doors open at 12:30 PM, and Border Bingo begins at 1. All money raised will benefit the Prescott Area Food Pantry. The Prescott American Legion Post is located at 710 Pearl Street.

March 20:

DCTC Student Cafe:Students in the Fundamental Chef Training and Food Industry Careers programs at Dakota County Technical College are hosting an Italian Luncheon on Tuesday, March 20th starting at 10:45 AM. The menu consists of Bruschetta Salad with balsamic vinaigrette and garlic knots with butter, a main entree of beef manicotti marinara with broccoli Milanese, a dessert of traditional cannoli, with coffee and punch. Cost is $12 per person and registration is required by Friday, March 9th. To reserve a place, or for questions, call Chef Patty LaBeau or Darla at 651-423-8441. Payments should be mailed to ISD #197, Attn: Patty LaBeau, 1300 145th St E, Rosemount MN, 55068.

March 24:

Prescott Legion Bingo Fundraiser:American Legion Post 61 of Prescott announces Border Bingo that takes place every other Saturday until April 21st. Doors open at 12:30 PM, and Border Bingo begins at 1. All money raised will benefit the Prescott Area Food Pantry. The Prescott American Legion Post is located at 710 Pearl Street.

APRIL

April 3:

Prescott School Board Election: An election will be held in the School District of Prescott on Tuesday, April 3, 2018 with three offices on the ballot to succeed the present incumbents listed. The term of office for school board members is three years beginning on Monday, April 23, 2018 and ending Sunday, April 25, 2021. Candidates will be elected from the district at large for Office Incumbent,Board of Education, currently held by Mark Helmer and Board of Education position currently held byTanya Holu. A Campaign Registration Statement and a Declaration of Candidacy, must be filed no later than 5:00 p.m., on Tuesday, January 2, 2018. These documents may be filed at the District Office, located at 1220 St. Croix Street, Prescott, Wisconsin 54021, between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. Monday through Friday, or filed personally with the school district clerk.Candidates must live within the district boundaries to be eligible.A description of the school district boundaries can be obtained at the school district administrative office. Of special note, due to the school holiday schedule, school district offices are closed beginning December 25, 2017 through January 1st, 2018.) If a primary is necessary, the primary will be held on Tuesday, February 20, 2018.

April 7:

Prescott Legion Bingo Fundraiser:American Legion Post 61 of Prescott announces Border Bingo that takes place every other Saturday until April 21st. Doors open at 12:30 PM, and Border Bingo begins at 1. All money raised will benefit the Prescott Area Food Pantry. The Prescott American Legion Post is located at 710 Pearl Street.

April 8:

Bingo Fun Day and Carnival at St. Johns Catholic School in Vermillion : Annual family fun event for students and the community as the springtime tradition continues. Plenty of games, food, bingo music and more from 11am until 3 pm. More info to be added soon. Volunteers and prize donations are appreciated. For more information, contact the school at 651-437-2644.

April 21:

Prescott Legion Bingo Fundraiser:American Legion Post 61 of Prescott announces Border Bingo last games of the season. Saturday until April 21st. Doors open at 12:30 PM, and Border Bingo begins at 1. All money raised will benefit the Prescott Area Food Pantry. The Prescott American Legion Post is located at 710 Pearl Street.

MAY

May 11:

St. Johns Catholic School Farmily Dance Night: A Family Dance Night is scheduled for Friday, May 11th from 6:30-8:30 pm. For more information or to schedule a visit, contact the school at 651-437-2644.

 

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