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Learn E-Book Basics at the Library Love reading books on your smart phone, tablet or e-reader, but not so crazy about paying for the convenience? Come to the E-book Basics class at the Pleasant Hill Library on Thursday, October 23rd and bring your device or try one of ours. You'll learn how to check out and download free e-books from the Dakota County Library. Bring your iPad or Android device at 10:15am, your Kindle e-reader at 11am or your Nook e-reader at 11:45am and your Dakota County library card. The class is free, but space is limited, so call to register at 651-438-0200 or register online at www.dakotacounty.us/library. Registration opens October 9th.
Autumn Band Concert: On Thursday, October 23rd, Hastings High School will be having their autumn band concert starting at 7:00 p.m. The Hastings High School Concert Bands will be performing, as well as the River Valley Band and the nationally known Copper Street Brass Quintet. Tickets are available at the door, general admission is $6, seniors and kids 6-10 are $5, and kids 5 and under are free.
Learn Interviewing Skills at the Library: Area residents are invited to the Pleasant Hill Library on Friday, October 24 at 2 p.m. for a class that will teach interviewing skills. People will learn how to be more confident along with strategies to make one stand out from the crowd. Topics covered include types of interviews, common interview questions and major blunders to avoid. This class is taught by the Dakota County WorkForce Center staff. The class is free, but space is limited so call 651-438-0200 or register online at www.dakotacounty.us/library. Registration opens October 10.
Leaf for Lupus: On Saturday, October 25th, at Hidden Greens Golf Course from 10am - 4pm, the 6th annual Leaf for Lupus event will be taking place. This is a fundraiser for the Lupus Foundation of Minnesota who helps fund local research to help find a cure and create better medications to aid people with this condition. The cost is $5, which will include a hayide, huge leaf piles, and there will also be face painting, food, and more!
Hastings Grief Support Group: Join us for a Morning of Self Care & Education! Saturday, October 25, 2014 Time: 8:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Where: Hastings High School West Commons Cost: $15.00/person and $25/house hold you can Register: 651-480-7670 or at www.hastingscommunityed.com
Learn About Paranormal Activities at the Library: Area teens and adults interested in learning more about paranormal sightings are invited to the Pleasant Hill Library on Saturday, October 25 at 11 a.m to hear a presentation by a professional paranormal team, called the Dakota County Paranormal Society. The team will share photos and sound recordings of some of their most exciting investigations. There is no charge for the event, and no registration is required.
Kids Invited to Read to a Dog at the Library: Children age 5-10 years old are invited to the Pleasant Hill Library on Saturday, October 25, at 11 a.m. to read to Kippy, the Dachshund. Kippy is a certified therapy dog. Parents are encouraged to bring their kids to this program, called Waggin Tales, not only because it is fun, but because it helps develop reading skills and fluency. Children may bring a book from home, or choose one from the library collection.
Regina Auxiliary Annual Fall Bazaar: The Regina Hospital Auxiliary's annual fall bazaar will be held from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday, October 26 in the chapel lobby at the Regina Hospital and Senior Living, 1175 Nininger Road, Hastings with activities for all ages. The bazaar will include a grand raffle drawing, a meat raffle, a silent auction, garage sale, country store and bake sale, bingo and charitable gambling, face painting, cake walk, children's games, grab bags, refreshments and live entertainment. The auxiliary will use all proceeds from the Bazaar for projects to benefit the residents and patients at the Regina Hospital and Senior Living.
REFORMATION CELEBRATION SERVICE: Our Saviour's Lutheran Church of Hastings will be hosting a Reformation Celebration Service on Sunday, October 26 starting at 9:15 am. This hymn Festival will be led by organist, John Ferguson. At 4:00 pm an organ and Piano Recital celebrating the gifts of the organ in 1989 and the piano in 1990 will take place.
Benefit for Becky Leifeld On Sunday, October 26th, there will be a benefit taking place for Becky Leifeld, who was diagnosed with breast cancer and is currently going through chemotherapy. A spaghetti dinner will be taking place at 2nd Street Depot from 1:00-5:00p.m. to raise money. $10 a plate, plus there will be silent auction items to bid on, and chances to win other prizes.
Benefit for the Barkers On Saturday, October 26th from 2:00-6:00 p.m. at Jimmy's Event Center (1132 E County Road E, Vadnais Heights, MN) there is a fundraiser for the Barker family, who has to pay off medical bills for cancer treatment.
In January 2014, Dave Barker was diagnosed with Prostate cancer and needed to have surgery. After the surgery, the plan was to let him recover and then start 39 rounds of radiation in July. In May, the Barker family was hit with another blow. Dave's wife, Janet, became very ill. Janet was diagnosed with stage 3 - Double Hit, Large B Cell Lymphoma that required surgery to remove a tumor in her abdomen. Because of the aggressive cancer, Janet needed to begin her chemotherapy in July, within days of the start of Dave's radiation treatments.
The event will feature a taco bar, face paintin, cash bar, DJ, beanbag toss, silent auction, bake sale, meat raffle, and more. Donations are $20 for adults, $10 for kids, and children 5 and under are free. Additional donations can be made (or mailed) at Vermillion Bank, PO Box 28, 107 E. Main St. Vermillion, MN.
Farm Bill seminars for dairy producers: On October 27th, University of Minnesota Extension and the Farm Service Agency of the U.S. Department of Agriculture will be having a seminar at the VFW in Zumbrota to help farmers make decisions brought about by the 2014 Farm Bill. Dairy producers have until Nov. 28 to enroll in the Dairy Margin Protection Program. Newly created by the farm bill, the program aims to reduce producers' exposure to catastrophic losses through risk management. The program is voluntary and pays producers when the difference between the national price of milk and the average cost of feed falls below a level selected by the producers. For more information, call the Farm Information Line at 1-800-232-9077.
Come To The Library to Hear Ghost Stories: Area residents are invited to the Pleasant Hill Library on Monday, October 27 at 6:30 p.m. to listen to a presentation by author Michael Norman. Norman will share spine-tingling ghost strories to get people ready for Halloween night. There is no charge for the program, and no registration is required.
We Vant Your Blood: The 3rd Annual American Red Cross Halloween Blood Drive will be taking place at the Tilden Community Center on Wednesday, October 29th from 12:00-6:00 p.m. Make your appointment now by calling the Sr. Center Receptionist 651-480-7689.
Children's Stories at the Library:Children age 2 to 6 years old are invited to the Pleasant Hill Library on Wednesday, October 29 at 10:30 a.m. for a fun-filled morning of slightly scary movies. Children will see the following movies...What's Under my Bed?, Hallowen Treats, Those Darn Squirrels, and Bats at the Library. There is no charge for the program, and no registration is required.
Learn PowerPoint at the Library: Area adults are invited to the Pleasant Hill Library on Wednesday, October 29 at 6 p.m. for a class called PowerPoint for Job Skills. PowerPoint creates dynamic slideshows that communicate information to an audience. Learn how to format slide text, add images and select transitions for your presentation. Class members should have the ability to use the keyboard and mouse. This class is presented by the Science Museum of Minnesota Computer Education Center. There is no charge for the event, but space is limited so call 651-438-0200 or register online at www.dakotacounty.us/library.
Create Skeleton Art at the Library:Teens age 12 to 18 are invited to the Pleasant Hill Library on Thursday, October 30 at 3:30 p.m. for a program called Skeletons in the Closet. Teens will create a "Nicho Box," which is a day of the dead shadow box. Nicho boxes are a way of remembering or honoring someone deceased. Teens are encouraged to bring a memento or photograph of someone they want to remember and they can incorporate it into the box. This class is presented by ArtStart. This is a Minnesota Legacy program. There is no charge for the event, but space is limited so call 651-438-0200 or register online at www.dakotacounty.us/library.
LeDuc Candlelight Tours: On October 30 and 31, 6-9 p.m. special Candlelight Tours will be available. This is one of the few times that the beautiful Gothic front doors of the LeDuc House will be open for visitors to enter. The tours will take visitors throughout the first and second floors and there will be some new twists added to the regular tours.
Pre-School Story Time: Costumes & Critters: On Friday, October 31st, at 10:00 a.m. the Carpenter Nature Center is having its annual Halloween story time. Costumes are welcomed, but not required. Story time programs introduce young children, ages 2-5 years, to nature in a fun and safe environment. Please dress for the weather. Program fee: $5 per child or $3 per preschooler 'Friends of CNC'. No charge for accompanying adults. Please RSVP by calling 651-437-4359.
Preschool Program at the Library: Children age 3 to 5 years old are invited to the Pleasant Hill Library on Friday, October 31 at 11 a.m. for a special program called P is for Pumpkin. Children will enjoy pumpkin stories, songs, crafts and games. This program is sponsored in part by ECFE. There is no charge for the event, but space is limited so call 651-438-0200 or register online at www.dakotacounty.us/library.
Great Decisions Discussion Forum at the Library: Great Decisions is a non-partisan discussion forum that features presentations from topic experts and provides opportunities for education and conversation on important American foreign policy issues. Participants are encouraged to read the Great Decisions booklet available at the Galaxie Library information desk, 14955 Galaxie Ave., Apple Valley.
On Tuesday, Nov. 4 from 6:30-8:00 PM, the discussion topic will be Israel and the U.S. Modern Israel's struggles with the Palestinians have turned what was meant as a safe haven for Jews into the center of a decades-long conflict. The U.S. has stepped in as Israel's ally due to the two countries' shared values, but those ties are being tested. Presented by Steve Hunegs, executive director of the Jewish Community Relations Council of Minnesota and the Dakotas.
November 7 & 8:
Spiritual Blessing: Join 2 days of Healing with Love witnessing Rwandan genocide survivor, Immaculee Ilibagiza. She will sharing her story of Faith, Hope and Forgiveness. Her universal message of healing and hope. November 7th, Friday evening at 7:00 PM with the doors opening at 5:00 PM. This event will be held at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic Church Hastings MN. General admission is $30.00. Tickets are available at the S.E.A.S Church Office or brownpapertickets.com. For additional information please call Trish Murphy at 651-253-4863 or Renee Keene at 651-470-1175.
Community Blood Drive: The next Hastings Community Blood Drive will be Monday November 10th from 11:30am-5:30pm and Tuesday November 11th from1pm-7pm at Our Saviour's Lutheran Church, 400 West 9th St. If you'd like to make an appointment, please call Gail Carstensen 651-248-1173.
Veteran's Day dinner at the American Legion. The Hastings VFW and American Legion are holding their annual Veteran's Day dinner at the Legion's banquet room on November 11th. Tickets for the dinner are $10.00 and can be purchased at the American Legion Post 47 clubhouse at 50 Sibley Street during regular business hours. The evening's events include a social hour from 5:30 p m to 7:00 pm with a buffet dinner immediately following. The featured speaker for the evening will be General Gene Andreotti, retired Adjutant General of the Minnesota National Guard. Please note that this event is open to the general public in addition to all veterans and their spouses. For more information call Post 47 at 651-437-2046. This year's Veteran's Day is especially significant because it recognizes the onset of World War I, which commenced exactly 100 years ago.
Third Sunday Series at the LeDuc Historic Estate: The November 16, 5 p.m. Third Sunday Series at the LeDuc Historic Estate, 1629 Vermillion Street, Hastings, MN 55033 will feature artist and writer David Youngren and harpist and vocalist Chris Ward. Please call 651-437-7055 to make required reservations. Cost of this talent-packed event is $20. Refreshments will be served.
November 18: Great Decisions Discussion Forum at the Library: Great Decisions is a non-partisan discussion forum that features presentations from topic experts and provides opportunities for education and conversation on important American foreign policy issues. Participants are encouraged to read the Great Decisions booklet available at the Galaxie Library information desk, 14955 Galaxie Ave., Apple Valley.
On Tuesday, Nov. 18 from 6:30-8:00 PM, the discussion topic will be energy independence. Energy independence, by taking the bargaining chip of oil dependence off the table, would be good for American foreign policy. In a government with fixed resources, should the U.S. encourage more traditional fuel production or invest in the young technology of renewable resources? Presented by Charles Woodbury, a computer systems consultant and software developer at the U.S. Army Air Defense School.
Gobblers Gallop: The 2nd Annual Gobbler's Gallop 5K/1K Family Fun Run/Walk on Thanksgiving Morning, November 27th, starting at 8:00 am. This is St Paul's United Church of Christ, Ellsworth (the brick church on 72 & 63) Youth Group 2015 Mission Trip fundraiser. Sign up by November 18 and receive a FREE t-shirt. The entry fee is $20.00 per person or a $50.00 family max. Family price includes 2 t-shirts; additional t-shirts are $10.00/ea.
Canadian Pacific Holiday Train Returns to Cottage Grove: The Canadian Pacific Holiday Train returns to the communities of Cottage Grove, Newport and St. Paul Park on Wednesday, December 10, 2014. The brightly lit train will arrive at approximately 5:45 p.m. with a trainload of fun and entertainment. It will stop on West Point Douglas Road just south of the 80th St. Bridge / Belden Crossing. All cash and non-perishable donations collected at the "Cottage Grove Stop" go directly to their local Friends in Need Food Shelf; serving the residents of Cottage Grove, Grey Cloud Island, Newport and St. Paul Park.