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Throughout the Month of August:

Washington County Skoolie Bus: Communities are getting on board with summer plans for school aged kids in their school districts. The SPARK program is thriving in Hastings and in nearby Cottage Grove the Community Education Skoolie Bus makes week night stops in 4 cities as part of the No Kid Hungry Pilot project in partnership with South Washington County Schools, Second Harvest Heartland , Share Our Strength and a caucus of the state legislators. The goal of the project is to model programs to eliminate child hunger with the No Kid Hungry Initiative. The schedule for this program for August is listed below:

Mondays from 5-7 p.m. in Woodbury

Shawnee Park on August 20

Tuesdays from 4-6 p.m. in Newport

Newport Lutheran Church on August 21

Wednesdays from 5-7 p.m. in St. Paul Park

Pullman Elementary on August 22

Thursdays from 4-6 p.m. in Cottage Grove

Park Grove Library on August 23

This Summer on Saturdays

Water Walking at HFAC:The Hastings Aquatic Center is offering an excellent low-impact workout this Summer called Water Walking. It is an at-your-own-pace style of workout that will get your blood flowing. Sessions run on Saturdays, from 8 to 9 AM. Cost is $4 per class, or with the purchase of a Season Pass or Punch Card. To sign up, or for questions, contact the Center at 651-480-2385.

Through August 29:

Midwest Dental School Donation Drive: A back to school donation drive will continue until August 29th at the office of Midwest Dental, 925 Highway 55, Suite 102, in Hastings. Some items on the list that will be donated to ISD 200 Schools include Large Backpacks, Notebooks and folders, Pencils, Dry-Erase Markers, Crayons, Scissors and Glue Sticks. Also needed are loose leaf paper, 3x5 index cards, rulers, flash drives and boxes of facial tissues. Contact Lisa for more details or questions at 651-437-7844.

Through August 24:

MEALS Lunch Program: The free lunch served from Noon until 1 PM at Our Saviour's Lutheran church this Monday through Friday . Volunteers offer service and clean up with extra help always appreciated. OSEL is located at 400 West 9th Street in Hastings.

August 18-Sept 29:

Puppy Training Class: The Hastings Community Education offers Puppy Training (10-10:50 am) For trainers ages 12+, $82, Held at the Rio Gran Dog Training facility, on Fisher Street , West of Hastings.

August 18-October 6:

Intro to Agility Training for Dogs: Hastings Community Education offers Intro to Agility Training for Dogs (11-11:50 am) For Trainers ages 12+, $100, Held at the Rio Gran Dog Training facility on Fisher Street, West of Hastings.

August Aug 18-Sep 15:

Dog Training for Jumps & Tunnels: Training for these skill will be offered through the Hastings Community Education for the 50 minute classes (12-12:50 pm) Trainers ages 12+, Fee is $55, Held at the Rio Gran Dog Training facility, Fisher Street, West of Hastings.

August 20:

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

August 20

Hastings City Council Meeting: Council workshop precedes the regular meeting which starts at 7pm at City Hall. Tonight's meeting includes public hearings.

August 21:

Hwy 316 MnDOT Open House: Held at Crossroads Church beginning at 5:00 pm. A brief presentation will begin at 5:15.

August 22:

Senior Center Picnic: The Annual Senior Center Picnic for the Hastings Area Senior Center will be held on Wednesday, August 22nd in the Tilden Center Back yard. Cose is $5 per person for members and $7 for non-Center members. Burgers and Brats will be grilled by members of the Hastings Lions Club, salads and other items will be provided by Ptaceks IGA of Prescott. Register anytime this summer in the Welcome Center, payment must accompany registration. Volunteers are also needed for set-up, serving and Clean up. The event will be moved into the gym if it rains.

August 23:

The Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Meeting: Initiative now underway in the city is evolving with a group of citizens forming a regular schedule of meetings to engage even more. They will host another meeting beginning at 6 PM on Thursday, August 23rd at City Hall. The goal, according to a city representative, is to include people from all perspectives for discussion of issues that affect the community as a whole. This fall, the group will begin work with the YMCA Equity Innovation Center to help build a lasting culture in Hastings that values all people and all perspectives. Check the initiative’s web page to learn about upcoming meetings and events or to sign up to receive email updates.

August 24:

Smartphone Basics: Held at the Pleasant Hill Library from 10:15 AM - 12:15 PM. Registration is required to participate. Discover options for providing better smartphone security on your iPhone or Android. Learn which basic security settings are right for you and how to configure them. Topics include PINs and password managers, apps and backups, WiFi and VPNs, remote wipe, encryption, and smartphone scams. Presented by Twin Cities Media Alliance and funded by MELSA.

August 25:

Saturday Night Cruise In: The Downtown Business Association concludes its widely popular Cruise-In events for classic cars 1976 and older, with shows every other Saturday through August 25th. Time of show is 5-9pm. Please observe marked parking areas and time restrictions for show parking so that local business can be have space for their customers earlier in the day. Contact the Hastings Downtown Business Association for registration information.

Aug 25:

Carpenter St. Croix Valley Art Festival: CNC welcomes you to celebrate art and nature on their Wisconsin Campus. Enjoy music, fine arts and crafts, and food from local artisans. Take in the beautiful scenery of this outdoor event, and visit the CNC tent to meet some of their live animal ambassadors. This event will take place rain or shine, so come prepared for the weather. A portion of all proceeds support environmental education and habitat conservation at Carpenter Nature Center. Time of event is between 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

August 26:

Last Days for Hastings Family Aquatics Center:Nearly time for school to begin, so use your punch passes at the Hastings Pool before August 26th, when the facility will call it a summer. Hours can be found on the link provided. Pool opening is weather dependent, please call if you have concerns about opening delays or cancellations.

Hastings Family Aquatic Center, 901 Maple Street, Hastings, MN 55033- Aquatics Front Desk: 651-480-2385, Aquatics Manager: (651) 480-6179

Hours of Operation

August 20- August 26, 2018

Monday Noon - 7:00 p.m.

Tuesday Noon - 5:00 p.m.

Wednesday Noon - 7:00 p.m.

Thursday Noon - 5:00 p.m.

Friday Noon - 7:00 p.m.

Saturday Noon - 7:00 p.m.

Sunday , August 26th- 12:00 - 5:00 p.m., the Hastings Family Aquatic Center is reserved for families. Swimmers can bring in flotation devices that are not allowed during normal swim including rafts, balls, and toys.

Time: 12:00 - 5:00 p.m.

Cost: $5.00/each or Season Pass or Punch Card or re-enter with hand stamp

August 26:

The Winter of 1816: A presentation will be held at the Great River Road Visitor and Learning Center in Freedom Park on August 26th. The odd weather events of 1816, the year without a summer, provides a fascinating glimpse into the effects of dramatic temperature swings on food production and corresponding human health and wellness around the world. In this program, they will explore what caused winter to persist deep into summer of 1816 in North America and take a deeper look at the aftermath and related cultural phenomena in the arts and sciences. Today’s scientists attribute much of the extreme weather of 1816 to the 1815 eruption of Mount Tambora in Indonesia - but what have we learned since then? Could the “winter of 1816” be repeated in the 21st century? Join naturalist/Executive Director Jessica Bierbrauer to learn more at this free program that takes place from 1-2pm.

August 27:

ProAct Golf Classic Benefit: The 2018 ProAct Golf Classic will be held on Monday, August 27at Southview County Club in West St. Paul. ProAct President and CEO Steven Ditschler hopes supporters will enjoy the challenge of the 71 par course with all proceeds benefitting people with disabilities served by ProAct.The team tournament begins with lunch and registration in the late morning, and is followed by a shotgun start, skills contests and team prizes, before wrapping up with silent and live auctions and a gourmet dinner.The event is ProAct’s only annual fundraising project and a portion of the $150 entry fee is tax deductible. Price for the dinner alone is $35. Registration for the four-person scramble event runs from 10:45 a.m. to 12 p.m., with an early lunch starting at 11 a.m. and a shotgun start at 12 p.m. Sponsorship opportunities are available as well. To register, please visit or contact Sheena Henry at 651-289-3149 or With facilities in Eagan, Red Wing, Shakopee, Zumbrota in Minnesota, and in Hudson, Wis., ProAct is a 501 (c) 3 nonprofit corporation which has served the needs of people with disabilities for more than 45 years.

August 29:

Storytime in the Park: Held at the Rotary Pavilion in Levee Park, 20 Ramsey Street, 6:00 PM - 6:45 PM. Join us for stories, games, and crafts in the park. Presented in part by the City of Hastings Parks and Recreation. Ages: 0-10.

August 29-October 28:

Orange Dragon Art Gallery Fall Exhibit: The Orange Dragon Art Gallery Fall Exhibit will be the next opportunity to see quality local art displayed at the Prescott, Wisconsin venue, located at 122 Orange Street. An opening reception will be held on Friday, September 7th from 5-7:30 pm. Find our more at their website- -Phone 715-262-4122


September 4:

ISD 200 Schools First Day: Students in grades 1-9 start back to school today. Students in Grades Kindergarten and 10-12, will start tomorrow at the usual time.

Contact the District office with registration questions. 651-480-

September 5:

Senior Center Golf Scramble: The Hastings Area Senior Center annual Golf Scramble will be held on Wednesday, September 5th beginning at 8:30 am. Cost of $32 includes 9 holes of golf, a cart, prized and lunch catered by Ptacek's IGA upon return to the Center. Register to be part of this fun morning of golf. A special prize for the best dressed golfer will also be awarded. Call Laurie to register, 651-480-7689.

September 6-Oct 1:

Puppy Training Sessions: Offered thru Hastings Community Education. Classes are 50 minutes (6:30-7:20 pm) Trainers ages 12+, $82, Rio Gran Dog Training facility, Fisher Street.

September 6-Oct 18:

Dog Obedience Introduction Sessions:Beginning Dog Obedience sessions offered thru Hastings Community Education will be held at Rio Gran Dog Training Facility, on Fisther Street just West of Hastings. 50 Minute classes (7:30-8:20 pm) For trainers ages 12+, Fee is $99.

September 7-Oct 12:

Equestrian Club: Offered through Hastings Community Education, the Equestrian Club will be held for one hour (6:30-7:30 pm) and include ages 5-adult, Cost is $240, Held at Cornerstone on the Vermillion Horse Complex, just west of Hastings.

September 4:

Work of Art: Business Plan Essentials: Held at the Pleasant Hill Library from 5:30 PM - 8:00 PM. Registration is necessary for participation. Registration begins 8/21/2018 at 10:00 AM. Learn a new set of business skills with this professional development series geared for artists in the visual, performing and literary arts. Attend any or all sessions. Presented by Springboard for the Arts. Registration required for each session. Learn how to prepare a simple business plan in arts-friendly language and get help organizing the various aspects of your artistic practice and making informed business decisions.

September 5:

Résumé Rescue: Held at the Pleasant Hill Library from 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM. Registration begins 8/22/2018 at 10:00 AM Creating an effective résumé can help you land the job you’ve always wanted. Learn how to use a résumé to show a potential employer your value. Topics covered include formatting, styles, common mistakes, dos and don’ts, and more. Taught by Dakota County WorkForce Center staff. Registration required.

September 7:

Rivertown Live-United Heroes League Fundraiser: United Heroes League is a national nonprofit that empowers military families to stay healthy and active through sports. They accomplish their mission by providing free head to toe sports equipment to military kids, free skill development camps, cash grants to pay youth athletic fees, and tickets to pro sporting events so the entire family can enjoy a night out together before or after deployment. Keeping military kids engaged with their community through sports is a great way for them to cope with the hardships of having a parent, or sometimes both parents, serving our country. The Benefit held at the Rotary Pavilion in Levee Memorial Park. Tickets available online at General Admission Tickets: $20 / $25 day of the concert. A general admission ticket gets you in the gates to Veteran's Memorial Levee Park for the concert. Bring a blanket or chair to sit or feel free to stand for the show. VIP Tickets: $75. A VIP ticket includes expedited entry, access to the VIP tent for free food and beer, and exclusive seating. Doors Open @ 5:30 pm Opening band- Rizer @ 6:30 pm, Hairball @ 8:30 pm

September 7:

Orange Dragon Reception Held at the Orange Dragon Art Gallery in Prescott. More info soon.

September 8:

HFD Association 78th Annual Booya: The Hastings Fire Department will hold their annual booya on Saturday this year at the St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic Church in Hastings. Time of Serving will be added soon. The fundraiser benefits the many charities and sponsorships provided by the firefighters each year. Tickets will be available at the door.

September 7-9:

Prescott Daze Festival: Held in Prescott there is something for everyone. Car Show, Street dance, Kids event, Parade and so much more. Check out the full schedule on their website. Register for the parade, nominate your choice for Grand Marshal, join the volunteers to make this year the best ever. Contact Courtney Hale Lamb to help out.

September 9:

Autumn in the Valley Gala: Join Carpenter Nature Center’s Board of Directors for a wonderful evening along the bluffs of the St. Croix River. Guests enjoy tours of the trails, mingling near the gardens, silent auction and live auctions, and dinner catered by Lake Elmo Inn. Sponsorships at all levels are available. Auction donations are welcomed. To become a sponsor, volunteer, or arrange to donate an auction item, please contact Erika at 651-437-4359. 4:00-9:00 p.m.

September 11:

Make & Take Activity- Travel Games: Held at the Pleasat Hill Library from 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM. Registration is required and begins 8/28/2018 at 8:00 AM. Participants will create a board game to play on the go. For Ages: 4-12.

September 12:

Cover Letters, Email and Thank You Notes: Held at the Pleasant Hill Library from 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM. Registration is required and begins 8/29/2018 at 12:00 AM

Cover letters and thank you notes are important parts of the job search puzzle. Learn what you really need to include to get the employer’s attention, the difference between a mailed and an emailed letter or note, when and how to follow-up, and proper email etiquette to effectively communicate with employers. Taught by Dakota County WorkForce Center staff.

September 12:

Jewelry Techniques for Nature Finds: Held at the Pleasant Hill Library from 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM. Registration is required and begins 8/29/2018 at 10:00 AM

Learn jewelry-making techniques using common nature finds such as agates, sea glass, rocks, and driftwood.

September 12:

Prescott School District Annual Meeting: The District Annual meeting will be held at 6 PM at the High School. Questions about the Prescott schools can be directed to

September 15:

Joseph Hall Elvis Rock and Remember Concert:Audiences from Branson to the NBC Television series America's Got Talent have enjoyed the performances given by Joseph Hall who will bring his Elvis Concert to the Prescott High School Auditorium on September 15th. Ticket prices range from a $25 VIP ticket to a $20 general admission ticket available at or by calling - 1-800-346-2427. The concert will start at 7 pm.

September 15:

In the Heart of the Beast Puppet and Mask Theater:In the Heart of the Beast Puppet and Mask Theater is coming to Prescott on September 15th with Performances at 10 am and again at 11:30am. This will be a free to attend event and suitable for the entire family. Organizers are delighted to bring this topical, educational, and breathtakingly beautiful performance to Freedom Park. The show, entiled, the Way of the Monarch, follows the spectacular metamorphosis and migration of the monarch butterfly. This beloved creature transforms from egg to larva to caterpillar to chrysalis to butterfly to international traveler. The storytelling show is performed using hand and rod puppets created from recycled materials. After the show, designer and creator Laurie Witzkowski is happy to field questions and comments from the audience.

September 17:

3-D Modeling Basics for Teens and Tweens: Held at the Pleasant Hill Library from 4:00 PM - 5:30 PM. Registration is required and begins 9/3/2018 at 10:00 AM

Learn how to design your own object using 3-D modeling software. Participants may print completed designs later using a library 3-D printer. For Ages: 10-16.

September 18:

Work of Art Learn about Funding: Held at the Pleasant Hill Library from 5:30 PM - 8:00 PM.Registration is required and begins 9/4/2018 at 10:00 AM

Learn a new set of business skills with this professional development series geared for artists in the visual, performing and literary arts. Attend any or all sessions. Presented by Springboard for the Arts. Registration required. Learn to think creatively about how to diversify your funding streams by exploring traditional and new models for generating value, resource and revenue

September 19:Interviewing Skills Held at the Pleasant Hill Library from 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM. Registration is required and begins 9/5/2018 at 12:00 AM

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. Taught by Dakota County WorkForce Center staff. Registration required.

September 25:

Work of Art Series- Kiva Info Session:Held at the Pleasant Hill Library from 5:30 PM - 8:00 PM. Registration is required and begins 9/11/2018 at 10:00 AM

Learn a new set of business skills with this professional development series geared for artist in the visual, performing and literary arts. Attend any or all sessions. Presented by Springboard for the Arts. Registration required. Learn how the Kiva microloan platform works and about matching funds, examples of successful artists' projects and best practices to help you find capital to expand or invest in your work.

September 26:

Manga Mania from Textile Center: Held at the Pleasant Hill Library from 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM. Registration is required and begins 9/12/2018 at 10:00 AM

Hand sew and embellish your favorite character or creature. Learn how to design and construct a miniature friend using vibrant colors of felt. Presented by the Textile Center. Registration required. Ages: 11-16.

September 27:

Fun with Letters: Held at the Pleasant Hill Library from 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM. Registration is required and begins 9/13/2018 at 10:00 AM

Engage with your child through fun alphabet activities in this early literacy workshop. Sponsored in part by ECFE. Registration is required for each child. Children ages 0-6 and their caregivers.

September 28:

Hastings Senior Center Men's Breakfast: The Senior Center Men’s Breakfast will be held on Friday, September 28th beginning at 8:00 a.m. Cost for members is $6.00 . You are invited to join the men in their community for lively conversations and a great breakfast catered from Ptaceks IGA. At the first breakfast, they will discuss if we would like to do this again, possible speakers, etc. Please pay to be registered.

September 29:

Sunset Gala Party: A Sunset Gala Party for Freedom Park is the Friends of Freedom Park Annual Fundraiser held at the Great River Road Visitor and Learning Center will take place on Sept 29. A catered event featuring live music, entertainment, a silent auction, and unforgettable river views. All proceeds from this annual fundraiser benefit Friends of Freedom Park, the non-profit that supports the programs and operations of the Great River Road Visitor and Learning Center in Freedom Park. Time of the event is from 5:00pm - 8:00pm


October 1:

Puzzled About Christmas Gifts: The Hastings Area Senior Center will host an evening during which Dave Youngren shares the stories behind the photos he took of the Hastings Bridge. The session is entitled Puzzled About Christmas Gifts and will take place on Monday, October 1 6:00 p.m. The beautiful photos have been transfered into puzzles and he will have several on hand for purchase.

October 12:

Bullying Take 2 Seminar: The Hastings Area Senior Center will host an evening to discuss Bullying - Take 2 on Friday, October 12 at 10:00 a.m. Deputies from the Dakota County Sheriff’s Office will be at the center to discuss what bullying is, what you can do if you or others are being bullied and how best to protect yourself and others. Call Laurie at the center to register. 651-480-7689

October 31-December 23:

Orange Dragon Art Gallery Holiday Exhibit: The Orange Dragon Art Gallery Holiday Exhibit will help get your holiday shopping done- even it's for yourself! The Opening Reception will be held on November 2nd from 5-7:30 pm with a Holiday reception taking place on December 7th from 5-7:30 pm. Find out more at their website- Phone 715-262-4122


November 8:

Church Basement Ladies All new Show- You Smell Barn: Bus tour to the Ames Center in Burnsville departs at 10:45 am and returns at 4 pm. Reservation deadline with payment of $73 per person is due October 11th. You may also register in person at Hastings Community Education, 310 River Street. The 7th Church Basement presentation features plenty of laughs , music and fun for the entire family. Fee includes turkey luncheon, tax , tip and show ticket.

November 15:

Hastings Area Senior Center Thanksgiving Luncheon: Annual Thanksgiving Luncheon Thursday November 15 Noon Cost: $9.00 Center members and $11 for non-Center members. Enjoy fellowship with friends and a delicious Thanksgiving dinner catered by Ptaceks IGA.


December 17:

Hastings Area Senior Center Holiday Party: Annual Holiday Party at SEAS Monday, December 17 Noon Cost: $15.00 Center members and $20 for non- Center members. Holiday meal catered by Trophy House, entertainment by the Riverside Duo and doorprizes.


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