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Greeter at LeDuc Historic Estate: The Dakota County Historical Society needs volunteer greeters at the LeDuc Historic Estate. House Hosts are individuals who enjoy interacting with the public, and are willing to keep up-to-date with LeDuc events. House Hosts are key players in an enjoyable guest experience at the site. Applicants must be at least 16 years old and comfortable with greeting and chatting with people. For complete details, click the link that follows.

Through 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

December 13-20:

Library Gingerbread House Contest: Pleasant Hill Library will be the site for this year's Gingerbread House Contest and Display. HPAAC invites everyone to enter a creation or come to enjoy the display and vote for your favorites. Pick up rules and registration forms in advance at the Library's interim location at Westview Mall, located at 1355 S. Frontage Rd., Suite 200. The contest and display runs from December 13th to the 20th.

December 14:

How the Grouch Found Christmas: Hope Christian Academy presents this original Christmas Musical about finding joy during tough times and features students from Preschool to 12th grades. Program begins at 7 pm with prelude music starting earlier. Held at St. Thomas Aquinas Sanctuary, 920 Holley Avenue, St. Paul Park, MN, 55071. A freewill offering will be gratefully accepted.

December 15 and 16:

Freedom Park 90th Birthday: Freedom Park in Prescott celebrates 90 years in 2018, and there will be a party to celebrate this milestone event. On Saturday, December 15th from 10 am to 5 pm and Sunday, December 16th from noon to 5pm, come to the Park for birthday cake, a celebratory 25% off gift shop sale, and help the Great River Road Visitor and Learning Center make Freedom Park be the best it can be for the residents of Prescott and surrounding communities.

December 15:

SnoMos Youth Safety Training: Begins at 8:30 am at Vermillion Town Hall. The MN State DNR online portion of the class must be completed prior to this date. This is the course required for snowmobile operators ages 11-15 to receive their permit. View the SnoMOs Facebook page for Field Day Registration.

December 15:

River Blades Holiday Show and Santa Skate: The River Blades Holiday Show will be held on Saturday, December 15th at the Hastins Civic Arena. Their show is held from 6-7, then the public is invited to a community open skate with Santa. The event is free and open to the public.

December 15:

Hastings High School Holiday Vocal Concert: Don't miss this traditional hallmark of the season with performances at 2PM and 4:30PM. Purchase before school or during lunch at the welcome desk, lower level at HHS by December 14. This concert features all vocal choirs and pre-concert music by Jazz l.

December 15:

Holiday Cookie and Candy Make and Take: A holiday cookie and candy make and take class will be offered just in time for the holidays by Hastings Community Education. This 3 hour course takes place at the Senior High School on Saturday, December 15th from 9am until noon. Participants will work as a group making favorites such as Russian Teacakes, peanut butter kiss cookies, fudge and pretzel rods dipped in several delicious coverings. Each person will take home 10 dozen items to share with your family and friends. Cost for the session is $39. Register at the community education office or online at

December 17:

Prescott High School Choir Concert: The Music Concert schedule for December in Prescott will be very busy, with a High School Band Concert on December 10th at 7 PM, a Middle School Band Concert on December 11th at 7 PM, and a High School Choir Concert on December 17th at 6 PM. Come to the Prescott Performing Arts Center to hear the students of the Prescott School district perform a wide variety of musical selections. Concerts are free of charge. For questions, contact the Manager of the Prescott Performing Arts Center, Casey Johnson at 703-969-2629.

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.

December 18:

Hastings Senior Center Holiday Dinner: Held at SEAS Church- update: there is currently a waiting list for this event. Contact the Senior Center to be added to the list.

December 18:

Free Holiday Coffee Concert: The last Tuesday Coffee Concert of 2018 will be held on Tuesday, December 18th at the Hastings Arts Center. Celebrate the season with holiday songs from around the world featuring soprano, Carolyn Campfield, and Sarah Lockwood at the piano,inviting everyone to hear music from the many winter holidays around the world and sing-along to a few as well! Coffee is available and perhaps some holiday treats. Stick around afterwards to view the gallery exhibit. Donations for our "Keys to Success" fundraising campaign are always welcome and appreciated

December 18:

Reception for Afton Mayor and Councilmember Joe Richter : The Afton City Council will host a Holiday Gathering and Recognition Ceremony at City Hall for outgoing members Mayor Richard Bend and Council Member Joe Richter on Tuesday, December 18th, starting at 6 PM. Mayor Bend served for 5 years, and council member Richter served for 12 years. The open house will celebrate these milestones with thanks for their service, stories, and holiday treats. Afton City Hall is located at 3033 St. Croix Trail South.

December 18:

Rosemount City Council reception: The Rosemount City Council will host a public reception for Council members Mark DeBettignies and Shaun Nelson, whose terms in office will end this month. The reception will take place on Tuesday, December 18, from 5 to 6:30 p.m. on the second floor of City Hall, 2875 145th Street West. Members of the public are invited to greet the Council during the informal event. Council members DeBettignies and Nelson will be formally recognized for their service during the Council meeting that follows the reception at 7 p.m. Council member DeBettignies has served four terms, totaling 16 years, on the Rosemount Council, and was a Planning Commissioner before that. Council member Nelson is completing one term.

December 18:

Vermillion Town Board Meeting: The Vermillion Town Board will hold a public hearing on Tuesday, December 18th at 7:30 pm at the Vermillion Town Hall. On the agenda is the proposed ordinance that would grant a franchise to Midcontinent Communications to maintain a cable communications system in Vermillion Township. The ordinance would set forth conditions involved in the grant for the franchise, provide regulation and use of the system and prescribing penalties for violation of its provisions. There is an existing franchise for the company and the meeting would provide a new contract extending the township agreement.

December 20:

Frank Weber Author Visit: The Hastings Bierstube will host author Frank Weber on Thursday, Dec. 20. The author event is free and open to any person or club members that enjoy reading mystery/thrillers. Weber will speak at 6:30 p.m. in the Bierstube's new addition. Attendees are invited for a meal or beverage for purchase before the event begins. Books, including Weber's newly released book, "The I-94 Murders," will be available for purchase and personalization at the event.

December 22:

Dymacek Music Recital: Dymacek Music Studio will perform a Winter Recital on Saturday, December 22nd, with two performances slated, on at 11 AM and the other at 1:30 PM. The recital will occur at the Hastings Arts Center, 216, 4th Street East, and is free of charge.

December 27:

KidCreate Studio for New Years Eve:A kidcreate studio New Year's Eve Craft party will take place on Thursday, December 27th from 9am until noon. Send your young artist to class to make all they will need for a fabulous New Year's Eve. They will make noisemakers, party poppers, and stylish and very original New Year's Even Hats. The class maximum is 15. Sign up soon to be part of this course that is designed for children ages 4-9. Cost to participate is $37. Register online at

December 31-February 28:

Dakota County Park Event Volunteer Opportunities: If your family is looking for the perfect way to ring in the new year, join the fun at Lebanon Hills Regional Park. The annual New Year’s Eve runs from 5-8 p.m. on Dec. 31st at the Lebanon Hills Visitor Center. Guests can skate, hike or snowshoe by candlelight or participate in other activities. They also need volunteers that will assist in a variety of ways. To show their appreciation, a complimentary dinner and hot drinks will be provided to all who sign up and help out. To learn more and sign-up view the link at


The Dakota County Parks Forever Wild event organizers are putting the call out for Volunteers Needed to help with Luminary Events. Every year, they put on several magical winter events that are made possible by an awesome community of volunteers. They have need of people to help set out luminaries, light luminaries, tend bonfires and helping to serve up cocoa. Inside and outside positions are available. Some of the events are the Family New Year's Eve Party by Candelight, and three Trails by Candlelight held in Spring Lake Park, Lebanon Hills Regional Park and also in Thompson County Park. A link to the sign up for these events can be found on the page.


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Check out the volunteer positions for Trails by Candlelight: Thompson County Park here:…/ef…/ActivityCategory/137488/1


Check out the volunteer positions for Trails by Candlelight: Spring Lake Park Reserve here:…/ef…/ActivityCategory/137489/1


Check out the volunteer positions for Trails by Candlelight: Lebanon Hills Regional Park here:…/ef1…/ActivityCategory/82419/1

The Hastings city Council met on Monday evening, December 3rd with several items listed on the agenda.....


January 1:

Hastings Show choir Preview Show: Held at the Hastings High School. Tickets on sale prior to the Holidays at the information desk, lower level student entrance from 7:30am until 1:30 pm.

January 2:

First Day Back to School: For all District 200 students.

January 7:

Hastings City Council Meeting with Innauguration of New Officials: The regular Hastings City Council will begin the meeting with the successful candidates of the November election- Mayor Mary Fasbender, At Large Councilmember Lori Braucks and At Large Councilmemer Mark Vaughan- sworn into their respective offices.

January 12:

Food Distribution at Harbor Church: The Harbor Church holds a food distribution on the second Saturday of each month, which provides milk and dairy products, meat, fresh produce and breads and some non-food items as well. The food distribution takes place from 9-11 am. They require a 20 dollar donation, however some vouchers are available. If you have an emergency and cannot afford the $20 donation, you may request a voucher. Voucher applications must be requested in advance (the deadline for submitting a voucher request is 5 days prior to the Food distribution). Vouchers are limited to 3 times per year, and only one voucher per householdConnect with them to have further questions answered. 651-493-7974. The Harbor Church is located at 11125 Point Douglas Drive

January 12-March 23:

River Blades Skating School Lessions: The River Blades Skating school will offer group lessons for children of all experience levels beginning on Saturday January 12th. The lessons will involve 30 minutes in a lesson group then a 30 minute practice time. The lesson groups cover the basics of skating for recreation or to prepare for playing hockey. Minimum age is 3 with group designation based on experience level. You must pre-register at Hastings Community Education, with a fee of $150 for the full session lasting until March 23rd.

January 14:

Prescott City Council Meeting: Prescott Municipal Building, 800 Borner Street. Meeting begins at 6:30 pm.

January 17:

Family Skate Night: The 4th annual After-hours skate night will be held at Pioneer Park in Hastings on Thursday January 17th from 8-10pm. Music, a bonfire and smores , games and more will be part of the fun. All are welcome to attend this free event.

January 19:

CNC Fishing at North Lake: Children aged 10 and over with fishing experience are invited to a free advanced ice fishing seminar with Carpenter St. Croix Nature Center at North Lake on Saturday, January 19th from 9 AM to noon. Learn about ice safety, fish species and habitat, ice fishing gear and techniques, how to select a location, drill a hole, and land top quality fish. Space is limited and registration is required by calling 651-437-4359.

January 21:

Hastings City Council Meeting: Hastings City Hall. Public meeting begins at 7 PM.

January 21 and 22:

Red Cross Blood Drive: Red Cross Blood Drive Coordinator Gale Carstensen reports that the recent blood drive in Hastings hosted by the Regina Auxiliary collected 156 units of blood. Blood drive organizers wish to thank local partners the Eagles and American Legion Auxiliaries, and donations of soup and sandwiches by Cub Foods and Walmart. The Red Cross has started scheduling into 2019, with a blood drive set for Monday, January 21, from 11:30 am to 5:30 pm, and Tuesday, January 22nd, from 1 to 7 PM, at Our Saviour's Evangelical Lutheran Church.

January 26:

CNC Fishing at Lake Rebecca: The Carpenter St. Croix Nature Center invites everyone to a free ice fishing day on Lake Rebecca from 9 AM to noon on Saturday, January 26th. Learn about ice safety, fish species and habitat, ice fishing gear and techniques, and more from National Park Service and In-Depth Outdoors instructors, and local high school angling teams. Registrations are strongly encouraged by calling 651-437-4359.

January 28:

Prescott City Council Meeting:Prescott Municipal Building , 800 Borner Street. Meeting begins at 6:30 pm.


February 5:

Family Skate Night: Lions Park will be the place for the Family Skate Night on Tuesday, February 5th from 6:30-8:30 pm. Music, hot cocoa and games for all ages will be part of the fun and participants can wear skates or slide in boots for the games. There will also be a min-skate show by the River Blades Skating School. Lions Park is located at 1001 5th Street West in Hastings.

February 6:

Prescott Chamber Annual Banquet: The Prescott Area Chamber of Commerce will hold its Annual Chamber Dinner on Wednesday, February 6th. Details are still being finalized, but the Chamber is asking for nominations for various Chamber Awards to be presented at the Dinner. The nomination deadline is December 31st. Submit nominations by visiting, and follow the link for nominations.

Februrary 7:

The 2019 Confluence Symposium: This event will take place Thursday, February 7th from 9am until 2 pm at the Afton State Park Visitor Center. The keynote speaker will be Heather Logelin, President of the St. Croix Valley Community Foundation. Logelin states that the St. Croix Valley foundation is uniquely positioned to play a critical role in building and enhancing the quality of life for all who work, live and play here and she is excited to both lead and support those effortsTo register for the Confluence Symposium, call the Visitor Center at 715-262-0104.

Registration: $25 in advance, $30 on the day of the event. For more information, visit

February 21-24:

Seussical the Musical: The Prescott School District will present "Seussical: the Musical" at the Prescott Performing Arts Center, February 21st, through the 24th. Thursday, Friday, and Saturday performances will be at 5:30 PM, and the Sunday show is at 12:30.

February 25:

Prescott HS Band Concert:On February 25th the Prescott High School Band will perform at the Prescott Performing Arts Center. The show starts at 7 PM, and the concert is free of charge. For questions, contact the Manager of the Prescott Performing Arts Center, Casey Johnson at 703-969-2629.


March 13:

Michelle Obama Book Tour Stop: Former First Lady Michelle Obama has announced a nationwide book tour in support of her New York Times bestseller "Becoming", and the tour includes a stop at the Excel Energy Center in St. Paul on Wednesday, March 13th. The book, which is her memoir, was released in November, and has already sold over 3 million copies in the U.S. and Canada. Tickets for the general public will go on sale Saturday, December 15th by visiting


April 19, 2019:

HPAAC Annual Gala: The Hastings Prescott Area Arts Council has announced the date and location of the 2019 Gala. According to an announcement made on Friday, the Gala is set for Thursday, April 19th, 2019, at the Hidden Greens Event Center on 200th Street East, in Hastings. The date and location were selected due to availability of auctioneering services and accommodations for an expected 250 attendees. The theme of the Gala is “Friends Along the River”, and the event remains in the planning stages at this time. Further details will be reported as they become available.


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