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October 30:

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.

October 30-31:

LeDuc Candlelight Tours: On October 30 and 31, special Candlelight Tours will be available from 6:00-9:00pm. These are family friendly tours, and regular tour rates apply. If your group is larger than 5, please call 651-437-7055 for a reservation. 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. There will be a bit of the macabre, (but not scary) and children are invited to wear halloween costumes. Some very special treats will be offered as well.

October 31:

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.

November 3:

Baby Story Time at the Library: Babies age birth to two years old are invited to the Pleasant Hill Library on Monday, November 3rd at 10:45am for a Baby Story Time. Babies will hear stories, sing songs, and play silly games. There is no charge for story time, and no registration is required.

November 3 & 8:

Relaxation with Dr. Roach. Wear comfortable clothes and bring a yoga mat or blanket to learn mind-body relaxation tips with Dr. Mona Roach. There are two different days and times you can go to; the first is on Monday, November 3rd from 12:15-12:45pm, and the other is on Saturday, November 8th from 10:30-11:30am. Light refreshments will be provided. Sponsored by A Healthier Hastings For All. Registration is required, and can be done by calling 651-438-0200.

November 4:

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 5:

Story Time at the Library: Children up the the age of 6 years old are invited to the Pleasant Hill Library on Wednesday, November 5th at 10:30am for a story time session. Children will listen to a few favorite stories and participate in a craft activity. There is no charge for the event, and no registration is required.

Wilderness Guide/Canoe Enthusiast Speaks at the Library: Area residents are invited to the Pleasant Hill Library on Wednesday, November 5th at 6:30pm to hear a presentation by wilderness guide, teacher and writer Rob Kesselring. The presentation is called Rio Grande By Canoe - A Leap Back in Time. Kesselring will share photos and stories from his Rio Grande canoe adventure and answer questions about the sport of canoeing. There is no charge for the event, and no registration is required. For more information about Kesselring's adventures, check out his website at robkesselring.com.

November 7 & 8:

Spiritual Blessing: On November 7th and 8th, Rwandan genocide survivor, Immaculee Ilibagiza will be sharing her story of Faith, Hope and Forgiveness. Immaculee's life was transformed dramatically during the 1994 Rwandan genocide where she and seven other women spent 91 days huddled silently together in the cramped bathroom of a local pastor's house. Immaculee entered the bathroom a vibrant, 115-pound university student with a loving family... She emerged weighing just 65 pounds to find out that most of her family had been brutally murdered. Today, Immaculee is regarded as one of world's leading speakers on peace, faith, and forgiveness. She has shared her universal message with world dignitaries, school children, multinational corporations, churches, and at many conferences. Immaculee works hard to spread her message and to raise money for her Left to Tell Charitable Fund which directly benefits the children orphaned by the genocide. This event begins Friday, November 7th, at 7:00 PM with the doors opening at 5:00 PM. It will be held at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic Church, and general admission is $30.00. Tickets are available at the SEAS Church Office or brownpapertickets.com. For additional information please call Trish Murphy at 651-253-4863 or Renee Keene at 651-470-1175.

November 8-16:

Hastings Artists' Show: The LeDuc Historic Estate is hosting the Hastings Artists' Show every day November 8th through November 16th from 10:00am to 5:00pm.

November 9:

Give Thanks Concert: On Sunday, November 9th, Cornerstone Bible Church will be having a concert for giving thanks. It takes place at 2:00pm at 735 E. 10th Street in Hastings.

November 10-11:

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.

November 10:

Learn Holiday Cookie Making Tips at the Library: Area adults are invited to the Pleasant Hill Library on Monday, November 10th from 6:00-8:00pm to learn a few tricks about holiday cookie baking and decorating. Students will learn what tools and frosting to use to create amazing designs for you holiday cookies. This program will be taught by local artist Victoria Welch. There is no program for the programs, but registration is required. Please call the library at 651-438-0200 or visit the library website. Registration opens November 3rd.

November 11:

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.

November 13:

Sip & Shop: On Thursday, November 13th, The Onion Grille will be hosting "Sip & Shop" from 5:00-9:00pm. There will be over 20 vendors offering jewelry, cosmetics, clothing, accessories, gifts and more. The cost is $30 per person, which includes appetizers, beverages, and shopping. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to Hastings TLC. For more information, call The Onion Grille at 651-437-7577.

Prayer Breakfast: On Thursday, November 13th, there will be a prayer breakfast at Mississippi Dunes Golf Links from 7:00-8:45am. This ecumenical event is patterned after the National Prayer Breakfast held annually in Washington D.C., and is designed as a time of prayer for our city, state, and nation, our leaders, and as a time of rededication of individuals to God. As we approach a season of thanksgiving, let's also remember our service men and women who gave their lives for our freedom. Featuring keynote speaker Ben Utecht. To make reservations, please call 651-747-2921.

November 15:

Celebrate International Games Day at the Prescott Public Library: On Saturday, November 15th, the Prescott Public Library will be having a celebratory game day from 11am to 1pm. They will have a bunch of board and card games available to play. There will also be supplies and instructions for making your own games. Bring the whole family and make a board game together! No registration required, just drop in and have fun! IF you have any questions, call the library at 715-262-5555.

November 15 & 16:

Hastings Harvest 2-Day Craft Fair St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic Church is hosting a harvest-themed craft fair on Saturday, November 15th from 9am to 4pm, and on Sunday, November 16th from 9am to 1pm. Admission is free, there are 40 booths full of items, and there are concessions available. For more information, call 651-437-4254.

November 16:

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 17:

Antiques Appraisal at the Prescott Library: Did you find something interesting and aincent during your fall cleaning? Have you got family heirlooms and always wondered if they are worth anything? Then the library's antiques appraisal event is for you! On Monday, November 17th, Mark Moran will appraise up to two of your antique items for free from 4:00-7:00pm. You must register for an appraisal appointment by calling the Prescott Public Library at 715-262-5555. Spectators are welcome, and don't need to register.

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.

November 19:

Hastings Concert Series: Hank Thunander. Hank Thunander will be playing a show in the Hastings Middle School auditorium on Wednesday, November 19th at 7:00pm. Hank began his musical career at the age of nine in a small town in Bessemer, Michigan. Recognized for his achievements, Hank was awarded the Army Commendation Medal for his outstanding leadership and performances in Special Services Entertainment. Hank has repeatedly awestruck crowds with his various styles of music at nightclubs, festivals, casinos, ballrooms, and theme parks.

November 27:

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.

December 10:

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.

February 28:

Hastings Concert Series: Rebecca & Kuba will be playing a show in the Hastings Middle School auditorium on Saturday, February 28th at 4:00pm. After a highly successful 2012 tours, Kuba returns with another unique show, this time showcasing his wife Rebecca, a Broadway and Country singer, and himself and his virtuosity on the vibraphone, and other percussion instruments. Their repertoire of diverse styles combined with their chemistry creates a variety show that delights every audience.

March 22:

Hastings Concert Series: Steve Clarke & The Working Stiffs will be play a show in the Hastings Middle School auditorium on Sunday, March 22nd at 3:00pm. The Working Stiffs swing hard and hot, jammin' and jivin' their way right into your dancing shoes. Their jump blues and jazz bill, with some rockabilly thrown in for good measure, complimented by Steve's golden saxophone, is a favorite with the dancers.

May 2:

Hastings Concert Series: Considered one of the best vocalists of all time, Karen Carpenter captured the attention of a generation with her catchy pop music. Now singer Lisa Rock and her 6 piece band are bringing the music of The Carpenters back to the stage with their spot-on renditions of Carpenter's classics. Lisa draws the crowd in with anecdotes about Karen and Richard Carpenter, their lives and how some of the songs originated.

 

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