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January 21 & 28:

Nutrient Management Workshop: University of Minnesota Extension is presenting a nutrient management workshop designed to aid dairy and beef feedlot producers with phosphorus and nitrogen management strategies. These workshops will take from 9:30 am to 2:00 pm on January 21st at the Northfield Senior Center, and January 28th at the Steele County Administration Building in Owatonna. The day will start with a workshop on managing phosphorus in livestock manure by Extension Educator Randy Pepin, followed by lunch, a presentation on nitrogen credits from alfalfa and manure by Extension Agronomist Jeff Coulter, and a talk on feedlot best management practices by the local county feedlot officer. These workshops are free to attend. Refreshments and lunch will be provided. Pre-registration is requested one week prior to the workshop. Contact Neith Little at Dakota County Extension to RSVP: 607-346-5958 or In case of inclement weather, please contact the Farm Information Line at 1-800-232-9077.

January 24:

Early Literacy Play Date: Did you know that when young children play, they are also learning? When an activity or toy stimulates a child's curiosity or engages their participation, it also helps their brain grow and develop. The Prescott Public Library will have activities designed to promote brain development in babies, toddlers and preschoolers. They'll also tell you how you can do these same activities at home for little or no cost. All family members are welcome to attend! No need to register, just drop in when you can on Saturday, January 24th from 10:30am to 12:0pm. If you have questions, call the library at 715-262-5555.

Read to a Dog at the Library: Children ages 5-10 years old are invited to the Pleasant Hill Library on Saturday, January 24th at 11:00am to read to Duchess, the black lab. Duchess 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.

Meat Raffle: Head over to Scab's Place in Prescott for a meat raffle on Saturday, January 24th from 3:00-6:00pm. Support the Hastings All Night Grad Party and have a great time for a great cause. AND, win some high quality meat from Ptacek's in Prescott! 100% of the money raised will go to purchase things for the Grad Party such as food, prizes, games, decorations and entertainment.

January 24 & 28:

Town Hall Meeting with Representatives: State Representative Denny McNamara (R-Hastings) and State Senator Katie Sieben (DFL-Cottage Grove) announced that they will be holding two town hall meetings, one in Hastings and one in Cottage Grove. The first will take place on Saturday, January 24th at Hastings City Hall at 9:00am. The latter will be on Wednesday, January 28th at 7:30pm at the Cottage Grove City Hall. The lawmakers will discuss key issues that could be debated during the 2015 Legislative session and strongly encourage the public to attend and make their voices heard.

January 26:

Sing Play Learn with MacPhail at the Library: Children ages 0-5 are invited to the Pleasant Hill Library on Monday, January 26th at 10:30am to enjoy the magic of music and play with MacPhail Center for Music's early childhood music specialists. Children and adults both will experience music's impact on learning and reading readiness. The program is free, but registration is required. To register, call the library at 651-438-0200 or visit the library website at Registration opens January 12th.

Fermentation: Returning to Grandma's Methods: Learn the history of fermentation, why it's popular again, basic recipes, food safety and regulations for marketing fermented food by the University of Minnesota instructor Joellen Feirtag.

January 26 & 27:

Community Blood Drive: There will be a community blood drive on Tuesday, January 26th and Wednesday, January 27th. If you'd like to make an appointment, please call Gail Carstensen at 651-248-1173.

January 27:

Learn about MNsure at the Library: Area adults are invited to the Pleasant Hill Library on Tuesday, January 27th from 6:00-8:00pm to learn about MNsure. MNsure is the honest health insurance marketplace where Minnesotans can compare plans and choose from a variety of health insurance options. Participants will meet with a certified Application Counselor to help them set up an account. The program is free but registration is required. To register, call the library at 651-438-0200 or visit the library website here. Registration opens January 16th.

January 28:

Watch Movies at the Library: Children ages 2-6 years old are invited to the Pleasant Hill Library on Wednesday, January 28th at 10:30am to enjoy fun children's books in movie format. Movies include "Those Darn Squirrels and the Cat Next Door," "I Love You the Purplest," "Mr. Wuffles," and "Hondo and Fabian." There is no charge for the event, and no registration is required.

January 30:

Learn to Write Cover Letters and Thank You Notes at the Library: Area adults are invited to the Pleasant Hill Library on Friday, January 30th at 2:00pm for a class that will teach participants how to effectively write cover letters and thank you note. Participants will learn what you really need 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 etiquette to effectively communicate with employers. This class is taught by Dakota County Workhorse Center staff. The program is free, but registration is required. To register, call the library at 651-438-0200 or visit the library website here.

Scotch Tasting at the LeDuc: January 30th! Mark your calendars for the LeDuc's Burns Night Scotch Tasting. At 7:00pm, the bagpipes will be playing as they once again embark on a tasting of some fantastic single malt scotches. Robert Burns, "once upon a time" poet laureate of Scotland, will be celebrated as the lover of scotch that he was. Five pours (or drams) will be explored in depth with gourmet delicacies and some highland dance to accompany them. Register today, $30 per person by calling 651-437-7055.

February 3:

Social Security Seminar: On Tuesday, February 3rd, there will be a Social Security seminar hosted by Muddy Waters Bar and Grill in Prescott. Dinner starts at 5:30pm. The program will cover the basics of Social Security, incorporating it into your retirement portfolio, and how to maximize your benefits. Space is limited, and registration is required by January 27th. To register, call 715-262-0110.

February 4:

Learn Microsoft Excel at the Library: Adults are invited to learn the basics of Microsoft Excel on Wednesday, February 4th, from 6:00-8:00pm. This class covers the basics of using Microsoft Excel spreadsheet software through the example of a family budget. Class attendees should have a basic knowledge of Microsoft Word or equivalent. The class is free, but registration is required and begins Wednesday, January 21st. Call the Pleasant Hill Library at 651-438-0200 or register online at

February 5:

Book Discussion for Adults: On February 5th at 6:30pm, the LeDuc Historic Estate will be hosting a book discussion for adults. The Book Club will meet to discuss Christina Baker Kline's book "Orphan." The main character in the novel is Vivian Daly, an Irish immigrant to the United States. The novel alternates between the story of Vivian's journey (from Ireland to New York to the Midwest) and the story of Vivian's life as a 90-year-old woman who creates an unlikely friendship with a teenage girl.

History Movie Night: On Thursday, February 5th, the Hastings Middle School auditorium will be hosting a History Movie Night starting at 6:30pm. This month's movie is Disney's "Newsies," which tells the story of the New York City newsboy strike of 1899.

February 6-8:

Hudson Hot Air Affair: The 26th Annual Hudson Hot Air Affair takes place February 6th-8th this year. Join them for wonderful family friendly events such as an evening parade, hot air balloon launches, geocaching, shopping, smooshboarding, arts and crafts, hot air balloon moon glow and great food just to name a few. This year's theme is Field to Flight: E-I-E-I-OOO. A full schedule is available at

February 7:

Hastings Reads Kick-Off: On Saturday, February 7th, the Pleasant Hill Library will be hosting the Hastings Reads Kick-Off from 1:00-2:30pm. Learn about the historic orphan trains from Renee Wendinger, author of several nonfiction books about the orphan trains. She is president of the Orphan train Riders of New York, and the daughter of an orphan train rider.

February 11:

Popcorn and a Movie: The Tilden Senior Center will be showing Disney's "Newsies" on February 11th at 1:00pm.

February 13:

"R" is for Read - Storytime: ECFE and Pleasant Hill Library invite children 3-5 years old to a free storytime, from 11:00am-12:15pm. Registration is required, starting January 30th.

February 13 - March 1:

Pippi Longstocking: The Merrill Arts Center present's Woodbury Community Theater's "Pippi Longstocking." Pippi Longstocking tells the classic story of this dynamic and engaging young red-headed, freckle-faced girl as she adventures through life. She skips through the story making light of the many adults she meets, and is the first to accuse them of their pompous attitudes in her typical over-the-top manner! Pippi Longstocking’s cast will engage, excite, and encourage its audience to take life less seriously, laugh a bit more loudly, and to never truly grow up! Performances will be at the Merrill Arts Center Black Box Theater at East Ridge High School. Showtimes are 3:00pm on February 21st, 22nd, 28th and March 1st, and 7:00pm on February 13th, 14th, 20th, 21st, 27th and 28th. Tickets are $12 for students and seniors, $15 for adults.

February 20:

Family Event at the Y: The Hastings YMCA will be hosting a family event in the multipurpose room from 6:00-7:30pm. For families with children in elementary school. Pizza will be served from 6-6:30. Entertainment will include an appearance by local celebrity Choo Choo Bob, train crafts, and reading Eve Bunting's book Train to Somewhere. No registration is required. You do not need to be a member of the YMCA to attend.

February 24:

Author Visit: On February 24th, the Hastings Middle School auditorium will have Christina Baker Kline, author of "Orphan Train," at 6:30pm. Admission is free.

February 25:

Finding Your Family History: Take your searching to the next level, and find homestead and civil war records with certified genealogist Jay Fonkert. This program takes place at the Pleasant Hill Library from 2:00-3:00pm.

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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