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AUGUST

August 27:

Carpenter Art Festival: Carpenter Nature Center welcomes you from 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. to the Wisconsin Campus to celebrate art and nature. Enjoy music, fine arts and crafts and beautiful scenery. The event will take place rain or shine. Donations are welcome and a portion of the profits will go to support CNC.

August 27:

Peddler's Market at LeDuc Historic Estate:Find just what you've been looking for at this end of summer event held on the lawn at the Leduc Home. A wide variety of wares and some tasty treats welcome you to this opportunity to find one of a kind crafts and unique items all displayed by local vendors. Time is 10a.m until 3:30pm. View the LeDuc Historic Estate Facebook page for updates. Free to attend.

August 27:

Chicken Feed: On August 27 at 11:30 a.m. there will be a chicken feed and corn roast at the Hastings Veterans Home.

August 27:

Hastings Farmer's Market: It's that wonderful time of year, farmers market season at Hastings Farmers Market! Support local growers near you on Tuesdays and Saturdays 8am-1pm June through November!Local growers bring a wide selection of seasonal vegetables, jams & jellies, herbs, honey, fresh flowers & flower plants as available. You will be buying from the people who planted, raised & harvested the products.Easy to find...just off Hwy 55 & Pleasant Drive at the Westview Mall Shopping Center in Hastings. Call Bea (651-437-8573) for more information.

August 28:

St. Mathias Fun Fest in Hampton:The annual St. Mathias Fun Fest takes place in Hampton on Sunday August 28th, with the Polka Mass at 10 am at St. Mathias Church, located at 23315 Northfield Boulevard in Hampton, just west of Hastings. Other activities include a silent auction, Food Stand,Kids Games , Country Store and so much more. Entertainment will be provided by Ron E. Cash and the much anticipated Live Auction begins at 2PM. Everyone is welcome to attend this family friendly event.

August 28:

Concert on the Lawn at the LeDuc Historic Estate:Music begins at 6:30 pm. Pie and refreshments available for purchase.

August 29:

Picnic Supper: A special outdoor service will be hosted by Our Saviour's Lutheran Church taking place at the Rotary Pavilion on Monday evening, August 29th at 7:00 p.m. You're invited to share in fellowship time beginning at 6:15 p.m. and are welcome to bring a picnic supper with you.

August 30:

ArtSpace Groundbreaking Event:Specially decorated Art Shovels will be used to break ground on this exciting new project. Brief remarks will begin at the Rotary Pavilion at 3:45, then participants will walk over to the project site at Tyler and 2nd Street in Downtown Hastings. A reception will also be held for all attending. Members of the community are welcome and encouraged to come for the festivities.

August 30:

Rivertown Treasures Sale: This is the last Tuesday Dollar Day at Rivertown Treasures with clothing items just one little dollar. Some specially marked exclusions will apply. The sale ends after today so come and partake in the amazing deals. Rivertown Treasures is located just across from the Post Office on 2nd street in Historic Downtown Hastings.

August 31:

CALLING ALL FILMMAKERS: The Cottage Grove Arts Commission is accepting submissions for the 2nd annual Films in 5 Festival! Films made anytime in 2016 are eligible. Submissions will be accepted through August 31.

SEPTEMBER

September 1:

First Day of School For Prescott, WI Schools: Hours for Middle School are 8:00am-3:10pm.

September 1:

LeDuc Book Group:Meets at LeDuc Historic Estate at 6:30 PM.

September 1:

Story Weavers Toastmasters Group:Meets at Tilden Community Center, 310 River Street in Hastings. Learn how to express yourself in any setting. Learn and share with others and gain insight on how your communication style can be enhanced with some of the techniques provided in many style categories. Friendly, welcoming environment and plenty of helpful information to make your next public speaking event a productive one. Drop in to talk with this group. Begins at 6p.m.

September 1:

Hastings Area Grief Support Group:Begins at 6 PM. Held at the Tilden Community Center, 310 River Street in Hastings.

September 1:

Farmington Farmer's Market: The market will be held at the Fairgrounds - 4008 220th Street West at the Third Street entrance from 2:30-6:30 p.m. For more information about the market contact Market Coordinator Kristine Smith at ksmith@dakotacountyfair.org or 651-463-6900.

September 2:

Community 50th Anniversary Commemoration of the Vietnam War: Hastings Veterans Home. If you served or want to thank those heroes who did serve, you are welcome. POW/MIA plaque rededication, stories, comradeship and refreshments. Speakers include Andrew Burnside, Administrator of the Veterans Home and Lee Ulferts, a Veteran, will speak and the Veteran's Home Choir will provide music. Each VietNam Era Vet will receive a commemorative pin. 6:30 PM. Connect with Susan Register for more information.

September 2-4:

Service Members and Veterans Golf for Free, Family Members are 1/2 price: Hidden Greens Golf Course. Tee times must be reserved. Golf Carts Extra. Food and Beverages available. http://www.hiddengereensgolf.com

September 3:

Downtown Cruise In:Special Military night. Great opportunity for photos and a display of WWII vehicles and reinactors. Show held from 5-9 pm on 2nd Street in Downtown Hastings. Vehicles 1976 and older are welcome. For more information, contact www.downtownhastingsmn.com

September 5:

Holiday Banner Design Deadline: The Cottage Grove Arts Commission is hosting a Holiday Banner Design Competition. This creative competition invites anyone to design a festive banner featuring the theme for this year, Shop Cottage Grove. The Arts Commission will select three designs to move onto a second round where members of the public will select the winning design. The winning banner will be hung on a lamppost outside of the City Hall building throughout the month of December. Once the banner is taken down, the winner will get to keep the banner. Submissions should be sent electronically to rahlvin@cottage-grove.org and are due by the end of the day on September 5th. For those interested in participating in the competition, more information and the requirements for the design can be found on the cottage grove government Facebook page.

September 6:

Historic Ice Cream Social: Friends of LeDuc and Historic Hastings will be entertaining members of the Friends of Sibley House on Tuesday, September 6, 7 p.m. for an Ice Cream Social as a way to honor the friendship between the LeDuc and Sibley families. William and Mary LeDuc met Henry and Sarah Sibley in early April, 1851 on their journey upriver from St. Louis. The LeDucs had just gotten married on March 25 in Mount Vernon, Ohio. That was the beginning of a lifetime friendship between the two couples. It seems fitting that Dakota County Historical Society manages both historic homes with such a strong historic connection. The two Friends groups will share how they support the Sibley and LeDuc properties. The public is invited to attend this meeting to discover the many ways volunteers work together to interpret history of Dakota County in general and Hastings and Mendota specifically.

During the September 6th meeting there will be an opportunity to sign up for volunteer tasks during Civil War Weekend - September 10 & 11. If you have been thinking about being involved at the LeDuc Estate please come to 1629 Vermillion Street and join the conversation.

September 7:

Hastings Raiders Marching Band Preview Show:Free to attend, but donations gratefully accepted.Get your photo taken with the 30 foot Viking Ship that is the centerpiece for this year's competition program. Event is held at 6:30p.m. on Todd Field.

September 8:

Hastings Area Grief Support Group:Begins at 6 PM. Held at the Tilden Community Center, 310 River Street in Hastings.

September 8:

Story Weavers Toastmasters Group:Meets at Tilden Community Center, 310 River Street in Hastings. Learn how to express yourself in any setting. Learn and share with others and gain insight on how your communication style can be enhanced with some of the techniques provided in many style categories. Friendly, welcoming environment and plenty of helpful information to make your next public speaking event a productive one. Drop in to talk with this group. Begins at 6p.m.

September 8:

Farmington Farmer's Market: The market will be held at the Fairgrounds - 4008 220th Street West at the Third Street entrance from 2:30-6:30 p.m. For more information about the market contact Market Coordinator Kristine Smith at ksmith@dakotacountyfair.org or 651-463-6900.

September 8:

Evening Boat Cruise: All aboard! Enjoy a relaxing night on the water upon the Anson Northrup riverboat for an evening cruise. This 2.5 hour guided tour will provide an unparalleled view of the river along the Mississippi National River and Recreation Area, a 72-mile corridor from Ramsey to Hastings. The event will take place on Thursday, September 8 with boarding starting at 5 p.m. and the excursion running from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Tickets are 15 dollars and include a variety of appetizers, a cash bar will also be open to serve drinks. For more event information and tickets, you can vist the City of Hastings Government Facebook Page or call Hastings City Hall at 651-480-2350.

September 10:

Sensational Saturday with Hastings Arts Center: Start the day off with a musical concert from 10-2 at the Rotary Pavilion of students and staff of the Blessings Academy of Arts and Music. The Hastings Arts Center will hold an open house at their venue from 12-5pm with tours and demonstrations of arts and music classes available at the Center. Round out the day with a Back to School Totally 80's Dance open to everyone. 5 dollar donation for each attendee with receive a 5 dollar voucher to be used at an upcoming HAC concert. Food donations will benefit HFS. For more information, check their website www.hastingsartscenter.org.

September 11:

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. Each year friends and community partners spend an evening raising fund to support K-12 environmental education at CNC. The event will be held at Carpenter Nature Center in the River Bluff Pavilion. Guests can enjoy trail tours, water gardens, a silent auction, a live auction and dinner catered by Lake Elmo Inn. Sponsorships are available at all levels and auction donations are welcome.

September 11:

Hastings Fire Department Association Booya: Held at the KC Hall in South Hastings, 2 varieties of Booya will be served- Regular and Cajun. Raffle tickets are currently being sold from HFD members. This 76th Annual event will benefit a number of community programs. Raffles, silent auction items and other activities will take place. To-Go booya available by the bowl or by the IceCream Pail. Doors open at 10:30am. and continues until gone.

September 13:

River Valley Community Band Practice:Under the direction of Rufino Ochawada, this group practices each Tuesday evening from 7-9 PM in the Band Room of the Hastings High School, 200 General Sieben Drive, Hastings, MN 55033. Participants are welcome to bring their instrumental talent to any practice to find out more. Board President Allen Saunders can answer questions for new or existing members.

September 13:

Blood Drive: The American Red Cross American Red Cross recently issued an emergency request for blood and platelet donations. While thousands have responded, at times, donations continue to be delivered to hospitals faster than they are coming in and a critical blood shortage still exists. Individuals willing or able can find more infromation online www.redcrossblood.org. or 1-800-RED-CROSS. Today is a blood drive at Our Saviour's Lutheran Church in Hastings on September 13 from 11:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

September 15:

Farmington Farmer's Market: The market will be held at the Fairgrounds - 4008 220th Street West at the Third Street entrance from 2:30-6:30 p.m. For more information about the market contact Market Coordinator Kristine Smith at ksmith@dakotacountyfair.org or 651-463-6900.

September 15:

Hastings Area Grief Support Group:Begins at 6 PM. Held at the Tilden Community Center, 310 River Street in Hastings.

September 8:

Story Weavers Toastmasters Group:Meets at Tilden Community Center, 310 River Street in Hastings. Learn how to express yourself in any setting. Learn and share with others and gain insight on how your communication style can be enhanced with some of the techniques provided in many style categories. Friendly, welcoming environment and plenty of helpful information to make your next public speaking event a productive one. Drop in to talk with this group. Begins at 6p.m.

September 17:

Downtown Cruise In:Great opportunity for photos and good old fashioned fun. Food, beverages and lots of classic cars. Show held from 5-9 pm on 2nd Street in Downtown Hastings. Vehicles 1976 and older are welcome. For more information, contact www.downtownhastingsmn.com

September 17&18:

Class of HHS 1966 Reunion:Contact Anita (Kasel)Bahls at anitabahls@embarqmail.com or Jack Thomas at jthomas1966@hotmail.com for more information on plans for their 50th Reunion!

September 17:

Class of Park HS 1971 Reunion:The 45th Reunion for Park HS will be held at the Cottage Grove VFW Red Barn, 9260 East Point Douglas Road. Admission is $35 per couple and $25 for individuals. Pre-registration is required. For details, call 605-929-6533 or 651-437-4780.

September 17:

Class of HHS 1956 Reunion:Celebrating their 60th reunion. Meet at Green Mill in the Champions room. Invitations have been sent out for the sit down dinner and program. For more information, contact Don Eddy, 651-437-9019 or Maureen Arend, 651-437-6133.

September 17 & 18:

Farmington Farmer's Market:St. Joseph's Parish in Prescott would like to extend an invitation to you and your family to their yearly Annual Festival on Saturday and Sunday, September 17th and 18th. This family fun event has something for everyone in the family including a euchre tournament on Saturday at 6 p.m., a craft and bake sale, children's games, a cake walk and of course, lots of food. Located at 281 Dakota Street in Prescott, this festival will surely be the place to be and you wont want to miss it. If you have any qestions about the event you can contact St. Jospeh's by calling them at 715-262-5310 or by visiting them on the web at www.stjosephprescott.com.

September 22:

Farmington Farmer's Market: The market will be held at the Fairgrounds - 4008 220th Street West at the Third Street entrance from 2:30-6:30 p.m. For more information about the market contact Market Coordinator Kristine Smith at ksmith@dakotacountyfair.org or 651-463-6900.

September 22:

Hastings Area Grief Support Group:Begins at 6 PM. Held at the Tilden Community Center, 310 River Street in Hastings.

September 22:

Story Weavers Toastmasters Group:Meets at Tilden Community Center, 310 River Street in Hastings. Learn how to express yourself in any setting. Learn and share with others and gain insight on how your communication style can be enhanced with some of the techniques provided in many style categories. Friendly, welcoming environment and plenty of helpful information to make your next public speaking event a productive one. Drop in to talk with this group. Begins at 6p.m.

September 24 and 25:

38th Annual Afton Art in the Park:Save the date for this unique opportunity to see art of all types exhibited at Afton Town Square Park. See the Afton Area Business Association website for links to more information, including how you can participate. www.exploreafton.com

September 24:

Downtown Street Dance: Lost Highway headlines at this annual party held in Downtown Hastings. Contact Tatia from the Busted Nut Bar and Grill for more details.

September 24:

Hastings Concert Association Four Celtic Voices: With this years schedule completed the Hastings Concert Association has announced their plans for 2016-17. A combination of styles and artists will take to the stage next year which will bring top notch entertainment to the community six times in their season.

Their season will start on Saturday, September 24th with Four Celtic Voices in an afternoon performance.

September 24:

K9 Unit Benefit: An event that will benefit the Farmington Police Department K9 Unit will take place at Rambling River Park on Saturday, September 24th from 9-1. Walk, Run or Jog and bring along your Dog! All particpants will receive a T-shirt and are entered in drawings for OODLES of prizes! Minimum pledge of $25 with pledges of $100-$249 entered to win a Bluetooth Speaker, those of $250-$499 Entered to win an iPod and those with pledges of $500 and above entered to win an iPad. Register online at https://goo.gl/forms/NKt5ZmCNaskuhBQ33 or contact Amy Flom at 651-463-1010.

September 29:

Farmington Farmer's Market: The market will be held at the Fairgrounds - 4008 220th Street West at the Third Street entrance from 2:30-6:30 p.m. For more information about the market contact Market Coordinator Kristine Smith at ksmith@dakotacountyfair.org or 651-463-6900.

September 29:

Hastings Area Grief Support Group:Begins at 6 PM. Held at the Tilden Community Center, 310 River Street in Hastings.

September 29:

Story Weavers Toastmasters Group:Meets at Tilden Community Center, 310 River Street in Hastings. Learn how to express yourself in any setting. Learn and share with others and gain insight on how your communication style can be enhanced with some of the techniques provided in many style categories. Friendly, welcoming environment and plenty of helpful information to make your next public speaking event a productive one. Drop in to talk with this group. Begins at 6p.m.

OCTOBER

October 1:

CALLING ALL FILMMAKERS: The Film Festival will take place on Oct. 1, from 1 to 3 p.m. in the Lecture Hall at Park High School.

October 4:

Dog Park Celebration:Rivertown Dog Park hosts this fun and canine focused event. Demonstrations and vendors with dog related information and products. Contact Paige Marschall to find out more. Free event will welcome the Fabulous Fly Dogs Frisbee Demonstration.

Oct 18:

Veterans Voices Concert: Held at Regina Senior Living Care Center. 1175 Nininger Road. 2:30 PM. More Details to follow.

October 23:

Hastings Concert Association Banjo Boy Variety Band: TheBanjo Boy Variety Band plays at 3 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 23. The band is four men with eight musical instreuments playing classical jazz, banjo songs, swing blues, classic ballads, polkas and country.

Oct 25:

Combined Band Concert:Performance includes the HHS Wind Ensemble, the Medalist Band and the River Valley Community Band. Tickets available at the door. Held at the Hastings High School Performing Arts Center.

NOVEMBER

November 4:

HPAAC Gala:The 5th Annual Hastings Prescott Area Arts Council (HPPAC) Gala will be held in the Grand Hall at Saint Elizabeth Ann Seaton Church in Hastings. Event is 6:00-9:30 PM. Tickets available online at www.hpaac.org. Fabulous food, music, art, silent and much more. Theme is "Water Colors our Community".

November 5:

Hastings Concert Association Colleen Raye, Girl Singers Greatest Broadway Hits: In November, a local favorite, Colleen Raye will bring her Girl Singers Greatest Broadway Hits show to the Middle School Stage at 3 p.m. Colleen Raye, Debbie O'Keefe and Katie Gearty will walk the audience through some of the greatest songs of Broadway, including songs from My Fair Lady, West Side Story, Gypsy, Oliver, Wicked and Rent.

November 6:

1991 Class Reunion: St. Elizabeth Ann Seaton Church is hosting an alumni brunch for graduates of SEAS, Hastings Parochial, Guardian Angels and St. Boniface Schools on Sunday, November 6th. The event will take place following the 10 a.m. Mass that morning. This year, the eighth-grade graduating class of 1991 will celebrate their 25th anniversary and the class of 1966 will celebrate their 50th . They would like to find photos of those classes. To submit a photo, please email them to alumni@seasparish.org. Volunteers are also needed to help with the event. Call 651-437-3098 to have your name added to the list.

DECEMBER

December 4:

River Valley Community Band Holiday Concert:Held this year at St. Philips Church. Afternoon Time to be announced. Free will offering taken.

2017 EVENTS

FEBRUARY

February 7:

Hastings Concert Association Wylie and Wild West: Wylie and Wild West are in concert at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 7. Wylie Gustafson and his band have played thousands of shows, delighting audiences around the world. The band is known for its blend of cowboy, traditional country, folk ans yodeling.

MARCH

March 16:

Hastings Concert Association A Band Called Honalee: A Band Called Honalee, paying tribute to the folksinging trio Peter, Paul and Mary, performs at 7 p.m. Thursday, March 16. This is timeless music of the 60s. The three-member group takes a stroll down memory lane.

APRIL

April 6:

Hastings Concert Association New Odyssey: New Odyssey concludes the season on Thursday, April 6 at 7 p.m. Gags, gusto and far more than simple guitar marks this unqiue stage show.

 

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