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December 19:

Q is for Quiet: Children between the ages of 3 and 5 years old are invited to the Pleasant Hill Library on Friday, December 19 at 11:00am for a special program called Q is for Quiet. Children will hear stories, sing songs, and play with crafts and games that are quiet (and loud), especially for preschoolers. This program is sponsored in part by ECFE. This event is free, but registration is required. To register, call the library at 651-438-0200 or visit the library website at

Stuffed Animal Sleepover: The Prescott Library is hosting a Stuffed Animal Sleepover. Children may bring one stuffed animal friend to the library on December 19th before 5:45 p.m. to stay overnight. Children should not bring a stuffed animal they need to sleep with that night. Each animal will receive a certificate of attendance and a souvenir picture from the sleepover. Animals may be picked up during open hours on Saturday or Monday or Tuesday of the next week. For more information call 715-262-5555.

December 21:

The Century Brass Band Concert at the LeDuc: The Century Brass Band will offer a rollicking concert at the elegantly decorated LeDuc Historic Estate, 1629 Vermillion Street, Hastings, MN 55033, on Sunday, December 21, 5:30 p.m. They will play their typical 19th Century music along with some holiday tunes that will be perfect for sing-alongs. Reservations are required and should be made by calling 651-437-7055. Because of the popularity of this group reservations should be made early. Cost of the concert is $20 per person.

Service of Light and Remembrance: On Sunday, December 21, 2014, Cottage Grove UCC will be holding an uplifting Service of Light and Remembrance to give thanks to God, honor our losses and our emotions during this holiday season, and encourage and support one another in our faith. The service will begin at 6:30 pm and include a candle lighting ceremony of remembrance and special Christmas music by Gary Afdahl and Emily Olson. Come to this service to be with God, to be renewed, and to support and encourage others in a time of need. All are welcome! Please come and invite your friends and family to attend with you. Cottage Grove UCC is located in Old Cottage Grove at the corner of 70th St and Lamar Ave. 7008 Lamar Ave S, Cottage Grove / 651-459-1501 /

December 21-24:

Bethlehem Peace Light: Each year, Scouts from Upper Austria fetch the light from the grotto underneath the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem (Palestine) where tradition says that Jesus was born. The light is carried in miners' lamps on an Austrian Airlines jet from Tel Aviv, Israel, to Vienna, Austria, where it is distributed to delegations from the international community, who take it back, with a message of peace, to their own countries. Boy Scout Troop 113, from Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Bayport, MN, brings the Peace Light from New York to the greater Twin Cities area, where several churches host the light and make it available for wider distribution. Want the Bethlehem Peace Light in your home for Christmas? Please bring your own lantern or candle to Prescott United Church of Christ, 206 Locust Street North this Sunday, December 21st. After the 10:00am service the church will be open until Noon. The church will also be open for "light gathering" from 9:00am to Noon, Monday December 22 and Tuesday December 23, AND on Christmas Eve (December 24) following the 3:30pm and 9:30pm services. For more information please contact the church (715-262-5668, or ).

December 24:

Red Cross Blood Drive: The Red Cross will be having a blood drive on Wednesday, December 24th from 8:00am to noon at the Country Inn on 33rd Street.

Christmas Eve Services at Cottage Grove UCC: At 4:00pm on December 24th there will be a service of story, candlelight, and carols for all generations. Nursery care will be available. At 9:00pm, there will be a Traditional Service of candlelight, carols, and Communion.

December 26:

Bird Banding: Have you ever wondered what bird banding was all about? The experts at Carpenter Nature Center welcome you to see songbirds up close and learn about the birds who share our ecosystem. Banding runs continuously for the full 3+ hours but visitors may come and go at any time. Donations of bird seed or suet are greatly appreciated in lieu of a program fee.

December 29 & January 4:

Financial Peace University: We all need a plan for our money. Financial Peace University (FPU) is that plan! It teaches God's ways of handling money. Through video teaching, class discussions and interactive small group activities, FPU presents biblical, practical steps to get from where you are to where you've dreamed you could be. This plan will show you how to get rid of debt, manage your money, spend and save wisely, and much more! FPU classes meet for around an hour and a half each week for nine weeks. The Average family that has attended FPU has paid off $5,300 in debt and put $2,700 in savings in just the first 90 days! Hastings United Methodist Church (HUMC) is proud to host the Dave Ramsey Financial Peace University Class again. HUMC is located at 615 15th Street West in Hastings. Those interested in attending can come to the informational meeting at HUMC on December 29th at 6:30pm, or on January 4th at 11:00am. If you cannot make the meeting, you can sign up at the following link: Or call the church office at 651-437-4398. Classes will be held at HUMC and start on Sunday, January 4th at 6:30pm and will go every week until March 1st. As always, HUMC welcomes anyone to attend thier classes. Non members are always welcome!

December 31:

Dakota County Parks New Year's Eve Party: Dakota County will ring in 2015 with a variety of winter activities during its ninth annual New Year's Eve Party from 5:00-8:00pm Wednesday, Dec. 31, at the Visitor Center in Lebanon Hills Regional Park, 860 Cliff Road, Eagan. The event, which includes a ball drop at 7:59 p.m. so youngsters can celebrate early, is a candlelit affair with hiking trails, snowshoeing trails, Schulze Lake and a sledding hill aglow with luminaries. Snowshoes will be available to rent, but party-goers should plan on bringing their own sleds or ice skates to enjoy those activities. The party will also feature a storyteller, magician Star Michaelina, live animals, indoor children's activities, seven bonfires, a free make-your-own-s'mores buffet and hot concessions available to purchase. Admission is $8 per person if pre-registered by Dec. 30 or $10 at the door. Children ages 5 and younger are free. For more information or to pre-register, visit and search New Year's Eve or call 952-891-7000.

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.

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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