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APRIL

Now until May 19:

Try Tennis for Free: (Open to students in grades 6 to 12 and adults) Hastings High School Tennis Courts on Sunday, May 19 from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm and Wednesday, May 22 from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pmThe Hastings Tennis Association (HTA) is offering a free introduction to tennis for adults and students in grades 6 to 12. Adults and student players will be on separate courts. Existing Hastings Tennis Association players are encouraged to invite a friend or two. If needed, rackets will be provided. There is no cost but please register at www.hastingstennis.org

Now Until May 20:

Senior Open Doubles Tennis: Beginning Monday, May 20 and running every Monday thereafter until August 12, Hastings Tennis Association (HTA) will be offering “Senior Doubles,” open doubles for adults 55 years and older. There is no charge but please bring a new can of tennis balls. “Senior Doubles” will be held at the Roadside courts from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm. No partner needed and no need to sign up. Come join in the fun! For more tennis programs visit www.hastingstennis.org .

Now through June 23:

Orange Dragon Art Gallery Artist Exhibits: The official season opening of the Orange Dragon Art Gallery will begin with an Art Exhibit featuring the work of Prescott students. Art will be displayed at Orange Dragon Art Gallery, 122 Orange Street through April 28th. In May, the New Beginnings exhibit will be on display from May 1st through June 23rd with an artist reception on May 3rd from 5 to 7:30 pm. Hours and more information can be found on their website and Facebook pages. Find them online at OrangeDragonGallery.org or call 715-262-4122

April 11-May 16:

Master Recycler Composter Classes: People who live or work in Dakota County are invited to participate in the Master Recycler/Composter class this spring with classes to be held Thursdays, April 11-May 16, from 6:30-9 p.m. at the Dakota County Western Service Center, 14955 Galaxie Ave., Apple Valley. Learn about recycling, hazardous waste and composting from regional experts and take trips to recycling facilities. After completing the course, participants volunteer 30 hours on individual projects or with other Master Recycler/Composters and county staff.The registration deadline is April 9. Registration is on a first-come, first-served basis. A $30 fee covers course materials and optional field trip transportation. Scholarships are available.For more information or to register, visit www.dakotacounty.us, search master recycler, or contact Jenny Kedward at 952-891-7043 or jennifer.kedward@co.dakota.mn.us

April 23:

River Valley Band Practice: The River Valley band will practice tonight from 7-9 pm at the Hastings Middle school in preparation for their final concert of the season which will be held at the Rotary Pavilion or , if weather or flooding prevents, at the Hastings Middle School on May 19th. Members should be sure to stay connected with communications from the director for updates to music selection information and any changes in practice schedules. Find out latest info on their Facebook Page- River

Valley Band

April 23:

MN DOT Open House for Hwy 316 Project: MnDOT has announced the third public open house on the evaluation that has been done on the status of Hwy 316 between the north junction of Hwy 61 and just south of Tuttle Drive in Hastings. The project, expanded from a simple mill and overlay now will address corridor improvements that would help with the traffic flow for drivers, pedestrians and bicyclists. The Open House will take place on Tuesday,April 23rd at Crossroads Church, located next to Coborn's Grocery, 225 33rd Street West. The event will begin at 5pm with a presentation at 5:15 and questions and answer opportunity from MnDOT representatives and Hastings staff lasting until 7pm.

For more details about the evaluation area along Hwy 316 and future traffic impacts, visit: mndot.gov/metro/projects/hwy316.

April 25:

Prescott Chamber Spring Clean Up: The Prescott Chamber of Commerce will conduct a Highway 10 clean up, on April 25th, time to be determined. The Chamber needs volunteers to accomplish the task. The clean up will take approximately one hour. Bags and vests will be provided. Please contact the chamber office by calling 715-262-3284 to sign up.

April 25:

HPAAC Gala Celebrates Art Heroes: The 7th Annual HPAAC Gala will take place on Thursday, April 25th at the Hidden Greens Event Center. The evening welcomes friends and neighbors who will celebrate the honoring of this year's Art Heroes, Sarah and Travis Lockwood from Hastings and Monica Laust from Prescott. The event will include live and silent auctions with dinner served by the Lake Elmo Inn. Social hour begins at 5:30 p.m. The communities of Prescott and Hastings have been neighbors along the river for almost 200 years. In 2010, arts supporters from both communities formed the Hastings Prescott Area Arts Council so that together they can foster a vibrant community of arts along the river.The Gala is the primary source of support for scholarships, grants and continuing programs. Tickets are available online at www.hpaac.org.

April 26:

Marika Bournaki Concert: An evening with a musician who has been called the Celine Dion of Classical Piano. A teen prodigy, Marika holds a Bachelor of Arts and Masters in Music performance studying at the famed Juliard School of Music. Tickets in advance can be found on the www.hastingsartscenter.org website. Tickets at the door as well. Doors open at 6:30pm, concert at 7. The Hastings Arts Center is located at 216 East 4th Street.

April 26:

Tumblin Dice Rolling Stones Concert: The Rosemount Area Arts Council will host their Spring Concert, Tumblin Dice, a Rolling Stones themed experience,that will take the stage of the Steeple Center on April 26th. The group is advertised not as a "Stones Clones" group but more of a parody of the band, which they believe audiences will find much more fun by using the energy and mannerisms of a Rolling Stones concert, dressing like the British super group and sounding as close as possible to the recorded versions of the songs. Tickets will be available through their website- Cost is 20 or 16 for RAAC members. The Steeple Center is located at 14375 South Robert Trail.

April 27:

Hastings Area Earth Day Birding Festival: Takes place between 8:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. Celebrate the arrival of spring by learning about our region’s many bird species. Hastings Environmental Protectors, CNC and local businesses have teamed to host the 6th annual Birding Festival. Highlights include an Introduction to Birding class, Raptors 101class, bird-banding demonstrations and guided bird trips in the Hastings area. RSVPs are required. Box lunches may be ordered. Program fee is $5 per person or $15 per person including a box lunch. Any proceeds from the event will support K-12 environmental education programming and habitat protection at Carpenter Nature Center.

April 27:

Cottage GroveSpring Showcase: The Cottage Grove Area Chamber of Commerce will hold the 2019 Spring Showcase at the Park High School Activity Center on Saturday, April 27th. This free event is open to all ages and is a family friendly experience with a lot to offer. Explore the many ways the Chamber is helping make the Cottage Grove, Newport, and St. Paul Park area the best possible place to live and work. Details will be posted on the Chamber website at CottageGroveChamber.org, as they become available.

April 28:

River Poetry with Su Smallen Love: “River Poetry” with Su Smallen LoveApril 28th 1:00pm - 2:00pm will take place at the Great River Road Visitor & Learning Center

200 Monroe St, Prescott WI 54021 Local poet Su Love will read poems on the theme of rivers and watersheds, selected from her six books! This free event is a great opportunity to connect with a local author and to our local watersheds through the art of poetry. Su’s books of poetry will be available for purchase at this event.

April 29:

Storytime for Babies at the Library: Stories, songs, bounces and playtime make this storytime perfect for children newborn to 24 months and their caregivers. Ages: 0-2. This program will be held at the Pleasant Hill temporary location in Westview Mall, 1355 Frontage Road, Suite 200. Time of event is 10:45-11:30am

April 30:

River Valley Band Practice: The River Valley band will practice tonight from 7-9 pm at the Hastings Middle school in preparation for their final concert of the season which will be held at the Rotary Pavilion or , if weather or flooding prevents, at the Hastings Middle School on May 19th. Members should be sure to stay connected with communications from the director for updates to music selection information and any changes in practice schedules. Find out latest info on their Facebook Page- River Valley Band

MAY

Now until May 19:

Try Tennis for Free: (Open to students in grades 6 to 12 and adults) Hastings High School Tennis Courts on Sunday, May 19 from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm and Wednesday, May 22 from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pmThe Hastings Tennis Association (HTA) is offering a free introduction to tennis for adults and students in grades 6 to 12. Adults and student players will be on separate courts. Existing Hastings Tennis Association players are encouraged to invite a friend or two. If needed, rackets will be provided. There is no cost but please register at www.hastingstennis.org

Now Until May 20:

Senior Open Doubles Tennis: Beginning Monday, May 20 and running every Monday thereafter until August 12, Hastings Tennis Association (HTA) will be offering “Senior Doubles,” open doubles for adults 55 years and older. There is no charge but please bring a new can of tennis balls. “Senior Doubles” will be held at the Roadside courts from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm. No partner needed and no need to sign up. Come join in the fun! For more tennis programs visit www.hastingstennis.org .

May 1-June 23:

New Beginnings Art Exhibit The Orange Dragon Art Gallery continues it's season with the installation of their New Beginnings Exhibit on display from May 1st through June 23rd. An Artist reception will take place on May 3rd from 5 to 7:30 pm. The Orange Dragon Art Gallery is located at 122 Orange Street in Downtown Prescott. Hours and more information can be found on their website and Facebook pages. Find them online at OrangeDragonGallery.org or call 715-262-4122

May 2:

Hastings Prayer Breakfast: The annual event is sponsored by the Hastings Area Ministerial Association and will be held this year at the Hastings Golf Club from 6:30 am to 8:oo am. Tickets can be purchased at churches at a cost of $11.

May 3:

Malone School Carnival: On Friday, May 3rd, the Malone Parent Committee (MPC) is hosting their annual School Carnival at Malone Intermediate with a Dr. Seuss theme. Again this year the MPC is inviting local business partners to participate in this popular event by sponsoring a game, or providing a donation of prizes, or money. Interested business should contact Carnival Chair Bradi Riley at 715- 441-1166, or by email at MaloneParentCommittee@gmail.com. Proceeds from the School Carnival go to MPC, which supports many efforts in education at both Malone Elementary and Intermediate.

May 3:

Forever Wild Family Friday: Forever Wild Family Fridays offer free activities at the Lebannon Hills Visitor Center in Eagan. On May 3rd, Tremendous Trees will celebrate Arbor Month with a chance to learn about amazing tree adaptations with a self-guided hike. On June 7th it's Wild About Water, have fun with games and activities that explore water above and below. On July 6th, Pollinators will explore the world of insects, butterflies, bees and more. Catch and examine them and learn about ongoing citizen science projects in the parks. All programs are held from 7-8:30 pm For more information, visit www.DakotaCounty.us/parks or call 651-554-6530.

May 3:

Orange Dragon Art Gallery Artist Reception:The Orange Dragon Art Gallery continues it's season with the installation of their New Beginnings Exhibit on display from May 1st through June 23rd. An Artist reception will take place on May 3rd from 5 to 7:30 pm. The Orange Dragon Art Gallery is located at 122 Orange Street in Downtown Prescott. Hours and more information can be found on their website and Facebook pages. Find them online at OrangeDragonGallery.org or call 715-262-4122

May 4:

Daddy Daughter Dance: Sign up through Hastings Community Ed for this Practically Perfect Mary Poppins Themed event for Dads (or grandpas, uncles, or that important man in your little girl's world) a full slate of photo ops, dancing, balloons, theme character appearances, dessert bar and lots of fun. For girls ages 6 through Grade 6. Discount pricing with Pre-registration is required. to May 1st. Tickets : Advance from $35 to $45. Additional $5 at the door. Time is 5-7:30 pm with an early bird entry at 4:30. www.hastingscommunityed.com

May 4:

Stone Soup Soup-er Bowl Fundraiser:The 11th Annual Stone Soup Soup-er Bowl is scheduled for Saturday, May 4th, from 9 AM to 5PM at Park Grove Bowl, 1020 Hastings Avenue, in St. Paul Park. New this year are a meat raffle, a 50/50 raffle, and a silent auction, along with bowling for prizes and cash. Registration and pledge forms are available online at StoneSoupThriftShop.org.

May 4:

Hastings Parks and Trails Clean Up: Volunteers are needed to help clean up Hastings Parks and Trails. The event will take place on Saturday, May 4th with deadline to register and receive a park assignment listed by April 22nd. Your family,group or neigborhood can help with this annual clean up that will start with a 9AM check in at Vermillion Falls Park that will include a safety talk and light breakfast items. At 9:30, groups will depart for their assigned Park clean up. Recycling and Trash bags are provided and it is suggested that volunteers bring work gloves. Any questions should be directed to Paige Marschall Bigler at Hastings Parks and Recreation, pmarschall@hastingsmn.gov- or phone 651-480-6182

May 6:

Hastings City Council Meeting: Held at Hastings City Hall at 7 PM. The meeting is open to the public.

May 7-10:

Black Dirt Theater Musical Auditions: Black Dirt Theater is excited to hold auditions for their summer musical Beauty and the Beast. This show will be co-directed by Bob Lawrence and Molly McEllroy, with music directed by Elizabeth Damico. Auditions for kids 12 and under will be held on Thursday May 9th at the Hastings High School Commons, Auditions for Adults will be held on May 7th and 10th in the evening at Hastings High School Commons. Callbacks will be Saturday, May 11th. Performances of the musical will begin on July 26th with the final performance on August 4th. Sign up through the Black Dirt Theater website.

May 9:

Stages Theatre Trip: A trip to Stages Theatre Company is planned through the Hastings Community Education program. The popular children's book, The Most Magnificent Thing by Ashley Spires is a tale of invention, persistence, creativity and determination shown by a young girl who brings her idea to life. The trip includes transportation to the theater on Thursday, May 9th with a registration deadline of May 2nd. This is designed for parents and children ages 3-5 years old. The Bus will leave Hastings at 8:45 am and return just after noon. Cost is $15 per person. Register at www.hastingscommunityed.com

May 9:

Tennis Season Kick-off Event: (All ages: kids, adults, seniors) Hastings High School Tennis Courts - Free Event hosted by the Hastings Tennis Association (HTA)

Thursday, May 9th from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm (if rain rescheduled to May 13 at 6:00pm) Do you play tennis or have you ever thought about playing tennis? If so, this event is for you. There will be food, games and fun for players of all ages and abilities. This is an opportunity to explore opportunities to learn and play tennis in Hastings. This is a free event but please register at www.hastingstennis.org

May 13:

Prescott City Council Meeting: Held at the Municipal Building beginning at 6:30 pm. This is a public meeting.

May 17:

It’s All About Doubles: Doubles Strategy 101 for Adults and Seniors) Hastings High School Tennis Courts - Free Event Friday, May 17 from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm

Have you thought about joining one of the Hastings’ doubles leagues but feel uncomfortable playing doubles or do you simply want to improve your doubles strategy? Then this free clinic, hosted by the Hastings Tennis Association (HTA) is for you. No matter how well you play singles, in doubles, it’s all about teamwork. Doubles is fun and exciting, but you have to learn team strategy, coordination, and communication. After attending this clinic, you will have the basics of doubles tennis and can join one of HTA’s doubles leagues knowing that you can play with confidence. There is no cost but please register at www.hastingstennis.org

May 18:

Animal Ark Walk Fundraiser: The Animal Art Walk fundraiser will be held on Saturday, May 18th from 9am until 1pm at their shelter, 2600 Industrial Court in Hastings. The event will feature Live music, food trucks, wine sampling from Barefoot Wine & Bubbly, beer tasting from Hastings Spiral Brewery, vendors, kids games, dog training demos, goodie giveaways, silent auction, with 25% off all animal adoptions (excluding puppies & kittens). There will also be a visit from the Hastings Fire Truck & Dakota County K9 officer, Rex!

They have a fundraising goal of $15,000 enabling them to provide their animals with food, shelter and medical care, as they also meet social and behavioral needs as well.For more information regarding the walk, please visit our event-specific website at: www.animalarkwalk.org

May 18:

Gypsy Mania Quartet at the Hastings Arts Center:Gypsy Mania “Hot Club” Quartet, a Twin Cities-based swing Jazz band, will appear at the Hastings Arts Center on Saturday, May 18th at 7 PM. Gypsy Mania will perform a timeless jazz tradition commonly known as Gypsy Jazz, a blend of traditional Roma music and swing jazz. Originating in Paris in the early 1930s, the ‘Hot Club’ jazz tradition brings back happy memories of the swing jazz era, and for all an opportunity to nod, tap, or hit the dance floor. Their music keeps audience members on the edge (or out) of their chairs due to the band’s formidable improvisational prowess, exceptional stylistic dimension and fresh original compositions. - a group not to be missed. Find tickets online at eventbrite.com. Adult tickets are 15, Student tickets for those 13-17 are 10.00 and children 12 and younger are free. Online sales will end on May 17th. Find additional info at www.hastingsartscenter.org

May 19:

River Valley Band Concert: The River Valley Band will perform a free concert at the Rotary Pavillion in Levee Park at 3PM. In case of rain, the concert will be held at the Hastings Middle School.

May 20:

Hastings City Council Meeting: Held at Hastings City Hall at 7 PM. The meeting is open to the public.

May 27:

Memorial Day: No classes at District 200 schools.

May 28:

Prescott City Council Meeting: Meeting is moved to Tuesday due to the Memorial Day holiday. It begins at 6:30 pm.

JUNE

Volunteer Opportunity Ongoing through Summer:

Pontoon Captains and Helpers : The Hastings Rotary Fishing Program, formerly known as Let's Go Fishing, is looking for individuals to volunteer as captains or assistants for pontoon rides and fishing excursions for seniors and persons with disabilities. The rides take place June through mid-September out of Prescott, on Monday through Thursday, either 10 AM-noon or 1-3 PM. Volunteers are trained in May and can volunteer as much as their schedule allows. Fishing and leisurely boating outings are also available during the above times. For more information, contact Laurie Thrush at the Senior Center 651-480-7689.

June 4:

Hastings City Council Meeting: Held at the Hastings City Hall, and begins at 7 PM.

June 6:

Hastings Middle School Graduation: Ceremony is held in the Gymnasium begining at 8 AM.

June 7:

Forever Wild Family Friday:Forever Wild Family Fridays will offer free activities at the Lebannon Hills Visitor Center in Eagan. On June 7th it's Wild About Water, have fun with games and activities that explore water above and below. On July 6th, Pollinators will explore the world of insects, butterflies, bees and more. Catch and examine them and learn about ongoing citizen science projects in the parks. All programs are held from 7-8:30 pm For more information, visit www.DakotaCounty.us/parks or call 651-554-6530.

June 7:

Hastings High School Graduation: Ceremony will be held in the Field House due to work continuing on Todd Field. See your student for ticket availability required for all graduates.

June 26-August 5:

Warm Breezes Art Exhibit: The Orange Dragon Art Gallery continues it's season with the installation of their Warm Breezes Exhibit on display from June 26th through August 25th. An Artist reception will take place on June 28th from 5 to 7:30 pm. The Orange Dragon Art Gallery is located at 122 Orange Street in Downtown Prescott.Hours and more information can be found on their website and Facebook pages. Find them online at OrangeDragonGallery.org or call 715-262-4122

June 28:

Orange Dragon Art Gallery Artist Reception: The Orange Dragon Art Gallery continues it's season with the installation of their Warm Breezes Exhibit on display from June 26th through August 25th. An Artist reception will take place on June 28th from 5 to 7:30 pm. The Orange Dragon Art Gallery is located at 122 Orange Street in Downtown Prescott.Hours and more information can be found on their website and Facebook pages. Find them online at OrangeDragonGallery.org or call 715-262-4122

JULY

Volunteer Opportunity Ongoing through Summer:

Pontoon Captains and Helpers : The Hastings Rotary Fishing Program, formerly known as Let's Go Fishing, is looking for individuals to volunteer as captains or assistants for pontoon rides and fishing excursions for seniors and persons with disabilities. The rides take place June through mid-September out of Prescott, on Monday through Thursday, either 10 AM-noon or 1-3 PM. Volunteers are trained in May and can volunteer as much as their schedule allows. Fishing and leisurely boating outings are also available during the above times. For more information, contact Laurie Thrush at the Senior Center 651-480-7689.

July 2:

Hastings City Council Meeting: Held at the Hastings City Hall and begins at 7 PM.

August 3:

Always Lucy Strong Fundraiser: The 5th Annual Lucy Strong celebration will be held at the Rotary Pavilion in Levee Park, and will include live music, food, drink, and a beanbag tournament. More on the event will be added soon.

July 6:

Forever Wild Family Friday:Forever Wild Family Fridays will offer free activities at the Lebannon Hills Visitor Center in Eagan. On July 6th, Pollinators will explore the world of insects, butterflies, bees and more. Catch and examine them and learn about ongoing citizen science projects in the parks. All programs are held from 7-8:30 pm For more information, visit www.DakotaCounty.us/parks or call 651-554-6530.

July 26-Aug 4:

Black Dirt Theater presents Beauty and the Beast:

Performances for Black Dirt Theater's Beauty and the Beast will take place at the Hastings High School with tickets available online and at the door.

Friday, July 26th- 7:00 pm

Saturday, July 27th- 7:00 pm

Sunday, July 28th- 2:00 pm

Wednesday, July 31st- 7:00 pm

Thursday, August 1st- 7:00 pm

Saturday, August 3rd- 7:00 pm

Sunday, August 4th- 2:00 pm

AUGUST

August 2:

Hastings Relay For Life Event: The date has been announced for the 25th annual Hastings Relay For Life, party on the river. Teams and individuals who will raise funds for cancer research will meet in Levee Park on August 2nd. More information can be found on their facebook page.

August 28-October 27:

Fall Pallete Art Exhibit:The Orange Dragon Art Gallery continues it's season with the installation of their Fall Pallete Exhibit that will be on display from August 28th through October 27th. An Artist reception will take place on September 6th from 5 to 7:30 pm. The Orange Dragon Art Gallery is located at 122 Orange Street in Downtown Prescott. Hours and more information can be found on their website and Facebook pages. Find them online at OrangeDragonGallery.org or call 715-262-4122

SEPTEMBER

September 6:

Orange Dragon Art Gallery Artist Reception:The Orange Dragon Art Gallery continues it's season with the installation of their Fall Pallete Exhibit that will be on display from August 28th through October 27th. An Artist reception will take place on September 6th from 5 to 7:30 pm. The Orange Dragon Art Gallery is located at 122 Orange Street in Downtown Prescott. Hours and more information can be found on their website and Facebook pages. Find them online at OrangeDragonGallery.org or call 715-262-4122

September 28-29:

Minnesota Sings Statewide Vocal Competition: Amateur vocalists in two age divisions-15 through 25 and 26 and over- will sing for their cities in a competition that will choose a grand prize winner in each division. Each city make send one amateur singer in each division to the state competition, held at the Courtyard by Marriott Hotel in Woodbury. For more information or to enter for your city, view the website at www.minnesotasings.com.

OCTOBER

NOVEMBER

November 1:

Orange Dragon Art Gallery Artist Reception:The final exhibit of the season will take place at the Orange Dragon Art Gallery with the installation of their Bright Lights Exhibit that includes an Artist Reception on November 1st from 5 to 7:30 pm. Many handcrafted, local items will be on hand for holiday giving or for just treating your home to some quality items made by local artists and craftspeople. This last exhibit of 2019 will be held from October 30th through December 22. The Orange Dragon Art Gallery is located at 122 Orange Street in Downtown Prescott. Find them online at OrangeDragonGallery.org or call 715-262-4122

November 1-December 22:

Bright Lights Art Exhibit: The final exhibit of the season will take place at the Orange Dragon Art Gallery with the installation of their Bright Lights Exhibit that includes an Artist Reception on November 1st from 5 to 7:30 pm. Many handcrafted, local items will be on hand for holiday giving or for just treating your home to some quality items made by local artists and craftspeople. This last exhibit of 2019 will be held from October 30th through December 22. The Orange Dragon Art Gallery is located at 122 Orange Street in Downtown Prescott. Find them online at OrangeDragonGallery.org or call 715-262-4122

 

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