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MAY

May through June 8:

Hastings Horticulture Plant Sale: April showers have brought May Flowers, so says Hastings High School Horticulture Teacher John DeWall. The annual Plant sale is the most important fundraising project of the year, with hundreds of student-grown items available to purchase each Monday through Friday. Hanging baskets, vegetables,container porch pots and plenty of perennials are available for purchase by cash or by checks made out to ISD 200. Students have been caring for the plants since January and many explore careers in Horticulture related fields through this program.

The sale takes place at the HS Greenhouse which is located on the North West Side of the High school. Follow the signs around the back delivery entrance off of Featherstone Road. Time is 8:00 am until 5:30 pm Monday through Friday.

May 24-27:

Daktota Honoring Event and Concert: A Dakota Honoring event will be held in Mankato, MN at New Creation World Outreach Church on Thursday through Saturday,May 25-27. A welcoming concert will take place on Wednesday, May 24 also at New Creation World Outreach Church at 6:30 pm a free concert will feature Jonathan Maracle and the band, Broken Walls. This event is about honor, forgiveness, healing, reconciliation and celebrating the legacy and history of the Dakota People.   On Thursday, May 25, the Dakota Honoring will begin at 5 pm with a free meal, followed by the ceremonial presentation of flags and drumming by the Flandreau Veterans Honor Guards at 7 pm. On May 26 and 27 beginning at 10 a.m. the honoring of the Dakota People will include Native American Protocol, Gift Giving Ceremonies, a Traditional Honor Meal and Food Blessing Baskets. All are welcome! If you can also announce this concert, it would be wonderful and much appreciated: This is the kick-off for the Dakota Honoring event. For more information see the event listing on Facebook: Dakota Honoring

May 24:

Diversity, Inclusion and Equity Roundtable Community Talks:Another community dialogue about Diversity, Inclusion and Equity will take place at the Tilden Community Education Center at 310 River Street on Wednesday Evening, May 24th.The dialogue will begin at 7:00 p.m. and end at 8:30 p.m. According to one of the organizers, Mark Zuzek, Diversity may include the potential for limitations of inclusion and access. Topics are introduced with leading questions and participants share their perspectives thru the table talk groups. The goal of this meeting is to more broadly and deeply understand the issues related to diversity and the capacity of the community to serve all of our citizens. Those who may be interested in being informed about future opportunities, but are unable to attend on the 24th, please contact Zuzek by email to stay connected for the next event. m.zuzek@hastings.k12.mn.us

May 27:

Anytime Fitness Free Workout: Anytime Fitness of Hastings will hold a workout in the park, every Saturday morning in May. The free workout will take place at Jaycee Park, along the Mississippi Riverfront beginning at 9AM on May 6th, 13th, 20th, and 27th. Everyone is welcome and you don’t need to be an Anytime Fitness member to participate. In the event of rain, the workout will be held indoor at Anytime Fitness Hastings.

May 27:

Prescott High School Graduation: Begins at 7:30 PM.

May 29:

Memorial Day Observances in Hastings: Beginning at 9AM with a Flag ceremony at the Hastings Veterans Home. A program will then be held at 10AM, and broadcast live on KDWA Radio- AM 1460 and FM 97.7- from Roadside Park. Speaker Lt. Col. John F. Echert, USAF will present the Memorial Day Address. A brief ceremony will also be held at the Soldiers and Sailors Cemetery on Nininnger Road at approximately 10:45 with the closing ceremony held at the Veterans Memorial at Levee Park at the Rotary Pavilion at 11:15 where a wreath will be placed in the water to commend the fallen of this Memorial Day. Emcee will be Richard Hullander. In case of rain the program will be held at the Hastings National Guard Armory, 3050 Hwy. 316 South.

JUNE

June 1-8:

Hastings Horiculture Plant Sale: April showers brought May Flowers, so says Hastings High School Horticulture Teacher John DeWall. The annual Plant sale is the most important fundraising project of the year, with hundreds of student-grown items available to purchase each Monday through Friday as well as the preview Saturday that happens May 6th. Hanging baskets, vegetables,container porch pots and plenty of perennials are available for purchase by cash or by checks made out to ISD 200. Students have been caring for the plants since January and many explore careers in Horticulture related fields through this program.

The sale takes place at the HS Greenhouse which is located on the North West Side of the High school. Follow the signs around the back delivery entrance off of Featherstone Road. Time is 8:30 am until 5:30 pm Monday through Friday through the end of the school year.

June 1:

7 and 8th Grade Band Concert: Held at the Hastings Middle School. Start time is 7:30 to allow athletes to finish practice before the concert. No admission fee.

June 1:

DFL Senate District 54 Fundraiser:Local DFL Senate District 54 is sponsoring a fundraising event on Thursday, June 1st, where the public can listen to the DFL candidates running for Governor in 2018. Candidates scheduled to appear include Congressman Tim Walz, St. Paul Mayor Chris Coleman, and State Representatives Erin Murphy, Tina Liebling, and Paul Thissen. Also scheduled to appear are Congresswoman Betty McCollum and Angie Craig. The event is being held at the Cottage Grove VFW Red Barn located at 9260 E Point Douglas Rd S, Cottage Grove. Come socialize at 5:30 pm, with the dinner beginning at 6:45 pm. A silent auction will take place until 8:15 pm. There is a suggested contribution of $25fc at the door. Auction donations can be brought before the event begins.

June 1:

Volun Teen Training events: Volunteen training at the Pleasant Hill Library begins on Thursday, June 1st from 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM . This is for youth ages 12-18 and provides training for people registered to be summer teen volunteers.

June 2:

Prescott's Kick off the Summer Celebration: Fun, Games, food and lots of great information on all the things to do in the area this Summer! The event will take place from 5-8 pm at Public Square Park across from the Prescott Middle school. Vendors and non-profit organizations can sponsor a booth. Contact Penny Peterson at Prescott Community Education for information ppeters2@prescott.k12.wi.us. Deadline to be included in publicity is May 10th. Final deadline to participate is May 31st. Fees must be paid by that time to have a booth space.

June 3:

Washington County Courthouse Celebration: The public is invited to attend the celebration that will be held in Washington County from 11am until 3 pm on Saturday, June 3rd at the Historic Courthouse in Stillwater. The date marks the 150th anniversary of the groundbreaking of the courthouse as well as the 100th anniversary of the Soldiers and Sailors Civil War Monument. A special dedication will also take place that will be filled with items that represent the county today. The grand opening of a Civil War exhibit will also take place with live music, carriage rides, Civil War re-enactors, old fashioned candy and picnicking on the courthouse lawn. The event is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Steve Hart, 651-430-8243.

June 3:

Animal Ark 3K Walk Don't miss this opportunity to support this local no-kill shelter that provides care and support to companion dog and cats. The event will be held rain or shine and include activities and even some of the great pets that are available for adoption. Wine and Beer Tasting, sponsor booths and more.Sponsorship information and other details at www.animalarkmn.org

June 4:

Hastings Pool Opening:The Hastings Family Aquatic Center will open for the season on June 4th. A series of swimming lessons, lap swims, water fitness and family swims have been scheduled to encourage the community to utilize this great resource. Fees for activities vary and the schedule can be found on the city website, www.hastingsmn.gov under the recreation amenities menu.

June 4:

Hastings Sings Auditions: Held at the Hastings Arts Center, singers who live, work or attend school in Hastings and are between the ages of 15-25 by September 24th, 2017, may call to schedule an audition for Hastings Sings. The times will be from 6:30-8:30 PM, and contestants must bring a backing CD with them for accompaniment. Email info@minnesotasings.com to secure your audition time. Top finalists will sing once more at the Rivertown Days Main Stage in Jaycee Park on Sunday, July 23rd at 3:30 PM. The top singer and the runner up will represent Hastings in September at Minnesota Sings.

June 5:

LeDuc History Book Group: On the 5th, the LeDuc History Book Group will meet from 6:30-7:30 pm. Join this monthly book discussion group who delve into the details of a good book . They meet at the LeDuc Historic Estate. For more information on either activity, call the Library 651-438-0200.

June 6:

Internet Aided Geneology: Family History on the Internet will host a presentation at the Pleasant Hill Library on Tuesday, June 6th from 2:00 until 4:00 PM Explore the world of Internet genealogy, discover some of the best free genealogy websites and learn to use Ancestry Library Edition free at the Library. A prerequisite is Basic Internet knowledge. Registration required call the library at 651-438-0200.

June 6:

Summer Kick Off: A kick off of summer programming will be held on Saturday evening June 6th from 5-8pm at the Rotary Pavilion in Levee park. The event is free and will feature music, games, food, and demonstrations that will be fun for the whole family. Schedules for events taking place throughout the summer will be provided and several activities will have representatives on hand to preview music, art, story times, fitness, or recreation events that are planned.

June 6:

Afton Museum Open House: The Afton Museum is delighted to partner with Belwin Conservancy and The Phipps Center for the Arts during its 2017 exhibit and invite you to their opening evening event featuring photography captured at Belwins restored Prairie and Oak Savanna. Discovering Belwin Conservancy, a youth photography project exhibit, and Prairie and Oak Savanna Restoration Talk will be presented by Justin Sykora, Land and Facilities Manager on Tuesday, June 6, opening at 6:30 p.m., and presentation talk at 7:00 at the Afton Historical Museum, 3165 South St. Croix Trail, Afton. Light refreshments will be served. Enter a drawing at the museum to win a Membership to Belwin Conservancy at the 500-dollar level. This membership entitles the recipient to monthly programs, member events, and a private Bison Buggy ride for eight. Drawing is on July 19th and you do not need to be present to win. Please RSVP at 651-436-3500 or Leslie@aftonhistoricalmuseum.com. The photographs in this exhibit were created by five students who participated in a 2015 Summer Art Camp class offered by The Phipps Center for the Arts and their teacher, local photographer Deanna Grigus. The class met at the Belwin Conservancy with naturalist Lynette Anderson and took the photos as they explored the restored prairie.

June 7:

Hastings Sings Auditions: Held at the Hastings Arts Center, singers who live, work or attend school in Hastings and are between the ages of 15-25 by September 24th, 2017, may call to schedule an audition for Hastings Sings. The times will be from 6:30-8:30 PM, and contestants must bring a backing CD with them for accompaniment. Email info@minnesotasings.com to secure your audition time. Top finalists will sing once more at the Rivertown Days Main Stage in Jaycee Park on Sunday, July 23rd at 3:30 PM. The top singer and the runner up will represent Hastings in September at Minnesota Sings.

June 7:

Senior Center June Birthday Bash:The Hastings Senior Center invites friends to join others for a casual Patio Lunch at the Legion on Wednesday, June 7 from 10:00 a.m. until 11:30 a.m. Meet at the Legion and enjoy a meal and some conversation. Lunch is on your own but they would like to know who plans to attend. Please register by May 31st.

June 7:

Prescott 5th Grade Graduation: Ceremony held at 1:30 pm.

June 7-August 12:

Exploration Station Events at Pleasant Hill Library:<./B>June activities at the Pleasant Hill Library include an Exploration Station summertime series that begins on Wednesday, June 7th and continues until Saturday, August 12th. Preschool and school age children will discover something new each week at this self-directed summer space exploration station of crafts and experiments.

June 8:

Last Day of School: Hastings High School Last Day

June 8:

Prescott Kindergarten Graduation: Begins at 1:15pm.

June 9:

Graduation Day: Hastings High School Class of 2017- held on Todd Field. If weather conditions cause change, the event will take place in the Hastings HS Field House.

June 9:

Movies in the Park::Secret Life of Pets will be shown under the stars at the Hastings Rotary Pavilion beginning at dusk. Sponsored by Ardent Mills. Cost- Please bring a food donation to benefit Hastings Family Service.

June 10:

15th Annual Amber Alert Motorcycle Run Held this year beginning at 8am with registration at the Park Place Sports Bar in St. Paul Park. Registration continues- $20. per person- until 11 AM. Car show held rain or shine with trophies awarded to top 21 cars. First 50 receive dash plaque. Winners from car show invited to be showcased at Hastings Downtown Saturday Nite Cruise In from 5-9 PM. All proceeds benefit Amber Alert Network, bringing abducted children back home. Questions for Motorcycle run contact ronnie@mnamberrun.org. Questions for Car show, hosted by Nick Illa- nk_illa@yahoo.com.

June 10:

St. Philips Church 13th Annual Garage and Garden Sale:The 13th annual Garage and Plant sale will be held on Saturday, June 10th from 8am until 3 pm at St. Philip's Lutheran Church, 1401 West 15th Street in Hastings. More than 200 families contribute to this quality sale. It's always a shopper's paradise where items are organized by departments and displayed in an eye-appealing, artistic way. Easy to find departments wind their way thru the entire first floor location with plenty of housewares, home decor, clean gently used clothing for all ages (infants, children, teens, womens, mens, shoes, accessories) games, puzzles, toys, linens, electronics, small appliances, books, antiques & collectibles, furniture, sporting goods, outdoor equipment & bikes, tools, lawn, garden & patio equipment, and a large variety of lush indoor & outdoor plants.

A Boy Scout Troop will be serving cold beverages & hot dogs outside the church for a minimal cost. The Boy Scouts and other volunteers will be available to help shoppers to their cars with large purchases. Courtesy cloth shopping bags will be available to all shoppers. Proceeds from this sale will be used for sustaining the programs of the St. Philip's church, to extend their continuing mission of service.

June 11:

Take A Kid Fishing Event:On Sunday, June 11th,Dakota County Parks will host the annual Take a Kid Fishing event in Thompson County Park in West St.   This park is home to Thompson Lake, a local destination for anglers of all ages and abilities in an ethnically and culturally diverse area of West St. Paul. The annual event is a fun way to get the community involved with an accessible fishing pier, shore fishing and plenty of room for parking. A license is not required if fishing with youth up to age 16. Bring your family for fun fishing activities. All equipment is provided and one adult can fish with up to 4 youth. Adults must accompany participating youth under age 18. Organizers are also seeking those who can volunteer to help teach casting techniques, knot tying, bait helpers and other postions within the event. Attendance is expected to be between 3 and 400 people. View sign up information on the Dakota County Parks website.

June 12:

Storytime for Babies:The fun infused playtime Storytime for Babies will be held on Monday, June 12th from 10:45 until 11:30 am. Stories, songs, bounces and playtime make this storytime perfect for children newborn to 24 months and their caregivers. Ages: 0-2.    

June 12:

VolunTeens at the Pleasant Hill Library: Summer Volunteen meetings will take place on Monday, June 12th and Monday June 19th from noon-1PM. at the Library. Those interested in helping with this volunteer opportunity can find out how they can serve the community through this program. Call the Library to become involved with this group. 651-438-0200.

June 13:

Summer Reading Kick off Party-Day Event:A Summer Reading Kick-Off Party will take place at the Pleasant Hill Library on Tuesday, June 13th from 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM Celebrate the start of summer reading with ice cream and games. Bring your reading list and find great books at the Library. Presented in part by the Friends of the Pleasant Hill Library for Ages infant to age 12.   

June 13:

Waggin Tales Reading Event:Reading is fur-ever and kids will love the Waggin' Tales program which pairs readers with certified therapy dogs at the Pleasant Hill Library. This fun activity helps develop reading shills and fluency. For ages 5-10, held Tuesday, June 13th from 11:00 AM until noon.

June 13:

Summer Reading Kick Off- Evening Event: The evening Summer Reading Kick-Off Party will take place on Tuesday evening, June 13th from 6:30 PM - 7:30 PM Celebrate the start of summer reading with ice cream and games. Children ages infant to 12 should bring your reading list and find great books at the Library. Presented in part by the Friends of the Pleasant Hill Library. Storytime in the Park will happen the next morning from 10:30-11:15 am at the Rotary Pavilion in Levee Park. Brought back for a second year, this event has stories, games, and crafts in the park. This program is presented in part by the City of Hastings Park and Recreation.

June 17:

Benefit for Bentley Mueller-Battle For Bentley: Bentley is just 18 months old, but has already experienced more than anyone should have to. He was born with 2 rare genetic disorders and has undergone surgery to remove a tumor caused by Beckwith-Weidman Syndrome. A benefit will be held to raise funds for the family-Kellsee and Dustin Mueller, son of Carol and the late Dave Mueller of Hastings. His Great Grandma Rose Sieben is hoping everyone will come out for the afternoon and help this little guy's family. Donations are appreciated and items for a silent auction, raffle, bake sale and other efforts. Financial donations are also being accepted at Mid Country Bank in Hastings. Call Carol for more information or to donate items for the auction. 651-274-0336.

June 19:

Cow Storytime at PHL:Mooo-ve over boring Monday, the Pleasant Hill Library presents Cow Storytime on   Monday, June 19th from 10:30 AM until 11:15 AM Hear fun cow stories read by a local farmer and learn about the workings of a real dairy farm. For children Ages: 2-8 and their caregivers. Held at the Hastings Public Library.

June 19:

RAD Zoo Returns: RAD Zoo is returning to the Pleasant Hill Library on Monday, June 19th. The Program take place from 6:30 PM - 7:15 PM. Attendees will .earn about the lives of frogs, turtles, lizards, snakes and a small alligator. You will get up-close to pet some of these unique creatures.

June 19:

Blood Drive at OSEL: A Red Cross Blood drive will be June 19th 11:30am-5:30pm and June 20th 1pm-7pm at Our Saviour’s Lutheran Church.

June 20:

Summer Safety Camp:The Hastings High School will be the site for the annual Safety Camp, a day-long activity for students entering 3rd, 4th and 5th grades. They will explore a variety of safety topics including fire, bike, personal and electrical safety. Adult leaders from the YMCA, Community Education, Police, Fire and Park and Rec departments will be on hand to guide the students through a summer safe training that is fun and effective. Registration is open through June 3rd, with cost just $20 per child. Register on the Hastings City Website, www.hastingsmn.gov

June 24:

Benefit for Danielle Lindquist: A benefit for Danielle Lindquist will be held at the 2nd Street Depot on Saturday, June 24th beginning at 2 PM. Danielle was involved in an auto accident in February and friends and family want to help out in whatever way they can. They invite you to join them and Do It for Dani. Several ways to help will involve purchase of silent auction items, meat raffles, food and drink tickets and much more. Donations can be dropped of at 2nd Street Depot before June 10th.

June 25:

Party for the Park:A Party for the Park Annual Fundraiser will take place on Saturday, June 25th from 11am until 4 pm at Freedom Park in Prescott. Entertainment, music, kids activities and displays will greet guests. A brunch will take place with proceeds helping to support funding for the wide variety of programs, displays and activities offered by the Great River Road Visitor and Learning center. Cost is $25 per person, and $5 for those 15 and under. Tickets can be purchased at the GRRVLC during normal business hours.

JULY

July-August 12:

Exploration Station Events at Pleasant Hill Library:<./B>June activities at the Pleasant Hill Library include an Exploration Station summertime series that continues until Saturday, August 12th. Preschool and school age children will discover something new each week at this self-directed summer space exploration station of crafts and experiments.

July 7:

Historic Preservation of Grains: Another historic and interesting event in the popular series of Tastings at the LeDuc. Historic Preservation of Grains: a Tasting will be held on July 7th,starting at 7 p.m., Cost is $40 or $35 for Members of the Historical Society. The LeDuc will host a visit from Far North Spirits, of Hallock, MN. Using sustainable methods, this distillery is on a 100-year old family farm and is the most northerly distillery in the contiguous United States. Live music will fill the halls and form the backdrop for the evening's interpretive program. Hear the story of how this distillery hopes to bring some of the great historic grains back into the distillery world. Wonderful food will be paired with each of the 5 spirits, prepared in the LeDuc kitchen. Seating is limited, so call early and,plan to arrive hungry. 651-438-8480.

July 11-13:

Off to Lake Rebecca: Summer Camp at the LeDuc, for children ages 8-12, the continuation of life in the era of the LeDuc family. Fishing is the focus for this 3 day camp as well as creative painting projects, cooking over an open fire, making lures and digging worms. Vintage costumes are also a part of the experience. Camp meets first at the LeDuc Estate. Camp time is 9am until 2pm each day. A maximum of 18 children may participate. Cost is $95 per session.

Register at www.HastingsCommunityEd.com

July 13:

Red Ribbon Ride Stops in Hastings:A group of motorcyclists have planned a stopover in Hastings this summer to raise support and awareness of HIV/AIDS service agencies in Minnesota. The Red Ribbon Ride is a fully supported 4 day, 300 mile bike ride that will raise vital funds for HIV/AID services, treatment, prevention and awareness. Red Ribbon Ride 2017 will take place on July 13 through July 16, 2017. Whether you are a first-time rider, experienced veteran, looking for a physical challenge, enjoy cycling through Minnesota or have a connection to the cause the Red Ribbon Ride is open to you. They invite riders to learn more and join them. The group plans to arrive in Hastings on Thursday, July 13th between the hours of 9 am and noon. They will gather at Christa McAuliffe Elementary School and hope the community will come out to welcome them. More information can be found at www.redribbonride.org.

July 14

Movies in the Park::Back to the Future will be shown under the stars at the Hastings Rotary Pavilion, beginning at dusk. Sponsor is Ardent Mills. Cost- Please bring a food donation to benefit Hastings Family Service.

July 15:

Stockholm Wisconsin Art Fair: The 44th annual Stockholm Art Fair will take place on July 15th in Stockholm, Wisconsin, near Lake Pepin. The popular destination features more than 100 artisans who bring their handcrafted items ranging from pottery, paintings, photography,glass, fiber art, mixed mediums and jewelry as well as demonstrations from several of the artists throughout the day. A wide array of food vendors will also be on hand with locally made and unusual fare ranging from roasted coffee, wood fired pizza and Portabella mushroom sandwiches. Musicians will also perform and there are activities for children as well. The fair's hours are 10am until 5 pm and is held in Stockhome Village Park. There will also be a shuttle service provided from satellite parking areas. Watch for signage. View more information on the Stockholm Art Fair Facebook Page.

July 19:

Archery Camp:An Archery Camp for youths aged 8 to 12 is planned for the Lower Spring Lake Park Preserve Archery Shelter from Wednesday to Friday, July19th to the 21st, from 9AM to noon. Learn the basics of archery, including proper technique, range safety, and target practice under the supervision of a National Archery in the Schools Program certified instructor. Cost for the three-day camp is 75 dollars per camper. Equipment will be provided. For more information and to register call 952-891-7000 and reference activity number 110402-01.

July 20:

Miss Hastings to Miss Minnesota Pageant: The Miss Minnesota Scholarship Program, is pleased to announce the return of the Miss Hastings Scholarship Pageant on Friday, July 20, 2018. There has been a 34-year hiatus since the crowning of Miss Hastings and organizers are calling on the experience of 1984 board president Janelle Almquist Behny and board vice-president Wendy Latuff to merge their unique perspectives to create the ideal way to re-introduce the pagent to the Hastings Community. The Miss America Pageant will celebrate their 100th anniversary in four years, and the goal is to prepare a local contestant to represent the city. A Bridge Builders Partnership will begin this week with a fundraising drive to partner with local sponsors through financial and in-kind donations to establish a 501c3 designation for the program and secure it for generations. Contact the organizers with the Miss Hastings program by email at misshastingsmn@gmail.com or call 651-270-8984 for more information.

July 21:

Books and Benches Story Time:Books and Benches, a Story Time Program will take place in Freedom Park in Prescott on Friday, July 21st beginning at 10:30 am. Participants should meet at the Butterfly Art Bench, spread out a blanket, choose a book to read together, explore the park’s playground and trails, and then pick out free books to bring home. The goal of Books and Benches is to promote reading and encourage families to spend time enjoying unique community art projects and exploring the amazing places in the St. Croix River Valley. The FREE Program sponsored by Friends of Freedom Park, in collaboration with the Phipps Center for the Arts and the Prescott Public Library.

More information can be found at www.freedomparkwi.org or by calling 715-262-0104.

July 22:

Archery 101:The Lower Spring Lake Park Preserve invites you to explore the park, learn the basics of archery and how to navigate using a GPS during the Backwood Recreation event on Saturday, July 22nd, at the Archery Shelter. This event is open to ages 16 and older and costs 40 dollars per person. Equipment will be provided. For more information and to register call 952-891-7000 and reference activity number 110416-02.

July 27:

National Parks and Rec Celebration:July is National Parks and Recreation Month. Celebrate along the river at Levee Park for this free family fun event. Performances, music, food and more. Time is 5-8 pm.

July 28-30:

Little Log House Antique and Power Show The popular Little Log House antique and power show will take place on July 28th through the 30th at the venue located just south of Hastings. Featured during this year's event will be the Ford Motor Company as well as Case IH. A variety of activities will include a giant flea market, lots of music, food, displays and fun. A daily pancake breakfast is held from 7-9 am and parades are held each day at 11AM. Tickets are available at the gate with single day adult admission just 10 dollars or a weekend pass for 20. Find out more online at www.littleloghouseshow.com.

AUGUST

August 1-August 12:

Exploration Station Events at Pleasant Hill Library:<./B>June activities at the Pleasant Hill Library include an Exploration Station summertime series that continues until Saturday, August 12th. Preschool and school age children will discover something new each week at this self-directed summer space exploration station of crafts and experiments.

August 4:

Relay for Life Fundraiser:This year the fundraising will take place along the river in Levee Park with home base at the Rotary Pavillion. Co-chair Linda Kampa notes other changes are planned to give the event a new look and new sound. The addition of 3 live entertainment groups will add to the energy of those who will spend the evening of August 4th walking to support those who have pledged per mile completed or a total donation that will aid cancer research. Teams are now forming, and Kampa encourages those who have had cancer touch their friends or families to join the relay. Those who want to participate, but don't have a team, should contact Kampa at 651-442-7960 to be paired up with an existing team. More information on fundraising and teams can be found on the relayforlife.org/hastingsmn site. Corporate sponsors are also needed and urged to connect with this local effort. This year's local goal is $25,000.

August 6:

Elite Rabble Concert at LeDuc: The Apple orchard will again be the setting for the Concert in August at the Historic LeDuc Estate. This English contra dance music will feature reenactors who will demonstrate their lively steps. Pie and coffee will be served by one of the local non-profit groups. Music begins at 6:30. The event is free of charge. Bring a lawn chair or blanket for your comfort.

August 8:

Friends of the LeDuc Meeting: Vermillion Falls walking tour from the Falls to the quarry that was located downstream. The new trail at the South end of the Vermillion river Rotary Hiking Bridge will be completed by this event. Cindy Thury-Smith will lead. Time- 7 PM. Free.

August 8-10:

A Day at the Schoolhouse:This summer camp, for children 8-12 is held at the LeDuc Historic Estate and revolves around the schoolroom at the site. Local teacher and reenactor Spencer Johnson will come in to talk about the Civil War encampments . Vintage costumes will be worn and typical daily experiences will include chicken tending, garden chores and attending the school, of course. A Maximum of 18 participants can be accommodated at the 3-day camp. Time each day is 9-2 pm. Cost is $95. Register at www.HastingsCommunityEd.com

August 11:

Movies in the Park: Finding Dory will be shown under the stars at the Hastings Rotary Pavilion, beginning at dusk. Sponsor is Ardent Mills. Cost- Please bring a food donation to benefit Hastings Family Service.

August 12:

Seasonality High Tea:The heritage of the LeDuc gardens will be celebrated at this 4-course High Tea maximizing the use of all the produce found in the LeDuc gardens. There will also be an interpretive program on Andrew Jackson Downing, father of the American Landscape Architecture. Seating is limited. Call 651-438-8480 to reserve your place. Maximum of 45 guests for this event. Cost is $35 or $30 for members of the Minnesota Historical Society Association.

August 13:

The Squires Band August Orchard Concert at the LeDuc: Join the fun as this popular group entertains on the back lawn in the orchard. Classic rock and roll and lots of memorable music will waft thru the trees. Pie and coffee will be served by one of the local non-profit groups. Music begins at 6:30. The event is free of charge. Bring a lawn chair or blanket for your comfort.

August 20:

Brassilla August Orchard Concert at the LeDuc:Celebrate this wonderful ensemble who will help you learn a little more about the history of jazz than you've previously known. Dancing on the Orchard lawn is encouraged. Pie and coffee will be served by one of the local non-profit groups. Music begins at 6:30. The event is free of charge. Bring a lawn chair or blanket for your comfort.

August 21:

Regina Classic Golf Tournament:The Regina Classic Annual Charity Golf Tournament. The tournament will be held on Monday, August 21st at the Dakota Pines Golf Course. Registration will begin at 11:30 AM with tee off at 1PM. This exciting event includes lunch, a round of golf, a social hour, dinner, and a silent auction. The tournament is a fun and relaxing golf outing in the foursome scramble style. Golfers of all ages and handicaps are encouraged to participate. The Regina Foundation is the host, and they are also looking for donations for the silent auction. All proceeds benefit the patients and residents of Regina Hospital and Regina Senior Living in Hastings. For more information please contact the Regina Foundation at 651-404-1104.

August 27:

Darlene and the Boys August Orchard Concert Finale: The last toe-tapping concert in the Orchard at the LeDuc Historic estate will feature this classic country music group which is a local and regional favorite. Pie and coffee will be served by one of the local non-profit groups. Music begins at 6:30. The event is free of charge. Bring a lawn chair or blanket for your comfort.

August 28:

Pro-Act Golf Classic: A 40-year tradition of fine golf and supporting people with disabilities continues on August 28, when the ProAct Golf Classic returns to Southview Country Club in West St. Paul for a day of team tournament play. The 18-hole event brings players to a par 71 course located on the south edge of West St. paul. “Our supporters have really enjoyed this venue, the food is excellent and people with disabilities truly need our support,” said Steven Ditschler, president and CEO of ProAct. The Golf Classic is ProAct’s only annual fundraising event. The foursome scramble start tournament features skill contests, team prizes and group photos. It begins with registration from 10:45 to 11:30 a.m., with an early lunch starting at 11 a.m. and a shotgun start at 12 p.m. A live auction, raffle and gourmet dinner will follow the game. The cost is $150 per golfer, which includes lunch and dinner, a golf cart, use of the clubhouse and practice facilities. A portion of the tournament golf cost is tax-deductible. A variety of sponsorship opportunities are available. The price for the dinner alone is $35. To register, go to proactinc.org or contact Sheena Henry at 651-289-3149 or shenry@proactinc.org   With facilities in Eagan, Red Wing, Zumbrota and Hudson, Wis., ProAct is a 501 (c) 3 nonprofit corporation which has served the needs of people with disabilities for more than 40 years.   

SEPTEMBER

September 8:

Movies in the Park: A Dog's Purpose will be shown under the stars at the Hastings Rotary Pavilion, beginning at dusk. Sponsor is Ardent Mills. Cost- Please bring a food donation to benefit Hastings Family Service.

September 9/10:

Civil War Weekend at the LeDuc Estate:This year the focus is on the scholary look at the encampment; the soldier's psyche and physique; how soldiers filled their days, what they ate, how they trained and who they were. The cannons will fire once again during this unique perspective of Civil War life at the Historic LeDuc. Hours are 10am until 5 pm both days. Cost range- 8-10 dollars per guest. More information at www.leduchistoricestate.org.

OCTOBER

October 6:

Tennessee Whiskey Tasting at the LeDuc: William Leduc travelled extensively, and during the Civil War spent time in this distillery-rich area. The evening's program focuses on distillation methods, used in both Tennessee Whiskey as well as other fine whiskies. Live music will accompany the interpretive program. 5 drams will be served and paired with the wonderful food for the LeDuc Kitchen. Seating is limited. Call for reservations. Cost is $40 or $35 for Members. Begins at 7 PM.

 

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