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All Month:

Novel Writing Month: The Cannon Falls Library invites aspiring writers to participate in "National Novel Writing Month", a fun, all-in approach to creative writing. Every November, writers around the world work to write 50,000 words of a novel in 30 days. Valuing enthusiasm, determination, and a deadline, NaNoWriMo is for anyone who has ever thought about writing a novel. For more information, and to sign up, visit the link provided here.

November 24:

Family Field Day: Carpenter St. Croix Valley Nature Center's Family Field Day for the Change of Seasons is from 3:30 to 4:45 PM. These programs are designed to address graduation standards, support classroom or distance learning, and are a fun opportunity to get outdoors and enjoy nature. Facemasks encouraged. The cost to attend will be $5 per child for each program, and scholarships are available. Space is limited, so registration is required. Please RSVP by calling 651-437-4359.

Buying or Selling a Business Seminar: If you are Buying or Selling a Business, the Dakota County Library system has a class to help you. From 2 to 3 PM, learn the key elements of buying or selling a business. Discover the different types of buyers, how to do business valuation, and learn about the transaction process. This Zoom virtual event is presented by Young Babus and South Metro SCORE. Registration is required by visiting the link provided here.

November 25:

Holiday Ornament Making: Hastings Community Education will host a session of Holiday Ornament Making for youth, from 9 AM to noon, at the Tilden Community Center. Cost is $30. For more information or to register, call 651-480-7670 or log on to

Curbside Meal Pick Up: Caring Hearts in Action invites those in need to a Wednesday Curbside Meal Pick Up, from 5:30 to 6:30 PM, at Faith Methodist Church, 718 8th Street, in Farmington. Drive up for a no-contact meal delivery for you and your family. There is no cost for the meal.

November 26:

Turkey Burn Bootcamp: Coco's Heart Dog Rescue is hosting a Turkey Burn Bootcamp, with Prescott Body Works, from 8 to 8:30 AM. Get a workout in with Molly Larson before you celebrate Thanksgiving while helping dogs in need. This class is FREE with the option to donate to Coco's Heart Dog Rescue. It will be held virtually via Body Works Facebook Live and in person, with a limit of 9 people, at Body Works in Prescott. Sign up at the link provided here.

November 27:

Dakota County Parks Opt Outside: Join Dakota County Parks the day after Thanksgiving for an expanded Opt Outside. An open house-style, free family event will take place from 10 AM to 4 PM, at three locations, Lebanon Hills Regional Park, Thompson County Park and Whitetail Woods Regional Park. This year's theme is the Ice Age, and activities at all three parks include an activity trail with activities along the way, geocaching and a medallion hunt. Complete details are available at the link provided here.

CNC Bird Banding: Carpenter Nature Center has been banding birds for over 30 years, and on the fourth Friday of the month bird banding is open to the public. There is no program fee, but donations of bird seed and suet are greatly appreciated. An RSVP is appreciated, by calling CNC at 651-437-4359.

November 27 Through 29:

Prescott Kiwanis Christmas Tree Sale: The Prescott Kiwanis Club will hold its annual Christmas Tree Sale in the parking lot of Ptacek's IGA, 1005 Eagle Ridge Drive. Funds raised from the sale will be used for Kiwanis programs and projects that involve and help children in the Prescott community.

November 28:

Prescott Area Chamber of Commerce Holiday Market: Small Business Saturday is just around the corner, and the Prescott Area Chamber of Commerce will host a Holiday Market outside of the No Name Saloon from 1 to 5 PM. The Chamber is looking for vendors to participate. Stay tuned for updates on specials and promotions from local businesses, and a guest appearance from Santa.

Animal Ark Volunteer Orientation: Animal Ark invites you to become family to their dogs and cats, and are hosting a Volunteer Orientation, at 10 AM. New volunteers will meet wonderful people who share a passion of caring for animals. Join Animal Ark to learn more, and bring a friend. Register at the link provided here.

CNC Live Animal Presentation: Carpenter St. Croix Valley Nature Center will host an Animals of the St. Croix Live Animal Presentation from 10 to 11 AM. In this program, learn about the animals that make their homes in the St. Croix River Valley, and what unique characteristics they have to help them live here. Program Fee: $5 per person. Space is limited, so registration is required. RSVP by calling 651-437-4359.

November 30:

Teen Fan Fic Contest: Unleash your creative writing skills by entering the Dakota County Library System's annual Teen Fan Fiction Contest. Submit an original story of 3,000 words or less featuring your favorite characters or re-imagining part of a book by Mon, Nov. 30. Entry forms are available online, or at any County library locations. Complete details are available at the link provided here.

Puppet Story TIme: Join the Cannon Falls Library from 10 to 10:30 AM for Puppet Story Time with Ms. Alexa, via Facebook. All kinds of puppets will be there, from dragons and knights, to armadillos and capybaras! Some will tell stories, others will share jokes, and all of them are exited to meet you. A link to the Cannon Falls Library page is provided on here.

Through November 30:

Operation CARE Package: The Foss and Swanson, Veterans Community Service Center is collecting donations of personal hygiene items, non-perishable snack items, and other miscellaneous things for Operation CARE Package, in support of the 34th Military Police Company, 84th Troop Command, Minnesota Army National Guard. Donations of items can be brought to 507 Vermillion Street, and Foss and Swanson is working with Crossroads Church of Woodbury, and the Beyond the Yellow Ribbon Campaign, to package and send the Care Packages to the troops in the field. Call 651-438-2208 for any questions.


December 1:

DCTC Ted Talk Tuesday: The Dakota County Technical College Student Senate will host "Ted Talk Tuesday", from 1 to 2 PM, on the topic of "Urgency of Intersectionality", facilitated by Aria Kronebusch, Title III Project Coordinator. See the event page on Facebook to obtain meeting access information. A link is provided here.

December 2:

Gone Too Soon: At 6:30 PM, Dick and Donna Mathiowetz will host a grief session for parents who have lost children, at a "Gone Too Soon" loss support group meeting. This free event is held on the first and third Wednesday of each month, and interested people are asked to contact the hosts by emailing for complete details.

December 3:

Virtual Surprise Party: Fun, Friends & Fitness will host a virtual Surprise Party from 6:30 to 7:30 PM. Fun, Friends and Fitness activities are presented in partnership with the Hastings Community Education Disabilities Program and the Hastings Sharks for persons 14 and over. For more information or to register, visit the link provided here.

Fast & Rough: Minnesota's Hockey Scene in 1920: At 6:30 PM, Dakota County Historical Society will host virtual presentation exploring a significant year in Minnesota's hockey history. "Fast & Rough: Minnesota's Hockey Scene in 1920" is presented by Jayson Hron. This presentation is offered free of charge thanks to the Union Pacific Foundation's COVID Relief Grant. Sign up at the link provided here.

December 5:

St. John's Live Nativity: St. John's Lutheran Church, 202 8th St W, Hastings, is hosting a free live Nativity Event, starting at 5 PM. Performances are scheduled every 20 minutes, with live actors and animals, and outdoor fires and luminaries. Due to COVID restrictions, registration is required by visiting the link provided here.

Tech For Girls: Coding a Story: The Pacer Center will host "Tech For Girls: Coding a Story", in an online format from 10 to 11 AM. In this virtual workshop, middle school girls of all abilities will create their own story and use Scratch, an online coding program, to code scenes and animate characters. Zoom access links for this workshop will be emailed to participants the week of the virtual meeting. Register by visiting the link provided here.

December 6:

NFD Toy Drive: The Newport Fire Department will be at Newport Center for their 21st year of spreading seasonal cheer and accepting toys, food, and cash donations to support the Friends in Need Food Shelf, from 10 AM to 1 PM. Steve Cozad began this event in 1999, and NFD proudly continues the tradition in memory of Steve and his service to the citizens of Newport. If you cannot make it to the drive, they have collection barrels at Cloverleaf Bar and North Pole Restaurant.

Harbor Service of Remembrance: Harbor Church in Hastings will host author Donna Mathiowetz and a Service of Remembrance for Departed Loved Ones at 3 PM. Come for a very special service of remembrance at The Harbor. Bring your friends and family to honor and remember those not with us this holiday season. The service will include prayer, candle lighting, and a message of hope. Harbor Church is located at 11125 W Point Douglas Road.

December 8:

Forged at Christmas Album Release Show: Save the date for the "Forged at Christmas" album release show, sponsored by the Rosemount Area Arts Council. Join the The Blacksmith's Daughters for a family-friendly Christmas show, at the Steeple Center, 14375 South Robert Trail, from 7:30 to 9 PM. Get your $10 tickets ahead of time by messaging the band via Facebook.

Spruce Top Wood Centerpiece Box: Prescott Community Education will host a Spruce Top Wood Centerpiece Box making class from 6:30 to 8:30 PM at the Prescott Intermediate School. The registration is deadline Monday, Nov 30. Cost is $52 per person. Register at the link here.

Diconnecting Robocalls: Join BBB, AARP and expert partners to disconnect robocalls, from 11 AM to noon. Learn about the psychology, technology, legality, controversy, and feasibility of disconnecting robocalls. Watch this conversation with enforcement agencies, technical experts, and corporations as they discuss how best to handle this daily nuisance in the marketplace. This free program is designed for the concerned and capable consumer who wants to understand the complications of this issue. Register at the link provided here.

December 12:

Fill Up a Fire Truck: Join organizers of the Cottage Grove, South St. Paul, and Newport Holiday Train at Hamlet Park in Cottage Grove to "Fill Up a Fire Truck", from 10 AM to noon. They will be collecting paper products including paper towels, and toilet paper along with cash, all benefiting Friends in Need Food Shelf. Santa and Mrs. Claus will also be in attendance.

Hastings SnoMos Youth Training Event: The Hastings SnoMos will once again offer their Youth Training Course in December. Youths age 11 to 15 are eligible to participate in the program, that includes an online course, a classroom session on December 12th, followed by a field day, depending on weather. Interested people are asked to register by email with the youth's full given name, date of birth, mailing address, and parent's name, phone number and email address to Visit for complete details.

December 14:

Savvy Social Security for Women: Hastings Community Education will host a session of Savvy Social Security for Women, from 6:30 to 8 PM, at the Tilden Community Center. Cost is $7. For more information or to register, visit the link provided here.

December 15:

Afton Budget Hearing: All are invited to attend Afton's 2020 Budget and Tax Hearing at 7 PM. The meeting will be held via Zoom, and instructions on how to attend will be posted on the city website. The hearing is an opportunity for the public to ask questions and provide feedback regarding the proposed budget. The 2021 Proposed Budget is available at City Hall or on the City's website.

December 17:

Crossroads: An Anthology of Resilience and Hope: The Dakota County Library invites you to celebrate "Crossroads: An Anthology of Resilience and Hope", by Young Somali Writers, a recently published book featuring original works written by Minnesota-based Somali teens and young adults, at a virtual session, starting at 6:30 PM. Meet and learn from creators' experiences and listen to live readings. Presented by the Minnesota Humanities Center. This is an online event. The event link will be sent via email upon registration. Register at the link provided here.

THRIVE Thursday: THRIVE Hastings will host a Zoom session with J. Drake Hamilton, Fresh Energy's science policy director, as he discusses Fresh Energy's mission to shape and drive policy solutions to achieve an equitable carbon-neutral economy. This THRIVE Thursday event is free of charge, and meeting access information will be posted on the THRIVE Hastings website, at the link provided here.

Through December 30:

Holiday Light Drop-Off: Dakota County residents can drop-off their unwanted light strands during the holiday season at the Joint Maintenance Facility, 920 10th Street West, in Hastings, during regular business hours, Mon through Fri. In addition, there are several locations around the Twin Cities metro that serve as year-round drop-off locations, including the Dakota County Recycling Zone in Eagan. Free & open to Dakota County residents.



January 2:

Dust'em Off Vintage Snowmobile Show and Swap Meet: The 1st Annual Dust'em Off Vintage Snowmobile show and swap is scheduled from 10 AM to 4 PM, in the field at the junction of County 19 and 70th Street, in Cottage Grove, across from the Shoppes at Almar Village. This event, presented by East Cottage Grove Scramblers, and the Hastings SnoMos, will have late model and vintage snow machines on display and for trade, or sale. The evening will end with a snowmobile ride and bonfire. This event is open to the public and free of charge for admission.


Harbor Church Alpha Project: Harbor Church of Hastings has adapted their Alpha program for this fall. "Alpha In a Box" will combine watch parties, virtual sessions, and in-person sessions at the church. The Alpha program enables those with questions about Christianity, the Bible, and religion to find the answers they seek. For complete program details and to register, visit

Geocaching: Dakota County reminds residents that the County Parks system has an active geocaching program. Geocaching is a high-tech treasure hunting game played throughout the world using Global Positioning System (GPS) devices. Geocaches found within Dakota County Parks have a maximum size of 12 inches x 6 inches x 8 inches. Check out to find coordinates for cache locations throughout Dakota County Parks. Once you have the coordinates for a cache, visit the park and try to find the cache using your GPS. Find more information of the parks page of

Ed2Go: Hastings Community Education presents Ed2Go, an online source for community education courses that you take on your time and convenience. Ed2Go classes are available any time of the day or night, and cover a wide range of interests. Browse the catalog and sign up for a course today by visiting

Live 2 B Healthy: The Hastings Senior Center now offers Live 2 B Healthy Fitness Classes from the comfort of your own home. Jena hosts live sessions on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday at 1:30 PM, and Sandy hosts sessions on Tuesday, Thursday and Friday, at 9 AM. Cost is a subscription of $35, or free for SilverSneakers, Silver & Fit, and RenewActive members. For complete details, contact Kelly Nygard, of Live 2 B Healthy, at, or call 612-751-9151.

Mondays, Through January 25:

Zoom Time for Babies: Starting November 16 and running through January 25, Hastings Community Education invites families to Zoom Time for Babies, on Mondays from 9 to 10 AM. Connect with other parents via Zoom to discuss the joys and challenges of parenting an infant. Learn songs, games and ways to support your relationship with your baby. Fee is $50. Sign up at the link provided here.


Euchre Mondays: The Hastings Senior Center announces Euchre Mondays, at the Senior Center, in the Tilden Community Center, 310 River Street. Euchre starts at 1 PM. Join the Senior Center for a fun afternoon of cards. Cost is $2 per person.

Monday and Wednesday:

Zoom Zumba: The Hastings Senior Center will host a virtual session of Zumba from 8:30 to 10 AM. For more information or to register, call 651-480-7670 or log on to

Tuesday, November 24 Through December 22:

Group Riding Lessons: Hastings Community Education will host Group Horse Riding Lessons, from 6:30 to 7:30 PM at Cornerstone on the Vermillion. Cost is $225. For more information or to register, visit the link provided here.


Post 47 Legion Bingo: American Legion Nelson-Lucking Post 47, at 50 Sibley St., in Hastings invites you to join them on Tuesday nights, from 7 to 9:30 PM, for some Bingo. Proceeds will be used for Legion community outreach efforts in Hastings, and the surrounding communities. For questions contact the Legion at 651-437-2046.

Small Group Bingo: The Hastings Senior Center invites members and friends to Tuesday Small Group Bingo, starting at 9:30 AM. Join hosts Bob and Jean Filkins for socially distant bingo, with three cards for 25 cents, with a limit of 6 cards per game. This is a registration only event, and no walk-ins will be allowed. Register by calling 651-480-7689.

1st Wednesday of the Month:

Coffee's On: Join the Cottage Grove Chamber of Commerce for Coffee's On, at Stone Soup Thrift Shop, on 3rd Street, in St. Paul Park, from 7:45 to 8:45 AM. Grab a cup of coffee and tap into this active network of business professionals to generate referrals, increase business connections and grow your involvement in the community. Bring your business cards and be ready to introduce yourself and your business to the group. This group is free to attend, but registration is encouraged by visiting


Celebrate Recovery: Harbor Church of Hastings hosts a Celebrate Recovery Group from 6:30 to 8PM. If you are recovering from an addiction, or need help to start recovery, contact moderator Darcy Fuchs at 651-493-7974 for more information. The Harbor Church is located at 11125 W Point Douglas Road.

Puzzle Exchange: Between 10 AM and 2 PM, the Hastings Senior Center will have a Puzzle Exchange available outside the main doors of the Tilden Community Center. Come grab a puzzle and leave one or two for others. For more information call 651-480-7670.

Senior Center Crafting With Friends: On the first and third Wednesday of each month, the Hastings Senior Center invites quilters to bring your project to the Center and craft with friends, from 9 AM to 3 PM. For more information, call Carole Wilder at 651-437-4390.

Socially-Distanced Corn Hole: The Hastings Senior Center now offers a socially-distanced Bean Bag, or Corn Hole, game, from 6 to 8 PM, at the Tilden Gym, 310 River Street. There are three new sets of the game, and staff require that masks be worn while playing. For questions, contact Senior Center Coordinator Laurie Thrush at 651-480-7689.


The Circle of Connections Networking Group: Meets at 7 AM every Thursday at River Oaks Golf Club, 11099 Highway 61, Cottage Grove. Meetings are open to business professionals in all industries (one per profession). For details, call Genesis Financial at 651-738-0813.

Thursdays, Through January 28:

Zoom Time for Toddlers: Hastings Community Education offers at Zoom Time for Toddlers, from 9 to 10 AM, with no classes on November 26, December 24th, or December 31st. Fee is $40. For complete info and to register visit the link provided here.

1st Thursday of the Month:

LeDuc Book Group: The LeDuc History Book Discussion Group from 6:30 to 7:30PM. Join this monthly book discussion group to delve into the details of a good book. Books are available for check out at the Pleasant Hill Library. The LeDuc History Book Discussion Group meets at the LeDuc Historic Estate, 1629 Vermillion Street.

2nd Thursday of the Month:

Talk and Sip: The MN Senate District 54 DFL delegation invites everyone to a monthly discussion of all things progressive over a pint at Spiral Brewery, at 111 2nd Street, E, from 6 to 8 PM. Come ready for a causal discussion in a local great place! Each month they will have a topic of discussion in advance, but will always welcome what is on your mind! Check in to their event page for a list of upcoming topics and suggest your own ideas. May's meeting is scheduled for May 14th.

2nd and 4th Thursday:

Grief Support Group: The Hastings Area Grief Support Group meets from 6 to 7:30, at the Tilden Community Center, 310 River Street. The Hastings Area Grief Support Group provides a caring environment for mutual support and education for those grieving the death of a significant person, in a respectful Christian atmosphere, and welcomes all people with opportunities to understand and express their own grief experience. Cost is free. For questions, contact Dick and Donna Mathiowetz at 651-983-0135.

3rd Thursday of the Month:

Hops and Hymns in Hastings: Join Our Saviour's Evangelical Lutheran Church at Spiral Brewery for the "Hops and Hymns in Hastings" get together, at the Spiral Brewery at 7 PM, where everyone is invited to gather in fellowship to sing and celebrate. Thanks to the ownership team at Spiral and to OSEL song leader Gordy Pearson, for helping to make this happen.

1st and 3rd Friday:

Prescott Memory Cafe: The Prescott Senior Gathering Place invites patients in memory care, and their caregivers to the Memory Cafe, from 10 to 11:30 AM on the 1st and 3rd Friday of each month. The cafe is open in the lower level Community Room of First National Bank, 1151 Canton Street. For assistance with Memory Cafe, please contact Barb Glidden at 651-336-3360, or Cathy Martin at 715-262-3856.

4th Friday of the Month:

Bird Banding at CNC: Have you ever wondered what bird banding is all about? Bird Banding records can help us learn how long birds live, where they travel, when and where they migrate and many other interesting facts. Carpenter Nature Center has been banding birds for over 30 years. On the fourth Friday of the month, from 8 AM to noon, bird banding is open to the public. There is no program fee, but donations of bird seed and suet are greatly appreciated. RSVP to this event by visiting


Get to the Point Men's Prayer Group: Meets at 8 AM Saturdays in the upper room of the Twisted Oak Coffee House, 202 Broad St., Prescott. The group's current study is "33: The Series."

Hastings Softball Boosters Meat Raffle: Hastings Softball Boosters is proud to announce that they are partnering with Pub 55 every Saturday, from 4-5 PM. A portion of the proceeds will go to the Hastings Softball Boosters club to help offset the cost of the softball clinics. Come out and join them, at Pub 55, located at 880 Bahls Drive, in Hastings.


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