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JULY

Throughout the Month of July:

Washington County Skoolie Bus: Communities are getting on board with summer plans for school aged kids in their school districts. The SPARK program is thriving in Hastings and in nearby Cottage Grove the Community Education Skoolie Bus makes week night stops in 4 cities as part of the No Kid Hungry Pilot project in partnership with South Washington County Schools, Second Harvest Heartland , Share Our Strength and a caucus of the state legislators. The goal of the project is to model programs to eliminate child hunger with the No Kid Hungry Initiative. The schedule for this program is listed below. See August for that month's schedule.

Mondays from 5-7 p.m. in Woodbury

Shawnee Park on July 23

Royal Oaks Elementary on July 16 and 30

Tuesdays from 4-6 p.m. in Newport

Newport Lutheran Church on July 17, 24 and 31;

Wednesdays from 5-7 p.m. in St. Paul Park

Pullman Elementary on July 25,

St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church on July 18,

Thursdays from 4-6 p.m. in Cottage Grove

Park Grove Library on July 26,

Armstrong Elementary on July 19,

Every Thursday:

Circle of Connection Networking Group:The Circle of Connections networking group meets at 7 AM every Thursday morning at the River Oaks Golf Club on Highway 61, south of Cottage Grove. Information is available by calling Genesis Financial at 651-738-0813

Every First Wednesday:

Hastings Breast Cancer Support Group This group meets from 10 to 11:30 AM on the first Wednesday of every month at the Hastings Burger King at 100 33rd Street West. Everyone is welcome to this casual group.Spouses and family also encouraged to attend.

This Summer on Saturdays

Water Walking at HFAC:The Hastings Aquatic Center is offering an excellent low-impact workout this Summer called Water Walking. It is an at-your-own-pace style of workout that will get your blood flowing. Sessions run on Saturdays, from 8 to 9 AM. Cost is $4 per class, or with the purchase of a Season Pass or Punch Card. To sign up, or for questions, contact the Center at 651-480-2385.

Through July 20:

Nominations for Outstanding Pierce County Senior Citizen: Residents of Pierce County should consider making a nomination of their favorite Pierce County Senior Citizen. Anyone over 60 can be nominated and the entry form is simple to complete. The three top choices will be announced on Friday, August 10th at a special presentation made at this year's Pierce County Fair, which is held in Ellsworth. Some key elements of the award is that Pierce County Residents at least 60 years of age by July 1st, 2018 are eligible. The entrant must sign the release form at the end of the entry form acknowledging they are being considered for the honor and the deadline for the nomination is July 20th. The winners will be notified by letter. An entry form can be obtained by calling the Pierce County Fair Office at 715-273-6874 or visiting www.co.pierce.wi.us/fair/fair_main.php and click on Most Admired Senior Citizen. Entry form should be completely filled out and must be accompanied by a photo of the entrant. Mail to: Pierce County Fair, Attn: Ann M. Webb, 364 N. Maple - Box 922, Ellsworth, WI 54011. This year's fair takes place August 9th through the 12th and the theme is "The All County Reunion."

Through July 22:

Great River Road Theatre presents The Music Man: Performances of this community play will take place at the Prescott Auditorium. July 12, 13, 14, 19, 20 and 21 at 7 PM and on July 15 and 22 at 1PM. Tickets at www.brownpapertickets.com, at Ptacek's IGA or at the door on the day of each performance. Ticket prices- Adults $10, Ages 6-17- $5 and a Family Pass for 2 adults and 2 children is $25. More information on the event can be found at www.greatriverroadtheatre@gmail.com

Through August 29:

Midwest Dental School Donation Drive: A back to school donation drive will continue until August 29th at the office of Midwest Dental, 925 Highway 55, Suite 102, in Hastings. Some items on the list that will be donated to ISD 200 Schools include Large Backpacks, Notebooks and folders, Pencils, Dry-Erase Markers, Crayons, Scissors and Glue Sticks. Also needed are loose leaf paper, 3x5 index cards, rulers, flash drives and boxes of facial tissues. Contact Lisa for more details or questions at 651-437-7844.

July 19:

Dance with Miss Minnesota: Michaelene Karlen, Miss Minnesota 2018 will offer her Raise the Barre Workshop to kids in grades K-5 on Thursday, July 19th from 10:30 AM to 11:30 AM at Jan’s School of Dance at 2610 Industrial Court in Hastings in cooperation with the Miss Hastings Scholarship Competition which will take place on Wednesday, July 18th at 7 PM. at the Hastings Arts Center. Raise the Barre is the platform Michaelene promotes as a Miss America state titleholder to enrich the lives of kids around Minnesota with dance and give them access to it regardless of background, experience, or ability. A trained professional dancer, Michaelene has danced professionally with Arch Contemporary Ballet in New York City, James Sewell Ballet, and currently dances for Alternative Motion Project in Minneapolis. She is also the founder of the non-profit Raise the Barre, which provides tuition to dance classes for children in her hometown. To learn more about Raise the Barre and the workshop, go to https://www.michaelenekarlen.com/raise-the-barre. Information for the Miss Hastings Scholarship Competition may be found at https://www.misshastings.org/

July 20-22:

Hastings Rivertown Days: 40th Annual celebration with music, carnival, beer garden,craft fair and so much more. And this year, the main stage and carnival has been moved to Levee Park. Find the entire schedule at www.hastingsmn.org/rivertown-days

July 20:

Riverfest Nature Boat Cruise: Reservations are now available for the RiverFest Nature Boat Cruise on Friday, July 20. This is an opportunity to explore the St. Croix River with featured naturalist Jennifer Vieth. Learn about the natural history of the area and meet live animal ambassadors from Carpenter St. Croix Valley Nature Center. Reservations are required, and seating is limited so book your cruise now. Additional information and reservations are available at StCroixRiverCruises.com or 651-436-8883.

July 21:

RiverFest Native American Celebration: RiverFest is partnering with Native American Tourism of Wisconsin, St. Croix Chippewa Indians of Wisconsin and St. Croix Casino to expand the Native American Celebration on Saturday, July 21 from 10 - 4 p.m. Gather by the river for traditional Native American singing and dance, Native American flute and storytelling, Lacrosse demonstration, Native American heritage displays, arts, crafts and more.Celebrate the St. Croix River during RiverFest. There are many additional RiverFest activities scheduled. For a complete list of events visit StCroixRiverFest.org or like us on Facebook at Hudson St. Croix RiverFest

July 21:

Freedom Park Nature Class: The Art and Nature Cart will be at Freedom Park in Prescott on July 21st from 10 AM to noon. Join Jessica the Naturalist to learn how to use real animal teeth and skulls to determine an animals favorite snack. Also learn to fold an origami snake or journey the Story Walk, that features the book Hide and Snake. Freedom Park is located at 200 Monroe Street.   

July 22:

Finals of Hastings Sings Amateur Vocal competition: Takes place at the conclusion of Rivertown Days, this year at the Rotary Pavilion. Vocalists representing Hastings will compete for the top 2 spots which will send those winners on to the state competition- Minnesota Sings- which takes place on September 29th and 30th in Woodbury. Vocalists ages 15-25 must audition to qualify for Hastings Sings. Information on auditions can be found by calling Lead volunteer, Chuck Spavin, 651-315-8444. Audition deadline July 15.

July 22:

RiverFest Civil War Encampment: Held at the Octagon House Museum in Hudson. For directions and location see the www.StCroixRiverFest.org website.

July 27-August 5:

Black Dirt Theater presents Shrek the Musical: Held at the Hastings High school. Performance dates for Shrek will be selected dates from the Dress Rehersal Family Preview Show on Friday, July 27th- 7:00 pm through Sunday, August 5th. Tickets at the door and also online- www.blackdirttheatre.com

Saturday, July 28th- 7:00 pm

Sunday, July 29th- 2:00 pm

Wednesday, August 1st- 7:00 pm

Thursday, August 2nd- 7:00 pm

Saturday, August 4th- 7:00 pm

Sunday, August 5th- 2:00 pm All performances held at the Hastings High School Auditorium.

July 27:

Freedom Park Nature Class: A Books and Benches for kids at Freedom Park in Prescott has been set for Friday, July 27th, at 10:30 AM. Gather at the butterfly art bench, listen to stories, and participate in junior ranger activities. Books and Benches is a project of the Somerset Elementary Family Book Drive, in partnership with local libraries, the Phipps and the National Park Service to increase summer reading and give young readers the opportunity to experience community art in the St. Croix Valley. Log on to freedomparkwi.org for complete details.

July 28:

Freedom Park Nature Class: Join Jessica the Naturalist at Freedom Park on Saturday, July 28th for Flutter Like a Butterfly at the Art and Nature Cart, from 10 AM to noon. Activities include face painting, making clothespin butterflies and dragonflies, and learning about compound eyes. The Story Walk for the event is The Icky Bug Alphabet. Freedom Park is located at 200 Monroe Street.

July 28:

Saturday Night Cruise In: The Downtown Business Association is continuing its widely popular Cruise-In events for classic cars 1976 and older, with shows every other Saturday through August 25th. Time of show is 5-9pm. Please observe marked parking areas and time restrictions for show parking so that local business can be have space for their customers earlier in the day. Contact the Hastings Downtown Business Association for registration information.

AUGUST

Throughout the Month of August:

Washington County Skoolie Bus: Communities are getting on board with summer plans for school aged kids in their school districts. The SPARK program is thriving in Hastings and in nearby Cottage Grove the Community Education Skoolie Bus makes week night stops in 4 cities as part of the No Kid Hungry Pilot project in partnership with South Washington County Schools, Second Harvest Heartland , Share Our Strength and a caucus of the state legislators. The goal of the project is to model programs to eliminate child hunger with the No Kid Hungry Initiative. The schedule for this program for August is listed below:

Mondays from 5-7 p.m. in Woodbury

Shawnee Park on August 6 and 20

Royal Oaks Elementary on August 13

Tuesdays from 4-6 p.m. in Newport

Newport Lutheran Church on August 7, 14 and 21

Wednesdays from 5-7 p.m. in St. Paul Park

Pullman Elementary on August 8 and 22

St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church on August 1 and 15

Thursdays from 4-6 p.m. in Cottage Grove

Park Grove Library on August 9 and 23

Armstrong Elementary on August 2 and 16

August 1:

Health Rhythms Group Empowerment Drumming: Join the drum circle and learn the health and wellness benefits of drumming and rhythmic expressions to help build your social connections and community. Presented by Music for Healing. At the Pleasant Hill Library, Hastings Session time- 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM

August 2:

The Jolly Pops: Celebrate music and reading side by side with this interactive and entertaining program that promotes early literacy. Ages: 2-8.At the Pleasant Hill Library, Hastings Session time- 10:30 AM - 11:15 AM

August 6:

Storytime for Babies: Stories, songs, bounces and playtime make this storytime perfect for children newborn to 24 months and their caregivers. Ages: 0-2.At the Pleasant Hill Library, Hastings Session time- 10:45 AM - 11:30 AM

August 6:

Getting Started with Green Screen and iMovie:Learn the basics of recording a video using a green screen, importing the video into iMovie® for Mac, editing the video, and saving and sharing your work. Registration required. Geared for ages 12 and older. At the Pleasant Hill Library, Hastings Session time- 3-4:00 PM.

August 7:

Protect Your Privacy: Staying Safe Online Part I: From social media to search engines and email to online purchasing- modern life leaves digital footprints everywhere we go. Discover the tools and techniques you can use to protect your privacy, browse anonymously and encrypt information. Prerequisite: None. Presented by Twin Cities Media Alliance and funded by MELSA. Registration required.At the Pleasant Hill Library, Hastings Session time- 10:15am-12:15 pm

August 8:

Storytime in the Park: Join us for stories, games, and crafts in the park. Presented in part by the City of Hastings Parks and Recreation. Ages: 0-10.

Held at Levee Park, 20 Ramsey Street in Hastings. Session time- 10:30 AM - 11:15 AM

August 8:

Park Ranger Training Camp

Drop in anytime to visit various ranger training stations, learn to identify animal tracks, draw maps, climb rocky terrains and more to earn a Park Ranger badge. Held at the Pleasant Hill Library, Session time 6-8pm For youth Ages: 5-9.

August 9:

Washi Tape Projects: Learn basic technique and use washi tape to intricately decorate various objects and art pieces to take home. Presented by Artistry. Registration required. Ages: 5-11. A Minnesota Legacy program sponsored by Minnesota’s Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund. Held at the Pleasant Hill Library, Session time

August 11:

Saturday Night Cruise In: The Downtown Business Association is continuing its widely popular Cruise-In events for classic cars 1976 and older, with shows every other Saturday through August 25th. Time of show is 5-9pm. Please observe marked parking areas and time restrictions for show parking so that local business can be have space for their customers earlier in the day. Contact the Hastings Downtown Business Association for registration information.

August 12:

Newport Pioneer Day: The City of Newport's community event is Pioneer Day on August 12th. The festivities include a parade starting at 11:00 a.m., live music from 12:00-7:00 p.m., inflatable games, a car show, a balloon artist and other entertainment. Pioneer Day buttons are for sale and provide you all-you-can-eat corn on the cob the day of the event and entry into a raffle with many prizes from local businesses and donors. Live Music includes: The Bad Companions, a Rockabilly Band, playing from 12:00-2:10 p.m; Mercy Wildfire, a Classic Road Band, playing from 2:50-5:00 p.m; Chris Olson's Memories of Elvis Show from 5:30-7:00 p.m; and a free balloon artist from 12:00-2:00 p.m. Free inflatables and games for everyone. A beer and wine garden sponsored by the Lions. Local food and craft vendors will be selling delicious food and unique gifts. The Washington County Sheriff's Department will be holding a K9 demonstration at 3:00 p.m. The raffle for the button numbers will be held at 2:30 p.m. Come and join the fun.For more information, please visit the City of Newport's website at www.ci.newport.mn.us.

August 18:

HHS Class of 1978 40th Reunion: Hastings Class of 1978 announces its 40 Year Reunion on Saturday, August 18th at 5:00pm. The class will gather around dinner and a social hour with live music at Dakota Pines Golf Club, 2015 Westview Drive, in Hastings. Cost is $45.00 per person. Also scheduled is a Friday Golf Day, and a Friday Night Social at Dugarels Bar at 7:00 PM. Those interested in the Friday Golf Outing should call Paul Caneff at 651-785-5424. Please order your dinner tickets in advance at   hastingsclassof78.myevent.com.

August 22:

Senior Center Picnic: The Annual Senior Center Picnic for the Hastings Area Senior Center will be held on Wednesday, August 22nd in the Tilden Center Back yard. Cose is $5 per person for members and $7 for non-Center members. Burgers and Brats will be grilled by members of the Hastings Lions Club, salads and other items will be provided by Ptaceks IGA of Prescott. Register anytime this summer in the Welcome Center, payment must accompany registration. Volunteers are also needed for set-up, serving and Clean up. The event will be moved into the gym if it rains.

August 25:

Saturday Night Cruise In: The Downtown Business Association is continuing its widely popular Cruise-In events for classic cars 1976 and older, with shows every other Saturday through August 25th. Time of show is 5-9pm. Please observe marked parking areas and time restrictions for show parking so that local business can be have space for their customers earlier in the day. Contact the Hastings Downtown Business Association for registration information.

Aug 25:

Carpenter St. Croix Valley Art Festival: CNC welcomes you to celebrate art and nature on their Wisconsin Campus. Enjoy music, fine arts and crafts, and food from local artisans. Take in the beautiful scenery of this outdoor event, and visit the CNC tent to meet some of their live animal ambassadors. This event will take place rain or shine, so come prepared for the weather. A portion of all proceeds support environmental education and habitat conservation at Carpenter Nature Center. Time of event is between 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

August 27:

ProAct Golf Classic Benefit: The 2018 ProAct Golf Classic will be held on Monday, August 27at Southview County Club in West St. Paul. ProAct President and CEO Steven Ditschler hopes supporters will enjoy the challenge of the 71 par course with all proceeds benefitting people with disabilities served by ProAct.The team tournament begins with lunch and registration in the late morning, and is followed by a shotgun start, skills contests and team prizes, before wrapping up with silent and live auctions and a gourmet dinner.The event is ProAct’s only annual fundraising project and a portion of the $150 entry fee is tax deductible. Price for the dinner alone is $35. Registration for the four-person scramble event runs from 10:45 a.m. to 12 p.m., with an early lunch starting at 11 a.m. and a shotgun start at 12 p.m. Sponsorship opportunities are available as well. To register, please visit proactinc.org or contact Sheena Henry at 651-289-3149 or shenry@proactinc.org With facilities in Eagan, Red Wing, Shakopee, Zumbrota in Minnesota, and in Hudson, Wis., ProAct is a 501 (c) 3 nonprofit corporation which has served the needs of people with disabilities for more than 45 years.

August 29-October 28:

Orange Dragon Art Gallery Fall Exhibit: The Orange Dragon Art Gallery Fall Exhibit will be the next opportunity to see quality local art displayed at the Prescott, Wisconsin venue, located at 122 Orange Street. An opening reception will be held on Friday, September 7th from 5-7:30 pm. Find our more at their website- www.orangedragongallery.org -Phone 715-262-4122

SEPTEMBER

September 7:

Hastings Area Rotary Concert: Benefit to continue the work done by the Rotary at the Rotary Pavilion in Levee Memorial Park. Tickets available from any Rotarian. More info soon.

September 7:

Orange Dragon Reception Held at the Orange Dragon Art Gallery in Prescott. More info soon.

September 8:

HFD Association 78th Annual Booya: The Hastings Fire Department will hold their annual booya on Saturday this year at the St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic Church in Hastings. Time of Serving will be added soon. The fundraiser benefits the many charities and sponsorships provided by the firefighters each year. Tickets will be available at the door.

September 7-9:

Prescott Daze Festival: Held in Prescott there is something for everyone. Car Show, Street dance, Kids event, Parade and so much more. Check out the full schedule on their website. www.prescottdaze.com. Register for the parade, nominate your choice for Grand Marshal, join the volunteers to make this year the best ever. Contact Courtney Hale Lamb @gmail.com to help out.

September 9:

Autumn in the Valley Gala: Join Carpenter Nature Center’s Board of Directors for a wonderful evening along the bluffs of the St. Croix River. Guests enjoy tours of the trails, mingling near the gardens, silent auction and live auctions, and dinner catered by Lake Elmo Inn. Sponsorships at all levels are available. Auction donations are welcomed. To become a sponsor, volunteer, or arrange to donate an auction item, please contact Erika at 651-437-4359. 4:00-9:00 p.m.

September 12:

Prescott School District Annual Meeting: The District Annual meeting will be held at 6 PM at the High School. Questions about the Prescott schools can be directed to www.prescott.k12.wi.us

September 15:

Joseph Hall Elvis Rock and Remember Concert:Audiences from Branson to the NBC Television series America's Got Talent have enjoyed the performances given by Joseph Hall who will bring his Elvis Concert to the Prescott High School Auditorium on September 15th. Ticket prices range from a $25 VIP ticket to a $20 general admission ticket available at www.josephhall.tix.com or by calling - 1-800-346-2427. The concert will start at 7 pm.

OCTOBER

October 31-December 23:

Orange Dragon Art Gallery Holiday Exhibit: The Orange Dragon Art Gallery Holiday Exhibit will help get your holiday shopping done- even it's for yourself! The Opening Reception will be held on November 2nd from 5-7:30 pm with a Holiday reception taking place on December 7th from 5-7:30 pm. Find out more at their website- www.orangedragongallery.org- Phone 715-262-4122

NOVEMBER

November 8:

Church Basement Ladies All new Show- You Smell Barn: Bus tour to the Ames Center in Burnsville departs at 10:45 am and returns at 4 pm. Reservation deadline with payment of $73 per person is due October 11th. You may also register in person at Hastings Community Education, 310 River Street. The 7th Church Basement presentation features plenty of laughs , music and fun for the entire family. Fee includes turkey luncheon, tax , tip and show ticket.

 

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