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February 11-February 13:

Black Dirt Theater- Bedroom Farce Dinner Theater:A perfect date night from this comedic look at 4 couples who share their lives and their bedrooms. Black Dirt actors will portray the ups and downs of wedded bliss in this play that is accompanied by a delicious meal at the Onion Grille, 100 Sibley Street. Tickets are $28 for their Sunday Matinees and $42 for the evening performances. Check out the Black Dirt website for a link to ticket purchases.

February 11-13:

King and Queen of Arts:A full week of Valentine Themed arts events including poetry, music, wine tasting, Black Dirt Improv, and a wide variety of art classes perfect for a special date night or just a creative way to spend an evening or two. Held at BreakAway Arts studio and Cafe, 111 East 3rd Street. Afternoon and evening events listed on the website. Feb 12th It's all in the Cards, Free Beer Tasting, Acoustic Guitarist Jon Windholz, Texas Hold'em Tourney (Free) Feb 13th Paint Your Heart Out, Paint and Sip Classes $35, Black Dirt Theater Improv Troup.

February 12:

Home School Programs-Winter Survival Skills:CNC's Home School Programs are created to offer students ages 5 and up, an opportunity to meet other children and take part in outdoor environmental education. Winter survival students will learn important outdoor survival skills. The majority of the time is spent outdoors. Class time is 1-3PM. Cost per student is $6 or $4 for Friends of CNC. Call 651-437-4359 to register.

February 12:

Prescott Dairy Queen Dine and Donate: A percentage of the DQs entire days sales will be donated to the Prescott Graduation Lock In Event. Treat your sweet tooth to an icecream or other menu item, and part of each sale will go to support this annual event.

February 12:

Owl Prowls: Explore Carpenter Nature Center on a guided night hike while looking and listening for owls. Mating calls are common during this time of year. If adequate snow cover, bring snowshoes or use those provided. Minnesota Campus event Jan 8 and Feb. 12. Wisconsin Campus events on January 29 and March 4. Time of all events are 7-9PM. Cost per person is $6 or $4 for Friends of CNC. Call 651-437-4359 to register.

February 13:

Family Valentine Snowshoe Adventure: Explore Carpenter Nature Center on a guided night hike. One trail will be lit with luminaries but you can explore the entire park. Gather by the Bonfire to enjoy hot chocolate and s'mores afterward. Bring your own snowshoes, or CNC will provide them. Children 6-16 must be accompanied by a registered adult. Meet at the Carpenter Nature Center, 12805 St. Croix Trail So. Cost per person is $15. Call 651-437-4359 to reserve snowshoes and tell them how many will be coming. Maximum group of 25. Event held from 6-7:30 PM.

February 14:

High Tea at the LeDuc Historic Estate:On Valentines Day, Sunday Feb. 14th, at 3:30 p.m. the LeDuc Historic Estate, 1629 Vermillion Street, Hastings, MN 55033 will be hosting a High Tea. High Tea, historically was actually the tea imbibed in by the 'common' man after work, at high tables at the pubs. However at the LeDuc Historic Estate, guests will be seated at tables. The food served will be what is today considered to be a High Tea, with all the scones, tea sandwiches, and other goodies. There will be an opportunity to try a variety of teas and learn about the LeDuc's involvement and love of tea over the years of living in the house. Enjoy this special evening by candlelight as the evening settles in.

Prepaid registrations are required for this $35 event. Call 651-438-8480 at the LeDuc house or register through Hastings Community Education: 651-480-7670 or online .

February 14:

Tyler Burkum and Friends Concert: Join this 2 time Grammy winning artist and a selected group of wonderful music makers for this special Valentine's Night event. Concert begins at 7:30 PM at the Hastings Arts Center, 216 th Street. A native of the Twin Cities, Tyler Burkum is a singer-songwriter, has toured with Matt Kearney and formerly a member of the band Audio Adrenaline. Join Tyler and his friends for an evening of music with that special someone to celebrate Valentine's Day! Coffee and dessert provided. Tickets-will call at the door. $20 each.

February 14:

Sweetheart Dinner at Prescott UCC:The Prescott United Church of Christ welcomes the public to its Sweetheart Dinner on Valentine's Day. The event that takes place on Sunday, February 14 features a four course dinner, live entertainment, and beer and wine for purchase. The social hour starts at 5 p.m. with dinner starting at 6. Cost is $14 per person. Reservations are preferred, but not required. For reservations call 715-262-5668.

February 15:

Hastings City Offices Closed

February 16:

Prescott School Levy Vote Prescott voters will decide question of cap overide for district funding.

February 16:

Hastings City Council MeetingHastings City Council Regular meeting- 7PM (moved due to Presidents Day Holiday)

February 16:

Hastings Historic Preservation Committee Meeting

Regular meeting held in Volunteer Room of the Hastings City Hall- 7PM

February 16:

CCARL Public Meeting with MnDOT Commissioner A meeting will take place from 5:30-7:30 pm at Urland Lutheran Church, 6940 County 9 Boulevard in Cannon Falls. The purpose for the meeting will be to provide the public to speak, ask questions, and express concerns regarding the current status of the ZipRail passenger, nonstop high-speed rail project. The project intended to place a high-speed rail option along the Highway 52 corridor from Rochester to St. Paul. The meeting on the 16th will continue the discussion between property owners, citizens and MnDOT Commissioner Charlie Zelle. Senator Matt Schmit will facilitated the public meeting. Those in attendance will have the opportunity to find out what will happen to the monies spent now that MnDOT has officially suspended the project while retaining the right to revive it again sometime in the future. Monies spent to advance the project would have resulted in an Invironmental Impact Statement, but the decision to shelve plans now, removes the ability for the public to have the opportunity to officially comment. Members of Citizens Concerned About Rail Lines (CCARL) have continued to inform local residents about the impact this project may have should it continue now or in the future. For more information, contact Barbara Stussy by email-

February 16-25:

St. John the Baptist School in Vermillion Enrollment Open Houses St. John the Baptist School in Vermillion will host several opportunites to visit the elementary school during their registration week, February 16-25. Traditional 2 and 3 day morning preschool is available and potential students and their families can visit during the Preschool Open House on Tuesday, February 16th at 6:30 pm. There is also before and after school care as well as expanded busing and tutition that is 47% lower than other area Catholic Schools. An additional option for Preschool is their economical 5-day full day preschool. The Kindergarten Open House will be held on February 18th and the All School, Grades 1-6 Open house takes place on Thursday, February 25th. All events will begin at 6:30 pm . More information can be seen on the school's website at .Much more Information will be available at the open house or by contacting the school at 437-2644.

February 19:

Adult Moonlight Snowshoe Hike: Enjoy a winter night with a relaxing snowshoe hike at CNC.Warm up by the fire after the hike and enjoy popcorn and hot apple cider. Snowshoes are provided or bring your own. Program fee $10 per person or $7 for Friends of CNC. Event held from 7-9PM.

February 20:

TLC of Hastings 7th Annual Gala: This life supporting event will be held at St. Elizabeth Ann Seaton Banquet Hall. 5PM Social Hour- 6PM Dinner. Silent and Live Auctions and the ever popular Wine Pull. Reservations are $50 per person until February 5th, then $55 per person. Purchase online at or call 651-437-4200.

February 20:

Spaghetti Dinner at UCC Cottage Grove:The Cottage Grove United Church of Christ will host a Spaghetti Dinner on Saturday evening, February 20th. The dinner will be served from 5 to 7PM with a Free Will Offering collected for the meal. Dinner includes spaghetti and meatballs, bread, a full serve-yourself salad bar, beverages and a serve-yourself hot fudge-brownie sundae for dessert. The live family entertainment returning for the fourth year is Josh Eidsor, a young 18 year old concertina virtuoso who performs along with his grandpa Don Borash also

on concertina, and his mom, Beth Eidsor on guitar and vocals. The Cottage Grove UCC is located at 7008 Lamar Avenue South at 70th Street in Historic Old Cottage Grove, across the street from the Lamar Softball Fields.

February 21:

River Valley Band Celebration Concert:Celebrating 5 years of enriching the community through music, The River Valley Band, conducted by Jim Jacobsen, will honor one of the co-founders, Karen Banaszewski, with a concert of favorites, including Take Me Out to the Ballgame! There will also be a special guest vocalist, Kathleen Hanson, who will join the band for 3 selections including an Irish medley. Also that afternoon, a brief presentation by the ArtSpace committee that will introduce this upcoming project and provide a timeline for it's construction. Concert is held at the Hastings Arts Center, 4th and Ramsey beginning at 3PM. Cost is $5 per person with children 10 and under Free.

February 21:

Pancake Breakfast at Prescott FireHall:The Prescott Fire And Rescue Famous Pancake Breakfast will welcome the community to the all you can eat Pancakes, French Toast, Sausage and scrambled eggs on several Sundays beginning with February 21st. The event will take place at the Prescott Fire Hall on the corner of Flora and Walnut Streets. Ticket prices are Adults 6 dollars, Seniors 5 dollars, Children 6 to 12 4 dollars and 5 and under are Free. Time of the event is 8am to noon and additional dates are scheduled for March 6th and 13th with the Easter Bunny hopping by on March 20th to have breakfast with the kids.

February 21:

Paws 4 Caleb Fundraiser: A special benefit will be held on Sunday, February 21st for a young boy who is hoping to be paired with a service dog. Caleb is a 5 year old with an incurable brain disorder and the group 4 Paws for Ability trains and places service dogs that help children like Caleb have a constant friend as he travels to doctor appointments and tries to live as normal a life as possible. His very supportive family will host the Spaghetti Dinner, Auction, Bake Sale, Music and Kids Activity event from Noon until 4 pm on Sunday, February 21st at the Red Barn VFW in Cottage Grove. Cost for adults is $10 with children 4-10 just $5. Presale Tickets are available at Dennis Brothers Liquors in Cottage Grove.

February 22:

AAUW Event-Autism Affects us All:Panel discussion on this topic moderated by Kathy O'Keefe . Held at 7 PM at St. Phillips Lutheran Church, 1401 15th Street West, Hastings. Presenters include Science and Math teachers from the District. Open to the public. Part of the AAUW of Hastings continuing commitment to community issues.

February 22:

Staff Basketball Game Fundraiser:Teachers and staff from District 200 will play basketball at the Hastings High School Gym. Start time 6:30 PM. Organized by United Way of Hastings Junior Board, Hastings HS Student Council and Young Life. Tickets at the door, $3.00.

February 25:

St. John the Baptist School Family Science Night Students are invited to bring their families to explore Science Night with lots of fun for everyone. Starts at 6:30pm

February 27:

Swingin' On the River: Hastings Show Choir Invitational held all day at the Hastings Senior High School, 200 Gen. Seiben Drive. Nineteen school choirs will compete for the prestigious title of best in two classes of competition. Tickets available at the door only- Competition schedule posted on the webpage. Exhibition performances included by all Hastings Show Choirs as well.

February 27-28:

Masters of the Sky: Presented by the World Bird Sanctuary. Choose the best time to attend this weekend presentation about birds of prey including live hawks, eagles, owls, falcon and vultures up close and in free flight. Event fee is $10 per person/ $7 for Friends of CNC. Times of presentations are 11AM, 1PM and 3PM each day. RSVP and non-refundable prepayment is required to attend. 651-437-4359 to register.

February 28:

St. Mary's Spaghetti Dinner: Held at St. Mary's Church in New Trier. Serving from 2-6PM. Includes Spaghetti, Chicken Fettuccini Alfredo, Salad, Garlic Bread and Homemade Desserts. Cost: Family $25, 13-Adults-$8, 6-12 $5 and kids under 5 are free.


March 1:

Hastings Tastings:This annual event coincides with March Foodshare Month and will be held from 5-8:30 PM at Mother Seaton Hall at SEAS Church. Taste samples of some of the area's best restaurants while helping raise funds for Hastings Family Service Foodshelf. Tickets are available now at HFS. Call 651-437-7134. Discount for tickets prior to date of event.

March 4:

Owl Prowls: Explore Carpenter Nature Center on a guided night hike while looking and listening for owls. Mating calls are common during this time of year. If adequate snow cover, bring snowshoes or use those provided. Minnesota Campus event Jan 8 and Feb. 12. Wisconsin Campus events on January 29 and March 4. Time of all events are 7-9PM. Cost per person is $6 or $4 for Friends of CNC. Call 651-437-4359 to register.

March 11:

St. John the Baptist Science Fair: Students from this Vermillion Elementary school will present their Science Fair projects for judging and possible opportunity to advance to the next level in the Catholic School Science Fair program. Held at SJBCS in Vermillion. Organizers are seeking adults to volunteer to act as judges. If interested or have questions, please contact Christie Brockman, Volunteer Coordinator,

March 13:

Prescott Royalty Ambassadors:Held at the Park Grove Bowl. Donate $20 and bowl all afternoon. Check in starts at Noon with bowling at 1PM. Fundraiser to support ongoing travel of Prescott Royalty to represent their city in festivals, parades and appearances in other communities.

March 19:

Egg Hunt at Cottage Grove Ice Arena:The Egg Hunt at the Cottage Grove Ice Arena returns March 19! The Annual event will be held inside the Ice Arena on the green turf in the West Rink.Tickets are $6 each and include 10 eggs (redeemable for a prize). Visit with the Easter Bunny and take pictures There will be bunny games, crafts, cookies and juice.8:45 a.m. Check–in begins at 8:45 with the hunt to start at 9. A ticket is required for anyone collecting eggs, playing games, or crafting.Pre-registration is encouraged with the event limited to 250 kids. Admission may not be available the day of if the event is sold out.Call 651-458-3400 to register.

March 20:

Knights of Columbus Pancake Breakfast: The Hastings Knights of Columbus will be holding a pancake breakfast at the KC Hall in South Hastings from 8am until 12pm.

March 28:

AAUW Event-Breaking Free from Sexual Exploitation and Trafficking:Featuring speaker Joy Friedman, Sisters Helping Sisters Author. Lew Linde is the Coordinator. Held at 7PM at St. Phillips Lutheran Church, 1401 15th Street West, Hastings. The Public is welcome to attend this important presentation and discussion.


April 15:

Home School Programs-Exploring Invertebrates:CNC's Home School Programs are created to offer students ages 5 and up, an opportunity to meet other children and take part in outdoor environmental education. Exploring Invertebrates focuses on unique characteristics and searching for live examples. The majority of the time is spent outdoors.Class held from 1-3 PM.Cost per student is $6 or $4 for Friends of CNC. Call 651-437-4359 to register.

April 23:

Daddy Daughter Dance: Theme this year is Enchantment Under the Sea. More details will be made avilable soon, Save the Date! Held at the Hastings Middle School.

April 25:

AAUW Event Clutter Clearing Choices: A timely discussion on Clearing Clutter and making your life more productive. Author and consultant Barbara Tako will present. Coordinator Sue Wagner. Held at 6PM at St. Phillips Lutheran Church, 1401 15th Street West, Hastings. The Public is welcome to attend.

April 30:

Trash and Recycling Citywide Event:This one-day collection event will be held at the Cal Ruedy Public Works Building, 1225 Progress Drive, Hastings. Household waste, hazardous items, oil, electronics, mattresses, even tires and househould chemicals such as paint, can be taken to the collection day- Hours at 9am - 1pm. For questions, contact the public works department or The Hastings Parks and Rec department contact Paige Marschall.

May 7:

Apple Blossom Races Practice Run:Test the course before next week's race. Car pool from CNC to the start at St. Croix Bluffs Regional Park and run the 10K race route. No admission fee but space is limited. RSVP at 651-437-4359.

May 15:

CNC 31st Apple Blossom Races: 8AM Start.This familiy friendly event is great for walker and runners alike. Four different races are available: 5K, 10K, Half marathon and Free 2K Fun Run begins at 11:AM. Event Fees are $32 for the 5K and 10K and $42 for the 1/2 marathon. Fees will increase by $8 on the day of the event. Register online at or call 651-437-4359.

May 20:

All Saints Music Festival: Beginning at 6 PM, this is a collaboration between 5 area Catholic parishes to fundraise and also to share the rural heritage. Scheduled to appear TC Cats and headliner, Hairball. Held at the Little Log Pioneer Village, south of Hastings off Hwy 61 and 220th Street. Tickets are $20 including FREE parking. See their website or FB page for more details and to purchase tickets in advance. This is an 18+ event.

May 23:

AAUW Event Culture of Poverty:Executive Director of MORE, Cathy Ricci will present. Annual Book Sale as well. Coordinator Karen Moore. Held at 7PM at St. Phillips Lutheran Church, 1401 15th Street West, Hastings. The Public is welcome to attend.

June 27-Aug10:

Carpenter Nature Center Summer Camps:Wide variety of fun and educational summer camps include themes from Raptors to Canoeing and Fishing. Ages 5-18 depending on program. Find out specific dates and costs on the CNC Website. or Call 651-437-4359 for questions.

July 15-17:

River Town Days Annual summer celebration along the river and all through town. Sponsored and coordinated by the Hastings Area Chamber of Commerce. Check their website and FaceBook page for schedules, sponsorship opportunities and list of activities as added.


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