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Through January 25:

Rivertown Treasures Weekly Sale: The Rivertown Treasures Weekly sale is men's and women's slacks and jeans 50% off. Some exclusions apply. Rivertown Treasures is the retail outlet of Hastings Family Service at 301 2nd Street East.

January 25:

Wrisky Ranch Tack Swap: Wrisky Ranch will hold a tack swap and sale at the old Ptacek's Banquet Center, 1449 Orrin Road, in Prescott. The swap meet and sale will be held from 9 AM to 5 PM, and there is still space for vendors, at $20 per booth. For questions, call 651-324-5406.

Winter Family fun Night: The Newport Parks Board and Newport on the Move will be hosting Winter Family Fun Night from 6 to 8 PM, at Lions Park. Enjoy an evening of family skating, fun winter games, music and refreshments. All activities can be enjoyed by skaters and non-skaters alike! There are a limited number of skates to loan out.

Family Book Bingo: Pleasant Hill Library announces a Family Book Bingo afternoon from 1 to 2 PM. Come to the library with your entire family to play bingo and win free gently used books. Pleasant Hill Library is located at 1490 South Frontage Road, in Hastings.

Hastings SnoMos CLub Trip: The Hastings SnoMos have set their annual Club Trip for 2020 to Nelson Lake Landing, in Hayward, WI, on January 31st and February 1st. Accommodations will also be available at Park Island Resort, and Four Seasons. WI Trail stickers are available online at For complete details, visit

Bald Eagle Count: The St. Croix River Association is calling for people to join in on its second annual Bald Eagle Count. The Association is holding a one-day bird count from 7 AM to 5 PM, and anyone from within the St. Croix River Watershed is encouraged to join in by filling out a survey of how many juvenile and adult bald eagles they spot. Complete details are available on the Bald Eagle Count 2020 page of

Cottage Grove Day on the Hill: Interested in touring the State Capitol and meeting your legislators? Residents of Cottage Grove are invited to Cottage Grove Day on the Hill on from 9:30 to noon. RSVP by emailing before January 22nd.

Burns Night Scotch Tasting: The Dakota County Historical Society will host a Burns Night Scotch Tasting. The event will take place at the LeDuc Historic Estate from 6:30-8:30 PM. Admission to the event is $45 per person or $40 for members of the Dakota County Historical Society. The LeDuc Historic Estate is located at 1629 Vermillion Street in Hastings. Registration is limited, so contact the LeDuc Estate at 651-438-8480 to reserve a spot. For more information, or to reserve online, please visit the Dakota County Historical Society website.

January 26:

S'Mores and More : Farmington Parks and Recreation is hosting its annual S'Mores and More event at the Rambling River Park warming house from 2 to 4 PM. This event is free to attend. There will be skating games, music, s'mores and hot cocoa. Participants should bring their own skates. For more information about Farmington's outdoor rinks and warming houses, visit

Pancake and Sausage Breakfast : The Knights of Columbus present a Pancake and Sausage Breakfast from 8 AM to noon in Mother Seaton Hall at St. Elizabeth Ann Seaton Church. Cost is $7.50 for adults, and $4 for children. St. Elizabeth Ann Seaton Catholic Church is located at 2035 15th Street West, in Hastings.

Denmark Township Historical Society Annual Membership Meeting: The Denmark Township Historical Society will hold its Annual Membership Meeting from 2 to 4 PM, at the Carpenter St. Croix Valley Nature Center, 12805 St. Croix Trail, S. Join them to learn more about volunteering, serving on the board and Denmark Township. Meet board members, share ideas for the Valley School House and more. Not a member? Join them to learn more about the Denmark Township Historical Society. All are welcome and the event is free. Lite refreshments will be served.

January 27:

PHL Felted Diffuser Class: From 5:30 to 7:30 PM come to Pleasant Hill Library to learn to make a Felted Diffuser. Learn how to use loose wool to create a wet felted ball diffuser that can hold essential oils to keep a room smelling light and fresh. This program is presented by the Textile Center. Registration is required and opens two weeks prior to the event. Register by logging on to the Library page of

Storytime for Babies : Pleasant Hill Library will have Storytime for Babies from 10:45 to 11:30 AM. Stories, songs, bounces and playtime make this storytime perfect for children newborn to 24 months and their caregivers. Pleasant Hill Library is located at 1490 South Frontage Road, in Hastings.

January 27th to February 1st :

Rivertown Treasures Weekly Sale: The Rivertown Treasures Weekly sale is a cold weather sale, with 50% off coats & hats. Some exclusions apply. Rivertown Treasures is the retail outlet of Hastings Family Service at 301 2nd Street East.

January 28:

Fun With Math: Pleasant Hill Library will host "Fun with Math" from 6 to 7 PM. Engage your child's literacy skills through fun and engaging math activities in this early literacy workshop. This program is sponsored in part by Hastings ECFE. Registration is required and opens two weeks prior to the program. This event is geared for children ages 0-6 and their caregivers. Register by logging on to the Library page at

January 28:

Evening Storytime for 2 to 6-year-olds: Pleasant Hill Library's Evening Storytime for 2 to 6-year-olds is scheduled from 6:30 to 7 PM. Read, play, sing, talk and write together with stories and activities to develop early literacy skills for toddlers and preschoolers. Siblings are welcome. Pleasant Hill Library is located at 1490 South Frontage Road, in Hastings.

Basic Cake Decorating: Hastings Community Education wants to help you learn Basic Cake Decorating, from 6:30 to 8:30 PM, at the Hastings High School. Cost is $29. For more information or to register, call 651-480-7670 or log on to

January 31:

French Dinner for 2: Hastings Community Education will host a French Dinner for 2, from 6 to 9 PM, cost, $29. For more information or to register, call 651-480-7670 or log on to


February 1:

Superior Hiking Trail Prep Class: People who have an interest in hiking the Superior Hiking Trail along the North Shore of Lake Superior are invited to a presentation at Carpenter Nature Center on preparing for the endeavor. Hiking Enthusiast Abbey Holden will conduct a class starting at 10 AM, with information hikers need. This session is free of charge. To register, please call 651-437-4359.

Bebruary 3:

Hastings Area Youth Expo: Do you need help choosing a preschool next year? Are you interested in fun, local activities for kids from birth through high school? Join the Moms Club of Hastings for the Hastings Area Youth Expo from 5-8 PM, in the Hastings High School Commons. This is a free event. Contact for more information.

PHL Book Club: The Pleasant Hill Book Discussion Group meets from 6 to 7 PM. Join this monthly book discussion group to delve into the details of a good book. February's selection is "Little Fires Everywhere", by Celeste Ng. The group meets at Pleasant Hill Library, 1490 South Frontage Road. Books are available at the front desk to check out. All are welcome.

February 7:

Trails by Candelight : Dakota County Parks will host a Trails by Candelight Evening from 6 to 9 PM, at Schaar's Bluff. Enjoy Spring Lake Park Reserve by flickering candlelight. Take in the stunning views of the Mississippi River as you enjoy plowed walking trails and groomed cross-country ski trails. Warm up with hot cocoa and crackling bonfires. Cocoa provided. Hot food available for purchase from food trucks. Cost is $8 person, and youth ages 3 and younger free. Purchase tickets online by visiting the Parks page at

Moonlight Snowshoe Hike : Carpenter Nature Center will host an adult moonlight snowshoe hike from 7 to 9 PM. Cost is $12, or $10 for Friends of CNC. For more information, or to register, please call 651-437-4359.

Little Raider Winter Jam : Hastings Community Education will host the Little Raider Winter Jam from 5:30 to 7 PM at Hastings High School. This fundraiser will help the youngest ISD 200 learners to have a solid foundation as they prepare for kindergarten and beyond. Entertainment will be provided by Amy's Wiggle Waggle Jam. For more information, call 651-480-7670 or log on to

February 7 through 9:

Boot Hockewy Tournament: Give your skates the boot and join Treasure Island Resort and Casino for the second annual Boot Hockey Tournament, in partnership with the Minnesota Wild. The tournament will be held at Treasure Island Resort & Casino. Along with boot hockey, there will be food, music, and the chance to win Wild tickets. For additional information please visit

February 8:

Prescott Area Chamber of Commerce Meat Raffle: The Prescott Area Chamber of Commerce will hold a meat raffle from 4 to 6 PM, at the No Name Saloon and Monkey Bar, 114 Broad Street North. Come out to support the efforts to beautify Prescott! The Chamber wants to create a unique and beautiful area for people to enjoy and hang out, whether they live in Prescott or just come to visit. The chamber is working with the City to showcase all Prescott has to offer! Help raise money for holiday and summer decorations.

Ice Fishing at Lake Rebecca: Hastings Parks and Recreation announces Ice Fishing at Lake Rebecca from 9 to 11:30 AM. Come and experience ice fishing, and learn about ice safety, fish species and habitat, ice fishing gear and techniques. Instruction, equipment and bait is provided in partnership with the National Park Service, Carpenter Nature Center, DNR, and In-Depth Outdoors. This outing is recommended for all ages, and is free, but registration is encouraged. Contact: or call651-480-6182 to register.

Return of the Trumpeter Swan: Celebrate the Return of the Trumpeter Swan on from 2 to 3 PM at the Great River Road Visitor and Learning Center, 200 Monroe St, in Prescott. In this free program, The Trumpeter Swan Society's Executive Director Margaret Smith will share the story of the return of trumpeter swans to North America and the key players in their return. Margaret's presentation will also include "Trumpeter Swan 101" with basics about trumpeter swans and their annual cycle.

Frozen Mulligan : The Downtown Hastings Frozen Mulligan event is from 1 to 4 PM. Join Downtown Hastings businesses for a fun family Winter Event. Enter to win over $500 in prizes. Nine hole mini golf, free to play. Purchase two Mulligans for $5 ahead of the game, and pick up scorecards at Hastings Family Service. The lowest child and adult scores win prizes. Visit the Frozen Mulligan Event Page on Facebook for complete details.

February 13:

After Hours Teen Skate Night: The Hastings Parks and Recreation Department will host a free "After Hours Teen Skate Night" from 8 to 10 PM at Pioneer Park, 801 15th St W, Hastings. The After Hours Skate night encourages teens to enjoy a night with friends outdoors! Come for the hot cocoa, bonfire, s'mores and music. Remember your skates.

February 22:

Starting Native Prairie Plant Seeds: The Great River Road Visitor and Learning Center wants to help you get ready for planting with a Starting Native Prairie Plant Seeds session from 2 to 3:30 PM. Be a part of their continued restoration efforts to preserve Freedom Park's globally-rare bluff prairie. Come to the Visitor Center to help them plant native seeds into milk jug containers! Adopt some of the jugs, and make some to keep there, too. The GRRVLC will provide all materials. Visit for complete details.

February 27: Pleasant Hill Library invites people to a "Don't Fall for It: Assessing the Truth Online" from 5:30 to 7 PM. Participants will learn how to recognize suspicious and false information in social media newsfeeds and on websites. Presented by Twin Cities Media Alliance. Registration is required and opens two weeks prior to the program. Register by logging on to the Library page of

February 29:

Guided Snowshoe Hike: Hastings Parks and Recreation invite everyone on a Guided Snowshoe Hike from 9 to 10:30 AM, at Jaycee Park, 410 Lock and Dam Road. Explore the outdoors on a guided hike with a Park Naturalist. Snowshoes and instruction provided. Register online, at or by phone at 651-480-6182. This event is free, and participants must be 5 years and older.

Roy Orbison Tribute: The Hastings Arts Center will host a Roy Orbison Tribute, with 2 shows: a matinee at 2 PM, cost is $9 online, or $12 at the door, and an evening show at 7 PM, cost $15 online, or $20 at the door. Online tickets are available by visiting

Tom-I-Con: The Railway Gallery in Hastings will host Tom-I-Con on from 10 AM to 5 PM. Come to the Railway Gallery for the newest in local artist's works, and mingle. Artists interested in presenting their works are encouraged to contact for details. The Railway Gallery is located at 121 Tyler Street.


March 5:

Prescott Community Conversation : The next Prescott Community Conversation will tackle the topic of "More Than Sad: Teen Depression & Suicide Prevention" from 6:30 to 8 PM, at the Prescott High School Performing Arts Center. This program teaches adults how to recognize signs of depression and other mental health problems, initiate a conversation about mental health with youth, and get help. Community Conversations are open to the public and are free of charge.

March 7:

Bluebird Conservation Workshop : Join Lowell Peterson from the Bluebird Restoration Association of Wisconsin for a Bluebird Conservation Workshop at Freedom Park in Prescott from 2 to 3 PM to learn how and why to help the bluebird population. Mr. Peterson will cover bluebird box styles, best habitat to attract birds, how to minimize predation, and the value of nest box monitoring. Box plans and handouts will be available. This is a free session.

March 10:

Bridging the Political Divide: Conversation Skills: From 5 to 7:30 PM Pleasant Hill Library will host "Bridging the Political Divide: Conversation Skills". Learn skills for having respectful conversations that clarify differences, search for common ground, and affirm the importance of maintaining relationships with those on the other side of the political divide. Practice conversation skills in pairs with someone of your same political persuasion. Presented by the Better Angels Alliance of Eagan. Registration with the library is required by logging on to the Library page at

March 14:

Star Watch Party with Mike Lynch : The Great River Road Visitor and Learning Center will host a Star Watch Party with Mike Lynch from 7:30 to 9:30 PM, at Freedom Park, 200 Monroe St. Make the stars your old friends as they watch the great celestial show in the skies over Prescott. Using some of the largest mobile telescopes in the upper Midwest, there will be fantastic views of the star clusters, nebulae, galaxies and other wonders in the late winter skies. Open to ages 10 and older. For more information and to register, please check out this program's EventBrite listing.

Hope Talent Show: From 3 to 6 PM, join Hope Christian Preschool as they search for the best talent in Hastings. Three age groups for contestants, with cash prizes for each age group. The judging panel includes Hastings Middle School Choir Teacher Cheryl Borgen, Mayor Mary Fasbender and Assistant Director of the Riverside Show Choir, Jen Fox. Contestants can register at Audience admission is $10, $30 per family max. Proceeds go to support Hope Christian Preschool, in Hastings.

March 21

St. Croix Valley Master Naturalist Volunteer Training Session: It's never too early to start thinking spring, and the Carpenter Nature Center is already looking for spring volunteers. CNC will host a St. Croix Valley Master Naturalist Volunteer Training session from 8 AM to 2 PM. The training course combines classroom and field experiences about Wisconsin's natural world. Check out the course page for details, including full schedule here.


August 8: The Hastings High School Class of 1980 will be having their 40-year reunion at the Hidden Greens Golf Course Event Center. Cost is $20 per person. For details, visit, or join the Facebook group, Hastings MN Class of 1980 reunion.


Project Share Enrollment: Project Share provides help for the holidays for families and individuals living in ISD 200. Project Share is available for eligible families and single adults by appointment only. Families with minor children may call 651-437-7134 for a registration appointment. Families are strongly encouraged to register early to participate in the Adopt-a-Family program. Adult-only households may call 651-437-7134 for an appointment starting December 2nd.

Tuesdays, January 14 through Febuary 25:

About Water Safety: Hastings Community Education will conduct About Water Safety classes for swimmers aged 3 to 5 years old from 6:20 to 6:50 PM, and aged 6 to 11 years old from 6:20 to 7 PM, at the YMCA Hastings Pool. Cost for each class is $47. For more information or to register, call 651-480-7670 or log on to

Through January 31:

Animal Ark Fundraiser at Spiral Natural Foods: Spiral Natural Foods, a community owned cooperative grocery store, has partnered with Animal Ark to raise money for the shelter animals. For the month of January, customers at Spiral Foods can round up their grocery bills to support the animals of Animal Ark. Spiral Natural Foods is located at 1250 South Frontage Road, in Hastings.

Live to Be Healthy: Park Ridge of Hastings invites you to "Live to Be Healthy" sessions in January on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday at 10:30 AM. Park Ridge is on a mission to be named the "Most Fit Live 2 B Healthy(R)" Community in the nation, and needs maximum participation. Participate, get healthy, and win prizes. For questions, and to sign up, contact Park Ridge of Hastings at 651-437-6176.

Fridays, January 24th through March 13th:   Hastings Community Education will host: Brick Builders: Rapid Races for 1st through 5th grades, from 2:40 to 3:40 PM, at SEAS. Cost is $80. For more information or to register, call 651-480-7670 or log on to


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.


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.


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.


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.

Sundays Through January 26:

Yoga at CNC: Take some time to connect with the power and fragility of nature. Join instructor Tonya Schmitt for a gentle hour-long yoga program from 11 AM to noon, at the Carpenter Nature Center. Engage in sensory-focused mindfulness by breathing deeply, performing simple movements, being in nature, and hearing stories of environmental awareness. Program fee is $15 each session or $10 each, for "Friends of CNC". For more information or to RSVP, please call 651-437-4359.

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.

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


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