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Hastings Cruise-In Car Shows: Upcoming dates for 2015 are 7/11, 7/25, 8/8, 8/22, 9/5, 9/19, and 10/3. 5:00-9:00pm each time.

July 1-4:

100th Annual Cannon Valley Fair: The Cannon Valley Fair is celebrating it's 100th year from July 1st through the 4th, and you're invited! Crescent City Amusements will have rides open all four days from 1:00-11:00pm. Robotic puppets will be on display Thursday and Friday both by the new stage and on the grounds. Along with all livestock entry taking place on the 1st, "Battle of the Bands" will take place at 7:00pm that night. On Thursday the 2nd, the Ray Sands Band will play at the new stage throughout the afternoon, there will be a truck and tractor pull at 6:30pm located by the grandstand, and the band "9th Planet Out" will be opening for the "Fire at the Falls" band. On Friday the 3rd, the kid power pedal tractor pull will take place at 10:00am by the grandstand, the District 6 Holstein Show will be at noon, the demolition derby will be held at the grandstand at 7:00pm, and the band "Lost Highway" will play on the new stage at 9:30pm. On Saturday the 4th, the Grande Day Parade will be at 11:30am, harness horseracing will be at the grandstand starting at 2:00pm, the "Hitchville" band will play on the new stage at 8:30pm, and fireworks will be launched at dusk. Gate admission is $4 per person per day (with kids 5 and under being free) or an individual season pass is $8. More information is available online at

July 6:

Safely Preserving Your Harvest: On July 6th at 7:00pm, the Dakota County Master Gardeners from the U of M Extension will be presenting at the Church of St. Joseph (13900 Biscayne Ave.) in Rosemount, giving a talk on successful gardening. This is free an open to the public, and questions are always welcome during the presentation.

July 11:

Sanctuaries - Homes, Churches, and Gardens: Hastings Prescott Area Arts Council and Friends of LeDuc are pleased to announce their tour of homes, churches, and gardens on July 11th from 10:00am-5:00pm. Sanctuaries are places where people can find comfort, relax, laugh, even cry, and celebrate. The three homes and three churches on the tour are at least 150 years old and recognized for impeccable restoration work. There are two sites where both house and garden will be shown and one of these will demonstrate adaptive reuse of a church into a home with a beautiful garden as well. Not only will visitors be able to enjoy the beauty of the homes, churches, and gardens, but they will be inspired by seeing artists (many different media) at work and hearing the performance by talented musicians at many of the venues. The seven gardens are breathtaking with all their brilliant color and use of natural materials such as rocks, trees, and water. Visitors will be able to determine their own tour route at their own leisure. They will receive a brochure containing a map and description of each venue. Information is available on the website, In addition to the 15 stops on the tour, guests might enjoy taking a stroll on the walking path from downtown Hastings, going west, along the Mississippi. Across from Lake Rebecca and the area known as Jaycee Park, and hanging in the trees, there are very large whimsical pieces, such as butterflies & raindrops, made from invasive vines and created by artist David Cook. Also, visitors on that day may visit the Orange Dragon Gallery at 122 Orange Street in Prescott, WI, HPAAC's gallery. This is a perfect place for a rest stop and enjoying the beauty of a small garden. Members of HPAAC will be serving complimentary beverages and treats. The proceeds from the tour will be used for projects and programs in both Hastings and Prescott, thus creating and promoting the best quality of life available. Tickets are $25 per person or 5 tickets for $100. Tickets will be available during the first week of June at Hastings YMCA, Hastings Area Chamber of Commerce, The Emporium, The Carousel, LeDuc Historic Estate, Sherwin-Williams (all in Hastings) and Freedom Park, & Orange Dragon Gallery (both in Prescott.) Online tickets may be purchased at

July 20:

St. Croix Valley Scramble: Enjoy a day of golf at the Afton Alps Golf Course and support Carpenter Nature Center. All proceeds from this event will help fund environmental education programming at CNC for K-12. It will be a fun 18-hole best ball tournament with a 1:00pm shotgun start. Fees include box lunches, green fees, carts, dinner and a donation to CNC. Hole sponsorships are available. Please visit the CNC website or call the office to request a golfer or sponser registration form.

July 22:

Evening Prairie Hike: On Wednesday, July 22nd from 7:00-8:00pm, join prairie plant specialist from the Wisconsin DNR Missy Sparrow, and the Carpenter Nature Center's director Jen Vieth for an evening hike through the prairie. They'll be looking for blooming forbs and grasses as well as listening and looking for birds. Field guides and binoculars will be available to use or you may bring your own if you have them. Program fee is $6, or $4 for "Friends of CNC."

July 24:

Class of 1970 Reunion: The Class of 1970 will be having their 45-year reunion on July 24th, 7:00pm at the Onion Grille. Cash bar and appetizers will be available. For more information, contact Mike at 651-437-7395.

August 8:

Class of 1995 Reunion: On August 8th, the Hastings Graduating Class of 1995 will be having its 20-year class reunion at Hidden Greens Golf Course. For more information, contact

August 14-15:

Class of 1965 Reunion: Hastings' Graduating Class of 1965 will be having their 50-year class reunion. Friday the 14th will feature a golf outing and barbecue, and a banquet will take place the following day in the Green Mill banquet room in the Premier Bank in Schoolhouse Square. Direct further questions to Sue (Herman) Kubiak at

August 15:

Class of 1960 Reunion: The class of 1960 is planning its 55th class reunion at the American Legion on August 15th. For more information, call Jan Niederkorn at 651-437-9010 or Mary Novotny at 651-437-9164.

September 11:

Class of 1968 Party: The Class of 1968 will be turning 65 this year, and are subsequently throwing a 'Medicare' party. Located at the 2nd Street Depot, they will be meeting at 5:00pm to catch up with classmates. To RSVP, call Patti at 651-437-7620, or Pete at 651-437-1106 or If you are interested in 9-hole scramble golf at Hidden Greens earlier in the day, get in touch with Mike at 651-437-2781 or Please RSVP by August 23rd.


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