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Story Time at the Library: Children age 0 to 6 years old are invited to the Pleasant Hill Library on Wednesday, April 1st at 10:30am for a story time geared for children of all ages. Children will hear stories and participate in activities for mixed ages audiences such as child care groups and families. Story time will also feature a craft activity for the kids. The event is free, and no registration is required.
Read-a-Thon: The Pleasant Hill Library is participating in a Read-A-Thon on Wednesday, April 1st from 4:00pm to 5:30pm. Area residents are welcome to drop in anytime to learn about the program, featuring author David LaRochelle's book, "Moo!" This program is part of the Once Upon a Reader program, a Minnesota program that celebrates Minnesota's rich cultural heritage by bringing the joy of stories, art, and literacy to our state's youngest members through libraries. LaRochelle is a Minneapolis writer. His book "Moo!," is the hilarious and exciting story of a cow who takes the farmer's car for a ride. Participants will be treated to guest readers, including a local dairy farmer, reciting from the book. There will also be special activities along with milk and cookies. The event is free, and no registration is required.
Learn to Protect Online Privacy at the Library: Area residents are invited to the Pleasant Hill Library on Thursday, April 2nd at 2:00pm to discover ways to protect your online privacy. From social media to search engines and email to online purchasing, modern life leaves digital footprints everywhere we go. Participants will discover the tools and techniques one may use to protect personal privacy, browse anonymously, and encrypt information. This class is presented by the Twin Cities Media Alliance and funded by MELSA. The class is free, however registration is required. To register, call the library at 651-438-0200 or visit the library website at www.dakotacounty.us/library. Registration opens March 19th.
Hastings Community Health Fair: Hastings High School is hosting the Hastings Community Health Fair on Saturday, April 4th from 9:00am to noon. The fair is a great opportunity to learn more about health advocates in the community. It will feature drawings, healthy foods and Health Powered Kids activities. Guest speaker Dr. Mona Roach will talk about the importance of relaxation. There will also be complimentary cholesterol and blood glucose testing. Contact Lisa Paquet at 651-241-6956 for further information.
Baby Story Time at the Library: Children age birth to 2 years old, along with their caregivers, are invited to the Pleasant Hill Library on Monday, April 6th, at 10:45 am for a baby story time. Children will sing songs, hear stories, and enjoy playtime activities. The event is free and no registration is required.
Meet Author Lorna Landvik at the Library: Area residents are invited to the Pleasant Hill Library on Monday, April 6th at 6:00pm to meet local author Lorna Landvik. Landvik is a comedian, actor, playwright and bestselling author of ten novels. Landvik will read from her latest novel "Best to Laugh" and will sign copies of many of her books. Refreshments will be served. The event is free, and no registration is required.
Relay for Life of Hastings 2015 Kickoff: On Monday April 6th, the 2015 Relay for Life of Hastings Kickoff goes from 6:00pm-7:30pm at the United Methodist Church, 615 15th Street West. It is an opportunity for team captains and team members, along with anyone interested in participating, to come and learn about their mission and get ready for the event which is held this year on Friday, August 7th.
Blood Drive: The next Hastings Community Blood Drive will be Monday, April 6th from 11:30am-5:30pm and Tuesday, April 7th from 1:00pm-7:00pm at Our Saviour's Lutheran Church at 400 W. 9th St. If you'd like to make an appointment, please call Gail Carstensen 651-248-1173 or go to www.redcrossblood.org and sign up yourself.
VOLTAGE Concert: On Tuesday, April 7th, local classic rock band "Voltage" will be playing a show at Hastings High School from 6:00-7:00pm. Tickets are $4, and all proceeds benefit the Wounded Warriors Project.
HPAAC Writing Event at the LeDuc: It's been said that everyone has a story to tell. The HPAAC Writers, in their third year, welcome anyone who is interested in writing, would like to start writing, or is already a published author. They will meet Tuesday, April 7th at the Historic LeDuc Historic Estate from 6:30pm-8:15pm. To participate, bring your pens and paper, along with any questions, concerns, ideas or personal writing samples. The group will hear from colleagues who just finished the 24 hour writing project for Black Dirt Theater, discuss current reading interests, and write from prompts provided by Diane Saed. The prompts this week will be centered around letter writing to family or friends. Anyone with questions can call Diane at 651-437-7192.
Story Time at the Library: Children age birth to 6 years old are invited to the Pleasant Hill Library on Wednesday, April 8th at 10:30am for a story time featuring crafts, books, and other activities. This story time is ideal for mixed-ages such as child care groups and families. The event is free, and no registration is required.
Brush Up on Interviewing Skills at the Library Area residents are invited to the Pleasant Hill Library on Friday, April 10th at 2:00pm for a class that will teach best practices for interviewing skills. Participants will learn how to be more confident along with strategies to make you stand out from the crowd. Topics covered include types of interviews, common interview questions, and major blunders to avoid. This class is taught by Dakota County Workforce Center staff. The class is free, however registration is required. To register, call the library at 651-438-0200 or visit the library website at www.dakotacounty.us/library. Registration opens March 27th.
Trash to Treasure Sale: Cottage Grove United Church of Christ is having a Trash to Treasure Sale. "One person's trash is another's treasure." This church rummage sale is Friday, April 10th from 9:00am-4:00pm, and Saturday, April 11th from 9:00am-2:00pm. Saturday all day is a bag sale, all you can fit into a large bag for $5.
Ecumenical Spring Celebration Service: An ecumenical spring celebration service for seniors, shut-ins and friends will be held at Our Saviour's Lutheran Church, 400 W. Ninth St., Hastings, on Tuesday, April 14 at 2:00pm. The public is invited to attend. The service, planned by the Lay Ministry Team will include a short worship service with a favorite hymn sing led by Jerrie Pittenger, followed by refreshments and fellowship. Transportation is available for those needing a ride. Arrangements for rides may be made by calling Paula at 651-438-3738 or the church office at 651-437-9052.
Reading by the River: A special event is planned for Thursday, April 16th, called "Reading by the River." This is a collective effort to promote reading, the book fair, and visual arts. The project is in need of some volunteers to help with the event which begins at 6:15pm and ends at 7:30pm. Elizabeth Carroll is the art teacher at Pinecrest Elementary and is coordinating resources for the family friendly event. Volunteers may include people to read, face painters, volunteers to man a special display area, ticket givers for the cake walk, and volunteers to man the three art stations that will be happening. Those interested in being part of this creative evening should email Elizabeth at email@example.com.
April 18: Sex Trafficking Seminar An important issue that has been in national news will also be addressed locally as the Hastings Ministerial Association, Annex network and the Source group present a powerful seminar that will educate participants on the prevalence of sex trafficking in the Midwest. The 4-hour program will be held on Saturday, April 18th from 9:00am to 1:00pm. Local authorities/FBI special agents, outreach workers, transitional home leaders, and presentations by survivors will be featured to bring awareness and empower the community. The registration is found online at www.annexnetwork.org and cost for students is $10.00, $15.00 for all other participants. Registration will also be available at the door at a cost of $25.00. The event will be held at St. Philip's Lutheran Church, 1401 15th St. West. For more information, call 612-345-7068 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Fun With Words Early Literacy Workshop at the Library: Parents interested in getting their child on the road to reading with fun and engaging word activities are invited to an early literacy workshop at the library on Saturday, April 18th at 11:00am. This workshop is open to parents with children age 0 to 6 years old. The class is free, however registration is required. To register, call the library at 651-438-0200 or visit the library website at www.dakotacounty.us/library. Registration opens April 4th.
Author Visit at the Prescott Library: The Prescott Public Library is bringing best-selling and award-winning author William Kent Krueger to Prescott and you are invited to meet him and hear him talk about his books and writing. The event will take place at 6:30pm on Monday, April 20th, and is free and open to the public. Registration is not required. For more information, call the library at 715-262-5555.
Hastings Concert Series: Considered one of the best vocalists of all time, Karen Carpenter captured the attention of a generation with her catchy pop music. Now singer Lisa Rock and her 6 piece band are bringing the music of The Carpenters back to the stage with their spot-on renditions of Carpenter's classics. Lisa draws the crowd in with anecdotes about Karen and Richard Carpenter, their lives and how some of the songs originated.
Mother's Day Tea at the LeDuc: On Mother's Day, May 10th, the Historic LeDuc Estate along with Spiral Natural Foods and MindfulMotion Pilates & Fitness are hosting a Mother's Day Tea Event not to be missed! Not only will they enjoy aromatic teas and scrumptious goodies, but they will also learn about the healing properties of spices and herbs, and create our very own signature tea blend. This event is offered as a part of an ongoing series designed to take you hands-on into exploring nutrition, health, and wellness. Event package discounts, senior and group discounts are available. Single person event price is $20. For questions or more information, please contact the Historic LeDuc Estate at 651-437-6225, or MindfulMotion Pilates & Fitness at 651-318-9168.