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February 13 - March 1:
Pippi Longstocking: The Merrill Arts Center present's Woodbury Community Theater's "Pippi Longstocking." Pippi Longstocking tells the classic story of this dynamic and engaging young red-headed, freckle-faced girl as she adventures through life. She skips through the story making light of the many adults she meets, and is the first to accuse them of their pompous attitudes in her typical over-the-top manner! Pippi Longstocking's cast will engage, excite, and encourage its audience to take life less seriously, laugh a bit more loudly, and to never truly grow up! Performances will be at the Merrill Arts Center Black Box Theater at East Ridge High School. Showtimes are 3:00pm on February 21st, 22nd, 28th and March 1st, and 7:00pm on February 13th, 14th, 20th, 21st, 27th and 28th. Tickets are $12 for students and seniors, $15 for adults.
Hastings Concert Series: Rebecca & Kuba will be playing a show in the Hastings Middle School auditorium on Saturday, February 28th at 4:00pm. After a highly successful 2012 tours, Kuba returns with another unique show, this time showcasing his wife Rebecca, a Broadway and Country singer, and himself and his virtuosity on the vibraphone, and other percussion instruments. Their repertoire of diverse styles combined with their chemistry creates a variety show that delights every audience.
February 28 & March 1:
Sky Raptor Weekend at the Carpenter Nature Center: Learn about the fascinating world of raptors at the Carpenter Nature Center! See live hawks, eagles, owls, falcons and vultures up close. The World Bird Sanctuary staff and birds travel around the country teaching people about raptors, our environment and what we can all do to protect birds and their habitats worldwide. Every year this program sells out. Don't miss your chance to see a Spectacled Owl, or have a Barn Owl soar over your head. NEW this year is the free-flying Eurasian Eagle Owl (largest owl species in the world) and the adorable Northern Saw-whet Owl named Olaf who weighs less than seven Oreo cookies. Program fee is $10 per person or $7 for "Friends of CNC." RSVP by calling 651-437-4359.
Free Bowling and Pizza for March of Dimes: On Sunday, March 1st, the March of Dimes, in partnership with Treasure Island Resort & Casino, will host a Redwing Community Celebration to kick off the 2015 March for Babies campaign. The event will include free bowling, prizes, pizza and refreshments from 11:00am to 2:00pm at Island Xtreme Bowl at Treasure Island Casino.
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, March 2nd, at 10:45am for a baby story time. Children will sing songs, hear stories, and enjoy playtime activities. The event is free and no registration is required.
Story Time at the Library: Children age birth to 6 years old are invited to the Pleasant Hill Library on Wednesday, March 4th, at 10:30am for a library story time. Children will hear a variety of stories and participate in craft activities. This program is ideal for mixed-ages audiences such as child care groups and families. The event is free, and no registration is required.
Adults Learn how to Crochet Flowers at the Library: Area adults are invited to the Pleasant Hill Library on Monday, March 9th from 6:00pm to 8:00pm to learn the basic stiches of crochet and make a handful of cherry flowers. People may stitch a pin to the back and wear your spring blossoms on the town. This class is presented by the Textile Center, and is a Minnesota Legacy Program. The class is free, but registration is required. To register, call the library at 651-438-0200 or visit the library website at www.dakotacounty.us/library. Registration opens February 23rd.
Microsoft Publisher Class at the Library: Area adults are invited to the Pleasant Hill Library on Thursday, March 12th at 10:15am for a class that will explain Microsoft Publisher. Class members will create signs, business cards, greeting cards and more using the desktop publishing program. People should have a basic understanding of Microsoft Word. The class is free, but registration is required. To register, call the library at 651-438-0200 or visit the library website at www.dakotacounty.us/library. Registration opens February 26th.
Euchre Tournament: The Prescott Area Chamber of Commerce is holding a Euchre Tournament and Meat Raffle at the Ridgetop beginning at 6:30pm with 6:00pm registration. The cost is $15 per person or $30 per team; the cost includes sandwiches and chips. Single players are welcome, but a partner is not guaranteed.
Blood Drive: On Friday, March 13th, St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Church will be hosting a blood drive from 12:00-6:00pm.
Resume Writing Class at the Library: Area adults are invited to the Pleasant Hill Library on Friday, March 13th at 2:00pm for a class that will explain how to write an effective resume. Writing a proper resume is more important than ever during tough economic times. People will learn how to use a resume to show a potential employer their value. Topics will include formatting, styles, common mistakes, dos and doníts, and more. This class is taught by Dakota County Workforce Center. The class is free, but registration is required. To register, call the library at 651-438-0200 or visit the library website at www.dakotacounty.us/library. Registration opens February 27th.
Hastings Concert Series: Steve Clarke & The Working Stiffs will be play a show in the Hastings Middle School auditorium on Sunday, March 22nd at 3:00pm. The Working Stiffs swing hard and hot, jammin' and jivin' their way right into your dancing shoes. Their jump blues and jazz bill, with some rockabilly thrown in for good measure, complimented by Steve's golden saxophone, is a favorite with the dancers.
Breakfast with the Easter Bunny: On Saturday March 28th from 8:00am-10:30am, the Rivertown Lions will be having their annual Breakfast with the Easter Bunny at McAuliffe Elementary. There will be lots of drawings, games, visits with the Easter Bunny, and an adult raffle. Tickets are $6 for adults and $5 for children. Kids 2 and under eat free.
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.