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Through December 23:

Orange Dragon Art Gallery Holiday Exhibit: The Orange Dragon Art Gallery Holiday Exhibit will help get your holiday shopping done- even it's for yourself! The Opening Reception will be held on November 2nd from 5-7:30 pm with a Holiday reception taking place on December 7th from 5-7:30 pm. Find out more at their website- Phone 715-262-4122

Through November 27:

Wreaths Across America: Again this year, the Hastings Rivertown Lions Club is participating in the nationwide Wreaths Across America program, a coordinated wreath-laying ceremony at veterans’ cemeteries in all 50 states, including Minnesota. The mission is to “Remember, Honor, Teach” as those who served our country are remembered.This year’s ceremony is at 11 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 15, at Fort Snelling National Cemetery. The public is invited to participate in the wreath laying.The cost of the wreaths is $15 each, with a portion of the proceeds returned to the Rivertown Lions Club. The club has designated these funds for veterans’ programs here in Hastings, including the Hastings VFW Post 1210 Honor Squad, the Minnesota Veterans Home, and a scholarship to a graduating Hastings High School senior whose parent or grandparent served in the military.Wreaths Across America forms are available at the Hastings American Legion Post, from Lions club members and will be available from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 13, at the Hastings Culver’s. Checks should be made out to Wreaths Across America. This year’s deadline is Nov. 27.

November 17:

St. Philips Church Annual Bake Sale And Soup Lunch: St. Philip's Lutheran Church announces its 16th Annual Bake Sale and Soup Lunch on Saturday, November 17th, from 10 AM to 1:30 PM. The menu is choice of soup, rolls, crackers, Rice Krispie treats, water, and coffee. Bake sale items include lefse and other Scandinavian delicacies, candies, home canned veggies, pies, and more. Price for the soup is $5, or $8 per quart for take-home orders. Proceeds from the event will go for Bibles, and Bible storybooks for young children, a scholarship for a student in Tanzania, donations to Feed My Starving Children, and youth mission projects. St. Philip's Lutheran Church is located at 1401 15th Street West, in Hastings.

November 17:

St Josephs Church Holiday Boutique: The 9th Annual Holiday Boutique will be held on Saturday, November 17, at St. Joseph Church in Miesville. Hours are between 9 AM - 3 PM for this free event featuring more than 40 vendors on 2 levels. Food & Refreshments and their famous bake sale with those proceeds going to adopt families in need this Christmas. Photos with Santa and Mrs. Claus will be from 9am until 1 pm provided by Rachel Marthaler Photography. St. Joseph Church is located at 23955 Nicolai Ave, in Miesville

November 17:

Annie Humphrey at HAC: Join this singer and poet for a free gathering to hear her tribute and honor of the Native American background that she draws from. This free event is sponsored by the Dakota county Library system. Event begins at 2 PM.

November 18:

Ecumenical Church Service: All are welcome to this service of Thanksgiving held at 4 PM at St. Philips Lutheran Church in Hastings. Several members of the Hastings Ministerial Association will participate.

November 18:

Ecumenical Church Service A church service will be held at 6:30 pm at Joy Lutheran Church on St. Croix Street in Prescott. All are welcome to attend this Thanksgiving Service.

November 19:

Hastings City Council Meeting: This is a public meeting held in council chambers in Hastings City Hall. The meeting begins at 7 PM. A full agenda description can be found on the city's webpage.

November 19:

Thanksgiving Cookie Bouquet Making: A bountiful Thanksgiving cookie bouquet will be made at a course offered by Hastings Community Ed. Students in the course will decorate and arrange 8 cookies in a festive arrangement to take to your holiday dinner. The course will take place at the hastings senior high school on Monday, November 19th from 6:30-8:30 pm. Cost of the session is $29. Call or register online at

November 19:

Blood Drive at OSEL Church: Regina Auxiliary will host a Hastings Community Blood Drive on Monday, November 19, from noon to 5:30 PM, and Tuesday, November 20th, from 1 to 7 PM at Our Saviour's Evangelical Lutheran Church, 400 West 9th St. For complete details, call the Auxiliary at 651-404-1104, or Our Saviour's Evangelical Lutheran Church at 651-437-9052.

November 21:

SEAS School Alumni Social Gathering: SEAS School looks forward to celebrating their alumni at the Alumni Social Event that will be held on Wednesday November 21st from 5:30-7:30 pm at SEAS School (600 Tyler Street Hastings). They welcome the parents and grandparents of alumni, as well as former teachers and staff to be their guests. They hope everyone will come back to see what is new at SEAS School, enjoy a guided tour of the school and reminisce with classmates and teachers about the Good Old Days! Appetizers and a cash bar provided by The Onion Grille. They ask that those interested please RSVP by Thursday November 15th with the link found on the school's website.

November 21:

Hastings Area Chamber Lunch Mob:The Hastings Area Chamber of Commerce November Lunch Mob will meet at El Mexican Restaurant in Downtown for their opportunity to network on Wednesday, November 21st. Lunch is from 11:30-12:30.

November 24:

Holiday Hoopla in Downtown: Many activites and shopping local opportunities in Downtown all day. Holiday specials, displays and activities for young and old. Lighted parade begins at 5:30 . A partial list of all the events and locations for each are featured below. Hastings businesses open for Small Town Saturday Business.

*Pictures with Santa 9am-3pm (Rachel Marthaler)

*Upstairs of The Onion Grille

• Kids Coloring Contest (Spiral Brewery) 11am

• Christmas Carols sing along (Spiral Brewery) 11:30am

• Craft/Vendor Fair (American Legion) 11-4pm

• Reindeer Sleigh Rides 12-4pm (Under Bridge)

• Horse Wagon Rides 1-5pm

(Oliver's Grove & Under Bridge)

• Medallion Hunt with a cash prize for the winner

• Ice Carvings

• Gourmet Smores' 1-5pm (Under Bridge)

• Who Hair / Crazy Hair (Hastings Beauty School) 1-5pm

• Face Painting (Hastings Beauty School) 1-5pm

November 24 and 25:

Its A Wonderful Life: Performance dates have been announced for the Black Dirt Theater production of It's a wonderful Life. The event will take place at the Hastings High School on November 24th and 25th and on December 1st and 2nd. The classic holiday story of George Bailey and his journey with Clarence the Angel is a family favorite starring many of your neighbors and friends. Ticket prices are 12-18 dollars and can be purchased now with a link you'll find on their facebook page and website,

November 26:

Community Education Drivers Ed Training: Drivers education will begin on November 26th for the only local Drivers Ed program taught by experinced Hastings School District teachers. Classroom instruction and behind the wheel sessions allow for personalized instruction. 6 hours of Behind the wheel is scheduled following successful completion of the classroom instruction. Cost per student, ages 15 and older, is $375 with general times of instruction between the hours of 3 and 6 pm November 26th through December 11th. Dates are subject to change. Register online at or call 651-480-7670 for more information.

November 27:

Free Coffee Concert: Another Tuesday free coffee concert will take place at the Hastings Arts Center on November 27th beginning at 10:30 am. The unique performance is entitled "Remembering the Great War through Music and Verse" featuring Nancy Soteroplos, soprano, Sarah Lockwood, piano with Dr. Bernard Carpenter, narrator featuring songs and prose from around the time of the end of WWI (1918). The performance lasts about an hour. Donations for our "Keys to Success" fundraising campaign are always welcome and appreciated

November 28-December 9:

MVTA Stuff the Bus: The Minnesota Valley Transit Authority and Schmitty & Sons are asking south metro residents to donate food and cash to help people in need this holiday season. The third annual "Stuff the Bus" charity fundraiser runs Nov. 28 through Dec. 9. Throughout the two-week period, an MVTA bus will be located at grocery stores in Dakota and Scott counties. MVTA riders and the public are encouraged to drop off nonperishable food items and cash donations. Cash donations will be placed inside the bus fare box. The "Stuff the Bus" campaign will have a bus at Cub Foods in Rosemount on Wednesday, Nov. 28, from 3 to 6 p.m. For more information, visit: or call Customer Service at 952-882-7500.

November 29:

HMS Beginning Strings Concert: The first concert for 5th Grade Strings students and some of the Orchestra program mentors from the High School, will be performed at 7 PM in the Middle School Auditorium. No charge for this concert.


December 1 and 2:

Its a Wonderful Life: Performance dates have been announced for the Black Dirt Theater production of It's a wonderful Life. The event will take place at the Hastings High School on November 24th and 25th and on December 1st and 2nd. The classic holiday story of George Bailey and his journey with Clarence the Angel is a family favorite starring many of your neighbors and friends. Ticket prices are 12-18 dollars and can be purchased now with a link you'll find on their facebook page and website,

December 1-10:

Ten Days of Giving: Merchants Bank, in cooperation with Hastings Family Service, announces the Ten Days of Giving, from December 1st through December 10th. The drive will collect food and monetary gifts for HFS, ending with the Canadian Pacific Holiday Train at Branchline Church. Included in the event are the Hastings High School and Middle School coin drives, and the elementary School food drive and coloring contest. Donations can be dropped at Merchants Bank in Hastings, sent with students to school or can be brought to the Canadian Pacific Holiday Train visit to Hastings.

December 1:

Computer Tools and Training: If you seek to know more about your computer software, learn Windows 10 tricks and tips or find out how much you don't know when it comes to personal internet safety with two courses taught by Technology instructor Ron Behnke on Saturday, December 1st. Windows shortcuts, tools and tips will be held from 9-11am, then internet safety from noon to 2pm. Both courses take place in the comuter lab at the high school. Each session is $29

December 2:

River Valley Band Holiday Concert: Celebrate the season with a traditional concert featuring the community band presenting a selection of favorite holiday tunes. Held at 2 PM at St. Philips Lutheran Church. The event is free to attend and open to the public.

December 3:

December 4:

Hastings Middle School Vocal Concerts: The 5th Grade choirs will perform at 6:30pm and the 6th Graders at 7:30pm. These performances are free to attend.

December 4:

Kings Toy Drive:The Annual King's Place Toy Drive for Project Share Event is scheduled for Tuesday, December 4th. Come to King's and with a toy donation, receive a free hamburger meal. The toy drive runs from 11 AM to 10 PM. King’s Place is on Highway 61, in Miesville.

December 6:

Hastings Middle School Vocal Concert: The 7th grade choirs and Spiral Singers perform at 6:30 and the 8th Grade choirs and Spiral Singers at 7:30pm. These performances are free to attend.

December 8 and 9:

Christmas on the Prairie: The Hastings Art Center presents 2 shows of the holiday themed show, Christmas on the Prairie that will be performed on Saturday Dec. 8 at 7pm and Sunday Dec. 9th at 3pm. Spend your Christmas holiday with two of the Twin Cities most talked about groups as they join together for a rare and very special holiday concert! Mary Jane Alm and Aimée & Boyd Lee combine with the New Shoes band featuring Richard Kriehn, Joe Savage, Gary Raynor and Peter Johnson - members of the "Guy's All-Star Shoe Band, a fixture on Garrison Keillor's A Prairie Home Companion for over 20 years. Topping it off will be A Prairie Home Companion Grammy Award-winning guitarist and songwriter, Pat Donohue! This will be a truly fabulous and extremely musical experience - Dont miss it! For tickets, visit

December 8:

Food Distribution at Harbor Church: The Harbor Church holds a food distribution on the second Saturday of each month, which provides milk and dairy products, meat, fresh produce and breads and some non-food items as well. The food distribution takes place from 9-11 am. They require a 20 dollar donation, however some vouchers are available. If you have an emergency and cannot afford the $20 donation, you may request a voucher. Voucher applications must be requested in advance (the deadline for submitting a voucher request is 5 days prior to the Food distribution). Vouchers are limited to 3 times per year, and only one voucher per householdConnect with them to have further questions answered. 651-493-7974. The Harbor Church is located at 11125 Point Douglas Drive

December 9:

CP Holiday Train Stops in Hastings:The Canadian Pacific Holiday Train will be stopping in Hastings again this year, with their planned arrival at 8:30 pm on Sunday evening, December 9th at the Depot at 2nd Street.

The 5th Annual Holiday Train Jamboree will be hosted by Branchline Church and will begin at 6:30. This is a fun, FREE, community event that takes place before the Train arrives. Plans include food, games, treats , Santa, and much more! They ask that attendees Bring a canned food item for Hastings Family Service!

All proceeds from the evening will benefit Hastings Family Service. The holiday train is also expected to make a donation to the local foodshelf just one of 164 communities that will receive a brief stop from the lighted train now in it's 20th year of visits to benefit area foodshelfs. To date, the donations have topped 14.5 million dollars and is a popular way for these communities to kick off their holdiay season.

December 11:

All Strings Holiday Concert: Held at the Hastings High School beginning at 7 pm. Tickets at the door.

December 13:

Middle School Band Concerts: The Hastings Middle School 5th Grade Band concert will begin at 6:30 with the 6th Grade concert held at 7 PM. These are free performances held in the Auditorium.

December 15:

River Blades Holiday Show and Santa Skate: The River Blades Holiday Show will be held on Saturday, December 15th at the Hastins Civic Arena. Their show is held from 6-7, then the public is invited to a community open skate with Santa. The event is free and open to the public.

December 15:

Hastings High School Holiday Vocal Concert: Don't miss this traditional hallmark of the season with performances at 2PM and 4:30PM. Tickets will be pre-sold 2 weeks before the date. Purchase before school or during lunch at the welcome desk, lower level at HHS. This concert features all vocal choirs and pre-concert music by Jazz l.

December 15:

Holiday Cookie and Candy Make and Take: A holiday cookie and candy make and take class will be offered just in time for the holidays by Hastings Community Education. This 3 hour course takes place at the Senior High School on Saturday, December 15th from 9am until noon. Participants will work as a group making favorites such as Russian Teacakes, peanut butter kiss cookies, fudge and pretzel rods dipped in several delicious coverings. Each person will take home 10 dozen items to share with your family and friends. Cost for the session is $39. Register at the community education office or online at

December 17:

Hastings Area Senior Center Holiday Party: Annual Holiday Party at SEAS Monday, December 17 Noon Cost: $15.00 Center members and $20 for non- Center members. Holiday meal catered by Trophy House, entertainment by the Riverside Duo and doorprizes.

December 18:

Free Holiday Coffee Concert: The last Tuesday Coffee Concert of 2018 will be held on Tuesday, December 18th at the Hastings Arts Center. Celebrate the season with holiday songs from around the world featuring soprano, Carolyn Campfield, and Sarah Lockwood at the piano,inviting everyone to hear music from the many winter holidays around the world and sing-along to a few as well! Coffee is available and perhaps some holiday treats. Stick around afterwards to view the gallery exhibit. Donations for our "Keys to Success" fundraising campaign are always welcome and appreciated

December 27:

KidCreate Studio for New Years Eve:A kidcreate studio New Year's Eve Craft party will take place on Thursday, December 27th from 9am until noon. Send your young artist to class to make all they will need for a fabulous New Year's Eve. They will make noisemakers, party poppers, and stylish and very original New Year's Even Hats. The class maximum is 15. Sign up soon to be part of this course that is designed for children ages 4-9. Cost to participate is $37. Register online at



January 2:

First Day Back to School

January 12-March 23:

River Blades Skating School Lessions: The River Blades Skating school will offer group lessons for children of all experience levels beginning on Saturday January 12th. The lessons will involve 30 minutes in a lesson group then a 30 minute practice time. The lesson groups cover the basics of skating for recreation or to prepare for playing hockey. Minimum age is 3 with group designation based on experience level. You must pre-register at Hastings Community Education, with a fee of $150 for the full session lasting until March 23rd.




April 19, 2019:

HPAAC Annual Gala: The Hastings Prescott Area Arts Council has announced the date and location of the 2019 Gala. According to an announcement made on Friday, the Gala is set for Thursday, April 19th, 2019, at the Hidden Greens Event Center on 200th Street East, in Hastings. The date and location were selected due to availability of auctioneering services and accommodations for an expected 250 attendees. The theme of the Gala is “Friends Along the River”, and the event remains in the planning stages at this time. Further details will be reported as they become available.


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