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September 19:

Charity Con: On September 19th from 6pm-9pm, Charity Con will be held at the Army National Guard building in Hastings. Admission is $5.00. There will be Star Wars style characters, face painting, kids crafts, video games, food vendors, a kids costume contest and auction of Star Wars items and autographs. Special needs kids and adults are free.

September 19-20:

24th annual Cannon Falls Community-wide Fall Garage Sale: The 24th annual Cannon Falls Community-wide Fall Garage Sale will be held on Friday and Saturday, September 19-20. The sales start in the morning, and go untill each individual sale decides it's time to close for the night. There are currently 74 garage sales registered for this event, and maps with the list of garage sales can be found in the Cannon Shopper on the 15th. If you have questions about this event or would like more information call the Cannon Falls Beacon at 507-263-3991.

September 20:

Hastings AAUW Grand Garage Sale: Hastings Branch American Association of University Women is pleased to announce its Annual Grand Garage Sale on Saturday, September 20, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at First Presbyterian Church, 602 Vermillion Street in Hastings. There will be something for everyone and from nearly 100 homes - gently used clothing for all ages, furniture, housewares, books, home decor, holiday items, electronics and much more. In addition, there will be a bake sale consisting of all home-made delicacies.

Cruise-In: On September 20th from 5 - 9p.m. join the Downtown Business Association as they hold their Annual Saturday Night Cruise.

September 21:

Fall Booya at St. John's St John's Lutheran Rich Valley, of Rosemount is having their Fall Booya on Sunday, September 21st at noon. It is a fundraiser for their congregation, $5.00 gets you a meal of Booya, can of pop, and dessert! If you want to take some Booya home, bring your own bowls. $3 per scoop.

September 22:

Baby Story Time at the Library: Babies age birth to two years old, along with their caregivers, are invited to the Pleasant Hill Library on Monday, September 22 at 10:45 a.m. Babies will enjoy stories, songs, bounces and playtime, making this story time perfect for young babies. There is no charge for story time, and no registration is needed.

September 24:

Adult Flower Garden Tour: On September 24th from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm, there will be a trolley ride at Dakota City Heritage Village at the Dakota County Fairgrounds to enjoy the fall flowers blooming in the village. A trip to the prairie to see native plants is included in the two hour tour. The tour will be held rain or shine, so dress for the weather. You can bring your own bag lunch and have a picnic on our village grounds after the tour. The cost is $8 per person, prepaid and includes an ice cream cone at the end. To register for the tour, send a check for $8 per person, made out to Dakota City, along with name, address, contact phone number and email address, to Dakota City, P.O. Box 73, Farmington MN 55024. Registrations must be received in our office by Monday, September 22.

Morning Story Time for all ages at the Library Children of all ages and their families/caregivers are invited to the Pleasant Hill Library on Wednesday, September 24 at 10:30 a.m. for story time. These stories and activities are ideal for mixed ages audiences. There is no charge for story time, and no registration is needed.

September 26:

Preschool Program at the Library Children age 3 to 5 years old are invited to the Pleasant Hill Library on Friday, September 26 at 11 a.m. for a special program called "O is for Ocean." Children will experience under the sea stories, songs, crafts and games especially for preschoolers. This event is sponsored in part by ECFE. There is no charge for the event, but registration is required. Registration begins September 12. To register, call the library at 651-438-0200 or visit the library website.

September 27:

Run For The Roses: Prescott Kiwanis is selling roses to raise funds for Prescott Senior Highschool Scholarships. Roses are $15.99 per dozen, and will be sold at Ptacek's IGA on Saturday, September 27th from 9:00am-12:00pm or until they run out.

New Park Grand Opening It's finally here. Head out to Whitetail Woods Regional Park, 17100 Station Trail in Farmington on Saturday, Sept. 27 from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. to celebrate the opening of Dakota County's newest park. Join us for live music by The Honeydogs, horse-drawn wagon rides, a 5K run/walk, food and fun. This spectacular new park features the beautiful Empire Lake, a hilltop picnic shelter, year-round camper cabins in the woods, a nature play area for kids and miles of scenic hiking and ski trails. Discover a whole new world at Whitetail Woods.

September 29:

The Language of Care: How Elderspeak Can Undermine Quality of Service Presented by Patty Crawford. Learn what is elderspeak, the negative effects of ageist language. Monday, September 29, 8:00 a.m., registration and breakfast, 8:30 a.m. - 9:30 a.m. at Oak Ridge Assisted Living & Memory Care, 1128 Bahls Drive, Hastings. RSVP to Carolyn by Setember 22, 651-438-0418.

Learn about the Civil War at the Library Area residents are invited to the Pleasant Hill Library on Monday, September 29 at 6:30 p.m. to hear a presentation about the Civil War. This event is presented by the Dakota County Historical Society. There is no charge for the presentation, and no registration is needed.

September 30:

Create an Autumn Tree Collage at the Library

Children age 5 to 14 are invited to the Pleasant Hill Library on Tuesday, September 30th from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. to create a cool autumn collage using colored and tissue papers and chalk pastels. This event is presented by Abrakadoodle. There is no charge for the event, but registration is required. Registration begins September 16. To register, call the library at 651-438-0200 or visit the library website.

October 3rd & 4th:

Young Adult Night: Friday Evening October 3rd, Young Adult Night 6:30 PM to 11:00 PM Rediscover Catholic Celebration for a Faith Journey fo the Horizon of Hope being held at the Minneapolis Convention Center. Satuday October 4th doors will open at 7:00 AM with the program going from 8:00 AM to 5:15 PM. Tickets on sale at If you have questions please email or call 651-291-4411.

October 4:

Raptor Presentation at the Library Area residents are invited to the Pleasant Hill Library on Saturday, October 4th at 1 p.m. to learn about Minnesota's raptors, including the majestic bald eagle in this presentation from the Raptor Center. Before or after, go on a Story Walk and read Minnesota's Hidden Alphabet by Joe Rossi and David LaRochelle.

October 5:

Pancake and Sausage Breakfast The Hastings Knights of Columbus will be having a pancake and sausage breakfast on Sunday, October 5th, 2014 from 8 am to noon at the Columbian Hall. Tickets are $7.50 for adults and $4.00 for children.

Fundraiser: On Sunday October 5th from 12- 6:30p.m. at Hope Glen Farm in Cottage Grove, MN the Friends in Need Food Shelf will be holding a Octoberfest Fundraiser. For more information call 651-459-6680

October 11:

Reuter Benefit: On Saturday, October 11th, there will be a celebration of Jason Reuter's life taking place at the Colliseum Bar in Hastings. The event starts at noon and features the band "Heartbreaker." $10 includes all you can eat bracelet & concert. ($5 for concert bracelet only.) There will also be meat raffles, a silent auction and drink specials. All proceeds will be going to his two sons Kalob and Shane.

Celebrate Star Wars Reads Day at the Library Families and Individuals are invited to the Pleasant Hill Library from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, October 11 to enjoy a fun-filled Star Wars Reads Day. People are invited to come in costume and enjoy storytelling, games, and crafts. People may also meet costumed volunteers from the 501st Legion. There is no charge for the event, and no registration is required.

Vets Benefit: On Saturday, October 11th from 1:30 - 5p.m.Vietnam Veterans of America along with Bugg's Place will be holding their 7th annual benefit with proceeds going to the Highground Memorial, which serves all Veterans and their families. For more information call 651-459-1310

November 7th & 8th:

Spiritual Blessing: Join 2 days of Healing with Love witnessing Rwandan genocide survivor, Immaculee Ilibagiza. She will sharing her story of Faith, Hope and Forgiveness. Her universal message of healing and hope. November 7th, Friday evening at 7:00 PM with the doors opening at 5:00 PM. This event will be held at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic Church Hastings MN. General admission is $30.00. Tickets are available at the S.E.A.S Church Office or For additional information please call Trish Murphy at 651-253-4863 or Renee Keene at 651-470-1175.


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