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April 4:

American Sign Language Celebration: Pleasant Hill Library's American Sign Language Celebration is scheduled from 10:30 AM to noon. Explore Deaf culture and learn American Sign Language (ASL) through stories, games, and crafts. Stories will be read in ASL by Matt Meinhardt from Metro Deaf School and voice narration and interpretation provided by American Sign Language Interpreting Services. Resources from Minnesota State Academy for the Deaf and MN Resource Libraries will be available. Pleasant Hill Library is located at 1490 South Frontage Road, in Hastings.

Rivertown Lions Club Breakfast with the Easter Bunny: The Hastings Rivertown Lions Club will hold its annual Breakfast with the Easter Bunny from 8 to 10:30 AM at Our Saviour's Evangelical Lutheran Church, 400 Ninth St. W., Hastings. The day includes an all you can eat pancake breakfast, visits with Easter bunny, children games and drawings, and adult drawing, and a special attraction, the Hastings Police Department mobile command vehicle will visit after 9 AM. Tickets are $7.50 for adults and $5 for children (to age 12). They are available at the door. Funds raised are returned to the community. For more information, call 651-303-8130.

Very Important Person Ball : South Washington County Schools Community Education will host their 16th annual Youth Financial Assistance Fundraiser, the Very Important Person Ball (formerly known as the Daddy Daughter Dance) on Saturday, April 4th, from 5 to 8 PM at Park Senior High, in Cottage Grove. Complete details are available at the link posted here.

April 5:

Rally for Autism: Dugarel's Bar in Hastings will be the location of the Rally for Autism from noon to 4 PM. $20 includes a koozie, one beer, and your choice of California Cheeseburger with fries, or a BBQ Pulled Chicken Sandwich with fries, and the $10 Kids Deal includes your choice of a kids meal with beverage and a kids prize! Get ready for a day of fun for the whole family including entertainment by Vast Entertainment, food and drink, raffles, a silent auction, games, and an amazing photo booth! All proceeds are donated to Fraser Minnesota, Minnesota's largest and most experienced provider of autism and early childhood mental health services.

Breakfast with the Easter Bunny: The Prescott Fire Department will host a Breakfast with the Easter Bunny from 8 AM to noon, at the Prescott Fire Hall, 260 Flora Street South. Meet the Easter Bunny, enjoy treats, and register for prizes, and an Easter ham. Contact the Fire Department with questions, at 715-262-5733.

April 10:

Arbor Day Celebration : Hastings Parks And Rec will hold an Arbor Day Celebration from 1 to 2:30 PM, at C.P. Adams Park, 1301 18th Street E, in Hastings. Join Parks and Rec staff as they provide information about planting and caring for trees. For questions, contact Recreation Programming Specialist Paige Marschall Bigler at 651-480-6182.

April 16:

Cottage Grove Beyond the Yellow Ribbon Monthly Meeting: Cottage Grove Beyond the Yellow Ribbon will hold a monthly meeting from 6 to 7:30 PM, at at the Cottage Grove Armory, at 8180 Belden Blvd S. Park around back of building by the playground and enter the doors by the picnic tables. Child care will be available with a one-week notice ahead of the meeting.

April 16 Thru 19:

Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dream Coat: Locally Grown Theater will host a production of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dream Coat at Oltman Jr High School, in Cottage Grove. Performances starting at 7PM, with Sunday matinees at 2 PM. Tickets are available at

April 18:

Farmington Elementary School Gala: This year's Farmington Elementary School Gala, scheduled from 6 PM to midnight, at the Hastings Golf Club, 2015 Westview Drive, in Hastings, will double as a fundraiser for FES. The evening will include dinner, dancing, and lots of fun! There will be a silent auction, drinks, and more. Get ready for an exciting evening with other FES families and friends all while supporting FES! Tickets are now available at the link posted here.

Friends of Willow River and Kinnickinnic State Park Spring Scavenger Hunt: The Friends of Willow River and Kinnickinnic State Park Spring Scavenger Hunt is scheduled from 2 to 3 PM, at the Willow River Nature Center. Get outside and enjoy it with this fun treasure hunting activity. Search for items on a checklist throughout the park then come back to the Nature Center and collect a small participation prize. This event is free to attend but vehicle admission into the park is required. For more information please call 715-386-9340, or email This program is sponsored by the Friends of Willow River and Kinnickinnic State Park, Inc, the park's non-profit Friends group.

St. Joseph School Gala: The 2020 St. Joseph School Gala is scheduled from 6 to 11 PM, at St. Joseph School, 13900 Biscayne Ave, in Rosemount. The event includes dinner, cash bar, entertainment, silent auction, and raffle. Tickets are on sale at

April 23:

8th Annual HPAAC Gala: The 8th Annual HPAAC Gala is scheduled from 5 to 9 PM, at the Carpenter St. Croix Valley Nature Center, 12805 St. Croix Trail, S, in Hastings. Funds raised at the annual gala are used to assist local groups such as the River Valley Band, the Hastings Arts Center, and Black Dirt Theater, while also assisting in scholarships for youth and adult music lessons and participation in formal groups. Complete details will be published soon.

April 23 Thru 26:

Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dream Coat : Locally Grown Theater will host a production of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dream Coat at Oltman Jr High School, in Cottage Grove. Performances starting at 7PM, with Sunday matinees at 2 PM. Tickets are available at

April 25:

Sweetheart Dance: A "save the date" reminder has been issued for the Sweetheart Dance, formerly known as the Daddy Daughter Dance. The Sweetheart Dance will be held on April 25th. Stay tuned to KDWA as more details become available.

SEAS School Spring Fling Fundraiser: Join SEAS School for their annual Spring Fling Fundraiser from 5 to 11:30 PM. New this year is Dueling Pianos and a Dessert Dash. Email for more information. SEAS School is located at 600 Tyler Street, in Hastings.

Hastings Hootenanny: The 11th Annual Hootenanny in downtown Hastings is scheduled for Saturday, April 25th. Come experience 9 venues featuring 140 acts comprised of over 190 musicians packed into 1 night. Free to attend, but a $10 suggested donation at the door benefits Hastings Middle School Music Programs and local youth musicians.

St. Paul Park Fire Department Ham & Turkey Raffle: Don't miss out on the fun! Lots of meat packs, raffles & more! Help a great group as they raise funds for the St. Paul Park Fire Department. Stick around after for karaoke. The raffle will be held at Park Place Sports Bar, 200 Broadway Ave, and the fun begins at 4 PM.

Park Wrestling Poker Party: The Park Wrestling Poker Party is scheduled from 5 to 8 PM, at the Park Place Sports Bar, located at 200 Broadway, in St. Paul Park. Come support the Park Wolfpack Wrestling Program and enjoy poker, tacos, meat raffles, a wall of beer, a wagon of wine, and other raffles. If you don't play poker, the fundraiser organizers are always looking for volunteers to help sell raffle tickets and are in need of donations of meat, beer and wine.

April 30:

DARTS 6th Annual Fundraising Breakfast: Join DARTS for the 6th Annual Fundraising Breakfast, from 7:30 to 9 AM at the Mendakota Country Club, in Mendota Heights. Enjoy a hearty breakfast, be inspired by featured speaker, University of Minnesota President, Joan Gabel, and learn about DARTS and the services they provide and how you can help them live their mission by creating connections that enrich aging. This event is free and open to the public.


May 2:

Fairy Wonderland Trivia Night : The 3rd Annual Fairy Wonderland Trivia Night is scheduled at The Old Ptaceks' Event Center, 1449 Orrin Road in Prescott, from 5 to 11:30 PM. Come join them for a fun night of Trivia at the 3rd Annual Trivia Event! All proceeds will go toward building Prescott's Fairy Wonderland Park.

8th Annual Run for the Roses: This Old Horse announces the 8th Annual Run for the Roses, starting at 10 AM. Also scheduled is a Run for the Roses Fun Run and Silent Auction, and This Wild Heart, a monthly market offering art, gifts, used and consigned tack and horse-related products to support This Old Horse. Tickets are available at

Hastings Park Clean Up Day: The Hastings Parks Clean Up Day is scheduled from 9 to 11 AM. Help brighten up City parks and get a little fresh air. Prize for the most unique item found! Bring gloves, bags will be provided. The Rotary Club will be cleaning up at Vermillion Falls. There is a community gathering at Pioneer Park at 9 AM. Anyone can come.

Stone Soup Soup-er Bowl: The 14th Annual Soup-er Bowl for Stone Soup Thrift Shop is scheduled starting at 9 AM. This fundraising event for Basic Needs Inc. provides funding for basic needs for day-to-day living in a high-quality and cost effective manner. Enjoy complimentary food and non-alcoholic beverages, bid in the silent auction and register for prize drawings. Registration information can be found by visiting, and searching 2020 Soup-er Bowl. The registration deadline is April 29th.

Photoshoot For Cancer: Third Eye Photography will host a free photographic event at Cottage Grove Ravine Park, 9940 Point Douglas Road South, in Cottage Grove. This is a totally free photoshoot for cancer survivors and the warriors who are still fighting. Each session will be 45 minutes, by appointment only. Make an appointment by visiting

Farmington Pond and Park Cleanup: The City of Farmington announces the 19th annual Pond and Park Cleanup event from 9 to 11 AM. Individuals and groups are invited to do some outdoor spring cleaning in city-owned parks and ponds. The city will provide volunteers with supplies and dispose of the garbage collected. Interested? Contact Recreation Supervisor Ryan Hayes before April 17 at 651-280-6854.

May 3:

Accacia Masonic Lodge No. 51 Pancake Breakfast and Sportsman's Raffle: Accacia Masonic Lodge No. 51 will hold their annual Pancake Breakfast, and Sportsman's Raffle at the Masonic Lodge, located at 11094 70th Street South, in Cottage Grove, starting at 8 AM. Proceeds support our Scholarship Program. All you can eat pancakes, eggs cooked to order, sausage links and real home-made maple syrup. Coffee, milk and orange juice to drink. The Sportsman's Raffle Drawing will be held at noon.

May 6:

Prescott Area Chamber of Commerce Meeting: The May meeting of the Prescott Area Chamber of Commerce is scheduled for noon in the Community room of the Prescott Branch of First National Bank of River Falls, located at 1151 Canton Street. Chamber members are encouraged to attend for Chamber updates, lunch, and a guest speaker.

May 9:

Eagle Watch Bike Tour:The Hastings and Prescott Area Chambers of Commerce plan on hosting an 8 mile "Eagle Watch Bike Tour" along the bike path from Prescott to Hastings starting at 9 AM. Kicking off in Prescott this year, in what is hoped to become an annual event, the family-friendly program will start behind the Prescott Chamber office, with a ribbon cutting for the new bike repair station in Prescott before hitting the trail to Hastings. The ride will end in Hastings at the Pavilion where Carpenter St. Croix Valley Nature Center will meet the group with birds of prey. A light breakfast will be provided.

Goat Yoga Session: The Hayloft welcomes families to a Yoga Session with the goats starting at 11:30 AM. Children 5 years old and up are welcome as long as they can sit on their yoga mats for a 45-min class, taught by a certified instructor while adorable goats roam freely, playing with one another, visiting you, jumping on your back, or napping by you while you exhale deeply. This class is beginner friendly and good for people with or without previous yoga experience. The yoga session will be followed by a 15-minute cuddle session which is a great time for photos, and goat friendly poses. Visit for tickets. Click on the calendar to view this event and other dates.

Mother's Day Floral Crown-making Event: The Hayloft invites you to a Mother's Day Floral Crown-making event starting at 9 AM. Create a unique one of a kind experience for your special someone and yourself this Mother's Day. Also find out what a farm is all about with a tour of True North Ranch, which is home to 74 horses and 12 dwarf goats. Soak up nature and adorable animals on the farm and then enjoy some treats. The Hayloft is located at 12407 80th Street South, in Hastings.

May 9 and 10:

Shepherd's Harvest Sheep and Wool Festival: Come to the Washington County Fairgrounds for the Shepherd's Harvest Sheep and Wool Festival. This is a yearly celebration of all things fiber. With woolen items for sale, and a spinning demonstration and class, this is an excellent way to spend Mother's Day weekend. The Washington County Fairgrounds are located on the north end of Lake Elmo, on Stillwater Boulevard.

May 16:

Emotional Rescue Pet Adoption Event: Emotional Rescue will host a pet adoption event starting at 11 AM at Chuck and Don's Pet Food, 3852 150th Street West, in Rosemount. Everyone is invited to come on out to support Emotional Rescue and meet some amazing dogs that are available for adoption.

Standing Strong 5K Run/Walk: The 8th Annual Standing Strong 5K Run/Walk, in Cottage Grove, is scheduled from 7 to 11:30 AM. Race organizers are proud to introduce Standing Strong, a co-operative endeavor sponsored by the Cottage Grove Lions, Cottage Grove Middle School and Oltman Middle School. The mission is to provide every kid the tools to demonstrate positive behavior in their community by treating everyone with respect. Proceeds from this event will go towards anti-bullying programs at Oltman Middle School and Cottage Grove Middle School. The race will take place at Hamlet Park, 8883 Hamlet Ave S, in Cottage Grove.

May 22 Through 25:

Dakota County Historical Society World War II Exhibit: Join the Dakota County Historical Society as they hit the road with a World War II event at Mall of America. Over Memorial Day Weekend, they will be set up in the Northeast Court with a full World War II exhibit. The exhibit will feature interpretive banner text, uniforms, artifacts, and much more. They are partnering with the Commemorative Air Force to provide military vehicles during the event that can be used as the perfect backdrop for a photo. Children will have activities to complete within the exhibit space. Cost is free.

May 30:

Drive for Women Breast Cancer Awareness Car Show And Autocross: DCTC will host a Drive for Women Breast Cancer Awareness Car Show And Autocross from 11 AM to 4 PM. The event will raise money for the World Motorsports Breast Cancer Foundation, who help patients financially and in other ways, while going through treatment. For complete details visit the link provided here.

May 31:

Mudder-Son Fun Run: Join the Hastings YMCA for the 2020 Mudder-Son Fun Run, from 2 to 4 PM, at Camp Spring Lake, on Pine Bend Trail. Co-hosted with Hastings Community Education, this year's race theme is Noise & Dirt. With multiple race distances and options that can fit every family, nobody needs to be left out of this beautiful mess.


June 5 through 7:

Fresh Art Spring Tour: The Fresh Art Spring Tour is a self-guided journey to the finest studios and galleries in the Lake Pepin and Wisconsin's Chippewa River Valleys. Enjoy the season's roadside wild flowers and breathtaking views as you travel the famous Great River Road and the backroads of western Wisconsin. Discover pottery, sculpture, jewelry, ceramics, photography, textiles and paintings. Find artist information and a printable map at

June 6:

Animal Ark 3K Walk: The 2020 Animal Ark 3K Walk is scheduled starting at 9 AM. Join Animal Ark for their biggest fundraiser of the year. The annual 3K Walk brings two & four legged friends and families together for Fun, Food, Music and more. Great vendors to discover, food trucks, beer tasting, wine sampling, and music by Luke Warm and the Cool Hands, goodie giveaways, dog training demonstrations & an amazing silent auction, too. Register at the link posted here.

Rhubarb Fest: Get ready for the Rhubarb Festival at LeDuc from 9 AM to 2 PM. The Rhubarb Festival is a great family event sponsored by the Friends of LeDuc and Historic Hastings, and proceeds support free school tours. Enjoy the bake sale, plants for your garden, the Simmons shed flea market, make and take projects for children, a rhubarb toss game, as well as a story time by the chicken coop at 10:30 am. The LeDuc house will be open for tours from 10 am to 5 pm.

June 9:

River Valley Riders Volunteer Training Day: River Valley Riders will host their 2020 Volunteer Training Day from 5:30 to 8:30 PM, at their facilities, 2007 Neal Avenue S, in Afton. The season-starting training day is for new volunteers from all lesson sites. Plan to spend an afternoon to learn about the fun and responsibility of volunteering with RVR. The focus is hands-on training with the therapy horses. Forms and training materials available at

June 13:

Showdown in Curdtown NTPA Truck & Tractor Pull: The Showdown in Curdtown NTPA Truck & Tractor Pull is coming to Ellsworth, at 6:30pm. This is the 14th annual fundraiser for the Ellsworth FFA Alumni. The Pull will be held at the Pierce County Fairgrounds in Ellsworth, WI. The Ellsworth FFA Alumni uses the proceeds from this pull to aid the Ellsworth FFA Chapter, such as supporting members who are attending leadership activities, community service projects, and much more.

Nate's Garage annual Car Show and Burn Out Contest : Nate's Garage annual Car Show and Burn Out Contest for a cause is scheduled to start at 11 AM. Nate's Community Garage, in Cannon Falls, is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit and is a new program helping those in need with car repairs. All money raised from this day will go directly to help those in need. Nate's Community Garage is located at 1717 North Highway 20, in Cannon Falls.

Saturday Cruise-In: Get ready to enjoy summer, and mark your calendar for the first Saturday Cruise-In on 2nd Street in Downtown Hastings. The 15th Annual season of the Cruise-In promises to be a time of nostalgia, fun, and viewing some of the nicest older cars in the area. This is an early evening, family-friendly event, so bring the kids, too. Visit the Car Cruise page of for more details.

Spring Swing Big Band Hangar Dance 2020: Join the Commemorative Air Force Minnesota Wing for our all ages Spring Swing Big Band Hangar Dance 2020, starting at 6 PM, in Hangar 3 at Fleming Field, in South St. Paul. Cost is $18 donation per person, or a $15 pre-sale. Music by the Roseville Big Band, Free Dance lesson from TC Swing. Music, dancing, food, aircraft tours, door prizes, WWII costume contest with prizes for best WWII era dress and more. Proceeds from the dance benefit the museum.

June 15 Through 18:

Camp Invention: Students entering grades K-6 are invited to participate in Camp Invention at St. Joseph School, in Rosemount, from Monday, June 15th, through Thursday, June 18th. This enriching and engaging program focuses on STEM learning and activities. Register today at Classes are taught by St. Joseph School teachers. Select St. Joseph School as your camp location.

June 15 Through 19:

Summer String Camp: Hastings Community Education is conducting a Hastings Summer String Camp from 9 AM to 1:30 PM each day. The registration deadline is Wednesday, March 25th. Register at the link posted here.

June 17:

Prescott Area Chamber of Commerce Annual Golf Tournament: The Prescott Area Chamber of Commerce invites you to attend their Annual Golf Tournament from 2:30 to 7:30 PM, at Clifton Highlands Golf Club, N6890 1230th Street, in Prescott. Enjoy an afternoon of golf, networking, and dinner. The format is a four-person scramble with games along the way. For more information, visit the link posted here.

June 20:

PHL Fix-It CLinic: Pleasant Hill Library will host a Fix-It Clinic from noon to 3 PM. Residents will have the opportunity to bring in clothes and household items to receive free, guided assistance from volunteers with repair skills to disassemble, troubleshoot and fix items. Clinics build community connections and reduce the number of repairable objects that are thrown in the trash. You must be able to carry items in, no oversized items. Feel free to bring any tools and supplies you think might help with the job. However, volunteers have plenty of tools, so it's not mandatory. Pleasant Hill Library is located at 1490 South Frontage Road, in Hastings.

June 27:

Koo Koo Kanga Roo: Koo Koo Kanga Roo is set to perform at Farmington Dew Days at 4 PM at the Dew Days Stage, 325 Oak St. This event is for all ages and is free to attend. This Dew Days performance is sponsored in part by the City of Farmington and Dakota County Library, funded by the Minnesota Legacy Amendment. Koo Koo Kanga Roo is an American comedic dance-pop duo from Minneapolis, consisting of vocalists Bryan and Neil. For more information about Koo Koo Kanga Roo's performance, visit


August 8:

HHS Class of 1980 Reunion: The Hastings High School Class of 1980 will be having their 40-year reunion at the Hidden Greens Golf Course Event Center. Cost is $20 per person. For details, visit, or join the Facebook group, Hastings MN Class of 1980 reunion.


Kids' Campus Registration: Registration is now open for the 2020-2021 Kids' Campus before & after school care program, and Preschool program of Hastings Community Education. For more information or to register, call 651-480-7670 or log on to


Euchre Mondays: The Hastings Senior Center announces Euchre Mondays, at the Senior Center, in the Tilden Community Center, 310 River Street. Euchre starts at 1 PM. Join the Senior Center for a fun afternoon of cards. Cost is $2 per person.


Post 47 Legion Bingo: American Legion Nelson-Lucking Post 47, at 50 Sibley St., in Hastings invites you to join them on Tuesday nights, from 7 to 9:30 PM, for some Bingo. Proceeds will be used for Legion community outreach efforts in Hastings, and the surrounding communities. For questions contact the Legion at 651-437-2046.


Celebrate Recovery: Harbor Church of Hastings hosts a Celebrate Recovery Group from 6:30 to 8PM. If you are recovering from an addiction, or need help to start recovery, contact moderator Darcy Fuchs at 651-493-7974 for more information. The Harbor Church is located at 11125 W Point Douglas Road.


The Circle of Connections Networking Group: Meets at 7 AM every Thursday at River Oaks Golf Club, 11099 Highway 61, Cottage Grove. Meetings are open to business professionals in all industries (one per profession). For details, call Genesis Financial at 651-738-0813.

3rd Thursday of the Month:

Hops and Hymns in Hastings: Join Our Saviour's Evangelical Lutheran Church at Spiral Brewery for the "Hops and Hymns in Hastings" get together, at the Spiral Brewery at 7 PM, where everyone is invited to gather in fellowship to sing and celebrate. Thanks to the ownership team at Spiral and to OSEL song leader Gordy Pearson, for helping to make this happen.

Fridays, Through March 13th:

Brick Builders: Hastings Community Education will host: Brick Builders: Rapid Races for 1st through 5th grades, from 2:40 to 3:40 PM, at SEAS. Cost is $80. For more information or to register, call 651-480-7670 or log on to

!st and 3rd Fridays:

Prescott Memory Cafe: The Prescott Senior Gathering Place invites patients in memory care, and their caregivers to the Memory Cafe, from 10 to 11:30 AM on the 1st and 3rd Friday of each month. The cafe is open in the lower level Community Room of First National Bank, 1151 Canton Street. For assistance with Memory Cafe, please contact Barb Glidden at 651-336-3360, or Cathy Martin at 715-262-3856.

4th Friday of the Month:

Bird Banding at CNC: Have you ever wondered what bird banding is all about? Bird Banding records can help us learn how long birds live, where they travel, when and where they migrate and many other interesting facts. Carpenter Nature Center has been banding birds for over 30 years. On the fourth Friday of the month, from 8 AM to noon, bird banding is open to the public. There is no program fee, but donations of bird seed and suet are greatly appreciated. RSVP to this event by visiting


Get to the Point Men's Prayer Group: Meets at 8 AM Saturdays in the upper room of the Twisted Oak Coffee House, 202 Broad St., Prescott. The group's current study is "33: The Series."

Hastings Softball Boosters Meat Raffle: Hastings Softball Boosters is proud to announce that they are partnering with Pub 55 every Saturday, from 4-5 PM. A portion of the proceeds will go to the Hastings Softball Boosters club to help offset the cost of the softball clinics. Come out and join them, at Pub 55, located at 880 Bahls Drive, in Hastings.


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