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April 26:

GRRVLC Volunteer Training:A New Volunteer Information Session for those interested in helping at the Great River Road Visitor and Learning Center in Prescott will take place on Wednesday, April 26th beginning at 10 AM.Volunteering at the GRRVLC can enrich your life in new and exciting ways. At these volunteer information sessions, we will cover the basics of our operations, our non-profit mission, and how individuals can begin sharing their time and talents with guests of the Learning Center. A variety of important volunteer assignments are available, from staffing the front desk to providing critical support during special events or leading exciting environmental and cultural education programs. Please RSVP by calling 715-262-0104 so we can plan snacks and refreshments accordingly.

April 27:

Dakota Electric Annual Meeting:The Dakota Electric Association will hold its Annual Meeting on Thursday, April 27th, at St. Michaels Catholic Church, 22120 Denmark Avenue, in Farmington. The doors open a 6PM and the meeting begins at 7. The Agenda includes reports from officers and directors, a question and answer session and results of member balloting. Balloting materials will be mailed to members on April 10th with instructions on casting ballots by mail and online. Ballots need to be received by noon on the 27th or brought by members to the meeting for counting. Refreshments will be provided at the meeting.

April 27:

Rowan Glaser at Break Away Cafe:Author and artist Rowan Glaser will share her insights to personal freedom during a presentation at the BreakAway Café on Thursday, April 27th featuring readings from her book, “Motorcycles, Madness & Miracles” as well as a slideshow of custom painted motorcycles from the past 25 years of her career. The evening starts with a social hour at 6PM. The presentation runs from 7 to 8:30 PM. Rowan Glaser is a multimedia artist working in custom motorcycle painting, fine art, writing, photography, stained glass and nature elements. Her work has been exhibited in galleries and museums in the United States and her motorcycle paint jobs have been featured in magazines worldwide. Glaser will also be at the Café on Saturday, April 22nd throughout the day.

April 28-30:

Knights Of Columbus Tootsie Roll Weekend:The Hastings Knights of Columbus volunteers will be giving out FREE Tootsie Rolls at several locations during their annual fundraising weekend. Volunteers will be at Coborn's Grocery, Emily's Bakery and also at Wal-Mart. They will gratefully accept donations to help those with special needs in the Hastings area. They applaud the generosity of the public and note that all funds raised will provide for special services. They hope you will say hi to the volunteers, take a tootsie roll and be as generous as possible.

April 28:

Art in Bloom Spring Outing: The Hastings Area YMCA will host a trip to the Art In Bloom exhibit that will be held at the Minneapolis Institute of Art on Friday, April 28th. Those attending will meet at the Y at 10:15 am to board transportation that will take them to Granite City for lunch before arriving at the exhibit of more than 150 floral arrangements inspired by art from the Institute. Cost is $20 per YMCA member or 25 for nonmembers. Transportation is included but you must pay for your own lunch. Reservation deadline is April 14th. Sign up at the Member Services Desk at the YMCA.

April 28:

Giddy Up Gala: Annual Spring Fling fundraiser for SEAS School will be held at Mother Seton Hall at SEAS Church. One of a kind items including several made by students will be included along with a huge silent auction, prizes and special menu inviting attendees to gallop from treasure to treasure, all in an effort to raise funds for the little buckaroos at SEAS School. Event begins at 5:30 pm and tickets are available at the door.

April 29:

Hootenany Vlll: Downtown Hastings will be jumping with nearly 50 musical acts that will take to the stages, floors and front windows of the Busted Nut Bar and Grill, 2nd Street Depot, the Hastings American Legion,The Onion Grille and Lock and Dam Eatery, to raise money for the Hastings Middle School Music Program. Suggested donation of just 5 dollars per venue will allow a huge variety of tunes and over 100 performers for this annual event. Open mic opportunities are also featured at the Hastings Arts Center and at BreakAway Cafe until 9 PM.

April 29:

Cottage Grove Arbor Day Event:Cottage Grove residents are invited to join staff and help install a tree plantation as this year’s Arbor Day project. The event will take place on Saturday, April 29 from 9 to 11 a.m. at Highlands Park, 6975 Idsen Avenue S. Crews will also be planting 135 plants around the pond located on the west side of the park. The plants will help minimize the number of geese that make their way up on the grassy area of the park.     Bring shovels, work gloves, and mud boots for a morning of planting to enhance the park. Some gardening tools will be available for those that need them. Residents are also encouraged to remove buckthorn from their property to help promote a healthier urban forest. Call 651-458-2844 by 3 p.m. on April 28 to schedule a curbside pickup which will take place on May 1st and 2nd.

April 29:

Trinity Church Spring Fling:Trinity Lutheran Church of Farmington is pleased to announce its annual Spring Fair on Saturday, April 29th, from 5 to 7 PM. Trinities famous Hot Beef Sandwich meal, with pie for dessert, will be followed by a bake sale and the opening of the Country Store, featuring hand made items. Also included in the evening is a Kids Carnival and music by the Country 3. Ticket prices are 10 dollars for adults, youth, 6 to 18 and Senior Citizens 8 dollars and family tickets for 25 dollars. For more information contact Trinity Lutheran Church at 651-463-2699. Trinity Lutheran Church is located at 600 Walnut Street, in Farmington.

April 29 and 30:

St Philips 50th Anniversary Celebration Weekend:St. Philips Lutheran Church in Hastings continues to plan its 50th Anniversary Celebration, scheduled for the weekend of April 29th and 30th. A casual fellowship gathering on the 29th happens from 7 to 10 PM. The Jolly Huntsmen will provide live music and there will be a bonfire with singing, smores, refreshments and popcorn, weather permitting. Plenty of visual history will be displayed throughout the church building. On Sunday the 30th, Bishop Patricia Lull of the St. Paul Area Synod will provide the preaching for the service, with former pastors being invited to attend and Pastor Gregory Geier presiding. A complimentary dinner, including gluten-free menu options will follow the service. The church does ask for registration for the dinner by email to no later than April 20th. St. Philips Lutheran Church is located at 1401 W 15th Street, in Hastings.

April 29:

What's PORN Got to Do With Sex Trafficking:April is Sexual Violence Awareness Month. CEASE, the Coalition to End All Sexual Exploitation, will team with 360 Communities for a community seminar entitled, Sex Trafficking: What's Porn got to do with it. The public meeting will take place at Hastings High School on Saturday morning April 29 from 9:30-11:30 am .Sgt. Grant Snyder, Minneapolis PD and expert in the field of sex trafficking will speak on the connection between Porn and Sex Trafficking.

April 29:

Wildflower Walk:The Dakota County Parks Department invites all hikers and nature lovers to a Wildflower Walk through the Miesville Ravine Park Preserve on Saturday, April 29th from 1 to 3 PM. Take a hike when the spring wildflowers are in full bloom, and learn to identify them. The hike is open to ages 16 and over at a cost of 8 dollars per person. For more information and to register call 952-891-7000 and reference activity number 111403-01.

April 30-May 1:

Auditions for Summer Musical Annie: The Great River Road Theatre announces Auditions for the Summer Musical which will be performed from July 13-23. for more information and also how you can help behind the scenes, contact President Judy Johnson- 715-425-7969.


May 2:

Renter’s Rights Seminar: Hastings Community Education is conducting a one-evening session explaining the rights renters have in Minnesota. Larry Alexander, a graduate of J.D. Williams College of Law, will conduct the session that will deal with what renters need to know before entering into a rental contract, and what their rights are at the termination of tenancy. The session is on Tuesday, May 2nd, from 6:30 to 8:30 PM inroom117 of the Tilden Community Center. The cost for attending is 15 dollars and registration is online at, course number 511140B.

May 2:

River Valley Band Practice: Held at the Hastings HS Band Room from 7-9 PM. Under the direction of Rufino Ochoada, the group continues to prepare for two upcoming performances. The first will be at Simley HS on May 16th and the second will be held at the Rotary Pavilion on Saturday, May 20th. New members are welcome to inquire about rehearsal schedules and other details. See the River Valley Band on Facebook.

May 4:

UMW Spring Salad Luncheon:The United Methodist Women Salad Luncheon with a craft and bake sale will take place on May 4th at Resurrection UMC on 15th Street in hastings. The annual event will be held from 11 am until 1 pm with cost of just 8 dollars per person payable at the door.

May 5:

Spring O Bingo: This annual family event is held at the Tilden Community Center , 310 River Street and features an evening of Bingo, prizes and snacks. Games begin at 6PM and continue until 8. Please bring an item for the Hastings Family Service Food shelf. The games are free to play, but a donation is appreciated to the Community Education Invest in a Student Fund. Concessions will be open at 5 and there is limited seating available. Please register your Bingo players by calling the Community Education office by Friday, May 3rd. 651-480-7670.

May 5 and 6:

Hastings City-Wide Garage Sale:The Hastings City-wide Garage Sale is planned for May 5th and 6th. Journey around our fine City to locate great deals on gently used household items and general merchandise. If you would like to be listed on the garage sale map, please contact the Rivertown Multimedia Classifieds Department at 1-888-425-2220.

May 5 and 6:

Hastings First Presbyterian Church Garage Sale: The First Presbyterian Church of Hastings will hold its garage sale May 5 and 6th. Organizers hope that those wanting to donate to the sale, will start collecting items to prepare them to be brought to the church during the week prior to the sale. For more information on acceptable items, please call the church- 651-437-9656.

May 5,6 and 7:

High School Musical: Les Miserables is this year's play. Tickets available at the door. Prices vary. Hastings High School Auditorium. Friday and Saturday Curtain at 7PM, Sunday Matinee at 2 PM.

May 6 and 7:

Joy Plant Sale: Time to get growing thanks to the 9th annual Joy Plant Market Saturday and Sunday, beginning at 9:00 AM at Joy Lutheran Church. Come and get your plants for the growing season. And while you’re at it, you can pick up something for Mother’s Day. This community fundraiser will support the Prescott Food Shelf, Lutheran World Relief, Joy Worship Enhancements, and Joy Capital Appeal. Please call this year’s co-chairs Craig and Tammy Orf (715-426-9646) with questions, donations, or comments. Joy Lutheran Church is located at 1435 St. Croix Street, in Prescott.

May 6:

Birding and Biking at Spring Lake Park:A morning birding and biking session is scheduled at the Spring Lake Park Preserve on Saturday, May 6th from 8 to 10 AM. Join the Dakota County Parks Department and learn about birds along the Spring Lake Park Preserve segment of the Mississippi River Trail. Participants will bring their own bikes and helmet and the parks Department will provide scopes and binoculars. This activity is open to ages 16 and older. Cost is 18 dollars per person and will start at the West Shelter. For more information and to register call 952-891-7000 and reference activity number 111707-01.

May 6:

Parks and Trails Clean Up: Join the Hastings Parks and Recreation department for the annual spring park and trails cleanup event that will take place on Saturday Morning May 6th beginning at 9 AM. Groups and individuals are encourged to join the effort to rid local parks of refuse and litter left over from the winter. The annual event is coordinated by Event specialist Paige Marschall. Sign up by April 14th to help get the parks and trails ready for spring use. Register online or by calling Paige at 651-480-6182.

May 8:

Rosemount City Council Work Session:The Rosemount City Council will make it easier for citizens to participate in the Council’s work by holding two meetings away from City Hall, along with a bike tour. The Council will hold its monthly work session at Fire Station No. 2, 2047 Connemara Trail W., on Monday, May 8, at 6:30 p.m.

May 9:

River Valley Band Practice: Held at the Hastings HS Band Room from 7-9 PM. Under the direction of Rufino Ochoada, the group continues to prepare for two upcoming performances. The first will be at Simley HS on May 16th and the second will be held at the Rotary Pavilion on Saturday, May 20th. New members are welcome to inquire about rehearsal schedules and other details. See the River Valley Band on Facebook.

May 13:

Carpenter Nature Center Bird Migration Event: Held at the Wisconsin Campus in Hudson, the day will be filled with bird watching, nature exploration and a critter count. Find out how to identify local birds, insects and other local species.

May 13:

Bird Migration Celebration at Freedom Park: The GRRVLC in Prescott will host a Bird Migration Celebration on Saturday, May 13th from 10 AM to 2 PM. Celebrate spring and the return of our migratory songbirds. Kids ages 6+ can build, decorate and fly a bird kite in Freedom Park; go on a guided bird hike with a naturalist; view our resident Freedom Park birds and their human-created nesting structures. Program guests ages 6 to 18 will receive their very own Spark Packs, an Art and Nature activity kit designed to educate kids about the St. Croix River and engage their senses and creativity.There is no cost to participate and everyone is welcome.

May 13:

Mother's Day High Tea at the LeDuc:Now is the time to make reservations for a beautiful 4-course high tea which is designed especially to honor mothers. The Leduc Historic Estate will once again hold a high tea complete with samplings of three teas, the signature fresh fruit plate garnished with dark chocolate ganache, tea sandwiches, scones, and an elegant dessert. This tea will begin at 3:30 p.m. on May 13, 2017. In addition to the fine food there will be music, a tour of the house, and the modeling of clothing that was worn when the LeDucs lived in the house. There will be an interpretive program on china and teapots, their production and care. Reservations are required for this event and should be made by calling 651-438-8480. Space is limited and reservations do fill quickly. Cost of the tea is $35 per person, with a special 5 dollar discount for members of the Dakota County Historical Society.

May 13:

Sculpting at Schaars Bluff:Artistry will be holding a clay art session on Saturday, May 13th, from 9AM to Noon at Schaars Bluff Gathering Center at Spring Lake Park Preserve. Come and create a bird sculpture, and a bird house or feeder out of clay while you learn basic ceramic hand building techniques. This event is open to ages 16 and older and is free of charge. However, registration is required. For more information and to register call 952-891-7000 and reference activity number 110201-02.

May 13:

Practice Race for Apple Blossom Races: A practice run will be held for the popular Carpenter Nature Center sponsored Apple Blossom Race today beginning at 9 AM. Car pool from CNC to the start at St. Croix Bluffs REgional Park then run the 10K race route. The course for this practice run is on paved roads and CNC's trail system. There is no Admission fee, however, space is limited so RSVP to 651-437-4359.

May 17:

Hospice Volunteer Training:Allina Hospice and Palliative Care would like you to be a hospice volunteer. Come and learn how hospice volunteers provide companionship, help with errands, provide respite for caregivers, and more. An informational session is planned for Wednesday, May 17th at 1PM. Call 651-480-7689 to register.

May 17:

Tourism Community Meeting:The Hastings Area Chamber of Commerce and Tourism Bureau have scheduled the 2nd Hastings Tourism Community meeting on Wednesday, May 17th with the theme of What Does Tourism Mean to You? The 6 PM meeting will be preceded by a social hour starting at 5:30. For more information, including the event location, please call the Chamber Office at 651-437-6775.

May 18:

7th and 8th Grade Vocal Concert: Held at the Hastings Middle School. Time is 7:30 pm. No charge for this end of year concert.

May 19:

The Bob Ross Joy of Painting Class: Bob Ross, famed artist with the PBS series “The Joy of Painting”, still has a big influence for artists of all skill levels and his methods are still being taught. Hastings Community Education welcomes Certified Bob Ross Instructor Kristi Nelson for a class focusing on the Northern Lights on Friday, May 19th from 10AM to 1PM. Kristi will demonstrate the step-by-step process and guide students in practicing the techniques. By the end of the class participants will have completed an entire oil painting. The class will be held at the Tilden Community Center in Room 108. Cost for the session is 30 dollars and 10 dollars for materials. Registration is online at, course number 511139F.

May 20:

Summer Safety Camp:The Hastings High School will be the site for the annual Safety Camp, a day-long activity for students entering 3rd, 4th and 5th grades. They will explore a variety of safety topics including fire, bike, personal and electrical safety. Adult leaders from the YMCA, Community Education, Police, Fire and Park and Rec departments will be on hand to guide the students through a summer safe training that is fun and effective. Registration is open through June 3rd, with cost just $20 per child. Register on the Hastings City Website,

May 19:

Arbor Day Tree Planting: Arbor Day will be celebrated on Friday, May 19th at Jaycee Park with the planting of a Tree. Volunteers are needed to help with the planting coordinated by tyhe Hastings Parks and Recreation Department. Work will be done from 1-2:30 pm and volunteers should bring work gloves and a shovel or rake. Refreshments will be provided.

May 20:

Garden Party Plant Sale: The Freedom Park Garden Party Plant Sale will be held on Saturday, May 20, from 9 AM to 3 PM. The Volunteer Garden Crew at Freedom Park will host its very popular spring plant sale to benefit the gardens at Freedom Park in the Pavilion, where the volunteer gardeners will sell plants from local Prescott area growers, including annuals, flower baskets, veggies & herbs, perennials for sun & shade and a wide array of native plants for eco-friendly landscapes. Special supplier, Smith Brothers Landing, purveyor of hand-crafted metal garden décor, is back by popular demand. Come early for best selection.Back by popular demand is the Kids’ Planting Activity Table, where kids of all ages can decorate a terracotta pot and then plant their very own flower in it to bring home. The Garden Party section will feature new and gently used unique and unusual decorative planting items like pots, vases, trellises and more which will be available for purchase.Donations of plants and planting supplies are gratefully accepted and all proceeds benefit the beautiful gardens at Freedom Park - which are enjoyed by all park visitors. Donations of garden pots, gently-used garden décor, and live plants are welcome. Before making a donation, please call 715-262-0104 to let staff know to expect you. Their Plant Donation most wanted list includes hostas, daylilies, phlox, coneflowers and tomato plants.

May 20:

The Marvelous Wonderlettes:A trip is planned to attend a performance of the Marvelous Wonderlettes, a musical presentation of the St. Croix Off Broadway Dinner Theater held at the Hudson House Grand Hotel. The Hastings YMCA will host the trip on Saturday,May 20th, with members cost of $45 per ticket and non members just 5 dollars more. Tickets will include the meal, dessert, show, all taxes and tip. Registration is required and must be completed by April 22nd. You can register at the Member Services Desk at the YMCA.

May 20:

Prom Grand March:Hastings HS. 4PM.Seating in the Field HOuse.

May 20:

Mississippi River Trail Grand Opening:The Dakota County Parks Department is proud to announce the Grand Opening of the Mississippi River Trail segment at Spring Lake Park Preserve. A celebration will be held at the Schaars Bluff Gathering Center on Saturday, May 20th, from 9AM to noon. This event is free of charge.

May 21:

Apple Blossom Races at CNC:The Carpenter Nature Center sponsors the 32nd annual Apple Blossom Races held this year on Sunday, May 21st beginning at 8AM. The 5K Run/Walk is a straight route down St. Croix Trail, the 10K is partially on the road then weaves through the CNC's woodlands and savannahs. The signature race is the Half Marathon which challenges runners on the path thru the St. Croix Valley Orchards alng the hilly countryside. There is also a free 2K Fun Run that is held after the other races, beginning at 11AM. Event fees range from 42 dollars for the half marathon to 32 dollars for the 5 and 10 K. Preregistration is now open on the website or come to the nature center to pick up a form. Race Day registration is also possible, with an extra 8 dollar fee added to race fees. Those wishing to be involved as a sponsor should contact Andrew at 651-437-4359.


June 1:

7 and 8th Grade Band Concert: Held at the Hastings Middle School. Start time is 7:30 to allow athletes to finish practice before the concert. No admission fee.

June 2:

Prescott's Kick off the Summer Celebration: Fun, Games, food and lots of great information on all the things to do in the area this Summer! The event will take place from 5-8 pm at Public Square Park across from the Prescott Middle school. Vendors and non-profit organizations can sponsor a booth. Contact Penny Peterson at Prescott Community Education for information Deadline to be included in publicity is May 10th. Final deadline to participate is May 31st. Fees must be paid by that time to have a booth space.

June 4:

Hastings Pool Opening:The Hastings Family Aquatic Center will open for the season on June 4th. A series of swimming lessons, lap swims, water fitness and family swims have been scheduled to encourage the community to utilize this great resource. Fees for activities vary and the schedule can be found on the city website, under the recreation amenities menu.

June 4:

Hastings Sings Auditions: Held at the Hastings Arts Center, singers who live, work or attend school in Hastings and are between the ages of 15-25 by September 24th, 2017, may call to schedule an audition for Hastings Sings. The times will be from 6:30-8:30 PM, and contestants must bring a backing CD with them for accompaniment. Email to secure your audition time. Top finalists will sing once more at the Rivertown Days Main Stage in Jaycee Park on Sunday, July 23rd at 3:30 PM. The top singer and the runner up will represent Hastings in September at Minnesota Sings.

June 6:

Summer Kick Off: A kick off of summer programming will be held on Saturday evening June 6th from 5-8pm at the Rotary Pavilion in Levee park. The event is free and will feature music, games, food, and demonstrations that will be fun for the whole family. Schedules for events taking place throughout the summer will be provided and several activities will have representatives on hand to preview music, art, story times, fitness, or recreation events that are planned.

June 7:

Hastings Sings Auditions: Held at the Hastings Arts Center, singers who live, work or attend school in Hastings and are between the ages of 15-25 by September 24th, 2017, may call to schedule an audition for Hastings Sings. The times will be from 6:30-8:30 PM, and contestants must bring a backing CD with them for accompaniment. Email to secure your audition time. Top finalists will sing once more at the Rivertown Days Main Stage in Jaycee Park on Sunday, July 23rd at 3:30 PM. The top singer and the runner up will represent Hastings in September at Minnesota Sings.

June 8:

Last Day of School: Hastings High School Last Day

June 9:

Graduation Day: Hastings High School Class of 2017- held on Todd Field. If weather conditions cause change, the event will take place in the Hastings HS Field House.

June 9:

Movies in the Park::Secret Life of Pets will be shown under the stars at the Hastings Rotary Pavilion beginning at dusk. Sponsored by Ardent Mills. Cost- Please bring a food donation to benefit Hastings Family Service.

June 10:

15th Annual Amber Alert Motorcycle Run Held this year beginning at 8am with registration at the Park Place Sports Bar in St. Paul Park. Registration continues- $20. per person- until 11 AM. Car show held rain or shine with trophies awarded to top 21 cars. First 50 receive dash plaque. Winners from car show invited to be showcased at Hastings Downtown Saturday Nite Cruise In from 5-9 PM. All proceeds benefit Amber Alert Network, bringing abducted children back home. Questions for Motorcycle run contact Questions for Car show, hosted by Nick Illa-

June 19:

Blood Drive at OSEL: A Red Cross Blood drive will be June 19th 11:30am-5:30pm and June 20th 1pm-7pm at Our Saviour’s Lutheran Church.

June 24:

Benefit for Danielle Lindquist: A benefit for Danielle Lindquist will be held at the 2nd Street Depot on Saturday, June 24th beginning at 2 PM. Danielle was involved in an auto accident in February and friends and family want to help out in whatever way they can. They invite you to join them and Do It for Dani. Several ways to help will involve purchase of silent auction items, meat raffles, food and drink tickets and much more. Donations can be dropped of at 2nd Street Depot before June 10th.

June 25:

Party for the Park:A Party for the Park Annual Fundraiser will take place on Saturday, June 25th from 11am until 4 pm at Freedom Park in Prescott. More details will be added soon to this event, which is responsible for helping to support funding for the wide variety of programs, displays and activities offered by the Great River Road Visitor and Learning center, so be sure to save the date.


July 11-13:

Off to Lake Rebecca: Summer Camp at the LeDuc, for children ages 8-12, the continuation of life in the era of the LeDuc family. Fishing is the focus for this 3 day camp as well as creative painting projects, cooking over an open fire, making lures and digging worms. Vintage costumes are also a part of the experience. Camp meets first at the LeDuc Estate. Camp time is 9am until 2pm each day. A maximum of 18 children may participate. Cost is $95 per session.

Register at

July 13:

Red Ribbon Ride Stops in Hastings:A group of motorcyclists have planned a stopover in Hastings this summer to raise support and awareness of HIV/AIDS service agencies in Minnesota. The Red Ribbon Ride is a fully supported 4 day, 300 mile bike ride that will raise vital funds for HIV/AID services, treatment, prevention and awareness. Red Ribbon Ride 2017 will take place on July 13 through July 16, 2017. Whether you are a first-time rider, experienced veteran, looking for a physical challenge, enjoy cycling through Minnesota or have a connection to the cause the Red Ribbon Ride is open to you. They invite riders to learn more and join them. The group plans to arrive in Hastings on Thursday, July 13th between the hours of 9 am and noon. They will gather at Christa McAuliffe Elementary School and hope the community will come out to welcome them. More information can be found at

July 14

Movies in the Park::Back to the Future will be shown under the stars at the Hastings Rotary Pavilion, beginning at dusk. Sponsor is Ardent Mills. Cost- Please bring a food donation to benefit Hastings Family Service.

July 19:

Archery Camp:An Archery Camp for youths aged 8 to 12 is planned for the Lower Spring Lake Park Preserve Archery Shelter from Wednesday to Friday, July19th to the 21st, from 9AM to noon. Learn the basics of archery, including proper technique, range safety, and target practice under the supervision of a National Archery in the Schools Program certified instructor. Cost for the three-day camp is 75 dollars per camper. Equipment will be provided. For more information and to register call 952-891-7000 and reference activity number 110402-01.

July 21:

Books and Benches Story Time:Books and Benches, a Story Time Program will take place in Freedom Park in Prescott on Friday, July 21st beginning at 10:30 am. Participants should meet at the Butterfly Art Bench, spread out a blanket, choose a book to read together, explore the park’s playground and trails, and then pick out free books to bring home. The goal of Books and Benches is to promote reading and encourage families to spend time enjoying unique community art projects and exploring the amazing places in the St. Croix River Valley. The FREE Program sponsored by Friends of Freedom Park, in collaboration with the Phipps Center for the Arts and the Prescott Public Library.

More information can be found at or by calling 715-262-0104.

July 22:

Archery 101:The Lower Spring Lake Park Preserve invites you to explore the park, learn the basics of archery and how to navigate using a GPS during the Backwood Recreation event on Saturday, July 22nd, at the Archery Shelter. This event is open to ages 16 and older and costs 40 dollars per person. Equipment will be provided. For more information and to register call 952-891-7000 and reference activity number 110416-02.

July 27:

National Parks and Rec Celebration:July is National Parks and Recreation Month. Celebrate along the river at Levee Park for this free family fun event. Performances, music, food and more. Time is 5-8 pm.

July 28-30:

Little Log House Antique and Power Show The popular Little Log House antique and power show will take place on July 28th through the 30th at the venue located just south of Hastings. Featured during this year's event will be the Ford Motor Company as well as Case IH. A variety of activities will include a giant flea market, lots of music, food, displays and fun. A daily pancake breakfast is held from 7-9 am and parades are held each day at 11AM. Tickets are available at the gate with single day adult admission just 10 dollars or a weekend pass for 20. Find out more online at


August 4:

Relay for Life Fundraiser:This year the fundraising will take place along the river in Levee Park with home base at the Rotary Pavillion. Co-chair Linda Kampa notes other changes are planned to give the event a new look and new sound. The addition of 3 live entertainment groups will add to the energy of those who will spend the evening of August 4th walking to support those who have pledged per mile completed or a total donation that will aid cancer research. Teams are now forming, and Kampa encourages those who have had cancer touch their friends or families to join the relay. Those who want to participate, but don't have a team, should contact Kampa at 651-442-7960 to be paired up with an existing team. More information on fundraising and teams can be found on the site. Corporate sponsors are also needed and urged to connect with this local effort. This year's local goal is $25,000.

August 8-10:

A Day at the Schoolhouse:This summer camp, for children 8-12 is held at the LeDuc Historic Estate and revolves around the schoolroom at the site. Local teacher and reenactor Spencer Johnson will come in to talk about the Civil War encampments . Vintage costumes will be worn and typical daily experiences will include chicken tending, garden chores and attending the school, of course. A Maximum of 18 participants can be accommodated at the 3-day camp. Time each day is 9-2 pm. Cost is $95. Register at

August 11:

Movies in the Park: Finding Dory will be shown under the stars at the Hastings Rotary Pavilion, beginning at dusk. Sponsor is Ardent Mills. Cost- Please bring a food donation to benefit Hastings Family Service.

August 21:

Regina Classic Golf Tournament:The Regina Classic Annual Charity Golf Tournament. The tournament will be held on Monday, August 21st at the Dakota Pines Golf Course. Registration will begin at 11:30 AM with tee off at 1PM. This exciting event includes lunch, a round of golf, a social hour, dinner, and a silent auction. The tournament is a fun and relaxing golf outing in the foursome scramble style. Golfers of all ages and handicaps are encouraged to participate. The Regina Foundation is the host, and they are also looking for donations for the silent auction. All proceeds benefit the patients and residents of Regina Hospital and Regina Senior Living in Hastings. For more information please contact the Regina Foundation at 651-404-1104.


September 8:

Movies in the Park: A Dog's Purpose will be shown under the stars at the Hastings Rotary Pavilion, beginning at dusk. Sponsor is Ardent Mills. Cost- Please bring a food donation to benefit Hastings Family Service.


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