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December 9:

A Cup of Christmas: Ladies and girls 13 and older are invited to join New Life Church of Woodbury for a beautiful evening of dessert, music and a message, "The Constant Conversation" from national speaker, Molly Sanborn, at A Cup of Christmas at 7 PM in the New Life Church Worship Center. Tickets are $10, and are available for purchase Sunday mornings at the church, or by email at New Life Church is located at 6758 Bailey Road, in Woodbury.

Holiday Train Jamboree: Branchline Church will host a Holiday Train Jamboree from 6 to 7:45 PM. This free Community Event will feature Santa and Buddy Elf, mini golf and games, food, and music by Nick Fox and Blake Zak. The Holiday Train will arrive at 8 PM, and all proceeds will benefit Hastings Family Service. Branchline Church is located at 518 2nd Street East, in Hastings.

Suminagashi Paper Marbling: Ffrom 5:30 to 7:30 pm, Farmington Library invites you to learn Suminagashi Paper Marbling. Explore the world of traditional Japanese paper marbling. Use ink floating on water to create unique, whimsical patterns that can be transferred to paper to make stationery and note cards. Presented by the Minnesota Center for Book Arts. Registration is required. The link to register is provided here.

Prescott HS Holidaty Band Concert: The Prescott High School Band will perform its Holiday Concert at 7 PM, at the Prescott Performing Arts Center. Come and hear music of the season performed by students of Prescott High School. For complete details, visit

December 10:

Gratefulness Gathering: Join them to share discussion and practices on living gratefully. The theme for December is "Walking the Path of Transformation: Bringing Healing to a Broken World." All are welcome and gatherings are free. The gathering begins at 6:30 PM and the group will meet at the Pleasant Hill Library in Hastings.

Christmas Twist Line Dance Class: Did you indulge in too much Thanksgiving food? Hastings Community Education invites you to work off some of those calories at a Christmas Twist Line Dance class from 6 to 7 PM, at the Hastings High School. Cost is $12. For more information or to register, call 651-480-7670 or log on to

LeDuc Holiday Social: Friends of LeDuc & Historic Hastings will sponsor a Holiday Social starting at 7 PM, at the LeDuc Historic Estate, 1629 Vermillion Street, Hastings. Gordon Gathright will present a program of holiday music and there will be a social hour consisting of appetizers & desserts after the program. This event is free & open to the public.

Mosaic Sign or Picture Frame Class: Hastings Community Education invites everyone to a Mosaic Sign or Picture Frame class, from 5:30 to 8:30 PM, at the Hastings High School. Cost is $35. For more information or to register, call 651-480-7670 or log on to

Prescott MS Holiday Band Concert: The Prescott Middle School Band will perform its Holiday Concert at 7 PM, at the Prescott Performing Arts Center. Come and hear music of the season performed by students of Prescott Middle School. For complete details, visit

Swing Dance Workshop: Hastings Community Education will host a Swing Dance Workshop, from 7 to 9 PM, at the Hastings High School. Cost is $40 per couple. For more information or to register, call 651-480-7670 or log on to

December 11:

Storytime for 2 to 6-year-olds: Pleasant Hill Libraryís Storytime for 2 to 6-year-olds is scheduled from 10:30 to 11 AM. Read, play, sing, talk and write together with stories and activities to develop early literacy skills for toddlers and preschoolers. Siblings are welcome. Pleasant Hill Library is located at 1490 South Frontage Road, in Hastings.

December 12:

Santa and S'Mores: Visit with Santa, enjoy cocoa & s'mores by the campfire, make a holiday craft, and explore candlelit trails, at Santa and S'mores, from 6 to 7:30 PM, at Camp Spring Lake. Cost is $10 per child. Adult chaperones are required and free to attend. Register online at, at the bottom of the page.

Winter Holiday Party Donations: The St. Paul Park Police Department is accepting toys on behalf of Stone Soup for their Winter Holiday Party. The Police Department is accepting toys that are for anyone under the age of 18, are educational or creative based, and cost around $10-$20. Donations accepted until December 12. Drop off at City Hall, Monday through Friday from 7:30 AM to 4 PM.

Immunization Clinic: Dakota County residents who are uninsured or whose insurance does not cover vaccines can receive flu and other recommended immunizations at upcoming Dakota County Public Health immunization clinics. A walk-in clinic will be held from 4 to 6 PM, at the Dakota County Northern Service Center, 1 Mendota Road, West St. Paul, fourth floor. A donation of $20 for each vaccination is suggested, but people will not be turned away if they cannot donate. Cash and checks are accepted; no credit or debit cards. For more information, call the Immunization Hotline at 952-891-7999.

December 13,14,15: Woodbury Community Theater will present Madeline's Christmas . A magical musical adaptation of Ludwig Bemelman's beloved classic children's tale: In an old house in Paris that was covered with vines lived 12 little girls in two straight lines. This show will be a festive treat for parents and children alike. Kick off the season with this endearing musical for kids of all ages! For more information or to purchase tickets, go to

December 14:

Wreaths Across America: Each year thousands of wreaths, as part of the Wreaths Across America program, are placed on veterans' graves in more than 1,600 national cemeteries, including Fort Snelling. The nationwide remembrance ceremony this year is at 11 AM , all locations. All are invited.

Holiday Cookie & Candy Make-N-Take : Hastings Community Education will host a Holiday Cookie & Candy Make-N-Take class from 9 AM to noon, at the Hastings High School. Cost is $39. For more information or to register, call 651-480-7670 or log on to

Pierce County Shop With A Cop : The 2019 Pierce County Shop With A Cop has been scheduled from 4 to 8 PM. Children from around Pierce County will get the opportunity to go Christmas Shopping with a uniformed officer in a squad car. This year, officers will bring shoppers to Target in Red Wing. The Sheriff's Office is looking for donations to support this cause. 100% of all dollars raised will be spent on the children in Pierce County. If you would like to make a donation please send a check made out to SHOP WITH A COP at the Pierce County Sheriff's Office, 555 West Overlook Drive, Ellsworth WI 54011 Attn: Steve Albarado.

Santa on the Farm: Santa on the Farm is happening again this year at Bremer Farms from 5 to 7 PM. Bremer Farms will be collecting food and cash donations for Hastings Family Service. Santa and Mrs. Claus will be there taking free pictures and everyone that comes will get a gift to take home from the Claus family. The address is 7048 150th St E. Hastings.

Skate With Santa: Celebrate the Christmas season by skating with Santa, including a River Blades Skating School performance, at the Hastings Civic Arena. The performance starts at 6 PM, with skating and pictures with Santa from 7 to 8:15 PM. Donations collected will benefit Hastings Family Service.

Wishbone Ranch Holiday Open House: This Old Horse and the Wishbone Ranch will host a Holiday Open House from 10 AM to 2 PM. Come for the Ugly Sweater Contest, and stay for the camaraderie, and support a great cause. Find complete details on the Open House event page on Facebook.

United Church of Christ of Prescott Cookie and Bake Sale: The United Church of Christ of Prescott will be hosting their annual cookie sale and craft sale from 9 to 11 AM. Come and do your holiday baking the easy way. There will be a great selection of cookies and baked goods. Come early for the best selection. Cost is $7/lb for cookies. The United Church of Christ of Prescott is located at 206 North Locust St. For questions, contact the church at 715-262-5668.

United Church of Christ in Cottage Grove Live Nativity: United Church of Christ in Cottage Grove will host a live nativity from 4 to 6 PM. This family friendly event will have a petting zoo, Christmas carol singing, hot chocolate and cookies, and more. United Church of Christ in Cottage Grove is located at 7008 Lamar Avenue. For questions, call the church at 651-459-1501.

Intro to Sewing: Pleasant Hill Library invites you to an Intro to Sewing session from 1:30 to 2 PM. Come to the Pleasant Hill Library and learn how to sew using the library sewing machines. Registration for this session is now open. Register by visiting the library page at

December 15:

Victorian Holiday Tour: The Dakota County Historical Society will host a Victorian holiday tour from 10 AM to 5 PM, at the LeDuc Historic Estate. Admission for the tours is $7 for adults, $6 for seniors, military and students, and free for DCHS members and children under the age of 5. Visitors will explore Victorian holiday traditions as they tour the decorated LeDuc Estate. Reservations are not required. The LeDuc Historic Estate is located at 1629 Vermillion St.

Council Out & About: Do you want a chance to ask Rosemount City Council members a question or give them your opinions in an informal setting? You've got a chance during this "Council Out & About" event. It will take place at the Ice Arena, at 13885 South Robert Trail, between 1:30 and 3 PM.

December 16:

Senior Center Holiday Party: The Hastings Senior Center Annual Holiday Party will take place at St. Elizabeth Ann Seaton at noon. Come for a delicious Holiday meal catered by Trophy House, music, and door prizes. Cost is $15 for Senior Center members, and $20 for non-members. The deadline to purchase tickets is December 10th.

Storytime for Babies : Pleasant Hill Library will have Storytime for Babies from 10:45 to 11:30 AM. Stories, songs, bounces and playtime make this storytime perfect for children newborn to 24 months and their caregivers. Pleasant Hill Library is located at 1490 South Frontage Road, in Hastings.

December 17:

Afton Budget and Tax Hearing: All are invited to attend Afton's 2020 Budget and Tax Hearing in City Council Chambers, 3033 St. Croix Trail South, starting at 7 PM. The hearing is an opportunity for the public to ask questions and provide feedback regarding the proposed budget. The 2020 Proposed Budget is available for review at City Hall or on the City's website.

December 19:

Winter Party: Stone Soup Thrift Shop, Community United Church of Christ, and the St. Paul Park Police Department invite the children that live in St Paul Park to the 2nd annual winter party at Community United Church of Christ, 1145 Summit Avenue, St. Paul Park. Attendees must register via Eventbrite and be a resident of St Paul Park. The Winter Party is scheduled from 5:30 to 7:30 PM.

Bells of the Bluff : The annual Bells of the Bluff performance is scheduled from 6:30-7:30 PM, at Pleasant Hill Library. Everyone is invited to ring in the Holiday Season by listening to the Bells of the Bluffs handbell ensemble. Stick around after the performance to learn about and try bell playing. Pleasant Hill Library is located at 1490 South Frontage Road, in Hastings.

December 20:

Winter Solstice Bonfire: Celebrate the longest night and the return of the light at Belwin Conservancy's annual winter solstice bonfire. Special guests Ikidowin Youth Theater will treat you to storytelling by firelight. Evening includes night hikes, hot cider, and cookies. Please carpool and bring a chair. $5/car. Belwin Conservancy is located at 1553 Stagecoach Trail S, in Afton.

December 21:

Belwin Night Hike: The Belwin Conservancy invites everyone to a Winter Hike from 6 to 9 PM. Come and celebrate the seasonal changes in the natural world. Vernal Equinox, Summer Solstice, Autumnal Equinox, Winter Solstice, each brings us to a new season, and a new place in our annual trip around the sun. Open to everyone! $10 per person, with a 20 person limit. Wear comfortable layers and be prepared for any weather. Register online at

December 23:

Polar Express Storytime: Join the Park Grove Library at 4:30 PM, as the sky approaches twilight for a special Polar Express storytime. Celebrate winter through songs, stories, games, and special book-related activities. You are encouraged to wear your pajamas and/or train attire to celebrate this iconic story. Registration is not required. All ages are welcome. Park Grove Library is located at 7900 Hemingway Ave, South, in Cottage Grove.

December 24:

Christmas Eve

December 25:

Christmas Day

December 30:

Cottage Grove Job Fair: The The City of Cottage Grove is hosting a Job Fair at River Oaks Golf Course, 11099 Highway 61, from 11 AM to 3 PM. Plenty of positions are available in just about every department and division within the City. Bring your resume, references and job history and they'll have representatives who can talk about the positions available, give you an application and conduct an interview right there on the spot. Applicants/attendees must be 16 years of age or older.

December 31:

New Year's Eve



January 1:

Happy New Year

January 11:

Ice Fishing at Lake Rebecca: The Hastings Parks and Recreation Department invites ice fishers to Ice Fishing at Lake Rebecca Park, 415 Lock & Dam Road from 9 to 11:30 AM. Experience ice fishing, learn about ice safety, fish species and habitat, and ice fishing gear and techniques. Instruction, equipment and bait is provided in partnership with the National Park Service, Carpenter Nature Center, the MnDNR, and In-Depth Outdoors. This event is recommended for all ages, and is free, with registration encouraged. For questions, and to register, contact: or by phone at 651-480-6182.

January 16:

Family Skate Night: Family Skate Night is set for Thursday, January 16th, from 7 to 8:30 PM, at Lions Park, 1001, 5th St. W, Hastings. Music, hot cocoa, bonfire, s'mores and fun with family! Bring your family for a fun night of ice skating. Don't forget your skates! Cost is free.

January 25:

Wrisky Ranch Tack Swap: Wrisky Ranch will hold a tack swap and sale at the old Ptacek's Banquet Center, 1449 Orrin Road, in Prescott. The swap meet and sale will be held from 9 AM to 5 PM, and there is still space for vendors, at $20 per booth. For questions, call 651-324-5406.


February 7:

Trails by Candelight : Dakota County Parks will host a Trails by Candelight Evening from 6 to 9 PM, at Schaar's Bluff. Enjoy Spring Lake Park Reserve by flickering candlelight. Take in the stunning views of the Mississippi River as you enjoy plowed walking trails and groomed cross-country ski trails. Warm up with hot cocoa and crackling bonfires. Cocoa provided. Hot food available for purchase from food trucks. Cost is $8 person, and youth ages 3 and younger free. Purchase tickets online by visiting the Parks page at


Project Share Enrollment: Project Share provides help for the holidays for families and individuals living in ISD 200. Project Share is available for eligible families and single adults by appointment only. Families with minor children may call 651-437-7134 for a registration appointment. Families are strongly encouraged to register early to participate in the Adopt-a-Family program. Adult-only households may call 651-437-7134 for an appointment starting December 2nd.

Lutheran Social Services Companion Volunteer Sign-up: You can support older adults to live healthy, independent lives as a Lutheran Social Services companion. These trained volunteers, age18 and older, visit with older adults to share hobbies, provide transportation, and enjoy conversation together. Along with the satisfaction of helping others, LSS companions also receive a modest stipend, training and mileage reimbursement. To learn more, call Lutheran Social Service of Minnesota 888-205-3770 or email

December 6 and 7:

Afton Village Holiday: Come to an Old-Fashioned Holiday Celebration, at the Afton Village Holiday, Friday, December 6th, and Saturday, December 7th. On Friday experience the Village Holiday Bake Sale, and the Candlelight Family Night, and Saturday is the Activity Family Day. Visit for complete details.

December 7 through 14:

Rivertown Treasures Weekly Sale: The Rivertown Treasures Weekly sale is 50% off Christmas clothing & decor. Some exclusions apply. Rivertown Treasures is the retail outlet of Hastings Family Service at 301 2nd Street East.

December 12 through 19:

Gingerbread House Display and Contest: Pleasant Hill Library will host a Gingerbread House Contest and Display. Enter your own creation or come to enjoy the display and vote for your favorites. Pick up rules and registration forms in advance at the Pleasant Hill Library. Winners will be announced Thursday December 19 after the Bells of the Bluffs concert. Pleasant Hill Library is located at 1490 South Frontage Road, in Hastings.

Through December 13:

Youth Enrichment League: Sign up is now underway for Hastings Community Education's Youth Enrichment League, for students in grades 1 through 5. A Friday session begins on November 1st, and runs through December 13th, 2:40 to 3:40 PM, at SEAS School, and a Monday session begins November 4th, and runs through December 9th, 2:35 to 3:35 PM, at Pinecrest Elementary School, room 22. Cost for each is $85. For more information or to register, call 651-480-7670 or log on to

DCHS Board of Trustees Sign Up: The Dakota County Historical Society, founded in 1939 to preserve, interpret and promote the history of Dakota County, seeks applicants interested in joining the organization's Board of Trustees. Interested applicants should fill out a statement of interest form and return it to the Lawshe Memorial Museum at 130 3rd Avenue N, South St. Paul, MM, 55075, by Friday, Dec. 13. Forms can be found online at, or by contacting the museum by phone at 651-552-7548, or via email at

Through December 14:

Learn to Skate: On Saturdays, children aged 3 to 7 years old are invited to Learn to Skate at the Hastings Civic Arena. Four classes will run from 10 to 11:30 AM, and cost is $150. For more information or to register, call 651-480-7670 or log on to

Mondays Through December 16:

POUND! Rockout Workout: Everyone 10 years old and older are invited to join Hastings Community Education for POUND Rockout Workout, from 6 to 7 PM, at the Kennedy Gym. Cost is $42. For more information or to register, call 651-480-7670 or log on to

Mondays Through December 22:

Bright Lights Art Exhibit: The final exhibit of the season will take place at the Orange Dragon Art Gallery with the installation of their Bright Lights Exhibit that includes an Artist Reception on November 1st from 5 to 7:30 pm. Many handcrafted, local items will be on hand for holiday giving or for just treating your home to some quality items made by local artists and craftspeople. This last exhibit of 2019 will be held from October 30th through December 22. The Orange Dragon Art Gallery is located at 122 Orange Street in Downtown Prescott. Find them online at or call 715-262-4122.

Fridays Through January 3:

Children's Equestrian Club: Hastings Community Education will host an Equestrian Club for children, aged 4 to 18 years old. The club will meet from 6 to 7:30 PM at Cornerstone on the Vermillion. Cost is $240. For more information or to register, call 651-480-7670 or log on to


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.

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.

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


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