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SEPTEMBER

Sept-Dec:

MNsure Computer Lab Assistant : Volunteers help clients walk through the MNsure application process. We see between 7 - 15 clients per day. Each application process varies in its complexity depending on the household composition, sources of income, and so forth so each application ranges in time from 30 minutes to well over an hour. Also make appropriate referrals to other areas of Community Services. Contact the County Volunteer Coordinator at garrett.zaffke@co.dakota.mn.us

September-Dec:

Neighbor to Neighbor Companions: Neighbor to Neighbor Companions is a bridge to a fuller, more active life for older adults who want to live at home, stay healthy, and remain as independent as possible. Our dedicated companions offer assistance with daily activities and appointments, a link to the community, and an opportunity for meaningful friendship. This innovative new service is now available in both rural and metro areas across the state, including in Brainerd, Mankato, Rochester, St. Cloud and the Twin Cities.

Contact the County Volunteer Coordinator at garrett.zaffke@co.dakota.mn.us

September 9-29:

Lebanon Hills Acorn Hunt: We are collecting acorns from Bur and White Oak trees to plant within the savanna restoration north of Jensen Lake. Lebanon Hills is home to hundreds of healthy Oak trees, and the entire park is fair game. Please sign in at the Visitor Center front desk before you go out and to drop off collected acorns. The planting will be a child friendly volunteer event as we celebrate National Public Lands Day on September 30th. Contact the County Volunteer Coordinator at garrett.zaffke@co.dakota.mn.us

September 18-22:

Frandsen Bank supports Lewis House: The Hastings branch of Frandsen Bank and Trust, located at 1309 Vermillion Street, will be accepting donations for Lewis House, a safe haven for women and children who have experienced domestic violence. Most needed items include:pajamas, personal care items, diapers size 4 and up, gift cards for Gas and local retail stores, bath towels and wash cloths, twin sheets and comforters and household kitchen items. Donations will be gathered during this weeklong effort and Friday will feature several special guests who will set in the dunk tank including 1-1:30 Mike Bremer from Take a Hike Mike, 1:35-2:05, Pastor John Zimpleman,St. Johns Lutheran church, 2:10- 2:40 Tom Reinardy from Spiral Pizza, 2:45 to 3:15 Mike Slavik Dakota county Commissioner, and 3:20-4PM Dave Pemble, a candidate for School Board.accepting donations to see them dunked.

September 19:

One-on-One Job Skills Assistance: Drop in to talk with a Workforce Specialist for help with: job searching, résumés, cover letters, and interviewing skills. Held from 10:00 AM-noon at the Pleasant Hill Library.

September 19:

River Valley Band Practice: The River Valley Band is a community band sponsored by the Hastings Prescott Area Arts Council. Membership in the band is open to musicians in Hastings MN, Prescott WI, and surrounding communities. Rehearsals are held on Tuesday evenings from 7:00 - 9:00 p.m. at Hastings High School under the direction of Rufino Ochoada. The group, now in it's 7th year has a membership of approximately 45 musicians of all ages. The weekly rehearsal prepares the ensemble for 4-6 concerts held in the community through the year that follows the school schedule from September to May. Membership dues are just $70.00 per year for singles and families, and free for students and those who determine dues would be a hardship. Connections with instruments can also be found through the group if you no longer have one to play. Rehearsal is held in the Hastings High School band room. Find them on Facebook @rivervalleyband. For more information contact President Allen Saunders,by phone at 651-226-2912 or by email at allennsaunders@gmail.com

September 20:

Seedsters Seed Collection Night: Lend a hand in your national park, the Mississippi National River and Recreation Area! Mississippi Park Connection, in partnership with the National Park Service and Dakota County, will be collecting seed from remnant prairie in Spring Lake Park. This seed will then be stored over winter and used as a part of our Seedster Program next spring. Join us for collecting seed, stay in touch over the winter to learn how you can create a greenhouse at home to grow the seed. We will bring all seedlings back out to the same prairie in spring 2018. We will provide gloves and all necessary tools and equipment. Come out and help us plant for the future. Contact the County Volunteer Coordinator at garrett.zaffke@co.dakota.mn.us

September 20:

District 200 School Board Public Meeting: The School board will review the approval given by the state for the referendum proposed for the Novemember 7 ballot.

September 20:

Cover Letters, Email and Thank You Notes:Cover letters and thank you notes are important parts of the job search puzzle. Learn what you really need to include to get the employer’s attention, the difference between a mailed and an emailed letter or note, when and how to follow-up, and proper email etiquette to effectively communicate with employers. Taught by Dakota County WorkForce Center staff. Registration is required. Held from 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM at the Pleasant Hill Library

September 22:

Youth Impact Council Meeting: The Youth Impact Council is a student organization associated with Hastings High School that provides leadership training and service opportunities for high school students. Monthly meetings will be held on September 22nd, October 13th, and November 17th this fall, continuing after the holiday break once per month until May. Projects and activities are discussed as a group and implemented based on student interest and community requests. Sara Lawrence is the project lead. Connect with her at 651-480-7673.

September 21-24:

Friends of the Library Book Sale: Dont' miss the opportunity to support your local library and get great deals on gently used library materials. Friends of the Pleasant Hill Library Book Sale . Starting out on Thursday evening, a Members only preview sale will be held from 5-7 PM. Then the public is welcome to come on Friday and Saturday, Sept. 22 and 23 from 10:00 AM - 4:30 PM .The sale ends on Sunday, Sept. 24 with a last chance sale from 1-3 PM. Held at the Pleasant Hill Library, Hastings.

September 23 and 24:

Chair-ish Exhibit at Afton Museum:Chair-ish the Afton Museum 2017 at Art in the Park September 23rd and 24th. You are invited to visit the charming St. Croix River town of Afton for the 39th Annual two day outdoor fine arts and traditional craft fair. Art in the Park takes place in Aftons quaint Town Square Park and features over 90 vendors showcasing fine arts, pottery, woodwork, jewelry, photography, sculpture, fiber, plus great food and 2 days of live music. And don’t forget to enjoy the Wine and Beer garden, and Adirondack Chair Auction.

September 23:

HHS Class of 77 Reunion:The Hastings High School class of 1977 is holding a class reunion on Saturday, September 23rd at the Emerald Greens Golf Course. Reunion organizer Mary Fasbender asks for all classmates of 1977 to contact her for complete details by calling 651-437-6942, or by email at mdkhair@comcast.net.

September 24:

Minnesota Sings State Final: Two winners from cities throughout the state will compete for thousands in prizes at the 4th annual Minnesota Sings Amateur Vocal competition held in St. Paul. This day-long event features professional judges who choose the top voices from a selection of nearly 60 young voices ages 15-25. Held at the Metro East Hotel, 2201 Burns Avenue off McKnight and Hwy 1-94 in St. Paul. Doors open at 8:30 am. Held in the McKnight Ballroom. Admission is $10.00 for the entire day. Evening Finals begin at 7 PM.Find out more at www.minnesotasings.com.

September 25:

Dakota County Fall Volunteer Resources Fair: Come find your passions and interests close to home for individual, family, and group volunteering. Join us at the Wescott Library in Eagan on Sept. 25th from 3-5pm for our annual Fall Volunteer Resource Fair. We will be showcasing more than 18 different organizations in and around Dakota County who will be offering many exciting and unique opportunities including natural resource management, event assistance and support, internships, office support, history interpretation, working with seniors and children and much more. The event is free and open to the public. Contact the County Volunteer Coordinator at garrett.zaffke@co.dakota.mn.us

September 26:

Virtual Reality Games:Download free VR games onto your smartphone and use our viewers to bring them to life. A limited number of extra iPods are available to use. Registration is required.Registration begins 9/12/2017 at 10:00 AM. For youth Ages: 10-16. Held between 4:00 PM - 5:30 PM at the Pleasant Hill Library.

September 26:

Flu Shot Clinic:A Flu Shot Clinic will be held at the Hastings Senior Center on Tuesday, September 26th from 1:00 - 2:30 p.m. Please bring your Medicare and insurance cards and wear short sleeves. There is no appointment necessary.

September 26:

River Valley Band Practice: The River Valley Band is a community band sponsored by the Hastings Prescott Area Arts Council. Membership in the band is open to musicians in Hastings MN, Prescott WI, and surrounding communities. Rehearsals are held on Tuesday evenings from 7:00 - 9:00 p.m. at Hastings High School under the direction of Rufino Ochoada. The group, now in it's 7th year has a membership of approximately 45 musicians of all ages. The weekly rehearsal prepares the ensemble for 4-6 concerts held in the community through the year that follows the school schedule from September to May. Membership dues are just $70.00 per year for singles and families, and free for students and those who determine dues would be a hardship. Connections with instruments can also be found through the group if you no longer have one to play. Rehearsal is held in the Hastings High School band room. Find them on Facebook @rivervalleyband. For more information contact President Allen Saunders,by phone at 651-226-2912 or by email at allennsaunders@gmail.com

September 30:

HHS Class of 82 ReunionDave Beskau is hosting a class reunion for the Hastings High School Class of 1982 at his residence, 19500 Goodwin Avenue, in Hastings, on Saturday, September 30th, starting at 5:30 PM. The Beskaus will provide burgers and brats, music, and a cash bar. Freewill donations will be accepted to cover the cost of food and music. RSVPs can be forwarded to Jeanne Judge Kassel at 612-834-8462, or Dave Beskau at 612-245-6019.

September 30:

Prescott Hall of Fame Banquet: Prescott Hall of Fame Tickets are now on sale. the event will be held on Saturday, September 30th in the Prescott High School commons area. Dallas Eggers and 2005 Alumnus Brady Behrendt will be this year's recipients. Tickets are now on sale in the High School Office, Ptacek’s IGA and The Twisted Oak in downtown Prescott.The 2017 inductees are retired teacher and long time community volunteer, Dallas Eggers; and 2005 Prescott High School Alumnus and Air Force Academy Graduate, Brady Behrendt. Eggers will be inducted based on an outstanding record of service to the community of Prescott and Behrendt for exemplary achievement during and beyond high school graduation.On Friday, September 29th both inductees will be introduced during halftime of the football game between Prescott and Baldwin-Woodville.The Saturday banquet will be held in the high school commons area and will begin with a meet and greet at 6:00 pm. Dinner, catered by Ptacek’s, will be served at 6:45 with the induction program beginning at 7:30 pm. Music will be provided by a Prescott High School jazz ensemble and the dinner will be served by the Prescott Student Council. Ticket prices are $20.

September 30:

Eagles Memorial Golf Scramble:The Spiral Bridge Aerie and Auxiliary of the Fraternal Order of Eagles will host its 1st annual Eagles Memorial Golf Scramble on Saturday, September 30th at the Hidden Greens Golf Course. The 4-person Scramble will begin at 9AM and the $40 per person registration fee includes a 9-hole game, cart, lunch, prizes and a free drink. A trivia question will be asked at each hole regarding deceased members of the Aerie. Proceeds of the event will be used to purchase and install memorial plaques of members that have passed away. Registrations are being accepted at the Eagles Club, 1220 Vermillion Street, in Hastings.

September 30:

Master Water Stewards (Registration closes Oct. 1st): The Vermillion River Watershed Joint Powers Organization (VRWJPO) invites residents to become Master Water Stewards. Stewards are certified by participating in a broad training curriculum led by experts in the fields of hydrology, storm water management, water policy, community-based social marketing, landscape assessment, and installation of clean water practices. The cost to enroll in the MWS program in the Vermillion River Watershed is $125 per person, which covers course fees and field trips. The cost will be reimbursed by the county to participants upon certification as a Master Water Steward. Contact the County Volunteer Coordinator at garrett.zaffke@co.dakota.mn.us

September 30:

National Public Lands Day: Give a little love to your local park. This fun, hands-on, family-friendly event will give you opportunity to participate and learn about stewardship and natural resource restoration through park improvement projects. All ages and abilities are welcome. We will offer both kid-friendly activities as well as adult activities. Admission and parking is free and a thank you lunch will be provided afterwards. Contact the County Volunteer Coordinator at garrett.zaffke@co.dakota.mn.us

OCTOBER

October1:

Day on the Dairy Farm: A local dairy farm will host a family fun event on Sunday, October 1st. The Square Deal Dairy is owned by a family with a history of 5 generations of dairy farmers who are hosting a promotion event on their modern dairy farm. Day on the Dairy is a free event that will be held from 1:00 pm until 5:00 pm. Farm tours, dairy treats, kids activities,a Princess Kay meet and greet, and more will be part of the afternoon on the farm. Last year they were selected as the Producers of the Year by the Minnesota Milk Producers Association. The 1,500 acre farm is home to 450 cows and is located just south of Hampton.

October 1:

OSEL Concert: Our Saviour’s Evangelical Lutheran Church will celebrate the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation and showcase enhancements made to their Holtkamp Memorial Organ at a special concert on Sunday, October 1st, at 7PM. The concert will feature Dr. John Ferguson, Professor Emeritus of Music at St. Olaf College in Northfield, and the OSEL Chancel choir. The concert will be followed by a reception. This event is free and open to the public. Our Saviour’s Evangelical Lutheran Church is located at 400 W 9th Street in Hastings.

October 3:

River Valley Band Practice: The River Valley Band is a community band sponsored by the Hastings Prescott Area Arts Council. Membership in the band is open to musicians in Hastings MN, Prescott WI, and surrounding communities. Rehearsals are held on Tuesday evenings from 7:00 - 9:00 p.m. at Hastings High School under the direction of Rufino Ochoada. The group, now in it's 7th year has a membership of approximately 45 musicians of all ages. The weekly rehearsal prepares the ensemble for 4-6 concerts held in the community through the year that follows the school schedule from September to May. Membership dues are just $70.00 per year for singles and families, and free for students and those who determine dues would be a hardship. Connections with instruments can also be found through the group if you no longer have one to play. Rehearsal is held in the Hastings High School band room. Find them on Facebook @rivervalleyband. For more information contact President Allen Saunders,by phone at 651-226-2912 or by email at allennsaunders@gmail.com

October 6:

Tennessee Whiskey Tasting at the LeDuc: William Leduc travelled extensively, and during the Civil War spent time in this distillery-rich area. The evening's program focuses on distillation methods, used in both Tennessee Whiskey as well as other fine whiskies. Live music will accompany the interpretive program. 5 drams will be served and paired with the wonderful food for the LeDuc Kitchen. Seating is limited. Call for reservations. Cost is $40 or $35 for Members. Begins at 7 PM.

October 7:

Barrels and Bacon Event: The Prescott based Barrels and Bacon competition event will take place on October 7th at the Old Ptaceks building. Organizers plan to feature 160 specialty brews and a few hundred pounds of thick sliced bacon. Competitors vie for the Huge Wrestlemania type Award belt that is given to the cooks responsible for the top barbequed ribs slathered in secret sauces cooking away in smokers, grills and kettles out in the parking lot and judged by a panel of experts. Tickets are available now on their social media page.

October 7:

HHS Alumni Association Annual Banquet: The Hastings High School Alumni Association will hold its annual banquet and meeting Saturday, Oct. 7, at the Onion Grille in downtown Hastings. The Hastings High School Alumni Association is the oldest continuous alumni group in the country. The evening begins at 5:30 pm with registration followed by a roast beef and chicken dinner, short business meeting, and recognition of the Alumna of the Year. Cost is $30. For reservations, call Anne at 651-592--2725.

October 10:

River Valley Band Practice: The River Valley Band is a community band sponsored by the Hastings Prescott Area Arts Council. Membership in the band is open to musicians in Hastings MN, Prescott WI, and surrounding communities. Rehearsals are held on Tuesday evenings from 7:00 - 9:00 p.m. at Hastings High School under the direction of Rufino Ochoada. The group, now in it's 7th year has a membership of approximately 45 musicians of all ages. The weekly rehearsal prepares the ensemble for 4-6 concerts held in the community through the year that follows the school schedule from September to May. Membership dues are just $70.00 per year for singles and families, and free for students and those who determine dues would be a hardship. Connections with instruments can also be found through the group if you no longer have one to play. Rehearsal is held in the Hastings High School band room. Find them on Facebook @rivervalleyband. For more information contact President Allen Saunders,by phone at 651-226-2912 or by email at allennsaunders@gmail.com

October 13:

Youth Impact Council Meeting: The Youth Impact Council is a student organization associated with Hastings High School that provides leadership training and service opportunities for high school students. Monthly meetings will be held on September 22nd, October 13th, and November 17th this fall, continuing after the holiday break once per month until May. Projects and activities are discussed as a group and implemented based on student interest and community requests. Sara Lawrence is the project lead. Connect with her at 651-480-7673.

October 14:

Public Safety Training Exercise: The Dakota County Exercise Design Team is looking for volunteers to participate as role-players in a large, public safety training exercise being held on October 14th, 2017. The purpose of this exercise is to provide a valuable training experience to law enforcement professionals from all agencies within Dakota County. Participants in this exercise will serve as mock civilians that will be utilized as participants of a community protest that will be met by local law enforcement teams and either rescued or escorted out of the area. Contact the County Volunteer Coordinator at garrett.zaffke@co.dakota.mn.us

October 17:

River Valley Band Practice: The River Valley Band is a community band sponsored by the Hastings Prescott Area Arts Council. Membership in the band is open to musicians in Hastings MN, Prescott WI, and surrounding communities. Rehearsals are held on Tuesday evenings from 7:00 - 9:00 p.m. at Hastings High School under the direction of Rufino Ochoada. The group, now in it's 7th year has a membership of approximately 45 musicians of all ages. The weekly rehearsal prepares the ensemble for 4-6 concerts held in the community through the year that follows the school schedule from September to May. Membership dues are just $70.00 per year for singles and families, and free for students and those who determine dues would be a hardship. Connections with instruments can also be found through the group if you no longer have one to play. Rehearsal is held in the Hastings High School band room. Find them on Facebook @rivervalleyband. For more information contact President Allen Saunders,by phone at 651-226-2912 or by email at allennsaunders@gmail.com

October 21:

LeDuc Harvest Event:As the harvest time for gardens come to a close, the LeDuc Historic Estate will take time to celebrate the peak of autumn, time of crackling fires, and the coming of fresh apple cider. They will host a family-fun event on Saturday, October 21st from 5-7:30 pm featuring s’mores, scary stories, our apple cider press and other seasonal entertainment at the site located at 1629 Vermillion Street. On Sunday night, Candlelight tours through the house between 7 and 10 pm. Regular tour costs apply: $7 for Adults, $6 for Seniors & Active Military, $5 for Students. Reservations are not necessary, unless coming with a tour of 10 or more. Contact the LeDuc Historic Estate for more information. 651-438-8480.

October 24:

River Valley Band Practice: The River Valley Band is a community band sponsored by the Hastings Prescott Area Arts Council. Membership in the band is open to musicians in Hastings MN, Prescott WI, and surrounding communities. Rehearsals are held on Tuesday evenings from 7:00 - 9:00 p.m. at Hastings High School under the direction of Rufino Ochoada. The group, now in it's 7th year has a membership of approximately 45 musicians of all ages. The weekly rehearsal prepares the ensemble for 4-6 concerts held in the community through the year that follows the school schedule from September to May. Membership dues are just $70.00 per year for singles and families, and free for students and those who determine dues would be a hardship. Connections with instruments can also be found through the group if you no longer have one to play. The first rehearsal for the new season is scheduled for Tuesday, Sept. 12 at 7:00pm in the Hastings High School band room. Find them on Facebook @rivervalleyband. For more information contact President Allen Saunders,by phone at 651-226-2912 or by email at allennsaunders@gmail.com

October 27:

Community Halloween Party: Held at the Hastings High School. Open to all area children. Volunteers are encouraged to help put on this fun filled, safe event with food, treats, games, a spooky trail, live HCTV interviews and so much more. Organizers include Hastings YMCA, Hastings Community Education, Hastings Parks and Recreation and youth organizations from HHS. Free. Begins at 5:30 pm.

NOVEMBER

November 7:

Election Day Local Schoolboard elections will take place beginning at 7 am. Check city website for a complete list of polling places. Polls close at 8 PM.

November 16:

Senior Center Thanksgiving DinnerThe Thanksgiving Dinner for the Hastings Area Senior Center will be held at noon on Thursday, November 16th at the Tilden Community Center. Cost for members is 9 dollars each and 11 dollars for non- members. The meal will be catered by Ptaceks IGA. Sign up in the welcome center until Monday, November 13th.

November 17:

Youth Impact Council Meeting: The Youth Impact Council is a student organization associated with Hastings High School that provides leadership training and service opportunities for high school students. Monthly meetings will be held on September 22nd, October 13th, and November 17th this fall, continuing after the holiday break once per month until May. Projects and activities are discussed as a group and implemented based on student interest and community requests. Sara Lawrence is the project lead. Connect with her at 651-480-7673.

DECEMBER

December 18:

Senior Center Holiday Party:A Holiday Party for the Hastings Area Senior Center will take place at SEAS Church on Monday, December 18th at Noon. The cost for Senior Center Members is 15 dollars per meal and 20 dollars for non-members. Tickets must be purchased by December 13th in the Welcome center. Entertainment will be provided by the Riverside Duo. The meal will be catered by the Trophy House.

 

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