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September 23:

Navigating the College Experience: Hastings Community Education will host a virtual session of Navigating the College Experience, from 6:30 to 8 PM. Cost is $5. For more information or to register, call 651-480-7670 or log on to

September 24:

Explore A Park: Hastings ECFE invites children up to age 7, with caregivers, to Explore A Park. Class meets for circle time, reading, play, and chats. Please be sure to dress comfortably for the weather. Parents please note a mask is optional, families will be asked to keep physically distant. In case of rain, the makeup date will be Oct 29. For more information or to register, call 651-480-7670 or log on to

Dice Game Tenzi: Fun, Friends & Fitness will host Dice Game Tenzi, from 6:30 to 7:30 PM online. Fun, Friends and Fitness activities are presented in partnership with the Hastings Community Education Disabilities Program and the Hastings Sharks for persons 14 and over. For more information or to register, call 651-480-7670 or log on to

Through September 26:

RTT Friday/Saturday Sidewalk Sale: Rivertown Treasures is proud to announce Friday and Saturday sidewalk sales for the month of September. From 10 AM to 4 PM, weather permitting, come to Rivertown Treasures, 311 2nd Street East, for great selections and great deals. Please note that the building will not be open to the public. All sales benefit Hastings Family Service.

September 26:

WiggleFest: Minnesota Boxer Rescue of Woodbury will host the 2020 WiggleFest, from 11 AM to 3 PM. The day will include a silent auction and raffles, vendors, food trucks, everyone's favorite Boxer kissing booth, and more. The event will be held at Thompson Park, 360 Butler Ave E., in West Saint Paul.

Fourth Annual Writers Festival and Book Fair: The Rosemount Area Arts Council announces a rescheduled Fourth Annual Writers Festival and Book Fair from 9 AM to 4:30 PM, at the Steeple Center, 14375 Robert Trail, in Rosemount. Join author Timothy McDonnell and others for a day-long expo of all things literary. Visit the event page on Facebook for complete details as they become available.

Matt Van Horn Memorial Cornhole Fundraiser: The Park Place Sports Bar, 200 Broadway Avenue, in St. Paul Park, will host a Matt Van Horn Memorial Cornhole Fundraiser, starting at noon. The annual cornhole double elimination tournament fundraiser for Park Wrestling is a $40 entry fee up to 64 two person teams. The afternoon also includes drink specials, and meat and other raffles.

United Heroes League Virtual Camo Gala: Join the United Heroes League online for their annual Camo Gala, which is heading to the United Heroes League Headquarters in Hastings, starting at 6 PM. This year's Camo Gala will be taking place at their newly-created obstacle course, the "Heroes Course". The Gala will feature a cocktail hour with tours of the course, seated dinner, sports memorabilia auction, celebrity guests, awards presentation, and an intimate private concert. The event will be broadcast online with Facebook Live. Find the link by visiting the United Heroes League on Facebook.

September 26 and 27:

Afton Art in the Park: The Afton Area Business Association has announced Afton Art in the Park. Starting at 10 AM on Saturday, and 11:30 AM on Sunday, the 42nd annual two-day outdoor local arts fair takes place in Afton's quaint, Town Square Park and features fine arts, pottery, woodwork, jewelry, photography, sculpture, fiber, plus great food and live music!

September 27:

HPAAC Virtual Gala: The HPAAC 8th Annual Gala will be held virtually this year, on Sunday, September 27th. No tickets are required, but check out the link provided herefor more information on auction items and sponsorship opportunities. Funds raised at the annual gala are used to assist local groups, while also assisting in scholarships for youth and adults music lessons and participation in formal groups. HPAAC has given funds in the past to the YMCA, Hastings Schools and Community Ed, Our Saviour's Lutheran Church and Hastings Family Service to provide summer programs for Hastings youth.

IDEA March for Equality: IDEA Hastings will hold a peaceful March for Equality, from 5 to 7 PM, starting at City Hall. The march will move through the Downtown area, and all are welcome to attend.

September 29:

Amazing Fall Leaf Hunt: A Nature Exploration, Amazing Fall Leaf Hunt, for children ages 3 through 7, with an adult, is scheduled from 6-7 pm on the Tilden Playground. Instructors Anna Tlougan and Debbie Fleming invite participants to go on a nature walk and scavenger hunt with your child and play outside on the playground equipment, and participate in a physically distanced conversation with your instructors. Parents please note a mask is optional, families will be asked to keep physically distant. In case of rain, the make up date will be Oct 13. Fee is $10. For more information or to register, call 651-480-7670 or log on to

September 30:

Storytime In The Park: Hastings Parks and Recreation will host Storytime in the Park at the Rotary Pavilion in Levee Park, from 6 to 6:45 PM. Enjoy big book stories, music, & socially distanced activities all about animals! Storytime is designed for ages 10 & under. Storytime in the Park is led by Parks and Recreation Staff. Kids must be accompanied by a caregiver.

Dakota County Board of Commissioners District 3 Virtual Candidate Forum: The Dakota County Chapter of the League of Women's Voters will host a virtual candidate forum for candidates for the Dakota County Board of Commissioners District 3, starting at 7 PM. This will be a virtual forum and it will be broadcast on community television and online.


October 1:

Farmington Fire Department Community Blood Drive: The Farmington Fire Department is hosting its annual community blood drive at Fire Station No. 1, 21625 Denmark Avenue, from 1 to 7 PM. Please call 1-800-733-2767 or visit, and enter "Farmington Fire" to schedule an appointment.

October 3:

PFD Drive-Thru Chicken Dinner: The Prescott Fire Department will host a Drive-Thru Chicken Dinner starting at 11 AM. In addition to meals, sign up for a 50-/50 and gun raffle, and there will be treats for the kids. Kid's meals are $5, and regular meals are $10, and all proceeds will be used for firefighter gear and equipment. The fire hall is located at 260 Flora Street South.

Birth Preparation Class: Regina Hospital in Hastings will host a Birth Preparation Class, starting at 9 AM. This class is recommended for anyone who is expecting a child and their support person(s) that are delivering at Regina Hospital Family Birthing Center. It is best to attend this class at the end of the second trimester through the middle of third trimester. It is encouraged that you wear comfortable, casual clothing. This 6 hour class is held at the Family Birthing Center at Regina Hospital. Breakfast, lunch, and breaks will be provided. Please call the Family Birthing Center at 651-404-1200 to register for this free class.

October 6:

Hastings Area Grief Support Group: The Hastings Area Grief Support Group provides a caring environment for mutual support and education for those grieving the death of a significant person. In a respectful Christian atmosphere, this welcomes all people with opportunities to understand and express their own grief experience. The next meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, October 6th at 6 PM. Meetings are free of charge. For questions and location info, contact Dick and Donna Mathiowetz, at 651-983-0135.

Coffee and Conversations: The Prescott Area Chamber of Commerce will host is bi-monthly Coffee & Conversations, starting at 7:30 AM, at the Twisted Oak Coffee House, 202 Broad Street North. Members are invited to attend and share what is going on with your business. Coffee will be provided by Twisted Oak.

October 8:

Save Money with Extreme Couponing: Hastings Community Education will host a virtual session of how to Save Money with Extreme Couponing, from 5 to 6 PM. Cost is $20. For more information or to register, call 651-480-7670 or log on to

Afton State Park Afternoon Hike: Bridging Hearts, an organization connecting isolated and lonely young adults with learning disabilities, autism, and mild developmental delays, is hosting an afternoon hike at Afton State Park, from 3 to 6 PM. The event is a bring your own snacks and dinner. Afton State Park is located at 6959 Peller Ave S, Hastings, next to Afton Alps.

October 9:

Fairy Wonderland Trivia Night: Come join Healing Play for a fun night of Trivia at their 3rd Annual Trivia Event, at the Old Ptacek's Event Center, 1449 Orrin Road, in Prescott. All proceeds will go toward building Fairy Wonderland Park! Doors open at 5 PM to view and start bidding on the Silent Auction Items. A taco bar will included with your ticket and will be available from 5:00 to 6:30. They will have a live auction for the VIP table and then Trivia will start at 6:30 pm. Register online only. No tickets will be sold at the door. A link to register is provided here.

October 10:

Car Show Trunk Or Treat: Nate's Community Garage, located at 1717 N Highway 20, in Cannon Falls, will host a Car Show Trunk Or Treat and Family Day, starting at 11 AM. This will be a family fun filled day, with Bingo for cash and prizes, and a fantastic DJ to play all the favorites. Nate's Community Garage is a new 501(c)(3) nonprofit in Minnesota which will serve those who live in Dakota, Goodhue or Rice counties. We will serve those who fall below the poverty lines as well as any Veteran, which will ensure that they receive repairs to their vehicle, which otherwise might not be affordable. For more info, see the event page on Facebook.

StarWatch Party: The Learning Center at Freedom Park, 200 Monroe Street, in Prescott, welcomes WCCO Meteorologist Mike Lynch for another StarWatch Party at the Park, from 7 to 9 PM. Complete details for this free event can be found by visiting the link provided here.

October 11:

Stone Soup Fall Virtual Fashion Show: Stone Soup Thrift Store announces their Fall Virtual Fashion Show that will be streamlined from Stone Soup on Facebook Live, starting at 3PM. This fundraising event will be offering an online silent auction as well as a Facebook live video of the models. Stone Soup hopes to raise funds that will help them to continue to offer programs that provide support for the local community and community organizations. Tickets are available at the link provided here.

October 19:

Crisp Days of Fall All Handmade Craft Show: The Crisp Days of Fall All Handmade Craft Show is scheduled from 10 AM to 3 PM, at the VFW Red Barn, 9260 East Point Douglas Road, in Cottage Grove. Come, sip, shop, eat, and enjoy a day out with friends. Admission and parking are free of charge, and the event is family friendly.

October 25:

Houses for Haiti Bowling Tournament and Silent Auction/Raffle: Houses for Haiti will be hosting its 13th Annual Bowling Tournament and Silent Auction/Raffle, at the Concord Lanes, 365 Concord Exchange, South St. Paul starting at noon. Due to COVID restrictions, there will only be 2 games this year. Houses for Haiti is raising money to build houses for homeless people in Cite Soleil, Haiti, the poorest slum in the Western Hemisphere, and to send 10 children to school.

October 27:

Breastfeeding and Lactation Basics: Regina Hospital in Hastings will host a Breastfeeding and Lactation Basics class, starting at 6:30 PM. This class is for anyone who is interested in breastfeeding and learning about lactation basics. It is encouraged that your support person(s) attend. This class is best taken during the second half of pregnancy. Classes are held at the Family Birthing Center at Regina Hospital. Please call the Family Birthing Center at 651-404-1200 to register for this free class.


November 14:

Fall Vendor & Craft Fair: The 3rd Annual Fall Vendor & Craft Fair is scheduled from 9 AM to 4 PM, at the Country Inn, 300 33rd Street West, in Hastings. Over 30 vendors will be spaced out for you to safely shop. Face masks are required and available for purchase. Hand sanitizer will also be available for your use. A link to the event is provided here.


Harbor Church Alpha Project: Harbor Church of Hastings has adapted their Alpha program for this fall. "Alpha In a Box" will combine watch parties, virtual sessions, and in-person sessions at the church. The Alpha program enables those with questions about Christianity, the Bible, and religion to find the answers they seek. For complete program details and to register, visit

Through Summer:

Dragons: Return of the Ice Sorceress: The Prescott Public Library invites scientists of all ages to visit the Library's website for "Dragons: Return of the Ice Sorceress", starting on June 17th and running all summer long. Explore the exciting science of solids, liquids and gases as Science Tellers conduct amazing experiments with dry ice. Discover just how "cool" matter can be. A link to the program is provided here.

Geocaching: Dakota County reminds residents that the County Parks system has an active geocaching program. Geocaching is a high-tech treasure hunting game played throughout the world using Global Positioning System (GPS) devices. Geocaches found within Dakota County Parks have a maximum size of 12 inches x 6 inches x 8 inches. Check out to find coordinates for cache locations throughout Dakota County Parks. Once you have the coordinates for a cache, visit the park and try to find the cache using your GPS. Find more information of the parks page of

Hammocking: An excellent way to enjoy the summer weather and observe social distancing directives is to take up the hobby of hammocking. The Dakota County Park system encourages the proper use of hammocks in all of the county parks and open spaces. For complete details and guidelines, visit the link provided here.

Hastings Youth Impact Council: The Hastings Youth Impact Council (YIC) is a Hastings High School student organization that provides leadership training and service opportunities for high school students. Participants have a chance to serve both in the school and the community. Projects and activities are brought to the group based on student interest and community requests. Monthly meetings are held before school and additional committee meetings are scheduled throughout the year. For more information, contact Paige Marschall Bigler at 651-480-6182, or Phil Vargas at 651-480-6181.

Page Turner Adventures: The Prescott Public Library invites readers to visit their special password protected Summer Library Program page for Page Turner Adventures every day. A new video will be posted each day, Monday through Friday, featuring comedy theater, crafts, games, author visits, special guests, and more. The password to access the videos will be available starting June 15th, at

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.

Camp Invention Connect At-Home : District 196 Community Education invites students in grades K through 6 to try out the Camp Invention Connect At-Home program. Let your imaginations soar! Receive four exciting activity kits packed full of materials to get outside and be active. Explore concepts of flight, tackle environmental challenges, build the ultimate sports complex, design the next great invention and gain confidence as innovators and entrepreneurs! This flexible program reinvents distance learning, it can be screen-free and self-led, or it can be enhanced through online collaboration sessions with coaches and fellow participants. Visit or call 800-968-4332 to register.

Stone Soup Summer Activity Challenge: Stone Soup Thrift Shop, in St. Paul Park, is hosting a Summer Activity Challenge for children aged 5 to 14. There are weekly check-ins at Stone Soup Thrift Shop along with weekly giveaways! Complete as many of the daily activities each week and the kids with the most activities will be entered to win a prize including a chance at winning a brand new bicycle! The more activities that are completed, the more of a chance to qualify. For complete details and to register, email

October 1 Through November 5:

Dakota County Master Recycler and Composter Program: Dakota County has announced that the Master Recycler and Composter program, a course on waste reduction, recycling and composting, will be offered in-person this fall with modifications to ensure participant safety. The class is smaller with a maximum of 20 people to allow for social distancing. The six-week course includes a training handbook, fun activities and presentations from local and regional experts. Optional field trips are postponed until in person visits to recycling sites are allowed. The class will meet from 6:30 to 8:30 PM, Thursdays. Cost is $30 per student. Register at the link provided here.

Mondays, Septhember 14 Through November 9:

Zoom Time for Babies: On Mondays, from 9 to 10 AM, Hastings Community Education will host a virtual session of Zoom Time for Babies, Birth to 12 Months, by September 1st. Connect with other parents via Zoom to discuss the joys and challenges of parenting an infant. Learn songs, games and ways to support your relationship with your baby. Cost is $45. 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.

Monday and Wednesday:

Zoom Zumba: The Hastings Senior Center will host a virtual session of Zumba from 8:30 to 10 AM. 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.

Small Group Bingo: The Hastings Senior Center invites members and friends to Tuesday Small Group Bingo, starting at 9:30 AM. Join hosts Bob and Jean Filkins for socially distant bingo, with three cards for 25 cents, with a limit of 6 cards per game. This is a registration only event, and no walk-ins will be allowed. Register by calling 651-480-7689.

1st Wednesday of the Month:

Coffee's On: Join the Cottage Grove Chamber of Commerce for Coffee's On, at Stone Soup Thrift Shop, on 3rd Street, in St. Paul Park, from 7:45 to 8:45 AM. Grab a cup of coffee and tap into this active network of business professionals to generate referrals, increase business connections and grow your involvement in the community. Bring your business cards and be ready to introduce yourself and your business to the group. This group is free to attend, but registration is encouraged by visiting


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.

Puzzle Exchange: Between 10 AM and 2 PM, the Hastings Senior Center will have a Puzzle Exchange available outside the main doors of the Tilden Community Center. Come grab a puzzle and leave one or two for others. For more information call 651-480-7670.

Senior Center Crafting With Friends: On the first and third Wednesday of each month, the Hastings Senior Center invites quilters to bring your project to the Center and craft with friends, from 9 AM to 3 PM. For more information, call Carole Wilder at 651-437-4390.


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.

1st Thursday of the Month:

LeDuc Book Group: The LeDuc History Book Discussion Group from 6:30 to 7:30PM. Join this monthly book discussion group to delve into the details of a good book. Books are available for check out at the Pleasant Hill Library. The LeDuc History Book Discussion Group meets at the LeDuc Historic Estate, 1629 Vermillion Street.

2nd Thursday of the Month:

Talk and Sip: The MN Senate District 54 DFL delegation invites everyone to a monthly discussion of all things progressive over a pint at Spiral Brewery, at 111 2nd Street, E, from 6 to 8 PM. Come ready for a causal discussion in a local great place! Each month they will have a topic of discussion in advance, but will always welcome what is on your mind! Check in to their event page for a list of upcoming topics and suggest your own ideas. May's meeting is scheduled for May 14th.

2nd and 4th Thursday:

Grief Support Group: The Hastings Area Grief Support Group meets from 6 to 7:30, at the Tilden Community Center, 310 River Street. The Hastings Area Grief Support Group provides a caring environment for mutual support and education for those grieving the death of a significant person, in a respectful Christian atmosphere, and welcomes all people with opportunities to understand and express their own grief experience. Cost is free. For questions, contact Dick and Donna Mathiowetz at 651-983-0135.

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.

1st and 3rd Friday:

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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