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OCTOBER

Volunteer Opportunity -Ongoing:

Volunteers to tutor Audult English Language Learner:Volunteers are Needed to help at Tilden Community Center to work one on one with Adult English Language Learner students once a week or more… depending on your schedule. Focus is with the students' Pronunciation, Reading and Writing. No planning is involved, you just follow the curriculum provided by the teacher. Tilden Community Center is available from 9 am until noon Monday through Thursday and from 6 - 8:30 pm Mon. through Wed. For more information, please contact: Susie Evans (Text: 651-270-3266) (Call: 651-425-6634) (Email: greatriversaccess@gmail.com) All Volunteers must complete an online training through the Minnesota Literacy Council

Through October 28:

Orange Dragon Art Gallery Fall Exhibit: The Orange Dragon Art Gallery Fall Exhibit will be the next opportunity to see quality local art displayed at the Prescott, Wisconsin venue, located at 122 Orange Street. An opening reception will be held on Friday, September 7th from 5-7:30 pm. Find our more at their website- www.orangedragongallery.org -Phone 715-262-4122

Through October 31:

Dakota County Library Teen Fan Fiction Writing Contest: Beginning on October 1st, teens from 12 to 18 can enter the Teen Fan Fiction writing contest. Showcase your creative writing skills this October by submitting an original story - 3,000 words or fewer - that features your favorite characters or re-imagines part of a book. Contests for wo age categories- 12-14 and 15-18 will welcome original entries from teens, no matter where they live to enter at any Dakota County Library location, or online at the Library website. The writing must be by one author, only one entry per person, they must be submitted in English or with an English translation, and stories will not be returned after the contest. Dakota county library staff and immediate family are not eligible to enter. The Fan Fiction Contest is supported by the Dakota County Library Foundation. Deadline to submit your story is October 31st. Entrants should note that the Pleasant Hill Library will be temporarilly located in the Westview Mall until reconstruction is completed in April.

October 15:

Hastings City Council Meeting: Full agenda for the 7 pm meeting can be found at www.hastingsmn.gov

October 15:

Prescott City Finance Committee Public Meeting: The city of Prescott Finance Committee will meet on Monday, October 15th beginning at 4 pm at the municipal building. On the agenda is the 2019 budget including all departments, debt service, court, general fund revenues,administration TIFs 3,4 and 5, and proposed Capital projects. Additionally, a review of the levy, millrate and unfunded needs will be examined. This is a public meeting.

October 15:

HHS Fall Vocal Concert: The Hastings High School Fall Vocal Concert will be held on Monday, October 15th at 7 PM. All choirs will perform at the event which is held in the Performing Arts Center. Directed by Kathleen Hanson, Tatum Mahlen and Luke Warren

October 17:

Prescott Police Commission Meeting: A two item agenda for the 6:30 closed session meeting includes the discussion concerning a complaint made against a Prescott police officer and consideration of candidates for the position of Prescott Police Chief. The 5 person commission is led by Chair Bill Prior.

October 19 and 20:

Autumn Prairie Restoration Days Weekend One:The continuation of the long term project that seeks to restore Freedom Park's very own globally rare bluff prairie will take place at the end of October during Autumn Prairie Restoration Days. Volunteers are encouraged to gather where they will form crews that will cut down sumac and buckthorn, two invasive plants that have choked out other species and require manual removal. Work will be done on Fridays, 10/19 and 10/26, 4:00pm - 6:00pm and also on Saturdays, 10/20 and 10/27, from 12:30pm - 4:00pm. Those 18 and over are welcome to join the crew. Meet at Freedom Park and get ready to do some good!

October 20:

Oakwood Cemetery History Tour: Reinactors will bring history to life chronicalling important figures of Hastings' past. Take a walking tour guided by costumed performers portraying characters from past centuries. Mary Adams, C.P. Adams' first wife, will greet visitors and invite them to accompany her as she makes her way around the cemetery. Mahala Felton, Sarah Caleff, and Lisette Fischer will share their stories with Mary, and because she dies so young, they introduce her to James Akers and John Peller, both men having served in the Civil War with Mary's husband, General Charles Adams. "More Grave Truths: Women, Babies and War" is sponsored by Friends of LeDuc and Historic Hastings. Tours are scheduled for 1:00, 2:15, and 3:45 p.m. Each tour is limited to 25 persons. Admission is $5.00 per person and proceeds will go toward upkeep at Oakwood Cemetery. Tickets are available online at brownpapertickets.com, keywords More Grave Truths: Women, Babies, and War, or contact Shirley Dalaska at 651-373-8899.

October 20:

Benefit for Tom Reuter: A family benefit will be held beginning at noon-rain or shine- for Tom Reuter who suffered a medical emergency and will be unable to work for quite awhile. His family invites to public to support his recovery by attending the event held at the Colliseum from Noon until ? Food, drink specials, raffles, and lots of fun with a live band starting at 6 PM. Donations of $10 is suggested and the family is welcome. Donations are gratefully accepted for the silent auction or raffles. Contact Mike or Joe for more details.

October 20:

Chili Feed Benefit for Becky Chambers: A chili feed benefit will be held on Saturday, October 20th at the Hastings Eagles Club to help Becky Chambers as she fights Breast Cancer. A raffle, bake sale , silent auction 50/50 raffle and meat raffle will be held to provide lots of great opportunities to help this local woman pay for ongoing treatment and upcoming surgery. Any donation is appreciated. Chili will be served from 1-5 pm and they would appreciate a donation of 10.00 per bowl. A bean bag tournament will also be held for the first 20 teams to sign up. To make a donation or add to the bake sale or silent auction, contact Lynn at 651-301-1993 or Jim at 651-208-7341.

October 23:

Artspace Jackson Flats Fundraiser: A fundraiser for the newest Artspace project , called AMP it UP! will take place on Tuesday evening, October 23rd in Minneapolis. The organization is the same one responsible for the 12.6 million dollar Hastings Artspace building which opened in August of 2017,which houses 37 apartments in Downtown. This fundraiser takes place at Jackson Flats, 18th and 1/2 Avenue NE in Minneapolis and will support the continuation of regional opportunities for art based housing by Artspace. Find out more about the event at www.artspace.org

October 23:

Bundt Cake Class: Get caught up in the current Bundt Cake Craze by enrolling in Hastings Community Education’s Bundt Cake Class, on Tuesday,October 23rd, in room C320 of Hastings High School. Join Diana Hirte as she demonstrates how to prepare, bake, and glaze several types and sizes of bundt cakes, and take your cakes home to enjoy. Register by logging on to HastingsCommunityEd.com. Cost is $29 per person.

October 25:

Second Congressional District Candidate Forum: A Second Congressional District Candidate Forum has been scheduled for Thursday, Oct. 25, starting at 8 AM, at Dakota County Technical College, Dakota Room, 1300 145th Street East, in Rosemount. The event is open to the public, and is hosted by the Dakota County Regional Chamber of Commerce, Dakota County Technical College and Inver Hills Community College. For complete details contact Diane Mavis at 651-288-9202.

October 25:

Children's Orchestra Concert: The Hastings High School Auditorium will be the location for the Children's Orchestra Concert which begins at 6 PM on October 25th. This is a tradition that provides kids a whimsical story with music provided by several costumed teachers and members of the orchestra. They encourage families to attend this free concert and to bring a favorite stuffed toy to share the fun with.

October 25:

Annual VFW Roast Pork Dinner: The annual roast pork dinner sponsored by the VFW post 1210 and hosted by Our Saviour's Lutheran Church will take place on Thursday evening, October 25th from 4-6pm. The proceeds will be divided amongst Cancer research and the Veterans Assistance Project. Tickets are 11 dollars per person and all are welcome to attend. Our Saviour's is located at 400 West 9th Street in Hastings.

October 25:

ID Theft Information Session: The First National Bank of River Falls will sponsor an informational lunch session on the topic of identity theft on Thursday, October 25th in the Community Room of the Prescott branch office. Come from 11 AM to 1 PM and learn about best practices for home PCs, laptops, tablets, and cell phones, social media safety, and public WiFi dos and don'ts. A light lunch will be provided, and RSVPs are requested by calling 715-425-2401. This is a free event open to the public.

October 26:

Community Halloween Party: The Community Halloween Party will take place on Friday, October 26th from 6-8 pm at the Hastings High School for children 12 and under, featuing the Haunted Hallway, games , prizes and of course, candy. Free to attend, but it would be great if visitors would bring a non-perishable food donation for Hastings Family service or a cash donation that will benefit the Youth Impact Council Scholarship Fund. Sponsored by the City of Hastings, the Hastings Parks and Rec, Hastings Area YMCA and Hastings Community Education. Costumes encouraged, contest will be held in several categories.

October 26:

Glo Skate Party:Teens 13 and older can take part in the 4th annual Glo-Skate party held on the ice at the Arena. Black lighting, a super DJ, games and treats will make the evening the place to be. Don't have skates? rentals are available for just $2. You can also bring your own. Cost is $5 per person and will take place between 7 and 9pm. Wear your brightest neon apparel for spooky effects under the blacklights. Sponsored by the River Blades Skating School

October 26:

Senior Center Newsletter Assembly: The volunteers at the Hastings Area Senior Center could use some extra help for the Newsletter Assembly team which will gather on Friday, October 26th beginning at 8:30 a.m. It really goes very quickly with a few extra hands and all are welcome.

October 26 and 27:

Autumn Prairie Restoration Days Weekend Two:The continuation of the long term project that seeks to restore Freedom Park's very own globally rare bluff prairie will take place at the end of October during Autumn Prairie Restoration Days. Volunteers are encouraged to gather where they will form crews that will cut down sumac and buckthorn, two invasive plants that have choked out other species and require manual removal. Work will be done on Fridays, 10/19 and 10/26, 4:00pm - 6:00pm and also on Saturdays, 10/20 and 10/27, from 12:30pm - 4:00pm. Those 18 and over are welcome to join the crew. Meet at Freedom Park and get ready to do some good!

October 27:

Tomahawk Circle Drum Performance: Tomahawk Circle is an award-winning drum and singing group from the Lac Du Flambeau Reservation in north central Wisconsin. Group leader William Mitchell and his fellow drummers have traveled the country performing at Pow Wows and community events throughout the United States, including WI, MN, ND, SD, CA, MI, IL, AZ, MT, WY, WA, D.C., NB, and OK. They will be showcasing their talents at 10:00 AM Saturday, October 27th at Freedom Park. This event is free and open to the public. Immediately following the performance, attendees are invited for a light luncheon and to meet the performers as we extend Prescott hospitality to our special guests. A special thank-you to Jeff Ryan and Tomahawk Circle for making this event possible.

October 31-December 23:

Orange Dragon Art Gallery Holiday Exhibit: The Orange Dragon Art Gallery Holiday Exhibit will help get your holiday shopping done- even it's for yourself! The Opening Reception will be held on November 2nd from 5-7:30 pm with a Holiday reception taking place on December 7th from 5-7:30 pm. Find out more at their website- www.orangedragongallery.org- Phone 715-262-4122

NOVEMBER

November 1:

Learn to Use Accupressure for Stress Relief:A new way of lessening stress, dealing with anxiety and insomnia may be the found in a new pair of courses held at the Tilden Community Center. Moly Glasgow is an accupressurist, author and Facilitator who provides an interactive course, demonstrating the acupressure points to address a wide variety of issues ranging from grief , anger and exhaustion to stress and more through 2 sessions offered on Thursday, September 27th and on Thursday, November 1st, each from 6:30-8 pm in room #108. A maximum of 25 will be able to learn the self-care techniques that can be used at home or even at work to relieve some of these issues. Cost is $19 per session. Register online or at the Community Education office, 310 River Street in Hastings.www.hastingscommunityed.com

November 1:

Ballroom Dance Workshop:Harken back to a time of social elegance with a Ballroom Dance Workshop offered by Hastings Community Education, on Thursday, November 1st, in the 1st floor “B” area of Hastings High School. The $39-per-couple workshop will introduce attendees to three classic ballroom dances: the Foxtrot, the Waltz, and the Rumba. Register by logging on to HastingsCommunityEd.com.

November 2:

Fall Harvest Dance at Tilden: A Fall Harvest Dance will take place on Friday November 2nd for teens and adults with disabilities. Fun, Friends and Fitness will be offered from 7-9 pm with tunes provided by the DJ from the Shark's spring banquet. Fall decorations and special refreshments will also be served. Cost is 10 dollars per person and will take place in the gym. Supportive family members or care staff are also welcome to attend.

November 3:

Coffe with the General at the LeDuc:On Sunday, November 3rd, everyone is invited to Coffee with the General at LeDuc Historic Estate. Come for a talk on history by author and professor Susan Foote, who will discuss her book, "The Crusade for Forgotten Souls". The session runs 12:30 to 2:30 PM, and cost is $5. Register at DakotaHistory.org.

November 8:

Church Basement Ladies All new Show- You Smell Barn: Bus tour to the Ames Center in Burnsville departs at 10:45 am and returns at 4 pm. Reservation deadline with payment of $73 per person is due October 11th. You may also register in person at Hastings Community Education, 310 River Street. The 7th Church Basement presentation features plenty of laughs , music and fun for the entire family. Fee includes turkey luncheon, tax , tip and show ticket.

November 9:

Date Rescheduled for HPAAC Gala: The previously announced date of November 9th for the HPAAC gala has been changed to April 25, 2019. Watch for more info soon.

November 10:

Veterans Day Concert : The River Valley Band will join the Red Bull Army Infantry Band for a combined patriotic concert at the Hastings Middle School beginning at 2 PM. This is a free concert that will feature marches and other inspiring music in honor of those who have served. Sponsored by the Hastings Amercian Legion and Hastings VFW Post. All are welcome to attend.

November 10:

Veteran's Day Celebration at Hastings American Legion:The Hastings American Legion Post 47 will host a Veteran's Day celebration on Saturday, November 10th, starting with happy hour at 5:30 PM, and dinner at 6. There is a $10 cover charge. Further details of the evening are still being finalized, and questions should be directed to the Post by calling 651-437-2046.

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November 10:

St. Francis Altar and Rosary Society Arts and Craft Fair: The St. Francis Altar & Rosary Society will host its 36th Annual Arts & Crafts Sale Saturday, November 10, from 9 am to 3 pm at the Parish Hall in Ellsworth. The sale features a variety of handcrafted home & holiday decor, gifts, baked goods and more. Admission is $1 for adults; lunch is available to purchase. For more information, visit facebook.com/ellsworthcraftsales or contact Sarahat 715-273-4796.

November 10:

Wild Wild West Casino Night: The Prescott School District's Parent Groups announce a "Wild, Wild West" Casino Night on Saturday, November 10th, from 6:30pm to 12:30am, at the old Ptacek's Event Center. Proceeds from this 21 plus evening will go to help promote the development and expansion of STEM programs throughout the School District. Tickets are $30 for regular admission, and $40 for VIP. For more information, contact Event Chair, Kris Sampson at 651-269-7902, or Lisa Holtan at 763-234-1192.

November 14:

Septic Systems and Private Well Homeowner Class: Dakota County homeowners are invited to learn how septic systems function, proper maintenance of both septic systems and private drinking water systems, well water testing, how to protect wells from contamination, and chemicals of emerging concern at a free Septic System and Private Well Homeowner class on Wednesday, Nov. 14, 6-8 p.m. The workshop, provided by the University of Minnesota and Minnesota Department of Health, will be held at the Dakota County Extension and Conservation Center, 4100 220th St., Farmington. For more information, visit the Septic System web page at DakotaCounty.us.

November 15:

Hastings Area Senior Center Thanksgiving Luncheon: Annual Thanksgiving Luncheon Thursday November 15 Noon Cost: $9.00 Center members and $11 for non-Center members. Enjoy fellowship with friends and a delicious Thanksgiving dinner catered by Ptaceks IGA.

November 15:

Reducing the Mental Health Stigma: Prescott Community Education is sponsoring free fall programming as part of the Community Conversation series that started last spring. On Thursday, Nov 15, come to "Reducing the Mental Health Stigma" from 6:30 to 8:30 pm at the Prescott HS Performing Arts Center. This "In Our Own Voice" session is a unique public education program in which two trained speakers share compelling personal stories about living with a mental illness and achieving recovery. The second half of the evening will focus on "Creating Caring Communities: Five Things You Can Do" to learn about mental illnesses, the impact of negative attitudes and five things each of us can do to make our communities a better place for people who experience a mental illness. This free session requires no pre-registration. For questions on any of these sessions, contact Community Education at 715-262-4676.

November 24 and 25:

Its A Wonderful Life: Performance dates have been announced for the Black Dirt Theater production of It's a wonderful Life. The event will take place at the Hastings High School on November 24th and 25th and on December 1st and 2nd. The classic holiday story of George Bailey and his journey with Clarence the Angel is a family favorite starring many of your neighbors and friends. Ticket prices are 12-18 dollars and can be purchased now with a link you'll find on their facebook page and website, Blackdirttheater.com

November 26:

Community Education Drivers Ed Training: Drivers education will begin on November 26th for the only local Drivers Ed program taught by experinced Hastings School District teachers. Classroom instruction and behind the wheel sessions allow for personalized instruction. 6 hours of Behind the wheel is scheduled following successful completion of the classroom instruction. Cost per student, ages 15 and older, is $375 with general times of instruction between the hours of 3 and 6 pm November 26th through December 11th. Dates are subject to change. Register online at hastingscommunityed.com or call 651-480-7670 for more information.

DECEMBER

December 1 and 2:

Its a Wonderful Life: Performance dates have been announced for the Black Dirt Theater production of It's a wonderful Life. The event will take place at the Hastings High School on November 24th and 25th and on December 1st and 2nd. The classic holiday story of George Bailey and his journey with Clarence the Angel is a family favorite starring many of your neighbors and friends. Ticket prices are 12-18 dollars and can be purchased now with a link you'll find on their facebook page and website, Blackdirttheater.com

December 2:

River Valley Band Holiday Concert: Celebrate the season with a traditional concert featuring the community band presenting a selection of favorite holiday tunes. Held at 2 PM at St. Philips Lutheran Church. The event is free to attend and open to the public.

December 17:

Hastings Area Senior Center Holiday Party: Annual Holiday Party at SEAS Monday, December 17 Noon Cost: $15.00 Center members and $20 for non- Center members. Holiday meal catered by Trophy House, entertainment by the Riverside Duo and doorprizes.

 

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