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November 22:

Bake Sale and Soup Lunch: November 22, 2014 marks the Annual Bake Sale and Soup Lunch at St. Philip's Lutheran Church, 1401 West 15th Street, Hastings, MN 55033. This event is sponsored by WELCA (Women of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America) and members of the congregation. The bake sale which consists of cookies, cakes, pies, breads, home canned goods, and Scandinavian delicacies (featuring LEFSE, krumkake, rosettes, sanbakels) will run from 10 a.m.-1:30 p.m. In time for your holiday shopping there will be copies of the St. Philip's Cookbook at only $10 per copy. Take-out for the soup lunch will be available from 10:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. The take-out lunch, which is $8 per order, consists of a choice of one of three soups - vegetable beef, bean & ham, and turkey wild rice, a roll & butter, and a Rice Krispies treat. The sit-down lunch which runs from 11:30 a.m.- 1:30 p.m. consists of the same items as listed under the take-out lunch, but also includes a beverage. Come early to ensure your choice of soup. The proceeds from this event go towards several worthy projects - full tuition for a girl in a Tanzanian school, local and world missions, Bible story books for 3-year-olds, and Bibles for third graders. Some of the food purchases will be provided through the Thrivent Financial Action Teams project.

Read to a Dog at the Library: Children age 5 to 10 years old are invited to the Pleasant Hill Library on Saturday, November 22 anytime between 11 a.m and noon, for a fun-filled morning reading to a certified therapy dog. It's not only fun, but it helps develop reading skills and fluency. Children may bring a book from home, or select a favorite from the library collection. There is no charge for the event, and no registration is required.

Nordic Notes: A Chris Falteisek Concert Journey: On Saturday, November 22nd at 7:00pm, you are invited to come and enjoy music and pictures taken by Chris Falteisek during his two-month sabbatical in Sweden, Norway, Finland and Lapland this past summer. Music will include Falteisek's compositions and variations of Nordic favorites. Also featured will be guest soloist Michelle Sieben. Refreshments will be served following the concert. A free-will offering will be taken during the concert, in memory of Dick Darsow, with funds used to help support the Hastings Poineer Room.

Treats and Treasures Bazaar: Joy Lutheran Church will hold its annual Treats and Treasures Bazaar on Saturday, November 22nd from 9:00am-1:00pm. Come enjoy a cookie walk, bake sale including homemade lefse, Granny's Attic Treasures, & Country Store with handcrafted items. Purchase coffee and a treat while you shop at 1435 Saint Criox St. Prescott, WI.

November 24:

Hastings Branch AAUW: Hastings Branch American Association of University Women will meet on Monday November 24, 7 p.m. at St. Philip's Lutheran Church, 1401 West 15th Street, Hastings, MN. Guest speaker is David Page, Professor, Scholar, Author, and Researcher on the author, F. Scott Fitzgerald. This meeting is free and open to the public.

November 27:

Gobblers Gallop: The 2nd Annual Gobbler's Gallop 5K/1K Family Fun Run/Walk on Thanksgiving Morning, November 27th, starting at 8:00 am. This is St. Paul's United Church of Christ, Ellsworth (the brick church on 72 & 63) Youth Group 2015 Mission Trip fundraiser. Sign up by November 18 and receive a FREE t-shirt. The entry fee is $20.00 per person or a $50.00 family max. Family price includes 2 t-shirts; additional t-shirts are $10.00/ea.

November 28

Bird Banding: Have you ever wondered what bird banding was all about? The experts at Carpenter Nature Center welcome you to see songbirds up close and learn about the birds who share our ecosystem. The event starts at 8:30am on Friday, November 28th, banding runs continuously for the full three and a half hours but visitors may come and go at any time. Donations of bird seed or suet are greatly appreciated in lieu of a program fee.

Charity Auction: On Friday, November 28th at 7:00pm, St. John's School in Vermillion will be hosting the Knights of Columbus' 53rd annual Charity Auction. There will be gift certificates, handmade quilts, toys, tools, homemade sausage, corn and bean seed, and more!

November 29 - December 13:

Victorian Holidays at the LeDuc Historic Estate: During the last weekend in November and the first two weekends (Saturdays & Sundays) of December the beautifully decorated LeDuc Historic Estate, 1629 Vermillion Street, Hastings, MN 55033 will be open to visitors for special holiday tours at regular rates. Guided tours will be offered at 10 and 11:30 a.m. and 1, 2:30 and 4 p.m. with rates of $6 for Adults; $5 for Seniors (60+ years of age) and Military Veterans; $3 for Students (6-17 years of age); and FREE for members of Dakota County Historical Society and Current Military Personnel. Group tours of over 6 people should be booked by calling 651-437-7055. The Museum Shop will be open during visiting hours for the pleasure of holiday shoppers.

November 29 & December 6:

Teas at the LeDuc: Teas consisting of several courses will be offered at the LeDuc Historic Estate on November 29 and December 6, 3:30 p.m. In addition to fine food, guests will receive an introduction to the history of tea and its place in history. Entertainment will be provided along with a tour of the elegant LeDuc house. Reservations are required and may be made by calling 651-437-7055 for this $25 per person event.

December 1:

Baby Story Time at the Library: Babies age newborn to 24 months and their caregivers are invited to the Pleasant Hill Library on Monday, December 1st at 10:45am. Children will hear stories, sing songs and participate in bouncy games and playtimes. There is no charge for the event, and no registration is required.

Learn Family History on the Internet at the Library: Area adults are invited to the Pleasant Hill Library on Monday, December 1st, from 2:30 PM - 4:30 PM for a class on learning family history on the Internet. Class members will explore the world of Internet genealogy, discover some of the best free genealogy websites and learn to use Ancestry Library Edition free at the Library. Class members should have a basic understanding of the Internet. There is no charge for the class, but registration is required.To register, call the library at 651-438-0200 or visit the libary website. Registration opens two weeks prior to the class.

December 2:

Learn to make Clay Holiday Ornaments at the Library: Children age 3 to 12 years old are invited to the Pleasant Hill Library on Tuesday, December 02, from 3:30 PM - 4:30 PM for a class teaching Clay Holiday Ornamnent Making. Children will roll balls, mix colors and use their imagination to create fabulous sculpted holiday decorations. This event is presented by Abrakadoodle. There is no charge for the event, however registration is required. To register, call the library at 651-438-0200 or visit the library website at Registration opens two weeks prior to the class. This is a Minnesota Legacy Program.

December 3:

Story Time at the Library: Children age 0 to 6 years old are invited to the Pleasant Hill Library on Wednesday, December 3, at 10:30am for a multi-age story time. This story time is ideal for mixed-ages such as child care groups and families. There is no charge for the event, and no registration is required.

December 5-14:

A Christmas Carol: Performances are Fridays and Saturdays, Dec 5, 6, 12 and 13 at 7:00pm, and Sundays, Dec 7 and 14 at 3:00pm. All performances are at the loft stage at East Ridge High School, 4200 Pioneer Drive, Woodbury, MN 55129. Tickets are $18 adults, $15 Seniors, $12 Student, Children 4 and under along with active military families are free. A special Dine & Show package is being offered in partnership with Prestwick Golf Club and David's Chophouse. Packages include dinner and show for $40 or dessertand show for $25. Full menus and information and all tickets available for purchase at

December 6:

Birding: On Saturday, December 6th, join the Carpenter Nature Center at 10:00am for a fascinating presentation on how to identify the birds we see in the St. Croix Valley, including how to identify birds by their songs and calls. After the indoor portion of the presentation the group will head to the river to identify waterfowl. Judith Sparrow is a retired educator who has been bird watching for decades. If you have always wanted to learn more about our feathered friends, this program is for you. Please RSVP at 651-437-4359 so they can reserve a seat for you.

December 7:

Pancake Breakfast Fundraiser: There will be a Pancake Breakfast Fundraiser for the Friends in Need Food Shelf on Sunday, December 7th from 8:00am-12:00pm. It will take place at St. Rita's Catholic Church in Cottage Grove. Tickets for adults are $7, kids ages 4-10 are $3, and kids 3 and under are free. It will be all you can eat pancakes served with sausage, eggs, milk, or coffee. Purchasing a ticket for the pancake breakfast will enter you into a contest to win a ride on the Holiday train when it comes to Cottage Grove three days after the breakfast.

Meat Raffle: On Sunday, December 7th at noon, there will be a meat raffle at Philander's in Prescott, WI. This will be a Minnesota Amber Alert fundraiser. $1.00 per Chance for meat packs, and hams are $2.00 per Chance.

December 10:

Canadian Pacific Holiday Train Returns to Cottage Grove: The Canadian Pacific Holiday Train returns to the communities of Cottage Grove, Newport and St. Paul Park on Wednesday, December 10, 2014. The brightly lit train will arrive at approximately 5:45 p.m. with a trainload of fun and entertainment. It will stop on West Point Douglas Road just south of the 80th St. Bridge / Belden Crossing. All cash and non-perishable donations collected at the "Cottage Grove Stop" go directly to their local Friends in Need Food Shelf; serving the residents of Cottage Grove, Grey Cloud Island, Newport and St. Paul Park.

December 14:

Victorian Holiday Dinner at the LeDuc: The elegant Victorian Holiday Dinner at the LeDuc Historic Estate will take place on Sunday, December 14, 5 p.m. This multi-course meal will be catered by Las Tortillas which is well known for its fine cuisine. Entertainment will be provided by the New Pearl Buttons, Don & Sherry Ladig, who have earned a position of excellence in their many performances at the LeDuc Historic Estate. Cost for this special event is $55 for members of Dakota County Historical Society and $65 for non-members. Reservations are required and should be made soon as space is filled quickly. Call 651-437-7055 to make reservations.

December 21:

The Century Brass Band Concert at the LeDuc: The Century Brass Band will offer a rollicking concert at the elegantly decorated LeDuc Historic Estate, 1629 Vermillion Street, Hastings, MN 55033, on Sunday, December 21, 5:30 p.m. They will play their typical 19th Century music along with some holiday tunes that will be perfect for sing-alongs. Reservations are required and should be made by calling 651-437-7055. Because of the popularity of this group reservations should be made early. Cost of the concert is $20 per person.

January 26 & 27:

Community Blood Drive: There will be a community blood drive on Tuesday, January 26th and Wednesday, January 27th. If you'd like to make an appointment, please call Gail Carstensen at 651-248-1173.

February 28:

Hastings Concert Series: Rebecca & Kuba will be playing a show in the Hastings Middle School auditorium on Saturday, February 28th at 4:00pm. After a highly successful 2012 tours, Kuba returns with another unique show, this time showcasing his wife Rebecca, a Broadway and Country singer, and himself and his virtuosity on the vibraphone, and other percussion instruments. Their repertoire of diverse styles combined with their chemistry creates a variety show that delights every audience.

March 22:

Hastings Concert Series: Steve Clarke & The Working Stiffs will be play a show in the Hastings Middle School auditorium on Sunday, March 22nd at 3:00pm. The Working Stiffs swing hard and hot, jammin' and jivin' their way right into your dancing shoes. Their jump blues and jazz bill, with some rockabilly thrown in for good measure, complimented by Steve's golden saxophone, is a favorite with the dancers.

May 2:

Hastings Concert Series: Considered one of the best vocalists of all time, Karen Carpenter captured the attention of a generation with her catchy pop music. Now singer Lisa Rock and her 6 piece band are bringing the music of The Carpenters back to the stage with their spot-on renditions of Carpenter's classics. Lisa draws the crowd in with anecdotes about Karen and Richard Carpenter, their lives and how some of the songs originated.


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