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October 21:

Professor Sepoc’s Potions Show at PHL:Discover the real science behind many of the magical special effects in the Harry Potter books. Enjoy lots of eye-catching sparks, foams and color changes involving safe, simple chemi­cals. Presented by Science Outside the Box. Ages: 5-12. Event takes place on Friday, Oct. 21, 10:30-11:15 am

October 22:

Meat Raffle and ThirtyOne Fundraiser for Amber Alert: Held at Scabs Place in Prescott. Meat packs and donations given from ThirtyOne for items purchased to benefit Amber Alert. Hours are 1 to 5PM. One dollar chances on Churchill's Meat Packs. Door prizes. Help them Help Kids.

October 22:

Trick or Treat with Horses at This Old Horse:This Old Horse is having an early Halloween - on Saturday October 22 from 10 a.m - 4:00 p.m you can Trick or Treat with the horses!The horses will be giving out candy and you can bob for apples, decorate a mini pumpkin, get a horse glitter tattoo and if you wear a costume you will receive a 10% discount in the Tack Shop where all proceeds benefit This Old Horse. Take a tour, meet our horses, kids under 12 can have a ride (noon - 3 pm), check out our featured vendor: and shop for a horse related treasure in our Tack Shop. We will also have a selfie station so you can take your picture with one of our retired horses who will be in costume! This Old Horse is located at 19025 Coates Boulevard west of Hastings.

October 22:

Make A Difference Day: National Make a Difference Day. United Way of Hastings will participate by hosting its new Food4Kids program from 10 AM to 2 PM. The program involves packing bags of food for children in Hastings who don't have enough to eat over any given weekend. Food4Kids will be held at United Way of Hastings, 119 W. 2nd Street. United Way also accepts donations of food for this program. Get more information by calling 651-438-337 or logging on to

October 23:

Mickey's Hope 3 Day Walk for Breast Cancer: Mickey's Hope, a local team involved in the Susan G. Komen 3-day walk for breast cancer, will have a benefit on Sunday, October 23rd, from 5 to 8 PM at Dugarel's. The benefit, called Party With a Purpose, will raise funds to participate in the next Twin Cities Komen event, scheduled for August 18-20, 2017. Party With A Purpose will have a silent auction, a performance by The Coxmen, BBQ pork sandwiches, fries, taps, and unlimited Coors Light. The cost is $15. Dugarel's is located at 3475 Vermillion Street in Hastings. Donations will also be accepted by logging on to and clicking on Donate and searching Team Mickey's Hope

October 23:

Hastings Concert Association Banjo Boy Variety Band: TheBanjo Boy Variety Band plays at 3 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 23. The band is four men with eight musical instreuments playing classical jazz, banjo songs, swing blues, classic ballads, polkas and country.

October 24:

Storytime for Babies at PHL: Stories, songs, bounces and playtime make this storytime perfect for children newborn to 24 months and their caregivers. Appropriate for Ages: 0-2. Monday, Oct. 24, 10:45-11:30 am at the Pleasant Hill Library.

October 24:

Silent Library Challenge: Bring your friends and compete in our version of the Silent Library Chal­lenge. Try to remain quiet when you and friends perform silly tasks while sitting around a table in the library. Ages: 12-18. Mon, Oct. 24, 6:30-7:30 pm

October 24:

AAUW Meeting:The American Association of University Women will meet on Monday, October 24th, at 7PM at St. Phillip's Lutheran Church in Hastings.Vicki Sandberg, of Sandberg Consulting Services will present the topic Bringing Women into the Trades. Sandberg has over 24 years of experience as a consultant in the organized construction business, focusing on labor relations, community collaboration and marketing. St. Philip's Lutheran Church is located at 1401 W. 15th Street in Hastings.

October 25:

Combined Band Concert:Performance includes the HHS Wind Ensemble, the Medalist Band and the River Valley Community Band under the direction of Rufino Ochowada. Tickets available at the door. Held at the Hastings High School Performing Arts Center.

October 25:

Human Trafficking Seminar: The Hastings High School will be the site of presentations on the reality and prevalence of Human Trafficking. The second most common form of crime, bested only by drug crimes, the information will be provided to engage and inform those attending of what to look for, how those involved choose their targets. One more event will take place in the lecture hall on Tuesday October 25 from 6:30 to 8 pm. Due to the content , this presentation would be appropriate for those aged 16 and older

October 26:

Red Rock Corridor Open House: Public comment is sought in the building plan that will bring BRT (Bus rapid Transit) to the southeast metro area. The event will take place from 5:30-6:30 at the Newport City Hall, 596 7th Ave. North. Comments will also be accepted until Oct. 26 by phone, email, mail or online

October 26:

Movies for Kids :Enjoy fun children’s books in movie format at the Pleasant Hill Library. Appropriate for children Ages: 2-6 accompanied by their caregivers. Takes place on Wed, Oct. 26, from 10:30-11 am

October 26:

College Fair at HHS: For students of all ages. Held in the Hastings HS Commons on the lower level. Find out about local, regional and national campuses including state colleges, private colleges and specialty instructional options. Hours are 6-7:30 PM. Questions? Contact Lynn Colvin at the Career Counceling Center in the High School.

October 27:

Story Weavers Toastmasters Group:Meets at Tilden Community Center, 310 River Street in Hastings. Learn how to express yourself in any setting. Learn and share with others and gain insight on how your communication style can be enhanced with some of the techniques provided in many style categories. Friendly, welcoming environment and plenty of helpful information to make your next public speaking event a productive one. Drop in to talk with this group. Begins at 6p.m.

October 27:

Raising Capital for Small Businesses:Representatives from local banks, savings and loans, and the Small Busi­ness Administration will present lend­ing opportunities for small businesses followed by a question and answer and consultation period. Sponsored in part by South Metro SCORE and Metropolitan Library Service Agency. Registration required and opens two weeks prior to the event. Held at the Pleasant Hill Library on Thursday, Oct. 27, from10:30 am-noon.

October 28:

Costumes and Critters:The Carpenter Nature Center is hosting a Costumes and Critters preschool story time on Friday, October 28th, starting at 10 AM. The program is designed to introduce children aged 2 to 5 to nature in a fun and safe environment. Parents and guardians are encouraged to bring their toddlers for stories, spending time outdoors, making crafts and meeting live animals. This program will fill up fast, so sign up soon. Cost is $5 per child, or $3 for children that are members of Friends of CNC

October 28:

B is for Boo:Not-so-scary seasonal stories, songs, crafts and games especially for pre­schoolers. Sponsored in part by ECFE. Registration is required. For Ages: 3-5. Fri, Oct. 28, 11 am-noon at the Pleasant Hill Library.

October 28:

Farmington Halloween Walk: On Oct 28, from 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM, Dodge Middle School in Farmington will be the site of The Halloween Walk. The Halloween Walk is an opportunity for local businesses, churches, and other community groups to have a good time while promoting their business/group and participating in a great community event. Children stroll through an indoor path and visit Halloween themed exhibits. Exhibits will be designed with young children in mind and those helping with candy will be in costumes. Don’t forget to bring a non-perishable food item for the Farmington Food Shelf and dress in costume. For more information call 651-280-6854. Sponsored by: Farmington Parks and Recreation, Farmington Area Community Education, and area businesses.

October 28:

Community Halloween Party:Brought to you by Hastings Parks & Recreation, Community Education, and the YMCA, this is a family friendly event including food, games, prizes, and candy for all! Please wear your best costume! Time: 6:00 - 8:00 p.m.Location: Hastings High School CommonsAges: Recommended for ages 12 and under. Admission is one Non-perishable food item for Hastings Family Service or cash donation to the Youth First Planning Council Scholarship Fund.

October 29:

Leaf For Lupus:Leaf For Lupus will have kids and fun loving adults jumping for joy and also for a great cause. Hidden Greens Golf course , 12977 200th Street East will be the site for this Family fun event. Saturday, October 29th from 10 am until 4 pm. A charge of just 5 dollars per person will provide the opportunity to jump in a giant pile of leaves. There will also be a hayride thru the woods, cookie decorating, a staged photo booth, Crazy hair, a silent auction and much more. Parental supervision is required and 100% of the proceeds benefit the Lupus Foundation of Minnesota. Find out more at or .

October 29:

Monster Bash Parade:The annual Cottage Grove Strawberry Fest Monster Bash Parade will occur on Saturday, October 29th at 10 AM. The parade route is from the ISD 833 Service Center along E. Point Douglas Road, to ISD 833 Learning Center, adjacent to Applebee’s.

October 30:

Harvest Party:Torrent Church in Prescott will host an afternoon of fun on Sunday, October 30th from 3-5 PM at the Confluence Event Center, formerly the old Ptaceck's IGA building. The church holds weekly services at the location and the Harvest Party offers a free event fun for the whole family. Bounce houses, candy, cake walks, face painting and more. Suggested donation is one bag of candy per family to be donated at the door.

October 30:

Grand Opening Costume Party at BreakAway Arts Cafe: The grand open house for the last stage of the renovation of the BreakAway Arts cafe which will celebrate the two year process in realizing this creative goal by owner Mecca Page. Event will take place from 2-7 PM on Sunday, Oct. 30th. BreakAway Arts is locted at the corner of 3rd and Vermillion, 111 East 3rd Street.

October 30:

Annual Sausage Supper: The Vermillion Knights of Columbus Council and St. John Home and School Association are holding the Annual Sausage Supper on October 30, 2016 in the St. John the Baptist Parish Hall located off Hwy 52 on 190th St. in Vermillion in Church basement. Coordinated by Father Kaesen's KC Council #5199 and St. John Home and School Association. The meal will consist of Blood and Pork Sausage, German Potato Salad, Mashed Potatoes and Gravy, Baked Beans, Sauerkraut and a beverage. The event will start with a 10 a.m. Mass. The meal will be served from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Proceeds from the supper will go to support St. John the Baptist Catholic School in Vermillion.

October 30:

Regina Auxillary Bazaar: Plans are underway for the group's Fall Bazaar which will be held at the hospital on Sunday, October 30. The raffle items include: An Apple I-Pad Pro 32GB valued at $650 donated by Kraus-Anderson Construction Company; A Limo Ride for 6 Metro Christmas Light Tour; a Doll House valued at $600, made and donated by Hastings resident, Myrna Gulsvig; and a 84x70 Quilt valued at 500 dollars,made and donated by Terry Dressler. Tickets for the four items are available in the gift shop and country store at Regina Hospital, 1175 Nininger Road, or from Auxiliary members or at any Auxiliary event including the day of the bazaar. Tickets are $2 each or three for $5. The winners need not be present to win. Grand raffle tickets offering many more wonderful prizes are also available for $1 each. There is also a meat raffle, huge silent auction, Thrifty Treasure (formerly garage sale), Country Store and many more activities planned as part of the Fall Bazaar. All proceeds from the Bazaar go for Auxiliary projects to benefit patients and residents of Regina Hospital and Senior Living.

October 31:

Halloween Special at the Library:Get moving during this active pro­gram that celebrates fall with funny Halloween stories - without the scares. Presented by The Story Man from England. Ages: 2-8. Mon, Oct. 31, 1-2 pm

October 31:

Last Day for Early Bird Gobble Gait Registration: Register for 8K, cost is $30; or 2K,cost is $20. Register online at Route has changed this year. Start on 2nd street and head West. More details on the website. Get Your Gobble On!


November 1:

End of Life DocumentaryThe Pleasant Hill Library will show a documentary film on Tuesday, November 1st from 6:30 to 8:00 PM. The documentary showcases a Scottish hospice center using music to help patients through pain and uncertainties associated with end-of-life events. There will be a discussion after the film hosted by Aging Resource Specialist Colleen Fritsch. Please call (651) 480-7689 if you have questions.

November 2:

SEAS Seasons of Hope Series:The St. Elizabeth Ann Seton parish is offering the Seasons of Hope support program for those dealing with mourning and grief due to the loss of a loved one. The next season will commence on November 2 at1:30 P.M. Please contact Mary Ellen Kenney at or (651) 437-4254, ext. 227 to register.

November 4:

HPAAC Gala:The 5th Annual Hastings Prescott Area Arts Council (HPPAC) Gala will be held in the Grand Hall at Saint Elizabeth Ann Seaton Church in Hastings. Event is 6:00-9:30 PM. Tickets available online at Fabulous food, music, art, silent and much more. Theme is "Water Colors our Community". HPPAC serves the art communities with visual, written, performance and creative mediums, bringing the opportunity to explore and support creative endeavors.

November 5:

Women's Business Expo The second annual Expo will take place at the Hastings Arts Center between 9 and 3. Great selection of crafts, gifts and fun items to browse and purchase. A casual, fun shopping environment with plenty of door prize drawings. Cost is $25-35 depending on electricty needs.Contact events coordinator for registration information.

November 5:

Farmington Turkey Bingo:The Farmington Fire Department Auxiliary Association will hold their 66th annual Turkey Bingo fundraiser on November 5th from 6PM to 9PM at Fire Station 1,located at 21625 Denmark Ave. They invite the public to come on out for your chance play bingo to win turkeys and other prizes. For more information contact the Farmington City offices at 651-280-6800.

November 5:

Hastings Concert Association Colleen Raye, Girl Singers Greatest Broadway Hits: In November, a local favorite, Colleen Raye will bring her Girl Singers Greatest Broadway Hits show to the Middle School Stage at 3 p.m. Colleen Raye, Debbie O'Keefe and Katie Gearty will walk the audience through some of the greatest songs of Broadway, including songs from My Fair Lady, West Side Story, Gypsy, Oliver, Wicked and Rent.

November 6:

1991 Class Reunion: St. Elizabeth Ann Seaton Church is hosting an alumni brunch for graduates of SEAS, Hastings Parochial, Guardian Angels and St. Boniface Schools on Sunday, November 6th. The event will take place following the 10 a.m. Mass that morning. This year, the eighth-grade graduating class of 1991 will celebrate their 25th anniversary and the class of 1966 will celebrate their 50th . They would like to find photos of those classes. To submit a photo, please email them to Volunteers are also needed to help with the event. Call 651-437-3098 to have your name added to the list.

November 12:

Animal Ark Spaghetti Dinner: Animal Ark will host a Spaghetti Luncheon & Silent Auction Fundraiser on Saturday, November 12, 2016 at VFW Post 8752 located at 9260 E Point Douglas Rd Cottage Grove, MN 55016.The event will take place from 12-4pm. Cost is $10 per person for all you can eat.No charge for Children under 5 accompanied by an adult. Proceeds will benefit the Animal Ark whose mission is to Rescue, Rehabilitate, and Rehome animals in the Twin Cities. Connect on Facebook or contact them online at

November 13:

The Wolfgang in Concert Classical presentation by this talented ensemble for their oncore return to the Hastings Arts Center. Tickets on sale soon. Don't miss this great group.

November 17:

Thanksgiving Party:The Tilden Center will be the location for the Hastings Area Senior Center annual Thanksgiving Party on Thursday, November 17th at noon. Ptacek’s will provide hot food. Please bring a salad or pie to share, or donate $8 for members and $10 for non-members. Registration will be in the Welcome Center. Please call (651) 480-7689 if you have questions.

November 19, 20:

Celebration Weekend at OSEL:Our Saviour’s Evangelical Lutheran Church of Hastings,announces their Celebration weekend on November 19th and 20th. Services are scheduled for 5:30PM on Saturday evening and 8, 9:15 and 10:30AM on Sunday. There will be special treats for all four services. The Sunday 9:15 and 10:30 services will feature the amazing painting talents of pastor and artist Paul Oman as the guest speaker. Pastor Oman will create a painting in each service. For more information contact the church at 437-9052 or go to their website at

November 20:

A Musical Community Concert Save the date. Held at the Hastings Arts Center. More info soon.

November 24:

Gobble Gait Thanksgiving Morning Run/Walk: 18th annual fundraiser for Hastings Family Service. Register online at Earlybird discounts til Oct. 31.

November 26:

Holiday Hoopla Parade:Held in Historic Downtown Hastings on 2nd Street. Lighted parade units sought to join this fun event. Contact Tatia at the Busted Nut for information on how to participate.


December 4:

River Valley Community Band Holiday Concert:Held this year at St. Philips Church. Afternoon Time to be announced. Free will offering taken.

December 9:

Holiday Train arrives in Cottage Grove:The Canadian Pacific Holiday Train is preparing for its holiday trip that will make stops in local cities on Friday, December 9th. Information has been received on several plans slated for the stops in Cottage Grove, Newport and St. Paul Park.

December 15:

Tilden Community Center:The St.Elizabeth Ann Seaton Church will host the annual Holiday Party for Hastings Area Senior Center members on Thursday, December 15th at noon. The cost for Center members is $15 and $20 for non-members. Tickets are available until December 9th. There will be a roast beef dinner catered by the Trophy House. Entertainment afterwards will be provided the Eric Thomas duo and there will be door prizes. Please call (651) 480-7689 if you have questions.

December 18:

Second Annual Christmas Pageant And SingAlong Held at the Hastings Arts Center in celebration of the true spirit of Christmas. More details to come.



February 7:

Hastings Concert Association Wylie and Wild West: Wylie and Wild West are in concert at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 7. Wylie Gustafson and his band have played thousands of shows, delighting audiences around the world. The band is known for its blend of cowboy, traditional country, folk ans yodeling.


March 16:

Hastings Concert Association A Band Called Honalee: A Band Called Honalee, paying tribute to the folksinging trio Peter, Paul and Mary, performs at 7 p.m. Thursday, March 16. This is timeless music of the 60s. The three-member group takes a stroll down memory lane.


April 6:

Hastings Concert Association New Odyssey: New Odyssey concludes the season on Thursday, April 6 at 7 p.m. Gags, gusto and far more than simple guitar marks this unqiue stage show.


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