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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


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

November1 -November 22:

Registration For 20th Annual GobbleGait is Open: Registration has now opened for GobbleGait 2017, the 20th anniversary of the holiday fundraiser, which will benefit Hastings Family Service and take place on Thanksgiving morning, Thursday, November 23rd. Early, Standard and Late Registration guidelines and costs can be found on the website in the Community Events Section. Individual and Family registration info: Standard registration through November 21st and Late registration anytime after November 22nd.

Standard Registration

8K - $35.00

2K - $10.00

Family 2K* - $30.00

*Family 2K registration is available for 4-10 immediate family members living in the SAME household.

Late Registration

November 22nd and After

8K - $40.00

2K - $10.00

Family 2K* - $30.00

*Family 2K registration is available for 4-10 immediate family members living in the SAME household

November 1-November 26:

Traveling Art Exhibit from The Phipps: On Shaky Ground: A Free Viewing: On Shaky Ground features artwork by members of a dedicated group of artists who participated in a seminar series organized by The Phipps. The “3-legged stool” in the subtitle refers to the need for balance and stability- economic, environmental, and social - to create sustainable, thriving communities. This group exhibit seeks to engage audiences to consider ways to move forward toward this goal with inclusion and grace. On Shaky Ground will be on view at the Great River Road Visitor and Learning Center in Freedom Park, 200 Monroe Street, Prescott, Wis., where it will be displayed October 20 through November 26. Location: The Great River Road Visitor and Learning Center, 200 Monroe St, Prescott WI 54021

November 18:

St. Philips Soup Luncheon and Bake Sale Fundraiser:The community is invited to attend the 15th Annual BAKE SALE & SOUP LUNCH at St. Philip's Lutheran Church, 1401 West 15th Street, Hastings, MN on Saturday, November 18, 2017, 10 a.m.-1:30 p.m. The sale will feature a large variety of pies, cakes, cookies, Scandinavian delicacies (including lefse,) and home canned goods.Three soups will be offered for the lunch - Hamburger Vegetable, Wild Rice (gluten free,) and Bean & Ham.

Serving in-house, at $5.50 per meal. will begin at 10:30 a.m. Take-out at $8 per quart will begin at 10 a.m. Lunches include the soup, a hot roll, a beverage, and a Rice Krispie Treat.The proceeds go towards several missions including providing Bible Story Books for three-year olds, Bibles for 3rd graders, a Scholarship for a high school girl in Tanzania, Feed My Starving Children, and Youth Mission Projects. The event is made possible by the gift of a Thrivent Action Team Project Grant for $250 that will be used for purchasing food for use in the preparation of the soups.

November 18:

Sendoff For Rosemount HS Band:The RHS Marching Band is the first Minnesota band since 1989 to be invited to perform in the Macy’s parade, seen by millions on the streets of Manhattan and on TV. The band has a record of state championship performances and appeared in the 2014 Tournament of Roses Parade in California.

The community will celebrate the band’s excellence and wish its members well during a sendoff ceremony on the 18th. The sendoff event is being combined with the community’s annual holiday tree lighting event, which is organized by the Rosemount Area Arts Council and city government’s Youth Commission.

Scheduled to attend are Minnesota Lt. Governor Tina Smith; U.S. Representative Jason Lewis; State Senator Greg Clausen; and State Representative Anna Wills.

LOCATION: south parking lot of the Rosemount Community Center, 13885 South Robert Trail

SCHEDULE: 5:45 p.m. - Singing by choir from St. Joseph’s School

6 p.m. - Comments by Rosemount Mayor Bill Droste, event master of ceremonies Chuck Brooks, representatives of local event sponsors

6:10 p.m. - Fire truck carrying Santa arrives, followed by RHS Band marching from the high school via Highway 3/South Robert Trail to the Community Center

6:15 p.m. - Band performs at event (Please note- In order to preserve the quality of the band’s instruments and uniforms for the Thanksgiving parade, band members will not perform if there is heavy precipitation on the evening of the 18th. The indoor events would still occur at 6:30 p.m.)

6:20 p.m. - Dignitaries and band leaders comment

6:35 p.m. - Tree lighting ends outdoor event; the crowd will be welcomed inside for treats, singing by RHS Chamber Choir and a performance at 7:30 by the Rosemount Community band (which includes many RHS Band alumni)

Because the band and audience stands will be set up in the parking lot, parking spaces will be at a premium, and the public is encouraged to arrive early. A limited number of spaces for media vehicles will be available on the curb by the community center/ice arena. Access to reach those spaces will be closed off by 5:15 p.m.

The City is renting two portable lighting units to illuminate the event. Speakers will be on microphones connected to a portable PA system. There will not be an audio distribution system.

November 18:

Finding Nature in our County Parks:Junior Girl Scouts can earn their Geocacher Badge on Saturday, November 18th,by attending one of several opportunities that are provided by Dakota County parks using natural resources found in Lebanon Hills Regional Park . Homeschoolers are also encouraged to utilize the visitor center for hands-on study of the diverse ecosystems found in the woods, waters and landscape all year round. For more information or to view a full list of programs and events, call 952-891-7000 Monday through Friday 8 am until 4:30 pm.

November 18:

Hornucopia Concert at HAC For music lovers who like a big sound coming from gleaming brass instruments, the stage will be filled with the exciting sounds of Hornucopia, coming to the Hastings Arts Center on Saturday,November 18th. This presentation features all the great hits made popular by horn-driven groups of the past 50 years. A special incentive for youth ages 7-17, who will be admitted free with a paid adult admission. Those tickets are available only at the door, but all other tickets can be found on the website or call 651-437-3250. Discount tickets available until November 17th.

November 17,18, and 19:

Courthouse Christmas in Stillwater: The Keeping in Touch publication for Washington County reminds residents that the Historic Courthouse located in Stillwater, is part of the county parks system and the upcoming Christmas at the Courthouse will be held this Friday, Saturday and Sunday. This is the 25th year has been decorated in holiday spendor and opened to gift vendors, singers, food stalls and even Santa himself. The public is invited to the opening gala that will be held from 6:30-9:00 pm this Friday that includes food and drinks, vendors and a performance of local singing groups. Cost for Friday's Gala event is $25 per person, which will be a fundraiser for ongoing restoration of the historic building. Saturday and Sunday, the holiday bazaar will be held from 10am until 4 pm. The Historic Courthouse is located at the corner of Pine and 3rd Streets in Stillwater.

November 19:

St. Lukes Thanksgiving Meal:St. Lukes Episcopal Church in Hastings invites everyone to a Thanksgiving Meal on Sunday, November 19th, starting at 11 AM. The meal will be served until 12:30 PM at the church. For more information or for questions, contact St. Lukes at 651-437-9855. Office hours are Tuesday through Thursday, 10 AM to 3 PM. St. Lukes is located at 615 Vermillion Street, in Hastings.

November 21:

Red Cross Blood Donation Drive: The Red Cross has scheduled a mobile blood donation stop at the City Hall in Cottage Grove on Tuesday, November 21st, from 9 AM to 3 PM as part of an end-of-the-year donation drive. The Red Cross reports that donations tend to decline during the Thanksgiving and Christmas seasons, and urge you to remember those in need of life-giving blood transfusions. For a complete list of donation locations and times, visit or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767).

November 21:

River Valley Band Practice: Held in HHS Band or Orchestra room. New members always welcome. Practice each Tuesday evening from 7-9 pm. Small fee for adult players, fee waived for students in Middle School, High School or Post Secondary schools. Contact President Alan Saunders for more information. Holiday concert will be December 3rd.

November 22:

Annual Pie Fellowship Service at OSEL:A Thanksgiving Eve worship service will take place on Wednesday, November 22nd at Our Saviours Evangelical Lutheran Church in Hastings. Their traditional pie fellowship will follow the service which begins at 7pm. Bring your favorite paie and join the church community as they celebrate Thanksgiving. Our Saviour's is located at 400 West 9th Street and all are welcome.

November 22:

PreThanksgiving Service and Pie Social: The congregation of Hope Lutheran Church welcomes the community to join them Wednesday evening for a Thanksgiving service with pie social following the 7 pm worship.

November 23:

Thanksgiving-Gobblegait: See registration info above. Pre-Turkey exercise for a good cause. Sponsored by Storm Creek and Vermillion Bank, you can Register yourself or your entire family and join in the fundraiser for Hastings Family Service that is a tradition for many area residents and visitors. Begins downtown and offers competitive qualifying runs as well as fun family walking course. More info and photos can be found at the website

November 24:

Kaesen Council Knights of Columbus Charity Auction: The Annual Charity hosted by the Kaesen Council of the Knights of Columbus will be held on Friday November 24th, the day after Thanksgiving, at St. John’s School in Vermillion. Doors will open at 6:00 pm with the auction to start at 7:00 pm. The fundraiser uses the proceeds to donate to various local charities throughout the year. No furniture or appliances are accepted but donations of gift cards, auto service,sports tickets, movie passes and other such items, are always welcomed. Jack Hines will again be the auctioneer and the event has a long tradition of memorable moments and community comradiere. Any questions, call Joe Kummer at work, 651-437-9445

November 24 and 25:

Storm Creek Warehouse and Charity Benefit Sale:Storm Creek clothing manufacturer, based in Hastings, is an outerwear warehouse which will be using an upcoming sale to benefit several local programs and charities including Hastings Show Choir, Gobble Gait, United Way of Hastings, the Hastings LaCrosse Club and Special Olympics. A special edition hat named Embrace the Cold will use all proceeds from those sales to benefit Special Olympics. Sale dates are Friday, November 24 from 8 to 5 and Saturday November 25th from 9 until 2. Storm Creek Warehouse is located at 624 Spiral Boulevard.

November 25:

Hastings Holiday Hoopla: Holiday Hoopla in Downtown Hastings will take place on Saturday, November 25th from 8:30am through 6:30 pm. Coinciding with Small Business Saturday, this 6th Annual Hoopla will feature favorite activities including; Reindeer Sleigh Rides, Horse & Wagon Rides, Gourmet S’mores, Pictures with Santa and the Grinch, Mrs. Claus, Ice Carving, Who Hair, Face Painting & Carolers.

It all wraps up with the Lighted Parade down 2nd Street. Events will be held throughout our Historic Downtown area and our shops, restaurants, and other business will be open. A change this year, photos with Santa, taken by Rachel Marthaler Photography,will take place upstairs at the Onion Grille from 9am until 1 PM. Cost is 30 dollars per reserved group. No pets, however. You must RSVP on Facebook to reserve your photo time.

November 25:

Holiday Hoopla Parade in Downtown: Great family event taking place on Saturday. Lighted parade concludes the event. For more information on how to participate, contact Tatia Nelson at the Busted Nut Bar and Grill.

November 25:

Bird Watchers Presentation:The Prescott Library will host an event this Wednesday, November 15th, especially selected those who enjoy watching and feeding birds. If you've ever wondered what it would be like to have your yard teaming with birds or hope to tell the difference between a wren, a waxwing and a woodpecker, a one hour presentation by Judith Sparrow will be just the ticket. Sparrow's multi-media presentation/workshop will focus on attracting and identifying backyard birds-including tricks you can use to learn and identify some of their unique songs and calls. The presentation is free and will begin at 6:30. The Prescott Library is located at 800 Borner Street.

November 25:

Prescott Hometown Holidays: Hometown Holidays will celebrate Small Business Saturday, November 25th 10 to 2pm. Welcoming guests to their shops and establishments trimmed for the season and filled with great gift ideas. Prescott Businesses will offer for a long list of Holiday Specials.

Forever Gifts Boutique - register for $100 Gift basket. 15% off all day. Cookies and coffee.

Two Meandering Ladies LLC - Draw for your discount. Cookies & Cider.

22 & Co. Furniture, Home Decor and Antiques. - Sip on Cider. Free gift wrapping. $50 gift certificate give away. Discount snowflakes found in store.

No Name Saloon & Monkey Bar, Prescott, Wi - Peppermint Paddy $3. Free Cooler Cup with $3 purchase. 9 to 6pm.

Broad Street Bar and Grill - $4 Bloody Mary’s.

Kitchen Table - $2 Tom & Jerrys.

The Twisted Oak Coffee House - Coffee & Hot Chocolate Specials.

Brickyard Pub & Eatery - Happy Hour Drink Specials, special menu. Free $5 gift card with $50 gift card purchase.

Twin Fish Boutique LLC - Free Grab Bags with $100 purchase (while supply last) 10% of sales will go to purchase hats/mittens/coats for local children in need. Holiday Beverages.

Prescott Roadhouse - Half price appetizers all day.

Ridgetop One Stop Shop - crafters 9am to 2pm. 7 miles E. of Prescott on Highway 10

Prescott Public Library - Stop by for information about small business Saturday. Pick up a tote of ads, goodies, maps, brochures. Raffles and Refreshments

November 25:

Mission Fundraiser:Spring Garden Lutheran Church of Cannon Falls will host a Medical Mission to Guatemala Fundraiser on November 25, from 7 to 10:00 PM, at the Mill Street Tavern, 410 Mill St W, in Cannon Falls. Enjoy the music of the Loose Cannons at this fundraiser for a medical mission to Guatemala. This fun-filled, family friendly event features live music, games, silent auction, quilt raffle and much more, plus a visit from Santa and Mrs. Claus. This is a free event, but a freewill donation will be accepted at the door.

November 25:

Deck the Falls:The Cannon Falls Chamber of Commerce announces Deck the Falls on Small Business Saturday, November 25th. Along with the Deck the Falls events that are planned, local merchants will have their businesses all decked out for the season and many will offer specials throughout the day. While shopping and visiting local businesses, shoppers can register to qualify for the Holiday drawing that takes place immediately following the Deck the Falls parade. A link to the complete list of events and participating merchants can be found on the Chambers event calendar at

November 25:

Ol Country Bazaar at St. Marks Church:The annual Ol'Country Bazaar at St. Mark's Lutheran Church in Randolph will be held on Saturday, November 25th from 9am until 3 pm. More than 3 dozen craft vendors will bring their wares for homespun gift selections and a large bake sale will feature cookies, candy and lots of homemade treats. The ladies of the church have stitched a beautiful hand made quilt which will be raffled off as well. A luncheon offers choices of hot beef sandwiches and sloppy joes and gooey caramel and sweet rolls. St. Mark's Lutheran Church is located at 28595 Randolph Blvd. Or call them 507-263-9182.

November 27:

Babies Obstacle Course: The Pleasant Hill Library will offer an Obstacle Course on Monday,November 27th for children and their caregivers.Drop in anytime from 10:30-11:30 am to navigate tunnels and hoops, hop down a path and weave through cones in this full-body movement experience. Space is limited and this free activity is designed for Ages 2-6.

November 27 and 28:

Black Dirt Theater Auditions:Black Dirt Theater announces their Mid-Winter production of Leaving Iowa will hold auditions on Monday November 27 and Tuesday the 28th, with callbacks on the 29th. Auditions will be held in 30 minute increments, with you and 6 other people. They will take place at the Black Dirt Theater Office: 213 Sibley Street, Hastings, MN. There will be 6 people in the cast of this production. Sign-up Link:

November 28:

River Valley Band Practice: Held in HHS Band or Orchestra room. New members always welcome. Practice each Tuesday evening from 7-9 pm. Small fee for adult players, fee waived for students in Middle School, High School or Post Secondary schools. Contact President Alan Saunders for more information. Holiday concert will be December 3rd.

November 29:

Sing, Plan and Learn: Sing, Play, Learn at the Pleasant Hills Library on Wednesday morning, November 29th from 10:30-11:15 am. Wheels Make Music and young children to age 5 will enjoy the magic of music and play with MacPhail Center for Music’s early childhood music specialists. Experience music’s impact on learning and reading readiness. This is a Minnesota Legacy program sponsored by Minnesota’s Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund. Registration is required. Stop by the library to sign up anytime after November 15th.

November 30:

Fun with Words:If your child likes to explore Fun with Words, Pleasant Hills library will be the place to be on Thursday, November 30th from 6-7 PM. This activity is designed for children ages 0-6 and their caregivers, and will engage them in fun activities featuring words in this early literacy workshop. Sponsored in part by ECFE. Registration required for each child. Sign up anytime after November 16th at the library.


December 2:

Live Nativity at Hastings St. Johns Church: Members of the congregation and other volunteers will provide a live nativity outside the church at 202 8th Street West. The scene will take place beginning at 5PM and will feature the manger, with live animals and costumed representations of the birth of Jesus. Join us as Christ’s birth is re-enacted with Bible Narration, Live Actors and Real Animals. Free outside performances will be held on a continuous basis, every 20 minutes. The last performance will be at 6:40 pm. Free refreshments will be served inside the church. Everyone is welcome!

December 2:

Crafty Corgi Shop and Sip:Crafty Corgi Events invites you to finish your Holiday shopping at the River Oaks Event Center Sip & Shop event. Multiple crafters and vendors will gather in one spot make it easy for you to shop multiple small businesses. Sip & Shop is on December 2nd, from 10 AM to 2 PM. If you are interested in participating as a vendor, contact Crafty Corgi Events at 651-263-6050. River Oaks Event Center is located at 11099 Highway 61 S, Cottage Grove.

December 2:

Project Share Fundraiser Concert:A special holiday event will be presented at the Hastings Arts Center on Saturday December 2nd as two star powered Twin Cities groups come together for a one night appearance that will also help raise funds for Project Share and Hastings Family Service. Members of Two Girls and A Boyd Get New Shoes for Christmas is a combination of great performers including Minnesota Music Hall of Fame inductee Mary Jane Alm who joins Aimee and Boyd Lee and members of the Guy's All=Star Shoe Band, a frequent contributor to Garrison Keillor's A Prairie Home Companion Radio Show for over 20 years. Award-winning Guitarist and Songwriter Pat Donohoe will be their special guest as the evening is sure to warm your heart for Christmas. Tickets are available through with a portion of each ticket sold benefitting Hastings Family Service.

December 3:

Breakfast With Santa at the Red Barn VFW:The Cottage Grove Lions Club invites families to Breakfast With Santa, on December 3rd, at the Red Barn VFW, Post 8752. Breakfast will be served from 8 AM to Noon, with a menu of pancakes, eggs, sausage, orange juice, and milk. There will be a silent auction, baskets and a bake sale. Admission is $8 for adults and $5 for children 12 and under. The Cottage Grove VFW is located at 9260 E. Point Douglas Road.

December 3:

River Valley Band Holiday Concert: Held at 3 PM at St.Philips Lutheran Church in Hastings. Directed by Rufino Ochowada, this 58 piece ensemble will perform selections of the season with traditional and contemporary favorites.

December 4:

Prescott School Christmas Program: for grades Kindergarten and Grade 1 time to be determined

December 4:

Prescott Chamber Holiday Party:The Prescott Chamber of Commerce Holiday Party is scheduled for 5 to 8 PM, Monday, December 4th at the Brickyard Pub and Eatery. Chamber members are invited to mingle together and enjoy and evening of holiday celebration. The cost is 7 dollars per attendee, and holiday-themed attire is encouraged, but not required. Please RSVP to the Chamber by November 30th by calling Trish Huber at 715-262-3284 and invite co-workers, family and friends.

December 5:

Prescott School Christmas Program: for grades 2 and 3- Time to be determined

December 5:

River Valley Band Holiday Concert : Held at Simley HS beginning at 7 PM. Songs of the season will be played in this bonus concert directed by Rufino Ochowada. Tickets at the Door.

December 7:

Prescott Christmas Program: for grades 4 and 5- Time to be determined

December 7:

HAC presents Two Girls and A Boyd Got New Shoes For Christmas: Spend your Christmas holiday with two of the Twin Cities most talked about groups as they join together for a rare and very special holiday concert and fundraiser.Mary Jane Alm and Aimée & Boyd Leecombine with the “New Shoes” band featuring Richard Kriehn, Joe Savage, Gary Raynor and Peter Johnson - members of the "Guy's All-Star Shoe Band,” a fixture on Garrison Keillor's A Prairie Home Companion for over 20 years.Topping it off will be A Prairie Home CompanionGrammy Award-winning guitarist and songwriter, Pat Donohue! This will be a truly fabulous and extremely musical experience -Don’t miss it! It may never happen again! Tickets $25 plus $1.87service fee for adults and $15 plus $1.62 service fee for youth 15 and under. Follow link found on website.

December 8:

Holiday Train Jamboree:The Holiday Train Jamboree will be held at Christ's Family Church, located just east of the CP Depot on Friday, December 8th beginning at 6:30pm. The event will take place just before the arrival of the Holiday Train, scheduled to arrive at 8:30. Enjoy live music, cookie decorating, games, walking tacos, hot cocoa, a train ride for the littlest kids, and visits from Santa and Buddy the Elf! This family-friendly event is FREE, and everyone is encouraged to bring a donation of canned goods or cash that will be collected for the work done by Hastings Family Service.

December 9:

Bells of the Bluff Concert:The Bells of the Bluff handbell ensemble will ring in the holidays with a spirited performance at the Great River Road visitor's And Learning Center from 11 am until noon on Sunday, December 9th. Their 14 ringers come from communities throughout east-central Minnesota and western Wisconsin and together they provide performance, workshop and audience participation experiences to help spread the joy of handbells. Founded in 2013, the Bells have been building their skills as individuals and also as an ensemble with a broad range of music and helping other expand their ringing abilities and appreciation for handbell music. This free performance is open to the public. Held at Freedom Park in Prescott.

December 9:

Zak Brothers Holiday : The Green Mill Restaurant in Hastings will be the host for a live music holiday presentation from the Zak Brothers. The event will be held on Sat December 9th from 5-8 pm. They will be accepting tips that will be dontated to the Masonic Cancer Center for cancer research. The brothers will perform some of their holiday favorites and encourage friends and family to support this important cause.

December 9:

Holiday Train Arrives in Cottage Grove: The community is welcome to this celebration of the start of the Holiday sesaon. The CP Holiday Train is scheduled to arrive at 5:30 PM with performances given by musicians on the train as well as a visit by Old Saint Nick himself! Donations are currently being collected for Friends in Need Food Shelf. Watch for parking information near the 80th street and frontage street exits on the west side of Highway 61.

December 14:

Hastings Grief Support Group: The meeting for the Hastings Area Grief Support Group will take place this Thursday beginning at 6 PM. The group meets on the 2nd and 4th Thursday of each month, from 6:00 - 7:30. . There is no cost to attend and everyone is welcome to be a part of this caring environment for mutual support and education for those grieving the death of a significant person. Contact: Dick and Donna Mathiowetz- 651 983 0135 for more information or to ask questions. The meeting is held in a respectful Christian atmosphere, welcoming all people with opportunities to understand and express their own grief experience.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        

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.

December 28:

Hastings Grief Support Group: The meeting for the Hastings Area Grief Support Group will take place this Thursday beginning at 6 PM. The group meets on the 2nd and 4th Thursday of each month, from 6:00 - 7:30. . There is no cost to attend and everyone is welcome to be a part of this caring environment for mutual support and education for those grieving the death of a significant person. Contact: Dick and Donna Mathiowetz- 651 983 0135 for more information or to ask questions. The meeting is held in a respectful Christian atmosphere, welcoming all people with opportunities to understand and express their own grief experience.


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