Community Events

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SEPTEMBER

Now thru September 24:

Sponsor-Fund Our Police Officers Golf Tournament and Concert: Emerald Greens Golf Course is hosting Fund Our Police Officers Golf Tournament and Concert Friday, September 24th and is accepting sponsors. Proceeds go to provide mental health support for officers, retention training, and scholarships to those looking to enter a fantastic profession as a keeper of the peace. To become a sponsor visit the Emerald Greens Golf Course website

Now thru September 26:

Canoe and Kayak Rental: Enjoy the start of the fall season from the water! Rent a canoe or kayak from the Lebanon Hills Visitor Center on Saturdays and Sundays from 9:00am-8:00pm September 11th-26th. Rentals are available up to one week in advance by online reservation only. A limited number of boats will also be available for walk-up rental. Visit the Dakota County Parks website for details or call the Lebanon Hills Visitor Center.

Now thru September 27:

School Board Candidate Forum Question Submissions: Independent School District 200 is hosting a School Board Candidate Forum Tuesday, October 5th from 6:00pm-8:00pm in the High School Auditorium. The board is looking for questions and/or topics of interest from the community to help shape forum questions. Please share your thoughts with the School Board no later than Monday, September 27th. To submit questions and topics, please email Staff@HastingsMN.org or call 651-480-7000.

Now thru September 30:

MN Agriculture License Plate Design Submissions Accepted: The Minnesota Future Farmers of America Foundation and Minnesota 4-H are requesting design submissions for the recently approved, specialized agriculture Minnesota license plate. Members of FFA and 4-H are encouraged to submit designs. One member's design will be chosen. Creativity is encouraged- as participants design an image that depicts the lands and activities related to agriculture. Deadline to submit designs is October 1st. Full contest details are available at mnffafoundation.org and Minnesota 4-H Extension's website.

Now thru October 15:

FFA Blue Jackets Applications: The Future Farmers of America is accepting applications for their Blue Jackets-Bright Futures program now thru October 15th. If selected as a recipient of the program, a packet of information will be mailed to your Agriculture Teacher on your behalf. It will include a congratulations letter, a thank you note to be completed and sent to your sponsor, and a gift card number to the National FFA Store to place your order for your jacket and your scarf/tie. To submit an application visit the Minnesota FFA Foundation website.

Now thru November 1:

Best Christmas Ever Nominations: Best Christmas Ever is coming to Hastings! This Minnesotan, non-profit is looking for family nominations. Here is Jessica Kohner with the details:

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To fill out the nomination application visit the Best Christmas Ever website.

Now thru November 18:

Psychological First Aid Classes:

Dakota County is offering multiple Psychological First Aid classes now through November 18th. Psychological First Aid aims to reduce stress symptoms and assist in a healthy recovery following a traumatic event, natural disaster, public health emergency, or even a personal crisis. Emotional distress is not always as visible as a physical injury but is just as painful and debilitating. Psychological First Aid is a strategy to reduce the painful range of emotions and responses experienced by people exposed to high stress. To see class times and to register visit the Dakota County website. Direct link to register here.

September 17:

Sheldon Theater-MN Music Night: The Sheldon Theater of Performing Arts is hosting a music performance, "MN Music Night", Friday, September 17th starting at 7:30pm. Enjoy 3 Minnesota bands: The Orange Goodness, Lazy Scorsese and Annie & the Big Bang as they play various indie-grove, psychedelia, funk, pop and folk inspired music. For more information visit the Sheldon Theater website or call (651) 388-8700.

Freedom Flight Balloon-Hastings: The Freedom Flight, Prisoner of War and Missing in Action (POW/MIA) Hot Air Balloon will appear in Hastings at Calvary Christian Church, 907 West 15th Street, on September 17th and in Red Wing, on September 18th, starting at 5 PM, at the Bay Point Park, located on Levee Road, north of Highway 61, along the Mississippi River. September 17th is National POW/MIA Recognition Day, which was established in 1979 through a proclamation signed by President Jimmy Carter. For any questions, please contact First Sergeant, United States Army, Retired, Dean W. Markuson, (651) 438-2208 or via email at DeanRVNVet@aol.com.

GlowCrazy Dance Night: Harbor Church in Hastings invites youth to join the Children's Ministry team for a GlowCrazy Dance Night, Friday, September 17th from 6:30-8:00pm. Let's GLOW CRAZY and dance all night...well, just until 8 pm! Pizza and punch will be provided, registration is $20/family and you can register at The Harbor Church website.

Preschool Story Time: Orchard Fun: Carpenter St. Croix Valley Nature Center invites you to Preschool Story Time: Orchard Fun Friday, September 17th from 10:00am-11:00am. Their monthly preschool story time program is designed to introduce children ages 2-5 to nature in a fun and safe environment. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Program fee is $5 per child or $3 per child for "Friends of CNC". Space is limited, and registration is required. Please RSVP by calling (651) 437-4359.

September 17 thru 18:

Cannon Falls: Fall Community-Wide Garage Sale: The City of Cannon Falls welcomes you to their Fall Community-Wide Garage Sale Weekend, September 17th-18th. Over 50 garage sales will be open for business throughout Cannon Falls! Visit the Cannon Falls Chamber of Commerce website for details.

St. Luke's Garage Sale: St. Luke's Episcopal Church, located on the corner of 7th St and Hwy 61 in Hastings, is hosting a garage sale on Friday Sept 17th, from 8am until 4pm and Saturday Sept 18th, from 8am until noon. There is something for everyone, clothing, crafts, household, and many miscellaneous items. Funds raised will be used to help preserve St. Luke's beautiful historic building. Sale organizers ask that shoppers please wear a mask.

September 17 thru 19:

Rusty Rabbitiques Flea Market: Get ready to get your flea market on with Rusty Rabbitiques, from September 17 through September 19th, at the Rusty Rabbitiques annual Flea Market on the Farm., at 23590 Cedar Avenue, in Farmington. This event gets bigger year after year! Come join them on the farm for great Junkin'! Learn more at the link provided here.

MN DNR Kayaking Field Trip: The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources is hosting: Backwaters Kayaking Field Trip on Friday, September 17th from 12:00pm-2:00pm at Whitewater State Park. Join a kayaking field trip to explore the backwaters of the Mississippi River near Kellogg. Bring your own kayak, lifejacket and gear or rent from a nearby outfitter. Registration is required, this event is free. Contact Sara for more information and to register: 507-312-2306 or email to sara.holger@state.mn.us

September 18:

Hope Lutheran Women's Retreat: Hope Lutheran Church in Hastings is offering a Women's Retreat Saturday September 18th from 9:00am- 2:00pm. Ruth Knight has the details:

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The cost is $15 per person and per-registration is required by September 1st. Please sign up on the Hope Lutheran Church website or call Ruth at 952-212-2744.

Bike With A Ranger: The City of Hastings, in partnership with the National Park Service, invites you to experience the city's 10-mile loop trail via bicycle along side a park ranger! The ride is on Saturday September 18th, from 9:00am-10:30am and will begin and end at Levee Park. Bring your bike & helmet. This event is recommended for teens & adults. The cost is free. To register contact 651-480-6182.

Field of Bands Veteran Benefit:Come support the 2nd Annual Field of Bands Veteran Benefit as part of the Yellow Ribbon Alliance-Lower St. Croix Valley on September 18 from 12:00pm-8:00pm at the the Washington County Fairgrounds. 100% of the proceeds go to helping our local Veterans, Service Members and their families. Tickets are $20 in advance and $30 the day of the show. Enjoy the beer garden and food trucks. Bring your own lawn chair. For more information on the event or to get involved, please call 651-214-9463.

Koo Koo Kanga Roo Performance: Koo Koo Kanga Roo is set to perform at Farmington Dew Days on Saturday, Sept. 18 at 4 PM at the Dew Days Stage, 325 Oak St. This event is for all ages and is free to attend. Koo Koo Kanga Roo is an American comedic dance-pop duo from Minneapolis, consisting of vocalists Bryan and Neil. Neil grew up in Farmington and graduated from Farmington High School. For more information about Koo Koo Kanga Roos performance, visit FarmingtonMN.gov.

Rosemount Food Truck Festival: The Rosemount Food Truck Festival is back and you don't want to miss this epic fall event. Taste food from every corner of the globe, or at least the Metro area, while you enjoy the park and tons of live music. The festival runs Saturday, September 18, from 4 to 9 PM at Rosemount Central Park, 2893 145th Street W. Admission is free, cash for food, and cards accepted at some vendors. An ATM will be available on site. Visit the Rosemount City website for complete details and a list of food truck and bands.

Freedom Flight Ballon-Red Wing: In honor of National POW/MIA Recognition Day, the non-profit Freedom Flight, will be hosting a Hot Air Balloon Tethering Community Event Saturday, September 18th at 5:00pm at Bay Point Park in Red Wing near the historic Boat House Village. All the flights are FREE, and voluntary donations are collected appreciated.

Field Trip to Happy Earth Orchard: Ellsworth Public Library presents "Field Trip to Happy Earth Orchard" Saturday, September 18th from 10:30am-11:30am. Join them for fall fun at The Happy Earth Orchard, in Ellsworth where you will read stories, sing songs, go on a hayride, create apple crafts, go apple picking, eat apple snacks and explore the orchard. Dress for the weather and wear proper footwear-the grass can be dewy in the morning. This event is free and geared toward kids, but all are welcome! For more information visti tthe Ellsworth Public Library website.

September 18 thru 19:

River Falls' Annual Bacon Bash: The River Falls Area Chamber of Commerce invites you to celebrate all things bacon at River Falls' Annual Bacon Bash September 18th-19th! This two-day family-friendly food festival includes over 35 different bacon-inspired food items. The River Falls Bacon Bash features pig-themed activities for the entire family, live music, merchant vendors, craft beer and wine, and much, much more! Admission is free and pets are welcome. For more information visit the River Falls Area Chamber of Commerce website.

September 19:

Fix-It Clinic: Dakota County is hosting an in-person Fix-It Clinic Sunday, September 19th from 1:00 pm-4:00 pm at the park pavilion in Whitetail Woods Park in Farmington. Get ready to mend and repair. Bring up to three items that need fixing or mending. Repair-savvy volunteers will guide you through each step, from troubleshooting to a completed repair. What a great way to save money and cherish what you already own! Last year 70% of the items brought to the clinic were repaired on the spot. If you have questions call Dakota County Environmental Resources 952-891-7557.

150th Anniversary Pig Roast Luncheon: Our Saviour's Lutheran Church in Hastings is celebrating their 150th Anniversary with a Pig Roast Luncheon on Sunday, September 19th with meal service from 11:30am-1:00pm. Enjoy: roast pig stuffed with sauerkraut, roasted and shredded chicken, cole slaw, potato salad sauerkraut stuffing and buns. All are welcome, if you have questions call: 651-437-9052

Free Gentle Yoga Class: Inspiring Actions Yoga in River Falls is offering their FREE, monthly Karma Gentle Yoga class Sunday, September 19th from 4:00pm-5:00pm. This class welcomes those who enjoy a slow paced, gentle practice. Whether you are new to yoga, or an experienced practitioner, this class will help you unwind and release stress. Chairs are available if you prefer to stay seated. Anyone can attend free of charge and donations are welcome. For more information visit the event Facebook page or call 715-381-3148.

Hastings Hockey Golf Scramble-Registration Deadline: The Hastings Hockey Association invites you to their Hastings Hockey Golf Scramble on Sunday, September 26th at the Hastings Golf Club. Check in begins at 10:30am with a 12:00pm shotgun start. The cost is $85/person and $340/ team. The Hastings Hockey Association is a volenteer-run, nonprofit and with community support their program teaches youth player's to be confident in themselves, have discipline, good work ethic and how to be a good teammate. Please register by September 19, to do so visit the Hastings Hockey Association website

Historic Hastings Car Show: Don't miss out on the last Historic Hastings Car Show for 2021! Enjoy a downtown filled with classic cars, music, food and fun on Sunday, September 19th from 11:00am-4:00pm. For more information visit the Historic Hastings Car Show Facebook page.

September 20:

American Red Cross Blood Drive: The American Red Cross will be hosting a Blood Drive at the American Legion in St. Paul Park Monday, September 20th from 10:00am-4:00pm. Both whole blood and apheresis donations will be offered. Especially, if you have O-, O+, B- or A-, ask about the Red Power donations. If you are interested in donating and would like to schedule an appointment, visit the American Red Cross website.

September 20 thru October 1:

City of Hastings Fall Clean-Up: The City of Hastings, Dakota County and Tennis Sanitation are partnering together for the City of Hastings Fall Clean-up event September 20th-October 1st. Learn more about scheduling a pick-up for old appliances, furniture, scrap iron, tires, mattress and box springs by visiting the City of Hastings website or by calling 651-480-6182.

September 21:

Art of Indigo Dye: Dakota County invites you to the Art of Indigo Dye on Tuesday, September 21st from 6:00pm-8:00pm at Pleasent Hill Library. Discover the art of dyeing as you dip fabric in a dye vat, pull it out and see the color change from yellow to blue as it oxidizes in the air. Learn the history and science behind indigo dye, how a synthetic vat is mixed and how to create different shibori with fabric. Presented by Parcel Arts. This event is geared for adults. Registration is required, to do so visit the Dakota County website.

Coffee Concert: Greg Herriges: The Hastings Arts Center is hosting a free Coffee Concert Tuesday, September 21st from 10:30am-11:45am. Greg Herriges returns to the Hastings Arts Center stage to kickoff the 2021-2022 concert season! Greg plays World Music using a variety of instruments and his voice, and has been recognized as a talented composer. Visit the Hastings Arts Center website for details.

Health Care & Your Retirement Class: Hastings Community Education is offering a Health Care & Your Retirement class Tuesday, September 21st from 6:30pm-7:15pm at Tilden Community Center. Discuss the potential impact of rising health care costs on retirement savings, including introduction of medicare coverage and costs, long-term care costs, available options for supplemental health care and long-term care insurance. The cost is $8.00, to register visit the Hastings Community Education website.

Hastings Heritage Preservation Commission: The Hastings Heritage Preservation Commission meets Tuesday, September 21st at 7:00pm at City Hall in the Volunteer Room. The agenda includes Certificates of Approval review for a new sign, a new fence and a repair, as well as discussion surrounding Preservation Awards and a Century Home Application Review. All are welcome to attend this meeting.

Dakota County Board Of Commissioners Meeting: The Dakota County Board Of Commissioners Meeting will be held on Tuesday, September 21st at 9:00am in the Administration Center, 1590 Highway 55 in Hastings. Please see the Dakota County website for a detailed agenda but some items include: county employee medical benefits, public health funding, grant allocation and property tax reform. If you wish to speak at the meeting send comments prior to 7:30am the day of the meeting via email to CountyAdmin@co.dakota.mn.us or call 651-438-4417.

Cannon Falls City Council Meeting: City of Cannon Falls City Council Meeting is Tuesday, September 21 at 6:30 pm. Please see the City of Cannon Falls website for a detailed agenda but some items include: emergency services funding allocation, tax reform and various business re-zoning projects. All are welcome to attend and speak, if you questions call 507-263-9300.

September 22:

In-School ACT Prep Course: Hastings Community Educations is offering an In-School ACT Prep Course Wednesdays, September 22nd- October 13th from 5:45-8:45pm at the High School. Students enrolled in these classes not only benefit from personal instruction, but also have free access to the online course. The fee for this course is $150, with all class materials included. This course may be repeated online at no extra charge. To learn more and to register visit the Hastings Community Education website.

Sewing Class: The Dakota County Library invites you to Pleasant Hill Library for an Intro to Sewing class Wednesday, September 22nd from 6:00pm-7:00pm. Enjoy a stress-free introduction to sewing machines. See a live demo, learn basic tips and techniques and gather inspiration for your own sewing projects. Geared for adults and youth ages 14 and older. Time for questions will be available before and after class. Registration is required and can be done on the Dakota County Library website.

Puzzle Exchange and Cub Food Delivery: Hastings Senior Center's next Puzzle Exchange and Cub Food Delivery is Wednesday, September 22nd from 9:30-11:30am. A table will be placed under the arch of Tilden's main doors with puzzles that you may take for your enjoyment. Day old bread and baked good from Cub are also available for pick up during this time. This event will take place, weather permitting. If it is raining, it will be set up in the Welcome Center.

Wednesday Night Supper: Joy Lutheran Church in Prescott invites you to their Wednesday Night Supper on September 22nd from 5:15pm-6:30pm. Come enjoy a spaghetti dinner and some social time! Everyone is welcome and free will donations are accepted. For more information visit the Joy Lutheran Church website or call (715) 262-5800.

September 23:

Cannon Falls Community Food Shelf: The Cannon Falls Community Food Shelf located in First English Lutheran Church is open Thursday, September 23rd from 10:00am-12:00pm. If you have questions or need to schedule a different pick up time call 507-263-3042.

Cottage Grove Public Works & Parks/Recreation Open House: Mark your calendar for the Cottage Grove Public Works & Parks/Recreation Open House on Thursday, September 23. The Public Works and Parks/Recreation Departments invite everyone to come and explore all of the trucks and equipment that city staff use to make Cottage Grove great. See loaders, plows, and mowers, play in a giant sand pile, learn from vendors that they frequently partner with, free face painting and balloon animals, and take a hay ride around the property. Hot dogs, chips and soda will be served for dinner. This free Open House will be held at the Public Works Garage, 8635 W Point Douglas Rd S, Cottage Grove, from 3 to 7 PM.

Basic Cake Decorating Class: Hastings Community Education is offering a Basic Cake Decorating class Thursday, September 23rd from 6:30pm-8:30pm at Tilden Community Center. Become your own cake boss! Docorate an 8" celebration cake to take home and gain skills in shell borders, writing, stars and rosettes. The cost is $36 upon registration and there is an additional food fee of $10 to be paid the day of class directly to the instructor. Optional take-home starter kits will be available for $12 aswell. Class is open to ages 12 and up. To register visit the Hastings Community Education website.

September 24:

Carpenter Nature Center Bird Banding: Carpenter St. Croix Valley Nature Center invites you to learn about Bird Banding Friday, September 24th from 8:00am-12:00pm. Bird Banding records can help us learn how long birds live, where they travel and when and where they migrate. Carpenter Nature Center has been banding birds for over 30 years. There is no program fee, but donations of Bird Seed and Suet are greatly appreciated. RSVP appreciated and can be done by calling 651-437-4359.

Fund Our Police Officers Golf Tournament and Concert: Emerald Greens Golf Course is hosting Fund Our Police Officers Golf Tournament and Concert Friday, September 24th. The golf tournament shogun start begins at 11:30am and from 6:00pm-10:30pm enjoy evening entertainment with music by "Sweet Keys" dueling pianos as a pig roast dinner is served. There are also amazing prizes! Proceeds go to provide mental health support for officers, retention training, and scholarships for those looking to enter a fantastic profession as a keeper of the peace. Come wear blue and support the officers! The cost for golfing and evening entertainment is $129, while tickets for the evening entertainment only are $20 in advance and $25 at the door. Visit the Emerald Greens Golf Course website for details.

September 24 thru 27:

Storywalk: The City of Hastings, in partnership with the Pleasant Hill Library invites you to a StoryWalk September 24th-27th from 8:00am- 8:00pm. A StoryWalk is an innovative way to enjoy reading and the outdoors at the same time! Large staked signs with book pages are installed along the trail from Levee Park to Jaycee Park in Hastings. Start and end at either park for a self-guided experience. Recommended for families with youth 10 and under. This event is free.

September 25:

CNC Raptor Release: Carpenter St. Croix Valley Nature Center will host a Raptor Release on Saturday, September 25. Join CNC in September as the University of Minnesota's Raptor Center releases rehabilitated raptors to the water, prairie and forest of the Carpenter St. Croix Valley Nature Center. Mark your calendars, and stay tuned for further details.

Northfield Area Harvest Car Cruise-In: The Northfield Area Harvest Car Cruise-In is an event to give back to the community and will be held in the Cannon Valley Cinema 10 parking lot Saturday, September 25th, from 3:00pm-7:00pm. Crusie-In is open to anyone with a car or motorcycle of interest. Dash plaques will be given to the first 50 participating cars or motorcycles. All proceeds and donations will be benefit Northfield's Community Action Center and The Northfield's Women Center. Participants and spectators who bring in a donation will be entered into a drawing. Donations like nonperishable food items, diapers, and baby formula are greatly appreciated. Don't forget the muscle car rides! If you have not ridden in an older car, don't miss the chance to experience the feeling and the power of these older cars cost is $5.00 per person. Event Facebook page here.

Lake Byllesby Regional Park Open House: Dakota County Parks is hosting Lake Byllesby Regional Park Open House on Saturday, September 25th from 3:00pm7:00 pm. Join them on National Public Lands Day to explore improvements at Lake Byllesby Regional Park. Tour the park and see activities in the new nature-themed play area of Lake Byllesby Beach. Take a self-guided walk or bike ride along the new paved lakeside trail with interpretive spots out to Echo Point. Food trucks and live music from 5-7 pm. All ages are welcome and the cost is free

Visit the Dakota County Parks website for details.

Sheldon Theater-Ghost Factory & Under the Skin: The Sheldon Theater of Performing Arts is hosting a dance performance, "Ghost Factory & Under the Skin", Saturday, September 25th starting at 7:30pm. Ghost Factory explores remnants of a past industrial era and will be accompanied by Under the Skin, where the duet interchange with their ever-multiplying virtual selves. The cost is $20 for adults. For more information visit the Sheldon Theater website or call (651) 388-8700.

Dakota County Historical Society-On the Shores of the St. Peter's River: The Dakota County Historical Society invites you to join them for a special event: On the Shores of the St. Peter's River-Sunday, September 25th from 10:00am to 11:00am. Join a guide at the Sibley Historic Site for a walk along the St. Peter's river to learn about the history of the area called Bdote in Dakota, where the St. Peter's (now Minnesota) and Mississippi rivers meet. Learn how the landscape played a crucial role in the fur trade and development of Minnesota as a state. The cost is $7/adult, pre-registration is required and can be done on the Dakota County Historical Society's website.

Cookie Monsters for Kids & Parents Class: Hastings Community Education is offering a Cookie Monsters for Kids (and Parents) class Saturday, September 25th from 9:00am-12:00pm at the Hastings High School. Designed for kids age 6 and up, participants will create and take home 6 kinds of cookies. Rolled Sugar Thins will be ready for decorating. Kids and parents will mix, shape and bake the famous Peanut Butter Balls. Already mixed and ready for shaping will be Chocolate Mint, Peppernuts and Sugar Drops to be dipped in assorted sprinkles and finally multi-colored Spritz cookies. Bring containers to transport your cookies home to enjoy immediately or freeze them. The cost is $35/per parent-child, with a food fee of $14/pair paid to the instructor on the day of class. To register visit the Hastings Community Education website.

Animal Ark Adoption Event: Animal Ark is holding its first in-house adoption event soon. Karen Warrings with Animal Ark has the details.

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For a complete list of attractions and vendors, visit AnimalArkMN.org.

Froeliches Day: The Hampton community will be hosting a Froeliches Day September 25 at Water and Main Streets in downtown Hampton from 2-10 PM. Activities include a BBQ rib cookoff. For cookoff information, rules and signup, contact TCGray88@yahoo.com or Matt@ButterandSpiceCo.com. There will also be adult games all day/evening, kids games and activities from 2-5 PM, demonstrations from the Dakota County Sheriff Department and Hampton-Randolph Fire Department and First Responders. Food will be available, DJ Crazy Craig Croakee will be there and there will be a street dance with the band the Coxmen. Proceeds will benefit the Hampton-Randolph Fire Department, Hampton City parks and other community events and programs.

September 25 thru 26:

43rd Annual Afton Art in the Park: The Afton Area Business Association invites you to the 43rd Annual Afton Art in the Park on September 25th & 26th. Come to Town Square Park and enjoy over 90 vendors showcasing fine arts, pottery, woodwork, jewelry, photography, sculpture, fiber and more. Plus great food and 2 days of live music! Wine & Beer Garden in Town Square Park is hosted by Afton Museum and all proceeds benefit Afton Historical Museum. For more information visit the Afton Area Business Association website.

Harvest for Hounds: Warrior Dog Rescue invites you to the second annual Harvest for Hounds Saturday, September 25th from 10:00am-3:00pm and Sunday, September 26th from 12:00pm-3:00pm in Eagan. This farmer's market-esque event will include homemade baked goods, delicious canned food and produce, flowers, and more! All proceeds will go to support Warrior Dog Rescue! For more information visit the Warrior Dog Rescue or event Facebook page.

September 26:

HPAAC Annual Fundraiser: The Hastings Prescott Area Arts Council invites you to their Annual Fundraiser Event, President Kathy O'Keefe with the details:

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Please vite the HPAAC website for more information.

St. Joe's Pancake Breakfast: The Blessed Stanley Rother Chapter 17013 of the Knights of Columbus cordially invite everyone to their Annual Pancake Breakfast at St. Joseph Catholic Church, at the intersection of Highway 61 and Nicolai Avenue, in Miesville, from 9 AM to 1 PM on Sunday, September 26th. Enjoy all-you-can-eat pancakes with an egg bake, sausage, coffee, milk and orange juice, all for a free-will offering. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to a scholarship fund.

Hastings Hockey Golf Scramble:The Hastings Hockey Association invites you to their Hastings Hockey Golf Scramble on Sunday, September 26th at the Hastings Golf Club. Check in begins at 10:30am with a 12:00pm shotgun start. The cost is $85/person and $340/ team. The Hastings Hockey Association is a volenteer-run, nonprofit and with community support their program teaches youth player's to be confident in themselves, have discipline, good work ethic and how to be a good teammate. Please register by September 19, to do so visit the Hastings Hockey Association website.

Raptor Count Event: Carpenter St. Croix Valley Nature Center invites you to a Raptor Count Event Sunday, September 26th from 10:00 am-2:00 pm. Each fall, thousands of raptors and other migratory birds follow the St. Croix/Mississippi River Flyway south to their wintering grounds in the southern U.S. and beyond. A team of spotters and greeters will set up behind the Administration Building to count migrants including raptors, songbirds, gulls, and other southbound birds. Come ask questions, check in on the count totals, or participate in the count. Binoculars will be available upon request. This event is free and for more information call (651) 437-4359.

September 28:

Performance In The Park: The City of Hastings Performances in the Park, invites you to watch groups perform a variety of cultural dances and more. On Tuesday, September 28th from 6:00-7:00pm at the Rotary Pavilion at Levee Park, Benjamin Domask-Ruth, will be performing circus arts. This event is sponsored by SMEAD Manufacturing Company, made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Metropolitan Regional Arts Council and thanks to legislative funding from the Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.

American Red Cross Blood Drive-Hastings: The American Red Cross will be hosting a Blood Drive at River of Life Church in Hastings Tuesday, September 28th from 12:00pm-6:00pm. Both whole blood and apheresis donations will be offered. Especially, if you have O-, O+, B- or A-, ask about the Red Power donations. If you are interested in donating and would like to schedule an appointment, visit the American Red Cross website.

American Red Cross Blood Drive-Prescott: The American Red Cross will be hosting a Blood Drive at O'Connel-Benedict Family Funeral Home in Prescott Tuesday, September 28th from 10:00am-4:00pm. Both whole blood and apheresis donations will be offered. Especially, if you have O-, O+, B- or A-, ask about the Red Power donations. If you are interested in donating and would like to schedule an appointment, visit the American Red Cross website.

Graphic Design-Basics of Photoshop: The Dakota County Library invites you to Graphic Design: Basics of Photoshop Tuesday, September 28th from 6-7 pm at the Pleasant Hill Library. See a live demo of Photoshop's primary tools and discover how to get started. Learn how to save, export and print your work. Time for questions and demos is available before and after the class. This class is geared for adults and youth ages 14 and older, registration required and can be done on the Dakota County Library website.

September 29:

American Red Cross Blood Drive: The American Red Cross will be hosting a Blood Drive at Treasure Island Resort and Casino in Welch Wednesday, September 29th from 1:00pm-7:00pm. Both whole blood and apheresis donations will be offered. Especially, if you have O-, O+, B- or A-, ask about the Red Power donations. If you are interested in donating and would like to schedule an appointment, visit the American Red Cross website.

Hastings Senior Center September Luncheon: The Hastings Senior Center at Tilden invites members to their September Luncheon Wednesday, September 29th from 11:45am-12:15pm. Enjoy chicken alfredo, caesar salad (dressing on the side), a breadstick, and desert. The cost is $7 and is catered by Ptacek's. You can take your meal to-go or stay and eat with friends on the patio! For more information call 651-480-7689.

Awesome Dinosaurs: The Dakota County Library invites you to Awesome Dinosaurs Wednesday, September 29th from10:30-11:15 am at Robert Trail Library. Learn where dinos lived, how they hatched, how big they were, what they ate and even how they may have sounded from science teacher Rob Ellos and his puppet assistant Chomper in this fun, interactive program. This class is for ages 3-6, registration required and can be done on the Dakota County Library website.

Wednesday Night Supper: Joy Lutheran Church in Prescott invites you to their Wednesday Night Supper on September 29th from 5:15pm-6:30pm. Come enjoy fajita chicken over rice and some social time! This week there will also be a vegetarian and gluten free option available. Everyone is welcome and free will donations are accepted. For more information visit the Joy Lutheran Church website or call (715) 262-5800.

September 30:

MN Agriculture License Plate Design: The Minnesota Future Farmers of America Foundation and Minnesota 4-H are requesting design submissions for the recently approved, specialized agriculture Minnesota license plate. Members of FFA and 4-H are encouraged to submit designs. One member's design will be chosen. Creativity is encouraged- as participants design an image that depicts the lands and activities related to agriculture. Deadline to submit designs is October 1st. Full contest details are available at mnffafoundation.org and Minnesota 4-H Extension's website.

OCTOBER

October 1:

Autumn Splendor Class: Dakota County Parks is offering an Autumn Splendor class Friday, October 1st from 6:00pm7:30pm at the Dakota Lodge in Thompson County Park. Learn how trees adapt to prepare for winter. Visit the Dakota County Parks website for details and to register.

October 1 thru 3:

Harbor Church "Connected" Fall Marriage Retreat: Harbor Church is hosting "Connected" Fall Marriage Retreat from October 1st - 3rd. This weekend of marital connection will be hosted at the Oak Forest Retreat Center in Frederic, Wisconsin. The cost for this all-inclusive weekend will be $295/per couple. Registration for this event is starting next week and will fill up quickly. Reach out to Christy Hill via the Harbor Church website for details and registration.

Fresh Art Tour: The Fresh Art Tour is back Friday thru Saturday, October 1st-3rd. During this free event, discover the art and artistry of autumn! Join in on a self-guided journey to the finest studios and galleries in the Lake Pepin area and Chippewa River Valley. Enjoy breathtaking views as you travel the famous Great River Road and the back-roads of western Wisconsin. Discover pottery, sculpture, jewelry, ceramics, photography, textiles and paintings. Find artist information and a printable map at the Fresh Art website.

October 2:

Prescott Legion Chicken Feed: Prescott American legion Post 61 invites you to their In-house All-You-Can-Eat Fried Chicken Dinner on Saturday, October 2nd from 4:30 PM to 8:30 PM. Enjoy the newly remolded basement or your can still take your meal to-go! Take out dinners will include Half Chicken (4 pcs), dressing, gravy & mash potatoes, baked beans, and roll. The price for a take-out dinner or an all-you-can-eat dine-in meal is just $12. To pre-order your meal leave a voicemail or text 715-220-8113.

Senior Center St. Croix Scenic Fall Boat Cruise & Luncheon: Hastings Area Senior Center is offering the St. Croix Scenic Fall Boat Cruise & Luncheon, Wednesday, October 6th from 11:00am-5:00pm. Take in the beautiful fall foliage of the St. Croix River at Taylors Falls while having lunch on the cruise. Following the cruise, you will enjoy the sights, tastes and smells of the Pleasant Valley Orchard. The pick-up and drop-off location is the west end of the Hastings Walmart parking lot. Reservation deadline September 14th and the cost is $60. Registration can be done in-person at Tilden Community Center or via phone if a digital payment is used-call 651-480-7689.

Wetland Planting: Come volunteer with the Dakota County Natural Resources team and plant native plants in a wetland setting in Lebanon Hills Regional Park on Saturday, October 2nd from 9:00am12:00pm. All plants and guidance will be provided. Get ready to dig and get a little dirty as you do some great work for the local park system. Great project for families and groups. To register visit the Dakota County Parks website.

Main Street Market-Fall Festival: The Hastings Downtown Business Association is hosting a Main Street Market-Fall Festival Saturday, October 2nd from 10:00am-4:00pm. Walk the historic downtown and enjoy Sidewalk Sales, a Maker's Market, In-Store Specials, Live Music, Wood Carving and Wendy's Wiggle & Jiggle Jam. Visit the Hasting Downtown Business Association's Facebook page for details.

Family Hike: Fall Colors: Dakota County Parks is offering a Family Hike: Fall Colors, Saturday, October 2nd from 10:00am-11:00am at the East Shelter in Spring Lake Park Reserve. Join a park naturalist on a guided hike in the park. Enjoy the fall colors and hunt for other signs of autumn. All ages are welcome, the cost is free and registration is required. Visit the Dakota County Parks website for details.

Fall Colors Canoe: Dakota County Parks is offering a Fall Colors Canoe event Saturday, October 2nd from 1:00pm-4:00pm at the Visitor Center in Lebanon Hills Regional Park. Learn how to paddle and portage while experiencing the brilliant colors of fall. Participants must be able to lift 30 lbs above their head and walk over uneven terrain. Ages 16 and older are welcome, the cost is $15/person and registration is required. Visit the Dakota County Parks website for details.

October 2 thru 3:

Fall Antique Festival: The Pottery Museum of Red Wing is hosting their Fall Antique Festival October 2nd-3rd from 9:00am-5:00pm. Admission is free to the indoor and outdoor showrooms. Browse antiques, stoneware, art pottery and vintage dinnerware. This event will happen rain or shine. Visit the Pottery Museum of Red Wing website for details and to become a vendor call 651-327-2220.

October 3:

Pancake Breakfast: St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic Church in Hastings will be serving a Pancake Breakfast Sunday, October 3rd from 8:00am-12:00pm. The breakfast includes ALL YOU CAN EAT: pancakes, sausage, eggs, coffee, orange juice and milk. Prices are $7.50 for ages 13+, $4.00 for ages 5-12, and free for ages under 5. Proceeds benefit TLC of Hastings, and Hastings Family Service. If you have questions call 651-437-4254.

Matinee Concert-Ji Young Lee: The Hastings Arts Center is hosting a Matinee Concert Sunday, October 3rd at 3:00pm. Enjoy the first live-on-the-Steinway concert of the season and listen to Ji Young Lee perform a solo piano concert. Visit the Hastings Arts Center website for details and to buy tickets.

October 6 thru November 10:

Master Recycler and Composter Class: Dakota County is offering a Master Recycler and Composter class Wednesdays from 6:30pm-8:30pm October 6th-November 10th at the Western Service Center in Apple Valley. Meet others who are excited about waste reduction and have the chance to inspire others to help reduce waste in Dakota County. Over a 6-week period, participants hear presentations from local and regional experts on waste reduction, recycling, composting and solid waste as well as attend field trips to relevant sites. The cost is $30 for the series. To register visit the Dakora County website.

October 7:

Paws in the Park: The Hastings Chamber of Commerce in partnership with the Rivertown Lions Club invites you to their Paws in the Park event Thursday, October 7th from 5:00-6:30pm at Rivertown Dog Park on 10th Street East. Enjoy dog-friendly booths, games, give-aways, an agility course and a Strut your Mutt costume contest, the winner receives a prize basket! Humans can receive a free hot dog from Rivertown Lions Club-donations welcome. For more information visit the Hastings Chamber of Commerce website

LeDuc History Book Discussion Group: The Dakota County Library invites you to the LeDuc History Book Discussion Group on Thursday, October 7th from 6:30pm-7:30pm. Discuss a variety of great books with other members of the community. New members are welcome and this group is geared for adults. This month's title is White Birch, Red Hawthorn: a Memoir by Nora Murphy. This event will take place at the LeDuc Historic Estate:1629 Vermillion St., Hastings. Visit the Dakota County Library website for details.

October 9 thru 10:

Red Wing Arts Fall Festival: Celebrating 55 years, Red Wing Arts Fall Festival is one of the finest juried art fairs in Minnesota! Visit beautiful Red Wing at the peak of fall color and enjoy over 100 fine artists and craft vendors, food trucks, live entertainment, community artmaking and more! Proceeds from the Festival help fund arts programs all year long. This event is free and festival hours are Saturday October 9th, 10:00am-5:00pm & Sunday October 10th, 10:00am-4:00pm. Visit the Red Wing Arts Festival Facebook page for details.

October 11:

Pop-Up Pantry Drive-Thru: The Open Door Pantry invites you to their FREE Pop-Up Pantry Drive-Thru on Monday, October 11th from12:00 pm-3:00 pm at the Dakota County Northern Service Center in West St. Paul. No appointment or personal information is necessary to receive food and you can pick up extra food for any additional families who are in need. When you arrive, please stay in your vehicle. See TheOpenDoorPantry.org for details.

October 12:

Le Duc History Book Group: Dakota County invites you to the LeDuc History Book Discussion Group on Thursday, October 12 from 6:30pm-7:30pm. Discuss a variety of great books with other members of the community. New members are welcome and this group is geared for adults. This event will take place at the LeDuc Historic Estate:1629 Vermillion St., Hastings. Visit the Dakota County website for details.

Whitetail Woods Regional Park Open House: Dakota County Parks is hosting a Whitetail Woods Regional Park Open House Tuesday, October 12th from 2:00pm-6:00pm. Join them to see improvements at Whitetail Woods Regional Park. Tour camper cabins and the enhanced Fawn Crossing Nature Play Area. Enjoy a self-guided walk or bike ride around the new paved loop with interpretive stops around Empire Lake. Food trucks and live music from 4-6 pm. All ages are welcome and the cost is free. Visit the Dakota County Parks website for details.

October 14:

Women Inspiring Women-Oula Workout: Women Inspiring Women events are designed to connect professional women through community activities. They meet every other month on the second Thursday. Join them on October 14th at 6:15pm for a fun Oula workout at the YMCA followed by happy hour at Spiral Brewery. To register visit the Hastings Area Chamber of Commerce & Tourism Bureau website.

Taste of River Falls: The Garage: Bikes & Brews is hosting Taste of River Falls-River Falls Eats, Treats, and More Thursday, October 14th from 4:00pm-8:00pm. Come out and support local business, sample beer and wine from all 5 local breweries and wineries, eat delicious food from local eateries, listen to local live music, purchase local products, and enjoy games and other fun activities. Many vendors are returning and new ones are being added. Be sure to follow along as they announce who is participating. Invite all your friends the event facebook page for details.

October 16:

Fix-It Clinic: Dakota County is hosting an in-person Fix-It Clinic Saturday, October 16th, 12:00 pm-3:00pm at the Wescott Library in Eagan. Get ready to mend and repair. Bring up to three items that need fixing or mending. Repair-savvy volunteers will guide you through each step, from troubleshooting to a completed repair. What a great way to save money and cherish what you already own! Last year 70% of the items brought to the clinic were repaired on the spot. If you have questions call Dakota County Environmental Resources 952-891-7557.

Fall Fest:Hastings Community Education invites you to their Fall Fest event Saturday, October 16th from 9:00am-1:00pm at Tilden Community Center. This year's theme is Crafted Goods...Eats...Giving. So come enjoy the vendors, activities, door prizes and community. Admission is free. To learn more visit the Hastings Community Education website.

October 17:

Free Gentle Yoga Class: Inspiring Actions Yoga in River Falls is offering their FREE, monthly Karma Gentle Yoga class Sunday, October 17th from 4:00pm-5:00pm. This class welcomes those who enjoy a slow paced, gentle practice. Whether you are new to yoga, or an experienced practitioner, this class will help you unwind and release stress. Chairs are available if you prefer to stay seated. Anyone can attend free of charge and donations are welcome. For more information visit the event Facebook page or call 715-381-3148.

October 18:

POUND! Cardio Class: Hastings Community Educations is offering "POUND!" a heart-pounding, cardio jam session Mondays, October 18th-November 22nd from 6:00-7:00pm at Tilden. This class is designed to work your core and scorch calories! Using lightly weighted drumsticks, the class is guided by upbeat music and upwards of 15,000 stick strikes to the ground and overhead! To learn more and to register visit the Hastings Community Education website.

October 19:

Coffee Concert-BS Project, Susan Miranda and Brian Handelan: The Hastings Arts Center is hosting a free Coffee Concert Tuesday, October 19th at 10:30am. Listen to the BS Project, Susan Miranda and Brian Handelan as they share sounds of guitar, oboe and saxophone. Visit the Hastings Arts Center website for details.

October 21:

Northern Saw-Whet Banding Event: Dakota County Parks is offering a Northern Saw-Whet Banding event Thursday October 21st from 8:00pm9:00pm at the Gathering Center in Spring Lake Park Reserve. Learn about the northern saw-whet owl in this program co-sponsored by Carpenter Nature Center. Watch staff band owls and discover what makes these small creatures unique. All ages are welcome and the cost is $10/person. Visit the Dakota County Parks website for details and to register.

October 22:

Youth Archery Class: Dakota County Parks is offering a Youth Archery class Friday, October 22nd from 9:00am3:00pm at the Archery Shelter in Spring Lake Park Reserve. Learn archery basics, including proper technique and range safety. Hone your new skills with shooting on the range. For ages 812 and the cost is $35/youth. Visit the Dakota County Parks website for details and to register.

October 23:

Carpenter Nature Center Bird Banding: Carpenter St. Croix Valley Nature Center invites you to learn about Bird Banding Friday, October 22 from 8:00am-12:00pm. Bird Banding records can help us learn how long birds live, where they travel and when and where they migrate. Carpenter Nature Center has been banding birds for over 30 years. There is no program fee, but donations of Bird Seed and Suet are greatly appreciated. RSVP appreciated and can be done by calling 651-437-4359.

October 23:

Paper Shredding Event: Dakota County Environmental Resources is offering a Free Paper Shredding Event Saturday, October 23rd from 9:00am-12:00pm at Lake Byllesby Regional Park in Canon Falls. For more information call 952-891-7557 or email Environ@co.dakota.mn.us. Dakota County Environmental Resources website.

October 27:

In-School ACT Prep Course: Hastings Community Educations is offering an In-School ACT Prep Course Wednesdays, October 27th-November 17th from 5:45-8:45pm at the High School. Students enrolled in these classes not only benefit from personal instruction, but also have free access to the online course. The fee for this course is $150, with all class materials included. You may repeat this course online at no extra charge. To learn more and to register visit the Hastings Community Education website.

October 29:

Cannon Falls Halloween Trick or Treat Trot: The Cannon Falls Chamber of Commerce invites you to their Halloween Trick or Treat Trot in Historical Downtown Cannon Falls on Friday, October 29th from 3:00pm-5:00pm. Over 30 Chamber Members will be handing out candy at their store fronts. Children ages 12 and under who are accompanied by an adult are welcome. Bring the whole family and have a ghouling good time. More than 700 children participated in 2019 and 2020. There will be additional Halloween events planned around Cannon Falls for that afternoon and evening. Visit the Cannon Falls Chamber of Commerce website for details.

Hastings Community Halloween Party: The City of Hastings will hold a Community Halloween Party on Friday, October 29th, from 6 to 8 PM at the Hastings High School, 200 General Sieben Drive. Enjoy family-friendly games, prizes, haunted hallway, candy and pizza! Wear your best costume. Admission is a non-perishable food donation for Hastings Family Service or cash donation for the Youth Impact Council Scholarship.

October 31:

Outdoor Gear Swap: Dakota County Parks is offering an OUTDOOR GEAR SWAP Sunday, October 31st from 12:00pm-3:00pm at the Dakota Lodge in Thompson County Park. Drop off unused outdoor gear items or pick up new-to-you gear. Please do not bring chemicals or broken items. All ages are welcome. Visit the Dakota County Parks website for details and to register.

NOVEMBER

All Month:

Plastic Film Collection: Dakota County Environmental Resources is offering Free Film Plastic Collection during November 2021. To schedule on-site collection of silage bags, bunker covers and bale wraps call 952-891-7557 or email environ@co.dakota.mn.us. Dakota County Environmental Resources website.

November 3:

Pumpkin Chuck: Join the Cottage Grove Parks and Rec team for the first ever pumpkin chuck! This free family event will surely bring some excitement as they toss, roll, and jump the Halloween pumpkins down the hill at Peter Thompson Park, 6327 Highland Hills Lane South. Do you think your carvings can survive the bumps and jumps? This is a great way to dispose of the carvings as the parks and rec team will take care of the guts and pumpkin chunks free of charge. Parks and Rec will have some music playing, hand out some candy and watch the pumpkins explode! It will be a relatively quick event from 4:30-5:30 PM on Monday, November 1st! The bigger the group, the more fun it will be.

November 3:

Horse Youth Group Riding Lessons:

Hastings Community Education is offering Horse Youth Group Riding Lessons Wednesdays, November 3rd-24th from 6:30-7:30pm at Cornerstone on the Vermillion. Youth will be riding horses together, every week in the indoor or outdoor arena! Discover a true partnership between rider and horse. All riding abilities welcome-ride with confidence! The cost is $180 for the series. To learn more and to register visit the Hastings Community Education website.

November 4:

LeDuc History Book Discussion Group: The Dakota County Library invites you to the LeDuc History Book Discussion Group on Thursday, November 4th from 6:30pm-7:30pm. Discuss a variety of great books with other members of the community. New members are welcome and this group is geared for adults. This month's title is Inland by Tea Obreht. This event will take place at the LeDuc Historic Estate:1629 Vermillion St., Hastings. Visit the Dakota County Library website for details.

November 5:

Coyote Fun Event: Dakota County Parks is offering a Coyote Fun event Friday, November 5th from 6:00pm7:30pm at the Visitor Center in Lebanon Hills Regional Park. Leap into the world of these crafty canines and learn their importance in our parks. Visit the Dakota County Parks website for details and to register.

Forest Friends Event: Dakota County Parks is offering a Forest Friends event Friday, November 5th from 9:00am12:00pm at the Visitor Center in Lebanon Hills Regional Park. Explore how the woods and their inhabitants get ready for winter through walks, storytime, games and art. For ages 68 and the cost is $25/youth. Visit the Dakota County Parks website for details and to register.

November 6:

Party for a Cause! Pay It Forward: Pay It Forward-Red Wing, MN is hosting Party for a Cause! Pay It Forward at the Red Wing Elks Lodge 845 Saturday, November 6th at 7:00pm. The Local Hooligans are honored to play to help raise money for a great cause. Pay It Forward Red Wing provides financial support to families living in the Red Wing, MN area who are dealing with cancer and asks that when possible, they pay it forward as well. This event is free and details can be found on the Pay It Forward-Red Wing, MN website or the Party for a Cause! Facebook page.

November 5 thru 7:

Crossroads Church Young Adult Fall Retreat: Crossroads Church invites you to their Young Adult Fall Retreat November 5-7 at Covenant Pines Bible Camp in McGregor, MN. Enjoy a weekend of worship and connection with others. Car pooling is recommended. The cost is $100 if you register before September 1st. Visit the Crossroads Church website to register and for details or call 651-294-7700

November 9:

Low-Waste Holidays Class: Dakota County Parks is offering a Low-Waste Holidays class Tuesday, November 9th from 6:30pm7:30pm at the Visitor Center in Lebanon Hills Regional Park. Learn how to create a low-waste holiday from crafty wrapping to planning experience gifts. Visit the Dakota County Parks website for details and to register.

November 14:

Perfectly Prescott Craft and Gift Expo: The Perfectly Prescott Craft and Gift Expo is taking place at the Old Ptacks Event Center Saturday, November 14th from 10:00am-3:00pm. This event is going to be so spectacular! There will be over 50 booths to shop from with some of the most unique products from all over the Midwest! Admission is free, this event is family friendly and is handicap accessible. See the Perfectly Prescott Craft and Gift Expo facebook page for details.

November 16:

Dakota City Heritage Village Annual Meeting: Dakota City Heritage Village Annual Meeting will be Saturday, November 16th, at Ahlberg Hall at 10:00am. Dakota City Heritage Village is a non-profit run by volunteers and funded by donations. Come learn more about how to get involved. See the Dakota City Heritage Village website for details.

November 20:

Fix-It Clinic: Dakota County is hosting an in-person Fix-It Clinic Saturday, November 20th, 12:00 pm-3:00pm at the Heritage Library in Lakeville. Get ready to mend and repair. Bring up to three items that need fixing or mending. Repair-savvy volunteers will guide you through each step, from troubleshooting to a completed repair. What a great way to save money and cherish what you already own! Last year 70% of the items brought to the clinic were repaired on the spot. If you have questions call Dakota County Environmental Resources 952-891-7557.

November 21:

Free Gentle Yoga Class: Inspiring Actions Yoga in River Falls is offering their FREE, monthly Karma Gentle Yoga class Sunday, November 21st from 4:00pm-5:00pm. This class welcomes those who enjoy a slow paced, gentle practice. Whether you are new to yoga, or an experienced practitioner, this class will help you unwind and release stress. Chairs are available if you prefer to stay seated. Anyone can attend free of charge and donations are welcome. For more information visit the event Facebook page or call 715-381-3148.

November 27:

Annual Deck the Falls:The Cannon Falls Chamber of Commerce invites you to their 26th Annual Deck the Falls in Historical Downtown Cannon Falls on Saturday, November 27th from 5:00pm-6:30pm. Small Business Saturday starts the day off and Deck the Falls events will complete the day. Shop and visit local businesses to register for the drawing of $900 in prizes during the Lighting of the Tree Ceremony. The 26th Annual Deck the Falls Parade begins at 5:00pm, followed by the Lighting of the Tree at the Gazebo in the City Parking Lot. Don't leave yet! The fireworks will start right after the Christmas Tree is lite. Visit the Cannon Falls Chamber of Commerce website for details.

November 30:

Medicare Class: Hastings Community Education is offering an Everything You want to Know About Medicare class Tuesday, November 30th from 6:30pm-8:00pm at Tilden Community Center. Enjoy an educational presentation for those who want to know more about Medicare. Topics will include Parts A, B, C, & D of Medicare, application process, estimated costs, supplements, MAPD, and when is the right time to sign up. This is an ideal course for people that are turning 65 or over 65 and coming off their employer medical plan. The cost is $8.00, to register visit the Hastings Community Education website.

DECEMBER

December 1:

Christmas Lights Decorating Contest: Join in on an outdoor Christmas Lights Decorating Contest in Red Wing, MN Wednesday, December 1st from 4:00pm-10:00pm. Both businesses and residents will deck their business and homes with Christmas Lights and animatronics for all to enjoy December 1st through December 31st. See the contest Facebook page for details.

December 3:

Whitetail Deer Class: Dakota County Parks is offering a Whitetail Deer class Friday, December 3rd from 6:00pm7:30pm at the Empire Shelter in Whitetail Woods Regional Park. Discover the world of white-tailed deer and spot their signs in the park. Visit the Dakota County Parks website for details and to register.

December 9:

Horse Youth Group Riding Lessons: Hastings Community Education is offering Horse Youth Group Riding Lessons Thursdays, December 9th-30th from 6:30-7:30pm at Cornerstone on the Vermillion. Youth will be riding horses together, every week in the indoor or outdoor arena! Discover a true partnership between rider and horse. All riding abilities welcome-ride with confidence! The cost is $180 for the series. To learn more and to register visit the Hastings Community Education website.

December 19:

Free Gentle Yoga Class: Inspiring Actions Yoga in River Falls is offering their FREE, monthly Karma Gentle Yoga class Sunday, December 19th from 4:00pm-5:00pm. This class welcomes those who enjoy a slow paced, gentle practice. Whether you are new to yoga, or an experienced practitioner, this class will help you unwind and release stress. Chairs are available if you prefer to stay seated. Anyone can attend free of charge and donations are welcome. For more information visit the event Facebook page or call 715-381-3148.

December 21:

Medicare Class: Hastings Community Education is offering an Everything You want to Know About Medicare class Tuesday, December 21st from 6:30pm-8:00pm at Tilden Community Center. Enjoy an educational presentation for those who want to know more about Medicare. Topics will include Parts A, B, C, & D of Medicare, application process, estimated costs, supplements, MAPD, and when is the right time to sign up. This is an ideal course for people that are turning 65 or over 65 and coming off their employer medical plan. The cost is $8.00, to register visit the Hastings Community Education website.

December 28:

American Red Cross Lifeguard Training: Hastings Community Educations is offering an American Red Cross Lifeguard Training December 28th-29th from 8:00am-6:00pm at the Middle School. Particip ants who successfully complete the lifeguarding course receive an American Red Cross certificate for Lifeguarding/First Aid/CPR/AED, valid for 2 years. Participants must be at least 15 years old and be able to swim 300 yards continuously, in addition to other technical skills. The cost is $200/student. To learn more and to register visit the Hastings Community Education website.

JANUARY 2022

January 11:

Winter Wilderness Survival Class: Dakota County Parks is offering a Winter Wilderness Survival class Friday, January 21st from 9:00am3:00pm at the Visitor Center in Lebanon Hills Regional Park. Learn shelter building, fire starting and other outdoor skills to survive the winter. For ages 812 and the cost is $35/youth. Visit the Dakota County Parks website for details and to register.

January 18:

Medicare Class: Hastings Community Education is offering an Everything You want to Know About Medicare class Tuesday, January 18th from 6:30pm-8:00pm at Tilden Community Center. Enjoy an educational presentation for those who want to know more about Medicare. Topics will include Parts A, B, C, & D of Medicare, application process, estimated costs, supplements, MAPD, and when is the right time to sign up. This is an ideal course for people that are turning 65 or over 65 and coming off their employer medical plan. The cost is $8.00, to register visit the Hastings Community Education website.

FEBRUARY 2022

February 24:

Savvy Social Security Class: Hastings Community Education is offering a Savvy Social Security for Couples and Boomers class Thursday, February 24th from 6:30pm-8:00pm at Tilden Community Center. When should you apply for Social Security? How can you maximize my benefits? At this class you will learn the important rules and strategies for collecting your retirement benefits. The cost is $8.00, to register visit the Hastings Community Education website.

MARCH 2022

March 11:

Nature Detectives Class: Dakota County Parks is offering a Nature Detectives class Friday, March 11th from 9:00am3:00pm at the Dakota Lodge in Thompson County Park. Use your detective skills to search for clues and uncover who is living in the forest and what they are doing. For ages 812 and the cost is $35/youth. Visit the Dakota County Parks website for details and to register.

ONGOING

Hastings Concert Association 2021-2022 Concert Season: The Hastings Concert Association has released their lineup for the 2021-2022 season, full of many different musical styles. Special season pricing on tickets is offered through July 31st: 6 concerts for $50! All 6 performances will be at the Hastings Middle School Auditorium. To buy tickets and learn more visit the Hastings Concert Association Facebook page or call (651) 304-7895.

2021 Summer Camping: Plan your 2021 summer camping trip by reserving a campsite at Lebanon Hills or Lake Byllesby Regional Parks. Online reservations for Lebanon Hills Campground and Lake Byllesby are now open. Reserve your spot now at DakotaCounty.us.

County Trails: Dakota County Parks system wants to remind you that Spring is a great season to explore the Dakota County Parks system and discover a new trail. Head out to your favorite park or trail and find fun new places to explore. The trails are waiting for you! Check out the trail system at DakotaCounty.us.

County Park Adult Programming: Dakota County Parks offers adult programming all spring and summer that guarantees you fun spending time in nature. Fly fishing, birding, wildflower walks, mountain biking and more. Visit DakotaCounty.us to a full listing of programs, times and locations.

Prescott Public Library: Get to know the Prescott Public Library! They offer more services and learning opportunities than you may know! Now open by appointment, give them a call and schedule your time. Join their virtual classes or check out devices like Wi-Fi hotspots or tablet for the younger kids. 800 Borner Street North, 715-262-5555 or visit them online at PrescottPublicLibrary.org

Mindfulness Startegy Webinars: The challenges of 2020/2021 have taken a toll on all of us and have a direct impact on our overall health and well-being. Join other parents and grandparents by Zoom and explore fun and practical mindfulness strategies to help your family with: Morning Routines, After School Transitions, Bedtime Routines, Building Connections and developing Successful Schoolwork Strategies. Register through the Hastings Public School system.

Prescott Food Pantry: The Prescott Area Food Pantry offering Prescott Area households Grade-A foods provided by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA). The Prescott Area Food Pantry is an authorized food distributor in the Emergency Food Assistance Program and can now provide no-cost groceries for households that have incomes up to 300% of the federal poverty level. People who have lost jobs or income may obtain a monthly share of American-grown meat, vegetables, fruit, juice and more, through the new guidelines. The Prescott Area Food Pantry is located at 911 Pearl Street and is open Tuesday and Wednesdays from 9 AM until 2 PM and Thursdays from Noon until 5 PM. The pantry will provide food on the day of application and once each month as long as the household's income qualifies them to participate. Those seeking additional information are asked to call (715) 262-4143.

Foss and Swanson Hours: Foss and Swanson Community Center, 507 Vermillion Street will offer open hours of noon to 4:00 pm from Monday to Saturday and by special appointment. In addition, a weekly support group, will be held, on Wednesdays from 7 - 9 PM, following curriculum developed by the Veterans Administration Medical Center. COVID-19 Restrictions will be complied with, and maximum capacity is limited to 15. For more information, call 651-438-2208.

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 Geocaching.com 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 DakotaCounty.us.

Ed2Go: Hastings Community Education presents Ed2Go, an online source for community education courses that you take on your time and convenience. Ed2Go classes are available any time of the day or night, and cover a wide range of interests. Browse the catalog and sign up for a course today by visiting Ed2Go.com/HastingsComEd.

Live 2 B Healthy: The Hastings Senior Center now offers Live 2 B Healthy Fitness Classes from the comfort of your own home. Jena hosts live sessions on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday at 1:30 PM, and Sandy hosts sessions on Tuesday, Thursday and Friday, at 9 AM. Cost is a subscription of $35, or free for SilverSneakers, Silver & Fit, and RenewActive members. For complete details, contact Kelly Nygard, of Live 2 B Healthy, at KellyN@Live2BHealthy.com, or call 612-751-9151.

Free COVID Testing: Free COVID-19 testing is available throughout the week and weekends at many places around Dakota County. The testing is free and open to everyone (no age or location requirements). No symptoms, insurance or ID required and test results take 1-5 days to process depending on number of people tested. Rapid tests are not available. Testing options include: Free walk-up saliva testing, Free drive-up nasal testing and Free at-home saliva testing. Go to Dakota County's COVID-19 page on their website for more information.

Senior Center Pen Pal Program: The Senior Center is planning a pen pal program with kids from the Community Education child care program. If you are interested in pairing with a child this winter, call 480 7689 to let Laurie know. She will then get you the details as the program begins.

Senior Center Foot Clinic:R. N.s Ginny Vandervest, Ann Voelker, and Laurie Chapman provide foot care at the Senior Center in Hastings. Please call 651-480-7689 for an appointment. Here is our protocol moving forward. Clients are asked to wait in the parking lot or on the bench outside the door until the nurse calls them in for their appointment. Please arrive at the time of your appointment as there will be no waiting inside. Your temperature will be taken with a touch-less thermometer upon arrival. If you have a temperature over 99 or are not feeling well, you are asked to reschedule. Clients will be asked a list of questions regarding their health before coming into the building. All people must wear a mask. You will be asked to use hand sanitizer or wash your hands when you arrive. Only one person is allowed per appointment unless okayed with your foot care nurse.

ECFE Zoom Classes: ECFE families are you looking for a way to stay active at home this Winter? Check out all the Zoom classes offered through Hastings Community Education. Enjoy time with your child using music, exercise games, dancing and even the practice of mindfulness during these classes. Virtual classes are a great way to use energy and connect with ECFE teachers and other families. Learn more at HastingsCommunityEd.com.

Chamber COVID Webinars: The Hastings Area Chamber of Commerce has partnered with four local Chambers to provide weekly 30 min webinars on timely topics to help your business navigate COVID-19 and grow. A complete library can be found on their website at HastingsMN.org.

Library Books Online: Dakota County Library's digital audiobooks are now available on the app Libby. Download the app for iOS or Android product and log in with your library card information to explore the book collection. Learn more at Dakota County's website - www.co.Dakota.Mn.us/libraries

Senior Center Pickleball: The Hastings Senior Center at the Tilden Community Center - 310 River Street in Hastings is open and many activities are planned. Pickle ball has started again. Join the fun on Mon, Tues., Wed., Thurs., & Fri. From 7:30 - 9:00 AM Tues., Wed., Thur. & Fri. afternoons at the new time of 4:00 - 5:30 PM, and Monday afternoons from 5:00 - 6:30 PM. There will be no Pickleball Monday mornings Of JAN 25 and Feb. 8, 15 & 22. Learn more at HastingsCommunityEd.com or on our website KDWA.com.

Senior Center Massages: The Hastings Senior Center at the Tilden Community Center - 310 River Street in Hastings is open and many activities are planned. The opportunity to receive a massage has returned. Please call (651) 480-7689 to make an appointment.

Senior Center Equipment Loan Program: Did you know the Hastings Senior Center has an equipment Loan Program? The following items may be borrowed from the Center on a short term basis, for no fee: a wheelchair, cane, walker, knee scooter, crutches and a bath seat. Stop in Monday through Friday, from 9:00 am until 4:00 pm to pick up or drop off equipment. Hastings Senior Center is located at the Tilden Community Center, 310 River Street in Hastings.

Senior Center Linkage Line: Are you overwhelmed with health care questions? The Senior Linkage Line offers FREE health care counseling by trained counselors who can assist in: the Basics of Medicare, health insurance forms, Medicare Part D, assessing longterm care insurance options, Medical Assistance and more. Call 1-888-333-2433. or go to MetroAging.org.

Senior Center Book Exchange: The Hastings Senior Center in the Tilden Community Center has a great selection of fiction books for you to borrow. Take a few books and bring others that you are done reading. The exchange is located in the Welcome Center. The Tilden Community Center is located at 310 River Street in Hastings.

YMCA Food Assistance: Continuing in 2021, the Hastings YMCA and Every Meal are teaming up to distribute food bags (meals) to our community. The "Y" has meals at the YMCA entrance available to be picked up for free for those that are in need or those that want to drop off for someone in need. If you need food or know someone that does please stop by!

BBB Scam Tracker: Did you know the #1 riskiest scam for consumers in 2020 was online purchase scams. Online purchase scams were the most common scam reported to the Better Business Bureau, comprising 38.3% of all scam reports. Pet and PPE-related online purchase scams, in particular, spiked during the pandemic. If you think something sounds too good to be true, check it out for yourself at BBB.org/ScamTracker.

American Legion Membership: The American Legion is the nation's largest veterans service organization, committed to mentoring and sponsorship of youth programs in our communities, advocating patriotism and honor, promoting a strong national security, and continued devotion to US service members and veterans. Locations include: Prescott, Hastings, Cottage Grove, St Paul Park, Rosemount, Apple Valley Farmington, Cannon Falls and Red Wing. For more information about becoming a member of the American Legion, go to Legion.org.

Great Decisions: Discuss important international issues and foreign policy topics led by Great Decisions, a nonpartisan discussion forum that provides education on important American policy issues. A presenter with expertise in the topic will set the stage for discussing diverse viewpoints on topics such as China's Role in Africa, Roles of International Organizations in a Global Pandemic, Brexit and the European Union Participants and Global Supply Chain and National Security. These virtual Zoom events are geared towards adults and meet on Tuesdays from 6-7:30 pm. Registration is required at DakotaCounty.us.

Wetland Health Evaluation Program: Dakota County is seeking volunteers eager to pull on a pair of waders and jump into monitoring wetlands through the Wetland Health Evaluation Program. Volunteers will work with a community-based team to monitor and collect data that is used to study trends to better manage wetlands and surrounding natural resource areas. COVID-19 safety protocols are followed. Experience is not required. Contact Paula Liepold, 952-891-7117 or register online at DakotaCounty.us.

Small Busines SCORE Counseling: Do you own a small business and are looking for some guidance? Get free, confidential counseling through Dakota County from Ron Seipp, an experienced SCORE counselor, who will help you navigate the planning or operating your small business. To make a virtual appointment, email Seipp at ron.seipp@scorevolunteer.org.

CNC Youth Birding Competition: Young birders 18 and under are invited to join the Youth Birding Competition at Carpenter St Croix Valley Nature Center; with a new "Pick Your Park" option! The rules are simple, all birds seen or heard within sightline of your rooftop, OR within the boundaries of your favorite park/nature center. Everyone who submits a list will earn a prize. For more information rules and registration, visit CarpenterNatureCenter.org.

Great Rivers Adult Education Consortium Classes: The Great Rivers Adult Education Consortium is offering free intro to healthcare classes, Microsoft office classes and more. The Great Rivers Education Consortium is a joint educational effort serving Hastings and South Washington County Public schools. Learn more at HastingsCommunity Ed.com.

LeDuc Historice Estate Tours 2021: The LeDuc Historic Estate will be open for tours beginning on May 13. The Estate will be open Thursday through Sunday, from 10 AM to 5 PM, with guided tours at 10, 11:30, 1, 2:30, and 4. Pre-register online at the link provided here.

OSEL Summer B. L. A. S. T.: Our Saviour's Evangelical Lutheran Church invites those entering 5th grade to 8th grade to Summer B.L.A.S.T. Each day is filled with hands-on activities, field trips, and service projects that Bring Life And Service Together, while having a BLAST! Themes include Kitchen Takeover, X-treme Science, Around the World, The Great Outdoors, and Water Ways. Open to any middle schooler so invite your friends! The first session is Monday, June 7th, between 7:30 AM and 5 PM. Register at the link provided here.

Monday:

Senior Center Shuffleball: The Hastings Senior Center at the Tilden Community Center - 310 River Street in Hastings is open and many activities are planned. How about playing a fun game of shuffleball on Mondays 3:30 - 5:00 PM Learn more at HastingsCommunityEd.com or on our website KDWA.com.

Playing With Art: The Hastings Senior Center at the Tilden Community Center - 310 River Street in Hastings is open and many activities are planned. Do you like art? Join in at "Playing with Art" on Monday mornings, beginning at 9:00 AM. Learn more at HastingsCommunityEd.com or on our website KDWA.com.

Virtual Beginning Yoga: Virtual Beginning Yoga classes are being offered through The Prescott Public Library. The classes are available on the library's YouTube Channel, and new classes will be posted on Mondays at 2:00 p.m. For more information, go to www.prescottpubliclibrary.org or our website KDWA.com.

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 HastingsCommunityEd.com.

Tuesday:

ECFE Outdoor Classes: Bundle up for some amazing wintertime fun outside in our beautiful local parks. Hastings ECFE is offering outdoor classes to enjoy sledding, experiments and creative art! Be wildlife detectives and hunt for animal tracks and other signs of animals. Be builders and construct snow forts, volcanoes and other creations! Dig out your warm layers and join in a socially distanced format! Sessions continue Tuesdays 10am-11am Jan 5, 12, 19, 26. Call (651) 480-7678 for more information.

Senior Center Bingo: Join area seniors for "Small Group Socially Distanced Bingo" on Tuesday mornings at 9:30 a.m. at the Hastings Senior Center. Space is limited, so you must register in advance at (651) 480-7689. Please enter Tilden at the 4th Street entrance and NO walk-ins please. The Hastings Senior Center is located at the Tilden Community Center, 310 River Street in Hastings.

Zoom Yoga With Ricky: Not 100% OK with venturing out yet? The Hastings Senior Center reminds you about Yoga with Ricky on Zoom at 10:00 am. For more information, visit HastingsCommunityEd.com.

1st and 3rd Tuesday:

Caregiver Conversation: Are you a caregiver? The Hastings Senior Center at the Tilden Community Center - 310 River Street in Hastings is offering a Caregiver Conversation support group on the first and third Tuesdays of the month at 12:00 noon. Learn more at HastingsCommunityEd.com or on our website KDWA.com

Wednesday:

Puzzle Exchange: Wednesday Puzzle Exchange and Cub Food Delivery will continue at the Tilden Community Center from 9:30-11:30 a.m. Masks must be worn while looking at puzzles or picking up baked goods. A table will be placed under the arch of Tilden's main doors with puzzles that you may take for your enjoyment. Please only touch the puzzle you will take and only 1 person at the table at a time. If you would like to drop off puzzles for the next week's exchange, please put them in the box under the table. DO NOT take those puzzles until they have been sanitized for the next week's exchange. Day old bread and baked goods from Cub are also available for pick up during this time. ***This event will take place, weather permitting. If it is too cold or blustery, the tables will not be put outside.

Senior Center Cornhole: The Hastings Senior Center at the Tilden Community Center - 310 River Street in Hastings is open and many activities are planned. Do you like to play a good competitive game of cornhole? They play every Wednesday night from 6:00-8:00 PM. Learn more at HastingsCommunityEd.com or on our website KDWA.com.

Virtual Beginning Yoga: Virtual Beginning Yoga classes are being offered through The Prescott Public Library. The classes are available on the library's YouTube Channel, and new classes will be posted on Wednesdays at 10:00 a.m. For more information, go to www.prescottpubliclibrary.org or our website KDWA.com.

ECFE LIVE Free Virtual Drop In Class: Early Childhood Family Education Classes through Hastings Community Education are beginning the first week of February! ECFE LIVE is a Free Virtual Drop In Class for adults and Children ages birth to 7 years old. Connect with other families with young children through songs, interactive play, and support for parenting in a pandemic. Zoom Time is on Wednesdays from 10-11 am and the classes are free. For more information, contact Hastings Community Ed at (651) 480-7689.

1st and 3rd Wednesday:

Gone Too Soon: Grief Chat Host Donna Mathiowetz hosts Gone Too Soon, a group for parents who have lost children from 6:30-8:00 pm. The location has changed, so please email Donna for details, at Donna@UnfinishedByDesign.com.

Senior Center Quilting: Are you a quilter? The Hastings Senior Center at the Tilden Community Center - 310 River Street in Hastings is open and has opportunities for quilting. Join with other quilters on the 1st & 3rd Wednesday of the month at 9:00 AM for a general quilting group.

2nd Wednesday:

Senior Center Movies: The Hastings Senior Center at the Tilden Community Center - 310 River Street in Hastings is open and many activities are planned. Come see a Movie at the Senior Center the 2nd Wed. of the month beginning at 1pm. Learn more at HastingsCommunityEd.com or on our website KDWA.com.

Senior Center Book Discussion Group: The Hastings Senior Center at the Tilden Community Center - 310 River Street in Hastings is open and many activities are planned. The Book Discussion group meets the 3rd Wed. of the month at 10:00 AM. Learn more at HastingsCommunityEd.com or on our website KDWA.com.

2nd and Last Wednesday:

Senior Center Rug Hooking: The Hastings Senior Center at the Tilden Community Center - 310 River Street in Hastings is open and many activities are planned. Are you a Rug Hookers? Join in with others on the 2nd and last Wed. of the month beginning at 9:00 am. Learn more at HastingsCommunityEd.com or on our website KDWA.com.

3rd Wednesday:

Parkinson's Support Group: The Hastings Senior Center at the Tilden Community Center - 310 River Street in Hastings is open and many activities are planned. The Parkinson's Support group meets the 3rd Wed. of the month at 2:00 pm. All are welcome. Learn more at HastingsCommunityEd.com or on our website KDWA.com.

Thursdays, June 17 Through August 19: Does your child want to learn to play the guitar? Join Hastings Community Ed this summer for weekly, virtual, small group classes. No prior experience is needed. Learn to play a simple tune in your very first 45-minute lesson! Ages 5-10, Thursdays June 17-August 19, from 4 to 4:45 PM. $250 for 10 weekly 45-minute group lessons. Sign up at HastingsCommunityEd.com.

Thursday:

ECFE Outdoor Classes: Bundle up for some amazing wintertime fun outside in our beautiful local parks. Hastings ECFE is offering outdoor classes to enjoy sledding, experiments and creative art! Be wildlife detectives and hunt for animal tracks and other signs of animals. Be builders and construct snow forts, volcanoes and other creations! Dig out your warm layers and join in a socially distanced format! Sessions continue Thursdays 1pm-2pm Jan 7, 14, 21, 28. Call (651) 480-7678 for more information.

Zoom Yoga With Ricky: Not 100% OK with venturing out yet? The Hastings Senior Center reminds you about Yoga with Ricky on Zoom at 10 AM. For more information, visit HastingsCommunityEd.com.

1st Thursday:

LeDuc Book Discussion Group: The LeDuc History Book Discussion group meets monthly to talk about a variety of great books with other members of the community. February's title is "A Good Time for the Truth: Race in Minnesota" edited by Sun Yung Shin. New members are welcome to join the discussion on Thursday, Feb 4th from 6:30-7:30 pm. Registration is required to receive an email with the link to this online event. This event is geared for adults and part of the Hastings Reads event. Register at https://dakotacountylibrary.libcal.com.

2nd Thursday:

Quilts of Valor: Are you a quilter? The Hastings Senior Center at the Tilden Community Center - 310 River Street in Hastings is open and has opportunities for quilting. The Quilts of Valor quilting group also meets the 2nd Thursday of the month starting at 10:00 AM. Check the Senior center calendar for updates to times and date changes.

3rd Thursday Through September:

Historic Hastings Car Show: The Hastings Downtown Business Association and the Hastings Area Chamber of Commerce and Tourism Bureau are planning for the return of the historic Hastings Car Shows this summer. The shows will be from 1:00-4:00 pm on the third Sunday of the month from May until September and take place on 2nd Street in downtown Hastings.

4th Thursday:

Grief Group: Grief Chat Host Donna Mathiowetz hosts the General Grief Group, typically at 6:00 pm. The location has changed, so please email Donna for details, at Donna@UnfinishedByDesign.com.

1st Friday of the Month:

Forever WIld Family Fun: Dakota County Parks presents Forever Wild Family Fun on the first Friday of the month. Enjoy outdoor park activities send a bonfire at Lebanon Hills Regional Park Visitor Center. These events are free and open to all ages, but registration is required. Learn more about pollinators and how your garden can help them in Fri, May 7th from 6-7:30 pm. Register at DakotaCounty.us.

Friday:

Foss and Swanson: The Foss and Swanson Center, 507 Vermillion in Hastings is now known as the The People's Center and open to all every Friday night from 6:00 - 10:00 pm. Bring your own food and beverages and condiments will be provided. Kids of all ages and animals of all kinds are welcomed and COVID-19 protocols will be observed.

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 CarpenterNatureCenter.org.

 

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