Community Events

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Now Thru October 23:

Robert Trail Library Book Sale: The Dakota County Library invites you to the Robert Trail Library Book Sale Tuesday, October 19th thru Saturday, October 23rd. Support your local library and discover great deals on gently used materials. For more details visit the Dakota County Library event webpage or call 651-480-1200.

Now Thru October 24:

Farmyard Fun Fair Halloween Haunt: Barnyard Buddies MN is hosting a Halloween Haunt event Thursday-Sunday, October 21st-24th from 10:00am-5:00pm each day at Farmyard Fun Fair in Lakeville. Costumes are welcome! Enjoy festive non-scary decorations, a bonfire, pumpkin sales, pony rides, and play with wide variety of animals! Eat ice cream, popcorn, sno-cones, hot chocolate or apple cider. Both kids and adults can have a blast, even a great place to bring a date! The cost is ONLY $3.00 per person for admission and all proceeds go to SENIOR SMILES. Food cups cost $1.00-$5.00. No reservations required and it is CASH ONLY. If you would like to donate PLEASE bring DAWN dish soap, buckets or/and old/new towels. For more information call or text 952-666-9952.

Now Thru Oct 31:

VFW Scholarships: The Veterans of Foreign Wars invites students to participate in their scholarship programs. The National Scholarships Patriot's Pen and Voice of Democracy contests are now open! The Patriot's Pens is a written essay contest for students in Grades 6-8. The Voice of Democracy is an audio-essay contest for students in Grades 9-12. Students must use the current application form and the deadline for entries to be submitted to the local VFW is midnight, October 31st. To get an application and to locate a local post visit the VFW 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.

Now thru November 30:

Hastings Arts Center: Joe Burns: The works by Joe Burns, a Minnesota painter, will be featured at the Hastings Arts Center from October 6th thru November 30th, with an artist reception on Friday, November 12th from 6:30pm-9:00pm. The collection is called "Facing America; An Exhibition of Immigrant Portrait" and highlights personal struggles, triumphs and our shared humanity. Please contact Kris with questions at KrisBurns86@gmail.com or by calling 612-388-7231.

OCTOBER

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.

Ticket to Brazil: The Dakota County Library invites you to Ticket to Brazil Saturday, October 23rd from 1:00pm- 2:00pm at the Pleasant Hill Library. Take an inspiring journey through the world of Brazilian music, traditional percussion playing and dance with Ticket to Brazil. This class is geared for adults and more information can be found on the Dakota County Library website.

Half-Haunted Halloween: Wood Lake Nature Center is offering a Half-Haunted Halloween Event Saturday, October 23rd from 2:00pm-6:00pm. This non-scary, family-friendly annual event is back! Tour through the stations, including a trip along the Trick or Treat Trail, a magician, games, and top it off at the end at the marvelous barn dance! Price includes cocoa and cookies. Tickets are required to allow for staggered entry times and can be purchased online. Tickets will be available to purchase on the night of the event, as space allows. This event is mostly geared toward young children 10 and under. The cost is $5/person but Free for Friends of Wood Lake Members. If you have questions call 612-861-9365.

Outdoor Painters-Northfield: Outdoor Painters of Minnesota is hosting a Paint-Out event in Northfield on Saturday, October 23rd from 12:00pm-6:00pm on a private farm. Come find a subject that inspires you, take in a west view over rolling fields, and a lovely front yard with a small prairie patch bounded by beautiful larches lining the driveway-lots of vistas with good light. People are welcome to eat lunch indoors or out. The guest house has a table and will be warmed if the weather is cold. There is a pump with well water for washing or drinking. For more information visit the event Facebook page.

Let's Celebrate Fall: The Art Space River Lofts in Hastings is hosting a Let's Celebrate Fall event Saturday, October 23rd from 12:00pm-3:00pm. Hastings Prescott Area Arts Council President Kathy O'Keefe invites everyone to join in the fun:

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October 24:

Hastings Concert Association-From Bach to Bieber: Hastings Concert Association is hosting a concert Sunday, October 24th at Hastings Middle School Auditorium starting at 3:00pm. Classical-Pop vocal duo Branden & James are touring the Midwest with their show "From Bach to Bieber". There are limited seats available, and tickets will be available at the door for $20.

October 25:

Painting on Glass: The Dakota County Library invites you to their Painting on Glass class Monday, October 25th from 6:30pm-8:00pm at the Pleasant Hill Library. Registration opens October 11th. Create a work of art using centuries-old painting techniques on Plexiglas or other translucent material that sparkles in the light. This class is geared for ages 13 and older, registration is require and can be done on the Dakota County Library website.

Meet the Author-Victoria Brenna: Hastings Community Education invites you to a Meet the Author event Monday, October 25th at 10:00 am. Hometown girl Victoria Brenna, returns to talk about her recently published historical novel set in a rural 1930's small town. To register, call 651-480-7689.

October 25 Thru November 15:

Kidcreate: Claylicious Serious: Hastings Community Education is offering a Kidcreate: Claylicious serious for children ages 5-12. Enjoy 4 classes on Mondays from 2:40pm-3:40pm starting October 25th thru November 15th at Pinecrest Elementary. Sculpt, slab, coil, and carve... roll up your sleeves, because this class is all clay, all the time! We'll sculpt silly puppies, fuzzy hedgehogs, a chocolate layer cake that looks good enough to eat, and more. This is your chance to use tons of air-dry clay,   Model Magicģ, and so much more as you have a totally claylicious time! The cost is $65 and registration can be done on the Hastings Community Education website.

October 26:

Medicare Class: Hastings Community Education is offering an Everything You want to Know About Medicare class Tuesday, October 26th from 1:30pm-3:00pm. 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 and registration can be done on the Hastings Community Education website.

National Day of Recognition: Foss and Swanson, The People's Center is hosting a fundraiser on National Day of Recognition Tuesday, October 26th from 12:00pm-5:00pm outside of 501 Vermillion St in Hastings. Enjoy hot chocolate, apple cider and Halloween treats as you visit with others. All free-will donations from this event go to support Minnesota Adult and Teen Challenge and Rise Up Recovery.

October 26 Thru November 16:

Kidcreate: Claylicious Serious: Hastings Community Education is offering a Kidcreate: Claylicious serious for children ages 5-12. Enjoy 4 classes on Tuesdays from 3:30pm-4:30pm starting October 26th thru November 16th at Kennedy Elementary. Sculpt, slab, coil, and care... roll up your sleeves, because this class is all clay, all the time! We'll sculpt silly puppies, fuzzy hedgehogs, a chocolate layer cake that looks good enough to eat, and more. This is your chance to use tons of air-dry clay, Model Magicģ, and so much more as you have a totally claylicious time! The cost is $65 and registration can be done on the Hastings Community Education 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.

Wednesday Night Supper: Our Saviour's Lutheran Church in Hastings invites you to Wednesday Night Supper, October 27 from 5:30pm-7:00pm. This week enjoy Chef Johnny's Lebanese Chicken! Suggested donation is $5/person. Also, donations of dessert and volunteer time to help with serving and clean-up are greatly appreciated. For more information or to register as a volunteer visit the Our Saviour's Lutheran Church website or call 651-437-9052.

Memorial Lutheran Afton Trunk or Treat: Memorial Lutheran Church of Afton invites families to enjoy another spook-taculer Trunk or Treat event on Wednesday, October 27th from 6:00pm-8:00pm! Sign up to bring a decorated car and candy online through the church website. Or just plan to bring the kids and walk through the parking lot FILLED with cars and candy. The St. Croix Fire Department and other special guests will be there as well. A family-friendly time for the whole community!

Hope Lutheran River Falls Trunk or Treat: Hope Lutheran Church in River Falls invites all to join them for the Third Annual Trunk or Treat Wednesday, October 27th from 5:30pm-7:00pm. Enjoy a safe, family friendly night of costumed fun before Halloween! Trunks will be lined up and decorated outside with special treats waiting for you! ALL ARE WELCOME!

Harvest Drive By Luncheon: Hastings Community Education invites you to their Harvest Drive By Luncheon Wednesday, October 27th from 11:45 am-12:15 pm. Enjoy beef stew over noodles catered by Ptaceks. The cost is $7/meal. Send payment to center or stop by in person to register.

Halloween Bingo Game Day: Hastings Community Education invites you to Halloween Bingo Game Day Wednesday, October 27th at 1:00pm. Red Hat & Friends Welcome! Wear your costume (if you are so inclined) and join them for a fun afternoon of treats and bingo. Bingo Bob will be calling numbers. To register call 480-7689.

October 27 Thru November 17:

Kidcreate: Claylicious Serious: Hastings Community Education is offering a Kidcreate: Claylicious serious for children ages 5-12. Enjoy 4 classes on Wednesdays from 3:30pm-4:30pm starting October 27th thru November 17th at Kennedy Elementary. Sculpt, slab, coil, and carve... roll up your sleeves, because this class is all clay, all the time! We'll sculpt silly puppies, fuzzy hedgehogs, a chocolate layer cake that looks good enough to eat, and more. The cost is $65 and registration can be done on the Hastings Community Education website.

Oct 28:

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. This month's meeting has been rescheduled. Join them October 28th 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.

Sensible Salting Practices Training: Dakota County is offering a Sensible Salting Practices Training for property managers and contractors on Tuesday, November 2nd from 9:00am-1:00pm. Participants learn ways to save money, reduce property damage, and protect lakes and rivers. Salt can damage buildings near the ground, permanently stain and crumble sidewalks and steps, and damage indoor walkways. Oversalting can kill nearby grass, plants and trees. Chloride from de-icing salt permanently pollutes lakes, streams and groundwater. It takes only 1 teaspoon of salt to permanently pollute 5 gallons of water. Registration is required by Thursday, Oct. 28th. To register or get more information, visit the Smart Salting page .

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 30:

Halloween Trail Walk at Viking Lakes: The City of Eagan invites you to enjoy a Halloween Trail Walk at Viking Lakes on Saturday, October 30th from 11:00am-2:00pm. Dress in your Halloween best and explore "Legends Crossings" at Viking Lakes. Attendees will visit trick or treat stations, enjoy music from a local DJ and play Halloween-themed games throughout the Plaza. This is an outdoor event and will take place rain or shine! Admission tickets will ONLY be available for purchased from the City of Eagan. The cost is $5/child and adults get in free with a food donation to The Open Door. Pre-registration required and can be done at DiscoverEagan.com.

Apple Valley Trunk or Treat: The Apple Valley Police Department is hosting a Trunk or Treat event Saturday, October 30th from 11:00am-1:00pm at the Apple Valley Family Aquatic Center. Dress the kids up in costumes and trick or treat by going "trunk to trunk" of decorated City vehicles! All are welcome.

Red Wing Trunk or Treat: Unity in the Community of Red Wing is hosting a Trunk or Treat event on Saturday, October 30th from 3:00pm-5:30pm in Colvill Park. What a great way to make some Halloween memories with your family! Please contact Kelly for more information or to participate with your trunk email 1UnityInTheCommunity@gmail.com or call 651-212-8515.

Brush Haul and Celebration: The Friends of the Mississippi River is hosting a Brush Haul and Celebration Saturday, October 30th from 9:00am-12:00pm at Pine Bends Bluffs Natural Area. Ecologists, staff, and volunteers will help protect native plant communities by removing invasive species, primarily helping to stack pre-cut buckthorn brush, and assisting with other restoration tasks as needed. Everyone will be encouraged to work at their own comfort level and no previous experience is necessary. All tools and supplies will be provided, including coffee, morning snacks and a hot lunch to conclude the event! To register visit the Friends of the Mississippi River website.

DLBoo Halloween: The Downtown Lakeville Business Association is hosting a Downtown Lakeville Boo Halloween event Saturday, October 30th from 11:00am-1:00pm. Inviting all the little Ghouls and Goblins to join the annual #Dlboo Halloween event! Enjoy Treats & Trinkets from downtown Lakeville businesses. For more information visit the event Facebook page.

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.

Prescott Trunk or Treat:

The City of Prescott is getting ready for Halloween and invites you to participate in this year's Trunk or Treat event on Sunday, October 31th from 1:00pm-3:00pm in the Prescott High School parking lot. The deadline to register is Wednesday, October 13th. To register visit the Prescott School District website.

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 1:

Balsamic Vinegar Truffles Class: Hastings Community Education is offering an Amazing Balsamic Vinegar Truffles class Monday, November 1st from 6:30pm-8:30pm. Learn a new way to make Truffles using aged flavored Balsamic Vinegars. The flavors of raspberry, strawberry, blackberry and black cherry are truly amazing. We will use melted chocolates to mold beautiful truffles. Each student will make 24 truffles that they will take home in a provided box. Be prepared the day of class to pay an additional food fee of $12 directly to the instructor. Class is open to ages 12 and up. The cost is $36 and registration can be done on the Hastings Community Education website.

November 2:

Coffee Concert-Traditional Vietnamese:The Hastings Art Center invites you to their Free Coffee Concert on Tuesday, November 2 at 10:30am. Enjoy traditional Vietnamese music played by Thi Ngo Dao Vu, who started studying music in Saigon at age 10. Since 2018, Ms. Vu has lived in Minnesota, and founded the Vietnamese Traditional Music of Minnesota to promote art and music. Visit the Hastings Art Center website for details.

Sensible Salting Practices Training: Dakota County is offering a Sensible Salting Practices Training for property managers and contractors on Tuesday, November 2nd from 9:00am-1:00pm. Participants learn ways to save money, reduce property damage, and protect lakes and rivers. Salt can damage buildings near the ground, permanently stain and crumble sidewalks and steps, and damage indoor walkways. Oversalting can kill nearby grass, plants and trees. Chloride from de-icing salt permanently pollutes lakes, streams and groundwater. It takes only 1 teaspoon of salt to permanently pollute 5 gallons of water. Registration is required by Thursday, Oct. 28th. To register or get more information, visit the Smart Salting page .

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 thru 24:

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 6:00pm-7:30pm 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 9:00am-12:00pm 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 6-8 and the cost is $25/youth. Visit the Dakota County Parks website for details and to register.

Pumpkin Drop: The City of Hastings and Dakota County are holding a free Pumpkin Drop Off beginning Friday, November 5th at 3:00 pm through Sunday, November 7th at 8:00 pm. The drop off will be held at the Dakota County Transportation Shop, 900 Country Road 47, Hastings. Residents are asked to please remove paint, candles, wax or other non-organic material from their pumpkins prior to bringing them to the drop off. Composting pumpkins keeps waste out of landfills, reduces greenhouse gas emissions and creates a natural fertilizer for soils. If you have questions, contact Paige at 651-480-6182 or PMarschall@HastingsMN.Gov

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 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.

Tjarnblom Performance: The Dakota County Library invites you to Tjarnblom Saturday, November 6th from 2:00pm-3:00pm at the Pleasant Hill Library. Hear acoustic traditional music from Sweden, Finland and Minnesota played on nyckelharpas, mandolins and a harmonium. This class is geared adults and more information can be found on the Dakota County Library website.

Ladies' Fall Fun Night: Join the ladies of The Harbor Church for Fall Fun Night on Saturday, November 6th for a relaxing night of fun! Bring along a friend to enjoy delicious food, exciting games, and great conversations! They will be starting at 5:30 PM. more information and event registration is available on The Harbor website.

November 6 thru 7:

Hudson Heritage Quilt Show: The Hudson Heritage Quilters presents its 15th quilt show Saturday, November 6th from 9:00am-5:00pm and Sunday, November 7th from 10:00am-4:00pm at River Crest Elementary School in Hudson. This event features 200 quilts plus vendors, raffles and door prizes. Enjoy the special exhibit of 36 impressive creations from the nation-wide Suffrage Small Quilt Challenge organized by the Dakota County Star Quilters. For more information call 715-386-8411.

November 7:

Hastings Art Center Open House:The Hastings Art Center invites you to their Open House Event Sunday, November 7th from 1:00-5:00pm. Enjoy a 2:00pm concert featuring the Blessings Academy of Arts & Music faculty. This event is FREE and open to the public. Come and tour the facility, signup for trial lessons, view the art gallery, and enjoy live music! Visit the Hastings Art Center website for details.

Veterans Day Concert: VFW Post 1210 will be co-hosting a free Veterans Day Concert at 1 pm, Sunday, November 7 at the Hastings Middle School Auditorium featuring the 204th U.S. Army Reserve Band and the River Valley Band. For more information, please contact VFW Post 1210 at (651) 437-8231 or by email at VFW1210@GMail.com.

November 9:

Low-Waste Holidays Class: Dakota County Parks is offering a Low-Waste Holidays class Tuesday, November 9th from 6:30pm-7:30pm 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.

Memory Cafe: Join in on the monthly Memory Cafe gathering right here in Hastings at Tilden Community and Senior Center, room 108 Tuesday, November 9th from 10:00am-11:30am. This is an initiative of DARTS Aging and Caregiving Resources and is a safe place to enjoy conversation for those going through memory changes and their friends. The focus is social support and conversation. There are volunteers, resource staff and free coffee available.

November 11:

Little Kids Open Gym: Prescott Community Education is hosting Little Kids Open Gym for Ages 2-6 yrs & their Families at the Malone Elementary gym on Saturday, November 11th from 9:00am-10:00am. Bring your own toys (appropriate for a gym floor) or have fun with some of our gym toys (balls, hula hoops, scooters, etc). Nothing organized...just a warm, open gym to have fun in when itís cold outside. Parents are responsible for their own child(ren)'s activities. No pre-registration, the cost is $1/child - pay (cash only) at the door.

Have a Beer for Veterans: On Thursday, November 11th from 5-9 pm, VFW Post 1210 will again partner with Hastings Spiral Brewery for a 2d Annual Have a Beer for Veterans Event. For every beer sold, Spiral Brewery will make a generous donation to the Post. For more information, please contact VFW Post 1210 at (651) 437-8231 or by email at VFW1210@GMail.com. Lyle Russell VFW Post 1210 is located at 275 West 33rd Street, Suite 1, between Highway 61 and 316 in the Crossroads Strip Mall.

November 12:

Hastings Arts Center: Joe Burns Reception: The works by Joe Burns, a Minnesota painter, will be featured at the Hastings Arts Center from October 6th thru November 30th, with an artist reception on Friday, November 12th from 6:30pm-9:00pm. The collection is called "Facing America; An Exhibition of Immigrant Portrait" and highlights personal struggles, triumphs and our shared humanity. Please contact Kris with questions at KrisBurns86@gmail.com or by calling 612-388-7231.

November 12 Thru 13:

Reality Student Apologetics Conference: The Harbor Church is offering a Reality Student Apologetics Conference November 12-13th. This one of kind conference tackles all the toughest questions students are facing. Sex, abortion, creation, racism, you name it- Reality helps students wade through the chaos of culture around them and develop strong foundations! We highly encourage parents to attend with their students. This will equip you to have further discussion at home and open the doors to the conversations you want to have, but don't know how to start. More information on this event can be found on The Harbor website.

November 12 thru 19:

OH My, Glitter! Class: Prescott Community Education is hosting an OH My, Glitter! class for ages 5-12 Friday, November 12th and 19th at Malone Elementary School. If you love glitter, we have got the perfect class for you! Weíre upping our glam game so artists can make unicorns that shimmer, butter- flies that sparkle, and other dazzling works of art! Weíll use clay, paint, real canvas boards, and so much more, but the best part is, each masterpiece will be covered in glitter! The cost is $60, the registration is due by Thursday, November 4and can be done on the Prescott Community Education website.

November 13:

Community Veterans Day Dinner: Hastings Lyle Russell VFW Post 1210 will host this year's Community Veterans Day Dinner Event in commemoration of our Nation's 103rd Veterans Day. The event is open to the public and will be held on Saturday, November 13th in the Event Room of the 2nd Street Depot Bar and Grill located at 320 2nd Street East in Hastings. The Guest Speaker will be Dale Hoogeveen, MN VFW Department Senior Vice Commander, former 2d District Commander and Army Veteran. A social will start at 5 PM followed by dinner at 6. Cost is $17 per person and tickets can be purchased until Wednesday Nov 10 at VFW Post 1210, American Legion Post 47 and the 2nd Street Depot Bar and Grill. For more information, please contact VFW Post 1210 at (651) 437-8231 or email at VFW1210@GMail.com. Lyle Russell VFW Post 1210 is located at 275 West 33rd Street, Suite 1, between Highway 61 and 316 in the Crossroads Strip Mall.

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.

Little Kids Open Gym: Prescott Community Education is hosting Little Kids Open Gym for Ages 2-6 yrs & their Families at the Malone Elementary gym on Saturday, November 20th from 9:00am-10:00am. Bring your own toys (appropriate for a gym floor) or have fun with some of our gym toys (balls, hula hoops, scooters, etc). Nothing organized...just a warm, open gym to have fun in when itís cold outside. Parents are responsible for their own child(ren)'s activities. No pre-registration, the cost is $1/child - pay (cash only) at the door.

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 25:

Gobble Gait 8k and 3k: Gobble Gait is an 8k and 3k run/walk held on Thanksgiving morning that has raised over a million dollars to support the programs and services at Hastings Family Service. This year's run begins at 8:30am on November 25th. This is a family-friendly, festive atmosphere with music and bustling downtown businesses-open early for the event! Registration must be done online this year and reduced prices are available thru November 7th. Go to GobbleGait.com to register and for more information.

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.

Holiday Sip & Shop: Rush River Brewing in River Falls invites you to their Holiday Sip & Shop event Saturday, November 27th from 1:00pm-5:00pm. 'Tis the season for a cold brew while doing a little holiday shopping with over 20 local businesses! Wing Out food truck will be onsite offering their delicious menu from 12:00pm-6:00pm. Please RSVP on the event Facebook page if possible.

Small Business Saturday Market: The Prescott Area Chamber of Commerce invites you to the Second Annual Small Business Saturday Market on November 27th from 11:00am-4:00pm. Enjoy local craft vendors, children's activities, live music by local artists and a visit from Santa! This event is perfect for holiday gift shopping and will be held in the parking lot of No Name Saloon. If you have questions call 715-262-3284.

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 6:00pm-7:30pm 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 4:

Hiking Into the Night: Belwin Conservancy in Afton is hosting a Hiking Into the Night event Saturday, December 4th from 6:30 pm-8:30 pm. Join them for an exploration into the other half of day, when darkness envelopes our world. They will begin inside with a brief overview of winter night life at Belwin and then head out to witness the beauty of the dark. Ending the evening with light refreshments around a fire. Come dressed in layers for any weather. Open to ages 12 and above. Minors must be accompanied by an adult. $20 per family. RSVP required.

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 10:

Marbled Glass Ornaments Youth & Adult Class: Prescott Community Education is hosting a Marbled Glass Ornaments Youth & Adult class Friday, December 10th from 6:00pm-7:30pm at Prescott High School. Creating holiday crafts with a child is always a special activity and creates lasting memories! Pairs will turn 12 clear glass ornaments into colorful marbleized works of art! These marbled ornaments are a fun way to customize your holiday decorations and make wonderful hand-crafted gifts! The cost is $40/pair, the registration is due by Thursday, December 2nd and can be done on the Prescott Community Education website.

December 11:

Little Kids Open Gym: Prescott Community Education is hosting Little Kids Open Gym for Ages 2-6 yrs & their Families at the Malone Elementary gym on Saturday, December 11th from 9:00am-10:00am. Bring your own toys (appropriate for a gym floor) or have fun with some of our gym toys (balls, hula hoops, scooters, etc). Nothing organized...just a warm, open gym to have fun in when itís cold outside. Parents are responsible for their own child(ren)'s activities. No pre-registration, the cost is $1/child - pay (cash only) at the door.

December 16:

Holiday Light Tour: Hastings Community Education is offering a Holiday Light Tour Thursday, December 16th from 2:30pm-8:30pm. Travel to Abdallah's Chocolates in Apple Valley, Casper's Cherokee Restaurant in Eagan for lunch and swing though St. Paul as you take in all of the decorations. The cost is $77 and the registration deadline is November 19th. Visit the Hastings Community Education website for details.

December 17:

Women Walking: Belwin Conservancy in Afton is hosting a Women Walking event Friday, December 17th from 6:00 pm-9:00 pm. Join them to celebrate the seasonal changes in nature. They will gather indoors for a welcome and some easy centering exercises. Then move out to the woods and prairies for walking meditations and experiences in the natural world. Ending their time together with light refreshments around the fire. Wear comfortable layers and be prepared for any weather. Open to ages 16 and older, minors must provide permission from a guardian, the cost is $20 per person, RSVP is required and can be done on the Belwin Conservancy website.

December 18:

Women Walking: Belwin Conservancy in Afton is hosting a Women Walking event Saturday, December 18th from 6:00 pm-9:00 pm. Join them to celebrate the seasonal changes in nature. They will gather indoors for a welcome and some easy centering exercises. Then move out to the woods and prairies for walking meditations and experiences in the natural world. Ending their time together with light refreshments around the fire. Wear comfortable layers and be prepared for any weather. Open to ages 16 and older, minors my provide permission from a guardian, the cost is $20 per person, RSVP is required and can be done on the Belwin Conservancy website.

Little Kids Open Gym: Prescott Community Education is hosting Little Kids Open Gym for Ages 2-6 yrs & their Families at the Malone Elementary School gym on Saturday, December 18th from 9:00am-10:00am. Bring your own toys (appropriate for a gym floor) or have fun with some of our gym toys (balls, hula hoops, scooters, etc). Nothing organized...just a warm, open gym to have fun in when itís cold outside. Parents are responsible for their own child(ren)'s activities. No pre-registration, the cost is $1/child - pay (cash only) at the door.

December 19:

Holiday Light Tour Registration: Hastings Community Education is offering a Holiday Light Tour Thursday, December 16th from 2:30pm-8:30pm. Travel to Abdallah's Chocolates in Apple Valley, Casper's Cherokee Restaurant in Eagan for lunch and swing though St. Paul as you take in all of the decorations. The cost is $77 and the registration deadline is November 19th. Visit the Hastings Community Education website for details.

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.

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 20:

Winter Solstice Bonfire: Belwin Conservancy in Afton is hosting a Winter Solstice Bonfire Monday, December 20th from 6:00 pm-9:00 pm in Lakeland. Join them at a new location for this yearís Solstice Bonfire! They will have a warming tent, hot cider and cookies, night hikes, and more! Plus, Ikidowin Youth Theater storytellers will perform at 7:00 pm. The cost is $10/car.

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.

December 31:

Candlelight and Ice New Year's Eve: Wood Lake Nature Center is offering a Candlelight and Ice New Year's Eve Event Friday, December 31st from 5:00pm-9:00pm. Follow hundreds of candle-lit luminaries on a walking trail through cattails and trees while on the lookout for deer, coyote, and owls. Enjoy the brisk winter evening and return to the building to roast marshmallows over a crackling fire and warm up with hot cocoa. Tickets may be purchased online or on the night of the event, as space allows. Doors open at 5:00 pm; arrive by 8:15 pm to allow for adequate time to enjoy the activities. The cost is $5/person but Free for Friends of Wood Lake Members. If you have questions call 612-861-9365.

2022

JANUARY

January 8:

Hiking Into the Night: Belwin Conservancy in Afton is hosting a Hiking Into the Night event Saturday, January 8 from 6:30 pm-8:30 pm. Join them for an exploration into the other half of day, when darkness envelopes our world. They will begin inside with a brief overview of winter night life at Belwin and then head out to witness the beauty of the dark. Ending the evening with light refreshments around a fire. Come dressed in layers for any weather. Open to ages 12 and above. Minors must be accompanied by an adult. $20 per family. RSVP is required and can be done on the Belwin Conservancy website.

January 11:

Winter Wilderness Survival Class: Dakota County Parks is offering a Winter Wilderness Survival class Friday, January 21st from 9:00am-3:00pm at the Visitor Center in Lebanon Hills Regional Park. Learn shelter building, fire starting and other outdoor skills to survive the winter. For ages 8-12 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

February 5:

Candlelight Walk and Snowshoe: Afton State Park invites you to their Candlelight Walk and Snowshoe event on Saturday, February 5th from 4:00pm-8:00pm. A 2-3 mile trail loop will be lit with luminaries. The visitor center will be open and have hot chocolate, cider, a bonfire and marshmallows. There will also be a bonfire and marshmallows at one of the camper cabins halfway around the trail. Snowshoes are not necessary but can be used. Approximately half of the trail is plowed the other half is packed snow. Leashed dogs are allowed on the trail. The event is free, vehicle permit rules apply.

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

March 11:

Nature Detectives Class: Dakota County Parks is offering a Nature Detectives class Friday, March 11th from 9:00am-3:00pm 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 8-12 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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