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Now thru October 16:

LeDuc Historic Estate Tour Season: The LeDuc Historic Estate in Hastings will kick off their tour season starting May 12, offering both drop-in and pre-registered tours. The Estate is open Thursday through Sunday, 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. from May 12 through October 16. Guided tours start at: 10:00am, 11:30am, 1:00pm, 2:30pm & 4:00pm. The cost is free for Dakota County Historical Society members, $7 for adults; $6 for those 60 years of age and older; $5 for those ages 6-17 years of age and free for children 5 years old and under. For special group tours or if you have questions call (651) 438-8480.

SEPTEMBER

September 30:

Steam Machine At RAAC: The Rosemount Area Arts Council (RAAC) is sponsoring a Bluegrass concert at the Steeple Center, 14375 S Robert Trail, Rosemount, on Friday, September 30 at 7 pm. Originally formed in Minneapolis in 2017, Steam Machine brought to the national stage a Midwest influenced string band aesthetic that didn't draw such hard lines between bluegrass and old time music. Combining smooth, clean, powerful fiddling with rolling three finger banjo and a front-of-the-beat, bluegrass inspired approach to rhythm backup, the resulting sound was innovative, commanding, and "suspiciously entertaining". Tickets are $15 and $12 for RAAC members. Visit RosemountArts.com for ticket information.

OCTOBER

October 1:

Fall Colors Family Hike: Registration opens on September 1st for a Fall Colors Family Hike on Saturday, October 1st, from 10 to 11 AM at the East Shelter, Spring Lake Park Reserve. Everyone is invited to join a park naturalist on a guided hike to enjoy the fall colors and hunt for other signs of autumn. The hike is free of charge. Register on the Dakota County Parks web page.

Raider Open Golf Tournament: It's time once again for the Annual Raider Open Golf Tournament to benefit the Hastings Raiders Golf Team. The tournament is scheduled for Saturday, October 1st, with check-in at 8:30 AM and a shotgun start at 9:30. Entry fee is $85 per person, or $340 per team, including 18 holes of golf, one cart per twosome, a catered banquet and competitive prizes. Hole and corporate sponsorships are also available. For additional information, contact Kristie Williams at 651-216-4482.

Genesis Ranch Oktoberfest: Genesis Ranch, 13273 Pine Bend Trail in Rosemount, invites everyone to their Oktoberfest & Biergarten for Live Music, Costumes, Food, Beer, Vendors, Games and more, on Saturday, October 1, from 1 to 6 PM. From the second you walk onto the wooded 26 acre venue you will feel like you just arrived in Munich for a traditional Bavarian Festival! From the costumes and decor to the biergarten and outdoor bars to the traditional German food, beer/wine, cocktails and fare, you will feel like family at this public event with a private community feel. Attend as a VIP or choose regular admission, either way you will have a great experience! Get more details on the event Facebook page.

GRRVLC Oktoberfest: You're invited to a memory-making fundraiser designed to support and celebrate Freedom Park and the Great River Road Visitor & Learning Center in Prescott. The event will have an "Oktoberfest" twist to it, by serving delicious German food and Paulaner beer all while listening to authentic German music by accordionist Ron Machel. The in-person party is on Saturday, October 1, 4 to 8 PM. It's only $10 per person to attend. Tickets are on sale through Event.Gives/FreedomPark2022.

Prescott Legion Chicken Dinner: Prescott American Legion Post 61 invites everyone to a fried chicken dinner on Saturday, October 1st, from 4:30 to 8 PM. Enjoy take out orders of all-you-can eat chicken dinners, prepared in cholesterol-free oil, and help fund the Post's civic and maintenance efforts. For questions, contact the post at 715-262-8113. The Post is located at 710 Pearl Street.

Ocotber 1 and 2:

Rivertown Fall Art Festival: The 45th Annual Rivertown Fall Art Festival is taking place in Lowell Park, 201 Water Street North, in Stillwater, from 10 AM to 5 PM on Saturday, October 1, and from 10 AM to 4 PM on Sunday, October 2. More than 10,000 attendees typically attend the two-day event along the banks of the St. Croix River. The juried art festival is welcoming 150 artisans this year, a record number. Specialty hand-crafted items will be showcased in mediums of all kinds: ceramics, clay, culinary arts, drawing, fiber work, glass, jewelry, metal, mixed media, painting, photography, pottery, wood and more. Festival organizers also are offering a beer and wine tent, a variety of food selections, live music and entertainment.

CGFD Fill the Boot: The Cottage Grove Fire Department will be out collecting money to send children affected by Muscular Dystrophy to Camp Courage. Firefighters will be at Cub Foods, 8690 E Pt Douglas Road, on Saturday, Oct. 1 and Sunday, Oct. 2, from 10 AM to 2 PM. If you're passing by, help the firefighters "Fill the Boot".

October 2:

ISD 200 139th Annual All-Class Reunion: The Hastings High School Alumni Association is proud to announce its 139th Annual All-Class Reunion to be held on Sunday, October 2nd, at the Depot in downtown Hastings. Social hour starts at 5:15 PM, and dinner at 6. Join them for a night of memories, laughs and remembrance of those they have lost. This year they honor the Class of 1972 as they celebrate their 50th Class Reunion. Also, be on the lookout in the coming weeks as they announce their choice for the Alumni of the Year. Cost is $35 per person. Learn more on the Alumni Facebook page.

Knights of Columbus Pancake Breakfast: The Hastings Knights of Columbus invite everyone to their annual Pancake Breakfast, from 8 AM to noon on Sunday, October 2nd, at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic Church, 2035 15th Street West, in Hastings. The menu includes pancakes, sausage, eggs, coffee, orange juice, and milk. Meals are $8 for those 13 and older, $4 for those 5 to 12, and free for children younger than 5. Proceeds will benefit the Total Life Care Pregnancy Resource Center and Hastings Family Service.

October 4:

Tuesday Coffee Concert: The Hastings Arts Center invites everyone to a Tuesday Coffee Concert on October 4th, featuring the musical talents of the Classic Brass Quintet. Doors open at 10 AM for coffee, treats, and music starting at 10:30. Also enjoy the art gallery before and after the concert. The Tuesday Coffee Concerts are free of charge and are held at the Hastings Arts Center, 216 4th Street East. Free will donations are gladly accepted.

Recycling for Multi-Family Buildings: Have you been struggling to recycle at your apartment, townhome, or condominium? A good, easy-to-use recycling system is a requirement at all multi-family buildings in Dakota County, but sometimes a little help is needed. Free resources are available from Dakota County. Learn how to overcome specific challenges in your building and get your questions answered in this informative, interactive online workshop, at 6:30 PM, on Tuesday, October 4th. Register online at the link provided here.

ISD 200 SEAC Meeting: The ISD 200 Special Education Advisory Council (SEAC) will hold their Fall Meeting from 5 to 6 PM, on Tuesday, October 4th in Conference Room A of the ISD 200 Offices, 1000 11th Street West. The Special Services Department is looking for parents of students with disabilities to join the SEAC Team. ISD 200 intends to increase parent involvement and input in what Special Services look like for the District. The meeting will include a presentation regarding the Best Buddies International Program. Learn more about SEAC on the ISD 200 website.

HKS Community Partners Meeting:/B> Helping Kids Succeed Community Partners will hold their next meeting on Tues, Oct. 4th, from, 8:15 to 9:30 AM, at First Presbyterian Church, 602 Vermillion Street, in their Fellowship Hall. Please enter through the side door on 6th Street. Attendance may be in person or via Zoom. This coalition is an excellent chance to share information related to the young people in Hastings, including work your business or organization is doing in that area. There will be an update on educational activities this fall, specifically around opioids and illicit fentanyl.

October 5:

Oakwood Park Open House: The City of Cottage Grove has completed renovations at Oakwood Park and invites everyone to celebrate the renovations made to this historic park. Join Park staff on Wednesday, October 5 from 4-6 PM at Oakwood Park, 7851 Harkness Ave. S. to tour the new picnic shelter, play on the updated playground, relax in a hammock, or try your hand at disc golf. This will be a fun event for all ages.

St. Joe's Rosie Gil Presentation: St. Joseph Catholic Church, 23955 Nicolai Avenue in Miesville, invites everyone to an evening session to learn about the Case for Sainthood for Rosie Gil, presented by her husband, Robert, on Wednesday, October 5th. Mass is at 5 PM, supper at 5:30 and Robert's presentation will start at 6. Robert will share Rosie's writings on motherhood and family and speak about the need to restore Christian culture through faithful families. A free-will offering will be accepted.

October 6:

TLC Banquet: Hastings TLC Pregnancy Center is hosting its 2022 Fundraising Banquet starting at 5 PM on Thursday, October 6th, at Almquist Farm, 21321 Polk Avenue, in Hastings. With guest speaker David L. Williams, you are invited to a meal catered by Tinucci's of Newport, and learn about healing after abortion, buidling strong families, and fatherhood. There will also be live music. The price of admission is free, and seating is limited to 286. Register at TLCBanquet.com.

CGPD Open House: Join the Cottage Grove Police Department on Thursday, October 6 from 4 to 7 PM for their annual Open House. Visitors will be able to tour the facility, check out the vehicles and see all of the equipment used by officers in the line of duty. The Open House will be held at City Hall, 12800 Ravine Parkway South.

Paws in the Park: Paws in the Park will be held Thursday, October 6, from 5 to 6:30 PM, at Hastings Rivertown Dog Park, 851 10th St East. Find dog-friendly booths, games & giveaways. Participate in a "Strut your Mutt" costume contest, and the winner receives a prize basket from Chuck & Don's. For more details on this free event, watch the City of Hastings Facebook page.

Knee-High Naturalists: Rowdy Raccoons: Knee-High Naturalists: Rowdy Raccoons, is scheduled on Thursday, Oct. 6, from 10 to 11:30 AM, at the Visitor Center, Lebanon Hills Regional Park. Children ages 3 to 6 and their parents or guardians can get hands-on activities, outdoor exploration, art projects, storytime, and more. Learn about raccoons, including myths and truths about these rowdy animals. Program Fee is $8 per youth and registration is required.

PHL Bring Your Own Book Club: Pleasant Hill Library announces a "Bring Your Own Book" Youth Club, meeting on Thursday, October 6th, from 6 to 7 PM, at the library. Pick a book and share. Unlike most book clubs where everyone reads the same thing, in this club you pick what to read based on the monthly theme. Registration required. Geared for youth ages 7-12.

October 6 through 9:

Friends of Pleasant Hill Library Used Book Sale: The Friends of Pleasant Hill Library will hold their annual Used Book Sale from Friday, October 7th through Sunday, October 9th, with a "member's only" pre-sale, from 5 to 7 PM, on Thursday, October 6th. The sale will take donations of used books and other media (CDs, albums, etc) through October 1st for the sale. Sale hours are 9 AM to 4:30 PM on Friday and Saturday, and 1 to 3 PM on Sunday, which will also have a bag sale. Pleasant Hill Library is located at 1490 South Frontage Road, in Hastings.

October 7:

Friday Night Music: The Hastings Downtown Business Association invites you to their Friday Night Music Series. On October, 7 from 6:00pm-9:00pm enjoy the sounds of A Little Too Short to be Stormtroopers. Cost to attend is free. Please feel free to tip bands, they would appreciate it! Please bring a chair to sit and enjoy the music, or stop by one of the many restaurants and Brewery and enjoy their Parklets.

October 7 thru October 9:

Fresh Art Tour: The Fresh Art Tour is scheduled for Friday, Saturday, Sunday, October 7, 8, 9, from 10 AM to 5 PM each day. Discover the art and artistry of autumn on the Fresh Art Tour. Join them for a self-guided journey to the finest studios and galleries in the Lake Pepin and Wisconsin's Chippewa River Valleys. Enjoy breathtaking views while traveling the famous Great River Road and the backroads of western Wisconsin. Discover pottery, sculpture, jewelry, ceramics, photography, textiles and paintings. Find artist information and a printable map at FreshArt.org.

October 8:

Team Randyman Cancer Benefit: Friends and family of Randy Riddle are invited to a spaghetti dinner to help raise funds for his battle against liver cancer, starting at noon on Saturday, October 8th at the 2nd Street Depot in Hastings. A $20 ticket includes a dinner and a door prize entry. There will also be a silent auction, 50/50 raffles and entertainment. For an additional $15, get a wrist band for the beer bash. For questions, email TeamRandyMan@Gmail.com.

Vino in the Valley Fall Festival: Join Vino in the Valley from noon to 9 PM on Saturday, October 8th for a customer appreciation event, "Fall Festival: Swirl, Sip, Savor". The vineyard has planned a big event again this year, full of activities, food, artisan vendors, and giveaways, tractor rides, over 30 arts & crafts vendors, live music, giveaways, bonfires, and serving a full menu. Guests are invited to bring blankets and lawn chairs. Vino in the Valley is located at W3826, 450th Avenue, in Maiden Rock.

Knee-High Naturalists: Rowdy Raccoons: Knee-High Naturalists: Rowdy Raccoons, is scheduled on Saturday, Oct. 8, from 10 to 11:30 AM, at the Visitor Center, Lebanon Hills Regional Park. Children ages 3 to 6 and their parents or guardians can get hands-on activities, outdoor exploration, art projects, storytime, and more. Learn about raccoons, including myths and truths about these rowdy animals. Program Fee is $8 per youth and registration is required.

October 9:

Dugarel's Autism Awareness Event: Dugarel's Bar invites everyone to an Autism Awareness Event, from 11 AM to 3 PM on Sunday, October 9th. A $20 donation gets a beer, in a koozie, a choice of a California Cheeseburger, or a BBQ pulled Pork Sandwich, both with fries. Other attractions include a silent auction, raffles, games and entertainment by Vast. Proceeds will be donated to Fraser, a MN provider of autism services.

Adult Beginner Archery Session: Dakota County Parks invites everyone aged 16 and older to an Adult Beginner Archery session, on Sunday, Oct. 9, from 10 AM to noon, and 2 to 5 PM, at the Archery Shelter at Spring Lake Park Reserve. Learn archery stance, follow through, equipment styles and safety. Hone your new skills with target practice. The fee is $15/person and registration is required.

October 10:

Senior Center Birthday Bash: The Hastings Senior Center October Drive-By Birthday Bash is set for 11:45 AM to 12:15 PM, on Monday, October 10th. Center members who have a birthday in October are invited for a free meal of roast pork, mashed potatoes, veggies, a dinner roll and birthday cake. Other members can get a meal for $8, and non-members, $10. The Senior Center is located in the Tilden Community Center, 310 River Street, in Hastings.

October 11:

HFD Open House: Fire Prevention Week is October 9th through the 15th this year, and the Hastings Fire and EMS Department will hold their annual Open House on Tuesday, October 11, 7:00 to 9:00 PM. Families are invited to come and see the trucks and other equipment HFD uses to respond to emergency situations in Hastings and the surrounding area.

Tuesday Coffee Concert: The Hastings Arts Center invites everyone to a Tuesday Coffee Concert on October 11th, featuring the musical talents of Amy Nam on the harp. Doors open at 10 AM for coffee, treats, and music starting at 10:30. Also enjoy the art gallery before and after the concert. The Tuesday Coffee Concerts are free of charge and are held at the Hastings Arts Center, 216 4th Street East. Free will donations are gladly accepted.

October 12:

PHL Crafternoon: Pleasant Hill Library invites teens to a "Crafternoon: Knitted Cuff/Cup Sleeve", from 3 to 6 PM, on Wednesday, October 12th, at Pleasant Hill Library, 1400 South Frontage Road in Hastings. Learn how to knit, or brush up your skills, by creating a one-of-a-kind cup sleeve or cuff! Get the basics of knits and purls, and take home a set of needles and yarn to continue knitting. Presented by Textile Center. Registration is required. Talk to Rachel Haider at 651-438-0200 to reserve a spot.

FFD Open House: The Farmington Fire Department's annual Fire Prevention Open House is Wednesday, Oct. 12 at 5:30 PM, at Fire Station No. 2, 19695 Municipal Dr. The open house is free to attend. Visitors will have the opportunity to tour the fire station and fire trucks. Sparky the Pup will be there for family pictures, and if weather permits, the Life Link helicopter and crew will be there.

Newport's Historic Cemeteries: Join members of the Newport Heritage Preservation Commission as Historian Robert Vogel presents on Newport's Historic Cemeteries at the Newport Library and Community Center, 405 7th Avenue, in Newport, on Wednesday, October 12th at 6:30 PM. This event is free and open to the public.

October 13:

DARTS Party It Forward: DARTS 11th annual Party It Forward will be taking place on Thursday, October 13th, beginning at 6 PM. During the party, enjoy music from Miss Myra and the Moonshiners, a vintage jazz band local to the Twin Cities! The party also features an online auction, a live auction, games, specialty drinks, and food. Anyone can participate in the online auction, and there will also be an online video available for those unable to attend. To register or participate in the online auction, visit DARTSPIF2022.GiveSmart.com.

RFD in the Park: Fire Prevention Week is October 9-15, and the Rosemount Fire Department invites everyone for some fun and learn how to keep your family safe at RFD in the Park, from 5:30 to 8:30 PM, on Thursday, October 13th, at Central Park, 2893 145th Street West. The theme this year is "Fire Won't Wait. Plan Your Escape". This event is fun, interactive, and educational.

First Choice Clinic Banquet: First Choice Clinic will host their Fall Fundraising Banquet, with a lunch event at noon, or a dinner event at 6:30 PM, on Thursday, October 13th, at Cornerstone Community Church, 420 West 3rd Street, in Red Wing. Emily Albrecht of the Equal Rights Institute will be the guest speaker at each meal. Register online at the First Choice Clinic website.

October 13 Through December 5:

We Are Water MN: Dakota County Parks is hosting the "We Are Water MN" exhibit this fall, October 13th through December 5th at Pleasant Hill Library. We Are Water MN is a traveling exhibit where community members will learn about our connection to water in our local areas and throughout the state at an interactive display. The We Are Water exhibit will include personal stories from county residents, historical events, and scientific information such as conservation, water usage and pollution prevention. This event aims to strengthen visitors' relationships with water, share new perspectives, and increase awareness and participation in water protection activities. Learn more on the County website.

October 14:

Hope Lutheran Christian Movie Night: Hope Lutheran church in Hastings is hosting a Christian Movie Night on Friday, October 14 starting at 6:30pm. Enjoy a movie and fellowship. Child care will be provided by the Hope Youth Group. There is no cost but free will donations will go to fundraising for the National Youth Gathering taking place in Texas in July. For details see the Hope Lutheran website or call (651) 480-2273.

Senior Center Safety Seminar: On Friday, October 14th, at 9:30 AM, the Hastings Senior Center will host a monthly Safety Seminar with local law enforcement representatives. This month's Seminar is "The ABCs of Police Work". Bring your questions and meet the friendly folks who keep our communities safe. Call 651-480-7689 to register for this free event.

October 15:

Fix-It Clinic: Get your broken fan, malfunctioning stereo or damaged shorts rescued by handy volunteers at the next monthly Dakota County Fix-It Clinic. Repair-savvy volunteers will guide residents through each step, from troubleshooting to completed repair. A Fix-It Clinic will be held on October 15, from noon to 3 PM, at Pleasant Hill Library, 1490 S. Frontage Road, in Hastings?. Bring up to three items that need fixing or mending. Bring tools or parts that you think might be helpful. Fix-It Clinics reduce unnecessary trash sent to landfills and teach residents helpful repair skills. For future dates, more information or to volunteer, visit DakotaCounty.us and search fix-it clinics.

Cottage Grove Fire Department Open House: The Cottage Grove Fire Department open house, at the Fire Station located at 8461 80th Street South, is on Saturday, October 15 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. You'll be able to see kitchen fire demonstrations, take a station tour, hear Regions Hospital and Marathon Refinery talk about how they work together on the job and spray the fire hose to see what it feels like. Kids and adults can also take a whack with a sledge hammer at our whack-a-car this year!

Apple Pies At Joy: The congregation of Joy Lutheran Church in Prescott continues to support parishioners in Malawi, and are baking apple pies on Saturday, October 15th to raise funds for their efforts. Apple pie enthusiasts are asked to volunteer to help with pie production from 9 AM to noon. No experience is required and all ages are welcome. Joy Lutheran Church is located at

1435 St. Croix Street.

Ripe Radish Fall Fest: Ripe Radish Farm, 12414 191st Street East, in Hastings, invites everyone to their Fall Fest and Maker's Market, from 10 AM to 4 PM, on Saturday, October, 15th. Enjoy a fun-packed fall day on the farm! Highlights of the day include a local maker's market where you'll find one-of-a-kind handcrafted items to purchase for yourself or as cherished gifts. Also, this will be the last chance to purchase their organic fare for the season. Get all the details on the Facebook event page.

Prescott Legion Meat Raffle: A Meat Raffle for the benefit of Legion Post 61 in Prescott is scheduled at the No Name Saloon in Prescott on Saturday, October 15th, at 3 PM. Come in for camaraderie, drinks and the chance to win meat. The No Name Saloon is located at 114 Broad Street North.

Comm Ed Fall Fest: The Hastings Community Education Fall Fest is scheduled from 9 AM to 2 PM on Saturday, October 15th, at the Tilden Community Center, 310 River Street. Come for craft vendors, "Make 'n Takes" and Door Prizes. Admission is free.

Farmington Mattress Drop-Off Day: The City of Farmington will host a drop-off day for mattresses and box springs on Saturday, Oct. 15 from 8 AM to noon at the Farmington Maintenance Facility, 19650 Municipal Drive. Mattresses and box springs will be accepted for $25 a piece. Only cash or checks will be accepted. Checks should be made payable to Certified Recycling. In addition to the mattress and box spring recycling, a mobile unit will be onsite for residents to shred their confidential documents. There is no charge to have documents shredded. No other items will be accepted. Proof of Dakota County residency will be required.

October 16:

CG Mayor For A Day: Calling all Cottage Grove future leaders ages 8-12! Are you interested in being Mayor for the day? As honorary Mayor, you'll get the chance to be picked up from your school by the Chief of Police in his squad car, have pizza, ask questions with the (current) Mayor, tour city offices, ride on a Zamboni and more! Write a short essay, 250 words or less, explaining why you would like to be mayor for a day and what your vision is for the future of Cottage Grove. Please send your handwritten essay either by picture, scan or PDF attachment and include your name, age, grade and what school you go to. Essays can be sent to Taylor Bengtson at TBengtson@CottageGroveMN.gov by October 16 for your chance to be entered.

October 18:

Waggin' Tales: Waggin' Tales returns to Pleasant Hill Library on Tuesday, October 18th, from 11 AM to noon. Bring your kids, aged 5 to 10 years old into the Library to read to certified therapy dogs. It's not only fun, it helps develop reading skills and fluency. Pleasant Hill Library is located at 1490 South Frontage Road, in Hastings.

October 19:

Optimist Club Talk N Tacos: The Optimist Club of West St. Paul will host their 5th Talk N Tacos forum for candidates in the upcoming local elections. All confirmed candidates for Dakota County Attorney, Dakota County District 2 Commissioner, West St. Paul City Council, and West St. Paul Mayor have been invited to share their platforms and answer questions from the community at the event, held on October 19, beginning at 5:30 pm, at Dunham's Food and Drink, 173 Lothenbach Avenue in West St. Paul. Each candidate will have 10 minutes in which to communicate their platform and answer questions from the audience. The event will offer a taco bar with encouragement of a small donation for those eating. Beverages and other food will also be available for purchase during the evening. Questions should be directed to Cheryl Bergstrom by email at ckbergstrom@hotmail.com or to Chuck Spavin at chuckspavin@icloud.com.

October 20:

Senior Center Drive-By Lunch: The Hastings Senior Center October Drive-By Lunch is set for 11:45 AM to 12:15 PM, on Thursday, October 20th. Center members are invited for a free meal of Chicken Alfredo, Caesar Salad, a bread stick and dessert bar. Cost is $8 for Senior Center members, and non-members, $10. The Senior Center is located in the Tilden Community Center, 310 River Street, in Hastings.

PHL Identities through Hip-Hop: Pleasant Hill Library invites teens to explore their "Identities through Hip-Hop", from 2 to 3:30 PM on Thursday, October 20th. This workshop explores social identity and how it informs the choices we make as artists and as people. Students participate in activities that help illuminate their own identity and values, reflect with peers, and begin to discover their own creative voice. Presented by COMPAS. Registration is required.

October 21:

Lake City Rotary Wine Tasting: The Lake City Rotary Club invites everyone to their 16th Annual Fall Wine, Beer, and Spirits Tasting Fundraiser, from 6:30 to 9 PM on Friday, October 21st at the Port 104 Restaurant, 104 Lake Street, in Lake City. Enjoy appetizers, win door prizes and bid in the Silent Auction. Tickets are $20 each and are available from Rotary members, at Featherstone Real Estate, Fresh Market, J&J Liquors, Technology Solutions, and at the door.

Healing Play Halloween Party: Healing Play, Inc. invites you to join them for their 1st Annual Adult-only Halloween costume party at the The Old Ptacek's Event Center, 1449 Orrin Road, in Prescott, on Friday, Oct 21st from 7:30 to 11:00 PM. All proceeds from this event will go toward Phase 2 of Fairy Wonderland Park. There will be a costume contest, a Tarot card/Palm reader, a "booze" walk, a 50/50 raffle, Auction, DJ, Cash Bar, and much more! You will be able to purchase tickets at the door for $45 per person. For more information about the park, visit FairyWonderlandPark.org.

October 22:

Small Business iLAB Takeover: Small business owners and entrepreneurs are invited to Dakota County Library's Small Business iLAB Takeover on Saturday, Oct. 22 from noon to 4 PM, at the Wescott Library, 1340 Wescott Road, Eagan. Learn how technology in the iLABs can benefit your small business or startup, all for free. The Demonstration Schedule is Tinkercad at 1 PM, LinkedIn Learning at 1:30, Silhouette at 2, Recording Studio at 2:30, and Creative Cloud at 3. Dakota County Library offers these resources as well as many others to support entrepreneurs, small business owners, freelancers and startups. To learn more, visit the Library page of DakotaCounty.us.

October 23:

Breaking The Silence: Remembering Brown's Chapel AME: Building Remembrance for Reconciliation (BR4R) invites you to "Breaking The Silence: Remembering Brown's Chapel AME" at the First Presbyterian Church, 602 Vermillion St, in Hastings, on Sunday October 23rd, from 2 to 5 pm. The event will start with speakers and music, with food and refreshments, followed at 3:15 by a guided walking/driving tour of significant sites and locations from Hastings' Black History. Learn more on the BR4R website.

Buckthorn Busting Extravaganza: The goats at Magee Park in Prescott need your help to remove buckthorn in designated areas at Magee Park, so the Great River Road Visitor and Learning Center at Freedom Park and Coulee River Trails will have a Buckthorn Busting Extravaganza at 2 PM, on Sunday, October 23rd. Bring your own hand tools (pruning saws and loppers). "Extravaganza" is definitely an overstatement, but they're still going to have fun. They'll also clean up trash they find along the way. Signed volunteer forms for CRT and the City of Prescott are required to participate (available at the event). This event is part of the Coulee River Trails initiative, sponsored by Friends of Freedom Park. For more information, visit CouleeRiverTrails.org.

October 26:

Enlightened Leads Guest Meeting: You are invited to check out the Enlightened Leads Group located in Eagan. The Enlightened Leads Group is a relationship based, referral group that will meets two Wednesdays of each month. Business professionals get together with their peers to discuss strategy, work through problems and obstacles their business is facing, while building an ongoing business relationship with other group members. The next guest meeting for those who are interested in learning more about this group is Wednesday, October 26 from 7:30am-8:30am at 2915 Commers Dr. in Eagan. For details see the Dakota County Regional Chamber of Commerce website.

October 27:

Oak Ridge Blood Drive: On Thursday October 27th, Oak Ridge Assisted Living is teaming up with The American Red Cross to host a blood drive, from 10 AM to 4 PM, in the Oak Ridge Community Room, 1128 Bahls Drive. Oak Ridge Assisted Living would like to do their part to help with the national blood shortage and fill all available time slots. If you are interested in signing up PLEASE reach out and give Oak Ridge a call at 651-438-0418 or email Daniel.Freeman@VQPM.com.

October 28:

Hastings Community Halloween Party: The City of Hastings Community Halloween Party is scheduled for Friday, October 28th, from 6 to 8 PM at the Hastings High School. There will be activity stations hosted by local businesses and non-profit organizations. If you or your business is interested in hosting an activity station, contact Program Director Paige Marschall-Bigler at 651-480-6182 or PMarschall@HastingsMN.gov.

October 29:

Shepard Farm Halloween Extravaganza: The Dodge Nature Center's Shepard Farm, 8946 70th Street South, in Cottage Grove, will hold a Halloween Extravaganza from noon to 4 PM, on Saturday, October 29th. Trick-or-treat through the woods and ride on the hay wagon to look for ghosts and goblins. You can meet slithery creatures, dance to the music, and warm up by the bonfire. Try your luck at field games to win extra treats, then settle in for some silly science skits that will educate and entertain. Food available for purchase while you are enjoying the fall fun. Get all the details on the event's Facebook page.

PHL Potions Class: On Saturday, October 29th, from 2 to 3 PM, Pleasant Hill Library invites all Halloween "Mad Scientists" to a Potions Class at the Library. Explore reactions as participants put together various ingredients that fizz, foam, and overflow. Registration is required. Geared for youth ages 6-12.

October 30:

Hastings DBA Trunk Or Treat : The Hastings Downtown Business Association will hold its annual Trunk Or Treat from 2 to 5 PM on Sunday, October 30th, in Downtown Hastings. Children of all ages are invited to the Downtown area for tricks, treats, food and a fun time. If you would like to reserve a space, please call Wendy at the Onion Grill, at 651-437-7577.

Vermillion Knights of Columbus Sausage Sale: The Vermillion Knights of Columbus have announced that their annual Sausage Supper will not be held in person again this year. According to a post on social media, the Knights will still sell pork and blood sausage after the 10 AM Mass on Sunday, October 30th. Event organizers encourage pre-ordering sausage, with pre-orders being taken through October 19th. An order of about 2 pounds of blood sausage or 3 pounds of pork sausage will cost $20. Pick orders up at St. John the Baptist Church. 106 West Main Street, in Vermillion. For questions, contact Joe Kummer at 651-367-9223, or Thomas Kurzawski at 612-358-1922.

October 31:

St. John the Baptist Catholic School All Saints Party: St. John the Baptist Catholic School in Vermillion will hold an All Saints Party from 5 to 7 PM on Monday October 31st at the school, 111 Main Street West. Enjoy free food, cider, candy, games and meet new friends. This event is open to the public.

NOVEMBER

All Month:

National Novel Writing Month: Is there a budding teenaged writer in your home? Pleasant Hill Library invites young writers to celebrate National Novel Writing Month and pick up a free writing kit during the month of November. Each kit includes a notebook, writing prompts and tools to get started on your writing adventure. Geared for youth ages 12-18. Available while supplies last at Pleasant Hill Library, 1400 South Frontage Road, in Hastings.

November1:

Tuesday Coffee Concert: The Hastings Arts Center invites everyone to a Tuesday Coffee Concert on November 1st, featuring the musical talents of Ruckus in the Bearbrush. Doors open at 10 AM for coffee, treats, and music starting at 10:30. Also enjoy the art gallery before and after the concert. The Tuesday Coffee Concerts are free of charge and are held at the Hastings Arts Center, 216 4th Street East. Free will donations are gladly accepted.

November 2:

Basic Needs Pancake Breakfast: On Wednesday, November 2, at 8:30 AM, the Basic Needs Thrift Shop will have a "Building for the Future" Breakfast at All Saints Lutheran Church, 8100 Belden Blvd, in Cottage Grove. This event will start promptly at 8:30. Please register for this event because they have limited seating. Breakfast will include: pancakes, sausage, fruit juice, and coffee. If you are interested in learning more prior to the event, register for one of the Blueprints for the Basic events. For questions call 651-528-7597.

November 3:

Say It! Sing It! Play It! In Cherokee: Learn about First American Culture when you "Say It! Sing It! Play It! In Cherokee", from 3 to 3:45 PM on Thursday, November 3rd at Pleasant Hill Library. Sing along to catchy songs and experience fun storytelling presented by Z Puppets artists and Cherokee tribal members Chris Griffith and Shari Aronson. Presented by Z Puppets Rosenschnoz. Registration is required.

November 5:

Prescott Legion Chicken Dinner: Prescott American Legion Post 61 invites everyone to a fried chicken dinner on Saturday, November 5th, from 4:30 to 8 PM. Enjoy take out orders of all-you-can eat chicken dinners, prepared in cholesterol-free oil, and help fund the Post's civic and maintenance efforts. For questions, contact the post at 715-262-8113. The Post is located at 710 Pearl Street.

November 7:

PHL Virtual Author Talk: Pleasant Hill Library invites teens to a Virtual Author Talk with Adam Silvera, from 7 to 8 PM, on Monday, November 7th. Join PHL for a talk with author Adam Silvera, the #1 New York Times bestselling author of "Infinity Reaper", "Infinity Son", "They Both Die at the End", "More Happy Than Not", "History Is All You Left Me", and, with Becky Albertalli, "What If It's Us" and "Here's to Us". This online session is geared for youth ages 12-18.

November 10:

PHL Bring Your Own Book Club: Pleasant Hill Library announces a "Bring Your Own Book" Youth Club, meeting on Thursday, November 10th, from 6 to 7 PM, at the library. Pick a book and share. Unlike most book clubs where everyone reads the same thing, in this club you pick what to read based on the monthly theme. Registration required. Geared for youth ages 7-12.

November 11:

Hope Lutheran Christian Movie Night: Hope Lutheran church in Hastings is hosting a Christian Movie Night on Friday, November 11 starting at 6:30pm. Enjoy a movie and fellowship. Child care will be provided by the Hope Youth Group. There is no cost but free will donations will go to fundraising for the National Youth Gathering taking place in Texas in July. For details see the Hope Lutheran website or call (651) 480-2273.

Pumpkin Chuck: Calling all Ghosts, Ghouls, and Pumpkins of all sizes. The Cottage Grove Parks and Recreation Department invites everyone to Peter Thompson Park, 6327 Highland Hills Lane South, on Thursday, November 11, from 3:30 to 5:30 PM, for the 2nd Annual Pumpkin Chuck, a free family event. Bring your pumpkins to Toss, Roll, and Jump them down the hill! Can your carving survive the Bumps and Jumps? All pumpkins will be composted at the end of the event.

November 15:

Waggin'Tales: Waggin' Tales returns to Pleasant Hill Library on Tuesday, November 15th, from 11 AM to noon. Bring your kids, aged 5 to 10 years old into the Library to read to certified therapy dogs. It's not only fun, it helps develop reading skills and fluency. Pleasant Hill Library is located at 1490 South Frontage Road, in Hastings.

Through November 15:

Appalachia Christmas Donations: The St. Paul and Minneapolis Archdiocesan Council of Catholic Women's Appalachia Christmas Mission is seeking donations for their annual Appalachia Christmas and Papal Footprints Shoe Box Missions. Gifts of all types that fit into a shoe box are desired, from dolls and toy balls to personal care items and clothing. Please deliver donations to Olive Hupf, the Appalachia Outreach Coordinator, at 4386 260th Street East, in Randolph. For questions, call 507-581-2808.

November 17:

Senior Center Thanksgiving Dinner: The Hastings Senior Center Annual Thanksgiving Dinner will be held from 3:30 to 4:30 PM on Thursday, November 17th. The Drive-Thru meal will be turkey and stuffing, with mashed potatoes, sweet potatoes, cranberries, a roll and pumpkin pie. Cost is $10 for members, and $15 for non-members. The meal will be catered by Ptacek's IGA, in Prescott. The Senior Center is located in the Tilden Community Center, 310 River Street, in Hastings.

November 19:

St. Philip's Soup and Bake Sale: St. Philip's Lutheran Church, at 1401 15th Street West, in Hastings, reminds everyone to "Save The Date" for their annual Holiday Soup and Bake Sale, to be held from 9 AM to 12:30 PM, on Sunday, November 19th, at the church. This popular annual event features some of the best soup and bakery items in the area, so come early to get yours. For questions, contact the church during regular business hours at 651-437-6541, or visit SPLCHastings.org.

November 23:

Enlightened Leads Guest Meeting: You are invited to check out the Enlightened Leads Group located in Eagan. The Enlightened Leads Group is a relationship based, referral group that will meets two Wednesdays of each month. Business professionals get together with their peers to discuss strategy, work through problems and obstacles their business is facing, while building an ongoing business relationship with other group members. The next guest meeting for those who are interested in learning more about this group is Wednesday, November 23 from 7:30am-8:30am at 2915 Commers Dr. in Eagan. For details see the Dakota County Regional Chamber of Commerce website.

November 29:

Tuesday Coffee Concert: The Hastings Arts Center invites everyone to a Tuesday Coffee Concert on November 29th, featuring the musical talents of John Huth and Larry Prescott, featuring Sarah Lockwood on piano. Doors open at 10 AM for coffee, treats, and music starting at 10:30. Also enjoy the art gallery before and after the concert. The Tuesday Coffee Concerts are free of charge and are held at the Hastings Arts Center, 216 4th Street East. Free will donations are gladly accepted.

DECEMBER

December 3:

All Saints Lutheran Jingle Mingle: All Saints Lutheran Church, 8100 Belden Boulevard in Cottage Grove, invites everyone to "Jingle Mingle" from 7 to 9 PM on Saturday, December 3rd. There will be live music featuring the Dwayne Tannahill Quartet, an extensive dessert bar, a fancy hot beverage bar, and a raffle. Tickets are $15 and proceeds will be matched up to $2,000 for immigration and refugee services provided by the MN Council of Churches. Learn more and reserve your ticket at AllSaintsCG.org.

Prescott Legion Chicken Dinner: Prescott American Legion Post 61 invites everyone to a fried chicken dinner on Saturday, December 3rd, from 4:30 to 8 PM. Enjoy take out orders of all-you-can eat chicken dinners, prepared in cholesterol-free oil, and help fund the Post's civic and maintenance efforts. For questions, contact the post at 715-262-8113. The Post is located at 710 Pearl Street.

December 9:

Hope Lutheran Christian Movie Night: Hope Lutheran church in Hastings is hosting a Christian Movie Night on Friday, December 9 starting at 6:30pm. Enjoy a movie and fellowship. Child care will be provided by the Hope Youth Group. There is no cost but free will donations will go to fundraising for the National Youth Gathering taking place in Texas in July. For details see the Hope Lutheran website or call (651) 480-2273.

December 12:

Senior Center Holiday Party: The Hastings Senior Center Annual Drive Through Holiday Party will be conducted at St. Elizabeth Anne Seaton Church, from noon to 1 PM on Monday, December 12th. The Senior Center encourages members to purchase gift certificates, assemble a themed basket, or donate funds to help make this event a good one for the holidays. The event will be catered by the Trophy House, and door prizes will be given out. Donations can be dropped off at the Center, 310 River Street, in Hastings.

December 14:

Sistas with Bad Habits Ladies' Night: Sistas with Bad Habits and A Bushel and A Peck MN invite women to a December Ladies' Night from 11 AM to 6 PM, on Wednesday, December 14th. Find last minute Christmas gifts, and enjoy an evening out. The event will be held at 14690 South Robert Trail, in Rosemount.

2023

JANUARY

January 7:

Prescott Legion Chicken Dinner: Prescott American Legion Post 61 invites everyone to a fried chicken dinner on Saturday, January 7th, from 4:30 to 8 PM. Enjoy take out orders of all-you-can eat chicken dinners, prepared in cholesterol-free oil, and help fund the Post's civic and maintenance efforts. For questions, contact the post at 715-262-8113. The Post is located at 710 Pearl Street.

January 18:

Prescott Chamber Annual Dinner: In Prescott, kicking off the year right means joining the Prescott Area Chamber of Commerce for its annual dinner and meeting, starting at 5 PM, on Wednesday, January 18th, at the Old Ptacek's Event Center, 1449 Orrin Road. Plenty of fun, raffles and games are on the menu for the evening. Join fellow chamber members for dinner and to start the year off getting to know the Chamber and the Prescott area. Contact Chamber Coordinator Casey Johnson for tickets.

January 24:

Tuesday Coffee Concert: The Hastings Arts Center invites everyone to a Tuesday Coffee Concert on January 24th, featuring the musical talents of Jonah Walt on saxophone, featuring Sarah Lockwood on piano. Doors open at 10 AM for coffee, treats, and music starting at 10:30. Also enjoy the art gallery before and after the concert. The Tuesday Coffee Concerts are free of charge and are held at the Hastings Arts Center, 216 4th Street East. Free will donations are gladly accepted.

FEBRUARY

Feb 4:

Prescott Legion Chicken Dinner: Prescott American Legion Post 61 invites everyone to a fried chicken dinner on Saturday, February 4th, from 4:30 to 8 PM. Enjoy take out orders of all-you-can eat chicken dinners, prepared in cholesterol-free oil, and help fund the Post's civic and maintenance efforts. For questions, contact the post at 715-262-8113. The Post is located at 710 Pearl Street.

MARCH

Mar 4:

Prescott Legion Chicken Dinner: Prescott American Legion Post 61 invites everyone to a fried chicken dinner on Saturday, March 4th, from 4:30 to 8 PM. Enjoy take out orders of all-you-can eat chicken dinners, prepared in cholesterol-free oil, and help fund the Post's civic and maintenance efforts. For questions, contact the post at 715-262-8113. The Post is located at 710 Pearl Street.

APRIL

Apr 1:

Prescott Legion Chicken Dinner: Prescott American Legion Post 61 invites everyone to a fried chicken dinner on Saturday, April 1st, from 4:30 to 8 PM. Enjoy take out orders of all-you-can eat chicken dinners, prepared in cholesterol-free oil, and help fund the Post's civic and maintenance efforts. For questions, contact the post at 715-262-8113. The Post is located at 710 Pearl Street.

MAY

May 6:

Prescott Legion Chicken Dinner: Prescott American Legion Post 61 invites everyone to a fried chicken dinner on Saturday, May 6th, from 4:30 to 8 PM. Enjoy take out orders of all-you-can eat chicken dinners, prepared in cholesterol-free oil, and help fund the Post's civic and maintenance efforts. For questions, contact the post at 715-262-8113. The Post is located at 710 Pearl Street.

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.

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

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.

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.

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 (651) 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. 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.

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.

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.

Monday:

Steps to Freedom in Christ: Rise Up Recovery in Hastings invites those longing for deeper intimacy with God and experience more freedom in your daily life to join them for Dr. Neil Anderson's "Steps to Freedom in Christ" curriculum, on Mondays, from 6 to 7 PM. This 8 week long experiential course will start and end together as they work through each step sequentially. This class is free of charge and a workbook is included. A suggested $10 donation for the workbook is encouraged. Rise Up Recovery is located at 507 Vermillion Street, in Hastings. Learn more on the Rise Up Recovery Facebook page, or their website.

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:

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.

PHL 2 to 6 Storytime: On Tuesdays through the end of November, bring your 2 to 6-year-old child to Pleasant Hill Library at 10:30 AM for Storytime. Read, play, sing, talk and write together with stories and activities to develop early literacy skills for toddlers and preschoolers. Siblings are also welcome.

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.

Pure Men Group: Rise Up Recovery offers a Pure Men group, which meets from 6 to 7 PM on Fridays at Rise Up Recovery, 507 Vermillion Street in Hastings. Join this group of men who are seeking to live a life free from sexual addiction as they pursue a life of chastity and purity. There is no cost to attend. Visit RiseUpRecoveryMN.org for more details.

1st and 3rd Wednesday:

Gone Too Soon: If you are dealing with the death of a child, you are invited to attend "Gone Too Soon", a support group for parents who have lost children, that meets the 1st & 3rd Wednesday of the month at the Tilden Community Center at 6:30 PM. All parents who are navigating the rocky and winding road of child loss are welcome to attend. There is no cost to join. The group is moderated by Dick and Donna Mathiowetz. For questions or assistance, please email Donna Mathiowetz 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.

Dakota County Veterans Services in Hastings: Dakota County Veterans Services wants to remind listeners that they are available in Hastings twice a month on Wednesdays:

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To schedule an appointment call (651) 554-5851 or email philip.mclaughlin@co.dakota.mn.us

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.

Thursday:

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.

Thursdays, Though May 6:

I AM: Resurrection United Methodist Church of Hastings will begin a series with author Lysa TerKeurst exploring the "I AM" statements of Jesus found in the Gospel of John. Discover how Jesus is the key to satisfaction by learning the crucial significance behind each of His "I AM" statements. Learn how Jesus' words from 2000 years ago are still relevant to the questions we ask today. This six-week in-depth Bible study is filmed on location in Israel. These sessions begin April 21st at 10 AM, or 6:30 PM. Sign-up on the church website.

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. 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.

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. egister at DakotaCounty.us.

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.

Badger Box Distribution: Prescott community members who are in need are invited to monthly Badger Box Distribution events on the fourth Friday of the month, through the end of the year. Beginning at 9:30 AM, at 905 Dexter Street North, community members can receive a box of food, all produced in Wisconsin. The Badger Box is sponsored by the Hunger Task Force, the Prescott Area Food Pantry, and Gitchi Gaming. For more information, or for questions, call 715-262-4143.

 

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