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Babysitting Basics: Hastings Community Education will host a Red Cross approved session of babysitting basics, from 9 AM to 3:30 PM at Hastings High School. Cost is $75. For more information or to register, call 651-480-7670 or log on to HastingsCommunityEd.com.
CNC Raptors: A Carpenter Nature Center Live Animal Presentation: Raptors is scheduled from 10 to 11 AM. This program is designed to address graduation standards, support classroom or distance learning, and is a fun opportunity to get outdoors and enjoy nature. The cost is $5 per person, and space is limited, so registration is required. Please RSVP by calling (651)-437-4359.
Ballin' For Change: Hastings IDEA will host Ballin' For Change, starting at 2 PM, at Pioneer Park, in Hastings. They will have 5 on 5 basketball matches, food trucks, live music, games, and a silent auction with items like Timberwolves/Vikings autographs, SeaQuest VIP passes, and much more. Organizers ask that you consider bringing a nonperishable item which will be donated to HFS.
Team Brenda Cancer Benefit: #TeamBrenda is hosting a cancer benefit, starting at 2 PM, at the Hastings Golf Course, 2015 Westview Blvd. A silent auction, raffles, and taco sales are also planned for the event. More information can be found by visiting the link provided here.
Children's Mental Health Conference3: NAMI Minnesota and TriDistrict Community Education are hosting a free virtual children's mental health conference from 9:30 AM to 3:30 PM. The event will feature a variety of topics including coping with and understanding anxiety, depression, transitions, and more. Sign up at the link provided here.
Twiated Oak Pumpkin Carving COntest: The Twisted Oak Coffee House, at 202 Broad Street North, in Prescott will host a Pumpkin Carving Contest, from noon to 2 PM. Carvers will need to bring their own tools, and be sure to wear a costume. Prizes will be awarded, and parental supervision is required.
Tombstone Trail: The Tombstone Trail is one of the longest running, best attended car club events in Minnesota, and it starts in Hastings at 9 AM. All you need is 2 people, a car, a pencil, a flashlight, and a sense of adventure. They'll take you on a scavenger hunt around rural Minnesota that you will not soon forget. Be prepared to visit some strange places. For complete details, and to register, visit the link provided here.
Houses for Haiti Bowling Tournament and Silent Auction/Raffle: Houses for Haiti will be hosting its 13th Annual Bowling Tournament and Silent Auction/Raffle, at the Concord Lanes, 365 Concord Exchange, South St. Paul starting at noon. Due to COVID restrictions, there will only be 2 games this year. Houses for Haiti is raising money to build houses for homeless people in Cite Soleil, Haiti, the poorest slum in the Western Hemisphere, and to send 10 children to school.
Breastfeeding and Lactation Basics: Regina Hospital in Hastings will host a Breastfeeding and Lactation Basics class, starting at 6:30 PM. This class is for anyone who is interested in breastfeeding and learning about lactation basics. It is encouraged that your support person(s) attend. This class is best taken during the second half of pregnancy. Classes are held at the Family Birthing Center at Regina Hospital. Please call the Family Birthing Center at 651-404-1200 to register for this free class.
October 27 Through 30:
LeDuc Candlelight Tours: LeDuc Historic Estate will host candlelight tours of the manor, at 7, 8, and 9 PM. Using candlelight, this truly haunting experience is a dimly lit tour of the everyone's favorite 1866 Gothic Revival Mansion. Tours will be limited to 10 people, and registration is required. Register at the link provided here.
Spooktacular Drive Through Trick-or-Treat : From1 to 7 PM, Walmart in Hastings will host a Spooktacular Drive Through Trick-or-Treat event. Shoppers are invited to safely trick-or-treat from their car. Walmart in Hastings is located at 1752 North Frontage Drive.
Wrisky Ranch Halloween: Join Wrisky Ranch for a Halloween trick or treating party, from 5:30 to 7 PM. Wrisky horses and boarders will have horses dressed up for trick-or-treating. Dress up and join in the fun. Check out the facility and learn about lesson programs. Wrisky Ranch is located at N7216 1170th Street, in Prescott.
Trunk Or Treat: Prescott Community Education will host a drive-through Trunk Or Treat, from 1 to 3 PM, in the Prescott High School parking lot. Trunksters will be handing out treats to the passenger side of vehicles, and to curb long lines, organizers suggest those with last names beginning with A-L visit from 1-2 PM and those with last names starting M-Z come from 2-3 PM.
Strone Soup Drive-Thru: Stone Soup Thrift Shop announces its first-ever Halloween Drive-Thru from 4:30 to 6:30 PM. This event will take place at the donation bay, located at 950 3rd St S #101 in St Paul Park. It is for preschoolers through sixth graders. During this drive-thru event, children will enjoy costumed characters, Halloween-themed booths, candy and other surprises, and much more! This free event requires no registration. Donations of non-perishable food items for the Free Little Pantry are not required, but greatly appreciated. Guests must remain in their vehicles at all times.
St. Joseph Catholic Church Annual Chicken Dinner : Sunday is the day for the St. Joseph Catholic Church Annual Chicken Dinner to raise funds for youth activities at the church. Due to COVID, this year will be a drive through event, in the church parking lot, located at 23955 Nicolai Avenue, in Miesville, from 9:30 AM to noon. In addition to the $7 chicken dinner meal, there is the Big Ticket Raffle, with a $5,000 grand prize. Raffle tickets are $100, and are limited to 300 tickets. Contact the church at 651-437-3526 to obtain a raffle ticket.
Godtown Family Harvest Fest Historic Hope Glen Farm in Cottage Grove will host a "Pandemic-Friendly" 2nd Annual Godtown Family Harvest Fest, starting at 3 PM. Join the Godtown family for an exciting evening of stories filled with hope. All donations at the gala are 100% tax deductible. For complete details, visit the link provided here.
Infant CPR and Choking Class: The Regina Hospital Birthing Center will host an Infant CPR and Choking Class. This class is recommended for anyone who works with or cares for children. The course teaches caregivers how to respond to respiratory and cardiac emergencies, and choking in newborns up to one year of age. Space is limited and preference is given to mothers and their family who deliver at Regina Hospital. Please call the Family Birthing Center at 651-404-1200 to register for this free class.
Washington County Shredding Event: Washington County and Shred Right will hold their final county-wide shredding event from 8 AM to 4:30 PM at the Washington County Recycling Center, 4039 Cottage Grove Drive, in Woodbury. Materials will be limited to no more than 6 boxes, weighing 30 pounds, per customer. Documents will be shredded on-site by Shred Right and recycled. CDs, floppy disks, and other media will be accepted for off-site destruction. These events are free and open to residents and businesses. A link to information on preparing for the event is posted here.
Emerald Green Craft Show: Come kick off Christmas shopping with some new items, at a craft fair from 10 AM to 4 PM, at the Emerald Greens Golf Course, 14425 Goodwin Avenue, in Hastings. Enjoy some cocktails and shopping. Masks will be required and tables will be socially distanced. The first 50 guests will receive a FREE grab bag. This free event is open to the public.
Veteran's Day Concert: Come and hear the River Valley Band, and the 204th U. S. Air Force Reserve Band in a Veteran's Day Concert, from 1 to 3 PM, at the Hastings Middle School. This free concert is sponsored by Lyle Russell VFW Post 1210.
Tap Take Over: Have a beer for veterans. A "Tap Take Over" will be held on Veterans Day, from 5 to 9 PM, at the Spiral Brewery, 111 2nd St E, Hastings, on behalf of Lyle Russell VFW Post 1210. For every beer sold, Spiral Brewery will make a generous donation to the Post. There will be an onsite DJ, and all are welcome. For more information go to the Lyle Russell VFW Post 1210 Facebook page.
Fall Vendor & Craft Fair: The 3rd Annual Fall Vendor & Craft Fair is scheduled from 9 AM to 4 PM, at the Country Inn, 300 33rd Street West, in Hastings. Over 30 vendors will be spaced out for you to safely shop. Face masks are required and available for purchase. Hand sanitizer will also be available for your use. A link to the event is provided here.
November 16 and 17:
OSLE Blood Drive: The next Hastings Community Blood Drive held at Our Saviour's Evangelical Lutheran Church is scheduled for Monday, from 11:30 AM to 5:30 PM, and Tuesday, from 1 to 7 PM. If you'd like to make an appointment, please call Gail at 651-248-1173 or go to RedCrossBlood.org. Our Saviour's Evangelical Lutheran Church is located at 400 W 9th Street, in Hastings.
Stamp-A-Stack of Cards: Hastings Community Education will host a session of Stamp-A-Stack of Cards, Holiday edition, from 6 to 8:30 PM, at the Tilden Community Center. For more information or to register, call 651-480-7670 or log on to HastingsCommunityEd.com.
Give to the Max Day: Back for its 12th year, Give to the Max Day returns as Minnesota's giving holiday. If your nonprofit or school wants to get involved, check out the GTMD20 resources page for resources, virtual workshops, prize grant information, graphics, and more, at GiveMN.org.
Forged at Christmas Album Release Show: Save the date for the "Forged at Christmas" album release show, sponsored by the Rosemount Area Arts Council. Join the The Blacksmith's Daughters for a family-friendly Christmas show, at the Steeple Center, 14375 South Robert Trail, from 7:30 to 9 PM. Get your $10 tickets ahead of time by messaging the band via Facebook.
Harbor Church Alpha Project: Harbor Church of Hastings has adapted their Alpha program for this fall. "Alpha In a Box" will combine watch parties, virtual sessions, and in-person sessions at the church. The Alpha program enables those with questions about Christianity, the Bible, and religion to find the answers they seek. For complete program details and to register, visit TheHarborChurch.com.
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.
October 27 Through November 1:
Virtual Pumpkin Carving Contest: Prescott Community Education and the Prescott Public Library invite residents to a virtual Pumpkin Carving Contest. Carve or decorate a pumpkin, take a picture, and submit the photo to LGoeppner@PrescottPublicLibrary.org, or PPeters2@Prescott.K12.wi.us. Voting will take place November 2nd through the 5th, and the winner announced on November 6th.
Through November 5:
Dakota County Master Recycler and Composter Program: Dakota County has announced that the Master Recycler and Composter program, a course on waste reduction, recycling and composting, will be offered in-person this fall with modifications to ensure participant safety. The class is smaller with a maximum of 20 people to allow for social distancing. The six-week course includes a training handbook, fun activities and presentations from local and regional experts. Optional field trips are postponed until in person visits to recycling sites are allowed. The class will meet from 6:30 to 8:30 PM, Thursdays. Cost is $30 per student. Register at the link provided here.
Mondays, September 14 Through November 9:
Zoom Time for Babies: On Mondays, from 9 to 10 AM, Hastings Community Education will host a virtual session of Zoom Time for Babies, Birth to 12 Months, by September 1st. Connect with other parents via Zoom to discuss the joys and challenges of parenting an infant. Learn songs, games and ways to support your relationship with your baby. Cost is $45. For more information or to register, call 651-480-7670 or log on to HastingsCommunityEd.com.
Euchre Mondays: The Hastings Senior Center announces Euchre Mondays, at the Senior Center, in the Tilden Community Center, 310 River Street. Euchre starts at 1 PM. Join the Senior Center for a fun afternoon of cards. Cost is $2 per person.
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.
Post 47 Legion Bingo: American Legion Nelson-Lucking Post 47, at 50 Sibley St., in Hastings invites you to join them on Tuesday nights, from 7 to 9:30 PM, for some Bingo. Proceeds will be used for Legion community outreach efforts in Hastings, and the surrounding communities. For questions contact the Legion at 651-437-2046.
Small Group Bingo: The Hastings Senior Center invites members and friends to Tuesday Small Group Bingo, starting at 9:30 AM. Join hosts Bob and Jean Filkins for socially distant bingo, with three cards for 25 cents, with a limit of 6 cards per game. This is a registration only event, and no walk-ins will be allowed. Register by calling 651-480-7689.
1st Wednesday of the Month:
Coffee's On: Join the Cottage Grove Chamber of Commerce for Coffee's On, at Stone Soup Thrift Shop, on 3rd Street, in St. Paul Park, from 7:45 to 8:45 AM. Grab a cup of coffee and tap into this active network of business professionals to generate referrals, increase business connections and grow your involvement in the community. Bring your business cards and be ready to introduce yourself and your business to the group. This group is free to attend, but registration is encouraged by visiting CottageGroveChamber.org.
Celebrate Recovery: Harbor Church of Hastings hosts a Celebrate Recovery Group from 6:30 to 8PM. If you are recovering from an addiction, or need help to start recovery, contact moderator Darcy Fuchs at 651-493-7974 for more information. The Harbor Church is located at 11125 W Point Douglas Road.
Puzzle Exchange: Between 10 AM and 2 PM, the Hastings Senior Center will have a Puzzle Exchange available outside the main doors of the Tilden Community Center. Come grab a puzzle and leave one or two for others. For more information call 651-480-7670.
Senior Center Crafting With Friends: On the first and third Wednesday of each month, the Hastings Senior Center invites quilters to bring your project to the Center and craft with friends, from 9 AM to 3 PM. For more information, call Carole Wilder at 651-437-4390.
The Circle of Connections Networking Group: Meets at 7 AM every Thursday at River Oaks Golf Club, 11099 Highway 61, Cottage Grove. Meetings are open to business professionals in all industries (one per profession). For details, call Genesis Financial at 651-738-0813.
1st Thursday of the Month:
LeDuc Book Group: The LeDuc History Book Discussion Group from 6:30 to 7:30PM. Join this monthly book discussion group to delve into the details of a good book. Books are available for check out at the Pleasant Hill Library. The LeDuc History Book Discussion Group meets at the LeDuc Historic Estate, 1629 Vermillion Street.
2nd Thursday of the Month:
Talk and Sip: The MN Senate District 54 DFL delegation invites everyone to a monthly discussion of all things progressive over a pint at Spiral Brewery, at 111 2nd Street, E, from 6 to 8 PM. Come ready for a causal discussion in a local great place! Each month they will have a topic of discussion in advance, but will always welcome what is on your mind! Check in to their event page for a list of upcoming topics and suggest your own ideas. May's meeting is scheduled for May 14th.
2nd and 4th Thursday:
Grief Support Group: The Hastings Area Grief Support Group meets from 6 to 7:30, at the Tilden Community Center, 310 River Street. The Hastings Area Grief Support Group provides a caring environment for mutual support and education for those grieving the death of a significant person, in a respectful Christian atmosphere, and welcomes all people with opportunities to understand and express their own grief experience. Cost is free. For questions, contact Dick and Donna Mathiowetz at 651-983-0135.
3rd Thursday of the Month:
Hops and Hymns in Hastings: Join Our Saviour's Evangelical Lutheran Church at Spiral Brewery for the "Hops and Hymns in Hastings" get together, at the Spiral Brewery at 7 PM, where everyone is invited to gather in fellowship to sing and celebrate. Thanks to the ownership team at Spiral and to OSEL song leader Gordy Pearson, for helping to make this happen.
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.
Get to the Point Men's Prayer Group: Meets at 8 AM Saturdays in the upper room of the Twisted Oak Coffee House, 202 Broad St., Prescott. The group's current study is "33: The Series."
Hastings Softball Boosters Meat Raffle: Hastings Softball Boosters is proud to announce that they are partnering with Pub 55 every Saturday, from 4-5 PM. A portion of the proceeds will go to the Hastings Softball Boosters club to help offset the cost of the softball clinics. Come out and join them, at Pub 55, located at 880 Bahls Drive, in Hastings.