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February 21:

Craft Hour at PHL: Craft lovers of all ages are invited to get involved with this drop-in craft event, featuring a different seasonal craft each month! All materials provided, while supplies last. Stop by the Prescott Public Library on Wednesday, February 21st, from 4-5pm. See the Prescott Public Library website under events for more.

February 22:

A2B Wine & Beer Tasting: Ability 2 Believe- The Brayden and Brooks Foundation will be hosting a Wine and Beer Tasting Event, on Thursday, February 22nd, at the Hastings Golf Club, from 6:30-9pm, inside the Hastings Public House. There will be Wine and Beer tastings, appetizers, silent auction, and raffles for your $45 advance ticket, or $55 at the door. Purchase tickets at the Hastings Public House, The Busted Nut, or online at

Senior Drive-By Lunch: The Hastings Senior Center will again be hosting a Drive-By Lunch, on Thursday, February 22 from 11:45am-12:15pm, at the Hastings Senior Center! Beef Stew, baking powder biscuit, carrots and dessert will all be provided by Ptaceks IGA. Cost is $8 for Center Members and $10 for Non-Center Members. Contact Laurie for more information at 651-480-7689.

February 24:

Puzzle Tournament: On Saturday, February 24th, gather your puzzle fanatic friends or family members. Join Hastings Community Ed, Saturday, February 24 for a Puzzle Tournament! Doors will open at 8:45am for coffee and treats. Teams of four will race to put together a 500 piece puzzle. All teams will put together the same puzzle which will be revealed that morning when the clock starts at 9:15am. The team that finishes first or has the most done when the timer ends wins bragging rights! We will provide the puzzle, coffee and a sweet treat. This event is open to teams of all ages. Register under one name and you will answer a question of who the other three people are on your team. We will host a community puzzle exchange during this time. Spectators and tournament participants are welcome to bring a puzzle or two if you want to trade with others. Profits from this event will go into our Invest in a Student fund to provide enrichment and recreation scholarships to those in need. See the Hastings Community Education website for more!

February 26:

Prescott Teen Advisory Board: Join TAB today! TAB stands for the Teen Advisory Board. Be part of a group of young adults who help the library brainstorm new ideas, run programs, give input on books and more. Contact the Prescott Public Library today to sign up! TAB meets the fourth Monday of every month at 7:00 pm, with the next meeting on February 26th.

February 27:

Author Claire Forrest: Meet Minnesota author Claire Forrest as she discusses her book "Where You See Yourself," a young adult novel that combines an unforgettable coming of age tale, a swoon worthy romance and disability representation in this story about Effie who is determined to follow her dreams. Geared for adults and youth ages 14 and older. This is a Hastings Reads event. Stop by the Pleasant Hill Library on Tuesday, February 27th, from 6:30-7:30pm to join the fun!

February 28:

Caring Communities In MN: At Pleasant Hill Library of Hastings on Wednesday, February 28th, from 6-7pm, Learn about mental illnesses, the impact of negative attitudes and five things each of us can do to make Minnesota a better place for people who experience a mental illness. Presented by NAMI. Registration required. A Hastings Reads event. For more information, see the Pleasant Hill Library website under events.

February 29:

Storytime For Babies: Read, play and sing along with your young child in this interactive storytime designed for newborns and babies. Geared for ages birth to Age 2 with their caregivers. Join the Pleasant Hill Library on Thursday, February 29th, from 10:30-11am for all of the fun! For more information, see the Pleasant Hill Library website under events.


March 2:

CNC Bird Hike: Learn to identify birds with local experts, at Carpenter Nature Center on Saturday, March 2nd, from 9-11am, at the Hastings campus. Binoculars and field guides available or bring your own. Program Fee is $5 per person or FREE for Friends of CNC, St. Croix Valley Birding Club and students. Call 651-437-4359 to register.

March 3:

Apple Tree Care: Join Carpenter Nature Center Orchardist Sam Behrends for a classroom presentation covering everything you need to know to get started growing apple trees, or taking care of the ones you already have. Topics covered will include planning considerations, tree selection, planting, early care, pest management, seasonal maintenance, and pruning. The presentation will take place on Sunday, March 3rd, from 1-3pm, at the Hastings Campus. Call 651-437-4359 to register.

March 5:

Fancy Folds Cards: Learn how to make some FANCY cards, through Hastings Community Education, on Tuesday, March 5th, from 6-8:30pm at the Tilden Community Center. Make 12 cards (3 cards of 4 designs each) with matching envelopes. Fancy Folds are not your average card fold. Plan to bring your Essentials Kit with scissors, adhesives, and a bone folder. Plan to give the instructor $20 for a card kit at class. If you do not have an Essential Kit, the instructor will have one available for purchase at class. See the Hastings Community Education website for more!

March 10:

Apple Tree Pruning: Join Carpenter Nature Center Orchardist Sam Behrends on Sunday March 10th from 1-3pm, for a hands on pruning workshop in the CNC orchard. Pruning techniques will be briefly covered indoors, then participants will move outside to the orchard to try their hands at the pruning techniques they just learned. Participants are encouraged to bring their hand pruners and loppers, a limited quantity are available to use. Sanitization of tools is required, and sanitizer will be provided. Participants should be prepared to be outside in the weather of the day. Participation in the Apple Tree Care workshop ahead of time is encouraged, but not required. Call 651-437-4359 to register.

March 14:

Irish Dinner: Get the scoop on Irish food plus historical notes on St. Patrick's Day, and then swing into an extensive menu of terrific Irish fare. Smoked Fish Pate as an appetizer, and Braised Beef and Braised Pork Tenderloin for main dishes. From the humble potato comes the famous Colcannon (Mashed Potatoes with Cabbage) and a delicious Cabbage with Bacon. Who does not adore homemade Irish Soda Bread? Wrap up your meal with splendid Jam Cake. Additional recipes will be added for a larger class. An additional food fee of $16 will need to be paid to the instructor the day of the course. This takes place at the Hastings High School Food Labs, on Thursday, March 14th, from 6-9pm. For more info, see the Hastings Community Ed website.

March 16:

Maple Syruping: Welcome spring by joining the Carpenter Nature Center staff in making maple syrup, on Saturday, March 16th, from 1-3pm. Hike to the sugarbush to learn about the structure and function of trees, tap maple trees, watch the process of turning sap into syrup, and sample the final product. The program starts indoors, but be ready for spring snow and mud. Call 651-437-4359 to register.

March 27:

Easter Sugar Cookies: Come learn how to decorate fancy sugar cookies with Hastings Community Education, on Wednesday, March 27th, from 6:30-8:30pm at the Tilden Community Center. Each student will decorate 10 cookies to take home and enjoy. 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. Learn more at the Hastings Community Ed website!

March 29:

CNC Bird Banding: See birds up-close and watch the experts band birds at Carpenter Nature Center, on Friday, March 29th, from 8:30am-Noon. Banding runs continuously, so come and go as you please. Donations of bird seed and suet are appreciated in lieu of a program fee. All banding, marking, and sampling is being conducted under a federally authorized Bird Banding Permit issued by the U.S. Geological Survey's BBL. Call 651-437-4359 with questions.


April 4:

Prescott Comedy Cabaret: The Prescott Flying P Football Club will host a super-funny fundraiser, as Comedian Steve Gillespie will perform at the Old Ptacek's Event Center, at 1449 Orrin Road, in Prescott, on Thursday, April 4th. Doors will open at 5:00pm, with the show at 7:00. A grilled chicken and pork loin dinner will be included with every ticket. Cost is $50 per person, or $500 for a whole table, which includes dinner and the show. For tickets, text to 952-994-2161 with your name, Venmo to @FlyingPFootball or by Check. You can also find more information on the Old Ptacek's Facebook.


Open Skating: Open Skating is back at the Hastings Civic Arena, and the next sessions will be from 1-2:30pm, on every Wednesday, 10-11:30am on Friday, and another on Sunday from 4:15-5:45pm. No sticks are to be used at Open Skate. Cost is only $5 per session. See the City Of Hastings website under arena, and click Arena Master schedule for a complete list of dates throughout the skating season! There are also freestyle and stick & puck options on the schedule, as well.

Hastings Adult Pickleball: Get your friends together and play pickleball! This time frame is open to players at the 1.0-3.0 skill level. This will be open play so people will rotate in. Registration for each Saturday time slot will open Mondays at noon online. Please consider using the rating scale below to determine your skill level. Bring your own paddle! Refunds will not be given if your schedule changes. Check out the Hastings Community Ed website for a list of dates and times!

Prescott Library Teen Advisory Board: Join the Prescott Library Teen Advisory Board today! Be part of a group of young adults who help the library brainstorm new ideas, run programs, give input on books and more. Contact the library at 715-262-5555 today to sign up! Teen Advisory Board meets the fourth Monday of every month at 7:00 pm.

Prescott Library College Prep: Are you a student? A parent? Want to know how to prepare for college or career school? Get checklists with the steps you can take to help your (or your child's) chances of getting into-and being able to afford-the school of your choice. Find the checklist today, at the Prescott Public Library website.

Dakota County Government Jobs: Jobs are available within Dakota County Government services, as the County is looking for help in the following areas: Engineering Technician (Traffic), Library Shelving Assistant (Apple Valley), Program Associate in Employment and Economic Assistance, Public Assistance Program Eligibility Specialist, and a Risk Safety Specialist. If you have questions, please contact Dakota County Employee Relations at 651-438-4435 or

10 Category Book Challenge: Another fun challenge at the Prescott Public Library is ready for area readers! 10 to Try is a challenge that asks you to read a book in each of 10 categories and share your favorite discoveries with the library and your fellow readers. Broaden your reading horizons! Can you complete the challenge? To find out more, and to register, check out the Prescott Public Library website.

Reading "Coast To Coast": Read your way from coast to coast! Take your imagination on a journey across the country, starting in Los Angeles and ending in New York City. Log your reading and earn badges as you "travel" to new states along the way! Check out this fun reading program, at the Prescott Public Library. See the Prescott Public Library Website, under programs, or call 715-262-5555 for more information!

HFS Volunteer Openings: Hastings Family Service has immediate openings for volunteers! While many shifts are 3.5 hours once per week, there are also options for shorter, more-flexible shifts; short-term substitutes; and Saturday shifts. If you or someone you know are interested, please reach out to Volunteer Coordinator Maria at 651-437-7134 or for additional information.

Food Pantry Volunteer Opportunities: The Prescott Food Pantry is looking for volunteers to "Help Us To Help Those in Need". The Pantry is getting busy, and their construction project is coming along as scheduled. As this time, the Pantry is looking for delivery unloaders, shelf stockers, custodians, outside and inside maintenance, kitchen help, delivery drivers, and product pick-up drivers. Contact Director Pete French, at 715-262-4143 for more information.

Senior Center Pickleball: The Hastings Senior Center hosts Pickleball at Tilden Community Center every day of the work week, Monday-Friday. Pickleball takes place on Mondays and Wednesdays from 7:30-8:50am, and 3-5:30pm, Tuesdays and Thursdays from 7:30am-5:30pm, and Fridays from 7:30am-Noon, and again from 3:00-5:30pm. If the gym is needed for any other program, advanced notice will be given for changes in times. It is suggested you coordinate your times so you have others to play with. Your flexibility is appreciated. For more, see the Hastings Senior Center Website.


Rise Up Recovery Morning Art Group: Rise Up Recovery, at 507 Vermillion Street in Hastings, invites the community to a Monday Morning Art Group, starting at 10 AM. This is a free group, with supplies provided, and no experience necessary. Come for art and uplifting conversation every week.

Rise Up Recovery Chosen Bible Study: Rise Up Recovery, at 507 Vermillion Street in Hastings, invites the community to a Bible Study session at 6:30 PM on Monday evenings, based on the popular series, "The Chosen". Participants watch an episode of the series, and discuss the material using companion study materials. This is a free session.

Mondays And Wednesdays:

Prescott Public Library Yoga: Yoga is a great way to relieve stress, increase flexibility and strengthen your body. Follow our instructor, Erica, as she takes you through different poses and stretches to help you in your daily life. Join them on Monday for mat class, and Wednesday for chair class, with each beginning at 9am. For more, see the Prescott Public Library website, under programs.


SMART Recovery: Rise Up Recovery, at 507 Vermillion Street in Hastings, invites the community to SMART Recovery, at 6:30 PM, on Tuesdays. Meeting discussions focus on how to apply SMART tools for change to help anyone lead a productive and connected life.


Jesus Calling: Rise Up Recovery, at 507 Vermillion Street in Hastings, invites the community to Jesus Calling, at 6 PM on Wednesday evenings. Participants will read through and discuss the "Jesus Calling" devotional for the day.

Pure Men: Rise Up Recovery, at 507 Vermillion Street in Hastings, invites men to Pure Men, at 7:15 PM on Wednesdays. This is a men's group for those seeking freedom from sexual addiction and want to live a life of chastity.

Joy Lutheran Wednesday Evening Service: Joy Lutheran Church will be offering another opportunity for worship each week - Wednesdays at 6:30 pm. Come for supper between 5:15 and 6:30, stay for worship at 6:30. Confirmation students will join the worship at 6:30 as the first part of their evening and then go to their small groups from 7:15 to 8:00. There will also be a small group for adults and activities for younger kids too. This will be a full worship service, with contemporary music, message, communion, prayers. Join us if you can't make it on Sundays or even if you can.

1st and 3rd Wednesday:

Senior Center Quilters: The Hastings Senior Center is hosting quilters on the first and third Wednesday, each month, from 9am-3pm, at the Tilden Community Center. Bring your project and machine. Irons and ironing boards are provided. Call Carol Wilder with any questions at 651-437-4390.


Rise Up Recovery Thrive: Rise Up Recovery, at 507 Vermillion Street in Hastings, invites the community to Thrive, at 6:30 PM on Thursdays. Thrive is a family support group for those with family members who struggle with substance abuse.

Last Thursday of the Month:

Rise Up Recovery Donation Time: Rise Up Recovery, at 507 Vermillion Street in Hastings, is asking for assistance from the public to gather needed items to provide assistance to those in need, and have set up a donation time on the last Thursday of each month to gather personal care items, and cleaning products. Donations will be accepted during regular business hours. Learn more on the Rise Up Recovery website.


Rise Up Recovery 5:30 AM Bible Study: Rise Up Recovery, at 507 Vermillion Street in Hastings, invites men to a 5:30 AM Bible Study every Friday. Join other godly men at an ungodly hour for encouragement and grounding in the word.

All Recovery: Rise Up Recovery, at 507 Vermillion Street in Hastings, invites the community to All Recovery, which welcomes all who struggle with addiction, are affected by addiction, or who support the recovery lifestyle. This group meets at 10 AM on Fridays.

H.O.P.E Group: Rise Up Recovery and Hope for the Brave are teaming up to provide support and encouragement for women trying to break out of a cycle of domestic violence. A H.O.P.E (Healing Others through Peace and Empowerment) Group will begin meeting at Rise Up Recovery, 507 Vermillion Street in Hastings at 6 PM on Fridays. If you have questions or are interested in joining the group, please email Amber Davies of Rise Up Recovery at or Jennifer Flaherty of Hope For The Brave, at


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