Community Events

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JULY

Kelly Carter shares details about Hastings Family Service's July Summer Challenge fundraising event:

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Through July 30:

Hope Lutheran VBS: Hope Lutheran Church in Hastings, is happy to announce summer, in person vacation bible school, July 26th-30th. Class will be held 9am-2pm Monday thru Thursday with extended hours, 9am-4pm on Friday. Masks will not be required per updated state regulations. All fully potty trained children 3 years of age thru 5th grade are welcome. Please register at the Hope Lutheran Church website.

July 31:

CNC Family Spin Fishing: CNC will host Family Spin Fishing with Trout Unlimited on Saturday, July 31 from 10 AM to noon. Learn how to fish with Minnesota Trout Unlimited and Carpenter Nature Center. CNC will show you how to cast, bait your hook, and release your fish. The event will be held at the CNC dock on the St. Croix River. Be prepared for the weather and a quarter-mile walk to the river. Minnesota Trout Unlimited will provide all the equipment and bait to use during the program. All ages welcome. Participants over age 16 must have a valid MN fishing license. Program fee: $5 per participant. Registrations are required. Please RSVP by calling 651-437-4359.

Hastings Farmers' Market: The Hastings Farmers' Market has kicked-off for the summer! The next market is on Saturday July 31st from 8am to 1pm at Westview Center. Locally grown produce, handmade housewares and regional animal products are just some of the offerings available for purchase.

AUGUST

August 1:

Battle For Hastings: Get ready for the largest water fight Hastings has ever seen. Kids and adults welcome to the Battle for Hastings, on Sunday, August 1st, at the soccer fields in Veterans Park, starting at 4 PM. Super Soakers, water balloons, stream machines, all water toys accepted! Learn more at the link provided here.

Concert In The Orchard: The Dakota County Historical Society invites you to join them at the LeDuc Estate for a Concert in the Orchard Sunday, August 1st at 6:30pm. Enjoy a seat in the apple orchard while you listen to The Squires play some of their favorite hits. Please bring your own chair or blanket to sit on during the event. The event is free to the public, but donations are encouraged. See the Dakota County Historical Society website for details.

August 3:

National Nite Out: The City of Hastings and the Hastings Police Department are hosting a National Night out neighborhood gathering on Tuesday, August 3, from 5:30 to 7:30 PM, at Lions Park. Individual neighborhoods will also host gatherings and are encouraged to register their events with the Hastings Police Department. National Night Out involves neighborhoods, businesses, and civic groups who come together with their public safety providers and local government officials to increase community connections and heighten crime and safety awareness. The annual event encourages neighbors to lock their doors, turn on outside lights and spend the evening enjoying food with their neighbors. Neighborhood connections can lead to safer neighborhoods.

Cari Park Block Party: In Hastings, there will be a Cari Park Block Party for National Night out on August 3rd. Local resident, Dean Markuson in collaboration with the Dakota County Go Green Program are collecting scrap metal. Proceeds will benefit United Way of Hastings.

Babysitting 101: Hastings Community Education has opened registration for their next round of classes! One of the classes that is being offered is Babysitting 101 with Emergency Outfitters at Tilden Tuesday August 3rd from 8:00am to 4:00pm. This wildly popular course fills fast every year and leaves youth equipped to to be ready to care for children! This course follows the American Academy of Pediatrics - Babysitter Lessons And Safety Training (BLAST). Students learn current practices for safety and injury prevention, first aid basics, feeding and caring for infants, how to handle behavior problems, and how to manage their babysitting business. Students receive a reference book, handouts, babysitting bag and first aid kit. Students need to bring a snack, beverage, and sack lunch. Recommended for ages 10-14 and the cost is $75. See the Hastings Community Education website to register.

Hastings Farmers' Market: The Hastings Farmers Market has kicked-off for the summer! The next market is on Tuesday, August 3rd from 8:00am to 1:00pm at Westview Center. Locally grown produce, handmade housewares and regional animal products are just some of the offerings available for purchase. See their Facebook page for details.

River Falls Farmers Market: The River Falls Farmers Market invites you to join them for the next market Tuesday, August 3rd from 3:00pm-6:00pm at Dick's Fresh Market. The River Falls Farmers Market provides locally grown produce. There vendors are required to be from a 35 mile radius of River Falls. Vendors are offering fresh vegetables, fruits, flowers, honey, meat, fish, maple syrup, plants, and much more! Please remember no dogs are allowed in the market area. See their Facebook page for details.

JOY Summer Ecumenical Women's Bible Study: JOY Lutheran Church in Prescott, invites you to Summer Ecumenical Women's Bible Study on Tuesday August 3rd at 9:30am, in the Joy Lutheran Fireside Room, or at 7 PM, at Freedom Park. The title of this year's summer study is "The Journey of Generations". In this study they will look at shared blessings that inter-generational relationships might bring. Join with other Christian women in community for the annual Summer Bible Study. All women are welcome! Please join them! For more information visit the Joy Lutheran Church website or call 715-262-5800.

August 4:

Mountain Biking Workshop for Women: Dakota County Parks is offering a Mountain Biking Workshop for Women! This is a three part class that will take place over the course of three consecutive Wednesdays: July 28th, August 4th and August 11th from 6:00-8:00pm. Learn mountain biking skills including handling, equipment, safety and trails, and more for all skill levels. Women ages 15-101 are welcome, program fee is $50 for the series and registration can be completed on the Dakota County Parks website.

August 5:

Music in the Park: Bok Choy: Music in the Park-Concert Series welcomes you to experience live music outdoors performed by local and metro area bands, including a variety of genres. On Thursday August 5th, from 7-8:30pm, come listen to Jazz, Funk & Pop played by Bok Choy. This event is supported by the Ruth and George Doffing Charitable Fund. All ages are welcome and the cost is free. This event is held at the Rotary Pavilion at Levee Park in Hastings.

Ellsworth Farmers' Market: Come shop local goods at East End Park during the Ellsworth Farmers Market Thursday evening, August 5th from 4:00 pm-7:00pm! Browse a variety of farm, artisan, and craft vendors offering seasonal produce, farm-raised meats and eggs, baked goods, handcrafts and more! Even entertainment on occasion! Bring the family and enjoy a picnic in the park-it's the place to be on Thursdays! For more information call (715) 495-2017.

August 6:

Creative Support for Individuals Grant Program Application Deadline: The Minnesota State Arts Board is accepting their final round of 2021 applications for the Creative Support for Individuals Grant Program. Application deadline is Friday, August 6, 2021, before 4:30 p.m. The Creative Support for Individuals program was developed as a response to the pandemic and the profound impact it has had on Minnesota artists and culture bearers. By using creativity and connection to community, this grant program will help Minnesota artists and culture bearers maintain their visibility and financial sustainability. Grantees will be able to use funds to sustain their practice and stay relevant and connected to audiences, participants, students, or communities now and in the future. For applications details visit the Minnesota State Arts Board website.

Prescott Foundation Golf Outing: The Prescott Foundation is hosting their Annual Golf Outing at Clifton Highland on Wednesday August 11th, registration starts at 11:30am and tee-off is at 12:30pm. Teams can request a tee time and a group that they would like to play with, accommodations will be made whenever possible. Golfing donation includes: 18 holes, a cart, a meal, and prizes. The Annual Golf Outing will be held regardless of weather, no exchanges or refunds. Space is limited, please send your registration no later than Friday July 30th. To become a sponsor or to register contact Phil at 715-262-5551 or check out the Prescott Foundation website: PrescottFoundation.com.

Mountain Biking Workshop for Women: Dakota County Parks is offering a Mountain Biking Workshop for Women! This is a three part class that will take place over the course of three consecutive Wednesdays: July 28th, August 4th and August 11th from 6:00-8:00pm. Learn mountain biking skills including handling, equipment, safety and trails, and more for all skill levels. Women ages 15-101 are welcome, program fee is $50 for the series and registration can be completed on the Dakota County Parks website.

Chase Passauer Memorial Golf Tournament: Chris Passauer invites you to the 4th Annual Chase Passauer Memorial Golf Tournament August 6th:

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Registration prior to July 23rd is preferred. Register here.

August 7:

Dakota County Gun Club Youth Event: The Dakota County Gun Club invites youth to age 16 to come out and enjoy a great time learning to safely shoot 22 caliber rifles, archery, and trap from 10-3pm on Saturday, August 7th, at the Dakota County Gun Club! Any youth 16 and younger is welcome, subject to size and strength requirements to operate the equipment. The club provides all of the equipment. All you need to bring is yourself and the desire to have fun. There are covered benches so you can shoot rain or shine! The club is located at 17501 Station Trail, Rosemount. More info can be found on the public events page of DakotaCountyGunClub.org.

CNC Morning Bird Hike: Carpenter St. Croix Valley Nature Center invites you to join an expert birder on a morning hike around the Nature Center, August 7th from 8:00am -10:00am. Learn to identify birds by sight and sound. Field guides and binoculars are available to use or bring your own. Program fee: $5.00 or free for "Friends of CNC", Hastings Environmental Protectors, Hastings High School students, and St. Croix Valley Bird Club members. Pre-registration is required call 651-437-4359.

Hastings Farmers' Market: The Hastings Farmers Market has kicked-off for the summer! The next market is on Saturday, August 7th from 8 AM to 1 PM at Westview Center. Locally grown produce, handmade housewares and regional animal products are just some of the offerings available for purchase. See their Facebook page for details.

River Falls Farmers Market: The River Falls Farmers Market invites you to join them for the next market Saturday, August 7th from 8:00am-12:00pm at Dick's Fresh Market. The River Falls Farmers Market provides locally grown produce. There vendors are required to be from a 35 mile radius of River Falls. Vendors are offering fresh vegetables, fruits, flowers, honey, meat, fish, maple syrup, plants, and much more! Please remember no dogs are allowed in the market area. See their Facebook page for details.

Prescott Legion Chicken Feed: Prescott American Legion Post 61 will be offering its first post-COVID Fried Chicken Feed on Saturday, August 7th from 4:00 PM to 7:00 PM. It will be a drive through at the legion hall. No need to even get out of your car. Take out dinners will include Half Chicken (4 pcs), dressing, gravy & mash potatoes, baked beans, and roll. The cost is $12.00. Enter the Legion driveway from the south on St. Croix street and exit on the north. Meals will be boxed and handed to you. Signs will be displayed for directions. To pre-order your meal leave a voicemail or text 715-220-8113.

August 9:

Vietnam Veterans of America Free Donation Pick-up: Vietnam Veterans of America is offering free donation pick-up in the Hastings area, Monday, August 9th. They accept all gently used clothing, shoes and housewares. Donations help provide services, assistance and support to veterans and their families. Please schedule a pick up time no less than 48 hours in advance. To schedule a pick up visit VVApickup.org or call 800-459-8387.

August 9 Through 15:

Dakota County Fair: The Dakota County Fair is August 9th-15th. Stop by the Natural Resources building and check out the Dakota County Soil and Water Conservation District booth. They will be sharing information on ways to conserve and manage, land and water resources as well as hosting a Native Prairie Tour at 2:30pm on August 9th and 10th. For more information see the Dakota County Soil and Water Conservation District website or call 651-480-7777.     

August 10:

Performance in the Park: Ballet Co, Lab: The City of Hastings Performances in the Park, invites you to watch groups perform a variety of cultural dances and more. On Tuesday, August 10th from 6:00-6:45pm at the Rotary Pavilion at Levee Park, Ballet Co, Lab, will be performing modern ballet. This event is sponsored by SMEAD Manufacturing Company, made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Metropolitan Regional Arts Council and thanks to legislative funding from the Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.

Hastings Farmers' Market: The Hastings Farmers Market has kicked-off for the summer! The next market is on Tuesday, August 10th from 8:00am to 1:00pm at Westview Center. Locally grown produce, handmade housewares and regional animal products are just some of the offerings available for purchase. See their Facebook page for details.

River Falls Farmers Market: The River Falls Farmers Market invites you to join them for the next market Tuesday, August 10th from 3:00pm-6:00pm at Dick's Fresh Market. The River Falls Farmers Market provides locally grown produce. There vendors are required to be from a 35 mile radius of River Falls. Vendors are offering fresh vegetables, fruits, flowers, honey, meat, fish, maple syrup, plants, and much more! Please remember no dogs are allowed in the market area. See their Facebook page for details.

Family Fun @ Furber Farm: The Cottage Grove Area Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce a new community event benefiting area homeless teens, Tuesday, August 10th from 4:00pm-7:00pm. The surrounding communities are invited to the Historic John P. Furber Farm for an evening of entertainment and food at the Family Fun @ Furber Farm Event. Enjoy various performers and artists, a petting zoo, music, hot dogs, frozen treats and a hot balloon. Tickets are $7/per person or $25 for a 4-pack. Ticket includes admission plus a hot dog, chips, water and an ice cream treat. One hundred percent of proceeds from ticket sales will go back to the 3 participating community partners: Basic Needs Thrift Shop, Youth Service Bureau and Friends in Need Food Shelf. Visit the Cottage Grove Area Chamber of Commerce website for details and to buy tickets.

August 10 Through 14:

Goodhue County Fair: The Goodhue County Fair is August 10th-14th, come enjoy the All American Lumberjack Show! Showtimes will be throughout the day, each day. The action will be located on the southwest side of beer garden. Join them each day for action-packed lumberjack competitions, intricate wood carvings and kid's lumberjack camps! For details visit the Goodhue County Fair website.

August 11:

CNC Meteor Madness: Join CNC on Wednesday, August 11th from 4:30 to 11:30 PM for Meteor Madness. Escape the city lights and spend a relaxing evening watching the Perseids meteor shower at CNC. Bring your blanket or lawn chair, and come enjoy the beautiful night sky at your leisure. There is no fee but donations are encouraged. Learn more by visiting CarpenterNatureCenter.org.

Camp JOY: JOY Lutheran Church in Prescott, invites you to Camp JOY on Wednesday, August 11th, from 6:00-7:30pm. All children from the community are invited to participate in this free event! The children will be involved in crafts, games, singing, recreational activities, Bible study, and MORE! Kids going into 1st thru 8th grade welcome, younger kids are welcome to attend with a parent or adult. ALL parents are welcome for the entire event. Registration is required for all participants and can be found on the Joy Lutheran Church website. For more information call 715-262-5800.

August 12:

Music in the Park: The Night Light Chasers: Music in the Park-Concert Series welcomes you to experience live music outdoors performed by local and metro area bands, including a variety of genres. On Thursday August 12th, from 7-8:30pm, come listen to Alternative, Folk and Rock inspired music played by The Night Light Chasers. This event is supported by the Ruth and George Doffing Charitable Fund. All ages are welcome and the cost is free. This event is held at the Rotary Pavilion at Levee Park in Hastings.

Ellsworth Farmers' Market: Come shop local goods at East End Park during the Ellsworth Farmers Market Thursday evening, August 12th from 4:00 pm-7:00pm! Browse a variety of farm, artisan, and craft vendors offering seasonal produce, farm-raised meats and eggs, baked goods, handcrafts and more! Even entertainment on occasion! Bring the family and enjoy a picnic in the park-it's the place to be on Thursdays! For more information call (715) 495-2017.

August 12 Through 15:

Pierce County Fair: Pierce County invites everyone to help celebrate 100 years of the Round Barn, at the Pierce County Fair from Thursday August 12th through Sunday, August 15th. A weekend filled with fair activities is on the schedule, including Veteran's Day, Senior Citizen's Day, and more. Learn more at the link provided here.

August 13:

Movies in the Park: "Babe": Join in on the fun and come enjoy a Movie in the Park on Friday, August 13th, at the Rotary Pavilion in Levee Park located in Hastings. Watch "Babe" outdoors on a 16-foot screen. Bring a blanket or chair to sit on the amphitheater seating or on the grassy hill. This event is sponsored by Ardent Mills. All ages welcome. The cost of admission is a nonperishable food donation for Hastings Family Service. Activities start at 7:00pm, and are coordinated by local organizations one hour prior to the movie starting, including games, crafts and give-a-ways. The movie starts at 8:00pm.

CNC Preschool Story Time: Bugs Carpenter St. Croix Valley Nature Center invites you to their Preschool Story Time about Bugs-Friday, August 13th from 10:00am-11:30am. Monthly preschool story time programs are designed to introduce children ages 2-5 to nature in a fun and safe environment. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Start times will be staggered to allow for small groups and social distancing. Program Fee: $5 per child or $3 per child for 'Friends of CNC'. Registration is required. To reserve your start time call: 651-437-4359.

August 14:

Loop Trail Grand Opening: The City of Stillwater welcomes you to a ribbon cutting and daylong celebration to commemorate the opening of the Loop Trail August 14th. This bike trail connects the historic Lift Bridge with the St. Croix River Crossing Bridge. There will be exhibits and activities throughout the day. In the evening Tim Sigler will play for a street dance on the Chestnut plaza!

Bike With A Ranger: The City of Hastings, in partnership with the National Park Service, invites you to experience the city's 10-mile loop trail via bicycle along side a park ranger! The ride is on Saturday August 14th, from 9am-10:30am and will begin and end at Levee Park. Bring your bike & helmet. This event is recommended for teens & adults. The cost is free. To Register Contact 651-480-6182.

Ellsworth Funsters Demolition Derby: The Ellsworth Funsters announce a demolition derby on Saturday, August 14th, with gates opening at 3 PM, and derbies starting at 7. Come to the Pierce County Fairgrounds in Ellsworth for an evening of rip-roaring crashes and dashes. Admission is $15 for adults, and $5 for children younger than 6. To enter a vehicle in the derby, visit the derby webpage for rules, pricing, and prizes.

Harbor Men's Ministry BBQ: The Harbor Church, in Hastings, invites you to the Men's Ministry BBQ Saturday, August 14th at 2:00pm at Spring Lake Park Reserve. Enjoy food, fun and fellowship! Cooking will begin at 5:00pm and light sides will be provided. Please bring the following: your own meat, beverage of choice, preferred condiments, favorite lawn game and a set of camping dishes for eating. Registration is required and a freewill donation of $5 is appreciated. For more information visit their website or call 651-493-7974.

Hastings Farmer's Market: The Hastings Farmers Market has kicked-off for the summer! The next market is on Saturday, August 14th from 8AM to 1 PM at Westview Center. Locally grown produce, handmade housewares and regional animal products are just some of the offerings available for purchase. See their Facebook page for details.

River Falls Farmers' Market: The River Falls Farmers Market invites you to join them for the next market Saturday, August 14th from 8:00am-12:00pm at Dick's Fresh Market. The River Falls Farmers Market provides locally grown produce. There vendors are required to be from a 35 mile radius of River Falls. Vendors are offering fresh vegetables, fruits, flowers, honey, meat, fish, maple syrup, plants, and much more! Please remember no dogs are allowed in the market area. See their Facebook page for details.

CNC: Honey Bees and You: Carpenter St. Croix Valley Nature Center invites you to their Honey Bees and You event Saturday, August 14th from 9:00am-11:00am. Join CNC's beekeepers to find out what goes on inside a bee hive and how bees make honey. The majority of the program will be outside so dress for the weather. Program fee $5.00 per person and free for 'Friends of CNC'.Space is limited, to reserve a spot call 651-437-4359.

CNC Wisconsin Campus Bird Hike: Carpenter St. Croix Valley Nature Center invites you to their Wisconsin Campus Bird Hike-Saturday, August 14th from 8:00am-10:00am. Hike various trails on their Wisconsin campus and learn to identify birds with local experts from the St. Croix Valley Bird Club. Meet at 300 East Cove Road in Hudson. Program fee: $5 per participant or free for SCVBC members and 'Friends of CNC'. To RSVP please call 651-437-4359.

August 14 Through 21:

Freedom Park "Sunset Soiree": The Great River Road and Learning Center at Freedom Park in Prescott invites you to their upcoming event. Israel Haas has the details:

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See their website for more information.

August 15:

Concert In The Orchard: The Dakota County Historical Society invites you to join them at the LeDuc Estate for a Concert in the Orchard on Sunday, August 15th at 6:30pm. Enjoy a seat in the apple orchard at the LeDuc Estate while you listen to New Pearl Buttons play some of their favorite hits. Please bring your own chair or blanket to sit on during the event. The event is free to the public, but donations are encouraged. See the Dakota County Historical Society website for details.

August 17:

Hastings Farmers' Market: The Hastings Farmers Market has kicked-off for the summer! The next market is on Tuesday, August 17th from 8:00am to 1:00pm at Westview Center. Locally grown produce, handmade housewares and regional animal products are just some of the offerings available for purchase. See their Facebook page for details.

August 18:

Storytime In The Park: The City of Hastings in partnership with the Pleasant Hill Library invites you to Storytime in the Park located at the Rotary Pavilion in Levee Park. Each Storytime event has a theme. Come listen to big book stories read aloud, play games and sing songs all about FOOD on Wednesday, August 18th from 10:30am-11:15am. This event is free and recommended for children 10 and under. All children must be accompanied by an adult.

August 19:

Music in the Park: Charanga: Music in the Park-Concert Series welcomes you to experience live music outdoors performed by local and metro area bands, including a variety of genres. On Thursday, August 19th, from 7-8:30pm, come listen to Latin inspired music played by Charanga. This event is supported by the Ruth and George Doffing Charitable Fund. All ages are welcome and the cost is free. This event is held at the Rotary Pavilion at Levee Park in Hastings.

Ellsworth Farmers' Market: Come shop local goods at East End Park during the Ellsworth Farmers Market Thursday evening, August 19th from 4:00pm-7:00pm! Browse a variety of farm, artisan, and craft vendors offering seasonal produce, farm-raised meats and eggs, baked goods, handcrafts and more! Even entertainment on occasion! Bring the family and enjoy a picnic in the park-it's the place to be on Thursdays! For more information call (715) 495-2017.

August 19 Through 29:

Rosemount ArtBlast 2021: The Rosemount Area Arts Council invites you to participate in ArtBlast 2021, an eleven-day celebration of the arts Thursday August 19th thru Sunday August 29th. ArtBlast is designed to provide Rosemount and the surrounding communities with the opportunity to experience many kinds of art in a single, art-filled week. The ArtBlast experience will include daily and nightly entertainment, performing arts, visual arts, arts and crafts activities, art exhibits, photo contests, a melodrama in the park and a play at the Steeple Center. The featured events are the Bluegrass Festival and Jazz Fest! All events are FREE unless otherwise noted. Some classes require pre-registration. Deadline for submission to the photo contest is Friday July 30th. See the rosemount area arts council website for a detailed schedule of all the amazing events!

August 21:

Randolph/Hampton Fire Dept. Chicken Feed: The 53rd Annual Randolph/Hampton Fire Dept. Chicken Feed is scheduled from 8 to 11:30 PM, on Saturday, August 21st, at the Randolph Fire Hall. Musical guests will by Hillbilly, Inc, and there will be good food and fun. Proceeds will go to the Randolph/Hampton Fire Department.

Carpenter Art Festival: The Carpenter Art Festival is scheduled for Saturday, August 21st, from 10 AM to 5 PM. The Carpenter St. Croix Valley Nature Center invites you to celebrate art and nature on their Wisconsin Campus. Enjoy music, fine art, and food from local artisans. Take in the beautiful scenery of this outdoor event, and visit the CNC tent to meet some live animal ambassadors. This FREE event will take place rain or shine. A portion of all proceeds benefits CNC. The Hudson Campus of CNC is located at 300 East Cove Road, in Hudson. Visit CarpenterNatureCenter.org for additional details.

Hastings Farmers' Market: The Hastings Farmers Market has kicked-off for the summer! The next market is on Saturday, August 21st from 8:00am to 1:00pm at Westview Center. Locally grown produce, handmade housewares and regional animal products are just some of the offerings available for purchase. See their Facebook page for details.

Dakota County Gun Club Ladies' Day: The Dakota County Gun Club invites women of all ages to Ladies' Day August 21st. John Gamlin has the details:

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Pre-registration is preferred and can be done on the Dakota County Gun Club website, if you have questions call (952) 985-3248.

Snapshot Day: Many invasive species are effecting the upper-midwest's stunning ecosystem but locals are fighting back, Saturday, August 21st 8:00am-1:00pm! Snapshot Day is a Wisconsin-wide, one-day event connecting volunteers, water lovers, and local groups in a search for aquatic invasive species. This event is coordinated in partnership with the following groups and registration can be done on their websites. UW-Madison Division of Extension, River Alliance of Wisconsin, Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources and local partners. Register here.

Starry Trek: Many invasive species are effecting the upper midwest's stunning ecosystem but locals are fighting back, Saturday, August 21st from 8:00am-1:00pm! Lindsey Albright from Dakota County Soil and Water Conservation District shares how to get involved:

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Register here.

August 22:

Concert In The Orchard: The Dakota County Historical Society invites you to join them at the LeDuc Estate for a Concert in the Orchard on Sunday, August 22nd at 6:30pm. Enjoy a seat in the apple orchard at the LeDuc Estate while you listen to Darlene and the Boys play some of their favorite hits. Please bring your own chair or blanket to sit on during the event. The event is free to the public, but donations are encouraged. See the Dakota County Historical Society website for details.

August 23:

Hastings Chamber Golf Outing: The Hastings Golf Classic is back. Join the Hastings Area Chamber of Commerce and Tourism Bureau on August 23rd for golf, good food and lots of fun at Hastings Golf Club. The Hastings Chamber is excited to once again partner with Hastings YMCA on this fun community event. Proceeds from the event will support local businesses and youth development. Register at the link provided here.

August 24:

Performance In The Park: Katha Dance: The City of Hastings Performance in the Park, invites you to watch groups perform a variety of cultural dances and more. On Tuesday, August 24th from 6:00-7:00pm at the Rotary Pavilion at Levee Park, Katha Dance, will be performing north indian dance. this event is sponsored by SMEAD Manufacturing Company, made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Metropolitan Regional Arts Council and thanks to legislative funding from the Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.

Hastings Farmers' Market: The Hastings Farmers Market has kicked-off for the summer! The next market is on Tuesday, August 24th from 8am to 1pm at Westview Center. Locally grown produce, handmade housewares and regional animal products are just some of the offerings available for purchase. See their Facebook page for details.

Through August 24:

Senior Center Foot Care Appointments: Hastings Area Senior Center at the Tilden Community Center is offering Foot Care appointments over the month of August. During the appointment a Registered Nurse will care for you feet, nails and calluses. Our feet do so much for us, repay them with some TLC! The cost is $18. To schedule an appointment call 651-480-7689.

August 25:

Storytime In The Park: The City of Hastings in partnership with the Pleasant Hill Library invites you to an evening Storytime in the Park located at the Rotary Pavilion in Levee Park. Each Storytime event has a theme. Come listen to big book stories read aloud, play games and sing songs all about RHYTHM on Wednesday, August 25th from 6:00pm-6:45pm. This event is free and recommended for children 10 and under. All children must be accompanied by an adult.

CNC Evening Exploration: Carpenter St. Croix Valley Nature Center will be open from 4:30pm-9:00pm Wednesday, August 25th, for an Evening Exploration event for visitors to come and explore the trails on a nice summer evening. Sign up individually or with your family group. This program is free and a $5 donation is appreciated. Registration is required. Please RSVP by calling 651-437-4359.

August 26:

Vermillion River Watershed Joint Powers Board Meeting: The Vermillion River Watershed Joint Powers Board meeting will take place in-person Thursday August 26th from 1:00-3:00pm in Conference Room A at the Extension and Conservation Center in Farmington as well as via teleconference on Zoom. The building remains locked, in-person participants must notify staff of their plan to be present beforehand or ring the doorbell upon arrival. See the Vermillion River Watershed Joint Powers Organization website for details or call 952-891-7011.

Through August 27:

Cannon Falls Schools Meals to Go: Cannon Falls Area Schools is offering a "Meals to Go" summer program for all children 18 and younger. Breakfast and lunch can be picked up at the Elementary School 11am-12pm Monday through Friday, through August 27th. The curbside pick up will be closed on July 5th. Breakfast will include: a grain, juice and milk while lunch will consist of: an entree, fruit, vegetable and milk.

August 27:

Movies in the Park: "Onward": Join in on the fun and come enjoy a Movie in the Park on Friday, August 27th, at the Rotary Pavilion in Levee Park located in Hastings. Watch "Onward" outdoors on a 16-foot screen. Bring a blanket or chair to sit on the amphitheater seating or on the grassy hill. This event is sponsored by Ardent Mills. All ages welcome. The cost of admission is a nonperishable food donation for Hastings Family Service. Activities start at 6:30pm, and are coordinated by local organizations one hour prior to the movie starting, including games, crafts and give-a-ways. The movie starts at 7:30pm.

August 28:

Hasitngs Farmers' Market: The Hastings Farmers Market has kicked-off for the summer! The next market is on Saturday, August 28th from 8:00am to 1:00pm at Westview Center. Locally grown produce, handmade housewares and regional animal products are just some of the offerings available for purchase. See their Facebook page for details.

Ellsworth Farmers' Market: Come shop local goods at East End Park during the Ellsworth Farmers Market Thursday evening, August 26th from 4:00pm-7:00pm! Browse a variety of farm, artisan, and craft vendors offering seasonal produce, farm-raised meats and eggs, baked goods, handcrafts and more! Even entertainment on occasion! Bring the family and enjoy a picnic in the park-it's the place to be on Thursdays! For more information call (715) 495-2017.

CNC Prairie Plant Identification Hike: Carpenter St. Croix Valley Nature Center invites you to their Prairie Plant Identification Hike Saturday, August 28th from 10:00am-11:00am. Join Tara Kelly, Landscape Restoration Specialist from Washington Conservation District. Tara will lead you through a restored prairie looking for forbes, grasses, and anything in bloom. This is a great opportunity to explore a new area of the Minnesota Campus. This event is part one of a two-part series. Join them in the fall for part two where they will collect seed from these native species. Program fee $5.00 per person, free for 'Friends of CNC'.Space is limited, to reserve a spot call 651-437-4359.

Rural Cleanup Day: Dakota County, in partnership with the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency, is offering a Rural Cleanup Day Saturday, August 28th from 9:00am-1:00pm at the Dakota County Empire Maintenance Facility in Rosemount. Tires and cardboard can be recycled for free, a paper shredder is available for the destruction of confidential documents at no cost while mattresses and box springs can be disposed of for $25. In order to participate in this county event, please bring proof of residency. See the Dakota County website for details or call 952-891-7557.

August 28 and 29:

Fur Trade Weekend: Dakota County Historical Society invites you to Fur Trade Weekend on Saturday August 28th and Sunday August 29th from 10:00am-5:00pm both days. Experience the Sibley Historic Site as it was in the 1830s when Mendota was the center of the fur trade. Visitors can walk the grounds, interact with fur trade reenactors, explore the Sibley and Faribault houses, as well as enjoy live music and presentations on various topics related to the fur trade. Admission is $9 for adults - $8 for seniors & college students - $7 for ages 5-17 - Free for children under 4. See the Dakota County Historical Society website for details.

August 29:

Concert In The Orchard: The Dakota County Historical Society invites you to join them at the LeDuc Estate for a Concert in the Orchard Sunday August 29th at 6:30pm. Enjoy a seat in the apple orchard at the LeDuc Estate while you listen to The Double Down Daredevils play some of their favorite hits. Please bring your own chair or blanket to sit on during the event. The event is free to the public, but donations are encouraged. See the Dakota County Historical Society website for details.

August 31:

Hastings Farmers' Market: The Hastings Farmers Market has kicked-off for the summer! The next market is on Tuesday, August 31st from 8:00am to 1:00pm at Westview Center. Locally grown produce, handmade housewares and regional animal products are just some of the offerings available for purchase. See their Facebook page for details.

SEPTEMBER

September 2:

Music In The Park: The Southern Express: Music in the Park-Concert Series welcomes you to experience live music outdoors performed by local and metro area bands, including a variety of genres. On Thursday, September 2nd, from 7:00-8:30pm, come listen to Rock inspired music played by The Southern Express. This event is supported by the Ruth and George Doffing Charitable Fund. All ages are welcome and the cost is free. This event is held at the Rotary Pavilion at Levee Park in Hastings.

September 4:

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

September 4 and 5:

HPAAC Play: "Arla Mae's Booyah Wagon": The Hastings Prescott Area Arts Council invites you to enjoy a free live performance in Hastings, President Kathy O'Keefe with the details:

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Please visit the HPAAC website for more information.

September 11:

Prescott Daze Car Show: The Prescott Daze Committee has scheduled a car show for Saturday, September 11th, from 8 AM to 3 PM on Broad Street in Downtown Prescott. This event is free and open to the public with social distancing guidelines in place. The Prescott Daze Committee invites everyone to come out for an afternoon of classic cars.

Whooping Crane and Nature Festival: The City of Princeton, WI in Partnership with the International Crane Foundation, is hosting the Whooping Crane and Nature Festival, Saturday September 11th, from 9am-3pm at Princeton Public School. If you are will be spending time in central Wisconsin, stop by this exciting family-friendly event full of festivities including guest speakers, a craft fair, music, food and nature. Explore White River Marsh State Wildlife Area and celebrate the ongoing efforts to save the Endangered Whooping Crane from extinction. The Whooping Crane is North America's tallest bird and fewer than 600 individuals remain between survival and extinction. To learn more about this event or how to become a vendor call: 920-295-3877 or visit the city of Princeton website. https://princetonwi.com/whooping-crane-festival/

September 11 and 12:

Le Duc Civil War Weekend: The Dakota County Historical Society invites you to join them for Civil War Weekend September 11th and 12th at the LeDuc Estate. Site Supervisor Mariah Ring shares the details:

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September 12:

Saint Paul Classic Bike Tour: The 26th annual Saint Paul Classic Bike Tour will be held on Sunday September 12th. A music-filled ride through Saint Paul unveils the beauty of the Capital City, its amazing trail system and celebrates its historic neighborhoods. All proceeds go to support the mission-driven education and advocacy work of the Bicycle Alliance of Minnesota. The Classic is a great experience for riders of all stripes. The tour winds through historic neighborhoods, beautiful parks and parkways, and along nearly 14 miles of Saint Paul's beautiful Mississippi River trails, including the revitalized downtown riverfront. This year several custom route options are available, riders may choose to ride 11,14, 29 or 32 miles for their ride. Registration is live Monday July 12th. For details, visit the link provided here.

CNC Autumn in the Valley Gala: Carpenter St. Croix Valley Nature Center invites you to their biggest fundraiser of the year Sunday, September 12th. Capital raised at the Autumn in the Valley Gala keep the center open and free to the public, while protecting wildlife habitat in both MN and WI, in addition to supporting naturalists as they work to provide safe educational opportunities to the community. This year you can attend the Gala virtually or in-person. Tickets for the onsite event and dinner start at $110. It is FREE to attend virtually. Sponsorship available. For more information and to register, please visit the event webpage or call 651-437-4359.

September 14:

Performance in the Park:Lumin Theater Lab: The City of Hastings Performance in the Park, invites you to watch groups perform a variety of cultural dances and more. On Tuesday, September 14th from 6:00-6:45pm at the Rotary Pavilion at Levee Park, Lumin Theater Lab, will be performing improv. This event is sponsored by SMEAD Manufacturing Company, made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Metropolitan Regional Arts Council and thanks to legislative funding from the Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.

September 16:

TLC Annual Fundraiser: TLC of Hastings is hosting their annual fundraiser Thursday, September 16th starting at 5:00pm. Andrea Kullman shares the details:

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September 17 Through 19:

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

September 18:

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

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

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

September 24 Through 27:

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

September 25:

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

September 26:

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

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Please vite the HPAAC website for more information.

September 28:

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

OCTOBER

October 1 Through 3:

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

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

October 2:

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

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

ONGOING

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Geocaching: Dakota County reminds residents that the County Parks system has an active geocaching program. Geocaching is a high-tech treasure hunting game played throughout the world using Global Positioning System (GPS) devices. Geocaches found within Dakota County Parks have a maximum size of 12 inches x 6 inches x 8 inches. Check out Geocaching.com to find coordinates for cache locations throughout Dakota County Parks. Once you have the coordinates for a cache, visit the park and try to find the cache using your GPS. Find more information of the parks page of DakotaCounty.us.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Monday:

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

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

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

Monday and Wednesday:

Zoom Zumba: The Hastings Senior Center will host a virtual session of Zumba from 8:30 to 10 AM. For more information or to register, call 651-480-7670 or log on to HastingsCommunityEd.com.

Tuesday:

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

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

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

1st and 3rd Tuesday:

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

Wednesday:

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

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

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

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

1st and 3rd Wednesday:

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

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

2nd Wednesday:

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

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

2nd and Last Wednesday:

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

3rd Wednesday:

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

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

Thursday:

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

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

1st Thursday:

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

2nd Thursday:

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

3rd Thursday Through September:

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

4th Thursday:

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

1st Friday of the Month:

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

Friday:

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

1st and 3rd Friday:

Prescott Memory Cafe: The Prescott Senior Gathering Place invites patients in memory care, and their caregivers to the Memory Cafe, from 10 to 11:30 AM on the 1st and 3rd Friday of each month. The cafe is open in the lower level Community Room of First National Bank, 1151 Canton Street. For assistance with Memory Cafe, please contact Barb Glidden at 651-336-3360, or Cathy Martin at 715-262-3856.

4th Friday of the Month:

Bird Banding at CNC: Have you ever wondered what bird banding is all about? Bird Banding records can help us learn how long birds live, where they travel, when and where they migrate and many other interesting facts. Carpenter Nature Center has been banding birds for over 30 years. On the fourth Friday of the month, from 8 AM to noon, bird banding is open to the public. There is no program fee, but donations of bird seed and suet are greatly appreciated. RSVP to this event by visiting CarpenterNatureCenter.org.

 

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