Community Events

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JANUARY

January 23 and 24:

CNC Snowshoeing: Explore the trails on snowshoes, from 10 am -3:00 pm at Carpenter Nature Center's Wisconsin campus in Hudson, WI. Whether you prefer to walk through the prairie or go into the woods, there is plenty to discover in the winter landscape. Snowshoes are available to rent. Call 651-437-4359 to reserve your snowshoes. Six inches of snow is required.

January 25:

Senior Center Scrapbooking: The Hastings Senior Center at the Tilden Community Center - 310 River Street in Hastings is open and many activities are planned. Join fellow scrapbookers on Monday, January 25th at 9:00 am. Learn more at HastingsCommunityEd.com or on our website KDWA.com.

January 25 and 26:

OSEL Blood Drive: The next Hastings Community Blood Drive will be Monday 11:30am-5:30pm, and Tuesday 1-7pm, at Our Saviour's Lutheran Church-400 West 9th St. Appointments are necessary so Please call 1-800-733-2767 or Gail at 651-248-1173 or visit RedCrossBlood.org and enter "Our Saviour's".

January 27:

Defensive Driving Refresher Course: There will be a Defensive Driving Refresher Course offered at the Hastings Senior Center - 310 River Street in Hastings on January 27th from 1 - 5 PM. Please register in advance by calling (651) 480-7689.

January 28:

Bridging the Political Divide: How can we help to bridge the Political Divide? Find out on Thursday, Jan. 28th from 2-4 p.m. This Zoom virtual event is offered through the Dakota County Library system and will help you develop an awareness of your own political polarization and learn strategies for being critical, yet constructive while engaging in social conversations with people of opposing political views. The event is presented by the Braver Angels Alliance of Eagan. Registration is required. Visit the library's website - www.Dakota.Mn.us/libraries

Wilderness Survival 101: Wilderness Survival 101. Sharpen your wilderness survival skills in a Wilderness Survival 101 virtual program series presented by Dakota County Parks Naturalists. Explore helpful tools and tips for safely navigating in the wild. The program will be posted on Facebook on those Thursdays at 8 AM. This program series is geared for adults and youth ages 12 and older.

January 29:

CNC Evening Walk: Venture out on the night of the next full moon for an evening walk from 5-9 pm at Carpenter Nature's Minnesota Campus. Depending on snow conditions, this will be either a walk on the paved trails or snowshoeing on a designated route. Start times are staggered, with a limited to the number of people to provide for social distancing. Face masks required for check-in and if you are closer than 6 feet to others that are not in your group. RESERVATIONS ARE REQUIRED- please call 651-437-4359 to sign-up. There is no fee but donations are greatly appreciated. Snowshoe rental will be available for $5.00 a pair if there is adequate snow cover.

Beef Stew Drive By Pick Up: The Hastings Senior Center at the Tilden Community Center - 310 River Street in Hastings has reopened and many activities are planned. Beat the Winter Blues Beef Stew drive by pickup event is Friday, January 29 from 11:45 - 12:15 PM The cost is $7. Please call 480-7689 to register and mail payment to Senior Center, 310 River Street, Hastings MN. You must register in advance for ALL events, even if no payment is required. Learn more at HastingsCommunityEd.com or on our website KDWA.com.

January 26 through 31:

CNC Story Time: Self-directed monthly story time continues at Carpenter Nature Center. Preschoolers and their adult companions can come to the Center for their own winter exploration. materials will be available for you to do outdoor activities on your own at the Nature Center and additional materials for a take home craft. supplies available from 8:00 am - 4:30 pm. There is no fee but donations are greatly appreciated. Please call ahead to (651)-437-4359 to let Carpenter know what day you will be coming, and they will let you know where to pick up the supplies.

FEBRUARY:

February 2:

Storyteller Danielle Daniel: Connect through stories online with the Dakota County Libraries as part of a Minnesota Legacy Program. Hear storyteller Danielle Daniel share stories with positive messages that highlight African American history and culture. These programs are geared for youth ages 5 and older. Learn more at Dakota County's website - www.co.Dakota.Mn.us/libraries

February 3:

Breakfast Bonanza: Prescott Community Education is offering Ed2Go programming consistent with Wisconsin state and county health guidelines. Although the attending method may be different, the goal is the same: to engage, enrich, and inspire lifelong learning. Cooking is fun for all ages. Sign up your kids for Breakfast Bonanza Class from 6:00-6:45 pm under the quick link for Prescott Community Education at Prescott.k12.wi.us

February 5 Through 7:

Hudson Hot Air Affair: The 32nd annual hot air balloon rally and winter festival with the theme of "Bringing Fun to 2021" will culminate with the Hudson Hot Air Affair, set for February 5-7. This will be a hybrid event this year due to COVID-19 health concerns. There will be hot air balloons in the air (weather permitting), an evening drive-thru balloon glow and candlestick event, some live video coverage of balloon launches, some video reminiscing and some new fun activities. For a full listing of events go to HudsonHotAirAffair.com.

February 6:

Family Fishing Fun: Enjoy Family Fishing Fun at Cottage Grove Ravine Park on Saturday, February 6th from 1:00-3:00 PM. Learn how to set up a rod, put bait on the hook, cast like a pro, take fish off the hook, and learn about different kinds of fish and different ways to catch them! Bait / flies, tackle, and fishing rods will all be provided. Valid Minnesota fishing license required for those ages 16 and above. The program is FREE but reservations are required! Capacity limit is 15 people. Visit the Washington county website to register. co.washington.mn.us.

February 9:

Detoxification: Minimizing Toxins: Prescott Community Education is offering Ed2Go programming consistent with Wisconsin state and county health guidelines. Although the attending method may be different, the goal is the same: to engage, enrich and inspire lifelong learning. With the holidays behind us, are you craving clean eating? Learn more by taking Detoxification: Minimizing Toxins from 6:00-6:45 pm. Sign up under the quick link for Prescott Community Education at Prescott.k12.wi.us.

Storyteller Danielle Daniel: Connect through stories online with the Dakota County Libraries as part of a Minnesota Legacy Program. Hear storyteller Danielle Daniel share stories with positive messages that highlight African American history and culture. These programs are geared for youth ages 5 and older. Learn more at Dakota County's website - www.co.Dakota.Mn.us/libraries

February 10:

Resume Help: Creating an effective resume can help you land the dream job you've always wanted. The Dakota County CareerForce Center will teach you how to use a resume to show a potential employer your value. Topics covered include formatting, styles, common mistakes, dos and don'ts, and more. Registration is required for these zoom virtual classes. The next class is Wednesday, Feb 10th from 3-4:30 p.m. Register now at dakotacountylibrary.libcal.com/event/

February 25 and 26:

Blind Date With A Book: Hope Lutheran Preschool in Hastings is having a "Blind Date with a Book" event from 1:00 pm - 6:00 pm. The event is by appointment only, and you can sign up to attend on the preschool website or the preschool Facebook page. The event is for Families with children who are 3 or 4 years old looking to sign up for preschool in the 2021/2022 school year. Preschool attendees will get to choose a wrapped book to keep and get to see their classroom and have their future teacher read them their new book while parents fill out registration paperwork. The wrapped book will also contain Play Dough as well as other prizes and stickers. Fair Trade books in Red Wing and New York Times Best Selling Author Jacqueline West will be donating books to the event. Hope Lutheran Church is located at 16898 Michael Avenue in Hastings.

MARCH

March 25:

PHS Graduation Fundraiser: The annual Prescott High School Senior graduation fundraiser is on for the class of 2021. The event is typically a lock-in for the graduation class and money raised from the sale of raffle tickets goes to the lock-in party. Raffle tickets are available from Prescott Senior parents and at the deli counter at Ptacek’s. The drawing is March 25th.

Through March 31:

Senior Center Card Drive: Hastings Community Education will continue its collaboration with Hastings Family Service of sending encouraging greeting cards. This program will continue through March. You can participate by purchasing or making nonreligious cards and writing an encouraging message. The cards will be delivered to HFS to use in their various programs. You may sign the card with "Your Senior Center Friend", "Your Community Friend", or your name if you are comfortable doing so. Bring your cards to the Center on Wednesdays between 9:30 -11:30 a.m. and place in the box under the puzzle table. To date, over 200 cards have already been delivered.

APRIL

Through April 15:

AARP Tax Assistance: The 2021 AARP Tax Assistance Program at the Hastings Senior Center is hoping to be offered again in 2021. Both AARP nationally and the Hastings School District will determine whether or not the program will be implemented, based on COVID guidelines in 2021. If held, the program will look different this year as protocols are put into place to keep both volunteers and participants safe. Appointments will not be taken until at least January 25, but please do not leave any voicemails You need to talk to a person on the phone in order to make an appointment. Call (651) 480-7670.

ONGOING

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.

GRRVLC Survey: Freedom Park and the Great River Road Visitor and Learning Center could use your help in a big way by taking a 10-minute survey to help them understand how to offer the best possible programming and visitor experience in the future. Your responses will help set benchmarks, identify trends and deliver relevant and impactful experiences for the community. All feedback is for internal use only to improve Freedom Park and the Great River Road Visitor and Learning Center. Find the survey on their FB page.

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.

HFS Donation Center Closed: The Hastings Family Service Donation Center is closed until further notice. Donations are currently limited to monetary gifts, food, and personal care items at this time. Call 651-437-7134 to set up a drop-off appointment. Rivertown Treasures is accepting clothing donations only on Mondays and Fridays, 9 AM to 4 PM, weather permitting. Please do not drop items at the doors or in the alley.

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.

Flu Vaccine: Dakota County reminds you to get a flu vaccine if you haven't already. It can reduce your risk of getting flu and help save medical resources needed to care for people with COVID-19. Please do your part to help prevent the spread of flu and other respiratory illnesses. Mask Up: Cover your nose and mouth with a mask when out in public. Lather Up: Wash your hands frequently with soap and water. Sleeve Up: Roll up your sleeve to get a flu shot.

2021 Winter Reads: Dakota County Library's Winter Reads is back January 4th! Snuggle up and get lost in some fun reads this season and join us for the 2021 Winter Reads, a reading program that inspires adults to pick up a good book and read or relax and listen to an exciting audio book. Take time to enjoy the simple pleasure of wintertime reading, write reviews and attend author programs. Learn more at DakotaCounty.us.

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.

Library Hours: All Dakota County Library locations are open for express services with weekday and Saturday hours: Mon/Wed/Fri/Sat from 9 am-5 pm and Tue/Thu from 11 am - 7 pm and closed on Sundays. Drop in to pick up holds, find and check out items, or use a computer. When visiting the library, please remember to wear a mask and stay 6 feet apart from others, and limit visits to 1 hour or less.

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

Homework Help: Dakota County Libraries want to remind you that help with your homework is just a mouse click away. The online program. HelpNow provides online tutoring for kids in grades K-12 and college in both English and Spanish and is accessible with your library card. Live tutors are available from 1-11 p.m. daily. Go to Dakota County's website - www.co.Dakota.MN.us/libraries/research tools.

Oak Ridge Living Indoor Visits: Oak Ridge Assisted Living in Hastings has resumed indoor visits, monitored at an indoor Plexiglas divider in the community room - Monday-Friday at 9 AM, 1PM, 4PM, and 5PM. Visitors must wear a surgical face mask and eyewear or a face shield. Capacity is limited to 2 visitors per appointment. If you are interested in scheduling a visit, visit call 651-438-0418 and ask for Allison.

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.

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.

Mondays, Through January 25:

Zoom Time for Babies: Running through January 25, Hastings Community Education invites families to Zoom Time for Babies, on Mondays from 9 to 10 AM. 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. Fee is $50. Sign up at the link provided here.

Mondays Through April 25:

Virtual Storytime: Dakota County Libraries are offering Virtual Storytimes. Recordings are posted at 9:30 a.m. on Facebook and children ages 3 and older and their families are encouraged to participate. Connect with your friendly librarians for a fun 20-minute storytime with books, rhymes and songs as a way to support early literacy and reading readiness. Learn more at Dakota County’s website - www.co.Dakota.Mn.us/libraries

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: The Hastings Senior Center at the Tilden Community Center - 310 River Street in Hastings is open and many activities are planned. Play Bingo on Tuesdays at 9:30 AM Registration is required. Please call 480-7689 to register.

Zoom Yoga With Ricky:

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

Wednesdays:

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.

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 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.

2rd Wednesday:

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.

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:

Thursdays, Through January 28:

Zoom Time for Toddlers: Hastings Community Education offers at Zoom Time for Toddlers, from 9 to 10 AM, with no classes on November 26, December 24th, or December 31st. Fee is $40. For complete info and to register visit the link provided here.

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.

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 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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