Community Events

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Call 651-437-1460 or email them to communityevents@kdwa.com


APRIL

Try It Workouts: Looking to try something new and fun without a big commitment? Hastings Community Education has some "Try-It" workout classes coming up in early April. Try High Intensity Training, Cardio Strengthening or rock out in a Pound class. Check out the Hastings Community Ed website for more info, at HastingsCommunityEd.com.

April 16:

CNC Animal Ambassadors: Come meet Carpenter St Croix Valley Nature Center's Ambassador Animals on Friday, April 16th. Animals will be on display outside of the Visitor Center, and naturalists will be there to teach you about them. Visitors can stop by anytime from 10:00-11:00 am to meet the animals, learn more about them and ask questions. Practicing social distancing will allow space between families and limiting group size to 10 people. This event is free to attend, but donations are appreciated. No RSVP required.

Domestic and Sexual Violence Awareness Event: 360 Communities will be holding their annual Domestic and Sexual Violence awareness event on Friday, April 16th to raise awareness and learn about domestic and sexual violence. This year will be a virtual, interactive event where you can interact with 360 Communities staff, watch videos, and read information about how 360 Communities works in the community to support victims and help prevent domestic and sexual violence. The cost is $10 and registration is open until the day of the event at 360Communities.org/event.

April 17:

CNC Spring Hike: Come to CNC on Sat, April 17th from 10-11:30 am for a guided hike to look for signs of spring. Woodland flowers are emerging, trees are beginning to bud, migratory birds are returning, and hibernators are waking up from their long slumbers. After the hike, meet some of CNC's animal ambassadors and learn about how they have adapted to cope with seasonal changes. Program Fee: $5 per participant. Space is limited, and registrations are required. Please RSVP by calling 651-437-4359.

Animal Ark Adoption Event: Animal Ark no kill pet shelter will hold a Pet Adoption event on Saturday, April 17th from 1-3 pm at the Cottage Grove Pet Smart. Come meet adorable and adoptable pets and talk to volunteers about the animals. Your new pet is waiting for you. The Cottage Grove Pet Smart is located at 7240 E Point Douglas Rd S.

April 19:

Club Book: Lawrence Wright: The Dakota County Library System invites you to join their next virtual Facebook Live Club Book event on Monday, April 19th at 7 p.m. Meet Pulitzer Prize winner and acclaimed journalist, screenwriter and novelist author Lawrence Wright. The Club Book brings best-selling and award-winning national and regional authors to library communities throughout the seven-county Twin Cities metropolitan region. Get Zoom link information at DakotaCounty.us.

April 19 and 20:

OSEL Blood Drive: Our Saviour's Evangelical Lutheran Church in Hastings will host a community blood drive on Monday April 19th-from 11:30am-5:30pm, and Tuesday April 20th - from 1-7pm. Call Gail at 651 248-1173 to make an appointment or go online to RedCrossBlood.org.

April 21:

Interviewing Skills Class: Dakota County CareerForce Center can help you discover ways to stand out from the crowd during your next virtual job interview. Get practical tips for setting up your space, answering interview questions and avoiding common mistakes. This virtual Zoom event is geared for adults. Registration is required and the next class is Wed, April 21st from 3:00-4:30 pm. Register at DakotaCounty.us.

Through April 21:

COngressional Art Competition: The 2021 Congressional Art Competition is calling for high school artists of all medias - paintings, drawings, mixed medias, collages, prints photographs, and computer generated art. Submissions are being accepted from now until April 21st, 2021. This competition is open to all high school students in the Second Congressional District. To submit their artwork, students must fill out the form at craig.house.gov/art and email a high-quality photo of their artwork to RepCraig.ArtComp@mail.house.gov.

April 22:

Pierce County Food Distribution: The Pierce County Fairgrounds in Ellsworth will be hosting a food distribution to any households in need on Thursday, April 22, while supplies last from 11:00 am - 1:00 pm. Each household will receive one box of assorted food items. The Pierce County Fairgrounds is located at 364 N Maple Street in Ellsworth and cars are asked to please use the East entrance.

Bookstube: The next Bookstube virtual event will be on Thursday, April 22nd at 7pm. The event will be a Zoom presentation featuring nationally best selling author Brian Lutterman. Interested parties can email LESLIE at meloyparkflorist@aol.com to register. Once registered, you will receive an email with a link to connect directly to the Zoom meeting. Bookstube is a monthly gathering featuring authors and their mystery and crime books.

April 23:

CNC Wilderness Women Hike: Calling all Wilderness Women! Join your friends at CNC for an all-woman hiking experience for those who love the outdoors and meeting new people. Women can meet up with other women to enjoy a relaxing walk on this Friday, April 23rd outing from 6-8 pm. Groups of 1-3 women can reserve a start time and will be paired up with another group. Masks and social distancing are requested. There is no fee but donations are appreciated. Space is limited, and registrations are required. Please RSVP by calling 651-437-4359.

April 26:

Online Marketing For Business: Dakota County wants to help boost your business with tools designed to help you measure your website traffic, create ads, analyze trends and evaluate the effectiveness of your online marketing. Presented by Keer Keer on Monday, APRIL 26th from 6-7 pm. Registration for this Zoom virtual event is required at DakotaCounty.us.

CNC Full Moon Trail: CNC will be open until 9:00 p.m. for visitors to come and explore the trails on the night of the full moon, April 26th. Sign up individually or with your family group. There are not specified time slots for this program, but you must check-in upon arrival. April 26 moon rise time - 7:50 p.m. Sunset time - 8:13 p.m. There is no fee, but there is a $5 per person recommended donation. Space is limited, and registrations are required. Please RSVP by calling 651-437-4359.

April 27:

Great Decisions: Global Supply: Discuss important international issues and foreign policy topics at Great Decisions, a nonpartisan discussion forum that provides education on important American policy issues. A presenter with expertise in various topics will set the stage for discussing diverse viewpoints. The topic on APRIL 27th will be: Global Supply Chain and National Security. Registration is required for this Zoom virtual event. Great Decisions is a nationally recognized model for foreign policy discussions sponsored by the Foreign Policy Association, coordinated statewide by Global Minnesota. Register now at DakotaCounty.us.

MAY

May 8:

Eagle Watch Bike Tour: Enjoy an Eagle Watch Bike Tour on Saturday, May 8th from 8:00 am - noon along the family-friendly bike path on the Point Douglas Trail! The Point Douglas Trail is a unique trail along the Mississippi River that connects Hastings, MN and Prescott, WI. Enjoy biking the 3.5 mile trail, spotting eagles and exploring two historic downtowns. Pick your starting point in either Prescott or Hastings. The event is free, but registration is required through either the Hastings or Prescott Chambers. This event is hosted by The Hastings Area Chamber of Commerce & The Prescott Area Chamber of Commerce in partnership with Carpenter Nature Center, The City of Hastings and Great River Road Visitors and Learning Center at Freedom Park.

May 16:

St John the Baptist School Bingo Fun Day: Mark your calendars for Bingo Fun Day on Sunday, May 16th from 11:30 am - 2:00 pm at St John the Baptist School in Vermillion. There's fun for all ages! Come enjoy bingo, a silent auction, food, door prizes, kids games and a raffle. This is one of the school's biggest fundraisers and all the proceeds from Bingo Fun Day are used to support St John's School.

June

June 6:

Hastings Family Aquatic Center Opens: The Hastings Family Aquatics Center will open this year and swimming lessons will resume! Online Swimming Lesson Registration is now underway. The pool will open for the 2021 season on Sunday, June 6, 12-5 p.m. for a Family/Floatie Swim!

June 21:

Make Music Day: The 5th Annual Make Music Day is still seeking participants and the deadline for registration is April 10th. Make Music Day is an event celebrated across 750 cities and 120 countries on June 21st and Hastings is a part of the celebration! Contact Paige Marschall at Hastings Parks and Rec at pmarschall@hastingsmn.gov or 651-480-6182 with any questions.

JULY

July 16 Thru 18:

Hastings Rivertown Days: The Hastings Area Chamber of Commerce andTourism Bureau wants you to mark your calendar for July 16 - 18th, 2021 and enjoy the return of Hastings Rivertown Days! Expect something new offerings and safe ways of celebrating. The Rivertown team will closely follow the guidance of health experts to keep partners, sponsors and community members feel safe and informed. The event venues have expanded and events are spreading out across the area to practice social distancing. KDWA will have additional details as they become available.

ONGOING

CNC 2021 Camp Registration: SUMMER CAMP REGISTRATIONS are now open for Carpenter Nature Center. Summer camp offerings include:

Half-Day Fishing Fun for ages 6-11): June 16 (6 spots left), June 30 (7 spots left), July 7 (7 spots left), August 11 (6 spots left)

Nature Nuts for ages 5 & 6): June 14-18 7 spots left

Outdoor Skills for ages 10+): June 22-24 11 spots left

Pioneers for ages 7 & 8): June 28- July 2 7 spots left

Explorers for ages 9-11): July 12-16 8 spots left

Registration and other details are available on Carpenter's website at CarpenterNatureCenter.org or our website, KDWA.com.

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.

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.

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.

Allina COVID Vaccination Appointments: Allina Health will begin opening COVID-19 vaccination appointments to patients age 75 and older. Patients in this age group will be sorted randomly and contacted, depending on how much vaccine is received each week. Current Allina patients will be contacted by email or phone. COVID-19 vaccines will become more broadly available in the coming weeks for all patients age 65 and older. And as vaccine supplies grow over the next several months, Allina expects to be able to offer a vaccine to any aged Allina Health patient who wants one. There are currently 3 Allina vaccination sites in the Twin Cities area. Patients are not able to schedule a vaccine themselves until after they have been selected and first contacted. Allina reminds patients to be sure all contact information is up to date in the Allina Health system or on My Chart.

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!

CNC Showshoe Rental: Take advantage of the excellent snow cover, and explore Carpenter St. Croix Valley Nature center by snowshoe during your next visit. Bring your own snowshoes or rent a pair from our Minnesota Campus during our regular business hours. Rentals are $5 per person for a two-hour period, or FREE for "Friends of CNC", Frosty 40 participants, and CNC volunteers. Call 651-437-4359 to reserve snowshoes for use.

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.

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.

Mondays Through April 26:

Virtual Storytime: Dakota County Libraries are offering Virtual Storytimes for children 3 and older Mondays through April 26. Recordings are posted at 9:30 a.m. on the library's Facebook page. Connect with your friendly librarians for a fun 20-minute storytime with books, rhymes and songs to support early literacy and reading readiness. Children ages 3 and older with their families are welcome.

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: 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

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.

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.

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.

No Name Saloon & Monkey Bar Bean Bag League: No Name Saloon & Monkey Bar in Prescott is forming a Bean Bag league and registration is now open!! Find some pals and create your dream team. Games will start in May and play on Thursdays at 7:00 pm. Register online or stop by The No Name Saloon for a registration form. The No Name Saloon is located at 114 Broad Street in Prescott.

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.

Thursdays, April 15 Through May 20:

Master Recycler/Composter Class: All are invited to attend a Master Recycler/Composter Class on Thursdays, April 15-May 20, from 6:30-8:30 PM,. at the Lebanon Hills Visitors Center, 860 Cliff Road, Eagan. Meet others who are excited about waste reduction and have the chance to inspire others to help reduce waste in Dakota County. Hear presentations from local and regional experts on waste reduction, recycling, composting and solid waste and go on field trips to relevant sites. Register at DakotaCounty.us.

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 May 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.

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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