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All Month:

FPD School Supply Drive: The Farmington Police Department is partnering with 360 Communities and the Farmington Area School District on a fourth annual school supply and hygiene product drive. The drive will start Thursday, Aug. 31 and will run through Saturday, Sept. 30. The items collected will go right back to local teens and families in need. Donations will be collected at the Police Department and Farmington City Hall. They can only accept new and unopened items. There will be an Amazon wish list on the school supply and hygiene product drive webpage at

September 26:

Fashion, Custom Drawing, and Design: On Tuesday, September 26th, from 6:30 to 8 PM, the Farmington Library invites teens and adults to explore basic gestural drawing, color theory, design fundamentals, and more as you dream up incredible couture collections during a Fashion, Custom Drawing and Design session. Gather inspiration and brainstorm ideas for doing construction and assembly on your own. Presented by E Holt Arts. Registration is required.

PHL Storytime for 2s - 6s: Storytime for 2s - 6s will be back at the Pleasant Hill Library of Hastings, on Tuesday, September 26th, from 10:30-11am. Read, play, sing, talk and write together with Dakota County children's librarians. Enjoy stories and participate in activities to develop early literacy skills. Geared for children ages 2 and older with their caregivers. Siblings welcome. For more, see the Pleasant Hill Library website under events.

September 26 Through 30:

Rivertown Treasures Weekly Sale: The Rivertown Treasures Weekly sale for the week of September 26th to September 30th is Women's Pants & Jeans 25% off, and Framed Art 50% off. Also, every Wednesday, those 55 and older receive 30% off of purchases. Some exclusions apply. Rivertown Treasures is the retail outlet of Hastings Family Service at 301 2nd Street East. Store hours are Sunday and Monday, closed, Tuesday through Friday, 9 AM to 4PM, and Saturday, 10 AM to 3 PM.

September 27:

Joy Lutheran Wednesday Supper: The Joy Lutheran Church Wednesday Night Supper menu for September 27th is Fajita Chicken. All are welcome at Joy's table. Suppertime is from 5:15 to 6:30 PM, every Wednesday. Vegetarian and gluten-free options or hot dogs and chips are also available. Although the meals are provided free of charge, Joy Lutheran greatly appreciates a free-will donation for supper. For questions, contact Joy Lutheran Church, in Prescott, at 715-262-5800.

Girls Powderpuff Football Game: Coming up on Wednesday, September 27th, during Hastings Raider Homecoming week will be the annual Girls Powderpuff Football Game, at McNamara Stadium (Todd Field). The games will begin at 7pm, and will feature four grade-level teams with the Freshmen, Sophomores, Juniors and Seniors fielding their respective squads. Thank you in advance to our high school students for supporting HFS by collecting monetary donations at this event. Donate what you can to support Hastings Family Service, on the 27th!

Afton Museum Home Selling Seminar: Coming up on Wednesday, September 27th, the Afton Historical Museum will host a Home Selling Seminar with Afton Resident and real estate Specialist Shelly Holz. Please RSVP to this event at or by phone at 651-436-3500. Beverages and snacks will be provided.

September 28:

HPAC Taproom Takeover: The Hastings Prescott Arts Council and Orange Dragon Art Gallery will host a Taproom Takeover at Spiral Brewery from 6 to 9 PM on Thursday, September 28th. Join them to support the local arts and artist by hanging with HPAC at Spiral Brewery for their annual Taproom Takeover! Spiral Brewery is located at 111 2nd Street East, in Hastings.

Self-Care and Mindfulness: On Thursday, September 28th, from 6:30 to 7:30 PM, Pleasant Hill Library invites adults to a Self-Care and Mindfulness session. Learn how self-care and mindfulness is connected to mental health. Share your successes and challenges with finding balance in your personal and work life and discover ways to improve your self-care. Presented by NAMI Minnesota. Registration is required.

HWY 316 Post Construction Meeting: It has been nearly a year since construction of HWY 316 wrapped up, and the Hastings Area Chamber of Commerce is hosting a virtual post construction meeting, from 11 AM to noon on Thursday, September 28th, to get feedback from businesses on the road layout and hear next steps on a post construction study. Feedback is vital and will help shape future road improvement projects! Sign up for the session online.

Church of Cash: Hold on to your hats! The deep, soulful sound of the great Johnny Cash is coming to Hastings on Thursday, September 28th, as Church of Cash takes the stage at the Hastings Middle School Auditorium at 7 PM. In addition to the music, the show includes captivating stories and anecdotes about Cash's life and career, adding an extra dimension of entertainment and education for audiences of all ages. The performance is designed to appeal to both long-time Cash fans and newcomers to his music, and it's the perfect night out for families, couples, and friends! To attend this dynamic performance, non-members of the Hastings Concert Association can purchase tickets at the door for $25, or a membership to all six concerts of the season for $110. Doors will open at 6 PM, and seating is on a first-come basis. For more information, see the Hastings Concert Association Facebook page or call 651-437-7318.

Farmington Fire Blood Drive: The Farmington Fire Department will host their annual Community Blood Drive from 1 to 7 PM, Thursday, September 28th, at Fire Station 1, 21625 Denmark Ave. The American Red Cross states that every two seconds someone in the U.S. needs blood. This donation event is a special one as all donors will receive a complimentary cup of award-winning fire house chili! To schedule an appointment visit and enter sponsor code "Farmington Fire".

VA HR Recruitment Fair: The Minnesota VA Health Care System is hosting an HR Recruitment Fair on Thursday, September 28th, from 8 AM to 4 PM, in the 2nd Floor Flag Atrium at the VA Hospital, 1 Veterans Drive, in Minneapolis. Doctors, nurses, MSAs, LPNs, nursing assistants, housekeeping aides, and foodservice workers are encouraged to attend this fair to learn about and apply for open positions within the Medical Center.

PHL Storytime For Babies: Storytime for babies will be back at the Pleasant Hill Library in Hastings on Thursday, September 28th, from 10:30-11am. Read, play and sing along with your young child in this interactive storytime designed for newborns and babies. Geared for ages birth to Age 2 with their caregivers. For more, see the Pleasant Hill Library website under events.

September 29:

CNC Bird Banding: Join the Carpenter Nature Center's Minnesota Campus, just North of Hastings, on Friday September 29th, from 8:30am-Noon, for a public bird banding demonstration. See birds up-close and watch the experts band birds at CNC. Banding runs continuously, so come and go as you please. Donations of birdseed appreciated in lieu of a program fee. See the Carpenter Nature Center website for more information.

September 30:

Bring a Friend to Skate: The Hastings Hockey Association will host a "Bring a Friend to Skate" event on Saturday, September 30th, from 10-11am, at the Hastings Civic Arena. This is an open skate only, with no sticks. Skates will be available at a limited quantity, or you can also rent them at the arena. Bring a friend or family member to skate! Meet with Hastings Hockey Association directors. Also, older skaters will be on the ice to help if needed!

Hastings Wrestling Bean Bag Tournament: The Hastings Wrestling Club will host their 1st Annual Bean Bag Tournament fundraiser on Saturday, September 30th, starting at 11am. The tournament will be held at the Confluence Hotel in downtown Hastings. The cost is $50 per team. For more information, see

Hastings Hurricanes Fall Gathering: The Hastings Hurricanes 35+ Baseball Team will hold one more Fall gathering on Saturday, September 30th, at the Vets Park Baseball Field, at 6:00pm. Catch, batting practice, pitching practice, and discussion regarding the roster, uniforms, and much more will take place. Also discussed will be potential Fall scrimmages, and live game situations. For more information, please see Hastings 35+ Baseball on Facebook, or via Twitter/X @Hurricane35Plus.

Reuter's Old Fashioned BOOYA: Reuter's Old Fashioned BOOYA returns to the Eagle's Club, 2212 Vermillion Street in Hastings, on Saturday, September 30th, starting at noon. Come for the booya and meat raffle while enjoying live music. Booya is available to eat at the club or for takeout. All proceeds will benefit Hastings Family Service.

Voices of the Confluence: Did your grandparents come from the "old country"? Were they immigrants, refugees, or asylum seekers? Was their entry into the United States the same or different from the experiences of today's immigrants? Join others in the Prescott community on Saturday, September 30th, from 2:00 to 4:00 PM at the Prescott High School Library to listen to a panel of immigration experts. This "Voices of the Confluence" sixth in a series session is free. Panelists are Michele Waslin, Assistant Director of the Immigration History Research Center; Kathryn Burger, Minnesota Council of Churches Refugee Services; and Dallas Egger, retired Prescott teacher and president of the Prescott Historical Society. This program is sponsored by Building an All-Inclusive Community; Prescott Community Education; Friends of Freedom Park; Prescott Historical Society; and made possible by a Catalyst grant from the Wisconsin United Church of Christ.

Through September 30:

Prescott Library Event Move: Just a reminder to all Prescott Residents, and fans of the Prescott Library, that any Library event or program will be held across the hallway in the City Council Chambers, from now until Saturday, September 30th. For more information, see the Prescott Library website.


All Month:

Prescott Library "Read With Me": This October, Prescott Public Library is starting Read With Me, a program designed to help young readers become more comfortable and confident with their reading, while reading to a therapy animal. Readers of all ages are invited to book an appointment to read with Cali the dog. Each appointment is 15 minutes long, and readers are welcome bring their own book or pick one of Cali's favorites! For more details, please see the Prescott Public Library website.

HPD Pink Patch Project: The City of Hastings Police Department is underway with its 6th year participating in the Pink Patch Project, which raises awareness and money to fight breast cancer, and support breast cancer research. The Pink Patch Project opened October 2 and runs through October 31. The community is invited to purchase patches, pint glasses, pins and cups, or make a donation. Goods can be purchased at the Hastings Police Department or at City Hall from 8am-4:30pm, Monday-Friday!

October 1:

Wash. Co. Master Gardeners Application Period Closes: Master Gardeners promote lively landscapes and build healthy communities through volunteer activities that provide home horticulture information. Apply online by Oct. 1 to join the U of M Extension Washington County Master Gardener Volunteer Program. Applicants will have an opportunity to meet with current volunteers to ask additional questions about the program. Applications accepted through Oct. 1, 2023. Please apply online at:

Hastings High School All-Class Reunion: The annual Hastings High School All-Class Reunion will take place at the 2nd Street Depot Bar and Grill on Sunday, October 1st, beginning with social hour at 5:15pm, and dinner at 6pm. A short program will follow dinner. For questions call Dana Pettit at 651-271-2821 or Dawn Wigness at 651-271-2822. This year, the Class of 1973 will be celebrating their 50th class reunion, as well!

October 5:

Artspace Creative Convergence: Check out the "Creative Convergence" coming up on Thursday, October 5th, from 6:30-8:30pm at Artspace Lofts, in Downtown Hastings. Hosted by the Hastings Arts & Culture Commission, Creative Convergence is an opportunity for artists to network, learn, share and collaborate. The event is sponsored by the City of Hastings, The Hastings Arts and Culture Commission, HPAC and Artspace.

Paws in the Park: You, and your furry friends need to stop by "Paws in the Park" at the Hastings Dog Park, on 10th Street East, in Hastings, on Thursday, October 5th, from 5-6:30pm. Visit the Hastings Rivertown Dog Park with your Pup for a fun night socializing with other pet owners. Included will be: Dog Friendly Booths and Giveaways, a Strut Your Mutt Costume Contest, Drawings & Prize Baskets, a Balloon Arch Photo Op, and a Hot Dog Dinner! For more, see the City of Hastings website.

October 6:

HAC Artist Reception: The Friends of the Hastings Arts Center, 216 4th Street East, will host a wild horse preservation artist reception on Friday, October 6th, from 6:30-9:00 pm. The event will feature photography by Deb Lee Carson, a talk by Carson at 7:00 pm, and a one-hour viewing of the pilot episode of a docuseries Carson has collaborated on with filmmaker Jamie Baldanza. The artist reception is free and open to the public. Freewill donations to both the Wild Lands Wild Horses Fund and Friends of the Hastings Arts Center are appreciated. Light refreshments will be served.

October 6 Through 8:

Fresh Art Tour: The weekend of October 6-8th, discover the art and artistry of autumn on the Fresh Art Tour! Join the tour for a self-guided journey to the finest studios and galleries in the Lake Pepin and Wisconsin's Chippewa River Valleys. Enjoy breathtaking views as you travel the famous Great River Road and the backroads of western Wisconsin. Discover pottery, sculpture, jewelry, ceramics, photography, textiles and paintings. Find artist information and printable map at

October 7:

Soccer Boosters Meat Raffle: Join the Hastings Girls Soccer Boosters on Saturday October 7th, at the No Name Saloon in Prescott, for a meat raffle to support the organizations. The meat raffle will take place between 3-6pm, and be sure to bring your friends and family! Meat is provided by Ptacek's IGA. In addition to the meat raffle, you will have a chance to win a $250 gift card from Fleet Farm, and an item from Fleet Farm worth $250. For more, follow the Hastings Girls Soccer Boosters on Facebook.

Pool 2 Fall Hog Haul: The Pool 2 Fall Hog Haul and Get Together. at Lions Levee Park is set for Saturday Oct 7th. This will be a fun and friendly catch, photo, release contest followed with a pot luck cook out on the island at Lions Levee Park. The contest will run from 8 AM to 2 PM. The entry fee is $25 per person with an Optional $5 per person for a big fish pot. The contest will be limited to 25 boats. Registration is the morning of the contest. Learn more on the In Depth Outdoors website.

October 7 and 8:

CNC Apple Fest: Be sure to stop out to Carpenter Nature Center for their Apple Fest 2023, on October 7th and 8th! Visit CNC from 10am-5pm both days, to celebrate the harvest with hay rides (weather permitting), live music, live animal programs, children's activities, apple brats, pumpkin decorating, bake sale, cider making demonstrations, pick-your-own apples and more. This FREE event is fun for the whole family and will be held rain or shine! For more, see the Carpenter Nature Center website.

October 8:

Prescott B-Ball Sunday Funday: Coming up on Sunday, October 8th, the Prescott Boys and Girls Basketball Programs will host a "Sunday Funday" Fundraiser at the River Road Orchard, at W12359 570th Avenue, in Prescott, from 11am-4pm. For your $20 admission, the Basketball Teams will be providing Brats and Burgers, a Bean Bag Tournament, Silent Auction, Meat Raffle, Bingo, Food, and drinks. This is a cash only event. For more information, see the River City Stitch website at

Adult Beginner Archery: Everyone 16 and older is invited to an Adult Beginner Archery Session at the Archery Shelter in the Lower Spring Lake Park Reserve on Sunday, October 8th, from 10 AM to 1 PM, or 2 to 5 PM. Learn everything from stance to follow-through, equipment styles and archery safety. Hone your new skills with target practice. Cost is $15 per person. Register online.

October 9:

Comm Ed Self Defense Class: Hey kids, learn about the importance of self-defense. Safety is about the situation, self-awareness, and self-defense. Learn the fundamentals, effective responses to practical situations, and experience hands-on exercises. This class includes discussion on boundaries, saying "no", de-escalation, and the importance of taking care of ourselves. We will learn the most critical elements to keep us safe and practice self-awareness. We will also punch, kick, block, yell, and more. Build a strong foundation for strength and confidence. The class is for kids 8 and older, and will take place at Pinecrest Elementary on Monday, October 9th, from 6-8pm. For more, see the Hastings Community Ed website.

Comm Ed Youth Seed Mosaic Workshop: Every year the Minnesota State Fair showcases seed mosaics created by artists from all over the state. In Hastings Community Education's youth seed mosaic workshop, you will continue this great tradition by creating your own works of seed art. You will learn about the history and techniques of mosaic art and create a design of your own! Once completed, you will share your design with the group and share this Minnesotan art form with your family. The class will be held at the Tilden Community Center on Monday, October 9th, from 6:30-8pm. For more, see the Hastings Community Ed website.

October 10:

HFD Open House: Fire Prevention Week is October 8th-14th, and the Fire Department will host its open house on Tuesday, October 10th, from 7:00pm-9:00pm, at the Fire Station, on 5th and Vermillion Streets, in Hastings. Check out the trucks, and other equipment, see demonstration on how to use a fire extinguisher, and enjoy treats and refreshments with other community members.

Hastings Recycling Class: Recycling can be confusing, even for the most environmentally conscious. Learn more about recycling with the City of Hastings on Tuesday, October 10th, at Hastings City Hall in the Community Room, from 7-8pm. This crash course provides the low-down on where our recycling goes, why it seems like there's so many rules, and why it's worth the work. Learn tips and tricks to recycle right and have your questions answered by an industry professional.

Legion Bingo Returns: The return of BINGO has been delayed until October 10th. The Legion will be utilizing new bingo equipment that still hasn't arrived yet. The Legion is revamping how Bingo will also be run in the future. For more on Bingo, and information about when everything will be up and running, please see the Hastings American Legion on Facebook.

October 14:

Pop-Up Pumpkin Patch: The Grove Methodist Church invites everyone to a "Pop-Up Pumpkin Patch" starting at 2 PM, on Saturday, October 14th. Come to the Grove, at 8600 90th Street South in Cottage Grove for free pumpkins, while they last, family photos, popcorn, games, and much more!

Comm Ed Sugar Skulls: "Seize your moment!" This is your chance to design and sculpt your very own sugar skull inspired by your favorite skeletons from Disney's hit movie, "Coco"! In this Hastings Community Education class, we'll use clay, paint, sequins and more as we create, and listen to your favorite Coco songs. Please pack a nut free snack and drink for your child. The class will be on Saturday, October 14th, from 9am-Noon, at the Tilden Community Center, in room 165.

Comm Ed Cupcakes: Join Hastings Community Education for a fun time decorating fall inspired cupcakes! Participants will use frosting and candies to decorate six adorable cupcakes with a fall inspired theme. A cupcake carrier will be provided to bring the cupcakes home. This class may involve items that include ingredients with nuts, dairy, soy and eggs. This youth class is on Saturday, October 14th, from 1-2:30pm, at the Tilden Community Center, in room 168. For more, see the Hastings Community Ed website.

Comm Ed Fall Fest: Save the date for our annual Fall Fest event at Tilden Community Center. Register to sell your craft and artisan items at our event on Saturday, October 14, 2023. A nonrefundable deposit is required by October 1st to secure your 8x5-foot area. Deposit fees increase $10 after October 1st. Save $5 by registering in person at Tilden and paying with cash or check. Hand-crafted goods and art preferred. Third party vendors considered on a limited basis. Contact Jaci at 651-480-7673 to confirm availability prior to registering.

CNC WI Bird Hike: Coming up on Saturday, October 14th, the Carpenter Nature Center's Wisconsin Campus will host a Bird Hike at 300 East Cove Road, in Hudson. Pre-registration required - Call 651-437-4359. Learn to identify birds with local experts. Binoculars and field guides available or bring your own. Program Fee is $5 per person, or FREE for "Friends of CNC", St. Croix Valley Bird Club and students.

October 16 Through October 31:

Farmington Halloween Havoc Tour: The Farmington Parks and Recreation Department will host their Halloween Havoc Tour of Houses from Oct. 16th through Oct. 31st. This fun tour is for residents to showcase their awesome Halloween displays. Parks and Recreation will publish a list and map of the houses participating in the tour on Oct. 16 so folks can enjoy them at their leisure. The deadline to register a house for the tour is Sunday, Oct. 8. For more information on registration visit and click on the news item for Halloween Havoc Tour. Houses must have their decorations ready for the tour by Oct. 16.

October 19:

Afton Museum Author Series: The Afton Historical Museum invites you to a presentation on the life of Afton resident Margaret Bonga Fahlstrom, who lived from 1797 to 1880. The presentation is by Dr. Mattie Harper DeCarlo, a direct descendant of Margaret's brother, George Bonga. The presentation is scheduled for Thursday October 19th, from 6:00 to 7:30 PM. Email your RSVP by Oct 16 to or by phone at 651-436-3500.

October 20:

Art Of Production Video Shorts: Learn the art of production video shorts for Tiktok, YouTube Shorts, and Instagram Reels, with an online class through Hastings Community Education. Edit the video, add motion graphics, and special effects to your own video short, while practicing storytelling and film production techniques. The online class will take place on Friday, October 20th, from 9am-Noon. For more information, please see the Hastings Community Ed website.

October 21:

Cannon Valley Senior Center Concert: The Whitesidewalls will perform in concert at the Cannon Falls High School on Oct. 21st at 7 PM. This is a fundraiser for the Cannon Valley Senior Center. Come and listen to some great music from the golden age of rock and roll, and benefit this important resource for seniors at the same time. Get your tickets at the Senior center office, any Board member, or on

Halloween Costume Swap: Check out the Dakota County Halloween Costume Swap, on Saturday, October 21st, from noon-2pm, at the Rambling River Banquet Room at 325 Oak Street in Farmington. Bring your gently used and clean Halloween costumes you no longer want and bring home items that are new to you! No item donation is necessary to shop the swap; take or bring as much as you want! Please ensure that any items you bring are in fair condition, clean, and usable. Broken, ripped, or stained items not accepted. Event staff reserve the right to refuse any items. While this event occurs in Farmington, all are welcome to attend!

PHL Fix-It Clinic: Dakota County residents can get help repairing household items, clothes, electronics and more at a Fix-It Clinic. These monthly events help reduce unnecessary trash sent to landfills and empower individuals by teaching troubleshooting and repair skills. Stop by an upcoming Fix-It Clinic on October 21 at Pleasant Hill Library. The event is free, and residents do not need to register to participate. For future dates and more information, visit and search Fix-It Clinics.

October 24:

Crash Course On Organics: Stop by the Hastings City Hall Community Room on Tuesday, October 24th, from 7-8pm, for a crash course on Organics! Organics recycling and composting have become increasingly trendy topics in the past years, but what really are they? Learn more about how composting works, how it benefits our community, and how you can easily do your part in this crash course. No yard, money, or effort required! Attendees will have the chance to win a countertop organics bin.

October 31:

Sober Trick or Treat: Join Rise Up Recovery for a spooktacular night of games, treats, and costumes at Rise Up Recovery's Sober Trick or Treat event on October 31st at 6 PM, at the Rise Up Recovery offices, 507 Vermillion Street, in Hastings. The staff of Rise Up Recovery hope to see you there and look forward to celebrating with you in a fun and healthy way.

Through October 31:

Zywiecís Youth Fall Fun Fest: Aside from all of the spooks and goblins at the Haunting Experience at Zywiec's Landscape and Garden Center, the younger halloweeners will enjoy the "Fall Fun Fest", which is far from scary! Weekends and special dates from September 23rd-Halloween, youngsters can enjoy Free Hayrides, Coloring Station, Haunted House Tours, Pumpkin Painting, Spin Art, Sand Art, and Goat Petting! For more information, including dates and times to stop by, see


November 2:

Rise Up Recovery Living Hope Banquet: Join Rise Up Recovery at 6:30pm on Thursday, November 2, 2023, at Almquist Farm for their 3rd annual banquet, Living Hope. Early bird tickets are on sale now through September 31. Get your tickets before the price goes up. Rise Up is also looking for items for their silent auction, so if you can help, or need more information about the banquet, please see

Mondays Through November 6th:

Coping With Anger: Beginning on Monday, September 18th, and lasting for eight weeks, will be a special seminar on Coping With Anger. Students will be able to learn to manage feelings, and behaviors related to anger. This class gives you the opportunity of share your story through presentations, as you work through the root of your behavior. For more information on the seminar, please see

Wednesdays Through November 15:

Joyful Quilters: Starting at 9AM on Wednesday, September 13th, Joyful Quilters will be starting a 10-week program to make quilts for Lutheran World Relief, at Joy Lutheran Church. No experience necessary if you'd like to help out, even if you can't sew. Stop by on a Wednesday morning for fun and fellowship, even if you can't make it to all of them. See the Joy Lutheran Church website for more.

Through November 15:

Thursday ASL 1 Class: American Sign Language 1 is designed to give students basic skills for signed communication. It will include basic sign vocabulary comprehension, learning the manual alphabet along with finger spelling and numbers. Students will learn how to sign expressively and receptively. Gaining knowledge of Deaf culture is an integral part of meaningful language use. The class is on Wednesdays, from September 20th, through November 15th, from 6-7pm, at Tilden Community Center, in room 108.

November 18:

Hastings Wrestling Meat Raffle: The Hastings Wrestling Club will be hosting a fundraiser Meat Raffle at the No Name Saloon in Prescott, on Saturday, November 18th at 3:00pm. Come purchase some numbers, and hope your number is called, to take home some meat to fill your freezer! For more information, see

Through November 20:

Comm Ed Adult Spanish Class: Over 10 weeks, Hastings Community Education can get adults to begin to speak spanish! Learn to correctly pronounce what you read in Spanish. Other topics of class include introductions, basic personal questions, foods, directions, and whatever vocabulary the class is eager to learn. The class is held every Wednesday, from September 18th-November 20th, from 6-7pm at Tilden Community Center. For more information, see the Hastings Community Education website.

Through November 30:

Dakota Parks Prescribed Burns: Throughout the Fall Season, donít be alarmed if you see smoke at one of our local parks! Prescribed burns are coming up! The burns will be at Lebanon Hills Regional Park, Spring Lake Park Reserve, Miesville Ravine Park Reserve and Whitetail Woods Regional Park between now and late November - as conditions allow. The time and date are determined about a day in advance because successful burns are weather-dependent. For more, see the Dakota County Parks website.


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

Come to Lake Byllesby: Lake Byllesby in southern Dakota County, between Cannon Falls and Randolph has many new amenities, many if not all are FREE at Lake Byllesby Park! Throughout the summer, families can enjoy a new splash pad that was built in 2021, that has been popular already this year. Other Lake Byllesby Regional Park upgrades include an expanded campground, a new traditional playground and a nature play area, along with of course, the swimming beach.

PSD 4K and Kindergarten Registration: 4K and Kindergarten registration is now underway in the Prescott School District. If you are a parent that still needs to get their little Cardinals signed up, or just want more information on the programs, you can call the Prescott School District at 715-262-5463. You can also find the Prescott School District on Facebook.

St. Paul Park Commission Openings: The City of St. Paul Park is currently seeking residents to volunteer to become involved in their community and serve on a Commission. There are several vacancies to fill on the city commissions. If you are interested in serving on a commission, please visit the City website or stop by City Hall for more information and to apply.

Girl Scout CRAYONS Collection: This summer, the St. Paul Park Girl Scout Troop 58028 is collecting used CRAYONS. There is a collection box in the City Hall lobby. Feel free to stop in and add a few to the collection. The CRAYON Initiative melts down the CRAYONS that are donated to make special three-sided CRAYONS which do not roll off the hospital trays. The initiative also sends the CRAYONS all over the United States. Contact Ashley Harvey the Girl Scout Troop Leader: for more info.

Hastings Job Openings: Join our team. We are seeking to fill the following roles: Building Official - closes 7/19, Firefighter/Paramedic - closes 7/31, Police Officer - no closing date, Police Reservist - volunteer role Visit the City of Hastings website for detailed job descriptions, recruitment profiles, salary information and application processes.

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

Hastings 35+ Baseball Team Name Game: The new Hastings 35+ Baseball Team set to open their inaugural season in 2024 is looking for the community's help over the Labor Day Holiday Weekend! Take a few minutes to explore the Team's new Facebook Page at "Hastings 35+ Baseball", like the page, and vote for one of four team names for the squad, that will then be announced on Tuesday, September 5th! Finalists for the Team Name include: Hornets, Hurricanes, Silver Stingers, and Hippos. KDWA Radio will have more on the team as news breaks throughout the off-season.


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

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


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


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

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

Joy Lutheran Wednesday Evening Service: Starting Wednesday, September 13, Joy Lutheran Church will be offering another opportunity for worship each week - Wednesdays at 6:30 pm. Come for supper between 5:15 and 6:30, stay for worship at 6:30. Confirmation students will join the worship at 6:30 as the first part of their evening and then go to their small groups from 7:15 to 8:00. There will also be a small group for adults and activities for younger kids too. This will be a full worship service, with contemporary music, message, communion, prayers. Join us if you can't make it on Sundays or even if you can. Talk to Pastor Tim or Christy for more info or if you would like to help with music and the service.

1st and 3rd Wednesday:

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


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

Thursdays Through October 12:

CGUCC Farmers Market: The CGUCC Farmers Market in Old Cottage Grove will be held every Thursday beginning June 22 and continuing through October 12th from 2:30pm-6:30pm. The Market will be located at 7008 Lamar Ave. S., Cottage Grove, in the Cottage Grove United Church of Christ parking lot, across from the Lamar Ball Fields. Follow us on Facebook at Cottage Grove United Church of Christ Farmers' Market.


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

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

H.O.P.E Group: Rise Up Recovery and Hope for the Brave are teaming up to provide support and encouragement for women trying to break out of a cycle of domestic violence. A H.O.P.E (Healing Others through Peace and Empowerment) Group will begin meeting at Rise Up Recovery, 507 Vermillion Street in Hastings at 6 PM on Fridays, starting on September 15th. If you have questions or are interested in joining the group, please email Amber Davies of Rise Up Recovery at or Jennifer Flaherty of Hope For The Brave, at


Hastings Hawks Volunteer Opportunities: The Hastings Hawks Amateur Baseball Team, along with HYAA is still looking for volunteers to help out with daily/nightly tasks around the Vets Park Baseball Field. If you can help with the following, the Hawks, and Hastings Baseball would love to chat with you: Concessions, Announcing, Scoreboard Duty, and even grounds crew operations. If you have time, and love baseball, especially Hastings baseball, contact Hastings Hawks President Bruce Karnick at


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