Winter-themed activities abound hereWinter-themed activities can be found across Hastings this week. Here are some of the highlights.
Moonlight snowshoe hike set at Carpenter
On Friday, Jan. 14 from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m., enjoy a winter night under the moonlight with a relaxing snowshoe hike at Carpenter Nature Center. Afterward, warm up by the fire and enjoy some fresh popcorn and hot apple cider. Snowshoes are provided or you can bring your own. Dress appropriately for the weather. Recommended for ages 10 and up. This popular program fills up quickly so call 651-437-4359 to make a reservation. Program fee is $8 per person or $5 for “Friends of CNC.”
Candlelight trails set for Jan. 22
Bring your cross country skis and join in for an evening on the trails. On Saturday, Jan. 22, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., ski the 3.5 miles of candlelit trails, enjoy a conversation around the campfire, and warm up by the fireplace inside the Schaar’s Bluff Gathering Center at Spring Lake Park Reserve in Hastings. The event is open to all ages.
Hot drinks and popcorn will be available for purchase. Participants need to bring their own skis.
To register, visit www.dakotacounty.us and search candlelight ski. The cost is $8 per person if registered on or before Jan. 20 or $10 per person at the door. Children ages 5 and under are free. For more information, visit the website or call 952-891-7000.
Evening of frosty family fun
There will be an evening of frosty family fun on Thursday, Jan. 13, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Pioneer Park (16th and Pine streets) at the city’s annual Frosty Frolic. There will be outdoor ice skating, outdoor games, a bonfire, hot chocolate, popcorn, winter crafts, and more. Contact Darbie at 651-480-6179 or djohnson@ci. hastings.mn.us with any questions.
Sled dogs at the library
Children of all ages are invited to the Pleasant Hill Library on Friday, Jan. 14, to meet a Siberian Husky sled dog team. The event begins at 10:30 a.m.
This fun and interesting presentation will enable children to learn more about sled dog racing, the equipment needed for the mushers, as well as dog and winter safety.
Dress warm as the event will be held outdoors where the dogs will remain comfortable.
There is no charge for the event and no registration is required. For more information, call the library at 651-438-0200.