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Bulletin Board...October 25, 2007

For a second year, the Harvest Haunting event will happen at the LeDuc Historic Estate, from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 27. There will be a candlelight tour of the cellar, a reading from Poe, the showing of a scary DVD that was produced in the house by Hastings' natives Kristin Drummond and Justin Schaack, a discussion of spiritualism, treats, goodie bags for the children and ghosts.

In addition, there will be fresh apple cider, which will be made on site in a vintage apple press. Visitors will have the opportunity to help make the cider if they choose.

The library theater will be open and guests can view the video of the life and times of the LeDucs. Guests are invited to come in costume, and someone will be available to take photos for a small fee.

Families are invited to attend, but reservations must be made in advance by calling 437-7055. Admission is $5 per person; children younger than 5 are admitted free.

Girl scouts

Girls collect

for food shelf

The Hastings Girl Scouts will be conducting their Annual Food?Drive in support of Hastings Family Service the morning of Saturday Oct. 27. The girls have been gathering food for the food shelf for more than 10 years.

Bags will be distributed the week of Oct. 22; troop will be assigned to deliver to neighborhoods. A flyer with the bags will have a list of foods needed and instruction about how and where to leave the bags. If you don't find a bag at your house and want to donate, the Girls Scouts will be happy to bring you one; call Deb Buckingham at (952) 297-5839.

The troop collecting the most (by weight) will be listed on a plaque at Hastings Family Service. There will also be a pizza party for the winning troop.

For more information, contact Lori Parizek at 437-3201.

City of Hastings

Parks Dept. has

five-on-five b'ball

Hastings Parks and Recreation now offers men's five-on-five officiated basketball leagues on Tuesday nights. Teams will play 10 regular season games and will be invited to play in a single elimination post-season tournament.

All games will be played at Hastings Middle School. Registration starts Oct. 1 and ends Oct. 29 or when the league becomes full. Contact Jared Flewellen at 480-6181 for more registration information.

Are you new in the area? Interested in meeting new people? Want to be involved in more activities but just can't find enough people for a team? Hastings Parks and Recreation offers the opportunity to register for organized sports and other activities as individuals.

Contact Jared Flewellen at 480-6181 for more registration information.


Youth First, YMCA Halloween

The Youth First Halloween Party and the YMCA Halloween party are combined this year, with more activities, and more prizes for all.

From 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 26 in the cafeteria at the Hastings Middle School, families can enjoy Halloween activities.

A feature of the this year's party will be "Trick or Treat Street" for the younger kids, a "neighborhood" where young children will knock on "doors" and practice their trick-or-treat skills and safety.

There will be pumpkin bowling and more, lots of food and candy.

The committee is looking for help (volunteers) and donations from the community -- gift cards, toys. There'll be prizes for the whole family.

To donate or to volunteer, call Jake at the YMCA, 480-997, or Ann at Youth First, 480-6175. Prizes can be dropped off at the YMCA or at the Youth First office, which is now in the Hastings Parks and Rec building at 920 West 10th St.

Grief Coalition


is the Oct. 25 topic

The topic, "Roadblocks" will be discussed when the Hastings Area Grief Coalition meets at 6 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 25, at the Hastings Area Senior Center, 213 Ramsey St. Donna Mathiowetz will be the presenter.

All grief group meetings are open to the public.


MOMS club

will meet Oct. 25

The MOMS Club of Hastings West will meet at 9:30 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 25. For more information, call Amy at 437-7186.

Great River road

Honey bees,

other programs

At a recent event, River Road Honey shared tips for raising honey bees, and how to extract honey from the hive.

From 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 27, expert bird watching guides Dennis Donath and Bob Garber will lead a field trip to area birding stops, featuring a stop at "Wings over Alma." Lunch will be on your own at Alma, Wis. To register, call (715) 262-5484.

From 10 a.m. to 11:15 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 30, it'll be pumpkin and apple time. Children ages 2 to 5 will explore the inside of a pumpkin, look at different colored apples and taste them to see which color apple tastes best. Then everyone will go on a pumpkin hunt. This class is $6 for each child/adult pair, with $4 for each additional child.

The Great River Road Learning Center is located in Freedom Park, just south of Prescott on Highway 35.

Rivertown lions

Breakfast fundraiser Oct. 27

The Rivertown Lions Club of Hastings will hold a pancake breakfast fundraiser from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 27 at Applebee's Neighborhood Grill and Bar, 2000 Vermillion St.

The menu includes pancakes, sausages, scrambled eggs, orange juice and coffee.

The proceeds from the breakfast are returned to the community though organizations including Hastings Family Service, Pleasant Hill Library, Community Action Council's Lewis House, Augustana Health Care Center Activity Department and Hastings Police Department bike safety.

Tickets are $5 each and are available from Lions' members, by calling 437-2783. Tickets are also available at the door.

Spring Lake Park


of the night

Get ready for spooky fun. Enjoy a guided night hike, games and activities. This program for ages 3 and older will be from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 26, at the Camp Spring Lake Retreat Center. The fee is $8 for adults, $4 for youth. Register online at

Flint Hills Resources

Advisory council

looks for members

Four members are needed to fill positions on the Community Advisory Council to Flint Hills Resources' Pine Bend Refinery. The members must be residents of Apple Valley, Rosemount or Hastings.

Current Council initiatives revolve around three topics and committees including environment, safety and community outreach. Additional initiatives and Council meeting topics are addressed when identified by Council members.

Applicants must complete an application and return it postmarked no later than Thursday, Nov. 2. For more information or to apply online, go to the Council Web site at

Applicants may also call (651) 429-8391.

Community Education

Want to play

piano instantly?

A community education class from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 1, in room 141 at Hastings High School, is called "Instant Piano for Hopelessly Busy People," part of a 17-year national program.

Participants should know the treble clef and have the most basic of keyboard orientation.

The class is $25 with a $27.69 material fee. For more information or to register, call 438-0880.

Carpenter Nature

Learn nature

of Halloween

Why do pumpkins scare away evil spirits? What lies across the street in the open prairie? Follow storyteller Roy Edward Power as he takes you through the grounds of the nature center looking for Halloween from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 27.

The program fee is $5 ($3 for members). Call 437-4359 to register.

Carpenter Nature


and Camouflage

Carpenter's preschool story time 10 a.m. to 11 a.m., Wednesday, Oct. 31, will be about costumes and camouflage. There will be stories, an art or craft project, an exploration of the outdoors and perhaps, live animals.

Costumes are encouraged.

The fee is $5 ($3 for members). Call 437-4359 to register.

Homeward bound


Art classes offered

Homeward Bound Theatre Company will offer performing arts classes Saturdays, Nov. 3 through Nov. 17, at Hastings High School.

From 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m., participants in kindergarten through third grade can be part of "Treasure Box Surprise," which will lead to an adventure in acting. Children will make discoveries through dramatic play, mime, movement and more.

From 10:45 a.m. to 12:45 p.m., participants in fourth through sixth grade will learn theater skills in technique, projection, staging, characterization and role-playing in a program called "Young Actors Clinic."

For more information, call Community Education at 438-0880.


Get green,

join 4-H Club

4-H is a great opportunity for all school age kids. There is no limit to learning and fun. You can be involved in...

• Photography

• Fine arts and crafts

• Animal science

• Rockets and robotics

• Gardening

This is just a small sample of all the things you can do in 4-H programs.

For more information, call the U of M Extension Office at 480-7788.

Pleasant Hill Library

'Clicks, Claps

and Klunks' here

Unlock the musical possibilities of all the things around us. Percussion instruments are the oldest of all musical instruments. This trio features the creativity of today's' composers using simple or found instruments. The whole family will enjoy the wide variety of musical possibilities that exist in the everyday world in this program at 1:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 10, at the library.

Dakota co. technical

Tricks and treats happen on Oct. 25

Mark your calendars to attend the annual Halloween party from 1:30 p.m. to 3 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 25, in the Pleasant Hill Library community room. Early childhood education students from Dakota County Technical College are hosting the party. The college students will present a special program to the group at 2 p.m. This event is geared for children up to age 6.

The afternoon will include a selection of not-so-scary games and songs for children. There will also be stations set up for tattoos, snacks, and seasonal crafts.

Children are encouraged to wear a costume.

The event is free and no registration is required.

For more information, call the library at 438-0200.

Pleasant Hill Library

Spooky Halloween

story time is Oct. 31

Children ages 2 to 6 years are invited to start their Halloween reveling a bit early at the library with a special Spooky, Scary Halloween Story Time at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 31.

The children's librarian will entertain the children with a selection of favorite Halloween stories, songs and rhymes. After story time, children can create a Halloween craft. Children are encouraged to wear their costumes.

The program is free, and no registration is required. Call 438-0200 for more information.

Regina auxiliary

Garage sale

part of bazaar

As part of the Fall Bazaar, the Regina Medical Center Auxiliary will hold a garage sale from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 28, in the Chapel lobby area of the medical center, 1175 Nininger Road. The sale will continue on Monday, Oct. 29, with a bag sale from 9 a.m. to noon.

The community is invited to donate items for the sale. Items may be dropped off at Regina Retirement Center from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. beginning Oct. 22. For information about donations, call Mary Meuwissen at 437-6313, Char Kasel at 437-4828 or Carol Oertel at 437-5585.


Swimming, other

programs starting

Now is a great time to join the Hastings Area YMCA. The next session of Swim Academy swim lessons, youth sports (basketball) and youth enrichment programs begin Oct. 29. All members enjoy free group fitness classes, free drop-in childcare while you work out and a free fitness consultation to get you started on the right track. No joiner's fee until Oct. 31.

The Hastings High School Marching Band has just completed a season of competition in which they won many top awards. At a competition in Irondale, they won best in woodwind section, percussion section, color guard and drum major.

At 4 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 28, the community will have the opportunity to hear the sounds of the award-winning band from the comfort and warmth of the auditorium.

Tickets are $4 and can be purchased at the door.

A collection will be taken for new uniforms.

Hastings High School

Band breakfast

scheduled Nov. 10

The Hastings High School Marching Band will be holding an all-you-can-eat pancake and sausage breakfast to raise funds to buy new uniforms. The breakfast will be at Green Mill Restaurant from 7:30 a.m. to 10 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 10. The band members and parents will be serving and working at the breakfast.

Tickets are $6. All band members have them, they will be available at the door, or they can be purchased through director Emily Chandler by contacting her at or 437-3098.

Diabetes Support Group

Focus Nov. 6

is healthy eating

The Diabetes Support Group meets at 7 p.m. the first Tuesday of every month. The November meeting will be in Regina Medical Center's Conference Center A. The topic will be "Healthy Eating: What's what about fat, and I take blood thinning medication -- what can I eat?" presented by Amy Corum, RD, from Regina.

The support group is for diabetics and family members.

For more information, contact Support Group Coordinator Sheryl Aschenbrenner, Regina Medical Center, at 480-4100, or Health Educator Sharon Mathews, Allina Medical Center, at 438-1815.

Allina Medical Center

Blood sugar

testing offered free

Allina Medical Center is offering free blood sugar testing from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. thursday, Nov. 8, and Saturday, Nov. 10 in support of National Diabetes Month.

No appointment is necessary.

Fastings after midnight is preferred, but the test can still be done if you've eaten. Fasting means no food or beverage for eight to 10 hours, no alcohol for 48 hours prior to testings. You may drink water, take medication and brush your teeth.

For more information, call Health Educator Sharon Mathews, Allina Medical Center, at 438-1815.

Dakota County

Farmers hold

annual convention

The Dakota County Farmers Union Convention will be at 1:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 27, at the Pleasant Hill Library. Refreshments will be served at 1 p.m.

The guest speaker will be Doug Peterson, Minnesota Farm Union President. There will be a lively discussion about the Farm Program.

For more information call Brian Rohrenbach, Dakota Co. Farmers Union president, (612) 554-9733.

Great River Road

Group will look

for tundra swans

Formerly known as whistling swans, tundra swans are regular fall migrants through Hastings as they travel from arctic nesting grounds to the east coast in and around the Chesapeake Bay area where they spend the winter months.

During the brief fall migration period, thousands of swans fly over Hastings in "V" formations day and night. Although their formations may be more than 1,000 feet above us, the birds can usually be seen and their plaintive calls distinctly heard.

The swans are quite impressive when seen at close range. An adult male weighs about 20 pounds and with a wingspan of seven feet, is one of the largest migrants seen on the Mississippi flyway. The birds stop off to rest and feed at several locations along the upper Mississippi River Valley and can be observed until the backwaters freeze over.

On Oct. 27, the Great River Road Learning Center in Prescott is sponsoring a swan-watching field trip to Alma, Wis. Local birders Dennis Donath and Bob Garber will lead the trip. Call (715) 262-0104 for more information and to register for the trip.

Pleasant Hill Library

Adoption meeting

scheduled Nov. 13

Children's Hope International, a non-profit adoption and humanitarian aid agency, invites the public to an information meeting on international adoption from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 13, at Pleasant Hill Library.

Learn more about adopting from china, Vietnam, Russia, Colombia, Kazakhstan and Ethiopia.

The meeting is free. Form more information, contact Brenda at 438-9794 or e-mail, franklin, For more information on international adoptions, go to

United Way of Hastings

Breakfast supports

literacy projects

If You Give a Pig a Pancake ... Breakfast" to support Imagination Library and other literacy projects in Hastings will be from 7:30 a.m. to 10 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 27, at the Green Mill Restaurant. Tickets for those 4 and older are $6; children 3 and under eat free.

Eat a pancake breakfast and listen to special guests read "If You Give a Pig a Pancake" by Laura Numeroff. A special someone (the pig) will visit.

The breakfast is presented by United Way of Hastings in partnership with Hastings Early Childhood Family Education, Green Mill Restaurant and Hastings Kiwanis.

Hastings High school

School honors vets, hosts Gov. Pawlenty

All veterans and current military personnel, their families, HHS parents and community members are invited to attend the Veterans Day celebration at 9:30 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 8. The hour-long program will include a presentation of the colors by representatives of each branch of the military, the national anthem, the Pledge of Allegiance, the Armed Forces Medley, a testimonial to liberty, and a Veterans Day address. Gov. Tim Pawlenty will give this year's address. The celebration will conclude with the singing of "God Bless America."

The HHS band, choirs and orchestra will perform the music.

Hastings High School was one of the first high schools to organize a community-wide celebration to recognize veterans and continues the tradition once every four years.

The community of Hastings has a strong tradition of military families and support from the community, and is one of five cities in the state of Minnesota to host a Minnesota Veterans Home.

Past speakers have included Brigadier General Timothy M. Kennedy, Assistant Adjutant General and Major General Eugene R. Andreotti, the Adjutant General for the state of Minnesota.

United Methodist

Parenting topic

is children's anger

A "Parenting is Heartwork" Seminar will be held from 4:45 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 4, at the United Methodist Church, 615 West 15th St.

Call 437-4398 for more information.