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Bulletin Board, July 2, 2009

The Community Education PITS program for children offers good values - both education-wise and cost-wise.

Aside from Monday "Edventures and Friday field trips, the daily PITS program is free.

PITS is a program for children ages K-eighth-grade in various parks around the community. It's an opportunity for children to play with other children, learn and do, with adult supervision - free.

The program runs daily from 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. - Tuesdays at Wallin Park, Wednesdays at Roadside Park and Thursdays at John F. Kennedy Elementary School playground.

On Fridays, there will be PITS field trips for kids who have completed grades K-5 and ATOMS trips for those who have completed Grades 4-8. A fee will be charged for the field trips, just enough to cover admission and bussing. There will be a number of field trip "bundles" to keep the cost as low as possible.

Monday "Edventures" are low-cost ($5) mini field trips, designed to help save families money. The mini field trips will be held at various school playgrounds, mostly at JFK.

The mini field trips include a few such as "Mad Science: worms and minerals," a trip to Carpenter Nature Center, and a "Rock Concert for Kids."

The daily program is just as exciting. Participants can learn about puppets, tie dye a shirt, tour the fire station , have popsicles and play "Capture the Flag," and more.

For a complete schedule, call 480-7670 or check the website at

There is no reason for a child to say, "There's nothing to do," not with the volunteers of PITS ready to facilitate summer fun.

Dakota County

Learn from the Master Gardeners

Learn to grow and cultivate vegetables in a small-space garden each Saturday morning from 10 a.m. - 11 a.m. now through September 12, at the Dakota County Master Gardener Research and Display Gardens in UMore Park, 1605 West 160th Street in Rosemount.

"Plan, Plant, and Grow" classes are designed for new gardeners who would like to learn about the steps necessary to keep a successful vegetable garden, from choosing the site to properly cultivating the harvest. Each week will focus on a different aspect of vegetable gardening, with topics including water and nutrient requirements, composting, companion planting, seed collecting, fall planting, and more.

Classes will be taught by Dakota County Master Gardeners and University of Minnesota Extension Educators. Gardeners are invited to attend as many or as few classes as they wish, and there is no cost to attend.

Visit the new Dakota County Master Gardener blog at mgweb/dakota for the complete class schedule and continual updates on the progress of this and other Master Gardener projects at UMore.

Additional information is available from John Zweber at


HHS class of 1969 will meet

Plans are under way for the 40th anniversary year of the Hastings High School class of 1969. The reunion for the class will be Aug. 15 at the Emerald Greens Golf Course. The event will include social time, a program, dinner, music and a golf event.

Invitations have been sent. If you have not received an invitation or know of a classmate that has not received one, call Geno Halberg at 437-7878.

Carpenter Nature


Camp adventures are scheduled

The summer camps at Carpenter offer unique experiences for children to laugh, play and learn in nature.

Professional staff will guide children through interactive, age appropriate inspiring activities including games, crafts, nature hikes and more.

Fishing fun, a half-day adventure is for children ages 4 through 11 years. It's scheduled July 29 and Aug. 11.

Free flyers full-day camp is for children ages 8 through 11 years old. The camp, July 20 through July 24, is a time for these kids to spread their wings. There will be beach time, a canoe adventure and a camp-out. There will be a family picnic the last day.

Fledglings half-day camp is for children ages 6 through 8. The camp, Aug. 3 through Aug. 7 will be a time to examine trails and wildlife at CNC. There will also be crafts, games and more, with a family picnic the last day.

For more information or to request a registration form, call 437-4359. Registration forms can also be downloaded from the website,


Library offers adult computer classes

Free computer classes for beginners will be offered at Pleasant Hill Library. Call 438-0200 or register online at The class is limited to 10.

Classes offered by the library in the upcoming months are:

• Thursday, July 23, 2:30 p.m. to 4 p.m.: Internet Practice. Registration begins July 9;

• Wednesday, Aug. 5, 2:30 p.m. to 4 p.m.: Library Secrets Revealed; and

• Wednesday, Aug. 19, 2:30 p.m. to 4 p.m.: Legal Resources.

For more information on any of the computer classes offered by the Pleasant Hill Library, call the library at 438-0200.

Dakota County

Let's go fly a kite

Form noon to 6 p.m. Sun, July 5, kites will be flying at Schaar's Bluff, Spring Lake Park Reserve.

Bring your kites and join the Kite Doctor and the Solid Kite Flying Club as they show and teach the art of kite flying. Club members will assist novice kite flyers with tips on building, repairing and flying kites. All ages are welcome. Adults must accompany youth. The event is free, and no registration is required.

Grief Coalition


is topic

"Remembering, Writing and Singing" will be the topic when the Hastings Area Grief Coalition meets from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, July 2, at the Hastings Area Senior Center, 213 Ramsey St.

Linde Murwin will present the topic, and she will explain what she did to remember the good times after experiencing the effects of alcohol addiction. The process is still helping her work through grief. Her husband, Ed, died Oct. 28, 2006.

She and her husband started singing together in the 1970s and they became full-time road musicians during the 1980's.

All Grief Coalition meetings are open to the community.

Carpenter Nature


St. Croix Golf Tourney is July 20

Do you enjoy getting out on the links? Why not get some green time in Monday, July 20, and support Carpenter Nature Center in the process?

There will be an 18-hole Best Ball Scramble at the St. Croix Golf Tournament supporting Carpenter Nature Center. The cost is $75 per person or $300 per foursome and includes greens fees, carts, a meal, prizes and a $25 per person tax-deductible donation to CNC.

Check-in is at noon with a 1 p.m. shotgun start. Golfers are needed, as well as sponsors and volunteers.

For more information, contact Jim at 437-4359 or


Auxiliary meets

July 7

The Hastings Veterans of Foreign Wars Auxiliary will meet at 7 p.m. Tuesday, July 7, at the VFW clubrooms, 320 E. Second St.


Alumni enjoy

buffet July 1

Former Smead Manufacturing Co. employees, spouses and guests will meet at 10 a.m. Wednesday, July 1, at Treasure Island Casino Tradewind buffet.

Blood drive

scheduled July 20

In conjunction with the American Red Cross, Power Within Chiropractic, 1355 S. Frontage Road, is hosting a blood drive from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday, July 20.

For an appointment, call the office at 437-6778 or sign up at

All donors will receive a free tube of BioFreeze.


Crime Free housing class scheduled

Hastings Police Department is holding a Crime-free multi-housing class for landlords and property owners from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Monday and Tuesday, July 13 and 14, at the police station, 150 E. Third St.

The cost is $20 per person, which includes materials and snacks.

For further information, or to register, contact Officer Lilly Murr at 480-2300.


'Grievers have rights' is topic

The topic will be "Grievers Have Rights" when the Hastings Area Grief Coalition meets from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, July 9, at the Hastings Area Senior Center, 213 Ramsey St. Richard Close, a licensed social worker/clinic counselor, will present the topic. He is a regular speaker for the grief group, bringing insight into the grieving process and how grieving people can move forward in their recovery.

All Grief Coalition meetings are open to the community.

pleasant hill library

'Wear Your Heart

on Your Sleeve'

Budding artists are invited to the Pleasant Hill Library Friday, July 10, for another day of art, art and more art.

Starting at 10 a.m. and continuing throughout the day until 4:30 p.m., the library will host another popular session of Art Attack. The theme for this month's Art Attack is "Wearable Art." Children and caregivers may come to the library anytime during the day to use their creativity to make handmade crafts. Children will have the opportunity to make jewelry, head pieces, masks and more.

The library will provide all the materials and a few ideas.

There is no charge for the event, and no registration is required. For more information, call the library at 438-0200.

Calvary Christian

Job loss group meets during the day

A new job loss support group will begin meeting Thursdays starting July 9.

The group will meet from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at Calvary Christian Church, corner of 15th and Pine streets.

These weekly sessions will provide a place for both practical and personal help, along with encouragement. Wes Lund, LPC, will facilitate the sessions, and coffee will be provided.

There is no charge, and church affiliation is not required.

For more information, call Wes Lund at 612-432-5698 or Pastor Randy Berg at 437-5950.

Pleasant Hill Library

Mask and puppet art is the focus

Discover the joy of mask-making and puppet art the library at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, July 8. Children will use construction paper, feathers and an assortment of art supplies to make masks and puppets.

There is no charge for the event, but registration is required. Call 438-0200, stop by the library or go to the website, /library.

Calling all royalty. The Pleasant Hill Library will host a special presentation of the Royal Guard at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, July 7. Guests will enjoy a group of characters filled with history and heritage.

The event is geared for children 6 to 12 years old. There is no charge for the event, but attendance is limited. Children and their parents will be issued tickets for admittance to the program the morning of the event.

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


Family Fun Run

will be July 18

Register now for the Hastings Family Fun Run Saturday, July 18. The 8K run and the 2K Fun Run will start and end at the YMCA.

Register before July 1 and get a lower registration fee. For more information, call 480-8887. To download a registration form, go to


Kids craft fair

will be July 20

Children to age 18 are invited to register now to be a part of the group of "artists" who will display and sell their crafts at the annual Pleasant Hill Library Craft Crawl from 10:30 a.m. to noon Monday, July 20.

In previous craft fairs, children have created a wide range of projects, including jewelry, bookmarks, pencil holders and other handmade items. Children should call the library and register their name, as well as the description of the craft that will be sold. All items should be priced less than $2. No food, drink, or games of chance will be sold.

Sellers will need to supply their own tables and any signage regarding the items for sale.

There is no charge to sell at the fair. For more information, call the library at 438-0200.


Book group

meets July 2

The July meeting of the LeDuc Book group will be at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, July 2, at the LeDuc house, 15th and Vermillion streets. The group will discuss "Ironclad Alibi," by Michael Kilian. The book is about a mystery that occurs during the Civil War.

The Aug. 6 selection is, "Montana 1948," by Larry Watson. The book is about a small-town sheriff, but not the Andy of Mayberry type.

Copies of the books are available for checkout at the library. For more information, call the library at 438-0200.


Youth night

will be July 10

The next YMCA Youth Night is from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Friday, July 10, and is for youth in grades three through five. Come to the Y for music, dancing, games, food, open swim and more.

The fee is $5 ($3 for members). For more information, call 480-8887.



There will be 'bugs by the bunch'

Meet some amazing insects and critters that eat bugs at a preschool story time from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. July 17.

Preschool story times are designed to introduce young children, ages 2 through 5 (with a parent or guardian) to nature through stories, an art or craft project, an exploration of the outdoors, and observations of live animals.

The program fee is $5 ($3 for members). There is no charge for an accompanying adult. To register, call 437-4359.


Pickle contest

coming up

There will be a homemade pickle contest in conjunction with the LeDuc Aug. 22 event called "Farm, Food and Fun Fair: Reconnecting with Agricultural Roots in Dakota County 1858-2009."

Attendees at the free event will learn about William LeDuc's contribution to agriculture. There will be demonstrations of traditional woodworking, harvesting, and food preservation. Participants can also try their hands at old-fashioned farm tasks. There will be farm animals on the grounds.

Make plans now for which of your favorite pickles you'll enter in the competition. The deadline for entry is Aug. 20. For competition rules, call the LeDuc at 437-7055 or check the website

Girl Scouts

Girl Scouts day

camp scheduled

Want to do something fun and exciting, and meet new friends?

The Girl Scouts Day Camp, "Journey Through Girl Scouts," will be held Aug. 10 through 14.

Participants will take a journey through Girl Scouts and learn about Girl Scouts, not only in America, but in many countries.

Traditional camp activities will also be held.

For more information, visit


Lap swim offered


Lap swim will be offered at the Hastings Family Aquatic Center through Aug. 29.

On Mondays, Wednesday and Fridays, lap swim is offered from 5 a.m. to 6 a.m.

On Tuesdays and Thursdays, lap swim if offered from 5 a.m. to 7:30 a.m.

Lap swim is offered on Saturdays from 7 a.m. to 11 a.m.

One lane will also be open from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. on the following dates: July 2, 14, 16, 21, 23, 28, and 30; and Aug. 4 and 6. Cost is $6.50, a season pass, or a punch card admission.

For other Aquatic Center activities, including "Water Walking" and "Water Aerobics," go to or call 480-2392.


Al-Anon meets

Hastings Al-Anon meets at 10 a.m. Fridays at 207 E. Third St., Hastings. The meetings are open to the community.


Class celebrates

25th anniversary

Plan are under way for the HHS class of 1984 celebration. The event will be held Aug. 22.

For more information, contact Elaine Chilson-Klimek at

Pleasant Hill Library

Teens have summer activities

Teens, time to shake up your summer routine. Two activities are on the "Express Yourself" teen program schedule.

From 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday, July 7, teens will have a chance to have their own American Idol contest with a session of Guitar Hero. Refreshments and snacks will be provided. Teens may come and go as they wish.

From 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, July 11, teens will have the opportunity to meet with an experienced henna tattoo artist who will demonstrate how to make fashionable henna tattoos that will last a few weeks. Teens may make their own tattoo or choose to tattoo a friend. All supplies will be provided.

There is no charge for either event, and no registration is required.

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

Prairie Island

Wacipi celebration will be July 10-12

The Prairie Island Indian Community will be hosting its annual summer wacipi celebration at Prairie Island July 10 through 12. There will music, dance competition, food, and an opportunity to learn about the culture of the Dakota people.

For more information, go to or call the Prairie Island pow wow hotline at 800-554-5473, ext. 4024.

Great river road

July programs focus on natural history

8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday July 8, there will be an adult field trip to Fort Snelling, the Sibley House and other historic sites in Mendota. There will be an opportunity for teachers to learn from Minnesota Historical Society staff how to incorporate a visit to these sites in curriculum.

The $50 fee includes transportation and admission to the historic sites. Lunch is extra.

To reserve a spot, call 715-262-0104.

From 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Thursday, July 9, the program is "Way Cool," science and natural history for home educators. Play in the water with pond studies, and find out about the world of water critters with home educator and naturalist Andi Christensen. The fee is $10 for the first child in a family, and $5 for additional children; adults are free.

Call the center at 715-262-0104 to register.

From 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday, July 9, there will be another field trip for adults. On this field trip, participants will spend the day at Kinnikinnic State Park, exploring the prairie restorations and utilize activities from "project Bluestem - a Curriculum on the Prairies and Savannahs," developed by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Each participant will leave with at least three new lessons for the classroom.

In the afternoon, participants will spend time exploring the "Kinni," a nationally famous trout stream.

Prepare to wade in and learn about the creatures that live in and along the river. Dress for the outdoors, and bring insect repellent and sunscreen.

Cost of the trip is $50 and includes transportation and admission fee to the park. Lunch is extra.

To register, call the center at 715-262-0104.

From 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. Saturday, July 11, Judith Sparrow will share tips and techniques on how to get a variety of birds coming to your yard. Learn how to identify the birds at your feeders and fluttering through your yard and trees.

From 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday, July 13, adults will travel to some St. Croix treasures. The field exploration will take participants to Wisconsin Interstate park where they'll see the famous glacial potholes. A Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources naturalist will lead a hike on the Pothole trail, and interpret the immense power of the glacial melt waters that created these intriguing and rare glacial formations. participants will travel to the National Park Service headquarters in the afternoon to learn more about the river and travel by canoe with the "voyageurs" from Interstate Park to Osceola.

Dress for the outdoors and bring insect repellent and sunscreen.

Cost of the trip is $55 and includes transportation, canoe rental and admission fees. Lunch is extra.

To register, call the center at 715-262-0104.

The second half of july will include more programs, more trips, a family creativity evening and a book signing.


State Fair deadlines are coming soon

The state's best ribbon-winning art, education and agricultural entries will be on display at the 2009 Minnesota State Fair, which runs Thursday, Aug. 27 through Labor Day, Sept. 7. Winning exhibitors will be awarded ribbons, trophies and more than $900,000 in cash.

For complete prize lists and information on how to enter Minnesota State Fair competitions, visit the State Fair website at; e-mail the competition department at; or call 651-288-4417.