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Bulletin Board, July 9, 2009

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.

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. to 11 a.m. now through September 12, at the Dakota County Master Gardener Research and Display Gardens in UMore Park, 1605 W. 160th Street in Rosemount.

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.


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 who 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 library. The class is limited to 10.

Classes 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 or to register, call the library at 438-0200. Register online at


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.

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.


Class of '89

plans reunion

A Hastings High School Class of '89 20-year reunion will be held Saturday, July 25, at the Hastings Country Club.

The event starts at 6 p.m. with a dinner buffet, followed by a dance. Send in your registration now, as the time is near.

Invitations were sent. If you someone who hasn't received one, or for more information, e-mail


Class of '79 plans reunion

The Hastings High School class of 1979 will hold its 30-year reunion Aug. 21 and 22. For more information and registration forms, visit

the website at

Washington County

Archery classes

are being offered

Washington County Parks will offer a four-week archery course at Lake Elmo Park Reserve's archery range from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays between July 14 and Aug. 6.

Students will become comfortable shooting a bow, learn archery terminology and practice proper shooting with an expert. All equipment is provided.

The course is suitable for those ages 11 to 16. Fee for the course is $70. For more information or to register, call 651-430-8370 or go to


Friends of LeDuc

will meet July 14

The Friends of LeDuc of Historic Hastings will meet at 7 p.m. Tuesday, July 14, at the estate.

The discussion will be about the upcoming "Farm, Food and Fun Fair: Reconnecting with Agricultural Roots in Dakota County - 1858-2009," which will take place Aug. 22.

Grief Coalition


is topic July 16

The topic will be "Understanding Other Losses" when the Hastings Area Grief Coalition meets from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, July 16, at the Hastings Area Senior Center, 213 Ramsey St.

The guest speaker will be Roger Claxton, a regular speaker for the grief group. He is a longtime resident of Hastings and pastors a church in Cannon Falls. He illustrates the effects of grief upon grief, using building blocks to make a visual memorial as he tells his own story of loosing significant loved ones.

The topic July 9 will be "Grievers Have Rights." Richard Close, a licensed social worker/clinic counselor, will present the topic.

All Grief Coalition meetings are open to the community.

Pleasant Hill Library

Get down, get

funky ... jewelry

Calling all crafty teens. Are you looking for a chance to break the summertime doldrums and learn a new skill? Now is your chance to learn how to make one-of-a-kind jewelry.

The Pleasant Hill Library will host a jewelry-making program from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. July 21. The program, called Hardware Jewelry, is a part of the Dakota County Teen Summer Reading Program and designed for teens ages 12 to 18.

Teens will learn how to make fun and funky jewelry from hardware items and craft supplies from around the house. All supplies will be provided.

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

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

Cottage Grove

Women in Business meet July 17

Women's Business Development Group will meet from 8 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. July 17 at Norris Square, Presbyterian Homes, 8200 Hadley Ave in Cottage Grove.

So, you think you know books?

The annual local kids' literary challenge, the Battle of the Books, is just around the corner, and the library is looking for more teams to join the fun and competition. Local children, grades one through six, are invited to sign up now.

Teams, made up of two to four players, choose from a group of designated books for their age level. During the competition, teams are asked to answer questions about the book, and the team that answers the most questions correctly wins. The winning teams will receive prizes.

The competition will take place from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 1.

For more information, check at the library or go to the websites, or

The event is being sponsored by Pleasant Hill Library, Friends of the Library, and the Hastings United Way.


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.

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.

Pleasant Hill Library

Listen to stories;

get your face painted

As part of the continuing summer reading program in Dakota County, the Pleasant Hill Library will host a professional story teller at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, July 14. Storyteller Page Turner is well known in the Twin Cities for her high energy performances, with a creative combination of theatrics and audience participation.

Turner's sidekick, Julie the Face Painter, will be on hand to create face art on children's cheeks.

There is no charge for the event, but seating is limited. The library will begin issuing tickets when the library doors open at 10 a.m.

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


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 can have

henna tattoos

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

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.

Pleasant Hill Library

Time to shake it up, babies

Babies are invited to get in the groove. Little ones to 24 months and their caregivers are invited to a special Baby Story Time at 10:15 a.m. Monday, July 13, at Pleasant Hill Library.

The theme for the story time is "Up, Down and All Around." Babies will enjoy stories, songs, bouncing activities and action rhymes. The event is co-sponsored by the Hastings Early Childhood Family Education program.

There is no charge for story time, and registration is not required. For more information, call the library at 438-0200.

Great River Road

July programs focus on natural history

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.

Dakota County Fair

Dakota City looking for volunteers

Staff at Dakota City are looking for volunteers who have an old-time skill they would be willing to demonstrate in the village during the Dakota County Fair Aug. 10 to 16.

During the fair, costumed interpreters help visitors understand what life was like in a 1900-era village, and the Dakota City board is looking for volunteers with skills such as woodcarving; crocheting, knitting, sewing and other needlecrafts; cooking on a wood stove; and more.

Also desired are volunteers who could set up a model train, and people who could entertain in the village with bluegrass, blues or gospel music.

For more information about demonstrating, call board member Mary Hendricks at 460-6071 or 612-360-5543, or contact her by e-mail at For more information about Dakota City, call 651-460-8050.

Dakota County

County schedules archery program

Learn the basics of shooting a bow, elements of safety, and various styles of equipment in an introductory class for archery.

The program, from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday, July 14, is for those 15 years and older; all equipment is provided.

Cost is $12 per person. To register, go to the Dakota County website at, and click on parks.

Dakota County

Master Gardeners offer weekly classes

Join the Master Gardeners of Dakota County for "Tuesday Evenings in the Garden." The classes are held from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. at 1605 W. 160 St. (CR 46) in Rosemount.

The cost for for each of the classes is $10, $25 for classes requiring supplies.

The July classes are:

• July 14: Wildflower Gardens;

• July 21: Nonstop Lilies; and

• July 28 For the Birds.

Pleasant Hill Library

Grab your teddy;

it's time for a story

Children and their caregivers are invited to a sleepy-time story time at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, July 16, at Pleasant Hill Library.

The theme for the story time will be "Lullaby and Good Night," and will feature a number of favorite stories about the joys of dreaming and sleeping. A related craft activity will follow the story time.

Children are invited to wear their jammies and bring a stuffed animal.

There is no charge for the event, and registration is not required. For more information, call the library at 438-0200.

Senior Center

Mental health

services is topic

Hastings Area Senior Center is hosting a "Being a Wise Consumer of Counseling/Mental Health Services" seminar at 7 p.m. Wednesday, July 22, at the center, 213 Ramsey St.

Topics covered are: definitions of treatment /therapist/therapy types; what to expect from therapy/treatment; what is a therapeutic relationship and what it is not; the role of medications; where we each fit in the health care field; our specializations/niche; our three approaches - likenesses and differences; reflection of our personal lives in our work; and how we can help them/their friends or families.

A question and answer time will follow.

Presenters include Pam Schmitt, licensed alcohol and drug counselor, Faith Family Recovery Center; Robin Richard, licensed marriage and family therapist, Selah Counseling; and Wes Lund, licensed professional counselor, Lund Counseling Services.

To register, call the senior center at 438-0750.

Regina Medical Center

Enjoy an ice cream social July 31

The Regina Medical Center Auxiliary will hold an ice cream social for residents and their families and friends, hospital and clinic employees, and auxiliary members from 1 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Friday, July 31, in the Regina Senior Living patio area.

Complimentary ice cream sundaes with a choice of toppings, cookies, lemonade and coffee will be served.

Entertainment will be provided by the Red Hat Spiralettes and "Sweet Memories," a combo of accordion and banjo.