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Bulletin Board, July 19, 2009

Children and their caregivers are invited to the Pleasant Hill Library at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, July 22, for a Rad Zoo presentation featuring some really cool creatures.

This is a fun, interactive wildlife education program, featuring about a dozen different kinds of reptiles and amphibians. The program includes frogs, snakes, turtles and a small crocodilian. Come prepared to get up close and personal with the creatures. Children will have a chance to have a close look at the animals at the end of the show.

There is no charge for the Rad Zoo show, but seating is limited. The library will offer tickets on a first come, first served basis, starting when the library opens the doors at 10 a.m.

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

Calvary Christian

Job loss group meets during the day

A new job loss support group has begun meeting Thursdays.

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.

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.


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

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

St. Mary's-Basswood

Annual corn and pig roast is Aug. 15

St. Mary's-Basswood Grove will host its 12th annual corn and pig roast, and the second annual silent auction, from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 15, on the grounds of the historic church in Denmark Township.

Relax in the shaded beauty of the churchyard's glorious basswood trees and adjacent cemetery, and enjoy live music from the Grovers (the church's bluegrass musicians) and the Sacred Harp (ShapeNote) singers in the newly updated Guild Hall.

Admission is free and food will be available for purchase - fresh corn on the cob, barbecued pork sandwiches, hotdogs, brats, root beer floats, beer, soda, and other beverages and treats. There will also be games for the kids, and a bake sale.

The silent auction will be held in a large tent next to the Guild Hall and will feature dozens of items such as original artwork, a cottage stay in Cape Cod, an Asian meal for eight, homemade pumpkin pies at Thanksgiving, restaurant certificates, theater tickets, and much more. The bidding will remain open until 7 p.m..

The event will be held rain or shine. Join church members and others to relive the old-fashioned pleasure of relaxing over some favorite foods with old and new friends, while enjoying good music and the beauty of nature.

St. Mary's Episcopal Church is located at 8435 S. St. Croix Trail, on County Road 21, between Hastings and Afton. For for information, call 651-436-2288 or 715-262-3941.


MOMS clubs meet

MOMS Club East will meet at 10 a.m. Wednesday, July 22. For location and more information, call Julie at 437-8009.

MOMS Club West will meet at 10 a.m. Thursday, July 23. For location and more information, call Tammy at 612-419-6080.

Grief Coalition

Topic is 'Reading

for comfort'

The topic will be "Reading Brings Me Comfort" when the Hastings Area Grief Coalition meets from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, July 23, at the Hastings Area Senior Center, 213 Ramsey St.

The speaker will be Sheri Larson who began attending Grief Coalition meetings after the death of her husband. She says reading good books helped her move forward.

All Grief Coalition meetings are open to the community.

Pleasant Hill Library

So, you think

you can act?

The Pleasant Hill Library and Hastings Early Childhood Family Education will host a special story time at the library at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, July 21, in the library's meeting room. The story time will feature drama and the arts. Children will have an opportunity to listen to a number of stories related to acting, and also to be able to make a theme-related craft to take home.

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


Cannon Watershed meeting is July 16

The North Cannon River Watershed Management Organization Board of Managers' annual tour and meeting will be at 7 p.m. Thursday, July 16, at the Castle Rock Township Hall, 2537 W. 240th St., Farmington.

For more information, contact Brad Becker at 480-7777 or at

Children and teens will 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.

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

Pleasant Hill Library

Battle of Books

will be Aug. 1

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.


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

Plans 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

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 21: Nonstop Lilies; and

• July 28: For the Birds.


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.

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.


Theatre company presents 'Cinderella'

The Great River Road Theatre will present the musical version of "Cinderella" at 7 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday, July 16, 17 and 18, and at 1 p.m. Sunday, July 19, in Prescott's Public Square Park.

More than 20 adults and 24 "little mice" act in this Broadway-style play, with memorable Rogers and Hammerstein songs, including "Ten Minutes Ago I Met You," "I Love You Because," and "Impossible."

Advance tickets are $8 for adults and $3 for children ($1 more at the play), and may be purchased at Ptacek's IGA, First National Bank or the Prescott Chamber of Commerce office.

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.

Hastings Arts Council

Artists needed for 'Tastes of the Arts'

The Hastings Arts Council invites artists to participate in the Hastings Taste of the Arts Saturday, Sept. 26. Any artist who wishes to participate must apply by Aug. 15, 2009. All visual art, photography, sculpture, mixed media, fabric, wood, metal or glass will be acceptable. Artists must supply their own display materials.

For more information, or to receive an application, contact Cathy Gillman at 651-330-5090 or Deb Saunders at Artists must send completed application, a $25 entrance fee and photo of their art by Aug. 15.

The event will include a day of art, music, theater and other activities at six locations in the Hastings area. To kick off the day, the LeDuc Estate will host a theater group call the Black Dirt Theater in a performance of "Paul Bunyan: An Unlikely Beginning to a Tall Tale," followed by a pancake breakfast.

Other locations will be the Alexis Bailly Vineyard, the home of Aaron Moen, the Great River Art Gallery, the Hastings Beauty School veranda and the Second Street Coffee Shop.

For more information or to volunteer, contact Gillman or Saunders (see contact information, above).