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Bulletin Board, July 23, 2009

Community Education

Plenty of fun

summer classes

There are many Community Education activities still available for summer fun:

• Puppy Love Drawing (ages 6-12): 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. July 27, 28 and 30;

• Extreme LEGOS and MatheMagic (kids entering grades one through four): 1 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. July 27, 28 and 30;

• Fancy Nancy Camp (ages 6-11): Noon to 2 p.m. Aug. 3 through 6. For all kids who love "Fancy Nancy" books;

• Skyhawks Basketball Camp (ages 6-14): 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Aug. 3 through 6;

• Rocket Blast Off (ages 7-12): 9 a.m. to noon, Aug. 3, 4 and 6;

• Junior LEGO vehicles (ages 5, 6 and 7): 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Aug. 3, 4 and 6;

• Introduction to Theater (ages 6-10): 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Aug. 3, 4 and 6;

• Boys Rule Art Camp (boys ages 6-11): 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Aug. 3, 4, 5 and 6;

• Discovery Kids - Watch Me Draw (ages 8-14): 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Aug. 10, 11 and 13;

• Crazy Chemworks (ages 7-12): 9 a.m. to noon Aug. 10, 11 and 13;

• Tennis lessons (kids entering grades kindergarten through 12): one-hour lessons from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. July 28 through Aug. 6, and Aug. 11 through 20;

• Horses 101: A Class for Pre-equestrians (ages 8 through adult): 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Aug. 14;

• Firearms Safety (ages 11 and up): 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Aug. 17 through 21, and Aug. 22 (morning);

• Babysitting Training (kids entering grades five through eight): 9 a.m. to noon Aug. 18 and 20;

For class details and to register, contact Community Education at 480-7670 or

Pleasant Hill Library

'Snakes, Lizards

and ... Oh, My'

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.

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.

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:

• Wednesday, Aug. 5, 2:30 p.m. to 4 p.m.: Library Secrets Revealed. Registration for the class has begun.

This class is designed for people who are unsure about how to best use the library, including using the library's electronic resources and learning where things are located in the library. Students will gain an overview of the Dakota County Library system, and learn about new resources available within the system. Students will also learn to effectively use the library's catalog and electronic tools. A tour of the library will follow the classroom instruction; 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


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

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.


Parents can have

a 'Night Out'

Parents can bring their 1- to 10-year-olds to the Hastings Area YMCA from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 15, and enjoy a night out while their kids play games, swim, do crafts and more.

The cost is $20 ($15 for members).

For more information, call 480-8887.


'Grieving is Hard'

is topic

The topic will be "Grieving is Hard" 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. Richard Close, clinic counselor, will present the topic.

The topic will be "How My Grief Has Changed Me" when the Grief Coalition meets Thursday, July 30. Chaplain Linda Lund of Augustana Care Center will present the topic. She will share the reaction to her husband's death, resulting in her seeking professional help and resigning from her pastoral position.

All Grief Coalition meetings are open to the community.


Youth Night

is July 31

YMCA Youth Night is from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Friday, July 31, for youth in grades three through five. There will be music, dancing, games, food, open swim and more.

The fee is $5 ($3 for members).

For more information, call 480-8887.

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 at

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

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 remaining July class is:

• July 28 For the Birds.

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 called the Black Dirt Theater in a performance of "Paul Bunyan: An Unlikely Beginning to a Tall Tale," followed by a pancake breakfast.

Other venues 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).

Pleasant Hill Library

See 'Treasure Beyond Measure'

Ahoy Mates! Come see Capt'n Curley the Pirate at the library.

Children are invited to the Pleasant Hill Library Monday, July 27, for a swashbuckling performance featuring Capt'n Curley the Pirate. The show, called "Treasure Beyond Measure," will begin at 10:30 a.m. There is no charge for the event, but seating is limited. The library will issue tickets to the performance on a first-come, first-served basis, beginning when the library opens at 10 a.m.

When the greedy Capt'n Curley inherits his father's pirate ship, he seeks to locate the world's greatest treasure. Join this silly pirate as he recruits rookie pirates and embarks on an adventure filled with physical comedy, uproarious audience participation and insight into the greatest treasures of all. This program is geared for children pre-school and older.

This program is part of the Dakota County Summer Reading Program and is sponsored by MELSA.

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

Pleasant Hill Library

Stamp your art

at the library

Children age four to 12 years old are invited to the Pleasant Hill Library at 10:30 a.m. July 29, for an exciting morning of stamp art projects.

Young artists will be able to make fun stamping projects such as bookmarks, door hangers, and other paper crafts.

All materials will be provided for the projects. There is no charge for the event, and registration is not required.

The stamp art event is part of the Dakota County Summer Reading "Be Creative" program.

There is no charge for the event, but registration is required.

For more information or to register, call the library at 438-0200 or stop in.

Dakota County Fair

Nominations due for 'Outstanding Senior'

Nominations are being sought for 2009 Outstanding Senior Volunteer Award.

The seniors will be honored at the Dakota County Fair Aug. 13.

Nomination forms are available by calling the fair office at 651-463-6900, online at or at the fair office, 4008 W. 220th St. in Farmington.

U17 Soccer

Team is holding a car wash July 25

The Hastings U17 girl's soccer team will be holding their third annual car wash for the Hastings Bridge to a Cure from 10 a.m. to 2 a.m. Saturday, July 25, in the Culver's parking lot.

All donations go to the Hastings Bridge to a Cure, which is August 7.


Estate adds tours, hosts concerts

A special 5:30 p.m. tour of the LeDuc house has been added to the regular Sunday tour schedule the first four weeks in August. The estate will host the Hastings Concert Association concerts at 7 p.m. on those Sundays, and the extra tour will give concert-goers an opportunity to have a tour of the home before a concert.

The concerts are free, but regular rates apply for the tours. Bring a lawn chair to enjoy the music. There will be pie and ice cream for sale.


UMC plans

Community Week

The United Methodist Church of Hastings will hold its annual Community Week Sunday, Aug. 2 through Thursday, Aug. 6.

The week kicks off with a community festival from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 2, at Pioneer Park. Nicole Sponberg, musical entertainer, will perform Monday, Aug 3; comedian/juggler Jason Huneke will perform Tuesday, Aug. 4; Nana Puddin' Production will present a family show Wednesday, Aug. 5; and the family movie, "Cars," will be presented Thursday, Aug. 6, at Pioneer Park.

All events are free.