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Bulletin Board, August 20, 2009

The Friends of the Pleasant Hill Library will host its annual Summer Used Book Sale Friday, Aug. 21, through Saturday, Aug. 22.

Thousands of used books, as well as a wide range of entertainment material, will be available for purchase. The sale will be held in the meeting room of the Pleasant Hill Library. On Friday, the book sale is scheduled from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. On Saturday, the sale will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. On Saturday, beginning at 1 p.m., material may be purchased at half price.

A wide range of material will be available for sale, including adult hardcover books, adult paperback books, children's books, video and audio cassettes, CDs and DVDs, magazines, puzzles and games, and Romance Series books. Prices for material ranges from 10 cents (magazines) to $2 (adult hardcover books).

The Friends of the Pleasant Hill Library uses the proceeds from the sale to fund a variety of projects, including; new library materials, special items for the library, and seasonal decorations. Funds are also used to pay for special programs and library services for both adults and children.

For more information regarding the FOL Summer Book Sale, or to find out how to join the Pleasant Hill Friends of the Library, call the library at 438-0200.


HHS class of 1964 has reunion

The Hastings High School class of 1964 will hold its 45th class reunion Saturday, Aug. 29, at McArthur's Wood Grill and Pub, south of Miesville. The best ball 9-hole tournament is at 2 p.m. To reserve a spot, call Tom at 437-9101.

Social hour is at 5 p.m., followed by dinner at 6 p.m. Dinner is $20.

For reservations, call Betty at 437-8769.

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. All visual art, photography, sculpture, mixed media, fabric, wood, metal or glass will be acceptable.

For more information, or to receive an application, check the Hastings Arts Council website 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).

HHS class of 1974 will meet

The Hastings High School class of 1974 will hold a reunion party at 7 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 12, at the American Legion clubrooms, 50 Sibley St. No invitations have been sent.

For more information, call Colleen (Gus) Horsch at 438-2721.

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 classes are:

• Aug 25: Stepping Stones; and

• Sep 15: Fall Pots.


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.


Physical, emotional effect will be topic

Physical and emotional effects will be the topic when the Hastings Area Grief Coalition meets at 6 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 27, at the Hastings Area Senior Center. Marty McNunn will present the topic.

Every grieving person experiences feelings of loneliness, a need to cry, and sometimes, depression, along with many physical symptoms that are hard to explain. McNunn will offer practical suggestions for understanding emotional and physical discomforts caused by the loss of a loved one.

McNunn is one of the original facilitators of the Hastings grief group and still leads the weekly group. She is a certified grief recovery specialist and author of the book, "A Group I Never Wanted To Join."

All Grief Coalition meetings are open to the community.

Our Saviours

Sunday afternoon concert planned

Bill Strom and Gordon Gathright, members of their families, and a few friends will present an afternoon of music at 3 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 30, at Our Saviour's Evangelical Lutheran Church, 400 W. Ninth St. A free will offering will be taken for Hastings Family Service. The concert is open to the community.

Strom's wife, Sara, and son, Pete, will be part of the concert, as will Gathright's wife, Linda, and their three children, Rachel, Andrew and Rebekah.

The concert will offer a mix of music, including folk, classical and jazz.

The concert will be about an hour and a half in length, with a break, which will allow Hastings Family Service executive director Chris Koop to talk about Hastings Family Service and the services it provides.

Both Strom and Gathright have been involved with other musical programs in the area. Most recently, Strom, a baritone, has sung with the Augsburg Centennial Singers and the Exultate Chamber Choir and Orchestra. Gathright, a tenor, sings with the Augsburg Centennial singers and the Courier Quartet.


It's 'Fish and Chips' genealogy

At 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 17, Jay Fonkert, current president of the Minnesota Genealogical Society and specialist in Midwest, Dutch, Welsh and English genealogy, will share tips about finding English ancestors in church records, civil records, censuses and other sources. He will include how to get help from English genealogists and explore the English archives available today on the Internet. As an additional treat, he will provide an illustrated tour through the English countryside where your ancestors might have lived.

The program is sponsored by the Dakota County Genealogical Society as part of its regular meeting schedule and will be held at the Dakota County Historical Society, 130 N. Third Ave. in South St. Paul. The meeting is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Dick Thill, DCGS president, at 651-452-5926.

Lewis House

Safe house

needs volunteers

Community Action Council's Lewis House in Hastings is offering volunteer training sessions beginning Sept. 15. Volunteers are needed to provide a variety of supportive services including support group facilitation, child care, one-to-one counseling, advocacy, and emergency room response.

For more information, contact Doreen L'Allier at 651-452-7288 or visit for a training schedule.


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


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


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.


Falls tours

scheduled this fall

Tours of Vermillion Falls Park will be given by guides from the LeDuc the first Saturdays of September and October.

For information, call the house at 437-7055.