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Considering a run for political office? The filing period for this year’s election on the city, county and state level opens Tuesday, May 17, and continues for two weeks until Tuesday, May. 31. For the City of Hastings, four City Council seats will be on the ballot this year. Incumbents are Anthony Alongi, Ward 1; Joe Balsanek, Ward 2; Tony Nelson, Ward 3; and Danna Elling Schultz, Ward 4. Balsanek has indicated he will seek another term (see separate story).
Enjoy some different music and then learn more about it when the Hastings Bluegrass and Old-Time Music Festival is held from Monday, April 25, to Sunday, May 1, at the Hastings Arts Center. A fiddle workshop with Gretchen Priest-May will be held at 3 p.m. Saturday, April 30. She divides her time between performing with Plaidgrass, teaching various fiddle styles and running the Musical Heritage Center of Tennessee, which she founded in 2008. A flat-picking guitar workshop with Tim May will be held at 3 p.m. Saturday, April 30. The fee is $35.
It will be a familiar play, but with several twists when the SEAS Theater, Actors, Group of Entertainers (STAGE) presents “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs of the Black Forest” at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday, April 22 and April 23, in the Seton School auditorium, 600 Tyler St. This is the third annual spring show for the troupe, and its fourth including the summer camp it held several years ago. The play is based on the Grimm Brothers’ version. Lindsey Anderson, a SEAS mom, is directing the play. Students from fourth to eighth grade are involved. All students audition for parts.
More than 35 musical groups, bands and individuals, most from the area, will be playing and performing their music, and highlighting their talents at three Hastings sports this Saturday. And an open mic night will be held at another location, the Hastings Arts Center, if the community needs some more entertainment.
A new Aging Master Program through the Hastings Area Senior Center may be just the tool to help the older adult build their own plan for aging well. The Hastings Area Senior Center is the first in the area to offer this new 10-week innovative health and wellness program to residents age 50 and older. It starts later this month.
Oscar Johnson was visiting with as many people as he could Friday afternoon in the Regina Senior Living River Room. He was loving it and could barely take the time to talk to a reporter about his birthday, his 100th birthday, even. His actual birthday is April 2 But he did take a few minutes to visit and have his picture taken before it was back to visiting with his guests. When asked, Johnson, originally from Chicago, said the reason for his long healthy life was “A Brandy Manhattan. ... Well, maybe a little in moderation.”
It was a friendly challenge between two Hastings churches and the winner was the Hastings Family Service food shelf during this MN FoodShare Month. The two churches’ pastors, Chris Kneen of the United Methodist Church and the Rev. Greg Geier of St. Philip’s Lutheran Church, challenged each other’s church to collect the most food for March, which is MN FoodShare Month. All the food and cash donations would be designated for Hastings Family Service.
It is time for young daughters and dads to party again as the annual Enchantment Under the Seas Princess Daddy Daughter Dance is set for 5 p.m. Saturday, April 23, at the Hastings Middle School. It will be an evening of dancing — DJ music, snacks, dinner (if tickets purchased ahead), princess autographs, “Black Light” fun, games, and special items for sale. “This has become a rich community event,” said Hastings Community Education Director Mary O’Brien. “It is so much fun.”
The residents at the Minnesota Veterans Home, Hastings, decided recently they could do more with Peeps than just eat them. And they did. Working together as a team, the residents, with the assistance of recreation assistant Deborah Frankot and social worker Lynda Olson, decided to enter the annual Peeps Diorama contest through the St. Paul Pioneer Press. Their “Honor Veterans” entry earned the Veterans Home a tie for third place and a number of Peeps-related prizes.
Hastings Middle School Principal Mark Zuzek tells the story of introducing his newborn daughter Katie to his boss Lenny Schwartz the day she was born. In a message he sent...