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The Tilden Preschool annual fundraiser will be held from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday, April 30, at The Onion Grille. The proceeds will go toward school readiness/preschool scholarships. The United Way of Hastings is offering a grant request match of up to $4,000. The evening includes various vendors offering shopping opportunities, light appetizers, and learning about various groups and organizations in Hastings. Presale tickets are $5 and are available at the Tilden Community Center, 310 River St. At the door, tickets will be $8. For more information, call 651-480-7678.
The annual Hastings Spring Clean Up day will be held Saturday, April 25, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Cal Ruedy Public Works building, 1225 Progress Drive, in Hastings. Accepted items include household items (nominal fees may apply) and household hazardous waste. More information is available online at www.hastingsmn.gov/residents/recycling-garbage-services/events-news or by calling 651-480-6182.
Children ages 8 to 15 are invited to the Pleasant Hill Library on Thursday, April 10, at 3:30 p.m.
Families with children of all ages are invited to the Pleasant Hill Library on Saturday, April 5, at 1 p.m. to enjoy a show from a real magician. Jerry Frasier, a comic magician, will perform close-up miracles, stage illusions and magical fun and laughs from a distinctive voice and comic energy that truly brings audience participation to a new level. There is no charge for the event, but seating will be limited. The event will be held in the Pleasant Hill Library Meeting Room.
The Sons of Norway Hjemkomst Lodge No. 1-599 April meeting will be held a week early on Sunday, April 6, at 7 p.m. at Our Saviours Lutheran Church Fellowship Hall, 400 Ninth St. W. This is due to the upcoming Easter holidays. The special guest will be Jan Smith, a story teller who will be in costume and tell a story set in 1000 A.D. of Norse life back home when the men go “A-Viking.” She is a very talented story teller and there will be audience participation, which may be a bit off the comfort zone of some Norwegians and others.
World renowned pianist and clarinetist Butch Thompson will be in concert at 3 p.m Sunday, April 13, at the LeDuc Historic Estate, 1629 Vermillion Street. The concert is open to the community. A donation of $10 is being asked. Thompson has earned a world-wide reputation as a traditional jazz and ragtime master.
Several students from Hastings have been named to the dean’s list for fall semester.
Two students from Hastings received degrees from the University of St. Thomas. Jenny Meyers graduated over the J-term 2014, with a Bachelor of Science degree in biology. Kacie Youso graduated Magna Cum Laude in
Universal Technical Institute, Inc., announces the graduation of Joshua C. Chapeau from its diesel and industrial programs. Originally from Hastings, Chapeau came to the Lisle, Ill., campus to pursue a program specifically designed to provide the training necessary for professional, entry-level technicians. Chapeau earned an Excellent Attendance award. UTI is the nation’s leading provider of post-secondary education for students seeking careers as professional automotive, diesel, collision repair, motorcycle and marine technicians.
Justin Lohmann and Tracy Lothenbach announce their engagement. Tracy is a 2005 graduate of Hastings High School and a 2009 graduate of the University of Minnesota in nutrition. She is currently employed at Health Fitness Corp. in Bloomington as a health coach. Justin is a 2002 graduate of Hastings High School and 2006 graduate of Gustavus Adolphus in Geography. He is currently employed at Ecolab in St. Paul in finance. An outdoor ceremony is planned for May 17, 2014 at Mississippi Dunes with the reception and dance following at the Little Log House.