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It's show time! After weeks of rehearsals, learning lines, lyrics and movements, Black Dirt Theater Company's production of "The Sound of Music" opens this week at Hastings High School, 200 General Sieben Drive. More than 100 performers from this area have been cast in this production, many of whom are students, teachers and staff in the Hastings School District. The project also involves a full community orchestra/band, giving another avenue for the talent of the community to be shown.
Newly-completed totem poles are now displayed at the Pleasant Hill Library . The brightly-colored artwork is the project of 15 students in this summer's Hastings Middle School Art Camp, under the direction of Elizabeth Carroll. The totem poles were the culmination of the four weeks of hand-on experience for the students, which included other projects and a field trip to the Borner Farms in Prescott, Wis.
Interested in reliving childhood memories, creating new ones and viewing restored buildings from 100 years ago? Then the 22nd annual Little Log House Pioneer Village Antique Power Show is for you. It will be held from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday, Saturday and Sunday, July 27, 28 and 29. The show is located on 220th Street, about six miles south of Hastings, off of Highway 61. The show features a replica of the historic St.
Many people, their families and friends have had their lives touched and changed by cancer. Some of those same people will participate in this year's Hastings Bridge to a Cure event scheduled from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m. Friday, Aug. 3, in the Hastings High School parking lot, 200 General Sieben Drive. A total of 17 teams have registered for this year's event. Bank night is from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m.
For 43 years, the Rev. Percy Damrow has been serving God and his church community. On Sunday, July 8, Damrow preached his last sermon at St. John's Evangelical Lutheran Church. He has been the church's pastor for 31 years. He has had great joy in being part of this church and its family. "This is a good church," he said last Friday. "It has been a joy to see how they have maintained this church building, and the future is good.
Attention kids of all ages! The Fishing for Life Trout Ponds will be open for use during the three days of Rivertown Days. The organization, dedicated to teaching kids about fishing and other positive things, will be open from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. Friday, July 20; from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday, July 21; and from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, July 22, in Jaycee Park. Jeff Wynne is the coordinator of this year's event. He was here the previous two years, too. "What Fishing for Life is all about is trying to educate kids about fishing," he said.
There's a medallion hunt, a big parade with bands and floats, arts and crafts, a carnival along the river, lots of musical entertainment, tournaments, children's games and activities, contests to enter, food booths and a fireworks display. The 2012 Rivertown Days, coordinated by the Hastings Area Chamber of Commerce, is about to begin. This year's festival is set for Friday, Saturday and Sunday, July 20-22. A special teen night is set for 8:30 p.m.
Another 13.6 acres of property will be added to the Spring Lake Park Reserve.
First, Mike Simacek taught industrial arts at Hastings High School for 30 years. Then, he continued to give his time to the community through a number of city commissions and as a City Council member. He also found time to serve the Boy Scouts, VFW, American Legion and the Hastings Lions Club. On Friday, June 29, 2012, Simacek died. He was 82. Originally from Montgomery, Simacek earned his bachelor's and master's degrees and served in the military during the Korean Conflict.
A majority of the Rivertown Court residents have moved back into their homes. Last Friday afternoon (June 29) 45 residents were able to move back into their units. The remaining 18 units sustained more damage and work continues on them. Rivertown Court is the senior housing complex behind Target on the west side of Hastings, damaged in the June 19 storm. When a storm came through Hastings at about 4:30 a.m. June 19, part of the building's roof was blown off. When that happened, the building's sprinkling system activated, causing extensive water damage in the building.