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Looking to fill your weekdays with some fun events? Downtown Hastings and Levee Park will be filled with live music, stories and art this week.

Here are three events to mark on your calendar this week:

Storytime in the Park

Wednesday, Aug. 18 | 10:30 – 11:15 a.m. |Levee Park

Kids and the young at heart can gather in Levee Park Wednesday to listen to big book stories read aloud, play games and sing songs.

In partnership with Pleasant Hill Library, this free event is recommended for kids 10 and under — all youth must be accompanied by an adult.

The theme of this week’s story is food.

Hastings Alleyway Market

Thursday, Aug. 19 | 4:30 – 8:30 p.m.

The alley between 2nd Street and Levee Park will be filled with freeze dried candy, craft beer samples, fresh produce, books, novelties, home décor, soy wax candles, custom jewelry and fabric goods for Hastings’ new project that aims to showcase downtown and supports local artisans.

Vendors will be located in the alley between Ramsey Street and Sibley Street while the alleyway between Sibley Street and Vermillion Street will be for visitors to draw their own art with sidewalk chalk. Sidewalk chalk will be provided.

Music in the Park with Charanga Tropical

Thursday, Aug. 19 | 7 – 8:30 p.m. | Rotary Pavilion

Minneapolis-based Charanga Tropical will bring some sizzling Latin rhythm to Rotary Pavilion in Levee Park this Thursday for Hastings’s Music in the Park summer concert series.

Music in the Park is free to the public and supported by the Ruth and George Doffing Charitable Fund.

Have an upcoming event you’re hosting that you would like the Hastings Star Gazette to know about? Tell us about it by emailing us at hastingsnews@orourkemediagroup.com.

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Sophia Voight is a reporter for the Hastings Star Gazette. She is from Oshkosh, WI and graduated from the UW Oshkosh with a bachelor's degree in Multimedia Journalism in 2021. She can be reached with any news tips at svoight@orourkemediagroup.com


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