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News briefs: Apply for Make Music Day; Registration open for parks and trails clean up; plus more

Musicians and bands may apply for Make Music Day

Musicians and bands interested in playing at Make Music Day in Hastings are encouraged to fill out an application by April 15. The City of Hastings Parks and Recreation Department have developed a Make Music Day application to keep the event organized and structured with performances, while still providing a free, informal setting.

Last year was the first year Make Music Day was held in Hastings. The event is a free celebration of music around the world on June 21.

The application can be found on the City's website at

Registration open for parks and trails clean up

The Hastings Parks and Recreation Department will host the annual parks and trails clean up event May 5 from 9-10:30 a.m. The morning will begin with a check in at Vermillion Falls Park. Free refreshments will be available including doughnuts, rolls, fruit, water and coffee.

Participants will head to their assigned park at 9:30 a.m. Recycling and trash bags will be provided, participants may bring their own work gloves for safety.

Groups who would like to participate may register before April 13 by calling (651) 480-6182 or e-mailing

Miss Hastings Scholarship Competition accepting candidates

The Miss Hastings Scholarship Program (MHSP) is accepting candidates for the 2018 Miss Hastings Scholarship Competition. Young women who will be 18 years old with a high school diploma or GED by June 2019 and no older than 25 at the end of 2019 are eligible to enter. Candidates must be a resident of Hastings School District 200, a student of one of its schools, or a full-time employee within it for at least six months, or a graduate of its high school before the local competition.

MHSP is an official preliminary to the Miss Minnesota and Miss America Competitions. Competition categories include a 90-second talent presentation, 10-minute press-style interview, on-stage question, lifestyle and fitness and evening wear.

MHSP is a non-profit service organization that empowers young women to realize their best potential, mentors them to earn scholarship and supports them to achieve their goals through education and serving others for the benefit of all.

Fundraising is currently underway with the intent of giving a $2,500 scholarship to Miss Hastings 2019 as well as awards for runners-up, preliminary winners, academic excellence and service achievement.

For more information or to become a contestant, visit or contact MHSP at 651-270-8984.

Mayor joins nationwide challenge for water conservation

Mayor Paul Hicks has joined mayors across the country in asking residents to make a long-term commitment to manage water resources more wisely by taking part in the annual Wyland National Mayor's Challenge for Water Conservation. By participating, residents will have a chance to win $5,000 toward their Home Utility Payments, water saving fixtures and hundreds of other prizes. One charity will also receive a 2018 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid to serve the community.

The challenge, which will run April 1-30, is a non-profit national community service campaign to see which leaders can best inspire their residents to make a series of informative and easy-to-do online pledges at to use water more efficiently, reduce pollution and save energy.

SEAS Spring Fling to be April 27

The annual St. Elizabeth Ann Seton School Spring Fling Fundraiser will be Friday, April 27. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. There will be a dinner, silent auction and live auction program.

The cost of a ticket is $40 if purchased before April 6. Following April 6, a ticket will cost $45. Tickets may be purchased online at

This year, the Spring Fling Fund-A-Need will go toward updating the gymnasium. The hope is to be able to purchase a new gym floor with an updated SEAS logo, new filtered water fountains, an additional scoreboard, replace protecting wall padding, a new sound system, rock climbing wall and air conditioning.

Emily's Bakery competes for Sweetest Bakery in America

Emily's Bakery and Deli is competing for the title of the Sweetest Bakery in America. The local bakery needs their customers to help them win. People can vote at the bakery or vote online at Votes may be cast once per day per device through July 31, 2018.

(lumin)theater lab to perform at Schaar's Bluff

(lumin)theater lab in partnership with Dakota County Parks will perform Shakespeare's "Twelfth Night" throughout the month of May. The show will be performed promenade style, where audiences follow the performers for about 1.5 miles through the trails of Spring Lake Park Reserve, Schaar's Bluff Trailhead.

Shows will be performed May 5, 6, 12, 13, 19, and 20 at 3:30 p.m. and 7 p.m. An accessible performance will be May 20 at the Schaar's Bluff Gathering Center at 1 p.m.

(lumin)theater lab uses a sliding scale for ticket prices. All tickets are general admission regardless of what you pay. Attendees may choose the price range they would like to pay from $11-$41. To purchase a ticket, visit

City seeks volunteers to shape future energy use and supply

The City of Hastings is looking for volunteers to be part of a Energy Action Team that will help identify community goals and create an energy action plan. Both residents and business owners are needed. The 10-to-15 individuals on the action team will be facilitated by Partners in Energy staff.

The city has been selected to participate in Xcel Energy's Partners in Energy program, a two-year program designed to help a community develop and implement a strategic energy action plan that will help shape future energy use and supply. The program will consist of a six-month planning period and an 18-month implementation period.

The planning stage is a six-month commitment that requires members of the team to attend a five facilitated workshops that last about two-and-a-half hours each. It is a 15-20 hour time commitment over a six-month period, beginning in late April.

Interested residents may apply online at