Fun & Games with Black Dirt Theater

Have fun in the park with Black Dirt Theater/Katie Rowles-Perich!

Join Black Dirt Theater Actor educator Katie Rowles-Perich this summer for creative theater fun!

Play theater games, learn improv, and invent with puppets.

The SPARK program is underway and children have the opportunity to learn theater from a professional teacher.

Next Fun & Games with Black Dirt Theater:

Lions Park – June 23, 30, July 5
Three Rivers Park – June  29, August 1

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Interacting with butterflies

All about Monarch Butterflies at ODAG

YOU ARE INVITED to a free butterfly program!

interacting with butterfliesSunday, June 25, 1:30 – 3:30 PM

Join Orange Dragon Art Gallery to learn about raising monarch butterflies, butterfly gardening and the incredible migration that monarch butterflies make to Mexico each fall.

Discover ways you can help preserve this species and its endangered migration phenomenon in the Upper Midwest. Meet Amy Miller, who started raising monarchs as a peaceful way to endure some tragic family issues.

Every person can do something to support monarchs and other pollinators – what will you do?

Free program!
Orange Dragon Art Gallery
122 Orange St., Prescott  WI

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library demo

Library – Art related programs & contests

Here is a quick list of art classes and programs offered to you!

The Pleasant Hill Library in Hastings is offering:

Sumi-e painting – Japanese brush painting on July 10 from 6 to 8 p.m.

Felt phone cases – making of cases on July 31 from 6 to 8 p.m. This class is meant for parent/child, or grandparent/child or some multigenerational mixture!!

For registration for that, if you and the child are each going to make a case, you both need to sign up but if you are going to work on one together, only one needs to sign up. To register visit Pleasant Hill Library

One more program for everyone in July is the Apollo to the Moon program on July 19 from 6:30 to 7:30. This program would be appropriate for adults and kids. This will be power point and exhibits and a presentation on the space program and especially on the Apollo missions. Rob Ellos is a retired teacher and he now travels around giving presentations on some of the things he most enjoyed teaching. He is great to listen to and very engaging for the kids.

Please check out these contests:

Bookawocky Bookmark Contest for Teens:

Bookawocky Art Contest for Grades K-5:

Climb Theater presents The Ant and the Grasshopper:

Pleasant Hill Library
1490 S Frontage Road
Hastings, MN 55133

Neil Sherman workshop

Unique oil workshop in Hastings!

You are invited to participate in an exclusive 2-day workshop with Artist Neil Sherman.

Neil Sherman FlyerNoted Grand Marais plein air oil painter Neil Sherman will be teaching a workshop in Hastings, MN on June 25 & 26th!

“What I strive to capture in my paintings is the feeling of a particular day. Each day is different, especially on the north shore of Lake Superior where, often, every couple of hours can be different. Those days or hours may never be repeated again, so capturing the essence is important so that people who have known those days and hours can remember and others who have not known can be transported there via the painting.” Read More

The cost is $100 for one-day Sunday the 25th, $150 for Sunday and a half day Monday the 26th. The class will be outdoors, with Evansen Art Studio as a backup in case of poor weather.

Anyone interested can contact Andy Evansen at or call Neil directly at (612) 716-5733.

Meeting location:
Evansen Art Studio
202 Second Street East
Hastings, MN

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children dancing

“Hip Hop in the Park”

Learn hip hop with professional dancer Alanna Morris-Van Tassel!

Alanna Morris-Van TasselAlanna is a professional contemporary dancer, teaching artist and choreographer. She is a COMPAS artist-in-residence who has taught dance throughout the Twin Cities. She graduated from the Juilliard School with a BFA in Dance.

The SPARK program is underway and children have the opportunity to learn dance from a professional teacher.

Next FREE dance classes:
Lions Park – June 14, 21, 28, July 7
Three Rivers Park – June 20, 27, July 6

Art's Barn painting

“Art’s Art” Exhibit

Don’t miss BreakAway Café presentation of “Art’s Art!” 

Art CowThis exhibit features the works of local artist and former Hastings Senior High School art instructor, Art Nordstrom.

Exhibit Dates: June 6 – July 2

“Art’s Art” is a wonderful collection of landscapes, cityscapes and countryscapes painted by local artist and former Senior High School art instructor, Art Nordstrom. This exhibit highlights some of the places Art has traveled including the Florida coast, the rocky mountains and western North Dakota in addition to beautiful local scenes.

BreakAway Arts & BreakAway Café – A Fitness Center for Creativity.
Artistically Delicious Café, Arts Events, Arts Education and Galleries in Hastings, Minnesota

BreakAway Arts
111 East 3rd St, Hastings, MN 55033

For more info contact:
Mecca Page at 651-437-3779 or


truck by Tristan Herbst

Free art, dance, theater and music classes

Hastings Prescott Area Arts Council (HPAAC) has invited four professional artists to work with all children in the park right after lunch each day. HPAAC raised money at their annual gala to provide exceptional art opportunities for Hastings youth.

Take a look at the SPARK Schedule to attend one or all of the art sessions held Tuesday through Friday each week from June 13-August 9.

Meet the Artists:

Elizabeth Carroll

Elizabeth Carroll

Alanna Morris-Van Tassel

Alanna Morris-Van Tassel

Katie Rowles-Perich

Katie Rowles-Perich

Mar Anderson

Marc Anderson

Elizabeth Carroll brings her Art Truck to help children experience creative visual arts activities.
Her program was a hit with kids last summer!
Come to learn Hip Hop and Modern Dance in the park with Alanna Morris-Van Tassel. She comes to us through the COMPAS program based in St. Paul which provides art activities for children throughout the state. She is a terrific professional dancer!Experience theater in the park with Katie Rowles-Perich who is working with BLACK DIRT THEATER to help children experience exciting theater fun. Play theater games, experience improv, and invent with puppets. Explore rhythm and music with Marc Anderson who comes to us from the M2 Foundation based in St. Paul where he is the Executive Director. Each child will have their own drum to learn percussion and life lessons. Don’t miss it!

For more information:

Contact Program Coordinator Allen Saunders at 661-226-2912 or email or visit Hastings Community Ed SPARK in the Parks or HPAAC

“Art’s Art” Exhibit & Reception

painting of cowYou are invited to Art Nordstrom’s Opening Reception on Saturday, June 10 from 5 – 8 p.m.!

BreakAway Arts is featuring the “Art’s Art” Exhibit at BreakAway Café.

Exhibit dates: June 6 – July 2

“”Art’s Art” is a wonderful collection of landscapes and country scapes painted by local artist and former Senior High School art instructor, Art Nordstrom. This exhibit highlights some of the places Art has traveled including the Florida coast, and rocky mountains and western North Dakota in addition to beautiful local scenes.”

For more information please visit BreakAway Café

BreakAway Café
111 3rd St E
Hastings, MN 55033


“Art Babble” Exhibit

Come and meet Orange Dragon Art Gallery Artists!

people at receptionsGreet the artists and find out how they interpreted the unique theme: “Art Babble”

Friday, 9 June from 5 to 7:30 p.m.

“We look  forward to seeing you all!”

Exhibit Dates: May 24 –  July  16

Orange Dragon Art Gallery Hours:
Wednesday to Sunday 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
122 Orange Street Prescott, Wisconsin 54021

rhubarb plant

Rhubarb Festival

rhubarbOn June 3, 2017 at 10 a.m., the Friends of LeDuc & Historic Hastings will sponsor their Annual Rhubarb Festival.

“Rhubarb will reign as the main feature of this event – bunches of fresh rhubarb, potted rhubarb plants and baked rhubarb treats will all be offered for sale.”

There will be demonstrations on how to use various herbs in salads and cooking and suggestions for which herbs to include in your own garden to provide sanctuary and food for bees and butterflies.

This family event also offers an opportunity to engage in art projects, story time, games and walks in the woods.

The LeDuc chickens will be providing their usual entertainment and visitors may encounter costumed entertainers as well.

The LeDuc house will be open for guided tours at scheduled times and rates, information available at

The LeDuc Historic Estate is owned by the City of Hastings and managed by Dakota County Historical Society.

LeDuc Historic Estate
1629 Vermillion Street
Hastings, MN 55033