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Blackout Comedy Improv – Special Presentation

Learn, laugh and celebrate Hastings’ black history

building bridgesYou are invited to “Building Bridges in Hastings – Our Black History”  2:00 p.m., Saturday, Feb 24 at the Hastings High School Auditorium.

This event is part of Hastings Black History Month. “The program will include a Readers’ Theatre dramatizing our black history and a performance by Blackout Improv, a professional black improvisational theatre group from Minneapolis.” Read More

Sponsored by: HPAAC, St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, St. Philip’s Lutheran Church, Lakeside Cemetery, Our Saviour’s Lutheran Church, and Resurrection United Methodist Church

For more info visit or Facebook: Building Bridges in Hastings

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Hastings High School
200 General Sieben Dr.
Hastings, MN 55033

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Release of Creative MN Study of Hastings

You are invited to attend a special presentation at the Hasting City Council Meeting

Creative Minnesota Report about Hastings will be released at Presentation and Discussion on Feb. 20, 7:00 PM at the Hastings City Council Meeting.

The new Study Looks at Impact of Nonprofit Arts and Culture on the City of Hasting’s Economy. This new study on the size and impact of the nonprofit arts and culture sector in Hastings will be released at the Hastings City Council meeting, by Creative Minnesota, Hastings Prescott Area Arts Council, and Minnesota Citizens for the Arts.

The Creative Minnesota study is part of an ongoing series of research reports about the arts and culture sector in Minnesota that is available for free at

Creative Minnesota 2017 quantifies the impact and needs of Minnesota’s artists and creative workers, updates previous studies on the economic impact of our state’s 1601 nonprofit arts and culture organizations, and reviews other research about the arts sector in the state.

Sixteen Hastings organizations are part of the local study. Read More

Hastings City Hall
101 4th Street East
Hastings MN 55033

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Fused Glass Workshops – ODAG

Don’t miss these exciting workshops!

flyer for fused glass workshop“Celebrate your creativity and stretch your imagination to greater levels”

The Orange Dragon Art Gallery (ODAG) will be hosting two special workshops on Saturday, February 17. First workshop from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and the second workshop from 2 to 4 p.m. Sign up TODAY, space is limited.

Learn a new skill with Artist Sandy Sanders. Fused glass is a unique medium and you will be amazed at how fun and easy it is to learn and create. Make a sun catcher for your window or a platter, coasters or even Christmas ornaments.

$35 includes all tools and supplies.

Please contact Sandy at to sign-up or more information.

Orange Dragon Art Gallery
122 Orange Street
Prescott, WI




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“Mountains, Dragons, and Hounds” Free Concert

You are invited to enjoy Stories in Music!

The Hastings River Valley Band will perform a free concert for the Hastings Community on Tuesday, Feb 20 at 7 p.m. at the Hastings High School Auditorium.

The concert will feature musical talent from the Minnesota State College Southeast in Redwing, Simley High School, and the community of Hastings.

The program is entitled “Mountains, Dragons, and Hounds” under the direction of Rufino Ochoada.

We cordially invite you to attend and enjoy our Stories in Music, made possible in part by grants from the Metropolitan Regional Arts Center, the Ruth and George Doffing Charitable Fund, and the Hastings Prescott Area Arts Council.

Hastings High School
200 General Sieben Dr.
Hastings, MN 55033

For more information please visit Hastings River Valley Band Facebook page

Bold North Art Experience – ODAG

Discover your inner creativity with local artists or shop for exclusive gifts!

art show flyerJanuary 28 to February 10, 2018 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily.

Join artists Becky Amble, Lori Fiedler, Marie Frederick, Greg Kraft, Joan Miller and others in Make-and-Take classes. Classes will include metal stamping, enameling, Viking weave, Kumihimo, silver fusing, polymer clay, and simple solder.

The Orange Dragon Art Gallery (ODAG) is in historic and picturesque Prescott, WI, just a short drive from the twin cities, across the bride from Hastings. Visit with local artists, enjoy a hot beverage, sign up for a class, try a studio session to explore some new tools, or shop for one of a kind gifts. The gallery offers a wide range of gifts such as jewelry, fused glass, pottery, sculptures, metal art, paintings, drawings and fiber art.

Orange Dragon Art Gallery
122 Orange Street, Prescott, WI

Contact the Gallery at 715-262-4122 for more information

oil painting Harbor Scene

Art Collection of Oil Paintings for Sale

You are invited to a special opening reception on Friday, January 12 at 5 p.m.!

Artist Tom Blanck is offering for sale, items from his extensive art collection, built up over 50 years. Paintings available for immediate sale include Harbor Scene by Leo Perla, Composition with Ukulele by Matias Wolden and Bouquet by Alice H. Stop by the gallery and view all the paintings in this vast collection.

Tom’s new and personal unique paintings will also be for sale in the Garden Room of the Orange Dragon Art Gallery.

Sale dates and hours:
Friday, January 12 (5 to 8 p.m.)
Saturday, January 13 (11 a.m. to 5 p.m.)

Orange Dragon Art Gallery
122 Orange Street
Prescott, WI 54021
Phone: 715.262.4122

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Art by Adam Swanson

National Eagle Center – Artist Adam Swanson Exhibit

Join the National Eagle Center for an opening reception in the Watershed Gallery for artist Adam Swanson!

Artist Opening Reception: Thursday, January 11th at 5pm

Art Exhibit: January through April 2018

The Watershed Gallery at the National Eagle Center is pleased to welcome Duluth-based artist Adam Swanson for an exhibition of his acrylic paintings, on view January through April 2018.

Swanson uses his art to explore the implications of human actions on the environment, including its animals, clean water and our dynamic landscape. Visiting Antarctica while working for the National Science Foundation influenced his work. He now paints full time from his log home in northern Minnesota.

“I create colorful, expressive paintings reflecting on human relationships with nature, and how it ties into our humanity”, says Swanson. “There is a deep connection between art and science. The more we learn about our surroundings, where we come from and who we are, the more likely we will thrive in a universe of endless possibilities.”

An opening reception will be held Thursday, January 11th at 5pm at the National Eagle Center. Adam will be available to talk about his work and answer guest questions. This reception is free and open to the public.

The Watershed Gallery at the National Eagle Center showcases the artistic works of regional artists. Admission to the gallery is included with daily admission to the National Eagle Center.

Original works created for the National Eagle Center will be included in the exhibition.

Exhibition pieces will be available for sale.

Read More

National Eagle Center
50 Pembroke Avenue
Wabasha, MN 55981

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MN Writes, Reads page

Create, Share and Read!

Are you a local author, self-published or aspiring?

You can now create e-books and share them with readers across the country by using  MN Writes, MN Reads tools provided free by the Dakota County Library.

Excerpt from Dakota County Library post:

“Dakota County Library now offers a new suite of resources — collectively called MN Writes MN Reads — to help local authors connect with local readers and readers across the country. MN Writes MN Reads consists of three resources that allow authors and readers to create, share and read e-books. These resources — Pressbooks, SELF-e, and Biblioboard — are free to members of the community via the Dakota County Library website.

Pressbooks enables writers to convert their manuscripts into a variety of e-book formats. After converting their book, authors can share and distribute it however they choose. One option is SELF-e.” READ MORE

For more information, please visit Dakota County Library MN Writes, MN Reads webpage



Music & Gingerbread Displays

Enjoy these upcoming events in Prescott & Hastings!

Ukulele Christmas Sing Along

Saturday, December 16 from 1 to 3 p.m.

You are invited to join the Orange Dragon Art Gallery for Ukulele Christmas songs, even sing along while you are enjoying some hot apple cider and Christmas Cookies. This would also be a good time to shop for unique, one of a kind Christmas gifts.

Orange Dragon Art Gallery
122 Orange St, Prescott, Wisconsin 54021

Gingerbread House Contest and Display 

Join in the fun by entering your own creation or stop by the library to vote for your favorites!

The Pleasant Hill Library will be hosting their annual Gingerbread House Contest and Display from Thursday Dec 14 to Monday, Dec 18. Winners will be announced on Monday, Dec. 18 before the Bells of the Bluffs Concert. Read More

Pleasant Hill Library
1490 S. Frontage Rd Hastings


River Valley Band Musical Concerts

Celebrate the Holidays with Great Music!

The River Valley Band will be performing TWO concerts in December under the direction of Rufino Ochoada.

The FIRST concert will be on Sunday, December 3, 2017 at 3:00 PM at St. Philip’s Lutheran Church.

Please bring a food donation to benefit HFS.

The SECOND concert will be on Tuesday, December 5 at 7:00 PM at Simley High School

Date/Location Summary:

Sunday, December 3, 2017 at 3:00 PM
St. Philip’s Lutheran Church
1401 15th Street West
Hastings, MN 55033

Tuesday, December 5 at 7:00 PM
Simley High School
2920 80th Street East
Inver Grove Heights, MN 55076

Free will offering to benefit the continuing mission of the River Valley Band will be appreciated.

Please follow the River Valley Band Facebook page for updates