Learn to grow and cultivate vegetables in a small-space garden each Saturday morning from 10 a.m. - 11 a.m. now through September 12, at the Dakota County Master Gardener Research and Display Gardens in UMore Park, 1605 West 160th Street in Rosemount.

"Plan, Plant, and Grow" classes are designed for new gardeners who would like to learn about the steps necessary to keep a successful vegetable garden, from choosing the site to properly cultivating the harvest. Each week will focus on a different aspect of vegetable gardening, with topics including water and nutrient requirements, composting, companion planting, seed collecting, fall planting, and more.

Classes will be taught by Dakota County Master Gardeners and University of Minnesota Extension Educators. Gardeners are invited to attend as many or as few classes as they wish, and there is no cost to attend.

Visit the new Dakota County Master Gardener blog at http://blog.lib.umn.edu/ mgweb/dakota for the complete class schedule and continual updates on the progress of this and other Master Gardener projects at UMore.

Additional information is available from John Zweber at zweberj@gmail.com.

pleasant hill library

Teens can volunteer at the library

The library is looking for teens ages 12 to 18 who are willing to volunteer at least 12 hours during the summer. Schedules may be arranged to fit around activities, vacations, and other commitments. Shifts are generally two hours per week. Teens will assist young children with registering and collecting prizes for the summer reading program.

Teens interested in volunteering at the library may pick up a volunteer sign-up sheet at any of the teen events or at the front desk of the library. Call the library at 438-0200 for more information.

HASTINGS ALUMNI

HHS class of 1969 will meet

Plans are under way for the 40th anniversary year of the Hastings High School class of 1969. The reunion for the class will be Aug. 15 at the Emerald Greens Golf Course. The event will include social time, a program, dinner, music and a golf event.

Invitations have been sent. If you have not received an invitation or know of a classmate that has not received one, call Geno Halberg at 437-7878.

GRIEF COALITION

'Expressions

of caring' is topic

The topic will be "Four Expressions of Caring" when the Hastings Area Grief Coalition meets from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m Thursday, June 18, at the Hastings Area Senior Center, 213 Ramsey St. The Rev. Carrie Tokheim will present the topic.

Four expressions of caring can be used when there is need for healing of relationships as a grieving person works through the grieving process.

Tokheim, of Hastings, is a retired ELCA pastor who has worked with grief groups for more than 15 years, including the Hastings Area Grief Coalition.

All Grief Coalition meetings are open to the community.

Girl Scouts

Girl Scouts day

camp scheduled

Want to do something fun and exciting, and meet new friends?

The Girl Scouts Day Camp, "Journey Through Girl Scouts," will be held Aug. 10 through 14.

Participants will take a journey through Girl Scouts and learn about Girl Scouts, not only in America, but in many countries.

Traditional camp activities will also be held.

For more information, visit http://gsdaycampcc.clubspaces.com.

LeDuc Historic Estate

Exhibit opens

at LeDuc

June 27 marks the opening of the "Modern Interpretations of Historic Designs" exhibit at the LeDuc Historic Estate, 1629 Vermillion Street, Hastings. The exhibit will consist of 33 pieces of art created by 22 artists who participated in a year-long competition and will feature their interpretations of patterns designed by Alice LeDuc for the Hastings Needlework Company.

Between 10:30 a.m. and 3 p.m., June 27, visitors will have an opportunity to meet these artists.

Throughout the season, guests will be invited to vote for their three favorite pieces, and prizes will be awarded to the artists on the basis of the voting.

In addition, there will be an exhibit of original LeDuc textiles on loan from the Minnesota Historical Society, which will also remain at the mansion for the season.

Both exhibits are free and open to the public June 27 only; during the remainder of the tour season, regular admission rates will apply.

Dr. Ann Braaten, NDSU, who spoke at the mansion last year and who has done considerable research on the topic of Hastings Needlework will give two lectures in the parlor at 11 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.

The lectures are free and open to the public, but reservations are required. Call 437-7055 to reserve a spot.

Complete tours of the estate will be available at the regular hours.

For more information go to the website at www.dakotahistory.org.

HASTINGS

HHS class of 2004 will hold reunion

The Hastings High School class of 2004 will hold its five-year reunion at 8 p.m. Saturday, June 27, at RJ's Tavern.

The reunion will be held on the second level, and there is no cost to attend.

Smart Ride will give a discount to 2004 alumni who may need a ride after the reunion.

For more information, contact Jared Siebenaler.

Carpenter Nature

Center

Camp adventures are scheduled

The summer camps at Carpenter offer unique experiences for children to laugh, play and learn in nature.

Professional staff will guide children through interactive, age appropriate inspiring activities including games, crafts, nature hikes and more.

Fishing fun, a half-day adventure is for children ages 4 through 11 years. It's scheduled June 25, July 29 and Aug. 11.

Nestlings day camp is a four-day adventure for children ages 4 though 6 years. It's half days from July 7 though july 10 (has been filled).

Children will make crafts, play games, have a snack and explore, learning to be comfortable in nature with other kids, and in a camp settings. There will be a family picnic the last day.

Free flyers full-day camp is for children ages 8 through 11 years old. The camp, July 20 through July 24, is a time for these kids to spread their wings. There will be beach time, a canoe adventure and a camp-out. There will be a family picnic the last day.

Fledglings half-day camp is for children ages 6 through 8. The camp, Aug.3 through Aug. 7 will be a time to examine trails and wildlife at CNC. There will also be crafts, games and more, with a family picnic the last day.

For more information or to request a registration form, call 437-4359. Registration forms can also be downloaded from the website, www.carpenternaturecenter.org.

Denmark Township

Cemetery sign

will be dedicated

A new steel sign has been erected at the historical Point Douglas Cemetery in Denmark Township. The dedication will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday, June 28, at the cemetery, a half mile west of Carpenter Nature Center, west of St. Croix Trail in southern Denmark Township in Washington County. Directions will be posted on St. Croix Trail.

The first burial in the cemetery took place in 1855. There are approximately 32 burials of early pioneers of the area. The last dated stone, 1932, is that of Peter Olson.

The sign was an Eagle Scout project for Cole Brown, Boy Scout Troop 777.

PLEASANT HILL LIBRARY

Library offers adult computer classes

Free computer classes for beginners will be offered at Pleasant Hill Library. Call 438-0200 or register online at www.dakotacounty.us/library. The class is limited to 10.

Classes offered by the library in the upcoming months are:

  • Wednesday, July 1, 2:30 p.m. to 4 p.m.: Internet Basics (Registration begins June 17);
  • Thursday, July 23, 2:30 p.m. to 4 p.m.: Internet Practice;
  • Wednesday, Aug. 5, 2:30 p.m. to 4 p.m.: Library Secrets Revealed; and
  • Wednesday, Aug. 19, 2:30 p.m. to 4 p.m.: Legal Resources.

For more information on any of the computer classes offered by the Pleasant Hill Library, call the library at 438-0200.

carpenter Nature

Center

'Microscope Magic'

is fun for family

Investigate some everyday items such as sand, fabrics, and kitchen powders through the magnified view of the microscope from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. June 20 at Carpenter Nature Center.

Feel free to bring your own specimens from home or look at things collected from the grounds of the nature center.

Bring water shoes to collect aquatic critters from the wetland to observe under the microscopes. Several field microscopes will be available for hands-on activities, led by microscopy experts from the Minnesota Microscopy Society.

You'll even be able to print your favorite and take it home with you.

The program fee is $4 ($3 for members), with a maximum of $10 for a family.

carpenter nature

center

Summer, fishing

go hand-in-hand

Join the Carpenter Nature Center staff from 8:30 a.m. to noon June 25 for a half day of fishing fun. Bring your own rod and reel if you have one, or use one provided.

The majority of the time will be at the river, so bring a water bottle and sunscreen; dress to be outside.

Reservations are required for the program; call 437-4359.

The program is recommended for children 4 to 11 years old.

The program fee is $25 ($15 for members).

Lap swim will be offered at the Hastings Family Aquatic Center beginning June 8 and ending Aug. 29.

On Mondays, Wednesday and Fridays, lap swim is offered from 5 a.m. to 6 a.m.

On Tuesdays and Thursdays, lap swim if offered from 5 a.m. to 7:30 a.m.

Lap swim is offered on Saturdays from 7 a.m. to 11 a.m.

One lane will also be open from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. on the following dates: June 11,16,18, 23, 25 and 30; July 2, 14, 16, 21, 23, 28, and 30; and Aug. 4 and 6. Cost is $6.50, a season pass, or a punch card admission.

For other Aquatic Center activities, including "Water Walking" and "Water Aerobics," go to www.ci.hastings.mn.us or call 480-2392.

senior center

'Telling My Story'

is topic

The topic will be "Telling My Story is Helpful" when the Hastings Area Grief Coalition meets from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, June 25, at the Hastings Area Senior Center, 213 Ramsey St. Judy Mitchell will present the topic.

Following the loss of her husband to cancer, Mitchell began the work of recovery by attending the Grief Coalition group and then began volunteering as a facilitator. She shares a story of care giving and loss with tenderness and encouragement for others like herself.

All Grief Coalition meetings are open to the community.

YMCA

Family Fun Run

will be July 18

Register now for the Hastings Family Fun Run Saturday, July 18. The 8K run and the 2K Fun Run will start and end at the YMCA.

Register before July 1 and get a lower registration fee. For more information, call 480-8887. To download a registration form, go to www.ymcatwincities.org.

Amateur Radio Field Days scheduled

Members of SEMARC (Southeast Metro Amateur Radio Club) will participate in the annual field days June 27 and 28 at Spring Lake Park Reserve on Pine Bend Trail and Fahey Avenue, west of Hastings.

The event begins at 1 p.m. Saturday and ends at 1 p.m. Sunday. The purpose of Field Days, open to the public, is to demonstrate the hobby and utility of amateur radio. Radios will be operated on emergency power, batteries, solar power or generators. Operators will attempt to contact other ham radio operators in the U.S. and Canada.

Amateur radio can be set up in minutes to provide emergency communications in the event of floods, tornados, severe weather observations, and other lesser events such as helping with cross country marathons and parades.

The public is invited to observe and ask questions.

Carpenter nature

center

St. Croix Golf Tourney is July 20

Do you enjoy getting out on the links? Why not get some green time in Monday, July 20, and support Carpenter Nature Center in the process?

There will be an 18-hole Best Ball Scramble at the St. Croix Golf Tournament supporting Carpenter Nature Center. The cost is $75 per person or $300 per foursome and includes greens fees, carts, a meal, prizes and a $25 per person tax-deductible donation to CNC.

Check-in is at noon with a 1 p.m. shotgun start. Golfers are needed, as well as sponsors and volunteers.

For more information, contact Jim at 437-4359 or Jim@CarpenterNatureCenter.org.

Al-Anon

Al-Anon meets

Hastings Al-Anon meets at 10 a.m. Fridays at 207 E. Third St., Hastings. The meetings are open to the community.

HASTINGS ALUMNI

Class celebrates

25th anniversary

Plan are under way for the HHS class of 1984 celebration. The event will be held Aug. 22.

For more information, contact Elaine Chilson-Klimek at Moonie99@comcast.net.

COMMUNITY EDUCATION

PITS program

offers good values

The Community Education PITS program for children offers good values - both education-wise and cost-wise.

Aside from Monday "Edventures and Friday field trips, the daily PITS program is free.

PITS is a program for children ages K-eighth-grade in various parks around the community. It's an opportunity for children to play with other children, learn and do, with adult supervision - free.

The program runs daily from 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. - Tuesdays at Wallin Park, Wdnesdays at Roadside Park and Thursdays at John F. Kennedy Elementary School playground.

On Fridays, there will be PITS field trips for kids who have completed grades K-5 and ATOMS trips for those who have completed Grades 4-8. A fee will be charged for the field trips, just enough to cover admission and bussing. There will be a number of field trip "bundles" to keep the cost as low as possible.

Monday "Edventures" are low-cost ($5) mini field trips, designed to help save families money. The mini field trips will be held at various school playgrounds, mostly at JFK.

The mini field trips include a few such as "Mad Science: worms and minerals," a trip to Carpenter Nature Center, and a "Rock Concert for Kids."

The daily program is just as exciting. Participants can learn about puppets, tie dye a shirt, tour the fire station , have popsicles and play "Capture the Flag," and more.

For a complete schedule, call 480-7670 or check the website at www.hastings.k12.mn.us/ce.

There is no reason for a child to say, "There's nothing to do," not with the volunteers of PITS ready to facilitate summer fun.