2024 Events


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Hastings Middle School Book Club Once a week in February after school 

Register with Community Education  via this LINK to join the book club, which will read and discuss Out of My Mind by Sharon Draper.

Thursday, February 1 | 6:30-7:30 p.m. | LeDuc History Book Club |  LeDuc Historic Estate 

Join the LeDuc History Book Group for a lively discussion of Darius the Great is Not Okay by Adib Khorram. 

February 6 and 7 | Meditation and Yoga Classes |Hastings YMCA 

Join Guided Meditation on Tuesday, February 6 from 10:50-11 a.m., and yoga on Wednesday, February 7 from 5-6 p.m. These classes are free and open to the public. Bring your ID! 

Saturday, February 10 | 10:45 a.m. - noon | Boosting Stress Resilience | Hastings YMCA

Designed to support you in understanding, coping with, and even reducing stress, this empowering workshop experience--led by a national board-certified health & wellness coach--will equip you with tools to help you lead a more balanced, resilient life! You do not need to be a member of the YMCA, and no registration is required.

Monday, February 12  | Author Visit: Adib Khorram | During the school day at HHS & 6:30-8 p.m. at Hastings Arts Center 

Adib Khorram is coming to Hastings! During the school day, he will talk to HHS students about his debut and award-winning novel, Darius the Great is Not Okay. In the evening, he will join community members downtown to discuss the book and his work as an author. He will sign books, and copies of his book will be available for purchase. 

Wednesday, February 14 | 1:30 p.m. | Popcorn and a Movie | Tilden Senior Center 

Senior citizens, join us for heartwarming family drama about a young boy trying to fit in despite a rare facial deformity. Rated PG. 

Wednesday, February 14 |  6-7 p.m. | Pleasant Hill Evening Book Group | Dakota County Pleasant Hill Library

Join the Pleasant Hill Library's Evening Book Group for a discussion of Out of My Mind by Sharon Draper. New members are welcome. Geared for adults. 

Tuesday, February 20 | 3:30-5 p.m. | Writing the Dark: Life's Difficult Subjects | Dakota County Pleasant Hill Library

Learn to weave life's difficult subjects into your creative prose or poetry in ways that honor and illuminate those experiences. Presented by The Loft. Geared for youth ages 14 and older. Register via the Dakota County Library calendar

Wednesday, February 21 |  2:45-3:30 p.m. | Hastings High School Book Discussion | HHS Media Center 

Hastings High School students are invited to enjoy refreshments while discussing Khorram's novel and his visit to HHS! 

Friday, February 23 |  6-7:30 p.m. | Family Event with author Ty Chapman | Hastings YMCA 

This event is for families with children in elementary school. Bring your young ones to the YMCA for pizza, books, and movement...with Ty Chapman, the author of Looking for Happy! Pizza will be served from 6-6:50, and then we'll complete fun projects and activities with the author. You do not need to be a member of the YMCA, and no registration is required. 

If you would like to pre-order copies of Chapman's children's book(s), please visit the following link to purchase from Red Balloon Bookshop (https://bit.ly/ChapmanBooks). Copies will be available for pick up at the event (if unable to attend the event, copies will be delivered to children at school). 

Tuesday, February 27 | 6:30-7:30 p.m. | Meet MN Author Claire Forrest | Dakota County Pleasant Hill Library

Meet Minnesota author Claire Forrest as she discusses her book Where You See Yourself, a young-adult novel that combines a coming-of-age tale, a swoon-worthy romance, and disability representation. Geared for adults and youth ages 14 and older. 

Wednesday, February 28 | 6-7 p.m. | Creating Caring Communities in MN: Things You Can Do | Dakota County Pleasant Hill Library 

Presented by NAMI MN. Learn about mental illnesses, the impact of negative attitudes, and five things each of us can do to make MN a better place for people who experience mental illness. This one-hour class is for anyone interested in learning about mental illnesses and helping to change attitudes. A certificate of attendance is available for this class. Register via the Dakota County Library calendar

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