2017 Events


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Hastings Reads Kick-Off

Saturday, February 4, 2017
1-2:30 pm
Dakota County Pleasant Hill Library

Hear a first-hand account of a Japanese American's experience spending 3.5 years of her childhood confined in an American prison camp during World War II. Presented by Sally Sudo from the Twin Cities Chapter of the Japanese American Citizens League.


Popcorn and a Movie                           

Wednesday, February 8, 2017
1 pm
Tilden Senior Center

Enjoy a romantic mystery based on a novel by David Guterson. A mysterious death forces the residents of a small town to face the treatment their Japanese American neighbors faced during World War II.


History Movie Night at HMS                           

Thursday, February 9, 2017
6:30 pm
Hastings Middle School Auditorium

Middle Schoolers, join your classmates for a movie about American prison camps of WWII. (Students, check with your teachers to see if they are offering extra credit.)


D is for Draw - Free Storytime                            

Friday, February 10, 2017
11-12 pm
Dakota County Pleasant Hill Library

Children 3-5 years old and their parents/caregivers are invited to this free storytime. Our adventure will include stories, crafts and games that are all about art. Sponsored in part by ECFE. Registration required.  Please register through the library website or by calling 651-438-0200).


Book Discussion of Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet                       

Thursday, February 16, 2017
2:45-3:30 pm
Hastings High School Library

High school students are invited to enjoy refreshments while discussing Ford's novel. (Students, check with your teachers to see if they are offering extra credit!) This discussion is a great way to prepare for Ford's visit to HHS. 


Gyotaku Fish Prints                           

Thursday, February 16, 2017
4-5:30 pm
Dakota County Pleasant Hill Library

Pleasant Hill Library invites youth 6-12 years old to learn about a beautiful art form and to create wall art that shows off textures and details from nature. You will learn to create your own Gyotaku fish print, a Japanese art form  first used to document the size of a prize catch. Registration required. (Register through the website or by calling 651-438-2000).


Japanese Folk Art Traditions                          

Thursday, February 16, 2017
6-8 pm
Dakota County Pleasant Hill Library

Get ready for a travel adventure to Japan! As you explore the customs and traditions of Japanese culture, you will learn how to make origami,create your own Japanese lantern, taste Japanese foods, dress in a kimono or obi, and perform several Japanese dances. Registration required. (Please register through the library website or by calling 651-438-0200). Ages: Adult.


Author Visit: Jamie Ford                           

Tuesday, February 21, 2017
School Day
Hastings High School

Tuesday, February 21, 2017
6:30 - 8 pm
Hastings Art Center 

Jamie Ford, author of the New York Times bestseller, Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet, is coming to Hastings to share and discuss his novel, which "gives us a glimpse of the damage that is caused by war - not the sweeping damage of the battlefield , but the cold, cruel damage to the hearts and humanity of individual people. Especially relevant in today's world, this is a beautifully written book that will make you think. And, more importantly, it will make you feel" - Garth Stein. During the day, Ford will visit with students at HHS. Community members are invited to an evening presentation by Ford at the Hastings Art Center. Admission is free. Ford will sign books, and copies of Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet will be available for purchase. (Students, check with your teachers to see if they are offering extra credit, and listen to the announcements for details on how you can be involved).


Family Event                             

Friday,  February 24, 2017
6-7:30 pm
Hastings YMCA

This event is for families with children in elementary school. Bring your young ones to the YMCA for the perfect combination of pizza, books, and fun! Pizza will be served from 6-6:30, and then we will experience Mu Daiko's taiko drumming. "Taiko is a joyful and expressive way to experience Japanese American culture, move your body, and have a great time!"  We will also create artwork inspired by Amy Lee-Tai's  A Place Where Sunflowers Grow. You do not need to be a member of the YMCA and no registration is required.


Chinese Brush Painting                         

Monday, February 27, 2017
6-8 pm
Dakota County Pleasant Hill Library

Pleasant Hill Library invites youth 12-18 years old to learn to paint Chinese characters and natural scenes with bamboo brushes and ink. Paint Chinese characters, specific animals, and natural subjects on rice paper. Registration required. (Please register through the library website or by calling 651-438-0200).


Book Discussions for 
SEAS Students and HMS Students                       

TBD

SEAS students in grades 6-8 and HMS students  are invited to book discussions of Dust of Eden by Mariko Nagai at their schools. Teachers will give you directions on how to attend. 


Book-club kits for Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet are available at the public library.

Books are available for purchase at the YMCA, the Tilden Community Center  and at most events.

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Hastings Reads,
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