Monday, October 1, 2012

Beyond the Yellow Ribbon Community of Hastings

Hastings Beyond The Yellow Ribbon is a community effort to make a meaningful difference to  our  military, veterans, and their families. Community residents, businesses, schools, political leaders, civic, and faithbased organizations are invited to find opportunities to serve, support, and recognize our military, veterans, their families and be a viable part of the community.

On October 11th, 7:00 p.m.. I would like to invite you to join us at the Nelson Lucking American Legion Post 47, 50 Sibley Street. The main topic will be how can the community recognize the 100 or so members of the local National Guard Unit during their Family Readiness Group Christmas party on December 1st.  The majority of these members are not residents of Hastings and come from as far as Iowa.  If you would like to make a contribution to this event, contact SFC Edenefield or SSG Lehmann, (651) 268-8301, so they can assist in identification of any specific requirements.

Veterans Day
An Act approved May 13th, 1938, made the 11th of November in each year a legal holiday – a day to be dedicated to the cause of world peace and to be therefore celebrated and known as "Armistice Day".  Armstice Day was primarily set aside in honor of World War I, but in 1954, after World War II had required the greatest mobilization of soldiers, sailors, Marines and airmen in the Nation's history, after American forces had fought aggression in Korea, the 83rd Congress, at the urging of the veterans service organizations, amended the Act 0f 1938 by sticking out the word "Armstice" and inserting in its place the word "Veterans". With the approval of this legislation on June 1, 1954, November 11th become a day to honor American veterans of all wars. Within the community of Hastings, there is proper and widespread observance of this anniversary, all veterans, all veteran organizations and the entire citizerny are invited to join hands in this common purpose. This year's community event will be hosted by Nelson Lucking American Legion Post 47, at the Hastings National Guard Armory on November 12th. Contact the American Legion Post for additional details. (651) 437-0417. The Minnesota Veterans Home – Hastings also conducts a ceremony to honor its residents. Contact Dan Jordan, (651) 437-8528 for additional details. The community has over 135 active National Guardsmen and airmen, not including airmen, sailors and the Marines, I asking each one to consider to making a prescence, and becoming a visible part of this celebration.

United Way of Hastings
As members of the community, support is given in many ways as donated services and monetary. United Way supports many organizations and programs that serve the range of needs across our community and coincide with the mission of the United Way of Hastings to promote. Donate today! And join in the fun by attending an upcoming event. On Satuday, October 6th, 7:30 a.m. to 10 a.m. at the Green Mill Restaurant in Hastings, come out and support the Dolly Parton Imagination Library Pancake Breakfast. Books being featured are "My Little Train" and The Little Engin that Could".  Meet and have fun with Engineer Paul from the Choo Choo Bob Store. Six (6) dollars per person, children under three (3) free.  Children under the age of five in Hastings School District 200 are eligible to receive free books on a monthly basis. For additional information, call (651) 438-3337 or go to

Leaf for Lupus
Jump into the leaves for a good cause! Help raise money for the Lupus Foundation of Minnesogta on Saturday, October 13th, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., at Hidden Greens Golf Course, 129777 200th Street East. Hastings. The cost is $5 to jump in the giant leaf piles, hayide through the woods, cookie decorating, staged photo booth (bring your own camera), crazy hair for $1. Plus bids on valuable silent action items. Visit the website for an updated silent action list. Weather permitting, parent supervision required.

The Invasion of Normandy: D-Day
Dan Hartman, a military historian will conduct this seminar at the Tilden Community Center, 310 River Street, Hastings, on Tuesday, October 16th, at 10:00 a.m., that will examine the events of June 6, 1944, the D-Day invasion of Europe and the following Normandy campaign which lead to the liberation of Paris. An extensive display will include maps of the invasion plans and a photo "travelogue' of the Normandy beaches as they look today.

Support Out Troops – Haunted House
The theme for the Haunted House is " Strangely Inhabited" sponsored by the 2012 Support Our Troops Organization on Friday and Saturday, 7:00 – 10:00 p.m. on October 5, 6, 12, and 13, at the Dakota County Fairgrounds. Admission is five a (5) dollar donation at the door with pass discounts available. For additional details go to:

Military Veterans Family Support – C.H.O.M.P. Event
Minnesota Veterans Family Support, C.H.O.M.P. (Child Heroes of Military Personnel) extends an invitation to military children and families to their upcoming event on October 20th at Afton Apple, 14421 South 90th Street, Hastings, MN 55033. Military families and their children will receive free admission to Afton Apple. Included will be lunch – hot dog, chips and beverage and the event will be from 11:00 a.m. to 4 p.m. Afton Apple has allow them to stay after the event is finished, if interested in other events available – or want to continue to play in the maze. Visits to the orchard, apple and pumpkin picking and hayrides are available. Entry into the orchard is $3.00 (This is not covered by MVFS). Adults must stay with their children at all times.  For more information and RSVP's no later than October 20th, contact Lynn Marie Terpstra (651) 621-9321 or

Community Halloween Party
The 2012 Hastings Community Party will be held on Friday, October 26, 5:30 – 8:00 p.m. at the Hastings High School Commons area.  Admission is a non-perishable item or a cash donation for Hastings Family Services.  This is a family friendly event. Please wear a costume. Food, games, prizes, and candy for all. Bought to you by the City of Hastings, Parks and Recreation Department and Hastings Community Education.  Any questions please contact Jareb Flawell, (651) 480-6181.

A networking lunch is held on the second and fourth Monday of each month, from 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. at G & R Nutrition, 275 33rd St W (in the strip mall next to Colburns). Lunch available for $6.

Local Students Could Win College Money!
High school students have the opportunity to compete in the VFW Voice of Democracy audio-essay competition by writing 400 word and recording a three-to-five minute essay on this year's theme "Is Our Constitution Still Relevant?" Middle school students in grade 6-8 may compete in the VFW Patriot's Pen Essay Competition, by writing a 300- essay on the patriotic theme "What I Would Tell America's Founding Fathers. Students begin by competing at the school level with a deadline of November 1st. Community winners advance to district and then the first place District winner advance to the state competition. All state winners receive a four day trip to Washington D.C.  Awards are received at all levels. For details visit:

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