rivervalleybandjimjacobsenapril2012_edited-1The River Valley Band will perform with several other area concert bands on Saturday, May 3 at 2 pm at Shepard of the Valley Lutheran Church in Apple Valley, Minnesota.  Jim Jacobson directs this community concert band, which is made up of approximately 40 musicians. Any musician is welcome to try out to be part of River Valley Band. For more information, please contact Kelly Casey Spavin atkcivory@aol.com





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HPAAC Writers Workshop and the Hastings Library will sponsor conversations with local authors this summer. Each of these events will take place at the Pleasant Hill Library from 6-7 pm.

Monday    July 14         Marisha Chamberlain  The Rose Variations  (Seen in photo)

Thursday  July 17        Doug Wood   Old Turtle

Monday    July 21        Spike Carlsen  The Splintered History of Wood: 

Monday    August 18   Colleen Baldrica   Tree Spirited Woman


The Dakota County Historical Society will hold a Diamond Dance on Saturday, May 3, 2014 at the Rosemount Community Center.  The Diamond Dance will be held to celebrate the 75th Anniversary of the Dakota County Historical Society.  Advance reservations are $15.00 before April 26th and $20.00 at the door.  Reservations can be made by calling 651-552-7548.  Watch for more information at: http://www.dakotahistory.org!


hpaaclogo_v7.2HPAAC BOARD MEETING TUESDAY MARCH 25 2014 held at TILDEN CENTER MEMBERS PRESENT: Bill Spinelli, Dick Graham, Lynn Gruber, Diane Saed, Char Vick, Andy Langenfeld, Karen Jung, Ann Sylvander, Susan Zinschlag, Mary Jonikas, Debbie Saunders   1. Artspace Study: Tentative dates for the Artspace Study Kick-off are either May 27th or May 29th. The study will determine whether there is a demand for artist studio and living space in the Hastings area. A meeting will be held with Artspace and Char Vick, Mark Borchardt and Dick Graham on April 4 to plan for the kick-off.   2. The National Park Service and Mississippi River Fund (fundraising arm of National Parks Service) are working with the Hastings Parks and Recreation and HPAAC to plan an event that focuses on the Mississippi River in Hastings and confluence area.  Dick Graham and Char Vick have met with this group and will assist in planning the event, tentatively set for Friday, August 22, 2014.   3. The Minnesota Humanities Commission has selected the city of Hastings to participate in a three session dialogue with citizens about the United States Constitution. The first session is titled, “ How  did the US Constitution build the Hastings Bridge?” and will be held on June 17th, 2014. Hastings Communiy Ed and HPAAC will host this event, and Bill Spinelli will plan and moderate the first session at Tilden Community Center.  There is no charge for the dialogue, the public is invited and dinner will be served.   4. A discussion was held about creating a new forum, “Community Conversations”, that will focus on providing information, education and discussion about arts and culture in our communities.  This discussion came about when HPAAC board members were trying to determine how the Minnesota Humanities Commission event concerning the US Constitution was part of the mission of HPAAC.  If taken broadly, the Humanities relates to the arts through literature, drama and visual arts. The board decided to continue the discussion about creating this new forum.   5. The Art in the Garden will be held on Saturday, July 12. Mary Jonikas and Mike Erie are co-chairs of the event.   6. Dick Graham proposed that the Hastings Rotary  Club and HPAAC join together to sponsor the Gallery Gala on October 10.  The Hastings Rotary Club is organizing and financing a new pavilion along the Mississippi River, which will be used for performances and activities that HPAAC will be able to use.  If the two organizations could work together to plan the event, then both organizations would benefit financially and involve more community members.  Although the Gallery Gala will be a joint event with the Rotary and HPAAC, the HPAAC Arts Heroes Awards will still be held at the Gala.   7. Lynn Gruber, Executive Director of Dakota County Historical Center, advised the group that the LeDuc Historic Estate is open for HPAAC board meetings and other events.  The Dakota County Historical Society will hold a Diamond Dance on Saturday, May 3 at the Rosemount Community Center to celebrate their 75th Anniversary. The public is invited.   8. The Membership Committee reported that although the Membership Drive was scheduled to begin on March 21, the date was delayed.  The Inver Hills Community College Business Writers Class is assisting with the marketing of HPAAC and will be ready in April.  The Membership Drive will run from April until the Gallery Gala on October 10th.   9. The board decided that HPAAC will participate in the parade at the Rivertown Days in July, 2014.  Debbie Saunders will fill out and hand in the parade permit by early June.   10. The HPAAC board meetings will be held on the third Thursday of every other month.  The next board meeting will be held on Thursday, May 15th, 2014.   The meeting was adjourned at 8:35 pm.   Respectfully submitted,   Deborah Saunders




On Thursday, May 15, a free concert featuring three professional musicians will be held at the First Presbyterian Church at 602 Vermillion Street in Hastings at 7 pm. This concert is a collaboration between Thursday Musical and the Hastings Prescott Area Arts Council (HPAAC). For more than 120 years, Thursday Musical has been dedicated to presenting fine classical music programs featuring outstanding local musicians and offering educational opportunities to artists and audiences alike.

A native of Hong Kong, Mimi Tung began piano studies at age 4.  She earned her degree in piano performance from Santa Clara University and was awarded the Performer’s Certificate for outstanding musical performance.  Since moving to Minnesota, Mimi has performed at the Schubert Club Courtroom Concert series and the Thursday Musical Artist Series.  In addition to being an active solo and collaborative pianist, Mimi currently serves as Assistant Vice President for Development at the University of Minnesota Foundation.

       Soprano Melyssa Rice has performed opera roles, opera/operatorio solos in concert, and art songs in a variety of settings.  Companies include Puget Sound Opera, Kitsap Opera, and Seattle Comic Opera (opera roles); the Seattle Opera (AGMA chorus); Minnesota Sinfonia and Hildman String Orchestra (solos with orchestra); and Cornish College of the Arts (guest artist), where she premiered the role of Tituba in the opera Gallows Hill.  Ms. Rice has also created six solo concerts, and performed in over 20 group concerts in Minnesota, Wisconsin, Washington and Alaska.  A lifelong learner, she studies with Lawrence Weller and counts Janis Hardy, Awilda Verdejo and Erich Parce among her teachers.  She has taught voice for over 20 years, maintains an active teaching studio in Prescott, WI, and has served as voice faculty at Seattle Central, South Seattle, Bellevue and Shoreline Community Colleges, as well as the Music Center of the Northwest.


Sarah Lockwood received her Bachelor of Music degree in piano performance from Depauw University (Greencastle, IN), and her Masters of Music degree in Accompanying and Coaching at the University of Minnesota (Minneapolis). Sarah has held staff accompanist positions at Carleton College , Augsburg College and MacPhail Center for Music. She has collaborated with participants competing in The Schubert Club, Thursday Musical and NATS annual competitions, as well as auditions for The Minnesota Opera Company.  Sarah is also a private music teacher of violin, viola and piano. Living in Hastings, Minnesota, she often accompanies and volunteers for the Hastings Public Schools choir, orchestra and musical theater programs, and has worked as an assistant music director for the Black Dirt Community Theater productions.

There is no charge for the concert, but a free will offering will be taken up.  Information about Thursday Musical is available at http://www.ThursdayMusical.org and information about Hastings Prescott Area Arts Council is at http://www.hpaac.org.

The mission of HPAAC is to foster the arts in the Hastings Prescott area.


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