The Dakota County Historical Society is accepting applications through March 31, 2016, for a juried arts competition based on original embroidery designs from the Hastings Needle Work Co.

Hastings Needle Work was in operation from 1888 to the mid-1920s and produced unique embroidery pieces for their clients.

Original patterns from the collection of the Minnesota Historical Society are available for the challenge. Any media may be used to interpret the design.

The accepted art pieces will be sent to the Le Duc Historical Estate at 1629 Vermillion St. in Hastings ahead of the exhibition, which is set to open in June 2016.

For an application, go to For more information, call 651-437-7055.


Kids painting series at arts center

Children ages 6 to 12 can participate in the "Kids Painting Series: House" from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Friday at the Lakeville Area Arts Center, 20965 Holyoke Av. in Lakeville.

The children will create 12-by-12-inch paintings on canvas.

Cost is $18. To register, go to


Clint Black performs at Ames Center

Country superstar Clint Black will perform at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Ames Center, 12600 Nicollet Av. S. Tickets are still available. Go to

Dakota Valley Symphony

The Dakota Valley Symphony will perform "The feeling in baroque music II" at 2 and 7 p.m. next Sunday at the Ames Center, 12600 Nicollet Av. S. Ticket prices are $20 for adults; $15 for seniors, and $5 for students. Go to or call Ticketmaster at 1-800-982-2787.


Art Attack

Dakota County residents are invited to participate in a self-directed art activity called "Spring is Coming" at 10 a.m. Friday at the Inver Glen Library, 8098 Blaine Av. in Inver Grove Heights. Supplies will be provided.

Staff reports