Dakota County arts briefs: Kickoff Party will raise funds for Hastings River Place

  • April 5, 2014 - 2:00 PM

A fundraiser on Thursday will continue efforts to build an outdoor performance and gathering space in Hastings’ Levee Park.

The Hastings River Place Kickoff Party, from 6-9 p.m. Thursday, is an open house with live music and improvisation by the Black Dirt Theater Company. There will be snacks and a cash bar.

The event will raise money for the envisioned River Place, which backers hope can become a focal point of music, theater, arts and other activities in the city. The Hastings Rotary Club has been leading the effort. The estimated cost of the center is $450,000.

The open house will be in the Green Mill Events Center above Premier Bank, 101 W. 10th St.


Victorian Tea served May 3

Lady Jane’s Victorian Tea, an annual program of the Dakota City Heritage Village, invites ladies to dress up in their finest finery and enjoy an opulent luncheon out of the early 1900s. This year’s event is May 3 at Crystal Lake Golf Club in Lakeville.

Hostess Lady Jane is played by Jennifer Merha of Farmington. Each year’s event has a new theme and features multiple courses of baked goods, desserts and other delicacies.

Attendees must purchase tickets in advance; they are $35 apiece. Last year’s event drew more than 200 registrants. For more information, see, call 651-460-8050 or e-mail


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