Community Calendar

We want your listings! Listings for the community calendar are free, but not guaranteed. We encourage you send us your listings of upcoming events and we will do our best to include them.

Send your event information with the date, time, place, ticket prices or fees, and a point of contact with a phone number. The deadline is one week prior to publication, but the sooner we receive the information the better – we recommend submitting your information two-three weeks prior to the event or activity.

Send your event or activity listing to: The Laker and The Pioneer newspapers, P.O. Box 82, Mound, MN 55364, or fax: (952) 442-6815; or, e-mail: [email protected]


June 1-2

KIDS FROM WESTONKA SPRING SHOW – Come to the Kids from Westonka Spring Show on Friday, June 1 and Saturday, June 2 at 7 p.m. In the Mound Westonka High School Little Theatre. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for students at the door. Refreshments will be served following the show. The show is Sponsored by the Lake Minnetonka Regional Arts Council and directed by Thom Flug.

June 2

PRUNING – Pruning is an important part of any garden. Proper pruning methods help plants to grow to their full mature size in great form while improving plant health. But, what’s too much pruning? What’s not enough? Come to this class to gain some good basic pruning expertise and take away the "guessing game" of pruning in your backyard. Learn how pruning can make your plants healthier, better looking and perform better over time.??Instructor – Julie Weisenhorn, Assistant Extension Professor, University of Minnesota. The class will take place at the Gillespie Center in Mound, from 9 a.m. until 11 a.m. This is session one of a three-session course from the Westonka Horticulture Society. The cost for one to two sessions is $35 each, three sessions is $75.

PILLOW CLEANING SERVICE – The Our Lady of the Lake youth group invites you to Carlson’s Pillow Cleaning Service on Saturday, June 2 from 7 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Pillows cleaned, deodorized, sanitized and fluffed. The mobile unit will provide same day service while you wait! Custom-made new pillows and comforters will also be for sale.

Saturday Mornings on the Farm – Explore the Gale Woods Farm barn, where you can meet animals, assist a Gale Woods farmer with chores, and participate in other seasonal farm activities. The event takes place on Saturday, June 2, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., at the Gale Woods Farm in Minnetrista. Pack a picnic and enjoy lunch outside on your own. Cost is $4 and this program is for ages 2+.

June 6

ECFE SUMMER CLASSES – The Infant, Toddler and Two’s summer parent-child classes begin. Early Childhood Family Education offers a four week session for each age. All classes are held at the Early Childhood Education Center, located at 5241 Shoreline Dr., in Mound. For class information and to register, go to or call 952-491-8048.

June 7-8

RUMMAGE SALE – A rummage sale will be taking place at the St. George Catholic Church, located 133 N Brown Road in Long Lake. The St. George Catholic Church will host it’s annual rummage sale on Thursday, June 7 from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Friday June 8 from 9 1 p.m. Friday is Bag Day at $3 per bag, and large items and "better goods" are half price. Prices remain the same as for the last 3 years. For information call 952-473-1247.

BLESSING OF THE BIKES – Their will be a Blessing of the Bikes event for motorcyclists on June 10th, 2012 at the Corner of Bartlett and Wilshire Boulevards in Mound. The address is 5218 Bartlett Blvd. Everyone is welcome. There will be an outdoor worship at 9 a.m., then a blessing of the bikes at 10:30 a.m. There will be a motorcycle ride from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., and finally food and fun from noon to 2 p.m. For more information, contact 952-472-2756. The event is sponsored by Mt. Olive Lutheran Church and the Christian Motorcyclists Association, and the Spoke-N-Word Chapter.

June 11-14

St. John’s Vacation Bible School – All children 3 years old – 4th grade (grade completed) are invited to join us at St. John’s Lutheran Church for this year’s SKY VBS!! It will be held Monday – Thursday, June 11-14 from 9 am – noon. There will be adventure Bible stories, songs, games, an imagination station, Chadder video, Zumba fitness class and more! If you have questions or would like to register, contact the church at 472-1416.

June 14-15

HORSING AROUND – Actively discover the unique world of horses at the Three Rivers Park District Equine Center from 9:30 a.m. to noon Thursday, June 14, or Friday, June 15, at Baker Park Reserve, Maple Plain. This program consists of instruction on the level of safety required while being around horses, how horses and humans interact, herd behavior, and horse management. Participants will be given a tour of the Three Rivers Park District Public Safety Equine Center, meet and greet with the horses, learn how to properly groom a horse, and take a short ride on a staff-led horse in one of our arenas.

Cost is $25 and reservations are required. Call 763-559-6700 to make a reservation and reference activity number #390611-00. This program is for ages 8-13.

Vacation Bible School

June 11-15

OUR LADY OF THE LAKE – Join us at Our Lady of the Lake for the SonRise National Park VBS, taking place June 11-15 from 9 a.m. until noon. Register by May 25 and receive a free VBS T-shirt. For more information, contact Kathy at 952-472-1284, ext. 147.


SATURDAY MORNINGS ON THE FARM – Explore the Gale Woods Farm barn, where you can meet animals, assist a Gale Woods farmer with chores, and participate in other seasonal farm activities this summer from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturdays, June 9 through August 25, at Gale Woods Farm, Minnetrista. Pack a picnic and enjoy lunch outside on your own.

Cost is $4 and this program is for ages 2+. For more information, check out the Three Rivers Park District’s website

MEALS ON WHEELS – Are you or a loved one in need of a hot, nutritious meal? Do you worry that your homebound friend hasn’t had anyone check in or visit with them lately? Are you an independent senior who’s active lifestyle gets in the way of cooking a well balanced meal? Are you looking for a meaningful way to help out in your community? If you answered yes to any of these questions, please call Carolyn at WeCAN, 952-472-0742 for further information on our meals program.

GRIEF COALITION – The West Suburban Grief Coalition will hold its weekly meetings from March 1 through May 31 at Oak Knoll Lutheran Church, 600 County Rd

73 in Minnetonka, 952-546-5433. The meetings begin at 4 p.m. with a

social time, at 4:30 p.m. there is a speaker and at 5 p.m. individual

break-out groups are held. The groups consist of Spouse Loss, Child Loss and Friends & Family (all other) and end at 6 p.m.

FAMILY NIGHT – Family night at Minnetrista Baptist Church, located at 8325 Kennedy Memorial Drive in St. Bonifacius – Wednesdays from 6 to 7:45 p.m. At 6 p.m. we serve supper for $2 a person. At 6:45 p.m. we have all of our programs. Preschool class (3-5 year olds) – bible lessons for preschoolers. Class program for ages 6-12 years. There are two bible study series for adults. 1. Too busy not to pray, by Bill Hybel. 2. Book of Revelation study. There are also youth activities and bible study. At 7:45 p.m. we have choir practice. Everyone is welcome. Come and join us for a great time of fellowship.

WOMENS HI-LO GOLF LEAGUE – The Lakeview golf course in Orono is accepting new members into its Thursday morning womens Hi-lo golf league. The season begins Thursday May 3, 2012 and runs through Aug. 30, 2012. For information, please call Elaine Fiske at 952-472-5221; or Maria Gempler at 612-963-5200. Looking forward to meeting new members!

Evangelical Free Church Soup and Bread Ministry – We invite all in need of a FREE meal to attend our Soup and Bread Ministry. We will provide a free evening meal of soup, bread, and other goodies. Please join us every first and third Wednesday from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Mound Evangelical Free Church. We are the white church located at 2117 Commerce Boulevard in Mound. We look forward to seeing you!

GLUTEN FREE MEET UP – Join other gluten free eaters at 6 p.m. every third Thursday at Harvest Moon Natural Foods (2380 W.Wayzata Blvd) in Long Lake to discuss recipes and cooking ideas, receive or provide support and maybe try some tasty new foods and vendor samples.

HARVEST MOON MUSIC – Come enjoy the sounds of live old-time fiddle, guitar and banjo music as local musicians jam from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. every Wednesday at Harvest Moon Natural Foods (2380 W.Wayzata Blvd) in Long Lake.

SNOMADS SNOWMOBILE CLUB – The Maple Plain Snowmads snowmobile club meets at 8 p.m. every second Wednesday of the month at Monies, located on the corner of Highway 12 and Baker Park Road in Maple Plain. Join the club for group rides, fun events and opening new trails as well as re-opening old trails to connect with Long Lake, Lake Minnetonka, Delano, Loretto, Hamel and beyond. Safety instruction is also available for young and new riders. For more information, call Jay at (612) 328-0924.

WESTONKA SNOBLAZERS – General club meetings of the Westonka Snoblazers, a local social club whose membership promotes, supports, and enjoys safe snowmobile riding and touring, are held the first Tuesday of each month at 7 p.m. through April. Meetings are held at Lord Fletchers, 3746 Sunset Drive, Spring Park, (952) 471-8513. All interested prospective members are invited to attend the general club monthly meetings. For more information, visit the website:

ESL CLASS – Those looking to improve their English are invited to join a multi-level English as a Second Language (ESL) class any time during the school year Monday and/or Wednesday evenings from 5:45-8:15 p.m. at the Orono Discovery Center (Room 102), 5050 Independence Street in Maple Plain. Classes are free for US residents/citizens, immigrants, refugees, or work-visa holders. Instruction includes: improving basic daily life vocabulary, speaking, listening, reading, writing, and pronunciation skills. Call (952) 449-8350 for more information or stop in during class at the Discovery Center on a Monday or Wednesday evening.

NETWORKING GROUPS – The Orono Chapter of Business Networking International (BNI) meets each Thursday from 11:30 a.m.-1 pm in the community room of Lake Community Bank in Long Lake. For more information call, (612) 327-3546. The Westonka chapter of Business Networking International (BNI) meets each Tuesday at 7:30 a.m at Burl Oaks Golf Club, 5400 North Arm Drive, Minnetrista. For more information, contact Mike Grulke, (952) 472-7017. South Lake Networking, BNI, meets each Tuesday, 7-8:30 a.m. at the Southshore Community Center in Shorewood. For more information, call (612) 384-5394.

INVESTMENT CLUB – The Lake Area Ladies Investment club (LAFF), meets every second Monday at 6:30 p.m. at the Mound American Legion, 2333 Wilshire Blvd. Open to any ladies. Call 952-345-2805 for more information.

MAPLE PLAIN LIBRARY – A variety of programs are open to the public free of charge each month at Maple Plain’s branch of the Hennepin County Library, 5184 Main St. E., (952) 847-5700,, or (612) 543-5700.

ST. BONIFACIUS LIBRARY – A variety of programs are open to the public free of charge each month at the St. Bonifacius branch of the Hennepin County Library System, located at 8624 Kennedy Memorial Drive and the City Offices at 8535 Kennedy Memorial Drive (Bell Street). For more information contact the library at (612) 543-6100 or visit

WESTONKA LIBRARY – A variety of programs are open to the public free of charge each month at Westonka’s branch of the Hennepin County Library, 2079 Commerce Blvd., in Mound. Call, (952) 847-6175 for registration (where required) or other information.

MILITARY SUPPORT – Those looking to be part of establishing a network of local support services for area military service members and their families are invited to attend meetings of the Westonka chapter of Beyond the Yellow Ribbon held the second Thursday of each month at 7 p.m. at the American Legion Hall, 2333 Wilshire Blvd., in Mound. For more information, e-mail [email protected].

WESTONKA HISTORICAL SOCIETY – Hours of operation for the Westonka Historical Society’s museum display, 2339 Commerce Blvd, Mound, are: Saturdays, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.; and by appointment (call, 952-472-9800).

AMERICAN LEGION – Monthly meetings are held for members of the American Legion Post 398 in Mound on the first Wednesday of each month at 6:30 p.m. for Auxiliary and SAL (Sons of the American Legion) and 7:15 p.m. for Post, Auxiliary and SAL in the Legion Hall, 2333 Wilshire Blvd. For more information, call (952) 472-9582.

Mound/Westonka Rotary – The Rotary Club of Mound Westonka invites the public to attend any of its upcoming luncheon meetings, held each Tuesday at 11:45 a.m. at the Lafayette Club, 2800 Northview Road in Minnetonka Beach. RSVP by noon on the Thursday prior to the meeting, by calling club member – Robin Pinegar, (952) 472-0567 or (763) 355-4886. Her email is [email protected]. Cost of the luncheon is $17.

Orono Rotary – Weekly meetings of the Rotary Club of Orono are held on Thursdays at 7:15 a.m. at Lake Community Bank in Long Lake. Prospective members and visitors are welcome. Contact Kevin Krolczyk at (612) 369-2516 for more information.

WESTONKA JAYCEES – Westonka Jaycees’ General Membership meetings are the third Thursday of each month, at 7:30 p.m., at the old St. Bonifacius City Hall, 8566 Kennedy Memorial Drive. For more information, call, (952) 472-6087.

COMMUNICATION SKILLS – The Tri-County Toastmasters’ Club meets every Fri., 7 a.m. at Finnegan’s Restaurant, 248 N. River St., Delano. For more information, contact John Norman, (763) 682-5441, or online: The Tonka Talkers Toastmasters Club #2119 meets Tuesday evenings, 7:30-9 p.m. at the Wells Fargo Bank Building, 900 East Wayzata Blvd., Wayzata. Visit:, or, e-mail: [email protected], for more information.

BIBLE STUDY FOR MOMS – St. John’s Lutheran Church in Mound, 2451 Fairview Lane, will begin a Mom’s Bible Study program on Wednesday mornings at 9:30 a.m. Open all moms regardless of religious affiliation. For fee and other information, call, (952) 472-0823.

FRESH START LIFE GROUPS – Freshwater Community Church, 4319 Steiner St., St. Bonifacius, hosts a variety of support group programs Tuesdays from 7 to 8:30 p.m. For more information, contact Tracy, (952) 446-9090, or visit: Free. Childcare available.

WESTLAKE PROGRESSIVES – Meet the fourth Thursday of each month at the Discovery Center, 5050 Independence St. in Maple Plain, to learn about current issues, meet candidates for public office, and discuss their concerns with elected officials. For more information, contact Ava Tamis at [email protected].

FAMILY NIGHT – Minnetrista Baptist Church, 8325 Kennedy Memorial Dr., St. Bonifacius, has Family Night Wednesdays, 6:30-8 p.m. The children’s ministry includes Bible stories, memory verses, games and crafts and a series on the Ten Commandments. For adults, "The Truth Project" will be presented by Focus on the Family. For more information, call 446-1285. Free.

Support groups

NGS – Every Monday, 7 p.m., St. Martin’s by the Lake Episcopal Church, 2801 Westwood Rd., Minnetonka Beach, (952) 471-8429; Every Wednesday, noon, St. John’s Lutheran Church, 2451 Fairview Ln., Mound (non-smoking); Thursday Morning Big Book, 9-10 a.m. at Minnetonka Alano, 2760 Fox St., Long Lake, on the corner of Old Crystal Bay Rd. and Fox St.

DIABETES GROUP – The support and informational group "I CAN Prevent Diabetes," meets at 6:30 pm, Thursday evenings in the Fireside Room at Trinity Lutheran Church, 2060 County Road 6, in Long Lake. For more information, call, (952) 473-8577, Ext. 118.

ACA – Adult Children of Alcoholics or Dysfunctional Families meets from 7-8:30 p.m. each Sunday at St. John’s Lutheran Church, 2451 Fairview Lane, Mound. For more information, contact Jody, (952) 334-3772.

TONKA ALANO – 12-step recovery program meets at 5098 Three Points Blvd., Mound. For meeting times and dates, call (952) 472-7700.

CODA – Co-dependents Anonymous is a 12-step program. Group meets each Mon., 7-8 p.m., in the Fireside Room at Our Lady of the Lake Catholic Church, 2385 Commerce Blvd., Mound. Parking is behind the church. For more information or directions, call Katie, (612) 269-1262.

MOMS’ CLUB – Non-profit support group for mothers at home with their children during the day. Children are welcome. They meet the 3rd Wed. of each month at Bethel United Methodist Church, 2116 Commerce Blvd. in Mound. For more information, call Melissa, (952) 472-7057.

WEST SUBURBAN GRIEF COALITION – Weekly meetings Dec. 1-Feb 23, will be held at the Wayzata Community Church, 125 E Wayzata Blvd., Wayzata, (952) 473-8876. The meetings begin at 4 p.m., with a social time. At 4:30 p.m. there is a speaker and at 5 p.m. individual break-out groups are held. The groups consist of spouse loss, child loss and friends and family (all other) each wrapping up at 6 p.m.

OVEREATERS ANONYMOUS – Meets Fridays, Noon to 1 p.m., at the Minnetonka Community Center’s Gray Bay Conference Room, 14600 Minnetonka Blvd. Minnetonka. In Delano, a group meets Mondays, 7-8 p.m., at Light of Christ Church, Room 106, 3976 County Line Rd SE, in Delano. For more information, call Julie, (612) 616-0453 or visit the Web site:

TOPS – Take Pounds Off Sensibly a non-profit support group. They meet every Mon., 6 p.m. at Presbyterian Homes in Spring Park. For more information, call Ingrid, (952) 472-2106, or Andrea, (952) 472-2869.

TOPS – Medina TOPS #1268 meets Monday’s at 5 p.m. at Holy Name Catholic Church’s Fireside Room on CR 24. For more information, call Dorothy, (763) 473-7445, or Geri, (763) 559-7837.