Dateline for June 28, 2012

Networking group

TUESDAYS – Lakeside Networkers is a local BNI business networking group that meets weekly on Tuesdays at 7 a.m. at Lola’s Lakehouse in Waconia to share referrals and grow businesses. All are welcome to attend the meetings.

Lighthouse pie-coffee

Thursdays – Free Pie and Coffee at Lighthouse of Waconia every Thursday from 3-4 p.m. Enjoy coffee, hot chocolate and pie at Lighthouse of Waconia, 500 S. Cherry Street. Info: 442-1261.

Garden Help Desk

SATURDAYS – The Carver/Scott Master Gardeners will host a garden help desk starting June 2 at the Waconia Public Library. Bring samples and questions from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Legion, VFW events

The Waconia American Legion holds a sheephead tournament at 7 p.m. on Thursdays and a Texas hold ’em tournament at 7 and 9 p.m. on Fridays. The Waconia VFW holds a meat raffle Fridays at 7 p.m. and bingo at 1 p.m. on Saturdays.

WIC voucher pick-up

The CAP Agency WIC voucher pick-up dates for all residents of Carver County are the first and third Monday and Wednesday of each month. Pick up time is from 9 a.m. – noon and 1 – 4:30 p.m. at The East Creek Family Center, 303 East 6th Street, Chaska. For more information about WIC, call the CAP Agency WIC Program at (952) 402-9869.

Waconia Swim Club

Do you have a child that loves to swim and compete? Waconia Swim Club is starting its summer season. Family-friendly practice times. Info:

Girl Talkz

SATURDAY, JUNE 30 – Girl Talkz will be held from 2 to 4 p.m. at 316 S. Pine Street in Waconia. For girls 10-15 years old. Games, crafts, and more. Info: Caroline at (612) 991-7734 or via email at [email protected].

YAH Club event

THURSDAY, JUNE 28 – Waconia’s Young at Heart (YAH) Club members and guests will have a potluck picnic in City Square Park at 5:30 p.m. After eating, the group will stay for Music in the Park to listen to Ragtown. In case of inclement weather, both events will move to Safari Island. Info: Berta at (612) 454-6300 or Glenda at 442-1890.

Music in the Park

THURSDAY, JUNE 28 – Waconia Parks and Recreation presents Music in the Park at City Square Park in Waconia. The free concert starts at 7 p.m. Concessions available. Rain site is Safari Island. Performer: Ragtown.

Encore Program event

FRIDAY, JUNE 29 – Carver County’s Encore Program is celebrating its 35th year of providing services to county residents. All are welcome to attend a celebration from 1:30 to 3 p.m. for dessert, a craft sale and music by Sentimental Swing that will perform a rendition of tunes that have a jazz and swing sound to them. Info: (952) 442-7660.

LHS 50th celebration

JUNE 29-30 & JULY 1 – Mayer Lutheran High School 50th Anniversary Celebration and reunion weekend. June 29: class reunions (various locations). June 30: Family Day Events and Picnic at LHS. July 1: Service of Jubilation Worship Service, 2 p.m., LHS. For full schedule, see

Candidate meet & greet

FRIDAY, JUNE 29 – Citizens are invited to a meet and greet for several candidates running for Carver County Commissioner – Vince Beaudette (District 3), Frank Long (District 4) and Jim Walter (District 5). The event will be held from 5 to 7:30 p.m. at the Leidiger Farm (7775 Tacoma Ave) in Mayer. Dinner and refreshments provided.

Hoop It Up for Al!

SATURDAY, JUNE 30 – The 2nd annual Hoop It Up for Al! 3-on-3 basketball tournament will be held at Mayer Lutheran High School. Proceeds will go to the Sports Endowment Fund at LHS. Late registration fee: $60. Info: and click on "3 on 3 Tournament," check out Facebook at Hoop It Up For Al, or email questions to [email protected].

Waconia fireworks show

WEDNESDAY, JULY 4 – 4th of July fireworks shot off from Coney Island on Wednesday, July 4th at dusk. If you’d like to donate to the show, send to the Lake Waconia Fireworks Association at 209 South Vine St, Waconia, 55387 or donate at a variety of local businesses!

First Friday Service

FRIDAY, JULY 6 – First Friday Service: Recovery Worship will be held at 7 p.m. at Faith Lutheran Church in Waconia. All are welcome to attend this informal worship service, which is designed for those looking for support or healing (emphasis on recovery from addictions). Also meaningful for personal care givers and concerned persons of people struggling with addictions. Info: (952) 442-2101.

ARC Bloodmobile

MONDAY, JULY 9 – The American Red Cross will hold a Bloodmobile at Mackenthun’s Fine Foods in Waconia from noon to 5 p.m. All blood types needed. Info, appt: 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit

American Legion meeting

TUESDAY, JULY 10 – The Waconia American Legion members will meet at 7:30 p.m. Next meeting: Aug. 14.

Music in the Park

THURSDAY, JULY 12 – Waconia Parks and Recreation presents Music in the Park at City Square Park in Waconia. The free concert starts at 7 p.m. Concessions available. Rain site is Safari Island. Performer: The Castaways.

Golf Classic event

FRIDAY, JULY 13 – All are welcome to enjoy the Waconia Wrestling Club’s 4th annual Golf Classic at Timber Creek Golf Club in Watertown. Four-person best ball scramble. Registration: 9 a.m. Start: 11 a.m., followed by dinner banquet, award ceremony and raffle starting at 4 p.m. Cost: $75 per person,includes gift bag, entry, dinner, games and contests and more. Business, family sponsorships available. All proceeds help support the Waconia Wrestling K-12 program. To register, sponsor or for more information, call (952) 567-3518 or send an email to [email protected].

Lions kids fishing event

SATURDAY, JULY 14 – The Waconia Lions Take-A-Kid-Fishing! event for boys and girls age 6-15 will be held at Mase’s In Towne Marina on Lake Waconia. Breakfast: 7:30 a.m., fishing: 8 a.m.; clean fish: 10:30 a.m.; Lunch and prizes: 11:30 a.m.; kids picked up: noon (transportation must be provided by participant’s family/friends). Registration is required! Info: (952) 442-1040 or [email protected].

Steak fry dinner

SATURDAY, JULY 14 – A steak fry dinner will be held from 5:30 to 8 p.m. at the American Legion Post 150 (233 Olive Street, Waconia). Includes baked potato, cole slaw, bread, beverage. Price: $10.

Green Isle reunion

SATURDAY, JULY 14 – An "All School Reunion" is being planned for the elementary school in Green Isle. All former teachers, students and employees for the school and surrounding former country schools are invited to attend. Short program: 1 p.m. Event includes tours of the school, memorabilia displays, music by former students, and visiting with old friends. Food and drink concessions will be available on the grounds. Info: Larry "Buster" Brazil at (952) 873-6596 or Rita Edmonds at (507) 326-7971.

Memorial blood drive

MONDAY, JULY 16 – Memorial Blood Center will be hosting a blood drive at St. Joseph School in Waconia from noon to 7 p.m. At the drive, enter for a chance to win a Polaris ATV. Blood Centers are in critical need of blood. Summer months are always low for donations and after severe weather and flooding, three of Memorial’s collection centers were closed and drives cancelled or postponed throughout the Northland region. Memorial also supplies all the blood to Ridgeview Medical Center. Appointment: Beth Pogatchnik at (952) 913-6624. Walk-ins accepted.