Dateline for July 5, 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.

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.

Beach Bash event

SATURDAY, JULY 7 – The Lake Waconia Beach Bash will be held at Lake Waconia Regional Park from 2-5 p.m. Expect music, a bounce house for youth, beach games, snow cones and more. This event is free with annual parks pass, or purchase of daily pass.

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

Immunization clinic

MONDAY, JULY 9 – Carver County Public Health (600 E 4th St., Chaska) will hold an Immunization Clinic from 3 to 5 p.m. Public Health provides immunizations to residents who do not have health insurance or whose insurance does not cover immunizations. Adult, childhood vaccines are available. A $14 fee per immunization requested, but not required. Info, appointment: (952) 361-1329.

American Legion meeting

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

CUF Family Picnic

TUESDAY, JULY 10 – The St. Joseph Council of Catholic United Financial will hold its Family Picnic at the Knights of Columbus Park. Gate opens at 5:30 p.m., eat at 6 p.m. Potluck. Beverages available.

Nutritional Cleanse event

TUESDAY, JULY 10 – A Nutritional Cleanse Seminar will be held at 7 p.m. at Mocha Monkey in Waconia. Learn about detox/cleansing, weight release, and the power of feeding your body perfect nutrition for 30 days. Info:

Meet Kurt Bills event

WEDNESDAY, JULY 11 – Meet Kurt Bills, candidate for U.S. Senate, during an event at Sovereign Estate Winery (9950 North Shore Rd, Waconia) from 6 to 9 p.m. Register at or contact Jeff Thompson at (612) 386-5446.

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.

Country Festival

SUNDAY, JULY 15 – St. Mary of Czestochowa (1867 95th St. SE, Delano) will hold its 30th annual Country Festival from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Pork chop and roast beef dinner, games, music, country store and more. Meals: $11 for adults, $7 for under 12, preschool free.

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.

Caregiver Support Group

MONDAY, JULY 16 – Encore’s Carver County Adult Day Services Program and Emerald Crest Assisted Living Memory Care have partnered up to provide a Caregiver Support Group to address the issues of caring for the aging. This is a great opportunity to meet and talk with other caregivers and local senior professionals to gain insight, resources and support! This Support Group meets from 5 to 6 p.m. at the Encore Adult Day Program located across from the museum in Waconia. Info: (952) 442-7660.

Music in the Park

THURSDAY, JULY 19 – 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: Paul Christian.

Church garage sale

JULY 19-21 – The annual All Saints garage sale will take place from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Thursday and Friday and 8 a.m. to noon (half-price day) on Saturday. Lunch is available. The church is located on Highway 212 in NYA.

Green Isle reunion

SATURDAY, JULY 21 – 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.

Classic car, truck show

SUNDAY, JULY 22 – The 3rd annual All Ford Classic Car and Truck Show will be held at Waconia Ford (located on Highway 5 in Waconia) from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Owners can preregister at the dealership for $7 or on the day of the event for $10. Info: (952) 442-4411.

VBS at Trinity

JULY 23-27 – Kids in preschool-5th grade
will not want to miss "Sky" Vacation Bible School (VBS) from 9 a.m. to noon July 23-27 at Trinity Lutheran Church & School in Waconia. Kids will soar through Bible stories, spin through crazy activities, and dive into yummy snacks. Sign up now for the lowest registration fee. ($15 per child with a $40 family maximum if registered by June 6.) Online registration: Click on calendar, open registrations, and register now. Registration forms also located at Trinity. Info: Stephanie at (952) 442-4165 or [email protected].

Spanish Immersion VBS

JULY 23-27 – In partnership with Oakwood Community Church in Waconia, Without Borders International Christian Ministry invites children entering grades 1-6 to Spanish Immersion Vacation Bible School. VBS is taught in full Spanish and runs from 9:30 a.m. to noon at Minnewashta Church at 26710 West 62nd Street, Shorewood. Cost: $25 per child ($50 per family limit). To register, contact Darla Huaman at (612) 408-1051 or e-mail [email protected]. To register in Spanish, contact Pastor Lenin Huaman at (612) 250-6058. Please bring a yellow T-shirt for each child.