2ND AND 4TH MONDAYS – Individuals 55 years and older are invited to Trinity Lutheran Church & School in Waconia for a casual time of coffee, visiting, and activities at 1 p.m. in the Fireside Room. All are invited.
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.
Fall Softener Salt Sale
The Waconia Wrestling and Baseball teams have kicked off their annual fall water softener salt sale. District 110 residents can order salt and have it delivered to their homes on Saturday, Oct. 13. Three types of softener salt are available, including coarse, pellet and iron. All proceeds benefit the WHS Wrestling and Baseball teams. Info: Kelly at (612) 396-1358.
Family Sleep Practices
THURSDAY, SEPT. 27 – Help your child or teen get the best sleep possible. Staff from Ridgeview Specialty Clinic-Pediatric Integrative Medicine will share recommendations about proper nutrition and how exercise, sunlight and evening activities play a role in sleep patterns. Held from 6:30-7:30 p.m. at Two Twelve Medical Center in Chaska. To register, contact (952) 442-8084.
SATURDAY, SEPT. 29 – Ridgeview Medical Center offers the newly revised American Red Cross Babysitter’s Training Course from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. This updated course gives 11-15-year-olds the skills and confidence to be great babysitters in a fun, fast-paced, interactive format. Hands-on activities, an exciting video, role play and lively discussions are included. For information or to register: visit www.ridgeviewmedical.org or contact (952) 442-8083. Fee: $58.
SATURDAY, SEPT. 29 – A free community walk to support Christian education in Carver County will be held on the Luce Line Trail starting in the parking lot behind D’Vinci’s in Watertown. Registration: 9 a.m. Includes complimentary continental breakfast. All children must be accompanied by a parent/adult. Sponsored by Christ Community Lutheran School in Watertown.
SEPT. 29-30 – The inaugural Art Wander – Edge of the Big Woods, a self guided tour featuring a multitude of local artists, will be held 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 29 and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 30. A detailed map is found on brochures available throughout area or at www.artwander.com or www.facebook.com/ArtWander. Free. Open to public.
Pork Chop Dinner
SUNDAY, SEPT. 30 – The Plato Lions will hold a Pork Chop Dinner from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Plato Hall. Adults: $8.50, ages 5-12: $6.50, 4 and under admitted free.
Strengthen Family event
SUNDAY, SEPT. 30 – Faith Lutheran Church in Waconia will hold “Strengthening the Heart of Your Family” from 3 to 5 p.m. Learn ways to build faith and values, share time together, build identity and memories, and live lives of service to others. Intended for parents with school-age and younger children. Speaker: Marilyn Sharpe. Childcare provided. Sign-up: email@example.com (names of attendees; names and ages of children needing childcare) by Friday, Sept. 28.
SUNDAY, SEPT. 30 – Waconia Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA) will meet at Waconia High School from 4 to 6 p.m. Enjoy food, fellowship, and fun!
Ireland informational trip
MONDAY, OCT. 1 – Travel with the members of Waconia, Eden Prairie and SouthWest Metro chambers to Ireland March 18-26, 2013. Tour will also include optional visits to local Minnesota manufacturers in Ireland, as well as everything else you’d want in a trip to the Emerald Isle. All are welcome. Attend an informational meeting at 5:30 p.m. at Jake O’Connor’s in Excelsior.
Medicare 101 event
TUESDAY, OCT. 2 – Thrivent Financial for Lutherans will host the informational event Medicare 101 at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. at Island View Golf Club in Waconia. Speaker: Jack Gustafson of Thrivent. Refreshments will be served. Info: Mary Ann Somers at (952) 442-8461 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
WEDNESDAY, OCT. 3 – The Waconia American Legion Auxiliary will meet at 7:30 p.m. Next meeting: Nov. 7.
WEDNESDAY, OCT. 3 – The American Red Cross will hold a bloodmobile from 2 to 7 p.m. at Southview Elementary School in Waconia. All blood types needed. To make an appointment or for more information, contact 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit redcrossblood.org.
First Friday service
FRIDAY, OCT. 5 – First Friday Recovery Service will be held at 7 p.m. at Faith Lutheran Church (800 Waconia Parkway N, Waconia). All are welcome to attend this informal worship service. It is designed for anyone looking for support or healing with an emphasis on recovery from addictions. Personal care givers and concerned persons of people struggling with addictions will also find this service meaningful. Good music, message. Casual, comfortable. Upcoming services: Nov. 2. Info: (952) 442-2101.
Waconia Booster Bash
FRIDAY, OCT. 5 – Attend a night of fun at this fundraising event for the Waconia Booster Club. It will be held at the Carver County Fairgrounds from 9:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. (after the homecoming football game). Music: 73 Paces. Admission: free. Food, beverages available for purchase. Adults only; must be 21 or over.
Win a shopping spree
FRIDAY, OCT. 5 – Mackenthun’s Fine Foods and the Waconia Band Boosters are sponsoring a Homecoming Kickoff. Buy a square yard of the Waconia football field and have a chance at winning a two-minute shopping spree at Mackenthun’s Fine Foods, a $75 or $50 gift card, or one of seven additional cash prizes. Tickets are available at Mackenthun’s, from band members, and at the gate of the homecoming football game.
Pet Adoption Day
SATURDAY, OCT. 6 – Carver Scott Humane Society volunteers will hold a pet adoption from noon to 3 p.m. at PETCO in Chaska. Cats and dogs available; all have been micro ID implanted, vet checked, wormed, had shots updated, checked for friendly temperaments, and age appropriately spayed/neutered. Adoption fees: $165+ for cats and $195+ for dogs. Info: (952) 368-3553 or www.carverscotths.org.
SATURDAY, OCT. 6 – A spaghetti dinner will be held for KJ McDonald of Watertown from 5 to 8 p.m. at Watertown City Hall. Free will offering; proceeds will be used for medical bills related to metastatic melanoma. All welcome.
Waconia FD breakfast
SUNDAY, OCT. 7 – The Waconia Fire Department will be hosting its Fall Pancake, French Toast and Sausage Breakfast from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 7. The event will be held at the fire station. Tickets are $6 (children age 5 and under admitted free). Tickets available from firefighters and at the door.
MONDAY, OCT. 8 – Waconia Area Women of Today is a dynamic, fun, diverse women’s organization interested in the betterment of our community. It volunteers its time, raises funds for charities, and provides informational seminars that are open to the public. The next meeting will be held at 7 p.m. at Laketown Gym in Waconia. Info: Connie at (952) 217-0963.
American Legion meeting
TUESDAY, OCT. 9 – The Waconia American Legion members will meet at 7:30 p.m. Next meeting: Nov. 13.
SVABW Open House
FRIDAY, OCT. 12 – The public is invited to attend Southern Valley Alliance for Battered Women’s Legislative Open House and 30th Anniversary Celebration from 2 to 5 p.m. at 551 East Park Street, Belle Plaine. Come and meet candidates running for and incumbents currently representing local city, county and state offices. RSVP: (952) 873-4214 or email email@example.com by Oct. 5.
St. Bernard Chili Feed
SATURDAY, OCT. 13 – The Church of St. Bernard, 212 Church St. E in Cologne, will hold a Chili Feed after the 5 p.m. Mass. Enjoy a chili supper (free will offering), refreshments and fellowship. Tickets for the cash raffle available at door for $25 (does not include supper). Drawings from 6 to 9 p.m. with cash prizes from $50 to $500. Need not be present to win.
Steak fry dinner
SATURDAY, OCT. 13 – 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.
East Union Country Fare
SATURDAY, OCT. 13 – The East Union Country Fare will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at East Union Lutheran Church. Annual fundraiser incudes luncheon, crafts, collectibles, baked goods, quilted items, garden produce, desserts and more.
THURSDAY, OCT. 18 – The 2012 Carver County Senior Expo “The Season Never Ends” will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at Waconia High School. Event focuses on health care, services, and retirement and includes vendor fair, health screening, lunch, music, door prizes and more. Keynote speaker: Don Shelby. Admission: $15; register at the door or through ISD 110 Comm. Ed. at (952) 442-0610.
Country Music show
SATURDAY, OCT. 20 – A two-hour country music show featuring Red Johnson, “country music with a heart,” and cowboy poet Rich Bellert will be held at 7 p.m. at the American Legion in Waconia. Event includes tribute to the late Walt Schmakel. Tickets: $10, available in advance at the club or at the door. All welcome.
Pet Adoption Day
SATURDAY, OCT. 20 – Carver Scott Humane Society volunteers will hold a pet adoption from noon to 3 p.m. at PETCO in Eden Prairie. Cats and dogs available; all have been micro ID implanted, vet checked, wormed, had shots updated, checked for friendly temperaments, and age appropriately spayed/neutered. Adoption fees: $165+ for cats and $195+ for dogs. Info: (952) 368-3553 or www.carverscotths.org.