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.
THURSDAY, OCT. 18 – The League of Women Voters Eastern Carver County will host a Senate District 47 Candidate Forum at 7 p.m. in the Carver County Commissioners Chambers, Carver County Government Center, 600 East Fourth Street, Chaska. A Carver County Commissioners – District 1 Candidate Forum will follow at 8 p.m. The public is invited to attend.
THURSDAY, OCT. 18 – The National Alliance for Mental Illness will meet at Waconia Moravian Church (209 2nd St. E) beginning at 7 p.m. All are welcome.
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.
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.
SATURDAY, OCT. 20 – The VFW membership dinner will be held at 6 p.m. (eat at 7 p.m.). Stop by the clubhouse to reserve your spot today. There will e a small fee for members.
SATURDAY, OCT. 20 – A vendor show will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Laketown Gym (654 Industrial Blvd., Waconia). Pampered Chef, Tupperware, Usborne Books and many more vendors on hand. Sponsored by the Udderly Fed Up With Cancer Relay Team.
SATURDAY, OCT. 20 – All are welcome to a free Oktoberfest Open House to celebrate the grand opening of the new construction and remodel at Lighthouse of Waconia (500 South Cherry Street). The event will be held from 1-4 p.m. Enjoy brats, potato salad, root beer and more, along with beer samples, free smoothies and vanilla lattes.
SUNDAY, OCT. 21 – An omelette breakfast will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Waconia American Legion Post 150 (233 Olive St.). Includes toast, hash browns, beverage. Adults: $8, children 12 and under: $4.
SUNDAY, OCT. 21 – The New Germany Commercial Club is hosting its annual pancake breakfast from 8 a.m. to noon at the village hall. All profits are put back into parks and children’s holiday parties.
SUNDAY, OCT. 21 – Trinity Lutheran Church & School in Waconia is hosting a Brat“Wurst” Dinner from noon to 2 p.m. in the Trinity Fellowship Hall. Dinner of brats, German potato salad, apple turnovers, and drinks will be served. An optional children’s menu of hot dog, potato chips, apple turnover, and drink available. Adults: $8, children: $4. Proceeds will help Trinity youth travel to the National Youth Gathering in San Antonio, Texas in July 2013.
Hearts for Harrison
MONDAY, OCT. 22 – A Hearts for Harrison benefit will be held at Pizza Ranch in Waconia from 4 to 8 p.m. Harrison is a 4-year-old Waconia boy needing a heart transplant. Pizza Ranch will give a percentage of the sales during that time to Harrison’s family.
MONDAY, OCT. 22 – 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 available. A $14 fee is requested for each MnVFC vaccine but no one will be denied service if unable to pay. Info or appointment: (952) 361-1329.
WEDNESDAY, OCT. 24 – The Waconia-West Carver Rotary Club, Waconia Chamber of Commerce, and Waconia Patriot will hold a District 47 and 47A Candidate Forum at Island View Golf Club in Waconia from 7:30 to 9 a.m. Breakfast: $10 per person. Public welcome.
Annual Fall Festival
SATURDAY, OCT. 27 – The Waconia/St. Boni Girl Scouts Annual Fall Festival will be held from 4 to 7 p.m. at Safari Island in Waconia. Cost: $2 per child includes 10 tickets. Additional tickets are 10 for $1. Receive a free ticket for every canned food item (max: 10 tickets per person. Expired food not accepted).
Waconia VFW steak fry
SATURDAY, OCT. 27 – The Waconia VFW will host a steak fry at the clubhouse in Waconia, 125 First St. W. from 5 to 8 p.m. Steak or chicken, baked and cheesy potatoes, cole slaws, dessert.
SATURDAY, OCT. 27 – Zion Lutheran School in Mayer is hosting a 100-year Celebration Carnival from 1 to 6 p.m. Games, bouncy houses, pony rides, hayrides, a petting zoo, food, and more. Wristbands for kids ages 3-12 are $5 and cover all the games.
Hearts for Harrison
SATURDAY, OCT. 27 – A Hearts for Harrison benefit will be held at Hoppers in Waconia. Harrison is a 4-year-old Waconia boy needing a heart transplant. The Hoppers Benefit includes live music, silent auction. Child care provided by the Waconia Lakettes Dance Team at Bayview Elementary from 1 to 5 for $5 per child with proceeds to benefit Hearts for Harrison. Hoppers will donate 50 percent of the sales during that time to Harrison’s family.
SATURDAY, OCT. 27 – The Cologne Lions Club will hold their annual Octoberfest celebration at 7 p.m. at the Cologne Community Center. Theme: “Haunted Forest,” featuring a Halloween Costume Party with cash prizes for Scariest, Funniest, Most Original, and Best Costumes. Event includes Cash Prizes, Raffle Tickets, Silent and Live Auctions, Games, Appetizers and Desert Buffet, and a Cash Bar. Tickets: $30, available from any Cologne Lions member or (612) 618-8365. Proceeds help fund community improvement projects.
Chili, soup luncheon
SATURDAY, OCT. 27 – A Chili and Soup Luncheon and Bake Sale will be held from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at St. John Lutheran Church of Hollywood (17725 53rd St., New Germany). Hosted by St. John LWML.
SATURDAY, OCT. 27 – All are welcome to enjoy the fun at Hanson’s Haunted Barn (14880 50th St., Mayer). Wagon rides: 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Kids activities and prizes hosted by the DandyLions: 6:30 to 9 p.m. Haunted Barn tours: 7 to 9 p.m. or until the line ends. Free but food donations accepted for Friends for Life Food Shelf and money donations for MN Chapter of MS Society.
Mayer FD fish fry
SUNDAY, OCT. 28 – The Mayer Fire Department will hold its Fall Fish Fry at the Mayer Community Center. Serving time: 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Ladies from Zion Lutheran Church will sell homemade pie for dessert.
SUNDAY, OCT. 28 – Council 2506 will host a Pancake and Sausage Breakfast at St. Joseph parish center in Waconia from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. All proceeds go to the three parishes in the council — St. Bernards, St. Joseph and St. Victoria.
Plato blood drive
THURSDAY, NOV. 1 – The Plato Lions Club will hold a blood drive at Cross Roads West (formerly Oakview Community Church) from 1 to 7 p.m. Info, appt: Ken or Myra at 238-2370.
First Friday service
FRIDAY, NOV. 2 – 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. Info: 442-2101.
FRIDAYS, NOV. 2 & 16 – Early Childhood Screening is a free service offered by District 110 staff that will check a child’s overall development and health. The recommended age to screen is between the ages of 3 1/2 and 4 years. Screenings take place at the Early Childhood Family Center, 520 Industrial Blvd. from 8:15 a.m. to 2:45 p.m. both days. Information, appt: 442-0613.
WEDNESDAY, NOV. 7 – The Waconia American Legion Auxiliary will meet at 7:30 p.m. Next meeting: Dec. 5.