FRIDAY, OCT. 26 – During the Halloween Charity Spooktacular, families that bring in three food or hygiene items to Taylor Hubbard Photography (44 W. 1st Street, Waconia) from 2 to 6 p.m. will receive a free 4×6 portrait of the kids in costume (limit one per family). Enjoy treats and enter costume contest. Benefits Waconia food shelf. Info: 442-2711.
Trunk or Treat
FRIDAY, OCT. 26 – Bring your costumed children to Zion Lutheran Church and School in Cologne for trick or treating from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Open to the public.
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. Costumes optional.
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.
Bone Hampton show
SATURDAY, OCT. 27 – Family-friendly comedian Bone Hampton will perform at Freshwater Community Church in St. Bonifacius at 7 p.m. Tickets: $15; available at the door. Info: (952) 446-9090.
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.
SUNDAY, OCT. 28 – Waconia Fellowship of Christian Athletes will enjoy games, food and an encouraging message from 1 to 3 p.m. at Waconia High School.
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.
WHS ‘Spelling Bee’
NOV. 1-3 – “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee” will be performed at 7 p.m. all three nights in the auditorium at Waconia High School.
THURSDAY, NOV. 1 – A parenting seminar entitled “The Journey of Parenting: Helping Your Child Become a Competent, Caring, Contributing Adult” will be presented from 6 to 8 p.m. at Bayview Elementary School. Sponsored by Bayview PTO, Southview PTO and District 110 ECFE. Features Dr. Linda S. Budd, a licensed psychologist and family therapist. Info, register: 442-0613 or www.waconiacommunityed.org.
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. Info: (952) 442-2101.
Early Childhood screen.
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. Recommended screening age 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. Info: 442-0613.
Dessert, fashion event
SATURDAY, NOV. 3 – All are welcome to attend the “Delightful Desserts & Decades of Fashion” event at 2 p.m. at Good Samaritan in Waconia. Tickets: $10. Tickets: (952) 442-7191 (limited number available).
St. Joseph CUF
SUNDAY, NOV. 4 – The St. Joseph Council of Catholic United Financial will have a Communion and Breakfast at 9:15 a.m. at St. Joseph Church. The Community Awards will be presented.
WEDNESDAY, NOV. 7 – The Waconia American Legion Auxiliary will meet at 7:30 p.m. Next meeting: Dec. 5.
Fall Fun Day
THURSDAY, NOV. 8 – Fall Fun Day will be held at St. Joe’s in Waconia. Enjoy a free morning of fun, play, stories, crafts, and snacks. All children ages 2-5 are invited to attend from 9 to 10:30 a.m. at St. Joseph Catholic School. RSVP: firstname.lastname@example.org or 442-4500.