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.
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.
THURSDAY, NOV. 29 – For the first time in many years, there will be a Tree Lighting Ceremony in City Square Park to kick off Homespun Holidays in Waconia! Starting at 6:30 p.m., there will be live music, cocoa and cozy fires in the park. The Tree Lighting will be at 7 p.m. The shops of Waconia and many downtown businesses will have Open Houses from 5 to 8 p.m., so take a Candle Light Stroll.
Breakfast with Santa
SATURDAY, DEC. 1 – The New Germany Commercial Club will be hosting its Annual Breakfast with Santa from 8 a.m. to noon at city hall. Pancakes and delicious Schroeder Sausages will be served. Santa usually arrives around 8:30 a.m. All area youngsters are invited and will receive a treat bag from Santa and Mrs. Claus. The St. Mark Youth will also be hosting a bake sale at the breakfast.
SATURDAY, DEC. 1 – Carver Scott Humane Society volunteers will hold a pet adoption from noon to 3 p.m. at PETCO in Chaska. Kittens, cats, dogs available. All cats, dogs have been micro ID implanted, vet checked, wormed, had shots updated, checked for friendly temperaments, and age appropriately spayed/neutered. Adoption fees: $175+ for cats, $200+ for dogs. Info: (952) 368-3553 or www.carverscotths.org.
Children’s Gift Boutique
SATURDAY, DEC. 1 – Waconia/St. Boni Girl Scout troops present a Children’s Holiday Gift Boutique from 9:30 a.m. to noon at Trinity Lutheran Church in Waconia. Event allows children to purchase gifts for family members. All items priced under $3. Shopper helpers assist young shoppers. Baked goods. Adult gift table. Receive tote bag with Toys for Tots donation while supplies last.
Holiday Open House
SATURDAY, DEC. 1 – A Holiday Open House will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Mayer Community Center. Christmas shop with 30+ local participants. Door prizes.
Pose Your Pet with Santa
SATURDAY, DEC. 1 – Paws Inn Resort (8127 Yale Ave.) in New Germany is holding its annual Pose Your Pet with Santa event from 9 a.m. to noon. Bring the pets and kids out for Santa pictures, refreshments and prizes! $10 donation provides quality foster care for pregnant cats and their kittens. Door prizes, silent auction. Info: (952) 353-8006.
Toy drive event
SUNDAY, DEC. 2 – Mackenthun’s invites you to a bowling fundraiser to benefit the Waconia Toy Drive at Waconia Lanes. Shifts at 10 a.m., noon, 2 and 4 p.m. $100 per team or $25 per person, includes three games of bowling (no tap series). Vikings game on big screen. $25 per sponsorship. Unwrapped toy donations welcome. Info: Cory at (952) 486-3460.
Prayer, dinner event
SUNDAY, DEC. 2 – The Church of St. Boniface in St. Bonifacius will hold a Sung Evening Prayer at 5 p.m. with dinner following the service. Info: 446-1054.
Singing Friends concerts
DEC. 2, 8 & 9 – The Singing Friends Chorus performs at Church of Peace (424 Franklin Street North) in NYA on Sunday, Dec. 2; at St. Mark Lutheran Church (211 Adams Avenue South) in New Germany on Saturday, Dec. 8; and at First Congregational United Church of Christ (1400 Elliott Avenue North) in Glencoe on Sunday, Dec. 9. All concerts begin at 2 p.m. Freewill offering.
Hearts for Harrison
DEC. 3-8 – Off the Top Hair Salon in Waconia is holding a fundraiser to benefit the Hearts for Harrison effort. From Dec. 3-8, the salon (9364 Oak Ave.) will donate 10 percent of all proceeds (walk-ins welcome) to Hearts for Harrison, a Waconia boy who is awaiting a heart transplant.
WEDNESDAY, DEC. 5 – The Waconia American Legion Auxiliary will meet at 7:30 p.m.
Early Childhood screen.
DEC. 6 & 7 – 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 2:30 to 5 p.m. on Dec. 6 and 8:15 a.m. to 2:45 p.m. on Dec. 7. Info: 442-0613.
Rock on Ice event
FRIDAY, DEC. 7 – Enjoy a variety of music and the Rock on Ice lights and fog machine at the Waconia Ice Arena (1250 Oak Avenue) from 7 to 9 p.m. Adults: $3.50, students and seniors: $2.50. Skate rental: $2.50. Skate trainers, folding chairs NOT allowed. Participants must be at least 6 years old or accompanied by an adult. Info: (952) 442-RINK (7465). Upcoming night: Dec. 21.
St. Bernard’s event
FRIDAY, DEC. 7 – The St. Bernard’s St. Nick’s Dinner & Entertainment event will be held from 5:30 to 10 p.m. at St. Bernard’s School Cafeteria. Dinner, entertainment and live auction. Childcare available. Tickets: (952) 466-5917.
Steak fry dinner
SATURDAY, DEC. 8 – A steak fry dinner will be held from 5 to 8 p.m. at American Legion Post 150 (233 Olive Street, Waconia). Includes baked potato, cole slaw, bread, beverage. Price: $11.
American Legion meeting
TUESDAY, DEC. 11 – The Waconia American Legion members will meet at 7:30 p.m.
Waconia Toy Drive
FRIDAY, DEC. 14 – The Waconia Area Women of Today will hold the 9th annual Waconia Toy Drive from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. at the Waconia Fire Station. Toys will be distributed to families in need in District 110. Volunteers needed. Info: Cary Rust at (952) 769-7268 or email@example.com.
St. Lucia Celebration
SATURDAY, DEC. 15 – The annual Lucia Celebration will be held at Waconia Faith Lutheran Church from 9 to 11:30 a.m. The church has had this tradition since 1974 where one or more senior girls represent St. Lucia and help serve coffee at the event.
SATURDAY, DEC. 15 – Carver Scott Humane Society volunteers will hold a pet adoption from noon to 3 p.m. at PETCO in Eden Prairie. Kittens, cats, dogs available. All cats, dogs have been vet checked, wormed, had shots updated. Adoption fees: $175+ for cats, $200+ for dogs. Info: (952) 368-3553 or www.carverscotths.org.