2ND AND 4TH MONDAYS – The Carver County Communicators Toastmasters Club meets at Chaska Middle School (East Room E30) from 7 to 8 p.m. Info: 5518.toastmastersclubs.org. Always wanted to get over your fear of public speaking or just want to improve your public speaking and leadership skills in a friendly and supportive environment? Toastmasters is for you!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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. Celebrate St Lucia, one of the foremost cultural traditions in Sweden. Lucia is the symbol of light and hope; she comes on the darkest day of the year to herald in the joyous season with singing, feasting and the spirit of friendship and goodwill towards all. Swedish pastries and beverages will be served, Shelly Hilgers will provide entertainment, children will enjoy making crafts, meet this year’s St. Lucia-Queen of Light, and listen to traditional Scandinavian stories. Swedish baked goods and treats available for sale.
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 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.
Stocking Stuffer Saturday
SATURDAY, DEC. 15 – On Stocking Stuffer Saturday and Kids Shopping Day in Waconia, find gifts at all price ranges, with special assistance for kids to shop for parents, grandparents, siblings, and teachers, at many Waconia businesses. Part of Homespun Holidays. Info: destinationwaconia.org.
SUNDAY, DEC. 16 – An omelette breakfast will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Waconia American Legion Post 150 (233 Olive Street). Choice of ingredients, toast, hash browns, beverage. Adults: $8, children 12 and under: $4.
Blue Christmas Service
SUNDAY, DEC. 16 – A “Blue Christmas Service” will be held at 7 p.m. at Lyndale Lutheran Church (8012 CR 6, Maple Plain). Christmas can be a painful time of year for those in despair, in a new diagnosis, in grief, in addiction, in chronic pain. Some struggle with financial hardship and stress from the hectic pace of the holidays. The Blue Christmas Service is an intentional way to offer meditative comfort as a community through music, prayer, and readings. People from all denominations welcome to spend an hour of quiet reflection, prayer, and healing. Led by Christian Nielsen, a Music Therapist, and Pastor Gale Reitan.
Memorial blood drive
MONDAY, DEC. 17 – Memorial Blood Centers invites all eligible community members to participate in a blood drive at Ridgeview Medical Center (500 S Maple St., Waconia) from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Waconia YAH event
TUESDAY, DEC. 18 – Waconia’s Young At Heart (YAH) Club will meet at 11:15 a.m. at Safari Island. Agenda includes election/re-election of club officers. Program: Community Ed’s Julie Loscheider, seeking input for spring programs. Pizza will be served. Members: free. Guests: $2. Info: Berta at (612) 816-1608 or Glenda at 442-1890.
Sons of Norway event
TUESDAY, DEC. 18 – Join SONS OF NORWAY – Scandia Lodge – Waconia for a holiday gathering at Island View Golf Club at 6 p.m. Soup/salad buffet. Performance by the Waconia High School Select Chamber Singers. Bring a $10 gift for the gift exchange (if you wish to participate) and a food item for the local food shelf. New members welcome. RSVP: email@example.com.
WEDNESDAY, DEC. 19 – All are welcome to attend “Christmas in Reverse” at 7 p.m. at Trinity Lutheran Church in Waconia. Students in grades K-4 will perform. Instead of this children’s play ending with the nativity, Christmas in Reverse starts at the manger then “rewinds” to give details on the events leading up to the first Christmas. Also performed at 1 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 18.
Seniors Only Seminar
THURSDAY, DEC. 20 – The public is welcome to attend the Seniors Only Seminar from 2 to 3 p.m. at Lighthouse of Waconia (500 S Cherry St.). Topic: History of Christmas Cookies. Free.
THURSDAY, DEC. 20 – The National Alliance on Mental Illness support group will meet at the Moravian Church in Waconia at 7 p.m. (209 2nd St. E).
SATURDAY, DEC. 22 – On Merry Marathon in Waconia, enjoy last minute shopping with extended hours at many Waconia businesses. Part of Homespun Holidays. Info: destinationwaconia.org.
Early Bird Piano Bar
FRIDAY, DEC. 28 – The public is welcome to attend Early Bird Piano Bar from 2 to 3 p.m. at Lighthouse of Waconia (500 S Cherry St.). Free.
Steak Fry Dinner
MONDAY, DEC. 31 – 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.
WEDNESDAY, JAN. 2 – The Waconia American Legion Auxiliary will meet at 7:30 p.m. Next meeting: Feb. 6.
American Legion meeting
TUESDAY, JAN. 8 – The Waconia American Legion members will meet at 7:30 p.m. Next meeting: Feb. 9.
Memorial blood drive
WEDNESDAY, JAN. 9 – Memorial Blood Center will be hosting a blood drive at Trinity Lutheran Church from noon to 7 p.m. Keep your holiday spirit going by continuing to give! Remember that Memorial supplies all the blood to Ridgeview Medical Center so you could be helping someone you know. Contact Beth at (952) 913-6624 to schedule an appointment. Walk-ins accepted.
Steak fry dinner
SATURDAY, JAN. 12 – 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.
JAN. 12-13 – The community is invited to Winterblast 2013, a two-day event at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Waconia that will include a winter golf contest, fisherman’s lunch, live band/dance featuring The Losers from 7:30 to 11:30 p.m. on Jan. 12, Sunday brunch from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., kids games, prizes, cash raffle (tickets available at St. Joe’s), and more.
Early Childhood screen.
FRIDAY, JAN. 18 – 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. Screening will take place from 8:15 a.m. to 2:45 p.m. at the Early Childhood Family Center, 520 Industrial Blvd. Info: 442-0613.
THURSDAY, JAN. 24 – The Transitions Expo will be held from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Waconia Enrichment Center (504 Industrial Blvd). For families, students (of all ages), and adults with a disability and will feature representatives from several community resources. Info: Kelly Jo at (952) 442-0669.