12-20-12 Waconia Patriot Dateline

Fish house raffle
The Waconia High School Conservation Club is selling raffle tickets for its annual Fish House Raffle. Proceeds help fund conservation, outdoor events. Tickets: Wayne Trapp at (952) 237-0503. Raffle will be held on Jan. 5, 2013.

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.

NAMI meeting
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).

Wrestling food drive
THURSDAY, DEC. 20 – The Waconia Wrestling Holiday Food Drive will be held at Waconia High School. Bring non-perishable food donations and stay to watch the Wildcats host a double dual conference match (Orono, Delano, Mound-Westonka) starting at 6 p.m. Donations also accepted on Saturday, Dec. 22 during the Waconia Youth Wrestling Tournament. Collection boxes will be located in the WHS entrance area.

Pat Foley open house
FRIDAY, DEC. 21 – The public is invited to an open house for Pat Foley honoring  him for his 25 years as head football coach in District 110. He has decided to retire from that position, but will continue teaching at the high school. His family is hosting a reception from 6 to 7:30 p.m. in the WHS Commons. This invitation is extended to past students who played for Pat, alumni cheerleaders, or anyone who was/is a Chief or Wildcat football fan!

Rock on Ice event
FRIDAY, DEC. 21 – 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/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 Evenings: Jan. 4 & 18, 2013.

Merry Marathon
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.

Authors’ Collective
SATURDAY, DEC. 22 – The Authors’  Collective group  will meet at 1 p.m.   at the Chanhassen Library. Topic: Marketing with a focus on setting goals. Future meetings will address editing, legal issues, and search engine optimization. Open to all area authors. Info: Dan O’Brien at dobrienmn@yahoo.com or Laurel Means at means005@embarqmail.com.

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.
Snowflake program
MONDAY, DEC. 31 – At “Snowflakes– Where and How Are They Possible?” school age children will track the cycle of the snowflake and get to the bottom of this mystery; then create beautiful artwork inspired by these formations. Led by art educator Tara Jones. Funded by Minnesota’s Arts and Cultural  Heritage Fund. The event will be held at 10:30 a.m. at the Waconia Library. To register, contact (952) 442-4714.

Legion Auxiliary
WEDNESDAY, JAN. 2 – The Waconia American Legion Auxiliary will meet at 7:30 p.m. Next meeting: Feb. 6.

Winter Paper Drive
JAN. 3-6 – St. Joe’s School in Waconia is holding a winter paper drive Thursday, Jan. 3 through Sunday, Jan. 6. Save all your newspapers, magazines and boxes!

Pet adoption day
SATURDAY, JAN. 5 – Carver Scott Humane Society volunteers will hold a pet adoption from noon to 3 p.m. It will be hosted at PETCO in Chaska. Kittens, cats and dogs will be available. Adoption fees are $175+ for cats and $200+ for dogs. Info: (952) 368-3553 or visit www.carverscotths.org.

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. Remember that Memorial supplies all the blood to Ridgeview Medical Center so you could be helping someone you know. Appt: Beth at (952) 913-6624. Walk-ins accepted.

ARC blood drive
WEDNESDAY, JAN. 9 – The Red Cross Bloodmobile is coming to the Mayer Community Center from 1 to 7 p.m. (This is a change from St Mark’s, New Germany, which had to change due to a scheduling conflict.) Appt: Lois at (952) 657-2161 or www.redcrossblood.org.

Choir Spaghetti Dinner
FRIDAY, JAN. 11 – The Waconia Power Company family of show choirs presents its 13th annual Spaghetti Dinner from 4 to 8 p.m. at Waconia High School. Show times: 4 p.m. – Pulse and The Current; 5 p.m. – Pulse, Illuminations and Power Company; 6 p.m. – Shockwave, Illuminations and The Current; 7 p.m. – Shockwave and Power Company; 8 p.m. – Illuminations, The Current and Power Company. Order tickets online: www.waconiachoirs.org.

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.

Winterblast 2013
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.

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