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.
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.
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!
RCTC play auditions
THURSDAY, JAN. 3 – River City Theatre Company in Watertown is excited to announce its winter 2013 production, “Arsenic & Old Lace.” Open auditions will be held at 6:30 p.m. at the Watertown-Mayer Primary School Auditiorium (old elementary school located at 313 Angel Avenue NW in Watertown). Production directed by Heidi Hoks. Info: email@example.com.
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. All cats and dogs have been micro ID implanted, vet checked, wormed, had shots updated, checked for friendly temperaments, and age appropriately spayed/neutered. Adoption fees are $175+ for cats and $200+ for dogs. Info: (952) 368-3553 or visit www.carverscotths.org.
SATURDAY, JAN. 5 – The newly-forming Waconia Writer’s Workshop will be held at the Waconia Library at 10:30 a.m. Informal group to meet the first Saturday of every month at 10:30 a.m. at the Waconia Library. Includes: work sharing, review and critique, writing exercise, and more. Info: (952) 442-4714.
American Legion meeting
TUESDAY, JAN. 8 – The Waconia American Legion members will meet at 7:30 p.m. Next meeting: Feb. 12.
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.
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.) Call Lois at (952) 657-2161 to schedule an appointment or go on line to www.redcrossblood.org to make an appointment yourself.
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.
Community food shelf drive
SATURDAY, JAN. 12 – A community food shelf drive will be held by LCMS Lutheran Youth who will be going door to door in as many Waconia neighborhoods as possible between the hours of 12:45 and 2:45 p.m. to replenish the Waconia United Food Shelf after the holiday season. If you won’t be home, please consider either putting a bag of food outside your front door or dropping off your donation directly at the food shelf.
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.
ARC blood drive
MONDAY, JAN. 14 – The American Red Cross will hold a blood drive from 1:30 to 6:30 p.m. at the Cologne Community Center. Info, appt: redcrossblood.org or 1-800-RED CROSS.
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.
Pheasants Forever event
SATURDAY, JAN. 19 – Carver County Chapter of Pheasants Forever will hold its 27th annual Banquet. Tickets now on sale — supplies limited: Randy Wendland at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Pet adoption day
SATURDAY, JAN. 19 – Carver Scott Humane Society volunteers will hold a pet adoption from noon to 3 p.m. It will be hosted at PETCO in Eden Prairie. Kittens, cats and dogs will be available. All cats and dogs have been micro ID implanted, vet checked, wormed, had shots updated, checked for friendly temperaments, and age appropriately spayed/neutered. Adoption fees are $175+ for cats and $200+ for dogs. Info: (952) 368-3553 or visit www.carverscotths.org.
THURSDAY, JAN. 24 – The Transitions Expo will be held from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Waconia Enrichment Center (504 Industrial Blvd). The expo is 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.
Waconia 2013 Ride-In
JAN. 25-27 – The Waconia 2013 Ride-In will be held at Lake Waconia Regional Park. Includes Ice Breaker Party (Friday night), trail ride, swap meet, auctions, MVSS drag racing, Oval Racers Alliance oval racing, loud snowmobile contest, Saturday night banquet, autograph session, and snowmobile show (Sunday). Featured sleds: Scorpion and Brut. Hosted by Midwest Vintage Snowmobile Shows. Info: (651) 649-4688 or www.mwvss.com.
Early Childhood screening
FRIDAY, FEB. 1 – 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.
Wild Game Dinner
SATURDAY, FEB. 2 – The Waconia Lions Club will hold its 31st annual Wild Game Dinner at Lake Waconia Event Center. Hors d’oeuvres: 4 p.m. Dinner: 7:30 p.m. Gun, cash raffles. Silent auction. Door prizes. Live music by members of Traveled Ground. Tickets: $35 in advance, $40 at the door. Tickets available at Bob’s Barber Shop, Hardware Hank, Mackenthun’s County Market, Waconia Ford, or by contacting (612) 810-0410.