Library input meeting
SATURDAY, JAN. 12 AND SATURDAY, JAN. 19 — The Carver County Library needs public input on the direction the Library should take in planning for its services over the next five years. Anyone interested in having their voice heard should attend one of two sessions in the Chanhassen Library Wilder Room from 1 to 2:30 p.m. on Jan. 12, or from 10 to 11:30 a.m. at the Waconia City Council Chambers on Jan. 19. For more information, contact Carver County Library Director Nick Dimassis at (612) 418-1864.
Free throw contest
SUNDAY, JAN. 13 — The Ascension Knights of Columbus are hosting their free throw contest in the Central High School gym. Registration at noon, and the contest begins at 12:30 p.m. The contest is open to boys and girls age 10-14.
Cologne blood drive
MONDAY, JAN. 14 — January is National Blood Donor Month, a time when the American Red Cross recognizes and thanks the millions of dedicated blood donors across the country for helping ensure a stable blood supply for patients in need. Locally, the Red Cross is holding a blood drive at the Cologne Community Center (1211 Village Parkway South) from 1:30 to 6:30 p.m.
MONDAY, JAN. 14 — Central High School will have an informational meeting to discuss 2013-2014 registration, Minnesota Graduation Standards, MN Comprehensive Assessments, and GRAD Testing requirements beginning at 7 p.m. in the high school auditorium. This meeting is open to students, parents and guardians who will attend or are thinking of attending 9th grade at Central High School for the 2013-2014 year.
MONDAY, JAN. 14 — Carver County Public Health is hosting an immunization clinic from 3-5 p.m. Public Health (600 E 4th St., Chaska) provides immunizations to residents who do not have health insurance or whose insurance does not cover immunizations. Adult and childhood vaccines are available. A $14 fee is requested for the administration of each MnVFC vaccine. No one will be denied service if unable to pay. Call for information or appointment: (952) 361-1329.
TUESDAY, JAN. 15 — All Family Childcare Providers are invited to attend Carver County Licensed Family Child Care Association for training. Cory Woosley presents, “Take a Stand Against Bullying.” Registration starts at 6:30 p.m. and training is from 7-9 p.m. at the Early Childhood Center, 1600 Village Road, Chaska. Training is free to members, $20 for nonmembers needing a training certificate. Check cclchildcare.org for more information or contact Sue at (952) 466-4735.
TUESDAY, JAN. 15 — The Lutheran Home: Belle Plaine and its chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association provide resources and a support group for community members whose lives are touched by Alzheimer’s disease and other memory loss disorders. The monthly support group is free and open to the public. The group will meet from 6:30-7:30 p.m. at Kingsway Retirement Living in the Ratzkeller on The Lutheran Home Campus. “Caring and Sharing” will be the topic. Anyone with questions can call Sarah Beckius, LSW, at (952) 873-2161. Therapeutic respite care is available for your loved one with Alzheimer’s/Dementia for the hour while you attend the meeting.
UM Ext. workshop
TUESDAY, JAN. 15 — The University of Minnesota Extension in Carver and Sibley Counties are hosting a workshop at the Hillcrest Café in NYA on using grid sampling for distributing manure. A program brochure can be viewed online at : http://z.umn.edu/gridnya. Registration begins at 9:30 a.m. and the workshop begins at 10 a.m. There is no admission fee for this workshop and a noon meal will be provided. Pre-registration is requested to assist with meal counts, but not required. For registration or further information, call the Sibley County Extension Office at (507) 237-4100 or email Julie Sievert at email@example.com.
TUESDAYS, JAN. 15 TO MARCH 26 — Family storytime for all ages, with a focus on children age 2 and up at 11 a.m. at the Norwood Young America Library (314 Elm Street 467-2665). Children, parents and their caregivers are invited to come and share 30 minutes of stories, music and movement that encourages the development of early literacy skills. No registration required.
SUNDAY, JAN. 20 — The Hamburg Lions are hosting a pancake brunch from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Hamburg Community Hall. Serving pancakes, eggs, sausage, applesauce and beverages. Cost is $7 for adults, $3 for children 5-10 and free for those under age 5. Proceeds will benefit new flags, poles and brackets for the City of Hamburg.
THURSDAY, JAN. 24 — The NYA Area Chamber of Commerce will hold its annual banquet in the Oak Grove Senior Residence Community Room. Refreshments at 6 p.m., dinner at 6:30 p.m. and a presentation will follow at 7 p.m. Cost is $15 per person for chamber members and $20 for non-members. RSVP by Friday, Jan. 18 to NYA Chamber, PO Box 292, NYA MN 55368.
Chili and auctions
SUNDAY, JAN. 27 — St. John’s Lutheran School in NYA is hosting an all-you-can-eat chili meal and silent and live auctions. Chili serving: 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Silent auction: 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Live auction at 1 p.m. Tickets ware $7 for adults, $5 for children 5-10, and free for those age 4 and under.
Raider TD Club
SUNDAY, JAN. 27 — The Raider Touchdown Club will meet at 7 p.m. at Pizza Ranch in NYA. Anyone with an interest in Raider football is welcome to attend.
Soils 101 course
MONDAY, FEB. 4 — The University of Minnesota Extension in Carver, Hennepin, McLeod, and Wright counties are collaborating to offer a Soils 101 course at Crow River Coffee in Watertown. This course is an intensive, seven-hour class that provides a hands-on teaching environment for producers who want to learn more about the soils they farm. Class will start at 8 a.m. and end at 4:30 p.m. Since class sizes are limited, please register early to ensure availability.
THURSDAY, FEB. 7 — The third Annual Meeting of the Willkommen Heritage and Preservation Society will be held at the Heritage Center, located at 102 E Main St., NYA at 7 p.m. The public is welcome to attend.