1-17-13 Waconia Patriot Dateline

Childhood screening

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.

Rock on Ice event

FRIDAY, JAN. 18 – Enjoy a variety of music, Rock on Ice lights and fog machine at the Waconia Ice Arena (1250 Oak Avenue) from 7 to 9 p.m. for Rock on Ice Open Skate. 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: Feb. 8 and 22.

Pheas. 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 randy.wendland@te.com.

Library input meeting

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. To offer feedback, attend a meeting from 10 to 11:30 a.m. at the Waconia City Council Chambers. Info: Nick Dimassis at (612) 418-1864.

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.

EFC Women’s Event
SATURDAY, JAN. 19 – Watertown Evangelical Free Church will welcome speaker and musician Holly Berry for a women’s event at the church from 9:30 to 11 a.m. Berry is a flutist, speaker and former plus size model who inspires the hearts of others as she shared the message of God’s profound love.

Chow Mein Dinner

SUNDAY, JAN. 20 – A chow mein dinner will be held at American Legion Post 150, 233 Olive Street, Waconia, from 4 to 7 p.m. Adults: $7, under 12: $4. Take out available.

Birthright breakfast
SUNDAY, JAN. 20 – A pancake and French toast breakfast will be held at Trinity Lutheran Church in Waconia from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Free will offering. Proceeds benefit Birthright.
Waconia FCA
SUNDAY, JAN. 20 – Waconia Fellowship of Christian Athletes will gather from 4 to 6 p.m. at Waconia High School for games, food and an encouraging message from Kevin Christian, Youth Director at Freshwater Church.

Transitions Expo

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. Presentations will be made at 5 p.m. by the Autism Society of Minnesota and at 5:30 p.m. by the Metropolitan Center for Independent Living. Info: Kelly Jo at (952) 442-0669.

Lighthouse event

THURSDAY, JAN. 24 – The public is invited to attend the presentation “Laugh Your Way to Health” from 2 to 3 p.m. at Lighthouse of Waconia (500 S Cherry Street).

WHS wrestling night

THURSDAY, JAN. 24 – Waconia Wrestling invites all former Wildcat wrestlers to return to WHS and join parents, fans and wrestling sponsors to cheer on the 2012-13 team as it hosts the New Ulm Eagles in a home dual at 6:30 p.m. Waconia Wrestling alumni will be recognized as will the newest member of the Wildcat Wrestling Hall of Fame. Free admission for all former Waconia wrestlers.

Early Bird Piano Bar

FRIDAY, JAN. 25 – The public is invited to attend the Early Bird Piano Bar 2 to 3 p.m. at Lighthouse of Waconia (500 S Cherry Street).

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.

Snowball Open

SATURDAY, JAN. 26 – Sponsored by the Orono Lions, the Snowball Open is a full 18 hole golf course built for one day on Long Lake (Hennepin County) in the middle of winter. Holes are sponsored by local businesses; proceeds aid Lions to support local charities and the community. Entry fee: $25, payable at the event. Course opens at 9 a.m. Tee times available 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. (tee time: 612-965-0153).  $100 prizes for best dressed team and best sled. $50 prize for best “Up North Hat.”

Auburn Meadows

SUNDAY, JAN. 27 – A grand opening for Auburn Meadows Assisted Living (591 Cherry Dr.) in Waconia will be held from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tours, entertainment, sleigh rides, refreshments. Info: (952) 227-0494, auburnhomes.org.

Caregiver Support

MONDAY, JAN. 28 – Encore’s Carver County Adult Day Services Program and Emerald Crest Assisted Living Memory Care have partnered up to provide a Caregiver Support Group to address the issues of caring for the aging. This is a great opportunity to meet and talk with other caregivers and local senior professionals to gain insight, resources and support! This Support Group meets from 5 to 6 p.m. at the Encore Adult Day Program located across from the museum in Waconia. Info: (952) 442-7660.

WHS preregistration

THURSDAY, JAN. 31 – Parents / guardians of eighth grade students who will be entering Waconia High School next fall are invited to an informational meeting in the high school auditorium from 6:15 to 7:15 p.m. Topics include: staff introduction, registration process and timeline, test and graduation requirements.

Trinity Open House

THURSDAY, JAN. 31 – Trinity Lutheran School in Waconia will host a Preschool-8th Grade Open House from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Visit classrooms, meet teachers, and review curriculum. Experience Trinity’s affordable, exemplary Christian education. Info: Jolyn (jolyn.reading@trinitywaconia or 952-442-4165 x224).

Childhood screen.

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.

4-H Tack Swap

SATURDAY, FEB. 2 – The Carver County 4-H Tack Swap will be held at the Waconia Farm Supply Garden Center from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Open to the public. Cash, check only. Variety of items available. Vendor info: 466-5313. Event info: 466-5304.

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