Homeward Bound Theatre Company will offer “Creative Dramatics” on Tuesdays, Feb. 26 through March 19 from 2:45 to 4:15 p.m. at Bayview Elementary School in Waconia. Students in grades 3-4 will start at the beginning with the basics of acting, mime and movement. Ever wonder what your favorite actor or actress first learned? Join the fun and we’ll show you how it is done! Information, cost of registration: Waconia Comm. Ed. at (952) 442-0610.
THURSDAY, FEB. 21 – The public is invited to attend Lighthouse Presents with Robin Rinke from 2 to 3 p.m. at Lighthouse of Waconia (500 S Cherry Street). Topic: Cabin Fever.
Firearm safety training
THURSDAY, FEB. 21 – The Mayer-New Germany Sportsman Club will host firearms safety training at the Mayer Community Center (413 Bluejay Avenue). Registration will be held at the community center starting at 7 p.m. Classes held on Thursdays from 7 to 9 p.m. Info: Beth at (952) 442-4443 or Doug at (612) 718-7188.
THURSDAY, FEB. 21 – The support group of the National Alliance on Mental Illness will meet at 7 p.m. at the Waconia Moravian Church.
Moms in Prayer
FEB. 21 & 28 – Moms and grandmothers are invited to an informational coffee to learn more about Moms in Prayer International, a Christian ministry where women come together to pray for children and schools. The introductory meeting will be held Thursday, Feb 21 & 28, from 8 to 9 a.m. at 1236 Kinder Drive, Waconia. Moms in Prayer, formerly Moms In Touch, is an interdenominational, nonprofit ministry with groups of moms meeting to pray for children and schools in every state in the USA and in 130+ countries around the world. Info: Jeanie at (952) 297-2476 or www.MomsInPrayer.org.
Early Bird Piano Bar
FRIDAY, FEB. 22 – 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 KC fish fry
FRIDAY, FEB. 22 – The Waconia Knights of Columbus Fish Fry will be held from 4 to 7:30 p.m. at St. Joseph Parish Center in Waconia every Friday from Feb. 15 to March 22. Adults: $10, children ages 5-12: $4, children under 5 eat free. Take out available.
St. Bernard’s fish fry
FRIDAY, FEB. 22 – St. Bernard School in Cologne will be hosting an all-you-can-eat fish fry from 3:30 to 8 p.m. in the cafeteria. The cost is $9.50 per adult and $5.50 for children ages 5-10, and children 4 and under are free. Features home-made side dishes and desserts. Take-out orders available. A second fish fry will be held on Friday, March 22.
‘Arsenic and Old Lace’
FEB. 22-24, 28, MARCH 1-2 – River City Theatre Company presents ‘Arsenic and Old Lace” at Watertown-Mayer Primary School. Feb. 22, 28 and March 1: 7 p.m. Feb. 23-24, March 2: 2 p.m. Adults: $6, youth (17 & under): $5.
SATURDAY, FEB. 23 – Bruce and Darlene Schwichtenberg, lifelong residents of Carver County, recently suffered a fire at Bruce’s mechanic shop and lost tools and equipment in the fire. Friends of the family are sponsoring a chili feed / chili contest on their behalf from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. at Waconia American Legion (233 Olive St S). Suggested donation: $15 for adults, $10 for ages 14 and under, children 6 and under free. To enter contest, call (952) 467-3929 by Feb. 21 to register your chili or for donation info.
French Toast breakfast
SUNDAY, FEB. 24 – St. Peter Lutheran Church (3030 Navajo Rd., Watertown) will host a French Toast Breakfast featuring fresh strawberries and pineapple, apple sauce, sausage, lemonade, milk and coffee. Breakfast is from 10-11:30 a.m.; feel free to join for worship at 9 a.m. Free will offering. Info: (952) 955-1679.
SUNDAY, FEB. 24 – Trinity Lutheran Church, Waconia will host Minnesota Adult & Teen Challenge during worship at 10:45 a.m. All are invited to hear the choir and its dramatic, personal testimonies of lives transformed by Christ.
SUNDAY, FEB. 24 – Waconia Fellowship of Christian Athletes will meet from 1 to 3 p.m. at Crown College in St. Boni facius for games with the college students, ice cream and an encouraging message. Bring your friends!
MONDAY, FEB. 25 – St. Joseph Preschool in Waconia is expanding to offer flexible preschool with childcare for children ages 3-5 this fall. Partnering with Lake Area Discovery Center, a nationally accredited early childhood program through the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC), St. Joseph will offer half & full day age specific preschool options 5 days/week with extended care from 6:00 am to 6:00 pm to accommodate the needs of busy families. Come to the Winter Carnival Family Night from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. to learn more or visit www.ladcfamilies.org. Info: Jackie at (952) 442-4500 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
MONDAY, FEB. 25 – Carver County Public Health (600 E 4th St., Chaska) will hold an Immunization Clinic from 3 to 5 p.m. Public Health provides immunizations to residents who do not have health insurance or whose insurance does not cover immunizations. Adult, childhood vaccines available. A $14 fee is requested for the administration of each MnVFC vaccine. No one denied service if unable to pay. Information, appointment: (952) 361-1329.
Caregiver Support Group
WEDNESDAY, FEB. 27 – Encore’s Carver County Adult Day Services Program and Emerald Crest Assisted Living Memory Care provide a monthly Caregiver Support Group to address the issues of caring for the aging. This month’s caregiver support group will meet at Ridgeview Medical Center’s Auditorium from 3:30 to 5 p.m. Topic: “The Turning Point” presented by Dr. Joseph Gaugler and Mark Reese, from the University of Minnesota’s School of Nursing. RSVPs appreciated at (952) 856-7529.
Early Childhood screen.
FEB. 28 & MARCH 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 2:30 to 5 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 28 and from 8:15 .m. to 2:45 p.m. on Friday, March 1 at the Early Childhood Family Center, 520 Industrial Blvd. Info: 442-0613.
Waconia KC fish fry
FRIDAY, MARCH 1 – The Waconia Knights of Columbus Fish Fry will be held from 4 to 7:30 p.m. at St. Joseph Parish Center in Waconia every Friday from Feb. 15 to March 22. Adults: $10, children ages 5-12: $4, children under 5 eat free. Take out available.
Ascension KC fish fry
FRIDAY, MARCH 1 – The Ascension Knights of Columbus are hosting their annual fish fry at Ascension Church Social Hall in NYA from 11 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Serving Alaskan Pollack, au gratin potatoes, baked beans, coleslaw, beverages and dessert. Adults and takeouts: $10.50, kids 6-12: $5, and kids under 5: free. Advance tickets: $9, available from Lano Equipment, KleinBank in NYA and Citizens State Bank in NYA.
Escape to the Islands
SATURDAY, MARCH 2 – Escape to the Islands! Shop, dine and play at participating Waconia Chamber businesses that will feature specials, games and classes. See articles on Page 2.
Pet adoption event
SATURDAY, MARCH 2 – Carver Scott Humane Society volunteers will hold a pet adoption from noon to 3 p.m. at PETCO in Chaska. Cats, dogs available. Adoption fees are $175+ for cats and $200+ for dogs. Info: (952) 368-3553 or www.carverscotths.org.
SUNDAY, MARCH 3 – All are invited to attend the annual Trinity Lutheran Church & School (Waconia) Waffle Brunch from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. The all-you-can-eat Waffle Brunch, held in the Fellowship Hall, features Dad’s Belgian Waffles. Tickets available at the door (adults $9, seniors $7, youth ages 6-12 $6 and age 5 and under free).
WEDNESDAY, MARCH 6 – The Waconia American Legion Auxiliary will meet at 7:30 p.m. Next meeting: April 3.
Waconia KC fish fry
FRIDAY, MARCH 8 – The Waconia Knights of Columbus Fish Fry will be held from 4 to 7:30 p.m. at St. Joseph Parish Center in Waconia every Friday from Feb. 15 to March 22. Adults: $10, children ages 5-12: $4, children under 5 eat free. Take out available.
Steak fry dinner
SATURDAY, MARCH 9 – 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.