TUESDAYS – Lakeside Networkers is a local BNI business networking group that meets weekly on Tuesdays at 7 a.m. at Island View Golf Club in Waconia (note location change) to share referrals and grow businesses. All are welcome to attend the meetings.
A new bookstore is now open in the northeast corner of the Waconia Library. Most hardcover books are $1 and paperbacks are $.50. If you love vintage or collectible books, there is a special cabinet just for you. Run by the Friends of the Library. All proceeds benefit the library. Open during regular library hours. Info: Georgia at (952) 657-2277.
Waconia Swim Club
Enjoy a family-friendly schedule and keep your kids active with the Waconia Swim Club during its spring/summer season. Assessments, registration available by appointment at Safari Island. Info: Amy at email@example.com.
Softener Salt Sale
The Waconia wrestling and baseball teams have kicked off their annual spring water softener salt sale. District 110 residents can order salt and have it delivered to their homes on Saturday, April 27. Three types of softener salt are available, including coarse, pellet and iron. All proceeds benefit the WHS wrestling and baseball teams. Info: Kelly Wagener at (612) 396-1358.
Rec Soccer Registration
Register for Crow River recreational soccer U5-U8 at www.crowriversoccer.com. Held Tues/Thurs evenings 5/21-7/21 at WMHS fields. U5 & 6 play 6-7 p.m. U7 & 8 play 7:15-8:15 p.m. $60 until April 4. $70 after 4/4. No registrations after April 20. Info: firstname.lastname@example.org or (952) 955-3298.
THURSDAY, MARCH 21 – Animal behavior expert Dr. Lorna Reichl, DVM, is the featured keynote speaker at the Carver-Scott Humane Society’s annual meeting at the Chanhassen Recreation Center at 6 p.m. Info: www.carverscotths.org or (952) 368-3553 (line 4).
THURSDAY, MARCH 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: Irish Folklore.
Ice Out 2013
FRIDAY, MARCH 22 – The Waconia Hockey Association hosts Ice Out 2013: Vegas Returns at the Waconia Ice Arena from 6 p.m. to midnight. Features casino-style gambling tables with great prize raffles, wine and beer tastings, a silent and live auction, and music. Visit www.waconiahockey.org and see the Ice Out page for a complete schedule. Open to the public. Tickets available at the door.
Early Childhood screen.
FRIDAY, MARCH 22 – 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 .m. to 2:45 p.m. at the Early Childhood Family Center, 520 Industrial Blvd. Info: 442-0613.
Waconia KC fish fry
FRIDAY, MARCH 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. Adults: $10, children ages 5-12: $4, children under 5 eat free. Take out available.
Early Bird Piano Bar
FRIDAY, MARCH 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). Date change due to Good Friday.
SATURDAY, MARCH 23 – Zion Lutheran Church and School in Mayer invites all area children (through grade 6) and their families to attend Zion’s Annual Easter Faire from 2 to 4 p.m. at the Zion School gym. Great opportunity to connect with local families; bring your neighbors and friends for a day of craft making fun and fellowship! Info: Barb Grimm at (952) 657-2476.
SATURDAY, MARCH 23 – Members of the Mayer-Watertown DandyLions will host an Easter event at the Mayer Community Center on Saturday, March 23, for area children from 10 a.m. to noon. Games, prizes and refreshments. The Easter Bunny will be available for photos. No charge to attend this program.
Friends & Family
SATURDAY, MARCH 23 – Join Ridgeview Foundation, Ridgeview Medical Center, Safari Island and more than 35 other community organizations for the 9th annual Ridgeview Friends & Family Come Together Event from 9 a.m. to noon at Safari Island in Waconia. Free interactive healthy living event promotes the health, wellness and safety of the entire community. Enjoy a wide range of activities and presentations designed for children and adults of all ages. Info: (952) 442-6010 or visit www.ridgeviewfoundation.org.
SATURDAY, MARCH 23 – A Service of Remembrance will be held at 7 p.m. at Waconia Moravian Church. This community worship service will be a time to remember your loved one who has been lost to suicide. All are invited to this safe place to honor and celebrate the memories. You are invited to bring pictures or mementos that are meaningful to you. Ecumenical service; all faith backgrounds welcome. Refreshments following the service. Info: (952) 442-2920.
SUNDAY, MARCH 24 – Waconia Fellowship of Christian Athletes will meet from 1 to 3 p.m. at Waconia High School for games, food and an encouraging message through music from songwriter Jourdan Myers. Bring your friends to hear her powerful testimony!
MONDAY, MARCH 25 – Carver-Scott Master Gardeners will hold a free gardening class at the Waconia Library at 6:30 p.m. Topic: Container Gardening.
ARC blood drive
WEDNESDAY, MARCH 27 – The American Red Cross will hold a blood drive from 2 to 7 p.m. at Southview Elementry School in Waconia. To make an appointment to donate blood or for more information about other ways to get involved with the Red Cross, visit redcrossblood.org or call 1-800-RED CROSS.
MONDAY, APRIL 1 – The public is invited to attend Vintage Afternoon: General Carver County History from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. at Lighthouse of Waconia (500 S Cherry Street).
Downtown Taskforce Open House
TUESDAY, APRIL 2 – The Waconia Downtown Taskforce will hold an Open House at 7 p.m. at Waconia City Hall. Meet with city, design staff. Share your ideas. Help shape the future of downtown Waconia.
WEDNESDAY, APRIL 3 – The Waconia American Legion Auxiliary will meet at 7:30 p.m.
SATURDAY, APRIL 6 – The Waconia Chamber of Commerce presents the Business, Home and Family Expo from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Waconia High School. Free. 60+ businesses represented, presenters all day long, prizes, food and more. Info: www.destinationwaconia.org; (952) 442-5812.
Waconia FD breakfast
SUNDAY, APRIL 7 – The Waconia Fire Department will host its Spring Pancake, French Toast and Sausage Breakfast from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Waconia Fire Station. Advance tickets: $6, at the door: $7. Children 5 and under admitted free.
MONDAY, APRIL 8 – Waconia Area Women of Today, a dynamic, fun, diverse women’s organization interested in the betterment of the community, will meet at 7 p.m. at the Laketown Gym in Waconia. Info: waconiaareawt.blogspot.com or Connie at (952) 217-0963.
TUESDAY, APRIL 9 – Carver-Scott Master Gardeners will hold a free gardening class at the Waconia Library at 6:30 p.m. Topic: Lawn Care.
American Legion meeting
TUESDAY, APRIL 9 – The Waconia American Legion members will meet at 7:30 p.m. Next meeting: May 14.
Bayview spaghetti dinner
FRIDAY, APRIL 12 – Bayview Elementary School will hold its annual Spaghetti Dinner & Silent Auction from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. This is one of the largest fundraisers of the year for Bayview.
APRIL 12-13 – Trinity MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers), a non-denominational group for moms with preschoolers, is holding a fundraiser at Trinity Lutheran Church and School in Waconia from 3 to 8 p.m. on Friday, April 12 and 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Saturday, April 13. During this “Antiquities Fundraiser,” one donates a $10 sitting fee (100 percent benefits Trinity MOPS) and receives a free 10×13 antique color portrait (for portrait examples, visit antiquitieskids.com). Info: Cheryl at email@example.com or (952) 442-5263.
Steak fry dinner
SATURDAY, APRIL 13 – 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.
SUNDAY, APRIL 14 – The St. Boni Fire Department will hold a free CPR class at 2 p.m. at the St. Boni Fire Station. To register, info: www.stbonifire.com.
MONDAY, APRIL 15 – Carver-Scott Master Gardeners will hold a free gardening class at the Waconia Library at 6:30 p.m. Topic: Rain Gardens.
THURSDAY, APRIL 18 – 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: Go Green!
SATURDAY, APRIL 20 – Do you want to study the Bible more effectively? Would you like to be able to memorize Scripture? Attend the Falling in Love with God’s Word workshop held at Trinity Lutheran Church & School in Waconia. Keith Ferrin, from That You May Know Ministries, will share techniques to integrate Scripture internalization into Bible study. Workshop held from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. in Trinity’s Fellowship Hall. Cost: $15, includes workbook, lunch. Registration: Traci Kohls (firstname.lastname@example.org). Registration deadline: April 15.
MONDAY, APRIL 22 – Carver-Scott Master Gardeners will hold a free gardening class at the Waconia Library at 6:30 p.m. Topic: Shade Gardening.
TUESDAY, APRIL 23 – The public is invited to attend Lighthouse Presents with Ron Kolb at 6:30 p.m. at Lighthouse of Waconia (500 S Cherry Street). Topic: “How to Protect Your Estate.”
Early Bird Piano Bar
FRIDAY, APRIL 26 – The public is invited to attend the Early Bird Piano Bar 2 to 3 p.m. at Lighthouse of Waconia (500 S Cherry Street).