2ND AND 4TH MONDAYS – Want to get over your fear of public speaking? Want to improve your public speaking and leadership skills in a friendly and supportive environment? The Carver County Communicators Toastmasters Club meets at Chaska Middle School (East Room E30) from 7 to 8 p.m. Info: 5518.toastmastersclubs.org.
2ND AND 4TH MONDAYS – Individuals 55+ are invited to Trinity Lutheran Church & School in Waconia for coffee, visiting, and activities at 1 p.m. in the Fireside Room. All invited.
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 to share referrals and grow businesses. All are welcome to attend.
THURSDAYS – Enjoy coffee, hot chocolate and pie at Lighthouse of Waconia (500 S. Cherry St.) on Thursdays from 3-4 p.m. 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 from 9 a.m. to noon and 1 to 4:30 p.m. at The East Creek Family Center, 303 East 6th Street, Chaska. Info: contact CAP Agency WIC Program at (952) 402-9869.
A new bookstore run by the Friends of the Library is open in the northeast corner of the Waconia Library. Includes vintage and collectible books. 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 protected]
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. Info: [email protected] or 955-3298.
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. Next meeting: May 1.
APRIL 4 & 5 – Waconia High School will present the farce “Happy Birthday, Dear Grandpa” at the high school auditorium at 7 p.m. on Thursday, April 4 and Friday, April 5. Tickets available at the door. Passes accepted.
Early Childhood screen.
APRIL 4 & 5 – 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 April 4 and 8:15 a.m. to 2:45 p.m. on Paril 5 at the Early Childhood Family Center, 520 Industrial Blvd. Info: 442-0613.
Chamber Business Expo
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. 70+ businesses represented, presenters, prizes, food and more. Info: www.destinationwaconia.org; (952) 442-5812.
Cancer Awareness Day
SATURDAY, APRIL 6 – Relay For Life of Waconia and Ridgeview Medical Center are teaming up for a special event on Cancer Awareness Day at the Waconia movie theater from 10 a.m. to noon. Open to the public. Information, refreshments, door prizes. Guest Speaker: Erik Therwanger. RSVP by April 3: (952) 442-8084.
Freshwater mentoring seminar
SATURDAY, APRIL 6 – Learn practical skills and proven strategies on how to live a lifestyle of mentoring and reach your full leadership potential at “Be With,” a Mentor Training Seminar hosted by Freshwater Community Church in St. Bonifacius from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Taught by LEAD222, a non-profit international coaching and mentoring ministry based on 2 Timothy 2:2. To register: www.freshwaterchurch.org. Info: Pastor Kevin Christian at (952) 446-9090.
SATURDAY, APRIL 6 – The 15th annual Tim Orth Memorial Foundation Basketball Jamboree will be held at the Glencoe-Silver Lake High School Gymnasium. Doors open at 5 p.m. with the games beginning at 6 p.m. Proceeds (raffles, concessions, admission, donations, and silent auction) from event will be given to area children, including Tate Maurer of Waconia, who are battling serious illness. Info: www.timorthfoundation.org.
Pet adoption event
SATURDAY, APRIL 6 – 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.
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. Tickets available at the door; 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.
Catholic United meeting
TUESDAY, APRIL 9 – St. Joseph Catholic United will hold its monthly meeting in The Parish Center at 6:30 p.m. Ham casserole will be served.
Bayview spaghetti dinner
THURSDAY, APRIL 11 – 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 sitting fee (100 percent benefits Trinity MOPS) and receives a free 10×13 antique color portrait (examples: antiquitieskids.com). Info: Cheryl at [email protected] or (952) 442-5263.
APRIL 12-14 – The Mayer Lutheran High School drama department will perform Shakespeare’s “Twelfth Night or What You Will” at LHS at 7 p.m. on April 12 and 13 and at 2 p.m. on April 14. General admission tickets available at the door.
Show Choir Spectacular
APRIL 12-13 & 19-20 – The Power Company Family of Show Choirs presents the 2013 Show Choir Spectacular on April 12-13 and 19-20 at Waconia High School. Show times are Fridays at 7 p.m. and Saturdays at 2 and 7 p.m. Power Company, The Current, and solo/group acts perform at all shows. Pulse, Illuminations, Shockwave at selected shows. Full schedule, tickets available online at www.waconiachoirs.org. Box Office open one hour before each performance. Ticket availability may be limited. Box Office open on Wednesday, April 3 from 6 to 8 pm.
Dairy Day Dinner
SATURDAY, APRIL 13 – The 61st annual Carver County Dairy Day Dinner and Princess Coronation, “ 61 and Having Fun!” will be held at the New Germany Hall. Social hour: 6:30 p.m., dinner: 7 p.m., program: 8:15 p.m. Tickets available at the door. Info: Mark at (952) 442-2803 or Barb at (952) 657-2476.
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.
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.