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.
1ST THURSDAY – Enjoy coffee, hot chocolate and pie at Lighthouse of Waconia (500 S. Cherry St.) from 3-4 p.m. on the first Thursday of the month. 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.
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: firstname.lastname@example.org or 955-3298.
The Carver Horseshoe League is looking for players starting mid-May. Info: Pat Baker at (612) 310-1655.
THURSDAY, APRIL 25 – LWV Eastern Carver County will be registering students to vote during lunch at Waconia High School. To register to vote you must be: at least 18 on or before the next election; a U.S. citizen. To register to vote you will need: your MN Driver’s license number OR if you do not have a MN driver’s license you will need the last four digits of your SSN. LWV Eastern Carver County encourages voting, and active informed participation in our government.
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).
FRIDAY, APRIL 26 — The Belle’s Blankets Fundraiser will be held at Laketown Gymnastics from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Paid admission gets you open gym — all proceeds will be used to make blankets for Children’s Hospitals of Minnesota. Info: wwwbellesblankets.com.
Celebrate Healthy Families
SATURDAY, APRIL 27 – Women, partners, friends and families, attend the first ever Community Baby Shower from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Chaska Community Center (1661 Park Ridge Dr.). Along with informational presentations and a resource fair, the free event features activities for all ages, light refreshments and prizes. Info: Carver County Public Health at (952) 361-1329 or www.CarverBabyShower.com.
Cologne FD steak fry
SATURDAY, APRIL 27 – The Cologne Fire Department Relief Association’s annual Steak Fry (10 oz. steak with fixings) will be held at the Cologne Fire Station from 3 to 8 p.m. There is a cost to attend the dinner.
Store to Door event
TUESDAY, APRIL 30 – The non-profit service Store to Door delivers groceries to people 60+. Do you need this service? Do you know someone who could use it? Want to volunteer? Come to one of two informational sessions (10:30 a.m and 7 p.m.) at The Crossings At Town Centre, 200 S Olive St., Waconia. Info: www.storetodoor.org.
WEDNESDAY, MAY 1 – The Waconia American Legion Auxiliary will meet at 7:30 p.m. Next meeting: June 5.
THURSDAY, MAY 2 – A “Spring Fling” Senior Dance will be held for all area seniors from 1 to 3:30 p.m. at the NYA Wilkommen Pavilion. Entertainment by Lowell Schubert, Jerry Kahle and Nancy Buckentine. Light lunch served. Sponsored by The Harbor and Oak Grove Senior Residence.
Katy Smith event
THURSDAY, MAY 2 – Join Katy Smith, Parent Educator from Winona and the 2011 Minnesota Teacher of the Year, in a lively conversation about childhood and what kids need from it from 6 to 8 p.m. at Waconia High School. Free. Register online at www.waconiacommunityed.org or (952) 442-0613.
Early Childhood screen.
FRIDAY, MAY 3 – 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.
NYA Lions Pork Chop Feed
FRIDAY, MAY 3 – The NYA Lions will hold a pork chop feed at the NYA Pavilion from 5 to 8 p.m. Join the Lions that night, get a free meal!
Public Services Open House
SATURDAY, MAY 4 – Waconia Public Services invites citizens to an open house at the Public Services Facility (310 E 10th St.) and Water Treatment Plant (200 E 10th St.). Demonstrations, prizes, tours, and more. Info: www.waconia.org or (952) 442-2615.
Stop ‘n Shop
SATURDAY, MAY 4 – The NYA West Carver Lions will hold a Stop ‘n Shop event from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the NYA Sports Complex Lions Shelter. Shop for household treasures, perennial and annual plants. Light lunch available.
SATURDAY, MAY 4 – A salad luncheon will be held from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at St. John Lutheran Church (17725 53rd St.) in New Germany. Hosted by St. John LWML. There is a cost to attend.
Clean Up Day
SATURDAY, MAY 4 – The Camden Township / New Germany Clean Up Day will be held from 7 to 11 a.m. at the city of New Germany shed (250 State Ave.). There are costs to dispose of certain items. Info: (952) 657-2698 or (952) 353-2488.
Pork Chop Dinner
SUNDAY, MAY 5 – St. Paul’s Evangelical Reformed Church Men’s Brotherhood will host a Pork Chop Dinner from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. following 9:30 am. worship. Located at 15470 CR 31, Hamburg. All welcome. Takeouts available. Info: www.stpaulsrcus.org.
TUESDAY, MAY 7 – Would you be interested in Waconia-based adult community theater? A meeting designed to gauge the community’s interest in this opportunity will be held at 6:30 p.m. at the Community Education office in Waconia.
St. Victoria sale
MAY 9-10 – The St. Victoria Council of Catholic United Financial is having a matching grant rummage sale from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. on May 9 and 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. on May 10. Friday is bag and bargain day. Sale at St. Victoria Parish Center (8228 Victoria Dr.). All proceeds given to parish education program.
Steak fry dinner
SATURDAY, MAY 11 – 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.
Plant, bake sale
SATURDAY, MAY 11 – East Union’s Spring Thing! Plant & Bake Sale will be held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at East Union Lutheran Church (15180 CR 40, Carver).
American Legion meeting
TUESDAY, MAY 14 – The Waconia American Legion members will meet at 7:30 p.m. Next meeting: May 14.
Hoop It Up for Al!
SATURDAY, MAY 18 – The 3rd annual Hoop It Up for Al!, a 3-on-3 basketball tournament, will take place at Mayer Lutheran High School. Info: www.lhsmayer.org, Facebook at “Hoop It Up For Al” or email questions to HoopItUpForAl@gmail.com.
SATURDAY, MAY 18 – A new, multi-generational event for women and family members will be held from 1 to 5 p.m. at Waconia High School. Event is fundraiser for Relay For Life of Waconia and the American Cancer Society. Purse swap, activities, workshops, vendors, and more. There is a fee to attend. Info, register: www.relaypalooza.com. Pre-registration preferred.
SUNDAY, MAY 19 – All-you-can-eat Dad’s Belgian Waffles (with sausages, toppings and beverages) will be held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at St. Bonifacius Catholic School. Sponsored by the Friends of Minnetrista Baptist Church.
Trinity golf event
FRIDAY, JUNE 14 – Due to the late arrival of spring, the date of Trinity’s Spring Swing Golf Tournament has changed to Friday, June 14 at Dahlgreen Golf Course in Chaska. Community-wide event offers 18 hole scramble tournament, contests, and buffet dinner. Registration and sponsorship forms are available on Trinity’s website (trinitywaconia.org) or at Trinity Lutheran Church & School in Waconia. Info: Tim Jopp (612-910-5677). Register by May 31.