Master Gardener Help Desk
The Carver/Scott Master Gardeners have a help desk from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. every Saturday until Labor Day at the Waconia Public Library. No fee, just come and ask questions or bring a sample of a problem.
Waconia Swim Club
Join the Waconia Swim Club for its fall/winter season. Flexible schedule. Youth, young adults age 5-18 welcome. Assessments available by appointment for level placement (most kids with swim equivalency to Red Cross Level 5 or Foss Level 4 are ready). Info: Coach Amy Howard at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Southern Valley Alliance for Battered Women is in need of volunteers to answer the 24-hour crisis line from the comfort of your home. Volunteers needed to facilitate support groups and provide childcare. Free training for the crisis line begins Sept. 14. Info: (952) 873-4214.
Nickle Dickle Pickle Contest
Enter your pickles in the inaugural Nickle Dickle Pickle Contest! Pickles will be judged on Nickle Dickle Day, Saturday, Sept. 14 at 10 a.m. Register by Saturday, Aug. 31. Dill, Sweet, Spicy and Misc Pickled Food. Applications at the Waconia Farmer’s Market, at the Chamber office or on line: www.DestinationWaconia.org.
Kids Fun Day
THURSDAY, AUG. 15 – Girl Scout Troop 10542 presents Kids Fun Day from 9 to 11:30 a.m. at City Square Park in Waconia. Enjoy arts and crafts, games, snacks and more. Food shelf donations accepted. Designed for children 3-9 years old.
Sports medicine conference
THURSDAY, AUG. 15 – Twin Cities Orthopedics will host a sports medicine conference for parents, coaches and Athletic Trainers that will cover the most up-to-date issues surrounding athletes and sports participation at 6 p.m. at Waconia High School. Learn from experts about the latest sports medicine research on topics such as common injuries, injury prevention and injury rehabilitation. Register: CoachesConference@TCOmn.com or (952) 512-5647.
THURSDAY, AUG. 15 – The National Alliance on Mental Illness support group will meetat 7 p.m. at the Moravian Church in Waconia (209 2nd St E).
Movie in the Park
FRIDAY, AUG. 16 – Waconia Parks & Recreation presents Movie in the Park at City Square Park this summer. Each movie begins at 8:30 p.m. Bring your own lawn chairs or blanket. Non-perishable food items accepted for the food shelf. Rain site: Safari Island. Aug. 16: Madagascar 3.
Relay For Life of Waconia
FRIDAY, AUG. 16 – The 4th annual Relay For Life of Waconia will be held starting at 4 p.m. at the Carver County Fairgrounds in Waconia. Opening ceremony: 6 p.m. Info: www.relayforlife.org/waconiamn.
AUG. 16-17 – The Cologne Fire Department Relief Association presents the 5th annual Firehouse Drive-In held at Hwy 212 and CR 53 in Cologne. Aug. 16: Rise of the Guardians and Field of Dreams. Aug. 17: The Lorax and Stand By Me. Saturday bean bag tournament, fireworks both nights. Parking passes available at Lenzen Chevrolet Buick in Chaska and KleinBank and Holiday in Cologne. Info: FirehouseDriveIn.com or (952) 466-2626.
SATURDAY, AUG. 17 – Resonate 2013 is a family-friendly event that starts at 3 p.m. at City Square Park in Waconia. The event includes a music concert, popcorn, ice cream and a puppet show for the kids. Sponsored by Oakwood Community Church. Info: (952) 442-4323 or visit www.oakwoodonline.org.
Pet adoption event
SATURDAY, AUG. 17 – Carver Scott Humane Society volunteers will hold a pet adoption from noon to 3 p.m. at PETCO in Eden Prairie. Cats, dogs available. Info: (952) 368-3553 or www.carverscotths.org.
ARC blood drive
SATURDAY, AUG. 17 – The American Red Cross will hold a blood drive from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Holy Family Catholic High School in Victoria. Appointment: redcrossblood.org or call 1-800-RED CROSS.
SUNDAY, AUG. 18 – An omelette breakfast will be held at Waconia American Legion Post 150 (233 Olive St.) from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Choice of ingredients for omelette, includes toast, hash browns and beverage.
SUNDAY, AUG. 18 – The 19th annual Country Fest will be held at Church of St. Boniface (4025 Main St., St. Bonifacius) from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.. Menu includes roast pork and pork chop dinner (served from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. with sauerkraut). Silent auction and more. Info: (952) 446-1054 or email@example.com.
Caregiver Support Group
MONDAY, AUG. 19 – 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. Meet, talk with other caregivers and local senior professionals to gain insight, resources and support. Group meets from 5 to 6 p.m. at the Encore Adult Day Program (across from the museum in Waconia). Info: (952) 442-7660.
MONDAY, AUG. 19 – The community is invited to the Virtual Dementia Tour presented by Kim Stender, Certified Virtual Dementia Trainer, at Lighthouse of Waconia at 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. and 6 to 7 p.m. RSVP: (952) 442-1261 or SVilmain@NPSeniorLiving.com.
Waconia FOL meeting
MONDAY, AUG. 19 – Friends of the Waconia Library (FOL) will hold its general membership meeting at 6:30 p.m. at the library (217 S. Vine St.). Agenda: Plans for annual Nickle Dickle Day Book Sale. New members, established members welcome. Info: Heidi at 442-1754 or Bobbi Jo Pieper, FOL President, 442-9039.
Homeward Bound TC
AUG. 19-21 – Homeward Bound Theatre Company will offer Comedy Improv “Whose Line Is It?” Monday, Aug. 19 through Wednesday, Aug. 21 from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. at Clearwater Middle School in Waconia where 5th through 8th graders will enjoy a fun and unique class that teaches comedy and acting without a script. Learn to deliver on-the-spot sketches using a variety of improv techniques. Info, cost of registration: 442-0610.
Kids Fun Day
TUESDAY, AUG. 20 – Girl Scout Troop 10542 presents Kids Fun Day from 9 to 11:30 a.m. at Bayview Park in Waconia. Enjoy arts and crafts, games, snacks and more. Food shelf donations accepted. Designed for children 3-9 years old.
Princess Kay event
WEDNESDAY, AUG. 21 – The 60th Princess Kay of the Milky Way Coronation will be held at 8 p.m. at the Minnesota State Fair grounds band shell. The Carver County Dairy Association is hosting a fan bus supporting 2013 Carver County Dairy Princess/2013 Princess Kay Finalist Katie Buckentine of Chaska. To ride bus, contact Barb Grimm at (952) 657-2476 by Aug. 18.
ARC blood drive
WEDNESDAY, AUG. 21 – The American Red Cross will hold a blood drive from 1 to 7 p.m. at the Mayer Community Center. Appointment: redcrossblood.org or call 1-800-RED CROSS.
Kids Fun Day
THURSDAY, AUG. 22 – Girl Scout Troop 10542 presents Kids Fun Day from 9 to 11:30 a.m. at Bent Creek Park in Waconia. Enjoy arts and crafts, games, snacks and more. Food shelf donations accepted. Designed for children 3-9 years old.
CCLS open house
THURSDAY, AUG. 22 – Christ Community Lutheran School (CCLS) of Watertown will hold an Open House from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. CCLS offers Christian educational opportunities for students from age 3 through 8th grade. Info: (952) 955-1419 or www.ccls.net.
WHS 1978 reunion
FRIDAY, AUG. 23 – Waconia High School Class of 1978 is having a 35-year class reunion at Canterbury Park in Shakopee. For more information, contact Randy Sicheneder at (612) 418-6110.
AUG. 23-25 – The 152nd Stiftungsfest will be held in NYA. Food, entertainment, arts and crafts fair, softball tournament, much more. Info: www.stiftungsfest.org.
SATURDAY, AUG. 24 – Girl Scout Troop 10542 presents a Pet Fair from noon to 3 p.m. at Brook Peterson Park in Waconia. Bring your leashed dog for a wash and learn the proper way to care for your pet. Meet some vendors and enjoy the afternoon in the park with your dog. Humane Society donations accepted.
VFW Steak Fry
SATURDAY, AUG. 24 – The Waconia VFW will hold a steak fry at the clubhouse in Waconia, 125 First St. W., from 5 to 8 p.m. Steak or chicken, baked and cheesy potatoes, cole slaws, dessert.
SATURDAY, AUG. 24 – The 10th annual Stiftungsfest Sheephead Tourney will be held at the Wilkommen Park Pavilion. Registration: 8:30 a.m., starts at 9 a.m. Sponsored by the NYA Lions.
Master Gardener plant sale
SATURDAY, AUG. 24 – The 5th annual Carver-Scott Extension Master Gardener Plant Sale will be held from 9 a.m. to noon at Chaska Rainbow Foods. Reasonably priced hardy perennial divisions from the Carver-Scott Extension Master Gardeners including: hosta, ornamental grasses, ground covers, iris, peonies, daffodils, day lilies, houseplants, shrubs as well as garden art, produce and more. Master Gardeners will be on hand to answer questions and make suggestions.
SATURDAY, AUG. 24 – The 10th annual Stiftungsfest Motorcycle Run will begin at noon in NYA. All proceeds benefit the South West Carver County Fire Explorers, a group of teenagers from the Hamburg, Cologne, and NYA area who are interested in firefighting.
Westwood car show / cruise-in
SATURDAY, AUG. 24 – The 8th annual Westwood Community Church Car Show / Cruise-In will be held from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Westwood Community Church (3121 Westwood Drive) in Chanhassen. Any make, model, year, condition welcome. Info: Jim at (952) 224-7378.
TUESDAY, AUG. 27 – The Tuesday Night Ladies Bowling League meeting will be held at the Waconia American Legion at 7:30 p.m. If you are interested in bowling, contact Sharon at (952) 442-1373.