OCT. 10-20 – Tour the Scarecrows from Oct. 10 through Oct. 20 all around Waconia. Vote for your favorite and turn in your ballot at a participating business for a chance to win a night at the AmericInn of Waconia! Info: www.destinationwaconia.org.
THURSDAY, OCT. 17 – The 2013 Carver County Senior Expo will be held from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Waconia High School. Event includes breakfast treats, keynote speaker Ron Schara, vendors, health screenings, hot chicken dinner, door prizes, update on Carver County services and projects, and more. Tickets required. To register, contact (952) 442-0610 or visit ISD 110 Community Ed office (516 Industrial Blvd, Waconia).
Social Security sessions
THURSDAY, OCT. 17 – Thrivent Financial for Lutherans presents “Social Security: Strategize to Maximize” informational sessions featuring local reps Martin Cole, Chad Henke, Jeff Hackler, Michele Cole and Peter Hess. Two sessions, one at 3:30 and the second at 6:30 p.m., held at Island View Golf Club in Waconia. Light refreshments served. RSVP by Oct. 14: Mary Ann at (952) 442-8461, firstname.lastname@example.org or Thrivent.com/findaworkshop.
Maples rummage sale
OCT. 17-19 – Church in the Maples (224 Hill St. W, NYA) will hold its Fall Rummage Sale at the church. Oct. 17 and 18: 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Oct. 19: 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Bake sale, lunch available.
‘Catching Fire’ event
THURSDAY, OCT. 17 – Catching Fire! Excited about the new Hunger Games movie coming out this November? Celebrate the opening of this new movie by making your own bookmark, testing your skills at Q-tip archery, mystery grab bags and much more at 3 p.m. at the Waconia Library. Costumes encouraged; dress up as your favorite tribute, stylist or Capitol citizen. Prize for best costume.
Rock On Ice
FRIDAY, OCT. 18 – Rock on Ice will be held at Waconia Ice Arena from 1:30 to 3 p.m. Skate to some great tunes under the Rock on Ice laser lights with your friends. There is a cost to participate.
Pet adoption event
SATURDAY, OCT. 19 – 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.
Chili and soup luncheon
SATURDAY, OCT. 19 – St. John Lutheran Church of Hollywood in New Germany will hold a Chili & Soup Luncheon and Bake Sale from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Hosted by St. John LWML.
Library Writer’s Group
SATURDAY, OCT. 19 – The Library Writer’s Group will meet at 10 a.m. at the Chanhassen Library. A group of aspiring writers meets monthly for advice and support. There may be speakers, writing exercises, or time for sharing writing and critiquing. All local writers welcome!
Stan Heldt open house
SUNDAY, OCT. 20 – An open house in honor of Stan Heldt’s 50 years of providing firearms safety training will be held from 1 to 3 p.m. (program at 1:30 p.m.) at the Mayer Community Center. Refreshments served. Sponsored by the Mayer New Germany Sportsman Club.
SUNDAY, OCT. 20 – The New Germany Commercial Club will host a Dad’s Belgian waffle breakfast from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at New Germany City Hall. All-you-can-eat waffles. Also serving the Schroeder’s famous breakfast sausages. All proceeds will go towards updating the city parks and hosting the holiday parties for area children.
Caregiver Support Group
MONDAY, OCT. 21 – Carver County’s Encore Adult Day Services Program and Augustana Emerald Crest Assisted Living provide a monthly Caregiver Support Group to address the issues of caring for the aging. Opportunity to meet and 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 (609 1st St. W, across the street from the museum) in Waconia. Info: (952) 442-7660.
DFL District 47 meeting
MONDAY, OCT. 21 – State Representative Debra Hilstrom, the current Chair of the House Judiciary Committee and a candidate for Secretary of State, will speak at the monthly DFL Senate District 47 meeting at 7 p.m. at the Victoria Fire Station. The public is invited to attend this event.
Health talk at CA
TUESDAY, OCT. 22 – Cologne Academy will host a health talk on Understanding and Helping the “Misbehaving Child” – Implications for ADHD from 7:30 to 9 p.m. Speaker is Board Certified Pediatrician with additional training in Child Development and Early Childhood Special Education. All welcome. CEU available. Info: (952) 466-2276.
THURSDAY, OCT. 24 – James Albinson will present “Artifacts and Stories of WW II and the German Resistance” from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Chaska City Hall /Library. See meaningful and rare artifacts of WWII. Hear stories of the German Resistance and recollections about high-ranking officials in German leadership from Albinson, an American Marine who used reckoning, the fledgling science of forensic evidence, anecdotal information and relationships with high government officials to locate downed pilots and crew in Europe just after the war. Chaska City Hall Council Chambers. Info: (952) 448-3886.
Zion Trunk or Treat
FRIDAY, OCT. 25 – Zion Lutheran Church and School in Cologne (two miles south of Hwy 212 on CR 153) will hold Trunk or Treat from 6:30 to 8 p.m. where children can trick or treat from decorated trunks in parking lot. Concessions available (fundraiser for Washington, D.C. trip). Public welcome.
VFW Steak Fry
SATURDAY, OCT. 26 – 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.
Nachito Herrera concert
SATURDAY, OCT. 26 – Nachito Herrera will perform at the PAC at Watertown-Mayer High School at 7:30 p.m. Tickets available at www.artsofcarvercounty.org.
Hanson’s Haunted Barn
SATURDAY, OCT. 26 – Hanson’s Haunted Barn will be held from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. at Hanson’s Fun Farm (14880 50th St.) in Mayer. Wagon rides through the haunted woods from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Kid’s activities from 6:30 to 9 p.m. Haunted barn tours from 7 to 9 p.m., or until the line ends. Food donations for Friends For Life Food Shelf and monetary donations to Feed My Starving Children.
Freshwater comedy show
SATURDAY, OCT. 26 – Internationally known comedian Leland Klassen will perform at 7 p.m. at Freshwater Community Church in St. Boni. Show sponsored by Freshwater Student Ministries, with profits supporting Student Missions. Tickets can be purchased at www.freshwaterchurch.org or at the Freshwater Church office, as well as at the door the night of the show.
Klassen, is a family friendly comedian whose versatility appeals to a wide range of audiences. Info: (952) 446-9090.
Drug takeback event
SATURDAY, OCT. 26 – Citizens of Carver County may drop off any unwanted prescriptions and medications during the Prescription Drug Take Back Initiative held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at NYA and Watertown city halls and the Victoria Recreation Center Field House (permanent drop boxes are located at Chanhassen City Hall and the Carver County Sheriff’s Office).
Community Fall Festival
SATURDAY, OCT. 26 – Waconia/St. Boni Girl Scouts invite you to their annual Fall Festival held at Safari Island from 4 to 7 p.m. Come in costume for a fun time playing carnival games and filling your bag with candy. Admission charged. Earn free tickets by bringing items for the food shelf. Food, refreshments available. Info: email@example.com.
Zion Fall Festival
SATURDAY, OCT. 26 – Zion Lutheran Church and School, Mayer, invites all area children and their families, through grade 6, to attend Zion’s Fall Festival from 2 to 4 p.m. in the Zion School gym. Non-violent (not scary) costumes are welcomed and encouraged. Info: Barb at (952) 657-2476.