Rotary Gourmet Dinner
Reserve your space for the annual Waconia-West Carver Rotary Gourmet Wine Dinner (to be held Jan. 18) by contacting a Rotary member. Silent and Live Auction items, a raffle, recognition of a community member for community Service Above Self Award and, of course, a mouth-watering menu of gourmet delights with wine pairings.
Join the Waconia Area Community Band, which practices from 7:45 to 9:15 p.m. at Waconia High School on Wednesday evenings. Nick VanDuzee is excited to conduct music so that members are inspired to play and their experience is both musically and personally worthwhile. Info: (952) 686-1440.
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 WW II; hear stories of the German Resistance and more. 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.
FRIDAY, OCT. 25 – The Halloween Charity Spooktacular will be held at Taylor Hubbard Photography (44 West 1st Street, Waconia) from 3:30 to 6:30 p.m. Families can bring in three food or hygiene items and receive a 4×6 portrait of their little ghost or ghoul in costume (limit one per family) to benefit the Waconia United Food Shelf. Info: www.taylorhubbardphoto.com.
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: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 pm in the Zion School gym. Non-violent (not scary) costumes are welcomed and encouraged. Info: Barb at (952) 657-2476.
SATURDAY, OCT. 26 – The Author’s Collective, held at 1 p.m. at the Chanhassen Library, provides authors an opportunity to gather and share a knowledge. Join local authors to share common experiences and publishing concerns in an informal setting. Open to and made up of authors representing various genres. Topic: Legal Issues.
SUNDAY, OCT. 27 – 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; includes toast, hash browns and beverage.
SUNDAY, OCT. 27 – Waconia Fellowship of Christian Athletes will gather from 2 to 4 p.m. at Crown College for games, food and an encouraging message.
Mayer FD fish fry
SUNDAY, OCT. 27 – The Mayer Fire Department Relief Association will hold its all-you-can-eat fish fry from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Mayer Community Center. Bake sale, fire truck rides, coloring contest and more. Pie available from the Zion Ladies Aid.
SUNDAY, OCT. 27 – Knights of Columbus Council 2506 will serve a breakfast of pancakes, French toast and sausage from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at St. Joseph parish center in Waconia. Take out available. Proceeds are divided to the three parishes in the council: St.Bernards of Cologne, St. Joseph of Waconia and St.Victoria of Victoria.
SUNDAY, OCT. 27 – Bethel Lutheran Church in Lester Prairie will have its 38th annual lutefisk and meatball dinner from noon to 5 p.m. Meal includes family-style lutefisk, meatballs, gravy potatoes, corn and more. Takeouts are available. Info: (320) 305-2125.
MONDAY, OCT. 28 – Carver County Public Health (600 E 4th St, Chaska) will hold an Immunization Clinic from 3 to 5 p.m. Public Health provides immunizations to residents who don’t have health insurance or whose insurance does not cover immunizations. Adult, childhood vaccines available. Fee requested; no one denied service if unable to pay. Info, appt: (952) 361-1329.
Plato Blood Drive
THURSDAY, OCT. 31 – The Plato Lions will host an American Red Cross blood drive from 1 to 7 p.m. at Cross Roads West (formerly Oakview Community Church) in Plato. Info, appt: Ken or Myra at 238-2370.
Healthy Balance event
SATURDAY, NOV. 2 – Ridgeview invites you to attend its 11th annual Achieving a Healthy Balance event, an inspirational day including speakers, food, a Minnesota artisan boutique and fun! Event from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Oak Ridge Conference Center, 1 Oak Ridge Drive, in Chaska. Fee includes continental breakfast and gourmet lunch. Register: (952) 442-6010.
Scrapbook, craft day
SATURDAY, NOV. 2 – District 110 Early Childhood Family Education is sponsoring a scrapbook and craft day from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. at 520 Industrial Blvd in Waconia. Space will be available to work on photos, crafts or sewing projects. Meals, snacks and prizes are included.Info: 442-0613.
SUNDAY, NOV. 3 – East Union Lutheran Church (15180 CR 40, Carver) will hold its annual Harvest Festival and Chicken Dinner from 4 to 6 p.m. Tickets available at the door. All welcome.
St. Boniface breakfast
SUNDAY, NOV. 3 – A Pancake,Waffle & Sausage Breakfast will be served from 8:30 a.m. to noon at St. Boniface School Gym (8801 Wildwood Ave., St. Bonifacius). Sponsored by the St. Boniface CCW and Knights of Columbus.
Zion Soup & Pie
MONDAY, NOV. 4 – Zion Lutheran Church and School will hold a craft and bake sale during its annual Soup & Pie Supper from 4 to 8 p.m. at the church.