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.
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.
TUESDAYS – The Waconia Senior Center is open on Tuesdays from noon to 4 p.m. in the Veterans of Foreign Wars building. Come and socialize.
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
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. Waconia VFW holds meat raffle Fridays at 7 p.m., 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.
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.
Looking for a preschool experience for your child? Rainbow Preschool is starting a new Tuesday and Thursday afternoon class starting January 2014. It’s staffed with licensed teachers and experienced and qualified assistant teachers and is a ISD #110 Community Education program that takes place in Waconia. Info: Jenny Merritt at (952) 442-0618 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
ISD #110 ECFE classes
District 110 Early Childhood Family Education offers weekly classes for parents and children ages infants to 5 years. Age appropriate learning activities are provided for children to gain skills in all areas of development. Parents participate in group discussions facilitated by a licensed parent educator. All classes are located at the ECFE Center, 520 Industrial Blvd, Waconia. A sliding fee schedule is provided, based on family income. To register for winter session classes beginning in January, check out the District 110 Community Education 2014 Winter/Spring brochure or register online at www.waconiacommunityed.org. Info: (952) 442-0613.
THURSDAY, DEC. 19 – The National Alliance on Mental Illness support group will meet at 7 p.m. at the Waconia Moravian Church (209 2nd St.).
SUNDAY, DEC. 22 – An omelette breakfast will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Waconia American Legion Post 150 (233 Olive St.). Choose your favorite ingredients for omelette; includes toast, hash browns and beverage.
Public Health Shot Clinic
MONDAY, DEC. 23 – Carver County Public Health (600 E 4th St., Chaska) provides immunizations, or shots, to residents who don’t have health insurance or whose insurance does not cover shots, from 3 to 5 p.m. Shots for adults and children available. Fee is requested for each shot, but no one will be denied service if unable to pay. Information or appointment: (952) 361-1329.
VFW Steak Fry
SATURDAY, DEC. 28 – 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.
Steak fry dinner
TUESDAY, DEC. 31 – 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.
TUESDAY, DEC. 31 – The Minnesota Timberwolves & Lynx Basketball Academy is coming to Waconia High School to host a holiday basketball clinic from 9 a.m. to noon. Open to boys and girls ages 7-14. Participants receive a Timberwolves ticket voucher to an upcoming game along with other prizes. Info: www.timberwolves.com/holidayclinics.
SATURDAY, JAN. 4 – Pleasant Valley 4-H Club will host its 10th annual Crafting and Scrapbooking Extravaganza from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. at Trinity Lutheran Church in Waconia. Eat, relax and craft to your heart’s content! Registration deadline: Dec. 31. For information or to register: Chellie at (952) 442-6494.
FRIDAY, JAN. 10 – The 14th annual Spaghetti Dinner for Waconia show choirs will take place with dinner served from 4 to 8 p.m. Performances: 4 p.m. Pulse and The Current; 5 p.m. Pulse, Illuminations and Power Company; 6 p.m. Shockwave, Illuminations and The Current; 7 p.m. Shockwave and Power Company; 8 p.m. Illuminations, The Current and Power Company. For tickets or more information: www.waconiachoirs.org.
CA information night
THURSDAY, JAN. 16 – Cologne Academy is now enrolling grades K-8 for the 2014-15 school year and will hold an information session about the school, core knowledge and more at 6:30 p.m. Info: (952) 466-2276, www.cologneacademy.org. Upcoming session: Feb. 3.