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 – The Waconia Senior Center is open on Tuesdays from noon to 4 p.m. in the Veterans of Foreign Wars building. Come and socialize.
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.
1ST THURSDAY – Enjoy coffee, hot chocolate and pie at Lighthouse of Waconia (500 S. Cherry St.) from 3 to 4 p.m. 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 a menu of gourmet delights with wine pairings.
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 classes beginning in January, see the District 110 Community Education 2014 Winter/Spring brochure or register online at www.waconiacommunityed.org. Info: (952) 442-0613.
Thrift Shoppe open
JAN. 2-4 – Trending Upward Thrift Shoppe will be open at Promise Church (141 Depot Drive, Waconia) from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. all three days. Purchases will raise funds for Launch Ministry. Collecting items for the Waconia United Food Shelf. Info: (952) 261-2343.
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. Info: 442-6494.
Pet adoption event
SATURDAY, JAN. 4 – Carver Scott Humane Society volunteers will hold a pet adoption from noon to 3 p.m. at PETCO in Chaska. Cats, dogs available. Info: (952) 368-3553, www.carverscotths.org.
Local Food Discussion
SATURDAY, JAN. 4 – The Crow River Sustainable Farming Association invites you to join them for a day of discussion and conversation around local foods. “Local Food: The Next Step” will bring together farmers, foodies, and supporters to discuss how we can expand the breadth and depth of local foods in our area. The day will also feature a potluck lunch and social time. The event will take place from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Gale Woods Farm in Minnetrista. Pre-register: www.sfa-mn.org/crow-river or by calling Chapter Coordinator Jerry Ford at (320) 543-3394.
SUNDAY, JAN. 5 – Waconia Fellowship of Christian Athletes will gather from 4-6 p.m. at Waconia High School for games, food and an encouraging message.
WEDNESDAY, JAN. 8 – The Waconia American Legion Auxiliary will meet at 7:30 p.m. Next meeting: Feb. 5.
Mayer / NG Blood Drive
WEDNESDAY, JAN. 8 – Donate at the Mayer / New Germany Blood Drive at St. Mark’s Lutheran School, 211 Adams Ave. S., New Germany from 1 to 7 p.m. Appointments: redcrossblood.org or by calling Lois at (952) 657-2161.
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.
Steak fry dinner
SATURDAY, JAN. 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.
Kids free throw contest
SUNDAY, JAN. 12 – The Knights of Columbus are sponsoring a Free Throw Shooting Contest that will be held at the St. Joseph School Gym in Waconia starting at 7 p.m. For boys and girls ages 9-14.
TUESDAY, JAN. 14 – The Waconia American Legion members will meet at 7:30 p.m. Next meeting: Feb. 11.
Suicide support group
TUESDAY, JAN. 14 – The Suicide Bereavement Support Group will meet at 6:30 p.m. on the second Tuesday of each month at the Waconia Moravian Church (209 East 2nd Street). Group follows the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention curriculum for Facilitating Suicide Bereavement Support Groups. Info: Ana Kotchevar at email@example.com or (952) 442-7617.
MBC blood drive
WEDNESDAY, JAN. 15 – Memorial Blood Center will host a blood drive at American Legion Post No. 150 (233 S. Olive St., Waconia) from noon to 7 p.m. Memorial Blood Center supplies all the blood to Waconia Ridgeview Medical Center. Consider donating blood in 2014 your New’s Years Resolution!
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.
Early Childhood screen.
FRIDAY, JAN. 17 – Early Childhood Screening is offered by District 110 staff that checks a child’s overall development and health. Recommended screening age is between the ages of 3 1/2 and 4 years. Screening from 8:15 a.m. to 2:45 p.m. at the Early Childhood Family Center, 520 Industrial Blvd. Info: 442-0613.
SATURDAY, JAN. 18 – Cologne Academy is hosting a parent workshop from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Speaker: Dr. Bob Zajac, Board certified Pediatrician with additional training in Child Development and Early Childhood Special Education. Topics: “Common illnesses in childhood — and when to worry,” “Wellness through nutrition,” and “Supporting Parent Choice: Vaccines —risks, benefits and uncertainties.” Q & A, lunch included. All welcome. RSVP: (952) 466-2276.
VFW Steak Fry
SATURDAY, JAN. 25 – 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, potatoes.