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.
Crow River Soccer
Crow River Soccer Club’s Rec Soccer registration closes April 20 for U5-U8. Cost includes jersey, skills and games in non-competitive league. Register online at crowriversoccer.com. Discount if registered by April 4. Held at Watertown-Mayer Middle School on Tuesday and Thursday evenings starting May 20, ending with Jamboree on July 20.
Wrestling/BB salt sale
The Waconia wrestling and baseball teams have kicked off their annual spring water softener salt sale. Residents who live in ISD #110 can order salt and have it delivered to their homes on Saturday, April 26. Three types of softener salt are available: coarse, pellet and iron. All proceeds benefit the WHS wrestling and Bbaseball teams. Info: Kelly Wagener at (612) 396-1358.
‘Aging Parents’ event
THURSDAY, MARCH 20 – The presentation “Managing the Needs of Aging Parents” will be offered from 7:15 to 8 p.m. at Waconia City Hall. Whether your parents are active and healthy or their needs are beginning to increase, this presentation will help you be prepared for the future with information and resources. Info: Rita, a representative for Transition Hope, at (952) 334-9206.
THURSDAY, MARCH 20 – The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) support group will meet at the Waconia Moravian Church (209 2nd St. E) at 7 p.m.
Early Childhood screen.
FRIDAY, MARCH 21 – 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 will take place from 8:15 a.m. to 2:45 p.m. at the Early Childhood Family Center, 520 Industrial Blvd. Info: 442-0613.
St. Joe’s Fish Fry
FRIDAY, MARCH 21 – An all-you-can-eat fish fry will be held from 4 to 7:30 p.m. at St. Joe’s in Waconia. Advance tickets available; tickets also available at the door. Takeout available. Sponsored by Waconia Knights of Columbus. Upcoming fish fries: March 28 and April 4 and 11.
VFW Steak Fry
SATURDAY, MARCH 22 – 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.
Cards for Soldiers
SATURDAY, MARCH 22 – Give back to the men and women who are serving the country by attending the Cards for Soldiers event at Cologne Academy. Sponsored by the Cologne Lions, it begins at 9 a.m. and ends when everyone is finished.
The goal is to make 1,500 handmade greeting cards for Scrapping for Soldiers (www.scrappingforsoldiers.com). Cards can be sent to local members of the military serving overseas. No experience in card making is needed. Complimentary lunch provided by Cologne Leos. Info: Judy at (952) 466-2690.
SATURDAY, MARCH 22 – Waconia Moravian Church youth are planning a four course meal beginning at 5:30 p.m. Students are preparing the dinner to raise money for an August mission trip to Limon, Costa Rica. Tickets can be purchased from Moravian youth or by calling the church at (952) 442-2920. Please pay by check and state meal choice when making reservations.
‘Come Together’ event
SATURDAY, MARCH 22 – The 10th annual Ridgeview Friends & Family “Come Together” Event will be held from 9 a.m. to noon at Safari Island Community Center in Waconia. Event promotes health, wellness and safety. Open to the public and offers information and activities for all ages. Info: (952) 442-6010 or visit www.ridgeviewfoundation.org.
St. John Beef Dinner
SUNDAY, MARCH 23 – St. John Lutheran Church of Hollywood will hold a Beef Dinner from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the church (17725 53rd St., New Germany). Proceeds benefit St. John 150th Anniversary Fund. Plans are underway to celebrate on July 19, 2015.
Community Bible Study
SUNDAY, MARCH 23 – The Waconia Moravian Church (209 E 2nd St.) will host a Bible study on the issue of the ordination of gays and lesbians to serve as pastors from 7 to 8:30 p.m. This study will respectfully explore the traditional texts and Biblical concepts most often used to address the issue of homosexuality. People from all faith backgrounds are welcome to engage in this respectful conversation. Refreshments will be served.
Public Health Shot Clinic
MONDAY, MARCH 24 – 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.
MARCH 24-25 – The Carver/Scott Master Gardeners will be teaching a class on pests and invasive species on March 24 and a class on tree & shrub selection on March 25 at the Waconia Library at 6:30 p.m. No registration / fee is required to attend.
ARC blood drive
WEDNESDAY, MARCH 26 – The American Red Cross will hold a blood drive from 2 to 7 p.m. at Southview Elementry School in Waconia. To make an appointment to donate blood, visit redcrossblood.org or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767).
WHS Prom fundraiser
WEDNESDAY, MARCH 26 – A fundraiser benefitting the Waconia High School prom will be held from 5 to 8 p.m. at Chipotle in Chanhassen (Hwy 5 & Market Blvd). To participate, visit www.waconiahighschool.new.rschooltoday.com or www.waconia.k12.mn.us and print out the related flyer, show it on your smartphone or tell the cashier and the Waconia High School Prom will receive 50 percent of the proceeds.
WHA Ice Out Event
FRIDAY, MARCH 28 – The public is invited to attend the Waconia Hockey Association’s annual fundraiser event from 6 p.m. to midnight at the Waconia Ice Arena. Event includes 80s music, game show entertainment, beer and wine tasting, appetizers and raffle drawings. 80s attire is not required, but prizes awarded for the best dressed. All proceeds to benefit the WHA and WHA Arena Fund. Tickets available at the door or by email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
St. Bernard Fish Fry
FRIDAY, MARCH 28 – St. Bernard School in Cologne will host an all-you-can-eat fish fry from 3:30 to 8 p.m. in the cafeteria. Features home-made side dishes and desserts. Take-out available.
‘Dollars for Detty’
SATURDAY, MARCH 29 – “Dollars For Detty,” a benefit for Jeff Dettmann, will be held from 4 to 11 p.m. at the Hamburg Community Hall. Silent auction, bucket raffles: 4 to 8 p.m. Live music by RagTown: 6 to 10 p.m. Food, drink specials; Beer Tickets can be purchased at Good Time Liquor in NYA, the day of the benefit or by calling (952) 393-7064. Info: www.caringbridge.org/visit/jeffdettmann.
Tim Orth MF event
SATURDAY, MARCH 29 – The Tim Orth Memorial Foundation will hold its 16th annual Jam the Gym basketball / silent auction fundraising event at Glencoe-Silver Lake High School. Doors open: 4:30 p.m. Events begin 6 p.m. High school basketball games, dance routines and more. Admission taken at the door. Info: timorthfoundation.org.
Tree of Life Hymn Fest.
SUNDAY, MARCH 30 – Trinity Lutheran Church (513 Madison SE) in Watertown celebrates hymns of faith and the season’s arrival of spring, at its 8:15 and 10:30 a.m. services. Joining the Worship Choir and congregation with special music is soprano Lauren Lammers, a Berneking Scholar graduate of the University of Minnesota with a Master’s in Vocal Performance. The Tree of Life Hymn Festival services are under the direction of Joyce Harding, Minister of Music at Trinity Lutheran.