Garden Help Desk
The Carver/Scott Extension Master Gardeners are staffing a garden help desk at the Waconia Library on Saturday mornings from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. for the summer. Bring questions and samples.
First Friday Service
The First Friday Recovery Service will be held at 7 p.m. at Faith Lutheran Church (800 Waconia Parkway N) in Waconia. All welcome to attend this informal worship service designed for anyone looking for support or healing with an emphasis on recovery from addictions. Personal care givers and concerned persons of people struggling with addictions will also find this service meaningful. Good music, message; casual, comfortable. No service July 4. Upcoming services: Aug. 1, Sept. 5. Info: (952) 442-2101.
Delano 4th celebration
JULY 2-5 – The annual Delano Fourth of July Celebration will be held July 2-5. Plenty of family-friendly fun, large parade, entertainment, and much more. Info: www.delano4th.com.
Thrift Shoppe open
JULY 3-5 – Trending Upward Thrift Shoppe will be open at Promise Church (141 Depot Drive in Waconia) from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Info: (952) 261-2343.
A Taste of Minnesota
JULY 3-6 – A Taste of Minnesota will be held at the Carver County Fairgrounds in Waconia. Event features 100+ menu items from 24 food and beverage vendors, performances from 29 musical acts of varying genres, and one of the best fireworks displays in the state. Headlining musical acts include Soul Asylum, Starship, Halestorm and Joe Nichols. Fireworks displays will take place nightly at 10:20 p.m. Info: www.atasteofmn.com.
FRIDAY, JULY 4 – The annual 4th of July fireworks show will be shot off of the east side of Lake Waconia Regional Park at dusk. Rain date: July 5.
Pet adoption event
SATURDAY, JULY 5 – 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 or www.carverscotths.org.
JULY 7-11 – Freshwater Church is taking VBS outside the church walls and into five community parks — the Fab 5 Club — during the week of July 7-11. Daytime options run from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. at City Square Park in Waconia, Hunters Crest Linden Park in Minnetrista and Hyland Park in Watertown. Evening options run from 6 to 8 p.m. at Missile Park in St. Boni and Surfside Beach in Mound. Secret agent theme called “Agency D3 – Discover, Decide, Defend” and your child will gather evidence about Jesus all week. Register at freshwaterchurch.org.
TUESDAY, JULY 8 – The Waconia American Legion members will meet at 7:30 p.m. Next meeting: Aug. 12.
Suicide support group
TUESDAY, JULY 8 – The Suicide Bereavement Support Group meets at 6:30 p.m. on the second Tuesday of each month at the Waconia Moravian Church (209 E 2nd St.). Open to anyone who has lost a loved one to suicide.
CUC potluck picnic
TUESDAY, JULY 8 – St. Joseph Catholic United Council will hold its annual Pot Luck Picnic at the KC Park (9055 Klein Drive) at 5:30 p.m. Senior Vice President and Secretary/Treasurer Michael Ahles and Sales Rep Peter Ryan will attend. Bring a dish to share; refreshments will be provided.
MBC blood drive
WEDNESDAY, JULY 9 – Memorial Blood Center will host a blood drive at St. Joseph School in Waconia from noon to 7 p.m. Donations are normally low during summer months … please consider helping save a life! Appointment: Beth at (952) 913-6624. Walk-ins accepted.
St. Boni Library program
WEDNESDAY, JULY 9 – The St. Boni Library presents Summer Children’s Programs held at the St. Bonifacius Council Chambers (8535 Kennedy Memorial Drive) at 2:30 p.m. July 9-Norm the Reading Magician. Info: www.hclib.org or (612) 543-6100.
Music in the Park
THURSDAY, JULY 10 – Waconia Parks & Recreation hosts Music in the Park at 7 p.m. at City Square Park. In the case of inclement weather, performance will be held at Safari Island. Info: (952) 442-0695 or visit www.waconia.org. July 10: Splatter Sisters.
Movie in the Park
FRIDAY, JULY 11 – Waconia Parks & Recreation presents Movie in the Park at 8:30 p.m. at City Square Park. Movie: Despicable Me 2. Donations of non-perishable food items for the Waconia United Food Shelf accepted. In the case of inclement weather, movie will be moved to the Safari Island. Info: www.waconia.org or (952) 442-0695. Upcoming Movie in the Park events include, Aug. 1: Back to the Future.
Steak fry dinner
SATURDAY, JULY 12 – 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.
SATURDAY, JULY 12 – The Mayer Rising Community Festival will be held from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Includes craft, car and tractor show and a Twins youth clinic (9 a.m. to noon).
Mayer Car, Truck Show
SATURDAY, JULY 12 – The Mayer Car, Tractor & Cycle Show will be held from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. with an awards ceremony at 1:30 p.m. All vehicles welcome. Pre-register at www.mayercarshow.com or (952) 657-2119.
Ford Car, Truck Show
SUNDAY, JULY 13 -The 5th annual All Ford Classic Car and Truck Show will be held at Waconia Ford from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. An awards ceremony: 2:30 p.m. Held rain or shine. Info: Mike or David at (952) 442-4411 or 1-800-776-6193.
Waconia VFW meetings
MONDAY, JULY 14 – The Waconia VFW Post 5462, Men’s Auxiliary, and Women’s Auxiliary will host their month meeting at 7:30 p.m. Next meeting: Aug. 11.
TUESDAY, JULY 15 – The American Red Cross will hold a bloodmobile from noon to 6 p.m. at Mackenthun’s Fine Foods in Waconia. To learn more and make an appointment to donate blood, visit redcrossblood.org or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767).
St. Boni Library program
WEDNESDAY, JULY 16 – The St. Boni Library presents Summer Children’s Programs held at the St. Bonifacius Council Chambers (8535 Kennedy Memorial Drive) at 2:30 p.m. July 16-Schiffelly Puppets. Info: www.hclib.org or (612) 543-6100.
Music in the Park
THURSDAY, JULY 17 – Waconia Parks & Recreation hosts Music in the Park at 7 p.m. at City Square Park. In the case of inclement weather, performance will be held at Safari Island. Info: (952) 442-0695 or visit www.waconia.org. July 17: Kevin Bowe.
JULY 18-19 – The Extreme Events MN Championship Rodeo, held by the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association (PRCA), will be held at the Carver County Fairgrounds in Waconia on Friday, July 18 and Saturday, July 19 at 7:30 p.m. Info: www.prorodeo.com.
Rails to Trails
JULY 18-19 – Rails to Trails, Watertown’s annual community festival, will be held July 18-19. Grand parade, bands, food, classic car show, 5K, golf tournament, a kids fun zone, fireworks, and more! Visit www.railstotrails.ws for more information and a full schedule of events.
‘A Cabin on Swede Lake’
JULY 18-19 – River City Theatre Company and the Watertown Area Historical Society present “A Cabin on Swede Lake” at the Watertown Community Center. Exhibit, performance brings history to life with scenes spotlighting the Eklund and Justus families, early Watertown residents. Live 1800s music, refreshments, and more. Exhibit hours: Friday 1 to 7 p.m. and Saturday noon to 4 p.m. with performances Friday at 4:30 p.m., 5:30 p.m., and 6:30 p.m. and Saturday at 1, 2 and 3 p.m. Info: RiverCityTheatreCompany.org or RailsToTrails.ws.
Mackenthun’s Rib Fest
SATURDAY, JULY 19 – The 11th annual Rib Fest competition will be held at Mackenthun’s Fine Foods in Waconia. Judging is at 3 p.m. Includes plenty of family-friendly fun. Info: www.mackenthuns.com (look under upcoming events).
Lions kids fishing event
SATURDAY, JULY 19 – The Waconia Lions Take-A-Kid-Fishing! event for boys and girls age 6-15 will be held at Mase’s In Towne Marina on Lake Waconia. Breakfast: 7:30 a.m., fishing: 8 a.m.; clean fish: 10:30 a.m.; Lunch and prizes: 11:30 a.m.; kids picked up: noon (transportation must be provided by participant’s family/friends). Registration is required! Info: (952) 442-1040 or [email protected]
Trinity, Waconia VBS
JULY 21-25 – Online registration has begun for Trinity’s Vacation Bible School, Weird Animals, held July 21-25 from 9 a.m. to noon. Kids will enjoy activities like untamed games, eat snacks at the Critter Cafe, and hear Bible stories that will remind them that God made everyone unique. Register: trinitywaconia.org or contact Stephanie at (952-442-4165 or [email protected]).
St. Boni Library program
WEDNESDAY, JULY 23 – The St. Boni Library presents Summer Children’s Programs held at the St. Bonifacius Council Chambers (8535 Kennedy Memorial Drive) at 2:30 p.m. July 23-Wiggle Jiggle & Jam. Info: www.hclib.org or (612) 543-6100.
Music in the Park
THURSDAY, JULY 24 – Waconia Parks & Recreation hosts Music in the Park at 7 p.m. at City Square Park. In the case of inclement weather, performance will be held at Safari Island. Info: (952) 442-0695 or visit www.waconia.org. July 24: St. Anthony Main.