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.
Volunteer for the Relay
Volunteers are needed for the Relay For Life of Waconia. To learn more, contact Lisa Fontanna at (651) 343-4377 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thrift Shoppe open
The Trending Upward Thrift Shoppe will be open at Promise Church (141 Depot Drive in Waconia) every Thursday through Saturday in August from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Info: (952) 261-2343.
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.
Glad Days – Cologne
JULY 24-26 – Cologne’s annual community festival, Glad Days, will be held July 24-26. Includes flower contests, Garden Party, Kids Fest, softball, kickball, bounce houses, games, fire truck rides, 5K and a kids run, bean bag tournament, and music. Timberworks Lumber Jack Show returns this year. Info: Betsy at (952) 466-2841.
St. Bernard’s Sale
JULY 24-26 – St. Bernard’s Catholic United Financial is sponsoring a rummage sale in St. Bernard’s School, Cologne, from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. July 24, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. July 25, and 8 a.m. to noon July 26 (bag day). If you have saleable items to donate, contact (952) 466-5567.
Outdoor Movie Night
FRIDAY, JULY 25 – The community is welcome to join Minnetrista Baptist Church in St. Bonifacius for Outdoor Movie Night at 8 p.m. Movie: “Frozen.”
River City Days
JULY 25-27 – Chaska River City Days is Chaska’s annual summer community celebration of life along the Minnesota River. It will be held July 25-27. To learn more, visit chaskarivercitydays.com.
River City Days 5K Run
SATURDAY, JULY 26 – All proceeds from the Chaska River City Days 5K run will be donated to Southern Valley Alliance for Battered Women, a non-profit organization that has assisted over 17,000 victims of domestic abuse in Scott and Carver counties. Race begins and ends in downtown Chaska’s historic City Square Park. Registration: 7 a.m. Info: www.ChaskaRiverCityDays.com.
VFW Steak Fry
SATURDAY, JULY 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.
WHS 1962 reunion
SATURDAY, JULY 26 – The Watertown High School Class of 1962 will hold its annual reunion at 2 p.m. (or whenever you get there) at B’s on the River in Watertown. Event is the second annual reunion following the 50th. If you plan to attend, contact Gary Quinn at (612) 382-7354 or Sue Hart (612) 298-4578.
SUNDAY, JULY 27 – The Relay for Life team Bruce’s Lovefest will have a fundraiser from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the Mack Shack in Waconia. All proceeds benefit Relay for Life. Team was formed to honor Bruce Remer, who lost a brutal battle to lung cancer.
St. John’s UCC VBS
JULY 27-31 – A summer VBS event called “Wilderness Escape: Where God Guides and Provides” will be hosted at St. John’s UCC July 27-31. Children will explore adventures, sing songs, play teamwork-building games, dig into Bible-times snacks, visit Moses, and more. Wilderness Escape will run from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. each day. Info: (952) 466-2080 or see stjohnsuccnya.org.
Public Health Shot Clinic
MONDAY, JULY 28 – Carver County Public Health (600 E 4th St., Chaska) provides immunizations 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 requested. Information or appointment: (952) 361-1329.
CA Open House
TUESDAY, JULY 29 – Cologne Academy will hold an open house at 6:30 p.m. at the school cafeteria. Learn more about the educational program at CA, a tuition-free K-8 public school anchored in academic achievement and character development. Info: (952) 466-2276 or visit www.cologneacademy.org.
Movie in the Park
FRIDAY, AUG. 1 – Waconia Parks & Recreation presents Movie in the Park at 8:30 p.m. at City Square Park. Movie: Back to the Future. 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.
First Friday Service
FRIDAY, AUG. 1 – The First Friday Recovery Service is 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. Upcoming service: Sept. 5. Info: (952) 442-2101.
Outdoor Movie Night
FRIDAY, AUG. 1 – The community is welcome to join Minnetrista Baptist Church in St. Bonifacius for Outdoor Movie Night at 8 p.m. Movie: “Despicable Me.”
WHS 1974 Reunion
SATURDAY, AUG. 2 – The Waconia High School Class of 1974 reunion will be held at the Waconia American Legion. Social hour: 6 to 7 p.m. with a buffet dinner starting at 7 p.m. Cash bar available. DJ music starts at 8 p.m. To attend, send your name (and spouse’s name, if applicable) to Tony Schelitzche at email@example.com.
Pet adoption event
SATURDAY, AUG. 2 – 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.
Carver County Fair
AUG. 6-10 – The Carver County Fair will be held for the 103rd time in 2014. The fair will be held Aug. 6-10 at the Carver County Fairgrounds in Waconia. Info: www.carvercountyfair.com.
HS sports physicals
THURSDAY, AUG. 7 – Ridgeview is partnering with Twin Cities Orthopedics to offer high school sports physicals. This year’s Waconia event will be held from 5 to 8 p.m. at the TCO clinic located in the Ridgeview Professional Building (560 South Maple St., #200). Space limited; RSVP at SportsPhysicals@TCOmn.com or (952) 512-5647.
Steak fry dinner
SATURDAY, AUG. 9 – 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.
Suicide support group
TUESDAY, AUG. 12 – 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.
TUESDAY, AUG. 12 – The Waconia American Legion members will meet at 7:30 p.m. Next meeting: Sept. 9.
Relay For Life
FRIDAY, AUG. 15 – The 5th annual Relay For Life of Waconia will be held at the Carver County Fairgrounds in Waconia. Theme: “Light Up the Night.” Open to the community. Gates open: 4 p.m. Opening Ceremony: 6:30 p.m. Luminaria Ceremony: dusk (approximately 9:30 p.m.). To volunteer or for more information, check out www.relayforlife.org/waconiamn or visit the Relay on Facebook.
Zion Family Fun Day
SUNDAY, AUG. 17 – The community is invited to the 2nd annual Family Fun Day at Zion Lutheran Church, Cologne. Starts after 9 a.m. church service and includes games, races, giant waterslide (weather permitting), 500 tournament, and more. Hot dogs, beverages provided; bring a dish to pass.