Waconia Community Expo

April 9, 9AM-2PM
Waconia High School

Don't miss the Waconia Community Expo on April 9! Touch-A-Truck for kids, Carver County K9 Unit demo, dance and karate performances, educational seminars, activities, prizes, and local businesses! Special appearance by the Easter Bunny. Still want to participate as a vendor? Last day to register is today 4/1!

Thanks to the Community Expo committee for your help in planning and making this event a success: Josh Guetzkow, Lynn Laumann, Mike Specht, Myron Karki, Syrena Maranell, Tom Battis.
Shop Hop
Thanks to Carlson's Lloveable Llamas for bringing out the Easter Llamas.
Thanks for shopping locally!
Thanks to Waconia Brewing Company for helping with Easter Bunny recruitment.
Wanted: Waconia Photos

Help us to promote Waconia tourism! We're seeking high resolution photos of Waconia to use in upcoming Destination Waconia tradeshow displays and publications.

Photo ideas: winter lake, ice houses, spring, water tower, Carver County Fair, orchard, llamas, locally grown, locally bottled, art, music, summer lake.

To share your photos, reply to this email!
Lake Waconia Fireworks Festival

The 4th of July is three months away and we're planning for the Lake Waconia Fireworks Festival! The fireworks are completely funded by donations. Your financial support is much appreciated and allows for a spectacular show. The commitment cards are in and we’re working to continue to raise $13,000 for the 2022 show. If you or a fireworks enthusiast you know would like to contribute, please send donations to the Lake Waconia Fireworks Festival at 209 S Vine Street, Waconia. 
We're Hiring a Part-time Summer Intern!

The Waconia Area Chamber of Commerce & Visitors Bureau is committed to building the chamber of commerce profession by providing an opportunity for a college student to learn about the industry through hands-on internship experiences. For more information or to make a referral, please reach out to Christine. 
A Message from the President
Destination Waconia and its impact on tourism

by Christine Fenner
President, Waconia Chamber of Commerce
Imagine a close friend or group of friends are visiting you from out of town; where in Waconia would you take them? How about if it’s another couple or family? If you’re in charge of planning the day or weekend, what kind of itinerary would you put together? Write it down. I asked this question to a group of Rotarians in a presentation last week, and received a wide array of responses with a multitude of things to do. The Waconia community has a lot to offer visitors, and impacts our local and state economy. Continue reading...
Presenting an overview of the Waconia tourism bureau to the Waconia City Council on March 21.
Lake Waconia was named #4 of the 10 Quintessential Minnesota Lakes by Minnesota Monthly Magazine.
Welcome New Members
Fetch! Pet Care West Metro

Alana Whittaker
(763) 401-6070
Pet Walking, Dog Daycare
Shed & Fence Co

Ben Simon
(763) 568-3183
Construction and Installation
Ambassador Visits
Culver's of Waconia
Primary contact: Aaron Parsons
10710 W 10th St, Waconia
(952) 442-4471

Aaron Parsons grew up in his parent's Culver's restaurant in Eau Claire, WI so when he and his wife Jess decided to move back to her hometown of Waconia, they decided to purchase the Waconia Culver's and continue the family tradition. The Parsons' main focus is community involvement and hope to launce a reading program for children.
Napa Auto & Truck Parts
Primary contact: Steve Windschitl
200 Hwy 5 West, Waconia
(952) 442-5333

Steve and his business partners own 15 Napa Auto and Truck Parts stores across Minnesota, including the Waconia store. Steve says what sets them apart from competing auto stores is a majority of their business is to professional trades.
Lynn Laumann Photography
Primary contact: Lynn Laumann
117 East 2nd Street, Chaska
(952) 210-2688

Lynn Laumann is a full-service photographer with over 20 years of experience. She specializes in business and family photography, including senior portraits. Her studio in downtown Chaska is a great photo spot or find a unique look at an outdoor location in the Chaska area.
Member News and Happenings
Join us TONIGHT a The Winery at Sovereign Estate
It's Fish Taco Friday!🐟 Join us TONIGHT for our Fish Taco Fridays, as our winemaker, Ben Banks, grills up his famous Fish Tacos and Battered Cod Sandwich. This fan favorite menu will be served every Friday after 4:00pm from March 4th - April 8th for dine-in only service. Reservations are highly recommended due to limited space. Our regular Bistro menu, including a cheeseboard, assorted flatbreads, and more, will also be available on Friday nights during the Lent season. Don't forget to make your reservation for our family friendly event, we fill up FAST!
Waconia Putt Putt
April 2, 12:00PM
7:00PM Finale

Waconia's Putting Challenge is April 2. $20 per person and must be 21 to play. 11AM registration, 12PM start, 7PM finale at American Legion. You must start at the bar you purchased your ticket. Participating bars: Hoppers, The Garage, The Saloon, Chumley's Bar, Waconia American Legion.
Waconia Public Schools ISD 110
Survey open until April 3

Waconia Public Schools wants your input. As ISD 110 searches for a new superintendent, the district wants to hear from you. Please fill out the Superintendent Search Survey. Responses are anonymous and the survey is open from now until April 3, 2022. To get a hard copy of the survey please go to the district office at: 512 Industrial Blvd., Waconia, MN 55387. 
April Coffee Connection
April 7, 7:30AM-9:00AM
Jeff Schulz Team-RE/MAX
100 W 1st Street, Waconia
Network and connect! We'd love to hear what's new with you and your business. Sign up for a chance to win Twins baseball tickets during the event! Coffee and a light snack will be served. No need to register. Stop in for as long as your schedule allows. FREE! Hope to see you there!
Rotary Gourmet Wine Dinner Tickets on Sale
April 7, 4:00PM
Bavaria Downs, Chaska
Tickets for the April 7 Rotary Gourmet Wine Dinner at Bavaria Downs are on sale until March 30. Social Hour begins at 4:00PM with mingling, silent auction and presentation by Jim & Sandy Gilbert. A 5-course gourmet dinner, each paired with wine, will be served at 6:00PM followed by a live auction. Tickets are $150 per person. Proceeds benefit the Historic Andrew Peterson Farm in Waconia and Engineers without Borders. 
Waconia Community Easter Egg Hunt
April 10, 12:30PM
City Square Park

Come join us in City Square Park on Sunday, April 10th for a hoppin' time! At 12:30pm there will be treats, drinks, and Easter Bunny greetings! The egg hunt will kick off at 1pm and have staggered start times by ages as follows:
Birth to Four - 1:00pm
Five to Eight - 1:15pm
Nine and up - 1:30pm
Hosted by Nate Matousek State Farm Agency and Trinity Waconia. Hoppy Hunting!
Chamber Business After Hours
April 21, 4-6:00PM
Taylor Hubbard Photography
44 W 1st St, Waconia
It's Happy Hour! Network and connect after hours with other Waconia Chamber members. No fee to attend and no registration needed. Hosted by Taylor Hubbard Photography.
Waconia Fire Department Spring Pancake Breakfast 
April 24, 8:30AM-12:30PM
Waconia Fire Station
26 S Maple St, Waconia
Join us for pancakes, french toast, sausage, and more. Tickets are $10. Ages 5 and under are free. Bring your appetites and we look forward to seeing you soon!
Southern Valley Alliance Hops & Hotdish
April 29, 6-9:00PM
Turtle's Event Center, Shakopee
Dontcha’ know it’s time for Southern Valley Alliance’s 23rd Annual Gala! The fundraiser, Hops and Hotdish, will be held on Friday, April 29, 2022 at the Turtle’s Event Center in downtown Shakopee. All proceeds from the event will help further SVA’s mission of ending the cycle of violence in Carver and Scott counties of Minnesota. TICKETS ARE GOING FAST! Get yours by visiting svamn.org.
Waconia DandyLions 2022 Diaper Dump is here!
Now thru April 30

We are excited to kick off the 2022 DandyLion Diaper Drive Apr 1st - Apr 30th! Various donation sites are around town and most daycare centers also have donation boxes for their families. Children's diapers & Adult disposables will benefit Carver County Crisis Nursery, Waconia Gather & Grow Food Shelf and local Senior Centers. *QR code ships donations via Amazon directly to our collection site! Thank you for helping support this great cause! 
Rising Star Dance Academy Summer Registration Now Open
Offer ends April 30

Register for select summer session class and get the second class 50% off. Limit one per dancer and may not be combined with other offers. Expires 4/30/22. Registration for fall classes begins May 1.
WHA Ice Out
Saturday, May 21
Doors open at 6PM

Book your sitter and get ready for an epic concert and night with friends! Tickets for our annual fundraising event- Ice Out Event are now on sale. Buy your tickets by April 1 and get $10 off with promo code WHA. 21+ Event, Open to the public - Invite your friends, family and neighbors! 
Line up:
Bourbon Creek 7-9PM
GB Leighton 9:15-11:45PM
Crusher Fitness + Health
Summer is only 90 days away! Contact Coach Al at Crusher Fitness + Health and get started working on yourself & your fitness goals today. You will be feeling so much better by June. Let's get healthy!!
Kids' Co is Hiring
How would you like to spend your summer; playing with children outside, at the Waconia beach, community parks, and fun field trips outside of Waconia? Not only would you be getting paid but you wouldn't have to work nights or on the weekend! Hurry and apply with the Waconia Kids' Company program as positions are filling quickly.
Shape It Up Fitness Beginners Series
Beginners Series- New To fitness or starting over, come try a 4-week series to get your body moving! Classes are Monday & Thursday 6:15-6:45 p.m. Saturday 9:15-9:45 a.m. $199 Email Megan to register.
Upcoming Events
April Luncheon

Thursday, April 28 , 2022
Location: Waconia Brewing Company
Lunch by Iron Tap

Guest Speaker:
Lauren Bennett McGinty
Explore Minnesota Tourism Director

Cost: $30/member; $40/nonmember
Deadline to register: Monday, April 25
Chamber Calendar - April 2022
APRIL 7 Coffee Connection, 7:30-9AM @Jeff Schulz Team-RE/MAX
APRIL 8 Career Exploration Fair, 8:30-11AM @Waconia High School
APRIL 9 Waconia Community Expo, 9AM-2PM @Waconia High School
APRIL 12 Tourism Committee, 9-10AM @Island View Golf Club
APRIL 13 Board Meeting, 11:30AM-1PM @City Hall
APRIL 14 Retail Committee, 8-9AM @City Hall
APRIL 21 Ambassadors, 8:45AM @City Hall
APRIL 21 Business After Hours, 4-6PM @Taylor Hubbard Photography
APRIL 28 Member Luncheon, 11:30AM-1PM
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