June Coffee Connection
Thursday, June 7 7:30-9:00AM
ISD 110 Learning Center-1800 Community Drive, Waconia NEW LOCATION
A great opportunity to put faces with names! This chamber member favorite is an open house style event. No need to register for this FREE event, just drop in as your schedule allows. Coffee and a light snack will be served.
Lake Waconia Fireworks Festival presented by the Waconia Lions
Wednesday, July 4 at Dusk

This celebration is funded entirely by contributions from businesses and community members like yourself! Have you made a BANG ?!
2018 Contributions to date:
Presenting Sponsor: Waconia Lions Club ($6,000)

$1,000 We Made a Bang:
Jeff Schulz RE/MAX
Lola's Lakehouse
Melchert Hubert Sjodin, PLLP
Neubauer Chiropractic
Thrivent Financial
Waconia Fire Department Relief Association
Waconia West Carver Rotary

$500 Bottle Rocket:

$250 Firecracker:
Laketown Township
Locher Bros.
Midwest Expanded Metal

$100 Sparkler:
A-1 Electric Service
Edward Jones-Chuck Schmidt
George & Carol Braunwarth
Iron Tapp, LLC
Larkin Electric

Call or mail your checks TODAY to
209 S Vine St, Waconia
Welcome New Chamber Member:
True & Fair Tree Care, LLC
Matt Wentzlaff

1124 Lakespur Ln
Waconia, MN 55387
tftrees.com (coming soon)
Tree services

Detour Ahead!

by Kellie Sites, Waconia Chamber President
Let’s hear it for roadway improvements! Okay, let’s face it, we all love smooth, well striped, easy access roadways, but there’s a bit of pain in getting there. Living in Minnesota means it comes all at once, so it’s time to put on your patience hat and give yourself extra time to get places.

There’s a big detour ahead for Waconia, starting on June 11th… bringing new shoppers right down Main Street! Instead of trying to tell you myself, please click here for the City of Waconia’s Wavelength, June newsletter for an excellent map and description of what work will be done where. You’ll also find June’s Music in the Park schedule, info on the 2040 Comp Plan and more!

Along with cars, it’s event season too – 4,000 people heading to Waconia for the Lola’s Half Marathon this Saturday, then the more folks for Marching Band Festival on June 16th. It’s a great time to sweep your front step and make sure you are putting your best face forward.

Be patient… watch for pedestrians and people on bikes… take a breath when you feel overwhelmed… there’s much to be thankful for – like summer! Here we go!
Progress during a challenging legislative session

by Doug Loon, Minnesota Chamber President
The 2018 Legislature is history with a mix of good news and unfinished business. Governor Dayton’s veto of the tax and supplemental budget bills assures that conforming to federal tax reform will once again be center stage when lawmakers convene in January. Failure to pass a bill early in 2019 will complicate tax returns for individuals and businesses alike. Click here to read more...
Ribbon Cutting

Primary Contact: Clint Berry, manager
201 W 1st St, Waconia

T-Mobile is now in downtown Waconia! Their full-service store is an excellent addition to our area and the Ambassadors enjoyed cutting this ribbon for Clint and his team. No matter what your needs, T-Mobile is ready to help provide the answers and/or products to help you out. They are excited to be in Waconia and we are glad they are here. Make sure to stop by and check it out!
Vaping Studio
Primary Contact: Josh Hassing
11 N Olive St, Waconia

Supplying the latest in vaping devices and products, the Vaping Studio has lots of options. The Ambassadors were curious to know more about vaping and were glad to cut a ribbon for this new business in town.  If you have any questions about vaping, Josh has a wealth of knowledge and is eager to educate people of legal age on all there is to know. Feel free to stop in!
Waconia Music Studio

Primary Contact: Scott Brose
9386 Oak Ave, Waconia

The Ambassadors were glad to cut a ribbon with co-owner Scott Brose for Waconia Music Studios. This space is larger than their previous location and they own it, which is a dream come true!   They specialize in creating the right learning environment for you or your child, while expertly teaching vocal and instrumental music. Any instrument, any voice, all ages! It’s never too late to learn something new. Take a moment to check out their website and see if there’s something there for you. Congratulations Scott and Jay!
Member News and Happenings
New Summer Hours
Monday-Friday 10AM-7PM, Saturday & Sunday 10AM-5PM
Sport Clips-10720 W 10th St, Suite 102, Waconia

Waconia U12 Baseball Cooperstown Fundraiser
Friday, June 1 3:00-5:30PM
Hoppers Bar & Grill-119 S Olive St, Waconia
Let Hopper’s make dinner for you after a looong week! Plus, help the Waconia Wildcats go to Cooperstown! Please join the players and their families at Hoppers in Waconia. A portion of all food and beverage (dine in or carry out) will be generously donated by Hoppers to the team to help them get to Cooperstown! They will also be doing a 50/50 raffle. 
Lola's Lake Waconia Half Marathon
Saturday, June 2 Starting at 6:00AM
City Square Park & Lola's Lakehouse-318 E Lake St, Waconia

This event is 90% full! Race day registration available. Choose from Half Marathon, 10 mile, Relay, 5K or Kids Run. Race includes post-party at Lola's with live music, drinks and a meal. Click here for more info including a map of the race course.
Springtime on the Farm
Saturday, June 2 10:00AM-5:00PM
Historic Andrew Peterson Farmstead-8060 Highway 5, Waconia
The Carver County Historical Society and the Scott-Carver Threshers are presenting its first event at the Historic Andrew Peterson Farmstead. Finally, a public event. Two bands will be playing, one in the morning, one in the afternoon, Antique tractors presented by Scott-Carver Threshers. Baby animals from Carlson's Lovable Llamas and Carver County 4-H clubs. Food trucks, kids games, a old fashioned general store, and much more.
Cost: $3/member, $5/non-members, 12 and under FREE
For more information, visit www.carvercountyhistoricalsociety.org
Clean-Up Coney
June 2 & 16, September 8 & 22
Carver County Parks is looking for help with cleaning up Coney Island. Volunteer opportunities are available Saturday, June 2 and June 16 and September 8 and 22. Morning and afternoon shifts are available. Family friendly (youth age 8+ when accompanied by an adult). Transportation to/from the island and a light lunch provided. Groups welcome and spots will fill fast.
To register (registration REQUIRED) or if you have questions, contact: 952-466-5250 or parks@co.carver.mn.us
City Wide Sidewalk and Garage Sales
July 19-21 Register by June 4
Participating shops & homes in Waconia
Register by June 4 to get listed on the map! Get an ad in the Waconia Patriot & Carver County Life and Variety. Call or email 952-442-6820 or norma.c@ecm-inc.com
Bongards Farmers Market
Wednesdays 3:00-6:00PM
St John's UCC Church-12984 Cty Rd 51, Norwood Young America

A farmers market serving Waconia, Cologne, Bongards, Norwood-Young America and surrounding communities is back! In addition to their regular vendors with their local produce, they have expanded their vendors to include Fresh Start Farms, Fireman's BBQ and Lazy Loon snacks & beverages.
Special Addition on June 13:
Good in the Hood's Shoe Market Bus is Coming! Be a part of "Shoe Away Hunger". The Bongard's Market will be supporting Show Away Hunger throughout their selling season by collecting used shoes every week at the market. Previously worn shoes can also be dropped off every week of the market season.
SIU Extreme Summer Challenge
Challenge starts July 1-Register by June 9
Shape It Up Fitness-141 W 1st St, Suite D, Waconia
Shape It Up has teamed up with over 25 local sponsors including Mackenthun's, Mocha Monkey, Vandy's Grille, the Stash, Waconia Brewing Company, and so many more to make it a great summer filled with EXTREME fitness, fun & prizes.
Choose your fitness level, watch weekly videos, learn new excercises and participate in challenges. Daily goals, accountability and prizes! Challenge runs July 1-Labor Day.

Email megan@shapeitupfitnessmn.com or call 952-215-7431 by June 9 to register and get a FREE tank top.
Cost: Challenge Only=$129, Challenge PLUS Unlimited Classes at SIU=$355, SIU VIP=FREE
Emagine Kids' Summer Movies
Wednesdays and Thursdays starting June 13
Emagine Waconia Theatre-101 E 1st St
Starting in June, Emagine will present the Summer Kids' Movie Series every Wednesday and Thursday at 10:00 am. Tickets are only $2.00 for any age and get a small combo for only $5.00 when you purchase a Summer Kids' Movie Series ticket. Click here for schedule.
Dates & Showtimes subject to change. Limited availability each week.
Taste of Ridgeview
Monday, June 18 Starting at 5:00PM
Island View Golf Course-7795 Laketown Pkwy, Waconia

You're invited to join the TASTE CELEBRATION!
5:00 p.m. Taste of the Ridgeview Region: Enjoy live music of Dr. Kevin White and “73 Paces”, hors d’oeuvres and beverages from some of the area’s finest restaurants and establishments, including the chefs of Vandy’s Grille.

5:00 p.m. SILENT AUCTION- Place your bids on fabulous prizes. Check out our website and bid on your favorite items. Bidding closes at 7 p.m.
7:00 p.m. PROGRAM- Ian Leonard, Fox 9 chief meteorologist, will be our emcee for the evening.
LIVE AUCTION-Don’t miss out on your chance to bid on incredible prizes.

Tickets ($40) for the Taste Celebration are available at the door, by calling Ridgeview Foundation at 952-442-6010 or online at www.ridgeviewfoundation.org/golf.
HomeTown Bank Block Party
Friday, June 22 4:00-7:00PM
HomeTown Bank-641 Marketplace Dr, Waconia
You're invited to the HomeTown Bank Block Party! Enjoy live music, bouncehouse, cash vault, food, beer and more!
New this year: Kid Super Hero Run! Dress as a super hero and run around the parking lot. Led by Quinn Larson. Click here for a flyer.
Strikeout Cancer
Friday, June 22 games at 5:00 and 7:30PM
Lions' Field-927 Wildcat Way, Waconia
On Friday, June 22, the Waconia Baseball Asociation and Waconia Post 150 Legion Baseball Program will host the 3rd annual Strike Out Cancer Event. Chamber members are invited to attend the event as well as participate in the fundraising. All money raised will go to the Angel Foundation (part of Minnesota Oncology) to support families in need of assistance in the day to day lives while fighting cancer. If you are interested in contributing, make checks payable to Waconia Baseball Association. Questions? Contact Erik Olson 920-619-9243 or eolson@isd110.org Click Here for more information.
5:00 Junior Legion v. Holy Family 7:30 Senior Legion v. Hutchinson

Planning ahead...Join Waconia Baseball on July 4th for a Double Header and watch the Lake Waconia Fireworks Show from the grandstand! More details at www.WaconiaBaseball.com
Congratulations to Regarding Dentistry
Regarding Dentistry-732 Vista Blvd, Waconia
Regarding Dentistry is celebrating one year at their brand new location on Highway 5 and Main Street. Stop in to say hello! They are also welcoming a new dentist, Dr Benjamin McKinley. Dr McKinley shares interest in general, cosmetic and restorative dentistry for both adults and children. He will begin meeting patients in June. We welcome Dr McKinley to Waconia!
Sweetest Bakery in America!
Our very own Mackenthun's Fine Foods has been entered into "The Sweetest Bakery in America", a national contest. You can vote DAILY online (once per day per device) or in store (see Bakery Dept) through July 31, 2018. Click here to VOTE NOW!
Drivers Wanted!
10,000 Lakes Limo
10,000 Lakes Limo is looking for trustworthy, reliable drivers! Part time. Earn $28-30/hour with tips!
Contact Heather at info@10000lakeslimo.com
Chamber Luncheon & Calendar
June Membership Luncheon

Thursday, June 28, 2018

Location: Waconia Fire Department
26 S Maple St, Waconia

"Waconia Fire Department-the Present and the Future"
Guest Speaker: Chief Marty Scheerer

Cost: $25 per member, $30 for non-members
RSVP Required by June 25, 2018
To streamline check-in at the event, we pre fer that you register and pay here.

All forms of payment will be accepted the day of the event.
Please Register by Monday, June 25, 2018 online or 952-442-5812.
Chamber Calendar-June 2018
JUN 7 Coffee Connection 7:30-9:00AM @ISD 110 Learning Center (1800 Community Dr, Waconia)
JUN 12 Tourism Committee Meeting 9:00-10:00AM (AmericInn of Waconia-550 Cherry Dr) Tourism Board Meeting will follow.
JUN 13 Chamber Board of Directors Meeting 11:30AM-1:00PM Maple Conference Rm, City Hall (201 S Vine St, Waconia)
JUN 14 Chamber Retail Committee Meeting 8:00-9:00AM Maple Conference Rm, City Hall (201 S Vine St, Waconia)
JUN 21 Ambassador Meeting 8:45 Chamber Office 209 S Vine St, Waconia
JUN 28 Chamber Luncheon 11:30AM-1:00PM @ Waconia Fire Department (26 S Maple, Waconia) Register by Monday, June 25
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