13th Annual Scarecrow Tour
October 8-18

Over 50 scarecrows will be on display all over Waconia starting next week! We can't wait to see the Minion Mayhem, 3 Heads are Better than 1, Captain Jones and BEE the CHANGE! There will be a link to the map in next week's Friday Facts and on our website DestinationWaconia.org.
Welcome New Chamber Members:
Rebound Orthotics & Prosthetics
Mitch Nowak

584 S Cherry St
Waconia, MN 55387
Providing orthotic and prosthetic devices west of the metro
TechStar IT Solutions
Sarah Vilmain

212 W Main St
Waconia, MN 55387
Managed IT service provider for business
Waconia Tutor
Ann Vannurden

Waconia, MN 55387
Reading tutor, one-on-one Orton Gillingham Certified
How full is your bucket?

by Christine Fenner
President, Waconia Chamber of Commerce
Recently, I participated in a conference with chamber executives from around
the state. We had an open and honest discussion by identifying what we’re working
on, what keeps us up at night, and what’s next. The acronym “VUCA” was mentioned:
volatility, uncertainty, complexity, and ambiguity. It describes the unpredictable
changes we’ve been experiencing. Click Here to
Events continue to provide a connection to business

by Doug Loon, Minnesota Chamber President
Chambers of commerce are known for connecting the business community – at every level – throughout the state. Local chambers and the Minnesota Chamber host events with high-level speakers, important and timely topics, and the opportunity to grow your businesses by getting to know each other.

Since the onset of COVID-19, we’ve all had to get creative about how to continue to offer this programming. But we’ve found great success. Click Here to read more...
Ambassador Visits
ASP-All Service Providers

Primary Contact: Dawson Swaney
1286 Park Rd, Suite B, Chanhassen

Welcome, Dawson Swaney and ASP, to the Waconia market! The office is located in Chanhassen, and Dawson travels in this area to provide the service you need in both your residential and light commercial properties. Offering repairs, replacements, and installations, the team of expert plumbers are available for all your plumbing needs. From toilets, water heaters, and pipes to sump pumps, and clogged drains, they have the experience necessary to repair and install any kind of equipment. Have leaking pipes, sump pump issues, dripping faucets? Give ASP a call today. ASP’s vision is to provide professional customer experience every time! 
The Hive

Primary Contact: Heather Boll
29 E Main St, Waconia

Buzzing with positive energy, The Hive supports women wherever they are on their journey through life. Owner and Waconia native, Heather Boll, and a team of coaches, instructors, and peer support specialists collectively work together to best support their clients' mental, emotional, and wellness needs. The Hive is for women to embody true transformational healing and shift to higher levels of consciousness. Heather and her husband have dramatically transformed an old house on Main Street to make it an inviting and comfortable space. The Hive offers a wide variety of membership options, providing instant access to mental health and wellness amenities 24/7, expert instructors, and a mix of classes, workshops, and groups. The monthly calendar is filled with activities, fitness & fellowship, mom circles, and recovery & healing Circles. Heather and team invite you to come check it out!
Member News and Happenings
Emagine Theatre
Ready to Safely Host your Corporate Event
Emagine Waconia Theater is offering a great $99.00 private theater rental promotion. Emagine has had groups rent for all different reasons from anniversary celebrations, B-Day parties, family gatherings, ladies night out, etc. They can even rent for a sports game or host your next corporate/company outing.

Keeping Covid and safety top of mind, their staff goes to great lengths to keep their guests safe. Many find it hard to believe that they really disinfect seats between shows and not just once each night. Their auditoriums are quite large and have excellent air exchange. No one interacts or crosses paths with anyone else and they are constantly disinfecting. Going to the movies is a very safe entertainment activity!
Fall Rookie Hockey Camp-Come try Hockey for FREE!
Saturday, October 3, 9:45-10:45 AM & Sunday, October 4, 9:30-10:30AM
Waconia Ice Arena-1250 Oak Ave

Want to try hockey for free? WHA will be offering a free Fall Rookie Camp for ages 4 – entering 3rd grade this fall! Participants will receive free jersey, support on and off the ice from coaches and volunteers and parents can learn more about Waconia Hockey Association. Registration is now open: www.WaconiaHockey.org  

WHA Golf Outing 2020
Monday, October 5, 10:00AM Check In/Registration
Island View Golf Club-7795 Laketown Pkwy, Waconia

Join WHA for a fun day on the course! The annual WHA Golf outing is sure to be a blast for golfers of all abilities. They will be at Island View Golf Club in Waconia for fantastic atmosphere, wonderful people, prizes and great food! This event is not one to miss! Cost: $120/player  
Domestic Violence Awareness Month
October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month and an important time to recognize and stand up for victims and survivors. Did you know that 1 in 3 women and 1 in 4 men have experience domestic violence in their lifetime? We would like to think it doesn’t happen in our community, but the truth is that domestic violence happens everywhere. Last year, Southern Valley Alliance assisted 255 individuals in Carver County.
To get connected, visit us at www.svamn.org.
Southern Valley Alliance Charity Golf Scramble
Wednesday, October 7,
Deer Run Golf Club-8661 Deer Run Dr, Victoria
The SVA mission and vision is to assist victims of domestic violence and end domestic violence in the local community. All proceeds from this fundraiser will be used to benefit the adult and children’s programs at SVA who, in the last year, served over 1,587 victims of domestic violence and their children in Scott and Carver counties.  
The event will include golf, lunch, prizes, and an online silent auction. Tickets are $125 per golfer and can be purchased online at svamn.org or by calling 952-873-4214.  
ISD 110 Virtual Town Hall
Thursday, October 8, 6:30PM
Google Meet

On November 3, residents of ISD 110 will decide whether the school district will be able to increase funding to support Waconia Public Schools students, staff, and schools.

Superintendent Pat Devine will be hosting a virtual town hall to share a short presentation about the district's current financial situation, followed by time for questions and answers about the question on the ballot. Join the virtual town hall presentation (Phone-in option 1-510-358-3907 PIN: 682 272 746#):
Wednesday, October 14, 5:00-7:00PM
Parley Lake Winery-8280 Parley Lake Road, Waconia
Join Waconia Young Professionals ages 21-39. Sip wine, connect with friends & colleagues. Please email Breck at braymond@titlemark.com and/or Abby at akoppen@titlemark.com to reserve your spot.

Food & beverage on your own.
Absentee/Early Voting
Through November 2
Waconia City Hall-201 S Vine St, Waconia
City of Waconia residents have multiple options for voting:
1-Vote by mail.
2-Vote at City Hall, 201 S Vine St (City of Waconia residents only).
3-Go to the Taxpayer Services Department at Carver County Government Center, 600 E. 4th Street, Chaska, (ALL Carver County Residents).
4- Vote in person on Election Day.
Fall Family Portrait Sessions-Schedule NOW
Setting appointments through Sunday, November 15
Taylor Hubbard Photography-44 W 1st St, Waconia

Schedule your Fall Family Portraits now. Consider the rich colors of autumn as the backdrop for your next family portrait. Special includes: choice of studio or woods session, an 8x10 finished portrait, 25 holiday greeting cards, special holiday pricing on additional portraits.
Don't wait to schedule, make your appointment today! Call 952-442-2711
Bag Hunger Event
Friday, October 23-November 13
Mackenthun's Fine Foods-851 Marketplace Dr, Waconia
Help support our local food shelf.
  • Donate Online at BHWaconia.givesmart.com or text BHWaconia to 76278
  • Purchase a mobile at checkout
  • Donate a pre-packaged bag
Together we can Bag Hunger!
Lake Waconia Regional Park Now Open!
After a long period of closure in which road, parking, trail, utility and stormwater management improvements were made, Carver County Parks is pleased to announce the opening of the regional park to the public. A new boat access, constructed in partnership with the DNR, is also open. The hours of operation are daily 6:00AM-10:00PM. The boat launch is open sunup to sundown.
Chamber Luncheon & Calendar

October Membership Luncheon

Thursday, October 22, 2020

Location: Emagine Theatre Waconia
101 W 1st St, Waconia
Topic: The Fascinating World of Manufacturing
Join us as we celebrate National Manufacturing Month.
Sit back and relax in one of the reclining chairs at Emagine Theatre – a spacious
and comfortable location to social distance and enjoy the presentation.

We will be following MN Department of Health and CDC guidelines.
Cost: $25/member, $40/not yet member
RSVP by Monday, October 19
Chamber Calendar-October 2020
OCT 1 Coffee Connection 8:00-9:30AM @Mackenthun's Fine Foods
OCT 8 Chamber Retail Committee 8:00-9:30AM @Laketown Home & Garden-24 W
1st St
OCT 8-18 Waconia Scarecrow Contest-Tour the Scarecrows of Waconia
OCT 14 WYP 5:00-7:00PM @Parley Lake Rd-8280 Parley Lake Rd
OCT 21 Board of Directors Retreat @ Fourfold Collective-100 W Main St, Waconia
OCT 22 Membership Luncheon 11:30AM-1:00PM @Emagine Theatre-101 W 1st St
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