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The Minnesota Astronomical Society will be celebrating four astronomy-related events on Saturday, Oct. 1, at the Eagle Lake Observatory in western Carver County: Fall Astronomy Day, the Apollo 17 50th Anniversary, International Observe the Moon Night and, most importantly, MAS’s 50th Anniversary.

The Chaska Fire Department held its annual open house Monday, Sept. 12, from 5-8 p.m. for the first time since 2019. Between the bouncy houses, fire safety learning opportunities, fire truck rides and free hot dogs, popcorn and Qudoba, there was something for every age.

Chaska Mayor Mark Windschitl has announced his candidacy for reelection in November.In his announcement July 20, he noted Chaska’s growth throughout his time as mayor, specifically the influx of people moving to town, business development, services offered, diversity and community building.

Due to Chaska City Council’s interest in receiving regular updates from the police department, quarterly updates will now become a regular part of the year.

Oktoberfest originates from a celebration of the marriage between the Prince Regent Ludwig of Bavaria, later King Louis I, and Princess Therese von Sachsen-Hildburghausen in 1810. Today, we know it for the beer, bratwurst and the Dirndl and Lederhosen worn among friends at festivals around t…

The latest summer festival is coming in hot… and cold. Chaska’s annual Fire and Ice Festival is happening Friday, July 15, and Saturday, July 16, at Firemen’s Park. The Fire and Ice Bonspiel curling tournament will also be taking place July 14-17, 2022.

One great way to experience holiday cheer this season is through music. Check out the JazzMN Orchestra, which is returning to the Chanhassen Dinner Theatres on Dec. 13 with its holiday concert “Home For the Holiday.”

Beeswax can be used for many purposes, from candles to lip balm to a reusable wrap to use in place of wasteful plastic wrap. It can even be used to make a decorative luminary, perfect to give as a gift or to make your home festive for the holidays.

Weekly parkrun events are now taking place at Chaska’s Courthouse Lake each Saturday. The free, timed 5K events are volunteer-run and gift milestone T-shirts when people participate in 25, 50, 100, 250 and 500 runs.

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