Meetings & Events 1/24/13

Rice Co. to hold Genealogy Research Workshop Jan. 26 The Rice County Historical Society (RCHS) will hold a Genealogy Research Workshop beginning at 10 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 26, at the Rice County Historical Society Museum of History, 1814 NW Second Ave., Faribault.

This is an in-depth workshop during which participants will learn how to do genealogical research on the Internet and at the Rice County Historical Society Research Center. Participants will get tips on organizing their genealogical research and learn how to navigate the Dalby Database, Ancestry. com, Family Search, and the Rice County Historical Society Research Center and Archives from local experts.

There is a registration fee, which includes a box lunch, 20 free copies, all handouts, Internet access, and access to the county’s research files and archives.

Seating is limited and participants are encouraged to bring their laptops. Those who don't bring a computer may use one of RCHS' three computer stations. Reservations are required. Contact the Rice County Historical Society at 507-332-2121 with any questions.

New Prague Sportsman Club meets Jan. 31 The New Prague Sportsman Club will have its monthly meeting 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 31. It will be at the American Legion Club Room. All members are encouraged to come. Any questions call Billy Bartusek at 952-758-8655.

New Prague Senior Citizens meet Feb. 1 The New Prague Senior Citizens will meet at 12:45 p.m. Friday, Feb. 1, at the New Prague City Hall second floor club room. The lunch committee will be Lucine Wendorf.

The bus picks up senior citizens for local shopping every Wednesday. The bus goes to Burnsville the third Thursday of each month. For reservations call 952-496-8341.

All seniors are welcome to join the club for meetings and cards the first Friday of each month at 12:45 p.m.

Scott Co. Hist. Society hosting Ladies Night The Scott County Historical Society welcomes ladies to "Ladies Night In: Wine, Chocolate & Bling," a special evening of wine, smooth chocolate and beautiful bling from 7-9 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 7.

Experience a fun evening with friends and explore amazing jewelry on display by local jewelry designers. Enter a raffle drawing for a chance to win a one-of-a-kind handmade vase by Ernest Miller. Event tickets are on sale now. Purchase an advance Wine, Chocolate & Bling ticket by Friday, Feb. 1, and receive one raffle ticket. Only people age 21 and older will be admitted.

The Scott County Historical Society is located at 235 Fuller St. S, Shakopee. Questions call 952-445- 0378 or check the website

CAP Agency WIC Voucher pick-up The CAP Agency WIC voucher pick-up dates for all residents of Scott County are the second Monday, third Thursday and fourth Tuesday of each month. The next pick up dates are February 11, February 21 and February 26. Pick up time is from 9 a.m. – noon and 1 – 4 p.m. at the CAP Agency, 712 Canterbury Rd. S, Shakopee. For more information about WIC, call the CAP Agency WIC Program at 952-402-9869.

Support group meets Feb. 5 Area Separated & Divorce Support Group meets the first Tuesday of the month from 7-8:30 p.m. at St. Wenceslaus Church, lower level, 215 E. Main St., New Prague. The next session is Feb. 5. Come and experience good support as you move through this time in your life. People of all faiths are welcome. Call Deacon Bob Wagner 952-758-0463 or Mary 952-873-6781 for more information.

Carver-Scott pet adoption day is February 2 Carver Scott Humane Society volunteers will hold a pet adoption day from 12 noon to 3 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 2. It will be hosted at Petco, in Chaska, located off Highway 41 and Pioneer Trail.

Kittens and cats ages 4 months to 9 years old will be available. There will be tuxedo, solids, bicolored, tabby, tortie cats to choose from and a few that are declawed. A blind kitten will also be there.

Dogs, 4 months to 10 years will be there. Some of the dogs include: Chihuahua, border collie, pointer, husky, pitbull mix, beagle mix, terrier mix, black lab mixes, and Heinz 57 mixes.

All cats and dogs have been micro ID implanted, vet checked, wormed, had shots updated, checked for friendly temperaments, and age appropriately spayed/ neutered. There are adoption fees for cats and for dogs.

Call the society for more information on adopting a homeless pet: 952- 368-3553, or visit the web site

Feb. 7 program highlights women settlers of Rice Co. On Thursday, Feb. 7, Susan Garwood, Rice County Historical Society Executive Director, will talk about early Rice County women and their role in settling the county.

Often the county’s "founders" include Alexander Faribault, John North, John Archibald, Bishop Whipple, and Thomas Buckham. Perhaps it seems obvious, but it is vital to remember that Rice County could not have been settled without women. This program will touch on the Rice County women who were the first homesteading owners of land, the 14 women listed as business owners in Faribault in 1880, the women who took over when their husbands died and finished the work of founding Morristown and helped found Northfield, and more. Garwood will discuss Rice County’s female teachers, artists, workers, and wives whose achievements made Rice County what it is today.

The program is 7 p.m. at the Rice County Historical Society Museum of History, 1814 NW Second Ave., Faribault. Refreshments will be served following the program.

There is a small admission price for non-members and it is free for society members. Reservations are encouraged. Contact the Rice County Historical Society at 507- 332-2121 with any questions.