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Shop with a Purpose Day Aims to  Raise Funds to Prevent Homelessness

Interfaith Outreach & Community Partners’ 23rd annual Sleep Out campaign will hold its final public event, Shop with a Purpose (SWAP), on Friday, Dec. 14. This annual tradition was started by amazing local business leaders as a way to support the annual Sleep Out campaign. As a one-day retail and dining extravaganza, it has raised $40,734 for Interfaith Outreach over the years to help break down barriers to jobs,child care, education and more for local families and kids.

Local businesses participate by donating a portion of their one-day sales. To maximize the impact of customer purchases – new this year Real Estate Nation and RE/MAX Results will donate $5 for every Facebook check-in on Shop with a Purpose Day. Customers simply check in at the participating business on Facebook when they arrive and then tag Interfaith Outreach (@interfaithoutreachcp). That’s it – $5 will be donated to Interfaith for every Facebook check-in tallied. See list of businesses and offers at iocp.org/swap.

The Sleep Out campaign has raised $ $1,599,033 toward its overall goal of$2.4 million by Dec. 31 to help nearly 2,000 local families each year stabilize, strengthen and thrive. Last year, 1 in 5 Interfaith Outreach families experienced homelessness. Housing is the foundation to family stability.However, the escalating affordable housing crisis is threatening the well-being of a growing number of our neighbors.

Ways to help:

Participate in Shop with a Purpose: Friday,Dec. 14, local businesses all over town. Generous local businesses donate a portion of their one-day sales to the Sleep Out.Learn more at iocp.org/swap.

Donate: Online at iocp.org/donate or send checks payable to Interfaith Outreach to 1605 County Road 101 N in Plymouth. Learn how donations make a difference.

Sleep Out (or in): Host a Sleep Out outside or Bedless Night inside. Learn more.

Wayzata Blu progress continues

Cement work ramping up

A number of concrete trucks lined Lake Street to deliver product to Wayzata Blu on Friday, December 7, 2018. Developer David Carlson indicated in an email this week that 9 units have been sold and 9 units are available including unit 303 which is 2,781 square feet and listed for sale at $3,000,000.

Video of Wayzata Sailing School Demolition

The Wayzata Sailing School has been fundraising to build a new clubhouse, and the demolition of the old structure occurred recently.

The Mike Plant Community Boathouse is expected to open during the summer of 2019. The building is located at 456 Arlington Circle South.

For more information about the Wayzata Community Sailing Center visit WayzataSailing.org

Wayzata Schools Board Meeting Monday

The next Wayzata School District Board meeting is Monday.

The board is scheduled to discuss a student teaching agreement with Purdue.

Ruchika Kamojiala will represent the Wayzata High School Student Council.

A special recognition will be given to Class AA Girls’ Swim and Dive 100 Yard Freestyle champion Jordan McGinty.

The board meeting begins at 7 p.m., Monday, Dec. 10 at Wayzata City Hall.

District Releases Weather-Related Closing Information

Wayzata Public Schools release via email Dec. 5, 2018:

Dear Parents and Guardians,

In the event of inclement weather, the superintendent may close school, delay the start of school or dismiss school early. If Wayzata Public Schools closes or has a late start, phone calls, email and SMS text messages (message and data rates may apply) will be sent to all families using the District parent notification system. To ensure that we have accurate contact information, please update Skyward Family Access.

Announcements will also be posted on the district website at www.wayzataschools.org, District Facebook and Twitter, and shared with the following local media: WCCO Radio 830 AM; WCCO-TV, Channel 4; KSTP-TV, Channel 5; KMSP-TV, Channel 9; and KARE- TV, Channel 11. If an early dismissal is required during the school day, we will follow the designated plan we should have on file for your child/children.

When Wayzata Public Schools is closed all day, this includes Home Base child care, early childhood classes and preschool, community use of facilities, Adult Basic Education classes, and youth and adult evening events and classes.

If Wayzata Public Schools announces a late start, Home Base will also start late. If school is starting two hours late, then Home Base child care will open at 8:30 a.m. and morning preschool and early childhood programs will be canceled. If an early dismissal is announced after 6:30 a.m., children already at Home Base (or in their classrooms) will need to be picked up within one hour. Home Base suggests you have an emergency plan in place. If an emergency closing is necessary on a Non School Day, WCCO AM (830) radio will announce the closing as Wayzata Home Base.

License To … Bark, Register Your Dog

Registration has begun for 2019 Wayzata dog licenses.

All dogs over the age of six months are required to be licensed through the city.

Print out the Dog License Application Form and bring in the form to the Wayzata Police Department during regular business hours.

Residents can also mail in the form with payment and proof of rabies vaccines.

The fee is $20 per dog for one year or $30 per dog for a two-year license. A current rabies certificate must be presented at the time of submission.

To download the Dog License Application form, go online to www.wayzata.org/DogLicense and click the application link.

Wayzata Boat Slip Lottery Approaching

The City of Wayzata mailed boat slip renewal applications in November to current slip holders.

The deadline for boat slip renewal applications and boat slip lottery applications is the second Tuesday in January.

The lottery drawing for the 2019 open boat slips will take place on the first Tuesday in February.

Wayzata Boat Slips. Image Copyright 2018 Dan Gustafson & Wayzata Photography

Story Times at the Wayzata Library

Submitted by Kia Vang, Youth Services Librarian

From the moment children are born, and even before – their brains are like sponges soaking up every experience. They are ready to learn! All family members and caregivers have the power to shape the early literacy skills children need to read and write.

Baby and family story times at the library provide opportunities for caregivers and children to learn and practice five early literacy activities – talking, singing, reading, writing and playing – easy and fun ways to prepare your children to become readers and successful learners!You may be doing many of these things already.

In Hennepin County, there are 41 libraries throughout Minneapolis and its surrounding suburbs. The Wayzata Library is conveniently locatedon 620 Rice Street East. In addition to story times and other programs for young children, all libraries offer comfortable spaces for families to play together, homework help for students of all ages, clubs for teens and adults, and of course, books!

From the time children are born and throughout their lives,the library can help you and them learn as they grow. For more information, please visit our website at www.hclib.org, or stop by in person or contact the Wayzata Library at 612-543-6150.

The Wayzata Library offers the following story time programs this winter:

Family Story Time

Tuesdays, December 4, 11, 18

Tuesdays, January 22, 29

Tuesdays, February 5, 12, 19, 26

10:30-11 a.m.

Baby Story Time

Tuesdays, February 5, 12, 19, 26

9:15-9:45 a.m.

Wayzata Police Activity Nov. 20-26

The Wayzata Police Department responded to 81 calls between Nov. 20 and Nov. 26.

On Nov. 20, investigators were called to a report of a theft of tires on the 2400 block of Industrial Blvd. W. in Long Lake. The loss was estimated at $900.

The department was called to a report of an assault on Nov. 21 on the 1300 block of Wayzata Blvd. W. in Long Lake. That case is currently under investigation.

On Nov. 25, the Wayzata Police Department responded to a damaged vehicle call on the 200 block of Glenbrook Rd. in Wayzata.

Officers were called to the 100 block of Promenade Ave. in Wayzata on Nov. 26 for a report of computer fraud. The loss was estimated at $299.

December 4 Wayzata City Council Workshop & Meeting Agendas Released

The city of Wayzata has released the agendas for both the City Council Workshop and City Council Meeting on Tuesday, Dec. 4.

The workshop takes place at 5:30 p.m. in the Wayzata Community Room. The city council meeting follows at 7 p.m.

City Council Workshop Agenda items include the following:

  • Comp Plan Update

City Council Meeting Agenda items include the following:

  • Approval of Resolution No. 69-2018, Designating a Precinct and Polling Place for 2019
  • Approval of Resolution No. 67-2018 approving an extension of zoning approvals 309 & 341 Ramsey Road
  • Approval of Development Agreement for Ventana Condos at 253 Lake Street

For complete city agendas, click here.

http://www.wayzata.org/AgendaCenter/City-Council-6/

Wayzata Police Concerned About Thefts From Vehicles

The Wayzata Police Department is warning residents about a rash of tampering and thefts from motor vehicles.

According to investigators, the incidents occurred on Rice Street East, Grand Avenue South, Barry Avenue South, Birch Lane and the 700 block of Wayzata Boulevard East during the past week.

The department says that some of the vehicles were left unlocked. It says that a few vehicles had broken windows.

All of the incidents occurred during the overnight hours, according to police.

The Wayzata Police Department urges residents to keep valuables, gifts and personal items out of sight or removed from vehicles.

Book Signing: A Lifetime of Luck and Pluck By Bette Hammel

Wednesday, December 5 at 7:00 p.m.
At Wayzata Community Room

Information Submitted by the Wayzata Historical Society

The Wayzata Historical Society invites you to hear from journalist, author, and longtime Wayzata resident Bette Hammel as we support her latest book signing on December 5th.

In a reading from her new memoir, A Lifetime of Luck and Pluck, Hammel will relate her 2016 essay “My Car Is Gone” with others ranging from her story covering the 1956 marriage of Grace Kelly to the Prince of Monaco to earlier experiences such as working in the Betty Crocker kitchens and becoming a radio broadcaster in Indiana and New York.

Returning home to Minnesota, she began a career in the advertising agency business. Her lucky day, she says, was meeting and marrying Richard Hammel, co-founder of HGA Architects & Engineers.

After his sudden death in 1986, she began writing about architecture for various magazines, and later became author of four books including Legendary Homes of Lake Minnetonka. She describes her new  memoir as essays written in an “easybreezy” style. A Lifetime of Luck and Pluck, published by Nodin Press, will be available at all Twin City bookstores and priced at $16.95.

Girls basketball team opens with 88-61 win over Prior Lake

Jenna Johnson scores 22 points to lead Trojans

Your Wayzata Girls Basketball team opened with a solid win over Prior Lake last night. Sophomore guard Jenna Johnson led the Trojans with 22 points, followed by Junior forward Annika Stewart with 16 points.

View the photo gallery at Wayzata Photography.

Other notable performances included Kallie Theisen with 15 points and Alivia Arnebeck with 12 points. 

The Trojans will be back in action on Thursday evening as they travel to Elk River High School to take on St. Francis.