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• If your service group or non-profit wants to be included in the new Yankton County 211 Helpline database, fill out this form.
• Heikes Family Farm, a Vermillion-based Community Supported Agriculture program, is now taking subscriptions for 2014.
• The Natural Resources Conservation Service has a new pollination program for farmers and landowners. Learn more about how to sign up.
• OSHA reminds workers and employers of the need for common sense and care when it comes to safety. Get information on how to report unsafe workplaces. Call the OSHA hotline at 800-321-6742.
• With its move to Memorial Park, Yankton's Rockin' Ribfest Committee seeks volunteers. Find out how you can help this big community event here.
• Midcontinent Communications is offering its new Broadband Lifeline Assistance Program to families who qualify. Call 800-888-1300 to learn more or apply for it.
• The South Dakota Kayak Challenge is returning to Yankton! Learn more on how you can take part as a racer or volunteer.
• Be Well South Dakota invites South Dakotans who want to lose weight to join its 2014 Pound Pledge. For every pound participants lose between now and April 2, the group will donate one pound of food to Feeding South Dakota. Participants are encouraged to share their weekly progress to be eligible for weekly prizes and a $200 gift card grand prize. Anyone interested in joining the 2014 Pound Pledge should sign up on Facebook or
• Avera Sacred Heart Hospital is now part of Avera @ Home, a program that can help you or your family adjust to home health care or home hospice. Learn more about the program.
• The City of Yankton can text you snow alerts and other snow information, including street closings. Sign up for the alerts.
• The new preliminary master plan for Yankton's recreational facilities is available. Read the plan. Give
• South Dakota Gov. Dennis Daugaard's office and several state livestock agencies have established The Rancher Relief Fund to help producers hit by October 2013 blizzard. You can help online and search for "Rancher Relief Fund." Donors also can mail checks to Rancher Relief Fund, Box 231, Rapid City, S.D. 57709.
• Traveling but concerned about road conditions? Use this link to get information or call 511 (in South Dakota.)
• PTSD Coach Online is a service for veterans and anyone dealing with symptoms of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). It's a suite of 17 tools designed to help people cope with sleep problems, trauma reminders and other issues. Access PTSD Coach Online.
• Veterans and National Guard soldiers are sought for a research project, "Neural and Behavioral Correlates of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and Alcohol Use." The University of South Dakota Sanford School of Medicine is leading this project, which includes a survey about mood, alcohol use and past military experiences and takes about three hours. It is voluntary and completely confidential. Participants receive $100 compensation for the initial interview and eligible participants who take part in a second study using an MRI will receive $300. Vets and Guard soldiers who are right-handed, between the ages of 18-45 and who have deployed to Iraq or Afghanistan are eligible. To enroll or learn more, call Dawne Olson at 605-677-5170 or email her. (Active-duty troops only will be compensated if taking part in the research during off-duty times.)
• Want to help others as a volunteer? This one-stop spot from United Way of Vermillion can help you find opportunities.
• True Value Company's "Painting A Brighter Future" is offering schools free paint for renovations. Nygren's True Value in Vermillion encourages all schools in their territory — which includes Vermillion and Elk Point — to apply for this program.
• Learn more about the South Dakota Workforce Initiative South Dakota Wins.
• Feeding South Dakota has recently released a study on food insecurity in South Dakota. Learn more at its website on ways to help.
• The Edith B. Siegrist Vermillion Public Library is offering a wide range of programs for toddlers through adults, and registration continues. To find out more, visit the library website for a full schedule of events.
• Mentors Needed: The Clay-Union Foundation matches youth age 5-17 years old with qualified and screened adult volunteers. There are two boys and two girls to match in Elk Point, and two girls in Vermillion. Volunteers must be 18 or older and have a car. Email John Gille at or call 605-421-5050 to become a volunteer.
• The City of Yankton and the Yankton Tobacco Education Coalition reminds all citizens that the Yankton Parks are tobacco-free.
• If you have trouble with certain Facebook, Pinterest, or Twitter features, or need a quick tutorial on uploading photos, poking someone, or adding online friends, the new "Book a Librarian" program is for you! This free program allows you to schedule 15 minutes to answer any social media question. Call Tonya or Dana at the Yankton Public Library to schedule a session, 605-668-5275.
• The Yankton Boys & Girls Club is looking for community feedback about the Boys & Girls Club. Help them out with planning for the future and take a couple minutes to fill out this survey.
• The Vermillion Area Community Foundation is accepting proposals for projects to improve our community. Forms for submitting proposals by groups or organizations are available at the Chamber of Commerce office. While funds available are limited they can fully fund small one time requests or partially fund larger projects. Your annual donations to their Foundation will provide them with increasing funds each year for worthwhile projects.
• Business After Hours: Are you looking for an opportunity to showcase your business and network with your peers? Sign up to host a Business After Hours event! These events generally run from 5-7 p.m. on weeknights and the hosting business provides hours d'oeuvres and refreshments. If interested email Ann or call 605-624-5571.
• The Heartland Human Society offers affordable pets. View the available animals or stop by the shelter at 601½ Burleigh St., Yankton.
Monday, March 10
The Yankton Area Diabetes Support Group, 1 p.m. at Avera Sacred Heart Campus, Pavilion, conference room 2. Erika Detweiler MSW, CSW, Licensed social worker from Avera Medical Group Behavioral Health will discuss living with a chronic disease and behavior change.
Saturday, March 15
Southeast CASA's Reverse Your Luck Fundraiser, 5:30 p.m. at Minerva's Convention Center. Includes social hour, dinner, reverse raffle for $5,000 and entertainment with 176 Keys Dueling Pianos. Supports abused and neglected children in Yankton County. CASA is the Court Appointed Special Advocates for Children organization. Call Sherri at 605-760-4825.
Sunday, March 16
Belgian Waffle Feed, 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., City Auditorium, Hartington, Neb. Benefit for Hartington Ambulance, includes all you care to eat waffles, sausage and more. Takeout available. The event costs $7 for adults, $5 for children K-6th grade.
Saturday, March 22
Yankton Youth Soccer Association's referees' clinic, continues Sunday, March 23. Registration now under way for all teams. Full details online.
Thursday, March 27
Soup Kitchen fundraiser for Trinity Lutheran Church, 11 a.m.-7 p.m. at the church, 403 Broadway Ave., Yankton. Wide range of homemade soups and treats. All funds support the ministry of the church. Call 605-660-3391 for information.
Tuesday, April 1
Boy Scout Troop 102 Spaghetti Feed, 5:30-7 p.m. at Trinity Lutheran Church, 403 Broadway Ave., Yankton. This all-you-care-to-eat event offers pasta, sauce and garlic bread, with take-out available. Cost is $5 for adults and youth, kids 5 and younger eat free.
Friday, April 4
• Benefit comedy show for Yankton Homeless Shelter, family-friendly comedian Mike Bliss, 8 p.m. at Minerva's Event Center, Yankton. Tickets are $25 and available at Yankton Hy-Vee and JJ Benji's. Call 605-661-9872 for information on tickets or to support this fundraiser.
• Vermillion Area Dance Organization's "First Friday Dance" at 7:30 p.m. at VADO studios, 19A S. Plum St., Vermillion. No need for talent, just a desire to move for about 60 minutes to some easy-dancing music with like-minded members of your community. Grab the kids, the grandparents or your girlfriend or boyfriend and shake off the stress of the workweek in this free, fun socks-only happening taking place through June. Learn more online.
Saturday, April 12
Keep Yankton Beautiful's Great American Cleanup event, 8 a.m., various locations. Help keep the Mother City of the Dakotas looking its finest. Volunteers and supporters sought. Save the date - learn more online.
Monday, April 21
Earth (Every) Day events, various locations, Vermillion. From films to fairs to farms, a week's worth of sustainability-focused events at the University of South Dakota and around Vermillion. Full details online.
Saturday, April 26
The RiverRat Marathon and Bike Ride, Yankton. Various start times, levels of involvement and volunteer opportunities. Sign up or learn more.
Friday, May 23
The South Dakota Kayak Challenge, a canoe-kayak race from Yankton to Sioux City, returns to the Missouri National Recreational River. Get involved.
Sunday, June 8
The second annual Ride Across South Dakota (RASDAK), a week-long, full-state bicycling event that takes pedalers from Mount Rushmore to Sioux Falls. Deadline for registration at going rate is April 15. It increases to $175 after that. Learn more or register here.
Sunday, June 21-July 8
A Scandinavia Adult Tour in 2014 will visit Bergan and Oslo, Norway; Copenhagen, Denmark; Stockholm, Sweden; Helsinki, Finland; Tallinn, Estonia, and conclude in St. Petersburg, Russia. The tour departs Sioux Falls on June 22 and returns July 8. If interested, email Lenni Billberg or call her at 605-670-2717.