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• Fire Prevention Week is October 5-11. Through the Smoke Alarm Grant program, participating fire departments will receive an initial number of alarms. Department personnel will distribute and, if possible, install the alarms in homes that lack them. Additional information about hte smoke alarm program can be found on the South Dakota Fire Marshal website.
• The City of Vermillion is seeking interested citizens for one opening on the Vermillion Planning Commission. The appointment will fill the remainder of a five-year term that expires in June 2017. Interested Vermillion citizens can complete and submit a City board expression of interest form. Forms must be returned to City Hall, 25 Center Street, by 12 p.m. on October 15, 2014. The appointment will be made at the October 20, 2014 City Council meeting. Please call (605) 677-7050 with any questions.
• The Yankton Parks and Recreation Department is now accepting registrations for Men's Basketball League. Deadline for team registrations, rosters, and fees is Friday, November 7, 2014. League play is scheduled to begin the first week of December. Team registration forms and rules are available at the Summit Activities Center at 1801 Summit Street or on the City of Yankton website. for further information, call (605) 668-5234. Remember to follow the Yankton Parks and Recreation Department on Facebook.
• The Vermillion Backpack Program helps hungry kids. You can help with contributions of time or money. Learn more.
• 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.
• Head Start Yankton is now taking applications. Call 665-2854 to apply for your 3-to-5-year-old child.
• 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 new preliminary master plan for Yankton's recreational facilities is available. Read the plan. Give
• 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's new digs on East Highway 50 in Yankton.
• 211 is an information and crisis helpline that provides resource information on non-profit, social service, and government programs, along with providing crisis intervention services. It is available anytime, day or night, from anywhere in Yankton or Bon Homme counties. More information available at helplinecenter.org.
Friday, September 26 - Sunday, October 5
"Next to Normal", University of South Dakota Department of Theatre. Wayne S. Knutson Theatre; Vermillion. For more information call (605) 677-5400 or visit www.usd.edu/theatre.
South Dakota Manufacturing Week. For more information visit www.yanktonsd.com/manufacturing.
Sandi Parish - water color exhibit "Horses" and "Children"; Bede Art Gallery; Marian Auditorium; Mount Marty College; Yankton. Bede Art Gallery hours: Monday - Friday, 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. A free reception and gallery talk is scheduled for October 31 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. open to the public.
Dreaming of Books Challenge; Yankton Community Library. Top reader award to be given at the Don't Judge a Book by Its Cover event at the library on October 14, 7 p.m. at the Yankton Community Library.
Michele Mechling - Artists & Authors series. Vermillion Public Library; 7 p.m. For more information call the library at (605) 677-7060.
"Islam: Tensions and Traditions" - Dr. Paul Anders. Mount Marty Noon Forum Series. South Dining Room of Roncalli at Mount Marty. Brown bag lunches are welcomed and visitors are also welcome to purchase food in the cafeteria. 12 p.m.
Church Women United state assembly. First United Methodist Church; 11th and Cedar; Yankton. For more information visit www.churchwomen.org.
Vermillion High School Double-Feature Theatre Weekend. "The Birthday Knife" & "The Uninvited" - Tickets will available at the door. The cost is $5 for adults, $3 for students and senior citizens, and admission is free to those with a Vermillion School District activity card. Vermillion High School Performing Arts Center.
Avera Sacred Heart Hospital Craft Committee's Annual Fall Craft Bazaar. 7 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.; Avera Pavilion Atrium; Yankton. All proceeds will benefit the Avera Sacred heart Hospital Women's Center and Cribs for Kids Program.
Missouri Valley Model Railroad Club 12th annual model railroad train show. 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Saturday, 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. Sunday. Located at the Yankton 4-H grounds; 901 Whiting Drive; Yankton. Admission: $4 adults, $1 children ages 5-12, children under 5 are free when admitted with an adult. For more information visit www.mvmrc.webs.com.
Michele Mechling - Picture This workshop. Vermillion Public Library; 2 p.m. For more information call the library at (605) 677-7060.
100th Dakota Days celebration, University of South Dakota. For more information visit www.usd.edu/dakotadays.
"Rockets to the Rescue", the 2014 National Youth Science Day program sponsored by the Yankton County 4-H. 3:45 p.m. Yankton Community Library; 515 Walnut; Yankton. For more information contact the library at (605) 668-5276.
Teen Advisory Board; Yankton Community Library; 7 p.m. New members are welcome and encouraged to attend.
Kaiya Ansorge - Long Overdue series. Vermillion Public Library; 7 p.m. For more information call the library at (605) 677-7060.
"Sleep - The Most Important Thing We Do" - Abby Goeken. Mount Marty Noon Forum Series. South Dining Room of Roncalli at Mount Marty. Brown bag lunches are welcomed and visitors are also welcome to purchase food in the cafeteria. 12 p.m.
Vermillion Light and Power will host a customer appreciation open house in recognition of Public Power Week from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Complimentary hamburgers and brats will be served for lunch. The open house will be held at the Municipal Service Center; 115 West Duke St.; Vermillion.
Teen Read Week; Yankton Community Library. This year's theme is "Turn Dreams into Reality @ your library".
Celebrate the harvest from 11 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. at the St. Agnes Sigel Soup Kitchen at the Sigel Hall. 10 miles north of Yankton on highway 81 and 1 mile west on Lesterville road. Chicken noodle soup, potato soup, chili, taverns, hot dogs, pies and desserts. There will be a bake walk, country store, and a raffle for great prizes. The event is sponsored by the Sigel Altar Society.
Wessington Springs will be South Dakota's Capital for a Day. The Governor's activities for the day will include a Main Street walk, business tours around town and a social hour with the public. The Governor will also hold a roundtable meeting for community leaders to meet and discuss the needs of the city.
Historic Preservation Ordinance volunteer meeting, G.A.R. Hall; Yankton. 7 p.m.
SOUTH DAKOTA 125TH EVENT - Canistota's high school sophomores will host a bike ride and work on historic sites at 1:30 p.m. South Dakota's first Governor, portrayed by John Timm, will be speaking at the high school at 3 p.m. An auction and bake sale at 4 p.m. will be followed by a meal and birthday cake at 5 p.m. Money raised will be used to pay for park improvements, including a climbing wall, special needs swing, performance stage and labyrinth.
Women's Health Forum - Avera Sacred hearth Hospital Professional Office Pavilion; Yankton. Doors open at 11:30 a.m., forum begins at noon.
Penny Bingo: Open to the public. Prizes and treats. 1 p.m.; The Center; Yankton.
The talented and entertaining Allen Family will be in concert at 7 p.m. at Calvary Baptist Church. There is no charge for the concert (a freewill offering will be taken) and the public is encouraged to attend.
The Yankton Chamber and Interchange will host the Yankton County Commission and County Auditor candidates at Minervas. Doors will open at 11:30 a.m. and lunch will be served at 11:45 a.m. with the forum beginning at 12 p.m. and ending at 1 p.m. Lunch will be $10 and is optional. RSVP's are requested for all attendees for seating.
The Yankton Chamber and the local media will host the Yankton County Commission candidates, the County Audiotr candidates and the District 18 House and Senate candidates at the Regional Technical Educational Center (RTEC). The County Commission Forum will begin at 7 p.m., the county auditor candidates at 8 p.m. and the District 18 candidates at 8:30 p.m. KVHT will provide live streaming during the event. For event details, visit www.yanktonsd.com/candidate.
"Pope Francis: Where are Your Red Shoes" - Dr. Theresa Lafferty. Mount Marty Noon Forum Series. South Dining Room of Roncalli at Mount Marty. Brown bag lunches are welcomed and visitors are also welcome to purchase food in the cafeteria. 12 p.m.
Harvest Halloween Festival, downtown Yankton. For more information visit www.harvesthalloween.com.
The Yankton Chamber and Interchanges will host the District 18 House and Senate candidates at Minervas. Doors will open at 11:30 a.m. and lunch will be served at 11:45 a.m. with the forum beginning at 12 p.m. and ending at 1 p.m. Lunch will be $10 and is optional. RSVP's are requested for all attendees for seating.
"I Would Walk 500 Miles: The Way of St. James" - Jordan and Rebecca Foos. Mount Marty Noon Forum Series. South Dining Room of Roncalli at Mount Marty. Brown bag lunches are welcomed and visitors are also welcome to purchase food in the cafeteria. 12 p.m.
"The World War One Correspondence of John and Anna Warns" - Dr. Rich Lofthus. Mount Marty Noon Forum Series. South Dining Room of Roncalli at Mount Marty. Brown bag lunches are welcomed and visitors are also welcome to purchase food in the cafeteria. 12 p.m.
"A Topical Vacation: Collecting Stamps by Topic" - Dr. Terry Nelson. Mount Marty Noon Forum Series. South Dining Room of Roncalli at Mount Marty. Brown bag lunches are welcomed and visitors are also welcome to purchase food in the cafeteria. 12 p.m.
"Romeo and Juliet", University of South Dakota Department of Theatre. Wayne S. Knutson Theatre; Vermillion. For more information call (605) 677-5400 or visit www.usd.edu/theatre.
"Update on the MMC 'Interpret a Genome' Project" - Dr. Vicki Geiser. Mount Marty Noon Forum Series. South Dining Room of Roncalli at Mount Marty. Brown bag lunches are welcomed and visitors are also welcome to purchase food in the cafeteria. 12 p.m.
"Stand Off at HWY #37", University of South Dakota Department of Theatre. Wayne S. Knutson Theatre; Vermillion. For more information call (605) 677-5400 or visit www.usd.edu/theatre.
"Seussical", University of South Dakota Department of Theatre. Wayne S. Knutson Theatre; Vermillion. For more information call (605) 677-5400 or visit www.usd.edu/theatre.
The Fort to Field 50 Paddle Battle, a 50-mile race for kayaks and canoes on the Missouri National Recreational River. Learn more.