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ANNOUNCEMENTS

South Dakota lawmakers are forming a task force to address child sexual abuse in the state. Public input is sought, and you can contribute your insight This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

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.

All South Dakota veterans: Your benefits are ready. Visit this site to learn more. Veterans in college, here's information on Veterans' Assistance programs at USD and Mount Marty College.

• 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 This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Traveling but concerned about road conditions? Use this link to get information or call 511 (in South Dakota.)

• Are you planning an event, conference or local sports tournament in the Yankton area? Add it to the Yankton area web calendar for 2014. This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . Online submissions.

• 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.

EVENTS

Saturday, July 26
Crazy Days in Historic Downtown Yankton! A wide range of businesses will offer special deals, treats and more.

Kayaking for Fun program, 10 a.m. at Randall Creek Rec Area, Pickstown.

Christmas in July Celebration, 7 p.m. at Chief White Crane Recreation Area, Yankton.

Motorcycle Ride-Through for Make-A-Wish, 5 p.m. registration, ride begins at 6 p.m. at Old Lumber Company, Vermillion. Support a great cause and show off your bike as the crowd gathers to hear it roar. South Dakota Make-A-Wish is hosting this fund-raiser. Call the Old Lumber Company to sign up in advance at 605-658-9663.

Street Dance, Vermillion. South Dakota Make-A-Wish will celebrate its fundraising efforts with a free street dance for Ride-Through motorcyclists (see above) and the public. Come out and hear the music and support a good cause.

Monday, July 28
• Screening Saves Lives event, 7:30 a.m.-6 p.m. at Sanford Vermillion, 20 S. Plum St. A wide range of free and low-cost health screenings available for the public. Call 888-996-4673 for information - some screenings require appointments, most do not. Continues Tuesday.

• Heartland Humane Society Foster Family training, 6 p.m. at Heartland Humane Society office, East Highway 50, Yankton. Learn about this much-needed program and how you can help. More than 15 dogs and cats must be turned away monthly due to a lack of space. Fostering is fun, flexible and helps animals in need. This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . Or call 605-664-4244.

Tuesday, July 29
Screening Saves Lives event, 7:30 a.m.-6 p.m. at Sanford Vermillion, 20 S. Plum St. A wide range of free and low-cost health screenings available for the public. Call (888) 996-4673 for information - some screenings require appointments, most do not.

Thursday, July 31
YHS Boys & Girls High School Soccer Signup and meeting, 6 p.m. at Summit Activities Center main theater for girls 9-12 and 7 p.m. for boys 9-12. Students and at least one parent should attend this important meeting. Call girl's head coach Tyler Schuring at 380-7667 or boy's head coach Warren Brenner at 665-1602 with questions or if you cannot attend.

Sunday, Aug. 3
Collin Raye Faith & Freedom Acoustic Concert, 7 p.m. at Summit Theater, 1801 Summit St., Yankton. Tickets are $15 in advance or $20 at the door. Order tickets now or call Dave at Sacred Heart Church, 665-3655. Raye's 2012 Yankton concert sold out.

Monday, Aug. 4
YHS Bucks Golf Signup meeting, 10 a.m. in Room 235 at Yankton High School. Boys in grades 7-12 who are interested in playing golf can sign up. Call Coach Sime at 661-8720 for information or if you cannot attend this meeting; practice will begin Aug. 11th.

Monday, Aug. 11
Yankton Area Diabetes Support meeting, 1 p.m. at Avera Sacred Heart Campus, Pavilion, conference room 2. Kim Neuhalfen will demonstrate how to use the AveraChart patient portal and Susan Barnes RN CDE will discuss important diabetes lab tests. You do not have to have diabetes to attend. This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it for information.

Friday, Aug. 15
Yankton Riverboat Days, several locations, continues through Aug. 17. Learn more.

Saturday, Aug. 16
Riverboat Days Kayak Run, 2:30 p.m. at "The Bubble" on Missouri River. Kayak with passionate paddlers in this "race" with a fun-focus. Learn more.

Saturday, Sept. 27
Get to the Point Half-Marathon, 8 a.m. at 1000 W. Main St., Elk Point. This new event in Elk Point supports the Clay-Union Foundation and its efforts to support youth. Online registration information. Race starts at 8:30 a.m. This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it for information.

July 11, 2015
The Fort to Field 50 Paddle Battle, a 50-mile race for kayaks and canoes on the Missouri National Recreational River. Learn more.
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