Chamber Chat

Chamber Chat
Welcome Home, Charlie Battery – Charlie Battery, a field artillery unit of the South Dakota Army National Guard – Battery C, 1st Battalion, 147th Field Artillery headquartered in Yankton, with members from Vermillion, is expected to return home on Saturday, Sept. 30, passing through Cherry Street in Vermillion between 2 and 2:30 p.m. We encourage everyone to welcome them home and thank them for their service by (1) displaying your flags, yellow ribbons, and signage (2) attending a parade and deactivation ceremony in Yankton, anticipated to begin around 2:30 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 30, (3) attending an open house reception for Vermillion troops and their families at Valiant Vineyards Winery on Sunday, Oct. 15 from 2 to 4 p.m. with a brief program at 2:30 p.m., and (4) donating items for gift baskets by calling the VCDC at 624-5571 prior to Oct. 6. Thanks for supporting our troops!

Vermillion Community Theatre presents The Fantasticks – "The story of a boy, two fathers, and a wall ?" The Fantasticks has played continuously in New York for 42 years, and now Vermillion's local cast brings this wonderful musical to you! Performances are Friday, Sept. 29 and Saturday, Sept. 30 at 8 p.m., and Sunday, Oct. 1 at 2 p.m. at Farber Hall. Adults $10, children and students (with valid ID) $5. Advance tickets on sale at Nook 'n Cranny, and will also be available at the door on the day of the performance.

W.H. Over Museum Lessons – These events are open to children of all ages. For more information on any of these classes contact 677-5228.

Friday, Sept. 29

First Quarter Moon: Planetarium shows are 7 and 7:45 p.m., followed by telescope observing if clear, for all ages.

Saturday, September 30

Kids Club: Plan and build Dakota Days float 9:30 to 11 a.m.

Saturday, Oct. 7

Kids Club: Dakota Days Parade riding the W.H. Over float

9:30 to 11 a.m. – Introduction to Watercolors with Dickie Lee Jones-Kee for all ages

Saturday, Oct. 14

9:30 to 11 a.m. – Introduction to Watercolors with Dickie Lee

Saturday, Oct. 21

9:30 to 11 a.m. – Introduction to Watercolors with Dickie Lee

USD Community Education Fall 2006 Classes – Offering a variety of exciting courses to the citizens of Vermillion and surrounding areas.

Sept. 30, 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., Beginning Genealogy, Public Library, $2.

Oct. 3, 7 to 8 p.m., Home Maintenance, VHS Room #46, $5.

Oct. 4, 6 to 7 p.m., Conversational Russian, VHS Room #40, $10.

Oct. 10, 6 to 8 p.m., MS Word, USD McKusick Tech Room #110, $10.

Oct. 11, 7 to 8 p.m., Home Buying, Public Library.

Oct. 12, 6 to 7 p.m., Creative Writing-Drama, VHS Room #31, $5.

Oct. 14, 10 to 11:30 a.m., Fishing Fun, Public Library.

Vermillion Light & Power Open House, Tuesday, Oct. 3, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Service Center on 115 West Duke Street. Enjoy a delicious brat or hamburger, chips, soft drink and cookie. Register to win a new outdoor grill!

Dakota Days 2006 – It's a Medieval Clash from the Past! Oct. 2-7. Some events include:

Monday, Oct. 2 – 12 p.m., Live music in the commons; 8 p.m., Coyote Idol at Slagle Hall.

Tuesday, Oct. 3 – 12 p.m., Live music in the commons; 7 p.m., Coronation at the DakotaDome; 8 p.m., Pep Rally/Bon Fire in the DakotaDome parking lot.

Wednesday, Oct. 4 – 9 a.m., Calf Pie Bingo Fund Raiser on the Ed School lawn; 12 p.m., Live music in the commons.

Thursday, Oct. 5 – 12 p.m., Live music in the commons; 7 p.m., Al Neuharth Award to Bob Schieffer in the Knutson Theater.

Friday, Oct. 6 – 12 p.m., Live music in the commons; 3 p.m., Alumni Open House at the Wagner Center; 6 p.m., All-Alumni Dinner at the Wagner Center; 7:30 p.m., Free Concert at the Eagle's Club downtown; 8:30 p.m., All-Alumni Social at the Bluffs Clubhouse.

Saturday, Oct. 7 – 9 a.m., Inman House Dedication at President Abbot's house; 10 a.m., – Dakota Days Parade downtown Main Street; 12 p.m., High School Band Awards Ceremony in the Library courtyard; 12:30 p.m., "Yote Zone" tailgate party in the DakotaDome parking lot; 2 p.m., USD vs. Central Washington at the DakotaDome.

First Baptist Church Youth Group Car Bash – Saturday, Oct. 7 from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. next door to the First Baptist Church. Prizes awarded for bashers, as well as some other surprises! Also, come early to see Charlie Coyote take the first swing! Cost is $1 for 3 swings, or $5 for a window swing, and if you break the window, you get a prize. For more information contact John Lee at 202-0274.

Vermillion Area Arts Council Upcoming Events

"Chili Blues" – Saturday, Oct. 7 at 6 p.m. at the Washington Street Arts Center. Cost is $10 for members, $15 for non-members, and family rates are available. Music by Mike & Jay starting at 7 p.m. Interested in making chili? Call Tim Hanson at 677-8337.

USD Student Art Series & Reception – Friday, Oct. 13 from 8 to 10 p.m. This exhibit is titled, "100 bottles," and is a ceramic exhibit by Grant Lacey.

Children's Art Classes – October through December. For details call Susan Heggestad at 624-4766.

Seeking Nominations for Retailer of the Year – The South Dakota Retailers Association is seeking nominations for the Retailer of the Year award. The award is presented each year to a retail store owner or manager who consistently provides outstanding customer service and is also actively involved in the community. People who own or manage a retail store are eligible. Nominations for the Retailer of the Year Award must reach the Retailers Association office by Nov. 10 to be considered. The recipient will be honored at the SDRA Awards Banquet in Pierre in January. For more information or to obtain a nomination form, contact the South Dakota Retailers Association in Pierre at 800-658-5545, or visit

Coach Ed Meierkort to Host TD Club Meeting on Wednesdays in Vermillion – University of South Dakota head football coach Ed Meierkort and his staff will host TD Club Meetings Wednesdays at 7 p.m. at Pro's. Meierkort has directed USD to a 19-4 record in two seasons at USD. The event is free and open to the public.

VCDC Call for Actors – The VCDC is looking for actors and actresses interested in performing a part in our Murder Mystery Theatre event on Friday, Oct. 27. If you are interested, please contact us at 624-5571 by Sept. 29. This event is tons of fun, and who knows – you may be discovered!

Vendors Wanted for the Senior Citizen Center Annual Bazaar which will be held on Saturday, Nov. 11 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. If you are interested, please contact Crystal McGuire at 624-8072.

Community Calendar – To check out more great community events, or if you would like to submit an event or a promotion, please log onto

or contact 624-5571.

Upcoming meetings and events

City Council Meeting, Monday, Oct. 2, 7 p.m. at the Al Neuharth Center. Agendas are available at

USD Dakota Days, Oct. 2-7.

VCDC Murder Mystery Theatre, Friday, Oct. 27.

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