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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.

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 Jones-Kee

Saturday, Oct. 21

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

Friday, Oct. 27

Astronomy Club First Quarter Observing for all ages at dusk, if clear

Saturday, Oct. 28

9:30 to 11 a.m. – Pumpkin carving and Halloween party for pre-school through third grade

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

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.

Oct. 16, 7 to 8 p.m., Domestic Violence Awareness, VHS Room #15.

Oct. 17, 7 to 8 p.m., Guidance Central, VHS Room #16.

Oct. 18, 6 to 8 p.m., Computer Basics 1, USD McKusick Tech Room #10, $10.

Oct. 19, 6 to 7 p.m., Creative Writing-poetry, VHS Room #31, $5.

Oct. 21, 9 to 11 a.m., Add Years to Your Life, Public Library.

National Music Museum Brown Bag Lunch Program – 12:05 to 12:55 p.m. at the Arne B. Larson Concert Hall. This event is free and open to the public. Coffee and tea will be available for 50 cents. On Oct. 6 enjoy "Both Sides of the Atlantic," featuring Sara Grey, a New Hampshire native who has lived in Crieff, Scotland, for the past 36 years. Sara, who is a traditional song collector and singer with a mesmeric, frailed, five-string banjo style, will perform with her son, Kieran Means, guitar.

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

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 Abbott'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 three 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.

Pancake Sunday at the Senior Center – Sunday, Oct. 8 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Come and enjoy pancakes, sausages, juice, and coffee. Sponsored by the Senior Center Men.

Senior Center Board Meeting – Thursday, Oct. 12 at 9:30 a.m., open to all members.

USD School of Business International Forum – Wednesday, Oct. 11 at 12 p.m. in Farber Hall. "When Will the Last American Car be Manufactured in the U.S.?" Recently it has been suggested that the only way the two remaining U.S. car manufacturers (GM & Ford) may survive is to merge. Although it also has been suggested that they should seek foreign partners. Both firms have drastically reduced the number of plants they have been operating in the United States, eliminating thousands of jobs in the process. At the same time, the number of Asian and European car manufacturers, which have opened plants in the U.S. have also made themselves more attractive for new plants by offering very large subsidies.

Panelists include: David Carr (economics), Mahour Mellat-Parast (production), and Kumoli Ramakrishnan (finance), with Benno Wymar (economics/emeritus) moderating.

2006 Leadership Vermillion Class – The VCDC will be hosting an economic development learning session on Friday, Oct. 13, including discussion with the South Dakota Office of Commercialization, the Governor's Office of Economic Development, as well as local topics including tours of Masaba, Polaris, and Wal-Mart. The day will conclude with a reception at Mayor Dan and Gloria Christopherson's residence at 124 Center Street. Leadership Vermillion alumni are welcome to attend the reception, which begins at 5 p.m. Alumni please RSVP by calling 624-9333. A special thanks to Dan and Gloria for hosting the reception!

Vermillion Public Library Fishing Fun – Saturday, Oct. 14 from 10 to 11:30 a.m. in the community room of the Vermillion Public Library. Learn fishing skills from an expert by attending a presentation by Norman Kronick of fisherman's Bait & Tackle in South Sioux City, NE.

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 nonmembers, 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. The exhibit, titled, "100 Bottles", is a ceramic exhibit by Grant Lacey.

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

Joleen Bos Benefit – Saturday, Oct. 14 at the Eagles. The family and friends of Jolene Bos are sponsoring a supper-auction-dance benefit in order to help Jolene and her family as she recovers from a double transplant, receiving a kidney and pancreas. Supper begins at 5 p.m., where a free will donation is greatly appreciated. The auction begins at 6:30 p.m., with the dance immediately following. For more information on how to donate items to the auction or to make a cash donation, please contact Pam Ganschow at 625-267-2607, or Jean and Gary Groves at 624-2400.

Valiant Vineyards Winemakers Dinner – Saturday, Oct. 28 at 7 p.m. The menu for the evening will be: Sonoma cheese torte with crustini, fall salad with mandarin oranges, apples, cranberries, and pecans tossed with honey mustard dressing, trio of wild mushroom soup, gorgonzola stuffed beef filet with merchant du vin sauce, pommes sherry and broccoli, white and dark Belgian chocolate mousse. This is a reservation-only event. For more information or to purchase your $50 ticket, contact 624-4500. Come and enjoy great food and wine with the Vermillion community and Valiant Vineyards!

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 asap. This event is tons of fun, and who knows – you may be discovered!

Vendors wanted for the Senior Citizen Center Annual Bazaar 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/weekly update – 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. 16, 7 p.m. at the Al Neuharth Center. Agendas are available at

VCDC Murder Mystery Theatre Friday, Oct. 27.

Dakota Days Barbecue will be held from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 7, at the United Church of Christ, 226 East Main Street. Menu: Hamburger $2; Hot Dog $1; Pop $1; Chips $1; Hot Dog/Pop/Chips $2; Hamburger/Pop/Chips $3. This event is sponsored by Hy-Vee, Minerva's and Sara Lee. All proceeds will go to the Vermillion Middle School tree planting project.

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