Chamber Chat By the Vermillion Area Chamber of Commerce/ Development Company 906 East Cherry Street Vermillion, SD 57069 605-624-5571 www.vermillionchamber.com This Weeks Happenings: â�?¢ Volunteers are needed to help at the Annual Midwest Youth Basketball Tournaments at the DakotaDome. The girlsâ�?�? tournament is Friday and Saturday, Dec. 5 and 6. The boysâ�?�? tournament is Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 13 and 14. Please call Carly at the VCDC for more information. â�?¢ Entry forms for â�?�?Vermillionâ�?�?s Lighting Contestâ�? can be picked up from the VCDC. Judging will take place on Dec. 8. This yearâ�?�?s grand prize is a 42-inch flat screen TV! â�?¢ The University Art Galleries will present â�?�?Cliff Evans: The Road to Mount Weather,â�? a three-channel moving image exhibition. It will be featured throughout the month of November in the Main Gallery of the Warren M. Lee Center for the Fine Arts. The Gallery is open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays and 1 to 5 p.m. on weekends. Next Weeks Happenings: â�?¢ The First and Second Grade Holiday Programs are on Dec. 2 at the VHS Auditorium. The First Grade program starts at 6:30 p.m. and the Second Grade starts at 7:30 p.m. â�?¢ A Christmas Carol, performed by the USD Theatre Department, is at the Wayne S. Knutson Theatre from Tuesday, Dec. 2 through Tuesday, Dec. 9. For show times and ticket information please go to www.usd.edu/cfa/Theatre/ticketinfo.cfm. â�?¢ Stroke Support Group, Wed., Dec. 3 from 11:30 a.m. to 1p.m. at the Sanford Vermillion Board Room (use Administration entrance).�? Seeking support from others whoâ�?�?ve experienced a stroke can be a huge benefit to the recovery process. Sanford Vermillion is now hosting a monthly Stroke Support Group on the first Wednesday of every month. Participants will be served a complimentary lunch.�? Please RSVP to Kim Reins 638-8380. â�?¢ National Music Museumâ�?�?s Brown Bag Lunch Program will feature the South Dakota Brass Quintet, USD, performing Holiday Brass on Friday, Dec. 5, from 12:05 to 12:55 p.m. Free and open to the public. â�?¢ Come join Santa & Mrs. Claus downtown on Friday, Dec. 5 at 6:30 p.m. as they countdown and flip the switch on Vermillionâ�?�?s Community Christmas Tree. Immediately following the tree lighting, kids can enjoy a craft activity and storytelling with Santa and Mrs. Claus at the Vermillion Public Library. â�?¢ â�?�?New 2 Youâ�?�? Ribbon Cutting & Open House is Sat., Dec. 6 at 10:30 a.m. Vermillionâ�?�?s new consignment store is located at 2719 E. Hwy 50. �? Community Calendar/ Weekly Update â�?�? If you would like to submit an event or a promotion, please email firstname.lastname@example.org, or contact us at 624-5571. Upcoming Events â�?�? Mark Your Calendars! â�?¢ Annual Christmas Festival at the W.H. Over Museum on Dec. 7 from 1 to 4:30 p.m. There will be talent, food, crafts, bake sale, childrenâ�?�?s activities and Santa! â�?¢ The Vermillion High School Holiday Concert is Dec. 8 at the VHS Auditorium starting at 7:30 p.m. â�?¢ USDâ�?�?s Voice Faculty, Tracelyn Gesteland and Rick Piersall perform American Art Songs, accompanied by USD faculty pianists Dr. Susanne Skyrm and Dr. Susan Keith Gray on Tuesday., Dec. 9 from 7 to 8 p.m. at the Colton Recital Hall in the Warren M. Lee Center for the Fine Arts in the west wing. This event is open to the public at no charge. â�?¢ USDâ�?�?s FYE (First Year Experience Program) Poker Tournament to benefit the Make-A-Wish Foundation is Dec. 12 at the Newman Center at 6:30 p.m. Open to players 18 and older. â�?¢ Christmas Cookie Walk sponsored by the Clay County Historical Society is Dec. 13 at the Austin-Whittemore House from 10 a.m to 2 p.m. For more information please contact Cleo Erickson at 624-8266. â�?¢ USDâ�?�?s Music Department Holiday Concert is Dec. 14 at 3 p.m. at the VHS Auditorium. The Tree of Lights Open House and Tree Lighting will follow at 5 p.m. at Sanford Vermillion on 20 S. Plum St. Enjoy refreshments, hors dâ�?�?oeuvres and holiday music. This Holiday Celebration is open to the public. Concert attendees are encouraged to purchase a holiday light or make a free will donation. â�?¢ The 32nd Annual Celebration of the St. Lucia Tradition in Dalesburg is Sunday, Dec. 14 at 4 p.m. at the Dalesburg Lutheran Church, 30595 University Road. â�?¢ The Sixth Grade Holiday Concert is Dec. 15 starting at 7 p.m. at the VHS Auditorium. The Seventh and Eighth Grade�? Holiday Concert is Dec. 16 at the VHS Auditorium starting at 7 p.m. The Music Faculty Holiday Concert is Dec. 18 starting at 7:30 p.m. at the high school auditorium. â�?¢ Celebrate Vermillion â�?�? Dec. 31 â�?¢ The Dakota Farm Show is Jan. 6, 7 and 8, 2009 at the DakotaDome. There are over 200 exhibitors scheduled to attend. For more information go to www.farmshowsusa.com. â�?¢ 2009 Clay County/USD Relay for Life Letâ�?�?s Take a Holiday from Cancer is Sunday, Jan. 25, 2009 at the DakotaDome. For more information contact Wess Pravecek 605-624-5352 or 605-677-8701. �? Does your business or organization have an event coming up this holiday season? If so, the VCDC would like to promote it for you!�? Just contact us with the information about the event.