Chamber Chat

Chamber Chat Vermillion Area Chamber of Commerce & Development Company 906 East Cherry Street, Vermillion, SD  57069 605-624-5571   This Weeks Happenings: • National Music Museum's Brown Bag Lunch Program will feature Mario Marques Trilha from Portugal, playing on the National Music Museum's three great harpsichords on Friday, March 20 from 12:05 to 12:55 p.m.  Free and open to the public. • USD Women's Softball host Winona State University at the DakotaDome softball complex from 4 to 6 p.m. on Friday, March 20. • USD Music Faculty Clarinet Piano Trio in recital is Friday, March 20 from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. in the Colton Recital Hall at the Warren M. Lee Center.  Free and open to the public. • USD Women's Softball host a doubleheader with Winona State University at the DakotaDome softball complex at 10 a.m. and  noon on Saturday, March 21. • Fun and Games in the Community Room of the Vermillion Public Library is Saturday, March 21 from 1 to 4 p.m.  Celebrate Spring by participating in an afternoon of mental stimulation by playing board games and putting jigsaw puzzles together.  Anyone ages 12 and up is invited to attend this enjoyable activity. There will be a wide variety of challenging and interesting games and puzzles available.  Extra games and puzzles are welcome.  Drinks and snacks will be provided. • Andrew Wulf, Senior Bassoon Recital will be Saturday, March 21 from 4 to 5 p.m. in the Colton Recital Hall at the Warren M. Lee Center.  Open to the public at no charge. • USD Chamber Singers Home Concert is at the First Congregational Church, 206 E. Main St., on Saturday, March 21 from 7:30 to 9 p.m.  Free-will offering, open to the public. • Vermillion Fire Departments Annual Firefighter's Dance is Saturday, March 21 from 9 p.m.  to 1 a.m. at the Eagles.  Donation: $5 per couple. • Artworks of Four CXG Baristas will be at the Coffee Shop Gallery through March 28.  Artwork by Tory Stolen, Megan Dirks, Darcy Bruce and Heather Bal. • Exhibition of the Work of Wilber Stilwell: Rediscovered Talent is in the Main Gallery of the Warren M Lee Center through March 30.  A reception is scheduled Friday, March 20 from 7 to 9 p.m.  USD is proud to participate in this celebration by honoring one of its own. • USD Fine Arts Student Exhibits are on display through May at the Washington Street Arts Center. • Youth Needed for Mentors – Big Friends, Little Friends is seeking girls age 6 to10 to match with three female volunteers.  There are also three boys who need a male mentor, and one boy in Elk Point is in need of a male friend.  Elk Point also has a 17 year old who would like to be a mentor to a girl 6 to 10 years old.  To sign up as a volunteer or enroll a youth please email or call John Gille at 605-421-5050.  Mentoring proves that mentors get as much out of the program as their matches so please sign up and help the program continue to grow.   Next Weeks Happenings: • Noelle Petersen, Senior Clarinet Recital is Sunday, March 22 in the Colton Recital Hall at the Warren M. Lee Center from 2 to 3 p.m. • Sharing the Dream in Guatemala, 10 W Main St., will feature local poet and law professor Frank Pommersheim, who will read from his latest collection of poetry, East of the River: Poems Both Ancient and New, on Sunday, March 22 from 2 to 4 p.m.  Copies will be available for purchase and signing. • Great Strides 2009 will begin on Monday, March 23.  Great Strides is a community exercise program that challenges teams or individuals to walk, run, bike, roller blade, aerobic exercise, etc. over a six-week period.  All registrants receive a Great Strides T-shirt at the Great Strides Celebration in May.  Registration packets are available for pick up at Sanford Vermillion, Main Reception desk at 20 S. Plum or go to • The SD Supreme Court will be in session to hear a variety of cases the mornings of March 23, 24 & 25.  The sessions are open to the public and begin at 9 a.m., 10 a.m. and 11 a.m. at the USD Law School.  A schedule and synopses of the cases will be available at • Music Recital: Guest Artist Bernhard Scully, Horn will be Monday, March 23 from 8 to 9 p.m. at the Colton Recital Hall in the Warren M. Lee Center.  Open to the public at no charge. • Small Business Innovation Research Grant Opportunity Workshop is Wednesday, March 25 from 10 a.m. to noon in the USD Lee Medicine and Science Bldg, Room 107. The SBIR program funds the development of innovative new products and processes.  The workshop will provide you an understanding of the kinds of projects fundable under the SBIR program, building competitive teams and relationships to agencies.  For more information go to or call Gary at 605-367-5757. • Classics and Flicks at the Vermillion Public Library in the Community Room will be Wednesday, March 25 from 6 to 9 p.m.  The Grapes of Wrath film will be shown followed by a brief discussion facilitated by John Dudley, USD associate professor of English.  Hot drinks and popcorn will be provided.  Copies of this Great Depression epic are available at the Circulation Desk. • Doubt: A Parable mystery-thriller play, hosted by the University Theatre, will be March 25 through the 28 at 7:30 p.m. and March 29 at 2 p.m. at the Arena Theatre in the Warren M. Lee Center.  For ticket information visit • Junior Clarinet Recital performed by Nikole Nuttall will be Thursday, March 26 from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Colton Recital Hall in the Warren M. Lee Center.  Open to the public at no charge. • Eric T. Meek presents his Senior Percussion Recital to the public at no charge on Friday, March 27 from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. in the Colton Recital Hall in the Warren M. Lee Center. • Tour of Tables, a joint ESA & Clay County Historical Society project will be Saturday, March 28 at the Trinity Lutheran Church.  Doors open at 10:45 a.m., luncheon at 11:30 a.m., vintage clothing style show at 12:30 p.m.  $12.50 per person to benefit St. Jude's Children's Hospital.  Please contact Barb Campbell 624-4626.  A Sesquicentennial Event!   Upcoming Events:  Mark your calendars! • Benefit Auction at the Heartland Humane Society in the Old Gurney Building, 2nd & Capitol, Yankton, on Sunday, March 29 at 2 p.m.  Proceeds will provide training for an Animal Abuse Investigator & Animal Transport Vehicle.  Donations are welcome.  For questions please call 664-4244 or email • Belly Dance for Beginners starts Monday, March 30 for an 8-week session on Mondays and Thursdays at 8 p.m.  For more information or to register contact Heart & Soul Fitness Center at 624-6818 or visit • Vermillion Vision Clinic's  5 Year Anniversary Open House is Tuesday, March 31 from 4 to 7 p.m.  Everyone welcome! • Bicycling Basics in the Activity Room of the Vermillion Public Library is Thursday, April 2 from 7 to 8:30 p.m.  Avid cyclists, Barbara and Dr. Yelverton will present a program sharing their expertise gained from their many years of bicycling.  Individuals wanting bicycling safety, skills and tips, and more are welcome to attend.  Bicycles, accessories, clothing and essential tools for basic maintenance and repair will be on display.  A door prize will also be given away at this event. Run For Your Life, the third Annual Charity 5K Run/Walk, will be Saturday, April 4 at the Lee Medical Building.  Registration begins at 9 a.m.  Proceeds to benefit Domestic Violence Safe Options Services.  Sponsored by SDSMA, AMA, and Sanford School of Medicine Students.  For a registration brochure, email or visit • SE South Dakota Pheasant Association banquet will be Saturday, April 4 at the Eagles Club.  Please go to for more information.   Does your business or organization have an event you would like included in the Monday Messenger?  If you do please call us at 624-5571 or email us at

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