Chamber Chat

Chamber Chat By the 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 "Klassic Klarinet Klezmer" on Friday, March 13 from 12:05 to 12:55 p.m.  Free and open to the public. • 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. • USD Fine Arts Student Exhibits are on display through May at the Washington Street Arts Center.   Next Weeks Happenings: • Cherry Street Reconstruction meeting will be Monday, March 16 from 3:30 to 5 p.m. at the Vermillion Fire Station on 820 N. Dakota St.  The 2009 construction schedule will be discussed.  The public is welcome. • St. Patrick's Day Celebration at the Vermillion Area Arts Center, 202 S. Washington St., Tuesday, March 17 from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.  Irish food, drink, and music!  A children's art activity table will also be featured.  Tickets available at Coffee Shop Gallery, Nook 'n Cranny and at the door. • Muenster University Center Student Grand Opening is Thursday, March 19 from 5 to 8 p.m.  Come join in the opening celebration of this extraordinary facility and meet some of your favorite USD athletes. • 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. • Fun and Games in the Community Room of the Vermillion Public Library on 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. • Vermillion Fire Departments Annual Firefighter's Dance is Saturday, March 2t from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. at the Eagles.  Donation: $5 per couple.   Upcoming Events:  Mark your calendars! • 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 • 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. • Tour of Tables, a joint ESA & Clay County Historical Society project will be 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! • 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 • 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 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. • Community Education Courses, sponsored by USD Division of Continuing Education and the Vermillion School District in cooperation with a variety of local organizations are posted at  Sign up for one course or several courses!  You will be amazed how rewarding and fun it will be for you.  We are always looking for exciting Community Education course ideas and instructors.  Please contact Cena at 677-6240 or email   Does your business or organization have an event you would like included in the Chamber Chat?  If you do please call us at 624-5571 or email us at

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