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:  • Stilwel Student Awards Exhibition will feature work created during the past year by USD Students in Art through March 5 at the Warren M. Lee Center in the Main Gallery. • VHS Boys Basketball District 8A Championship, Saturday, March 7, time TBA:  at Sioux Falls (T). • SEEDCo (Sustainable Energy & Economic Development Coalition) is a non-profit organization that links interests in economic development and environmental preservation.  The public is invited to attend the first of a series of interactive workshops to be held at the Freedom Forum Conference Room of the Al Neuharth Media Center on the USD Campus at 1 p.m., Saturday, March 7. • Lassos and Legends, hosted by the Clay County Lucky Trailblazers 4-H Club is Saturday, March 7 at 5 p.m. in the Clay County Extension Building, 515 High St. You are invited to spend an evening with Frances Loiseau, a living legend in the horse industry. There will be a meal served at 6 p.m. followed by a silent auction and a roundtable discussion with Frances, a veterinarian, equine chiropractor, area breeders and trainers.  Adults – $10, youth – $7, families of up to 5 – $35, 10 & under – freewill offering.  Proceeds are going to facility improvements, local charities and club advancement. For information and to RSVP please contact Will Kennedy, County Extension Educator at 605-677-7111, email or their website • 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: • Classics and Flicks at the Vermillion Library in the Community Room is Thursday, March 12 from 6 to 9 p.m. The film adaption of A Tree Grows in Brooklyn will be featured as their adult Classic American novel in literature and their film adaptations.  Following the showing of the film, a brief discussion facilitated by Sharon Ross will be held to examine the cultural and literary context of the books and share comments on the interpretations of the film version. Copies of the novel are available at the Circulation Desk. Hot drinks and popcorn will be provided. • National Music Museum's Brown Bag Lunch Program will feature "Klassic Klarinet Klezmer" on Fri., March 13th from 12:05 – 12:55 pm.  Free and open to the public. • Upcoming Events:  Mark your calendars! • 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! • 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 to12:55 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 Dept.'s Annual Firefighter's Dance is Saturday, March 21 from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. at the Eagles. Donation: $5 per couple. • Classics and Flicks at the Vermillion Public Library in the Community Room will be Wednesdau, March 25 from 6 to 9 p.m. The Grapes of Wrath films 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! 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. • 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

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