Community Calendar

Today, March 11

� Brown Bag Lunch Program: �Timeless and Tragedies,� featuring Justin Lamoureux and the Midwest Dilemma Band (Omaha, Neb.), 12:05 p.m. at the National Music Museum. Free and open to the public.

Saturday, March 12

� The Friends of the W.H. Over Museum will sponsor benefit banquet/auction, 5:45 p.m. at Valiant Vineyards Winery. The McNeills will entertain and Gary Madsen will be the auctioneer. Tickets are $25 and are available from board members, the Museum or at the door. Call 605-677-5228 or 605-624-4166 for more information or tickets. All proceeds benefit the W.H. Over Museum. Auction items gladly accepted.

� Vermillion Firefighter�s Annual Dance, 9 p.m.-1 a.m., at Eagles Lodge. Clay Creek Deaf Cowboy band will be featured. Tickets are $5 per couple at the door.

Monday, March 14

� Al-anon meeting, 7:30 p.m. at St. Paul�s Episcopal Church, corner of Main and Linden streets. For more information, call 605-624-9764.

� Want to learn more about Tour De Kota (or just cycling in general)? Join Argus Leader Managing Editor Patrick Lalley for a live online chat, 4 p.m. at

� Masterclass with Guest Artist Ben Baron, clarinet, 8 p.m. at Colton Recital Hall at the USD Warren M. Lee Center for the Fine Arts. Baron is principal clarinetist of the Philharmoic Orchestra of the Americas. Open to the public at no charge.

Tuesday, March 15

� Vermillion Rotary Club Meeting, Noon-1 p.m., Freedom Forum Conference Room of the Al Neuharth Media Center.

� Excel 2010 II, 6 p.m. at McKusick Technology Center, located in southeast corner of USD campus along Clark Street. In the Excel 2010 II course, you will learn to create and format graphs, etc., and work with multiple data series in charts.

� Extraordinary Idea Competition and Entrepreneurship Evening with guest speaker Billy Mills, 6:30-9 p.m. at Muenster University Center Grand Ballroom on USD Campus. Mills is the second Native American ever to win an Olympic Gold medal.

� Rehab, Restore, Renovate � How to take care of your historic building, 7 p.m. March 15, 22, 29, at 1101 James St., Vermillion. Appropriate solutions for the problems and perils of living in an old building. How to save energy, help the environment and preserve the historic character of your building.

� Music Recital with Guest Artist Calvert Johnson on Organ, 7:30 p.m., at Vermillion�s United Church of Christ. Johnson is the Charles A. Dana Professor of Music and College Organist at Agnes Scott College, Decatur, Ga., where he serves as chair of the music department and teaches organ and harpsichord. Open to the public at no charge.

Wednesday, March 16

� Preservation Wednesday �The Clay County Poor Farm,� 7 p.m. presented by Bill Ranney at the Vermillion Public Library. Free and open to the public.

Thursday, March 17

� Annual St. Patrick�s Day Celebration sponsored by Vermillion Area Arts Council featuring Jami Lynn, 5:30-8:30 p.m. at Washington Street Arts Center, 202 Washington Street, Vermillion. Traditional Irish food and brews will be served. Tickets may be purchased at the door: $8 for VAAC members, $12 for non-members, $5 for children 11-18, free for children 10 and under.

� The USD Coyote Jazz Festival, all day. Visit for locations.

� State �A� Boys Basketball through March 19 in Rapid City.

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� MARCH 18 � Knights of Columbus Fish Fry, 5:30-7:30 p.m. at the St. Agnes School gymnasium. Fish, baked beans and macaroni and cheese will be served. Freewill offering.

� MARCH 18 � Brown Bag Lunch Program: �Returning and Returned,� featuring Michael Mandell, fingerstyle guitarist from Portland, 12:05 p.m. at the National Music Museum located on USD campus, corner of Clark and Yale streets.

� MARCH 18 � Junior Piano Recital featuring Adrian Ries, 7 p.m. at the Colton Recital Hall at the USD Warren M. Lee Center for  the Fine Arts. Open to the public at no charge.

� MARCH 19 � Vermillion Area Winter Market, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. at the Extension Building.

� MARCH 19 � Spring Salad Luncheon/Style Show sponsored by Catholic Daughters, 11:30 a.m. at St. Agnes School Auditorium. Cards, games, socializing and door prizes. Tickets are $6. Public invited. Proceeds for Court Charities.

� MARCH 19 � �Not Your Grandmother�s Quilt,� 1-3 p.m. at the Vermillion Public Library. A six week course to learn the art of quiltmaking while creating a nine block sampler. Cost is $50, plus supplies. Contact 605-624-6240 for more information and a lis tof supplies needed.

� MARCH 19 � Gamelan Workshop for Tatag at the National Music Museum, USD campus, corner of Clark and Yale streets. This is a free Saturday event!

� MARCH 19 � USD Chamber Singers Home Concert, 7:30 p.m. Vermillion�s United Church of Christ. Free will offering to help the group and its tour.

� MARCH 23-27 � USD Theatre presents �Rosencrantz & Guildenstern are Dead,� 7:30 p.m. March 23-26 and 2 p.m. March 27 at the Arena Theatre in the Warren M. Lee Center for the Fine Arts. Admission is $14 for adults, $9 for youth (K-12) and non-USD students with ID; and $4 for USD students with current ID. To reserve tickets, call 605-677-5400.

� MARCH 24 � Clay County Historical Society Potluck, 6:05 p.m. at the Austin Whittemore House, 15 Austin Street. Event hosted by Clay County Historical Society Board with a program to follow by Judge Arthur Rusch on the Kidder family.

� MARCH 24 � Historical Heritage discussion from 6-8 p.m. in the Community Room of the Vermillion Public Library. �Land of the Burnt Thigh�, by Edith Eudora Kohl will be the next selection in the series to be discussed. This book relates the fascinating memoir of two women homesteaders on the South Dakota frontier. Copies of the book are available at the Circulation Desk. Norma Wilson, USD professor emeritus, will be facilitating the discussion. Hot drinks and refreshments will be provided.

� MARCH 24 � 2011 Vermillion After-Prom Fundraiser Dinner and Basket Auction at the Eagles, 114 W. Main, Vermillion. Admission is $10.

� MARCH 24 � William and Ree Live SD Public Broadcasting TV show, 7 p.m. at the Neuharth Media Center on the USD campus. For ticket information, call 800-456-0766. A �meet & greet� will be held at 5:30 p.m.

� MARCH 26-27 � USD 14th annual Dance Marathon to help make miracles happen for local sick and injured children.

� MARCH 30 � Knutson Distinguished Professor Lecture, 7:30 p.m., at the National Music Museum. Topic: �The Musical Alphabet and the Rise of the Keyboard as a Devise of the Literate,� presented by John Koster.

� APRIL 2 � Vermillion Annual American Legion Steak Night, 5 p.m. at The Eagles, 114 W. Main St., Vermillion. Admission is $50 per couple or $25 for single. Proceeds support the Legion Baseball boys. Tickets can be purchased from players at the door.

� APRIL 8 � The Maria Project: In Honor of 80 VOICES, 6:30 p.m., at Farber Hall, located in Old Main on USD campus. Standard ticket: $20; student price: 410; group price (four or more): $15 each. Event website: To reserve a ticket and pay in cash e-mail: and then pay at the door. Sponsored by Domestic Violence Safe Options Services.

Does your business or organization have an event you would like included in the Community Calendar?  If you do please call the Vermillion Area Chamber of Commerce and Development Company at 605-624-5571 or e-mail or contact the Plain Talk at 605-624-2695 or e-mail

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