Community Calendar: March 30-April 5, 2012

Friday, March 30

  • Schmeckfest in Freeman. For more information, visit www.schmeckfest.com, e-mail: schmeckfest@gmail.com or call 605-925-4542.
  • National Music Museum (NMM) Brown Bag Lunch Program at 12:05 p.m. featuring "April Fool! Trumpets Now & Then: A Humorous Look at Trumpets through the Ages." with David Shaner performing in the Arne B. Larson Hall at the NMM located to USD campus, corner of Clark and Yale streets. March sponsor: Ted and Karen Muenster in honor of their wedding anniversary. Free and open to the public.
  • USD Symphonic Band's Spring Concert, 7:30 p.m. in Slagle Hall Aalfs Auditorium on USD campus.

Saturday, March 31

  • Benefit Silent Auction and Raffle for Sarah Hanson from 7-9 p.m. at Washington St. Arts Center, 202 Washington St. Original works of art, packages from local businesses and special music performances will be up for silent auction or raffle. Benefit will feature live music from Eli Snow. For more information e-mail Alison Erazmus at alisonrazmus3@gmail.com or see Web site: http://vermillionareaartscouncil.blogspot.com/.
  • The 28th Annual South Dakota Science Olympiad State Tournament at the University of South Dakota. More than 250 middle school and high school students from across the state will be competing in several science events. Faculty, staff and students from USD organize and judge the individual challenges and team events. Science Olympiad is an international non-profit with a mission to improve science education quality, increase interest and recognize outstanding achievement by students and teachers.
  • The Southeast South Dakota Pheasant Association banquet will be at Pro's. Social hour begins at 5 p.m. Banquet starts at 6 p.m. Pre-sale tickets are $15 for singles and $20 for couples, $5 more at the door. Banquet ticket holders are entered in a drawing for a 12-gauge shotgun. There will be additional raffles, games, silent and live auction during the banquet. Association memberships are $10 pre-sale or at the banquet. They are $25 the rest of the year. Raffle tickets are also available for a 2012 Polaris Ranger. Tickets are $20 with only 500 sold. Need not be present to win. Banquet and raffle tickets can be purchased from any banquet committee member. For more information, those interested can access the website: www.sesdpheasant.org.
  • There will be a fundraising/auction banquet at the W.H. Over Museum at 1110 University, Vermillion at 6 p.m. in Sletwold Hall assisted by 4-H members. Admission wil be $25 a person which will include a meal, entertainment and an auction. Larry Larson will be our auctioneer as well as directing the band, Highway 50, for our featured entertainment.
  • Overeaters Anonymous, 9 a.m., 20 S. Plum St., administration entrance – board room. Description: Overeaters Anonymous is a 12-step program for people with eating disorders and struggles. The group meets every Saturday.
  • Schmeckfest in Freeman. For more information, visit www.schmeckfest.com, e-mail: schmeckfest@gmail.com or call 605-925-4542.
  • Music Recital: Junior Jennirae Sullivan, flute and piccolo, joins Senior Devin Patrick, flute, in recital, at 5 p.m. in Colton Recital Hall at Warren M. Lee Center for Fine Arts. Open to the public at no charge.
  • Festival of Nations from 6-9 p.m. at Muenster University Grand Ballroom. Festival of Nations celebrates the diverse cultures represented at USD and will feature food samples from native cooks of many countries, entertainment, artifact, and native dress. Sponsored by USD International Students Club. Call MUC Information desk for ticket information, 677-5276.

Sunday, april 1

  • Sub Sandwich Fundraiser sponsored by St. Agnes Youth Group. Youth group will be making 180 ft. sub to be sold following the morning masses from 9 a.m.-noon. Fundraiser for the youth group summer trip to Valley Fair and a Twins baseball game in June. Contact Ray Hofman or any CYO student for more information.
  • Music Recital: Laura Kuschel, mezzo soprano, presents her senior voice recital at 5 p.m. at Colton Recital Hall, USD Warren M. Lee Center for Fine Arts. Open to the public at no charge.

monday, APRIL 2

  • Al-anon meeting, 7:30 p.m. at St. Paul's Episcopal Church, corner of Main and Linden. For more information, call 624-9764.
  • International Forum "The Changing Geopolitical and Economic Status of Africa: An Update," at noon in Farber Hall located in Old Main on USD campus. Presenters include Dr. Moses Ikiugu (School of Health Sciences and a native of Kenya) and Dr. Benno Wymar (Economics and formerly of the University of Nairobi). Moderator: Dr. Don Pryce (History). The event is sponsored by the (USD) Beacom School of Business and is open to the public at no charge.
  • Vermillion Jazz Night at Vermillion High School at 7:30 p.m.

Tuesday, april 3

  • Vermillion Rotary Club Meeting, noon-1 p.m. in the Freedom Forum Conference Room of the Al Neuharth Media Center.
  • Annual Easter Egg Hunt. Ages 1 – meet at 5 p.m. at Sanford Care Center, Vermillion Courtyard (enter from the south on Jane St.); ages 4-6 and 7-8 meet at 5:30 p.m. at Prentis Park (south side). Two special prizes per age group. Bring your basket. Rain location: Old Pamida Bldg., 509 W. Cherry at 5:30 p.m. Co-hosted by Sanford Vermillion, HyVee and Sanford Care Center.
  • Criminal Justice Club to host video about Africa and misdeeds of the "Lord's Resistance Army" at 8 p.m. in Farber Hall located in Old Main on USD campus.

THURSDAY, APRIL 5

  • MINGLE at RED with the Dakota Hospital Foundation, 4:30-9:30 p.m. Where: RED Steakhouse, 1 E. Main St. RED Steakhouse is launching an annual philanthropic event that aims to raise funds for causes that benefit the Vermillion community. The annual event, MINGLE, is a gourmet food and wine tasting event designed to gather people together and raise awareness and funds that will benefit the local community. For the inaugural event, RED Steakhouse has decided to "mingle" with the Dakota Hospital Foundation (DHF). Proceeds from this year's MINGLE go towards a third labor and delivery room within the Sanford Vermillion Hospital. For more information or to purchase tickets please call RED Steakhouse at 624-0079.

Planning Ahead:

  • APRIL 6 — Hospital Auxiliary Meeting at Sanford Vermillion Board Room, 20 S. Plum, at 2 p.m. (Administrative entrance).
  • APRIL 7 — Volunteer income tax assistance sponsored by USD Law School from 10 .m.-4 p.m. at the Vermillion Public Library, 18 Church St. Call 677-7060 or visit vpl.sdln.net for complete listing of services.
  • APRIL?7 — Overeaters Anonymous, 9 a.m., 20 S. Plum St., administration entrance – board room. Description: Overeaters Anonymous is a 12-step program for people with eating disorders and struggles. The group meets every Saturday.
  • APRIL 11-12 — IdeaFest: Mark your calendar for the annual event celebrating student research, creative activity and academic engagement. The public is welcome. Undergraduate and graduate students in all disciplines present their work in oral and poster presentations, live performances, readings, exhibits and displays. This year's speakers include: Gayle Lemmon, journalist and author of the book, "The Dressmaker of Khair Khana," (April 11, 7 p.m., Muenster University Center Ballroom) and Dr. Dana Miller of the University of Washington, "Suspended Animation in Nature and Medicine," (April 12, noon, Muenster University Center Ballroom). For more information about IdeaFest, see http://www.usd.edu/academics/center-for-academic-engagement/undergraduate-research/ideafest.cfm.
  • APRIL 17-22 — The Abu Bekr Shrine Circus will be at the Tyson Events Center in Sioux City. Tickets are $17 (reserved), $14 (reserved) and $10 (general admission). There are complimentary tickets for groups of 20 or more. You'll get 10 percent of your tickets at no charge in multiples of 10 after 20 or more are purchased. Group orders need to be purchased directly through Melissa Lanzourakis-Joens at (712) 224-6423. If you are buying individual tickets, please come to the Tyson Box Office, log-on to www.ticketmaster.com or call Ticketmaster at (800) 745-3000.
  • APRIL 19 — "End-of-Life Ethics": 19thh Annual Hospice Foundation of America Living with Grief Video Education Program, 12:30-3:50 p.m. on USD campus, Lee Medical Bldg., Room #107. Program is free of charge. However, the Hospice Foundation of America is charging a $30 online processing fee for Continuing Education Credits. Local discussion for CE credit from 3:20-3:50 p.m. Brown bag lunches welcome. Pre-registration requested. Call Julie at (605) 638-8484. You may leave a message.
  • APRIL 22 — Missouri National Recreational River Earth Day event cleanup organized by the National Park Service. This will be held at Mulberry Bend from 1-4 p.m. Clean-up will take place at both the Mulberry Bend Overlook and Boat Ramp, but volunteers meet first at the overlook parking lot. Directions: Take Highway 19 south from Vermillion (it becomes Nebraska Highway 15 as soon as you cross the bridge). The overlook is on the east side of the highway in Nebraska just above the Missouri River. Also, if any civic or school groups are interested in scheduling a presentation about the importance of river clean-ups, especially post flood, NPS representative Chris Wilkinson would be happy to present information. To schedule, contact Chris at (605) 665-0209 or call Maureen at the VCDC office at (605) 624-5571.
  • APRIL 23 — Long-Term Care Education Session, 2-3 p.m. at the Vermillion Public Library, 18 Church St. Free to the public. Sessions includes basic information on long-term care, the costs related to it, how to plan for long-term care needs, what Medicare and Medicaid will cover and how the Long Term Care Partnership Program can help. For more information, see http://ltcpartnership.sd.gov/ or e-mail: kristin.kellar@state.sd.us.
  • APRIL 26 — The Clay County Historical Society will host a potluck at 6:05 p.m. at the Austin-Whittemore House. At 7 p.m. Joe Hoffman's "Antique Appraiser Show" will be presented followed by the Annual Meeting.
  • APRIL 28 — Certified BBQ Judging Class from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at the Armory. Cost $75 – this includes a one year membership to Kansas City BBQ Society. This will certify you to judge any Kansas City BBQ Society BBQ Contest (www.kcbs.us) including Ribs, Rods and Rock 'n Roll. Registration www.sdbbq.us or call Jenny French 670-9688.

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 vcdc@vermillionchamber.com or contact the Plain Talk at 605-624-2695 or e-mail david.lias@plaintalk.net.

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