Chamber Chat

Chamber Chat

Vermillion Area Chamber of Commerce

& Development Company

116 Market St., Suite 103

Vermillion, SD 57069

(605) 624-5571

vcdc@vermillionchamber.com

www.vermillionchamber.com

Chamber Business:

Everyone is invited to the Grand Opening Celebration, Ribbon Cutting Ceremony and Business After Hours at Mead Lumber, 113 West Main St., on Thursday, March 2,8 to celebrate the completion of their beautiful showroom expansion and renovation. The Ribbon Cutting Ceremony will be at 5 p.m. Refreshments will be served during the Grand Opening Celebration and Business After Hours from 5-9 p.m.

Open house and ribbon-cutting ceremony at Meridian Title of Clay County, 100 E. Main St., is Tuesday, April 23. The Open House will be from 5-7 p.m. with the Ribbon Cutting Ceremony at 5:30 p.m. Please join us to welcome Meridian Title to Vermillion, make new contacts, and find out what they have to offer. Refreshments will be served, plus a take-home gift for everyone.

Business After Hours: Are you looking for an opportunity to showcase your business and network with your peers? Sign up to host a Business After Hours event. These events generally run from 5-7 p.m. on a weeknight and the hosting business provides hors d’oeuvres and refreshments. If interested, please contact Ann at: annb@vermillionchamber.com or at 624-5571.

Announcements:

Vermillion High School Needs Your Help: The mission of the Vermillion School District is “To empower all students to maximize their success in our global community.” With this in mind, the state is mandating additional offerings for graduation starting in the fall of 2013 to include some sort of Senior Experience. This might take the form of becoming a Mentor or providing Job Shadowing and Internship opportunities. .
In order to assist the District with the implementation and sustainability of such a program, we are requesting adults and businesses in the community to please take a moment to fill out this quick survey. This will help us know of opportunities to give every student “the right opportunity and responsibility to learn academics and essential life skills to prepare them to live successfully in an ever changing world.” Thank you in advance for your participation. The survey is available at http://vermillion.k12.sd.us//cms/module/selectsurvey/TakeSurvey.aspx?SurveyID=114 OR visit our Web site at www.vermillion.k12.sd.us and under Headlines click on Parents/Community – VHS Needs Your Help.

Second Annual Clothing and Blanket Drive, Monday, March 4-29 for SD’s Rosebud Reservation. Donations may be dropped off at: Pressing Matters Printing, 102 E. Main St., M-F, 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Donations must be clean and in good working condition—no purses, high heel shoes or “dry clean only” clothing.

Common Sense Parenting classes will be held on Thursday evenings from 6-8 p.m. at the Jolley School Library. ( March 14, 21, 27 and April 4, 11, 18) Everyone is welcome but registration is required. Child care will be available for those who need it to attend. Please call the WYCC at (605) 665-4811 or the Clay Co. Health Nurse at (605) 677-6767 to register. This class is sponsored by the Vermillion PTA.

State “A” Boys Basketball, Thursday-Saturday, March 14-16, Rapid City

COMMUNITY CALENDAR 

FRIDAY, MARCH 15

  • Brown Bag Lunch Program: Luck of the Irish or Ides of March, featuring guitarist, T. Wilson King of Vermillion at 12:05 p.m. at the National Music Museum located on USD campus, corner of Clark and Yale streets. March’s Free Friday Sponsor is City of Vermillion. Free and open to the public.
  • “Family Weekend Arts Crawl.” Detailed schedule at whovermuseum.org or southeastsouthdakota.com or call the VCDC office at 624-5571.
  • Music recital: Reid Turner presents a senior keyboard and percussion recital and will be performing his own compositions at 7:30 p.m. Colton Recital Hall in the Warren M. Lee Center for the Fine Arts. Open to the public at no charge.
  • Reception: Animal Shades exhibition: Featuring new work by Karen Bondarchuk, 5-7:30 p.m. John A. Day Gallery in the Warren M. Lee Center for the Fine Arts. This reception is free and open to the public.
  • 2013 Schmeckfest in Freeman. Meal served from 4-7 p.m. “Fiddler on the Roof” performance at 8 p.m. For ticket information, call (605) 925-4542 or visit www.schmeckfest.com.

SATURDAY, MARCH 16

  • “Family Weekend Arts Crawl.” Detailed schedule at whovermuseum.org or southeastsouthdakota.com or call the VCDC office at 624-5571.
  • Come and join the USD Spanish club as they sell Polvorones (Mexican cookies) at Sharing the Dream, 10 W. Main St. This is a great way to support the Spanish Club as well as the people and programs we serve in Guatemala.
  • Overeaters Anonymous at 9 a.m. at Sanford Vermillion Medical Center, 20 S. Plum St., administration entrance just south of the hospital entrance in the board room. Overeaters Anonymous is a 12-step program for people with eating disorders and struggles.
  • Heartland Humane Society to participate in Family Weekend Arts Crawl at Past and Present, 7 W. Cherry St. from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Participants will be able to meet animals available for adoption through HHS. Those interested in adopting during this event are encouraged to complete an adoption application prior to attending.
  • Vermillion Area Farmers Market from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. at the Clay County Extension Building, 515 High St. If interested in becoming a vendor for winter market, call Amy at (605) 659-3399.
  • John Mathews presents his senior bass trombone recital at 1 p.m. Colton Recital Hall in the Warren M. Lee Center for the Fine Arts. Open to the public at no charge.
  • Show Choir at Mitchell Show Choir Classic at 3:50 p.m.
  • Kristi Harson presents her senior flute recital at 4 p.m. Colton Recital Hall in the Warren M. Lee Center for the Fine Arts. Open to the public at no charge.
  • 2013 Schmeckfest in Freeman. Meal served from 4-7 p.m. “Fiddler on the Roof” performance at 8 p.m. For ticket information, call (605) 925-4542 or visit www.schmeckfest.com.
  • 41st Annual USD Wacipi at USD DakotaDome. Grand entry: Saturday, 1 p.m. and 7 p.m. All dancers and drums welcome. Host drum: Bad Nation. Prizes provided. For more information visit tiospaye@usd.edu or Facebook.

SUNDAY, MARCH 17

  • Wyatt Smith presents his senior organ recital at 4 p.m. Slagle Hall Aalfs Auditorium. Open to the public at no charge.
  • Mark Sweeney, presents his graduate trombone and alto trombone recital at 7 p.m. Colton Recital Hall in the Warren M. Lee Center for the Fine Arts. Open to the public at no charge.
  • 41st Annual USD Wacipi at USD DakotaDome. Grand entry: Sunday, 1 p.m. All dancers and drums welcome. Host drum: Bad Nation. Prizes provided. For more information visit tiospaye@usd.edu or Facebook.

MONDAY, MARCH 18

  • Zach Walhs, a 19-year-old University of Iowa engineering student who defended gay marriage in a rousing testimony in front of the Iowa House of Representatives, will speak at 7 p.m. Muenster University Center Grand Ballroom.
  • Guest Artist Horn Recital: Dr. Randall E. Faust, Professor of Music at Western Illinois University in Macomb, IL, will play at 7:30 p.m. Colton Recital Hall in Warren M. Lee Center for the Fine Arts. Free and open to the public.
  • Music in our Schools Month Concert, at 7:30 p.m. at Vermillion High School.
  • Al-anon meeting at 7:30 p.m. at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, corner of Main and Linden. For more information, call 624-9764.

TUESDAY, MARCH 19

  • Vermillion Rotary Club meeting from noon-1 p.m. in the Freedom Forum Conference Room of the Al Neuharth Media Center.
  • Upcoming Sustainability Series lecture on GMOs at 7 p.m. in Farber Hall of Old Main on USD campus. The Sustainability Program in collaboration with the Department of Biology will be hosting a lecture by Dr. Melvin Oliver – a plant geneticist with the USDA Agricultural Research Service in Columbia, MO – about the advantages of genetically modified organisms. The title of Dr. Oliver’s lecture is “Food Security and Sustainable Agriculture: Can We Afford Not to Employ All the Tools in the Toolbox?”

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 20

  • Pi Beta Phi will be hosting an all-you-can-eat pasta feed from 5-7 p.m. at the Vermillion Armory. Pasta and breadsticks will be provided by Cafe Brule. This year they will also continue the “Pi a Pi Phi.” You can throw a pie in the face of any Pi Phi of your choice, for a small price. Freshmen will be $1 each, $2 for sophomores, $3 for juniors, $4 for seniors, and $5 for the current Pi Phi president. Tickets will be available for $5 from any Pi Beta Phi member or at the Muenster University Center on USD’s campus on the dates March 14,15,18 and 19. Tickets will also be available at the door during the event. All of the proceeds will benefit the First Book organization, a non-profit organization that promotes literacy for young children. Please help to make this philanthropy event a successful one.
  • Grief Support Group meeting every Wednesday from 5:30-7 p.m. at Sanford Vermillion Hospital Board Room. Pre-registration requested by calling Julie at (605) 638-8484.
  • USD Theatre Dept. presents “The Mirror Princess,” Wednesday, March 20-23 at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, March 24 at 2 p.m. Arena Theatre, Warren M. Lee Center for the Fine Arts on USD campus. For ticket information: www.usd.edu/theatre.

THURSDAY, MARCH 21

  • Cancer Support Group to meet at 2:30 p.m. in Sletwold Room, Trinity Lutheran Church, 816 E. Clark St. For additional information, call Marcy at 624-8706.
  • Common Sense Parenting classes will be held on Thursday evenings from 6-8 p.m. at the Jolley School Library. (March 21, 27 and April 4, 11, 18) Everyone is welcome but registration is required. Child care will be available for those who need it to attend. Please call the WYCC at (605) 665-4811 or the Clay Co. Health Nurse at (605) 677-6767 to register. This class is sponsored by the Vermillion PTA.
  • Vermillion Lions Club meeting at the W. H. Over Museum in Sletwold Hall at 6 p.m.

PLANNING AHEAD:

  • MARCH 22 – The Department of Labor and Regulation will be hosting a Job Search Assistance Program (JSAP) from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. at 1024 W. Cherry St. The JSAP is a free workshop for people recovering from job loss or enhancing their job search skills. Trained instructors speak on modern-day techniques used to successfully find employment. Topics covered are: résumé and cover letter writing, interviewing etiquette, networking effectively, using social media and much more. Parties interested in attending should register by calling (605) 677-6900 before 5 p.m., Wednesday, March 20.
  • MARCH 22 – Brown Bag Lunch Program: Bethany Cencer from New York at 12:05 p.m. at the National Music Museum located on USD campus, corner of Clark and Yale St. March’s Free Friday Sponsor is City of Vermillion. Free and open to the public.
  • MARCH 22-23 – 2013 Schmeckfest in Freeman. Meal served from 4-7 p.m. “Fiddler on the Roof” performance at 8 p.m. For ticket information, call (605) 925-4542 or visit www.schmeckfest.com.
  • MARCH 23 – Seventeen South Dakota middle and high schools will compete in the 29th Annual South Dakota Science Olympiad State Tournament at USD. More than 225 students will compete in several science events. For a description of the events, go to www.soinc.org.
  • MARCH 23 – Overeaters Anonymous at 9 a.m. at Sanford Vermillion Medical Center, 20 S. Plum St., administration entrance just south of the hospital entrance in the board room.
  • MARCH 23 – Heartland Humane Society will have dogs available to meet at Tractor Supply Company in Yankton from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. TSC is located 2908 Broadway Ave. “Meet and Greets allow our dogs waiting for adoption to get out into the public and make new friends,” said Kerry Schmidt, executive director at Heartland Humane Society. Schmidt encourages anyone interested in adopting an animal to fill out an application prior to the meet and greet. Applications are available at the shelter or online at www.heartlandhumanesociety.net. For more information, contact Heartland Humane Society (605) 664-4244.
  • MARCH 24 – Valiant Vineyards is hosting a Wine and Canvas event from 2-5 p.m. You will have an evening full of artsy fun with friends or meet new ones. All painting supplies including an apron will be provided. Our local artist will give you step by step instructions to complete your masterpiece. To register for this event go to: www.wineandcanvas.com
  • MARCH 31 – Charity Run. Outdoors enthusiasts have an opportunity to participate in a short one-mile run, walk or stroll and help support the Clay-Union Foundation. The “mentorship mile” event will begin at Cottonwood Park at noon with registration in the soccer field complex parking lot. Prizes will be awarded to the first three finishers in both men’s and women’s category and includes all ages. Register prior to noon to participate, and walk-ins are welcome. The event registration is $10 and may be paid on-line or that day. Register at http://www.allsportcentral.com/Eventinfo.cfm?EventID=50083.

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