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LOCAL ANNOUNCEMENTS

• HOLIDAY HOURS - The Yankton Community Library will close at 8 p.m. on Tuesday, December 23, and reopen on Friday, December 26, at 9 a.m. The library will close on Wednesday, December 31, at 5 p.m. and reopen on Friday, January 2, at 9 a.m. The library board and staff wishes everyone a happy holiday season. For further information, call the library at (605) 668-5276.

• The Christmas Tree collection site in Vermillion is open from December 12th to January 18th and accepts real trees. The site is located on the south side of Broadway Street just west of Dakota Street. Please remove any plastic that you might wrap the tree in for transporting.

• AAA South Dakota will offer its Tipsy Tow community service for year-end holiday partiers this year. The innovative program gives intoxicated drivers an option to getting behind the wheel and taking a chance on the road. Anyone, AAA member or not, can call for a free Tipsy Tow ride for themselves and their vehicle from 6 p.m. Friday, Dec. 12 to 4 a.m. Friday, Jan. 2, 2015. Tipsy Tow is available in Sioux Falls, Rapid City, Mitchell and Yankton at no charge, no questions asked.
Confidential local ride within a 15-mile radius from point of pick-up,
AAA’s service vehicle will take the driver and up to one more person, and their car, home,
Free and available to both AAA members and nonmembers,
South Dakota motorists should call 800-AAA-HELP (800-222-4357) and make sure they ask for Tipsy Tow.

• HOLIDAY HOURS - The Summit Activities Center extended swim and holiday hours are as follows:
December 24
5 a.m. – 2 p.m.
No Fitness Classes
December 25
CLOSED – Merry Christmas!
December 26
8 a.m. – 10 p.m.
No School Special 1 p.m. – 4 p.m.
No Fitness Classes
December 29
No School Special 1 p.m. – 4 p.m.
December 30
No School Special 1 p.m. – 4 p.m.
December 31
5 a.m. – 5 p.m.
No School Special 1 p.m. – 4 p.m.
No Fitness Classes
January 1
12 p.m. – 10 p.m.
No School Special 1 p.m. – 4 p.m.
No Fitness Classes
January 2
Free Optimists Swim & Gym 1 p.m. – 4 p.m.

• The Summit Activities Center will be offering American Red Cross Swimming Lessons this winter. The classes will be held Tuesday and Thursday evenings and will run from Tuesday, January 20 through Thursday, February 19, 2015. Swim lessons will include Aqua Tots, Preschool, and Red Cross Level 1 through Level 4. Registration for current Summit Activities Center members will begin Monday, January 5, 2015 during normal business hours. Registration for the general public and online registration will begin Tuesday, January 6 at 11:00 a.m. Online registration is available through the City of Yankton website at www.cityofyankton.org.
5:15 – 5:50 p.m. Aqua Tots, Preschool, Level II, Level III
6:00 – 6:35 p.m. Aqua Tots, Preschool, Level I, Level II
6:45 – 7:20 p.m. Preschool, Level I, Level III, Level IV
7:30 – 8:05 p.m. Level I, Level II, Level III, and Level IV
For further information, please call 668-5234 or visit the Summit Activities Center at 1801 Summit Street, Yankton, SD. Don’t forget to follow the Yankton Parks and Recreation on our Facebook page.

• The Board of City Commissioners is seeking City of Yankton residents to serve on a Downtown Parking Advisory Committee. Interested citizens will work with members of the City Commission and City staff to analyze downtown parking regulation in the City of Yankton. Recommendations from the Downtown Parking Advisory Committee will be made to the City Commission to consider next steps. Anyone who is interested in serving on this committee should submit a letter of interest to the City Manager’s Office. The deadline for these inquiries is Monday, January 5, 2015.

City Manager’s Office
P.O. Box 176
Yankton, SD 57078

• Volunteer members of the South Dakota National Guard are organizing a winter clothing drive through the month of December to benefit needy individuals located in the communities in which they serve. New or gently used coats, gloves, hats, scarves or blankets for adults and children are being donated by Guard members to help the most impoverished individuals who are in need of warm clothing this winter season. The clothing drive is not limited to only volunteer members of the Guard, but is intended as a community activity. Members of the public who would like to help donate items are encouraged to bring winter clothing items to any Army National Guard armory throughout the state or to the Air National Guard base in Sioux Falls by Dec. 31. Collected items will be delivered to a variety of local social service organizations in January for distribution to those in need. The all-volunteer effort to collect winter clothing items, while not an official function of the National Guard, is a welcome adjunct activity showcasing volunteers commitment to serve some of South Dakotas most needy people. See below for a complete list of armory locations to donate winter clothing items. For more information, please contact the local National Guard in your community.

Vermillion Armory
603 Princeton Street
Vermillion, SD 57069-0434
605-677-6787

Yankton Armory
204 West 31st Street
Yankton, SD 57078-0071
605-688-3045

• The Department of Labor and Regulation (DLR) provides a variety of workforce training services for both youth and adult job seekers. “The workforce training program is an important element in developing and growing South Dakota’s workforce,” said state Labor and Regulation Secretary Marcia Hultman. “Proper training leads to better jobs, which helps our state’s workforce and economy.” DLR workforce experts can help job seekers by offering career exploration, on-the-job training and tuition assistance. This opens up opportunities for career advancement and improved quality of life. The workforce training program also helps individuals improve their basic math and reading skills through preparation for GED® testing and the National Career Readiness Certificate. “We strive to help both youth and adults with career planning and guidance, and to understand the expectations of employers,” said Secretary Hultman. In the last program year, more than 300 individuals used the workforce training program to help cover class tuition for accounting, bio-medical, diesel technology, financial services, surgical technician and many other occupations. A list of local office locations and contact information can be found at www.sdjobs.org/localoffices.

• The Summit Activities Center is offering a Tiny Tots Play Club through the winter months Monday through Friday mornings from 9 a.m. -11 a.m. Join them for a place where preschool children and their grown-ups can shake off those cooped-up blues in the gym area with toys and equipment that will promote physical activity and most importantly FUN. Cost for play time in the gym is $1 per preschooler. Members of the Summit Activities Center are free. For further information, please stop by the Summit Activities Center at 1801 Summit in Yankton or call (605) 668-5234. Remember to follow the Yankton Parks and Recreation on their Facebook page.

• The first snowfall of the year is a good reminder that many members of our community rely on clear sidewalks to get to and from school and work. If you have public sidewalks at your home or business please make arrangements for snow and ice removal within 24 hours after the end of a snowfall. Snow removed from driveways, sidewalks or parking lots should not be placed in the street. Contact the City of Yankton at (605) 668-5251 for more information.

• The Salvation Army in Yankton will soon be ringing bells at local businesses in Yankton. 90% of all funds raised locally are used to provide temporary, emergency assistance to local residents and transients in Yankton. YOU can make a difference in the lives of those in need either by donating when you see a “Red Kettle” or by volunteering to staff a Kettle at a Walmart or Hyvee. We are looking for individuals, Families, Service Clubs, Church Groups, Youth Groups who would be willing to help a couple of hours during this holiday season. If you are interested in bell ringing or have questions about the Salvation Army in Yankton, call Carol at (605) 661-5153.

• Check Into Cash located at 2007 Broadway Suite D is now accepting donations for River city Domestic Violence Center. You can drop off at any time non-perishable foods, new pillows, diaper/wipes, cleaning supplies, shampoo/conditioner/body wash, paper products and disposable zip-lock containers. Store hours are Monday – Friday 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. and Saturday 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.

• Mentors needed - Vermillion now has 7 children seeking mentors. Volunteers spend 2 hours/week with their match, and the program benefits both adults and youth. There are boys and girls in a wide age range, and no extra skills are needed, just a caring attitude. Please contact John Gille at (605) 421-5050, email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or apply online at http://www.clay-unionfoundation.org/ to be a mentor. More information is also on the website. Year-end donations to the program , which are fully tax deductible, may be mailed to P.O. Box 665, Elk Point, SD 57025.

• OSHA reminds workers and employers of the need for common sense and care when it comes to safety. Get information on how to report unsafe workplaces. Call the OSHA hotline at (800) 321-6742.

• Traveling but concerned about road conditions? Use this link to get information or call 511 (in South Dakota).

• Are you planning an event, conference or local sports tournament in the Yankton area? Add it to the Yankton area web calendar for 2014. This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . Online submissions.

• Want to help others as a volunteer? This one-stop spot from United Way of Vermillion can help you find opportunities.

• 211 is an information and crisis helpline that provides resource information on non-profit, social service, and government programs, along with providing crisis intervention services. It is available anytime, day or night, from anywhere in Yankton or Bon Homme counties. More information available at helplinecenter.org.

UPCOMING EVENTS

2014

Tuesday, December 2 – Tuesday, December 23
A stunning Fontanini Bethlehem Village consisting of over 400 pieces that was donated to Mount Marty College will be on display beginning December 2 throughout the Advent season. The village can be viewed in the MMC Boardroom, located in the Scholastica Learning Center (SLC), Tuesday, December 2 through Thursday, December 4 and then Monday, December 8th through Tuesday December 23 from 2-6 PM. Special weekend viewings will also be available December 13-14 and 20-21 from 1-4 PM. The public is welcomed to view the village at no cost.

Monday, December 15 – Thursday, December 18
Santa’s Workshop is coming to the Yankton Community Library, 515 Walnut Street, during the week of December 15. Join us on one of the following days: Monday, December 15, from 6:30-7:30 p.m.; or Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, December 16-18, from 3:00-4:30 p.m. This is an opportunity for children and teens to make Christmas tree ornaments, decorations, a picture frame and more. These items are great gifts for family and friends. The materials for this free program are provided by the library. The crafts are intended for elementary and middle school students, but preschoolers are welcome with an adult helper. For additional information, please call the library at 668-5276.

Thursday, December 18 – Tuesday, December 23
Crimson Door Holiday Show – G.A.R. Hall Art Gallery; 508 Douglas Avenue; Yankton. For more information, call (605) 665-9754.

Thursday, December 18
Worthing Dinner Theatre – 5 p.m. – 11 p.m.; The Center; 900 Whiting Drive; Yankton. For more information call (605) 665-4685.

Cancer Support Group meeting – 2:30 p.m.; Sletwold Room at Trinity Lutheran Church; 816 E Clark St; Vermillion. For more information, call Marcy at (605) 624-8706.

Bach’s Lunch – 11:45 a.m. – 1 p.m.; Trinity Lutheran Church; 403 Broadway Avenue; Yankton. For more information, call (605) 665-7415.

Yankton Elementary Orchestra Concert – 7 p.m.; Middle School Lecture Hall; 2000 Mulberry St; Yankton.

Friday, December 19
South Dakota Department of Labor and Regulation Job Search Assistance Program – 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.; 1024 W Cherry St.; Vermillion. Interested parties should register by calling (605) 677-6900 before 5 p.m., Wednesday, December 17.

Early Dismissal at Vermillion Public Schools for Christmas Break – 2 p.m. Classes resume Tuesday, January 6.

Regular Yankton City Commission meeting – 12 p.m.; City Hall Meeting Room A; Yankton.

Open Skate – 6:30 p.m. – 9 p.m.; Kiwanis/4-H Ice Arena; 709 Whiting Drive; Yankton.

White Christmas Sing A Long – 7:30 p.m.; Dakota Theatre; 328 Walnut St; Yankton.

Saturday, December 20
South Dakota Chorale Concert – 7:30 p.m.; Bishop Marty Memorial Chapel; Mount Marty College; Yankton. Tickets are $15 for general admission. Mount Marty College students get in free with their student ID. Tickets are available at Pages Bookstore on the Mount Marty College campus, in the Sacred Heart Monastery gift shop, and online at www.southdakotachorale.com.

Overeaters Anonymous – 9 a.m.; Newman Center- USD Campus; 320 E Cherry.

Vermillion Area Farmers Holiday Market – 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.; Clay County Extension/4-H Building; 515 High St; Vermillion.

Christmas Candy & Goodie Bake Sale hosted by the Eagles Auxiliary – 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.; Eagles Club; 114 W Main St; Vermillion.

Photos With Santa – 1 p.m. – 4 p.m.; Yankton Mall; 2101 Broadway Avenue; Yankton.

New York City Senior Showcase – 7 p.m.; Dakota Theatre; 328 Walnut Street; Yankton.

Live Nativity – 5:30 p.m. & 6:30 p.m.; First United Methodist Church; 207 W 11th St; Yankton.

Sunday, December 21
Open Skate – 1 p.m. – 4 p.m.; Kiwanis/4-H Ice Arena; 709 Whiting Drive; Yankton.

Photos With Santa – 1 p.m. – 4 p.m.; Yankton Mall; 2101 Broadway Avenue; Yankton.

Monday, December 22
Yankton Community Blood Drive – 12:30 p.m. – 6 p.m.; JoDean’s Steakhouse; 2809 Broadway; Yankton. Schedule a blood donation appointment online at lifeservebloodcenter.org or call (800) 287-4903.

Al-Anon meeting – 7:30 p.m.; St. Paul’s Episcopal Church; Vermillion. For more information, call (605) 624-9764.

Tuesday, December 23
Yankton Community Blood Drive – 12 p.m. – 6 p.m.; Avera Sacred Heart Hospital – Benedictine Center; 501 Summit; Yankton. Schedule a blood donation appointment online at lifeservebloodcenter.org or call (800) 287-4903.

Wednesday, December 24
1 Million Cups – 9 a.m. – 10 a.m.; Avera Professional Office Pavilion; 409 Summit Street; Yankton.

Saturday, December 27
Overeaters Anonymous – 9 a.m.; Newman Center- USD Campus; 320 E Cherry.

Monday, December 29 – Wednesday, December 31
Activities at the Yankton Community Library – Frozen on Monday, December 29 at 1 p.m. On Tuesday, December 30, 1 p.m., enjoy Maleficent. On Wednesday, December 31, we’ll bring out the LEGO’s. You can build in teams or as individuals. Families are especially welcome. Preschool children must be accompanied by an adult.

Wednesday, December 31
New Year’s Eve Party – 7 p.m. – 11 p.m.; The Center; 900 Whiting Drive; Yankton. For more information call (605) 665-4685.

1 Million Cups – 9 a.m. – 10 a.m.; Avera Professional Office Pavilion; 409 Summit Street; Yankton.

2015

Monday, January 5
Yankton Community Library Teen Advisory Board Meeting – 7 p.m. New members for the TAB are always welcome, but you don’t have to be on the teen board to participate in teen programs. If you have any questions about the TAB or teen activities, please contact Joyce Moore at the library at (605) 668-5276 or by e-mailing This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Tuesday, January 6 – Thursday, January 8
32nd Annual Dakota Farm Show – DakotaDome; Vermillion. Hours are 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. on Thursday. Free admission and parking. For more information please go to www.farmshowsusa.com. For vendor information please call Penny Swank at (507) 437-7969.

Thursday, January 8
Deadline to donate to Cinderella’s Closet. Cinderella’s Closet is looking for your help, so prom dreams can come true. Please check your closets and donate prom dresses, also accessories, to this great cause. Drop off is at Riverview Reformed Church, 1700 Burleigh, Yankton, from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. For more information, contact Deb at (605) 665-5507.

Saturday, January 10
Governor’s Inaugural Celebration – Lincoln. For more information visit www.itsallaboutnebraska.com.

Monday, January 12
The Divorced, Widowed and Separated Support Group will be starting again on January 12, 2015. The Divorced, Separated and Widowed group is a process designed to help those who have experienced any of these life change moments and would like some help processing those changes. The group is faith based, but non-sectarian and is open and available to anyone who has experienced one of these life changing moments. The group meets at the Riverview Reformed Church building at 1700 Burleigh Street Yankton, on Monday evenings at 7:00 PM, and will meet for nine weeks. If you would like more information or to register, please call the Family Education and Counseling Center (605) 260-9284, or look on our website at www.feccinc.com.

Tuesday, January 13
Yankton Chamber of Commerce Membership Mixer

Saturday, January 24
Friends of the Library’s 7th Annual Gourmet Guys – Yankton Community Library; 515 Walnut; Yankton. For more information contact Library Director Kathy Wibbels at (605) 668-5276.

Friday, January 30
2015 Business Educators Expo – 9:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.; Riverfront Event Center. The deadline to reserve a booth is January 13th. You can reserve your booth online by going to www.yanktonsd.com/educator or contact the Chamber at (605) 665-3636.

Saturday, January 31
Dancing With The Stars - River City Domestic Violence Center and River City Family Connections Fundraiser – Minerva’s Bar and Grill. 7 p.m. cocktails and dessert, 8 p.m. show. Individual ticket $30, couple $50. For tickets call (605) 665-4811

Legislative Cracker Barrel

Tuesday, February 10
Yankton Day in Pierre

Thursday, February 19 – Sunday, February 22
"Stand Off at HWY #37", University of South Dakota Department of Theatre. Wayne S. Knutson Theatre; Vermillion. For more information call (605) 677-5400 or visitwww.usd.edu/theatre.

Saturday, February 21
Legislative Cracker Barrel

Tuesday, February 24
Mobile Apps For Business

Tuesday, March 10
Yankton Chamber of Commerce Membership Mixer

Friday, March 27
Blue and Gold Campus Visit Day - Mount Marty College. The admissions Office at Mount Marty college will be holding Blue and Gold Campus Visit Day events for prospective students to learn about the college and academic majors, visit campus, and meet with faculty. For more information on Blue and Gold Campus Visit Days, or to register, visitwww.mtmc.edu/admissions/events.

Tuesday, April 14
Yankton Chamber of Commerce Membership Mixer – ABS

Thursday, April 16 – Monday, April 27
"Seussical", University of South Dakota Department of Theatre. Wayne S. Knutson Theatre; Vermillion. For more information call (605) 677-5400 or visit www.usd.edu/theatre.

Saturday, June 27
Blue and Gold Campus Visit Day - Mount Marty College. The admissions Office at Mount Marty college will be holding Blue and Gold Campus Visit Day events for prospective students to learn about the college and academic majors, visit campus, and meet with faculty. For more information on Blue and Gold Campus Visit Days, or to register, visitwww.mtmc.edu/admissions/events.

Saturday, July 11
The Fort to Field 50 Paddle Battle, a 50-mile race for kayaks and canoes on the Missouri National Recreational River. Learn more.

Tuesday, September 8
Yankton Chamber of Commerce Membership Mixer

Tuesday, October 13
Yankton Chamber of Commerce Membership Mixer

Tuesday, December 8
Yankton Chamber of Commerce Membership Mixer

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