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• Regular fall story times have ended at the Yankton Community Library, but make plans to join us in December for some very special story times. During preschool story times, there will be Christmas stories, songs, rhymes, and a craft. These are on Monday, December 8, at 6:30 p.m.; and Wednesday and Thursday, December 10 and 11, at 10:15 a.m. At the end of story time, Santa will join us to visit with the children. Bring your camera! Santa will also be here for Toddler Time on Tuesday, December 9, at 10:15 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. to see the toddlers after their Christmas stories and songs. Registration is now open for the Winter/Spring story time sessions, which begin the week of January 5. Register by e-mailing youth services librarian Joyce Moore at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or by visiting the library.

• 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.
City Manager’s Office
P.O. Box 176
Yankton, SD 57078
The deadline for these inquires is Tuesday, December 2, 2014.

• 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.

• Story Times/Toddler Times at the Yankton Community Library - Fall story times and toddler times conclude the week of November 18 at the Yankton Community Library, 515 Walnut Street, with all programs running on a normal schedule that week. Story times are Monday at 6:30 p.m., and Wednesday and Thursday at 10:15 a.m. Toddler times are Tuesday at 10:15 a.m. or 5:30 p.m. Mark your calendars for very special sessions in December. Santa Claus is joining us! Santa story times are Monday, December 8 at 6:30 p.m.; Wednesday and Thursday, December 10 and 11, at 10:15 a.m. Toddlers are invited for Santa stories and songs on Tuesday, December 9, at 10:15 a.m. or 5:30 p.m. The winter/spring sessions of story times and toddler times resume January 5, 2015. Registration sheets are now available. Story time is for three, four, and five year-olds and includes books, rhymes and finger plays, music and movement, and a craft. Sessions are held on Monday evenings at 6:30 and Wednesday and Thursday mornings at 10:15. Toddler Time is on Tuesdays at 10:15 a.m. or 5:30 p.m. It is designed for one, two, and three year-olds and their parents and caregivers. Sessions includes short books and lots of music and movement. Siblings of all ages are welcome. New participants can register by stopping at the library, calling (605) 668-5276, or by e-mailing Youth Services Librarian Joyce Moore at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

• 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 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.

• Representative Kristi Noem is accepting applications for spring internships in her Washington, D.C. office, as well as in her offices in Sioux Falls, Rapid City and Watertown. Student interns in Representative Noem’s office will assist staff with various constituent service and communications projects, as well as assist with legislative research. Both South Dakota and Washington, D.C., internships provide students with first-hand knowledge of the legislative process and the countless other functions of a congressional office. College students who are interested in interning in any of Representative Noem’s offices should submit a resume, cover letter, and references to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it by December 15. For more information, contact Christiana Frazee at (202) 225-2801.

• Beginning October 29, 2014, entrepreneurs, innovators, funders and other interested community members are invited to attend each Wednesday from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. at The Pavillion located at 409 Summit for 1 Million Cups – a free, weekly program developed by the Kauffman foundation helps build startup communities nationwide. For more information view the national website at and access the Yankton, SD microsite at

• Are you a job seeker looking for employment? The Department of Labor and Regulation has an important announcement about Job Services. Department of Labor & Regulation workforce experts can help job seekers with a variety of services ranging from career exploration to application, resume and cover letter assistance, to mock interviews and workforce training opportunities. Stop in at your local Department of Labor & Regulation office and visit with an employment representative today. For a list of local office locations, visit

• The Vermillion Backpack Program helps hungry kids. You can help with contributions of time or money. Learn more.

• 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.

• The Heartland Human Society offers affordable pets. View the available animals or stop by the shelter on East Highway 50 in Yankton.

• 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



Friday, November 21 – Sunday, December 7
“Romeo and Juliet” performs at 7:30 p.m. on Nov. 21-22 and Dec. 3-6; and at 2 p.m. on Nov. 23 and Dec. 7 in the Wayne S. Knutson Theatre on the USD campus. Tickets are $15 Adults, $12 Senior Citizen (62+), $10 for K-12 and non-USD students with ID, and $5 USD students with ID. Tickets can be purchased online at or by calling the USD Theatre Box Office at (605) 677-5400 from noon to 5 p.m.

Wednesday, November 26 – Friday, November 29
Summit Activities Center in Yankton Thanksgiving Holiday Hours:
Wednesday, November 26 – Open 5 a.m. – 10 p.m.
Thursday, November 27 – CLOSED
Friday, November 28 – Open 8 a.m. – 10 p.m.
There will be no fitness classes Wednesday evening and all day Friday – Saturday. There will be a No School Special Swim and Gym on Friday from 1 p.m. – 4 p.m. For further information, call (605) 668-5234 or stop by the Summit Activities Center at 1801 Summit Street; Yankton.

The Yankton Community Library, 515 Walnut, will close on Wednesday, November 26, at 5 p.m., for the Thanksgiving holiday and reopen on Saturday, November 29, at 9 a.m., with regular weekend hours.

Wednesday, November 26 – Monday, December 1
Tipsy Tow is being offered over the long Thanksgiving holiday weekend for motorists who feel unsafe behind the wheel after drinking. AAA South Dakota will give the driver, up to one more person, and the vehicle a free ride home, no questions asked. Tipsy Tows are available from 6 p.m. Wed., Nov. 26 until 2 a.m. Monday, Dec. 1 in Yankton. To request a Tipsy Tow, call 1-800-AAA-HELP (222-4357) and say, “I need a Tipsy Tow.” AAA will do the rest. Tows are limited to within a 15-mile radius from point of pickup and are offered free during the 104 hours of the long Thanksgiving weekend.

Thursday, November 27 – Friday, November 28
No school in Yankton – classes will resume on Monday, December 1.

Friday, November 28 – Saturday, November 29
11th Annual Missouri Valley Model Railroad Club Open House. Both days 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.; 221 W 3rd St; Yankton. Free Admission. For more information contact Francis Serr at (605) 660-4237 or Don Hopf at (605) 661-4123.

Friday, November 28 – Sunday, November 30
Add some sparkle to your holiday season! The Dakota Dance Association of Yankton, SD will be presenting Tchaikovsky’s “The Nutcracker Ballet” at the Yankton High School Theatre, 1801 Summit Street, Yankton. Attend an evening performance (7:30pm) on November 28-29 or take in a matinee (2pm) on November 29-30. Over 150 local cast members ranging in from 1st grade to adult will be performing in this year’s production. Highlights of this year’s performance include the debut of first grade dancers in the newly added role of Christmas Fairies, new costumes for the Sugar Plum Fairy and Lead Angel, as well as scenery updates to this classic story which will transport you from a holiday gathering of friends to the Kingdom of Sweets where wonderful things to eat and drink come alive. Dakota Dance Association welcomes back director Linda Haar, choreographer Dorota Dannenbring and a large group of volunteers behind the scenes. Linda Haar is a Yankton College Theatre graduate who has directed over 80 shows primarily at Bon Homme High School and Lewis and Clark Theatre Company. Dorota Dannenbring is a graduate of the Conservatory of Dance in Warsaw, Poland and has been a dance instructor in Yankton for 25 years. Tickets go on sale at the Yankton Mall, 2101 Broadway, next to the JC Penney entrance, beginning on Saturday, Nov. 8th and continuing through Friday, Nov. 28th. Tickets may be purchased by stopping at the Yankton Mall during the following sale hours:
Saturday and Sunday Nov. 8-23----------------------1:00– 4:30 p.m.
Monday through Friday Nov. 10-26-------------------6:30 – 8:30 p.m.
Friday, Nov. 28--------------------------------------------10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
In addition, tickets will be available at the door 1 hour prior to each performance. If you are unable to purchase tickets during these times, please call Luann Kennedy, Ticket Sales Chairperson, at 664-4747 and leave a message, or write to the Dakota Dance Assoc., P.O. Box 264, Yankton, SD 57078. Ticket prices are $12.00 for adults and $10.00 for children 12th grade and under. All seats are reserved.

Saturday, November 29
Benefit For Johnny Benson – 5 p.m. – 10 p.m.; Happy Hourz; 311 Douglas Avenue; Yankton. Johnny was diagnosed in October with stage 4 liver, lung and colon cancer. He is the father of three beautiful children and is a life-long resident of Yankton. Because he is self-employed, he does not currently have insurance and as a result is under a tremendous amount of financial burden trying to pay for medical bills, pharmaceutical supplies and chemo treatments. In order for Johnny to continue the necessary medical treatments that he must undergo, his friends and family are asking for your support to help his fight against cancer. There will be food, live music, beer specials, a 50/50 drawing and auction items.

Sunday, November 30
Victorian Christmas High Tea - Cramer-Kenyon Historic Home. 2 p.m. – 4 p.m. The elegant affair will feature a selection of teas and many varieties of sandwiches and sweets, served by hostesses garbed in the attire of the period. Guests, too, are invited to dress in the Victorian manner, if they please. Tickets go on slae beginning November 10 at 10 a.m. at Pretty’s and Prims; Yankton. Phone orders may be placed at (605) 260-6020. Cost is $25.

Messiah Sing – Trinity Lutheran Church; Yankton – 6 p.m. Please contact Dr. Kenneth Tice, Director of Choral Activities, and Chair of the Music Department at Mount Marty College for questions at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or (605) 668-1539.

Monday, December 1
Yankton Children’s Theatre Company Fundraiser – 5 p.m. – 8 p.m.; Yankton Pizza Ranch. Everyone interested may come to Pizza Ranch and enjoy a delicious meal at regular prices. Pizza Ranch will donate a percentage of the profit from the evening to support Yankton Children’s Theatre Company.

Tuesday, December 2
The Dakota Hospital Foundation Tree of Lights Open House & Wreath Auction will be held at the Vermillion Event Center, 912 N Dakota Street; Vermillion. The evening will feature a lovely variety of hors d’oeuvres and refreshments beginning at 5 p.m. with the Wreath Auction starting at 6 p.m.

Thursday, December 4
"Update on the MMC 'Interpret a Genome' Project" - Dr. Vicki Geiser. Mount Marty Noon Forum Series. South Dining Room of Roncalli at Mount Marty. Brown bag lunches are welcomed and visitors are also welcome to purchase food in the cafeteria. 12 p.m.

Friday, December 5
Vermillion Parade of Lights – 6:30 p.m. First, second and third places will be awarded. Entry forms can be found on the Vermillion Area Chamber and Development Company website,, or at the Chamber office at 116 Market St. Deadline is December 1. At the end of the parade, Santa and Mrs. Claus will light the community Christmas Tree at Ratigen Platz on the corner of Market and Main Streets. After the tree lighting, children and parents are invited to the Edith B. Siegrist Public Library for “Stockings for Soldiers”, an opportunity to make a free ornament to take home, and to decorate a stocking or ornament for a soldier serving overseas or at the VA Hospital, sponsored by the library.

GrowingOn 2015 - “Leveraging Risk Management Tools to Manage Revenue” – Steve Johnson. 9:30 a.m.; Best Western Kelly Inn/Minerva’s; Yankton. Admission is free and includes a meal. Register at or call (800) 884-FARM or (605) 334-0100.

CookieWalk – A RiverWalk Fundraiser; 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.; Dakota Theatre lobby; Yankton. Tasty, decorative homemade holiday cookies will be for sale in the beautiful lobby of the Dakota Theater lobby in Yankton at 328 Walnut St. Called the Cookie Walk, the event raises funds for Yankton’s RiverWalk project, which places sculptures in the downtown and riverfront area. Some of Yankton’s best cookie-makers donate the holiday treats, which sell by the pound. RiverWalk is beginning its fifth year in Yankton. The non-profit group’s mission is to enhance the community’s appearance and culture by featuring great outdoor art in the downtown district. Selected sculptures are displayed on downtown streets and in Riverside Park for one year. Current sculptures will be replaced in May of 2015.

Saturday, December 6
Free pictures with Santa at HyVee in Vermillion – 12:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Parents’ Night Out – 4:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. the Yankton Community Library and the Recreation Department are sponsoring a Parents’ Night Out for boys and girls 6 to 12 years of age, at the Summit Activities Center. Cost is $5 per child. Registration deadline is Friday, December 5. For additional information, call (605) 668-5275, (605) 668-5234 or stop by the Yankton Library or Summit Activities Center.

Heartland Humane Society December Meet and Greet at Tractor Supply – 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.; 2908 Broadway; Yankton. Heartland will have several different sizes and breeds of dogs available to meet and adopt. Anyone interested in adopting an animal is encouraged to fill out an application prior to the Meet and Greet. Applications must be reviewed and approved prior to adoption. You can pick up an application at the shelter or find it online at

Sunday, December 7
Mount Marty College Vespers – Bishop Marty Chapel; Mount Marty College; Yankton. Performances are 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. Tickets to Vespers are free, but space is limited to 500 people per performance with a limit of six tickets per person. Tickets will be available starting at noon on Monday, November 10 on a first come first served basis at two locations; the Sacred Heart Monastery Gift Shop or the Mount Marty College Pages Bookstore. For more information on the event contact Wyatt Yager at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Yankton Area Arts Tour of Homes – 1 p.m. – 4 p.m. Tickets are $25 and can be purchased from YAA Board members, online at and at the following locations: YAA Office, Rexall Drug, and Hy-Vee.

Tuesday, December 9
Yankton Community Blood Drive – 8:30 a.m. – 2 p.m.; Avera Sacred Heart Hospital – Benedictine Center; 501 Summit; Yankton. For more information about blood donation or to schedule an appointment to donate blood, call (800) 287-4903 or visit

Wednesday, December 10
Yankton Community Library Board of Trustees Regular Meeting – 5:30 p.m.; Library meeting room; 515 Walnut; Yankton. For further information, call (605) 668-5275.

Thursday, December 11
Yankton Area Progressive Growth would like to invite you to learn more about one of the most successful economic development tools available to us in South Dakota. We will be meeting at 6:30 p.m. at the Avera Professional Office Pavilion Amphitheatre. The topic will be the use of the tax increment financing. We have invited Mr. Toby Morris, a financial consultant who is one of the state’s leading experts on the subject. He brings a wealth of information on how other communities and regions have effectively used the tool to accomplish their development needs. Please plan to join us in becoming more familiar about this tool we can use to enhance the economic development of Yankton!

Friday, December 12 – Sunday, December 14
Christmas Open Houses - Cramer-Kenyon House; 509 Pine Street; Yankton. Open houses are scheduled for December 12th from 5 p.m. - 7 p.m. and from 1 p.m. - 4 p.m. on December 13th and 14th. Light refreshments will be served. If you have any questions about this event, please call the curator at the Cramer-Kenyon Home at (605) 665-7470.

Friday, December 12
Yankton Contact Center Holiday Food Basket signup deadline – Families and individuals wishing to participate in the Holiday Food/Fruit Baskets Project must complete a simple application, providing proof of address, number in the household, and an active SNAP card. For more information, please call (605) 260-4400.

Saturday, December 13
The Christmas Store – 1 p.m. – 5 p.m.; Riverview Reformed Church; 1700 Burleigh St.; Yankton. Children ages 3 to 10 years old come and shop for free Christmas gifts for your family. No registration required. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Cookies and coffee for the adults while they wait.

Yankton Community Library Teen Christmas Party – 3 p.m. – 5 p.m. The festivities include games and progressive gift exchange. Attendees are asked to bring a wrapped gift costing no more than $5. Numbers will be drawn and gift stealing will ensue.


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.

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

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,

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

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,

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.