Brookings area events calendar 8-20


Monday, Aug. 20

The fall semester at South Dakota State University starts with classes resuming Monday, Aug. 20.

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The next Brookings County Republican noon luncheon will feature Public Utilities Commissioner Kristie Fiegen as its guest speaker at noon Monday, Aug. 20, at the Pheasant Restaurant in Brookings. The public is invited to attend. For more information, call 691-2018.

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The Brookings County Museum complex and its new Trygve A. Trooien Horse-Drawn Museum in Volga’s City Park are free and open seven days a week, 1-4 p.m.

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Bingo at the Brookings VFW, 520 Main Ave., is from 6:30-10 p.m. Monday, Aug. 20. Cards are handed out at 6:30, and bingo starts at 7. Lunch will be available. For more information, call 692-6771.

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The next Brookings Activity Center dance will be held from 7-10:30 p.m. Monday, Aug. 20, at 320 Fifth Ave. For more information, call 692-4492.

Tuesday, Aug. 21

The Sioux Falls Regional Bloodmobile will visit the Brookings Hospital parking lot from 7:30 a.m.-3 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 21, for a blood donor drive. Anyone interested in being a donor should call 696-8048. Walk-ins are also welcome.

Wednesday, Aug. 22

1 Million Cups, a way for creators, artists, entrepreneurs and business owners to gather and share ideas on upcoming projects or new products, will be held at 9 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 22, at the Children’s Museum of South Dakota. Free coffee will be served.

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Brookings high schoolers head back to school starting Wednesday and Thursday, Aug. 22 and 23, for mandatory class meetings, and parents attend back-to-school events. Learn more at https://www.brookings.k12.sd.us.

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Bingo at the Brookings VFW, 520 Main Ave., is from 6:30-10 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 22. Cards are handed out at 6:30, and bingo starts at 7. Lunch will be available. For more information, call 692-6771.

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The Life Drawing Group will meet from 7-9 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 22, at the Brookings Arts Council, 524 Fourth St.

Thursday, Aug. 23

If you love to paint, join the painting group that meets from noon-5 p.m. every Thursday at the Brookings Arts Council, 524 Fourth St. Come work on individual projects and collaborate on art talk and ideas. No pre-registration is needed.

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The Brookings Arts Council will host a book signing and presentation with Mark Sternhagen, author of “Normal for Me,” from 4:30-6:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 23, at 524 Fourth St. The book is the true story of Sternhagen’s life experiences growing up and living with the effects of polio.

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The summer concert series Downtown at Sundown continues its 2018 season from 5-10 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 23, in the 300 block of Fifth Street. The headliner this week is Nathan Dean and the Damn Band. These four country guys from Arizona bring a whole lot of passion to the stage, featuring a mix of your favorite country rock and roll roots, as well as a few originals.

The family-friendly event also includes food and retail vendors and free kids’ activities. Admission is free.

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Michelle Lavallee and Tim Bjorkman, along with other statewide and local candidates for office and a presentation on Amendment W, will headline the Brookings County Democrats’ annual picnic starting at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 23, in the Community Life Center at the corner of Sixth Street and Seventh Avenue in Brookings.

The picnic is a potluck and attendees are asked to bring a dish to pass. Beverages and table services will be provided. Picnickers are asked to bring a non-perishable item for the food pantry. The picnic is free and open to the public.

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Prairie Repertory Theatre will present “Tuesdays with Morrie” at 7:30 p.m. Thursday and Friday, Aug. 23 and 24, in SDSU’s Doner Auditorium. The Performing Arts Center Box Office is open from noon-4 p.m., or call 688-6045 or visit prairierep.org for tickets.

Friday, Aug. 24

The first full day of school for most Brookings students is Friday, Aug. 24. Learn more at https://www.brookings.k12.sd.us.

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Bingo at the Brookings VFW, 520 Main Ave., is from 6:30-10 p.m. Friday, Aug. 24. Cards are handed out at 6:30, and bingo starts at 7. Lunch will be available. For more information, call 692-6771.

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Prairie Repertory Theatre will present “Tuesdays with Morrie” at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Aug. 24, in SDSU’s Doner Auditorium. The Performing Arts Center Box Office is open from noon-4 p.m., or call 688-6045 or visit prairierep.org for tickets.

Saturday, Aug. 25

Celebrate what makes the city unique by taking part in Brookings Bonanza, planned for Saturday, Aug. 25. The schedule at the county courthouse green includes the Farmers Market and Earth Day Take 2, 9 a.m.-noon; family yoga at the market, 9-10 a.m.; guided walk and roll tour of the Commercial Historic District (downtown Brookings), 9:30 a.m.; guided walk and roll tour of the Central Residential Historic District, 10:30 a.m.; drawing for kids bicycle helmets and composting bins, 11:30 a.m.; and a 10-mile bike ride, noon. At Pioneer Park, come to the third annual Pig Roast, noon-4 p.m.

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The fifth annual Jim Hornby Memorial Poker Run for South Dakota Special Olympics is set for Saturday, Aug. 25. Registration starts at 11 a.m. at the 9 Bar, next to Cubby’s Sports Bar & Grill, and vehicles will leave at high noon. Cost is $20 per hand, with all proceeds going to Special Olympics. All vehicles are welcome. For more information, call Sarah Keizer at 691-9167.

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The Brookings Police Department’s third annual Pigs Roast is set for noon-4 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 25, at Pioneer Park. The event includes up to 20 contestants participating in a BBQ pulled pork cook-off with public sampling and judging, music, kids activities, inflatables, yard games, and a Kiss the Pig Contest. All are welcome to attend.

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The Lynn Mennis Memorial Scholarship Beanbag Tournament starts with registration at 11 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 25, at the Wild Hare. Shotgun start is at noon. Cost is $50 per two-person team, and participants must be at least 18 years old.

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The BHS Band Boosters will present the Bobcat Marching Band Fall Preview starting at 12:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 25, at the BHS Sports Complex (track field). A meal fundraiser will be served from noon-1:30 p.m. for $7 per plate, which includes a marching taco, cookie and drink.

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Youth Sports Fest will be held from 1-5 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 25, at the Brookings Gun Club, 2 miles east of Brookings on Highway 14. Admission is free for youth 8 to 18 years old, and parents are encouraged to attend. Snacks will be provided. Acitvities will include trap shooting, goose field shoot, black powder shotgun, tomahawk throwing, reloading demonstration, air rifle/air pistol shooting, BB gun, 3-D archery, animal and bird identification, fire and police vehicle exploration, and hunting dog demonstrations.

Sunday, Aug. 26

Discover all that Brookings has to offer as Beyond Connections hosts a Citywide Scavenger Hunt starting at 2 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 26, at the Children’s Museum of South Dakota. Participants will drive around Brookings and take selfies outside of the clue locations. This is a family-friendly event, and clues and instructions will be given inside Café Coteau at the museum.

Afterward there will be an informal social at a local restaurant/bar for those who wish to socialize more. RSVP by emailing [email protected]


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