Tuesday, Jan. 8
Brookings Health System and Community Blood Bank are joining forces to help ward off winter blood shortages by hosting a blood drive from 7:30 a.m.-3 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 8, in the Sioux Falls Regional Bloodmobile in the Brookings Hospital parking lot.
All blood donations will stay local for local use.
Bring an ID with you at the time of donation. Walk-ins are welcome; check in at the west entrance. For more information log onto www.cbblifeblood.org, call Community Blood Bank at 1-877-877-3070 or call Brookings Health System at 696-8048.
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Better Choices, Better Health Chronic Disease workshop will be held Tuesdays, Jan. 8-Feb. 12, at the SDSU Wellness Center, 1401 N. Campus Dr. The sessions will take place from 9:30 a.m.-noon.
Workshop topics include: managing pain, fatigue and stress; tips for healthy eating, personal exercise plans; relaxation techniques; medication how-tos; dealing with emotions; and working better with your doctor and care team.
For more information or to register for the workshop, call SDSU Extension at 1-888-484-3800. Online registration is available at www.betterchoicesbetterhealthsd.org. Deadline to register is Jan. 15, with no new attendees allowed after the second session of the six-week workshop.
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The next Adult Craft Class at the Brookings Public Library is set for 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 8, in the upstairs Cooper Room. This week, participants will make wire and nail polish flowers.
The class is free and open to all, but registration is required to make sure enough supplies are available. Stop by the library or call 692-9407 to register.
Wednesday, Jan. 9
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, Jan. 9, at the Children’s Museum of South Dakota. Free coffee will be served.
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Bingo at the Brookings VFW, 520 Main Ave., is from 6:30-10 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 9. Cards are handed out at 6:30, and bingo starts at 7. Lunch will be available. For more information, call 692-6771.
Thursday, Jan. 10
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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Winners of the Brookings Arts Council’s print and online photography competition will be announced at a reception held from 4:30-6:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 10, at 524 Fourth St. The awards presentation is at 5 p.m.
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A chalk drawing class will be held from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 10, at the Brookings Arts Council, 524 Fourth St. Cost is $15 for non-members. For more information, call 692-4177 or log onto www.brookingsartscouncil.org.
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South Dakota Art Museum is hosting a guest lecture, “Harvey Dunn and the WWI American Expeditionary Force Artists” by Ranelle Knight-Lueth, Ph.D. The lecture begins at 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 10, and guests are invited to come at 6:30 to view the Harvey Dunn: War Works exhibit prior to the start of the talk.
Knight-Lueth is an expert on the combat art of World War I, having written her dissertation about Harvey Dunn and his fellow American Expeditionary Force artists.
She will discuss their artwork and the AEF combat art program based on research she conducted. South Dakota Art Museum is located at 1036 Medary Ave., Brookings.
Friday, Jan. 11
The Brookings Public Library’s next Game Night is set for 6:30-9:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 11, at Wooden Legs Brewing Company, 309 Fifth St., Brookings. Games will be available to choose from, or feel free to bring your own to play with a group. Check out the event on Facebook to RSVP.
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Bingo at the Brookings VFW, 520 Main Ave., is from 6:30-10 p.m. Friday, Jan. 11. Cards are handed out at 6:30, and bingo starts at 7. Lunch will be available. For more information, call 692-6771.
Saturday, Jan. 12
Brookings American Legion Post No. 74 will hold a pancake, sausage and eggs breakfast from 8:30-11 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 12, at the post home, 1229 Western Ave.
Proceeds will be used to support the Boys State, Youth Trooper Academy, and American Legion Baseball programs. The American Legion Auxiliary will also hold a bake sale during the breakfast.
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The Dakota Territory Gun Collectors Brookings Gun Show is set for Saturday and Sunday, Jan. 12-13, at the Swiftel Center in Brookings. Saturday hours are 9 a.m.-5 p.m., and admission is $5.
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Brookings Park and Recreation will host a Winter Survival Class from 10:30 a.m.-noon Saturday, Jan. 12, at the Larson Nature Center in Dakota Nature Park. Cost is $10 for participants ages 8-12 years old. The class is limited to 14 participants.
Come learn the basics of survival if you get lost outside during the winter: building a shelter, starting a fire, first aid and more. Come dressed for the weather as the group will put its new skills to the test outside.
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The Fiddlers of South Dakota will host an acoustic music jam from 1-4 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 12, at the Brookings Activity Center, 320 Fifth Ave. Visitors are welcome to come sing and play music, listen, dance or just socialize.
Sunday, Jan. 13
The Dakota Territory Gun Collectors Brookings Gun Show continues from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 13, at the Swiftel Center in Brookings. Admission is $5.