Events 01-15-19


Tuesday, Jan. 15

Better Choices, Better Health Chronic Disease workshop will be held Tuesdays, through 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 SDSU Honors College will host a retirement celebration for Dr. Dan. Kemp from 2-4 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 15, in the Crest Room (253) at the University Student Union. All are invited to come thank the math professor for his 42 years of service.

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The Brookings Innovation Center will present its second quarterly entrepreneurial networking series, Innovation After Hours, from 5-6 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 15, at the Brookings Innovation Center. This session’s speaker is Don Endres, president and CEO of Novita. The event is free to attend, and drinks and appetizers will be provided.

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First United Methodist Church will offer Financial Peace University starting on Tuesday, Jan. 15. Area residents are invited to the first class from 6-7:30 p.m. in the church’s youth room at 625 Fifth St. Participants can decide from there if they would like to continue with the class. For more information, contact Gretchen Knutson at 692-4345 or at [email protected]

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The next Hillcrest PTA meeting starts at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 15, in the school lunchroom.

Wednesday, Jan. 16

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. 16, at the Children’s Museum of South Dakota. Free coffee will be served.

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Staff from the office of U.S. Sen. Mike Rounds will visit Brookings from 2-3:30 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 16, to assist residents with any issues they may have dealing with federal agencies. The staff will be in the County Commission Room of the Brookings City & County Government Center, 520 Third St., Suite 210. Questions or concerns regarding this visit can be directed to Rounds’ Sioux Falls office at 605-336-0486 or by visiting www.rounds.senate.gov.

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SDSU Program Council presents Nacho Average Dan from 6-7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 16, at Jack’s Place in the basement of the University Student Union. Come for free nachos and music provided by Dan Henig. He has over 159,000 YouTube subscribers and will perform acoustic covers of well-known explicit music. Prepare to be shocked and amused. 

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Bingo at the Brookings VFW, 520 Main Ave., is from 6:30-10 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 16. 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 Brookings Regional Humane Society’s annual meeting starts at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 16, at Old Market Eatery, 424 Fifth St.

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SDSU Chi Omega’s annual Skating for Wishes fundraiser will be held from 7:30-9 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 16. Start the new year off right by supporting Make a Wish South Dakota! There is a $3 cash-only entry fee plus $3 skate rental. Baked goods will also be sold at the event.

Thursday, Jan. 17

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 next Adult Craft Class at the Brookings Public Library is set for 2 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 17, 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.

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The Elkton Community Club’s annual banquet is set for Thursday, Jan. 17, at the Elkton Community Center. The event starts with happy hour at 5:30 p.m., the meal at 6:30 p.m., and entertainment from stand-up comedian Scott Novotny at 7:30 p.m. All are invited to attend, and tickets ($12.50 apiece) are available at Elkton BankStar and CHS. For more information, call 605-542-2681.

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The Brookings Interfaith Council will meet at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 17, at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 726 Sixth St. The topic for discussion will be Peace:  According to your faith tradition (world religion), what is peace and how is it to be achieved? What personal and social dimensions of peace are recognized? How do you find peace? The meeting will begin with a potluck. Please bring a passing dish, if able, and remember that many in our interfaith community do not eat pork or may be vegetarian.

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The next Third Thursday at the Gardens starts at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 17, at the McCrory Gardens Education and Visitor Center. Bill Ross and Louise Snodgrass of Good Roots Farm & Gardens will present “Planning Before You Plant: Seed Starting 101.” The class is free and open to the public, but registration is requested at https://www.mccrorygardens.com/registration-form. 

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The Brookings Library Puppeteers’ next puppet show is set for 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 17, at the library. All are invited to come enjoy the family friendly fun.

Friday, Jan. 18

Bingo at the Brookings VFW, 520 Main Ave., is from 6:30-10 p.m. Friday, Jan. 18. Cards are handed out at 6:30, and bingo starts at 7. Lunch will be available. For more information, call 692-6771.

Saturday, Jan. 19

The fifth annual Prairie Striders Indoor 5K on the SDSU track at the Sanford-Jackrabbit Athletic Complex is set for Saturday, Jan. 19. The race will be run in two heats – one at 8:30 a.m. for those planning to finish in 24 minutes or less and the other at 9 a.m. Doors open at 7:30 a.m. To register, go to allsportscentral.com. For more information, go to www.prairiestriders.net or email [email protected]

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The SDSU Department of Teaching, Learning and Leadership’s Family Resource Network will host free “Understanding Me Up to Age 3” parenting classes from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. the next two Saturdays, Jan. 19 and Jan. 26, at the Brookings Public Library, 515 Third St. While there are four sessions, participants are not required to attend all four. However, participants are required to register by contacting the Family Resource Network at 688-5730 or [email protected] The Jan. 19 topics are “Why I Do What I Do” and “Keep Me Safe.”

Sunday, Jan. 20

VFW Auxiliary invites the community to a brunch from 10:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 20, at the Brookings VFW post home, 520 Main Ave. The menu includes scrambled eggs, pancakes, sausage, toast, coffee and juice for $7. The Works includes the above breakfast with a separate plate of biscuits and gravy for $9. Children ages 3-7 eat for $4, and 2 and younger are free. Proceeds from the breakfast this month will go to the Brookings High School Band Winter Guard. For more information, call 692-8771.

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