Events 02-12-20


Wednesday, Feb. 12

Staff from the office of U.S. Sen. Mike Rounds will visit Brookings to assist residents with any issues they may have dealing with federal agencies. The staff will be at the Brookings City & County Government Center, 520 Third St., Suite 210, from 10-11 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 12, in the County Commission Room. Questions or concerns regarding this visit can be directed to Senator Rounds’ Sioux Falls office at 605-336-0486, or by visiting www.rounds.senate.gov.

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The South Dakota Art Museum will host its next Lunch & Learn from noon-1 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 12, on Amir Fallah: What it Means to be an American, featuring a live video conference discussion with exhibit artist. Bring your own lunch and a friend and we’ll supply plates, cutlery and beverages. Start with a quick visit to the “What it Means to be an American” exhibit then join us downstairs for lunch. We’ll connect with Amir Fallah from 12:15-12:50 p.m. (you can eat while we talk).

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Bingo at the Brookings VFW, 520 Main Ave., is from 6:30-10 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 12. 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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Do you have questions about using the internet, social networks, your phone or tablet, e-books or other technology? Bring your device and stop in for Drop-in Tech Help from 6:30-8:30 p.m. every Wednesday in the Brookings Public Library’s Technology Services office, located near the newspapers. Patrons will be helped on a first-come, first-served basis.

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The Brookings Bird Club will meet at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 12, at Dakota Nature Park. Dr. KC Jensen will present an update on the northern saw whet owl data in South Dakota. Get your owl on! The following Saturday field trip will be discussed.

Thursday, Feb. 13

If you love to paint, join the painting group that meets from 12:30-4 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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Feeding Brookings grocery distribution is held from 4-5 p.m. every Thursday at Ascension Lutheran Church, 2030 Third St. To donate, volunteer or for more information, log onto www.feedingbrookings.org.

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The Brookings Public Library will host a Black History night from 5-7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 13, with activities and presentations for all ages. Come sample soul food, discover books on black history, and learn more about various figures by taking part in an informative, collaborative craft. Later in the evening, SDSU students will talk about their black history heroes, SDSU actress Morea Nichols will give a living history performance, and SDSU professor Molly Enz will give a talk about Senegal’s first president and his influence in the Négritude, literary movement. Finally, the SDSU Black Student Alliance and Multicultural Center will discuss their role on campus and within the community of Brookings.

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South Dakota State University Choral Day activities are scheduled for Thursday, Feb. 13, at the Oscar Larson Performing Arts Center. Concerts open to the public include the Elementary Festival Honor Choir directed by Drake University professor Barb Sletto, at 4:45 p.m., and the Festival of Women’s Voices, directed by Canadian conductor Morna Edmundson at 7:30 p.m. For more information, visit the SDSU School of Performing Arts website for music at www.sdstate.edu/music, or by calling 688-5187.

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Hygge Night will be held from 5-8 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 13, in downtown Brookings. Hygge is a Danish word for happiness through being cozy and enjoying life’s little pleasures, which is exactly what to expect in downtown Brookings. Several businesses will be offering unique ways to get cozy with friends and family. For a complete list of participating businesses and activities, check out downtownbrookings.com.

Friday, Feb. 14

The Brookings Police will serve up Coffee with a Cop from 8-10 a.m. Friday, Feb. 14 at the Prairie Café Lounge & Lanes at 722 Western Ave. Officers will be available to answer questions from the public about law enforcement and for the public to share concerns they have about law enforcement, safety or security issues. For more information, call the BPD at 692-2113.

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Bingo at the Brookings VFW, 520 Main Ave., is from 6:30-10 p.m. Friday, Feb. 14. 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 Snow Ball Dance will be held from 6:30-8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 14, at the Children’s Museum of South Dakota. Get dressed up and enjoy a special night for children and their parent or special someone. In addition to an open dance floor, games and crafts will be available. The museum exhibits will be closed, but the dance floor is open. Admission is $5.

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The Brookings Public Library will host its next Game Night from 6:30-9:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 14, at Wooden Legs Brewing Co. in downtown Brookings. Games will be available, but feel free to bring your own to get a group playing. Snacks are provided. RSVP to the free event on Facebook.

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The Bobcat Backers’ Winter Backer adult prom is set for 5:30-11 p.m. Friday, Feb. 14, at the Old Sanctuary in Brookings. A social and raffles are from 5:30-7 p.m., followed by dinner and a dance from 7-11 p.m. Tickets are $50 for a single, $90 for a couple and $500 for a reserved eight-person table. All proceeds will directly benefit Brookings Bobcat athletic programs. Tickets are limited and can be purchased at Brookings Engraving, The Sunflower Salon & Spa and Great Western Bank.

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The Brookings Arts Council will host a Valentine’s Day Paint and Sip from 7-9 p.m. Friday, Feb. 14, at 524 Fourth St. Couples or friends will enjoy step-by-step instruction with many chances to change the work as you go. Participants will have the option to create one composition on two canvases. Dessert and drinks will be provided. Cost is $40. Call 692-4177 or log onto www.brookingsartscouncil.org to register.

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The South Dakota State University Wind Symphony will continue its 2019-2020 season with a performance at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 14, in the Oscar Larson Performing Arts Center’s Larson Memorial Concert Hall. Titled “A Legacy of Hope,” this concert will feature a variety of classic and contemporary works and is presented as a part of the annual state convention of the South Dakota Bandmasters Association. This performance is free and open to the public.

Saturday, Feb. 15

The Brookings Area Chamber of Commerce will host a District 7 Legislative Forum from 9-10 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 15, in the third-floor chambers of the Brookings City & County Government Center, 520 Third St. Submit your questions ahead of time by emailing [email protected]

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Head to Larson Nature Center at Dakota Nature Park for the Plein Air Paint-In, set for 9-11 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 15. Plein air painting is all about leaving the four walls of your studio behind and experiencing painting and drawing in raw form. Facilitated by the Brookings Arts Council, get inspired sitting next to a crackling fire in Larson Nature Center while gazing at the serene setting of Dakota Nature Park. Artists are encouraged to bring their own supplies to the free event. Works completed by the artists will be hung in the City of Brookings government building following the event for the public to view.

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An ice fishing derby will be held from 9-11 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 15, at Dakota Nature Park. Stop into the Larson Nature Center to register for prizes, pick up a fishing pole (if needed) and head out to the ponds, where bait will be provided. As weather permits, explore the park on snowshoes, which are available for free. The cross-country trails will be groomed, so feel free to bring your skis. Dress accordingly for snow, ice, and slush. The event is free.

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A Winter Farmers Market is planned for 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 15, at the South Dakota Agricultural Heritage Museum. Enjoy a variety of local producers and crafters from the Brookings Farmers Market and Ag Museum. Admission is free.

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Prairie Striders Running Club invites community members, runners and nonrunners, to its annual Frostbite Frolic at 11 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 15, at the community room of Innovation Village Apartments, 2405 10th St., Brookings. The free, non-timed social run is on a paved, 1-mile loop around the Research Park at SDSU. Runners can complete as many loops as they wish. The potluck begins at noon. Chili, soup, drinks and tableware will be provided. Participants are encouraged to bring a dish to pass. Presentation of 2019 awards and announcement of the 2020 officers and race schedule will follow. Door prizes, including gift certificates, will be awarded. Families are encouraged to attend. Running is optional.

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Midwest Maidens Roller Derby will host the 2020 Frost Fest Chili Feed from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 15, at Bethel Baptist Church. Warm up with hot chili and all the fixings, plus a helping of cornbread for a free-will donation to the Maidens.

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Build an unconventional snowman during Finding Frosty, set for 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 15, in downtown Brookings. Participants must find all the pieces needed to create Frosty by browsing through the various stores in downtown. Once you’ve collected all pieces, you’ll be entered into a prize drawing. Find the Frosty map and participating businesses at downtownbrookings.com. The event is free.

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Jump on in! The Winter Extravaganza inflates from 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Feb. 15-16, at the Swiftel Center in Brookings. It features more than 20 inflatable and interactive games for the entire family. A special Toddler Zone is designated for little kid playtime fun, while glow-in-the-dark dodgeball and oversized obstacle courses are for older kids. Admission is $13 for ages 6+, $7 for ages 3-5, and free for ages 0-2. Adults and other attendees who do not plan to jump or play get in for free. A portion of the proceeds will benefit the Boys & Girls Club of the Northern Plains.

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Spend a Sweet Afternoon at McCrory Gardens from 1-4 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 15. Take a horse-drawn trolley ride through the arboretum and get your camera ready for a snow-covered paradise. In addition, guests can expect sweet treats and maple syrup tastings, and learn how honeybees are part of the sugary process. Admission applies for trolley rides. Children 5 and under are free.

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The Brookings County Outdoor Adventure Center will host Family Day Date, a free open house at the ranges, from 3-5 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 15. Bring your family to experience the archery and firearms ranges. All supplies will be provided, but feel free to bring your own bow or firearm.

Sunday, Feb. 16

The Winter Extravaganza continues from 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 16, at the Swiftel Center in Brookings. It features more than 20 inflatable and interactive games for the entire family.Admission is $13 for ages 6+, $7 for ages 3-5, and free for ages 0-2. Adults and other attendees who do not plan to jump or play get in for free. A portion of the proceeds will benefit the Boys & Girls Club of the Northern Plains.

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Take in a matinee movie with the family and share your kindness with the Brookings Food Pantry from 1-4 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 16, at Cinema 8. The theatre will offer $5 admission with the donation of a non-perishable or canned good item as part of Frost Fest.

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