Events 04-10-19


Friday, April 12

The 2019 Republican Lincoln Day Dinner is set for Friday, April 12, at the Swiftel Center in Brookings. The social hour starts at 5:30 p.m., followed by dinner and a program at 6:15 p.m. Speakers will include U.S. Sen. Mike Rounds, District 4 Sen. John Wiik, District 7 Sen. V.J. Smith, and District 8 Sen. Jordan Youngberg. Tickets are $50 apiece at the door, but please RSVP to Mary Kidwiler at 690-6850.

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The Brookings Public Library’s next game night is set for 6:30-9:30 p.m. Friday, April 12, at the library. Games will be available to choose from, or feel free to bring your own to play with a group.

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Bingo at the Brookings VFW, 520 Main Ave., is from 6:30-10 p.m. Friday, April 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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The annual South Dakota State University School of Performing Arts Spring Festival of Music includes five concerts held April 12-14 at the SDSU Performing Arts Center. The festival kicks off with Jazz Ensembles and Jazz Combos at 7:30 p.m. Friday, April 12, featuring nationally acclaimed beat-boxing saxophonist Derek Brown and director Yiqun Chen. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for students. A family package is available for $30. SDSU students receive free admission with an ID. The purchase of one ticket admits its holder to all five festival concerts. Tickets are available 30 minutes before each performance at the PAC Box Office. For more information, call the School of Performing Arts at 688-5187.

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The South Dakota State University School of Performing Arts and State University Theatre/Dance will present A Midsummer Night’s Dream at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, April 12-13, and at 2 p.m. Sunday, April 14, at the SDSU Performing Arts Center. Tickets are $20 for adults, $18 for seniors/military, $14 for faculty/staff, $13 for non-SDSU students/children, and free for SDSU students with valid ID. They may be purchased at the SUT box office, by calling 688-6045 or online at sdstate.tix.com. Learn more at www.sdstate.edu/theatre-dance.

Saturday, April 13

Brookings American Legion Post No. 74 will hold a pancake, sausage and eggs breakfast from 8:30-11 a.m. Saturday, April 13, 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 annual PTA-sponsored Hillfest fundraising carnival will be held from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday, April 13, at Hillcrest Elementary School. This long-standing family-friendly fundraiser generates thousands of dollars with children’s carnival games, raffle prizes for all ages and a variety of concessions. The event is open to the public. Ticket prices remain unchanged for 2019: just 20 cents per ticket if purchased before April 12, and 25 cents each when purchased during the evet. Tickets are used to play all games, as well as to purchase concessions and raffle chances. To volunteer, donate or for more information, call Hillcrest at 696-4600.

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A reception for winners of the Brookings Public Library’s Illustrate-A-Book Contest will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, April 13, at the library. Winners will be recognized and presented with their awards.

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The annual South Dakota State University School of Performing Arts Spring Festival of Music continues at the SDSU Performing Arts Center. Saturday concerts include Concert Choir, Statesmen and Choralia Women’s Chorus performing at 2:30 p.m., and SDSU Bands performing at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for students. A family package is available for $30. SDSU students receive free admission with an ID. The purchase of one ticket admits its holder to all five festival concerts. Tickets are available 30 minutes before each performance at the PAC Box Office. For more information, call the School of Performing Arts at 688-5187.

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The Bruce American Legion Post 200 will host its second annual Spring Ham Raffle at 7 p.m. Saturday, April 13, at the post home. The event features bingo and door prizes, and food and refreshments will be available.

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The South Dakota State University School of Performing Arts and State University Theatre/Dance will present A Midsummer Night’s Dream at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, April 13, at the SDSU Performing Arts Center. Tickets are $20 for adults, $18 for seniors/military, $14 for faculty/staff, $13 for non-SDSU students/children, and free for SDSU students with valid ID. They may be purchased at the SUT box office, by calling 688-6045 or online at sdstate.tix.com. Learn more at www.sdstate.edu/theatre-dance.

Sunday, April 14

A Sinai Fire and Rescue pancake feed is planned for 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Sunday, April 14, at the fire hall in Sinai. Come enjoy pancakes, scrambled eggs, bacon, sausages, biscuits and gravy for a free-will donation.

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Sigma Alpha and AGR will host its third annual pancake feed from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Sunday, April 14, at the Old Sanctuary in Brookings. All proceeds go to the South Dakota FFA Foundation’s Blue Jackets Bright Future program, which provides FFA jackets for FFA members who cannot afford one.

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The South Dakota State University School of Performing Arts and State University Theatre/Dance will present A Midsummer Night’s Dream at 2 p.m. Sunday, April 14, at the SDSU Performing Arts Center. Tickets are $20 for adults, $18 for seniors/military, $14 for faculty/staff, $13 for non-SDSU students/children, and free for SDSU students with valid ID. They may be purchased at the SUT box office, by calling 688-6045 or online at sdstate.tix.com. Learn more at www.sdstate.edu/theatre-dance.

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The annual South Dakota State University School of Performing Arts Spring Festival of Music continues at the SDSU Performing Arts Center. Sunday concerts include Orchestra (Tribute to the Beatles) and Opera (H.M.S. Pinafore) performing at 2:30 p.m., and Chamber Ensembles performing at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for students. A family package is available for $30. SDSU students receive free admission with an ID. The purchase of one ticket admits its holder to all five festival concerts. Tickets are available 30 minutes before each performance at the PAC Box Office. For more information, call the School of Performing Arts at 688-5187.

Monday, April 15

Twenty-second Avenue will be closed to through traffic between Minnesota Drive and the north side of Eastbrook Drive starting Monday, April 15, during the 22nd Avenue Reconstruction Project. The detour route will direct traffic onto Sunrise Ridge Road and Eastbrook Drive.

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South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem will visit the South Dakota State University campus April 15, for Governor’s Day, to honor all veterans and recognize the achievements of the U.S. Army and U.S. Air Force ROTC cadets in the Sanford Jackrabbit Athletic Complex. The event starts at 10 a.m. A 2011 South Dakota State graduate, Noem is making her first appearance as governor at the annual awards ceremony. 

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Feeding South Dakota will provide free food for families in need at its next mobile food distribution from 12:15-1:15 p.m. Monday, April 15, in the Elkton Community Center. Food distributions provide an assortment of food that may include frozen and fresh produce, frozen meats, assorted breads and/or canned and boxed items. Please bring something to carry your food in, such as coolers, bags or totes.

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South Dakota State University’s School of Communication and Journalism will hold COJO Days April 15-17. Three professional communicators will visit the Brookings campus to provide insights on how to navigate the challenges of 21st century communication. The event begins with Andy Boyle’s talk, “Creativity: Your Path to Getting a Dang Job,” at 5 p.m. Monday, April 15, in the Pheasant and Crest Room of the University Student Union.

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Doris Kearns Goodwin, a world-renowned presidential historian, public speaker and Pulitzer Prize-winning, New York Times No. 1 best-selling author, is the featured guest for the Daschle Dialogues series at South Dakota State University. The fourth-annual event will begin at 6:30 p.m. Monday, April 15, at the Performing Arts Center’s Larson Memorial Concert Hall, located on the SDSU campus. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. There is no cost to attend the event, but tickets are required.

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The Spring 2019 Live Music Series at the Pheasant Restaurant and Lounge continues from about 6:30-9:30 p.m. Monday, April 15, with the Johnson-McKinney Quintet. Check www.pheasantrestaurant.com/events for up-to-date information on added performances and changes. No cover.

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The Brookings Public Library’s next Adult Craft Class is set for 6:30 p.m. Monday, April 15. Participants will make bookmarks. Registration is required; stop by the library or call 692-9407 to sign up.

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Learn to visit a virtual planetarium from your computer. Judy Vondruska will lead participants through how to use free Stellarium software on the library’s computers in the computer lab. Two classes will be held, at 6:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Monday, April 15. Must be 12 or older to participate. Registration is required; stop by the library or call 692-9407 to sign up.

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Bingo at the Brookings VFW, 520 Main Ave., is from 6:30-10 p.m. Monday, April 15. 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, April 15, at 320 Fifth Ave. For more information, call 692-4492.

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South Dakota State University senior Devon Melillo will present the South Dakota premiere of “Sync,” during his percussion recital at 7:30 p.m. Monday, April 15, in the Performing Arts Center’s Founders Recital Hall on the SDSU campus. The recital is free and open to the public. For more information, contact the SDSU School of Performing Arts at 688-5187.

Tuesday, April 16

South Dakota State University’s School of Communication and Journalism COJO Days continue Tuesday, April 16. Andy Boyle will speak at noon in Jacks’ Place in the University Student Union. He will discuss his book “Adulthood for Beginners: All the Life Secrets Nobody Bothered to Tell You.” In addition, he plans to visit several classes those days. The School of Communication and Journalism will honor graduating students, honor society inductees and others at 3:30 p.m. in the University Student Union’s Hobo Gallery/Campanile Room. M. Sophia Newman will deliver “Interrupting Rape Worldwide: Notes on a Difficult Task” at 7 p.m. in the University Student Union’s Volstorff Ballroom.

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The Brookings Public Library’s next Adult Craft Class is set for 2 p.m. Tuesday, April 16. Participants will make geometric boxes. Registration is required; stop by the library or call 692-9407 to sign up.

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Urban Native Era is a group of collective youth, inspired by the Idle No More Movement, striving to create a vision and voice for seventh generation Native America by reclaiming traditional knowledge and identity in a rapidly changing world; simultaneously redefining what it means to be indigenous and free. The group will speak from 6-8 p.m. Tuesday, April 16, at the South Dakota Art Museum auditorium.

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The Brookings Public Library will offer a free, five-week creative writing class for adults beginning at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 16. You don’t have to be a “writer” for this writing class – curiosity and a little creativity are enough to begin. The class will run April 16 and 23 and May 7, 14 and 21. Must be 18 or older to participate. Registration is required; stop by the library or call 692-9407 to sign up.

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