Events 11-30-19


Saturday, Nov. 30

The Brookings Arts Council’s Festival of Trees will be open all day Saturday, Nov. 30, starting at 11 a.m., with free hot chocolate available from 4:30-7 p.m. at 524 Fourth St. before the Festival of Lights parade. Holiday hours for the Festival of Trees for the rest of the season is: Sundays, 1-4 p.m.; Mondays, closed; Tuesdays, 12-7 p.m.; Wednesday and Thursdays, noon-5 p.m.; Fridays, noon-7 p.m.; and Saturdays, 11 a.m.-4 p.m.

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The Children’s Museum of South Dakota will host a Pre-Parade Play Party from 5-7 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 30, at the museum, 521 Fourth St. The museum will be open for free play prior to the 2019 Brookings Festival of Lights parade, with special holiday activities taking place in the Art Studio. All are welcome.

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The Carrot Seed Kitchen Co.’s fourth annual Holiday Cookie Contest will be held from 5-7 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 30, at 310 Main Ave. All are invited to sample a variety of cookies and pick their favorite before stepping outside to enjoy the dazzling light displays.

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The Brookings Area Chamber of Commerce kicks off the holidays with its 24th annual Festival of Lights – Santa’s Ho Ho Hoedown on Saturday, Nov. 30. The annual Festival of Lights parade begins at 7 p.m. and will travel south on Main Avenue between Eighth Street and Third Street. Entries are open to the public with a float registration fee of $25. To register a business, club or organization, stop by the Chamber office at 415 Eight St. S. or visit https://www.brookingschamber.org/festival-of-lights.

Sunday, Dec. 1

Enjoy a wintery ride in a horse-drawn carriage through McCrory Gardens’ Arboretum with a cup of warm hot chocolate or coffee from 1-4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 1. Santa will also be there! Tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for SDSU students and youth (6-17 years) and free for kids 5 and younger. Last ride leaves the event center at 3:30 p.m. Time with Santa is free, as well as the work of a professional photographer on-site.

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The South Dakota Agricultural Heritage Museum will host a Holiday Ornament Make & Take event from 1-5 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 1, at 977 11th St., Brookings. Kids are welcome to stop by the museum and create a farm themed ornament to take home for themselves or give as a gift. The event is free and open to the public.

Monday, Dec. 2

Bingo at the Brookings VFW, 520 Main Ave., is from 6:30-10 p.m. Monday, Dec. 2. 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, Dec. 2, at 320 Fifth Ave. For more information, call 692-4492.

Tuesday, Dec. 3

Brookings Area United Way invites the community to stop by between 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 3, for an open house including conversation and cookies on South Dakota Day of Giving. Community members can sign up for hour-long Impact Tours starting at 10 a.m. or 2 p.m., which would stop at the Brookings Arts Council, Brookings Activity Center, Brookings Food Pantry and Brookings Behavioral Health & Wellness. A tour at noon will make stops at Brookings Backpack Project and to a Brookings Area Habitat for Humanity home build site in Aurora. Transportation will be provided by BATA. Sign up through the Brookings Area United Way Facebook page or by calling 692-4979. The tours will start at the United Way office, 619 Fifth Ave., Brookings. 

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Community members from Brookings and the surrounding area are invited to join the Boys & Girls Club of Brookings at 1 p.m., 3 p.m. or 5 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 3, for a tour of its facilities. There is no need to RSVP. Club leaders say this is a great opportunity to check out the club, learn more about what activities are available for youth and ask questions about how it impacts the community’s youth every day. All are welcome. 

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All veterans are welcome to Warriors Rock at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 3, at the Brookings Arts Council, 524 Fourth St. The free program will provide individualized guitar instruction and music experiences to support veterans. No experience is needed, and participants move at their own pace. To sign up call or text your name to Connie Johnson at 605-651-3649.

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Brookings PFLAG is holding an AIDS Service of Remembrance as part of World AIDS Day activities at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 3, at United Church of Christ, 828 Eighth St. S. The service will include readings, special music, time for personal sharing and remembering those who have died from AIDS. The public is invited to attend. Brookings PFLAG provides education and support for parents, family and friends of lesbians, gays, bisexuals and transgenders in the Brookings area. For more information, contact president Teri Johnson at [email protected]

Wednesday, Dec. 4

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, Dec. 4, at the Children’s Museum of South Dakota. Free coffee will be served.

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The Brookings Public Library will host a free screening of the live-action movie “The Lion King” starting at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 4. Rated PG; 118 minutes. Free popcorn will be served.

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Bingo at the Brookings VFW, 520 Main Ave., is from 6:30-10 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 4. 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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An Evening with Joy Harjo, United States Poet Laureate, starts at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 4, at the Oscar Larson Performing Arts Center. In 2019, Harjo was appointed the 23rd United States poet laureate, the first Native American to hold the position. She is coming to Brookings thanks to generous donations from the 3M Vibrancy Grant to the Brookings Arts Council, the South Dakota Humanities Council, the City of Brookings, and a private donor. Tickets to the event are free but must be reserved online at https://www.brookingsartscouncil.org/joy-harjo-tickets or by contacting 692-4177 or [email protected]

Thursday, Dec. 5

An Adult Mental Health First Aid course will be held from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 5, at the Research Park at SDSU. Contact Heidi Gullickson, Brookings Area United Way, at [email protected] or 692-4979 for more information or to register. Mental Health First Aid is a course that gives people the skills to help someone who is developing a mental health problem or experiencing a mental health crisis such as contemplating suicide.

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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 community is invited to the Mayor’s Holiday Celebration, set for 5-7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 5, at the McCrory Gardens Education and Visitor Center. Coat check tips support BHS “Bobcats on Broadway” students.

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The public is invited to attend the Parent & Guardian Symposium starting at 6 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 5, in Bell Auditorium at Brookings High School. The evening will focus on pitfalls that can impact local teenagers. Local resources will be available for questions and information during the resource fair from 6-6:30 p.m. Speakers will begin at 6:30 p.m. and are scheduled for a half hour on each topic: vaping presented by the School Resource Office, social media presented by school counselors, and sleep needs presented by Dr. Matt Bien. This event is sponsored by Brookings School District and Social Net Works. For more information, contact Michelle Vande Weerd at 696-4714.

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The SDSU School of Performing Arts presents its 17th biennial A Madrigal Feaste, Dec. 5-8 at the Oscar Larson Performing Arts Center. Tickets are $45 apiece and are still available for the shows at 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 5, and 4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 8. The Friday and Saturday shows are sold out. For tickets, call 688-5187 or visit www.sdstate.edu/madrigal-feaste.

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