Events 12-06-18


Thursday, Dec. 6

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 Brookings County Drug Court team invites the community to attend a commencement ceremony honoring its newest graduate at 1 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 6, in the third-floor courtroom at the Brookings County Courthouse, 314 Sixth Ave. The featured speaker is Chad Mansheim, and a reception will follow the ceremony.

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The next Adult Craft Day at the Brookings Public Library will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 6, in the upstairs Cooper Room. Participants will use felt, needles and thread and a bit of fiber fill to make adorable felt reindeer come to life. Registration is required for the free class; call 692-9407 or stop by the library to sign up.

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All are invited to the Brookings Holiday Celebration, set for 5-7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 6, at the McCrory Gardens Education & Visitor Center, 631 22nd Ave. Murph & Friends will provide live music. Hors d’oeuvres and refreshments will be served, and a toast is planned for 6 p.m.

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The Mickelson Middle School Band concert starts at 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 6, at the South Dakota State University Performing Arts Center.

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The Brookings Library Puppeteers’ next puppet show is set for 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 6, at the library. All are invited to come enjoy the family friendly fun.

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Charles Vollan, SDSU associate professor of American history, will speak at 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 6, at the South Dakota Art Museum, 1036 Medary Ave. He will discuss World War I in Perspective: Its origins, progression and the role played by the United States. Vollan will share photographs and maps to provide a clearer sense of the war and the nature of the fighting.

Attendees are also encouraged to explore the war through the paintings of Harvey Dunn in his official capacity as a U.S. war artist. Harvey Dunn: War Works is on display at the museum through Feb. 9. The gallery will be open at 6:30 p.m. prior to Vollan’s talk. Admission is free.

Friday, Dec. 7

The seventh annual Purses for a Powerful Purpose will be held from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Friday, Dec. 7, at First Lutheran Church, 337 Eighth St., Brookings. The luncheon, sale of gently used purses, jewelry, scarves, Nativity sets and Christmas ornaments, and silent auction are all part of a fundraiser for SDSU and First Lutheran Church – Belize mission partners in service learning. 

Dee Shanley will speak at the 11:30 a.m. salad and dessert luncheon about her experience as a volunteer sewing teacher in Belize. Tickets are $12 at the door, or reserve your ticket by messaging your name and number of tickets to Mary Moeller at 690-8862.

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The community is invited to come celebrate 10 years of innovation at the Research Park at SDSU from 4:30-6:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 7. Don’t miss this opportunity to hear about the economic impact the Research Park has had on the state of South Dakota. 

Company and Student of the Year Awards will be presented at 5 p.m., and Sen. Mike Rounds will deliver the keynote address at 5:30 p.m.

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Bingo at the Brookings VFW, 520 Main Ave., is from 6:30-10 p.m. Friday, Dec. 7. 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 sixth annual Music & Mistletoe fundraiser will be held from 7-10 p.m. Friday, Dec. 7, at the McCrory Gardens Education & Visitor Center, 631 22nd Ave. Tickets are $35 apiece. The event includes delicious food, a cash bar, live music and the grand lighting of Garden Glow. 

Be the first to walk through this year’s expanded outdoor lighting display. For tickets, call 688-6707 or log onto www.mccrorygardens.com.

Saturday, Dec. 8

Brookings American Legion Post No. 74 will hold a pancake, sausage and eggs breakfast form 8:30-11 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 8, at the post home, 1229 Western Ave. Proceeds will be used to support the Boys State, Youth Trooper Academy, and American Legion Baseball programs.

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Lake Campbell Lutheran Church’s Cookie Walk starts at 9 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 8, at 46610 219th St., 1 mile west of Lake Campbell. Choose your own goodies from a buffet of holiday cookies, candies and bars, at $8 per pound. Fresh cinnamon rolls and coffee will also be served. 

All proceeds are donated to missions.

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The Festival Weekend Christmas Market continues from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 8, at First Lutheran Church, 337 Eighth St., Brookings. All are invited to come explore the Mission Market, featuring a new assortment of fair-trade merchandise; craft items and new silent auction items; quilts created by First Lutheran Mission Quilters; and Purses for a Powerful Purpose, featuring gently used purses, jewelry, scarves, Nativity sets and Christmas ornaments.

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The 14th annual Santa’s Workshop and Craft Fair will be held from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 8, at the Estelline American Legion. A variety of vendors will be there, and Santa will be present from noon-2 p.m. Breakfast and lunch, kids’ crafts and a photo booth will also be available.

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Viewing of the 32nd annual Festival of Trees at the Brookings Arts Council, 524 Fourth St., continues through Saturday, Dec. 22.

Normal council hours are 2-5 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday. Thursdays (Dec. 6, 13, 20) have extended hours until 7 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 9, will have special hours of 1 to 4 p.m.

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Stroll through a wonderland of lights, images and scenes of the holidays at Garden Glow, held from 5-7 p.m. every night from Dec. 8-31, excluding Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. Admission is $5 for adults, $3 for youth 6-17 years old, and free for kids 5 and younger, SDSU students and McCrory Gardens members.

Free Santa visits will also be available Mondays, Dec. 10 and 17, and Sundays, Dec. 16 and 23.

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The Volga Christmas Extravaganza is set for Saturday, Dec. 8, hosted by the Volga Lions Club & Committee. Lebahn Holiday Train rides begin at 5 p.m. on Main Street with additional rides at 5:45. 6:30, 7:15 and 7:45 p.m. Tickets are $5 apiece.

The Parade of Lights starts at 7 p.m., also on Main Street, with line-up starting at 6 p.m. in the First Lutheran Church parking lot. Also, make plans to meet Santa and Mrs. Claus at the fire station and enjoy cookies and hot drinks for a free-will donation.

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Exaltation! Dance and Choral Company present the 20th annual A Christmas Celebration, the story of the birth and life of Christ shared through a blend of narration, music and dance. The Saturday, Dec. 8, show begins at 7:30 p.m. in SDSU’s Doner Auditorium.

Tickets, available noon-4 p.m. weekdays at the box office at the PAC and 90 minutes before the performance at the Doner box office, are $8 for adults; $5 for seniors, military, SDSU faculty and staff, high school students and younger; and free for SDSU students with I.D.

Sunday, Dec. 9

The Festival Weekend Christmas Market continues from 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 9, at First Lutheran Church, 337 Eighth St., Brookings. All are invited to come explore a bake sale; the Mission Market, featuring a new assortment of fair-trade merchandise; craft items and new silent auction items; quilts created by First Lutheran Mission Quilters; and Purses for a Powerful Purpose, featuring gently used purses, jewelry, scarves, Nativity sets and Christmas ornaments.

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Enjoy a wintery ride in a horse-drawn carriage through the arboretum at McCrory Gardens with a cup of warm hot chocolate or coffee from 1-4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 9. Santa will also be there! Tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for SDSU students and youth (6-15 years) and free for kids 5 and younger. Last ride leaves the event center at 3:30 p.m.

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Exaltation! Dance and Choral Company present the 20th annual A Christmas Celebration, the story of the birth and life of Christ shared through a blend of narration, music and dance. The Sunday, Dec. 9, show begins at 2 p.m. in SDSU’s Doner Auditorium.

Tickets, available noon-4 p.m. weekdays at the box office at the PAC and 90 minutes before the performance at the Doner box office, are $8 for adults; $5 for seniors, military, SDSU faculty and staff, high school students and younger; and free for SDSU students with I.D.


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