P ierre Area Chamber of Commerce
 April 2018 Newsletter


Pierre Area Chamber of Commerce, Pierre Convention & Visitors Bureau & Pierre Economic Development Corporation E-News


This is the electronic version of the Pierre Area Chamber's April 2018 newsletter. We continue to provide a hard copy of this document in the Capital Journal as well.

Life is good on the river,
The Staff at the
Pierre Area Chamber of Commerce

In This Issue
Pierre Economic Development Corporation
2018 Investor List
(from 1/26 to 2/23)
  
Thank you to the following businesses, organizations and individuals who are supporting economic development in Central South Dakota through their PEDCO membership investment.

Silver Investors - $300
Anderson Nill & Associates Inc.

Bronze Investors - $150
AmericInn Hotel & Suits
Moreno Lee & Bachand PC
 

 


President's Report
Bryan Beck, Chamber Board President

Spring is here! And let's hope it is here to stay. It's a time for rebirth and renewal. And no matter what business you're in, there's always a little room for some "spring cleaning". Spring is a good time to remind yourself of the essentials to your business. This is much easier said than done, and there are truly a lot of ways to do this. The task can seam daunting, so a good way to start is to simply ask yourself "what do I sell?" And when you know this, it can be a rallying point for the entire year ahead.
We all sell something, and I'm not just talking about our goods and services. That would be too easy. What is it that your customers come to you for specifically? In today's world of intense competition from online retailers and big-box stores, it's very important to decide what it is that sets you apart. Is it exceptional customer service? Unmatched expertise? Convenience? Speedy service? Low prices? Your customers know the answer to this question, and you should too. Sometimes, all you have to do is ask.
Once you discover (or better yet, decide) what it is that you will sell, don't be afraid to sell it. Make it part of your advertising and tell every customer you do business with that that is your goal. If they feel you are not reaching that goal, ask them to please let you know. Knowing what our customers expect can really help us to focus on the things we plan to do great.
But back to spring, the time when everything seems fresh and new. If there's ever a time to give your business goals a fresh look, it's this time of year. Refocusing your energies now can do much to invigorate the rest of your year. And no matter what it is that you "sell", a little spring cleaning can really help it shine.
Worlds Largest One-Day Leadership Conference to be Simulcast in at the Pierre Ramkota on May 4
Leadercast is the world's largest one-day leadership conference, broadcast LIVE from Atlanta and simulcast to hundreds of locations around the world on May 4, 2018. This year marks the eighteenth year of the annual leadership conference and the third year that the Pierre Area Chamber of Commerce will be at hosting the event at the Pierre Ramkota.

The theme of this year's conference is, "Lead Yourself." What does it look like to lead yourself? How can you intentionally develop your own leadership skills and style? What qualities do you hope to embody as a leader? In 2018, the Leadercast Live stage will highlight leaders who will answer these questions and explain the power and importance of leading yourself first so you can lead others well.
  •  Companies with ideals of improving people's lives at the center of all they do outperform others by 400%
  • More than 70% of people consider an organization's environmental and/or social impact when deciding where to work
  • Employees that feel they are working towards a good cause show increased productivity by up to 30%
  • People who are able to make a social or environmental impact on the job are more satisfied by a 2:1 ratio 
Leadercast Live will allow attendees and viewers to improve their own personal leadership journey with tips for self-evaluation and self-growth. Top leadership experts will inspire 100 people attending the local event, and the more than 100,000 people who will attend the event live in Atlanta or at hundreds of other simulcast locations in more than 20 countries. Among the leadership experts speaking this year
  • Mae Jemison - NASA Astronaut, Engineer & Physician
  • Ian Cron - Bestselling Author, Psychotherapist, Enneagram Teacher and Speaker
  • Andy Stanley - Leadership Author & Communicator
  • Jim Loehr - Co-founder of the Human Performance Institute
  • Jen Bricker - Acrobat, Aerialist, Author & Speaker
  • Michael Hyatt - Author, Speaker and CEO of Michael Hyatt & Company
  • Care Lohrenz - The First Female F-14 Pilot, Speaker & Trainer 
For years, Leadercast has brought people together and equipped them to become better leaders, managers, community members, and employees. Here is what people have to say about Leadercast:
 
"With a constantly impressive lineup of speakers and the on-target themes year-over-year (and at such a value), I consider Leadercast a 'can't miss' event," Kalpana OOmmen, Vice President Talent Acquisition, Cox Enterprises & 9-year Leadercast attendee.
 
"The whole day was interesting from start to finish. It was valuable to hear from leaders from various fields, as each had different perspectives and experiences. I was able to learn from leaders whom I otherwise would not have known of because I was unfamiliar with their work," Katie Booth, Mount Vernon Nazarene University.
 
"For me, it's a re-charge. For one day I can plug-in, focus on me - my impact, obstacles, and growth opportunities. I love that it is not only a lecture but it's an immersive experience that keeps me engaged...by a multi-sensory approach," Patrick Williams, Marketing Director, SunTrust Bank.
 
For more information and to purchase your ticket or group tickets to the Leadercast Pierre event, visit www.pierre.org or call us at 605-224-7361.
Pierre Mayor Steve Harding's Report
 
There's no shortage of major projects unfolding in Pierre right now. Here's a look at the status of some those efforts.
  
MUNICIPAL OUTDOOR POOL COMMITTEE
The citizen group in charge of replacing Pierre's current outdoor pool had its first meeting in March. Much of that meeting was spent establishing bylaws for and expectations of the Pool Committee. They'll meet again this month to elect a committee chair, establish project timelines, and craft a vision for Pierre's next municipal outdoor pool.
 
The goal is for the Pool Committee to deliver a conceptual design and funding plan to the Pierre City Commission by this fall.
 
COMMERCIAL AIR SERVICE
In mid-March, the City of Pierre received proposals from three commercial airlines interested in serving the Pierre market. They are Aerodynamics, Inc. (ADI), Great Lakes Aviation, and Boutique Air. The City's Air Service Contract Committee is now reviewing those proposals.
 
This is all part of the federal Essential Air Service (EAS) program. The federal program provides subsidies to air carriers to keep commercial air service viable in rural communities. The United States Department of Transportation (USDDOT) holds the contract with the air carrier but gives EAS communities the chance to weigh in on which carrier's proposal best suits the community. The current federal contract between the USDOT and Aerodynamics, Inc. expires this summer.
 
The Air Service Contract Committee will recommend to the City Commission which airline should receive the next contract to provide service to Pierre. The committee is comprised of a mix of local aviation and hospitality industry experts along with city staff. Together they will review the proposals giving consideration to the types of planes, agreements with other air carriers, gate space, as well as reliability and safety. That recommendation will be provided to the City Commission before the end of April.
 
WATER TREATMENT
If you missed the March informational meeting about the proposed drinking water treatment plant, you'll have two more chances to get your questions answered. We'll host two more meetings about the project before the June vote when you decide whether or not we should build the more than $35 million facility.
 
As those meetings get scheduled, we'll let the public know. In the meantime, you can find information about the proposal and why we're considering the project at cityofpierre.org.
 
POLICE CHIEF
Please help me congratulate Jason Jones as the new Pierre Police Chief. Jones was promoted to Chief of Police following the retirement of Dave Panzer. Jones is a 17 year veteran of the Pierre Police Department. During that time, he served in numerous leadership roles, most recently as Administrative Captain. He makes a great additional to the City leadership team.
 
That's just a snapshot of a few of the things keeping City staff busy this spring. To stay updated on all city activity, I invite you tojoin us for the City Commission meeting every Tuesday evening at 5:30. Meetings are held at City Hall or can be viewed live on Channel 8, Channel 608 or on demand at OaheTV.com.
Fort Pierre Mayor Gloria Hanson's Report
 
I am excited to announce preliminary plans for the 2018 Downtown Fort Pierre Farmer's Market!
After its inaugural year in 2017, the Downtown Fort Pierre Farmer's Market has proven to be a great way to bring people together in downtown Fort Pierre. It provides a fun and enriching activity for families of all ages and capitalizes on the unique and rich history of the area.
The event will run every Tuesday (except July 3) from 5-7:30 p.m. from June 12 through October 23. Like last year, the City will close a portion of Deadwood Street where various vendors, food and beverage options, music and children's activities will be available to the public. The event will carry into the fall to allow vendors to sell their fall produce, but the summer events and family activities will end after August 21.
Market nights will also include lawn games, horse-drawn wagon rides, beer sales, and sunset cruises on the riverboat Sunset.
We are seeking individuals/groups who would like to participate by:
(1) Hosting a fundraiser meal for their service organization;
(2) Providing a children's activity;
(3) Contributing to the entertainment through music or other; and
(4) Becoming a farmer's market vendor.
For questions related to scheduling a fundraiser meal, activity, or other entertainment,
contact Chris Maxwell at 605-280-2895 or chris.maxwell@maxwellstrat.com .
 
Anyone interested in participating as a farmer's market vendor (produce, baked goods, honey, homemade crafts, etc.) should contact Lindy Geraets at 605-222-1290 or bandgproduce@gmail.com .
 
We look forward to seeing you this summer
 
PEDCO Updates Plan of Wor
Jim Protexter, PEDCO COO
Non-profit organizations have two guiding documents that set the course for the future. The first is the Articles of Incorporation, which for PEDCO were formalized by Certificate of Incorporation on May 10, 1983.
Articles give general instruction about the purpose of the organization, and what it can and can't do. In essence, this is the basis for what would later become a more defined, time-tested mission statement.
In 1983, PEDCO was formed to encourage, promote and assist the growth, development and location of business concerns including small business, the creation of new and improved job opportunities, the reduction of unemployment and the betterment of individual and community prosperity within the County of Hughes, S.D., and City of Pierre, S.D.
That all sounds kind of old-timey these days. But it did provide the framework for PEDCO's current mission: to stimulate, diversify and escalate the economy of the greater Pierre area. Notice the more current tone using active words that create movement and demand action. That was the idea, anyway.
The second guiding document is an organization's bylaws. These take the general purpose outlined in the articles and give it legs. It's the who, when and how needed to carry out the mission. We know how many board members to have, how many times they should meet, who can call a meeting, and how the management structure will function.
With this background, good organizations will further develop an actual plan for advancing the purpose or mission. For PEDCO, it is our two-year Plan of Work. It's our strategic plan for the community, focusing inward on what we need to do to achieve our mission.
PEDCO's plan has five goals, and those goals don't change from year to year. It is the objectives under each goal that change slightly, and the strategies supporting each objective that change constantly.
Over the past two months, PEDCO has done a "refresh" of our goals, objectives and strategies by dividing the plan into sections and assigning small workgroups to each section. Once again, the main goals did not change, with the exception of some clarifications.
Goal I is to expand the economic vitality of the Pierre area. Our objectives are to create new jobs, expand the tax base, enhance the area's quality of life as defined by workforce demands, and make retail development part of our economic development efforts. There are more strategies for these objectives than room allows, but some examples including finding a way for the pulse plant to get back up and running, providing support for start-up businesses, working with local and regional developers and marketing available sites.
Goal II says to increase capital resources for economic development. When I first started, one of our board members put it best: "We can't keep going into battle armed with a bb gun." The two objectives supporting this goal are to get a bigger bang with the bucks we can bring to the table, and to seek out additional funding.
Perhaps achieving the second goal is a function of the third. Goal III is to enhance relationships with strategic partners. We see ourselves as working hand-in-glove with the state and Governor's Office of Economic Development, our federal congressional leaders, the city and county commissions, Fort Pierre, Capital University Center, SD Housing, Central SD Enhancement District and the state Chamber of Commerce & Industry. That's a lot of relationships to maintain, and we've even just added another. Our newest objective here is to establish and maintain a relationship with the local and Omaha Corps of Engineers.
Goal IV is appropriate to this article in this newsletter: communicate PEDCO mission and accomplishments. We need to communicate with our 150 business investors and continually improve our image in the community. The strategies of doing member visits, using social media and speaking to civic groups should also support Goals II and III. We need money and partners to be successful.
Finally, Goal V - continually develop internal organizational infrastructure - is an internal look at the organization to make sure it runs efficiently and can attract sound leadership. Objectives range from improving board member orientation, scheduling retreats for long-term visions and routinely upgrading our technologies and facilities. That is, of course, if we're successful enough with Goal II.
PEDCO will consistently refer back to this Plan of Work over the next two years. It's also the main tool used to evaluate our performance. And before you know it, we'll be revisiting the plan again. Hopefully we'll be able to check off a few items and replace them with new and exciting objectives we haven't even dreamed of.

Capital City Economy
December 2017 Current Month Same Month 2016 Percent Change 2017 YTD 2016 YTD Percent Change
CITY TAX RECEIPTS            
Pierre 2% $635,100 $625,631 1.5% $7,681,260 $7,901,254 -2.8%
Pierre 1% BBB $42,265 $45,816 -7.8% $536,254 $545,241 -1.6%
Fort Pierre 2% $88,423 $84,192 5.0% $1,158,031 $1,189,372 -2.6%
Fort Pierre 1% BBB $8,113 $8,338 -2.7% $120,788 $116,922 3.3%
OCCUPANCY TAX            
Pierre BID #1 NA $14,730 0.0% NA $246,775 0.0%
AIRPORT BOARDINGS            
Aerodynamics Inc. 1,041 810 28.5% 11,791 6,382 84.8%
DAILY TRAFFIC            
Missouri River Bridge 13,497 13,110 3.0% 181,391 185,409 -2.2%
US 14 East of Pierre 2,579 2,479 4.0% 35,607 36,174 -1.6%
CITY OF PIERRE BUILDING PERMITS            
Residential:
New Homes
Stick Built - Number 0 0 16 14
   Dollar Amount $0 $0 0.0% $3,836,603 $3,549,900 8.1%
Other* - Number 0 0 27 8
   Dollar Amount $0 $0 0.0% $998,500 $354,716 181.5%
Remodeling
Number 3 8 59 75
   Dollar Amount $39,200 $53,300 -26.5% $928,088 $1,210,469 -23.3%
Commercial:
New Buildings
Number 1 0 10 11
   Dollar Amount $150,000 $0 0.0% $26,386,951 $7,106,927 271.3%
Improvements
Number 2 3 34 32
   Dollar Amount $12,000 $19,824 -39.5% $1,033,098 $3,995,294 -74.1%
Total Permits**
Number 22 13 817 1148
   Dollar Amount $302,815 $85,997 252.1% $37,817,695 $25,284,273 49.6%
HUGHES COUNTY BUILDING PERMITS            
Residential:
New Homes
Number 0 0 10 16
   Dollar Amount $0 $0 0.0% $3,141,184 $3,971,604 -20.9%
Other* - Number 0 0 2 1
   Dollar Amount $0 $0 0.0% $98,147 $60,000 63.6%
Remodeling
Number 0 1 25 9
   Dollar Amount $0 $5,500 0.0% $633,740 $568,272 11.5%
Commercial:
New Buildings
Number 0 0 0 1
   Dollar Amount $0 $0 0.0% $0 $38,000 0.0%
Improvements
Number 0 0 2 2
   Dollar Amount $0 $0 0.0% $312,000 $51,100 510.6%
Total Permits**
Number 3 1 69 74
   Dollar Amount $158,600 $5,500 2783.6% $6,225,053 $6,001,921 3.7%
             
WORK FORCE                           
Pierre MiSA***
Total Work Force 12,863 12,913
Total Employed 12,462 12,557
Total Unemployed 401 356
Unemployment Rate 3.1% 2.8%
For local job opportunities, visit http://dol.sd.gov/localoffices/pierre
* Includes multi-family, mobile and manufactured homes
** Includes residential, commercial, and all other permits.
*** Pierre Micropolitan Statistical Area includes Hughes & Stanley counties
Source: Pierre Economic Development Corporation Research
Retail Briefs
NRF: Easter to usher in a season of strong spending
US consumers will spend $18.2 billion on food, clothes, gifts and other goods for Easter this year, slightly less than last year's record of $18.4 billion, according to a survey from National Retail Federation. "Consumer spending remains healthy both for this holiday and this spring, and that paints an optimistic picture for the US economy in the year ahead," NRF President and CEO Matthew Shay said. The Post and Courier (Charleston, S.C.) (3/22) 
  
FedEx to open shops in 500 Walmart stores
FedEx will open office locations in 500 Walmart stores nationwide by 2020 following a 47-store test that spanned six states, the company said Tuesday. Customers will be able to pack and ship parcels from the Walmart locations, as well as have packages sent to the locations for holding for up to five business days. USA Today (3/20)
  
Sources: Amazon eyes Toys R Us store spaces
Amazon has considered acquiring some soon-to-be-empty Toys R Us stores to expand its own brick-and-mortar retail concepts, sources said. The company's physical retail operations include bookstores, a convenience store concept and the 450 Whole Foods Market locations it acquired last year. Bloomberg (3/20)
  
Walmart adds home services nationwide via Handy app
Walmart will offer furniture assembly and TV installation services from 2,000 US stores through home services app Handy, after testing the feature in Atlanta. The move comes as others including IKEA and Amazon add more in-home services. National Public Radio (3/19)
  
Dollar General pulls ahead in discount retail race
Dollar General booked a 3.3% increase in fourth-quarter same-store sales and is forecasting 9% sales growth for this year, pulling ahead of rival Dollar Tree. Dollar Tree beat out Dollar General to acquire Family Dollar in 2015, and it's now investing to integrate the chain, improve stores, raise wages and improve employee training. The Wall Street Journal (3/15)
 
Hire with Confidence, Fire Without Fear, Tame Toxic Employees and Put Your Team on the Fast Track to Record-Shattering Success
2018 Business Seminar
  "How to Supervise People and Lead a Team"
With Glenn Shepard
 
This is a world class professional development course designed specifically for supervisors on the front line, who directly manage two or more employees. It's for managers who are "in the trenches", like the restaurant manager who can't open tonight because three of his servers didn't show up for work, the dentist who spends as much time dealing with her employees as treating patients, etc.
 
In this full day seminar, these top 9 modules will be covered:
 
Module 1: How to Find Good People when the Labor Market is Tight Module 2: How to Manage, Motivate, and Communicate with Millennials Module 3: Behavioral Psychology for Managers 
Module 4: How to Do Performance Evaluations
Module 5: How to Reduce Tardiness and Absenteeism
Module 6: How to Motivate People
Module 7: Advanced Supervisory Skills for Managers
Module 8: How to Use Affirmative Discipline to Correct People When They Get Off Track - without Demoralizing Them
Module 9: How to Fire Without Fear
 
Your Chamber has worked out a great deal for you on the tuition. Managers have paid as much as $1,295 to hear Glenn Shepard speak. You, as a member of the Chamber, may attend this event for only $197, and your 4th company registration is FREE! Non- chamber members tuition is $247. This seminar is approved for 5.00 (General) recertification credit hours toward PHR, SPHR and GPHR recertification through the HR Certification Institute and SHRM.
 
Tuesday, June 19, 2018
8:30 a.m. to 3:00
 Register online at www.pierre.org
  
CVB Report
Lois Ries, CVB Director

The Pierre Convention & Visitors Bureau will be celebrating National Travel & Tourism Week in May. During NTTW the CVB strives to increase awareness of the travel and tourism industry's economic, social and cultural influences to Pierre in South Dakota.
During this time we will partner with the Pierre Area Chamber of Commerce in bringing Leadercast to our area May 4, 2018. This year's theme is Lead Yourself. World-renowned speakers will inspire the leader within you - with insights, enthusiasm and real-world advice you can't do without. Who better to learn from than people who have met the same leadership challenges as you, and to succeed mightily? To register for this incredible event, go to the website: http://business.pierre.org/events/details/leadercast-2018-lead-yourself-24627.
On Tuesday, May 8, the Pierre Hospitality Committee will meet and discuss the importance of hospitality in our area. We will meet at 3:30pm at the Chamber of Commerce Board Room.
The 10th Annual Incredible Race will take place on Thursday, May 10th. Teams of two will follow clues in a race around Pierre to various attractions and businesses. At each stop, teams will pick up a playing card along with a clue to their next destination. The winning team will be determined by the best poker hand. We will have some great prizes to give away. Pre-registration is required. There is no cost and competition is open to all ages. You will be driving to each destination. Check in is at 5:45pm at the Pierre Chamber of Commerce, start time for the race is at 6:00pm. To register your team, call the Pierre Area Chamber of Commerce at 605-224-7361. Deadline to register is May 3, 2018.
We are still in need for volunteers for the Bassmaster Elite Series on Lake Oahe/Great Outdoor Festival June29 thru July 2, 2018. To be a part of this great event go to this link to sign up: http://www.signupgenius.com/go/5080b4daca72caaf94-bassmaster. If you have questions, call the Chamber a call at 605-224-7361.
Add all your summer events to the Chamber calendar - pierre.org.

 

           
Membership Report
Katie Johnson, Membership Director
 
Spring is a busy time at the Pierre Area Chamber of Commerce! We have ribbon cuttings, grand openings and Business After Hours. All of these events can be found on the rolling scroll on our webpage at www.pierre.org; you can also sign up to receive email notifications by clicking on the What's Happening tab on the webpage and entering your email address. Business After Hours will be May 31st at Hyde Stadium and hosted by Pierre Trappers, Clark Engineering, Oahe YMCA, Edgewood Senior Living, First Dakota National Bank and Bounce Around City. Be sure to mark your calendars! Come for Business After Hours, stay to watch the Pierre Trappers play their second home game starting at 6:30pm.
Summer is just as busy as Spring! Oahe Days will kick off with Taste of Pierre again this year on Thursday, June 21st. Local restaurants will be providing a 'taste' of what they have to offer! In addition, Edgewood Senior Living will be hosting 'The Longest Day' in the park as well. This event is a fundraiser for the Alzheimer's Association - watch for more details coming soon! Steamboat park will be busy the following weekend too. Pierre has been chosen as a host for the Bassmaster Elite 2018 fishing tournament on Lake Oahe! Make sure you come down for the weigh in and Great Outdoor Festival starting on Saturday June 30th! For more information on these events you can check our webpage or give me a call at 605-224-7361.
Think Spring!

 
Grand Opening
FashionRx, owned by Ashley Severyn and operated by the Alley Exchange, held its grand opening on Saturday, March 3rd. You can shop until you drop at FashionRx Monday through Saturday!
New Members
 
FashionRx
339 S. Pierre Street/Alley Exchange
605-280-7354
Sick of winter? FashionRx has just what the Doctor ordered-- a fun new spring outfit sure to lift your spirits! FashionRx is a contemporary women's boutique specializing in business casual clothing. Pierre's newest spot to find the perfect outfit to take you from the office to happy hour! Stop by and check out the great selection at FashionRx today! Please join us April 26th from 4pm-7pm for our Grand Opening and Ribbon Cutting! We will be giving away a $100 gift certificate to FashionRx and Wine 339 will be offering a wine tasting! We can't wait to see you there!
 
Movement Mortgage/Stephanie Odden
222 E. Capitol, Suite 17
605-222-8380
Founded in 2008, Movement Mortgage exists to love and value people by leading a Movement of Change in its industry, corporate culture and communities. Movement is best known for its innovative mortgage process and referable experience, which begins with Upfront Underwriting and a seven-day loan processing goal. The company employs more than 4,300 people, has more than 750 branches in the U.S. and is licensed in 49 states. Its nonprofit organization, The Movement Foundation, has reinvested more than $30 million in communities to date. For more information, visit www.movement.com.

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Ag Field Day 2018
Over 325 area 4th graders assembled at the Beastrom Ranch just Northeast of Pierre on Wednesday, March 14, 2018. Ag Field Day aims to teach students about South Dakota's number one industry - agriculture. The Pierre Area Chamber of Commerce's Agri-Interest Committee has sponsored this event for over twenty years. This day would not be possible without the livestock producers whom provided animals, and the presenters whom spent their day educating the kids - thank you! Students rotated through eight stations to learn about: dairy, beef nutrition, beef biproducts, pigs, grains, electricity safety, soils and 4-H/FFA. A special thanks to Jim Beastrom, his family and ranch hands - Ag Field Day would not have been possible this year without you!
 
  
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April Calendar of Events
 

April 1 - Easter Brunch Buffet at Drifters from 10:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. Contact information: Kayla or Emily at 605-220-5014 Fees: Adults $18 Seniors-$16 Kids 10 & Under- $10
April 1 - Brickhouse Easter Buffet at Richie Z's Brickhouse BBQ & Grill from 10:00 a.m.-1:30 p.m. By reservation only. Please call 605-494-0414 to make your reservation. Fees: Adults $18+tax   Seniors $16+tax   Kids 10 & under $10+tax   4 and under free
April 1 - 65th Pierre Elk's Easter Egg Hunt on the South Dakota Governor's Residence Lawn from 1:00 p.m.-1:10 p.m.   Contact information: Steve Wegman   605-295-1221   Fees: free will donation
April 2 - Canvasback Art Club monthly meeting from 7:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m. at Rawlins Library. Contact: Bev Letellier   605-224-7993
April 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 - Dog Obedience Class at the Boys and Girls Club from 7:00-9:00 p.m. Contact information: Capital University Center   Fees: $40
April 3 - Pedals, Pipes, and Pizza at the First United Methodist Church from 12:00 p.m.-1:00 p.m. This is not a fundraiser. You may bring your own lunch or pizza will be available for $1.00 and a soda for $.50. Come have lunch and listen to some great organ music. If you want pizza/soda, please let the church know the quantity needed by calling Elaine Scott at 605-224-5939.
April 3 - Volunteers needed at the food bank at the Feeding South Dakota warehouse from 5:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m. Contact information: Russ or Andrew at 605-494-3663 or email andrew@feedingsouthdakota.org 20-30 volunteers are needed for this project.
April 4 - Stanley American Legion Post 20 monthly meeting from 6-8 p.m. at the Moose Lodge in Fort Pierre. There will be a potluck dinner at 6:00 p.m. and a membership meeting at 7:00 p.m. All veterans are invited to attend and enjoy a meal on Post 20 and have fun. Contact: Royce Loesch, Post 20 Commander
April 5 - Breast Cancer Survivors from 12:00 p.m.-1:00 p.m. at the Countryside Classroom. Contact number: 945-0827
April 5, 12, 19, 26 - Free rides for seniors age 60+ every Thursday at 12:00 p.m.-April-May to the pot-luck luncheon at the Pierre Senior Center through River Cities Public Transit. Riders will need to pre-register with RCPT and call in at least the day before to arrange their pick-up time. Return trips should also be scheduled at that time. Contact information: Brett at 605-945-2360   Fees: free.
April 5 - Countryside Turkey 'n Biscuit Supper at the First United Methodist Church in the Trinity Room from 4:30 p.m.-7:00 p.m. All you can eat turkey and biscuits, salads, and desserts. Carry-out meals will be available. Contact information: 605-945-0827   Fees: $8 for adults and $4 for children twelve and under.
April 5 - Intermediate Spanish Class at Capital City University from 7:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m. every Thursday night through April 26. Fees: $130 Contact information: CUC 605-773-2160
April 6-8 - Hayes 65th Annual Play at the Hayes Community Hall. Friday and Saturday performances at 7:00 p.m. and Sunday's performance at 2:00 p.m. Contact information: 605-567-3567   Admission: $5.00
April 7 - 2018 SDGS Annual Meeting and Seminar from 9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. at the Ramkota Hotel and Conference Center Amphitheatre 1. Please register by March 26, 2018. If you have questions please contact by e-mail : sdgensoc@midco.net Contact information: www.facebook.com/sdgenealogy/      Fees: Mail your check payable to SDGS along with registration to: SDGS   PO Box 1101   Pierre, S.D. 57501 $30 SDGS Members, $35 Non-SDGS Member or SDGS Members postmarked after March 26 $40 Non-SDGS Members postmarked after March 26   $10 Taco Bar Lunch (optional).
April 7 & 8 - Zonta Spring Craft Show at Northridge Plaza. Saturday-10:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m., Sunday-noon to 4:00 p.m. Contact information: Brenda Hemmelman Fees: free
April 7 - 54th Annual Kiwanis Movie at the State 1, 2, 3 Theater with show times at 1:00 p.m., 3:00 p.m., and 5:00 p.m. Movie will be "Captain Underpants, The First Epic Movie". Admission: $3.00 per person.
April 9 - Stately Stitchers Guild Meeting from 6:45 p.m.-8:45 p.m. at Lutheran Memorial   Church basement. Social time is 6:45 p.m., meeting starts at 7:00 p.m.   Contact: Myrna Buckles 222-6847   Fees/admission: no fee to attend as a guest, when you join the guild dues are $12 per year.
April 9 - David Osborne Trio-The Pierre Concert Series at Riggs high Theater from 7:30 p.m.-9:00 p.m. Contact Information: 605-224-7909   Fees: Admittance is by season membership only. Memberships may also be purchased at the door of each performance.
April 10 - BLT & LTC Lunch and Learn at Edgewood from 12:00 p.m.-1:00 p.m. Contact information: Steve Bass, Admissions and Family Relations Director   605-494-3400   Fees: free-pre-registration by Friday, April 6 is preferred. To register call Edgewood at 605-494-3400.
April 10 - Long Term Care Partnership Program Lunch and Learn at Edgewood from 12:00 p.m.-1:00 p.m. Contact information: Steve Bass-Admissions and Family Relations Director   605-494-3400   Fees: free   Preregistration by Friday, April 6 is preferred. To RSVP call Edgewood at 605-494-3400.
April 10 - Chamber's Hospitality Committee Meeting in the Chamber Board Room from 4:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m.
April 10, 17, 24 - Common Sense Parenting at Oahe Child Development Center from 6:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m. Contact information: Dawn Tassler   605-224-3189   Fees: The class and reference book are free.
April 10 - Meet Mike! Broadcaster and South Dakota Author of "First Person: Legendary Sports Series," At the Cultural Heritage Center from 7:00 p.m.-8:30 p.m.   Fees: Free
April 13 - An Evening for The Arts: a benefit event for the visual arts, oral interpretation, and bands of TF Riggs from 6:00 p.m.-10:00 p.m. at TF Riggs High School.   Fees: $10 adults, $5 students
April 14 - Childbirth Class at Avera Saint Mary's Cafeteria Room from 9:00 a.m.-noon. Contact information: Dawn Tassler 605-224-3189   Fees: $40.00   Scholarships are available.
April 14 - Central SD Survivors of Suicide Support Group from 6:30 p.m.-8:00 p.m. Monthly locations TBA   Contact information: Julie Moore @ Avera.org   Fees: no charge
April 14 - Songwriter's Showcase at Drifters Event Center from 6:30 p.m.-10:15 p.m.     Admission: free
April 17 - History Trivia Night at the St. Charles Lounge from 7:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m. There are no fees. Contact: SD State Archives at archref@state.sd.us  or go to www.history.sd.gov/
April 19 - Breast Cancer Survivors at the Countryside classroom, 200 E. Dakota Ave. Suite1 from 12:00 p.m.-1:00 p.m. Contact information: 605-945-0827
April 19 - White Bunny Ribbon Cutting at 207 E. Capitol Ave., Suite 108 in the St. Charles Building from 4:00 p.m.-5:30 p.m. with the ribbon cutting taking place at 4:30 p.m.
April 19 - Dementia Care Partner Support at Countryside Hospice Support & Memory Center, 200 E. Dakota, Suite 1 from 6:00 p.m.-7:30 p.m.   Contact: Denise 605-945-0827
April 21 - Kids Venture Day at the Oahe YMCA from 10:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. Contact information: Dawn Tassler   Admission:   free
April 21 - 2nd Annual Hoppy Earth Day at Drifters Bar & Grille from 3:00 p.m.-6:00 p.m. Live bluegrass music by Black River Revue. The first 100 people will receive a free event glass. Must be 21+.
April 22 - Post Prom Party for TF Riggs Juniors and Seniors at Lariat Lanes from 12:00 a.m.-4:00 a.m.     There is no admission to attend. Contact: Linette Simpson, member of Post Prom Parent Committee at slsimps@pie.midco.net 
April 25 - Pierre Players Preview Performance "Cookin' With Gus" at the Grand Opera House from 7:30 p.m.-10:00 p.m. Contact information: 605-224-7826   Fees: $5 at the door
April 26 - Edgewood Health and Wellness Fair at Edgewood from 2:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m. Contact information: Kim Brakke-Area Marketing Manager   605-494-3400 Fees: free
April 26 - FashionRx Ribbon Cutting at the Alley Exchange, 339 S. Pierre Street, from 4:00 p.m.-7:00 p.m. with the ribbon cutting at 4:30 p.m.
April 27 & 28 - Pierre Players Present "Cookin' With Gus" at the Grand Opera House from 7:30 p.m.-10:00 p.m.  Contact information: 605-224-7826   Fees: $15-general admission, $13-general admission student (high school and under) and senior citizen tickets
April 28 - Stand Up to Child Abuse 5K Run/Walk. Sign in and registration begins at 8:30 a.m. at the South Dakota Discovery Center. The race begins at 9:00 a.m. Contact information: Central SD Child Assessment Center Lindy Bare 605-224-3365 Fees: Pre-register by April 12-$20 (includes t-shirt-size only guaranteed for pre-registrations) Day-of registration-$25 (t-shirts available for $10) 12 and under-free (t-shirts available for $10).
April 28 & 29 - Horse Races at the Stanley County Fairgrounds. Post time is 1:00 p.m.
April 29 - Pierre Players Presents "Cookin' With Gus" from 2:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m. at the Grand Opera House. Contact information: 605-224-7826   Fees: $15-general admission, $13-general admission student (high school and under) and senior citizen tickets

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