P ierre Area Chamber of Commerce
 December 2017 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 December 2017 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 2017 Investor List
  
Thank you to the following businesses, organizations and individuals who are supporting economic development in Central South Dakota through their PEDCO membership investment.
 
Platinum Investors - $1000 
  Avera Health, BankWest, First National Bank, Midwest Development Inc., Montana-Dakota Utilities, Wells Fargo Bank

Gold Investors - $600
A-G-E Corporation, American Bank & Trust, Beck Motor Company, Brosz Engineering Inc., SD Intrastate Pipeline Co.

Silver Investors - $300
Allied Plumbing and Heating, Anderson Nill & Associates Inc., Beemer & Bartlett Eye Clinic, Dakota Prairie Bank, Delta Dental, Dougherty & Company LLC, Farm Credit Services of America, First Dakota National Bank, Fischer Rounds & Associates, Hermanson, Swenson & Rath, DDS, PC, Lariet Lanes, Nystom Electric Contracting Inc., Robins Water Conditioning Inc., Sanford Clinic Pierre, Stulken Petersen Lingle Walti & Jones LLP, Titan Michinery, Wegner Auto Company
 
Bronze Investors - $150
Acorn Trust Company, All Around Graphix, American Family Insurance - Boyd Conzemius Agency, AmericInn Hotel & Suites, Anderson Contractors Inc., Anderson Dental, Arby's Restaurant, Audiology Associates Inc., BPRO Inc., Baumann Lumber Inc., Bechtold Thompson Dental Clinic, Berkley Risk Administrators LLC, Black Hills Federal Credit Union, Bob's Lounge, Brakke Financial Services, Capital City Wine & Spirits, Capital Journal, Central Dakota Eyecare LLP, Century Business Products, Chandlers Inc., Chase Auto & RV, Clausen & Rice LLP, Clubhouse Hotel & Suites, Coca-Cola Bottling Co., CommTech, Cone Ag Inc., Cowboy Country Stores, DJ's Convenience Store, Dakota Business Center, Dentistry at the St. Charles, East Pierre Landscape & Garden Center, Edward Jones, Envirotech, Factor 360, Feigum Funeral Home, Ferding Electric Inc., Fine Line Auto, Forell Limousine & Bus Service, Fort Pierre Livestock Auction, Foster Rentals, Friman Oil & Gas, Gateway Ford Lincoln Toyota, Governor's Inn, Grossenburg Implement, Halverson Hunts LLC, Hughes County Abstract, Ingram Pest Service, Isburg Funeral Chapels, Jake's Goodtimes Place, Jerome Beverage Inc., KCCR 1240 AM/KLXS 95.3 FM, KGFX - KG93 - KJBI - KPLO Radio, La Minestra, Leingang Home Center, Mad Mary's Steakhouse & Saloon, May Adam Gerdes & Thompson, MicroFix Inc., Midcontinent Communications, Midwest Cooperatives, Missouri River Dentistry, Moreno Lee & Bachand PC, Mustang Aviation, Nagel Agency, Northridge Plaza, Northwest Pipe Fittings Inc., Oahe Electric Cooperative, Oahe Federal Credit Union, Oahe Home Builders Association, Oahe Veterinary Clinic, Olinger Law Firm, Olson Plumbing Inc., Overhead Door Company of Pierre, Palmer Currier & Hoffert LLP, Peitz Heating & Cooling, Pepsi-Cola Bottling Company, Petersen Motors Inc., Pierre Area Chamber of Commerce, Pizza Ranch, Prairie Pages Bookseller LLC, Pryntcomm, Ramkota Hotel & Conference Center, Red's Transit Mix, Reinke Gray Wealth Management, Riter Rogers Wattier & Northrup LLP, River Cities Public Transit, Runnings, SDN Communications, Servall Uniform & Linen, ServiceMaster of Pierre, Silver Spur, Smith Plumbing, S.D. Electric Utility Companies, S.D. Pulse Processors, State 123 Theatre, SWS Financial Services Inc., Thielen Surveying & Mapping, TMA of Pierre, US Bank, United Sioux Tribes Development Corp., View 34, Weather All Roofing Inc., Wheelhouse Plumbing, Willard & Associates Inc., Willow Creek Wildlife, WW Tire Service
 
Individual & Non-Profit Investors - $60
Black Hills Special Services Cooperative, Capital Area Counseling Service, Capital University Center, Rick Dockter, Fort Pierre Development Corporation, Oahe Incorporated, Pierre Indian Learning Center, Charles P. Schroyer, S.D. Bankers Association, S.D. Chamber of Commerce & Industry, S.D. Community Foundation, S.D. Discovery Center, S.D. Rural Electric Association, Telecommunications Association, Pastor Brad Urbach
  

 


CEO Report
Laura Schoen Carbonneau, CEO
 
Don't Just Buy. Experience Christmas Shopping.
Right before I sat down to write this, I stopped in to check the progress at the Capitol as the chamber staff was decorating one of the trees. As soon as I walked in, the smells, sights and sounds of Christmas hit my senses. There's nothing like it. Sure, you can look at photos on the State's Christmas at the Capitol website and see all the beautiful decorations. But to really "feel" the Capitol Christmas trees, you have to be there.
The same is true when it comes to Christmas shopping. This year we are encouraging Pierre and Fort Pierre Shoppers to experience Christmas as they shop locally. Hear the holiday the music as you walk in the store. See the decorations. Touch and feel the items and smell the apple cider brewed up by some of our local merchants.
A hometown Christmas is something you can share with your family and friends. It's fun to greet people in the aisles and get caught up on the latest news. And it feels good to know you are doing business with your neighbors. You can also make a day of it. Shop in the morning and then meet friends for lunch. Or shop in the afternoon and end the day with a family dinner out on the town. However you decide to plan your outing, it's sure to create some great Christmas memories.
We always talk about the importance of shopping locally during the holidays. You might have seen the Small Business Saturday signs over Thanksgiving weekend. According to last year's statistics, 112 million people went out to shop small on Small Business Saturday, which is a 13% increase from the year before. And among those who shopped that day, 81% encouraged their friends or family to shop or dine at small independently owned retailers and restaurants that day too.
While those are interesting numbers, here's something else to think about: Small businesses donate 250% more than larger businesses to non-profits and community causes. And recent Civic Economics Study in Grand Rapids, MI found that when people spend $100 at a local business, roughly $68 stays in the local economy. When the same is spent at a larger business, only $43 stays local. So shopping locally is like giving a Christmas gift to that next organization who stops in asking for a donation.
It seems like people are getting busier by the day. They rush from home to work to children's activities. Wouldn't it be nice to take a day to relax? Plan a fun outing with the kids to buy gifts for grandma or dad and instill in them the importance of building up the community. Or spend a fun day shopping with friends to see who can find the best deals and most unique gifts.
As you prepare for the holidays, we encourage you to take one day to experience Christmas locally. As I say in the radio ads which run all year, Shop Local, it just makes sense!
Happy Holidays!


Ribbon Cutting Ceremonies
  
Richie Z's Brickhouse BBQ & Grill celebrated the new establishment with a Ribbon Cutting ceremony on October 30, 2017. Richie Z's is open from 11am to 10pm, Wednesday through Sunday.
Hermanson Endodontics, located at 1708 N. Lincoln Ave., Suite 103, began serving Central South Dakota in September 2017, and celebrated with a Ribbon Cutting on November 7th.

 

Angel's Salon held a ribbon Cutting Ceremony for their newly renovated salon on November 17th. Angel's can be found at 419 S. Pierre Street.
Pierre Mayor Steve Harding's Report
 
Buff up those credit cards - we're in the heat of the holiday shopping season! I do hope our local businesses are part of your holiday shopping plans.
 
Here's why. You'll get a whole lot more than presents when you shop local. In fact, local businesses provide the gift that keeps on giving. When you buy goods or services from a business in Pierre, the sales tax you pay goes right back into creating a better community for you. Two-percent of every purchase you make in Pierre is used to provide you with new streets, a responsive police force, a friendly library, and a beautiful park system. It's also used to fund our airport, our landfill and to help support local non-profits like the Boys and Girls Club, the Pierre Area Chamber of Commerce and PAWS.
 
If you want better streets, shop local! If you want new playground equipment, shop local! If you want a better quality of life, shop local! Every dollar you spend in Pierre, gets our city one dollar closer to all the needs and wants in our community.
 
And that's not all your local support provides. When local retailers are successful, they provide jobs, enhance our retail landscape, and are able to offer a greater variety of products and services right here in Pierre.
 
I hope you'll consider our local business when you're shopping for that perfect gift this year. After all, the business you provide them, is a gift to you and your family.
Fort Pierre Mayor Gloria Hanson's Report
 
The holidays are upon us! We have had some fun events already, and the calendar is rapidly filling with more.
Christmas at the Capitol has become a wonderful tradition enjoyed by residents and visitors alike. You won't want to miss seeing all of the beautiful holiday decorations at the Capitol, but the Fort Pierre Bicentennial tree is unforgettable!
On Tuesday, November 21st, I was honored to emcee the grand lighting ceremony in the Capitol Rotunda. It was especially meaningful because Fort Pierre was selected to decorate the big South Dakota tree in honor of our Bicentennial. A wonderful committee of dedicated and talented volunteers, led by Judy Weisgram, Sandy Zinter, Sandi Durick, Pat Miller, Butch Johnston and Cindy Bahe, designed and produced a wonderfully unique tree with a decidedly Fort Pierre flavor. It is a most fitting finale to our 200th birthday.    
The following Friday, November 24th, it was time for the lighting of another big Fort Pierre tree, this one at the intersection of Main and Deadwood. In true Fort Pierre fashion, there were horse-drawn wagon rides, a chili feed and contest, Christmas carols, store-lighting awards, and an old-fashioned family fun night. Many thanks to Sunny Hannum for coordinating the event.
Saturday, December 2, is the annual Holiday Tour of Homes, a fun opportunity to tour five local homes while supporting the Community Center. Lunch starts at 11:30, tours run from 1-4 pm. Call Pat Duffy (223-2701) for more information.
The annual Quentin Sutley dinner will be served from 12 to 2 on Christmas Day at the Pat Duffy Community Center. It's a delicious turkey-with-all-the-trimmings meal. No charge, but free will offerings defray the cost. Volunteers who can bring a pie or two are invited to call Pat Duffy at 223-2701.
From the City Council and staff of the City of Fort Pierre, we sincerely wish you Christmas joy and blessings into the new year.
 
Business After Hours  
Shoe Sensation hosted Business After Hours on November 2, 2017. Attendee's received great deals on merchandise at the event.
PEDCO Brings Technical Institutes, Build Dakota Leaders to Pierre
Deni Amundson, Program Manager for the Build Dakota Scholarship, gives an overview of the workforce development initiative funded by T. Denny Sanford and South Dakota Future Funds allocated by Gov. Dennis Daugaard. All four of the state's technical institutes and the state Department of Labor were also represented at the Nov. 21 program hosted by PEDCO.
South Dakota businesses needing trained workers in a wide variety of targeted industries are learning how the Build Dakota Scholarship can help them create their own pipeline of new talent.
That was the message Nov. 21 from Deni Amundson, the scholarship's program manager, and from the state's four technical institutes during a one-hour presentation to PEDCO members and area businesses during PEDCO's annual meeting. Over 50 business and civic leaders from the Pierre area attended.
This year approximately 300 students are receiving full-ride scholarships to attend one of the technical institutes. One of the conditions of the scholarship is to work in South Dakota for three years. Other conditions include keeping a clean record and maintaining a 2.5 GPA. In return, a two-year degree scholar receives about $20,000 to cover school-related expenses. Housing and food are not covered, but students that qualify for other scholarships can often apply those funds for a true free ride.
The emphasis of the presentation to the PEDCO group was how industry partnerships are providing a pipeline of workers to employers while extending the life of the scholarship. Businesses that partner provide up to $8,000 for a two-year degree, and the scholar signs a separate employment agreement with the business for three years. Students applying with an industry partner are virtually guaranteed a scholarship, while only about 10 percent of the other applicants receive the award.
Ideally, an industry partner has a local student in mind when joining the program. That student can then work for the business in the summer and is more likely to stay in their local community after completing the training. The technical schools can also help match students to industry partners, but there are more businesses looking for students than there are students looking for business partners.
If the student breaks the contract to work in South Dakota for three years, a portion of the scholarship must be paid back. That has happened, says Clayton Deuter from Mitchell Technical Institute. "Neighboring states know about Build Dakota and they don't like it. They know we have great students. Some businesses have even agreed to pay the student's contract just to get them to come to work for them."
That scenario is less likely, says Amundson, if the industry partner has a local student who tends to be much more loyal after graduation.
While in Pierre, the Build Dakota team also presented the scholarship opportunity to parents and students in the Pierre and Stanley County school districts. For more information, go to builddakotascholarships.com.
PEDCO Excellence Award Goes to Zarecky's                       
Each year at its annual meetin
PEDCO Chairman Mark Anderson, left, presents the corporation's award for excellence in economic development to Mark and Glennis Zarecky during the PEDCO annual meeting Nov. 21 at Richie Z'S Brickhouse BBQ & Grill.
g the Pierre Economic Development Corporation presents its top award for outstanding contributions to economic development in the Pierre area. This year's "Vernon" award was presented Nov. 21 to Mark and Glennis Zarecky.
 
The Zareckys started in 1981 and have quickly grown to be one of the foremost developers in the area. They have developed approximately 130 acres in northeast Pierre for housing and some commercial lots.
 
In 2008 they purchased the old Sandvig's farm store on Sioux Avenue and transformed it into Capitol Creek Centre, an attractive 21,000 square foot office and retail building. They also converted the vacant Econofoods building into their corporate offices and manufacture RediRock retaining wall blocks in the back. RediRock is featured at Hyde Stadium and along Capitol Creek Trail.
 
To help PEDCO meet its goal of increasing the availability of workforce rental housing, the Zareckys built the 57-unit Highlands Ridge Apartments next to Beck Motors in 2012. Downtown Pierre Street investments include the Alley Exchange in 2014 and The Exchange Coffee this year. These projects replaced Tipton's Ace Hardware and Pier 347 to bring more traffic to the city's core.
 
In 2016 the Zareckys completed Drifter's Bar & Grille in Fort Pierre, the first of several phases of what will become Riverwalk Landing.
 
One of their most recent investments was buying the Pierre mall. The previous owners had been telling the city for years how they would be updating the property, but it never happened. Zareckys bought the mall, renamed it Northridge Plaza, and quickly filled a portion of the vacated Kmart space by attracting Hobby Lobby.
 
In receiving the award, Glennis Zarecky reminded the audience that they are from Pierre and have enjoyed being part of many projects that have made Pierre a better hometown. PEDCO COO, Jim Protexter, also thanked Glennis Zarecky for her past service on the PEDCO board of directors and commended the couple for their recent donation of 16 acres of land to the City of Pierre for recreational use.
 
The PEDCO Vernon Award for Excellence was started in 2001 in memory of Vern Schuetzle, a local realtor who inspired many residents in this community to get involved and give back. The award is for outstanding contributions to the growth and development of Pierre.
PEDCO Co-Sponsors "Soft Skills" Employer Workshop
Mary Gates, Director of The Right Turn, shares some of the strategies of teaching soft skills like attitude and accountability to about 20 area Human Resources professionals. PEDCO co-sponsored the seminar, which was one of the recommendations in the Pierre/Fort Pierre Workforce Development Council final report released in January.
Local employers are looking for workers with improved soft skills such as attendance, attitude and accountability. Enter The Right Turn's new "Bring You're A Game" workshop.
Developing a program to provide soft skills training was one of the many recommendations to come out of the Pierre-Fort Pierre Workforce Development Council that concluded its 18-month run this spring. Area employers were given a 90-minute introduction Nov. 15 on what the regular 8-hour employee course will strive to accomplish.
Using a grant from the SD Department of Labor and programming materials from The Center for Work Ethic Development in Denver, The Right Turn has scheduled several separate classes in December, January and February. The goal for employers is to decrease employee absenteeism, increase average sales, increase employee morale, improve productivity and decrease involuntary turnover.
Right Turn Director, Mary Gates, also spent some time discussing what the audience of about 30 local employers determined to be the top problem - backbiting. Also known as gossip or spreading rumors, Gates implored employers to consider adopting a three-question test for employees to first ask each other before listening to a rumor. Is it true? Is it anything good? Is it useful?
The need for soft skills programming was identified through an employer poll conducted by the Education Committee of the Workforce Council. Another 2015 survey by Instructure shows that 88 percent of managers say new hires need a strong work ethic to succeed, but only 15 percent say their new hires possess the trait.
For more information on how to get your employees to bring their A Game to work, contact The Right Turn at 773-4755.
Capital City Economy
August 2017 Current Month Same Month 2016 Percent Change 2017 YTD 2016 YTD Percent Change
CITY TAX RECEIPTS            
Pierre 2% $606,623 $703,802 -13.8% $5,117,642 $5,305,729 -3.5%
Pierre 1% BBB $46,059 $53,448 -13.8% $360,197 $361,248 -0.3%
Fort Pierre 2% $100,236 $105,181 -4.7% $748,113 $833,148 -10.2%
Fort Pierre 1% BBB $11,339 $11,505 -1.4% $84,483 $78,215 8.0%
OCCUPANCY TAX            
Pierre BID #1 (Est. 8/2014) $21,844 $23,533 -7.2% $154,127 $161,445 -4.5%
AIRPORT BOARDINGS            
Aerodynamics Inc. 917 485 89.1% 7,025 2,324 202.3%
DAILY TRAFFIC            
Missouri River Bridge 15,978 16,455 -2.9% 122,726 126,647 -3.1%
US 14 East of Pierre 3,413 3,459 -1.3% 23,781 24,292 -2.1%
CITY OF PIERRE BUILDING PERMITS            
Residential:
New Homes
Stick Built - Number 2 1 10 10
   Dollar Amount $103,000 $315,000 -67.3% $2,282,203 $2,401,416 -5.0%
Other* - Number 2 2 22 7
   Dollar Amount $85,000 $50,000 70.0% $877,500 $200,138 338.4%
Remodeling
Number 2 2 47 47
   Dollar Amount $35,500 $32,000 10.9% $716,688 $915,650 -21.7%
Commercial:
New Buildings
Number 2 1 6 11
   Dollar Amount $325,800 $167,845 0.0% $23,624,951 $7,106,927 232.4%
Improvements
Number 2 2 27 20
   Dollar Amount $317,997 $241,700 31.6% $925,228 $3,176,418 -70.9%
Total Permits**
Number 144 99 620 919
   Dollar Amount $173,045 $1,583,578 -89.1% $31,847,970 $21,527,144 47.9%
HUGHES COUNTY BUILDING PERMITS            
Residential:
New Homes
Number 1 3 5 14
   Dollar Amount $300,000 $1,306,000 -77.0% $1,170,184 $3,309,604 -64.6%
Other* - Number 0 0 1 0
   Dollar Amount $0 $0 0.0% $11,000 $0 0.0%
Remodeling
Number 7 0 7 6
   Dollar Amount $81,200 $0 #DIV/0! $555,255 $159,772 247.5%
Commercial:
New Buildings
Number 0 0 0 1
   Dollar Amount $0 $0 0.0% $0 $38,000 0.0%
Improvements
Number 0 0 1 1
   Dollar Amount $0 $0 0.0% $270,000 $23,000 1073.9%
Total Permits**
Number 9 8 28 61
   Dollar Amount $397,995 $1,415,489 -71.9% $2,332,121 $4,757,121 -51.0%
             
WORK FORCE                           
Pierre MiSA***
Total Work Force 12,983 13,008
Total Employed 12,622 12,750
Total Unemployed 361 258
Unemployment Rate 2.8% 2.0%
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
CVB Report 
Lois Ries, CVB Director

The theme for the 2017 Christmas at the Capitol is "The Colors of Christmas". All of the trees in the rotunda will be decorated in colors that you think of when you think of Christmas. Hopefully you will get to see the trees - they are beautiful as they always are. They are on display thru December 26th.
Check out all the events going on in our area on the Chamber of Commerce website - www.pierre.org . If you are planning an event, get it posted to this website. The website is referenced often this time of year.
The Convention and Visitors Bureau is in the process of finishing the marketing plan for 2018. Our marketing plan is an effective way to help make people aware of the many things to do and see in Pierre.
Plans are being made now for the Bassmaster Elite Tournament which will be held in Pierre June 29 - July 2, 2018. We will need many volunteers to help out with the event. Please give me a call at 224-7361 to help out with this great event.
Enjoy your time with family and friends. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.






The Pierre Area Chamber of Commerce had the privilege of decorating one of the Christmas trees in the Capitol rotunda in honor of Missouri Shores Domestic Violence Shelter. The tree is sponsored by CenturyLink.
Membership Report
Katie Johnson, Membership Director

I can't believe it is December already...this year has flown by! 55 new members, 10 business after hours events, 23 ribbon cuttings, and 2 ground breakings - and December isn't over yet!
December marks my 2nd year with the Pierre Area Chamber, and I still love coming to work EVERY day! From the members I get to meet, to the visitors that walk through the door, to the phone calls we receive; I find great satisfaction in being able to help! Sometimes it is as simple as directions, sometimes it is recommendations, and sometimes, I have to do a little research to be able to answer their questions correctly...but then I learn something new too!  
We will celebrate the close of 2017 with our annual celebration December 7th. It is a great opportunity to have your staff Christmas party or just a group of friends get together for a fun night of great food and entertainment!
Thank you for investing in your chamber, and get ready for a great 2018!

New Chamber Members

Bill of Rights
Brian Trimble
1601 N Harrison Ave Ste #5
Pierre, SD 57501
605-280-5874
  
Pierre Trappers Baseball Club
Jackson Bruce
124 W. Dakota
Pierre, SD 57501
605-280-7270
  
Puetz Corporation
Mark Puetz/Troy Gette
3150 Airport Road Unit 6
Pierre, SD 57501
605-223-2440
  
The Hero Gym
John Bolger
1515 E. Sioux Ave Ste B
Pierre, SD 57501
605-224-1425
pierreherogym@gmail.com
                               Parade of Lights 2017                       
  
 
2018 Governor's Prayer Breakfast
 
On an early Friday morning in January, the Governor, First Lady, members of the legislature, state government officials, and many citizens from Pierre, Fort Pierre, and across South Dakota will gather for the Governor's Prayer Breakfast.
 
The fourteenth annual breakfast will be held on January 19, 2018 at 6:20am at the Pierre Ramkota. Everyone is invited to attend. Tickets are twenty dollars and are available at www.sdgpb.org or by stopping by the Pierre Chamber of Commerce no later than January 17.
 
The breakfast is loosely modeled after the National Prayer Breakfast in Washington, DC. It is an opportunity for government leaders and citizens gathering together to publicly acknowledge the Judeo/Christian heritage of the United States of America.
 
Speakers for past breakfasts have included former governors, a First Lady, successful businessmen, legendary coaches, foreign national government leaders, and mission workers. All have brought an encouraging message of how Jesus Christ is working in their life.
 
The speaker for this year's breakfast will be Virginia Prodan from Dallas, Texas. As a young attorney under Nicolae Ceausescu's brutal communist regime in Romania, Virginia had spent her entire life searching for the truth. When she finally found it in the pages of the most forbidden book in all of Romania, Virginia accepted the divine call to defend fellow followers of Christ against unjust persecution in an otherwise ungodly land. Virginia Prodan's compelling story of courage in the face of intimidation and even death is a testament to her unwavering faith in a God who delivers. You can read more about Virginia and her book, Saving My Assassin, at www.sdgpb.org .
 
Come and let Virginia's message encourage you. It will be a Friday morning breakfast you will never forget!
 
The prayer breakfast is organized by a group of volunteers from Pierre, Fort Pierre, and Watertown. The breakfast is supported by ticket sales and private contributions.
 

 

 

 

 

December Calendar of Events
 
December 1-26 - Christmas at the Capitol at the South Dakota State Capitol Building from 8:00 a.m. - 10:00 p.m. daily. The entertainment schedule can be found at www.christmasatthecapitol.sd.gov
December 1-24 - Socks for Troops at Shoe Sensation in the Northridge Plaza. Shoe Sensation will have military approved socks in the store and customers will be able to receive 20% of the socks donated. Customers will also be able to bring in new socks to be donated.
December 1-3 - 2017 MAC Winter Invite in Pierre at the Pierre Aquatic Center with several sessions throughout the weekend. Contact information: Becky Burke Fees: free for spectators
December 1-3, 7-9 - Pierre Players Presents "Calendar Girls" at the Grand Opera House from 7:30 p.m.-10:00 p.m. Contact Information: 605-224-7826   Admission: Adult tickets-$15 Student (high school and under) and senior citizen tickets-$13
December 2 - Ft. Pierre Pat Duffy Community Youth Involved Center's Holiday "Tour of Homes" fundraiser from 1:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m. Contact information: Pat Duffy at CYI 605-223-2701   Fees: $10 Tour Tickets, $5 lunch at Sutley Senior Citizen's Center (optional) 12:30 p.m.-1:30 p.m.
December 3 - In Concert for Christmas at the First United Methodist Church from2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.   Contact information: Ron Smith 605-494-3456 or 605-224-5939   Fees: Free will offering to support the Church of Hope @ the Women's Prison.
December 4 - Canvasback Art Club monthly meeting from 7:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m. at Rawlins Library. Contact: Bev Letellier at 605-224-7993
December 4-5 - Pierre Players Auditions "The Three Musketeers" at the Grand Opera House at 7:00 p.m. Contact information: Director Jennifer Kranz at 605-220-0364 or jennifer57501@pie.midco.net
December 5 - 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.
December 5 - The Hero Gym Ribbon Cutting and Grand Opening from 4:00 p.m.-7: 00 p.m. Ribbon cutting at 4:30 p.m. Location: 1515 E. Sioux Ave. Ste.8
December 6 - 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
December 7 - Breast Cancer Survivors from 12:00 p.m.-1:00 p.m. at the Countryside Classroom. Contact number: 605-945-0827
December 7 - Chamber Annual Celebration 2017-the Ugly Christmas Sweater Party from 5:00 p.m.-10:00 p.m. at the Ramkota Hotel. Social hour at 5:30, dinner at 6:30 with entertainment to follow. Contact information: Laura Schoen Carbonneau 605-224-7361 Tickets: $50 per person or $400 for a table of 8.
December 8 - Swisher's Dance Club at the American Legion Cabin from 8:00p.m.-11:55p.m. Admission is $10 at the door. Contact Information: 605-
222-1401
December 8 - Surprise Package Christmas Concert from 7:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m. at Community Bible Church. Fees: free-will donation for the Pierre/Ft. Pierre Foster Parent Association.
December 9 - Mandarin and Mixed Grape Delivery at Runnings from 5:30 p.m.-6:30 p.m. Contact information: 605-377-8679
December 10 - Surprise Package Christmas Concert from 2:30 p.m.-3:30 p.m. at Community Bible Church. Fees: free-will donation for the Pierre/Ft. Pierre Foster Parent Association.
December 10 - Trains in the Cabin at the American Legion Cabin from 11:30 a.m.-2:00 p.m. There will be a Lego and Model contest for children. Lunch will be served from 11:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m. Contact information: American Legion 605-224-2123   Fees: free will donation
December 11 - 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 605-222-6847   Fees/admission: no fee to attend as a guest, when you join the guild dues are $12 per year.
December 11 - Holiday Jam with the Hegg Brothers at TF Riggs Theater from 7:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m.   This concert is a benefit for the Boys and Girls Club of the Capital Area and is sponsored by the Pierre/Ft. Pierre Rotary Club. Contact information: Larry Lyngstad or Jayne Parsons
December 12 - Women's Healthcare and Wellness Focus Group at Red Rossa Plains Room from 11:30a.m.-1:00 p.m. or 5:51 p.m.-6:45 p.m. Contact information: Brenda Boyer Maximizing Excellence 605-271-9970 Fees: none
December 12 - Chamber's Hospitality Committee Meeting in the Chamber Board Room from 4:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m.
December 14 - Central SD Survivors of Suicide Support Group from 6:30 p.m.-8:00 p.m. with monthly location to be announced. Contact: JulieMoore@Avera.org
  December 15-17 - Holiday Craft and Vendor Fair at the Northridge Plaza. Friday-10:00 a.m.-9:00 p.m., Saturday-10:00 a.m.-7:00 p.m., Sunday-11:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m. Contact information: Billy Brueggeman 605-852-2880. Fees: free to attend, Vendors-contact Billy.
December 16 - "A New Tradition" Christmas Concert at Riggs Theater from 4:00 p.m.-6:00 p.m.   A traditional Christmas Concert with a cowboy twist. Contact information: Carmen Cowan Magee 605-280-8938 or Gary Heintz 605-222-0079. Admission: $15 advanced tickets, $25 at the door. On sale at Gary Heintz State Farm Office, Prairie Pages, and Total Beauty.
December 19 - TF Riggs Band and Choir Concert at TF Riggs Theater from 7:00p.m.-9:00p.m. Contact information: Mackenzie McKeithan Jensen, Band Director Fees: free
December 21 - Breast Cancer Survivors from 12:00 p.m.-1:00 p.m. at the
Countryside Classroom, Suite 1. Contact: 605-945-0827
December 27-28 - Pierre Minecraft Maniacs Classes K-12 at Bits, Bytes, and Gadgets. Session C-must complete either A or B to be eligible for session C.   Contact: Dustin Van Balen   605-295-0687 or 605-295-1490 (store). Each session is $200, includes lunch and a t-shirt. Mention "Read it on the Pierre Chamber Newsletter" and receive a $40 discount.
December 28 - CuriosiTeens at the SD Discovery Center from 6:30 p.m.-8:00 p.m. Contact: Rhea Waldman-Education Director   605-224-8295   Fees: members-$10 non-members-$12 per year-members-$80, non-members-$100 (get a SD Discovery Center family membership for $40 with your CuriosiTeens yearly dues).



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