P ierre Area Chamber of Commerce
 April 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 April 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

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Pierre Economic Development Corporation 2017 Investor List
 (from 1/19 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.
  
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It's Official... Pierre to be Part of Fireball Run!
  
           

It's been in the works for months... now it's official! Pierre will be part of the Amazon Prime series Fireball Run 2017: Big Country. Mayor Laurie Gill joined Fireball Producers at the Pierre City Hall on Monday, April 3 to make the announcement.
 
" We are pumped up to be part of Fireball Run," said Pierre Mayor Laurie Gill. "What a thrill to be a featured community on the program. I can't wait to introduce Pierre to the rest of the country!"
 
The FIREBALL RUN┬« is both a live-action adventurally┬« competition and 26-episode adventure television series distributed by Amazon Prime Instant Video. It is the real story of 40 teams on an epic quest to America's under-discovered places in search of obscure historic artifacts. Think of the Amazing Race, Dirty Jobs, How It's Made and your favorite travel and history show all wrapped up into the largest LIVE pursuit of trivia. In addition, it is listed in the Guinness Book of World Records as the largest active recovery effort for missing children. Over the course of the first 10 seasons, Fireballers have helped recover 49 missing children.
 
Pierre is the seventh stop on the eight day adventure. The Fireballers will roll into town the afternoon of September 29th. While in town, they will seek out local attractions, compete in a variety of activities and enjoy the local flavor of the community. Yankton and Rapid City are the two other South Dakota communities to be part of the show. Besides serving as a site location, each community will have their own team in the rally. It provides Pierre and South Dakota an opportunity to showcase history and adventure, at the same time gaining invaluable exposure to millions of the viewers who watch and follow the show.
 
Pierre CVB Director Lois Ries says community involvement is the key to getting the most out of the experience. "Besides a great tourism boost, Fireball Run is a community celebration and we encourage people to come down and be part of the show. Our goal is to make Pierre standout as the most welcoming community of this season."
 
Ries says besides being part of the filming on the 29th, there are other ways to get involved. The CVB is looking for volunteers to serve on planning committees. Anyone interested can call the office at 605-224-7361.
 
For more information about Fireball Run, visit www.fireballrun.com or watch the series on Amazon Prime.
 
 
Mayor Laurie Gill, Executive Producer J Sanchez, and South Dakota Attorney General Marty Jackley were all present for a press conference at City Hall on April 3rd to announce Pierre's involvement in Fireball Run.


CEO's Report
Laura Schoen Carbonneau, CEO
 
You've heard the sayings before "Change is never easy", "All good things must come to an end".
These sayings describe how I and many people in our community feel about the recent changes we have seen in our retail landscape. The news of Kmart closing, followed by Hallmark, and the notice last month of JCPenney pulling out of Pierre, seemed like a triple threat to our local economy. To all the people who are wondering where they will shop, are out of a job or are frustrated, please know the chamber understands and shares your concern.
Nationally, times are tough for many major retail chains. Since 2016, several large retailers announced they were struggling: Macys, Sports Authority, Radio Shack, Payless, The Limited, Sears, Abercrombie & Fitch, the list goes on. These brands and others are either reducing their number of stores or closing altogether. This trend is happening everywhere, not just in Pierre and it is likely not over.
I have read a lot of articles about this shift in retail. They all say the same thing. People are looking for the best selection, the best price, and the ability to shop at a time when it is convenient for them-not necessarily when the stores are open. Enter the dreaded word... Online shopping. A survey conducted by analytics firm comScore last year, showed consumers are now making over half (51%) of their purchases online. That's a frightening statistic to every small town in America.
This leads me to another popular saying... "Nothing stays constant except change itself". Retail is cyclical. Remember when downtown used to be the only place to shop? Then malls started popping up across the country. By the mid 1980's stores were moving from downtown indoors and 50% of all retail dollars were spent at the mall. There has recently been another shift. Over the past few years, stores started leaving malls for strip malls, at the same time e-commerce caught fire. That trend continues to grow. Today, if people shop online, more than half are buying something from Amazon.
Who knows what the next big trend in retail will be?
Enter yet another saying "What doesn't kill us makes us stronger." Malls and local businesses need to find a way to compete in order to survive. They have got to give people a good reason to leave their computers and head to the bricks and mortar store. The Northridge Plaza is taking some good steps in that direction. The addition of Bounce Around Pierre is a great example. I have been there four times since it has opened. It was the first time I can remember when my kids begged me to go to the mall. Each time I was there, it was packed with families. After bouncing, our family either ate or did additional shopping. You can bet many of the other families did too. Some of our downtown stores also do a good job of creating a unique experience and events for their shoppers. It is not easy and it takes active participation from shoppers who see the value in supporting these merchants.
Which leads me to my final saying "Shop Local!" You've heard the reasons before: spending locally provides jobs, strengthens the local economy, results in more taxes for streets, parks and other necessities, and allows our businesses to help non-profits and others looking for donations. Since the JCPenney announcement I have seen several Facebook posts criticizing our shop local message. I even had a caller asking me why we continue to promote it. The answer is simple. If you do not support our local stores, who will? It's a tough job. Are there things local businesses can improve upon? Probably. Are they trying? Absolutely. Don't give up on them because they have not given up on you.

 

                Ribbon Cutting Ceremonies                       

 

Bounce Around 

Bounce Around, located within Northridge Plaza, celebrated their grand opening with a ribbon cutting ceremony on Wedneday, March 1, 2017. Give them a call at (605) 949-0412 to start planning your next kid-friendly event!
                        

                                                                 Summit Contracting
Summit Contracting, which specializes in agricultural contracting, celebrated their new Pierre location with a ribbon cutting ceremony on Thursday, March 31. You can find them at 1709 N. Lincoln Ave.
Pierre Mayor Laurie Gill's Report
 
If there is one thing that I have learned as mayor, it is how much we can accomplish when we partner together as a government, as a business community, and as individual citizens. And I am asking that we all come together, once again, to make Pierre shine.
 
The Go Green and Clean campaign committee is looking for volunteers and volunteer groups to help spruce up Pierre this spring. I encourage you and your business to consider participating.
 
The civic-pride campaign has been in play for eight years, and in that time, participation has continued to grow. Last year, we had more than 125 volunteers and more than 25 volunteer groups join the effort. Working together, those volunteers planted trees, painted playground equipment and collected more than 15-thousand pounds of trash and debris.
 
Their work made Pierre 15-thousand times more inviting!
 
If you have participated in the past, thank you! I hope we can count on you to volunteer again this year. If you have not ever been a part of Go Green and Clean, I encourage you to think about it. It is one small way we can all work together to make a big difference in Pierre!
 
To get involved, contact Tom Farnsworth, City Parks and Recreation Director, at 605.773.7407 or via email at tom.farnsworth@ci.pierre.sd.us .

Fort Pierre Mayor Gloria Hanson's Report
 
If you live anywhere in central South Dakota, I can predict you are not happy with the closing of our JC Penney's store, even if you don't shop there frequently. As someone pointed out, it survived the Dirty Thirties and the Great Depression, but it can't survive the downsizing of a number of department store chains as corporate makes tough economic decisions.
Growing up in Fort Pierre, shopping at JC Penney's is one of my early memories. Who else remembers the store on the corner of Sioux and Pierre Street? Nostalgia aside, all of us need to take some responsibility for the closing of retail stores in our communities.
Laura Schoen Carbonneau and the Pierre Area Chamber of Commerce never misses an opportunity to remind us to "shop local." Members of the Pierre City Commission, the Fort Pierre City Council, as well as finance officers and mayors of our two cities can speak knowledgeably about the importance of sales tax to the financial health of Pierre and Fort Pierre. But is our point really being made? It has become too easy to get into the habit of shopping online, and it has long been a treat for us in this part of the state to make a weekend shopping trip to Sioux Falls or Rapid City, rounding out a basketball, football, soccer or hockey game.
A number of residents are concerned enough about the closing of JC Penney's that they are asking whether there is something the City Commission or PEDCO can do. Unfortunately, it is probably too late for that, but maybe we can save the next business struggling to be profitable. I know I am going to make a bigger effort to shop in Pierre and Fort Pierre first, and I would urge you to do the same. The future of our community relies on us.

 

 

 

 

 

 


  


 

Sunsets are Opportunities
Jim Protexter, COO

When Caleb Gilkerson and Steve Rounds came in to see if PEDCO would help them bring a 74' long sternwheel boat built in 1964 to Pierre from Cincinnati, I had three questions: Will it get here in one piece, will the venture be profitable, and where do I sign up to help guide her down the Ohio and up the Missouri?
If you have followed Caleb's journey on Facebook, you know the Sunset is getting closer. Sioux City to be exact. If you haven't followed along, I would highly recommend it. A modern-day Huck Finn. The stories alone are almost worth the invest, and I'm glad we're a small part of this historic adventure.
The Sunset, previously known as the Spirit of Cincinnati, is an opportunity to showcase our riverfront quality of life to visitors. I have no doubt, if and when it gets here, that many wonderful memories will be made as wedding parties and reunions and business retreat guests experience the history and beauty that we call home. It's also an opportunity for Oahe Downstream to expand their services by catering the cruises.
The Sunset is easily the most unique business plan we've seen. As much fun as it has been to follow it on its journey, I hope we get more like it.
Another sunset opportunity is the closing of JC Penney and dozens of other national retailers. Some of the stores in this graph are reducing their footprint to make the companies more viable. Many others are shutting down completely. Sears and Kmart are somewhere in between.

As fast as things are shaking up in the retail sector, this recent graph doesn't include several others. ShopHouse, an Asian-themed concept similar to and owned by Chipotle, is closing 15 restaurants. GameStop is closing 150 stores. Gordman's just filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy and plans to liquidate its inventory in 100 stores across 22 states.
The opportunity, of course, is to replace Penney's with something new. And not to discount the negatives of losing a retailer, but having existing space, with development costs generally known, and a sales and traffic history that is pretty solid, is all good ammunition for recruiting new retail. I'll be armed and ready when I head back to the world's largest retail trade show in May.

 
Capital City Economy
December 2016 Current Month Same Month 2015 Percent Change 2016 YTD 2015 YTD Percent Change
CITY TAX RECEIPTS            
Pierre 2% $625,631 $647,406 -3.4% $7,901,254 $7,551,100 4.6%
Pierre 1% BBB $45,816 $42,086 8.9% $545,241 $539,332 1.1%
Fort Pierre 2% $84,192 $90,473 -6.9% $1,189,372 $1,274,659 -6.7%
Fort Pierre 1% BBB $8,338 $7,996 4.3% $116,922 $109,867 6.4%
OCCUPANCY TAX            
Pierre BID #1 $14,730 $14,142 4.2% $246,775 $264,694 -6.8%
AIRPORT BOARDINGS            
Aerodynamics Inc. 810 381 112.6% 6,382 6,572 -2.9%
DAILY TRAFFIC            
Missouri River Bridge 13,110 13,697 -4.3% 185,409 186,316 -0.5%
US 14 East of Pierre 2,479 2,621 -5.4% 36,174 36,226 -0.1%
CITY OF PIERRE BUILDING PERMITS            
Residential:
New Homes
Stick Built - Number 0 0 14 17
   Dollar Amount $0 $0 0.0% $3,549,900 $4,107,270 -13.6%
Other* - Number 0 0 8 11
   Dollar Amount $0 $0 0.0% $354,716 $388,406 -8.7%
Remodeling
Number 8 7 75 75
   Dollar Amount $53,300 $60,900 -12.5% $1,210,469 $1,031,012 17.4%
Commercial:
New Buildings
Number 0 0 11 6
   Dollar Amount $0 $0 0.0% $7,106,927 $5,845,561 21.6%
Improvements
Number 3 3 32 25
   Dollar Amount $19,824 $190,738 -89.6% $3,995,294 $1,770,240 125.7%
Total Permits**
Number 13 24 1148 844
   Dollar Amount $85,997 $464,592 -81.5% $25,284,273 $19,927,446 26.9%
HUGHES COUNTY BUILDING PERMITS            
Residential:
New Homes
Number 0 1 16 23
   Dollar Amount $0 $27,100 0.0% $3,971,604 $5,401,897 -26.5%
Other* - Number 0 0 1 3
   Dollar Amount $0 $0 0.0% $60,000 $180,400 -66.7%
Remodeling
Number 1 1 9 22
   Dollar Amount $5,500 $3,500 57.1% $568,272 $449,141 26.5%
Commercial:
New Buildings
Number 0 0 1 3
   Dollar Amount $0 $0 0.0% $38,000 $2,085,000 -98.2%
Improvements
Number 0 0 2 2
   Dollar Amount $0 $0 0.0% $51,100 $84,000 -39.2%
Total Permits**
Number 1 6 74 89
   Dollar Amount $5,500 $424,643 -98.7% $6,001,921 $12,098,088 -50.4%
             
WORK FORCE                           
Pierre MiSA***
Total Work Force 12,846 12,724
Total Employed 12,496 12,416
Total Unemployed 350 308
Unemployment Rate 2.7% 2.4%
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

National Travel & Tourism Week (NTTW) is May 7 - 13, 2017. We celebrate NTTW to increase awareness of the travel and tourism industry's economic, social and cultural contributions to Pierre in South Dakota. We hope to educate the public and the media on the importance of tourism in South Dakota.
The Pierre Convention & Visitors Bureau has several things going on the week before and during the week-of NTTW. The CVB will travel to Mitchell for Lit Swap; at this event, the Pierre CVB will deliver Pierre Visitor Guides to interstate information rest stops to prepare for the summer influx of visitors to our area.
The CVB will partner with the Pierre Area Chamber of Commerce in bringing Leadercast to our area on May 5th, 2017. Purpose is what defines, drives and empowers leaders. Attend Leadercast to learn how purpose motivates teams to build stronger organizations, and inspires individuals to lead with intention. Call the Chamber at 224-7361 or get tickets online at www.pierre.org .
The Pierre Area Chamber of Commerce Hospitality Committee will meet May 9th and will discuss the importance of hospitality in our community. We meet at 3:30 pm at the Ramkota.
On Wednesday, May 10th, the CVB will be guests of the Pierre Area Chamber of Commerce on their weekly radio shows. The talk will be all about tourism and hospitality in our area.
The 9th Annual Incredible Race will be taking place on May 11th. Like past years, teams of two will follow clues in a race around the Pierre Area to various attractions and businesses. However, there is a new twist to the race this year. At each stop, teams will pick up a playing card along with a clue, and at the end of the race the winning team will be determined by the best poker hand. Pre-registration is required. There is no cost and competition is open to all ages. Check in is at 5:45 at the Chamber of Commerce, start time is at 6:00pm. To register your team, call the Pierre Area Chamber of Commerce at 605-224-7361 or online at www.pierre.org . Deadline to register is May 4, 2017.
Check out all the great events planned for the summer at www.pierre.org . If you are planning an event, please add it to this calendar.

March Business After Hours
Lamb Auto Sales hosted the March Business After Hours on Thursday, March 23rd. Congratulations to the winner of the $600 progressive drawing, Oahe Shrine Club!
Membership Report
Katie Johnson, Membership Director 
April showers, bring May flowers, ribbon cuttings, grand openings, and Business After Hours! Spring is a busy time of year for the Pierre Area Chamber of Commerce.
Ribbon cuttings are great for new members; but they are also great for new ownership, new management or a new location. If you have not had a ribbon cutting because the time has gotten away from you, call me and let's visit about how a ribbon cutting can help create awareness for your business.
Business After Hours events are booked for the 2017 year. Black Hills Federal Credit Union will host the next one on April 20th. Business After Hours events are always well attended by chamber members, but they are also open to customers and the general population. If you have not attended a BAH event, I highly recommend you put it on your list of things to do!
Oahe Days will be back in June! Join us for the Taste of Pierre, on Thursday June 22nd, to help kick off Oahe Days weekend! Local restaurants will have a "Taste" of what they sell in their restaurants for you to purchase in the park. Bring the family down, listen to the Capital City Band, children's choir, and the youth orchestra perform. Street Masters will have a car show that evening, and the carnival will be up and running as well. We hope to see you at "Taste of Pierre"! 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

New Chamber Members
 
Olson's Pest Technicians
Tayler Ripley
605-224-8979
  
Residential and Commercial Pest Control for mice, rats, spiders, crickets, box elder bugs, roaches, wasps, bed bugs, bird control, termites, bats, moles and/or voles. We also conduct termite home inspections and offer Sentricon baiting systems. We provide chemical, heat treatment and vikane fumigation for bed bugs and Grain Bin fumigations for weevils.
  
Vona's Health and Life Coaching
Vona Johnson
Pierre, SD 57501
605-280-7565
  
I am a health coach and I help people transform their body, their energy, or their life so they can get past whatever is holding them back from truly living the life of their dreams! I recently retired from 30 years in housing finance. I decided it was time to share the experience I have gained with others so they can find and live their purpose. Life is too short to not be living the life God intended for you. Let me help you get it!
  
Heather's Dog House LLC
Heather Schreiner Ray
28845 Perch Place
Pierre, SD 57501
605/280-9227
  
Heather's Dog House provides full service dog boarding and grooming. All services are located on my home property; so your dogs will feel at home away from home. The facilities are climate controlled.
I have two boarding facilities that offer indoor/outdoor housing runs for medium and large breeds and indoor accommodations for smaller dogs providing frequent opportunities for exercise outside.
  
Murphy Business Dakota Lakes
Thomas Rounds
309 S. West Ave
Crooks, SD 57020
605-370-6931
605-222-2107
j.rounds@murphybusiness.com
 
Business Brokerage, Real Estate and Business Valuation
Escape Unit Coming to Pierre This Summer
You may have seen it on popular TV shows like The Last Man on Earth, The Big Bang Theory or The Middle. Now the latest in team building and problem solving is coming to Pierre Friday, June 22nd.
The Escape Unit is a fully customized mobile escape room, built specifically to bring fun to businesses, individuals and organizations. It's a physical adventure game lasting 30 minutes in which players are locked inside and have to use elements within the unit to solve a series of puzzles. The goal is to complete a mission and escape before time is up.
In this adventure, participants must work together to disarm a biological bomb that is set to detonate and release a terrible virus. It's up to you and your team to find the location of the bomb and figure out how to disarm it before it's too late!
The Pierre Area Chamber of Commerce is bringing The Escape Unit to Pierre to help kick off Oahe Days and also to provide members with a unique experience.
The Escape Unit will operate from 8:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m. Each session has an opportunity for up to 10 participants. Watch the chamber website and Facebook page for information about how you can reserve your time slot.
    
     
      
       
        
         
            



April  Calendar of Events
 
April 1-2 -Zonta Spring Vendor and Craft Show at Northridge Plaza. Saturday, April 1-10 a.m.-6 p.m. and Sunday, April 2- 12 noon-4 p.m. Contact information: Alison Jares   280-5806 or email at ZontaPFP@hotmail.com
April 1-2 -2017 OHBA Home and Construction Show at the Ft. Pierre Expo Center. Saturday April 1-10 a.m.-5 p.m. and Sunday, April 2 from noon to 4 p.m. Contact information: Heath Schnee     280-9688 or Gerad Johnson 222-0388 or Rachel Olson 280-8893   Fees: $1.00 adult admission, Kids free.  Funds will go toward the Lion's Club and OHBA Community Project Fun
April 2-20- (Thursday nights) Intermediate Spanish Class from 7:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m. at Capital University Center. The class will be taught by Nelly Nord and the cost will be $130.00.
April 3- Fireball Run Announcement from 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m. at Pierre City Hall. Contact Laura Schoen Carbonneau 224-7361 or laurasc@pierre.org
April 3 -Canvasback Art Club monthly meeting from 7:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m. at Rawlins Library. Contact: Ralph Stephens 224-1841
April 4 -Fireball Run Volunteer Meeting from 7:00 a.m.-9:00 a.m. at Pierre Area Chamber of Commerce Community Room. Contact: Laura Schoen Carbonneau 224-7361 or laurasc@pierre.org
April 4 -The Benefits of an Advance Directive-Edgewood Community Education Series at Edgewood Senior Living from 11:00 a.m.-11:30 a.m. Contact information: Kim Brakke-Area Marketing Manager 494-3400. Fees: free admission
April 4 -Habitat for Humanity's Ethnic Dinner at First United Methodist Church from 5:00 p.m.-7:00 p.m. Contact information: Peggy Stempson 224-5939   Fees: Adults-$8.00, children (under 12) $3.00
April 4 - BankWest Relay for Life from 5:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m. at Pizza Ranch in Fort Pierre. Contact Darla Newling    Darla.newling@bankwest-sd.com
April 4 - Volunteers needed at the food bank at the Feeding South Dakota building from           5:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m. 20-30 volunteers are needed for this project. Contact: Russ or Andrew at 494-3663 or email http://feedingsouthdakota.org/how-to-help/donate-time/
April 4, 11, 18 -Common Sense Parenting Class at Avera St. Mary's from 6:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m. Contact: Dawn Tassler 224-3189   www.growinguptogether.org     Fees: $45.00 with scholarships available.
April 4 -History Trivia Night at St. Charles Lounge from 7:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m. Contact information: State Archives 773-3804   Fees: Free admission
April 5 -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 6 -May Volunteer Signup for tour guides for the Capitol and Cultural Heritage Center at the Capitol Lake Visitor Center from 9:00 a.m.-12:00 (noon). Contact information: Tammi Florentz-Capitol Tour Guide 773-3688
April 6, 20 -Breast Cancer Survivors from 12:00 p.m.-1:00 p.m. at the Countryside Classroom. Contact number: 945-0827
April 7 -HealthySD-Active Every Day at Any Age! Edgewood continuing education series at Edgewood Senior Living from 11:00 a.m.-11:30 a.m. Fees: free admission
April 8 -Sibling Readiness Class at Avera St. Mary's Hospital from 9:30 a.m.-10:30 a.m. Contact information: Dawn Tassler 224-3189   Fees: $5.00 and scholarships are available.
April 8 -Bunnies Rock! Family Fun Saturday from 10:00 a.m.-11:30 a.m. at the Cultural Heritage Center, 900 Governors Drive. Free. Contact Ronette Rumpca 773-6011 or ronette.rumpca@state.sd.us
April 8 -Celebration of Faith at Northridge Plaza from 10:00 a.m.-5:15 p.m. Contact information: Elaine Scott (First United Methodist Church)   Fees: Free admission
April 8 -Pierre Youth Orchestra's 5th Anniversary Season Concert at T.F. Riggs Theater from 2:00 p.m.-3:30 p.m. Contact information: Moriah Gross (605) 771-9847   Fees: free will donation
April 8, 9 - 29th Annual AAUW Used Book Sale from 10:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m. at Northridge Plaza near Hibbett Sports. Contact Barb Hillestad   Barb.hillestad@pie.midco.net
April 9 -Living Last Supper at Faith Lutheran Church from 6:30 p.m.-8:00 p.m. Contact information: Faith Lutheran Church office at 224-2216   Fees: free admission
April 10 -Stately Stitchers Guild Meeting from 6:45 p.m.-8:45 p.m. at Lutheran Memorial   Church   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 11 -Chamber's Hospitality Committee Meeting at 3:30 at the Chamber's Boardroom. Contact: 224-7361
April 13, 20, 27 -Childbirth Class from 7:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m. at Avera St. Mary's Hospital. Contact: Dawn Tassler 224-3189   Fees: $40 and scholarships are available.
April 13 -Open Mic Poetry Reading Night from 7:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m. at Prairie Pages Bookseller 321 S. Pierre St. Contact M.J. McMillan 945-1100
April 14- Pierre Area Chamber of Commerce closes early at 12:00 p.m. in observance of Good Friday.
April 14 - Central SD Survivors of Suicide Support Group from 6:30 p.m.-8:00 p.m. with monthly location to be announced. Contact: Julie Moore@avera.org
April 16- 64th Annual Pierre Elk's Easter Egg Hunt on South Dakota Governor's Mansion lawn - 119 N. Washington Ave. Special guest Phil Baker will be performing at 12:15 p.m. for kids, with the Easter Egg Hunt starting promptly at 1:00 p.m.  Contact: Steve Wegman 295-1221 or wind@pie.midco.net
April 18 -Sports & Rec Committee Meeting at 2:00 p.m. at Chamber's Boardroom. Contact Lois Ries 224-7361
April 20 -Black Hills Federal Credit Union Hosts Business After Hours from 5:00 p.m.-6:30 p.m.
April 22 -Real Estate Open House from 11:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. at homes marked with blue and white balloons in Pierre and Fort Pierre. Find the listings on their facebook page www.facebook.com/centralsdrealtors. Contact Dawn Tassler dandd@venturecomm.net
April 23 -Riggs Post Prom Party from 12:00 a.m.-4:00 a.m. at Lariat Lanes immediately after the Riggs Prom. Contact Paul Turman 222-2264 or paul.turman@sdbor.edu
April 28-30 -Patrick K. Duffy Memorial Men's Open Basketball Tournament at Parkview Auditorium. 14 games Friday night to Sunday afternoon-Saturday& Sunday 9 a.m. Contact information: John Duffy 280-2559 Fees: $200 entry fee per 8 man team.
April 29 -Stand Up to Child Abuse 5k Run/Walk at the South Dakota Discovery Center. Race begins at 9 a.m. with registration at 8:30 a.m. Contact information or to pre-register and guarantee t-shirt size contact CSDCAS at 224-3229. Fees: Pre-registration cost is $20 (must be received by April 15) Day of the event registration is $25. Children under 12 participate for free. All paid registrations include a t-shirt.
April 29-30 -Fort Pierre Horse Races at the Stanley County Fairgrounds at 1:00 p.m. Contact information: Dennis Booth, Fort Pierre Chamber of Commerce at 223-2178. Fees: Free
April 29 -5th Annual Pierre/Ft. Pierre Adult Prom at RedRossa Italian Grille. 7:00-9:00 p.m.-Silent Auction and Social Hour, 9:00 p.m. - 12:00 a.m.-dance   Fees/admission-$25-single, $40-couple. Tickets may be purchased at Affections Floral and Wine beginning Saturday, April 18. Online tickets may be purchased at Eventbrite-http://pierrefortpierreadultprom.eventbrite.com Tickets will increase in the price the day of the event $30-single, $50-couple. Funds raised will go towards one TF Riggs and one Stanley County High School scholarship. Attendees must be over the age of 21. No refunds will be issued.