Pierre Area
Chamber of Commerce
What's Happening

Monday, January 8, 2018 - Sunday, January 21, 2018  
 This week's 
 Pierre Area Chamber member:
2010 N. Garfield Ave.
Pierre, SD 57501
(605) 224-9660

Menards in Pierre

Veterans Holiday Relief Drive
Ring in the new year with the Gift of Giving to those who gave all.


Contribute an American Legion Auxiliary Buddy Basket filled with household items, a single household or hygiene items, winter apparel, shopping gift cards, or monetary donation through January 15, 2018.


Drop-Off Location: Hughes County Courthouse Basement - 104 E. Capitol Ave.

Monday - Friday, 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.


Monetary Donations can be mailed to:

ATTN: Vets Relief Drive

American Legion Auxiliary Unit #8

PO Box 981

Pierre, SD 57501

Contact Autumn Simunek with questions

605-890-3093 or Email

T he Pierre Area
 Chamber of Commerce is organized to promote the interests of local and regional individuals, businesses, and organizations. Our commitment is to provide quality services and representation in the areas of government, health, agriculture, education, recreation and culture to enhance our presence in the state of South Dakota.



Below you will find the events and activities for the Pierre/Ft. Pierre area for the weeks of January 8 - January 21, 2018.    Remember, you can enter your events on our calendar by visiting our website, clicking under the Calendar Highlights where it says "click here to view all events". Then, click on "submit new event" and it will walk you through the process. If you enter the information, you know it's correct.
This Week...
City of Pierre Seasoned Citizen Activities
Monday, January 8 - March 29
  • Monday, January 8 - Thursday, March 29, 2018
  • 10:15 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
  • YMCA/Pierre Aquatic Center Multipurpose Room & Pierre Senior Center
  • Contact: Mindy Cheap - 773-7445
  • Email
  • Fees: varies per class type
The City of Pierre Recreation Department is offering several Seasoned Citizen Programs for Citizens 50 and over. We have partnered with the Pierre Senior Center to offer the programming to their members free.
Program offerings at the Y/Aquatic Center Multipurpose room:
Tai Chi: M,W - Beginners 10:15 a.m., Advanced 10:30 a.m.
Help with Electronic Device: T - 9:15 a.m.
Line Dance: W - 9:00-10:00 a.m.
Zumba Gold: T - 10:00 a.m.
Program offerings at the Pierre Senior Center:
Zumba Gold: 5:30 p.m.
Tai Chi: TH - Beginners 5:30 p.m., Advanced 5:45 p.m.
Stately Stitchers Guild Meeting
Monday, January 8
  • Monday, January 8, 2018
  • 6:45 p.m. - 8:45 p.m.
  • Lutheran Memorial Church Basement - 320E. Prospect Ave.
  • Contact: Myrna Buckles - 222-6847
  • Fees: None to attend as guest. $12 per year when you join the guild
Where quilters of all ages, and levels of experience come together for friendship and just the sheer enjoyment this long standing art provides everyone.
Mothers of Preschoolers (MOPS) Pizza Ranch Fundraiser
Tuesday, January 9
  • Tuesday, January 9, 2018
  • 5:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
  • Pizza Ranch
  • Contact: Emily Johnson - 280-9880
  • Website
Better Moms Make A Better World! The First United Methodist Church (MOPS) group is inviting you to take a night off from cooking! A portion of the proceeds from any dine-in, carry-out, or delivery order during the hours of 5pm and 8pm will help out the local FUMC MOPS group.
Legislative Welcome 2018
Tuesday, January 9
  • Tuesday, January 9, 2018
  • 5:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
  • Ramkota Hotel & Conference Center
  • Contact: Pierre Area Chamber of Commerce - 224-7361
  • Email
  • Fees: $35 per person. Advanced registration required.
It's Back to Business!
Join the Pierre Area businesses and organizations in welcoming lawmakers in town for the 2018 Legislative session.
The evening will start with a social at 5:30 p.m. followed by dinner at 6:30 p.m. The Legislative Welcome has a long standing tradition of being the first official event of the session, giving our community a chance to roll out the red carpet and help legislators connect with your peers.
Call the Pierre Area Chamber of Commerce to find out which legislators are still in need of sponsors.
Common Sense Parenting
Tuesday, January 9
  • Tuesday, January 9, 2018
  • 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
  • Avera Saint Mary's Cafeteria Conference Room
  • Contact: Dawn Tassler - 224-3189
  • Email
  • Website
  • Fees: The class and reference books are free
This class enhances parenting skill for parents or caregivers of children 3 years of age and up. Learn how to reduce family stress, diminish yelling and fighting, reduce problem behavior and enrich you relationship with your child. The class is held on six Tuesdays: January 9, 16, 23, 30, February 6, 13, 2018. Preregistration is requested. The class and reference book are free. To register call 224-3189 or online.
History and Heritage Book Club
Tuesday, January 9
  • Tuesday, January 9, 2018
  • 7:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
  • Cultural Heritage Center - 900 Governors Dr.
  • Contact: Dorinda Daniel
  • Email 
  • Website 
  • Fees: Free
Betsey DeLoache of Pierre will discuss her newest book, "Country Schools: Past and Present Volume 2" at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 9, 2018, at the Cultural Heritage Center. For the past five years, Betsey has interviewed former students and teachers of rural schools, visited rural schools in session and drew pictures of some of the schools. In Volume 2, she included additional schools not in Volume 1 and shared the reason a few of the families came to settle in South Dakota. Everyone is welcome to attend the free program. Copies of the books are available at the Heritage Stores at the Cultural Heritage Center and the Capitol.
Breastfeeding Class
Thursday, January 11
  • Thursday, January 11, 2018
  • 7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
  • Avera St. Mary's Hospital
  • Contact: Dawn Tassler - 224-3189
  • Email
  • Website
  • Fees: $10 and scholarships are available
All moms and their supporters are welcome to attend this class to learn the basics of breastfeeding that will assist mom and baby to become successful at breastfeeding.
Topics include: benefits of breastfeeding, common problems, collecting and storing milk, and return to work or school. Pre-registration is required. Scholarships are available. To register call or go online.
Growing Up Together is a United Way Partner Agency.
Ballroom Swisher Dance Club
Friday, January 12
  • Friday, January 12, 2018
  • 8:00 p.m. - 12:00 a.m.
  • American Legion Cabin
  • Contact: 222-1401
  • Email
  • Fees: $10 at the door or guests
Ballroom Swisher's Club Dance 8pm-12am. Lesson on "Cowboy Cha-Cha" at 7pm.
Childbirth Class
Saturday, January 13
  • Saturday, January 13, 2018
  • 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
  • Avera St. Mary's Cafeteria Room
  • Contact: Dawn Tassler - 224-3189
  • Email 
  • Website 
  • Fees: $40. Scholarships are available.
This class provides important childbirth information. All expectant moms are welcome to attend this class with their family support person.
Topics covered include: Warning signs and progression of Labor, relaxation techniques, comfort and pain management, newborn care.
Practices of Avera St. Mary's Women's Center Childbirth Class is a 1-session class held on one Saturday each quarter at Avera St. Mary's Hospital Cafeteria Conference Room from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm. The cost is $40.00 Pre-registration is required and scholarships are available to assist with the registration fee. To register call 224-3189 or on the web at http://www.growinguptogether.org
Growing Up Together is a United Way Partner Agency
Central SD Survivors of Suicide Support Group
Sunday, January 14
  • Sunday, January 14, 2018
  • 6:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
  • Monthly location TBA
  • Contact: Julie Moore
  • Email 
  • Website 
The 14th of every month from 6:30-8:00 p.m. there will be a Central SD Survivors of Suicide Support Group Meeting. Keep updated via the Facebook group http://www.facebook.com/#!/groups/390506904367814/. For more information, contact Julie Moore at julie.moore@avera.org.
Next Week...
Cereal Drive Benefitting PARS
Monday, January 15 - 19
  • Monday, January 15 - Friday, January 19, 2018
  • 8:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.
  • Edgewood Senior Living - 1950 E. Fourth St.
  • Contact: Kim Brakke - 60544-3400
  • Email
Share your love of breakfast! Cereal is one of the most requested food pantry items. Stop by Edgewood in Pierre during the week of January 15-19 and drop off a box (or two) of cereal. All cereal will be donated to the Pierre Area Referral Service.
Dementia Care Partners Support Group
Thursday, January 18
  • Thursday, January 18, 2018
  • 6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
  • Countryside Hospice Support & Memory Center - 200 E. Dakota, Suite 1
  • Contact: Denise Richards
  • Email
  • Fees: Free
2018 Pierre Girls Basketball Tournament
Saturday, January 20
  • Saturday, January 20, 2018
  • 8:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.
  • Jefferson, Kennedy, St. Joseph elementary schools, Georgia Morse Middle School, Pierre Indian Learning Center gyms
  • Contact: Dan Lusk - 222-5121
  • Email
  • Fees: $125 per team registration; Admission is $5 per adult, $2 per youth
9th Annual Pierre Youth Girls Basketball Tournament, Grades 3-8. $125 team registration. 3-game guarantee. Contact Dan Lusk for more information or to volunteer.  
Legislative Coffee
Saturday, January 20
  • Saturday, January 20, 2018
  • 9:30 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
  • Pierre Area Chamber of Commerce Community Room - 800 W. Dakota Ave.
  • Contact: Laura Schoen Carbonneau
  • Email
  • Admission: No charge to attend - the public is welcome.
District 24 Legislators will give an update of the 2018 Legislative Session and answer your questions about the current issues.
The event is sponsored by the Pierre Area Chamber of Commerce Government Affairs Committee and the League of Women Voters Pierre MAL Unit.
Dates and times are subject to change without notice. All times noted are CST. Please call the c ontact person listed with the event for more information . What's Happening is posted every Monday unless a holiday falls on that day. Then, it's posted on Tuesday.  If you have any comments or would like to have something added to What's Happenin g , please add events to our calendar at Website or email me at  Email the Thursday before What's Happening is posted.
Life is good on the river,
Pierre Area Chamber of Commerce
800 W. Dakota Avenue
(605) 224-7361
Pierre, SD 57501