Pierre Area
Chamber of Commerce
What's Happening

Monday, October 9 - Sunday, October 22, 2017  
 This week's 
 Pierre Area Chamber member:
415 E. Sioux Ave.
Pierre, SD 57501

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.


Suicide is a public health cisis.
Farmers and ranchers die by suicide 6 times more often than other adults.
Suicides can be and are stopped everyday.
Above all else, the number one responsibility of Capital Area Counseling Services (CACS) is suicide prevention.

CACS has highly trained and experienced staff ready to help people in the nine counties of Central South Dakoa.

Learn how to recognize the warning signs of suicide; learn what you can do to save a life; an who to call when you or someone you love needs professional help.

Be part of the solution. Call Dennis Pfrimmer of CACS at 605-224-5811 or email dpfrimmer@cacsnet.org to schedule a presentation for your group, class, club or business.


Below you will find the events and activities for the Pierre/Ft. Pierre area for the weeks of October 9 - October 22, 2017.    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...
Stately Stitchers Guild Meeting
Monday, October 9
  • Monday, October 9, 2017
  • 6:45 p.m. - 8:45 p.m.
  • Lutheran Memorial Church Basement - 320 E. Prospect Ave.
  • Contact: Myrna Buckles - 222-6847
  • Admission: No fee to attend as guest. When you join the guild, dues are $12 per year.
Where quilters of all ages, and levels of experience come together for friendship and just the sheer enjoyment this long standing art provides everyone.
"Black Elk Speaks" Book Discussion
Tuesday, October 10
  • Tuesday, October 10, 2017
  • 7:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
  • Cultural Heritage Center - 900 Governors Dr.
  • Contact: Dorinda Daniel
  • Email
  • Website
Humanities scholar Jace DeCory will lead a discussion of "Black Elk Speaks" by John Neihardt. The book is the story of the Oglala Lakota visionary and healer Nicholas Black Elk and the Lakota during the last years of the 19th century. Amy Kucera, the former executive director of the John G. Neihardt State Historic Site in Bancroft, Neb., will tell about the poet and that historic site. Everyone is welcome to attend the free program, sponsored by the South Dakota Historical Society Foundation and the As The Pages Turn Book Club in Pierre and made possible by a grant from the South Dakota Humanities Council. Copies of "Black Elk Speaks" are available for loan or purchase at the Cultural Heritage Center.
Open House and Ribbon Cutting - Mefford Agency, Farmers Union Insurance
Wednesday, October 11
  • Wednesday, October 11, 2017
  • 4:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
  • 1007 Wells Ave.

Please join the Mefford Agency, Farmers Union Insurance at their Open House and Ribbon Cutting! Open House from 4 - 7 p.m. with the Ribbon Cutting at 4:30 p.m.

Breastfeeding Class
Thursday, October 12
  • Thursday, October 12, 2017
  • 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, collect and storing milk and return to work or school. Pre-registration is required. Scholarships are available. To register call 224-3189 or on the web.

Growing Up Together is a United Way Partner Agency.

Sibling Readiness Class
Saturday, October 14
  • Saturday, October 14, 2017
  • 9:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.
  • The Women's Center at Avera St. Mary's
  • Contact: Dawn Tassler - 224-3189
  • Email 
  • Website 
  • Admission: $5 and scholarships are available
This class will provide siblings and their parents or caregivers valuable information about becoming a big brother or sister. Everyone will get to visit the Obstetrics Wing at St. Mary's Healthcare Center to learn about the place where mom and the new baby will stay. This class is especially appropriate for children 3 years and older. Pre-registration is required. To register call 224-3189 or on the web at www.growinguptogether.org. Growing Up Together is a United Way Partner Agency.
Family Fun Day - Fabulous Pheasants
Saturday, October 14
  • Saturday, October 14, 2017
  • 10:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
  • Cultural Heritage Center - 900 Governors Dr.
  • Contact: Ronette Rumpca - 773-3458
  • Email
  • Admission: Free
Make a fabulous pinecone pheasant friend. All supplies will be provided. All ages are welcome and young children should be accompanied by an adult.
Hopeless to Homes Animal Rescue Running's Meet N Greet
Saturday, October 14
  • Saturday, October 14, 2017
  • 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
  • Running's Farm & Fleet - 1600 N. Harrison Ave.
  • Contact: Hopeless to Homes Animal Rescue
  • Email
  • Website
Meet and fall in love with our dogs currently looking for homes of their very own!
Central SD Survivors of Suicide Support Group
Saturday, October 14
  • Saturday, October 14, 2017
  • 6:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
  • Monthly location TBA
  • Contact: Julie Moore
  • Email 
  • Admission: No Charge
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 via email.
Next Week...
Spread The Warmth - Citywide Coat Drive
Monday, October 16 - 30
  • Monday, October 16 - Monday, October 30, 2017
  • Contact: Don Shields - 224-7779
Clean, gently used coats for all ages are needed! Collection from October 16 - 30, 2017.
Drop-off locations: Dakotamart, YMCA, and First United Methodist Church (Trinity Center door on Capitol Ave or office door).
Coat Giveaway will be November 2nd and 3rd, 1:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. at Trinity Center at First United Methodist Church.
Sponsored by Nourish Body and South & First United Methodist Church
Best Orange Spirit Day/Hunting Display
Tuesday, October 17 - 18
  • Tuesday, October 17 - Wednesday, October 18, 2017
  • Contact: Lois Ries - 224-7361
  • Email
Businesses/individuals decorate their store front, front yard or have a display showing their appreciation for hunting season. Call 224-7361 or email Lois to get a picture taken. Photos will be done by appointment only.
Facebook for Business and Non Profit
Tuesday, October 17 & 24
  • Tuesday, October 17 & Tuesday, October 24, 2017
  • 6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
  • Capital University Center - 925 E. Sioux Ave.
  • Contact: 773-2160
  • Email
  • Website
  • Fees: $50
Are you ready to grow your business or nonprofit? This three-hour class will provide you with the tools and resources needed to run a successful Facebook page to boost sales, promote your mission, engage donors and customers and spread the word about your products and services. You will learn how to create and customize posts. Learn how to advertise online and gain a full understanding of how to draw people to your page. This class will be hands-on to help the learner utilize Facebook, so please come prepared with your Facebook login credentials! CUC will supply a laptop for the class or you can bring your own. Taught by Christina Oey. The class will meet on two Tuesday nights on October 17 and 24.
Pierre First United Methodist Church Annual Turkey Dinner
Wednesday, October 18
  • Wednesday, October 18, 2017
  • 4:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
  • FUMC - 117 N. Central Ave.
  • Contact: Jo Ann Nelsen - 280-2333
  • Email
  • Fees: $10 adults, $4 children (4-12 yrs)
Turkey Dinner, Dressing, Mashed Potatoes & Gravy, Corn, Coleslaw, Cranberry Relish, Pickles and Beet Pickles, Buns, Pie, Coffee & Water. To raise money for missions.
Hearing Loss & Dementia Presentation
Thursday, October 19
  • Thursday, October 19, 2017
  • 3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
  • Edgewood Senior Living - 1950 E. Fourth St.
  • Contact: Kim Brakke - 494-3400
  • Email
Hearing loss is linked to Alzheimer's disease and dementia. Older adults with hearing loss are more likely to develop Alzheimer's disease and dementia, compared to those with normal hearing. Further, the risk escalates as a person's hearing loss grows worse. Please join us on Thursday, October 19th at 3:00 p.m. as Dr. Al Helbig with Audiology Associates discusses the link between hearing loss and dementia. This event is free and open to the public. Coffee & cookies will be provided!
Trick or Treat Nite at Northridge Plaza
Thursday, October 19
  • Thursday, October 19, 2017
  • 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
  • Northridge Plaza - 1615 N. Harrison Ave.
  • Contact: 224-6331
  • Email
  • Website
Bring your children to Northridge Plaza for the annual Trick or Treat Nite! Bridget M Photography will be setup at Center Court to take photos of your children in their Halloween costumes, and will be ready to be picked up before Halloween! Many stores will be handing out candy, so make sure to stop in!
Meal, Music, and Memories on the Missouri
Friday, October 20
  • Friday, October 20, 2017
  • 5:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
  • Boarding the Sunset Riverboat at Lily Park in Ft. Pierre
  • Contact: Pierre Music Store - 605-220-3088
  • Email
  • Admission: $35 per person. Reservations made at Pierre Music Store (220-3088)
Riverboat cruise fundraiser to start a music program for older adults in the Pierre/Ft. Pierre Area through the Pierre Music Store. Barding the Sunset Riverboat at Lily Park in Fort Pierre: October 20, 2017 @ 5:30 p.m.
Menu: Burger Dinner Buffet
Entertainment: Jeff Speaect, Vocal Ron Smith, Piano (performing country to Rock & Roll)
2nd Annual Rooster Jam!
Friday, October 20
  • Friday, October 20, 2017
  • 7:00 p.m. - 1:00 a.m.
  • Drifters Bar & Grille - Ft. Pierre
  • Email
  • Admission: FREE!
2nd Annual Rooster Jam with 35th & Taylor opening for Judd Hoos at Drifters Bar & Grille! You do not want to miss this show!
Hunter's Wives Day Out Craft & Vendor Fair
Saturday, October 21 - 22
  • Saturday, October 21 - Sunday, October 22, 2017
  • Saturday: 10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
  • Sunday: noon - 5:00 p.m.
  • Northridge Plaza - 1615 N. Harrison Ave.
  • Contact: Billy Brueggeman - 605-852-2880
  • Email
  • Website
  • Admission: Free to attend; Vendors, please contact Billy
The Annual Hunter's Wives Day Out Craft and Vendor Fair will be held Saturday, October 21stand Sunday, October 22nd at the Northridge Plaza. For more information, or to become a vendor, please contact Billy Brueggeman at 605-852-2880.
2nd Annual Fall Festival
Saturday, October 21
  • Saturday, October 21, 2017
  • 1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
  • East Pierre Landscape & Garden Center - 5400 SD Hwy 34, across from Farm Island
  • Contact: 224-8832
  • Email
  • Website
  • Fees: $0.25 per ticket fro kids games
Come out to our Fall Festival and check out what we have to offer! HUGE plant sale, multiple vendors, kids activities and games, free cookie and cider, photo booth, The Hidden Timber Band, beer and wine!
Scotty Philip Cemetery Virtual Tour
Saturday, October 21
  • Saturday, October 21, 2017
  • 2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
  • Capitol Lak Visitors Center - 600 E. Capitol Ave.
  • Contact: South Dakota State Archives - 773-3804
  • Email
  • Website
Ken Stewart with the South Dakota State Archives will be giving a presentation on the Scotty Philip Cemetery at the Capitol Lake Visitors Center in Pierre. Ken will show a PowerPoint presentation with images from the cemetery while discussing some of the area's early residents buried there.
Grey Goose Road Halloween Display
Saturday, October 21 - 31
  • Saturday, October 21 - Tuesday, October 31, 2017
  • 19988 Grey Goose Road. Just over 4 miles north of Highway 1804 on Grey Goose Road, and about 2 miles north of the Grey Goose Store.
  • Contact: David & Anissa Grambihler
  • Email
This year's display will be ready to view October 21st until October 31st. The best time to visit is in the evening, after the sun is setting. All the pumpkins put on display are grown on the Grambihler farm, and started right from seed. The different kinds of pumpkins raised are quite extensive, and have many different shapes and sizes. The Grambihler family and many wonderful volunteers work many hours with the pumpkins, along with all the other spooky displays.

Please feel free to walk around to see all the different jack-o-lanterns and spooky displays. Landowners are not responsible for accidents or lost items.
We do ask that all drivers be mindful of traffic, wildlife and especially the little pedestrians.  
Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Walk
Sunday, October 22
  • Sunday, October 22, 2017
  • 2:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
  • Begin at Avera St. Mary's Hospital, concludes at Faith Lutheran Church
  • Contact: Vona Johnson - 280-7565
  • Email
PREGNANCY AND INFANT LOSS AWARENESS WALK TO BE HELD IN PIERRE. A walk to bring awareness and comfort to parents, family, and friends grieving the loss of a child will be held on Sunday, October 22, 2017, in Pierre. The community is invited to join the walk. The route begins at Avera St. Mary's Hospital, 801 E. Sioux Ave., at 2:00 p.m., and then will end at Faith Lutheran Church, 714 N. Grand. Snacks and water will be provided and a short prayer service will be held at the church. The event will conclude at 3:30 and rides will be provided from the church back to the hospital. The walk is sponsored by the Life Team at Faith Lutheran Church with funding provided by Thrivent Financial Services. Participants are asked to please park on Washington Avenue on the east side of the Hospital or in the lot on Dakota Avenue to allow adequate parking for patients and their guests in the hospital lot.
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