Pierre Area
Chamber of Commerce
What's Happening

Monday, November 13 - Sunday, November 26, 2017  
 This week's 
 Pierre Area Chamber member:
WW Tire Service
310 W. 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.


17th Annual

Parade of Lights

The 17th Annual Pierre Parade of Lights will be held on Monday, November 20th.

Lineup begins at 5:00 p.m. at Riggs High School, with the parade starting at         6:00 p.m.


The route will follow the Riggs Homecoming Route.


Parade entry forms are available at the Pierre Area Chamber of Commerce at

800 W. Dakota Ave.


2017 Annual Celebration &

Ugly Christmas Sweater Party!


December 7, 2017 I 5:30 p.m.

$50 includes dinner & entertainment

$400 for table of 8

For tickets call 224-7361 or order online

Featuring: SIX APPEAL - a world class vocal ensemble of a capella! They combine comedy, energy, and vocals to create a one-of-a-kind experience!


Dinner & entertainment included in ticket price. Prizes given for the best Ugly Christmas Sweater!


Let our event by your Office Christmas Party! Don't miss out on this festive night of entertainment!


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 November 13 - November 26, 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...
Nominations Open for Annual Pierre Area Chamber Awards
Now through Monday, November 20
  • Awards given for: Outstanding Chamber Member of the Year, Pierre Pride Award, and Outstanding Hospitality
  • Submit nominations online HERE
  • Awards Announced December 7
  • Buy tickets for the Chamber Annual Celebration and Community Christmas Party at www.pierre.org
The Pierre Area Chamber of Commerce is accepting nominations for the three annual awards. Nomination forms are available at the Chamber or can be submitted online using the link above. Award recipients will be announced December 7 at the Pierre Area Chamber of Commerce Annual Celebration and Ugly Sweater Christmas Party. This year's entertainment is the A-Capella group Six Appeal out of Minneapolis.
Jolly the Mystery Snowman Clue #1
Monday, November 13 - 18

The snow's hit the ground

So Jolly's around

To spread some

Holiday cheer.

This humorous guy

Wants everyone to try

To do all their Christmas shopping

In Pierre.

  • Submit your guess HERE
  • Get your bonus clue at Capital City Florist & Gifts
  • Jolly revealed on December 7th
  • Contact: Laura Schoen Carbonneau - 223-7361
  • Email
Jolly the Mystery Snowman is back once again. Watch What's Happening and the Chamber Facebook page for weekly clues and then guess Jolly's identity. Those who guess correctly will be entered into a drawing for $500 Pierre Pride Dollars. Get bonus clues each week at our contest sponsors and take a selfie at that week's sponsor for an additional 10 bonus entries into the contest! Jolly will be revealed at the Chamber Annual Celebration and Ugly Sweater Christmas Party on December 7th. Tickets are available at the Chamber.
Paws Animal Rescue Spay-ghetti Supper
Monday, November 13
  • Monday, November 13, 2017
  • 5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
  • American Legion Cabin
  • Contact: Brenda Manning - 223-CATS
  • Email
  • Website
  • Admission: Free Will Offering
Paws Animal Rescue Annual Spay-ghetti Supper will be held on Monday, November 13th. We will have two sauces (one with meat and the other vegetarian), two types of pasta, garlic bread, green beans, and dessert.
Stately Stitchers Guild Meeting
Monday, November 13
  • Monday, November 13, 2017
  • 6:45 p.m. - 8:45 p.m.
  • Lutheran Memorial Church Basement - 320 E. Prospect Ave.
  • Contact: Myrna Buckles - 222-6847
  • Email
  • Website
  • Admission: No fee to attend as a 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.
Winter Cornhole League Kickoff
Monday, November 13
  • Monday, November 13, 2017
  • 7:00 p.m. - 11:00 p.m.
  • T's Tavern - Fort Pierre.
  • Contact: Ashley Schlichenmayer-Okroi - 605-380-6934 or contact the Pierre Area Cornhole League or PYP via their respective Facebook pages
  • Email
  • Website
  • Admission: $5/night pot will go to winners. This will be subject to change as the league plans may vary from week to week.
Join the Pierre Area Cornhole League at T's Tavern in Fort Pierre (formerly the Office Bar) for the first night of Winter Cornhole League. League begins 11/13 and runs until spring. This is a casual league. Just show up each Monday and play. Mini brackets will be done each night, or just participate in some casual bag throwing. This is all based on the attendees on any given night and how they wish to play. Come with a partner or come as a single to play and be partnered up. Pierre Area Cornhole League is run by the Pierre Young Professionals. Summer league is open to all ages, but winter league is 21 and over. No bags on Christmas Day.
Central SD Survivors of Suicide Support Group
Tuesday, November 14
  • Tuesday, November 14, 2017
  • 6:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
  • Monthly locations TBA
  • Contact: Julie Moore
  • Email
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 HERE. For more information, contact Julie Moore via email.
History and Heritage Book Club
Tuesday, November 14
  • Tuesday, November 14, 2017
  • 7:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
  • Cultural Heritage Center - 900 Governors Dr.
  • Contact: Dorinda Daniel
  • Email
  • Website
  • Admission: Free
Tom Berry will be the focus of the November History and Heritage Book Club meeting. Berry served as South Dakota's governor from 1933-1937. Paul Higbee of Spearfish will lead a discussion of the book he wrote about Berry, "South Dakota's Cowboy Governor Tom Berry". Ralph "Shorty" Jones of Midland will also be present to share his memories of his grandfather, Tom Berry. The program is free and everyone is welcome to attend. Copies of "South Dakota's Cowboy Governor Tom Berry" will be for sale at the Heritage Store at the Cultural Heritage Center.
"Caring Through the Holidays" Presentation
Thursday, November 16
  • Thursday, November 16, 2017
  • 3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
  • Edgewood Senior Living - 1950 E. Fourth St.
  • Contact: Kim Brakke - 605-494-3400
  • Email
The holiday season is rapidly approaching. We often think this time of year is supposed to be a time of joy and happiness. However, if you are a caregiver or a person with Alzheimer's or a related dementia, the holidays can be a time of overwhelming stress. Please join us at Edgewood Senior Living on Thursday, November 16th at 3pm as Kathi Herreid, State Program Director of the Alzhemer's Association South Dakota Chapter discusses how to navigate through the upcoming holiday season. This event is free and open to the public. Coffee & cookies will be provided.
Dementia Care Partner's Support Group
Thursday, November 16
  • Thursday, November 16, 2017
  • 6:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
  • Countryside Hospice Support & Memory Center - 200 E. Dakota, Suite #1
  • Contact: 945-0827
  • Email
  • Website
  • Admission: Free
This support group is for anyone who cares for a loved one with dementia, including the primary care person, family members and friends.
Ribbon Cutting and Open House - Angel's Salon
Friday, November 17
  • Friday, November 17, 2017
  • 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.
  • Angel's Salon - 419 S. Pierre St.
New things are happening at Angel's Salon, please come to our Ribbon Cutting and Open House! Open house starts at noon, ribbon cutting at 12:30 p.m.
Enrich Your Christmas Season Women's Retreat
Saturday, November 18
  • Saturday, November 18, 2017
  • 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
  • Drifters - 325 E. Hustan Ave. - Fort Pierre
  • Contact: Vona Johnson - 280-7565
  • Website
  • Admission: Early Bird Registration: $67
                     After November 10: $79
Hosted by Vona Johnson Coaching on Saturday, November 18, 2017 at Drifters in Fort Pierre. Take a few hours to indluge yourself, refocus onthe purpose of Christmas, and be inspired to have your best Christmas Season yet.
During our time together you will...
-Get focused on your goals for the holidays and gather ideas on how to to plan and prepare for a calm, relaxing season - discussion lead by Vona Johnson
-Enrich your physical, chemical, and emotional health with Laura Prunty
-Engage in light yoga, stretching, and de-stressing techniques with Terry Holman
-Find out how to get and stay connected with Jesus through a devotional from Shana Letellier
-Enjoy lunch, healthy treats, gifts, and lots of fun!
Ag Appreciation Banquet 2017
Saturday, November 18
  • Saturday, November 18, 2017
  • 5:30 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
  • Ramkota Hotel & Conference Center - 920 W. Sioux Ave.
  • Contact: Mallory Gordon for tickets - 224-7361
  • Email
  • Website
  • Admission: Tickets are compliments of area businesses while supplies lasts. Call the Chamber to check availability
Join us as we celebrate agriculture and all that it contributes to our local economy. Clean stand-up comedian John Bush will be the featured entertainment at the 35th Annual Central SD Ag-Appreciation Banquet. The 2017 Outstanding Farmer/Ranch and Ag Scholarship winners will be announced at the banquet.
Comedy Stage Hypnotist
Sunday, November 19
  • Sunday, November 19, 2017
  • 7:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
  • Ramkota Hotel & Conference Center - 920 W. Sioux Ave.
  • Email
  • Website
  • Admission: Ages 15 & older: $15, Ages 8-14: $10 cash at the door or purchase online.
Sheri Spell, clinical & stage hypnotist, will be at the Ramkota Hotel & Conference Center on Sunday, November 19th. 
"My show allows people to step out of their daily routine and experience comedy stage hypnosis. This is a relaxed, non-intimidating atmosphere where nothing unwanted happens, other than having a good time."
*8 years and older may attend; 15 years and older may volunteer*
Next Week...
2nd Annual Chili Cook-Off
Monday, November 20
  • Monday, November 20, 2017
  • 4:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
  • The Alley Exchange & The Exchange Coffee Shop - Historic Pierre Street
  • Contact: April Stromer - 945-2441
  • Email 
  • Admission: $5 tickets at The Alley Exchange

$5 tickets sold at The Alley Exchange the day of the event. All chili will be served at The Exchange Coffee Shop.
Ticket sales to benefit the Historic Pierre Street Association.
Come decide which business has the best chili on Historic Pierre Street!
Sponsored by The Alley Exchange/Exchange Coffee Shop
Parade of Lights 2017
Monday, November 20
  • Monday, November 20, 2017
  • 5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
  • Lineup in Riggs High School parking lot & begin on Broadway Ave. Same route as Pierre Homecoming parade
  • Email 
  • Website 
  • Admission: Donations welcome to help offset costs. No charge to attend or be in the parade.
Help us ring in the holiday season by joining us for the 17th Annual Pierre Parade of Lights. The parade will be Monday night to kick off a week's worth of holiday events.

Registration forms are available at the Chamber. Pre-registration requested through Monday, November 13th.

Prizes will be awarded for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place entries, in addition to the Mayor's, Griswold and People's Choice awards.

The parade will lineup at the Riggs High School parking lot and begin on Broadway Avenue. It will travel on Broadway to Highland Avenue, turn onto Highland, continue on Highland until turning onto Pleasant and then on to Pierre Street, finishing at the American Legion cabin. This is the same route as the Riggs High School homecoming parade.
Build Dakota/Technical Institute Roadshow
Tuesday, November 21
  • Tuesday, November 21, 2017
  • 11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
  • Richie Z's Brickhouse BBQ & Grill - 401 S. Central Ave.
  • Contact: Registration - Penny Andersen - 224-7361                       Program - Jim Protexter - 224-6610
  • Email Penny 
  • Email Jim 
Please join the PEDCO Board of Directors to learn about strategies to build your workforce or launch your career with this full-ride scholarship opportunity!
*Lunch and beverages provided if registered by Thursday, Nov. 16*

- Deni Amundson, Program Manager, Build Dakota Scholarships
-Clayton Deuter, Director of Admissions, Mitchell Technical Institute
-Julie Stevenson, Foundation Director, Lake Area Technical Institute
-Jacque Danielson, Interim Director of Admissions, Southeast Technical Institute
-Aaron Jacobs, Foundation Director, Western Dakota Technical Institute
-Available For Questions: Representative from the SD Department of Labor and Regulation

-All PEDCO and FPDC Members
-Business/Industry CEO and Human Resource Professionals
-High School Counselors, Teachers & Administrators
-Elected Officials and Community Leaders
-Community Resource Individuals Offering Career Guidance

Christmas at the Capitol Tree Lighting Ceremony
Tuesday, November 21
  • Tuesday, November 21, 2017
  • 6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
  • South Dakota Capitol Building
  • Website
  • Fees: Free!
Governor Daugaard, First Lady Mrs. Daugaard, and special guests will entertain and delight while kicking off the 2017 Christmas at the Capitol. "The Colors of Christmas" is the theme for this year's Capitol celebration. Entertainers will include the Pierre 4, choirs from Stanley County Elementary School, and Sioux Falls Roosevelt High School. As always, a special guest from "up North" will make his presence known at the end of the evening. Come be a part of this special event. Preludes to the event begin at 6:00 p.m., with the Welcome and Introductions beginning at 6:30. The Grand Lighting Ceremony begins at 7:00.
15th Annual Turkey Trot
Thursday, November 23
  • Thursday, November 23, 2017
  • 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
  • Pierre Area Chamber of Commerce Building - 800 W. Dakota Ave.
  • Contact: Art Smith - 222-7588
  • Email
  • Website 
  • Fees: Only a $5 entry fee! All proceeds will go to Feeding South Dakota
Fun run (or walk!), 5k and 10k, along the beautiful Missouri River.. Course will be mostly asphalt and concrete with a small portion of crushed trail surface. Walker and stroller friendly, please keep any animals on a leash. Give yourself a reason to have a second helping! Only $5 registration fee, and all proceeds will go to Feeding South Dakota.
Registration begins at 9:00 a.m. - 9:45 a.m., run starts at 10:00 a.m.
Post-Race Activities: Free food and drinks for everyone, 11:00 a.m. drawings for holiday treats.
Holiday Market Craft & Vendor Fair
Friday, November 24 - 26
  • Friday, November 24 - Sunday, November 26, 2017
  • Friday: 9:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m.
  • Saturday: 10:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.
  • Sunday: 11:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
  • Northridge Plaza - 1615 N. Harrison Ave.
  • Contact: Billy Brueggeman - 605-852-2880
  • Email
  • Website
  • Fees: Free to attend. Vendors, please contact Billy.
The Holiday Market Craft & Vendor Fair will be held on Black Friday, November 24th thru Sunday, November 26th at Northridge Plaza.
Fort Pierre Christmas Tree Lighting Celebration
Friday, November 24
  • Friday, November 24 - Sunday, November 26, 2017
  • 4:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
  • Deadwood & Main St. - Fort Pierre
  • Contact: Sunny Hannum - 223-7603
  • Email
  • Admission: Free Will Offerings
4:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.: Horse Drawn Wagon Rides
6:30 p.m.: Chili Cook-off Contest
-Free Will Offering to benefit Fort Pierre residents who need assistance with utility bills!
-Santa Appearances & Photo Ops!
-Drawing for Bicentennial Items!
-Voting for Best Business Decorations!
7:30 p.m.: Tree Lighting Ceremony
-Cookies & Hot Cocoa to follow
8:00 p.m.: Dance Fundraiser for CYI/United Way
-Free Will Offering
-Family Fun provided by Scott Lane
FCSDA Fine Arts Scholarship Fundraiser Christmas Dance Performance
Friday, November 24 - 25
  • Friday, November 24 - Saturday, November 25, 2017
  • 7:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
  • T.F. Riggs Theater
  • Contact: Pamela Cronin
  • Email
  • Website
  • Admission: All seats $4
A Holiday dance performance scholarship fundraiser featuring local students of the Forney Cronin Studio of Fine Arts.
Fruit Club
Saturday, November 25
  • Saturday, November 25, 2017
  • 5:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.
  • Runnings Parking lot - 1600 N. Harrison
  • Contact: call or text - 605-377-8679
  • Website
  • Fees: Cost of order. Pre-orders required.
**Reservations Required**
The Fruit Club will be in the Runnings parking lot on Saturday, November 25, 2017 from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. for you to pick up your pre-made orders!
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