P ierre Area Chamber of Commerce
 November 2018 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 November 2018 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
2018 Chamber Board of Directors
  
Executive Board
Bryan Beck - President
Beck Motor Company
Jennifer Anderson - President Elect
Anderson, Nill, and Associates
John Hight - Vice Presient
Crooked Creek Outfitters
Steve Bass - Secretary
Edgewood Senior Living
Meredith Lee - Treasurer
Lee Real Estate
Melissa Puepke - Past President
First Dakota National Bank
 
Board Members
Thomas Allerdings
Clubhouse Hotel & Suites
Angie Bollweg
Sanford Health
Paul Bowen
Slumberland Furniture
Mikel Holland
Avera St. Mary's
Russ Hoffelt
Feeding South Dakota
John Clark
Capital Journal
Kim Larson
Farm Credit Services
Kristie Maher
South Dakota Discovery Center
Dan Park
BankWest
Dennis Rounds
Consultant
Ex-Officio Members
Mark Anderson, PEDCO President
Pierre Mayor Steve Harding
Ft. Pierre Mayor Gloria Hanson
 
Pierre Economic Development Corporation 2018 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.
Individual & Non-Profit Investors - $60
South Dakota Development Corporation

 

CEO's Report
Jamie Seiner, CEO

The Pierre Area Chamber of Commerce had an exciting month in October as we released our new campaign, Loyal2Local. We have been humbled by the overwhelmingly positive response from the community and we are excited to move forward with branding the Chamber and its membership as Loyal2Local.
Loyal2Local builds off the vision of the Chamber, where businesses and organizations support each other and help one another succeed. This new campaign expands on our typical messaging of "Shop Local," it allows the Chamber to recognize all our membership from retail and service-oriented businesses, to organizations and non-profits, and even to our individual members. We want the Pierre and Ft. Pierre residents to know that the Chamber and our membership are Loyal2Local. If you haven't joined us yet, now is a great time to declare you are loyal to our community and all businesses and organizations who have chosen to invest in our area. Take the Loyal2Local pledge on our website at www.pierre.org  to see what it means to be loyal. Contact the Chamber's Membership Director, Katie Johnson, if you as an individual or business/organization would like to join the Chamber and show support for the Loyal2Local campaign.
The holiday season is quickly approaching and will be here before you know it! The chamber is continuing many of our favorite traditions this holiday season. They are all focused on celebrating our community and reminding our residents about the wonderful opportunities we have right here.
Coming in November, our 18th Annual Parade of Lights will be marching down our streets on Monday, November 19th to kick off the holiday festivities. Pierre's most famous holiday tradition, Christmas at the Capitol, will begin with a lighting ceremony on Tuesday, November 20th - just before Thanksgiving on Thursday, November 22nd. November 23rd is Black Friday, and the Fort Pierre Tree Lighting Ceremony is held that evening. Small Business Saturday is on November 24th; the Chamber will be reminding the Pierre and Ft. Pierre communities to shop small and support our local retail stores as they buy Christmas presents and holiday favors.
Don't forget about the Chamber's Annual Celebration and Community Christmas Party on December 13th, featuring an all-girl trio: Divas Through the Decades! They will perform the greatest female musical hits from the 1940's to today. Many of our members buy a table or two and hold their office holiday party that night where there is a festive atmosphere and fabulous music - it's a great way to network and celebrate. We've booked the room, planned the meal and paid for entertainment, we welcome you to sit back and enjoy. Tickets are available at the Chamber office or on our website, www.pierre.org .
As you start thinking about your Christmas shopping or putting together your own Christmas wish list please be sure to keep our local retailers in mind. We truly are blessed to have so many wonderful options. Get up early on Black Friday for the specials and be sure to check out the more unique stores the next day on Small Business Saturday. We encourage everyone to be Loyal2Local and buy as many of your gifts as possible in Pierre/Ft. Pierre. That brings holiday cheer to everyone!

Pierre Mayor Steve Harding's Report
 
There's been a buzz in the air around Pierre for the last several weeks. And you don't have to listen too closely to realize that buzz is coming from private jets heading for Pierre Regional Airport.
 
Mid-October to mid-November is peak season at our airport. During the heat of the pheasant hunting season, Pierre experiences dozens of private flights a day. In fact, each fall, the shooting sports industry brings hundreds of private jets to town, fills up our commercial planes, and causes our car rental companies to boost their inventories with additional SUVs.
 
I like to think of Pierre Regional Airport as the front door to central South Dakota. We work hard to keep the terminal and airport grounds professional and inviting. This year, we have added a boarding bridge for our commercial travelers, and placed a sign on it to welcome people to the City of Pierre. We are very appreciative of the Chamber's welcome committee who camps out at the airport to further roll out that safety orange carpet for our out-of-town guests.
 
While this is certainly the busiest season for our airport, the City works to make the airport appealing all year long to a variety of audiences. Just this week, we finished paving the taxi lanes in the newly developed spray plane hangar area. And we are pleased that Avera Careflight is lifting off.
 
Many of these airport improvements that aid private-sector services in Pierre are dependent on an annual stipend from the federal government. The federal government will only give us that stipend if we have 10,000 passengers a year.
 
With that in mind, if you think the hunting industry, or ag industry or the healthcare industry is important to Pierre, I encourage you to fly from Pierre Regional Airport. Our passenger numbers directly fuel the City's ability to support those industries.
  
 

 

 

 

Fort Pierre Mayor Gloria Hanson's Report
 
The people in this community never cease to amaze me. In March of this year, we were given the opportunity to be involved in a "Healthy Hometown" initiative, a program sponsored by Wellmark, Inc. designed to help communities identify options and priorities to encourage a healthier lifestyle for residents. Just six months later, on October 17, Fort Pierre was presented with one of three statewide awards: The 2018 Healthy Hometown Community Award. The award, which was also presented to the cities of Rapid City and Sioux Falls, includes $5,000 to help continue the work. The City of Pierre was one of six finalists.
The first Healthy Hometown meeting in Fort Pierre was attended by 22 area citizens, representing a broad range of occupations, ages and interests. A community garden was just one goal identified by the full committee, but because of its critical timeframe, it became the top priority. A community garden task force, led by Ron Schreiner, identified an appropriate site, researched best gardening practices and community garden policies, laid out the site, and began conversations with vendors. With assistance from the City of Fort Pierre, the site was prepared, and a waterline installed. Local businesses and individuals provided funding for start-up costs, including 24 raised beds. A local contractor provided free topsoil. Miraculously, most of the beds were ready for planting by early June and produced a bountiful crop.
Besides the successful community garden, other noteworthy achievements in Fort Pierre which were identified by the award included:
  • Enhanced a weekly farmers' market by creating a sidewalk festival atmosphere through children's activities, live music, meals and beveraes, and a variety of vendors
  • Rehabilitated 5300 feet of recreational trail and installd a bike repair station
  • Developed a nw community park wit playground equipment
The Fort Pierre Healthy Hometown committee, chaired by Dr. Marty Allison and Dr. Michelle Hofer, is ongoing. Future priorities identified by the committee include completing the community garden with a security fence and picnic tables, encouraging more activity through bicycling and walking, conversations with food vendors to provide ideas to promote healthier eating, and expand on an edible orchard concept.
 
Congratulations, residents of 2018 Healthy Fort Pierre! You have good reason to be proud of your community.
  
Capital City Economy
July 2018 Current Month Same Month 2017 Percent Change 2018 YTD 2017 YTD Percent Change
CITY TAX RECEIPTS            
Pierre 2% $719,305 $717,939 0.2% $4,540,870 $4,511,019 0.7%
Pierre 1% BBB $53,139 $52,076 2.0% $309,752 $314,138 -1.4%
Fort Pierre 2% $104,059 $96,504 7.8% $636,254 $635,576 0.1%
Fort Pierre 1% BBB $13,005 $12,560 3.5% $69,607 $70,863 -1.8%
OCCUPANCY TAX            
Pierre BID No.1 $23,642 $23,732 -0.4% $131,782 $132,283 -0.4%
   
AIRPORT BOARDINGS            
ADI 966 988 -2.2% 6016 6,108 -1.5%
   
DAILY TRAFFIC            
Missouri River Bridge 16333 16,648 -1.9% 102,064 106,748 -4.4%
US 14 East of Pierre 3408 3,306 3.1% 19,983 20,368 -1.9%
   
CITY OF PIERRE BUILDING PERMITS            
Residential:
New Homes
Stick Built - Number 0 2 5 8
   Dollar Amount $0 $805,000 0.0% $1,261,000 $2,179,203 -42.1%
Other* - Number 2 2 3 20
   Dollar Amount $101,000 $67,500 49.6% $136,000 $792,500 -82.8%
Remodeling
Number 4 5 39 45
   Dollar Amount $20,730 $12,600 64.5% $475,426 $681,188 -30.2%
Commercial:
New Buildings
Number 0 0 4 4
   Dollar Amount $0 $0 0.0% $2,093,112 $23,299,151 -91.0%
Improvements
Number 1 3 9 25
   Dollar Amount $10,000 $44,249 -77.4% $1,592,721 $607,231 162.3%
Total Permits**
Number 85 87 483 476
   Dollar Amount $526,400 $1,431,695 -63.2% $8,277,980 $30,116,925 -72.5%
   
HUGHES COUNTY BUILDING PERMITS            
Residential:
New Homes
Number 0 2 4 5
   Dollar Amount $0 $266,000 0.0% $1,000,000 $1,170,184 -14.5%
Other* - Number 1 0 2 1
   Dollar Amount $35,000 $0 0.0% $70,000 $11,000 536.4%
Remodeling
Number 5 1 23 7
   Dollar Amount $213,662 $6,000 3461.0% $490,030 $555,255 -11.7%
Commercial:
New Buildings
Number 0 0 5 0
   Dollar Amount $0 $0 0.0% $568,000 $0 0.0%
Improvements
Number 0 0 0 1
   Dollar Amount $0 $0 0.0% $0 $270,000 0.0%
Total Permits**
Number 14 4 50 28
   Dollar Amount $650,397 $282,795 130.0% $2,997,294 $2,332,121 28.5%
             
WORK FORCE                           
Pierre MiSA***
Total Work Force 12,839 13,006
Total Employed 12,575 12,689
Total Unemployed 264 317
Unemployment Rate 2.1% 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
 
Notice of PEDCO Annual Meeting
 
All PEDCO members are invited to attend the Board of Directors Annual Meeting at Noon Tuesday, Nov. 20, 2018, at the Pierre Area Chamber of Commerce, 800 W. Dakota Ave.
 
The main purpose of the annual meeting is to elect nominees to the board of directors. A nominating committee will develop the slate of nominees to be printed in the November newsletter. Members interested in consideration by the nominating committee may contact PEDCO at jim@pedco.biz.
 
The annual meeting will also include an update on corporation activities, the nomination of officers, consideration of any proposed changes to the Bylaws, and the presentation of the corporation's annual Vernon Award for Excellence.
 
Lunch will be provided to registered members. To register for the annual meeting, email PEDCO at Jim@pedco.biz by Tuesday, Nov. 13.
 
PEDCO Notice of Elections

The Pierre Economic Development Corporation will nominate board members at its Nov. 20 annual meeting (see related article). In accordance with PEDCO's bylaws, the nominating committee is submitting the following slate for approval by the membership:
 
Jennifer Anderson, Anderson Nill & Associates (Chamber Liaison)
 
Current board member nominations for renewal:
Mark Anderson, SD Department of Labor & Regulation
Rick Dockter, Ameriprise Financial
Kim Easland, American Bank & Trust
Andy Hubbart, BankWest
 
Additional nominations may be made from the floor by members during the annual meeting.


 

Retail Briefs
Traditional retailers team with digital natives
A growing number of retailers are partnering with digitally driven brands to create new shopping experiences, including Walgreens, which recently teamed with beauty subscription service Birchbox. Target has teamed with several digital partners, including Casper and Quip, and Nordstrom's newest partners include Allbirds and Reformation. Forbes (10/23)
 
Walmart looks to lighting, floor wax to cut costs
Walmart has switched its stores to a less-expensive floor wax that requires less buffing, a move that will save the retailer more than $20 million a year, Chief Financial Officer Brett Biggs said. The company is focused on small changes to create big savings -- swapping out fluorescent bulbs for LED lights over time is forecast to ultimately save $200 million. CNBC (10/16)
 
Study: Retailers playing music may be underpaying
Retailers using consumer streaming music services such as Spotify and Apple Music are underpaying by as much as $2.65 billion, Nielsen Music reports. About 21 million smaller businesses around the globe are using the unlicensed music. The Wall Street Journal (10/15)
 
Google developing mobile inventory searches for retailers
Google is working to develop map-enabled local product inventory searching, a tool that would allow consumers to find stores selling specific products. The goal of the technology is to make shopping more efficient and to allow it to better compete with online sales. CoStar Group (10/15)
 
Year-round deals to tamper Black Friday consumer interest
At least 60 retailers will remain closed on Thanksgiving Day, reports BestBlackFriday.com, as year-round discounts and online shopping have reduced consumer interest in Black Friday shopping. Online sales were up 16.9% on Black Friday in 2017, while brick-and-mortar visits were down 4.5%, RetailNext reports. Business Insider (10/13)
 
Walmart stores to offer PayPal banking services
PayPal customers will be able to make deposits and withdrawals from their online accounts at Walmart stores by early November. The service, which is the first of its kind for PayPal in brick-and-mortar locations, will carry a $3 fee and will also be available to PayPal Cash Mastercard holders. CNBC (10/11)
 
Retailers must meet Gen Z expectations
As Gen Z members become customers, retailers will need to change to meet their demands, including for multichannel commerce and fast shipping. To do so, retailers must consider that Gen Z members believe in authenticity, are dedicated digital users and multitask. E-Commerce Times (10/9)
 
Domino's "pizza theater" concept sets new sales record
A remodeled Domino's Pizza restaurant in Pecos, Texas, sold 8,500 pizzas during its grand reopening week, setting a new record for the chain. The store boasts the company's new "pizza theater" concept, with an open kitchen that lets customers watch as their food is prepared. CNBC (10/8)

ROOSTER RUSH


 

Rooster Rush 2018 was a great success - thank you to the Pierre and Fort Pierre residents and businesses who participated in various activities and promotions! This is a significant time for South Dakota's economy and heritage. Congratulations to First Dakota National Bank for winning 1ST place in the Orange Spirit Day/Hunting Display contest and thank you to all participants! Thank you to First Lady Linda Daugaard, Mayor Steve Harding, Commissioner Jim Mehlhoff and DT Meyer for reading to area grade schools, 'The Mystery of the Pheasant'. Also, thank you to South Dakota Shortgrass Arts Council for coordinating the Rooster Rush Art Show, and the participating businesses.

CVB Report
Lois Ries, CVB Director

An Enchanted Christmas is the theme for the 38th annual Christmas at the Capitol. Trees are on display from 8:00 a.m. - 10:00 p.m. every day from November 21st through December 25th. The trees are decorated by businesses, schools, churches and communities from across the state. The lighting ceremony is November 20th in the Capitol Rotunda and Pie Day is December 8th. Many other parts of the capitol building and grounds will be decorated, including the marble staircases. On many evenings and weekends, musical artists from around the state will perform at the capitol, adding to the Christmas spirit. The two-story South Dakota tree featured in the Capitol rotunda will be decorated by South Dakota Special Olympics this year.
There are many events happening in the Pierre area during the holiday season. For information on any events check out the calendar on the Pierre Area Chamber of Commerce website - www.pierre.org. If you have an event to promote, please add it to the calendar. It looks like we will have a full schedule of events for the visitors coming to our area.
Have you recently received exceptional service? Do you constantly see an employee provide exceptional service to their customers? The Pierre Convention and Visitors Bureau does believe in outstanding hospitality and we encourage visitors and locals in our area to nominate someone for exceptional service and warm hospitality. Please take a moment to fill out a nomination form which can be picked up at the Pierre Area Chamber of Commerce. The award is presented at the Pierre Area Chamber of Commerce Annual Celebration in December.
 
Membership Report
Katie Johnson, Membership Director
 
What happened to Thanksgiving? Does it just get lumped in with Halloween now? Christmas? Some of my Facebook friends like to decorate for Christmas right after Halloween, they say it makes them happy, and I believe in being happy during the holidays... but what about Thanksgiving? The smell of the turkey cooking, the debate over traditional stuffing or the new improved recipe from Pinterest, and the right football team (Go Vikings!) winning the game. Thanksgiving is one of my favorite holidays and this year it will be even better, as our oldest daughter will be home for the first time since August!
November seems to be a forgotten month, pheasant season is well under way, Halloween is over, and Christmas is only a month away. Typically, November is the beginning of the holiday shopping, Black Friday, Shop Small Saturday, and Cyber Monday are a few of the BIG shopping days. I encourage everyone to try and shop small this year. The Pierre Area Chamber announced in October our commitment to being Loyal2Local. As you start your holiday shopping, I hope you will think local first. We realize you cannot get everything you need in town - but our message is bigger than that. Support the businesses that want to make Pierre/Ft. Pierre a better place to live; the individuals that are taking a risk and hoping their business will be successful are all depending on US.
The Parade of Lights will kick of the week of Thanksgiving, Monday November 19th at 6pm. The tree lighting ceremony at the Capital is on Tuesday, November 20th, and remember to shop small on Saturday November 24th! I hope you have a very happy Thanksgiving!

New Members
   
Caring Edge OP, LLC
1950 E. Fourth Street
Pierre, SD 57501
605-945-6121
Katey.lukkes@caringedge.com
Promoting optimal health, wellness, safety, and function based on scientifically derived treatments to restore function, reduce pain and correcting or preventing injury to help manage your overall long-term health.
 
Cell Savers
1801 E. Wells Ave Suite 6
Pierre, SD 57501
605-224-1818
605-280-8742
Contact Cell Savers for cell phone repairs, certified preowned phones, tablets, and a complete accessory line up including cases, screen protectors, pop sockets, Bluetooth speakers and more.
 
Jack & Jill's Closet
122 E. Dakota
Pierre, SD 57501
605-295-0917
jackandjillscloset@outlook.com
We buy and sell used clothing, equipment and accessories geared towards children. Sizes newborn to youth XL, maternity and shoes.
 
Pierre Area Center for Equality
PO BOX 572
Pierre, SD 57501
pierreareaequality@gmail.com
The Pierre Area Center for Equality strives to advocate, connect, and empower the LGBTQ and persons including their family and friends, to bring about a more safe and inclusive environment in the Pierre area and surrounding communities.
 
South Dakota Development Corporation
2329 N Career Ave Ste. 232
Sioux Falls, SD 57107
605-275-1504
jennifer@thinkSDDC.com
We are a community development corporation that facilitates the SBA504. Learn to encourage economic development and job creation in SD communities.


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Ribbon Cuttings

Wilde Prarie Rose
Wilde Prärie Rose celebrated their grand opening with a ribbon cutting ceremony and open house on October 12. You can find them in the St. Charles building, suite 106.

SAVE THE DATES

Leadership Pierre
Leadership Pierre had its second session on October 4, which focused on local government and law enforcement. Thank you to First Dakota National Bank, Sanford Health and May Adam Law Firm for sponsoring this educational day.

 
November Calendar of Events

November 1: Breast Cancer Survivors from 12-1 pm at 200 East Dakota Ave. Suite 1, in Countryside Classroom. Contact: 605-945-0827
November 1: Halloween Candy Buy Back at Missouri River Dentistry (304 Island Dr., Ft. Pierre) from 2-5:30pm. Will pay $1 per pound of UNOPENED candy up to five pounds. Contact: 605-223-2021 or info@missouririverdentistry.com
November 1-3: Grey Goose Road Halloween display from 6-10 pm at 19988 Grey Goose Road. Fees: Free.
November 1 & 8: Spanish Conversation Course at Capital University Center (925 E. Sioux Ave.) from 7-9pm. Fees: $150 plus book.   Contact: CUC, 605-773-2160 or sdsu.cuc@sdsu.edu
November 2, 5, 7, 9, 12, 14, 16, 19, 21, 23, 26 & 28: Walk with Ease, Monday, Wednesday & Friday 1 -2 pm, YMCA/Pierre Aquatic Enter Multipurpose Room, Track and Hilger's Gulch. Fees: $10 or free to Pierre Senior Center Members. Contact: Mindy Cheap, 605-773-7445.
November 2: Hank Williams Tribute Concert w/David Church at the Pat Duffy Community Center (19 E. Main St., Ft. Pierre) from 7:30-9:30pm. Fees: $25 reserved or $22 general admission. Tickets available at: Silver Spur, Cowboy Country Stores, Branding Iron Bistro, Chops, Corner in Onida and Country 95 Radio. Contact: 605-585-6969 or 740-974-9885.
November 3, 10 & 17: Capital City Farmers Market in Public Parking lot on corner of Sioux Ave. & Coteau St. from 9:00a.m.-12:00p.m. Contact: Lindy Geraets, 605-222-1290 or bandgproduce@gmail.com
November 3: Women of the Moose Holiday Vendor/Craft Fair at Fort Pierre Moose Lodge from 9:00am-2:00pm. Contact: Kristin Bowen, 605-222-8540.
November 3 & 4: Canvasback Art Club 23rd Annual Art Show at the Pierre Area Chamber of Commerce (800 W. Dakota) from 9:00am-5:00pm on Saturday and 10:00am-4:00pm on Sunday. Fees: Free.
November 3: Make-n-Take a Holiday Ornament at the Cultural Heritage Center from 10:00am-3:00pm. Fees: Free. Contact: Ronette Rumpca, 605-773-6011.
November 3: Casey Tibbs Foundation Tribute Dinner at Casey Tibbs Rodeo Center from 5:00-10:00pm. Contact: Cindy Bahe, 605-494-1094.
November 3: Ag Appreciation Banquet 2018 featuring Jessie Veeder Scofield at the Ramkota Hotel & Conference Center from 5:30-8:30pm. Fees: Tickets are free while supplies lasts. Contact: Pierre Chamber, 224-7361.
November 4, 11, 18 & 25: Open Skate at PAYSA Rink from 1:00-3:00pm. Fees: $3 admission & $2 skate rental. Contact: skatepierre1@gmail.com
November 5, 7, 12, 14, 19, 21, 26 & 28th: Seasoned Citizen Tai Chi at YMCA from 10:00-10:45am. Fees: $24 per week or free to Senior Center Members. Contact: Mindy Cheap, 605-773-7445.
November 6, 13, 20, & 27th: Zumba Gold at the Pierre Senior Center from 11:00-11:45am. Fees: $12 per day or $24 per week. Free to Senior Center members. Contact: Mindy Cheap, 605-773-7445.
November 6: Volunteers needed at food bank at Feeding South Dakota (20562 Grace Ave.) from 5:30-7:30pm. Contact: Russ or Andrew, 605-494-3663 or andrew@feedingsouthdakota.org
November 7, 10, 14 & 17: The Hero Gym Boot Camp at 1515 E. Sioux Ave. from 8:00-9:00am on Saturday and 5:30-6:30pm on Wednesdays.  Fees: $10   Contact: 605-222-2190 or pierreherogym@gmail.com
November 7: Pierre Area Charitable Organizations (PACO) Luncheon at Drifters Event Center from 11:30am-1:00pm. Fees: $25 at door. Contact: Aaron Fable, 605-224-1683; Russ Holfeldt, 605-494-3663; Angela Lisburg, 605-224-3229.
November 7: Stanley American Legion Post Monthly Meeting at the Fort Pierre Moose Lodge from 6:00-8:00pm. Conact: Royce Loesch, royceloesch@gmail.com
November 8 & 9: 3rd Annual Coat Drive Give Away at First United Methodist Church (117 N. Central Ave.) from 1-6pm. Fees: Free   Contact: Charlene Lund, 605-224-7132.
November 10 & 11: Zonta Club of Pierre/Fort Pierre's Holiday Craft and Vendor Show at the Ramkota Hotel & Conference Center from 9-5 pm on Saturday and 10-3 pm on Sunday. Fees: Free. Contact: Callie Iverson, 605-295-4831 or Kelli Buscher, 605-280-1511.
November 13: Ribbon Cutting for Caring Edge at Edgewood Senior Living Center (1950 E. Fourth St.) from 3-6pm with the ribbon cutting at 4:30pm. Free and open to the public.
November 14: Ribbon Cutting and Open House for Avera Careflight at the Pierre Regional Airport (4220 Airport Rd.) at 4:30pm.
November 14: QuickBooks Class Part One at Capital University Center from 6-9pm. Fees: $80 registration at www.cucpierre.org/lifelong learning/non-credit classes/fall seminars  Contact: CUC, 605-773-2160 or sdsu.cuc@sdstate.edu
November 15: QuickBooks Class Part Two at CUC from 6-9pm. Fees: $80 registration at www.cucpierre.org/lifelong learning/non-credit classes/fall seminars  Contact: CUC, 605-773-2160 or sdsu.cuc@sdstate.edu
November 15: Dementia Care Partner Support Group at Countryside Memory Center from 6-7pm. Contact: Denise, 605-945-0827.
November 17: Sibling Readiness Class at Avera St. Mary's Hospital from 9:30-10:30 am. Fees: $5. Contact: Dawn Tassler, 605-224-3189.
November 17: Author Meet & Greet: Sean J. Flynn at Prairie Pages Bookseller from 2-4 pm.
November 19: Parade of Lights lineup begins in Riggs High School parking lot at 5:00pm. Parade will start at 6:00pm. Route: Broadway to Highland, continue to Pleasant and then on to Pierre Street, finishing at the American Legion Cabin.
November 20: Grand Lighting Ceremony for Christmas at the Capitol in the Rotunda at 6:30pm.
November 21-December 25: Christmas at the Capitol from 8:00am-10:00pm every day. Fees: FREE
November 23: Fort Pierre Annual Christmas Tree Lighting Celebration near the Pat Duffy Community Center from 4-6pm. Fees: Free will offering at chili feed to benefit Ft. Pierre Residents in need of energy assistance. Contact: Sunny Hannum, 605-223-7603.
November 23: Black Friday Paddleboat Cruise aboard the Sunset from 6:30-8:30pm. Fees: $20 adults, kids 13& under FREE. Contact: info@sdriverboats.com
November 30: 12th Annual Oahe Home Builders Association Fun Night at the Pat Duffy Community Youth Involved Center from 5:30-10:00pm. Tickets available at: Builders First Source, BankWest, Fischer Rounds & Associates, First National Bank, Snappy Delivery, American Bank & Trust, Krueger Contracting, First Dakota National Bank, G&N Construction.   Fees: $35 per table of 8.
November 30: Pierre Players Presents: Whodunnit, Darling? At the Grand Opera House. Doors open at 7pm with the performance starting at 7:30pm. Fees: $13 per student/senior, $15 adults. Contact: 605-224-7826 or info@pierreplayers.com
For future months, go to www.pierre.org