Writers Workshop

Wednesday, April 23rd 2014 - All Day
at Wayne State College
1111 Main St

Wayne State College will host a writers workshop on campus at Gardner Auditorium on April 23.

The program, which is free and open to the public, will feature five accomplished writers who will discuss the process of writing, each for a different genre including fiction, poetry, children’s books, contemporary non-fiction and history.

Authors include:

- 9 a.m. – Pamela Everett, assistant professor of criminal justice at Wayne State College. Everett has published extensively as a freelance writer and contributes columns on a regular basis to the Omaha World-Herald.

- 10:30 a.m. – Twyla Hansen, Nebraska State Poet for the term 2013-2018. Her newest book, Dirt Songs: A Plains Duet (with Linda M. Hasselstrom), won a 2012 Nebraska Book Award and was finalist for the 2012 Willa Literary Award and the 2012 High Plains Book Award. She has five previous poetry books, including Potato Soup, a 2004 Nebraska Book Award winner.

- 1 p.m. – Jonis Agee was born in Omaha and grew up in Nebraska and Missouri, places where many of her stories and novels are set. She was educated at University of Iowa (BA) and State University of New York at Binghamton (MA, PhD). She is Adele Hall Professor of English at University of Nebraska-Lincoln, where she teaches creative writing and 20th century fiction. She is the author of 12 books including five novels.

- 2:30 p.m. – Julia Cook owns a masters degree in elementary school counseling from Wayne State College and is an award-winning author of children’s books and a nationally recognized parenting expert. She has written 57 children’s books with more than a million books in print. She has also published extensively in national magazines and has delivered hundreds of programs in schools across the country.

- 7 p.m. – Alan Taylor is a professor of history at the University of California at Davis. He will assume the Thomas Jefferson Chair in American History at the University of Virginia in August. He has written seven books and won numerous prizes. He won the Pulitzer Prize, the Bancroft Prize and the Albert J. Beveridge Award for William Cooper’s Town: Power and Persuasion on the Frontier of the Early Republic (1995).

Writer biographies can be found at:

For more information, please contact Dr. Tammy Evetovich, Interim Dean of Natural and Social Sciences, at 402-375-7030.

Book Launch Event

Wednesday, April 23rd 2014 - 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
at Northwestern College
101 7th St. SW

A new book about the history of Orange City, part of the Images of America series by Arcadia Publishing, will be on sale during a book launch event at Northwestern College Wednesday, April 23rd.

The book’s authors will sign copies during a Dutch-themed party, scheduled for 2 to 3:30 p-m in the Vogel Community Room of the college’s DeWitt Learning Commons. All proceeds from sales during the book launch will go to Northwestern’s DeWitt Library. The 128-page paperback containing approximately 240 photos may also be pre-ordered through and will be available after its April 14th release at a variety of local retailers.

Art Reception

Wednesday, April 23rd 2014 - 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
at Northwestern College
101 7th St. SW

Artwork by Northwestern College students will be on display in the college’s Te Paske Gallery April 23rd through May 2nd as part of Northwestern’s 47th annual Juried Student Art Exhibition. A public reception is scheduled for Wednesday, April 23rd, from 7 to 8 p-m.

The Te Paske Gallery is located in Northwestern’s Korver Visual Arts Center along Highway 10 in Orange City. Gallery hours are 8 a-m to midnight Monday through Saturday and 1 p-m to midnight Sunday.

Brass, Woodwind and Percussion Ensembles

Wednesday, April 23rd 2014 - 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm
at Wayne State College
1111 Main St

The Wayne State College Department of Music will host the Brass, Woodwind and Percussion Ensembles in a collaborative concert performance on Wednesday, April 23 at 7:30 p.m. in Ramsey Theatre.

Two Brass Ensembles will be featured: the WSC Tuba-Euphonium Quartet and the WSC Low Brass Choir. Both ensembles will perform transcriptions along with works written for low brass ensembles.

The Percussion Ensemble will present two selections performed by the WSC Class in Percussion students, with the remaining selections performed by the WSC Percussion Ensemble. Sixth grade band and percussion students from Wayne Community Schools will also be guest performers with each percussion group at the event.

The concert is free and open to the public.

For more information, please contact Josh Calkin, brass director, at; Dr. Karl Kolbeck, woodwind director, at; or Brad Weber, percussion director, at

USD Play

Thursday, April 24th 2014 - All Day
at USD
414 E Clark St

Two epic musicals, a farcical comedy and a critically-acclaimed drama highlight the University of South Dakota Department of Theatre’s 2013-14 season.

The curtain closes on this season with “Pippin,” music and lyrics by Stephen Schwartz based on the book by Roger O. Hirson. Earlier this year, the Broadway revival of this modern musical received Tony Awards for Best Musical and several other categories. Pippin, the eldest son of King Charlemagne, sets out to make his life special by dabbling in women, war and politics in his quest for true love. The broad comedy, featuring bawdy characters in often dark circumstances, performs at 7:30 p.m., April 24 through April 26 and again on April 28 with a 2 p.m. show slated for April 27.

USD Theatre performances are in the Wayne S. Knutson Theatre, which is located in the Warren M. Lee Center for the Fine Arts. Ticket prices for each performance are $15 for adults, $12 for senior citizens (62 and older), $10 for youths (K-12) and non-USD students, and $5 for USD students with a valid ID. Tickets are available at the University Theatre Web site at or by calling (605) 677-5400. 

Blood Drive

Thursday, April 24th 2014 - 3:30 pm - 7:00 pm
at Ponca Community Hall
119 W. 3rd St.

Ponca Community Blood Drive, Thursday, April 24, 2014 from 3:30 PM – 7:00 PM at Ponca
Community Hall, 119 W 3rd.

Teacher Appreciation Social

Thursday, April 24th 2014 - 4:15 pm - 5:30 pm
at Mount Marty College
1105 W 8th St

The teacher education department at Mount Marty College will hold its annual Teacher Appreciation Social on Thursday, April 24 in the Roncalli Welcome Center on the Yankton campus from 4:15 to 5:30 p.m. A variety of hors d’oeuvres and beverages will be served.

This event is a way of extending a heartfelt thank you to the Yankton area teachers and administrators who have done so much for the MMC teacher education program and the College over the years. The success of the program and the students can be largely attributed to those efforts.

For questions, or to RSVP, please contact Dr. Nick Shudak at or call 605-668-1506.

Cuba Presentation

Thursday, April 24th 2014 - 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
at Yankton Community Library
515 Walnut Street

David and Janet Jensen recently returned to Yankton from a Road Scholar tour, formerly Elder Hostel, that took them on an eight-day journey into Cuba.  While there, they spent time in Havana and Cienfuegos, taking side trips to the Bay of Pigs, Ernest Hemmingway’s home, the St. Lazaro Leper Hospital, and the 500-year-old city of Trinidad.

David has created a PowerPoint of their travels and will share his presentation with the public on Thursday, April 24, beginning at 6:30 p.m., at the Yankton Community Library, 515 Walnut Street.

Jensen has enjoyed photography for over forty years.  After receiving his Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism from the University of South Dakota, he earned his Masters in Photojournalism from Syracuse University.  He has always enjoyed traveling and learning about other cultures. His work took him to Europe, South America and Asia, as well as much of the United States.   Jensen has exhibited his photographs in Pennsylvania, Washington, D.C., and South Dakota.

For further information on the Cuba presentation, contact the library at 668-5276.

Parent Support Team

Thursday, April 24th 2014 - 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
at Family Education and Counseling Center
1700 Burleigh

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