Community Calendar

Spring Planitarium Schedule

Friday, January 16th 2015 - All Day
at Wayne State College
1111 Main St

The Fred G. Dale Planetarium at Wayne State College will begin its 2015 Spring season of public shows on Jan. 16.

For this spring season, the planetarium will cycle through 10 different shows, including some new shows like Ring World, Rusty Rocket, Nanocam: A Trip into Biodiversity, and a mystery show. Included in each show will be a tour of the current night sky and a constellation song. Subsequent shows will be on Friday nights and first Sunday afternoons until May 3.

Please visit for a detailed show schedule, more information about these public shows, and how to book a private group showing. The suggested donation for all shows is $5 for adults and $3 for kids. All donations are appreciated.

For more information, please contact Dr. Todd Young, Planetarium Director, at 402-375-7471.

Wayne State College, a regional, public four-year college located in northeast Nebraska, is a proud member of the Nebraska State College System.

Area high school students urged to register now for USD Summer Accounting Institute

Monday, February 9th 2015 - 12:00 am
at USD
414 E Clark St

High school sophomores and juniors interested in an accounting career or those who are interested in majoring in business can register now for the ninth annual 2015 University of South Dakota Summer Accounting Institute.

Students from the region are encouraged to attend the five-day Institute, which is July 12-16. Under the direction of Erin Cornelsen, M.P.A., an accounting instructor at USD, the Accounting Institute will address educational, career exploration, and professional opportunities in accounting. Activities include field trip to a nationally-recognized public accounting firm and various regional businesses. Additional activities include faculty presentations, educational videos and fun events such as bowling, swimming, movies and more. Participants will also have an opportunity to meet national, regional and local employers who hire USD accounting graduates. Students attending the Institute are also eligible for scholarships to attend the accounting program at the Beacom School of Business.

The Institute allows students the opportunity to explore USD’s AACSB accredited business school. The school is one of only five percent of business schools worldwide to achieve AACSB accreditation, the highest distinction business schools can receive. USD’s accounting graduate placement rate is approximately 96 percent (within 3 months of graduation).

For more information about the 2015 Summer Accounting Institute or to download a registration form, please go to Cost to register is $75; however, the registration fee is waived for students who are ranked in the top 10 percent of their class. These students need to include a letter from their high school principal or guidance counselor to verify their class ranking. Students can also earn one college credit upon successful completion of the Institute. The deadline to register is May 15. For more, please contact Cornelsen at, (605) 677-5499 or Lynne Roach,, (605) 677-5559.

Bike Ride Fundraiser

Monday, February 9th 2015 - All Day

The Clay-Union Foundation is hosting a bike ride Saturday, August 15th in Elk Point, SD which will feature a 28 and 48 mile bike ride at your own pace. There are 3 different registration options available, and all proceeds support the youth mentoring and scholarship programs. Registration forms will be online at under the events tab, and also through the bikeiowa website.
The foundation is also hosting it’s second half marathon , which was a great success last year. The event will be Saturday, Sept. 26th in Elk Point, and had runners from Poland, Oklahoma and 4 other states last year. Registration is online at www.runsignup under Get to the Point half marathon. Early registration discounts apply till March 1st, then fees increase as the event draws near. Feel free to call John Gille at 605-421-5050 for more information on these events.

Heritage Ride

Wednesday, March 4th 2015 - All Day

The Clay-Union Foundation is once again hosting Heritage ride, which supports our youth mentoring program in Clay and Union County, and also supports Comm. Service Scholarships for seniors graduating from Elk Point-Jefferson, Vermillion and Dakota Valley High Schools. We offer 2 – $500 scholarships and want to recognize students who have given of time and talent to their community.

The bike ride will be starting at Immanuel Lutheran Church, west Main Street, Elk Point, SD exit 18 off I-29, then east .4 miles and the church is on the north side. Registration starts at 8 am, and the riders leave as a group at 8:30 am, so we have our volunteers in place for sag and break stops.

We will have Dri-fit shirts this year, and our order date is August 1st. We ask to register early to guarantee as shirt, as we will carry a limited number for same day registration.

Lunch will be served at the Spink Café for those who choose the full package, as that’s a popular stop. Two routes will be available 25 and approximately 48 miles, as there are bridge projects on the U.C. park road for 2015 and 2016. Free snacks and beverages for those registered and in the ride. Riders 16 on up or on tandem to participate.

Poetry Month

Wednesday, April 1st 2015 - All Day
at Yankton Community Library
515 Walnut Street

April is National Poetry Month. To celebrate, the Yankton Community Library, 515 Walnut, invites you to share your writing talents with us!

If you would like to submit a poem to the library staff, we will gladly display your poetry during National Library Week, April 12-18. We ask that all poems submitted have a library or book theme. The poems can be about your favorite book, your favorite character from a book, the act of reading, or wherever else your imagination takes you with this theme.

Turn your poems in at the front desk in exchange for a treat. Please list only your first name on your writing so we can display the poems in the library. All ages are welcome to participate!
For more information, call the library at 668-5276.

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National American Legion Commander Visits SD

Sunday, April 19th 2015 - All Day

National American Legion Commander Mike Helm from the Department of Nebraska will visit South Dakota, April 19-22, 2015. National Commander Helm will arrive in South Dakota on April 18 and will depart April 22. The National Commander plans on touring American Legion Posts in South Dakota during his visit. Events are being planned in all the Posts listed below in the itinerary:
Mike Helm was elected National Commander of the 2.4 million-member American Legion on August 28, 2014 in Charlotte, North Carolina during the 96th National Convention of the nation’s largest veteran’s organization.
A U.S. Army veteran during the Vietnam War, he served with the 82nd Airborne Division in Fort Bragg, North Carolina and earned his Ranger tab in 1972. He has been a member of Jack Helt American Legion Post 313 at Lebanon, Nebraska since 1972. He has served in various offices for the Department of Nebraska, including Department Commander in 1987-1988. He has also served Chairman of the National Veterans Affairs and Rehabilitation Committee, Chairman of the National System Worth Saving Task Force, Chairman of the National Foreign Relations Committee plus many other National Committees.
Commander Helm and wife Debbie are parents of five young Legion family members. His son Aaron and his wife Robie are graduates of the United States Military Academy at West Point, N. Y.; Rebecca and her husband Jaron Cox are both graduates of Kansas State University; Jacob is a senior cadet at the U.S. Air Force Academy; Mathew is an Army ROTC cadet at Kansas State University and Timothy is a student at Decatur Community High School in Oberlin, Kansas.

Blood Drive

Monday, April 20th 2015 - 2:00 pm - 7:00 pm
at Coleridge Community Center
111 S. Main St.

Coleridge Community Blood Drive, Monday, April 20, 2015 from 2:00 PM – 7:00 PM at Coleridge Community Center, 111 S. Main St.

Have a Heart for Children and Families Community Meetings

Monday, April 20th 2015 - 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
at Wayne Fire Hall
510 Tomar St

If you live in or provide services to children and families in Cedar, Dixon, Thurston and Wayne counties you are cordially invited to attend “Have a Heart for Children and Families” community meetings sponsored by Northeast Nebraska Public Health Department, Caring Connections Coalition and Northern Early Learning Connections Partnership. The meetings will provide opportunities for service providers and families to:

• Hear updated Nebraska and local Kids Count data from Voices for Children
• Hear about the Raising Nebraskans campaign from Prevent Child Abuse Nebraska
• Help identify community strengths and gaps to support families’ health and well-being
• Help address the gaps together
• Share your information and expertise
• Receive a gift for bringing a friend along to the meetings

The meetings will be held April 20, 2015 from 6 – 8 pm at the fire hall in Wayne, 510 Tomar Street. A meal will be served for those who RSVP. If you have questions or wish to RSVP, please contact Peggy Hart at 402-375-2200, 800-375-2260 or email to Please visit to see the flyer with more information.

Creighton WIC and Immunization Clinic

Tuesday, April 21st 2015 - 10:30 am - 2:00 pm
at NENCAP Building
808 Chase Ave

Creighton will hold the Creighton WIC and Immunization clinic on Tuesday, April 21st, 2015 from 10:30 am to 2:00 pm at the NENCAP Building 808 Chase Ave Creighton, Ne. For an appointment or for more information regarding the WIC or Immunization Programs please call (402) 385-6300.

Blood Drive

Tuesday, April 21st 2015 - 4:00 pm - 7:00 pm
at Dixon Community Center
107 1st St

Dixon Community Blood Drive, Tuesday, April 21, 2015 from 4:00 PM – 7:00 PM at Dixon Community, 107 1St Street.

All – You – Can – Eat Spaghetti Feed

Tuesday, April 21st 2015 - 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
at Trinity Lutheran Church
403 Broadway

Yankton Boy Scout Troop 102 Annual All – You – Can – Eat Spaghetti Feed will be on Tuesday April 21st from 5:30 – 7:00PM at Trinity Lutheran Church 403 Broadway – Yankton

Adults & Youth $5.00 – Children under 5 Free

Tickets available from any Troop 102

Boy Scout Spaghetti Feed

Tuesday, April 21st 2015 - 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
at Trinity Lutheran Church
403 Broadway

You are invited to the Boy Scout Spaghetti Feed on April 21st. The annual Boy Scout Troop 102 “All you can eat” Spaghetti Feed will be on April 21st serving from 5:30pm until 7pm. The event will be at Trinity Lutheran Church in Yankton. Tickets are available from any Troop 102 Scout or at the door. Tickets are $5.00. Under 5 are free. For more information call 605-665-4392

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Spaghetti Feed

Tuesday, April 21st 2015 - 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
at Trinity Lutheran Church
403 Broadway

You are invited to the Yankton Boy Scout Troop 102’s annual All You Can Eat Spaghetti Feed on April 21st. Serving from 5:30-7pm at Trinity Lutheran Church in Yankton. Adults and youth $5.00 under 5 are free

Dickinson County Center Events

Wednesday, April 22nd 2015 - 4:00 pm
at Dickinson County Nature Center
2279 170th St

The Dickinson County Conservation Board wants to make sure that no one can say they’re bored in April.

Register for environmental education coordinator Karess Knudtson’s Soil Painting class 6 p.m. Wednesday, April 22, to learn about soil and how it can be turned into art.

Then join us for Hike the Wild 9:30 a.m. Wednesday, April 28, as well. Just meet at the Dickinson County Nature Center and then caravan to the county’s new woodland property in Milford to search for wildflowers.

Plus, the Okoboji osprey web camera is live at Our favorite raptors have returned.

For more information on what’s going on with the Dickinson County Conservation Board, visit, call 712-336-6352 or follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Star Party

Wednesday, April 22nd 2015 - 5:30 pm
at Ike’s Lake
574th Ave

Wayne State College will host the Wayne State College Star Party at Ike’s Lake just north of Wayne on April 22 from 5:30 to 10 p.m.

Directions for Ike’s Lake: please take Hwy 15 north, turn left on 860th Rd, turn right on 574th Ave., and in 0.3 miles turn right into Ike’s Lake – look for the white fish sign.

This star party is a service-learning project for the Honors Astronomy class. The early evening will include kinesthetic astronomy, a solar system walk, and a viewing of “Cosmic Voyage.” When the Sun goes down, the telescopes will come out. Look in the sky for Venus, Mars, Jupiter, a crescent moon, the Andromeda galaxy, the Hercules cluster and the Dumbbell nebula. Honors students will show visitors where the center of the galaxy is located.

Tours of the constellations will be given. Anyone with a telescope or binoculars are encouraged to bring them. Other suggested items to bring: coats, blankets and outdoor chairs. Refreshments will be provided, but feel free to bring your own.

More information can be found at www.wsc.ed/planetarium, and any questions and/or comments should be directed to Dr. Todd Young (402-375-7471;

Wellness Fair

Thursday, April 23rd 2015 - 11:00 am - 2:00 pm
at Wayne State College
1111 Main St

The Wayne State College Service Learning and the SHAPE Club are presenting a Wellness Fair for the public on April 23 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The PED 310 Professional Leadership and Development class, partnering with Service Learning and WSC SHAPE Club, will be hosting the 2015 Wellness Fair.

This year’s theme is “Live well. Eat well. Be well.” The focus of the fair is the various dimensions of wellness that we all encounter every day.

Anyone interested in setting up a booth for the fair, or for more information, please contact Paul McCawley of Wayne State College at (402)-375-7110 or e-mail

Noon Forums

Thursday, April 23rd 2015 - 12:00 pm
at Mount Marty College
1105 W 8th St

The Noon Forums at Mount Marty have recently been set. Each Thursday on the Yankton campus presenters give a talk on a variety of topics. The events are held over the lunch hour in the South Dining Room of Roncalli and are free and open to the public. Brown bag lunches are welcomed and visitors are also welcome to purchase food in the cafeteria.
Spring 2015 Schedule:
• Apr 23 Sr. Cynthia Binder, Dr. Rich Lofthus, Dr. James Sullivan and MMC Students, “Europe Trip: WWII and the Liberation of France”


Thursday, April 23rd 2015 - 7:00 pm
at National Music Museum
414 E. Clark St

Live music, classic movies on the big screen, and more!

April 23, NMM at the movies!
The Music Man
Thursday, 7:00 p.m. General admission, $5.00. Seniors, youth admission, $3.00. Free to USD students with ID and to NMM members-with-benefits. Coyote Twin Theater, 10 East Main St., Vermillion, SD.
Your chance to see a classic on the big screen! 76 trombones and a con man in love — in this beloved, Academy-Award-winning adaptation (1962) of the Broadway musical.

May 1, NMM Live!
Tatag Gamelan
Friday, 12:05 p.m. Free admission. National Music Museum.
Once a year you have the opportunity to hear the NMM’s extraordinary Kyai Rengga Manis Everist Gamelan percussion orchestra in a performance by area group Tatag. Don’t miss it!

2015 Northeast Nebraska Master Gardener Plant Fair and Market

Friday, April 24th 2015 - All Day
at Northeast Community College, Chuck Pohlman Ag Complex
2301 E. Benjamin Ave

Spring is here which means the 23rd annual Plant Fair and Market has arrived! This fun and educational event is Saturday, April 25, 9 am to 3 pm with early plant sales Friday, April 24 from 6 – 8 pm. The event is held at the Northeast Community College, Chuck Pohlman Ag Complex, 2301 E. Benjamin Ave, Norfolk.

Nearly 30 vendors have registered to attend. In addition to nursery and garden décor supplies other items available will be jewelry, kitchen tools, skin care, crafts, quilts, collectables, candles, toys, home décor, and gourmet food.

The Master Gardener plant booth will have plants provided by Bluebird Nursery Inc of Clarkson NE. Master Gardeners will be available to answer questions and help attendees with their selections.

Experts in their field have been asked to talk on various topics. Friday’s featured speaker will be Butterfly Habitat for Town and Country by Kim Brannen a Missouri Valley Master Gardener from Yankton SD. Saturday’s educational speakers and times are Growing Up to Bee Smart by Kathy Goodwater, Adjunct Instructor at Northeast Community College at 9:30 am; Nebraska, The Next Napa Valley by Paul Read, Professor of Horticulture and Viticulture at the University of Nebraska – Lincoln at 11:00 am; and Country vs City Trees – The Different Life of Each by Dr. John Ball, Professor of Forestry and Extension Specialist at South Dakota State University at 1:00 pm. There will be ongoing demonstrations by Red Road Herbs on Your Path to Health and Harmony and four Northeast Nebraska Master Gardener Talk-Abouts on Planting and Care of Plants Offered at the Master Gardener Booth, Herbs, Collage of Gardening Tips, and Growing Sedums. Come and learn from the experts and peruse the numerous vendor booths. A Gardener’s Café will be available to eat and sit while enjoying the surroundings.

FREE admission, children’s activities including two Kids Make & Take activites, Saturday at 11:00 am and 1:00 pm, educational sessions, numerous vendor booths, and hourly door prizes make this a must attend event. Plenty of parking is available at the paved parking lot south of the complex.

The Plant Fair is coordinated by the Northeast Nebraska Master Gardeners with proceeds in part to support Horticulture Scholarships to Northeast Community College and Educational Speakers. Perennial Partner sponsors include Nebraska Extension, Northeast Community College, Bluebird Nursery Inc, WJAG, LiteRock, and 106 Kix Country. Flower Friend sponsors are Diane’s Greenhouse, J&H/Johansen Greenhouse, Loess Hills Lavender Farm, Papio Valley Nursery Inc, Red Road Herbs, Robin Jones…sells homes – Real Estate Solutions Team, and Sue Martin, REALTOR ® – Don Peterson & Associates Real Estate/Auctions.

For more information, please call the Nebraska Extension office in Madison County at 402-370-4040 or in Wayne County at 402-375-3310. Visit

Preview Days

Friday, April 24th 2015 - All Day
at Northwestern College
101 7th St. SW

Northwestern College will host nine Preview Days this school year to provide high school students with an introduction to the college. Preview Days are open to juniors and seniors and their parents, and are an excellent first step for students beginning their college search. The events will be held on  April 24th.
For more information, contact Laura De Boer in the admissions office by calling 800-747-4757 or via email at visit-at-n-w-c-iowa-dot-e-d-u.

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