Community Calendar

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.

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

Youth Horticulture ID Contest

Saturday, April 25th 2015 - 11:00 am at Northeast Community College
E. Benjamin Ave

Test your horticulture knowledge. The Northeast Nebraska Master Gardeners will be hosting a Youth Horticulture ID Contest at their Plant Fair & Market Saturday, April 25 at the Chuck Pohlman Ag Complex, Northeast Community College, 2301 E Benjamin Ave, Norfolk. Competition begins at 11:00 AM with Awards Presented at 12:30 PM. All youth ages 8-18 years old are encouraged to participate.

Participation is free but all participants must preregister by April 17 by contacting the Nebraska Extension office in Madison County at 402-370-4040. Prizes will be given for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place finishers in each of the age brackets. The age brackets are Junior, 8-11 years old; Intermediate, 12-14 years old; and Senior, 15-18 years old. Prizes are 1st Place – $25 cash plus $25 gift certificate at the Master Gardener Plant Booths, 2nd Place – $10 cash plus $15 gift certificate at the Master Gardener Plant Booths, and 3rd Place – $10 gift certificate at the Master Gardener Plant Booths. Contestants will be required to sight ID horticultural plants to the accepted common name. Plant list and study guides available at

His Way will meet

Sunday, April 26th 2015 - 11:00 am at Peace Church
206 E. 31st St

His Way will meet in Yankton at Peace Church, 206 E. 31st St., for fellowship at 11 am, the church service, with special music by the USD Music Program, at 11:30, followed by a light lunch at 12:30 and yoga class at 1 pm, led by Christine French. The Yoga is for all ages and levels of flexibility.

His Way is a group of young adults (18+) who share life’s journey using social media and gatherings once a month in various locations in South Dakota.  They share their lives and scripture online and do a community service project at the monthly gathering. Pastor Jenifer Swier is group’s facilitator and serves Peace Church.

This month’s project is bringing yoga to Peace Church and anywhere else in town. Call Veronica at (605)660-5612 to schedule a session for Sunday afternoon.

Worldwide Genocide Awareness Day

Sunday, April 26th 2015 - 12:00 pm at Betty Strong Encounter Center
900 Larsen Park Road

Worldwide Genocide Awareness Day set for April 26 at Betty Strong Encounter Center in Sioux City, IA

Genocide isn’t an evil that only happens “over there.” Rather, genocide has occurred on almost every continent and ultimately touches every human being. How can Siouxlanders help end the suffering?

Those and other questions will be explored at “Worldwide Genocide Awareness Day” from noon to 3:30 p.m. Sunday, April 26 at the Betty Strong Encounter Center. Admission to the inter-faith event will be free.

Visitors may attend any or all opportunities for learning. Due to images and content that may be graphic, the event is appropriate for people 13 years and older.

Sioux City Mayor Bob Scott will speak at 12:45 p.m. Jesuit photojournalist and Creighton University Professor Emeritus Fr. Don Doll, S.J., will present a 30-minute program at 1 p.m. He will share his experiences of traveling the world for the Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS) and witnessing the plight of people fleeing genocides.

On exhibition will be more than 40 images photographed by Fr. Doll of refugees in Syria, Turkey, Lebanon, Darfur, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Congo, Uganda, Chad and Jordan, as well as landmine victims in Angola and Bosnia, and child soldiers in Uganda and Chad.

At 2 p.m., the documentary “The Last Survivor” will be shown. The award-winning film presents survivors’ stories of four different genocides and mass atrocities – The Holocaust, Rwanda, Darfur, and Congo.

Get Up and Play: Lancer Day

Sunday, April 26th 2015 - 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm at Cimple Arena
W. 8th St & Summit St

The Mount Marty College athletic teams will be hosting Get Up and Play: Lancer Day. The event will be held on April 26 from 1-4 pm in Cimpl Arena. All Yankton third, fourth, and fifth grade students (public and private) are invited to participate in this free event.
Students will have the opportunity to participate in: whiffle ball, basketball, soccer, sand volleyball, or a tug-of-war.
Registrations forms are available at the elementary schools and can be turned into the school’s office. If preregistration is received the student will receive a free gift at check-in of the event.
For more information please contact Luke Loecker at or Lauren Orwig at

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