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EDITOR’S NOTE: This series of articles is to introduce the South Dakota Extension Specialists who trained Master Gardeners in Yankton last summer and share about their activities and resources that are available for the public.

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As a precaution amid the current coronavirus concerns, this Sunday’s 2019 Yankton Citizens of the Year reception honoring Tom and Jane Gilmore, scheduled for the Yankton Elks Lodge, has been postponed.

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FREEMAN — The first Schmeckfest, in 1959, ran out of food. The first “Festival of Tasting” did not expect over 1,000 people to arrive. The Low Germans, Swiss and Hutter ethnic foods were served buffet-style and encouraged to “take all you want, but eat all you take,” Foods like stewed beef, …

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There will be a pancake feed fundraiser to benefit people receiving support from Ability Building Services from 5-7 p.m. on Monday, April 6, at Calvary Baptist Church, 2407 Broadway, Yankton.

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Registration is now open for the Ability Building Services (ABS) Golf Classic in memory of Drew and Nicole Baily. The golf classic, a four-person best-ball, is Friday, May 29, at the Fox Run Golf Course, Yankton.

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March is Youth Art Month! The national Youth Art Month Program is designed to encourage support for quality school art programs for grades K-12. Youth Art Month provides a forum for recognizing skills developed through visual arts experience including problem solving, creativity, observation…

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One of the missions of the Yankton Area Concert Association is to bring music and musicians from other countries to the community of Yankton. Cultural exchanges are an interesting and entertaining way to expose our community to the many various kinds of music and culture found around the globe.

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The Yankton Community Library, 515 Walnut Street, will be hosting an Oscars Encore Weekend on Saturday, March 7, and Sunday, March 8. We will show four additional nominated movies.

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Stewart Elementary School students in grades 1-3 will be performing “Bada Bing, It’s Spring!” at 7 p.m. Monday, March 9, at the Yankton High School theatre.

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With a taste of warmer weather, we are looking forward to spring and new beginnings at YCL. We are always striving to add new and improved services and features at our library.

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Webster Elementary School students in grades 1-5 will be performing “Forever Rock and Roll” at 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 3, at the Yankton High School Theater.

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The Lincoln Elementary School 4th and 5th grades will present “DIG It! A Musical” about ancient civilizations. The performance will be held at 7 p.m. Thursday, March 5, at the Yankton High School Theater.

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The next meeting of the Yankton Seed Library will be on Tuesday, March 10, at 1 p.m. and again at 6:30 p.m. in the Yankton Community Library meeting room, located at 515 Walnut Street in Yankton.

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VERMILLION — The Vermillion Public Library will host a Lunch & Learn at noon on Friday, March 6. This program will explore the free electronic resources patrons can access with their Vermillion Public Library card, including e-books, e-audiobooks, music, movies and self-paced classes.

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Let the good times roll at the Mead Cultural Education Center’s Mardi Gras Masquerade.

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VERMILLION — In May, the South Dakota Shakespeare Festival (SDSF) invites you to join in a week-long celebration of Shakespeare and the arts, including live performances of Shakespeare’s work; early modern music; a Shakespeare film screening; workshops for youth; and a wide array of communit…

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TABOR — The Tabor American Legion will host a pancake breakfast on Sunday, Feb. 23, at the Tabor American Legion Post. The event runs from 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

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MENNO — Exercise and fun is a good mix so why not try dancing? Menno School is once again offering social dance classes to high school students and adults in which there will be separate classes for each.  

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BROOKINGS — Christine Stewart, a professor in the South Dakota State University Department of English, was named the South Dakota Poet Laureate by Gov. Kristi Noem in May.

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Mount Marty College, the Catholic Diocese of Sioux Falls and the Classics Institute at Dakota State University (DSU) have once again teamed up to host the second Annual Aquinas Lecture, which will be held on March 3 at 7 p.m. at the Cathedral of St. Joseph Parish Hall in Sioux Falls.

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Everyone is welcome to Sacred Heart School Bingo Night on Friday, Feb. 21, at the Sacred Heart Church Community Center. Pizza and refreshments are available for purchase starting at 5:30 p.m., with bingo starting promptly at 6:30 p.m.

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VERMILLION — The men of Pleasant Valley Lutheran Church will hold their annual pancake supper on Sunday, Feb. 23, from 5-7 p.m. in the church basement. Pancakes, sausage, drinks and ice cream will be served for a free-will donation.

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Stuffing mix is often a welcome side dish, especially during cooler weather. This homemade stuffing mix recipe is as easy as adding herbs to your favorite white bread recipe (or using the Bread Machine Herbed Bread recipe found at www.bakeyourbestever.com) and cubing or shredding it with a g…

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VERMILLION — The University of South Dakota’s Department of Theatre presents a larger-than-life retelling of John Wesley Powell’s 1869 Grand Canyon expedition with Jaclyn Backhaus’ “Men on Boats.” Inspired by the famous accounts of the journey, this play recasts the historical male character…

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Join the staff for Storytime at the Yankton Community Library. Storytimes are designed for preschool age and under and are offered on Mondays at 6 p.m. and Tuesdays/Thursdays at 10:30 a.m. Storytime is followed by an art activity geared toward preschool-aged children.

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The Yankton Library’s new Teens Create program is continuing through the spring. Middle schoolers and high schoolers are invited to join the staff each Monday after school in trying their hand at a fun new art or craft each week (or two, depending on the difficulty of the project).

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Everyone has heard the jokes that start out with “two men walk into a bar.”

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The potential of 1,250 more hours of horticulture-related public service may result from the Yankton regional training site at Walnut Village last summer. South Dakota State University Extension specialists and interns helped make it happen.

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Yankton Area Arts hosted a fun and full class called Creative Lettering on Tuesday, Jan. 28. The class was led by Parker artist and owner of Wild Goat Designs, Terra Cypher. A special thank you to the class participants who donated to help purchase supplies for our Summer Kids Art Camp! Ther…