February 18th, 2022

VCDC NEWS & EVENTS!

VCDC Up NEXT Coffee Hour

Join us for Up NEXT Coffee Hour as we have a conversation about this year’s Unite for USD event with Lindsie Bell and Rachel Olson, the Advisory Board President, about Boys & Girls Club of Vermillion. Coffee Hour begins at 8:30 am on Wednesday, February 23rd, 2022 at the McVicker Plaza.

Legislative Cracker Barrel

Please join us for the second and last Legislative Cracker Barrel of the year! Our District 17 Legislators will be discussing important topics being talked about in Pierre at Vermillion City Hall on February 26th, 2022.

South Dakota State Senate District 17 is represented by Arthur Rusch (R).

South Dakota House of Representatives District 17 is represented by Sydney Davis (R) and Richard Vasgaard (R).

If you are unable to join us in person at City Hall, the event will be streamed live on Facebook @LiveVermillion and on local Channel 3.

We want to thank our wonderful sponsors for helping this event come to fruition: Clay County Democrats, Clay County Republicans, USD Administration, BioMat Pharmaceuticals, League of Women Voters, CorTrust Bank, First Dakota National Bank, and First Bank & Trust!

Chamber News

Free Income Tax Assistance

The Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program (VITA) offers free tax help to people who generally make $54,000 or less, persons with disabilities and limited English speaking taxpayers who need assistance in preparing their own tax returns. Volunteers provide free basic income tax return preparation with electronic filing to qualified individuals.

Volunteers will be at the Vermillion Public Library at various times between February and the beginning of April. Proper social distancing, cleaning, and other safety measures will be observed. Sessions are first come, first served. VITA is not taking appointments in advance. Visit the Vermillion Public Library website at vermillionpubliclibrary.org/tax-assistance to see the dates VITA will be available and more information on what to bring with you.

The schedule is subject to change due to weather or volunteer availability.

The Edith B. Siegrist Vermillion Public Library is located at 18 Church Street, Vermillion SD. For more information please email vplstaff@vermillionpubliclibrary.org or call 605-677-7060.

First Dakota National Bank – Join Us! Come enjoy beverages and appetizers as we celebrate five years on Cherry Street. Wednesday, February 23rd from 5:00-7:00 at 1110 East Cherry Street in Vermillion

Sign up for texts from the Coyote Twin Theater

Text YOTEFLIX to VMN-YOT-061-E and get showtimes sent to you every Friday. Follow @vermtheaters on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter to keep up with theater events. Check vermilliontheaters.com for tickets & titles coming soon.

Habitat for Humanity Seeks Qualified Applicants

Habitat for Humanity of Clay and Yankton Counties seeks a qualified applicant for a homeownership opportunity in Clay County. Qualified applicants must live or work in Clay County, demonstrate a need for housing, be willing to partner with Habitat for Humanity by providing sweat equity hours to build their new home, must demonstrate the ability to repay a mortgage loan, and must show a satisfactory payment history with creditors.

Habitat for Humanity advocates for and delivers safe, adequate, and affordable housing. We seek to improve the lives of families by offering stable and secure shelter, which becomes a pathway for self-reliance. For more information on this homeownership, call the Habitat office at 605-260-4224, email habitatclayyank@gmail.com or go to www.habitatclayyankton.org.

COMMUNITY EVENTS!

NMM Live!

Friday, February 18th, 2022 at 12:00 pm with Dennis Warner - Folk/Americana singer and entertainer. Free Admission. All concerts will be held at the National Music Museum’s Janet Wanzek Performance Hall – USD Campus, Vermillion

Winter / Spring 2022

Early Literacy Programs

(Preschool and younger)

Jan 10 – Apr 28

Mondays:

6pm 0-5yrs Storytime

Storytime for children 0-5 and their caregiver that includes stories, movement, song, & more.

Tuesdays:

10am Little Learners

This program is for 3-5-year olds who are ready for some independent time? The Little Learners program will take place in the activity room and will include a story, songs, or fingerplays, and a hands-on activity. Parents and siblings are asked to remain in the children’s area.

Wednesdays:

10am 0-5yrs Storytime

Storytime for children 05 and their caregiver that includes stories, movement, song, & more.

Thursdays:

10am Little Exploration Stations

Preschool and under, along with a caregiver, can learn through play as they enjoy the various stations each week.

School-aged Programs

Monday:

3:45 – 4:45 pm S.T.E.M

Elementary end early middle school are invited to come create with us! Art, crafts, maker projects, and more!

Tuesday:

3:45 – 4:45 pm USD Buddies

Homework help, reading practice, and learning games with USD Ed. Majors.

3:45 – 5:45 pm Dungeons & Dragons

Group 1 (5th-12th grade)

6:00 – 7:00 pm Teen Takeover

(6th – 12th grade)

‘2nd Tuesday of each month

Wednesday:

3:45 – 4:45 pm LEGO Club

We supply the bricks and you supply the creativity

Thursday:

3:45 – 4:45 pm Create Club

Elementary and early middle school are invited to come create with us! Art, crafts, maker projects, and more!

3:45 – 5:45 pm Role Playing Games

Group 2 (5th-12th grade)

Friday:

10:00 – 11:00 am Homeschool Libratory

Homeschool families are invited to join for a different activity each month. (4th Friday of each month)

3:45 – 4:45pm Cartoon and Color

Color or draw while enjoying a show!

Cabin Fever Reliever Adult Reading Challenge

January 1 – March 1: Grab a reading log and battle that cabin fever by reading! Return your log to be entered in to win a prize! Winners will be contacted in March! www.vermillionpubliclibrary.org

COMMUNITY NEWS!

Phone Scam Alert

(Vermillion, SD) Using a local Vermillion, SD telephone number, someone is calling residents impersonating the City of Vermillion’s Utility Office regarding unpaid electric bills. This is NOT the process used by the City of Vermillion's Utility Office to collect overdue payment. If you receive a call like this, please DO NOT send payment. Hang up and call the Utility Office to verify your account standing at 605-677-7056 (8:00 am-5:00 pm CST).

We are sending this News Release as a service to the news media and citizens of Vermillion.

Electrical Rebates by the City of Vermillion

The City of Vermillion and Vermillion Light and Power provide rebate opportunities for those purchasing Energy Star rated products; these rebates are available to homes and businesses. In 2021, the City of Vermillion awarded over $41,000 to utility customers. Just over $8,270 was awarded to forty-one (41) residential customers with $33,679.98 awarded to twenty-four (24) commercial customers.

Rebate qualifying products may range from lighting to household appliances and electric vehicles. Vermillion Light and Power customers may earn rebates by filling out an application following purchase. More information may be found on the Bright Energy Solution’s website below.

Blind Date with a Book

The Edith B. Siegrist Vermillion Public Library wants to celebrate Library Lovers' Month by setting you up on a Blind Date with a Book! During the month of February, the public library will be providing a selection of wrapped "mystery date" books for patrons to check out. Simply select a book based on the provided description and take it to the circulation desk to check it out on your account! When you've finished your "date," you can return the book to the library and pick out another one. In addition, each book contains a review slip for you to fill out after you've finished reading. Turn in that slip when you check in your book to be entered to win a prize at the end of the month!

The Edith B. Siegrist Vermillion Public Library is located at 18 Church St. in Vermillion. For more information, email vplstaff@vermillionpubliclibrary.org or call (605) 677-7060.

Vermillion Named No. 3 Best Place to Live in South Dakota

What do you look for in an ideal town? Proximity to trails, lakes, and beaches? How about top-ranked schools for your children? Would you like a professional or college sports team nearby, or do you prefer museums and art walks?

Stacker compiled a list of the best places to live in South Dakota using data from Niche. Niche ranks places to live based on a variety of factors including cost of living, schools, health care, recreation, and weather.

Check out the list, found at www.keloland.com. Click the button below to read the full article.

Looking for a volunteer opportunity?

Friends of Sharing the Dream in Guatemala is seeking volunteers to help in a variety of areas at their Vermillion store. Sharing the Dream is a fair-trade organization that works to reduce poverty in Guatemala through collaborative partnerships with Guatemalans. Their downtown store sells hand-crafted Guatemalan products and the profits support projects in Guatemala, such as workshops with artisans, healthcare and meals for elders, and a scholarship program for school aged students. 

Volunteers in the Vermillion store provide customer service and assist with various store tasks tailored to their individual gifts. A few projects that volunteers have helped with include designing displays, working with inventory, providing social media and website updates, and Spanish letter translation. By volunteering with Sharing the Dream, you have the opportunity to promote fair trade values and sustainability while fostering a global community.  

Contact info: Anna Van Holland -  info@sharingthedream.org

Paint South Dakota

Organize a volunteer group to paint a home in your community

FREE exterior painting for 25 homes in communities across the state

Here’s how it works:

Step 1. Organize a volunteer group to paint

• Volunteer groups nominate the house to be painted and provide the man hours to prime and paint the house.

• Any churches, office group, nonprofit, civic organization, neighborhood or just a group of tea of volunteers – can participate.

• South Dakota Housing pays for the paint and primer. Volunteer groups provides the painting tools.

Step 2. Nominate the house to be painted

• Nominee’s home must be single family

• Nominee’s must own and currently reside in the home

• Nominee’s home must be in need of new paint to improve its appearance and value

• Nominee must be physically or financially unable to paint the home on their own

Step 3. Choose a paint date in June

• Last paint day must be on or before June 26, 2022

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