January 10th, 2020

What’s UpNEXT? – Vermillion’s Coffee Hour

*at McVicker Plaza*

Wednesday, January 15th, 2020

Sharing the Dream with Michelle Mechling

COMING to UPNEXT Coffee Hour:

1/22 – Vermillion School Update with Damon Alvey

1/29 – RED Steakhouse with Jason Thiel

Thanks to this month’s sponsor!

Premier Real Estate & Property Management


Main Street Center Coffee

The Main Street Center invites you for complimentary coffee each Thursday morning at 9:00am! Homemade cinnamon rolls are available for $1.50. Find more information at https://vermillionseniorcenter.org/index.html

2nd Vermillion’s Got Talent

Calling all talent! $500 cash first prize! Applications accepted from January 1st through the 24th. $25.00 application fee due at dress rehearsal on February 7th. Main prizes will be awarded by a panel of judges. There will be a “people’s choice” award by the audience. Information and applications available on the website: www.vermillioncommunitytheater.org. Performance will be on Saturday, February 8th, 2020 at the Vermillion High School.

Food Fight

University of South Dakota Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) will be collecting food for the annual “Food Fight” competition between Summit League member schools. Food and monetary donations will be collected from November 3rd to November 11th and again from January 18 to January 24. All food and funds collected will go to support the Vermillion Food Pantry. Fans are invited to make donations at the SAAC table in the main lobby of the Sanford Coyote Sports Center during the game. Continue to support SAAC in the “Food Fight” on November 8th at Fund-It Friday held by The Bean where a portion of the proceeds will go to the Vermillion Food Pantry. Let’s support USD SAAC to capture the win this season! In the program's 11 years, more than 855,600 lbs. of food have been collected for local Summit League communities.

Vermillion Food Pantry’s 35th Anniversary

This anniversary, show someone you really care, but instead of flowers or fancy gifts, we are asking for your donation. Every dollar you give helps provide six meals to those in need. Help make this anniversary one to remember for the 250 families a month that rely on us. Donate at www.vermillionfoodpantry.org or VFP, PO Box 103, Vermillion SD.

Vermillion Area Arts Council Members’ Juried Exhibition

December 3-31, 2019, Reception: Thursday, December 5, 4-7 pm

The VAAC welcomes its members to participate in the first annual Members’ Exhibition, to take place at the First Dakota National Bank Coyote Gallery, 10 E Main Street. This exhibit represents a collaboration between the Vermillion Area Arts Council, and the Vermillion Cultural Association. There is no cost to participate in the exhibit, although participation is limited to two submissions each from current members. Wall-hung work, fiber art, sculpture, ceramic, glass, or book arts are preferred. To renew your membership in the Vermillion Area Arts Council, please visit http://www.vaac.online/, and click on ‘Become a Member'. Artwork Drop-off: Sunday, December 1, 2-4 pm or Monday, December 2, 5-6 pm at the First Dakota National Coyote Gallery, 10 E Main Street Artwork Pick-Up: Thursday, January 2, 5-7 pm (at the Gallery) or Saturday, January 4, 10 am – 12 pm (at the WSAC, 202 Washington Street) Our juror will be Klaire Lockheart, current VAAC board member and alumna of the University of South Dakota, known for her large-scale oil paintings. During the December 5th reception, all visitors will be invited to vote for their favorite works. ‘People’s Choice’ 1st and 2nd place awards - $100 and $50, respectively – will be given to the top two vote-getters at the end of the evening. The VAAC and the VCA charge no commission for artwork sales; any inquiries during the course of the exhibition will be directed to the artist. The Vermillion Area Arts Council: expanding the foundation of the Fine Arts, education, and community. To reenergize our membership and promote our mission, we encourage your participation regardless of your chosen medium, exhibition history, or length of time as a member. Whether you are just beginning to embark on your artistic journey or have years of experience in the arts, please join us in celebrating our members’ creativity. In this exhibit we hope artists from across our community will be represented, united in their support for one another in this dynamic show that embodies the passions and efforts associated with the act of creation.

Email vermillionareaartscouncil@gmail.com with any questions regarding the exhibition.

Winter Market Season

Save these dates! 10:00am – 1:00pm at the Clay County 4H/Extension Building at 515 High St.

Winter Markets

January 18th, 2020

February 15th, 2020

March 21st, 2020

April 18th, 2020


Visit: www.LiveVermillion.com and click on the ‘Things to Do’ tab in the center of the page for a comprehensive view of community events. If you don’t see your event listed, use the ‘Submit New Event’ button on our calendar to send us the information. For further assistance, feel free to contact our Director of Strategic Communications & Tourism at Megan@VermillionChamber.com.

Anytime Fitness Promotion

The right help is a real life changer! Join for $1 now through January 31st!

Congratulations to the Vermillion Cultural Association!

The VCA were recipients of a $2,000 prize from the South Dakota Gives Prize Pool for one of their Giving Tuesday participation posts! The VCA asked renowned South Dakotan fiddler Owen DeJong to play a couple of tunes in the Vermillion Theater. His performance showcased the ceiling in need of some love and the need for stronger lighting in the auditorium. They won the funds for including the South Dakota state instrument in their giving day activities. Check out the performance here: https://www.facebook.com/vermculture/videos/3033244560038226

Value-Added Producer Grants Available!

The US Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Development Agency is now accepting grant applications through their Value-Added Producer Grant Program (VAPG), which helps agricultural producers enter into value-added activities related to the processing and/or marketing of new products.

Producers can apply for up to $75,000 for planning grants and up to $250,000 for working capital grants. All grant funds awarded must be matched with non-federal funds on a 1:1 basis.

The deadline for submitting applications is March 5, 2020 for electronic applications (submitted via Grants.gov) and March 10, 2020 for paper applications (mailed or delivered to your local Rural Development Office.)

USDA recommends prospective applicants to contact their local USDA RD representative and allow at least a month to prepare their applications. Rural Development has posted a toolkit for applicants under the Forms & Resources Tab of the linked site, which includes an application checklist, templates, required grant forms, and instructions.

For more information, you can go to www.rd.usda.gov/sd or call the USDA Rural Development SD State Office at 605-352-1142

USD and VCDC Business Plan Competition:

USD, together with the Vermillion Area Chamber & Development Company, is hosting a business plan competition. The top three business plan outlines will each be awarded a $100 prize. Business plan outlines must be submitted to TTO@usd.edu by noon on Friday, January 31st. The outlines will be reviewed, and winners will be notified within a week. Prize money is awarded to further improve the business plans for submission to the Governor’s Giant Vision Competition.

Governor’s Giant Vision Competition Information:

The SD Chamber of Commerce and Industry hosts an annual statewide business plan competition. Business competition submissions are due Friday, February 14, 2020. The grand prize is $20,000. The student submissions are due Friday, February 21, 2020. The first place winner is awarded $5,000. More information about how to compete can be found at the following website: www.southdakotagiantvision.com

Company Name Change

We would like to announce that THiNK605 has officially changed their company name to Thread & Ink

The folks over at the Helpline Center have recently added new features to their website!

1. Helpsheets – Quick, information documents covering topics ranging from bed bugs to how to help a loved one in a mental health crisis. We are continuing to produce more of these on requested topics!

2. Connections Calendars – Listing events such as school supply giveaways, job fairs and more. Also, there is a calendar devoted to listing professional training opportunities across the state.


January 10th

9:00am – 5:00pm – Cameron Stalheim: As Above, So Below showcase at the W.M. Lee Center for Fine Arts

January 11th

9:00am – 5:00pm – Cameron Stalheim: As Above, So Below showcase at the W.M. Lee Center for Fine Arts

10:00am – 11:00am – Overeaters Anonymous at the Vermillion Public Library, SD Room behind circulation desk

January 12th

9:00am – 5:00pm – Cameron Stalheim: As Above, So Below showcase at the W.M. Lee Center for Fine Art

2:00pm – 3:00pm – Dances of Universal Peace at the Vermillion Public Library, Kozak Room

January 13th

9:00am – 5:00pm – Cameron Stalheim: As Above, So Below showcase at the W.M. Lee Center for Fine Art

5:30pm – 7:00pm – Welcome Table serves a free meal at Vermillion Community Connection Center

6:30pm – 8:30pm – Celebrate Recovery Cornerstone at Cornerstone Church

7:00pm – 9:00pm – Vermillion School Board Meeting at Al Neuharth Media Center, USD campus

January 14th

9:00am – 5:00pm – Cameron Stalheim: As Above, So Below showcase at the W.M. Lee Center for Fine Arts

4:00pm – 6:00pm – Mahjong at Edith B. Siegrist Vermillion Public Library

January 15th

8:00am – 9:00am – UpNEXT Coffee Hour at McVicker Plaza

9:00am – 5:00pm – Cameron Stalheim: As Above, So Below showcase at the W.M. Lee Center for Fine Arts

12:00pm – Yappin’Yotes Toastmasters Club in MUC room 211

12:00pm – Vermillion Rotary Club in the Al Neuharth Media Center, conference room

1:00pm – 4:00pm – Knitting Group at the Vermillion Public Library

1:30pm – 2:30pm – Cancer Support Group meeting at HyVee

January 16th

9:00am – 5:00pm – Cameron Stalheim: As Above, So Below showcase at the W.M. Lee Center for Fine Arts

12:00pm – Optimist Club Meeting Exec. Board meeting at Expert Approach, conference room

January 17th

9:00am – 5:00pm – Cameron Stalheim: As Above, So Below showcase at the W.M. Lee Center for Fine Arts


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