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Birders to congregate at Oak Lake

Posted: Friday, May 1st, 2015
BROOKINGS, Ornithologists of all levels are invited to the 20th annual spring Bird Walk at Oak Lake Field Station May 16. The walk starts at 8 a.m. at the Administration Building south of Astoria, 22 miles northeast of Brookings.
Expert ornithologist Amy Lewis of Brookings and other seasoned birders will lead the groups. Participants are asked to wear weather-appropriate attire

Honoring Arbor Day

Posted: Friday, May 1st, 2015
BROOKINGS, Students Patrick Lowin, left, and Kendall Reyher, center, help Tanner Aiken, campus horticulturist, place a 600-pound, 10-year-old heritage oak into a hole at Arbor Park on the South Dakota State University campus near the rodeo grounds Wednesday, April 29. The post-Arbor Day planting served as a demonstration for students in the arboriculture and woody plants classes. Lowin is a sophomore

Orchestra concerts set ... in a galaxy far, far away

Posted: Thursday, Apr 30th, 2015
BROOKINGS, Celebrate Star Wars Day on May 4 ("May the 4th be with you!") with some of the movies' greatest melodies played by the string orchestras of Brookings schools.
There will be two separate concerts that night at the Performing Arts Center at South Dakota State University. The evening of music starts at 6 p.m. with the fourth- and fifth-grade

Celebrate history, gardens downtown

Posted: Wednesday, Apr 29th, 2015
• Two-day festival starts Friday at Parks and Recreation center

BROOKINGS, Visit downtown Brookings this Friday and Saturday, May 1 and 2, for gardening ideas, crafts, historic preservation and more. That's when Downtown Brookings Inc. hosts its annual History and Garden Festival at the Parks and Recreation Building, 212 Main Ave.
Hours are 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Friday

Ice-dyeing workshop held May 3

Posted: Tuesday, Apr 28th, 2015
BROOKINGS, The South Dakota Agricultural Heritage Museum presents an ice-dyeing workshop with Ann Taecker May 3 at 2 p.m. Registration is limited to 20 people with a fee of $35 for members and $45 for nonmembers.
Taecker, a veteran dyer and award-winning fiber artist, will demonstrate how to dye fabrics using ice and compound dyes.

Guys get pizza, try on their heels

Posted: Tuesday, Apr 28th, 2015
BROOKINGS, On May 1, the Brookings Domestic Abuse Shelter will host its second Walk a Mile in Her Shoes event at 6:30 p.m. in downtown Brookings.
The registration deadline has been extended to March 30, but organizers are still asking participants to preregister. Walkers may do so by stopping at the shelter to try on their shoes, even if they

BAC plans new ‘Just Write’ event May 7

Posted: Tuesday, Apr 28th, 2015
BROOKINGS, The Brookings Arts Council will hold its first ever "Just Write" event in the Community Cultural Center building from 4:30-6:30 p.m. Thursday, May 7.
The event is being held to celebrate local authors and nurture aspiring writers. The BAC is providing an opportunity to foster networking and focus on writers in Brookings.

Homes No. 58, 59 under way

Posted: Tuesday, Apr 28th, 2015
BROOKINGS, Brookings Area Habitat For Humanity broke ground on its 58th home, for the Green family, at a build site in Aurora April 10.
Thomas and Elizabeth Green have four children. By working in partnership with Habitat, they will be able to purchase a decent, affordable new home.
One of the sponsors of this house is Thrivent Financial. This

Larson Nature Center dedicated

Posted: Monday, Apr 27th, 2015
BROOKINGS, With a pair of mayoral proclamations Saturday, Arbor Day was recognized in Brookings and the Larson Nature Center, the hub of the Dakota Nature Park, was dedicated.
In proclaiming Saturday as Arbor Day, Mayor Tim Reed, shown at right with Dale Larson, noted that "trees significantly affect the quality of life of the citizens in our community," adding that "our

Meyer to hold senior recital

Posted: Monday, Apr 27th, 2015
BROOKINGS, South Dakota State University student Trey Meyer, a music education major from Brookings, will present his senior recital project May 3 at 7 p.m. in the Peterson Recital Hall.
A baritone, Meyer will perform works by Bach, Handel, Schubert and Rachmaninoff. He will be accompanied by student Carson Covey on piano, assistant professor Michael Walsh on clarinet and

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