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If you are or were a smoker, you already know it can be a tough habit to kick. It can be even harder given the stress that comes with being a parent. About half of the women who quit using tobacco during pregnancy resume their habit in the first 6 months after delivery. That’s a problem because staying tobacco-free is very important to their health, the health of their babies, and for any other children in the household. Secondhand smoke increases babies’ risk of SIDS, ear infections, and respiratory illness. Thirdhand smoke – the invisible toxic residue that clings to hair, clothing, clothin carpet, and surfaces – is also harmful, especially to babies and young children. We’ve developed a number of QuitLine services to help you quit and stay quit for yourself… and for your family. Give us a call to find out more about: • Individualized counseling and why it works 2X better than going it on your own • Special incentives for pregnant women who enroll in the program To enroll, just give us a call at 1.866.SD-QUITS or visit SDQuitLine.com/enroll

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BH PARENT WELCOME

SUM MER TIME This issue of Black Hills Parent magazine is all about play – using your imagination and getting dirty. You’ll find rainy day fun with building forts or playing in the mud, and you’ll also get a few tips for your roadtrips this season. This summer, we hope you find the time to imagine together and play!

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An ounce of PREVENTION…

increases everyone’s chances for living a longer, healthier life. When you’re healthy, taking care of your loved ones is a whole lot easier. That’s just one reason regular health checkups are so important – for everybody. Schedule annual checkups for yourself and your children, and encourage all family members to visit their doctor regularly. Learn more about checkups for moms and babies at: ForBabySakeSD.com/checkups or for dads and children at: cdc.gov/prevention

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22 BUZZ 4 Summertime Fun As you turn through these pages, we hope you find inspiration for your family this season. 9 Furry Friends Animals are more than just pets! They are part of our families. Learn a few helpful tips as we talk to local professionals.

BHPARENT Publisher Rick DenHerder Account Executives Natasha Moberly, Erin Schaefer Managing Director Jenna Carda Digital Director John Eining Creative Director John Edwards Senior Designer Chris Valencia Communications Manager Meghan Rose Social Media Manager Alex Hancock Executive Assistant Courtney Buck Distribution Ken Knapp, Richard Alley Photographer Jesse Brown Nelson Contributers Lyndsey Akley, Josh Benham, Megan Handshue, Jaclyn Lanae, Sarah Lyons, Ashley Talmadge Our Puppy Pals Cooper, Marley, & Tucker Š Black Hills Parent. All rights reserved. Reproduction of any part of this publication without the expressed consent of the publisher is prohibited. The information included in this publication is believed to be accurate at the time of publishing. Additional advertiser information and articles are available online at blackhillsparent.com. Black Hills Parent magazine is a free, quarterly publication distributed throughout black hills area communities—from Rapid City to Spearfish, Deadwood to Hill City, Custer to Hot Springs, and every place in between, including: schools, medical and dental waiting areas, childcare facilities, specialty retailers, and other key locations in this area. Get an exclusive look at Black Hills Parent through our e-letter at blackhillsparent.com. Follow us on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter for updates.

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10 Roadtrip Hacks Enjoy all the beautiful Hills have to offer, and keep your family safe while having fun with these helpful hacks. 13 Dive In Abigail Anker has found a sport she loves and is swimming to the top with every race.


28 14 Spreading Smiles Cancer was no match for 8-year-old Lily Wilson. Now, she is sharing kindness with kids facing similar battles. 16 Blast Off to Imagination 3...2…1… Blast off into space with a cardboard rocketship, or sail the seas in a laundry basket. Using creativity will help kids in the long run, and here’s why. 22 Mud: A Healthy Prescription Get messy this summer and have some fun in the mud! Not only is it exciting to play in the gritty goop, it has health benefits your kids need. 28 More than Play Community park jungle gyms offer more to children than extra time outside. Here are a few skills children develop as they play at the playground.

33 SPOTLIGHT: THE HEALTH ISSUE 33 Nurses of Excellence Black Hills Surgical Hospital, Rapid City Medical Center and Black Hills Parent magazine are proud to present these six nurses with this annual award. 40 FAQ: Allergies Can children get allergies? How can you treat them? Black Hills Allergists answer some frequently asked questions. COLUMNS 44 STAGES: Survive a Summer Pregnancy You may have heard that being pregnant in the summertime is miserable, but here are 6 reasons it can truly be the best!

52 46 AGES: Help Kids Cool Down Tantrums are inevitable with your children – no matter the age. Here are a few tricks to help them cool down faster. 48 MEDICAL: Sunburns Don’t let the sunburns of their youth haunt their adult years. Keep these things in mind this summer when you’re outside under the sun. 48 Making an Impact Love Week is helping out the Rapid City community with Katy Kinnan leading the way. LOCAL LIFE 52 Black Hills Cuties 55 Calendar 62 More Local Stories Online at blackhillsparent.com

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ANIMALS BUZZ

DIY DOG TREATS

¾ cup Pumpkin Puree ½ cup Creamy Peanut Butter 1 ea Egg Yolk 1 cup White Flour 1 cup Whole Wheat Flour ½ tsp Baking Powder Heat oven to 375º F 1. Mix pumpkin puree, peanut butter and egg yolk in mixer 2. Combine flour and baking powder in separate bowl. Then, gradually add to pumpkin mix. 3. Roll into ¼ inch, cut and transfer to baking tray. 4. Bake for 20-25 minutes.

ALL ABOUT SERVICE DOGS Pets provide a sense of support that makes them perfect for assistance. Recently, there have been more and more pets helping their handlers who suffer from a wide variety of disabilities and afflictions. Here is a quick overview you can teach your children about service dogs. • A service dog in a harness is “on duty” even when they are sitting or lying down. • Don’t touch the dog without asking permission. It’s a distraction to them and may prevent them from helping their handler. • Speak to the dog’s handler rather than the dog. Remember, they are working and a distraction can put their handler in danger. • Service dogs do get to be dogs. When they’re home, and out of their “work clothes”, they are able to behave like any other dog. via healthypets.mercola.com

Pocket Pets

(Guinea Pig, Gerbil, Hamster)

Rabbit

Cats or Dogs

TOP FAMILY PET OPTIONS

CAT GROOMING TIPS Jaimie Hobson, owner of D-Tails Pet Salon

People think cats are self-grooming, but they can’t get their undercoat. It’s best to have a professional bathe your cat because they watch their mental status and know when they need to stop. Cats will stress down with subtle signs and when they’ve had enough – the “claws come out” and they will have an explosion. If you are going to try and wash your cat at home, be careful and read your labels for shampoos. Cats have a different pH from dogs so the wrong shampoo can disturb their sensitive skin. Note: Tea Tree oil is very dangerous to cats, same with flea and tick drops meant for dogs.

ARE YOU READY FOR A PET? Things to consider before getting a family pet

• How big will they grow? • How much attention will they need? • Do you have enough time? • Will their temperament fit with your family? • What is the cost commitment to owning a pet?

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Hot glue the magnets on the back of the note card holder and voila! You have a crayon case! Use the clamp magnets to hold up the coloring sheets. (The pages may need to be trimmed down to fit.)

Bring along bags of letter magnets, paper doll magnets, shape magnets – you name it! Let your child’s creativity go to work as they play along the way.

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TRAVEL BUZZ

Car Seat Safety: What to Know According to safety.com, road-related injuries are the leading cause of preventable injury and death to children in the U.S. The good news is, a car seat (correctly installed) can reduce the risk of death by 71%. Your child’s car seat is one of the most important pieces of gear for keeping them safe. So, is it as safe as it can be? Before purchasing a car seat, you should be 110% certain it has not been in an accident, and that it meets current safety standards and guidelines. Car seats are a one-time-use device; once it has been in an accident it has served its intended purpose and is no longer safe to use. The hidden damage within the seat may keep the it from properly protecting your child. This summer is a time for fun! Stay safe while you explore the beautiful Black Hills and enjoy the season together.

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AMAZING KIDS BUZZ

“THE FIRST TIME I SWAM, I THOUGHT, ‘I DON’T WANT TO TAKE THIS LIFE VEST OFF!’,” ABIGAIL SAID. “NOW, PEOPLE SAY I’M A LITTLE FISH.”

words Josh Benham photo Jesse Brown Nelson With confidence and passion, Abigail Anker’s new experiences in swimming are sure to keep leading her to success. This 8-year-old has come a long way since she began swimming competitively in September 2017 for the Rapid City Racers Swim Club. “When she wanted to try out, I said ‘We’ll take you, but don’t be disappointed if you don’t make it.’,” Abigail’s mother, Amber, remembers. “She didn’t know the strokes, but she went down and made it [onto the team].” In her first season in the junior racer category, swimming in the 25-meter course, Abigail earned numerous honors. Some of her top accolades include second place in the 25-meter backstroke at the Rapid City Christmas Classic, and being a part of the first-place team in the 100-meter relay at the Black Hills Gold in Spearfish. “These are my most favorite ribbons,” Abigail proudly displayed. But her prized medal resulted from a second place finish at the State B Championships in Sioux Falls. With the placing, Abigail earned a spot at the State A Championships in February. “It’s the one everyone strives to get to,” Amber said as she explained the competition. During this first season, Abigail said she’s fallen in love with swimming. “I honestly just like the water!” Abigail exclaimed. “The butterfly is my favorite, but my favorite kick is dolphin, and I’m a little dolphin too!” Abigail said the older Racers have helped her along, and pointed out Abby Coffy as a great mentor in her development. “I’m still learning, and people are like, ‘OK, so instead of this, do that’,” Abigail said. Her quick rise lead her to move up to Level 1 for the spring/summer season in the 50-meter course. It’s a lot more work, but Abigail said she loves the practices. Her main goal for this year is a return trip to State A. With her confidence, it’s a goal that’s within her reach.

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Over the years, Lily has collected countless plush animals she adores. But, with her kind heart, she easily gives them out to others just to make them smile.

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words Jenna Carda photos Jesse Brown Nelson Lily Wilson, a second grader at Sturgis Elementary School, is a lot like other children in her grade. She loves playing the piano, basketball and softball, she hangs out with her friends and looks out for her three younger brothers. But, unlike any other 8-year-old, Lily has beat cancer and is now giving back to help others who are going through their own battle. When Lily was 15 months old, her mom Mikayla noticed a lump on her nose. After taking her to their pediatrician, the Wilsons were advised to take Lily to Mayo Clinic in Minnesota. There they’d learn the lump on Lily’s nose was rhabdomyosarcoma, a rare type of cancer that forms in soft tissue. Over the next 11 months, she would have 43 rounds of chemotherapy and a month of proton beam radiation. It was a scary time for the little family, but they were surrounded with support from family, friends, their community and complete strangers. “People who didn’t even know us would send cards with gas cards inside,” Mikayla says. “We were so blessed. We knew that once we recovered, we wanted to give back.”

Now, six years cancer free, Lily is making kids smile as they go through treatment by delivering books and bears – something that made her smile when she was facing her fight. The Cuddle Bears program through Mikayla’s job with Usborne Books & More donates a portion of the proceeds to pediatric cancer research. Today, more than 120 Cuddle Bears and books have brought smiles to children in South Dakota, Minnesota, and Denver – each adorned with a special note from Lily. “It makes me happy to make other people smile,” Lily said. “What makes Lily amazing is that she doesn’t let her disease define her,” said DeeKenna Rohde, a family friend. “She’s tough and out-going–just like a happy kiddo should be!’” “Lily is always thinking of others before herself and it’s a good example for the rest of us to follow.” said Mikayla. “It’s a good reminder to always be on the lookout for those in need.” From sporting events covered with gold attire to a Caps for Cancer fundraiser in the schools, the Wilson Family is presenting awareness for pediatric cancer in the Sturgis community with Lily leading the way.

Each Cuddle Bear book is adorned with a special note from Lily that reads: “This book belongs to A Brave Kid. It was donated by Lily Wilson - Suvivor. Cancer is no match for you!”

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Imagination can take you anywhere

words Megan Handshue photos Jesse Brown Nelson “Stop! Don’t let the lava touch you! Quick, make it to the couch and you’ll be safe!” For many of us, when we hear these words we nostalgically recall memories of sleepovers, riding the high seas with our neighbors, and blasting off to the moon in a rocket ship. Limited only by the expanses of our own imagination, building a fort was as timeless and limitless as the cardboard box it was built from. Now in an era when academic pressures and technology seem to encompass our children’s experiences, taking a cardboard box and making into something more remains an imperative source of imaginative play and proves to offer foundational benefits needed to meet academic pressures. Perseverance and grit, skills crucial for later success in the classroom, are developing while children work to balance, secure, and build. The 21st century skills of collaboration, communication,

problem solving, and creativity – attributes that leading educators, neuroscientists, and child development experts all agree today’s children must develop to meet the demands of the future work force – are especially engaged while children partake in this activity. Allowing imaginative play with household objects, like cardboard boxes and laundry baskets, can also be a tool to assist your children with emotional regulation and redirecting temper tantrums. Clinical child psychologist Dr. Wendy Mullins from Live.Move.Be Psychology explains that when a child is in a high emotional state, they are experiencing fight, flight, or freeze. Once a child enters a fort and outside visual stimulation is removed, the nervous system can relax allowing the body to return to a calm state. The magic in fort building all lies in the right hemisphere of the brain. Dr. Mullins explains, “anything that the real world limits is not off-limits in a fort. Because the outside world

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INSIDE PLAY

HOW TO BUILD A CARDBOARD ROCKET SHIP Materials and Tools • Large cardboard box • Extra cardboard for tip and wings • Packing tape or duct tape (Tip: We used cheap duct tape to put ours together, and it was falling apart by the end of the day. We’d recommend using a higher quality tape for a longer lifespan.) • Scissors • Box cutter • Tape measure • Permanent marker • A little imagination

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is out of sight, there is space for the imagination... astronauts, spies, pirates, cavemen escaping terrible beasts... whatever happens in the fort stays in the fort. It is a retreat that kids go to so they can activate their right hemisphere and engage their journey of expressing ideas and indulging possibilities. Traits that more grownups should have.” Fort building by adults and for adults? Yes! Conduct a search for fort building on Pinterest and numerous tips and blogs will appear detailing how to be the best “pillow fort architect” with detailed diagrams for building the perfect date night spot complete with fairy lights and a cinematic experience. We have heard of the man cave, perhaps the next big thing is a bohemian mom retreat in the crawl space stocked with the dark chocolate too expensive to share and utter and complete, blessed silence to reground yourself. Find a box, share that you are building a rocket, and observe as children squeal with delight, take the reins, and engage in nearly every component of South Dakota’s Early Learning Guidelines. Whatever your age, role, or creative ability grab some helmets and prepare to launch for escape!


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mud A PRESCRIPTION FOR HEALTHY KIDS words Ashley Talmadge photos Jesse Brown Nelson

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OUTSIDE PLAY

Kids love mud – it’s just a fact. Whether it’s the batter for fresh muffins, or the building material for mini dams, or perhaps just the satisfying squish between toes during a hike, a young child seems drawn to the stuff as if by design. Parents, on the other hand, may be less enthusiastic. Mud is, well…dirty. But there are still plenty of good reasons to let your kids play in mud. The National Wildlife Federation’s report The Dirt on Dirt: How Getting Dirty Outdoors Benefits Kids states, “The things small children want to do outside, like building mud castles, splashing around in puddles and rolling down hills…may, in fact, be a grubby little prescription for health and happiness.” Here’s more on the benefits of getting muddy.

PHYSICAL HEALTH

There is a growing body of evidence suggesting that early contact with some of the infectious microbes found in soil can result in a lower risk of heart disease later in life. Other studies have

linked the over-use of sanitizers and sterilizing products to a higher incidence of allergies and autoimmune disorders. In the BuckMD Blog of Ohio State University, Dr. Victoria Rentel, MD cites a study in which the digestive tracts of indoor pigs were compared to those of outdoor pigs, and concludes, “There is…a growing, stinking, microbial-filled gooey heap of evidence that human interaction with bacteria is good.” In addition, many experts have noted the connection between a sedentary lifestyle and an unhealthy body. “When children (or adults!) spend too much time in front of a screen it limits the time they spend in physical activity,” explains Dr. Margaret Kuehler, MD, FAAP – a Pediatrician at Black Hills Pediatrics and Neonatology. “We also limit physical activity by spending more time in cars, seated at desks, and even asking kids to just “sit quietly” while we attend to errands. Recent studies show that the more time we spend in sedentary activity the higher the risk of developing obesity, type 2 diabetes mellitus, and even some types of cancers.” Black Hills Parent

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Make Your Own Mud Pit No rain in the weather forecast? No worries. A DIY backyard mud pit provides hours of hands-on entertainment for budding bakers and engineers. Find a corner of the yard where you won’t miss the grass. Add lots of water for masses of ooey-gooey mud. If you’re using a hose, decide who controls the flow of water. Clean-up tactics save your sanity: Use specific clothing for mud play. Set a dishpan of water and an old towel near the door for prerinsing hands and feet, and enforce post-mud showers.

Jorgie and Oakley (pictured to the left) were pros when it came to playing in the mud. From digging to splashing, these Spearfish, SD kids knew how to have fun!

MENTAL HEALTH

Look at a child’s face as she splashes in a muddy puddle, and you know she just feels good. Studies suggest this feeling of well-being may result, at least in part, from a child’s contact with the soil. A bacterium found in dirt (M. vaccae) has been linked to increased levels of serotonin, a compound in the brain related to feelings of happiness. As early childhood educator Bev Bos states in her book Before the Basics, “Children were not born to wear shoes. In our concern for hygiene and safety, we develop amnesia. Give children a break!” Physical play outdoors can also result in gains in independence and creativity. Becky Almeida, OTD, OTR/L at Black Hills Pediatric Therapy sees the transformation, not only through her profession, but through the camps they offer at the TimberNook Black Hills. “Play in natural spaces is much more creative because of the lack of structure. Oftentimes, children will look to adults for how to play. But, when they use that natural space, they don’t have the initiative of something to build off – like sliding down a slide, or swinging on a swing. They have to creatively come up with how they will use what’s around them.”

EDUCATIONAL BENEFITS

Young children learn by engaging in hands-on activities with real objects. Put simply, children learn by getting their hands dirty. Unstructured free play (that is, play initiated by the child and not led by an adult) has been shown to promote cognitive growth and to positively influence social interactions. Yet today, a child’s schedule is often packed with hours of directed activities in school, sports, or aftercare programs. Free time is spent in front of one screen or another. There seems to be less and less time to “just muck about.” During unstructured play children plan, make decisions, and see the results.

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CONNECTION WITH NATURE The Dirt Cure: Growing Healthy Kids with Food Straight from Soil, by Maya Shetreat-Klein (2016)

A Little Bit of Dirt: 55+ Science and Art Activities to Reconnect Children with Nature, by Asia Citro (2016)

Sam and Dave Dig a Hole, by Mac Barnett (2014)

Many experts agree that our children are quickly losing any connection to the natural world. Becky talks about how the children participating in their camps learn to make use of the immediate natural wonders. “We encourage an awareness to the space around them by taking a step back as adults and taking them into the woods–allowing them to explore in a supervised environment. As they learn to play on their own, they take those skills home and are able to apply them to playing in their own backyard.” Today our children have more on their plates (often literally) than ever before. We tend to lead overscheduled, yet sedentary lives. The CDC reports that obesity rates among our youth have tripled in the last 30 years. Pediatric use of antidepressants and medications for ADHD has skyrocketed in the last decade. But it seems that playing in the dirt and mud, whether in the backyard or hiking along a creek bed might be the perfect antidote. Dr. Kuehler says, “Parents often feel better about using T.V and other screens for “educational” purposes but it is important to remember that young children often learn more from hands-on education – like writing letters with their finger in the dirt. The American Academy of Pediatrics has guidelines in regards to screen time and media use but it is important to remember that limiting screen time is only half of the equation. We often forgot to encourage active play!” Many parents can agree that running around in the fresh air – rain or shine – helps improve their children’s behavior and overall attitude. Couldn’t your kids use a little mud medicine?


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LEADING THE WAY Brigit Blote, a St. Thomas More senior, embodies the qualities that make a strong and successful leader. Her positive attitude and determination spread to those she surrounds. Entering Rapid City Catholic School System in kindergarten, Brigit credits much of who she is today to her education. “With a smaller school, you really get more one-on-one time with your teachers, coaches and even with your own classmates. It really helps you figure out where you want to go and what you want to do,” said Brigit. Brigit is already headed for great things. She plans to attend the University of South Dakota in the fall where she will run for the school’s cross-country team while focusing her studies on the medical field. She is also one of 10 finalists for USD’s Alumni Student Scholars Program which is awarded to four outstanding high school seniors each year. The scholarship recipients are enrolled in USD’s Honors Program and receive early admission into the Sanford School of Medicine. STM’s rigorous curriculum, focus on community and Catholic values has helped Brigit, along with hundreds of other graduates, prepare for their future leadership and service roles. Advanced placement courses, dual enrollment partnerships, mission trips, and service projects are among the broad scope of community and academic opportunities that help students thrive. They take with them the benefits of an education rooted in faith, knowledge, character and service. “STM is not an easy school to get through. They just really want you to be prepared for college. But it is a small school, so you are really encouraged to be involved in a lot of things, so you also have to learn time management,” Brigit said. Throughout her years, Brigit has played volleyball, served on Student Council and Cavs for Life, a pro-life student group, ran cross country and performed with the school’s orchestra earning first chair for the viola at this year’s All-State Orchestra. Despite a busy schedule and challenging classes, Brigit

Pictured above, Brigit Blote, Rose Kinyon, and Mia Hilt take a quick study break to smile for a photo. Left, focusing on success: Brigit Blote and Aislinn Duffy are pictured working together to ensure their assignments are done correctly.

knows she is set up to succeed. She also knows she will fail; everyone does. “You just need to pick yourself up and keep going and it is nice to be in a school system that supports that type of growth. When you are around so many people who are working hard and trying to do their best, it motivates you to do the same,” she said. The Catholic School System has a long tradition of student success and has a reputation of being one of the leading schools within the state. Students score well above the national average on standardized tests and successfully complete posthigh school programs. Along with the focus on academic success is the school system’s commitment to building each student’s faith and moral character. Brigit said her favorite class was a morality class she took her junior year.

“It was one of those classes that I have absolutely taken everything I learned and implemented into my daily life. There were some kids that weren’t necessarily religious but all their ideas, whether they were in line with the Catholic teaching or not, enriched the classroom because it got us thinking outside of the box and enabled us to have good conversations and dialogue. It really broadens your horizons and makes you think,” she said. The Catholic schools have been a second home for Brigit. “When I walk down the two little hallways everyone says ‘hi’ and I know pretty much everyone. It is just a sense of community. I know people are there for me when I need them and I can do the same for them,” she said. For more information or for a tour of the school, visit rccss.org or contact Marcia Werner at 605-343-8484 ext. 1203 Black Hills Parent

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PLAY GROUNDS It’s amazing what kids will learn at the playground. Have you ever sat on the bench and watched the complex, little ecosystem? Yes, the monkey bars help build body strength and the slide helps develop a sense of judgement. But, watch closely! There is more going on than what meets the eye. “Playgrounds are the core of a community and one of the few places where children of any race, age, economic status and ability can socialize and play,” said Lori Dilbert, President of The Kenadi Jean Weis Foundation. “Playgrounds are an ideal environment for supporting overall healthy development and getting outside and making new friends.” Not only are children free to use their imagination, they are learning a lot of skills that go beyond textbook learning. “For developing children, play is learning. They learn to solve problems, make decisions, persevere, and interact with the people and objects in the environment,” said Lori “They develop language, symbolic thinking, social skills, and motor skills. Many studies show the benefits of physical activity for children is that they are healthier, have higher self-esteem and are better prepared to learn.” And Perry Mader, the Parks & Recreation Director for the City of Spearfish agrees. “Playgrounds and parks give kids a sense of community. It’s a different kind of interaction when it’s faceto-face.” Perry explains that features at the playgrounds are not only interactive for kids, but educational, too – making the playground more than a place to run off extra energy. Albert Einstein said that, ‘Play is the highest form of research, so let’s all get back to nature and play! Talk to your community’s Parks & Recreation team to see where all the parks in your town are located. Try a new one every once and a while, and see new faces! You may even meet some new friends along the way.

MADE FOR SHADE Do more than plop a bill-cap on your kid’s head and tuck sunscreen in his backpack. Now, you can get involved in a local program to protect kids at their favorite outdoor haunts. Dr. Lycia Scott-Thornburg, at The Skin Institute at the Rapid City Medical Center, began the Made For Shade program ten years ago, and it has been keeping kids safe ever since. The program is sponsored by the American Academy of Dermatology (AAD), and it funds nonprofit organizations that want to build sunshades in playgrounds and sports facilities. “We help make play areas a safer place,” Scott-Thornburg says. “This is important because one in five Americans will develop some form of skin cancer—the most common of all cancers. We are determined to change these odds.” Here are a few tips that support the premise of Made For Shade: • Even one blistering sunburn during childhood or adolescence can nearly double a person’s chance of developing melanoma. • Experiencing five or more blistering sunburns between ages 15 and 20 increases one’s melanoma risk by 80% and nonmelanoma skin cancer risk by 68%. • Exposure to natural ultraviolet light is the most preventable factor for all skin cancers—so protection is key. • Keep in mind that sun rays are strongest between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. • If your shadow is shorter than you are, seek shade!

• Doctors also recommend wearing sunshirts and regularly applying SPF-30 sunscreen—which reduces by half the incidence of melanoma, the deadliest form of skin cancer. • Use extra caution near reflective surfaces, such as water, snow, and sand. They reflect the sun’s rays, which can increase your chance of sunburn. • Moms, take note: Kids are not the only ones at risk. Melanoma—the second-most common cancer in females aged 15 to 29—has increased in women under 44. Don’t forget your own skin!

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Not all playground equipment is made for all kids. In fact, most injuries happen when children fall off equipment designed for older kids. These guidelines will keep your little one safe.

Children 5 to 12 have the arm strength and muscle coordination to play on horizontal bars, climbing equipment, swings, seesaws, and tall slides. Kids 2 to 5 are weaker and have a higher center of gravity than older children, so look for equipment with small steps and short railings. Safe choices include crawl tunnels, tot swings, flexible spring rockers, and slides that are no taller than 4 feet. Children 2 and under really don’t belong on regular playgrounds. Instead, look for a specially designed toddler playground with infant-safe swings. Take your kids to playgrounds with shock-absorbing surfaces such as rubber, synthetic turf, sand, pea gravel, wood chips or mulch. If your child falls, the landing will be more cushioned than on asphalt, concrete, grass or dirt. Dress appropriately for the playground. Remove necklaces, purses, scarves or clothing with drawstrings that can get caught on equipment and pose a strangulation hazard. Even helmets can be dangerous on a playground, so save those for bikes. Teach children that pushing, shoving or crowding while on the playground can be dangerous. Sources: National Program for Playground Safety at the University of Northern Iowa, safekids.org 30

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Saena, Brysan, Mattaya, Brody, Delanee, Ryker, Kai, and Porter had a great time playing on the equipment at Salem Park in Spearfish, SD.


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NURSES OF EXCELLENCE 2018 words Jenna Carda photos Jesse Brown Nelson The medical field plays a big role in peoples’ lives in the Black Hills. If you aren’t employed by a medical facility, the chances of you knowing someone who works there are very high. At the very least, you may use their services from time to time – whether it be a routine check up, or an unfortunate event. Taking care of patients and their families, juggling doctors’ orders, and constantly keeping up with new research and service methods is a busy job. However, many nurses take these responsibilities on with compassion, intent, empathy, and enthusiasm.

To those nurses, the ones that go above and beyond their job description, the ones that stay late, volunteer, and are making a difference, we salute you. We are thankful for all you do for our local medical field facilities and the care you provide to our community. In the spring issue, BH Parent magazine asked readers, parents, doctors and hospital staff, and locals around the area to nominate an outstanding medical professional for the 2018 Nurses of Excellence awards. This year, Black Hills Parent (along with Rapid City Medical Center and Black Hills Surgical Hospital) are proud to introduce you to this year’s six outstanding nurses. Black Hills Parent

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LaToya Phillipe Nurse Clinician, RN, BSN Regional Health Rapid City Hospital “Be the change you wish to see in the world.” Many people have heard this infamous quote time and time again, and LaToya Phillipe, a mom and wife from Custer is putting it into action through her nursing career at Regional Health Rapid City Hospital. After graduating high school, LaToya wasn’t really sure what she wanted to do. She loved dinosaurs, but after starting a program in paleontology, she quickly learned that her career path would go in a different direction. After taking a break from school, she attended SDSU’s nursing program and is now a role model and mentor in her profession. “I wanted a change, and I wanted to help people,” said LaToya, “and that’s why I decided to go into nursing.” Working on the 9th and 10th floors in Orthopedic, Neurology, and Surgery can be a very busy place. When patients arrive, it is typically one of the worst days of their life and LaToya sees it as her opportunity to show compassion. “My philosophy is that I have to make each patient laugh,” said LaToya with a smile. “I make it my mission to find out something about them that doesn’t relate to their diagnosis, and help them forget why they are here, even if it’s just for a moment. I treat them like a human – not just some person in a bed.”

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That relational quality LaToya exudes is apparent in the countless stories she has built up in three short years of her nursing career. She becomes a part of her patients’ families and in turn, they become a part of hers. She takes time out her days and evenings to visit patients when she’s off the clock and is there for them when they are in need. “LaToya has truly inspired me and shown me what an amazing nurse and individual she is,” beamed Lynn Simons, LaToya’s nursing director. “She is a role model for all nurses and I feel extremely fortunate to have her on my team.” Acting on her mission, LaToya is actively involved with many facets of nursing. The spring 2018 class of SDSU’s nursing program marked LaToya’s fifth semester as an adjunct clinical instructor. She also sits as a chair and cochair on multiple in-house councils, organizes events and appreciation functions, and assists countless committee teams. However, no matter how many things she adds to her plate, LaToya does not see herself as someone who is going above and beyond her nursing duties. She says she is “only doing what she feels is necessary to help mold the future of healthcare.” “I love that my job is not a job,” said LaToya. “I get to be a part of the hospital through these extracurricular positions, teach nursing students, and be engaged with my work; and it comes back to why I started – I want to be a part of change.”


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Julie Williams Nurse Supervisor, LPN Black Hills Urgent Care Julie Williams didn’t always know what she wanted to do when she was growing up. But, with several trips to the hospital – she met a few key nurses that were kind and caring, giving her a new outlook on the nursing profession. Now, 40 years later, Julie is a mother of two grown children, a grandma, and the kind, caring, and compassionate nurse she looked up to when she was a child. “I love being able to step into people’s lives and make a difference,” said Julie. And she does exactly that. Julie has worked as a travel nurse, in hospitals, clinics, nursing homes, and was even a part of a pilot test in Wyoming as the first LPN to work in Home Health – a test that was proven successful and an opportunity for Julie to make a difference for future LPNs’ careers. “It’s cool to be able to mentor the students on their rotation and show them what an LPN can do – home health, travel, and now being the nursing supervisor! I’m so thankful to work for a company that recognizes that it’s not always about the title, but it’s about your caring, compassion and knowledge.”

Julie has been at Black Hills Urgent Care since it opened in 2012, accepting the role of Nurse Supervisor in 2017. “I remember my first day at Black Hills Urgent Care with Julie as my preceptor. Without her care, knowledge, and welcoming smile, I wouldn’t be where I am today,” said Lisa Kummer, a former nurse at the Urgent Care facility. “She extends her arms wide open and is willing to do anything for anyone in need – whether it’s a nudge of motivation or a joke to get you through the day.” As a nurse supervisor, Julie oversees a staff of nurses, writes policies, and orders supplies among countless other duties. But, no matter how many hats she wears, she always puts her patients as her number one priority. From driving a homeless patient to her physical therapy appointments to ensure she healed correctly, to taking time out of her evenings to care for a patient’s children while she finished her degree, Julie’s heart for others is apparent to everyone who meets her. After 20 years, past patient’s families still send Christmas cards with updates on life – something Julie looks forward to every year. “I can’t imagine myself being anything but a nurse! It is one of the most rewarding professions you can do,” said Julie with a smile.

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Holly Christianson, RN Regional Health Sturgis Hospital When you ask Holly Christianson about what she loves in life, sports and her job will be high on the list, but number one will always be her family. Born and raised in Rapid City, Holly and her husband live on a ranch with their three children raising pheasants with her parents’ house next door. After serving in the military through the United States Air Force, Holly began her nursing career under her mother at United Blood Services in the lab. Now, 10 years later, she is an RN on the Medical-Surgical team at Regional Health Sturgis Hospital. “Holly is one of the most compassionate and empathetic nurses I have ever met,” said Rikki Plaggemeyer, Holly’s nurse manager at Regional Health Sturgis Hospital. “She takes the extra time with every patient to make sure they feel important and well cared for.” Holly became a nurse to make a difference in people’s lives. And taking the time to make a connection with her patients is something Holly

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strives for during each of her shifts. The smaller hospital branch covers a lot of ground, taking care of patients of all ages from pediatrics to geriatrics - from surgeries, to family health, to hospice care. “Some patients are here for a day or two, and sometimes they are here for a month, explained Holly. “These people become part of your family and you have to treat them like they are your own.” Whether it is making May Day baskets out of suckers and delivering them door to door down the hospital floor before she begins her shift, then listening to stories from the elderly about making them when they were younger, or finding a special feather with a rare meaning and gifting it to a patient she thought might like it for his hat, Holly is shining a little light each and every day to those at her hospital. “I strive to be more like Holly every day,” said Rikki. “She is the prime example of how a nurse should treat their patients and peers. She never makes anyone feel they are not a part of the big picture; she makes everyone feel like they are part of a family in Sturgis.”


Barbara Peterson, RN Black Hills Surgical Hospital Barbara Peterson has been a nurse for 35 years and couldn’t imagine her life doing anything else. Growing up in a small town, Barbara is the third eldest of nine children. As an older sibling, it wasn’t uncommon for her to help take care of some of the younger kids. Nursing became an obvious a career option. After graduating with her LPN and working at Ellsworth in South Dakota, Barbara and her two daughters moved to Kansas where she became an RN. “When I’m not working, I’m taking care of something,” said Barbara. “I’m a caregiver; it’s in my nature. Nursing is awesome and I love it!” Barbara has worked with all different age ranges of patients and has been to hospital facilities throughout the country as a travel nurse for five years. Now, she is a Recovery Nurse at Black Hills Surgical Hospital – where she has been for the past 11 years. “As you travel the roads of life, you meet many different people,” said a patient of Barbara’s. “Barbara gives her all every day – she leaves nothing on the table. I’ve had surgeries before, but I have never had a Barbara before.” Giving her all is something Barbara does naturally. Whether she is assisting coworkers with hospital guests or taking holiday shifts so others can spend it with their families, it’s often a joke that Barbara doesn’t quite

understand the word “no”. Whatever she may be doing, Barbara will have a smile on her face. “If you can stay true to you and what you believe, you’ve got it made!” said Barbara. “Life is fun! We shouldn’t take everything so seriously. And in nursing, you can do that. You have the serious side, yes, but you can have the fun side, too.” From directing patients from surgery to their post-op room with flight light wands to diving into conversations that light up the room, Barbara goes above and beyond her job description as a nurse. “My mother is a nurse and I know what it takes to do a job like Barbara does; it takes blood, sweat, and tears,” said Kimberly Schaer, a coworker of Barbara’s at BHSH. “I could tell you a million reasons why Barbara is amazing, but I can say that during my own personal hospital recovery, I received what I can honestly say was the highest quality healthcare that I have ever had.” Patients are everything to Barbara, and she has the highest regard of respect for each and every one of them. But the biggest compliment she can ever receive is seeing her hospital guests recover. “Seeing someone walking out the door 100 percent or even 75 percent better, is the best part of being a nurse,” said Barbara with a smile. “The affirmation that what you did paid off, and what you’re doing is helping someone, is the greatest feeling in the world.”


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Valerie Iddings, RN Dermatology at Rapid City Medical Center Growing up, becoming a teacher was always in the back of Valerie Iddings’s mind. But, as she took more classes in college, she found her passion was in the nursing field. Now, 13 years later, as a wife and mom of five, Valerie is an RN in Dermatology at the Skin Institute at Rapid City Medical Center. Dermatology is a dynamic specialty that not only treats a variety of diseases, but helps people’s image of themselves, too. “It’s rewarding to be in a revered field that not only prevents and treats skin cancer, but helps patients build self

Roxann “Roxy” Sweeter, LPN Family Medicine at Rapid City Medical Center Roxann “Roxy” Sweeter has been a nurse for Dr. Zielike at the Medical Arts Clinic at Rapid City Medical Center for 30 years and she wouldn’t have it any other way. Roxy and her husband moved to the Black Hills area in 1972 and stay busy fishing, camping and attending athletic games for their six grandchildren. Even while they were boating with their two kids, it wasn’t unusual to see Roxy with her nose buried in a textbook. She started her career in obstetrics, caring for patients and their newborns at the family practice. Now, she has found her

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passion for the elderly in geriatric care at the facility. “Our older patients are some of my favorites,” said Roxy. “They are nice and thankful; they have wonderful stories and sometimes they just need a hug.” Being a clinical nurse, Roxy has been able to build a rapport with many of her patient. On her days off, many patients will ask for her by name – one of the biggest highlights upon her return. Roxy has a tremendous work ethic and many take notice. “She is the kind of nurse that I want taking care of my family,” said Paula Fischer, Roxy’s coworker. “She encourages others to do their best and sets expectations for what anyone would want in a nurse.”

confidence in their appearance by treating acne or cosmetic procedures,” said Val. Educating others is also a favorite for Val. As part of her daily routine with each of her patients – walking them through sun safety, medications, care plans, and more. “Val is a perfect example of how the ‘patient-inspired difference’ is played out in our practice every day,” shared Val’s doctor, Dr. Lycia Scott-Thornburg. “She has been my nurse for nine years, and regardless of the circumstance, she is always dependable.” From staying late to finish the job, to volunteering her time to implement new processes, Val’s commitment to her position is appreciated by many.


After a long winter, it’s refreshing to feel that warm summer sun and get outside. However, for many families across the Black Hills, budding trees, green grass and growing flowers means an onset of sneezing, itchy eyes, and a runny nose. According to the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America, allergies affect more than 50 million Americans each year. So, we talked to four professionals in the Black Hills to answer a few questions about the country’s most common disease. Mom.

What are seasonal allergies?

Are environmental allergies dangerous?

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Yes, they can be. Environmental allergies can influence the respiratory system. It is not uncommon for people with asthma to have an allergy attack or severe bout of wheezing.  This can be dangerous if not treated in a timely manner. 

Seasonal allergies

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Yes. About 5-15% of children will have developed environmental allergies by the age of 15. It is uncommon, but year-round indoor allergies to animal dander and/or dust mite can develop before age three. A family history of allergies and personal history of eczema are strong risk factors for the development of allergies in children.

What can be done for allergy symptoms?

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Do children get environmental allergies?

An anaphylaxis reaction is a serious allergic reaction that can be life-threatening. It can cause a person to go into shock, loss of consciousness, a drop-in blood pressure, severe shortness of breath, skin rash, lightheadedness, nausea, vomiting and rapid and weak pulse.

Avoidance is an important part of treatment of allergy. When you learn what you are allergic to, there are many strategies


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that can help reduce the effect of the antigen in your everyday environment. There are many different options for patients for treatment of allergies such as avoidance, over the counter medications, prescriptions and allergy shots. In alternative health care clinics, they will provide treatment options such as foot baths, supplements, diets changes, acupuncture, chiropractic, reflexology, applied kinesiology and Nambudipad’s allergy elimination thechnique (NAET). Alternative options usually are drugless. How do I find out if my child has allergies? The diagnosis of seasonal allergies can often be made clinically by your medical doctor based on symptoms and physical exam. However, there are also other causes of nasal symptoms that may mimic allergies, so a definitive way to determine if your child is allergic is by getting allergy testing. The ideal way to test for environmental allergies is through skin prick testing

at an allergists’ office. This is a process that uses a device to scratch allergens onto the surface of the skin. Allergies can also be tested using a blood test. Children as young as 4-6 months can undergo allergy skin testing, if necessary. What allergens can be skin tested? Airborne allergens cause the allergic rhinitis and the majority of asthma. Pollens (from trees, grasses, and weeds) and outdoor molds predominate outside especially on dry windy days.  Animals and dust mite allergens cause indoor allergies that persist all year. Allergists use skin tests to help diagnose other types of allergies such as to foods, medications, and bee stings, as well. Does allergy testing hurt?

itchy red spot will form to the positive allergens. Once recorded, these allergens are wiped off and the reaction quickly resolves. What are allergy shots? Allergy shots, also known as subcutaneous immunotherapy, are a treatment designed to improve allergic symptoms and to offer long-term benefits, even after the treatment has ended. When Immunotherapy is performed properly (i.e. at appropriate doses for 3 to 5 years), the immune system ‘learning’ typically persists for long periods after the therapy is completed. Allergy shots are a big commitment and also carry some risk, so discussing the risks and benefits with a board-certified allergist is the best way to

determine if this is an appropriate therapy for you or your child. How do allergy shots work? Positive skin testing helps identify which allergens are causing the patient’s symptoms. These positive allergens are used to make custom allergen extract mixes for allergy shots. Allergy shots are first given at very low doses, increasing slowly over several weeks until a 2-4 week maintenance booster level is reached. In this way, allergic reactions are minimized and long-term tolerance is often achieved.

Allergy testing is safe and usually causes minimal pain. Allergens are transferred to the back or forearm by small plastic picks that lightly scratch the skin. Within minutes, a small

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a home garden! Growing your own produce can be fun and easy, and is a great way to provide healthy snacks for you and your family.

words Lyndsey Akley While many people feel the heat of summer, no one feels it more than an expecting mother. Being pregnant in the summer may seem like a bummer, but it doesn’t have to be! Remember these few tips to help embrace your summer pregnancy. Change your clothes A woman’s wardrobe changes many times when you’re pregnant. As your baby (and your belly) grow, your wardrobe’s focus will gradually transition from stylish to practical. Bree Cook, Rapid City mom of two girls, and due with a third at the end of June, says that embracing summer styles can keep pregnancy both comfortable and fashionable. “I love maxi dresses or any free-flowing dress or skirt. And flip flops are a must!” Relaxing is necessary, not optional  Summertime is about taking it easy, so embrace your growing belly and take time to put your feet up! Finding ways to relax, while still spending time with your family, is important. Bree suggests filling a baby pool for older kids to play in and setting a chair nearby to rest your feet in the water. It gives everyone a break from the heat, and still provides fun memories.   Healthy choices are easier   Nutrition is important during pregnancy, and often times, summer meals are full of grilled protein choices, fresh fruits and vegetables, and refreshing beverages. Take advantage of local farmer’s markets or try your hand at

Staying hydrated is more fun Refreshing drinks are a staple summer item. While hydration is important for everyone, drinking enough fluids can have unexpected benefits for pregnant woman. It can assist with clearer skin, can ward off pregnancy swelling and can even help curb the appearance of stretch marks. From fruit smoothies, infused waters, flavored teas and even iced coffees, there are plenty of choices to keep you well hydrated during the summer months. Enjoy the extra sweet treats How often do you hear “You’re eating for two”? As the temperatures heat up, keep yourself cool by enjoying cold treats. Add that extra scoop (or two) of ice cream or get two helpings of chilled fruit during a meal.   Intentionally change your exercise patterns Maintaining an active lifestyle while pregnant is important, for both mom and baby’s health. However, adapting your activities to your changing body is necessary. Turn your long runs into a family walk around the neighborhood. Swap your multi-mile bike ride with an easy ride down to the park. Adjusting your activity level to what your body is capable of is important. Enjoy the journey While you may feel like you’re not able to fully experience all that summer has to offer, try to focus on the end goal: the new family member that will soon be joining you. Use these summer months as a time to recharge, focus on what is important, and gear up for the journey life is preparing you for.

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HELPING KIDS COOL DOWN

Discuss Think about what caused the child’s anger and discuss with other caregivers what may be common frustrations for your child. If a toy is causing the child to become angry, simply remove it. If the child was overtired or hungry, adjust meals and bedtime. During the toddler years, tantrums are normal and may happen frequently. Try to remember this is one of the ways that toddlers are able to communicate their feelings. Be patient and know that this stage will pass as the child matures and their vocabulary develops.

Act When feelings of anger begin, ask them in a calm voice to try one of the techniques you’ve talked about earlier. Remind them you will visit about it when they are calm. Do not feed into their actions unless they are working on becoming calm. Discuss Later, ask the child to share why they became angry and come up with ideas of how to prevent the situation in the future. Remind them it is normal to feel angry at times and let them know you are proud of the way they used the techniques to calm down.

Prepare Discuss common triggers for your child and come up with a plan of how to handle them. Talk about the difference between appropriate and inappropriate anger. Like the preschool age, come up with a technique that helps calm the child and plan to use it when needed. Ideas for this age group could include: going to their bedroom and listening to their favorite music, kicking a soccer ball, swinging on the swingset, or screaming into a pillow. Act When your child becomes angry, calmly let them know that you see they are upset and would like to talk about it when they are calm. “We don’t talk about a problem until they are calm and if they get worked up while explaining what is wrong then we take deep breaths until they are calm again.” says Rachael Kennedy, mother of five. Discuss When the child has calmed down, listen to their frustrations. Let them know it is okay to feel angry and praise them for handling it well. Ask them what could have been different and come up with solutions as a team.

The Teen Years (ages 12 years and up)

Act Children of this age do not understand their feelings. When the child becomes frustrated and angry, use one calming technique you observed. Sing a song, snuggle up with a book, get out a new toy, or start a new activity. Remain calm yourself and use a soothing voice while speaking to the child.

Prepare On a calm day, talk with your preschooler about different types of feelings, giving names to them. Some find a chart or photos helpful when explaining. Discuss appropriate behavior when angry and talk about actions to help them calm down. Calming suggestions for preschoolers may include drawing a picture, playing with cars, doing a simple puzzle, singing and dancing to music, running, jumping, or hugs. Sherrie Hoffman of Hiawatha, KS says “With my five year old, slow deep breaths help. Then, when he can talk, we discuss what has upset him.”

The School Years (ages 6-11)

Prepare Observe what calms your child. Is it snuggling up with a parent? What toys does he play with quietly? Make note of what is calming for your child and use these activities later when the child is upset.

The Preschool Years (ages 3-5)

The Toddler Years (ages 0-2)

Everyone has to deal with feelings of anger and frustration at times. While these feelings are normal, it is important to teach kids how to appropriately deal with them. Work together to prepare a plan in advance. It will help children learn how to calm down and discuss why the feelings occurred. Once the child chooses their ‘calm down’ technique, encourage them to use the same strategy each time they start to get angry. Here are some examples of this technique for each age group.

Prepare At this age the child may be aware of what sets them off and so may the parent. Try to problem solve how to avoid those situations. Come up with ways that they can calm down on their own. Ideas for this age include taking a walk, tidying up their room, listening to music, journaling, taking a shower or bath, or calling a friend to vent. Act Calmly mention that you see they are angry and ask them to please take a break from the situation until they can calm down. Give them space unless they want to talk and be patient. If appropriate, leave them alone in house to calm down. Discuss Later after everyone is ready, discuss what happened. Problem solve what a solution could be now or in the future. Come to a compromise about what could be different and ask them for as much input as possible. Let your kids know that all feelings are normal, even anger. Teaching these techniques gives them the tools they need to deal with anger in an appropriate way while problem solving to work through the situation. Black Hills Parent

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MEDICAL COLUMN

You can get UV exposure even if you’re not in direct sunlight. Anybody who has spent time on the water or a ski slope knows that reflected sun can cause serious burns. Even surfaces that are not shiny will reflect a certain amount of sunlight. Higher altitudes bring greater exposure. Every 1,000-foot gain in altitude, your exposure increases 5 to 8 percent. Rapid City is about 3,200 feet. Lead is another 2,000 feet higher, so your UV exposure would be 10 to 16 percent greater in Lead. Keep this in mind as you manage the type of sunscreen and rate of reapplication. Dermatologists are not fans of tanning beds. Don’t do it; not even for prom or your family’s summer vacation.

Sunburns of youth can haunt your adult years words Siri Knutsen-Larson, M.D. Regional Health Dermatologist When you’re young, summer seems endless, problems are few, and the days are filled with fresh air and sunshine. Lots and lots of sunshine. Wide-brimmed hats and long sleeves are for your grandparents and old folks who worry about things like skin cancer. However, the sunburns of your youth can come back to haunt you later in life. In fact, if you’ve had more than 10 significant sunburns before age 18, your risk of skin cancer in adulthood is much greater. Damage occurs early, even if it doesn’t show up until later on. There’s a YouTube video, “Dear

16-Year-Old Me,” that drives home that point in stunning detail. It features a series of interviews with adults who have had melanoma. It’s well done and sobering – a video parents should think about showing their teenagers. However, protecting your skin from ultraviolet exposure should begin long before teenage years. My two preschool girls are already well-versed in the sunscreen ritual before going out to play. I tell parents that if they start protecting their kids from sun exposure when they’re young, they will get into the habit of wearing long sleeves, rash guards and sunscreen. It’s as important as seatbelts. Rash guards, otherwise known as rash vests or simply “rashies”, are lightweight

garments that protect shoulders and arms from exposure to sunlight. According to the American Academy of Dermatologists, if your baby is younger than six months, you should use wide-brimmed hats, umbrellas, sunglasses and the type of sunscreen that blocks out the light. Sunscreens containing zinc oxide or titanium dioxide are good choices. If your child is six months or older, you can apply chemical-based sunscreens that are designed to absorb, rather than reflect, the UV rays that can harm your skin. But you should ask your doctor first. Sunscreen must be reapplied every two hours -- every 80 minutes if your child is in the water. Keep putting it on, or you’ll burn to a crisp. Black Hills Parent

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Everybody wants to make a difference, and “Love Week” is helping people do just that.

The concept of giving back is a profoundly important ideology central to many churches, local businesses and families, and Love Week has become, perhaps, one of the most recognizable such efforts in our community. In part, because of the bright red “Love Week” T-shirts you’ll see scattered all over Rapid City in the early weeks of summer. The project is founded on the principal of relationship building — that’s really where Katy Kinnan shines. She loves people, and she loves to help people help others. “I have the best job ever,” she says of her role as Serve Local + Global Director of Fountain Springs Church. “I get to mobilize people and help build bridges.” What began as “Love Rapid City”, Love Week was born out of a startling realization. Katy and her husband David had recently relocated to our beloved town for his work as pastor of Fountain Springs Church when they had a chance encounter with a missionary group — a group that had traveled here to work and serve in our community. “We’d never lived in a place where missions were coming,” Katy related, and that experience inspired them to ask themselves, ‘are we investing?’ “It flipped a switch,” she remembers. People in the church wanted to go all over the world and do good things– and “there’s nothing wrong with that,” Katy asserts, adding that in the perspective she shares with David, “If we’re here, we need to be here first.” It was 2010 when David first proposed to his congregation that they be ‘a church that nurtured the ground in which it was planted,’ and that vision – expanded to serve the greater Black Hills region – has now come to be known as “Love Week.” Every year, congregants are invited to set aside resources to invest in their community in a particularly unique way by partnering with nonprofits, organizations and people in the community already doing the work instead of striking out with their own service projects. Recognizing a serious lack of funding in our schools,

for instance, one year Love Week sent 40 people per day for a week to support Black Hawk Elementary in creating more usable space. They partnered with Black Hills Works to create a park space equipped with a special wheelchair accessible swing, and connected with Habitat for Humanity on home preservation projects like providing a storm door or maintaining a yard. Love Inc., a local non-profit close to Katy’s heart because of the wide array of needs they address, has been a Love Week partner for years, and the arrangement has helped to provide furniture for families transitioning out of homelessness, wheelchair accessible home modifications, home repairs, meals for education class participants, and more. Over 10 years and countless impacts, many local non-profits have come to depend on Love Week; Katy and her team have received over 100 requests so far for this year’s event the second week of June. Those requests will be matched with volunteers and resources from the community and the congregation, before being dispatched to projects. But this service opportunity is not constrained just to Love Week; Fountain Springs Church also hosts monthly Service Saturdays and encourages congregants to remain involved in their neighborhoods all year long — whether through service to a non-profit organization or just by reaching out to a neighbor down the street. “Love where you are; love your city,” Katy urges. “Make it matter to you.”

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Saturday 23 Kenadi’s Karnival & Silent Auction Fundraiser Featuring Carnival Games, Bounce Castles, Petting Zoo, Train Rides, Disney Princesses & Super Heroes, Photo Booth, Dunk Tank, Live Entertainment and more! 10 a.m.- 4 p.m., Spearfish High School, 1725 N. Main Street, Spearfish

Our Summer favorites

June

Wednesdays Story Time at Kicks & Giggles Stories, laughter and learning, animal crackers and FUN! 10:30 a.m., Kicks & Giggles, 329 Main Street, Ste. 3, Rapid City, 605-343-8722

Mondays Movies Under the Stars Dusk, Main Street Square, 512 Main Street, Rapid City, 605-716-7979 Tuesdays Story Time at Mitzi’s Bring the little ones to Mitzi’s each Tuesday for free story time! 10:30 a.m., Mitzi’s Books, Main Street Square, Rapid City, 605-721-2665 Wednesdays Story Time at Kicks & Giggles Stories, laughter and learning, animal crackers and FUN! 10:30 a.m., Kicks & Giggles, 329 Main Street, Ste. 3, Rapid City, 605-343-8722 Thursdays Thursdays on the Square A summer entertainment series featuring a robust lineup, family-friendly activities, and a vibrant crowd. 6-9 p.m., Main Street Square, 512 Main Street, Rapid City, 605-716-7979

Wednesday 27 Nature Day Camp: Kids Fishing Camp Learn how to tie a fishing knot, cast, and more. 9:30 a.m.-noon, Game Lodge Campground Playground Area, Custer, 605-255-4464

Thursdays Community Farmers Market Local artisans, bakers, farmers, ranchers, crafters and more selling their goods and wares. If it’s home-made, hand-made or home-grown, we have it! 4 p.m., Belle Fourche Chamber of Commerce, 1010 State Street, Belle Fourche, 605-892-2676

Fridays Downtown Friday Nights Live music, food, beer, and crafts. This downtown block party has everything you need for a fun-filled evening with friends and family! 6-9 p.m., Downtown Spearfish Second Saturdays Saturday Art Adventures FREE family-oriented art activities and tours of the galleries are fun and educational. 1-3 p.m., Dahl Arts Center, 713 7th Street, Rapid City, 605-394-4101 Friday 8-9 Deadwood PBR Tour The Professional Bull Riders (PBR) and Libby Productions will bring the top bulls and the top riders to Deadwood. All day, Days of ’76 Event Complex, 40 Crescent Drive, Deadwood Saturday 9 K93K and Dog Carnival A fun walk/run with vendors and events, possibly a costume contest. Dog Friendly! Family Friendly! 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Humane Society of the Black Hills, 1820 E. St. Patrick Street, Rapid City, 605-394-4170 Saturday 9 Family Camping Try-It Day Explore stations to learn how to set up tents, start campfires, cook treats everyone will love, play camping games and learn tricks and tips to make your camping trip more enjoyable. . No registration required. 10 a.m.-3 p.m., Outdoor Campus West, 4130 Adventure Trail, Rapid City, 605-394-2310

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Saturday 9 Mount Rushmore Rodeo Wild Action! Thrilling Competition! Join us for a night of rodeo at Palmer Gulch. Tickets are available for purchase at the rodeo. 6-9 p.m., Palmer Gulch, 12620 Hwy 244, Hill City, 605-574-2525

Monday 18-21 Superheroes Dance Camp Calling all superheroes to gather and discover what you do best! Ages 3-6: 10 a.m.-noon Ages 6-9 12:30-2:30 p.m., Academy of Dance Arts, 4251 Canyon Lake Drive, Rapid City, 605-342-4426

Saturday 9 Character Day with Bunny’s Heroes Meet your favorite character, princesses, pirates, superheroes and more. 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Storybook Island, 1301 Sheridan Lake Rd, Rapid City

Thursday 21 Make Music Black Hills Make Music Black Hills is a live, free musical celebration with concerts on streets, sidewalks, and parks across the city. 11 a.m.-10 p.m., Main Street Square, 512 Main Street, Rapid City, 605-716-7979

Tuesday 12-14 Little Princess Dance Camp Enjoy an assortment of “princess-themed” activities & will be introduced to a variety of dance styles. Limited space. Ages 3 ½-6, times vary, Prima School of Dancing, 3401 Sturgis Rd., 605-348-8125 Monday 11-15 Archaeology Camp Campers are invited to assist a professional archaeologist at a real archaeological dig. Lessons in orienteering, mapping, and cataloging artifacts will be conducted. Call for reservations. 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Homestake Adams Research and Cultural Center, 150 Sherman St., Deadwood, 605-578-1657 Friday 15-16 Wild Bill Days Along with the awesome free concerts, you can also check out the National Dock Dogs Competition, learn the tricks of gold panning and sluicing from Black Hills pros, right on Main Street! All day, Deadwood Monday 18 Camp Create Campers will learn a variety of ways by which they can create original works of art, get inspiration from real life artists, and become familiar with several different styles of art. Call for reservations. 9 a.m.-noon., Days of ’76 Museum, 18 Seventy Six Dr., Deadwood, 605-578-1657

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Thursday 21 1880 Train Old West Shootout The shootout begins at the Hill City Station where a few bad guys board the train and hide their treasure. The train is stopped by cowboys and “held up” halfway between Keystone and Hill City. It’s a good thing the sheriff is in town! 6:45 p.m., 1880 Train Depot, 222 Railroad Ave., Hill City, 605-574-2222 Saturday 23 Outdoor University 10 a.m.-3 p.m., Outdoor Campus West, 4130 Adventure Trail, Rapid City, 605-394-2310 Saturday 23 Kenadi’s Karnival and Silent Auction Fundraiser Featuring Carnival Games and Prizes, Bounce Castles, Petting Zoo, Balloon Creations, Strider Bicycle Course and Races, Train Rides, Face Painting, Disney Princesses & Super Heroes, Photo Booth, Dunk Tank, Sweet and Sizzling Fair Food, Live Entertainment and an amazing Silent Auction. 10 a.m.- 4 p.m., Spearfish High School, 1725 N. Main Street, Spearfish

Saturday 23 5K Let’s Play! Family Fun Run, Walk, Roll This event is geared towards the entire family with fun activities and challenges to complete along the race route. We will also have face painting and other fun activities for kids at the starting/finish line. Registration 9 a.m., Race 10 a.m., Founders Park, 1510 W Omaha St., Rapid City

Wednesday 27 Nature Day Camp: Kids Fishing Camp Participants will learn how to tie a fishing knot, take part in a casting contest, learn some tricks for cleaning the catch, make fish prints to take home, and of course go fishing! Reservations are required. 9:30 a.m.-noon, Game Lodge Campground Playground Area, Custer, 605-255-4464

Sunday 24 Mount Rushmore Rodeo Wild Action! Thrilling Competition! Join us for a night of rodeo at Palmer Gulch. Tickets are available for purchase at the rodeo. 6 -9 p.m., Palmer Gulch, 12620 Hwy 244, Hill City, 605-574-2525 Monday 25 Geology Camp Identify different types of rocks, discover geodes, and explore the layers of the Earth, Call for reservations. 9 a.m.- 4 p.m., Homestake Adams Research and Cultural Center, 150 Sherman St., Deadwood, 605-578-1657 Monday 25-28 Elsa & Olaf Dance Camp Ages 3-6: 10 a.m.-noon Ages 6-9 12:30-2:30 p.m., Academy of Dance Arts, 4251 Canyon Lake Drive, Rapid City, 605-342-4426 Wednesday 27 Crafty Tweens at the Library Join us for crafts and snacks. No sign up required. All supplies will be provided. Age: 10+, 3:30 p.m., Grace Balloch Memorial Library, 625 N 5th St, Spearfish, 605-642-1330

Thursday 28 1880 Train Old West Shootout The shootout begins at the Hill City Station where a few bad guys board the train and hide their treasure. The train is stopped by cowboys and “held up” halfway between Keystone and Hill City. It’s a good thing the sheriff is in town! 6:45 p.m., 1880 Train Depot, 222 Railroad Ave., Hill City, 605-574-2222


Tuesday 24-28 Days of ’76 The PRCA Midsize Rodeo of the Year and has been every year since 2004! Parade is Friday at 1:30 p.m. and Saturday at 10:00 a.m. on Historic Deadwood’s Main Street. Deadwood

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Saturday 21-22 Hills Alive FREE summer music festival held in Memorial Park, featuring several of the best Christian artists in Contemporary Christian Music. KSLT, Main Street Square & Memorial Park, Rapid City, 605-342-6822

Second Saturdays Saturday Art Adventures FREE family-oriented art activities and tours of the galleries are fun and educational. 1-3 p.m., Dahl Arts Center, 713 7th Street, Rapid City, 605-394-4101

Mondays Movies Under the Stars Dusk, Main Street Square, 512 Main Street, Rapid City, 605-716-7979 Tuesdays Story Time at Mitzi’s Bring the little ones to Mitzi’s each Tuesday for free story time! 10:30 a.m., Mitzi’s Books, Main Street Square, Rapid City, 605-721-2665 Wednesdays Story Time at Kicks & Giggles Stories, laughter and learning, animal crackers and FUN! 10:30 a.m., Kicks & Giggles, 329 Main Street, Ste. 3, Rapid City, 605-343-8722 Thursdays Thursdays on the Square A summer entertainment series featuring a robust lineup, family-friendly activities, and a vibrant crowd. 6-9 p.m., Main Street Square, 512 Main Street, Rapid City, 605-716-7979

Saturday 14 Neutrino Day 2018 This free festival includes science activities, exhibits and more! 8:30 a.m.-5p.m., Sanford Underground Research Facility, Lead, 605-722-8650

Thursdays Community Farmers Market Local artisans, bakers, farmers, ranchers, crafters and more selling their goods and wares. If it’s home-made, hand-made or home-grown, we have it! 4 p.m., Belle Fourche Chamber of Commerce, 1010 State Street, Belle Fourche, 605-892-2676 Fridays Downtown Friday Nights Live music, food, beer, and crafts. This downtown block party has everything you need for a fun-filled evening with friends and family! 6-9 p.m., Downtown Spearfish

Sunday 1, 2, 3, 5, 12, 19, 26 1880 Train Old West Shootout The shootout begins at the Hill City Station where a few bad guys board the train and hide their treasure. The train is stopped by cowboys and “held up” halfway between Keystone and Hill City. It’s a good thing the sheriff is in town! 6:45 p.m., 1880 Train Depot, 222 Railroad Ave., Hill City, 605-574-2222 Wednesday 4 Independence Day Happy 4th of July! Share your holiday fun with us by using #blackhillsparent. Saturday 7 Story Time Join us for books, crafts, and treats! 2 p.m., Grace Balloch Memorial Library, 625 N 5th St, Spearfish, 605-642-1330 Saturday 7 Family Paddling Try-It Day Both canoes and kayaks will be available, along with all necessary equipment. Drop in anytime from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Outdoor Campus West, 4130 Adventure Trail, Rapid City, 605-394-2310 Monday 9-12 Trolls Dance Camp Great music, great moves and make your own Trolls toy! Ages 3-10, 5-6:30 p.m., Barefoot Dance Studio, 412 5th St, Rapid City, 605-415-1111 Tuesday 10 Millar Angus Youth Fest Fun activity stations, tips on showing your livestock at the fair, livestock judging, food and door prizes! 1-8 p.m., Millar Angus, 20042 145th Ave, Sturgis Tuesday 10 Introduction to Climbing Age: 8-12, 10-11 a.m., 1-2 p.m., 2-3 p.m., Outdoor Campus West, 4130 Adventure Trail, Rapid City, 605-394-2310 Black Hills Parent

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Friday 13-29 Oklahoma! By Black Hills Playhouse Set in the West, the highspirited rivalry between the local farmers and cowboys provides the colorful background against a love story. Times vary, 24834 S. Playhouse Road, Custer, 605-255-4141 ext.1 Saturday 14 Cruiser Car Show & Street Fair Classic cars will roll in and stay to show off their rides in the afternoon. Check out the family-friendly auto showcase, play in the Kidz Zone, grab something to eat from a delicious food vendor and rock out to a free concert in the evening. 4-9 p.m., Downtown, Rapid City

Saturday 14 Neutrino Day 2018 Celebrate the 10th Annual Neutrino Day! This free festival includes hoistroom tours; hands-on science activities, demonstrations and exhibits; live video chats with scientists at Fermilab and underground at Sanford Lab; and presentations that focus every day science hacks with Ariel Waldman and the engineering behind the Deep Underground Neutrino Experiment (DUNE). 8:30 a.m.-5p.m., Sanford Underground Research Facility, Lead, 605-722-8650 Wednesday 15 Crafty Tweens at the Library Join us for crafts and snacks at the library. No sign up required, and minimum age of 10 requested. All supplies will be provided. 3:30 p.m., Grace Balloch Memorial Library, 625 N 5th Street, Spearfish, 605-642-1330

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Monday 16 Children’s Family Concert Series An interactive concert where the children participate in the performance. Then, each child will receive the opportunity to play a child sized violin, viola, cello, bass, and harp with guidance from a pro musician. 10 a.m., Chamber Music Festival of the Black Hills, Handley Center, 845 Miners Ave., Lead, 321-278-8623 Tuesday 17 Children’s Family Concert Series An interactive concert where the children participate in the performance. Then, each child will receive the opportunity to play a child sized violin, viola, cello, bass, and harp with guidance from a pro musician. 10 a.m., Chamber Music Festival of the Black Hills, Boys & Girls Club of the Black Hills, 297 Walnut Ave., Hill City, 321-278-8623 Tuesday 17 Catch It, Clean It, Cook It! Fish for trout, learn to clean one and cook it! Bring your lucky fishing hat and sunscreen! Everything else you need will be provided. Children under 8 must be accompanied by an adult. 10-11 a.m., 11 a.m.-noon & 2-3 p.m., Outdoor Campus West, 4130 Adventure Trail, Rapid City, 605-394-2310 Wednesday 18 Children’s Family Concert Series An interactive concert where the children participate in the performance. Then, each child will receive the opportunity to play a child sized violin, viola, cello, bass, and harp with guidance from a pro musician. 9:30 a.m., Chamber Music Festival of the Black Hills, General Beadle Elementary, 10 Van Buren St., Rapid City 321-278-8623 Wednesday 18 Archery Hunting Skills Learn safety and shooting tips for archery shooting and hunting. Shoot for the vital areas on our animal targets. Pick up some archery hunting techniques. Age: 8-12, 10-11:30 a.m. & 1-2:30 p.m., Outdoor Campus West, 4130 Adventure Trail, Rapid City, 605-394-2310

Wednesday 18 Learn About Wildlife Ranging from animal tracks to wildlife skulls, kids will learn from one of the best in the field. Plus, all participants will get to make their own plaster cast of a track to take home. Reservations are not required. Participants simply meet at the Visitor Center. 9:30 a.m., Jewel Cave National Monument, 11149 US Hwy 16, Custer, 605-3673-8300

Friday 20-22 Festival in the Park Live music, over 200 craft and food vendors, and children’s events will be available to patrons. Spearfish City Park, S. Canyon Street, Spearfish Wednesday 25 Nature Day Camp: Track Detectives Learn about the local animals, how to identify common animal tracks, and make an animal track to take home. Reservations are required. 9:30 a.m., Custer State Park, Game Lodge Campground Playground Area, Custer, 605-255-4515 Wednesday 25 Paddling Skills Learn paddling techniques and small watercraft safety. Practice what you learn on our pond. Life jackets are provided. Wear shoes and clothes that can get wet. Hats and sunscreen are recommended. 8-12 years old. 10-11 a.m., 11 a.m.-noon, 2-3 p.m., 3-4 p.m., Outdoor Campus West, 4130 Adventure Trail, Rapid City, 605-394-2310 Tuesday 31 Introduction to Climbing Learn rock climbing techniques on our rock wall. Ages 8-12, 10-11 a.m. & 1-2 p.m., Outdoor Campus West, 4130 Adventure Trail, Rapid City, 605-394-2310


Rapid City Recycling Center

Chamber Music Festival of the Black Hills

presents

Sustainable You! Summer Camp-2018

Orlando Chamber Soloists

2018 CLASSICAL CONCERT SERIES July 6 “I Feel Pretty” Bernstein, Grieg, Vaughan Williams and more July 13 “Fandango” featuring classical guitar July 20 “Wanderlust” or “What to do with a Drunken Sailor” with beer pairing Concerts are held at the Performing Arts Center of Rapid City, 601 Columbus St. Purchase tickets: performingartsrc.org/box-office

30+ FREE EDUCATIONAL CONCERTS FOR ALL AGES, ALL SUMMER! Musical Story Time Sensory Story Time Master Classes Celebration of Strings Children’s Concert, Interactive

www.cmfbh.org

for grades 4-6 ages 9-12

Learn what it means to be sustainable through fun activities based around five major themes: Land, Water, Food, Air, and Energy When:

Monday, August 6—Friday August 10 9:00am to 11:30am

Where:

Education Center located at the entrance to the Rapid City Landfill. 5556 S. Hwy 79. Call for directions do not GPS the location.

Cost:

No Charge but reservations are needed

Contact:

Beth-Anne Ferley beth-anne.ferley@rcgov.org or 605-939-8286

Find us on Facebook at Rapid City Recycles www.rapidcityrecycles.org or call 605-939-8286

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August

Wednesday 15 Crafty Tweens at the Library Join us for crafts and snacks at the library. No sign up required. Age: 10+, 3:30 p.m., Grace Balloch Memorial Library, 625 N 5th St., Spearfish, 605-642-1330

Mondays Movies Under the Stars Dusk, Main Street Square, 512 Main Street, Rapid City, 605-716-7979 Tuesdays Story Time at Mitzi’s Bring the little ones to Mitzi’s each Tuesday for free story time! 10:30 a.m., Mitzi’s Books, Main Street Square, Rapid City, 605-721-2665 Wednesdays Story Time at Kicks & Giggles Stories, laughter and learning, animal crackers and FUN! 10:30 a.m., Kicks & Giggles, 329 Main Street, Ste. 3, Rapid City, 605-343-8722

Fridays Downtown Friday Nights Live music, food, beer, crafts. This downtown block party has everything you need for a fun-filled evening with friends and family! 6-9 p.m., Downtown Spearfish Second Saturdays Saturday Art Adventures FREE family-oriented art activities and tours of the galleries are fun and educational. 1-3 p.m., Dahl Arts Center, 713 7th Street, Rapid City, 605-394-4101

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Monday 6-10 Sustainable Summer Camps Learn what it means to be sustainable through fun activities based around Land, Water, Food, Air, and Energy. Reservations Required. 9-11:30 a.m., Rapid City Recycling Center, 5556 S. Hwy 79, Rapid City, 605-939-8286 Wednesday 8 Mount Rushmore Rodeo Wild Action! Thrilling Competition! Join us for a night of rodeo at Palmer Gulch. Tickets are available for purchase at the rodeo. 6-9 p.m., Palmer Gulch, 12620 Hwy 244, Hill City, 605-574-2525

Thursdays Thursdays on the Square A summer entertainment series featuring a robust lineup, family-friendly activities, and a vibrant crowd. 6-9 p.m., Main Street Square, 512 Main Street, Rapid City, 605-716-7979 Thursdays Community Farmers Market Local artisans, bakers, farmers, ranchers, crafters and more selling their goods and wares. If it’s home-made, hand-made or home-grown, we have it! 4 p.m., Belle Fourche Chamber of Commerce, 1010 State Street, Belle Fourche, 605-892-2676

Saturday 4 Story Time Join us for Saturday story time! With books, crafts, and treats, we hope you are able to join us with your little ones! 2 p.m., Grace Balloch Memorial Library, 625 N 5th St., Spearfish, 605-642-1330

Friday 3-12 Sturgis Motorcycle Rally Saturday 4 Family Paddling Try-It Day Ever wanted to learn paddling skills? Practice on our pond. Both canoes and kayaks will be available, along with all necessary equipment. Drop in at any time from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Outdoor Campus West, 4130 Adventure Trail, Rapid City, 605-394-2310

Saturday 11 Pre-School Try-It Day Explore stations to cast a rod, shoot a bow, go on a “hunt,” check out the camping area and more! No registration required. Ages 3-7, 10 a.m.-1 p.m., Outdoor Campus West, 4130 Adventure Trail, Rapid City, 605-394-2310

Wednesday 15 Nature Day Camp: All About Bison Learn all about our herd and what it’s like to be a bison! Reservations are required. Ages: 7-12, 9:30 a.m.noon Custer State Park, Game Lodge Campground Playground Area, Custer, 605-255-4515 Thursday 16 1880 Train Old West Shootout The shootout begins at the Hill City Station where a few bad guys board the train and hide their treasure. The train is stopped by cowboys and “held up” halfway between Keystone and Hill City. 3:45 p.m., 1880 Train Depot, 222 Railroad Ave., Hill City, 605-574-2222 Saturday 18 Mount Rushmore Rodeo Join us for a night of rodeo at Palmer Gulch. Tickets are available for purchase at the rodeo. 6-9 p.m., Palmer Gulch, 12620 Hwy 244, Hill City, 605-574-2525 Saturday 18 Princess Tea Party Students will enjoy delightful dancing & fun activities. Ages 3 ½-4, times vary, Prima School of Dancing, 3401 Sturgis Rd, 605-348-8125 Thursday 23-26 Kool Deadwood Nites Enjoy parades, show and shines and FREE concerts on Main Street featuring the biggest names in rock ‘n roll history. Main Street, Deadwood, 1-800-999-1876 Saturday 25 Become a Geologist Work with park rangers and volunteers in order to learn how to identify different minerals. Then, identify the minerals in some common area rocks. 10-11:30 a.m., Jewel Cave National Monument, 11149 US Hwy 16, Custer, 605-673-8300


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