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It’s likely not too many people read this or any other Editor’s letter, but it’s my job. As the Editor in Chief, I am obliged to write an essay for each issue about anything I see fit. Over this past year, I’ve touched on such topics as: how fast time flies, indescribable feelings and why you do what you do. These articles are not easy for me to write, and being the perfectionist that I am, it’s always the last thing to get done before the issue is complete. I want the letter to encompass a theme that is running throughout the issue, and I often feel my next letter, for whatever reason, is the one that will get a response and someone will actually comment to me that they’d read my letter. It hasn’t happened yet (besides, of course, my mom). But, who knows, maybe this will be the one! Especially now, as I embark on a new journey. In my first Editor’s note, I wrote about how change is all around us, followed by how life is made of meaningful moments – fun ones, anxious ones and some even shocking; but through all of the moments, I try to embrace an attitude of gratitude. In the next issue I wrote about all of us possessing super hero qualities, how life’s journey takes courage, sacrifice, perseverance, determination, conviction, compassion and dedication – ALL of which I have had to call upon in the last five months as I prepare to take a turn in my career. A right turn into something I knew nothing about before now. The column I entitled Oh Happy Day celebrated the birth of our granddaughter. My new adventure is like that of giving birth to a first child: it’s taken time and preparation, and I sometimes feel like I have no idea what I’m doing, but I’m figuring it out – and that’s ok. Getting Set for School was an appropriate essay for me, as I’ve been making adjustments for my new career in retail – a time of incredible learning. Last winter I wrote For the Love of Dogs. It was my tribute to my faithful furry friend, Nellie. Even more faithful than Nellie, has been my husband, Rick. We celebrated 30 years of marriage this year, and because of his belief in me, I am on a new journey. Rick has seen something light up in me when I’m around babies. So, when you can combine something you love with your career, you take the leap of faith and do it. When our new baby boutique, Kicks & Giggles, opens in November, come let me know how much you’ve enjoyed reading my column each issue. I’ll have a special gift waiting for you. Until we meet at the boutique,

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We are always on the lookout for amazing stories in the Black Hills. One submission came from Teresa about her son Weston for our Amazing Kids page (12). As we read through her entry, we were blown away that there is a nine-year-old rockstar living right in our community, and he is a third-generation drummer. Weston’s performance filled the room as he took the spotlight for our cover photo shoot at Legacy’s studio. From drumming different beats to listening to his knowledge of the instrument, it was apparent he has talent. Thank you, Teresa, for sharing your son’s story with us, and a shoutout to Terry and Oakley, as well, for joining in on the feature – making this piece something special to treasure for a lifetime. If you have a story about an amazing family, give us the scoop at editorial@

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Black Hills Parent and Rapid Chevrolet Cadillac are proud to present this year’s six inspiring military families.

WINTER 2016 CONTENTS 6 Editor’s Letter 8 Connect with BHParent 12 Amazing Kids 51 Black Hills Cuties 54 Calendar 57 Party Planning Tips 62 Family Resources 14 Lavender Pearl

Meet the piggy that is finding her Instagram fame.

14 Protect Your Pet this Winter Cold winter weather can be hard on your fur baby. Here’s some tips to help!

16 Bald is Beautiful

This Rapid City girl is making the most out of her disorder through dance.

16 Is it a Cold or the Flu?

A symptom guide for telling the difference.

20 Beautifully Blended

It’s not easy running a family of four adults, two kids and eight grandparents, but Ashley and Randee are making it work.

22 Mom Next Door: Dr. Lily Van Vlack Bruckner

36 The House of Kai

Meet Lily: a mom with a dream to open a children’s attraction in the Black Hills.

From ranking high in Taekwondo, to developing a fashion line, modeling and more, this 16-year-old does it all.

24 The Little Drummer Boy

38 The Performance of a Lifetime

At nine years old, Weston has found an extraordinary gift that runs in the family.

26 The Amazing Brace

This 16-year-old boy’s performance gave him the opportunity to dance at a higher level than he could have ever imagined.

One Rapid City mom’s story of how her life was changed with her daughter’s birth.

40 Courage & Sacrifice

28 10 Things I Learned Flying with a One-Year-Old

44 Making an Impact

There are a few things Katie and her husband have learned while flying with a one-year-old, including the jokes.

30 18 Budget-Friendly Holiday Traditions

No matter your budget families can enjoy these easy holiday traditions this Christmas.

32 Home Alone

A parent’s guide without the parents.

34 Back Me Up Here

Helping kids resist peer pressure.

Meet this year’s six inspiring military families. Salvation Army’s Angel Tree Program.

45 Holiday Giving Opportunities Get into the holiday spirit and spread the Christmas cheer!

48 Shop Local

Rapid City’s new baby boutique shares their holiday gift list.

50 Cozy Winter Season Reads for Kids

Bring out your blanket and snuggle up for story time together as a family.

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Since she was three-years-old, Torah has been on skis. Now, at the age of six, she has been in three competitions and is a part of the Ski Team at Terry Peak in Lead. “She loves to ski and went up over 40 times this past winter,” said her mom Gina. “Torah is dedicated and determined to do her best no matter what the situation, and she loves skiing!”


When he was 13 years old, Zachary (17) went to Haiti for the first time. “I was worried all of the work would be too much for him,” said his mom Amanda, “but he would work all day in the clinic and then play soccer with the children from the village at night.” This year, Zachary used the money he made at his job to pay for his own plane ticket and all of his expenses in Haiti. “A lot of people say that when your kids become teens, they will drive you crazy, but I don’t believe that,” said Amanda. “My son has taught me how to walk in the shoes of others and see them for who they are.”


Karah is not only an accomplished violinist, playing since she was five years old as a student of Black Hills Suzuki School, but an amazing dancer, as well. “I think one of her best superpowers is her ability to experiment and just be who she is in her dancing,” explains Academy of Dance Director Julie McFarland. Karah has been a part of countless productions, projects and performances, and is using her dance to make a difference in her community.


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“Caroline has always been a performer,” explains her mom Jill. “So, when the opportunity arose to audition for A Christmas Carol when she was six, she went for it and was cast as Tiny Tim.” Three years later, Caroline has been in countless productions with Black Hills Community Theater, Cherry Street Players and Seraphim Theater, as well as being accepted to perform at Broadway Dreams in Omaha, Nebraska.


Zack is 11 years old and has been playing soccer with the Black Hills Rapids Rushmore Soccer since he was four. He recently passed his referee test and will be able to referee games for younger children. “Zack is a fun kid to watch play soccer and is very passionate about the game,” said his mom Sarah. “He always has a soccer ball with him and has said if he can’t be a professional soccer player he wants to be a coach.”


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PROTECT YOUR PET DURING COLD WINTER WEATHER Use these Humane Society tips to keep pets safe during winter.

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Pets are sensitive to severe cold and are at risk for frostbite and hypothermia during extreme cold snaps. Exposed skin on noses, ears and paw pads can quickly freeze and suffer permanent damage. Keep pets indoors during the extreme winter weather this chilly season. GIVE PLENTY OF FOOD AND WATER Pets who


Danielle Osloond and her husband Edward from Deadwood are both horribly allergic to animals. “I’ve always been a huge animal lover, and was terribly sad that a cat or dog was out of the question for us,” says Danielle. “I begged for a pig for years.” Edward didn’t grow up with pets, so he didn’t quite understand why Danielle was obsessing over the idea. “I have no clue what made him finally cave, but in February of 2015, he finally did!” Lavender was 12 weeks old when the Osloonds welcomed her into their home. Now, one and a half years old, weighing a total of 55 pounds, she is part of the family. “She eats twice a day and lots of veggies in between,” explains Danielle. “She also gets a third cup of pureed pumpkin daily.” Lavender loves grapes, cheerios and little dehydrated yogurt puffs, 14

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and her mornings aren’t complete until she’s had her vitamins. “And ice cubes!” adds Danielle. “We’re convinced she thinks they are treats, as well.” Lavender has an assortment of “tricks,” too. She does circles, sits and is potty trained. She also knows the colors red and blue. “She is just so much fun,” Danielle shares. “She’s smart and sassy and funny and cranky – and always makes us laugh.” Lavender has made Danielle and Edward realize how endearing pet companionship can be. Thinking of getting your own piggy? Danielle has some advice: “Educate yourself beyond reason. One has to understand that they’re making a commitment to this little creature that will remain a toddler for life. A pig as a pet is certainly not for someone who works long hours and cannot give the attention they so desperately crave and deserve. And a “teacup/ nano/micro” pig does not exist! The average mini pig will weigh anywhere around 60 to over 100 pounds at full maturity.”

spend a lot of time outdoors need more food in the winter because keeping warm depletes energy. Routinely check your pet’s water dish to make certain the water is fresh and unfrozen. Use plastic bowls for food and water; when the temperature is low, your pet’s tongue can stick and freeze to metal.

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BALD IS BEAUTIFUL By Liz Sagaser Imagine your child being mistreated by peers because she is different in some way beyond your control. Karma Vollmer knows all too well the wounds a bully or even well-meaning adults can inflict on a child. Karma’s daughter Rian (11) is a competitive dancer at On Your Toes School of Dancing – a social butterfly with the ability to strike up a conversation with almost anyone. She is a beloved daughter, sister and a friend. She’s a girl with a lot going for her – and she also happens to have thinning hair, and sometimes bald. Diagnosed at the age of four with the autoimmune disorder alopecia areata, Rian has dealt with relentless name calling and hazing from other kids 16

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and was once deducted points at a dance competition because her hair was ‘not like that of her teammates.’ Karma has been the recipient of unsolicited advice and prying questions in regard to her daughter’s lack of hair, and while she is happy to explain, “Bald is beautiful! Who needs hair?” she says, it is frustrating to sometimes have to defend her family’s reputation: “No she is not malnourished, and yes we have been to a doctor.” According to the National Alopecia Areata Foundation (, as many as 6.8 million Americans are affected by alopecia areata. The cause is thought to be a combination of genetic and environmental factors; there is no treatment and alopecia is not contagious. “Her amazing personality shines brightly through all the peaks and valleys,” says Karma.

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he two women sipping coffee are clearly friends; chatting about work and the kids’ school schedule, laughing about last week’s soccer game and sharing their plans for the weekend. So much so, you’d think these two women have been close friends for decades. They are friends, and “sister-wives,” as they jokingly call themselves, all because of one little boy. That boy is Jackson Handcock. He’s a wide-eyed 11-year-old with a gentle spirit, and this year he started his first year at Southwest Middle School as a sixth grader. He loves music and history; he also loves his parents – all four of them. Jackson was not quite a year old when his parents – Randee (Mason) and Tucker Handcock – agreed that while they were no longer right for each other, they treasured their son and for his sake, they would make their new lives as easy on him as possible. They split everything right down the middle – or as close to that as they could – and agreed to continue an environment of respect. So, years later when Tucker married Ashley on Sept. 3, 2011…


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and a week after that when Randee married Thad Mason on Sept. 10 (no, they didn’t plan it that way), Jackson was used to sharing his time between his parents’ two homes. It wasn’t quite as smooth for the adults. “At first it was hard,” Randee admits. “There wasn’t any jealousy or anything, just things I missed.” Like when Ashley got Jackson’s school supplies. She had been out shopping for other things, and just picked them up because it was convenient. Not knowing, of course, that Randee and Jackson really enjoyed shopping for his school supplies together. It hurt… at first. Now, though, “I surrendered it to Ashley. She just does a better job,” Randee says with a laugh. “She keeps us all organized.” Knowing each other’s strengths is a big part of what keeps this beautifully blended family humming along in harmony. Communication and respect are also key. But ultimately, it comes down to a shared orientation toward Jackson. “He’s the glue,” Ashley says of her stepson. “He’s just a great kid, [respectful and kind]. I can’t imagine

how much harder this would be if he weren’t that kind of kid.” Randee agrees. “He doesn’t pit us against each other,” and Ashley finishes her sentence; “probably because he knows we communicate!” They both laugh. Moments later Randee answers a call from Jackson who is concerned about homework he forgot at school, and even as Jackson is chatting in her ear, she relays the homework issue to Ashley, who pulls up the teacher’s

“It wasn’t easy in the beginning, but we have come along way. We have even had multiple compliments from Jackson’s teachers because they weren’t able to tell that he had two homes,” shares Ashley.


“I would say the hardest part for me was finding my place. At what point was I stepping on toes? I am not Jackson’s mom but take on the ‘motherly roles’ in our home,” said Ashley (left) when asked about what had been most challenging for her as she and Randee (right) have worked to blend their families.

assignments on her phone. “She’s got it,” Randee tells her son and hands her phone to Ashley, who assures him catastrophe has been avoided and she will text him the necessary information. Randee gets back on the line, tells her son she loves him, and hangs up. The two women exchange knowing glances and a smile. This is life for the team of two families. It isn’t easy keeping everyone connected, but technology has been a great asset. Ashley created a shared Google Calendar to help keep everybody on the same page, they text and email regularly, and keep Jackson in the loop with a phone of his own. Homework happens right after school every day and there are chores that have to be done. Of course there are differences; Jackson loves the fourwheeler at his Dad’s house, and he’s mastered a front flip on the trampoline at his Mom’s – but when asked if he has a favorite place, he gives a confused frown and shakes his head. They’re truly one big happy family, in part because they have nurtured an environment of respect. “I would never say ‘I’m your mom and you listen to me,’ and I know they would never do that,” Randee says. In fact, as Ashley points out, if Jackson heard

one parent speaking ill of another, it would hurt him. “Finding our spots, was a challenge at first,” she admits, but “we wanted it to work.” They worked to find ways each parent contributed and found that they generally and genuinely liked each other. That made it even easier. Randee and Ashley are the first to admit that things aren’t perfect, but it is important to all of them to keep things friendly and consistent for Jackson – and his little brother Talon who was born to Randee and Thad in August of 2010. “Talon is a part of everything,” Randee says, and Ashley agrees. He even spends the night with the Handcock’s on occasion. “Trying to mesh four people and two little ones…” Ashley acknowledges, leaving the challenge implied and commenting instead on the way they make it work. “We always have the end goal in mind.” Randee agrees. And while it was hard at first, when she saw how much Ashley and Thad (and each of their parents) loved Jackson, and Talon too, she realized how lucky they really are – all of them. “Jackson did that,” Ashley observes proudly of her stepson. Randee nods in agreement, with a smile, beaming. n

Randee had been attending Fountain Springs for a while and wanted to do an “Awkward Family Photo” for Christmas, so when Jackson decided he wanted to be baptized in the same church, both families were already familiar with it, and gladly came together to support him. They may have started going together for Jackson, but ultimately each found their own value in it. Now, though they don’t necessarily attend the same service, “we’re hearing the same message,” Ashley says, “And that’s what’s valuable.”

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rowing up in the Black Hills, Dr. Lily Van Vlack Bruckner remembers always being outdoors and going Jeeping with her family. Her love for the outdoors was carried over into her own family. You will often find Lily, her husband, Tyler and their three children, Riley (8), Ethan (6 ½) and Haleigh (4), at Hart Ranch in the summer. After graduating from Stevens High School in 2003, she went on to attend Black Hills State University. The time she spent as the Student Association President is what fueled a desire to pursue a career in Student Affairs. In 2007, with her Elementary Education degree in hand, she immediately went to work on her master’s degree. Three years later, Lily received her master’s in Counseling & Human Resource Development with an emphasis in Student Affairs Administration from South Dakota State University. Not wasting any time, she went to work on her doctoral degree from the University of South Dakota in Educational Administration with an emphasis on Adult and Higher Education, graduating in 2014. Lily is also very involved in the Westminster MOPS group in Rapid City; she coordinated the group for two years and is on the Steering Team this year.

Where have you worked? As the Student Conduct Coordinator at the SD School of Mines and Technology, I helped students embrace learning opportunities and reflect on their decisions. I’ve also taught a master’s course in Leadership at NAU. Having a specialty in administration and leadership will be very beneficial in moving forward with the Children’s Museum of the Black Hills. 22

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FOUNDER & PRESIDENT CHILDREN’S MUSEUM OF THE BLACK HILLS Where did you get the idea of opening a children’s museum?

When my husband Tyler and I visited the Denver Children’s Museum, we realized we wanted to have a children’s museum in Rapid City so our children would always have a place to go and embrace their inquiry-based minds. After discussions with close friends who agreed, and a few years of tossing the idea around, we decided to give it a shot. The idea has quickly gained momentum.

What is a children’s museum?

Children’s museums are places where children learn through play

and exploration in environments designed just for them. It’s a museum that provides exhibits and programs that stimulate curiosity and motivate learning. Children’s museums provide unique, face-to-face fun, enlightenment and shared experiences not found in traditional museums. Why does the Black Hills need one?

Many children’s museums are located in major travel and tourism destinations around the country, and the Black Hills certainly fits that. As well, we feel there is a need to provide more enriching, educational experiences for the children in our community. As a mom, I understand


What’s your favorite… Book: For the Love by Jen Hatmaker Movie: The Notebook TV Show: Parenthood Restaurant: Independent Ale House Vacation destination: Disney World Ice cream: Coffee Color: Pink Sports team: Cowboys (by default–it’s my husband’s favorite) Favorite App: Color Note First job: Babysitting Least favorite chore: Cleaning floors

the need to get out of the house and do something with my kids, particularly in a place where I know they will be entertained and not get into trouble. What is the Museum’s Founding 50?

The Founding 50 are 50 individuals, businesses and foundations in and around the Rapid City community who have helped us raise $50,000. These investments will be used to fund a consultant who specializes in emerging museum planning and feasibility studies, exhibit development, marketing, capital campaign development and most importantly, community outreach.

Founding 50 was solidified in just less than four weeks, which I think demonstrates the community’s support for this project. We hope that support continues as we move into our “Buy A Bubble Help Us Grow!” fundraising campaign. If someone is interested in making a donation, they can get details at

What do your kids think about the museum? The kids ask me daily if

we can go to the children’s museum. They are having a hard time understanding that it will be awhile before we actually open. They are incredibly excited about the possibility of having one in Rapid City and are definitely enjoying the research process of exploring other children’s museums. How do you manage to keep everything balanced? I keep to a

schedule as best I can to balance working, family time, volunteering, etc. When I get too caught up in a project, my husband is there to remind me to get back on track. I’m also careful about over-committing.

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How can people support the Children’s Museum’s progress? The

What’s your number one rule for your children? Be kind, respectful

and love one another.

What good habit do you hope to pass on to your children? Tyler and

I are both very dedicated, hardworking individuals. We hope to instill in our children the importance of hard work and caring for others during the process. What’s the best part about being a mom? Watching my children grow

and develop into individuals.

What is the hardest part about being a mom and your advice to others?

For me, it’s disciplining the kids and finding something that works for each kid. My advice to other parents is to not worry about what everyone else does…do what works for you and your family. What’s a valuable lesson your children have taught you? Take

the time to explore new things.

What’s your most memorable mom moment so far? I gave birth to my

daughter at home in the bathtub (not on purpose)…it’s hard to top that one. Where do you go for fun? We

love Hart Ranch, Memorial Park and Who’s Toy House. With my husband, we enjoy date nights at Murphy’s Pub & Grill, Independent Ale House and attending Rush Hockey games.

What’s one word you would use to describe being a mom?

Rewarding. Even though the days can be long and mundane, my children light up my life. I love seeing their personalities, characteristics and uniqueness. At the end of each day, as we pray together and they tell me they love me, no matter how difficult the day may have been, I am reminded that I am blessed to be their one and only Mom. n Black Hills Parent




t nine years old, Weston Rathbun is already a minor celebrity in the Black Hills. If his shoulder length blonde hair, funky specs and easy going attitude don’t tip you off that there is something special about this kid, you’ll know it as soon as you hand him a set of drumsticks. Or chopsticks; he’s captured the attention of more than one waitress with his table-edge talent. Weston played his first solo show in Art Alley at seven years old and his audience filled his tip jar


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with $150. His second show was on a stage – at the Spearfish Summer Nights event in front of 5,000 people, by himself, at eight years old. “I don’t get stage-fright,” he attests. In fact, this summer he made a cameo appearance at the Loud American in Sturgis, rocking out with Tyler and Devin, members of the band Judd Hoos. The band was taken aback by his talent, but his success comes as no surprise to his mother, stepmother and five siblings who are often sitting in the crowd. According to Weston himself, he was “born drumming.” November of 2006, to be exact, to Teresa and Oakley Rathbun, and thus became the third generation in a truly incredible legacy of Rathbun entertainers, a bloodline of music that began more than 65 years ago with the birth of Terry Rathbun in Chester, SD.


Terry was a fifth grader attending school in Madison, SD, and while he waited in line with his fellow students to “interview” with the music teacher, the song “Banana Boat” playing over and over in his mind. His parents were great dancers and the radio was always on in the Rathbun house, the calypso beat of the popular Harry Belafonte tune the perfect rhythm for great dancing and the perfect inspiration for a young drummer. When it was Terry’s turn in line, and his music teacher asked him what he wanted to play, and he responded without hesitation; “bongos.” His teacher directed him to the percussion section where 10-year-old Terry began what would be a long and very successful career as a drummer. At fourteen he was playing gigs with his band Terry and the Pirates, and his high school band – The Bird Dogs. His music career was booming and his work with his college band The Ride – who were inducted into the South Dakota Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2014 – paid his way through school at South Dakota State University. The group continued to play gigs all over the region and Terry’s success continued to grow even after he met and married Julie (Lien), and moved to Rapid City where, in July of 1981, their son Oakley was born. Oakley grew up in Rapid City and knew that when his dad was gone on the weekends, it was to play gigs all over the Midwest – and to wide acclaim. While, like most children, he wanted to impress his parents, for Oakley, his foray into the music world was “a little more contrived.” Much like his father he stood in line for the elective class he wanted; Home Economics. “To meet girls, of course.” But when the young lady in front of him took the last spot in the class, he was railroaded into shop class where he met his partner who was taking guitar lessons. The two hit it off immediately and started the band Amnesia in the basement of Oakley’s house. “That is still my favorite band. That’s when it was most sincere.” The group quickly earned a passionate following and began playing regularly at local venues like the Atomic Cafe. In 2002, Oakley began his pursuit of a Political Science degree at the University of South Dakota and by the time he graduated with his bachelor’s – along with a Masters in Human Resources – his college band had been signed and was touring the United States in a van. From then on, Oakley played every weekend for the next decade. He played upwards of 150 shows a year and achieved significant successes in the industry. Over the years, he’s played with countless bands and in nearly every imaginable venue in a five state region. He’s graced the stage with the likes of the Temptations, and – after landing a frontof-house gig at Dublin Square – transitioned into a tremendously successful career as a radio personality and professional DJ at Hot 93.1. Despite his successes, “I’m not as naturally skilled as my dad, or Weston,” he asserts. “I did it because I

“HE’S SERIOUSLY GOT MORE TALENT AND A BETTER EAR AT NINE THAN I HAD AT 19.” couldn’t do anything else. Weston, though, is a whole new landscape. I think he was about 18 months when he started playing. It’s easy to overlook him, thinking of him as a nine-year-old with crayons,” his father says with a knowing smile. “He’s seriously got more talent and a better ear at nine than I had at 19.” Now, the bearers of his legacy are teaching Weston about other elements of high-level musicianship; how to develop his craft, avoid the pitfalls of the industry and how to work with others. “If you can’t sit in a room with musicians and get along, there’s no point in trying to make it,” Oakley reminds his son and Terry agrees. “You always have to have respect for other musicians.” Weston’s successes stretch far beyond his musical career – he’s a straight ‘A’ student and an all around great kid – but his inherent talent is clearly evident of, and, perhaps, an extension of, the mark all three generations of Rathbun musicians have made on the world. Oakley still makes his living as a professional entertainer, and Terry also continues to play professionally – 57 years after he discovered his passion as a 10-year-old. In 2015, he was inducted into the South Dakota Rock and Roll Hall of Fame (again) this time for his career with the band The Bird Dogs. For his part, Weston considers his father and grandfather’s legacy a powerful force in his own passion for music. “Mom used to take me to Dad’s shows in the stroller,” he remembers. Now, the whole family – grandparents, Mom, Step-mom, brother and stepsisters – rally in support of Weston, simultaneously encouraging him as an artist, and giving him the chance to live the life of a nine-year-old – even if he’s already become another Rathbun Rockstar. n Black Hills Parent


December 16 – “Handing my newborn baby over to the doctor and watching her scream as they applied the first set of casts to her tiny, little legs was the hardest moment of my life.”


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For many of us, life at first seems to unfold without presenting any problems beyond our own ability to handle or to solve them. But then comes that moment in life when we suddenly realize how vulnerable we really are. That moment for me happened on one of the best days of my life. On November 30, after a long labor, our second child Genevieve finally decided to make her grand entrance. When she was placed in my arms for the first time, I only saw perfection through my tear-filled eyes. Genevieve was the perfect addition to our family of three. My husband Mike and I had welcomed her big brother Henry the year before, and we were excited to be adding a sweet

December 16 – “Every Monday, for the first 6 weeks, we go to the doctor and pthey put new casts back on. It was amazing to see the progress her feet made after just one week in casts! Ten more Monday’s to go!”

baby girl to the family. The hours that followed Genevieve’s birth were wonderful – until the next day when the pediatrician gave us the news that shattered our happy world. Genevieve was born with bilateral club feet. Our sweet, perfect baby was born with feet so deformed that she would never walk normally unless she underwent extensive treatment. Hearing this news – our daughter was the one baby in every 1,000 who was born with club feet – was the first moment in my life when I realized how vulnerable I am. It was in that moment I realized the things you never thought would happen to you, could in fact happen. The treatment for club feet typically begins with six weeks of


“Our sweet, perfect baby was born with feet so deformed that she would never walk normally unless she underwent extensive treatment.”

January 8 – “Genevieve and brother Henry holding hands and melting my heart.”

August 30 – “Look what G did on her own! You guys, this is SUCH a big deal! This babe was born with feet that wouldn’t allow her to walk! Today she pulled herself up to standing. This babe will walk!”

March 3 – “Here we have it folks! Genevieve and her new brace. Mike says that if people ask about her brace, we should simply say that she is already in training to become an Olympic snowboarder!”

full leg/foot plaster casts, changed weekly. The next step is Achilles release surgery, followed by six more weeks of casts. Following casts and surgery is 23/7 brace wear, which includes boots on each foot and a bar that connects them. The treatment of Genevieve’s feet began when she was just one week old. It was one thing to hear about the procedure and quite another to actually walk into the doctor’s office and begin the treatment. I can say, with absolute certainty, that handing my newborn baby over to the doctor and watching her scream as they applied the first set of casts to her tiny, little legs was the hardest moment of my life. Everything in me wanted to sweep Genevieve off the table into the safety and comfort of my arms. I couldn’t understand why she had to be the

one to go through this. How can it be that she is the one in 1,000? I realize there are parents and children who face a worse diagnosis; however, knowing that only put things in perspective – it didn’t make what we were walking through any easier. After Genevieve was handed back to us with a cast on each leg, Mike and I had to relearn how to hold her, dress her, clean her and change her. There were so many times during those first few weeks in casts that I kept crying to God to just fix the problem. I was really hoping the doctor would just take off the casts one day and we would all be surprised that she was 100% fixed. As the weeks went on and the miracle did not happen, I began to wonder what the purpose of all of this was. Not too long after asking that question we had a great sermon at church: how bad things don’t happen for a reason, but our reaction can create a purpose. Up until that sermon, my reaction had been anger, sadness and helplessness. After that sermon, I realized I needed to give up to God everything I had been feeling and trust in Him to help my family

weather this storm. This situation was not something we could handle, fix or solve by relying on our own strength. I realized the only thing I had control over was my own reaction to the challenge we faced. Our decision was to trust God and rely on Him. Fast forward a year and Genevieve is now walking on her beautiful little feet. When I look back at those first six months of treatment, I can still feel that pang in my heart when I remember how badly I wished I could go through the process for her. I remember the helplessness I felt when we first heard the news. My heart still stops beating when I wrestle with the fact that this hardship will probably not be the last one our family will face. So what was the purpose of all this? What has been gained from this experience? Two things: I have learned that in this life, my family isn’t safe from hardship and tragedy. Life will continue to throw things at us that we will not be strong enough to handle on our own. Secondly, God has shown me that He is faithful. I will not greet the next hardship with a shocked look on my face asking, ‘Who, me?’ Whatever comes our way, I know God is with us every step of the way. n Black Hills Parent





My husband and I took our first flight with our daughter when she was eight months old and flew again when she was just over a year old. We definitely intend to continue air travel with our precious little carry-on, but there are a few things we have learned.


Gross things will happen, so just get over it now. My daughter loved licking the plane window and found a raisin to eat off the floor. We hadn’t brought raisins.


Anyone who plays peek-a-boo with your child on the plane had better be committed to continuing the game for the remainder of the flight. This should be announced with the safety instructions before take-off.


Check in online before your flight and indicate that you will have a “child on lap” or you won’t be allowed to board with the child. Keep in mind, the term “child on lap” is used loosely, as your child will really be anywhere but on your lap: The floor, your shoulders, the aisle and under the seat in front of you.


Take a copy of your child’s birth certificate to be safe, but you probably won’t be asked to show it. You don’t want to be asked to discard your child in the security line garbage can along with pocket knives and shampoo bottles that exceed TSA size requirements.


Every time you go through security, the class clown of the TSA agents will say: “OK, let’s put the baby on the conveyor belt and you can carry the stroller through the gate.” Be nice, and chuckle every time.


Your child will poop as soon as the plane leaves the ground. It doesn’t matter if you changed him or her immediately before boarding the plane. There will be poop.


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Take two things: A stroller and a diaper bag which doubles as your carry-on or purse. Make arrangements for everything else to be available at your destination. We rented a car seat from the rental car company and made sure to stay at a hotel that had portable cribs.


Most planes don’t have changing tables. This will necessitate you balancing your baby on the lid of the tiny plane toilet, desperately trying to remove a soiled diaper and replace it with a clean one without touching anything.


Try to get seated next to a grandma. We lucked out and did a couple of times and these dear women sent from God himself amused our daughter for the majority of the flights. I wish “grandma adjacent” was a request you could mark when booking your ticket, like “aisle seat” or “window seat.”


When it’s all said and done, the good times of the trip will outweigh the bad, and you’ll be ready to fly again.

This piece can be found, with photos, on Katie’s blog A House with Character.

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is the season for shopping for presents, cooking fancy meals, decorating our homes for the holidays and celebrating with friends and family. The holidays are a fun and exciting time, but all of that fun can start to stretch the pocketbook. No matter your budget, families can still enjoy meaningful holiday traditions.


Christmas Countdown Create a homemade advent countdown with construction or scrapbook paper.


Cookies for Santa Bake some special cookies for Santa, but set aside a few dozen for local firefighters or police officers and deliver them with your kids.


Movie Marathon Watch your favorite Christmas movies as a family while enjoying some popcorn and hot cocoa.


Make Ornaments Make a new ornament as a family each year. When the kids move out they will have a box full of decorations for their own tree. Easy ideas could be salt dough ornaments or filling a plastic ball with photos, ticket stubs or glitter and adding the date.


Holiday Tunes Play Christmas music each morning as you are getting ready for your day.


Sleigh Ride A sleigh ride is a great way to get in the holiday spirit. Don’t forget the hot cocoa.





Provide a Meal Check the needs of a local food pantry and help them stock up on items that can be used for the holidays. Family Pajamas Pick out matching pajamas for the whole family to wear on Christmas morning. For a lowcost options, use plain colored T-shirts and basic flannel pants.


Bless Others Have the kids pick out a new toy to donate to a local charity that provides gifts to children in need. Also consider sorting through old toys and clothing to donate to charity before any new gifts arrive.


Coat Drive Start a coat drive by going through your coat closet and donate items no longer needed to those less fortunate. Collect new socks, hats and gloves in your community to donate, as well.


Caroling Gather friends and family together and go caroling in your neighborhood or a local nursing home.


Christmas Reads Collect Christmas books, wrap them in festive paper and have the kids open and read one each day leading up until Christmas. Consider adding one new book each year.


Campout After trimming the tree, get out the sleeping bags and “campout” under it for the night.


Christmas Breakfast Make a big breakfast Christmas morning. A breakfast casserole that can be prepared the night before will let you enjoy the morning with family. n

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Brian and Teri Criss started hunting for a Christmas tree when their oldest daughter Lydia was a toddler. Now, all three children – Lydia (19), Grady (17) and Abigail (15) – look forward to the Christmas tradition each year with

Visit Santa Take the kids to visit Santa, or write him a letter and mail it.

Lights Tour Load up the family car and go on a tour of Christmas light displays in the area.

Reindeer Food Mix rolled oats with red and green sugar sprinkles. Have the kids sprinkle it on the lawn before bed for the reindeer to snack on while Santa is visiting your home.




Holiday Hunt Fill Easter eggs with Christmas candy or hide candy canes around the house and let the kids find them.

The Criss family Tree Hunt, 2002

their congregation at Black Hills Community Church. “I think what we love most is the time together as a family and a church family,” said Teri. After agreeing on the perfect tree, Brian and Grady saw it down. (Christmas Tree Permits are issued for every tree cut down by the Forest Service.) The family of five then picks up the tree together to haul it back to the parked car. Once everyone is loaded up, it’s back to the church for more fellowship over a warm meal. “Our Christmas tradition is something everyone looks forward to year after year,” said Teri. “As a mom, it is a sheer blessing to see your family enjoying one another.”

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ou can never be too cautious when it comes to your child’s well being. The thought of leaving them home alone may raise concerns and leave you questioning their ability to be left unsupervised. Few states have age requirement laws for leaving kids by themselves unattended. Here are a few guidelines to take into consideration before leaving your child home alone.

Is your child independent enough without you there? Are they able to find solutions for problems without you? Does your child generally make good decisions? Talk through some examples of problems that may arise while you are gone. Make sure your child knows how to lock and unlock doors and can recite your address back to you in case of an emergency. How does your child react to unexpected situations? Have you enrolled them in any first aid training? Taking a Red Cross babysitting course in Boy or Girl Scouts may help further their knowledge in how to respond in these situations. Do they know who to call for help? Have a list of emergency numbers that include trusted neighbors, family members and emergency first responders programmed into their phone and/or in a well-known area, such as the refrigerator door. Are they age appropriate? Because kids mature at different rates, you may want to evaluate your child’s maturity before leaving them alone.

According to family.findlaw. com here are a few general guidelines to keep in mind: Kids seven years and younger should not be left at home alone for any period of time. Ages eight to 10 years old should not be left alone for more than one and a half hours, and only during daylight and early evening hours. Children 11 to 12 years old may be left alone for up to three hours, and ages 13 to 15 may be left unsupervised – but not suggested for overnight. “It is really important to start with short periods of time and build from there to create trust, responsibility and independence,” explains Kari Scovel, a PhD Lp Psychologist in Rapid City. “Have a trial period of time to see how the time alone goes, and try leaving them for a half hour at a time to see how they can do from there to build that confidence. Staying home alone can be a rewarding and important developmental experience for your child with time.” n

TIPS FOR PARENTS offers suggestions for those first attempts out: 1.Be clear with your expectations and rules for your child while they are being left unattended. 2.Being direct with them before you leave will help alleviate questions on what they can and can’t do. 3.Check in with your child or have a neighbor you trust stop by. 4.Talk to your child about their feelings on you leaving them alone before you leave them. Use this time to address any concerns they may have.


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Even after you decide your child is ready to stay home alone, you’re bound to feel a little anxious when the time comes. Taking these practical steps can make it easier for you both: • S  et up a schedule for calling. You might have your child call right away if he or she is coming home to an empty house, or set up a time when you’ll call home to check in. • E  stablish ground rules. Make sure your child knows and understands them, too. Consider rules about: h  aving friend(s) over r ooms of the house that are off limits especially with friends TV time and types of shows Internet and computer rules k itchen and cooking (you might want to make the oven and utensils like sharp knives off limits) not opening the door for strangers answering the phone not telling anyone he or she is alone • C  hildproof your home. No matter how well your child follows rules, be sure to secure anything that could be a health or safety risk. These items include alcohol, prescription medication, over-the-counter medications, etc, guns (make sure guns are locked up, unloaded and stored away from ammunition), tobacco, car keys, lighters and matches.


Before being left home alone, your child should be able to complete certain tasks and safety precautions, such as: • K  nowing when and how to call 911 and what address information to give the dispatcher • Knowing how to work the home security system • Locking and unlocking doors • Working the phone/cell phone • Knowing what to do if: there’s a small fire in the kitchen the smoke alarm goes off there’s severe weather a stranger comes to the door someone calls for a parent who isn’t home there’s a power outage

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BACK ME UP HERE Helping Kids Resist Peer Pressure

HAVE A PLAN Coming up with a backup together will help your child feel prepared in uncomfortable or dangerous situations. For example, let them know you are always available to come get them, no questions asked, if they feel unsafe.

By Lara Krupicka


very t(w)een encounters peer pressure at some point in time, but in an age where social media and texting provide constant connectedness with their friends, the challenge is amplified. How can you make sure the desire to fit in doesn't cause your child to engage in risky behavior? How can you enable them to make good choices? First, remember you still have influence in your adolescent's life – as much as they lead you to believe otherwise. Studies have found authoritative parenting, in which parents provide warm nurturing alongside clear boundaries and discipline, yields more independent-minded children who are better able to stand up for themselves. To build a buffer for your child from the negatives of peer pressure, try the following tools.


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OPEN COMMUNICATION Appreciate them for who they are and acknowledge the good choices they make. Let them know they can come to you, too, if they’re feeling pressure to do something that seems wrong. AFFIRM INDEPENDENT THINKING Allowing your child to disagree with you prepares them to disagree with others. On the other hand, shutting down their opinions could set your child up for accepting that same treatment from his or her peers. Learning how to respectfully disagree is a social skill that will serve them well. ROLE PLAY You know the type of situations you are afraid your teen may face when they could be in a tough spot. Work with them on how they will respond to others in these circumstances, even as far as having specific phrasing in mind.

According to a survey by Parent Further, only 10 percent of teenagers surveyed said that they had not been influenced by peer pressure.

OFFER TO TAKE THE BLAME If a simple "no" isn't working for your child, it can help them to be able to say something like, "my parents wouldn't like it and they have ways of finding out." MEET THEIR FRIENDS If issues or problems arise, share your concerns with your child, and/or the friend’s parents. SET BOUNDARIES Problems often occur late at night when teens are isolated in their rooms. Setting the expectation that screens will be off by a certain hour and devices will be kept outside of teens' bedrooms gives kids not only a better night's sleep, but also a respite from peer input. Of course, not all peer pressure is bad. Positive pressure is seen as encouragement – to join an academic club at school or try a new stunt in their sport. Spending time around children their own age is a fundamental part of adolescent development for t(w)eens, and they still need you to be there for them. n

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aian “Kai” Thompson of Rapid City is an auburn beauty reminiscent of Disney’s Ariel – a modern girl who ditched her mermaid tail in favor of a black-belted Taekwondo gi (uniform), over-the-top theatrical costumes or an original high fashion gown of her own making – all depending on the day. “Makeup and hair are pretty, but I have been taught to be a powerful person,” explains Kai. Her ideals are more than skin deep. She has attended Karate For Kids martial arts studio since the age of five, earning a 3rd Degree Black Belt, six Triple Crown State Championships, three Martial Arts Invitational Junior Grand Championships and a top 10 world ranking among martial artists in her age range. “Mrs. Buckingham and the team are like another family to me,” says Kai. “I’ve spent over half my life at the school.” Miss Kai now teaches Taekwondo as a Level 1 Nationally Certified Instructor – a challenging level of skill requiring approval from the National Association of Grand Masters and rarely passed the first time. Kai loves kids, and it breaks her heart to see young children hurt. Her involvement in martial arts provides an opportunity to do something about it. “The biggest part of self defense is learning to speak up and use your voice,” says Kai. Being active in the lives of young children through teaching has opened her eyes to the negative impact of bullying. Kai and Mrs. B. present an anti-bullying program in local schools, teaching kids what to do when they are bullied or see others in this situation. As involved as she is with martial arts, Kai makes time for other interests, too. At SoDak Con, a local convention celebrating the self-titled “geek culture” of all things anime, Kai enjoys cosplay (live action role play using imaginative

costumes) and her designs have been featured on the runway several times, including a line of themed wedding apparel as well as a character-themed line of attire. Under the name House of Kai, she is developing a line of swimwear for preteen/teen girls with her father on board as official Dad Fashion Consultant. At age nine, Kai had a tough time finding age appropriate swimwear; at 12, she was offended by the choices available for her age group. “Girls don’t want to show everything, but they still want to be on-point at the pool,” explains Kai. She wanted choices that were modest, but still cool – so she’s doing something about it. “My criteria is I must be able to go down a waterslide and keep everything in place.” “I kind of want to do everything!” says Kai. And everything is just what she is doing. In the midst of her fashion world takeover and

the occasional modeling gig, she is pursuing a full load of Advanced Placement (AP) classes as a homeschooled junior, studying the language and history of Japan and planning for college online at the School of Mines her senior year. After that, she has her sights set on studies in Atmospheric Science at Vassar College in New York. “You can do absolutely anything you set your mind on. You want to start a business? Do that! You want to have your own fashion line? Do it. You can walk down a runway in high end fashions or you can be an engineer. Do both!” n

KAI’S ANTI-BULLYING TIPS 1. Talk to your parents – they’ll help. 2. Speak up – tell the bully to STOP. 3. Tell your teacher or another trusted adult. For more of Kai’s anti-bullying tips, go to Black Hills Parent




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e has so much to offer the world.” It’s high praise to get from anyone, but when you’re a 16-year-old dancer from South Dakota and the compliment comes from a renowned professional dancer and choreographer from San Diego – the comment might just leave you speechless. Geoff Gonzalez of the San Diego City Ballet first noticed Prima School of Dancing student Alec Rembolt when Geoff visited Rapid City to direct the Black Hills Dance Theatre’s production of The Nutcracker. Gonzalez was so impressed with Alec, he offered him a scholarship to train in San Diego with the San Diego City Ballet this past summer. Geoff and his wife even opened their home to the aspiring dancer. “Alec really is a special kid. I couldn’t have had a better time working with him, and I hear this from everyone who knows him,” said 38

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Alec Rembolt (16) trained at the San Diego City Ballet this past summer.

Gonzalez. “The directors and teachers out here all say the same thing; they love the boy.” But Alec didn’t travel from South Dakota to San Diego without a few bumps in the road. He began training at Prima School of Dancing when he was five years old. His natural athletic ability was enhanced by the coordination, balance and work ethic he learned in the dance studio. And what he learned in the studio translated to an unlikely spot: the stadium. “I loved football, and in middle school, my coaches respected my dance side. Sometimes other players picked on me, but I put all my effort into it to do the best I could,” said Alec. “Dance helped me out with sports a lot.” It’s not easy being the football player who also dedicates his time to dance. “I thought about quitting dance, but I kept going,” said Alec. It all turned around when Alec shot up to six foot five and began doing more advanced moves, like lifts with partners. “Miss Christy [Remington] started working on partnering and lifts. I thought ‘partnering – this is fun. This is what I want to do.’ So, I started to watch examples of pas de deux on YouTube and was inspired.” With a renewed dedication to dance, Alec stepped up his training at Prima with private lessons and classes to prepare for that year’s Nutcracker auditions. All the hard work paid off when Gonzalez cast him in a prominent lead role as Drosselmeyer. Alec was happy with his role, but nothing could prepare him for what came next. “The day before the show I was visiting with Geoff and he said ‘I was wondering if you’d like to come to San Diego for a summer intensive.’ I was speechless – so, my mom answered for me. My mom and I had a huggie moment; she was crying, and all I thought was: ‘This is happening to me! I’m just a guy in Rapid City.’” In San Diego, Alec trained with some of the most accomplished dancers in the world from the American Ballet Theatre, including dance prodigy Paloma Herrera. He is continuing his training at Prima School of Dancing while taking on a new role – starting a men’s dance class. “Guys who pick on male dancers don’t know that it is so much harder than football. I hope to inspire people to show the world who they really are – that’s what dance has done for me.” n


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COURAGE & SACRIFICE Honoring Six Military Families By Jenna Carda and Priscilla Borrego

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JENNA AND RICHARD, PARENTS OF TWO “The Army requires a soldier to be ready,” explained Jenna. “Being ready requires training, and training requires time away from family.” But the challenges they face comes as the norm for Staff Sergeant (SSG) Jenna Watkins and her husband SSG Richard Watkins. Both Jenna and Richard have served in the National Guard for the past 14 years, currently placed in the Joint Force Headquarters. The family of four makes the time they have together count by playing outside and exploring the Hills.

“We are incredibly proud to wear this uniform,” said Jenna. And their two children are proud of their parents, too. Landon (6) will respond with joy when telling his friends that his mom and dad are in the Army, and Merica (3) is quick to remind them to put on their hats when Jenna and Richard walk outside in uniform. “We are enjoying life together,” said Jenna. “Fourteen years later, here we are blessed with amazing careers as soldiers and two happy children.”


“The most rewarding thing about being a military spouse is knowing that my husband is as devoted to our country as (he is to) our family.” Amy, a Registered Nurse at Rapid City Regional Hospital, married into the military lifestyle 13 years ago – and has supported her husband in all aspects of his career ever since. Raising their three daughters to be strong and independent is Amy’s top priority. “Whether it is meeting new people, moving your household across the country or starting a new school, a military family becomes strong enough to face it head on. No matter what, we are here for each other first.”






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Moving eight times in eight years is considered typical according to military spouse Johanna. Being ” married to an Air Force drone pilot means lengthy deployments, double-duty parenting and making inevitable sacrifices. The mother of three also served in the military as a vocalist in the Air Force Central Command band. Her time in the service took her to a number of places, including the Middle East where the band performed for troops. Singing upbeat, happy tunes to soldiers while on deployment gave her an overwhelming sense of joy. Ultimately, Johanna left her active

duty position to be able to stay at home and raise her children. “The most important job in the world is raising your kids to feel loved and to be decent human beings. Some of the most inspiring people in my life are stay-at-home moms.” After being a stay-at-home mom for several years, Johanna decided to go back to work – this time as a business owner. Brewing cups of java for her military community, Cuppa Joe Bistro recently opened at Ellsworth Air Force Base. With the help of her family and friends, she is making her dream a reality, inspiring many along the way.

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After three deployments and numerous Temporary Duty Assignments, Robyn and her husband Christopher, an Air Force officer, have experienced military life while raising their three boys (which includes twin toddlers). Deployments are challenging, but technology helps keep Christopher updated while he’s away. “Chris is able to feel more like a part of their lives when we are able to video/Facetime. He can watch the kids accomplish new skills as they grow even when he is across the world.” Robyn stays busy as a volunteer for the Key Spouse Program, a spousal support organization in her husband’s squadron, sewing clothes for her boys, as well as attending a Mother’s Bible Study through her local church. She is also a Speech Language Pathologist – a career she studied for in 2012 during their first deployment.


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Faith and friends, in that order, have helped Cindi endure 47 deployments while being married for 24 years to husband, Ellsworth Air Force Base Commander, Col. Gentry Boswell. Having relocated 14 times during her husband’s career, Cindi embraces new beginnings by investing in lasting friendships and cultivating new ones. “You aren’t usually stationed close to family, so the network of friends you build within the Air Force and the community is your safety net.” The devoted mother of two is highly accomplished, with a Bachelor’s of Science in Biology and Chemistry as well as a Physical Therapy degree. Cindi’s rewarding career in geriatrics is yet another example of her passion to make a difference in people’s lives. Cindi is often busy hosting military functions at her house to ensure incoming families feel welcomed and at home. Not only is she a convivial face among many, but she encourages others to break a sweat and get healthy, too. The fitness guru has been teaching yoga, Zumba and interval cardio classes for more than 25 years and makes it a point to instruct at each assignment location. Cindi continues to live an impactful life for her family and her military community.

ALESHA, MOM OF FOUR “It is”fun to have a special family that no matter where you go, you meet someone that has been – or is in – the military, and there is an automatic connection,” said Alesha. Married to a Staff Sargent in the Army National Guard, Alesha and her four children under the age of six have lived the military lifestyle for the past seven years. Together, Alesha and her family have been through one of her husband’s three deployments and multiple trainings. Two weeks after Bradley left for Kuwait, he and Alesha shared the birth of their third child via Skype while the twins were just 22 months old. Although it’s challenging when Bradley is across the state (or the world), it has been fun for her to watch her sixyear-old son find a passion for the military. “This summer there was a couple weeks straight where all he wore was camouflage,” laughs Alesha.







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l a u n n A h t 7 Rapid Chevy One Warm Coat Drive

Rapid Chevy One Warm Coat Drive 6,000 Coat Donations and Counting

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MAKING AN mpact SALVATION ARMY Leah Zandstra Women’s Auxiliary President

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ithin familiar circles, Salvation Army Women’s Auxiliary President Leah Zandstra is known as a “professional volunteer.” “When there is something to be done, I jump on it instead of waiting around.” Social activism is in her roots, and something she is passionate about sharing with her children. “My parents have always been involved in the Salvation Army. Ever since we were young we were required to volunteer outside of school or church – it was something we did as a family. My kids love to volunteer, and I’m so thankful this has been instilled in them.” Leah’s joyful generosity is contagious. This busy mom of two makes it a priority to give back. “The world we live in is not how it should be. The only way we’ll ever be able


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SHARING THE BLESSING Salvation Army Women’s Auxiliary President Leah Zandstra is thrilled to see so many Black Hills families blessed every year through the Angel Tree program. “The Salvation Army always finds a way to meet a need – there are always ways to volunteer with them.”

to change that is by starting our kids early at things like this. [It’s about] basic human kindness, and it starts with the simplest things: offering your change when somebody needs it, or offering a gift at Christmas time. Kids need to learn this at a young age so it follows them their whole lives.” Angel Tree has been a Salvation Army cornerstone since 1979. The program provides an opportunity for local individuals, families and businesses to give to Black Hills families in need, leaving a lasting positive impact on everyone involved. Families with children ages newborn to 13 register to participate in the program in October and November through the Salvation Army. Angel Trees are hosted at Black Hills businesses in Rapid City and Spearfish including Rushmore Mall and both Rapid City Walmart stores. Angel Tree tags feature an age range and suggested items for a boy or girl. The giver simply chooses one or more tags, purchases gifts to match and drops unwrapped items off at any Salvation Army location. Angel Tree recipients choose gifts from the Christmas Toy Shop for their children themselves – an aspect of the program that empowers parents and guardians. Most children receive at least two gifts, while older kids may receive a single, higher value gift. Families also receive a game, wrapping paper and small stocking stuffers. Angel Tree tags may be picked up beginning on November 16; when you see red kettles and bell ringers around town, that means Angel Trees are up, too. Monetary donations, wrapping paper and stocking stuffer trinkets are welcome. To volunteer or for more information, contact Salvation Army Volunteer Coordinator Dee, at 605.593.3309





Northern Hills CASA, Spearfish

CASA Kids Trees

Tags fill the trees with kids’ information and gift requests. Volunteers will wrap gifts and deliver them to the appropriate children.


Birth to Five

Christmas Angels

Head Start families are invited to a Make and Take event where all materials are provided. Donations to purchase materials are welcomed.


Artemis House

Gift cards

Gift cards are welcomed by the Artemis House for parents to choose gifts for their children. They also accept gift cards so children can choose gifts for their parents.


HOPE Center

Winter Collection and Distribution

Scarves, mittens, hats, socks of all sizes and winter coats are welcomed donations throughout the winter season.


Youth and Family Services

YFS Holiday Families

Sponsor a YFS family whose child is enrolled in the program. Donors can request a list of information on sizes and preferences or send a monetary donation.


Rapid City Club for Boys

Christmas Families

Donations of gifts, food and holiday decorations will help member families with limited income celebrate the holidays. Monetary donations are welcomed, as well.


Spearfish Nutrition Site

Meals on Wheels

Provides meals to elderly and homebound residents. Sponsor a meal for the elderly for only $4 per meal.


Black Hills Works

Brighten the Holidays

Donate gifts for people Black Hills Works serves who do not have involved family.



Support WAVI’s wishlist this season by donating items listed online at Volunteers are also needed.


Black Hills Foster Parent Association

Guardian Tree

Support those who cannot spend the holidays with their own families. Gifts and cash donations are accepted. Tree can be found at the Department of Social Services in Rapid City.

605.394.2525 ext. 206 or 238

Boys and Girls Clubs of the Black Hills

Give the Gift of a Great Future

Contribute to the Holiday Christmas Parties with gifts or a cash donation. You can also sponsor a child to attend the club.


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COME DISCOVER THE PAST AT THE MUSEUM OF GEOLOGY Enjoy our “Fossils of the Badlands” exhibit that brings you back in time and our large marine reptiles that are sure to catch your eye!

Stop by our Kids’ Zone with fun hands on activities and our museum store filled with great gifts and souvenirs.




PAIR OF LEGGINGS Schedule a pop up boutique for December 2016

(*Must redeem with LuLaRoe Kayla Schmalz *Leggings received at the time of boutique)


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Fall/Winter Hours (Starting Labor Day) Monday–Friday: 9am-4pm Saturday: 10am-4pm Closed Sundays and Holidays 501 EAST ST. JOSEPH STREET, RAPID CITY Located on the South Dakota School of Mines & Technology campus

605-394-2467 e-mail:


Let’s Recognize Exceptional Nurses!

Black Hills Parent wants to recognize nursing professionals throughout the Black Hills. Has a nurse impacted your life or a loved one’s with their comfort, care and exceptional skills? Is your medical practice that much stronger because a dedicated nurse is improving the lives of patients and colleagues every day?

Nominate a Black Hills RN or LPN online at

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Kicks & Giggles is a new baby boutique offering heirloom quality nursery furnishings (convertible from crib to toddler, full or even a queen bed), car seats, strollers, carriers, clothing up to 4T, gifts and toys – charming goods for the little ones you cherish.

BABY’S DREAM Sweet nursery furnishings for sweet dreams. This collection surpasses your imagination.

PEE-PEE TEEPEES Make diaper changes for little boys dry and easy. They come in a handy 5-pack with adorable prints or classic solids.

HERITAGE COLLECTION Cribs designed to convert to a toddler bed and a full bed.

PUTTY BEARS Available in three sizes: 11-inch, 17inch and 20-inch.

LIFEFACTORY 4 oz glass baby bottle with silicone sleeve comes with Stage 1 (0-3 mos) nipples. Also available in a 9 oz bottle. 48

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PETUNIA PICKLE BOTTOM Iconic Boxy Backpack. Available in trend-setting prints, colors and fabrics.

BIRTHDAY COLLECTION Make sure everyone knows who the birthday girl is!


SOPHIE THE GIRAFFE Soft Teething Ring is ideal for soothing baby’s painful gums during teething – and it’s gift boxed!

MAGNIFICENT BABY Magnetic closures on these footies lets you kiss the frustration of snaps goodbye.

LITTLE GIRAFFE Luxe line of receiving, swaddling and security blankets are made from premium fabrics like cashmere, muslin and chenille for maximum softness.

RUFFLEBUTTS Bloomers make baby girls feel special and spread smiles to those around them.

TEA COLLECTION Children’s clothing that is the perfect blend of modern style and cultural flair – no basic pink and blue baby clothes here!

ROBEEZ Premium leather moccasins for baby in the softest, highest grade leather for tiny toes. LITTLE UNICORN Cotton muslin swaddles and quilts are perfect for swaddling, nursing, cuddling and more. BEBA BEAN Adorable crochet knit hoodie made with all cotton fibers and handcrafted wooden buttons. Colors in ivory, grey, pink. Sizes. 6-12M, 12-18M.

KICKEE PANTS Known for their buttery soft baby rompers, footies and kid pajamas. Newborn to 4T.


Arriving November 2016 329 Main Street, Rapid City, SD

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Bring out your blankets and snuggle up for story time together as a family.


by Jan Bourdeau Waboose Ages 5-8 Two Ojibway sisters set off across the frozen north country to see the SkySpirits' midnight dance. It isn't easy for the younger sister to be silent, but gradually she begins to treasure the stillness and the wonderful experiences it brings. After an exhilarating walk and patient waiting, the girls are rewarded by the arrival of the SkySpirits – the northern lights – dancing and shimmering in the night sky.


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Sugar Snow (My First Little House Books) By Laura Ingalls Wilder Ages 3-8 Laura is delighted when snow falls in Wisconsin. A late snow helps the trees make more sap for maple syrup, and that means sweet sugar cakes and sticky fingers for Laura! Adapted from Little House in the Big Woods, this story is an introduction to the classic series.

Santa’s Favorite Story: Santa Tells the Story of the First Christmas By Hisako Aoki Ages 4-8 When Santa Claus tells the forest animals he is not looking forward to delivering all those heavy packages, they worry there won’t be a Christmas anymore. To help everyone understand Christmas would still come, Santa tells the story of the first Christmas, and they learn the true meaning of this special holiday.

The Snowy Day By Ezra Jack Keats Ages 2-5 Young Peter can't wait to jump in his snowsuit and run out to explore. There are snowmen to build and snowballs to pack, mountains to climb and snowbanks to collapse in! No book has captured the magic and sense of possibility of the first snowfall better than this Caldecott Medal winner.

A Warm Winter Tail By Carrie A. Pearson Ages 3-8 How do animals stay warm in winter? Readers will be surprised at some of the unique adaptations animals use to stay cozy in cold weather. A great book with science facts about how animals cope during the winter months.

Katy and the Big Snow By Virginia Lee Burton Ages 2-5 Katy, a brave and untiring tractor who pushes a bulldozer in the summer and a snowplow in the winter, makes it possible for the townspeople to do their jobs. Kids will love the idea of having so much snow – it covers an entire city!

The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe By C.S. Lewis Ages 6+ Introduce kids to the captivating story of Lucy, Peter, Susan and Edmund who step through the wardrobe into the magical land of Narnia. There, they battle against the evil White Witch and her minions and free Narnia from everlasting winter. A great family read-aloud for everyone.










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Noon-4 p.m., Suzie Cappa Art Center, 722 St. Joseph St., Rapid City, 605.791.3578

Age: 8-12, Outdoor Campus, 4130 Adventure Trail, Rapid City, 605.394.2310

Mondays 7, 14, 21

Friday 4, 5

Art Smash-Up

Try it all! Explore drawing, painting, pottery, clay and collage. All supplies provided. Age: 2-6, 10-11:15 a.m., Dahl Arts Center, 713 7th St., Rapid City, 605.394.4101

Every Tuesday

FREE – Book Buddies

Wednesday 2

A library storyteller shares enchanting tales for families. Age: 0-3, 9:30-10 a.m., Rapid City Public Library, 610 Quincy St., Rapid City, 605.394.4171

Rush Hockey

Rapid City Rush vs Idaho Steelheads 6:35 p.m., Rushmore Plaza Civic Center, 444 N. Mt. Rushmore Rd., Rapid City, 605.716.7825

Every Tuesday

Thursday 3, 5, 16

4-H Youth Program Advisor Jane Amiotte shares stories with children followed by a craft related to the theme that day. Age: 3-10, 10:30-11 a.m., Rapid City Public Library, 610 Quincy St., Rapid City, 605.394.4171

Learn about turkeys from acorns to yelps! Learn some fun facts and then explore many hands-on items related to turkeys. Age: 3-4 + adult partner, 1010:45 a.m., Outdoor Campus, 4130 Adventure Trail, Rapid City, 605.394.2310

FREE – Story Time & Crafts with Jane

FREE – ABCs of the Wild Turkey

Thursday 3

National Eating Healthy Day Cooking Event

Every Wednesday

FREE – Tiny Tales

Library story time will entertain children with storytelling, flannel boards, puppetry and engaging music! 9:30-10 a.m., Rapid City Public Library, 610 Quincy St., Rapid City, 605.394.4171

The American Heart Association presents a healthy cooking demonstration. Learn tips for cooking healthy and eating right. 6 p.m., Dahl Arts Center, 713 7th St., 605.394.4101 Friday 4, 5

Every Thursday

Rush Hockey

FREE – Baby Bookworms

Enchanting tales for families. Age: 0-3, 9:30-10 a.m., Rapid City Public Library, 610 Quincy St., Rapid City, 605.394.4171

Saturday 5, 15

FREE – Archery Basics

Most Saturdays

Open Paint Studio – Suzie Cappa Art Center

Rapid City Rush vs Reading Royals 7:05 p.m., Rushmore Plaza Civic Center, 444 N. Mt. Rushmore Rd., Rapid City, 605.716.7825

Purchase your canvas and we’ll supply brushes, paint and plenty of inspiration. *Please call ahead.

4th Annual Girlfriends’ Weekend

In-store deals + special events. Join your girlfriends for a weekend in the Hills! All Weekend, Downtown Hill City, 605.574.9095 Sunday 6

Fall back

Set clocks, appliances and watches back an hour. Don’t forget your car! Daylight Savings Time Ends! Tuesday 8

Election Day Get out and vote! Friday 11

Veteran’s Day

Make a phone call, send a letter or drop by to visit a veteran of the United States Armed Forces and thank them for their service to our nation – a meaningful opportunity for kids.


National Park Service Fee Free Entrance

National Park Service Centennial birthday fee free entrance. America’s best idea – the national parks – is even better when it’s free! Badlands National Park: Free Park Entrance Wind Cave National Park: Free Cave Tours, based on availability Jewel Cave National Monument: Free Cave Tours, based on availability Devils Tower National Monument: Free Monument Entrance

Trained staff will teach you how to shoot a compound bow and practice your marksmanship on our 3-D animal or bulls-eye targets. Sat. 5: 1-2 p.m. or 2-3 p.m, Tues. 15: 6-7 p.m. (choose one)

Saturday 12

FREE – Turkey Time

Let’s talk turkey! There are different types of Thanksgiving celebrations in countries all over the world, including China, France, Great Britain, Greece, India, Israel and Japan. Explore other cultures with crafts, treats, puzzles and games that honor many cultural celebrations of Thanksgiving! All supplies provided, just bring your curiosity! 1-3 p.m., Dahl Arts Center, 713 7th St., Rapid City, 605.394.4101 Saturday 12

Rush Hockey

Rapid City Rush vs Colorado Eagles 7:05 p.m., Rushmore Plaza Civic Center, 444 N. Mt. Rushmore Rd., Rapid City, 605.716.7825 Saturday 12

SDSM&T Hardrocker Football vs. Western State Colorado

Come celebrate your hometown team and enjoy Hardrocker football! SDSM&T Hardrockers take on Western State Colorado for this Alumni Appreciation game. 1-4 p.m., O’Harra Stadium, 501 E St Joseph St., Rapid City Saturday 12

Date Night – ONCE

2012 Tony Awards best musical, ONCE features an impressive ensemble of actor/musicians who play their own instruments onstage. A Dublin street musician is about to give up on his dream when a beautiful young woman takes a sudden interest in his haunting love songs, ONCE is an unforgettable story about going for your dreams. 2 p.m. and 8 p.m., Fine Arts Theatre, 444 Mt. Rushmore Rd., Rapid City, 605.394.4115,



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Date Night – Live Concert: “Ranky Tanky”

This Charleston, SC-based quintet performs timeless music from the Carolina Coast. From playful game songs to ecstatic shouts, heartbreaking spirituals to delicate lullabies, the musical roots of Charleston are a “rank” and fertile ground from which these contemporary artists are grateful to have grown. 7:30-9:30 p.m., The Matthews Opera House & Arts Center, 612 N. Main St, Spearfish, 605.642.7973 Monday 14

FREE – Nature Story Time (Turkeys)

Come on a reading adventure as we explore our nature library. Ages: 1- 4 with adult partner, 9-9:30 a.m., Outdoor Campus, 4130 Adventure Trail, Rapid City, 606.394.2310 Thursday 17

Mannheim Steamroller Christmas

Grammy Award winner Chip Davis has created a show featuring the beloved Christmas music of Mannheim Steamroller along with dazzling multimedia effects

performed in an intimate setting. Experience the magic as the spirit of the season comes alive with the signature sound of Mannheim Steamroller. 7:30 p.m.-10 p.m., Fine Arts Theatre, 444 Mt. Rushmore Rd, Rapid City, 605.394.4115 Friday 18, 19

Holiday Art Market

Visit the Holiday Art Market at the Dahl for a variety of unique handmade items from dozens of local artists. This fun, festive event includes jewelry, scarves, greeting cards, books, pottery, fiber arts, paintings, photos and more Fri.: 5-7 p.m., Sat.: 10-5 p.m., Dahl Arts Center, 713 7th St., Rapid City, 605.394.4101 Saturday 19

Skates-giving and Ice Rink Opening Day

During the Ice Rink Opening Day, you can support the Main Street Square Skates-Giving Food Drive and help us stock the Cornerstone Rescue Mission pantry for the holidays. Each skater will receive a $1 discount on skate rentals (offer valid day of event only) by donating at least one non-perishable food item. Please no glass containers or expired products. A family movie will be shown at dusk. 10 a.m.-10 p.m., Main Street Square, 512 Main St. Rapid City

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Rush Hockey

Rapid City Rush vs Colorado Eagles 6:35 p.m., Rushmore Plaza Civic Center, 444 N. Mt. Rushmore Rd., Rapid City, 605.716.7825 Friday 25-Dec. 24

Christmas Nights of Light

Storybook Island becomes a winter wonderland during the Christmas Nights of Light event. Check out all of your favorite storybook characters dressed up in lights for the holiday season. Admission $2 Begins Nov. 25 at 5:30 p.m., Ends Dec. 24 at 8:30 p.m., 1301 Sheridan Lake Rd., Rapid City Friday 25-Dec. 23

The 1880 Train: Holiday Express

Experience the magic as you take a journey from Hill City to the North Pole where Santa will be waiting to get on board the train. Each child will get the chance to meet Santa and receive a small Christmas gift. All passengers receive hot chocolate, a sugar cookie and candy cane. The 1880 Train, 222 Railroad Ave, Hill City, 605.574.2222 or make reservations online

Saturday 26

Festival of Lights Parade

The Festival of Lights Parade is a favorite holiday tradition for many families within the community. Each year on the Saturday after Thanksgiving, more than 75 lighted floats and entries wind their way through Downtown Rapid City. 6 p.m., Downtown Rapid City Saturday 26

Celebration and Winter Market

Usher in the holiday season with a festive celebration including ice skating, tree lighting, Santa Claus’s arrival and musical performances to delight young and old alike. Shop the Winter Market, a collection of local vendors, where you are sure to find that perfect gift. 1-6 p.m., Main Street Square, 512 Main Street, Rapid City Saturday 26

FREE – Turkey Trivia Trail

Hike through the exhibits and along our outside trails to learn some interesting Turkey Trivia! Did you know they are related to pheasants? This is a great way to walk off those Thanksgiving treats! 10-3 p.m., Outdoor Campus, 4130 Adventure Trail, Rapid City, 606.394.2310

Friday 25

Olde Tyme Hill City Christmas Parade

Spend your day with us shopping at our fine stores, dining at our restaurants and enjoy free hot chocolate, cookies, goodies and specials at participating merchants. 6 p.m., Main Street, Hill City



Most Saturdays

Open Paint Studio – Suzie Cappa Art Center


Come express your creative side! Purchase your canvas and we’ll supply brushes, paint and plenty of inspiration. *Please call ahead; some Saturdays are unavailable due to other events. Noon-4 p.m., Suzie Cappa Art Center, 722 St. Joseph Street, Rapid City, 605.791.3578,

Every Tuesday

FREE – Book Buddies

A library storyteller shares enchanting tales for families. Age: 0-3, 9:30-10 a.m., Rapid City Public Library, 610 Quincy St., Rapid City, 605.394.4171 Every Tuesday

FREE – Story Time & Crafts with Jane

4-H Youth Program Advisor Jane Amiotte shares stories with children followed by a craft related to the theme that day. Age: 3-10, 10:30-11 a.m., Rapid City Public Library, 610 Quincy St., Rapid City, 605.394.4171

Art From the Heart Holiday Crafts

Kids will create custom holiday ornaments you will cherish for years! They will make snow globes, reindeer hand prints, jingle bell sticks, foot reindeer, pictures of your kids on ornaments and in festive, holiday scenes and treasures not even imagined yet! Hot chocolate and holiday cheer provided - along with all of the supplies. Age: 2-6, 1-2:15 p.m., Dahl Arts Center, 713 7th St., Rapid City, 605.394.4101 Friday 2

Ugly Sweater Skate Party

Every Wednesday

FREE – Tiny Tales

Don your ugly sweaters and join Main Street Square for a holiday party on the rink! Entertainment, prizes and more will make the night fun for all ages! 5-9 p.m., Main Street Square, 512 Main Street, Rapid City

Library story time will entertain children with storytelling, flannel boards, puppetry and engaging music! 9:30-10 a.m., Rapid City Public Library, 610 Quincy St., Rapid City, 605.394.4171

Friday 2

Every Thursday

FREE – Baby Bookworms

Thursdays 1, 8, 15

Enchanting tales for families. Age: 0-3, 9:30-10 a.m., Rapid City Public Library, 610 Quincy St., Rapid City, 605.394.4171

Sturgis Parade of Lights & Winter Frostival 6-8 p.m., Sturgis Friday 2, 3

Rush Hockey

Rapid City Rush vs Wichita Thunder 7:05 p.m., Rushmore Plaza Civic Center, 444 N. Mt. Rushmore Rd., Rapid City, 605.716.7825

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5:30 p.m., Mt. Rushmore Rd., Custer

The Cherry Street Players present this heartwarming classic with the addition of memorable songs. Visit for more information and the theatre calendar. Evening performances: 7-8:30 p.m., Matinees: 2-3:30 p.m., Black Hills Community TheatreStudio Theatre, 601 Columbus St., Rapid City

Custer Christmas Parade


Kids Klub: Make an Ornament and Letter to Santa

Merry Christmas! Come make an ornament for your tree, write your wish list to Santa and enjoy Christmas treats! Age 4-12, 6-7 p.m., Scheels, 1225 Eglin St., Rapid City, 605.432.9033

Wednesdays 7, 14, 21

FREE – Noon Holiday Concerts

Quality, family-friendly holiday entertainment to enjoy over the noon hour. Attendees are invited to bring a sack lunch or just enjoy the holiday flavor! Noon-1 p.m., John T. Vucurevich Event Center, Dahl Arts Center, 713 7th St., Rapid City, 605.394.4101

The Velveteen Rabbit the Musical

Saturday 10

FREE – Home Sweet Home

It’s the annual make-and-take gingerbread house craft at the Dahl! This holiday fun day will be a buffet of sweet creative construction. Get into the holiday spirit with special music, art and an edible craft. Don’t forget we also have free holiday inspired gallery scavenger hunts for the adventurous. All supplies provided. 1-3 p.m., Dahl Arts Center, 713 7th St., Rapid City, 605.394.4101


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Up-Cycle Saturday Adventures

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This class will have two options: Create beautiful snowflakes from popsicle sticks or make your own Christmas stocking out of old jeans. 9:30-11:30 a.m., Rapid City Recycling Education Center, 5165 SD Hwy. 79, Rapid City, 605.355.3496

“‘For unto you is born this day in the City of David a Savior, which is Christ the Lord. And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger.’ And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host, praising God, and saying, ‘Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.’” Luke 2:11-14

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Christmas Day

FREE – UpCycle Saturday Adventures

Rush Hockey

Skates and a Movie

Rapid City Rush vs Idaho Steelheads 7:05 p.m., Rushmore Plaza Civic Center, 444 N. Mt. Rushmore Rd., Rapid City, 605.716.7825

Come watch “White Christmas” on the big screen. Cozy up next to the fire pits or skate to your favorite scenes. 5-7 p.m., Main Street Square, 512 Main Street, Rapid City

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Rapid City Rush vs Alaska Aces 6:35 p.m., Rushmore Plaza Civic Center, 444 N. Mt. Rushmore Rd., Rapid City, 605.716.7825 Saturday 24-Jan. 1


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Most Saturdays

Spend the last night of the year at Main Street Square. The ice rink will be transformed into a dance party complete with lights on the ice and interactive games, while a bright and colorful fireworks show fills the night sky. 5-9 p.m., Main Street Square, 512 Main Street, Rapid City

Every Tuesday

FREE – Book Buddies

A library storyteller shares enchanting tales for families. Age: 0-3, 9:30-10 a.m., Rapid City Public Library, 610 Quincy St., Rapid City, 605.394.4171 Every Tuesday

FREE – Story Time & Crafts with Jane

4-H Youth Program Advisor Jane Amiotte shares stories with children followed by a craft related to the theme that day. Age: 3-10, 10:30-11 a.m., Rapid City Public Library, 610 Quincy St., Rapid City, 605.394.4171 Every Wednesday

FREE – Tiny Tales

Library story time will entertain children with storytelling, flannel boards, puppetry and engaging music! 9:30-10 a.m., Rapid City Public Library, 610 Quincy St., Rapid City, 605.394.4171 Every Thursday

FREE – Baby Bookworms

Enchanting tales for families. Age: 0-3, 9:30-10 a.m., Rapid City Public Library, 610 Quincy St., Rapid City, 605.394.4171

Open Paint Studio – Suzie Cappa Art Center

Come express your creative side! Purchase your canvas and we’ll supply brushes, paint and plenty of inspiration. *Please call ahead; some Saturdays are unavailable due to other events. Noon-4 p.m., Suzie Cappa Art Center, 722 St. Joseph Street, Rapid City, 605.791.3578, Sunday 1

First Day Snowshoe Hike

Come learn how to snowshoe. No experience req’d, call ahead to reserve a pair of shoes: Black Hills Trails Office - 605.584.3896. A daily or annual Mickelson Trail pass is required. 1 p.m., George S. Mickelson Trail, area TBD based on snowfall


Lights on the Ice Teen Night

The Main Street Square Ice Rink will transform into a dance party for teens complete with lights and today’s top hits! 5-9 p.m., Main Street Square, 512 Main Street, Rapid City

Tuesday 10

Introduction to the Art of Acting

Students will develop the fundamental techniques of actor training in a fun yet professional environment with a strong focus on ensemble work. Call or email for more info. Acting I (ages 6-9) Tuesdays 4-5 pm, Tuesday 10-April 11 The Seed Theater, 412 5th St., Rapid City, 605.255.4141


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Wednesday 11

Rush Hockey

Rapid City Rush vs Utah Grizzlies 6:35 p.m., Rushmore Plaza Civic Center, 444 N. Mt. Rushmore Rd., Rapid City, 605.716.7825 Thursday 12

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With multiple accolades, The Ennis Sisters, Maureen, Teresa and Karen Ennis, are world renowned, celebrated songbirds. With their buttery harmonies and voices as powerful as the Atlantic (they hale from the isle of Newfoundland, Canada) it’s in their bones to sing. 7:30-9:30 p.m., The Matthews Opera House & Arts Center, 612 N. Main St., Spearfish

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favorite scenes. Rated PG. 5-7 p.m., Main Street Square, 512 Main Street, Rapid City

“Life’s most persistent and urgent question is, ‘What are you doing for others?’” - Martin Luther King, Jr.

Friday 21, 22

Martin Luther King Day

EDITORS PICK Thursday 12

Introduction to the Art of Acting

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Students will develop the fundamental techniques of actor training in a fun yet professional environment with a strong focus on ensemble work. Call or email for more info. Acting II (ages 10-14) Thursdays 6-7 pm, Thursday 12-April 13 The Seed Theater, 412 5th St., Rapid City, 605.255.4141

25th Annual Dinner Theatre Fundraiser: The Taffetas

Forget superstition – forge a new tradition with a family game night to celebrate.

Black Hills Community Theatre It’s 1950-something, and four singing sisters from Muncie, Indiana are making their national television debut on the Dumont Television Network’s Spotlight on Music! The Taffetas pays tribute to the sounds of The McGuire Sisters, The Fontane Sisters and The Chordettes. Show times TBA. Purchase tickets online. Hilton Garden Inn, 815 East Mall Drive, Rapid City

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Rush Hockey

Rapid City Rush vs Utah Grizzlies 7:05 p.m., Rushmore Plaza Civic Center, 444 N. Mt. Rushmore Rd., Rapid City, 605.716.7825


Skates and a Movie

Rush Hockey

Rapid City Rush vs Colorado Eagles 7:05 p.m., Rushmore Plaza Civic Center, 444 N. Mt. Rushmore Rd., Rapid City, 605.716.7825 Friday 27-Feb. 5

Black Hills Stock Show

The stock show features 96 different agricultural events such as crowd favorites the Ranch Rodeo, Sheep Dog Trials, Bronc Match and the World’s Smallest Rodeo. Central States Fairgrounds, 800 San Francisco Street, Rapid City Saturday 28

Tables du Jour

A festive, musically-themed luncheon presented by Dakota Choral Union. Reservations required: 605.348.2895 Youth and Family Services Center, Rapid City

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Come watch the movie “Alice in Wonderland” (2010 live action edition) on the Main Street Square big screen. Cozy up next to the fire pits or skate to your



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Merry Maids (p. 29) 1141 Deadwood Ave., Ste. 4, Rapid City 605.718.9064

South Dakota Housing Development Authority (p. 33) 605.773.4568

Culligan (p. 63) 2445 Dyess Ave.,Rapid City 605.342.2210

Midco (p. 35) 1301 W. Omaha St., #106, Rapid City 1.800.888.1300

Sugar Sweet (p. 9) 324 7th St., Rapid City 605.721.3252

Banana Bunch Children’s Learning Center (p. 63) 924 E. St. Patrick St., Rapid City 605.341.2333

Dakota Party (IF, p. 57) 772 Mountain View Rd., Rapid City 605.342.5204

Museum of Geology (p. 46) 501 E. Joseph St.,Rapid City 605.394.2467

Behavior Management Systems (p. 35) 350 Elk St., Rapid City 605.343.7262 623 Dahl Rd., Spearfish 605.642.9356 Canyon View Circle #3, Hot Springs 605.745.6222

For Baby’s Sake South Dakota (p. 5) Rapid City 605.394.2516

Osheim & Schmidt Funeral Home (p. 63) 2700 Jackson Blvd., Rapid City 605.343.0077

Good Earth Natural Foods (p. 18) 638 N. Main Street, Spearfish 605.645.8707

Rapid Chevrolet Cadillac (Back, p. 43) 2323 E. Mall Drive, Rapid City 605.593.4633

Bethany Christian Services (p. 35) 508 Columbus St., Rapid City 605.343.7196

In Stitches Embroidery (p. 63) 605.430.8394

Black Hills Central 1880 Train (p. 19) PO Box 1880, Hill City 605.574.2222

Jackson Dental (p. 4) 503 Jackson St., Belle Fourche 605.892.6347

Rapid City Medical Center (p. 2, 9, 17) 101 E. Minnesota St., Rapid City 3615 5th St., Ste. 107, Rapid City 2820 Mt. Rushmore Rd., Rapid City 605.342.3280

Black Hills Ear, Nose and Throat (p. 4) 101 E. Minnesota St., Rapid City 605.342.3280

Kicks & Giggles Baby Boutique (IB, p. 48) 329 Main St., Rapid City 605.390.4236

Rapid City Solid Waste (p. 57) 5165 S. Hwy. 79,Rapid City 605.355.3496

KSLT Bethesda Christian Broadcasting (p. 64) 1853 Fountain Plaza Dr., Rapid City 605.342.6822

Royal Wheel Alignment (p. 63) 2101 Cambell St., Rapid City 605.342.2636

Legacy (p. 29) 1670 Rand Rd.,Rapid City 605.791.2113

Scheels (p. 10) 1225 Eglin St., Rapid City 605.342.9033

LifeScape (p.19) 7110 Jordan Dr.,Rapid City 605.791.7400

SD Beef Council (p. 63) 316 South Coteau St., Pierre 605.224.4722

Little Nest Preschool (p. 63) 3459 Jet Dr., Rapid City 605.430.4268

SDSU College of Nursing (p. 10) 1011 11th St., Rapid City 605.394.5390

LuLaRoe (p. 46) Kayla Schmalz Rapid City 605.431.0920

Someone’s in the Kitchen (p. 10) 2210 N. Haines Ave., Rapid City 605.341.5044

Alternative Health Care Center (p. 18) 343 Quincy St., Ste. 100, Rapid City 605.341.4850

Black Hills Federal Credit Union (p. 57) 2700 N. Plaza Dr., Rapid City 605.718.1818 Black Hills Pediatric Dentistry (p. 9) 700 Sheridan Lake Rd., Rapid City 605.341.3068 Black Hills Playhouse (p. 59) 24834 S. Playhouse Rd., Custer 605.255.4910 Black Hills Surgical Hospital (p. 11) 216 Anamaria Dr., Rapid City 605.721.4700

Children’s Therapy Services (p. 13) 1774 Centre St., Ste. 1, Rapid City 605.716.2634

The Market (p. 4) 333 Omaha, Rapid City 605.341.9099 Tomac & Tomac, PLLC (p. 33) 318 Mt. Rushmore Rd., Ste. D, Rapid City 605.342.3962 Urgent Care Queen City Medical Clinic (p. 18) 1420 N. 10th St., Spearfish 605.717.8595 Venture Kids University (p. 3) 1339 E. North St.,Rapid City 605.208.5437 Watiki Indoor Waterpark (p. 1) 1314 N. Elk Vale Rd., Rapid City 866.928.4543 West River Ear, Nose and Throat (p. 11) 4141 5th St., Rapid City 605.791.0602 Yuppy Puppy Grooming Spa & Boutique (p. 15) 325 Omaha St. #6, Rapid City 605.716.4128



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FAMILY RESOURCES Banana Bunch Children’s Learning Center

“Serving Your Family for Generations”

Robb Schmidt

(605) 343-0077 2700 Jackson Blvd.

A place to Imagine. A place to Explore. A place to GROW!

Year Round Programs 6 Weeks - 12 Years Old • A Starting Strong Provider • Accepts Child Care Assistance • Transportation to & from Local Schools Licensed

Hours: M-F 6:00am - 6:30pm


924 E St Patrick St • Rapid City

605-342-2636 2101 Cambell Street Rapid City, SD 57701

In State Toll-Free 1-888-340-2636

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Holiday Happy No-hassle holiday dinners so you can enjoy your guests: • (605) 342-2210

Encouraging. Uplifting. 30 Days.

Take Our 30 Day Challenge. Listen to KSLT for 30 days and we believe you’ll notice a difference. Encouraging and uplifting, KSLT is here for you. It will make your day go better! Once you finish the 30 Day Challenge, give us a call. We would love to hear from you! 1853 Fountain Plaza Dr. | Rapid City, SD | 57702 | Studio Line 605.399.1071 |

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One Warm Coat Drive

Rapid Chevrolet Cadillac is collecting clean, gently used winter weather apparel for Youth & Family Services. Bring in a donation and get your $19.95 oil change coupon and a raffle ticket. On December 16th, we will draw one name for $1,000 cash.

Poverty affects one in five children in America.

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