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Life and work blend and compliment each other every day at the Doyle household. Take a peek at this Black Hills Family.


WINTER 2015 CONTENTS 6 For the Love of Dogs

These two little guys are the stars of the office and keep us in line, but one little girl really stole our hearts.


You won’t ever miss a thing when you head over to Check out these special highlights.

12 Parent Talk

Don’t let them be a Mine-O-Saur! Black Hills Parents give advice about sharing and keeping the peace when toys are involved.

14 Pet Stories

Readers share their furry-friends with Black Hills Parent.

16 Pawz and Reflect

You’ve been playing around with the idea of getting a pet for your kids as their holiday gift. But, have you asked yourself these important questions?

18 Project Gratitude

It’s the little things that count. So take the challenge and write it out!

20 Stop Telling Them Good Job …And the ideas you’ll need for what to say to your children instead.

22 Pop Quiz

Disappointing grades don’t need to ruin the season’s merriment! Trade in the groundings for something a little more effective with three super simple steps.


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24 Making the Shift

Life and work blend at this Black Hills family’s household. From fighting crime and deterring danger to fitting into daily home life, making the shift has been a transforming process for everyone.

27 Role Mommy

We chat with this Black Hills momprenuer about allergies and motherhood.

28 The Joy of Toys

Take the stress of what to get your kids for Christmas away. Here are some ageappropriate gifts that will make the giving season a little easier.

30 Santa’s Workshop

Kids love to point out the things they’ve accomplished. Be sure to check out these gifts your little elves can make and give this Christmas without breaking the bank.

32 Seasons Readings Seven books to give and get.

34 Winning on Winter Roads

The ultimate winter travel checklist is here! Make sure you and your car are prepared before you hit the road.

36 No–No Jack Frost

Don’t let the cold keep you indoors. With these tips, Jack Frost doesn’t stand a chance.

38 Pumpkin Streusel Bars

Want to make a dessert your family and friends will be ooing and aahing over? Step aside pumpkin pie, streusel bars are this year’s showstopper.

40 Mini Habits, Bigger Results

Do the ridiculous in 2016! Don’t break the bad. All you need to do is create the new.

42 We Double Dog Dare You

Accomplishing goals in an over-stimulating world can be challenging. Teach your kids to reach above and beyond with these seven ideas.

46 to Meet

Get organized the easy way! This Black Hills momma shares her tips for those on-the-go mornings.

48 Winter Activities & AfterSchool Programs

Who said winter is boring? Have you noted these awesome activities for after school?

51 Black Hills Cuties

Sugar and spice with everything nice; that’s what these local cuties are made of.

53 The Flat Stanley Project

A bulletin board squished poor Stanley; but now he gets to go everywhere! Take Flat Stanley wherever you go and share your adventure with us on Facebook.

54 Calendar

Live life local in the Black Hills this winter and experience all the area has to offer.

62 Winter Fun Pages

Over the crosswords and through the maze, off to the fun pages we go! You know the way to find jokes to say, about reindeer and Santa and snow.

46 Choosing suitable toys and activities for children of all ages can challenge even the most experienced parent.

Deciding if you’re ready for a pet and understanding your family’s lifestyle are important to consider.


“I love being a mom, there is no greater pleasure than seeing my child grow and become such a beautiful little girl.”


Before the frosty air nips their nose, give kids the extra protection they need while spending time outdoors.

28 Honor the nurses in the Black Hills area who exemplify the profession’s best standards of practice.



Help us find exceptional Black Hills educators who deserve to be recognized.

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Meet the staff pets at Black Hills Parent! Here are the loveable little guys we get to call family each and every day.



Cooper is like a canine stress ball. He offers up his paw and lets you rub it until your stress is gone.


Tucker is a good and faithful friend. He waits for me and then follows me wherever I go.


Bella wishes that she were a lap dog. She loves her family, but she also loves treats so she stays on the floor.

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Sadie likes to eat baby carrots and baby bunnies. It’s her idea of a balanced lifestyle.

Jordynn Schmautz

Leo and Meeko are my entertainment, excitement, and a huge part of my family. I love them to pieces.


Millie has all the classic Basset characteristics–selective hearing and the ability to take up 90% of a king size bed–despite only being three feet long.


All three of my pets are wild, crazy, and act like a pack.


My kitty is new, the dog is old...super old. So, it makes for an interesting mix.


Sheldon: Our ball-hoarding, gentle giant.


Rocky and Snickers are the perfect remedy to a hectic day. As soon as I walk in the door, they’re waiting there with a rawhide and a smile

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Both pups have the mind of a hunter, but the heart of children… often playful and sometimes mischievous.


From neighborhood cat to family, Luec has become one of our favorite little visitors.


GusGus can’t contain himself when treats are involved. He starts jumping around like a little piece of popcorn.

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What safe sleep looo like . Find out why the new safe sleep guidelines are so important for your baby’s health. Share these guidelines with family, day care providers, and anyone who takes care of your baby.

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For the Love of Dogs It’s no wonder children love puppies, they’re so irresistibly cute! Over the years my family has fallen for the cute puppy trick a total of five times—so far. Dogs have always been a part of our lives, not only at home, but at work, too. Come into our office and you’ll get to meet our two furry puppy pals. Tucker is a Lhasa-Poo who got his name from the tuxedo it looks like he is wearing, and Cooper is a Golden-Doodle who was named to be the mascot of the Black Hills “Coop”on Book. Their job duties include: stress-reliever, smile-maker, breakenforcer, and to many employee’s regret, the yummyfood-left-on-your-desk eater. My office furniture includes two dog beds, a kennel, and a box full of squeaky toys, and not to mention the drawers full of dog supplies. This year we drove one of our dogs to the vet. We knew the trip had been coming for a while, and that morning I knew it was the day. Nellie had been the office guard dog for 15 years. When the bell tinkled, she would come charging to the door to let whomever was stepping in know they had just entered her office. She was my faithful protector and I miss having her lie at my feet under my desk. So, maybe that’s it—the reason for the cute blonde puppy on the cover—it’s a way to mark this time. A way for everyone at the office to always remember the year our coworker passed away. With that, this is the perfect time of year for each of us to take time and give thanks for our families, and our pets. Pets really do add to the meaning of life— next in line behind children and grandchildren. ON THE COVER: Paige is in the third grade and is the daughter of Shannon and Brent Zimiga. Ridge is a golden retriever and the puppy-son of Mike and Jeni Leberknight. He aspires to be a mighty hunting dog when he grows up. All are from Rapid City. Cover and editor’s images Legacy

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MUSIC THERAPY: MAKING NEW CONNECTIONS Over and over again, Music Therapy is proven resourceful in reducing the length and intensity for many children’s therapy sessions.


individual sessions. Jennifer works with special needs children with a variety of diagnosis, including: Autism, Cerebral Palsy, Down’s syndrome, traumatic brain injuries, and many others. She uses Music Therapy’s unique approach to help reach many children who struggle with more traditional therapeutic techniques. Children’s Therapy Services is accepting new patients, including group and individual Music Therapy

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any children love and react well to music. They may be playing instruments, moving to the beat, singing, and interacting with others – but no matter the activity, it’s impacting their life. Countless studies have been documented in great detail how the human mind reacts to music; numerous areas of the brain activate while participating in musical activities. Since the brain is triggered by music – learning, using, and retaining new skills in real-world situations becomes easier, making Music Therapy an impactful resource to your child’s life. Music Therapy gives children the opportunity to meet therapy goals while exploring music, having fun, and challenging themselves. Even though goals of improving social skills, expressions, coordination, and so much more are the focus of the sessions, children are finding outlets that will stimulate their creativity and grow bonds with their parents, guardians, and friends. After studying Music Therapy at the University of Pacific, Jennifer Mommerency, MT-BC joined the team at Children’s Therapy Services. She has a passion for working with children with special needs, which shines through with her commitment to quality service. Jennifer enjoys using music as a therapy tool for children in both group and

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Parent talk

Help and advice from area parents who have experienced it

I TEACH MY CHILD TO SHARE TOYS BY LETTING HER KNOW THAT IT’S ONE WAY TO BE A GOOD FRIEND. IF SHE’S NOT ABLE TO SHARE, SHE LOSES THE OPPORTUNITY TO PLAY WITH THAT TOY AT THE TIME. –JENNIFER We try to really impress the concept of “treat others as you want to be treated” with our children. When they act rude to one another, we redirect them and ask what a more appropriate response would be. Reminding them of how they want to be treated and giving them options of behavior choices seems to help. – Shari Herrington I give them the choice of whether or not they choose to share with their siblings. If it’s their toy, then why should they be forced to share it? I teach my children that it is kind to share and that sharing is a positive choice that results in the possibility of another child sharing with them. – Shelby Holst I try not to make a big deal of it at this age (1.5 years and 2.5 years). I try to redirect and have them take turns. If I make a big deal about it, it becomes a power struggle so I pick battles. We have plenty of toys to have fun with! – Katie Konenkamp

Let them play with other people’s toys, but always be careful and respectful of the toy and then they can share their toys and others will be the same with their toys. Sharing toys leads them to becoming nice in other ways, too–thoughtful and caring of others’ feelings. – Debbie Honea Everyone deserves a turn to play with the toys and there are always plenty of other toys to play with. If it is a toy they really love, use a timer so that each child has their adequate time with that particular toy. Not always easy but doable! – Jessica Cook If they are shared toys, I ask them to play with it for a little while (depending on age) and then let someone else play with it. If the toy is theirs, they don’t have to share. I explain that their friends want to play too, but that is theirs and they don’t have to. – Heather Shelatz

In our home, if something is special they are to keep it up when others are around; if friends can’t use it, neither can they while their friends there. If a squabble occurs, they are encouraged to resolve it on their own and if they can’t agree, it is put up and no one plays with it. Over time it’s amazing how good of negotiators in sharing they become. –Heather

I step in when my children are being mean and/or malicious. Otherwise, I have three children and I try not to put all my energy into bickering over small stuff. However, my children don’t get away with just anything; there are repercussions for disobedience. – Tecara Lamont By showing them how to share, they watch and learn from you. Just by using simple words like “can mom see”, “show dad”, “can I have some”–can teach them. – Ciera Devine

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Pet Stories

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Kali cuddles like she is still a 10 lb. puppy. – Kylee Mulz

Hampton and Winnie are best buddies. – Katelynn Shubeck

Wini still insists she's a lap dog, and is the most loving 'puppy' a baby could have. – Chelsey Shaffer

Nala is the biggest “scaredy cat” I know. One of her many fears is plastic bags from the grocery store. – Sarah Sanders

Baymax fills our house with laughter, snuggles, and pure playfulness. – Jenny Malon

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Pawz and Reflect Deciding if you’re ready for a pet and understanding your family’s lifestyle are important to consider before buying. Take a moment, and ask these questions first. Pets add a lot of love into family dynamics. They snuggle and run, bringing happiness to households and great stories to childhood memories. But, before you go out to get that cute little puppy, consider your lifestyle and decide which pet will be the best fit for your family. WHERE DO WE LIVE?

According to Linda Ingalls and Bailey Stensby, owners of Healthy Paws, knowing the breed will help you decide which animal to get. If you come home to an apartment each night, a calm little guy like a Shih Tzu greeting you after a long day is going to be perfect. Or, if you have room to spare and kiddos running around, a pet with a lot of energy will fit your family. “The best thing to remember is that puppies grow up,” said Linda.

After crunching the numbers and asking yourself countless “What ifs”, you’ve made the decision to give your children the pet they’ve been asking for during Christmas. But before you plop that bow on your new kitten, think about the little fur baby you are handing over to your little one. Save yourself


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The biggest factor to consider is how much time you’re going to be able to dedicate to caring for that new addition. If your little ones are content with just watching an animal, aquatic animals or crabs are excellent alternatives that will mean less work for you. Every pet is different–and so is every family. Sometimes families deal with allergies and hypoallergenic pets are a better fit. Sometimes money is tight, so animals like a gerbil or hamster are good options.

When movie nights are more your style, cuddly animals that like to be held like cats and pocket pets are a good choice, according to Tami Bremer, RVT–Practice Manager at Canyon Lake Veterinary Hospital. “If your family is outdoorsy, puppies or dogs that need lots of exercise and interaction will be excellent!” WHO WILL CARE FOR THE PET?

Schedules will be shifted when you bring a pet into your family–it’s inevitable. But, it doesn’t have to be an overwhelming task. “There are all kinds of things that the kids can do to help out with pets,” explains Linda. “Rotating the

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Stop Telling them “Good Job” …and what to say instead W by Kelly Bartlett

hen choosing to stop saying “good job” to our children, it challenges us to be more creative in our responses and not just robotic. When we vary our comments, our children are more apt to hear us when we speak. Back when my kids were toddlers, I got out of the habit of saying “good job” to them for their achievements. It had been a somewhat standard response to their successes…until I realized how little information those words actually conveyed to my children for what is so “good” about the “job” they just did. While my intention of saying “good job” was celebratory, it wasn’t really celebrating as much as it was telling them, “You pleased me, and that’s ‘good’. That’s what you should be doing.” I don’t want my children to please me; I want them to please themselves! I want them to realize on their own that what they did was good, was right, and was what they should be doing. I want their motivation to come from within themselves, not from me. I know that plenty of people would disagree; they would say there is nothing wrong with saying “good job”; that it is an innocuous phrase and that it’s important to praise your kids in this way. But, I say there are more accurate and effective ways to communicate encouragement to kids. When my first was a toddler, I read Unconditional Parenting by Alfie Kohn. It’s a very eye-opening book 20

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regarding the ways parents commonly take away from children’s ability for intrinsic motivation. I highly recommend it to all parents, but for those who aren’t book-readers, Kohn also wrote an article titled Five Reasons to Stop Saying Good Job. As much as I agreed with Kohn’s perspective that “good job” is not the most effective response to kids’ accomplishments, I was left thinking, “But now what?” What do I say when my child does something exciting or worth celebrating? I certainly can’t just sit there quietly! Over several years and between my two children, I found that my “good job” responses were used in three common types of actions from my kids: • Doing something appreciatory (helping out) • Doing something impressive (showing talent) • Doing something celebratory (achieving a goal or milestone).

Wow, Elia, look how far your casts are going! Good job!”

So, I changed my responses to be more appropriate, more accurate, and more communicative. They’re all equally brief, as what makes “good job” so appealing is its short, exclamatory nature; it’s a quick, easy way to respond favorably. It just doesn’t communicate what I’m really exclaiming about what my child just did. These are my most common responses to my kids when the instinct to give a generic “good job” sets in:

Thank you!

For when my kids tell me they’ve done something helpful, or something they’re proud of. Mom, I’m all done setting the table! Mom, I got the cat some food. Mom, I watered the plants. Mom, we each carried in a grocery bag. If a quick “thank you” doesn’t feel like enough, I might add, “I really appreciate that!” or, “That helps so much!”

Wow! For when my kids do something impressive or

show me cool things they can do. Mom, I drew this picture! Hey Mom, watch this; watch what I can do! followed by a new dance move, a trick on the jungle gym, or a gymnastic stunt. To my “wow” I might also add, “That looks tricky!” or “You must have practiced that a long time.”

Sometimes I even use all three in a row. Mom, I picked up my room! “Wow, thank you! You sure did!” Followed by a hug or a touch on the shoulder. But I try (hard) not to tack on a “good job!” If I’m being honest, it’s very tempting to do so. After all, that initially seems like what a positive parent should say, and don’t I want to be a loving parent and tell my kids that they do a good job? But I remind myself that by withholding a “good job” I’m not ignoring my kids’ accomplishments, I’m just articulating what really makes them special and celebratory. I’m communicating what’s so “good” about these good-job moments. I’m acknowledging their effort, showing my appreciation, and offering specific feedback while withholding my own unneeded judgment. Because if I’ve communicated accurately and encouragingly, my kids know that something they did was “good,” and they’re motivated to do it again. Instead of telling my kids that they just made me feel proud, they decide to feel proud of themselves. Their accomplishment, as it should be, is about them, not me.

You did it! For when

my kids achieve a task that is difficult or time consuming. Mom, I built this Lego boat all by myself ! Mom, I finished the puzzle! I will usually add something like, “That was hard work!” or “You sure put in a lot of effort!”

“Good job catching that crayfish!” “Elia you spotted that crayfish hidden in the riverbed−that’s not easy!”

Good job for catching so many fish today . “You sure had fun with those fish!”

“Good job you guys!” “You each caught one at the same time, how fun!”

“Good job, JJ, you reeled that fish in all by yourself!”

Kelly writes with a focus on child development, family relationships, and discipline. She is the author of “Encouraging Words for Kids.” Black Hills Parent




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LECTURE THE CHILD  ESTRICT THEIR ACTIVITIES SUCH R AS SPORTS OR CLUBS  SE THESE THREE IDEAS TO SHOW YOUR U CHILD GRACE WHILE TAKING ACTION By Jenna Carda There’s a time in every parent’s life when you question your child’s motivation–especially when you get their school report with disappointing grades. Now more questions flood in. Do you punish them for doing a poor job and not meeting expectations? Do you let it slide this time? According to Amanda Trople, mom of four, a softer approach is more affective than demands. “My oldest son (who is now in high school) is attempting to find a balance between managing school work, extra-curricular activities, and his job,” explained Amanda. “But, in the midst of it all there are times when something gives–and more often than not, it’s his grades that give the easiest.” So, how can you show grace to your student when it comes

to their less-than-perfect grades? Here are some ideas from the New York Time’s Motherlode.


Instead of pointing out the obvious disappointments, ask your child what’s going on. A good way of doing this is talking less, and asking more. Let them decide on what actions to take. If they get stuck, suggest meeting with their teacher for a oneon-one, spending more time on homework, or finding a tutor. Hold them accountable for their decisions, but show support by being alongside them as they make their journey back to the right path.

PUT ON THEIR SHOES Of course we aren’t talking literally here, but a lot can be

going on in your child’s life you might not be aware of. Report cards often show only a letter, not the story. What may seem small to us as parents may feel like the end of the world to your student. Look at the big picture and see what has been happening both in the classroom and at home.


This is really what it’s all about isn’t it? We love them more than words can write, and all we want in life is for them to be happy and to succeed. When we shout and tear them down for not meeting their goals, we do the opposite of building them up to achieve greater things. “By showing my son the grace he so desperately needs and deserves, he is re-encouraged to not give up and to always keep putting his best foot forward,” said Amanda. Taking a softer approach when kids have disappointing grades is not easy; it’s an entire shift in your own outlook. But once you change that view, you will begin to see your child’s actions toward meeting their goals morph into something wonderful.

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Nestled among the pines, this natural backdrop is near the spot where Sean proposed to Kari.

Making the Shift Life and work blend and compliment each other every day at the Doyle household. Take a peek at this Real Black Hills Family.

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ean Doyle and his wife, Kari, share their Black Hills home with their two children and some four-legged crime fighters. Two of their furry family members are canine cops. Eleven-year-old Magnum retired from the Rapid City Police Department in February 2014. Threeyear-old Stryker replaced Magnum in that same month and became Sean’s new K-9 partner. Both the Doyles and their dogs are taking the transition in stride. When Sean left for 10 weeks to train with Stryker, his former partner stayed behind with Kari and the kids. “Magnum was able to decompress and learn how to be a full-time pet without having to see me

put on the uniform every day and leave without him,” he said. Six-year-old Kilian and 4-year-old Addison love having the Long Haired German Shepherd around all the time. As if one Magnum wasn’t enough, the siblings both carry a stuffed likeness of their faithful playmate and protector and affectionately call the toy “Magnum.” One of Rapid City’s finest has a new vocation, but he isn’t taking retirement lying down. “The sound of belt keeper snaps and Velcro gets him heading to the front door to go to work,” Sean said. And though he’s now accustomed to being

home, sitting around all day doesn’t nurture Magnum’s hard-working nature. “He still needs something to do in order to be happy,” said Sean, who makes sure to throw in some obedience training and evidence recovery to keep his companion content. Now it’s Stryker, a Belgian Malinois with boundless energy, who heads out the door with dad to detect and deter danger. “There is still a lot of youth in him,” Sean said. The new K-9 recruit is learning to stay calm and sniff on—and not knock over the houseplants when he comes home. Manners are just as important as muscle when you’re a police dog. Black Hills Parent


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Stryker’s presence, drive, and energy make him an awesome police working dog. Sean and Kari take a moment to reenact their engagement photo. Together they work to ensure their kid’s lives are full of cuddles, laughter and two-wheeled fun.

Kari, the kids, and Magnum aren’t the only ones waiting for Sean and Stryker after their shift ends. Goofy, a Labrador/Corgi cross that Kari found and fell in love with at the pet store, made the Doyles part of his pack. “I went in for a hamster, and came out with a dog,” she said. What Goofy lacks in height, he makes up for in hubris. He’s taken on the role of pack leader. “He… surprisingly, is the alpha dog in our house,” Kari said. “He attempts to boss the two other K-9s around, which is hilarious to watch.” Sean, a third generation law enforcement officer who has been with the Rapid City Police Department for 17 years, said he didn’t know how much work went into being a dog handler until he joined Rapid City’s K-9 Unit. He and his partner work their normal shifts during a week, but are always on call. The Doyles wouldn’t have it any other way. “The relationship we have with these dogs is so unique and rewarding,” Sean said. This hard-working family makes play a priority. Kilian’s keen on Legos, Addison adores gymnastics, and Kari teaches exercise classes. Together the family enjoys walks, water, and wheeling around on their bikes. Their days are brimming with family, fitness, fun and fur, but their faith puts it all in perspective for them. “Our lives are busy and fulfilled, but we are grounded by our faith in Jesus,” Sean said. 26

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Role Mommy: Kari Doyle Mompreneur Kari Doyle launched her new product in December of 2014. We chatted with her about allergies and motherhood. You founded She’s Nuts! All Natural, All Tasty Butters. How did you become interested in allergy-free nut butters? I truly loved peanut butter and when my daughter’s allergy made it dangerous to have peanut butter in the house, we had to seek out other options. We had to start using peanut butter alternatives and I didn’t love my options, so I decided to make my own. We try to follow a fairly Paleo diet at home and are always trying to decrease the amount of sugar in our diets, so that’s why my nut butters are low to no sugar. I started selling to friends, who then told lots of people, and eventually I decided to make a go of it in December of 2014. What else makes the butters unique? Our nut butters are all natural and considered Paleo compliant. We don’t use any real or artificial sugars in three of the four flavors (Cinnamon Almond Pecan, Cinnamon Cashew, and Vanilla Espresso Almond Pecan). The Chocolate Almond Pecan is made with a dairy free, soy free chocolate and only has four grams of sugar per two tablespoons.

my business because I can share something I love with people, see their happy faces when they try our product, and I get to spend more time with the people that matter most to me, my family. What has motherhood taught you? I’ve learned what’s important in life—it’s not what we have or don’t have, but learning to be content in every situation. How do you stay active? I really love fitness. I teach Remix at The Studio, and take a variety of other classes there. I did Crossfit for about a year; enjoy running, and yoga when I have time. I also play the violin and played for the Black Hills Symphony for a year before having children. What Christmas traditions do you have? I love to make Christmas cookies with the kids, and we have succumbed to the Elf on the Shelf tradition. Ours is named Elvey and is the bane of my existence from Dec 1 until Dec 25. Each year we go out into the hills and get a fresh tree to decorate.

How many locations sell it? Right now, between seasonal and year round retailers, we have about 20 retailers in South Dakota. I will set up at local farmer’s markets, as well. How do you balance work and family? Actually, I’ve been really working on that this year and it all keeps coming back to prioritizing what’s important and leaving what isn’t. I love

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Choosing suitable toys and activities for children of all ages can challenge even the most experienced parent.

The Joy of


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Play is the mechanism by which children learn—how they experience their world, practice new skills, and internalize new ideas—and is therefore the essential “work of children” (Paley 2004).





oys are more than just child’s play; they are tools for learning. By choosing toys that not only appeal to children, but also foster their education, you can know you are helping make their early years count. With shelves and shelves of toys to choose from, keep in mind: the best toys are those selected based on their appropriateness for a child’s age, development, and interests. Here are some guidelines to help you pick wisely for the age group you have in mind:


Early elementary school-age children are ready for bigger challenges, both intellectually and physically. Bikes, scooters, and sleds make great gifts; be sure to include appropriate protective gear. Kids this age enjoy science sets, model and craft kits, and board games. Easy chapter books or magazine subscriptions are also good buys. TWEEN (9-12 YEARS OLD)

Look for baby toys that engage curiosity and provide high motivation for exploration; classic toys like play mats, rattles, and balls; and innovative clutch toys, sensory toys, musical toys, and soft cuddle toys. Babies that can sit up love to play with blocks, stacking rings, and simple pop-up toys. Cardboard or vinyl books with large, simple pictures are also popular.

By this age, most tweens have given up traditional playthings like dolls and toy cars, so think teen, not tot. Use their interests, such as hobbies, sports or instruments, and give a gift, book or magazine that relates to it. If you want to resist pleas for electronics, lean toward gifts that encourage “experiences,” such as a certificate for an hour at the arcade, golf lessons, or time at a rock-climbing gym.



Three- to five-year olds spend much of their day in make-believe land. Dress-up items and toy tools or kitchen utensils make big hits. Puppets, dolls, stuffed animals, and play sets with village, farm, or transportation pieces help stimulate the


imagination. This is also a great age for a child’s tablets and audio players to feature children’s stories and music.


Think motion for this age group! Large balls, toddler play structures, digging tools, trikes, or big plastic cars are all great backyard choices. For quieter moments, choose simple art supplies such as crayons, markers, finger paints, and Play-doh®, as well as easy puzzles. Bath toys are also fun. Then, remember to save those holiday toy catalogs. Toddlers love to look through them over and over again.



MUSICAL TOYS Encourage children to express their creativity with a musical toy instrument, allowing them to experiment with sound. Research shows music ignites all areas of child development: intellectual, social and emotional, motor, language, and overall literacy.

Perhaps the hardest age group? Not if you know the child. You really have to target their interests, as presents at this age merge with items you would buy for an adult. Books, magazine subscriptions, calendars, hobby and sports equipment are good bets. If you don’t want to guess, consider choosing a gift certificate to a favorite music or bookstore. Giving age-recommended gifts allows you to maximize the opportunity to help them build new skills. Whenever possible, spend time enjoying your gift with the recipient—you’ll be giving treasured memories along with a present. And remember, the most important gift to any child is always quality time from you! Black Hills Parent


Santa’s Workshop Gifts Your Little Elves Can Make and Give By Kimberly Blaker


hen holidays and birthdays approach, are your kids scrounging to buy gifts they can hardly afford? Offer them these fun ideas for gifts from the heart.


dry slightly, then press with small leaves or other designs. Allow the decorative soaps to dry for 24 hours, flipping them occasionally.

Tell a story with photos. Create a memory page to add to a friend or relative’s scrapbook. Buy a package of blank scrapbook pages, and choose a theme, such as ‘my best friend,’ ‘sports car shows,’ or ‘when I was little.’ Design each page using stickers, markers, colored pencils, construction paper, photos, magazine pictures, and fun sayings or descriptions that fit your theme.

Make a placemat. Choose a subject of interest to your gift recipient, such as model cars or Barbie dolls. Clip pictures from magazines and catalogs, and glue them to an 11” x 17” sheet of paper. Overlap the pictures to create a collage, or spread them apart and share details about each. When you’re done, laminate the design with self-adhesive laminating sheets, or have it laminated at an office supply store.

Shape decorative soaps. Grate bars of inexpensive white soap. Then mix approximately ½ cup of warm water with a cup of shredded soap. Add food coloring to the water to create colored soap. Knead the mixture, and add additional warm water as necessary until it forms like dough. Next, fill cookie cutters with the mixture, or flatten it on a sheet of waxed paper, and trim into shapes. Let the soap

Create bookmarks. Cut colored paper into 2” x 7” strips then design the strips with colored pencils and markers or fancy border clippings from magazines. Find out your gift recipient’s favorite author, artist or historical figure. Then look the person up in a book of quotations. Select a quote; type or write it out; and add it to the bookmark. Then laminate it for protection.

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SATURDAY ADVENTURES Children feel a sense of pride in their work and are quick to point out what they did to contribute to the project. Give magnetic photos. Cut a piece of cardboard from a cereal box to match the size of your photo, and then glue it to the back of your photo for support. Last, glue a small magnet to the cardboard, and now you have a photo magnet. Give a poster. Find out your friend’s favorite rock star, actress, or sport. Then tear three or four full-page photographs or pictures from magazines. Trim the tattered edge, and then laminate for a durable glossy poster. Compose a memory book. Buy a composition book from the office supply, cover it with construction paper, then design and decorate the cover. Inside, write your memories of special times you’ve had with the person to whom you’ll present it. Memories might include a trip to the zoo, a favorite holiday celebration, a special gift, something funny, and lots other experiences you’ve had together.

Totems: Create your own totem pole using plastic jugs and your imagination. Saturday, November 21, 2015 9:30am—11:30am Christmas Stockings from old jeans: What to do with those old jeans? Make your own Christmas stocking or give it as a gift. Saturday, December 19, 2015 9:30am—11:30am Rain Sticks: That unique sound of rain being made from a tube. Make your own rain stick. Saturday, January 16, 2016 9:30am—11:30am Classes are offered at no charge and participants are invited to take their creation home with them. For registration and full class description please go to, call Rapid City Solid Waste at 605-355-3496, or message on facebook at Rapid City Recycles. All classes are held at the Rapid City Landfill Education Center on South Highway 79.

Produce glittery pens. Buy a package of pens and different colors of glitter. Pour glue onto a sheet of waxed paper. Roll one side of the pen lightly in the glue leaving one inch from the tip without glue. Coat the pen with glitter, and then let it dry. When the glue dries, repeat these steps on the other side of the pen. Construct a puzzle photo frame. Cut a piece of firm cardboard to your desired size of frame. Then ask an adult to trim out the center with a razor knife, leaving a 1” to 2” thick frame. Next, trace the outside edge of your frame onto another piece of thin cardboard, and cut it out. Place a sheet of colored paper between the two pieces of cardboard, and glue the paper and two pieces of cardboard together. Glue jigsaw puzzle pieces around the frame, overlapping each other to cover the entire thickness of the frame. When the frame is dry, brush a layer of glue over the puzzle pieces to prevent them from falling off. Stick your photo in. Service coupons. Offer a free evening of babysitting, a week of taking out the trash, making your sister’s bed, pet sitting, lawn mowing, ironing, or another task you can do. Black Hills Parent


BOOK BROWSER Can there be enough books on parenting? If your goal is to always be moving in the best direction for your life, here are a few suggested books.

Look at it this way, having discipline is a part of daily life for everyone. You may need it with a child, or you may need it with your budget.

Self-help books are beneficial when you need to figure out your career, your life, your mind—anything really. Embrace this list for a boost.


Of all the judgments you make in life, none is as important as the one you make about yourself. Branden offers a step-by-step guide to strengthening your sense of self-worth. Read this book for straightforward and effective techniques that will improve the way you think about yourself.


If technology is the new addiction, then multi-tasking is the new marching order. We spend more time looking into electronic screens than into the eyes of our loved ones. Hands Free Mama is the digital society’s answer to finding balance in a media-saturated, perfectionobsessed world. It doesn’t mean giving up all technology or forgoing our jobs and responsibilities. It means seizing the little moments that life offers us, despite a world full of distractions.


Living Well, Spending Less was written to bring hope and encouragement to every woman who currently feels overwhelmed or stressed with a life–and budget–that feels out of control. It speaks to the mom trying to juggle all the demands of a busy life with the pressure to keep up with those around her. How can we live the life we’ve always wanted? Ruth doesn’t just


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offer advice, she walks it with you, and shares with brutal honesty her own mistakes and failures along the way.


Vulnerability—the willingness to show up and be seen with no guarantee of outcome—is the only path to more love, belonging, creativity, and joy. But living a brave life is not always easy; we are, inevitably, going to stumble and fall. Rising strong after a fall is how we cultivate wholeheartedness; it’s the process that teaches us the most about who we are.

LIVING COURAGEOUSLY JOYCE MEYER You have fear. And if you don’t face your fear, it can paralyze you and hold you back from enjoying

life to the fullest. In Living Courageously, Joyce explains how you can overcome the power of fear by learning to confront and conquer any and every fear you have. Blending practical insights with her personal experiences, this book will teach you how to reach your greatest potential and start living life to the fullest.


By offering revealing anecdotes about ordinary people, as well as helpful suggestions about changing everyday behavior, The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Families shows how and why to have family meetings, the importance of keeping promises, how to balance

individual and family needs, and how to move from dependence to independence.


Practical and rooted in common sense, this book gives parents permission to be warm and nurturing but also calm and not overreactive. It gives clear, doable strategies to get things back on track for parents who sense that their children’s behavior has fallen into a troubling pattern. And best of all, it provides healthy direction to the entire family so parents can spend less time and energy on discipline and more on connecting with and enjoying their kids.


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To help you make it safely through winter, here are some suggestions from the National Safety Council to make sure you and your vehicle are prepared.

o Properly functioning windshield wipers o Fully charged battery o Antifreeze level full o Windshield fluid reservoir filled


An emergency situation can arise at any time. Keep the following in your vehicle, just in case:

o Properly inflated spare tire o Wheel wrench o Tripod-type jack o Shovel o Jumper cables


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o Tow and tire chains o Bag of salt or cat litter o Tool kit o Reflective triangles and flares o Washer fluid

You never know when the next Atlas-like storm will hit, keep these essential supplies in your car.

o Blanket o Water o First aid kit o Ice scraper and snow brush o Flashlight and extra batteries


o Full or nearly full gas tank oP  roperly working headlights, taillights, and brake lights oT  ires have adequate air pressure and tread depth

oW  ooden stick matches oN  on-perishable, high energy foods like unsalted canned nuts, dried fruits, and hard candy o Cell phone charger

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No–No Jack Frost Before the frosty air nips their nose, give kids the extra protection they need while spending time outdoors. When you’re a kid, what isn’t there to love about winter? You remember those days–the snowball fights with the neighbor kids, building igloos with your brother, and, of course, the marshmallowy cup of hot chocolate when you came inside. Now that you’re the parent, you realize your parents likely had the practical side of wintertime fun on their mind: Are the kids sledding toward the street again? Is the ice on that pond thick enough? How many layers should the kids be wearing? Did they use the bathroom before they put on all those layers? As parents, we can all use a few tips when it comes to cold winter weather and kids. So, we checked with the American Academy of Pediatrics for some tips on keeping kids safe during winter’s coldest months. Think layers: The rule of thumb for older babies and young children is to dress them in one more layer of clothing than an adult would wear in the same conditions. Clothing for older kids during very cold weather should include thermal long johns, one or two shirts, pants, sweater, coat, warm socks, boots, scarf, and gloves or mittens. Make sure your child wears a hat, too. Hats are key to retaining up to 60 percent of a child’s body heat. Avoid hypothermia: This condition develops when a child’s temperature falls below normal due to exposure to cold. It often happens when a youngster is playing outdoors in extremely cold weather without wearing proper clothing. 36

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AVOIDING WINTER HEALTH WOES Banish the nosebleeds: If your child suffers from winter nosebleeds, try using a cold-air humidifier in their room at night. Saline nose drops may help keep nasal tissues moist.

Wash up to fight colds and the flu: Frequent hand washing and teaching your child to sneeze or cough into their elbow helps reduce the risk of catching and spreading winter colds and the flu.

As hypothermia sets in, the child may shiver and become lethargic and clumsy. Their speech may become slurred and their body temperature will decline. If you suspect your child is hypothermic, call 911 at once. Until help arrives, take the child indoors, remove any wet clothing, and wrap them in blankets or warm clothes.

Don’t forget sunscreen and lip balm: The sun’s rays can cause sunburn in the winter, especially when they reflect off snow. Make sure to cover your child’s exposed skin with sunscreen.

that their skin burns or has become numb. To protect against frostbite, set reasonable time limits on outdoor play. Have children come inside periodically to warm up. Young children should be checked every half hour when playing in cold weather. If frostbite occurs, bring the child indoors and place the frostbitten parts of the body in warm— not hot—water, using a washcloth if Prevent frostbite: Frostbite develops when needed. Do not rub the frozen areas. the skin and outer tissues become frozen. After a few minutes, dry and cover your Fingers, toes, ears, and nose are most at child with clothing or blankets. If the risk, and they may become pale, gray, numbness continues for more than a few and blistered. The child may complain minutes, call your doctor.

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2.) Regular Exercise: Increase physical activity (indoor sports, indoor swimming, Wii Fit, etc.). 3.) Spinal Health: The nervous system controls all systems of the body, including the immune system. Regular chiropractic adjustments ensure proper nerve function.

4.) Toxin Elimination: Avoid/limit processed foods, foods high in sugar or foods your child might be sensitive to. 5.) Emotional Balance: Plenty of sleep ensures a rested body and mind. Implementing these lifestyle recommendations will help strengthen your child’s immune system and in return will prevent illnesses or help them recover faster. Dr. Robert Kuyper D.C. Alternative Health Care Center 343 Quincy Street, Suite 100 Rapid City, SD 605-341-4850

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BITS AND BITES Pumpkins are low in calories, high in fiber, and contain no saturated fats or cholesterol. It is rich in dietary fiber, minerals, and vitamins A, C, and E.

Pumpkin is a member of the Cucurbita family, which includes squash and cucumbers. Pumpkins are grown all over the world on six of the seven continents, with Antarctica being the sole exception. The “Pumpkin Capital of the World” is in Morton, Illinois where Libby has its pumpkin industry and plant.

Homemade Pumpkin Pie Spice 2 Tbsp ground cinnamon 1 Tsp ground nutmeg 2 Tsp ground ginger 1 Tsp ground allspice 1 Tsp ground cloves

PUMPKIN STREUSEL BARS Give your pumpkin pie recipe a rest this year; try Sally’s Baking Addiction’s pumpkin streusel bars. With a gingersnap crust and brown sugar streusel topping, everyone will want seconds—and the recipe. Yield: 12-16 BARS total time: 5 HOURS (INCLUDES CHILLING)


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GINGERSNAP CRUST • 1 and 1/4 cups gingersnap cookie crumbs (use crunchy gingersnap cookies and grind in processor–I prefer Nabisco or Trader Joe’s brand) • 2 Tablespoons (23g) granulated sugar • 1/4 cup (60g) unsalted butter, melted


Preheat the oven to 325°F (163°C). Line the bottom and sides of an 8-inch or 9-inch baking pan with aluminum foil or parchment paper, leaving enough overhang on all sides. Set aside. Make the crust: Combine the cookie crumbs, sugar, and butter together in a medium bowl. Press into the bottom of the prepared pan. The crust will be thick. Bake the crust for 10 minutes as you prepare the filling. Make the filling: Using a hand-held or stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, beat the cream cheese and sugar together in a large bowl on high speed until creamy and smooth, about 1 minute. On low speed, add the eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition. On medium speed, beat the vanilla, pumpkin, yogurt, cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg, and ginger in. Continue beating until everything is combined and creamy. Pour the filing into the warm crust. Set aside. Make the streusel: Whisk the oats, brown sugar, cinnamon, and flour together in a medium bowl. Cut in the chilled butter with a pastry blender or two forks (or even with your hands) until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Sprinkle evenly over filling.


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PUMPKIN FILLING • 8 ounces (225g) full-fat cream cheese, softened to room temperature • 1/2 cup (100g) granulated sugar • 3 large eggs • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract • 1 and 1/4 cups (285g) fresh or canned pumpkin puree

•1  /3 cup (80g) plain Greek yogurt, regular yogurt, or sour cream •1  and 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon •1  /4 teaspoon EACH ground cloves, ground nutmeg, ground ginger STREUSEL •1  /2 cup (40g) old-fashioned oats •1  /3 cup (70g) packed light or dark brown sugar •1  /4 teaspoon ground cinnamon •1  /4 cup (30g) all-purpose flour •1  /4 cup (60g) unsalted butter, cold and cubed •O  ptional: vanilla glaze or whipped cream for topping

Bake for about 40 minutes. Cover the bars with aluminum foil around the 30 minute mark to prevent the top from getting too brown. The bars are done when the edges are lightly browned and the center is set—this could be slightly before or after the 40 minute mark. Allow to cool in the pan set on a wire rack at room temperature for 1 hour. Transfer to the refrigerator to chill for 3 additional hours—or overnight. Lift the foil or parchment out of the pan using the overhang on the sides and cut into bars. Drizzle bars with glaze or top with whipped cream.

Make ahead tip: The bars stay fresh in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to five days. You can freeze the bars for up to three months. Then, thaw overnight in the refrigerator before serving and glazing. Larger batch: You can easily double this recipe. Double the ingredients, pre-bake the crust for 10 minutes in a 9x13 pan, and bake the bars at 325o F for roughly 55 minutes, give or take. Keep your eye on them after 45 minutes.

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Mini Habits

BIGGER RESULTS “We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit.” -Aristotle


sk anyone, and they’ll agree–it’s difficult to create a good new habit that actually sticks. It seems self-motivation doesn’t work and our will power quickly evaporates. Something in the inner self seems to say, “nope, not gonna do that.” Repeatedly our well-planned objectives seem to slip away as the year goes on. It starts strong, but oneby-one the priorities stack up and we move on with life, leaving our good intentions to trail behind. “It doesn’t have to be this way,” explains Stephen Guise in the book Mini Habits: Smaller Habits, Bigger Results. “You can succeed without the guilt, intimidation, and repeated failure associated with such strategies as “getting motivated,” New Year’s Resolutions, or even “just doing it.” He continues to explain, “These strategies don’t work because they require you to fight against your subconscious brain. It’s only when you start playing by your brain’s rules–as Mini Habits shows you how to do– that you can achieve lasting change.” Here’s the quick science lesson. Doing the same thing repetitiously for a long time creates


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How many times have you tried and failed to implement a positive habit in your life? The key is to make the habit so laughably easy it’s impossible to fail. neural pathways, kind of like water forming a riverbed. Once the riverbed is formed, water that enters it will always flow along that path because it requires no energy. If you wanted to make a new river bed, you would need to direct the water somewhere else and let it wear the rock away again—or dig one out yourself. Unfortunately, there’s no way to directly build a new neural pathway. We have to do it slowly, until that new pathway is the easiest route our mind can take. To play by your brain’s rules, the book provides an astonishingly simple and practical approach. It can work even if you are part of the vast majority of people who cannot, for the life of you, keep New Year’s resolutions—and that includes about 99.9% of us. So what is a mini habit? In Guise’s words, “it’s a stupidly small habit that you “decide” to practice every day. It is so small that minuscule willpower is required to make it happen. So little willpower and time are needed that the lazy, frightened subconscious part of your brain has no reason to bother resisting.” The result is that a mini habit can sneak in under the subconscious resistance that has been holding you back all your life. Eventually you will start developing the perseverance, momentum, and enthusiasm it takes for big permanent changes. Stop trying so hard and let mini habits work their repetitive magic on their own. After a while your mini habit will automatically lead you to bigger habits, so strong that will power and motivation are no longer even necessary. You’ll just do your new

habit without emotion like you do other habits good or bad. And, if something goes wrong, you always have your mini habit to fall back on. You can create good new habits in any area of your life; and with one mini habit at a time, it’s easier than you think. When you set the bar so low, you allow yourself to start and succeed. HOW TO CHANGE YOUR LIFE

Mini Habits is a strategy to create permanent healthy habits in: exercise, writing, reading, thinking positively, meditating, drinking water, eating healthy foods, etc. First, you choose a desired habit you’d like to make—for example, it could be working out for 30 minutes a day, writing 1000 words a day, or reading two books per week. Next, you shrink these habits down until they are “stupid small,” a term Guise made up because, “when you say the requirement out loud, it is so insignificant it sounds stupid.” It works because your brain falls for the bait—“Oh, only one push up? I can do that.” And then you start. TEN DAILY MINI HABIT IDEAS

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We Double Dog Dare You Seven Ways to Teach Goal Setting to Your Kids

By Christina Katz


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e’re living in an age of constant interruption. So in the future, when it comes to setting and accomplishing goals, kids who learn how to concentrate and focus will have a distinct advantage over those who cannot. We need to help our children learn how and when to put their blinders on so they can apply focused goal setting to challenges of their own choosing. Achieving personal goals helps kids channel their energy productively and inspires them become more confident actiontakers in the future. Kids are not lazy or unmotivated these days; it’s simply easier than ever for them to be distracted and disengaged. As a parent, you can encourage your children to practice healthy goal setting. Follow these suggestions and you will notice your kids stepping up to set and meet new challenges that bring smiles to their faces. As for your role, get ready to cheer them on and give them credit for their contributions as any good coach would.

DOUBLE–DOG DARES FOR YOUNGER KIDS You can help prepare your kids to meet life’s challenges later by turning everyday tasks into fun double–dog dares. • Complete a chore in a specific amount of time • Find five of the groceries on the shopping list • Create a to-do list for something they already learned how to do • Teach something they learned to another family member • Complete their favorite puzzle all by themselves • Build something with their legos they have never built before • Make up an invention that solves a problem around the house • Cook something using a new recipe they found

GOALS FOR OLDER KIDS By helping tweens and teens choose goals that suit their aptitudes, you can increase their willingness to take safe risks in the future. As your children get older, encourage them to set goals that are just beyond what they think they can accomplish like: • Running a 5K • Installing an exhibit of their art in a local gallery • Creating a healthy eating plan • Submitting writing to a contest • Raising money for a worthy non-profit they support • Trying out for something they are not already good at • Sticking to a new plan for one day, one week, then one month • Saving money to make a dream come true

Let them steer. Choose an age-appropriate, just out-of-reach goal. Be careful you don’t interject your own desires into this process. For a child who is unsure about what goal to set, be patient and offer many choices until something appeals. You play a supporting role helping your child accomplish whatever goal is chosen, but it must be your child’s goal, not yours. Emphasize fun. If your child is overweight, focusing overly on weight loss as their goal is not going to help, but it just might scar them. Forget the problems you think your child needs to solve and emphasize the fun of setting and reaching goals instead. Let children who have become too sedentary in the past come up with goals on their own, like joining a team or training for a race for the fun of it, not just to get mom and dad off their backs. Share stories of goals you’ve set and met to inspire them. Embrace their strengths. Every person has strengths and weaknesses. There are no exceptions to this rule. If you only mirror your child’s negative qualities and mention them too often, perhaps you have not spent enough time considering their best qualities. There are not merely five or ten positive qualities that describe people; there are hundreds. Pick up a little book called Strengths Finder 2.0 by Tom Rath. With your child, go through the book and circle the words you think describe your child. Mention these qualities often and watch your child’s confidence blossom. Assist with challenges. Offer yourself as a sounding board when kids run into challenges reaching their goals, but don’t solve their problems for them. Instead listen to their concerns and ask them questions. Get them thinking about various approaches that might help. Instead of telling them what to do, ask if they think any of your ideas might be good ways to offset challenges. Don’t feel internal pressure to unstick a stuck child. Brainstorm with them and then let them do it. Black Hills Parent


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Praise progress. If your child is continually focused outward, measuring where he or she stands in comparison to others can rob them of personal power. Instead of encouraging your child to be the generic best, encourage your child to achieve his or her personal best. Celebrate the fruition of this expression no matter how it measures up with others. In this way, a ribbon for Most Improved can be viewed as just as valuable as First Place or MVP.

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Respect weaknesses. Just as strengths can be discovered and flexed for increasing success, weaknesses should be acknowledged and honored, too. The idea of respecting weaknesses rather than denying or trying to correct them may seem strange. But consider whether or not the investment of time and energy to turn weaknesses around is worthwhile. Sometimes flaws teach kids valuable things they need to learn. For example, a forward who can’t score, might make a better midfielder on the soccer field. A dancer who can’t do acrobatic tricks might have a strong sense of showmanship on stage. A scattered student in the classroom might be a talented artist in the studio. Teach your child to forgive weaknesses and pursue undervalued abilities they may be pointing towards, instead. Play the long game. As your child focuses on setting and reaching personal goals, things may not always go quite the way anyone expected. Life has a way of bringing twists and turns to the table. This means short-term victories don’t always pan out as expected, even after much time and energy has been invested. When disappointments happen, and they will, help your child focus on the big picture. Getting the most personal satisfaction out of the process and achieving personal growth while making valuable contributions to the whole should always be the plan. Stay the course and things will usually work themselves out.

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Christina Katz is an author, journalist, and writing coach who has learned that constructive engagement always follows genuine interest no matter the age of the goal-setter.

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KadieBeth Clemmons was raised in the Black Hills and works at VIP Properties as their office manager. She says “it’s like being the captain of a ship, making sure daily operations run smoothly and everything is in order.” She is married to Trevor Clemmons, a correctional officer with the Pennington County Sheriff’s Office. Their family is kept busy with their daughter Emerson, with another one arriving mid-2016. KadieBeth says the secret to balancing home and work life changes every day. We asked her to share a few ideas on what she does to make life just a little easier.

“Being organized helps me keep my head straight. If the diaper bag has everything in it ready to go the night before, it makes my mornings way easier!”

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“My husband leaves for work a little before we do, so he puts the diaper bag in my vehicle before he heads out. It’s one less thing I have to carry out the door.”

her go-to quick meal

“My go to meal is always spaghetti; quick, easy and delicious! My husband gets sick of it pretty quickly, but I could eat it everyday.”

“I love being a mom, there is no greater pleasure than seeing my child grow and become such a beautiful and charismatic little girl.”


What does it mean to be a positive role mommy to your child(ren)?

“I want my daughter to always look up to me and say she wants to grow up to be just like me. I am the mother I am today because of my own mother, she inspired me with her love and patience and I strive to be like her.“


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What Works: Choosing Clothes “I tend to change my outfits a lot in the morning. I either just don't like ANYTHING I own or it just doesn't look right. Either way, I change...a lot! So by choosing an outfit the night before and knowing that's what I am wearing the next day saves a ton of time.” Food and snacks “If I have breakfast plans made and snacks ready to go in a snack cup the night before, that saves me five minutes of having to do it the day of.” An Organized Nursery “By keeping my daughter’s clothes organized it helps me find things fast. Keeping items I need to get her ready in the morning (pony tails, headbands, diapers, wipes, diaper cream, etc.) within arms reach of her changing table helps save time.” “All of these things, in a perfect world, would make getting out the door easy and stress free, but this is real life. I just remember that I’m doing the best I can, and that’s all that counts!”

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Winter Activities and After School Programs Banana Bunch

Museum of Geology

Batchelder’s Plummer Piano

Rapid City Parks & Rec

924 E. St. Patrick St., Rapid City, SD 57701 605.341.2333 A place for children to imagine, explore and grow. We offer year round programs for nursery, preschool and school age. Find us on Facebook!

1301 W. Omaha, Suite 101, Rapid City, SD 57701 605.342.5000 We have the best teaching environment for students of all ages. All of our teachers are our staff. This ensures that when you trust us with you or your child’s music education that you are getting the best.

Haggerty’s Musicworks

SDSM&T Campus, Rapid City, SD 57701 605.394.2467 Popular events for children include the annual “Night At The Museum” (fall) and “Dinosaur Extravaganza” (spring).

515 West Blvd., Rapid City, SD 57701 605.394.4175 Our mission is to make Rapid City a better place to live, work and play. We provide and maintain parks and open space throughout the community as well as a wide range of recreation facilities and opportunities for all.

2520 West Main St., Rapid City, SD 57702 605.348.6737 Our professional instructors have taught for years. They are well established with good reputations and are available for guitar, bass, drums/percussion, piano, brass, woodwinds and more. We carefully select our teachers and examine their qualifications.

Scheels Kids Klub

Little Nest Preschool

Someone’s in the Kitchen

3459 Jet Drive, Rapid City SD 57703 605.430.4268 We believe children learn best when allowed to explore, experience, and communicate about what they are learning.


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1225 Eglin St., Rapid City, SD 57701 605.342.9033 Scheels Kids Klub offers free events for children ages 4-12 once every month. With various learning opportunities and activities, they will have a great time acquiring new skills and information.

2210 Haines Ave., Rapid City SD 57701 605.341.5044 Someone’s In The Kitchen offers kids seasonal cooking classes in the fall, winter and spring. See schedule online.





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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!

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Dec 5th 2pm & 7pm Dec 6th 2pm

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

Watch a Paleontologist work in our New Prep Area!

FREE ADMISSION! Fall/Winter Hours (Starting Labor Day) Monday–Friday: 9am-4pm Saturday: 10am-4pm Closed Sundays and Holidays

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501 EAST ST. JOSEPH STREET, RAPID CITY Located on the South Dakota School of Mines & Technology campus

605-394-2467 e-mail: There will be drawings for prizes from companies such as Strider Bikes, Computer Village, Firehouse Brewing Co, Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory, Zoom Soda & Candy, Who’s Toy House and Neugebauer’s Fine Jewelry. DO NOT NEED TO BE PRESENT TO WIN! Black Hills Parent


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Flat Stanley Project In the book, Flat Stanley by Jeff Brown, Stanley was flattened by a fallen bulletin board. One of the many advantages is that Flat Stanley can now visit his friends by traveling in an envelope through the mail, in our case, in a magazine.



Take Flat Stanley with you wherever you go this winter. Let him come with when you go on vacation, to grandma’s house, sledding, and even let him help decorate the Christmas tree. You could even send him in an envelope just like the book.

n CUT ME OUT If you want, attach me to a piece of cardstock to make me sturdier.

Post your pictures with Flat Stanley on our Facebook page and tag yourself and others in the photo. Let’s see how far Flat Stanley can go! BlackHillsParent

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Kids Klub: Animal Calls and Camo Party A SCHEELS expert will teach animal calls and outdoor safety and kids get their face painted! All kids will receive 2 FREE tries at Rollerball. Age 4-12, 6-7 p.m., Scheels, 1225 Eglin St., Rapid City, 605.432.9033

Thursday 5-7

The Glass Menagerie Tom looks back on a shattering chapter of his family’s life and clashes with his mother and his sister, whom he loathes and loves. 7:30-9:30 p.m., Black Hills Community Theater, 601 Columbus St., Rapid City, 605.394.1786

Friday 6-7 Sunday 1

Daylight Savings Time Ends Fall Back!

Monday 2

FREE-Nature Story Time 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 Tr., Rapid City, 605.394.2310

Tuesday 3

Election Day Get out and vote!

Tuesday 3

Picky Eating Provides parents with tips for helping children eat more foods, covering food textures, tastes, and smells. Oral-motor and swallowing challenges will also be discussed. 6-7 p.m., LifeScape, 7110 Jordan Dr., Rapid City, 605.791.7400


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Snoozeum Bring your sleeping bags and pajamas to learn about the stars. We will talk about visible constellations and the stories behind them. Grade: 3-7, 6 p.m.-8 a.m., Days of ’76 Museum, 18 Seventy Six Dr., Deadwood, 605.578.1657

Friday 6

Rush Hockey Rapid City Rush vs. Allen Americans 7-9 p.m., Rushmore Plaza Civic Center, 444 Mt. Rushmore Rd., Rapid City, 605.394.4115

Friday 6

Wine & Stein Enjoy food from local restaurants and their holiday fare as well as wines & craft beers. Everyone gets a wine glass and beer stein. All Day, Downtown Sturgis, 605.347.2556

Friday 6-7

3rd Annual Girlfriends’ Weekend In-store specials, as well as special events happening in participating stores. All Weekend, Downtown Hill City, 605.574.9095

Saturday 7

Rush Hockey Rapid City Rush vs. Allen Americans 7-9 p.m., Rushmore Plaza Civic Center, 444 Mt. Rushmore Rd., Rapid City, 605.394.4115

Saturday 7

Kids Cooking: Christmas Cookies Kids will whip up some festive cookies for everyone to enjoy. 9:30-11:30 a.m., Someone’s in the Kitchen, 2210 Haines Ave., Rapid City, 605.341.5044

Saturday 7

FREE-Terrific Turkeys Learn the difference between hens and gobblers. Learn about their habitat, their calls and more. Age: 8-12, 10-11 a.m. OR 1-2 p.m., Outdoor Campus, 4130 Adventure Tr., Rapid City, 605.394.2310

Sunday 8

The Glass Menagerie Tom looks back on a shattering chapter of his family’s life and clashes with his mother and his sister, whom he loathes and loves. 2-4 p.m., Black Hills Community Theater, 601 Columbus St., Rapid City, 605.394.1786

Monday 9-10

Beauty and the Beast A classic musical love story filled with unforgettable characters, lavish sets and costumes, and production numbers including “Be Our Guest”. 7 p.m., Rushmore Plaza Civic Center, Rapid City, 605.394.4115

Tuesday 10

Pop Can Animals Kids make unique works of art using crushed cans and paint! It’s fun, different, and it’s a great way to get kids painting. Age: 2-6, 10-10:45 a.m., Dahl Arts Center, 713 7th St., Rapid City, 605.394.4101

Every Monday

Muddy Masters L  earn to create pinch pots, coil bowls, slab boxes, and all aspects of hand building with clay. Take your turn on the potter’s wheel too! Age: 7-10, 5-6 p.m., Dahl Arts Center, 713 7th St, Rapid City, 605.394.4101

Wednesday 11

FREE-Veteran’s Day Parade Downtown Rapid City

Wednesday 11

Fee Free Day: Veteran’s Day Badlands National Park: Free Park Entrance Wind Cave National Park: Free Cave Tours Jewel Cave National Monument: Free Cave Tours Devils Tower National Monument: Free Monument Entrance

Wednesday 11

Veteran’s Day at Crazy Horse Memorial Join us in honoring and celebrating the lives and sacrifices of the heroes who gave their lives protecting our freedom. All Day, Crazy Horse Memorial, 605.673.4681

Wednesday 11-14

The Glass Menagerie Tom looks back on a shattering chapter of his family’s life and clashes with his mother and his sister, whom he loathes and loves. 7:30-9:30 p.m., Black Hills Community Theater, 601 Columbus St., Rapid City, 605.394.1786

Friday 13

The Goods In support of the Rapid City Arts Council’s art programs, featuring an art exhibit; lottery drawing and artist reveal; art raffle; food, wine and entertainment! 6-9:30 p.m., Dahl Arts Center, 713 7th St., Rapid City, 605.394.4101

Saturday 14

Space Workshop Explore and learn facts about space, planets and the stars. Light refreshments provided. Grade: K-6, 10 a.m.-12 p.m., Days of ’76 Museum, 18 Seventy Six Dr., Deadwood, 605.578.1657

Saturday 14

FREE-Saturday Art Adventure: Monoprinting Use different paints and inks, try a variety of image transfer techniques, and print with and on just about anything. 1-3 p.m., Dahl Arts Center, 713 7th St., Rapid City, 605.394.4101

Saturday 14

2015 Professional Roughstock Series Three of the most electrifying events wrapped into one heart-stopping show. 7:30 p.m., Rushmore Plaza Civic Center, 444 Mt. Rushmore Rd., Rapid City, 605.394.4115

Sunday 15

The Glass Menagerie Tom looks back on a shattering chapter of his family’s life and clashes with his mother and his sister, whom he loathes and loves. 2-4 p.m., Black Hills Community Theater, 601 Columbus St., Rapid City, 605.394.1786

Monday 16

FREE-Pine Cone Basket Game Bring your little one and learn to play the pine cone basket game. Age: 3-4 with adult partner; 10-10:45 a.m., Outdoor Campus, 4130 Adventure Tr., Rapid City, 605.394.2310

Saturday 14

FREE-“T” is for Turkeys Learn what makes turkeys special and what the like to eat. Play a game and learn a song. Age: 5-7, 10-10:45 a.m., Outdoor Campus, 4130 Adventure Tr., Rapid City, 605.394.2310

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

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Friday 20-21

FREE-Dutch Oven Cooking Learn Dutch Oven Cooking basics and the special care needed for cast iron cookware. All materials will be supplied. Age: adults only; 5:30-8 p.m., Outdoor Campus, 4130 Adventure Tr., Rapid City, 605.394.2310

FREE-Learn to Knit for Adults Learn the building blocks and beginning knitting tips. Participants will receive a starter kit of knitting needles & yarn. 6-7:30 p.m., Rapid City Public Library, 610 Quincy St., Rapid City, 605.394.4171

Wednesday 18

Rush Hockey Rapid City Rush vs. Utah Grizzlies 7-9 p.m., Rapid City Civic Center, 444 Mt. Rushmore Rd., Rapid City, 605.394.4115

Every Early-Release Wednesday FREE-After School is Cool! J oin the fun with crafts, board games, our Oculus Rift, gaming & more! Age: 5-13, 2-3:30 p.m., Rapid City Public Library, 610 Quincy St., Rapid City, 605.394.4171

Rapid City Concert Association’s The 5 Browns Five brothers and sisters bring their 5 Steinway pianos with them on which they perform their program of classical and pop music. 7:30-10 p.m., Rushmore Plaza Civic Center, 444 Mt. Rushmore Rd., Rapid City, 605.394.4115

Rush Hockey Rapid City Rush vs. Utah Grizzlies 7-9 p.m., Rapid City Civic Center, 444 Mt. Rushmore Rd., Rapid City, 605.394.4115

Friday 20

Festival of Trees This Christmas tree auction raises funds for Hospice of the Northern Hills and the Greater Sturgis Area Foundation Permanent Endowment Fund. All Day, Downtown Sturgis, 605.347.2562

Every Thursday

FREE-Baby Bookworms E  nchanting tales for families. Age: 0-3, 9:30-10 a.m., Rapid City Public Library, 610 Quincy St., Rapid City, 605.394.4171

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Pebble Painting This craft is great for young explorers to learn positive and negative shapes in their art making. Age: 2-6, 10-10:45 a.m., Dahl Arts Center, 713 7th St., Rapid City, 605.394.4101

Rush Hockey Rapid City Rush vs. Idaho Steelheads 7-9 p.m., Rushmore Plaza Civic Center, 444 Mt. Rushmore Rd., Rapid City, 605.394.4115

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Thursday 26 Friday 20-21

Holiday Shopping Extravaganza Get a jump on the holiday season with the Hot Springs Holiday Shopping Extravaganza! All Day, 801 S. 6th St., Hot Springs,

Saturday 21

50th Annual Buffalo Auction Between 250 and 400 buffalo and a few burros are sold to help support the state park system and keep herd numbers in check. 9 a.m.-3 p.m., Custer State Park, 605.255.4515

Saturday 21

FREE–Totems Create your own totem pole using plastic jugs and your own imagination. 9:30-11:30 a.m., Rapid City Recycling Education Center, 5165 SD Hwy 79, Rapid City, 605.355.3496

Holiday Express

Saturday 21

FREE-Pellet Gun Basics Learn basic gun safety, shooting positions and techniques to become a more successful hunter. Age: 8-12, 1-2 p.m. OR 2-3 p.m., Outdoor Campus, 4130 Adventure Tr., Rapid City, 605.394.2310

Saturday 21

Keystone Victorian Christmas Celebrate the Christmas of yesteryear with a festival of trees, craft fair, door prizes, food and entertainment. 2-9 p.m., Keystone Community Center, 1101 Madill St., Keystone, 605.666.4847

Monday 23

Hope & Love Dinner & Dessert Auction This Love Inc. fundraiser event ensures work can continue to touch lives. 4-9 p.m., Rushmore Plaza Civic Center, 444 Mt. Rushmore Rd., Rapid City, 605.394.4115

Experience the magic as you take a journey from Hill City to the North Pole where Santa will be waiting to board the train. Each child will get the chance to meet Santa and receive a small Christmas gift. Our depot and train will be festooned with holiday cheer so make sure to bring your camera to capture all the memories.


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Thanksgiving at Crazy Horse Laughing Water Restaurant serves a buffet-style feast! Enjoy delicious food and festive atmosphere. Reservations suggested. Crazy Horse Memorial, 605.673.4681

Friday 27

Olde Tyme Hill City Christmas Parade and Dickens Celebration Festivities begin at the Alpine Inn followed by a lighted Christmas parade. Don’t miss Santa at the Railroad Museum! 5-9 p.m., Downtown Hill City

Friday 27

Rush Hockey Rapid City Rush vs. Idaho Steelheads 7-9 p.m., Rushmore Plaza Civic Center, 444 Mt. Rushmore Rd., Rapid City, 605.394.4115

Friday 27-29

FREE-Turkey Trivia Trail Hike through the exhibits and along the outside trails to learn some interesting Turkey Trivia. 10 a.m.-3 p.m., Outdoor Campus, 4130 Adventure Tr., Rapid City, 605.394.2310

FREE-Holiday Celebration and Winter Market Enjoy ice-skating, tree lighting, Santa Claus’s arrival and musical performances. Shop the Winter Market to find that perfect gift. 1-6 p.m., Main Street Square, Rapid City, 605.716.7979

Saturday 28

Festival of Lights Parade Featuring floats, horse-drawn carriages, animated scenes on flatbeds, sparkling vehicles, animals adorned in holiday decor, marching bands, and a full-size passenger locomotive with over 100,000 lights. 6-8 p.m., Downtown Rapid City, 605.340.0914

Saturday 28

The Olate Dogs: Rescue Tour 2015 The Olate Dogs are a high-energy, fast-paced theatrical act filled with doggie friendly and amazing pet tricks. 7-9 p.m., Performing Arts Center, 601 Columbus St., Rapid City, 605.394.1786

Saturday 28

Rush Hockey Rapid City Rush vs. Idaho Steelheads 7-9 p.m., Rushmore Plaza Civic Center, 444 Mt. Rushmore Rd., Rapid City, 605.394.4115

Christmas Nights of Lights The park is transformed into a beautiful winter wonderland for the Christmas Season. 5:30-8:30 p.m., Storybook Island, 1301 Sheridan Lake Rd., Rapid City, 605.342.6357


November 27: 12:45 p.m., 2:30 p.m. & 4:15 p.m. November 28: 12:45 p.m. & 2:30 p.m. December 12: 11 a.m., 12:45 p.m., 2:30 p.m. & 4:15 p.m. December 19: 12:45 p.m., 2:30 p.m. & 4:15 p.m. December 20: 12:45 p.m., 2:30 p.m. & 4:15 p.m. December 23: 12:45 p.m., 2:30 p.m., 4:15 p.m. & 6:00 p.m.

Nov. 27-29, Dec. 4-6, 11-23, 26-31 Open 5:30-8:30 PM

Santa every night thru Dec 23! Live reindeer Dec 11-21! Admission $2 per person This is a major fundraiser to keep Storybook Island admission free all summer! Located @ 1301 Sheridan Lake Rd., RCSD – 605.342.6357 –

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Tuesday 1

Snowflake Stamping There’s a lot of process to creating with stamps and so many objects you can use! We use pipe cleaners - result is wintry and beautiful! Age: 2-6, 10-10:45 a.m., Dahl Arts Center, 713 7th St., Rapid City, 605.394.4101

Tuesday 1

Kids Klub: Make an Ornament and Letter to Santa Make an ornament and write a letter to Santa. Mail delivery is guaranteed by Christmas Eve! All kids will receive 2 FREE tries at Rollerball. Age: 4-12, 6-7 p.m., Scheels, 1225 Eglin St., Rapid City, 605.432.9033

Wednesday 2

FREE-Noon Holiday Concert Our holiday programs provide quality, familyfriendly entertainment for the community. Bring a sack lunch or just enjoy the holiday flavor! 12-1 p.m., Dahl Arts Center, 713 7th St., Rapid City, 605.394.4101

Every Tuesday

Wednesday 2-5

Zonta Festival of Trees In supporting women and children in Spearfish, this festival features trees decorated by community members, organizations, and businesses for auction. The festival ends with Breakfast with Santa. All Day, Spearfish,

Friday 4, 11 & 18

Pots for Tots 2 Learn while you play in clay by pinching, squishing and rolling. We will explore and create through touch. Parents are encouraged to join. Age: 2-6, 3-4 p.m., Dahl Arts Center, 713 7th St., Rapid City, 605.394.4101

Friday 4-5

Winter Frostival Celebrate the season with starting with the vendors at the Holiday and the Parade of Lights. Fun activities for the whole family! All Weekend, Downtown Sturgis, 605.347.2556

Friday 4-6

Christmas in the Hills A longtime tradition begins with the tree lighting, performances and parade of lights on Friday, a marketplace all day Saturday and a tour of homes on Sunday. All Day, Hot Springs,

Friday 4

Ugly Sweater Skate Party 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, Rapid City, 605.719.7979

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


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Saturday 5

Christmas Stroll, Holidazzle Parade, Community Chili Feed 9 a.m.-7 p.m., Christmas Stroll 5 p.m.-7 p.m., Chili Feed 6 p.m., Parade begins Downtown Spearfish

Saturday 5

Custer Christmas Parade This annual parade of lights signals the kick-off to the holiday season in the Southern Hills. Visit local merchants for seasonal treats and shopping. 5:30-7:30 p.m., Downtown Custer, 605.673.2244

Saturday 5 & 12

FREE-Santa in the Square During Santa in the Square, on Saturday, Dec. 5 and 12, enjoy ice skating, carriage rides, and bring the little ones to share their list with Santa Claus. 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Main Street Square, Rapid City, 605.716.7979

Saturday 5

FREE-Holiday Open House Includes children’s activities, great holiday gifts, musical entertainment, guided tours of the museum and photos with Santa. Refreshments will be served. 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Days of ’76 Museum, 18 Seventy Six Dr., Deadwood, 605.722.4800

Saturday 5

Orchestral Winterscapes The Black Hills Symphony Orchestra performs works evocative of the season by composers Rimsky Korsakov, Sibelius, Tchaikovsky and Delius. 7:30-9:30 p.m., Performing Arts Center, 601 Columbus St., Rapid City 605.394.1786

Every Friday

Deadwood History’s Festive Fridays  Each Friday we will offer a variety of holiday activities, including caroling. Light refreshments provided. Grade: K-6, 6-8 p.m., Homestake Adams Research and Cultural Center, 150 Sherman St., Deadwood, 605.578.1657

Saturday 5 & 6

Black Hills Dance Theater’s The Nutcracker Celebrate the beloved Christmas tradition with the whole family as local dancers take part in this beautiful classic. Saturday 2 p.m. & 7 p.m., Sunday 2 p.m., Rushmore Plaza Civic Center, 444 Mt. Rushmore Rd., Rapid City, 605.394.4115

Sunday 6

Hospice of the Hills Tree of Light Honor your loved ones during the holiday season by adding an ornament to a tree for a donation of any size. 8 a.m.-5 p.m., La Croix Hall, Rushmore Plaza Civic Center, 605.394.4115

Sunday 6

Celebrate Hanukkah

Tuesday 8

Rush Hockey Rapid City Rush vs. Wichita Thunder 7-9 p.m., Rushmore Plaza Civic Center, 444 Mt. Rushmore Rd., Rapid City, 605.394.4115

Wednesday 9

FREE-Noon Holiday Concert Our holiday programs provide quality, familyfriendly entertainment for the community. Bring a sack lunch or just enjoy the holiday flavor! 12-1 p.m., Dahl Arts Center, 713 7th St., Rapid City, 605.394.4101

Wednesday 9

Lorie Line: Christmas in the City This year’s show promises to be a festive night of Christmas music taking you to three different cities to celebrate the season. 7:30-9 p.m., Performing Arts Center, 601 Columbus St., Rapid City, 605.394.1786

Thursday 10-13

Scrooge of Deadwood The true scrooge owner of the Gem Saloon battles his demons in our adult adaptation of this Christmas classic. Evening includes Sleigh Ride. 5-10 p.m., Deadwood 1876 Dinner Theater, 624 Main St., Deadwood, 605.580.5799

Friday 11-13

Cherry Street Players Fall Showcase Friday and Saturday 7-8:30 p.m. or Saturday and Sunday 2-3:30, Studio Theater, 601 Columbus St., Rapid City, 605.394.1786

Friday 11 & 12

Southern Hills Community Theater presents The Christmas Heist 7-8 p.m., Mueller Center, 801 S 6th St., Hot Springs,

Friday 11 & 12

Rush Hockey Rapid City Rush vs. Quad City Mallards 7-9 p.m., Rushmore Plaza Civic Center, 444 Mt. Rushmore Rd., Rapid City, 605.394.4115

Saturday 12

FREE-Saturday Art Adventures: Home Sweet Home 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. 1-3 p.m., Dahl Arts Center, 713 7th St., Rapid City, 605.394.4101

Tuesday 15

Snow Globes Homemade snow globes let you create a wintry scene straight out of your own imagination. Age: 2-6, 10-10:45 a.m., Dahl Arts Center, 713 7th St., Rapid City, 605.394.4101

Wednesday 16

FREE-Noon Holiday Concert Our holiday programs provide quality, familyfriendly entertainment for the community. Bring a sack lunch or just enjoy the holiday flavor! 12-1 p.m., Dahl Arts Center, 713 7th St., Rapid City, 605.394.4101

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Lakota Nation Invitational A powwow, cheerleading competitions, wrestling, hand games, various knowledge challenges, art, and fashion shows are part of the list of other events and activities. All Day, Rushmore Plaza Civic Center, 444 Mt. Rushmore Rd., Rapid City, 605.394.4115

Friday 17 & 24

Living Nativity Come see a cherished holiday tradition as the barn area is transformed into an exquisite Living Nativity. Enjoy refreshments and a winter fire. 6-9 p.m., Spirit of the Hills Wildlife Sanctuary, 500 Tinton Rd., Spearfish, 605.642.2907

Friday 18

FREE-Lights on the Ice Teen Night The ice rink is transformed into a dance party for teens complete with lights and today’s top hits. 5-9 p.m., Main Street Square, Rapid City, 605.719.7979

Saturday 19

FREE-Christmas Stockings from Old Jeans What to do with those old jeans? Make your own denim Christmas stocking or give it as a gift. 9:30-11:30 a.m., Rapid City Recycling Education Center, 5165 SD Hwy 79, Rapid City, 605.355.3496

Friday 25

Celebrate Christmas

Saturday 26

Celebrate Kwanzaa

Sunday 27

Rush Hockey Rapid City Rush vs. Colorado Eagles 4-6:30 p.m., Rushmore Plaza Civic Center, 444 Mt. Rushmore Rd., Rapid City, 605.394.4115

Thursday 31

FREE-Downtown Countdown New Year’s Eve at Main Street Square - Enjoy a dance party on the rink and fireworks in the sky. 5-10 p.m., Main Street Square, Rapid City, 605.716.7979

Thursday 31

Rush Hockey Rapid City Rush vs. Tulsa Oilers 6:30-9 p.m., Rushmore Plaza Civic Center, 444 Mt. Rushmore Rd., Rapid City, 605.394.4115

Thursday 31

Celtic New Year’s Eve: Hogmanay Black Hills Symphony Orchestra celebrates New Year’s Eve with a Celtic flair. The Scots have a long and rich heritage associated with this holiday. 7:30-9:30 p.m., Performing Arts Center, 601 Columbus St., Rapid City, 605.394.1786

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Christmas Nights of Lights The park is transformed into a beautiful winter wonderland for the Christmas Season. Check out all of your favorite storybook characters dressed up in lights for the holiday season. 5:30-8:30 p.m., Storybook Island, 1301 Sheridan Lake Rd., Rapid City, 605.342.6357

Every Wednesday (except during holidays)

FREE-CHAOS Pop-In Challenge  Engineering and science challenges for all ages taking simple materials and turn them into learning opportunities. Each week, a new challenge promotes hands-on learning. 4-6 p.m., Rapid City Public Library, 610 Quincy St., Rapid City, 605.394.6139

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Saturday 16

Rain Sticks Listen to that unique sound of rain being made from a tube. Make your own rain stick! 9:30-11:30am, Rapid City Recycling Education Center, S. Hwy. 79, Rapid City, 605.355.3496

Saturday 16

West River Basketball Tournament Junior Varsity games begin at 9 a.m.; Varsity games begin at 2 p.m. All Day, Rushmore Plaza Civic Center, 444 Mt. Rushmore Rd., Rapid City, 605.394.4115

Celebrate New Year’s Day

Friday 1

First Day Hike Start the year right with a guided 2-mile trek on the Creekside Trail. 10 a.m.-12 p.m., Peter Norbeck Center, Custer State Park, 605.255.4515

Saturday 2

Rush Hockey Rapid City Rush vs. Tulsa Oilers 7-9 p.m., Rushmore Plaza Civic Center, 444 Mt. Rushmore Rd., Rapid City, 605.394.4115

Friday 8 & 9

Rush Hockey Rapid City Rush vs. Missouri Mavericks 7-9 p.m., Rushmore Plaza Civic Center, 444 Mt. Rushmore Rd., Rapid City, 605.394.4115

Saturday 9

FREE-Saturday Art Adventure Hang out with us at the Dahl and create your own art and crafts. Each project will keep to the specific exhibit at the Dahl. 1-3 p.m., 713 7th St., Rapid City, 605.394.4101

Every Tuesday

Saturday 9

Game Lodge Snowshoe Hike This 2-mile hike overlooks the Game Lodge Campground and is geared toward the basics of Snowshoeing. Call to reserve your spot! 1-3 p.m., Peter Norbeck Center, Custer State Park, 605.255.4515

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Annual Dinner Theater Fundraiser More Information to come Thursday-Saturday, 6-9 p.m.; Sunday, 2-5 p.m. Black Hills Community Theater, 601 Columbus St., Rapid City, 605.394.1786

Friday 15-17

Black Hills Rapids Winter Classic Mark your calendar for one of two yearly competitive indoor soccer tournaments held in Rapid City. All Day, Rushmore Plaza Civic Center, 444 Mt. Rushmore Rd., Rapid City, 605.394.4115

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


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Dirty Dancing The classic story is a record-breaking live theatre sensation, exploding with heartpounding music, passionate romance and sensational dancing. Saturday 7:30 p.m., Sunday 2 p.m. or 7:30 p.m. Rushmore Plaza Civic Center, 444 Mt. Rushmore Rd., Rapid City, 605.394.4115

Friday 29-30

Celebrate Martin Luther King Day

Mardi Gras Weekend Celebrate Mardi Gras in the Wild West, with a weekend full of free parades, costume contests, parties and live music. All Day, Downtown Deadwood,

Friday 22 & 23

Friday 29-Sunday 7

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Saturday 23 & 24

Rush Hockey Rapid City Rush vs. Colorado Eagles 7-9 p.m., Rushmore Plaza Civic Center, 444 Mt. Rushmore Rd., Rapid City, 605.394.4115

Friday 22-23

ISOC Deadwood SnoCross Shootout ISOC Amsoil Championship SnoCross Series hits the Black Hills for the third annual Deadwood SnoCross Shootout. All Day, Deadwood,

Saturday 23

2016 Extreme Indoor Enduro An annual event that brings Black Hills trail riding indoors and is a test of skill and endurance on a challenging obstacle course. Rushmore Plaza Civic Center, 444 Mt. Rushmore Rd., Rapid City, 605.394.4115

Black Hills Stock Show & Rodeo The stock show features events such as the Ranch Rodeo, Sheep Dog Trials and Bronc Match are crowd favorites plus so much more. All Day, Rapid City,

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