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THE REAL ADVENTURE Summer is often when Black Hills families take some time to remember why they live here. We might check out our favorite hikes or haunts—perhaps pack a picnic, or spend a quiet weekend fishing. But how often do we truly plan a “staycation”? How often do we take advantage of the amazing selection of adventures that surround us? How often do we surrender to the Park, the reservoir—as well as local eateries and events? We figure that if time off can be arranged by Cover Family Aaron and Tina Neiman—owner/operators of four area coffeehouses, a bakery, and a summertime coffee kiosk (page 20)— then you and I can do it, too. They manage to parent four kids, two dogs, and a cat, all the while managing, cooking for, and wrangling their growing business. For your family “Staycation” (page 24), we provide a solid list of the most high-profile attractions, as well as some behindthe-scenes hints about summer-fun spots that you and your family definitely should not miss. Please note that the animal lovers in your group will have plenty to see, do—and even pet or feed! Of course, our Summer issue is also the place where we celebrate Nurses of Excellence (page 37), five area nurses who have been nominated for their extra-special care. In our supporting Health section, we also feature Dr. Martin Spahn, perhaps the happiest pediatrician ever—who shares therapeutic space with Lucy, the Labradoodle Therapy-Dog-in-training (page 30). In keeping with our animal happiness theme, “Scaredy-Cat” (page 32) describes how you and your family can take advantage of a program that assists humans and their furry companions to experience “fear-free” veterinary visits. And we keep you safe from too much sun with a local program in which schools and other organizations can put sunshades in playground areas (page 46). The issue is packed with our usual funnies and columns— along with our expert’s legal advice (page 50), we are pleased to add a new mental health column! (page 48)—as well as local resources, including our Calendar pages (page 56) that will take you through the whole summer. Dig out your water shoes, fishing pole, backgammon board, and picnic basket. It’s summertime, and the livin’ is easy. Note: for those of you traveling with your own pets, our local vets suggest taking dogs for long walks or playing ball before getting in the car; this will allow them to relax during the trip. If your animal is especially stressed by travel, offer treats—or, for motion sickness, consider medication. Safe travels!

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24 Make this summer memorable with a family trip to our area’s premier fun-spots. It’s Staycation Time!

SUMMER 2017 CONTENTS BUZZ 8 Amazing Kids

These inspiring kids are going above and beyond.

10 “Nana’s” Secrets A handful of Summer tips from our favorite expert.

AGES & STAGES BABY 14 Black-Belt Baby Whisperer

Traveling with little ones is a lot; these “ninja tips” will make it easier.

ELEMENTARY 16 Growing Memories

How gardening with your children feeds more than your household.

18 Camp: It’s All Here The benefits of sleep-away camp—and when your child should go. 6

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The Neiman Family: how coffee and kids changed their lives.

24 Summer Staycation! Great spots to include in your summer-fun itinerary.

THE HEALTH ISSUE 30 Dispensing Happiness

How one local pediatrician, and his Therapy-Dog-in-training, remember what’s important.

32 Scaredy-Cat

A new program, “Fear Free,” helps veterinarians to create a better experience for your pets— and your children.

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30 How one happy dog—along with her pediatrician owner and his family—promote good health.

37 Nurses of Excellence

Help us to honor five nurses who make that crucial difference in our lives—every day.

46 Sun Smarts

How you can help a local dermatology group put shade where we need it most.


FUN & TOOLS 54 Black Hills Cuties 56 Calendar 63 Family Resources 64 Toddler Tricks

One mom’s creative solution to managing her three-year-old: pretend she’s a bear.

COLUMNS MENTAL HEALTH 48 Raising a “Can-Do” Kid

Local therapists remind us to meet our kids where they are— and to give ourselves a break in the process.

LEGAL 50 Ready for Anything How Powers of Attorney can help parents of young children prepare for the unexpected.

NONPROFITS 52 Making an Impact: BH Raptor Center These rescued, injured birds allow a nonprofit to teach kids about wildlife conservation.

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The Neimans—owners of the new Harriet & Oak coffeehouse—change our lives…every morning.






ANNELISE & BENJAMIN Annelise Deyo loves bringing joy to people’s lives and a sense of wonder to the community. With her talent as a magician, she gets to do both regularly. It all started when she was seven years old. Annelise received a magic set for her birthday and began performing shows at home. After putting on shows for family near and far, and doing magic for nursing home residents, Annelise got her first “big break” at the Central States Fair in Rapid City. Now, at 11 years old, she continues to practice magic with big hopes of having it become a staple in her life. “My favorite thing about magic is that it’s something to look forward to after school,” said Annelise. “It’s fun for me, but it’s fun for my audience, too.” Her audience has expanded to schools, private parties, family events, and more; and her show has expanded, as well. Her pet white doves–Cosmo and Fuzzo–have become a part of the act, as has her younger brother, Benjamin. At age nine, Benjamin as been her assistant for a couple of years and adds comic relief, We are searching for more amazing kids according to their mom Alison. “I love watching them have — those kids who love what they do, are a good time together while succeeding by leaps and bounds, and they’re achieving their goals,” deserve to have their stories shared. she says. Want to see the magic duo in action? Follow them on Facebook and Instagram!



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How many US capitals can grown-ups name? No matter the average, most adults are blown away by the record of six-yearold David Duchesneau—a kindergartner at Canyon Lake Elementary School in Rapid City. “We discovered his interest in learning when we first introduced him to an iPad with Internet restrictions,” explains his mother, Hang. “We set it up to watch learning channels and videos, and before we knew it, David was retaining far more information than we were!” Along with state capitals, he can also tell you all the planets in the solar system—along with what they’re made of, and their moons. What’s next on David’s learning list? Human anatomy.

MEREDITH Meredith Lehmann loves sports, but when it comes to gymnastics, her naturally ability and fear-free attitude shines. At seven years old, Meredith loves the sport’s variety. From practice to practice, she gets to do “fun stuff, like the bars, beam, vault,” and of course floor—her favorite part of gymnastics. “Meredith is an adventurous and determined child,” says her mom, Erin. “She never gives up, and if something is hard for her, then she practices until she masters it.” This girl loves to show everyone what she is learning, so her family is used to her working on her handstand while the rest of them are watching a movie. Wherever and whenever she is learning a new move, Meredith sets her goals high and excels—making her an Amazing Kid in the Black Hills.

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Who among us, here in South Dakota, has heard of the Cloud Appreciation Society? If you haven’t, then you might want to join. Nana believes that, like her, every dedicated outside-goer probably has a “thing” for clouds—and they’re not alone. The Society has links to resources about clouds, a lovely photo gallery to use to compare the clouds you’re seeing, and even “cloud news.” For example, from the website, we learned that the World Meterological Organization (WMO) recently released a new reference for identifying types of clouds. Called the International Cloud Atlas, the digital resource contains hundreds of images—including new classifications for clouds that until now were not “named.” Some of the new classifications include both naturally occurring clouds and clouds that result from human activities, such as contrails from planes. Other meteorological phenomena—such as rainbows and halos— are also mentioned. Check out the sky—and the Cloud Appreciation Society. Members even receive “a cloud a day”; 10

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Nana says, “Go outside!” In summer, she always wears clothes with pockets, in case of spontaneous walking. Nana also has a backpack ready with plastic baggies, paper towels, small notebook and pencil, and permanent marker. “It does wonders to exercise kids’ minds in the fresh air,” she says. “We love finding tiny things, like bits of quartz or the smallest pine cones. We crack open pine seeds that look like miniature cups—and notice how the most minute hairs on a piece of moss make it look like a wee forest.” Outside walks work even in town—just move slowly and pay close attention for evidence of nature all around you.


BIKE RODEO Eight years ago, retired professional mountainbike racer and physical therapist Nancy Busching was thinking big thoughts about her children, exercise, and the dangers associated with their riding bicycles in local neighborhoods. She contacted Safe Routes to School, an international program that helps to make walking and bicycling safer and more accessible for kids. It also enhances health and well-being, eases traffic congestion, and improves air quality. With a $178,000 grant from the Safe Routes program, Nancy partnered with Meadowbrook School and used the grant to pay for curb cut-outs, fitness education, signage,


Nana teaches every walking companion about birds— because it is so delightful when birds converse. “Lots of birds call back if you whistle to them,” she says. Chickadees are especially responsive—and their spring call is quite easy, just two notes.” Nana says that some six-yearold kids she knows have successfully chatted with chickadees. Go online, listen to the calls of birds in your neighborhood, and practice!

equipment, bikes for kids who don’t have one, and an annual Bike Rodeo. The one-day event starts when kids—and their parents, if they want—ride to school, and then each class gets an hour to participate during its PE class. 4 STATIONS 1. Mechanics from Rapid City bike shops, plus parents, check student bikes. 2. Rapid City Regional Hospital conducts helmetfit checks—and provides free helmets for children who don’t have one, through the “Don’t Thump Your Melon” head injury prevention program. 3. Kids ride through a bikehandling course, including a circle with ramps, a figure-eight, and a cone obstacle course. 4. Kids put bikes away and “cool down” with water and bananas.

Meadowbrook’s Rodeo is from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on May 5, but any school can start one. Check for more information on how to make riding safe and healthy in your neighborhood!


No matter what time of year, opening the windows clears the air inside your home. Let the breeze whisk away residual stuffiness from heat, air conditioning, colds and flu, pets, cooking, and just general life. In this part of the country, we can rely on the fresh air’s carrying smells of afternoon rain, cut grass, and scents of everything from prairie grass to flowers. To maintain that freshness, consider diffusing lavender oil in your children’s rooms, the bathroom, laundry room, and kitchen.

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T PLAN FOR THE UNEXPECTED Parenthood has a way of slowing us down a bit, and you’ll have a happier trip if you build in extra time between connecting flights, on the road, in the morning…. Traveling with baby requires deep breaths and patience. Resolve to be okay with baby steps and a forgiving pace.






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By Elizabeth Sagaser, mom of 2 and [only slightly traumatized] survivor of a solo flight with a newborn


hether you’re crossing South Dakota or taking a train, plane, or automobile cross-country, traveling with baby can be a daunting challenge...or a memorable adventure! It all depends on your parental ninja skills level of preparedness. A few helpful hints:


Don’t cling to the same schedule and habits you keep at home in a vain attempt at “normalcy.” If baby is hungry/sleepy/cranky, feed her, let her sleep, or soothe her in whatever way she needs. Babies don’t know about time zones or nap schedules, and it’s okay to set your routine aside for a few days. (Really!) 14

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Babies get bored. Bring favorite toys and teethers, and pick up a few new baubles for the journey. Rotate as needed to pique interest: infant flashcards, crinkle objects, baby board books. In a bored-babyemergency, an empty plastic bottle with a few pebbles in it makes a great rattle. #macgyvermom


Music soothes the savage baby. Pick up a lights-and-sound toy or a lullaby stuffed animal, and be prepared to hit that button again and again. My favorite baby-taming album is “A Little Heart Like You,” by the band Martha’s Trouble.


Pick up a big box of gallon-size, resealable storage bags. Make kits with two or three diapers, a travel pack of wipes, travel tube of diaper cream, and antibacterial goo. You don’t want to tote a diaper bag the size of a small island into an airplane bathroom, and you may need to grab a changing kit on the fly. Reusable bags make great laundry bags, and if you have to make a change on the side of the road, you’ll have an odor-proof trash bag to store the results until you reach civilization. My kids are six and eight, and I still bring baggies wherever we go. We’ve captured sea creatures and collected rocks, cleaned up the car, and stored laundry in these bags—and I am never, ever sorry to have them along. Whether you’re dealing with a wailing infant or mid-tantrum toddler, studies show passersby pay little attention to the child; they are watching to see what you—the parent—do in reaction. This is a good thing! Don’t be dismayed if your baby loses his cool. Keep calm and do your best; the people around you will be secretly admiring your awesome parenting skills. #yougotthis

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Growing Memories By Kerrie McLoughlin I’ll never forget the first time I picked a beautiful, ripe, red tomato that I helped to grow. I had watered and weeded the plant with love; I was so proud of that tomato. Because I wasn’t interested in gardening when I was a kid, this memorable experience happened the summer I turned 40! Now I get my own kids digging in the dirt. I’ve found that gardening alongside your kids provides valuable opportunities for them to learn, get some exercise and fresh air, and connect with family. Try taking yours along to choose seeds at the garden store, or spend an afternoon poring over a seed catalog to decide what to plant. Their faces will light up when they get to pick green beans for dinner or grab some mint for their lemonade. And behind the scenes, your whole family will benefit. EDUCATION IN DISGUISE

Ask your child: How much will it cost to buy enough tomato plants to fill half of our space? How many feet by how many feet is our garden? How many different things can we plant? Which bugs are bad, or beneficial? Choose plants that attract butterflies. Buy some ladybugs, let them loose, and see how long they stay to eat up aphids. RESPONSIBILITY

Consider planting most of the plot as a Family Garden, but save one entire section for your child’s own garden— and make her responsible for it. If she doesn’t fall in love with gardening, then provide a small allowance for chores, such as watering and weed-pulling throughout. YOUR OWN FOOD

Have a garden-to-table pizza party, where the toppings come from your own garden. Learn how to can fruits and vegetables at—save them for another day, or jazz them up as salsa, pie filling, or jam. COMPOST

Have kids toss “trash” into the garden—egg shells, coffee grounds, fruit and vegetable shavings and rinds. You can make the entire garden a compost pile in the off-season, and then maintain a section for composting year-round. Fun note: Composted leftover Halloween pumpkins and gourds might provide a surprise come next year. Together, you can decorate plant markers, make stepping stones using a kit, or paint protective lattice screen. Add to your garden shed cache with kid-size gardening tools— gloves, shovels, watering cans, kneeling pads, and small buckets, aprons, and totes for tools—at 16

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Five Reasons Great Parents Send Their Kids to Camp By Audrey Monke

Parents who hesitate to send their kids to sleepaway camp commonly ask, “How could I stand having my child away for so long?” or, “How will she survive without me?” or, “Isn’t he too young to go to camp alone?” Does success at camp depend on the child’s age, temperament, or personal preferences—or is it just plain bad parenting to send your kids? As a summer camp director for more than 30 years, and a mom of five kids, I research, write, and speak about all things summer camp, family, and happiness-related. In my experience, at camp this summer, your child will: DEVELOP INDEPENDENCE

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will last forever. And, as Michael Thompson, PhD, so eloquently states, “Our best childhood memories do not include adults.” RELAX

Camp provides a break from the pressures and stress of competitive sports, school…and you. Forgive me if that offends, but I, too, am a well-meaning but over-involved parent who provides just a bit too much advice, feedback, and guidance to my children. Our kids need a break from our well-intentioned involvement. GET UNPLUGGED

Camp allows your child the chance to unplug from technology and to connect face-to-face with other kids and positive young adult role models. Getting unplugged is one of my favorite topics; read more at BECOME BETTER AT MAKING & KEEPING FRIENDS

The bonding and friendships that happen at camp are different from those at school and on sports teams. The intensity of living and experiencing life together, without distractions, creates the ideal setting to form life-long friendships and really get to know people well. So, even if it’s hard for you to let your child go, remember that a trip to camp gives your child a gift that will have more impact than any material item you’ve ever given.

WHAT’S THE RIGHT AGE TO GO? Every family is different, but I recommend several guidelines. Start with a well-run, accredited camp, and review the quick summary below. For more comprehensive information, go to 5 or under—That’s too young for overnight camp alone—but get kids acclimated on a family camping adventure. Ages 6 to 8—Okay if your child is fairly independent and can take a shower on his/ her own. Also, say yes if your child is asking to go—usually because of older siblings’ positive experiences. Ages 9 to 10—If your kid is excited to go to camp, then go for it! However, if your child is hesitant, then expose him to the idea by talking with families whose kids go to camp. Attend camp information sessions, browse websites, and watch camp videos. If your child is 11— It’s REALLY time. If your child is 12 or older—If you have a kid of this age who has never been away to camp, then please let him or her go!

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One local couple makes a difference for an Ethiopian boy—and for the rest of us, too, thanks to a growing trove of Black Hills coffeehouses. By Kristin Donnan


aron Neiman doesn’t like labels—he finds them “confining.” He and his business-partner wife, Tina, also don’t like convention—they’ve made their biggest life decisions from the gut. But once a trajectory is set, Tina’s business-administration degree and Aaron’s attention to creative detail steer their multivenue enterprise featuring the essence of life: coffee. So, let’s set the stage: Harriet & Oak, the new coffeehouse on Main and Fourth Streets


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in downtown Rapid City, just opened this spring. It joins Blackbird Espresso in Spearfish, two Green Bean Coffeehouse locations, in Spearfish and Belle Fourche, the 8th Avenue Bakery, also in Belle Fourche, and the drivethrough, seasonal Riverbend Coffee Company kiosk in Hulett, Wyoming. Factor in four children, two dogs, and one cat—along with a mild passion for geocaching and camping—and the average parent would collapse on the couch. And place a pillow over his or her head.

Is it the caffeine that gets them through? Yes. But there are also more subtle forces at work. After talking with the couple—who don’t much relish talking about themselves— it becomes clear that their lives are about intention, consciousness, family, and good health. They’re not “foodies,” but they like healthy savories. They’re not “bakers,” but they appreciate pure ingredients and scratch-made sweets. They’re not “globe-trotters,” but they like travel and adventure and change. They’re not

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OPPOSITE: The family enjoys some down-time. From left, Sophie, 13; dad Aaron; Ella, 15; mom Tina; Luca, 7; and Aidan, 10.

“entrepreneurs,” but after getting married, they “knew that someday they’d like to own their own business.” Then, one day the first Green Bean (originally The Tin Cup) was offered for sale in Belle Fourche, and the adventure began. It just happened, one store at a time. Meanwhile, the Neimans also started their family. Somewhere along the way, they shared a back-burner thought that adopting a child in need could be a possibility, but they didn’t go looking for one. They didn’t set out to become “a family with a kid from Ethiopia.” It just happened. THE BIG, WIDE WORLD

Tina was born and raised in Rapid City; Aaron is from Hulett. He put his “toe in the coffee” with a job at Common Grounds in Spearfish, until Tina’s career sent them, with their two daughters, on a detour to Hawaii—for training in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL). While she was studying, and trying out that field, Aaron quickly climbed the ladder at Starbucks. He rose to store manager, and in the process learned about “corporate coffee.” Their third child was born in Hawaii—Aidan calls Hawaii “his country”—and then they returned to South Dakota and their families. The coffee business was just beginning, with only one location, when they sponsored an Ethiopian child. They heard about Look Development—a Christianbased nonprofit NGO (nongovernmental organization) “run by Ethiopians to serve

Ethiopians”—from its founders, who live in Montana, of all places. Aaron and Tina loved the idea of putting a child through school and assisting with medical or support needs, and then leaped at the chance to go with Look Development on one of their regular trips to Ethiopia. There, they met their sponsored child. “We were broken, on a real visceral level,” Aaron recalls. “That little boy’s situation was not good. Although our sponsorship ensured that he could go to school, his home life was very sad. So, we pursued the option of adopting him.” Tina was homeschooling at the time, and she agrees that the experience of seeing these children in need brought a “background thought to the foreground.” Unfortunately, the adoption process did not work for that sponsored child, but the Neimans were not deterred. In April 2011, they connected with an agency that worked with an Ethiopian orphanage; by

Behind the Scenes In a few short years, the Neimans have created comforting, familiar stops on our daily routes—mini staycations, filled with scratch baking. But when no one’s looking? They run around outside, walk the dogs, hike, camp, and GPS geocache coordinates.

Christmas, they had a referral. “We wanted to maintain the birth order in our family, and we had two daughters and one son, so we were looking at two- to three-year-old boys,” Aaron says. In the first group of referrals, there were four girls and one small boy who had not been placed. They just looked at Luca—there on the computer screen—and said “yes.” “There aren’t any easy answers for how we decided,” Aaron says. “We didn’t want to over-think it. We wanted to adopt him; that was in our hearts. It was just right. He was the right kid.” After one quick trip for Ethiopian paperwork, then a four-month wait in the United States for American paperwork, Luca was ready to come “home.” The Neimans decided that if Luca would learn about America, then they Black Hills Parent


had better learn about Ethiopia, so they piled the whole clan into an airplane for a two-week acclimation process. “Meeting a child under these circumstances is not a Hallmark moment,” Tina says. “He wasn’t even three years old, and we didn’t speak the same language. We didn’t come in all weepy and huggy; we kept it really low-key. To this little person, we were just some strangers, some foreign bodies in his life.” The newly minted family hung out in a guest house, made friends with other kids in the neighborhood, became familiar with the sights, smells, food, and culture that would forever be part of their lives, and for the first time truly understood what it felt like to be minorities. “We wanted our other three kids to have a sense of what it would be like for Luca to be ‘different’ in South Dakota,” Aaron says, “and for all of us to know what ‘his place’ was like.” PADDLING OUT


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The rest is history. Now the newest member of the family is “Harriet,” as they casually refer to the newest coffee venue. In describing the Neimans’ business philosophy, Aaron is forced to display his knowledge of coffee history—all the while apologizing for sounding uppity. The waves refer to how coffee has “filtered” its way into our daily lives. In fairness, there was actually a “pre-wave” period, too—15th-century trade logs show coffee as a commodity; by the 1800s, coffeehouses were popular. Then, by the 20th century, “First Wave” entrepreneurs saw the potential for providing the average household with ready-to-brew coffee. Vacuum-packed beans and coffee makers marked a new age. The “Second Wave” involved mass production distribution, and the first “specialty” coffee beans. People flocked into coffee shops, where pre-ground coffee, as well as brewed, mixed drinks became common. The Second Wave gave birth to Starbucks—and enthusiasts became accustomed to a wide range of syrups and drink choices. Second-wave stores like the Green Bean Coffeehouses offer a smorgasbord of choices. “The Third Wave is a return to the basics— purity, single-origin coffees, a more focused menu,” Aaron says. Both Blackbird Espresso and Harriet & Oak are Third Wave. “We make everything from scratch,” he says. “We made a conscious decision to crack eggs for burritos. We make our own coleslaw, kimchi, and falafel from dried chick peas. We’re trying to blend slow food into a fast-paced environment.” Meanwhile, the bakery isn’t about waves. It’s about sugar. It’s the result of the Neimans’ first foray into cooking—they baked bread for a farmer’s market. Now it’s the launching pad for most of the food sold in the various locations. And on Saturdays, Belle Fourche residents go there for a warm doughnut. Now, that’s living.

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From world-renowned features like Reptile Gardens to hidden gems, our backyard has more to see and do than any other American location—according to tourism expert Roger Brooks. Soak up the sun and experience these outdoor attractions together! By Jenna Carda 24

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Visit Storybook Island during their character days, and let your children meet Merida, Spiderman, Elsa, and more. Grab a treat at one of their concession stands—especially the frozen lemonade—and take a break by the benches before riding the train and the carousel. Before you leave, swing into their gift shoppe and choose a memento of the day. “Everyone is invited,” says Executive Director Connie LeZotte. “Let your children use their imaginations as they board the pirate ship, talk to the three little pigs, and climb Winnie the Pooh’s treehouse. Experience the magic!” Admission: Free Location: 1301 Sheridan Lake Rd., Rapid City Hours: Sun. – Sat: 9 a.m. – 7 p.m.

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STORYBOOK ISLAND If you have children between the ages of three and nine, they are going to love Storybook Island. Filled with more than 100 storybook and fairytale sets, this attraction has been around for nearly 60 years and is the perfect place to let your child’s imagination soar. Equipped with easy, paved paths for a leisurely stroll and plenty of room to run, the magical nature of the park will leave you in awe.


OLD MACDONALD’S FARM Grab your overalls and head out to the farm! Old MacDonald’s Petting Farm on Highway 16, just outside Rapid City, is a perfect place for kids. See your favorite farm animals, including chickens, goats, horses, and cows—along with some new furry faces that you might not see every day. Look for Hans & Frans the yaks, and Baby Girl the llama. “The farm is a safe, fun, and relaxing environment for families,” agree Gina and Thane Rose, owners of Old MacDonald’s. “It is hands-on learning for the kids every time you come.”

RUSH MOUNTAIN ADVENTURE PARK Take the kids and get ready for a wild ride at Rush Mountain Adventure Park in Keystone! Long known for its centerpiece, Rushmore Cave, this venue has expanded its roster of adventures, and now offers a full day of fun and thrills—for everyone.

Kids can hold chicks, stand inside pens with the goats, ride ponies, pet llamas, and so much more. It is a place you can spend hours letting your kids be kids and play in the dirt.

Take a tour of the natural limestone formations deep underground, then stop by the mining station by the Visitor Center. Next, head into the treetops on the zipline and mountain coaster for an adventure in the sky. Once you’re finished flying high, stop inside for the 7-D Gunslinger theatre—where you will be able to experience living inside of a movie while you shoot laser guns at the “bad guys.”

Admission: Adult: $13.50, Child: $10.50 Location: 23691 Busted Five Ct., Rapid City Hours: Sun. – Sat. 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

“It’s fun to watch a grandma and her grandchild ride on an attraction together, laugh out loud, and build lasting bonds,” smiles Ross Johnson, partner at Rush Mountain Adventure Park. “Rush Mountain is a special place where families can come, spend the day doing activities together, and create lasting memories.”

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Admission: $6–50 Location: 13622 Hwy. 40, Keystone Hours: Sun. – Sat.: 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

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SPOTLIGHT THE GREAT OUTDOORS REMEMBER THESE KEY DESTINATIONS WHEN YOU PLAN YOUR ITINERARY 1880 TRAIN Admission: Adult: $24–29, Child: $12–14 Location: Hill City BEAR COUNTRY USA Admission: Adult: $17, Child: $11, Under 4: Free Location: Rapid City BIG THUNDER GOLD MINE Admission: Adult: $9.95, Child: $6.95, Under 4: Free Location: Keystone

“A big part of what we do is intended to provide families with beginning experiences,” says Chad Tussing, Director of The Outdoor Campus – West. “They can try something new, or gain new skills that they can then do on their own together.” Admission: Free Location: 4130 Adventure Trail, Rapid City Hours: Mon. – Fri.: 8 a.m. – 5 p.m., Sat.: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., Sun.: 1 – 4 p.m.

BLACK HILLS PLAYHOUSE Admission: Adult: $34, Child: $16 Location: Custer

MUSEUM OF GEOLOGY Admission: Free Location: Rapid City

CIRCLE B CHUCKWAGON Admission: Adult: $29–31, Child: $13–15 Location: Hill City

NATIONAL PRESIDENTIAL WAX MUSEUM Admission: Adult: $10, Child: $7, Under 5: Free Location: Keystone

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PIRATE’S COVE ADVENTURE GOLF Admission: Adult: $8.50, Child: $7.50, Under 3: Free Location: Rapid City

CUSTER STATE PARK Admission: Activities Vary

REPTILE GARDENS Admission: Adult: $17.50, Child: $11.50, Under 4: Free Location: Rapid City

D.C. BOOTH FISH HATCHERY Admission: Free Location: Spearfish

RUSHMORE TRAMWAY Admission: Activities Vary Location: Keystone

DEVILS TOWER Admission: $15 Location: Wyoming

SANFORD LAB HOMESTAKE VISITOR CENTER Admission: Free exhibits, Tours: $25 (family of 4+) Location: Lead

DINOSAUR PARK Admission pricing: Free Location: Rapid City EVAN’S PLUNGE Admission: Adult: $14, Child: $10, Under 2: Free Location: Hot Springs FLAGS AND WHEELS Admission: $5–19.75 Location: Rapid City FORT HAYS Admission: Adult: $29, Child: $14.50, Under 4: $5 Location: Rapid City HOLY TERROR MINI GOLF Admission: Adult: $9, Child: $7, Under 5: Free Location: Keystone JOURNEY MUSEUM Admission: Adult: $10, Child: $7, Under 5: Free Location: Rapid City MAD MOUNTAIN ADVENTURE Admission: Activities Vary Location: Deadwood


MT. RUSHMORE NATIONAL MEMORIAL Admission: $10 Location: Keystone MUSEUM AT BLACK HILLS INSTITUTE Admission: Adult: $7:50, Child: $4 Location: Hill City

CRAZY HORSE MEMORIAL Admission: $11–28, Under 6: Free Location: Custer

The campus also offers public programs for outdoor education and skills such as camping and fishing, learning about animals, kayaking, and more.

THE MAMMOTH SITE Admission: Adult: $10.14, Child: $7.37, Under 3: Free Location: Hot Springs

BLACK HILLS MAZE Admission: $20.18 Location: Rapid City

COSMOS MYSTERY AREA Admission: Adult: $11, Child: $6, Under 4: Free Location: Rapid City

THE OUTDOOR CAMPUS – WEST Opening its doors in 2011, the Game, Fish and Park’s Outdoor Campus – West, on Sturgis Road in Rapid City, is a great place for families of all ages. It features: hands-on exhibits that showcase area wildlife; a play area with room to run; and greenspace complete with 1.5 miles of easy trails and habitats along the lake, creeks, and ponds.

MAIN STREET SQUARE Admission: Free Location: Rapid City

SD AIR AND SPACE Admission: Free; Tours: Adult: $8, Child: $5 Location: Ellsworth AFB SPEARFISH REC & AQUATIC CENTER Admission: $3–8 Location: Spearfish T&M TRAIL RIDES Admission: Pricing Varies Location: Nemo TRI-STATE MUSEUM Admission: Free Location: Belle Fourche WALL DRUG Admission: Free Location: Wall WATIKI Admission: $10.99+ Location: Rapid City

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The road to happiness isn’t always paved.

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HAPPINESS Pediatrician Martin Spahn, MD, loves his job. “Our patients are kids. They are honest, straightforward, and they’re intrinsically willing to be happy. Many times during my day, my patients are giggling. It doesn’t get better than that.”


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LEFT: Little Capri has a moment with almost-Therapy-Dog Lucy. RIGHT: Dr. Spahn (right) with partner Kay, son Gabe, and Lucy. Daughter Elena, off at college, also helped to build the clinic.

“WHEN YOU TAKE CARE OF A YOUNG CHILD, YOU FIND WAYS TO COMMUNICATE THAT ARE PRE-VERBAL. YOU ‘SPEAK PEDIATRICS.’” “happiness measure” successfully ever since. In the three decades since he left Germany, he has experienced a range of partnerships. Although he praises the benefits of working under a collaborative umbrella, personally Spahn always felt something was lacking for him in larger settings. It had to do with family, and flexibility, and independence. And then there’s Kay. Spahn’s wife and business partner, Kay is a vortex of forward-thinking energy. In hindsight, she was probably the “something” that was lacking before the family started their own clinic. In fact, it was her idea. “The clinic was a family decision,” she says. “We didn’t want a big operation—just a few practitioners—and we knew that our kids would be involved.” Their children, then 10 and 15, cleaned on weekends, performed odd jobs, and even, eventually, implemented computer security. Youngest son Gabe, now 17 and a high school senior, is soon off to college. He and his sister, Elena, might be the

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hirty years ago, in a land far, far away, physicianin-training Martin Spahn conducted an informal review of his colleagues. His query: “Who are the happiest doctors?” “I believe that our jobs influence us, even morph us into who we become,” he says today. “When choosing a specialty, I remember thinking that there must be some logic in looking at people I most wanted to be like—who had a life I could see myself in. The happiest physicians I knew were pediatricians, in Germany, anyway. They were convincingly the most relaxed, friendly, communicative, happy doctors. I haven’t regretted my decision once.” Dr. Spahn, an area pediatrician who in 2010 launched the independent Founders Park Clinic, has used his

only doctor’s kids who ate dinner with their parents every night growing up. Dinner was a nonnegotiable in the family’s “happiness philosophy.” SPEAKING “THE LANGUAGE”

LUCY THE LABRADOODLE Kay Spahn has always wanted to train a therapy dog for the clinic, and after the family’s beloved “pound puppies” died at 16, the couple decided to go for it. Prioritizing the hypoallergenic and shed-free features of a poodle and the positive temperament of the Labrador Retriever, they found…Lucy. “She has the calmest, most peaceful temperament,” Kay says. “It’s amazing to see what a difference the dog makes for patients—or their parents—who are super anxious. She just instantly breaks the ice.” Lucy can sit with someone for a whole visit, provide a moment’s warmth, or just look cute at a distance—whatever is appropriate for the person. Lucy’s therapy dog training is still ongoing, although she’s already graduated from basic obedience and holds her Canine-Good-Citizen certification. She’s on duty only certain times of the day, so ask for her when you make your appointment!

The Spahns met in Guatemala in the late 1980s, and between them have lived or traveled in Spahn’s native Germany, Mexico, Pakistan, India, Kenya, Zambia, and Italy. Spahn received his medical training in Heidelberg (Germany), San Francisco, and New York City, and practiced medicine on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation, before settling in Rapid City. Kay taught English as a Second Language. With this truly global perspective, the couple have a very personal view of the how medicine crosses borders. They describe an intuitive “essence” involved in working with children as patients. “Doctors are driven by a need to understand what patients are telling us. But the process is not only language based,” Spahn says. “For example, for infants, there is a language that’s completely nonverbal.” To effectively “speak pediatrics,” Spahn believes that each doctor must conduct his or her own intake and family interview, taking his or her own notes. “I do things the same way I learned—holding a clipboard and a pen,” he says. This personal investment also informs how he handles emergent or controversial situations. Whether an after-hours phone call or an educational consult about the importance of vaccines, education is key. The first step is listening—carefully. The second is educating. “I’m not sleeping well when a child under my care is missing something,” he says. “I’ve seen what that looks like in third-world countries.” It’s the opposite of happy. Black Hills Parent




“Kids see the similarities between their own doctor visits and their pets’,” Dr. Erin says. Allowing kids to help prepare a pet for a visit to the veterinarian creates calm for everyone.

By Jenna Carda Imagine this: You’re lured from your home with the promise of a fun road trip. Suddenly, you find yourself in a strange place filled with odd smells, weird people, and shrieks coming from a nearby room. Many pets go through this experience when they are taken to the vet—and their anxiety is shared by their humans, too. One study by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says “social interaction of humans and dogs may also lead to increased oxytocin levels in both the human and the dog.” Oxytocin is a hormone related

to bonding, so those emotions you—and your children—feel about your pet are physiologically based. They’re real.” To keep everyone’s anxiety to a minimum, Mountain View Animal Hospital (MVAH) and Canyon Lake Veterinary Clinic have integrated the Fear Free program into their routines. It’s a certification process for animal professionals, which includes special classes and training. Vets and their assistants learn techniques to help both pets and clients relax before and during the appointment, and to make a sometimes difficult situation better. “Pets and kids naturally go together,” said Dr. Erin Brown, one of the veterinarians

at MVAH, “and we want to foster that bond—we want to make their visit a good experience.” How families work with their animals at home contributes greatly to the stress levels they feel in their dayto-day lives, and at the vet’s office. Here’s what you can do, throughout your pet’s life, to help everyone remain “fear free.” PREPARATION

Acclimate small animals to carrying kennels well before they’re needed. This way, everyone becomes familiar with the transportation and will not associate it solely with a visit to the vet. Also, occasionally move the kennel around with the pet inside and take a few “test drives,” so that car travel is not scary in and of itself. Let kids play with an animal in and/or near the kennel, and, depending on age, let them help or independently take your pet outside to play before its appointment. TRANSPORT

Hold your carrier level—and avoid swinging it by the handle. Place the carrier level in the car, too, so your pet can keep its footing. On the trip, let your kids sit by their buddy in the car and, when appropriate, let them come into the vet visit with you and your pet.

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Although there’s a time and place for medications, they shouldn’t always be a parent’s first treatment choice. Instead, desensitizing allergies can be successful, especially in young children. Allergies are caused by a hyperactive immune system that’s working too hard. When helping young children with allergy problems, it’s important to calm the immune system in a natural way. You can do this by performing an easy food sensitivity test and removing the foods a child is sensitive to. This can be a benefit whether or not they are having symptoms, since food sensitivities irritate the digestive tract lining— and 70-80% of our immune system is located in the digestive tract.

I recommend that patients find out what is irritating the immune system, and remove those irritations so that the body can focus on any primary allergies. Supplements also can help calm the immune system; these include: Vitamins D, C and A; Zinc; bioflavonoids (found in green citrus fruit rinds); and high-potency multivitamins. Current levels can be checked through simple blood testing. Other allergy desensitizing techniques include: acupuncture, acupressure, applied kinesiology, NAET, and body talk. Dr. Robert Kuyper

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NURSES OF EXCELLENCE PROFESSIONALISM 2017 Every nurse cares for thousands of patients in his or her career. That’s a lot of hands to hold, temperatures to take, and stories to gracefully enter—and exit. Our sponsors are pleased to introduce you to five of our area’s medical superstars; help us celebrate both their skill and their grace.


veryone agrees that nurses can change your life—whether your life is in their hands, or your loved one’s is. This year’s nominations for Nurses of Excellence introduced us to nurses “on the floor” and throughout administration. The nurses who touched people’s hearts care for people at all stages of life— from birth to hospice—and through every specialty you can imagine. While each nurse who was nominated deserves recognition— you can read about all of them at—we chose five who embody the essence of nursing. Patients, co-workers, administrators, and family members valued nonjudgmental, thorough, level-headed caregivers who by their very natures

anticipate their patients’ needs, include patients’ families in their approach, and, most of all, are “there for them.” We heard heroic stories, including: hiking an hour each way through a blizzard—twice a day, for four days— to care for a single hospice patient; driving injured or ill children from school to doctor appointments when parents could not make it; making care packages or “chemo baskets” for patient families or newly diagnosed patients; planting a tree in memory of a patient who passed away; singing and dancing to cheer people on their way to surgery; standing in for co-workers so they can attend their children’s events; regularly encouraging nursing home residents

to do “just one more minute” on the exercise bike; cutting hair at Behavioral Health while listening to patient stories; ensuring that hospitalized children receive gifts at Christmas. They also show this same nature outside their work. Nominated nurses serve in many civic, cultural, spiritual, and medical associations and organizations. They’ve planned events for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation (14 years!) and Black Hills Ski for Light (17 years!), volunteered at the local jail, distributed coats for homeless folks, and started foundations for special needs kids. Our nurses are our community’s lifeblood, and we are thrilled to honor them here. Black Hills Parent




After working as a nurse manager for several years, I was ready for a new challenge. When I saw the RCMC job description for my current role, I thought, “This is it!” Although I mourn not being able to directly care for patients, I lean on my expertise as a nurse—and I reach our patients by caring for the nurses who directly care for them.


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Jessica joined the Rapid City Medical Center in August 2016—it’s a multispecialty practice comprised of eight locations in Rapid City and an outreach clinic in Spearfish. Jessica oversees support staff in all locations. In seven short months, she familiarized herself with 14 different specialties and the practice preferences of more than 80 different providers; she worked under every single provider during her first several weeks. She’s revamped numerous clinical policies, making the clinic a safe and happy place to work. She’s made RCMC into a welloiled machine—always with a smile on her face. Jessica is forward-thinking, draws upon many years of nursing and managerial experience, remains mindful of impacts on her staff and colleagues—and is a great role model for other nurses in the practice. Jennifer Trucano, Supervisor and CEO



RIKKI PLAGGEMEYER, RN ACUTE CARE NURSE MANAGER STURGIS REGIONAL HOSPITAL Nursing caregivers at Sturgis Regional Hospital continually say that it is because of Rikki that they stay in a small hospital. Many nurse leaders can be good or even great, but very few are truly exceptional. Rikki is a tremendous nurse and a phenomenal nursing leader, because she truly practices servant leadership. As a leader, mentor, teacher, counselor, confidant, and friend, she makes herself available at any time day or night to provide advice, empathy, or whatever her caregivers may need. They trust her and look up to her in ways most leaders can never truly imagine. Rikki also questions the status quo—and she does so to advocate for her caregivers and her patients. She has learned new skills, thus allowing Sturgis Regional to offer services it previously could not. Whether she is filling in on Christmas Day during last year’s blizzard, organizing a toy drive, or volunteering for the Children’s Miracle Network Duck Race, Rikki provides priceless benefits to our communities. Lynn Simons, Colleague

I think that you can’t pretend to care about people—so I really treat my caregivers like family and work alongside them. I know them personally, and don’t expect them to do anything I wouldn’t do myself. They know that I care—and if my caregivers are happy, then they are able to treat the patients well.

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At WIC, these are “my babies” and “my kids,” and I love to hook them up with every ounce of help I can find. When it comes to the moms, I know their joys, their needs, their families, their households—I know their lives—and I’m honored to help them navigate the world and nurture their children.


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Jen has done everything in her power to help keep my family safe and healthy. She taught me monthly prenatal development, and then was my biggest support when it came to breastfeeding both of my children. Jen helped me to reach my goal of breastfeeding my son for an entire year. She is the most exceptional nurse I have ever come across. She was amazing at encouraging me, gave me tons of useful brochures on a wide range of topics, including health and development. Jen personally found new ways to include healthy eating in the menu of even the pickiest of toddlers, and helped me with everything from correct car seat safety to early dental care. She kept me updated on my children’s growth. She gave me information on anemia for both my son and me. And when I had concerns about my daughter’s developmental stage, Jen provided referrals to other programs that have helped our entire family. She was always excited about her job—and about helping in any way she could. Megan Rusk, Client




Kari “is” what Black Hills Pediatrics stands for. She comes to work each day with a positive, up-beat attitude, always provides the best care to her patients, and acts as a constant team player to her colleagues. Kari’s everyday routine and attitude are evident whether she’s walking a patient around the building, coloring with them in the waiting room so the parents can have some one-onone time with the provider, picking up extra shifts, or sharing her advice and life experiences. Kari doesn’t stop making a difference when she leaves work. In her off-time, you can find her handing out winter coats and feeding the homeless members of our community. No matter where she goes, she is “that kind” of nurse, friend, mentor, and human being. Kari lets people know that we are all in this life together.

I love seeing kids in all different stages of life, from preemies to 18 years old—and from different cultures, backgrounds, races, and experiences. I’m a mom, and give the advice I have learned from our doctors to my own kids and to the parents in our practice. We’re all here to make a difference, and that is what I strive to do every day.

HEAL Amanda Russell, Colleague


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CORINNE BLOMME, RN SURGICAL PRE-OP, POST-OP, AND RECOVERY CARE CENTER BLACK HILLS SURGICAL HOSPITAL Corinne has the amazing ability to connect with families, and she is a strong advocate for her patients. She’s also skilled with the beautiful ability to ease patients’ fear of surgery in Pre-Op, and promote an environment of healing post-operatively. It takes a great deal of talent to share her caring nursing ability with two specialty areas! Debbie Doolittle, Colleague

Corinne anticipates the needs of her patients, and will stop at nothing to make sure they are comfortable. She notices the small details that otherwise may be overlooked. Corinne has been with BHSH for 18 years, and in that time has adjusted to many new roles. She takes pride in her work, is open to ideas, and is willing to teach others. In fact, she teaches CPR to all employees and helped to establish our safety committee. Janelle Lothspeich, Manager

In a surgical setting, it’s difficult for guests to give up their control; they have to completely trust our medical staff. I find it’s important to explain things in a comforting way—and after working here for so long, the right words usually come easily! BHSH is a fantastic place to work, with great employees and doctors. Always stay humble and kind.


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t’s summertime, and we want our children to pry themselves away from couches and screens—and to enjoy the outdoors. However, it’s not enough to encourage them out the front door; we also have to protect them from the dangers of too much sun exposure. Do more than plop a bill-cap on your kid’s head and tuck sunscreen in his backpack. Now, you can get involved in a local program to protect kids at their favorite outdoor haunts. It all started about a decade ago, when Dr. Lycia Scott-Thornburg, at The Skin Institute at the Rapid City Medical Center, read about the Shade Structure Program. The program is sponsored by the American Academy of Dermatology (AAD), and it funds nonprofit organizations that want to build sunshades in playgrounds and sports facilities. When she discovered that the Shade Structure Program’s focus was on the southern states, Scott-Thornburg did the only logical thing: “I thought: this is a great idea—why not start our own foundation?” With the enthusiastic support of her partners, friends, and community leaders, Made For Shade was born. This will be the ninth year it has provided local schools and organizations with permanent and/or portable awnings, canopies, sports umbrellas, playground tents, and shade trees. “We help make play areas a safer place,” ScottThornburg says. “This is important because one in five Americans will develop some form of skin cancer—the most common of all cancers. We are determined to change these odds.” Dr. Scott-Thornburg and the AAD have collected lots of scientific information— and some helpful hints—that support the premise of Made for Shade, including the following facts: • Even one blistering sunburn during childhood or adolescence can nearly double a person’s chance of developing melanoma. • Experiencing five or more blistering sunburns between ages 15 and 20 increases one’s melanoma risk by 80% and nonmelanoma skin cancer risk by 68%.


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• Exposure to natural ultraviolet light is the most preventable factor for all skin cancers—so protection is key. • Keep in mind that sun rays are strongest between 10 a.m. and 2 a.m. • If your shadow is shorter than you are, seek shade! • Doctors also recommend wearing sunshirts and regularly applying SPF-30 sunscreen—which reduces by half the incidence of melanoma, the deadliest form of skin cancer. • Use extra caution near reflective surfaces, such as water, snow, and sand. They reflect the sun’s rays, which can increase your chance of sunburn. • Moms, take note: Kids are not the only ones at risk. Melanoma—the second-most common cancer in females aged 15 to 29—has increased in women under 44. Don’t forget your own skin!

Schools and other organizations can apply directly to Made for Shade for improvements to their outdoor play areas—and donors can help make those wishes come true. An evening fundraiser, at which this year’s recipients will be announced, will be held June 14; for more information on both asking and giving, contact Jennifer Weyrich or Rhonda Reuwsaat at 605.342.3280, or visit

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Raising a “Can-Do” Kid Therapists Wendy and Craig Mullins—of LMB, Live. Move. Be.—tell us that by adjusting our expectations to meet our kids where they naturally are, we maximize their potential for success.

If you’re a parent of a school-aged child, chances are you have been impacted one way or another by parenting standards à la Pinterest. Do you measure your abilities against images of ultra-fancy, impossible treehouses or Martha Stewart-caliber cupcakes? You should have seen the look of sheer disappointment on our daughter’s face when presented with a homemade pink lemonade Elsa and Anna cake for her fifth birthday. The “Pinteresting” prototype photo neglected to illustrate the effect of gravity on two Barbie dolls—which, in our house, pulled the cake apart at the center. The whole debacle got me thinking of how often our standards for ourselves as parents, and for our kids, can inevitably disconnect us from the stuff that really matters. It reminded me: focus on the celebration, not the cake. For the last decade or so, we have been parenting in the age of what some have termed “overparenting”— aiming to do everything smarter, more elaborately, over-analytically, and to beyond-humanly-possible standards. And part of me wonders if that is the best thing for our kids. But as always, that good-ole, figurative pendulum is swinging, and a new trend is gaining momentum. No, it is not “underparenting” (hopefully not, at least); it is more like, “just let your kids be kids” parenting. Partly influenced by the “free-range kids” and “simplicity parenting” 48

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How often our standards for ourselves as parents and for our kids inevitably disconnect us from the stuff that really matters—the celebration, not the cake! phenomena, a wave of parents are going back to the basics. Just as we were encouraged in our youth to spend hours outside creating messy mud pies, we can recognize the value when our little ones ditch go-to devices and challenge siblings to a footrace down the cul-de-sac. An important ingredient to successful child-rearing, whatever the approach, is to ensure that the child is not missed in the process. That is, it’s important that what we do for our kids is meaningful and connects with them uniquely. Dr. Robert Arnio of Learning Solutions often says, “nothing builds self-esteem like success.” People of all ages should be given plenty of opportunities to find their own levels, and to experience actual accomplishment. What is vital is not that the opportunities are met with little struggle—we know that overcoming mistakes is crucial to

the learning process—but that the starting point and pace make sense. To avoid kid-sized “can’tstuckness,” parents, teachers, coaches, and counselors ought to free ourselves of expectations that are too rigid or based on ideals of what “level” the child should have reached, otherwise the child will let us know in no simple terms that it is not right for him. And, when a child is challenged or in the wrong, restrain from solving the problem for her. Start at the child’s natural place and invite her thinking. Parental hurriedness, guilt, and pressure can easily hijack the learning process, but development and learning naturally take time. Encourage meaningful opportunities for your child to initiate plans, to contribute ideas, to make connections, to imagine possibilities, and to see a project as far through completion as he can. Allow your child to experience success along the way, and point it out, even if the success looks like pulling through a failed attempt without melting down. Encourage your child to ask for help (an important developmental skill!!!), and ask “why” questions to facilitate self-reflection and insight. This is summer—the perfect time for your child to learn in the classroom of adventure, connection, backyard squabbles with neighbor kids, and even boredom. Take interest in child-sized discoveries and point out successes along the way—that’s what makes for “can-do” kind of kids.

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Ready for Anything Attorney Jennifer Tomac, of Tomac & Tomac, explains why Powers of Attorney do more than assist us in caring for aging parents; they’re also essential for parents of young children. POWERS OF ATTORNEY

Powers of Attorney are extremely useful legal documents whereby a person (the “Principal”) names another person as his or her agent. This assignment gives the agent certain powers, such as the authority to sign a contract on behalf of the Principal. We usually think of these arrangements when a relative asks us for help—but parents of young children need Powers of Attorney, too.


Ah, summertime. The sun is shining, the flowers are blooming, and the kids are off to Grandma’s for a couple of weeks. One afternoon, little Jimmy jumps off a swing at the playground and breaks his ankle. Grandma takes Jimmy to the emergency room and starts filling out the paperwork, only to discover that: (1) she doesn’t have any legal authority to consent to medical treatment for Jimmy; and (2) she doesn’t know Jimmy’s medical history or if he is allergic to any medications. Grandma tries to reach you to get your consent to the treatment, but you are in a meeting and can’t answer the phone. Grandma then calls Jimmy’s pediatrician’s office, and is told that HIPAA regulations forbid them from sharing Jimmy’s medical records. Now what?


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Any time your children are going to be in the care of another adult, it is essential that you execute a limited Power of Attorney, which gives that adult the legal authority to handle this type of situation. Among other things, a good limited power of attorney will include the length of the time that the document is valid, the authority to consent to medical treatment, a HIPAA waiver, and contact information for the child’s doctor. Additionally, the Power of Attorney must be executed in accordance with the laws in South Dakota.


She’s got the twin-size comforter, the laundry basket, the meal-plan ticket, and her first semester’s books, but now the college is telling you that your daughter won’t be permitted to start classes next week because she hasn’t submitted her immunization records. You quickly pick up the phone and call your doctor’s office to ask them to fax your daughter’s immunization records to the school—and the receptionist very kindly tells you that she can’t do that because your daughter is now 18 years old. Since she’s a legal adult, HIPAA forbids them from releasing her medical records without her consent. Your daughter is in Costa Rica with her aunt and cannot be reached. Now what? Most parents fail to realize that as soon as their children turn 18 years old, they gain the legal status of adults, meaning that parents can no longer consent to medical treatment on their children’s behalf, access medical records, or conduct other business. This can be easily remedied by having a new adult sign a Power of Attorney that names one (or both) parents as an agent(s). It is recommended that all graduating high school seniors speak with an attorney about the legal rights that come along with being an adult—and the importance of having legal documents in place, such as a Power of Attorney.

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he Black Hills Raptor Center is a non-profit organization that combats “nature deficit disorder” in area residents. The Center relies on its best ambassadors—two Eastern Screech Owls, a Red-tailed Hawk, a Short-eared Owl, an American Kestrel, and a Ferruginous Hawk, all unable to live successfully in the wild—to increase awareness of wildlife conservation. For a nominal fee, anyone can request an educational program through the Black Hills Raptor Center’s website. The birds and their handlers share the uniqueness, adaptations, and habits of raptors through interactive, hands-on, age-appropriate programs. The birds can visit children’s birthday parties, classrooms, or even private dinner soirées—they recently did a program at a wedding!—where guests have the chance to develop a powerful emotional connection to the center’s aweinspiring tenants. At the 125 to 150 “up-close-and-personal” educational experiences that the center delivers

per year, the birds never fail to generate questions among onlookers. People become more and more curious about the types of raptors that live here, their habitats, their needs, and their vulnerabilities. These magnificent creatures also help Maggie and her team of volunteers to share the Black Hills Raptor Center’s core message: that every decision we humans make has a far-reaching impact. The staff want to help both children and adults to make positive ones. The facility is part of what co-founder and president Maggie Engler has dreamed of since she was a child—a nature center where she could help educate and inspire the public to care for wildlife and our planet. After college, Maggie worked in conservation and fundraising for more than two decades before finally joining her friend John Halverson to develop an organization that would fulfill her dream. In 2010 the plan came to life and the Black Hills Raptor Center was born. “Or hatched,” Maggie quips with a smile.


WHAT TO DO WITH AN INJURED BIRD: 1. Assess the situation from a distance. Close contact with humans can be very stressful for wild animals. First use binoculars or a camera’s zoom lens.

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“All of our programs have a conservation message,” she explains. “From composting and green building to growing our own food and recycling. If everybody does one small thing, it adds up to big things. We want to help people understand that these animals have a place in the world—and that their success is directly linked to the survival of us all.” NEW COMPLEX UNDER WAY

2. Contact the SD Department of Game Fish and Parks (find the closest officer at contacts/contact-co. aspx), the Black Hills Raptor Center (605.381.9707), or a local humane society for instructions. 3. If you are advised or must move a raptor, then wrap it in a towel or blanket that covers the head. Stay away from the bird’s feet, the most dangerous part of a wild bird. If you have a box or other safe container, then use it! Keep your vehicle as quiet as possible as you transport the bird. Loud noises can stress animals further.

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4. While attempting to help, you are protected by Good Samaritan laws, but it is against the law to keep a wild animal more than 24 hours without a rehabilitation permit. Contact authorities right away.

Until now, the Raptor Center’s staff could not treat injured birds on site or on location where Black Hills residents might have discovered them—perhaps after hitting a building, or becoming caught in a fence. Partner veterinarians have helped save birds for rehabilitation at the Center—but those days are over. A full-blow rehabilitation and education complex is in development for five acres just east of the Rapid City Airport. The new facility will house 15 individual “mews,” or large homes, for permanent-resident birds who will be able to participate in education programs. Along with a rehabilitation facility, veterinary office, and an on-site home for the facility’s care taker, the complex will finally be everything Maggie dreamed of all those years ago—a place to care for our precious wild creatures, and inspire the public to care for their world. Black Hills Parent







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available–choose one. Age: 3-4 plus adult partner, 10-10:45 a.m. or 11-11:45 a.m., Outdoor Campus West, 4130 Adventure Trail, Rapid City, 605.394.2310 Saturday 6

Daddy & Me Paint Night Every Tuesday

Book Buddies

Join in the fun and listen to favorite stories and songs with a library storyteller. Age: 3-5, 9:30-10 a.m., Rapid City Public Library, 610 Quincy St., Rapid City, 605.394.4171 Every Tuesday

Story Time & Crafts with Jane

4-H Youth Program Advisor Jane Amiotte shares stories that connect children to nature, followed by a craft. 10:30-11 a.m., Rapid City Public Library, 610 Quincy St., Rapid City, 605.394.4171 Every Wednesday

Tiny Tales

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

Baby Bookworms

Bring your little ones for a fun-filled story time led by one of our library storytellers. Age: 0-3, 9:30-10 a.m., Rapid City Public Library, 610 Quincy St., Rapid City, 605.394.4171 Monday 1


Sprouts Preschool Program learns what butterflies like to eat. Pre-registration required. Age: 3-4 plus adult partner, 10-10:45 a.m., Outdoor Campus West, 4130 Adventure Trail, Rapid City, 605.394.2310 Wednesday 3, 6

Fishing is Fun!

Learn what fish like to eat, then try to catch one in our pond. Preregistration required. Two sessions


Enjoy a paint night with dad! Enjoy goodies, games, prizes, and of course painting! 6-8 p.m., $12+, Pottery 2 Paint, 1919 Mt. Rushmore Rd., Rapid City, 605.716.3331 Saturday 6


Learn the basics of flat-water paddling in canoes and kayaks. Pre-registration required. Two sessions available–choose one. Age: 8-12, 1-2 p.m. or 2-3 p.m., Outdoor Campus West, 4130 Adventure Trail, Rapid City, 605.394.2310 Saturday 6

Spring Performances

Academy of Dance: 2017 “Star Fishing” & “Little Mermaid” Sturgis and Rapid City combined studio performances. 1 p.m. & 6 p.m., Rushmore Plaza Fine Arts Theatre, Rapid City, 605.342.4426 Saturday 6

Kids in the Kitchen

Bring your children’s’ restaurant favorites home Registration required. Age: 9-14, $30, 9:30-11 a.m., Someone’s in the Kitchen, 2210 Haines Ave., Rapid City, 605.341.5044 Monday 8, 15, 22, 29

Kids ‘N’ Clay

Instructors will guide the children through a variety of hand-building projects. All supplies provided. Age: 7-13, $45 for non-members, 4-5:30 p.m., The Dahl Arts Center, 713 7th St., Rapid City, 605.394.4101 Monday 8-11

Me & My Tot Dance Camp

Learn playtime movement activities for dancing in the park, in the playroom, and any place your imagination takes you for quality fun. Registration required. Ages: 2-4, 5:30-6 p.m., Academy of Dance Arts, 4251 Canyon Lake Dr., Rapid City, 605.432.4426

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Sunday 14

All entries will start at 4 p.m. and end at 5:45 p.m. 6 p.m., Sturgis Fairgrounds, Sturgis, 605.347.0066

Enjoy yummy food and every mom will leave with a gift. Great event for the entire family! 11 a.m.-1 p.m., $12+, Pottery 2 Paint, 1919 Mt. Rushmore Rd., Rapid City, 605.716.3331

Sturgis Youth Rodeo Series

Saturday 13

Family Watercolor Craft Day

Perfect for Mother’s Day! This program is designed for older children and adults. Children must be supervised. 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Grace Balloch Memorial Library, 625 N. 5th St., Spearfish, 605.642.1330 Saturday 13

Cinderella Ballet Performance

Presented by Prima School of Dancing 2 p.m., Rushmore Plaza Civic Center, 444 N. Mt. Rushmore Rd., Rapid City, 605.348.8125, Saturday 13

Colors Dance Spectacular

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Plant a Seed

Learn about plants with our volunteer, Kazumi Tinant. Plant a seed to take home and watch it grow. Pre-registration required. Age: 3-4 plus adult partner, 10-10:45 a.m., Outdoor Campus West, 4130 Adventure Trail, Rapid City, 605.394.2310 Friday 19-21

Open House & Free Fishing Weekend Visit the park and fish without a license! All day, All weekend, Custer State Park, 605.773.3391 Friday 19, 20

Master Classes at Prima School of Dancing

Presented by Prima School of Dancing 7 p.m., Rushmore Plaza Civic Center, 444 N. Mt. Rushmore Rd., Rapid City, 605.348.8125,

With So You Think You Can Dance finalist Hailee Payne. Please call for more information and how to register. Prima School of Dancing, 3401 Sturgis Rd., Rapid City, 605.348.8125,

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Saturday 20

Learn what fish like to eat, then try to catch one in our pond with rods just your size. Pre-registration required. Two sessions available– choose one. Age: 5-7, 10-10:45 a.m. or 11-11:45 a.m., Outdoor Campus West, 4130 Adventure Trail, Rapid City, 605.394.2310

Join this nationwide Make-AWish® fundraiser to celebrate past, present, and future wishes. Donations welcome. Walk starts: 9:30 a.m., Main Street Square, Rapid City, 605.716.7979

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Mother’s Day Express

Treat your mother to a unique and unforgettable steam train ride through the beautiful Black Hills. This is definitely an adventure your mother will never forget. 1:15 p.m., 1880 Train, Hill City, 605.574.2222

Walk for Wishes

Saturday 27

Storybook Island Opening Weekend

Kick off the summer season with a fun-filled weekend for all ages. 9 a.m.-7 p.m., 1301 Sheridan Lake Rd., Rapid City, 605.342.6357 Monday 29

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Book Buddies

Join in the fun and listen to favorite stories and songs with a library storyteller. Age: 3-5, 9:30-10 a.m., Rapid City Public Library, 610 Quincy St., Rapid City, 605.394.4171 Every Tuesday

Story Time & Crafts with Jane

4-H Youth Program Advisor Jane Amiotte shares stories that connect children to nature, followed by a craft. 10:30-11 a.m., Rapid City Public Library, 610 Quincy St., Rapid City, 605.394.4171 Every Wednesday

Tiny Tales

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

Baby Bookworms

Bring your little ones for a fun-filled story time led by one of our library storytellers. Age: 0-3, 9:30-10 a.m., Rapid City Public Library, 610 Quincy St., Rapid City, 605.394.4171 Every Thursday

Main Street Square Concert Series

Rock out to live bands, and enjoy kids activities, delicious food vendors, and an assortment of refreshments in the Beverage Garden. 6-9 p.m., Main Street Square, Rapid City, 605.716.7979 Every Friday

Downtown Friday Nights

Listen to live music, grab some food and check out the vendors in downtown Spearfish every Friday night. 6-9 p.m., Main Street, Spearfish, 605.645.9196


Yellow Jacket Women’s Basketball Camp Great camp for learning post and perimeter footwork and drills used by the Yellow Jackets. Helps develop all aspects of perimeter and post play. Grades 6-12, 8 a.m.-6p.m., Black Hills State University, 1625 St. Joe Street, Spearfish, 406.868.7803 Friday 2-4

Summer Reading Program Kick Off

Stop in the library to grab program materials and enjoy “Building a Better World!” All ages are welcome. Grace Balloch Memorial Library, 625 N. 5th St., Spearfish, 605.642.1330 Saturday 3

Kids Carnival

Enjoy games, crafts, entertainers, train rides and educational booths. The fountain will be on for a quick cool down. 11 a.m.-3 p.m., Main Street Square, Rapid City, 605.716.7979 Saturday 3

Mommy & Me Paint Night Come in and give your sons and daughters a memory they will always cherish – a paint night with mom! Enjoy goodies, games, music, prizes, and of course painting! 6-9 p.m., $12+, Pottery 2 Paint, 1919 Mt. Rushmore Rd., Rapid City, 605.716.3331 Saturday 3-4

Crazy Horse Volksmarch

The Crazy Horse Volksmarch is a 10K or 6.2-mile hike to the world’s largest mountain carving in process. 8 a.m.-1 p.m., Crazy Horse Memorial, 605.673.4681 Monday 5-7

Yellow Jacket Women’s Overnight Basketball Camp Campers will learn team concepts and develop individual skills. Campers will compete in league games and other competitions. Grades 4-9, 11 a.m., Black Hills State University, 1625 St. Joe Street, Spearfish, 406.868.7803

Monday 5-8

Maui & Moon Dance Camp

Hula anyone? Yes please! Enjoy an island journey with dance, crafts, and character building inspired by the movie Moana! Registration required. Ages: 6-8, 9 a.m.-12 p.m., Academy of Dance Arts, 1401 Lazelle St., Sturgis, 605.342.4426 Tuesday 6-8

Pointe Strength and Technique Intensive

This intensive will focus on helping students achieve the proper strength, technique and knowledge they need for success in their personal pointe work. Open to prepointe, beginning and intermediate pointe students. (Level 4+) 6:30-8:30 p.m., Prima School of Dancing, 3401 Sturgis Rd., Rapid City, 605.348.8125, primadancing. com Thursday 8-11, 15-18

2nd Annual Rushmore Cup Hockey Tournament Come and be a part of the 2nd Annual summer hockey tournament in Rapid City. Teams from 7 different states all come to play great hockey and see the great sights that Rapid City has to offer! Rushmore Plaza Civic Center, Rapid City, 605.763.9575 Friday 9-11

Rushmore Cup Outdoor Soccer Tournament

Outdoor Soccer Tournament hosted by the Black Hills Rapids. Dakota Fields Sports Complex, 3737 N. Elk Vale Rd., Rapid City, 605.939.9857 Friday 9-25

Peter and the Starcatcher

This swashbuckling grownup prequel to Peter Pan is sure to have you hooked from the moment you let your imagination take flight. Times vary, Black Hills Playhouse, 24834 S. Playhouse Rd., Custer, 605.255.4141

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Paw Paintings

Bring your fur baby between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. to do paw prints on our 4x4 tiles. Event will be hosted outside, weather permitting. 11 a.m.-4 p.m., $5, Pottery 2 Paint, 1919 Mt. Rushmore Rd., Rapid City, 605.716.3331 Sunday 11-13

Overnight Yellow Jacket Men’s Basketball Camp

The Overnight Camp is an ideal experience for the ongoing development of elementary and middle school athletes with breakdown drills and 3-on-3, 5-on-5 and fast-break league competitions. Grades 3-8, Black Hills State University, 1625 St. Joe Street, Spearfish, 218.282.0277 Monday 12-15

American Girls in Paris Dance Camp

Bring your doll and learn together with ballet basics, French words, and creative arts set to Parisian music. Registration required. Ages: 6-8, 1-3 p.m., Academy of Dance Arts, 4215 Canyon Lake Dr., Rapid City, 605.342.4426 Monday 12-15

Twirling Trolls Dance Camp

Dance through this summer camp with our twirly trolly, high-hair crafts and games. Registration required. Ages: 3-6, 10-12:30 p.m., Academy of Dance Arts, 4215 Canyon Lake Dr., Rapid City, 605.342.4426 Tuesday 13-15

Little Princess Dance Camp

Don’t miss this royal dance camp! The little princesses will enjoy an assortment of “princess-themed” activities and will be introduced to a variety of dance styles. 3 sessions, Ages: 3 ½-6, various times, Prima School of Dancing, 3401 Sturgis Rd., Rapid City, 605.348.8125,



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6-8 years old

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Monday 19-22

JUNE! Tuesday 13-15

Prairies to Peaks Iron Horse Rail Summer Camp

Teaches 11-15 year olds rail safety and operations and exposes them to the rail industry. Registration required. 1880 Train, Hill City, 605.574.2222 Tuesday 13-14

Yellow Jacket Men’s Basketball Shooting Camp The Shooting Camp is a must attend experience for players of all ages and abilities. Campers will learn the proper shooting mechanics and corrective drills to aid them in their ability to shoot the basketball at a high level. Grades 3-12, Black Hills State University, 1625 St. Joe Street, Spearfish, 218.282.0277 Friday 16

Tweens Get Crafty!

Must be 10 years of age to attend. Lunch is provided. 12:30 p.m.-2 p.m., Grace Balloch Memorial Library, 625 N. 5th St., Spearfish, 605.642.1330 Sunday 18

Father’s Day Sunday 18

Father’s Day Special Treat your dad to a steam train ride through the beautiful Black Hills with western shootout entertainment he is sure to enjoy. 10 a.m., 1880 Train, Hill City, 605.574.2222


Intermediate Sample Styles

This workshop is a perfect opportunity to sample different or new styles of dance, as it was designed to expose students to a variety dance styles so they can “try out” styles they may be interested in taking in the future! Ages: 7-10, 4:30-5:30 p.m., Prima School of Dancing, 3401 Sturgis Rd., Rapid City, 605.348.8125, Monday 19, 21, 26, 28

Hip-Hop Summer Session

Don’t miss this fun Hip Hop summer class! Students will be exposed to a variety of hip-hop styles as well as learn choreography each day. Ages: 8-12, 3:30-4:30 p.m., Prima School of Dancing, 3401 Sturgis Rd., Rapid City, 605.348.8125, Monday 19, 21, 26, 28

Tap Summer Session

Calling all tappers! Don’t miss this super fun, energetic summer dance class! Students will be exposed to a variety of tap styles as they learn how to improve their rhythm and coordination. 3 sessions, Ages: 7+, various times, Prima School of Dancing, 3401 Sturgis Rd., Rapid City, 605.348.8125, Monday 19-22

Maui & Moon Dance Camp

Hula anyone? Yes please! Enjoy an island journey with dance, crafts, and character building inspired by the movie Moana! Registration required. Ages: 6-8, 12-2:30 p.m., Academy of Dance Arts, 4215 Canyon Lake Dr., Rapid City, 605.342.4426

Wednesday 21, 26-28

Saturday 24

This hands-on camp will focus on site history and the importance of archaeology. Reservations required. Grades 3-7, 8 a.m.-4 p.m., $45-50, Days of ’76 Museum, 18 Seventy Six Dr., Deadwood, 605.578.1657

Join Outdoor Campus West for some good, “clean” family fun at this FREE event. 10 a.m.-3 p.m., Outdoor Campus West, 4130 Adventure Trail, Rapid City, 605.394.2310

Archaeology Camp

Thursday 22

Northern Hills Community Band Concert

Relax and unwind to the sounds of the Northern Hills Community Band.7-8 p.m., Historic Adams House, 54 Sherman St., Deadwood Thursday 22-25

Sturgis Camaro Rally

Sturgis Camaro Rally is an all generation Camaro event featuring a show & shine, drag racing, auto cross, and more! 8 a.m.-10 p.m., Main Street, Sturgis, 406.941.0624 Friday 23-25

High School Musical, Jr.

Disney Channel’s smash hit movie musical comes to life on The Matthews’ stage in Disney’s “High School Musical JR.” The show’s infectious, danceable songs are sure to engage performers and audiences alike. 7-8 p.m., $5-8, The Matthews Opera House, 612 Main Street, Spearfish, 605.642.7973 Friday 23-25

Main Street Arts & Craft Festival

Artisans and vendors fill Centennial Park in downtown Hot Springs to sell their handcrafted arts and crafts at one of the best arts & crafts festival in the Southern Black Hills. All day, Main Street, Hot Springs, 605.440.2738

Monday 19-22

Saturday 24

Enjoy a whimsical journey in motion with dance, crafts, and rhyming fun inspired by the fabulous world of Seuss. Registration required. Ages: 2-4, 10 a.m.-12 p.m., Academy of Dance Arts, 4251 Canyon Lake Dr., Rapid City, 605.342.4426

Our celebration will once again feature carnival games and prizes, bounce castles, petting zoo, balloon creations, strider bicycle course and races, face painting, photo booth, dunk tank, fair food, and live music! 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Spearfish High School, 1725 N. Main St., Spearfish, 605.645.8962

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Up-cycle Planter Craft

All ages welcome. Children must be supervised. 9 a.m.-12 p.m., Grace Balloch Memorial Library, 625 N. 5th St., Spearfish, 605.642.1330 Monday 26

Registration opens for Prima’s Fall Dance Programs!

Don’t miss this opportunity to register for the fall class and time of your choice! Class spots are awarded on a first-come basis. Prima School of Dancing, 3401 Sturgis Rd., Rapid City, 605.348.8125, Monday 26-29

Twirling Trolls Dance Camp

Dance through this summer camp with our twirly troll-y, high-hair crafts, and games! Registration required. Ages: 6-8, 9 a.m.12 p.m., Academy of Dance Arts, 1401 Lazelle St., Sturgis, 605.342.4426 Friday 30-July 4

Black Hills Roundup

Top ranked cowboys and cowgirls perform in the many popular rodeo events. Enjoy a weeklong carnival, huge fireworks display, a mile-long parade, a barbecue, and more! 415 Fifth Ave., Belle Fourche, 605.723.2010 Friday 30-July 16

Young Frankenstein It’s alive! This electrifying adaptation of Mel Brooks’ monstrously funny film will leave you in stitches. Times vary, Black Hills Playhouse, 24834 S. Playhouse Rd., Custer, 605.255.4141



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Monday 10-13

Eight classic events will be featured. Enjoy other competitions like mutton bustin’ and a ranch rodeo, too. All Day, 415 5th Ave., Belle Fourche, 605.723.2010

Students will cherish this time as they learn ballet through the beloved character Angelina Ballerina! This class will allow students to experience ballet in a fun, enriching and inspirational way. Limited enrollment available. Various times, Ages: 3 ½-6, Prima School of Dancing, 3401 Sturgis Rd., Rapid City, 605.348.8125,

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Saturday 1-16 Every Tuesday

Book Buddies

Join in the fun and listen to favorite stories and songs with a library storyteller. Age: 3-5, 9:30-10 a.m., Rapid City Public Library, 610 Quincy St., Rapid City, 605.394.4171 Every Tuesday

Story Time & Crafts with Jane

4-H Youth Program Advisor Jane Amiotte shares stories that connect children to nature, followed by a craft. 10:30-11 a.m., Rapid City Public Library, 610 Quincy St., Rapid City, 605.394.4171 Every Wednesday

Tiny Tales

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

Baby Bookworms

Bring your little ones for a fun-filled story time led by one of our library storytellers. Age: 0-3, 9:30-10 a.m., Rapid City Public Library, 610 Quincy St., Rapid City, 605.394.4171 Every Thursday

Main Street Square Concert Series

Rock out to live bands, and enjoy kids activities, delicious food vendors, and an assortment of refreshments in the Beverage Garden. 6-9 p.m., Main Street Square, Rapid City, 605.716.7979 Every Friday

Downtown Friday Nights

Listen to live music, grab some food and check out the vendors in downtown Spearfish every Friday night. 6-9 p.m., Main Street, Spearfish, 605.645.9196


Young Frankenstein It’s alive! This electrifying adaptation of Mel Brooks’ monstrously funny film will leave you in stitches. Show times vary; see site for details. Black Hills Playhouse, 24834 S. Playhouse Rd., Custer, 605.255.4141

Angelina Ballerina Dance Class

Tuesday 11-13

American Girl Doll Dance Camp

Vendors, live entertainment, a tri-city parade goes through Deadwood, Central City and Lead, and fireworks over the Open Cut top it all! All Day, Lead-Deadwood, 605.584.1100

Bring your American Girl Doll or your favorite doll for a fun filled dance camp! Along with dancing, camp attendees will experience a variety of fun activities centered around the American Doll theme. Various times, Ages: 4+, Prima School of Dancing, 3401 Sturgis Rd., Rapid City, 605.348.8125,

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Thursday 13-14

Sunday 2-4

Gold Camp Jubilee Days

Independence Day Enjoy parades and celebrations in the communities around the Black Hills! Saturday 8

Neutrino Day Science Festival

Neutrino Day includes activities and science related talks for people of all ages! First trolley will leave at 8 a.m. Don’t miss the Balloon Launch to kick off the day at 9:30 a.m. 8 a.m.-5 p.m., 160 W. Main St., Lead, 605.584.3110 Saturday 8

Outdoor University

Try a variety of outdoor skills like archery, BB gun shooting, canoeing & kayaking and more. 10 a.m.-3 p.m., Outdoor Campus West, 4130 Adventure Trail, Rapid City, 605.394.2310 Sunday 9

Cruiser Car Show

Classic cars roll into Downtown. Shop, play in the Kidz Zone and grab something to eat. Don’t miss the afternoon concert. 10 a.m.-3 p.m., Main Street Square, Rapid City, 605.716.7979

Yellow Jacket Volleyball Camps

This camp is for the aspiring volleyball player with the desire to improve their skills. Grades K-8 (various times), Black Hills State University, 1625 St. Joe Street, Spearfish, 605.642.6870 Saturday 15-16

Hills Alive

Featuring top names in the Christian music industry including live music, children’s activities, shopping, great food and more! Memorial Park, Rapid City, 605.342.6822 Monday 17-20

Fairytale Ballerina Dance Class

Students will experience the joy of ballet in this Fairytale Ballerina Dance Class! Fun “fairytale” elements will be incorporated into each class. Limited enrollment available. Various times, Ages: 3 ½-6, Prima School of Dancing, 3401 Sturgis Rd., Rapid City, 605.348.8125,

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A Night of Magic

With Cody Landstrom 6:30 p.m., Spearfish Park Pavilion, 605.642.1330 Friday 21- Aug. 6


This popular musical features Rydell High’s senior class of 1959 including the hot-rodding “Burger Palace Boys” and their gum-snapping, hip-shaking “Pink Ladies”. Show times vary; see site for details. Black Hills Playhouse, 24834 S. Playhouse Rd., Custer, 605.255.4141 Friday 21-23

Gold Discovery Days

Enjoy a parade, events, vendors and more! All Day, Custer, 605.673.2244 Friday 22

Up-cycle Garden Crafts

All ages welcome. Children must be supervised. 9 a.m.-12 p.m., Grace Balloch Memorial Library, 625 N. 5th St., Spearfish, 605.642.1330 Sunday 23-26

Hardrocker Basketball Camp

Improve fundamental skills with quality instruction. Contests, prizes and fun! Grades 4-12, SDSM&T, 501 E. St. Joseph Street, Rapid City, 605.355.3023 Monday 24-28

Guest Teacher Workshop at Prima

Prima is excited to feature Amber Williams and Karson Orr again for our GTW! Various times, Ages: 10+, Prima School of Dancing, 3401 Sturgis Rd., Rapid City, 605.348.8125, Monday 24-27

Twirling Trolls Dance Camp

Dance through this summer camp with our twirly trolly, high-hair crafts and games. Registration required. Ages: 6-8, 10-12:30 p.m., Academy of Dance Arts, 4215 Canyon Lake Dr., Rapid City, 605.342.4426



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Academy of Dance Arts (p. 23) 4251 Canyon Lake Dr., Rapid City 1401 Lazelle St., Sturgis 605.342.4426 Allianz Global Investors (p. 2)

New York Life Insurance Company (p. 17) 2525 W. Main, Ste. 217, Rapid City

Alternative Health Care Center (p. 33) 343 Quincy St., Ste. 100, Rapid City 605.341.4850

Outdoor Campus West (p. 27) 4130 Adventure Tr., Rapid City 605.394.2310

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

Performing Arts Center (p. 22) 601 Columbus St., Rapid City 605.394.1786

Birth by Design (p. 45) 308.631.8659 Black Hills Ear, Nose and Throat (p. 44) Dr. Jay White 101 E. Minnesota St., Rapid City 605.342.3280 Black Hills Playhouse (p. 5) 24834 S. Playhouse Rd., Custer 1.800.727.9893 Black Hills Surgical Hospital (p. 43) 216 Anamaria Dr., Rapid City 605.721.4700 CB Talent (p. 19) 406 5th St., Rapid City 605.209.9585 Chamber Music Festival of the Black Hills (p. 22) 832 Highland Ave, Lead

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Children’s Home Society (p. 15, 51, 59) 1330 Jolly Lane, Rapid City 605.343.2811 Children’s Museum (p. 13) Brookings, SD 605.692.6700 Children’s Therapy Services (p. 35) 6196 Timberline Road West, Rapid City 605.716.2634 Copy Country (p. 53) 1026 Main St., Rapid City 605.342.0425 Courtesy Subaru (p. 28) 601 E. Omaha St., Rapid City 605.342.7034 Deadwood Dental (p. 47) 88 Charles St., Deadwood 605.578.3810 Fibonacci Dental Studio (p. 53) 2800 Jackson Blvd., Ste. 9, Rapid City 605.348.0831 Fit-n-Fun (p. 12) 3660 Sturgis Rd., Ste. 4, Rapid City 605.341.5914 Fromm Dermatology (p. 47) 4447 S. Canyon Rd. #6, Rapid City 605.721.5550 For Baby’s Sake South Dakota (p. 1) 605.394.2516 In Stitches (p.53) 605.430.3894 Kicks & Giggles Baby Boutique (p. IBC) 329 Main Street, Ste. 3, Rapid City 605.343.8722

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KSLT Bethesda Christian Broadcasting (p. 57) 1853 Fountain Plaza Dr. Rapid City 605.342.6822 Legacy (p. 15) 1670 Rand Rd., Rapid City 605.791.2113 LifeScape (29) 7110 Jordan Dr., Rapid City 605.791.7400 Little Nest Preschool (p. 63) 3459 Jet Dr., Rapid City 605.430.4268 Merry Maids (p. 59) 1141 Deadwood Ave., Ste. 4, Rapid City 605.718.9064 Mountain View Animal Hospital (p. 33) 1130 Jackson Blvd., Rapid City 605.343.8050

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New Life Midwifery Care (p. 45) 727.433.1016

Museum of Geology (p. 5) 501 E. Joseph St., Rapid City 605.394.2467

Pet Pantry (p. 33) 1101 W. Omaha St. #1, Rapid City 605.343.5500 Pirate’s Cove (p. 27) 1500 N. Lacrosse St., Rapid City 605.343.8540 Pottery 2 Paint (p. 23) 1919 Mt. Rushmore Rd., #2, Rapid City 605.716.3331 Prima School of Dancing (p. 56) 3401 Sturgis Rd., Rapid City 605.348.8125 Rapid Chevrolet Cadillac (p. 61) 2323 E. Mall Drive, Rapid City 605.593.4946 Rapid City Medical Center – Dr. Howard (p. 9) 101 E. Minnesota St., Rapid City 605.342.3280 Rapid City Medical Center – Women’s Health (p.47) 101 E. Minnesota St., Rapid City 605.342.3280 Rapid City Obstetrics, Gynecology (p. 28) 7236 Jordan Dr., Ste. 101, Rapid City 605.718.3747 Rapid City Regional Hospital (p. 34) 353 Fairmont Blvd, Rapid City 605.755.1000 Remax Agent – Ed Dreyer (p. 51) 1331 W. Omaha, Ste. 200, Rapid City 605.786.4564 Royal Wheel Alignment (p. 63) 2101 Cambell St., Rapid City 605.342.2636 Scheels (p. 12) 1225 Eglin St., Rapid City 605.342.9033 South Dakota Beef Council (p. 17) 316 S. Coteau St., Pierre 605.224.4722 South Dakota Housing Development Authority (p. 17) 605.773.3181 South Dakota Public Broadcasting (p. IFC) 605.394.2551 Spearfish Regional Medical Clinic (p. 49) 1445 North Ave, Spearfish 605.644.4170 Sylvan Learning Center (p. 12) 5509 Bendt Dr., Rapid City 605.791.4544 The Club for Boys (p. 12) 320 N.4th St., Rapid City 605.343.3500 The Mammoth Site (p. 27) 1800 US18 Byp., Hot Springs 605.745.6017 Time Equipment Rental (p. 19) 311 N. Cambell St., Rapid City 605.348.2360 The Skin Institute (p. OBC) 2820 Mt. Rushmore Rd., Rapid City 605.342.3280 Tomac & Tomac, PLLC (p. 51) 318 Mt. Rushmore Rd., Ste. D, Rapid City 605.342.3962 Tri-State Museum (p. 63) 415 5th Ave., Belle Fourche 605.723.1200 Venture Kids University (p. 3) 1339 E North St., Rapid City 605.208.5437 West River Nursing – SDSU (p. 7, 44) 1011 11th St., Rapid City 605.394.5390

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TODDLER TRICKS Surviving Three-Year-Olds and Bear Attacks By Mandy Waysman


oday I decided to attempt a new way of dealing with my three-year-old. You see, I had a headache and she needed—well, she needed whatever attention she could get. I had recently read some steps for dealing with a bear attack (because you never know; you just never know!) and I decided to try them out on her to see if they would work. Here is how that experiment went: Identify the type of bear. This was a Nina bear, which is to say she is the most dangerous bear there is. A mix of polar bear, grizzly, and teddy bear. STEP 1:

STEP 2: Try to figure out what

the “bear” wants. Is it being defensive, or did it just wake up on the wrong side of the forest? Woke up on the wrong side of the forest. STEP 3: Don’t panic. Noted, but

she is jumping on me. And she has taken my phone.

STEP 4: If it should charge, deal

with it as calmly as possible. Riiight, but she’s jumping on my back. Don’t use pepper spray or hit the bear unless it’s attacking you. Well, are you sure? What does “attack” look like? What if you realize an attack is occurring, and it’s too late? STEP 5: Play dead, but only if it’s

the “right” time to play dead. The particular species I have interprets playing dead as a way to jump unimpeded on you like a bouncy castle. I didn’t even 64

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know that was something native to the forest. I blame campers with their “pic-a-nic” baskets. STEP 6: Find the bear’s

weakness. She’s pretty short. That could be a strength though, too, low to the ground. I think I can run faster than she can—especially if I dress her in flip-flops. STEP 7: Fight with anything

around you. Now I’m not sure, but does bribing count? I had some fruit snacks. Which I tossed 10 feet away. It worked for a moment. STEP 8: Get away. Things I

read said don’t run, but to walk as fast as you can. She caught me and held on. I eventually told her that her dad was looking for her—and then locked myself in the bathroom.

There was one more step that I tried, which was not in any field guides. I call it “guilt hunting” the bear into leaving you alone. That went like “uggh, Mama has a headache. You are pushing mom off the couch. How come you are doing that? Head… pain… faint.” This was equally ineffective. Mandy Waysman is a blogger (; babygaga. com), author, wife, and mom to two daughters. You can find her work on the Huffington Post, Scary Mommy, and other parenting sites.


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