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SPRING 2016

BABY BATMAN DANNY BATTOCHIO

FROM PUCKS TO PACIFIER

A+ TEACHERS LOVE TANKS BIRTHDAY TRADITIONS EATING CLEAN AND MORE


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and Rapid Chevrolet Cadillac “give an apple” to seven amazing teachers in the Black Hills.

SPRING 2016 CONTENTS 6 What’s Happening Live life local, together.

8 Leap Year Fun Facts

What exactly is Leap Year and why does it only happen every four years?

9 Top Baby Names for 2016

Did your little one’s name make the list?

10 BHP Online

You won’t ever miss a thing when you head over to BlackHillsParent.com.

12 Family Health

Emergencies, volume levels and apps to make things just a little bit easier.

34 When Dog Meets Baby

Making introductions when bringing your newest family member home for the first time.

35 Pet Pics

Parent Connection subscribers share their lovable fur babies with us. You’re not alone. Here’s how to cope with postpartum symptoms.

38 Fan Favorite, Superhero and New Dad 40 31 Refreshers That Take 15 Minutes or Less

14 Parent Talk

When can children handle chores?

Enjoy a month of refreshments and restore order at home, in life, and with friends, family, and more.

16 Sports Spotlight

44 Parenting Big Kids

They shoot. They score! Here’s the group that is taking hockey to a whole new level.

20 When Kids Struggle with Learning

Here are some tips to get your child’s grades climbing before it’s too late.

25 Amazing Educators 30 Discovering a Child’s Love Language

Three kids, and three very different ways of feeling loved.

32 10 Meaningful Birthday Traditions for Kids

A great way to make your child’s special day even more memorable. 2

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36 Battling the Baby Blues

Rush Hockey goalie Danny Battochio tells us about the transition from pucks to pacifiers.

You can be a “Got-It-Together Mom” too.

46 Clean Eating

A foolproof guide to being just a little bit healthier each and every day.

47 Deciding What’s On the Dinner Menu Meal planning made easy.

48 Macaroni and Cheese

Kick your dinner up a notch with these simple add-ins.

50 Five Money Personalities

Learn your language and pursue money as a united front.

52 Making an Impact

Lives in the Black Hills are forever changed with Love INC’s willingness to go wherever they’re called.

55 Black Hills Cuties Let’s see those cuties!

57 Calendar

Live life local in the Black Hills.

62 Spring Fun Pages

Hop along the bunny trail and find the pot o’ gold with these holiday puzzles.


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Time Flies, Doesn’t It It’s so hard to believe the calendar turned to 2016 already, and it seems so cliché to say it, but time flies, doesn’t it? Where does the day go? Where did January go? Where did the last year go? For that matter, where did the last 29 years go? Last spring, as I wrote the letter for this column, our family was anticipating the birth of our first grandchild; and we waited another six weeks to get the call – “It’s a girl!” There were times it felt like it would be forever until Baby arrived, but looking back, the time seemed to fly. At the office, this past December and January went by in a blur. In those two months our staff produced three (Black Hills, Southern Minnesota and North Dakota Prairie) Bride magazines, the February issue of Impact Magazine, the 2016 Black Hills Coupon Book, and began work on the spring issue of this magazine and Visitor Magazine. Rome was not built in a day, and neither was this magazine; it involves a lot of time by our entire staff. Ads get sold and designed. The articles get planned and written. The pages get diagramed and designed. Then we proofread all of it multiple times. Then it gets printed and delivered to you. After that, we get involved in community events, manage Facebook pages, send monthly newsletters, and keep websites updated—oh yeah—that’s where time goes. Twenty-nine years ago our daughter was born, and soon we will be celebrating our granddaughter’s first birthday. Seriously, where did the last year go? But, even though time did flash by, we recorded the memories along the way. I have a box full of pictures and VHS tapes, and now an iPhone and hard drive full of images and videos, and of course Facebook posts, to remind me of all our days. It’s always going to feel like time is flying by, so I’ll push pause long enough to say to my girls, “Happy Birthday; I love you both to the moon and back.” Until next issue,

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

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what’s happening Black Hills Playhouse Take Your Places, Everyone Do you have a creative child who would love to participate in drama classes? Here’s your chance! The Black Hills Playhouse will be holding classes at the Seed Theater in downtown Rapid City beginning this spring. These groups are taught by the professionals

from the Black Hills Playhouse and are a wonderful opportunity for kids to learn about theatre while having a lot of fun. Take advantage of this great opportunity and register for classes online at BlackHillsPlayhouse.com.

It’s a Great Day…for a 5K

Whether you are an avid runner or want to try something new, head to Spearfish for their 5K Series. Start your

season with the Cupid’s Arrow Run that will start at Lion’s Park on Feb. 13. Then, get ready for the

Leprechaun Leap on March 12 (starting at the BHSU Gravel Lot). Finish up your spring series with the Bunny Run, April 16 at Jorgensen Park. Each racer gets a free T-shirt per race with full registration. Check-in for each race will be at 8 a.m. with a 9 a.m. start-time. Little ones can participate in the

Tot Trot which will begin at 8:30 a.m. Register early, get into theme, win prizes, and have a great day with a 5K!

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LifeScape Education What You Want to Know Providing the landscape for life, LifeScape in Rapid City provides therapy and psychological services for children on an outpatient and outreach basis.

But, it doesn’t stop there. This organization provides educational events throughout the year covering

everything from Wheelchair Maintenance 101 (Feb. 23, April 19) and Strategies for Picky Eaters (March 1) to

Sensory Processing (March 15) and beyond. Don’t miss out on the free parent education classes this spring and see our calendar in the back for more details.

YFS Kid’s Fair Get Ready for a Good Time Pack up the kids and get ready for a good time at the Youth and Family Services’ Kids Fair! Friday through Sunday, April 22-24, the Kids Fair will bring over

11,000 people together to explore all things fun at the Rushmore Plaza Civic Center in Rapid City. Check out

local vendors at their booths, play fun games, and win tons of prizes throughout the weekend. An entrance fee will be collected at the door.

Lions, Tigers, Bears! Oh My!

The legendary three-ring spectacle is coming to town! Go and see the acrobats, wild animals, and clowns Friday, April 29, Saturday, April 30, and Sunday, May 1 at the Rushmore Plaza Civic Center in Rapid City. There will even be rides and more available to kids prior to each performance and during intermission. It will surely be edge-of-yourseat fun for the whole family. All reserved seating and early general admission tickets can be purchased through the Shrine Circus Office.


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

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

Watch a Paleontologist work in our New Prep Area!

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A LEAP YEAR CONSISTS OF 366 DAYS, AS OPPOSED TO 365 DAYS.

History of Leap Year The ancient Egyptians first figured out the solar year and the man-made calendar year didn't always match up. That's because it actually takes the earth a little longer than a year to travel around the sun—365 days, 5 hours, 48 minutes, and 46 seconds, to be exact. The Romans first designated February 29 as leap day, but a more precise formula (still in use today) was adopted in the 16th century when the Gregorian calendar finetuned the calculations to include a leap day in years only divisible by four - 2016, 2020, 2024, etc. Another stipulation ruled that no year divisible by 100 would have a leap year, except if it was divisible by 400. Thus, 1900 was not a leap year... but 2000 was! Go figure.

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It Happens Every Four Years

The next time February 29 will exist on our calendars will be in 2020, just like the U.S. Presidential elections and the Summer Olympic Games.

Leap Year Fun Facts

Those born on Leap Year are considered “leaplings,” who celebrate their birthdays on either February 28 or March 1 on a non-Leap Year.

February 29, 2016

THE CHANCES OF HAVING A LEAP YEAR BIRTHDAY ARE 1 IN 1,461. THERE ARE ABOUT 4 MILLION PEOPLE IN THE WORLD WHO HAVE BEEN BORN ON FEBRUARY 29.

Women are traditionally allowed, and even encouraged, to propose to men on a Leap Year. This tradition dates all the way back to 5th Century Ireland.


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blackhillsparent.com BLACK HILLS EVENTS Make plans this winter and enjoy all the Hills have to offer with our online events calendar. Updated frequently, you stay in the know about what’s happening in your area so you and your family can have some fun together.

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family health Music

HOW LOUD IS TOO LOUD?

Hearing loss that results from exposure to loud noise and is of particular concern for today's children. Noise-induced hearing loss is cumulative (because the damage can start when we are young and get worse over time), invisible (because hearing loss can happen without any notice), and it is permanent (because, unlike a broken arm, we can't “heal” our hearing). Educate children about the potential danger of loud music to their ears. Recommendations to reduce potential hearing loss from loud music include: • Set players at 60% of max volume. • Limit listening to 60 mins. in a day. • You should be able to hear conversations going on around while listening to music. • Ringing or a feeling of fullness in ears means the music was too loud. Source: American Academy of Pediatrics and the National Institutes of Health

3-6-9 IS THERE ICE IN YOUR PHONE?

As parents, most of us don’t like to think about the what-ifs when it comes to life-threatening emergencies. How would first responders know whom to contact if the unthinkable happened? One of the simplest ways is to ICE your cell phone. ICE stands for

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The American Heart Association (AHA) recommends no more than 9 teaspoons (38 grams) of added sugar per day for men, and 6 teaspoons (25 grams) per day for women. The AHA limits for children vary depending on their age and caloric needs, but range between 3-6 teaspoons (12-25 grams) per day.

“In Case of Emergency.” Paramedics, nurses, and doctors are increasingly aware of and using ICE to look to notify a person’s emergency contacts and obtain critical medical information when a patient arrives unconscious or unable to answer questions. HERE’S HOW IT WORKS: • Create a new cell phone contact. • In the name line, enter ICE, followed by the first name

EVEN "HEALTHY" FOODS CAN BE HIGH IN SUGAR

Let family members know that you have done this and encourage them to do so, as well—especially your own children and teens.

Here are some healthy-looking items you might find in the grocery store that also have high sugar contents: • One leading brand of yogurt contains 7 teaspoons (29 grams) of sugar per serving. • A breakfast bar made with "real fruit" and "whole grains" lists 15 grams of sugar. • A single cup of bran cereal with raisins, in a box with "no high-fructose corn syrup" advertising, contains 20 grams of sugar per serving. • A cranberry/pomegranate juice product, boasting "no high-fructose corn syrup" and "100% Vitamin C" with its advertisement, contains 30 grams of added sugar per 8 oz. serving. Some of the sugar is naturally occurring, but some of it has been added.

Source: American Academy of Pediatrics

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of your emergency point person (ie, ICE Mark). • Choose someone who knows your medical history and can answer questions about allergies and medications you are currently taking.


Ask the Doctor

To submit your question, email editorial@blackhillsparent.com and we’ll find an answer for you.

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If my child is suffering from allergies, is there a way to reduce his/her symptoms without using drugs?

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Although there’s a time and place for medications, it shouldn’t always be your first choice of treatment, especially in young children when desensitizing allergies is easiest. Allergies are caused by a hyperactive immune system, which means it’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 a food sensitivity test

and removing the foods a child is sensitive to, whether they are having symptoms or not. Food sensitivities highly irritate the digestive tract lining. Remember, 70-80% of our immune system is located in the digestive tract. As a doctor, I recommend patients find out what is irritating the immune system and remove those irritations so the body can focus on the main allergies. Supplements can also help

calm the immune system, such as: Vitamins D, C and A, Zinc, bioflavonoids (found in green citrus fruit rinds) and high-potency multivitamins. These can be checked through simple blood testing. Other allergy desensitizing techniques include: acupuncture, acupressure, applied kinesiology, NAET and body talk. Dr. Robert Kuyper D.C. Alternative Health Care Center 343 Quincy Street, Suite 100 Rapid City, SD 605-341-4850

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Parent talk I started giving my son chores at 4. I felt like he

I think you can start giving your kids ‘to-dos’ as early as age three. If you start by giving them little things to be in charge of, then it becomes easier to teach them the bigger responsibilities as they get older. Not only does it help me

What is a good age to start giving your child chores and why?

What kind of chores do they do (for their age)?

around the house, but it helps build their independence without the sense of entitlement. For my 3- and 5-year-old, they get dressed, put toys away, set out placemats on the table,

was ready to have a little responsibility. At 4 his only chore was to feed and water our dog. He is now 6 and cleans his room, takes out the garbage and still feed and waters our dog. – LaRiesha Piebenga My son began his chores (putting toys away, dirty clothes in hamper) when he was probably about 4 – though he has always helped. – Jennifer Millard

feed the dog, bring their laundry baskets to the

They are old enough to follow basic instructions

laundry room, and put clean clothes away.

by age 3. Putting away toys, folding simple

– Kristen Begeman

things, drying dishes, helping with younger

As soon as they can take directions you can give your child chores. It teaches them not to be self centered and be a part of the family instead and share responsibility. If you wait until they

siblings, and feeding the dog are all tasks they Age 3 is a good age to start giving chores because

can manage.

they are old enough to follow simple directions and

–Becky Goodwin

stay focused long enough to complete the task. – Tara Albers

As soon as a child can voluntarily control their

it and will be difficult to start the habit of helping

When your child is old enough to help understand

playing chores such as “let’s put your toy in this

the family.

mommy or daddy needs help, they can pick up toys

box; let’s put your spoon on your plate, etc.”

and put in a basket or toy box, fold washcloths, dust

can be done.

away, cleans up his room and toys around the

with a sock on his/her hand, and help feed pets.

– Kirsten Dansby-Daley

house, helps load laundry and move the clothes

– Becky Donnelly

are older they will believe they don’t need to do

My son who is almost 4 helps put dishes

to the dryer, and cleans up dog poop. – Kelsey Biggs

limbs with certain commands, simple role-

For our family, school age was the appropriate You can start giving children chores at 12 months,

age to start chores.

because they can learn some responsibility at a

For kindergarten & 1st grade they do simple

Around age 4, depending on the child. They love

young age, and if you prep them young enough

things like picking up toys, clothes, their rooms,

to help with anything at that age. Don’t be afraid

hopefully it will stick as they get older.

etc. 2nd grade & up they start with more difficult

to get their hands wet helping with dishes, help

– LaTisha Wendt

things such as dishes, vacuuming/sweeping.

set the table and clean up. – John Derrek

3-4-years old is a good age to start learning

As soon as they could walk is when we started

everything for them always.

discipline.They need to learn you’re not going to do

giving our children chores! We started with clothes in the dirty laundry

Picking up toys, throwing their trash away, and

The older they are (such as my teenager) they get into mowing, trash days, etc. – Amanda Trople By 2 years old, children can have chores

putting dirty clothes in their basket are simple tasks

because they are able to understand what they

basket, helping me put dirty diapers in the

that children can do.

are doing and why they are doing it.

diaper genie, and putting their toys away.

– Jenna Holzer

– Marci Tubbs

– Alissa Dyer

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Is it ok to wait for my own appointment? My kids’ health comes first.

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My child is pretty young, why do I need to take them to the dentist already?

By Hope Jackson, RDH, BS

Dentistry at a young age ensures the health of your child’s mouth throughout their life. We firmly believe in exposing children to a dental office to eliminate any fear associated with the dentist. If children are brought into the dental practice regularly, they get the comfort and feeling of security and with positive, preventative fun that we try to have in our dental practice. It doesn’t have to be the place where we get “shots” and there is pain. By allowing

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your children exposure to the dentist, you are preventing the stigma of dentistry being painful and ultimately helping them understand how important oral health is on a day-to-day basis.

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As a mother of four, I completely understand this nature of thinking. Yet, waiting may be detrimental to your own well-being. If bacteria sits along the teeth for an extended period of time, it becomes stronger and more aggressive. Our bodies do a great job at controlling these bacteria, but at some point your immune system is not going to be able to handle the bacterial load. Waiting can mean a larger treatment need than would have been necessary if it were caught early. You can control some of these detrimental long-term effects by seeking out dental professionals for prevention. Regular dental appointments for you, as the parent, are just as important.

I floss. Isn’t that enough?

Bacteria that lives in our mouths can cause gum disease and cavities. We, as smart parents, know this and feel that in many ways we can manage these bacteria by brushing and flossing. At-home preventative care coupled with regular professional cleaning appointments can manage the bacteria in the mouth, but there are factors beyond your control. The number and type of bacteria in your mouth can be affected by multiple factors including genetics. Regular diagnostic tests of your mouth at your dental professionals office are the only way to know if hidden risks are affecting you. Even when you can’t feel a problem it might be happening.

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sports spotlight

Photos by Johnny Sundby/Samuel’s Sports & Event Photography

Established in 1995 as the first USA Hockey Association in the Black Hills, The Rushmore Hockey Association, has grown from a small group of kids with no hockey experience to the current group of 335 skaters that boast impressive records. “Hockey is a bright spot for the Black Hills,” says RHA President Capt. James Johns. “It’s the opportunity for kids to participate in a sport that builds confidence, develops work ethic, and builds a great future.” The RHA has levels for all players from the young Mini Mites starting at four years old to JV/Varsity players in high school, including a “Learn to Skate” program available to little ones to build confidence in young skaters. After the need for more ice time increased as the number of players grew, the RHA built the Rushmore Thunderdome in 2003. Constructed on a shoestring budget, the Thunderdome is one-of-a-kind as there are only a handful of associations in the country that own their own rinks. In 2009, RHA was awarded the National Hockey League Players’ Association grant which supported their fundamental mission to make hockey accessible for all kids. No skater is turned away and by reaching out to these children, RHA has successfully

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games will be played by varsity teams in one season

Varsity/JV Girls Team 2016

made hockey a reality for nearly 60 skaters in the area. Over the span of 20 years, the RHA has brought the love of hockey to the Hills. With years of dedicated work by numerous individuals volunteering to maintain the Thunderdome, the sculpting of organized Miles per season an youth hockey has average family with turned from a vision one skater travels and hope to a reality. “Dedication and commitment has made RHA what it is today, and great times are ahead for hockey in the Hills,” says James.

335 youth participating in hockey

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State championships spanning six age levels


k c Ryouor nexetr s i a r d Fun S T A R T

et goals. If your child has a goal of selling 50 coupon books and has sold 45, tell customers he is close to reaching his goal. Someone may buy more than one to help your child out. alk to teammates who are selling the same thing so they can each map out their territory instead of inundating every house in your neighborhood. lways carry fundraising materials with you. You never know when you will make the sale when you go to the dentist, doctor, family events, your mom and/or dad’s workplace. epeat often: “It never hurts to ask.” Many people help kids who sell in person because it shows courage. Dealing with rejection can be tough, so, explain why people may say no ahead of time.

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ext, join with other kids (and parents) from the group and get permission to set up a sales table at a high-traffic event or grocery store. Then split the credit for the sales.

ffset the odds when you get the urge to simply email. It’s too easy for the recipient to hit the “delete” button. It’s more likely to get sales when done in person, even if it’s a little scary. hen in doubt, remember people are more apt to buy when the product is valuable to them. The 2016 Black Hills Coupon Book has 200 buy one get one free and 50% off deals valued at over $2,900. If they bought one last year, they’re going to buy it again this year.

o help your child, create a “cheat sheet” including the questions people might ask. “When will I get my order?” “Can I pay with a check?” Knowing the answers will bring confidence to your child.

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Is it Really Autism? A

Photos by Kevin Eilbeck Photography

utism is a complex diagnosis because it can affect a child in many ways, including their personality, behaviors, ability or inability to communicate with others, their social skills and how they perceive the world around them. When you suspect or notice changes in your child, consult your pediatrician. If your doctor feels as though the child needs further evaluating, they may refer you to a Clinical Psychologist and a Pediatric Therapy Clinic. The Clinical Psychologist will first visit with the child and the child’s family. If they feel that there is a need for further evaluation, she will involve the “Autism Team”. Children’s Therapy Services (CTS) believes that the best and most effective way to evaluate a child with Autism is through a Comprehensive MultiDisciplinary Team approach. This type of approach helps parents understand as much as possible about their child’s strengths and needs. CTS believes that the child and the child’s family should be

fully engaged in the process. This is the best way to assist a child with an Autism diagnosis. Our Autism team is made up of a Special Educator who observes comprehension, a Speech and Language Pathologist who assess how the child chooses to communicate, an Occupational Therapist observing motor skills, a Physical Therapist assessing strength and of course, the Clinical Psychologist. These professionals will gauge your child through the “lens” of their individual background of expertise. After all the evaluations have been done, the Autism Team is able to come together and discuss their findings, determining the best steps to take next. They work very closely with parents and guardians to provide education about the diagnoses and provide them with numerous resources to assist both the child and the family.

Joseph Riggert MSE, CCC-SLP Speech/Language Pathologist

SPEECH THERAPY

is beneficial for children who have difficulty expressing themselves and difficulty understanding what is being said to them.

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An estimated

1 out of 42

BOYS and 1 in 189 GIRLS

are diagnosed with autism in the United States.

Children’s Therapy Services (CTS) believes that the best and most effective way to evaluate a child with Autism is through a Comprehensive Multi-Disciplinary Team approach.

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When Kids Struggle with Learning By Tonya Johnson Wherever there is a child struggling with schoolwork, the odds are their parents are struggling to find the most effective way to help that child. Some kids find themselves falling behind in their schoolwork, despite a lot of effort. Some of those kids will get the support they need from specialists at school, but for others, those services aren’t available and parents find themselves looking for answers on how they can help at home. Begin by talking to your child to determine if there are any other types of concerns such as friends or teasing. If there aren’t any underlying social issues, here are some strategies to help them. • Check the routine. The school year is well underway and good habits might have disappeared. Sports schedules, practice times, performances, or tryouts can throw even the best schedules out of whack. It’s also easy to let too much screen time creep into the day. Re-establish a routine for morning tasks, meals, activities, homework, and bedtime preparations. • Discover new boredom busters. The school year is getting long, daylight is still limited, and he or she just doesn’t feel like doing homework. It’s time to get creative to help motivate! Try setting up a reading tent to have a fun new place to read. Review math facts by having them demonstrate with motion; for instance, “Show me the answer to 4+7 by jumping that many times.” • Brush up on study skills. Some kids will complete homework easily, but not do well on tests. Teach your child strategies to relax or remember important points. For example, make up lyrics to a familiar song or create a rhyme to remember facts. Multiple assignments 20

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or exams happening at the same time can leave a student feeling overwhelmed. Talk through the schedule to help your child stay organized and focused, have a plan, and avoid procrastination. • Seek out help. Start with your child’s teachers, as they may be able to provide some new insight since you last spoke. Perhaps a study group or friend would help. Professional tutors are another option, as they have innovative ways of helping kids learn. Lastly, don’t forget to include your pediatrician. Doctors have many screening tools and resources available. There might be more behind the struggle than you realize. If so, several options are available for assisting your child that you may not have considered yet. • Maintain balance. Kids still need time to be kids; to play, to spend time outside, to hang out with friends, and to just have some down time to themselves. Help everyone keep a positive attitude and provide your child with unconditional love, offer support and encouragement, and let them know you believe in them, every day.

A tutor might be the way to go if your youngster is falling behind in one particular subject. A tutor is knowledgeable in a particular subject area, and can bolster a child’s success in that subject by filling in background information your child might have missed and offering more explanation and practice to help the student acquire the necessary skills. When children have unusual difficulty with the work, and homework becomes a major area of conflict, having a professional on the case can be a big relief for both you and them. Helping a child succeed at homework–without the family dynamics–can remove a lot of stress from the evening.


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Question: What Do You Get When You… Take this Real World Farmer Jim and Sharon Petrik and their four children—Ryan (22), Allison (21), Chase (15), and Olivia (13)—raise corn, soybeans, and alfalfa on the farm that has been in their family since 1948. They have about 50 beef cows and finish about 5,000 market hogs each year. They also raise pigs that 4-H and FFA students show at fairs and competitions each year. Jim is the third generation to raise crops and livestock on the family farm in Gayville, South Dakota.

…and add Mr. Burke’s 4th Grade Classroom? Connecting classroom learning with real world examples is a goal for many teachers. For the past several years, Mike Burke has used a partnership to help his students connect their math, science, and social studies lessons with how their food is produced. Burke has been a fourth grade teacher at Valley View Elementary in Rapid City for twelve years, and was one of the first teachers to participate in a program launched by Ag United for South Dakota in 2010. “As a teacher, I want my students to have a whole experience. Anytime we can bring the outside world into the classroom, it makes it more interesting and engaging for the students,” he said.

Answer: AgUnited’s Adopt-A-Farmer Program For the past five years, fourth graders at Valley View Elementary in Rapid City have had a firsthand view of how their food is produced. Teacher Mike Burke has participated in the Adopt-A-Farmer program, connecting his students with farmer Jim Petrik from Gayville, South Dakota. The Adopted Farmer program fits well into the student’s curriculum because it integrates across multiple subjects, including social studies, science, and math, said Burke. For example, based on information from Petrik’s videos, the students can calculate the amount of seed or fertilizer needed for a corn crop, or determine how much of each ingredient in a feed ration is needed to feed the farm’s pigs. Each month, Jim creates a video that is posted on YouTube and shared with students. The videos highlight what is happening on the farm throughout the year. Students get a view into fall harvest, weaning calves, caring for pigs indoors during the winter, calving, and spring planting… and much more. Petrik also visits the classroom in person once each year. “I love the energy, enthusiasm, and curiosity of the students, and am astonished at the depth of the questions they ask,” said Petrik. “They are really interested in everything about the farm and our family. They are also amazed at the differences between the animals and how fast they grow, and how farmers keep track of individual animals to make sure they are healthy.” Petrik is one of nine farmers adopted by fourth grade classrooms across the state.

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When you walk into Mrs. Withee’s classroom, her class of 18 students are eagerly waiting to start their day. From watching live eagle cams and building prisms and snowflakes to writing letters to their elderly friends from West Hills South – Roxi’s class is full of excitement. “Her students have fun while learning academic subjects,” explained Principal Ann Solinksy, “as well as learning social skills. She is truly a teacher who teaches the mind and the heart.” Beginning her teaching legacy in 1977, Roxi taught grades one through four for five years before switching to kindergarten. Now she has the pleasure of teaching her past students’ own children – second and even third generations of families. “I can tell you that little boys don’t appreciate me calling them by their mom’s name,” laughed Roxi, “but sometimes I just slip up! They forgive me, though.” A day in a class of young children is noisy, busy, and fun – and is never the same from day to day. “The best thing about teaching

kindergarten is their exuberance for life,” said Roxi. “Little ones enjoy all facets of learning, and I find it a privilege to introduce them to so many things.” One of those introductions taught is being comfortable at school. A new student came into Roxi’s class extremely shy and not wanting to talk – although he talked often at home. “After about a week, this boy began to whisper quietly into Mrs. Withee’s ear,” said Melissa Werner, the lunch director at Zion Luthern. By the second week, he was looking forward to going to school. “Mrs. Withee doesn’t just teach,” explained Trisha Miller, another

parent to one of Roxi’s students, “she hugs, she encourages, she protects, and she loves.” “Life happens here,” said Roxi. Students in her class become a family – with Mrs. Withee leading the way.

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KARA SCHROEDER

FIRST GRADE AT CORRAL DRIVE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL, RAPID CITY

“Mrs. Schroeder is not only one of the best teachers I have ever met,” said Jennifer Tomac, a parent to one of Kara’s students, “she is sincere and authentic, energetic and passionate.” It all started in the sixth grade when Kara Schroeder (Shray-der) was a part of a Book Buddies program with first graders. “We read books with two kids and they read to us,” explained Kara. Looking forward to Book Buddies all week long, her grandma had suggested she become a teacher when she grew up. “Her words were golden,” said Kara. “In a movie, music would have played.” Now, 30 years later, writers, readers, and scientists fill her very own classroom. Kara makes learning fun and exciting by hands-on work, while still giving children individual attention they need throughout the day. But it’s not just the students’ lives she is moving – the parents she works with are experiencing the love Kara has for her career, as well. “She goes above and beyond the call of duty sending weekly emails to parents ‘From the Land of First Grade’,” said Jamie Boomsma, one of Kara’s student’s mom. In the message she will

include the things her students are learning, the funny things that have happened throughout the week, and everything she believes parents will enjoy hearing. “I have saved every email – that’s how special they are!” said Tura Synhorst, another parent of a student in Mrs. Schroeder’s classroom. The passion for teaching and love for her students doesn’t stop with emails to their parents. For Christmas, Kara created multi-page scrapbooks complete with photos and personalized messages for all 25 of her students. “I was in awe,” said Tura, “and my seven-year-old daughter absolutely loved her gift!” Not only was the gift a heartfelt expression of her kindness and caring for each student, but Kara also made sure each student saved the gift to be opened with their families on Christmas Day. There is excitement in every corner of Kara’s classroom, and with her kindness, energy, and passion for what she does every day – she is leaving wonderful memories in her student’s hearts.

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JONNI HERTEL

SECOND GRADE AT GENERAL BEADLE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL, RAPID CITY

General Beadle gained an A+ teacher when they added Ms. Hertel to their staff four years ago. As a mother of four children, Jonni has been living up to her given name – Wakan Yeja Tewi Cahala Winyan (Woman Who Loves Children). At the start of her career, she began a daycare before attending Oglala Lakota College, graduating in 2012. From there, she continued her education at Southwest Minnesota State University, receiving her Masters Degree last year. “Ms. Hertel has been a role model, leader, and inspiration to my children,” said Shane Montgomery, a parent to one of Jonni’s students. “She not only teaches our children, but loves and mentors them.” Each day in Ms. Hertel’s class, students get to participate in Tiospaye Time – or Family Time – where students sit in a circle and talk about whatever they want to put out there. “I teach my kiddos that it’s ok to ‘feel’,” said Jonni. “I believe in teaching the whole

child, and that goes beyond the text book – giving them strategies to navigate through life beyond the classroom.” She is her students’ support system as they go through life in second grade – becoming the “big kids” they so eagerly want to be. “It’s all about giving back,” said Jonni. “It’s about stepping up and being able to have a connection so they allow you into their journey – if only for a moment.”

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FOURTH GRADE AT SOUTH PARK ELEMENTARY SCHOOL, BELLE FOURCHE

“The best thing about teaching fourth graders is seeing their love of learning,” said Jeanette, “it makes me realize my love of teaching.” Beginning her teaching career 29 years ago, South Park Elementary students have gotten to work with Mrs. Nicholas for the past 23 years.

“Jeanette cares deeply for her students and helps them in any way she possibly can,” said Principal Jennifer Roberts. From pretending to teach as a child – dreams turned to reality; and today, Jeanette’s class is a place “where students feel comfortable and can learn,” said Jennifer. When Jeanette sees a situation arise where she can lend a helping hand, she does. She will go above and beyond for her students making sure their success is attainable. “Jeanette was the one who noticed my son was struggling in school,” explained Cora Brown. “We began testing and were able to get him the help he needed. He’s a senior this year and on the honor roll – all because Mrs. Nicholas saw a need and helped him.” Whether she is brainstorming new ideas to bring to the classroom, or helping students become the best they can be – Jeanette shines in the lives of all those around her.

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KYLEE HEINERT

SECOND GRADE AT NEW UNDERWOOD ELEMENTARY SCHOOL, NEW UNDERWOOD

Step into the world of second grade at New Underwood Elementary, and you will meet Mrs. Heinert’s class. “Kylee is an energetic teacher who makes learning an interactive experience for her students,” said Principal George Seiler. “She has high expectations for her students’ success and cares about each and every one of them. Kylee is very aware of every student’s learning level and is there to make sure his or her love of learning continues to grow. “My daughter has struggled for a couple years enunciating words with ‘R’ in them,” explained Amanda Trople, a parent to a couple of Kylee’s students. After starting in Mrs. Heinert’s class, Kylee began talking to Amanda about solutions to correct the issue and got to work finding others to help her daughter. “I was blown away by her responsiveness

without me having to request assistance,” said Amanda. Second grade is the age where students begin to take hold of their independence, but still need a little guidance now and then. Their endless energy leaves plenty of room for trying new and exciting things, which Kylee loves. “They have made some sense of the world around them and start to make connections to it,” explained Kylee. “I love that they can tie their shoes, but still believe in magic!” Building a love of learning, Kylee stands by her students every step of the way and assures creativity and love fill the room each and every day.

KATHY COATS

FIFTH GRADE AT CALVARY CHRISTIAN SCHOOL, RAPID CITY

Bringing heart and soul into her teaching, Mrs. Coats has been inspiring her students at Calvary Christian for the last 10 years. “Kathy believes in the best of kids and really looks to bring that

out in them,” agreed Chad and Dawn Meyer, whose children have all had Mrs. Coats as their teacher. Kathy sees every child as an individual in her classroom, making sure they are succeeding to the best of their abilities – even if that means taking time out of her evenings and summers to tutor and mentor students. Her passion of education extends beyond the classroom, too, with handson opportunities for her students to learn. With a hike up Harney Peak to learn about life science and a trip to Outdoor Campus West to learn about nature, she provides educational experiences her kids will remember for a lifetime explains Elizabeth Kieffer, a student’s mom. Kathy is able to meet kids where they are and encourage them to keep learning. She sees potential in her students and is making a difference in their lives. “Fifth grade is a great age to teach because the students are so curious about everything,” said Kathy. And she is right there alongside them, answering their neverending questions along the way.

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RICK REDETZKE

FIRST GRADE AT SOUTH PARK ELEMENTARY SCHOOL, RAPID CITY

A Rapid City native, Rick Redetzke never thought of himself as a teacher until later on in life. “School was not the easiest thing for me,” said Rick. “I decided at some point, if I can teach someone to read, maybe they wouldn’t face some of the same challenges I faced.” After 23 years of teaching, he continues to make an impact on his students’ lives. “Rick’s calm spirit and direct way of engaging with his students is rare,” said Natalie Slack, a mom to one of Rick’s students. “He sets and maintains high expectations, gently guiding kids into full engagement and success.” And high, attainable expectations are perfect for this age. First grade is where children begin to make connections from school to the world. “I attempt to challenge and foster the learning of all students, both on an individual level and with the standards designed for first graders,” said Rick. “It’s amazing to hear the children sharing their excitement and enthusiasm for learning.” Not only is Mr. Redetzke known for a well-mannered class, but also

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his connection with all students, even beyond his own classroom. “Rick makes a difference with children who struggle with their behavior,” said Behavior Strategist Beth Steen. On playground duty, Rick saw a boy going through an emotional catastrophe. “He was right there to give him support until the child could calm down,” said Beth. Mr. Redetzke leaves an impression on his students, being visited by former students and remembered as a positive influence in their lives. “He puts everything he teaches into

a perspective that children can understand,” explained his former student Sumner. “His kids respect him and love him.” Not only has Rick created a class of independent thinkers, but has extended his passion of helping others to everyone around him.

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Discovering a Child’s Love Language

HOW TO RELATE TO A CHILD WITH THIS LOVE LANGUAGE:

By Danie Koskan It was one of those mornings when my boys needed me, and I repeatedly waved them off with one of those mom looks that say, “Go play and don’t come back until you’re old enough to drive.” But the more I ignored their pleas for affirmation, touch, and time, the more raucous my trio grew. I finally came to my mom senses and realized my kids’ “love tanks” were running on empty. They were out of love. So, I dropped everything and spent the next hour reminding my eldest child how much I appreciate him, giving my middle man lots of hugs, and intently listening as my youngest son went on and on about everything under the sun. Three kids, and three very different ways of feeling loved. In the book The Five Love Languages of Children, the authors present the concept that our children’s emotional “love tanks” need to be kept full by speaking to their particular love language. When we speak love to our kids, they’re less inclined to beg, steal, and borrow for our attention. My rowdy little men were happy to run along and play once I took the time to talk to each boy in a language only he understood. To help you understand the ideas in the book, this chart summarizes each of the love languages. You may find that your child shows each of the love languages at different times and that their preferred language changes as they get older. This is perfectly fine, as it is really about connecting with your child and keeping their emotional tanks full so they can remain happy and confident individuals at home, school, and through after-school activities. 30

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Likes others to tell them they did a good job. Favorite words include: Terrific! You did it! You’re #1! Awesome kid! I’m so proud of you!

Compliment aloud. Praise them around others. Always say “I Love You”. Write a message on their bathroom mirror. Place notes in their lunchbox.

Likes it when people do nice things for them. For example, help with: Chores School projects Homework Making snacks

Practice sports together. Work together on a project. Check their homework. Pick them up on time. Do a chore for them. Teach them how to help and serve others.

Feels good when they receive something. Giving presents to others is important to them, as well. Enjoys receiving: Special presents Earning or being surprised with treats Having their favorite food made for them

Keep a small stash of inexpensive gifts. Give a flower or stone you find outside to them. Leave gifts for them when you’re out of town. Go shopping with them for a special gift. Send them on a homemade treasure hunt.

Loves to receive hugs and kisses, high fives, cuddle, and asks to be carried. Loves physical activity like: Racing and tag Rough and tumble wrestling Climbing onto your lap

Hold hands and hug often. Have your child sit in a beanbag chair to bring a them a sense of calmness. Sing action songs. Have some tickle fun. Plan family physical activities for outside.

Loves your undivided attention and wants to sit next to you or have you watch while he’s playing. Loves to spend 1:1 time with you while: Watching a movie Going out to eat Running errands Playing a game

Run errands together (just the two of you). Ask about their day and really listen to the details while making eye contact. Eat meals together several times a week. Read together. Play video games together.


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10 Meaningful Birthday Traditions for Kids By Kerrie McLoughlin

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very year when I was a kid my parents would let me choose where I wanted to eat dinner out for my birthday, among other special traditions. Kids love to feel special, and it can be a challenge to find the time to come up with ways to make a birthday a knockout. Never fear! Pick and choose a few of these birthday traditions each year…and stick with the ones you and your birthday kid love! 1. Rise and shine. Wake your kids up on their birthday with an extra long snuggle and retell the story of the day they were born. Special adoption stories of the child’s “adoption day” or “coming home day” are equally important to children. 2. Birthday letter. Write a birthday letter for each of your children telling them what great things they did and said and learned during the past year. Then give the birthday child a copy, and save a copy in a binder and on your computer. 32

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3. Birthday slideshow. Create a special slideshow using PowerPoint or a similar computer program. Just pop in photos, size them, add music and cute captions. After your child watches it about a zillion times, save it to a CD and save it in a special place. 4. Party photos. Try to take as many pictures as you can on birthdays and make sure you’re included in some of them, since you’re the parent and all! Later you can get out old photo albums and the birthday kid’s baby album. 5. Serve a special meal. Some kids might love a restaurant where they sing Happy Birthday and are given a balloon, while another might like the local fast food indoor play area. Make at least one meal of the birthday child’s day something out of the ordinary! 6. Favorite cake. Let your child pick a special theme and either decorate a cake in the style or have a professional baker do so. Be sure to take a photo of the birthday boy or girl with their cake each year. 7. Birthday sleepover. Set up a sleepover and invite their friends to stay the night. Order pizza, turn on Netflix and have them set up their sleeping bags for a night of fun. 8. Birthday interview. Get the video camera ready and play 20 questions or have family members ask the birthday child questions. Imagine listening to all of your child’s answers after 15 years. Such a big, long-term gift. 9. Remember the good stuff. Write down cute and funny things your kids say or do throughout the year, and then read out loud at the birthday breakfast or dinner. It’s amazing how many things happen during the year that we forget. 10. Gift a special book each year. Find a book that relates to one of their current interests and have everyone sign the inside of it and share a special memory from the year. As the kids get older, they will love to read through all of the special messages left for them.


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WHEN DOG MEETS BABY Making Introductions By Katie Wiederholt

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ooking back it seems Norman, our Miniature Schnauzer, had an idea that something was up when I was just a few months pregnant. As we began to set up the nursery, Norman would wander in there looking around. Eventually, it became a nightly routine. He would go into the baby's room, coming right back out, and we would say: "Is there a baby in there yet?" Norman has always been a very gentle dog. He is timid and has never shown aggression. Still, I was unsure of how he would react when we first brought our daughter home from the hospital. For the first several months of our daughter's life, Norman kept his distance. Now, he is warming up to her and she is learning to pet him, instead of grabbing his beard. Currently her favorite thing (and his) is when she gives him his nightly milk bone. There is a plethora of info out there on how to introduce a new baby to a fur baby. Here are a few things that worked for us: • Make sure the dog has an area that is only his, where the baby doesn't go. It could be an area in the basement or even a foyer or enclosed porch. A fenced-in yard is also a great option when the weather is nice.

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• Don't ignore the dog. While a new parent’s attention will certainly center on the baby, do not forget the dog still needs affection. Some dogs act out when they suddenly have to compete for attention. • When you first bring the newborn into the house, introduce the dog right away. Let the dog sniff around the baby carrier for a bit, but do not be pushy. Allow the dog time to adapt to having the new family member around. • Don't make any sudden rule changes. If the dog has always been allowed on the couch, don't suddenly change that rule when the baby arrives. If you plan to make any major changes, begin easing the dog into them several months prior to bring the new baby home. • Be prepared to admit defeat. If a dog is aggressive and unsafe to have around the baby, it might be time to look for a different home for Fido. A dog and his baby sister (or brother) can live in harmony. Just make sure to give them both the love and attention they need and deserve. Originally featured as a blog post with photos on Katie’s blog at ahousewithcharacter.com.


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ou’ve just had a baby, but instead of celebrating, you feel like crying. You may not have been expecting it, but mild depression and mood swings are common in new mothers–so common, in fact, that it has its own name: the baby blues. Nearly 80 percent of new mothers experience a few of the baby blues symptoms, including: moodiness, sadness, difficulty sleeping, irritability, and concentration problems. These indications typically show up within a few days of giving birth and last from several days to a couple of weeks. “If they do not go away or become more intense, this may be a sign that it is more serious than the blues,” says Dr. Rochelle Christensen, OB/GYN. “Postpartum depression can interfere with the ability to care for your child, so it’s important to get help.” The best thing you can do after your baby has arrived is to be aware that the blues (or depression) is possible. The more you care for your mental and physical well-being, the better you’ll feel. Talk to someone who understands. “Admitting there is a problem is incredibly hard,” shares Cadey Reisner, Rapid City mother of two boys, Grady (5) and Grant (3). “Terror and guilt rush over you and can make symptoms worse. Have an honest conversation with your spouse, girlfriend, or mom and tell them how you’re feeling. Then, call your doctor.” Ask for help and accept it. When people say, "Let me know what I can do"–they mean it. So, gratefully ask them for what you want, whether it's watching your baby so you can nap, taking your older child to the park, helping you make a meal, or doing some laundry. Eat healthy foods. What you eat has an impact on mood. Dr. Christensen says, “The risk 36

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IT HAPPENED TO ME “I couldn’t, and didn’t, talk to my husband or mom about it because I was so ashamed and scared. After the birth of our second son, my husband could tell something was off, but he had no idea how to help. This made him feel terrible – which didn’t help me, either. If your family knows what to look for, they can start the ‘How are you feeling?’ conversation, especially when you can’t start it yourself.” - Cadey Reisner

of postpartum depression can be minimized by eating a healthy diet, avoiding caffeine, alcohol, unnecessary drugs, and continuing to take prenatal vitamins.” And don't forget to drink water and other healthy fluids, especially if you're nursing. Dehydration can cause fatigue, anxiety, and headaches.

Get some sleep. “Rest is my number one recommendation,” says Shannon Church, CD (DONA). “It’s the most undervalued aspect of the postpartum period with the highest consequences. I always tell my clients to savor this time with their new little baby and spend a good two weeks allowing their bodies the time it needs to heal.” Make time for yourself. Having a baby is a huge adjustment, but your well-being should remain a priority. Continuing to do the simple things like taking a shower, doing your nails, and making lunch plans with a friend are small ways to make a positive impact on your spirit. If your symptoms don’t go away after a few weeks or get worse, you may have postpartum depression. Knowing it will help other women, Cadey openly shares: “I knew something was wrong with me and I decided to call my OB, who put me on a dose of anti-anxiety medications to help. It was a lifeline and I started to feel back to normal in a few weeks. I was a better mom for my kids, a better wife, and no longer felt I was on the one-way train to crazy town.”

Sources and Credits: American Academy of Family Physicians; Dr. Rochelle Christensen, Rapid City Obstetrics and Gynecolog y; Shannon Church, Vintage Doula; and Cadey Reisner.

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Fan Favorite Superhero & New Dad Rapid City Rush Goalie Danny “Batman” Battochio shares how life now includes pucks and pacifiers. By Jaclyn Lanae 38

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Rapid City Rush goalie, Danny Battochio was raised in Lively, Ontario, a small town essentially across Lake Huron from the mitten-clad hand of Michigan. Growing up in proud hockey country, and his success on the ice, is exactly what brought him to Rapid City. “It’s a big sport back home,” Danny says of his introduction to hockey. “My brother and I used to play road hockey after school with the neighbor kids, and people would make rinks in big fields by laying down some planks, packing snow on top and covering it with water.” “My love for hockey grew and I started taking it more seriously as life went on,” he says. Danny was good at it, and was getting a lot of out of the sport, too, eventually accepting a hockey scholarship to attend Saint Francis Xavier University in Nova Scotia. During his three years there, he studied Criminal Justice and began to entertain the idea that perhaps hockey could become a career.


In October of 2009, it did. The Rapid City Rush contracted the team’s newest goalie, Danny Battochio – Batman. The nickname came early in his career, when press and fans struggled to pronounce his last name. “It was just easier, I guess, and eventually the fans started having fun with it,” he says. On the ice, Danny’s demeanor is calm, focused. “Before the game and even between periods, nothing but hockey is on your mind,” he says. Off the ice, however, his family is on his mind. When hockey brought Danny to the Black Hills, it also brought him to the next major milestone in his life. He’d only been living here a few months when he met Jami – a single mother living in Spearfish with her son, Aaron. The two dated for the next few years and in July of 2014, almost exactly a year after he proposed, the couple was married. Then, in October of 2015 Danny and Jami welcomed Easton to the Battochio family. Like his approach to hockey on the ice, Batman’s parenting style is focused. “I’m kind of a structured guy,” he says. “I want to instill that with the kids; help them understand they are responsible for certain things and when those are taken care of, then you can do what you want. I believe having priorities is a way of becoming a successful person growing up.”

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The nickname came early in his career, when press and fans struggled to pronounce his last name. “It was just easier, I guess, and eventually the fans started having fun with it,” he says.

For the Battochios, life is pretty hockey-centric. The sport brought him here, gave him a family within the team and community, and now, a family of his own. Jami and the boys attend the games as much as possible and despite his busy schedule, the sport has been a connection point for Danny and his family. “This hockey thing has brought the whole family, the fans and the community together around one goal; to be successful, to make the team and the community proud” – a perfect job for Batman. Black Hills Parent

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31refreshers that take 15 minutes or less

By Lara Krupicka

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here's nothing like the feeling of having the whole house clean all at once. But these days, who has the time for such a consuming job? You can still enjoy the benefits of refreshment that come with a big cleaning by engaging in quick fifteen-minute tasks (and indulgences). By doing one each day, you'll arrive at the end of a month experiencing the same satisfaction as if you would have spent hours; and you won't be wiped out by the process. Instead, you should feel invigorated! Here are enough ideas to fill a month and get you started, or swap in a few of your own.

Refresh Your Self

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Polish your fingernails. Once you’re done you can combine this with number five (sit with your feet up) while your nails dry. Short on time? Focus on just cleaning off any old polish and trimming your nails. Even that little bit can give your hands a fresh feel.

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Take a brisk walk around the block or at a nearby park. Put your kids on a bike (or in a wagon or stroller) and you can all benefit.

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Place a hold at the library on that book you’ve been meaning to read. Don’t have any titles in mind? Browse through Goodreads for recommendations and create a list for the future by tagging the interesting ones as “to read.”

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Dive into your favorite magazine. Clip out any recipes you want to try or fold over pages containing decorating tips and other ideas you want to come back to.

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Sit with your feet up and rest. If you’re alone or the children are safely occupied, close your eyes and rest for a little while. (You may want to set an alarm, just in case.)

Revitalize Your Spouse

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Leave your spouse a suggestive voicemail on his cell phone or text the same message (prefaced by the warning: “For Your Eyes Only”).

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Go online and order a fancy massage lotion for your next date night.

Surprise them by giving their car a quick clean up. Take any extra time to run a vacuum over the floor mats.

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Do some extra tidying in the master bedroom to make it extra inviting or relaxing. Put out a candle for soft lighting, and freshen up the bedsheets.

Fortify Your Kids

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Read a board book or a chapter to your child from a new or untouched book.

Weed out last season’s clothes from one child’s drawers. Tackle one drawer at a time, until time runs out.

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Write notes to put in your kids’ lunches. Try to write up a few to sprinkle in for each child throughout the week.

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Challenge your child to a quick round of their favorite game. Or, you can spontaneously join them in playing Legos, Squinkies, or another activity they enjoy, as well.

Restore Your Kitchen

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Wipe down the range hood and inside of the microwave. Use any extra time to degrease the handles on the fridge and microwave.

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Mix up a batch of brownies. Do this when you’ll be home while they bake.

Sort leftover food and expired condiments to toss from your refrigerator. Keep a wastebasket nearby and make tossing part of the process. When you’re done, wipe down a shelf or two. Come back later for another fifteen minutes to wipe out more of the fridge.

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Sweep the kitchen and shake out the rugs. Better yet, toss those rugs in the washing machine for a quick wash cycle to spruce them up.

Invigorate Your Family & Friends

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Call a friend to schedule a coffee date. Then, keep it! No rain-checks allowed. Text a different friend to tell her one thing you think she rocks at.

Write a thank you note to someone for a recent act of kindness. Phone your mom/grandma/favorite aunt to tell her you love her. Jot a list of fun memories about someone special on fancy stationery; then mail it to them.

Enliven Your Calendar/To-Do List

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Make a list of errands to be done in the coming week/month. Pick a day to focus on those errands and schedule it like you would an appointment. Guilt be gone!

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Schedule that appointment you’ve been avoiding. While you’re at it, make sure you have up-to-date appointments for everyone else in the family for things like haircuts, dentist, eye doctor, and physical exams.

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Brainstorm a destination for your next family outing or vacation. Check out a travel site for reviews and hot spots to stay or visit there.

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Upload photos from your camera (while technically not a calendar item, it’s one that’s always on our “to do” lists). Browse through and delete any poor shots or ones you know you won’t use. Recharge the camera battery so it’s ready for the next event you want to capture.

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Dust a room or two. Use a feather duster and see if you can get through three or four rooms.

Pull out decorations for the next holiday or season. Purge anything worn out or dated or that you don’t like any more. If you’ve got the time, go ahead and decorate.

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Clean up the crumbs and garbage out of your own car.

Clean the dog bowls/fish tank/kitty litter. Don’t have any? Your work is done!

Celebrate your month of refreshment by taking a day to revisit some of the more restorative activities or to engage in a few you’d like to give more attention to. Keep this list and refer to it several times a year when you, your home, or your kids, are starting to sag. Make note of the one or two refreshers that could work as a regular pick-me-up. And while you won’t have the whole house clean all at once, you will benefit from a sense of accomplishment and ongoing revitalization that just may spur you to tackle the bigger task of a top-to-bottom overhaul later on. Freelance writer Lara Krupicka prefers short bursts of cleaning and organizing because it feels less like “work.”

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Parenting Big Kids By Jessica Castleberry

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hen I was pregnant – and then a young mother of a son and twin daughters – I envied the “got-it-together” moms. The moms with children over age ten who seemed to effortlessly balance the needs of their older children. The early years were easy with my preschool education experience, but one day I realized I had a teen and two tweens. My expertise had expired, and I hadn’t researched this new era of parenting. It was past time for me to “get it together.” If you have found yourself with questions on parenting the big kids, I recommend starting with these five steps on your way to being a Got-It-Together Mom (or Dad). ACTIVELY LISTEN

Look for moments to work on your active listening. This means when your teen is confiding in you about “so-and-so being so mean today,” you’ll want to stop thinking about laundry, work, and annoying drivers and tune into what your child is saying. “That sounds frustrating. What happened?” Asking questions acknowledges their feelings and shows your child you are hearing what they are saying. 44

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PARENT UNPLUGGED

“Ma’am, stay calm and step away from the phone!” Seriously. The endless texting and emails have got to stop. Put it down (tell your kids to put theirs down, too) and connect with your children. Set a schedule for them and yourself on some non-negotiable face-toface time – not Facebook. BATTLE THE SUPER KID MYTH

“Our son plays football and plays the trumpet and wrestles and is in Boy Scouts and juggles fire and...” It’s great for kids to be well rounded, but self-care for your teen is important, too. Take the time to watch a sunset. Take a walk together. Just be sure to keep the Super Kid in check. REJECT EXPECTATIONS OF SUPER MOM

Stop trying to do it all; you can't. Some days are chicken piccata and fresh salad, and others are grilled cheese and peas. And

that’s ok. Realize eating a simple meal, leaving the dishes for tomorrow, or having naptime for mom while responsible big kids rule the roost will save sanity for all. TEACH LIFE LESSONS

Can your teen make a sandwich? Do they know how to balance a budget, or the importance of avoiding credit card debt? Can they sew a button on a shirt? Strive to ensure they are not so busy being multi-talented that they are totally unprepared to care for themselves outside of your home. These steps remind us to acknowledge feelings and listen supportively, tune out the phone, and direct them toward being a super person, not a super human. Jessica Castleberry is the parent of three “big kids”, and is on the way to being a got-it-together mom.


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Clean Eating

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ating clean may seem like some new buzzword, but the idea has really been around for quite a while. Clean eating means filling your plate with better choices and learning to moderate the not-sogood stuff. Here are some quick tips to help you eat cleaner, healthier meals. BUMP UP THE VEGGIES

Yeah, you’ve probably heard this one over and over again, but it’s important! Vegetables are low in calories and packed with fiber, vitamins, and minerals that help keep your waistline in check, your heart healthy, and your bones strong. Toss in some spinach to your smoothie, tuck a few snap peas in your sandwiches, or start out your meals with a salad. It’s a lot easier than you think! LIMIT YOUR PROCESSED FOOD

A lot of these foods are filled with a lot more sodium, sugar, and fat than necessary. Decreasing the amount of packaged food you and your family eats is an easy win for eating clean. But remember, just because it comes in a package doesn’t mean it’s bad for you. Take a look at the

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ingredient list and if the list is long and full of words you can’t pronounce, try to stay away from it. CHOOSE WHOLE GRAINS

Start your day with steel-cut oats, or add quinoa to your salads. Replacing refined grains (food made with white flour) with whole grains will boost your body with great nutrients and extra fiber. SWEETS BE GONE

According to the American Heart Association, the average American will eat almost 22 teaspoons of sugar each day when women on average should be getting about six teaspoons (and nine teaspoons for men). You don’t need to cut sugar completely, but clean up your diet by limiting soda, baked goods, and candy. Look for foods without sugar or make sure it’s listed towards the bottom of the ingredient list. CUT DOWN ON SATURATED FAT

Don’t feel like you have to cut out fats when you’re eating clean, just opt for healthy fats like olive oil, nuts, and fatty fish over the saturated fats (butter, cheese, etc). The good fats are truly good for you (in moderation, of course) and can help raise your good HDL cholesterol. Need help picking out the bad stuff? Here’s a tip: saturated fats are usually solid at room temperature. So, instead of cheese, top your salads with nuts; instead of mayonnaise on your sandwich, try avocado. These are simple swaps that won’t leave your tummy rumbling. Embrace the idea of eating clean with open arms! Your body will be sure to thank you.


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healthy dinner involves more than a piece of meat and something to wash it down with. To build a menu, begin with the main course. From there, fill in with different kinds of side dishes (starches, vegetables, and salads), and then wrap up with a dessert. Planning a top-notch meal is as easy as 1-2-3 with the pointers from the book 7-Day Menu Planner for Dummies by Susan Nicholson. All you need to do is follow this formula:

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Warm, melty, and creamy macaroni and cheese is pretty much the best food ever. Far too often, however, that’s all there is in the bowl, which isn’t the healthiest of options. We’re all short on time, but the truth is, when that’s what’s for dinner, adding in one of these ingredients doesn’t take that much longer—and for those few extra minutes, you get tons more flavor, daily doses of vitamins, and some protein. Seems like a win to us!

Veggies Adding vegetables will add many nutrients including potassium, vitamin A, vitamin C, folate and more. Take the peas, can of corn, or steamed broccoli and cauliflower and throw it into the pot for a special twist. Even the handful of spinach will add so much more than the regular, out-of-the-box mix.

Yogurt Greek yogurt is full of probiotics and a great substitution for milk in your recipe. It will make your macaroni and cheese rich and creamy with an added benefit of extra nutrients.

Meat To up your protein – add some meat. This can be beef, chicken, tuna, or pork, and it will give an extra layer of deliciousness to your meal.

Avocado Adding a green hue to your macaroni and cheese may not be pretty, but it will add some vitamin K, folate, vitamin C, and antioxidants to your dinner. Plus, it makes the pasta dish extra creamy.

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5

Money Personalities Which One Are You?

RISK-TAKER This money personality doesn’t mind what the payout of their action is, they are just excited about the risk involved. Risk-Takers are often conceptual thinkers that may be blinded by possibility, but they are not afraid of making decisions and are always on a forward-thinking frame of mind.

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SAVER

Rarely impulsive, Savers truly enjoy saving their money and avoid debt like it’s head lice. They may be joy stealers occasionally but Savers are organized and trustworthy–especially when it comes to thinking about the future.

SPENDER

Spenders live in the moment and get a thrill from purchasing items on a whim. Although they can be the reason your bank accounts have been draining, they have caring hearts and love to be generous with gifts and charitable donations.

YOUR PERSONALITY MATTERS At some point in your life, there will be an argument about money. It doesn’t matter if you have been married for 20 years or you are getting ready to send your first child off to college, money touches many decisions you make in a family dynamic–effecting relationships with spouses, parents, and children, alike. Authors Scott and Bethany Palmer have found the key to understanding each other’s money language which they share in their book The 5 Money Personalities: Speaking the Same Love and Money Language. Through these pages, the Money Couple explains that each person has two of the five money personalities (a Primary and a Secondary language) that they can relate to. There is no right and wrong type of personality, but there are definite strengths and weaknesses to each.

SECURITYSEEKER

Security-Seekers will never invest in something they are not sure of. This money type loves lowrisk, quality purchases and is willing to sacrifice something today if it will benefit tomorrow. Although they are usually stuck in creative thinking, they are trustworthy and prepared for anything that comes their way.

FLYER

Although they understand the importance of money, Flyers really don’t think about it at all. They are content with life and invest more into relationships than retirement. Flyers are probably not the best ones to ask financial advice from, but they are more than happy to have someone else take care of their money for them.

WHEN OPPOSITES ATTRACT If you are like 75% of households, you are going to have money personality opposites. Here are a few tips from The Money Couple to keep the peace at home and your bank accounts steady. Figure out which personality type you are and own it. Then, once there is a consensus on how money is going to be handled, come up with a game plan that both parties can follow. One idea would be to split your income into saving and spending. Be sure to save a portion of your money, then divide up the rest for budget items sorting out a little for fun, guilt-free spending money. Come up with an approach to finances that will complement you both, together. Once you learn to pursue money as a united front and not a “me vs. you” argument, you can find that common ground where you make the perfect team.


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Love INC mobilizes local churches to carry out a single mission: live out their faith through service to others. What began with a handful of churches has since grown to more than 50 churches in and around Rapid City and Sturgis, with each one using their collective time, talent, and treasures to encourage and equip their neighbors. Loving one’s neighbor may require some heavy lifting, too. Every week, teams of Love INC volunteers head out to collect beds, couches, appliances and other large household items from donors. Whatever the category of need, the response is the same; volunteers take requests, try to match them with donations and then deliver the requested donated items. Love INC isn’t a crisis intervention or disaster relief ministry. In order to receive help, applicants must show proof of steady income and stable residence, as well as attend a Life INC adult education class. This approach ensures the focus remains on the person rather than the need. “There are so many people in our community who are looking for answers and looking for hope,” said John, “and when we serve together, we are both changed in the process.”

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Cupid’s Arrow Run 5K T-shirt included with full registration. 8 a.m. check in. 9 a.m., Lions Park, Spearfish Rec & Aquatics Center, 122 Recreation Ln., Spearfish, 605.722.1430

Saturday 13

FREE–Let’s Go Hunting! Find tracks and signs for turkey and deer. Use our toy guns and bows to shoot at the targets. Dress warm! Age: 5-7, 10-10:45 a.m., Outdoor Campus West, 4130 Adventure Trail, Rapid City, 605.394.2310

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

Tuesday 2 Groundhog Day

Thursday 4

Pop Cult Bingo A nostalgic night of cards, culture, art and fun. Cash bar available. 6:30-9 p.m., John T. Vucurevich Event Center, 713 7th St., Rapid City, 605.394.4101

Friday 5

National Wear Red Day A day raising public awareness of heart disease in women and ways to avoid and combat this problem.

Saturday 6

Black Hills Cares Walk for Warmth Help those in financial need heat their homes in the coldest months of winter and cool their homes in the extreme heat of summer. 2-4 p.m., Main Street Square, Rapid City, 605.716.7979

Wednesday 10-11

FREE–Animal Teeth Explore animal teeth by looking at skulls. Learn how to tell if it’s a meat or plant eater, or both. Age: 3-4, 10-10:45 a.m., Outdoor Campus West, 4130 Adventure Trail, Rapid City, 605.394.2310

Thursday 11-13

The Last Five Years A musical about two New Yorkers who fall in and out of love over the course of five years. 7:30-9:30 p.m., Performing Arts Center, 601 Columbus St., Rapid City, 605.394.1786

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

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Lover’s Leap Valentine Hike Guided snowshoe hike near Grace Coolidge Creek. 1 p.m., Peter Norbeck Visitor Center, Custer State Park, 605.255.4464

Saturday 13

FREE–Saturday Art Adventure Valentine Surprise, candy, hearts, buttons, oh my! Create a special Valentine’s Day surprise. 1-3 p.m., The Dahl Arts Center, 713 7th St., Rapid City, 605.394.4101

Saturday 13-15

FREE–National Park Service Fee Free Day Badlands National Park: Free Park Entrance Wind Cave National Park: Free Cave Tours, based on availability Jewel Cave National Monument: Free Cave Tours, based on availability Devils Tower National Monument: Free Monument Entrance All Weekend

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The Last Five Years A musical about two New Yorkers who fall in and out of love over the course of five years. 2-4 p.m., Performing Arts Center, 601 Columbus St., Rapid City, 605.394.1786

Monday 15

President’s Day Honor the life and work of the first president of the United States, George Washington.

Tuesday 16

Learn to Knit for Adults Instructors will provide beginning knitting tips. Learn the building blocks for hats, scarves, mittens, socks and more. (Participants will receive a starter kit.) Register online. 6-7:30 p.m., Rapid City Public Library, 610 Quincy St., Rapid City, 604.394.4171

Wednesday 17-20

The Last Five Years A musical about two New Yorkers who fall in and out of love over the course of five years. 7:30-9:30 p.m., Performing Arts Center, 601 Columbus St., Rapid City, 605.394.1786

Friday 19-20

Rush Hockey Rush vs. Alaska Aces 7:05 p.m., Rushmore Plaza Civic Center, 444 Mt. Rushmore Rd., Rapid City, 605.716.7825

Sunday 21

Rush Hockey Rush vs. Alaska Aces 4:05 p.m., Rushmore Plaza Civic Center, 444 Mt. Rushmore Rd., Rapid City, 605.716.7825

Valentine’s Day

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

FREE–Tiny Tales Storytelling, flannel boards, puppetry & engaging music! Age: 0-5, 9:30-10 a.m., Rapid City Public Library, 610 Quincy St., Rapid City, 605.394.4171

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The Last Five Years A musical about two New Yorkers who fall in and out of love over the course of five years. 7:30-9:30 p.m., Performing Arts Center, 601 Columbus St., Rapid City, 605.394.1786

Monday 22

FREE–Pinecone Bird Feeders Bring your little one and make pinecone bird feeders. Age: 3-4, 10-10:45 a.m., Outdoor Campus, 4130 Adventure Trail, Rapid City, 605.394.2310

Tuesday 23

FREE–Wheelchair Maintenance Learn to make simple adjustments and repairs on a wheelchair, from tightening brakes to moving arm rests. Please bring wheelchairs, but leave children at home. 6-7 p.m., LifeScape, 7110 Jordan Dr., Rapid City, 605.791.7400

Saturday 27

Mixed-Up Fairy Tales Adventure As part of the BHP Jr. Classes program, kids ages 8-13 take the stage and learn theatrical processes through the familiar world of fairy tales. See their website for more information on classes and performances. 2 p.m., Black Hills Playhouse, 605.255.4910

Saturday 27

Last Day to Skate Don’t miss the last day of ice skating at Main Street Square. Bring the family to skate in a tropical paradise with our themed party. The date of the last day of skating, and the party, may change depending on the weather. 1-5 p.m., Main Street Square, Rapid City, 605.716.7979

Monday 29 Leap Day

Early-Release Wednesdays

Every Thursday

FREE–After School is Cool! Join the fun with craft of the week, coloring pages, board games & gaming. Age: 5-13, Rapid City Public Library, 610 Quincy St., Rapid City, 605.394.4171

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

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Tuesday 1

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

Wednesday 2

Read Across America Day Grab a book and read today–it’s Dr. Seuss’s Birthday!

Thursday 3

Brantley Gilbert Black Out Tour with special guests Canaan Smith and Michael Ray 7-10 p.m., Rushmore Plaza Civic Center, 444 Mt. Rushmore Rd., Rapid City, 605.394.4115

Friday 4

Tribute to Neil Diamond Enjoy music by one of America’s favorite entertainers plus a few tunes by other favorites of that era, like Johnny Cash and Glen Campbell. 7:30-9 p.m., Rushmore Plaza Civic Center, 444 Mt. Rushmore Rd., Rapid City, 605.394.4115

Friday 4-5

Rush Hockey Rush vs. Fort Wayne Komets 7:05 p.m., Rushmore Plaza Civic Center, 444 Mt. Rushmore Rd., Rapid City, 605.394.4115

Friday 4-6

BH Rapids Soccer Tournament Teams will come to Rapid City to compete in the 2016 Presidents Cup Indoor Soccer Tournament. 7 a.m.-8 p.m., Rushmore Plaza Civic Center, 444 Mt. Rushmore Rd., Rapid City, 605.394.4115

Every Tuesday Monday

Saturday 5

American Heart Association Ball A fundraising event to celebrate lives saved and improved. 5-10 p.m., Rushmore Plaza Civic Center, 444 Mt. Rushmore Rd., Rapid City, 605.394.4115

Saturday 5

BH Symphony Orchestra: Pictures at an Exhibition BHSO presents music inspired by visual art. Works will include the winner of the BHSO Young Artist Competition. 7:30-9:30 p.m., Performing Arts Center, 601 Columbus St., Rapid City, 605.384.1786

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Rush Hockey Rush vs. Allen Americans 4:05 p.m., Rushmore Plaza Civic Center, 444 Mt. Rushmore Rd., Rapid City, 605.394.4115

Monday 7

Harlem Globetrotters A worldwide icon, synonymous with one-of-a-kind family entertainment and great basketball skills. 7-8 p.m., Rushmore Plaza Civic Center, 444 Mt. Rushmore Rd., Rapid City, 605.394.4115

Tuesday 8

FREE–Speech & Language Development Learn about typical early speech and language development and get tips to help children develop speech/ communication skills. 6-7 p.m., LifeScape, 7110 Jordan Dr., Rapid City, 605.791.7400

Thursday 10-12

Love, Sex and the IRS Two out-of-work musicians concoct a plan to save money by filing their taxes jointly and pretend they’re married. 7:30-9:30 p.m., Performing Arts Center, 601 Columbus St., Rapid City, 605.384.1786

Friday 11-12

Rush Hockey Rush vs. Idaho Steelheads 7:05 p.m., Rushmore Plaza Civic Center, 444 Mt. Rushmore Rd., Rapid City, 605.394.4115

Saturday 12

Leprechaun Leap 5K T-shirt included with full registration. 8 a.m. check in. 9 a.m., BHSU Gravel Lot, Spearfish Rec & Aquatics Center, 122 Recreation Ln., Spearfish, 605.722.1430

Learn to Knit for Adults Instructors will provide beginning knitting tips. Learn the building blocks for hats, scarves, mittens, socks and more. (Participants will receive a starter kit.) Register online. 6-7:30 p.m., Rapid City Public Library, 610 Quincy St., Rapid City, 604.394.4171

Daylight Savings Time It’s time to spring forward!

Love, Sex and the IRS Two out-of-work musicians concoct a plan to save money by filing their taxes jointly and pretend they’re married. 2-4 p.m., Performing Arts Center, 601 Columbus St., Rapid City, 605.384.1786

Every Wednesday Every Early-Release Wednesday

FREE–Book Buddies FREE–Tiny Tales Muddy Masters FREE-After School is Cool! shares enchanting Library story time board will entertain ALlibrary earn tostoryteller create pinch pots, coil bowls,tales for Join the fun with crafts, games,children families. with storytelling, flannel boards, puppetry & slab boxes, and all aspects of hand our Oculus Rift, gaming & more! Age: 0-3, 9:30-10 a.m., Rapid City Public Library, engaging music! building with clay. Take your turn on the Age: 5-13, 2-3:30 p.m., Rapid City Public Library, 610 Quincy St., too! Rapid Age: 0-5, a.m., Rapid City Public Library, potter’s wheel City, 605.394.4171 Age: 610 Quincy St., 9:30-10 Rapid City, 605.394.4171 610 Quincy St., Rapid City, 605.394.4171 7-10, 5-6 p.m., Dahl Arts Center,

FREE–Sensory Processing 101 Understand the importance of the sensory system and how it impacts daily activities. Learn some sensory strategies that can be used at home and in the community. 6-7 p.m., LifeScape, 7110 Jordan Dr., Rapid City, 605.791.7400

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Rush Hockey Rush vs. Colorado Eagles 6:35 p.m., Rushmore Plaza Civic Center, 444 Mt. Rushmore Rd., Rapid City, 605.394.4115

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Wednesday 16

BH Regional Job Fair Providing exhibitors with over 2000 candidates seeking full-time, part-time, temporary, internship or seasonal positions, as well as individuals interested in furthering their education. 12-6:30 p.m., Rushmore Plaza Civic Center, 444 Mt. Rushmore Rd., Rapid City, 605.394.4115

Wednesday 16-19

Love, Sex and the IRS Two out-of-work musicians concoct a plan to save money by filing their taxes jointly and pretend they’re married. 7:30-9:30 p.m., Performing Arts Center, 601 Columbus St., Rapid City, 605.384.1786

Thursday 17

St. Patrick’s Day Don’t forget to wear green!

Friday 18-19

Mamma Mia A mother. A daughter. Three possible dads – and a trip down the aisle you’ll never forget! 7:30 p.m., Rushmore Plaza Civic Center, 444 Mt. Rushmore Rd., Rapid City, 605.394.4115

Saturday 19

Mamma Mia A mother. A daughter. Three possible dads – and a trip down the aisle you’ll never forget! 2 p.m., Rushmore Plaza Civic Center, 444 Mt. Rushmore Rd., Rapid City, 605.394.4115

Saturday 19-20

Black Hills Motorcycle Show 28th Annual Black Hills Motorcycle Show is a display of iron artwork. 10 a.m.-7 p.m., Rushmore Plaza Civic Center, 444 Mt. Rushmore Rd., Rapid City, 605.394.4115

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Love, Sex and the IRS Two out-of-work musicians concoct a plan to save money by filing their taxes jointly and pretend they’re married. 2-4 p.m., Performing Arts Center, 601 Columbus St., Rapid City, 605.384.1786

FREE–Sensory Processing 102 The follow-up to Sensory Processing 101, tactics for helping kids with daily routines such as teeth brushing, bedtime, meals, getting dressed, etc. 6-7 p.m., LifeScape, 7110 Jordan Dr., Rapid City, 605.791.7400

Easter Egg Hunt The Easter Bunny will be hiding eggs for children 10 years old and under to find in the Spearfish City Park by the band shell. 9-10:30 a.m., Spearfish City Park, Spearfish, 605.722.1430

Easter Get ready to find those eggs!

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FREE–Bowel & Bladder Issues for Kids End accidents, constipation, and challenges with potty training. Get ideas to try at home and learn solutions and when further medical help may be advised. 6-7 p.m., LifeScape, 7110 Jordan Dr., Rapid City, 605.791.7400

Tuesday 5

Rush Hockey Rush vs. Idaho Steelheads 6:35 p.m., Rushmore Plaza Civic Center, 444 Mt. Rushmore Rd., Rapid City, 605.394.4115

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Rush Hockey Rush vs. Utah Grizzlies 7:05 p.m., Rushmore Plaza Civic Center, 444 Mt. Rushmore Rd., Rapid City, 605.394.4115

Saturday 9

BH Symphony Orchestra: Mozart and Brahms Enjoy Mozart’s Sinfonia Concertante for Violin and Viola, as well as Symphony No. 2 in D Major by Johannes Brahms. 7:30-9:30 p.m., Performing Arts Center, 601 Columbus St., Rapid City, 605.394.1786

Saturday 9-10

Dakota Territory Gun Show Antique & modern guns, ammunition, reloading equipment & supplies, Indian artifacts, old western items, knives, etc. There’s something for everyone. Buy, Sell, Trade, Browse 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Rushmore Plaza Civic Center, 444 Mt. Rushmore Rd., Rapid City, 605.394.4115

Tuesday 12

FREE–Visual Schedules Learn how, when and why to use a visual schedule with your child, and then make a simple schedule to take home. 6-7 p.m., LifeScape, 7110 Jordan Dr., Rapid City, 605.791.7400

Red Green’s “I’m Not Old, I’m Ripe!” The man known worldwide for his humor, insight and wisdom about life and the people encountered in it, is back with a new show. 7-9 p.m., Rushmore Plaza Civic Center, 444 Mt. Rushmore Rd., Rapid City, 605.394.4115

Saturday 16

Bunny Run T-shirt included registration. 8 a.m. check in, 9 a.m., Jorgensen Park, Spearfish Rec & Aquatics Center, 122 Recreation Ln., Spearfish, 605.722.1430

Tuesday 19

FREE–Wheelchair Maintenance Learn to make simple adjustments and repairs on a wheelchair, from tightening brakes to moving arm rests. Please bring wheelchairs, but leave children at home. 6-7 p.m., LifeScape, 7110 Jordan Dr., Rapid City, 605.791.7400

Tuesday 19

Learn to Knit for Adults Instructors will provide beginning knitting tips. Learn the building blocks for hats, scarves, mittens, socks and more. Participants will receive a starter kit. Register. 6-7:30 p.m., Rapid City Public Library, 610 Quincy St., Rapid City, 604.394.4171

Wednesday 20

Home Free: Don’t It Feel Good Spring Tour The country vocal quintet brings their high-energy and quick-witted performance peppering Nashville standards with country-dipped pop hits to town. 7:30-9 p.m., Rushmore Plaza Civic Center, 444 Mt. Rushmore Rd., Rapid City, 605.394.4115

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YFS Kids Fair Youth & Family Services’ celebrates children and their families. 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Rushmore Plaza Civic Center, 444 Mt. Rushmore Rd., Rapid City, 605.394.4115

Sunday 24

Jeff Dunham: Perfectly Unbalanced Tour The wildly popular and internationally acclaimed comic/ ventriloquist is loading up the bus along with his cast of characters and heading to the Rushmore Ice Arena. For adult audiences. 3-5 p.m., Rushmore Plaza Civic Center, 444 Mt. Rushmore Rd., Rapid City, 605.394.4115

Tuesday 26

Brassfire Presented by the Rapid City Concert Association 7:30-10 p.m., Rushmore Plaza Civic Center, 444 Mt. Rushmore Rd., Rapid City, 605.394.4115

Thursday 28

Take our Daughters and Sons to Work Day

Friday 29

4th Annual Casino Night Fundraiser The Casino will be set up in the exhibit hall; there will also be a silent auction, door prizes, and grand prizes to win at the end of the night. Must be 21 to participate. 7-10:30 p.m., The Mammoth Site, 1800 US 18 BP, Hot Springs, 605.745.6017

Friday 29-Sunday 1

Naja Shrine Circus A three-ring extravaganza with animals, trapeze artists, clowns and more. Animal rides, prizes and photo taken during intermission. 1 p.m. or 7 p.m., Sunday, May 1 at 2 p.m., Rushmore Plaza Civic Center, 444 Mt. Rushmore Rd., Rapid City, 605.394.4115

Every Tuesday

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Early-Release Wednesdays

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

FREE–Tiny Tales Library story time will entertain children with storytelling, flannel boards, puppetry & engaging music! Age: 0-5, 9:30-10 a.m., Rapid City Public Library, 610 Quincy St., Rapid City, 605.394.4171

FREE–After School is Cool! Join the fun with craft of the week, coloring pages, board games & gaming. Age: 5-13, Rapid City Public Library, 610 Quincy St., Rapid City, 605.394.4171

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Tiny Artist and Baby & Me Classes Join your little one on an adventure through the rhythms, tones, textures, and patterns of music! We will choose a new musical theme every month from World Music to Rock ‘N Roll + much more. Baby and Me classes take adults and infant on a creative journey that fosters bonding and physiological development. The Tiny Artist program is for ages 2-5 and hosts a variety of opportunities for creative expression!

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