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Calendar of Events

May 27

Spreading Free Smiles around Rapid City

RAPID CITY –– Dr. Mark Garner will host – Dentistry From The Heart Event providing adults with free dental care on Friday, May 27 at 402 Maple Ave.

In 2001, Dentistry From The Heart started with Dr. Vincent Monticciolo as a way to giving back to the community and provide aid to the growing number of Americans without dental insurance. Dentistry From The Heart has grown to include over 200 annual events nationwide and around the world. More than 80,000 people have now been served – Free Extractions, Fillings and Cleanings are offered.

For more information, contact Lindsey Garner at or (605) 737-3150 or go to

June 2

Main Street Square Concert Series kicks off

RAPID CITY, SD –– Marshall Star, a country and variety band, will kick off the Main Street Square Concert Series from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Thursday, June 2.

A wide variety of new bands will hit the stage with last year’s favorites on Thursday nights from June 2 to Sept. 1. The Main Street Square Concert Series Major Event Sponsor is Black Hills Federal Credit Union.

The event is held in conjunction with Summer Nights, bringing 28 unique bands to Downtown Rapid City throughout the summer.

This year’s event will feature the Regional Health and Scull Construction Kidz Zone encompassing Sixth St., with the Main Street Square Fun Express train and inflatable bounce houses. Families will find great shopping, dining and entertainment at their fingertips while they are Downtown. Concert goers can purchase an assortment of refreshments at the Bud Light Beverage Garden and visit one of the food vendors on Sixth St.

“Thursday nights will be rocking in Downtown Rapid City,” said Megan Whitman, executive director of Main Street Square. “We can’t wait to see everyone dancing on the lawn during the Main Street Square Concert Series.”

The Series Entertainment Co- Sponsors are Vast Broadband, and Family Thrift Center and Prairie Market. Weekly Entertainment Co- Sponsors include Black Hills Energy, Liberty Tax Service, Black Hills State University – Rapid City, Holiday Inn – Rushmore Plaza, VA Healthcare, South Dakota School of Mines & Technology, and Firehouse Brewing Company.

Featured entertainment:

• June 2: Marshall Star, country and variety band

• June 9: Abbey Road, Beatles tribute band

• June 16: Vaughn Suponatime featuring The Dave Martinson Big Band, Frank Sinatra tribute band

• June 23: #Mashtag, bluegrass and Americana band

• June 30: Kory and the Fireflies, pop rock original and cover band; with special guest opener Groovedaddy, rock, funk, groove and reggae covers

• July 7: The Highwaymen Live, Waylon Jennings, Willie Nelson and Johnny Cash tribute band

• July 14: Kahuna Beach Party, a Beach Boys tribute, and 60s, 70s, 80s cover band

• July 21: Badlands House Band, rock and outlaw country cover band; with special guest opener The Groove Project, funk, soul, blues band

• July 28: 80’s Station, new wave, old school hip-hop and 80s rock band

• Aug. 4: Dogs Without Sweaters, “Honoring our Patriots Night,” classic rock cover band

• Aug. 11: James Otto, “Rally Special Edition Concert,” Grammy Award nominated songwriter and country artist; with special guest opener Forgotten Highway, country and rock variety

• Aug. 18: Crash Wagon, “SDSM&T Hardrocker Night,” country, classic rock and blues cover band

• Aug. 25: The Suspects, rock, jazz and blues cover band

• Sept. 1: Midnight Sun, country and rock cover band

For more details on the Main Street Square Concert Series and other fun events, visit www.MainStreetSquareRC. com, call (605) 716-7979, or email

June 4

4Directions-5K Fun Run/Walk & Community Unity Day

RAPID CITY –– Rapid City Community Conversations will be hosting a celebration of on-going efforts for “Community innovation to reverse institutional and individual racism through conversations focused on relationship-building and shared values.”

The event will take place June 4 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. in Memorial Park – North 5th Street, Rapid City.

A run/walk will begin at Memorial Park at 9 a.m. with participants heading out on 4 routes, each traveling 2.5K in one of the four directions (north, east, south, and west) representing spiritual, emotional, mental, and physical elements of positive change. Each route will have at least two aid stations (water stops) along the way with the second being at the turn-around points for the 5K. The walk/run will start east of the Bandshell, where a registration/first aid tent will be erected. Walkers/runners will be divided into the four routes (each route has been designated one of the four colors of the medicine wheel), participants will wear corresponding colored t-shirts. The race will start with an aerial photo of the walkers/runners grouped as if a medicine wheel.

The Memorial Park Bandshell and surrounding area will host activities for the non-walkers/runners, such as American Indian Dance Groups, community service provider booths, American Indian games, etc. The event will culminate with an awards program for all participants with keynote speakers from the American Indian Community, the Rapid City Mayor’s Office, other Community Leaders.

For more information, go to Rapid City Community Conversations.

June 12-15

North American Indian Women’s Conference

SPEARFISH –– The 46th Annual North American Indian Women’s Association Annual Conference will be held in the He Sapa (Black Hills) of South Dakota from June 12-15, 2016 at Spearfish Holiday Inn. The theme of the conference is “Winyan T’a Woop’e: Winyan Wica hap’e,” Law of Women: Virtues of our Lakota Women.

The conference participants will arrive on Sunday, June 12 with registration, a member reception and a NAIWA Executive Officer’s meeting in the evening at the Spearfish Holiday Inn, host motel for the conference.

On Monday, June 13, registration continues at 8 am at Club Buzz, Yellow Jacket Student Union, on the Black Hills State University campus. Opening ceremonies at 9 a.m. will welcome Native women and conference participants from all over the country with Ms. Georgia Pedro, (Laguna

Pueblo) NAIWA National President presiding.

For more information, registration and membership information, full agenda of activities, please contact Diane Booth, Conference Treasurer, SD Chapter, NAIWA; P.O. Box 316, Ridgeview, SD 57652; (605) 733-2329.

June 24 – 26

Bluegrass Festival at Elkview Campground

STURGIS –– Black Hills Bluegrass Association is hosting the 36th Annual Black Hills Bluegrass Festival June 24, 25, 26 at Elkview Campground, Pleasant Valley Road, I-90 Exit 37, five miles south of Sturgis. Show Times – 6:30 p.m. Friday; 1:30 & 6:30 p.m. Saturday; 10 a.m. Sunday.

There will be 3 full shows featuring all 5 bands. Workshops on Saturday morning and a Free Gospel Music Show on Sunday morning. Activities include an Arts and Crafts show and Children’s Activities. Festival t-shirts, performers CD’s as well as food and beverages are available for purchase. Bring your instruments for music jams after the shows. No dogs are allowed in the concert area.

Elkview Campground has excellent facilities with full hookup and electric only sites as well as tent camping facilities include a large building with indoor stage for use in case of rain. The show goes on Rain or Shine. For camping reservations call (605) 347-7620 or 1-800-478-5162.

Gate Price – Single Show $15; All Day Saturday $30; Weekend $40 – Kids under 12 Free. Advance Price Tickets: available in Rapid City at Haggerty’s Musicworks and Dahl Arts Center, Sturgis ticket outlets: Dakota Hardware, County Drug and the Chamber of Commerce. Tickets also available online at

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