Hill City happenings

By Gray Hughes

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Local community groups are prepping for a busy January.

Here’s a look at some of what is going on in Hill City to keep people busy this winter.

The annual dessert silent auction to benefit the Children’s Miracle Network will be Jan. 10 during the basketball doubleheader at Hill City High School.

Donated baked goods can be dropped off in the high school office during the day Jan. 10 or at the gym between 3 p.m. and 5 p.m.

The auction starts at 5 p.m. Bidding will stop after first quarter of the boys game.

The Friends of the Hill City Library will kick off the new year on Wednesday, Jan. 9 at the Super 8 conference room.   The program will feature Darla Drew Lerdal from the Black Hills Playhouse and start at 10:15 a.m.

Lerdal is the communications and sales director for the Playhouse, which is located in Custer State Park. Lerdal will preview the summer stock plays for the 74th season of the Black Hills Playhouse:  “Sherwood,” “Mamma Mia,” “Side Show” and “Steel Magnolias.” In addition to previewing each production, Lerdal will highlight other Playhouse activities for youth, how to obtain tickets and how to order picnic boxes to enjoy before each play.

A business meeting will follow the speaker.  Refreshments will be available, and the meeting is always open to the public and we welcome guests.

The Breakin’ the Winter Blues Chili Cook-off is Jan. 19 from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m. Winners will be announced at 4 p.m. at The Farmer’s Daughter.

Get your name in to Lorena Freis at The Farmer’s Daughter as soon as possible to compete for top bragging rights.

Open Stage at High Country Guest Ranch begins Jan. 12. Sign up is at 5:15 p.m., and the show begins at 6 p.m.

The buffet starts at 5:30 p.m.

Other open stages will be held on Jan. 26, Feb. 9, Feb. 23, March 9 and March 23. Free-will donations from the audience will help benefit scholarship programs and art education grants for local kids.

The Hill City Garden Club will hold their first two seminars.

The first will be held on Jan. 23. It will be on native plants to Custer State Park and will be presented by Lydia Austin, interpretive programs manager at Custer State Park.

The next seminar will be held on Feb. 27 on making and enjoying terrariums. The seminar will be conducted by Shannon Locket of Jolly Lane Greenhouse.

The seminars meet on the fourth Wednesday of every month at 1 p.m. in the third floor conference room of the Super 8.

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