SPECIAL EVENTS

Until Dec. 31: Storybook Island Christmas Nights of Light, Storybook Island, Rapid City. $3 per person; $2 for train rides.

Until Dec. 31: Trees & Trains exhibit and photos with Santa, South Dakota Railroad Museum, Hill City. From 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Nov. 24-25; from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Dec. 2, 9, 16, 17, 22 and 23. Cost: $6 adults, children 10 and under free.

Dec. 26: 19th annual Agate Fossil Beds Boxing Day Open House, from noon to 3:30 p.m. There will be music, crafts and refreshments. Agate Fossil Beds National Monument, 301 River Road, Harrison, Neb. Admission to the park is free, but the event is accepting donations of canned goods for food pantries in Crawford and Mitchell.

Through Jan. 2: Crazy Horse Memorial will featuring a light show twice a day, at 5 p.m. and 6 p.m. The light show is holiday themed with dancing lights on the mountain and paired with the music of Mannheim Steamroller. Through Jan. 2, the memorial's hours are: open from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. in the main complex; from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. in the Native American Educational and Cultural Center; 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. in the Laughing Water Restaurant. Every weekend in December, admission to the memorial will be waived with the food donation of three cans per person. Food donations go to regional food drives.

Jan. 6-7: Miss Rapid City/Miss Central States Fair scholarship pageants. Miss Rapid City Pageant at 6 p.m. Jan. 6 and Miss Central States Fair Pageant 2 p.m. Jan. 7. Both at the Performing Arts Center in Rapid City.

CONCERTS/LIVE MUSIC

Rapid City

Dec. 30

7 p.m.: Elaine Romero-Douglas, Cellar Music Series, Firehouse Wine Cellars.

LEAD/DEADWOOD

Dec. 26

9 p.m.: The Cowardly Lions, Saloon #10

Dec. 27

9 p.m.: The Cowardly Lions, Saloon #10

Dec. 28

9 p.m.: The Cowardly Lions, Saloon #10

Dec. 29

8 p.m.: Brandon Sprague Band, Deadwood Tobacco Co.

9 p.m.: The Cowardly Lions, Saloon #10

Dec. 30

8 p.m.: Brandon Sprague Band, Deadwood Tobacco Co.

9 p.m.: The Cowardly Lions, Saloon #10

Dec. 31

8:30 p.m.: Drop Club Nights, Deadwood Mountain Grand

9 p.m.: The Cowardly Lions, Saloon #10

Jan. 1

2 to 6 p.m.: Cody Hullinger, Saloon #10

9 p.m.: The Cowardly Lions, Saloon #10

Jan. 6

8 p.m.: Gabriel Iglesias, Deadwood Mountain Grand. Tickets are $79 to $99. 

Jan. 7

2 p.m.: Epiphany Concert, Black Hills Symphony Chamber Orchestra, Homestake Opera House, Lead. Tickets are $15 for students (17 and younger with ID), $20 for members and $25 for nonmembers.

Jan 12

5 p.m.: Red Dirt Music Festival featuring Josh Abbott Band and Troy Cartwright, Deadwood Mountain Grand. Tickets are $30.

Jan 13

5 p.m.: Red Dirt Music Festival featuring Casey Donahew Band and Chancey Williams, Deadwood Mountain Grand. Tickets are $30.

ROCKERVILLE

Dec. 28

7 p.m.: Acoustic Bluegrass Jam, Gaslight Restaurant and Saloon.

SPEARFISH

Dec. 28

5:30 p.m.: Open mic night, BHSU Jacket Zone, 617 Main St.

6 p.m.: Jazz night, Roma's Ristorante

Dec. 29

7 p.m.: Live music with Roulette Logic, Lucky's 13 Pub

7 p.m.: Live music, Roma's Ristorante

8 p.m.: Jon Wayne & The Pain, plus Useful Jenkins and High Rise, Zbar bar and nightclub. Must be 21 or older.

9 p.m.: Live music, Flanagan's Irish Pub

Dec. 30

8 p.m.: Roulette Logic, Lucky's 13

9 p.m.: Live music, Flanagan's Irish Pub

STURGIS

Dec. 29

9 p.m.: Judd Hoos, Loud American Roadhouse. Tickets are $10.

OUTDOORS

Dec. 28

7:30 a.m.: Badlands National Park will conduct its annual Audubon Christmas Bird Count. Participants will meet in front of the Ben Reifel Visitor Center at 7:30 a.m., then enjoy a day of birding and help document winter bird life in the park. Participants do need to be experts. Experienced birders from the Bird Conservancy of the Rockies will help with bird identification. Plan to bring binoculars, a lunch and snacks, plenty of water, and clothes for varied winter weather conditions. A camera and field guidebooks are also suggested. For more information, contact Nancy Drilling at nancy.drilling@birdconservancy.org.

Dec. 29-31

Guided cave tours at Jewel Cave. Each day offers three tours at 10 a.m., 12:40 p.m., and 2:40 p.m. One 20-minute Discovery Talk is available each day at 9:05 a.m.

Dec. 30

9 a.m.: Spearfish Winter Carnival & Big Hill XC Ski Trials at Big Hill near Spearfish. Lasts until 11 a.m. A free lunch will be served at 11 a.m.

Dec. 31

10:15 a.m.: Spearfish Winter Carnival & Big Hill XC Ski Trials at Big Hill near Spearfish. There are prizes and a bonfire after the races.

Jan. 1

10:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.: First Day Hikes, Jewel Cave. Park rangers are leading snowshoe hikes at 10:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. in celebration of the New Year. If snowy conditions are not available, dry hikes will take place at the same times on the one-quarter-mile Roof Trail.

1 p.m.: New Year's Day Walk, "City of Presidents," register at 1 p.m. at Hotel Alex Johnson in Rapid City. Contact 721-7191 for more information.

Jan. 19-20

Deadwood Pro Snocross Races & Snowmobile Rally, Days of '76 Event Complex, Deadwood.

PERFORMANCES

Dec. 31

2 p.m.: New Year's Eve all ages comedy improv show, $5, The Basement, Rapid City.

8 p.m.: "Romance, Intrigue Champagne!" Ring in the New Year with Strauss waltzes, classical favorites and operatic tales of romance and intrigue with the Black Hills Symphony and Paul Robinson on vocals. Rapid City Performing Arts Center. Tickets are $22 to $32, depending on seats, with discounts for students and military members, and are available at bhsymphony.org or 394-1786.

Jan. 26

"Rabbit Hole": Becca and Howie Corbett have everything a family could want, until a life-shattering accident turns their world upside down and leaves the couple drifting perilously apart. Winner of the 2007 Pulitzer Prize for Drama, Rabbit Hole charts their bittersweet search for comfort in the darkest of places and for a path that will lead them back into the light of day. Season ticket reservations start Dec. 29. Performances are at 7:30 p.m. Jan. 26-27 and Feb. 2, 3, 9 and 10 and at 2 p.m. Jan. 28 and Feb. 4 and 11 at the Black Hills Community Theatre. 

GALLERIES

Through Dec. 30: Veteran’s Art Show by Cornerstone Rescue Mission veterans, downtown Rapid City Public Library.

Through April 14: "Denatured," a large installation exhibit by artist Suzanne Wyss, Sen. Stan Adelstein & Lynda K Clark Gallery, Dahl Arts Center, Rapid City.

CHEAP THRILLS

Jan. 3: Trivia and bingo, from 7:48 p.m. to 8:48 p.m., Wobbly Bobby British Pub. What does Miss Havisham constantly wear in Charles Dickens' "Great Expectations"? If you know the answer, join other trivia wonks downtown for a chance to win prizes. Cost: Free.

Jan. 5: Starlight Ball. Camera, lights and action for the Golden Age of Hollywood greats. That means top hats and tails, evening gowns and stoles, and all the bling. Pre-party lesson is at 7:30 p.m., dance party is 8:30 to 11 p.m. Cost: $12 for pre-party lesson, $8 for dance party, $15 for party package (includes lesson and party).

Dec. 30-31: Holiday Open House, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., free beer cocktails with donation of canned food item for KOTA Care and Share Food Donation, Miner Brewing Company, Hill City. This weekend, they will be serving mulled cranberry wine.

Through Dec. 30: Deck your halls or make a gift for a friend as you discover 3-D printing at the Rapid City Public Library's downtown location, at 610 Quincy St. During regular library hours, patrons can learn to design and print their own customized holiday ornament. The limit is one free print per person.

SHOP - BAZAARS & FAIRS 

Dec. 29: Wine about Winter, free wine during extended shopping hours, 5 to 8 p.m., downtown Deadwood.

ANNOUNCEMENTS

Lynyrd Skynyrd to perform at Sturgis rally

Southern rock legends Lynyrd Skynyrd will perform at the Buffalo Chip for the 2018 Sturgis Motorcyle Rally, the Chip announced last week.

The band, known for hits like "Sweet Home Alabama" and "Free Bird," is scheduled to perform on Monday, Aug. 6.

The rally is scheduled for Friday, Aug. 3, through Sunday, Aug. 12. Lynyrd Skynyrd joins a lineup of performers that includes Foreigner, Eric Church, Kid Rock and John Kay and Steppenwolf.

'Everybody Loves Opal' auditions

Auditions for "Everybody Loves Opal, the winter play for the Sturgis Community Theater, are from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 7, in the Sturgis Williams Middle School band room.

June Dill is directing. The cast includes two women and four men. No advance preparation is needed. Performances will be Feb. 23-26.

More information is available at sturgisareaartscouncil.org

Sturgis Easter cantata to start rehearsing

Easter is early this year, April 1, so the Sturgis Arts Council's annual Easter Cantata is planned for Palm Sunday, March 25, and Tuesday, March 27, at Grace Lutheran Church. 

Marlene Kotab will coordinate and conduct the cantata. Because of space constraints, the choir is limited to approximately 75 singers. If interested in singing with this group, contact Kotab by phone at 347-1375 or at kotabgmc@rushmore.com.

Rehearsals will begin Sunday, Feb. 11, and run every Sunday from 1:30 to 3 p.m., with one Thursday practice on March 22 at Grace Lutheran Church, 1061 Sherman St. in Sturgis. Singers should plan to attend all/most of the rehearsals. 

Resolve to write your life stories

In the new year, resolve to write down your life stories at Thus Far, a writing workshop where you'll learn to pen the details of your life.

The event, which is open to adults of all ages, is held Jan. 6 from 10 a.m. to noon and Jan. 13 from 10 a.m. noon at On Common Ground, 610 Saint Francis St., in Rapid City. Participants should plan to attend both sessions. Tickets are $30 per person at the door and include both sessions. Writing materials are required, and light refreshments will be served.

Thus Far is taught by Molly Barari, who has an MFA in creative writing from Wilkes University. She will provide writing prompts to help class members identify their unique life stories. To RSVP for this workshop, call/text 308-440-0047 or email mollybarari@gmail.com.

Registration opens for art show

SPEARFISH | Applications are now available for the The Matthews Opera House's 39th Winter Art Show.

Applications are available in the art gallery or online. Patrons can be professional or amateur, ages pre-kindergarten and up.

Registration is from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Jan. 10-13. Fees vary depending on age group.

The show takes place from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Jan. 17-25 in the art gallery.