Fall events abound at local church 

Rapid Valley United Methodist Church, 5103 Long View Drive in Rapid City will host a bevy of family friendly fall events in October.

Pumpkins will arrive at 12:30 p.m. Oct. 1. Patch hours are from 11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and noon to 4 p.m. Sunday. Visit the pumpkin patch for carving contest details, sponsored by the farm that provides the pumpkins. The winner will receive a cash prize.

There are free hayrides at 1, 2 and 3 p.m. every Saturday. 

There will be story time for preschools and day cares Monday through Friday. Call 393-1526 to make a reservation. 

Other Saturday events include:

Oct. 7 - Petting farm, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., free

Oct. 14 - Public safety day with fire truck, sheriff, Smokey Bear and drug dogs, 10 a.m. to noon, free

Oct. 21 - Kids carnival with games, a bouncy house, hayrides and prizes, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., $1 for four tickets

Oct. 22 - Hoedown party for ages 3-8 with games, pumpkin decorating, costume parade, treat bags and prizes, 1 to 2:30 p.m., $5.

Church to celebrate 60 years

St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church, 910 Soo San Drive, will celebrate its 60th anniversary with a special service at 5:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct 14, at the church. The public is invited to attend.

At 5 p.m. Oct. 13, the Rapid City Area Chamber of Commerce will cut the ribbon celebrating the anniversary. The Rt. Rev. John Tarrant, bishop of the South Dakota Diocese, will attend.

Annual banquet to honor workers

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Richard Thompson, former superintendent of the Rapid City Catholic School System, will receive the Msgr. William O’Connell Founder's Award at this year's Catholic Social Services' Annual Banquet.

According to a release from Catholic Social Services, the banquet will be at 3 p.m. Oct. 1 in the LaCroix Ballroom at Rushmore Plaza Civic Center in Rapid City.

John Garvey, president of The Catholic University of America, will be the keynote speaker.

Dan Duffy, Susan Meyer and the student councils at St. Thomas More High School, middle school and St. Elizabeth Seton Elementary School will receive the Order of Saint Benedict Award "for their dedication to those less fortunate living in western South Dakota," according to the release.

Jim Kinyon, CSS executive director, will provide an annual report.

The cost is $25 per person, which includes refreshments and hors d’oeuvres. All seats are reserved.

To buy a ticket, contact Catholic Social Services at 348-6086 or via email at css@cssrapidcity.com. You can also order online at www.catholicsocialservicesrapidcity.com.

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