ECW bake sale, lunch is Oct. 18

The Emmanuel Episcopal Church Women’s annual Fall Luncheon and Bake Sale will be from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Oct. 18 at the church, 717 Quincy St.

Tickets are $7 at the door. Proceeds from the vent will go toward the organization’s ongoing projects.

For more information call 342-0909.

VA offers flu shots for vets

VA Black Hills Health Care System is offering numerous walk-in flu vaccine clinics for enrolled veterans

Veterans enrolled in VA Health Care may obtain their flu vaccine at any of the walk-in clinics. To receive a flu shot they will need to bring their Veteran Affairs Identification Card. The dates of walk-in clinics are as follows:

• Fort Meade VA Medical Center: Monday through Friday, 11 a.m. to noon and 2:30 to 3:30 p.m.

• Hot Springs VA Medical Center: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 10-11; 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 13, 17, 18, 20, 23, 25 and Nov. 22; 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Nov. 6 and 20

• Rapid City VA Clinic: 7 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Oct. 13 and Nov. 7

State receives Lifespan Respite grant

Thanks to a grant from U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the state of South Dakota will establish a lifespan respite care system to meet the needs of families.

The lifespan respite care system will include emergency respite services, training and recruiting respite workers and assisting caregivers with gaining access to those services.

The South Dakota Department of Human Services will oversee the grant, which runs through Aug. 31, 2020.

SD local foods event Nov. 2-4

The 2017 South Dakota Local Foods Conference (SDLFC) will be held Nov. 3 and 4 at the Spearfish Holiday Inn Convention Center in Spearfish, SD.

In addition, pre-conference sessions and tours will be held on Nov. 2.

This educational conference is designed for producers, chefs, grocers, nutrition programs leaders, consumers and food enthusiasts with information on using local foods

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Keynote speaker is Deborah Madison, a chef, cooking instructor and cookbook author. Her latest cookbook ‘In My Kitchen’ shares 100 vegetable-focused recipes. Her keynote "If I Were Visiting South Dakota, What Would I Want to Eat?” will discuss the importance of regional foods and why they can be compelling to visitors.

Pre-conference sessions and farm tours will address such issues as local foods and health care, food procurement, the use of public assistance to purchase foods at farmers markets.

The full conference will offer marketing, production, health, and business tracks looking a local food from the perspective of chefs, brewers, farm stand operators, growers and tourism officials.

Registration is $89 per person ($60 for one day.) Fees increase Oct. 22. For information go to squareup.com/store/south-dakota-specialty-producers-association.

Stores collect money for CMN

Through Oct. 29, Walmart and Sam’s Club shoppers can donate a $1 at the cash register to benefit the Regional Health Children’s Miracle Network campaign.

Since the Walmart/Sam’s Club campaign began in 1991, more that $863,000 has been raised for Regional Health CMN programs.

Last year, the campaign raised $48,000 for Regional Health.

Money raised locally, stays local. Funds are used to purchase medical equipment, provide patient comfort items, provide programs and services for families.

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