STURGIS | A Sturgis junior high student is putting together a benefit for local charities.

McKinley Baum is hosting a reader's theater event from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday at 2460 Baldwin St. in Sturgis. The evening will include a light meal and a reader's theater of "The Hundred Dresses," a children's book by Eleanor Estes about a poor Polish girl who has trouble fitting in to her new American school.

Attendees are asked to bring donations to benefit the Artemis House and Dress for Success charities. Suggested donations include dresses, professional clothing and hygiene items. 

Baum is a seventh-grader at Sturgis Williams Middle School, according to her teacher, Laura Sandness.

Sandness, who is the gifted coordinator for the Meade School District, said Baum is doing the benefit as a project for class, after being issued a challenge "to develop a project that would positively impact the world."

"She stepped up and has created an absolutely outstanding project that will entertain, feed and serve!" Sandness wrote in an email to the Journal. 

Hatchery plans Christmas events

SPEARFISH | A host of activities are planned at the D.C. Booth Historic National Fish Hatchery & Archives this weekend during its Hatchery Holidays event.

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The Hatchery Holidays wine and hot chocolate tasting will be from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday at the Historic Booth House at D.C. Booth Fish Hatchery in Spearfish. Short, historical interpretive tours of the Booth House, live music, wine and light tapas will be provided by Prairie Berry Winery. 

A news release from the hatchery says there will be amateur ice sculpturing at 2 p.m. Saturday, and a candy cane hunt. 

Santa will make an appearance, and there will be an outdoor holiday movie in the late afternoon on the grounds, as well as marshmallow roasting.

Tickets to the wine tasting in the Booth House will be available in the gift shop Saturday for $20. On Sunday, the Booth House will be open for free visits. The gift shop will be open from noon to 9 p.m. Saturday and from noon to 4 p.m. Sunday.

Contact Candy DenOuden at candy.denouden@rapidcityjournal.com

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