FREE Parent University Workshop on Saturday, 27 September

ParentUniversityWorkshop_400Our partners at Youth & Family Services are offering a FREE Parent University Workshop on Saturday, September 27th from 8:30 AM to 12:00 PM at General Beadle Community School in Rapid City.

This is the 20th year for the local adults only workshop. After a keynote speaker, they will be offering two breakout sessions with classes on topics such as:

  • Reclaiming the Teen Brain (ages 12-18)
  • Keeping Kids Safe (all ages)
  • Picking Your Battles (all ages)
  • Love and Logic Parenting (all ages)
  • Managing Difficult Behaviors in Young Children (ages 1-8 yrs)
  • Internet Safety (ages 9-18 yrs)
  • When the Worst Happens (all ages)

Check-in or registration begins at 8:00am and they will also offer a light breakfast at that time with Starbucks coffee and water provided. Download their flyer for more information.

No child care will be provided.



25 Ways To Ask Your Kids How Was School Today

By now those of you with school age kids have probably already made it home and attempted the “how was school today” conversation.

As a child my answer to my parents was always “fine,” “good,” or “alright,” but never much more. My mother would always have follow-up questions such as “what did you learn today?” as she attempted to get more than a one word answer out of me. Again my answer was the usual “nothing.” You may have done the same with your parents, but now you are on the other side of the table. So what do you do?

25-Ways-to-ask-your-kids-how-was-school-720x720Liz Evans, of the blog Simple Simon and Company, used to be a teacher and now has three kids. She too wanted more than a one word answer, so she came up with a list of 25 Ways To Ask Your Kids How Was School Today without asking “How was school today?”

After an overwhelming response to her original post, she added more questions for older kids in 25 Ways to Ask Your Teens ‘How Was School Today?’ WITHOUT asking them ‘How Was School Today?’.

Grief Camp (Camp Wakanyeja) for Children Taking Registrations Now

Camp Wakanyeja, sponsored by Children’s Miracle Network and Hospice of the Hills, is a one-day camp for children (ages 6-12 years) who have experienced a loss through death within a year.

Hospice of the Hills is holding the camp on Saturday, October 4, 2014. To register, call the Hospice Grief Center at (605) 719-7722 or (800) 209-5719. The cost of the camp is $5 per child or $10 per family. Scholarships are available.

The mission of the Camp is to provide a safe place for kids to express feelings related to the death of a loved one – a parent, grandparent, sibling, friend, or anyone else close to the child.

GriefCampWakanyeja_FlyerDownload their flyer or call the Hospice Grief Center at (605) 719-7722 or (800) 209-5719 for more information.



Meet the Employers Looking For You, 3 September

meettheemployers_Sept2014_400Are you currently looking for a job in the local area?

We will have employers that have open positions and are looking to fill them! Get your resume in order, dress for success and be here at the Airman & Family Readiness Center this Wednesday, 3 September between 3PM and 4:30PM.

Visit for a list of employers attending.

Boil Order Lifted: Follow instructions before water consumption

From the Ellsworth AFB Facebook page:

Effective immediately, the boil order for Ellsworth AFB, Antelope Ridge and Vandenberg Elementary School has been lifted.

In coordination with the South Dakota Department of Environment and Natural Resources, Ellsworth has lifted the order based upon the results of water testing conducted by the 28th Medical Operations Squadron bio-environmental engineering flight.

More than 20 water samples were taken Sunday through Monday at various locations across the base and at the impacted areas in the surrounding community, with the last results returning at approximately 3 p.m. today. All samples tested negative for E. Coli bacteria.

To ensure the water remains safe for consumption and continue ongoing compliance with state regulations, Ellsworth personnel will conduct additional tests over the next 30 days. These tests however, do not affect the current boil order being lifted.

Impacted residents and facility managers are asked to follow specific flushing procedures prior to consuming water from affected homes, facilities and dormitories.

Base and Antelope Ridge residents should follow the below instructions prior to water consumption:

  • Flush all home fixtures (excluding toilets) for 15 minutes to include exterior hose spigots, faucets, tub/shower, etc.
  • Hot and cold water faucets should be run at the same time, fully turned on
  • Empty and refill all ice trays, repeating this process at least three times
  • Flush all toilets at least once 
  • Fridge water filters do not need to be replaced, but output should be run for 15 minutes
  • On base dorm residents should follow these same procedures above

Base facility managers and Vandenberg Elementary School staff should follow the below instructions prior to water consumption:

  • Follow all of the above instructions for homes (if fixtures are auto sensing, user will have to physically trigger sensor)
  • Tape or hold down water fountain buttons for 15 minutes
  • Fixtures include safety showers and eyewash stations connected to a building water supply
  • Empty all industrial ice machines and allow them to run for three dump cycles

Base personnel are reminded that any remaining medical concerns may be directed to the 28th Medical Group at 605-385-6700, and questions regarding flushing procedures may be directed to the 28th Civil Engineer Squadron hotline at 605-385-2580. Media representatives can call the 28th Bomb Wing Public Affairs office at 605-385-5056 for additional information.

Boil Order Still in Effect; Awaiting Final Test Results

From the Ellsworth AFB Facebook page:

Our plan is to lift the Boil Order later this afternoon. So far, all waterline test results have come back negative. We will receive our final test results this afternoon and should be able to lift the order at that time. Please be advised that the ORDER IS STILL IN EFFECT.

To lift the order, base officials will notify affected individuals via phone calls, text messages and email (and we’ll post the update here on our Facebook page as well). We greatly appreciate everyone’s support and please continue to help us spread the word.

Boil Order Continues

From the Ellsworth AFB Facebook Page:

Good evening everyone and thank you for your continued support – as of now, we have no new info/updates to provide. Though we’re striving to expedite this process, it takes time to perform all necessary procedures accurately and safely. We were able to restore water to our on base homes in Prairie View yesterday and now we’re waiting on our waterline test results before lifting the Boil Order. Please understand that we will not lift the order until it is absolutely safe to do so.

As a REMINDER – below is a list of water distribution locations for those that live and work on base, as well as Antelope Ridge residents. We encourage everyone to pick up as much water as they need and we’ll be replenishing the distribution points as quickly as we can.
– Antelope Ridge Welcome Center
– Mailbox areas in on base housing areas
– 28th Medical Group
– Pride Hangar

Stay tuned here for additional updates as they become available and please share this message to help us spread the word.
[Residents with specific questions or concerns can call our CE Hotline at 605-385-2580]