News for 2014

Lots Going On At the Mueller Center

December 4, 2014

As the weather begins to cool down and the days get shorter, we all tend to do our own sort of hibernation, often curling up at home with a hot cocoa and a TV show, but there is actually a lot to do around Hot Springs during these months, and a lot of it happens right here at the Mueller Civic Center!

We’re proud to be the host of many fine arts events in the coming months. Both the high school drama department and the Southern Hills Community Theatre have been busy preparing for their performances. The high school play took place last week, and the SHCT production of “It’s A Wonderful Life” will be performed December 11-13, at 7 p.m. each night.

Tonight, the Hot Springs Area Concert Association brings the area yet another top-notch concert with Two on Tap performing at 7:30 p.m.

At the same time and same place on next Tuesday, Dec. 2, the Hot Springs School Vocal Christmas Concert will take place in our theater and on Dec. 19, Pat Martin’s music students will be holding a recital in the evening in the theater as well.

Many hours of preparation have been put in by those performing at all events to entertain you and we hope you come out in full support.

Civic events are another top priority for us at the Mueller Center, and aside from a great turnout on Election Day, remember that City Council meets here the first and third Monday of the month in our annex. If you’re in search of employment, Job Service is also here the second and fourth Wednesday, be sure to stop in then for assistance. General applications are always available from the Chamber of Commerce desk.

Our other holiday events included last weekend’s annual Holiday Shopping Extravaganza, hosted by the Chamber of Commerce, while on the horizon is the Christmas in the Hills Marketplace on Saturday, Dec. 6. These events are always festive and a wonderful place to pick up gifts or get gift ideas from local vendors.

Finally, supporting our youth is one of the most important things we as a city can do and on top of the Friends of the Library Halloween Carnival, AgXpo and the Boys & Girls Club of Hot Springs’ Wine and Wreaths event hosted here in the last couple months, we also have Shapeera from Barefoot Dance who comes down Rapid City every Friday to give kids dance lessons. We also provide a place for our school’s gymnasts to practice in our gym as they start preparing for their competitions this season.

We also have numerous private events & meetings going on in the next couple months as well so if you are interested in renting a room for a Christmas party, business meeting, presentation, concert or other event, you can always call the Mueller Center office for bookings at 745-3446 or if you need information on upcoming events only you can also call the Chamber of Commerce at 745-4140.

Please don’t just hibernate this winter; get out and enjoy everything our community has to offer you!

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Last Modified: 12-4-2014-11:49:38


Airport Master Plan Public Open House to be held October 30!

October 29, 2014

The Hot Springs Municipal Airport is beginning the process of updating its Airport Master Plan, which will guide the Airport through the next twenty years of development. The Airport Commission is hosting a Public Open House at City Hall to kick off the Airport Master Planning process on Thursday, October 30 at 6:00pm. A short presentation will be given at 6:30pm. Opportunity for questions and comments will be provided. All interested persons are invited to attend and present their views on the Airport and Master Plan. Comments received during the evening will be evaluated by the project team and incorporated into the plan as appropriate.

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Last Modified: 10-29-2014-08:11:50


Books & Beyond: A Note from Librarian Cindy Messenger

October 22, 2014

Books and Beyond

How fun it is to stand at The Desk and watch the faces of visitors to the Hot Springs Library.  They are in awe of the building and the services provided.  A common comment is, “they sure didn’t have libraries like this when I was a kid.”  That’s right!  Back then it was books, the local newspaper, the Omaha World Herald, and a few magazines.

Now we are Books And Beyond . . .   We still have the books, newspapers, and magazines, but added to the list are:  audio books, movies, computers, scanners, copy machine, website, databases, story bags, meeting room, study room.  And more.  Please visit the Library to see all we offer.  Among everything offered at the Library, I want to highlight a few.

Databases The SD State Library has spent $ ½ million on databases.  They range from automotive manuals, health information, journal articles, foreign language, and practice tests.  These trusted databases can be accessed from the Library.  Or from your home computer with a State Library Card. Look for the button “Online Resources” on the home page of the Hot Springs Library Website.  You can apply for a State Library Card on the SD State Library site.

Supervised Testing for non-traditional college students who can schedule secure testing to eliminate the drive and test here in town.  Normally 12 students and 50 tests per year.

A Volunteer Program is necessary to get everything done!  We appreciate the hours our volunteers contribute and can always use one more person.  Stop by the library to see how your expertise can be put to use.

Homebound Services for patrons who cannot leave their home.  We will pick up and deliver library items to your home, all it takes is a phone call. 

South Dakota Titles to Go takes us to another level of ‘Beyond’.  SD Titles to Go is a downloadable book program.  Currently this Library has a readership of 225 e-reader checkouts per month.

Lynn’s Receipts are collected at the Library.

Audio Books are a favorite with patrons who commute to work or travel, with 952 titles from which to choose.

Partner With the Schools is the Library goal.  We work with the teachers and librarians at the schools in summer reading, story time, providing reading material, classroom tours, history lessons, and book talks. 

Services to the Public come in interesting situations each day, here are examples how we help people:  

FAX paperwork to buy and sell a house.  Write a resume.  Apply for a job. 

Buy something necessary for their livelihood on craigslist. 

Learn to send photos of grandchildren.  Print off hunting licenses. 

Get all the paperwork for their driver’s license renewal.  Track airline flights. 

Help an adopted person find relatives.  Help a local author publish a book. 

Create a missing dog poster after downloading the photo. 

Find and print the NFL football schedule.  Find the price of an antique book.

Reading is a Uniquely Human Privilege

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Last Modified: 10-22-2014-08:14:57


From Mayor Donnell: Minnekahta Now - Return of the Maiden

September 23, 2014


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Last Modified: 09-23-2014-09:48:40


Harley Lux Memorial Service September 9

September 2, 2014

The City of Hot Springs will be hosting a memorial service for Harley Lux at the Mueller Civic Center from 5:00pm-7:00pm on Tuesday, September 9, 2014. Everyone is welcome come and remember Harley's life and work.

For Harley's funeral services, visitation will be from 5pm to 7pm on Thursday, September 4, 2014 at Kirk Funeral Home in Rapid City. Services will be at 10am on Friday at Fountain Springs Community Church in Rapid City. Burial will be at 2pm on Friday at Mountain Lawn Cemetery in Lead.

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Last Modified: 09-3-2014-13:24:34