This weekend will be a fantastically busy one at the Rushmore Plaza Civic Center. From graduation and dance to the circus and shopping, there are several reasons to celebrate with our friends and guests!
Naja Shrine Circus
This Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, prepare to be amazed by the wondrous sights of the Naja Shrine Circus. A much anticipated annual event, the legendary three ring spectacle is coming to Rapid City. Gather the family and come see acrobats, wild animals and clowns as they dazzle in the Barnett Arena. It’s a trip down memory lane for many adults and an experience of wide-eyed wonder for younger guests. General admission tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for youth, and reserved seating is $16 for floor and $14 for all balcony.
South Dakota School of Mines & Technology Graduation
The South Dakota School of Mines & Technology will host its 167th commencement ceremony at 9:00am Saturday, May 4th in the Ice Arena. Nearly 270 students will receive their Associate of Arts, Bachelor of Science, Master of Science or Doctor of Philosophy degrees. South Dakota Gov. Dennis M. Daugaard will deliver the commencement address, providing inspiration to students and insights to his career in politics, financial services, the nonprofit sector and law. Big congratulations to all of the graduates who will receive diplomas this Saturday!
Academy of Dance Arts Performances
On Saturday, May 4th Academy of Dance Arts will present ‘A Midsummer Dream Suite’ featuring local students and their hard work. Home to over 300 registered individuals from the Black Hills, Western Wyoming, and Central South Dakota, the Academy of Dance Arts is the local benchmark for compassionate excellence in dance education. Classes include classical ballet, pointe, Pilates, tap, jazz, lyrical, modern, Christian hip hop, boys, early childhood, as well as private instruction. Saturday’s performances will begin with Constellations at 1:00pm featuring the early childhood class, and the evening performance will begin at 6:00pm.
Mayfest 2013 Banquet and Auction
The theme of Mayfest 2013 will be “Igniting Passion and Purpose” and will take place on Saturday, May 4th at 5:00pm in LaCroix Hall. Thanks to the generous support of the community, last year’s event raised an incredible $113,000 for the Rapid City Catholic Schools. These funds are critical to the operating budget for the schools as they provide tuition assistance to families in need, improve technology, enhance teacher compensation, and fund facility improvements. The Silent Auction begins at 5:00pm, Dinner at 7:00pm, and the Live Auction at 7:30pm. Attendees will have a chance to win a 2012 Custom Motorcycle, as well as a trip for four to the Grand Canyon and a trip for two to Key West, Florida.
This weekend’s Vendor Palooza will take place on Saturday, May 4th from 10:00am to 3:00pm in Rushmore CD. Come and browse over fifty vendors and crafters as they display countless gifts for yourself or someone special. Admission is free, so grab your friends and head to Saturday’s Vendor Palooza!
We look forward to seeing all of our guests this weekend as we celebrate major milestones, timeless entertainment, and the countless benefits of community support. See you at the Rushmore Plaza Civic Center!