The Monett FFA will be collecting donations for Shoeboxes for Soldiers from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, June 11 at Walmart in Monett. Examples of needed items include beef jerky, mints, gum, hard candy, Ramen noodles, mixed nuts, powdered drink mix, pop tarts, baby wipes, body lotion, contact saline solution, eye drops, band aids, sun block, disposable cameras, puzzles, batteries, DVDs, CDs and board games. Cash donations will be accepted and used to purchase the items mentioned. The chapter has a goal of 20 boxes.
A benefit for Noah Ridenour, son of Bryan and Delana Ridenour, will be held from 4:30 to 8:30 p.m. on June 13 at Alice Irene's Restaurant and Bakery in Marionville. Noah was diagnosed with T-Cell Lymphoma. Bryan Ridenour is the minister of music and youth at North Nixa Baptist Church.
Former employees of St. Vincent's Hospital of Monett will meet at noon on June 18 at Grant's Restaurant. For more information, call Louise Hohensee at 235-3892.
Vacation Bible school will be held at 10 a.m. on Saturday, June 11 at the First Baptist Church of Purdy. The theme is "Big Apple" New York style. The event will be one day and the program will be held at 5 p.m. with a free BBQ to follow. For more information, call 417-442-7435.
The Wheaton Masonic Lodge and the Wheaton Fire Department will host a BBQ cook-off contest from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Saturday, June 11 at the Wheaton City Park. Admission and all activities are free. The event includes carnival rides, pony rides, horse shoe tournament and live music by Point South and the Jimmy Conley Band. The BBQ is $5 a plate. All proceeds and donations will go toward the victims of the Joplin tornado. For more information, call Eric Still at 669-3359 or Mike Cook at 417-241-1360.
The Allen family reunion will be held at 1 p.m. on June 12 at the Mt. Vernon Fire station. Those attending are asked to bring a covered dish.
The City of Purdy will host a city-wide garage sale on Saturday, June 18. A list of participants and maps will be available on Friday, June 17 at local businesses.
The 121st annual Trinity Lutheran Church picnic in Freistatt will be held on Friday, June 10. The picnic is sponsored by the church and will be held on the grounds behind Trinity Lutheran School. Serving will begin at 6 p.m. There will be games for all ages, a country store, bake sale and rides for the children. Entertainment will feature former Trinity alumnus, Liz Moriondo. In the event of rain, the picnic will be held on June 11.
The Verona Sacred Heart Summer Fest will be held on Saturday, June 11 at the Sacred Heart Church in Verona. Festivities begin at 5 p.m. and the rain date will be June 12.