A cruise-in and dinner will be held in Verona on Saturday, Aug. 4, to celebrate the start of a new school year. The event will be held from 5 to 9 p.m. at the school. A barbecue brisket dinner or steak/chicken fajita tacos will be served for $6. There will be live music, carnival games, laser tag and an outdoor movie at 9 p.m. For more information, contact Melvey Hillhouse at 235-9663.
The Rebel's Bluff theatrical troupe will present Meredith Willson's "The Music Man" at 7:15 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 10, and Friday, Aug.. 11, preceded by dinner at 6 p.m. A matinee is offered at 3 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 12. Performances will be at the Marc, 833 W. Mt. Vernon Blvd. in Mt. Vernon. Advanced tickets are available by calling 417-466-7861.
The Purdy Cemetery Association is asking for donations for the upkeep of the Purdy Cemetery. Donations are not covering the cost of mowing and upkeep. Donations can be mailed to: Purdy Cemetery Association, PO Box 491, Purdy MO 65734 or deposited in mailboxes at each entrance at the cemetery.
The Team Xtreme Power and Faith Team will give a demonstration at 7 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 4 on Fourth Street between Broadway and Front streets. The program, designed for youth and adults, will demonstrate physical strength to inspire faith. For more information, call 417-489-1919.
A "surprise" retirement/appreciation party to honor Roxanne Berg, long-time librarian at the Purdy Branch of the Barry-Lawrence Regional Library, will be held at 4:30 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 11, at the Purdy Community Center. Friends and patrons are encouraged to attend. A potluck buffet will be served. For more information, call Nancy Dotson at 417- 442-7910.
A monthly dance at the Monett Senior Citizens Center, 405 Dairy St., will be held at 7 p.m. on Monday, Aug. 6. Music will be provided by the Fun Timers Band. Admission is $3. Those attending are urged to bring pot luck or finger food.
The local Vietnam Veterans Chapter #1023 will meet at 4 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 4, at Grant's restaurant, on Chapell Drive south of Highway 60. For more information, call Paul at 471-271-3835.
Absentee voting continues through Monday, Aug. 6, for the Aug. 7 election at courthouses in Cassville and Mt. Vernon. The Barry County Courthouse will be open from 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday, Aug. 4. The Lawrence County Courthouse will be open from 8 a.m. to noon. Both courthouses will be open 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Aug. 6 to file absentee ballots. For more information, call Barry County Clerk Gary Youngblood at 417-847-2561 or Lawrence County Clerk Gary Emerson at 417-466-2638.
A fall girls fastpitch hitting league will be held on Saturdays at Monett North Park from Aug. 4 through Sept. 8. There will be divisions for grades five through eight and grades nine to 12. Each team consists of three hitters. Cost is $30 per hitter or $90 per team. For more information, call 417-342-2808 or 417-671-2569.
A newborn care class will be offered from 6 to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 7 Cox Monett Hospital, in the Conference Room C on the third floor. Classes are free to women who plan to deliver at Cox Monett. Registration is required and can be made by calling 417-354-1300.