Judges are needed for a wide range of events in the 58th annual Priscilla Bradford Speech Tournament at Monett High School on Friday, Nov. 30, and Saturday, Dec. 1. For more information, call 772-4275.
The City of Monett will begin the citywide loose leave pick-up on Monday, Nov. 26. Leaves must be raked to the curb. Pick up will run from the north to the south side of town, with only one sweep per neighborhood. For more information, call the public works department at 235-3495.
The Pierce City Christmas Parade has been moved to 2 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 8, due to a scheduling conflict.
A program on knifemaking will be presented by Tom McGinnis, one of the founders of Ozark Knife Makers. The event will be presented at 5:30 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 26 at the Mt. Vernon Library Branch, located at 206 W. Water St.
The McDowell Jubilee will continue on Saturday, Nov. 24. The open mike format begins at 6:30 p.m. All musicians are welcome to come and play bluegrass and old-time music. The Jubilee is located south of Highway ZZ, southeast of Monett, on Highway VV, near the McDowell sign.
Seniors who would like to sharpen their driving skills are invited to take the AARP diver safety course held from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 27 in conference room A1 (ground floor) at Cox Monett Hospital. The fee is $12 for AARP members and $14 for non-members. The fee is waived during November for any veteran or family member of a veteran. Registration is required and can be made by calling 417-354-1COX.
A model railway show and swap meet will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 24 at the Joplin Museum Complex, Seventh and Schifferdeker.
Rubber stamping and scrap booking will be offered from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 23, at the Pierce City Library. Stop by and make a card or bring your lunch and stay all day. For more information, contact Georgia at the Pierce City Library at 476-5110.
The Mt. Vernon Christmas Parade will be held at 4:45 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 24. Entries should line up before 4 p.m. at the Mt. Vernon Middle School on Sloan Street. The parade will proceed to the square. The Mt. Vernon Chamber of Commerce will have a holiday homes tour from noon to 4 p.m. and host a visit by Santa Claus at the County Courthouse at 3 p.m. Parents should bring their own cameras. For more information, contact the chamber at 417-466-7654.
The 641st Lawrence County Gospel Sing will be held on the afternoon of Sunday, Nov. 25 at the Fundamental Methodist Church, located at 1518 S. Jefferson in Aurora. All singers and musicians are welcome.
The Santa Claus Holiday Circus will provide performances at 3:30 and 7 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 8, at the Aurora Junior High School gym. Tickets are $8 for adults and $6 for children in advance, or $12 for adults and $8 for children, sponsored by the Aurora Area Chamber of Commerce. For more information, call 417-678-4150.
The Community Blood Centers of the Ozarks will hold a blood drive from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 6 at Aurora High School.
Barry-Lawrence County Development Center is selling 2013 calendars for $10 each. The calendars have photographs of children that have or are attending the Development Center in Monett. For more information, call Lynda Painter at 235-9803.