Purdy Elementary School will hold its Christmas program starring students from grades 3 to 5 at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 29, in the elementary gym. Eagle Echoes will perform.
Due to the tremendous outpouring of clothes and merchandise for the victims of the Wheaton Thanksgiving Day fire, Wheaton Fire Chief Bob Lombard has requested that further donations be made in the form of cash or gift cards. Monetary donations are being accepted at Wheaton City Hall, on Main Street, or can be mailed to PO Box 70, Wheaton MO 64874.
A Christmas party for all military retirees in the Monett area will be held by the 117th Engineer Asphalt Team at noon on Sunday, Dec. 2, at the Monett National Guard Armory. Those attending are asked to call 235-3140 so that adequate preparations can be made.
The Ronald McDonald House of the Ozarks will hold an open house 11:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 30, at Mercy Children's Hospital, 1235 E. Cherokee in Springfield,
The annual old-fashioned Christmas open house at Jolly Mill will be held Friday and Saturday, Nov. 30 and Dec. 1. Refreshments will be provided. Children are welcome to bring an ornament for Santa's tree. Cameras are welcome for the free event, beginning at 6:30 p.m. both days.
The Lawrence County Health Department still has flu vaccine available for adults at a cost of $15. Vaccine for children from 6 months old to age 18. There is a $10 charge non non-county residents. Vaccines are offered at the department's office at 105 W. North St. in Mt. Vernon. For more information, call 417-466-2201.
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.
A beading class for teens will be offered at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Dec. 1, at the Mt. Vernon Library Branch, 206 W. Water St. For more information, call 417-466-2921
The new historic Pierce City Christmas ornament from the Dacy Foundation, showing the Lawrence County Bank, is available for $6 at City Hall in Pierce City and at First State Bank.
Local artists in the Joplin Regional Artists Coalition, a coalition of nearly 100 regional professional and amateur artists, are showing work in the exhibit "Fusion," which opens Dec. 1 in the upstairs gallery at the Spiva Center for the Arts, Third and Wall in Joplin.
Purdy High School will present the musical show, "Back to the '80s," at 7 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 8 and 2 p.m. on Sunday Dec. 9, in the elementary gym.
The Community Blood Center of the Ozarks will hold a blood drive from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Wheaton High School, 116 McCall, and from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 6, at Aurora High School, located at 305 W. Prospect.
The Lawrence County Sheriff's Department is accepting the donation of old cell phones that can be used by victims without phones to call 911. Donors may keep their sim cards and delete all personal information before turning in phones. For more information, call 417-466-2131.
Vision of Hope Narcotics Anonymous meets at 8 p.m. on Sundays, Tuesdays and Thursdays at 2101 E. Cleveland in Monett.
The third annual Dickensfest in the Murphysburg district in Joplin will be offered Dec. 7 through Dec. 9, opening at 6 p.m. each day. The district is located between Third and Fourth streets on Moffet Avenue.