News in brief
The Monett Alternative Gift Fair will be held from 3 to 6 p.m. today at the Monett Area YMCA Community Room.
The Monett Festival of Lights is open evenings at Monett's South Park.
The First Baptist Church in Monett will hold its "Hanging of the Greens" ceremony and present the children's musical "Follow the Star" at 6 p.m. on Dec. 6at the church.
A reception for Rev. John Johnson, former pastor at the First Christian Church in Monett who is beginning his service at the First Presbyterian Church in Aurora, will be held following the 10:45 a.m. service on Dec. 6. The church is located a 4 E. College St. in the square.
Jami Lawrimore will provide Christmas music for the Dec. 8 noon meeting of the Monett Kiwanis Club, held at the Family Room Steakhouse, First and East Broadway.
The Monett Senior Center will hold its monthly dance from 7 to 10 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 7 at the Monett City Park Casino. Evelyn Lock and the Outriders will provide music. Participants are encouraged to bring snacks to share.
The annual Jolly Mill Park Old Fashioned Christmas and Open House will be held from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. today at the park, 10 miles southwest of Monett. Visitors are invited to bring camera.
"A Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols" will be presented by the Crowder College Community Chorus at 7 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 6 at the United Methodist Church, 224 S. Wood St. in Neosho.
The American Red Cross will host a blood drive from 1 to 6 p.m. on Dec. 7 at Monett Community Church, 2102 E. Cleveland. The church sill supply soup and gumbo and "extra goodies" to donors.
The McDowell Gold Jubilee returns for a new season at 6:30 p.m. today at the community center in McDowell, near Highway VV and Highway C. Country, bluegrass, gospel and old-time musicians are welcome. Concessions will be available. For additional information, people may call Ben Henderson at 417-669-7707.
The Monett Senior Citizen Center is exploring interest in playing the card game Pitch on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Games of Pinocle are already played at 12:30 or 1 p.m. on Mondays, Wednesdays and Friday. Games will start on Jan. 5. Anyone interested is asked to sign up at 235-3285.
Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter No. 1023 will meet at 4 p.m. on Dec. 6 at Angus Branch Steakhouse in Monett, east of Walmart.
Flags will be flown at half staff on Monday, Dec. 7 for National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day.
St. Lawrence Catholic School, 405 Seventh St. in Monett is sponsoring the third annual Jogging for Jesus 5K/1 mile run at 2 p.m. on Dec. 12. Registration is $20 by Dec. 1 and $65 for a family of four. The event is a fundraiser for the school.
Artists Becky Golubski and April Davis will offer a "Canvas and Coffee" session from 6 to 8:30 p.m. on Dec. 15 at Mocha Jo's, 404 E. Broadway. The session will focus on either painting a glass ornament or a 8-by-10 canvas. Cost is $40 per person. All supplies will be provided. Reservations can be made by calling Golubski at 417-489-3041 or firstname.lastname@example.org
The Midwest Clay Artists offer through 2015 Fall Show and Sale through Sunday at the City Pointe Shopping Center, 501 S.Madison in Webb City.
The Barry County Republican Club will meet at 6:30 p.m. on Dec. 8 at the Steak Inn in Shell Knob. Guests should bring an unwrapped toy for Share Your Christmas. Children from the community will sing Christmas songs.
The annual Pierce City Central Elementary School Christmas program will be held at 7 p.m. on Dec. 10 in the high school gym.
The annual Christmas Angel Tree will be available at Pierce City City Hall through Dec. 11. Community members, churches and organizations may adopt a child or family in the PC School District to make their Christmas bright.