News in brief
Members of Countryside Christian Church will present a Living Nativity program on today and Sunday at 6:30 and again at 7:30 each evening. Cookies and hot chocolate will be served upstairs both nights. There will be parking available at the bottom of the hill, where people can watch the program from their vehicles. The Living Nativity is a longstanding tradition at Countryside Christian Church, 1200 N Eisenhower in Monett.
The Ozark Festival Orchestra will present its Christmas concert at 3 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 18 at the Monett High School Performing Arts Center. Cost is $10 for adults, $5 for senior citizens and free to K-12 students.
The Monett High School Christmas concerts will be held for the choirs at 6 p.m. on Dec. 19, and the bands at 6 p.m. on Dec. 20, both in the MHS Performing Arts Center.
The Pierce City Senior Center, 104 N. Locust, will have a Christmas dinner at noon on Dec. 20. A drawing will be held for several handmade quilts.
The Keltic Knot Irish Band at 6:30 p.m. on Dec. 20 at Holy Trinity Catholic Church, 22383 Farm Road 1180 in Aurora. Refreshments will be served following the concert. Donations made will benefit the Tri-County Pregnancy Resource Center and the church's Dawgie bag grocery giveaway to the needy.
At the Monett Branch of the Barry-Lawrence Library, Sixth and Bond, knitting and crochet classes for all levels will be offered at 1 p.m. Dec. 20 and 27.
Community Blood Center of the Ozarks will hold a blood drive from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Dec. 20 at Cox Monett Hospital, and from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Dec. 23 at the Lawrence County Justice Center, 240 N. Main in Mt. Vernon.
The Monett Chamber of Commerce's Festival of Lights is open nightly at South Park through Dec. 31.
A public reception will be held from 1 to 2:30 p.m. on Dec. 21 for Joe Ruscha, who is leaving the Lawrence County Commission after 24 years of service. The reception will be held in the second floor courtroom of the Historic Lawrence County Courthouse in Mt. Vernon.
The Monett Special Road District commissioners will meet at 5 p.m. on Dec. 19 at Monett City Hall.
The Monett Kiwanis Club will have a Christmas program at noon on Dec. 20 at the Family Room Steakhouse, First and East Broadway, with special music from Monett High School.
The Pierce City Senior Center, at 104 N. Locust, will host a dance with The Fun Timers Band on Thursday Dec. 22 from 7 to 9:30 p.m. Admission is $3. Finger foods are welcome. For additional information, people may call 476-5800 or 737-4900.
The Santa Train for foster children and families will leave from the Monett South Park soccer field at 1:30 and 3:30 p.m. on Sunday.
Members of the Mt. Vernon Community Theater will be performing "A Christmas Songbook," starting at 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 17, at Monett Community Church, located at 2101 E. Cleveland in Monett. Community members for Monett, Mt. Vernon and Aurora will be performing many local holiday favorites as well as some that are destined to become new favorites.
The Freistatt community holiday dinner will be held at 5 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 7 at the community building. Those attending are asked to bring a side dish to go with chili and beans, or a dessert. The Freistatt Community Development Corporation will give award a month of free water and sewer service and four $25 gift cards to Walmart in a drawing. Winners must be present.
The Lawrence County Health Department, 105 W. North St. in Mt. Vernon, has flu vaccine available now for adults at a cost of $15. They are also able to bill Medicare, Medicaid and most Insurance plans. Vaccine for children ages 6 months-18 years is also available. The children's vaccinations are $5 ($20 for non-Lawrence County residents) or free with a current Medicaid card. All vaccinations will be given Monday thru Friday from 8am-11:30 a.m. and 1-3:30 p.m. For information, people may call 417-466-2201.
The Monett Toastmasters will meet at noon on Dec. 21 at the Monett Chamber of Commerce community room, 200 E. Broadway.