News in brief
Staffers at the Barry-Lawrence County Development Center will honor Patricia Ray for her 35 years of dedicated service in supporting children with developmental delays at an open house, set for 2 to 4 p.m., Sunday, Feb. 23, at the Monett Park Casino. The public is invited.
Those working in the fields of emergency services, including police officers, firefighters and emergency medical responders, are invited to attend a workshop in basic American Sign Language, starting at 5 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 26, at the Lawrence County Board for the Developmentally Disabled, located at 403 E. Elm, in Aurora. The basic class is for those working in the field of emergency services who might meet a deaf person in the line of duty and have an immediate need to communicate. For more information, call Marla Townsend at 417-678-0123.
Reserve seats now for the Valentine's Day Dinner, set for 5:30 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 11, at the Pierce City Senior Center, 104 Locust St. The menu includes pork tenderloin with mushroom sauce. Cost is $15 per person and must be paid at the time of the reservation. Seating is limited. For more information, call 417-476-5006, 417-476-5800 or 417-476-2464.
At the Missouri Department of Conservation's Andy Dalton Shooting Range and Outdoor Education Center near Ash Grove, a class on woodworking for wildlife is offered from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. on Jan. 28. Instructors will teach how to make a nesting box for the eastern bluebird out of a single board, and help with assembly. For additional information, people may call 417-742-4361.
OACAC in Aurora is offering life skills classes. In February, a class on budgeting is offered from 1 to 3 p.m. on Feb. 7. A parenting class is offered from 9 to 11 a.m. in six sessions, all necessary, on Feb. 16-17 and Feb. 21-24. An energy savers class is offered from 9 to 11 a.m. on Feb. 15. A coupon class is offered from 9 to 11 a.m. on Feb. 21. Classes are offered at 203 S. Washington, Suite A, in Aurora. To register, people may call 417-678-5031.
Cox Monett Hospital will start another 20-week session of its Journeys adult weight management program on Jan. 31. The program focuses on mental, physical and emotional health, behavior strategies, stress management and daily fitness. Trained professionals, including licensed counselor, dietician and fitness instructors participate. For additional information, people may call Nancy Ridgley at 417-354-1280.
Vietnam Veterans of America #1023 will meet at 4 p.m., Sunday, Feb. 5, at Angus Branch Restaurant, located on Highway 60 in Monett.