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Saturday, March 18, 2017

The Monett Ministerial Association will host a weekly series of seven Lenten services at noon on Wednesdays. The next service will be held on March 22 at the First United Methodist Church, 1600 N. Central. Richard Virnig from the First Christian Church will be the speaker. A light lunch will follow the services, around 12:30 p.m., at the host church.

The Harding University Chorus will perform at 7 p.m. today at the Monett High School Performing Arts Center, hosted by the Monett Church of Christ.

A Paddle Party fundraiser for St. Lawrence Catholic Church will be held at 6:30 p.m. today at the church fellowship hall, 405 Seventh St. in Monett. A dinner will be served at 6:30 p.m. Admission is $4 and includes a paddle. Local businesses have donated more than 50 items and services for the auction. For additional information, people may call Leah Camp at 236-0589.

A class on how to make a floral sculpture with low fired clay will be offered by instructor April Davis Brunner at the Artopia Arts and Events Center, 106 W Commercial in Pierce City. Cost is $30 and all supplies are included. Classes will be on last Thursdays of each month, from 6 to 8 p.m. The next session is offered on March 31. To register, people may call 417-489-3041.

Purdy High School vocal music director Lauren Lee will take the Purdy Schools stage today to conduct the second annual Purdy Alumni and Community Choir concert, which will be held in the elementary gymnasium at 5 p.m. The 20-voice choir will consist of Purdy High School alumni and members of the Purdy community. Lee and her performers will be accompanied by Purdy High School Alumna Sammye (Davis) Beck on piano. The evening will also feature performances by the Eagle Echoes, Purdy Middle School Choir and Purdy High School Choir. Admission to the event is free, but donations benefiting the Purdy Music Department will be accepted and greatly appreciated.

A bluegrass concert by the Flyin’ Buzzards will be offered at the Monett American Legion Home, 715 E. Broadway, at 7 p.m. on Saturday, March 18. Concessions will be available. Donations will be accepted.

On March 20, the Monett High School Band Boosters are hosting a Dinner and A Show to raise funds for the band. Tickets are available in advance at $8 for adults and $5 for children under 12. Orders may be placed with any band student or Band Booster, or by contacting Ronda Pachner at or call 417-669-3386. A spaghetti dinner will be served including entertainment by several of soloists and ensembles. The evening starts at 6 p.m. at the Scott Regional Technology Center. The cost will be $10 per person at the door.

The Lawrence County Historical Society will have a program on local Civil War connections at 2 p.m. on March 19 at the Jones Chapel, by the Mt. Vernon golf course.

The Redeemed Trio will perform at 5 p.m. on March 19 at the Monett First Baptist Church, 2581 South Highway 37.

The Pleasant Ridge Special Road District commissioners will meet at 6 p.m. on March 20 in the basement of the Pleasant Ridge Baptist Church.

Berean Christian Academy will be conducting Kindergarten screenings for the 2017-2018 school year on April 3 and 4. People may call 236-9088 to schedule a child’s screening. Children should be age 5 by August 1.

OACAC in Aurora is offering an energy savers class from 9 to 11 a.m. on March 22. Classes are offered at 203 S. Washington, Suite A, in Aurora. To register, people may call 417-678-5031.

The Monett Historical Society will meet at the new museum, 422 E. Broadway, Dr. Ralph Scott will speak about his early years in the Monett School District. For additional information, people may call Doug Hobson at 235-5908.

The Barry-Lawrence County Ambulance District board will meet at 6:30 p.m. on March 21 at 307 Dairy St.

The Verona R-7 Board of Education will meet at 6:30 p.m. on March 21 in the high school vo-ag room.

The Monett Special Road District will meet in regular session on Monday, March 20 at 4:30 p.m. at the Monett Justice Center, 1901 E. Cleveland Ave. Please note this is a new location and time.

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