News in brief
Monett High School Baccalaureate services will be held at 8 p.m. on May 17 in the PAC. Graduation will be held at 8 p.m. on May 19 in the high school gym.
The Monett Artists’ Guild will have auditions for its summer comedy, “Dearly Beloved,” from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Parts are available for both men and women. Auditions will be held at the Monett High School Performing Arts Center.
The Pierce City Senior Center, 104 N. Locust, will host a dance with the Fun Timers Band at 7 p.m. on May 25. Admission is $3. Finger foods are welcome. For additional information, people may call 476-5800 or 737-4900.
The Monett Historical Society will hold its regular month meeting at 7 p.m. today at Fifth and Broadway. Following the meeting, tours will be offered of the new displays. All interested persons are welcome.
Lawrence County Democrats will meet at 7 p.m. on May 25 at the Mt. Vernon Library Branch, 206 W. Water St. Aaron Strahl, organizer with Missouri Jobs with Justice, will speak about ballot initiatives for 2018, including limiting gifts from lobbyists, redistricting, and p minimum wage proposals. For additional information, people may call Jim Kabell at 417-848-4640.
The Monett City Council will meet at 9:30 a.m. on May 19 at Monett City Hall.
Monett/Purdy Habitat for Humanity will hold its regular monthly meeting at 5 p.m. today at the First Christian Church, Fourth and Wishart in Monett.
The Kings Prairie Special Road District commissioners will meet at 7 p.m. today at the Angus Branch Steakhouse on Chapell Drive in Monett.
The Southern Missouri Beekeepers of Monett will meet at 7 p.m. today at the First United Methodist Church, 1600 N. Central in Monett. A presentation on treatments of various honeybee pests and diseases will be given. Anyone interested in bees or beekeeping are invited to attend. For additional information, people may call Leon Riggs at 417-235-5053.
Susan Sparks, with the Polk County Genealogical Society, will be the guest speaker for the Lawrence County Historical Society meeting at 2 p.m. on Sunday, May 21 at the Jones memorial Chapel, 11110 Farm Road 1137, next to the Mt. Vernon golf course.
A community walk, sponsored by the Healthy Schools/Healthy Community Initiative, will be held at 10 a.m. on the last two Saturdays of the month, April through August. Walks will begin by the farmer’s market at the South Park tennis courts and continue through a 20, 30 or 40-minute loop. There will be free snacks and giveaways. For additional information or a ride, people may call Shawn Hayden at 236-2593.
The Pierce City Arts Council is looking for vendors and local growers to participate in a farmers market, beginning the first Saturday in June and running to the last Saturday in August, 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. Applications are soon to be available at Artopia in Pierce City, 106 W. Commercial St. The market will be located at the new pavillion next to The Sister’s Restaurant.
The American Job Center, 100 S. Maple in Monett, will offer free workshops in May. Interested persons may attend classes on computer skills, 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. on May 19.
Testing for the National Career Readiness Certificate, a four-hour exam, is offered at 9 a.m. on May 26. Pre-registration is needed by calling 235-7877.
There will be no Lawrence County Gospel Sing in May. The next one will be on June 25 t 2 p.m. at the Freewill Faith and Hope Baptist Church, 619 N. Elliott in Aurora.
The Ozark Country Quilters will meet at 9:30 a.m. on May 18 for a workshop at the Old Fields Photo Archive, on Highway 248, in Room 8.
OACAC in Aurora is offering life skills classes. In May, a class on parenting will be from 5 to 7 p.m. on May 16-18 and 23-25, all sessions are required; and on upcycling, from 5 to 7 p.m. on May 18. Classes are offered at 203 S. Washington, Suite A, in Aurora. To register, people may call 417-678-5031.
Retirees from the Missouri Rehabilitation Center will meet for lunch at 11:30 a.m. on May 17 at the Angus Branch Steakhouse in Monett. For additional information, people may call Carolyn Dyson at 417-466-2870.