News in brief
Monett High School will host its 44th annual Golden Age Dinner for senior citizens at 5 p.m. on Nov. 16 in the high school commons area. Reservations are requested and may be made by calling the school at 235-5445. Bingo and giveaways will be offered as entertainment.
Cox Monett Hospital is offering a heart assessment on Friday, Nov. 17 from 8 to 10 a.m. For $40, participants will receive a stroke and cardiac assessment, important health information, plus labs to measure cholesterol, blood sugar, kidney, and thyroid function. A heart healthy breakfast will follow. The breakfast and screening will be held in Conference Room A (ground floor). Seating is limited. Registration may be made by calling 417-354-1448.
The Monett Senior Center, 405 airy St., will serve Thanksgiving dinner with all the trimmings from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 17.
The Barry County Genealogical and Historical Society will meet at noon on Nov. 18 at Angus Branch Restaurant in Monett.
The Barry-Lawrence Ambulance District board will meet at 6:30 p.m. on Nov. 16 at 307 Dairy St. in Monett.
The 23rd annual Health Fair, hosted by the Aurora Nursing Center, 1700 S. Hudson, will be held from 7 to 11 a.m. on Nov. 17 and 18. Blood screenings will be available, $30 for a comprehensive profile, $20 for PSA test for men, and $15 for an A1C test for diabetes. Flu vaccines will be available for $25 on Friday only. For additional information, people may call 417-678=2165.
Lawrence County Democrats will meet at 7 p.m. on Nov. 21 at Angus Branch Steakhouse on Chapell Drive in Monett. Those attending can buy dinner prior to the meeting.
The annual Christmas Angel Tree will be available beginning Nov. 20 at city hall in Pierce City. Community members, churches and organizations may adopt a child in the Pierce City school district from the holidays.
The Monett High School fall play, the detective parody “Bullshot Crummond,” will be presented at 7 p.m. on Nov. 16 and 17 at the MHS Performing Arts Center. Admission is $5 for adults.
The Pierce City Senior Center, 104 N. Locust, will host a Thanksgiving dinner at noon on Tuesday, Nov. 21. Cost is $5, $3.50 for persons over 55, $4.50 for those under 55. Carry-outs are available for $4.50.
The Barry-Lawrence Regional Library board will next meet at 9 a.m. on Nov. 16 at the Pierce City Branch. All branches of the library will be closed on Nov. 23 for Thanksgiving.
Monett Toastmasters meets at noon on Nov. 22 at the Monett Chamber community room, 200 E. Broadway.
Mt. Vernon Community Theatre is seeking performers for their Christmas variety show, A Christmas Songbook, Volume II, to be performed on Dec. 21 in Aurora, Dec. 22 in Monett, and Dec. 23 in Mt. Vernon. Acts should be holiday-themed and family friendly. Singers, musicians, dancers, actors, and comedians are welcome to audition. Auditions are by appointment only. Audition deadline is Nov. 17. Contact director Matt Teel at 417-205-0929 for more information or to arrange an audition.
The Cherokee of Arkansas and Missouri Tribe for District No. 9 meeting on Nov.18 will be held at the Library Center, 4652 S. Campbell Ave. in Springfield, from 1 and 4 p.m. The next meeting will be at the same location on January 20, 2018.
The Pierce City Arts Council is seeking the donation of a live tree for the purposes of displaying it downtown by the Walnut St. bandstand during the Christmas season. The ideal tree can be cedar, 20 to 25ft. tall, and nicely shaped all the way around. If you would like to donate a tree, please call Becky Golubski at 417-489-3041. Unwanted and unbreakable Christmas decorations would also be greatly appreciated.
Purdy Elementary music teacher Christina Harmon will direct the Purdy Elementary Christmas Concert at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 30. This year’s performance will star students in grades 3-6, with a special appearance by Eagle Echoes. The concert will be held at 7 PM in the Elementary Gym. Admission is free.
Live old-time music will be offered at 6:30 p.m. on Nov. 25 at the Clio Community Center, Highways 37 and 248, next to the Clio Cemetery. Music is offered on an open mike basis so performers are welcome.
Tickets are now on sale for the annual Dining for Diabetes dinner fundraiser, which will be held at 5:30 p.m. on Jan. 20, 2018 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church fellowship hall in Pierce City. Tickets are $25 and may be ordered by calling 417-354-1280.