News in brief
The Senior Life Solutions program offered through Mercy Hospital in Cassville will hold its next networking group meeting at 11 a.m. on Dec. 7 at the Cassville Hospital, 90 Gravel St., in Conference Room A. Lunch will be provided. Service program representatives are urged to attend.
The Aurora Chamber of Commerce will host #Present Run 5K and 1 mile walk at 7 p.m. On Dec. 8. Details are available by calling 417-678-4150.
The Congregational Church, 108 N. Walnut in Pierce City, will hold its annual Community Candlelight Christmas Service at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 17. The public is welcome.
The City of Monett Public Works Department is continuing its city-wide loose leaf pick-up. Leaves have been collected north of Cleveland. Crews are working from west to east in the central part of the city, and from there will progress south. Property owners are asked to rake leaves to the curb. Please note crews will only pick up once. For additional information, people may call 235-3495.
The Pierce City Special Road District will close Farm Road 2220, between Highway 97 and Farm Road 1040, beginning Dec. 11. Crews will replace the culvert at the bottom of the hill with larger whistles that will widen the road to two lanes. The road will be closed to through traffic during work.
The First United Methodist Church, 1600 N. Central in Monett, will host a pancake breakfast to benefit Boy Scot Troop No. 38 from 7 to 10 a.m. on Saturday, Dec. 9. Cost is $4 for adults and $3 for children under 12.
The Verona R-7 School District will hold a town hall meeting at 6 p.m. on Dec. 7 in the school cafeteria on the pros and cons of a four-day school week. A meal will be served prior to the meeting. A survey is available in both English and Spanish to gauge public sentiment on the proposal.
Donations of new toys are being accepted by the Monett Veterinary Hospital for distribution to needy Barry County children through OACAC. Donations may be dropped off at 215 Dairy St. in Monett. For information, people may call 235-5616.
The First Baptist Church on Highway 97 north of Pierce City will host a Christmas dinner following the Christmas parade on Saturday, at approximately 6 p.m. All are welcome.
The annual Christmas Angel Tree is available through Dec. 8 at city hall in Pierce City. Community members, churches and organizations may adopt a child in the Pierce City school district from the holidays.
Tickets are available for the Christmas concert by the Collingsworth Family at 7 p.m. on Dec. 8 at the Monett High School Performing Arts Center. All seats are reserved and are $24 in advance or $30 at the door. Orders may be made by calling 236-9090.
The Monett Museum, 422 E. Broadway, will host “A Night at the Museum Part II: Jailhouse Rock” to celebrate the new year the evening of Dec. 31. The Eddie Valen Band will play. Apparel from the 1950s and 1960s are recommended. Advance tickets are $30 and may be purchased at the museum.
World-Heritage.org is seeking families to host high school exchange students for the coming school year. For information, people may call 800-888-9040.
On Friday, the Monett Senior Center will offer free meals, sponsored by Old Town Pharmacy. Preceding the meal, the Monett Intermediate School Choir and Ukulele Band will perform at 10:30 a.m.
On Thursday, Dec. 7, second graders from Monett Elementary School will perform their Christmas program at 6 p.m. at the Monett High School Performing Arts Center.
Cox Monett Hospital is participating in the sixth annual CoxHealth Pack the Pantry healthy food drive. Donations in Monett will benefit the Monett Community Kitchen. Donations will be accepted through Dec. 15 and may be dropped off at the hospital’s main entrance. Suggested items include no-sugar-added applesauce, 100-percent-fruit cups, low-sodium or “no salt added” canned vegetables, reduced sodium spaghetti sauce, tomato paste, brown rice, whole wheat noodles, canned chicken and dried beans.
The Pleasant Ridge Special Road District commissioners will meet at 6 p.m. on Dec. 18 at the Pleasant Ridge Baptist Church, in the basement.
Gamma Gamma Master Chapter of Beta Sigma Phi will again act as Santa’s helpers by delivering all requests to him. People may submit requests with $2 for each person to be include on Santa’s mailing list and send their name/address/age to Letters From Santa, 608 Kirkwood Drive, Aurora, MO 65605. All letters to one address will be sent together and will be age-appropriate. Profits will be used for community service projects. Deadline for submissions is Dec. 12.