News in brief
Mount Vernon Community Theater is having a Christmas show called “To Drive the Cold Winter Away: Christmas Songbook 2”, at 7 p.m. today, Dec. 22, at the Monett Community Church, and 7 p.m. Saturday at the Covenant Baptist in Mount Vernon.
Bass Pro Shops will again partner with the Missouri Department of Conservation and the Ozark Trail Council of Boy Scouts in accepting used Christmas trees for recycling as habitat for rabbits, quail and songbirds as well as habitat at area lakes and ponds. Trees may be dropped off from noon to 6 p.m. daily from Dec. 26 to Jan. 1 at the Bass Pro parking lot at 2011 S. Campbell Ave. in Springfield. Donations of $2 per tree are appreciated by Scouts, who will unload them. Decorations must be removed from all trees.
Members of the FOCUS Group of Monett are collecting gently used prom and special occasion dresses to loan to other young ladies for proms, homecomings and other special occasions. To donate to FOCUS on Prom, people may call Dana Hesington at 417-669-1701.
The Monett Middle School semi-annual dodgeball tournament took place on Wednesday, Dec 20. The tournament raises money for the American Heart Association. This year there were 17 teams and they raised approximately $1,000. The Magnificent 7 came back from the losers bracket to win it all. Team members are Kailyn Cendroski, Mollie Beeson, Blaine Salsman, Tyler Waterman, Marcus Young, Jacob Hoyt and Christian Johnson.
Writers Helping Writers meet the last Thursday of each month. The next meeting will be at 1 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 28 at Mocha Jo’s, 404 E. Broadway in Monett. Participants are encouraged to bring works-in-progress or story ideas, any writing style, genre or length, and get the encouragement and support needed to set words on paper. For information, people may call Polly McCrillis at 417- 669-5146.
The Pierce City Senior Center, 104 N. Locust, will host a dance with the Fun Timers Band at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 28. Cost is $3. Finger foods are welcome. For additional information, people may call 476-5800 or 417-737-4900.
The Lawrence County Historical Society’s museum for the Missouri Rehabilitation Center and the Fred Mieswinkel Research Room at the historic Lawrence County Courthouse will be closed Dec. 25 to Jan. 1, reopening on Jan. 2.
Trinity Lutheran School in Freistatt will present a Christmas Eve program at 7 p.m. on Dec. 24 at the church.
The Seligman Chamber of Commerce will host a dance at 7 p.m. Dec. 23 at the Chamber’s Events Center on Highway 37. Cost is $4.
All branches of the Barry-Lawrence Regional Library will be closed Dec. 25 and 26.
Next week at the Monett Senior Center, 405 Dairy St., the center will be closed on Monday. Meals will include Sloppy Joe on bun or coconut chicken on Dec. 26, oven fried chicken or pork roast on Dec. 27, beef and noodles or homestyle chicken on Dec. 28, and Sicilian casserole or cheesy chicken on Dec. 29. Activities will include blood pressure checks at 10:30 a.m. on Dec. 27, and on Dec. 29, Nails with Nell at 9 a.m., bingo at noon and pinochle at 12:30 p.m.
Next week at the Pierce City Senior Center, 104 N. Locust, the center will be closed on Monday, Dec. 25. Meals will include spaghetti on Dec. 26 and breakfast on Dec. 29.
The Monett Museum, 422 E. Broadway, will host “A Night at the Museum Part 2: 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.
The First Baptist Church, South Highway 37 in Monett, will hold a Christmas eve service at 5 p.m. on Dec. 24.
The First United Methodist Church, 1600 N. Central in Monett, will have Christmas Eve services at 6 and 11 p.m. on Sunday.
St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Pierce City will offer Mass at 4 and 10 p.m. on Dec. 24, but not at midnight or on Dec. 25. St. Agnes Catholic Church on Sarcoxie Prairie will offer Christmas Day Mass at 10 a.m.
St. Lawrence Catholic Church, 405 Seventh St. in Monett, will have a 4:30 p.m. Mass on Dec. 24, and a 10 a.m. Mass on Christmas Day.
First Presbyterian Church, 700 Sycamore in Monett, will have a Christmas Eve service at 7 p.m. on Dec. 24, with a reception to follow.
St. John’s Lutheran Church on Highway H, Monett, will offer the Lessons and Carols service at 7 p.m. on Dec. 24.