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Saturday, March 27, 2021

The Verona Community Easter Egg Hunt is scheduled to begin at 2 p.m. Saturday, March 27 with children ages 0 to 4 searching for eggs at Verona Baptist Church. Following the 0 to 4 age group, children ages 5 to 8 will be hunting for eggs at Verona Christian Church. Last, children ages 9 to 12 will search for eggs at the Verona Catholic Church. The Easter Bunny will be available for photos at the Christian Church once all the hunts are complete.

The Monett Young Professionals Network will be hosting the its annual Easter Egg Hunt at 10 a.m. Saturday, March 27 at the Monett South Park Soccer Fields. This event is free and open to the public.

St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church, 6th and Benton streets in Monett, will have Palm Sunday service on March 28, Maundy Thursday service on April 1, Good Friday service on April 2, and Resurrection Day service on Sunday, April 4. All services will be held at 11 a.m. each day and will include Holy Eucharist and Sermon each day. All are invited to attend and masks will be required.

In recognition of Public Health Month, the Barry County Health Department will be offering a number of free and discounted programs for residents. The health department will be conducting unoffical bacteriological testing on private well water for $10. Samples must be collected and submitted in a department-provided water test kit between Monday, April 5 and Wednesday, April 7. Nursing staff will conduct heart disease and stroke risk calculations with blood pressure checks and STD testing. During Public Health Week, the Barry County Health Department WIC Program also offers parents the opportunity to receive nutrition education information for infants birth to 12 months, children 1-5 years of age, as well as nutrition education information and support for pregnant and breastfeeding women. The department also provides lactation support for any woman who might need it. To schedule a time to meet with the nutritionist or lactation support staff, call 417-847-2114 from 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Thursday. 

The Board of Senior Citizens of Pierce City will begin hosting curbside lunches April 6. Lunches will be served Tuesdays through April 27 from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. On Tuesday, April 6, lunch will include meatloaf, vegetables, a salad and dessert.

The Chariots of Grace chapter of the Christian Motorcyclist Association will meet at 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 6 at the Clark Center, 411 Third St. in Monett. Fellowship rides are on the third Saturday of each month. Everyone is welcome to ride and participants do not need to be members. For more information, call 417-258-2519.

Community members are invited to celebrate the birthday of longtime Schreiber’s employee David Foster who is turning 80. The “Dutch Treat” party will be held at Angus Branch at 6 p.m. Thursday, April 8. Everyone is invited to bring a card and help celebrate.

The Pleasant Ridge Special Road District will hold its monthly meeting in the basement of the Pleasant Ridge Baptist Church at 6 p.m. on Monday, April 19. This meeting is open to the residents of the road district.  

A Monett area blood drive will be held from 1 to 6 p.m. Monday, April 19 at St. Lawrence Catholic Church located at 405 7th St. in Monett. To schedule an appointment, call 1-800-733-2767 or visit and use the code MONETT.

Verona Preschool will hold a preschool screening on April 19 and April 20. Those who live in the Verona School District who have children who will be 4 years-old by Aug. 1 are encouraged to bring their children to the screening. To schedule an appointment, call Melvey Hillhouse at 833-402-9580.

Verona School will host a kindergarten screening on April 21 and April 22. Those who live in the Verona School District with children who will be 5 years-old by Aug. 1 are encouraged to bring their children to the screening. To schedule an appointment, call Melvey Hillhouse at 833-402-9580.

The Monett Chamber of Commerce will host an “Eggs & Issues” event from 8 to 9:30 a.m. Friday, April 30 at the City Park Casino. This free event will feature a discussion from state legislators and representatives on local issues. A complementary breakfast sponsored by First State Bank of Purdy will be served. To RSVP, email

The Lawrence County Historical Society will return to its regular meeting schedule beginning Wednesday, May 16. The Historical Society suspended meetings in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The Lawrence County Historical Society Museum will open with its regular schedule Memorial Day weekend. The museum will be open each Sunday from 1 to 4 p.m. Admission is free.

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