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Wednesday, September 8, 2021

The Pierce City Senior Citizens is open Tuesdays and Thursdays serving lunch from noon to 12:30 p.m. The cost is $5 for those ages 55 and older and $6 for those under 55. Anyone who wishes to purchase a carry-out meal can call 417-476-5006 before 10:30 a.m. and pick their meal up between 11:30 a.m. and noon. Also, on the first Thursday of each month, Nellís Nails will be serving seniors for a nominal fee at about 9 a.m.

The Monett Senior Center is now open for dine-in lunches for a suggested donation of $3.50 for ages 60 and up. Price for those 59 and under is $6. The senior center will be open for dining from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

The 2021 Lawrence County Horticulture Twilight Tour will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 9 at the University of Missouri Southwest Research Centerís Grafted Tomato Project and G.C. Riley and Companyís dragon fruit operation.

The Lawrence County 4-H is hosting a 5K in Mt. Vernon to honor the 20th anniversary of Sept. 11, 2001. The group received a grant to cover all expenses, so 100 percent of the race registrations will go towards local charities, including the Mt. Vernon Veteranís Way Project and the Mt. Vernon Veteranís Home Auxiliary. The race fee is $25 per person.

The Barry County Master Gardeners will be hosting a free gardening workshop from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 11 at Crowder College in Cassville. Presenter Oscar Cross will be discussing perennials that are deer resistant and Angela Brattin will discuss gardening in a high tunnel. Those who would like to attend are asked to register by Sept. 9 by calling 417-847-3161.

The Monett Chapter of Daughters of the American Revolution will hold its first fall meeting at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 11 at the First Methodist Church in Monett.†The program will feature a member of the Mayflower Society.†The public is welcome to share, attend and enjoy refreshments, information and friendship. For more information call 231-343-2727.

The Freistatt Fire Department will be hosting an antique tractor pull and truck pull Friday, Sept. 10 and Saturday, Sept. 11 at the Ernte Fest Grounds in Freistatt. The antique tractor pull will begin at 6 p.m. Friday with the truck and tractor pull scheduled for 6 p.m. Saturday. A kids pedal pull will be held at 5 p.m. Saturday. Admission is $10 and kids under 12 are welcomed for free.

The Red Oak II Festival, in tribute to Lowell Davis, scheduled for Sept. 11, is now accepting registration of vendor booths. The cost is $50 for a 10-foot by 10-foot space. All items must be handmade crafts, junk or antiques. The event will also include hay rides, games and activities, a pie eating contest and more. For more information, or to be a vendor, text Rose Davis at 417-793-1655.

The Ritchey School alumni will hold an all-school reunion at 1 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 12 at Ritchey Baptist Church.† For more information, call Ron Sanders at 417-522-9579 or email

The Monett Special Road District will meet in regular session on Tuesday, Sept. 14 at the road district barn, at 220 S. Eisenhower St. This meeting is open to the Public.

Cox Monett Hospital will host a community Live Well screening from 7 to 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 25 at the CoxHealth Monett Clinic at 1000 E. Highway 60. For $40 participants will receive complete blood count, comprehensive metabolic panel, full lipid profile, blood glucose, thyroid and, for an additional $15, a PSA test. Tests will be performed on a walk-in basis and are self-pay only.

The Pierce City Fall Festival will return to the Pierce City South Park from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 25. The event includes music, hands-on art activities, games for the family, food and raffles for two homemade corn hole games. Admission is free and family friendly vendors are welcome. For applications, contact Becky at 417-489-3041. The event is sponsored by the Pierce City Arts Council, a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization.

The 32nd annual Pierce City Car, Truck, Bike and ATV show will kick off with registration at 9 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 16 at Pierce Cityís South Park. The day-long event will feature food, fun and family time as car enthusiasts display their entries for spectators and judges. The cost is $20 for the first vehicle and $15 for each additional entry. Awards will be announced at 3 p.m.

The Coalition of Charities will host a Clue Mystery Dinner Saturday, Oct. 23 at the old Cox Hospital in Monett. The cost is $25 per ticket or $45 for couples tickets. This 1920ís themed event will have participants strolling through crime scene rooms and meeting suspects from the classic board games as they try to solve a murder.

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