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Saturday, October 2, 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, Nell’s 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 Senior Center is also hosting morning coffee at 9 a.m. Fridays and Nell’s Nails will be serving seniors beginning at 9 a.m. the last Friday of each month.

Oak Point of Monett hosts caregiver support groups from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. the first Wednesday of each month at Waymark Church on Highway 37 in Monett. For more information, contact group facilitator Kathy Shepard-Lawver at 417-236-6541.

The Monett Kiwanis Club is undergoing a membership drive. Goals of the club include changing children’s lives, improving the community and the world, building friendships, enhancing leadership skills, and developing business contacts. For more information, call Norma Clinton at 417-669-5635. 

A duck race fundraiser for the Historic Jenkins Bridge will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 3 at the bridge located on Highway O. Ducks are $1 each or six for $5. There will be food, fun, music and a bon fire, sponsored by the Jenkins Bridge Restoration Foundation Corporation.

The Pierce City Fire Protection District will conduct its monthly meeting on at 7 p.m. Monday, October 4 at the Pierce City fire station, 2543 Lawrence 2225 in Pierce City. Items to be discussed will be the financials, station maintenance, radio upgrades and any training needed. The public is invited to attend.

The Monett Chamber of Commerce will be hosting a ribbon cutting ceremony for Four States Dental Care to celebrate their new location at 1 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 7 at 333 S. Kyler Ave. in Monett.

In an effort to better connect with communities outside the Joplin metro area and promote Missouri Southern State University, faculty will be hosting a coffee event at Mocha Jo’s, a catered alumni lunch at the Monett Museum, providing free shaved ice for high school students after school. They will end the day by sponsoring the Monett Cubs football game against Lamar on Friday, Oct. 8. The university will also be giving away two $1,000 scholarships at halftime during the game, and giveaways will occur all day long.

The Purdy FFA will host its annual Barnwarming beginning at 6 p.m. Friday, Oct. 8 at the Elementary School gym. The event features games and a royalty coronation along with a chili supper and an ice cream social for $5 per person.

Countryside Christian Church in Monett is hosting a gospel and bluegrass concert featuring The Farm Hands at 6 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 10, at the church, located at 1200 N. Eisenhower in Monett.

The Monett FFA Chili Supper will be held at 6 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 16 at Scott Regional Technology Center located at 2 David Sippy Drive in Monett. Entertainment will be provided by Ripplin’ Creek Bluegrass. This event also includes crafts, a raffle and silent and live auctions.

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 City’s 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.

St. Mary’s Catholic School pre-school and pre-kindergarten classes are working in conjunction with the Knights of Columbus to organize a coat drive for the community. Area residents can help by donating new or gently used coats. The coats will be distributed on Saturday, Oct. 16.

The American Red Cross will be hosting a community blood drive from 1 to 6 p.m. Monday, Oct. 18 at Waymark Church, formerly knows as First Baptist Church, located at 2581 State Highway 37 in Monett. To schedule an appointment call 800-RED-CROSS (800-733-2767) or visit and enter the code MONETT.

A benefit fundraiser poker run and pancake breakfast will be held to raise money for Terry and Amy Buffalo beginning at 7 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 23 at VFW Post 4207 in Monett. Breakfast will be held from 7-9 a.m., with the poker run beginning at 9:30 a.m. The ride will be followed by a chili lunch with a raffle drawing at 2 p.m. The cost is $20 per bike in the poker run with an additional $10 for additional riders and $7 for the chili lunch. This event is sponsored by the American Guardians Motorcycle Club and aims to raise awareness about Lewy Body Dementia. For more information, call Alisha Stewart at 417-669-0663 or email

The Purdy High School Concert Choir will perform in the 2021 All-District Honor Choir Concert at 4:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 23 at Joplin High School. Admission is free.

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 1920’s 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.

CoxHealth is hosting a career fair in the Cox Monett Hospital lobby from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday, Oct. 25. This event offers potential job candidates an opportunity to meet leaders and learn about job opportunities. Job openings include environmental services, food services, patient financial services, registration, phlebotomy, home health and more. Other roles include psychiatric technicians, patient safety assistants, teachers and lead teachers with CoxHealth’s learning centers.

The Purdy High School Music Department will present its Fall musical, “Little Women,” at 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 5 and Saturday, Nov. 6 in the Performing Arts Center. Tickets are $5 each and may be purchased at the door.

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