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Saturday, October 16, 2021

The Pierce City Senior Center 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.

The Reborn Trio of Jonesboro, Ark. will be singing each evening and Sunday morning only at Ebenezer Baptist Church during its revival Friday, Oct. 15 through Sunday, Oct. 17. Speakers will be John Russell on Friday and Saturday and Edward Hatfield at 11 a.m. Sunday morning. Services start at 7 p.m. each evening. Ebenezer Baptist Church is located two miles north of Business Highway 60 on Chapell Drive or 22026 Lawrence 1090, 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.

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 from 1-3 p.m. in the gymnasium on Saturday, Oct. 16.

The American Red Cross will be hosting a community blood drive from 1-6 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.

The Monett Historical Society will hold a general membership meeting at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 19 at the Events Center of the Monett Museum at 418 Broadway. Mark Henderson will speak on the genesis of the mini Gillioz Theatre reproduction, how the effort developed and was completed. Anyone who is interested is invited to attend.

The Kings Prairie Special Road District will hold its regular monthly meeting at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 19 at Angus Branch Steakhouse in 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 Southwest Coalition of Charities event Clue Mystery Dinner Fundraiser slated for  Saturday, Oct. 23, has been canceled. Refunds for online ticket purchases are being processed.

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 Monett Historical Society is sponsoring a pumpkin carving contest. Carved pumpkins may be dropped off at the Monett Museum located at 422 Broadway, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday, Oct. 22 and from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday Oct. 23. Pumpkins will be on display at the museum from Tuesday, Oct. 26 through Saturday, Oct. 30, with prizes being awarded for first through third place. The first place winner will take home $50, the second place winner receives $40 and the third place winner receives $30. Pumpkins may be picked up by Saturday, Oct. 30 in time for Halloween.

The regular meeting of the Lawrence and Barry County Democrats will be held at 7 p.m. Monday, Oct. 25 at Angus Branch in Monett. Manny Abarca, the secretary f the Missouri Democratic Party has been invited to be the guest speaker. He is a leader in the Latino community in the Kansas City area. All interested Latinos and area Democrats are invited to attend. Those who would like to eat should arrive by 5:45-6 p.m. and will be paying for their own meals.

The Pierce City City-Wide Clean-up will be held Wednesday, Oct. 27 and Friday, Oct. 29 and will coincide with normal trash pick-up no later than 7 a.m. Each sanitation-paying resident is allowed to have one five-foot by five-foot square pile of waste for disposal. Residents are not permitted to dispose of tires, paint, oils, yard waste, lumber and refrigerants during the clean-up. For more information, call 417-476-5977.

The Monett Area YMCA will host a Trunk or Treat event from 5-7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 30. Activities will include games, inflatables, a hay ride, music, s’mores, hot dogs and pop corn and trunk or treating. Anyone who would like to volunteer or sponsor this year’s event is invited to email or call Dove Haney at 417-235-8213.

The Monett Lions Club will host a costume contest at the Monett Middle School Cafeteria from 4-6 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 31. There will be seven categories from newborns to adults. There will be a cash prize for first, second and third place winners in each category and treat bags for each participant.

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.

Pierce City Schools invites Veterans and their spouses to attend the Veterans Day Luncheon and Assembly at 11:30 a.m., Thursday, Nov. 11, at the Pierce City High School cafeteria. Those planning to attend should RSVP by calling 417-476-2515.

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