EACH WEDNESDAY– THAYER:
Tune in to AM 1290 The Gift 103.7 FM every Wednesday from 7:30 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. for Power Source Prayer Line. During the show listeners can call in prayer requests, victories, and personal scriptures. Call 417-264-7063.
EACH WEDNESDAY – MAMMOTH SPRING:
Pastor Bill Neptune at the Mammoth Spring 7th Day Adventist Church said the Community Outreach is open taking clothing and small items and appliances that work. Drop by 250 N. 5th St. in Mammoth Spring any Wednesday between 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. For more info phone 870-625-1504.
EACH THURSDAY – CHEROKEE VILLAGE:
The Arts Center of North Arkansas will present a Fall season of “Center Stage” at the gazebo at the town center in Cherokee Village. Live music every week will be highlighted every Thursday evening beginning at 6 pm. Bring your own seating and snacks. Enjoy great local entertainment with your friends. The event is free.
DECEMBER – HOWELL COUNTY:
The annual tax season has begun according to Howell County Tax Collector Larry Spence. Taxpayers have until December 31st every year to pay their current year taxes without penalty. Persons with questions about their tax statement may call 417-256-4001. Or come by the Howell County Collector’s Office during normal business hours.
EACH WEDNESDAY – HARDY:
The Hardy First Baptist Church on Main St. in Hardy offers a free lunch each Wednesday to families and individuals in need of a good meal. The mission project is called “Super Wednesdays”. Lunch is served beginning at 11 a.m. No charge. For more information, please call the church at (870) 856-3767.
DECEMBER – REMINDER – THAYER:
A great reminder for Christmas. The Ozarks Medical Center Thrift Store is open and running! Shoppers are welcome to come into the new location on 6th St. The store accepts almost anything including clothes, furniture, toys, books, small appliances, and household items. All proceeds from the sale of things in the store go to the OMC Foundation for the many projects they are currently working on. Store hours are Tuesday through Saturday 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The store accepts donations anytime during business hours. If you have questions, call 417-264-2028. Ozarks Medical Center also has locations in West Plains on Porter Wagoner Blvd. and 2nd street in Mountain View. Thanks in advance for supporting the foundation of Ozarks Medical Center.
AREA BLOOD DRIVES: The Community Blood Center of the Ozarks
The Community Blood Center of the Ozarks will be holding the following blood drives around the area:
Houston, Missouri – Friday, December 21, 2018 – 1 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. 1st Christian Church
THE AMERICAN RED CROSS BLOOD DRIVES – DECEMBER:
The American Red Cross urgently needs blood and platelet donors to give now to ensure blood is available for medical treatments and emergencies during the holiday season. Blood and platelet donations often decline during the holidays when regular donors are busy with holiday activities and travel. Snowstorms and severe winter weather may also cause blood drive cancellations and further impact donations. Please visit our website for Blood Drive locations near you. https://www.redcrossblood.org/
ON GOING – DECEMBER 31 – WEST PLAINS:
Southern Bank is collecting items for the West Plains Giving Tree. Help others in your community by donating the following non-perishable items: canned food, snack type foods, drinks (water & juice), personal hygiene products (soap, toothbrushes, toilet paper, deodorant), and canned pet foods. For an extended list please contact Southern Bank, or message the Giving Tree on Facebook. Items can be taken to 960 Preacher Roe Blvd, West Plains, MO 65775.
ON GOING – OREGON COUNTY, MISSOURI:
The Mitten Trees are up in Harps and Dollar General in Alton also Harps and Walmart in Thayer. If you would like to help children from our communities to have a merry Christmas stop by and pick up a Mitten. Shop for the child on the mitten, place items in a bag with the mitten attached and return to a Harps store or to Walmart in Thayer by December 14th. The Mitten Tree was established in 1985 and is sponsored by individuals and churches in our communities through shopping, monetary donations, or sponsoring a Mitten Tree in your church or business. We appreciate everyone’s help with this local mission.
The Salvation Army is still in need for volunteers for bell ringing through December 22. If you would like to volunteer, call Larry Sisson at 817-706-1896 or Charlie Trantham at 417-270-0097 or Ozark Action in West Plains at 417-256-6147.
DECEMBER 10 – 20 : THAYER:
Echos of the Past Village will be open to the public again this year from December 10th through December 25th to view the Christmas lights from 6 p.m. until 10 p.m. nightly. The Ministerial Alliance will host their fund raiser, a live nativity, on Friday the 16th (Rain Date Change) and will be collecting donations that night. There will be hot chocolate and a place for roasting marshmallows. ($5 and a canned good per car) Please observe the one-way traffic flow. There is a donation box at the entrance to the village for those so inclined. Wishing you all a safe and joyous holiday season!
FRIDAY, DECEMBER 14 – WEST PLAINS:
The Buddy Walk holiday party will be held Friday, December 14th at Endurance Church, 805 Worley Drive in West Plains from 6:00 until 9:00 p.m. hot dogs, chips, snacks and holiday treats will be served. Mr. and Mrs. Santa Claus will make an appearance. Gifts will be available for those that RSVP by December 12th by calling 417-274-9544 and leaving a message.
SATURDAY, DECEMBER 15 – MOODY:
The County Line Coon Hunters in Moody, Missouri will have a hunt Saturday night. This will be a hunt only Dogs will need to be registered in by 7 p.m. and hunt to follow. For more information call 417-293-7977
SATURDAY, DECEMBER 15 – MAMMOTH SPRING:
Simmons Bank will be hosting “Cookies with Santa” from 10 a.m to 2 p.m. in the Community Room. For more information contact Laura Gaines and the Spring River Bears 4H at 870-710-2448. $5 per picture. All proceeds go to St Jude’s Children’s Hospital.
SATURDAY, DECEMBER 15 – WEST PLAINS:
The Chamber of Commerce Christmas Parade will take place on Saturday, December 8, 2018. This year’s Parade theme is “Unwrap the Magic“. The Parade will begin at 4:00 p.m. at the corner of Porter Wagoner and Missouri Avenue, travel down Porter Wagoner past People’s Park rounding the corner onto West Main and then disbursing at the corner of West Main & Preacher Roe Blvd. at the 4 way stop. Christmas Parade entry forms will be available beginning November 1st at the Chamber Office, 401 Jefferson Avenue. All those who wish to participate in the parade must register in advance. A panel of judges from neighboring communities will evaluate entries on Originality, Workmanship and Relevance to the Parade Theme. First and Second Place prizes will be awarded in three categories: Commercial, Religious and Miscellaneous, plus an overall Grand Prize.
SATURDAY, DECEMBER 15 – ASH FLAT:
The Sharp County Sheriff’s Office will conduct their annual Shop with a Cop event at 8 a.m. at Ash Flat Walmart. Applications for Shop with a Cop are being accepted at the Sharp County Sheriff’s Office in Ash Flat, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. For more information or if you would like to donate to Shop with a Cop, call the Sheriff’s office at 870-994-7356.
SATURDAY, DECEMBER 15 – CAULFIELD:
The Caulfield Fire Department is hosting a dinner with Santa event from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Saturday at the Caulfield Fire Station. The meal is a home style Turkey dinner and the cost is $10 per plate, with proceeds benefiting the Fire Department. A special election will also be held at the event.
SATURDAY, DECEMBER 15 – THAYER:
“Shop with a Cop” will be held Saturday, December 15 that 10 a.m. at Thayer Walmart. Applications must be turned in by Friday, November 30th. Children must be 12 and younger. This is made possible by donations. Give your donations to any Thayer Cop or stop by the Police Station. These donations and giving to the Mitten Tree and local churches help our children to have gifts for Christmas.
SATURDAY, DECEMBER 15 – WEST PLAINS:
Grab the coat and family and head to Downtown West Plains from 4 p.m to 6:30 p.m. for an afternoon of holiday fun for the whole family! Enjoy a visit from Santa Claus and Santa photo station, caroling by local choirs, train rides around the square, vendor booths set up selling various items, downtown businesses will be opening their doors for this special event, and a “Letters to Santa” Mailbox will be available to send out those letters to Santa Claus. Come ready to celebrate our 7th Annual Lighting of the Tree on the Courthouse lawn.
SATURDAY, DECEMBER 15 – THAYER:
Breakfast with Santa 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. in the Thayer Elementary Cafeteria. Breakfast will be $3 adults and $2 children. Pictures will be available $1 each. This event is sponsored by the Boys and Girls Club of Thayer.
SUNDAY, DECEMBER 16 – ALTON:
The Alton Senior Center is having a food drive through Sunday, December 16th. Donations may be dropped off at the center. They are also holding a blanket drive to help keep seniors warm this winter. If you would like to donate for either of these projects contact the Senior Center at 417-778-7341.
TUESDAY, DECEMBER 18 – WEST PLAINS:
The Imaginary Theater Company’s production of “The Christmas Skates” will be held at the West Plains Civic Center Theater on Tuesday at 7:00 p.m. Tickets are $5 for adults and students with a Bear Pass Id and children ages 13 and younger will be admitted free. For more information call 417-255-7966 or email email@example.com.
SATURDAY, DECEMBER 22 – DONIPHAN:
Ripley County Toys for Tots will be at the West Point Church in Doniphan and will begin at noon. Anyone can participate. No pre-registration needed. For more information, call 573-429-6270.
SATURDAY, DECEMBER 22 – KOSHKONONG:
Koskonong Sparkle & Shine it’s Christmas Time Parade will be at 1 p.m. Other events will include: Breakfast with Santa and Mrs. Claus in the Elementary Cafeteria 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. brought to you by the Kosh 5th grade all proceeds will go to St. Judes. Pictures will be available until 11 a.m. No fee for the pictures, all will be uploaded to the Koshkonong 2018 parade event page on Facebook to save and share. Mr. and Mrs. Merry Christmas crowning in the High School Gym at 11 a.m. The line up for the parade will be behind the school, if you have animals please park at the ball field. There will be lunch at the Senor Citizens from 12 p.m. until 2 p.m. Cash prizes for best over all float, best antique automobile or tractor, equine, livestock, or other farm animal, and band. $50 for first, $30 for second, and $20 for third place. Prizes will be awarded right before the parade starts.
Thayer – Saturday, December 15 – 2:00 p.m. The line up location will be at the old Elementary School on Chestnut St.
Mammoth Spring – Saturday, December 15 – 6:00 p.m.
West Plains – Saturday, December 15 – 2:00 p.m.
Hardy – Saturday, December 15 – 11 a.m.
Koshkonong – Saturday, December 22– 1:00 p.m.
SATURDAY, JANUARY 12 – WEST PLAINS:
Make plans to join the West Plains High School ZCAPS program for a celebration and appreciation event for the community. The ZCAPS program will be hosting Zizzerfest January 12 from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the West Plains High School gym and cafeteria. The event will include vendors, food, carnival games, live music, a chili cook-off, and more. Proceeds form the event will benefit the Martha Vance Samaritan Outreach Center. If anyone is interested in entering the chili cook off or making any donations, contact Lori at 417-257-7792
FRIDAY AND SATURDAY, MARCH 29-30 – WEST PLAINS:
Kelly Minter’s Cultivate Women’s Event. First Baptist Church in West Plains, Missouri. For more information check out her Facebook post: https://www.facebook.com/events/229545157773367/