THURSDAY, JUNE 13 – THAYER:
A free “New to Medicare” class for individuals who are eligible for Medicare either due to turning age 65 or disability and plan to enroll in Medicare will be held at the Fun and Friends Senior Citizens Center in Thayer on Thursday, June 14th from 1:00 until 2:30. Individual counseling is available by appointment after the class. This will include information on A, B, C, and D. Seating is limited so registration is required. Call the Senior Citizens Center at 417-264-7354 to make your reservation.
THURSDAY, JUNE 14 – ALTON:
The Victory Freewill Baptist Church in Alton will hold an information class on “Human Trafficking” with speakers from “On Time Ministry” at 7:30. This is to make everyone aware that over 50,000 women and children are trafficked in the U.S. every year…and 55% child pornography comes from the U.S.
FRIDAY, JUNE 15 – THAYER:
Its Rodeo time again this Friday night at the Thayer/Mammoth Spring Rodeo arena beginning at 7:30. Cook shack will be open with hamburgers, hotdogs, Frito pie and nachos, cold drink, funnel cakes and snow cones. Lots of contest and excitement. (417-280-6335)
FRIDAY, JUNE 15 – WEST PLAINS:
A free movie night is Friday at 6:00 p.m. in the West Plains Public Library community room. The movie “Grease” starring John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John will be shown. Free popcorn and drinks will be served. (417-256-4775)
FRIDAY AND SATURDAY, JUNE 15 & 16 – West Plains:
The First United Methodist Church at 503 West Main in West Plains will hold a “Trash n Treasure Sale this Friday and Saturday from 7:00 a.m. until 7:00 p.m. All proceeds will go the youth missions.
SATURDAY, JUNE 16 – WEST PLAINS:
Dale and Carolyn Lovelace Smith of West Plains will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary this Saturday from 2:00 until 4:00 p.m. at the First Free Will Baptist Church in West Plains. Their children and grandchildren will host the celebration.
SATURDAY, JUNE 16 – CAMP:
The Camp VFD located on Highway 9 North between Salem and Mammoth Spring, will host a fish fry Saturday, June 16 beginning at 4:00 p.m. Cost of meal is by donations.
SATURDAY, JUNE 16 – WEST PLAINS:
A 50th year anniversary celebration for Richard and Cheri Simpson Beavers of West Plains will be held at the First Baptist Church in West Plains on Saturday, June 16th from 2:00 until 4:00 p.m. This occasion is being hosted by their daughter Erica Walker and husband Kyle and two grandchildren. They are long time educators in West Plains.
SATURDAY, JUNE 16 – THAYER:
The annual John Moody Taylor family reunion will be held on Saturday, June 16th at Sherwood Park in Thayer – Pot luck lunch at noon. Bring lawn chairs.
SATURDAY, JUNE 16 – RAVENDEN SPRINGS:
The 43rd Annual Ravenden Springs Homecoming will be held Saturday, June 16th at the old Ravenden Spring School with a potluck dinner at noon. Cost of Meal is $6.00 for adults and $3.00 for 12 and under. Proceeds will go to the upkeep of the building.
SUNDAY, JUNE 17 – WILLOW SPRINGS – singing
The Queen City Trio will perform at 2:00 p.m. Sunday at the First Baptist Church in Willow Spring. The event is sponsored by the Willow Springs Arts Council and the First Baptist Church. Tickets are $10.00 per person…12 and under free. For more information contact Barbara Nyden at 417-855-0505 or Rebecca Cash at 417-962-0979. On-line at www.willowspringsartscouncil.org.
TUESDAY, JUNE 19 – LICKING:
The Missouri Department of Conservation is offering a free “Beginner Kayaking” clinic starting Tuesday, June 19th at M.D.C’S George O. White Nursery near Licking, Mo. This is for individuals age 12 to 17 and be accompanied by an adult. This will include terminology, safety and basic paddling strokes. After a brief instructional session participants will get a change to test their kayaking skills on the nursery lake. Wear appropriate clothes and shoes for the water, no flip-flops. Bring drinking water. All other supplies will be provided. You must register on line at https.//mdc-event-web.s3licensing.com/Event/EventDetails/157567. For more information contact MDC Outdoor Skills Specialist Travis Mills at 417-256-7161 or on line at William.Mills@mdc.mo.gov.
THURSDAY, JUNE 21 – WEST PLAINS
Ozarks Medical Center’s (OMC) and the Community Blood Center of the Ozarks (CBCO) will host a blood drive Thursday, June 21, from noon until 6 p.m., at the Willard Hunter Classroom in the OMC Parkway Center. Blood donations got a little easier in February, thanks to a new automated donor questionnaire. CBCO implemented a new computer system, and donors experienced improved steps for blood donation. To take advantage of QuickPass, visit www.cbco.org the day of your blood drive, and find the link that will start the process. Consider making a difference by donating blood at the next blood drive. Every 2 seconds, someone in the U.S. needs blood. About 44,000 pints of blood are needed in the U.S. every day. Almost everyone will know someone in their lifetime that has had the need for blood. Only 38% of the population is eligible to donate, but only about 8% of those who are eligible actually donate. For more information, visit www.cbco.org, or call the OMC Public Relations Department at 417-257-6735.
FRIDAYS’ JUNE 22/29/July 6/13 – MAMMOTH SPRING:
Join the 5th annual Arkansas Game and Fish Commission at the Jim Hinkle Spring River State Fish Hatchery south of Mammoth Spring, beginning at 9 a.m. starting on Friday, June 22 and continuing for the next three Fridays to enjoy some angling action and knowledge about trout in The Natural State.
“Each Friday offers something a little different from the rest. The program begins with a 15- to 20-minute piece about some aspect of angling in The Natural State, and then it’s off to one of the hatchery’s ponds to enjoy some fast-paced fishing until the program wraps up at 11 a.m.
Workshop topics include everything from basic fish anatomy to angling ethics.
“Participants must be 6 to 15 years old and be accompanied by an adult. Anglers will be allowed to catch and keep or catch and release three trout. Equipment will be provided for the fly-fishing clinic, but kids will need to bring their own fishing equipment for the other dates. No live bait is permitted. There is no charge to participate in the programs. The hatchery is located approximately 2.5 miles south of Mammoth Spring, Arkansas.
Call 877-625-7521 to register for each event:
What’s in the Water and Fish Biology-Learn about fish anatomy, what they eat and what they need to survive.
Beginning Fly Fishing-Learn how to cast and catch trout on a fly rod and fly tying demonstrations.
Catch Preparation-Learn how to clean and cook your catch.
Angler Ethics – Discover how to enjoy the outdoors and help preserve it for the next angler.
SATURDAY, JUNE 23 – WEST PLAINS :
The first annual “Toys for Tots” 18 Hole Golf Tournament will be held at North Terra Golf Course in West Plains on Saturday, June 23rd with shotgun start at 12:30. 3-Player Scramble. Entry fee is $40.00 per person and an unwrapped gift for a child. Limited carts available at $20.00 a cart. Payout 100% payback minus cost of the course. Proceeds will go toward additional toys for local children. For more information contact Ben Grace at 417-255-3455 or the Golf Course at 417-256-9824.
SATURDAY, JUNE 23 – THAYER:
The Cotton Creek Free Will Baptist Church will hold an Ice Cream Social on Saturday, June 23rd at 6:00 p.m. in the church fellowship hall. Singing provided by Cathy Deckard and Jason McNabb. Pastor Russell Hensley and congregation welcome the entire family. If you would like to bring a dessert it would be appreciated but now required.
SUNDAY, JUNE 24 – WEST PLAINS – gospel sing:
The First General Baptist Church in West Plains will feature Brian Arnold of Branson, Mo., in concert Sunday evening, June 24th at 6:00 p.m. Pastor Bob Arnold and congregation welcome everyone. Brian Arnold Ministries at 731-986-5316.
TUESDAY, JULY 3 – ALTON:
Enjoy a free Fireworks display at the Piney Creek Park at dusk.
WEDNESDAY, JULY 4 – Thayer:
Thayer Chamber of Commerce and E-Communications invite you to Thayer Football Field beginning at 5 for a HUGE Firework FESTIVAL. Enjoy Food, Games, Contest, Giveaways, skydiving, Live music and and Air Evac demonstration. The evening will cap off with the area’s largest most spectacular fireworks show at dusk. Come join the celebration as we honor America.
Horseshoe Bend – Independence Day Parade and Celebration.
Cherokee Village – Thunderbird Air Show and Fireworks.
Salem – Fireworks in the Park.
Willow Springs – Main Street – beginning with a parade at 10:00 a.m.
Thomasville Community Center – Dawson Hollow Band at 4:00 and 7:00 p.m. music…fireworks at 9 p.m. Lots of activities and contest including Ugly Truck Contest, Homemade Ice Cream, hand crank freezer only, Duck Races, Ice Cream and Pie Parlor, little kid games, Anything goes contest at 5:00, American Legion honoring hometown veterans. Free admission free concessions. Facebook @ Thomasville Eleven Point Valley Community Center. Call 417-764-3701 for more information.
SUNDAY, JULY 22 – Perry’s in concert:
The Perry’s will be in concert at the First Baptist Church in Salem on Sunday, July 22 for an evening service.
SATURDAY, JULY 28 – WEST PLAINS:
Event: Back 2 School Bash
When: Saturday, July 28th, 7:30 am to -12:30 p.m.
Where: First Baptist Church West Plains; 202 Walnut Street, West Plains http://www.westplainsfirst.org/index.aspx
A Back 2 School Bash is a mission that we offer to our community in which we provide backpacks filled with school-supplies to those in need. Last year we gave away 500 backpacks and this year we’re hoping to give out 800. We also do a clothing share at the same time in which families can receive clothes for all school-age children. These are new or gently used clothing items. Before receiving any of these items, we do require families to register and sit through a presentation of the gospel. While families are waiting to go through the different areas, we have a play area in the front with a variety of activities. This year we’re going to do a carnival-like theme. Contact: Stephanie Huddleston @ 417-598-1297 or Kara Curnett @ 417-252-1806