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Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Cassville Christmas Parade being organized

The Cassville Area Chamber of Commerce will hold the annual Christmas Parade on Dec. 3 at 6 p.m. Trophies will be awarded to religious, non-religious, commercial divisions, marching bands, and horse drawn entries. The single-unit division will receive trophies for best decorated, oldest and most unusual. All float entries will be entered for the Kids Choice Award, sponsored by Hutchens Construction, with a one grand prize winner for $1,000. Entry forms are due Nov. 28 by 4:30 p.m. The parade will begin at Cassville High School and Farm Road 2182, or Clover Street. For information about the parade, people may call the Chamber office at 417-847-2814.

Purdy Christmas parade set for Dec. 17

The City of Purdy Christmas Parade will begin at 10 a.m. on Dec. 17. There is no entry fee. Entries will be accepted for floats, bands, flags, antique vehicles, etc. until Dec. 13. There will be sandwiches, snacks and pictures with Santa after the parade at The Gathering Place in Purdy. Part of the proceeds from the sale of snacks will go to the Community Pantry. People may call Ken or Julie Terry for more information at 417-442-3018.

Barry County Democrats to meet Thursday

Barry County Democrats will meet on Thursday at the Cassville Branch Library meeting room for their annual Thanksgiving Dinner. The dinner will begin at 6:00 p.m. The meat, drinks and table service will be provided, and participants are asked to bring a side dish, such as salad, vegetables or dessert. The public is invited to attend, but should RSVP no later than Monday to Nolan McNeill at 847-2893 or Ruth Thompson at 847-3753.

Church to deliver Thanksgiving meals to seniors

On Thanksgiving Day, First Baptist Church in Cassville will deliver hot meals to homebound individuals. Anyone who is homebound or would like to submit the name of a homebound individual to receive a meal may call the church's office at 417-847-2965 by Nov. 18.

First Baptist collecting supplies for shoeboxes

With holiday supplies already covering the store shelves, individuals, families, churches and groups in and around Cassville are working to make Christmas a reality for kids in need around the world by filling shoeboxes with toys, school supplies, hygiene items and notes of encouragement. Especially during November, Operation Christmas Child is moving into high gear while Cassville-area volunteers prepare to collect hundreds of gift-filled shoeboxes during National Collection Week, Nov. 14-21. Anyone can drop off a gift-filled shoebox to send to a child overseas. On arrival, using whatever means necessary -- trucks, trains, boats, bikes, and even elephants and camels -- the shoebox gifts will then be hand-delivered to children worldwide. For many children, this shoebox gift will be the first gift they have ever received. Drop off information: Nov. 14-20 from noon to 5 p.m. at First Baptist Church, located at 602 West St. People can also drop off items at the church on Nov. 21 from 8 a.m. to noon. Empty shoeboxes can be picked up at First Baptist, along with a lift of gift ideas for boys and girls. For more information about how to participate in Operation Christmas Child, people may call 417-847-2965 or visit samaritanspurse.org.

Santa Train Ride seeking sponsors

The For the Kids Foster/Adoptive Parents Association is working once again with Seligman Chamber of Commerce and A&M Railroad to put on the Santa Train Ride Dec. 17 and 18 and needs sponsors. Levels are $50, $100, $250, and $500. Any group or business who would like to become a sponsor should contact Lynette Bailey at 417-489-7903. All of the sponsorship money goes to For the Kids, which covers Barry, Lawrence and Stone counties. All sponsors will have their names listed on the flyers, which will be displayed all around the local communities, Facebook and in the newspapers.

Central Crossing Senior Center offering Medicare assistance

Open enrollment for Medicare is from Oct. 15 to Dec. 7, and the Central Crossing Senior Center will have a Medicare trained assistance team available for free at its building. People may call 417-848-1234 to make an appointment with the team. In the past few weeks, the center has saved seniors $133,264.40.

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