Herrin Animal Hospital Toy Drive kicking off
Herrin Animal Hospital in Cassville is hosting its 18th annual Holiday Toy Drive. The staff will collect toys through Dec. 13. New toys will be distributed to children in need by the Ozark Community Action Corporation’s Barry County Neighborhood Center in time for Christmas. “It is always a special time for us when we load up the truck with toys every year,” said Dr. Herrin, owner of the hospital. My staff and I really enjoy participating in this and our friends and clients always amaze us with their generosity. We look forward to this every year.” Everyone is encouraged to help local children in need by bringing a new toy to the hospital, located at 95 Smithson Drive. People may call 417-847-5888 for more information.
Central Crossing Senior Center to host 14th annual lighting of the tree and star
The Lighting of the Tree and Star is about to kick off the Christmas Season in Shell Knob at the Central Crossing Senior Center on Friday. The entire community is invited and the event is jam-packed with family fun. Doors will open at 5 pm. Shell Knob Elementary’s kindergarten through fifth-grade students will present their Christmas Program. Santa and his wife, Mrs. Clause, have promised to break into their busy schedule and visit with the children during this event. They’ll be passing out stockings packed with goodies for all the kids. Then, children, young and not-so-young, will go on to enjoy the soup, chili and cookies, provided jointly by Shell Knob Seniors, Inc. and Shell Knob Elementary School. Local talent will offer a program and at 5:30 pm, the tree and huge star overlooking the community will be lit. The Senior Center is located at 20801 Hwy. YY-15 in Shell Knob.
Cassville Christmas Parade marching down Main Dec. 2
The 2017 Cassville Christmas Parade will be held on Main Street on Saturday beginning at 6 p.m. Entries will begin lining up at Cassville High School at 4 p.m. Division prizes include the Kids Choice Award, sponsored by Hutchens Construction, and the prize is $1,000 for the best float. Other categories include religious, non-religious, commercial, marching bands, single-unit vehicles and horse drawn. The parade will conclude on Clover Street. For more information or to enter, people may call 417-847-2814.
Wheaton Christmas Parade scheduled for Dec. 9
The city of Wheaton will host its annual Christmas Parade on Dec. 9 at 6 p.m., with the line-up at Body of Christ Ministries between 5 and 5:30 p.m. Those who wish to be in the parade should call 417-652-3314, or after 4 p.m., call 417-350-7522. People may come have their picture taken with Santa, and receive a bag of candy prior to the parade, from 4-5:30 p.m., or after the parade at the train depot. There will also be chili, hot dogs, hot chocolate and cookies after the parade.
Ozark Festival Orchestra to perform ‘Messiah’ in Cassville
The Ozark Festival Orchestra, soloists and a community choir will perform selections from Handel’s “Messiah” at 7 p.m. On Dec. 16 at the Family Life Center of the First Baptist Church, 602 West St. in Cassville. Singers from the Cassville area are still welcome to join rehearsals for the community choir, which are being held at 2 p.m. Sundays at the First United Methodist Church, 1600 N. Central in Monett. Scores will be provided. Jerry Ragsdale is preparing the choir. For additional information, people may call Todd Borgmann, OFO music director, at 417-635-2004.