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Wednesday, December 6, 2017

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.

Wheaton Christmas Parade scheduled for Saturday

The city of Wheaton will host its annual Christmas Parade on Saturday 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.

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