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Wednesday, November 24, 2021

22nd Annual Herrin Toy Drive underway

Herrin Animal Hospital is hosting the 22nd Annual Herrin Toy Drive, accepting toys through Dec. 15. People may drop a new, unwrapped toy off at 93 Smithson Drive in Cassville, or call to have a toy donation picked up. Toys are distributed by the Ozarks Area Community Action Corporation’s Barry County Neighborhood Center. For more information, people may call 417-847-5888.

OATS offering regular services

OATS Transit is open for regular transportation service. OATS Transit follows Federal Transit Administration requirements, which means face masks must be worn on public transit due to COVID-19 through Jan. 18, 2022. Please call the OATS Transit office at 417-887-9272 or 800-770-6287 to schedule a ride or find out about service in the area. People can also visit the OATS website at and click on a county under the tab “Bus Schedules” to view a local schedule. OATS Transit is available to the rural general public of any age, seniors, and individuals with disabilities. It also contracts with a number of agencies to serve their clients. Please note: OATS Transit offices will be closed and regular routes will not be running on Dec. 24 and 31 due to observance of the holidays.

Purdy schools hosting numerous events

This week, the Purdy High School FBLA Chapter and AmeriCorps Reading Coaches are hosting their annual Thanksgiving Food Drive. Community members are invited to contribute canned or prepackaged, nonperishable food to the drive at any school office, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. any school day. On Thursday, Purdy Elementary fourth and sixth grades’ general music students and Eagle Echoes audition choir will present “A Kid’s Life - A How-To Musical Guide to the Most Daring, Dangerous, Exciting Time…Like…Ever!” at 7 p.m. in the Purdy Performing Arts Center. Admission to the performance is free. On Dec. 2, Purdy Elementary third and fifth grade general music students and Eagle Echoes audition choir will present “The Great Big Holiday Bake Off - A Confectionary Christmas Musical” at 7 p.m. in the Purdy Performing Arts Center. Admission to the performance is free.

Seligman dances ongoing each Saturday

The Seligman Chamber of Commerce country dances at the Seligman Chamber Event Center are every Saturday from 7-10 p.m. No alcohol is allowed. Admission is $10 per person, and 18-and-under are free. There is a potluck, 50-50 drawing and door prizes. For more information, people may call 417-662-3612.

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