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Wednesday, April 21, 2021

Roaring River Nature Center hosting Earth Day celebration

Join the Roaring River State Park Ozark Chinquapin Nature Center on April 24 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. for Earth Day 2021 and learn how to make a difference in preserving Missouri’s natural resources. Community partners will be at the park to provide games and crafts, and the Department of Conservation will be handing out native trees. This event is free and open to the public. For more information, people may call 417-847-3742.

Alumni Banquet scheduled

The annual Cassville High School Alumni Association Banquet will be May 29 in the CHS Commons Area. Doors will open at 5 p.m. with dinner served at 6 p.m. Dinner and dues are $15. Any class having a special reunion may contact Kay Baker at 417-847-4219 to make reservations.

Republican Club to meet

The Barry County Republican Club will hold its monthly meeting at the Angus Branch Steakhouse in Monett on April 22 at 6:30 p.m.

Central Crossing Senior Center reopening May 3

After almost 14 months of being closed because of COVID-19, the Senior Center is reopening on May 3 for activities only. Masks and social distancing, where possible, will be practiced. A frozen, drive-up lunch will still be offered, however, people will have to leave the building to pick it up and eat it. No meals may be eaten in the building. A hot meal will be offered by drive up weekly but it too, must be eaten elsewhere. “We look forward to welcoming each and every one of you back for socializing and fun,” a Center release said. For additional information, people may call the center Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at 417-858-6952. The Senior Center is located at 20801 YY-15 in Shell Knob. Check out the website any time at www.shellknobseniorsinc.org. 

Blood drive to be held in Cassville

The Community Blood Center of the Ozarks will host a Cassville Community Blood Drive on Friday from 1-6 p.m. at St. Edwards Catholic Church hall, located at 107 W. 17th St. in Cassville. Successful donors will receive a navy blue T-shirt that tells others how proud the donor is to be a “locally sourced” lifesaver. Appointments are strongly encouraged for this blood drive but are not necessary. Make an appointment to give at https://www.cbco.org/donate-blood/. Masks are required at this blood drive and will be provided for anyone who does not have one. On behalf of local hospital patients, CBCO thanks blood donors from across the region for giving life to the community.

Lawrence and Barry County Democrats set meeting

The Lawrence and Barry County Democrats will hold their regular monthly meeting on Monday at the Angus Branch Steakhouse, located at 114 Chapel Dr. in Monett. This is a change in meeting dates from Thursday to Monday. The meeting will start at 7 p.m. Those wishing to eat should arrive by 5:45-6 p.m.

Barry Electric Annual Meeting set for Thursday

The Barry Electric Cooperative’s Annual Meeting has been scheduled for Thursday. Registration and voting at the meeting will begin at noon, and the business session will be called to order at 1 p.m. Early registration and voting is ongoing at the Barry Electric office, during regular business hours, through Thursday at 10 a.m. Members who voted early will not be allowed to vote again at the Annual Meeting. Candidates on the ballot include: 

• District 1 Candidate: Ronnie Thomas

• District 2 Candidate: Connie Butler

• District 3 Candidates: Richard Asbill and Aubrey Wolf

SKITS spring play ‘Farce of Nature’ set for April

The SKITS board of directors has announced the spring play “Farce of Nature” will have a three-night presentation, scheduled for Friday through Sunday. The play was originally set to run in 2020, but due to coronavirus and ensuing complications, the play was postponed. The SKITS directors have indicated that social distancing will be observed during the performances and precautions will be taken to ensure that proper sanitation guidelines will be followed to protect the audience during the performances. At this point, it is anticipated that attendance for each show will be approximately half of normal capacity due to the implementation of social distancing. The SKITS theater group is looking forward to performing “Farce of Nature” for all attending patrons.

Seligman dances ongoing each Saturday

The Seligman Chamber of Commerce dances at the Seligman Chamber Event Center are every Saturday at 7 p.m. Everyone is also asked to bring a snack to share. For more information, people may call 417-662-3612.

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