Local Events

The Ozark County Long-Term Recovery Committee will meet at 6 p.m. Monday, Dec. 4, at the Lions Club building on Third Street in Gainesville. Committee members are hoping representatives from area churches will join the committee as well as any other residents who are interested in working together...
Theodosia United Methodist Church in Theodosia will share “A Service of Hope and Healing at Christmas” at 6 p.m. Monday, Dec. 18. Everyone is invited. Organizers say the service recognizes that Christmas is a time of celebration and family but also acknowledges that in the midst of the season many...
Members of Sampson Masonic Lodge #298 in Theodosia will serve their regular first Saturday of the month community breakfast from  7 to 10 a.m.  Dec. 2 at the lodge on Highway 160 next to Lutie School in Theodosia. The menu will include scrambled eggs, sausage, biscuits and gravy, pancakes, waffles...

Nancy Walker says she’s grateful to Jimmy Fortner, owner of the old Senior Citizen Center on Third Street, for giving her and the other Ozark County Toy Drive volunteers access to the building well ahead of the Dec. 16 event so they have plenty of time for setup. If this year’s event follows past years’ experiences, more than 400 area children will find gifts under their Christmas tree that came through the efforts and donations of area residents who support the annual toy drive – an Ozark County tradition for decades. Times photo/Jessi Dreckman.
Volunteers throughout the county are working hard to get things ready for area residents who look forward to celebrating Christmas, Ozark County style.  Bakersfield: ‘Home Town Christmas’ The county’s first Christmas season event happens Saturday in Bakersfield, where Santa will be chatting up the...
First Christian Church in Gainesville invites area women to its annual ladies Christmas brunch (formerly the Christmas tea) to be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 2, at the church on Highway 160 east, across from Hoerman Memorial Park.  All women are invited, and no tickets are needed, but those...
The first Sunday fried chicken dinner fundraiser at The Center will be served from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Dec. 3. The meal includes a beverage and dessert. The cost is $8 for adults and $5 for children under 10 years of age.  Organizers say participants enjoy a delicious dinner while supporting...

Bakersfield’s sixth grade float, the Polar Express, won both the first place prize and the school-affiliated prize in last year’s Christmas parade in Bakersfield, where this year’s Christmas celebration will be held Dec. 2 with the theme “Home Town Christmas”  
Organizers are finalizing details for upcoming Ozark County Christmas events.  Bakersfield’s “Home Town Christmas” will be held Saturday, Dec. 2, beginning with  Breakfast with Santa from 9 to 11 a.m. in the school cafeteria. The menu includes pancakes and sausage, milk and coffee for $2 per person...
The Peitz Cancer Support House in Mountain Home, Arkansas, offers QuitSmart Tobacco Cessation classes free of charge to area residents.  Each participant will receive two weeks of nicotine patches, an artificial cigarette and a relaxation CD. The program is facilitated by a certified registered...
Thanksgiving events are being planned around the county, including a free community  dinner to be served at noon on Thanksgiving Day at VFW Post #5366 on HH Highway in Isabella. Another community meal will be served on Christmas Day. Facility manager Ruby Winslow said everyone is invited to the...
The November meeting of the Douglas/Ozark County unit of Missouri Retired Teachers and School Personnel will be held at 11:30 a.m. Tuesday, Nov, 14, at Autumn’s Cafe in Ava.  All retired teachers and school personnel are invited to attend. For more information, call 417-679-3712.

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