Community Calendar

MAY:

The Spring River Lions Club is collecting eye glasses. The glasses collected will be sent to one of the ten regional centers in the United States where they will be sorted, separated and cleaned then distributed. If you have eye glasses that have something wrong with them, they will be repaired. The Lions Club has boxes set up in the city hall in Thayer and Mammoth Spring where glasses can be dropped off during City Hall’s business hours which is Monday through Friday from 8:00 till 4:30.

THE MONTH OF MAY:

A musical every Friday and Saturday night at the Hardy Junction Music, Hiway 62/412 West of Hardy. Friday night is no amps night at Saturday is live band. Musical is from 6:30 to 8:30 each night. Admission is by donation. This Saturday night enjoy –(Info – 870-856-4600)

May 21 – Country Bluegrass

May 28 – Buzzard Run Bluegrass

May – American Pickers:

The Crew of American Pickers that is seen on TV each week, will beginning filming a TV special in Missouri starting in May. Mike Wolfe and Frank Fritz are the two most skilled pickers in the business as they hunt for American’s most valuable antiques, from motorcycles, classic cars and bicycles to one-of-a-kind vintage memorabilia. They are looking for leads and would love explore your buried treasures. They are excited to find things they’ve never seen before and learn the story behind it. If you or someone you know that has a large collection send you name, phone number, location and description or the collection to www.americanpickers@cineflix.com or call 855-old-rust (855-653-7878)

May 19- lifeguard class – West Plains:

The Missouri State University West Plains will host two lifeguard courses on May 16 and 17 and one on May 18th and 19th at the West Plains Civic Center. Candidates must pass a written exam with a score of 80 percent or higher, pass individual technical performance exams and pass simulation practical exams to qualify for licensing. This is the Jeff Ellis an Associates International Lifeguard Training Program. Cost is $121.00. This covers an online course and test, a completion card and tuition cost. The first 12 students to register for each session will be accepted. This course is required if you plan to work at the local pools. For more information or to register call 417-255-7966.

FRIDAY, MAY 20 – SALEM, ARK

A Southern gospel group “Servant’s Heart” will be singing this Friday night at the Salem First Baptist Church, Hiway 62 East at 7:00 p.m. They will be singing old and new songs. For more information contact Bro. Tom Doty at 870-895-2330 or 870-926-9934. Free Admission, but love offering will be taken. Everyone welcome.

SATURDAY, MAY 21 – THAYER

The Thayer Eagles, South of Thayer on old Hiway 63..(across from Steed’s Trucking) will serve a Bar-b-q- Chicken Dinner this Saturday from 5:00 till 7:00 p.m. Cost is $6.00..Carry Outs $7.00. All Proceeds will go to the American Cancer Society. Following dinner there will be Karaoke by Larry.

SATURDAY, MAY 20 & 21 – HARRISON, ARK

This Friday and Saturday is the 26th annual Crawdad Days in Harrison, Arkansas. There will be a carnival set up with lots of rides, food, crafts and vendors. Free concert both Friday and Saturday evening. Runners will hold a 5-K run at 8:00 am Saturday. Canoe ride, pony rides, rubber duck races and crawfish eating contest at 11:30 Saturday morning. Car Show that grow bigger each year. (Info – www.crawdaddays.org or call 870-741-2659)  

May 21:

The Spring Bluegrass/Country Festival, a fundraiser for the George D. Hay Society of West Plains, will be held on Saturday, May 21st from 6:00 till 9;00 p.m. at the Star Theatre in Willow Spring. Seating is limited. Admission is $10.00.12 and under free. Performers include New Kentucky Colonels of West Plains, Red Bridge Bluegrass of Ozark, Mo. and Don Joy and Melanie Lynn of Lynchburg, Mo. For tickets call 417-293-3367.

SATURDAY, MAY 21 – MAMMOTH SPRING – motorcycle ride and bar-b-q

The Mammoth Spring First Baptist Church will host their 6th annual “John Romine Memorial” Freedom Run on Saturday, May 21st. Meet at Simmons Bank. Sign up starts at 9:00 a.m. leave at 10:00 a.m. Everyone welcome. Following the ride a BBQ dinner will be served.   For more information Contact the church at 870-625-3273, Keith Goodman 870-710-2476 or Jeff Case 417-293-7867.

FRIDAY, MAY 27 – Thayer:

The Caboose Welcome Center, located by McDonalds in Thayer will open Friday, May 27th, Memorial Day Weekend. The regular operating hours are Monday through Saturday from 9:00 till 4; 00 p.m. and Sunday’s 2:00 till 5:00. They will have t-shirts (classic and contemporary designs) for sale. Proceeds will go to help maintain the Welcome Center. Sponsored by the Thayer Chamber of Commerce.

SATURDAY, MAY 28 –West Plains:

The Lifeline Church West Plains is hosting the Carnival for Life. All proceeds will go to the Relay For Life. The event will be held at the Galloway Park in West Plains. It will start at 12 and end at 6. We will have booths available for $10 if anyone should be interested. It will be fun games for the whole family with concession. Anyone with questions could contact me at 417-280-1265.

May 27-28: Alton High School Alumni Reunions & Banquet dates:
AHS 1966 class reunion at the Riverbend Rest in Mammoth Spring banquet room
reserved for 6:00 P.M.  Contact Betty Shy Sullivan (417) 764-3357

May 28thJoin
AHS class of 1966 for social time from 3-5:00 P.M. Alton First Baptist Church at Tucker Creek and HWY 19S   All alumni, former students and teachers are welcome.  Contact Betty Shy Sullivan (417) 764-3357

May 28:         
AHS Alumni Banquet at Alton FEMA Bldg
Honored classes: 2006, 1991 and 1966. Registration 4:30 P.M. Dinner $10.00 adults (child under 12 yrs free)

All alumni, former students and teachers welcomed. Any questions please call Betty Sullivan (417) 764-3357  

 THURSDAY, MAY 31 –

A preview Derby Fashions will be held at the West Plains Opera House on Thursday, March 31st at 630 p.m. (Happy hour at 5:30.) You will be able to purchase fashions that will be perfect for the West Plains Derby Social that will be held on Saturday, May 7th Tickets are $25.00. Proceeds will benefit the Boys and Girls Club. For more information call 417-204-2582.

SUNDAY, MAY 29 – Birch Tree:

The First Baptist Church in Birch Tree is holding a free seminar May 29th at 11 am with John Stroop of Springfield as the guest speaker.  He will be addressing the topic of addiction and providing a path of turning your life around.  John Stroop is from Freeway Ministries and has a proven process of dealing with addiction. For more information please call Pam Neal @ 417-247-0460 or James Neal @ 417-247-0805.

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 1 – Alton – (contest June 11th)

The Oregon County Fair Queen Contest will be held on Saturday, June 11th at 6:00 p.m. at the Alton High School Gym. All entries for fair queen must include contestants name, date of birth, county address and a typed essay and be between the ages of 14 and 18 years of age and a resident of Oregon County. Mail to Fair Office, P.O. Box 97, Alton, Missouri 65606 on or before June 1st. The duties of the Queen will include handing out prizes at the kid’s games, mid-day activity winners, contestant’s winners and performers at Family Night on Saturday, June 18th. Sponsored by Clary Funeral Home and Alton Florist. Queen entry also includes: model “fair attire” Share their talent, hobby, skill in demonstration or performance. And will give a 3-5 minute speech and answer a question from judges.

JUNE 2 – 4 – WEST PLAINS:

The HOBA Bluegrass Festivals in West Plains will be held June 2nd through the 4th and September 22, 23,24th. For more information contact them at www.hobabluegrass.wix.com/home or 888-256-8835 or tourism@westplains.net.

On or before August 1 – The Mammoth Spring ABC Preschool is taking applications for school this coming fall. Child must be 3 or 4 years old on or before August 1st. If you are interested in having your child attend preschool call of stop by the Mammoth Spring Elementary Office to get an enrollment packet. This is a full day program. They serve breakfast, lunch and snacks and offer a developmentally appropriate program.

THURSDAY, JUNE 9 – Eminence:

The Nature Conservancy and Pioneer Forest invites area landowners to join them on a tour of Pioneer Forest harvest operations. Learn the basics steps to completing a successful timber sale and see first-hand the benefits of managing your woods for wildlife, forest health, income, and water quality. The tour will take place near Eminence, MO, on Thursday, June 9th from 5:30pm – 8pm. Space is limited so registration is required. A light dinner will be provided and continuing education credits are available for professional timber harvesters. Please call 573-323-8790 to register.

SATURDAY, JUNE 11 – MAMMOTH SPRING:

The kid’s 30th annual fishing derby will be held on Saturday, June 11th from 9:00 till 2;00 p.m. at the at the Jim Hinkle Spring River State Fish Hatchery (Dam 3) 3 miles South of Mammoth Spring off Hiway 63. Free Fishing for anglers up to 12 years of age. Free event.

 

JUNE 17 & 24 – MAMMOTH SPRING:

The Arkansas Game and Fish Commission’s Jim Hinkle Spring River Hatchery, 3 miles south of Mammoth Spring, off of HIWAY 63 (Dam 3), will host a summer youth fishing called Fishing Friday’s. Starting June 17th youth 6 to 14 years old can fish from 8:00 till 10:00 a.m. This program requires adult supervision and is free to the public. The dates to fish are June 17th and 24th and again on July 1 and 8th. For more information call 877-625-7521.

June 17 & 18 – West Plains:

The Old Time Music, Ozark Heritage Festival is celebrating their 22nd year on Friday and Saturday June 17th and 18th in downtown West Plains. Admissions to all events are free. Lots of entertainment, old-time and folk music. The Southern Belle Grandmothers Club of West Plains will host their annual quilt show in the Magnolia Room of the west plains civic center. Lots of beautiful hand crafted quilts will be on display. For more information e-mail info@westplainsarts.org.  

June 17-19

Oregon County 4-H presents the “Retro Oregon County Fair” in Alton, MO (Hwy 160 East in Lyon’s Park) which hasn’t happened in years! Starting Friday at the FEMA & Multipurpose Building at 5 pm – 10 pm, Also. Rodeo at the Thayer Arena starting at 7:30 pm. Saturday June 18, activities starting at 7:30 am Judging of the exhibits from the FEMA & Multipurpose entries. Bull bingo, kid’s games, Mr. & Miss Photogenic contest at 11 am, cutest boy & girl contest, fashion revue show, Jr. ranch hand contest at 6 pm. Hungry Human Hippo contest at 7pm, any thing goes contest & coon dog tree contest, or enter in the Agnes Adrian Canning, Many more activities to numerous to mention. Cash prizes!! In Concert Travis Tyler in Concert at 9:30 pm. Sunday the 19th activities start at the FEMA & Multipurpose Building. Pick up a booklet at KKountry 95 studios or any of local businesses for information or to enter in any of these contests please call fair office 417-778-7490.

 

JULY 1 & 8 – MAMMOTH SPRING:

The Arkansas Game and Fish Commission’s Jim Hinkle Spring River Hatchery, 3 miles south of Mammoth Spring, off of HIWAY 63 (Dam 3), will host a summer youth fishing program called Fishing Friday’s. Starting July 1st youth 6 to 14 years old can fish from 8:00 till 10:00 a.m. This program requires adult supervision and is free to the public. The dates to fish are July 1 and 8th. For more information call  877-625-7521.

NOW UNTIL JULY 25 –Salem, AR:

The Fulton County Fair Association is accepting reservations for commercial booth space for the 2016 county fair. Booths will be located in the new Salem Civic Center and the cost is $60.00 for a 10 x 10 booth space, plus $5.00 for electricity. Outside booths cost is $100.00…plus $10.00 for electricity. Booths set up Are Monday through Saturday, July 25th to July 30th. (For more information call 870-895-5565 or e-mail clewis@fultoncountryfair.org.

JULY 29-30-31 –

A Chuck Wagon Race will be held at the Flying R Ranch July 29th, 30th and 31st. This will be a Midwest Chuck Wagon sanctioned Race and more details will be available later. (Info – 417-469-2267)

AUGUST 11 TO 13 – CAVE CITY WATERMELON FEST:

The 37th Cave City Watermelon Festival will be held August 11th, 12th and 13th at the Cave City Park. Thursday, August 11 – The JJ Weeks Band will entertain. Their top 10 single “Let Them See You.” Friday, August 12 – Barrett Baber, a finalist on NBC’s the Voice. Saturday, August 13 – Marty Stuart and his Fabulous Superlatives. Others will entertain including the Lockhouse Orchestra, David Lynn Jones, Sonny Burgess and the Legendary Pacers and others. Admission to the festival is free. Vendors, Artisans, food and craft and kid’s activities. Free watermelon. For more details call 980-283-5301 or www.cavecitywatermelonfestival.com or Facebook.com/cavecity watermelonfestival or Twitter:@CCMelonFest.

AUGUST 25 TO SEPTEMBER 5 – Silver Dollar Sing:

The Silver Dollar City Big Gospel Sing will be held August 25th through September 5th in Echo Hollow. Duane Garren will host the singing. Most of the Southern Gospel singers will be singing, both Grammy and Dove Winners. For more information call 800-831-4386.  

EVERY MONDAY:

EVERY MONDAY NIGHT SADDLE BAPTIST CHURCH 6:00PM BROTHER J..T. BASKINS, SPEAKER-EVERYONE IS WELCOME! FOR MORE INFORMATION PLEASE CALL DALE THOMPSON HOME: 870-895-4184 OR MOBILE 870-371-0226.

EACH MONDAY AND THURSDAY:

THE WEST PLAINS SENIOR CENTER AT 416 EAST MAIN IN WEST PLAINS IS HOSTING A RUG-MAKING CLASS EACH MONDAY AND THURSDAY FROM 10:00 TIL 1;00 P.M.  LUNCH IS SERVED FROM 12:00 TIL 12:30.  COST FOR SUPPLIES TO GET STARTED IS $20.00.  FOR A REFRESHER COURSE IS $10.00.  INSTRUCTORS ARE KAREN RICKARD AND RACHEL HAMBY.  FOR MORE INFORMATION CALL 417-256-4055.

 WEDNESDAY’S

THE “GIFT POWER SOURCE PRAYER LINE IS ON THE ‘GIFT’ ON 1290AM FROM 7:35 TO 8:00 A.M. EACH WEDNESDAY MORNING TAKING PRAYER REQUEST.  AREA MINISTERS WILL HOST AT DIFFERENT TIMES.  TO SEND IN YOUR PRAYER REQUEST SEND TO PRAYER REQUEST, P.O. BOX 15, THAYER, MO. 65791 PHONE 417-264-7063 OR E-MAIL prayer@am1290thegift.com.  STREAM ON-LINE www.am1290the gift.com.

EVERY THURSDAY

EVERY THURSDAY EVENING FREE SQUARE DANCE LESSONS, OFFERED BY THE ‘FLUTTER WHEELS SQUARE DANCE CLUB” WILL BE HELD AT THE ALTON ELEMENTARY MULTI-PURPOSE SCHOOL BUILDING.  LESSONS AT 6:30 – SQUARE DANCE FROM 7:00 TILL 9:00 P.M.  FOR MORE INFORMATION CALL 417-778-6164 – 417-778-6401.

Each Friday – West Plains:

Do you enjoy Jam Sessions? If you play an instrument you are invited to attend the Jam session every Friday night at the West Plains music store in downtown West Plains at 8:00 p.m. It’s an informal get-together. Everyone welcome to come and play an instrument or just listen. They play all kinds of music, bluegrass, country, gospel, waltz, and blues.

 

EVERY FRIDAY & SATURDAY

 THE HARDY JUNCTION MUSIC HALL MEETS EACH FRIDAY AND SATURDAY FROM 6:30 TO 8:30.  FRIDAY NIGHT NO AMPS NIGHT AND SATURDAY NIGHT IS LIVE BAND NIGHT.  ADMISSION IS BY DONATION. THEY ARE LOCATED ON HIWAY 62 AND 412 WEST OF HARDY…PHONE 870-856-4600.

EVERY FRIDAY & SATURDAY

FRIDAY’S – DANCING AT GEORGE D HAY STARTING AT 7:00PM  ADMISSION $5.00 CONCESSION AVAILABLE  SATURDAY’S-THE GEORGE D HAY FOUNDATION PRESENTS A BAND EVERY SATURDAY NIGHT VISIT http://www.facebook/georgedhayfoundation TO WHO WILL BE ON STAGE THIS WEEK!

EVERY 2ND SATURDAY OF EACH MONTH

FAITH IN GOD CHURCH (1 1/2 MILES SOUTH OF BRANSVILLE) HAS A GOSPEL JUBILEE STARTING AT 6:30 PM WITH SPECIAL GUEST PERFORMING. OPEN MIC MUSICIANS WELCOME – DRUMMER NEEDED. SEWING AND Y OR JAN THOMLISON  417-252-7094.