All events listed in calendar are located in West Plains unless otherwise noted. All area codes are 417 unless otherwise noted.
Through Dec. 1: “Soldiers of the Ozarks: A Military Honors Exhibit” will be on display at the Harlin Museum, 405 Worcester St. Free admission. Call 256-7801 or visit harlinmuseum.com.
Through Dec. 15: The “Allure of the Masters” exhibit by artist Regina Willard will be on display on the mezzanine at the civic center.
Nov. 20 (1-3 p.m.): Ozark Independent Living and Catholic Charities of Southern Missouri will host their Plan.Prepare.Protect disaster preparedness program at the public library. Preregistration is required. Call 256-8714.
Nov. 21 (10 a.m.): The second meeting of the Civil War Interest Group will be held at the Ozark County Historium in Gainesville. The focus will be on violent events in Ozark County during the war. Open to the public. Meetings last 90 minus. Email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 546-7170.
Nov. 21 and 26 (10:30-11 a.m.): Preschool Story Time is held for children ages 2 through 6 at the public library.
Nov. 21 (noon to 2 p.m.): OzSBI will host an open house. Enjoy light snacks and meet the community of entrepreneurs.
Nov. 21 (noon to 4 p.m.): Open Palette with Friends is a gathering for artists at the Harlin Museum, 405 Worcester St. Call 256-7801 or visit harlinmuseum.com.
Nov. 21 (5-7 p.m.): OzSBI hosts Biz-Storm and Pizza Night. Brainstorm for your business idea with like-minded entrepreneurs and network with others. Registration is closed.
Nov. 22 and on Dec. 6 (noon): A grief support group facilitated by David Ball meets each Friday at Grace’s Place, 530 Fletcher Terrace.
Nov. 23 (9 a.m.-2 p.m.): First United Methodist Church’s annual coat drive is underway. The church is accepting new and gently used coats, hats, gloves and scarves, as well as socks and hygiene items. Drop off donations in church lobby, in bin near elevator. Free coffee, hot chocolate, cider and cookies will be provided.
Nov. 23 (noon to 4 p.m.): Jimmie Marler will present a scratch art workshop at the Harlin Museum, 405 Worcester St. Call 256-7801 or visit harlinmuseum.com to register.
Nov. 23 (2-4 p.m.): A meet-and-greet reception for artist Regina Willard will be hosted by the West Plains Council on the Arts at the civic center. Willard’s works will be on display on the mezzanine.
Nov. 24 (3 p.m.): The Southern Ozarks Youth Orchestra will present a concert, “Haydn Mozart at the Star” at the Star Theater in Willow Springs. Tickets will be available at the door for $7 for adults, children younger than 12 are free. Visit willowspringsartscouncil.org, or follow the “Willow Springs Arts Council” Facebook page.
Nov. 25-29: Fall break, no school.
Nov. 25 (10:30-11:30 a.m.): Coffee Club for adults 55 and older will meet in the Community Club at the West Plains Public Library. Learn how to wrap a pretty package and make beautiful bows. Supplies provided, participation is free. Call 256-4775.
Nov. 26 (noon): The National Active and Retired Federal Employees Chapter 695 will meet at Ozark Cafe, 662 Missouri Ave. Guest speaker is RoxAnn Wurst of Riverways, Ozark Medical Center Home Care and Hospice. All active and retired federal employees and spouses are welcome.
Nov. 26 and Dec. 10 (1-2 p.m.): Ozark Independent Living hosts a free four-week depression support group facilitated by retired social worker Ina Bates. Registration is required. Call 256-8714.
Nov. 28: Thanksgiving Day. Quill, library, MSU-WP campus and public offices closed.
Nov. 30 (10 a.m. to noon): Nature’s Ornaments participants can make holiday treasures and handmade gifts from the abundance of natural objects the season offers at Twin Pines Conservation Education Center in Winona. For ages 12 and older, class size is limited. Reservations required. Call 888-283-0364 or register online at www.mdc.mo.gov/twinpines.
Dec. 1 (3 p.m.): The Southern Ozarks Community Orchestra will perform its annual Christmas Concert, “Season of Sharing,” at the Star Theater in downtown Willow Springs. Tickets available at the door are $7 for adults, or $3 plus three nonperishable food items to donate to M.U.N.C.H. Food Pantry. Children younger than 12 are admitted free. Visit www.willowspringsartscouncil.org.
Dec. 4 (9 a.m.): The Mtn. View Garden Club will hold its annual Christmas Swag workshop at the Mtn. View Community Center. Swags are 5 feet long evergreen decorations. All volunteers welcome. Bring clippers, scissors and gloves. Lunch will be provided. Call 247-5194.
Dec. 5-30: The “Railways of the Ozarks” exhibit with model train village, in conjunction with the West Plains Model Railroad Club, will be on display at the Harlin Museum, 405 Worcester St. Free admission. Call 256-7801 or visit harlinmuseum.com.
Dec. 6: (4-8 p.m.): The Mtn. Home, Ark., Chamber of Commerce will host a citywide holiday extravaganza, the Mountain Home-Town Christmas Festival, downtown. Stage entertainment will take place from 4 to 6 p.m. and the Christmas tree lighting ceremony will be held on Veterans Plaza. The Santa’s Diamond Dash Fun Run will follow at 5:35, and then the Christmas Parade featuring “Santa’s Workshop” will follow. Entertainment will resume from 7 p.m. to the end of the festival. learn more at www.facebook.com/events/2448703882077128.
Dec. 6 and 7 (7 p.m.): The ninth annual two-night Toys for Tots Concert will be held at the West Plains Civic Center. The price of admission is a new, unwrapped toy for a child or a monetary donation toward the Toys for Tots program. Past concerts have included musicians from across Missouri, Arkansas, Texas and Tennessee, playing bluegrass, country, contemporary and traditional Christmas music.
Dec. 7 and 8: The 37th annual West Plains Optimist Club Holiday Arts and Crafts Show offers 140 booths of crafts at the civic center, making it easy to find unique gifts for all the “nice” ones on your shopping list. Admission is $2 per day or a new, unwrapped toy to donate to Toys for Tots; children younger than 14 are admitted for free. Learn more at www.facebook.com/events/2110428999251982.
Dec. 7 and 8: First Free Will Baptist Church will sell homemade peanut brittle during the Optimist Club Holiday Arts and Crafts Show, in the West Plains Civic Center Dogwood Room.
Dec. 7 (noon to 4 p.m.): Angela Bullard will present a workshop, “Needle Felting a Winter Landscape,” at the Harlin Museum, 405 Worcester St. Call 256-7801 or visit harlinmuseum.com to register.
Dec. 7 (3-6:30 p.m.): The Mammoth Spring, Ark., Chamber of Commerice will hold its annual Christmas Parade and Chili Cook-off. Fill up on chili and warm up before the parade that starts at 6 p.m. Tasting kits are $5 and include a spoon, napkin, wristbands for unlimited tasting and two tickets to vote for favorite chili; children 10 and younger participate for free. The parade theme this year is “Favorite Christmas Movie Scene.”
Dec. 7 (6 p.m.): The Mtn. Grove Winter Fest Christmas Parade aims to show the “Light of the World” as it makes its way up Main Street and around the square, culminating in an appearance by Santa Claus. Learn more at mountaingrovechamber.com.
Dec. 7 (6-8 p.m.): December Gala Night at the Harlin Museum will honor the “Railways of the Ozarks” exhibit with food, drinks and music, plus a photo with Santa at the Harlin Museum, 405 Worcester St. Free admission. Call 256-7801 or visit harlinmuseum.com.
Dec. 8 (1-5 p.m.): The Basil Springs inaugural Christmas event at Wright County Road 95-145, six miles south of Mtn. Grove, Mo., on Highway 95, includes crafters, vendors, the Mtn. Grove Middle School Choir, Santa and Christmas ornaments for children to take home are among the festivities. Refreshments are available, along with professional photos with Santa. Admission is $5 at the door. Call 217-1012 for more information.
Dec. 8 (3 p.m.): The Little Mister and Little Miss Merry Christmas Pageant at the civic center uses the element of holiday fun to endow children ages 2 through 12 with confidence in public speaking and provide an opportunity to tell Santa their Christmas wishes. Admission is $5 each for those 12 and older. The event will include performances by dancers with Attitude Dance and Arts Studio and singers with the West Plains Swing Set.
Dec. 8 (7 p.m.): The Sheid Performing Arts Center, 1600 S. College St. in Mtn. Home, Ark., presents “A Very Postmodern Christmas” with Postmodern Jukebox performing modern day hits from Aerosmith to Abba with a vintage feel. Postmodern Jukebox began as a way to bring back the classic sounds of old jazz, Sinatra and Motown and has grown over the last five years to include more than 50 crooners and instrumentalists each. Tickets are $30 for adults and $15 for students and may be purchased online at thesheid.com.
Dec. 8 (7 p.m.): The Southern Ozarks Community Orchestra will perform its annual Christmas Concert at the Melba Theater in downtown Houston, Mo. For concert details, visit www.willowspringsartscouncil.org.
Dec. 10 (6:30-8:30 p.m.) and Dec. 14 (10 a.m. to noon): West Plains Council on the Arts hosts two no-sew fabric ornament workshops. The Dec. 10 session will meet at the Hampton Inn on London Lane, and the Dec. 14 session will meet at the senior center on East Main Street. Cost is $30. Registration is encouraged as space is limited; reserve tickets through Eventbrite on the West Plains Council of the Arts Facebook Page or call Paula, 293-2325.
Dec. 13 (5:30-7 p.m.): The Ava Chamber of Commerce Christmas Frolic at the American Legion Hall, 200 SE Second Ave., Ava, is fun for the whole family. Children can do free crafts, play bingo, visit with Santa and Mrs. Claus and pose for holiday photos. Festivities include the crowning of Master and Miss Merry Christmas and performances by Ava High School Jazz Band and Chamber Choir and carols by Missy Breshears. Hot dogs, burgers, nachos, pretzels, sodas, hot chocolate and locally roasted coffee will be available. Learn more at business.avachamber.org.
Dec. 13, 14, 20 and 21 (7 p.m.) and Dec. 14 and 21 (2 p.m.): “The Nutracker Ballet” as performed by the Children’s Ballet of the Ozarks at the civic center is a holiday tradition. Advance tickets are $8 per adult and $6 per child younger than 12, or $2 additional at the door. Group rates are available. Advance tickets may be purchased online at www.childrensballetoftheozarks or by phone at 217-3546.
Dec. 14 (noon to 4 p.m.): Lee Copen will present a workshop, “Painting a Winter Landscape,” at the Harlin Museum, 405 Worcester St. Call 256-7801 or visit harlinmuseum.com to register.
Dec. 14 (1-3 p.m.): A “Star-Spangled Christmas” parade will make its way through the city of Ava, Mo. Learn more at business.avachamber.org.
Dec. 14 (2 p.m.): The Thayer Chamber of Commerce will host the Thayer, Mo., Christmas parade with the theme “Favorite Christmas Movie.” For details follow @ThayerChamberofCommerce on Facebook or call 417-265-7324.
Dec. 14 (4 p.m.): Christmas takes over the city of West Plains, Mo., with a parade marching down Porter Wagoner Boulevard at 4 p.m. and disbursing just before making its way downtown, where the annual Christmas tree lighting and Downtown in December festival will be held from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. The parade’s theme this year is “Christmas in the Movies.” The downtown festival features vendors, a visit from Santa Claus, the Snowball Drop and Christmas carols. Learn more online at wpchamber.com or follow @WPDTR on Facebook.
Dec. 17 (10:30 a.m. to noon and 5-6:30 p.m.): Pine Needlers quilting group will gather at Twin Pines Conservation Education in Winona to make the third block of the 2020 Ozark-themed quilt depicting the black bear. Open to those 16 and older, class size is limited. Reservations required may be made online at www.mdc.mo.gov/twinpines.
Dec. 25: Christmas Day
Jan. 18 (3-7 p.m.): The second annual CASA Chicken Wings Contest will be held at Wages Brewing Company, 1382 Bill Virdon Blvd. Contestants should bring at least four dozen their favorite wings and serving utensils. Trophy to be awarded. No cost to enter. Register by emailing email@example.com, calling 255-2100 or dropping by the CASA office, 101 Washington Ave.