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Unless otherwise noted, events are located in West Plains and area codes are 417.
Attention readers: Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, many events are postponed or canceled. Please confirm before making plans to attend.
Through Sept. 30: The West Plains library is forgiving late-return fines in continuing celebration of its new director and Library Card sign-up month. Return late items and start with a clean slate. Final notice and rural membership fees do not apply. Call 256-4475.
Through Sept. 30: Newborns in Need Ozark Chapter is collecting unused sleepers in sizes 0-12 months and yarn to make baby apparel for its annual Sleepers in September clothing drive. All donations stay locally. Call Jeanne Roles, 247-1479 to arrange for donation pickup.
Through Oct. 18: “These Hills and Hollows,” an exhibition of works by local impressionist painter Lee Copen, will be on display in the gallery on the mezzanine at the civic center.
Through Oct. 31: Silver Dollar City Presents the Harvest Festival featuring Crafts, Cowboys and Pumpkins as part of its 60th anniversary Diamond Jubilee, during which the Silver Dollar City Stagecoach will make a comeback with Arkansas Bev and Cowboy Rick Hamby of West Plains. The event features crafts at the Makers’ Market, Pumpkins in the City, nighttime rides including Mystic River Falls and chuckwagon cooking demos. Learn more at www.silverdollarcity.com.
Sept. 30 (7 p.m.): The Heart of the Ozarks Alcoholics Anonymous closed meeting for AA members or prospective members who have a drinking problem meets at 1400 Washington Ave. Smoking is allowed. Call 256-8988 for more information.
Sept. 30 (7 p.m.): A virtual Rural Town Hall series launched by the Missouri Democrat Party will focus on the 8th Congressional District. Participating candidates include 8th U.S. House District candidate Kathy Ellis, 147th Missouri House District (Cape Girardeau) candidate Andy Leighton and 33rd Missouri Senate District candidate Tammy Harty. Register to participate online at missouridemocrats.org/events.
Sept. 25-Dec. 31 (8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. weekdays): Nanci Harlin’s artwork will be available for viewing at the Ozarks Small Business Incubator, 408 Washington Ave. Her work is predominantly done in colored pencil and features animals and western and Native American themes.
Oct.. 1 (5:30-6:30 p.m.): The CenterLines dance group will resume free line dance classes at the Summersville Senior Center. A donation of $1 or more toward the center is suggested. Call Kathie Cox, 932-4866.
Oct. 1 (7 p.m.): The Heart of the Ozarks Alcoholics Anonymous open meeting for anyone interested in AA, including nonalcoholics attending with friends or family members, meets at 1400 Washington Ave. Smoking is not allowed during this session. Call 256-8988 for more information.
Oct. 1-3: Birthday Blessings will hold a donor-match fundraiser as part two if its annual Birthday Bash, typically held each year in April. An anonymous donor has offered to match up to $5,000 in donations to help meet the needs of Missouri foster children in 16 counties.Donate online at birthday-blessings.org, mail checks to Birthday Blessings, 429 Aid Ave. West Plains, MO 65775, or call 372-5306.
Oct. 1 (1 p.m.): The Spring River Gem & Mineral Club will meet at Omaha Center in Cherokee Village, Ark., for a presentation of “Red Ochre,” by Dr. Julie Morrow. Masks will be required and chairs will be spaced for social distancing. Call 870-204-0262.
Oct. 2 (by appointment): A flu vaccine clinic for seniors will be hosted by the Alton Senior Center, 204 S. Main St., and administered by the Oregon County Health Department. Call 778-7342 to make an appointment and have Medicare or Medicaid information handy. Pneumonia vaccines will also be available. Temperature checks will be done prior to appointments and masks will be required. Only one participant will be allowed in the center at a time.
Oct. 2 and 3 (noon to 4 p.m.): Entries may be made to the Harlin Museum’s 45th annual Fall Art Show, which has been expanded to include Fine Art (2D & 3D), Digital Art and Photography categories in youth and adult divisions. Details are available on the museum website, harlinmuseum.com/45th-annual-fall-art-show, or email email@example.com or call 256-7801.
Oct. 3 (7 p.m.): The Heart of the Ozarks Alcoholics Anonymous open meeting for anyone interested in AA, including nonalcoholics attending with friends or family members, meets at 1400 Washington Ave. The meeting can be made nonsmoking by request; speak to the chair of that night’s meeting. Call 256-8988 for more information.
Oct. 3: The Ozark Trails Council of the Boy Scouts of America will host a 19.24K and a 5K trail run, with live and virtual participation options and Facebook livestreaming on race day. The race will be held at Camp Arrowhead, Marshfield.
Oct. 3 (1 p.m.): Center Grove Baptist Church, 14361 E Highway in Moody, will host its annual BBQ and Auction event. All are welcome.
Oct. 3 (2 p.m.): Echo Bluff State Park will hold an informational meeting in the park amphitheater, during which public comment is invited regarding the park and its operations. COVID-19 safety guidelines will be encouraged, including social distancing, wearing of masks, and staying home if sick. Call 573-751-1224.
Oct. 3 (7 p.m.): The Moody Volunteer Fire Department will draw the name of the winner of its gun giveaway during a Facebook Live video. The department is hosting the giveaway of a Savage 6.5 mm Creedmoor to raise funds for communication equipment and truck repairs. Tickets are $6 for 25 or $5 for one and may be purchased from the chief by calling 274-8126 or from gas stations in South Fork and Moody.
Oct. 3, 10, 17, 24 and 31; and Nov. 7 (7-9:30 p.m.): The Smallin Civil War Cave in Ozark offers a 2.5 hour Civil War Lantern Tour with traditional dinner of ham and beans, cornbread and fried potatoes served around campfire in the woods. Reservations and deposits required. Learn more at www.smallincave.com.
Oct. 5 (7 p.m.): The Heart of the Ozarks Alcoholics Anonymous closed meeting for AA members or prospective members who have a drinking problem meets at 1400 Washington Ave. Smoking is allowed.
Oct. 5-8 (6-8 p.m.): The Rotary Willow Springs’ 62nd Radio Auction will be held on radio station 96.9 FM, and offer over $8,000 worth of services and products up for bid. items may be viewed on Facebook @willowspringsrotaryclub. Funds go toward volunteer community programs. Call 469-2431 or 469-5101 to donate items.
Oct. 6 (6 p.m.): MSU-WP will join a virtual college fair with a presentation by admissions staff. The presentation is part of a four-week-long virtual college fair hosted by the Missouri Association for College Admission Counseling. Participants should register online at moacac.memberclicks.net/show-me-my-future-student-registration.
Oct. 6 (6-9 p.m.): The West Plains Police Department invites the community to participate in National Night Out. Details will be announced.
Oct. 6 (7-8 p.m.): Illusionist Farrell Dillon will perform in the civic center theater. Admission is $10 for the general public, free for students with a BearPass ID.
Oct. 10 (8 a.m.): OMC’s Prepared Childbirth Class is recommended during the second trimester of pregnancy. The goal of this class is to prepare the expectant mother for all aspects of labor and delivery. Call 256-9111, extension 6440 to register or for details.
Oct. 10-31: The Harlin Museum’s 45th annual Fall Art Show will feature fine art (2D and 3D), digital art, and photography in youth and adult divisions. Works may be viewed during the museum’s business hours at 405 Worcester St.
Oct. 11 (2 p.m.): Singer/songwriter/producer Ivy Nix, acoustic guitarist and singer Aaron Mayer and Avery Mann will perform sets at a free outdoor concert at the Peace Through People Pavilion located in the Kay Cummins Finnie Dogwood Garden in the at the Springfield Botanical Gardens, 2400 S. Scenic Ave. in Springfield.
Oct. 13 (6:30-8:30 p.m.): A sunflower star barn quilt workshop will be hosted by the West Plains Council on the Arts at Trillium Trust, 1376 Bill Virdon Blvd., and led by artist Tara Hensley. Cost of $30 includes supplies. Reserve a limited seat through the Eventbrite link on the “Sunflower Star Barn Quill Wall Hanging” event page on Facebook or call Paula, 293-2325.
Oct. 15 (2-4 p.m.): Meet artist Nanci Harlin, whose artwork is available for viewing through December, in the lobby of the Ozarks Small Business Incubator, 408 Washington Ave. Her work is predominantly done in colored pencil and features animals and western and Native American themes.
Oct. 17 (10 a.m.-dark): Rockbridge will host a Western-themed Fall Festival with vendor booths, live music by the Whetstone band from 3 to 7 p.m., corral rides, kids’ fishing and free lawn games from 3 to 5 p.m., and a campfire with cowboy stories and poetry after 6 p.m. Social distancing is strongly encouraged at the outdoor event. For vendor applications email Kristi, firstname.lastname@example.org. In case of rain, the event will be rescheduled to Oct. 24.
Oct. 18 (2 p.m.): The Breakfast Sides featuring country and bluegrass husband-wife du Chad “Gravy” Graves and “Biscuit” Betsey Mae will perform a free outdoor concert at the Peace Through People Pavilion located in the Kay Cummins Finnie Dogwood Garden in the at the Springfield Botanical Gardens, 2400 S. Scenic Ave. in Springfield.
Oct. 19-23: Baxter Regional Medical Center and radio stations KTLO, Classic Hits and The Boot will host the 41st annual Health Fair & Expo virtually with a weeklong radio and social media takeover. Planned are topical forums, giveaways, interviews with medical staff and a radiation benefiting the Baxter Regional Hospital Foundation. For updates, go to www.baxterregional.org and www.ktlo.com, or follow any of the hosting entities on Facebook.
Oct. 20 (6-8 p.m.) OMC’s Heart Saver Infant CPR Class covers basic resuscitation skills on an infant. Recommended during the third trimester of pregnancy or in first year of infant’s life. Call 256-9111 ext. 6444 to register.
Oct. 25 (2 p.m.): Traditional bluegrass act Kentucky 31, made up two father-son pairs Max and Jason King of Dadeville and Larry and Brent Smith of Stockton, will give free outdoor concert at the Peace Through People Pavilion located in the Kay Cummins Finnie Dogwood Garden in the at the Springfield Botanical Gardens, 2400 S. Scenic Ave. in Springfield.
Oct. 27 (7-8 p.m.): Midwest Ghouling Pianos brings “all the charm of the original Midwest Dueling Pianos, but with a haunting twist” to the civic center. Two expert pianists battle it out in an interactive, all-request Halloween-themed show. Admission is $10 for the general public, free for students with a BearPass ID.
Oct. 28 (noon to 6 p.m.): OMC and Community Blood Center of the Ozarks Blood Drive at OMC Parkway Center. Walk in, call 800-280-5337, or visit www.cbco.org/donate-blood/to make an appointment.
Oct. 31 (3 p.m.): HOBA's Boo-Grass Jam and Pie Party starts with setup from 3 to 5 p.m., followed by dinner of chicken pot pie or taco pie, served with drink and fruit or cream pie dessert for donation. Bluegrass jam starts at 7 p.m. at HOBA Park.